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Saturday, 23 May 2015

'What day is it? It's today, squeaked Piglet. My favorite day, said Pooh.'

I'm up way past my bedtime waiting for my new dry clean only dress to finish on the gentle cycle in the washing machine (taking it to the dry cleaner is far too inconvenient) because my toddler did something to it.  I'll spare you the details.  Her outfit had to be thrown out so I hope my pretty new dress doesn't suffer the same fate.  

I've been largely offline in every aspect of my life, again struck down by some ugly early winter virus and I'm hoping a second bout of antibiotics can kick it to the curb.  It's been a horrible 3.5 weeks of feeling like death and in turn being an angry, angry person to boot.  I can barely breathe, let alone eat and function.  

The past few months I've been doing a lot of soul searching and asking myself "what next"?  What next in every single aspect of my life.  I don't have an answer to any part just yet but one way I'm trying to figure it out is to watch plenty of Ted talks (ha!) and live in the moment.  Give each moment in my day and week and month its full undivided attention.  When I'm at work, I'm working.  I'm not on Twitter or browsing Shopbop or reading the news.  When I'm at the park I'm pushing the toddler on the swing and enjoying her expressions and excitement and trying really, really hard not to worry about my work email inbox imploding.  When I'm eating a chocolate I'm trying to enjoy the awesomeness that is cocoa and sugar instead of feeling guilty.  When I'm at the gym, even if I only have 45 minutes, I'm giving it my all.  

I must admit that I don't find parenthood "hard".  some aspects are REALLY difficult (enter the whinging and looking) but overall it's pretty darn good.  What I do find hard is everything else.  I find it hard to allocate time to washing my hair and often my friends and family must think I've been abducted by aliens because I never get around to returning a text or email.  Forget about seeing them.  I worry that I don't give enough at work because I have to leave at 5pm.  I worry that a toasted cheese sandwich isn't considered a decent enough dinner for a Monday night.

But then I snap out of it and try to live in the moment, because in 50 years time none of those things will matter.

I suffered a lot in the first year of parenthood and I recently came across this article that I implore all new parents to read.  To read and to be kind to themselves.  



Dirty hair calls for dry shampoo and curls.


Witchery coatigan, Country Road tee, J Brand jeans


Burger Tuesday at Ripponlea Food & Wine



Pancake Sunday at Drugstore Espresso 


Monday, 4 May 2015

Living life, not documenting it




Treating myself to pre-prepared breakfast.  At least it's healthy even if overpriced.





At the park with my babe.  She's growing so quickly, having recently turned two.  She's absolutely wonderful, affectionate, thoughtful and talkative.  I really enjoy every precious moment I have to spend with her.  I recently purchased these Stick & Sparrow Twiggy sunglasses which I am loving.  Sunglasses are essential mummy wear both to hide the tiredness and stop the glare at the park.  I was always a "designer glasses" kind of girl but the quality of these lenses is far superior to any of my other pairs.  May just have to add another pair to my collection.  Other mummy must haves are high waisted jeans and warm oversized knits.  Nike sneakers optional.  



When all else fails a dusting of mineral foundation and a new lipstick saves the day.  

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Slip and slide


I wish it could be summer forever so I could get up in the morning and throw on a Bassike dress and get on with my day. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Dîner en Blanc Melbourne 2015

I'd seen photos from various DEB's around the world on social media and was excited to learn that it was finally coming to Melbourne in 2015.  I registered for the ticket ballot and was invited to purchase a ticket last month.  The event sold out in mere minutes but I'd dare say that many people backed out when they realised how much effort needed to be put in.  Guests were to meet at a central point  before being bused to the exact location.  They were to be strictly dressed in white and had to bring their own tables and chairs, decorations, plates and cutlery.  Gorgeous picnic dinners and wine were available for prepurchase or guests could bring their own food.  The venue had to be left just as it was found.   Despite the effort required, it was one of the best nights out I've ever had.  I met some lovely people, enjoyed an amazing meal and danced the night away.  Find out if it's held in your city and go.  It's a wonderful concept!

Melbourne folk are famous for wearing black and we all had a laugh at the men who said they'd spent hours that morning trawling shops around Melbourne looking for white trousers.  Ha!




Guests meeting at Southern Cross Station



Getting to know our table friends



The napkin wave at 1930h signalling the start of the event 




The event was held along the Yarra in front of the Convention Centre.  So perfect.  We were also lucky that the weather was relatively mild, which is always a risk in Melbourne.







