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January 27, 2011

Round-up of sorts

I haven't posted for a while! (Okay, six days.) Mainly because I haven't really been up to anything, since it was so hot and humid this past week I didn't want to step outside.

I said I'd show everyone the clothes I ordered from Forever21, but the pictures weren't too great so there's only one of the skirt and a bit of the cardigan:

The buttons are meant to go down the front, but I don't really like them there so I wear them to the side.

I also got a nice red coat, which you will probably see on this blog when winter finally comes.

I spent some of the week cleaning out my room and rediscovering things. I always buy jewellery for occassions which I never wear out again. I suppose I'll try to remember to accessorise more in the future?

I also found some nice watches I wore when I was younger. I intend on taking them out of retirement, after their batteries are replaced.

I took some time out to "fix" my headbands (involving taking the bows off the broken bands and supergluing them onto new bands. Not sure how long they will last).

Read Anne's House of Dreams...

And tried to plan for Melbourne (I have no idea what to pack).

Received my new iPod! I ordered a 5th generation refurbished one, because I don't really like the tiny new nanos with their touch screens. I don't usually have orange things, but there wasn't too much choice and it's nice and bright.

Most of the time, I chilled in front of the computer.

I leave for Melbourne next week for seven days, so if I don't post again before then, you'll know why. Expect a megapost when I get back!

January 21, 2011

Celebrating with the best kind of food

University offers came out the other day and I got into my top preference. Come March, I'm going to be a med student! I'm so excited.

Last night, a few friends and I went out to eat Italian.

We shared pasta, pizza magherita and a bowl of chips (which isn't strictly Italian food but frequent readers of this blog should know to expect chips in most of my food posts).

New favourite drink; lemon lime and bitters. I don't know why I haven't tried it before.

Then we went to a nearby park to chill out.

This is Jasmine... she likes to accessorise.

Shoutout to my only pair of flats. $50 down from $80 from Sportsgirl.

I actually did try and take some outfit pictures the other day. Apparently, it's harder than it looks. I'll post them soon, even though they aren't any good.

Until next time!

January 17, 2011

Manly Beach

Yesterday, YY, Angela and I hit up Manly Beach. It started as a really good beach day - warm but not too hot, partly cloudy so the sun wasn't too scorching at first.

North side of Manly Beach.

Southern part of Manly Beach.

I got my Esther Williams sheath swimsuit from Modcloth, but it's available from other sites for cheaper (I had other things to order from MC so in the end the shipping costs worked out better for me). I don't have any full-body pictures from the day, but I love it. A nice elderly lady even complimented me on it (is that a good thing, though?). Photo courtesy of YY's new Blackberry.

YY didn't swim, she sunbathed (baked?) all day.

That's Angela. She spent all day lying around in a bikini and this was the only photo she'd let me post.

It got a lot sunnier later in the day, and I think that's when I got sunburnt. I haven't been sunburnt in years, and I suppose I got complacent. The backs of my legs are raw and red, it actually hurts for me to sit. Oh well, lesson learnt.

On that note, another one: it's not advisable to leave things too close to the waves, because it's likely that your canvas (and thus not-waterproof) bag, containing your electronics, will become engulfed by water. R.I.P phone and iPod. My little point-and-shoto camera survived, (SO glad I didn't take my DSLR) which is how I'm able to subject you to these pictures.

After we took the ferry back to Circular Quay, we had dinner at Pancakes on the Rocks.

I had their "Blueberry Delight" (or whatever it was called).

Concluding with this freakish picture of me drinking my mango smoothie.

So, overall, it was a relatively fun day (apart from the sunburn and water-damaged phone and ipod).

Watch out for an outfit post soon (clothing haul arrived from Forever21. More on that later).

January 13, 2011

Trinkets + The King's Speech

WL came back from a holiday in Hong Kong, and she brought some little gifts for me. That vampire-thing is, apparently, a "forest ghost" (see below). It's so cute, I have to find something to attach it to.

She also got me a mirror in the shape of a cookie. It's actually made of this scented, foam-like material which actually smells like cookie!

On Tuesday, I went out with a couple of friends. We watched The King's Speech, which was quite good. Colin Firth did a really good job, and it was nice to see Helena Bonham Carter play a character who isn't as psycho as Bellatrix Black. I appreciated the Australian accent of Geoffery Rush's character and quips about Australia, haha.

(Stills from here)

We then had Italian for lunch (no pictures, because of course I didn't take my camera) and then went to karaoke, which was fun. Here is a photo of me, courtesy of one of my friends.

Of course the first picture of myself that I post on this blog would be one of me looking dopey while singing some Katy Perry song. At least you guys know I'm a real person now.

