Peachy keen

cablebeach-2Excuse the tatty hair in these photos – Jinn had¬†just touched down in Broome, I’d come straight from work after spending a rather sweaty day travelling back from Kununurra, and rather than going back to my apartment to set his bags down and rest he said, “Allons-y!” So off to Cable Beach we went to catch the sunset! So this little shoot was pretty impromptu but we couldn’t help but take advantage of the peachy skies offsetting my totally unplanned peachy outfit. ūüôā

This was actually the beginning of an amazing weekend that I just didn’t want to end. Not only was my hubby/BFF/accomplice here with me, but also someone who understands my Insta-obsession (don’t look at me like you don’t know what I mean!). I’ve not yet encountered anyone up here who shares my addiction so there have been countless social situations and dinners where I’ve practically had to sit on my own hands to prevent myself from taking a photo of my food or a gratuitous self-pic! We took so many photos in just three little days, so let’s hope my trigger-happy fingers have been appeased for now…until Jinn’s next visit of course!cablebeach-19 cablebeach-5 cablebeach-4 cablebeach-6 cablebeach-7 cablebeach-9 cablebeach-12 cablebeach-16 cablebeach-18cablebeach-20

Wearing – Gorman top (this is a beauty), peach shorts (similar) and neon sandals (Gorman overload!), Freckle & Co. tassel bracelet, friendship bracelet by me

He’s wearing – St Goliath t-shirt (similar), and shorts!


Gantheaume Point

gantheaume-17Whilst Jinn was in Broome I really wanted to make it down to Gantheaume Point as I’d read that there were real dinosaur footprints imprinted amongst the rocks that you could approach when the tide was low. There’s something cool about seeing things that are millions of years old, I find it fascinating and it makes me feel rather small yet thrilled at the same time.

We wandered and splashed around the amazing little rock pools for ages, searching for prehistoric footprints and marvelling at the tiny treasures that the tide had left behind. Pieces of colourful coral, pools brimming with tiny sea snails and my favourite hermit crabs, and strange white slug-like things which looked like alien creatures from a Doctor Who episode.

Well, before we knew it, the sun was setting and we had yet to find any signs of ancient dinosaur life. But you know what? We just didn’t care as we were taken in by the most gorgeous sunset we had seen yet, along with the amazing lighting and ever-changing colours of the sky which made it a photographer’s paradise. Plenty of locals had driven their 4WDs onto the beach and were casually enjoying the sight over their picnic dinners, it looked like heaven and the perfect way to spend a Sunday evening. Gives me ideas for next time!

This place is an absolute must see, with sunsets that rival or, dare I say, are even better than Cable Beach’s. There’s plenty of signage on the way there and I highly recommend taking a 4WD and a hamper full of yummy food and beverages. And if anyone knows where those footprints are, please enlighten me!gantheaume-13 gantheaume-21gantheaume-12gantheaume-5 gantheaume-4gantheaume-1gantheaume-6gantheaume-32gantheaume-33gantheaume-8gantheaume-9gantheaume-10gantheaume-11gantheaume-14gantheaume-15gantheaume-18

Happy new year! + celebrating new life

nanson-st-gabsIf you haven’t met her yet – this is my fresh sweet-smelling amazing new niece, Gabrielle! She’s nine weeks old now. I know it’s said time and time again, but they really do change at an incredible pace at this age. From tiny squishy packages, eyes barely open and limbs held tightly to themselves, to still small beings that fit so perfectly in the crook of your arm but start to interact with the people and world around them – sometimes quietly observing, faces almost comically serious (what could possibly be worrying you that much at the ripe old age of two months old?!), sometimes engaging fully with smiles and coos, kicking out with those little chubby legs of theirs in glee.

There’s nothing quite like looking into the faces and eyes of children. To me it brings me back to the core of all things and reminds me of what true and unbridled love and joy really can be. Emotions untainted by ulterior motives, prospects of material gain, past hurts, deep insecurities – things that are “learnt” – and of course, their fearless ability to find happiness in the simple pleasure of experiencing new things. This new year I resolve to love, live and learn more like a child does – with my heart wide open, empty of prejudice and full of curiosity.

What are your new year’s resolutions?

Visiting an Impossible place…

impossible-2Whilst we were in New York last October (gosh has it been that long already?), we took the opportunity to visit the Impossible Project. A lot of us would still have fond memories of taking Polaroids and eagerly and often impatiently waiting for the image to appear like magic on that little rectangular piece of film. And then somehow, as 35mm film took off in popularity, our Polaroid cameras fell into disuse and made way for the newer, cheaper technology. And sadly Polaroid stopped making their iconic instant film altogether in February 2008. Since then, the Impossible Project has been trying to recreate the film for those great old-school cameras which hasn’t been easy as the chemical “recipe” behind the film has essentially been lost. As they have had to almost rediscover or reinvent the process from scratch there have been a few glitches with initial batches of imperfect and unpredictable film. Persistence seems to have paid off as their last production of film has been relatively successful, producing results similar to the original Polaroid film! Having heard good reviews about this recent development and also being longtime devotees, we just had to find the store to get our eager little hands on this new and improved film. We are proud owners of two very different Polaroid cameras – an SX-70 from the 1970s and a one600 belonging to the last run of new cameras ever made by Polaroid in 2006.

