A look back at my 2016 goals

On the final day of this year, I thought it might be pertinent to take a look over my shoulder and evaluate my progress.  Before I reveal my resolutions for 2017, I wanted to talk about how I fared with my 2016 resolutions.

When bookworms declutter….. #declutter #books #minimalism

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Get my reading list down to 7 pages.

Oh how I chuckle when I read this resolution.  I have a running list of books I want to read on my computer, and when the year began it was sitting at eight pages long.  I thought that I would easily be able to shave off a page with a year of dedicated reading.  And this would be true, except of course that I forgot to factor in that I regularly add more books to the list.  And so now, despite a valiant effort and lots of books ticked off, the list has now grown to nine pages.  Ah well.

Finish off a few niggling spring cleaning jobs

This one is a bit of a mixed bag.  I had wanted to pick up some prints that I had framed, which I still haven’t done, because a) when I called the shop to check in on them they hadn’t been completed yet and b) I still haven’t heard back about them.

I had also planned to fix a lamp that had been broken for a year.  Really all the lamp needed was a new bulb and a few screws tightened. But after so many months of thinking about this job, I realised that the lamp had been broken for a year and I didn’t miss it one bit.  So instead of fixing the lamp, I threw it away and I haven’t looked back.

The final task was finally taking all the bags of items I had earmarked for donation to the donation bin.  I absolutely killed this one.  One at a time, every lunch break for nearly a month, I would take one bag to the op shop on my way back to work. And eventually the pile of bags shrank to nothing.

Visit a teppanyaki restaurant

No reasons or excuses. I just didn’t do this one.

Make at least three vlogs

I managed to make two vlogs: one about my trip to Oz Kink Fest and my Disney Tag vlog.  I just ran out of time to make any more.  Filming videos takes time, and time is something I didn’t have a lot of this year.  So only two videos got made in the end.

Buy less

I think I did an excellent job of buying fewer unnecessary items in 2016.  I went a bit nuts in the middle of the year, splashing out on new hoodies that I didn’t truly need.  There was also a number of ill-fated Daiso sprees.  But in general, I really cracked down on my discretionary spending and bought fewer impulse items.

Review some products for my blog

I knocked this one out of the ballpark.  I reviewed a whole mess of sex toys this year as well as the Thinx underwear. I absolutely loved doing these reviews, and I got so much fantastic feedback from them that I can’t wait to get into some more in 2017.

 

Try one new recipe a week

I didn’t exactly make one new thing a week, but I think I made roughly 52 new recipes this year.  I tried loads of new vegan recipes and made lots of meals I hadn’t tried before. I think my favourite recipe of the year was the oven-baked risotto.  It was a million times easier than stovetop risotto and infinitely more delicious.

 

Get my eyes tested and possibly get some new glasses.

I had an eye exam in April and it turned out I didn’t need new glasses.  Huzzah!

 

Start planning an overseas trip

Does “occasionally dream about going overseas and drool over friend’s holiday snaps” count as planning?  No?  Ok, in that case, this one is still yet to be accomplished.

Visiting Marilyn Monroe in Bendigo. #birthday #icon #giantpanties

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Celebrate my birthday in style

My thirtieth birthday was fantastic.  I went with my parents to the Marilyn Monroe exhibit in Bendigo and geeked out hard.  I spent a night at The Windsor Hotel with my boyfriend and was absolutely pampered.  I had a Japanese meal with my closest friends.  It was epic and perfect and amazing.

 

Overall, I think I did a pretty darn good job.  Not everything went according to plan, but for the most part I made a decent effort at most of my goals.  I’m proud of how I managed in 2016.

 

How did you do with your resolutions?

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Celebrating my 30th birthday.

This year, one of my resolutions was to celebrate my 30th birthday in style, and I feel as though I can tick that off my list.  I had agonized for ages over how to ring in the beginning of my 30th year, and in the end I decided that the best way would be with some awesome food, my favourite people and plenty of down time.

 

I ended up taking the week of my birthday off work.  I wanted to have a chance to relax and recharge as well as loads of time to plan fun celebrations with my family and friends.  Having a whole week where I didn’t have to get up and go to the office has been amazing.

