Here we go again

Past midnight on a school night no less, and I’m wide awake. I was baking chocolate chip cookies for work tomorrow, oops. Although this time to reflect got me thinking about how I haven’t blogged in a long, long time. I’ve since purchased a new camera that I took along to the Growers Markets earlier this month. Nothing that exciting, but just getting myself used to the different way the settings are laid out.

Bonsai

I really like bonsai trees – and I’ve been curious as to whether I’d be able to sustain one for the long term. But, I’m not really confident right now. I can barely keep my succulents alive.

Flowers

I haven’t really been out to many Good Food Month events. The one I did go to was at Flying Fish when they had their crab shack night. All the tables were coated in paper, and crabs were sold by the kilo at market price. They had truffle mac and cheese on the menu and let me just say that I don’t regret a thing.Giant G+T's Pretty fairy lights Pinchy!

Pinchy made a surprise appearance on our table. I wanted to take him home, but he had a job to do at the crab shack. I had to get the full experience and chose some San Francisco steam beer to go with dinner that night.The lightsIn conclusion, I’m digging this new camera. It takes pretty night shots.

Life in flowers

As per usual, I can barely keep up with everything. I can’t believe that it is almost the end of the year. Seriously. So much has happened and everything has whizzed by way too quickly. Note to self, must stop and look at the pretty flowers more often before the year is out. All these flowers have come into bloom in my garden without me realising. Need to bring some into the house and fill all the vases.
fleurI had a horrible experience this morning with this Asian woman on the train who kept digging her bag into my backside, I assume in an effort to move me faster through a slow crowd. Seriously lady, I don’t think your tactic is going to achieve anything other than giving me a giant wedgie. Glare.

Cherry blossomsI took photos of cherry blossoms from this little park close by to where we stopped for some lunch in Ainslie. I need to discover more funky eateries in Canberra. Everything has become so trendy in the last few years I can’t keep up. H + I stopped by Questacon and found our inner child (not that they really need any finding).

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I realise this post is overly floral, especially paired with my blog background, but I really could not care less. HAPPY SPRING!

Patterns galore

Let me just start off saying the rain today was insane. It was definitely a gumboots sorta day. I contemplated taking a bus from the city but the rain had eased to a light sprinkle by the time I had arrived. CRAZY.

So having worn solid blocks of colour for most of my life, I find myself lusting over patterns and reaching for them more often these days. One of my favourite jumpers in my regular winter rotation is a J.Crew polka dot and stripe little number. Now let’s make it clear, I’m on window shopping mode O-N-L-Y! :)

I saw this Portmans stripe skirt and top ensemble on one of their marketing advertisements and fell in love with the entire outfit. I adore the off the shoulder top. Girly without being too girly. If it were summer, and if I could pull off crop tops, I’d be all over this.

Stripes

Continuing with the stripe theme, this Country Road stripe top intrigues me. I love the bold/fine line contrast. I’m always struggling to find pretty looking long sleeve tops for winter.

stripe-top

And my other favourite pattern of the moment – floral. I can’t go past a bold, floral print. The tangerine in this Cue dress makes it all the more special, and it just scream spring. Anything sparkly or material with a slight sheen always seems to capture my undivided attention.

Cue floral dress

And finally just for fun, this flirty neon Gorman skirt will bring life back to your monochromatic office wear. I love how it looks completely different up close to how it appears from afar. Plus it’s lilac, and I love all shades of purple.

pencil-skirt

Travelling through Asia in Malaysia

I’m finally posting photos from my trip to Asia despite them being few months old. I figure it wouldn’t hurt. For this leg of the trip, we travelled from Singapore to Malaysia via Air Asia. We decided we’d save on plane fares given the distance between the countries wasn’t anything significant to waste moolah on creature comforts.

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I couldn’t resist doing a side by side day/night shot of the twin towers. I’m such a sucker for architecture mixed with pretty lights.

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H and I stayed at the Traders hotel, which was a stone’s throw away from Suria KLCC. It made for some convenient shopping and needless to say, I found myself the perfect Christmas present complete with a glittering camellia. I made H make me a Christmas tree, which you can sort of see in the right photo (made with a magazine). I don’t think I’ve ever had a Christmas without a tree and this one wasn’t going to be the exception.

shopping

Without a doubt, shopping during the festive season was in full swing. All of the malls we visited were teeming with people. Of course I had to power through the crowds with egg tarts that I saw glistening from the window.

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more-shopping

We ended up eating at the hotel for our Christmas dinner. They had Christmas putting and Christmas bonbons which were all winners. You can see OCD me arranging the little stars in a row. These were to later feature on H’s DIY Christmas tree.

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We did a day trip out to Batu Caves, which was recommended to us by S. It was easy enough to hire a cabbie to take us out, wait for us there, then drive us back. To be honest it was the most peculiar thing I’d ever requested from a cabbie, but apparently it is the done thing to do (or so says the hotel concierge). It was something beyond spectacular. I even got to meet some little monkey friends.

batu

batu-pano

monkey

batu-back

The view from the top of the 272-odd steps was hard to beat. I can’t tell you which view I preferred the most! It was a nice way to cap off our short trip to Malaysia. Now let’s hope it won’t take me another 6 months to post up the next leg of the trip!

Five things

One. I haven’t kept up with documenting my nail adventures lately, but rest assured I’m still avidly collecting those little bottles. I’m debating whether or not I should buy an Ikea drawer to store them in some more of an orderly fashion than in a huge storage bin under my bed, but we’ll see how motivated I really get. I’m still trying to work my way through the Ciate haul I bought from COTD a few weeks ago. I’m keen to try the caviar, but really need the right occasion for it.

