Whanau

adventure, Life

In la. Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in life who want you in theirs. Who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and love you no matter what. 

BROTHER. Stand in my corner. Play pirates. Wrestle with me. Sometimes let me win. Be my superhero. Build a fort. Believe in my dreams. Keep secrets for each other. Go on adventures. Get you back on your feet. Partner in crime. Share your toys. Be my best friend.

I smile because you’re my brother.

And I laugh because there us nothing you can do about it. ??



Seasonal Defective Disorder or Winter Blues part 6

Inspiration, Life
BRING ON SUMMER TIME!!  June, July and August in the Southern hemisphere are the crux of winter, often cold and wet in the more tropical countries and of course the days are shorter and darker and less sunny.

In many species, activity is diminished during the winter months in response to the reduction in available food and the difficulties of surviving in cold weather. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter. It has been argued that SDD is an evolved adaptation in humans that is a variant or remnant of a hibernation response in some remote ancestor…  Yes I may have been hiding under my warm wee rock, but its cosy and safe.  I’ll surface soon

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!

Here is no 6 of my easy and super fun things to try out that I’ve LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!

If your not happy – Do something about it

I was having lunch with a new friend this week, sitting looking out on to Brunswick Street talking about life. Otherwise known as randomly talking shit while people watching and indulging in delicious foods!  Fun.  Half  way through the conversation she caught me off guard saying “you seem like a real go-getter”.

I’ve never thought of myself like this, probably because I know how hard it is to motivate myself some days and one can talk all one likes and still struggle to get there.  However your go-getter-ness is all subjective I think, having contemplated it a little more.   It depends on who you surround yourself with and where you want to be or achieve in a certain time period.

I’d say I’m pretty determined to “Be that Someone” and I do have my 2-5-10 year goals all set out. (Which need re-visiting actually) However since coming to Melbourne I’ve really worked hard to surround myself with other high achievers.

Sometimes its AWESOME and motivating to get at it, but sometimes its depressing seeing everyone doing so well, and not think – “Why aren’t I doing that tooooo?”

(Can you hear in your head that silly whiny voice too?)   This is what I try to tell myself!

IGNORE IT.  YOU ARE AWESOME, ITS YOUR AGENDA NOT A COMPETITION. ENJOY IT!

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Seasonal Defective Disorder or The Winter Blues part 4

Inspiration, Life, Travel

They did say “Welcome to Melbourne” when we were complaining about numb toes!

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!  

Here are 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I’ve LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!

Go on an adventure

We’ve family over this weekend from New Zealand so I am super excited to be playing the role of tour guide around Melbourne.  We’ve planned to go back to some of the places we have loved and run around the city to explore some new adventures.

I think the highlight of the weekend will be visiting an Asylum on a ghost tour.  Not the kind you wander around looking at the outside of spooking looking buildings but where you go  in, professional equipment and all!

If you’re feeling in that hideous rut, take a leaf out of my go-getter-book and put that sparkle back in your eye by looking forward to something.  We’ve found googling what to do in an area really highlights a number of things that we wouldn’t have even thought of doing initially.

ADVENTURE TIME!!!

xxx
Phlossy

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Seasonal Defective Disorder or The Winter Blues part 3

Inspiration, Life

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!

They did say “Welcome to Melbourne” when we were complaining about numb toes!   Here are 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I’ve LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!!


Here is part 3 of my 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I’ve LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!

Wear bright colours (or hair)

I’ve always said its almost impossible to stay grumpy when you look like a walking rainbow.  Going out wearing all bright colours is a sure way to get compliments and turn heads.  I love, love, love the way little old ladies smile and the twinkle springs to their eye when they see my hair and realize it is indeed pink and not red!  If you are in fact more of a naturals girl then brighten your look up with coloured eyeliner or a colourful necklace..

ENJOY!!

xxx
Phlossy
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Furnishing your Dream House

Inspiration, Life

I’ve always been a dreamer and I love house decorating.  When I was out on the weekend at DFO I couldn’t help but snap pictures of these gorgeous items of furniture.  The princess within me wants to decorate my abode with fanciful luxuary.  Take a look and enjoy!

 

Button back couches, poofs, or bedheads – I have a complete weakness for you all.  “Get in moi house!”  There is such a sense of gratuitous opulence when you look at a well upholstered piece of furniture!  I’m not sure I’d use such busy wall paper and the lamp in the above photo is a tad boring but I’d take the couch in a heart beat.

One day I’m going to have part of my house open to use as a photography studio.   The number of times I’ve walked into a shop and wanted to drape myself glamorously over their stock has happened more times than I can keep count!

 I have a collection of pink appliances in my kitchen and nearly had kittens a couple of weeks ago when I went to Harvey Normans and saw an entire range of pink kitchen ware.  Despite knowing I’d possibly not use most of the appliances on a regular basis I STILL want them all decorating my bench.

 And just because I love you all my readers, here is a gorgeous girl with pink hair, doing her makeup in a pink bathroom.  It makes me smile – how can you not with so much pink.  It is even “scientifically” proven to have a positive effect on the brain.

Choose furniture that makes you enjoy being at home, your house is your castle!  It is worth the effort to decorate it right so when you’re home you are relaxed and enjoying your surroundings.  Even if it is covering the garden with solar powered fairy lights!

