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
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!)
It really was the perfect way to unwind


Wrap-ups & unscheduled breaks

Snippets of what life has been like lately via Instagram…
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

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…

Chase, Marina & Ashley on the red carpet
Clint Howard…
…with the rest of the cast & crew up on stage

after the screening we headed over to a bar for the after party
where the drinking began
Floyd drove for hours to make it
Tyler & Max
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
look at my expression! hahaha (i couldn’t even drink my coffee)
take two
Clint Howard introducing the film
and the cast & crew up on stage for the Q&A
saying farewell to San Jose with a delicious flat white

thank you San Jose

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
(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


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…
using wifi to instagram photos from the air
room with a view
the beautiful California Theatre – our venue for the premiere!
the cherry blossoms were in bloom
it was such a beautiful day but before we knew it, it was time for the comic book launch
William Katt & Clancy Brown
(& me hiding in the far corner on my phone!)
Chase Williamson & Chris Folino
Mike was busy updating all the Sparks social media sites
this guy brought his own swords to recreate a battle scene with Clancy Brown
…it was crazy
so was this…
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…

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)

our days started off with two things – a delicious breakfast from EggSlut & a coffee from the Hart & the Hunter.
some days i needed a double caffeine hit – a takeaway latte and a piccolo!
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!
i tried on so many dresses (& bought the 2 on the right)
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!)
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
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!

oh, did i mention we had more coffee?
and some of the tastiest food i’ve ever had
and of course more eggs

it all flew by so very quickly & before we knew it we were all packed & waiting to head to San Jose…

and so it begins

today marks two months since we headed off on our wonderful whirlwind holiday.
it was pure magic & i thought it was only fitting to share some photos from our trip.
the flight over was a total eye opener!
we flew business class with Virgin & it was an absolute dream!
(that was the first clue that this was no ordinary trip! come on guys – we were flying business class! of course we were plotting something! haha)
the champagne! the food! the leg space! the beds?!! did i mention the champagne?!

over the next few days i’ll share some of our many photos, while simultaneously wishing i was back there doing it all over again πŸ˜‰ pure magic!

here we go!
celebratory champagne
cheers to adventure!
Mikey relaxing with the paper
some (more) pre-dinner drinks & snacks
our view below

now the food was just out of this world! some of the tastiest food i ate on this holiday was on our flights (both over & back!)
this wasn’t even all of it! so so tasty

with ridiculously full bellies & the nice calming effects of the wine, it was time to get ready for bed…
our beds all sectioned off in our own little “cabin”
i got engrossed watching Looper (oh JGL! be still my heart!)
but the ceiling resembled the night sky, which was so very pretty to fall asleep to

we slept so soundly in fact, that the morning was quite a rushed blur.
our ear plugs worked a little too well so the poor flight steward had to gently shake my arm to wake me! hahaha! breakfast was delicious, but i was so sleepy i forgot to take a photo!

the time difference meant that we landed in LA before we actually left Melbourne!
haha hello again february 26th!
we grabbed our hire car & joined the rest of LA on the freeway
Mikey driving on the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road πŸ˜‰
our first stop was coffee at the Hart & the Hunter – the cutest little cafe in the foyer of our hotel
who knew you could get such great coffee in LA?! so delicious
this is the only picture we managed to snap of the outside of our hotel
funny story about the PaliHotel is that it was previously the Orbit Hostel – the same place where we both happened to be staying after we met in San Francisco 10 years ago! needless to say, this place holds a lot of memories for us πŸ˜‰
i was a little bit in love with this glass door
like all good tourists, we straight away started documenting the room
while the Pali Hotel does have all the looks of a great boutique hotel, when you get down to it, it just felt like staying at the Orbit Hostel – but with a paint job.
(almost certain the bedding is still remnant from it’s hostel days – which is kind of scary!)
don’t get me wrong, it’s super cute & all, but definitely not worth the money they are charging.
we spent the rest of the day out at the office so Mike could catch up with all the guys to discuss San Jose & the film premiere, so by the time we got back to West Hollywood we were super tired & super hungry…
so enter Mikes wonderful dinner suggestion…
of In-N-Out Burger!
burger & fries – animal style! oh man, was it delicious!
the fries were seriously too much for me (look at that??? it’s crazy!)
but it’s definitely one of, if not the tastiest burger i’ve ever eaten
(& i sure do eat a lot of burgers! hah!)
the perfect end to our first day in the USA

(i just realised that this blog posts makes it seem like all we do is eat!)

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˜‰
so much goodness!
Can’t wait to get back up there soon

Bay Bridge Lights & freezing nights

the day we got married they officially turned on the Bay Bridge Lights – a public art display created by Leo Villareal that will run for the next 2 years.
we’d had such a beautiful day & eaten the largest dinner imaginable, so we thought a leisurely after dinner stroll was in order.

the weather seemed to have other ideas.

the beautiful clear day we had been treated to had vanished (in Melbourne-esque speed mind you!) leaving in its place a cold, rainy night. We were determined though, so we grabbed a couple of umbrellas from our hotel & headed off into the night.
By the time we reached a somewhat decent vantage point, we were soaked.
wrestling with umbrellas in the wind as well as cameras in rain proved to be a tad tricky – as was managing to shoot the bridge in focus πŸ˜‰
while we didn’t end up staying out for long, it was so lovely to soak up (literally guys!! so much rain! hah!) our last night in San Francisco.
(though once our photos started turning out like this we thought we better call it a night!)
goodnight crazy weathered San Francisco!
Thank you for treating us to such an incredible day

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)