Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Holy crap it's 3 months today.
Monday, September 25, 2006
I am in love with the main branch at Circular Quay. It's in a heritage building but the inside has been completely modernized. And they always have a couple of intersting exhibitions on. Currently, a historical show an the history of drinking and a giant model of the downtown core underneath the floor of the lobby area. Cool.
The best part is that I'm quite sure the library is really underused. I've been able to get pretty much all the books I've wanted. No wait lists. Which is awesome considering books are crazy expensive here and there's no Amazon equivalent. It's actually often cheaper to order from amazon.com or .co.uk. How dumb is that?
Sunday, September 24, 2006
In the afternoon, headed to a food festival in Newtown - Sydney's inner west. It was still hot and then the wind picked up. Sort of felt like a hair dryer. There were tons of food stalls but nothing too spectacular. I was expecting some really interesting stuff but it was fairly regular - thai, indian, pub food, ice cream. We sampled some wine, then grabbed a beer and some thai food. (I'm going to have a good lunch for work tomorrow!)
While on the west side, we went to Norton Street in Leichhardt. This is what the Italian part of Commercial Drive would love to be. Tons of coffee shops, italian restaurants and food shops. Of course it's all crammed into 2 blocks. Not exactly a long strip.
Stopped in to Berkelouws Books. We've spent hours in the Oxford Street location but didn't spend as much time today. I love this bookshop cause it's one of the only shops in Sydney that's open late it seems - 11pm every night. And it has a coffee shop. They might want to make sure their shelving staff are caffienated though. Both Oxford St and Leichhardt are pretty big too - they have loads of used books as well as new. And also have a great selection of cards, notebooks and stationery. Bought some wrapping paper to cover my Sydney street directory. I wouldn't be able to get around Sydney without it, but it's ugly. Now it's supercute.
Also in Leichhardt, went and saw Thank You For Smoking. Smartest film I've seen in a while.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Went to a delightfully old school tapas place last night - lots of oil, cream and garlic in every dish. Killer sangria. Gay name: Captain Torres. Was fantastic wandering home in the heat with a stop for a beer at a pub on the way. (Watched a bit of Aussie rules football there too. I had no clue what was going on.)
Today, went to the beach. How could we not? It's what we moved here for!
No shopping today when it's this nice out. Well, I do have my eye on this chair on eBay but it only closes in a couple of days. Sexy in white!
Friday, September 22, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
So as I'm walking through Rhodes Shopping Centre the other day, I find a store called Free People. In the same font. Could it be?
Nope. But it's close and I've found a new shop full of bargains. Just about everything is under $80 and it's packed full of fun tops, skirts and dresses. While trolling through the racks, I found the exact same summery tunic top that I bought at H&M in Chicago last May. The exact one. Then I saw another top that I know I saw at Forever 21 in San Francisco in April. I asked about the shop and it's an idependant so there's no way they have any affiliation with H&M or any other chain store.
Considering these clothes are made in China, my theory is that the larger stores order them from Asian factories, then the factories keep making them after the order is filled knowing other buyers will pick them up.
So Free People is full of knockoffs of knockoffs. Or something. Fine with me!
Monday, September 18, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
I headed to DFO in Homebush, another set of factory outlets in Sydney. The good thing about working out west is that the malls and cheap shopping are out that way. Got into the shopping center at about 5:45 only to find out that the whole place closes at 6. (Every day!) This is the problem with Sydney shopping. Very limited shopping hours. Argh.
Time to focus.
Did a 2 minute tour through the Nine West outlet - nothing there. On to Wittner. Problem with outlet centers and being a size 8 is that there's usually nothing left. Found a ton of strappy party shoes but can't buy those...lots of cute flats but that wasn't what I was after...then found the perfect 70's wedges actually in my size. Light brown with a pinkish hue and croc trim. $59 (I love no sales tax here.) Yay! Mission complete. I'll wear these on Monday and I'll sail through the week.
DFO has tons of shops but I didn't have time to check it all out since every bored shopgirl in the place was pulling down their roller doors at 5:55. Will have to go back to inspect when I can get out of work earlier.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Went and saw Jamie Oliver live last night. He's here in Australia opening one of his fifteen restaurants - only it's in Melbourne - and the TV show about it started tonight. He stopped into Sydney to promote his show, do a few live shows and shill his wares.
