This salad is full of ingredients that are great for your body. Tender kale, crunchy almonds with a zestily sweet dressing and a hint of parmesan. Its super quick to make and will keep you feeling nourished and energised. This is great for lunch or dinner and is super versatile, you are able to add chicken or fish for added protein!

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A bunch of fresh kale, any kind will do

1/4 cup of home made mayo or hollandaise (if using hollandaise you will need not juice the whole lemon, half will do!)

2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil- melted

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or paprika

1 lemon, squeezed and the zest grated

1 tbsp raw organic sugar or coconut sugar

1/4 cup of grated fresh parmesan

3/4 cup of roughly chopped or sliced almonds or brazil nuts (I chopped fresh ones myself but you can buy them chopped or sliced in store)


First you will need to wash and trim your kale. Make sure you pat the water off the kale leaves with a clean tea towel, then you will need to strip the flesh of the leaves off the stalks and chop these into small pieces. Add these to a bowl and you will need to massage the kale leaves to add sweetness, wilt them slightly and make them tender. I do this by combining them in a small ball in my hands and squeezing a pushing them together, moving the ball of kale around in my hands to make sure you are tenderising all the leaves. I used fresh kale from my garden, but store brought kale is just as good.

Place the kale back in the bowl and you are now ready to add the zest, almonds and parmesan, toss this thoroughly. With the remaining ingredients combine in a bowl or jar- this is your dressing. Add salt and pepper as desired, once mixed and the taste is to your liking drizzle over kale, almonds and parmesan and mix well. This is best eaten the same day but you can store it in your refrigerator minus the dressing like I did until you are ready to eat. Enjoy!

Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set

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I had been wanting these brushes for a long time before I got my little hands on them. It was only recently that I purchased these brushes and I have been loving every minute of them.

I had heard about the quality and I had heard about how gorgeous they are, but I still look at them and see pure genius.

The makeup application with these is so wonderful, its smooth and soft and everything you could ask for with a brush set, there is no shedding when I clean these and they dry fairly quickly. The only brush I struggle with is the 106 as I don’t often use powder, I use bronzer and it could be a little bigger for dusting a quick glow on- but its hardly a miss at all.

The carry bag is gorgeous, it is the perfect size to fit makeup and brushes alike into your handbag and the extra pocket on the inside is a bonus. I have been carrying this around constantly in my tote for quick, easy touch ups.

The way they package and post these brushes is also incredible, they came within a week or so to New Zealand and kindly responded when I had a minor freakout when it hadn’t arrived in NZ- I was super terrified of them getting lost in the post! But they came when Zoeva said they would, they had lovely little messages to add a personal touch as to whom it was packaged and quality checked by and I couldn’t be happier.

These brushes are absolutely divine and I am already on the way to purchase more! If only they brought out a second addition rose gold set.



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I thought today, after picking up the magnificent Spaces, Volume Two by Frankie Magazine that I really ought to give these guys some big ups.

I was introduced to Frankie by a close friend whilst journeying through my Journalism degree a couple years ago and I haven’t really put their magazines down since. Frankie helped me establish who I was to become, and continue to become, in a tough time and I still get excited as soon as a new mag comes out for all the creative, inspiring pieces these pages bring.

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After moving to a smaller, less cultured, town I had no idea Frankie had made the Spaces magazine, but I saw their Volume Two today and fell in love all over again. Frankie have created this wonderful book full of culture and style and this book lights up my coffee table like no other. The unknown lurks in the large, perfectly printed pages about homestyle and lifestyle. Like their magazines they bring quirky literature, recommend some seriously stylish bits & pieces and some wicked photography- my favourite part of all.

I would recommend Frankie over and over again to anyone who enjoys a bit of creative literature and a serious aesthetic feel, and there is always a special little surprise waiting for you.  Ill be purchasing Frankie’s forever, so thank you guys for the lifelong entertainment. Head over and give them some love folks, cause they are mighty fine. Frankie Magazine

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, all these opinions are my own.




Pretty Pieces #5






I thought I would do a really chilled out post today, because that is kind of how I am feeling, a little tired, content and unsure of what to do with myself. Tell me if you get in those moods and I’m not the only one.

Anyway, it is a typical gloomy, wintry day and the sun just doesn’t want to stick around so I thought I’d take advantage of it when it is here to show you the couple of improvements to my room and the things that are making me pretty happy.

