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
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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
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2 months ago

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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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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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LA in a nutshell

our experience in LA was, in a nutshell, rushed.
i’m almost certain we spent half a day trying to find wedding rings downtown in the jewellery district! (we really did leave a lot of things last minute)

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our days started off with two things – a delicious breakfast from EggSlut & a coffee from the Hart & the Hunter.
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some days i needed a double caffeine hit – a takeaway latte and a piccolo!
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the quiet courtyard at the Palihotel

Mike dropped me off at Jetrag Vintage & i very happily spent an hour browsing through all the incredible dresses. i actually only managed to get through 4 rows of dresses from the 50’s & 60’s – i could have spent all day in here! it’s a wonderland!
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i tried on so many dresses (& bought the 2 on the right)
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but i’m still wishing i got the one on the left here (even though it did have a tear in the seam) – look how perfect it was!

there was more coffee followed by more running around (& quite a bit of sitting around on LA freeways – pretty sure it’s always peak hour over there!)
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america – i’ve gotta hand it to you…i’m liking your coffee! πŸ˜‰

for dinner we decided to head out to the Grove to give Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant Fat Cow a try
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i had a delicious beef pie, while poor Mike had to attempt to find his (very undercooked! eep!) steak under a mound of the funniest looking fries we had ever seen!
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oh, did i mention we had more coffee?
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and some of the tastiest food i’ve ever had
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and of course more eggs
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it all flew by so very quickly & before we knew it we were all packed & waiting to head to San Jose…
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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
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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…
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