The night was illuminated

I don't think I have ever seen so many people in one place. Holy Cow. This was like nothing else I have ever experienced. White Night is basically one big amazing exhibition, split up into exhibitions, installations, incredible interactive events. It all started in Paris, as Nuit Blanche, and has spread worldwide to over 20 countries. This citywide party started at 7pm, and went all the way through to 7am the following morning, and let me tell you, it was crazy! It was seriously a celebration of everything that makes this city fantastic... Food, art, culture, fashion, design and performance. There was so much to see! Seriously, this city is so full of inspiration and creativity, You can feel it as you walk through the streets, and an event like this just tops it off. I feel so lucky to live in this space, and be able to grow and learn and thrive. Seriously.

We decided not to make too much of a plan, and just kinda take in what we could. We met up with a group of pals, and just kinda of wandered where the crowds took us. Next year, I am definitely going in with a plan, there was so much that I wanted to see that we just didn't make it too, but thats ok, because it was still an incredible night, and the things that we did get too were ridiculous radical {i've been saying that a lot lately. And I am ok with that, because it is a damn good adjective.} One of my favourite things was the Tattooed City installation. A collection of incredible photographs of tattooed Melburnians, captured by photographer Nicole Reed, and bought to life as giant projections onto the side of the National Gallery of Victoria by The Electric Canvas. So. Incredibly. Awesome.

It was safe to say that the mister and I were exhausted by the time that we got home, we didn't stay out all night but my feet feel like I walked half a marathon or something. But now, Photos.

Supergraph 2014

Winning stuff is fun. Thanks to the fabulous Frankie Magazine, the mister and I won tickets to attend the opening Launch Party of SuperGraph. And let me tell you, it was super, duper and all sorts of other superlatives.

To be honest I didn't know too much of what to expect, other than it was a design and illustration fair. I was sold from the start. We wandered around and soaked in the creativity. I swear being in places like that just makes me feel so alive. There was some incredible art on display, like, seriously good. Unfortunately we didn't manage to take anything home with us, the budget at the moment doesn't really allow for spending money on delicious art. But, we did make a couple of mental notes, on a few pieces that we want to add to a little gallery wall project that I have in mind.

Photos on the Wall.

Since Greg and I moved into our new place, I haven't done too much to it. I had all these grand plans, but then I realised that everything that I really wanted to do, involved spending a fair bit of money. So I decided to put the decorating on hold for a little while until we had a little more disposable income. But, that feeling kicked in, the one where I wanted my house to feel like a home, to reflect us better, rather than just some furniture and a few pictures on the wall.

I was thinking about my old house. One of the things I always had around me was photographs. Whether it was friends, family, or just pretty things sent to me from across the seas. I always had photos. That was missing. Queue, The first installment of Did It Myself {my guess, is that there might just be a couple more posts to add to this series in the coming months}. I wanted something cheap, and easy, that would add a bit of us to our living room. I am pretty stoked with the final outcome. It took a little over an hour and a half, and only cost $17.30 

Wanna do it yourself? Get involved. 

Things you need:
1.  A piece of wood, or heavy card might even do. Any size you like!
     I used: a backing board off of a bookcases we already had. It was 70cm x 187cm {Cost: Free}
2.  Enough images to make a collage. 
     I used: 102 photos cut into 4 inch square. {Cost: $15.30}
3.  Double sided tape to adhere the photos to the board {Cost: $2}
4.  Cutter to trim the photographs. Scissors to trim the tape. 

Steps to make it:
1.  Measure the size of your backing board, work out how many photos you are going to need to
     cover it, and then get those pretties printed out!
2.  Trim your photographs to size. 
3.  Lay your backing board flat on the ground, and start to lay out your photographs. Mix them up,
     and have some fun with it! 
4.  Once your have your layout nailed, stick them down using some double sided tape, or glue, or 
     something else sticky. 
5. Ta-Da. All down beauties! Hang that beautiful mural on the wall! I tell you, people are going to be 
    impressed with your handy work! Oh. Yes they are! 

Juicy Juicy Mango

Mangos are one of my favourite fruits. I love summer, and there is just something so delicious about a fresh mango. Yum! We had a couple in the fridge the other night, and I was in the mood for some comfort food. What is more comforting than curry right? Warm, spiced, delicious. Double Yum!

What you will need:
1 chicken breast
1 large ripe mango chopped into chunks
1 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup of water
1/2 red onion
1 tbsp butter
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp turmeric, cumin & dried chilli
1 lime

How you make it:
1. Sautee the finely diced onion in the butter and minced garlic.
2. Add the spices, juice of the lime and half of the mango chunks.
3. Pour in the coconut cream and the water to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Take off the heat, and blend the mixture until silky smooth.
5. Cut the chicken into chunks, and cook until browned.
6. Add the other half of the mango chunks and the mango puree to the pan with chicken, and slowly heat for 10 minutes.
7. Serve this delicious curry on a bed of green beans and carrots. mmmm tasty!

Let's Get Physical

I am not going to lie to you guys, me and working out have never been in a long term relationship. I have flirted around the edges, made it think I was falling in with it, and then turned it away. I have been a member of a couple of different gyms back home. Actually five, not that I am counting. But like most relationships, they fizzled out, one of us stopped calling {yip, that was me} or, things just abruptly ended. It certainly never was love. That is the truth.

Since January first, I have been trying to wake up every morning and be positive towards working out. I think for me, the biggest thing is having a plan. Knowing what each day is going to hold, and what I have to achieve. I haven't joined a gym, because honestly it just hasn't been a financial viable at this point, a little further down the track, I might make that commitment again, but for now, nature is providing a really great workout space. On top of the 365 Day Challenge I have been trying to keep the workouts varied. I have had lots of questions about what I do other than just my mile per day, so I thought, why not share a couple, because variety is fun right?

One of the things that I loved about working out with the ladies at the crossfit box, was that every workout was different. It was challenging, and it used workouts that pushed the boundary, for whatever level your fitness was at. The other thing that I loved, was that these workouts were short, sharp and intense. You got in, you did the work, and you got out. Because spending hours working out isn't my idea of a good time.

You might notice some abbreviations in some of the workouts. Lets take a look shall we. AMRAP is As Many Rounds As Possible.  This type of workout means basically you have a time allowance, and you do as much as you can in that time. Its hard, You get sweaty, and its probably one of my favourites! The other one is EMOM. This means Every Minute On the Minute.  I bet you are thinking that sounds pretty easy. Especially when there is only 10-12 exercises. Trust me, those breaks between when you finish the set and when you start the next one, get smaller and smaller. It is pretty awful, but it works you hard, and remember those boundaries I was talking about pushing, well this is a great way to do that.

I also really want to stress the emphasis on stretching. I never did it enough, and I would hurt afterwards. I still hurt afterwards. Muscle soreness is a sign of a hard work out in my world, but stretching definitely relieves some of that stress. I have started introducing yoga movements into my week too. Just to continue the stretching. It honestly is good. Trust me ok? Even if you don't feel like you are sweating your cute ass off, that time, is so important! So stretch ok? And have fun, because yeah, it should be hard, but it also should be enjoyable, somewhere, deep down inside. You are doing awesome, and you should be proud!

If you try any of these out I would love to hear about it! Post a comment below or maybe even say hello on twitter with the hashtag #hellotillie

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