These lovely ladies are Claire and Jas, who burst onto the Brisbane blogging scene with Sweet Lime & Spiced Tea a short six months ago. Since then they’ve already attracted a very loyal following. Their growing success isn’t at all surprising; the blog is impeccably designed and perfectly reflects the modern moodiness and simple sophistication of the featured fashions, interiors, travel destinations, and favourite local haunts. Although by day Jas works as a lawyer and Claire juggles a corporate marketing job with graphic design freelancing and writing her Phd, both these women are dedicated to tirelessly beating their own paths to the creative lives of their dreams. They’re stylish, fun, adventurous, energetic and they know where all the best cocktails are served in this town; they’re the girls everyone wants to be friends with, most especially me!
Q: What inspires you lately?
C: Meeting, talking to and working with smart and motivated people. I love being around people who are passionate and who love what they do!
J: Lately – definitely this weather! There is nothing like waking up to beautiful sunny days, inspires me to get out & do and experience more.
Q: What’s the most recent thing you made?
C: Golden dumplings from a recipe on 101 Cookbooks. I ate them all in one sitting!
J: Can I admit that I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking lately? My husband has the cooking bug & I have been letting him enjoy doing the cooking (with no complaints from me!)
Q: What item in your closet are you loving most this season?
C :I’m mostly loving that I can pack away all of my winter outfits! I am a summer girl, through and through, and am really loving that the weather is finally warming up. I’ll be sporting lots of bright colours, maxi skirts and flirty summer dresses this season. I also love accessories – the bigger the bling the better!
J: My black Rag & Bone jeans. I picked them up in NYC in June and they are honestly the comfiest jeans I have ever owned. They are skinny leg and easy for me to throw a t-shirt on with during the day or a sparkly top for a night out.
Q: What is your ideal meal?
C: Japanese food. I love everything – sashimi, gyoza, edamame – I could literally drink soy sauce. I also love tapas. I much prefer trying little bites of everything on the menu rather than having to commit to just one meal. And of course my ideal meal would be spent with my favourite people too.
J: Vegan Indian food. It’s so simple yet so tasty. Oh and I can’t say no to traditional Italian food – 3 or 4 ingredients, perfectly cooked pasta – I’m in heaven!
Q: How do you keep looking and feeling your best?
C: I think it’s the small things that keep me looking and feeling my best – a manicure, an eyebrow wax, a face mask. Yoga is a pretty important thing in my life too – the combination of getting your body moving and slowing down your mind works wonders!
J: I think it’s all about a good diet and exercise. I make sure I eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to balance out my weakness for chocolate (I can’t resist Mars pods!). I love yoga too but I haven’t been going to nearly as many classes as I would like.
Q: What are your go-to beauty products?
C: I’m big on cruelty and chemical free. At the moment I’m using Korres on my face – their yoghurt moisturiser has saved my face from it’s dry and flaky winter state. For when I need a bit of glamour, Mac mineral makeup (and liquid liner) is what you’ll usually find on my face, but a cheap tinted moisturiser for during the day also does the trick. I also can’t live without a purple shampoo and deep conditioner for my ultra bleached hair – Aveda’s Blue Malva leave-in conditioner fights both brassiness and breakage in one fell swoop.
J: Now that I’m getting closer to the big 30 I am religious about having a good moisturiser, serum and eye cream. I use Tata Harper products which are chemical free (I love all things chemical free!). For makeup – I’ve recently started wearing brighter lipsticks. I bought my first red lipstick this year – Maneater by Illamasque which I love. I was always afraid of experimenting with bright lips but now I am a complete convert!
Q: What are your favourite local haunts?
C: This list is constantly changing – especially with so many new and fabulous places opening up in Brisbane. Sake at Eagle St Pier is my favourite restaurant, Canvas Club is great for a Sunday session and some delicious cocktails, Littlelace boutique for guaranteed purchases every time, Browzing in Hawthorne for regular eyebrow maintenance, and Riverbend Books for a hot chocolate and a browse.
J: I can’t say I have any favourite local haunts – I love trying new places. My husband and I checked out 1889 Enotecca in Woolloongabba a few weeks ago and it is now my favourite Brisbane restaurant – had me wishing I was in Rome! I also love Malt Dining for a Friday night vino with friends. I agree with Claire – there are lots of new places in Brisbane worth checking out!