Remember when I said I was going to blog at least once a fortnight, and that it wouldn’t be that hard, because once upon a time I used to be able to blog four or five times a week? Yeah that.

How are you all? Good, I hope. It’s been seven weeks (not that I’ve been counting with increasingly escalating guilt) and winter is pretty much over, the trees are in bloom, the days are getting warmer, and daylight savings is just around the corner.

I’ve been busily head-down-bum-up at work, plus we had my darling sister to visit for a couple of weeks. That’s really the only excuse I have for myself though. Life. It gets in the way, y’know?

I’ve been unreasonably tired lately, too. I live for afternoon naps on the weekend, and early nights during the week. Possibly I’m turning into a cat. I’m really feeling this retro t-shirt which I bought from Teepublic a couple of months ago. Achieve Your Dreams, it says (the dream in question to be curled up asleep in bed)

At forty, I’m probably a bit too grown-up to be wearing novelty t-shirts, but stuff it. I bought this (and a second one featuring a nerd-tastic She-Ra that appeals to the 80’s child in me) ostensibly to wear during yoga, then promptly decided they needed to go into regular rotation.

Teamed with one of the always-excellent Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirts from Modcloth (seriously, I want this skirt in every colour) it’s a casual, but still elegant look that doesn’t make me feel like I’m cosplaying a 12 year old.

I’m quite on board with TeePublic, actually – the site is full of fun designs, and it’s reasonably size-inclusive (the “curvy” range goes up to a size 28). I like that you get to pick what style and colour you want your t-shirt to be in. I bought the Dreams t-shirt in the tri-blend in the 2XL, and it’s snug, but the fabric’s soft and stretchy enough that it doesn’t cling. The arms aren’t baggy at all, which is a pet hate of mine. I got the She-Read tee in the slouchy style, again in the 2XL, and it’s probably just this side of too big, but I like the batwing sleeves, and slightly cropped and curved waistband.

So, apart from napping, working, and not writing on the blog, I’ve been doing some sewing (I learned how to make panties) and a bit of experimenting in the kitchen.

The lemon tree that I gave the Mister for his birthday a couple of years ago recovered beautifully from being razed by possums (twice) and actually put out some big juicy fruit. I’ve been hoarding them like a crazy person, saving them for Very Special Lemon Curd, and Very Special Lemon Slice, and after I discovered a big, prolific lavender bush down the road, Very Special Lemon and Lavender Cordial.

I think I’ve raved about how easy it is to make cordial, and why you should never buy the shop stuff again, but I thought you might like to try this recipe. It’s herby and not too sweet, and really refreshing, and you could add it to a cocktail as a mixer if you were so inclined, but I usually just add a splash to fizzy water.

Mint, Lemon & Lavender Cordial

Look, honestly it’s pretty straightforward. You need a lemon, about 12 lavender buds, 3/4 of a cup of sugar, 750ml water, and a handful of mint.

Start by giving the lavender a good rinse, then remove the heads. Zest the lemon, being careful not to get too much of the bitter pith.

Add the sugar and the water to a saucepan over low heat and stir it until the sugar is dissolved. Then increase the heat until the syrup begins to boil.

Once it’s boiling, take it off the heat and tip in the lavender and the lemon zest

Then give the mint leaves a good scrunch, and add those too.

Now pop a lid on the whole thing and go off and have a nap for an hour or something while the lavender steeps. Once the hour’s up, juice the zested lemon, and add it to the mix.

Next you’ll want to get some muslin, or a really fine sieve, and filter the mint, lavender and lemon zest out of the cordial.

Pour the strained syrup into a very clean bottle, and pop it in the fridge where it will keep for a couple of months (apparently – I always finish mine within a week or so)


Love for Lurex + the great Heist

I’ve got another double-header post for you today, with two UK based brands that I think are absolutely killing it at the moment: Elvi and Heist.

Dress: Elvi Clothing

Shoes: Rockport


First up is my favourite new inclusive clothing brand, Elvi. With classic styles, contemporary pieces, affordable prices, and a policy of doing every item in sizes from 8 to 28 Elvi has rocketed to the top of my shopping list lately.

They’re pitching themselves straight at the fashion-conscious 30+ market, which means that you get a lot of classic styles with a bit of an edge. There’s still the odd cold-shoulder (when will this trend die?) but by and large what’s on offer at Elvi is well designed, on-trend, clothes that are designed to be worn for more than one season, and I for one am here for it.

I’ve been ogling their clothes for a couple of seasons now, and have regretted many missed opportunities that live on wistfully in my Pinterest feed, but as soon as I saw this dress I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe.

I like pastels, and I like pink, and I really like pleats, and if you throw all three of those things into a dress, then make it glitter I will basically love you forever.

The Rica Toggle Dress from Elvi is a dreamy 70’s style blush confection with an elasticised waist, and functional golden toggles on the belt and sleeves that allow you to tighten and loosen at will. It’s collared, so you can throw a cardigan or sweater over the top and dress it down, but it’s the perfect dress for destination weddings (it doesn’t crush), picnics (it’s super comfortable), and candlelight dinners (it’s so sparkly).

If you’re imaging this little darling in your own wardrobe Elvi‘s given me a 20% off code to share – Lilli20% – which brings it down to a very reasonable $68AUD.

Or maybe you’re tempted by something else on the site? Right now I’m obsessing over the Aspanina blouse, the Fonic Maxi Dress, and the Evelyn Organza midi dress (which, note to self, would make an amazing and affordable wedding dress if you happened to be looking for something casual).

I don’t say this terribly often, but it’s well worth exploring the Elvi site beyond the shop, too. One of my favourite things about the brand is their commitment to a broad range of sizes – not just in offering them, providing product photos of both straight and plus size women wearing the same style, and making sure everyone’s paying the same price – but in including them in their marketing material.Take a look at the Elvi blog for some beautifully shot campaigns with models of all sizes, interviews with interesting women, and styling ideas.


So that’s Elvi.

The second half of my post today is about Heist, which I’m reviewing by popular demand.

Heist‘s been on my radar for a while now, but it seemed to be one of those too-good-to-be-true products. Tights that don’t cut in, roll down, or suffer from crotch creep? C’mon.

I’m a Sonsee devotee, as you know, and I’ll probably always be a Sonsee devotee, but… guys… Heist.

They’re UK based, they cost an arm and a leg, their stock levels are inconsistent, they only come in black and beige, and they’re so so good.

My ordering experience went like this:

‘Oh, that’s out of stock in my size….Oh that’s out of stock in my size too…. Hmn, so’s that. OK, so I can order those. and this one…. Sorry, it’s going to be how much? These tights had better be worth it.’

But, dear reader, they were.

Clearly a lot of the money is going into packaging, because what arrived on my doorstep a couple of weeks later was the most impeccably over the top packaged pantyhose I’ve ever seen.

First there was the box:

Inside the box were elegantly packaged envelopes:

Underneath the elegantly packaged parcels were individual linen drawstring bags:

And (I was quite excited by this point) inside the black envelopes were both my tights and instructions for how to put them on:

I live-tweeted it (I mentioned I was quite excited, right?)

It went:

And the next day, my verdict was:

So, nearly a month of consistent wear later, I’m delighted to say that the official verdict on Heist tights is: WORTH IT.

We’re at the start of tight season here in Australia. Do yourself a favour, and treat yourself to a pair. You won’t regret it.