Forgive me, dear Stylers, it’s four days since the mighty month of June ended and I got so caught up in my holiday (a highly recommended thing) that I forgot to put fingers to the keyboard.
If you’re new around these parts, these journal posts are my monthly catch-up with you. Life can get so damn busy that it’s so easy to let the months slip by and think you’ve not done anything.
When I write it all down, it reminds me that I AM doing stuff. And that life is good. I highly recommend it’s something you do too. It doesn’t have to be on the internet, you could write old-school style into a journal. Why not give it a try?
We’ve extended our pop-up stay at Hummingbird Boutique until the end of July. Thank you so much to everyone’s who popped in to see us in store. We’ve loved having our little home away from home.
I’m signing off on our spring-summer collections as I type AND working on next winter’s offerings. If you’ve got any requests, send them our way. If you’ve shopped with us, make sure you join our VIP Facebook group for style inspiration on how to wear your SYTL pieces.
Having just travelled with some of our pieces packed in the bag, it’s been so exciting to experience just how well they work as part of a travel capsule. And I’ve loved seeing SYTL customers wearing their pieces all over the world too. Keep those photos coming.
The main event of the month was my Birthday Festival, OF COURSE. I restricted it to one week this year, which is really quite restrained, but I did manage to pack a fair bit in.
There was my quarterly “meeting” at One Wybelenna with one of my oldest girlfriends.
I sipped Champagne with a girlfriend at the Custom’s House Veuve pop-up. And we dined out with family and friends the next night. Both evenings gave me the opportunity to trot out two new White Label Noba purchases.
Maiocchi held its winter soiree and I counted that as part of the festival because I got to sip bubbles and munch on macarons … while hanging out with some of my faves.
My beautiful friend Kirsten hosted her first @kirstenandco “Actual Team Meeting” event and I could not have thought of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The unofficial theme was pink and I’m nothing if not a joiner.
We flew to Queenstown at the end of the month for a week-long ski trip. More about that on the blog soon but you can check out my Insta Story highlight in the meantime. I cannot believe it’s taken me almost 24 years to cross the ditch. What a place!
The Party by Robyn Harding. I’m not sure how I landed on this book but maybe it was because it was pitched as a cross between The Slap and Big Little Lies. And that’s how it rolled. It was heart-wrenching, frustrating, and emotional. Let’s just say that if you’re a parent of teenage kids it might scare you off ever hosting a teenager party at home.
Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke: I loved listening to Aussie actress Melissa George narrate this beautiful Australian-set love story. As an FYI, I have an Audible subscription that gives me one free audiobook a month. I usually have an audiobook and a reading book on the go at the one time!
Yesterday the movie – what a fun, beautiful, heart-warming and funny movie this is. Do yourself a favour. It won’t tax the brain but will give you all the warm and fuzzy endorphins.
Birthday-related eating and drinking: Greca at Howard Smith Wharves (seriously great Greek food with a view of the city that makes Brisbane feel like Brooklyn, NYC) and Walter’s Steakhouse (do order the house speciality and have them serve your steak sizzle-style at the table).
In Queenstown we dined out like Royalty, enjoying everything from burgers to fine-dining options. The common theme? Good, wholesome fresh produce, served well. Check out my Styling You Eats Insta Story highlight for Queenstown for more tips on where and what to eat.
Hopefully by next month our pool/deck reno will be complete. We had a bit of a hold-up in waiting to get a pool fence re-installed but it’s in now and the pool should be finished next week. Hip, hip hooray.
The best birthday present of all was having my eldest home for four nights when his ship docked in Brisbane. We even got to go on board for a tour. He’s so happy with his chosen career and it showed in the pride he had in taking us around the ship.
Holidaying with the youngest and my husband has been pretty damn special. It’s been great to be away and relaxed, with the most taxing thing getting up in time to make the snow bus up to the slopes.
These are all snow trip related: Bettyquette Betty Balm (keeping my lips from cracking while being a ski bunny); Dermalogica spf 50 sport (no-one wants a goggle tan as a souvenir of their snow holiday); Amazing Oils magnesium roll-on (I popped this on my legs each night as recovery, post-ski).
Have a fabulous July. Do you celebrate Christmas in July? Doing Dry July? Tell me what you’ve been up to.