Things I bought #132.

sportsgirl

I rarely meet a statement necklace and I don’t like and this Sportsgirl one is no exception. This is the second iteration of the necklace the store has done – the previous version had a reddish stone and I think it might have had gold hardware. I remember seeing and admiring it on a sales assistant but I never bought one before they sold out. When I saw the latest version I knew it would be going on my wish list.

I love the look of the blue crystal against the silver, though it actually has a pale gold chain. The stones have an iridescent finish so they change in different lights and the unusual shape is a nice contrast to move feminine pieces. I’ve been wearing mine with fitted tanks and my black Country Road midi skirt. It is a heaver piece to wear but not so much you’ll be left with a sore neck.

I can’t find the necklace online but I’ve seen it in quite a few retail stores. You can pick up your own for $29.95 and Sportsgirl quite often do percentage off sales at this time of year.

 

Things I bought #132.

Thoughts of the week – 23/11

AFL

1. People are carrying on left, right and centre about this Serial podcast but I’ll be honest, if there’s one thing I could not care less for it’s true crime. Good luck to you all.

2. Last week I fell over in a carpark at work while wearing my new Country Road skirt and I’m still laughing at one of my colleagues’ responses: “Oh no! But was your skirt OK?!” It was and so was I.

3. This coming week I’m off to country Victoria for a work overnighter with one of my favourite colleagues. I’m so excited. We’re going to Insta it and create a hashtag. He thinks we should bring someone else along to film a road trip movie but I’m more a DIY person.

4. I re-watched The Lake House this week and though it’s thoroughly implausible, I love it and cry every time.

5. All the photos of the AFL players swimming at the beach in Perth ahead of the International Rules are killing me in the best possible way. Loves me some shirtless and wet athletes.

6. The Erdem Keira Knightley is wearing here is stunning.

7. Guess who has a bright and shiny new gold iPhone 6? Meeeeeeeeeeee! I am never up with what the kids are doing (I think I was the last person ever to get rid of my iPhone 3, not even a 3G) but my phone battery was continually dying and I needed a better data plan so in I strolled to Optus and they’d just taken a shipment.

8. Bundaberg have these new drinks out for Christmas – spiced ginger beer, traditional lemonade and apple cider. I’m very excited. So far I’ve had the lemonade and it’s great.

9. What do we think of the Band Aid 30 version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? They’ve changed a heap of the words so it’s about Ebola and not starvation/general poverty. Not sure I like it t be honest. The original was such a big part of my childhood, we had Live Aid on VHS and watched it all the time. There was also a Band Aid 20 version and what’s interesting is the snapshot the recordings provide of the popular artists of the time.

10. I realised my mum post went up missing half so I’ve fixed that. And the absolute pearler of a story from yesterday was me, sitting at my desk at work when my dad rings me on my work number. Odd. He tells me mum can’t get my car out of park, the gear stick seems to be stuck so can I call the RACV. I was understandably reluctant to do so without having a look at the car myself because I knew, I just knew, the bloody problem wouldn’t be the car. I try calling her about five times and no answer. Then I call the RACV, take my frustration out on the bloke on the phone, and arrange for someone to come around to look at the vehicle. They tell me they’ll need mum’s number so they can ring her when they arrive and I said good luck with that, she won’t even answer for me.  Now I don’t have a workplace I can just leave for any old trivial matter but there was a perfect storm of a big job just finishing and not much else happening, plus the person who came to relieve me was ready early. I decided to try and rush home so at least I might be there when the RACV man arrives. I explain to my boss what’s happened and he says I should have a go at putting my foot on the brake while moving it out of park as it’s a safety feature on a lot of cars. Even though I drive mine all the time I can’t immediately think if I do that so I try and call mum again to get her to try and brief her on the RACV. I tried eight times and no answer – every time it cuts out and tells me the number is unavailable. Next minute my flatmate rings and she’s there with my mum, whose fucking mobile phone battery has gone dead. Dead. She never uses the bloody thing! I do my best to refrain from absolutely ripping her a new one verbally and tell her to try starting it with her foot on the brake. Three minutes later I get a message from my flatmate saying wonder of all wonders, the car is working so I can cancel the RACV. SERENITY NOW.

Thoughts of the week – 23/11

Summer pink

chanel tapage

I can measure my trips overseas, and to some extent any huge job that’s resulted in a lot of overtime, in Chanel nail polish. Regardless of whatever I’m feeling like at duty free, I always sneak one of these bad boys into my shopping bag. It started with Tulipe Noir on my first trip in 2007 and my most recent addition to the family is Tapage, a very bright pink.

