Archive for January 2017

 

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Quilted Handbag

28 January 2017

Rebecca Minkoff Purse

It’s the Chinese New Year and according to tradition you’re supposed to buy a new outfit to wear. Sounds pretty good to me!

While not exactly an outfit, I picked out this new Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair Bag as my go-to clutch for simple, evening dinners. A lot of my bags are medium-sized and in a casual style. I’ve never owned a black leather clutch for more “dressed up occasions”.

Anyway – yay – this quilted bag is a great size, made from lovely leather, and it’s a classic style that goes with everything.

I can fit my purse, phone, lipstick, keys and compact camera in this baby!

Rebecca Minkoff Purse

I was tossing between this Quilted Mini Affair style, or this Geo Quilted Crossbody Bag or the Love Crosbody Bag.

I eventually chose the Quilted Mini because of its smaller size (20cm x 15cm), the chain on the shoulder strap is thicker and it has a 2-length strap, which means I can easily change the length of the strap (long crossbody style where the bag sits below my hip or having it sit above my hip).

Yes, it’s very Chanel-esque without the Chanel-esque price tag, which is why I chose it, but it means I get to save for another bag I have my eyes on — oops!

Also pictured here are my Marc Bale Rose Gold Watch and The Peachbox Pearl Orb Bangle and Acne Studios Suede Pumps.

Happy Lunar New Year!


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What I Wore: The British Museum

24 January 2017

Topshop Khaki Coat

This is me at The British Museum! My lovely mum and I stood against this white wall and tried to dodge the huge crowd of of visitors, tourists and school kids – which was close to impossible!

I’m showing off my new Double Breasted Coat from Topshop.

Love the colour! So affordable and great quality too.

I wasn’t actually planning to buy a coat during my trip. I have so many at home in Australia.

You see, I didn’t pack a nice, wool coat for my 4 week stay in London, because my sister said I could borrow her coats. She and I are the same size, so it made sense to reduce my luggage weight, which actually just meant I brought 5 pairs of shoes instead of 4.

Anyway, when I found out her only wool coat was a Burberry one – I borrowed it once, wore it for 7 hours, walked around all day doing some shopping and sight seeing, slinging my backpack over my shoulder – I KNEW that I would scuff it up and wear it out at the shoulder (from the constant rubbing of my bag strap).

So I didn’t want to damage her coat, so haha that was my excuse to buy myself a new coat.

Not a Burberry one though!

I’m also wearing a Turtleneck Wool Sweater from Country Road (old season), Uniqlo Heattech Top (lovely and warm!), Frame denim Jeans, Adidas Stan Smiths (on sale at ASOS), and my Rebecca Minkoff Backpack.


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Museum Highlight: Iznik Ceramics

22 January 2017

Iznik Designs from London Museums

One of the highlights of my visit to London were all the Turkish Ceramics and Middle Eastern designs at The Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum.

I’ve seen and studied Iznik Ceramics in books before…

But this is the first time I’ve seen ACTUAL Iznik artefacts from the 1550s, up close, with my own eyes, staring at their intricate patterns, their tessellating tile goodness, each teeny-tiny brush stroke, and marvelling at the way the colour puddles at the end of each painted line.

Yeah I got a bit excited.

And yeah I’m a bit embarrassed that I’m just in a London museum and not actually in a mosque in Istanbul, looking at these Iznik patterns, in their natural surroundings.

(There’s a travel goal in that one!)

Iznik Designs from London Museums

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Iznik Designs from London Museums

So I really couldn’t contain myself. My heart was singing and doing cart-wheels all over the place!

I took hundreds of photos and just HAD to share some of my favourites!

Enjoy!

xxx


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What I Wore: COS and Burberry

20 January 2017

At the Victoria and Albert Museum

This is me looking like a school girl at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the museum of art and design.

Not so hilarious, because I was acting like one… reading every panel, examining every detail and taking zillions of photos.

That place was AWE-INSPIRING! Loved it so much! We spent hours there!

As for my outfit…

I went shopping on Regent Street the day before and I bought this dress from COS, a Straight Cut Crinkle Dress (on sale too!).

Wearing a BambooBody Scoop Singlet under the dress for extra warmth.

I have my lovely Acne Studios Jensen Booties, which were so comfortable to wear all day.

My Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack, just to make myself look even more like a school girl :P

And I borrowed my sister’s Burberry Wool Cashmere Coat, which was flipping amazing.

Tee hee, it’s very cool that we are exactly the same clothes size and shoe size. Too bad we both live on different sides of the world though!


