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After the tears

I’ve struggled so much with writing this post – the photos were uploaded instantly, but the words managed to elude me. I’ve spent countless hours staring at a blank screen, writing and scribbling out drafts that spiralled into a rambling mess of confused words and general nonsense…and I think I may have just figured out why.

You see – the main purpose of this night (apart from having a date night) was to see the new Nick Cave movie One More Night with Feeling, and after looking forward to it for such a long time, I left feeling quite empty. I’m not even sure if that’s the right word…
Watching it made me feel uncomfortable, agitated even, and i still can’t seem to adequately put my thoughts and feelings into words.

It is definitely very moving, visually stunning and the soundtrack (the Skeleton Tree album that was released the next day) has grown on me increasingly, to the point that it is now one of my favourites.

I did not enjoy the parts where the director was involved – interviewing or just inserting himself into the story. It felt intrusive and grated on me so much that I struggled to let it go. Maybe that has a lot to do with how I feel – or my general confusion about how I feel about the movie. I felt the director was exploiting the tragedy that had occurred and therefore watching it felt wrong…

At the moment that’s about as much sense as I can make of all of it.

this photo of me and my crazy eyes actually portrays my current confusion and inability to put my thoughts and feelings into words…

We had dinner first at After the Tears in Elsternwick, and after hearing so many wonderful things about the food we decided to order many small plates to share. Potato blintzes, pierogi, schnitzels and lamb croquettes (which are not pictured because we were gluttons and ordered more after haha)

We also broke our alcohol ban because their menu had more alcohol than food! Plus sparkling and violet?!! How could I resist!

My forever favourite dinner date ♥

It was my first time at the Classic Cinem and I kind of kicked myself for not discovering it earlier! It’s one of the closest cinemas to me and their menu alone is amazing!

We had more drinks (hey – once we broke our ban…) followed by a giant popcorn, soda and a rocky road choc top for me – because yay! I am a child! Haha i did manage to forget I put it in my bag until an hour into the show…so that was interesting! Still delicious, even though the ice cream was rather liquified.

So there it is – my confusing thoughts on the Nick Cave movie, and photos of the tastiest meal I’ve had in a while!

Did anyone else see One More Time with Feeling? What were your thoughts?


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bday weekends

It should come as no surprise that the first place I wanted to go for my (belated) birthday brunch was the St Kilda Dispensary! If it weren’t for work I’m sure I would live here (you know…like I did when I ran an online store…?)
The coffee was strong and I was in my happy place snapping away with my new camera (present from Mike! ♥ Thank you!), while Mike checked out the schedule for the Melbourne International Film Festival
I seriously love all the details here – the wall colours, the floral arrangements, the medical themed vintage finds…
I chose one of my favourites (of course!) – the corn fritters with bacon! If it’s not this you will find me eating the dukkah eggs! So delicious!
And then surprise birthday donuts! Hooray! Thank you so much Kristy for the tasty treats and Mike for such a lovely morning (today and everyday!). And a giant thank you to everyone for making my birthday week so incredible! I feel loved beyond measure and am so thankful to be going through life with so many wonderful people surrounding me ♥ (I’m a sap I know!)

Happy weekend friends! I hope it’s a good one!


so happily full

You know it’s been a good weekend when you’re so exhausted but at the same time, so happily full.
Drinks in city apartments with sleepy toddlers wanting lullabyes, accidental sleep-ins leading to spontaneous brunch catch ups, farmers markets mornings, pitstops at favourite cafes for donuts and coffee. Dinners at favourite restaurants with your favourite people, so much wine and even more food. early morning city adventures, bacon and egg rolls consumed on steps while tiny arms keep the approaching seagulls at bay. art walks, strong lattes, pokemon go (not played by me! Hah!) visiting and exploring places in my city i’ve never been to in the 13 years i’ve lived here. feeling like a tourist and loving it. having a small person tell you how lovely your hair is…and your dress…and your shoes…and your buttons ♥


