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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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.

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What Dream are made of
fairytale glamour
days are endless dreams
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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…
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bright colours & giant fish = daily outfit post

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Another day, another outfit photo (taken once again by Penny)…
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and another vintage dress – naturally πŸ˜‰
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this wall was just screaming to have photos taken in front of it, even if the giant koi mixed with my red dress made for a colour-assault on the eyes…how could we say no!
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i’m slowly getting the knack of this posing business, but as you can see on the right, i’ve still got quite a way to go! haha (even funnier is that Penny only sent me the good photos! eeep)
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i’m wearing – vintage sundress: thrifted / shoes: sportsgirl / necklace: Polli
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have a wonderful week everyone
& thanks again Penny!
xxx

ballet gala date night

Ballet date nights have become one of our favourite outings this year & the Opening Night of the Australian Ballets 50th Anniversary Gala did not disappoint!
I’m almost certain i’ve been raving about it all week long, but i’ve put off posting this because I wanted to share the link to the performance we saw (as one of the nights was filmed for the ABC – we watched it again last night! Incredible!!) The performers from the Stuttgart Ballet blew my mind! they were so great in both their performances that i just can’t get my head around it! The fact that one their performances was contemporary is even more mind blowing (i’m usually not a fan…at all)

Why Ballet you ask? let me share our little “backstory”…

Growing up, i was a ballerina. i started local classes with my friends at the age of 4 & continued into my teens. i lived & breathed ballet! Practice was constant as was the structure & discipline, & i even found myself researching my favourite ballerinas in my spare time. My Mama was a dancer (she even started her own dance school when she was 18 years old!!) needless to say, she was my role model & hero!
while it was everything i had ever wanted, i loved the other aspects of my life too. i was a typical athletic teenager who loved socialising & running amuck. i was given the opportunity to go to a Ballet School but i found the decision too big to make at that stage of my life…so i gave it all up…

i still have all of my dance costumes, along with the photos and videos of all the performances over the years. oh, & my gold charm bracelet from when i was 9 years old filled with little ballet-type charms!

Fast forward to meeting Mike ❀
Our first proper “date” was watching the Australian Ballet in Brisbane, so (9 years later!) we decided that we needed some more ballet in our lives πŸ˜‰
While researching the performances the Australian Ballet had for the 2012 season we saw that they had a season pass – a package to go to all 5 of their performances in Melbourne for the year – so we booked.
it’s been one of the best investments we’ve made this year (& only cost around $33 per ticket!)
We’ve already booked our tickets for the 2013 season, so if you’re in anyway inclined (& in either Melbourne of Sydney) I definitely recommend it!
It’s the perfect excuse (if you need one!) to get gussied up, drink fancy champagne & get a little bit of culture in your life πŸ˜‰
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fancy champagne me
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with my dapper date
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(let’s pretend this isn’t the only decent photo i got of the 2 of us together hah!)
our course i used the opportunity to get an outfit photo in too
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i’m wearing
vintage 60’s dress – thrifted / vintage patent leather bag – thrifted / heels – nine west

Like i said, i can’t stop raving about the performance! click here to watch the Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary
it won’t disappoint
xxx

sunny sunny day (& an impromptu outfit photo shoot)

when Penny & i spotted this colourful wall we knew it needed to be documented.
i’d been rabbiting on about my favourite wall that i walk past everyday (& how i have always wanted to take outfit photos in front of it but never have…) so seeing this was a sign that crossing the road & attempting to pose was totally necessary!
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how incredible is this wall? i’m almost certain that i’ll be wandering over here more often to snap some shots!
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now this is just a few shots – we took far too many.
it seems that i’m not the most graceful person when it comes to posing for photos. i have some hysterical attempts at “looking casual”, but they’re almost a bit too embarrassing to share! πŸ˜‰

after a quick opshop we headed to a bar for some delicious fries & my favourite sparkling rose.
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gosh this stuff makes me happy!
we were brainstorming business ideas & making big plans, so we’ll see what comes from it.
the future is bright friends πŸ™‚
(funnily enough, it was sunny & 27 degrees when we took these photos on thursday. now, saturday, it’s freezing cold, dark, stormy & i have the heater on two bars. two bars!! that means it was cold! brrr! also might explain the cold that seems to have appeared on the scene…)

