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(Photographs and recipe thanks to Southern In Law)

This is a super yummy guilt free treat, with just three ingredients it takes 5 minutes to make and is great to take to work to beat that afternoon sugar slump!


1 cup dates (fresh or dried, both work fine)

1 cup salted cashews

2 tsp vanilla extract

optional dash of water

Process all of your ingredients in a food processor until combined, adding a splash of water if needed to bring the mix together.
Roll into balls and place onto a clean plate or baking tray/container. 
Enjoy at room temperature, chill in the fridge (my preferred way of eating these!) or freeze for a quick snack whenever you need them.

*I prefer fresh medjool dates, however, they can get expensive so I've tested it with dried dates and they work perfectly!
**If you don't have or like cashews, feel free to use 1 cup of any nut or seed of your choice. We love using peanuts for peanut caramel bites and nut intolerants can make this recipe with sunflower or pumpkin/pepita seeds.

The only problem with these little yummies is stopping at one or two!

Bec XO

Exciting news - Impulse is opening a new store VERY soon!

Here are some sneak peaks of the fitout and new stock  ... as soon as we can we will release full details of the opening day, so stay tuned to our emails and to our Facebook page for updates!

Think sweet, think seductive: this heady and romantic dessert can't fail to win hearts. 


Orange-scented doughnuts to swoon over. *Consider making a little extra to use for testing the frying oil, I went through approx. 4 donuts before I got the timing and heat right. See my finished product below!


300g ricotta, drained

¼ cup caster sugar, plus extra for dusting

½ tbsp grated lemon zest

1 tbsp grated orange zest

2 tbsp fresh orange juice

1 egg and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

½ cup plain flour

2 tbsp cornflour

1½ tsp baking powder

rice bran oil, for deep-frying


Combine ricotta, caster sugar, zests, orange juice and eggs in a bowl. Sift in flour, cornflour and baking powder and combine, but don't overwork the batter. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a heavy-based saucepan, heat enough oil to cover a golf ball twice to 180°C. To test the temperature of the oil, sprinkle in some flour. If it sizzles, the oil is ready. Use 2 spoons to shape mixture into quenelles, and cook, in batches of 2 doughnuts, for 2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towel, dust with caster sugar and serve warm with coffee or your favourite dessert wine or sparkling.


Naughty and silky smooth, chocolate sauce is a dreamy companion to orange flavours.

Heat ¾ cup milk and 200g dark chocolate in a bowl over gently simmering water. Once melted, beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tbsp caster sugar, 2½ tsp cornflour, pinch salt and ½ tbsp milk, then stir into chocolate mixture. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in 30g butter and ½ tsp vanilla extract. Serve in a dipping bowl with doughnuts.

OR if you prefer something lighter to accompany, try VANILLA MASCARPONE

125 g mascarpone

125 g Greek yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla extract/essence

Mix all ingredients well and serve with the doughnuts.


Bec's effort:

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.dailylife.com.au/dl-food/food-features/this-is-the-food-that-...


My absolute favourite blog and source of style inspiration right now is Ari Seth Cohen's amazing "Advanced Style". He was struck one day by how fabulous his mother and her friends looked and went searching for other stylish, confident older women to document and share with the world.

“My eyes have always been drawn to older people,” said Cohen, 28. “And from a style point of view, I find them more interesting because they are of an age where they don’t have to impress anyone and can wear what they want.” (Respect Your Elders, 2010, Horacio Silva, New York Times Style Magazine link to article)

A comment on his website from a reader sums up for me why Ari's blog is so great:

"Bless you, Ari-finally fashion inspiration that isn't steeped in convention for women over 50. Move over Betsy Johnson and Vivienne Westwood - Advance is here!" Magge McCann, age 64

I challenge you to take your cue from these inspirational women below and take a walk on the wild side, unleash your inner style-goddess!


Above: Two fabulous ladies representing Aussie Style! On the left this beauty is decked out in our favourite designer Mela Purdie, she wears the Moroccan Tunic and Soft Zip Pants. On the right is a Sydneysider who is just all kinds of cool. Loving the attitude, the hair, styling and the henna temporary tattoo on her hand. 

