It’s beginning to feel a lot like …



I love this time of year.  Even though it is a very busy time, I love the anticipation of the end of the year and celebrating with family and friends.  I have been busy at work trying to finalise the academic year before I enjoy a break over the summer holidays.  Invitations are coming in thick and fast for Christmas functions, family nights, parties and get-togethers with friends.  Christmas decorations are popping up throughout the city and … at home!

We dragged out the dusty old box from under the house today containing the ‘fake’ Christmas tree we bought off Gumtree many years ago.  Poppy decorated it for hours within an inch of a …. bauble.  I must say, as I type this I can see the twinkling lights out of the corner of my eye, and the house feels very festive indeed.

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Yesterday we were in the city and ‘popped’ into the opening of the new Myer Hobart.  I can’t actually say ‘popped in’ because it was more like a line up!  I am not sure what I was thinking!  James was in the pram and I was dodging all the other Mum’s and their prams, plus hundreds of interested folk, keen to lay an eye on ‘their’ new department store, after the devastating fire of the original building in 2007.

Bursting into the retail space just prior to Christmas, the new store looked very sharp and … Christmasy!  A retailers delight.

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Cousin Love


Last weekend we had Poppy and James’ cousin – Maggie, stay with us for two days.  Nick was also away and so our little tribe had an action packed weekend.

On Saturday morning we braved the crowds and went to the Myer Christmas Pageant in Hobart – a tradition for the past four years!  Both Maggie and Poppy were captivated and waved to every float for over an hour!

We had a play date with school friends in the afternoon and then the girls were allowed to stay up late (8:30 pm) and watch a Barbie Ballerina movie!  They were in heaven.

The next morning we met our friends, Fiona and Poppy at Smolt for breakfast where Fiona has devised the best breakfast for kids at a restaurant … Bacon and Ice cream!  It went down a treat and kept them amused long enough for us to have a decent adult conversation.

We went to the park and beach to expend the energy from breaky and then garden play at home for the rest of the day.

With only a few tense moments between them, we all had a great time and Maggie didn’t want to go home.  This was Poppy’s first ‘sleep-over’ experience and I am sure there will be many more in the coming years!  x

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Inez Daily

I am a subscriber to the fabulous Inez DailyStyle Solutions for Busy Women and recently the site showcased“21 PIECES THAT EVERY STYLISH WOMAN NEEDS IN HER WARDROBE”.  As I am about to de-clutter, it is confirming to see the list includes several of my favourites – classic pieces that stand the test of time … and bring a spark of joy!Dr-vs-Mum-1-captions Inez Daily

1.   The Stripe Tee:
Stripe tees have a lifetime membership to the ‘Classic Club’. Whilst a very selective club, their admission has never been contested.
Bassike ‘Stripe Heritage Neck’ t-shirt, $100

2.   The Stylish Track Pant
No, this is NOT an oxymoron. But they are hard to find. In fact the only label that always gets it right is  Bassike. Every. Single. Time.
Bassike ‘Stretch Cuffed Pull On Pant’, $295

3.   The Designer Handbag
No explanation needed.
Balenciaga Medium Cable Shopper, $1995

4.  The LBD
There’s a very good reason why the LBD makes every ‘must have’ list – when you find the right one, it will be your everything!
Country Road dress, $179

5.  The Bracelet Watch
Let’s be honest, since the rise of and subsequent attachment to our smart phones, we don’t actually need watches anymore. But we still really like to wear them – I put it down to one-part-habit, one-part-nostalgia and a big dash of they-just-look-really-cool.
Cartier ‘Tank Française’ 18K yellow gold and steel watch, $10 500

6.  The Classic Shirt
Their style may change from season to season – sometimes oversized, long and loose, worn with the cuffs rolled up and a pair of tailored shorts, or else slim, sharp and cropped at the waist to complement your favourite midi skirt. However you like to wear it, a few classic shirts are a must in every wardrobe.
Country Road blouse, $99.95

7. The Sweatshirt
The sweatshirt has undergone quite the transformation – for so long it was relegated to your ‘comfy-night-at-home’ wardrobe, rarely seen beyond a 50m radius of your sofa. But all this has changed.  Thanks to that wonderful new fashion-genre ‘sports-luxe’, sweatshirts have hit the big time.
AG Alexa Chung ‘Scarlet’ sweatshirt, $288.20

