Sunday, 26 July 2015

A year ago today...

I made the best decision of my life.
They say the first year of marriage is the hardest... Maybe we are the lucky ones because for me it was the best. It still feels like yesterday that we got married time has just gone way too fast.
I want to say thank you, for being the kindest most supportive and loving husband anyone can ask for. I can't wait for what the next 12 months has in store for us.
Love you
xox
 Photos Credit: Jeff Chen

Thursday, 16 July 2015

It's people like this...

Sometimes I read blogs and I can't help but make this face.
I gave in and watched E's Fashion bloggers the other day and it just cemented the fact that most bloggers are a bunch of wankers.  I mean how deluded can some people be? 

I have had a few encounters with bloggers in the past that I thought I could collaborate with. I can say this with all honesty the response (if any) is usually less than the friendly, go-lucky, oh my life is so positive and perfect, love love love image they like to portray on their websites. I had one in particular send me her set of rules and conditions of working with her. All items to be chosen by blogger delivery at no cost to blogger, the items will not be returned and these are my fees (upfront). As rude as I thought it was I went against my better judgement and proceeded. When we showed what we wished to promote it was apparently not high end enough and she was no longer interested in working with us. When we offered a product that was still in the development process worth a few hundred dollars she was suddenly very keen to work with us again. We pulled the plug as this is not the type of person we want our brand associated with.

I like blogging, but I like blogging for me. I love going back and reminiscing over places we've been, the ups and downs of the business (yes even the downs) even if no one is listening. I have said this before I don't necessarily disagree with sponsored posts and they don't bother me as much on some blogs I read when it's something that they genuinely use and are somewhat relatable. Good on them if they can make some extra cash on the side but seriously.... Case in point the bimbos below, I can barely hear them talk. It's not a message I like, they are so materialistic and I don't envy them or their all white apartments and sheep fashion lifestyle. I feel kind of sorry for them and the ones that have young children that are passing this 'lot's of pretty things make us happy' mentality onto them is really sad.

Friday, 12 June 2015

oh FRANKSTON you big weirdo you ... we do love you

Good ol' Frankston, there's never a dull moment.
We got up at the crack of dawn for part one of our market sales last Sunday. Let's just say my intention to put a few items on the blog was too bigger task once my sis and I joined forces in the closet department. We did quite well overall but I think the best part of the day was hanging out with these 3 clowns and and spending most of our profits on the food trucks in the background... we deserved it. Next stop Bentleigh or Camberwell we still can't agree.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

i don't know what to talk about...

so let's look at pretty things...

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

BLACKFISH

I have adored these creatures for as long as I can remember. I used to sketch them all over my school books at school and remember watching Free Willy as a kid and knowing even then that animals (not just the Killer Whales) in captivity is WRONG!

I have wanted to watch this documentary BLACKFISH for quite sometime but have not been able to find it in it's entirety here in Australia. Having a Seaworld that is probably one of the biggest money grabbing attractions we have on the Gold Coast is probably the reason why there has not been much talk about this doco. It popped up on my Netflix (side note Netflix I love you) and as heartbreaking as it was to watch it just really disturbs me at how money hungry assholes are stuffing up our planet and the lengths they go to to make a buck. I wish it was legal to chain each one of the assholes who run these organisations to a bathtub and leave them there for oh I don't know 25 years.

As much as I love these creatures I can gladly say that I have never been to a Seaworld nor will I ever take my children to one. I have trouble even going to the zoo to be honest and after watching this documentary I really think I may deprive my children of that too.

I wish every single person in the world watches this movie and really thinks twice about contributing to this horrible practise against marine life. Yes they are beautiful and magnificent but taking a photo with a dolphin is it worth it? Go on a charter boat and see them in their natural habitat from afar and leave them alone, wouldn't that be more magical...? I think so.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Currently Obsessed With: Makeup By Alli

So, along with my boring outfit that I've had on rotation for the past 15 years that I shared with you last week (see here) I have also been doing my makeup the same way for probably the same amount of time. My sister always has great flawless make-up and she has been telling me for years now to go on youtube for tutorials which I have never had the time for. - That's my problem I seem to never have "time" but I have recently started to realise albeit the hard way that it's just a cop out... 
I run around like a headless chook but never seem to get everything done. I'm slowly learning not to take on too much and to focus only on the things that make me happy.. My husband, family, health and happiness. And what is making me happy this second are these easy to follow tutorials for fun new ways to use all those pallets of eyeshadow that have been sitting in my bathroom for who knows how long. Do eyeshadow go off? 