And some more of my favourite looks from the US:

Bec XO

All images courtesy of AdvancedStyle.blogspot.com

Welcome to the new look ImpulseBoutique.com.au ! We are super excited to introduce all the new user-friendly features we've been working on over the last 6 months with our web team, and to ensure you don't miss any of it we've put together this guide on how to use our new online store and get the most out of your shopping experience. 


We are pleased to announce we now offer Paypal as a payment method. For those of you who already use Paypal, I'm sure you will be pleased as it is so secure and convenient. For those who don't know the merits of using Paypal to buy online, you can find out more about it here. 


We have created drop down menus accessible from anywhere within the site so you can easily find exactly what you're looking for, and quickly. Just hover your mouse over a menu item and if it contains a drop down the list will appear for you to select your search option from. For example you can hover over the Clothing link and then select something more specific such as Tunics, or Leggings. You'll also see Collections here, where we have grouped together pieces which suit certain purposes eg. Travelling, Work, Weekend Casual etc.


You can now sort the products by Price, Popularity, Date added and Title. You can also refine results to a great degree using the left sidebar - you can select a price range, a product category, a designer, a colour and/or a size. For examply you could search for Mela Purdie Tops under $175 in Black, size 12.

To remove your filters just click the 'X' next to it and your search results will change:


I know that when I shop online I want it to be as smooth and easy as possible, and one of my 'pet peeves' is when you find a style you like the look of only to find that it is sold out once you've left your search and clicked into the product. Now on ImpulseBoutique.com.au you will see that sold out products have a notice in the corner of the photo indicating so, before you click into it. We've also made Sale items easy to spot with the same treatment.


Another thing that drives me a little loco when shopping online is having to click through page after page of products, I much prefer to just scroll down and have products appear as I go down. We have introduced this feature on our site and hope you find it saves you some time and give a more seamless browsing experience. When you're finished just click the 'Back to Top' arrow to the left and you'll shoot straight back up to the menus.


We now have a fantastic curated collection of outfits fit for different purposes, to serve as styling/co-ordination inspiration for you. You can browse the outfits by collection, and if one takes your fancy click on it to get a shop-able breakdown of the garments within. 

And shop the look: 


You can see what's in your cart and a running total any time by simply hovering your mouse over the View Cart button in the top right of the page. From here you can move through to the check out or view your cart in more details and make any changes you wish to. 


Our product descriptions are now more clearly labelled and comprehensive, we have links to all necessary information right there on each product. We now also have the ability to show different images to correspond to different colours, so on some items you may find that when you select for example 'white' the images will change to show the product in white. You will also only be able to see the sizes available for purchase so there is no confusion. To see information on the fabric, fit and care instructions, Returns, Delivery and other Help just click the menu items below to reveal more information. 

To the right you will see any outfits the product is featured in, and you can choose how you view the images of the product. Mouse over the image for a rollover zoom, or click to see a full image slideshow. In the future we will have the ability to add videos for each product too!


We're a friendly bunch and always get super excited when one of our lovely customers sends in a photo of themselves or we get to see a picture of them on facebook. We LOVE being able to put a face to the name so thought it might be nice for you to get to know the people behind Impulse... On the Your Team page you'll see photos and a short background on the key members of the online team. 


One of the main gripes we heard about the old website was the customer login section was very limited and not user friendly - we've tried to change that with an easier to use and clearer login section where you can view your orders clearly, change your password easily, store and edit your addresses for easy checkout, and eventually we hope that you will be able to initiate returns from here.

The automatic emails system is also more comprehensive and we hope this makes it easier for you to keep track of your orders. 


For our VIP customers we are working on creating a system that automatically applies your 10% discount at the checkout when you are logged in, but for the moment we must persevere with the coupon code system - all VIP codes were lost with the old site so you will need to contact us to get your new VIP code. 

If you are not a VIP and you're curious about how to become one and enjoy 10% off all full priced stock for life, please ask us how you can join the club! 


- Product reviews to allow for unbiased feedback to help you with your purchasing decisions

- Auto VIP discount

Enjoy our new site, and please feel free to send us any feedback you have whether it is positive or constructive criticism. 

Bec & Philippa XO