Saturday, December 24, 2011

Just quickly..

Hey guys,

Some of you may have noticed my recent absence from the internet, and I just want you to know I'm okay. I truly appreciate the kind words and support- it really does mean worlds to me.

My laptop will remain switched off until the new year. In the meantime, I frequently use and updat my Twitter and Lightbox accounts, feel free to drop me a line :)

See you soon, namaste &heart;



Monday, October 24, 2011

Vegan Chia Seed Sugar Cookies

Nothin' like a bit of simple, vegan baking! These are a really simple cookie, with protein filled Chia Seeds and a cinnamon twist. They actually kind of taste like fresh cinnamon doughnuts, delish!

Vegan Chia Seed Sugar Cookies

You will need:
Dry ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups flour

- 1/2 cup sugaar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup chia seeds. You can find them in the health food section at most supermarkets
- Cinnamon sugar to coat
(To make cinnamon sugar, I mixed around 1/3 cup of sugar with 1 tsp of cinnamon)

Wet ingredients:

- 1/2 cup oil

- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Egg replacer for 1 egg

How to:
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Mix dry ingredients (except cinnamon sugar) in a large bowl and set aside
- Mix wet ingredients in a smaller bowl, being sure blend all the ingredients together well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix. Bring the dough together with your hands. If the dough is too dry, add a little water.
- Roll teaspoons of dough into balls, and roll in cinnamon sugar to coat.
- Place each cookie ball on a lined tray and press to flatten slightly.

- Bake for 8 - 10 minutes
- Enjoy!



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dreadlock tentacles.

After recently perusing dreadlocks that were created in hair salons, laden with chemicals and wax,  I have decided to offer my services as a product free, natural, vegan dreadlocker. 

I love dreadlocks, and I’m passionate about creating locks that you will love. I did my own dreadlocks, and my knowledge is years of accumulated personal experience.

How do I do it?
I section the hair to your desired thickness for your locks, with advice on maturing dreads and the pros and cons of different thicknesses.
I use the rip + twist method, it's favoured in the dreadlock community as the most gentle way to dreadlock hair, no harsh backcoming required. I use a thin crochet hook to tidy up each dread for soft defined dreadlocks ^_^

What else?
I can tidy up and tighten dreads if you wish. I have a selection of adornments you can choose to have in your hair, like bamboo silk dread wraps, beads and handmade peyote sleeves ^_^
I also have written out a little booklet on aftercare, maintenance, vegan alternatives to shampoo for your dreads. Of course, I'm always happy to answer any questions.

Where is it?
Welp, I live in the city of Adelaide, and am happy to dreadlock at my apartment. We can chill out, put on something awesome on TV and have tea and snacks.
Alternatively, if it’s a nice day, we could meet up and chill out on a picnic blanket at the Botanical Gardens or a park, and just have a nice peaceful day of dreadlocks and nature ^_^

You will need:
- To have at least 5cms of hair. Your dreads will stick out of your head like spines, but it’s the shortest length of hair that will take to dreadlocking.
- Rinse you hair with salt water the night before. It makes the hair go spazzy, I’m sorry, but it makes the dreadlocking process easier.
- Bring a book or MP3 player if chatting isn’t your thing. Honestly, I understand. I’m happy if you’re comfortable
- Be open minded. I’m a chatty weirdo, I don’t mind answering questions, please respect my decisions and I’ll respect yours.

How much is it?
I charge a flat rate of $50 an hour for dreadlocks. Prices can be negotiated.
Dreadlock tidying is $20 p/h
Dreadlock beads and wraps: POA

How do I book an appointment?
Just hit me up on any of my social networking sites:
Alternatively, my email is zephyrhatesyou[at]gmail[dot]com

This is, Bianca, my first client + and our marathon 8 hour dreadlocking effort. Totally natural dreadlocks, with polyutherane bands looped lightly to hold the shape and almost no length lost. Click through for more photos!



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Vegan Apple Crumble Cupcakes and more..

 I cooked up a storm today, it felt amazing! 

Some super simple vegan yum yums, Apple Crumble Cupcakes and Avocado Chocolate Fudge. I went to the market and sourced some buttery, fresh organic avocados for the fudge and they were worth it!

