A Week o’ Love

July 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm (Cyberspace Gems, Sweet Nothings/Ramblings)

It’s Sunday again! I have had a fairly laid back weekend which has been great (they’re rare these days). Here’s the Week o’ Love post with a few things that I have loved doing, seeing, reading and lusting after in the last little while. Let me know what you’ve been loving – comment below!

LIFE

Credit card elimination. The day finally came on Thursday. It was at ZERO! A more joyous day than my birthday and Christmas combined.

Hitting the 10kg milestone. I can’t believe I used to carry that much extra weight. Feels absolutely amazing.

Finding THE perfect Parisian apartment. See Places.

Little extras: Making hundreds of lists and ticking things off, helping friends and posting them “just because” gifts, reading in the sun, dancing to the Beatles, dry shampoo, Max Brenner hot chocolates, romantic dinners, cabaret festival shows, fudge (need I say more) and new clients.

PLACE

This Parisian Apartment. I was barely able to sleep after I found this apartment in Paris’ St Germain. T asked me not to get my hopes up, it might not be available (despite me enquiring 11 months in advance). But it is! We are planning our “last hurrah” trip (before we start knuckling down and saving like adults for apartments of our own and “rainy days”) for next year. We’ll be travelling around Northern Europe, returning to Paris for its music festival Fête de la Musique and Bastille Day, using the apartment as a home away from home over the 7 weeks. It’s described as an artist’s loft and I am officially in love.

CYBERSPACE GEMS (mostly about food)

What Katie Ate serves up some amazing birthday recipes. I am drooling over the Chocolate Truffle Tarts.

Jess from The Belle Lumiere reviews one of her Holy Grail beauty products, Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum.

Over at The Happiness Cocktail (one of my fave blogs ever), Yaz has given us the recipe for a seriously tasty chia seed parfait.

10 Ways To Find That Grown Up Feeling is a guest post by Ashe over at Yes and Yes.

Carly shares her chicken and lentil stew secrets at Smaggle.

On The Freedom Experiment, Marthe is talking about over-estimating your obstacles and under-estimating you.

Merowyn adds a delish berry smoothie to Blithely Unaware (and love her crazy drawings).

Life is about creating yourself – Sandi reminds us over at In The Thick Of It.

STYLE AND BEAUTY

An all Australian cast today in Style and Beauty. Clockwise from left:

♥  Autumn Leaves earrings by birdofplay (on madeit.com.au)

♥  A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil

♥  Love Bird print by Billy and Scarlet (on madeit.com.au)

♥  Miss Orchid dress by Sydney-based label Khamoda

What have you been loving recently?

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A Week o’ Love

July 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm (Cyberspace Gems, Things I Love)

Welcome to another Friday – here’s another cocktail of things, places, blog posts, style and beauty products that I’ve been lusting over or inspired by recently. TGIF!

LIFE

Amazing Face. Zoe Foster’s latest foray into the writing world is this freakin’ incredible beauty book. I devoured it within a few hours of purchasing it and now have a list of ‘to buy’ products as long as my arm, but it has reinvigorated my love of skincare and cosmetics.

Fishtail braids. I have become obsessed with messy fishtail braids (see top right). Something a little different to the common plait.

Date nights. T and I have been getting out a bit more recently and enjoying the Melbourne nightlife: cabaret performances, the circus, fancy dinner dates and the movies. It’s worth spending a little money on quality time.  : )

Little extras: Bircher muesli, my tweet on happiness being published in the latest issue of Madison mag, using hurt for good (song writing in my case), getting back into my healthy eating groove, party planning, days with sunshine and a temperature over 15 degrees celsius, long Skype chats with my parents, researching our next European adventure and fun new students.

PLACES

Cafe Gaia. This cafe is always packed when I arrive and I can see why. The coffee is good and this apple + rhubarb crumble is frickin’ incredible (sorry for the blurry iPhone pic).

San Churro Chocolateria. T and I went out to the circus and I decided we needed something sweet and warm. Enter San Churro Light Hot Choc. Mmmmm… Delicious (not so nutritious). The churros themselves are also fantastic.

POSTS

Chantelle from fat mum slim teaches us how to make a cake in a jar. Two parts yum, one part awesome.

Over at The Happiness Cocktail, Yaz is enjoying switching off her laptop and switching on her ‘real’ life.

