Sunday, 27 April 2014

Instaweek - Happy birthday to me, Easter party, tequila and the obligatory baking pictures.

Maple Walnut Waffle Cone from Copenhagen Cones
You can line up for 30 mins for one of these suckers in the busy season!
I found this delightfully random ring in among my accessories
It's a coffee and cake!
Don't you love this bloom? Its like, 15cms in diameter.
Stole it from the neighbors on a walk
Nail Art - Braided Nails, FUN
 White Choc Orange Brownies/blondies - Recipe coming Soon...
Seriously = FOODGASM
 Birthday Drinks - MY BIRTHDAY!!
Me on the Left, I CAN NOT take a serious/nice photo!
Moved from wine onto the cocktails #Margarita
 Happy Easter Everyone!  Made these for the work Peeps
Birds Nests: Chocolate + Cereal = YUM
 Easter Nails!!!  I've done these Before slightly differently.
This year, as the last I had to go for a run, so much chocolate did I eat >:D
Amy - The Sweetheart - got me some Jose Cuervo for my Bday!
We drank the whole bottle at our Easter party... #Hangover.
BTW - I am so wearing this hat somehow...
Those are cupcake shots - they're CUPCAKE FLAVOR #drool
It was a night of shoe swapping
At one stage we all tried on each others shoes alternatively and took this pic
You can tell by all our different pedicures!
Sunrise over the estuary - the reflection of the sky on the water.
It was a lot more pink but my camera didn't capture that.

Was a good week for sure.
Did you guys have a fun Easter?
What Easter eggs did you get!?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Casual Friday - Meet Lykke Li, the Swedish rockstar with all the talent

Today for Casual Friday I thought I would profile an artist I admire both for her talent but also her smoking hot style!

Anyone who can rock a hat gets my vote.

Born 1986 in Ystad, Sweden to a musician father and photographer mother she's moved around the world a bit to finally land in Brooklyn NY at age 21 to record her album. Her d├ębut Youth Novels, which is awesome, was released to the wider world around June 2008 and produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John fame (you know that 'Young Ones song'...). Her music is a cool blend of Indie rock, pop and electronic - check her out on youtube.

Her second Album Wounded Rhymes was released 2011 and named album of the year by a whole bunch of publications who know their sh*t: Rolling Stone, New York Times, Mojo (!!)
My fav song off the album is I follow Rivers. I've left it's official art house video below for your viewing pleasure.

But she doesn't just have her hands in the music pie - in 2010 she was named Levi's 'Curve ID' official face along with Pixie Geldof and in 2012 joined with Viva Model Management Agency. She's also done some acting in the Swedish Crime Film Tommy #talent

On the Cover of Mode
I reckon I need to try some of these jeans, my ass defies convention.

Clearly she's been busy and she's about to be busier when her New album drops May 5th

Have a great weekend everyone.
Stay Stylish.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Shoesday Tuesday - The week of the ten Pairs of new Shoes, damn you convenient online shopping

Shoe Fiend is back in all it's glory!
not my cat - he would NOT put up with this...

For my first Shoesday back I thought I would share with you the story of the week
I bought 10 pairs of new shoes... 
 even for me I know that is bad, or good, slice it how you want ;-)

First stop: NZsale (online outlet site)
Wedge lace-up platforms and pop-art flats
How cool are these bad-boys?

Next: Brands Exclusive (similar vein to NZsale)
A pair of flats in EVERY color - courtesy of Rubi Shoes
Just cheapy little run around flats, but you can never have too many flats say I...
Case in point - check out UNDER the shoe cabinet >:D

And Lastly: The Iconic 
(classy Australian based online boutique - they just started stocking River Island!!)

Pink Laser cut pumps, Neon Yellow Point-toed pumps, cut-out detail booties
They had 30% off - couldn't resist - All 'Spurr' Brand

This pic makes my feet look tiny - I'm a UK 7 though!

I saw these and HAD TO have them... they're real toe pinchers though :'(

Brands Exclusive and NZsale are outlet sites so their shipping is anywhere up to 6 weeks for delivery - which is a drawback, BUT when you have to have the shoes, you will wait.
The Iconic however being an Aussie based site,

I thought it would be at least a few days, took only 27 hours!  
I ordered them Monday Lunch time they arrived 3pm Tuesday - now that's fassst.

Another serious drawback with online shopping is you can't try anything on.  I was worried about the pop art shoes as I usually take a size up in flats, but they've stretched nicely and are super comfy now.  The Spurr heels from the Iconic are a little higher heel arch than I usually find comfortable, but they're so GORGE I wear them and bite through the pain.

What do you think of the haul - am I a genius or a MONSTER?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Happy Easter Peeps! Hope you didn't over-indulge ;-)

I didn't have any Easter eggs this year
but I did eat a buttload of Hot Cross buns, I'm a monster!

