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What the hell have I been up to?

October 11, 2016
Kawaii Klaws, Life, My Life, Weekly Wrap, What I Wore

Hi friends! I haven’t been blogging too much lately, as I’m sure you’ve probably noticed! It’s not because I don’t want to (I actually really miss blogging) but my time management skills are abysmal and I just haven’t forced myself to dedicate more time to blog. But recently I kind of had a mini epiphany where I realised I was lacking motivation in my creative and professional life and it bummed me out. So I am attempting to turn over a new leaf and find my motivation again for all of the things I love doing! Including blogging, of course :)

So what the hell have I been up to lately since my last posts? Well, working mostly. I’ve actually been getting busier at work which has been great, but it’s also meant I’ve really dropped the ball in other parts of my life. But busy, yay! I’m going to aim to do more nail art posts here, probably to coincide with the weekly newsletter I do. I have a few fun plans to do with Kawaii Klaws which I’m going to start rolling out over the rest of the year, but I’ll keep you updated here!

Here are a few recent nail art designs I’ve done lately. If you wanna see more, just pop on over to my instagram or facebook page!

  
  

If you don’t follow me on instagram (@rockfotze) then you’ll have no idea what I’ve been wearing lately! But don’t stress, here’s a few samples of the outfits I’ve worn in the last few weeks:

  
 

In other news, it’s now October. Yay! Which means I have started my 31 Days of October challenge! I’ll try to do some blog posts here about it BUT just in case I flake out like lat year, you can suss it on my instagram! Unfortunately I don’t have anything as exciting as a Halloween wedding to finish off my challenge with BUT I am having a big ol’ Halloween Party on the 29th which will be pretty fun. Ben and I are working on decorating our house to make it absolutely ridiculous and I can’t wait!

OK that’s all for now. Fingers crossed I am able to maintain my motivation and post more. Thanks for reading, pals!

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Japan: A Quick Summary

May 28, 2015
Japan, Life, My Life, Nails, Nerds and Geeks, Parties and Fun, Travel

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Hello friends! Ben and I are officially back from our 3-and-a-bit weeks in Japan and we’re already back at work! No time for rest ever, apparently! We had an AMAZING time on our trip, we barely stopped until close to the end and only because we were totally exhausted.

Our first stop was Tokyo where we spent 10 days. The first two we stayed with our friends Anekie and Iain who have been there for four years and are both teachers. They took us around a few of the days we were there including a huge day in Harajuku, to an Oktoberfest (yes, in May) in Odaiba, to a traditional street festival with lots of drunk people carrying shrines, karaoke, maid cafes and much more. On our own we explored places like Shinjuku (where we stayed), Nakano Broadway, Roppongi, Akihabara and Shibuya. We visited the Ghibli Museum, took a day trip out to see the plum blossoms in the shadow of Mt Fuji, went to the Robot Restaurant and both Disney parks.

The 2nd stop was Osaka where we stayed for one week. We discovered Ame-mura for fashion, music and pinball arcades. We explored Dotonbori and it’s many touristy sights. We wandered through rose-filled parks and visited excellent looking shrines (not all of which were open, damn 5pm closing times). We took a day trip to Nara to pat deer, look at massive shrines and then sneak into abandoned theme parks. We made friends with the owners of an awesome toy shop who happened to be famous Universal Monsters collectors, who took us out and about and made us feel incredibly welcome. I even got my nails done and we spent a day at Universal Studios.

The 3rd spot was Hiroshima where we had four days, which turned out to not be nearly enough. We met a heavily tattooed man named Potty who’s famous for being the #1 fan of the Hiroshima Carp baseball team and his sweet wife Misa. They took us out to dinner and were fabulous hosts, though I got stupidly drunk at the BBQ we all went to (possibly the drunkest I’ve been in many years, but gosh it was fun). We went to the Hiroshima Peace Museum which probably would have been a lot more moving were it not for the 200 or so school kids crowding the place and being rowdy. We went to Miyajima Island to pat more deer (much nicer than the ones in Nara) and admire the floating shrine. We spent a day traveling to and on Okunoshima Island (while I was stupendously hungover) which is overrun by wild but friendly bunnies who were more than happy to climb all over you for the perfect photo. No amount of hangover can withstand the power of bunnies!