Apple crumble cupcakes ♥

Velvety dark chocolate avocado fudge, being put into a tin to set ♥

Click through for the recipes, and enjoy!



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vagabond Jewelry

I first stumbled across Kest’s work on Tumblr of all places. Someone reblogged a ring he had fashioned into the style of a wearable guillotine, which he had cheekily called ‘The Divorce Ring’.
My morbid curiosity piqued, I clicked through to see if the thing actually cut your finger off and found myself immersed in his work.

Vagabond Jewelry prides themselves on being "devoted to giving you tough, modern jewelry, that will go wherever you go, and won't break until long after you have."
Each piece of jewellery has a name, its own story, a unique manufacturing method and a number on the scale of wearability, which ranges from 1 (wear it to a photoshoot) to 10 (wear it for a triathalon).

I purchased a pendant called Nugget, an inch long nugget of 'float copper'. It's an incredible piece of jewellery- it's so striking and beautifully coloured, and it feels so organic and raw.

Myself wearing "Nugget", click on the image to see a larger version.
Shot by Alex Baulderstone

 I am really pleased to see the piece really lives up to expectations- it's beautifully weighty, there is a hole forged through the actual nugget, where a tough copper jump link is threaded and secured. I feel like it really can take some wear and tear, while looking totally minimalist and modern. I can't wait to invest in some more pieces- this store comes with my highest recommendations :)

Sleeveless shirt // 'Nugget' necklace by Vagabond Jewelry // Cuffed chinos // Black and white brogues // Thrifted headscarf // Sportsgirl handbag

I spent today with some lovely lady friends, drinking coffee and rifling through a near by op shop. We found some amazing treasures- I am particularly pleased with my haul!

Japanese bamboo handled teapot, ceramic japanese tea cups, gold silk cravat, velvet bow tie, hand painted antique 'stoneware' teacups. So cute!

Yay! Tea paraphernalia! Time to whip up a batch of salted chocolate cookies- if they work out, I'll post the recipe!



Monday, September 26, 2011

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Pasta + more..

I'm feeling a little guilty for how little I update this blog. I wish I were better at writing, but I really struggle to get the motivation sometimes. I've got to kick my own butt, it really helps when people hassle me to get a new post up! ^____^ ♥

I've tragically fallen in love with mid calf length skirts recently. They're tricky, but if you make sure you keep footwear simple, it can look more chic than Amish. Admittedly, both not very flattering photos of me, but my most recent takes on some skirts I have in my wardrobe.

Caramel knit // High waisted skirt // Sportsgirl sparkly blue socks // Thrifted combat boots // Grey headscarf // Found necklace // Sportsgirl handbag

Thrifted black knit // Vintage floral skirt // Tan faux leather belt // Thrifted black and white brogues // Sportsgirl bird skull necklace // Thrifted headscarf

I have a habit of wearing the same sunglasses and handbags for days on end. Bluh D:
I've been inspired by crazy tower hair-dos and wearing my topknot as a teased out bun, with a thrifted scarf wrapped around and pinned in place. It's a super easy hairstyle that you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of not having my dreads in my face! 

Vintage collared dress // Tan faux leather belt // Opaque tights // Tan brogues // Sportsgirl handbag // Lovisa cage cross ring

I promised these recipes to a few people, so I thought I would share them with everyone. Some of my favourite vegan eats at the moment that are super easy to make with ingredients that are in most supermarkets. Vegan creamy mushroom pasta and brown sugar cookies! So delish!

Click through for the recipes, and for photos I had on my camera phone, teehee!



Creamy mushroom pasta.

Serves 3, or two ravenous people.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lost and Found.

Alex and I recently found a purple iMac on the side of the road, left out for hard rubbish collection, so we picked it up and took it home with some projects in mind.
Amongst the innards of the computer, I found a graphite ceramic ring- perfect for a necklace. 

I love statement pendants on long chains, they're a super easy DIY project, something you can do with virtually anything you set your mind to. Here's what I came up with;

Lost and Found.

'Found' graphite ceramic ring // 'Lost' nail from abandoned barge // 'Ballerina' nail lacquer by Sportsgirl 

I incorporated the 'Found' piece in my outfit today, to mimic the o-ring in my belt. The faux leather strap is nice on my neck instead of a chain- it was cold today! I swear, there is no such thing as 'owning too many black oversized tees'.