Life feeling out of control crazy? Check out Samantha’s post for Balance in Me on surviving the busyness epidemic.

Marthe discusses sharing your dreams on her fabulous blog The Freedom Experiment.

Jo Foster asks ‘Are you really you?’

This post on how to be happy is really interesting, care of MINDFOOD.

STYLE AND BEAUTY

These patterned footless tights from Tightology would add some interest to an otherwise dull winter outfit

The Dreamer t-shirt is not only gorgeous and inspiring but is also made from organic cotton (bonus!) by lovely Brisbane Etsy seller milatree (bonus!)

I am still lusting over handbags, this time it’s the Splash Knot handbag by Melbourne designer Sarah Conners.

A bunch of goodies available from Mecca Cosmetica: Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector and Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Foundation Primer.

What have you been loving recently?

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A Week o’ Love

June 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm (Cyberspace Gems, Sweet Nothings/Ramblings)

It seems that yet another weekend has crept up on us! The Week o’ Love posts capture things that I have loved doing, seeing, reading and lusting after in the last little while. I hope they make you smile and think about what has made your week special. Let me know, comment below!

LIFE

Reading. Oh my God how I have missed reading. I didn’t realise it until I became totally engrossed in a book this week (for the online book club I have joined). As a child I used to spend whole weekends in bed reading, devouring the pages but now I don’t seem to indulge in that pleasure anymore. Adding it to my to do list every week.  Très awesome.
The book was Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson for those interested.

Being my own finance fairy. While I can’t say I’m in love with reviewing budgets and doing my taxes, I can say that I love knowing what I have to do to be in control of my finances. It is a little sad knowing that I won’t be able to splurge on a new wardrobe any time soon, but paying off my credit card, the tax man and saving for our Bali trip will have to do!

Little extras: A 17 degree day in winter (practically unheard of in Melbourne), killing it at a tough workout, vintage musicals (especially ones that contain amazing tap dancing scenes), lovely students that are making progress, learning fashion illustration from scratch (wish me luck), sorting out the best birthday present ever for my boyfriend, clearing writer’s block, beach walks and delicious muesli.

PLACE

Chez Dré. I hadn’t been able to find the perfect macaron since Ladurée in Paris until now. Chez Dré is a gorgeous little patisserie/boulangerie in South Melbourne which does fantastic food and a good cuppa (always important).

CYBERSPACE GEMS

Sarah Wilson tells us the scary truth behind our cosmetics.

Alexandra from The Art of Afternoon Tea shares a great Cinnamon Doughnut recipe (check out her cute food illustrations while you’re there).

Look at these gorgeous bow ties that Tania over at Fashionising found. French of course.

Sarah from Yes and Yes fame has a great guest post called Hobby to Job: Business Advice for Non-Business Types. Creatives, check this out.

Zen Habits explains The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done.

And introducing a cute little blog called loving at the moment …, penned by Jessica. Very sweet.

STYLE AND BEAUTY

♥  I still do not own a proper handbag (I know, what kind of a woman am I?), but one that has seriously tickled my fancy is Mimco’s Orbit Day Bag. It’s on sale if anyone would like to purchase said bag as an I love you gift. *wink*

♥  How gorgeous are these coasters by Anna Pernilla?

♥  I am convinced that I am in dire need of a fuschia lipstick and Funny Face by NARS may be just the one.

What have you been loving recently?

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A Week o’ Love

May 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm (Cyberspace Gems, Sweet Nothings/Ramblings)

Hello again Friday – you have certainly been missed!

Here’s what have been the highlights of the past couple of weeks, served piping hot and easy to digest. Hope you have an amazing weekend planned either with your loved ones or rocking out on your own.

LIFE

Girly weekend get togethers. My gorgeous friend Sarah organised a beauty workshop and afternoon tea last weekend. It was so nice to chill out, play with mineral make up and chat instead of working for once.

Community. I recently discovered this TV show (yes I am slow at hopping on the bandwagon) but had it recommended by several friends. Love it. Especially in bed when it is freezing outside (read: every day this week).

Finding motivation even in bad situations. I seem to be getting better at this. Realising that even though it is a less than perfect situation to be in, it can always lead to something positive. Getting charged interest on my credit card for the first time in years – motivation to finally list all my excess possessions on eBay.

Little extras: losing 8.5 kilograms and getting new jeans 2 sizes smaller (!), getting my yoga on, staying in bed all morning, getting the apartment organised, baking my Nanna’s famous apple crumble, gloves, my “find the best porridge in my area” mission and hot green tea.

