It’s been a while. No excuse other than time. Seeing as us Sydneysiders are going to be spending a little extra time at home this month I thought I’d dedicate some time to this month’s obsessions. Enjoy.
This month we’re launching our brand-new collection, Nantucket. Inspired by a softer colour palette of pretty sage greens, dusty roses and slate blues. We’ve found baby pinstripes, lightweight brushed-cotton plaids and soft, drapey ginghams.We’re kicking things off with the Franklin Plaid Shirt. This is not your average flannel. A light-weight brushed cotton plaid which will take you right into the spring and beyond.
This weekend is my husbands (lockdown) birthday and for his birthday I found this super cool @ulahengineering firepit at the wonderful @larderandhome in Lucknow in the Central West. It comes with a grill plate so you can cook over the open fire. And I want to christen this bad boy with Paella. I’ve seen it done before over a campfire and it just looks effortlessly cool so we’re going to give it a whirl. I’m just going to use this Harris Farm recipe as a guide. I am going to add prawns for sure. I’ll let you know how it goes 🤞
If you’ve been following along to our Obsessions for a while now, you’ll know we love a good playlist. This one’s been in our library for some time now and we just add to it as we go. Sunday Chill. Not just for Sundays, it’s what we listen to when we want the mood to relax, chill out and feel like a, you know, Sunday. A necessity for a house with 3 kids, a puppy, and a husband. Especially now when we’re all on top of each other. So, if you need the house to chill to why not give it a Listen.
My husband introduced me to @nats_what_i_reckon and I’ve enjoyed watching his videos but after watching him the other night on @abctv latest episode of One Plus One with @courtneyact I’m now mad for him. What an awesome guy. Such a great role model for the young men in our life. Not afraid to talk about his mental health challenges, overcoming physical adversity. He also talks about the importance of separating yourself from the “bro-zone layer” and instead embracing inclusivity and kindness through laughter. This weekend I’m sitting down with my young man to watch this one together. Nat’s a great role model is what I reckon 😉
So many recommendations around at the moment. I thought I’d add a few things I’ve watched and really enjoyed lately in case you’re looking for more tips this weekend.
Physical – With our favourite Aussie gal, Rose Byrne. We’re really enjoying this one. The costumes and sets are so on point, transporting you right back to the 80’s. Sheila’s self-loathing is so toxic and out of control making it a perfect dark comedy you can fly through. AppleTV+
Mosquito Coast – Another AppleTV+ original with another favoutire Aussie, Melissa George. You might remember the original movie version with Harrison Ford and River Pheonix. This one also stars Justin Theroux who we have loved watching ever since the mysterious The Leftovers. This is fast paced drama with exceptional acting.
Lupin – The second series is here of this really great French thriller. Now it has subtitles, so you have to concentrate but once you get into the rhythm of it it’s great. Omar Sy as Lupin is divine. Netflix
Call My Agent – Another French subtitled show. I devoured this brilliant comedy-drama. What a show! Absolutely loved it and now want to learn French if only so I can go around saying things like ‘voilà’ and ’tout de suite’ on a daily basis. Netflix
How Can you Mend a Broken Heart – This was brilliant! A deep dive into the Bee Gees rise, fall and path out of the rubble. A reminder to how amazingly talented they were/are and how incredibly influential they have been to modern music. Definitely 10/10. Binge
Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist – We’ve watching this one together as a family. It’s cute, catchy and fun. Love a show that we can all watch together and enjoy. Stan
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to sit down with Sophie Hansen, author of 'In Good Company' and the beautiful blog Local is Lovely. Sophie, based in Orange, is a guru of all thing’s food & entertaining. Her recipes are our go-to for entertaining friends.
My personal aesthetic is... Relaxed, fun, colourful.
Right now, I’m constantly wearing… Jeans, Bensimon sneakers and my Irving & Powell shirts of course!
The most essential item in my wardrobe is… Can I have a couple? I love a patterned skirt and shirt combo.
The smell that transports me to a different time and place… Jasmine - reminds me of walking home from the bus after school in summer and dreaming of the long holidays to come.
My teenage crush was… Johnny Depp!
This song is the soundtrack to my life… I’m not sure if it’s the soundtrack for my whole life but for my adult life I think ‘Gold in them Hills’ by Ron Sexsmith.
My guilty pleasure is… Currently? Watching the Bold Type on Stan. It reminds me a bit of my first job in glossy magazines.
Tonight, for dinner, I’m going to have… My Mum’s lasagna! We are staying with my parents for the holiday and this is my whole family’s favourite thing.
