9.12.17

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE | books

I bloody love getting a book as a present. I feel like Christmas is the time of year to go all out and get the impractical, gorgeous coffee table books, that no one ever buys for themselves because who can justify it, and give them to a loved one. That being said, I love getting novels as gifts as well! Even (and sometimes especially) if it's something I wouldn't pick up myself, I still love and am so appreciative of the fact that someone has taken the time to choose something for me and even if I don't necessarily love the book, at least I've read something new! 

Here's my top picks for this holiday season... I've linked them to the site where I came across the book so if you find a lower price do let me know!



FROM A B TO JAY Z by Danny Chiha & Jessica Chiha, $29.95 | I have actually ordered this for Lucie's Christmas gift, even if it cements my status as Whitest Mum Alive. I know this is a bit gimmicky and mostly for the parents' entertainment BUT I fricking love the idea and the illustrations are super cute. There's also 1 2 3 With The Notorious B.I.G if your li'l boo is more into numbers!
THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by B.J Novak, $9.55 (paperback) or $15.15 (hardcover) | When I was doing relief teaching a few years ago, quite a few classrooms had this in their library, and lemme tell ya kids went NUTS for this book. It was like the kid's equivalent of a Drake concert. I loved reading it, they loved hearing it, it's just an all-round winner. And made even better by the fact that it is written by the hilarious B.J Novak. 
THE APARTMENT HOUSE by Katelin Butler & Cameron Bruhn, $49.95 | There are thousands upon thousands of interior design books out there, but what I liked about this one is that it specifically focuses on Australia's move from the 'Hills Hoist ideal' to small, condensed apartment living. As someone who has always been lucky enough to live in a fairly big house, moving to Paris and into tiny apartments was a bit of a shock! So not only does this book inspire some gorgeous interiors and ideas for small living spaces, it also explores why there's been a move to smaller living spaces, which I find really interesting. A great gift for any architecture or interior design buffs. 
GOODNIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, $35 | I don't think there's anything wrong with little girls (or boys!) liking princesses and Disney and things like that, but I do think that it's important that they have some real-life, inspiring women to look up to as well. I'm so happy there's been a bit of an explosion of this kind of inspiration in the past couple of years because not only can I provide some kickass women for Lucie to look up to, I can educate myself as well! This book features _ women including Serena Williams, Amelia Earheart and Frida Kahlo, presented with fantastic illustrations and their story condensed into an easy-to-understand summary. I think this would make an amazing gifts for any little ones you might know. 
THE NEW BOHEMIANS HANDBOOK by Justina Blakenly, $20.24 | I've always fancied the bohemian aesthetic, though I can't really find the line between 'bohemian' and 'clutter'. This book has some gorgeous interior inspiration for any wannabe bohemians; come for the beautiful photographs and stay for the ideas on how to bring good energy and positive vibes into your home. 
JOLLY GOOD FOOD by Enid Blyton & Allegra McEvedy, $17.88 | One of my favourite parts of Enid Blyton's books was the wonderfully rich descriptions of food. My dad often said it was a wonder the Famous Five weren't rolling around everywhere with the amount of food they seemed to put away. I think this book would make such a wonderful gift - maybe even with some of the actual books so you can read the books and then cook the food inspired by the book? 
