Tuesday

Christmas Trees

The other day I visited my parents' house (where my siblings still live too) and we put the Christmas tree up together. It was a lovely day and reminded me of my childhood when we'd all try and cram as many of the ornaments onto the tree as we could. This year however my sister decided that we should have a single coloured Christmas tree, so it's all gold ornaments this year. It got me thinking that the Fella and I should probably get our own tree for our new apartment. Here's some cool ones from around the blogosphere:

A tree-less Christmas tree (and tutorial) from Not Martha:


A reappropriated branch at eHow:


And a paper pine tree from Anthropologie:


What kind of Christmas tree do you have? Real pine trees are a bit less common in Australia due to it not really being the right season. Would you consider having an artificial tree?

Midnight in Paris

The other night I went and saw Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. It was a beautiful movie. It's whimsical, nostalgic and unapologetically shows off Paris. It was a close to a holiday as I'm going to get this year, and it was nearly as good :p

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Owen Wilson was surprisingly good. I guess I always pigeon-holed him as the goofy type, but he was charmingly neurotic in Midnight in Paris.

There's been some criticism that Midnight in Paris is too corny, but I found that the nostalgia the film emits prevented it from slipping into cheesiness. If you like realistic movies, this probably isn't the one for you.

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If you can't make it to Paris this year, go see Midnight in Paris instead. Oh, and brush up on your Lost Generation literature before you go.

Thursday

Loafers

I love a good heel as much as the next girl but some days you need a good sturdy, comfortable flat. I love ballet flats, I think they look cute and feminine, but sometimes they aren't really as comfy as they appear. Enter the loafer. Whilst they may have formerly been the domain of older women, nowadays they're stylish AND comfortable. Here's my favourite pair I bought from Zara (on my very similarly coloured floorboards):


Wittner has some leopard print loafers right now:

Or, if you've got a bit of spare cash lying around, how about these Christian Louboutin loafers via Net-a-Porter?

I'll definitely be expanding my loafer collection this spring. Maybe some of these might do the job?

Edit: Also, the gorgeous Aimee from Song of Style has also got a thing for loafers.

Friday

Sculpture by the Sea

Every year the Fella and I go to Sculpture by the Sea at the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. This year we picked a really good day to go. It was a rare occasion that we both had a weekday off work and it meant that it wasn't too crowded when we visited.



 1. (photo taken by me) 2. Simply Black and White 2010 by Alan and Julie Aston (photo taken by the Fella) 3. Domestic Bliss by Peter Tilley (photo taken by the Fella) 4. I Have Been Dreaming To Be A Tree...II by Byeong Doo Moon (photo taken by me).

It was a lovely day, the weather was perfect (I got a little sunburnt despite suncream reapplication). If you don't have plans for this weekend I would definitely recommend a visit. Sculpture by the Sea ends this Sunday 20th November.

Monday

Doorknobs

When we first moved into our current apartment (about three months ago now), the sight of the kitchen made my heart sink. It was filthy. However two days of scrubbing and a new coat of paint made it feel clean and useable. It still has its flaws that can't really be fixed (e.g. no bench space), but a few little changes here and there have made me feel more comfortable in my tiny kitchen.

There used to be grimy 'white' plastic doorknobs on the kitchen cupboards. I changed them up for these cute ceramic knobs I picked up at an antiques store in the Blue Mountains. It's the little things that make all the difference.


Here are a few other doorknobs that I would have been equally as happy to have in my kitchen.

Anthropologie Mother-of-Pearl knob - $14
Vintage inspired numbered knobs from Vintage Skye on Etsy - $7

See more gorgeous doorknobs on my Pintrest board.

Wednesday

Breakfast Strawberries

I'm not really a breakfast person. But let me clarify that statement...

I love going out for breakfast (or brunch). Especially if it involves bacon, pancakes, and maple syrup (preferably together). But breakfast at home is just not my thing. I don't drink milk, so no cereal and I find toast kinda boring. I have been known to skip breakfast on many days.

The other day I picked up a few punnets of strawberries on special. They were big, red, juicy and delicious-looking.


I decided to stew them (my way, which is in the oven).