Oversize raw edge mens' tee from Cotton On // Thrifted blazer // High waisted skinny jeans // Sportsgirl tassel belt // Platform ankle booties // 'Found' necklace.

My next post is my hundredth! I'm pretty excited- I'm planning on celebrating it with a post full of easy, vegan baked tasties that are ready in under half an hour! :DI can't believe I have managed to maintain this blog for so long! Thank you to every one who comes past + reads my ramblings. I'd love to know what else you'd like me to write about- drop me a line, ask me a question, I love talking style, fashion and DIY!



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Baby photos.

I am le sick! It's no good! The weather has been glorious the past few days. A week of sunny, cloudless days and warm temperatures makes a happy elf. I swear I am solar powered- I get so much done when it's sunnier! It's been perfect maxi dress weather.

Daisy barrette // Factorie maxi dress // Thrifted cropped sheer top // Thrifted tan belt // Simple tennis shoes // Sportsgirl tan handbag 

I cleaned up my room and have been decorating with scented candles and broken lamps I found on the street, it's been amazing having such a sweet smelling, tranquil place to be.
I went through my entire wardrobe and was brutally honest with mysElf. The result? Two giant garbage bags of clothes I need to get rid of. I'll be putting some items up for sale, so stay tuned :)

Despite feeling lousy, the weather was so nice today, it would be such a shame if I just spent all of the day inside. So, I ventured out with Alex, to find more tea and found a cute cropped top with a pony on it instead :D

Thrifted stripe blouse // Cuffed skinny jeans // Thrifted tan belt // Simple tennis shoes // Sportsgirl bird skull necklace // Sportsgirl tan handbag

I hate decisions, I really do.
Facing the utter dilemma of which is of a higher priority: Paying $190 to go to the Australian Contortion Festival + it's workshops in Melbourne for training sessions, or buying the $300 Nikon I need to get my project really on the roll.
I would just borrow a camera, but I want to use the same camera so the images are of the same quality, every time from the word go. The camera also needs to be a little more impressive than a regular point and shoot, but not as big and heavy as a DSLR. Bah! Unless I can magic $200, I'm going to have to have a big ol' think.

I'm sure some of you have had the 'embarrassing photos on your birthday' thing happen to you. My mum never got the chance to embarrass me at my birthday parties, and I think she kind of really wanted to show my friends how much of a dork I was as a kid.
I thought I was safe, but she went on a bit of a spree uploading and tagging me in a bunch of old family photos on Facebook. 90s haircuts and goofy teeth upped the cringe factor, but I just can't help but be weirded out how that tiny baby was even me!

Mum  + podling elf circa 1990.

You'll have to click through to see more :)

I've rambled enough now. Time to make the maple glaze for my vegan chocolate cupcakes. Recipe will be up soon ;3



Monday, August 22, 2011

Daily Outfits ♥

Some of the most recent daily outfits. I have been so keen to wear the stuff I found at 284's Vintage Rummage Sale and Gilles St Markets :D

Daisy Chain.

Caramel knit // High waisted skinny jeans // Platform ankle booties // Handmade daisy barrette // Sportsgirl bird skull necklace and handbag.

Midas Touch.
Thrifted vintage sweater // Black skinny jeans // Thrifted Doc Martens // Thrifted vintage clutch // Thrifted vintage brooch (worn on bow)

Polka Dot.
Thrifted vintage polka dot shirt // High waisted skinny jeans // Thrifted gold mesh pointed sneakers // Dangerfield simple satchel // Sportsgirl velvet turban // Thrifted vintage horeshoe brooch (worn on turban).

Thrifted vintage rose print shirt // Thrifted blazer // Black skinny jeans // Simple platform ankle boots // Thrifted vintage clutch // Porthole sunglasses // Thrifted vintage brooch (worn on bow).

Creeper comforts.
Thrifted Sportsgirl asymmetrical shift // Thrifted 80s sports tights // Thrifted black boots // Dangerfield simple satchel // Trapezoid sunglasses // Bowler hat



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rummage Sale and Gilles St Markets.

