Dear Internets,

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Easter is coming and every decade or so, my birthday along with it. I’m turning 30 and movies tell me I’m supposed to have some sort of 1/3 life crisis but I’m really looking forward to a chilled out birthday this year. As for gifts, my wish is a pretty basic list of don’ts
1. Don’t ask me any questions that require work, chores and planning
2. Don’t get me a red velvet cake (I’ve had far too many of those)

The above responses don’t go down too well when I get asked what I want so I’ve taken to making lists that will generally be ignored. Let the annual self imposed shopping ban commence!

  1. Mac Film Noir lippy $17.00 | Dark, sexy, mysterious chocolate lips by MAC can’t be a bad thing.
  2. Allbirds runners $95.00 | Wool, flexi and comfortable which is perfect since my current sneakers hurt
  3. Books: How to be Parisian… or this $27 | I love reading and beautiful books. If it were an option I would spend days in a book store.
  4. Jean Paul Gautier x Target leather jacket $?| Everyone needs a good leather jacket. Apparently I need two. (EDIT: My fam got me a pretty kick ass leather jacket to tide me over until I fall in love with another investment piece)bday
  5. Mejuri silver evil eye ring $48.00 | My preggo sausage fingers need love and a little good will. All that tummy rubbing calls for an evil eye ring. (EDIT: I bought this for myself. Shopping ban fail but self 5 for a great birthday gift!)
  6. iPhone 6s $1079 | Mat leave means giving up my phone to work. Can you go back after having good technology?
  7. Fossil Sydney satchel $299.00 | A good classic bag is always a good idea. (EDIT: Purchased in seafoam thanks to some peer nominated awards at work resulting in a very large volume of Myer gift cards. Wouldn’t say no to a good everyday leather bag in this colour though)
  8. Instax polaroid camera $88 | Pastel, cute and limited edition with lots of film! A perfect way to capture your birthday (EDIT: Maggie from La Petite Mademoiselle style blog got me the cutest candy pink version with two rolls of film & I got tears in my eyes. So unexpected!)
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  9. Clarisonic $295 | Why do always put of taking time for ourselves, particularly when we never grow out of bad skin days?
  10. Gorman Gold rush skirt $119 | Shiny rad with an elastic waist means something to wear now and post baby. A celebration in a pleated skirt!
  11. Babyology annual subscription $199 | Who doesn’t like gifts in the mail every three months? Subscription boxes curb my online shopping too so yay for long term savings!
  12. Plantronics backbeat sense $270 | Because sometimes headphones are super annoying and I have too many podcasts to listen to! (EDIT: Hubby bought me the sport version of this. Comfy, great for work and great on the run, which i might have to do more of post baby)

Or you could just take care of dinner for me? Hope you’re having an amazing MARCH!


Dear Internets,

It’s my birthday and I’ll buy if I want to. Actually that’s a damn lie and I won’t have it on this blog!  “It’s my birthday and I’ll drop hints if I want to before people give up and get me something completely random which I have no space for and would have preferred they just gave me a hug” just seemed a little too long winded so I took some artistic license. Besides, I am utterly the easiest person to buy for. I am constantly wanting things, never waste them and can never justify spending the money on myself so you know I won’t already have it. Let’s face it, a good waterproof black liquid eyeliner and one less meal to cook will deliver you a happy girl.

Barring that, here’s whats on my wish list at the moment, in the order I desperately want it:



I do not know the meaning of this word lately but there’s nothing so motivational as new shoes or exercise gear to kick start my activity. After dropping my precariously propped pedometer on the floor one too many times, I gave up and have deluded myself into not thinking I’m being a lump ever since. I most often wear dresses to work so the Black Fitbit Charge in Medium $146 AUD is the perfect solution! To be honest, I can’t believe I didn’t invent it myself. That’ll teach me to settle for toppling pedometers

2. Colourful tips.

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If you are looking for tips of some kind, I appologise for the misconception, I refer of course to the ends of my hair! Corporate life doesn’t really allow for candy color hair but I could probably get away with ashy blue/green/purple mermaid tips discreetly tucked away in a chignon if the timing isn’t right for crazy. Now to find a hair dresser with the confidence and experience to do it.

3.Frida is my spirit animal.


I’ve raved about Kitty Came Home bi folds before and here I go again. They are the best wallet of all time [or so I paraphrase from Kanye]. Perfect amount of card space, awesome fabrics, great quality and I always know how much money I have without ever having too much change. My favourite is this Frida Kahlo on at $52.15 USD. Totally worth it! Besides, my souvenir London one is sort of falling apart (sorry mum)

4. Everyone has baggage


And these days an 8GB usb stick just isn’t cutting it. 2 external hard drives later, I think it’s time to invest in a terabyte or 3. The Seagate Expansion 3TB desktop hard drive $139 AUD seems like a bargain and might keep me going for a little longer. It doesn’t help that I am holding on to every kids movie I have ever had on the off chance I will have movie obsessed children. So far kidlet only has interest in sports and cars (thank goodness!). To be fair though, I do revisit a few of them myself.

5. Get It On!


Perhaps my fitness resolutions are failing because I am dreaming of all this winter but as far as I’m concerned, outerwear is too essential to cast aside to merely 3-4 months a year. I’d love the Tokito check waterfall jacket $99.95 AUD for the warmer months and maybe this ASOS tall Midi Coat in Wool $183.00 AUD for when the cooler weather creeps in.


