Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Embroidered Nine West

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Embroidered Nine West, Minneapolis 

About 6 years ago we drove 14 hours to have a few days holiday in Minneapolis. I found these gorgeous shoes at an outlet mall... 


The world is (a new) flat

Since we arrived we had been staying with our very generous friends. At the beginning of January we found ourselves a new flat. After looking at a few that were extremely tiny and hideously dirty we settled on this one:

The outside. It's pretty tall. 

It's close to trams, across from the Botanical Gardens, near-ish to shops. 

The view from the bedroom window. The bedroom is a constant tip so no pictures of that.

We share with 4 other people: 2 French, 2 Italian. It's not as crowded as you might think. 

Living room

Best part? WE HAVE A POOL! And given that everyday in the last couple of weeks has been above 30 degrees, this is the best possible news (and deciding factor)

Gym, pool & tennis court

Also, I got a job. I'm working as a waitress at an American themed diner. It's pretty fun and funny. It's busy and hot. I'm learning how to make a spicy dipping sauce called Po'man's Cocaine. It got on my hand and then on my face and, dude, it burns. 

Yesterday between my lunch and dinner shifts I fell asleep on a park bench like a hobo. It was surprisingly comfortable. 

Next door's pool (they have a hot tub. We are jealous)

So this is the situation for the next few months. Seems like a good way to spend the summer.

Today I'm thankful for good roommates, a job, good shoes, air conditioning and a pool. 


Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I have discovered 2 Australian delights:

The yo-yo or sometimes called a melting moment. Either way, delicious:

And a choc-top. You get these at movie theatres and they are delicious. Chocolate covered ice cream is no new thing but these are already prepared and in a strange little bag! Weird but fabulous!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Blue Red or Dead "Maxa"

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Red or Dead "Maxa" from ebay

I have a feeling that these were a floor model in a store. They are not exactly the same colour, perhaps from exposure to the sun. My philosophy is that if I walk really fast no one will notice... 


Friday, January 20, 2012


I'm behind on thinking about New Year's resolutions. I'm about 19 or 20 days behind (depending, of course, on when Blogger publishes this. My computer time is set to Melbourne time but I think that Blogger is on some other time... very confusing and sometimes surprising). I don't really mind being behind because really isn't every day a fresh start to try again where we fell behind earlier?

Last year I was really trying to live with a few words in my head. I was given these words by a friend who was looking into my numerology. She said that I would have a lovely life but especially if I could learn about Perseverance, Patience, and Forgiveness. These are concepts I'm still trying to work on. I want to have a fabulous life, full of energy and celebration. But much of the time I am passive and tired. I need to remember that things are on their way but sometimes I have to wait. That if things don't come as easily as they have in the past I have to keep trying in a different way. I have to remember that without forgiveness of people, situations and myself I have the potential to get stuck and never move forward. 

This year I want to add the word Enjoy. I want to live In Joy. These past few months have been an enormous struggle. More than I ever thought they would be. You see, for the most part I have been very, very blessed. Things tend to come along when I need them, when I'm ready. Not having things go my way when we arrived Australia was a bit of a shock. I wasn't prepared for endless rejection and the close-mindedness of employers. I wasn't prepared to feel like a failure or to feel like the things that make me special (confidence, bubbliness, positivity, sparkle) were disappearing day by day. It was hard. It has been hard. And in that time I wasn't enjoying life the way that I want to. This is my life. This is it. This is all that I have. Shouldn't this moment be the very best that it can be? Even if it's rather crap? Shouldn't I take a risk to be happy? I feel like I've wasted time here. Like I wasn't appreciating the flowers, the smell of the gum trees, the funny things that people say with an accent, the constant friendship, the love that my Gentleman and I share. I just let it rush by me, detached, only paying attention to my struggles and tears. That is not the way to live life. 

From now on I want to make an effort to live In Joy. Because it is an effort for me, positivity doesn't come naturally. It's something that I've had to teach myself when I realized that they world believes in you so much more when you believe in it. 

