Thursday, 31 May 2012

"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.." - Helen Thomson

I'm sending out some good vibes tonight! Here is some inspiration for something I have loved for a very long time but am just now returning too, so I am terribly excited. Riding was a big part of my youth, and due to sad circumstances (leaving our family home) quite a few years ago, I have not been able to continue to ride for any real length of time. My husband and I are about to remedy this, as we embark on riding lessons a few times a month, and a some trail rides for pleasure. We can't wait to get started!

Enjoy my evening of horses and riding...

Audrey Hepburn... Love it.

All of these images were found via... dant da da da... Pinterest! No surprises there... 

I do also realise that a lot of these are style while riding, as well as riding... I am envisioning myself as an accomplished horse woman, with wardrobe to match. Please don't judge me! 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

From me, to you...

Here is something a little different. Something very dear to me; something that hurts my heart to read, yet makes me feel so loved, for my whole life. A little context, perhaps? I am recently married, and at our wedding my perfect siblings gave a terrific speech - one that had me laughing and crying, and feeling like the luckiest little/big sister in the world. I thought I'd share it with you, if you don't mind...

Sonia, Duncan, Chrissie

Sonia: Mary was born on 18th June 1985. Coincidentally that is also Paul McCartney’s birthday. Somehow, in our family, everything leads back to the Beatles....
Chrissie: She was like our very own doll. We changed her nappies, gave her bottles, and adored her eight days a week.
Duncan: When we were little she always had a big smile on her face and we share so many happy memories. I remember playing Lion King and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the yard at Nereena. Mary was always keen to cast me in the role of little sister – which was not emotionally damaging at all.
Sonia: Mare was always putting on shows, and we all were made to applaud her renditions of Bad Case of Loving You, Venus, anything Celine Dion or Hanson. She always wanted to do what her older, glamorous sisters were doing: in the nineties this meant Melrose Place, Baywatch, Australis lipstick and Dolly magazine.
Chrissie: Later on, having a younger sister proved very useful for Sonia and I. For example, having someone to blame when caught Googling or Youtubing things like “Leonardo Dicaprio dreams” or “Edward and Bella’s Kiss from Twilight” or “Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights”. Andrew and Bunt would ask us “what’s this show, or who’s this bloke” and we would screw up our noses and say “Just some awful show/website/clip that Mare recommended”. It was believable. She keeps us young, and our husbands none the wiser…until now.
Duncan: In a houseful of sisters my musical education was limited to Spice Girls, Peter Andre, S Club 7, Aqua and the Steps Classic “5,6,7,8”. Anything on Hit Machine, Video Hits or in TV Hits magazine was gold to Mary and I have so many great memories of her tied to that music.
Sonia: She grew into a gorgeous young girl – all raspberries and vanilla. She has the softest skin and is always good for a cuddle and a kiss on her peachy cheeks. Her grooming is always impeccable – and as we age, Chrissie and I are grateful for her eagle eye, ie. calling for tweezers straight after kissing us 'hello' to pluck stray facial hairs, and excising Dunc’s cheeky blackheads…. Helpful.
Chrissie: Mary never complains. She stood outside the toilet to protect me after watching Blair Witch with me, and she cuddled up to me after watching the 'Sixth Sense'. She played with my hair and talked about horses and Taylor Hanson continually, even when she was sick of it. She held my hand while we drove down the turn-off of our family home, Nereena, for the last time, late in the afternoon and we cried together on the way into town.
Duncan: I hoped for many good things for Mary over the years, but I have narrowed them down to three for the purpose of this speech. 1) someone to protect you 2) someone to dance with you 3) someone to love you as much and more as we love you. Luckily Lewis is ready to take the reins and we are supportive and grateful that he is willing to field the thousands of phone calls, watch Gilmore Girls and listen to all Mary’s juicy news forever more.
Sonia: Mary has been an incredible aunt and is adored by all three girls. Lewis is also a favourite and we love that they will entertain their nieces while their mothers drink cups of tea and talk about the Royal Wedding.
Chrissie: As a side note, Andrew and Bunt are always grateful for the support that Mary gives us, and for the unconditional love and affection which she showers on them. While they think Lewis is great, and a patient bloke, they are quietly concerned that he is letting the brotherhood down with the effort he puts into Mary’s birthday and Christmas and general love-type presents.
Duncan: Mare, for 25 years you have been my longest and closest friend. You are a strong, caring young woman. I am very proud of you, and love you with all my heart.
Sonia: Mary has always been social and she has brought many great friends into our family. We are happy to see so many of those friends here today. Mary treasures her friends and family, and has a great way of bringing us all together. When Mum and Dad told us that she was born, it changed our lives forever. Before Chrissie and I thought we were so complete, and after she arrived we realized that life would not be complete without her.
Chrissie: Back to the Beatles…of course. If there’s anything that you want, if there’s anything we can do, just call on us and we’ll send it along, with love from us... to you. 

