Twenty First Sunday // Mother Knows Best!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there! I made my mum a big breakfast this morning (complete with all my her favourites like eggs in avocado, grilled haloumi and mushrooms on toast), we went out for lunch and my brother’s making dinner tonight. I love making Mother’s Day as home-y as possible because I think that’s what it should be all about (plus busy days like these usually means sub-par service and food unfortunately 🙁 ). I wanted to have breakfast outside today and thank the gods, the weather actually held up for a few hours in the morning. Now, its gotten cold and dreary which makes it an unfortunate start to fashion week in Sydney. Did you guys have a nice mother’s day? What did you and your family get up to?

Reading: I actually did a lot of re-reading this month, lots of old favourites like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the To All the Boys series in anticipation for the finale (more on that in a separate blog post). I did read a few chapters of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist but I honestly did not enjoy it that much. Its written as a series of essays and I really liked the first section, titled [Me] but got increasingly bored when I got to the second section. I might revisit the book because I’m definitely interested in the last few sections – [Race & Entertainment] and [Politics, Gender & Race]. Every once in a while, I start to get an itch to see if there are any new Pride & Prejudice retellings and this year I stumbled upon Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld after hearing Krista from Covering the Bases mention it. When I was working my way through this retelling, I couldn’t help but compare it to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and highlight all the ways Eligible pales in comparison. After finishing Eligible, I was just so unsatisfied that I had to pick The Lizzie Bennet Diaries up again and reread the companion and watch the series once again. If you haven’t heard of the series, I would highly highly recommend, its so clever and appropriated to the 21st century perfectly. 

Linking: Coach Bought Kate Spade – but it’s Okay‘ Once this merger was confirmed this week, people started freaking out and tweet-panicking but I think Courtney’s blog post is a wonderful piece that provides insight as why its a smart move on Coach’s part and why the Kate Spade we have grown to love will continue to be its whimsically quirky self. 

Eating: I went to a couple of new places this month including Chimichuri which does a freaking delicious mac and three cheese that I am still salivating about three weeks later. I also visited Tramsheds Harold Park during the Anzac long weekend and would recommend the area if you’re looking for a new watering hole or a bite to eat – they have classics like Messina and Belle’s Chicken and also some snazzy newbies like Fish & Co (a sustainable seafood eatery) and Garçon (espresso and wine bar). 

Watching: I finished Netflix’s Girlboss towards the end of April which is based on Nasty Gal’s founder, Sophia Amoruso’s journey to creating her online empire. There is obviously a lot of pieces out there about how timely this show is considering the site filed for bankruptcy half a year ago but I would say just watch this show like its a piece of fiction and don’t get too caught up in whether its realistic or not. If you want realism and business advice, read Amoruso’s actual book of the same name. I didn’t love how the 13 episode series ended since I’m a tied-up-with-a-pink-bow kinda gal but I think I can see past the finale to say that I thought it was a really fun show to watch. Plus Britt Robertson is such a great actress for portraying such a bad ass but gooey soft on the inside character and the 2000s fashion is bananas!!! Hulu also released Bella Thorne’s new ABC show Famous in Love which is produced by I. Marlene King (PLL). To be honest I was expecting a lot more drah-mah since this is set in Hollywood and its Marlene but nothing really happened until the finale. I think Entertainment Weekly put it best in saying the show is, “Too annoying to binge and not addictive enough to warrant waiting a week between episodes.” For me, I binged it anyways but had I waited week after week, I presume I would have lost interest by episode 3. 

Working Out: At work, it was wellness week and we did a walking challenge in teams of five. On Monday and Tuesday my steps were mediocre but once I hit the 13,000 mark on Wednesday, I caught the walking bug and I set out to make 20,000 steps on Thursday. I am happy to report that I surpassed it by doing some extra treadmill work and walking a couple of stations instead of taking the train! Doing this challenge was really enlightening because it made me realise what a sedentary lifestyle I can live sometimes. Even on days when I don’t have that much time to go for a walk during  my break, I can always take the stairs instead of the elevator to go for a coffee run. Now I’m itching for a fit bit or something similar because sticking my phone down my sports crop isn’t exactly practical long term.