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HOMESTYLE : Behind the Scenes!

Behind the scenes: Homestyle magazine editorial shoot for AUg/Sept issue 2014. Stylist: Sophie Peacocke, Editor: Alice Lines, Photographer + Location: Melanie Jenkins at Flash Studios. Auckland, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBehind the scenes: Homestyle magazine editorial shoot for AUg/Sept issue 2014. Stylist: Anya Brighouse, Editor: Alice Lines, Photographer + Location: Melanie Jenkins at Flash Studios. Auckland, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBehind the scenes: Homestyle magazine editorial shoot for AUg/Sept issue 2014. Stylist: Anya Brighouse, Editor: Alice Lines, Photographer + Location: Melanie Jenkins at Flash Studios. Auckland, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBehind the scenes: Homestyle magazine editorial shoot for AUg/Sept issue 2014. Stylist: Anya Brighouse, Editor: Alice Lines, Photographer + Location: Melanie Jenkins at Flash Studios. Auckland, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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Over on Studio Home today I give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of this awesome children’s focussed shoot for the new look Homestyle magazine.
Join me as I sift around snapping stylists Anya Brighouse and Sophie Peacocke making some visual magic!

Homestyle is out now (and there is a special feature in there by me too! Extended versions coming you way here soon! )

TAKE ME TO THE FULL FEATURE

FOCUS: Parsnip + Butternut Squash Fries by Food from Flossie

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post exclusively for Junior's Design Blog:Parsnip and butternut squash fries

I have a feeling that this recipe for crispy warm (healthy) comfort food may have been spurred on by the fact that Flossie stares straight out the window at the snowy mountains of Wanaka! However, the truly cold wind that has been biting through Auckland at times lately has me lusting after them too!

Enjoy – Quick and EASY!

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post exclusively for Junior's Design Blog:Parsnip and butternut squash fries FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post exclusively for Junior's Design Blog:Parsnip and butternut squash fries FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post exclusively for Junior's Design Blog:Parsnip and butternut squash fries
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Drumroll for skinny, yummy veggie fries. Easiest recipe ever, just chop and chuck them in the oven and serve them with some fish fingers and peas !

PARSNIP + BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRIES

Makes 1 bowl (same size as pictured)
½ butternut squash, sliced into skinny sticks
3-4 parsnips, sliced into skinny sticks
drizzle of veggie or olive oil
sprinkle salt

Preheat the oven to 190˚C.

Toss the veggies with a drizzle of oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes until the fries and golden and delicious.

Check out more of Flossie’s delish and clean recipes she has created for Junior’s here!
Also recently featured in Hearth Magazine!

MINI FOCUS: Exploring the Wintergarden

Exploring Auckland's Wintergarden with Gigi / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Exploring Auckland's Wintergarden with Gigi / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Exploring Auckland's Wintergarden with Gigi / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog

Yesterday I took the afternoon off to explore Auckland’s Wintergarden with my mini sidekick; Gigi. It was SUPER magical and felt like a real unknown adventure as we dashed between the two conservatories, wound down into the fernery and its dark grotto and kept a constant eye out for Peter Pan!

You can check out more of these pics here on the Junior’s Facebook Page and (as always) I was trying to use the tips I learnt from Peta Mazey on how to take great shots of children!

FOCUS: Mini chocolate + beetroot cupcakes with creamy avocado + choc icing! By Food From Flossie

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Delicious mini chocolate and beetroot cupcakes with creamy avocado and chocolate frosting

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Delicious mini chocolate and beetroot cupcakes with creamy avocado and chocolate frosting

 

A huge welcome to clean eating (but not boring!!) expert; Flossie Williamson from great site; Food from Flossie. I personally struggle with the boundless ideas, opinions and philosophies around food that does good and not harm to our bodies – and have found that sparky Flossie and her delivery help demystify that whole scene AND offer fresh and yum ideas that even I am capable of!

So its with great excitement that I welcome Flossie on board as a regular contributor to our FOCUS features and hope you enjoy her inspiration and ideas as much as I do!

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Delicious mini chocolate and beetroot cupcakes with creamy avocado and chocolate frostingFOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Delicious mini chocolate and beetroot cupcakes with creamy avocado and chocolate frostingFOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Delicious mini chocolate and beetroot cupcakes with creamy avocado and chocolate frosting

Who knew you could make a totally healthy cupcake!! These are perfect for kids, you honestly can’t tell that the icing is made of avocado or that there is even beetroot in the cake. Perfect way to sneak some veggies into your kids diets and stop them from running around after eating sugar like crazies.

