***Bee-day!***

IMG_3655I had an absolute blast celebrating my birthday in the presence of my beautiful family and friends! IΒ have to mention the gorgeous cake that my mum decorated with fresh flowers for me that actually featured a David Austen rose from my own garden – nowΒ that’s a personalised touch. The other absolute highlight was the gift I received from Rani, by eldest sis-in-law (mum to the gorgeous children you see below) who presented me with two illustrations she’d done herself, one of which was a picture of myself! Seriously, what an incredible talent she has, not to mention a heart of gold. All these things really only start to describe what a special day I had and I can honestly say that I felt truly loved.

P.S. Mumsy’s the one in the particularly blingy dress – she’s no shrinking violet. No guesses where I get my love of all things shiny from!
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Shine bright like a diamond

rachel-gilbert-birthday-1Wearing – Rachel Gilbert dress, Mno.logie clutch, earrings via Black Beret, Christian Louboutin pumps

As promised, here’s a look at what I wore to my 30th birthday celebration! I’d been obsessing over this Rachel Gilbert dress from afar for quite some time (2226km to be exact!) and couldn’t wait for the chance to try it on. I had my heart set on wearing this (as you would have seen here) and had already started conjuring up how I would style it but also didn’t want to get my hopes up too high in case there was something amiss with the fit or colour and that my poor little heart would be broken. I had absolutely nothing to fear as I tried it on in store – it fit like a glove! I absolutely fell in love with the combination of the sweetheart neckline and fitted pencil silhouette and most of all the sheer netting encrusted with pearls and sequins. Just the right amount of bling. πŸ™‚

I’d also been lusting over this clutch for a while and to my surprise and happy amazement it was waiting for me at home when I got back to Perth. It was an early birthday present from Jinn – thanks sweetheart! He knows me too well, it’s such a great colour – the neon green really pops. And best of all it came personalised with “Belongs to Sarah” on it! Mine mine mine!

It was a lovely evening and certainly felt the love from all my family and friends who came that night. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with everyone as I’d been out of Perth for two months, and to be honest I barely had time to snatch a breath between hugs, kisses and high-speed-highly-excited recaps from all the guests. I can’t wait to share more party photos! We’ve been whirling around the French countryside, enjoying the wedding of the century (so beautiful and so FUN! So much champagne, so much dancing!) and now we’ve finally settled in for the final leg of our holiday in Paris where we will be catching our breath, taking in a few galleries, and of course many a croissant et baguette! (Oh hello, Laduree!)
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InstaRecap – London + Edinburgh

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View from our window πŸšŒπŸš•πŸ€πŸ˜Š

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As you can see we’ve been tearing around London like lunatics trying to soak in all the sights and eat as many pastries as possible, all whilst resisting the urge to curl up into a small but very warm ball, especially when some nights have been just one little degree Celsius! And remember I’ve been basking (sweating) in 35 degree Broome weather up til now! Jinn organised a sneaky birthday surprise for me and reserved us a room at the luxurious Langham Hotel which was just beautiful and also dangerously close to all the shopping on Oxford St. He knows me too well…

There will be many many more posts to come, I promise. But whilst there are that many things to see and numerous cupcakes to eat plus a wedding in France this Saturday (eek! So soon!), I’m afraid the posts will be a little sporadic. That, and I may possibly lose a finger or two if it gets any colder!

Ciao for now πŸ™‚

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More bee-day spoilt goodness at the hotel 😘😘😘

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Gustatory pleasure #heston #blumenthal #london #travel #food #instagood

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Hyde Park on a fine but chilly Spring day #london #travel #instagood

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View of the tip of The Shard #london #travel #instagood

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Get in mah belleh! #burgertime #hungry #food #instafood #london #travel

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1, 2, 3. Being spoilt by Jinn at The Langham.

4. Watching Matilda at Covent Garden.

5. At The Victoria & Albert Museum for the David Bowie exhibition – it was phenomenal.

6, 7. Paying Heston a visit…Meat fruit!

8. Strolling through Hyde Park (and attempting to burn off that meat fruit :P)

9, 10. View of the Shard and from the Shard.

11, 12, 13, 14. The Borough food markets which we just happened to stumble across near the base of the Shard.

15, 16, 17, 18. Being a bit touristy.

19. Lichtenstein at Tate Modern.

20. What I did whilst Jinn waited in line at Record Store Day. Ate (and delivered) cupcakes!

21, 22, 23. More wandering.

