Monday, February 28, 2011

Eucalyptus dress.

Country Road dress, $10

How I love a good op shop find! I found this Country Road mini-dress at a Brotherhood of St. Laurence op shop last year and I'm still head-over-heels in love with it. The fabric is sleek and shiny, with a wonderful gum leaf green tone. It doesn't fit quite right over my pear-shape frame, but I love it all none the less and think I look hot to trot in it :) Confidence is everything, right?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wedgewood musings

I've been hunting around op shops lately with the mission of finding costumes to wear for a Blues Brother's themed birthday party for my dad tomorrow. Which means I've also been browsing the bric-a-brac, just coz.

I found this cute little Wedgewood-esque teapot at a Vinnies store. Wedgewood or not, I like the muses dancing about and it's baby teapot size was too cute to not add to my collection! I'll share some other great finds with you next week when everything calms down a little.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fed Square.

You either love or hate the now iconic Federation Square. I'm a lover. Especially once you step inside the BMW Edge and wander about. That's where it sings for me.

There are such beautiful buildings surrounding Fed Square too.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hair did.

Finally got my hair done. I was sick of the psychotic nature of my normal hairdresser, so I tried a nearby Biba salon. The hairdresser was wonderfully chatty and kind, but the whole process took 4 hours. Bit too long in my world, even for a cut and colour.

Anyway, this is the crumpled up picture I went in with for colour inspiration:

So I was essentially after a mousy blonde brown colour-wise. I figured it was close to my natural hair colour, it wasn't too much of a drastic change but would lighten it just enough. Enough to feel like a big change anyway. Which I felt I needed.

The results:
Without flash.

With flash.

I'm half and halfing about it all. Mostly satisfied, just getting used to it still though. So nice to finally have my fringe blended into my hair after having months of growing out this mass of hair. Now it's easy to wear it as a side fringe if I so choose, or just blend it with the rest of my hair. Horrah! :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pearl earrings.

I've been on a hunt (and an admittedly short one at that) for some nice white pearl earrings. Look what I found!

Tree of Life earrings

Divine darling!


I found these two goodies at a nearby antique shop. The gold plated chain with (fake) pearls has already come in handy - it compliments so many of my outfits!

I loved this portrait so much, I had to have her. She is so beautiful :) There were a few others similar to this, but she was by far the prettiest, and in best condition. The picture doesn't really do her justice.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

3 Point Turn Pass

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Woooooooooooo *crazy dances* I passed! I passed! I passed! I passed!

Thank goodness I only had to do a 3-point turn and not a reverse parallel park. I rocked that 3-point turn!

Anyway, I'm off now to go pick up my sister and get some ice-cream! Horrah!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reverse Parallel

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Tomorrow is my driving test. Eeek! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Boy's baked goods.

I would like to drool over Lover Boy's baking from Saturday a little longer. They are so delicious! Who needs Valentine's Day when you have someone in your life who gives such love? :)

Strawberry baby cupcakes. With a hint of choc chip cookies on the right of the picture. I'm yet to get a good picture of the choc chip cookies, mostly because we haven't eaten down to there yet! haha They are nice plump ones nonetheless.

Chocolate cookies with white choc chips, chocolate icing and crushed hazelnuts. These babies are wonderful and cakey. Either these or the marshmellow melts are my favourite of the bunch :)

Soft cookies with melted marshmellows with drizzled melted chocolate. Apparently an adapted form of smores, these are such sugary goodness.

Just need a nice glass of chocolate milk to guzzle down all these lovelies!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Lover of love

Happy Valentines Day! :)

I hope your day is filled with extra love, dessert and laughter :)

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beethoven's Fifth

It was wonderful to watch the sky change, eat absolutely delicious goodies baked by the wonderful boyfriend and listen to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform (for free) at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday evening.

We were perfectly perched atop the hill. Wonderful views and a lovely sky to watch as the music played.

