Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Currently

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Loving: That the SF Giants won the World Series! As a San Franciscan and baseball lover, nothing has made me happier this last week then to watch my boys take home the World Series. The time difference between Aus and SF is about 18 hours, so I had to get pretty creative with my watching/listening methods and had to sneak in many games at work, but it was definitely worth it.  I'm probably more homesick than ever now because every inch in my body is telling me to hop on a plane so I can be a part of the San Francisco madness during the parade! 

Thinking About: Hurricane Sandy and everyone in New York/East Coast. My prayers are with all those in the storm's path, and I truly hope that not much more damage occurs. I hope everyone in the East Coast is listening to the warnings and staying home or evacuating where need be.  I've got all my fingers crossed that tomorrow everyone will wake up safe and sound with the worst of the storm over. I also can't help but remember Hurricane Katrina and wonder if the outcome would have been different if we were more prepared and aware of it's doom in the same way that America (and much of the world) was aware of Hurricane Sandy. Either way, all my love and prayers to those who have been affected by both disasters. 

Listening To: Haim, Blink 182 & 90's Pop Radio on Pandora. It's an upbeat sort of week. :]

Planning: on finding some affordable and stylish pillows for my couch. I've been on this hunt for-ev-er and I'm actually starting to get tired of looking at couch cushions. The price for one cushion no matter how stylish doesn't seem to justify the price tag, but I'm getting so tired of looking, I might just bite the bullet and buy the ones I want. Here are a few I'm lusting after 1, 2 & 3

Working On: Not being so tired. The commute from home to work takes about an hour & a half each way, and it was really, really draining me. I would come home from work and slump down on the couch and complain to my significant other how much work sucked, life sucked, I sucked. I would spend my time on the train being bitter about how tired I was, and it honestly started to affect my normally happy disposition.  Finally the other night, I realized that enough was enough. I have no children, my responsibilities are not overly bearing, and I am not driving for the hour and a half to and from work. I'm sitting there. That's it. So there's no reason to be tired all the time, I'm young and in love with life, it's time to show it! 

Wishing: that Australians celebrated Halloween more. I really miss the holiday here, and I reallyyyyyyyy want to go to work dressed up as something tomorrow! 

aaaaaaaaaand that's it! Here's to hoping the week ahead is full of good vibes and safe travels. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Ahhhhh is this what it feels like to relax? Today was the first day in what feels like months were I've done absolutely nothing. Yesterday we threw a small Halloween Housewarming (more on that later) where I probably got a little too drunk, resulting in me waking up with a nasty headache. It's funny how it took a little hangover to make me relax. By the afternoon,  I was feeling much better, but still so happy that our only plans were to curl up on the sofa and watch movies while eating leftover pizza. We've already watched Forrest Gump, (does that movie make you cry too?!) Toy Story 3 and now were stuck into some James Bond. It's a good life I tell ya.

Oh sweet nothing, I really enjoyed you today. Here's to hoping that next time it doesn't take a hangover to make realize that this girl needs some relaxation too. Happy Weekend, friends! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Have you heard this yet?!


Haim - Forever.
It's a must listen. Like now. Seriously.
I heard it on triple j today, and I'm in love. If you're like me and love the 90's, that chill California vibe, and/or cute girl groups you'll love this too.
Don't believe me? Click on the link-y.
You're welcome. :]

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

OOTD

Today I woke up cranky and slightly hung over from last night's Black Keys concert. My idea of a work appropriate outfit that morning was leggings and a big sweater. Yup, that was my state of my mind. So as I brushed my teeth thinking of possible baggy sweaters that may pass as "appropriate" I remembered a little grey dress that I snagged from my mom's closet.


Paired with a blazer, some stockings and hot metallic flats, I felt really put together despite my gross morning disposition. 


Outfit Deets: 
Grey Dress: Barkins
Blazer: Zara, gift from my sister
Belt: Vintage
Flats: Rubi 

** Miguel was off cooking, so these photos were all self timer ones, and from the look of the weird angles and intense photoshopping I had to do, I'm convinced of two things: I need a tripod & I need to take photos when the SUN is out. Forgive me, I'll try harder next time. ;]

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Musical Walk Down Memory Lane...

I've been thinking a lot about music lately...mostly how when a particular song comes on, it can stop you in your tracks and send you down memory lane. I have a few solid songs that can literally make me pause for a moment and bring a faint memory back into full view, playing like a movie right in front of my eyes. I thought I'd share a few of those choice songs today, and invite you on my walk down memory lane.

Sublime - What I Got
When I was in high school, I was part of a really fantastic close knit Drama club.  There were only 4 of us girls in the club, and we ended up being really really close. Not only did we see each other every day at school, but we also spent most weekends together getting from place to place in Javi's van. Javi was the only one with a license at the time, (probably still is! hah) and without fail, every time we were all in that van together, she would blast Sublime and we four would sing at the top of our lungs. Without a care in the world, we would roll down the windows shouting "Love isssssss what I GOT!" It was perfectly carefree and amazing.

