New year’s resolutions 2016

Regular readers of my blog might recall that I didn’t make new year’s resolutions this year.  I started a new job in January and I figured I had enough to worry about without heaping a bunch of new goals onto my plate.  So now that I’m settled into work I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a few resolutions for the year ahead.


Get my to-read list down to seven pages

My to-be-read list is out of control.  It’s currently eight pages long and threatening to spill over onto another page.  In the past year I haven’t made a lot of time for reading, but I’d like to change that in 2016.  I would really like to carve out a bit of time a few times a week to lose myself in a book and really chip away at this list.  If I could whittle it down to seven pages, that would be great.

Finish off a few niggling spring-cleaning jobs

I have a couple of spring-cleaning jobs that have been hanging over my head seemingly forever.  These include fixing my reading lamp which has been broken for the better part of a year, picking up some prints that I took to the framers six months ago and taking all the bags of clothing that I’ve cleared out of my closets to the donation bin.  This year I’d love to stop procrastinating and just get these things done.

Visit a teppanyaki restaurant

I think this goal was on my resolutions list a few years back and I never ticked it off.  But this year I want to book in and eat a fabulous Japanese meal that’s cooked right in front of me by a talented chef.

Make at least three vlogs this year

I really enjoy vlogging, but it’s been such a long time since I made a new video.  I have plenty of ideas, but I just never get around to actually making the vids.  In 2016, I want to put at least three new videos up on my channel. If you have any ideas or requests, please let me know!

Buy less

My spending habits went a bit feral in 2015.  Working full time meant having more fun money, and as a result I went a bit silly buying lots of things I didn’t need.  Now that I’ve gotten over the novelty of earning a full-time wage, I’d like to spend more of my time enjoying the things I have rather than acquiring more, and being more discerning about what I spend my cash on.

Review some products for my blog

It feels like forever since I last reviewed a product on my blog.  And I’ve found some sensational things that I want to share with you all.  Hopefully by the time the year grows to a close, I’ll have had a chance to tell you about some of my favourite beauty products, some sensational gadgets and (if I’m feeling brave) maybe even some sex toys. And, as always, I’m open to requests.

Try one new recipe a week

The top of my fridge is currently littered with recipes that I’ve torn from magazines and newspapers.  My Pinterest is overflowing with things I want to make.  I will occasionally try something new but mostly I’ve just been sticking to the old favourites.  This year I want to really make a big effort to try some of those mouth-watering recipes, and if I could manage to do one a week, that would be sensational.

Get my eyes tested and possibly get some new glasses

I am woefully aware that my eyesight has deteriorated, and it’s been at least four years since I last got my peepers checked.  This year I vow to make an appointment with the optometrist and get some new glasses and contacts.

Start planning an overseas trip

I have never been overseas, but with many of my friends making trips to far-flung lands this year I’m feeling inspired to change that.  I don’t see myself actually having a chance to go overseas this year, but I’d like to at least begin planning in earnest.  I’m thinking either the US or England for my inaugural trip.  What do you think?

Celebrate my birthday in style

I turn *gasp* 30 in 2016 and I want to make sure that I celebrate it properly.  I’m not really sure what I want to do for my birthday, but I know that I want it to be fun and memorable.


I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress with these goals as the year goes on.  I don’t really expect to do every one of them, but it sure would be nice if I could tick most of these things off my list.


Are you making resolutions this year?  What are some of the things that you’d like to achieve in 2016?


Daily outfit: 23/12/2014

Do you ever watch a TV show or a film and immediately want to copy all of the outfits?  Well, that’s what’s been happening to me lately with American Horror Story, Coven.  I am obsessed with the style of the witches in that series, and I’ve been pining after black layers and floppy hats.

So you can imagine my glee when I stumbled across a black felted hat in Pulp Kitchen last Sunday.  And the fact that it was on sale for just $19 was an added bonus.  I can see this hat topping so many of my ensembles in the months to come.  But for today, I’m wearing it with witchy flounces and tough tights.

I am wearing:

– Black felt hat from Coo Ca Choo

– Black rose top (bought so long ago I don’t even remember where from)

– Black gypsy skirt from Temt

– Black fishnet tights from Dangerfield.

– Black and cork flatforms from Big W

– Emerald ring (inherited from my great aunt)

– Silver cross necklace (gift from my parents)

– Silver filigree bangle (gift from my parents)

– Round sunglasses from Factorie



Getting some awesome lens flares on my photos today.


