Friday, 12 June 2015

oh FRANKSTON you big weirdo you ... we do love you

Good ol' Frankston, there's never a dull moment.
We got up at the crack of dawn for part one of our market sales last Sunday. Let's just say my intention to put a few items on the blog was too bigger task once my sis and I joined forces in the closet department. We did quite well overall but I think the best part of the day was hanging out with these 3 clowns and and spending most of our profits on the food trucks in the background... we deserved it. Next stop Bentleigh or Camberwell we still can't agree.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

i don't know what to talk about...

so let's look at pretty things...

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

BLACKFISH

I have adored these creatures for as long as I can remember. I used to sketch them all over my school books at school and remember watching Free Willy as a kid and knowing even then that animals (not just the Killer Whales) in captivity is WRONG!

I have wanted to watch this documentary BLACKFISH for quite sometime but have not been able to find it in it's entirety here in Australia. Having a Seaworld that is probably one of the biggest money grabbing attractions we have on the Gold Coast is probably the reason why there has not been much talk about this doco. It popped up on my Netflix (side note Netflix I love you) and as heartbreaking as it was to watch it just really disturbs me at how money hungry assholes are stuffing up our planet and the lengths they go to to make a buck. I wish it was legal to chain each one of the assholes who run these organisations to a bathtub and leave them there for oh I don't know 25 years.

As much as I love these creatures I can gladly say that I have never been to a Seaworld nor will I ever take my children to one. I have trouble even going to the zoo to be honest and after watching this documentary I really think I may deprive my children of that too.

I wish every single person in the world watches this movie and really thinks twice about contributing to this horrible practise against marine life. Yes they are beautiful and magnificent but taking a photo with a dolphin is it worth it? Go on a charter boat and see them in their natural habitat from afar and leave them alone, wouldn't that be more magical...? I think so.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Currently Obsessed With: Makeup By Alli

So, along with my boring outfit that I've had on rotation for the past 15 years that I shared with you last week (see here) I have also been doing my makeup the same way for probably the same amount of time. My sister always has great flawless make-up and she has been telling me for years now to go on youtube for tutorials which I have never had the time for. - That's my problem I seem to never have "time" but I have recently started to realise albeit the hard way that it's just a cop out... 
I run around like a headless chook but never seem to get everything done. I'm slowly learning not to take on too much and to focus only on the things that make me happy.. My husband, family, health and happiness. And what is making me happy this second are these easy to follow tutorials for fun new ways to use all those pallets of eyeshadow that have been sitting in my bathroom for who knows how long. Do eyeshadow go off? 

Anyway this chick is awesome check out her channel she has heaps of great looks as well as skincare rituals. I love how she uses drugstore stuff as well as your Sephora + higher end cosmetics.


Friday, 15 May 2015

Winter Wish List

I feel I have been in fashion awe for the vast majority of my life. I know AAAALLL the current trends, read all the fashion blogs BUT I'm always wishing I was thinner, taller, longer legs and thinner again to be able to wear some of the seasonal trends and never buy anything. Because of me being so self conscious and caring what people think I have worn jeans, t-shirts and thongs (flip flops for our American friends) for the vast majority of my life. This was rudely brought to my attention recently on my mass closet purge for the yard-sale we are planning in the next week or so... (it's been a can of worms)

I have gorgeous clothes still with tags on them, pieces I can't even remember buying and pieces I just simply never had the confidence to wear and never did. - So no more fashion envy or self doubt.. I want to get smarter with my purchases and finally find my own personal style because if not now then when? I am not getting any younger or thinner.

So here is to a fresh fashion start... Here are just a few items that I have my eye on this A/W season...

black leather jacket
 trench coat
slouchy knits
hats

Thursday, 14 May 2015

EVERYTHING must GO!

We have been in our new home for just over a year now and I can't get over how much stuff we have accumulated in just 1 year.... and it's just the 2 of us.

I can be a massive procrastinator and have been putting this off for months and months but I am officially getting my butt into gear and getting rid of the lot. I feel it's going to help get me out of this lazy, comfortable slump I have gotten into and maybe FINALLY have the space and time to finish all the renovations I keep banging on about since we moved into this home.

Maybe I also need to make a decision on what I actually want to do ... (dam you Pinterest on making my indecisiveness harder by giving me too many wonderful ideas)

I'll post a more detailed Pre-Yard Sale list & details of what we will have on sale at the Bentleigh Sunday Market over the weekend if anyone is interested in some of the goodies that we simply don't have the room for anymore. Here are some of the things we will be selling -

::: Samples from Three Sparrows ::: Old Season Stock ::: Men's & Ladies Clothing ::: Homewares :::
::: Appliances ::: Mannequins ::: Shop Displays ::: And more ...

