Apr 27, 2012

Zhanel - Chanel By Way of Zara. Lime Green in the Kitchen.

Hasn't it been very civilized having the working week broken in half by a Wednesday public holiday?  You just can't help but feel just a little more energetic on that 'second' Friday of the week.

Knit cardi - Zara, top - Costco, necklaces - Red Phoenix Emporium.
Energetic enough to make your one woman Casual Friday a 'Chanel by way of Zara' aka Zhanel Friday.  This is one of several textured jackets I bought from Zara London this March.  It's very warm and much more comfortable than it might look.  I felt like I was walking around in a throw rug all day.  Which is always a good thing when you're up against a hectic day at work.  I'm sure Karl himself had the working woman in mind when he first reinterpreted the classic Chanel boucle into softer, more draping knit jackets.

Skinnies - Next, available online in Australia at NextDirect.

I am feeling nothing but love for my Next black skinnies.  24 GBP they were and they are the perfect length and fit.  I'm at that stage in my life when a forgiving pair of skinnies is as good as winning the lottery.
Teapot - $30.00, T2.
The general air of calmness under pressure followed me home from work where I got out this new tea pot of mine to make a soothing pot or two of herbal tea.  The pot has a 400ml volume and is dishwasher safe.  The internal strainer is removable and easy to clean.  I had to have it in the lime green shade.

By the way, T2 now stock their own brand of jam and chocolate!  I didn't have to time to sample either but I think I'll make a special trip back this weekend to investigate further.  The sales assistant sent me home with a couple of loose leaf samples - Terrific Toffee a black tea and Green Rose a green.  I will report back on these.  Most of my loose leaf teas are decaffeinated whilst my black and greens are in tea bags for convenience.  Brewing these samples will be such a challenge to my accepted reality.  Will I be brave enough to challenge my tea bag dunking routine of a life time?  Watch this space.

Lime green tea pot, lime green based dinner.  It was only logical, wasn't it?  I've rediscovered avocados in a big way in recent weeks and for this week's steak dinner, I decided to make an avocado and lime salsa to go on top.  The salsa is simply a diced avocado, red onion, spring onion, lime juice and tomatoes gently combined together.  You can add oil if you like but I prefer not to.

To serve, just top your prepared steak with some salsa and a lime wedge on the side.  I'm still marvelling at how I got those bits of spring onion and avocado to fall with such aplomb onto the plate. I'm guessing that is was mostly the work of good old gravity but it's nearly Masterchef 2012 time here in Australia (Sunday May 6 according to google) so perhaps my dinner was subconsciously plating itself up in readiness.

I've got a big day out tomorrow, out and about with friends and family.  So it's going to be a quiet night in tonight with my pot of tea, a new book from Amazon and my Explorer socks.

Have a lovely evening!


  1. Sarah, Semi ExpatApril 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    That is a wonderful jacket - you look great and how nice it is warm and cosy too. x

  2. I saw that jacket in Zara and was so tempted to buy, but no more clothing purchases for me for a while - my poor closet is overflowing!

  3. Love that jacket! It is nice having the weekend so soon after a bit of a break in the week! :)

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