8.  The Sun Hat
Because we’re not getting any younger and could all do with a little more (stylish) sun protection.
Helen Kaminski ‘Tasi’ woven rafia visor, $145

9.  The Statement Necklace
An instant game changer.
Amber Sceats ‘Cara’ necklace, $299

10. The Perfect Face Framing Sunglasses
Essential for those days when you need a little extra help!
Celine ‘Lucy’ sunglasses, $339

11. The Essential Black Pant
The Black Pant needs no introduction – we all have a pair or two. It’s that fallback piece that we always reach for when we can’t decide what to wear, right?
But not all pants are made equal. The ‘essential’ black pant needs to be tailored, versatile, wear well and most of all be really flattering.
When looking for ‘the one’, opt for a slightly cropped style that will work well with both a heel and flat shoes.
Boden ‘Chelsea Turn-Up’, $94

12. The Canvas Sneaker
There is very few occasions where I feel the white canvas Spring Court would not be appropriate. In fact, I have a small library of these handsome specimens in various states ranging from ‘Box Fresh’ through to ’Loved, Worn in and a Little Bit Frayed Around the Edges’ to cover all such occasions.
Spring Court G2 sneakers, $120

13. The Blazer
The right blazer will work with pretty much everything in your wardrobe… Tailored pants? Of course. A print dress? Perfect. But it also looks really great with the sleeves pushed back, teamed with your favourite jeans and sneakers.
Weiss ‘Avray’ single-breasted wool blazer, $425

14. The Loafer
…because loafers NEVER go out of style.
Toga leather loafers, $542

15. The Trench
The trench is your perfect ‘plus 1’ coat… this stylish, tailored classic looks great layered up with sweaters and scarves in winter, but equally good with a colourful sundress and sandals in the warmer months.
ASOS trench coat, $152

16. The Midi Skirt
Equal parts flirty and fun!
Rumour London ‘Amalfi’ striped midi skirt, $267

17. The Cashmere Sweater
The perfect mix of classic style and ‘I-Just-Threw-This-Together’ nonchalance.
Uniqlo cashmere v-neck sweater, $79.90

18. The Black Leather Belt
A great black belt can make all the difference.
Country Road ‘Roller’ leather belt, $49.95

19. The Heeled Sandal
The simple, black heeled sandal is your best ally. Classic, stylish and comfortable, it always compliments what you’re wearing without ever overpowering or ‘stealing the show’. Team it with a suit for the office, a printed pencil skirt and denim jacket for a brunch date and or else a plain blouse and printed silk pant for the perfect ‘smart casual’.
Whistles ‘Luma’ ankle strap sandal, £175

20. The Two-Timing Wallet
A stylish staple that can also double as a clutch purse for evening.
Comme des Garçons wallet, $200

21. The Perfect Tee
There’s a reason why some people spend so much time selecting their tees – because once you get it right, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it… and then promptly order it in every colour!
Bassike tee-shirt, $100


Spark of Joy

My friend Melissa recently recommended a book to me – The Life Changing Magic of Tidying.  I bought a copy and powered through the pages and have become completely inspired to de-clutter our home!


A comprehensive, illustrated manual on how to de-clutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo’s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. Kondo also add in-depth advice on moving, packing, and dealing with necessary objects that may not spark joy—answering all the questions she’s gotten since her first book. This manual is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

Over the years we have accumulated so many toys, clothes and other items and as a result, I feel quite overwhelmed with all the ‘stuff’ in our home.  My goal for 2016 is to have a good clean out and live the simple, minimal life and enjoy items that only ‘spark joy’!


What’s App?

Morning Man

I always love stumbling across a new App and this week I have found three superb ones!

I’m not naturally a morning person but I have begrudgingly become used to them with a husband that has his alarm set for 5:30am most mornings to go to work, and two little people who are early risers.  I struggle to bounce out of bed each morning but recently came across The Morning Man Alarm Clock. I now wake to a gentle reminder in French that it is time to get up!  Love it!

THE MORNING MAN® Alarm Clock App is the best way to wake up and start your day. Listen to sweet and romantic voices from around the globe waking you up every morning! Why have a loud chirp or a bell as an alarm when you could wake up with a real Morning Man®?