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Snapchatting Art History from the National Gallery

18 January 2017

I went to visit the National Gallery of London, which features Western European art from the 1300 – 1900s. It was a lovely gallery, with lovely rooms and lots of space.

It was my first time there and I pretty much snapchatted a whole art history lesson for my kids to watch haha.

I uploaded something like 20 photos, saying things like… “This painting is by a SUPER DUPER FAMOUS painted called Vincent Van Gogh… it’s worth about $40 million, so be impressed!”

I felt irreverent and so low-brow, but hey, I had to entertain my 7 year old.
National Gallery London Visit 2016

On the other hand, for me…

I had a WONDERFUL time slooooowly browsing through the gallery and taking hundreds of photos. I’m not sure why I took so many photos, though.

Possibly just to capture a little bit of the magic, so I could keep it forever, on my hard drive, and on my blog.

National Gallery London Visit 2016

Delicious details by Dutch still life painter Jan Janz Treck, Vanitas Still Life (1648).

To my boys I said: “It’s about death and the futility of all human ambition. Depression much?”

National Gallery London Visit 2016

Self portrait aged 63, by Rembrandt (1669)

To my boys I said: “Very famous Dutch painter.”

National Gallery London Visit 2016

Snow Scene at Argenteil, by Claude Monet (1875).

“Super famous French painter –  Claude Monet. He’s like REALLY FAMOUS yo.”

National Gallery London Visit 2016

The Water Lily Pond, by Claude Monet (1899).

“One of Monet’s famous series of paintings of a lily pond. FAMOUS.”

National Gallery London Visit 2016

Bathers at Asnieres, by Georges Seurat (1884).

“This guy was a French post-impressionist. He liked to paint with dots.”

National Gallery London Visit 2016

Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window by Paul Gauguin (1890)

“By a dude named Gauguin. Not so famous. But still significant.”

“You better not be bored yet. Keep scrolling!” I said.

National Gallery London Visit 2016

Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh (1888)

“This painting is by a SUPER DUPER FAMOUS painted called Vincent Van Gogh…”

“It’s his most famous painting.”

“It’s worth about $40 million, so be impressed!”

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A Wheatfield, with Cypress by Vincent van Gogh (1889)

“This is my favourite van Gogh. His brush strokes are amazing! He’s a genius!”

And I sent them 5 close up photos too. At different angles.

Seriously, I was in heaven. I could have stayed there all day.

I kept having flashes of scenes and chapters from “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt and the whole idea of how seeing a painting feels like visiting an old friend; snatching a glance of a painting again and again, just to feel the buzz it brings to you; and being haunted by a painting for life.

Yes I’m having a fabulous time in London!


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What I Wore: Out to Buy Milk and Layering Up

16 January 2017

London Street Style

When I left Australia, the weather was a glorious 35°C… so yes, I’m a little surprised by the 5°C winter days here in London.

I’m not going to pretend to be a stylish fashion blogger, extravagantly jet-setting around the world, effortlessly transitioning from season to season, country to country, like I was fluent in international living!

I just want to wear my comfiest and warmest clothes, that are practical for what I’m doing and try to look somewhat OK haha.

Here I’m heading out to the shops. I’m going to buy almond milk and to put money onto my Oyster Card (a smart card for using London transport).

On this particular day, it snowed!

I was walking to the bus and I had my first experience of snow falling on my face. Wayhey!

I’m wearing:

4 Layers On Top:

BambooBody Scoop Singlet – Lovely, smooth bamboo fabric. Nice and tight to keep me warm.

BambooBody 3/4 Sleeve Top – Feels lovely on my skin. Fitted but not too tight. Great for layering.

Grana Cashmere Sweater – I love this sweater! Feels amazing and so warm. Use my Grana link for 10% off + free shipping!

Obermeyer Tuscany Jacket – This is my water-proof jacket (for sports/hiking/skiing/everyday wear), which I bought in Mountain Design Australia, a few years ago. I’ve worn it mountain climbing in Scotland, hiking in Tasmania, and I’ve worn it every weekend in Perth in winter while watching my boys play football in the wind and rain! I like its simple / minimal design and it has a fur hood, which makes it look a bit stylish!

It’s been my best practical winter purchase ever! It was a bit expensive (AUD$350) but oh man, it has been worth the money so many times over.

 

Bottoms Layers:

Frame Le Skinny Jeanne Jeans – Probably not the warmest jeans to wear in winter, as my thighs were probably the coldest part of my body, as they got wet from the rain, snow and wind. But hey they are nice and comfy otherwise.