Our last stop was Kyoto because we knew we’d need a place to wind down after so doing so much. We still managed to visit a number of shrines and temples, walk through the bamboo forest and got halfway up the Fushimi Inari Shrine walk. We even stumbled upon the delightful Kyoto Arashiyama Orgel Music Box Museum which we highly recommend! We did manage to find a decent amount of time to wind down, relax and get acquainted with the fact our trip was ending. We’d done so much that we were actually pretty ready for it, plus we missed our dogs :)

I won’t be so bold to suggest I will get around to posting more detailed accounts of the trip (we all know how badly I did with my US trip in 2013) but I’ll definitely post a bit more about some of my favourite days, such as the time spent in Harajuku and our Nara day trip.

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Happy New Year! It’s 2015!

January 7, 2015
Body and Soul, Life, My Life, Nails, Parties and Fun, Random Thoughts

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Can you believe it’s 2015 already? Not to sound like an old fart, but holy moly, where is time going? I remember new years eve 1999 so vividly, I’d finished high school and had just turned 18 and spent it with a couple of my best mates and our families at Southbank. Ahhh such innocent times when I had no interest in drinking and wore handmade “Go Millennium Big” shirts.

This new years was a pretty cruisy one. Normally we make specific plans but we didn’t this year and decided kind of last minute to go to one of our favourite bars for the night. Beforehand we were invited to a friends picnic on the river to watch the sunset which was absolutely magical, until the mosquitoes came out in force!

2014 was a pretty interesting year for me. I was still coming down from the high leftover from our US trip, something that took months to subside. I was feeling incredibly unsatisfiedwith my work life, I knew I couldn’t keep working for “the man” and office works was bringing me down more than ever. After much thought and after a particularly bad refill at a cheap nail salon, I decided to bite the bullet and get a Certificate in Nail Technology. I get pretty nervous over big life decisions and so I was scared as hell about this one, but the course made me very excited about the prospect of a career change and by the end of it I knew this was what I needed to do! I set up a nail salon at home and have gotten to a point where I’m getting pretty darn good at it, especially the nail art! We also got a new dog, the sweetheart known as Midwich who has enriched our lives greatly. Shiro has changed a lot since we got her, for the better. He’s more affectionate than ever and luckily they both get along really well. We also went to Thailand for a week! I never planned to go there as I have a bunch of other countries on my to-visit list, so it was fun to have an excuse to go and see a very different part of the world! I celebrated Halloween for all of October with my 31 Days of Halloween challenge on instagram which was a LOT of fun! And I become a better feminist, learning about intersectional feminism and all that goes with it.

Not everything was hunky dory though. A week into my nail course I fell down a step on the way to work and fractured my ankle. It took months to get better and even now still hurts on occasion. Fortunately I didn’t need to get surgery though! The bit that is the most annoying though is how it stopped me from being able to exercise, I was already a bit slack on that front (but I still went to gym a few times a week), and once the routine has broken, it’s so damn hard to get back into it! So I’m pretty much at my biggest and am not too happy about it. As I’ve posted on here before, I struggle with my own body-image so it was something I worried about a lot in 2014 and was a little bit powerless (and perhaps more than a tad unmotivated) to do much about it.

My plans for 2015 so far are as follows:

  • Do nails full time! I am very likely to be doing this in the next couple of months thanks to an opportunity with a fantastic company who’s expanding to Brisbane soon. I’d like to open my own salon but that’ll probably be more for 2016.
  • Lose weight, get fit. It’s a cliche but I was too busy in 2014 to focus on this so it’s time to change things for 2015! I miss my fit, healthy body which, in retrospect, was actually bangin’. If only I’d realised this back then!
  • Sort myself out blog-wise. I know I will never get back into posting like I used to, and I’ll admit I’ve considered packing it in a couple of times lately. But I don’t want to quit and I feel like I should be able to post more often if I just committed to it. I also want to start vlogging again. I love both of these things and it’s a shame I’ve slacked off so badly in the last couple of years.
  • Travel! We’re actually going to Japan in May but I want to get myself sorted so that we can afford to travel more often, both overseas and domestically. We’ll hopefully visit a few other cities within Australia this year, including ones we’ve not been to like Perth!
  • Be a better friend. I am such a slack friend! I need to fix this! I have no excuses except general laziness, and it’s gotta stop before I have no friends left at all :( Going out of my way to plan stuff with mates, invite people over or just meet up with them for coffee or a beer is on the agenda for 2015.

I am excited about this year, I reckon it’s going to be a BIG one full of adventures and positive life changes :D

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Farewell 2013, Bring On 2014!

