Recipe: White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you know anything about me you will know this – I am the Dessert Queen. Not in the sense that I am the queen of making them, although I do often attempt to, but rather because, if I could, I would have a dessert after every single meal – even breakfast. Unfortunately, my wallet and my tummy can’t afford it.

But, since dessert is such a passion of mine I thought I would share my favourite recipes from time to time. So, here’s to the first.

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Ingredients:

½ cup castor sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 slabs of white chocolate chopped into small pieces

Method:

Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Mix sugars, butter, vanilla essence and egg in a large bowl.
Stir in the flour and baking soda.
Then, stir in the chocolate chips.
Place 1 tablespoon of dough onto a greased tray. Should make about 10-12.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly and then enjoy!

I always lie to have my cookies as a cookie sandwich – two cookies with a scoop of my favourite ice cream in between!

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The Classics

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If you are going to invest in any pieces I would always suggest investing in fashion’s classics. The black boot, the white shirt, a great pair of jeans. My wardrobe is built on these classic pieces. These are items that build the foundation of your closet for years to come so you may as well splurge on them.

But, sometimes you are lucky enough not to have to splurge but still gain the pleasure of a timeless lasting item, like this Mr Price hat. Classic pieces can be affordable too, you just need to know where to look.

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What I Wore:

Shirt: Zara

Jeans: Forever New

Boots: Country Road

Backpack: Urban Outfitters

Hat: Mr Price

 

A Dark Affair

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I have been looking for a charcoal coat for some time now and I just want to say a huge thank you to Trenery for the 70% sale that allowed me to buy this beauty. It checks all the boxes: furry, oversized and dark grey!

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What I Wore:

Grey trench: Trenery

Black shirt: Topshop

Skinnies: Woolworths

Heels: Woolworths

Bag: Mango

The Freckle in Chamonix

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This little town brought back so many memories for me. When I was 15 I went to Chamonix on a school french tour. Basically the cutest town I have ever visited. This is what you need to do…

1) Take a cable cart up Mont Blanc. It is extremely expensive, maybe only for me because of the exchange rate, but it is most certainly worth it. My sister and I went up on the perfect day so do try and control the weather patterns when you decide to go up.

2) Visit the Ice Cave museum.

3) Go to one of the many restaurants that offer cheese fondue and indulge in all the gooey goodness.

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The Freckle in Versailles

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While in Paris, I spent a day in Versailles – you could actually do with two days there but I didn’t have the time. I would definitely suggest getting a ticket that allows you to see everything – the main palace, the gardens, Marie Antoinette’s abode, etc. Although, to be truthful, I was rather underwhelmed by Marie Antoinette’s home – especially seeing it after the grand palace. Nonetheless, it’s incredible to see. Last bit of advice – try go at a time of the year when the fountain shows are on. The fountain shows are out of this world – I watched the same one 5 times.

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The Freckle in Paris

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As ridiculous as it may sounds, Paris stirs up something magical inside of me – there is no other place I have visited that has the same effect on me, not even New York. I really hope to live there for a while at some point in my life. But enough about my dreams, here are my recommendations for anyone who is visiting Paris in the near future.

1) You need to go to Angelina, just outside the Louvre, and indulge in a pastry – or five. There is always a queue to sit down so I would suggest buying a pastry from their pastry bar section and taking it to eat in the park opposite the patisserie – in fact, I would suggest that even if there was no queue. Pastries to try are their famous mont blanc, the classic bourbon millefeuille and the sainte honoré.

2) Of course you will go to Notre Dame because it is exquisite, but do not miss out on a chapel that is just down the road from it – Saint Chapelle. The inside of this chapel can only be described as breathtaking. So, do yourself a favour. (pictures 8 and 14 below)

3) Walk up the Arc de Triomphe – yes it is an intense walk, but your butt will thank you later. And so will your eyes. The Eiffel Tower is such an iconic piece of Paris and I personally want to see it when looking from a bird’s eye view of the magical city. I have been up both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and the view from the latter definitely trumps.

4) The view from the top of the Centre Pompidou is also one you don’t want to miss. It is spectacular. And, while you’re there, indulge in the largest collection of modern art in the world.

5) While I wouldn’t suggest going up the Eiffel Tower, I would suggest having a pancake underneath it – in the park just opposite the tower. It will be the best pancake you will ever have, and not because of the taste.

6) Eat french onion soup.

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The Freckle In Amsterdam

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Here are a few memories from my few days in Amsterdam. It was a trip full of art, somewhat dodgy food and too much canal-picture taking. Though Amsterdam be but little, she is fierce – basically there is a lot to do in this little city! Here are some of my recommendations:

1) The Anne Frank House. It is a humbling and eye-opening experience.

2) The Rijksmuseum. It holds the finest Dutch Art and an incredibly chic cafe inside. But, I would skip the cafe and head for the soft serve in the square just outside the museum. Best soft serve I have ever had.

3) Picnic it up in Vondelpark.

4) Have lunch/dinner at the Mata Hari restaurant in the red light district. After lunch go have waffles in the Nieuwmarkt square – make tummy space!

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August Lust List

Lately, I am obsessing over coats, bags, shoes and jewellery! But mainly coats – I plan at working on expanding my collection over the next while. These are the items I am lusting over mostly right now.

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Items:

Mui Mui Sunnies

Topshop Grey Trench Coat

Zara Black Booties (I don’t think I could have enough of these)

Lionette Sinead Bracelet

Country Road Checked Poncho

Zara Sleeveless Coat (LOVE)

Thalia Strates Emerald Green Bucket Bag (I can’t)

Senso Leopard Sandals

Cut Outs and Tartan in London

Cut Outs and Tartan in London

In a way I really hoped that London would be warmer than it was since I had freezing weather back at home. But the colder weather begged for layering, which I’m all about! I especially love adding my totally oversized Zara tartan scarf to any outfit and have decided that I just simply need more. So I’m on the lookout for another scarf. Don’t miss my next post on my latest and greatest lust list.

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What I Wore:

Orange Sweater: Cotton On

White Tee: Topshop

Scarf: Zara

Jeans: Forever New

Cut Out Boots: Zoom

Brown Satchel: Woolworths