last week i celebrated a birthday! i turned 40 minus 3. i also decided that i deserved to eat and drink special things cooked by other people and not in my kitchen. here are a few delicious morsels i savoured for you…
a meal of delicious seafood at Matt Moran’s Chiswick.
i’ve always maintained that Bar 36 (aka Blu Horizon bar at the Shangri-la) makes the best vodka martini. a birthday martini is becoming my yearly tradition!
brekkie at Sotto in North Sydney
because birthday girls drink bubbles!
i read about this new organic, sustainable cafe (Cooh) and had to go! i had smoked trout with roasted beets, radish, goats feta mousse and a seed crisp. soooo good.
CITY LIMITS I moved to Sydney when I was 20. I dropped out of university to followed my heart. My parents were upset, but I had always been an independent kid. It paid off though, I worked my way up the corporate ladder and I married that guy; my high-school sweetheart.
MY VALENTINE I’m not really into Valentine’s Day. It’s too commercial to have meaning. Usually my husband will send me roses the day before just to let me know he loves me but he refuses to buy-in on being told to demonstrate his love. We started a tradition a few years ago of seeing a scary movie on V-Day; the bloodier the better. I still remember the year we saw My Bloody Valentine in 3D. It was a total trip! This year we’re going on a double date with close friends The Williamsons to see 50 Shades. It’s not scary but it’ll still be fun! COCKTAIL OF CHOICE I switch back & forth between a good stiff Vodka Martini (shaken not stirred, Grey Goose or Belvedere) the dirtier the better, or a traditional Old Fashioned made with rye whiskey. I’m not a huge fan of fruity or sweet cocktails. When I’m not drinking cocktails I’m drinking champagne. Bubbles baby, bubbles.
BELOVED ACCESSORIES Everyone knows I’m into handbags (especially Louis Vuitton) and I’m currently obsessed with my Comme des Garcons black clutch and black Alexander Wang Rockie.
DATE-NIGHT STYLE I like to wear a sexy LBD; form-fitting and cleavage with a little edge usually a leather jacket or bronze hardware. LABEL LOVE Im a fan of high-end street with a designer detail; Witchery & Country Road with an Equipment (French label) shirt, mostly monochromatic with black, white & grey, and the odd Leona Edmiston for a feminine hit. THE OBSESSION candles & fresh flowers are my true obsession. I buy a fresh bunch each week and there is always a good quality scented candle burning. Instagram heaven!
ON JEWELLERY I love the edgy geometric bohemian look; lots of bronze and layered. Think multiple thin knuckle rings, dangly earrings with hardlines and shapes and layer bangles. I also have a silver Tiffany’s charm bracelet which I’ve been adding to for year; it’s a timeless classic. BEAUTY PREP I’ve used SKII skincare for 10 years; it keeps my skin hydrated and feeling fresh and translucent. I use Napoleon Perdis primer, Revlon foundation, an assortment of eyecolour & mascara, Benefit bronzer and NARS lip colour in Roman Holiday. Every now and then I’ll rock a red lip for dramatic effect. SIGNATURE SCENT I adore fragrances; I have many which are in rotation depending my mood, but my signature fallback is always CK Escape (which I’ve worn since I was 15) and Coco Mademoiselle.
GETTING PHYSICAL I go through phases of intense exercise then barely nothing, but this year I’ve sworn to try a balanced approach of daily exercise focusing on fun; long walks with my dog, kettlebell sessions with my husband & trying new classes with friends. ENERGY BOOST I swear by green smoothies. They really are simple to whip up (thanks to my power Vitamix) and I go for the all green approach; kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, celery, mint & coconut water.
WEEKEND WANDERLUST I love day trips out of Sydney to secluded beaches or remote bushland. There’s nothing I love more than waking early, packing the car with a picnic, playlists and heading out with my husband and hound.
As a young girl growing up I would sneak around the neighbourhood, scissors in hand, stealing permanently borrowing beautiful flowers (& often weeds, grasses or branches I deemed pretty enough) to put on our dining table.
I kept a running list of the things I would have/do as an adult when I had my own place and my own money (things that I more than often rattled off to my parents in a defiant tone) which I actually still refer back to today!
One of those things was having a weekly bunch of fresh blooms on my table.
I never look at fresh flowers as a waste of money, as I know some people do.To me, they are an investment in the happiness of my soul. A fresh bouquet; however simple or extravagant always makes me feel happy.
I always Instagram my weekly bunch with the hash tag #FridayFlowers, because that’s when I buy them; just in time for the weekend so I can enjoy them for two whole days before the working week steals my daylight hours.
making Skinny Cow icecream into a pretty treat! circa 2010 @ South Coast Bawley Beach; Harley’s first trip away Jay, my hot Monday night date;
late dinner after seeing an FBiRadio presents ‘The Imposter’ movie Amber!!! Had to take this picture of Amber Valletta for Coach at the QVB on George St to send to my friend Tam. Amber & Shalom were our supermodel heros in the 90s! Feb dinner club with E & Neen at Mexico Surry Hills thanks for the pretty paper stars (that I won’t be shredding) Aunty Sheela!!! sunrise over beautiful Sydney during my morning jog running stairs with Harley little monster – Harley my favourite boat ‘Poppy’. I want. I will also be using this boat to escape the zombie apocalypse (hope the owners don’t live close)! early morning boxing my husband’s cool ensemble this week’s Friday Flowers! Australian Natives. hello friend. made by Tino @ Mano Espresso a well deserved Dirty Grey Goose Martini on Friday night at Darling Harbour get ready for colour & debauchery Sydney!!! Mardi Gras!!! Saturday Pyrmont Grower’s Market in the rain my skincare routine for the last 6 years…it’s the only skin I’ve got so I’m going to take damn good care of it! my makeup ritual 50 shades of grey Sydney style… weekend of wet weather I finally hung my recently purchased artwork in our bedroom.
The three paintings are by a Swiss artist named Cristina B.
[contact via @CristinaBStudio on twitter] Saturday night simple pasta for my date home alone with the couch
& Xbox Live movies!!! I will not admit to eating half a packet of skittles!!! “I was going to be good Mummy but there were too many other options”!!! Harley the cavoodle Sunday brunch at FFF Glebe.
Mango smoothie & pumpkin, walnut, chicken salad.