Surfing Lessons at Brighton Beach

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Last month, we celebrated my sister’s birthday by taking Surfing Lessons!

This is me and my two oldest boys.

(I had to block out their faces, because they’re shy, easily mortified, and waaay too good looking to be on the internet.)

So it was my first time surfing and I absolutely loved it!!

I managed to get the hang of it quickly. And I could ride the waves to the shore easily enough.

It was sooooo much fun.

But, as you can see, the waves were embarrassingly small.

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I didn’t realise that going from “lying down on the board” to “standing up” in one fluid motion, required an action very similar to a BURPEE.

So I think I did 30 burpees and my body didn’t work by the end of the session.

I loved it so much, that I started to search up the price of wetsuits and surf boards.

Surfing is something I’ll definitely be doing again!

I guess the whole experience made me remember how much I loved swimming in the ocean — and how, over the last decade, I’ve been lacking in ocean sport goodness, like body boarding, snorkelling, diving, paddling, boating. I grew up on a tropical island! The beach used to be my playground! I was born to have salt in my hair!

So here’s to trying new things. And more days at the beach.

Hello to the Year of the Rat!

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Also say hi to Wallace and Noodles.

To my absolute horror, my friends went on holiday and “we” agreed to look after their pet rats.

I’m not scared of rats. Or mice.

I just don’t have much LOVE for living in the same house with creatures once known to be the carriers of The Great Plague.

I’m also not a fan of their rat noises: they scratch and shuffle around a lot at night. And they wheeze and sneeze a lot too. Who would’ve known?

It took me a few weeks to get over the GROSS factor.

But then as weeks went by, I watched my son throw empty cardboard boxes, sheets of paper, toilet roll tubes, scrunched up newspaper, planks of wood into their multi-level rat cage.

Day after day, we’d return to see a cool little nest, with a veranda, air vents and a quick path to the food bowl on level 3.

It became a bit of a game for us: how to challenge the rats.

We’d hide the food in a box, in a box, in a box. They’d spend hours industriously working away at whatever problem we’d throw them. They were pretty damn smart. And rather entertaining.

And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I got a lot of satisfaction watching them solve our food puzzles. I think I even spotted a smug smile on their furry faces when they’d crack a challenge and stuffed their faces with carrot sticks. Rats love carrots!

Anyway, so as the tradition goes, if you’re born in the year of the rat, you’re most likely to be industrious, diligent, optimistic, resourceful and thrifty. Rats are quick-witted and smart, with rich imaginations and sharp observations.

And when you put it like that, rats don’t seem so bad after all.

Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year!

Finished Reading List for 2019

In 2019 I read

Here’s my list, starting with the book I read in Jan 2019:

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

2. Circe by Madeline Miller

3. The Odyssey by Homer

4. Shoe Dog A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight

5. Becoming by Michelle Obama

6. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

7. The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

8. Change by Design by Tim Brown

9. The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan

10. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp

11. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

12. Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg

13. Selected Political Speeches by Marcus Tullius Cicero

14. The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus

15. The History of Rome, Books 1-5: The Early History of Rome by Livy

Silk for Summer

Vince Skirt

Summer has hit big time and I’m struggling to find stylish – not boring af – stuff to wear to work.

I ended up digging up out a lot of my silk pieces, which have been perfect for hot afternoons. If you’re looking for more silk clothes lie robes, nightwear, and dresses, be sure to check out https://rosefulbright.com.

This is me in my insanely clean work bathrooms!

Wearing:

Grana Silk Crew Neck Tee – Bought this top on a whim and am constantly surprised that I keep reaching to wear it. It’s perfect to wear in a professional context, because it looks sharp, but still has that casual vibe.

Vince Wrap Skirt – This skirt is so beautiful. It’s like luxurious liquid metal when I move.

Isabel Marant Leo Flats – I bought these on clearance sale and absolutely love the look of them. But I’ve found that they rub my feet the wrong way. Every time I wear them I’ve had blisters from the lace rubbing against my skin, so I’ve tried different ways to tie them. As you can see pictured above, they are supposed to be criss-crossed, but they look more like regular ballet flats.

A.P.C. Bag – My go-to everyday handbag (currently on sale).

Also, along with Shopbop’s Buy More Save More sale, you can get an additional 10% off for the Cybersale Celebrations!

Cult Gaia Heels and the Sale of the Season

Brought to you Shopbop

Cult Gaia Shoes

I’m a sucker for gorgeous shoes… and these soft leather heels from Cult Gaia, do not disappoint!

Mixing the on-trend elements of warm tones, woven details, kitten heel and a slight quirky style, they are super soft, comfortable and very cute.

They are perfect to wear with relaxed summer dresses, neutral tones and casual jeans, but if you like to do sports, is better to get waterproof running shoes since these are good for any environment and weather.

I actually had my eyes on another pair of Cult Gaia heels, but I picked these, because they were more work-friendly with their low heel.

Let me share some information that you may thank me for later, or better yet, your tired high-heel-wearing feet will thank me, Im always on the look of wholesale labels and deals to make more. The ideal heel height is not 4 inches (thank goodness), it is not 3 inches, and it’s not 2 inches. The ideal heel height is 1 inch. Wearing a short heel is better than not wearing a heel at all. Wearing a shoe with a short heel places less tension in the Achilles tendon and will feel more comfortable. Wearing shoes that are completely flat will contribute to pronation and the collapse of the arch which can lead to plantar and posterior heel pain, shin splints, knee pain, and back pain. And of course, you should always wear a shoe that has arch support to minimize discomfort.

Aaaand I’m super excited to share that ALL the Cult Gaia shoes from Shopbop are on sale at the moment.

Enjoy!