Acne Pistol Boots – I bought these secondhand off a private seller. I have been stalking these boots for years on eBay, and finally found a lovely girl in Sydney (on a Facebook designer sale group), selling hers in my size at my kind of price (under A$200). They are ridiculously comfortable! I walked around for 5 hours in them!

 

Other Layers:

Acne Narrow Canada Scarf – a bit of a splurge, but oh my it’s so warm and feels soft and smooth for a 100% wool scarf. Not itchy at all.

Pom Pom Beanie – Just some no-brand, cheap and cheerful beanie from a department store!

Leather Gloves – I bought these in Copenhagen, at the first high-street store I walked into, Pieces.

 

So after layering up like this for a week, I’ve gotten used to the bulkiness and walking around as if I’m wearing a sumo suit. Our apartment, shops, cafes, museums and buildings all have heating, so I just end up taking most of my layers off. I don’t mind it at all now :)


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London: Doing The Tourist Thing

14 January 2017

London - Big Ben 2016

Hello hello, I’m currently in London and having a grand old time!

I’ve travelled here with my mum and we’re staying with my little sister and her husband, basically waiting for their baby to arrive.

I’m here for 4 weeks and we’re here to help with the new baby. Eeeeek I can’t wait to cuddle a newborn!

Yep so I’m here without my husband and kids. All I can say is, life is really different without kids.

It’s neither better and worse… just different.

London - St Pauls 2016

What have we been up to?

Since we’re waiting for the baby to arrive (any time now!), we’re doing lots of sight-seeing. We’re walking 5 – 6kms a day, stopping for coffee, eating pastries, going into cool bookstores, visiting art galleries, strolling through museums, looking at old buildings, window shopping, eating at lovely restaurants…

We’ve been to the Borough Markets, walked along the Thames River, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral. Then we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Eye, Westminster Bridge, Westminster Abbey, St James Park, Soho, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, National Gallery, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, The British Museum and more.

We’ve been all over London, seeing all the big sights!

I’ve seen it all before, but I still enjoyed seeing it a second time around and admiring all the beautiful details. I couldn’t stop gawking at Big Ben. It is truly a beautiful building!

In fact I was in awe of ALL the old buildings, streets and architecture. I felt like a kid, with childlike wonder, walking around with my mouth hanging open, gaping with delight!

Part of me thought: Omg really Karen? Have some cool will you? Don’t be so lame. This is all cheesey, touristy stuff. There’s so much more in the world than this. So much more architectural wonder and natural beauty… and you’re excited about Big Ben??

Bah, my inner voice can be such a bitch!

I didn’t care. I deleted her from my inner playlist.

I may be lame, but I’ll never lose my wonder for the world around me. If I can find delight and appreciation from simple details, I’ll always be happy, where ever I am.

Bring on the cheesiness!

London - Eye 2016


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What I Wore: Woven Slip Dress

12 January 2017

Hello Parry Checked Dress

Hello hello, I have one more summer look to share before I head off to the UK :)

I have fallen crazy in love with this Ellie Woven Slip Dress from Hello Parry. It’s a slightly different take on the usual slip dress and I think it’s a great summer dress that’s not floral!

Slip dresses are not for everyone, as they can be quite low at the chest, low at the back, the material can be quite flimsy, thin and see through, they can be a bit shapeless and they can look like pyjamas!

Hello Parry Checked Dress

This dress is still a bit shapeless… but it’s fitted at the top, so it’s quite flattering.

It has a high neck and high back (I simply wear a strapless bra), and it also has adjustable shoulder straps so you can change the height of the neckline. I’m wearing it quite high in this photo, but worn low also looks great.

The material is lined with an oh-so-soft cottony material (it feels super lovely on my skin), it’s thick and not see-through. The houndstooth print is handwoven, not printed, so it has a kind of rustic and natural look to it.

I love its effortless shape and cute raw-edge details – it’s very summery. It comes in a blue or black too.

Hello Parry Checked Dress

I wore this to a birthday BBQ in the park, but I didn’t get to stay long, because I had to rush to the shops and then go home to pack.

I got heaps of compliments on the dress, I think because it looks very unique.

One stranger, a well dress lady in her 50s, asked if she could touch it, to feel the fabric, but she was feeling my thigh (omg!) and she asked if she could buy it off me? For her daughter. Er like right now? What did she think I was going to do? Just buy it yourself from the online store maybe?? Haha it was so strange. I wrote the URL on her phone.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a more standard silky slip dresses, Hello Parry have some nice ones, like this Nellie Hoop Dress and Omalia Silky Dress.

