life lately ... christmas and new years edition

I've had a fun and crazy action-packed few weeks off work to celebrate the silly season and it's so fun looking back and reminiscing on everything I have been up to.

This Christmas featured LOTS of family celebrations, a few nights in with my future hubby, frantic Christmas Eve gift wrapping and a fun night driving around and looking at Perth's beautiful Christmas lights. We were blessed with a beautiful Summer day on the 25 December, which means I took this gorgeous silk kaftan dress from Katie's out for a spin. If you are looking for a cute and easy-to-wear dress for a Summer function, I would highly reccomend checking out Katie's silk range. The fabric is beautiful and this dress in particular is a favourite as it truly can be dressed up or down. Matt also surprised me on Christmas Eve with a new "tradition box" filled with pyjamas, treats and a festive DVD ... what a sweetie!

Ten days off work meant we had enough time to catch up with lots of family and friends over our break. We hosted a few fun events including a post-Christmas barbecue and a New Years Eve brunch. I love setting my table when we have guests over and you can't go wrong with these gorgeous pineapple napkins from Keren Brown Designs. I also purchased a few bunches of fresh flowers which I cut and put into smaller jars and vases to run down the centre of the table as the main feature.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some baking thrown in for good measure. I was so busy this year and while I had grand plans to bake cookies and a gingerbread house, time unfortunately got in the way. I did however squeeze in just enough time to make my famous rocky road ... this recipe never fails to disappoint and will have you coming back for more time and time again. We also managed to relax for a few hours here and there - mostly just reading books, watching television and also a fun double date to the Rooftop Movies in Northbridge.

I love a good brunch, and even though my wedding is less than three weeks away now (EEEK!) and I should probably be surviving off celery sticks and green juice, I managed to sneak in a few brunches at some amazing local Freo cafes. The first photo is the soul food sandwich from May St Larder - quite possibly the best meal I have ever had, consisting of polenta waffles, fried chicken, smoked sour cream, avocado smash and chilli maple dressing. Add this to your bucket list ladies - I promise it won't disappoint! Canvas, located inside the Fremantle Arts Centre is another firm favourite of mine, although make sure you share with a friend as the portion sizes are huge. Lastly, I managed to make it down to the Cool Room in Fremantle to try their delicious haloumi, beetroot, spinach and avocado breakfast salad. Another great little cafe serving up fresh and yummy food that is definitely worth a visit.

Amongst the fun of Christmas and New Years, we attended a friends wedding and did lots of preparation for our own wedding this month! Time has absolutely creeped up on me and I can't believe I will be a Mrs in just a few short weeks. Everyone has told me to slow down and enjoy these last few days but I am finding it really hard as there are so many last minute finishing touches and things to do! Nevertheless, it's a really exciting time and I am lucky that everything has gone well so far.  I'll be back with a more detailed wedding update later in the week.

How was your Christmas holidays? Did you get up to much on your break or did you relax lots?

xx G


  1. Sounds like a very relaxing Xmas break! I love that you hosted a nye brunch, I must do that one year :)