The Rachel Zoe Project

Thursday, September 29, 2011

So I'm a little late on this one, after all it is up to season 4, but after watching one of the season 4 episodes, I've become a little addicted. I downloaded the other three seasons and am now almost through season 3. 

Aside from the fashion, which is amazing, it's great watching someone build their business, with all the problems & challenges that go along with it. Rachel & Rodger are just the cutest couple. They've been together for well over ten years and make a great partnership with him handling the business end & her the fashion end. 

Get into it, you won't regret it. You will wonder where the day went as you watch back to back episodes....   


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

 Moving countries is exhausting. I had all these errands to run yesterday but ended up spending the morning watching the Rachel Zoe Project. When Nick came home for lunch I managed to fall down the steps outside our place. Hurt knee & twisted ankle then lead to almost fainting while sitting at a table. Not too good. This meant that the afternoon was spent with my legs up watching the Rachel Zoe Project. Errands put off for another day. 

Above are some photos from my day. Due to the awful bushfires that currently surround Alice Springs, the skies have been hazy with the most amazing colours. It was fascinating watching the colours change over the course of the day. How was your Monday? 

The Spaces Between

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Today I'm featuring my postcard set, The Spaces Between. I love a good bit of street art, how it settles with the spaces around it and between it. 

The top two photos were taken in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The garbage can photo was taken in a Melbourne CBD laneway and the last photo was taken in Mitte, Berlin. 

I love to use this postcard set as birthday cards for friends. But it's also great for just sending a note or a thank you. 

Pick up a set for yourself here.

Frockin' up - post flight edition

Friday, September 23, 2011

There is nothing better after an international flight than a long hot shower, well actually a long soak in the bath with a few back issues of Aussie Vogue & Inside Out, is a little bit better. This is exactly what I got up to yesterday afternoon. And at the end of the soak, while shaving my legs I took a good look at my ankles, discovering that they had swollen to the size of balloons. Ugh. I am assuming this is a combination of the plane flight & pregnancy, not the bath. Anyway so this is what I wore to cheer myself up after bath & for dinner at Nick's mum's place:
Top: American Eagle
Skirt: American Apparel
Hair Sparkle: Ban Do
While passing through duty free we treated ourselves to a few goodies, Oh Lola for me & booze for Nick. I think it's quite mean of him to pick up such nice gin when I can't really have any of it. He's welcome to the DonJulio. Tequila? Yuck! 


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today we will be reunited with this cute, cuddly/cold, indifferent cat. I can't wait!

Black & White

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The guy at the camera shop swore that this film was just like the Kodak Black & White 400 film that I bought last time, but now was out of stock. Turns out the film was nothing like the Kodak film & needed to be sent away for processing. I figured I'd find a place overseas to process it & almost a year later the film has been developed. Here are a few shots from around Alice Springs...
Love this car, but this laneway has a scary dog with a loud bark & I always nearly fall off my bike with fright each time I ride down it.

Can't wait to taste Casa Nostra's cheesy garlic focaccia & gnocchi with spinach again. 
I have no idea why I had my Diana Mini in the carpark of McDonalds. Guess I was picking up a Sausage McMuffin & Hash Brown on a hungover morning?? You can just see ANZAC Hill from behind the building. 

Day trip to Bellingham, WA

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wednesday I woke up incredibly early & caught the greyhound bus to Bellingham, Washington State. I originally booked the trip to check out the Missoni for Target collection. But as less & less of my pants fit, it also became a maternity clothes trip. 

The greyhound lets you off in Fairhaven, a historical district, with well preserved buildings and a leafy streetscape. From the greyhound station you can take a public transport bus into Downtown Bellingham for $1! Yep, $1. Public transport everyday people can afford. After disembarking downtown I wandered the city blocks to find a cafe for breakfast while I waited for the mall to open. Downtown reminds me of the 50s town in Back to the Future. Buildings from the same era. I could have just spent the day wandering the downtown. 

I ended up finding a great cafe just down the block from the bus station. After only a few seconds in Avellino you get the idea that Bellingham is a close knit town where everyone knows everyone. The staff were so friendly. This should not be a surprise but rude staff has become the norm for a lot of cafes.  

 And it wasn't just downtown that were friendly. I caught the bus from downtown to the mall (again a $1) and at the mall people were friendly. At Target girls started talking to me about the meager Missoni selection left. The sales people at all store I went to were friendly & helpful. Back downtown at the post office the postal worker came out from behind the counter to help me pick out the appropriate package size for the things I needed to post. All the while greeting most customers by name. Amazing! 

As for the Missoni? Well most of it was gone, the rest looking cheap & nasty. The suede high heel looked ok & I picked up a pair for my sister in law & myself. Since I fit into a child's large cardigan I bagged myself one of those too. 

Did you realise the Missoni plates were plastic? The blouses polyester? Which is how they kept the prices so low. I can't decide if they have sold out or if they're clever, bringing their brand to the masses without making you ditch their high end brand. 

Did you see the Missoni Collection? What did you think? 

Oh & people of Vancouver? Head down to Bellingham for a lovely day. You won't regret it.

