Posts tagged ‘Jessica Reeve’

June 27, 2012

Winter Warmers Mini Festival

Want something more than a heater to give you the warm and fuzzies this Winter? Get your bee-hinds into action and mosey on down to the Winters Warmers Mini Festival  Charity Event at ye ol’ Beach Rd Hotel  (Bondi) this Saturday 30th July. Event proceeds go towards supporting Youth off the Streets & Open Family Australia. So, this means shopping and drinking will be all for a good cause, like you needed an excuse?!

This will be an all day affair that will continue well into the night and, most likely lead to a few sore heads on Sunday morning. WWMF Kicks off bright and early, by Bondi standards, at 10am with the ‘Favourite things’ Vintage and handmade markets where our very own Rain & Hale will be making an appearance.. Cider induced, of course. Be sure not to discount night time festivities even if your feet a sore from a the day time shenanigans. Fundraiser raffle, blingo, dance competition, live graffiti, photography auction and night food markets are all on the cards for after dark. Moonlight festivities will set sail at 6pm with a stella line up that includes: Belles Will Ring, The Walking Who, Iluka, Major Tom & the Atoms, The Dusty Duets & Manchoir plus Northern Soul/Mod/Ska/Motown Djs Frenzie, Rob Goodburn, Sara DJ & Graham M. Don’t forget to clean out your closet and bring down your pre-loved pieces for donation, this is a chance to rub shoulders with Bondi coolio’s listen to some sweet tunes AND give back the community.

For your donations new home:

‘Knits & Pieces Drop Box’ at the Beach Road Hotel in the Foyer under the stairs from Thurs 14 June – Sun 1 July. A collection for homeless youths. Accepting: Jackets, Coats, Blankets, Beanies, Scarves, Toiletries, Nappies, Nail Polish, Make Up, New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Written  by  Jessica Reeve: Co-founder of  creative group The Awkward Collective

May 17, 2012

A Lady In Red…

 Ever wondered what life would be like as a red-head?

Born a lady who indeed has a little more than just a tinge of the ginge and who has dabbled in adorning heads of the blonde, brunette and balliage variety I feel qualified to give you an un-biased perspective.
I believe there is, and has been a new dawn approaching. A dawn where being, and being with a red-head is sought after. We are a feisty breed, and not to mention, more often than not highly intellectual. I think the extra smarts were science’s way of saying ‘sorry about the childhood torment, here’s a few extra cells’. And there was that, childhood torment… Let me give you some background. If my memory serves me correctly I believe I was dubbed “small ears, carrot tops”, granted from the not so endearing nicknames I’ve heard others talk of since, I got off easy. I remember one time on camp our school had merged with other fellow adolescent campers and decided to enrich our lives with a barn dance, cough. There was a boy who proclaimed to me after dancing and holding the hands of every other person in front of me that “he only touched people he liked” and refused to hold my hand as a result of my head of red. This can be quite detrimental when you’re 8. I was asked in year 7 by some un-godly rather rotund year 12 boy if my carpets matched the drapes. I’ve been yelled at from cars by grotty hard on the eye bogans, called fire crotch by management and told by a girl I worked with once that she just didn’t like red-heads, ‘oh , but you’re the exception.’ This isn’t a sob story, if there was pity stirring within your emotions stop right there. This story needs anything but.

During my teen-esque years, desperately desiring a sense of normality, I ditched the rogue locks for a while and went blonde, then brunette, then blonde, then brunette… I’m very easily bored. During one of my blonde phases I also adopted an addiction to fake tan and decided that my university days were best spent as a gym junkie. I was blonde, ridiculously thin, and tanned. I somehow single-handedly embraced the complete opposite of everything I naturally was. My mother would say to me “you will never be happy or meet the right person until you are proud of who you are.” So, I did what any girl in her very early twenties would do, scoff and ignore every word she said. It never occurred to me that 5 years on she would be so incredibly right. After a Myriad of ridiculously bad life choices, broken hearts and drunken nights I thought to myself, is this me? Is this my life?!…Simply, no.

As I quickly approach my quarter of a century, I believe it has been almost a year since I embraced my inner rang, ditched the fake tan and stopped obsessing over being thin. Can I tell you, I have never felt more alive. Granted, at first it was hard, when you give up being blonde you pretty much giving up half of your allocated ‘attention’ quota. But as they say quality over quantity – this I now have.  I was actually forced to grow as person, and develop myself in ways that were beyond skin deep. This potential to find myself had always been there, laying dormant awaiting its opportunity to be awakened and unleashed – it was just, ahh?… Momentarily, covered by a smokey cloud of orange hues and peroxide tones.

The interesting life moments that come from being gingerly inclined are never few and far between. I recently went on a date with a guy who let slip his 2011 goal was to “bang a hot red-head.” I often wonder if the recent surge in the popularity of the lass with flames is due to recent shows like mad men in which men of power celebrate and seek strong red-headed women. One of my favourite lines from John Cooper, “I love red heads, they’re like a drop of jam in a glass of milk.”  Our allure, for those who are evenly slightly intrigued by a copper beauty seems to be one of intense proportions.

So, if I can give one piece of sound advice to my fellow ladies of red – do not try to fit in when you are born to stand out.

Written artfully and inspiringly by  Jessica Reeve: A bangin’ hot red-head & Co-founder of  creative group The Awkward Collective.

February 23, 2012

Bondi Hardware

Bondi’s trendiest new warehouse eatery

Situated on Hall St, right in the heart of Eastern suburbs comes the latest and greatest coolio hang out Bondi Hardware.  Located at what was once the local DIY store warehouse, Bondi’s newest on trend restaurant and bar has stayed true to its original legacy by decking out its dwellings in old school cool raw industrial materials. Rustic tools adorn the walls, weathered workbench style furnishings fill the floor and service with a smile seems to be complimented nicely with a cosy ambiance that makes you feel like you’re at home. Well, a home that has been interior decorated by a hipster tradie.

Since opening the doors in early December 2011, Bondi Hardware has been one of the busiest joints on the Eastern side of town and with the deliciousness prevalent across all menu’s;  breakfast, lunch and most importantly a wine infused dinner it’s not hard to see why. Culinary stand outs include the baked Moroccan eggs with eggplant cous cous and minted yoghurt, the death by cheesy goodness pan-fried prosciutto wrapped bocconcini with tomato and lemon and last but not least the slow roasted spiced lamb shoulder salad. All meals are well priced and more importantly well portioned; it is nice to finally see a trendy eatery doing decent sizes that leave you in a happy place of sweet satisfaction.  Don’t forget to cap your delectable taste bud experience off with one of the cleverly named cocktails. Highly recommend is the loco coco, served in a whole coconut and worth every dollar of its novelty value.

Where: 39 Hall Street Bondi Beach
Hours:  Mon – Wed Midday-10pm Thurs – Fri Midday to Midnight Saturday 9am to Midnight Sunday 9am – 10pm

Phone:  (02) 93657176

Reeve xx

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