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December 29, 2010

Things I've bought lately: Pancakes, etc

Last Monday, YY and I headed to the city. We started at the Art Gallery of NSW, took a stroll through the Botanical Gardens and ended up on the other side of Circular Quay, at Pancakes on the Rocks.

We shared Macadamia pancakes and a bowl of chips.

They went nuts with the macadamias... haha get it?

I'm ashamed to say that this is one of my staple foods.

Afterwards we decided we'd burn off those calories by acting like tourists (in our own city, no less). We posed with this red telephone box (they aren't common around here, just so you know).

This is YY (with my reflection in the glass).

And this is me.

Today, I bought this mug from Typo.

$9.95, which I didn't feel was too bad.

I've only recently first ventured into Typo. It's a stationery/room decor kind of store. On their site they call themselves a "concept store", which probably means "we make money by targeting teenagers with our trendy shit". Nevertheless, it's got some okay stuff.

I also bought these denim shorts from Jay Jays. I'd been needing a pair and they were having a sale (I got these for $15 down from $29.95 hell yeah).

I suppose that's all my ranting for today. Oh wait, I changed my layout! Okay, I'm done.

December 27, 2010

Christmas Day and Boxing Day

On Christmas Day, I drove my family up to West Head lookout in Kuring-gai Chase National Park. It was a sunny day, and the views there were quite nice.

Yesterday was Boxing Day, and in the morning I made a last-minute decision to brave the sales. I was there at about 10am, and it wasn't too crowded. I only bought one thing, though, from the Dangerfield section of Myer.

It's a long-sleeved shirt, $30 (marked down from $58). It's stripy all over, not the most flattering of patterns, (I'll make it work somehow), and also pretty thick, so it's more of an autumn or winter shirt. My favourite part is the collar.

Hope everyone had/is having a good holiday season!

December 25, 2010

Sugar donut muffins: Xmas style

I love these muffins. They're such a good substitute for donuts (doughnuts?) because they have that same cinnamon-y taste and donutty texture. The receipe is from Bonnie's Bakery, which I followed up to step 7.

Because I baked them for a Christmas Party, I had to Christmas-them-up somehow, and all I had was red food colouring. So I just made up a white sugar/cinnamon mixture (I don't have the measurements, I just did it to taste) and added a bit of food colouring, which was a lot more potent than expected, so I suggest you add it bit by bit until you get a colour you're satisfied with. Then I just dipped the top of the muffin in melted butter and then into the sugar mix.

Tonight I'm making myself potato bake and watching Love, Actually.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

December 22, 2010

Love of my life: The Headband

Yes, that's right. I'm going to do a whole post on my headbands.

I started wearing them regularly sometime last year (this may or may not have coincided with my watching of Gossip Girl), and for the past year or so, I've hardly gone out without one on my head. It's gotten to the point where my friends have said that the shape of my head looks weird when I don't wear one.

Here are mine:

This is the one I wear the most, almost every day. It goes with everything, and makes my hair look so much better when I'm having a bad hair day (90% of the time). I got it from Equip quite a while ago.

Another one of my favourites. A little fancier, so it works well to dress some outfits up. I think it was from Sportsgirl, it might have been Equip again, though.

R.I.P. These are four of my favourites, and they're all cracked or bent out of shape. The top left one was the one I wore most after the black bow before it broke. I should get around to transferring the bows/decor onto plain headbands so I can wear them again.

Similar to the first black one, but in red. Ever since seeing Blair Waldorf's big red Versace bow, I'd wanted one for myself, so when I saw this in Diva I bought it immediately. It's a little hard to wear, not only because it's so bright and gigantic, but because the bow sticks up at a weird angle. A good-hair-days-only kind of bow.

My friend gave this one to me last Christmas. I love it, but it doesn't really fit with my hairstyle at the moment.

Old ones I don't wear anymore, but should.

Yeah, I can't believe I just wrote a whole entry about all the headbands I own. I actually had more pictures of the other individual ones, explaining their backstories (backstories!) and why I might not wear them often, etc, but I figured it would bore you all and make me sound kind of crazy.

Next post will be a food-related one, seeing as I'm off to bake some donut muffins for a Christmas party I'm going to tomorrow.

