Insider’s View.

You may remember a while a go we had our close friends high tea party where we paraded around in our fancy best sipping tea (glasses filled to the top of bubbles and jars of Pimms) and devouring little quiches and sweet delights.  If you can’t remember us talking about that maybe you remember those multi coloured, freakishly good cupcakes we created for the event?  We wanted to share a few of the pics with you from the day (which ended in Filet’o’fish burgers at Maccas enroute home) and show you a few things we helped with to create the social event of our May calendar.

We’ll start with the more respectable photos ladies . . .

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Our prized cupcake tower complete with chocolate freckles.  Sheeeeeesh they were awesome.

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We make our own bunting bitchesssss!

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Mason jars all beautified ready for the drinking of the Pimms.  Two types of ribbon even!

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How cute is the tea set from www.thehighteacompany.com.au.  We couldn’t believe there was a company totally devoted to high tea either!

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The ladies and the savoury treats.

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Ok so there was tea at some stage!

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But more importantly wine of the sparkling kind.

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And Pimms made by us!  It’s all about the citrus fruit.

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Before the next few photos happened.  Ahhhhummmmmm there’s a reason we made these smaller.

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FYI we actually love the organising events so if you need a hand get in contact with us!  We’re pretty good at making things from scratch!  We got skilllllllls.

Enjoy your weekend!!!!

xxx S & L

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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

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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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

The Hit List #7

Hello everyone!

I forgot just how much I LOVE Easter, not only for the chocolate and hot cross buns but for the long weekend and the time with friends and whanau. Today’s hit list is a random mix but all goodness. Enjoy 🙂

1) Weekends Away

I LOVE WEEKENDS AWAY! As much as I adore Melbourne there is nothing like getting away for the weekend. Over Easter M and I headed on the smallest road trip possible down to the Mornington Peninsula, a beautiful bay area of Victoria, Australia. The Mornington Peninsula was one of the first places I ever visited in Melbourne when I was in school. I thought it was a stunning place back then and as I get older I keep thinking I could live down there. I always laugh when we ‘go away’ down there as lots of people live down there and commute into the city so its just home for many people. LUCKY!

We mainly ventured around Red Hill for the two days and after detoxing from alcohol for the whole of Lent I was ready to try a few wines! We visited some wineries ate a ridiculous amount of cheese, went to the day spa, soaked up the beautiful scenery and had the most relaxing time. Even if you are not going to do all of that just getting away for a day trip I find can really relax me. I love the city life but sometimes you just need breathing space. See below for some of the highlights.

Flinders, stunning and no one here

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Yes I officially had my first ‘Golden Gaytime’ ever haha DELISH! Reminded me of a Rocky Road if you are in New Zealand. Who thought in April it would be sunny and time for beach and ice creams!

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Mr Short decided he wanted to buy a place here.

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We stopped in at the local Red Hill Brewery for some tastings and a taco from the pop up taco tent.

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We visited Montalto for some wine tasting and olive eating YUM! Try the Moscato mmm.

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Montalo – we visited the Pizzeria which is nice and relaxed with a fun walk around the art pieces. There is also a formal dining room for those wanting something more fancy 🙂

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Mr Short wanted to purchase the Elephant art work but I didn’t think it would fit in our tiny apartment.

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2) Red Hill Epicurean

Okay I am slightly cheating as this was on our weekend away but I will be back here and think it is definitely worth mentioning. The Red Hill Epicurean is an eatery which has opened up down the Peninsula that is definitely worth a visit. The building alone is great and we decided we would like a house the same! There is a main large dining hall with smaller function rooms branching off and a cake/coffee area for a sweet treat. We arrived and had a small wait for a table in which we were ushered to the wine tasting area where there are extensive wine tasting options to suit a variety of palates and also budgets. We embarked on a taste of some of the regions wines and just shared a pizza. The service was amazing and the atmosphere was buzzing. I am not sure if this was because it was a public holiday or it is generally like this but it definitely contributed to the atmosphere. If you are heading down the Peninsula I would definitely recommend a visit.

