Friday, 30 November 2012

Ahoy hoy from island girl

SELAMAT PAGI !! it is only natural that the island girl is wayyyy behind bloggin schedule, alas here I am.  It has nearly been two months since I have touched down and started calling this magic island home, and magic and mayhem and happiness it has been.  I'm constantly being inspired and planning my own personal project which will be shared in posts to come.... I have been doing some writing and teaching english in a village far from here for some damn smart and very cute bali kiddies, in return I am bettering my bahasa and eating some of the best indo food while I'm there. I'm eating rice packets and sipping on the freshest juices for breakfast, riding my own skoopy which also has entailed my first and I hope only little accident, exploring the island with friends, drinking too many bintangs and cider, smoking too many sampoernas, wanting to adopt every bali dog I see, creating an ever growing collection of bracelets and sarongs, eating, eating, eating, beaching, babe watching, birthday celebrating, meditating, bargaining, writing lists, drawing and picking fresh fragipanis from my garden. 

2 years after our bloggin idea around $4 tacos and coronas, here we are girlfriends. I miss you both... love cha..enjoy the photos xxxx

Thursday, 29 November 2012


Charlotte is currently experiencing technical difficulties, so to not lose the small amount of momentum we have going I thought I would go ahead and do another post.

While you probably wouldn't pick it on this rainy, windy day, summer is taking hold of Fremantle. The temperatures are creeping into the mid thirties on a good day over here, so I've been spending a bit of time at the beach whenever I can get there. It's really the best time of year here now - warm but not sun stroke inducing (learnt that lesson last summer..), the water is crisp and the flies aren't yet out in full force!

We chose one of these beautiful days to check out the Beaufort Street Festival - the largest street festival to be held in W.A. . Shops spilled out into the streets, performers, food stalls and art filled any spaces available. We had delicious nachos, managed to spot Wally amongst the crowd and picked up a couple of bargains along the way.

Sky Blooms on Beaufort Street

I've stolen the photos below from the festival's Facebook page. A photo booth was on the sidewalk, uploading digital photos to the event's page. As there was no flash to let you know the photo had been taken I think there's more than a couple of not ready shots in the album!

Dress by Shakuhachi, Sunglasses by Ksubi

After the festival we had dinner at La Cholita in Northbridge. La Cholita is an amazing mexican place, that is heavy on the Tequila - their menu is an A3 size piece of paper, of which one whole side is dedicated to Tequila! We got stuck right in to the Sangria. The restaurant has a great fit out with gigantic mexican themed bombings on the walls. We were still in the restaurant while planning our next visit!

Wolfie getting stuck in

Just a couple of bowls worth

As far as recent purchases go, there's been a heap of Christmas presents, but I can't put those up here! I've been making quite a few small purchases for myself - quite literally buying some smalls. Now, I'm not going to go all Tiah Eckhardt on you, because frankly my body is no where near as bangin' as her's. Instead you get the flat lay below.

Set one by Sass and Bide for Myer, Orange Bra by One Teaspoon, Leopard Print set by One Teaspoon

The gorgeous boy also got himself firmly planted in the good books with this little stunner. Crazy crochet deliciousness as a "Just Because" present. He's a keeper.

Dress by Shakuhachi

Anyway, that's it from me for now. 
Over and out!

Jade xx

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Red wine teeth

I dedicate this post mostly to Berlin. With a birthday on the horizon, an escape from the country was on the cards. Berlin! Berlin! I screamed. Arts and underground, fog and grey skies, sausages and pretzels was what I got.

Now Charlotte and Jade have both been to Berlin, in fact we all stayed at the same place but this is my first blog entry so I can write about it first and show off my photos.

To sleep: Michelberger Hotel was definitely a fabulous recommendation and did not disappoint. If any of you Euro swaying kids are heading that way I would say it ticks all the boxes, clean, reasonably priced, bar downstairs and amazing decor and finishing touches that makes ALL the difference.

Michelberger decor

Birthday wine at the hotel

To Tour: Next on my list of things to do would definitely have to be taking advantage of the free tours the city has to offer. When I say free you actually tip at he end but well worth it. We did a historical tour through New Berlin Tours and had a fabulous guide called Amy who was a Londoner living in Berlin. She was totally immersed in Berlin's culture so made for a great guide who actually held my attention for more than three seconds without trying to think of ways to escape and go shopping (ok that's a bit of a fibby).

Tour guide Amy
Next up we went for an alternative tour which explores the street and graffiti art that is scattered all around Berlin and gives some background to where the movement all began. This tour we did through Alternative Berlin. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

No idea why this man was dressed as a clown

The tours gave us a great overview of Berlin, being such a large city it was great to get some bearings before heading off to explore for ourselves.