January 14, 2014
Life, My Life, Parties and Fun, Ruby Kawaii

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Well we’re already half way through January and I’m only just writing my “So long last year, hello new year” post! It’s been a busy ol’ year so far, and I’m looking forward to some downtime in the next few weeks, finally.

2013 was a BIG year for me. It was my first full year with the love of my life, Ben! It feels like we’ve been together so much longer (in a good way), so to think we only met half way through 2012 boggles my mind. 2013 saw us buy a house together which was scary but exciting and we LOVE it. We have a beautiful house to decorate as we wish that’s surrounded by bush, with our adorable fur ball Shiro.

I made a go of Ruby Kawaii, doing lots of markets and selling bows online. We discovered very quickly that Supanova is our best demographic, so we intend to do as many conventions as possible. I also discovered selling stuff online is kind of hard, and it’s something I intend to improve on this year. It’s been an interesting experience and I’ve made a bunch of friends out of it too, and I hope to make it even bigger and better this year.

We went to the USA! I feel like most of 2013 was all just a lead up to this trip, and it did not disappoint! We really did have the best time there and I promise I will finish my blog posts about each city we went to SOON! We also did a bit of domestic travel too, mostly to Canberra where Ben comes from. I met his ENORMOUS family at the start of the year and we ventured back down via Sydney for his sisters engagement party and a friends wedding. I also popped down to Melbourne twice, once for PAX AUS and again with my mum to take her to the Hollywood Costume exhibition as a super early birthday present.

One thing I didn’t do so well was watch out for my health. I regret to say I’ve been turning into a bit of a lumpy space princess over the course of the last year or so, which isn’t such a bad thing except I’m starting to not fit in some clothes! NOOOOO! If there’s one thing about being in a loving, wonderful relationship that kind of suck, it’s how comfortable you get. I used to go to the gym 4 times a week on top of eating a strict diet, but when you have other options like hanging out with your beloved partner and drinking copious amounts of beer and cider and eating delicious foods, well… you figure it out. I’ve always struggled with my weight but now I’ve put on a few extra kilo’s I realise how silly I was being back then because I looked HOT and I need to take a much healthier and less harmful approach to weight loss instead of hating myself for not being slim enough. So it’s going to be less drinking, more balanced diet and exercising for the health benefits, not just to stay a certain size.

I have big plans for what I want to do with myself career-wise, some of which might take a few years to fully work out. I’m sick of working in an office in an industry I am not passionate about, I want to be creative and do something I love instead of suffering through the daily grind like all of the sheep I catch the train with each morning. I will keep y’all updated on this as I figure things out!

2014 will also be a year of reconnecting with old friends who I’ve been a bit to slack to spend much time with, because I love them and miss their company and have no excuse except sheer laziness! I’ve always been a bit of a loner, only having a few good friends who I’m nopeless at catching up with, but I’ve been especially bad lately and hope to have it all fixed ASAP.

So that was my year that was, and my plans for the coming year. I look forward to having lots of adventures in every aspect of my life, and hopefully I will improve on my blogging which were less than average last year.

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Guess who’s back from the USA?!

November 21, 2013
Animals, Harry Potter, Life, Nerds and Geeks, Tattoo Talk, Things I Like, Travel, Wonderful Weekend

Well howdy y’all! Guess who got back from the USA today? Let me just start off by saying it was AMAZING and I’m a tiny bit bummed to be back in Brisbane. I mean, being able to rest, hug my pup and walk around the house in my underwear has definitely been wonderful but I really do love travelling and the USA was incredible.

I am going to write up a bunch of blogs about my trip, which will probably focus on each place we went to as well as a post or two about some of my America-wide experiences. This is mostly for my own benefit so that I have an everlasting memory of my trip but I also hope it will give people some helpful tips before they embark on a trip to the crazy ol’ US of A. There are more than a few tips I know I wish someone had told me about before we went, so I’d love to help other people have the best trip ever by giving them plenty of heads up about what to expect.

