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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Lights, camera, action!

One thing I really hate about our new unit is the light fittings. OMG they are ugly and SO not to my taste. Check them out...

(See what I mean?!)

As a result, I have been looking for light fittings and have discovered just how many there is to choose from. I cant believe what a difference a light fitting makes to a room? I find myself looking at the light fittings when I check out design blogs and magazines and I am sure I never paid attention to them before.

I love Josh and Jenna's mega light they used in their living room on The Block 2011 and I also loved their industrial hanging lights in the bedroom and kitchen. The industrial theme wont really suit my new home, but they still look great! (Did you hear about their new design company called Bicker Design Co - great idea Josh and Jenna!)

(The Block 2011)

(The Block 2011)

(The Block 2011) 

I read LiveBreatheDecor religiously and I am loving a photo Naomi uploaded with the most beautiful light fitting! I love the gold hardware in particular, which matches my love of gold over silver perfectly. I bet the light twinkles around the room as well.

(Live Breathe Decor)

I emailed Naomi to ask if she knew where the light came from and she sent me some images of other similar looking lights. The two below are my favourites and I will be hunting for light fittings like these over the coming weeks! Such a big help. Thanks Naomi. 


(I love the effect this light fitting creates in the background)

I also went into Freedom Furniture the other day and I am loving a few of their fittings as well.

(Freedom - Spun Ball Pendant)

(Freedom - Panay Pendant Shade)

(Freedom - Rattan Pendant)

Every time I feel like I am on top of things in terms of the big move, I think of something else and then make it my mission to sort it out that weekend. It's not leaving me that much spare time but luckily I love all this decorating (ie: nesting) stuff.  Maybe I should look into a career move?

L x

Monday, 29 August 2011

Fruit Salad, Fruit Salad

Following on from my summer inspiration yesterday, I have decided I need to eat more fruit. I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth and would gladly eat a chocolate bar or two everyday if I could. During winter I have been... (oops!) so now that spring is in the air, its time to make a change!

Fruit fully satisfies my sweet tooth and is healthy too (double bonus), so today, I am turning my eating around! I have started with cereal for breakfast with skim milk and a salad and egg wholegrain sandwich for lunch.  

Here is some more inspiration! If images of gorgeous bikini's and delicious fruit can't get me motivated - nothing will!

(Spearmint Kitchen)

Maybe if I cut fruit into cute shapes I will eat it more often?
(The beach is my soul)

(Summer Suicide)

I heart cherries!
(lovely lovely food)

(Summer Suicide)

(The beach is my soul)

This will be me working over NYE while everyone else is partying :(
(Style Essentials)

(Lost in Paris)

(Bright Bold Beautiful)

(The beach is my soul)

(Mermaid in the making)

(Summer Suicide)

I am getting parched just looking at these photos. Delicious!

L x

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Summer Inspiration

Last night we visited K's brother and darling girlfriend at their new place in Cronulla and although I am not a summer girl... can I just say this is the first time I have EVER been excited about summer!

They are living so close to the beach and I just know we will be spending a lot of time there during the warmer months. I usually hate the beach because of the sand and the clothing attire that is required, but my biggest problem with summer is the fact that I get burnt in the shortest amount of time.

K's father is Maori and therefore his skin is much darker than mine so, through summer particularly, he gets a great tan and I stay very pale. Photos of the two of us during summer highlight the contrast so well! Our friends and family find this quite comical and love to tease us - "top deck" is a favourite.

Anyway this summer I am going to try my best and get fit (which I say every year) and therefore be comfortable in a bikini - which I never am. These pics and this sunshine today are keeping me inspired...

(Our lips are sealed)

(Style Essentials)

(Our lips are sealed)

(Our lips are sealed)

(Get at me bro) - I love this bikini

(Lost in Paris)

(Lost in Paris) - Love this cosi too! 

(Lost in Paris)

I guess I am looking to totally transform myself into a teeny model, with a tan and nice boobs. Ha ha. 

L x

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Baby sweetness

Check out these gorgeous pics of baby animals that I have been collecting. I wanted to swim with dolphins and work as a marine biologist when I was younger. Then I wanted to be a builder. Go figure.

