I honestly still get a little bit surprised when someone not in my immediate circle of friends comments on my blog. My first thought is ‘How did you find it?’ The next is usually ‘I wish you lived closer, I think you’re fabulous.’
When I received a message from Vicki of The Fashionable Mum letting me know that she’d
given me an easy blog topic for a day of blogger’s block nominated me for a Liebster Award (an award given by bloggers, to bloggers), it made me smile all day long! Vicki is super-sweet, wears thrifted fashion almost as much as my bestie Peta, and she can commit to a style challenge with the best of them (check out her current ReStyle Challenge outfits – they’re brilliant)!
Vicki threw ten questions at me, and they were actually a little harder to answer than I expected! Here goes…
1. What is your signature dish?
This is so embarrassing, but in the spirit of blogging honesty, I’ll tell the truth. The dish I make the most is pasta with cheese – any variation of it! Kraft Macaroni Cheese, regular spaghetti with grated tasty cheese, cheese and spinach tortellini… pasta with cheese is my forever friend.
2. If you could buy one item in multiple colours, what would it be?
3. Are you a hoarder or a thrower-outer?
4. Expensive shoes or expensive handbags?
5. Are you a cat or a dog person?
6. What makes you want to shout and swear at the TV?
7. Which male celebrity makes you go weak at the knees?
8. If you could own any one designer item, what would it be?
Do you know what? I can’t really decide. I think I’d like something I could use time and again, perhaps something that would become an heirloom. So I guess, maybe a lovely piece for Cartier or Tiffany jewellery, perhaps a necklace or bracelet.
9. Are you a morning or an evening person?
10. What’s your favourite track to drive to?
While my iPod has stacks of different genres of music, my all-time favourite driving music is some good ol’ country rock. Keith Urban’s got some great songs to belt out while driving, and so do Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. I think Carrie Underwood’s ‘Can’t Leave Love Alone’ is the best for a highway drive!
- Peta Ballerina of Trainee Mama (Of course. Mainly because I hope she’ll share more Ned photos in her answers)
- Sandra of Learning to Dance in the Rain Again
- Sarah of TOMFO
- Mandy of Make Me Up Mandy
- The lovely Lucy of Bake Play Smile
- Lisa of Random Acts of Zen
And here are the questions I’d love to ask them:
- What’s your favourite time of day?
- If you were to write the story of your life, what might be the title?
- What’s a nickname you’ve had or one that you would give yourself?
- What was your favourite book when you were a kid?
- If they made a movie of your life, which actor would you choose to play you? And which actors would play your best friend and your partner?
- What’s your fantasy job?
- Who is your favourite musician?
- Who is somebody you admire and why?
- What’s a song you’d choose for your ‘theme song’?
1. Bring on Summer and bring on Sangria, I say!
2. Read about one of my favourite places (tropical North Queensland) in a lovely blog post written by one of my favourite friends
3. We all want to be the ultimate flower-child, Drew Barrymore, right? Well, now we can at least smell like her. (And for your daily laugh, check out Drew and Jimmy Fallon playing Russian Roulette with Drew’s cosmetics range!)
4. Work smarter on Twitter with Sarah Von Bargen’s tips to connect with the people you admire
5. Don’t even try to pretend that you don’t act like this… every single time you go for a manicure.
6. Bake these delicious strawberry and basil muffins for a high tea (or for me)
7. Let your kid-imagination play with this super-cool kid’s room makeover (the kid is super-cool too, he’s my bestie’s adorable little boy)
8. Get crazy-jealous and plan your dream holiday in Sardinia
9. Dine on some pretty fancy dinnerware, these locally-made pieces by Noosa ceramicist Elke Lucas just scream ‘posh high tea’ at me!
10. And while you’re thinking entertaining… who else plays ‘the dinner party game’, planning your ultimate dinner party guests?
I’m taking my cues today from the folk over at Katies. They’ve styled one of their new-season maxidresses three ways, and I thought I’d try the same with another one-piece wonder, my new black Katies jumpsuit.
