Sunday Selections

March 16, 2014

My little sojourn back to Melbourne is flying by! Only one week to go and I’ll be on the plane back to Berlin. I’m definitely looking forward to making the most of next week which is now looking pretty full with delicious dinners and happy catch-ups. All good things!

Melbourne flowers 2

WATCH: Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend the Alliance Française French Film Festival with a lovely group of girls. One of these sweet people was Peta, who has just returned from living abroad in Paris. Amazing, right? It was her suggestion that we head to the Palace Cinema Como to see ‘Me, Myself and Mum’, a French comedy directed by and starring Guillaume Gallienne. It was such an amusing and clever film and I’m so glad I went. What a lovely way to spend a Thursday evening.

READ: My mouth is watering reading about San Francisco’s ‘Off the Grid’ street food fair which kicked off on Friday, in Condé Nast Traveler magazine. With a huge selection of gourmet food vendors, cocktail-makers as well as live music, DJs and games, what isn’t to love? I’d just love to go to San Fran one day.

COOK: I’ve been living in fully-furnished rentals in Berlin for the past eight months which has been so convenient and hassle-free in lots of ways. The one thing that I’ve always found frustrating, however, is the lack of cooking equipment and supplies, for baking in particular. Back in Melbourne, I used to adore my Sunbeam Mixmaster, which I only owned for a few months before we jetted off. I would love to get it out again, dust it off and try Nigella’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake-how heavenly does it sound?

MAKE: Don’t you just love this DIY photo booth for parties? What a great idea for fun photos! And what a bonus-not having to remember to take photos of all of your important people.

DREAM BUY: I’ve kinda got a thing for backpacks at the moment and would love to replace my handbag with one. Isn’t this Tory Burch Kerrington Backpack great? I love the vintage ’60s feel of it. How perfect for cycling around Europe as the weather gets warmer.

BUDGET BUY: As I’ve mentioned previously, Ben and I were in need of a new camera before we head back to Europe in a week’s time. Unfortunately, a top-of-the-line SLR is a little beyond our budget at the moment (one day!) and so today we purchased one of the best compact cameras on the market, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 II. I can’t wait to start shooting with something other than my iPhone, which is all I’ve had for the past seven months!

GO: Travel planning is the best kind of planning and my mind is so full of possibilities right now. Aside from the Easter break next month (see what I’m planning here), there are two long weekends in May-amazing! I really want to make the most of any opportunity like this and so I’m busy thinking about where to head in Italy then. Can you believe I still haven’t been to ‘The Boot’ after eight months of living in Europe? This needs to be rectified asap! I asked my dear friend, Jess, who adores Italy and can speak Italian, what her recommendation would be for a long weekend. Of course, anywhere in Italy would be amazing for a little weekend escape, but Florence, with a side trip to San Gimignano was her prime suggestion. I can’t wait to go!

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