24. Reliving our past with a quick zip through Edinburgh. (We were last here seven years ago for a month as medical students!)

Gordon St Garage

gordon-st-garage-1We kickstarted my birthday celebrations with a visit to the newest, hippest coffee bar and casual eatery, the Gordon St Garage. Although situated in a rather tucked away location, this place is already so popular that there was already a queue of cool kids waiting outside by the time we arrived at 9:30am. There was no need to be discouraged by the size of the line as we were efficiently shown to our seats after only a 15 minute or so wait.

The venue is a very tastefully renovated auto electrics garage, as the name suggests, and has a great industrial aesthetic. Β The service was cheerful and attentive, and our coffees and food also arrived in a prompt fashion. I ordered the avocado and tomato bruschetta with my customary cappuccino whilst Jinn had the mozarella and tomato toastie and a flat white. Simple but delicious fare!

All up, the great vibe coupled with the well-orchestrated hustle and bustle made this an ideal way to start our day – my special day that was just beginning to unfold…I promise more photos of this are to come but we’re currently enjoying ourselves way too much overseas and have barely sat down to catch our breaths! Toodles for now!

Gordon St Garage: Coffee Bar/Kitchen / 16 Gordon St West Perth / gsgarage.com.au / 08 9322 8050

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Flowers from the heart

sarahs-flowers-9.jpgThis astonishingly beautiful bouquet was awaiting me when I opened the door to our home in Perth on Friday. When I stepped into the house, for a moment or two I was just absolutely speechless. It’s seriously the most beautiful bunch of flowers I’ve ever received, next to my wedding bouquet. And you know what? They were both made by my irreplaceable, incredibly talented, much loved Mumsy. I’d had an incredible week in Kununurra (check out my Instagram for some pics!) but couldn’t help but long for the end of the week because I was flying back down to Perth on Friday and celebrating my 30th birthday on Saturday!

Unbeknownst to me, Jinn and my mum hatched this sneaky plan to ensure that these flowers greeted me when I arrived home. I’m fully aware of how hard it is to source peonies in Perth at this time of the year, and so the effort that my mum went to to find and arrange this stunning bouquet of my favourite flowersΒ just speaks volumes of how much I am loved and cared for.

I’ve had an incredible thirty years thus far, surrounded by friends and family and just so much love. If any of you get to read this, I want to let you all know how much I love and appreciate you all.

And lastly – thanks Ma! You really areΒ the best.

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My birthday suit – Little Miss Mon Bon

bdaysuit-monbon1A gorgeously colourful ensemble picked out by Monique Ceccato from Little Miss Mon Bon graces our blog this week! Monique is a fellow Perthite who has a keen eye for all things fashionable and quirky, and never shies away from a bright colour or loud print – I love it! In a world full of uniformly black-clad people we need more Mon Bons!

Be sure to check out her blog!

It’s been a lot of fun getting to see inside the brains of some of Perth’s creatives/bloggers/fashionistas each week. I love seeing how different people express themselves, it says so much to me about their inner personalities and it’s altogether fascinating. I hope you’re liking them too!

1. Ellery dress, 2. Botkier bag, 3. Lime Crime lipstick, 4. Dinosaur Designs vases (here and here), 5. The Prize bracelet, 6. Asos sandals

Fresh Prince + Kanken Mini

kanken-outfit-11Wearing – Karen Walker t-shirt, Urban Outfitters jeans (a personalised pair!), Steve Madden loafers, Urban Outfitters cap, Thomas Sabo earrings, Kanken Mini backpack

When I arrived back in Perth over Easter, lo and behold there were a couple of little packages awaiting for me to unwrap thanks to my ever thoughtful Jinn. And somehow they were also amazingly colour-coordinated! After hearing how I’d sunburnt my scalp during a fishing trip he went and picked out this crazy cool, Fresh Prince inspired cap from Urban Outfitters. I then opened the parcel that contained my long-awaited pink Kanken Mini to find that they were instant fashion-BFFs.

They instantly jazzed up my super comfy plane outfit that consisted of my latest favourite Karen Walker tee and ever present coloured skinny jeans. I don’t know about you but no matter how long or short a flight, IΒ must travel in extreme comfort – no waist bands that cut in or itchy materials for me! Stretchy cotton all the way!

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