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September 18, 2014

Food, stripes, and an interrogation

Really good crispy chicken bun from Eat Art Truck and feeling super scholarly with actual books I borrowed from the actual library for my essay. Irrelevant to the rest of this post, just thought I'd throw in two of my favourite things (food and stripes). The lovely Saskia at Girl In Brogues tagged me for a Liebster Award and I am finally getting onto it. Here are the questions and my answers!

1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
When I was 13, I wore too much eyeliner, had the worst fringe, and wanted to be a rockstar. I started learning guitar specifically to work towards this goal, but I found (for the second time) that I'm just not musically inclined.

2. If you were in a police movie, who would be your crime-fighting partner?
Sherlock Holmes? Does that work? (No I don't mean Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock BBC I hate him sorry not sorry).

3. What are your favourite flowers?
Hm well I have hayfever so flowers aren't my favourite things. I guess I like roses, they're pretty?

4. What is your favourite catchphrase?
Such fun! and anything else from Miranda.

5. Pick a TV programme – Who Do You Think You Are?, Eastenders or Broadchurch?
Is this a very British question? Haha unfortunately I've never watched any of these! I guess Who Do You Think You Are sounds interesting, there's an Australian version I've never watched either.

6. Describe your perfect evening gown.
Hmmm. Black, sleeveless, with a highish neckline, fitted up top and then an amazing floor length circle skirt.

7. What are you better at, fibbing or breaking bad news?
Fibbing, probably! Wait, depends on the situation. I'm a bad fibber when the situation is supposed to be funny but I guess if the alternative is bad news I could pull it off better than actually breaking the news.

8. You have to pick an outrageous outfit to wear for Halloween – what would it be?
I haven't dressed up for Halloween for ages but I have a Minnie Mouse outfit planned for the next time I do. Outrageously boring I guess...

9. Pick another blogger and tell us why you love them.
So to avoid favouritism (because I love a lot of bloggers) I closed my eyes and jabbed the cursor on my blogroll page until a link opened on Sartorial Diner. Stephanie is always on food adventures (my kinda girl), she was studying in NYC until recently and is now settling into working life (as a fashion designer!) in Germany. My life will never reach those heights of coolness.

10. What’s your breakfast cereal?
I mix it up between corn flakes, Rice Bubbles, and Cheerios. When I was little I loved fruit loops and cocoa pops and all those, but that's too much sugar for my old lady palate now.

11. Who’s your favourite TV chef?
I don't watch many cooking shows... I guess Nigella? I seem to use her recipes a lot.

I'm tagging... Harriet at Where is Harriet, Clare at Uncia + Tigris, and Stephanie at Native Blush. Feel free to do this in the comments as well!

1. What's the last thing you took a photo of?
2. What's your favourite meal to make at home?
3. Do you play any instruments?
4. Inside or outside?
5. Favourite season and why.
6. How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Was that enough?
7. Current favourite TV show.
8. What's one thing on your bucketlist?
9. Best way to cheer yourself up.
10. Put your music player on shuffle... what's the first song that plays?
11. What was the last thing you spent money on?

September 15, 2014

Picnicking under attack

Yesterday Carrie held a picnic for her birthday so we made our way to the Botanical Gardens. It had been raining in the morning, but we were lucky that it held off for the rest of the day.

The birthday girl and an entire mini-esky of alcohol. Don't know how that happened...

YY and her only friend.

It was a nice day, but I didn't take many pictures. Might have had something to do with the fact that I had to be on guard because this INSANE BIRD kept on swooping at us. Like, every five minutes! It touched me and I don't think I'll be able to hear the flapping of wings without twitching for a while now. I guess it's nesting season and we were in its territory... and too lazy to move all our blankets and food. But seriously you don't have to worry about the sharks and crocodiles and poisonous snakes in Australia, you worry about terrifying aggressive birds. At least it wasn't a magpie, those things don't mess around, I'm convinced they could kill a man (actually according to Wikipedia they have caused deaths).

ETA: I totally forgot about the giveaway! The winner is Philippa, I will be emailing you right now.

September 13, 2014

Concentration is the game

It's getting towards the end of the year and deadlines are creeping up, but I've become so bad at concentrating. Lately I've found that the best way for me to get work done is to be somewhere calm yet public - like the library or a cafe. I've become so used to procrastinating at home (I was saying to my friend today that my room has become a literal dungeon of procrastination) that the change of scenery really kicks me into gear. Having strangers around holds me accountable, because I can feel their judging eyes on me if I sneak onto Facebook or try to online shop. A massive mug of coffee also helps, not because I need the caffeine, but because it makes me feel purposeful and grown up. As for the bagel - there is no explanation or need for the bagel. I just really like bagels with cream cheese.

I've been on a blogging blitz lately but as you can infer from this post I'm getting a bit busier now so I might just scale back a bit. There is one day left of my giveaway so don't forget to enter!

September 10, 2014

Thanks MCA for the lighting

Ezra dress (via The Iconic) / Wittner loafers.

Tonight/last night (i.e. I just came back from it and it's 2am) I went to a party with a "formal" dress code. Yes, I am that dedicated to blogging that I write posts straight away when I get home from parties (actually I'm just waiting for my hair to dry before I can throw myself into my beautiful bed). This is the dress I bought back in April. It's my chameleon dress, works for any occasion. The shoes are my old torturers, I loved them but I'd bought them a size too small so I don't wear them often anymore, but they seemed to go best with the dress (I refuse to wear heels to anything).

So my face is already going to be puffy tomorrow from the alcohol (in moderation) and then McDonalds we got on the way back (drive-thru, so classy), I shouldn't add to it with further sleep deprivation. I will reply to and return comments soon.