Walking with Giants – Perth International Arts Festival Kicks off!

From February 13th-15th, ‘Valentine’s Weekend’ Perth got a special visit from some very large friendly marionette puppets. These were The Giants, a performance headed by the French theatrical group, Royal De Luxe. And they came to help celebrate the opening of the Perth International Arts Festival (one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!).

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It would have been my first time seeing Perth at a standstill, traffic wise…it was just so busy! Apparently the news reported 1.7 million viewers came down to see The Giants over the 3 days. I happened to be working overtime on the Saturday and saw the crowds pour into the CBD to watch these gigantic wooden and metal constructs walking around and turning the city into a magical and enchanted place.

We went on the Sunday, to Langley Park. My kids absolutely loved it, especially my Lil Moon, who after the event identifies herself as the Giant Little Girl. Afterall, she thought they had common physical features…long black hair, fluttering eyelashes and heart shaped face.  It was just so precious to see their little faces and eyes light up with excitement and imagination.

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I couldn’t believe the numbers of watchers coming in see the performance. Well done to Perth International Arts coordinators…this was indeed a great FREE event for families.

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But from what I overheard, not everyone was happy with their experience and thought the event was poorly managed…but I’m sure if more big shows come to Perth, we will surely learn how to deal with them. So please keep them coming!!


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The Perth International Arts Festival runs until the 7th March, and the films continue onto the 12th April. I love this time of year, when our little city gets injected with so much fun, creativity and culture!

Find out  what events are on and how to book tickets here.

Are you into big events such as these?

E-von

Liebster Award Nom, getting to know a little about me

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Have you heard of the Liebster award? It is an award passed around the worldwide blogging community to help share and support one another, it also gives us a chance to get to know the blogger behind the screen and have a good laugh and relate to some of the answers. It’s a great way of connecting and bookmarking new blogs to follow.

I have to thank my friend Helen for nominating me, she also has been blogging at another gorgeous corner of the internet called Helarious. She is a talented floral designer and has started up her own little entrepreneurial business in Sydney, Australia. Please check out her work at Lime Tree Bower. And I’m so lucky to have met her through this online blogging community.

On a side note, I hope you all got spoilt rotten by your loved ones on Valentine’s day. And for those who are single, I hope you rocked it solo and celebrated with friends and family. Because Valentine’s shouldn’t be claimed by only couples…it should be shared by all. Hubby and I didn’t get around to our initially plans of picnic by sunset, only because I napped through it! We don’t usually stick to tradition about showering each other with presents and declaring out love on one particular day…we like to go renegade and do that kinda of stuff on a day we choose. We blame it on the commercialism of the event. Ha!

Ok….so now onto the questions I have been asked to answer:

1. Your favourite film of ALL TIME? My childhood brings me back to Empire Records and 10 Things I hate about you. I love these movies and watch them over and over again.

This is such a tough question, there are just too many to choose just ONE. Maybe I’ll just say

2. First country you visited outside of your birth country?

Australia, which is now my home. My parents migrated here when I was only 4 years old, I was born in Malaysia and still hang onto my Chinese Malaysian roots through my cooking and celebrating festivals.

3. Do you speak any other languages semi-fluently, or fluently?

I am semi-fluent in cantonese, I can speak short sentences but can never get the connectors correct. It is in me to speak, as I always have no problems when I go back to Malaysia. But it is about practise and how often I speak it. I also know a little spanish and japanese.

4. When was the first time you used the Internet and what was your earliest memory of it?

The earliest memory of using the internet, was when I had invited 8 of my friends over for a birthday sleepover when I turned 14 and that was the year 1998. We were all excited at the thought of online chatting, and would pretend to be one person to chat to guys on MIRC (Remember that?).