This was actually the waiting area but also an amazing function room.

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Mr Short waiting for our Pizza from the oven behind him.

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Uh oh one drink after Lent and look what happens!

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3) POM POMS

You know how much we love Polka Dots well POM POMS are like Polka Dots on STERIODS! Like real live able to touch Polka Dots. Its all too much really and with winter coming and being able to wear my Pom Pom beanie again I am getting very excited about having more Pom Poms in my life! If you have seen my Pinterest site you would have had a sneak peak of these already but check out some of the fun Pom Pom items below. And look out world soon I will be draped in them haha!

A fun DIY rug from Small Good Things

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A much more intense rug that I may get lost in! You can find the pattern on Lion Brands

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Should I be sticking Pom Poms to all my clothes? CUTE Jumper from The White Pepper

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Mine and Mr Shorts current Pom Pom Beanies ready for any cold Melbourne will bring

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4) Do your bit to give back – Orphfund

I am a very lucky person in that I have had an amazing upbringing and live a pretty incredible life. Sometimes though it is hard to get caught up in our daily lives and ‘first world problems’ and forget about those who are struggling with real problems such as not having a roof over their heads or food to eat. When I moved to Melbourne I wanted to find an organisation that I could contribute to who were doing meaningful work in communities around the world that really needed it. While there are numerous organisations that do incredible work around the world through a friends guidance I found Orphfund. Orphfund is a pure volunteer based organisation that helps abandoned children around the world living in poverty improve their standard of living. You can not only make donations but you can get involved in volunteering for  their initiatives either in Melbourne or in their project locations. It could even be something  simple as donating clothes or home wares that you no longer need.

 There are so many opportunities out there where you can help someone elses life become a little bit easier. It doesn’t have to be a big action or monetary related but have a think about the ways you can give back or help someone else out. Tonight I am combining my love of food with supporting the Royal Childrens Hospital at an all you can eat bangers and mash night! Now thats my kind of fundraising 🙂

Happy Friday thanks for the read,

xS

Nostalgia for the Senses.

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I have a fairly adequate perfume collection and the other day I thought I would go out wearing one I hadn’t worn since last summer.  As soon as the smell hit me all of these warm memories came flooding back and I was overwhelmed at how nostalgic I felt.  How funny is it that our sense of smell can have such an impact on our moods and memories?  Looking at my collection I realised I have strong memories from every single fragrance I have owned so I thought I would give you all a little insight . . .

DKNY Be Delicious

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I’m pretty sure this was the first perfume I was obsessed with but my main memories of this fruity scent take me back to the time Miss S and myself took a 3 week indulgent holiday to the Gold Coast and Sydney.  I’m pretty sure I was in my second year of uni and I’m almost as sure that we went absolutely crazy drinking, spending our hard earned money and getting ourselves in to trouble as you do at that age.  Please be kind and don’t laugh at my hair!

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Miss S and I at a Backpackers in Surfers. I still have my light up cup from this night.

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At the beachie in Byron during Blues and Roots Festival

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In Sydney about to eat a massive plate of seafood.

CK IN 2 U Her

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This perfume brings back my strongest sense of nostalgia out of any.  I don’t currently have any in my collection but it used to be my go to casual for a few years.   I bought my first bottle in duty free the moment I stepped foot in Buenos Aires airport and that is the memory I get back any time I get a wiff.  It is the only perfume I had over our trip there in 2007 and throughout our adventure around South America.  That trip was possibly one of the most life changing, enjoyable experiences I have ever had so no wonder I always associate happiness with this smell.

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Our first taste of Argentina. In the Cab to our first hostel.

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La Boca in Buenos Aires

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In Chile. I have no idea where I would ever be able to use this photo if it wasn’t now . . .

