Flavour of the Week – Living like a ladybird.

Another beauty from Camilla & Marc.  The Mozart Dress is fun, flirty and summery, I love the neckline and the contrasting lace and polkadots ‘stripes’ this could potentially the best birthday celebration dress I have seen so far and we all know a girl needs a new dress for an occasion such as a 28th birthday!

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A little fact here I’m an ankle boots in summer girl so I think these babe’n biker boots from Holy Stone could be a match made in heaven.  Hurry up and stick around warmer weather I’m ready for you!

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Have a brilliant weekend ladies and gents

xxL

A Little Admiration.

A couple of things to gaze at, admire and add to that list of covetable things you may or may not get round to buying.  Hope you enjoy your weekend!  Especially everyone at home with their Queens Birthday weekend!

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Bernard Delettrez Feather Ring from Grace boutique.

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The A.P.C Classic Trench also from Grace Melbourne. And modeled below (in a different/preferable shade) by one of my favourite blog ladies Jessie Bush from wethepeoplestyle.com

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This fold out reupholstered sofa bed from Martel Upholstery.  Minus those cushions!!!

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Claude Maus Wool Trench

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Vanishing Elephant Allentown Shirt

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Suit Female Bunny Sweater you can buy from Me & Co Fitters on Smith St (Melbourne) and online . . .

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Holy Stone Biker Biker Boots.

xx L

The Hit List #11

Hey guys,

I have to apologise about the lack of photos today. My camera has died and gone to camera heaven so I am relying on my iphone which is not the greatest.

Anyway a few things to read over your morning coffee arts, a bit of Alexander Wang and of course food 🙂

1) Chet Faker

If you have not heard of him… where have you been?! JK but if you haven’t I highly recommend giving him a listen. Chet Faker whose legal name is Nick Murphy is a Melbourne artist who won ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ in 2012 in Australia. He has an amazing beard which I am sure adds to the epicness of his voice! He has released an album ‘Thinking in Textures’ which won best independent release in the Rolling Stones Australian Awards. The album is definitely one you could listen to over and over again, however some of my favourites from him are his covers including ‘No Diggity‘.

Mr Short and I were lucky enough to hear him perform on Friday night and he started with my personal favourite ‘Archangel‘ he had me as soon as him and his beard walked on the stage. Go and check him out on SoundCloud.

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2) Girl Scout Cookies

I have an amazing friend who lives in California and does some incredible work for the Girl Scouts. While she unfortunately lives very far away I do get the perks of her sending me USA treats which is always a good thing. I was lucky enough last week to receive some Girl Scout Cookies YUMMM. While I LOVE the Girl Guide (yes different name) cookies from New Zealand the states as usual takes it a whole lot further with some amazing flavours. My favourites are Samoas… (and yes they do not realise that is not right!). My friend loves the cookies so much she had a Girl Scout Cookie bar at her wedding. IT WAS AMAZING!

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3) Bangarra

I love DANCE. Whether its me dancing around the house or watching it on TV its all delish, But my favourite is to see an amazing performance. I am lucky to have been to a number in Australia and one of my favourite groups are Bangarra an Indigenous performing arts association who have the most incredible works. Their main goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians and to tell their stories on stage.

I saw their latest production Blak last night with Muma Short. If you get a chance to see them I would recommend it they are incredible.

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4) Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag

I have a total love hate relationship with this bag. When I was in NYC my gorgeous travel companion showed me this Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag. I instantly fell in love and after a short trip to the Alexander Wang flagship store I had yet another thing to pack in my suitcase home. I didn’t care as this was the best purchase of the trip and something that would remind me of my wonderful time in the big apple.

Where is the hate part? Well this bag is soooo amazing to look at but ridiculously unpractical. It is the heaviest bag ever and you can hardly put anything into it. Because of this after a few wears the strap broke. AW was great and had it shipped back to the states and repaired for me. I was understanding as these things happen and was eager to get the bag back and all fixed. That was until I wore it on its first outing, since its makeover in the states, only to have the strap break AGAIN. I was in a hard place as I LOVED the bag but I had hardly had a chance to wear it with it being in transit pretty much its whole life to get fixed. Any who after AW saying I could only get it fixed and not return it, it has now FINALLY arrived back to me…. nearly 2 years later from first purchase… and I now get to wear it again. I will keep you posted on how that strap goes!

