Adidas Originals Swift Run in Dust Pearl

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adidas originals swift run in dust rose, nezuki, milleNnial pink, Peony, pink sneakers, pink trainers, adidas, adidas swift run, adidas australia, image by vanessa collars

Sneaker heads unite! I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fitness junkie in any way, shape or form but I do have a weakness for a cool pair of kicks. I tend to live in my Nike IDs, Converse Chucks white leather low cuts and my pink Nike Roshe when going for occasional walk.

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These Adidas Originals Swift Run in this beautiful dusty millennial pink colour with rose gold stitching and foil stripes ticked all the boxes. I tried on a pair at my local Foot Locker and they actually fit my wide petite feet - yay! The knitted, sock-like construction make these so easy to slip on and super comfy. These will be on rotation, especially for running around getting all the Christmas errands done!

adidas originals swift run in dust rose, nezuki, milleNnial pink, Peony, pink sneakers, pink trainers, adidas, adidas swift run, adidas australia, image by vanessa collars
adidas originals swift run in dust rose, nezuki, milleNnial pink, Peony, pink sneakers, pink trainers, adidas, adidas swift run, adidas australia, image by vanessa collars

Which pair of kicks have you currently got your eye on? Comment below, I'd love to hear about it - chances are it's probably on my wish list too.

--Vx

Dreaming of an Australian Christmas

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Christmas is my very favourite time of the year for many reasons - where do I begin? It's Summer, my birthday, spending time with loved ones, the Christmas cookies, wrapping presents and gift giving - it's my eternal happy place. Ever since I was a kid I wanted a real life Christmas tree, one that actually lives and breathes with you, something that is sustainable but also has that real life charm and character of Christmas.

After much research and shopping around, the Mister and I looked for the perfect pine tree for our humble apartment. The OCD kicked in and just couldn't seem to find one that was right for us, right for the place and just felt perfect. We just left every place feeling a little bit disappointed and hopeful that we would still find something amazing. It was spur of the moment decision to visit Bunnings that led us to something completely unexpected - an Albany Wooly Bush. Upon first look we fell in love with the silvery frosted colour and super soft leaves and it was the perfect size, too - we had to take it home!

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All the decorations were purchases from Kmart, I was thoroughly surprised that they had the colours that we wanted. Rose gold and coppers we a mandatory but we wanted to tie it into the rest of the styling of our place, hence why we have some splashes of the turquoise to match the colour of our retro bar fridge and other trinkets. I wanted to keep the decor minimal without overloading the poor tree, the finishing touch was the lights (not shown) which I ended up finding at Woolworths for a bargain, they are LED stars in white light which make the tree and tinsel glisten in the dark - so magical. You can purchase similar ones from Kmart, here.

If you're interested in getting an Albany Wooly Bush this year for your Christmas tree, here are a couple tips to keep it looking healthy and fresh:

  • It can stay indoors in a well lit room for a maximum of two weeks. Mine is underneath the window so it gets a good hit of morning sun and even daylight throughout the day. It likes some fresh air, so I keep the balcony door open to keep the airflow and so it isn't left feeling stifled inside.
     
  • Water it once a week depending on the room, we gave it a good soak when we bought it and still haven't watered it since. Test the moisture content in the soil with your finger, they don't like too much water so it will be happy with a little neglect. 
     
  • It should only stay in the pot for a maximum of one year, the benefit of having a potted tree means that you can keep loving the tree year after year. It is recommended that you repot to a larger pot or if you have a yard you can plant it in the ground after.

That's as simple as it gets, your very own Albany Wooly Bush Christmas Tree is the alternative to the pine tree and it's the perfect "Aussie" way to be celebrating the spirit of Christmas, down under - think of all the fallen pine needles that you don't have to clean.

--Vx

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SHOP NEZUKI FAVOURITES

Raclette at Handpicked Cellar Door

Hi, my name is Vanessa and I have an addiction. It's been 10 days since I've last ingested an indulgent, satisfyingly delicious lump of golden premium European....cheese. Well it would be less than 10 days if pizza counts (which it does) #sorrynotsorry.  

I'm a fan of all these cheesy, from mac & cheese to a delicious warm fondue - this was my first time trying the infamous Raclette, the melted golden rich mess smothered the creamy potatoes with a side of crispy pancetta -- mmm! I ordered a flight of decedent whites - the Moscato and the Prosecco were standouts for me, primarily due to their sweeter side. 

Handpicked Wines will be melting cheese every Tuesday from 5.30pm - 10pm starting 20th of June until the end of July at the Cellar Door.

--Vx

Cheese Dreams are Made of These | $24
Melted raclette straight from the wheel served with pancetta, potatoes and pickles.
Vegetarian option available ($20) 

Handpicked Wines Cellar Door
50 Kensington St, Sydney NSW 2008
(02) 9392 9190

OPENING TIMES
Monday – Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 10pm

Like the on Facebook  & Follow them on Instagram @handpickedwines

For the love of Chanel

Flicking through the pages of each and every magazine I always end up with a mental wish list of all the beautiful things that I want to buy - well, if it were that easy I would already own half of the items in Vogue. One item that has always remained at the top of the list is a classic CHANEL bag, so on my recent trip to Japan I told myself that this will be the trip that I get one.

Wearing: CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap, Zara white gathered blouse, Zara floral printed skirt, ASOS embroidered leather jacket (similar here), Preen tortoiseshell sunglasses, Nine West nude point heels.

As much as I am dying for a brand new CHANEL to call my own, I opted to have my first CHANEL as a vintage. My favourite part about buying vintage is that it comes with characters and quirks, but it's the worn in quality makes me feel more comfortable knowing that it can be knocked around without the feeling that my heart is getting ripped out of my chest - I'm sure a few ladies can relate to this.

One thing people don't realise is that Japan has a huge vintage market, there are plenty of shop dealing with second hand designer goods - this over supply means that you can easily score if you know where to look. According to some recent studies by Baghunter, owning a CHANEL bag is not only a goal that most girls dream of achieving, it is also an investment piece. There's been evidence showing that investing in a CHANEL bag may even be more profitable than investing in the stock market, but I'll let you be the judge of that. 

I see so many beautiful bloggers have a huge assortment of CHANEL and other designer bags, but I'm really proud when I take this bad boy for a spin because I know it didn't come easy - a lot of hard work and savings went to this and it makes it all the more satisfying. Have you worked hard or saved up for something for a long time? Or what are you currently saving for?

--Vx

Photography by Sita from Precious S2 Photography
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See more photos on Sita's blog, here.