Do you like my festive manicure?

If you want to see more you can follow my Instagram
for constant nail art and home baking-porn!

Silly snake.


♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday Baking - Choc Drop Shortbread

Today's recipe is something I have made time and again and ALWAYS had fantastic results.  I made a cranberry almond version for Christmas presents, a cheese one for savoury kicks, I even passed it onto my sister for running club treats.  This time I added chocolate chips but you can omit these and go plain or add your own tasty flavours!


130gms Butter (I grate the butter on top of the dry ingredients - makes the whole process quicker)
60 gms Sugar (powdered sugar gives a smoother result while caster gives some roughage)
130gms Flour
60gms cornflour (I use ground almonds instead but you could use rice flour too)
pinch salt
50gms each of dark choc and milk choc drops (or chopped chocolate)


Rub chilled butter into sifted dry ingredients until the consistency of fine breadcrumbs, knead to form a dough, then add any fillings you desire (dried fruit, nuts, chocolate) At this stage you can either press into a tin and prick with a fork or you can roll it into a log and cut into 5mm slices then prick with a fork.  Bake at 150 Celsius for 30 mins or until golden brown on the bottom but still pale on top (this low slow form of cooking makes the most melting delicate shortbread you have ever tasted!)

This recipe is adapted from a shortbread the gorgeous Lorraine Pascale
made on her show "Baking Made easy".
Former model and now chef - #careerenvy

Let me know if you try it/plan to try it and how your'e getting on.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sunday Baking - The most moist delicious foodgasm brownies you will ever bake

If you only ever make one brownie recipe - make this the one
I adapted these from a Tyler Florence recipe here - his had liqueur and a serious load of sugar in them so I removed HALF the sugar (200 grams) and replaced the liqueur with ground almonds.


227g butter                          
226g Chocolate
80g Ground Almonds
10g Cornflour                                  Replacing a small amount of the flour with cornflour
70g All purpose Flour                      gives you a lighter texture.
220g Brown Sugar
1T Golden Syrup


Melt Together butter and chocolate.  Cool.  Sift dry ingredients together.  Beat eggs and sugar together.  Pour choc on eggs and whisk to combine.  Gradually stir in dry ingredients. Pour into a lined 9" x 9" lined pan.  Sprinkle on some chocolate drops if you wish.  Bake at 160 Celsius for 45-50 mins.  These are so FUDGY - beware - one may not be enough - There really is no way to ilustrate to you how Mother-effin good these are! Make some!

Happy baking peeps.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Casual Friday - The Tale of how a 'little look around town' turned into a full on Shopping Spree.

So we've moved to a new city: Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty (I'm not kidding, that's the name of the province, we also have a poverty bay) not being familiar with the shops I held off on my normal shopping sojourns. I am somewhat of a solo shopper as I like to fondle and scrutinize to such an extent as to make any companions suicidal.
That's fine, I tend to buy odd things when I have company - does anyone else do that?
Buy weird things around your friends?
When I left the house I had no intention of going this crazy
but I guess that's what shopping deprivation will do to you!

 First Stop: Glassons.

Paisley Jacket, Monochrome skirt and some plain ol' black skinnies.
This Skirt is so cool - has a zip all the way up the front and it's Monochrome.
Biker Style Jacket in Colorful Paisley!
Neon belts - sweet

Next Stop: Pagani

 Monochrome geometric prints, lace and bling
Lace was all over the catwalks for Spring Summer 2014
This top is a satiny material with leather shoulder detail - so now.

  And then: JustJeans
Don't be fooled by the name - they sell a lot more than jeans!

I'm addicted to shirts at the moment - I've bought 5 in a few months :-/
Bead detail on the pocket and collar - plus it's black and white #monochrome and sheer

 ♥ Quick Look in: Farmers (NZ's version of Selfridges)

Couldn't decide if I needed these heels - so I took a pic for posterity,
turns out I don't love them, even if they're only $20 so I left with nothing #phew
I did however purchase these cute flats with belt detail from Hannah's.

 I then went to Music Works and bought replacement strings for my Bass... 
but yall don't need to see that ;-)

♥ Lastly: Posti+

                     They sell these Klean Kolor nailpolishes: Neon yellow, purple and orange
                              (they've been around longer than Kardashian Krap)
              They're really good!!  And only 2 for $8!!  I am nothing if not a bargain hunter.

 Both necklaces I bought on this particular trip ended up a DIY project involving nail polish
This blue necklace is formally bo-ring:
 But not anymore - Tutorial Here
This ones my FAV - see how I did it here

Actually I spoiled the DIY surprise already here with my Instagraming

Have you guys been shopping lately?

Also! I've been thinking about doing some outfit posts
what do you guys prefer/use - Chictopia, Pose, Fashiolista?
Tell me in the comments if you use any of these :-D

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.