Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Uniqlo is ONLINE and coming to Sydney!!!

Oh my Lord I am so excited.

I first discovered Uniqlo in New York a few years ago - they had just opened their flagship store on Fifth Ave.  I found the perfect pair of work pants and bought TWO.  Because in NYC they also take the pants up for you for free.  Since then, Uniqlo pants are the only ones I wear regularly to work.  I'm also a big fan of their HeatTech range - think thermals but not itchy.

I also picked up a brolly because it was raining that day in New York and we had left the hotel unprepared.  This is the best umbrella I have ever bought.  It's difficult to explain without pictures but basically it folds in a certain way that you can pop it back into your bag after using it and nothing in your bag gets wet!  Genius!!

I visited the Uniqlo popup store in Melbourne earlier this year and picked up some merino wool knits which are superfine and so comfy aaaaaaand Uniqlo is coming to Sydney by the end of this year!  They will be at 420 Pitt St and then in mid-City Centre by next year.

Aaaaaand I was on the Uniqlo website this morning as I was writing this post and discovered that their online store is now open.  Go forth and shop!  I know I did.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Rain rain go away

How depressing was this past weekend in Sydney?  Rain, rain, teeny bit of sun, torrential rain.  We had made appointments to inspect wedding venues, forcing me to leave the house but I had a bit of house-time on Sunday arvo while Tom played soccer (in the rain).

I baked an impromptu banana bread on Saturday arvo as I had 4 very sad-looking bananas in my fruit bowl. I maxed the banana goodness and minimised the unhealthiness by cutting back the sugar and using half wholemeal flour.

Sunday arvo relaxation time
I got a goodie bag from one wedding venue inspection!  Hooray for free stuff.  The only time I claim asian-ness is when freebies are involved.

What did you do to escape the rain this weekend?  Or was it not raining where you live and therefore you could be free and do normal things?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Stuck in a blogging rut.

In the last few weeks I feel like I've lost direction with this blog.  I don't know what to write about, I don't know what people care to read about.  I know I don't have the same amount of time to think about and devote to this blog so I need your help.

What do you want to read about?  Food?  Shopping?  "This is what I did on the weekend"?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Ramblings of a sick, sleep-deprived office worker

I set my alarm for 6.30am this morning.  Probably no biggie for most people but my normal alarm is set for 8.30am.  It was struggle street.  Purchased a large soy flat white, missed a train, finally got to work, said Hi to the Americans on video conference, bought another large coffee, went to Coles to get stuff for lunch, and back in the office all before 9am.

I had a flu jab yesterday and am being a sookie-lala.  My arm hurts.  I'm sniffly and tired and my throat is swollen.  $10 says I won't last until the 7pm video conference I have to attend tonight.

Been sleeping with the doona the last few nights.  It seems autumn has finally arrived in Sydney and I'm loving it.  Apart from the rain.  Not loving that.  Saturday rained nonstop all day, we took cover in a cafe and ended up eating a salted caramel croissant.  It was every bit as delicious as it looks/sounds.

Daylight saving has ended; my commute home has become a lot darker.  Maybe it's a blessing in disguise and it will make me leave work earlier.

That's all from this sleep-deprived corner of the globe.  I promise to be more conscientious soon.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Getting the wedding wheels rolling

Oh gosh, it seems the past fortnight has absolutely whizzed by and I've barely had a chance to breathe.  I've been working.... a lot.  I've been walking home from work whenever I can and feeling great to be active again.

Aaaand I finally started wedding planning over the weekend!  I went wedding dress shopping with my sisters and Mum with no intention of actually buying.  I wanted to try on different styles to work out what looked good on my body shape.  If you know anything about me you'll know I have no self control when it comes to spending money.  3 hours after I started looking I had bought a dress!!

Unfortunately I won't have it in my hands for a few weeks as they have to alter a size 12 down to a size 6 for me because the shop only sells one-offs.  Glad I can tick one thing off the list and not have to worry about it.

Another thing that happened on the weekend was a small engagement party my parents threw for us with my extended family.  We ended up with a great deal of fancy champagne and a bright yellow toaster!!

Monday, 24 March 2014

New kid on the block

Yep it's 12:26am and I'm writing a post from my bedsince Tom is interstate for a wedding so I'm not bothering anyone by having my bedside light on.

First week of work has been full on. I pretty much hit the ground running without much of an introduction or warm up period. I guess that's what happens when you have tight deadlines and not enough butts in seats. I worked 11 hour days twice in my first week already but I don't mind since it's still a much healthier working environment for me than my previous place. I'd almost forgotten the feeling of opening a stationery cupboard myself and picking out what I need instead of having to ask the lady with the stationery cupboard key every time I wanted one pen.

I even managed to walk home one arvo after work which was good exercise. Am planning to do the walk home more often. This means you will get to see more pics like this:

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Do you meal plan?

I decided to do a meal plan for next week as I'm starting a new job and I'm sure the last thing I will want to do after a long day is think about and make dinner.

This is what my meal plan looks like:
Monday - pork + rice stuffed capsicums with mint yoghurt
Tuesday - lebanese chicken with freekeh
Wednesday - dukkah chicken
Thursday - crab and vermicelli noodle soup
Friday - panko prawns with kale/quinoa salad

I like to choose a combination of meals where I can reuse ingredients because one of my pet peeves is food wastage.  Herbs are the worst offender - a whole bunch just for a sprinkle??

Tonight I tackled the lebanese chicken with freekeh as it takes longer than I care to cook on a weeknight.  I'm using freekeh for the first time - it's a wholegrain which looks/tastes similar to brown rice except it's thicker and less chewy than brown rice.  They used it on MKR last season and I've been keen to try it out.

I've cleverly made enough for 2 meals so all I have to do on Tuesday night is reheat.

Do you meal plan every week?  Where do you get meal inspiration from?
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