Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hair Crisis

Last week I went through a little ordeal. It all started with Alexa Chung’s hair. I wanted my shoulder length hair to be just like hers, with a soft wave! So I decided to get a perm on my dead straight hair.

I called my usual hairdresser but they only did tight, short ‘old lady’ perms. This new place opened a couple of months ago on my street and they advertised perms so I thought I’d give them a try. I brought in a picture of the ever fashionable Alexa which the hairdresser asked to look at a couple of times for reference and I sat down to get my hair permanently waved. After two and a half hours of washing, waving, drying I sat to look at the finished product in the mirror which the hair dresser was putting handfuls of mousse into. It looked curly, not wavy. I was assured that it would look better once I went home and blow waved it the next day. So I just paid and went out to a party that night with my hair up in a bun to hide it.

Next day I realised my hair was very damaged and not at all how I wanted it. But I went to an engagement party that night. At 11pm whilst dancing up a storm I felt my scalp getting hot and itchy. The next day it was a bit the same. Sunday morning I washed my hair and the ends were so dead... it looked horrible! So I went to hairdressers and got my money back for the perm. I then made an emergency booking at my regular hairdresser. They were so shocked at what this other place had done and that they had left the chemicals on my head for 45 mins(only meant to be 20) and obviously used the harshest one for thick hair and singed my hair. So I got all the dead hair styled into a short pixie cut.

Sunday night when I was trying to sleep I could feel my hair itching and my ears and neck burning. I went to work on Monday and after 1 hour I thought my forehead felt funny so went to look in the mirror. My head was growing! So I freaked out and was crying to my boss saying “What do I do?” So I drove to the doctor which was only 15 minutes away and my head had gotten larger still! He gave me some tablets to take and I went home. My husband Sean came home early to look after me.

It stayed the same size all day then at 9.30 that night after Sean and I watched Inception... I looked in the mirror and saw my head was getting bigger again! I freaked out so Sean drove me to hospital where I sat around the ER. I felt safer there in the waiting room than to be at home waiting for things to get worse. They gave me some more tablets and I got home at 2am. After 3 days at home with a bulbous head and puffy face I went back to work.

I have bought some headbands to wear with my new hair, but I still don’t feel happy with it! I think I will cut the sides a bit shorter myself tonight. Family, friends and work colleagues have been so supportive about my hair and say it suits me and my slight frame which is nice!

I needed to find some short hair role models to boost my self esteem and here they are. Emma Watson and Jean Seberg. I am in good company!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage Bathers

Gorgeous vintage style bathers from Tigerlily. Love!
It is although a little hard for me to justify spending $200+ on something you are meant to wear in the water. Especially as I don't like water. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Colour and Happiness

A splash of colour, joy and happiness is just what I need on this topsy turvy Monday. Hope it is of benefit to you too!
And here it is courtesy of Try Whistling this 's flickr photo stream. Illustration by Jenny William in the book The Silver Wood, 1966.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Emo Craft set to music

The embodiment of everything I was and wanted to be from 2004-2007. Still such a sweet song and film clip. Thank you Conor.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vintage spoon handle brooch

Last week I purchased a vintage spoon handle brooch with chain from Megan at Creatures of the Greenwood. I first saw a picture of the brooch on her Facebook page (click here to visit) and I just had to have it! Megan Greenwood has been creating jewellery for some time now using ornate silver cutlery. Her designs are very intricate and are always unique.

Me and my new brooch

More Silver spoon brooches
Megan and one of her 'creatures', a little elephant!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

I recently received a Versatile Blogger award from the lovely Mandy Crandell at SOMETHiNG MONUMENTAL. There are some rules to follow if you win one of these awards. They are:

1. Thank and link back to the person that gave you the award.
2. Pass the award on to 15 amazing bloggers you’ve happened upon and love.
3. Contact those bloggers and let them know they’ve won.
4. State 7 things about yourself.

At last count I follow 61 blogs... but I have managed to narrow it down to 11 who fit into versatile banner.

1. Animalarium - just my absolute favourite. Animals in graphic design spanning decades and continents.
2. Gday Mate Gday Mate - One of the most entertaining blogs you'll ever find! Plenty of posts about Melbourne and skaters. I may be biased - this is my husbands blog! He's a really good guy. Also I think this blog may need an editor! :) Gday Mate.
3. I Have Two Rooms - my sister. She's terribly clever.
4. Here Comes The Sun - the gorgeous adventures of Amanda Thomas from New Zealand. Young, fashionable, married. Loves it.
5. Spokes and Daggers - Blog of the richly talented creator of Hopeless Lingerie. Featuring beautiful lounging ladies in vintage knickers. Enough said.
6. SOMETHiNG MONUMENTAL - an ever fascinating parade of photographs, tutorials and features.
7. KateĊ™ina Anna - beautiful photos of beautiful people
8. Calico and Co. - it goes without saying!
9. Tabitha Emma - bringing sweetness to your blog reader
10. Curiouser than Usual - Hey, I'm in the book club 'Ex Libris'
11. Zinnia Pea - lovely tales from the Adelaide Hills

Thank you to all the above bloggers for lightening up my days!