So that's it. Any thoughts or tips? Any resolutions that you've been working on or thinking about? Any plans to make your life the most "you"? I love thinking and talking about journeys of spiritual growth. I miss my Canadian friends for those kinds of conversations so if anyone wants to chat about making our world a bit better you could email me at Or you could start talking to your friends, that would make at least one small corner of this big old world a bit brighter. 

Take care of your heart, cherish your moments and keep your spirit warm...


Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Year's Day

New Year's Day was just as hot as ever. When it's this hot I just decided to forgo makeup as it would melt off my face in a matter of minutes.  We walked to the marina at Glenelg beach and then headed into the city to see Happy Feet 2 in the bliss of air conditioning. 

dress: H&M
sandals: Havianas
hat: Christmas gift

I'm either squinting from the sun or giving A LOOK to the Gentleman Caller. Who can tell?

Today I am thankful for underwear. Yes, it's true. You see, it was too hot to wear leggings under this rather short dress. And it was, at times, windy. Thank you underoos for letting my bottom be partially covered when the wind decided to expose me!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


On New Year's Eve morning we packed up our bush camp before 8am because it was meant to get to 42 degrees (107 F). As one of our friends said it was "murderously hot". We returned to Adelaide, to our hostel on the beach. We immediately had to lie down for a rest under a fan with a cold cider. I'm not used to this kind of heat. I have no idea how anyone manages to get any work done, my brain and body are so sluggish!

Our Australian New Year's Eve was very chilled out. We had no desire to party like mad or go drinking with strangers. When too much is made of NYE it is so easy for it to become a big disappointment. We went for dinner, went to the hostel bar and played cards, had a lie down.

We wandered down to the beach in time to catch the children's fireworks. I've never spent NYE anywhere but a place that you had to bundle up if you wanted to be outside for fireworks. But as you can see from the photos it was still super hot (and we're super tanned!)

I absolutely love fireworks and these were just great! After we went back to our room, watched some Top Gear and managed to stay up till midnight (barely!).

Today I am grateful for chilled out, non-pretentious good times. 


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bush Camp

Our Australian friends decided that we needed the experience of bush camping. We loaded up with tons of groceries and probably more beer and drove 2 hours out of Adelaide to the York Peninsula. 

We set up camp beside a sand dune, making sure to have a sunshade and mosquito net in the centre of the tents.

Just over the sand dune was the sea! We were in a little bay so the water was about knee deep quite far out. We spent the days reading and drinking beer while sitting in the bathwater warm water of the ocean!

Today I am thankful for 2 days camping by the sea where it was murderously hot during the day and rather chilly at night. It was lovely to have nothing to do but read, nap, and bob about in the water. 


Monday, January 16, 2012

Beach walks

Adelaide was so hot while we were there our days consisted of breakfast, reading all afternoon in front of a fan and then when it cooled down by a degree or two we'd walk along the beach. Pretty fantastic life, really!

Coming from the landlocked Canadian Prairies, the endlessness of the ocean is facinating. And being on a beach is such a treat! I've never seen sand so fine!

Clearly, I'm a graceful ballerina in the sand!

Also never in my life have I had a sandal tan. Granted, the Gentleman Caller's is significantly more impressive but I'm still excited by mine!

Today I am thankful for being able to spend quiet times together with the Gentleman Caller. Reading, while trying to stay as cool as possible, in silence with nothing but a smile at each other now and again is a rare treat. 


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Suede Flower

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Suede flower shoes, Le Chateau

I think that I've had these shoes for at least 10 years. They are still awesome.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas in the Heat

Having a hot Christmas is a very strange thing. I had to keep reminding myself that it was not August and that Santa was on his way. My mama sent me a Santa hat because I had to be my own this year. I'm pretty sure that she made it with love rather than measurements on a real head. It's a wee bit small!

See more pictures of Christmas day in Australia at Mind the Ramp!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Apparently in Australia there is a number of BIG things. We have some in Canada too (a big moose, a big Ukrainian Easter egg). On Phillip Island we saw a big wave. On the way to Adelaide we saw the big lobster. It was pretty impressive if you're in to those kinds of things. And, oh, I am. 