 

My 30th birthday fell on the 9th of June, 2016.  I started the day by cuddling in bed with the cats before getting up and slipping into a vintage Pendleton wool skirt and this adorable cat jumper that I bought from Nerd Burger’s  closet clear-out sale.  I accessorised with my favourite black cat earrings, my grandmother’s eternity ring and this rad Deadpool necklace that my boyfriend David gave me.

 

My parents had very kindly purchased tickets for the three of us to see the Marilyn Monroe exhibit at Bendigo Art Gallery.  So we all traveled to Bendigo by car to check it out.

 

I’ve admired Marilyn Monroe for as long as I can remember.  My first memory of her is a black-and-white portrait that hung in our local pizza cafe.  The portrait is the ever-famous shot of Marilyn standing over the subway grate in The Seven Year Itch, with her skirts billowing in the updraft.  So it seemed fitting that we were greeted by this seven-metre sculpture of that exact moment as we pulled into the Bendigo CBD.

 

The exhibit itself was incredible.  It featured a wealth of personal items of Marilyn’s, including the beauty products from her dresser, her personal camera, her collection of gossip magazines and some jewellery.  There was also a huge collection of costumes and items from her personal wardrobe.  For me, these items were the highlight of the exhibit.  I am so inspired by Marilyn’s personal style, and to see her clothing in person was just amazing.  I was quite shocked by how small her clothes were.  She always appears so voluptuous, and yet some of these items were absolutely teensy.  The beading and detail on the costume pieces was breathtaking.  I was also struck by how ordinary many of her day-to-day outfits were.  Although there were many furs and gowns, the display cases featured twice as many plain day dresses, knit sweaters and simple shirts.  It really brought home the fact that although she is known as one of the most glamorous women in the world, Marilyn was also just a woman, who wore regular clothes in her downtime.  I spent a great deal of time looking at those simple day-to-day items, trying to imagine how she might have worn them.

 

I was utterly spoiled with presents.  I got a stack of new books, including a colouring-in storybook version of The Wizard of Oz. I’ve gotten really into colouring lately and I’m so enjoying working my way through this book.


My parents also got me a gorgeous set of Derwent pencils, something that I’ve wanted since I was a child.  These are just wonderful for colouring, and I expect I’ll get a lot of use out of them

 

My brother showered me with awesome gifts, but my favourite was this tee shirt, which I expect I will wear often.

The day after my birthday I travelled down to Melbourne to catch up with my friends.  I had booked myself a room at The Hotel Windsor as a very special treat.  This was my first time staying in a five-star hotel, and it was an incredible experience.  Upon arrival, my bags were whisked away and taken to my room.  The room itself was utterly luxurious, with a king-sized bed, a stunning bathroom and a kitchenette.

 

I was also delighted to discover that the staff had placed a birthday cake in my room as a special surprise.

 

I had organized a dinner at one of my favourite Japanese restaurants.  It was a great night, eating delicious food with my friends and my brother. By the time David and I got back to the hotel, I was ready for a bath and bed.

I think I definitely celebrated in style, and I’m extremely excited to see what my 30’s will bring.  My 20’s was a massive decade, and I know that I’m much happier with myself and my life than I was on my 20th birthday.  Fingers crossed that my 30’s will be filled with awesome opportunities and fantastic adventures.

Things I Love Thursday 18/6/2015

Wowza, it’s been a while, huh?  I’m sorry for the radio silence babes.  It’s just that life has gotten very busy what with work and friends and dating and me turning 29 and all.  I had a fantastic extra-long weekend for my birthday complete with Japanese food, champagne, Hercules Returns, bubble baths and cheesecake.  It was blissful.

But enough about that, it’s Things I Love Thursday!

This week I love:

– Snuggling right down under a huge quilt on a chilly night.

– New socks.

– The X Files.  I just started watching this gem for the first time ever and I’m loving it.  Although I do spend almost every episode questioning Agent Scully’s wardrobe choices.

-This lovely pendant which was a gift from my boyfriend and girlfriend for my birthday.  It’s three hearts floating together, to represent the three of us, and a cat (because I’m a crazy cat lady).  It was the perfect gift.

