Friday, 29 March 2013

FF: It's a clothes avalanche

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Oh my, I'm running out of space and I might just start an avalanche.

I have too many clothes. Phew! That was a weight off the shoulders. I admit, I probably own more dresses than my income should suggest and yes, I probably have not worn a good 40% of them in recent times. It's starting to cause some issues.

Firstly, my washing pile becomes Mt Everest, ironing becomes much more than a chore, dry cleaning is proving way too costly for this student and most importantly my wardrobes are too full. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I did indeed say wardrobeS.

You see as my siblings slowly leave the nest I remain. Less people in the house equals more empty rooms, equals more free wardrobes. But alas it seems Carrie Bradshaw was right - the biggest wardrobe is indeed a girl's best friend. You know what I would kill to have? An entire floor dedicated to my wardrobe. Yep. In other words I would ultimately want to have a level that looks more like a clothing store except everything inside it belongs to me!

My poor clothes. I slide open that door and there they are, shoulder to shoulder, without any room to breathe, they can't sing, they can't dance, they cannot shine. I've read all about it, I know how important a neat wardrobe is not just for aesthetic means, but because it aids you in your style choices, it recommends what you should wear, it paints you a clear picture. Right now, it is far from clear. It is in shambles. It is probably as neat as I can make it but lack of space has hindered this most excruciatingly.

I've proposed an idea. Knock out the wall between the two spare rooms and create one big fat space just for my clothes.

Oh, laugh as much as you so desire, this girl is dead serious. Imagine it, I might never leave my parents house if that day came. (and you all know how much I need to leave this place) But present me with something as enticing as 10 metres of blissful hanging space and I might just become the 35 year old woman still living at home.

Well that's it for Friday. I'm off to Melbourne next week so I warn you in advance that I shall not be present for the week but should very well return come April 12th.

In the mean time a hearty good day to you and let's all keep those wardrobes at ease.


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

TT: Creamy Goodness

It's sure to be a crowd pleaser and it is most certainly a favourite amongst professional chefs. It's the age old Italian dessert - the panna cotta.

That wonderful simple little number that oozes elegance and feelings of comfort and silky textures. I have been craving this gem for some time now as Masterchef professionals had some sort of blatant obsession with them. And of course to save hassle and more importantly to get brownie points with stunning presentation - serve panna cotta in a glass! No more stressing of "oh dear lord will it turn out ok, will it wobble just right, will it survive!!!" It's such a great prepared earlier kinda dessert - think dinner parties, time poor lives and easy but impressive cooking.

Sometimes nothing beats simplicity, and Italians know precisely how to make simplicity incandescently beautiful.

So here is my simple yet timelessly delicious vanilla bean panna cotta topped with fresh berries!

Ciao till Friday.


Sunday, 24 March 2013

SS: The Underground

So my absence this time round might be a record. Well at least I'm consistent at that. Anyway so last Friday night I went to one pretty awesome shin dig.

I planned it out rather well - here's a funky night out and an opportunity to get assessment out of the way. Yeah, who knew you could have a good time while assignmenting. So as you all know I'm a third year journalism student and writing is my apparent game. So Friday night I set out to fake my way through professional cool.

This isn't my usual scene. I'm more the brunch, shopping, high tea, picnic in the park, drinks on the lawn kinda gal but there's always been a little part of me that loves the underground scene. I went, and I discovered that I don't quite fit in but I do very much love the atmosphere and different things will always hold some value.

So where did I go? 2 pars in and I haven't even explained the event - well done me. So I delved into the world of RAW: natural born artists. A organisation that aims to celebrate art of all forms and to promote young up and coming artists in photography, art, music, film, make-up, fashion you name it they were there. So naturally, the crowd is hipster to the chore, super stylish, creative types. So there I was stepping into a world entirely not my own, a world that didn't feel like drawl old Brisbane, more like Brooklyn, or something you would see in HBO's Girls. There were fashion shows, burlesque, waffles and an endless amount of character and young talent.

I met a whole bunch of amazing new talent and caught up with some old friends.

So enough of the ABC's, I'll let the photos do the talking.

Some of the art on display:

The artists Stacey with her Alice in Wonderland inspired work

My friend Olivia and her delicious photography work

How amazing is this chick's style!

My friend rocking the hipster vibe

Feathers anyone?

Fabulous wedges

Showcasing young fashion designers

I had bucket loads of fun and I'm super happy for all the artists involved. Check out RAW here. Also a shout out to some of the artists and a small plug for these wonderfully talented people: Liv Photography, Yellowbee Illustrations and Stacey Maree.

See you Tuesday - promise!


Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Plans. I'm not quite sure I'm very good at it all. Recently I haven't been much of a planner and I couldn't see myself being one anytime soon.

I have so many role models around me that seriously have their life in order. That know what they want and make plans for the future with gusto and a real sense of knowing. It terrifies me. It sends me into a downward spiral of uncontrollable fear.

How is it these people know what they want almost to the finite minute. How is it they can sit down and write a life path? How can you be so sure, how can you be so cool headed and stable. A world of moving on, buying a house, having children. These are the people that surround me.

Then there's me.

Here I am just working through each day. But what if that's wrong? Yes I vaguely plan but its never a definite. I'll throw it aside for something else, I'll set myself a new goal, I'll let the dice roll.

Sometimes it hurts being the youngest in a family. Very often you feel like you're being left behind. You don't want things to change because it all seems so perfect. Alas, something new always arrives and it takes you months to get use to whatever that might be. Then, you are back to comfort 101 but then SLAP! You're hit with another new thought, a new member, new dynamics and you are now back in the world of change. Change that you didn't want quite so soon.

