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Musings of a fashionate traveller approaching 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot lately…when I’m not at work, but lazing around at home on a day off. Why is it I’ve found it so hard to get back into the regular blogging thing?

The reasons are several, and related. I’m just too content. I don’t have the drive. I don’t feel the need so much to seek approval or praise. I already have enough to do in my new house (which is now not so new, but still needs so much work).

The happiest I remember being was the year leading up to and after my marriage, and since getting my lovely little pup Fritz, I’ve had a similar contentment. I now have “my little family”.  I love nothing more than to sit with my two boys on the couch – although usually the two of them are sleeping:

I care less about ever becoming big or read by many people. I care less about appearing slick and professional. I’m happier to plod along in my own little puddle. I know that I make more money in my day job than I ever could being a full-time blogger, and so I can’t be bothered chasing sponsorships or advertisers or spending mega-hours on posts in the hope that it will go full-time. That doesn’t mean I don’t care at all about blogging,  but it does mean that I blog less if I’m not “feeling it”. Ya know?

I do feel I’m in some sort of transitional phase right now, and don’t know quite what the changes will be. Those who’ve read the book Passages may know what I’m experiencing. What I can tell you is that I’ll never be a mummy blogger (only a puppy-rearing blogger on occasion, teehee), nor a techy blogger, nor one who posts those incredibly arty, moody photographs with obscure captions that make no sense but make the authors seem terribly intense and impossibly erudite.

Fashion, travel and nightlife will always figure in my jottings. Being a bit out there and alternative despite approaching 50 will always be part of my modus operandi. Investigating alternative culture in other parts of the world will likewise always attract me like catnip. Although I won’t be visiting Japan for a while, I’m definitely still feeling my connection with Asia. My next big trip is to India, via Singapore, so the fashion and culture there will be a focus shortly. I’m also intrigued by the punks and goths in Indonesia, and see myself travelling there this year. (Never fear though…I’ll still be posting about Japanese fashion and nightlife, and still have photos and posts from my last trip to unfurl).

Of course, having this little cutie makes it hard to stay away from home for very long, cos I miss him! Here is Fritz doing his best Billy Idol sneer:

Cute overload, huh? You’re welcome 🙂

But that’s enough of me. What about you? Do you feel any changes coming in 2012?

Turquoise beaded outfit for Xmas ‘do

Well, another work Christmas do is done and dusted….and as always, there are a few outfit shots to share!

We trained it into Circular Quay (near Sydney Harbour)…and took a few moments for some outdoor shots. Luckily, a breeze came up just as Dom was taking the snap and voila! Fluttery skirt.

Rather than go for a dress this year, I went with some gorgeous separates I’ve bought this year and not worn yet.

Vintage-looking beaded aqua top: Miss Selfridge
Curved hem pleated teal & aqua skirt: Topshop (now on sale for 12 pounds!)
Teal feather jacker: Sly (Japan)
Vintage necklace: my mothers
Teal platform shoes: RMK shoes

Posing in/by trains/boats ‘R’ us.

 

Yes, the fringe was EPIC FAIL due to the hot humid weather (and the curls dropped). It WOULD decide to become muggy just the day I want to dress up and catch a train! But I loved wearing this outfit and felt very olde-world glamorous – perhaps an updo might have been the go?

And now, onto preparing for my New Years Eve outfit….in which I’ll be viewing spectacular fireworks over THIS iconic bridge, before heading back out of town to Black Cherry nightclub.

Taking Charge of My Life – Fitness

So I may have been a bit of a lazy blogger of late, but one thing I HAVE taken charge of is my health and fitness.

I used to like to run outdoors, and found it invaluable in keeping my weight down. But with all the dismal rainy weather Sydney has been experiencing this year, and especially the past few months, it’s been mighty hard to get out without getting drenched. What to do?

