Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oh, life.

Bike parked outside the local school Fete last weekend.

I've been trying to think of something clever to write here, but so far no dice.  My thoughts just keep coming back to the feeling I have inside of me when I forget to write for more than a week, and how annoying it is that my computer charger is busted for the second time this year, thus making it hard to post.  Also, I thought maybe doing a 'this week in pictures' would be good, but after looking through my phone, it seems none of the pics are cohesive. So instead, today you just have me and my thoughts. Random as they may be.

I'm feeling over and over again what a crossroads this year has been for me. Work and school are continually pulling me in either direction, and when I focus on one too much, the other tugs at me harder.  I know that school should probably get more of my attention, but for whatever reason, this semester it's just not clicking. I stare down the long road of University that I've just begun, and it only ever feels daunting and scary.  Mostly I'm feeling this way because I'm doing my classes as an 'external' student -- everything online.  So it doesn't feel like I'm back at Uni... it feels like I just added more chores on my already long to do list. Too, I thought the practical unit would help me get excited to be doing this degree.  I mean, what better experience than immersing myself at a daycare could there be for one who is aiming to get her degree in Early Childhood Education?  Well it's been 2 days, and it's been nothing short of difficult. SO. HARD.

They've put me in a nursery with 2 or 3 full time employees and 10 children who are aged between 12 months and 18 months. Holy cannoli. Mostly I'm outside playing with the tiny tots and trying to engage with them in learning through extended play.  Mostly it feels fun and I do my best to take it all in... to watch these children's eyes light up as they grasp a concept or partake in something that brings them joy. Until lunch time hits, they go down for their nap, and I'm left feeling utterly and thoroughly exhausted. The second half of the day always goes the same, with me wondering if this is what I'm really meant to be doing. If I'm already questioning this during my very first practical then something must be wrong. I think I need to book in a meeting with a counselor at school stat.

Not much else goes on between school and work and the everyday ebb and flow that is my life.  Sometimes I feel so boring when people ask what's new? and I have nothing to report.  After getting through the initial knee jerk response of if you read my blog, you'll know! I'm then left feeling quite embarrassed as I say that nothing's new... but secretly, I kind of love that. The last few years have been such growing pains for me. Adjusting to a new country, then adjusting to living on my own, then with Miguel, then working, making friends, living with my sister and her man... it's all been new. ALL of it is new! But hey I guess some people like more excitement in their lives.

I guess all of this to say, life is still crazy, and I'm still working my way through it all, but I'll get there. One thing's for sure, I'm in a much better place now then I was this time last year, jobless and blogging from Parramatta. ;]

xo,
Praxis

Monday, September 16, 2013

OOTD

Its been a while since I've done one of these, and looking back on some of them it's safe to say that my style has definitely evolved.  Here are a few outfits I wore over and over again in different variations this last winter.


Work attire looked a lot like this in the last few months. I found myself gravitating towards pullovers and black stockings and consistently wore them throughout the season. Mostly I just threw them on with a summer dress or skirt and layered up with a light jacket and a scarf. Luckily this winter wasn't too cold, so most days I was able to survive with nothing more than that. I found a couple really cool vintage knit sweaters at the thrift store for pennies so the sweater thing really was my jam this winter.

Sweater: H&M
Shirt: Levis (gifted)
Skirt: Cotton On
Boots: Topshop 

 

When the weekend would come along, I pretty much stuck to the standard jeans & a t-shirt combo.  The only difference this time around was that I actually invested in a couple of decent pairs of jeans.  My favorite being the one pictured above from Zara. They're high-waisted AND the hem falls right by my ankles. Having this kind of fit is rare for a shorty like me, so I knew I had to have them.  Plus at $50 the investment was decent, but not too damaging.  I've also been super minimalist on the accessories these days and have stuck to just my sunnies and my gold watch.  Everything else seems like too much right now.

T-Shirt: Carla Uriarte x Label State
Belt: Vintage
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Witner 

Watch: Fossil (gifted)
Bag: Gifted 


And this would be a pretty typical Saturday night out.  My clubbing days are long behind me, so there is no need anymore for the tight little dress and highest heels. Instead, I've opted for some fun pants and a more modest heel.  I've also been really into the collar under the sweater deal, but I think I've over done it now, as is evidenced by the huge hole I've managed to make on that shirt! Yikes! 

Collared Top: Chic-a-Bootie ( i think!)
Sweater: Zara 
Pants: Zeitgeist
Shoes: Topshop 

Now that winter's over and all of the jumpers and pants will gradually be put away, I'm interested to see if my summer style has evolved too.  My first instinct will always be the tank top & denim shorts duo, but even last summer,  I felt I was getting too old for that.  I'm not sure how weird that is, that a 24 year old is starting to feel too old for tanks, but hey I'm sure 17 year old me probably thinks it's time for a change. ;] 



xo, 
Praxis 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Random Randoms


Hellooooo September! I am seriously in shock that two thirds of the year has flown by! Not really sure how that happened, but it's all gone by too quickly. Spring is my most favourite season of the year, and I'm way excited about the endless possibility and adventures this last bit of the year has in store for me.

The above photo has nothing to do with anything really... other than the fact that John Mayer's latest single has been in my head every single day since it's come out. Seriously, I can't make it stop.  Good thing the song is drop dead amazing. Have you heard it yet? Wildfire on Paradise Valley is a must.


Miguel & I tried our hand at cooking some homemade pupusas yesterday. Holy yum they were good.  It was definitely a learning process and our first batch of dough was a huge flop.  We got the hang of it after a while and Miguel really impressed me with his dough making/pupusa flattening skills. I love that he's such a natural in the kitchen.


 My sister had her first art exhibition in Sydney last weekend, and it was a huge success! The artwork that she produced was really fun and quirky, and the collection was cohesive.  Not only was she exhibiting, she DJed as well.  I'm really, really proud of her.  If you're in the Sydney area, her art will be up at Beach Burrito in Darlinghurst all month long!

And lastly here are few things around the internet that I've been loving:

 this sweater is love.

I know I'm a little behind, but this City Hall wedding album is so beautiful.

The Etsy Shop where I got my Loteria pillows is having a sale!

Speaking of sales -- Urban Outfitters apartment sale is always my favourite. Currently lusting over a side table and a rug.  If only I had the space...

Definitely going to try this fish recipe

and swooning over the romance in this post. (I then proceeded to go through her archives and find all her wedding posts! woops!)

So that's it! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start.

xo,
Praxis

image 1 &2 via @skuunk | image 2 via @in_sincerity