Rugged up!

New jacket detail

Hackescher Markt tiramisu, not very German but I wasn't going to say no
Holocaust Memorial

Ok SHOPS SHOPS you're thinking, did she ever make it to the god damm shops??!! Of course! After much anxiety and frustration - mostly because I had misjudged the weather and couldn't wear my new feather jacket birthday present (more on this to come) and also the bf was two hat purchases up on me. So as it always seems to go when you have that credit card burning a hole in your pocket and dying to find SOMETHING, ANYTHING it never comes easy. But my time to shine at the till did arrive and it was worth the wait. Ode to an idol.

Rolling Karl t-shirt Eleven Paris

This post has been more scenic than shop but do not fear the shopping bug is alive in me and has been sneaking out at the naughtiest of times. More buys and treasures to come! Miss you both! Signing off with a vino pic before the red wine teeth come out.

Lots of love
Zen xox

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Pear Rekorderlig

Hello Gorgeous girls! It feels like forever since I last saw you, yet I know as soon as we are reunited it will feel like no time has passed at all. I love that we are finally doing this, creating the blog that we dreamed up more than two years ago over $4 tacos at The Pony Room (If you are in Manly, go there immediately - fantastic atmosphere, cheap eats and the sangria is the best i've ever had). So here goes I guess, my first post...

Since returning to Perth from my three week amazing race style holiday in Europe in August, I have been actively trying to enjoy living here more. That sounds really terrible, but I think in the lead up to the holiday I was getting quite down on what I was perceiving as the lack of what Perth has to offer - never not reminiscing on the amazingness that was Sydney - so, since returning I have been making an effort to enjoy Perth more.

It's going to sound bad, but one of the things that is making me really love being here is weekends away! There are so many beautiful places just a stones throw away from Perth (If you can throw a stone about 130kms) and in the last couple of months I have managed to get away to a bunch of them. The boy and I spent a weekend together in Margaret River, during a freezing cold, stormy weekend - there were points where I didn't want to get out of the car it was so cold, but the town is gorgeous. My favourite part was definitely the wild lilies growing throughout all the trees on the side of the road. I couldn't take photos that did them justice - there were thousands of them! 

 Prevally Beach

Lillies, lillies everywhere

The following weekend fifteen of us went camping at Hamelin Bay. The beaches were beautiful white sand, crystal clear water and the Campground is set in a nature reserve, where there are stingrays (without the tails) swimming round. Apparently you can feed them, but I'm way too much of a wuss for that.

Jumping for joy in Hamelin Bay - Sunglasses by Ksubi, Tee by T by Alexander Wang, Shorts by One Teaspoon

 We also rented a house up north and spent a weekend in Jurien Bay. The weather was gorgeous, and we took advantage of it, spending the whole of our Saturday roasting in the sun down on the beach - quite literally for some, who ended up with pretty painful sunburn by the time the sun had set. Rather than describe it, i'll leave you with this image and let you imagine how gorgeous it was there.
No words needed to describe this view from the Jurien Bay Wharf

Ok, so now before this turns into a advert for the Western Australia Tourism department, I'll tell you what you really want to know - What i've been buying lately. I have been on a retail binge since I got back from Europe. I am insatiable when it comes to acquiring new things! The current favourites though are definitely the treasures that I have bought from my talented friends.

The first gush goes to Julia and Jamie and their venture Tusk Collective. The girls are making capsule collections, with 6 or 7 items each time, of homewares, clothing and jewellery. I treated myself to a set of the Bermuda Rings and the I'm Yours Bracelet, which have been worn every day since they arrived. The girls are getting ready to release their next collection and I am already eyeing up their Suede, Mexican inspired, laser cut Kimono!

Bermuda Rings

I'm Yours Bracelet

The other friend absolutely outdoing herself on the creative scale is Celeste. Before I went to Europe, I was lucky enough to get a peak at Celeste's look books for her two labels The Cowboy Geisha and Celeste Tesoriero, and place an order. The items all arrived when I came home - the best post holiday depression pick me up ever! I can't count how many compliments I've had from strangers in the street about my Molten Mountain Necklace, but the most stand out item has to be the shoes. Oh the shoes! The Cowboy Geisha for Lasskaa Biker Boots. There's really no point even trying to explain how amazing these things are in real life - You were right Zennor with the caps lock text message back telling me to buy them!

The Long Chain Molten Mountain Necklace

The Shoes! The Shoes!

I feel like I have composed a novel here, so I'm going to sign off, with my Rekorderlig

Cheers! Dress by Shakuhachi, Necklace by Diva

Love you both and miss you both heaps!
Jade xx