Right now I’m reading… Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe.
My invite list – living or dead – to the ultimate dinner party, would be …Ah! That’s a hard one!My husband (of course!)Nigella Lawson (because I love her so much!)Da Vinci (so many questions)Russel Brand (feel like he would bring some cheek and interesting ideas to the table – have you listened to his podcast yet? So good.)Emma Thompson (because I feel like she is warmth and humor and good grace all rolled into one)Hannah Gadsby (because her one woman show ‘Nanette’ was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in awe of her ever since and think she’d bring fab conversation!)...and I would feed them all… I think I’d do a really beautiful, simple lamb roast with crunchy spuds, good gravy and lots of lovely vegetable sides. And for dessert, a warm lemon curd pudding with ice cream.
My fave way to wear my Franklin shirt…Boring I know but just with my jeans and sneakers. I love how it can make suck a simple outfit feel ‘put together’.
Sophie has on Franklin Gingham Shirt in Indigo and the exclusive Crosby Contrast Bib Shirt in sky, coming soon
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Our new Lennox Safari Shirt in Camel. It can be a tricky colour to wear but I just love the safari vibe. Tucked into a high-waisted pair of denim or white flares, it has this great 70’s vibe…a-la Lauren Hutton
Christmas is fast approaching and I’m in planning mode as we are hosting this year. I am determined to keep things really simple this year. A week or so ago I was so fortunate to attend a Christmas workshop with my girl crush Lucy Tweed, aka Every Night of the Week. (If you haven’t signed up for her newsletter already jump on board quick smart. You won’t regret it) She armed us with an entire Christmas menu, a-lot of which can be prepared in advance and I am planning on copying it dish for dish. I’m most excited about the Chilli Pickled Pineapple for the ham.
For home this month it’s all about the festive season as well. Ever since moving home from living abroad I am really into injecting some "Australiana" into our decorations. I can’t wait to hang up our Elk & Tom Christmas Beetles. And aren’t these Down to the Woods koalas just the bees knees??Ok, ok I’m completely behind the 8 ball here (I mean there are after all 5 seasons you can now binge on) but I am currently devouring episodes of My Dad Wrote A Porno like nobody’s business. It is absolutely hilarious. 30 min or so of complete stupidity, witty humour and some of the most vomit worthy sex scenes you could imagine. I highly recommend (however if you can’t handle rude, crude and base humour then this is not the one for you at all).I’m always looking for short, sharp and straight to the point ways to keep updated, so this month I signed up to my local Mosman Collective Newsletter. I’m loving getting a quick hit in my inbox about what’s going on in my local area in a light-hearted fashion. It’s always good to feel a bit more involved in your community and up-to-date with what’s going on in your hood. If your around the Mosman hood you should sign up too.
This past weekend we were lucky enough to take part in Forage, the increasingly popular Orange F.O.O.D. Week event that this year, sold out in seconds online. Forage is a 3.6km walk through the picturesque Balmoral, Koomooloo & North Face Vineyards. With delicious morsels to eat & top class wines to drink every 500 metres or so, it makes for a perfect day.
Orange is located in the Central-West region of New South Wales. It's about a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney making it an easy destination to visit but, just that little bit too far so it's not too crowded. (Although the locals would probably disagree.) Renowned for it's fresh produce & cool climate wines, Orange is the perfect place to indulge and reconnect (wearing your I&P shirt of course!)
This years Forage was held on the most picturesque Orange day, with brilliant blue skies, billowing white clouds and green vines as far as the eyes could see. We enjoyed produce from some of our favourite Orange eateries & chefs. Standouts for us were, the Lyonnaise Saucisson with Morello Cherry Paste by the new Groundstone Cafe. Edwena Mitchell Catering & Sophie Hanson from Local is Lovely nailed it with a venison chilli con carne. The Village Bakehouse topped it all off with a killer apple crumble pie. From what we can recall (😜) we loved the Pink Billy from Philip Shaw, the Heifer Station Pinot Gris and the Printhie Merlot. Oh and lets not forget the handy wine glass holders for hand free enjoyment! The chicest of F.O.O.D week accessories.
IF you can get tickets for Forage 2018 we can't recommend it highly enough!
Our weekend was topped off by an intimate dinner with Pilu at Freshwater and Angullong Wines at Bell Hill. Giovanni Pilu and his small (but world class) team cooked the most amazing meal. 4 courses paired with Angullong wines made for one happy evening. The homemade beef tortelli with burnt butter was well worth breaking the carb fast for!