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Ciao for now, have an amazing weekend. I am looking forward to this one! Spending tonight planning our gorge friends engagement party then celebrating Mothers Day, Papa Shorts Birthday and my parentals 30th Wedding Anniversary… Exciting!!!

While I LOVE celebrating special occasions I am a firm believer of celebrating life always as its so precious.

Much love xS

The Hit List #10

Welcome to the end of the week!  We hope you all have some fun things planned for the next couple of days.  Little Miss short and I are attending a much anticipated bday celebration this weekend full of catch ups, wine and other lovely lady things.  I have a pretty random mixture for the hit list this week as I have taken random photos whenever an idea for the list has come up . . .

1. Cushions
I know the reaction to cushions especially from a guys perspective is that they are a waste of space and material.  They are just those annoying things that add time to making the bed in the morning and getting in to bed at night but I for one love them.  Last Christmas I was gifted four by friends and family two from the Good Room in Mount Maunganui, one from Pendleton and the last a native Agent “Aotearoa” cushion, you can get a similar one here.

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 There are also a few others I would love to add to my “collection” if I could call it that.

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The Bear Cushion from the Good Room

I also have a space in the corner of my room where the ceiling is too low to put pretty much anything so I am trying to find a giant floor cushion to add some corner comfort.  I like these ones from Pony Rider below.

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But this could be the pure luxury answer I am looking for . . . the Zip Zip floor cushions that literally zip together and fold a number of ways.  Helloooo next Christmas present!

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2.  Flight Coffee Hanger Cafe in Wellington, New Zealand. 

So as I have mentioned a million times or more I have just returned from the mother of all trips back to NZ.  We spent a long weekend in Wellington with my family and a few close friends we hardly ever get to see anymore (we being Mr L and myself).  Pretty much all we did the whole time (because it was cold and wet) was eat and drink and one of my favourite places to do so was the Flight Coffee Hangar Cafe and Roastery.  We’d heard about the place from friends and a couple of reviews and of course Mr L was keen to judge the coffee and peek at the roastery because he is a complete coffee connoisseur (snob).  I just wanted a long black and hot food.  The actual cafe is amazingly simple, semi industrial with the light fixtures and very wooden (for lack of a better term) plus I don’t think anyone in Melbourne can rival the hospitality and ‘niceness’ we were served with our delish coffee.  Plus the vegetarian baked eggs were some of the best I’ve had (and I know baked eggs!).

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You can get your fix at 171 – 177 Willis St, Wellington Central, Wellington City.

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3. A little bit of Bright Orange Lippy

I am a bit of a newbie to this whole lipstick thing, i’ve never been one to wear a lot of makeup and I have been a little scared of smearing the stuff all over my lips and teeth.  I am however quite enamoured with orange and tangerine hues at the moment.  I am lusting after an orange dress at the moment and because my bank balance doesn’t currently allow that kind of expenditure  I will have to settle with a lipstick to add colour.  These are just a couple of the possible purchases . . .

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MAC – Morange

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Model Co Cosmetics – Disco Fever

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4. Sneakers

I have a bit of a passion for sneakers as mentioned often on this blog my style is anything but dressy.  I wear my favourite sneakers to death and buy the exact same pair year after year . . . actually they’re often gifted by Mr L as my once white shoes look so ratty after a while I’m pretty sure he is embarrassed to be seen with me.  Here is a little snapshot of a few sneaks lying round our house (NB: a bunch of these are my housemates) but at least five of them are mine . . .

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these too will soon be part of the growing collection . . .

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Vans Hi Washed Blue Stars

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Nike Roshe Run Speckled

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Nike Roshe run Mid City Pack Tokyo

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Nike Free Inneva – Most coveted!

What are you getting up to this weekend?  Hope you all have a good one and wish me luck on my job hunt next week . . . being “underemployed” sucks!

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xx L.

A Gig-ography – or part there of.

Apologies for the lack of posts this week!  We’ve been a little busier than usual celebrating the engagement of our friends Kristy and Kieran!!! CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!  OK on to a little musical history . . .

