Melbourne was amazing. Apart from a few drizzles and freezing nights, the weather was perfect. Wine filled nights around the fire, a delicious dinner by Katie Marx and belly laughs were incredible but I have to say meeting my mothering hero, Kate Ulman of Foxslane was a standout for me. She's been one of those people I've watched from afar and learned from even though our lives are polar opposites. There is one thing that we share and that is that we are two creative beings, sometimes blindly working our way through mothering pre-teen (and teen) girls. I also had the pleasure of laughing and chatting with a few faves like Michelle from Hugo & Elsa, Trish Chong aka Tealily and meeting and making some new friends along the way.
My heart is a little sore these days, missing my dear friends Beth, Rebekka and Luisa. But I'm finding solace in the fact that we'll be reunited again in around 60 days, this time State side. Hurray for Nashville nights and New York jaunts!
Here's a little..ok big snippet of Melbournes #slowlivingworkshop, pictures by me.
Slow Living Melbourne workshop at Butterland in Newstead. Hosted by Luisa Brimble, Beth Kirby and Rebekka Seale. Styling by Stephanie Stamatis and Local Gathering.
I've never been someone who particularly enjoys being in front of the camera, but over the last 12 months I've really struggled with being photographed. Insecurity, self dislike, self judgement, call it what you will. As age has started becoming more than just a number, feelings of ugliness have crept in. slipping away from clothing sizes that have always been easily maintained and controlling hair that is less than cooperative has become increasingly unsettling.
So I've decided to start a journey to self love. Starting today, I'm embarking on a new project of self portraiture. Not daily, or weekly, but occasionally I plan on taking and posting an image of myself and finding the beauty within.
This Saturday saw The Creatives host the first Art of Home Brewing workshop with Mano A Mano at Gordon Street Garage. All attendees got a savoury or sweet pancake stack, a lesson in the process and ritual of cupping, as well as their own Aeropress to take home . Here is a little peek into the day. If you are interested in attending a future Art of Home Brewing workshop be sure to let me know below!
This last week I had the honour of assistant styling and hanging out with Beth Kirby of Local Milk and Rebekka Seale of Camellia Fibre Co. The girls travelled over from Nashville, Tennessee to hold two workshops in both Sydney and Melbourne, both of which I was lucky enough to attend. Together with Luisa Brimble, we worked until we were delirious and we laughed until we cried. Memories upon memories were made and plans hatched. Here is a small glimpse into the Slow Living Workshop in Sydney. All images by me.