Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lunch with Friends

Jacket- Rick Owens, Top- River Island, Bag- Marc Jacobs
Shoes- French Sole, Scarf- Mango, Rings- Black, Rings- Bow

I've been back in Australia about 6 weeks but I've still not had the chance to catch up with many friends, so today is the day.  A long awaited lunch with a glass of wine while chatting incessantly about the past 3 years is going to be fabulous!  It is also incredibly windy outside, so much so I can hear the house creaking from the blasts of wind and an appropriate outfit is in order.  I'm raiding my closet to find something like this... 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ashley and Aron, the masterminds behind Hither and Thither posted this photo on their blog this week and as soon as I saw it I fell in love all over again.  Look at that view!  I desperately wish I was one of those people perched on the park bench, ice cream in hand gossiping with friends.  Heavenly!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fix It

I am in love with this DIY fix it.  So helpful since I am always breaking my make up!  Thank you The Beauty Department!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Vogue in Palm Springs - H&M Life Video

Following on from last week's video here is the second part of Working at Vogue and they're in Palm Springs!  It's an incredible shoot and I'm hanging out to see the feature which should be available now actually.  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Travel Postcards: Brighton, England

Brighton Lanes
While on a whirlwind trip to London a few weeks ago I boarded a train to Brighton on the south coast for a day of cool air, sunshine and of course shopping!  Many friends had told me the vintage delights to be had in Brighton and they were not wrong.  I had a pre booked ticket and had allocated myself a few hours in Brighton, knowing that I am not fond of the beach (very un- Australian of me I know) I wanted to concentrate on the village centre.

The Lanes of Brighton are just beautiful and I was slightly overwhelmed by the choice of vintage stores.  Seriously, you have to go there if you are a keen vintage addict or thrifter, it was heavenly!  The streets are colourful and cafes line The Lanes in abundance, it reminded me of Australia and the outdoor lifestyle there.  I haven't really seen a city or town in Europe with as many as Brighton.  I may have bought some delightful tea cups and saucers from one of the vintage stores too, I just couldn't help myself!  It was called Snoopers Attic and was filled with booths and booths of vintage.  Just about everything you could imagine.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hump Day


How delicious does that roast potato look?  It is a really windy and chilly day in Melbourne and I'm craving comfort food.  I've now got this in mind to cook for dinner.  Yum!  

On another note, I experienced my first earthquake yesterday in Melbourne.  A 5.3 earthquake rocked most of the state last night just before 9pm as I was on the couch watching TV with my Dad, I felt a little rumble and thought I was imagining things then the entire house started to shake.  Dad commented that the wind was really strong but we both jumped up and opened the window and the night was perfectly still.  I have to say that within minutes Facebook and Twitter were on fire!  It took the news over 45 mins to make the first report and by the time they did I had already learnt the same information from Twitter. Crazy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Snuggle Time!

1. Isabel Marant 2. Garcon 3. VPL 4. Rachel Comey 5. Rachel Comey
6. Rag & Bone
As winter sets in Melbourne the mornings are becoming chilly and this morning I woke to clouds of fog, everywhere! It's time for a snuggly knit to throw over jeans and a T-shirt before leaving the house for the day and something to cuddle in to on the couch after a long day.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Working at Vogue- H&M Life Video

Sarah Harris, I want your job!  
Harris is the Features Editor at Vogue UK.  Watch the video for a day in her life at Vogue and I dare you not to be whisked away in magical fashion world like I did.  H&M you did it again.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tourist Tales: Ham House, London

If you have the time on a visit to London take a few hours out of your day and make your way to Richmond on the outskirts of London to see Ham House I would highly recommend it.  Ham House is a National Trust listed property and is just fabulous!  I used to live a 20 minute bus ride from Ham House  and never went while I lived in London which was a pity because the house is spectacular.  If you are a fan of heritage properties and the countryside Ham House gives you the best of both.  Steeped in rich history and atmosphere Ham House has been used in Hollywood movies such as The Young Victoria, Never Let Me Go and Sense and Sensibility.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Food Envy: Vietnamese Beef Soup

For years I have professed I can't cook, which I can't.  I've never really had an interest in cooking and it probably stems from the fact that I enjoy simple foods, or rather bland food.  I'm not one for wild flavours and spices.  Since being back in Australia I've been able to experiment more with a fully stocked kitchen and followed this recipe to make Vietnamese Beef Soup.  I was surprised how easy it was to make and that I didn't mess it up!

