Monday, July 23, 2012

Top Ten Things on My Wishlist This Week

Gay Paree

Yeah, yeah. I know you're probably sick of hearing about my obsession with getting to Paris. But until it actually happens, I'm going to keep harping on about it!

Polka dot dress

It's just too precious! I love spring and dresses and polka dots....


New Girl Season 1

I'm already having withdrawal now that the season is finished. Nick and Schmidt are two of my favourite guy characters EVER. And I am harbouring a massive girl crush on Zooey Deschanel.

A Double Date to go see Ted

Somehow I think I'd love this movie. Something about the juxtaposition of a cute teddy with toilet humour really appeals to me!

A Great Trench Coat

I'm always on the lookout for one that's chic yet affordable. Sure, I'd love to nab a Burberry one but spending that much money on a coat seems extravagant while we're still living with a hideous front door and a laundry with no bench.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh

Yes, mainly for the pretty bottle. But I love how floral and light it is.

Tabcloths and matching napkins

I need floral for those girly afternoon teas and chevron for mixed company.

New haircut and colour

My hair. Ew. It's a constant source of disappointment.

Sumptuous Home by Oberto Gili

Royal Albert Teacup and matching tea rest

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Book Love: White Girl Problems

This book was 'recommended' to me by

I'm guessing it's because I've bought more than a few funny memoirs by females. I purchased it on a whim (also because Tori Spelling is quoted on the book as saying she has a girl crush on the author!).

It's a 'memoir' unlike most others because you literally want to punch the author. It's one of the funniest satires I've ever read about those women. You know, completely self-absorbed, shallow, vain, materialistic. All in all, she's rather horrible but it's so funny, you can't help but keep reading.

I can see that it's the kind of book that might polarise people. Some might find it hilarious and recognise it for what it is - a scathing satire on the social-climbing, celebrity wannabe, ridiculously self-obsessed trend in some young women. Other people might find it grating, insipid and excessive. All I know is, it made me laugh and more than a few times I found myself chuckling, shaking my head and softly murmuring, "This girl is bat-sh*t CRAZY!".

Before you decide whether or not this is a book for your, I highly suggest you check out Babe's blog and follow her on twitter so you can see if she's to your liking. And if she is..... enjoy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Sophie Mirabella Moment

Ummmm, awkward?!

You've probably heard all the kerfuffle about Sophie Mirabella's reaction on Q and A last night when fellow panelist Simon Sheikh collapsed. Let's just say, she didn't exactly pounce to his aid. Apparently, she's blaming her less-than-perfect eyesight for her seemingly disdainful reaction. Whatevs. The sad thing is, I can relate to her predicament:

Cue, the screen getting misty as we prepare for a flashback into my youth......

When I was in Year 12, I studied Food Technology. Mainly, I wanted an opportunity to bake all day. Longtime readers will know that this resulted in the rather unfortunate Bube incident. My teacher was quite adored by the rest of the girls in my class. I'm not sure why, I mean, she was okay but she was a little bland for my liking. Though, that might be just because she didn't find me as hilarious and charming as I expected her to. See, I was considered something of a trouble-maker because I dared to have my ears double pierced (oh, the scandal!).

Anyway, Mrs C told us in great detail that over the holidays she'd had a hysterectomy. Blah, blah, blah. I didn't really need to know the details but it postponed an in-depth discussion of kwashiokor that I was quite happy to avoid.

Mid conversation, as she was strolling around the room to make sure we weren't passing notes or drawing weenies in our notebooks, she must have gotten a little lightheaded because the next thing I know, she's sitting in my lap. Literally. Sitting. In. My. Lap. It was incredibly awkward and confusing. The whole time, she kept up a perky commentary of what was going on, "It's okay girls, I'm just not used to being out and about yet. But I'm fine, no need to notify anyone, just let me rest here for a few minutes and I'll be right as rain. Now, as I was saying, kwashiokor is very common in infants...."

What the? The woman proceeded to lecture the class in the importance of protein while sitting in my lap! I was hot with embarrassment and awkwardness. All I could think of was, what should I do with my hands? Should I take notes, should I rub her lower back, should I make rude gestures behind her?

Eventually, she regained the strength to get off my lap and back into her own chair. Where she stayed for the rest of the lesson. Seeing what happened last night brought back some rather uncomfortable memories for me. Not only did I have to suffer the embarrasment of having a teacher repose on me. But I also copped a pretty good feel of her buttocks. And they were toned. Seriously, if you want a nice butt, take up tennis (she was an avid player). It was really so much more than I was expecting from a course that I'd really hoped would just be about making a perfect profiterole!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Book Love: The Marriage Plot

Ah, Jeffrey Eugenides, is there anything you can't do? He was out here last month for the Sydney Writer's Festival and he did a guest appearance on Q and A. I thought he was amazing, though I felt a little sorry for him being lumped next to Kathy Lette - she of the tired, out-of-date and over-used pun.

I'll admit that I was a little reluctant to start reading this book. His previous others; The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex are among my favourites, so I was a little scared that if this book didn't live up to their awesomeness, then I might be sad.

I wasn't disappointed with this book, though I've seen plenty of reviews that were quite critical of it. I think that's one fo the drawbacks of having such a successful and loved novel as Middlesex - everything else pales in comparison. This book follows the lives of three students, graduating college in the 1980s. Yes, there's a love triangle but it is no way sordid or scandalous.

