Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Clever Cookies.....

Congrats to Annabelle and Jane - Fete is due for release in early December. I can't wait. This is going to be good. See more here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Before she was mine....

Before my darling SFC (single fronted cottage kids....) looked like this and this ....
I thought the worst she must have looked was this (remember I bought her while I was living overseas, pulled this from Google maps, figured it must have been pre renovations from previous owners, but no. It was worse....So I had people come and quote on built in robes, and one of them commented on how much work had been done to the place and what a transformation. Um, hello, i asked, how do you know? He said he googled the address. So I did. And look at the pics I found of my new little home as it was prior to the previous owners buying it....hmmmmm, no thanks!not looking any better from this angle...thankfully they knocked this bit off the back....including this 'updated bathroom' (as it was advertised when previously sold)Much preferring the neat courtyard I now have.

I really am lucky - the vendors did all the renovations and the laundry, kitchen and bathroom are brand new. Literally. The appliance have not even been used. All wrapped up in this gorgeous blue stone single fronted beauty. This time next week? i'm back on the big jet plane to Australia and my little SFC. Philippines has been fab but time for the next adventure. Bring on the decorating!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Whooop.... there it is...

It's Friday! It's been a ratty week, no idea why. Just has. Nothing planned for the weekend - so excited. Maybe some shopping, some serious day spa time and sleeping. Not long until I'm back in Australia, and that gorgeous SFC (single fronted cottage) to decorate. Oh, remind me to show you pics I found on the net of the SFC before the previous owners bought it - before the renos done. WOW. mwah xx

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Currently crazy for and coveting.....

I've spent most of today conversing with Sal about how I can justify purchasing Anya Hindmarch's Huxley tote bag. I don't think I can, especially seeing I have a new home to furnish and decorate waiting for me back in Australia. Hmmmm, I'll let you know how I go...... its so pretty.........

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A mixed bag

I've always loved reading and have used the fact I studied law (which involved lots of boring readings) as my excuse for indulging in chick lit for goodness knows how long. No more excuses, I love the stuff. End of story. But lately I've strayed, and its been fab. First up "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave. Whoa. Still thinking about it. Its a movie too, have you seen it? have you read it? thoughts?
Next up - something completely different. Which is probably just as well. Marieke's book is fabulous and hilarious. Have always loved her work in "Frankie" - it was a total treat reading a whole book of it.
Currently? - I bought this tonight to keep me entertained while I ate dinner (I've become an expert at dining out alone as I'm too lazy to cook and its cheaper it eat out here anyway... well, that's my excuse) - almost through half of it. Tres good too. And then when I was google searching for image above I realised why it was familiar - I'd bought it for Pip when I was last here in Manila (with a different cover).... durrrr.
Any suggestions for my next read? it will have to follow these fabulous ones so no pressure.....

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gucci darling!

Gosh I love my parents. And they continue to be fascinated by this little blog and my shop - I agree with them, are there seriously people who want to read and see pics of what I like and buy things I've spied as well? apparently yes! So trying to explain the ongoing fascination and success of Marvis Toothpaste is especially interesting. I saw it somewhere quoted that Marvis is the 'chanel' of toothpastes. So when I first got them on board at Brown Button Trading I used this to explain it to dad. Then I realised...... "dad, do you know who/what Chanel is"? - "Yes Kimberlee I do. That is the perfume you bought mum for Christmas". Yes dad, among other things.... To this day dad refers to it as the 'gucci toothpaste'. Love you dad.
Seriously though, the packaging is awesome, a great small gift that is different and the perfect kris kringle/secret santa present given the season! New flavours as well - cinnamon mint and amarelli licorice. So fun. Pip - I'll get you a tube of each, still have you to thank for the intro to the 'gucci toothpaste' xx

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'd like to introduce.....

There is nothing better than finding yourself a new blog to follow. Even better? When you know the super stylish chick that writes it. Introducing Sally, long time friend, lover of all things nautical and preppy, her blog ticks all the boxes for me! Her recent wedding? I shared some of the gorgeous styling pics here. And Sally and her husband recently hosted that stunning lunch I posted here. Get on board - Salambao. Love your work sal! x

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Coming Together...

Oops how did a week go past without posting? It's been a crazy last week in Adelaide before I head back to Manila tomorrow. Work has been manic and I've been rushing around trying to catch up with as many people as possible before I head off again.
I managed to have a night at my new little place Friday night (camping style... as I have no furniture etc yet!) - and I keep falling in love with it more and more. As the little 'shanty' will stay furnished for tenants, I have the arduous task of refurnishing the SFC (single fronted cottage) from scratch (please... no sympathy.... I can't wait!) - but it is somewhat daunting. I want to get it right, and it will be different to my other place. Lucky to have darling Emma as a friend who is decorator extraordinaire to guide me!
But I've started. and its coming together in my head. I'll need Emma's final sign off, but I'm thinking this gorgeous caviar wallpaper on the eastern wall in the kitchen. Fits in with the black granite bench tops and my framed David Bromley tea towel.
must dash and finish packing. chat soon x

Sunday, November 6, 2011


It must be November, you don't need to even check the calender. Why? because of the number of moustaches sprouting (some successfully, some not so successfully..... ) on men all over Australia at the moment. Movember is a brilliant initiative to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues, in particular depression and prostate cancer. For those who are not familiar with 'Movember' - cleanly shaved men from the 1st November spend 30 days growing the best looking moustache they are able to and in return they are sponsored for their efforts. You need not know someone who is participating to donate, you can make a general donation. Their branding this year is spectacular, see it here. A lot of fun for such a serious cause we don't spend enough time discussing. Awesome work gentlemen!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Super Spoilt by Stylish Friends...

Talk about being welcomed home in style - I should go away more often!! - how gorgeous is this 'art school prep' styling for a lunch to welcome me home last Saturday? I do have beautiful friends with incredible style. See more here, I'll even let you borrow them to style an event for you! White and Wander are turbo talented xx
Gosh it is good to be home!

oh oh - and Kate has just posted on the lunch as well. more fab photos and recipes!