It will take me a while to come down from this high ♥ so much love for my friends and this wonderful weekend x


a saturday in five photos

weekends are my jam at the moment ♥

both Mike and I have them off, and having a car has meant we’ve been venturing out and exploring as much as possible. though that basically means we’ve been searching out food (and coffee!) on the north side 😉

this past saturday can be summed up in the five photos below…
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always starting the mornings with coffee ♥ news on the ipad for Mike and journalling/drafting blog posts for me!
walking puppy along the esplanade and you could have mistaken us for being in the arctic! the wind was absolutely icy and it meant our winter coats were getting a workout, but hey – blue skies, so i can’t complain 😉
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we headed to North Melbourne and stopped at Hot Poppy for coffee and a chicken burger – super tasty!
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then into the city to explore stores down laneways and take photos in front of murals. I was too frozen to take off my coat and show my cute Australia tee i bought from Lunar Store during the week, and then after seeing this image I was reminded why i never wear my cons – look at my giant clown feet?! haha

the alleyway exploring was for another reason too…
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donuts! ♥

Shortstop make the tastiest donuts around, so we grabbed some to-go and headed back home for a spot of afternoon tea. i was finally able to read the latest issue of Darling magazine too, before my body made way for a cold that i’m still trying to shake now! ughh! the worst!

and there’s my saturday in five photos ♥
have a wonderful week friends

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Teeny tiny houses 

I’ve been tiny house lovin’ for a while now, but lately it’s all I seem to think of! With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite tiny homes that i wouldn’t mind moving into 😉

Vista Tiny Homes

This image still steals my heart!♥ large open windows surrounded by driving snow is my absolute dreamland,even if Melbournes climate will never deliver the white fluffy stuff for me!

Priced from $46000 (US), the Vista Tiny House just looks so open and spacious, and those windows just make my heart sing! I also love the bed not being in a loft for a change, and i’d totally upgrade to the XL version for a bigger bathroom (hello washer/dryer!)

Mint Tiny Homes

This custom design from Mint Tiny Homes has me wanting to sell off my possessions and sign up now! Not only does it feature a spacious loft bed, but there’s a separate back room/studio, another smaller loft space and a gorgeous porch too!

And these floating stairs?!!

Tiny homes like this one make me realise that I seriously could turn my pipe dream into a reality. I’m already imagining a wall of hanging planter boxes filled with herbs on the porch…not to mention the incredible car we would need to buy to tow this! Haha That alone would make Mikes car dreams come true (though I have a feeling the car might cost more than the home lol)


I just spotted the Kasita this week and I love the look and design of it. As their website states “a modern, minimal way of living” and it truly is. Actually, I think I love the CEO Jeff Wilson (aka @profdumpster) even more! From living in a dumpster for a year to travelling with no baggage, he really puts himself out there. I can’t wait to her more about this project – they begin rolling out of Austin late 2016, so I’ll be keeping tabs on this!

New Frontier Tiny Homes

I’m absolutely fascinated by the Alpha by New Frontier Tiny Homes. Mike spotted it today (while I was typing this post up) so I just had to include it! It’s going to be featured on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living next monday (11th July) and i can’t wait to see more of it! That custom fold down deck is just way too fun!

The Vanual

I couldn’t leave out this incredible van makeover by Zach Both, even though the lack of a  bathroom would be too much for me (at least  as a permanent home. I could totally do a road trip around the USA though!) The design is so beautiful and well thought out – perfect for a nomadic life!

I seriously have all the heart eyes for the tiny house and van life movement. There really is so much in life that is uneccessary – so many things that don’t add real value to our lives. Breaking it down, finding out what really matters to you is key and I have so much admiration for the people living it and turning their dreams into reality.

Who knows – maybe tiny house living isn’t that far off in the future for me either…

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fancy floral cakes – a cake fail pictorial

I made this fancy looking floral cake over the weekend…but it was anything but simple!
It may however be my best ever cake fail recovery to date! You see, I’m notoriously bad at baking cakes! Cupcakes, muffins and cookies are fine – even New York style baked cheesecakes seem to be a no brainer, but a simple vanilla sponge cake?! Don’t even get me started!