PLACES

Burch & Purchese. Because T and I have been eating so well and exercising like little gym bunnies, we have allowed ourselves a couple of extra special treats recently. When I walked into Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio my eyes bulged and my mouth watered. They have the most amazing little decadent creations – check them out on the right! Each dessert has a number of interesting layers that combine to create a party in your mouth sensation. Believe me.

LuxBite. I love macarons – who doesn’t? I also love cakes. LuxBite is a beautiful little cafe which specialises in sweet treats. Look at the stunning afternoon tea we had a few weeks ago (left). They also have amazing tea which goes brilliantly with a macaron or three.

POSTS

The Happiness Cocktail (post: Follow Your Dreams Not The Dollar Signs) and Yes and Yes (post: How to become a Grown Up Part 1) have touched on the common Career Crisis – something I have thought a lot about and had even started a post on (they beat me to it). :)

Gala Darling has put together her Adventurous Summer To Do List.

Whereas Marthe from The Freedom Experiment tells you to Replace your To-do List (with crazy and liberating things instead).

The lovely Tresna booked a flight to Paris but didn’t take it. Her letter Dear Flight D7 2014 explains why.

Beautiful truths from Sandi at In The Thick Of It. Read it twice.

Sarah Wilson inspired me with her column How to have a better Morning Routine. I’ve been experimenting with my routine ever since. Blog post to come.

STYLE AND BEAUTY

WALL ART. Our music room is in dire need of this Sound of Music lyrics framed poster. How cute is it? I’ve always loved the Sound of Music AND the Queen herself Julie Andrews. Poster by Kru Books on Etsy.

KEVIN.MURPHY. I was lucky enough to try  couple of samples of KEVIN.MURPHY hair products a couple of months ago and now that we’re into winter and my hair is crying out for some moisture treatment, I can’t wait to grab the BORN.AGAIN treatment —>.

Lululemon Athletica. Embarrassingly, when I was cleaning out my wardrobe this morning I realised that I may be close to having more workout gear than normal everyday clothing. This situation would be much worse if I had given in to all the temptation over at Lululemon.

Just look at how amazingly soft this cashmere Mudra Wrap looks? My freezing hands could do with those mitten sleeves!!

(Sorry for the grey theme in Style and Beauty, the winter weather must be influencing me!)

What have you been loving recently?

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Cyberspace Gems

October 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm (Cyberspace Gems)

 Since I’ve been back, I’ve been frantically trying to catch up on all the posts that flooded my Google Reader. Here are some of my recent favourites.
Is it helpful to categorise them like this?

STYLE

I love the way that The Glamourous Grad Student has pimped glamourized her Filofax.

Over at Patsyfox, Angie shows us what some of her super talented fashion design drawing salon students are up to. I am definitely enrolling at the Patsyfox Drawing Salon next year!

This post about The No Project, explains how Sam from Backstage at Bento (Bento being her beautiful new fashion line) is using her own disappointment to benefit those less fortunate.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The wise Sarah from Yes and Yes shares her 31 Things I’ve Learned in 31 Years.

Marthe from The Freedom Project posts tips to help you Create Space to Dream.

Sarah Wilson discusses the Elegance of a Morning Routine.

What are you first? Vanessa (Chicken Soup for the Dorky Soul) asks how you describe yourself.

BEAUTY

Super Kawaii Mama has come to the rescue again with one of her fantastic tutorials. This time it’s How To Create The Perfect Winged Eyeliner.

Ponikuta has great videos of her interview with Benefit Cosmetics’ Global Brow Expert Hilary Foote for those of you that may want some brow assistance/advice.

Laura shares some of her makeup faves over at Life. Beauty. Laughter.

FOOD

What Katie Ate is a food blog with the most delicious and mouth watering pictures. This Sunday Sundaes post definitely had me drooling.
WARNING: Don’t click if you’re feeling peckish.

What gems have you found when trawling the internet?

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Cyberspace Gems

August 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm (Cyberspace Gems)

Happy Monday readers! The beginning of a new week and I’ll start by updating you on last week in the life of Kim.

MADE:   New friends. I love meeting new people and get especially excited when they are like-minded people full of enthusiasm and ideas.