– Walking along the wharf holding hands with my lovely lady.

– Sitting on the couch snuggled up to my gorgeous man.

– Tea parties with friends I haven’t seen in ages.

– Strong coffee and nutella doughnuts.

– Cat toes.  Seriously, is there anything cuter?

– Pretending to be a dragon when the cold air turns my breath to vapor.

What do you love this fine Thursday?

What to get a geek for her birthday.

Next week I turn 29.  It’s the last year of my twenties and I’m pretty excited to celebrate.  As corny as it sounds, I’m pretty darn happy with who I am at this point in time, and I’m keen to give myself a pat on the back for being so awesome and for surviving yet another year.

 

I’ve put together a wishlist of fun bits and pieces that I would love to receive as birthday gifts.  This list is geeky and cheeky, with a hint of sexiness thrown in for good measure.

29 at last.

A wishlist for my 29th birthday,

Turtle Neighbors Tshirt 100% cotton shirt Men Women Kids Cute Funny Gift Great Christmas gift

$17.95
Females Are Strong As Hell, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt inspired Coffee Mug

$16.00
Vintage 60s Maxi Dress |  Groovy Dolphin Print Psychedelic Dress Halter Top Maxi Skirt Mod 60s dress Hippie Hawaiian Boho Festival Beach 70s

Sold
25% SALE 70s Sequined Butterfly Blouse / Vintage Sparkly Silver Metallic Disco Glam Rock Shirt Top / Size S/M Small Medium

$37.50
David Meowie - Kitty Stardust - Hand Drawn Shrink Plastic Earrings by Silla Dilla Grape

$28.00
Cage Lingerie Set, Harness Lingerie, Bra and Panty Set, Cage Panty Set, Push Up Bra, Underwire Cage Bra

$30.00
SALE Key Holder BILL MURRAY Key Holder & Wood Mounted Wall Art "Don't Forget These" Bill Murray Gifts PERsONALIZE YOuR OwN 2 Sizes

$24.95
The Six Wives of Henry VIII Matryoshka Dolls

$250.00
Beulah Butterflies Nightie

£28.00
Ministry of Silly Walks John Cleese Articulated Paper Doll - Monty Python Lovers

$12.00
If You Want Blood (Empire Records)

$15.00
New women's 1950's grease pink ladies jacket costume X Large

$25.00
Travel Mug for Knitters/Knitting: Coffee (or Tea) Warning

$19.95
French Bulldog Yoga Tank top, Frenchbulldog Tank, Workout Clothing, Gym Tank Top

$22.00
Tank Girl Bang! Lace Up Platform Booties Shoes - Riot Grrrl, Comic, DIY, Punk Rock Style - Custom Painted - One of a kind!

$99.00
Jim as Dwight and Dwight as Jim, The Office Button Pair

$4.00

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My 28th birthday wishlist.

So, I turn 28 in less than a month.  I’m feeling pretty excited about my birthday this year.  I’m hoping to have a laid-back celebration with all of my favourite people.

There really isn’t much that I want for my birthday.  Some good food, a gin and tonic and the company of friends and family will be enough to make me ecstatically happy.  But if a couple of these goodies landed on my doorstep, I’d be pretty darn happy as well…

‘Happy 28th birthday!’ by Nessbowify

A list of gorgeous trinkets that I’d love to receive for my 28th birthday.


Paperman Plane in a Bottle N…

$11

ORIGINAL Pulp Fiction Dance …

$2.99

Hot Air Balloon Earrings – S…

$25

9163w DVAS DEADLY ViPER ASSA…

$9.99

Cute Ring – Fruit Loops Bowl…

$7

Hogwarts Ravenclaw Long Line…

$275

Who’s This Large Print (…

$45

Oolong Time Ago – Lemon Rose…

$10

Harry Potter: Grim Cup With …

$23

Breaking Bad Inspired PRINT …

$10

Tim Burton Corpse Bride Wedd…

$300

Vintage Garnet Cocktail Ring…

$189.99

Art Nouveau renaissance fili…

$31

Frida Kahlo Dress/ Vintage …

$69.95

Labyrinth worm

$37

Ron Swanson Parks and Recrea…

$20

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I’m so excited about turning 28.  27 was such a trying year, and I”m kind of happy to be leaving it behind.  I have a feeling that there are awesome things just around the corner and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.

