Roksanda Resort 2016 | June 23, 2015

The colourful, geometric / graphic awesomeness of Roksanda Resort 2016. Check out more pics here!

( photos: style.com )

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posted under: Fashion

Mod Pieces Vintage Lamp Bases- Sale! | June 20, 2015

If you have a thing for vintage lamps, you might want to check out the eclectic collection of bases which are currently on sale at Mod Pieces. Hurry up though, 40% off sale ends June 21st!! I kinda want them all...

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posted under: Home Décor, Vintage Style

Party Mix... | June 18, 2015

 

This summer I'm loving...

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight

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posted under: Entertaining, Parties, Party Mix, Tableware

Kinda Big News, Ok- HUGE... | June 11, 2015

So, about a month ago Mark and I, along with our dog Sukie, packed up all our belongings and moved to California!

Yep.

Cos, you know, we hadn't done anything CRAZY recently and needed to fill out quota.

The whole process started about 7 months ago and it's been one giganormous rollercoaster ride ever since. The short of it is this: Mark was offered a job at Google in San Francisco!!

GOOGLE!!!

So, we left our extremely comfortable, happy and, let's face it, SPOILED ROTTEN existence in our hometown Melbourne, Australia and hi-tailed it all the way to the USA. The Bay Area is no joke. Property and rent prices are sky high as masses of people trying to squeeze into an already high density, tech-frenzied, fast-paced town. NOTHING here is easy. But when Google calls, you come running!! And we did. 

To say that this whole process has been a challenge is the understatement of the millenium. We've been through every headache from trying to apply for work VISAs to working out where we're going to be buy our underwear from now on. 

But I won't get into all of the craziness now, at least not yet. Let's just say that, despite the monster challenges we continue to face, this is possibly the most exciting adventure we've ever been on and totally worth the blood sweat and tears! 


Mark and I have moved into a temporary Airbnb for a couple of months in a very, very cute suburb of SF.  We're still exploring, still learning lots and still getting our bearings...

Thankfully, Jordan, of Oh Happy Day, has been an absolute godsend!! She has been so welcoming- showing us around all the awesomeness of SF, inviting us to a dinner party, helping us get settled. That's Jordan in the pic with the gorgeous flowers- I'm sure you recognise her little red Fiat! (Photo taken by Paul Ferney). I simply had to get her a gift for being so awesome (bottom left). 


Amazingly our super-anxious rescue pup Sukie has settled in extremely well. She used to be an absolute wreck when it came to any slight change of routine but she has adapted so quickly and easily to this whole new life!! Admittedly, faster than I have!!! She even had to endure a 14 hour flight in air freight and she used to be terrified of confined spaces! She was in a bit of a daze and slightly traumatized after the ordeal, but she recovered quickly! She's LOVING exploring her new backyard in our current rental and dozing in the California sunshine- when it actually bothers to make an appearance, that is. (The pic of her in the grass was perfectly captured by Mark). 

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't make a note of just how proud I am of Mark for getting this amazing job at Google. He went through a particularly gruelling interview process and successfully made it to the other side! Even more impressive is that he's been so great at navigating this whole process of moving to an entirely different country- which is no small feat! He's provided us with such a wonderful opportunity and I'm so incredibly grateful!! 

We've been living in a constant state of transition for the last 7 months. The continual uncertainty has been a huge challenge for us at times- we don't know what's going to happen next or where we'll be living (our lease runs out in a couple of weeks and we still haven't lined up our next place!!), but at the end of the day, it's all just part of this INSANE adventure. We don't know what the future will bring... but, in some strange way, that's actually part of the fun.

Finally, apologies for being away from this blog for so long. It has been an overwhelming experience and I do have a tendency to retreat when things get too much... I do, however, want to document this whole crazy ride here. So much to tell you....

Hopefully, back with more news soon!

Toodles! :)

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posted under: San Francisco, storytelling, Sukie, Travel

NEW Printable Watermelon Gift Tags in the shop... | December 11, 2014

Are we over watermelons yet? I hope not, cos I'm kinda in love with these little cuties that I've created for the shop. I actually think the colours are kinda appropriate for the festive season. Just $2 (USD) for the digital PDF that you can print as many times as you like! 

Grab your watermelon gift tag printables here!

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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Parties, Shop, Stationery

Eat Drink Chic - The Shop | December 01, 2014

The very popular “Sweet New Year" Calendar has been updated for 2015 and is now available for download in my Etsy shop. That's right, I've opened up a shop!! Nothing too fancy yet, just a couple of printables available including a bright and colourful Happy Xmas card

The shop is very much a work in progress at the moment, but I hope to fill it up, bit by bit, as time goes on. Would love to hear your thoughts on what you'd love to see there in the future! Greatly appreciate your feedback :)

Check out my brand new shop right here!