50 YEARS OF ROLLING STONE: THE MUSIC, PEOPLE AND POLITICS THAT SHAPED OUR CULTURE, $47.25 | It has always been my dream to work for Rolling Stone magazine (maybe I watched Almost Famous one too many times when I was younger); it's basically what inspired me to study journalism. This book would be an incredible gift for any fan of the magazine, or a fan of music or pop culture, as it contains interviews, short pieces, and photographs from the magazine's incredibly rich history. And I don't have a picture of it but I do have to recommend one of my all-time favourite books, But Enough About Me by Jancee Dunn, if you want a hilarious and insightful memoir about working for the iconic magazine. 
IT by Stephen King, $9.56 (paperback) or $22.48 (hardcover) | I still haven't seen this year's movie adaption of It - I doubt they had any Mummy & Me showings of it - but I did re-read the book while I was waiting for it to come out. My mum read this when she was pregnant with me and she thinks it's somehow responsible for my fear of clowns, so hopefully I haven't doomed Lucie to the same fear... Anyway, if you know someone who loved the movie then buy them a copy of the book so they know what to expect when the sequel comes out in a couple of years time!
MUNCHIES: LATE-NIGHT MEALS FROM THE WORLD'S BEST CHEFS by J.J. Goode & Helen Hollyman, $26.17 | I am so lucky to live in a country where food is a huge part of the culture and there is amazing food on offer at every corner (literally, there's five or six boulangeries within walking distance of our flat), but sometimes I just really crave a dirty, greasy, artery-clogging feed. I liked the idea behind Vice's Munchies cookbook, which is the meals that chefs (such as Anthony Bourdain, blah and blah) make when they've clocked off from the kitchen and are looking for a satisfying, three a.m meal. A great gift for people who love food but aren't necessarily looking to become the next Masterchef. 
NO WAY! OKAY, FINE by Brodie Lancaster, $25.50 | I pre-ordered this as soon as I got the notification because I am such a big fan of Brodie's writing (and she is a really rad person to boot!). Honestly I wish this book had been around when I was in high school, or in my awkward ~finding myself~ period at uni, because Brodie's collection of essays is just so relatable and so eloquently put. I cannot recommend this highly enough! I'm writing a little round-up of what I've been reading lately which will go into this in a little more detail but trust me that anyone in your life that appreciates essays that are in turn hilarious and bittersweet will appreciate this book. 
DRESSES TO DREAM ABOUT by Christian Siriano, $34.18 | Christian Siriano is one of my favourite Project Runway contestants (I'm just now catching up on the latest seasons!) and I've loved seeing how successful he's become since his time on the show. He creates the most incredible, feminine dresses, showcased beautifully in this book. This would be the perfect gift for anyone who's a fan of his beautiful, elegant style. 
FAIRYTALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Andrew Lang, $49.99 | This is part of a selection of leather-bound books available from Boffins Books, and while they all look just gorgeous, I especially love the cover of this one. It contains 100 fairytales from around the world and would make a beautiful keepsake for a little one (I know most kids' books end up covered in spit and bite marks, but it's the thought that counts...)
AMAZING(ER) FACE by Zoe Foster-Blake, $24 | Amazing Face has been a staple for many an Aussie girl, and this pumped up version features even more tips and tutorials (as well as some updated product recommendations, which is fantastic!). I am a big fan of Zoe's writing and as someone who has began experimenting more with makeup (i.e not just buying what's on special in the Coles toiletries aisle), I would love to receive a book like this that provides a little bit of guidance presented in a personable, un-intimidating way. 