WENT:   To French Pink for my first pedicure. I will write a post about my beauty experiences over the last week, but it gets a huge thumbs up from me!

GOT:   A pay rise. Small but still made me feel valued (mainly due to the email that came with it).

DID:   Work all weekend. I just keep imagining all the beautiful clothes over in Europe… *sigh*

BEEN:   Counting down the sleeps. Only 2 to go! I am trying to write a whole swag of posts to keep you occupied while I am away and will put up little ‘postcards’ of my travels.

SAW:   The Kids Are Alright, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Beautiful film. I’ve also been watching True Blood a lot.

Anyway, enough about me – Cyberspace Gems is about sharing the love with other bloggers and websites. Here is the crème de la crème of the last few weeks…  

Australian fashion designer Samantha Hardman has launched her first lookbook for her label Bento, and it is amazing. All made in Melbourne with high quality fabrics, this collection is all about beautiful staples to tie your wardrobe together.

The beautiful Laura Valerie of Life. Beauty. Laughter. talks about starting a notebook for compliments.

Sarah over at Wordsmith Lane posted a great interview with freelance writer Nicole Haddow.

Super Kawaii Mama has a fab post about how to feel glamourous when you’re feeling sick and awful.

Want to be inspiring every day? Vanessa, the wonderful creator of Chicken Soup for the Dorky Soul tells you how.

Style Bites informed me that Levi has launched a line of Curvy Jeans. Hallelujah!!

Gaynor at The Modern Woman’s Survival Guide confesses to stepping back into the corporate world – but on her terms.

Tim Ferriss posts about Rolf Potts, a travel writer who will travel 12 countries with no baggage at all complete with his tips and advice.

I love the foodie blog What Katie Ate and am determined to test out this Rum Mocha Baked Cheesecake.

What amazing links have you come across on the web lately?

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Cyberspace Gems

July 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm (Cyberspace Gems)

Welcome to the last Friday of July everyone! I am in a great mood, wearing royal blue silk ruffles and preparing for a mid afternoon walk in the sunshine.

What are you doing to enjoy your Friday a little more than usual?

Below are some of the best blog posts I’ve read in the past few weeks, so grab a coffee/green tea/hot chocolate, sit back and I hope you love them as much as I do:

Garance Dore asks What is Elegance?

The Elements of Change by Leo at Zen Habits

Maddie of Spinkle Diary requests that you stand up, revolt and love your body

Colour Me Katie makes marshmallows even more fun
Great for a quick Friday smile!

Sarah at Yes and Yes showcases some of the Moments of Win photos in the blog’s Flickr stream

Candace at Super Kawaii Mama lets you in on the secrets of how she gets her groove back

Ever wanted to know how great bloggers network and promote their blog? Corrine over at Frock & Roll has interviewed 3 fabulous ladies to share their knowledge!

Luana at LEMON SODA helps you declutter, reminding you that Less is More

Fashionising gives us a peek at George Wu’s Spring 10/11 collection
Gorgeous Australian designs

Sarah Wilson ask ‘Are you ready?‘ reminding us to check in with ourselves before we start anything

Have you found any inspiring and amazing posts?
Please share them in a comment – I’d love to check them out!

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Cyberspace Gems

July 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm (Cyberspace Gems)

Welcome to a new week everyone! I’m not usually that excited and positive on a Monday, but why not start the week with a smile? Before we get into the handpicked gems dotted around the web, here’s a quick peek into my world in the past week…

MADE:   Not much (oh the shame). I guess I virtually made the Muesli o’ Love and Strength that I ordered…

WENT:   To breakfast at Batch Expresso. This is a cafe a few minutes from our house which is New Zealand themed. I was loving the wooden buzzy bee toys, NZ beers and Maori figures on display. Ahhh, looked like home.

GOT:    A handbag and two singlets. That concludes my necessary purchases for my trip. Very exciting – almost 7 weeks away now!

DID:   Win a prize on the radio. I know, I couldn’t believe it either! I haven’t called into a radio competition since I was in my early teens because you can never get through! But at 5.45am on the way to my gym session, I answered the quiz questions and won a gym gift voucher! Figures.  : )

BEEN:   Feeling nostalgic. I am in the middle of writing a post on this feeling and my attitudes towards it. My weekend was full of it.

SAW:   Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1. I was a big Buffy fan back in the day. Who doesn’t love a kick ass girl power figure? I’m just starting to make my way through the series again and loving it.

