The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | September 21, 2016

Girl on Fire

She wears her attitude on her feet.

Makes cool look easy.

On her way to dump her boring boyfriend.

Effortless denim x denim.

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GUCCI – Princetown Leather Slipper
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Building Block – Box Bag
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Nylons – Gold Star Studs
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ZARA – Denim Jacket and High-Waisted Button Jeans

 

Credit: Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani

List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

Or…(more accurately) a compilation of many lists found online and written by hand by me.

Juliet Sulejmani | August 30, 2016

If you’re familiar with The Juliet Report, it will not come as a surprise to you that I LOVE BURGERS.

About two years ago I set out on a mission to eat all the burgers, and made THIS LIST which was an amazing idea.

Any time I was going out with my friends and needed a place to go, I would google search ‘The Juliet Report Best Burgers in Melbourne’ and my list would come up.

I also love lists and challenges so it was kind of a game and who doesn’t love a game, especially one that encourages you to eat more burgers.

At the moment we are living in the time of ‘The Burger Craze’, which means that Melbourne is exploding with places where you can eat burgers. This craze, obviously, has been my favourite one so far. I did enjoy the Mexican craze, and the crazy donut milkshake craze, not so into the American BBQ craze, but burgers, burgers is in my opinion the one that will stand the test of time. Because, be honest, how can you not love a burger.

So here, I present to you my The Juliet Report List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

2016 Melbourne Burger List – Printable

Print it out and tick them off once you’ve gone there.

As a disclaimer, I have not been to all of them, I have been to about 12 of them, but people on the internet have included these places in their lists of best burgers in Melbourne.

If you have any suggestions of places not on the list, please comment below and inform me. I will be documenting my burger adventures on the blog as I experience them.

For those who have asked, my top 5, in no specific order (except for No 1, which is my all-time fave).

  1. Leondard House of Love
  2. Royale Brothers
  3. Mr Burger (Fed Square Truck)
  4. Grand Trailer Park Taverna
  5. 8 Bit

You’re welcome!

 

Jx

HIStory?

Eddie Cleaver | June 24, 2016

The Oxford English Dictionary defines history as “the branch of knowledge that deals with past events; the formal record or study of past events, especially human affairs”. It is the definitive record of human exploits throughout time.  We study history at school, we refer to it throughout life, we watch it in the making, we use it to learn lessons from the past, to use as a basis for progression and to record achievements, or failures. History gives us an opportunity to leave our mark on the world, to extend our story beyond our short lives. Being annulled into the realms of history allows us to live forever.

But isn’t history just a version of events? Recordings of those holding influence and power, those cultures who developed the written word, one of many versions of the reality of our past. There has been very little input into recorded history by 49.6% of the population for starters. To put so much reliance on historical record or to chase inclusion within it overlooks its most basic flaws. History is littered with inaccuracies, conflicting accounts, misinterpretation, personal influence, perjury, political and religious propaganda, guesswork even. To place so much emphasis on history seems absurd in today’s world of reliance on scientific study. Should it be put in the same category as story, fairytale, legend or religion? It would seem we should take history with a herculean pinch of salt.

Some influential humans live on, immortalised in history while others, many equally as influential, are forgotten. Why do we know of Darwin yet not Wallace, Tutankhamun yet not Hatshepsut, who was Cecilia Payne (the discovery of the elements which make up stars could seem to be of reasonable importance)?

Every scientific theory built upon the unrecognised steps of so many. Every war fought by the unquestioning loyalty of the humble infantryman or the advice of those less celebrated. What of the assistants and collaborators, mentors and supporters, those who often did the hard yards and dedicated their lives with little or no reward. They are lost in time, unable to be heard like ghosts searching for the afterlife.

There are many heroes, less so heroines, and always the obligatory villains. Often two sides of the same coin, just a change in lead characters. Who is the terrorist and who is the freedom fighter?

Do the realities of history even stand the test of time? We laud famous battles and leaders while forgetting the atrocities of war and colonisation. Are the achievements of a football team more important than those of Marie Curie? IMO they could be if that team is Liverpool FC. Is proving a somewhat tenuous genealogical link to Genghis Khan (a genetic test that is widely available) a badge of honour or a symbol of shame? Maybe it is an insight into the male psyche.

What if history tells us more than at first appears, what if history is more than a record of events over time. What if history is a record of what we want it to reflect, a reflection of our hopes and fears, our dreams and nightmares and most likely our egos and desires. It’s almost as if it was HIStory……….  

Dark Wonderland – Toni Maticevski

Juliet Sulejmani | May 6, 2016

If you thought the exhibitions at Bendigo Art Gallery couldn’t get any better, well, here’s news for you.

Bendigo Art Gallery has just announced Dark Wonderland, which will be Toni Maticevski‘s first ever exhibition. With work spanning over Toni Maticevski’s 20 year career, including objects from his early practice to his most recent work, the Monaco Gown worn by Princess Mary to the King’s 80th birthday, and the commissioned gold lame gown worn by Jessica Mauboy for Eurovision 2014.