Accidentally stumbled on the best sale of my life on Friday, while perusing my favourite vintage shop, 284 Rundle St. They have been doing $20 Rummage Sales, where you pay $20 for a bag + as much stuff as you could cram into it :D
It was like a dream- a whole room full of fellow vintage aficionados, amazing vintage clothing and not having to worry about prices. There were piles of coats, dresses, skirts, blouses, tights, mens clothing, shoes, accessories- and you had to be quick so you didn’t miss anything.

I managed to get two pairs of shoes (one pair being Doc Marten mary janes), 3 dresses, six tops, 2 denim jackets, a velvet blazer, three skirts, four pairs of excruciatingly loud tights and a brooch stuffed into that poor string bag. All vintage, all amazing! I think I managed to nab around $400 of stock for $20, I am so chuffed :D

I am pretty darn impressed with my cramming skills, hahah.

What I managed to stuff into that bag, even Alex was impressed :P

I caught up with my parents today while they were in the city. I wore a vintage lace collared shirt I found at the rummage sale and a leopard print turban.

We had lunch at Bliss Organic Café and then sussed the Gilles Street Market together. Poor dad looked a little in over his head! I managed to find some amazing buys; a $5 vintage Calvin Klein shirt, cinderblock platform sandals, a sheer cropped shirt and some other summer essentials.

Time to clean my old wardrobe out and bring on summer!
Of COURSE I took photos of all my finds- you’ll have to click through to see; there’s LOADS of photos :D I’ve got a whole bunch of daily outfit posts I’ll have to put up at some point, too :D
I’m thinking I might hold onto them for the Spring Clothes Swap at the Box Factory Community Center on the 3rd of September.
Click on the photo to make it bigger, of course :P 

Would anyone be interested in coming along to that? We could make a day of it :D

Sorry I’ve been neglecting this blog a little bit- I have been SO busy and so excited with this project that’s been so many months in the making. I’ll do my best to show this page a little more love- starting with vegan peanut butter snickerdoodles?



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Flower barrettes.

*Update*My Etsy shop is now stocked, and officially open! Hooray!

I have been really busy recently, spending my time making pretty flowery things for people's heads! Something I will be selling through my boutique and on Etsy :D

The idea came from I was really bored with my hair + decided a top knot would suit me fine.  I drew inspiriation from an oversized bow I was wearing with it + created a pretty flower barrette to wear out on a dinner date, on a whim. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to my creations, I am continuing to make them to sell!

Here are some of the creations I have made recently- what do you think? :D 
Sorry, so many of the photos are terrible webcam shots- my camera battery ran out + I can't find its charger! Oh no D:<

Baby pink beaded roses with glass beaded mushroom grey roses- I wore this one one today :D 

Daisies + yellow roses ♥ 

The first barrette I made! Beaded black + blood red roses ^_^ 

The barrette I made for my beautiful friend, Jadey. Beaded roses + blue rosebuds ♥ 

A commission piece I made for Louise's wedding! ^_^

The baby pink + dusky pink rose piece I made for my Melbourne wifeh, Krissi ♥ 

The barrettes I have made over the past few days :3 

I sell each premade barrette for $15, custom commissions are $20. They are finished with co-ordinating ribbon + come in a cute organza pouch. I am happy to talk custom creations- just drop me a line on here, my Tumblr or fanpage :)

I wore my baby pink barrette out today. Coffee from the Coffee Branch in the CBD- my faavourite ♥


Monday, August 1, 2011

Tentacles & Teacups Boutique!

Oh my gosh, I am so excited!

I am finally able to start work on a project I have been SO excited about! I've begun setting up my Tentacles & Teacups Boutique!

Essentially, I will be using it to sell handmade items (such as my hats and clothing items), my customised pieces of clothing (more pairs of dye spattered jeans and so on), clothing I no longer wear + vintage finds!
I want to share my love for vintage clothing + give people the oppurtunity to own some absolutely gorgeous clothing ^_____^

I have a few items up for sale already, head to the Tentacles & Teacups Boutique tumblr + have a look! ♥

I found this gorgeous sweater while hunting for goodies for my boutique- I'm a little bit obsessed with it! It's so glittery and fabulous- and covers the evidence of all the vegan chocolate chip cookies I have been scoffing, hehe!

I'll leave you with a new hairstyle I have been trialling- the dreadlock top knot! I really like the way my hair is out of my face- I think it's a keeper! I'm glad I have something else to do with my hair- there's not a lot I can do with it most of the time!

