the last of the summer sunshine

a few weekends ago, before Melbourne became the obligatory winter wonderland, Penny & i headed out in the last of the summer sunshine on a little vintage shopping adventure. while we didn’t document any of that (what is wrong with us?!) we did make a stop at The St Kilda Dispensary – where i went a bit snap happy (to say the least!)

i’m in love with the decor here – clean lines, hints of vintage & a whole pile of medical equipment. it fits in perfectly with the fact that back in the day, the building itself was actually the St Kilda Medical Dispensary!!
the owner Kristy is just lovely & found all the pieces herself – i’m just a teeeeensy bit jealous of her incredible finds! πŸ˜‰
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Penny got straight to instagraming
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while my attempt at a selfie failed (still getting the hang of the manual setting on my camera!)
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thankfully there’s always coffee to save the day
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i love the cute little sugar jars – our souvenir spoon was London Bridge!
(did i ever mention that i have a souvenir spoon collection?? because i do…)
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this here is my favourite cozy corner
look at those light globes! and the crutches in the corner! and the little bursts of colour from the flowers scattered all around! ahhh so so perfect!
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it has come to my attention that this is what i look like whenever this meal is placed in front of me. i literally just sit there grinning at it.
can you blame me though?
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look at it! The ever so delicious veggie breakfast roll – with avo & feta mash, a fried egg, rocket & hollandaise sauce…oh man! i’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
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Penny had a delicious scone & jam slider! how cute is it?!!
all the meals here are affordable & from the few i’ve tried, they’re also delicious (though i do keep having the veggie breakfast roll! it’s just too good!)
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this is actually the hardest window to get a shot of – this was the best out of them all. the brightness meant the reflections were off the hook! sorry! haha

not wanting the deliciousness to end there, we decided to grab ourselves a couple of cupcakes from Southside Markets
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unfortunately they didn’t taste as good as they looked…
actually, they were awful & after one tiny bite we both threw them out! such a waste & so so sad

we decided that the only way to get rid of the bad cupcake taste & cure our blues was to have even more food
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naturally we went for chips with aioli dip
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we also got some sparkling rose – the perfect companion to chips!
(haha probably not but it is delicious)
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pretty roses that i wanted to take home with me

we had such a fun, food-filled day & i can’t believe those sunny days are already so far behind us! oh well – we’ll just have to wear more layers next time! πŸ˜‰
x

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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

farewell summer picnics

i’ve begun the (seemingly) never-ending task of uploading my holiday pictures onto flickr, & while i was there i stumbled across some pics i forgot to share!
this was from a beautifully sunny saturday in february, when my friend Deb & i decided to make the most of the good weather & spend the afternoon in the park

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the first thing we noticed was this guy dressed as a dinosaur
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lovely Deb with our (first! eep!) bottle of bubbly
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we found ourselves a nice shady spot under a tree
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and packed a tasty feast of farmers market goodies
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and i laughed while Deb instagrammed
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trying to find the perfect angle πŸ˜‰
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…of blueberries in sparkling rose! delicious!
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the feast continued until we could eat no more…
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…& then this was the cosiest spot to be
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under the lovely warm sun
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(where it was far too easy to have a kip!)
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farewell summer picnics
until next time…
x

it’s the little things

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i went to a friends new house last night & fell in love with the clean lines & sense of calm.
she’s been here barely a week, yet it feels so very much like a home.
not just any home, but it feels like her home.

with the record player going in the background & her pups chilling close by, we sat, ate the delicious meal she prepared & caught up with lengthly conversations over delicious red wine. (we also had chocolate. lindt dark chocolate with real strawberry pieces throughout. i don’t even have words! this is my new life food!)

when i got home i did a mini purge of sorts.
as a collector of “things” this wasn’t the easiest, but waking up & seeing my bare windowsill this morning has made me incredibly happy.

it’s the little things
xxx

lazy sunday evenings

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!)
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Scarlett & Penny
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Romy & i
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such a lovely setting for a lazy Sunday evening (& delicious wine to boot!)
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food to share
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& food for oneself
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delicious
x

house drinks

i hosted drinks at my house (back in august!) before a night of dancing with the girls the weekend before my birthday. we got our hands on Mikes camera, but as you can tell by the (almost) constant blur, we weren’t too good with it! πŸ˜‰
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now i remember there being a camera whilst we were out…but it wasn’t mine. anyone happen to have those pics? (do i want to see them? hah!)
xxx

birthday high tea

i know a few months have passed (almost 4! eeeps!), but i finally located some photos from my birthday high tea with three of my favourite ladies ❀
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we headed over to Collingwood to Where a Girl Goes – the Cristina Re High Tea Rooms – to spend an afternoon enjoying the gorgeous decor & a sparkling high tea
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i wore my 1950’s floral watercolour dress that i picked up at a local vintage sale
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the lovely (& at the time 8 months pregnant) Bron actually allowed me to take a photo of her (this is a rare thing…i think i need to frame this!)
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Gracie in her lovely floral dress
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& darling Deb (look at her hair! ahhh so jealous!)
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first things first, a delicious glass of sparkling to kick off the afternoon (juice for Bron!)
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and then the delicious tower of treats! (in my excitement i forgot to take a photo of our sandwich platter – you can sort of see them peeking out from behind the tower)
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how divine!
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Deb showing off her scone lathering skills
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the walls were adorned with some of the prettiest images, especially the wall behind our table & would you look at all of those flowers! le sigh!
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we were good & managed to save all the sweets till last…
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though i’m sure the sugar only added to our silliness πŸ˜‰
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❀
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a big (super-online-belated) thank you to Bron, Gracie & Deb for such a wonderful afternoon ❀
love you ladies
xxx

party nights

party nights are generally a rare occurrence for me, but this month seems to be full steam ahead on the party calendar! It’s almost as if life knows i’m already ridiculously busy & has decided to pile that plate up even higher…but i’m not complaining in any way. it’s an incredibly fun-filled & wonderful time to be alive… ❀
i also realised that i’m incredibly behind on posting photos from previous events, so i thought i’d share a few party nights from earlier in the year…

Sammi’s birthday was back in February (yes seriously – i really am that behind! hahaha), which would explain why we’re all looking extremely summery in these pics!
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i was there with my 2 favourite girls
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and a whole bunch of other people!
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(though my group photos were either blurry or photo-bombed by Gracie!)
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we compared tans (& possible fake tans…)
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…and posed for photos
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the lovely birthday girl Sammi with her brother
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posing with the birthday girl
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Deb and Will
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Alex, Sammi & Gracie
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trying to look fancy while hanging out by the window
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Deb & Gracie keeping the party going
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while my camera skills started going downhill…
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wifey ❀
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love my ladies so much
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we eventually headed down to the beach to chat & stare at the moon…
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it was peeking out from behind the dark clouds & was totally mesmerising!
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we ate chips
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took silly photos
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and watched as the freezing cold water lapped eerily beneath our feet…

xxx

Coffee dates

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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
xxx