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Spellbound White Christmas Macadamia & Salted Caramel Bites
by Janneke Williamson @mothernourish
Mother Nourish Blog + Facebook + Instagram

We’re super excited to share a recipe designed just for us by Janneke Williamson. Janneke is a holistic health coach, food blogger, cook, mother, and my dear old friend who is absolutely, positively gorgeous inside and out. Eating at Janneke’s table is more than just a meal, it’s an adventure. I can’t wait to make these babies and serve them on Christmas day… They’re raw, refined sugar, gluten and dairy free.

Spellbound White Christmas Macadamia & Salted Caramel Bites
Makes 15 approx

BASE
5 Medjool dates pitted and warmed
3/4 cup of raw macadamia nuts
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1/3 a cup of coconut oil warmed until liquid (There’s coconut oils and there’s coconut oils. Make sure you choose a good quality ideally organic brand that has a nice creamy coconut taste. Some brands don’t taste good whilst others tastes amazing. It pays to choose a yummy tasting one for a treat like this)

Method
• Remove the pips from the dates and then warm them in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Then pop them in your blender or food processor.
• Pulse the dates for 10 seconds just to break them up a bit.
• Add the macadamias and shredded coconut. Pulse or blend on low for about 15-30 seconds until the chunks get smaller and it turns in a very chunky paste.
• You don’t want it too smooth.. Keep it a little chunky so you get a nice bitey texture. Add to a bowl with the coconut oil and coconut flour and mix thoroughly with a spoon.
Press large heaped teaspoon fulls of the mixture into paper cupcake cups. It makes it a bit easier by using a muffin tin to hold the cups whilst building these treats.

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TOPPING
1 cup raw cashews soaked for half an hour
1/3 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup coconut oil warmed until liquid
2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup (for a healthier fructose free option) or maple syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean powder or 1 teaspoon liquid vanilla essence or the paste from 1 vanilla pod

Topping Method
• Blend all ingredients except coconut oil in blender on high until very smooth.
• Add the coconut oil and blend for a further 15 seconds until all mixed in.
• Spoon the mixture out over the bases and carefully spread it evenly.
• Sprinkle with some crushed macadamia nuts and then place in the freezer to set for an hour

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CARAMEL
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup
2 teaspoons of butter or coconut oil for a dairy-free option
Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Caramel Method
• Stir all ingredients into a saucepan. Warm very slowly on a very low heat stirring regularly. The coconut cream will very slowly turn golden and toffee like.
• Stir every few minutes and when it gets close to being a nice thick caramel consistency, keep stirring until ready. Caramel takes approx 30 mins.
• Once the caramel is ready, drizzle it carefully over the macadamia cups.
• Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of sea salt and bee pollen.
• Pop them back in the freezer to set for another 30 minutes and keep them in the freezer until ready to indulge. Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving.

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Etro Spring 15 Ready to Wear.
via Style.com

Dying over this festival ready collection by Etro. It’s the thing we day dream about as kids, that fashion is a big fat dress-up session. Could just see Kate Bosworth rocking the hemp/lace jacket in the last outfit at Coachella next year…

SUMMER OF ANGELS.

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‘Summer of Angels’ – Spell Holiday 14/15.
Photographer Ali Mitton @alimitton
Muse Ashley Smith @ Society Management
H&M Ashlee Rose @ashleeroseboots
Styling Spell Pennefather + Chloe Chippendale @electricalbannana
Vintage borrowed from our girl Sarah Humphrey’s private collection
Assistant Chance Welton
Film ~ B-Roll Cameron Salvatore | Edit Johnny Abegg | Music MT Warning
Thanks to Dara Siegel from I Heart Reps for your help producing this shoot & to Huggy for cruising the chopper like a boss.

We have an old and slightly tattered piece of paper taped to our wall, on it is scrawled our model ‘wish list’ – muses we’re dying to work with. Ash Smith has been on it ever since we saw her in Russh in 2010. So there we were, in the sweltering heat of the Californian desert, watching our muse Ashley Smith fly on down the highway on the back of a vintage Harley Chopper. Eyes stinging in the heat and dust. Pinching ourselves. Loving every moment.