So begins the hunt – the hunt for the Impossible Project New York.

Now the store is located in SoHo, one of the best shopping districts in New York (or dare I say, the world…!?!? My suitcase and wallet would certainly testify to that!) so getting to the store itself was pretty tricky, requiring one to run the gauntlet of many pretty shops singing our names like irresistible sirens. I can’t say we got through unscathed and we may or may not have made a number of retail detours until finding ourselves at the correct address. But what we found was not what we expected – it looked like a block of apartments. Dodgy-looking apartments.

Do we? Don’t we? Do we? Don’t we? We ummed and ahhed for a while outside, trying not to look too dodgy ourselves.

We finally decided, what the hey what’s the worse that could happen, besides we’ll never see these people again if we make complete fools of ourselves, and pressed the doorbell. The door clicked open and we entered a rather rickety-looking elevator. It rose slowly and we could actually see little glimpses of what looked like people’s apartments. Hmm, bad idea, we’re about to enter someone’s private abode. Should we pretend like we know them? Or just come straight out and apologise for the mistake?

We reached our destination and opened the door, somewhat gingerly.

What greeted us was one of the coolest artistic spaces in New York. Wall to wall framed art, film boxes galore, a bazillion (at least) Polaroid cameras of varying types. Dizzy with excitement at the fact of actually being in THE Impossible Project, we walked around the store several times, essentially doing victory laps, before caving in and buying 10 or so boxes of film!

You can buy Impossible Project film in Perth from the Ruck Rover General Store in Northbridge and Pigeonhole at various locations around Perth CBD. Check out The Impossible Project themselves online – they even sell refurbished Polaroid cameras!

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Click here to see what happened on the other side of this Polaroid I took of Steven Chew during our photo shoot a couple of weekends ago!

The shoot before the storm…Part #2

Sa-1As promised, here is the second part to my shoot with Steven plus a bonus costume change! Don’t forget to check out his facebook and tumblr pages for more of his fab work!

The weekend has been a crazy whirl of rehearsing for wedding, showing relatives around Perth who are visiting for the wedding, making cupcakes for the wedding, and ultimately finally¬†attending the wedding!!!!¬†(Did I mention Eu-Jinn’s sister got married last weekend?) There will be plenty of nuptial-related snaps to come this week…but I’m still recovering this morning so you’ll just have to wait…zzz…

Oh, and before I slip back into my dreams, I can reveal that my next project with Steven Chew will be a video! (Pressure’s on now Steven…) Keep posted for that one, it’s going to be a cracker!

***What I’m wearing – cream lace dress by Madewell (similar), colourful beaded necklace from Ruck Rover, pink leather sandals by The Horse

The shoot before the storm…Part #1

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot with the very talented Mr Steven Chew! Steven is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Perth, Western Australia (he also does a mean wedding shoot and dabbles in film, and when I say dabbles I mean rocks it!).

Check out his facebook site here and tumblr here!

The photos were taken out and about our home and we only had about an hour to shoot as a sudden unexpected storm blew up (I hear there were hailstones in some areas!). Despite the approaching dark grey clouds in the horizon, we had a fun day, and the garden enjoyed its bonus watering! (Both from myself and the storm! Better be getting some mega strawberries now…)I’ll hopefully be collaborating with Steven on something a bit different in the near future (just you wait!), but in the meantime part #2 will be up next week featuring the second “costume change”. Who knew my garden could look so good?¬†Must be a good photographer – that’s mad skillz…But Steven’s way of not only capturing the light but also the heart and story behind the person is what makes his photography stand out. Look out for more work anon!

***What I’m wearing – bird print t-shirt by Design Tshirts Store graniph (I reckon this is pretty cute) via Pigeonhole, Bambi print shorts by Sretsis (check out their amazing cherry print current collection here), cheap-o yellow sandals from the¬†Ladies’ Market in Hong Kong (*sigh* aren’t these nice…), amazing sexy gardening gloves via¬†Bunnings¬†(yeah Bunnings! Seriously almost as bad as Sephora for its deceptive money-sucking abilities)

***What he’s wearing – dark blue V-neck t-shirt by Silent Theory via SqueakyTees, dark brown shorts by St Goliath also via SqueakyTees

Bits and bobs + Happy weekend!

Just some random pics of the stuff that’s been going down this week.

1. Adding to our polaroid/instax wall

2. Trying to eat healthy – it’s mango season!

3. Decorating our house Рprints from here and here, LOVE statue from MoMA store (no longer available!), vintage Polaroid camera from ebay

4. Lime tree baby in our garden

5. Happy bee-day Jinn! Crazy birthday candle for Jinn’s birthday from NYC that “flowered” into a mini firework and then spun around and played “Happy birthday” – nonstop. Until we destroyed it.

6. Mr Fleabag (now deflea-ed and glowing resplendently in the sun)

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