Queensland me time

My trip to Queensland was both completely wonderful & also totally necessary.
2013 has proven to be wonderful, extremely hectic & absolutely epic in both dizzying highs & hard to digest lows.
Sometimes processing all of the above takes time & that is exactly what I was lacking.
Quality me-time.

I went to Queensland with my only plan being to have no plans. No return flight. No scheduled meetings. No alarms. Nothing but time to relax & laze around enjoying the simple things.

I spent a lot of time with both my parents, which was wonderful. Last year I only made it up twice, so I’m planning on not making that same mistake this year!
It also meant I was able to catch up with my friend Krysta (who is also my hairdresser!), so I’m not sure if my hair has ever been this maintained in all my adult life! Hahaha
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she did such a great job!
It’s also the shortest I’ve had my hair in years – if only it would look like this all the time! πŸ˜‰

I caught up with childhood friends, meet an adorable little bub, looked at vintage stores, ate a lot of Thai food, drank a lot of coffee (even more than usual!), watched the x-files (Toooooooooms!!) & Judge Judy (mums guilty pleasure! Haha), drank beer on a mountain & read an awesome trilogy by Jilliann Hoffmann! Oh – & I also got to spend Mother’s Day with my Mama which was so so wonderful

Here’s a few of my Instagram snaps from the past 10 days (or so!)
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It really was the perfect way to unwind
xxx

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this photo is one of my favourites from the day
the last one of us before we were married
(& a selfie in a mirror at that!)

i remember the feeling of anticipation
everything felt so surreal
we’d gone out to grab coffee & some breakfast, before wandering down to the farmers market at the ferry terminal
i bought 2 bunches of ranunculus that i planned on making into a bouquet – a roll of double sided tape & 2 meters of ribbon later, & i was done
we were both ready in under half an hour…

i remember a few days earlier a friend said to us

i don’t know how to describe it, but it changes everything

we thought he was mad…
…but now i’m not so sure
i mean, he was kind of right.
there has been a subtle change – a shift of sorts.

it’s a wonderful feeling
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Blurry San Jose

the rest of San Jose was quite blur
the premiere went off & the crowd absolutely loved it (even though they did start the screening while we were still on the red carpet! hah! talk about crazy)
there was a lot of drinking, not very much sleeping & a lot of film screenings – two of Sparks & a few of the midnight screenings we managed to catch (one was all about zombies! oh yeah!)
we did manage to take quite a lot of video footage, but that needs to be edited…a lot! haha
here’s the rest of our San Jose trip…

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Chase, Marina & Ashley on the red carpet
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Clint Howard…
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…with the rest of the cast & crew up on stage
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after the screening we headed over to a bar for the after party
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where the drinking began
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Floyd drove for hours to make it
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Tyler & Max
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we were at the club till close & (unfortunately) have video proof of it
(it may involve me swapping my heels for a pair of sneakers…oh man…)
such an incredibly fun night though

the morning after came quickly
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look at my expression! hahaha (i couldn’t even drink my coffee)
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take two
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Clint Howard introducing the film
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and the cast & crew up on stage for the Q&A
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saying farewell to San Jose with a delicious flat white

thank you San Jose
x

Sparks Red Carpet

the red carpet was hilarious.
and by hilarious i actually mean kind of terrifying! (in a good way of course)

there were people everywhere, along with crazy bright lights & more cameras then you could poke a stick at! it was really wild!
i’ve been on the press line before, taking pictures of people on the red carpet when i helped Mike out with Indie Film Nation, and even that was crazy – not to mention i was a little star struck (Joseph Gordon Levitt!!!!!), but this was a whole new strange level for me!
i did feel like my face was going to burst from smiling so much – but i figure that can’t be a bad thing!

some friends managed to snap some photos of us as we were shuffled down the press line so i thought i’d share a few
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(even though this one is blurry, it really shows the madness that was the red carpet!)
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it was really such a fun experience.
plus i managed to find a 1940s dress to fit in with the era of the film, so i ticked that one off my list!

i wore: vintage 1940’s dress from Shag / sportsgirl heels / vintage bag
mike wore: ted baker endurance suit / ted baker shirt

