Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Real Housewives of Sydney - Natalie

Our current housewife, Natalie is the embodiment of 'classic chic'. Even walking the dog she looks like she belongs on the Avenue Champs Elysees blending in perfectly with those cosmopolitan Parisians. She's sharp, witty and along with her gorgeous wardrobe is always wearing a beautiful smile. 

What are you reading at the moment?

I have two books on the go at the moment. "January First" by Michael Schofield and "All I know" by Mary Coustas. The former  tells the harrowing true story of a little girl diagnosed with severe schizophrenia  and the chaos this diagnosis brings to her family. The latter is a memoir written by the famous Australian actress that many of us know as "Effie" and her real life battle with infertility. A sobering and heart breaking read but one with a very happy ending.

What is your favourite genre? Now be honest! 

I don't really have a favourite genre.  I love a good biography, historical or contemporary and I also like a  gripping crime novel but  books that I love rereading again and again would have to be those wonderful  "chick lit " tomes of the 18th and 19th century!  I never grow tired of the characters of my favourite novel "Pride and Prejudice"  and surely Mr Darcy is as  appealing today as he was 200 years ago!!!

Please share an inspiring, smutty or funny sentence from a book you've read. Or all three if you so choose!

Naturally it follows that  one of my  favourite sentences from a book should be from Austen's classic.   "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" .  Reading this opening sentence always makes me smile and I thoroughly enjoy  Austen's hilarious portrayal of Mrs Bennett and her contemporaries.

Aside from the four C's (cooking, cleaning, children, chauffeur) what else do you manage to fit into your day?

 Like all of the other housewives, I fill my days  running and looking after my  family and  cavoodle Bobby . In rare spare moments I  love  to Zumba ,shop, travel and spend time with my wonderful fellow housewives.

How do you prefer to shop (online or other) and where?

I love shopping in  every which way! It's truly a pastime that I never tire of . I love the thrill of the chase, so prefer to go out shopping rather than do it online .  My favourite stores include  Scanlan and Theodore and the shoe department at David Jones. However, I get my biggest thrill shopping overseas. There's a broader  variety of goods and the prices are usually more reasonable too!

We all love a holiday. Where's your favourite place to kick back and unwind?  

My favourite holiday destination for   the ultimate in relaxation would have to be Noosa. Perfect weather, fabulous food and even the opportunity  for a spot of shopping  makes for a very happy holiday.  The kids love it and we've had some truly wonderful breaks there with and  without friends.

Heels or flats?

I love both heels and flats. My favourite everyday shoes are by Repetto. Their ballerinas are like slippers and I probably own close to twenty pairs (just restocked on a recent trip to France) . They come in a beautiful range of colours and finishes and some even have a little heel for when you just want a  subtle daytime lift. At night I always wear a heel. I'm not as accomplished at balancing in them  as some of my fellow housewives but I do have certain pairs that are strictly "restaurant" grade . I can walk  a few steps in them but then have to collapse at a table and stay there until dinner is over.  I used to justify my shoe fetish  by saying that they'd all go to my daughter one day but much to her dismay , her foot is already bigger than mine. Unfortunately, she has inherited my love of footwear and has started her own collection! We now have two centipedes in the house!!

An embarrassing moment...

I have had many embarrassing moments but perhaps the most notable ones come courtesy of my wonderful husband. I'm often embarrassed by the things he says but one that makes me turn red every time I think about it is the time we bumped into friends of ours. They happened to be two sisters, one of whom was pregnant and the other who was just recovering from a difficult caesarian delivery. My   astute other half decided to congratulate them both on their pregnancies and asked them when they were due. (admittedly the sister who had already given birth did still look pregnant) The first sister told him that she was due in four months and the the other said that  she'd had her baby three months before. He misunderstood her and thought that she had another three months to go and marvelled at how overdue she was and told her not to worry ,that it'd all be over soon.  The poor woman was so humiliated,as was I . To think that anyone would take one look at her and assume she was a whole three months overdue! Needless to say, he's never lived that one down.

What do you consider to be your best and worst feature?

My worst feature is definitely my inability to embrace  modern technology . I'm also terribly impatient with aforementioned technology.If I can't accomplish what I've  set out to do in roughly thirty seconds, I will abandon it for all eternity. My best feature would probably be my ability to sniff out a great shopping bargain and although I have a hopeless sense of direction I have an innate compass when it comes to orienteering myself in a shopping mall .

As a gift to all our readers please share your favourite recipe.  

Unfortunately, my skills do not lie in the kitchen as I am often reminded by my children  but I do have a yummy and foolproof recipe for teacake that my sister gave me.   

Take two eggs
          one cup SR flour
          one cup cream
          one cup caster sugar
          one teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat  all of the ingredients together until smooth and bake for approximately 45 minutes in a 170 degree oven. Once the cake is ready, melt some butter, pour it over the warm cake and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. If I can do this, anyone can!

Thanks Natalie! Wait until I introduce you to online shopping. The hunt where your fingers do the walking!

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