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The Perfect Pair of Skinny Jeans

Uniqlo Ultra Stretch JeansAfter years and years of searching, I have finally found the perfect pair of skinnies – Uniqlo’s Ultra Stretch Jeans.  Bravo Uniqlo and at $39.90, I bought two pairs!

These jeans feature an unparalleled stretch for incredible ease of movement and outstanding elasticity that enhances feminine curves. Available in a variety of fades with a mid-rise design looks good on everyone.

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Uimi ♥

Bindi ScarfAlways a lover of natural products I am especially fond of the virtues of wool and wear it on a daily basis.

I bought this fantastic scarf made by uimi last week in Melbourne and it ticks all the boxes – it is a natural fibre; it is warm and cosy and it is bright and colourful to liven up these dreary winter days.  Perfect!

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We create unique knitwear by bringing together vibrant colours, bold patterns, beautiful textures and the highest quality renewable natural fibres; from fine Australian merino wool to luxurious Egyptian and organic cotton.

Every uimi product is proudly designed and manufactured in our studio and knitting mill in Melbourne, Australia.

You can even coordinate with matching cushions and blankets if you are feeling so inclined, but they have so many other fantastic patterns too.

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Replenish

I’m ‘Captain Boring’ at home, preferring to stick to a semi-ordered state of play when it comes to daytime sleep, dinner, bath, book and bed routine.

But sometimes … you just need to jump off that merry-go-round/ground-hog-day and replenish!  To mix it up a bit and have some precious time out with treasured friends and so this weekend was my annual Melbourne trip away and boy-oh-boy, it was so appreciated.

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Saying goodbye to our little chickens on Friday morning, I jetted off to Melbourne to meet the girls.  Cherida flew in from Adelaide and we had the pleasure of hanging out with another friend for the day, before she returned home to her family.  For three days I didn’t have to worry about anyone but myself.

There was no time for thinking – ‘What’s for dinner‘; ‘Have I got enough nappies‘ or ‘I need to make lunches‘.  There was plenty of time however for a leisurely lunch at the Dansk Restaurant with a bottle of bubbles and herring!  An evening stroll through Emporium Melbourne before wandering to our 8:30pm reservation for dinner at Coda.  Yes … 8:30pm, not 5:30pm!

A sleep in … well, a lay in til 8:00am (as I just can’t seem to sleep past 6:30am these days) and then a whole day of following our noses through the city admiring beautiful things and eating amazing food.  A sushi train experience for lunch, followed by more shopping and a refresh before heading out to dinner at 9:00pm!

I loved having time out from the ‘home’ routine, but it was so delightful to see my little family pick me up at the airport on Sunday afternoon.  I couldn’t squeeze their chubby cheeks enough.

Thank you Nicko for looking after the home-front, and taking our little peeps away on the boat to Bruny Island for the night.  Bless.  xx

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Jen and Chez

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Serenity Ring ♥

Today I am loving Georg Jensen’s Serenity Ring.  So sublime.

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Serenity Ring

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Ring crafted in sterling silver
Designer: Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe

Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe (1927 – 2004) was born in Malmö Sweden. She graduated from the Academy of Industrial Arts in Stockholm in 1945 and in 1956 she settled in Paris where she quickly became known for her jewellery.

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Winter Solstice Weekend

Dark MOFO

We have had a fantastic weekend celebrating the Winter Solstice here in Hobart.  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city that is home to Dark MOFO, the festival that celebrates all things mid-winter.

Dark MOFO’s Winter Feast

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Nick and I went along to the Winter Feast on Friday night … sans children!  We ate, drank, sat by a fire and enjoyed a night out with our friends.

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On Saturday the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Cruising Committee organised a winter cruising event where we stayed on our boats in Elizabeth Street Pier for the night.  Talk about a rock star berth – right in the heart of the Dark MOFO festivities.

We ventured out to hold the Pulse Column, revisited the Fire Organ and enjoyed a warm gin at the Hendrick’s Parlour of Curiosities.  After the kids were in bed we gathered on Mistraal and enjoyed a few drinks with our friends.