Phew, that turned into a mini-book of its own. I'm sorry! I could talk about books all day and I really need to get back into reading (you know, in the spare half an hour of time a day that I have). I hope this provided you with some gift-giving inspiration and if you have any more recommendations please let us know!

4.12.17

WISHLIST | my dream designer purchases

Hello hello! I've talked a bit recently about wanting to invest in higher quality, luxe pieces, rather than a bunch of tat from the nearest chain store. Obviously having a baby has rearranged my priorities a bit - most new clothing purchases are guided more by How long can I get away without using an iron? and Can I get baby vomit out of this? - but since it's holiday time and if there's ever a time for wishful thinking, it's now, here's the top designer purchases I would make if I had the budget. And please do check out the links below each picture for a range of similar items at different price points!


KENZO JUMPER | 195€
I don't know what to say about these jumpers except that I bloody love them. I was gutted to have missed out on Kenzo's H&M collaboration last year - I was even in Paris where there's a H&M on every corner! Unfortunately I never did get my hands on one of the jumpers in the iconic tiger head style so, what the hey, might as well lust after the real thing.




GUCCI LOAFERS | 595€
Out of everything on this list this is the one thing I seriously consider putting money away for. I love love love the loafer style of shoe and with the amount of money I've spent on "Gucci-inspired" pairs of shoes I probably could have almost afforded the real thing. I mean, you're paying for the quality and the timelessness of the design as well as the name with these bad boys and I know that the cost per wear would go down to practically nothing. Maybe I will start campaigning for these for my 30th birthday in a few years... I think it'd have to be the classic black loafer but I am also loving this star and bee embroidered pair!



While most of the other items on this list could be considered investment pieces, this piece is pure whimsy, it's so ostentatious and over the top and that's exactly why I love it. I'm loving the rainbow stripes trend, it reminds me of the colour combinations I would wear as a kid (in fact I'm pretty sure I had many rainbow-striped tops over the years) but none of them were as luxurious as this tiger-embellished version! It's so bright it borders on tacky but that's right up my alley and kind of my dream ~aesthetic~ if I'm to be totally honest.

I've never really been into sunglasses really - I either buy a pair on a whim and then end up never wearing them, or they're at-the-counter purchases at really cheap chain stores so I end up hating them, and I think I even had a couple of free pairs that came with magazines. I just never used to be excited about buying sunglasses at all! However, since I lost my only pair (which luckily were just H&M) and never bothered to replace them, I have noticed a lot of wrinkles around the old eye area that probably are partly due to so much squinting in the sunlight. Anyway all that to say that I need a pair of sunglasses and I love how over the top these ones are! Not much chance of losing these (I hope). I could see the likes of Iris Apfel rocking these.



The black cardigan is my wardrobe holy grail. Of course you can walk into any chain store and find a black cardigan but, for me, they're always too thin, too long, the buttons are wrong, they're too cropped, the neckline is wrong... I have been searching for years and I am yet to find that ubiquitous piece that can go with any outfit. This cardigan is pretty much perfect in that regard - a lovely, close-fitting shape, beautifully made, great fabric that won't be shapeless in two washes, and of course the infamous heart logo. And while we're at it I wouldn't say no to one of their striped shirts either. They're probably as far as I'd go when it comes toCDG clothing, the rest is a bit too conceptual for the likes of me (though can I just mention what absolute GARBAGE this year's Met Ball was, when the theme was Rei bloody Kawakubo?!).

It may not be quite in the ranks of Gucci and Prada but it's still "designer" enough to me to be included in the list! I know that when I eventually invest in a leather jacket, I want it to be quality. However I've never wanted one THAT badly, I suppose because my style was so vintage in previous years and I just never really had the need for a leather jacket in my wardrobe. But with my style now, which is a little more casual and, while still vintage-inspired, influenced more by glam rock and the late '60s/1970s rather than the 40's and 50's. Anyway, I first visited an All Saints store when I was in America a few years back and fell in love with the styling of the store - very very cool indeed! The brand as a whole is probably still a little too cool for the likes of me but I am absolutely head over heels for this jacket; I know it would be a wardrobe staple and something I would own forever.

I have lusted after this jumper for literally YEARS now (so I'm very glad to see it's still available! NOT that I'm any closer to purchasing it). If I could buy myself one moving-to-Paris present, it would be this, even if it is a bit too on the nose for that occasion. My favourite detail is the 'Serge' written on the arm (heart on the sleeve and all that!). I know Bella Freud jumpers are incredible quality, and they look beautiful - just look at the lovely Kate from Kate La Vie for proof!

Et voila! There's my dream winter wardrobe sorted. Lots of outerwear (v practical) and lots of Gucci (not v practical). Let me know what's on your list and if you have any more suggestions for more wallet-friendly alternatives, suggest away!

20.8.17

SUNDAY STUFF | 20.08.17

Hello! It's been a busy week for me - most of the furniture for the nursery has arrived and we've been trying frantically to get everything organised before the baby gets here. I feel so exhausted but I'm trying to keep moving around and not just lay down on the couch watching Supernatural (yeah I'm about ten years late getting into it but it's a good enough show to have on in the background, with enough series on Netflix to keep me entertained waiting for this little beb!). Here's some links I found this week and a playlist of songs I've been loving. Enjoy!