ok – so outfit time
i’m wearing – a new (surprise surprise!)vintage dress that i bought on tuesday (i’d spotted it previously but this time it was half price! eeep!) / cardi from forever 21 (i think? super old) / vintage enamel flower from easy / melissa shoes / ines de la fressange sunnies
ahhh i just realised i don’t have any info about Penny’s outfit! ok – i shall add that as soon as i get the info off her! πŸ˜‰

it was such a wonderful afternoon & soaking up the suns rays really was spectacular! (even if they only lasted for a day haha) i can’t wait for spring ❀
have a happy weekend folks! i’m heading back to soak up the heat from our heater πŸ˜‰
xxx

work clothes

in a previous life (ahem…a few years back & beyond!) denim was my fashion staple.
i wore jeans or denim skirts almost every day & my wardrobe was severely lacking in anything else.
fast forward to now & if you manage to push aside the three racks full of vintage you will find two pairs of jeans (one is about to die…the other is the newly purchased replacement)
i’ve also never worn jeans to work (at this job at least!), so for the past year i have managed to wear only dresses or skirts. high five to me!
in saying all of that, i decided to wear jeans to work
and a tshirt! (i don’t wear tshirts…)
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i actually love this outfit, though it’s definitely not my usual thing.
i’m wearing:
sportsgirl jeans/madlove t/thrifted wool cardi/penelope durston gloves/melissa shoes

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i’ve been feeling under the weather since my birthday (boo!) so apart from working, going through boxes of tissues like no tomorrow & somehow stumbling around in existence, i’m not really sure what i have been doing!
my phone decided to die & i had to pay $180 (on my birthday no less! seriously – don’t get me started!) to replace my faulty APPLE IPHONE! (<– yes apple! I’m mad at you for making me pay because you gave me a faulty product!! rantrantrant!!!)
so as a result i have only a handful of photos on my phone…a possible relief from the 4000+ that were living on there previously πŸ˜‰
these guys were still on there, so i thought i’d share a snippet of my outfits over the past few weeks…

pre-sickness/birthday
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this red, white & blue dress was a recent find that i just had to have. despite not trying it on upon purchasing it fits like a glove!
it is super sheer though, so there were many layers underneath, & my red cherry cardigan was a must have over the top.
the vintage enamel flower brooch was an etsy find i had forgotten about (whoops!) but it snagged my hair all.day! and not even just a little catch, but an entire chunk of hair would become tangled in the petals! does anyone else have this problem, or is it just my unruly hair??

post birthday/day two of flu
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clearly…i like my red cherry cardi! πŸ˜‰
i was pretty sulky about getting the flu on my birthday so i wore my new striped dress (a birthday gift from my Mama) with my red cardigan & me new MAC red lipstick.
red lipstick is a new thing for me – i had to wear it at all my dance performances while i was a child, so i’ve kind of avoided it…until now! i figured it would lift my spirits…but forgot that it would also match my poor sickly nose!
what you can’t see are all the layers on underneath this outfit! what you can see are the bright blue penelope durston woollen fingerless gloves (my saviours!) & the merino wool blue mesop scarf. hello wool. i love you ❀

extreme flu is here/that isn’t a coffee in my hand
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what you have here is a cheray in full-flu-sickness.
my dress was another recent vintage find & it matched perfectly with this merino wool Viktoria & Woods cardi.
my (unwashed) hair is cleverly disguised in lovely crown braid (making it seem like i’ve put it loads of effort…which i have….) which had the girls at my local cafe telling me i looked like a member of the Von Trapp Family…they also asked me to dance for them…i declined…
i’m also not holding a coffee (shock horror!) but a lemon honey & ginger (known as an LHG) which i am maintaining a death grip on. i ask for it extra strong…in a burn “your throat from so much ginger” kind of way.
this is also the last photo i took of my Melissa shoes before tripping & snapping the bow!! 😦
super sadface occurring right about now.
(hopefully i’ll be able to superglue the bow back together…)

if you haven’t noticed, the flu makes me a little more silly than usual! i tend to ramble (a lot) more about things of little to no consequence! πŸ˜‰ as such, i will keep my blogging to a minimum until i’m a little more human πŸ˜‰
big love & stay warm
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