I’m all ready for my admission to Miss Robichaux’s Academy.  I could have great fun hanging with the witches.






I went with smoky purple eye makeup with a big ol’ flick of eyeliner.  Unfortunately, you can’t see my handiwork when I’m wearing my big sunglasses.  And I feel that the sunglasses are an essential part of this look, don’t you?


Have you ever been inspired by the costumes in a television show?  Have you seen American Horror Story?  And if so, did it make you want to dress like Stevie Nicks?

Daily outfit 11/3/2014

Some days call for relaxed, laid-back outfits.  Like this one that I wore to go driving with my Dad.

I am wearing:

– Black and red striped v-neck shirt from Cotton On

– Black camisole from Target

– Black maxi skirt from Target

– Green smoking slippers from Rubi Shoes

– Pearl ring from Fayebella vintage.

– Gold crucifix (inherited from my Nana)

I’m having a bit of a love affair with fishtail braids at the moment.  They’re super-easy to do and they look just a wee bit more interesting than a regular plait.  I feel so pretty when I wear my hair like this.

My driving lesson was less than stellar.  I made quite a lot of mistakes, in one case veering onto the wrong side of the road.  I’m having a lot of trouble controlling my speed when I’m turning, as well as stopping in the right place when I come to an intersection.  I always brake way too early and then I have to inch up to the white line.

I felt pretty disappointed that I didn’t do well today.  The last few times I’ve been driving with my instructor I’ve done really well.  I think I wanted to show Dad how much I’d learned, and it bugged me that I didn’t do as well as I have in the past.  I think there are a couple of reasons why I didn’t do as well. Firstly, this was the first time I’ve driven in months, and my skills are rusty.  Secondly, I was driving  my Nana’s car for the very first time, and it took me a while to get a handle on where everything was in the car and how sensitive the pedals were.  Finally, I had just started my period and I was feeling a little bit fuzzy. Oh well, at least I gave it a shot and now Dad and I have a list of things I need to work on .

Never mind, I’ll just keep on smiling and give it another shot sometime soon.

I’ll leave you today with a gorgeous quote that I’m stuck on at the moment:

” Courage does not always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying “I will try again tomorrow”.

– Mary Anne Radmacher

All I want for Christmas…

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it was high time that I sat down and made a little Christmas list.  Here are some of the things I would love to snap up for Christmas:

‘Merry Christmas 2013’ by Nessbowify

All I want for Christmas is…

Last Unicorn – Vintage Neckl…


Breaking Bad Brooch – ‘Y…


Elf- “Smiling’s My …


Dumbledore’s Office & Bu…


Westeros Transit System Post…


Oh Cruella – 101 Dalmatians …


Dr. Who Tardis Skirt,Unique …




vintage 70s DIVA black stret…


Novelty Earrings, Crayon, Re…


Terry Pratchett Comic Book W…


Grumpy Cat Sleep Mask Animal…


Return to Oz keys – Mombi…


Art Deco Pearl Ring – Antiqu…


Addams Family Fester 90s Pop…


Arrested development, Lucill…


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What do you want for Christmas?

Daily outfit 20/9/2013

Do you remember last year when I dressed up in full 1920’s regalia for the Murder on the Puffing Billy Express party?  No?  Well here’s a picture to refresh your memory:

DSCF6716When I arrived in my outfit, my friend Katherine said, “You look exactly like Miss Fisher!” to which I replied, “Who?”

I now realise that there’s an awesome Aussie television show called Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  I began watching it last week and I’m smitten.  The show is lots of fun, but to me the best part is the costumes.  It’s set in the 1920’s in Melbourne and the costumes are to die for. In particular, Miss Fisher has an incredible collection of hats that I can’t get enough of.  Ever since I began watching I’ve developed a slight obsession with cloche hats.

Then, on Wednesday I was at the local department store when I came across a whole rack of clearance felt hats, which included several cloches.  The one I bought had been $50 but it was marked down to $28.  I couldn’t resist.

DSCF8842I am wearing:

– Cloche hat by Jendi

– Argyle sweater from Fashion Fair

– Pink floral skirt (thrifted)

– Black tights from Target

– Black boots (thrifted)

– Silver ring (gift from primary school bestie)

– Cubic zirconia necklace (gift from my cousin)

DSCF8843I had never really liked the way that cloches looked when I had long hair.  Now that my hair’s shorter, I felt that the time was right to give one a shot.  Last night I decided to curl my hair so that it would have a bit of bounce and shape under the hat.  I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

DSCF8844I’m now really eager to try this hat with a sleeker hairstyle, perhaps some finger-waves and a 20’s inspired bob.  I think it would also look great with the wig I wore for the Murder on the Puffing Billy Express party.