What has happened in Charlottesville and Donald Trump's reaction to these events is nothing short of horrifying. I can't believe that this is still something that's happening in 2017. Kaleah posted a fantastic round-up of links to take action against racism, from places you can donate and support the victims of Charlotesville to articles on what to do if your family member posts something racist on Facebook. Please do take the time to check them out - I know there's still some areas I need to educate myself in and these links are a great place to start.


And sadly yet another terrorist attack took place this week in Barcelona. The world seems like such a horrible and scary place right now and my heart goes out to anyone affected by these senseless attacks. Elite Daily have posted all the ways you can help right now (and if you have any more links about ways to support Barcelona or Charlottesville, please do leave them in the comments or send me an email).
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I haven't watched the War on Waste documentary but I read a lot about it when it aired, through Facebook comments and articles and Instagram posts. I was honestly a bit surprised at how much everyone was talking about it, though I think any efforts to cut down on waste are admirable and I think it's great the documentary has opened up such a passionate discussion!! I was really interested in this article on Smaggle, War on Waste: Is It Ruining Your Life?. It discusses the no-waste movement as well as people who have become evangelical about the war on waste. I can't wait to watch it (once I figure out how to watch it from here!).
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Strictly Ballroom is one of my favourite Australian movies - my sister and I used to watch it constantly and I believe it led to many hours of begging my mum to send us to ballroom dancing lessons (or at least to provide us with glamorous costumes, which she did). This week the film celebrates its 25th anniversary, and SBS Movies provided this surprisingly thorough 'cheat sheet' about the movie and it's a wonderful little nostalgia trip. Time for a rewatch, I think!

Image by Natala Stuetz (found here)
I've always been intrigued by the idea of French style; as much as I thought it was a cliche (and of course, not everyone here looks like they're an extra in a Jean Luc Godard movie), there is a certain je ne sais quoi about the women here that is impossible to imitate. I think by now we all could name the "basics of French style" as touted by magazines and cinema - trench coat, striped boatneck top, skinny jeans and chic flats, finished with a slightly unkempt chignon and red lipstick - but I loved how this article "How To Sell a Billion Dollar Myth Like a French Girl" explored where this idea came from, how it can be used for a successful marketing campaign and how ubiquitous (and slightly bullshit) the concept is.
Who is she? She’s intellectual, cool, and a bit of a romantic, but she doesn’t give her approval easily or smile too much. She might run around in black-tipped Chanel slingbacks, or barefoot if she’s on vacation. She has a signature perfume. She eats cheese without abandon and nurses a single glass of wine all night because she’s a master of reasonable indulgences. She’s almost always white, hetero, and thin, and you can only conjure her by willfully ignoring the many French women whose daily routines do not involve bicycling along the Seine in mini skirts with baguettes tucked under their arms.
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Happy birthday Madonna, she turned 59 this week and is still such an icon. Here's 38 Madonna Quotes and Photos to Empower Your Authentic Self.
Be strong, believe in freedom and in God, love yourself, understand your sexuality, have a sense of humor, masturbate, don't judge people by their religion, color or sexual habits, love life and your family.



I really want to try this felt flower wall hanging DIY (above right, by Essie Ruth, via frankie magazine)! We moved apartments a little while ago but I haven't really had the time or the energy to make it feel more home-y. And once you actually have a baby you have tons of time and energy... right?
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I've loved reading Kristabel's blogging series, the ladies featured are all fantastically inspiring and creative and it's given me a lot of great blogs to follow! Here's her latest instalment, an interview with Cynthia of Simply Cyn. I loved reading about how Cynthia balances blogging with working full time as a lawyer and living in New York and it's full of really good advice about growing your audience, approaching and working with brands and how to stay authentic to yourself.
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For any London babes reading, my gorgeous sister Valerie Savage is putting on a rad burlesque show on September 13! Check out the details on the poster below and mosey on down for an excellent night full of great performers, jazz, and general cheekiness. 