I am also thinking of doing an Insta-Auction on some of our clothing, but I am still trying to work out how we would go about that... So more details to come.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

a lot can change in 31 days ...

... so it appears it's been just over a month since my last blog post. There are no apologies or excuses from me.... We've been having a great old time and you know what, not everything has to go online the second it happens.

Anyway the biggest news is that I left that joke of a part time job (I'm talking about you Novo Shoes - HOT TIP: Don't EVER shop there!) and have had to make some tough decisions with the business. Overall I think a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I have actually been a lot more positive and just plain enjoying myself for the first time in over 4 years. And with this attitude change came some great opportunities and jobs.

To cut a long story short... I'm effing happy! So now that we're coming into the cooler months and I signed up to Netflix I'm reclaiming my weekends and doing all things that bring us joy...

STRESS...... F#@K IT!

- Thanks Jack Nicholson -

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Organic Merchant's Store

So excited to be able to share with you all a little project I have been working on for the past few months. My dearest friend Lisa and her husband Paul are the two very talented owners of the new Organic Health Food merchants in the Bayside Area - The OM Store.
I must admit I did get a little teary being able to see the window decal I created all the way from Nepean Hwy and I only got more emotional being inside the store and seeing my friends hard work coming together so nicely with all the design work we did together. {It has been a long time since I have been this excited about my design work... it's nice} Check out a few of their products below or even better still come on in for a visit and embrace healthy living.  #theOMstore
I can't believe this little poppet is 2 in a few short weeks... and such a great little helper, how quickly they grow.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

who is SHE?

My sister showed me this video a few months back and it popped up again in my You Tube feed on one very emotional evening after work and it made me laugh again. I felt if you cracked my head open that day at work you would find this chick in there pacing back and forth yelling WHO IS SHE!

It's no secret that I hate working in retail but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
{as a freelance designer you don't have the luxury of knowing when your next job will come up}
I don't hate it for the usual reason people hate retail work (the odd obnoxious customers) I hate the power tripping bitches that manage retail stores and their uneducated lack of 
A. People skills & B. Fair Work Practises.

To sum up what could possibly turn into a massive rant like in the video above I received 4 written warnings in one day and then another 1 on my day off..... that's right an official written warning for something that happened in-store on my day off??? To top it off I was badgered and critiqued for everything that was wrong with the store and it's staff performance and threatened with more warnings if there is no improvement overall as a store. (mind you I am 1 of 4 other CASUAL staff members, not the store manager) I offered to look after the store when the old manager stepped down and after the most condescending conversation I have ever had with another staff member she informed me that I was under qualified for the position.... interesting when she hadn't even asked about my qualifications or read my resume.

So... the point of my story is... I have no idea... 
I still felt over a week later that I needed to get it off my chest... I want to know why people who essentially work their way up to a position of "power" (I use the term loosely in this woman's case) feel that they now have right to treat people like garbage. But not just in retail this happens in a lot of jobs. I hear stories all the time about horrible bosses, unfair pressure put on staff, crazy expectations and just plain awkward uncomfortable work environments. Why? What is wrong with people...
 That's why I love freelance work. Yeah I might get lonely at times and wish I had someone to bounce ideas off oh and bombard poor Steve with millions of questions before he gets 2 feet through the front door but hey no office politics and I can do my work and move on.

And now, to move on...

....stupid bitch! 


Monday, 23 February 2015

I blame the doll ...

It's no secret that I hate these ugly dolls. These and those hideous Monster High things. I am not sure what kind of message it's supposed to send little girls but hey it is starting to make sense when I see young girls who prob played with these dolls mere months ago come into my shop resembling their look.

I mean these pre-teen/tween/teen Selina-Ari-Grande looking things come in to my shop and I'm sometimes quite amused at how silly they look. - Yes I know I probably looked just as or even more ridiculous if I think back to my old fashion sense but hey ... at 13 I was most defiantly not allowed to walk out of the house with my fanny on display, nor did I want to. But in some (some) of their defence they do own the look and the self confidence they have is something to admire I suppose.

Well, at least they will have a few good laughs amongst themselves in 5 to 10 years time when they look back at their 5 million selfies on insti ....
            
And what happened to Barbie? She's even gone all hoochie-mama... contouring, fake lashes and all.
She looks like a "Real Housewife of Beverly Hills"