Dear Internets,

My birthday is coming up and I’ve decided to avoid the whole “you could have told me that earlier!” scenario by putting up a wishlist. Now I’m at the stuff accumulated stage in my life where I would prefer a hug or a call or even a little cupcake over a token random gift. Lets face it, kidlet is getting to that stage where putting everything in his mouth is really fun so the last thing I need is more stuff to hide, that I won’t be able to see for the next several years. Also, it’s been able 4 years since I’ve had a proper birthday thing so lets do this right. Here’s lucky 13 things I would buy myself if I had a disposable income, greater impulse and no self control.



  1. Stolen girlfriends club grid lock crop top in black $96.00 NZD | Sporty, cute and great for the weather we’re having
  2. T2 Tea Lavender Lullaby $22  | A girls got to get as much sleep as she possibly can and I’m running out of tea which is not good at all.
  3. A smart phone upgrade or some sort. | Noone gets my phone lifeline to the world and quite frankly I’m sick of nothing being compatible with it, including it’s own upgrade
  4. Wacom pen & tablet $149 | I’m a gadget nerd and I’m enjoying getting back in touch with my creative side. Need I say more?
  5. Stolen girlfriends club forgiveness pineapple dress $195 NZD | How cute is this print? I’ll easily settle for the tee or anything else with this pineapple emblazoned on it
  6. HerPony daisy bralet L $35 | White, lacy, cute…how did stupid crazy love put it? “the perfect combination of sexy and cute
  7. La Renaissance Mousse Picasso cake Sz Small $34 | Because whats a birthday without cake, delicious delicious chocolate cake! I love home made and chocolate. Something you can put a candle in without garnering weird stares is a must!
  8. A new laptop | If it has internet and the capacity to operate my editing software, I’ll be happy. My current state of invisible laptop is making things very challenging indeed
  9. Gorman winter harvest dress $269 AUD | The puffy jacket is awesome too. Being one of the few people who look lustfully at the Asian greens at yum cha, it’s perfect match to my “I love vegetables” mantra
  10. Grown Alchemist white tea and phyto peptide cream $69.95 | Tea is good, cream is good. It’s basic face math
  11. Grown Alchemist regenerating night cream $84.95 | With all the mid sleep mummy runs to the crib, it’s about time I started giving my skin a fighting chance again and Grown Alchemist seems like the perfect place to start.
  12. Spurr Hetty OTK boots sz 9 from The Iconic $59.95 | A bargain and I think it might be the go to shoe of my winter dreams. Sportsgirl have an affordable option too
  13. Mimco MIM wallet in blush $149 | Feminine blush tones, card space and zip up coin section is definitely giving my old and withering wallet and run for it’s money (there’s a pun there somewhere)










Santa Baby,

Sidebar: It’s always good to start these letters off a little schmoozey. Besides, he gets tonnes of “gimme” mail so I want my one to stand out. All year long I pour over beautiful things I want but when it comes to Christmas, mum’s the word. Part of it is the guilt of asking someone to spend money on me. The other part is what some would call my annoying belief that gift giving should be a thoughtful process where you search for something you know the other person would enjoy. Clues are ok but asking “what do you want & where do I get it?” is something I just can’t do. This means I often get little and it’s all up to Santa.


You are awesome and I’ve been a good girl this year. To make your job easier, I thought I would make a list of all the things that would make me cry out with delight on Christmas morning. The price range is quite large just in case you are experiencing the credit crunch in the north pole. Travel safe. x. Pixelhazard

1. Bi-fold Frida Kahlo wallet by Kitty Came home $65
By far the best wallet I have ever owned, now comes in such a rad print. Clear coin section so I never have too much shrapnel rattling around, nice and flat in my handbag and self sealing with plenty of card space. Is there anything more you could want from a purse?

2. The Mirage by Lack of Color in Camel Brown 56cm (with hat filler cos I have a tiny tiny head) $45
Chic and I know it’ll serve me well. The perfect “hide my hat hair” solution!

3. Cheese board and knife set $10
I’m an entertainer and cook at heart with a soft spot for soft cheeses. This gift is for you too because no one leaves my place hungry

4. Leather full skirt by Tibi $998
Any full skirt will win my heart but the ones by Tibi are by far my fave. I know I probably won’t be able to wear this until winter but some things are worth the wait.

5. A laptop
Something reliable, internet and graphics software capable that looks pretty would be great. I don’t have my heart set on any model in particular but a girl cant dream right?

6. Jamie Oliver BBQ Griller Utensil $10
See I’m not looking to break your piggy bank. All my awesome childhood memories of summer involve beaches and back yard BBQ’s and now I’m all grown up it’s about time I started new BBQ grilling traditions

7. Jamie Oliver terracotta drizzler $10
What can I say but drizzle drizzle. Bruschetta anyone?

8. A magazine subscription.
Magazines are my guilty pleasure.”Guilty” not because it’s embarrassing but because I spend far too much of my money on them. The gift of guilt free reading is a lovely thing.

9. Rainbow boots by Windsor Smith in white size 9, $199 (edit: now 30% off)
Many would argue that the last thing I need is a height boost but to them I say these shoes are too cool to conform to height rules. Sure I’ll feel like an amazon and possibly alienate everyone around me but it’s worth it!