Sunday, December 15, 2013

Almost the holidays....

It's almost the end of my working year.
Semester is over, exams have finished and the party season is in full swing. The Vice Chancellor's Christmas cocktail bash always marks the end of 'work' and the start of 'r&r'


These past few weeks have seen a lot of events. This weekend we went to a Bollywood themed party:


We also hosted a dinner party here. I forgot to take photos, but a good time was had by all, I hope.

This week is looking a bit calmer, with only one drinks party mid-week, and  two at the weekend.

In the spirit of the festive season, here's what's on my gift wishlist.
Andeol scarf, from http://www.andeol.com.au/
Emilie Cacace is a local designer who prints her divine designs on thick and wonderful silk - they are beautiful pieces and the prices aren't too insane. I'm hoping to get this one:


Also on my list is some scent from Miller Harris. I'd be happy with either Citron Citron, Fleur Oriental or La Fumee (or all three!):


 Finally, I'm hoping for a Diptyque candle in Feu de Bois, as last year's one has finally run down. I love this scent; it really does smell like fire wood. Shame both the candle and the Miller Harris scent is so $$$ in Australia!

A few outfits, mainly blue last week.


Acne dress, Senso sandals. Wolford top, J Crew skirt, Cos cardigan and L'Autre Chose sandals. Gary Bigeni skirt, Wolford top, J Crew cardigan and APC sandals.

My summer uniform this year is predictable; it consists of a skirt + singlet + cardigan or a dress + cardigan. Thanks god for J Crew jackie cardigans is all I can say, as it seems there are no cardigans to be had in the whole of the antipodes!!!

This week I am going to tidy up work stuff, attend Christmas parties, finish my Christmas shopping, do some wrapping, source a tree and get my hair cut! 

Oh, and clean the house. Maybe.

What's on your To Do list?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Summer colours and shopping

The past two weeks have been so busy it's a miracle I haven't collapsed in a heap of confusion and exhaustion.
I can't remember exactly what's been going on, but there have been a lot of end of year parties, school events and the like.
M, (eldest daughter) is off to High School next year, so this end of term is particularly busy and poignant for her. 
This week is looking a little calmer, so I hope to have a bit more time to think, read and gather my thoughts.
I also need to start my Christmas shopping.... and source a tree at some point.
Speaking of shopping, I'm pleased to announce that I bought no clothes/shoes/accessories in November, and seem to holding strong so far in December.
Apart from a top at J Crew and some Marni shoes, I can honestly say that there is nothing tempting me.

In lieu of anything more meaningful, here are a sample of outfits from last week. Yellow and blue featured heavily, as well as some red and pink.
From L to R:
Black dress from Denmark, red J Crew belt, L'Autre Chose sandals. Yellow Karen Walker skirt, blue J Crew cardigan and mid-life crisis shoes. J Crew skirt, tee and cardigan, L'Autre Chosde sandals. DVF skirt, Wolford top, Cos cardigan and Senso sandals.

How are you? 
Have you shopped? Do you do a Christmas tree?
Are you feeling like a hamster on a wheel in danger of falling off, or are you more organised than me?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Yet more Melbourne

Saturday afternoon was spent in Fitzroy and Collingwood, suburbs of Melbourne that we like very much.
Smith Street in Collingwood has a heap of great restaurants and cafes, and as it was very cold and drizzly, we felt like Ramen:


Shop Ramen is a pretty amazing place. They only sell ramen, and it's all made on the premises. After fortification, we went for a walk around the area, and found some fabulous houses:


I really, really want the one above!


Walking is thirsty work, so a fortifying rose was called for.


Dinner was at the Builder's Arms on Gertrude Street. I love this pub, and the bistro food is fabulous. It was also great for people watching. J and I amused ourselves trying to work out the relationships and stories of the people on neighbouring tables. At the table adjacent to us was a very well-heeled couple with 2 teenagers and a younger girl. We were fascinated by the dynamics: the adults seemed to be in some kind of slightly tense stand-off, and we couldn't work out whether the girl and boy teenagers were siblings or not. They were very affectionate to each other, so we're hoping they weren't siblings.
The younger girl was so cute and well-behaved in the midst of the strange behaviour of the other four. Fascinating stuff!


And here's the contents of the Acne shopping bag. A petrol blue clutch bag!
Excuse the awful smug face!


We were very slack at taking photos of our food, but here's a pic of the delicious desert: lots of chocolate and salted walnuts! 


Waiting for the tram


The following morning we walked to Prahran Markets and drooled over the produce. I wish we had a market like this near our house in Sydney.


Then we went into the city for a final coffee at Journal and some lunch.


New anniversary clutch!


Then it was farewell to our Grand Suite and its massive bathroom (almost the size of our house) and a short flight back to sunny Sydney.

Altogether an utterly amazing long weekend. 

Now it's back to crazy end of year stuff and the silly season is in full swing.
I hope you've had a good start to the festive season wherever you are!