A wonderful surprise of delicious desserts baked by Lover Boy. L-R: Chocolate white chocolate chip cookies, with chocolate icing and hazelnuts; soft cookies with melted marshmellows with drizzled melted chocolate and finally a mixture of strawberry flavoured mini cupcakes and choc chip cookies. These babies will be worthy of their own post I think :)

We both concluded that the second song from the start and the second from the break were our favourites of the evening.

Two more shows left of this season:

Wednesday, 16 February - Romeo and Juilet
Saturday, 19 February - Made in Australia

For more information, click here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vest and tin.

Toured three op shops the other day. Nothing overly exciting to be found. Perhaps I'm a little put off because most of my market stall items were previous op shop finds. I couldn't help myself with this cute vest though, in a glamorous dark pink.

Pink woolen vest, $5

Another homemade, grandma-knitted garment for my collection. I love these pieces. Someone made them for someone with love. So darling :)

And as I was about to leave the same op shop, I spotted this Henry VIII tin in the glass cabinet. Price? One whole dollar. It was meant to be.

Henry VIII tin, $1

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Teal roses.

I absolutely adore this dress. It's perhaps a little short for my liking, but the beautiful teal roses with white daisy, with hints of red are just gorgeous! I actually received this dress as a Christmas gift from my "sister-in-law".

It has a low scooping back, and looks fantastic with black tights and heels. I can't wait to rock this dress come a cool night. I don't think I can wait until Autumn!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sydney Road.

This time last week I was super excited about my planned op shop adventure down Brunswick Street. I was expecting to find some fantastic goodies at great prices and a wonderful time exploring on my lonesome.

I only happened to visit two of the seven op shops listed on the helpful Partly due to the horrid humidity and my getting lost. Nevertheless, I left quite happy with my finds:

Don Bosco Brunswick Youth Foundation Inc. Op Shop
Wonderful op shop, with fantastic prices and some great goodies to be had. A true true op shop. I happened across these two dresses.

White dress, $7

I've been on the hunt for a delightful white dress for quite a while. All the dresses in the shops are generally too short, have terrible shape or are too plain and boring. This one has a sweet pattern, falls just below the knee and with lovely pearly buttons.

'Newspaper Mama' dress, $7

I call this my 'Newspaper Mama' dress because it has an interesting print which includes what looks to be newspaper clippings (as you can see below). The dress has a cool, cinched in waistline. Apparently it is "very '80s!" haha

Brunswick Savers
Huge, hot and sticky. Huge variety of things, as expected in a Savers. The only goodie I walked away with was this gorgeous thing:

Cutest meringue cardi, $5

The Boy suggests this cardi looks like a meringue, and I'm inclined to agree. I absolutely love it. It reminds me of all the things my gran used to knit for me when I was younger. I hated them then. I love them now :) I automatically zoom in on anything that looks remotely handmade.

Too cute, right? :)

Monday, February 7, 2011


L-R: Happy Spirit by Chopard, E' Clat D'Arpege by Lanvin and Chloe by Chloe

I'm a lover of perfumes. I'm particularly fond of fresh florals, although I do also like those with sandalwood undertones. My mother and sister on the other hand, loves the sweet citrus smells.

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you the three favourites of my collection.

Happy Spirit by Chopard

This is the strongest and heaviest scent of the three, so I only wear it when I'm feeling dramatic. It initially reminds me of incense, with woody smells under a floral burst. It lasts well throughout the day and I have received many compliments for it.

E'Clat D'Arpege by Lanvin

This is my absolute favourite of the three. I've been wearing it pretty much everyday for the last... two years? Maybe longer. It's floral, subtle and classy. I feel neat and feminine when wearing it. It doesn't feel locked into a season, which is another reason why I love it. It's perfect in summer when you want just a hint of delight and warm enough in winter to dress up any outfit. Love love love love love.