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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Shop, Stationery

Mixed Bag... | November 10, 2014

So, my weekend ended up being unexpectedly eventful. Among the highlights was some shopping and a yummy lunch at Mighty Boy Eatery, a trip to the Melbourne Design Market at Fed Square, a slow perusal of the awesome books at Metropolis Bookshop, some homemade dumplings from a stall at the Sunday Market at The Arts Centre and a brief stop at the NGV to see the supremely colourful and kooky "Express Yourself" exhibition by Romance was Born. How was your weekend?

cushion | lamp | ring | ceramic herb markers | outfit | cup | table | face mirror | scarf | bow tie

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posted under: Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Jewellery, Melbourne Chic

Mixed Bag... | November 02, 2014

Hope everyone had a happy weekend! Here's a jumble of colourful goodies to kick-start the week...

lamp | tree decoration | artwork | clutch | cat candle | vase | eyewear (via) | shoes (via)

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posted under: Artwork, Christmas, Fashion, Home Décor, Mixed Bag

UNELEFANTE | June 04, 2014

So I only stumbled upon UNELEFANTE very recently and had to make note of it on le blog. I am completely in love with their art-inspired chocolate bars made in collaboration with Chef Jorge Llanderal. They also have a wonderful collection of other colourful Mexican made goodies to check out.

The chocolate bars would make such great treats for an art-themed party, doncha think? 

{ photos from UNELEFANTE website }

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posted under: Desserts, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Parties

Anastasia Marie | November 05, 2013

With the holidays just around the corner I've been trying to dream up interesting and elaborate gift wrap ideas.  Sometimes, however, it's nice to just keep it simple. 

Loving these basics in kraft, gold and translucent from Anastasia Marie.

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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Parties, Stationery

Let's Get Silly | October 30, 2013

We're heading into the time of year that Australians commonly refer to as the 'Silly Season'. The Christmas and holiday season is when everything goes a wee bit pear-shaped.. but in a good way. It's my favourite time of year. Something about the mass festivity provides ample heart cockle warm-age. I find even the uber-tacky tinsel laden shop windows and garish clashes of red and green not only tolerable but, strangely, endearing.

I feel a particular kinship with the season. The truth is, I'm actually one big, fuzzy ball of silliness. Some may say, on occasion, a full-blown nut-job. If you ask why our marriage is successful, both Mark and I would wholeheartedly agree that it's the 'silly' factor. Mark and I are, basically, two over-grown children. 

However, I only really show this part of myself to my nearest and dearest. To others I resort to ridiculously unsustainable perfectionism in an effort to avoid criticism or confrontation. I have a pathological fear of making mistakes, especially publicly. You know, because then you won't like me and I won't be invited to your party.

One of my favourite apps ever is Unstuck- it's a brilliant little resource that, strangely enough, helps you get 'unstuck'. They also have an awesome newsletter which I find endlessly helpful and inspiring. This morning I watched this cute video on their blog where kids answer the question 'What does it mean to fail?'. First of all, WOW, some of them were remarkably insightful for their age. Secondly, it got me thinking about how all of us 'serious adults', especially those pursuing a creative path, should really just let it all go and simply be children again, especially in our professional lives!  By setting an atmosphere of sheer silliness could we possibly remove the expectation from others for constant perfection and remove the stigma against public failure? Failure is such a crucial part of our creative process, it should be accepted, and perhaps even applauded, just as much as our successes. After all, it's when I am at my most 'silly' and free from ego that I am at my most creative.

So I'm hoping all this sudden, uncharacteristic disclosure will somehow open a door for me to being a little more 'silly' in my work and more forthcoming about my creative process- during this silly season and, hopefully, beyond.  As I am writing this, I feel that familiar pang of doubt from the commitment it poses. However, I've putting it out there... and, well, if I fail at being publicly silly, then I suppose that's ok too. :)

In the meantime, check out this batch of holiday silliness.

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posted under: Christmas, Holidays, storytelling

All of a Piece | October 09, 2013

Really loving this beautiful and oh-so-clever modular tableware

By Earnest Studio and Dana Cannam Design.

P.S. Make sure to watch the video to see it in action!

{ photos All of a Piece website }

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posted under: Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Home Décor, Kitchenware, Tableware

Happy Friday + Free Wallpaper! | September 05, 2013

Hey Folks! I've whipped up some goodies to brighten up your phones... Happy Friday everyone! :)

Continue to download your freebies...

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posted under: Free Stuff, Happy Workspace, Tech Accessories

Without Ice-cream... | August 20, 2013

true dat.

(via)

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posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Illustration

Geometric Delights | August 16, 2013

No doubt you've noticed the current trend of geometric shapes, pastel hues and gold accents...

Here are a couple of my favourites in this area:

These coasters by Rissa Sandman...

...and this unique wedding styling concept on 100 Layer Cake with Concept and Art direction by Indie Wed and Photography by Amanda Megan Miller Photography  (see post for full list of credits and pics)... so beautiful!

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posted under: Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Tableware, Weddings

Random Lovelies.. | June 21, 2013

I haven't tackled one of these posts in awhile.... you know, the random mish-mash of details from our home. So I figured it was probably time :)

Firstly, my obsession with bowls has gone a tad out of control. What you see above, is not the complete collection, mind you. They're just so dang pretty. I can't resist.

I just need to find a creative way to display them all.

My latest weakness, however, is for pot plants. A growing collection currently inhabits the top of our bar.

