Updatey your matey (in pictures)

In my friendship group, the phrase ‘updatey your matey’ generally signals that the next few hours will be spent deep in conversation about 1001 things, as and when they occur to the participants of the conversation, when said participants haven’t seen each other for some time. Which is sadly rather common in friendship groups where you’ve moved away from wherever it was you met in the first place, and are now deep in the Corporate Grind.

Well, that got depressing very quickly. What I mean to say is, I feel we haven’t seen each other for a little while and it’s high time I updated my matey. Here’s what’s been up with me in the past month or so aka since I vanished from around these parts.

We went to Brisbane

Brisbane is always a good time. In May, S had a work trip to Brisbane scheduled so of course I went too. I had a blast, all except for the weird exhibitionist showering situation I encountered in my AirBnB (you’ll have heard allllll about that if you watch my instastories). Let me just say, it adds a whole other level to my complaints about bathrooms these days.

Moving swiftly on from that, I had a great catch up with Mica and her lovely two boys who kept us very well entertained, especially after we fuelled them with gluten free brownies.

I also had an excellent brunch with Courtney, just in the nick of time before Houston was born a few days later.

There were also drinks with an old coworker who tried to persuade me to join the Sydney branch of his office (I have to say, I’m very tempted) and a train trip just to eat gluten free cake.

I am nothing if not predictable.

Visitors happened

We have had various family staying with us for six out of the last 10 weeks, and tomorrow my friend arrives for another two and a half. We’ve been firmly in Entertain Mode, and going to see some of my favourite bits of the city. Like Taronga Zoo, where we made a bird friend:

and hung around near the bridge as much as we could.

I also took my first ever visit to Luna Park, which I’m surprised has taken me so long to be honest. I wasn’t sure what to make of it all, but I’m glad I’ve been at last.

It was my birthday

Somewhere in there I celebrated a birthday and managed to spread the fun over an inordinate length of time. I was deluged in cake, had lots of people around to celebrate with and got a free pizza.

Does it get better than that?

I made some more birthday cakes

May is a busy month for birthdays in our family. It’s my sister’s birthday at the beginning of the month, and since it was a Big Birthday she asked me to make a cake for her. It doesn’t look that great but it tasted amazing:

Then it was my nephew’s birthday at the end of the month, and since it was …a birthday he asked me to make a cake for him too. I managed to negotiate him down from a car transporter (?!?) to this chocolate creation, which unfortunately looked better than it tasted.

Luckily he’s four so he was mostly concerned with trying to drive the (not to scale) cars around the little fondant icing road. Oh, to be four again.

I put my back out and it sucks

This is just another chapter in the endless saga of my metal spine, but I’ve recently been having more problems with it than usual and this is a) inconvenient and b) expensive. My physio is a bit baffled as to what the problem is, so I’m now looking at maybe needing to get a new kind of scan that can cope with my metalwork and doesn’t contain as much radiation as a full CT scan. I have yet to find out how much this will cost me… But seeing as it’s been giving me grief for about 6 weeks now I think it might be time to up the ante.

It’s really cold here now

People who say Australia doesn’t get cold are telling you lies. No, it’s not freezing and yes, I still feel very lucky to be living in this climate but it’s been cold and rainy here the past few days and apparently, after a long and beautiful summer, my tolerance for bad weather has decreased dramatically.

Gratuitous sister pic because this crazy northerner in the middle was wearing t-shirts around town while I was swathed in 17 layers. I have truly acclimatised.

I need a new (Australian) winter wardrobe

I wish I were one of those people who have a new capsule wardrobe every season, and it’s perfectly on-trend and minimalist and ethical. However, I am not one of those people. I accepted this a while ago, but now I need to accept that the three work jumpers I have been wearing on rotation for the past 4 years need replacing.

The trouble is I have no idea what to replace them with. I’m not good at farshun, and have no idea what kind of outfits people wear in offices these days. Help? What do you wear to the office, what do you use for inspiration, and where do you shop??

I have news!

If you get The Ugly, you’ll hear about it tonight. If not, stay tuned…

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What’s been up with you lately? Updatey your matey!




  1. 6th June 2018 / 21:30

    I love how you oh so politely worded it so it didn’t seem like my boys were terrors who were literally screaming and running around in circles, ha!

    It was so much fun catching up with you, and nice to hear a little more about what you’ve been up to! 🙂

    I can’t really help with winter wardrobe recommendations sorry! Our winters are pretty mild so I usually just take a dress I’d wear in summer, add tights and a scarf and maybe a trench or cardigan and I’m set all winter long for office wear, ha! I really expected to buy more knits this autumn but it just hasn’t worked out that way, haven’t seen anything I had to have.

