Inspiration: We Are What We Repeatedly Do

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City to Surf Perth 2014 12km Race

City to Surf Perth 2014

I’ve been sick for the past few weeks so I haven’t been able to give any updates on my training – mainly because there’s been nothing to update about! I managed to get one or two short half-hearted runs and did a little hill training, but to be honest, I was feeling so poorly I haven’t been able to do much else. It was a relief when my flu bug finally cleared away, thanks to some good strong antibiotics, in time for the City to Surf. I wished I had been able to get in a bit more training ahead of the race, but these things happen and I was only thankful that I had done so much running earlier in the year so I at least had that behind me. One thing though – I was really glad I wasn’t tackling the half-marathon this year. I definitely would not have been able to do that, not after this flu that practically wiped me out!

The morning of the City to Surf dawned cloudy and cool which, for me, is the ideal running weather! I pulled on my favourite red Lorna Jane core stability tank top, black Adidas ClimaLite running shorts and an old brown jumper to keep me warm ahead of the race. Comfy yet stylish for the race! READ MORE

A Conversation with Mekel

Mekel Studio Front

If you love fashion, art and girls, you’re sure to love the work of Perth illustrator Kelly Coates, otherwise known as Mekel. A rising star on the Australia arts and fashion scene, Mekel’s trademark sketches and watercolours can be seen across magazines like Scoop, Sheila, Cosmopolitan and the Renegade Collective. She’s also been featured in the Perth Fashion Festival, Urban Couture Wanderlust Festival and is the illustrator behind the Betts For Her campaign.

It seems I’m not the only one who can’t stop poring over Mekel’s pretty, feminine artwork – she currently has almost 4000 followers on her Instagram page and has recently opened a brand new studio and shop at the Bayview Centre in Claremont. It’s a gorgeous little space where you can purchase art prints and paintings, and also talk to the artist herself. For those of you who don’t live in Perth, be sure to check her work out on Instagram or at her official site/online shop – you won’t regret it!

It’s always exciting and inspiring to see a fellow Perth creative shine bright and Mekel was kind enough to take time out to answer a few nosy questions about her journey and creative process as an illustrator. I’m sure you’re as eager as I am to find out the answers so I’ll stop right now and let Mekel begin. READ MORE

Recipe: Dumpling Noodle Soup

Dumpling Noodle Soup

I’ve been sick with the flu for all of last week (and this week too – but thankfully am getting much, much better now!). While I’ve been laid up, all I really, really, really wanted to eat something healthy and nourishing and comforting. (I also had a weird craving for sugar doughnuts too, but that’s another story). I survived for a few days on chicken soup, that traditional folkloric remedy for colds and flus. But one can only have so much chicken soup and it wasn’t long before I found myself longing instead for something different. And that something different was a nice big bowl of dumpling noodle soup. READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: A List of the Loveliest Things

Norway Creek and Mist

Remember the song My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music? All right, so like the movie, that song was terrible saccharine and Pollyanna-ish. But still I loved the song when I was a kid and its lyrics have stuck with me ever since. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens/bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens/brown paper packages tied up with strings/these are a few of my favourite things.

Who doesn’t like gleaming bright copper kettles and brown paper packages tied up with string? And, come on, when you think about little whiskers on sweet, fluffy, velvety kittens, you’ve gotta smile.

Ive brought this up because I was rereading a passage the other day from Mistress Pat, the sequel to Pat of Silver Bush, by none other than L.M. Montgomery, the author of Green Gables (yup, I never get tired of re-reading her books – classics!) where the protagonist, Pat Gardiner, meets her new neighbours, Suzanne and David Kirk. At first hostile to the Kirks, whom she regards as interlopers to the house where her childhood best friend had lived and died, she eventually warms to them and the three sit around an applewood fire and talked of ‘cabbages and kings’, eventually deciding to each make a list of the loveliest things in the world: READ MORE

Life is a Bowl of Peaches


I’ve been really psyched over how good peaches have been this season. After the disappointment of stone fruit last summer (where everything was just too sour to eat) the peaches we’ve been getting this winter have been a dream.

Peach RowPeaches in a Bowl READ MORE

Inspiration: When You Arise in the Morning…

Marcus Aurelius Quote

Today is my birthday.

And not just any birthday but my 30th birthday!

I’m entering my 30s with a mix of feelings. On one hand, I wished I had accomplished a lot more. You know how you always envisioned that by 30, you would have achieved the career you wanted, owned a house, married and had at least two kids? So did I. At age 12, 14, 16, being 30 seemed so far away and certainly seemed like there would be more than sufficient time in which to achieve everything I wanted to. READ MORE

Tea and Strawberries with The Renegade Collective

Renegade Collective with Tea and Strawberries

It’s almost the end of the week and (thankfully!) almost the end of my bout with the flu. All that remains is a tad bit of languor and this annoying lingering cough. I’m super glad to have this Friday off work (and Monday too, as it is my birthday weekend! Hooray!) so I can do nothing but rest, recuperate and get back into the swing of things. And read my copy of the Renegade Collective while sipping chamomile tea and eating sweet, sweet strawberries. READ MORE

A Conversation With Amanda from Wit & Whistle

Wit and Whistle Process and Workspace

Welcome to the revival of the Conversations series at the Salonniere’s Apartments!

A little bit of background: I first envisioned the Conversations series as a series of interviews with artists, writers and other folk who inspire me with their passion and their work. Also, as a way of letting me poke around and ask questions of the people I admire!

My first ever interview was a Conversation with Taylor aka The Style Gent, a fellow blogger, personal stylist and a truly inspirational gentleman. Unfortunately, right after that, the Conversations series was forced to take a backseat for well over a year now as I worked on redesigning The Salonniere’s Apartments, with the help of the amazing designer Rashi Birla, and finding my own niche and voice in the blogosphere world. Now that I feel far more confident and happier about the direction in which The Salonniere’s Apartments is going, I can’t wait to start the Conversation series once more!

Now, without further ado, please give a warm welcome to Amanda of Wit & Whistle, our first Conversationalist of the brand-new, revitalised The Salonniere’s Apartments! READ MORE

Writing Wednesday: “Lock Up Your Libraries If You Like”

Virginia Woolf - Lock Up Your Libraries