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San Francisco Days <3

oh my ❀
where do i even begin…

i have a love affair with San Francisco.

it’s the city where Mike & i met,
the city i fell in love with while i was falling in love.
with it’s unbelievably steep hills & beautiful victorian homes,
the city by the bay completely stole my heart.

so i suppose it’s only fitting that four weeks ago we found ourselves back where it all began
on our 10 year anniversary
writing a brand new chapter…

on Tuesday March 5th…
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we got married ❀

it was simple, beautiful & intimate
just the two of us in City Hall
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there are just no words to describe it

thank you to Amy for graciously being both our witness & photographer
and to our families for not killing us when we told them the news πŸ˜‰
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well, we did always say we would elope!
and San Francisco on our 10 year anniversary?? come on guys!

we’re so so happy & so excited
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i love you husband πŸ˜‰
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(photos by Amy)

…and we’re back…

two incredible weeks have passed in the blink of an eye
how is our trip over already?!
with good coffee, delicious food (hello in-and-out burger! omg!!), star-struck moments, red carpet events, amazing people, vintage dresses, twin peaks geekiness…
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…& the most exciting surprise of all…
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…!!!
it was the most amazing holiday ever
(i’ll spill the beans soon! promise!)
xxx

Other Pretty Things – Valentine’s Edition

i was so sidetracked with Mikes arrival home that i managed to forget that Valentine’s Day is next week!
while i love love, Valentine’s Day isn’t a big celebration for us (i don’t even know why actually…maybe i need to bring it back πŸ˜‰ hehehe), but i thought i’d put together a mini edition of other pretty things – Valentine’s Day style!
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The Glasshouse Candle in tahaa is our favourite – hands down! Mike actually discovered it when walking past a store to meet me after work. it makes me think of freshly baked cookies whenever i smell it – just delicious!
and i’m not even sure how i found the ‘We Belong in San Francisco’ print by little canoe, but it just sums us up so well!
the swedish hasbeens, giant dwarf constellation crown & bottle (or 10!) of the chandon sparkling rose…well, they’re just a few little things i would love to make my own πŸ˜‰

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hope you have a happy valentine’s day
xxx

Sparks & a shameless plug ;)

this is the reason behind our somewhat sudden trip to the USA

Sparks – the movie that Mike went over to the USA to help produce early last year – is having its world premiere at the 2013 Cinequest Film Festival!!!
Our good friend Chris is the man behind the movie & i’m so very proud (& excited & ecstatic!! eeee!!) to see how all of their hard work is finally paying off.
not to mention that i’m absolutely thrilled to be able to head over with Mike to see Sparks in all its glory!

As stated on the Cinequest Film Festival website:

With great power, comes greater villains.

Based on his own cult comic hit, Christopher Folino’s groundbreaking superhero noir thriller follows Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson, John Dies at the End), a young man destined to protect others from the grips of evil. He may not have the physical prowess of other Supers, but his lovable charm easily captures the heart of the beautiful Lady Heavenly (Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism). Together they become the go-to heroes, but after a traumatizing encounter with the villainous Matanza (William Katt, Carrie), Sparks plunges into darkness. Overcome with defeat and self-doubt, will he find his way back to the light or betray all that he once stood for?

With a brilliant supporting cast, including Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers), Clint Howard (Apollo 13), and Marina Squerciati (Gossip Girls), Sparks delivers action, twists, and excitement. – Sharon Gonzales

Sparks World Premiere is on Friday March 1st & there are additional screenings on Saturday March 2nd & Tuesday March 5th. if you’re in the San Jose area you should definitely come on over & check it out – tickets are available here.

with all of that being said, i’m now on a mission to find a 1940’s frock to wear for the premiere. as cheesy as it is, i’ve decided i want to match the era of the film (that & the fact that 1940’s gowns are just stunning!)
if anyone spots one, feel free to let me know πŸ˜‰
and any tips on 1940’s hair & makeup would be most welcome! i’m about to you-tube up a storm to try & learn some new styles

Congratulations Mike, Chris & all the gang over at Sideshow Productions! i’m so proud of all of you & can’t wait to see you all next month to celebrate ❀
xxx