Is garden photography a thing..?? Gardens, they have my heart. The new house is surrounded by an oasis of plants, mostly overgrown, but I like it that way. When it rains, it feels like you're out in the rainforest. The lavender makes the place smell heavenly - it reminds of summer at home in France. The neighbours have this beautiful orange tree in their backyard, since I moved in I've been scheming ways to steal their fruits without them noticing.. They don't seem to do anything with them & all I can think of is all the delicious fresh orange juice I could have every morning. Maybe I should just ask them... I like photographing plants, I like the magic of it, the colours & all the textures. The sun was pouring in yesterday afternoon & I couldn't resist but snap my way around the house.
It has been raining for two weeks straight now. TWO WEEKS. I mean we get the odd couple of hours when the sun peeks through but it quickly goes back to black skies & torrential showers.
I haven't been working (at my day job ;) this week so I've had to come up with indoor activities to avoid a major cabin fever.
There was a lot of tea making, a lot of dancing to the Van Morrison Pandora station, a few holidays booked (that's when the fever hits real bad), a little bit of going through my boyfriend's clothes (a lot of wearing his sweaters when he's at work...but shhh) going through mine and ending up craving summer even more (ALL of the dresses and pretty lacy tops..), way too much social media browsing (ie. Pinterest), a lot of movie watching (the one in the film is actually a wedding video...I'm obsessed with those - the emotionz guys!)
The fire makes a pretty great place to curl up and read, I've actually considered moving the bed into the living room to add on to the cosiness factor but that would have meant taking the bed apart and maybe breaking a wall down and all, so I decided against it.
It's one of those days when you get out of your pyjamas, jump in the shower, only to get back into some new pyjamas, you know what I mean? (sometimes I skip step 2 & 3) You all do that, don't lie. I'm having an octogenarian staycation. Pass me my camomile while I knit you some socks.
Ps: I've created a Youtube channel! (SAY WHATTT) I love making films, I'm no expert but hopefully I get to make a few more. They'll be on there if you're interested...
Pps: If you want to see the past couple of films I made head over here...
'Order business cards' has been on my to-do list for maybe... 2 years? Not kidding. Every time I go to an event, or just meet people who are interested in my blog, I have nothing to give them to remember me. You tell them your name and the name of your blog hoping they will remember it by their 4th cocktail - we both know that never happens - I'm always kicking myself for not having anything to give out, something as simple as a card with my name, my email and url.
Because if anyone I meet has the same memory as me, then there is no hope. Absolutely none. I am the worst at remembering names, I somehow 'zone out' for a couple of seconds every time I get introduced to someone... is that bad? I can remember your face forever though (that sounds real creepy)
Here comes the business card. I know a lot of people say that their time is over, but I truly believe they're not. Nothing beats a good ol' business card to remember someone's details. I know I have a whole bunch of them in my purse at all times, whether it be from a restaurant or cafe I ate at and loved, or someone I met.
I know I regretted not having any cards to give out when I was at Fashion Week this year... but it's never too late!
When Moo kindly contacted me asking if I'd like to give out 2 sets of 50 classic business cards to two of my readers I couldn't refuse, because I just know there has to be some of you out there who's had 'Make business cards' on their to-do lists for donkey's years.
So there you go, this is your chance! To make this fair, 2 winners will be picked at random (through Rafflecopter). All you have to do is enter the giveaway box below, follow the steps, easy peasy. 2 steps are mandatory & there's a few other options to gain extra entries.. The winners will be announced next Wednesday (3rd of September). Good luck!
On Saturday afternoon I met up with my friend Amy for a catch up. We had grand plans to go on a coastal walk, but the rain beat us to it. The next best thing was to go out shopping (& eating) of course. Amy is the queen of vintage shopping, she has introduced me to so many little gems so far, I have to share some with you...
Starting with food & coffee of course, we stopped at Alimentari. A brilliant little Italian deli that makes you feel like you've escaped to Rome for a hot minute. Delicious pastries, cured meats & pasta for days! They're in Paddington, on Hopetoun Street.
From food to shoes - naturally.
Amy introduced me to this little piece of heaven a few weeks ago. That same time she found a Diane Von Furstenberg bag for a fraction of it's price. It was like a mirage. Meant to be.