The Counting Crows - Mr. Jones


There's a line in this song that goes "Cut Maria! Show me some of them Spanish dances
Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones" which will forever remind me of Baby 2. Baby 2 is the nickname of one of my twin aunties, the other is you guessed it, Baby 1! Anyway, one day when I was probably 10 or 12, this song came on the radio in her office, and all of a sudden she stops and sings that line from the top of her lungs. That's me Praxis! The band goes on to describe a black haired Flamenco Dancer, and Baby 2 goes on to tell me stories from the her crazy years during the 90s. We spent the entire afternoon just talking, me listening, her reminiscing  and us bonding from what started as just one song playing on the radio.  Without fail, whenever this song comes on, I think of my crazy auntie and get a bit homesick. 

Modest Mouse - Dashboard 


There was one San Francisco summer I experienced where life felt perfect.  I had the perfect group of adventurous friends, the perfect San Francisco weather, and had just reached the age where my parents trusted me enough to let me roam the streets late at night without worrying too much. My sister and I shared the group of friends, and during the Summer, I have no recollection of fights or anything annoyingly negative. The 5 of us friends just fit together like a glove.  We spent days finding new beaches to go to, playing pranks on each other and wasting away the afternoons at our house. I was introduced to Modest Mouse around this time, and for me, their music became the soundtrack of that summer. I remember constantly having Float On and Dashboard on loop, and feeling like everything was right in the world. That summer before college was magical.

It's funny because these songs will always, always remind me of those times in my life -- times where I remember telling myself this is good. Life is good. Don't ever, ever forget this.  Do you have songs that stop you in your tracks too? It's crazy how that works huh?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

OOTD!


Once upon a time I used to, quite frequently in fact, post my Outfit Of The Day photos. I, like most of you, used to force my significant other to snap a couple of shots of my pre-posed self in outfits I thought were worthy of sharing. Aside from the awkward hand-on-hip/i-don't-know-what-else-to-do posing I thought I was kinda good at putting together cute ensembles. Yet for whatever reason, I've seemed to have lost my mojo. Well no more I say! It's time to get it back! So while I'm off looking for said mojo, I offer you this, an instagram collage of yesterday's outfit taken by me in the office bathroom. BLEHCK I know, but hey, at least I'm trying.

I call this one Spring Fling (clever, I know!)
Dress: SES
Scarf/Bandana: Vintage
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Flea Market Find
Total outfit cost no more than $50! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

transitions


There's not much muchness happening around these parts lately.  We're in a really weird transition period, that I feel has lasted for ages. You know that feeling of being in between? Not quite finished with one place, but somehow already moved on to the next? That's what this move has felt like for me.  I say "this move" but really I mean the period from August to... right now. When I was made redundant (laid off for you American folks) from my last job, I mostly felt relief. Relief that I could now move forward with my life, and finally begin to pursue my dreams in Australia. So I applied to go back to College to finish my degree in English Literature with the hopes to get back on track to becoming a teacher. After having done that, I contacted my previous temp agency to get back on the books so I can get some work. Immediately after that, we found the perfect apartment, which we soon later moved into. The first three things happened within a week. A week after that, I got a temp job doing admin work. While working, we managed to move from my beloved Newtown to Parramatta, where I am typing from as we speak. September was a flurry. I got it all done, found an apartment, got a job and applied for school. October has been draining and uncomfortable to say the least. I'm waiting to hear from back from school, I don't know when this job will end and where my next will begin, and I spend my time thinking and rethinking ways to make this apartment feel like home.

Don't take this for complaints, I'm not complaining, I promise. I'm just growing, adjusting, learning. For someone who likes to plan in advance, this little phase makes me feel like a fish out of water.  I literally don't know what's going to happen next. Will the Universities accept my application? What kind of jobs can I work if they do? I've only ever worked in office environments, so I'm not even sure if I can work at a restaurant or in retail. I just keep praying though. Hoping and asking for some strength and answers to my never ending questions.  I know in my bones that everything is going to turn out the way it should, but as a planner, I'd really just like to know how things are going to turn out.

Am I crazy? Does any of this make sense? Tell me you've gone through a period similar to this too.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Well hello there! (an overdue update)

Rainbow over Sydney -- the biggest I've ever seen!
It's been nearly a month since my last post, and so much has changed. We're finally settled into our new apartment, I'm back with my temp agency, working in a new role, and I've just applied to go back to University.  Life has definitely moved forward from where I've been in the last 2 years, and I feel that I've just finished a massive growth spurt.

When I was living in the studio, I always felt that it was just a little nod to adulthood, almost like I was teetering between childhood and adulthood and the studio was the safe place between. Now that Miguel and I have "graduated" to a 2 bedder, I feel like I've made the leap into full fledged adulthood. Here I am, in my own fairly large apartment equipped with an office, across the street from a park in the western suburbs, doing all the things my young self hoped I would be doing at this age.  Can I be honest? It's kind of fabulous. I'm diggin' the uncertainty, and enjoying the complete change of pace my life is taking now. Even though money and job woes have been on my mind constantly, as is the case with temp work, I still feel like I'm exactly where I need to be right now, and everything will take care of itself.

Life is pretty swell, and it's nice to say that I've really got nothing to complain about.