Sunday, April 29, 2012

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday the Gentleman Caller and I walked to the city. The leaves are all turning colours and it's rather beautiful. 

About to take flight:


dress: Planet, gift
leggings: Target
shoes: Havianans, Adelaide
handbag: B. Sirius



It was a lovely day and we went up to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower to see the city from above. Click to go to Mind the Ramp for more photos of the adventure!



Today I am thankful for being able to spend the day together discovering new things!




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Sunday Shoes: Ayla Tavira Boots

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Ayla "Tavira" boots

I have a hard time finding boots that will fit my well-turned calf. I even wrote to Oprah because I figured that if anyone would know where I could find boots to fit me, she could. She never wrote back, shockingly enough. Then I found this website that offers boots based on shoe size and calf size. Brilliant! 


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Instant


A few years ago when I was travelling through Europe I had a Polaroid camera with me every step of the way. I love the immediacy and the intimate vibe that you just can't get through digital photos. Plus when I lost my camera with over 800 photos and 7 countries, all I had left were my Polaroids. After much time and much rough treatment I have had to part ways with 3 different cameras. I really feel that this Australia trip would benefit from instant photography. I am missing that. I think that I want the Fujifilm Instax 7 


I just have to figure out how to afford it. I guess now, even more than before, $2 tins of soup with rice is going to be dinner. 



EDIT: I got paid a day early. And it was sunny for the first time in a week. And I bought it... I don't regret it, I just wish I had a Fairy $-Mother or a non-creepy sugar daddy... 


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Purple

There is this sculpture that I like. It guides me home at night and tells me when to get off the tram or start digging for my keys. It's purple and shiny and other worldly. 

But yesterday I think the light must have burnt out. Because now it's just a piece of metal. 




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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yarra Trams

One night we couldn't get to sleep because outside the window was BANGING, CRASHING, POUNDING, BOOMING, CRUSHING and CLANGING.

Yarra Trams had decided to redo the tram tracks on our road. It was a 24 hours a day job. In the mail we recieved a notice that they would only do the noisiest work during the day. Not so. 

The next day I walked to work and counted 47 crane-like jackhammers. Right outside my window. 





Today I am thankful that roadworks are done and I can sleep. 


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Little things

A couple of weeks ago I took a walk that accidentally turned into a 4 hour trek due to some miscalculation on my part and a Grand Prix cutting off my short cut. I started the day off pretty grumpily but then came across little things that make me happy. 

The terrifying entrance to Luna Park:


Walking along the Esplanade:


Pretty pretty flowers:


Palm trees growing out of the sidewalk:


Old windows:


Beautiful Victorian architecture: 



Today I am thankful for the little things. 



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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Starry Starry Night

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Starry Starry Night shoes, gift from Mom from Spain

My parents went to Spain and brought me back these lovely amazing shoes.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Gentleman Caller has been gone since April 9th on a roadtrip for work. That is a long time. Super long. Too long.




But tomorrow he's coming home!!! SWOON!


Today I am thankful for liking people enough to miss them when they are far away.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Shoes: O2

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.


O2 from DaddyLongLegs, Southwold, England

Once upon a time I was waitressing in a tiny village, working 16 hours a day. I bought these shoes because they are more comfortable than most things. 


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Once upon a time I beat up and assaulted a lady... While I was at work


I worked for years for an agency that helped Newcomers to Canada (refugees and immigrants) settle in my city. We had employment related classes, English classes, counsellors, everything.


One day I was covering reception and had a very important message to pass on to one of the ESL teachers. I saw her pass the door on her way down a long and winding hallway to her classroom. I jumped out of my chair and darted across the room in my high heels, my arms pumping like crazy as I ran. 

Unfortunately, in my haste, I ran out of the door without looking to see if anyone else was coming down the hallway. I managed to punch one of the Russian ESL students. Twice. Then whilst saying "I'm so sorry" over and over I accidentally grabbed her boob to steady her from falling over. 

She didn't understand anything that I was saying and just looked appropriately horrified. And I shame-facedly scurried back to my desk without delivering the message that caused me to run like an idiot in the work place.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Small Adventure

A couple of weeks ago I went on a mini-adventure with a friend. It mostly involved going to the suburb of Brunswick and walking back to the city whilst stopping at various pubs along the way. 