Can we also please take a moment to note that this jumpsuit is only $39.95? Seriously? Amazing. (Remind me why I haven’t yet got it in the other three colourways?)
Here’s some news. Big news.
For the first time ever, I’ve worn a jumpsuit. This super-soft and stretchy black jumpsuit from Katies was exactly what I felt like wearing on the weekend for a girl’s night out.
You see, Peta and I had been talking about heading out on the town for wine and dancing for months and months now, but that afternoon, the sky darkened and the rain rolled in. I worked all day, felt exhausted, and didn’t feel like going anywhere.
Our text conversation that afternoon:
But HELLO brainwave. I wanted to wear my pyjamas and feel cosy and comfy. and I had this lovely jersey-weight black Katies jumpsuit hanging in my wardrobe with the tag still attached. Could I wear it? I’d had reservations ever since it came home with me, thinking so many negative things about jumpsuits – Kim Kardashian’s butt looks ridiculous in them, I might struggle in the bathroom, my butt would look ridiculous in them.
So, I did what I never do when I’m unsure about an outfit – I wore it anyway!
Let’s all take a moment to note that Peta snapped these outfit photos of me at the end of our night, it was a crazy arm-waving, blurry situation but it’s real. I wore a jumpsuit out, rocked it, didn’t get all tangled in the bathroom, and will definitely wear it again.
(Because I’m an awful friend, I didn’t take any photos of Peta’s lovely outfit. Hopefully one of the other girls we were with snapped a few, she looked lovely as always.)
Have you worn jumpsuits before? Do you have any favourites, or suggestions on how I can find more styles that will work for my figure?
*all pieces and opinions my own
So, it took me a wee little while to get around to drawing the winners of this lovely prize – my apologies to all who entered on my Facebook page, and also to the lovely Noelle, who has the three prizes wrapped and ready to send to the lucky winners!
- Lauren Roney
- Rebecca Solomon
- Amy Brown
1. How to make a painted canvas quote (I want do do one in beautiful blues and greens for our bedroom)
5. Wear a party dress which will remind you of fairy bread
6. Find out where real perfume addicts should be living, and why
7. Consider working your social media savvy in the real world. With real people. Over drinks.
8. Finding the perfect new-season white shirt for you
9. Bake a chocolate and beetroot cake (and feel free to drop a largish taste-test slice off at my workplace, please and thank you)
10. And finally, style your workout wardrobe pieces into everyday casual outfits
Have a beautiful weekend,
One of the easiest things to wear in my wardrobe are my collection of tunics. (And let’s be honest. Easy is really all I’m looking for in a garment.)
Tunics have been around forever and have never really gone out of fashion. Teaming tunics with leggings is so perfect for the mild Winter days we get in Queensland – although I did wear this look a lot when I lived in New Zealand one Summer! Tunics offer a great way of elongating my short-ish torso while hiding unflattering areas. By that, I mean that it hides muffin top. Winning.
I’m starting to plan my attack on Tasmania’s chilly Winter – we’re headed to Hobart in two weeks for a long weekend – and I’ve only got carry-on luggage allowance! I think this tunic, layered with a thermal t-shirt and leggings and this super-cute vest, will see me onto the plane, visiting the relatives, and out to dinner nicely. All I’ll need to do is carry my coat, gloves and beanie and that’s one outfit sorted. (That is some serious optimism speaking there – you guys know how much I don’t like the cold. But the excitement of visiting a newborn baby niece should hopefully warm me up!)
It’s been quite a while since I shared some of my work wardrobe photos (see here) and I’ve stocked up on new pieces since then, so it’s time to share a couple of them!
Remember, I don’t work in a corporate environment, or a classic women’s fashion retail store – I manage a lovely little women’s activewear store, so my work wardrobe will most likely be very different to yours. (And often, I’m jealous of you fabulous fancy-frock wearers. Except when I’m sleepy and cold and get to wear tracksuit pants and sneakers to work. Cosy!)
This turquoise jacket was a favourite from the minute I unpacked it instore! While I’ve worn it with black, white and pink on different occasions, it was a bit fun to pair it with neon orange.