Life doesn’t have to be perfect.  But it helps to have harmony. I’m loving natural wood and whites and creams in the house at the moment.

IMG_3347Plus a touch of green always adds freshness.





ISLAND LUXE – Bangalow NSW, Australia


How amazing this place is.  One of my favourite stores in Australia.  Island Luxe is in a lovely coastal town near Byron Bay, called Bangalow.  It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.  Filled with amazing clothing and homewares that you won’t see everywhere.  It’s so special I want to move in!


Losing myself in stores like this inspires me no end.




This beautiful cake is one of my late Mum’s recipes that I just adore to make. Not only does it boast the most delicious, earthy flavor, it’s really fun to make.  And I’m not a very successful baker, or, in fact, a lover of cake. It’s not your traditional beat and blend.  It involves soaking fruit in alcohol, boiling and cooling and an addition that makes it bubble up like a science experiment. But most of all, it reminds me of my sweet mother.  I bake it in an old round tin that she gave me to always use for this cake.  She called it a boiled fruit cake. I think Mum would be so happy if she knew I was still making this and thinking of her.  I think she knows. ♥ look for the recipe on my blog pages ♥



Just in time for easter. This amazing wreath was created by the talented Robin Charlotte. A beautiful greeting at my front door.

IMG_5697A little more love from Robin Charlotte. Couldn’t resist this for my wall.



Home made gin & tonic is not only fun, but comes beautifully packaged.  Great idea for a gift.  I found it on food52.


IMG_0755Mother’s Day love.  Thanks kids!!!!   And Growing Wild Manhattan Beach.


Heart cafe Portland ORWe went to Portland for the weekend and enjoyed so many great restaurants.  Our favorite coffee spot though was Heart.  Great coffee.  Worth a visit if you’re in Portland.


IMG_0131 IMG_0134 IMG_0136Had the most amazing lunch at Lukshon the other day.  If you’re ever in Culver City in LA… do your self a flavor.


IMG_6678Oh Gjelina… you never let me down.  Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice.  CA


IMG_0206I’m loving wildflowers at the moment.  These are camomile flowers.  Who knew how pretty they were?  I thought they just made lovely tea.  Found these are Rolling HIlls Flower Mart in Manhattan Beach.


IMG_0307Since downsizing we don’t have our big backyard anymore.  But we still manage to grow lemons, limes and herbs all in pots.  Go ahead and grow something.  I do not have a green thumb but I love to have fresh herbs at my back door for weeks at a time.  Its just more satisfying to harvest your own. And my happiness maiden just makes me happy.










The only things that look good in a cage.The only things that looks good in cages.


with love from Bali
With love from Bali – thank you my sweet Taylor xoxox
Humanely gathered.  Don’t freak out everyone.  Beautifully hand carved. Each one is different.


IMG_1016 IMG_1018 IMG_1024 IMG_1026 IMG_1029Fishing With Dynamite always blows me out of the water. Gorgeous lunch.  Great for dinner.  And the Cocktails are right on target too. Manhattan Beach, California.


Egg Slut!!!!As my son says… “just cos i like eggs doesn’t mean you can call me names”  Hahaha 
Eggslut downtown LA inside Grand Central Market! Fun!





I owe everything to my mum! I owe everything to my mum.  



If you’ve been following my cookwhatwhen instagram you’ll notice I hopped back to Australia recently.


Weddings are such happy family renunions. Two weddings in three weeks.  Lots of love down under.


Lots of flat whites! This is affectionately known as a non-fatty-flattie.


Best home cooking everrrrr!


A delicious meal at social eating house. Cant wait to try some lime gremolata on my fresh oysters soon!  

IMG_1712And how about this breakfast salad at barefoot barista! Great coffee too. My kinda heaven.


Yep somthin’ my sister threw together!  Looking for persian feta here in the states!!!! Wholefoods used to carry it. But they don’t anymore at my local. So I’m starting a movement. Order in persian feta! It’s so versatile and creamier than regular greek feta. Mixes well with avocado on toast or here it’s whipped and served with fennel salt. Devine!!!!! Help share the love!IMG_1715Lovely idea for a store. Real food. Amazing salads to go! Botanica


Gorgeous restaurant. And the food and coffee is amazing. Paw Paw cafe

IMG_1577Paw paw cafe

And then this happened! The farm at Byron Bay was just amazing. Great location. Fabulous food. And delicious cocktails.


The most amazing broccoli and cauliflower rice for breakfast!!!! At the farm at Byron Bay


Yep.  Still at the farm


Go to The Farm at Byron Bay in Australia if you get a chance.

IMG_1522IMG_1359Gorgeous night spent at the Atlantic in Byron Bay. California cool they describe themselves as. Won’t disagree. Beautiful guest house style hotel.

IMG_1804Then homeward bound. Back to California. Thank Australia. You served us well!!!!










  1. Leave a Reply

    Kelley Wescoe
    May 21, 2015

    This is awesome Shelley!!! 🙂

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    kelly viklund
    May 21, 2015

    Sp proud of you Shelly! Huge Congrats and lots of Love!!!

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    kelly viklund
    May 21, 2015

    Love love love everything!!!

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    Jennie Gouveia
    May 22, 2015

    You are so inspirational, remind me of my mom’s love for cooking 🙂

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    Angela Bennett
    May 22, 2015

    You are amazing!! I’m so impressed…you are such a talented lady! I will let you know what I make first!

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    Katy Williams
    May 22, 2015

    yay… It’s gorgeous just like your food & you!!! Can’t wait to start some serious faking. Where to begin? It all looks so amazing!

  7. Leave a Reply

    Karen Mann
    May 24, 2015

    You are putting your talents to good use Shelley!!

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    Susan Bolick
    May 30, 2015

    Shelley. I love it!!! And so you! Very proud that you are doing this-we do have a next chapter!! You go girl!!

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    Amy Cherico
    June 10, 2015

    You’re one of our favorite people…heck, favorite families! You’re incredible and we love you!! This is soooooo AWESOME!!!

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    Victoria Tomalty
    June 28, 2015

    i LOVE this Shelley!! So much fun!! Looking at your pictures makes me happy.. and hungry!!

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    Sig Ward
    August 7, 2015

    Everything is amazing! Love it all!!!! Clean, healthy and delicious. No sacrificing a bit! Bravo!

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