Yesterday evening after having low day because of work.  I was feeling a tad cranky  it was one of THOSE  feeling  “fat,bloated and ugly” days. In addition, my ill-fitting jeans ( bought at spur at a moment 4 months ago for overseas trip) was constricting my stomach (alleviating the existing feeling of ugliness) leaving a red mark on my poor stomach. I was dying to peel the offensive piece of clothing OFF!.

Alas, I could not rush home as planned as my significant other decided that he too has had a hard day and had decided that I should accompany him for a drink in town.

So while waiting in transition, I wandered into Nevenka pop-up shop on Collins St and came across a darling little skirt  which I tried on after some gentle urging.

Gorgeous fabric, cute design and feminine and I felt the load of ugliness lifted  when I looked at myself in the mirror and felt pretty again.

Rosemary Masic,  designer of this beautiful label  told me a little bit more as I “oohed” and “aahed” over her other pieces of clothing . Naming the label after her mother’s name , Rosemary’s creation is inspired by her Eastern European heritage creating the a range that is seductive, feminine and captivating.

If you want to read a bit more about Rosemary Masic and Nevenka, (click here). Happy reading!


Summer Lovin

I love summer days spent under cloudless summer  skies like this  in the company of people whom I care about and love.

So blue are the skies that you want to bask in it.

A picnic basket filled with delicious food and wine...whilst we idle away those hours without a single care.

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Who hasn’t heard of Elk Accessories yet?

I bought this delightful little item from the Elk Accessories  to shade my poor little head from the summer sun and it looks good! ( of course you need to remember to match  your outfit accordingly)

Cleverly designed locally, the Elk range now can be bought in boutique gift shops, this brand has an interesting range which you can also find and their website

My personal favourite is the Elk shrug which I found a useful piece of clothing to have during my last trip to Europe.

The nice touch about receiving your Elk goodies by post, they do come nicely wrapped!

Go know  you want to check it out.


New Year…new beginnings..

Took this picture in my little garden this evening.

I love geraniums simply because they are such hardy plants and despite the lack of care, they continue to thrive and produce flowers  just like this summer bud …it is just wonderful!

It got me thinking and reflective, metaphorically speaking, this new bud resembles another new year which each of us, I am sure harbour hopes for good things to happen. Be it a new job, better health, new love and the list go on….

I am back! It  has been quite a long hiatus since August,I know. But so much has happened since I last spoke to you.

2009 was a challenging year, far more challenging than expected especially in the emotional sense.

In short in the last 8 months before 2009 ended, I….
1) had wondered whether a loved one was going to survive her cancer shock which knocked the breath out of us and whether we would have around for Christmas…the prognosis was so grim at that time. However, we would like think the worst is over …we had a fantastic Christmas and look forward to celebrating more celebrations with her in the future.
2) lost my  favourite uncle to pancreatic cancer in mid April, he was someone who watched me grow from the pre-school years, I spent many happy school-holidays playing with my cousins and eating his famous signatory dishes brought back from his restaurant.
3)witnessed my close friends’ marriage  dissolve in 3 short months after being married under a year , they  had been together for several years before doing the deed, seems like the deed broke them…my heart broke. Never understood what really happened, one has moved countries and one chose not to stay in touch.
4) been monumentally frustrated at work and the last straw and a melt-down in front of my manager during my review. Had decided to start looking..some things just can’t change, I am done with banging on a door which will not open.

Having said that, in 2009 the highlight was travel which was the balm to my troubled soul.
2010…who knows? But I am making an conscious effort to put my best foot forward…to start with make more effort to share on this blog about the things which motivated me to start this blog in the first place.

Going away for the long weekend, 4 days of rest and play…saw Nadal play in Rod Laver last night, was absolutely tickled when a girlfriend commented that Nadal seem to scratch his derrière each time he served was absolutely hilarious!

Speak to you soon.

Love- Nota Hati