So I'm on a path of independent thought. I'm trying to understand the lives of others and I'm finding it all too difficult. My last year where uni is my safety net is fast disappearing and maybe plans might just have to become part of my world. Or maybe they don't. But then family takes up the corners of my mind and I can't but help think of obligations, of stability.

Who knows. For now though I'm off to not plan my life.


Monday, 4 March 2013

Yawn... Red Carpet Drawl

Indeed, it's one whole week late but I promise you I actually had this written Tuesday night, completely forgetting to hit the post button. Here it is!

Ugh! Stale bread, old socks and dreary weather. This is what I saw at the Academy Awards red carpet 2013. Where has all the excitement gone? Apparently it's no longer with the ever fascinating world of the rich and famous. Almost nothing on any actress this year wowed me. I waited and I waited and yet nothing made me want to gasp in a fit of passion at some elegant little number I would dream of that night. So this is just my opinion, maybe my expectations are high but seriously 2013 you were no stunner. We will look back on this day not remembering THAT dress, THAT colour, THAT actress that looked the business. I'm going to remember this year as the year Seth McFarlane hosted and surprised us all with being an too pretty amazing host. I'll remember it as the year twitter went on a @Annesnipples #AnneHathawaynipples frenzy and the wonderful esteemed men of Hollywood looked as dapper as EVER.

Here's the Papilio award for 2013(if I had to really choose)

Award for most 'daring' - Naomi Watts. Something at least a little bit exciting. It looked rather stunning and Naomi you really are talented - don't listen to the haters.

Award for finally something a little exciting in your wardrobe: Stacy Keibler. You listened! You finally possibly outshone the one and only Clooney that you so luckily link arms with. I also loved the hair!

Award for it's pretty, so I'll give you a nod: Amanda Seyfried. One things for sure: TRUST ALEXANDER McQUEEN. You will look good, you will shine. This isn't the best Amanda has looked but it's a pretty number and although I yawned at it, it isn't anything to complain about.

Most likely to be mistaken as a wedding dress: Jennifer Lawrence. Too much going on and on close inspection the pattern looks like a bed sheet cover or demure curtains. Jennifer you are young and beautiful and cool - be it! You still looked pretty but the endless material just weighed you down... yes, we all saw you stack... I still love you!

The winner for most age appropriate goes to: Sally Field. She was looking the part in this timeless red frock that had a wonderfully suitable train.

Award for actress most likely to bring the shoulder pad back: Halle Berry. To be honest I think I loved this. She really did look pretty smokin hot. It's a dress only she could pull off and I love the rock star inspired hair.

Award for I'm undecided but I think I like it dress: Olivia Munn. Firstly, I think this girl is stunning, like I'm almost slightly obsessed with stunning. And I love her acting and her voice and she has freckles on her face (I'm a sucker for freckles!), I just think she's unique and you need that in this world. This Marchesa number was a delicious red, loved the bodice embellishment but wasn't too sure on the whole drapy business that was happening around the waist.

Best Dressed: Zoe Saldana. Finally something different!!! This number just worked. It looks like one of those dresses that in theory would read as too much, and on the rack would look maybe even tasteless. But throw in a belt, a bow, a train, a top filled with intricately sewn flowers and three shades of colour and you've created one beautiful number. You looked Zoe and I thank you!

Best dressed cast (on stage) - Les Miserables. WOW! Girls you really should have worn these numbers on the red carpet. Samantha Barks - holy cow you are ridiculous beautiful - Stunner and a half! Eddie Redmayne in Burberry, Hugh - leading the pack and cast filled with passion for their craft. I've included a link to the video because one: you'll see the dresses much better that way and two: this was a truly magical performance that I can't get enough of.

And also here's a nod to Charlize (and the Channing Tatum). Your timeless waltz was adorable and so old hollywood, I was gasping! Charlize was wearing a gorgeous number that flowed in all the right places, the detailing at the back and that wonderful whimsy movement it created as good looking people showcased their talent across the stage. It was perfect and I was love with these cute dance numbers.

Worst dress for winning an Oscar in: Anne Hathaway. Oh Anne what were you thinking. Yes, the world does know they weren't nipples, but have you seen the photos? It didn't fit, it didn't work, it wasn't on! The necklace didn't go, the only thing working was the pretty pale pink shade and maybe the hair. Sorry... disappointed.

Worst Dressed: It's a tie: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. I don't know what these were, but they sure weren't flattering. It is no surprise Aniston got it wrong, she's had her fair share of blunders. This red thing was surely not from this decade and Reese what were you thinking? She usually looks great, her petite size seems to just drink up a lovely dress but 2013 did not achieve that at all. This was by far a very very unflattering dress. I don't even want to talk about it, it makes me sad.

Best Men: Daniel Day Lewis, Christoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eddie Redmayne. Boys you were wonderful. I think the world needs to pay more attention to how dapper the men of Hollywood looked this year. They brought out the classics, they stunned in suits that melt the heart and that I would gladly stroke. Oh, and The men of the Avengers all on stage together (although it really was missing Thor). Good move Academy Awards, really gooooooood move ;)

Loved the royal blue on this and who don't love a bow tie.

There is something so lovable about this fella. You just know he's a good guy.

Joseph my friend how is it that you are so attractive in a very unique sort of way. Absolutely loved the shade and texture and wow! loved the swoon worth tappin. You really are so many wonderful things in one very fine package.

Eddie Redmayne: Looking as great as ever. OK, so I'm not a fan of the weird velvet skull embellished loafers but I watched an interview and he pretty much paid them out as his "poor attempt at being edgy". Gotta love that sense of humour.

And that's a wrap. I will say this though - even though the red carpet was nothing to talk about the show itself was a marvelous affair full of class, well timed humour, a stunner of a stage (claps to this years design department) and breathtaking performances from Adele and Jennifer Hudson to Chicago and Les Mis.