November 9, 2014

australian adventure - brisbane

to start our australian adventure in brisbane, my old stomping ground, was just perfect. we stayed in a beautiful old queenslander that i used to call home and where i had spent a couple of very inspiring years. leaving brisbane in 2013 wasn't easy, so the thought of taking the boy back to rediscover a slice of my past was super exciting. we ate breakfast  in the sundrenched kitchen, i baked for my best friend's wedding in my old oven and spent valuable time with some of my favourite people. we dinnered, drank, thrifted and shopped our way around one of my favourite cities. 

breakfast business, queensland style. 

my city.

my ovaries burst. 

jacaranda lined streets. 

an afternoon at GoMA. 


had lunch dates with celebrities. (the grates'cafe)

spot of thrifting in some favourite oppies.

i think he loved it. 

August 20, 2014

patronen & bloemen.

they make my heart beat faster, my wallet lighter and my home prettier. i'm talking about patterns and flowers. mix them together and you have the perfect recipe for what keeps me endlessly inspired. whether it's a 70's dress, retro wall art or a bunch of beautiful blooms...if it crosses my path, there's a 98% chance it'll be coming home with me. finding what feeds your soul and nurturing it sure does make for a beautiful life. 

August 18, 2014

latest finds.

i'm pretty excited about my latest finds. apart from a little splurge on the aussie map (i'm an expat, it's a given), i've managed to pick up this lot for less that 5 euros a piece over the past few weeks. i'm lucky enough to have a lovely market stall lady who knows me to a T and therefore spoils me each time i visit with euro bargains. in the near future i hope to be sharing some of my wares with you at a local market stall of my own. keep your pocket money and your tastebuds (of course there will be cake too) at the ready. happy hunting. 

picked up at a local swanmarket and saved from a demolished primary school.

a cute little pineapple (not sure what his purpose is?!) and a west germany mug.

another west germany vase for the collection and a beautifully embroidered cushion for a euro.

cushion detail.

more west german finds and a little tv treat for the boy.

this guy has to be one of my favourites.

70's holkham manor pottery.

my first sadler teapot, west german pottery, a floral water jug, vintage floral pillowcase and original 70's lino print.

an awesome 60's newspaper pull out.

i dreamt i found some great drinking glasses and was rewarded. snagged some more west german goodness (for the boy), an aussie souvenir teaspoon, pillowcase and vintage tablecloths.

pastel parrot goodness.

gold sadler delight..

August 17, 2014

cactus, quinoa & crackles.

i can't say the past few weeks have been uneventful with a blog title like this. we've been busy booking our internal aussie flights, adding accessories to the wedding (not ours) outfits (which resulted in the beginning of a beautiful lotta from stockholm love affair), filling every available thrifted teacup with a cactus, eating A LOT of quinoa with market bought veges, staying off the dairy train and enjoying my move to soy, staying as active as possible by riding my bike everyday and feeling all the better for it. i've also been teaching my cat how to sit (the second phase of him becoming more dog), continuing to fill our house with fresh blooms (even finding eucalyptus at my local bloemist!!), spent sundays roadtripping to brielle and biking our neighbourhood photographing the sweetest of houses. the idea of making chocolate crackles randomly became a late night obsession (after a conversation about childhood treats) so my pro-active boy began the hunt for a copha equivalent. it wasn't even 24 hours after that he'd sourced a coconut oil substitute. i whipped them up after dinner (it took me approx 7.5 minutes) and we've been indulging in their spoils (and reliving my childhood) ever since. i hosted a small teaparty (i've so missed hosting them) with a favourite dutchie so that i could share the crackle love. it's fair enough to say that this pre-school treat has safely secured itself a place in the sweet offerings that we will sell from our future food truck venture. just be sure to ask for a cracklin' rosie. 

July 20, 2014

girl gone international.

moving across the world and starting a new life is not foreign to me. i've been lucky enough to spend an equal amount of time (10 years) in both australia and the UK before i was 20. i've spent valuable time with both sides of my family and been immersed in different cultures and histories. i'm thankful for my international experiences earlier on in life and also the international relationship that my parents have shared for 37 years. so when my sister and i both met european men in the summer of 2012, it wasn't a shock for my nearest and dearest as it seemed we were just following suit. after a few months back in our homeland we had both decided to pack up our lives in australia and board flights (a few weeks apart) to begin a new journey across the world. this experience has not only brought us closer but given us the inspiration to follow our hearts and our dreams. when dale, the assistant editor of girl gone international and dear friend of my sister asked us to take part in an interview about living and loving abroad...i was truly humbled. this journey has felt like second nature to me, so it often feels a little too 'notebook' when i do have the chance to share it. but hey, bring on the gosling love story i say!