Part of what we talked about was how it is so easy to get into the routine of working 6 days a week and being too tired on the one day off to do anything exciting. When I have a day or even a half day off I usually bum around on the internet (which takes far longer than it should because my internet is so shoddy that it takes about 10 minutes for a page to load up. And even then sometimes there is no pictures!) go for lunch at one of the places I always go to and have a nap. I'm not really enjoying or discovering this amazing city that I'm living in!

I decided to try to get out and about more. Sometimes when you are tired resting makes you more tired and doing things energizes you. 

The next day the Gentleman Caller texted me to say that there was a shoe sale going on right down the street. I thought I'd go for a quick little look. It was held in the underground carpark of an office building. There were stacks and stacks of Nine West and Steve Madden shoes and women running around barefoot and nearly unable to see of the shoeboxes in their arms. Madness! I did cave and buy some gorgeous pewter peep toes. But for 70% off who can resist???


Then I took the train to Footscray only because I'd never been there. 


Footscray is an area where lots of immigrants have settled. It was sort of nice being around people of many different cultures because it reminded me of working with refugees and immigrants back in Canada. It's also not a rich area by any means. Most of the stores were bakeries, fruit and veg shops, hair salons, and stores selling international phone cards. It acutally really reminded me of the area that I lived in in London (Turnpike Lane) but a bit more vibrant and full of like. I really enjoyed that most of the retailers signs were not in English! Like stepping into another world!


I caught the train back to the city and went into China town. The laneways look a bit dodgy but there is some amazing (and cheap!) dumpling places down them if you are brave enough to look. Also, apparently, down this one you could go to a $2 peep show. Huh. 


There are about 6 or so gates that mark out China town. They are beautiful and ornate! My Malaysian friend keeps telling me that there is an amazing Asian dessert store somewhere on this street. I'm hoping she will take me there one day soon! 


I finished the day off at one of my favourite places: the Belgian Beer Cafe. When I sat in the beer garden, enjoyed a cold beer and wrote. Perfect. 



Today I am thankful for remembering that small adventures are worth looking for. And that there are new and beautiful things right around the corner if only you look. 


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Pink Red or Dead Maxa

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Pink Red or Dead "Maxa" from Schuh, London, England

The store was so busy the day I bought these shoes. It took 20 minutes to even get the attention of the people working there. Normally I would have just left but I loved these shoes so much that I had to have them!


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Friday, April 6, 2012

I got caught in the rain

Good Friday at work was not busy. Which meant that I was able to go home early. Which also meant that I completed 3/4 of my 40 minute walk in the pouring rain and the other 1/4 in high winds that nearly dried me off. 
There's a 60% chance that it's already raining


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Once upon a time we put on some porn... In a bookstore. (by accident, you guys)


My friends and I had been working at a family-owned, independent bookstore for years. It was wonderful. We were able to work with our friends, talk about books, do some minimal dusting, see all the new releases, and read books while being paid. 



The only downside? The music. The owners, who were in their mid-60s liked non-intrusive music. Which is fine, I mean, we were in a bookstore after all. The problem was that it was bad. So bad. Like a typewriter clicking over some cheesy elevator music, complete with the ping! at the end and the zip! of pushing the mechanism back. Oh sweet mercy. 

So on Saturdays, when it was just us part-time girls, we couldn't bear to listen to that for 9 hours. Do we would change the satellite TV to the oldies radio (Jukebox Gold) and dance our way through selling books. 

One day just as we were trying to find the right channel the owners walked in unexpectedly. Becoming flustered by the chance that we might be caught one of the girls accidently stopped at a porn station! And couldn't figure out how to get back to the music from hell that we were meant to be listening to. I ran out to meet the owners talking loudly and gesticulating wildly so as to distract them from what kinds of sounds were coming from the loudspeaker... 

Luckily they were used to my crazy antics or deaf and didn't notice anything amiss. And we were able to change the channel from porn to boring music. And we all breathed a collective sigh of relief before bursting into uncontrollable laughter. 

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Irregular Choice

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Irregular Choice 

I love Irregular Choice shoes but they are usually so off the wall that I can't imagine how much use I'd get out of them. These are very plain but have cute detail on the toe. It's also the perfect place to put clip on earrings as shoe clips. 


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