Wear to work {01}

wear-to-work-01-4-2Wearing – ASOS top and pants, Maison Olga coat (similar and equal in awesomeness), Country Road slippers (similar), belt from Empire (seriously!)

Ah, first world problems…What to wear to work? Having spent most of last year in hospital scrubs and the first half of this year in my Broome uniform (breezy sundresses), I was faced with this dilemma when I returned to Perth to start a job where lazing about in blue pyjamas wasn’t quite gonna cut it.

There are, however, a few considerations one needs to keep in mind when working with children!

  1. Mobility is key. You need to be able to get down on the ground, squat, and/or bend in awkward directions to often accommodate what a kid is doing at times.
  2. You need to accomplish all that whilst still keeping your modesty in check! Flashing is not recommended.
  3. You may be the recipient of projectiles from any number of bodily orifices at any moment, at any time. If you don’t keep your spider sense honed or you carelessly let that nappy slide, you’re gonna get what you deserve. Therefore, the words “dry clean only” and “hand wash only” are not desirable. Also, don’t wear anything too exxy, a spew stain will greatly lessen its value.

Enter ASOS to the rescue with their super stretchy, comfy and flattering peg pants. And to sweeten the deal, they cost little over $30 on sale! Spiced up with a cute belt and staple black flats you can barely tell. Tick, tick, tick. All criteria met.

Do you have any workwear secrets or tips? I’d love to hear about them! This person sure did – I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!

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Postcards from Darwin

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2 – 8. Perusing the wares at the Mindil Beach sunset markets.

9 – 10. Finding fresh specimens of a rare Chinese turnip at the Rapid Creek markets! (Yes, we essentially did a “market crawl” all weekend)

11 – 15. Pure and lovingly made vegetarian goodness found at Eat At Martins.  Nestled amongst some unlikely neighbours – a physiotherapist and a kung fu centre!

16. Aaaah, Marimekko, how I love thee. At Raw Cloth. These ladies source some mighty fine fabrics from local and international designers and hand make everything, from homewares to clothes.

17 – 20. A delicious impromptu dinner of cheese, crackers and wine, watching the sunset from East Point. Our party was unexpectedly crashed by a possum and her baby!

21. Feeding the fish at Doctor’s Gully. These were the small fish! I kid you not!

22. Barra and chips at the wharf. A fitting end.

Happiness is…

sarah-damien-wedding-7Looking over these photos fills me with such warmth and happiness thinking about the events of the weekend in Darwin just past! The gorgeous garden ceremony surrounded by palm trees and loved ones, the golden kiss of the sunny weather, the sumptuous dinner under nature’s own canopy of stars. And, uh, did I mention they had a DIY sundae bar!?!? Future wedding planners, take note!

The lovely bride and I (another Sarah) bonded just last year over somewhat traumatic circumstances – the dreaded Paediatric exam year. Thankfully, we both emerged victorious but that also meant that Sarah returned back to Darwin and I have missed her muchly since! It was a precious weekend spent catching up with a beautiful bunch of ladies I hadn’t seen in way too long a time. The cocktails and conversation flowed freely throughout the evening, as we wasted no time finding out the latest news and showing off our grooviest dance floor moves.

Wishing the beautiful couple a love that’s everlasting, and may our next meeting be just around the corner.

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Sunlight

comptoir-dress-darwin-1-2Wearing – Comptoir des Cotonniers x Calla dress, Repetto shoes (different colour way here), Mno.logie clutch, vintage ring

I had only just barely touched down in Perth when off we set again to Darwin to celebrate a close friend’s wedding! My internal thermostat was more than happy to escape Perth’s chilly winter to bask in the warm and balmy north Australian dry season that I’ve been more accustomed to of late.

I was particularly excited to rediscover a pile of clothing from my recent travels to New York, London and Paris that had remained untouched due to Broome’s propensity to stay a constant thirty degrees Celsius as well as the generally more outdoorsy lifestyle.

So it’s no surprise that I reached for this entirely Paris-bought outfit – an appropriately sweet and floral Comptoir des Cotonniers dress paired with delicate Repetto heels, made with the softest of leathers. Their fairy princess gleam, not-too-high-but-very-ladylike heel and ultimate comfort level ensured that we were boogying on down well into the night!

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Toastface Grillah {Oh Hai Perth!}

toastface-13Wearing – Sessun jumper (different colourway here), Gorman jeans (on sale here!), Donelli shoes, vintage tooled leather handbag from Bluebird Vintage

For my return back to mothership Perth, Jinn had planned an elaborate morning that was to include eating at some of the latest cool-kid hangouts, the kind that serve up dishes featuring super trendy ingredients like quinoa, kale and chia seeds. It wasn’t to be, as all I’d been craving during my six months in Broome was a huge whopping big bowl of steaming beef and beef ball pho from our regular Vietnamese joint! Craving satisfied, we wandered through our beloved city, looking at the things that had changed (oh hai new Pigeonhole store!) and the things that hadn’t, simply happy being home…

Not to be completely thwarted, Jinn managed to drag me to his next favourite hipster haunt, the awesomely named Toastface Grillah, after famed Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah. Not only were we treated to a scrummy Apple & Gouda toastie and a pretty decent flat white, but we had also accidentally stumbled upon a live poetry and music open mic afternoon hosted in the tiny courtyard. It was a completely new experience for me! We enjoyed the mostly contemporary poetry recital (I don’t remember T. S. Eliot or Blake ever using so many expletives!) whilst I gnawed away at my sweet and crispy package of ham, apple and grilled onions, relishing the gooey stretchiness of the toasted cheese that held it all together.

It made a perfect Perth arvo that bit more interesting – I even had a small heart attack when the MC of the recital turned to the two of us and asked if we had anything contribute! Thankfully we weren’t pressed any further after politely declining, but I was so intrigued by the little gathering that I think I may return another time, perhaps with something in my repertoire to add to this interesting bunch of folk.

Come take a wander down Grand Lane and find this hole-in-the-wall eatery that does “simple” food amazingly well. If you’re up for something a little different, go on a Saturday afternoon to listen in on or even take part in this very welcoming group of poetry lovers.

P.S. What’s your Wu-Tang name? Mine’s Mad Dreamer, not bad ‘ey? Find out your alter ego here.

Toastface Grillah / Grand Lane, Perth / Monday to Friday 7am – 4pm / Saturday 9am – 4pm

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