Resolution Listing

>> Thursday, December 31, 2009

So it's that day of the year where you either think about regrets or relish in your achievements of 2009. Currently I'm HOME in Melbourne, Australia and am loving every minute of it, but to be honest I haven't thought much about 2010 except that I know I'm going to be back in Nepal (I'm not smiling or frowning). But here are a few 'resolutions' or goals rather for next year:

  • To take French lessons
  • Stop buying stuff online (especially when I have no idea about sizing)
  • Go to Paris (to practice my French, makes sense right?)
What's on your list of goals or resolutions for 2010? For me, 2010 makes me feel old as I will have been married for one whole entire year, and all my friends are getting engaged, graduating from Uni and getting professional jobs - so scary! But that's life hey :)


It's Christmas!

>> Friday, December 25, 2009

Wishing you all a Merry Merry Christmas with wonderful family, friends, food, and of course presents :)


Tough Choice

>> Thursday, December 17, 2009


Mimco Half Moon Day Bag vs. Blackberry Curve 8900
Same price and will both last forever (ideally)...hrm...what to choose!


17 days til Christmas

>> Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Xmas list

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Soft Spot

>> Monday, December 7, 2009

Because I have a soft spot for weddings here are some elegant and simple dresses from Saja Wedding...


Queen Rania

>> Friday, December 4, 2009

My new style icon for when I am, ahem, a mother. Ok, no, that's underestimating her - Queen Rania of Jordan is not only my style icon, but life role model and inspiration for working for the people, and here is why...

I know I'm not a queen, or princess for that matter (all the Disney movies lied to me), and won't be in this lifetime. However I do believe that celebrities or those in high places have some sort of social responsibility to the public. Imagine the influence they have on their admirers and followers. So I think it's important to be a good (dare I say it) example and to use their 'power' for good.Back to Queen Rania. I really admire what she is working towards and think she represents Muslims that are after the same thing as us westerners, world peace. Lately I have been very interested in Muslims and their beliefs, trying to understand the problems that are causing loss of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The more I learn, the more I understand about them and am less afraid of them. Queen Rania is an example of something good for the world. I must also highlight that she is a woman, and in the Middle East women aren't known for being in the spotlight, but Queen Rania has defied tradition and moves about freely (wearing whatever she likes) squashing all preconceptions westerns have about Middle Eastern women living highly constricted lives.
I recently watched an interview with her on CNN's Amanpour, and she was so well spoken, diplomatic in her answers but most of all passionate about education for the world's children. I just recently read Greg Mortensen's 'Three Cups of Tea' which highlights the fact that extremist Muslims who engage in terrorism are only recruited because they are usually in poverty and because they don't know any better, which is due to a lack of education. Some extremists would believe that an education is like being 'of the world', and hence do not promote it, especially for girls. Queen Rania believes that all children should have access to education as it give them an opportunity to work their way out of poverty.

Sorry I'm babbling. But I believe that this extra role of 'ambassador for education' suits Queen Rania quite well, and I believe that she is making a huge difference in this world by contributing to the construction of that bridge between cultures, to reunite the world.Queen Rania even has her own website, twitter account and facebook! She's so cool.


Polaroid this!

>> Thursday, December 3, 2009

Put this on the Christmas wish list! A pack of 20 Polaroid cards with dreamy images on them that you can give to that special someone. Even comes with envelopes...i love...

From Urban Outfitters (who I just discovered now ship to Australia, yippee!!)


Creme de la Creme

>> Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's pretty much winter now in the northern hemisphere, and instead of defaulting to wearing black, my latest colour obsession is creamy white. I don't want to say cream, because it gives me fond reminders of my grandmother insisting I wear 'cream' which to me at the time was an ugly version of white. However, now I am open to it and boy would my grandmother be proud, I'm even watching 3 jackets in this colour on eBay!

I have taken some inspiration from ELLE's Shop Darling blog as they featured Kate Bosworth wearing cool winter whites from Diane von Furstenberg's spring 2010 collection:
My favourite is the Chiffon rose vest from Topshop
Other items are: silk bustier gown, shearling vest, embroidered cotton blouse, and cowl-neck sweater dress


D&G Wedges

>> Monday, November 23, 2009

I thought this was so cute/funny! In the latest issue of India's Grazia mag, the fashion feature has models wearing gorgeous D&G suede wedges in similar shape to this, but in different patterns and colours (I surprisingly couldn't find any photos on the web). I realised I have this secret obsession with wedges but have not yet brought my self to purchase a pair...
Maybe this summer in Australia, my shining moment will come when I confess my obsession...


Paris law bans trousers for women?

>> Thursday, November 19, 2009

A 200 year old law that bans women from wearing trousers in Paris? That is crazy talk!

I think this has unfortunately ignited my feminist streak, you know equal gender rights, women-can-have-babies-and-work-too, and all that jazz. But what makes it more crazy for me is that it's Paris, the fashion capital of the world, home of haute couture and chic. Labels such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Chloe, Balmain, and Givenchy were born in Paris, but what for when you couldn't fully embrace fine fashion to it's highest accord and wear a stupid pair of pants?
I would love to know what the consequence of wearing pants would have been 60 years ago, for I am sure I would be a repeat offender (the rebellious streak). In the many articles I have read on the topic, it was known that you had to seek permission from the police station if you wanted to wear pants, although permission would be wavered if you were at "the reigns of a horse". I don't know about you, but if I lived in Paris in 2009 my 'horse' may have wheels...four in fact. So would I still be allowed to wear pants?
Unlikely it seems that the law will change anytime soon, even with a letter by her 'royal' self Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. However, Parisian women are undeterred by this ancient ruling looming over their heads and are clearly sporting freedom and choice in what they wear. And I would hope so, it's the year 2009 and even Muslim women in more liberal Middle Eastern countries (like UAE, Qatar & Bahrain) are given a choice to wear a burka or not.
I guess the French like their women one way: slim and eternally molded into 1920s chic that sits just below the knees.



