ANNA QUAN – HIBERNUS

 

Anna Quan’s new collection lookbook is a dreamy delight for the eyes. Shot in front of a textured rocky backdrop, this collection features relaxed, flowing silhouettes in subtle grey and white, camel and eggshell blue. The delicate combination of wool, linen silk looks absolutely luxurious.

I’m a big fan of the flared sleeves and relaxed, oversized hemlines. These pieces will be perfect for that Autumn transitional period between Melbourne’s warm sunny afternoons and those bitter chill mornings.

Hooray for Aussie designers kicking goals!

Stacy x

images sourced from annaquan.com

YES, PANCAKES CAN BE HEALTHY!

So, anyone who knows me knows that I have a terrible sweet tooth. My weaknesses include cookies, ice-cream, lollies, Nutella, any dessert with peanut butter, frozen yogurt, chocolate and of course, PANCAKES.

Of course, traditional pancakes are basically lots of sugar and not much else… so I have searched far and wide and experimented with different so-called ‘healthy’ pancake recipes. I’m gonna share my favourite version with you guys 🙂

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Not only do these guys look very photogenic, but they are dairy free, dairy free and have no added sugar besides what’s in the fruit naturally.

I have made these into berry pancakes by adding frozen raspberries into the mix for half of the pancake batter, but feel free to customise them to suit your tastes. You can try other fruits like blueberries or apples, or even add some cacao to make them chocolatey. The possibilities are actually endless.

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So get out your frying pan and make a big batch of these, guilt free. Check out the super simple recipe below!

GUILT-FREE OATY BANANA PANCAKES

Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana
2 eggs
2 handfuls of rolled oats
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Splash of nut milk (I use almond or you can use water if you want)
Berries, banana, peanut butter, yogurt, granola…
(whatever you wanna decorate with!)

Steps:

1. Blend the oats until they become a fine flour-like consistency.
2. Mash banana and whisk egg and mix with the oat flour. Add the nut milk slowly and mix in until you get a pancake batter consistency which is runny but still thick. I usually end up adding about half a cup I think.
3. Heat your pan up, low-medium heat is best, and grease with oil of your choice (mine is usually rice bran oil or coconut oil).
4. Pour small amounts of batter on the pan in a round shape. Cook ’til you see little bubbles then flip em.
5. Decorate with whatever yummy things you like. I love peanut butter and berries with mine!

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Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe (or have others to share!), and feel free to tag me in Instagram pictures @stacyjiamin or send them to my Facebook page sneak-peek.co.

Stacy x

IRRESISTIBLE ME – HAIR EXTENSIONS

Changing your hairstyle is a huge decision to make. Everyone knows that a disastrous haircut can have an impact on a) your self-esteem, b) your face shape and c) your general attractiveness. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. But you get the picture.

While I was in Vietnam in January I got my mid-length hair chopped into a shoulder length bob with the back shaved off. It’s kinda radical but I love it to bits. I do really miss the look of long hair sometimes though, and that’s where hair extensions come in handy.

I’d honestly never considered them until I came across Irresistible Me – they kindly sent me some 20 inch extensions to try out and I’m kinda hooked. I did the shoot for this post at uni, so I obviously wasn’t able to style the hair properly. But I can’t wait to use them for special nights out and also cosplay!!

BEFORE:

T-bar for Cotton On tshirt | Gorman jigsaw skirt | Alohas leather sandals

AFTER:

 

I think I look a lot girlier in the second pic!! I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do with these clip in extensions as they are real hair, so I can curl them/straighten them etc. Also they are actually rather simple to put in, just little clips that attach to your hair. I mean, the back of my head is shaved and my housemate still managed to get them in…

What do you guys think of hair extensions? Have you tried them? If not, would you?

Have a great weekend my lovely followers and readers!

Stacy x

Photographer & part-time hair stylist: Melanie Hansen aka best housemate in the world ❤

 

 

 

VAMFF ’16 – PREMIUM RUNWAY 6

This is the runway show that was held in the Melbourne Museum underground carpark. How very Melbourne hipster of you, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival! It showcased some of Melbourne’s more indie/alternative brands – bul, Kuwaii, Limedrop, I Love Mr Mittens, Obus and Ryder.


Kuwaii


Obus


Limedrop


Ryder


Ryder


I Love Mr Mittens

I loved the classic, flattering cuts and the quirky understated prints that came down the runway. Almost everything that was showcased by these brands I could see hanging in my wardrobe this Autumn, and that’s a really important point for me, because often Australian fashion labels send beautiful pieces of art down the runway which are not work or uni or everyday appropriate at all! So kudos for that. I suppose my only real criticism is that the clothes seemed quite ‘safe’ and stuck to a formula. There was no particularly ‘WOW’ factor to anything. But if you find a winning formula, why change it, right?!

Well that’s a wrap! VAMFF is done and dusted for another year. See you next year!

Stacy x

VAMFF ’16 – PREMIUM RUNWAY 4

Seeing the runway photos from Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival has got me excited for Australian fashion again. I must admit, for a while I was feeling pretty bored with the recycled and regurgitated trends that were dropping into shops everywhere. I’ve seen enough off shoulder tops and adidas trainers to last a lifetime tbh. Not that I have anything against them, in fact I quite enjoy both those trends, but seeing the same thing over and over can get a little tiring and uninspiring after a while… 


Ginger & Smart


Martin Grant

VAMFF’s Runway 4 got me good – I’m loving the relaxed, flowing silhouettes of Ginger & Smart. Check out the gorgeous dark floral print! As I said in my previous post, not a huge fan of florals. However this one is disguised as a graphic splotchy paint-like print, Continue reading

GARDEN BED

 

Gorman garden bed tee dress // Staple the label jacket // Witchery brogues

“I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness. Because just like a rose is beautiful, so is a sunflower, so is a peony. I mean, all flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.” Continue reading

GOURMET CINEMA

On the weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Gourmet Cinema, Melbourne’s newest outdoor cinema event held at the Caulfield Racecourse. This event is fairly self-explanatory as it basically ties together two of my favourite past-times – films and food!






I attended the Sunday night screening of Midnight in Paris, with food from The European to go with it. This was the final night of a 5-night long event – although the night was focussed on fancy dishes from The European restaurant inspired by Midnights in Paris, we able to eat from each establishment presented over the 5 nights. There were also amazing desserts by LuxBite which I could not resist trying!

I stupidly forgot my picnic rug, but luckily I brought my favourite wool cape and was able to snuggle under it as it got pretty windy watching the movie on the grass. Overall it was an awesome experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing more events like this held in the future.

One of my favourite things about Melbourne is that there seems to be an ever-growing list of creative and interesting events held here 🙂

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Stace x