29 August 2013

Australian Politics

I saw this on my way home tonight and thought I would share it. Those in Australia will understand the message. I love the dedication too as there was an entire wall about a half block length covered with these. Someone not an Abbott fan.


Bad Language Warning.






28 August 2013

Today

Saw this cute picture and had to share as it sums up how I am feeling right now.

Somedays just feel like this!

When you really wish you felt like this!

26 August 2013

A weekend with Mum

Another lovely weekend has sped past with my Mum. Every 6 weeks we get together at my place for a girly weekend of food, shopping and getting our hair done. This weekend has been another weekend full of memories and great times. Here's a little snapshot.

Friday night was full of gossip and catching up. Dinner was home made thai chicken noodle box that wouldn't have looked out of place at any good noodle box!
Dreaming of our own French Chateau. A spare $2mil Euro's and this would be ours.

Saturday morning was off to get our hair done. Lots of gossip and a few hours later we were glam and ready for action. A late lunch and a stop into Flight Centre for some holiday ideas and it was home to rest our weary legs and watch some America's Top Model before leftovers for dinner.

Sunday was sleep in day. Chatting for a few hours before off to our favourite French cafe in Port Melbourne, Moulin Noir, for some brunch.


Eggs Benedict on Brioche with a side serve of Avocado and Feta Crush

Omelette and Toast with Avocoado and Feta Crush

Monday dawned sunny and bright. Just right for another day of shopping and food! Thanks Mummy for the amazing present! Here's the late lunch we shared at my new favourite spot, Two Birds One Stone, South Yarra.

Yep - It's Crushed Avocado and Feta on Toast the Two Birds way

Corn Fritters with Avocado, Smoked Salmon and Poached Egg.


Another fabulous long weekend together. Thanks Mum. I'm off to dream of sunshine and finish planning my holiday.

Here's hoping....

xxx

21 August 2013

A Food Journey in Pictures

I was looking back through the last few months of pictures from my IPhone and noticed a lot of food pics. Everyone knows I love great food and I seem to have developed a habit of taking pictures of my meals recently. So I thought I would share some of them with you. Enjoy. 

WARNING: The following pictures may make you very hungry. 

Breakfast Special - Ai Ni, South Yarra


The most amazing Seafood Laksa from the Asian Cafe next to work in North Melbourne (I have lived on this lunch this winter!)


Red Velvet Cupcake - Love Vintage Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Breakfast Special - Moulin Noir, Port Melbourne

Leek, Red Wine Chicken Chasseur - made by me, recipe by Real Living magazine, June 2013

Garlic prawns and salad, made by me

Travel Food - Chips & Gravy - The Shell Roadhouse, Ballarat

Breakfast - note the star shaped egg (What happens when you don't have egg rings but do have cookie cutters) - Made by me

Roast Pumpkin & Rocket salad - made by me

Salted Caramel Macarons - Made by me, Mix by Adriano Zumbo

Massive picnic feast - Marianted lamb cutlets, garlic prawns, feta & avocado mash, Mint yogurt dip and salad - Made by me

Lamb Shanks & Garlic Mash - Keilor Hotel, Keilor Village


Roasted Sweet Potato & Pearl Barley with Prosciutto - Made by me

Steak and salad - The Blackwood Hotel, Blackwood (It was massive!)

Chicken Burger and Chips - The Carrington Hotel, Geelong

Two Birds Breakfast Special - Two Birds One Stone, South Yarra

Now it's time to make dessert after all that! I think a slice of super easy Vanilla Slice will go down nicely.

xxx

Sunset

Last nights Sunset - Loving the mixture of cloud, clear sky and a touch of sun over the city skyline.

20 August 2013

Secrets of Success

I came across this list of secrets for success and thought it would be great to share as it seems to me that our happiness is very closely linked to our perceptions of our success. Thanks to Heather from Habitually Chic for posting this one first.


21 Suggestions for Success by H. Jackson Brown Jr. 
  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  12. Commit yourself to quality.
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.
What do you think? Do these ring true? I like number 2 and think this is a key for me. I strongly believe that we spend so much of our waking life at work that it should be something we enjoy and believe is worthy.