What you'll need:
750 ml (25.4 fl oz) salt-reduced beef stock
3 teaspoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon (20 ml) tamari or salt-reduced soy sauce
4 cm/1.6 in. piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 pods star anise
1 medium cinnamon stick
80 g(3 oz) dried vermicelli noodles
120 g (4.2 oz) bean sprouts
120 g (4.2 oz) lean rump steak, thinly sliced
1/3 cup fresh coriander sprigs
1/3 cup Thai basil leaves
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
1 medium (70g) lime, juiced

Follow the Instructions:
Place the stock, fish sauce, soy sauce, ginger, star anise, cinnamon stick and 2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the ginger, star anise and cinnamon with a slotted spoon and discard.
Meanwhile, cook the noodles following packet directions. Drain and divide between serving bowls. Top with the bean sprouts, beef and fresh herbs.
Reheat the stock until almost boiling and stir in the lime juice. Ladle the hot stock over the noodle mixture (the hot stock will cook the beef).

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I must apologise for the lack of communication over the past couple weeks.  My move back to Australia was more enduring than I actually had prepared for and I am completely a fish out of water at the moment. I feel like I'm flapping my fins all over the place trying to find my feet... fish don't have feet but you know what I mean!  To be honest, not a lot has happened either which makes for boring life updates but as I get in to the swing of things you will be inundated with Australiana!  

In the meantime I thought this photo of "moving house" in Malaysia was hilarious!  

Monday, June 11, 2012

The enchanted life of Elin Kling

We all know I love a good you tube fashion video and H&M always seem to create the most beautifully edited videos that make you want to jump in to the subjects shoes and envelop their life.  Elin Kling is a jack of trades and runs her many creative outlets from New York City, namely her blog titled Style by Kling covers all the fashion happenings across NYC whilst showcasing her minimalistic Scandinavian style.    

Saturday, June 09, 2012

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

If you read Yahoo News you made have come across this article today titled The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Before watching the video included in the article I had no idea what the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was and after just a couple short minutes I am now acutely aware and appalled of the issue.  I don't want to mention what the video is about so the impact is still there for you, but let's just say that it makes you think twice! I have looked high and low for the specific clip in the article on You Tube but can't find it anywhere so please, do yourself a favour and follow the link above and watch the video.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Happy Friday!

This ia actually a friends dog!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Tourist Tales: Kensington Palace

Queen Victoria's wedding dress.  Love the mirror for a rear view.
One the opening weekend after it's renovation I visited Kensington Palace in London's Kensington Gardens.  I had seen posters all over the tube about the Victoria Revealed exhibition and as a lover of all things English heritage thought it was one not be be missed.  However, I was so terribly disappointed.  The new Palace layout is utterly confusing and requires you to always walk back to a central room, essentially causing more traffic build up in each room as you try and battle your way through the door ways.  I was looking forward to reading about Victoria and the history of the Palace however that was not to be.  In each room there were seats along the windows which when you sat down activated a speaker device that spoke in whispers and generally a thick accent.  I couldn't understand any of it!  The Palace is an incredibly beautiful building and the history of the monarchs would have been very interesting however none of it was conveyed very well.  

 Each room had paper silhouettes and cut outs of guards, kings and queens draped from the furniture and lights.  From personal opinion I believe the Palace was catering more towards a children's museum rather than pay homage to the building itself.  As for the Victoria Revealed exhibition the one and only room dedicated to Victoria I wandered in to was filled with a couple glass cabinets and no explanations.  On the other hand the costumes, furniture and kings gowns were absolutely splendid and the collection of old paintings and portraits is vast.

I really don't like writing such negative comments on my blog about museums or anything for that matter but I love museums too much not say anything.  While I was in the book shop an assistant asked a customer what they thought of the new renovation and the lady said she thought it was terrible!  
Oh dear!  

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

June, oh June!

Matchbook Magazine
June Matchbook Magazine is online!  I woke up with morning to their update newsletter waiting in my inbox and straight away clicked to read.  June is the month of my birth and in 16 days I will be another year older and reading the June Matchbook Girl column I don't think I could be any more of a June girl!  

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Oh, the Jubilee!

Regent Street
How poorly my timing was that I missed the Queens Jubilee by two and a half weeks.  I should have anticipated the excitement and pageantry that would be this long weekend in the United Kingdom.  I keep seeing fabulous photos of Regent Street and Portobello Road on Pinterest and my friends in London are updating their facebook statuses regularly.  I am well jealous!  To make me further homesick from my 'home away from home' Vicki Archer from the delightful blog French Essence posted this wonderful post on facts about the Queen and to my astonishment the Queen doesn't have a passport... she issues them!

In true British style Vicki finishes with quotes from Downton Abbey.  My favourite was from Lady Grantham...

Lady Mary: "Sybil is entitled to her opinions"
Lady Grantham: " No.  She isn't until she is married, then her husband will tell her what her opinions are."
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