I was determined to start the month well, so spent the first weekend with friends enjoying belinnis, prozaccos (cheers Nigella), fancy chocolates, and, well, ok, this is a giant dragonfly. Not a friend but he did hang about in our backyard for a while during a thunderstorm, and impressed us with those delicate details and pincers. More animals – my swan has a look at my huge coffee. We had to get more fancy treats (we just had to), I got new and very fancy shoes, and Babycat took a liking to them. We went to the beautiful SocieTea party, and I wore soft curls knowing that the wind blasting through the car windows (wind-oh-no's) was not going to be my friend. I bought a 1940s black dress with dark gold and green beading and sequin details, and seemed to be having a metallic moment as I wore silver nails to the SocieTea party. I actually want some matte nail colours so the hunt for those begins. Thanks to the SocieTea party I now have two beautiful Tea 2 cups and saucers and the little thing where the tea leaves go. They make tea drinking that bit more special, and look good on my kitchen shelves – and I'll post pictures of home soon. I've been having a massive spring clean, and have cleared out my wardrobe, with the help of a certain someone, of course. I had a really nice salad with chic peas, to counter the sweetness of the past few days. And I stopped curling my hair for a while, deciding to enjoy its natural straightness for a bit, seeing as the weather here was making it impossible to keep curls anyway. Here I am very excited as I am about to go to I, Animal at the Melbourne Zoo and ride on a carousel. Look at the beautiful carousel! It was everything I expected and more. As we were having so much cold weather, I finally got the Marni boots I had been lusting after for months. I love them. They are super comfortable and easy to walk in, too – don't let that high-looking heel fool you. I liked these upside down lamps at a bar in Brunswick where we had burgers with a friend who is moving interstate. And I love these biscotinni, the traditional Italians biscuits my mother-in-law makes. They are a little different everytime, and these were the slightly softer version. So good with stove top coffee after dinner. I went for a weekend trip to Daylesford! I packed my red vintage hat box and I like to travel light. We were having the most beautiful weather at last, so espadrilles, bathers, and vintage cotton skirts were just what I needed. You can see how happy I was on that sunny Saturday morning. The room I had was perfect for me, a vintage Harpers Bazaar room with artworks from the 1930s, dark blue walls and a huge fire place, plus a Bally Blonde poster in my private sun room. Yes, we each had our own private sun rooms. We travel in style. We ate in great style, too, al fresco, with tumbling ivy spilling over the table tops. Blood orange spiders were delicious after an admittedly short road trip. We had tea at Peppers in Hepburn Springs, and I really loved the aqua hair-like stuff. I came home and relished more salad, this time with giant cous cous. Four moments from Daylesford: the gardens at Peppers Hepburn Springs, my Bally Blonde sun room, me starting my Sunday morning with my vintage yellow floral skirt in my pretty bedroom and then just before enjoying the amazing Peppers Hepburn Springs spa, hair in a pony tail and no makeup, of course. And the last week of the month! The weather decided it was practically summer officially and so it should get cracking with the high 30's temperatures. These are from a Thursday that was around 40C, and I worked with no air con but with studio lights, taking photos and feeling far more sorry for the model than for me as she had to look as though she wasn't actually melting even though she was. Babycat almost had the right idea for how to spend the day – lying down – but she sometimes sough out the few sunny spots because she likes to be hot, it seems. Mad cat. Later that evening I went to a party at Dansk in Melbourne's Chapel Street, Windsor end, and then enjoyed Danish food (meatballs! Thanks SO MUCH for the info on them and how they differ to Swedish!) at the Wolf and I across the road. And unexpectedly gorgeous end to a gruellingly hot day!
And that was my November on Instagram! Follow me if you like, I'm @laneway_esme x