 

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia

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Potentially my favorite perfume of all time.  I feel like this will be a scent I will always have in my ‘library’ and it completely reminds me of Mr L.   It was an Xmas present from Liam back in 2010 after I demanded that I need it (it’s still special though right?!) and its still my go to night scent.   Side note:  As i’m writing this I am almost convinced I need to take the sombrero gun photo down, sorry if it offends anyone!

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Balloons Mr L gave me one random day.

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The perfume is in one of the many presents behind me. Freaking LOVE Xmas at home!

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Just before we moved to Melbourne

 

Ralph Lauren Wild

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I remember so vividly heading to Calgary when I was living in Banff to go Xmas shopping for Liam.  My close friend Emily and I got sidetracked in the perfume department of some store and became obsessed with the summery smell of this guy while we were currently facing -50ºC and more of Winter ahead. I didn’t own it straight away but whenever I smell Wild I remember the epic time in Canada we had.

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Just some of our amazing Banff Buddies

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The day we arrived in banff after a 12 hr bus ride.

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Halloween like we’d never had before

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Just a look at what 5 of us had to live with.

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Marc Jacobs Lola

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I bought this while we were in California from Sephora (one of the many stores I became obsessed with!)  It reminds me of nights out in Southern California and Vegas back in 2009.  Shit I have been lucky with the travel I’ve had so far.

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the Kodak theatre that is no more . . .

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Vegas Baby.

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M&M world.

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the Big Guy

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Calvin Klein One Summer

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One of these comes our every year or two and I have been a fan of at least three of them.  The one I still have is from 2010 which my friend Emily (yes the same one that was in Canada) bought with her on a trip to meet me and Mr L in Byron Bay in 2010.  It’s exactly what it says summery, fruity and super easy to wear.  All I can think about is the Splendour in the Grass holiday when I smell it.

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On the bus after the last night of Splendour in the Grass.

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Mr L, Myself and Haydizzle

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Marc Jacobs Dot

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My latest addition to the collection and one that Miss S and I wear almost daily at the moment.  How cute is the bottle by the way?  This smell reminds me of Melbourne, nothing specific to speak of just a smell I will always think back to my current life in Melbourne.

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Warehouse parties

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Miss S my Bif!

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park life. Sun with a couple of my favourite ladies.

Hope you enjoyed my wee walk down memory lane.  Let us know what your favourite scents are and what we need to try!  I’ll be heading back through duty free on my way home 😉

xx L

Rippin’ at Bells Beach

Please read this in a David Attenborough-ish voice: There is a wonderful place that is a stark contrast from the hustle and bustle of the big city, a place called Torquay.  Ok you can stop the voice now . . .

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Beach time is super important to me even if it’s the middle of winter and the water is too cold to step in without a 7mm wetsuit (that’s speak for a wetty so thick you can barely move your elbows).   Unfortunately Melbourne City isn’t known for it’s beautiful beaches so you have to travel a little bit to get to a clear coastline riddled with nothing but golden sand and wondrous rough seas.  I’m getting so carried away in my own imaginary world of living in a shack by the ocean that I’m forgetting the point of my whole post.

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Easter weekend equals Rip Curl Pro weekend at Bells Beach and Mr Long and myself were lucky enough to head down and check it out.

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Its such a good vibe in Torquay most of the time but Easter weekend quadruples that feeling and you can’t help but be swept up in a world of whole foods, hoodies, jandals (I’m never giving that name up by the way) surfing and BABES.   Everyone is beautiful at a surf comp even the tall blonde guy in Ugg boots . . .

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*cough* not so much!

Everyone seems happy, full of laughs and most have a passion for the sport and the lifestyle.  I would hardly call myself a surfer anymore, I haven’t been part of that world since I started city dwelling and I miss it A LOT.  You don’t have to be good, just courteous and obliging to the locals, and an ocean lover.  I’m not turning all Hippie on you but there is a certain sense of comradery in surf culture ummmm have you seen Lords of Dogtown or Chasing Mavericks?! Haha.