I’m no different to millions of others out there who claim to “love music”.  BUT I can’t carry a tune, play any more than 2 songs on any instrument, my dance moves are a little frigid and my musical knowledge has definitely been on the decline over the past few years.   What I can pride myself on is the number of concerts and gigs I have managed to attend over the past ten or so years…  Of course I have a lot of my friends and mostly Mr L. to thank for partying with me, being able to stand my obnoxious sing alongs in their ears and my dance moves that could scare even gangnam lovers.

I was sorting through a few photos to add to this post (and got way too sidetracked while sorting through them all) and I have also realised how terrible I have been at taking photos of recent gigs and concerts.  There’s no order below I’m just going to throw a collection of photos at you with a few dates and I’m sure you’ll get the idea.

New Years Day –  Summadayze 2012 

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I can’t 100% remember who was here but we did see Flying Lotus (a favourite) oh and Snoop Dog.  It was crazy hot the first 35+ day we had in Melbourne and I’m pretty sure we spent most of it seeking shade in the VIP Areas (NB:  No I’m not an uptight VIP we got those tix so the drink lines were short).  This year we went for the more mellow Let Them Eat Cake in Werribee also featuring Flying Lotus… Such love right there.

Camstonbury – Feb 2011
A really good friend has a sheep station in the middle of the North Island (I’m talking NZ people!) and decided to set up a sound system and portaloos amongst the hay and tractors.  Not a big scale event (at the moment1) but such a fun weekend!!!

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Paper Kites at the Corner July 2011 – The Corner Hotel

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Excuse the grainy iPhone quality photo. I remember this gig being one of my first at the Corner Hotel – a place I have frequented OFTEN over the past two years for other gigs such as Mayer Hawthorne, Tiki Taane, Bonobo & Andreya Triana,  Band of Skulls, Tijuana Cartel, and most recently Hermitude (I know there are loads of others but they escape my mind right now!)

Florence & the Machine – May 2012 and Kings of Leon – November 2011 – Rod Laver Arena

A couple of epic concerts with Miss Short.

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Awesome set and performance by Flo

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Band of Horses – one of my all time favourite bands, ever in the world, of all time!

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Kings of Leon

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The Nextmen (cannot remember date!) – Section 8

It was one of those nights out where you don’t expect much (and are kind of hoping it won’t be because its a school (work) night) but you end up a little drunk and happy with a few holes in the night.  I do remember however a quick hilarious chat with one half of the duo down a random laneway in Chinatown…

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 Parklife 2011- Sydney Myer Music Bowl

One of my fave venues in Melbourne and the home of inner city outdoor concerts. I also saw the Black Keys here most recently.

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The Streets last tour . . . Ever apparently . . .

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My girl crush Lykke Li.

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DJ Crush – Kubik as part of Melbourne Music Week 2011

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This is what you get when you make a venue out of plastic water disposal units and good lighting.  Don’t remember much about the music because you could stare at the stage all night watching the lights change.

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Splendour in the Grass Woodford 2010 and Belongil Fields Byron Bay 2006.

One of my favourite Australian Festivals (still need to try a bunch) so far and I can barely remember seeing specific artists in 2010 just Mumford and Sons, Temper Trap, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sneaky Sound System, the Pixies, Ben Harper, and Passion Pit.  I also remember the best burger I have ever eaten and Mr L. purchasing the most hideous scarf I had ever seen instead of a hot drink to keep warm.

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and 2006 . . . With ‘the girls’ and Will.

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Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival 2005

This was my first time in Byron Bay and now I claim it as my 3rd favourite place on earth (that I’ve been to of course!)  Miss S and I went a little crazy on a three week holiday getting ourselves into all kinds of mischief, you can read more about that here.   Part of the fun was Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival where we saw Michael Franti, Batucada Sound Machine, David Gray and we were supposed to see Public Enemy but they cancelled at the last minute 😦

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Rippon – Rippon Vineyard Wanaka 2006

Again with Miss S at one of the most spectacular venues I have ever been to.  We partied like rockstars with an amazing holiday house for the weekend complete with heated kitchen tiles we lounged around on after the festival.  We saw a plethora of awesome kiwi bands . . . Shapeshifter, fat Freddy’s, Kora, Shihad . . . and a bunch more.  I have been meaning to head back to this Biannual festival but haven’t managed it yet.