>> Monday, November 16, 2009

Check out Arniko Skateboards new video featuring it's founder Marius Arter, Jimmy Carson (my husband) and some sick German guy that does a handstand flip thing!


For the gentlemen

>> Sunday, November 15, 2009

For a while I've been feeling like I've been neglecting the men out there, who are our wonderful husbands, boyfriends, friends - so this post is dedicated to them ...

If you weren't aware, JT aka Justin Timberlake, released his own line for men and women earlier this year called William Rast. It's a bit country/urban but still had that JT ruggedly handsome thing happening.Ok, I just realised, maybe this post wasn't for the boys but really for the girls?!


The World Around Us

>> Thursday, November 12, 2009

I absolutely LOVE traveling (borderline obsessed). It's gotten to the point where my husband realised that I enjoy the trip to the airport and the however long flight as much as the destination. He even compared me to a child, because I get so excited about things out the plane window.

But anyway, when I was young I had one of those desks that had the world map on it, and instead of study my books I would study the map and circle countries that I wanted to go to 'when I grew up'. So naturally, now that I am kinda 'grown up' I want a big wall world map so I can continue to look at it and dream.

Here are some cool world map ideas...


An artist and her tools

>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This quote is my new inspiration...
"Seated at the great desk, the Author opens the large book. It has no words. It has no words because no words exist. No words exist because no words are needed. There are no ears to hear them, no eyes to read them. The Author is alone. And so he takes the great pen and begins to write. Like an artist gathers his colours and a woodcarver his tools, the Author assembles his words."- Max Lucado


Hoot Hoot!

>> Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I really really want this adorable Owl Pocket Watch by I Like You World - a Melbourne store that sells very cute stuff.
It's the cutest thing ever!


Escaping Winter

>> Friday, November 6, 2009

It is absolutely FREEZING here in Kathmandu at the moment...I think we've skipped fall and have gone straight into winter. I'm so sure that my fingers are frozen as I write this!

I came across this beautiful album of travel photos of Tunisia and totally escaped the cold for all of 20 minutes and made me reminisce about our recent trip to the Middle East. But they truly are beautiful...Photos by gusgasta


Hello November

>> Thursday, November 5, 2009

I can't believe it's November already! Next month I will be going HOME to Australia and you don't understand how big a smile that brings to my face just at the thought of it.

It is SO cold here in Kathmandu at the moment I just can't get over it. But it the views of the mountains are absolutely MAGNIFICENT! So I guess I have to choose between warmth and the mountains...well today I choose warmth before my toes covered in tights decide to fall off!

This month I plan to do lots of baking to warm up a heater-less house. First up on my baking list is homemade bread that I will add some olives and sun dried tomatoes to.

Here is the Rachel Allen (my new baking mentor!) recipe below if you want to have a go to:

Brown Soda Bread


225g (8oz) wholemeal flour
225g (8oz) plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

50g (2oz) mixed seeds, such as sesame, pumpkin or sunflower, or golden linseeds (optional)
25g (1oz) butter (optional)
1 egg
375-400ml (13-14fl oz) Buttermilk

You will need a 25cm (10in) diameter tart tin, 3cm (1¼in) deep


1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F), Gas mark 7.

2. Sift together the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl and mix with the seeds (if using). Add the butter (if using), and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre.

3. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the buttermilk and pour most of the liquid into the flour mixture. Using one hand with your fingers outstretched like a claw, bring the flour and liquid together, adding more buttermilk if necessary. The dough should be quite soft, but not too sticky.

4. Turn onto a floured work surface, and gently bring it together into a round about 4cm (1½in) deep. Cut a deep cross on top

5. Place on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 200°C (400°F), Gas mark 6 and cook for 30 minutes more. When cooked, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the base. Allow to cool on a wire rack.


A catch up with The Sartorialist

>> Sunday, November 1, 2009

I haven't visited The Sartorialist aka Scott Schuman's blog in a while so I thought I'd mosey on over and be updated with street style from around the world...

I love the skirt and blouse in this photo. Oh, and the yellow cab! Captures what NYC typically is in my mind.I love this stripey top, I am yet to find the perfect one in a navy stripe...sigh...I think her laid-back vibe is what really got my attention in this photo...that and the sandals and tight mini.I love the shoes and the bag! Heck, even the bow! So chic!This photo just makes me wish I grew up in Paris...all my days of trying to convince my mother to send me to a French boarding school didn't pay off. But it just looks so fun to be a teenager in Paris!


I love this dress

>> Friday, October 30, 2009

The Victorian Lace Dress by Nightcap Clothing. I'm in love.


Wedding Dress Heaven

>> Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Every where I look on Facebook, everyone is getting married! I guess I'm just at that stage in my life where it's happening all around me. Luckily I'm already married and beat the rush!

But then I saw this Gown Gallery by Vera Wang and almost rang my husband to tell him that we need to have the wedding again. I am just swooning over these dresses!! I've realised how much my style has changed since I was looking at dresses for my wedding. Here are some of my faves...

For anyone that reads my blog, is this happening in your life at the moment? Isn't it crazy? Next everyone will be popping out babies and I'll begin to attend baby showers like in this episode of Sex & the City which I watched last night and scared me silly!

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