Tapage is what I would call a summer pink. It’s bright and modern and fun – there’s nothing wishy washy or delicately feminine about it. It’s a bold colour, perfect for toenails peeking out of leather sandals. It’s a party colour, for when you know you have an exciting night ahead. But it’s also a chic colour for a grown up, no neons or crazy finishes here thanks.

I’ve been wearing it on my toes for the past fortnight and I love it. It’s rich and creamy and one coat is pretty much enough, though two will give you an absolutely saturated look. It makes me gag to suggest paying full price for Chanel cosmetics in Australia but if you know someone heading overseas then get them to throw a bottle of this in their bag for you at duty free.

Summer pink

Shit my mum says

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Jesus Christ. I love my mum but she has the capacity like no one else to drive me fucking insane. I have the pleasure of her company in Melbourne for the first time in five years – I’m the forgotten child, meanwhile my parents visited my brother TWICE while he lived in Thailand for two years – and I’d forgotten how infuriating it can be at times. Or maybe I’d just blocked out the memories.

For a start, my mum is going deaf which results in a lot of me yelling, “Mum! Mum! Mum!” whenever we go somewhere and her not being able to hear me from two metres away. Everyone else can though and they look at me like I’m a fucking idiot. Then there’s her capacity to retain no information whatsoever, meaning she asked me four times what the bottle of stuff I bought was and every single time I told her it was fake tan.

I love her, she’s a great mum, I’m very happy to have her here but I swear I’ll end up committed by the end of the week. Here’s some of her pearlers.

  • “I’m really sorry but I have to say something. The mould in your bathroom is really dangerous and it could make you very very sick.” There is a smattering of mould on one wall.
  • “Geez, you really know your way around here!” Yes mum, that’s because I’ve lived in Melbourne for nearly 10 years.
  • “I think we had breakfast in an alleyway here.” We did. And I told you we did the 14 times you asked me while we were at Camberwell shops.
  • Mum puts her handbag in a little trolley cart thing she gets at Big W “just so I have something to lean on” and I tell her to watch out someone doesn’t grab it out. “Oh do we have to worry about that sort of thing here?” I’m fairly certain we worry about that sort of thing everywhere mum.
  • “Well that ended with nothing!” shouted out in the cinema after Gone Girl had just finished. Yes, there were other people there.
  • “See that pink salt mum, that’s Himalayan salt.” “Yes, that’s Himalayan salt.”
  • My mum has a mobile phone in theory but never turns it on so it’s pointless. When I asked her why she has it then she tells me, “Dad might need to tell me something.” I asked her how dad would tell her something when the phone is turned off and she said, “Well he would ring you first.”

Probably my favourite of all is homing home from dinner around 12am - I had a shower and got dressed for bed while mum waited downstairs. She’s sleeping in my room and I’m sleeping on the couch. Around 12.30am I’m hearing bumps and knocks so loudly they are crystal clear even downstairs. I have no clue what she’s doing up there. The noises keep getting louder and, conscious of my two sleeping flatmates, I go upstairs to investigate. Mum is trying to turn the mattress and pulling it every which way. I think I whisper shouted something along the lines of “what the fuck are you doing?!” to which she told me she was turning the mattress. I explained that was an incredibly unwise course of action at 12.30am in the morning and can she please go to bed instead of attempting to wake everyone in the house up. She looked at me and said, “Fine, well I’ll have to sleep on the other side then” to which I replied, “Great, it’s shouldn’t be too hard to move one metre to the left!”

Seriously. Never mind some mothers do have ‘em, some daughters do have ‘em.

Shit my mum says

The 50

Two bloggers I follow – Lin and Amanda – both posted this 50 question quiz recently on their respective blogs, Out of the Bag and Assembled Hazardly. They tend to be quality over quantity posters so it was nice to read something a little bit different from them. Although I’m answering it now, I’m going to slip this one into my drafts and post it when I have a busy day.

1. What are you wearing?
 A grey long sleeve cotton tee from H&M that I bought on my first trip to London in 2007 and has well and truly stood the test of time, plus a pair of black Gap tracksuit pants in a very thin polyester-type material that were coincidentally purchased on my most recent trip to the city.

2. Have you ever been in love?
No.

3. Have you even gone through a horrible breakup? 
No.

4. How tall are you?
1.76m

5. How much do you weigh? 
Yeah, not a chance. Also I don’t actually know.

6. Do you have tattoos? 
No. I appreciate thoughtful tattoos and I’m not against them on myself, I just haven’t found anything I’d like drawn on my body that’s so important I’ll still want it there in 50 years.