Ciate overload

Two. I (quietly) squealed out loud when I saw my favourite brand of cider had come out with some new varieties. It wasn’t even a question that I had to buy the pink lady cider. I’d say that Pink lady and Fuji are my top two apple varieties – I like them sweet. If you’re the same, this won’t disappoint. I’ll be back for the pear later.

Bilpin cider

Three. I got a giant Matches parcel today. Half for me, half for the boy, but it came in this beautiful marbled box. I’ve included my hand in the photo for size reference. You can tell that Matches have thought out the online shopping experience from beginning to end. Love the box.

Matches parcel

Four. I’m loving the number of amazing coffee places popping up in my immediate surrounds. I got this pretty rose from West Juliett in Marrickville. Pair it with one of their pink salt chocolate chip cookies and you have yourself a match made in heaven.

Coffee

Five. This is a new obsession. I’ve been painting these little dinosaur figurines gold. Loving them on my desk. I started off using some horrid yellow gold nail polish that I knew I was never going to wear, but the other day I graduated and purchased a spray can of metallic gold paint. Best move ever. Watch this space, more gold tidbits to come.

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Playing catch ups

I’ve been distracted hauling out the contents of my wardrobe, closely reviewing what stays and what goes. I’ve found a couple of pairs of shoes (brand new!) that need to go on eBay ASAP. If you’re a 5-5.5 you’re definitely in luck. Now to get around to taking some photos and posting them up.

Anyway. I thought these photos from last month’s Vivid Festival needed to be posted up. I didn’t get a good chance to explore all I had wanted. The turn out this year was just cray-cray! Even on the cold, blustery week days the streets of Sydney were full of people ogling at the pretty bright lights.

My friends and I decided to make a night of it, dining at the Bridge Room (which I had been itching to try for a while now) before wandering around Circular Quay and The Rocks area to see the city all lit up.

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There was a couple of interactive ‘dance floor’ pieces that were a crowd favourite. The one above changed in response to the number of people standing on the circles. Magical in the night.

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Love geometric gems. Hidden in the laneways in The Rocks. It really was a complete joy to walk through the lanes discovering these little gems!Vivid SydneyVivid SydneyVivid Sydney Vivid SydneyI hope you got to hop along to the Vivid Festival before it ended!

 

My new love for veggie burgers

I’m very much a meat-n-potatoes girl at heart, so you can imagine my reluctance when I got recommended a vegetarian cafe on my recent trip up the coast. A couple of people had mentioned a place called Pilgrims, which is located in Milton. There’s a cafe at Cronulla as well, but with all the carnivorous options in the area, I’d never thought to go.

Pilgrim's

There were these adorable little blooms on each table, Pilgrims had a very rustic feel to it. They offered a wide range of fresh juices, but the early morning start had me opting for a coffee.

Pilgrim's

Pilgrim's

I chose the Bliss burger, which consisted of a toasted wholemeal bun with avocado, cheese, tabouli, sprouts, onions and peanut sauce with a patty made from brown rice. Best. Thing. Ever. I will definitely be visiting the Cronulla cafe for this in the near future.

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A post about Mollymook wouldn’t be complete without a beach shot. It was a little bit overcast that day, but it made for a nice stroll down the beach.

BerryWe also stopped by Berry on the way back to Sydney to look at some antiques and walked past this house with the most adorable mailbox! Want.

 

Crazy crochet lady

As per usual, life is crazy. I can’t remember what I did last weekend. But I am seriously obsessed with crafting at the moment which as all but consumed all my (little) free time.

I went to go visit Spotlight. They have an INSANE buy-$100-and-get-$40-off deal that was too good to refuse. I ended up walking out with a whole lot of stuff, not limited to an envelope board maker (OMG have made so many envelopes) and also a 24-piece crochet hook set (for under $10, umm yes?!).

I spent one entire weekend teaching myself how to crochet and do the magic circle technique in the hopes of making an obscure amigurumi character. It still needs eyes. And a mouth. I’m not really sure what it is to be honest. Mouse? Bear? Mousebear?

Amigurumi

I’m currently in the process of making a small throw blanket. I find granny squares oddly therapeutic. I’ve been approached by strangers regarding my crocheting. I don’t mind the attention, so long as small talk doesn’t follow for the entire duration of my trip.

Crochet blanket in progress

H and I seem to encounter all the sales. Good and bad if you ask me. I spotted a 30% off everything Lincraft sale where I hauled enough yarn to last me a couple of winter seasons. I have grand plans for these babies.

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I’m curious if anyone is a crochet queen out there? What have you made this winter season?

Change. Plus a weekend away.

It’s always good, right? I don’t think I’ve touched WP for well over a month now. Starting a new job that takes a lot of brain power will do that to you. I’m enjoying it though. I managed to take a bit of time off with the Easter break. I had originally meant to take the entire ten days off, but because I was back to zero leave I took two mini breaks.

A couple of friends stole away down to the south coast. Despite being overcast for the most part, it was pretty relaxing to wake up to the sound of the beach every morning. I found a beach house a few doors down from Bannisters (where we were dying to go for a dinner) – so it was just too perfect! On the way back we stopped by Jervis Bay to see the infamous white sand. I couldn’t find my other memory card, so these photos will do.

Jervis Bay

Couldn’t resist taking photos of the rock pools. The little patterns that sea creatures make just fascinate me so. Call me crazy but it’s just like another world in there to explore.Rockpools

Seagull

IMG_0160Here’s hoping to a few more opportunities to post within the next 2 weeks.