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 

Maria Oxley Boardman

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Maria is an absolute stunner.  We met while we both worked in Crumlin a little over two years ago and later spoke about our own ambitions and dreams for the future. Fast forward to her being on the cover of the most recent Insider, face of a good few many campaigns and taking over catwalks with her sweet disposition. Aside from all those things, she is also ridiculously endearing, smart, funny and I adore that she still nicks her best beauty products from her mum.  I wanted to set a goal to work on more portraits and I could not think of a better person to start with--my favourite model for sure.DSC_0093 (1)

A Eucalyptus garland and Sunday Brunch

Monday, June 16, 2014

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Our sweet friend Ajda had a little farewell brunch on Sunday and as per the norm, it extended into a six hour conversation that started in Forest Avenue and ended with summertime drinks on the garden patio at House.  Ciara and I decorated with a eucalyptus garland complete with figs and blossoms for a table that served a gorgeous five course tasting menu and well, my run on sentences are ultimately leading to one simple notion: we adore the bits off this little lady.

It's a funny thing how six months can change a relative stranger into one of your nearest and dearest but I can safely say that it happens and I am forever grateful for it.  Girlfriends really are the best sort of friends.

A little video from Miles + Philippa

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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