SECRETS OF ADULTHOOD…. According to Gretchen Ruben from THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

22 Sep

People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think.
It’s okay to ask for help.
Most decisions don’t require extensive research.
Do good, feel good.
It’s important to be nice to everyone.
Bring a sweater.
By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.
Soap and water remove most stains.
Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes the glitch.
If you can’t find something, clean up.
You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.
Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.
What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
You don’t have to be good at everything.
If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.
Over-the counter medicines are very effective.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you – and vice versa.
People actually prefer that you buy wedding gifts off their registry.
You can’t profoundly change your children’s natures by nagging them or signing them up for classes.
No deposit, no return.

Thanks Gretchen!

love Alice

1 Jun

I was thinking it was time my princess made an appearance on madspinbaby.

Her name is Alyki, Alice in English.  She is named after my favourite Greek actress from the 1950’s who was known for her sexpot image and comedic roles.  And how funny is my Alyki!

A mixed bag,  German Sheppard / Labrador that EVERYONE swears is a Ridgeback, with the prettiest face in the park!  We all think that of our own.

The smartest dog I know… She has a mind of her own and so well behaved.  This came with a relentless energy to train her with all my heart and the results show every time someone comments on how lovely she is.

Cheeky? Yes!  And the cheekiest with me!  Never will you see, half of the attitude she gives me.  They say your kids are your Karma, my dog is mine!

I love her with all my heart, I have never felt lonely for one day.  At times you can even see her smile, pressed lips and a grin from ear-to ear.

“BIG DOG” they say when I walk the block, “SMALL GIRL” I say back… anything next to 5ft 3” looks BIG.  However, BIG she is! At 43KG and an apatite to match, I understand what you see.

Don’t be fooled, it’s no easy feat.  She demands attention and keeps me on my feet.  I welcome our walks come rain or shine, at times too late at night my mind she keeps tight.

That look that has coined “those puppy dog eyes”, she has played that actress many times.

Who is Alice?

This is Alice

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MY SWEETHEART BYRON BAY

10 Nov

A HOLIDAY ROMANCE THAT NEVER ENDS…

and that’s just the way I love it.

I have been visiting Byron Bay for 10 years and it has always felt like my second home.

I enjoy with an open heart all the time we spend together… Byron bay I love You

This is my photographic diary dedicated to you… xoxox

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BMX’n with ma mate

3 Feb

Got dressed in my winters & on target Melbourne produced a deceptively warm day. Popped over to ma’ mate Pete’s place

cause I’m in the areas

& need to pick up a bump cover for the new iPhone, didn’t realise how slippery the little sucker is! Pete (PK) is a 40 year old who looks not a day older than 25 or should I say acts like that? Has a collection of BMXs that he restored to their original delight. I still don’t agree on the hard plastic seats, my arse is still sore, however, he insists on it being true to its day. PK suggests we take the bikes out. I’m quick to sort out some short sleeves for myself, by this stage Melbourne’s supposed cold day is beaming a sunshine smile. Pick out PK’s classic white RUN DMC Tee, that to my luck doesn’t fit him anymore & donates it to me. Ecstatic that finally after 34 years I now own one, we set out thrashing the streets of East St Kilda to South Yarra & back. Like a pair of bandits on the run, yet not so undercover, unknowingly we demand head turns after turns from the peeps. Took a pic for keeps…

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Don’t blame it on the Sunshine

31 Jan

He just can’t control himself, documenting the things he sees.

Then there was light…

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine… Seriously, how many puns can we take from that name?!

Dean set out on a project true to his form and style from go to woe.   With great passion, determination and love for the subject of Melbourne street art,

he brings together a collection of images that were, as Dean writes

“…personally shot in awe and respect of the great work these artists produced”

and his photos DO them not only justice, but also educate visually the minds of others who share similar love for the art of graffiti.

Many times we would share stories about this “graffa” and that “new piece up around the back street of…” and “Come check out the piece in my alley-way”, that’s how we became BF’s, our shared love for the art and its artists.

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Book launch left me with an ABSOLUTely stunning hangover and my latest personally signed coffee-table book.

Anyone who knows my coffee table, knows my stunning books!

Dean you rock BF

madspin xxx

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Someone SNEAKED in…

27 Nov

Did someone paint the town blue last night… Adidas Original Blue

The boys at SNEAKER upped the ante and painted the day Adidas.

We were there early as expected and unexpectedly had our space reserved for us, big thumbs up for the long standing stall holders!  Thanks for looking after us Hanz

Early was the word and the theme was “First in best dressed”, the punters could have been mistaken for stall holders, we were all still setting up!

Glen out witted the Adidas crew with his classic Originals and Moi kept it fresh for the chicki babes and our regulars to the stand.  Thanks for visiting again, big MADSPIN love!

We were all kept refreshed by the lovely people at Adidas with DJ’s, free drinks and some beer from 1pm to keep the vibe going, or should I say “staying”!

The crew at SNEAKER did another sweet sweet meet!

And as always there is a signature to be signed!

LOVE LOTS

LOVE MADSPIN

Yummy Yummy Yummy, Chez Dré in my Tummy

26 Aug

Chez Dré is a patisserie/boulangerie/café located in South Melbourne. It has been the talk of the town for breakfast and I’m not one to move around too much from my stomping ground in Collingwood because it is also filled with top 10’s.  Saturday morning sleep-in’s followed by breaking that fast are a ritual.  My parents live on the other side of town and it made perfect sense to visit the talk of that side of town.  My father is 83 & my mother a sweet 75 and both you would think were at least 10 years younger. They are cool cats that love nothing more than me keeping them up to date with the town that talks.  Chez it is and we went down for a squiz…

You learn to be patient and wait when you visit one of these establishments and it was this same pep-talk I gave to my parents as we waited 25 minutes for our seating.  Our gaze was affixed on the sweetest glass display and the sweetest thing was the tasting tray, an excellent way to wait.  We were seated exactly 25mins later and quick to order from a pre-studied menu.  My father orders the Grand petite dejeuner, from the small amount of french I remember learning, means “Brunch” – the most important meal of the day in France.  Like mother, like daughter we both order the Cheese and corn souffle.  Coffee’s of course and a little while later we were served.  Yummy Yummy Yummy, Chez Dré in my Tummy…  I am quick to jump on the phone and tell all my friends that Chez is the shiz!

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