I used to be a huge lover of prepping my meals ahead of time. Robbie, My Fiancé, and I would spend Sundays making a fortnights worth of meals (or in his case a months worth!). It would be great to know we had it all ready and set out and with conflicting schedules it worked well for us. I found the only way to make sure I ate enough thought-out the day with a busy schedule was to prep everything.
That was until I discovered 5point4 Meals! Their incredible meals are so tasty and by qualified chefs. The variation in the meal flavors and meats (and their vego options) means that I can just heat it and run but not feel like im on the hamster wheel of chicken breast and brocolli! No meal prep! Hooray! Being a workaholic these meals are amazingly convenient! I’m totally guilty of popping it in the microwave whilst posting on socials on my phone for 4 minutes and then returning to my desk to keep working whilst eating. I’ve really tried to take note of eating mindfully to avoid overeating in one sitting, which I do tend to do because I skip or forget meals when I am in a hurry or working on huge projects. But thankfully with these delish meals they are portion sized so even if I gulp it down (ooops!) to quickly I know that I haven’t eaten to much.
An honest review – I tried FivePointFour meals some time ago when they first started and loved the convenience of just ordering and forgetting about it (no big grocery shops!) but I wasn’t “in love” with the taste. The meals were good but I found myself craving other foods. Then I read somewhere a little while ago they had changed their menu and kitchen and I was curious to see if there was a difference. So I ordered some just to try whilst working on the Miss Universe National Costume (so I knew I would have food available when cooking was way to much extra work!). And since getting back on the bandwagon I have to say they were good before but they are totally game changing now! The flavours and meal variation is amazing and I finish a meal feeling full but also totally content. I know I’m getting the perfect amount of protein and veg. I’m completely addicted and so excited because I feel like I have more energy with the regular fuel (without the fuss!) and also am slimming down which, with a wedding coming up, I am pretty thrilled about!! I’m going to stick to a 12 week challenge to optimize my productivity and get going on my health and fitness pre-wedding! Over the last 3 weeks eating 5point4 I have lost 2kg! How awesome is that! Hot wedding bod here I come!
I am super excited because I had a chat to the awesome team at Five Point Four and they have given me a discount code for all the Utterly Engaged Readers – Just use the code “BEGITTA” for $30 off your first box!
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This incredibly gorgeous young girl has been through a tough time. A 16-year-old high school student and an incredibly talented artistic skater and a recently-diagnosed cancer sufferer. She and her family have gone through so much recently so together with an incredible team we pulled off a beautiful photo-shoot in a "Make a Wish" style project!
Please get behind this gorgeous young girl and support her and her family to KICK CANCER'S BUTT!!! Check out her Go-Fund-Me:
& a heartfelt and love-filled thank you to the incredible team who came together to make this little Dream Come True:::
Photography Erin Smith Photography // Hair and makeup Dead Gorgeous - Hair & Makeup Styling // #DreamMakersProject
and of course the amazing businesses who have kindly contributed to our gift hamper
GC MAG, Endota Day Spa Broadbeach, Finding Your Peace, The Atelier, Kylie's Professional
This beautiful girl, Jenny, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor a diffuse anaplastic astrocytoma in January, with little hope of recovery. When we were approached by a family friend to help make a little wish of Jenny’s come true we were excited to put together an amazing team of women to create a magical photoshoot and make Jenny feel like a princess for a day! The results are absolutely breathtaking....
The following day we received this beautiful message from Sara, Jennys sister-in-law
“Good Morning Everyone I hope everyone got a lovely nights sleep last night!
I just wanted to take the time out to say a massive thank you for yesterday. Jenny and I both had such an amazing time with lots of laughs!
Yesterday you all got to see Jenny for who we love her to be, bright, bubbly, funny and of course breathtakingly beautiful.
All the way home, Jenny sung all of your praises and it was obvious that she just had the most amazing time. Even without seeing the end product I can safely say yesterday was one of my favourite days that I have ever been able to spend with Jenny and that means more than you will ever understand.