Here are some posts that have made me think, laugh or nod enthusiastically in agreement. Enjoy!

Why I buy and write for magazines by Nicole Haddow

My friend Sarah at the Style Emporium (the spending Queen) is giving up shopping for Dry July

How to stay afloat when everyone’s pulling you down by LEMON SODA

One of my style fears is addressed by the fab Corrine at Frock and Roll in a post to convince you that wearing skinny jeans doesn’t have to be scary.

Zen Habits teaches us how to simplify while still loving ‘stuff’

The ever wonderful Glamourous Grad Student writes about creating balance in your life

Vanessa at Chicken Soup for the Dorky Soul has written a great post on the Blog Self vs the Real Self

A Valuable Guide to Resisting Temptations in Life by Balance In Me

I’ve also been enjoying Sarah Ayoub’s blog Wordsmithlane which has wonderful insights and information on freelance writing, media and the print industry.

What have you found on the web that you’ve enjoyed reading?

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Cyberspace Gems

May 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm (Cyberspace Gems)

Welcome, my delightful readers (and a quick thank you for checking in)!

I thought I’d start this Cyberspace Gems edition with an update on what I’ve been up to (in case you’re interested, if not, feel free to scroll down to the luscious links)!

MADE:   Not a lot really. I need to get a tad more crafty. I did make an effort to start using my Fashionary. I added 3 sketches and then decided I needed coloured pencils to really let my creativity go wild.

WENT:  Cecylia’s Blogger Party. Cupcakes and champagne did nothing for my new healthy lifestyle, but it was lovely to indulge, scan the racks of beautiful (national and international) designer clothing and meet fantastic new people (including Cecylia herself). I also won a prize after completing a fashion quiz – woohoo! 
If you live in Melbourne, check out her sweet boutique at 1113 High Street, Armadale.

DID:   Book into a photography course. If all goes to plan, I should be starting my 2 day course on Sunday 30 May. Thrilled that I’ll be able to structure my photos a lot better and learn new tricks with my camera.

BEEN:   Practising for T’s gig tonight. I’m singing on a number of the tracks he’ll be performing – a little nervous, but more excited for him.

SAW:   The final episode of Supernatural Season 5. I cried. I know, I’m a sook. I’m going to blame the red wine…

And what you’ve all come here to see…
FABULOUS WEB FINDS

Super Kawaii Mama’s teachings on The Secrets to Being Glamourous for Every Occasion: Cleaning and Dealing with Cold

The Modern Woman shares her 10 Tips to Fix Your Financial Faux Pas

Love the look of fat mum slim’s Basic Butter Biscuits recipe

The Glamourous Grad Student is taking a serious look at her wardrobe with the first two posts in her Style Self-Help series: Wardrobe Practicalities and Wardrobe Glee

Colour Me Katie shares photos and video footage of her Ghostbusters themed improv performance in a library full of unsuspecting bookworms. Gave me a grin!

Learn how to Network with Substance Style and Soul over at yes and yes
Part One and Part Two

The lovely Holly at Am I There Yet? tests out how to create pin curls

House of Turtle is spreading the love by pioneering Positive Tweets Week. Check out the progress so far (I even get a couple of mentions)!

What gems have you found online recently?

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Cyberspace Gems

May 4, 2010 at 11:14 am (Cyberspace Gems)

Hope you had a fantastic weekend! I worked a bit at childrens parties, indulged in the occasional nanna nap, went to the gym and went to the movies.

Anyway, without further ado – here are some of my picks from the web-o-sphere that I have enjoyed reading/viewing and am passing the baton onto you my lovely readers. Enjoy!

Frock and Roll talks about being honest with who you are

The Modern Woman fights with her skinny jeans
A plight that I can sympathise with!

A collection of 12 things that make Colour Me Katie smile
Gorgeous photos to help you smile through your Tuesday

10 Ways to Fight Fatigue over at MINDFOOD

Love this blog: 1000 Awesome Things

An Ordinary Girl’s World celebrates Spring
(for those of you lucky enough to be in the throes of it)

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to volunteer at a Fashion Week?
The lovely Sarah of Sarah’s Style Emporium will keep you up to date this week with her volunteering adventures at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week

Gift ideas for the traveler in your life over at yes and yes

Check out the Interior Styling Group on Flickr for some amazing inspiration

What wonderful links and blogs have you found in your travels?

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