Monday, December 31, 2012

Sparkly shoes

I was in a bit of a dilemma as to finding appropriate flat-shoes that I could wear out for dressy or semi-formal occasions. With thongs ("flip flops" in Australia) not allowed in most pubs and clubs, you run the fine line with sandals as to what's fancy enough to be considered acceptable.

For the few occasions that I've been out recently, I was a bit over wearing heels. Sure they look good, but they don't feel so great a couple of hours into the night.

So just a few days before the end of the year, I ordered three news pairs of "dressy" flat shoes online - and they were all perfect when they arrived! And that's pretty unusual for shoes that you haven't had a chance to try on.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Summer bedroom makeover

From what I've heard, it seems like now's the time for bedroom makeovers - myself included. Nothing too drastic, but it's clear that my choice as a 12-year-old for Barbie-pink walls isn't as long-term as I initially thought.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...

As much as I love spending the Christmas holidays in the Sydney summer heat, there's no denying that I'd LOVE to spend one Christmas in the London snow. Next year perhaps...

Where will you be spending this Christmas?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A new sort of Christmas

We’re only 5 nights out from Christmas, so a post surrounding this is inevitable. I’ll be honest - I was a little sad coming into this festive season because I knew it wasn’t going to be the same as it used to be.

With us two ‘kids’ being in our twenties, we’re a little less fussy about the celebrations in our household. I promise we aren’t grinches, but I will admit we haven’t put up the tree and don’t intend to either. GASP, HORROR! 

2012: a year in review

In looking forward to the year ahead, it's so important to look at the year in review. When we used to do these sorts of things at school, I thought it was super dorky and was sometimes struggling to think of "good things" that had happened, other than the usual "I did well in my maths exam" (only kidding, I would never have said that!)

However, now we're out in the big wide world, it's a little easier to think of things. If you want something as an adult, you really have to work for it. It's no longer given to you on a silver platter, so it's simultaneously more exciting when you do achieve something on your own.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Floriade 2012

Myself at Floriade 2012!
At the end of September this year, a friend and I took the train down to Canberra for the long weekend to visit Floriade - the big flower festival. We were visiting a friend at the Australian National University (ANU), but being keen to take some great photographs, we also managed to fit in a day at the Floriade. 

You would think it would attract an older demographic - which is true to some extent - but there were plenty of young uni-aged people and families there as well. The flower presentations were extremely impressive and I wasn't disappointed at all. We also went to the NightFest event at the festival, which was SO so so bitterly cold (such a contrast to the heat at the moment) but a fantastic night. Check out some of my photos below from the event. I also made a video from our time at the NightFest that I've uploaded to YouTube, featuring fairy floss, a ferris wheel, light shows and great live music. 

Note: if you'd like to use these photos anywhere, please ask me first. I'm sure I'll be more than happy to oblige, but just leave me a comment or shoot me an email first :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Spectacular Sydney

Watson's Bay
Watson's Bay, Sydney

We're currently in the Christmas holiday period in Australia, and I've heard so many stories of where people are going over the break - skiing in Japan, shopping in New York or partying in Thailand (and for some, it's all three. I'm not even joking).

For others, we'll be staying in Sydney with a bit of work here and there, but otherwise, enjoying long beach days and summer barbeques with friends and family. It seems that when you tell people that you're staying home over the break, they give you a look of pity, but I honestly look forward to it all year. Holidays should be about relaxing, and who'd complain about lounging around watersides like these? 

Check out some recent pics I took around Sydney Harbour. I feel very lucky to live so close to such beautiful beaches.

Camp Cove
Camp Cove
Camp Cove
Camp Cove - such clear water
Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach 
Ben and Jerry's
And a visit to Manly wouldn't be complete without a dose of Ben & Jerry's ice cream... yum!