Monthly Archives: August 2011

Springy Sunday

I know, I know, my posts have been irregular, but fear not. There is a reason why but I just can’t share yet. Soon. Anyway, I miss my Sunday posts. The weather has been gorgeous lately and this photo was taken walking home from a picnic at the Botanical Gardens. The lady just looks sooo relaxed basking in the sun reading her book, by the water with her mode of transport next to her.

What have you been up to this Springy weather?

image: Man of the House


All I want for Christmas…

Is it too early to request something for Christmas? That all I want for Christmas is a walk-in-wardrobe. Yep. That is my dream.

So enjoy some of these pictures, because I know I do:

Graham Moss designed

  I love the soft colours and the contrast with the art on the bathroom wall. This is a common layout for walk-in-wardrobe but I like that doors have been put on as it hides the mess of the clothes/bags/shoes and stuff.

Melanie Fascitelli designed

Melanie Fascitelli designed

Melanie Fascitelli designed

I love the idea of my jewellery all displayed for my daily pickings. Look at all the Hermes (orange) bags/boxes in the picture above, they would have cost a fortune! However, the neatly folded clothes would not stay neatly folded for long!

Celerie Kemble via Lonny Mag

Very glam, old school charm.

Celebrity Closets

I should not be surprised that celebrities have awesome closets (after all, some live in them).

Oprah's closet

This probably is not as ostentatious as it could be! I wonder if it includes the outfits she wore while filming the Oprah show…

Mariah Carey

I don’t really like her personal style, but her ‘dressing room’ is amaaaazing! It looks bigger than my apartment!

Ralph Lauren

A classic and traditional style. Quite like his label.

But at the moment, I’ll be happy with something like this even (but wardrobe should be ceiling height):

But somehow I don’t think the family kris kingle budget allocation would cover my dream wardrobe. Nevermind, I can just keep buying clothes to go into my dream wardrobe… So are you in love with closets as much as I am? What do you want for Christmas?

images: DecorPad; Leslie Fine Interiors; Stegbar

Top of the pops.

This weekend marks the end of my youth… Though, some might have said my youth ended a while ago… hardy ha ha. What am I talking about? Video Hits!

For those not familiar with the program, it showcased the latest video clips and completely unrealistic competitions (I don’t know who ever won them!). Over time the show evolved to having hosts and interviewing singers (Channel Ten had to place those ex-Australian Idol contestants somewhere).

I was among the many, whose childhoods was shaped by the program — not to mention my teenage years and my early adulthood. I would ritualistically turn on the telly and either plant myself on any couch or try to mimic the dance moves while cleaning… all while commentating on the chart parade with family, friends and housemates or whoever was around to listen to me.

According to Crikey, ‘historically, Video Hits was also one of the limited ways kids could explore their musical tastes in the pre-internet era. Unless you had an older sibling or hip friend, or dared parley with the intimidating punks staffing local record shops, you learned about music from Video Hits, as well as Rage, Smash Hits and TV Hits magazines, and commercial radio top 40 countdowns including Barry Bissell’s Take 40 Australia‘. Exactly! That was me! Pick me!

Apparently VH is the second longest running music TV show in the world; the longest running is the Eurovision Song Contest (Rage premiered in April 1987). But sadly, it has fallen victim to Channel Ten’s ‘restructure’ (or review, as it’s called in my workplace).

Farewell Video Hits, we had such a good time together and just for a bit of nostalgia, here is a bit of Britney before her meltdown.

Speaking of tops, another fast fashion label is heading to Oz, Topshop is rumoured to be opening in Melbourne/Sydney in 2012. According to dropdeadgorgeousdaily who cites ‘industry sources’, Topshop have their eye on a location at the Chapel Street Jam Factory precinct in Melbourne, and it is believed that the short list of Sydney locations include the outer-suburb Chatswood Chase shopping centre.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Topshop and H&M are watching Zara very closely. What will this mean for Sportsgirl? Portmans have already announced closing 15 to 20 stores (out of a total of 133). Is there room in our tiny market for these international labels?

Are you sad about Video Hits? Or are you a Rage fan? RAAA-AGE! Ra, ra, raaagggggeeeeeeeee!

images: Dave Lavington

A weekend away

Yes, it has been a bit quiet here of late.  Lots of things have been happening, much of it isn’t blog worthy. However, I did take a mini trip to Australia’s capital, Canberra. Before you roll your eyes (because I would), the place holds a soft spot in my heart for lots of reasons and last weekend I paid a visit and was presently surprised.

Lonsdale Street Roasters

I always, always start the day with a coffee, preferably a good one at that. Otherwise, I’m not human. Lonsdale Street Roasters provided me with that good coffee hit. Read other reviews here and here. Too bad it wasn’t here a few years ago, otherwise I might have stayed! Maybe. No. The food menu is limited, but provides some decent options like the ‘Cuban slow roasted pork chipotle coriander’ panini.

3/7 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612

National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery

In 2006, the Australian Government agreed to fund the expansion and renovation of the NGA. The expansion was three-fold consisting of the $20 million renovation of the existing building, the $68 million addition of further space, a new entrance and improved accessibility, and the $5 million landscaping of the surrounding area. That doesn’t even cover the cost of the art, though the total cost might only buy an insignificant Picasso. So I guess the renovation / expansion is value for money. The gallery expansion and landscaping makes a lovely stroll, pass the Australian High Court, to the National Portrait Gallery completing a new ensemble of arts and civic facilities in Australia’s Parliamentary Triangle.

Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600 –;

The Brodburger

I heard so much about these burgers from locals, or adopted locals. I was warned the wait was long, but friends were well prepared with a picnic rug and a lovely lake view. In due course we got our burgers. The hype surrounding these burgers is such that is not possible for them to exceed expectations, but they pretty much meet the expectations. The ingredients are top notch and the all important patty is hand made. The flavours balanced very well. Man of the house ordered the over-the-top Brodburger Deluxe: 2 x A grade gourmet beef patties, flame grilled, 2 x eggs, lots of crispy bacon. Topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and Spanish onions. Includes homemade aioli and tomato relish.

I think he ate a cow.

Bowen Park Carpark, Bowen Drive/Wentworth Av, Barton ACT 2604 –

A very big thank you to Ms C and Mr E for a fabulouso time xxA

images: Rummage: Warning Hipsters Ahead; Qantas: Travel Insider; Haycraft Duloy; Man of the house.