Monday, June 20, 2011


There is beauty in everything if you'll only stop for a moment to notice it. I love love love looking at photographs, exploring spaces, admiring landscapes, listening to nature, running my fingers over textures, picking up trinkets, smelling roses...just taking it all in and hoping to imprint it all in my brain.

I've bookmarked Pinterest as one of my go-to sites for my daily dose of beautiful and am really happy to find a couple of my paintings on it :)

Water dandy on Pinterest
Water Dandy on Etsy

Blanketed on Pinterest
Blanketed on Etsy

I always see something on Pinterest that makes my heart skip a beat. Here are some of my favourites from browsing today:

Source: via Joshua on Pinterest

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Today was grey, rainy and dreary, perfect for a warming brunch, followed by a trip to a new-found creative space. I whipped out the piggy scarf for a bit of playfulness :)

piggy scarf
Scarf: Ebay
: Supre

I love brekky/brunch at That Little Mexican Place. Today I had cafe de olla, churros con chocolate, some chorizo, and finished off with jalapenos rellenos. 

mexican brunch
tasted amazing. apologies re grainy mobile pics

The coffee is sweetened and steamed milk is available on the side, cute! The churros come with 3 dipping sauces...strawberry, caramel and favourite was strawberry (surprisingly) and I licked that clean ;) Jalapenos for breakfast? I'm a chili freak, chili freak, chilly freaky *to the tune of Super Freak*.

Then a visit to Venn, a shop + cafe & bar + gallery + studio.


This used to be an old factory, so naturally, I'm in love with the combination of brick walls, steel beams, wooden floorboards and concrete. 

Industrial architecture genius:
The shop area is slightly raised and features an expansive glass wall
Up some wooden stairs, a gallery where exhibitions are held
Glass panels provide a glimpse of studios on the lower level
Down the back, a bar and cafe with access to the roof terrace


The shop is filled with the interesting and innovative. Many goodies pulled at my heartstrings but I couldn't justify letting go of my purse strings.

fever tree soda
hardly a winter-appropriate drink :)

The bar and cafe is grey and modern, yet had a nice amount of warmth. 

And even though I could only peer into the artist studios, it was oozing creative energy and I hope that some of it rubbed off on me :) 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Pamper sesh

salonI purchased a discount voucher for a hair pamper pack at Element Aveda Concept in Subiaco and have been looking forward to it since making my appointment in January. My hair is in bad shape and today couldn't come soon enough.

At the salon, my session started with a Blue Oil head and shoulder massage. The scent from the oil was completely unexpected; it was an instant pick me up and the massage melted the week's stresses away. Glorious.

Next, hair colour. I wanted a warm yummy chocolatey colour for winter so on it went. Half an hour later, I plonked myself on the shampoo chair. Well it was more like a massaging lounge chair, I was nearly reclining and didn't have to crank my neck back very much at all. Here's the best bit...the scalp conditioning treatment/massage went on for what seemed like forEVER. Bliss.
By then I realised that my parking ticket would expire before I'm done here...well I thought that allowing for 2 hours was plenty. Anyway, I was having too much fun to worry about that. My hair was swiftly and expertly cut (I got my fringe back, yay!) and I had a hand massage at the end of that. Incredible.
new hair resize copy
blurry shine

Today, sitting in front of a mirror for nearly 3 hours, I realised that I no longer give myself grief over my imperfections and flaws, perceived or otherwise. I still whinge about them but instead of wishing that they weren't this or that, I now tell myself that sure, it sucks balls but it could be way worse. As my makeup was touched up at the end of the session, I say a little thank you for concealer and bright lipstick :)

I stepped out onto the stylish streets of Subi and lap up the winter sun. Man I love Perth winters!

oh hi there, parking fine.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Cool sunnies

I was looking for something to eat for dinner and FINALLY found my sunnies.

cool sunnies
just chillin'

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Photo excursion - Chittering Valley

It's a public holiday and a perfectly sunny winter's day. The breeze is constant and the temperature is in the high teens.
This is just a snippet of Chittering Valley, an hour's drive north of Perth. 

overhead and underfoot
Blue skies and crunchy gravel

Smokey...loving the smell of wood fires

Vineyards. farms and orchards galore

yellow-y olive-y brown grey greens

Of cows and clouds
Epic clouds and cows

pretty prints

Rundown rusticness

Trigger happy, as usual. Photo credit: mattyp

I marvel at windmills, look out for lego-like tractors in the distance, spot some horses and catch a glimpse of an emu.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Scaredy cat

He catches flies
Pounces on crickets
Marvels at creepy crawlies

Yet when he spots this ant, he squishes himself up against the wall and freaks out.

I remove the ant before he (the cat) hyperventilates.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Proportion, proportion, proportion

I enjoy reading fashion blogs and in celebration of that, here's my first outfit post :)

I'm 5 foot tall (or short) and I don't mind being tiny, except that finding clothes that fit well can be exhausting. There's a misconception that clothing sized extra-extra small solves all; well XXS has more to do with weight and width. What I really need is Petite sizing, which is based on height and proportion. Many brands are catching on to this but unfortunately for me, petite sizes cater for those 5'4" and under, so most of my clothes still have to be drastically altered. In many cases, I need more than just sleeves and hems shortened, but that pretty much involves remaking the piece and it's just not feasible.

Due to these challenges, I tend to shop online and only purchase discounted items, to allow for alteration costs. If I find a basic piece that fits well, I'll get it in a few colours...I have some basics that are 15 years old and still going strong! I'm also forced to be creative and to get as many different looks as I can out of what I have. And once in a while, I'll splurge on a classic, timeless piece :)

Last week, I won tickets to see Dave Thornton at Artbar and wanted to wear something bright and cheerful to the gig. I got home from work and quickly threw this together. The nights are starting to get cold!

I love anything arty so the venue was perfect. Joel Creasey was thoroughly entertaining and provided a fabulous start to the night. Dave's show "A Different Type of Normal" was hilarious...anyone who can go on about typeface and fonts, complete with props, gets points from me. 
He had me at Helvetica!

outfit a

outfit b


Jacket: Portmans
Scarf: Ebay
Top: Witchery tank in Burnt Orange
Belt: random store in Malaysia
Jeans: Siwy
Boots: Costume National