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Big Day Out 2000 – 2011 (with two missed sometime in there) 

Big Day Out was my first ever big scale festival back when I was 14 (before the 15+ age rule came into play!)  I remember seeing the Chillies, blink 182, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters and more . . . I have an excuse for not including photos from then . . .  I didn’t own a digital camera for another 3 years . . . and I’m sorry but I don’t have the patience to scan any such photos.   The last year I went (before it turned into the minimalist show and then eventually cancelled in Auckland) it was the first time it rained and I was under the weather (haha) after suffering a severe bout of gastro, a little anger after Mos Def had cancelled a gig in Auckland two nights before and frustration after the Black Keys cancelled their BDO performance.  Our BDO ritual usually consisted of hanging out in the sun at the Lily Pad waiting for the big acts to come on and although our ‘must see’ act had cancelled we stil got to check out Edward Sharpe (my highlight) and the pyrotechnics of Rammstein (music I could potentially do without though). Trust me I have a million Big Day Out photos in my computer these were the most accessible.  I’m sure you’ll see most of them in upcoming posts!  Side note:  BDO Auckland is returning!!!! Wooooohoooooo

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FYI Hannah is a babe!

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Batucada Sound Machine 2010

Sound Splash 2006 & 2007 – Wainui Raglan

I’m not sure if you can get a better view from a campsite.  Soundsplash tied with Splore are my favourite New Zealand festivals of all time.  Unfortunately Sound Splash is no longer as the venue Wainui Reserve used to take a hit from all the campers.  It was so mellow with mostly roots and reggae sounds but you can get a similar vibe at Splore although bigger international acts hit there (such as Pharoah Monch and Talib Kweli when I went).  I would choose these festivals over the bigger ones like Rhythm and Vines or Coromandel Gold (although they are still amazing!!)

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Shapeshifter – Christchurch Town hall 2009

My first gig when I got back from Canada and the States.  Such a cool welcome home and good excuse to catch up with friends all at once.  I’m pretty sure I had already seen both Shapeshifter and Fat Freddy’s twice here.

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A Huge Range when I was in Canada and the States 2008/2009

Mr L and I were so lucky to spend over a year in North America working and holidaying up a storm.  Here are just a few pics of the greatness and some cheesiness we saw!

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I could never forget the Sook BlueGrass Festival held in Sook on Vancouver Island.  It was not exactly what we had in mind when a friend said there was a festival on BUT it ended up being a fun day out of Victoria (Canada) anyway.

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Z Trip we managed to see him twice while in Victoria.

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Incubus in San Diego . . . SO . . . EPIC

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Colbie Caillat (shut it haters) in Portland, Oregon.

Damn I thought I had loaded more photos from the states . . .we also saw . . . Mos Def, Brother Ali in Portland, Afrika Bambaataa in Vancouver, Taib Kweli, Hi Tek and Supernatural at the Belly Up in Southern California, Rock the Bells (feat the Roots, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Damian Marley and Nas, Slick Rick, KRS-One, RZA and GZA) in LA and I’m so sure there is more . . .

I almost feel bad for leaving a lot out as I am starting to remember more BUT they’ll just have to wait for another time because I’m sure you’re almost sick of this marathon walk down memory lane!  Hope you enjoyed it anyway . . . let us know what your favourite, first, or latest concert or gig was??!

Enjoy the rest of your week!! xx L

Flavour of the week – Animal Instinct

This isn’t the first pair of pants by Kenzo I’ve had on the blog, I’m constantly in awe of the prints that this fashion “power house” showcases each season.  I could happily include the entire clouded leopard range – in any/all of the colours – into my wardrobe but the pants would be a priority.

ImageKenzo Clouded Leopard Pants from Farfetch.

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I admit its fairly out there but as far as animal prints go its a great change from the boring (and very often tacky) yellow leopard print you see at some stage every season.

Although I know this is a pants based post I had to share with you the one item I might actually be able to afford without feeling guilty . . .

ImageKenzo x Vans Authentics – I heart!