ETA at the request of YY: Yesterday, during swimming, YY taught me how to do a backwards roll in the water. For some reason, in the past 14 years of swimming, I've never thought of attempting one, and when I tried to, I just couldn't do it. I refused her offer of physically flipping me over, for fear I'd knock my head on the floor and die, but I finally got it in the end.

Also, I hope everyone's heard of the flooding in Queensland right now. It's quite scary, especially when you look at the pictures and they look like a scene from a movie. Currently, there's also bad flooding in Brazil, and Sri Lanka as well, I believe.

January 10, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Forever 21

This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever that I've ever tried - and it makes the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever tasted. You get big, fat, chewy cookies, the kind that's sold in cafes and bakeries. Get the recipe here at allrecipes. What do you guys like to bake, if you do? I know some people like it because it can be therapeutic, but when I bake, I bake so that I can stuff my face with the end product. Now that's what I find therapeutic.

In other news, YY and I did a big Forever21 order today, so we could split the shipping ($35 to Australia). Everything on that site is so cheap, especially with the exchange rate so good right now. Here are the things I ordered:

Left to right: Jacket, Skirt, Cardigan, Shirt, V-neck top x 2.

I can't wait till everything comes. Maybe I'll actually post pictures of myself wearing these clothes.

We both got this bag:

It's a men's bag, and YY found it (I never think to look in the men's section). I'm hoping it's nice and sturdy so I can use it for uni this year.

Right now, YY and I are planning a trip down to Melbourne in February. I'd wanted to go to London, but my plans fell through (almost broke my heart). Melbourne should be cool as well (and cheaper). I'm now planning on spending my Christmas in London/travelling the UK this year (a white Christmas, finally!), so I better start saving...

January 8, 2011

Wardrobe envy: Movie/TV characters

Yesterday, I went to the city with WL for some shopping. I didn't take my camera (my thought process went something along the lines of it's too hot to be dragging around this giant-ass camera, I won't end up taking any pictures anyway, one of my shoulders will end up lower than the other...), so I don't have any shots of the things we did, like sharing a giant icecream sundae from Passionflower and washing it down with a hot dog (me) and a meat pie (WL) from Harry's Cafe de Wheels, then checking out the new Galaxy World (I owned her in air hockey).

Since I haven't got any pictures to show, I figured I'd do something (else) fun. Quite often while watching TV or a movie, I'd be wishing that I had a character's wardrobe. So here are my top 5, in ascending order.

5. Morgana, Merlin
Okay, so maybe her dresses aren't particularly era-appropriate for now, and getting around in those long skirts would be a bother. But I'd like to swish around like her, for maybe a day or two at the very least (especially in that gorgeous red cape of hers).

4. Violet Baudelaire, Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events
I loved the whole aesthetic of this movie, Violet's clothes especially. I need want that blue coat of hers.

3. Lolita, Lolita (1962)
I'm a sucker for 50s fashions. I really like the shapes - full skirts and nipped in waists.

2. Wednesday, Morticia, Gomez, The Addams Family (yes, I'm counting them all)
Can they adopt me already? (I only watched the first movie and the sequel late last year, and I loved them. I found the humour hilarious.) If I were Wednesday, I'd wear that same dress everyday too.

1. Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl season 1
Blair's season one wardrobe was to die for. Since the show's progessed and she's graduated form high school, her clothes have moved away from that preppy look with the blazers and blouses (not to mention the loss of The Headband), and I'm not really a fan. I think my favourite ever outfit of hers was the one from 1.07 (second row, first and third images).

(Images from

Oh well. I suppose I'll survive in the on-sale chain-store clothing I own.

Food post next! I will be introducing this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe I discovered.

January 5, 2011

Penguins, chocolate

Ever since Penguin brought in the Popular Penguins range I've been reading more books, especially classics like Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes and Tales of the Unexpected (which is amazing, Roald Dahl is a genius). Because they're so cheap, $9.95 each, I don't balk at buying titles I haven't heard much about. Sometimes it backfires and I've now got some awful books on my shelf (The Haunted Hotel was not to my taste) but sometimes it works out for the better. For example:

I hadn't actually head of Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay until I saw it on the shelf at the bookstore. I don't know why, because it's an amazing book; I read it all in a day on the weekend before my final two HSC exams (I could not put it down). It's wonderfully eerie and not to mention well written - those sticky tabs are marking some passages I thought were gorgeous (and trust me, I'm not usually that much of a literary nerd). So if you ever come across it, I definitely recommend that you buy/borrow it. It's a thin little book, so it would make for a nice afternoon on the couch. There's also a film adaptation of it I've been meaning to watch (apparently it's very good).

In other news, my dad brought home a box of my favourite chocolates ever.