While I upload all of the happy snaps to my flickr, I thought I’d share some of the highlights of my trip to get the ball rolling (in no particular order):

  • THEME PARKS! We managed to go to four (yep, FOUR) on this trip. Disneyland and Universal Studios in LA and Disney World and Universal in Orlando.
  • THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER! Need I say more?
  • Getting a Halloween tattoo in LA (even if it caused me much duress for most of the trip because of the placement).
  • Finally getting to see Japan LA in real life and buying so many awesome things. I was in a rush (see next point) so I could have gone REALLY crazy if I’d had more time.
  • Going to see Elijah Wood’s new film in LA and standing beside him in the line at the candy bar where he struck up a conversation with me!
  • Going to Las Vegas as an adult, walking down the street drinking booze and discovering the majesty of Downtown Vegas. Oh and spending Halloween there!
  • Falling in love with New Orleans completely and utterly.
  • Trying so many delicious American craft beers everywhere we went.
  • Finally seeing New York where we saw and did SO MUCH! That city is crazy and wonderful!
  • Catching up with Cam, one of my best friends who I lived with in London. Also finally meeting Maya who I’ve known online for 10 years now!
  • Meeting and spending a lovely evening with Twinkie Chan who’s a bit of a crafty, kawaii hero of mine (she even blogged about our encounter!)
  • All of the animals! Squirrels, scores of dogs in coats, lizards, alligators, birds… there were so many!

OK that’s all I can think of without going totally berserk and just listening ever single thing we did. Ben and I had an amazing trip and I really can’t wait to share it with you all. Lots of photos will be coming soon!

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LISTEN UP: Your weight does not define you

July 4, 2013
Body and Soul, Cara Rage, Feminism, I love Links, Life, My Advice, Pissed Off, Rants

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Yesterday I read this article which made me cry. Why? Because I could have so easily written it myself. I have spent much of my life worrying about my weight and I know this began early on by my mum who has a terrible perception of her own body image which she unintentionally projected onto me. Growing up mum was quite overweight and it was a major struggle for her to overcome the emotional issues that made her that way and then eventually lose weight. She lost over 40kg through Weight Watchers and was a lecturer for them for a number of years. Then some bad stuff happened, like my parents splitting up and her having a near-fatal accident while we were holidaying in Paris, that made things hard (and almost impossible for her to exercise) so she eventually put the weight back on. So now she’s back to being overweight and is desperately unhappy about it, and it breaks my heart.

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My family and I in about 2001, my mum was at the peak of her weight loss here

She would always look at thin women and say “I’d kill to have a figure like that” which I also do myself now. She also used to comment on my figure when I gained weight after going through puberty, say that I had such a pretty face before reminding me that I needed to lose a few kilos, or encourage me to go on diets with her or comment that I shouldn’t wear certain clothes as they weren’t flattering. I remember my family went on a trip to Cairns when I was in my late teens and I spent so many nights crying by myself because everyone would comment on how gorgeous my younger sister was who has always been slim, while effectively ignoring me or worrying about my weight even though I wasn’t anywhere close to being overweight.

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During the trip to Cairns where I was  made to feel fat and daggy for not being as slim or fashionable as my younger sister

I tended to go through phases where I was comfortable with myself as I was to being horrified at how fat I’d let myself become. I’d go on diets or just live life without a care in the world. I got pretty chubby while I was living in England and I really didn’t care that much at all, making the occasional token effort to eat better but generally not giving a damn. I can’t explain why I was so OK with myself as I was, perhaps it was because I was surrounded by awesome people who didn’t go on about their figures constantly or bring others down by making nasty comments, or perhaps it was because I had absolutely no trouble picking up guys. Whatever it was, I was happy, confident and didn’t feel pressured to be a skinny minnie.

But then I came back to Australia and everything changed. I met a guy who told me constantly for the next six years that I was fat, that I’d be “so hot” or “unstoppable” if I was skinny, that he was ashamed to be seen with me because of my weight, accused me of lying about going to the gym/eating healthy because it didn’t show and so on. I endured that for six years until I had no self esteem left. I only had a smidge of confidence that I had a pretty face because that’s aabout the only compliment I ever got and even then I rarely heard that because of all of the hurtful and destructive criticism he would yell at me. Imagine being told that your boyfriend didn’t want to have sex with you because you’d put on a few kilograms? That he’d start showing you off in public if only you’d lose more weight. Getting told to stop getting tattoos because they didn’t suit a girl my size. Yep, pretty nasty stuff.

I had lost about 8kg here and was told by my ex that I was finally hot enough for him to be proud to be my boyfriend. I gained the weight back as soon as I stopped the diet I was on, as I was pretty much starving myself

While it was clear my ex was an abusive jerk who didn’t deserve a second of my time (let alone six years), his words had a huge impact on me and it’s been a long, hard road to try and get over them. I have a new, wonderful and loving partner who showers me with compliments constantly, who thinks I have the body of a bombshell goddess and even if I did gain a bunch of weight, would still love me until the end of time. And yet I worry almost everyday about my weight, especially since I’ve gained a bit since I hurt my back last year and had to stop exercising for a few months. It stresses me out all the time, and even though I know I’m being silly, I can’t help it! I’m pretty healthy in my eating habits and exercise regularly, and yet I feel like a bit fat blob who everyone whispers about behind my back.

