Monday, 5 October 2015

hello monday

Artwork by: Suki McMaster
Melbourne certainly went all out for our new Grand Final long weekend. Maybe it's going a little far today with an estimated 32 degree heatwave but who's complaining, this past winter was long, miserable and boring.

We enjoyed our first ever DRY Grand Final Day... It wasn't as bad as it sounds, Steve went fishing the day before and caught us a delicious Redfin feast and he so kindly sympathy didn't drink with me and I sympathy sat through some of the game with him. (I fell asleep a few times)

Made a few new friends online like the very talented Suki McMaster check out her website for some adorable prints and homewares. They have 2 new brand reps that I'm sure will be pumping out some very sweet decorating ideas over the next few months... I lucked out on the comp for baby girls room but Suki was so sweet to offer a select few of us a little conciliation prize :D I'm a little excited I never win anything. So thank you so much xox

We spent a lovely morning breakfasting/garden world-ing with the sis and brother-in-law to be. Us girls Garden World the boys ditched us for BCF next-door. Mel made some friends...

Monday, 28 September 2015

A day on the Beach...

So excited to be working with this fun bunch of people on the new Ozmosis Summer Campaign. 
The models did an amazing job on a very breezy/chilly Sorrento beach can honestly say I was glad not to be in their shoes... well, bikinis & boardies.

Seriously the two best jobs I've had in my lifetime have been working alongside my sis. She is one crazy talented stylist and visual merchandiser. How she pulls things together in short amounts of time blows my mind... too many energy drinks and coffee's I think?

Here are a very few shots from the day. I can't wait to share the results with you all this summer.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

why I can't be a food blogger

(image from: Design Love Fest)

I love food and I can't understand how food bloggers do it.
To begin with I'm super impatient when it comes to waiting for whatever I have ordered, I'm too excited. By the time it gets in front of me there is no fussing with food selfies I just dig in, well... more like inhale my food like it's my last meal... EVER!
I like my food HOT or ICY COLD (more so cold these days) and wasting time pulling out a phone for the perfectly angled shot is just not going to happen. 
Secondly we try not to have phones out when we go to dinner or breakfast/brunch/lunch, a habit we are trying to master before baby girl comes. There is nothing sadder than when I see a mum or dad spending "quality" time with their child and they have their noses buried in a smart phone.

Anyhoo - over the last few months we have been trying to get out for as many meals as husband and wife as we possibly can. We hear "OUR" time will become a distant memory very soon.

We moved back to our old family neighbourhood 2 years ago from St Kilda and thought our fine dining days to be over now in the burbs.... but we have been proved very wrong. 

Here are just a few little gems we found in the Bayside area:

574A Main Street Mordialloc
As much as I have been craving shellfish this whole pregnancy I was able to show some restraint and settle for some pregnancy approved/friendly fish and chips at Tommy Ruff. Amazingly fresh fish AND they do SWEET FRIES!!!!! GOOD ONES TOO!!!! Writing about it now is making me hungry and realising that it has been a few weeks since we have been... Hmmm, I'm thinking dinner tonight.

524 Nepean Hwy, Bonbeach
This place is divine we come here for breakfast lunch and dinner all menu's are amazing.
They have a little deli next door which I am dying to shop at (after baby girl arrives) for their selection of cheeses and cold meats... all looks so good. 
Try the Croque Madame for brunch it's my favourite and the coffee is delish. 
(yes I had a sneaky one)

298 Beach Rd, Black Rock
As a 1st generation Australian of Argentinean parents any time you walk into a Argentinean restaurant automatically your expectations are VERY high. True South didn't disappoint the only thing I would have to complain about is the portion sizes being very un-Argentinean. We didn't walk out of there hungry by any means but you do have to be prepared to order a few dishes. And be warned a serve of "EMPANADA" means just that 1 EMPANADA but it's a good one I could have eaten about 6. The meat was made to perfection I would of liked it a little more medium but again pregnancy restrictions hold me back. 
The best Argentinean BBQ I've had in Melbourne, outside from our home cooked BBQ's obviously. 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

It's a girl ...

(Image found on Pinterest - please feel free to contact me for acknowledgement)

Steve and I are so excited to announce that it looks like we have a little lady on the way.

There are no words to the feeling you get when you know what's coming your way. All of a sudden from one moment to the next it becomes all so real. It was real before we knew it was a girl but referring the baby to an "IT" doesn't have a very loving emotional ring to it. 

Our very tiny but cute little She has now discovered her legs and is having a great time using them at all the wrong times - like when mummy is working, in a meeting or trying to sleep - oh and most definitely hates having ultrasounds. 

