Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Well anyway, a little suspense is good for the heart, I say : )
So here she is, Nilla Nilla No.5 - Jaffa! She is a blend of two scrumptious flavours, orange and chocolate... Chocolatiers have known this blessed union of flavours for years, so why not enjoy it on your lips? Better than on the hips!
So here we have it... The 5 Flavours of the Winter 2009 Season:
All Available in Boutiques May 2009!
Go to www.nillanilla.com.au
All Handmade in Melbourne, with Love xx
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sometimes, when I'm really busy and should be making my goodies, I end up scrolling through my beloved blogs with a nice cup of peppermint tea... Being wintery and cold today, I thought I could share a few I've been reading lately...
Saturday, April 25, 2009
A big THANK YOU to all of you who follow Curious Little Oyster!
At the end of May, I am going to select 5 followers who will in turn receive a Nilla Nilla Pout Balm (your choice of Original, Minty, Arancia, Coco, Lime or Limon)! Sign up for updates and news as well and you could win the entire Nilla Nilla Summer Collection!!!
If you too would like to be included, just click the follow button at the top right of my blog. If you already follow this blog, then good luck!
The 5 lucky ones will be selected on: May 31st, 2009!
...whilst walking through the Eltham Market last Sunday. Tied to a pole at the end of the market was a darling little doll in a plastic zip lock bag with a little bow and a card that read, "Take me, I'm Free". I'm always quite dubious and cautious when I read the word "free", but being the curious little oyster I am, I couldn't help but untie the green twine bow and take a peek at her! There was a card inside and I thought "here we go...the catch!" but no, just a request that I announce via email that the doll has been safely rescued!
Friday, April 17, 2009
A few weeks back I heard the usual sounds of morning duties... the bin man, the sound of rushing traffic in the distance and my little dog Asa, barking impatiently at the Post Man. The Post Man has his usual morning chat to her as he picks out a little bone shaped biscuit... Trying to win her affection - He'll never win! She is as loyal as they get.
The store is called Ositarose on Etsy... just beautiful!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This time, 3 years ago, I embarked on perhaps one of my most difficult adventures... You see, I was backpacking throughout Europe and I was fast running out of cash. I was only 5 months into my year long stint, but too long in China, Austria and England, threatened to cut my trip short!
Au Pairing in Italy staved off the financial doom and gloom, but winter in the Dolomites affects your spirit due to the freezing short days... Not to mention the weight I packed on from the prosciutto, stracceno, coffee flavoured yoghurt, farfalle pasta... Damn! I'm drooling again!!!
Anyway, I escaped heaven and traversed central europe when I heard about a pilgrimage across the north of Spain, Camino de Santiago. The long walk that has been made since 840AD. Thousands have walked across Europe to Santiago de Compostela, believing the remains of the Apostle, St James, to be there. The north of Spain basically came into existance from feeding and housing the many hundreds of thousands of pilgrims (cheaply I might add).
Being the non-religious type, I let these stories of a long walk across Spain leave my head without much consideration at all, except for a small nagging curiosity. Paulo Coehlo mentioned it in his book Eleven Minutes and that twigged my mind initially, but it wasn't until I was walking in slush in Vienna - the final remnants of the coldest winter felt by Austrian's in living memory, that I realised that Spain is A LOT warmer and cheaper to live in!
So I booked my ticket and flew across the land to the southern most point I could get to by plane, Jerez de la Fronterra. It was a stifling 13 degrees celcius as I madly stripped off as I walked to find my hostel. Blue sky, palm trees and oranges literally falling along the sidewalk from the heavily laden orange trees, I was sure I had made the right decision!
I had to make it north though by April/May so I could take part in the pilgrimage after the rainy winter and before the dreaded Spanish summer. Money was becoming increasingly a problem and promise of food and accomodation for just a few euros a day, just for walking a path, was just too good to ignore. So I lapped up the warmth of the Andulcian south and the Portugese waters to the west for 3 months.
I picked up the language and also picked up a friend along the way who happened to be a skilled hiker from New Zealand... So by the time it was April, I was at the starting point of my camino, Burgos - A cool 530km from Santiago de Compostela!
More to come soon...
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
So here we have it!
The third edition to Nilla Nilla's Winter 2009 lineup...
Perhaps the sauciest of all the glamourous ladies this season... Black Forest!
Invoke fairytale images of snow covered firs, mountain tops and gabled roofs with Nilla Nilla’s Black Forest. Chocolatey and rich with a hint of berry goodness in each seductively adorned tin...
With Black Forest on your lips, winter just wont seem so bad afterall!
Available in boutiques and online May 2009