30 June 2013

Shoes....

What can I say? I LOVE shoes!!! These are just a few I am drooling over currently.






Sparkles, studs, bold colours and ribbons. Love them all.

27 June 2013

Fashion - Looks I am loving currently

The current trend of neon colours has got me excited. Far from it being the late 80's and early 90's version of head to toe clashing fluro - the pops of colour add a touch of class. I can't wait to find the perfect tote.






Loving this look and especially the bag. LOVE to get one of these.





Loving that the nail polish perfectly matches the bag. Now that is co-ordinating.


Apologies to the photographers and copyright owners of the above images. I was unable to acknowledge anyone. If they are yours or you know where they came from - please let me know and I will update accordingly.



Happiness....

It seems the Blogging world is alight with those of us currently pondering happiness. This post by Carla Coulson had me really thinking. Put this together with Gretchen Rubin's thoughts and I feel the need to write a few lists.


 (Image - Carla Coulson - Chasing a Dream)

Carla talks about the things that she needs to make her happy. Her Italian husband needed to get out of Italy after she felt she had settled in Florence and was 'living the dream'. So they packed up and moved to Paris. Cue the continuation of the dream life as they both found happiness and success in Paris. But a niggling feeling made Carla question what it was that they both needed to be happy. A list emerged that highlighted the important things such as Sunshine, Love, Friends, Grass, Good Coffee, a Garden and many more. A realisation followed that Paris was not making either of them happy. I am staying tuned to see what happens next.

It made me think about my own burning desire to travel and live overseas and what is is that I really need to be happy in life and with my environment. What is it that appeals to me about being overseas? Here's the start of my list

  • Culture
  • Mystery and excitement
  • Sunshine
  • Laughter
  • Family & friends
  • New challenges
  • Doing work I love
  • Good food and shopping
  • Entertaining friends
  • A wardrobe of lovely dresses and heels
What I find really interesting about all this is that without realising I started my own journey to environmental happiness. A couple of months ago I tipped my comfortable life upside down and moved house. I had been living in suburban happiness with my long time man S, when I realised though I was happy in our relationship, I wasn't happy with the environment in which we lived. So I packed up and moved myself to the inner city. I now live in a 2 bedroom apartment on the 8th floor overlooking the city in inner city leafy suburb of South Yarra. Yes S and I survived the move and we see each other most days of the week. This change of scenery has done wonders for my happiness levels and surprisingly for our relationship too. Being happy within myself makes me happier to be around and easier to be with!  

I never realised how important our environments are in reflecting our inner selves. For me the space I live in and the area that represents the immediate lifestyle on offer makes a difference to how I feel in general and how I feel about myself. It is a reflection on who I am am, and what I have achieved in life. The struggles and sacrifices I have made along the way have made me the person I am and allowed me to get to a certain level of comfort and lifestyle. These things are what makes me 'me' and the space I live in is so much a part of that.


The view from my balcony and lounge is one that fills me with happiness. This space feels like me and represents the things that currently make me happy. (I know this will change overtime and look forward to what the next chapter shapes up to look like.)

What makes you happy? If you could live anywhere and do anything what would it be? It does not have to be forever, just for now. What's on your list? Does your environment change your mood?








25 June 2013

My Melbourne

Yesterday was one of those crazy weather days that breaks records. It was still a crazy 7 degrees at 12pm and we only managed 14 by 4pm.

This was what we awoke to in the morning


(Image from Eureka 89)

Fog as far as the eye could see

But by the end of the day this is what I saw from my balcony.



I love Melbourne!

23 June 2013

Book of the Month - The Happiness Project

I love reading  - anything chick lit and self analysis are my favourites.  As much as I love technology I can't go past the feel of a real book. Turning pages while snuggled under a blanket. My idea of heaven.

Anyway, this month's book has been the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I am nearly finished reading the account of Gretchen's year of trying to have more fun to increase her happiness and have enjoyed it immensely and can't wait to get started on my own version.

I am looking forward to sharing the journey as I map out my Commandments and Resolutions. This seems like an extension of my Goals work I have been doing with good friends for the last few years. I love setting out my Goals and meeting up every couple of months to put stars on the ones we have achieved. I am at heart a list maker who enjoys nothing more then seeing Gold Stars on a page as I accomplish things. (And yes I have been known to put something on the bottom of the lift that I have completed just so I can tick it off!)

I think my over arching theme for my Project will be - 



For me, it's about action. I love to dream and dream big. I love to plan and make lists and do all the background work, but I have struggled with the actual DOING part. So now is the time. Now is the time to take action to achieve my goals. (Actually tomorrow, as now I am off to bed - to finish reading Gretchen's journey.)

xxx

22 June 2013

Today....

 So I am feeling Like this today.....


And wishing I was here....


xxx

You only have one life...

I only have one life and I want to make this one happy and fulfilled. So here it is, the beginning of documenting all the things I love, the things I want to do and the things I achieve.

Why now? Why this? Well why not??

Everyone knows I can talk, and I like to tell a story but I hope to include loads of great photos along the way so you can dream and drool with me.

I look forward to sharing all things food, fashion, shoes, bubbles, life and love. I hope you enjoy.

xxx