Didn't know what to expect but the show was really well done, it was cooking entertainment. Lots of audience participation. Lots of dirty jokes with food innuendos. Lots of fun. He probably got about 5 minutes into the show without promoting his Tefal stuff or his Flavour Shaker. I bought one cause, well, I like to buy and I just might use it. The only really unfortunate parts of the show were the musical elements. His restaurant manager sang during the opening intro and intermission. And Jamie sang and danced to a song about fish stew. Très cringeworthy. But other than the tragic music, a great show. I'm defenitely going to keep watching the fifteen show on Thursday nights and I know I'll get to Melbourne to eat there once it's open.
I took a bunch of really poor quality video of the show. Watch Jamie drum! Watch Jamie cook! Watch Jamie sell his books/DVDs/TV shows, fill his restaurant and go ka-ching!
Monday, September 11, 2006
So should I care about what my Coke can looks like? Doubtful. I would almost care if the designer can had an actual designer's name attached to it. If it was a Phillip Starck can or a Frank Ghery can. Maybe. But to get you to pay more for less Coke in the can? It can not last.
ps. Coke is about double here over Vancouver, which I'm pretty sure is twice the price of the US. We pay at least $12.00 (on sale!) for 24 cans of Coke at Coles. I would never pay more than about 7 bucks in Vancouver and it's about $3.99 in the US. Too bad I'm a Diet Pepsi-aholic and Craig is a Coke-aholic. So it's effing expensive enough, thanks!
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I'll list it all out so that I can exorcise the demons of downerness.
So I've pretty much slept all weekend. (considering I was so sick I didn't really have a choice) And there's no roadwork on weekends, thank god. So I'm trying to find the silver lining in the past week and it's pretty hard. I'm holding on to the weather forcast for dear life as it says that it will be clear and improving by Wednesday. I'll be back to work and into a routine, my head will clear eventually and spring will be back on track. Fingers crossed.
Back to our regularly scheduled shopping:
I want a mouse in Unikko. It would go with my umbrella that I got in San Francisco and the wall hangings at home. You can only order them in Japan for now apparently. I'm sure Chee Soon & Fitzgerald will have them in store soon enough.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Stopped in at Birkenhead Point on the way home, and it's not really on my way home, to do a tour of the shops. Was not surprised to find I didn't really find anything in Alanah Hill considering her clothes aren't that worky. Found a perfect capped sleeve silk top with a tie at the waist in Cue that's cute and worky so job well done!
Cue and Veronika Maine are great, modern work clothes that can be found in pretty much any shopping center in Australia. I am coveting this dress at Veronika Maine. At $269 (ouch) I think I can find a cheaper alternative somewhere.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
This is the 2nd day of spring - check out the temp:
I started off with a mild hangover (very mild - mostly dehydration) and headed for the growers market. Saturday was the second day of spring and it was hot out! I picked up some fresh apple juice and a big flat white and felt much better. Picked up a bag of the most delish apples, a bag of super sweet blood oranges, some yummy goat cheese and fresh ciabatta. It's just fun to walk around and look at all the different sellers - mostly organic and independantly grown.
Sharpening guy - will remember to bring my knives down next time since I've never had them professionaly done:
Next, to the Surry Hills market. This is a funky, mostly vintage clothes and household market. I'm not big on vintage clothes but I know there are some great finds. I love the abundance of 70s household stuff. Kitchen plastics, glassware in crazy colors, wierd artwork. If you chose well, you could really fill your place with some neat things from here. I bought a cute top from a guy named Liam Wellstead - he found inspiration from a stained glass door on Crown Street so I'll feel very much like a local when I wear it. (I can buy local cred, right?)
Cups I wish I had bought:
More fun stuff:
It's been a warm, action packed weekend - now I get to settle in and watch Project Runway. Perfect weekend wind-down.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Aussie sites I've found that will be very helpful in the coming months. I love getting stuff in the mail - it's almost like Christmas.
Beauty Heaven: Fun mostly makeup site.
Nail stuff here: My all time holy grail base coat is Creative Stickey.
Adore: They have almost everything here.
and of course, eBay!