Thursday, 1 October 2015

Frocktober 2015: Day 1 - Nancybird

Coming at you from Brisneyland, day 1 of Frocktober kicked off in this sweet silk Nancybird frock. 

To be honest, I was thinking I couldn't do my fourth year of frocking on - life's super busy, and I'm so tired right now I can barely keep my eyeballs open. 

But then Matt announced on his Instagram feed that I was doing it - so I felt compelled to get into it. 

Which is fine, because it's for a super good cause. Slaying ovarian cancer and funding research. So here I am - year four, day one, Nancybird.

Back to the frock. Nancybird's Layla Dress - she's sweet. A great cut that's easy to throw on, looks equally great with flats as it does with heels, and perfect for steamy summer days. 

If you've never heard me talking about Frocktober - and why not - it's all about raising funds for research into ovarian cancer, and raising awareness. And of course, on the side agenda, it's about frocks too. Because that's a bit fun.

This year I'm aiming to raise $10,000. Last year I hit $13k. Surely I can beat that. With your help of course. 

All money raised goes to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
Please sponsor me today and help fund research into ovarian cancer. 

Saturday, 5 September 2015


Things have been a little quiet around here because life is busy. 

But not so busy that I haven't checked in here now and then to sigh at the fact I haven't posted for a couple of weeks. 

Tumbleweeds have breezed through. Sandstorms have covered the keyboard. Crickets have moved in. 

In breaking news I got my hair cut, which has been a long time coming (seven months in fact, no wonder the ends were crispy as twigs). I got a fringe. Or bangs. Whatever you want to call - them - I got them. And I bought a new hairbrush too. Evo has released a new collection of brushes and combs. I am pretty excited by this new purchase! Clearly I am easily excited.

Other good news? The weather is warming up which means I can move into short sleeves. I've loathed Winter this year. So bring on the sunshine fellas!

And I've been cracking out my Victoria Mason 'Enfold' necklace. Vic gifted me this necklace, and it is a firm favourite. I have the matching earrings too - and it's such a cool combo when worn all at once, and individually they're ace too. I love the nod to the 70s, in a current and contemporary style.

I've been reading too. Hopefully later this week I'll finish my latest and can share a short review. 

Oh and... Frocktober is on the horizon. EEP!

Stay tuned. I do want to come back. But my eyeballs are just so tired these days. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Late Blooming: Podcasts.

I am incredibly late to the party. I just finished listening to 'Serial' yesterday. 

I binged on it all week. Could barely wait for my commute (I just said that?!) to tune in and hear more about Adnan Sayed. 

Have you listened to it? Or are you like me, a late bloomer?

It consumed me so much I've now started having Adnan dreams. 

I won't give away the story, but it's intense, it's sad, and it's a compelling story. Did he or didn't he?


Because I spend two hours on the train each day, I've been looking for ways to make the time fly. 

Rach from Mogantosh suggested Mortified. It's a series where people read their truly cringe-worthy teenage writings to a live audience. 

Let's pause here and think about our own teenage writings. 

Did that just make your stomach turn? Me too. 

So this is a recipe for real hilarity. My favourite? Episode 21: Mortified's Summer Camp Spectacular. 

I really, truly did sit on the train killing myself laughing. Laughing so much I had tears running down my face. Other passengers didn't know what to make of me as I very nearly rolled in the aisle laughing (the only thing stopping me? There's no way I would touch the train floor, not even if I was covered in Domestos). 

And I didn't care if they thought I was the train freak show. It was the funniest, belly-laugh-inducing podcast ever. 


Have you got any podcast recommendations for me?

Friday, 21 August 2015

Welcome to Dismaland. AKA Banksy is a genius.

Just when I thought Banksy couldn't possibly get any more awesome. He goes and gets even more awesome.

I freaking love this guy.

Welcome to Dismaland

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

What to watch

I am the reigning queen of watching movies at home.

I love movies.

