November 23, 2014

SUMMER LOVIN'


I adore Summer. Although there is exactly a week until Summer officially begins, the weather today has been pretty darn close to typical Summer days here in Sydney.  Besides, its never too early to look forward to warm Summer days is it? Naaah. 

Here’s a list of some of my favourite things about Summer:
Summer Dresses
Big Floppy Hats 
Fresh Flowers
Bare Feet
Summer Fruit 
Mix ’n Match Bikinis 
Ice Cold Cocktails
Messy beach hair 
BBQ’s
Camping
Bonfires
Picnics 
Christmas 
Late nights
Road trips 
Sand between my toes 
Walks on the beach 
Ice-cream 
Dinner parties

What are some of your favourite things about summer? 







November 15, 2014

WRITING BLUES: A BLOGGER’S GUIDE


Your mind is buzzing with ideas and your memory card is filled with photos, you sit down at your laptop and suddenly its gone. Inspiration has left the building. Your genius idea now seems like something you’d have written in primary school and you're left with doubt whispering in your ear. If you’re anything like me here are a few things that stop me from writing...

  • "I’m too busy” : You have a job, a partner, a pet or a block of chocolate in the cupboard waiting for you. How can you possibly find the time to write? 
  • “My idea sucks” : Now that you’ve read over your post a few times its clear that your idea is boring and there is no way to fix it. All the ‘real bloggers never need to rework their idea, it just happens for them. 
  • “I have no muse” : Everyone knows when real bloggers sit down in front of their computers, the words just pour out. Successful writers must all have muses who inspire them in their dreams and solve all their writing doubts. 
  • “I’m not qualified to be a writer”: You don’t have a degree in Creative Writing, or maybe you have a degree in something completely irrelevant to english/literature. How on earth are you meant to be successful when you aren’t even qualified to write? 
Now here’s the truth:
  • Most bloggers are 'too busy' to write : Most successful bloggers have spouses, children, rabbits, cats, full-time jobs. Yet, they still write. Instead of finding the time to write, you make the time to write. 
  • Good ideas are developed, they don’t just appear: As far as having an idea that sucks, welcome to the first draft of every post I write. It takes time, research and patience to develop the right post. It doesn’t just happen. Although that would be nice if it did…
  • What muse?: I have no idea who has one, but if anyone does I would like to stage a kidnapping. Immediately. 
  •  Forget the qualifications: While I would love to have a degree in creative writing, the only thing you need is an idea and a pen. Then let your imagination do the rest. 

I hope this helps! Do any of you also struggle with doubt when writing?

Let me know!





November 7, 2014

WEEKEND AWAY: THE HUNTER VALLEY







Last weekend Dan and I decided to pack up our bags and hit the road. It had been a really big week for both of us. He has recently started a new job and I have recently left mine so it was a much needed holiday away. We drove to his family’s farm about two hours out of Sydney and really enjoyed being able to sit back and wind down.

My favourite part was that after a big storm came through the power didn’t come back on for the rest of the night so we were in eat-all-the-ice-cream-quickly-before-it-melts mode and we ended up playing board games by candlelight. Swoon. My not so favourite part came in the morning when the milk was off because the electricity still hadn’t come back on so we had dry cereal for breakfast and left a little earlier than scheduled.  But you just got to role with the punches! All in all it was a really lovely time away and I know one puppy thoroughly enjoyed her stay!


What are your plans for the weekend? 

Any excitements? Let me know! 








October 25, 2014

WEEKEND BREAKFAST | VANILLA FRENCH TOAST



There is something incredibly satisfying with cooking up a delicious breakfast on the weekend and eating it across the table (or in bed) with a loved one while you’re both still wrapped up in your pyjamas. This weekend I decided to have my go at making a yummy vanilla french toast and it turned out surprisingly well.  I really enjoyed the taste of vanilla and cinnamon just to make it a little bit different and extra flavoursome. So without further ado… 

Ingredients:
2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract 
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp butter 
- 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 5 slices of bread 

Instructions: 
1. Whisk all ingredients (except for the butter) in a medium sized bowl. 
2. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat. 
3. Dip bread slices in the mixture and brown each side in the pan. 
4. Serve with any condiments you desire (My favourite is maple syrup!) 


Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend and happy eating! 









October 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST: SUMMER HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS

Hat: ASOS
Shoes: Witchery
Bag: Portmans
Watch: Daniel Wellington 
Diary: Kikki K 
Dress: Sportsgirl 
Admittedly I am getting a tad ahead of myself by finding my ‘Summer’ holiday essentials, but the weather in Sydney last week was so warm and so heavenly that Daniel and I pulled out our swimmers, made some frozen smoothies and spent the weekend lying by the pool in pure bliss! Oh yeah! Naturally as a cruel twist of fate the weather has taken a turn for the worst. As attractive as the above outfit may be I am currently typing this wrapped in not one, not two, but three jumpers and my old faithful uggboots. Yeah I’m looking smokin’. Rain, rain go away, come again another day? 

 My favourite piece has to be the Daniel Wellington watch. I actually spent over an hour looking at the #danielwellington on Instagram the other day… I know, productive-shmuctive. One day I plan on buying one, but until then I will just keep stalking everyone else. Go on, admit it I know you stalk on Instagram too! 

Whats your favourite piece? 

How are you holding up with the weather at the moment?