I haven't done a weekly update for a while. Frankly, my life has been rather dull and routine of late, and I don't have anything exciting to update on. We are sorting through the defects list with the house (almost finished, just have a couple of lights left to hang… if the damn cables ever materialise from Italy - it's been 5 months now!!), so I still have the occasional builder around, and I've been productively spending my free time sorting out all the accumulated dust from the renovation in the front of the house, and organising in the new spaces in the back.
But last weekend my sister and I accompanied our Dad to a Black Tie dinner. I finally got to wear this Lela Rose dress, bought heavily discounted early last year when I was going through a cocktail dress purchasing phase. It's a hard dress to photograph. To save you all a lot of shots of my armpit, this is the best I managed to get! It's got a fab ruffly shoulder thing, and is in a flattering shade of champagne coloured silk. The neckline doesn't work with a necklace, but I wore my pearl drop earrings, and a gold bangle and cocktail ring, my gold clutch and gold glitter soled shoes.
The dinner was fun, although the family pathology showed through - we three were the first to arrive. We all harbour a fear of being late, but this was slightly extreme as we were all 15 minutes early. We had to cool our heels with a glass of champagne... or two…. until the other Dinner attendees arrived.
I haven't done a lot of clothes purchasing this past few months - another thing I've been quiet on. Instead I've been keeping my eye on the main game with furniture and garden purchases. Truth be told I think I may have reached a state of Wardrobe Nirvana for Winter - I haven't felt like I needed to add anything more to what I already had from last Winter, plus a couple of sale purchases in January and February. I did, however, decide to buy this APC chambray tunic style dress for next Spring a few weeks ago. I've been wearing it transeasonally with a Cable Melbourne merino top under it and with black opaques and black knee high suede boots. I quite like APC - it's a French brand that has very simple lines and is quite pared back in the detail in their clothing.
In house news, the garden has not progressed much. It's been an inauspicious start - the Landscaper has been caught up finishing off another job, and so we have had mud in our back garden for the past few weeks after they started with the heavy machinery and then stopped again. It's not been great from my perspective with the kids (they like it, needless to say). We've also found the neighbours cat seems to have enjoyed walking around on our back veranda, and sleeping on the swing seat. I found paw prints as evidence….
Attractive side garden
Back garden - mud with trampoline marooned in the middle
cat visitor evidence
The Jam factory sent a photographer around yesterday to take photos of the light fitting, so I seized the moment when I had the entire living area devoid of clutter, and the kids chairs, to take some photos myself. I had lugged the enormous TV out of the room earlier in the day, and my GOD it looks so much better without it. I can't wait until we sort out the TV situation. I'm planning to do some custom cabinetry with a pop up feature in it, so the TV will be hidden most of the time, unless it's actually being used. That way it won't block the window permanently - as it does at the moment. I am going to send these photos to Mr AV to hopefully move this up on the long list of things to spend more money on….
Sorry, that's probably photo overload. But I do love this light fitting so much!
S's bedroom furniture arrived this week, and he was incredibly excited. Here's a shot of his bedside table made out of Tasmanian Oak with a lamp I bought that fortuitously matches his blind colour perfectly - it was from Freedom Furniture. I never spend a lot of money on lamps for the kids as chances are it will not make it through to the time when he eventually leaves home (although that is some time away, given he is currently 4). I'll take some proper room photos and do a before and after on this room, our former kitchen, soon.
All three children have had new bedlinen purchased in the mid year sales. E's is a particularly pretty set from Yves Delorme, we did a Mother/Daughter shopping trip into the city one Saturday afternoon and E took her little pink market trolley with her. We must have looked suspicious as we were trailed by the store detective through David Jones.
This weeks flowers are a bunch of cabbages. I thought they'd look reasonably neutral for the photos the Jam Factory wanted to take. I've also got another Orchid…. I'm hopeful the three that have finished flowering and that are currently living in the laundry will put out a new shoot, however with my track record I'm not holding my breath.
Lastly, I've been absolutely gripped by this book - Empty Mansions. Such a fascinating (real) story of the creation of one of the US's greatest fortunes, and the fate of the reclusive heiress who inherited it. A definite recommendation from me.
Hope you've had a great week...
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