And finally, here's this week's playlist! I was going for a last days of summer, listening to this while relaxing in the backyard with friends, drinking a gin and tonic kind of vibe. Hope you enjoy it! One of the things I missed a lot about blogging was making my Sunday Songs posts... well this is even more songs and in a much more convenient format (I hope!). Look out for the new playlist next Sunday!


One last super-important thing! If you're in Australia, please make sure your voting details are updated in preparation for the plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Of course, it's completely bloody ridiculous that this is STILL up for debate in Australia and the way the government is handling would be laughable if it wasn't so frustrating. But that's why it's so important to make sure your details are correct, so you can lend your voice to this issue and fight for equality in our country! If you're like me and currently living overseas it's still easy to update your details here. You have until August 24 so get on it pronto!

Have a fantastic week!

16.8.17

REDEFINING MY PERSONAL STYLE

I guess I have a few reasons for writing this post. One, because lately I've been feeling unsatisfied with my personal style. I started dressing a bit more "professionally" (i.e lots of button-down blouses and midi skirts) when I started teaching, and a couple of years later I went through a really horrible stage of depression where  it was enough of an effort just to get dressed in the morning, let alone find something cute and colourful to put on. Moving countries with a couple of suitcases full of clothes, taking a job where beautiful vintage dresses just weren't practical (which left me unable to wear a lot of what I packed in those two suitcases), and then having to figure out how to dress a pregnant body only exacerbated the problem and left me feeling kind of lost in regards of which clothing actually makes me happy to wear. 

And the second reason I had for writing this post is that I'm 38 weeks pregnant, bored on maternity leave, and can finally start thinking about what clothes I can wear post-baby. I wanted to look through my old outfit posts both as a reminder of how my style developed since I started the blog and to remember how much fun I used to have with dressing up. So, here goes, a little round-up of some of my favourite and not-so-favourite outfits of the past eight or so years.


So these were some of the first outfit posts I ever did, around 2008. It was when I was just getting into reading style blogs - in particular I loved Gala Darling, Style Rookie and Kingdom of Style - and experimenting with my personal style. I actually still own the Leona Edminston dress from the photo on the left; it was  the first 'designer' dress I bought and it's held up really well over the years (although I don't wear it with the big belt anymore!). The red shoes from the second photo have also stuck around, although they've accumulated a lot of stains from various pubs and parties, and I kind of wish I still had the tuxedo-style jacket had as well... 


This is deep into the Zooey Deschenal phase - all the dresses are vintage except the last one, which was a Modcloth one called The Deschenal Dress (the obsession was real). Once I discovered sites like Etsy, my wardrobe quickly became filled with gorgeous - if impractical - vintage and vintage-inspired dresses. At this stage I worked in a boutique where we had to wear all black to work, so outside of work I tried to pack in as much colour as possible! 


And here's the first time I dyed my hair... I loved the red at the time but to be honest I'd rather still have gorgeous healthy hair rather than the slightly frizzy straw I currently have growing out my noggin. Anyway! No vintage clothes in this set at all, for a change. Obviously still figuring out how to wear separates (hello, outfit three), which is still something I just can't seem to get right. I either get the proportions way out of whack (again, hello, outfit three) or just end up with the super-casual jeans and a tee, which never feels quite put together enough. The other three outfits are all cheap'n'cheerful chain store pieces which surprisingly did not last much longer after these photos...


Another unnatural hair colour! I loved dyeing the ends of my hair different colours and loved the purple (but hated the upkeep). Even in 2011 I was still working out fit issues with my clothes, for example the second dress (that I never could get to button up over the chest) and the last dress (still can't find a dress with built in cups that actually sits in the right place on me). I ended up taking the Liberty print dress with me to Paris and, while I didn't think it would get a lot of wear, it made a fantastic maternity dress! Looking back at these photos I also wish I'd taken my mum's hounding advice about brushing my hair every once in a while... most of the time hair and makeup is still an afterthought for me but it's something I'd really like to get better at. 