(Summer suicide)

(The beach is my soul)

(Summer suicide)

(Lost in Paris)

(comeflywithme)

(notsolittlejay)

(notsolittlejay)

(Summer suicide)

(Summer suicide)

(o-c-e-a-n-l-o-v-e)

(ever after glow - flickr)

So innocent and gorgeous. LOVE.

L x

Friday, 26 August 2011

Today reminds me of...

Today reminds me of summer and an ice-cream at lunch time. I am loving these blue skies! Welcome Friday afternoon! I am so glad to see you.

(The beach is my soul)

(Lost in Paris)

(Summer suicide)

(Summer suicide)

(The beach is my soul)
L x

Lucky to have our Frankie

Last night a 'family tragedy' was averted... just.

My two dogs love playing in the pool area - they chase each other carelessly around the edge and try to lap up the cold water without falling in. Dad never usually leaves the dogs in the pool area unattended, to be honest they are just like kids, but today he remembered the green bin out there on the street and did a mad dash for it. And of course... yesterday was the day that Frankie fell into the pool.

To set the scene, this dog is our family's rock... after the death of our beautiful Arnie who was part of the family for 14 years, Frankie filled the space that Arnie left such a huge hole in.

Our darling Arnie

Frankie has a very special place in my Dad's heart and from the first day they met, he jumped into Dad's arms and fell soundly asleep. Frank is a replacement grandchild for my parents and luckily for them, is the most affectionate pup we have ever had. Dad and Frank are the best of friends and spend most evenings cuddled up on the lounge watching TV.

He is the most gentle dog - a total sook - and every time our newest puppy gets in trouble Frank is the first to freak out and run away, fearful that we are yelling at him. He is totally obsessed by food. He puts himself to bed when he is tired. He puts his paw up all the time as if to 'shake' hands (its his only party trick) and most of the time, he uses it completely out of context - we think he does it just to be cute. Frankie rarely does anything naughty and suffers a serious case of separation anxiety whenever he is home without human contact.


This photo made us fall in love with him (then called Bandit)

Our little man Frankie at about 3 months

When we picked Frankie up we had so many names picked out for him including Batman, Radar or Gizmo to name a few (seriously, check out those ears), but ultimately 'Frankie' won the mainstream vote and settled into life as our family pet. And settle in he did. 

Frankie cuddled up with my Mum on the lounge

Fast forward 9 months and we quite nearly lost him. And I can guarantee we would never have got over the devastation. 

He must have fallen in as Dad ran out to drag the green bin off the street and around through the side gate. When he returned to the courtyard a few minutes later he could see Sooki our other pup jumping around the pool area, but no sign of Frankie. Because of the way the backyard rises at the end, we cant see into the pool from the courtyard at the side of the house. Dad yelled out but still couldn't see him so he walked up the courtyard steps and heard some faint splashing. As he started to worry, he ran towards the pool and could just see Frankie's ears popping out from the top of the water. 

Luckily Frankie was trying to swim but he had fallen in on the opposite side of the pool steps and was desperately trying to claw his way on to the ledge with his paws. He was panicked and scared and was tiring himself out. Dad yelled out to him and said they made eye contact as he ran towards the pool gate and fished him out by the collar - just in time. Frankie was exhausted. He didn't even shake the water off like dogs do when they get wet - he just stood there shivering and coughing up the sea salted water. Dad was relieved and probably a bit teary (though he would never admit it) and apparently Frank just climbed into Dad's lap and they both sat there for a few long minutes, cold, wet and totally frightened. 

My poor Frankie. My poor Dad. He would never have forgiven himself if something was to happen. Should our neighbour have been getting his bin in too, Dad would have stopped for a chat. If Dad stopped to get the mail out of the letter box or kindly help the little old lady across the street with her bin, Frankie would not be with us today. 

Dad and Frank - the best of friends

This little story goes to show just how quickly something like this could happen. And this was with a dog, not a child. My heart goes out to all those families who have lost a child in a backyard pool. 

Today I am thankful that we still have Frankie and my Dad is a happy man.

L x