Wednesday, 23 October 2013

CREATIVE SPARK: ANDRE LEVY

I adore the creative coin project "Tales You Lose"
 by Brazilian artist, Andre Levy.
He transforms the portraits of presidents and royalty into well known superheroes and other pop-culture icons. 

























images via Andre Levy


Such a brilliant idea to produce something so unique from something that is mass produced.
These coins are definitely worth keeping!

Jen X

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

THE MALTESERS CAKE RECIPE

I thought I would share this great "Let Them Eat Cake" cake recipe from
Lorraine Pascale's book Fast, Fresh and Easy Food. 
It is a delicious combination of chocolate cake, buttercream and crunchy Maltesers.
It is a favourite in my house and is easily devoured! 
A quick and easy cake to make with a great WOW factor 
and one of those recipes you just throw all the ingredients in together. 
My kiddies are very happy to stick on the Maltesers...you know 3 for me and one for the cake!





SERVES 8-10
SPONGE
  • 150g • 5oz really soft butter,
  • plus a little extra for greasing
  • 250g • 9oz caster sugar
  • 150g • 5oz self-raising flour
  • 125ml • 4½ fl oz sour cream
  • 4 medium eggs (at room temperature)
  • 50g • 2oz cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ vanilla pod (or few drops of vanilla extract to taste)
BUTTERCREAM
  • 100g • 3½ oz dark chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids)
  • 550g • 1¼ lb icing sugar
  • 250g • 9oz really soft butter
  • 2 tbsp milk (or water)
TO DECORATE
  • 4 x 135g packets of brown or
  • white Maltesers

 Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C), 350F, gas mark 4. 
Grease 2 x 20cm  loose-bottomed sandwich cake tins with a little butter and line with
the bottoms with discs of baking parchment.

 Beat the butter, sugar, flour, sour cream, eggs, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together.

 Scrape out the seeds of the vanilla pod or use vanilla extract

 Then mix to give a smooth, soft mixture.
 Divide evenly between the cake tins, 
smooth the tops and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
Remove them from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes. 
Then leave them to cool completely on a wire rack. 

 For the buttercream; 
 Put the chocolate in a bowl and sit on a medium pan of simmering water, 
making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
You could do this in a microwave if you have one...
(we are a microwave free house)
 Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the butter and milk (or water)
 and beat until it is really light and fluffy.
 Then pour in the melted chocolate, stirring all the time.
Sit one of the cakes on a serving plate or cake stand. 
Put a little dollop of buttercream underneath the sponge so that the cake 
doesn't move around. Then cover the cake with the buttercream.
Then sit the other sponge on top and spread the remaining buttercream
all over so it is completely covered. 
 Take the Maltesers and stick them all over the cake. 
Lorraine states
"I am pedantic about this as I want the balls to be in strict rows, 
so I start at the base of the cake and then go in a line,
 up the sides, over the top and down the other side.
 I am not ashamed to say that rulers have been used in the decorating of this cake for a super-sharp line! Line them up nice and tight with no gaps." 



 Visit here for more fabulous recipes from Lorraine Pascale.

 Enjoy!
Jen X

Friday, 6 September 2013

CREATIVE SPARKS: BLOWN AWAY BY DAISY BALLOON

Japanese artist Rie Hosokai and Takashi Kawada are Daisy Balloon. 
They travel the globe to show their amazing balloon creations.
Creative Couture indeed....













images via Daisy Balloon


The book is available here


See more at Daisy Balloon

Jen X

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

3 FAVOURITES: SHELTER, MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME & MEAGHAN SMITH

Hello lovelies and apologies for my absence. 
When I started this Blog I had great intentions to do daily posts (!!!!) so for all you gorgeous peeps who keep checking for a new post I am probably the reason Bloglovin exists! 
So things have been crazy for me at Jen Nicholl Jewellery. 
A big thank you to those who have sent me lovely messages regarding my appearance with Country Culture on Weekend Sunrise (Channel 7 Australia). Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
 XXX

I would like to introduce you to three of my favourite Blogs.
 Actually for total transparency, I love them so much I am a Sponsor.
But just in case these aren't on your Blog roll...here goes...




This was one of the first Blogs I followed way back when.
 Julie is an Interior Designer based in the USA.
 She has the most incredible eye for fabulous interiors and gorgeous goodies. 
I always enjoy her "Shelter Loves" posts. A great inspirational Blog.



My French Country Home is a truly magical Blog. 
Sharon posts the most divine images of interiors, antique finds, food, beautiful French countryside and animals (her dogs are too cute!) all from her gorgeous French Country Home in Normandy. I love the posts on her very stylish French Girlfriends and her recipes are delicious. 
Following this Blog makes me want to start packing and book a ticket to live this lovely French life!




Meaghan Smith is a Personal Stylist based in Melbourne, Australia. 
I love her Blog as it is filled with simple and effective Style Tips. 
Meaghan's Fabulous Finds Posts are a winner and I have her to thank for introducing me to the fabulous Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Light BB Cream (run don't walk!)

So make yourself a cup of something cosy, relax and put your feet up and take a peak at these lovely Blogs.

Enjoy!
Jen X


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY FOR BVLGARI

Carla Bruni is the gorgeous new face of Bvlgari's Diva Collection. 
Of course most of you are familiar with these exquisite and spectacular jewels.The genius photographer behind these beautiful images is of course Terry Richardson (remember my "Festin" post?) 
I am loving these images capturing the truly magnificent gems.
 However, I adore Carla's quote about jewellery even more! 
"An item of jewellery is not like any other object" said Bruni. "It is more intimate than anything else- physically intimate, of course, because it adorns the body, right next to the skin, often close to where the heart is beating. From the simplest of rings to the most sophisticated necklace, an item of jewellery always has a personal story to tell.I love it when things have a story" 







S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G!!

Jen X




Wednesday, 3 July 2013

SEXY SPARK: NICOLE KIDMAN FOR JIMMY CHOO

I am loving Nicole Kidman's latest role as the new face for Jimmy Choo. 
Mikael Jansson is the genius photographer of the sexy and seductive images for the autumn/winter 2013 campaign.
You can watch the fabulous short film here









STUNNING!

See the latest collection from Jimmy Choo here

Jen X