Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FRESH GIGGLE: social studies

There is no age I have been that I would trade for the age that I am now, except maybe 12? Almost all of my  social anxiety between then and now has stemmed from the dull, nagging fear that I would say something wrong, or not have the answer to a question. Turns out conversations thrive on questions and asking people to explain something makes them and you feel good. Something I've learnt in my 20's!

Q. How would you describe your style?


I am aged 12 and skinny but tall. In shoes my feet are big but narrow and I am a size 38. I wear all different things normally. During the day I wear jeans and tops with a jumper over, but during the night time if I have a party or something I like to wear something very pretty and short, but I don't mind if it's a skirt and top or dress, but if it's a skirt I like to wear it high waisted. I like all different colours and I suit a whole different range of colours, not sure about pale colours though because I am very pale so I'm not sure if I suit pale colours? I don't have a style icon, but I like lots of things. I would describe my style as new trends/modern, cute, pretty and full on, so I like a very casual look but I still like to look hot at the same time. At night time, like for parties, I like to wear nothing to over the top but still be very sexy, and a little over the top, but just a normal night time look. I do have curly buffy hair. Somethings don't suit my curly hair, but nearly every second week its straight and for parties its straight.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well look what the cat dragged in!!

Mark it on your calender, She's Leaving Home made her frankie debut, just yesterday! I can't explain my excitement in any other way then "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"!! I'm thinking a wardrobe change into a beaded white dress would be rather appropriate. And on the topic of good news, I've picked you all to fluff my veil and catch the bouquet! Let's just say this could potentially be the happiest day of my life!! I have no doubt this fairytale will end in Happily Ever After...


they call me caramello

Recipe B: All gooey on the inside

"I brought these to a new years eve party. Some girl thought it was really weird that there was salt on them. She said something like "I like these cookies, but why is there salt on them?" I have no comment, other than that’s like asking why there is jelly on this pb & j. She probably eats at McDonalds and likes it."

Monday, September 26, 2011

going on a bear hunt

I am very "anti-hunting", however these wall mounts by Naked Decor are p-leather-ly desirable. So much so, I think I have cabin fever! Rhidiculous, I know!

Full-time to Casual

"One benefit of being poor is that it doesn't take much to improve the situation!"
                                                                                                                    - anon

"it was one of those days when you feel fat and think everyone sucks"

Recipe A: Bacon Ice cream


1 tablespoon unsalted butter
500g bacon, cooked and roughly crumbled/chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Ice cream base:

2 1/3 cups heavy cream
1¼ cups whole milk
5 egg yolks
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¾ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 recipe ice cream base


1. Place the butter in a pan over medium heat and melt.
2. Add the bacon and stir.
3. Sprinkle both sugars over the bacon and continuously stir until the sugar melts, about 5 to 7 minutes.
4. In a single layer, pour the bacon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside to cool.
5. For the ice cream base: Pour cream and milk into a saucepan and bring up to a scale (medium heat).
6. Place the egg yolks and sugar into a stand mixer and whip until light yellow and fluffy.
7. Pour ½ cup of the scaling cream mixture into the yolk mixture and whisk to prevent scrambling.
8. Pour the yolk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining cream and milk, whisking to prevent scrambling.
9. Turn the heat down to medium-low and stir continuously until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes.
10. Stir in the vanilla extract and strain through a fine sieve.
11. Pour the mixture into a bowl and place over an ice bath and set side until fully chilled.
12. Once the ice cream base has completely chilled, make the salted caramel.
13. For the salted caramel: Place the sugar, water and karo syrup into a saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Do not stir.
14. Once the sugar melts and becomes an amber color, 10-15 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cream (be careful, the mixture will bubble up).
15. Stir the sea salt and vanilla into the caramel and stir until smooth.
16. Pour the mixture into a bowl and place over a water bath until completely chilled.
17. Stir the chilled ice cream base and salted caramel together, into a large bowl until completely combined.
18. Set up the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions and freeze the ice cream.
19. 10 minutes before the ice cream is ready, pour the candied bacon into the churning ice cream.
20. Once the ice cream has reached the desired consistency serve or place into an airtight container until ready to use.
21. BINGE!!

eye spy with my little...



For Ash, and her playful puns!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

chocolate and cigarettes

My Sunday was spent styling super sweet models posing as sultry sirens! Who has time for Sunday driving??

Friday, September 23, 2011

a three ring circus

Roll up! Roll up!

Meet Samuel Koh, David Goode and Matthew Sim, three young ring leaders who believe that contrary to what the older generations think, Gen Y actually do care about social issues. As a result, the trio have started there own troupe We Don’t Care Inc.(WDC), a volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a difference in the local community.
The group’s opening act is ‘The Fashion Fund' , a large market of pre-owned designer fashionable finds which will take over Federation Square this Saturday the 24th.

