International birthday travel is fast becoming a tradition of mine. While last year I travelled through Japan, this year I traipsed ate my way through Europe. I loved every moment of it, and despite it being my third visit I feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.
I’ve commonly heard of France as being a love it or hate it city with no in between. I have to say I fall smack bang in the ‘love it’ camp. It holds a special place in my heart and I don’t think I could ever travel to Europe without a visit. On this trip we were fortunate enough to drive through the south of France all the way up to the Italian border. I loved how wide and varied the scenery shifted in such a short distance.
I think I OD’ed on cheese and wine, although can one really get sick of cheese and wine In France we ate at Mirazur for my birthday (I was sooo spoiled), which is currently number 4 restaurant in the world. I can’t stop thinking about the trolley of cheese they brought out post-meal. I spent some time in Lyon – know as the foodie capital, I ate endless quenelles and saucissons at the downtown market. We were blessed with clear blue skies for most of our trip.
We stopped by London and Amsterdam to say hello to our expat friends that have since gone onto live fun adventures abroad. I’m a little jealous of all the European countries they have at a stone’s throw. Coming into spring, it was lovely to have the flowers (especially those gorgeous tulips) in bloom during our nordic leg of the trip.
We’re halfway through the year already and I don’t really know how time is flying by so fast! I’m just trying to stay dry today. I left the house with my gumboots, my fab new Elka rain jacket I got from Europe *love* and a brolly.
In an effort to keep myself accountable I’m going to document my current work in progress (in terms of my craft projects). I brought a few bits to work on whilst in Europe, but I’ve gotten a bit discouraged with the length of time that it is taking. Lesson learned I’m focussing my energy on short and portable projects that I can put down and pick up without recalling too much pattern information.
At the moment I’m making a turban style headband which will be perfect for keeping ears warm in winter. It’s a gift for someone that I started maybe one or two nights ago? I’ve already had to frog it and restart twice, but I’m pleased to say it is almost done. All I have left to do is sew all the ends in. It uses the brioche stitch which is perfect as I’m a continental knitter, but I can get easily distracted by things and miss a stitch.
Long time no blog. You’ll find me buried in a giant pile of yarn. I’m trying to get as much knitting in before warmer weather starts. Seemingly I only knit when it’s cold. Although on my recent Melbourne trip, I started prepping for my summer wardrobe.
I bought a bunch of espadrilles in Melbourne. I couldn’t help it, they was a sample sale. Soludos usually retail for $70, but these were one off pairs that were down to the low, low price of $30 each. How could I say no? I purchased 3 pairs in total. Whoops.
I got a pair of flatforms (so comfy), summer stripes and my personal favourite, coffee espadrilles in a seashell pink. Seriously. I cannot deal. I just had to have them. They are a collaboration between Jason Polan and Soludos.
I popped down to Melbourne the other weekend for a quick trip. Not for any particular reason, but mainly to eat. Hah. I love how Sydney and Melbourne are similar, yet so very different at the same time.
Naturally, we left behind a sunny Sydney day for a cloudy Melbourne one. But that’s OK. Our hotel was pretty swish and the food we ate was beyond amazing, so in my opinion it worked out in the end. We paid a visit to what has now become a tradition each trip – Hu Tong Dumpling Bar. It legitimately serves the best dumplings ever. The XLB’s and the pan-fried dumplings are bursting with broth. So comforting on a winter’s day.
There were multiple bowls of coffee to be had. Can I just say at $5 a bowl, that’s a bloody bargain? I usually pay $4 for my regular soy flat white in Sydney. If you’re ever down in Melbourne, I highly recommend The League of Honest Coffee. Loved it. We bought a bag of beans which reminds me, I should grind some for the aeropress.
I can’t get over Melbourne street art. Nothing compares. Also I stocked up on some Nyx cosmetics at Priceline. Props to whomever can spot the horrible typo on the packaging. We had a peek at the Scorsese exhibit at the ACMI – they recommended 45 min to see everything, but we stayed for a few hours and took our time to watch all the exhibits.
Of course a weekend is never nearly enough time to explore Melbourne. I’ll do another post on some other foodie places we visited soon. I’m so slack with photo curating.
I’ve been on the hunt for an every day ankle boot to suit my work wardrobe. Which means, it needs to be black, leather and flat. I’ve wanted an elegant looking one with a bit of character for a while now. All the boots these days seem to have that chunky Cuban heel, which has it’s own place and time.
I went into Midas the other day (my current fave shoe brand – I swear all of their shoes are super duper comfy). I managed to find a design I really loved. Round toe, deep side slit, textured/smooth leather. Love it.
I ummed and ahhed over sizes, I fit snuggly into one size (without a thick sock), but also fit into a size up a little more loosely. I decided on the tighter fit – I figure I’ll wear the ankle boots with dresses + stockings so would want to pad them out less rather than more. If that makes sense.
I need to waterproof them still! I want to know, do you have a go-to brand for shoes?
So what’s with this Sydney weather? It feels a lot like inconsistent Melbourne weather to me. Hah. Today is supposedly going to reach a maximum of 26 degrees, did I mention it’s the middle of winter? Whaaaaat? Anyway. It makes dressing in the morning a nightmare.
Everyone I know seems to be overseas at the moment, so I’ve been running around tending to plants, taking out the trash, meal planning for my entire week. Who knew maintaining a household(s) on your lonesome could be so exhausting?
I’ve barely had much time to myself to do some crafting, but I did have some time to edit some of the cherry blossom photos I have from Tokyo. So delayed, but I’m keen to get some of these printed out and framed for the house.
Yeah, you could say I have a *bit* of a yarn addiction. I originally ordered a cheap-o yarn winder off eBay. It came to the grand total of $11 inclusive of postage and was due to ship from Hong Kong. After an entire month of anticipation and waiting, the yarn winder never showed up. I was disappointed but never fear, this story has a happy ending. I got a full refund for the cheapie winder.
I ended up ordering a heavy-duty yarn winder for a little more money and a fraction of the time. It has metal gears unlike the original one I was getting, and can make balls of up to 10oz. I don’t really measure in ounces, so I don’t really know what that means, but I have zero regrets. I love my new winder.
They say it isn’t good to cake any skeins if you aren’t planning on using them soon. The problem with my stash is that I adopted a majority of them as loose skeins which have been bugging me for a while. I am planning on using them very soon, so I love that they’re beautiful centre pull cakes. Hashtag yarn nerd.
It is sososo much easier than winding a skein by hand. I did 6 yarn cakes in the space of about 30 minutes. Definitely the best thing in my maker life right now.