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Friday Five: invitation inspiration

Friday Five: invitation inspiration

Who doesn’t love receiving a beautiful invite or thank you note in the card? A well considered invite says a whole lot about the event, or the sentiment behind the thank you or note. And while we love luxe cardstock and swoon over a gold foil – first and foremost comes the design. When it came to choosing my own wedding invites, I knew I wanted something that was clean and structured, yet floral and feminine – and I absolutely had to have an envelope liner! Firstly I feel head-first for the ‘Reverence’ collection at Bliss & Bone – the most stunning pressed leaf and perspex invite screened with gold – however, needless to say these fell a little out of the budget! In the end, my lovely friends over at Design Collision worked with me to create my perfect invite – drawing inspiration from some botanical prints I’d found in an old bookstore in Tuscany, Italy. Given we’d eloped and these invites also served as an announcement, they carried our elopement date on the front, along with our new initials to create a monogram, foiled in gold.

Our other favourite stationers and invite designers?

1. Bliss & Bone

2. Santiago Sunbird

3. French Navy


(my invitations, by Design Collision)

5. Daniel Ioannou



Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek) a.k.a. easiest recipe in the world

Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek) a.k.a. easiest recipe in the world

I recently stumbled across the recipe on Pinterest the other day and a bunch of childhood  memories came flooding back. It’s called Boterkoek – basically a Dutch Butter Cake and let’s just say it does what it says on the tin. The beauty of this one is you literally only need 4 ingredients – kitchen staples – so it’s that perfect recipe to keep up your sleeve when you have unexpected guests arriving in 30 minutes. This is rich and decadent – but I’m a big believer in everything in moderation and I also believe in ‘if you’re going to do it, do it right’. So with that, we went the whole hog with the richest French Butter we could find! You’ll also find other recipes around with almond meal and eggs and so on – but we love this one for the simplicity. Yes it’s not exactly slimming, but a small slice of this with an espresso and its pretty much like having shortbread with your coffee….heaven in a slice.

The original recipe can be found over here, but we’ve converted it to metric for you here. Enjoy! (And then go for a run…)


  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose plain flour
  • 250g (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup (150 grams) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line an 20cm x 20cm pan with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter and mix it with the flour, sugar, and salt until just combined. Don’t overmix. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 180C for 30 minutes until the edges just start to turn golden. The middle may still be gooey, but the cake is definitely done at this point. Allow to cool completely before removing foil from pan and cutting into squares.

That’s it! Seriously!

If using salted butter, just omit the salt from this recipe.



Mothers Day brunch

Mothers Day brunch

A few weeks ago, we got together with a few of our favourites to style up a gorgeous Mother’s Day brunch. Inspired by new and young mum’s, we wanted bright pinks that would pop against a crisp autumn setting for a feminine, but fresh feel. With the most insanely gorgeous florals by the uber talented Nadia over at Studio Botanic, delicious catering by Stirring the Pot catering, menus by French Navy, and props by Lily & Bramwell, pop on over to the Lenzo edit for the full story, including our tutorial on how to create the Dip Dye Ombre tablecloth.