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Easy Breezy Wednesday

I love Wednesdays. I always have an early finish from work and its really nice to leave when the sun is still out. Today I'm wearing a new loose jumper from Dotti, its such a great fit on me that I almost bought it in cream as well. But since I'm in super saving mode at the moment, I resisted. The skirt is the one Pham's mum gave me which I chopped to make it a mini... and I just adore it! The print and the colour are just so fun. The necklace is the $2 one I bought from Reverse Garbage. The metal rings were a bit dogdy and kept falling apart so I had to re-tighten them all, but now its fantastic. I think its so interesting and unique. I'm inspired to go to Reverse Garbage soon and pick out some metal bits and bobs to make some jewelry similar to this necklace.

'So models just move around randomly?...'

Naaaawww... pretty Louie
My friends are encouraging me to join them in their very casual excercise sessions at Kangaroo Point. Their selling points are... 
1. That its with friends so no one will judge you. 
2. Its outdoors so its relaxing and not boring. 
3. Its free!
The plan is that if I like it, I can quit paying for gym which I haven't been to since February. I absolutely loathe excercise so I'm very skeptical about this... but everything's worth trying once, right?

Before I go and work off some winter weight I must show you guys my afternoon tea. My brother brought it back from Taiwan. It's one of my favourite cakes and it is so different from western style cakes. Its much finer in texture and really moist, almost like a cross between spongecake and cheesecake. Its a lot less sweet than western style ones and it looks like a loaf of bread. I wonder if you can buy it in Brisbane? Or better yet, where could I find a recipe for it? 

For those readers who are interested in the Singer restoration, I haven't forgotten about it or given up. I've been sanding it down whenever I have had spare time, but it's just taking a freaking long time! Once I've finished with the sanding, I'll post about it :)

Alrighty, have a great night guys!

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Chop Chop Part 2

I am about half way through altering all the vintage clothes my mum gave me a few weeks ago. I finished another two skirts last night and it feels pretty good! New clothes for free! The only problem is that my mum's colour palette is pretty much all greys and browns, colours that I hardly go near. Now I have to do some research into which colours and styles can make greys and browns more modern...

This was one of the skirts that really caught my eye when mum was showing me her old stash of clothes. I was really drawn to the school girl knife pleats and the flattering volume and movement they give. The only changes I needed to make were taking up the hem by 5 cms, but it makes such a big difference to my body proportions. I can easily see myself wearing this with a white button up shirt and a cute headscarf to play up the schoolgirl theme. Or a bright oversized knit, grungey boots and a loud lipstick to give it a modern edge.

I'm very undecided about this skirt. When I first saw it I thought it was pretty daggy, but may have some potential. Its made of a wooly weaved fabric so its definately aimed for winterwear, but I am completely lost with what to wear it with. I had to take in the waist through the side seams and I also changed the shape from an A-line to a pencil skirt. I always think of A-line mini skirts as super 90s and I thought a pencil shape would be easier to wear. After the changes I do like it a little bit more, but I still don't know how I could wear it to suit my style... hmmm...

Have you guys got any tips on how to wear greys and browns? How would you guys style these two skirts?

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Speedy Vegetable Pasta

I've been pretty slack with cooking lately, but last Friday I suddenly had a craving for something homemade. It had to be quick and easy since I was staaarving after work and it had to be cheap enough to make up a big batch to last a couple meals.  Of course, my mind thinks of pasta first. I made it vegetarian so I didn't have to fuss over any meat, which I'm not particulary good at cooking. I also cheated and used a chunky basil and cashew dip as the sauce instead of making  proper pesto. This is a sneaky tip I've picked up over the last few years of full time work and living alone. To make things even speedier, I used an electric grill to cook the vegetables. That appliance would be one of the best hand-me-downs my friends have given me when they moved away. The end result was really easy, yummy, filling and perfect for a night in with a bottle of wine... :)

Speedy Vegetable Pasta
Serves 4-6
You'll need-
- 1 Red Capsicum (cut into strips)
- 2 Zucchinis (cut into 1cm thick semi circles)
- 1/2 cup of Kalamata Olives (cut in half)
- 1/2 cup of Sundried Tomatoes (cut into strips)
- 500g Spaghetti
- 1/2 Lemon
- 300g (2 tubs) of Chunky Basil and Cashew dip
- 75g Shredded Parmesan

1. In a large pot, boil water with salt and oil to cook pasta. 

2. Season the capsicums and zucchinis with salt and cook on the grill until lightly coloured.

3. While vegetables are cooking, cook the pasta according to the packets instructions.

4. Once the pasta's ready, pour out the water leaving about 1 cup behind. This will make it easier to toss the pasta ingredients together.

5. Add the cooked capsicum, zucchini, olives, sundried tomatoes, juice of half a lemon, parmesan and chunky dip into the pasta.

6. Mix together well. I always use salad serving spoons to mix because tongs always rip and tear the soft pasta.

The chunky dip should add enough salt and oil into the pasta, but have a taste and season to your liking. I also added a twist of black pepper.

I will definately make this again because it was so simple and pretty tasty. It's rich enough for a winter meal, but the lemon juice lightens it and stops you from feeling heavy and sluggish afterwards.

Do you guys have any sneaky cheats for quick yet satisfying meals?

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Reverse Garbage

Its been a while since I did an outfit post, so here it is. Im wearing my leopard print skirt that I made (the tutorial is here and here), head scarf that I whipped up out of some left over scrap fabric, black tank from Dotti, cardigan from Taiwan and FCUK sandals. The earrings that I wore for the first half of the day were a find from Byron Bay.

Still haven't mastered how to pose like an uber cool blogger...
When I  was in high school, my friends and I used to get some of our art supplies from a place called Reverse Garbage. As they put it, they are a 'not-for-profit workers' co-operative that collects high quality industrial discards, diverting them from landfill to sell them at low cost to the general public.' I like to call it a hoarder's dream. There are so many bits and pieces to look through and great for the diy-ers. Its hard to leave empty handed. Over the last year they've moved to a new location, so I was eager to have a look. I wasn't disappointed, there was just as many random nic nacs as I remembered.


I ended up buying a large glass bottle that I'm going to use as a vase, an awesome new necklace, some left over contact I'm going to use for my block patterns and a large cut of 80's print fabric. All for $20 :) I love Reverse Garbage! If you live in Brisbane and love to DIY, you have to check them out - www.reversegarbage.com.au

P.S. What do you guys think of the new header and the new logo on the Facebook page? I'm incredibly bad with technology so I will be slowly changing the blog's layout so its more concise and easier to navigate. Bear with me!

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July Favourites

It's time to share with you guys what I've been loving over the last month...

Yum yum!

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