All my friends are getting married...

...Not really! Only one is - my dear friend Deana.  We've been friends since high school and I'm so, so happy for her. 

It's strange because late last year I dreamed that she got engaged and told my mum about my dream, and then a week later, her partner proposed to her! Freaky, right? 

So in late January, I attended her engagement party. Despite being part Italian, I've been to very few Italian engagement parties or weddings, so I didn't know what to expect. I got to catch up with another old school friend of mine, Daniela and her boyfriend and I had a lovely time.

There was a lot of Italian music and we had fun dancing to Tintarella Di Luna - a song that features in the Australian film Looking for Alibrandi (have you seen that movie?) We laughed our way through Nutbush City Limits as Deana struggled through the dance and declared herself uncoordinated! It was so funny. She'll have to learn the dance before her wedding!

I took some quick outfit photos before leaving,…

Livin' it up at the Hotel California

I can't believe it's been a week since I last blogged, it feels like more time has passed. I've been busy at work, learning more as a teacher - the learning never ends! Also my Dedo (grandpa) went into hospital on Saturday. We all had a bit of a scare, but now that the doctors have operated on him, he's feeling much better. Thank God for nurses and doctors - the work they do is really admirable!

One good thing that happened during the week was that my mum and I got to see The Eagles in concert on Wednesday night!

I rushed home from work after a staff meeting, quickly ate some food, got dressed and off we went! My mum and I took some photos in the garden before leaving, then took some more at the park near the venue.

My mum's cute, isn't she!
The Eagles we amazing! The music, the fact that their voices sound the same as their records, the guitars - I loved it all! As I said on Instagram, there's nothing quite like a good ol' sing-a-long. And with songs like

Here Comes the Sun(flowers)!

Hello, I'm back in the garden with my pot of sunflowers again!  I just love them. Just looking at them makes me so happy. My mum never used to be fond of sunflowers and now she loves them too! I'm collection the seeds once the sunflowers die and I'm going to plant them again.

I wore this outfit a little while ago, when I went out for lunch with my uni friends. We're all teachers and catch up whenever we have school holidays. It's great to keep in touch and talk about our different experiences in our classrooms and what we've been up to in general.

I bought this leopard, satin skirt not too long ago at a market and this was my first time wearing it. Apparently, animal print and satin is trendy at the moment. That's okay, because I can stock up on leopard print, snake skin and satin pieces of clothing before fashion trends quickly move onto something else. I've liked these styles long before they were declared trendy, promise!

How do you feel when you favouri…

With a bit of rock music, everything is fine

Or should I say hej - the Swedish way to say 'hello'!
This blog post is ABBA themed as I recently watched Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. 

I didn't get to see it in the cinemas, so I requested the DVD from my local library. So many people requested it before me, so I had to wait awhile. My nonna watched the film when she was on a boat cruise holiday. She loved it and told me all about it on the phone, so I wanted to watch it.

I love my local library because I enjoy reading and there's a really lovely lady who works named Maria, who's been working at the library since I was really little. She's really nice and always up for a chat.

I borrowed the DVD and my mum, sister and I watched it. What can I say? It's great and evokes the same joy as the first movie did. Sometimes it's a bit daggy (!) but I didn't mind because I love ABBA's songs and the seventies style was fantasically flamboyant! 

I had my eye on some of the crazy, metallic platform boots.


Strawberry Fields Forever

Over the holidays, my mum sister and I went for a day trip to country town Bacchus Marsh. We visited a strawberry farm, where we roamed around the field and picked our own strawberries to purchase.

It's a fun experience. Whenever we've been in the past, it's always been really hot in the field so we chose to go on a mild day so that we wouldn't bake in the sun! The strawberries weren't as abundant as the season is drawing to an end, so we really needed to search and keep our eyes peeled for any ripe strawberries hiding beneath the leaves.

Even though it's Summer, I wore boots and tights as either the  weeds between the aisles always make my skin itchy. I also chose to wear a mini dress under my top as I've made the mistake of wearing a longer skirt to the strawberry field in the past, and it kept getting caught in the plants!
We ended our trip with a visit to a few op-shops and then we headed home. 
Outfit details: Velvet mini dress - Ishka, years ago. Australian…

Hey, you with the sad face, come up to my place and live it up

On Saturday, one of my favourite Australian bands - the Sunnyboys - played a 'By The C' concert in a seaside town near Geelong. This is the 3rd time I've seen them live. The last time was about 2 years ago at Geelong too. 

My dad got me onto the Sunnnyboys, so we decided to go together. Then my mum wanted to go and convinced my sister to come along too, so it was a family affair!
We stopped off to take some snaps at the beach before going to the concert.
A bunch of other Australian bands (mostly from the 80s) played too... Iluka Do Re Me Mental As Anything  The Church  and  Icehouse.
Do you know any of these Aussie bands?

We arrived at about 2pm, it was an all day event. Just as we found a spot in the field to place our picnic blanket and fold up chairs, the rain descended! And then it was sunny, then it rained again. That's Melbourne weather for you - and it's Summer!

My dad and I got up to dance in the standing area when Mental As Anything played. I'm not very familiar w…

I can see paradise by the dashboard lights

After spending the day in Merimbula, the next day we visited another beachy town called Pambula. My family and I spent some time at Pambula Beach River Mouth, a really pretty bay area. The water was a beautiful light turquoise colour, these photos didn't quite capture how pale and pretty the water was.

The area is known as 'Squaky Beach' as the sand makes a funny, squeaky sound when you walk on it - It's a strange phenomenon! My dad walked around like a robot making squeaking sounds - it made us laugh!

We just sat around, chatted and gazed at the beach. It was so peaceful, one of the most peaceful places I've ever been to. 

Whenever I visit really peaceful places, I feel sort of sad upon leaving and wonder 'will I ever feel this peaceful again?' 
I had that same feeling in Daylesford last year.

Outfit details:
Maxi dress: last worn here
Vintage tooled bag- opshopped

I really loved Pambula 'Squeaky' Beach, and we'll definitely visit it again the next tim…