A Sunday in Vancouver

Saturday, September 17, 2011

If you're ever in Vancouver and stuck for something to do, rent a bike, ride into Stanley Park & stop by the Aquarium. Cute sea creatures, exercise & sunshine, what more could you want? 
 Thanks to Noosh's timekeeping skills & no thanks to me, we arrived in time to see the Beluga whale show. Unfortunately one of the whales we saw died today. Cause, as yet, unknown. 

 After the aquarium we continued on our bike ride around Stanley Park.
 Stopping at the Teahouse for a spot of very late lunch (I think it was after 4). I had the sesame crusted Ahi Tuna & market vegetables. Yummy! The Teahouse makes great cocktails & will do a virgin strawberry daiquiri. Excellent after a long bike ride.

 A perfect, Vancouver Sunday afternoon

Roadtrippin' - Enderby Flea Market

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The best thing about road trips is when you aren't on a break neck schedule & can do a quick u-turn after you've just passed an awesome flea market.
 "People's Choice Market Place, 1 Shopping Adventure"
The stalls had everything you could want & more. From old records, to tea cups, to royal memorabilia, to toy cars, to fresh cherries
 Nick would have loved to be able to purchase this awesome motor home. It is for sale, we just couldn't see a way of getting it to Australia.
 "Thank you for shopping at the South Enderby Flea Market"

Roadtrippin' - 3 Valley Gap

Monday, September 12, 2011

The next stop on our roadtrip from Calgary was the 3 Valley Gap Lake Chateau. The Chateau is like something out of a movie, perched on the edge of a lake, complete with a ghost town.  
You could easily get lost inside the Chateau trying to get from one side to the other. While making our way to the restaurant we came across this awesome room. You could just imagine hosting a 70s party in this space.

 If you follow me on twitter you'll know that this Chateau also boasts a titanic themed pool. A friend asked if they place Celine Dion, disappointingly, especially for a Canadian establishment, they did not. 

The next day we visited the Ghost Town. We did not see any ghosts. We did, however, see numerous old buildings & old things. If you love vintage things, the 3 Valley Ghost Town is the place for you. It's like a large outdoor museum. Fun.

Roadtrippin' - Lake Louise

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Last week we did a whirlwind road trip to Calgary to return the trailer. My parents are visiting from Australia so it was a great chance for them to see a bit of the countryside. We be-lined straight through on the way there, stopping only at Revelstoke, but on the way back we took our time, stopping first at Lake Louise. 
 The Lake looked beautiful with the snow in the background and the flowers in the foreground. 
And I just love this lady's grumpy take on our photo. Maybe just move over a little if you don't want your picture snapped? Anyway, it was delightful having afternoon tea at the Fairmont, though my San Pelligrino was a poor substitute for champagne. 

Shoes! Tiny Shoes!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

 I've yet to do any baby shopping so while we were in Victoria Mum & I quickly popped into baby gap where I promptly fell in love with these cute, tiny shoes! I had to buy them (plus they were 25% off, can't say no to that!). We have no idea yet if we're having a boy or a girl and a number of members of our family are convinced the baby's a boy, but what if it's not and the baby missed out on wearing these cute shoes?  

Construction bunting

Thursday, September 8, 2011

How cute is the bunting around this construction work in Victoria BC? They get their point across that there is a hazard without alarming you. Gives the street a little bit of a festive feel, don't you think?

Pregnancy books aka bricks

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Purchased my first pregnancy related book the other day. I'd put off buying any book till I was sure this one was sticking and mostly because the books all look like bricks. The one I purchased caught my eye, not just because of the size (a tenth of the bricks) but mostly because of the title: 'The lazy girl's guide to a blissful pregnancy'. Lazy girl - yep, blissful - yes please.

The author is British and her knowledgeable conversational tone makes you feel like you're having a chat with a girlfriend. All warm & cozy. She's put my mind at ease about a lot of things. Little things like 'am I seriously having hot flushes'? How to cope with friend's reactions and Pregnancy fashion. It also includes a section on things you might need to know post birth. All in book so light that it probably wouldn't hold a door open.  

Architecture of Victoria BC

Sunday, September 4, 2011

 Victoria has amazing old architecture reminiscent of old Melbourne architecture. On this last trip to Victoria I made sure to take a few photos, practicing my building technique. 

 As well as old buildings, Victoria also has a number of 'floating' houses, stumped into the water.  More info on the floating houses can be found here.

Profile Pictures & Ultrasound scans

Friday, September 2, 2011

As you may know from this post, we had an ultrasound Monday before last and I get a little bit now why people want to make the scan picture their profile picture on facebook. It is just so exciting to see that there is actually a baby in there. Since I stopped feeling really sick I kind of wondered if I made the whole thing up. Apart from the fact that you've not had your period for three months, there isn't a whole lot different. 

Seeing the baby on the ultrasound made it all real again, we're actually having a baby! It's so exciting and that's why you end up making it your profile picture. But at the end of the day it does look like any other ultrasound picture of a baby & even then some people have trouble picking out what it is. So maybe your profile picture isn't the best place for it? A profile picture is supposed to be a picture of you after all. Maybe it's alright just giving the scan pride of place on the fridge? Or are you a profile picture kind of gal?

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