Waking up to see the sunrise, I enjoyed a wander around the docks and witnessed the glow of the sun bringing warmth to the shortest day of the year.

We all had breakfast at T42 and Sam and Scarlett joined us for a walk to the Brooke Street Pier and the Hustle & Scout Fashion Market at the Salamanca Arts Centre.

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Walking to town

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The girls and James!

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Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Poppy on the Pulse Column

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Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

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Brooke St Pier

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Hustle & Scout

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Winter Solstice Sunset

To end the weekend, we donned our pom poms and drove to the summit of Mt. Wellington to witness the sunset of the Winter Solstice.  Oh Hobart … you are getting more and more beautiful.

Happy days, happy days indeed.  Xx

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Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Winter Solsctice Sunset

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Mujjo ♥

Mujjo

My search for the perfect leather iPhone case is over.  Welcome Mujjo – it is match made in heaven!

Designed to hold 2 or 3 of your essential cards, this leather wallet case helps eliminate bulky pockets. Loved and used by thousands who have grown to depend on it, carry your iPhone 6 and your essential cards in a sleek package. Add a key and this case is all you basically need.

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Tour Guide Tales

Tour Guide TalesI have developed a new blog for work.

This project has been on my ‘to-do-list’ for a long time but due to my teaching commitments in the first semester, I haven’t been able to spend the required time on it.

Now that our students are on mid-semester break, it has enabled me to get my ‘geeky’ on and while away many hours at work, without any distractions!

Here are a few photos of our students in action!

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Swift Water Rescue

Climbing Rescue

Hazards Traverse

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Rafting Training

Snowy rafting trip

The Overland Track

The Overland Track

The Overland Track

The Overland Track

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Bunny Bombs ♥

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Today I am loving these Bunny Bombs and Biggie Bombs by Charlie Horse of Course.

Charlie Horse represents the creative outlet of designer Charlie Perry. Each unique bag is lovingly created entirely by hand, from the selection of leather, to the stitching and hammering of hardware.
Designed in New Zealand, Charlie Horse offers a small collection of clutches and bag accessories all featuring top-quality materials and workmanship. Every piece is slightly different from the next but maintains a consistency in high quality and design.
Our fur is all ethically sourced and are bi-products of the economic food industry.

The perfect accompaniment to any bag, set of keys or clothing.  Now … which colour?  Mmmm … I love the hot pink.  X

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Frosty Farm

Ice from the bird bath

I took Poppy and James up to the family farm to see their Grandparent’s last Thursday and Friday.  They love feeding the fish, seeing the sheep, playing with our old toys and running around the wide open spaces.  We also popped in to see the monkeys in Launceston’s City Park.

We woke on Friday morning to a white frost with much excitement about touching the ice that had formed on the pond and bird bath.  Lovely.  Xx

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A frozen pond

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Frosty morning

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Sheep

Little Monkey

Little Monkey

James at the monkeys

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Winter Culture

Dark Mofo

There’s a red glow in the air as Hobart’s Dark MOFO festival has begun.  The illumination of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Column signified the start of this amazing festival that brightens up our winter in Hobart every year.

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We went along to the Opening Night on Friday to see the city turn out in droves to celebrate our longest nights.  I find it so fantastic to see so many people out and about, rugged up and enjoying the various free events.

We visited the Dark Park at Macquarie Point and enjoyed the Hendrick’s Parlour of Curiosities, The Purging and The Fire Organ.  Poppy was a little freaked out from the noise of the organ and so we ventured to calmer environs at the TMAG forecourt where she danced to her heart’s content to the live music.

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Dark MOFO

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The next morning I had an early breakfast at Smolt with my dear friend Heidi, followed by a wander through Salamanca Market to buy fresh flowers.  In the afternoon we had a four-year old birthday ‘disco’ party where five girls enjoyed various games and an amazing butterfly cake.

On Saturday evening we had a function at The Waterside Pavillion and then more Dark MOFO action at Blacklist – an evening of great DJ’s and random acts that only Dark MOFO is known for.

Oh I love it!  Xx

Heidi at Smolt

Hot House

Salamanca Market

Poppy with her present

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Me, Depha and Leesa

Pulse Column

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