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September 29, 2014

Jumping into spring



Jumper c/o Joules / Glassons pants / Bass loafers.

What I wore the other day for studying and checking out Art & About! New jumper from Joules, a British brand I hadn't heard of before. They sort of specialise in country clothing, and some of their stuff is a bit too country to be relevant for me - I'm a Sydney girl, there's only so much mud in my life. But they also have loads of nice classics - striped tops, button downs, lots of navy and red. This golden yellow colour is new for me, but it goes so well with navy I felt like it was the next logical step. My favourite thing about it might not be noticeable in these photos - the odd contrast navy cuff on one of the sleeves! These trousers were left a bit unloved this winter (it was the winter of black skinny jeans), they've stretched a bit with wear and washing and become more relaxed fit than I'd intended them to be.

This is definitely not the outfit for the weather we had today - 30C! The same predicted for tomorrow, but it will be a short-lived heatwave because temperatures go back down to the low 20s on Wednesday. Phew, not ready for it to get so hot so quickly!

September 27, 2014

Art & About

Today I was in the city doing some work in a cafe (as I apparently can no longer do anything at home), so at lunchtime I met up with Wai Lam on her break to check out the Art and About photography exhibits in Hyde Park. There are things happening all over the city for Art & About, but since I'm getting a bit busy now I'm not sure if I'll be able to check out the rest before it ends - this is always a bad time of year (doesn't the City of Sydney understand it needs to pause its social and arts calendar until my deadlines have passed?).



Little Sydney Lives is the exhibition for the kid's photography competition. I really loved looking at these, especially the descriptions, which were mostly along the lines of "I like how my face looks funny underwater" and "here are flowers on the footpath". This is basically my thought process in taking photos too.


We don't really come to Hyde Park much, I associate it with rats (saw a giant one there once), but I guess it's alright.



The other photography exhibit. The theme is "Australian Life".



Obviously these were really good, but I still think the children's photography was more charming!

It's 2am, I've spent the entire day doing data analysis and I can barely think straight, so excuse the lack of words in this post. I'm exhausted and I think I'm having heart palpitations, I better go to bed.

September 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop


I got tagged by Jane over at Always With Yoo for this blog hop! Jane blogs from the US of A and her cosy corner of the net is about her daily adventures, her home, and her dog Piri, who has the most expressive eyes I've ever seen on a dog (or possibly any living creature). Here are the questions!

1. What am I working on?
This blog! The only other thing I'm working on right now is my research paper (I guess the dissertation/thesis equivalent for my degree) and I don't want to talk about it, I will actually cry (I cried over it last night).

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I guess in that it's pretty genre-less! Generally I classify it as a lifestyle blog but I don't really give lifestyle advice (and wouldn't recommend my lifestyle to anyone anyway). Like Jane mentioned though, this makes me feel a bit self-conscious about blogging because I can't really explain it to people who don't often read blogs. From what I've been seeing, everyone's getting a bit jaded of having particular niches for their blog and moving towards a more lifestyle approach, which I like because those are my favourite blogs to read.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Well, I started the blog because I liked taking photos and I needed a place to show them off. I began reading other blogs and I found that I generally enjoyed ones about people's everyday lives, so mine slowly went in that direction. I do it now because it's a good creative outlet, I just love the whole process of taking and editing photos, and then putting posts together. I also love connecting with people through blogging! Comments are like little inbox surprises, you guys totally get me.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Most my posts are photo-centred, so I take the photos (from a day out, travels, outfits etc.), edit them, and then write up the post. I'll have my DSLR with me if I'm going to some sort of interesting place or event, but otherwise they're photos from my phone. For my wordier entries, I usually have the draft sitting in my head/on Blogger for a while and I'll keep editing it until I like it. I'll then take a photo that goes with the post and put it online. I used to have a lot of trouble with the writing bit in posts, but it's been getting easier and I'm starting to enjoy that part more. Oh, I also preview my posts loads of times to make sure everything looks right.

I'm passing the baton to these girls for next week! I thought I'd ask some bloggers who are craftier than me and might have other projects going on.

  • Mei from Ice Pandora. Mei is from the Netherlands and she's always making cute things that look edible but actually aren't.
  • Mani from Eat Your Teacup. Mani is a fellow Sydney girl who takes great photos but her real strength possibly lies in DIY-ing really professional looking pencil cases and mugs.
  • Philippa from Cocoskies. Philippa is from the UK and does the prettiest watercolour paintings that remind me of candy (explaining my weird "I want to lick the screen!" comments on her blog posts).
What are you guys working on right now?

September 20, 2014

Laziness



Urban Outfitters BDG flannel shirt / Jack & Jones cardigan via ASOS / UNIQLO jeans / Bass loafers.

Usually I try to hide it with my pose, but my secret's out now. I am the most knock-kneed person I know. Anyway, that's just a fun fact, this post isn't about my knees. I haven't worn this flannel shirt many times since I bought it, unfortunately, I'd forgotten how comfortable it is. I actually slept in it during my US trip (when I got it), because I hadn't packed a shirt to sleep in (I was so keen on saving suitcase space for shopping my thought process went something like I'll just sleep in my day clothes which ended up a little uncomfortable). I wore my loafers so that I didn't look completely hobo. I recently got them resoled but they must have clamped them in a certain way where they roughed up the inside back heel of the shoe, so they've been scratching up my feet again. Maybe I could sandpaper it down...

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.

September 7, 2014

Australia post hates me


Why did you buy two of the same cleanser and two compensating moisturisers Jane, I hear you ask. Well, I'd made my usual online skincare order (from the UK), but a month later, there was no sign of it, so I wrote it off as lost in the mail. At this point I was running on empty so I proceeded to buy the Effaclar at Priceline and ordered the Bioderma moisturiser off an Australian site (I couldn't find Effaclar H in Australia and I needed one quickly). And then the next day... guess what came in the mail.

Talk to me about skincare... and/or how the entire UK to Australia postal system is out to get you. Also don't forget to enter the giveaway, it's ending in a week!

September 5, 2014

Scavenging for free food night a.k.a. FNO

I've just got back from Fashion's Night Out. It's the fourth year in a row I've gone (I think I've blogged them all too), basically it's a night where the stores around Pitt St mall have sales and promotions and such. I never actually bought anything on a FNO. We only go because there's always free photobooths and free food (ice cream was a thing this year). We're shameless.



UNIQLO under construction and a H&M popup. Sydney is finally growing up *single tear*


Free ice cream #1.



Didn't feel very busy tonight! Might've been the rain.


Free ice cream #2.


The last and best free ice cream, Messina.




Dinner at Jamie's Italian. We didn't have to wait in line, for once, and the food was good. I had food envy for YY's truffle risotto. Next time I might just make an entire meal out of their sides - arancini balls, polenta chips, truffle chips.



That's another year gone by!

September 2, 2014

Boating


UNIQLO top / UNIQLO jeans / Dune chelsea boots.

I've started liking this top again. Because it's sturdy, comfortable, and goes with everything, I always take it when I go travelling (so I wear it for like a week at a time, apparently this is gross) and then when I get back home I relegate it to the bottom of my long-sleeved tops drawer. It's been making more of an appearance lately, I like wearing it with my hair up to show off the boat-neck - it makes me feel elegant (like a ballerina).

Spring has not sprung yet (it attempted to yesterday), we're getting at least a week or so more of rains and cool weather, which I don't mind. I'm still refusing to accept the fact that it's probably too warm now to wear my heavy outerwear so I'm currently walking around everywhere a just a tad overheated.