There hasn’t been a whole lot of downtime of late.
I’m on track with my book writing, Miss SY is in the thick of things with assessments and exams for Year 12, I’ve been away for work, as has Mr SY, and Master SY has a social life that leaves all of us behind … or should I say playing taxi.
Still, there’s been so much to enjoy in between the busy-ness of it all.
Spring has sprung early in Queensland and we’ve been embracing THAT like nobody’s business.
Can you believe this was the beach last Sunday? I will miss this.
Booked myself in quick smart for the first pedicure of the season. The CND Vinylux is a beauty bandwagon you need to jump on. You’ll get about a week on your finger nails. On your toe nails, expect up to a month. No UV or LED setting, just two coats of colour, a top coat and dry in eight minutes. Plus you can touch up at home if you do get a chip. Can’t give up your Shellac? You can buy all of your fave Shellac colours in Vinylux for at-home touch-ups as well. Loving Electric Orange for a burst of colour on lily white feet (first spray tan of the season this Friday).
I’ve been bike riding on the weekends. Now my toes offer the same hi-vis qualities as my wheels.
Declared the start of the spring sunday sessions in our courtyard a week early. Good times.
Inside the house, you wouldn’t know we’re moving in a few months – I can’t stop with the schuzzing and foofing. Love this wall hanging*? It’s one in a range created by the beautiful Simone at Honey and Fizz. Check them out here.
There’s nothing quite like lighting a candle at night time (this one’s a limited edition patchoulli and saffron from Molton Brown*) …
… except perhaps lighting a candle at any time of the day (this one’s a new one – Pomegranate – from Urban Rituelle*).
I’m still procuring cushions. Have given up hiding said procurement. Mr SY can spot a new design on the sofa the minute he walks through the door – actually before then as I’ve usually Instagram-ed my acquisition before his return. Below left, some chevron loveliness from Cush & Co*; on the right some pineapple love from Poduszka.
Speaking of pineapples, as I do quite regularly, there were many to covet when we recently went out for dinner at the best new restaurant on the Sunshine Coast. I don’t hand out these kind of statements too often but if you find yourself in Cotton Tree, then book yourself a spot at The Prickly Pinata. The food was that good – authentic Mexican – that we’ve already booked to go back. Oh, and I suggest you do book to avoid disappointment … the place is IN DEMAND.
At home, the only part of winter we’ve been holding on to is the part that involves some hearty, slow-cooked food. We’re big fans of a slow-cooked anything here but when the good people at KitchenAid sent us this superior slow cooker to trial*, well, I can say we’ve stepped up our repertoire a notch. Slow cooker beef cheeks have been a winner … and don’t you just love how you can check on how they’re cooking without pulling the whole lid off? Love the size of the pot too. Plenty of leftover possibilities. And if you haven’t jumped on board the shredded beef-in-tacos-train, then refresh yourself with my slow cooker recipe here.
My wardrobe has had a pre-spring injection of prettiness. A Country Road kimono, if you please …
… a coloured Nathalie Lete scarf from Blue Illusion* that has me dreaming of Paris …
… and another sparkly sass and bide tee for the collection …
… because you can never have enough sparkling moments in your life, can you?
Tell me, Stylers, what are you loving right now? Has spring sprung at all where you live?