I feel like this is when I was finally really comfortable with my personal style; while I was still experimenting with different shapes and colours, most outfits followed a formula of nipped in waist with a flared skirt, preferably with a crazy print thrown in somewhere. I got rid of most of the cutesy printed items of clothing when I went through a bit of a manic Konmari phase, but I still have the op-shopped skirt from the second photo - one of my favourite op-shop finds ever! 


Around the time these photos were taken, I was lucky enough to participate in Perth Fashion Festival's Restyle challenge, so I added a lot of op-shop pieces to my wardrobe (like the incredible find on the far right). For a few years my weight fluctuated quite a bit so while I loved the clothes themselves, I just never felt quite right, or really very confident in them at all - I wasn't comfortable with myself and my clothes would fit, then be slightly too tight but not enough to give away, then fine again. Also wish I had taken more time to really iron out the little details in my outfits (i.e not worn stockings with a huge hole in them!). At least my accessorising started to get a little better during this period - not as many huge cheap cocktail rings and dangly earrings, but more dainty pieces by local designers, like the little ceramic cat necklace in the second and third photo. 


And finally, some more printed dresses! As much as I loved the dress on the far left - another Modcloth find - I ended up giving it away because the print just felt too young for me. I still would wear the second outfit, although the dress under the jumper, never buttoned up properly and it wasn't exactly cheap, so ended up being a waste of money. The third outfit is very ~dramatic~ but one of the problems I had around this period was putting together an outfit I loved and then just entirely skipping any effort with hair or makeup, and then choosing mismatched accessories. And finally, the fourth outfit is another ill fitting piece (the skirt that never zipped up all the way) paired with a sheer Miu Miu knock off which was the unfortunate victim of a rogue cigarette burn that ate through half the polyester. I've since learned that sheer clothes are also a waste of money for me because I never can find the right things to wear underneath them, so they just end up looking cheap. 

So did I learn anything from this little nostalgia trip? When I got to Paris I realised I hadn't bought many clothes that actually went together. I'd bought some gorgeous vintage dresses - including, for some reason, a 1940s evening dress that I last wore to a wedding - but no clothes that were casual enough for work, and really no clothes that were good for day-to-day wear. So I hit up the European chain stores like Pimkie, Zara and Bershka and panic-bought a bunch of clothes that were cute enough, and actually worked as some kind of capsule wardrobe, but that didn't make me very happy to wear. So at the moment I'm trying to find a happy medium between clothing which is functional but still fun; clothes that are still colourful and a little bit different but that don't make me feel like a children's TV presenter. 

I'm thinking that, for me, the prints and "quirky" items of clothing look better when they're higher quality. The cuts aren't quite as young and you're less likely to see the same pattern on five other people whenever you leave the house. Fit is also something I'd like to focus on (especially after spending the last few months in leggings paired with increasingly sack-like tops); from what I've admired of that elusive French style, the fit of clothes makes a huge difference in making even basic items look like a pulled-together, deliberate outfit. 

I know that motherhood will also play a big part in redefining my style; for the first few months I doubt I'll really care about the fit or print of my clothes and will be a little bit more concerned about how boob-accessible it is... but I'm looking forward to the time in the future when I can take all these new facets of my personality and project them into a look that feels like, well, me!

I'm curious to see if anyone else has been through a personal style overhaul lately?

11.5.17

BIENVENUE!



You know how you run into, say, a friend from high school, who you haven't seen for ages, and you have the awkward "So... what's been happening with you?" conversation? I always think, mate, there's absolutely no way I can catch you up on everything that's happened in the past few years unless you want to talk for three hours, so I usually answer with "Oh you know, just work, haha... Yeah..." or something equally scintillating. But since I'm blogging here for the first time in four years (under a different name! Goodbye Gin in a Teacup, hello Baguettes & Vegemite) I thought I'd at least try to catch up on what's been going on because it's been quite an eventful time.


