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˜‰
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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

Wrap-ups & unscheduled breaks

Snippets of what life has been like lately via Instagram…
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While i am doing a bit of a wrap-up here, i may as well add that I’m currently taking a little break.

Seems my ability to manage my stress levels is rather lacking (note – currently non-existent!), so I’ve headed up north to visit my folks & unwind a bit.
I guess we can sometimes get to a point where we worry about the needs of others instead of our own.
That is where I find myself right now

I would love to say that I’m chasing the sun, but my arrival in Queensland seems to have coincided with the rain & a much cooler than usual Queensland climate! Trust! πŸ˜‰

For now life is consisting of a very slow & much welcomed pace.

A lot of sleep, long lazy days & reading.
Plus spending time with my family is always such a bonus – I really don’t see enough of them!

Here’s to spending time with the ones you love (must add – am missing Mike & puppy like crazy!) & looking after yourself
x

do you know the way to San Jose

yes – we were those tourists, humming this song on the flight over
we did take up a few rows on the plane so i think we got away with it! πŸ˜‰

San Jose was surreal.
Not only did we have the film premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival, but the Sparks comic book launched the night we arrived, as well as other press lunches & interviews that had to be done. Mike was run off his feet!

i was able to meet everyone i’d heard so very much about – it was lovely to finally put faces to names! Some friends traveled to be there the night of the premiere which meant so much to us! (thank you so much Amy!) the support was incredible!

With so much happening all at once i forgot to take as many photos as i would have liked, but here’s day one of San Jose…
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using wifi to instagram photos from the air
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room with a view
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the beautiful California Theatre – our venue for the premiere!
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breakfast
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the cherry blossoms were in bloom
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it was such a beautiful day but before we knew it, it was time for the comic book launch
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William Katt & Clancy Brown
(& me hiding in the far corner on my phone!)
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Chase Williamson & Chris Folino
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Mike was busy updating all the Sparks social media sites
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this guy brought his own swords to recreate a battle scene with Clancy Brown
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…it was crazy
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so was this…
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the comic book crew

by the time we packed up at the comic book store & found a place to have dinner we were wrecked!
bed time couldn’t come quickly enough…
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thank goodness for instagram

i’ve got to say, i’m really glad instagram was invented.
like many people, i always have my phone with me, & uploading photos & capturing moments has become almost a daily ritual.
it’s also become a way for me to keep track of the days & what i’ve been up to. i’m notoriously bad at writing things down in my diary, so this way i have a photo journal of what i’ve been doing.

here’s what my life has looked like lately…
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feel free to follow me on instagram – i’m @cheraynatalie
have a happy weekend
x

Queensland via my phone

Queensland came and went by far too quickly
It was the first time I’d made it up since the middle of last year, but unfortunately this visit was due to family health reasons (everything is good now though!)
I know I say it (or at least I think it) all the time, but I really want to try & get up there more often.

There was so much family time, it really made my heart feel full!
I also managed to get my hair done &, as the photos below prove, take far too many photos of myself! πŸ˜‰
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so much goodness!
Can’t wait to get back up there soon
X

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˜‰
xxx

(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