7. Do you have piercings?
Just my ears.

8. What is the ideal couple to you? 
I think people who are truly the best of friends who continue to be interested in and curious about the other person. People who are genuine partners but don’t rely on someone else to complete them – they remain their own person even within a duo. There’s a great quote from Saint Exupery which says, “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but looking outward in the same direction.” I like that.

9. Your favourite TV show? 
Of all time it has to be Will & Grace and I’m particularly appreciative of the fact it has held up over the years. I also loved Sex and the City. Recently I’ve been partial to Hart of Dixie, Nashville, Elementary, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Sherlock and Suits.

10. Your favourite band?
This is like trying to pick a favourite child. I’ve adored Kylie Minogue since 1987. John Mayer has provided the soundtrack to my adult life. Keith Urban is just brilliant, even more so live, as is Pink. I was obsessed with the Sugababes in the 2000s and the Gin Blossoms in the 1990s. I’m a serial stalker of iTunes whenever people mention new music and I eternally have a soft spot for pop and 90s RnB.

11. Something you’re missing?
Being at home in NSW with my family.

12. Your favourite song? 
Belief by John Mayer. Although Spiralling by Keane has my favourite lyric of all time: “Cold like some magnificent skyline, Out of my reach but always in my eye line.”

13. How old are you? 
35. Sigh.

14. What’s your astrological sign? 
Sagittarius and I tick all the boxes for the typical traits – optimistic, happy go lucky, honest, travel loving, tactless.

15. An essential quality for a boyfriend? 
Humour (and the patience to deal with someone who is consistently late).

16. Favourite Quote?  
“‘Use?’ replied Reepicheep. ‘Use, captain? If by use you mean filling our bellies or our purses, I confess it will be of no use at all. So far as I know we did not set sail to look for things useful but to seek honour and adventure. And here is as great an adventure as ever I heard of, and here, if we turn back, no little impeachment of all our honours.’” CS Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawntreader.

17. Favourite Actor?  
Sandra Bullock. Never lets me down.

18. Favourite Colour?  
Green.

19. Do you listen to music at a low or high volume?  
High and I’m guessing my ears won’t thank me for it eventually.

20. Where do you go when you are sad?  
The shower.

21. How long do you stay in the shower?  
As long as I possibly can.

22. How long does it take to get ready in the morning? 
30 minutes if I have to do my hair, 20 minutes if I don’t.

23. Did you ever get in a fight?  
If we’re talking physically then only ever with my brothers. One of them broke my nose once but to be fair, I was once the cause of him needing stitches in his foot.

24. Something that seduces you in a man?  
Initially someone super tall and broad shouldered. Dark haired. Then someone who is funny, interesting, smart and kind. If they follow Port Adelaide then I will do the proposing there and then.

25. The most repelling thing in a man?  
The most repelling trait in anyone is ignorance.

26. Why do you have a blog? 
Because I love to write and I find the process of blogging enjoyable.

27. What are you afraid of?  
I am petrified of heights. More broadly I worry about not doing everything in my life that I want to do and as I get older I’m increasingly afraid of my parents dying.

28. The last thing that made you cry?  
Watching YouTube videos of Oscar acceptance speeches. Seriously, I deal with a lot of incredibly sad situations at work and am stoic through it all but give me five minutes on Facebook and Ellen giving a car to an underprivileged family and I will bawl my eyes out.

29. The last time you said “I love you”? 
To my parents on the phone – I always say it when we finish a conversation.

30. What does your blog name mean?  
A few years ago on ANZAC Day I got outrageously drunk whilst watching the football with friends then harassed a gentleman on public transport who was wearing a terrible mustard jumper. I think that anecdote probably sums me up, I love sport and drink, think I’m funny and am passionate about style.

31. The latest book you read?  
I read Deanna Raybourn’s latest book Night of a Thousand Stars. It’s an adventure tale set in the Middle East in the 1920s and could best be described as a “rollicking good yarn”.

32. What are you currently reading? 
I’ve bought quite a few new books recently and have just started Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore, which is the latest in the Lorien YA series that started with I Am Number Four.

33. The latest TV series you watched?  
The Mindy Project. I love the humour, the rapport between the characters, the clothes and Mindy’s indestructible self confidence.

34. The last person you talked to?  
My flatmates.

35. Who did you last text with?  
One of my best friends who also happens to be my boss at work. I sent her a photo of AFL player Matthew Pavlich and his Movember facial hair saying he was still hot to which she agreed. That’s why we’re friends, we’re totally on the same wavelength.