5. What’s the story behind the name of your blog, and how did you come up with it in the first place?

I had a few blogs prior to The Simple Chic, one that I used to write anonymously on to share my personal life, then there was Sew is Life, a tumblr blog where I shared my love of craft and sewing. The Simple Chic was a more ‘grown up’ version of me as a blogger. I really love design, art, beauty and entrepreneurship so I wanted to give it a name that suited the everyday modern woman’s lifestyle. Hence the Simple Chic was born!

6. If you could only eat one specific food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Waffles, it’s bready texture and crunchy sides, and the endless choices of savoury and sweet toppings could never bore me. And I love breakfast, I would eat it anytime of day!

7. If you could go anywhere and do anything there, what would that place and activity be?

I would love to go to Antarctica and walk along the ice, watch the sun rise in the white frozen land. I have always been drawn to that place since I was young…and it may have to do with the fact I am in love with emperor penguins and just want to observe them in their natural habitat.

8. Would you rather visit the galaxy outside of planet earth, or time travel back to a period when dinosaurs roamed the earth?

Definitely get out into space! I have an inner geek that loves everything to do with the cosmos, stars, galaxies etc. I’m not so sure how I would cope with dinosaurs chasing me.

9. What was the main “dream job” that you had whilst you were growing up in school?

I really wanted to be an air hostess up till  I was 12, there was something about flying in the air, staying at hotels and chasing adventure that seems to appeal to me. I never thought of the down side, like cleaning toilets, spew, rubbish and dealing with annoying passengers lol!

10. Coffee or tea?

I’m a tea drinker from the get-go, however I will enjoy a ‘great’ cup of coffee from time to time

11. Favourite flower/plant?

I have TOO many! However, at this moment I love Hydrangeas and Billy buttons (they are so cute!).

So now, allow me to pass on the baton…

And here are my questions

1. What is something that strikes fear in your heart?

2. White or black?

3. What is your hidden passion that not many people know of?

4. What name would you choose for your first child, or why did you choose that name for your first child?

5. Favourite place to visit and why?

6. What would you say is your signature style?

7. As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up?

8. Why did you start blogging?

9. What was the first music album you bought?

10. Tea or Coffee?

11. Road trip or plane trip?

Firstly to my husband who has needed a little encouragement to push on with his blog, he’s a little stuck

Second I wish to nominate fellow Perth blogger – Sass & Spice

Thirdly my award nomination goes to another Perthian – Reneehartsthis

I can’t wait to hear their answers for the list of questions I came up with. I love to learn more about the faces behind the blogs. We kind of know of them for their ‘genre’ of writing, but who is the personality behind the person?

Do you have any of your favourite blogs to share?

Have a great week lovelies!

E-von

Valentine’s Day gift box idea

Isn’t it great that Valentine’s Day celebrated around the world will fall on a Saturday this year? It’s nice to know, most people will be chilling out with their loved one or friends and just having a great time. It kind of annoyed me in the past when me and my Mister would want to organise something but Valentine’s day fell on a week day where we would be tired and couldn’t be bothered going out. I mean we still kind of shun the whole Valentine’s Day cliche, that we are expected to do something nice for your partner…so we usually push it out to the weekend. Now it is on the weekend!! And I have no plans!

What are your plans to sweeten it up on Valentine’s?

Although I am a big romantic at heart and adore gifts with thought, I put together a lovely pack for solos (I hate the word ‘Singles’) and partners to indulge and celebrate Valentines Day.

So if you would like to purchase a SELF Organics Valentine’s gift box, head to the online shop

This beautiful organic care package contains: 1 x SELF Determination chocolate soy wax candle, 1 x Petal lip balm, 1 x romantic rose bath salts, 1 x Berry Green Loose Leaf tea.

All for $35, you can also add a 100gm geranium and orange massage bar for an extra $5.

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*Postage before Valentine’s cannot be guaranteed at this stage.

For those who live in the Perth metro, you may be please to know that collection and drop off is available. Please contact me at info@selforganics.com

Hope your Valentine’s is sweet and full of love!!

