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

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

Multi-Coloured Cupcakes

You may recall we had a bit of a “girls day in” high tea on the weekend.  Along with helping out the birthday girl to set up we also created some pretty amazing (to look at and eat) cupcakes.  We’re both not exactly Martha Stewart in the kitchen but enjoy fun new things none the less so here’s our creation  . . . .

You’ll need:
Cupcake batter (so this was out first cheat, we didn’t have much time to start from scratch) we used two packets to make 18 good sized cakes.  The packet also asked for 4 eggs, 1/2 cup milk and 120g of softened butter, additional ingredients will differ depending on the packet you get.  Must be vanilla!!
Food Colouring
Cupcake cases
A few bowls.

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First make the batter according to the directions on your packet (or if you’re a wizz in the kitchen create your own vanilla cupcakes from scratch).

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Next you divide the batter into four bowls and add a little food colouring to each bowl.  We went for red, yellow, green and purple (yeah that horrible looking colour is purple, don’t worry it cooks fine!)

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To get the ‘marbled/multi’ effect spoon little bits of each coloured batter in to the cupcake cases.  Make sure you don’t mix the colours together as you’ll end up with some not so pretty looking ones . . .

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Place in the oven for 20-25 mins at 180°C.

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We placed ours too close to the top of the oven so the top cooked too quick hence the rather lopsided look.  Easily fixed by cutting off the top to make a flat surface for icing.

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Icing:  We used cream cheese (because its the best!) So you’ll need 60g soft butter (not melted!), between 4-6 cups icing sugar, 120g soft cream cheese.  Use an electric beater to beat until light and fluffy and the colour is not so ‘buttery’.  Place into a piping bag and ice which ever way you want.

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We placed chocolate freckles in between each cupcake to emphasise the multi colours.

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Happy Birthday Kristy!  You might want to disregard the amount of alcohol in this photo!

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We hope you enjoy making yours!

xx S & L

Great Lolly Scavenger Hunt Update

So I’m back in Melbourne as of late Monday night (thanks to a 4 hr delay at Auckland Airport) and slowly working myself back in the the faster flow of “big city life” again and the obnoxious ‘hum’ of street traffic and fire engine sirens.  It’s hard to believe that I had trouble sleeping some places back in NZ because of the quiet!  So as I mentioned last week in my post about NZ Dairy dollar mixtures we were about to set off on a road trip to Wellington and on our way we would pass through a number of rural NZ towns where you often find the best dairies.  I was not keen on eating any more sugar after recovering from the mother of all hangovers and indulging in a little too much of the naughty food in previous days so we made sure there was a bunch of fruit (and the last part of an easter egg as well) to at least start the journey off with . . .

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First stop on the way down was Waiouru Fastlane (really a crummy takeaway but had the coveted lolly mixture anyway.

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Fairly average haul amount wise – but at least they had some of the classic favourites . . . teeth, milk bottles and jet planes.  NEXT . . .

LA 2000 in Levin . . . No idea where they got the name but this place was absolutely loaded with all things sugar . . . my teeth felt fluffy and sore just looking at it all.

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Good Mixture, probably one of the best so far with the sea shells, wine gums and the lolly pop which I distinctly remember getting in loads of Party bags when I was a kid.  Not as delicious as I remember though . . .

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Finally because Mr Long thought I had had way too much sugar for him to be confined in a car with me we decided to hit some others on the way back up . . . by others I mean one . . . this one . . . Pete’s Pies and Mini Market in Sanson.

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 They were actually pretty decent including the favourite of many the Fried Egg, peaches and cream,  banana and what looked to have been a space man disguised as an eskimo.

So there you have it as many sugar filled stops as I could possibly manage.  Overall I think the Sanson Mini Market delivered the best this time around but all I can say is bring back the white paper bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And just had to finish the sugar overload off with a laugh.  This is the truck we followed into Wellington, the car’s name was BamblB CUUUUUUUUTE!

Happy Hump Day!

xx L

NZ Dairy Debate (this is about lollies not dairy farming by the way)

The best thing about the common NZ Dairy is the Lolly Mixtures (I’m talking Candy in all shapes and sizes.)  Many used to have a big glass case with a huge number of sugary treats to choose from, normally 5c a hit and depending how generous mum and dad were feeling/how much change you could pull out from under the lounge suit you could walk away with a pile big enough to threaten type 2 diabetes.   Nowadays the glass cases are only seen in a few dairies yet many still produce the $1/$2 lolly mixture pre packaged at the counter.   I was a complete sugar fiend in my younger years (just quietly I’m trying to not eat much/any these days) but as I was devouring sushi at the Mount the other day I saw the Dairy (milk bar/convenience store) across the road that my friends and I frequented on our sugar binges.   All I could think about was the possibility of a good lolly mixture inside and purchased my first sugar high of the holiday this is the only pic I got (I also got carried away with the tiny bottles of soft drink you can get now)

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Definitely not what I remember no milk bottles, fizzy straws, jaffas, or pineapple lumps to be seen.  But there was a candy bracelet!

Next we crossd to the west coast and hit up west Raglan Dairy . . .

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A little better but still no childhood essentials, except the coke bottles, gummy sharks and spinning tops.

So I’m going to continue my ‘investigation’ for the next few days I’m in NZ.  We have a lot of rural dairies to grade on their lolly mixtures . . . I will seriously be in need of a detox by the time I get back to Melbourne.

Enjoy the rest of your week!!

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

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

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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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