2 months ago

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


photo booth memories

i’ve always been obsessed with photo booths
such a simple machine that can bring so much joy in under 5 minutes (well, for me at least)
on our trip we were lucky enough to stay at both the Ace Hotel in Portland & in Palm Springs, which meant we had access to the photo booth in the lobby (making me a very happy lady)
Mike on the other hand…not so happy
im not sure why (why Mikey, why?!) but Mike does not like photo booths & their teeny little black & white photos

in the past 10 years i have managed to get him to pose with me three times!!
three times!
funnily enough, all three happened on overseas trips. Once at the Good Hotel in San Francisco, & the other 2 at the same 2 ace hotels on our last trip to the USA.

when you count those odds…it’s not looking good for me!

so this trip i decided to double that tally, dragging poor Mike to pose with me three times (once in Portland, twice in Palm Springs) in as many days.
this was the last one we took & i’m so in love with it
we generally have a knack of being caught completely off guard & pulling the worst faces (i’ll share the others later! haha), so to finally have a semi normal pic in our collection just makes me smile

this was from the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, just as we were checking out of our hotel to drive back to LA.
it was the last day of our very wonderful holiday…

gosh i love these little photo strips!

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…
we got married ❀

it was simple, beautiful & intimate
just the two of us in City Hall
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˜‰
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
i love you husband πŸ˜‰

(photos by Amy)

so much has changed yet so much has stayed the same

the world's at your feet

i logged into polyvore for the first time in four years (four years?!! how does that even happen??) to put together a few sets as outfit inspiration for my upcoming trip…but after browsing through my previous sets i’m left feeling amused that although so much has changed, so much has stayed the same.

let's disappear...
What Dream are made of
fairytale glamour
days are endless dreams
dream weaver
it's a nice day for a...
the burrow

i guess at the core of my lusts there has always been travel, stars, hearts, pretty dresses & a dash of whimsy…

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!
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

family time <3

it’s been almost 8 months since i’ve been interstate to visit my family!
8 months?!!
i don’t even know how that happened, but i’m having some serious family-time withdrawals right about now!
the last time i went up to visit was my brother & Annas farewell party (well, parties!) & it was an absolute whirlwind, but flicking through all my photos has me missing them all ten fold!
Grandpa taking in the view
Mel snapping a pic of Mike snapping a pic of Mel… (i’m almost certain that in every batch of my family photos there is at least one identical to this! haha)
my mama & i in clashing prints πŸ˜‰
my contribution to the farewell dinner was a giant lasagne (my aunties recipe)
it’s ridiculously tasty – definitely not your typical lasagne!
Nan & Anna-bananna
Richo, Nicole & Grandpa
the most amusing way i’ve ever seen to iron out a table cloth! πŸ˜‰ hahaha men!
my beautiful mama ❀
getting sprung texting (or instagraming – very likely instagram to be honest!)
some of our delicious feast
favourite kiddo ❀
with our adorable cousins
love them ❀

travel safe Mikey

Mikey is off to the USA today 😦
pup & i dropped him off at the airport shuttle earlier

even though i know the next few weeks will probably fly by & I already have so many plans (including a walk in 45 minutes & then a waffle party that i’m hosting in a few hours! eeeps!), i already miss him
we had a lovely date “day” yesterday – out to our fave cafe for brekky, our fave restaurant for dinner (although we went at 4:30 & struggled to eat anything! no chocolate self-centred pudding for me – so sad!) & then into the city to see our friend perform in Jersey Boys – it was incredible! a total must see if you haven’t yet, plus the Princess’ Theatre is absolutely divine!

travel safe Mikey & come back already! πŸ˜‰ hehehe

pieces of the puzzle

I just have to write down this feeling before it passes.
things are coming together.
they’re falling into place.

in the waiting room at the naturopaths today I noticed a 500 piece puzzle lasted out sporadically next to me.
I started messing around & before I knew it, 3 pieces had clicked into place.
I could feel the receptionist staring at me & she piped up with “that’s a pretty good effort from upside down…”
I grinned, stood up & continued messing around with the pieces – 3/4 of which were part of a blue sky (?!!)
I managed to piece together 5 more puzzle pieces in the next few minutes before the naturopath was ready to see me.
it’s been more than a decade since I’ve attempted a puzzle, so I was pretty impressed with my efforts.

I had my appointment & was honest with every answer I gave. I’ve been given a list of things to try (tablets, diet adjustments & the like), but he says it’s all totally fixable.
I’m totally fixable.
in the middle of talking about Mike & our life he says, “he adores you. You know that right? He absolutely thinks the world of you”
I had to do everything in my power to not burst into happy tears. I’m sure I turned pink, or even red. It was just so beautiful & such a random thing to say.

I bought myself flowers on the way home & felt a spring in my step.

the pieces of the puzzle are all falling into place & I couldn’t be more excited!

words that make my heart skip a beat

San Fran 2010

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

– Pablo Neruda