I thought I’d give you a breakdown of the stages and emotions of cake baking that I went through, beginning at  5:15pm and (finally!) finishing at 11:37pm…

5:15pm – super happy that I managed to get some edible flowers from the farmers market and a brand new silicon nonstick (hah!) cake tray. hopes are high and i’m enthusiastic about my success
Sore arms are setting in because pretty sure I’ve been mixing this stuff for ages now…but oooh muscles! Well, muscles in my right arms at least! this may also have been the time when i consumed large amounts of batter to make sure it tasted ok (it tasted like batter…)
nervous for this bad boy to bake…not quite sure how long it needs, so i spend the next hour standing awkwardly in the kitchen peering into the oven every so often…
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Nonstick cake tray my arse!! I waited an hour for this?! You’ve got to be kidding me. Insert angry emojis and me stomping off to eat tacos and drink ginger beer…
after some tasty dinner and ginger beer i’ve returned with a knife and a plan. slightly dubious albeit smug about my cake-hacking ways
cake is covered in icing. it somehow looks like a normal cake. a little too scared to put the first flower on
Slightly excited that my evil plan appears to be working (even if I have to stop every few minutes to scrape away excess icing that is spilling from the top!)
11:37pm – Tired but extremely happy and possibly high on excess icing sugar! Eeeps

So many emotions for such a “simple” cake. But I am pretty happy that I was able to turn my cake fail into a success! It was for my mother-in-laws birthday (happy birthday Monika!) and she loved it! She even told me what a good job I had done, though I eventually caved (at mikes constant grinning) and told her my cake fail story (with pictures lol) but hey – I got there in the end so I can’t complain!

But on the subject of cakes – does anyone have any go to/fail safe cake recipes that they care tho share? I used my favourite cupcake recipe (possibly my first issue hah!), though it has been about 5 years since I last baked cupcakes! I’m determined to get this cake baking business down pat!

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Saturday in squares(ish)

Saturday was busy and slow and lazy all rolled into one – just how weekends should be!
After a well deserved sleep in, we headed over to our local polling centre to vote and somehow managed to miss all of the queues! Go us!

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We headed straight to our favourite cozy corner at the St Kilda Dispensary for a spot of brunch. (corn fritters with bacon for me and the baked egg special for Mikey)
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My coffee was perfect and as per usual, I had to snap a photograph 😉
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After our feed we headed home and grabbed pup for a wander around the neighbourhood. People were now spilling out of polling centres, with queues snaking around buildings, but the sun was shining and it turned out to be a beautiful day. We passed this doorway and I just had to snap a pic. It’s my one of my favourite doors and i just can’t get enough of it ♥
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I found a plant stall at one polling station, so naturally these 2 plant babies came home with me. I also grabbed some beeswax candles from our local farmers market – their  scent is just heavenly! 
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The rest of the evening was spent baking a ‘simple’ vanilla buttercream cake…(but more on that saga later! lol)

And thus concludes my Saturday in squares(ish)! You can follow along on Instagram – I’m @cheraynatalie overe there too! Pop by and say hi!

Have a happy Monday friends, and a Happy 4th of July to my friends across the pond ♥


the last friday in May

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the last friday in May was a gorgeous one ♥ i took the day off work and woke up early to head into the city to go for a walk with my Mama and Aunty.
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the city was bustling with people in their suits heading off to work and we definitely stood out in our bright walking gear and loud laughter
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once we made it back to their hotel it was straight to the buffet breakfast – oh the joy of fancy hotel buffet breakfasts! ♥ this was only the first of many serves (and there may have been pastries prior to this and after this…maybe…)
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two twinnies on the tram heading into the city
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straight to shortstop for coffee and delicious donuts!
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i have been raving about this place for so long and was so happy we were able to get a seat (and have my favourite donut!) the perfect lunch for a busy day of shopping!
which is exactly what we did for the next few hours! hah! i was very good at just window shopping, while my Mama and Aunty went to town 😉 There were some amazing bargains to be had, so i don’t really blame them
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on the way back to the hotel the sky turned the most fantastic shade of blue
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none of this was my shopping – just saying 😉 haha
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the perfect way to spend the last day of May in my favourite city ♥

