Sunday, October 26, 2014

New sandals

I've been rather good at not shopping since our renovations started, but I did lay-buy these APC sandals a couple of months ago.
Sensible, comfortable and possibly not very glamourous:

I love them. I walk lots every day, so they're perfect for trecking across campus and shlepping around at the weekend. Don't get me wrong, I love a pair of glamourous heels too, but they're really not good for my everyday life.

Sensible low wedge!!
There's been bugger all going on at our house, but more aqua coloured wood has appeared. We've sent the builder a message to remind him that we need to move back in on 21st December (thanks for the advice, Heidi!)

Fingers crossed that they'll do some work this week. It's steamy hot here,  31 degrees C, so let's hope it's not the wrong weather for building.

How are you?
Do you prefer glamour or comfort for summer sandals?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Walls going up!

My already limited time to blog has been compromised further because The Internet in our rental house has run out! EEK!

So, I have about 5 mins to get this up before I write a report.

The walls are starting to go up:

View from one  of the new bathrooms out to the kitchen area
It is looking tiny! 
But it's fantastic to see some changes happening, as we'd started to despair of anything ever happening.
In Grand Designs it always appears as if builders are on site every day beavering away, but I rarely see anyone on our site.....

Wall to the right is the small bathroom wall.

A pic of an outfit I wore to work:

Acne blouse, Isabel Marant pants, Cos cardie, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps

This shows the size of the small bathroom. It will house a shower, loo and tiny washbasin. It's very, very small..... luckily none of us are big people!
The architect assures us that it won't be too small.
Luckily, the other bathroom will be bigger, although not much.

The aqua theme seems to be popular with the builder - it will be covered up, and the door will go.

Beginnings of the wall to the small bathroom
On Saturday I went shop walking and tried on a few cocktaily outfits.
I'm craving new posh clothes.....
This dress is by an Australian designer called Bianca Spender. The Shop Assistant got very excited that the size 4 fitted me, but as you can see, it's a very unflattering length and the shoulders were too high - even though it's a small size, it's still cut for someone taller and longer than me. It would have needed tailoring through the body and hips, taking up and it's just too much of a faff.
Not to mention the fact that it was beyond my budget, and I've already bought a new party outfit for this silly season (a post on that later)

Fun to try things on, though.

On Sunday we blew the budget and went out for Brunch to a local cafe called 'Illi Hill'.
It was the best cafe food I've had in ages. All the produce is seasonal and (if possible) local.

These hotcakes were utterly delicious: poached saffron pears, labne and pistachio.

View from the back yard to the new kitchen and living area. I really hope it'll be finished on time, but I seriously doubt it will. We're now facing the fact that from 21st December we will be homeless.
Any suggestions?!

How was your weekend?

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Are you having/did you have a good weekend? 
These days I find myself so grateful when Friday night comes around. I like my job, but the combination of work, life, renovations, family and other stuff leaves me feeling very tired by the end of the week. Not physically tired, but emotionally very drained.
I'm going to up the yoga and meditation to see if that will help.

This weekend was full of food and sun.

Friday work: Equipment blouse, Nudie jeans, APC sandals

On Saturday, we hosted an Indonesian dinner at our rental house.
Here's a visual of me fortifying myself with a glass of very un-Indonesian Prosecco:

Top Shop T shirt, Gary Bigeni skirt, APC sandals
We cooked a beef rendang, Ayam betutu (Chicken with spices), Kankung Belacan (delicious green hedge-like vegetable with fermented shrimp paste and chilli) and a number of other smaller dishes.
I forgot to take pics of the food before, but here's an 'after' pic:

On Sunday, J, M, D, I and my mother went to Bronte beach for a picnic. Bronte is a small beach along the coast from Bondi - there's a beautiful coastal walk you can do from Bondi to Bronte and beyond. 
We often go there in Spring and summer. Even though it gets very packed, it's a magical place.
This is the park at the back of the beach:

M, my mother and J and D in the distance
We walked along the beach to Tamarama (also known as 'Glamarama'), which is the next beach going towards Bondi. Tamarama is known for its beautiful young visitors, hence the nickname.
Yesterday it was heaving, and as Naomi noted on Instagram, with so few sunshades it's a wonder everyone doesn't get heatstroke or 3rd degree burns!

The water was beautiful, although I must admit that I did not venture in. The water temp was a very brrrr 18 degrees!!
I'm a total wimp and don't swim unless it's a bit warmer than that!

How was your weekend? Did you eat too much like me?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Time to breathe: clothes, curtains etc

Happy October!
It's well and truly Spring here in Sydney; the weather is beautiful and there's a general feeling of positivity in the air.
I'm feeling far less heavy of heart than I have been.
This post is a bit of a mish-mash of stuff, but first up a few outfits. Nothing new, apart from the Karen Walker skirt in the first pic.
I've decided that a cropped top works best with a full skirt on me. I may be 46, but I'm not afraid to get my gut out!!
As you can see, it's not super cropped, just slightly. Don't worry, I won't be going any more cropped than this. My daughter has already told me I'm too old (don't you love the honesty of teenagers!).
She gave this top her approval, though.
Karen Walker skirt, Topshop top and APC sandals
Equipment blouse, Isabel Marant pants, Repetto shoes
Zara top, Jenny Kee scarf, J Crew Andie chinos (still going strong) and mid-life crisis shoes.

Next a renovation pic. The Slab is Down:

Fingers crossed it all proceeds smoothly. There was a delay in pouring the slab due to wet weather.
This is our new kitchen, bathrooms and small living space - hard to imagine now, but it is taking shape.

I took a few days off this week as it's the school hols. We spent a fair bit of time walking around the area where we're renting.
It's a suburban area, far more so than our 'hood. You can get a lot more house and land for your money here, but the downside for us would be the necessity of driving everywhere. I refuse to sacrifice our ability to walk and cycle for a few more square metres of land.

We also spent a bit of time hunting around for possible curtain material. 
At the back of our new structure will be a massive concertina glass door. It will be the size of the whole width of the structure, and reach from floor to ceiling (3.5 metres)
Our architect has advised us that for a glass structure of that size, blinds would not be practical, so I'm breaking my lifelong aversion to curtains and getting some made.
The fabric possibilities are endless, of course, but our budget dictates we can't go with a very pricey fabric, but we've found a few that meet our criteria.
This one is probably a bit too $$$ but it's amazing and would be very much a feature curtain:

We will almost certainly be going with this fabric instead, as it's significantly cheaper than the Lisa Bengtsson, and is a bit less of a statement. I think the fact that it's less busy and lighter will also suit the space better.

Marimekko Lumimarja fabric

What are your thought on crop tops and curtains?