Monday, July 30, 2012

What to wear when hiking up the side of a mountain

Next on the roadtrip of fun was Katherine Gorge. We climbed straight up from the river to the top of the Gorge. It is not so very easy to climb giant rock steps with no safety precautions in Crocs (I maintain that fancy Mary Jane Crocs have a use in the world. Like for rock climbing).



Some people think that you should wear hiking shoes and maybe canvas shorts and a sweat-wicking top to climb natural wonders. I think you should remain cute and true to yourself!


hat: gift
necklace: ??
sunnies: Ricki's
top & skirt: Target
shoes: fancy Crocs



And the only way to stay cool in this heat? Pull on your braids Pippy Longstocking style. Obviously. 


For more photos of the gorgeous Katherine Gorge and of kangaroos (!!!!) click on through to Mind the Ramp!

Today I am thankful for magical moments. And cute skirts. 


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Fly London Fulvi

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.

Fly London "Fulvi" from Marler's

Best shoes ever. They have the perfect platform to heel ratio... And the colour? Brilliant!


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Friday, July 27, 2012

You should be reading Weesha's World. I mean, you probably already are but in case you needed another reason why, she says things like this: 


"It’s not our purpose to be pleasant looking, warrior women like us are about so much more than that."


Damn straight. 
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Monday, July 23, 2012

The First Bikini

  Ever since I can remember I spent summers out at my family's cottage, swinging on hammocks, roasting marshmallows on the fire, swimming in the lake. But for most of my teenage years being in the water was a source of stress. Not because of the swimming, oh no, I'm a water baby at heart. Because of the required swim wear and how much it exposed. Looking back on photos I can see that I wore a t-shirt in the water for too many years to cover up my body. 

I think that most women have complicated relationships with bathing suits. Shopping for a bathing suit is even worse than bra or jean shopping. I'd have to be in a pretty good mood so that I just may find something that I don't hate, but not in such a good mood that I'd want to ruin it by seeing all my bodily flaws in florescent lighting. 

I'd see women at the pool and lake frolicking in the shallows, seemingly unaware of their fabulous bodies, while I sat on my  towel painfully aware of my sugar belly and thighs and boobalas. 

Lately, I have been living in a tropical climate. I go to the beach nearly every day and in that time I have seen women of all shapes, sizes and ages. And you know what? No one is perfect. Most people have cellulite and jiggle when they walk. All are beautiful in their own way. 

So this year I decided no more bathing suit body hate. I have had enough of trying to hide this gift of a body. I bought a bikini. The first bikini, really.


bikini: Sea Folly


 I was nervous walking into the store. What if there wasn't any my size? What if I saw judgment in the saleswoman's eyes?

 I told her what I was looking for and she was so excited for me to find the perfect suit. She couldn't understand why I'd never had a bikini before. What reassurance!




When I got down to the beach and stripped off my dress I expected to feel the familiar feelings of fear and shame. I expected to want to jump directly into the water and then get covered up as soon as possible.



I didn't. 

I felt the sun on my skin, in places that have never known that warmth. I looked down at my exposed sugar belly and polka dotted suit and thought "cute!". 

I stretched out and read my book. Then I leisurely walked to the water for a refreshing swim. 



Today I am thankful for bravery and cute suits to enjoy! I am thankful for my little sugar belly and learning to love it a little more everyday.




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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Italian male coworker: You are very lucky.

Irish female coworker: I'm lucky? Why's that?

Italian dude: Other people make love to my cappuccino. You could make love to me!



and then later that day:

Italian dude to boss about his cappuccino making skillz: Everyone wants to make love to my fluffy!
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Sunday Shoes: Leopard Peep Toes

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.

Koi Couture from ebay

I bought these specifically to fill a hole in my wardrobe. I thought I needed peep toes and leopard. Consequently, because I didn't buy them out of love, I hardly ever wear them.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Top End Roadtrip: Kakadu

After we flew to Darwin and picked up our campervan we headed out to Kakadu National Park. 

We saw road trains...





Wetlands...


Climbed up rocks... In fancy Crocs...