There’s this incongruous quality we’re always searching for in our shoots, a subtle balance of FOXY vs LOVELY. And Ash Smith nails this every time. She’s kind of rough and ready and foxy as hell – but she’s cute and fun and lovely too. Add dirty cowgirl boots and some lovely white broderie anglaise cotton and that incongruity that we love just builds.

With a dream team by our side (including OZ photographer Ali Mitton and stylist Chloe Chippendale) and a 70s Motel as our playground, the shoot felt like an extension of our dreams.

We hope you love this collection, it’s so damn fun. Perfect for holiday, full of colour, bold florals and bright gypsy prints, paired back with some lovely broderie anglaise in whites, blacks and dusty blues.

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A little side note: People often ask us, “Why all the USA imagery??” And for good reason. It’s weird, I know. We live in Australia and have lived here all our lives. We adore (beyond words!) our home town of Byron Bay, and (although we don’t surf) we really are quite the pair of proud Aussies. So, in answer to this oft asked question – the following is the only explanation I can give you.

When our Latvian grandparents fled the 2nd World War, they walked through a war-torn German harbor heading toward a refugee boat fleeing to the USA. At the last minute it was decided there wasn’t room for them on that boat and they were ushered onto a boat heading for Australia. For some reason they always felt that that they should have been on that boat, and a life-long intrigue for that far off land, the USA, was born. This intrigue was passed on down to my father and then eventually to us. Ironically, now that I think about it, Spelly and I named our first sons Texas and Indiana – and (though Indiana was actually named after Indiana Jones) it would seem that the intrigue may be passed to another generation.

Foundling.

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Rowie Summer 14/15 ‘Foundling’ introducing Rowie Swim (@rowie_designs)
Photography David Hauserman (@davidhauserman)
Muse Natalie Sole (@nataliesole)
Stylist Marisa Sidoti (@marisasidoti)
H&M Angie Barton (@angiebarto)

Spell Style Files II

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection, Australian fashion, gypsy boho,

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection, Australian fashion, gypsy boho,

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection, Australian fashion, gypsy boho,

Over the past few weeks we’ve been sneaking around the office, capturing our team wearing their fave pieces from our Cactus Rose collection. There are many more wonderful women that make our Spell world go around – but here are just a few of our lovely Spell angels and their office style.

Spelly.
Spelly’s personal style is the place where each collection is born. She basically creates whatever she wants to wear that season, which is why, from collection to collection there can be these random pieces that pop up – they’re just what she feels like having in her wardrobe that season! This season it was flowy, flowy, flowy! (And a bit of Chambray, embroidery thrown in of course). As a mum you’d think she’d roll in to work in sweats and a tee, but seriously she always looks so stunning, even when she’s just in her ‘Spelly uniform‘ of her Fleetwood shorts + singlet and Spell bralette.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Anna.
As our head technical design angel she works closely with the design team to get the fits just the way we want them – and she’s also our little office hippy girl. (Sorry Anna but you are!) She’s always barefoot, floating around in crochet and something flowy or cheesecloth. She often wears Spell mixed with Free People crochet or sheer dresses. Today she’s mixing our Wild Ones kimono with our Margarita Crochet maxi dress.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Libby.
Libby is an amazon. She is also our logistics girl. If there’s a problem with the server, website or something technical we go to her. She has her finger in about a zillion other busy pies as well. She always looks incredible (hard not to when you’re a glamazon…) even when she’s in her boyfriend jeans and a Spell singlet.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Clare
Clare is our newest member of the Design team, and brings with her the essence of what it is to live in Byron. Laid back, effortless, surf. She’s usually in a little pair of Tallow shorts and chunky boots or cons, a casual tee and her hair tied in a top knot. As Product Developer, she helps Spelly bring each sketch to life, with incredible attention to detail, she considers every last touch on a garment, from trims, to buttons to tassels… And she’s killer with a moodboard or pinterest board – she has some spectacular secret boards going that we reference all through the design process.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Emma
Our angel Em has been with us for a few years now, and her style has always stayed very true to her own. An epic combination of modern boho feminine vs squiz*, even her simplest outfits get a ‘woah‘ from the office!  She is our customer service angel/sales representative/ in-house model who manages to remain exceptionally sweet and calm – even with the hundreds upon hundreds of emails and phone calls from all our customers. Chances are, you have probably spoken to our beautiful Em with your Spell enquiry at one time or another.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Lisa
Lisa runs our entire Spell team and we wouldn’t know what to do without her! She joined us almost 2 years ago and has been a rock for Spelly and I. Whilst managing to organise everything (and everyone) on our team, she also manages to look effortlessly flawless all day, everyday. What’s with how some people can manage to look just as groomed and perfect at the end of a busy day as they did when they walked in the door. (My lippy, when or if I bother to wear it is usually smudged off and onto my coffee cup by 8.30am) She is the queen of pairing Spell  with high end or really urban labels that you wouldn’t think could match. But Lisa fuses them perfectly.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

