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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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Oh woops

Sorry life, I’ve barely had time to keep up! I did quite a bit of online shopping in the past few weeks, and so I’m getting all my parcels now. Definitely feeling like Christmas! Which is quite alright with me. Apologies this post isn’t very coherant. I’m a bit all over the place this weekend. Especially since I made the detrimental choice of purchasing some coffee beans from Double Roasters (then subsequently made a cup of after dinner tonight). Uh oh.

I’ve finally gotten my hands on an Opal card after weeks of putting it off. Let me just say it has made my early mornings a heck of a lot easier. No more queueing for me!

I’ve been crazy obsessed with Mel/Melissa shoes. The jelly shoes are oh-so-comfortable and have been albeit useful in the wet weather Sydney has been receiving lately. My biggest problem these past few weeks revolves around which pair to wear out. FWP.

Mel by Melissa shoes

(Love glitter. And love polka dots.)

My Asia haul + misc

Asia haul

So I haven’t yet gotten around to editing those photos from my trip, but I did take a shot of some of the haul I took home. Note this isn’t all for me. Naturally it included a tonne of nail polish, duty-free make up buys and a bunch of stationery. Most of the stuff is sitting in a box on my dresser. I need to get around to organising it and putting it away.

I have been toying with the idea of a leather pencil skirt, and because I’m still in experimental mode, I went and got a pleather Zara pencil skirt. I was lusting over it in Asia, but the BF said no. I found myself in the new Sydney Zara store (holy large batman) and I bought it on impulse. Love it though.

Well since this has become an entirely materialistic post, let me say how much I am loving Mix Apparel. I stumbled on it yesterday whilst meandering through an outer-Sydney Coles. I bought some lounge pants (2 for $20 – how could I say no?). Long story short, I ended up buying two more pairs because they are just the comfiest things ever.

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Love the pants, not so much the “action” shots.

Weekend withdrawals

Not even midday on Monday and I’m having weekend withdrawals. I started editing some of my Asia snaps before I realised I was doing them out of order. So in conclusion, I got disheartened and put them off for another post. In lieu of my holiday photos, here are some weekend pics. Beginning with a 3 cheese pizza/elevator selfie from Friday.

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Saturday/Sunday was spent procrastinating (the crazy flash storm didn’t help with my indecisiveness). We found ourselves on a mini road trip to Cabramatta to try out Tan Viet. Which I would definitely recommend. It was bar none the best fried chicken I’ve had to date. The skin on each piece was crispy beyond perfection, and the meat was juicy and succulent. Anyway. Just try it. Trust me.

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The other highlight of my weekend is something I’m ashamed to admit. I went and got the 3DS Yoshi console with the Animal Crossing game. I used to play it on the NDS during university, and felt like reminiscing. Besides which the Professor Layton x Phoenix Wright crossover game comes out in a few days which I’m dying to get my hands on too!

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Did you get up to anything interesting on the weekend? AND more importantly, are you wearing something green for St Pat’s day today?

Monthly catch up.

I’ve reverted back to my blog-lurking phase. But, I’ve come out of hibernation again. I just realised that I haven’t written a post in almost a month. And all I can say is wow. A lot can happen in a month. And the girl can shop.

Please don’t judge. I’m really only 5 and three quarter years old.

The biggest problem I have right now is deciding what 3DS console to get. I’ve decided I need one in my life to play Animal Crossing. And that new Professor Layton x Phoenix Wright cross over game thing. I’ve narrowed it down to 3 colours. I’m leaning towards either the Yoshi one, or the white one. The silver/black combo feels a bit masculine.

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Visions are seldom all a dream

Blast from the past

I’ve been on a trip down memory lane reading posts from when I was in my late teens. I pulled the photo above from an entry where I was obsessed with Hello Kitty and hazelnut latte’s from Starbucks. Those were the days. Of course clearly visible is my keyboard cover from the times I’d frequently eat in front of my computer. I gotta say, it preserved my keyboard well.

This post isn’t about anything in particular really. I need to figure out what I should make for dinner tonight. I’m contemplating making some risotto with the porcini stock I have procured from last night’s dinner. But, this involves me purchasing some more ingredients to round out the meal. I’ve been obsessed with having freekah and chia in salads lately. I’m not on any particular health kick really. I just like the texture of both.

I have so much on my to do lists that it isn’t funny. Luckily I’m on top of my email-reply lists, so I feel somewhat more accomplished than usual. But I still feel like I have 20 jillion things left to do. Which I can’t do until later tonight. Woe is me.

Calendar talk

For two years straight, at the beginning of each year I would buy a Frankie calendar to stick up on my wall. Then last year I waited too late and they sold out before I could get my hands on one. I decided I was over calendars and the tedious exercise that it was to flip over the months as they went past.

Then yesterday during my lunch time stroll through Westfield, I noticed Frankie diaries and calendars on sale at 25% off. With only one calendar left, I knew it was a sign to get one. If you’re still looking for a diary, there are still a bunch of them available from The Lucky Charm newsagent in Sydney Westfield!

I did in fact have a short list of calendars that I had at the end of last year in anticipation of potentially purchasing one for 2014. It probably is a bit late to post about them now, but, I like me some designer eye candy.

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Love these floral yearly calendars. The black contrast [left] just really stands out, and what a great idea to frame a pretty blooming calendar [right].

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I have a soft spot for little feathered friends [left], and gorgeous little geometric botanical designs [right].

il_570xN.504888716_m8nhThis last one is another a pretty floral print, available on Etsy. The artist advertises the versatility of being able to remove the calendar portion and retaining the top for a lovely art print after the year is done.

How do you feel about calendars? Do you have one for this year? Would love to see what you guys have up on the wall!