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

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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.

ImageI’m yet to find a winter dress I like but i guess Autumn is only just upon us.  I did find this felt Kotur Clutch maybe it’s a little much . . .

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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