I think what I enjoyed most about the book was the discussion of literature. I so wanted to be able to get into the book and chat to the female character about the books she was reading and writing about. She was an English major (like me!) and I thought we could've been firm friends.

This book mightn't be for everybody. Certainly, if you're new to Mr Eugenides, I'd start off with Middlesex and if you like it (you will!) then read this too. If you're after something a little more lite (and aren't we all, from time to time?) then I'd maybe add it to your Amazon wishlist and leave it for another day!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ten Things I Love

Afternoon naps

Those days when you'd come home from school or work and just collapse into bed for a few hours. Or a lazy Sunday afternoon when the house is quiet. I love being all cocooned and warm and cozy and dozy.

Sunshine on a Cool Day

I love taking the kids on walks in the cool, crisp, fresh air and feeling the warm sun on our faces. I always feel like we could walk for hours when it's cool but sunny. Makes me want to live in Bowral and pretend I'm Martha Stewart.


Duh, right? I think my most favourite job ever was working in a bookshop. Even if you discount the fact that I was working with some of my best friends, I loved those books. Seeing the new arrivals every month was more of a thrill than I'd like to admit.  I confess to once skipping down the corridor on my way into work.


I think Bambi had more of an impact on me than most other people. To this day, I've only watched it once, when I was about 5 or 6 and I sat there sobbing for poor Bambi and his Mum. Now I can't see anything fawn-related without wanting to scoop it up and take it home.

Vintage Tea Cups (And Royal Albert ones too)

How Lady Gaga of me, right? I can't explain it. I just love them. Floral, dainty, fragile. I can't walk past a vintage shop without popping in to see if they have any special crockery that I can add to my collection. As for the Royal Albert stuff, it's too pretty NOT to covet. I want it all dammit!

Books About Paris - Especially Ones with Pictures!

Since I'm yet to visit and with no plans in the foreseeable future, I have to be content with reading about other people's adventures there. And looking at photos that make me desperate to sell all my worldly goods and move halfway across the world and start a new life.


My uncle used to have one back in the 80s and he used it to capture all our special moments. The problem was, he guarded that thing so fiercely that we were all in awe of it. No one was allowed to touch the camera, let alone the miraculous photos that came forth from it and ever since, it's had an almost mystical appeal to me. My sister bought a modern one a few years ago and always has funky pics on display at her house. If only the film wasn't so expensive, I might be convinced to have a go!

Having My Mind Blown

I love that feeling when you're reading a book or having a conversation with someone and you hear or read something (usually something that you've always known but never consciously thought) but it resonates with you in a totally new way and makes you feel like a fraction of the universe has opened up to you? Sometimes I miss uni, for those moments of just "WOAH DUDE, I JUST FELT MY MIND EXPAND". Then I remember the insufferable mature-age students and feel glad to have access to the internet and the library instead.


Anything from a skirt to an ornament to a face or some fabric. If it's pretty, there's a pretty good chance I'll be all over it: pinning it, adding it to my wishlist, tearing it out of a magazine and stashing away in my 'wishlist' folder.


Books, cards, stickers, notebooks, prints, postcards, invitations, magazines.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Love: CelebraTORI

I make no apologies of my love for Tori.

Back in the Beverly Hills 90210 days, I can't say I was much of a fan. I much prefer reality Tori to any of the characters she's ever played. I can't understand all the haters: she's hilarious, honest, cute as a button and rather sweet.

I've read all her books and I kinda think that we could be BFFs, if only we were neighbours or something.

When I found out that she was releasing a book about party styling, I knew I had to possess it. Lucky for me, I have a friend who works for the publishing house that did Tori's book. Can you imagine my excitement when said friend and I went to the ballet recently and she brought along a copy of the book for me?!

It's GORGEOUS. Admittedly, I probably won't necessarily re-create a lot of what's in the book. It's probably a touch out of my comfort zone. But it's a stunning book and there are HEAPS of good ideas for making a special occasion even more special with cute little touches and grand gestures.

Anyway, I loved reading it and it's the kind of book I'll consult every now and then, just to get ideas for making parties and gatherings a little more special. So if you're a Tori fan (and even if you're not) check it out. It's delectable!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Love: Let's Pretend this Never Happened

In case you're new to the world of blogging, let me introduce to you The Bloggess. She's awesome. You'll love her. She is one of those truly, genuinely funny people that you wish you could add to your circle of friends.She's got quirk coming out her ears. She's rather amazing and when I heard that she'd landed herself a book deal, I clapped my hands with excitement because I knew it'd be awesome.

If you haven't read the Beyonce post, I suggest you go and read it RIGHT NOW. Seriously, GO. This post prompted me to buy some Beyonce cards from Seriously, I bought them and sent them to a few people that I knew would appreciate their inherant awesomeness.

Anyway, to the book!

It's amazing. It's funny and it's strange. She has had such a bizarre upbringing and her resiliance and humour despite it all is testament to what a cool and interesting chick she really is. There are some bits from the blog in there but there's HEAPS of new stuff that allow the reader into Jenny's inner workings. Like her struggles with anxiety and arthritis.

I'm so glad she got a book deal and the non-blogging world can now be introduced to one of the funniest women in the world. Now all I need her to do is write another one. Soon.