Things I love Thursday 20/10/2016

I am overflowing with joy this week.  Although I’ve been really busy, there are so many wonderful things filling up my days and I just can’t hold in my happiness.

This week I love:

  • Mr Selfridge.  I started watching this show a few weeks ago and I’ve blown through three seasons.  I love it for the vintage fashions and the way it highlights how much shopping has changed in the last century.  By far my favourite character is Miss Mardell.  I can’t get enough of her.  She’s tough and ballsy while still being romantic and kind.  Single and childless, she’s still one of the most successful characters in the show and manages to turn the stereotype of the lonely old spinster onto it’s head.
  • Having a song written for me.  My boyfriend, David, and I celebrated our six month anniversary last week.  He is just the bees knees and he makes me so happy.  He wrote this song about me, and I was crazy excited to have a song with the word “shit” in the title dedicated to me.

  • Mr Ringo.  My poor little man has been very unwell with a urinary tract infection but he is all better now.  We had to take an emergency trip to the vet which was very frightening, but our new vet was exceptional with my anxious little dude and he’s now fighting fit again.
  • Roses, geraniums and daffodils, which are all popping up in my garden.

Stocking my drawer with hand crocheted dish cloths. #crochet #dishcloths #eco #green #craft

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  • Working on some handmade cotton dishcloths.
  • Decluttering.  I’m on a real minimalism kick, which has meant doing some ruthless clearing out of drawers and cupboards.  I have gotten rid of bags and bags of items that I don’t use, and I’m doing quite well with resisting buying more items to fill the space I’m creating.
  • The Conjuring.  I watched it last week and it was so scary!  If you like creepy stories of hauntings that re based on true stories, this could be one for you to check out.

Scored this adorable cardi at the op shop on the weekend. #thrifting #cardigan #outfit #hearts

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  • Sweater clips.  I’ve never gotten into them before now, but I was gifted this awesome Erstwilder set for my birthday.  This new (to me) cardigan was the perfect companion to my lipstick-and-mirror clips and I now can’t get enough of them.
  • Dark nail polish.
  • Finding PG Tips teabags in the import section at the supermarket.
  • Leaving work at the end of the day with my desk completely clear of paperwork.
  • Dr Pepper and 90’s slasher flicks.

What do you love this week?

5 Fandom Friday: Songs that changed my life.

This week’s topic is one of the most difficult ones that I’ve had to write about.  Not because I couldn’t think of any songs that have changed my life, but because the list of songs is so long that I found it next to impossible to narrow it down to just five.  But I’m going to give it a shot.

 

Music is a powerful force.  It drives us, churns up emotions and tickles our feet to dance.  A series of tense notes can leave you hanging on the edge of your seat and a thumping beat can make you involuntarily start tapping your toes.  The music we listen to is like the soundtrack of our lives.  It is beautiful and it can be heartbreaking.  It can remind us of people, places and moments previously forgotten.  It’s quite amazing.

 

So here are 5 songs that changed my life.  Not necessarily my favourite songs, mind you, but ones that had an impact on me and my life.

1. Move in the Right Direction by Gossip.

This song came to me during one of the darkest moments in my life.  I’d just been dumped by my boyfriend of nine years, I had to move out of the house we’d bought together and things felt desolate.  My whole world, the future I’d been building towards for years had been utterly shattered.  I had to completely re-assess my personal views about love and life and work towards untangling myself from the relationship.  In addition to that, I had to do it all without my boyfriend, who had been my closest companion and biggest source of support for nearly a decade.  It felt impossible, it hurt so deeply and I wanted to die.  I mean that. I actually wanted to end my life.  I had no concept of how to move forward and pick myself back up.

 

At about the same time that I was in crisis councelling, I heard this song on the radio.  It just spoke to me and I rushed home to listen to it again.  And then again.  I began listening to it every morning and for a while it was my anthem.  When I was feeling at my lowest, I’d sing to myself “One step closer, one day at a time” and just try to take those baby steps towards being Ok.  And then in time I was OK.  And then after a bit more time, I was fabulous.

 

 

 

2. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths.

This is another song that got me through a tricky time. I got really into The Smiths about halfway through college.  In my final year at university I was unemployed.  My job hunt was not going well at all, and I spent months applying for literally hundreds of jobs before I even got an interview.  I became extremely disheartened and depressed, convinced that I would never find anything.  I would listen to this song, and the words almost became like a prayer to me.  I’d whisper it as I rode the bus to my interviews, I’d hum the melody as I scanned job-search websites, and I kept hoping.  And eventually I did get a job.  I think this song was one of the things that kept my head above water during that time.

3, Mmmmbop by Hanson

In my teen years, I was a massive Hanson fan.  It all began when I was about eleven years old and I heard the opening jangling notes of Mmmbop on the radio.  This kicked off an obsession that would last until I was fifteen.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve listened to Mmmbop over the years, and even now those first few bars whisk me back to my bedroom one summer afternoon just before I began my final year of primary school.  It’s nostalgia at it’s finest.

