Saturday, 8 July 2017

If the Internet was my Closet - Charlotte Olympia - Juicy Pandora clutch - fruity

Check out this insanely awesome fruity clutch by Charlotte Olympia. I would totally rock this with a little black dress or some cropped jeans... Ooh, if only the internet was my closet.

Thanks to Thatnewdress for the introduction. All images courtesy of Net-a-Porter

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Brisbane - Queensland Australia - NEW SHOES, Polly the dog, Wheel, Paleo cafe,

Wheel of Brisbane - amazing views, as you would expect.

Didn't do much shop-trawling in Brisbane, although they do have amazing shopping.
Just picked up these heeled wedge sandals from H&M.

Caught up with my Best friend Katy for a PALEO lunch at Wilde kitchen.
We had the Green pancakes, which were more like patties than pancakes but still yum.
It was my first time meeting her adorable dog Polly, she's so quiet and cuddly.
I had to get a selfie with this random sheep lady - Teneriffe used to be a busy wool trading hub.

 I definitely recommend a visit to the City Botanical Garden
We weren't really expecting much but were so impressed by the beautiful presentation.

If you're in Brisbane you ABSOLUTELY MUST pay a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
But beware - You may die of the cuteness!

Kangaroo: You can walk right up and feed and touch them if you so wish.
a lazy Dingo and a koala, the dirty patch on his chest is a scent gland!

OMIGOD the baby koalas were SO CUTE! And sooooo cuddly.
Because of their poor energy diet (gum tree leaves) koalas sleep up to 22 hours a day!

For a little extra you can hold a koala and get your picture taken! I didn't want to though, it just didn't feel right on the day.
If you're staying in the CBD you can take a ferry there and back to the sanctuary from the south bank which is a great attraction in itself. The friendly informative guides will point out things along the way, it's another great way to see the city.

Another ferry from the south bank will take you to eagle pier, a newly established dining precinct with massive restaurants and picturesque views of the river.

Brisbane also has a really good train system, we stayed at Roma Street Serviced Apartments across from the Roma Street Station - we caught the train to Chinatown and had a delicious meal. The area around Chinatown is also home to a bit of an alternative culture, saw a lot of tartan, studs and Mohawks!

Have you ever visited Brisbane?
Any travel tips?

Happy travel Thursday everyone.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Online shopping - Topshop boots, Bardot dress at the Iconic and Glassons shoes - is online shopping a disease? I may have it

I CANNOT WAAAIT until these studded 'Madness' boots from Topshop arrive!!! I've been stalking them for months, they just went on sale and were getting very low (according to them) so I bit the bullet and bought them... They'll be able to do double duty year round as they're a boot, but still kind of a sandal!

Also this DIVINE slip dress by Bardot Australia from The Iconic (like an Australian ASOS)

Look at the PRINT. It'll be so perfect for summer and as it's pretty sunny here in Tauranga I'll get A LOT of wear out of it. I already have a plain black dress exactly like this and it ROCKS... so I can't go wrong?

I also just LAST WEEK picked up these 2 pairs, Black velvet ankle boots and some Rose Gold peep toe mules from Glassons - Like New Zealand's Topshop. I REALLY need to cut up my debit card now or I wont be able to afford our November trip to AUSTRALIA!!!!

Have you guys bought anything cute lately?
Happy shopping everyone.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday baking - Mini lemon cheesecakes with shortbread cream base - easiest cheesecake recipe everrrr

You know when you read a cheesecake recipe and you're just like, that sounds HARRD. There's so much cream cheese in it, there's maybe mascarpone or ricotta as well, you've got to beat it, cook it in a water bath, TOO HARD!

Well I have the perfect lazy cheesecake for you. Because it's cooked in mini silicon molds it cooks quickly, evenly and won't crack! You can pick them up so cheap, I've seen them at Kmart for $2, have a look online or down your local home ware store.
Feel free to change up the flavours to what ever you like, as long as the basic batter stays the same and you make your base the consistency of wet sand, you'll be right. I've made this 3 times now, one mint version, one black forest version and this one so they're TRIPLE TESTED.


Base: 250 grams biscuits/cookies, crushed (I used shortbread creams -see note)
40 - 60* grams butter, melted
Zest of 1 lemon

Filling: 250 grams Cream Cheese at room temp ( I like the block of Philadelphia)
1 egg
1 Tablespoon yogurt
30 grams sugar#
1/4 cup lemon curd


Pre-heat your oven to 175 Celsius. spray your silicon molds with oil spray.
Combine melted butter, biscuit/cookie crumbs and zest, mix to the consistency of wet sand, you want it to be able to press into the base of your liners without crumbling too much. Press into your silicon liners (crumb should fill about 1/4 to 1/3 of your liners.
Beat cream cheese and egg together just until smooth, if you over beat your cheesecakes can crack. Stir through yogurt, sugar and lemon curd (or whatever jam/topping/ingredient your'e using) Dollop cheesecake mix onto your biscuit bases. Pop into your heated oven and bake 20-30 mins until they're puffing up (they will calm back down as they cool)

That's IT! I told you it was easy. These are so yummy by themselves but you could further jazz them up with ice cream or melted chocolate?

A super yummy lemon cheesecake I tried at Brooklyn eatery kind of inspired this recipe.

NOTE: You really have no limits here. You could try mint biscuits with a little peppermint essence in the filling. Or Oreo cookie base with Oreo's and vanilla in the filling. What about choc cream biscuits with black cherry filling?
*If you're using a cream filled cookie like Oreo's you will need less butter, just be aware of the consistency as your'e mixing. You can always add, you can never take away.

#depending on what filling you're using you may want to go easy on added sugar. Have a little taste and see how much/little you need.

Do you think you will try this recipe? I definitely recommend you do, knowing as I do how EASY IT IS.

Happy Baking everyone.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.