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ANYWAY I don’t know how I get so off track . . . The Rip Curl Pro, fun times . . . always overcast, always a gravel covered hill to slip over on . . .

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Hill of death

always fans on the beach attacked by the incoming tide,

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always an amazing level of surfing,

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OK first Gif I have made, it’s not much but it’s something . . .

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and number 2. PS. click on them they look better!

always surf groupies,

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always the smell of hot chips and burnt coffee and always a huge amount of surfing photos taken even though most pics turn out to look like surfing ants.

I’m not going to bore you with winners, losers, and result updates because those of you who want to know all that have already sourced such info from the official guys.  Until we meet again next year Rip Curl Pro . . . you’ve been ‘swell’ geddit?!

PS enjoy this photo of Kelly Slater ladies.

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it doesn’t matter that our flag is off to the side of the winners stage at all. . .

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Bells Beach

PPS.  Adriano de Souza took the Mens and Carissa Moore the Women’s . . . woop

Enjoy the rest of your shortened week.  xx L

Hit List #5

Happy Easter!!! I hope you all are having an amazing start to your long weekend. Here is you Hit List to make your Good Friday even better! A mixture of delish Easter treats, some Bomber Jacket style, more polka dots and some indoor plant styling for apartments.

1 – Easter Treats

I hope you have all been indulging in some Easter goodies although probably not as many as I have consumed, which is enough for a small city! Once I had my first egg it seemed like I couldn’t stop! Particular favourites are of the Lindt variety including their bunnies and their filled easter eggs and the Crunchie bunny from Cadbury mmmm. New additions this year include the Egg ‘n’ Spoon discovered by Miss Long and the Malteser bunny which is a definite must have for those Malteser lovers out there!

We can also not forget the good old Hot Cross Bun as a treat too. There are a huge variety out there, some a lot better than other so hunt around for the best. My favourite is having them toasted in the oven with a small dollop of butter. DELISH!

Me with my Easter loot for the long weekend!

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Miss L with her Creme Egg Stash during our Easter Egg Brownie bake off

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Hot Cross Bun goodness!

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The new Egg ‘n’ Spoon from Cadbury… you know you want to try it!

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2 – Bomber Jackets

I am stealing this from both Miss L and Mr Short who are both rocking an amazing bomber jacket from Mr Simple. If you are looking for an easy wear Jacket this season I suggest you have a hunt for a great bomber jacket. They come in a variety of colours to suit your wardrobe and go with just about anything.

Two of my favourite people with their Mr Simple bombers. Mr Short got over this very quickly as you can see!

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Next stop Top Model?!

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3. Polka Dots!!

You may have noticed we LOVE polka dots. Well sitting around tonight we were reminded just how much. If you did not see Miss L’s pants post but are looking for some spotty pants you should check them out here, she was sporting these last night and they are amazing. I was matching her with my oh so classy polka dot slippers. Don’t be afraid of Polka Dots they are fun 🙂

Some real live Long – Short action

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To tie in with the Polka Dot theme and the wintery weather we are having in Melbourne this Polka dot Umbrella from Marimekko will do perfectly!

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I managed to add some more Polka dots to my wardrobe last week with these Sass & Bide jeans.

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And this fun Sass & Bide shirt. Do you think maybe that’s enough for now?! NEVER!

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4 – Indoor/ Outdoor plants

We moved into a new apartment with a balcony that needed some greenery. I wanted to make sure that we could take the plants inside during winter so they did not get damaged so off to Bunnings one Sunday we went feeling very old looking at gardening supplies! I have to say it was heaps of fun and I love the look that our plants give our house. We decided on a Yukka and some chilli plants and we received a cactus from Muma Short as the first of our collection! I look forward to creating some planter boxes for vegetables this Summer. Watch this space… If you have any tips on some good indoor plants please let me know! They have to be minimal care as I am not always the best when it comes to the care taking of the plants 🙂

Yukka that I have now pulled in doors as it leaves were getting a hit in this wind!