Anyway this chick is awesome check out her channel she has heaps of great looks as well as skincare rituals. I love how she uses drugstore stuff as well as your Sephora + higher end cosmetics.


Friday, 15 May 2015

Winter Wish List

I feel I have been in fashion awe for the vast majority of my life. I know AAAALLL the current trends, read all the fashion blogs BUT I'm always wishing I was thinner, taller, longer legs and thinner again to be able to wear some of the seasonal trends and never buy anything. Because of me being so self conscious and caring what people think I have worn jeans, t-shirts and thongs (flip flops for our American friends) for the vast majority of my life. This was rudely brought to my attention recently on my mass closet purge for the yard-sale we are planning in the next week or so... (it's been a can of worms)

I have gorgeous clothes still with tags on them, pieces I can't even remember buying and pieces I just simply never had the confidence to wear and never did. - So no more fashion envy or self doubt.. I want to get smarter with my purchases and finally find my own personal style because if not now then when? I am not getting any younger or thinner.

So here is to a fresh fashion start... Here are just a few items that I have my eye on this A/W season...

black leather jacket
 trench coat
slouchy knits
hats

Thursday, 14 May 2015

EVERYTHING must GO!

We have been in our new home for just over a year now and I can't get over how much stuff we have accumulated in just 1 year.... and it's just the 2 of us.

I can be a massive procrastinator and have been putting this off for months and months but I am officially getting my butt into gear and getting rid of the lot. I feel it's going to help get me out of this lazy, comfortable slump I have gotten into and maybe FINALLY have the space and time to finish all the renovations I keep banging on about since we moved into this home.

Maybe I also need to make a decision on what I actually want to do ... (dam you Pinterest on making my indecisiveness harder by giving me too many wonderful ideas)

I'll post a more detailed Pre-Yard Sale list & details of what we will have on sale at the Bentleigh Sunday Market over the weekend if anyone is interested in some of the goodies that we simply don't have the room for anymore. Here are some of the things we will be selling -

::: Samples from Three Sparrows ::: Old Season Stock ::: Men's & Ladies Clothing ::: Homewares :::
::: Appliances ::: Mannequins ::: Shop Displays ::: And more ...

I am also thinking of doing an Insta-Auction on some of our clothing, but I am still trying to work out how we would go about that... So more details to come.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

a lot can change in 31 days ...

... so it appears it's been just over a month since my last blog post. There are no apologies or excuses from me.... We've been having a great old time and you know what, not everything has to go online the second it happens.

Anyway the biggest news is that I left that joke of a part time job (I'm talking about you Novo Shoes - HOT TIP: Don't EVER shop there!) and have had to make some tough decisions with the business. Overall I think a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I have actually been a lot more positive and just plain enjoying myself for the first time in over 4 years. And with this attitude change came some great opportunities and jobs.

To cut a long story short... I'm effing happy! So now that we're coming into the cooler months and I signed up to Netflix I'm reclaiming my weekends and doing all things that bring us joy...

STRESS...... F#@K IT!

- Thanks Jack Nicholson -

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Organic Merchant's Store

So excited to be able to share with you all a little project I have been working on for the past few months. My dearest friend Lisa and her husband Paul are the two very talented owners of the new Organic Health Food merchants in the Bayside Area - The OM Store.
I must admit I did get a little teary being able to see the window decal I created all the way from Nepean Hwy and I only got more emotional being inside the store and seeing my friends hard work coming together so nicely with all the design work we did together. {It has been a long time since I have been this excited about my design work... it's nice} Check out a few of their products below or even better still come on in for a visit and embrace healthy living.  #theOMstore
I can't believe this little poppet is 2 in a few short weeks... and such a great little helper, how quickly they grow.