If you like vintage shopping, but you're not a fan of the dusty smell, and searching messy racks for hours to find something wearable - this shop is for you. No dust, only gems. They have a rack of Isabelle Marrant pants that I am DYING for. They have all the Louboutins and other Pucci, Chanel & Louis Vuitton that someone luckily gave up for you. It's almost impossible to leave the shop empty handed.
It's called Di Nuovo, it's at number 92 on William Street in Paddington. Thank me later.
The Corner Shop, just around the corner (ha!) is another gem but this time for Australian designers (and a few European gems thrown in there too) - no vintage - but again right on point with all of their pieces. Isabelle Marrant was there too, with a little bit of Kenzo and Helmut Lang.
I fell in love with this dog. JUST LOOK AT HIM. WOULD YOU LOOK AT HIM. (all of you dog breed pros, what is he?! Shih tzu?) I want him.
I love Paddington. If I had to pick one place to live in Sydney and I couldn't choose by the sea (for some random reason) then I'd pick Paddington. So many beautiful houses, surrounded by the perfect little boutiques.
Amy needed new glasses - no wait - Amy WANTED new glasses. So she introduced me to Bailey Nelson - which made me want new glasses too... The perfect amount of hip & quality pieces for an affordable price (most are only $95). I also fell in love with a couple of their sunnies (australian for sunglasses..;)
See what I mean by the perfect little boutiques!?
One more, just because. LOOK AT HIM.
We didn't quite have time, but Amy said that Banjo & Matilda had some killer cashmere. Which sounds like my kind of shop if you ask me. It's on my list to visit very soon! Have you been?
I swear there are beautiful tropical flowers in Sydney at all seasons. Magnolias are one of my favourites.
We moved from Paddington to Newtown on our way home. We were hungry (more on that later) but we came across another one of Amy's little secret. Pretty Dog. The dreamiest boutique, with a deer I named Alfred (he looks like an Alfred) - I also fell in love with a Deadly Ponies handbag (new to me brand from New Zealand - I had to google if they made the handbags out of ...dead ponies. but fear not they don't! Phew) SO soft you could sleep on it. Check this one. Just too cool & SO BLOOMIN' SOFT.
Say Hi to Alfred.
There is so much shopping a girl can handle until she gets hungry again.. we had a sudden craving for Cronuts (who knows where that came from... hormones?) - only to discover the one places that sells them in the area was shut (WHY?!) So we settled for some pie. Hard life.
This is my new favourite place. I wanted ALL OF THE PIES. We decided to share a Malteser pie slice (because look at the size of that monster) it was so good I almost wanted seconds. I can't wait to go back for a savoury pie, and some of their yummy looking salads - oh AND the snickers pie, because I don't even know why I didn't try that one first..
The place is called The Pie Tin - they are just off King Street in Newtown.
Apologies for the lengthy post! I'll try and post more of my favourite places in Sydney. I just need to get Amy to spill the beans on all of her secret spots. That girl knows what's up.
I'm even ashamed to post these now, but I found them like 6 lost souls on my laptop (who desperately needs a file cleanup - anyone..? I'll pay you in muffins?) They were taken on New Years a few months back when I was still at home in the South of France... My friend Lola, who you might remember from this post, luckily dates a handsome farmer who owns a cabin (I KNOW). It's hidden at the edge of the forest, all the way up the long winding road.
We met early in the morning, with a warming cup of tea in hand, spoke food logistics for a little while, before heading out in the cold to go shopping. A truck load of food later, we grabbed some extra blankets, enough choux a la creme to feed an army, enough champagne to drown ourselves in and up the mountain we went.
It was the best New Years I had in a long time. I find that New Year's eve always has so much pressure, the biggest party, the best costume, the prettiest dress, the best location to watch the fireworks, the best crowd of people... you inevitably end up disappointed. I know I do. Whereas when there is no pressure at all, you're wearing your cosiest jumper, watching the boys run around like headless chickens popping fireworks out in the snow, while sitting by the fire eating delicious food, sipping on champagne & peppermint tea, with the best people you know - that's the real deal.
I'll stop going on about winter celebrations now, but I've had a deep craving for the mountains recently. I miss getting lost deep in the forest, I miss the earthy smell & the pure crisp air. You all know I'm a real country girl at heart, I don't function properly if I've been away from nature for too long. I think a trip to the Blue Mountains is needed asap.