Maticevski is one of Australia’s most talented fashion designers, who is also recognised internationally for his designs, and has created a body of work that is diverse and focused on ideas and creative challenges.

Karen Quinlan (Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery), commenting on the exhibition, said: “Toni Maticevski has managed to morph, adapt and defy the boundaries of fashion, crossing the line that divides fashion design with fine art. For anyone who has ever dreamed of wearing a masterpiece, this is a must-see exhibition,”

The exhibition opens 13 August  – 20 November 2016. Bendigo Art Gallery

 

Watch. Read. Eat. Vegan

Emma Noack | April, 18 2016

Watch. Read. Eat. Vegan

Veganism is more that just what you eat. It becomes a way of life. To me it is about making conscious choices and knowing what I am spending those dollars on and what the ethical, environmental and health impacts those choices are having. Over the next few months I will write some posts about things that interest me as a vegan. These posts don’t have an agenda to convert everyone into vegans, but rather I’m just interested in putting some ideas out there about the choices we all make and creating a discussion about what impact they have and why we make the choices we do. I guess I just want to give you, quite literally, some food for thought.

Watch: Step one: watch Bag It! This documentary explains not only the environmental effect plastic has on the planet, but also the health risks (both mental and physical) that plastic has on us as individuals.

Read: After watching Bag It! you may need to visit Trash Is For Tossers to put into practice everything you have just learned. I recommend taking small steps so you don’t feel overwhelmed. By making small changes in your life to create less waste and use less plastic you can minimise the waste you contribute to our oceans and minimise your own exposure to plastic. My top three tips to creating less waste are:

  1. Carry a spare tote bag with you everywhere. It comes in handy so often and prevents you needing to get yet another plastic bag.
  2. Carrying your own plastic free water bottle, like this Klean Kanteen one around with you to stay hydrated. This choice means less plastic bottle waste, and it also may encourage you to drink more water, and possibly chose water over other less healthy options.
  3. Visiting grocery stores that have bulk foods available (such as Friends of the Earth, Source Bulk Foods and Terra Madre in Melbourne) and bring your own bags and jars to put the foods in. This is an efficient way to decrease packaging waste (and it’s actually a cheaper way to shop and the foods tend to be healthier options). Buy your pasta, grains, nuts, tea and more this way and save on plastic and money.

Eat: Just one meal a week OR day that is vegetarian or vegan is a way of having an effect. Voting with your dollar and spending money on less animal based products is a way to tell companies and the planet that more ethical and less wasteful commodities are in demand and important to you as a consumer. Either pop into Smith and Deli for a delicious ‘Foghorn Legless’ sandwich and a delicious desert or make this pasta (adapted from Minimalist Baker) below:

Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 250g quinoa or spelt pasta (or any pasta you prefer)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, diced
  • 8 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 3-4 Tbsp spelt flour
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (Pure Harvest and Nutty Bruce are tow of the better ones available)
  • A large handful of spinach
  • ¼ cup of Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200C and toss tomatoes in a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Place cut side up on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the dish. Then set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta. When done, drain, cover and set aside.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. In a large pan over medium-low heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and the garlic and shallot. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper and stir frequently, cooking for 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant.
  4. Stir in 3-4 Tbsp flour and mix with a whisk. Once combined, slowly whisk in the almond milk a little at a time so clumps don’t form. Add another healthy pinch of salt and black pepper, bring to a simmer and continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes to thicken. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. (Optional: You can also add a few shakes of vegan parmesan for extra flavor at this time if you wish.)
  5. Once the sauce is to your desired thickness add spinach and olives then add pasta and roasted tomatoes and stir.
  6. Serve immediately and garnish with extra black pepper, fresh basil and/or vegan parmesan cheese.

Humidity Be Gone

 

Mel Howard | February, 11 2016

Little Things That Make My Life Easier-Part 1

 

Egg white and olive oil hair mask aka Humidity Be Gone.

Coming from comparatively zero humidity in Melbourne to an average 85% in Byron, my wavy sometimes curly, short hair is freaking the heck out. A friend at work gave me the perfect trick.

  1. In small glass jar, break one egg white, add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Screw on lid and shake like nobody is watching.
  3. Apply to hair.
  4. Leave in hair for 20 minutes (or three eps of Mad Men).
  5. Wash it out well in a COLD shower, ‘cause ain’t nobody got time for scrambled hair.

I jumped straight in the surf and by the time I was home, my hair was super shiny and had curled into perfect beachy ringlets.

Happy days.

Authors note: there are few times in ones life where you may find yourself laughing out loud at your own expense. Trying to neatly apply a sticky egg white mixture to your hair over a sink may be one of them. Neatly being the key word. Embrace the ridiculousness.

Lovelove

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[Credits: Words by Mel Howard and Illustration by Juliet Sulejmani]

2016 Challenge

Juliet Sulejmani | January, 01 2016

Happy New Year!

Watch my first Vlog where I explain my personal 2016 Challenge, where I will attempt to:

  • Read 100 Books
  • Watch 100 Movies
  • Visit 100 Places
  • And make 100 Recipes.

