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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?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

Well what's a blog without a post about the new year.  You know the highlights and lowlights and resolutions.  2014 was insane.  I started a new job which I have a renewed love and passion for.  I've met some incredible new people and waved goodbye to some other people and things.  I want to continue to be the best possible mother I can be to my little girl.  I just want to be there for her.  I want to make an effort to be in the moment with her, to watch her laugh and learn and live.  Some days are really hard, but they make the good days even better.  And I want to keep making my house a home.  

I think the biggest challenge and in turn the biggest lesson this year has been staying true to myself.  To my morals and values and beliefs.  Sticking to my ways of parenting, routines, processing, thinking and living.  My intuition has been my saviour.  I've learnt to let go of what people have done and said to me in the past.  It's the only way to be free.  It's not easy, but who said life is meant to be all sunshine and rainbows?

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Last days of 2014

I am not on leave just yet, although work has been quiet so I've had time to do a few things around the house and get out a little bit.

Ariana woke up at 5am on Boxing Day so that was a good enough reason to go to the city for and check out the sales.  

I shared a bottle of Pol Roger with my BFF and Ariana worked on her new Peppa Pig puzzle

I went to the beach for the first time this summer, but of course the little person currently hates the sand and water and didn't last very long.

This is my favourite new froyo from Yochi.  Hazelnut chocolate vegan yoghurt made with almond milk.  It's even better than you might imagine

Home made strawberry and apple jam.  So easy and SOOOOO delicious.

Wishing you all good health and prosperity in 2015, thanks for reading and being a part of my life journey xxxxxx

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

COS hits Melbourne

I wondered into the newly opened COS store on boxing day.  It was tame and everything was 30% off so I walked out with this gorgeous blue (which looks grey in the photo) knit and rose gold necklace.  The top has a full length zip at the back to add some contrast.  It's been on high rotation already.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Night out at Trunk

Super fun night out at Trunk.  One of my favourites in Melbourne.

Wishing you all a wonderful and very Merry Christmas x

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Mum life

Waking up before 6am, eating breakfast before 7.  Almond milk latte and a long hot shower saving the day.  But I get to wear drop crotch trousers and a t shirt so it's all good.  

Sunday, 14 December 2014

2014 Christmas Gift Guide

My 2011 and 2013 editions were a hit.  I had lots of comments and tweets from people saying that they would be purchasing some of those items.  So lovely!

This year my focus is on the things my loved ones love, and getting them a luxury version of it.  The best seats I can find for a concert/ballet/opera.  The best chocolate.  The most luxurious candle.  Things along those lines.

Here are some ideas for all genders and ages.

Voted the world's best single malt whiskey.  And it's our very own.  

Marching Powder book.  For the men in your life who aren't huge readers but love a rough and tumble story.  Have heard great reviews from some guys I work with.  

Paul Smith socks.  Superior in style and quality. 

If you really want to be in his good books this year.... Skywatch.  They are giving all the wonderful readers of this blog $100 off any purchase. Use code WOREITWELL at checkout.  Let me know what your favourite is.

Samantha Wills Bardot ring - amazing in every colour. 

I really, REALLY want these Frend x sass & bide headphones.  So if someone is looking for a gift to buy me, this is it haha

I am actually saving this for Ariana's birthday, but it looks so fun I couldn't resist when I found it online for 40% off.  Valley Treehouse - one left here.

I've got this little Apples to Pears Farm in a Tin ready to go for our flight.  Such a fun gift for little ones who love to take things in and out of boxes a thousand times.  

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The most wonderful time of the year

Every year I promise myself to be more prepared for Christmas and the summer holidays that follow and every year I find myself frantically trying to get everything done.  Surely I haven't been the only one who isn't sure what salads to make yet.  Or the only one who hasn't put up any decorations?

I have committed to yet another mammoth pre holiday clean up and shake up.  Out with old linen, tea towels and towels.  Turfing some very well loved winter gear, boxing up baby clothes (can't bring myself to get rid of EVERYTHING just yet).  I have new bikinis, new cushions.  Most of the Christmas gift shopping was done online thanks to some wonderful store wide xx% off discounts that my favourite retailers have treated us all to.

There is still a lot of wrapping to do, a Kmart wishing tree gift for Ariana to pick out.. dry cleaning to drop off, shoes to be reheeled, bills to be paid and filed away, friends to have dinner with, clients to write cards for.  Over the holidays I will order some photo albums, rotate toys and toddler activities and clean out the kitchen cupboards.  Nothing beats leaving behind a spotless and organised home before heading off for holidays.  I also want to start a really, really small herb garden.... 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Age Good Food Night Noodle Market

I really love Melbourne in summer.  

I made it to the Night Noodle Market in the knick of time.   I was too busy last weekend and the weather wasn't great during the week and suddenly good food month was over.  Melbourne hit 35 degrees but I dragged a toddler into town.  And it was worth it.  I didn't get to try as many dishes as I had hoped but there's always next year.  It was a lovely way to spend an early evening.

Chin Chin Pork Slider ($9)

Gelato Messina goodness ($9).  There was biscuit, meringue, 3 scoops of ice cream AND custard.  Amazing!