I love plants in my house and I have discovered (after a few disasters) that my room is the best place to keep my herbs. I am a big fresh cook and I love having fresh herbs in the garden as well as within arms reach in the house- which isn’t easy when your plants don’t want to live in a cold kitchen that lacks sunlight for over half the day. I love knowing where my fresh herbs and produce has been grown and what has been used in the growing process, so having home, organic plants really makes sense to me- but I am only so-so in my gardening journey. I have relocated these babies and spruced them back up in front of the window in my room, so hopefully they will thrive (if they outlive my use). I got this little carrier from bed, bath and beyond months ago and had been using it to sure little knick-knacks, but I find this use so much better and visually appealing.

I have also been loving this Donna Hay “No time to cook” cookbook, on the topic of food. The photography is beautiful and it has gorgeous fresh, wholesome ingredients. A few good fats here, fresh herbs there and lots and lots of wonderfully good foods. With Matthew being so picky I sometimes found it hard to cook good meals for him that contain very wholesome, nutritious food and this book has really made my job a dream. Also, as the title suggests, the recipes are super fast and super easy, added bonus when all you want to do at the end of a long day on your feet is kick your heels off and snooze.

This last picture is of my jar of essie polishes, I picked this up for around $3.00 at a thrift store and I think it couldn’t be cuter.

Hope you all had an awesome day and that my pretty little pieces have brightened it just that little bit more.




This was my first, and only, Nars blush I ever purchased and I am still in love. I got this baby when I was starting out blogging around a couple years ago now and I still adore it just as much as the day I peeled of that clear little protective slip, perhaps even more.

Let me start off with how much I adore this packaging, and any other Nars product packaging. They are so sleek and something about washing your hand over that surface or popping that lid to see the gorgeous product inside is so satisfying. I am always overjoyed with great typography and I love the simplistic style that the Nars products hold, they ooze style and fulfilment if you ask me.

Never being much of a blush fiend I went for a very safe option with Madly, described as a warm, soft-focus seashell pink. I still reach for this daily, and now that my confidence with blush has grown I suddenly finding myself coveting more. Nars is the first place I look, naturally, as this blush goes on so well and looks so lovely on my pale, olive skin.

I previously found blushes so difficult as I had no idea what to look for and my skin tone just doesn’t match the pinks like others do, I’m not sure if its the cool tone or that I am really very pale, but looking at the Nars range now I see quite a few that I would love to get my hands on. This little number has lasted me so well, and considering it is the blush I usually reach for, it shows no signs of decreasing as of yet. The pigmentation is fantastic and you’ll only need a light hand to apply as a little certainly goes a long way.

I have today rearranged my make up storage and find that this blush does look rather lonely, so I will be adding a few more to my wish list. Do you have any you would recommend? Have you tried the lovely blush in Madly?

Empty Exposure: Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner



Hey Everyone!

Instead of uploading this as a monthly favourites (which I may still do yet) I thought this product deserved a post of its own, and so I created Empty Exposure.

I picked this baby up at the start of July and have been using it pretty much all the time, I can fairly say you can get at least 15 whole body washes out of this tub, but you could get waaaay more as I use it often, and I am very generous with the amount I use.

This is the Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, and like the name suggests it is practically a in-shower body conditioner that is super handy.

I will first start with scent, which is the most simple and alluring thing about a body product for me, if it smells great- thats half the battle won. This has a sweet jam scent to it, with subtle florally rose accents that aren’t overpowering or, since I hate rose smells, plain gross. I cannot justify to you how much I dispose florally rose aromas and this is nothing like it, it actually does smell like rose jam and it is perfect.

The next thing is the packaging. Of course it comes in one of Lush’s classic black pots, which is great, it does the trick and only a little fiddling at the end when you’re as eager as I am to use every last drop of this jammy goodness.

The actually product is incredible, great packaging and smell aside, this does everything a body conditioner should. It contains great ingredients such as cocoa butter, argan oil, almond oil, shea butter and brazil nut oil and is fantastically nourishing to the skin. It comes in a beigy pink hue and the consistency is velvety smooth and thins out against the damp skin to make it more long-lasting than expected. The product sinks into your skin within seconds, so you’re not standing freezing your butt off while waiting to wash it off and once you step out of the shower you can feel the oily residue on your skin which you just pat in with your towel. Normally lazy with moisturisers I haven’t had to touch the stuff since I have had this, although you could make it last all the more longer (not to mention making it the treat your skin deserves) if you only want to use it once a week by moisturising your body also with something else.

I have noticed small scars disappearing and skin tone evening out while using this which is not something this product is advertised to do but is an added bonus. I do not have a bad word to say about this (other than the fact that I wish it came in a never-ending tub) and would highly recommend to anyone. So sad to see this run out, I will be repurchasing immediately!

I hope you liked this style of post and please tell me if you would like to see more, or have had the pleasure of loving this product as much as I have. xx ambermarie.


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