Monthly Archives: May 2013


I must have found 1001 excuses not to go to the gym, or not to exercise.  Even with an impending wedding and European summer holiday, I still manage to convince myself that I don’t have to go to the gym tonight.  The evil devil that subsists somewhere in my mind is all, “Oh don’t worry, you’re too tired.  You’re too stressed.  You’re too busy.  Exercise isn’t going to work for you anyway, you’ll NEVER get fit.  Your gym clothes aren’t Lorna Jane.  Do you even have enough underpants to get you through the week?”.  Which segues into a rendition of Christina Aguilera’s, “You are beautifullllllll, no maaaaatter what they saaaaaaaaaaaay”.  Bastard.

I try to shut out that voice, tell myself to harden up and stop being a pussy.  I usually counter that voice with:-

  • You can be Miranda Kerr-esque!  Not likely buddy, she has heaps of moolah at her disposal, chefs to run her ridiculously expensive, high maintenance diet and Photoshop.
  • You can have an extra glass of wine this weekend!  Oh sure, that isn’t at all counter-productive.
  • You’ll feel so happy and swan around like a goddess! – I feel happier swanning in my couch, swathed in a blanket, watching Modern Family.

Sigh.  As you can see, it’s an ongoing battle.  However, I do have one booster up my sleeve. This probably sounds weird, but Gwyneth Paltrow is my total go-to gal for fitness motivation.  She’s just got that long, lithe but fit look about her – I know heaps of people hate on her for being so annoyingly perfect, but…she is!  So whenever I need that motivational push, I go on her website Goop and check out her fitness suggestions or healthy food options to keep me in line.

Of course, there’s also torturous motivation – like trying on a bikini, then realising my cellulite could possibly eat my stomach.  And there’s self-loathing motivation – like after I’ve finished a bowl of pasta, a bottle of wine and a bag of chips, the promises to myself that I will work it off tomorrow are seraphinely evangelical.

So what are your motivational tips?  I heard an awesome one from J on the weekend – sleep in your gym clothes, that way when you wake up you’re already ready.

I’d love to hear how you stay on the fitness track!


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Oh my goodness, how adorable is this?  The lovely bride, Cyndall, secretly bought an 8 week old labrador puppy that her groom, Ben, had been begging for.  As the MC carried her down the aisle towards Ben, the photographer captured his reaction of bewilderment and joy.  What an awesome wedding day surprise!

Via Polka Dot Bride


So looking forward to this weekend after a long week!  Tonight will be celebrating and catching up with family friends at a 21st at The London Club – it’s crazy to see kids who you’ve known since they were 5 turn 21!  Saturday night we’re helping clean out J and T’s fridge – we won’t see them for six weeks as they’re jetting off to Europe, so Bon Voyage!!  How exciting!

In the midst of the stress of wedding planning this week, I came across this quote from this amazing surprise carnival wedding:

There’s not too much say about the planning, other than “this too shall pass.” Whatever you’re stressed about is not that big of a big deal.

I need to tattoo this on the back of my eyelids – that, and “keep calm and carry on”.  Let people do what they want to do – you’re still marrying the love of your life.  OH, and wine is your best friend.

So have an awesome weekend – and if you’re in Brisbane, rug up, it’s getting chilly!

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I nearly cried with joy and longing when I saw this recipe for fried nutella banana hand pies.  I have no idea what a hand pie is, nor do I really care when the results look this amazing, but I think I really (really really really) need to try this as soon as possible.  And then vary the fillings – peanut butter and banana, peanut butter and nutella…there’s no stopping me now.

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Get the recipe here.

PS.  Deep fried avocado tacos…OMG

This series by photographer Henry Hargreaves is seriously awesome!  Collaborating with stylist Caitlin Levin, who composed the food items in the manner of Flemish still life paintings, Hargreaves photographed the strange food requests noted in musicians’  contracts when performing in major concerts (known as riders).

Hargreaves notes that what inspired these photos was “the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to,” and the way they “were able identify with them through what they chose to eat and drink.”

How fascinating!  If you were a famous musician, what would your “rider” request be?  I reckon mine would be Lindt chocolate balls, pears with soft cheese, salt and vinegar chips and pork belly buns.

PS.  LOL @ the Foo Fighters’  request.


Lady Gaga: “Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.”


Frank Sinatra: “One bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. Twenty-four chilled jumbo shrimp, Life Savers, cough drops.”


Foo Fighters: “Big-a** kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious.”


Nine Inch Nails: “Two boxes of corn starch.”


Billy Idol: “One tub ‘I can’t believe it’s not Butter!’, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.”


Rihanna: “Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day. Please be prepared!”


Britney Spears: “Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.”


Van Halen: “Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (Warning: absolutely no brown ones).”


Marilyn Manson: “Gummi bears.”

Via here

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P and I now have a new travelling tradition – whenever we go on holidays, we will attend a cooking class.

Our first one was on a gorgeous day in Vientiane, in Laos.  We’d had enough of wandering around markets and exploring temples – we wanted to really interact with some locals, and hopefully meet some fellow travellers along the way.  We took a tuk-tuk to the class, which was hosted at a lovely French-inspired colonial house in the suburbs.  The teacher told us a bit about herself – she’d studied English as she’d wanted to travel, and also majored in economics and mathematics but her true passion was cooking and particularly, teaching people how to cook the subtle flavours of Laotian food.

As she shared with us delicacies such as river fish gently steamed in banana leaves and green papaya salad, we learned about the culture and history of Laotian people.  It was a day we will never forget (aside from the fact that the night ended partying with our fellow cooking buddies, dancing in a storm and posing with a gigantic chicken).

Ahead of our upcoming holiday, I’m enjoying browsing cooking school websites in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast – I can’t wait!

Do you have any travelling traditions?  Please share!


Just came across this amazing website called Clé Privée.  The founders, who invested two years travelling the world trying and testing every hotel and escape on the site, came up with the concept of giving a “key” as a gift to your nearest and dearest.

This key will let you access their perfectly curated selection of luxury hotels, unique adventure escapes or gift a work of art from their series of vintage images or current creations by rising artists.

Starting from 100 EUR to 4000 EUR, these are perfect for everyone who has a sense of adventure and a love of style and design.

Check the keys out here – Clé Privée Store

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