I’ll be updating my blog with reviews as I go through the challenge, and I will also try to post a vlog every Monday with an update!

I hope you enjoy and I wish you an extraordinary year!

Jx

Jam-Doughnut Muffins

IMG_6407Juliet Sulejmani | December, 30 2015

Balance in life is important right? So to balance up yesterdays healthy recipe, I have an un-healthy but easy, super delicious recipe for y’all.

I made these and they were melt in your mouth incredible and they took no time at all.

Just a note by the way, I’m not really good at cooking I’m just really good at following recipes and I enjoy making new things for fun and sometimes to eat.

I’ve been trying out a few of Nigella Lawson’s recipes from her book ‘How To Be A Domestic Goddess.’ So far everything I’ve made has been delicious, easy and it’s super great because she mostly uses ingredients that you would already have in your cupboard.

Here’s how to make these Jam-Doughnut Muffins:

Ingredients

  • 125ml milk
  • 85ml corn or other vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 12 teaspoons strawberry jam
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 1 incredibly well-greased or silicon 12-bun mini-muffin tin.

Preheat the oven to 190C/gas mark 5.

With a fork, beat together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract. Stir this into the flour and caster sugar to combine (just): the lumps don’t matter and if you overbeat the muffins will be tough. Spoon the mixture into each muffin cup so that it’s just under a third full. Then with a teaspoon add a dollop of strawberry jam – about the size of a fat broad bean – then top with more muffin mix so that the cases are just about full.

Put them in the preheated oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until the tops feel springy and resistant and the muffins have puffed up into little toadstools.

Meanwhile, melt the butter slowly in a thick-bottomed pan, and lay the sugar out in a wide, shallow bowl. As soon as the muffins are ready, remove them from their moulds, dip them in the butter and roll them in the granulated sugar. Eat warm.

Makes 12.

My Notes:

  • I used butter to grease the pans instead of oil, just because I didn’t read that part, and I know I said I follow recipes really well, but I just naturally used butter because all other recipes use butter. Does anyone know what the difference? Maybe a health benefit?
  • And I used raspberry jam, just because that’s what I had in the fridge.
  • Also this was so QUICK!! Which I love, they also tasted amazing two days after I baked them. And they’re a good one to make fresh when peeps turn up unexpectedly and you can all be happy and enjoy fresh donut goodness in no time.

Jx

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

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Juliet Sulejmani | December, 29 2015

I don’t always feel like breakfast when I wake up, but when I do, I usually opt for the thing that requires the least amount of thought or effort: toast coffee.

Toast is delicious, sometimes when I’m feeling fancy, I make it into a jaffle. However I know that there are other yummy, easy things you can make yourself.

I found this delicious and healthy recipe online from I Quit Sugar for an Avocado Chocolate Mousse and I have adjusted it slightly to my own taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 biggish avocado
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbspn raw cacao powder
  • 1 tspn stevia
  • 1 Tbspn chia seeds
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tspn cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Blend them all in a blender, pour into your bowl and add any topping that you’ve got in your house. I usually always love granola on mine and today I had kiwi fruit and mango. I would have loved banana, but they were brown eww. In the original recipe they used Coconut Cream instead of milk.

HERE is the I Quit Sugar original recipe.

Hot Tip: I’ve created a folder in my Notes on my iPhone called Recipe, and I create a new list in there with all the recipes I make often, but not often enough to remember the recipe. It makes it easier than having to search for the recipe online, which is what I used to do!

Let me know if you try it or if you have a different variation, or if you have any other great breakfast recipes.

Jx

[Credits: Words and Photography by me]

So many products!

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Juliet Sulejmani | December, 28 2015

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Hi,

Firstly, I just want to own up to not continuing my daily blogging. I stopped because I thought I was getting boring, I felt like I was just writing something and it wasn’t the best that I could do. I have however realised that, like Nike says, I just need to do it, JUST DO IT. So I’ll do it. Lol.

The other day I had some time to spend with myself, and thought I’d have a pamper sesh. So I had a nice bath, put on a mask, then put on moisturiser, then body moisturiser, then lip moisturiser and then hand cream and then I stopped. I looked down at all the products I had just used on myself and took a photo of four of them.

In the photo you can see:

1: Everyday Face Moisturiser by Frank Body

2: Aesop Body Balm

3: L’Occitane Hand Cream, and

4: Lips by Go-To

To be honest with you I was slightly overwhelmed and shocked can I say shocked, seems kind of strong, at the amount of products required daily if you can actually be bothered to make yourself nice and smooth. And by the way, I’m not going into the fact that most of these products I’m using are not 100% natural.

Is it just me or is it crazy? Who has time to use all these products everyday? If you had a full time job, full time family, a house to manage, cooking, cleaning, life, people etc. I guess that’s why some brands have 2in1 products or 3in1 or whatever.

Anyway, I’d love to know how many products you use daily, or what your skincare routine is like. I’m going to keep exploring skincare and products and I’ll post my journey here. Who knows, I might even blog daily again.

 

Jx

 

[Credits: Words and Photography by me]