What a night! So loved up I can hardly contain my excitement. Here's a little peek of the images that made this night so beautiful.
Oh my gosh, what a night! Feeling all lovedÂ up after an amazing night to celebrate the launch of my first cookbook, Hippie Lane, The Cookbook. I am still buzzing with good vibes and feels 3 days on!
I spent much of my year last year absorbed in creating this beautiful book which still sort of feels unreal. I was busy creating and triple testing new recipes, writing the content for the book, creatingÂ all the dishes for photography and meeting with the publishers, Murdoch Books, to discuss the design, layout, sales,Â publicity and the nitty gritties that is involved with book publishing.
It was an intense process and definitely all consuming. With strict deadlines and responsibilities, I threw myself, head and heart, into the project. Working alongside a talented and super professional team, I was able to navigate the publishing journey with very few hiccups, and come out on the other side (thankfully!) TheÂ result is a beautiful 110+ recipe book that includes all my favourite recipes, and I am super proud of the finished product.
[caption id="attachment_576" align="alignnone" width="425"] HIPPIE LANE, THE COOKBOOK (due to be released Australia wide April 1st 2017)
Gathering atÂ SMITH MADE in Sydney's Northern Beaches, surrounded by my closest friends and family, including health bloggers and work associates, we drank, ate and let loose.
Such an amazing moment when you meet your insta friends, women that I have chatted to day in and day out over the last 3 beautiful years of myÂ social mediaÂ journey - finally face to face and altogether. It was more magical than I expected - these girls are change-makers: talented, warm-heartedÂ and beautifulÂ inside and out.
PICTURED from left: Ashley (@nourishmemum), Chloe Smallseed (@the_smallseed_), Marisa (@missmarzipancom), Anthea (@rainbownourishments), LuciaÂ De Mello (@luciademello_), Taline Gabrielian,Â Mel (@wholesomedaily), Jo Ross (@healthyeating_jo), Toni (@whole_food_nutritionista), Sabrina (@rawspirations).
PICTURED:Â With my soul sista, Stef Neal (@foodfixup)Â
PICTURED: Lucia De Mello (@luciademello_), myselfÂ and Chloe Smallseed (@the_smallseed_)
[caption id="attachment_588" align="alignnone" width="434"] PICTURED: Vladia Cobrdova + her Partner
The energy in the room was electric, with warm and positive interactions accompanied with good food, plenty of drink and upbeat tunes. A magicÂ combination and my kind of perfect.
[caption id="attachment_581" align="alignnone" width="400"] Celebratory Drinks
[caption id="attachment_592" align="alignnone" width="400"] Pressed JuicesÂ
[caption id="attachment_580" align="alignnone" width="400"] Plant Based Tasting Menu
[caption id="attachment_590" align="alignnone" width="400"] PICTURED: The TigerlilyÂ crew
Overcome with happiness, I was all teary when my bestie, Soph, made her testimonial. Speaking from the heart,Â going back to our early days andÂ retelling the road that led me to here, I couldn't keep in together. I was stressing, with racing thoughts about how I wasÂ going to keep composedÂ when it was my turn to speak. I'm a sucker for deep and meaningful tributes and she got me good!
[caption id="attachment_582" align="alignnone" width="405"] Mixed Emotions - With my bestie,Â SophiaÂ Ajaka
I was honoured to face my guests, mic in hand to tellÂ my story and had the opportunity to thank allÂ in the room and the wider health community forÂ supporting me to this sweet Â point in my career.Â I was able to give some context and deliver with itÂ a clearÂ message:Â toÂ follow your passion and live your dreams.
[caption id="attachment_586" align="alignnone" width="392"] Family love and support - my everything.
My husband rounded up the speeches with his honest and real take on what it's like to be the supporting husband and his account of the earlyÂ days of healthy eating.
I wasn't sure whether I was going to laugh or cry!Â Funny, real and very fitting to the type of guy he is, any chance at some fun and laughs and he'll take it.
Me and my husband, Sam Gabrielian - My role model and major inspiration.
I was able to talk one on one with all (or most) of the guests whilst sipping on drinks and personalising their cookbooks with messages and a signature. So surreal to share the book with all, so exciting to finally reveal it!
An amazing night, one to remember and to treasure forever. Thank you to all that made it and celebrated the night with me, those there in spirit and to Murdoch Books for their belief in me and my vision. I am super excited to share the book with you all. In AustralianÂ stores April 1!
With so much love,
ps. The images here are the preliminary lot, with more to come during the course of the week. I will upload them as I receive them.