Three's a crowd - so join the fun! Come one, come all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Send me no flowers

Girlies and Gentlemen,

Please may I have your attention!
I wish to announce an A+ announcement and my heart can't wait another day...

I am a VERY lucky girl. For those who are unaware I have been gifted a very special opportunity.

The team at frankie magazine along with pages digital and life lounge have awarded me with the title of 'Intern'. Not only will I be drinking tea, stitching stitches and posting posts with our frankie friends but bringing you all along for the ride in my brand new ford fiesta!TOOT!TOOT!

Send me no flowers but a promise, you'll stay connected!
All that's left to do is visit

Jessie xx

Mani Mania

An Open Book

'a little bird told me' to read titles... 

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
All my friends are dead - Avery Monsen and Jory John (double click for a giggle)
Big Ears the Elephant 
Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
Hide & Seek Melbourne - a group effort
The Sartorialist - Scott Schumann
Anthropology of an American Girl - Hilary Thayer

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Artists and Fleas

Calling all collectors!! Everyone has their thing - thrifting trinkets, hoarding hats, filling jars and jars with unbuttoned buttons! Whichever your vice the Brooklyn Flea is a " I-cant-help-myself " vendors smorgasbord. With the ability to turn your quirky obsession into a freaky addiction, you'll rummage everything from keepsake treasures, to pantry preserves, homewares, hand-mades and wardrobe heirlooms.

On a recent trip I basketed a pair of Ninaz clogs, some bejeweled loafers, a bold bolero, this cutesie curly top paperdoll, as well as a variety of vintage collars and a bottle of ginger syrup (I'll be sure to share a recipe). The markets are a mixed bag but that makes it all the more fun!! And if the overwhelming thought of where one would start to source such goodies in such a setting hurts your head, be comforted you can refuel at the "foodies haven" or as I did, declare "time-out" and simply people watch! Either or it's just a nifty way to spend a Sunday!

Brooklyn Flea: the place to be seen


Frenchies, Dachshunds, Labradors, 101 Dalmatians! Nothing makes you smile like a ridiculously cute canine! How New Yorkers find ways to fit such four-legged friends of various sizes into their tiny apartments, as well as their jam packed schedules boggles my brain? Yet, in the city where both public and private places are coveted, strolling the streets with your pooch is a defiant do-do! Whether it's a trip to the office, a late-night dinner date or a play in the park, these petaholics never fail  to go anywhere without their wet-nosed buddy in tow.

sticky fingers

Generally speaking the end of afternoon tea involves clearing crummy china and putting any leftover pastries into tupperware. Cinnamon swirls regularly end up in the 'uneaten container' bypassed for a slice of cherry tart or piece of jammie sponge.

The boozy buns served at Jane's Sweet Buns on St Marks Place, East Village are however an exception to this sweet tooth rule. Jane's buttery breads are inspired by cocktail recipes and feature traces of our top shelf favorites. The dessert menu includes the Harvey Wallbanger which lists a splash of Galliano, and the Strawberry Fizz measuring a double act of Aperol and Aromatics. Cheese frosting will never be the same again if not mixed with a drop of gin, nor will kitchen duty!

I'm almost certain there will be no complaints if sticky fingers have to be licked clean! After all, these buns promise to have give you your 3 o'clock sugar fix and leave you in high-spirits.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

MOMA: The Art of Observation

If the mention of the word 'museum' has you squirming in your seat, scanning the room for the closest exit whilst thinking, "not another guided tour, lead by a man resembling my distant Uncle Lenard", the uncle who is distant for the reason that no one wants to sit next to him at Christmas dinner in fear of having to skip the pudding in order to save themselves from festive cheer dehydration, fear not!

The Modern Museum of Art (MOMA) isn't just galleries filled with mind numbing illustrations, photographs and sculptures, it is a personal experience. A unique and inspiring two-way conversation between the museum and it's guests. A 'Uncle Lenard' tour guide free-zone.

I not only invite, but urge you to have a chat with MOMA, and if your still sceptical do so on Friday between 4pm and 8pm - it's on the house!

After all, what would a museum be with no visitors? And remember it's the spectators who make the pictures.

Friday, September 9, 2011

a VERY hungry traveller

On Wednesday she ate though one wheel of Swiss cheese,

But she was still very hungry.

On Thursday she ate through one corn cob, and still had room for one savoury loaf, and one sailboat cookie,

That night she had a stomach ache.

Dean & Deluca

Sidewalk Style Scenesters: Soho, NYC