So, since my last blog post in 2013, I...

Became a qualified primary teacher
Went on my first overseas trip to America (for Coachella!) and Canada
Moved house and lived by myself
Visited Europe for the first time
Met the love of my life at a bar in Paris
Came back to Australia, Skyped him every day
Got my UK passport (as seen above!)
Moved to Paris
Got engaged
Adopted a cat called Garbage 
Found out I was having a baby
Started freelance writing again
Started blogging again!



...I think that just about covers it?! Obviously it has been a crazy few years and I've been going between "Man, I'm glad I'm not blogging anymore" and "Actually, it would be kind of fun to blog again", and since I'm just about to start maternity leave, I figured I'd give the ol' blog another go. I know blogging is a completely different game than it was four years ago, but I've been inspired by a whole heap of new (to me) bloggers and I can't wait to get back into it!

I hope some old readers find their way back here, and if you're reading along for the first time, welcome! And you can always click here to follow my blog on Bloglovin'!

3.12.13

SHOP | The Project

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I had gotten a new job. I'm working at Buratti Editions in Fremantle, in the old Myer building. I actually missed out on the launch party, which I was really bummed about (Clare, Emma and Bonnie did some great blog posts on it!) but now I'm here a few days a week and I really love it! It's such a great project and so much better than the Myer that was here before... or even worse, having it all boarded up and out of use!

There's a bunch of rad stores in there, like Kate + Abel, Six Threads (which has the likes of Bikini Atoll and On A Whim), Sue Lewis chocolates, Urban Locavore and the Feast Your Eyes gallery, and it really is an awesome place to visit if you're ever in Fremantle. 

It's ridiculously tempting to work around such pretty things all day... and how great is this Fishmas tree? Those are ALL tins of sardines (which I tried for the first time a few weeks ago and I have to say they weren't half bad). 


So if you're ever around the area pop in and have a look! It's definitely worth the train ride!

{p.s You might have seen this around the Perth blogs as the MYRE Project... unfortunately the powers-that-be at Myer decided this was no bueno and so it's simply called 'The Project' for now!}

2.12.13

LITTLE THINGS | 02.12.13

HELLO! So it's been a few months since I blogged last. To be totally honest, it was starting to feel more and more like a chore. Every blog post was sounding really forced and I needed a few months to get my inspiration back and actually enjoy writing again. And after catching up on all the wonderful blogs I follow, I think I have gotten that inspiration back now! So I'm making a few tentative updates and getting back into the swing of things. 

So... what's been happening since August (oh, man. It has been a while...)? Well, I turned 24, got a new job in Fremantle, got a new tattoo, started the application process for a Graduate Diploma of Education... and lots of other stuff but I'll just show you some photos. 


I did the Colour Run this year and it was awesome! In my birthday goals I said that I wanted to do a 5K but I didn't think I'd ACTUALLY do it. It was rad! // I did a story on ghost hunters a few months ago (ooooOOOOOOoooo) and interviewed a tour guide from the Fremantle Prison. It was certainly a very interesting story... // I got these flowers from my boyfriend's brother and sister-in-law for my birthday.

Hanging out with Penny the pup at Peggy Sues // Having a delicious breakfast at Miss Kitty's Saloon with Aidan (who is now officially a teacher!) // A paper crane my cousin made for me while she was down for my grandpa's 80th


At a pub in Fremantle on my birthday! I had a hi-beer-scus. It's a beer mixed with hibiscus syrup. It did not taste good // My new Larry David necklace! // Sometimes at work I get to eat glittery truffles // Speaking of work, this is our setup in the redesigned Fremantle Myer building!

My awesome new cat print dress (coming to an outfit post soon!) // A new zine by the very talented Karys McEwen // My friend's puppy having a nap on my legs

More posts to come this week lovelies! If you're still around after my hiatus, thank you very much!