I also get really sad when I see friends get obsessed with dieting, exercising and losing weight. Now days it’s not on to say you want to lose weight, but are trying to be “healthy” when they really just mean they want to lose weight and be skinny. Why can’t we be happy with how we are and maintain a healthy lifestyle without blasting it all over social media like we’re fucking heroes for going to the gym and eating a salad? Why can’t I look at an instagram post of someone eating junk food and not immediately feel compelled to judge them?The mentality of what is healthy is is so messed up. It’s assumed that being slim = healthy and being fat = unhealthy. Meanwhile I work with a bunch of women, half of whom are super slim and yet eat anything they like, never exercise, drink and smoke constantly and yet at face-value they’d appear healthier than me with my chubby little belly, thighs and big bum. The other half just obsess about what they eat and are constantly taking weight loss pills or trying new diets.

I came to the decision a while ago that I was going to change the way I express myself about my body image issue, because I refuse to let me children grow up thinking they’re fat or ugly because of the things they heard me say about myself or others. And not just for my future children, but for other women around me. Some of the things my friends and work colleagues say about themselves to one another (as I was writing this one workmate called herself a “fat fuck” because she’s been craving/eating scones lately). I’m going to try and stop spreading negativity by bitching about how fat I am, because I’m not. And even if I was, who cares? It’s unhealthy and BORING to talk about weight all day and I’m sick of this toxic culture of bringing ourselves down when we’re perfectly wonderful the way we are.

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I pay the Homer tax!

May 20, 2013
Life, My Life

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I have been meaning to post about this ever since it happened but we only just got the internet and I’m a lazy, lazy blogger. But anyway,  guess what? Ben and I are home owners now! It settled late last month and we moved in pretty much immediately. Thank god for Ben’s organisational skills, it was such an easy move where I had to do very minimal lifting (I am such a weakling so the less lifting I do, the better for everyone). We are so in love with the place. We actually fell in love with it the moment we set foot in it, the first day we officially started looking at houses. Right before we went in, we both agreed to not get our hearts set on any of the houses we went to, as it wasn’t worth the disappointment if we couldn’t get it. Obviously we did not take our own advice. To cut a long story short, we managed to get the house and were completely moved in by the 5th of May. It’s a three bedroom, two bathroom house with a massive deck overlooking bushland AND a freaking walk-in wardrobe. YES! It has everything we need and is just lovely. In the future we’ll probably do a few renovations but for now it’s perfect (well, aside from a red feature wall, but we’ll be covering that up soon enough). I am also very excited because we now have a backyard for my beautiful dog, Shiro! He’s been living with mum since I moved back in with her at the beginning of 2012 and I’ve been missing him heaps for the last 5 months that I’ve been away from him. Wow, check out how suburban we are ;) Here’s the floor plan of the house because floor plans are fun and if you’re anything like me, you love knowing exactly what a house looks like:

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Look at all that space for activities! I’m not going to share its exact location (sorry stalkers!) but it’s out in the western suburbs of Brisbane which means I’m nice and close to my sister and only a short drive to my mum’s place. Despite being right out in the ‘burbs though, I’m finding it super easy to get to work and I don’t have to rise that much earlier to get to work on time. I consider that a humongous win! I plan to share all of the adventures we have in our new house on my blog, so please stay tuned!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR (aka Bring on 2013)

January 3, 2013
Body and Soul, Life, My Life, Parties and Fun, Ruby Kawaii, Wonderful Weekend

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Ben and I on NYE (dressed in country hoe-down theme, just FYI)

It’s 2013! I can’ believe 2012 is over, it seems like the year went by in fast forward and was done in half the time it should have been. What a year though, it was probably the most dramatic and life changing 12 months of my life and while there was a lot of bad stuff, there was a lot more good.

At the start of 2012 I finally broke up with my boyfriend of six years and moved back in with mum way out in the suburbs. I’d spent six years my life being emotionally abused and the day I decided I was done and arranged to move out that very weekend was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. Moving into a small house in Ipswich with your mum probably sounds dreadful to most people, but it was the best decision I’ve made for myself in a very long time. I was free. As a result of the breakup and the subsequent move, I am happier than I’ve ever been. I have also been able to save money for the first time in years and am saving up for a trip to the USA this year AND managed to buy a brand new car!