 

4. Overture from CATS by Andrew Lloyd Webber

I’m a huge lover of musical theater.  The first show I ever saw live was CATS.  I vividly remember sitting in a giant circus tent, the dimming of the lights and the electricity in my limbs as I heard those haunting bars that herald the beginning of this amazing musical.  It lit a fire in my belly and I sat there with my mouth open, eagerly waiting to see what would happen next.  I’ve now seen dozens of shows on stage, but to this day CATS is still my favourite.  That overture set in motion a life-long love of musical theater and the desire to feel that electricity that always zips through me when the lights go down and the curtain opens.

 

 

5. Where did you sleep last night? by Nirvana.

In my late teen years, I was deeply into grunge and alternative music.  And by far my favourite band was Nirvana.  I just loved the gritty rawness of their music.  This was a time in my life when I felt supremely frustrated.  I was eighteen,  living at home, halfway through my final year of high school.  I was tired of living by my parent’s rules, tired of studying, tired of going to the same old places every damn day.  I was a sexually frustrated nearly-woman in a long-distance relationship with a man who lived hours away, and private moments together were precious and few.  I was just itching to get the hell out, to get some experience and excitement.  To be able to do My Own Thing.  And this song just crystallized all my frustration and longing. I would listen to it loud, and want to shriek along with Kurt in the final stanzas.  It was a kind of release, a catharsis, that would substitute any real escape until I could make my exit into the world.

 

What songs changed your life?  I really enjoyed this prompt, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Things I Love Thursday 18/12/2014

Welcome to another Things I Love Thursday post.  Every week I take time to write about the things I’ve been grateful for and those awesome happenings which have put a smile onto my face.

This week I love:

– Catching up with friends.  I went to visit Natalie and we ate pancakes and shopped.  It was so much fun and I’m so excited that this gorgeous lass now lives so close to me.

– Staying up until 3am chatting with cute boys.  I haven’t done that since…well, ever actually.

– Fleetwood Mac.  I’ve been watching American Horror Story 3: Coven and it’s been influencing my listening habits dramatically.  I’ve been spinning a lot of Stevie this week.

-Finding some great beauty coupons and deals online.  You all know how much I love living frugally and spending less on luxuries, right?  Well I found this awesome site called Cuponation that has loads of coupons and offers available.  There are coupons for everything from fashion and beauty to movie tickets and holidays.  The offers from Cuponation are a great way to get more bang for your buck.  It’s a must-visit for any frugal fashionistas.

-Rocking strong eyeliner and red lips for dinner with my parents.

– Counting down to Christmas.  There’s only one week to go!

– Finding a gorgeous rose pink vintage slip at the op shop for just $2.  It’s going to be perfect for sleeping in once the really hot weather hits.

– Glittery gold nails for the festive season.

– Gingerbread frappacinos from Starbucks.  I ordered one, and as I was about to take a sip thought to myself, “This could either be really delicious or truly disgusting”.  And it was amazing.  I only regret that there’s no Starbucks in Benalla so I can’t get another one.

– Taking crazy leaps of faith.  Sometimes you just need to take a risk.

– Sending Christmas cards.

– Introducing friends to the wonder that is Elf.

– Bing Crosby.

What do you love this week, sweetie-pie?  Leave your own Things I Love Thursday list in the comments.

My Christmas playlist.

This is the first time in four years that I haven’t worked in retail during the Christmas season.  There are a few advantages to this.  Firstly, I don’t have to put up with crabby customers who have left their shopping to the last minute and demand to know why we’ve sold out of this year’s big-ticket item.  I don’t have to wear an itchy Christmas uniform.  And I’m not being forced to listen to Christmas music from the first week in November until January.

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Now that I don’t have to listen to Christmas pop music on repeat, I’m actually pretty excited about cranking up the holiday tunes in my own home.  There’s something about festive music that just makes me want to rock around the Christmas tree.  So today I thought I’d share my own Christmas playlist with you for your listening pleasure.

 

 

This playlist is perfect for throwing on while you’re decorating the tree, as background music while you make Christmas cookies or as the soundtrack to your casual Christmas party.  I feel that this mix is a good representation of my musical tastes.  There’s a blend of pop classics, vintage Christmas tunes, comedy parodies and carols.  I hope you enjoy listening to it.

What’s on your Christmas playlist?  Are there any songs that I should add to mine?

Things I Love Thursday 20/11/2014

Holy moly!  This week has been crazy busy for me.  I’ve had a weekend visit with one of my college besties and loads of time with my little cousins who are visiting from Perth.  I’ve been feeling the love for sure, and I’ve got a huge list of things I love this Thursday.