Trust me it works xxx

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Seasonal Defective Disorder or The Winter Blues part 2 of 8

Inspiration, Life

I was talking about this with a friend of mine recently and we having both moved from Auckland to Melbourne have really noticed the slight increase in sunshine hours, especially in winter.

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!  They did say “Welcome to Melbourne” when we were complaining about numb toes!

Here is part 2 of my 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I’ve LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!

Keep busy

Occasionally I have a day off mid week which is amazing, however if the weather is a bit dark it is hard not to get caught up in the mood.  Because I’m currently working for myself I have the luxury to work the hours I want, so I have every Wednesday to myself.

Aside from from my ‘bread and butter’ work every Wednesday I schedule in something super exciting! A photo-shoot, or a lunch date to discuss the state of the nation, shopping or going on an adventure somewhere I’d not been before…  I love it and it revitalizes my soul, striding from one thing or place to another on my “day-off” agenda.
I work more on my own business on these days than any other day of the week.

TRY IT!!

Even if its just a Saturday morning, I honestly recommend it.
Go on! Give it a go! Go out and have fun! I DARE YOU

xxx
Phlossy

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Seasonal Defective Disorder or The Winter Blues

Inspiration, Life

I was talking about this with a friend of mine recently and we having both moved from Auckland to Melbourne have really noticed the slight increase in sunshine hours, especially in winter.  Although I must say if its sunny in Melbourne it is clear blue, absolutely STUNNING weather, and even if it was 3 degrees when I reluctantly crawled out of bed, the rays perk me up and put the glint of mischief back into my eyes!

I looked it up a little on average this is what the weather sites say, so it isn’t too much more, but golly I’ve noticed it!  There are places that are incessantly sunny, maybe I’ll migrate there some time in the distant future!

Melbourne 2,200 hours per annum.
Auckland 2,050 hours per annum.

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!  They did say “Welcome to Melbourne” when we were complaining about numb toes!

Here are 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I’ve LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!

Get out of the concrete jungle

I can’t stress how therapeutic this is!  After surviving another monotonous week working my butt off, my lovely girlfriend suggested we get out the city.  Pearcedale, about 40-60 minutes out of Melbourne city is a gorgeous place.  Passing Gippsland (where my favourite Aussie yogurt is from) its a beautiful drive through light bush made up mostly of gum trees and on last weekends stunning sunny, crisp winter day it was pretty near perfect.  With my window down and the breeze rustling my hair and country air refreshing and waking up my senses, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear and dance in my seat.

I’ve 8 quick and easy steps to share with you so stay posted for the next one or SUBSCRIBE at the top right hand menu on my Blog!


xxx
Phlossy

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Mornings with Murdoch

Life, Melbourne

The early morning rattle settles down, the last door slams, the car leaves and the dog calms down and returns to his basket.   By this time its just gone 8 am and I’ve been pretending to still be asleep since 6:30 am.
About 30 mins later I haul myself out of bed and start feeling a little more alive. A quick shower and dressed in warm clothes – double layers of Black Milk tights works a treat and I’m ready. The dog. I call him so because he belongs to my girl friend. I’m not terribly maternal, I don’t dote, fawn and only occasionally pet. I prefer to stick to the routine and give him a pat when he earns it. Like sitting own before we cross the road the first time he’s asked not the 10th.

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Once I’m ready I pop his harness on him and we head out the door. He loves going for a walk, playing ball, in-fact any kind of attention at all so by this point he is SUPER hyped up and I keep a gentle tension on the leash so he will walk obediently beside me and not strain the leash. Eventually he calms down and does so. 
20 minutes of very brisk walking we get to the park having successfully sat before crossing each road so as not to get run over.  I love to walk briskly as the air is quite nippy and if we don’t move fast my fingers go a little numb. I’m warm by the time we reach the park or the Green as its been officially named. Surrounded by parrot filled trees its pretty. But it is also there to separate a section of clone like subdivision housing from a section of noisy high way!  Ignoring the Stepford-ness of the area we get down to the serious business of playing ball.

This dog, Murdoch could play fetch all day. I think he would still be compelled to run after a ball even if he was near the point of exhaustion. Occasionally he lies down after dropping the ball back at my feet on the damp grass to cool down his belly.

There are few other people in the area when we are there. An elderly pair of ladies doing Tai Chi by the play ground, an occasional fluffy scrap of a dog gets gingerly escorted past us the owners not realizing this Staffy is a useless teddy bear attempt at living up to its breeds generically fierce stereotype  And the construction workers on the adjacent site walking occasionally across the park to the bathrooms. I often imagine them thinking enviously about how they’d rather be playing with a similarly butchy dog rather than being at work. Nope this lesbian is dog walking today, not you.

The walk back home is calmer. Once we arrive home I refill his water bowl because he is still panting like a tongue flapping maniac. Half a bowl later I think he must feel allot better. Food. Breakfast for him and lunch for me. As I pack my lunch up he follows me continuously around the house ball still in his mouth. How can he not be worn out? We were out for about an hour?!  Before I leave I check he done his business so we don’t return to any unexpected accidents. Fortunately that’s only happened once, when he first arrived and since then he’s dutifully marked every tree corner on our morning walks and has a special spot he uses just past our bedroom window out on the back lawn. Oh and that’s another thing, when I say lawn I don’t really mean it. Our place and many many others I walk past every day have astro turf lawns. Fake grass, that lusciously deceiving green colour patched down on every second front verge.

And that is my morning.

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