August 31, 2011

Spring's Promises

Today is the last Wednesday of August which signifies two things:
1. Last day of Winter (for those in the southern hemisphere). Delightful sunshine and happiness that Spring brings is literally just around the corner!

2. La Tomatina Festival in Spain!!

In honour of today, I thought I'd share with you this beautiful video I recently stumbled upon while looking for the ideal pair of RayBans. It was a video for the "Never Hide" Ray-Ban campaign. After watching it I went out and bought myself a pair of Wayfarers (the newer versions - talk about successful marketing), created a bucket list (top of that list is to attend the Tomatina Festival through Busabout this time next year) and promised myself to find joy in the most simplest things (like riding a bike through the streets on a sunny day). Note to self: buy a bike! 
"Explore. Dream. Discover" - Mark Twain
What inspires you??

my new pair of Ray-Bans

August 30, 2011

Outfit Post: The Stepford Wife

In my previous post I told you about my friend's hen's night. Her wedding is in four days!

The theme we chose was "Stepford Wives". Perfect match for high tea with such fine ladies. In my mad rush to find an outfit (two nights before - I really do need to stop leaving things at the last minute) I, no kidding, literally stopped when I saw this beautiful dress from Cue. I think my heart may have skipped a beat. The white/yellow/beige floral print was simply too delicate to say no to. The pleats on the sleeve; the cinched in waist. I was in love. A quick order for it to be hemmed and it was mine. (I'm just realising now that half or maybe 3/4 of my wardrobe is from Cue - obsessed much?) To complete the outfit I added a string of pearls and a pearl/bow head piece from Diva.

I could certainly see myself cleaning the house in this outfit. haha :)

2011: AUGUST 20

August 26, 2011

Love Is In The Air

This year I hit 25!! 
A milestone! Crack open the bubbly! 

Not only have I reached a quarter of a century but it has suddenly dawned on me that wedding season has begun. I recently attended my friend's engagement party, and another dear friend's hens night (her wedding is next week!). Both fabulous events, both frantically figuring out what to wear! I was also over the moon to hear I would be a bridesmaid for both upcoming weddings, yet again! Don't get me wrong...

I am literally a kid at a candy store when it comes to weddings and my friends know it!

My friend's Bachelorette Party: Lingerie, "Stepford Wives" High Tea, Fun Times:

My friend's Engagement Party:

all photos were taken by me on an Olympus PEN Lite EPL-2 - testing out the different camera settings.
2011: JULY 30
2011: AUGUST 20

August 21, 2011

Trinkets & Treasures

My house mate and I recently conquered the daunting task of swapping rooms. 
His fiancée (one of my BFFs in the world) moved out of our humble abode to travel to Singapore to pursue her PHD in one of the top schools (INSEAD). Not only did I have to overcome her quirky essence being absent from our home but I had to also sort through my "mountain of stuff"; both trinkets from my travels and treasures I have found over the years (clothing of course). Devising the best strategy to move them from one place to another. Positive thing was that I was able to relocate them to a wardrobe twice the size. Upgrade!
With help from iTunes we were done in one day!

always best to ensure your wardrobe looks like the inside of a store

hello ensuite! on the right is my selection of perfumes from Nice, France.
fresh roses by the bed always puts a smile on my face

my trinkets from all over the world

These photos were taken on my beloved iPhone 4 (edited using instagram)

August 17, 2011

Embrace the Child Within

The Brisbane Ekka has come around once again! 
A time for fun, laughter and fully embracing the beauty of our youth. 
Time stops for these moments; while reality  and responsibilities goes on a brief vacation.

Thanks for the memories Lara!
2011: AUGUST 16

August 14, 2011

Chocolate Truffles..mmm

Good things must come to an end...eventually.
Our last stop before the trip back to London was Bruges. Unfortunately we were only in this magnificent city for a few hours, but it was enough to entice me to come back to explore and discover her delicious secrets.
Until next time Europe I say "au revoir"

Provinciaal Hof

Church of Our Lady
all photos were taken by me on an Olympus PEN Lite EPL-2 during my TopDeck Spirit of Europe Tour
2011: JULY 07

I Amsterdam

Amsterdam, she quite literally throws out the rule book. They merely become loose guidelines. She turns a blind eye. She actively participates. She seeks her own path without question, without judgement, without a care in the world. Everything goes in Amsterdam! She's quite the role model really. 

my first ever tattoo. when in amsterdam...

all photos were taken by me on an Olympus PEN Lite EPL-2 during my TopDeck Spirit of Europe Tour 
2011: JULY 05-06

August 12, 2011

Saints vs Sinners

Known as the "golden city of spires" Prague has architectural splendours that span a thousand years. From Medieval to Baroque to Renaissance styled churches such visual beauty would lead you to believe they were created from a divine source rather than the mere mortal.

However, where there is light there is darkness lingering close by. The night life in Prague oozes mischief and temptation! If you are willing let your desires guide you to Karlovy Lazny - the 5-Storey Night Club. With five levels; five music genres you'll never want to leave. I guess that's the magic of Prague!!

"Prague never lets you go...this dear little mother has sharp claws." - Franz Kafka

all photos were taken by me on an Olympus PEN Lite EPL-2 during my TopDeck Spirit of Europe Tour 
2011: JULY 01-02

August 11, 2011

Tears for Humanity

Poland...Krakow & Auschwitz. 
A very sobering visit. I found myself feeling waves of emotion from grief, disbelief, sadness, anger. Yet despite it all a sense of hope still lingers. Can we, as a society, learn from the past? Only time will tell.

wawel castle hill

wailing wall (old jewish quarters - Kazimierz)

on set - schindler's list

monument - old jewish quarters

auschwitz-birkenau concentration camp

auschwitz-birkenau concentration camp

Taken during my TopDeck Spirit of Europe Tour 
2011: June 29-30 (Krakow)
2011: July 01 (Auschwitz)

August 10, 2011

Breathe. Relax. Let Go.

BudaPest: did she exceed my expectations? Numerous times! With countless spas and baths available it was time to immerse myself in me time! You know you've spent your money well when your Hungarian masseuse has to resort to gently waking you when time's up. Amazing! I felt like I was on cloud 9. Highly recommend it - Szechenyi Bath & Spas - the oldest and largest thermal baths in Pest. Sometimes all you need is a little self indulgence to recharge.

all photos were taken by me on an Olympus PEN Lite EPL-2 during my TopDeck Spirit of Europe Tour 
2011: JUNE 27-28

August 9, 2011

The Royal Treatment

Luxury. History. Culture - Vienna in three words. 
Marie Antoinette's childhood playground; and what a playground it was. From endless palace gardens to the musical talents of Strauss and Mozart - Vienna was simply breathtaking.

all photos were taken by me on an Olympus PEN Lite EPL-2 during my TopDeck Spirit of Europe Tour
2011: JUNE 25-26

August 8, 2011

Dreaming of Love

Rome, Verona & Venice - for those who still believe in the magic of love; faith; hope and wishful thinking. To one day find that one person who completes you - mind, body and soul! Surrounded by architectural beauty and stories of soul consuming love Italy will make any sceptic a believer. 

Romance has not died. Just open your eyes. Open your heart.

all photos were taken by me on an Olympus PEN Lite EPL-2 during my TopDeck Spirit of Europe Tour
2011: JUNE 21-22 (Rome)
2011: JUNE 23 (Verona)
2011: JUNE 23-24 (Venice)

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