Also wearing Clare V Handbag, K Jacques Sandals, Sportsgirl hat, Ray-Ban Aviators.

Happy shopping!


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The Peachbox Bangle and Marc Bale Watch

11 January 2017

Peach Box Watch and Bangle

For Christmas, I was given a really lovely gift, this Marc Bale Rose Gold Watch and a Pearl Orb Bangle in gold. They are soooo pretty – both in photos and in real life!

The rose gold watch came with a matching rose gold strap AND a free Peach Leather Strap, which was a colour combination that I have been eyeing for months too. It’s super handy to have two looks with one watch, but at the moment I’ve just been using the mesh strap.

The watch itself has a good weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap. The bevel and the overall finish looks good, stylish and adds a gorgeous touch to my outfits.

I have bought bangles from The Peachbox before and I’m pretty happy with the quality of their fashion jewellery and customer service. In fact, I bought this Silver Urban Bangle last year (my blog post about it here)… I still wear it all the time and it still looks as new.

If you’re looking for a piece for yourself or for a gift, I have a code to share!

Get 15% off your whole order, just use the code “karenlycheng” which is valid until the end of January.

Enjoy!

xxx


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Tunnels of Trees

10 January 2017

Forest Road Denmark

It’s the middle of the afternoon, I’m cruising down a small country road, surrounded by a tunnels of trees, I’m sitting in a car with my favourite people, my husband and three boys, playing silly car games (Family Feud), holding a packet of chips in one hand, a phone in the other, sun is spilling onto my lap, we’re looking for Geocaches, using a new-fangled mobile app, my husband is driving, I’m navigating, my kids are laughing and singing and my heart glows —

All the heartaches from the past, all the stress and sadness, melts away, and what is left is this glorious picture of the now —

The now. It sparkles with a vibrant clarity! It brightens and shines all around me, begging for me to revel in it!

Four beautiful faces. Four voices. Four crazy smiles. If only I could freeze this moment, capture this everything, just like this, and keep it forever.

And my crazy smile makes five.


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What I Wore: My Last Day of Summer

9 January 2017

Off Shoulder Top By Shein

In a few days, I’ll be off to the UK for four weeks… where apparently the weather is going to be a chilly 4°C during the day. Crazy cold right?

But I’m from Australia, and I have no idea what 4°C actually means? What do I even wear?

Do I wear leggings under my jeans? Do I really have to wear a thermal top under my shirt + sweater + coat? Can I get by with ankle-grazing jeans and sneakers?

Haha I’m sure I’ll be fine. I’ll just throw a bunch of stuff into my suitcase and see how I go.

In the meantime, I’ve been savouring my every last minute of the glorious 35°C West Australian heat.

This Multicolour Off Shoulder Top from Shein has been on high rotation! I’ve already worn it to 2 birthday picnics and 2 playdates!

I didn’t think it was very “me” at first, but I absolutely love it now, because it’s so simple and cute.

In fact, the only reason I picked it was because, on the product page there are all these girls who have submitted photos of themselves wearing the top and THEY all look hell cute.

Now I’m desperate to find another top like it but slightly different?

I’m also wearing Le High Skinny Jeans by Frame Denim, Tory Burch Handbag from Shopbop and Tan Heels from Betts.


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New Year, New Gear

8 January 2017

Fitness Gear and Workouts 2017

Hey hey!

So I’m back from our family holiday… and I wish I could say that I had a few days to recover and settle down, but I’ve been running around like crazy trying to GET SHIT DONE before my trip to the UK.

I did manage to squeeze in a proper run one evening (yay me!) and I tested out some new gear too.

1) Zayn Reversible Puffer Vest from Betty Basic

I’m sooo happy with this vest. I’ve been looking for one for ages.

It’s lightweight, fits really well, soft, practical, good quality, good material, it’s not too shiny (or plastic looking) and it’s not too fashiony with buckles, zips, fur and pull ties. It’s nice and simple, I like it.

2) Sun Salutation Bra Top by Free People.

I am loving the activewear styles by Free People (via Revolve). These days, a lot of active wear feels tight and are made from compression, swimsuity material. But Free People seem to do softer, jersey fabrics, without the “specialist yoga” price tag.

I loooove the back of this this bra top.

Fitness Gear and Workouts 2017

3) Hotty Hot Shorts from Lululemon

Ok aside from the ridiculous name, these running shorts are pretty awesome.

