Saturday, June 13, 2015

Aussie Curves : Floral

This is a hard challenge for me.

I have a deep dislike for floral. There I said it.

And by that dislike, I mean floral on me. A lot of girls can rock this print, but I just look...awkward.

Whenever I wear floral, I feel like I'm a fraud. Or I'm channelling table cloths and curtains. But that's me, and I'm kinda weird.

So yeah, I was never into the Cath Kidstons, or the liberty prints, or even Forever New's sundresses.

See this? I really wanted to like this. The cut is perfect for me (please ignore the lack of boobage) but the colour and print weren't. So it went back to the store.

There's also this prom skirt which I also desperately wanted to keep, but I couldn't justify the price for something I'd hardly wear.

That said, I do have a grand total of three floral items in my wardrobe:

1. A dress from Valley Girl which I bought during their 50% off sale (which ran for so many months and drained my wallet)

2. A Caroline Morgan dress I bought on a whim at the Ginger Tree clearance store in Elizabeth Street for, I think, $15 or $20. The one and only time I wore this was when I was deciding if I was going to buy the Witchery Double Zip Biker leather jacket. I have since forgotten about it until, well, today.  My nude (real old! $5!) sandals are from Parisian.

3. And of course, my Dr. Martens Mini Tydee which, compared to the others, don't get as much rotation because, well, they're floral. Here worn with my Esprit coat (bought in Hongkong - Esprit is significantly more expensive in Australia!), my favourite fleece Heat Tech (all sold out!), crossbody bag from Dangerfield (of course!), Peter Alexander beanie, and American Eagle Outfitters jeggings (softest denim ever, but wrong size for me that's why they look loose).

And I think there's another Valley Girl skirt somewhere, bought for $10 or under, which I was planning to wear with a striped shirt, but I don't know where to find it in the blackhole called my closet.

These are all the floral items I have. And I just noticed that there's a running theme: bought on a heavy discount/on clearance, and worn hardly.

So maybe someday I'd be able to pull off ladylike frocks and skirts, but right now, I'd stick to my Winter tomboy uniform of jeans, black/gray top, down vest (my most heavily used Winter item to date - and I even hesitated to buy it!) beanie, and my big dumb combat boots


I did not think I'd be able to join this challenge at all!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Happy, happy day!

Ok, can I just say I'm happy today?

So all along I thought I was 5'6.5" because whenever I measured myself, I got 67.75 inches, then converted to feet, it's 5.65. I stupidly always thought it's equivalent to 5 feet and 6 1/2 inches.

Today, it's a slow Sunday, and I thought of measuring our heights. I got 67.75, The Guru got 70 inches. Then he converted them to feet and inches and apparently, I'm 5'7" 3/4 and he's 5'10".

Which means I've been measuring my BMI wrongly all these years. And since females get 5lbs for every inch above 5ft (male get 6 lbs/inch) based on the ideal body weight chart, it means I'm 5 pounds closer to my goal weight (a long way to go, but still) than I thought I was.

Just sharing. It's like finding money hidden somewhere which I've already forgotten about. :P

Aussie Curves: BLACK and Good Food and Wine Show

So we went to the Good Food and Wine Show.

Unlike last year, we didn't even attempt to drink any of the wine and liqueur, not even the coffee liqueur. We went straight to the cheese alley.

A lot of people had the same idea. The crowd was noticeably thicker in the cheese section compared to any other sections.

I didn't take a lot of pictures - I was so concentrated on trying out the different kinds of cheese, some with names I didn't know how to pronounce. And before today I thought I knew my cheese!

This stall though particularly stood out to me because of their yummy flavoured cheese products. My favourites were the Almond & Apricot, Honey & Pistachio, and Cranberry & Macadamia, which tasted like decadent cheesecake.

Last year, we tried alpaca without knowing what it was. We were absolutely aghast when we found out they look like this:

Oh.My.God. What have we done?! 

This year, we stayed away from alpacas and any other unfamiliar meat (lest we end up eating another cute little animal again!), and just had a bite of sausage from one of the meat stalls. 

I was a bit disappointed that my favourite stall last year, Nehas Ice Cream, did not join the show this year. I was looking forward to her version of kulfi.

We capped off our cheesy afternoon by coming to senses and bringing this home. I chose the rice, angel hair, and lasagna variants, instead of the spaghetti and noodles as I can get cheaper generic shirataki noodles at most Asian stores in the CBD.

The Guru is excited for his longsilog - or should I say longshilog?

And here's what I wore - I made sure everything was black because of this week's Aussie Curves challenge. This week's challenge is a no-brainer for me, because most of my clothes are black. Especially tops and dresses partially because I'm very top-heavy (and also probably why I don't really like black jeans - I think I look best in blue jeans in light washes, they sort of balance my appearance and give me the illusion of having hips), but mostly because it's one of the only two neutrals (the other one is stark bright white, none of the ivory/cream nonsense) that look good on my cool skintone. It took a lot of disastrous experiments with coral blush and brown eyeshadow in the past before my friend told me they really didn't look good on me. :P 

And then I started realising I look best in silver jewellry - explains why I was never into gold (actually never into jewellry at all - and I only found out today that it's spelled with two Ls in British/Australian english because Blogger kept correcting me) and cool colours like black, white, blue-based pinks, blue - cobalt, azure; I'm apparently a "Winter jewel" - I learn a lot from trolling forums :P, which means I look best in black, white, and jewel tones.

BLK DNM leather jacket 1UNIQLO Heattech long-sleeved undershirt, Kmart singlet that says "Paris in the Moonlight" - I think I got this for $2,  American Eagle Outfitters jeggingcrossbody from Dangerfield (which you're probably sick of by now - promise, I have other bags!), and of course, my trusty pair of nappa Doc Martens1460s.

So about the BLK DNM leather jacket, it's warm and comfy and seriously badass. I passed by Myer almost everyday for maybe a week or so before I decided to get it. The first time I tried it, I tried the Large (autopilot - always get the largest), and thought it was bulky and looked kind of members only (a term I learned from obsessively googling leather jackets) but I still really liked how the leather smells (the smell is different, not the usual leathery scent, almost-but-not-quite fragrant). And then one day the Large was gone (I think Myer only got a few pieces, maybe one/size) and on a whim I tried the Medium (and not expecting I'd fit into it, to be honest), and it's so much sleeker. Needless to say, I spent many more nights googling before I decided to bite the bullet. 

And I couldn't be happier! Well, maybe if I also had the leather jacket 8, but probably in five years or so because I justified the price by convincing myself that I'm gonna wear it for years anyway.  

Until next year's show, and next week's Aussie Curves challenge!