Number 19 is also one of my favourites and something I am trying to live by. If an opportunity presents itself and its safe, ask yourself why not rather than why should I. If it wasn't fabulous, laugh and move on. It may create a wonderful story. The alternative is a life full of what if's, and that doesn't sound successful or fulfilling to me.


xxx



17 August 2013

My week in Pictures

A recap of my week in pictures. From dreams, views and anything that has caught my eye this week. A visual feast.

Dreaming - Santorini, Greece

Off I go!

Everybody needs a little love.

Storm clouds rolling over the city.

Dreaming - A chateau of my own

Loving - the energy, the dreaminess, the background, wish I was her

Loving - effortless chic (Asos Dress)

Dreaming - wishing I was relaxing in crystal cear water with the sun on my face!

Dreaming - Santorini, Greece (Is there anything not love about this place?)

Dreaming - Sunset over the beach from the infinity pool

Can you spot a theme? I am dreaming of a much needed holiday. Planning for a a week long break on a sunny beach with nothing more than a cocktail and a good book. I am over winter and need a chance to refresh to regain some energy! Stay tuned to find out where I end up sometime in the next month.

11 August 2013

Food, Make Up and Shopping

It's been a busy last part of the week. With work unveiling a piece of art that we created as part of a team bonding with Mind Gallery last month, a new team bonding experience with dinner and a make up class at Mecca Cosmetica in the city and then drinks and mexican snacks with some of the girls at my place as part of the Dine at Mine Fundraising campaign for Camp Quality! Phew and that was just Thursday and Friday!
Leftovers from my Mexican feast. Homemade Salsa and Guacmole. Yummy.

So Saturday was spent with a spot of shopping and then relaxing in the glorious sun on my balcony with some mexican leftovers. Today it was off to my new favourite hang out Two Birds One Stone. Love, love, love their menu and can't wait to work my way through it. Certainly worth the wait. I can see the next few weekends spent lazing around this busy but laid back place.

Summer in training. I can't wait!

Two Birds Breakfast Special. 

It's an early night for me and I will leave you with this thought....


xxx




06 August 2013

Current Crushes

It's time again to share some of my current favourite things. Things that I am obsessing over and can't get enough of. So here you go...
  1. Food - Mexican - I am loving all things Mexican. Avocado in guacamole (You may remember last month's crush on Avocado and Feta), Tomato Salsa, Corn Chips and Tacos, Quesadilla, Tortillas. I am loving them all. For the best Mexican out, try these two in South Yarra - (I can recommend both)
    1. Fonda - 144 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181
    2. Touche Hombre Electrica - 15 Claremont Street, South Yarra VIC 3141 
  2. TV - America's Next Top Model - Yes I am sure there is more 'quality' TV out there but nothing that has appealed since The Block finished. So I have dived into ANTM thanks to Apple TV. Am loving it. Not sure why but I can happily spend an evening or day watching episode back to back. Currently up to Season 14.
  3. Sweet Stuff - Vanilla Slice - I am not sure where I have been for the last however many years but I have recently discovered Vanilla Slice and am loving this amazing sweet, gooey treat. Where have you been hiding?? Thanks to our resident Nigella at work, I am in treat heaven. Going to tackle making my own shortly. Currently looking for recipes.
  4. Girl Crush - Olivia Palermo - She has STYLE in capitals and bucket loads of it. From her relaxed everyday wear to her on the red carpet looks. She nails it every time. My secret wish is to be her, or just have her wardrobe. Amazing! Check out this post by Paloma from La Dolce Vita, as I am not the only one.
  5. Sunshine - I am so over winter and ready for some sun. Bring it on baby. )I think I have that seasonal disorder that most Melburnians get in winter.)


Last Night's Sunset from my Balcony

xxx

04 August 2013

Shoes

Just loving these shoes from Shoes of Prey

Just a little over the top but still awesome.

xxx

Living

Where does the weekend go? It seems that Sunday night rolls around very quickly no matter what I am up too. I wonder how i get one of those jobs where you work 3 or 4 days and have 3 or 4 off to live life? (And still have enough money to experience life!)

Talking of experiencing life - I came across one of my favourite quotes again today. It goes a little something like this - "I don't want to just exist, I want to live." (Author unknown, to me)



This to me is about experiencing life and getting out there and doing things rather than just cruising along and letting life's opportunities pass you by. To me, this is the true essence of me and how I feel. I want to LIVE. I want experiences, passion, highs and lows. Life is for living not just existing. 

