Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Old Neighbourhood

When Mr Meet-Cute and I moved to Melbourne 5 years ago we got an apartment in North Fitzroy, where we stayed until a few months ago, by which time we were three. Although I loved the area, our place was way too small once Ray came along. I'll always remember the epic walks around the neighbourhood when Ray was small and would nap for hours in his pram.




Walks in Edinburgh Gardens were an almost daily occurrence. So many hours spent walking those paths!




I was surprised to see hibiscus bushes when I came here as I thought it only grew in tropical climates. I made the mistake of picking some, but hibiscus wilts as soon as it's picked, so it's best enjoyed while still growing.



I loved watching the foliage on this house change with the seasons.





My favourite second hand bookstore is in this block, and that cafe is one of many in North Fitzroy which features in scenes from Offspring. I still can't believe I never came across the show filming on any of my epic walks.


I wholeheartedly endorse both El Chino and Pinotta for being extremely yummy.




Wacky place I came across on one of my Ray walks.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Go-To Nite

I don't think I've ever posted about beauty products before (that's more my sister's forté), but I feel the need to share these incredible Go-To Skincare products. The line was started by Zoë Foster Blake, ex beauty editor and hilarious author of Amazing Face. You wouldn't think a book on skincare mumbo jumbo would be so readable, but Zoë is bloody hilar. My Mum and I both follow her instagram, where we found out about a Go-To Skincare event which was held last Friday. Not something I would normally attend, but as my Mum has been in town we jumped at the chance to have a girly, fancy night out. At first during the Q&A I felt way over my head, as skincare can get pretty scientific and I had no idea what everyone was on about. But then the discussion swinged to blackheads and dark circles under the eyes and things became much more relevant to me.

Here we are being fancy ladies clinking our 'bubblegumtini's'. And then taking photos of our photo on the social media wall. Very exciting!

So I walked away with a few 'prods' at the end of the evening. They all smell like roses and oranges and leave your skin feeling great. The 'Properly Clean' face wash is a favourite. It doesn't leave your skin with that tight feeling, and it certainly lives up to it's name. My skin feels SO clean. The lip balm is also super lovely, and would be a great small gift for yourself or a pal. The range is only available online right now. I've been stalking the website for a while wanting to order stuff, but I do like seeing sizes and things irl before committing to buy. It's quite a small range at the moment, just the basics to promise you better, healthier and nicer smelling skin!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hello Polly Home

When I heard late last year that my pals at Hello Polly were in the early stages of designing their own homewares line, I knew it would be something special. And now that the range has been released, and I pretty much want all of it, I can see that I was right!


The cushions, and the original art prints are my favourites. The range also includes merino wool throws, and ceramics are in the pipeline too.



 See more online here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Raro Markets

The Punanga Nui Markets in Rarotonga are an absolute must visit experience, especially if you want to try some island food. Like these Raro donuts. So delish.


Poke is another one of my favourites. This is paw paw cooked in coconut milk thickened with arrowroot, and on the right is banana.


Head Ei's. The flower crown trend has been going strong in Raro since way back.









Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Raro Holiday #2

I realised after my last Raro post that I hadn't included any pictures of the beach. Ridiculous! Here is one of a bebeh on the beach to make up for it.

And here is one of Dog Patrol, owning the beach. He was looking great. (remember my last Dog Patrol post?)


Cute Raro houses.



This is the workshop of the carver who worked on Dad's birthday present.



Ika Mata (marinated raw tuna). Damn I miss eating this every day.

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