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Anna & Alisha

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA from the sorella-hood since Christmas. Sorry. And thank you to those people who lovingly asked “Where have you been?! When’s your next post?!” Delightful to know you enjoy catching up with us each week in our random silliness! My hiatus from writing probably stemmed from the start of summer (sun, beach, cocktails). I think I must have embraced the week off at Chrissy a little more than I realised. Time to take a little breath. Some stillness. A few stunning sunrises… Resting was fabulous. {If you are a regular in the ‘hood you’ll know I managed to get a little burnt out last year… a follow up post on how I managed getting myself out of that mess is to…

sneaky-peek behind the scenes! 2013 sorella & me photoshoot

It’s so exciting for us to be so close to launching a few new pieces to our much-loved sorella & me collection. After the success of the new men’s collection, we are sure you will love these new women’s and maternity pieces just as much! To keep you salivating until they launch later this month, we’ve put together a little behind the scenes video of the shoot which we held on the Sunshine Coast. You might spot a few of these new pieces! A big thanks to the very talented Harry Mark for putting the video together for us!

sneaky-peek behind the scenes! 2013 sorella & me photoshoot

It’s so exciting for us to be so close to launching a few new pieces to our much-loved sorella & me collection. After the success of the new men’s collection, we are sure you will love these new women’s and maternity pieces just as much! To keep you salivating until they launch later this month, we’ve put together a little behind the scenes video of the shoot which we held on the Sunshine Coast. You might spot a few of these new pieces! A big thanks to the very talented Harry Mark for putting the video together for us!

30 by 30. It’s time to start living.

Super excited to have our little sister Zara guest post today for the sorella-hood. Thanks so much for sharing and giving us a kick up the behind Za!  Who knew little sisters could be so clever! One year ago I was at a very real and very painful low point in my life. A long term relationship that I thought was going to be … ‘it’ … came to a very sudden and painful end. My life turned a complete 180 and I had to try to find myself amongst the heartbreak, tears, depression, gin and tonics (and Maggie Beer Ice Cream). I woke up one morning recently with an overwhelming realisation that I was pushing 30. A year ago I would have hid in…

To dummy or not to dummy? When do WE say good-bye to the comforter?!

Early when I was in the ‘newborn haze’ I posted on Facebook “to dummy or not to dummy?”, to get advice from friends about whether I should give my baby one.  The response was mixed.  I decided to give him one. Would I give him a dummy again? Yes. My daughter didn’t have one (which is why I went searching for opinion), but the dummy was the only thing that gave me a break from breastfeeding my very thirsty son and allowing my body the time it needed to produce more milk.  It was a lifesaver in the car and he was a great sleeper with our strict rule that dummy was only for sleep time, so in the cot and in the car etc.  …

How to be a Good Wife: Anna goes to Marriage School

J1 (who opts out of a formal choice of religion) has generously agreed to my request for us to be married in a Catholic Church. While I’m not a practicing supporter of the church itself, I do believe in God and I am a bit of a fan of spirituality more generally and what it can bring to your life. Like most “non-practicing-but-ok-with-God” people who have had an upbringing in a Catholic school, a few god-fearing grandparents to keep you on the straight and narrow, as well as perhaps a couple of failed attempts to ‘find something else’, here I am, still believing but slightly jaded by those at the top who run it. It’s like wanting to drink 7 cocktails without the hangover. You…

What did you miss in 2012?

Welcome back to the sorella-hood for 2013! We hope you had a wonderful time over Christmas with your family and set for another fantastic year! As parents start to get the back-to-school preparations started, and men and women over the country groan their way back to work (dreaming of any sort of opportunity to be able to quit work and financially fund a permanent residence at the beach), Alisha & I are so excited to be reaching sorella & me‘s first birthday later this month, and can’t wait to see  where this year will take us (it’s going to be hard to top an amazing 2012!). Aside from a overwhelming love of our sleepwear collection, a very surprising aspect of sorella & me last year…

A happy marriage. What’s the magic formula?

