Live: Winter in Australia

It is the middle of winter in Australia and while we were blessed with beautiful cool sunny days at the start of the season it has finally turned icy cold with plenty of frost and rain on the way. We love the misty landscape first thing in the morning and a long walk through the…

Eat: Slow Cooked Baked Beans 

There is something about homemade slow cooked baked beans that is so comforting and delicious. Our version requires little effort and can be made with ingredients from the cupboard- perfect if you haven’t had time to do the grocery shopping! Ingredients 500g of tinned white cannellini beans, washed and drained 800g of tinned chopped tomatoes…

Escape: Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

In the Otago region on New Zealand’s South Island, lies the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. This picturesque lake is New Zealand’s longest and is surrounded by mountains and scenery so beautiful it is hard to believe it is real. The crisp mountain air, crystal clear waters and snow capped mountains provide the perfect playground for lovers…

Live: Best Plants for Winter Flowers

It is the beginning of winter in Australia and while we love the cold, frosty landscapes and bare branches, it is lovely to have some winter flowers to brighten up grey days. Here are some of our favourites.  Daphne – the beautiful scented flowers look so pretty and smell lovely, perfect to pick and bring…

Eat: Healthy, Simple Lunch Ideas

We all know it is cheaper and healthier to make your own lunch to take to work or school, however it can often be hard to find the inspiration when you have limited time to get ready and get out the door. We like to pack quick and easy bowls filled with greens, protein and…

Live: Three Must-Have Products for Beautiful Skin

Over the years we have spent thousands of dollars on skincare products, from high-brands to budget buys and everything in between. It wasn’t until we finally found a great skin clinic and esthetician and got some good advice that we have focused our routine on a few key products that really work. In combination with…

ELE Hotels: Crown Towers – Perth, Western Australia 

Sophisticated luxury greets you as soon as you step in to the foyer of the new Crown Towers hotel in Perth, Western Australia. The sheer scale of the foyer, beautiful artwork and decadent yet understated style is impressive. The hotel commands beautiful views of the Swan River and the city and boasts a large lagoon style…

Eat: Bacon, Egg and Roasted Tomato Tart

This tart is one of our favourite to make, it is fairly quick and easy and is delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for an easy snack. Ingredients I large sheet of Shortcrust pastry (homemade or store brought) 4 eggs 2 rashers of short…

Live: Amisfield Winery, New Zealand

Just outside of Queenstown in the Central Otago region is the beautiful Amisfield Bistro and Cellar Door. Set in a stunning location with views of Lake Hayes and Coronet Peak the winery is lovely at any time of the year. Outdoor terrace dining amongst fragrant lavender in summer, or snug by the fire in winter…

Live: End of Autumn

Autumn is drawing to a close in the Southern Hemisphere and we have been lucky to have been blessed with some spectacular displays of fall foliage. These are some of our favourite images of the changing colours in Australia this season. Wherever you are in the world we hope you have enjoyed a beautiful spring…

Eat: Three Tomato, Basil and Bocconcini Toasts

One of our favourite flavour combinations is juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and bocconcini. This very simple snack is prepared in minutes and is delicious (and nutritious) any time of the day. 1/2 avocado 1/2 punnet of mixed tomatoes, sliced in half 2 large bocconcini balls, torn 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves Olive oil Salt…

Live: Growing the Perfect Hibiscus

There is something about hibiscus that conjours up thoughts of tropical climates and holidays in the sun. Fortunately these beautiful blooms, which come in numerous varieties, are fairly easy to grow particularly if you live in warm and temperate climates. The best time to plant hibiscus is in the autumn in a full-sun position. They…