my monday photo

happy monday kids!

too stay mondayitis, i always try and focus on the positives; like this gorgeous skyline of the new buildings in development at barangaroo in sydney…


i took this from my morning walk along pyrmont foreshore.

have a great week!

//my own photo//

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hosting @ccsyd

So yesterday I got to host a Sydney social Instagram account called @ccsyd. It’s one of those ‘pass the baton’ concepts where people do a day-in-the-life for everyone to share and then pass it on.

Many people think social media is impersonal but I find it the complete opposite. I love the way it helps you connect to people you wouldn’t otherwise have met (like you!) and it even more weaves a community feel when it’s based around your own city!

Here are my photos from the day in the life of @thisismelly.

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View on my workout...beautiful Sydney

Seriously, doing my workout outdoors is so much better than at the gym. It never gets boring with this view!

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my favourite little monster Harley

I can’t explain to you how happy Harley is running next ahead of me! Especially with a stick in his mouth!

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Coffee from my local; Kebo in Pyrmont

Picking up coffee from my fave local cafe Kebo on my way home from the run is the best. And check out their new graffiti art work!

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Work; 2nd floor from the top

I’ve been doing a project here at a client site for almost a year now! Channel 7 & Pac Mags is in the building so I get to see a few famous faces; Koshie, Home & Away actors, Jackie Frank from Marie Claire, Better Homes & Gardens presenters and random celebs coming in for interviews.  Its fun!

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Lunch at The Grounds; Moroccan poached chicken salad

Our senior manager Ben came to meet with Mands & I and took us for lunch at The Grounds…yum!

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Street art in Glebe

Capturing a pic of this amazing street art on my way home…

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Blooms on my table

Any excuse to take photos of flowers!

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Love it when I'm home in time for dusk over the city; view from my balcony

This view never gets old.

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Vivid Light Festival @ Darling Harbour

After Jay arrived home from work we took Harley down to see the light show on as part of the Vivid Festival. We got ‘naked burritos’ from Mad Mex and sat on the wharf.

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Thanks for having me @ccsyd!

Loved sharing my day with the Insta-world; hope you enjoyed it too!

♥♥♥

weekend = bliss

what a wonderful weekend.

blue skies
sun shining
Harley in the park
friends sleepover
dinner @ Gallon
tapas & 
(too many) drinks
chocolate fondue
family time 

shameless selfie
shameless selfie
salmon, avocado, tomato, capers & basil
lunch – salmon, avocado, tomato, capers & basil
Friday blooms on my table
Friday blooms on my table
Chivas to the freakin weekend! (I'll drink to that)
Chivas to the freakin weekend! (I’ll drink to that)
perfect Saturday morning in the park
perfect Saturday morning in the park
Sydney Writer's Festival; seeing Carlos Ruiz Zafon talk about his novels
Sydney Writer’s Festival; seeing Carlos Ruiz Zafon talk about his novels

[pic from Neen]

afternoon snack; paleo coconut pancake with sheep's milk yoghut & dragonfruit
afternoon snack; paleo coconut pancake with sheep’s milk yoghut & dragonfruit
drinks that turned into dinner @ Gallon, Pyrmont
drinks that turned into dinner @ Gallon, Pyrmont
our dinner date; fave couple Ian & Neen
our dinner date; fave couple Ian & Neen
still drinking...
still drinking…

[pic from Neen]

I love this man....Jay & I
I love this man….Jay & I
Harley bear...
Harley bear…

this afternoon we had a horrible scare with Harley; out of the blue he had a seizure. He fell over with his legs all stiff, his jaw locked shut, eyes wide open and his head shaking. Jay held him while I called the vet who talked us through it until Harley came out of the seizure. He was drooling and still shaking on the way to the vet. Dr Nathan, who also has a little cavoodle, gave him a thorough check-up before giving him the OK and instructions for us to keep an eye on him and to remove any possible toxins from his environment (eg access to the ground coffee beans we put on the potted herb plants on the balcony). He may never have a seizure again, but then he could develop epilepsy.  But he’s OK now and back to his usual self, we just have to watch and hope for the best.

beautiful Harley
beautiful Harley – lying on me!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xx

supine

languid hours in sun,
embedded in the autumn grass;
premature winter winds gently nudge while the last remnants of the summer sun haze around the edges like yesterday’s hangover

autumn in Sydney is a delightful season; 
clear skies, calm harbour
friends & family milking the last of the weekend sun with
picnics and footy in the park

this weekend we entertained friends at home,
grounded ourselves in the park,
enjoyed wine & food at a local festival

it’s grand,
this life of ours,
this love of ours

Friday

me, Jared & Michelle
me, Jared & Michelle

Michelle & Amanda
Michelle & Amanda
Syaz, Bianca & Ivan
Syaz, Bianca & Ivan
Pete & Jared
Pete & Jared

Saturday

this isn't creepy at all!!!! random dolls in the trees on my walk
this isn’t creepy at all!!!! random dolls in the trees on my walk
beautiful Harley
beautiful Harley
Jay & Harley; earthing themselves
Jay & Harley; earthing themselves
Harley being a total weirdo. Honestly.
Harley being a total weirdo. Honestly.