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Saturday and so much food

Saturday began as all of my days do – with coffee!
Mike made a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and hashbrowns 
Pup joined us at the table and was longing for some food, but not even her big puppy dog eyes would sway us
Unfortunately for her, we all had to stay indoors for the morning as we had tradies coming to fix some wiring in the house 🙁 so Mike was at one end of the house with the tradies, while pup and i were at the other end.
When we finally were free, we headed to my favourite cafe for lunch – and more coffee!
the St kilda Dispensary! 
We decided to share the chicken sandwich as its so filling and delicious (plus we were planning on an early dinner). it would be way too easy to have one of these everyday as they’re just so good!
Mike snapped me snapping lunch
So of course I had to snap him back! Haha

Our plan to walk the dog to go and find tasty treats was thwarted when a bird decided to pop in my head! 🙁 they say its good luck, but like my Dad says “good luck it’s on you and not me!” 🙁 I wasn’t happy (understatement of the year!)
After walking home to clean my head (have a hissy fit/sulk) we walked to the local gardens where I bought a new plant baby to cheer myself up. This guys name is Gollum and I love how he looks like some sort of underwater creature – like some fancy coral!
We managed to grab some tasty treats while doing groceries and Im so glad Mike convinced me to get the rocky road! It was so rich and dense and tasty!! ♥
he grabbed a a jam doughnut and we had them with cups of tea! So perfect! 
Kerouac doing what she does best – sleeping! Hah! And being unimpressed that I’m sticking a camera in her pretty little face 😉
I’m still not quite used to the sun setting so early, but it was the most beautiful sunset! I could see a red glow coming from the kitchen, and when I went to investigate I was rested with a stunning mix of pinks and purples.
We had an early dinner of stand and stuff tacos, which seriously changes everything! no more taco spills and stuffing going everywhere! just load those babies up! all the extra sour cream and salsa on mine please! 😉
I spent the rest of the night editing photos, blogging and catching up on my favourite blogs – oh and eating this deliciousness ♥ Holy Goat Pandora goats cheese, BBQ crackers and a saucer of sparkling rose. You cut the top of the cheese wheel off and just dip the crackers right on in and it’s absolutely incredible! I may have eaten all of it (and the entire packet of crackers too! Shh!)

It was such a slow food-centric Saturday and I really loved the homey relaxed pace of it all 🙂

I’ve got my Mama and Aunty coming to visit tomorrow, so I’m taking Friday off to spend an extended weekend with them. I haven’t seen either of them yet this year, and I’m SO excited to have this time with them! ♥
we’ve managed to plan ALL of our meals for their stay, and we’ve even scheduled in some coffee and sweet stops too! 😉 gotta get those priorities right! Haha

Melbourne is welcoming them with freezing temperatures and rain though, so hopefully the sun manages to peek through for at least some of their visit! ♥

I can’t wait X


sunday snaps

Sunday was one of those days that I wish i could do over and over again ♥

After a delicious home cooked breakfast we drove over to Yarraville to check out the Caths Cine Collectors Fair held at the Old Scouts Hall. After a rummage through some of the goodies, we scored a brilliant vintage projector stand for only $10! It will be absolutely perfect for our projector – which is currently living on a vintage bar – so i can’t wait to get it all cleaned up! There were a lot of old super 8 cameras there too, so Mike had to drag me away before i started up my vintage camera buying all over again!

We spent our the rest of our day meandering around Yarraville, Seddon, North Melbourne, Kensington, Footscray and then Fitzroy – all the places we never seem to get to when we’re without a car!
We found some delicious coffee in Seddon while we waited for the 2 vintage stores to open, but after almost 1 1/2 hours of waiting, we had to give up! 🙁 Mike was not-so-secretly happy though, because he knew that i was all ready to spend my pennies on some pretty dresses! ♥ next time…

We also came across the Kensington Markets, where I got my nails done by the sweetest lady called Amy! (@beautique_by_amy on instagram!) $10 for a shape and polish, which absolutely made my day! finally – pretty nails that are not smudged or cracked or chipped (and are actually painted properly! i’m far too impatient to wait for them to dry if i do them myself!)

I’m really going to miss having the car next month, so i suppose we’ll have to make the most of it while we’ve got it!

Weekend exploring is the best!