I have a few pairs of runnings shorts, and they are made from that lightweight, parachute material (or whatever it’s called). Basically they are really noisy and they go SHH SHH SHH SHH whenever I run, so much so I have to turn up my music, so the noise doesn’t irritate the hell outta me.

I’m happy to report that these Lululemon shorts are nice and quiet. Super comfy too.

4) Sonic Sneakers by Adidas x Stella McCartney

After being a bit precious with these sneakers – only wearing them indoors – I finally took these babies outdoors for an actual run. They were fantastic! However I have to admit that I didn’t run on grass, sand, or any dirt whatsoever haha!

Happy running people!

xxx


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Snorkelling at Greens Pool, Walpole

7 January 2017

Greens Pool, Williams Bay, Walpole

During our holiday, we had such beautiful summer weather that we spent most days at the beach!

One of our favourite spots in the Walpole and Denmark area is Greens Pool, in the Williams Bay National Park. Heck, the place is so beautiful, I think it is everyone’s favourite spot.

We’ve been there a few times to hang out and swim, but this time we wanted to do something different. We wanted to go snorkelling with the kids.

We’ve taken them a few times in the past. But they’ve never really liked it. They always get cold really quickly (within 10 minutes!) and then they spend the rest of the day shivering under a towel on the beach.

So this time we bought them some wetsuits hoping they’d have a better time in the water (these are actually called Spring Suits which I bought for $50 each).

Snorkelling at Green Pool, Walpole

Unfortunately the ocean was SO COLD they only lasted about 30 minutes in the water.

(It was the Southern Ocean after all, between Australia and Antartica!)

Plus there wasn’t that much to see underwater. A few fish and lots of sand and seaweed.

As for me, I waded into the water and – yep – even I was surprised by how cold the water was.

I was really, really, REALLY reluctant to put on my wetsuit and go for a snorkel too.

I had so many reasons not to do it: the water was bloody freezing, the kids were already out of the water and wrapped up in their towels, there was no coral to see, I’ve seen seaweed before, I was feeling hungry, it was almost lunch time and I’d have to help make some sandwiches, I didn’t have my fins, mask or snorkel, I’d have to borrow the kid’s set, the beach and sand was so lovely and warm, PLUS I haven’t worn my wetsuit in about 8 years… maybe it didn’t fit me anymore, as neoprene tends to shrink and harden when not used often.

Snorkelling at Green Pool, Walpole

But in the end, I thought OMG KAREN, WILL YOU JUST LIVE A LITTLE?!

So I grabbed my wetsuit and I literally had to squeeze myself into it.

It was soooooooo tight. When I grabbed a bunch of fabric at my leg and pulled, I broke two fingernails, because that’s how hard I had to grip and pull! I got a bit sweaty and flustered trying to put it on, it felt like it was suffocating me and I was getting a bit claustrophobic and dizzy. My collar was so tight on my neck that it felt like there were fingers squeezing at my throat.

I don’t mean to be so dramatic, but it was pretty uncomfortable and I was about to give up.

Greens Pool, Williams Bay, Walpole

But the water was calling me, so I grabbed a mask and jumped in without much thought.

Icy water rushed into my suit and I squealed EEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPP!

But oh my gosh! I INSTANTLY LOVED IT!

My suit made me very buoyant, it kept me super warm, it seemed to stretch in the water and I didn’t feel suffocated at all, I felt like I was wrapped up with a soft, fleecy tracksuit (in terms of warmth and comfort) and I ended up swimming in the ocean for about 2 hours that day – which is just unheard of for me.

I bobbed up and down in the water and I wanted to burst from happiness. I floated on my back and looked up to the sky, and every thing around me was blue blue blue, aqua blue, ocean blue, dark blue, green blue, sky blue, light blue, blue blue blue. It was just such a thrilling experience for me.

My main thought was, I have to do more stuff like this.

My husband jumped in too.

We started snorkelling around some big rocks, which had a strong current and we drifted through beautiful little pools. We were like silly kids, gleefully playing, laughing and duck diving to pick things up from the bottom.

Our kids were up on the rocks, watching us and waving to us.

Later on, my boys told me that they wished they weren’t so cold and wished they had jumped in and joined us too. I promised to buy them thicker wetsuits next time.

Snorkelling at Green Pool, Walpole

So this is was taken the next day. We went to another beach and I went through the whole drama of putting on my wetsuit and breaking my nails.

Again I spent about 2-3 hours in the water.

And again, I loved every minute of it!

