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Woods of Wisdom - Summer Retro Goodness

Woods of Wisdom - Summer Retro Goodness

Deanne Mayocchi our clever Maiocchi designer share her inspiration for the Summer Woods of Wisdom Collection.

Continuing with my ongoing love of all things floral, this season I have looked towards nature and woodland blooms as my botanical muse.

Inspiration has come from childhood memories of long sunny days spent daydreaming, listening to birds sing, smelling the flowers and climbing trees. 

Custom prints for the season are nature inspired and reminiscent of childlike sketches and paper cut outs. A country cottage sets the scene with a garden in bloom, feathered friends and other woodland creatures. (Shop the retro Dreamsicle Range)

Naïve little cotton sundresses have been re imagined in more grown up vintage style silhouettes. Fabulously retro styles are abundant in fun and playful yet ladylike and feminine frocks. True to Maiocchi's DNA the collection is not with out the Japanese cotton fabrics and Asian inspired prints.

Woods of Wisdom is not for the shrinking violet, with its bold childlike colours of red, yellow and bright blues which have been offset with muted dreamy tones of calico and peach.

I hope you love the Summer Collection as much as I do.

Dee. xx

Dee's fave Christmas recipe - Apricot Macadamia Truffles

Dee's fave Christmas recipe - Apricot Macadamia Truffles

This recipe is courtesy of my Aunty Sue, who is a truly excellent cook.
My Dad always made apricot balls at Christmas when I was growing up and I loved them but this recipe from Aunty Sue is much better than the usual Apricot ball recipe as it has white chocolate - enough said! ( sorry Dad!) 

Be warned - they are dangerously addictive - I cant stop eating them. 
We always have these on the table on Christmas Day, so I eat them after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch ...you get the idea....basically I keep popping them in my mouth throughout the day.

Hope you like them as much as I do. 
I would love to see a pic if anyone makes this recipe!

Dee xo

Apricot Macadamia Truffles

Makes about 36

165g ( 1 cup ) chopped dried apricots ( I use half turkish and half of the other apricots - if you use all Turkish it does not taste apricot-y enough)
2 tbs white rum
2 x 200g packets Nestle Plaistowe white chocolate - melted
1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk
145g (1 cup) toasted macadamia nuts - chopped
170g (2 cups) toasted desiccated coconut


1. Combine apricots and rum in a small bowl and set aside for 10 minutes to soak.
2. Place chocolate, condensed milk, apricot mixture, nuts and half of the coconut in a bowl and stir to combine. ( I do this in the food processor as it is much quicker) 
Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm.
3. Spread the remaining coconut over a plate. I use a 1 tablespoon scoop to measure the mixture for each ball. If I want to make them all perfectly even ( which of course I do!! )  I use a knife to flatten off the top of the 1 tablespoon scoop so that I am getting exactly the same amount of mixture each time.
You then need to roll them into balls and roll in the coconut to coat.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

My tip:
Do all step 1 (measuring) then all step 2 (rolling) then all step 3  (rolling in coconut)
So get a couple of extra plates. 
Measure out all the 1 tablespoon lumps of apricot mixture and put them on the plates in little mounds. Do this until all the mixture is used.
Then do the rolling of all the balls. 
Then do the rolling in coconut bit to all the balls.
This method saves a lot of mess!
Spotted - Maiocchi Christmas windows

Spotted - Maiocchi Christmas windows

We spotted this oh so Maiocchi window at My Girlfriend and I on Burgundy Boutique. This Christmas window is full of the perfect Christmas dresses for the silly season. Sitting down is the Ray of Sunshine Dress in Red, this dress is made from Japanese cotton and come in two colours. The back has elastic for a great fit and the cute print features little chickens. 

 The middle model is wearing Modern Love Dress in Red, this Japanese cotton dress will add a little festive-ness to any workwear wardrobe or Christmas party. 

And on the far side of the window is the Dilly Dally Skirt and Top Combo. The Skirt is made from Japanese cotton and has a cute contrasting tie. The skirt is 4 panels and is designed to skim the hips. Worn with the relax T, which also features cute Japanese cotton detailing, the perfect outfit for your Christmas lunch.