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July 31, 2011

Spending spree

I spent quite a bit of money over the holidays. I'm a tiny bit guilty but that feeling is generally eclipsed by how much I like this stuff.

I ordered four books from Book Depository - way cheaper than Australian book stores and with free shipping as well.
  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - I'd been meaning to read this for a while. I have a weakness for books like these (19th century science-fiction/horror). It was pretty good, but not particularly stand-outish.
  • Cracks by Sheila Kohler - I love the movie starring Eva Green. This was the main reason I wanted to read it, which I bought because I hadn't seen it in any libraries. This would be one of the rare instances where I like the movie better: the plots of both book and film are a bit lacking, but the book was very awkward to read, and not in a good way.
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - I quite liked this one, I can see how Cracks was inspired by it. The plot was way better, though.
  • Complete short stories of Roald Dahl - What can I say, I love Roald Dahl's short stories, especially the ones with twist endings. He is one of my favourite storytellers.
Anyway, onwards, for those of you who like clothes better!

A sensible button-down from Zara.

Sorry for the terrible pictures of these! Two dresses I picked up at Dangerfield when everything was 20% off. I'd lusted after them for a while but I'd never expected to buy them because I couldn't justify dropping the full price. They look quite bad on my hanger - maybe I'll post pictures of them on me sometime. No promises, though.

Chelsea boots from Wittner I'd had my eye on for a while as well. They went on sale and I had to get them. In my defence, I've been needing better winter shoes (Converse chucks just don't cut it in the rain).

Sorry for the horrid indoor lighting in these pictures. I haven't had the time during the day to take pictures lately, and I didn't want to put it off anymore!

July 22, 2011


As all my fellow Sydneysiders would know, the weather these past few days has been horrid. It's cold (cold for Sydney, anyway), gloomy and pouring rain. I don't usually mind the first two, but the rain is getting a little excessive. I suppose it's good, after the drought and all.

I actually had a haul of stuff I wanted to show off, but the lighting's a bit too gloomy for that, as you can see in these pictures.

Here are some pictures from Sunday, the last day of my holidays, to brighten this post up a little. We went to Grill'd to have lunch, cause my friend works there now. It's another burger place with nice chips.

Did anyone know that there's a British Lolly Shop in Harbourside? I'll be going there more often now.

Nougat and apple-flavoured lollies.

I've only been back to uni for a week and I'm already feeling the strain. Hopefully I'll still be able to post at least once a week, though, but you'll know what's up if I dont!

July 15, 2011

Potter post

Well, I finally saw Deathly Hallows II today! While the movie was great, I liked the book much better (obviously) and in general I like the HP films that have more light-hearted moments (like movies 4 and 6). I started getting teary about a third of the way through, just because it's the last one. We saw it at IMAX in 3D, but unfortunately they weren't doing the Harry Potter 3D glasses!

So this is how my tie turned out. I didn't really think of the fact that I'd tuck it into my cardigan, so I painted the whole thing. It was the first time I'd managed to tie a tie properly, too. The crest pin that I'd intended for my tie ended up on my cardigan.

The HP themed sweets bags I mentioned in the last post. Two pictures because I'm crazy and really proud of them. I was bored, okay?

I also had my trusty Flourish and Blotts tote bag.

The whole effect! That's me on the right, and Carrie on the left, who actually had proper robes and a scarf and tie. I was wearing a grey skirt with it. I managed to scrounge everything from my existing wardrobe except the tie and crests, so the cheapskate in me is pretty proud. I'm totally digging it out again for Halloween this year.

Jenny's Slytherin pride, as demonstrated by her tie and drink.

YY didn't dress up but she was wearing a cool DIY torn shirt thingy which could pass for Azkaban rags a ghost costume I suppose.

I can't believe it's all over! I already feel a HP shaped hole in my chest. Although there's still Pottermore to look forward to, I'm so glad JK Rowling threw us that bone.

How's that, two posts in two days!

July 14, 2011

DIY + roundup

I've been putting together a DIY Harry Potter costume for when we see the last movie at IMAX tomorrow. I had been intending to buy a proper one, but I ran out of time.

I bought the tie for a dollar at a charity shop. It had gold stripes on it, and would've been perfect if there hadn't been writing on it. So I decided to paint over them. I'll show you how it turned out in the next post! I also printed out the crest to pin to my coat and on the tie.

I also bought some food for when we're watching, but relabelled as sweets from the books. You guys probably think I'm insane now. Sneak peek:

So, as for what I've been up to in the last week. I drove YY and Jenny to IKEA on Sunday. I love the food they have there (mainly cause it's cheap).

I made some jam-filled doughnut muffins:

And I also came across one of these things. I loved them when I was little: you put them in this viewer thing and looked in, and you could see the picture story? I'm not sure how to explain it, I don't remember what they were called.

One more sleep to Harry Potter!

July 9, 2011


* Yes, I have actually run out of descriptive titles.

On Tuesday afternoon/evening I did an unintentional food safari of (almost) all of the CBD. I find that this eating all over the place has been happening more often lately, and I'm not sorry for it (although it does make for increasingly repetitive blogs about food).

So I started the afternoon off by meeting YY and WL in the city. WL mentioned a place in the Westfield Sydney food court that had truffle oil fries. Truffle oil fries. So obviously, we had to have that for afternoon tea.

WL and her flask-like water bottle.

Turns out that they were parmesan and truffle oil fries. They were quite nice, but I really didn't taste any difference between those and normal chips... they were just a bit cheesier. I wouldn't spend $8 (that's right, $8) on them again.

Afterwards, we shopped for an hour or two until WL had to go. Ever since I started online shopping, I don't really have the patience for shopping in actual stores anymore, so I didn't buy anything.

When WL left, YY and I made our way to Star Bar. I had a caesar salad. I love caesar salads. The only kind of salad I eat, really.

And, as always, we somehow ended up at the Lindt cafe, eating macarons.

Ferris wheel in Darling Harbour.

I was hoping I'd be able to blog more these holidays but things have been getting in the way! In other news, I'm both dreading and excited for the new Harry Potter movie. For the first time in a while, I'm not actually going to go and see it on the day it comes out - we got IMAX tickets for the Friday. I'm going to be so depressed when it ends!

July 1, 2011

Food Fridays?

That could be the name of weekly feature, except a) I only post about once a week and b) practically all my posts mention food in some way already.

Today Ben and Jerry's ice cream were doing a pint tub grab thing in the city. The basic idea was that you pay a gold coin (for charity) and you picked up as many pints of ice cream you could hold. I had work in the morning, and so was spared a long wait in line by YY and Jasmine, who got there earlier. They picked up 12 pints and gave me four (no really, I insisted that they take some off me). So, the natural thing to do was to sit in Hyde Park and eat it (half a pint or so, I mean, not all four tubs). Too be honest, the brownie and cookie dough chunks in Half-Baked is kind of excessive.

Me, my headband, and my ice cream!

Oh, and before we did this, we had gone to Moo for lunch (yes, dragging along 12 pints of ice cream. It was a cold day so it didn't melt too much).

I have something fun (possibly) planned for the maybe-next post.