 

DELICIOUS MINI CHOCOLATE + BEETROOT CUPCAKES WITH CREAMY AVOCADO + CHOC ICING

Vegan, dairy free, no refined sugar
1 whole cake or 36 mini cupcakes

⅓ cup coconut oil
¾ cup honey or agave
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 ½ cup spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ cup cocoa powder
2 cups finely grated beetroot
½ tsp vanilla

Icing
2 very ripe avocados
½ cup dark chocolate, melted
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 heaped tbsp cacao powder
½ cup agave or honey
Drop of vanilla essence

Preheat your oven to 180˚C.

Grease your cupcake tin or fill with cupcake cases. I use the mini silicone trays and grease them with a little sunflower oil and sprinkle with either cocoa powder or desiccated coconut.

On a low heat melt the coconut oil and honey in a small pan. When its all melted add the almond milk and apple cider vinegar.

Put all the dry ingredients in a big bowl, mix it about and then sieve into the wet ingredients. Stir it until smooth then add the beetroot
Thats the mix done!

Now just spoon it about ⅔ rd’s full into the cupcake tins.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins, they will have risen and should be springy to touch. To test you can poke with a skewer and check it comes out clean.

Leave to cool and get started on the icing.

Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate in the microwave until its runny.

Spoon the flesh out of the avocado into a blender along with all the other ingredients until super smooth. Then scrape it all out into a bowl and chill in the fridge for the minimum of half an hour.

To ice use a piping bag, if you have a fancy nozzle that will make them look great! Shake over some colourful sprinkles and party away!

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Delicious mini chocolate and beetroot cupcakes with creamy avocado and chocolate frosting

Recipe exclusively created exclusively for Junior’s
Images courtesy of Food from Flossie
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Junior's Design Blog - Contributor: Food from Flossie: sexy healthy food that will blow your mind

“A WINTER’S TALE”

"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.com

From left: Top Cable Melbourne, Leggings Her and I, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Headdress Peggy, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Shorts Four in the Bed, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Dress Tanner and Teague, Shoes Walnut Melbourne
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This is something pretty exciting for me to share with you all!
Brilliant children’s stylist; Michelle Offerman gathered together a talented Melbourne based team and created this BEAUTIFUL shoot just for us!! The photography by Carmen Rose captures Michelle’s textural and soft aesthetic so well and I think these three little souls are as dreamy and magical as they look. Michelle sourced everything from some beautiful down under suppliers so be sure to explore the links.

Enjoy!!!

"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.comDress Four in the Bed, Top Mavis and Osborn, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Top Tanner and Teague, Pants Tanner and Teague, Shoes Walnut Melbourne
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"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.com
Top Tanner and Teague, Pants Tanner and Teague
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"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.com
Top Cable Melbourne, Leggings Her and I, Dress Tanner and Teague, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Shorts Four in the Bed
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"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.comDress Tanner and Teague Blanket Cable Melbourne, Top Cable Melbourne, Leggings Her and I, Blanket Cable Melbourne, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Shorts Four in the Bed, Scarf Cable Melbourne
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"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.comHeaddresses Peggy, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Vest Mavis and Osborn, Skirt Rock Your Baby, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Dress Tutu Du Monde, Jumper Cable Melbourne, Stockings and Shoes Walnut Melbourne
"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.com "A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.com "A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.com
Top and Blanket Cable Melbourne
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"A Winters Day" by Stylist Michelle Offerman for Junior's Design Blog. / Photography: Carmen Rose www.carmenrose.com.au  Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi www.makyajmodel.com  Stylist: Michelle Offerman www.michelleofferman.com  Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget  Location: Aghadoe Estate www.aghadoeestate.comDress Tutu du Monde, Jumper Cable Melbourne, Stockings and Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Headdress Peggy, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Vest Mavis and Osborn, Skirt Rock Your Baby, Shoes Walnut Melbourne
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TEAM

Photography: Carmen Rose 
Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi 
Stylist: Michelle Offerman
Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget
Location: Aghadoe Estate 

Thank you to: Cable Melbourne, Four in the Bed, Peggy, Her and I, Tanner and Teague, Mavis and Osborn, Walnut Melbourne and special thanks to Di from Aghadoe Estate for hosting us.