A Maid of Honour Speech

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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"Hi Everyone. For those who don't know me, my name is Natalie and me and Betty are best friends. I am also lucky enough to her Maid of Honour.

Betty and I met through a friend 8 years ago. We shared a hot chocolate at the Blue Bird cafe in good old Stockies. We immediately warmed to each other. I could tell that Betty was kind, caring, helpful and extremely generous. We started going on hiking and eating adventures, and she taught me how to love my life in Sydney.

Now, as we know, Betty's greatest talent is making friends. She leaves wonderful impressions on everyone she meets, She has made life-long friends through random things like bike-riding, Twitter (hi Mel), food runs (hi everyone), basketball and of course Oztag (hi Erin, hi Jaye, hi Bumfluff, hi Tickle Me Betty)!

Betty also has many nicknames. With Betty showing her love for you through her baking, I often dub her "Momma Betty" as she always shows up everywhere with home made cakes, brownies, cupcakes and even sliced up oranges.
And on some nights, Betty is known as "Betty WaaAaaaAaaAap" because she is Queen of Karaoke! And when she starts dancing, she is known as "Oh, Betty, stop. Just stop".

But to me, she is known as "Betty, my Best Friend". I honestly can't imagine how I would've survived 'Adulting' without you by my side. You have been there, holding my hands through the good times and bad. You have never let me down and make sure I never go hungry. So, sometimes, I think of you as "Betty, my big Sister". Thank you.

So, like I said earlier, Betty leaves wonderful impressions on her friends and family. But noone has left an impression on Betty, quite like Ian.
Ian, you are Betty's rock. Thank you for being there for her and supporting her through her Oztag games, baking time, family events and dog walking adventures.
She teaches you to try new things in life and you teach her to relax and be still once in a while.

Its an important balance and you two are mastering it. I haven't got much advice for you. All I can say is that I wish you even more happiness for you two in the future.

And before I finish, Betty, your Oztag family has something special for you. May I please request you and Ian to head to the dance floor and Betty, please close your eyes.

Cheers!"

Catch Ups at Burger Project

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Burger Project Ice Tea Cheese Burger
Burger Project Cheese Burger Chips
Burger Project Ice Tea
Burger Project Cheese Burger Chips
Burger Project Cheese Burger Chips
Burger Project Dessert Ice Cream
Burger Project Ice Tea Cheese Burger
Burger Project Ice Tea Cheese Burger

Catch Ups at Burger Project, Parramatta:
Shop 1-2, 134-140 Marsden street, Parramatta NSW 2150.

I find that the best catch-ups are those with good friends and scrumptious food. This time, me and Hai caught up with Lisa and Sang at Burger Project in Parramatta.
With the exciting menu in view, I ordered the cheese burger (my go-to burger and at $10.50) - grass fed beef, cheese, onions, pickles, tomato and lettuce. I also got the Sichuan pepper salted chips ($5.90 for large) and house-made ice tea ($4).

Burger Project's burgers were generous - packed with juicy patty and grilled cheese and sandwiched in a nice soft bun. I couldn't detect much sichuan in the chips, but they were still fresh and crisp. I usually like to drink an ice cold fizzy Coke with my burgers, but the ice tea was delicious. With a sweet lemon flavour, it was a surprising upgrade to my usual Coke.

For Dessert, we indulged in the Soft Serve range, which were $5.90 each. We got the Bounty Hunter and Nuts about Chocolate. Bounty was creamy vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate sauce, coconut and toasted meringue (yum) and Nuts about Chocolate was chocolate ice cream topped with praline and white chocolate (double yum!).

On average, our meals cost about $20 per person and I was stuffed by my last bite. I couldn't even remember what we talked about during our catch-up (I think we discussed how absurd weddings costs are and how boring work can be). But I know we really appreciated our burgers, giving the appropriate amount of "hmms" and "ahhs" while we ate. Thanks to Burger Project for making delicious burgers.

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Styling Black

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Surfstitch Rusty Wayside Backpack
Surfstitch Rusty Wayside Backpack
Boohoo Kimono Jacket Asos Stripe Tee
Boohoo Kimono Jacket Emu Australia Jacana
Surfstitch Rusty Wayside Backpack
Surfstitch Rusty Wayside Backpack
Dotti Hat Emu Australia Jacana
Dotti Hat Emu Australia Jacana
Surfstitch Rusty Wayside Backpack

Wearing: Surfstitch's Rusty Wayside Backpack (sponsored), Emu Australia's Jacana Sandals (sponsored), Boohoo Kimono, Asos Stripe Tee, Boohoo Skirt, Dotti Hat

March marks the beginning of a cooler Autumn season, its when daylight saving kicks in and wedding season is at its peak.
I've been learning alot about weddings lately, as I'm trying to plan my own. I learnt that March is the most popular month for us Aussies, followed by November then September. I think it's to do with the cooler, more ideal weather and that Easter is just around the corner.

Me and Hai decided against this popular month, as we don't want to be fighting with other brides for services and venues. So we chose May. Hai proposed to me a few days before his birthday back in January and we will then tie it in by getting married a few days before my own birthday in May. We felt it was a sweet sentiment.

So here's what has been achieved so far in the last two months: we've only managed to book the Reception, we're fighting for our ceremony location (Park owners think the area is going to go into construction and won't be completed by May next year). my first choice for celebrant is already booked out and the photography service I want won't let me book more then a year in advance. It's been abit stressful as of late.

To distract myself from my wedding worries, I go back to what I know - clothes, shopping and small road trips. I recently got myself a pair of some beautiful Jacana sandals from Emu Australia that I love to show off. The shoe is comfortable thanks to the fine leather sole. I love the cross-over strap design with the contrasting zebra print strap at the front.

Another shopping gem I found is the Rusty Wayside bag from Surfstitch  As a lover of backpacks (guilty!) I was looking for one I can easily take from day to night. The leather-look vinyl with the washed, weathered texture was perfect for this.

As I get older, I've been gravitating towards alot of black clothing. I might be feeling its a mature look for me and will suit the big 3-0 that is coming my way. But even though I am wearing black, I stay conscious of keeping my outfit interesting by wearing an assortment of textures.  And wear a hat. A hat is always interesting!

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