E-von

 

 

 

Small biz story: Mac & More – unique handmade macrame design

The weekend is here! And it’s time for another small business feature, I wonder if you guys like this occasional blog post where we talk about the small people doing big things. It’s inspiring to hear what other artisans are doing out there on their own. Making their own passions come to life. They are often disguised in the day as the normal everyday worker. However when you hear their stories and how they arrived at what they are doing…it really astounds you at their drive and energy!

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Today I introduce you to a fellow artisan, Erica who specialises in the art of macrame and knotting and the talent behind Mac and More. You may pass her in the streets of Perth or possibly in a hospital in the future as she is also a mum of two and part-time nurse. I met Erica through the markets in Perth where we both bonded over the craziness of the end of year market season, and from what I know from her work is that she is a passionate about her craft and creating beautiful unique pieces for her clients. She is such a beautiful person who treats her customers like friends.

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Erica Zuccala

Macrame is the art of knotting and weaving, and it was most popular in the 70s…now it is making a resurgence. Erica’s uses different coloured ropes, metals and wooden beads to design contemporary and unique pieces in the form of indoor and outdoor plant hangers, hanging bed heads, curtains, wall art and  even stunning wedding floral arbours like the one you see below.

Contact Mac & More today to discuss your customised piece, the options are endless!

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A Macrame plant hanger in the corner of the room is a subtle and interesting way of bringing greenery into the home. Erica can also provide the pot and plants that can suit your lifestyle. For example if you are just a beginner green thumb, she can choose a low maintenance succulent or cactus to help you decorate your personal space.

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Want to know more about Mac & More? Head over and follow Mac & More at:

www.macandmore.net.au

Etsy Shop

Facebook Page

Instagram

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I also interviewed Erica and she was happy to share her experiences of what is is like to run a small business, here are a few things she had to say:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you enjoy doing if you are not creating?

I’m a Mother of two young kids so I am kept pretty busy with them. If I’m not working or playing with my kiddos I love to run, stay healthy, and enjoy the beach. Nature and the great outdoors inspires my work, whether it be the colour, the texture or organic natural form, so getting outdoors not only clears my head, but gives me time to get inspired and come up with new design ideas.

2. What were you doing at the time when you first thought of starting up your own business? 

I was currently on maternity leave after having my second child and had been yearning to get creative. I’ve always loved design and have found myself really drawn to a love of eclectic bohemian interiors. I had been really inspired by some international fiber artists and couldn’t help but get my hands into knotting. Large scale art is my passion. I love creating dramatic textural pieces. My background and training is in Critical Care Nursing so its poles apart from a creative venture, such as textile and fiber art. The change has been refreshing and really enticing. I’ve been hooked since I picked up my first spool of rope.

3. Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

 I have no idea. I didn’t at all expect to be where I am in just the last 6 months.  In 5 years, id love to collaborate with some Perth stylists and interior designers. There’s nothing better than seeing your work featured amongst the talent of local designers.  I’ve been really lucky so far to have been featured in an edition of Home Beautiful Magazine and maybe a tv appearance. So hopefully the next 5 years is even bigger and better. I shall be hosting a local macramé and fiber art workshop in March so if you are in Perth and keen to learn the skill of macrame please come along. More details here.

4. Do you have any business advice for others wanting to start-up?

I’m still learning as I go but definitely do your research. If you believe in your product, work hard, sell yourself and clients will come. Don’t forget about the marketing side. Its not all about the product- the marketing is such a massive part of business.  Make yourself know, make connections and learn from others who are successful. Don’t give up, It’s a huge learning curve, so stay inspired.

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And for my lovely readers… a special discount:

Thanks to Mac and More, you can own your very own piece, a beautiful and carefully designed macrame fibre art with a 30% off discount. This is kindly offered to The Simple Chic readers only.

Head to the online store now and use the code: thesimplechic30

Offer valid till 8/3/15

Have a great weekend lovelies! And may you always be inspired by the beauty around you…

E-von

 

 

 

 

Photos sourced from Mac and More