December 21, 2010

Books and hats

After food, books are my favourite things to buy, even though borrowing from the library would make more sense. I'm not quite sure why; there's just something about keeping a book after I've read it that appeals to me. I don't mind when they become dog-eared, or if a cover gets bent or ripped, because it makes them feel more personal, like I'm documenting something (maybe I just need to take better care of my belongings). To me, library books feel impersonal (and sometimes they're pretty gross as well).

Last week, I had a $30 gift card to spend at a bookstore, and I bought two books after a bit of deliberation.

I've loved paper bags ever since I was a kid. They're so nice and... crinkly and papery.

Okay, okay, I'll show you what's inside.

Grimm Brothers' Complete Fairy Tales and Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (I swear I did not buy this on account of the new movie that's coming out).

I'd been curious about the Grimm fairytales, and seeing as I had a gift card, I figured I'd splurge (the book was quite expensive). I've been making my way through the stories, and so far, they're okay, but not that great. I know they compiled the tales from folklore and such, but the stories don't seem to be as well-rounded as what I'm used to. They have really abrupt endings, and too-convenient complication-solvers. I think I prefer Hans Christian Anderson's stories.

I'd decided that I really needed a hat this summer, since I've been out in the sun a lot and my skin got quite splotchy after going to the beach last week. I came across one I really liked at Dangerfield, so I bought it. It's a big, red floppy hat.

I love everything Dangerfield carries; I only wish the clothing was less overpriced. Their bags and accessories are worth it though, I got my favourite handbag (it's black with studs) from there for about $45.

December 20, 2010

Online shopping wishlist

What better way to kick off a blog?

Lately I've fallen into the trap of online shopping. Not only is there so much more online than at my local shopping centre (or any in Sydney), everything is much cheaper so that, even when combined with the ridiculous shipping costs to Australia, it's still worth it.

I've still got some things sailing/flying/teleporting over the seas from Asos, so I'll do a post of what I've actually bought in the past few weeks later on. This post, however, is what I want/would buy if I were a millionaire (actually, no, if I were a millionaire I would buy designer everything. I would buy all this if I had a decent-amount-of-money-to-spare).

Left to right: Dress, Dress, Dress, Romper, Coat, Jacket

Dress x 3 (can't decide which I like best)

I was lurking Forever21's site (we don't have F21 in Australia), and I began to have winter clothing cravings. Everything's really really cheap, meaning that the clothes probably aren't great in quality. Generally, I don't mind if something isn't very well made (as long as it fits adequately) because I've never actually worn anything over and over until it's fallen apart. But I'm a little more wary while internet shopping (it would cost me less to throw something in the bin than ship it back to the US or UK).

Left to right: Cardigan, Cardigan, Jacket, Coat, Coat, Jacket

Other bloggers blog about things they actually own. I own these clothes... in my imagination.

I promise I'll come up with something better to talk about tomorrow.

December 19, 2010

New here

I think, sometime in between making my Twitter and Tumblr accounts in the past year, I told myself that I would never get a blogspot (something about being done with public blogging and the fact that I already have a Livejournal).

Apparently, though, I hadn't taken into account the devastating effects of post-HSC boredom, mixed in with my love for making accounts on sites like these just so I can make a new layout (one of my greatest pleasures in life. I used to design websites. For fun). So sometime last night, when the cooler people of my age were out celebrating the end of HSC-related things, I made this blog. And I seriously spent the whole day today re-coding one of the blogspot templates (only to realise I'm using one of the older ones, making everything harder). I still don't really know if I like this mainly-white-with-some-black minimalist thing for a blog layout, though.

I'm still trying to find my way around (for example, I have no idea what this Google friend connect things is, or how it works, only that everyone has it. So I spent about half an hour trying dig around for the right code to get it on my sidebar).

I suppose I should introduce myself a little more? I spent the past two years trying to balance my study load with my "social life" (by that, I mean internet time). I love to read, expecially classic novels (my favourite is Dracula). I have a soft spot for the Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables series. I also like photography (my favourite is fashion photography). I watch Gossip Girl, Merlin (although these shows haven't been that great lately) and Misfits (recently started, so funny). I love clothes, but I don't have enough money to dress that well, so this isn't going to be a fashion-centric blog (cameras make me look uglier and fatter anyway).

Contrary what you might have concluded so far, I do have friends, who I shop with, watch movies with, exercise with (shout out to YY) and talk football with (I won't be blogging about that much here, because I'm new to the sport and it probably shows. Although I do know the offside rule).

So I'll see you later, if I end up sticking around.