A happy birthday to my red-headed cutie-pie!
A happy birthday to my red-headed cutie-pie!
Let me tell you what I’m big on at the moment… the good old formula: Sweater + Pencil Skirt!
I’m a little excited that the change in weather means it’s now sweater season!
This pairing makes life so much easier when I’m trying to race out the door.
Yesterday I dragged out a whole bunch of sweaters and realised that moths had eaten through 2 of my best sweaters, sigh.
Here are some tips if you’re thinking about buying yourself a new sweater.
1. Over-sized and baggy knits are very “in” at the moment. If you’re a size S, you’re supposed to buy a size M, or even size L if you dare. But I’m not such a big fan of over-lengthened sweater sleeves. I prefer to just wear a sweater with a loose shape, in my size. But whatever floats your boat!
2. A sweater in a neutral colour (black, white, grey or beige) will obviously match more skirts in your wardrobe and therefore guarantee that you’ll wear it for 3-4 seasons. Just keep that in mind when you’re about to buy a very “on trend” colour like forest green, maroon or camel.
3. Knit is important. I love fine wools and cashmere, but realistically I can’t afford to buy luxurious, high quality knits all the time. I find that knit blends with a bit of cashmere still feel lovely against my neck and arms.
4. Get yourself a lint shaver to get rid of any fuzz or pill that might build up on high contact areas. Do a search on ebay and I promise you’ll find one that costs $5 and ships from Hong Kong. It’ll bring new life to your old knits!
Wearing: Piper knit sweater (cotton and cashmere blend for $60), Country Road cap, Sportsgirl skirt, Fiorelli handbag (20 years old!), Witchery pointed flats.
My husband is a sweetheart. But sometimes he’s a bit crazy, in a daggy, sweetheart kind of way.
Years ago he decided that he wanted our backyard to be full of frangipani plants, and in each colour available.
It was a long term project. He had to buy some plants in different colours, he knocked on people’s door asking for cuttings, we may have stolen a few cuttings. Then we had to grow the cuttings, wait for them to flower – which sometimes took years!
Finally, we have 4 colours which we are really happy with!
Even though you see these white fragipanis everywhere, I still adore how fresh and happy they look!
So many people ask for a cutting of our pink fragipani tree, and we happy to give them. But they are really difficult to grow and sometimes it takes 3 years to flower, and most of the time they look like a dead stick in a pot.
Vibrant orange/pink/yellow. Crazy mixture of colours, I don’t know if they are orange or yellow sometimes.
Oh these are my favourite! Deep, dark pink. They look so moody.
We still have an orangey-red one which we are hoping to flower soon!
I met up with my girlfriends for coffee and brunch at the much talked about cafe in South Perth, Sprolo.
I discovered that the word “Sprolo” turned out to be a completely made-up, combination of the words “espresso” and “YOLO” (you only live once)… which I thought was kind of cool.
The cafe was big, spacious and airy, with big glass windows and lots of natural light. There were lots of cafe table seating, high bar tables, and a little corner for kids (toy box, chalk board, mini chairs and a mat).
The food menu was quite simple and light – toasts, fruit breads, muffins, cakes, croissants, salmon bagels, salads, and waffles.
I was actually dying to try out their Traditional Singaporean breakfast – which consisted of soft boiled eggs, eaten with a bit of white pepper and dark soy sauce, sour dough toast, and homemade kaya (coconut egg jam) – $12.
At first my heart sank at the thought of paying $12 for eggs, jam and sliced bread. This would cost what, $4 in Singapore?
But I had to remind myself that it’s completely normal these days to pay more for artisan, organic and homemade foods – so shut the hell up and just get over it Karen!
Besides, it made me feel happy that I was supporting a local business and concept (as opposed to spending $12 at McDonald’s!).
The sourdough was fresh and crunchy. I don’t usually eat bread nowadays. And when I do, I always prefer to eat wholemeal, multigrain and rye. So tucking into a few slices of white bread, was very unusual for me. Thankfully, it was totally worth the indulgence! YUM!
The kaya was homemade and delicious. The soft boiled eggs were just lovely too.
I’ve been back to Sprolo two more times, since my first visit and taking these photos. I really enjoyed the spaciousness, the light, and the ease in which I can pop in at any time and I’m pretty much guaranteed to get a table (I really don’t like queuing).
Oh and the coffees are great too!
138 Canning Hwy
South Perth WA 6151
Monday to Saturday 7am – 4pm
Sunday 8am – 2pm