2100h sparkles 










Dancing the night away...


Wearing a Witchery top and Zara jeans 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Woman

One of the best paragraphs I've read in a long time.  I know that goop can polarise the masses but it often raises some worthy topics.  I just loved this article.

"Every woman needs to work on her own playing big, and that doesn’t mean simply her ego’s ambitions but rather a pursuit of her heartfelt dreams for her life and her real passions. When she’s given herself full permission to do that, to work on becoming the woman she longs to be, when she’s respecting her own dreams, she can be supportive of other women doing so, too.
When you feel jealous of other women, find yourself gossiping, or wanting to take away from another woman’s success, ask yourself, “Where have I gone astray from allowing and pursuing my own aspirations and what do I need to do to get back on my own side?” It’s about you and your path. It’s not about her."

Sunday, 1 February 2015

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

Life is beginning to gain a sense of order again.  January has come and gone and February is filled with the return of activities and many social events.  I have been struggling with a sore wrist for nearly 3 years now, but I am happy to report that it has improved significantly.  It's 80% better than it was 3 months ago and I am itching to get back to rekindling my love of exercise.  I'm longing to be strong enough to do a burpee again.  

Summer weather is nowhere to be seen and today was yet another cold and wet day.  I haven't changed out of my pyjamas, instead I cancelled all my plans, did some cleaning, danced around and acted crazy with my little girl and cooked.  


pre nap snack of mango and raspberries


the beautiful face i love more each day


I love it when she brings me piles of books to read 


making chicken bone broth which was followed by lamb wraps made with yesterday's left over lamb roast.  the best! 


oops 


rounding out the weekend! happy sunday night x


Monday, 19 January 2015

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier @ NGV - Melbourne



If you're in Melbourne in the next few weeks, looking to escape from the heat (or more likely the cold) take yourself to the JPG exhibit.  Even if you are not a fashion fan, it is such a fun and entertaining exhibit.  The gallery is filled to the brim with his exquisite work from the most recognisable to the intimate and personal beginnings.  Friday nights are lovely night out with a DJ, bar, dinner and talks.  A perfect evening with friends.






The first cone bar was in fact made for his teddy bear!


























Saturday, 10 January 2015

Travelling my way


I know that the "this is how you should pack your suitcase" blog posts and articles can get under peoples skins but I secretly love reading them.  Vogue magazines traditionally publish the most envy inducing snippets, favourite destinations and must pack essentials of the jet set crowd and I devour those articles every single time.  I have a fair bit of travel experience, including with baby and toddler so here go my thoughts-

  1. Anywhere warm and beachy is my go to.   Noosa!  The weather is balmy and the water SO warm.  
  2. I love to wear white on holidays.  All the pieces match and white looks awesome with a bit of a tan (mostly fake for me these days).  I am a devout fan of Ecotan.  
  3. I obsessively pack everything separately.  I'm a sucker for anything travel sized and I have several small bags for make up, hair products, skincare etc which makes it easier to pack and unpack both at home and away.
  4. Muji is my best friend.  I use this tote for toiletries and hair products and I own a gazillion of these squeeze tubes that I pour moisturiser, shampoo etc etc into and keep topped up and ready to go.  They're easy to label with a marker.  As soon as I return from a trip and begin to unpack I refill everything so it's ready to go for next time.  I also refill zip lock bags with cotton tips and pads and headache tables as they are always so easy to forget to pack and a pain to have to go and buy at the destination.  Who needs a pack of 50 cotton pads when you just want 5? Mesh zip cases are also great for the small bits and pieces - lip balms, pens, coins and so on as the contents are visible.  They have saved me digging through the bottom of an endless pit that is a large tote bag on many occasions.  
  5. The key to travel with a toddler is novelty.  On many occasions the flight cards and the meal tray will keep them busy for hours but some new stickers, small toys and favourite books never go astray.  We currently love the Apples to Pears Farm in a Tin.  
  6. When travelling with a baby or a toddler always pack an outfit change for the both of you.  Chances of them spewing are higher when you don't have a spare outfit... 
  7. Take those exercise clothes and use them!  I love to do some stair runs early in the morning to get the blood flowing and there will never be as many leisure hours at home as there is on holidays.  





Friday, 2 January 2015

What I wore

I don't get to dress up much anymore, so I really try to make the most of the occasions when I can.  Can't go wrong with some leopard, right?