Add sugar. Bake in the oven at 180ÂșC for 20-30 mins.

Served with some Harris Farm natural yoghurt (it's amazing... thick and creamy), they make the perfect breakfast. Stewing them (or more aptly baking them) creates this thick strawberry syrup that's DELICIOUS!


I've been having them for breakfast every day and I'm nowhere near sick of them.

What do you eat for breakfast? I really need some suggestions that will keep me interested in 'the most important meal of the day'.

And if you're hungry for more strawberries, there's plenty more juicy ones on my Pintrest board.

Monday

Nude Nails

If you're anything like me, you love the idea of perfectly manicured colourful nails, but washing up without rubber gloves, cooking, and general living makes this an impossibility. Well, I've discovered that nude nail polish lasts longer! (Or at least is not as noticeable when it chips).

Here's mine:
NYC Color - Mushroom

And the great thing about it is that I got the nail polish for $2 at a petrol station.

But, if you're not like me, and you can maintain a beautiful manicure, then here are some other options:

Deborah Lippmann 'Not-so-typical Taupe':

Chanel Le Vernis 485:
OPI 'At First Sight':

I love the subtleness of a neutral coloured polish. But that doesn't mean I can't experiment with some colour now and then (as long as I'm willing to freshen up the polish almost daily). Do you like a nude nail? See more nude nails on my Pintrest board.

Wednesday

Food Trucks

When I lived in California, one of the things I loved were the food trucks. They are few and far between here in Australia, except for the old Mr Whippy vans:
Mr Whippy in 1963

We have some food trucks in Australia, but they all seem to be stationary. Like the old-faithful Harry's Cafe de Wheels, with its Tiger pie:
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And Brodburger in Canberra, that serves up delicious burgers:
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So, what are we missing out on here in Australia? Well, my favourite food truck from California - Kogi BBQ truck, serves a fusion of Korean and Mexican, like Spicy Chicken Tacos:

Can't wait 'til food trucks make it big here in Australia. Here are some foods that would be amazing for a late night snack on the road. And here's a great article from the SBS about why food trucks haven't made it to Australia yet.

What foods would you like to see roaming our streets? And are there some that I haven't heard about? If you know, please let me in on it!

Monday

Out and About in Sydney

Yesterday was a gorgeous Sydney day. The Fella and I decided to make a day of it and spend the entire day together - just us. We do spend plenty of time together during the week where it's just us, however that's usually in the supermarket, or washing up, or sleeping. So it was nice to relax, talk and touch base.

We walked through the Royal Botanic Gardens, around Circular Quay and spent some time browsing the Rocks Markets. It was nice to rediscover the city that I've lived in forever.
 
The Royal Botanic Gardens (image credit)
 I saw and read about the lillipilli tree in the Gardens, and then tasted lillipilli jam at the markets. It was a lovely chain of serendipity that reminded me of Australia's beauty and uniqueness.

Lillipilli berries (image credit)



How did you spend your weekend?

Friday

Craspedia

Lately I've been obsessed with Craspedia, otherwise known as Billy Buttons or Woollyheads. And lucky for me they've been sprouting up all over the blogosphere.

In this gorgeous yellow themed wedding:

In the lovely Emily's house:

And in beautiful tablescapes:

Lucky for us, they're an Australian native:

Aren't Craspedia lovely? They're just so sculptural, happy and bright! They look so great with succulents, and with contrasting colours, like purple. I'd love a little bunch of them on my coffee table. Here's where you can get your hands on some too (within Australia): Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

And there's plenty more to see on my Pintrest board.

Wednesday

Stacking Rings

Lately I've been hunting down the perfect set of stacking rings. Once I decide which ones to get I'm looking forward to wearing them individually, and in little stacks.

Here are some lovely ones to get you inspired:

Andrea Bonelli 'Stardust 14k gold and silver set' - $270

BRVTVS 'Chain ring stacking set in 14k gold' - $96

ShopClementine on Etsy 'Sterling and 14k gold stacking set' - $95

And how about wearing them above the knuckle?

While my search continues, perhaps you're enamoured too? There's plenty more to see on Pintrest.