Had a busy weekend, mostly filled with children's birthday parties and children's sport, so my weekly recap is later than usual. Firstly, I have my first Camellia for the season. Hooray! They are quite late this year due to the unseasonal heat in May, and the generally dry soil from our parched Summer. Love this camellia, it's original to the garden and managed to survive the builders. The flowers look like classic Chanel camellias.


Had my hair cut on Friday, and made the fatal error of telling my hairdresser that I felt suddenly (that morning) like cutting my hair off. He enthusiastically agreed with me. I think there are no greater words to a hairdresser than "I want my long hair all cut off". I have ended up with shoulder length hair. Still getting used to it....


Went out to dinner with Mr AV on Saturday night to Jolley's Boathouse. Haven't been there for years, it's a bit of an Adelaide institution, and they are still packed, and produce excellent meals all these years later. Wore this old Tory Burch number. It's silk and silk lined. Has balloon sleeves and a tie around the waist. Wore black opaques and black patent heels and had a black patent clutch. Mr AV commented when the dress first arrived in the mail from The Outnet a few years ago that it looked "like someone had vomited flowers"on my dress. It seems to have grown on him though, he thought I looked nice on Saturday night. We were celebrating meeting half our lifetime ago. We've been together that long now! 


All the food was good, especially the pork belly asian style entree I had - love pork belly. I had this delicious Passionfruit parfait for dessert. It had a citrus salad with basil which was a lovely combo. Delicious, but my hands paid for it yesterday with an eczema breakout.



Now, lets play a game of spot the difference.
Firstly, here is a black Joseph tuxedo jacket purchased when I lived in London in 1999. I wear it a lot.


Next, here is a black Joseph jacket purchased in the Netaporter sales that arrived this week. Yes, I seem to have purchased the day version of my original jacket. I was trying to be strategic and fill gaps in my wardrobe, rather than just buying appealing and pretty dresses and I need a black jacket/ blazer. Didn't work. It's currently winging its way back home. As the Australian dollar has fallen so spectacularly in the past 2 weeks, I may make money off this mishap.



 On renovation news, they're still plugging away on my roof masterpiece. I'm calling it that because it's taking so long to build, and is very challenging for the builders to work out. They've done some box gutter work, and broke into the existing roof, which sounded quite alarming from inside the house.



They've put in the steels for the ceiling lantern in the living area. That will be like a little hat on top of the roof with windows in it. The ceiling is going to rake up to it.



Finally, I thought I'd leave you with the cheering sight of my laundry set up on the veranda. Covered in dirt, plans and general builders debris. Frankly, it's an improvement on what I've had the past 2.5 years, but it is a bit cold/ wet on some days doing the laundry out there.



 Hope you had a good week xx

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  1. Beautiful dress, you fit my red theme!
    My camellias haven't appeared for about three years now, they seem to be in a big huff with me. Wowee, that is some building project, a big project to me is putting up new wallpaper.

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    1. I do fit your red theme! How funny! Shame about your camellias. Mine struggle a bit, it was a dry summer and despite watering 2 died of heat stroke. Yes, the reno is bigger than Ben Hur at the moment.... I feel quite stressed about the whole thing. xx

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  2. Heidi, that dress is beautiful! Flower vomit it is not! Second, from what I can see, your hair looks amazing!
    Glad to hear that dinner was good.
    Sorry to hear the jacket isn't staying. I'm a chronic repeat purchaser!
    Very jealous of you Camillias. Not so jealous of your laundry, although our set up is worse (but will be better one day, renovation gods permitting!)
    X

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    1. You're very kind re the vomit! I can't believe I bought a jacket that I already had. Seriously, I only own a couple of jackets, it's not like I should forget that's identical!! Hope the reno is going well xx

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  3. Heidi, how fab is Joseph! Love both of your jackets. Your Tory Burch dress is stunning and the food looked amazing. I have been reading a lot about the wonderful food scene in Adelaide - there seem to be so many terrific places to eat and source food.

    Love the laundry. We have a very questionable washing machine in our flat - it is so unreliable and rough that I have to wash my husbands shirts at my dad's house in his 16 year old Miele washing machine. Our washing machine destroyed 6 of his brand new UK business shirts - not great and it also stopped working 8 months after being purchased. You will no doubt love your new laundry when it is finished - your renovations are looking fabulous xxx

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    1. Hmmm. Not good re your washing machine - what was the brand out of curiosity? Our washer and dryer are Asko, and are 13 years old. They've not missed a beat, and we did cloth nappies with 3 kids, so they definitely got a workout!

      Love Joseph too - I think it's so funny though that they haven't changed their jacket cut in so long!

      Food in Adelaide is great - the best local produce, really world Class. Dining can be hit and miss though - some great places, but service can be haphazard. xx

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    2. The brand is Whirlpool. We had to purchase it due to the restricted machine space in our rented flat - no other washing machine on the market would fit. Maybe this one is less reliable than the others in their range. Positively their warranty/ service department were extremely prompt in coming to fix it when it stopped working, which was good.

