Sunday, March 6, 2011

With heart unlocked upon the giant earth

There is much value, I believe, in starting a new year with a different a different point of view so that's what I'm doing. A Canon IXUS 1000, to be precise. 

My Saturday was lovely. It is unseasonably cool at the moment, so I I traded the summery jeans-and-lace-top look for something a little more Autumnal. 
That's the dress I bought at the Alameda Markets in San Francisco last month. It made its 21st century Sydney debut with a Gucci belt (second hand, bought at a consignment store in Sydney), vintage boots from eBay and a Mulberry Elgin bag. Here's a better look at the print, and how I look at people bringing me a plate of hot chips and a pot of red fruits tea. 
And here's how it looks from behind. And yes, there was some shopping. 
 On Saturday night we went to a lovely restaurant called  The Boatshed which his located in Glebe and occupies the what once was a stable. No, I lie. It occupies what was once a boat shed. I wore Comptoir des Cottoniers dress (bought on sale in Paris in 2009), Gap trousers (New York last year, on sale) and am carrying my phone and several dozen lipsticks in a Bottega Veneta clutch. 
 The shoes are from San Francisco. Expect to see alto more of them as the year progresses because I love them desperately. 

The food at the Boatshed is great. I ate very well and even had dessert which is not something I do frequently. Then again, no place I frequent features rice pudding with a jam doughnut on the dessert menu. 
And today a few of my brothers and sisters came to lunch. I talk as if there is a tribe of siblings because in fact there is. There was more dessert, this time a pavlova. My second-oldest sister provided this and her choice was a good one. For the non-Australians amongst us, pavlova (or pav, as we call it) is a meringue shell filled with soft meringue, cream and fruit. It can be very cloying but this was a smart pav: the fruit was fresh (not preserved and sugared), nor was the cream sweetened. It was lovely. 

 And there you have it. A bit of a nip in the air, some fine shopping, a new camera, a really nice dinner, hot chips and more dessert than recommended by health professionals. Let no one say I didn't have a great birthday. 


  1. I love that print, Baxter. As you turn from summer to fall, we're turning from winter to spring. That dress would be appropriate for either. It's lovely.

  2. SF was good to you! Love the dress and shoes.

  3. I think it's what the magazines mean when they call a gament transeasonal, Charlotte! I love green dresses.

    San Francisco is my friend, Shybiker! She was very good to me.

  4. The print is so cheerful and springy... but it will work for upside-down fall!

    I love the brown clutch with the black outfit... tres chic!

  5. Thank you, L-doll! Incidentally, I hope you are well on the way to recovery.