You’ve probably seen in Beyonce sporting this amazing custom shorts and bustier outfit on stage for her first live performance of Grown Woman in Paris recently.  I have got to get myself a recording contract if it means clothes like these!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and our 25 degree day Melbourne! Is it still beach weather?

xx L

Hit List #8

Sorry I’ve just got to warn you this post is going to be somewhat short in length and kind of big in photos as I am currently in Wellington bludging off my brothers wifi after returning from a drink with long lost friends . . .  now that your expectations have slightly dropped I’ll delve straight in.

1. Feijoas
Yeah that little green fruit that has the indescribable taste.  I literally mean indescribable, how do you let someone in on the delish secret of the beloved feijoa short of handing them a shot of 42 Below Feijoa vodka?  It’s been something I have never been able to describe… I have loved these little treasures from a young age and vividly remember pulling them off neighbours trees and mum and dad buying them from road side fruit vendors (we all know thats where the best stuff comes from right?) for chump change.   They’re hard to find/expensive to buy in Australia (although I have just found out a friend of mine has connections to a tree . . . ) but at this time of year they grow in abundance around NZ.   Gorging myself on these treats has been one of my highlights so far . . .

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welcome home

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Nectar of the gods

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2. Leather Jackets
I need a new one of these guys for winter.  I purchased a tan jacket years ago and have managed in the last month or so to spill something that may or may not be coconut oil all down one shoulder sooooooo I think this means I have the perfect excuse to head out and buy another one right?  These are a few of the picks I would choose from when I’m a little more ‘flush’ . . .

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West 14th – Greenwich St Motor Jacket

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Kahlo Collection Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket

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Salasai Wildwood Jacket in Black/wine (also comes in black)

 

3.  Holidays back home
Is there are place you ever feel more looked after than at home,  I’m talking the place you grew up, or the place your parents live.   It’s possibly the best feeling to know that there is always food (and delicious healthy food at that) is well stocked throughout the fridge and pantry.  You always know what the bed feels like, you can watch TV without feeling the guilt of not being out and about.  On the slight down side you have to race all over town catching up with people but its a small price to pay for the little luxuries you do get (and most of the time its the best catch up with friends ever!)  Myself and Mr Long are still in the Land of the Long White Cloud and have spent time all over the North Island over the last two week or so it feels.  We attended a beautiful wedding of friends, spent a few nights out at the bach (holiday house) in Raglan, spent a day out in Auckland and lots of time back in my home town Mount Maunganui.  Here are a few pics to get you excited for your next trip home . . .

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wedding dress ups

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sun-drenched chairs in Raglan

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home x

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Fresh Mussels. nothing like you get back in Aus.

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Top of the ‘mount’

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favourite down time accessories

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fush and chup picnic on the floor

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View from the Bach in Raglan

4. Mexico – The Restaurants
I got an email from someone a couple of weeks ago saying the the latest and greatest Mexican food revolution had made it’s way to Hamilton (FYI this ‘city’ is quite small and notoriously boring and we were there because Mr Long’s parents have a small dairy farm about 20 minutes from here which is amazing!)  Mexico is a small chain on restaurants that started in Sydney and have made its way to Auckland (in 2 places) and eventually to Hamilton.  Living in a city where Mexican food is common I didn’t have the highest hopes BUT I was SO wrong!  I can honestly say I ate one of the best Tacos I’ve had in my life and the ceviche was almost good enough to rival my mums!  The ambiance was good, low lighting (which made for bad photos I’m afraid) and the bar upstairs served Sangria and mexican beer what more could you ask for?  If you’re in Hamilton (or Sydney, Auckland) and you haven’t experienced the wonder of this place get here.

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Friends, Sangria and old mexican paintings . . .

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Ok I have issues.  I forget to take photos of the food because I’m too eager to dig in.  Anyway I found these photos of what myself (ceviche above) and Mr L (fried chicken below – yeah apparently that’s a signature dish of theirs?!) feasted on.  Check out the Mexico Facebook Page for more.

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Anyway sorry it’s a little short and sweet but I have to get a coffee asap.  Enjoy your weekends lovelies.

xx L

Flavour of the Week – Can’t Say No to Colour.