36. Your favourite food? 
Sausage sandwiches. More specifically sausage sandwiches with thin, slightly charred sausages, barbecued onions, lots of tomato sauce and thinly sliced white bread with chewy crusts. I also cannot say no to trifle at Christmas, especially second-day trifle after it’s been in the fridge marinating and getting even more delicious.

37. Places you want to visit? 
Off the top of my head I’ll say Prague, the US south, WWI and WWII battlefields of France and Germany, Macau, Cuba, Istanbul, Great Wall of China, Easter Island, Mexico, the Taj Mahal, Broome, Cornwall and I want to ride that train with the glass top that goes through the Canadian mountains.

38. The last place you visited?  
London, preceded by Dublin, Paris, Lisbon, various parts of Spain, Santorini, Athens and Doha.

39. Are you currently sweet on someone?  
No.

40. The last person you kissed?  
Someone whose lap I was sitting on when I was very drunk. Classy.

41. The last insult you were told?   
There’s something of a disagreement currently going on between a couple of colleagues so I’ve been told of a few that have been let fly.

42. Your favourite candy flavour? 
Fake cherry for the win.

43. Do you play an instrument?  
When I was at school I played the recorder, clarinet and saxophone though none particularly well. I can still bang out a rousing rendition of Silent Night or Frere Jacques on the recorder though.

44. Your favourite piece of jewellery?  
A multi-coloured J.Crew statement necklace.

45. The last sport session you practiced?  
Does walking for 10 hours a day in Europe count?

46. The latest song you sang? 
Style by Taylor Swift in my car.

47. Your favourite catch phrase? 
I’m not sure they’re catch phrases per se but there’s two very old sayings from the Street Talk segment (vox pops with bogans) on the rugby league Footy Show that my brothers and I use all the time. They make no sense to anyone and make no one laugh except us. They are “How’s that sandwich going mate? Yeah good danks” and “Oh I give it a five out of thirteen!”.

48. Have you ever used it?  
Constantly.

49. Your last evening out?  
Last Wednesday I caught up with a work colleague in the early evening and in the spirit of not having seen each other for nearly two months, a lot of beer was quickly consumed. Then we moved onto white wine and along with his partner polished off $50 worth of dumplings in Chinatown. There was a lot of buyer’s remorse the next day.

50. Who are you tagging?  
Everyone. Get involved people.

The 50

Lined up

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I’ve already carried on a treat about my love for Sephora’s own line of cosmetics so I won’t bore everyone with that again, but believe me when I say these are the very best. The 12HR contour eye pencils are absolutely brilliant – fantastic to wear, long lasting and excellent colour range. I myself own four and can speak highly of all of them.

On my most recent holiday I picked up two, Surfer Girl and Cookie Crunch. Surfer Girl is a shimmery teal that leans more blue than green and is stunningly pretty. Also I can’t think of anything I’ve ever seen that comes close to a dupe. For me it’s a bit of a special occasion eyeliner because teal’s not an everyday colour for me. I love it on a night out streaked below the lower lashline with plenty of black liner and sooty lashes on top. You can also use it as an eye colour as it’s creamy, though you will need a decent primer. Otherwise lasting power is brilliant though I do find it leaves a slight blue stain that only disappears on me after three or so face washes.

On the flip side, Cookie Crunch is my go-to eyeliner for all occasions. It’s a dark gold that can be used without precision because it’s reasonably subtle, yet it adds great definition to the eye. During the day it’s appropriate for work and then at night it works really well with a brown smoky eye. I adore it and love that it’s shimmery but not glittery at all.

If you happen to be in Sephora then these are well worth checking out. As I said there’s so many colours and they come in crème and shimmer finishes, some with sparkle. I can’t rave about them enough and for only around $10-15 it’s well worth picking up a couple.

Lined up

Things I bought #133.

witchery earrings

I can’t resist a good earring and these Witchery ones are just gorgeous. Over the past few years I’ve tended more towards statement necklaces but statement earrings are slowly creeping back into rotation for me. Particularly around party season, a great earring is an excellent way to finish off an outfit.

I love the simplicity of this gold pair – they almost look like hoops but they’re a little more edgy. They’re also incredibly light and I can barely feel them on my ear, so I know they’ll be comfortable all night long. My only point of contention is they are quite long so they do hit my shoulder at times and get bumped a bit. A centimetre less probably would have been perfect. Otherwise they slide on to the ear easily and manage to stay put.

The hoop teardrop earrings come in gold or silver for $24.95, though if you race into Witchery today after reading this then you’ll manage another 25 per cent off. I’m not sure I can quite justify also buying the silver but either would be great as the finishing touch to a night out outfit this summer.

Things I bought #133.