Morning Man

When doing the grocery shopping or some other task that requires James to be engaged in some form of entertainment/learning, I reach for my phone to distract him from toppling all the apples from the display.  I know, I know – I’m not the perfect Mum, but I do find at times a good App is a godsend for me to get in and get the job done, without a grizzling toddler to boot.

My good friend Cherida has just been in Europe with her young family for four months and advised that Thinkrolls and Mini Ocean Swimmer were winners on long train/plane trips.  I uploaded these little numbers and James is engrossed!  At least I don’t feel too guilty as they certainly have learning outcomes for little fingers and their fine motor skills (that’s what I tell myself anyway)!  xx


Set your child’s mind in motion. Thinkrolls are the 22 hilarious characters in this educational app that’s one part rolling ball platformer, one part physics puzzler and 100% irresistible for kids 3-8.




Laugh out loud as you explore a magical underwater world with Fins the fish. Invite Fins out to play and let the adventures begin. Guide Fins through the water and discover dozens of fun surprises. Dive into sunken treasure, meet mysterious monsters and enjoy a treat at an underwater ice cream stand. Based on the wildly popular Sago Mini Forest Flyer, this open-ended play experience is sure to delight.


Picnics : Museums : Playgrounds

After a busy week of working, it was so lovely hanging out at home with Poppy, James and Nick and enjoying the simple things together.

We baked scones and took them down to Long Beach for a picnic and had a play on the beach.  We had dinner at the yacht club on Friday night with family and friends (where kids eat free).  A rainy Saturday morning saw us retreat to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and on a sunny Sunday we went to the park and spent the rest of the day in the garden.  Bliss.  xx

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Seafood Seduction

Wowsers – another week has passed and I have been so flat-out, I have barely had time to scratch myself!

Last weekend I worked again with Tourism Tasmania, hosting a group of six Indonesian VIP’s from the Bank of Asia, Clara Magazine – a gorgeous glossy for the stylish Indonesian woman, and two representatives from Tourism Australia.


The aim of their visit was to experience Tasmania with the hope of enticing more Indonesian’s to our State in the future.  After meeting the group at the airport on Friday morning, they were whisked out to Mona in the Posh Pit where they enjoyed the museum, a beautiful lunch at The Source and then a wine tour and tasting with my friend, Dan.

A drive to the top of Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) bought many ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’, followed by another beautiful meal at the Wrest Point Revolving Restaurant.

The next morning, we blitzed the Salamanca Market (where I quickly found out than Indonesian’s certainly love their shopping) but the highlight of their trip however, was Rob Pennicott’s Seafood Seduction Tour.

Seafood Seduction

Enjoy oysters shucked straight from the water, rock lobster and see your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin.  Be delighted as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.

Hopping on a boat in Kings Pier, our wonderful guides – Ido and Kate hosted the perfect day, despite the lumpy conditions in the Channel.

Seafood Seduction

I will let the photos speak for themselves but it was the ultimate trip for our international guests – combined with professional yet laid-back guides and amazing seafood including the freshest oysters you will ever eat.  The highlight for the group was experiencing Ido and Kate don their wetsuits and actually dive for our lunch, where they caught fresh sea urchin and abalone.


As we rolled off the boat, full to the brim with seafood we then had dinner (and more seafood) at The Glass House on the Brooke Street Pier.

I waved the group off at the airport the next morning and I am sure we will see many more of their counterparts coming to Tasmania in search of our amazing seafood and beautiful scenery.  xx


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Book ♥

Poppy's Book Shelf

Poppy and James love their books and value our evening ritual of reading time.  Poppy particularly enjoys more detailed ‘chapter’ books at the moment and can’t wait to put the bookmark in each night, ready for the next installment.  James’ favourite book is Mr Huff!  I can’t tell you how many times I have read it, but I still love it too.


I recently came across this gorgeous shelf on The Grace Tales site and felt inspired by some of the books displayed.

Children's Books

Always a sucker for a fashion icon, Just Being Audrey stood out for me straight away.  After having a look on the Book Depository site, we may need to write a letter or two to Santa!