  2. Jen
    7th June 2018 / 10:45

    I am so glad that you had visitors!!! It’s always so fun when family visits.

  3. 7th June 2018 / 15:16

    My birthday is in August, I expect a beautiful cake!! hahaha Honestly girl, your cake skills are amazing!!

  4. 7th June 2018 / 20:38

    Don’t worry about Luna Park – Jesse’s lived here for five years and has been travelling back and forth for nine and still hasn’t been 😜

    Happy belated birthday to you and yay for free pizza!!

    It must have been the month for back injuries because I did mine too! 😭 And it was worse than I first thought because I kept reinjuring myself trying to get photo shoots done for clients (crawling on the floor/bending up and down is nottttt clever) and I am also hating the cold. Winter couldn’t end fast enough!

  5. 8th June 2018 / 10:19

    So many gorgeous pictures of you, friend! Love all of them!! You did an outstanding job on the cakes. Despite being very different, I can’t choose my favorite one! (I’ve recently gotten into the Great British Baking Show so I want to bake ALL.THE.THINGS… you’re not helping, lol.) I’m excited for your good news!!!! I’ve got a draft response going to you in my emails (which also addresses more things in this post)… I’m going to try and finish it this weekend! Hope the rain clears up. Obviously, I’m sure you are used to it… but I find that I handle cold so much better when it doesn’t involve rain. 😉

  6. 8th June 2018 / 10:54

    I’m so glad we got to hang out again. I love the phrase “updatey your Matey” I’ve never heard that one! H&M has a lot of cute jumpers on sale even I went the other day.

  7. 8th June 2018 / 23:54

    I tried my hand at making my first birthday cake this month! Nothing fancy but it was fun using my decorator tools. I’m still trying to find a basic vanilla cake recipe, but thankfully I have a delicious chocolate one!

  8. 12th June 2018 / 03:55

    You really have been busy! I’m so glad that you were able to meet up with Courtney before Houston arrived! And I have the exact same problem when cold weather arrives in Texas! I’m just not used to it at all, so I’m freezing, even when it’s like 60 Fahrenheit!

  9. 16th June 2018 / 01:51

    Happy belated birthday!!

    Oh wow so many visitors how do you cope? I’ve only ever had 4 people come visit me (in 6 years yes…) and i think it sucks, it’s not enough, but sometimes friends tell me they’ll just show up and I’m like noooo haha I like to have time and plan. I also definitely need a balance of relaxing being with my partner and having visit.

  10. 16th June 2018 / 02:04

    YAY welcome back to blog land!!! Sounds like you have been very busy. I didn’t know you were such a baker but both those cakes look fab! As for your new wardrobe… if you are wanting to get into the minimalist/ethical/capsule wardrobe, you should check out Encircled. They are a small company in Toronto owned and operated by women and their stuff is SOOO soft. They were at the travel conference I went to, so I can confirm the softness as I touched EVERYTHING lol! It is a little expensive (for me at least, although their stuff is in CAD which is worth a bit less than USD atm), but the quality is so good I think of it more as an investment. I am going to be doing a giveaway with them in a couple months if everything goes to plan. But yeah, I totally get the work wardrobe situation lol. Right now I mostly wear trousers from OYSHO or White House Black Market, and shirts from Anthropologie or H&M (my goal budget and my realistic budget lol), and sweaters from H&M (they do have awesome sweaters) and Fat Face. Not sure if they have any of those in Australia tho!

  11. 20th June 2018 / 08:50

    I hope that your back gets better and that they are able to figure out what is wrong. I had a herniated disc in my back a few years ago and it took forever to get it diagnosed, which was the hardest part because once I knew what it was, I could get it treated. Happy belated birthday!!

  12. 25th June 2018 / 22:48

    After that melty summer, I can’t wait for the cold! Yay for visitors and yay for cake! My birthday is in July – just sayin’! Sorry to hear about your back – hope you get some relief soon! Looking forward to a real life catch up soon!

  13. 27th June 2018 / 11:32

    I have definitely acclimatized to our tropical climate and would probably die from cold if I found myself in Michigan again in the winter. Not even being overly dramatic. We have also been in “entertain mode’ with family visiting, which is so so much fun and also somewhat exhausting (or should I blame the exhaustion on the baby? Nah, he’s too cute. I’ll blame the visitors. 😉

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