DSCF8857I wore this outfit to visit my Nana.  As soon as I walked through the door she said, “I love your hat, you remind me of Miss Fisher!”  I guess Nan and I are one the same page, sartorially speaking.

Pulling yourself out of a winter clothing slump.

I’m officially sick of my winter wardrobe.  I’m tired of being so bundled up in coats and socks that I’ve forgotten what shape my body is.  I’m fed up with having to wear at least four layers to stop myself from freezing.  You too?  Read on.

The bad news is that there’s still another month of winter to go (not counting the chilly weather that’s likely to stick about until Spring finally rears it’s head in earnest).  The good news is that you can break out of your winter clothing slump.  Here’s how:


Embrace cute accessories

Winter brings with it a host of accessory options that just aren’t available in the warmer weather.  Woolly hats, chunky scarves, sleek gloves and fuzzy earmuffs are all great compliments to your winter wardrobe.  If you’re into vintage styles, this is the perfect time to experiment with hats and vintage gloves.  If you’re feeling crafty, you could even try making some of your own.  It’s the perfect way to keep busy on a cold wintry night and you’ll be able to smugly state, “Oh yeah, I made this” whenever anyone asks about your fantastic new scarf.

Treat yourself to some quality thermals

Thermals don’t have to be ugly, itchy or unappealing.  There are a host of thermal underwear options out there that are comfortable, stylish and fantastically warm.  Thermals come in all kinds of colours, so pick up a few pairs in black, grey, white or neutral tones that will blend in with your regular wardrobe.  Choosing a selection of sleeve lengths and necklines will ensure that you’ve always got something on hand that will look great underneath your outfit.  I’m a huge fan of bamboo thermals, which are super soft and are perfect for layering underneath other items.


Wear something other than pants

When the temperature starts dropping, I tend to wear pants more often than not.  That’s fine, but it tends to get boring after a while.  Pants aren’t the only cosy clothing option when the weather gets cold.  Try a long skirt with leggings or tights layered underneath.  Wear a short skirt with boots and a long jacket.  These items can be just as warm as jeans and they’ll inject a bit more interest into your outfit and perk up your spirits.


Go op-shopping for knitwear

Good quality knitwear can be very expensive.  But it doesn’t have to be.  If your wardrobe is lacking in gorgeous knits, take a trip to the local op-shop.  You might find some awesomely fun jumpers and cardigans for only a few bucks each.  Embrace your inner Bill Cosby and rock out in an ironically ugly sweater. Sometimes, a new jumper is all you need to pull you out of a clothing rut.


Play about with layers.

Layering is the key to getting more wear out of your wardrobe.  If you’re not afraid to work some layers, then you can wear your sheer summery tops in winter, and make all those floaty gypsy skirts work double time when the weather starts to cool down.  You might like to read this post I wrote a while ago about layering, and then have a play about in your own wardrobe to see what you can come up with.

How do you pull yourself out of a clothing slump when you’re sick to the back teeth of your winter wardrobe?

My 27th birthday wishlist.

So my 27th birthday is only a few weeks away.  I can barely believe that!  Can’t I have just a few more months of being 26?  No?  Oh well, I’d better make a birthday list then.

‘Vanessa’s 27th birthday wishlist’ by Nessbowify

A collection of all the gorgeous things I would like to receive for my 27th birthday.

Time warp (rocky horror)


We’re Not Worthy Necklac…


Vintage 60s Bib OVERALLS Cor…


Orig 60s Psychedelic MOD cas…


60s Maxi Skirt … Spring Fl…


GRUMPY CAT plush toy


Shaun of the Dead Zombie Mov…


Wonka Bar with Golden Ticket…


Adventure Time inspired Fion…


Rob Anybody – Discworld Nac …


Black Cat Earrings with surg…


Amityville horror T-shirt Am…


90s movie tshirt 3 pack Empi…


True Blood Inspired Original…


Night”Doc”s Print-…


Princess bride tshirt “…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Can I be totally honest and tell you that I’m freaking out a bit about turning 27?  27 was always my scary age when I was a kid.  Like, turning 27 officially marks the point at which you become “old”. I know that in the grand scheme of things, 27 isn’t old at all.  93 is old.  104 is old.  27, not so much.  So I need to just quit it with the worrying, huh?


Are there any things on this list that you’d like for your birthday?