I met the love of my life on July 31st, a guy on instagram who intrigued me (and apparently had a huge crush on me, hee hee). It’s only been five months but what he has taught me about myself and about love has been incredible. I had such a low self esteem after six years of being put down and bullied constantly, but in no time at all, Ben has taught me how to love myself again. I never thought I’d ever find someone I was so compatible with, but through the magic of a phone app that let’s you share photos with strangers, we found one another and haven’t looked back.

I started a small business with my mum, making cute bows and accessories under our own label Ruby Kawaii! It’s still early days, but after a hugely successful launch at Supanova in November, we have big plans. I plan to dedicate a lot more time to it this year and go to lots of markets and make a real name for ourselves. My dream is to one day own my own super girlie, kawaii shop that will sell our bows, fashion, crafty stuff AND have a proper Japanese-style nail salon incorporated! That may mean I’ll be a nail tech by the end of this year! How exciting!

I have a few areas I want to improve on though. Since I hurt my back I haven’t really done a lot of exercise while continuing to eat all the food I come across  I’ve gained a couple of kilo’s and my fitness as gone down the crapper, and I want to rectify that. But I am not worried about being skinny like I used to be. I just want to be happy and healthy and maybe get rid of this new gut I’ve been sporting lately ;)

2012 has been my worst year of blogging yet! I have been AWFUL! There have been a few reasons but it’s mostly just been down to time. I am planning to settle down and manage my time a lot better this year which will mean more blog posts with better content! I can’t make many promises now, but I do intend to make Ruby Kawaii 1000x better in the coming months. Writing is a passion of mine, and while I knw my blog isn’t the best one out there, it’s a good release for me and so I really should utilise it more.

I hope 2013 is going to be an amazing year for you too. Let’s all strive for happiness, good health and lots of love and positivity!

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The Day I Bought a New Car

December 21, 2012
Life, My Life, Things I Like

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On Monday 17th December, I finally became an adult. I did something that I’d never attempted to do before and actually never thought I’d be able to do because of some silly decisions I made as a younger woman. I BOUGHT MYSELF A BRAND NEW CAR! Oh yes, I own my own little Toyota Yaris, brand new, fresh off the truck. And the best pit? IT’S MOTHER EFFING PINK! It’s not a custom colour either, “Cosmopolitan” aka hot pink, is a standard colour for this particular model of car.

I’d been considering buying a new car for a while. My dear, precious Betsy (a 1986 Ford Laser wagon) was on her last legs and it wasn’t worth the cost to pay her rego because she needed so much work. Plus I was sick of owning a car that’s almost the same age as me, with no air con, a non-working fuel gauge and no power steering that would break down constantly because I am no good with older cars and didn’t show Betsy the proper respect she deserved.

So there we have it. I bit the bullet and ordered one and picked it up on my day off from work. It was the single most terrifying and exhilarating purchase I’ve ever made in my life! Sure I could have bought another used car, but the timing was perfect (woohoo super low interest) and I knew deep down this is something I wanted to do, and I doubt I’ll ever regret it for a second, because SHE’S HOT PINK, BABY!

Now to think of a name for her. Maybe Lola? Oh, there’s so much potential! :D

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Comin’ up Thrillhouse

November 5, 2012
Body and Soul, Life, My Life

I have been AWOL from my blog in recent weeks and I must apologise  I have no legitimate excuse except I have been really busy and haven’t committed much time to blogging. Most of my time has been completely taken over by Ruby Kawaii, the little business venture I started with my mum a few months ago. We have a stall at Supanova this year, and it’s on this weekend!!! As a result we have been madly making hundreds of new bows and other cute accessories to sell, including geeky ones that will (hopefully) appeal to the geeky folks who attend Supanova. I still have SO much to do and only four days left to do it all (while also working for three of these days, eeek) so things are a tad bit stressy in my world right now, though it will be totally worth it as this will be our first markets!

In other news, a massive issue was solved for me this morning that has been hugely stressful to me over recent months. I can’t give any more details as my blog is way too public a forum for such personal matters, but I am so relieved and happy and can’t wait to move on with my life finally!

Finally, if you’re wondering where that lovely photo of yours truly is from, it was taken by my boyfriend who is an exceptional photographer! We did a little shoot in my garage using bits and pieces we had lying around. Seriously, that’s as much effort as it took. I mean, he had his professional lighting set up, but otherwise he just whipped this amazing image up from virtually nothing!  Here are the rest, including a thoroughly adorable one of my sister and I (click for the full picture):