This week I love:

– Watching Frozen with my cousins Will and Abbey.  Also the fact that both of my little cousins are into wearing blue toenail polish and blowing bubbles in the backyard.  They are rad kids.

– Blue cheese.  It stinks and I don’t care, because it’s darn tasty.

– Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  My mate Tom bought a copy of this with him when he came to stay with  me last weekend.  I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to see this film.  It’s a total gem.  The story is thought-provoking, the soundtrack is jammin’ and it manages to be hilariously funny and heart-jerkingly poignant all at once.  Here’s the trailer if to convince you further:

 

– Singing loudly to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack.  In particular I love the tracks “Tear me Down”, “Wig in a Box”, “The Origin of Love” and “Angry Inch”.  And I also adore this particular version of “Sugar Daddy”, performed by Neil Patrick Harris.

 

– Breaking out shorts for the first time this year.  The weather is already heating up.

 

– Patting gorgeous Golden Retrievers at the bakery.

 

– Phone calls from friends just to check on me.

 

– Earl Grey tea

 

– Champagne in the afternoon.

 

– Sleeping with the windows open.

 

– Borrowing magazines from the library.  I love magazines but I can’t justify buying several each month.  So now I’ve been getting them from the library for free and it’s awesome.  They have so many titles so I’ve been able to try lots of new magazines that I’d never even heard of before.

 

– Cuddling with Jelly and Ringo each morning before I get out of bed.

 

– Cute boys with dazzling smiles.

 

– Knowing that Christmas is just around the corner.

 

– Spring cleaning my bedroom, washing the walls and turning the mattress.

 

– The smell of jasmine flowers on hot nights.

 

What do you love this week sweet-pea?  Jump in and leave a comment telling me all about the things that bring you joy.

Things I Love Thursday 21/8/2014

It’s Things I Love Thursday and I am so excited.  I have been having a bit of a down week and I really need a bit of positivity to perk up my mood.  So without further ado, here is my gratitude list for this week.

This Thursday, I love:

– Celebrating my grandfather’s birthday.  Even though he’s no longer with me, I really enjoy devoting a day to his memory and doing all the things that he adored.  Like eating lollies, watching monkey movies and listening to Johnny Cash.

– Guardians of the Galaxy.  I checked it out on Tuesday with my gentleman and it was pretty darn awesome.  I’m going out on a limb here and saying that it’s kind of like Marvel’s answer to Star Wars.  To me, there were a lot of parallels between Star Wars and Guardians.  The visual effects were stunning and the cast is awesome.  I’d definitely recommend it.

– The soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s nothing like some mid-to-late 70’s soul, soft rock and pop to get my feet tapping.  I’ve been spinning Cherry Bomb by The Runaways and Come and Get Your Love by Redbone ever since I watched the film.

 

-Stewart McKenny’s Ice Bucket Challenge video.  Stewart is one of my favourite artists and he’s an awesome guy too.  His video gave me a good giggle.

 

– Feeling like I’m beginning to get into my groove with work.  I finally feel as though I know what I’m doing most of the time.

 

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– Cold and flu medicine.  It’s been getting me through the week.

 

– Ice-cold orange juice

 

– Hot oil hair treatments.

 

– Getting real, hand-written mail from friends.

 

– The promise of Spring that’s in the air.

 

– Looking forward to new Dr Who beginning this weekend.

 

– Knitting while watching back-to-back Disney films.  So relaxing.

 

What do you love this week?  Don’t be shy, add your joy to the comments!

 

Daily outfit 27/5/2014

I went shopping for the first time in ages this past weekend.  I was in Melbourne for a friend’s hens night and I had a couple of hours to kill before I had to catch the train.  I decided to pop into the outlet shops at Spencer Street for some bargain shopping, and I hit the motherload!

So today’s outfit is almost entirely composed of brand-new items.

I am wearing:

– Nirvana baseball tee from Cotton On

– Red skinny jeans from Cotton On

– Midi ring set from Louvisa

– Black biker boots from Big W.

So, can we take a moment to chat about these midi rings.  I am a bit obsessed with rings, and I’ve wanted to add some of these tiny rings to my collection for a while.  I found this gorgeous set at Louvisa for just $3 and I couldn’t resist them.  They’re so cute!  I worried that they’d be annoying to wear, but they really aren’t.

I’m also really stoked with this Nirvana shirt.  Nirvana are one of my all-time favourite bands and I’ve been on the lookout for a Nirvana shirt for a while now.  I love the slightly faded, grungy look of this one. I deliberately bought a few sizes up so that it would be nice and slouchy.  I also bought a David Bowie one, and they were a steal at $10 each.

These jeans were also $10.  I’ve been living in skinny jeans and biker boots of late, and I really love coloured denim.  I’m looking forward to wearing this bright red pair with lots of grey and black jumpers when the weather gets colder.

Have you had any awesome bargain buys lately?