 Jaimi-Lee
Our girl Jaimi knows how to rock personal style! Without following trends, she remains true to herself. A fusion of floaty, beachy boho and higher end labels like Sass & Bide – she lives in long dresses, plain tee’s & ‘Jaimi’ dirty silver necklaces. Actually a lot of our ‘Cactus Rose’ collection was made especially for her, she complained to Spelly and I that we’d stopped making floaty piece that can be worn on all body shapes so we designed our Wild Ones gown, our Wild Ones knotted dress and skirt just for her. You can see here she knows how to rock a full skirt…

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Lily
Lily joined the Spell team as an intern about a year ago. We loved her so much – we just couldn’t let her go! She’s Spelly’s right hand lady, assisting her with all things design! From research to mood boards to assisting on photoshoots. Lil has a knack for rocking vintage pieces with her Spell staples. Usually teamed with docs or dirty cons, she has a slightly grunge, 90s vibe to her and nails it, every time!

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Lizzy
Mae had to chase me down the stairs at HQ to take this photo – I am forever behind the camera and usually refuse to get in front of it! As a mum of 2 littlies I find it pretty tough these days to look stylish at work. I often run in coffee in hand, wearing my gym gear or a Spell tee and some slouchy One Teaspoon shorts. Mae captured me here in our Boho Dress a rare moment these days!

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Mae
You would never believe that such a small bundle could do so much. Our little Mae is our graphic designer – she brings the visual side of our whole label to life. From newsletters, to our website, to clothing trims to almost anything that looks beautiful around the Spell world, Mae will have had something to do with it. Not only does she do all that, she is the most enthusiastic person you will ever meet, and is always willing to lend a happy helping to hand to anyone who needs it. She tends to wear whatever she wants – whenever she wants. Bra optional. Red lipstick usually.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Meg
Meet the other half of our customer service team, Meg. She is the sweetest thing in this world, with a wicked sense of humour. She goes above and beyond for all our customers, you’ve probably chatted to her on the phone or email if you’ve contacted us in the past 6 months. Her office style has a beautiful, feminine maturity to it, often walking up the stairs in a beautiful flowing maxi, flats and lovely tanned skin.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Mel
When I think of Mel, I think of that line on ‘Dont tell Mum the Babysitters Dead’ – “I’m right on top of that Rose!!” Because she is, always on top of everything. I dont know how I survived before she became our Admin Assistant.  She rocks cut offs, a tee and birkenstocks like no other (with those pins – how could she not!). She’s a beach babe really, a little blonde pocket rocket beach babe, wrapped in a Spell kimono.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection, Australian fashion, gypsy boho,

Olivia
Olivia is our longest standing Spell Angel. I love telling the story of how she came to us, she started as an intern (by flying herself over from the UK because when she found us online she thought “I’m going to work there!” What a legend!) And now she runs our production, liaising with all our factories and making sure that things tick along as they should. Liv has a super keen knack for foxy office style. From jeans and leather jacket combo (she lives in our Easy Rider jacket!) to a super feminine flowy dress, always paired with her Liv boots.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection, Australian fashion, gypsy boho,

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection, Australian fashion, gypsy boho,

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection, Australian fashion, gypsy boho,

Sarah
We found Sarah in Melbourne. Which is no surprise, we always get along well with Melbourne chicks. Sarah brings all our samples to life, perfecting every sample detail before it goes to production. Her style is Melbourne meets Byron – she usually rocks a well cut blouse with some Levi cut offs and (so NOT Melbourne!) is usually barefoot in the office!

Spell and the Gypsy Collective, staff style files, boho, spell, http://shop.spelldesigns.com/ Cactus Rose Collection

 

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