So in the spirit of living, I have added to my Goals list as part of my Happiness Project this weekend. Number 6. on my list -  12 new experiences.

I've started my list of some of the experiences I want to have.


  1. Ride and elephant - preferably in some tropical setting. Thailand rather than Africa but I am open to this one however it happens.
  2. Visit the snow - Yes I am 33 and never been to the snow
  3. See a fashion show
  4. Helicopter ride
  5. Degustation dinner - 12 courses with matching wine
  6. Cooking class - something fabulous 
  7. Diving - snorkelling or diving or something in clear blue waters
  8. Rock climbing - Indoor or out. I'm open to the possibilities

That's so far anyway. Gotta start somewhere and I think these are a good start for now. I feel like there are so many amazing things out there to do and narrowing it down is rather hard.

One of my two favourite authors - Lewis Carroll & the other being Dr Seuss

xx

01 August 2013

Today's Quote


Today's Quote - Nothing else to say except I like being me.

xx

Travel

One of my favourite things to do is dream about other places - cities, cultures, countries. Foreign places have always been exciting to me. I love reading and growing up my favourite books were always ones where they experienced new places. Whether it be New York, Paris, or Rome. They sounded so much more exotic then country South Australia. To me the city was the place to be and preferably overseas.

So it was so amazing for me to finally take a step and start travelling in 2004. China was my first step for a Challenge Trek on the Great Wall. Amazing. I loved it. The culture, the people but mostly the history. Standing on The Wall and realising just how long it had been around and how many people had walked along it before me, not to mention the people who had died building many years before. To me, that was mind-blowing.

The Forbidden City -  Oct 2004

I made me realise just how little history we really have in Australia and how much I love the thought of having a culture. I am an Aussie. While my Mum was born in the UK, she headed to Australia when she was two and we never really celebrated anything connected with our past before. So for me cultures that have a real history appeal so much. I love delving into what makes other people tick and what their traditions are.

France has always held a special place in my mind. One of my burning desires was to see Paris before I turned 30. In 2009, with Mum along for the ride, I did it. Three weeks in France saw us take in paris, Loire Valley, Champagne Region and Provence. Then we headed to the UK to visit Cornwall (where Mum was born) and London.

Eiffel Tower - Mum & I - Sept 2009

We loved it. Making our way around the train lines in French, when neither of us knew much more than how to order dinner.  The architecture, the people, everything. It put us both out of our comfort zones and I loved it. The natural leader in me stepped up (and took over) but it was amazing. I have the best memories of sharing something so amazing with my Mum. We both decided we had to come back. Paris was so amazing and we loved Reims int eh heart of the Champagne Region. This was the place we said we would come back and explore and get to know next time.

Champagne Taittinger - Verzenay

Next time turned out to be last year. Mum celebrated her 60th Birthday and as a special gift I got her onto the tour my Auntie was taking around Europe. 10 Countries in 20 Days. While in hindsight, it wasn't the way Mum really wanted to travel but it was such a great opportunity. And the best thing - her tour finished in Paris. We had joked about me joining her for a weekend and I thought why just a weekend? So I left Australia by myself, rented and Apartment for a week on my own before Mum joined me.

Arc De Triomphe - Sept 2012 (Yes same sunglasses as last time)

I loved it. The people, the food, language, shopping, did I mention the food??  While getting around on my own was a little daunting, with a little planning I was able to explore and just enjoy Paris. This time i knew I really just wanted to live it rather than rush around with a map and be a tourist. I just picked an area to explore each day, packed my water and a map (just in case) and walked. Stopped when I was hungry and ordered some amazing food and just soaked it all up. Amazing.

Mum and my Auntie joined me at the end of the week and we had a few days of taking it easy together after their whirlwind tour before we farewelled my Auntie as she left for the UK and Ireland and Mum and I headed back home.

This trip only refuelled our passion for travel. Mum is looking forward to another trip to France to explore some more and possibly to Russia.

Where would you go? If money and time were now issues where would you explore?? Here are some on my wish list.

Bora Bora

Rio

 
Tuscany

New York

Russia

xxx