Being able to have her hair and make up so perfectly done, and be able to have her photographed in such amazing dresses was a dream come true for Jenny. Seeing her like that was particularly special for me, and when the photos come through, for the rest of the family, as Jenny's school formal is this year, and we don’t know if she will make it that long at this stage which is daunting.
To Begitta - your work is simply stunning, you are exceptionally talented yet such a down to earth darling to work with. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your insane schedule to make this happy for Jenny. I was so excited to see her in the insanely gorgeous teal dress, which on the way home Jenny said that she chose just for me to see her in.
To Bree - thank you for making Jenny "drop dead gorgeous" you most definitely are true to your name. Jenny has worn her make up to one of her medical appointments this morning and her hair down and wavy from the curls as you said it would be. She loved how she felt and looked, and last night she said that having her hair and makeup done professionally was on her bucket list.
To Erin - You are a delight to work with! Thank you for making Jenny feel so beautiful and comfortable while you were photographing her yesterday. You really captured who she is as a person even just from those that we have seen so far. Jenny could not speak higher of you and neither could I.
To Jaime - I honestly can't thank you enough for making us laugh so hard yesterday. I have not seen Jenny that happy for what feels like a painfully long time. To hear her laugh like that will be something I will cherish forever. You are an incredible person and we are so blessed to have you in our lives. This time would be so much harder without you.
Honestly I can't thank you enough for yesterday. You have collectively given Jenny a moment in her life that she will never forget and given her the opportunity to see how beautiful she is to all of us.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Photographer: Erin Smith Photography – www.erinsmith.net.au - @erinsmithphoto
Gowns & Styling: Begitta –Bridal & Couture - www.begitta.com - @Begitta
Hair & Makeup: Dead Gorgeous Makeup – www.deadgorgeousmakeupcosmetics.com
Assistant & coffee.food go-getter: Jaime
HUGE THANK YOU TO SOME OF THE MOST AMAZING BUSINESSES WHO CAME TOGETHER
Erin Smith at Erin Smith Photography (erinsmith.net.au)
Jan at Bijole Shoes (www.bijolieaustralia.com)
Jess at Endota Spa, Broadbeach (www.endota.com.au/broadbeach))
Jaquiline at Finding Your Peace (http://www.findingyourpeace.com.au)
When boarding a fabulous Italian Cruise Ship as magnifique as the Cost Luminosa, one must dress appropriately! Particularly when your new collection is opening the fashion show on the top deck in front of hundreds of members of the press, media and the internet famous!
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
I absolutely loved embracing this "Carrie Bradshaw Moment" wearing a custom Tea-Length Ballerina Skirt by moi, Begitta - Bridal & Couture! Paired with a bust-cup slip in off white it was the perfect figure-hugging bodice to balance the sheer size of this insanely pouffy ballerina skirt!
Bodice & Skirt: Begitta - Bridal & Couture / Heels: Valentino Rock-Studs (Borrowed) / Watch: Chanel Première Watch (vintage 1987) / Cuff & Sunglasses: Begitta / Bag: Zara
Endless beauty is what Cloudland brings to the wedding planning table. With it’s incredible three-story high ceiling upon entering to the luscious and forever green foliage that grows throughout the main bar. Each and every facet and faucet of this incredible venue has been thought of and created in a way you could only dream of.
Upon entering Cloudland you will be blown away by it’s grandeur and whimsy. The retractable glass ceiling is just the beginning of the extravagance. With so many incredible rooms to choose from, each with their own individual feel. You would be hard pressed to find a venue, or anywhere ever, quite like Cloudland.
We got to know the lovely Katrina the Events Co-ordinator of the fabulous Cloudland…
In a nutshell, who are you and what do you do?
I am the wedding coordinator for Cloudland and I tailor every wedding experience to each bride and groom to create a seamless and beautiful day.
What is it about weddings that you love so much?
I love the precision of weddings and being able to create a beautiful setting from a blank canvas.
What is the most unique thing you’ve seen at a wedding?
We held a Hindu ceremony which was a great experience for myself to learn the culture and understand the ritual involved in marrying into an Indian family.
What do you do in your free time?
Spend time with my lovely fiancé planning our own wedding!
If you were a colour, which colour would you be, and why?
Light Blue, it is such a fresh and airy colour that makes me feel at ease.
