I must say it’s so, SO good to have energy.
Funny how we take it for granted until it’s whisked away from us. In my case it was in the form of a nasty winter virus. It’s still lingering but it was enough to send me into a healthy, no-drinking campaign.
Before implementing such a ban, I’ll confess there was indeed some beautiful wine sampled.
Things I’m loving
Drinking and eating: The lovely people at Cloudy Bay wines sent Mr SY and I out to sample their Pinot Noir … matched with a duck dish as part of its Duck Trail where some of the top restaurants in Australia and New Zealand have created duck dishes to match this exquisite drop. We were lucky enough to enjoy the offering of crispy skinned twice cooked duck at one of our fave dining spots, Lot 104 at Mooloolaba. If you want to join the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Duck Trail, find out where to dine on Cloudy Bay’s Facebook app.
Home furnishing: When I come off my self-imposed wine ban, I shall enjoy sipping on a lovely pinot on our new sofas.
Yes, on Sunday friends who own a childcare centre came to pick up our trusty old couch so it could be recycled and turned into a reading corner where no-one would worry about wrecking the furniture.
We were left with this space in anticipation … youngest SY quite liked the cubby-like state of this cushion chaos.
And then yesterday, they arrived … our buy-one-get-one-free Brooklyn sofas from Freedom Furniture, a deal secured months ago but one that was worth the wait. After their delivery, I was forced to down keyboard and implement some cushion and throw-rug management. As you do.
Reading: Still very much loving the new Renegade Collective magazine. Enjoyed dipping into its third edition fireside on Sunday afternoon. Get on board if you like some inspiration and motivation served up around real stories about people out there making a difference in work and play.
Making: Mr SY’s veggie patch is yielding an inordinate amount of rocket. I say when life hands you such a bounty, you head to the Thermomix (or food processor) and whip up a batch of pesto (recipe on the blog Friday).
Shopping newsy bits
My blogging mate, Christina from Hair Romance, has just flown out to the US to attend BlogHer. Have sent her with one specific shopping request. Fingers crossed she’ll be victorious. The exchange rate is not working as much in our favour as it was last year but there are still some good buys to be had.
David Jones: Closer to home, I can get my US accessory brand fix at David Jones. This month they have launched United States of Accessories. The department store is celebrating its star-spangled range of shoes, handbags and accessories from Proenza Schouler to Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Kardashian Kollection, Kate Spade and more.
Dinosaur Designs sale: I’m a huge DD fan but unfortunately will miss this sale. If you’re in Brisbane, then shop for me please (Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall). They only do one sale a year and it’s running from Friday, July 19 through to Sunday, July 21. There is up to 80% off classic archive pieces and 30-40% off recently discontinued styles. If you live elsewhere, keep an eye out on the DD Facebook page for when a sale might happen near you.
Mobile shopping: Australians are not afraid of chasing an eBay purchase through the store’s mobile/tablet app. Do you use it? Apparently the most expensive item bought to date on a mobile phone in Australia was a Chevrolet car at $87,000. Makes my little sprees seem extremely lightweight.
EKKA fashion: In the course of his work, Mr SY went to the launch of the EKKA (the Royal Queensland Show August 8-17) yesterday. He consumed a dagwood dog and was given a free Bertie Beetle bag (the original and the best showbag). When I asked him whether the launch included a hint at what we’ll see in the CommBank Natural Fibres Fashion Parades, he was dismissive. Sacrilege! Apart from downing a strawberry icecream and spending more than a few sessions at the Cattleman’s Bar, these parades were the highlight of my EKKA-going youth. I am very happy that the tradition of the parades lives on … they showcase Queensland’s cotton, wool and fashion industries and get designers thinking about innovation when it comes to using natural fabrics. This EP by Easton Pearson outfit is a hint of what we’ll see this year.
Brisbane Fashion Festival: The Mercedes-Benz FashionFestival Brisbane is back on from August 25-30 and it returns to the newly refurbished Brisbane City Hall. Major fashion names such as Easton Pearson, Lee Mathews, Ginger & Smart and Akira will join Queensland favourites including Darb Couture, Lisa Brown, Gail Sorronda, Tengdahl, Maiocchi and Sacha Drake to present their Spring/Summer collections on a custom-built circular runway, to complement the striking restyling of City Hall’s main auditorium. Myer will also take to the Fashion Festival runway for the second consecutive year, opening the Festival with a showcase of the latest collections from their stable of renowned Australian designers including Jayson Brunsdon, sass & bide, Wayne Cooper, Toni Maticevski, Arthur Galan AG and more. More details and tickets here.
Tell me, have you got any news to share? What are you loving right now?