It's the perfect way to escape the everyday, and lose yourself in another world.

In fact, I've watched lots of movies lately. So today I'm sharing two good ones that I think you should watch too. Well. If you want. I won't pressure you.

'A Little Chaos'

I freaking love Kate Winslet. If you don't love her, don't say anything bad or I will be forced to sit you in the naughty corner.

Now. I loved 'A Little Chaos' so much I watched it twice in two days. That's how beautiful it is.

Set in the 17th century, it's a British period drama (don't let that turn you off, I love period films, Matt doesn't - and Matt loved it too, happily sitting through both screenings) telling the story of Andre le Notre, who was considered the greatest landscape architect of the time. He co-designed gardens at Versailles as well as Tuileries in Paris.

The rest - well it's fictional, but if you're happy to get led up the garden path, it's a beautiful story, and it's romantic too. And who couldn't do with a little extra romance these days?

Cast full of great actors, it's good entertainment. Well in my book it is.

'Big Eyes'

Now - this is based on a true story. Directed by Tim Burton it's the story of American artist Margaret Keane - famous for her paintings and drawings featuring obscenely large eyes. 

Margaret and her daughter are at an outdoor art show selling drawings when she meets her soon-to-be husband, Walter - who's his selling Parisian street scenes.

Margaret's husband, Walter, takes the credit for her paintings in the 1950s and 1960s - and without giving away the punchline - it's pretty fascinating and sad. 

If you want more - you can read this TIME article (spoiler alert, it tells you much of the movie).

Amy Adams is wonderful as Margaret Keane, and the film itself makes for compelling viewing. (I love this shot of the artist Margaret Keane, seen with Amy Adams on the set of 'Big Eyes').

Have you seen any great films lately?

Monday, 10 August 2015

Reading:: My Paris Dream

I haven't been around here for almost two months. I guess I owe a brief explanation. 

So I left a job, and started a new one. Since then it's been a whirlwind of decompressing, travel, learning, commuting and yearning for things to settle down. And they are. 

As part of my new role, I can commute on the train - which is kind of cool. 

So I've been reading quite a bit. 

My latest is Kate Betts' 'My Paris Dream'. 

Since returning from New York and San Francisco, I've been struck with the travel bug. Reading this book seemed to satiate the yearning and curiosity. 

'My Paris Dream' is Kate's story of leaving the US as a fresh graduate from Princeton - and relocating to France where she was determined to live a Parisian life, thrust into the depths of culture, a new language and finding a job. 

It's a sort of coming of age story, where she works a number of entry-level jobs - before she lands an incredible apprenticeship with Women's Wear Daily. This is where she carves out her career, working ridiculous hours, sacrificing her own life to document the fashion life. 

She circles the city with Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfield, Christian Louboutin and so many others. But it's not the jerk circle you might expect. She's humble, down to earth and driven. She's hungry for her career, falls in love with the French romantic Herve, and is swept into this vortex driven by WWD. 

It's a beautiful exploration of Paris life, a wonderful memoir, and easy to read. I loved reading about her metamorphosis from La Grande Americaine to one perfectly at home in the heart of Paris.

If you love fashion, Paris and adventure, then this book is worthy of being on your bedside. 

'My Paris Dream' by Kate Betts $29.99 from Berkelouw

* Reading is all about what I'm reading. It's not sponsored. It's simply me, reading a book and sharing with you. A book club of sorts. In 2015 it's my goal to read at least one book per month - and share my lowdown on them with you. Maybe you'd like to read along? If so, let me know and we can virtually have a book club. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Travel tips?

I'm packing my bags and heading to NYC later this week. And then San Fran.

I'm excited. 
And nervous.

Nervous and excited. 

I haven't travelled much internationally. Have you?

What are your best travel tips to get through a long haul flight?
What's your can't live without thing you have to pack? 
Or are you a packing ninja? What's your tip to maximise minimal clothing?