      I will definitely be purchasing a new washing machine once we move out. I'll check out the Asko range xxx

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  4. Congrats on the anniversary! Mr AV should be on fashion police though :)
    Loooove pork belly a little too much that I am mutating into it.
    It's funny I have done that with certain brands too and think it is going to work bc it is a staple after all but then they get a new cutter or have a meeting with physiotherapists about the changing human form and they change basic structures. Love all those steel frames slowly turning into your home! You should freeze tha Camelia somehow and pin on all your jackets! xx

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    1. Ha! He'd like to be on Fashion Police I think!
      Would be good if I could freeze the camellia - much cheaper than a real Chanel one! xx

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  5. I know... how ridiculously expensive is the Chanel camelia?!! I am sorry for you with that laundry arrangement... This would drive me over the edge now.... but I put up with this kind of thing when I was younger. I love your shorter hair - it's very chic. The dress is wonderful - but then I adore colour - and dont ask me about buying the same stuff over and over (online)... it's a very taboo subject. I am also really bad at returning stuff.... :((

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    1. I couldn't live the way we did in the last house now... and suspect within 10 years I couldn't live like this again! Mr AV says never again already (but he's not a renovator at heart really). Glad I'm not the only one with the purchasing the same thing over again problem! I couldn't believe it when I pulled it out of the box - instantly knew it was like the other one, but when I was examining it online it didn't even enter my head! It was packed off today in the box... very easy to return stuff, and I'm better at it after accidentally keeping a few mistakes.xx

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  6. I've had the exact same conversation on occasion with my hairdresser...it takes some getting used to going the chop, yet yours looks fab! Seeing photos of your laundry took me back to the days of our reno when we had washer/dryer AND fridge all set up outside the back door! Don't worry, one day it will all be over and just a dim, distant memory! Love that dress. Rx

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    1. I keep hitting my shoulders with the hairbrush expecting it to go further! It's currently seeming like the reno will be over in about 100 years. Have to keep the faith that within 5 months this will all be over!! Fridge outside would be dreadful... you were brave! xx

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  7. Congratulations on the anniversary, and on the gorgeous camellias! That bloom in the first picture is perfect, just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Liene! While Winter means my garden is fairly bare, I do love the Camellias, so elegant. xx

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  8. Ohh your unloved washer and dryer. I feel sad for them. Are they sitting on a kids play rug?? Reno progress is looking extraordinary! My hair is about the length of yours now. I love a good chop. I grow it. Cut it all off. Grow it. Cut it all off.
    Happy Anniversary.

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    1. They are sitting on an Ikea play rug! It was completely revolting from having been rained on (inside the playroom), so it's now being used to protect the veranda tiles from the washer and dryer. xx

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  9. oh boy are you going to enjoy having an inside laundry and non-slug filled kitchen...! Nothing like doing it tough to appreciate the finer things in life...like inside laundries and insect-free kitchens...such luxury...

    your camellia looks lovely...still waiting for my last 3 bushes to flower to reveal their colours but am hoping for at least one more white one...they are so elegant.

    and delightful to see jolley's is still going strong. x

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    1. You do start to appreciate the little luxuries. I remember in our old house fitting a door handle to the bathroom door before I hosted my book club that night.... fortunately this house is not so bad inside... except for the kitchen of course! I can't believe how slow our camellias are this year. One bush has produced nothing as the possum has eaten any new growth off it. xx

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  10. love the hair and the pink frock and the jackets and hate the laundry xxxxxxxx

    PS see you in Oct!!! Because mum said YES!!! xxx

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    1. The laundry sucks. Glad my hair gets your approval. I arrived in Adelaide with long blond (ish) hair 2.5 years ago, and my hairdresser has slowly evolved my hair to a brunette (ish) bob. Yay for October!!!!!!

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  11. The dress is gorgeous. Don't husbands just pull the best comments out when something new is worn/bought? My favourite was when SSG blogged about wearing something flora (? a dress - a while ago, can't remember) and her husband said "Hello curtains".

    I feel for you with the renovations. I always used to get renovation fatigue - I would reach a point where I was so over the process. Interestingly this was often just after we had moved in and I had reached the fun stuff like furniture that I had been dreaming about whilst choosing all the building materials.... It was like a had burnt out my "choosing/researching nice things" ability.

    Your house will definitely be fabulous in the end though.

    So jealous of your camellia. They don't seem to survive our summer. I do love them though so will have to live vicariously through your photos!

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    1. Oh he has a way with words. Don't forget my lovely Max Mara jacket that he told me "looked very Julie Bishop" and thought that was a compliment....
      Yes, the reno is testing, but they took the boards off the back door today, so we now have natural light coming into the hall. I can't tell you what a change it's made to the house. Little steps forward... can't believe you flag at the furniture stage!! Although I think I'm getting a little sick of decision making. Today was insulation and kitchen style. Insulation was easy, kitchen was not. xx

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  12. It's really sad that I flag at the fun stuff. I have learnt to wait a few months and have another go as otherwise I choose things I wind up hating!

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  13. Love that you made money out of buying something and sending it back - you go girl! The bell sleeves on that dress are just gorgeous and reminds me of something Megan would wear in Mad Men the latest series and she is my hero! Like you I was trying to be strategic and also not buy dresses - and whaddaya know one found its way into my wardrobe last week...

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    1. Yes, but the sad fact is the Aussie Dollar is falling... no internet shopping on the horizon for a while now!
      You've just made the penny drop too - it must be the influence of Mad Men. When I bought the dress they were still wearing 50s shapes, hence the vomit comment, but Mr AV is an avid MM fan, and Meagans dresses are quite similar (although a lot shorter) so maybe he's grown used to it all.... xx

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  14. Nice Joseph Jacket ! At first I thought it was a chanel, but it isn't.

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    1. I love that jacket, sadly the second was just too similar. As for Chanel.... I wish! That's a whole other price bracket!xx

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  15. Happy Milestone Aniversary. Your camelia is beautiful - so classically elegant. Love the dress, the colours are vibrant and cheerful. Have a great weekend. Karen

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