Ok, let's face it, this is merely an excuse to collect interesting planters and feed my insatiable hunger for pretty ceramics. Shh... don't tell anyone.

I went to The Collectors Corner at Gardenworld earlier this week with the intention of buying an airplant. I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer variety. Who knew? I waded through hundreds of succulents, cacti and airplants and eventually (whilst on the brink of a head explosion) settled on the succulent below and the prettiest airplant I could find (far right on the bar).

Gardenworld is a plant-lovers paradise. For a mere dabbler, such as myself, it can be a tad overwhelming but still very much worth the visit!

And in other random lovelies...

Saturday lunch. Boiled eggs, spring onion, Simon Johnson mayo, spelt toast. Yum.

Oh, and my gift tag obsession continues... This time I'm using images from an old Ted Baker catalogue.

And it just wouldn't be right to not include a little 'Sukie' in here...

It's funny, the unique vernacular that starts to develop within a household. For example, Sukie takes meds each morning. To make these more palatable, we thickly envelop them in peanut butter. Mark has nicknamed her meds "Scooby Snacks". The mere mention of those words and Sukie becomes a frantic mess. Probably because he also lets her lick the spoon when she's finished!

Sukie, like most dogs, understands the word 'Walk'. So, to avoid any premature paw stamping, circular jumping, and tail wag action,  Mark has started to get creative when discussing the activity. Each time, he uses different code words. It started with "Are you ready to monkey the monkey?" but, in recent times, I'm pretty sure I caught him saying "You ready to hand-crochet the alabaster?". Go figure.

Do you remember when I bought this lovely print by Mia Oatley? I forgot to mention that I got it framed. Wowsers. How is it that the framing is about a zillion times more expensive than the artwork itself? Looks pretty though. I have yet to decide where to hang it...

And that's all the news! If you like this kinda jazz, visit Sundayland.

Happy Friday everybody! :)

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Our Home, storytelling, Sukie, Sundayland

Mixed Bag... | June 06, 2013

napkins | oxfords | tiger cushion (via the design files) | leopard cushion | moustache | mask | tag | straws | dog | de clieu | mousepad | coaster 

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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Melbourne Chic, Mixed Bag, Parties, Photography, Stationery, Tableware

Just some random things... | May 02, 2013

I guess it's probably not a good idea to write a blog post when one can't think straight. It's probably the flu, or hormones, or lack of proper nutrition (I think I had chocolate for breakfast yesterday... and lunch ). More likely, it's some hideous cocktail of all of these things. I'm going to do it anyway.

I'm on the couch today, a tissue box beside me, a quilt wrapped around me, the Codral has just kicked in and I'm staring at this stunning new treasure that has recently made its way into our life.  

Over the weekend, Mark and I found a beautiful Indian sideboard at Fenton and Fenton and were quick to snatch it up. It arrived yesterday morning and it is just PERFECT. In typical 'Amy' fashion, before I could even rip the price tag off it, I immediately started placing various knick-knacks on top and shuffling them around. Ahh... the styling possibilities. I'm gonna have some fun with this one...

And how wonderful to have all this incredibly useful new storage space at my disposal.

So here's the thing I'm really confused about at the moment. I started my Sundayland tumblr recently in an attempt to create a photo journal of a more personal, less polished nature. The truth is, I would love to take this blog in the same direction. As a result, I am experiencing big-time confusion as to where to post my content these days! I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue. Would you like to see more content of a personal nature, my home decorating pursuits, my creative process, on Eat Drink Chic? What is it about this blog that you most enjoy?

In other random news...

Do you remember this cutlery tag project? Well, I've gone back to hacking my Jamie mag to decorate these amber bottles. Newspaper kinda works well too...

Above is a pic of our purple vintage bar, an impulse purchase from a few years back. For the longest time it was just this big, superfluous object that was kinda cool but didn't quite fit in anywhere. Consequently, it was shuffled around the house in an aimless fashion, finally settling by our living room windows. Strangely enough, the addition of the new sideboard to our living room has actually balanced it quite nicely and made it feel more like it's part of the room. I think I've grown to love it again.

Our living room is starting to take shape.... slowly.

Have a happy weekend everybody! :)

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Our Home, storytelling, Sundayland

Sunday Flowers | April 29, 2013

Mark and I decided to take a trip to the People's Market on Sunday. We filled up on gumbo soup, shrimp po'boy and some 'Wonderbaos'.

We also dropped by to visit Mel (the artist responsible for the stunning floral arrangements at our wedding) in her beautiful flower shop in East Brunswick. I am completely in love with her style. She has a wonderful design eye and is just so inventive... you can see more of her work on her blog. Picked up one of her poseys to brighten up our home!

In other news, I think I've finally caught the cold that's been going around. I've got 'fuzzyhead' and I'm moving very slowly this week... blegh.

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posted under: Home Décor, Melbourne Chic, Our Home, storytelling, Weddings

Cat Tipi | April 26, 2013

Ok, so I'm not really a cat person, but after seeing these ridiculously cute Cat Tipis, I really wish I was! Can I just get one anyway?

{ photos from Cat Tipi website. via DailyCandy }

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posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor
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