The St kilda twilight markets are on again, so we spent the evening wandering around, exploring the stalls and watching the plethora of fire twirlers!
Mike caught this on his iPhone while we were there! (Nice one babe!)
We may have also ended the night with a cheeky nightcap! Red wine for him, chai-tini for me (it’s like an alcoholic iced chai! Ridiculously delicious and highly I recommend you try it!)
Hunters & Collectors played their final show at the Palais on Saturday night and Mike managed to score us front row seats!! ♥
We decided to make a night of it, heading first to the Dogs Bar for their ‘starving artists’ dinner special!
Every nifht from 5-7pm the Dogs Bar has three meal choices – pasta, risotto & a vegetarian option, plus a glass of house wine or beer for $15! Starving Artists indeed! ♥
we sat outside under the heater and reminisced about our fave dinner spot in San Fran that has the same cosy outward facing seating ♥ love!
The gig was sold out and the Palais was already filled with people, so we milled around, grabbed another wine (or two!) and Mike bought some merch.
The Palais is such a grand old theatre – so much history and so many little details fill every inch of this building.
when we got to our seats we were a little excited. ok, i lie…ridiculously excited!!
(excuse the grainy photo…but just so excited!!♥)
it was the first time I had ever seen Hunters & Collectors in concert – I’ve seen Mark Seymour quite a few times and good old Jack Howard was the man who saved Kerouac when she escaped last New Year’s Day (Thanks Jack!)
they were electric!
We were on our feet singing and bopping away the entire time! Everyone was!
it was pure magic ♥
i was sitting right next to the speakers so i could definitely hear every last sound that was blaring out to us all (my ears were also ringing for the next few days too!)
i’m secretly hoping this wasn’t their last ever show because they are just too good live! If you haven’t seen them you simply must! Their songs are like anthems (well, Holy Grail is most definitely an anthem!) if you haven’t heard of them, look them up! Aussie rock at its best!
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.
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 (even though this one is blurry, it really shows the madness that was the red carpet!)
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
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 😉 hehehe), but i thought i’d put together a mini edition of other pretty things – Valentine’s Day style!
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 😉
a mexican feast, delicious wine, a toasty warm fire & great friends = the perfect end to a long week. (long live sunday evening gatherings i say!)
Scarlett & Penny
Romy & i
such a lovely setting for a lazy Sunday evening (& delicious wine to boot!)
food to share
& food for oneself
coffee dates are right at the top of my list of “favourite things to do”, & the past few weeks have been some of the most wonderful & social of my life (lately anyway!)
Apart from the fact that I love coffee (or as the above photo shows, the occasional cocktail!) it’s the sharing of time & the relaxed state that comes with it that is the icing on the cake!
It signifies catching up with a loved one, filling each other in on the goings on in our respective lives & staying connected.
Making time for such events has proven so necessary for the soul, (for me at least) & I truly revel in these moments.
From long lost friends to my love (who I see on a daily basis), taking the time out to sit & reflect is something that you just can’t put a price on
Ballet date nights have become one of our favourite outings this year & the Opening Night of the Australian Ballets 50th Anniversary Gala did not disappoint!
I’m almost certain i’ve been raving about it all week long, but i’ve put off posting this because I wanted to share the link to the performance we saw (as one of the nights was filmed for the ABC – we watched it again last night! Incredible!!) The performers from the Stuttgart Ballet blew my mind! they were so great in both their performances that i just can’t get my head around it! The fact that one their performances was contemporary is even more mind blowing (i’m usually not a fan…at all)
Why Ballet you ask? let me share our little “backstory”…
Growing up, i was a ballerina. i started local classes with my friends at the age of 4 & continued into my teens. i lived & breathed ballet! Practice was constant as was the structure & discipline, & i even found myself researching my favourite ballerinas in my spare time. My Mama was a dancer (she even started her own dance school when she was 18 years old!!) needless to say, she was my role model & hero!
while it was everything i had ever wanted, i loved the other aspects of my life too. i was a typical athletic teenager who loved socialising & running amuck. i was given the opportunity to go to a Ballet School but i found the decision too big to make at that stage of my life…so i gave it all up…
i still have all of my dance costumes, along with the photos and videos of all the performances over the years. oh, & my gold charm bracelet from when i was 9 years old filled with little ballet-type charms!
Fast forward to meeting Mike ❤
Our first proper “date” was watching the Australian Ballet in Brisbane, so (9 years later!) we decided that we needed some more ballet in our lives 😉
While researching the performances the Australian Ballet had for the 2012 season we saw that they had a season pass – a package to go to all 5 of their performances in Melbourne for the year – so we booked.
it’s been one of the best investments we’ve made this year (& only cost around $33 per ticket!)
We’ve already booked our tickets for the 2013 season, so if you’re in anyway inclined (& in either Melbourne of Sydney) I definitely recommend it!
It’s the perfect excuse (if you need one!) to get gussied up, drink fancy champagne & get a little bit of culture in your life 😉
fancy champagne me
with my dapper date
(let’s pretend this isn’t the only decent photo i got of the 2 of us together hah!)
our course i used the opportunity to get an outfit photo in too
vintage 60’s dress – thrifted / vintage patent leather bag – thrifted / heels – nine west
Like i said, i can’t stop raving about the performance! click here to watch the Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary
it won’t disappoint
In true Melbourne style the weather has gone from gloriously sunny & warm, to freezing cold gale force winds & storms.
today it turned back into a beautiful day, but that winter chill is still in the air!
i sure love Melbourne though!