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Theyskens Theory Pittell Pants from Net-a-Porter

So I might have bent the truth a little by saying I was going to choose a plainer pant this time around.  I can’t help but be attracted to brighter prints and colours when most stores are stocking up on their greys, blacks, khakis and winter whites (I’m definitely not adverse to any of those colours!) I crave colour.  These picture perfect pants would be a great addition to my wardrobe teamed with my favourite oversized tank and bomber jacket or a slouchy knit for a casual look.

 

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Xx L

Hit List Seis

A little lacking in “real life” photos this week sorry peeps.  Have been too busy stuffing my face with easter eggs and nobody wants to see that go down.   I’ve found a mixture of must have stuff and things that I don’t think I can live without this coming season.

1. GET FIT & HEALTHY . . . again.

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Well this maybe slightly induced by the insane amount of guilt from eating my weight and then some in chocolate eggs over the past weekend but it’s a long time coming.  I hear what you’re saying that this is more of a New years Resolution right?  Yeah well it was but how are there so many excuses around in summer?  There are just too many occasions that call for a glass of wine or three, and too many injured ankles . . . So this week I sorted myself out and I’ve been back pounding the pavements like a mad woman.  I’ve also been getting slightly obsessed with what I put in and on my body, holy hell there are some amazing foods and potions out there.  I also want to state how proud I am of Miss S and her no drinking for ALL of lent and to my lovely lady friend Miss Grace who is on the same path but a few 100kms a head of me.  Here’s to a healthier and happier year ladies and gents.

2.Spring Breakers. Yeah that movie you’ve probably heard about

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I seriously thought this was a girly teen movie about the adventures of girls on spring break .  Ok so the latter is so BUT this movie looks BAD ASS!  Besides a few hilarious cliches and James Franco with a grill and corn rows.

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OK that’s actually a little ridiculous but in all seriousness I’m buzzing to see this thing.  I have also stumbled across some pretty epic “Spring Breakers” fashuns courtesy of Opening Ceremony.

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OC x Spring Breakers DTF/Unicorn Hoodie

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OC x Spring Breakers Cotty Basketball Tank

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OC x Spring Breakers Todd James Towel

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OC x Spring Breakers Bikini

I really can’t go past the basketball singlets and the unicorn everything . . . get in my wardrobe

3. Shoes. 

I just can’t get enough at the moment.  Is it because of the old saying shoes always fit when clothing is too tight?  I’ve just purchased this pair of Chaos and Harmony heels for a wedding I’m attending next weekend (excite!)

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To be honest it has kind of fuelled this fire in my belly  for more  MORRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEE.  I am in need of boots and can’t decide what type to go for and I also NEED yes need more Vans, Nikes and Converse all of which are year round staples in my household.

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There’s also a large gap in my heart that only these Marques’Almeida beauties from Opening Ceremony can fill.

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Ohhhhhhhh so dreamy.

4. Whole Larder Love

You’ve might’ve seen the cookbook around.  It’s definitely in a lot of cafes and stores around Melbourne.

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A cookbook that’s pretty inspiring really and makes you think quite a bit about what you purchase from supermarkets with their over processed and frozen “fresh” foods.   It’s written, practiced and preached by author Rohan Anderson a hunter gather from Victoria.  I’m going to be honest I would have an issue with the hunting part as I’m not much of a meat head, it’s the veges that have me interested.   I’ve newly discovered I can get a box of beautiful fresh fruit and veges or REAL Free Range Eggs delivered to our inner city dwellings and what’s more it’s a pretty decent price.   It also means getting rid of the guilt of buying produce packaged in plastic, a material that is slowly killing our oceans (sorry about bringing the mood down but have you seen this?)  I’ll let you know when I make my first purchase.

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One more thing WLL have a series of weekend long workshops for the public teaching you skills from hunting and preparing meat to fly fishing, mushroom foraging, gardening and baking the perfect bread.  There are limited spaces and you can choose from Glamping or B&Bing for the weekend for respective prices.  Check them out here if it sounds like you!

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Hope you’ve all got some fun activities planned for the coming weekend.  I’m saving myself and my body for the onslaught which will be a two week long catch up with friends and family back home.  Potentially the best part . . . it’s feijoa season.  Look it up non-kiwis because they’ll change your life.

xxx L