Favourite Restaurant in Brisbane?
Madame Hedges- I may be a little biased however I love Asian food and our new flavours and dishes are really delish!
Come visit the exquisite CLOUDLAND and see the magic for yourself at our UNVEILED - Luxury Wedding & Fashion Showcase - Click HERE for more details and tickets!
IMAGE: Milque Photography // Producer - Justine from Beautiful Weddings // Styling: Nicole at Beautiful Weddings Australia// Gown: Begitta Bridal & Couture // Hair and Makeup: Twigdale //Florals Bouquet Boutique (brides bouquet, table florals, Adam & Eve chair florals)
These exquisite little raw caramel slices are just divine as an afternoon treat or desert with the family. It is certainly one of the best caramel slices we have tasted, the fact that it is a healthy little treat we are soooo excited to make them! The fact they're made with clean ingredients makes them even better!!
2 Cups Nuts (Almonds, Brazil Nuts or Walnuts)
1 Cup of Dates (Soaked)
Pinch of Salt
1 Cup of Dates (Soaked)
2 Tablespoons coconut cream
2 Tablespoons organic peanut butter
2 Tablespoons raw honey
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2.5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2.5 tablespoons Raw Honey
In preparation soak 2 cups of dates minimum 30mins-1hr (or I soak mine overnight)
Nut Base- Using food processor/Thermomix blend 2 cups of nuts until it creates a crumbly texture and place in separate bowl
Put one cup of pre-soaked dates into processor and blend well with a touch of the juice/water from soaking. Continue to scrape down and blend until it becomes a paste.
Add nuts to date mixture with a pinch of salt and blend until it is well mixed.
Line preferred dish in cling wrap and spoon base mixture into dish, press down lightly and place in freezer whilst preparing the next step
Caramel- Clean food processor and add 1 cup pre-soaked drained dates. Add 2 tablespoons coconut cream, 2 tablespoons organic peanut butter, 2 tablespoons raw honey and pinch of salt.
Blend all ingredients continuously until it creates a creamy caramel– you may need to scrape the edges down occasionally. Spoon caramel evenly over nut base and place in freezer to set.
Chocolate top- In a bowl combine 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder with 2.5 tablespoons melted coconut oil and 2.5 tablespoons Raw Honey. Stir well and layer over the top of the caramel. Place in freezer to set for minimum of 3 hours. Once set cut slice into pieces and store in an airtight container in freezer.
Take a few slices out a few minutes before eating to thaw slightly. Absolutely yummy with an afternoon cup of green tea <3
EVENT // MERCEDES BENZ FASHION FESTIVAL - BRISBANE ARCADE GROUP SHOW
Date: Tuesday, 25th August 7.00pm
Location: John Reid Pavilion, Brisbane Showgrounds
Designers: Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Pia du Pradal, Tengdahl, Bora and Darb Bridal Couture.
We at The Atelier had the absolute pleasure of attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival this week. Featuring some of Queensland (and Australia's) most brilliant designers. This years event was held at the John Reid Pavilion, an industrial feast for the eyes offering a plethora of stunning space to present the latest in fashion from Swim Wear to Couture and beyond! Our first show to attend was the incredible Brisbane Arcade Show which was incredible to say the least. The Brisbane Arcade offered an amazing array of high-style designers and boutiques with sought after collections (and such a pleasure to see Quentin Bryce in the Front Row, looking tres magnifique and Oh-So Chanel-esque in what we believe to be a Pia Du Pradal ensemble!).
The Brisbane Arcade is host to Queensland’s leading couture fashion and the big name fashion houses for the past nine decades. It was incredible to be front and centre to enjoy some of the most beautiful collections from Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Pia du Pradal, Tengdahl, Bora and Darb Bridal Couture.
See below for our standout favourites.
A few of our Favourites from PIA DU PRADAL // with divine hats from THE HAT BOX
Stunning Collection from MAIOCCHI
Preview of THE IRMA J SMITH HOUSE OF FASHION // with hats from THE HAT BOX
TENGDAHL's Show Stoppers
Magnificence from DARB COUTURE
IMAGES: IAN GOLDING for MBFF