Saw ancient Aboriginal art. It blows my mind that people have been living in this area for so so so long. And up until rather recently, their way of life was pretty much unchanged. The ranger that we ran into mentioned that this art was modern by comparison to a lot of other art in the area. This art is only about 1000 years old! 




The peacefulness of the country was incredible. I could tell just by watching the sunlight moving over rocks and the wind in the trees that this is a special place. 




I also fell out of my shoes trying to get into the photo before the timer went off...


dress: Target
sunnies: Ricki's
purse: B. Sirius 
shoes: fancy Crocs


Cooking dinner outside makes me silly.



Today I am thankful for a partner in crime. 


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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Black Tie Up Mary Janes

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.

Tie up Mary Janes from Spring

These are my go-to dancing shoes. They are cute and comfortable and sassy!
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Road Home

At the beginning of June we flew from Melbourne to Darwin and picked up our rental campervan.

This beauty was our home for 10 days as we drove to the red centre of Australia.

We named her The Enterprise

The drives between towns were long and there wasn't much to see except dead kangaroos and the odd dingo. But being from the Canadian Prairies, we were used to long drives.


Today I am thankful for crosswords, books, mad libs, the best roadtrip playlist and, of course, the Gentleman Caller for driving... 




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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Fly London 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.

Fly London Boots from Office, London, England

I love love love these boots. I love the rounded toe, the little wedge, and most of all the buttons! I had been looking at these boots for ages but was afraid to try them on because I thought that they wouldn't fit my calves. The 2 men working at the store were convinced that they could get the zippers done up so they threaded a string through the zipper pull and yanked up. After all that work I couldn't not buy them! 


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Friday, July 6, 2012

A birthday outing: AFL

The day before we left Melbourne for the next phase of our adventure it was the Gentleman Caller's birthday. Our lovely friends had us over for lamb and birthday cake... Complete with non-extinguishing candles! Funny!



When then dressed in many layers and waited for the train. Luckily I brought my flexible tripod and we had time for a mini photo session. I think the boys were the most impressed of all.




The train took us to the massive Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where we watched an AFL game. The stadium is so huge that it felt like we were rather far away from the game. Maybe that's because our tiny stadium at home fills to the brim with rowdy fans and the roar of the cheering crowd can be heard all over our little city. The fans cheered at the AFL game cheered valiently but they just couldn't fill that stadium with noise. It was pretty fun though. I especially like how the refs signify a goal (a touchdown? A try?) but pointing their fingers violently and waving flags with flourish. 



Today I am thankful for friends seeing us off in style. 






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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Snakes

Today I'm sitting in the outdoor internet area in Darwin. Which is my new morning internet spot. I've found a place that does great iced chocolates, the sun is (still) shining and things are looking up. As reader Marnie mentioned the libraries should have internet too so tomorrow that is my mission (as long as I'm not too lazy/thirsty... am pretty sure libraries don't sell chocolatey goodness).

The big news today is that there is a man wearing a giant snake like a necklace... The question is that if it's a biological imperative for a big snake to squeeze why would you put it around your windpipe. I am keeping a watchful and wary eye on this one...
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Untold T-Straps

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.

Untold bow T-straps from ebay 

Krisatomic was selling some of her items on ebay. I was luckily enough to snap up these cute little t-straps with bows for cheap!
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Oh internet
Why doesn't the whole world know that you are a right not a privilege?

Ever since I arrived in Australia finding decent, fast, and reasonably priced internet has been nothing but a struggle. At home I paid $40 a month for unlimited brilliant internet. I took it for granted. I didn't realize that it wasn't normal.

The Gentleman Caller and I are living in Darwin, Northern Territory. We plan to be here for about 3 months. We both have jobs which, while not ideal, pay well and they were pretty easy to get. But because it is the dry season and the town is overrun with backpackers and tourists prices are outrageous! We secured the first and only accommodation that we could find, comfortable but basic and painfully expensive. And added to that is exorbitant internet prices, more for a week than I am used to paying for a month!!

So right now I'm sitting in an outdoor mall in sunny central Darwin drinking an iced chocolate (which is sadly neither icey nor chocolaty) using the free internet. It's great for looking at things, terrible for uploading photos...  So we shall see if I'm ever able to post photos...

Today I am thankful to be exactly where I am, even though it doesn't sound like it.
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