Friday, 22 May 2015

The Foodie Post - Tropico North Beach

Today's scrumptious looking food photos are from a restaurant called 

After seeing many mouthwatering, hunger-inducing photos on Instagram (thanks @BreakfastinPerth) we decided it was about time we checked this place out.
So on a rather rainy Sunday morning, Tom and I headed out for a drive and met up with our usual brunch buddies to test out this much hyped breakfast spot (they also do lunch and dinner, but as you know I'm all about the breakfast food!)

With a great menu to select from, a lovely atmosphere and amazing food that tastes just as delicious as it looks, we weren't disappointed. 

I struggled choosing my food (there were so many yummy sounding options), finally settling on the Sourdough toast, smashed avocado and lemon curd, on the proviso that I could also share Tom's Banana bread with spiced banana, honeycomb and vanilla meringue. Both were delicious and it was particularly good to have the mix of sweet and savoury so I'd definitely recommend sharing if you can! 
Their Pineapple, coconut and raspberry smoothie was also very yummy and tasted basically like a non-alcoholic Pina Colada (which is always a good thing in my book)

Our friends had the Tropico breakfast trifle and the Waffles with strawberries, dried grapes and mascarpone with a side of crispy fried chicken (sounds like a weird combination but I had a bite and it was yum!) as well as the Mango, passionfruit and raspberry smoothie and they seemed very happy with their choices. 

Good food and good company - a pretty perfect way to spend a Sunday morning :)

The only downside that I found was you really need to get there early or you could find yourself waiting a good half an hour for a table.
For us it is a bit of a drive, and considering how busy it gets, it requires a bit of pre-planning in order to avoid anyone getting too hangry (something that we don't often do when going out for breakfast - it's usually a last minute decision) so Tropico won't become one of our regular hangouts, but we'll definitely be going back again at some point (there's still so many things to try!)

If you can plan ahead or don't mind the wait, its absolutely worth the drive and I definitely recommend checking it out!

I hope you enjoyed!
Let me know if you've checked out Tropico and what you thought of it.

Also, on a different note, does anyone have any recommendations of things to do in Melbourne?
Tom and I are heading there next week and would love some suggestions!

Lots of Love

Thursday, 21 May 2015

My Style Diary - Winter Is Coming...

Hello Hello! :)

Considering the title of this post I should probably start out by admitting that I have not actually been following Game of Thrones very closely at all! I've watched episodes here and there, but to be honest it hasn't really grabbed my attention and I'm not really too fussed about it right now (don't hate me for it!)
I'm sure it'll be one of those things where I discover way to late what I was missing out on and wish I'd seen the light sooner (as my best friend did with Harry Potter) but for now that's just how it is :p

Winter is definitely on its way and the weather was pretty wild in Perth over the weekend (yes it does actually rain here once in a while). I love the rain but I'm not so fond of the cold that comes with it, but it has given me the chance to pull out my cozy winter knits and scarves. I particularly love this white quilted jumper that I picked up on sale at Dotti a few weeks ago. I have the same one in grey and wore it so much last year that I figured I may as well get the white version too. I'm in the process of editing my wardrobe to include only things I truly love and will wear all the time, and this lovely soft jumper fits the bill perfectly. 

Another new love (yes there are a few new things in this post but they were all things I needed I promise!) are these pointed black flats. My ballet flats were looking a little worse for wear so a new pair has been on my shopping list for a while. When I saw these on Instagram (in a photo by @stephvdm who also has an awesome blog - Le Fanciulle) I just had to hunt them down. They're such a classic staple piece and that's what I've been aiming for with my wardrobe lately - stick to the classics and you can't go wrong!

I hope you're having a fab Thursday!

Lots of Love

Jumper - Dotti
Leather Jacket - from Hong Kong
Jeans - Country Road
Necklace - Colette by Colette Hayman
Ring - Asos
Shoes - Country Road
Bag - Jigsaw

PS: Seeing as I was a bit of a downer about the whole Game of Thrones thing, I thought I'd try and end on a more positive note and share with you a show I have been loving. I highly recommend House of Cards - it's awesome and very addictive! 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Style Inspiration - Pink Coats

As a lover of pink, a pink winter coat has been on my wish list for quite sometime, and while there are a myriad of beautiful coats on Pinterest, in real life, the perfect coat seems to be rather elusive! Finding the right cut, fit and shade of pink is not that easy, and being slightly "vertically challenged" I try to go for the shorter styles which tend to be few and far between. 
Nevertheless, I'm hopeful that my perfect pink coat is out there somewhere, just waiting to be found!
In the meantime I'm just drooling over these stunning ones :)

Let the hunt continue...

All images via Pinterest (click on the photo to be taken to the image)
Top Collage - Image 1  2  3
Middle Collage - Image 1 2

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

My Style Diary - A Walk in the Park in my Overalls

Hello Hello! :)

I hope you've had a good Wednesday!
After struggling to get myself out of bed this morning (not a fan of how cold and dark the mornings are becoming), I actually ended up having a great day. I had some really lovely patients come in, and it was so nice to feel like I was actually doing something useful and really helping people out. Days like these make me feel really appreciative of my job (and I have to savour them while I can because they don't happen all the time!)

Anyway, enough about that...

These photos were taken a few weeks ago, when it was lovely and warm and sunny still (okay... I live in Perth... it's still sunny, but my standards it's pretty cold!)
Tom and I went for a really long walk to King's Park, stopping for breakfast at Zamia Cafe and then continuing on up to the DNA tower. 

These overalls are one of the few new items I've added to my wardrobe this year, and although I probably won't get a lot of use out of them over the winter, come spring and summer I know these will be a staple. I have so many memories of wearing overalls when I was younger and I love that they're back in style. While I'm sure some people will have their reservations (and admittedly I do feel slightly like a little kid when I'm wearing them), I really love them. They're comfy, cute and slightly quirky - all things I look for - and for someone like me who loves (and lives in) denim, they're a great versatile piece that fits perfectly into my wardrobe. I'm looking forward to being able to style them different ways, but we'll have to wait 'til the weather warms up! (Typical Lauren - it's not even winter yet and I'm already hanging out for summer!)

What do you think about overalls?
Let me know :p

Lots of Love

Top - Country Road
Overalls - Zara
Shoes - Converse

Monday, 11 May 2015

April in Pictures

Where on earth is the year going? It seems to be flying by so quickly!
Here's a look at a few things I've been up to in April:

It's been a pretty cool month, with Tom and I getting settled into our new place. We haven't quite got everything sorted yet, but things are slowly coming together.
The only part of the apartment that is completely done is the kitchen and we've been having fun cooking a little more instead of going out to eat like we usually do. I've particularly been enjoying using my new "Nutri Ninja" and have been going a bit crazy making smoothies! (Recipes will be making their way to the blog soon I'm sure!)

Long walks through King's Park, by the river and around UWA have also become part of our weekend routine. It's such a great way to start off the day and the weather's been pretty perfect for it (nice job Perth!)

With two long weekends this month I had a great excuse to finally sit down and enjoy a lazy afternoon reading a book. We still don't have internet yet which has been a little annoying (and is the reason why it's been a bit quiet on the blogging front this month), but it has been a great way to force me back into the habit of reading. Not that I need much forcing, but it's taken away the distraction of Instagram/email/youtube etc and helped me get back into something that I love but just don't do enough of!

Oh and I also dressed up as Princess Leia for a Star Wars themed party! (On that note - anyone else excited for the new Star Wars movie coming out soon? I can't wait!)

I hope April's been great for you! 

Lots of Love

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