What do you think?



Monday, July 25, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies + Daily Outfits ♥

Just some daily outfits + pictures from my camera :)

Photos by Alex ♥

Vegan nom times at The Chocolate Bean with Alex :3
Hot chocolate with cherry, peanut butter + chocolate cheesecake, hot chocolate with caramel. Yes, it's all vegan! My favourite place to soothe my soul♥

I baked some vegan chocolate chip + walnut cookies. Click through for the recipe!



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies + Daily Outfit

I am way too stoked about this. My lovely friend Jade dropped around last night with a present for me- her old DS! I've never ever owned my own game console before- and I have wanted a DS for so long. I am so stupidly excited- it's baby pink + I bought my first game for it today: Scribblenauts.

It was chilly today, but I was determined to wear my eyeball singlet + my new jeans. The singlet has a hood- I just love it!

Cold weather really motivates me to bake. I don't know what it is- maybe it's the heat of the oven, or the fact that baked goods + coffee are like two peas in a pod.
I'm not very precise when it comes to baking, and always tweak recipes to make it what I want it to be. I had a random sweet craving last night, but because we had only just got back from holiday, there was almost nothing in the pantry, except a fortuitous jar of crunchy peanut butter. As a result, the recipe uses no soy milk, egg replacer or margarine. They are SO peanut butter-y, and the sunflower seeds add a really pleasant crunch. I want to eat them all!

Click through for the recipe. Vegan peanut butter cookies!



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DIY Tie Dyed Clothes.

Came home to the city from the Riverlands today. It's kind of nice to be back in the busy city, with coffee and friends and stuff to do. It was nice to go for a holiday, though- I feel much more refreshed + inspired. ^_____^

I really was bursting with ideas all day for a couple of DIY projects to refresh some old clothes I didn't wear that much. There are some things I will be working on over the next few days, I will be sure to post tutorials as well :)

Tonight, I decided to use this old machine wash dye that I found in my craft basket. I can't even remember who gave it to me, but it was such a pretty vivid violet. I decided to tie dye vertical stripes onto a soft  grey marle onesie I bought at the Gilles Street market + dye over the bleach spatters on my jeans.  

How to: Vertical stripe tie-dye.

Vertical stripes are much more flattering + slimming than horizontal stripes- you guys already knew that, right? They're a little more fiddly to achieve with tie dye, but it's definitely worth it. It's an instant flattering pattern that revamps tops, arm warmers, and stockings :)

You will need:

- A packet of dye (machine wash or soak method- either or.)
- 500g of salt. (Usually depends on the dye, check the packet.)
- Up to 600gm of material (depending on the dye.) I weighed my items carefully folded on the kitchen scales.
- Some string or elastic.
- A pair of scissors.

1. Lay your chosen garment flat. Make sure it's composed with a compatible material- most dyes won't dye polyester blends, so be sure it's a cotton blend.
Loosely roll from the bottom of the garment into a tube.

2. Depending on how many stripes you'd like to have- the more stripes you want, the more elastic you'll need, tie the garment into sections. Really make sure the make the elastic  is really tight. 

3. To finish my leotard onesie, I tied four knots into the sleeves, for the knot dye effect. It's a really pretty pattern + could easily be done to an entire garment (I'm thinking jeans legs, right now!)

Twist the fabric until it curls up tight:

4. Tie a knot as close to the shoulder as you can, so you can fit another knot. 

5. Now your garment is ready! Make sure you have some other clothes to throw in (check out other tie dye methods here) as each packet can easily + vibrantly dye around 600gm of fabric. I decided to throw my old bleach stained jeans in to revamp them. It's an easy DIY project over bleach stained clothing!

6. Follow the packet directions of your dye. For mine, I had to place the dye with 500gms of salt + the clothes + run a 40 degrees celcius cycle on delicate.
Once the cycle is over, run the clothes on a 40 degrees celcius cycle with detergent to wash out excess dye. To clean the washing machine, run a cycle with detergent while the machine is empty.

7. Wait impatiently for the clothes to dry + viola!

Enjoy your awesome clothes that are like new again! Send me some pictures of your creations? I'd really like to see :)
Submit them to my Tumblr or Facebook- I want to get a little album going of clothes made from tutorials on my blog ^___^!

Tentacled hugs!