Daily outfit 30/10/2013

Tomorrow is Halloween!  I’m celebrating early by wearing my Rocky Horror Picture Show tee and glorious op-shopped heels.

DSCF9055I am wearing:

– Rocky Horror tee shirt from Supre

– Black and white floral palazzo pants (thrifted)

– Crystal beaded necklace (used to belong to my Nana)

– Red and black satin rose heels (thrifted)

– Silver ring (gift from friend)

– Cubic zirconia ring from Diva

DSCF9056I just love these pants.  They’re as comfortable as pyjamas and about a million times more stylish.  They’re also a great fit, which is more than I had hoped I would get from a pair of $1.50 trousers.

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They also look incredible with heels.  This is the first time I’ve worn these pants with stilettos, and I love the swish and sway that this combination creates when I walk.  I think I gave the postie quite a treat when he came to drop off some parcels to me this morning (would you believe that I’ve already begun my Christmas shopping?)

DSCF9060These crystal beads used to belong to my Nana.  She gave them to me a couple of years ago, because she wanted them to go to “Somebody who would actually wear them and not shove them in a drawer”.  I absolutely love them and I wear them often.  They’re so sparkly and they make such a statement.

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DSCF7875Today is also special because it’s Mr Ringo’s birthday!  My favourite little man turns four years old today.  We’ve been celebrating with lots of cuddles, a new pom-pom (his favourite kind of toy) and a breakfast of fancy steak mince.

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My 27th birthday party.

On the weekend, I turned 27.  to celebrate, we had a literary themed party.  We asked everyone to come dressed as one of their favourite characters from literature.  I had a few ideas for characters to dress as, but in the end I settled on dressing as Susan Sto Helit from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

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Susan is Death’s granddaughter, and she features in several of the Discworld books.  She’s a major character in Soul Music and Hogfather, which are two of my favourite Pratchett books.  Susan has a very no-nonsense approach to life, and operates under the mantra, “Don’t get scared, get angry”.  She has some supernatural powers and often steps in to take over the family business when Death takes a holiday.

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A few years ago, a movie was made based on The Hogfather and it’s become one of my favourite Christmas movies.  Here’s a little clip from it that shows Susan, just to give you an idea of what she looks like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnaQXJmpwM4

Ross came dressed as Death, so that our costumes would match somewhat

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DSCF8370I’m quite seriously thinking about wearing my Susan costume to Oz Comic Con this year.  What do you think?

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Other noteable costumes included Dr Jekyll:

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Captain Haddock from Tin Tin

DSCF8373And Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow

DSCF8375Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without plenty of party food.  My ‘no sugar’ kick went out the window for the night.  I made little placecards to go with each dish, and we tried to think of food that fit with the literary theme.  We had Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Nanny Ogg’s Hedgehog slice, Minny Jackson’s chocolate pie (from The Help) and Velveteen Rabbit cupcakes.

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I got loads of gorgeous presents for my birthday too.  There were too many to photograph, so I just chose a couple of my favourites.

DSCF8377My parents got me this Shaun of the Dead shirt, printed with Shaun’s plan to survive the zombie invasion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeJzHSxRq40

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Ross bought me the newest installment in the Shanower/ Young comic adaptation of the Oz books.  I can’t wait to read it.

DSCF8381Ross also got me these two limited edition Urban Decay palettes.  These were released to coincide with the film  Oz, The Great and Powerful and I wanted them from the moment they were announced.  Sadly, Urban Decay don’t ship to Australia, and Ross had to go through all sorts of crap to get these to me.  He’s been fighting with Urban Decay for about five months now.  But they arrived just in time for my birthday, and I couldn’t be happier.

DSCF8382There are two palettes, one for each of the witches.  This one is the Glinda palette, with loads of shimmery, ethereal shades.

DSCF8383The Theodora palette is much darker and more dramatic.  They are such good quality and I’m so pleased to have them.

All in all, it was a really great birthday.  Now all that’s left to do is clean up the mess!