Just Being Audrey

From Roman Holiday to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, when Audrey Hepburn starred in a movie, she lit up the screen. Her unique sense of fashion, her grace, and, most important, her spirit made her beloved by generations. But her life off screen was even more luminous. As a little girl growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, she learned early on that true kindness is the greatest measure of a person-and it was a lesson she embodied as she became one of the first actresses to use her celebrity to shine a light on the impoverished children of the world through her work with UNICEF. This is Audrey Hepburn as a little girl, an actress, an icon, an inspiration; this is Audrey just being Audrey.

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The other one that caught my eye was Different Like Coco.  Say no more.

The rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel plays out in a wonderful picture-book biography as full of style and spirit as its heroine.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was always different. And she vowed to prove that being different was an advantage! Poor, skinny, and orphaned, Coco stubbornly believed that she was as good as the wealthier girls of Paris. Tapping into her creativity and her sewing skills, she began making clothes that suited her (and her pocketbook) — and soon a new generation of independent working women craved her sleek, comfortable, and practical designs. Now an icon of fashion and culture, Coco Chanel continues to inspire young readers, showing just how far a person can come with spunk, determination, and flair.

Different Like Coco

The final inspiration is This is Venice by M. Sasek.

This is Venice

On the heels of the runaway bestsellers This is New York and This is Paris, Universe is pleased to reissue another title from M. Sasek’s beloved and nostalgic children’s travel series.

Like the other Sasek classics, This is Venice is a facsimile edition of his original book from the 1960s and is still timely and current in every way. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than 40 years later and, where applicable, facts have been updated for the twenty-first century, appearing on a “This is…Today” page at the back of the book. The stylish, charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek’s witty, playful narrative, makes for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember this book from their childhood.

This is Venice, first published in 1961, presents indelible impressions of romantic, watery Venice, where under a brilliant blue sky Sasek the gondolier navigates the winding canals to visit such famous and glorious landmarks as the Palazzo Grassi, Piazza San Marco, Doges Palace, and the Accademia di Belle Arti. This is Venice

Even though these classic books would be valuable reads, I would appreciate them purely for their covers!


Boat Licence

Boat Licence

I have been meaning to get my boat licence for quite some time now and last week, I finally manage to jump on a course at the RYCT and pass all the requirements.

When away on our boat, I am more than capable of steering and getting us to where we need to go, but when it comes to maneuvering, putting down the anchor or rafting up, I always looked to Nick to take the helm.  As we are planning to go into Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour for two weeks in January, I realised I have to step up and become a true ‘first mate’.

I joined four other fantastic women last Tuesday night for a really interesting evening.  Doing figure-eights on the Derwent with squeals of laughter, a mock man overboard, maneuvering up to a buoy and a scenario of running out of fuel and having to call in a ‘Pan Pan Pan’.

We then hit the papers and theory component (with a bottle of Jansz to aid our learning) where we all passed our written exam.  I now know the difference between Cardinal and Lateral markers, a Pan Pan Pan and a Mayday, and the importance of wearing the appropriate PFD.

Now it’s time for stepping up on ‘Spellbound‘ and to reach my ultimate goal of going away for the night with only a few girlfriends on board!  xx

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Show Weekend : Boat Weekend

Sunset at Partridge Island

The Hobart Show weekend always allows for an extra long weekend where we escape Hobart to explore further waters.  This year was no exception and we headed to South Bruny Island for four glorious days.

We left on Thursday morning and enjoyed a smooth voyage to Partridge Island, some three hours later, to catch up with our friends.  Arriving to an oasis of turquoise blue waters due to a phytoplankton bloom in the water at this time of year.  Blue, blue waters, radiant rainbows and a gorgeous sunset.  What more could we ask for?

Partridge Island

The next day we went for a walk on the island where we discovered signs of European gardens and mature oak trees.  We  moved over to Mickey’s Bay in the afternoon and had a big roast pork on board ‘Mistraal‘.  The next morning we donned our packs and walked over to Cloudy Lagoon where James fell asleep as usual, and Poppy did a stellar job walking most of the way and learning more native plants.

In the afternoon we went to Tailors Beach for a picnic with all our boating friends and the kids were in their element making sand castles and playing in the water until little teeth were chattering and I had run out of dry clothes.

I love being in my happy place with my family and our amazing friends.  Not to mention the breathtaking scenery of this part of the world.  xx

Little Pirate

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