Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

I love visiting Sculpture by the Sea each year.  Today was a beautiful day for it, with breakfast at Barzura in Coogee followed by far too many kilometres of walking in ballet flats.

There was also a giant Lego Forest at Coogee Beach to celebrate Lego's 50th birthday.  I remember building a house with a garden of little Lego flowers just like these when I was a kid.

While we're on the kid theme, this giant Tonka truck was awesome (although the back tyre has gone a little flat from all that sand).

Here are some of my favourite sculptures from this year.

And one last shot of Tamarama Beach.

Above images via instagram (modeetmaison)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My life list: paella and a triathlon

I crossed something off my life to do list today: learn how to make paella.  I bought a paella pan about two years ago and it has been sitting in a cupboard ever since.  Today I had a corporate team building function at the Sydney Seafood School where we learned to cook (then ate way too much) paella.  Here is my team's finished product.  It was as delicious as it looks.

Above image taken via instagram (modeetmaison)

I've also added another item to my life list: complete a triathlon.  It's not something I thought I would ever do or even want to do, but I have now registered for a corporate triathlon in March next year.  It's a mini triathlon (300m swim / 7km cycle / 3km run), but I'm still going to need to do some training.  I will be fine for the cycle leg, but I haven't swam for possibly more than 10 years and I'm not a great runner.  I've also registered for the 5km Color Run in February next year.  It feels good to be actively looking after my fitness for the first time in my life... it only took me 30 years.

Creative workspaces

I don't have a real workspace at home at the moment because we're renovating the room that will be our home office.  If I'm on my laptop, I'm generally sitting on the lounge or in bed and all my cute office supplies are packed away in boxes.  I'm craving a little space like these right now.

Above images from Klikk

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I made it!

I made it to the finish line. We rode 50km in 3 hours, which is so much more than I have ever attempted, so I'm pretty proud of myself. Now we're off to The Workers to recuperate over some Sunday afternoon ciders and sliders.

Above image taken with instagram (modeetmaison)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Time to recharge

It's time for bed, so that I can recharge my now carb-loaded body for a big day tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about the cycle: fairly confident that I'll make it to the finish line, dreading how my legs are going to feel on Monday morning, but very much looking forward to spending the day with Harry doing something that he loves.

Also, I recently started sorting some of the photos from our trip, so before I log off for the night, here's a photo I took in Nice of a heart-shaped pebble Harry found on the beach. Yes, I brought it home with me.

Goodnight. Wish me luck.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Challenging myself

Above image via Pinterest (original source unknown)

I've been doing a bit of this lately, which is a good thing.  Last weekend I rode a motorcycle for the first time in my life (unless you count crashing my cousin's pee wee when I was a kid) and I successfully completed a motorcycle upright course (the first step towards getting a motorcycle licence).  This weekend I'm doing the 50km Spring Cycle course with Harry.  Harry is an avid cyclist, but I only ride the 8km to/from the office a couple of times a week.  I'm sure I'll be in a lot of pain on Monday, but I'm going to give it my best.  I'm excited about having a legitimate reason to indulge in too many carbs tomorrow... a girl's gotta carb load before the big race right?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

House & Garden's Top 50 Rooms

It's that time of year again.  House & Garden have published their Top 50 Rooms for 2012.  I am loving all the light-filled kitchen/dining spaces that open up to the outdoors.  Here are my top picks.

Above images from House & Garden

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More from Mango Winter 2012

I planned on being in bed two hours ago, but after an unanticipated trip to the 24-hour emergency animal hospital, I am now sitting up observing one of my dogs.

It was only ten days ago that I shared these images of Kate Moss modelling for Mango Winter 2012 and today I discovered more classic black and white looks I love from the same collection, this time modelled by Karmen Pedaru.

Above images from Fashion Gone Rogue

Monday, October 15, 2012

New at Menu by Norm

I am loving this new basket designed by Norm for Menu.  This may make it onto my Christmas wishlist this year.

Above images from Bo Bedre

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Juicy Couture Holiday 2012

I am not usually much of a Juicy Couture fan (velour tracksuits and handbags with far too many charms aren't really my thing), but I am liking some of the looks from the Holiday 2012 collection, especially the bright pink blazer and chunky knit in the last two images below.

Above images from Fashion Gone Rogue

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Not my perfect wedding shoes after all

My little sister arrived home yesterday after spending five weeks in the United States.  She visited tonight and brought me some awesome presents, as well as what were supposed to be my perfect wedding shoes.  I have wanted the Kate Spade 'Charm' heels in navy glitter and satin ever since Harry settled on a navy Burberry tie for our wedding (I even wrote a post about it five months ago).

There are no Kate Spade stores in Australia and forwarding something as big as a pair of shoes by post is expensive, so my sister's trip to the US for a wedding was my perfect opportunity to get these shoes.
She bought them in New York after hunting down three Kate Spade stores to eventually find them in my size, then carried them in her suitcase as she travelled around the US for another 4 weeks.  I was so excited to finally have them when she handed me the box tonight.  I tried them on for size and they were too big.  I was very surprised.  The box is definitely marked a size 7, but the shoes are definitely marked a size 8.  Kate Spade's return policy for international customers seems to be pretty poor, even if goods are defective which is certainly the case here (not that there's anything wrong with the actual shoes, but they are definitely not as marked).

These shoes cost me over $300, which is more than I have ever spent on a pair of shoes, but I figured for my perfect wedding shoes, it was worth it.   I have not had good experiences with Kate Spade customer service in the past, but I am really hoping they choose to do the right thing here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A classic Danish home

I love the raw and slightly industrial look of the Danish home of Yvonne Koné.  She is a leather accessories designer and her collections have a very similar aesthetic, classic and relatively colourless.

Above images by Line Klein via Yvonne Koné