Sunday

Pyrmont Wine & Food Festival
Pyrmont Wine & Food Festival
Timezone for adults!!! Tickets = wine!
Timezone for adults!!! Tickets = wine!
Jay & I
Jay & I
we bumped into Jared & Pete!
we bumped into Jared & Pete!
sunset
sunset
paws
paws
Mudgee Rose wines - yum!
Mudgee Rose wines – yum!

happy weekend my friend
xx

instaweek | my week in instagram

Happy Sunday peeps!

I had a really enjoyable week!
Eating right, exercising regularly, achieving at work, catching up with friends, spending quality time with Jay (the hubby) & Harley (the doggy).

coffee meeting with my cool colleague Mike at Peas Please in Alexandrai
coffee meeting with a colleague Mike at Peas Please in Alexandria
Monday sunset
arriving home in time to see this; Monday sunset
a good workout
a good workout
healthy lunches
healthy (paleo) lunches
healthy (paleo) dinners
healthy (paleo) dinners
Harley hanging his head in shame after eating all my buttons
Harley hanging his head in shame after eating all my buttons
Turkish for dinner club with the Jacksons
Turkish for dinner club with the Jacksons
what I wore
selfie – what I wore
drinks with the girls
drinks with the girls @ Baxter Inn
the girls; clockwise from the left; me, Mel, Mands & Amy
the girls; clockwise from the left; me, Mel, Mands & Amy
Friday flowers
blooms on my table – Friday flowers
fruit from the Grower's Markets; these apples were picked the day before!
fruit from the Grower’s Markets; these apples were picked the day before!
Sunday session in the park
Sunday session in the park

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

signature2 - melly xox

instaweek | my week instagram

How’s everyone’s Easter break?
I’ve been loving the extra long four day weekend spent at home in a love bubble with Jay and Harley.

The week past was full of cramming work in before the holidays, getting my healthy eating back on track and catching up with family & friends.
The only low is that Jay’s Dad’s cancer is back; in his liver this time around which means intensive chemo starting next week. We’re focusing on sending good thoughts and lots of love his way.

IMG_20130325_062903IMG_20130326_094347starting the week off right; early morning jog & a green smoothie

IMG_20130326_203721 Tuesday night: Jay with Daddy & Mummy Williams; his parents

IMG_20130327_201952 Mid week drinks with the girls at a funky new “secret bar” called The Baxter Inn. It’s tough to find but once you’re there you won’t want to leave!

IMG_20130328_195222 since the imminent demise of google reader, I’ve gone all BlogLovin….

IMG_20130328_081216 another green smoothie

IMG_20130330_104145 and another! this time in my new carry container from rawblend.com.au

IMG_20130328_222542 Throw-back-Thursday; my BFF Gracie (left) & me circa 2004

IMG_20130330_152057 cooking up a barbie

IMG_20130329_131832 Friday Flowers on my table

IMG_20130329_090648 “wake up Mummy, it’s walkies time!” Harley says…

IMG_20130329_131556 Good Friday chillin in our crib…

IMG_20130329_143111 Try getting this stick back!

IMG_20130329_165823 Easter treats; hot cross buns & French Earl Grey tea (my favourite!)

IMG_20130329_234053 remembering our Paris trip….I want to go back!

IMG_20130330_184452 Date night; Old Fashioned fun at The Baxter Inn (I just HAD to take Jay!)

IMG_20130330_215429 and later on date night; Hoopla under the Big Top in Darling Harbour. It was super fun but a little weird when the trapeze artist got the shits with her clothing and took off her top mid-way through the routine! Flying boobies with the flying trapeze!

IMG_20130331_102120 Look what I got to wake up to this morning! Jay made me pancakes!!!
Gluten & wheat free pancakes too! Isn’t he grand…

IMG_20130331_111049 Ain’t it true!

Happy Easter Sunday xx

signature2 - melly xox[follow me http://instagram.com/thisismelly]

week in instagram

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coffee @ Urban Bites, Newtown
beans & milk jugs @ Urban Bites, Newtown
receiving my printed Instagram album from Printstagram
view of the city from my balcony
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coffee from Mano Espresso, Glebe
mid-week BBQ dinner; steak & salad
celebrating passing my Prince2 Practitioner exam
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everyday bling
my new favourite love poem
present from my BFF
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note to self
little Harley munchkin
new purchase; House of Harlow Aztec bangle

It’s Saturday evening & we’re heading off shortly to
see & laugh ourselves silly in ‘This is 40’ at the movies.

Happy Weekend all xx

week in instagram

112013211736my zombie family hanging out on my kitchen window!
selfie
coffee from Morso
Harley bear
112013205925swordfish carpaccio at Love.Fish
Australia Day homemade salads
Banoffi pie from Love.Fish
homemade laksa
breakfast parfait
112013211530table view from Sugaroom Bar+Restaurant
dinner club at Love.Fish with the Jacksons
rainy out my window at work
macabre pretty skull vodka
our his+her’s Chanel perfume
1220139495 homemade weekend baked eggs, fresh baked mini bread rolls & Kebo coffee