Sunday, September 14, 2014

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It's the middle of September and for a year that started off so incredibly slow, it surely has picked up speed in mysterious ways.  Most of the last few months have been lived off this blog and for the most part- it has been a very good thing. In other ways, I miss that my days off are no longer with camera in hand on wayward walking trails or the conversations and meetings that have come as a result of a post that connected with you here.

I read somewhere recently what a privilege it is to have/take the time to learn and become the person you truly are meant to be- and for that privilege over the last two years, I am beyond grateful.

I've learnt that no matter how much I try to change it, I will always be slightly Disney in personality. I fidget relentlessly when I cannot sleep.  To this day the only song lyrics I know fully are Nelly's "it's getting hot in here" (cringe, I know).  I am much more picky about who I spend time with and my people-pleasing tendencies are becoming much less of a habit.  If you are a friend, you are family.   I love with all of me.  My penchant for craving Fallon & Byrne's hummus lately is worrying.  I am the most silently determined, wanderlust-filled woman and being kind and of good service to others is paramount to all that I hope for in the years to come.

Also, I have been awful at updating as of late and so this is me stopping in to say hello and bid you well. I really do adore having you here.

Love in Texas | Part Two

Monday, September 8, 2014

Nina + John Same Day Edit from Spinning Leaf Films on Vimeo.

Of all the many things that I can say about my brother's wedding this same day-edit video encapsulates all of it. The brief conversations with him and remembering how important it was to him to embrace the day, really truly be present throughout it and knowing how grateful he was; my heart explodes with every single mushy emotion watching this film. I am so unabashedly proud and happy for the beautiful, inspiring life that awaits him.

Love in Texas| Part One

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some of you may know that I spent the last week in Texas- a trip that for many reasons I was a mixed jumble of emotions about and that sort of 'heavy' thinking can wreak havoc on my normally positive disposition.  Thankfully, the trip was more than uplifting and getting to be a part of my brother's wedding and fall into step during the most fruitful part of his love story was just joy exemplified.

As for Texas, it is big and bold and quite literally too hot to handle on most days.  But, I loved it- the cool bliss of Barton Springs, the boba teas to rescue us from the dry heat, the impressive size of the medical centre, a dancing night out on 6th street, the ultimate getaway in Travasaa and undeniable sunsets and views of the hill country of Austin.

All of which would be silly to mention without the sweetness that is Nina, the Castro family and friends.  Words fail to express how palpable love is during a wedding but I think it's pretty safe to say that the little part I bore witness to was the ultimate gift.  Our broken family has found its first anchor. 

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Rua Ruth

Monday, July 21, 2014

DSC_0004 copy This is the first image I took of Ruth over the weekend. A test shot for lighting and angle and while the rest of the resultant images are bright and colourful, this is the one that repeatedly draws my eye. I've never been heavy handed with editing images (mainly due to the fact that I just don't know how to do it well) but the edit to black and white without the sharpness, the jarring contrast, the overall muted imperfect image is one that somewhat feels very symbolic of current ongoings in my life.

I've realised that lately it has been hard for me to write a post here because while there has been so much good, there also have been a few big things that have been weighing heavy in my heart and in some ways 'mute'-ing that light.

Blogging, instagram, twitter are really highlight reels of one's life (mine is no different) but I adore when every once in a while someone stands up and says sometimes life just throws curveballs too many times in a row and it really does suck, how lucky we are to feel safe and sheltered amongst all the surreal world news at present and/or acknowledging one's struggles to the world makes no one less of a person.

As life and luck would have it, I came across this post by Kate Arends today and this really sung true ''My personal trials and triumphs weren’t beautiful or aspirational enough for my lifestyle blog. According to whom? According to me. I now realize those experiences were some of the most beautiful moments of my life so far.''

So, this is me saying to you dear friends, that life is throwing some curveballs at me and it completely sucks but I am wholly determined to make better of it.  And in the grand scheme of all that goes on, this personal stuff is really so miniscule.

(To sweet Ruth who asked me to take some images for her, thank you for the breath of fresh air.)

A belated logo love

Monday, July 14, 2014

There is a funny thing that happens when you have a blog or start a creative journey.  All of a sudden there is an 'identity' attached with your work and sometimes it can be a confusing process to figure out if some things other people consider 'to be totally you' are actually along those lines.  I am still in the midst of trying to figure that out but know how much I adore simplicity, vines and circular lines and thankfully talented souls like Belinda Love Lee know how to translate my very specific unsure visions into clear, cohesive product.
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Nathalie (the epitome of all things tastemaker and Image Interiors Editor extraordinaire) introduced me to Belinda and since then Bee has become a firm favourite amongst Ciara, Ajda and fellow girlfriends.  Letterpress, thick stock and a recycled paper texture to these cards and I am all but embarrassingly handing these out to strangers on the road. Belinda Love Lee is where its at friends.

Comfort food

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The last week has been one of those long, arduous ones between a flu that knocked me sideways, work and some personal things that have weighed heavy for a while.  Thankfully, today things are turning around a bit and I am now officially 48hrs fever free , my voice (while still quite croaky) is coming back and the people in my life right now are proving to be just plain rockstars of beings.

I also have my appetite back and my goodness, did I miss being in the kitchen. Mac and cheese is my ultimate sort of comfort food and I've gone back and forth between finding servings that are too cheesy, too heavy or just plain unappealing.

Enter Donna Hay and this recipe, it is all things good and right. The ultimate cheat day.
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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with a sourdough crumb topping
(from Donna Hay)

250g macaroni
700g cauliflower, leaves trimmed and cut into small florets
1¼ cups (310ml) milk
1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream
2 cups (240g) grated cheddar
2 cups (160g) finely grated parmesan
sea salt and cracked black pepper
3 cups (210g) chunky fresh sourdough breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves, chopped
50g unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 8 minutes.
Add the cauliflower and cook for a further 2 minutes or until tender.
Drain and return to the saucepan with the milk, cream, cheddar, parmesan, salt and pepper.
Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring to coat.
Divide the macaroni mixture between 2 x 1.5-litre-capacity ovenproof dishes.
In separate bowl, mix and combine the breadcrumbs, garlic, rosemary and butter and divide between the dishes.
Bake for 15–20 minutes or until golden and crunchy.

A butterfly heart

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We return to each other in waves, this is how water loves.
- Nayyirah Waheed

image by a friend, the very talented Martin Slechta 

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