Me, during their speech...

I really do have the most beautiful sisters and brother. I doubt a girl could get any luckier than me. 

Footnote: Yes, I did cry again while putting it on here... 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Picture this - pretty in pink and a tad of turquoise...

I love finding new blogs to pour over and be wildly envious of, even if that results in my being depressed for any amount of time after said discoveries. What I wouldn't give to have a little bit of a budget to put towards doing some styling and/or decorating and renovating!!
I'm getting off topic a little - this stunning styling session has captured my eye and imagination. The combination of the pink and turquoise colour palette, with the little vintage twists and eclectic pieces, is inspired. Two colours I would normally never lean towards, and now I'm envisioning something, anything that I could make over in this style at home. I'm very in love, and you will completely understand why...

In case you can't tell, these fabulous photos are by Marianne Taylor (amazing) and florist Steph Turpin (genius) and I found them at The Pretty Blog, which in itself is divine. Check them out, why don't you! 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Wander the World...

Where am I wandering to tonight, you ask? Here's the thing.. I would like to do a little more than 'wander' this particular destination. Ok so, maybe I would wander it, but I would like a little more time to discover the wonders of this place. Even though I have visited here previously, I didn't get nearly enough time as I feel this city deserves. Luckily, I have a husband who is more than agreeable concerning this dream.

So. Here's the plan. It's not a very in-depth one yet, but it's a start. Lewis and I + one month + a teeny tiny studio apartment + Paris = Bliss in Paris, or, as Lewis likes to call it, being bored in Paris. The idea is to stay in one place and get to know a city a little more than if we were just passing through. Obviously, it would take more than one measly month to really get to know a city, especially one as brilliant as Paris, but you have to work with what you've got! The City of Lights is most definitely calling me, and as been for a long time.

I want to wander back streets and stumble upon little cafes and shops I wouldn't normally find, get my morning coffee from the same place each day so that I get a familiar nod and smile with my cup. I want to read a whole book in the Luxembourg park, drink far too much wine while sitting at a booth in an intimate restaurant, buy vintage finds in tiny antique stores and bring home fresh flowers that I don't really need but hey, it's Paris so why not?? I want to have a picnic in the romantic Buttes Chaumont park, and kiss my husband on the Pont Alexandre bridge by lamplight, and get sick of seeing the Eiffel Tower (that's right... I said it...).

Of course, just getting there and doing all of this would mean that Lewis and I would be eating bread and cheese on the floor of our apartment for the entire month, but it's worth it. If I never get to visit any other place on this earth bar one spot (god forbid!) than let this be it. Let me feel a little less like a stranger in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I know there are many, and everyone has their personal favourite and opinion on what is the most beautiful city. Just let me have this one.

.... That's my dream anyway. A girl's got to dream.

(All images found via Pinterest)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

From a Favourite...

Was in need of a little inspiration amid my load of essays, so I clicked on over to a sure thing when it comes to beauty in the home. Trina's blog - A Country Farmhouse - is so stunning, and I am constantly in the throes of pure, green jealousy over her house, garden and cherub children.

Here are some shots of her home I had to share with you this morning...

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

My Baby Takes the Morning Train...

Hello little blog! And little blog followers! Sorry for my absence, I am waaaay snow under with assignments, but I am coming by quickly to show you something a little old but utterly fabulous!!

My darling friends Nick and Sammi were married a few years ago in beautiful Montville (terrific wedding!), and a short while afterwards they did a shoot with the brilliant team at CK Metro Photography in Toowoomba. Nick and Sammi are perfect for each other, and are just divine souls in general. You'll love these shots just as much as I did when I first saw them!

Combine the talent of Ck Metro and and the retro deliciousness of my beautiful Sammi, and you get the following stunning shots...