They Call it the Season of Giving

This is it. IT. You guys!
We are officially two weeks out from the be all and end all of holidays.


Office Christmas parties are in full swing, family gatherings become much more frequent and those hasty “we need to catch up” texts are flying around to friends young and old.

I may or may not have every decoration up and almost all of my presents wrapped and sitting patiently under the tree, but as previously discussed, I am freakishly organised.

I do, however, have some last minute gifts to buy and if you haven’t followed my brilliant advice and started your shopping in September, I thought you might find this interesting.

A few of my delightful family are receiving vouchers this year, and I save these for the last few weeks of December. I want to make sure they have the maximum amount of time to use the voucher, and I don’t want to stinge them out of a couple of weeks because I was too organised. Enter my latest list…

Last Minute Present Gift Guide (including vouchers for maximum usage time):

Movie Vouchers
If you have to go shopping in the two weeks before Christmas, you want to make sure it’s not at a busy and stressful shopping centre. For grandparents in particular, I find movie vouchers super handy. It forces them to go on a mini date, enjoy a great movie and each other’s company. I’ll pair this with a little bag of gourmet popcorn for something to unwrap on the big day.

Food Packs
I love putting together a little basket or box of food, because who doesn’t love food?! Especially around Christmastime. Pop into the Re Store, Charlie’s or the Herdsman, and build your own masterpiece. I tend to include a bottle of wine, or a boutique beer, some special chocolate, a jar of jam/chutney/infused olive oil, and something personal – my step-granddad loves his mushy peas, whereas my Mum is such a sucker for marzipan.

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Restaurant Vouchers
My darling besties got me a voucher for Mary’s for my birthday, a restaurant I had actually been dying to go to but hadn’t gotten around to it and couldn’t justify for a random night out. It was so sweet to receive, and seeing how well they know me meant so much.
Pick a place that you love, but that the receiver probably wouldn’t chose for themselves. My recommendations for Perth include El Publico, The Standard and Kitsch.


High Tea
For a special lady in your life (girlfriend, wife, mum, cat), high tea is always a winner. It’s the kind of present that the gal wouldn’t normally buy herself, but will absolutely LOVE to receive. Hit up The George, Peninsula Tea Gardens (for the scones) or Chapels on Whatley (for the tea!). Rochelle Adonis is notable, but be prepared to splurge and walk away still peckish.

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If you handle going into Myer this week, a fantastic last minute present is Nutella. Not just any old jar though, Myer are printing personalised jars with that special someone’s first name. They also stock Nutella cookbooks full of deliciously wicked treats to make over the holidays. Go on, you know you want one… for yourself!

Happy shopping my little elves!




Who Run the World?

The Father of the Bride, The Parent Trap, Something’s Gotta Give, Father of the Bride Part II, What Women Want, The Holiday, It’s Complicated.

These are some of my absolute favourite movies, ones I return to again and again. I watch ‘The Holiday’ every Christmas, I’ve actually seen ‘The Parent Trap’ over 100 times (I used to count when I was little – what a nerrrrd) and have fallen back in love with ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ thanks to Netflix.

The common factor in all of these masterpieces is, of course, the wonderful director and writer Nancy Meyers.

This woman is so incredible at what she does. I recently stumbled across her interview with Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo which concreted my affections for her. Give it a read, I promise you’ll love her too!


Nancy on the left, Jo on the right.

I love how she is trying to fight stereotypes and change the way woman are viewed on the big screen. As she says in the interview “Hollywood has trained audiences to think, the woman boss is a bitch. We had to undo that wherever we could.” The stereotypical character of the female boss is Miranda from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. They are often horrible, power hungry, robots with no husband or children. Or worse, the woman has a family and career but instead of juggling them both, the storyline often paints her as struggling and over-emotional.

Enter Nancy.

The character of Amanda in ‘The Holiday’ is the owner of her own movie trailer company. In ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, Diane Keaton’s portrays the hugely successful broadway writer Erica (she has her own Hamptons house for goodness sake!). Do you even want to talk about Liz designing wedding gowns for Greek princesses in ‘The Parent Trap’? Annie Banks puts her put down and fights for her right to a huge career opportunity in ‘Father of the Bride Part II’ – while being 9 months pregnant, I might add.

I love watching these female characters and the way their storylines are written. The focus isn’t on how they became successful, they just are. Easy as that. Nancy has created fantastic role models and given them beautiful relationships as an addition to their lives – not as the sole purpose for their existence.

Round of applause.

She currently has a new movie (the focus of Jo’s interview) that just hit theatres, which I CAN’T wait to see:

Anne Hathaway as the boss and Robert De Niro as the intern. So much yes.

Hooray for women! Happy Friday all…


P.s. if you haven’t seen any of these movies, watch them! Now! Invite me over!

Sofa City Sweetheart

It’s started off as a dreary ole day in Perth. I’m convinced the entire city woke up to thunder and lightning last night.
Fly in, fly out friends have had their flights delayed, and kids jumped into their parents bed’s overnight.

Which means that all I feel like doing today is crawling back home, jumping into pj’s and watching a movie.
I probably will end up doing this, I just need to wait 8 hours to finish this whole “working” thing.

In the spirit of today’s winter-like weather, here is my list of go-to rainy day (or sick day, or hungover day etc.) movies:

1. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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I can’t ever watch this movie too many times.
“Are you saying I’m some kind of mental person?!”

2. The Parent Trap

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I used to wish so hard that I had a twin sister, somewhere in the world.
“Yes, you want to know the difference between us? I have class and you don’t.”

3. Sixteen Candles

sixteen candlesI also wished to be a teenager in the 80’s, to my mother’s disgust.
“I can’t believe it. They f**king forgot my birthday.”

4. Sweet Home Alabama

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This is a mother-daughter friday night, pizza party movie.
“Jake, you dumb, stubborn, redneck hick!”

5. Now and Then

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The female “Stand By Me”. One of my favourites, ever.
“You can’t get pregant from kissing!” … (I think this is actually how I got my sexual education).

6. Easy A

easy aEmma Stone’s breakout movie.
“What does that matter, I’m adopted!” “What!? Who told you?”

7. Crazy Stupid Love

crazy stupidWhile we’re talking about Emma Stone, let’s add some Ryan Gosling.
“Do people still say ‘bang’?”

8. Bridget Jones’ Diarybridget

This one’s for my Mum too, and her huge crush on Colin Firth.
“This is Bridget Jones for Sit up Britain, searching for tuna.”

9. Zoolander


One I would watch with Andrew. Or my bro.
“I think I have the Black Lung.”

10. Gilmore Girls ggYes, it is a TV show. But it’s my go to, and it’s so many more hours of coffee fuelled fun.
“Coffee? You like coffee?” “Only with my oxygen”.

I accidentally got Lucy hooked on this show, and now her boyfriend hates me.
BUT, I have someone who shares my love. So it was all worth it.

Now, I just need to chose one for tonight…

[All images from IMDb]