We had to run away while the Gentleman Caller bravely fought the baddie Lobster!

This little piggie had his choice of delights in the Rundle St Mall in Adelaide. 

On Christmas Eve we wandered around downtown Adelaide, looking for something to eat, something to do or just the sight of another person. Turns out that the CBD is pretty much just for daytime business. There were a few strip clubs open and a few dance bars but that's not what either of us wanted to do on Christmas Eve. We found a lovely little Indian restaurant and had a delicious meal. We also found a VW Beetle that had been turned into a planter. 

The other thing about Adelaide at Christmas was that it was HOT. Hot like I've never experienced. You know when you're baking something at a high temperature and you open the oven to check on it. There is that gush of hot air that nearly melts your mascara? That's what it was like opening the door of any non-airconditioned place. Even at night it was still close to 30 degrees...  Mercy. 

Today I am thankful for air-conditioning, overhead fans, cold drinks, ice, and the combination of all of those things!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Great Oceaning

For Christmas we drove to Adelaide... the long way. We took an 8 hour journey and turned it into a 16 hour one. And why you ask?

So that we could go along the Great Ocean Road, of course!

Click here to see more pictures at Mind the Ramp!

top & skirt: Target
earrings: gift
sunnies: Ricki's
backdrop: Mother Nature

Today I am thankful for the beauty of the world. We are very lucky indeed. Don't forget to look around you and appreciate what is... 


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Grey Bertie elastic heels

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Bertie elastic heels from ebay

When I found these grey heels on ebay I was thrilled. Every other Bertie shoe I've ever seen was rather expensive but these were perfect and cheap!


Saturday, January 7, 2012


Australian signs are pretty funny things. 

Sometimes they are just about wildlife:

 Sometimes they are overly dramatic warnings about how many ways that you could die:

Sometimes they are about absolutely mad things like a Hook Turn. This is where you turn right from the far left lane when the light changes yellow. It's so that cars don't hold up trams but really it just seems like a serious accident waiting to happen because pretty much anyone from any direction can hit you:

And sometimes they are just rude when said out loud and when one doesn't understand the context:


Friday, January 6, 2012

Beached As

A lot of the last month or so has consisted of the Gentleman Caller and I saying to each other "Oooo Noooo!" and "You're heaps beached!"
This is why:


Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011: Autumn


* After 2 and a half years of being blonde and a year of having a gorgeous pink streak I dyed my hair back to brown. It was a welcome change but there are definitely days when I miss my carefree blondy-ness and I always miss the pink!

* I finished up at a job that I was good at, respected at and that I liked very much. I said goodbye to some of the best co-workers in the history of ever.

* I cleaned out my wonderful mini-apartment that I loved, that brought me so much joy and peace and moved everything that I own into my parents garage. 

* The Gentleman Caller and I had a farewell party and our family, friends and coworkers came. It was pretty amazing to have so many important people in the same room.

* The Gentleman Caller and I embarked on a 47 hour journey through Edmonton, Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai, and finally to Melbourne, Australia. 

* I celebrated my 30th birthday by having a lovely day out in Melbourne and then going to a prestigious, incredibly wonderful, amazing dinner at Movida

* I got to see my very first koala in real life. I still have such a hard time understanding that they are actual wild animals and are not just found in zoos. 

* We went to the Melbourne Cup race day. We got all dressed up with fancy items on our heads. We drank champagne and ate quiche. And we bet money on horse racing. And sometimes won!

* I saw penguins! And they are the cutest thing!!

* We had a mini-break at Phillip Island. We saw beautiful beaches, amazing rock formations, and fairy penguins. We walked for many many many km and ate delicious eggs benedict. 

* We were invited to a Bollywood party

* We went to Meredith Music Festival and saw a bunch of bands I didn't know. It was the first time I'd been camping in years. 

All in all it was a good year. It was sometimes a struggle as life generally is but the important thing to remember is that every experience is one I am lucky to have and helps me to build my character and dreams for the future.

Here's hoping that 2012 will bring beauty, love, and enjoyment. Here's hoping that we can find a job and a place to live. And that there is magic in every moment...