Sep 12, 2010

Sunday Breakfast Makeover. Emerging Research At the SSG School Of Economics.

Mighty Soft Cafe Style Extra Thick Fruit Toast and I meet regularly on the weekend for breakfast.  Regular readers may recall this toast starring in many a 'breakfast and newspaper' photo for this blog.  Usually toasted and buttered, the time had come for my breakfast to get a little makeover.  Spring is in the air and with summer tantalizingly close, I decided to go with the golden, sun kissed theme and attempt to make cinnamon toast.

Is it a recipe if the ingredients are simply the name of what you're going to make?

I grilled my buttered toast (sprinkled with cinnamon sugar) and it was delicious but I think the real deal with major caramelization and crunch needs a fry pan involved somewhere.

Junior Masterchef Australia premieres tonight.  Contestants will not be allowed to caramelize however croquembouche assembly will be. They will be cooking with induction cooktops, steel knives (they bounce off shoes rather than piercing them if dropped) and the set has been elevated to enable chefs to see over the top of the cooktops.  There are numerous expert opinions from child educators and psychologists here in Australia but I suspect that for Channel 10, ratings and revenue will speak loudest.

The SSG School Of Economics is working feverishly on the Principle of Cost Per Wear Study.  Cost Per Wear is already an established theory pioneered by high fashion magazines and fashion houses in order to alleviate the Syndromes of Buyers Remorse and Credit Card Statement Amnesia (sufferers only remember what something cost in Australian Dollars when confronted with their paper statement).

Our study aimed to determine not only that wearing an item several times made it seem cheaper (which it is because it now cannot be returned for refund or exchange) but also that the items could also be worn in more than one context (so often that special designer item only works with whatever one was wearing at the time of the heady purchase).

Preliminary results suggest that both theories can be supported in a case series of one (SSG).  A brown with beige rolled edge Dancing Pearls scarf by Hermes can be worn with camel, black, grey and beige.  The scarf was worn twice this weekend.  A black belt with silver H buckle (coincidentally also by Hermes) can be worn with both black and blue denim, having been worn twice now, it has effectively 'paid for itself' and is ready to be deemed a 'wardrobe staple'.  To demonstrate true generalizability however, more investment purchases need to be trialled.

White LS top, Supre.  Camel long cardi Zara.  Black skinnies, you know it - J Brand.

With such groundbreaking emerging evidence, The School travelled further afield to  extend its research parameters.

Chatswood chanelling Singapore.  It's the towering apartment blocks and that fancy futuristic looking train line.

Fortified by a Gloria Jeans skim milk caramellate, I walked purposefully into the lab (Westfields Chatswood).

The Theory Of the Diffusion Line is another principle of the fashion industry that has stood the test of time with varying degrees of success.  A recent variant of this is known as the 'For' factor.  In which a designer has a collection of items bearing their name but being sold by a widely distributed (and often less expensive) retailer.

Witness Alex Perry for Diva.  Alex Perry designs stunning evening and wedding gowns at the pointy end of the spectrum.

The clear beaded necklace was around $13 from memory and the dog tags $14.  There are also some statement rings and earrings in the range.  It's a bit different to Diva's other ranges in store at present and seems to be a departure from what I've seen from the designer's own house.

You know how I've just discovered OPI and the wonder of spa pedicures?

I'm still discovering OPI.  I have yet to buy a bottle of OPI polish despite trying hard over the last 2 weekends at DJs.  There is such an overwhelming number of variations on my favourite shades (deep red and nudey beige) all with such quirky names.

Just noticed this OPI photo matches the Diva ones.  I think I'm wearing It's Sheer Luck.

How can I possibly pick one?

I think further research is needed urgently and that a grant needs to be applied for.

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