I just can't wait to meet her but at the same time want to just enjoy the last few months Steve and I have as the two of us. It's the end of an era but the beginning of something much bigger than the two of us.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Something I stumbled upon...

I follow a lot of photographers and stylists on Instagram mainly because I love looking at beautiful things every morning while I have breakfast and watch Steve busily get ready for work. Today I watched him in a little more awe and love than usual after reading these words below from photographer Jenna Kutcher. I'm a very lucky woman to have such a hard working, supportive and loving husband and even though I get the terrible guilt's every time he has to go into the office/lab at such an early hour when my work doesn't have that structure he has never complained or said a word about it.... Marriage is a wonderful thing and the best decision I ever made, I might not go as far as doing a photoshoot every year (because I hate my photo taken) but marriage should be celebrated always not only on annual anniversaries or Valentines day... 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Happy Pants...

After growing out of almost EVERYTHING I own now and hating on almost anything that comes under the "maternity" umbrella I reluctantly went into Ripe Maternity a few weeks back.

I was quite surprised and a little excited that they have opted to use J.Crew's version of maternity denim that I have been uuuummmming + aaaaaaaarrrrring on for weeks on getting. Jeans are my one item I can't live without and my growing ass has requested stretchy pants only. As much and hard as the lovely sales woman tried to convince me at the Fountain Gate store that I would need a second pair @ $119.95 I wasn't ready for that kind of commitment. (I haven't bought jean's in Australia for over 10 years, they just never fit right. Devout American Eagle girl) But, along with these jeans delivering everything she said they would she was right I do need a second pair or maybe even a 3rd in fact. Summer is coming and luckily they have a second pair half price at the moment so gimme gimme those new season colours. 

This momma is feeling fat, gross and ugly and in need of some new happy pants.
                             *** This post is not sponsored by Ripe Maternity, I just have a genuine love for my pants*** 

Friday, 28 August 2015

baby room inspo

I can go on for days and days.
So many beautiful ideas and creative designers out there.
This weekend we begin the official process of kicking mummy out of her office.
Let the decorating/nesting begin! Good times ahead for daddy ��

(all images from Pinterest - please contact me if you wish to be credited)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

This time last year...

This time last year we were enjoying the last few days of our honeymoon adventure.
Enjoying giant Cocktails at Bubba Gump in Santa Monica, Burgers at Burger Joint in NY and ALL that shopping and sunshine. 12 months on now and we're preparing ourselves for our next big adventure and hanging onto our sanity by seeing the light at the end of this never ending winter.

I have been cleaning out, backing up and filing away old projects on the computer over the past few weeks. (a can of worms) I have found so many great memories and photos that I completely forgot about from all our adventures together, just sitting there in random folders. I couldn't help but think back to how much I loved flicking through old photo albums as a kid and how we have nothing to show our babies excepts for whats on a screen. We have lived in our house for over a year now and we still have no pictures up on the walls. I think this nesting thing people talk about has hit me hard, early and all of a sudden because I have an overwhelming need to redecorate, organise and put together photo albums. 

Looking back at all these memories makes me realise how lucky and happy we have been together and these are the moments I want to share with our little ones but not on an iPad or laptop it's just not the same.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

PS: Coffee ... i miss you

My biggest vice in life. Coffee
I have given up many things in my diet before but coffee has never been one of them. I see all this beautiful photography on Pinterest and I want to die... in a pool of coffee.
{Photos from Pinterest}

Monday, 10 August 2015

my 1 tip for giving "top 10 tips on motherhood/pregnancy/parenting"

Yep! Just shut the hell up.
You're not a doctor or a specialist and they are just so dam condescending, snooty and annoying.
Ever since we found out we are having a baby we have both been doing the usual google self diagnosis MD or searching for nursery supplies and so on that our news feed is now bombarded with all these mommy blogger "top tips", you know the ones they usually start with.... O.M.G no one told me how hard a baby would be la la la here are the 10 things that saved me... And I just want to slam my face on the keyboard. You know they have probably copied and pasted the tips off some other bloggers page because all these "life saving" tips are the same... sleep when the baby sleeps, you MUST have {insert overpriced item here} and so on.

I'm putting my hatred towards these kind of blogs in writing just so I can look back {as I always love doing} after baby comes and my hormones alter my brain and I don't do the same sickening thing on my blog. If there's one thing we are certain being one of the last of all our friends to have kids is that babies are NOT a walk in the park. It's not going to be easy but we're excited nonetheless. 

So no bloggers we don't need your sponsored copy paste tips on how to be new parents because newsflash... everyone is different and so are all babies.