This week I went out and bought a treadmill. Actually, my husband bought it FOR me for Xmas, but I accompanied him to test and choose the model. I’ve purchased things from oo.com.au before, but I’d never realised that they have a showroom where you can see the products in person. And best of all, it’s only 2 suburbs away from us! So off we went to check out what they had in stock.

I settled on the Confidence Fitness GTR, which was a budget-friendly $299.95 . I looked at a lot of models online that cost a lot more, but thought this was an acceptable price-bracket for me. You can also nab some bargains on ebay, especially if you’re happy to buy secondhand.

Today I went for my first one hour run on it…and man, it felt good! As the counter showed the calories I was working off, I felt a sense of wellbeing and hope. It also meant I could watch some of my trashy fave cable shows like Millionaire Matchmaker and Flipping Out, but still feel virtuous.  Gotta love that 🙂

This is not an advertorial, btw, just a recommendation of something I’ve found that I like so far. Here are some features:

  • km/h to 12km/h speed – start building your fitness by walking, and progress up to a run at your own pace
  • 12 built in fitness programs
  • Multi function large LED Display showing speed, distance, time, calories, heart rate and scan between all
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Adjustable incline; 3 incline levels to add a new dimension to your run
  • Folding design for easy storage
  • Suitable for users up to 120kg (19 stone)
  • Emergency stop clip

So now I’m no longer at the mercy of the elements. Taking charge!!

I also have some exercise routines on the pc that I watch on the telly and do in my loungeroom, thus adding stretching and weight bearing activity to my cardio. I quite like Tracey Anderson’s method, where you merely need a chair for most of the workout.

I have also begun recording my exercise as well as my eating on Calorie King. I really encourage you to have a look at the site if you’re wanting to keep track of your eating, or just find out the calorie/kilojoule content of your fave foods and drinks. I used it back in 2008 when I lost 10kg…and by gum, I’m going to do it again! While I’ve been eating Lite n’ Easy for a while now…I do like to have freshly prepared meals when I can, and upping the vege quotient is another tactic I’m using.

I’m certainly still going to be celebrating over the festive season with bubbly libations…but I’m going for light beers, and working extra hard on the treadmill to compensate.

What methods have you used to keep healthy? Any sites you’d like to share? I’ll certainly let you know of my progress – here’s to a fabulous 2012!

Gothic Curly updo for Foundry launch night

Last Friday night was the lauch of a new alternative club night here in Sydney – the Foundry.

As luck would have it, it’s at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville, just up the road from me! We heard old dance classics like “Where’s Your Head At?”, “Insomnia” and “Voodoo People”, as well as alternative/Industrial classics such as “Dragula” from Rob Zombie, “Du Hast” from Rammstein and Ministry’s “New World Order”.

I decided to put my hair up into huge buns..made possible by the little round doughnut things I brought back from Japan. Once I’d done that, I added the gothic lolita hair rope (this time the curly version), and wrapped it around and around the buns, and leaving a tail hanging out. It ended up looking a bit like a gothic version of the B-52’s girls. What do you think?

 

Jacket: JC Penney (Ireland)
White corset with fan-lacing: Ebay
Studded armor: Bebe
Black camisole top: somewhere in Reading, UK
Black pvc slashed skirt: Camden Markets
Black skeleton tights: Black Milk
White platform booties: R&E (Japan)
Studded cuffs: La Foret (Harajuku)

As you can see, we have a fairly paltry looking little Xmas tree – we used to live in a small flat and it looked fine, but now we’re in a big house, it’s just WAY too small! Maybe next year….

This day a year ago – DIY Leopard Print Hair

On December 8 last year I posted this DIY, and since it’s party season again, I present to you – How to get leopard print hair!

Here’s my DIY video where I show how I did the leopard print on my hair, by demonstrating on a wig.

It’s great for parties, clubs and gigs, whether punk, rockabilly, psychobilly or goth. Give it a go! It’s easy…

Did you try this in the past year?  Why not try it now?