Sean Snorkelling

By our second snorkelling experience (this time in warmer and shallower waters) my boys decided that they loved snorkelling and are keen to do more!

Yay, I guess the spring suits worked after all :)


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Mirrored Forests

6 January 2017

Monastery Jetty, Walpole

As I leaned out towards the front of the boat to snap this photo, I actually remembered taking a very similar photos 4 years ago.

We were here, on the Frankland River in 2013, with all three of my boys, with my same friends, with their same kids, in their same boat.

I remembered gliding through the mirrored water, absolutely in awe of the view.

I remembered the reflection of the trees stretching both high into the sky above us, and down below into the inky darkness of the water. I remembered the olive green trees and the bright blue sky.

I asked my kids whether they remembered doing any of this four years ago; my oldest boy said he remembered a little bit, my second and youngest boys said they couldn’t remember anything.

Hmph, it made me a little annoyed, because what’s the point of doing all this cool stuff with the kids when they can’t remember any of it?!

So I started to point out all the meticulous details, in hope that it will be etched into their brains forever. LOOK at the texture of the still water compared to the rippled water! LOOK at the gradient of the blue sky! LOOK at the fallen branches half in the water! LOOK at the different greens in the leaves!

And even though I was soaking in everything for the second time, I still had my breath taken away by it all.


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New Camera: Love Them Apples!

5 January 2017

Apple Tree

Apart from being a symbol of our picturesque week on a farm and a super pretty photo of my friend’s apple tree… I actually was just testing out my brand new camera!

I bought a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 IV because I needed a new pocket camera.

I did soooo much research about which camera to buy for my needs. It took me MONTHS to decide.

I didn’t want to replace my DSLR, so I didn’t want to buy a mirrorless camera. I wanted a compact camera with a good lens, good sensor, good video, allowed me to take photos in low light, and give me complete manual controls.

I know there are lots of cameras that fit that description, however, in the end, I made my decision based on the online reviews, friend’s recommendations and talking to a guy in a camera shop.

Anyway, about the apple photo. I had the camera set at f1.8 and 1/400, I pointed it straight up into the sun, and the camera still gave me so much detail in the shadow and there was such a beautiful low depth of field blur too!

Argh I love it! And love the slow life on the farm too!


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Homemade Go-Karts

4 January 2017

Go-Karts by Mal

Recycled junk go-karts made by my friend + Grassy slope that goes down to the farm house = Kids entertained for hours.

One of those frames (the one in the foreground) used to be the $600 pram we bought for my second child – ha!

Go-Karts by Mal

I don’t know how the kids managed to ride this down the hill again and again… and call it fun??

It was terrifying! I hated it! I screamed “Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh” all the way down.

I guess you have to be a kid to truly enjoy it.

And I guess you have to NOT have a part in your brain that warns you about possibly breaking your arm.


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New Year LOLs

2 January 2017

New Year 2017 LOL

Before my big trip to the UK, we were invited to stay with some friends at their farm down in Denmark (Western Australia). We gladly accepted, knowing that it would be great for us to spend some quality family time together, before I flew off.

However, we planned to stay for 7 days, then after 3 days upon returning home, I was going to fly overseas for 4 weeks!

This made me incredibly tense because I felt I hadn’t finished ALL THE THINGS I NEEDED TO DO!

7 DAYS! I could do so much in 7 days!

I needed to pack up the Christmas tree and decorations, get my son’s new school uniforms tailored, set up a new phone plan for my other son, organise stationery for the kids, do a new year clean out… back up my data, email clients, finish up projects, update my blog, and zillions of other things that swirled around in my head.

And every time I thought about the THINGS I NEEDED TO DO, my palms sweated, my heart raced, my stomach felt ill and I start to feel faint and paralysed. Anxiety attack maybe?

It took some serious relaxation and cognitive techniques to realise that HELLO, I am on holiday!

This is the LAST TIME my kids will ever be 13, 11 and 7 years old, staying on a farm, with our generous friends, doing cool things like riding on tractors, go-karts, snorkelling, boating, paddling down a river. This is the last and only time I will be in this exact moment.

Life is now! Jump in or you’ll miss out on creating memories!

I’m so happy I did finally relax. We had such an awesome week.

My heart grew so, so, SO big for each of my boys, my husband, our friends, the wonders of nature and the simple life we’ve carved for ourselves.

I took so many beautiful photos and I’ll be sharing them over the next few weeks, starting with this photo of my son, sharing his New Year message for 2017: LOLs

Tee hee, enjoy!