Chloe by Chloe

I love the sweet rosy scent of Chloe. It captures youth and warmth, with a sprinkle of cupcakes and bunches of roses. I've been squirting this one on a lot this summer. It's light and breezy, which is what I love for summer. I am cautious of it possibly being too sweet, which is what deters me from wearing it everyday. I do enjoy it though :)

What are your favourite fragrances?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Deliciously ugly.

What is Sunday if not a day for baking? :)

I have just finished licking the bowls containing the yummiest cake mixture yet! The chocolate cupcake mixture tasted like chocolate mousse and the icing like a fancy chocolate-with-a-hint-of-coffee bar. Delicious!

Can't wait to start eating these beauties! I just slopped on the thick icing with these babies. They look like yummy mud pies :D Deliciously ugly.

Best of all? It was all packet mix! Green's Velvety Chocolate cupcake mixture. Seriously, if you're packet-mixing it up (as I often am!), go for the Green's cupcake mixtures. They always turn out awesomely :) I especially love their sparkley fairy cupcakes :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chinese New Year

Image source: ccyhan

Happy Chinese New Year!

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went to the Chinese New Year festival held at Box Hill. It was very hot and packed full of people. We had a very yummy dumplings lunch and later brought some BBQ chilli pork from a stall holder. Soo yum! We left pretty quickly though. It was just too hot and too many people. I wish we had seen the lion dances. They are always amazing :)

We returned home (very happily) with these:

His and hers slippers. Yoshi for the boy, Kirby for me. I love them so much <3

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl

February has arrived! And that means the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Free of charge. All you have to do is bring a picnic rug!

I have intended to go every year for the last five years. And every year I have either a) forgotten, b) been too busy, or c) lacking company and/or energy to go.

I am determined it will be different this year.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday 9 February - Mozart and Mahler
Saturday 12 February - Beethoven's Fifth
Wednesday 16 February - Romeo and Juliet
Saturday 19 February - Made in Australia

For more information, check out this website.

Glass goblet

I thought I'd share a few more Savers goodies with you all :) I love the trinket bric-a-brac section of any op shop. You can really find some fun treasures there.

This time I found a nice glass goblet for me to put all my little mementos I collect from trips out with the boy, like rocks, sea shells and such. The other piece is a cute porcelain shoe, the petals have snapped a bit, but I still think it has charm. And finally, the crochet doily.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I had a lovely lady date the other day with some of my fellow Disney Princess obsessed friends to see Tangled. It was the perfect group of girls to see this adorable film with :)

I admit though, all the way through it I kept seeing glimpses of past Disney Princess films which irked me a little and there are instances were they could have done a whole lot more with music, singing and story. Overall though it was a darling movie and I'll be getting it when it comes out on DVD :)

It was a wonderful return to the princess genre and Disney definitely left it's creative mark on Rapunzel. I enjoyed their creativity with the storyline :)

It was magnificent to watch. Before the film started, there was a preview for a film called Mars Wants Moms and the CGI humans in that film looked creepy. Half the time we were wondering if they were human or not (click here and you'll see what I mean). The computer graphics in this film is much more comfortable. It had the visuals of a classic Disney movie, without the general harshness of CGI films.

Also, it made Flynn a spunk. Matt le Blanc smolder and all! Not as spunky as Aladdin, but spunky enough. Second spunkiest Disney Prince, definitely.

The evil witch was wonderful and she got the best songs - yep! It truly is the return of the traditional Disney princess movie with songs and all :) Nothing quite as awesome as Poor Unfortunate Souls (my all time favourite 'bad guy' song, followed by Gaston), but great fun. My friend has already learnt all the words!

This little guy, Pascal, is my favourite side-kick yet. He is just too adorable and cute and squishy and I want one! Hahaha He won a lot of laughs out of our audience. Moreso than the horse Maximus, who is rumoured to be one of the best horse characters in the movie business *nods*

And it was all layered with the perfect amount of mushy sappiness. What more do you need from a Disney princess movie? :)
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