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Cactus from Mama Short. I am hoping to grab a red one from the market to go with this.

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Chilli Plants

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HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!! I really hope you all have an amazing long weekend and enjoy the huge amounts of chocolate you will consume.

Much love xS

Hit List #4

Just a word of warning there is a slight overabundance of delicious food in this post I’ve been exploring new places with friends and of course it’s well documented that Melbourne does not disappoint in the world of food.  Read on for a little inspiration, food envy, laughter and pampering.

1. Lusting after: Check/Tartan/Plaid

Oh yeah its back and I’m loving every moment of it.  I’ve been counting down the ‘ahem’ years to pull out my old RPM plaid shirt (flannel of course!) and be able to wear Mr Long’s plaid shirts outside the house instead of reserving them for bed time in the depths of winter.  I’m a real sucker for a good shirt but my absolute favourite look including this reinvented trend is worn by Natascha from In Search of Sadie of course she’s gorgeous (and one of the nicest people ever to boot) but I love the long line skirt with the shirt wrapped around.  Not an easy style to pull off and I would never dare but I’m in just a little awe of her.

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Photo courtesy of In Search of Sadie Facebook Page.

There have been a few potential purchases on my horizon like these guys from Zara, they’re a little more feminine than the usual “woodchuck” style and I could seriously utilise all of these in my wardrobe.

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2. A delicious feast at:  Wide Open Road

As I mentioned before there is a lot of food in this post i’ll try and keep the mouth watering-ness to a minimum.  This is the first time we had been to the coffee roastery/cafe of Wide Open Road in Brunswick although we’d heard a lot about them.  I’m not about to review everything but I took a few photos and overall its daYummmm good food and the coffee wasn’t too bad either, the cafe is cool, staff are nice and there is a massive cabinet displaying all the delish looking cakes and pastries (sorry I was too busy salivating to take photos.)

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I had the mushrooms but the rest of our brunch posse munched on the thick cut bacon dish.

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My unbelievable mushroom dish.

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Cool cafe layout.

and then there were these two grumps who look starved waiting for their meals to arrive. hahaha.

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I’m sure you won’t regret it.

3. Going crazy over:  Coconut Oil 

I was a bit of a late bloomer getting on to this one.  We’ve been bombarded by stories of how coconut oil is pretty much the best thing in the world you can ingest, slather over your body, coat your hair in and swirl around in your mouth (thanks Naea for introducing me to the art/weirdness that is oil pulling). I bought a jar just to use as body moisturiser and a night cream . . . I’ll let you know how that goes but I don’t think I’ll ever look back.  The smell is so incredible you have to keep reminding yourself you’re not on a tropical island sipping Pina Coladas and you can lick your fingers after application?  Too much info?  Anyway this is what I bought and just a heads up it’s way easier to find and cheaper to buy in bulk online . . . like everything these days right?

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4. Had some fun with the ladies at:  Acland St Cantina

What did I tell you?  There’s a food theme today!  It’s always fun to go out and have a little gossip session with the ladies and we’re all suckers for Mexican Food which the Melbourne restaurant scene has been nuts for for the last 2 years.  One of the most recent places to open is the Acland St Cantina in St Kilda and they have an epic Mexican menu that you can stare at for hours trying to decide between mouth watering dishes.   We got sat at a table near a freezing vent first up but the staff kindly moved us to the ‘moodier’ lounge booth with dim lighting and seats low enough to accommodate Miss Short’s wee legs :P.

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Seafood Ceviche in gazpacho.

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So good it needed to be represented twice.

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A must have at any mexi place. Fish Taco loaded with hot sauce.

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A couple of the lovely ladies. Zoe, Katie and Kristy.

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How pretty does Miss S look??

ImageImageHave a lovely weekend everyone.  We don’t have long until Easter hits us and we have all the excuses in the world to gorge ourselves on chocolate.

xx L