Our parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this week. When you stop to think about it, it’s a big achievement. Massive. Just think, 40 years with that one person. My mum married my father as a sweet 21 year old – so she has spent two-thirds of her life with him. She wouldn’t know a day without him, and he without her. And let’s face it. It’s especially awe-inspiring with a current divorce rate of 2.3 divorces per 1,000 population (2010 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics). That’s 50,200 divorces. That’s 100,400 unhappy people (or happy people, depending on how you look at it). That’s 1 in 217 Australians getting divorced every year!

Grace Kelly: 30 years since her tragic death

It’s 30 years this week since Grace Kelly tragically died in a car accident.  I blogged about my small but significant crush on her earlier this year, so I thought I would share it again today for those who may have missed it, along with this gorgeous pic I only recently found with her son Albert II. She was known to be an exceptionally dedicated mother. Enjoy! x anna ______________________________________ I adore Grace Kelly… image via Harper’s Bazaar I don’t know how or when it started – I can’t remember the first time I saw her but I suspect it had something to do with driving our mother crazy and her needing some quiet time.  She probably plonked my sisters and I in front of…

A feeling in my loins…

As many of you know, I am currently at the very start of planning my wedding. I am completely overwhelmed, terrified, nauseated, and literally sleepless with all the options, costs and ways it could all go very very wrong. To make matters worse, while I am shortlisting venues and finalising budgets, I have had every bride there has even been tell me “Oh it’s all so fabulous! I wish I was planning my wedding day again! It’s the BEST!” Which does nothing except make me feel like I am missing something. Didn’t anyone else feel the pain of wedding-planning-crazy-land? Interestingly, as I grapple with the “is it all really worth it – why can’t I just elope” question, it seems one mother in the sorella-hood…

The sorella-hood’s top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS!

It’s fair to say an expectant Mary Poppins would be well prepared for her pending hospital visit, but what about the rest of us that aren’t lucky enough to have bottomless luggage? There are many ‘What to pack for your hospital bag’ lists out there, so the difference with the sorella & me list? Well, it is compiled by our sorella-hood readers – AND their suggestions focus on Mum’s needs only! (A big thank you to all those who contributed!) So here we go – the Top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS! 1. Comfy Sleepwear (that doubles as day-wear!)  You have to be comfortable, but you don’t want to be in clothes that will have you diving under…

The best kisses of all time

Don’t you just love this photo? It was taken on this very day 67 years ago – 14th August 1945. A day forever known as VJ or VP Day (Victory over Japan/Victory in the Pacific). The end of the of the second world war was declared only moments prior to this happy snap and celebrations rolled out into the streets around the world including this iconic location – Times Square, New York. The image was caught by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt who just happened to be at the right place at the right time as a Sailor grabbed a passing dental nurse for a celebratory PDA (public display of affection).

While anna is on holidays….

As one half of the sorella & me team (i.e., anna) is enjoying her recent engagement while on holidays in USA & Mexico (and no doubt plenty of margaritas to match), we thought we’d be nice and give her the week off blogging and instead re-blog her most popular post in 2012 in case you have missed it – “10 things to make you feel old, but also make you laugh”. But first, a couple of photos from anna overlooking some ridiculously beautiful Mexican beach – we take it the beach-bar in the foreground of the first photo is the source of said margaritas….

The day I was proposed to

It’s with heaps and heaps of girly excitement I tell you the love of my life has proposed to me! It has been a crazy few weeks and I feel a little overwhelmed… but I am sure it will all sink in eventually! Part of the reason I have been so busy is that I had to get sorella & me organized so I could get away for a 3 week working-holiday with my fella (J1) to the USA. He had a conference to go to so I thought I’d tag along, and include a week or so break together at the end (one of the benefits of having your own online business is that you can work, if well-organised, from practically anywhere!…That, and the…

Your first date: A divine start to your relationship – or disaster?

President Obama and First Lady Michelle have spoken about their first date in 1989 as part of a competition to win dinner with the couple. Love or hate his politics, you must be lacking a pulse if you aren’t at least a teeny-tiny bit drawn to Obama’s charismatic, down to earth, warm personality. Watch how chuffed he is with his first-date success. He is so happy with himself (and with snagging a woman like Michelle, it’s understandable why), that he advises single blokes should be taking notes…. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QdQ285QRLY&w=560&h=315] The best bit is where he looks down the camera and advises: “Art – guys out there – it impresses people.” Too funny. My first date with J1 was lovely – I took it as a…

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