Menamena

I’ve just come home from a delicious dinner, and I’m feeling a wee bit food drunk. So, instead of attempting a post that won’t make sense, here’s a super cute kid and her awesome dad (actor, Jesse Teeters) doing the Muppet’s Menamena together. Check out her groovin along!

Cool dad, right?

My Endless Love: Crazy in the Compliment

As embarrassing as it is to admit, it’s been a very long time since I’ve been on a date. No, I’m not going to tell you how long exactly, because that’s too tragic—let’s just say it’s a lot of years. And I’ve been single for even longer. So, it’s really no surprise that my ability to flirt with, attract, or throw out cool and witty compliments to the opposite sex is pretty much non-existent. In fact, compliments in general, are not really my forte.

Instead, my compliments usually end up sounding very much like those on Daily Odd Compliment. I love this site! I discovered it only last week, and have spent many-a-night, unable to sleep, poring over the pages of compliments. Hilarious, awkward, and often pretty accurate, the Odd Compliments are exactly the kind of things my stupid brain would allow to exit my lips as passing praise for an attractive fellow or admired acquaintance.

I’m sure my friends would happily attest to my shocking language screw-ups, right Wabi? This sight, like Jess from New Girl, makes me feel a little less like the only idiot in the village (slash world) when it comes to conversing.

And it makes me laugh.

My most favourite compliments.

My most favourite compliments.

Thematic: Christmas the Other Way

So, it has to be said that this whole summer Christmas thing in Australia is pretty awesome. Christmas day I’m bound to be waking up to summer dress weather, sitting down to a long lunch of fresh seafood and zingy cocktails, and spending the afternoon engaged in a (slightly drunken) water fight. I can’t wait!

But there is a large part of me that longs for the ice and snow of the northern hemisphere—building snowmen, drinking eggnog, and cuddling up by the fire! I’m sure it’s not all as romantic and whimsical as that but, for a gal who has never even seen snow, it always seems a bit magical.

I’m sure there’s plenty of others out there who are wondering what the other side of the equator get up to over the Holiday season, and dream about celebrating it opposite-style—it’s why Christmas in July exists, right? So, for this week’s thematic, I figured I do a little bit of compare/contrast for us all. I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of the average Southern hemisphere Holiday shindig. The other half is a bit of guess-work, and a bit of dreaming on my part.

Thematic - Christmas the Other Way

  1. Aqua Brill Printed Asymmetric Cape Side Maxi Dress from Asos
  2. iPANEMA  Sandalia
  3. Christopher Fischer Owl Intarsia Cashmere Sweater from Nordstrom
  4. Keds Rain It In Boot from Mod Cloth
  5. Curtis Stone’s Mango Bellini
  6. Cargan’s Perry from The Cidery
  7. Brian Samuels’ Eggnog Recipe from The Boy’s Club
  8. Kitchen Confidante’s Mulled Wine
  9. Prawn Cocktails from Donna Hay
  10. Cake or Death’s Tropical Pavlova
  11. Roast turkey with burghul, preserved lemon and pine nut Stuffing from Gourmet Traveller
  12. Blackberry Cherry Cobbler Recipe from Confessions of a Foodie Bride
  13. Santorini Dreamer Bikini Set from Sunburn
  14. SPF 30+ Mineral Zinc Sunscreen from WOTNOT
  15. DIY Old Sweater Mittens from Heart 2 Home
  16. So How’s it Taste’s Gingerbreat marshmallows

Wrap Me Up, Give Me Out. Vol.1: The Stationery Room

This month I’m replacing my regular Dress Me Up with Wrap Me Up because, well, wrapping and ribbon is fun! And when do you wrap more gifts than at Christmas?

One of my favourite finds at the moment is The Stationery Room. Their Etsy stall is full to the brim with cut washi tape, ribbons, and stamps. The range of Christmas items is wonderful—both great looking and reasonably priced. I’m so in love, I’m a little bit afraid I’m going to impulse purchase one of everything.

Store: The Stationery Room

Store Locations: Online via their Etsy store.

International Shipping: YES! Flat rates start at $10.90 for 500g.

Best Bits: Beautiful designs and styles in a range of colours. Thorough descriptions and excellent images so you know exactly what you’re getting. Quality materials and great prices, as well as flat rate shipping. Based in Sydney, Australia, so if you’re an Aussie (and running late with your wrapping, like me) there’s still time to order before Christmas.

Wrap Me Up - The Stationery Room image

(Clockwise from top left, all in AU Dollars)

–       Kraft Paper Round Gift Tags: $4.00

–       Christmas Tree and Red White Stripe Washi Tape Duo: $6.50

–       Vintage “Handmade” Stamp Set: $6.00

–       Vintage Christmas Cotton Ribbon: $5.00