7 Things about myself:
1. I just went out for lunch, it was my bosses shout
2. I now feel like chocolate
3. I only have a $50 note in my purse
4. I happen to know that the snack machine at work only accepts $2 coins
5. I now wish I had have paid for my own lunch as that would mean I'd have change for the machine
6. I have to go the entire afternoon without chocolate
7. I will now spend the next 3.5 hours dreaming about Boost bars

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do you take tea?

My High Tea necklace was featured in this delightful treasury by Zinnia Pea. It features gorgeous all Australian talent, tea based which is even better! Take a closer look by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Polyvore Rings

Polyvore. Simply put it's a site with collections of pretty fashionable things. It's also heaven for ring lovers like myself. I am a sucker for rings! Click to discover!!
Here are a couple of my favourite picks from the site.
Manya & Roumen Fiddler Crab Ring Orange sapphire, Peruvian opal - Max and Chloe $3995 AUD
Masai styled peacock ring by Kabiri $1665 AUD

Monday, November 22, 2010

'Thanks for all the cups of tea...'

I am terribly lucky to have a very appreciative boss. It meant I was today gifted something I have wanted for a long time!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ginger the Kitten & Tea Cup Wren

During lunch times at work one can accomplish many things. Like the drawing of two new friends perhaps... Ginger the Kitten
Blue Wren on a Tea Cup

Their accompanying pendants available as of this afternoon in Little Shop Of Handmade, Woorayl Street, Carnegie. Soon to be on my etsy store!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A date with Neil Finn. Well, kinda.

I feel I've been keeping something from you... I had the best night of the year on Friday November 5th. I bought a new outfit, a train ticket and trotted along to Rod Laver Arena early that evening.

When I first entered the arena and took my seat I was greeted by the sounds of Oh Mercy performing a gorgeous set to a mostly empty and terribly dark stadium.

But before 9pm the arena was almost full and Crowded House came on stage to perform a 2 hour long moving, energetic and funny show!
I'll be quite honest with you, it could have been a Split Enz reunion tour, a Finn Brothers tour or a Neil Finn solo show. As long as Neil Finn was there I was more happy than words can express!!

"This is the part in the show where we all lie down on the floor"

I wish I took these photos but I was so far back they all kind of looked like lemmings to me!

There were many tears (I was probably the only person who cried right through the first 2 songs!), laughs and sing a longs. So much audience interaction and the guys were so relaxed and funny, even reading out a letter handed to them from someone in the crowd. One of my favourite parts was when a chubby guy down the front ripped off his shirt in "Mean to Me", swung it around his and many other peoples heads for 30 seconds before throwing it on stage. A few too many overpriced beers for that guy!

It is a night I will not forget and it cannot be summed up in a silly little blog post.

So the next time you are wondering if you should go and see that daggy band that noone else you know wants to go and see, take my advice: Buy yourself a ticket and have the best night of the year!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Otogicco Little Red Riding Hood

I remember the moment... the first time I saw a piece of Japanese Otogicco wonder. My sister in law Leora had purchased a teapot online from Urban Outfitters and it sat smiling at me on the dresser at her house. Wow. Not only was it super cute, but also functional, Little Red Riding Hood's head is a cup!
So a couple of weeks later when I saw some of the Otogicco collection at Borders in Melbourne Central, I just had to purchase!
So I bought this for my sister who had been complaining of not having a teapot. Hey, it's close enough.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Free this Saturday?

Check out the Blackbird Market in Fitzroy! It's just the cutest and my favourite market... it is all undercover too which is such a bonus in this unpredictable town. If your in the area come down and say hi. I will be there from 10am-3pm meeting new people and giving tiny bunny rabbits new homes around peoples necks. Hoorah!

Herschel Vern Mathers

Here is my darling Herschel the blue tongue lizard, minging out on some toast last weekend. He is 6 years old but we have only owned him for 2 years. His favourite pastimes include being scratched under the chin, eating snails, drinking soy milk and chilling in the sun.
Photo credits to the robotic creature.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Friday Afternoon Fashion Fix

Laura, 20 year old Pony Hunter, Auckland

Ebba, 15 year old student, Umea

Tess 15 years old, Amsterdam

Friday afternoon fashion fix courtesy of Now it's time for some shopping on my lunch break!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eye Patch You!

My Pirate Kitty brooch was just featured in this eye patch themed Etsy treasury by iheartkidart. How cool! I just adore the green octopus man! View the full size treasury here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Get The Look

This evening I will tell you how to dress as a 19 year old Neil Finn (3rd from right) pictured above in Split Enz in 1977
Detachable Peter Pan Collar in Black and White stripe by luminiaIntense Black Eyeliner by ErzulieCosmeticsDylon Fabric Painting Pens Lincraft

The perfect outfit for your next wild Monday night out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Creations - Market Ready

This Sunday heralds my first stall at The Rose St artists market in Fitzroy. It is open from 11am - 5pm... just off Brunswick Street. There are plenty of artists and designers to check out! I find the first time at a new market can be daunting and I am lucky enough to have my sister help me set up the stall. She has a blog too... clever cookie.

Above are some new creations I have been working on in preparation for the market! Most of the market is undercover, but lets still hope for blue skies!

Foxy Russian Folk Tales

Some inspirational pages of Russian folk stories from vintage childrens books. The fox is always sly and cunning! Courtesy of The Animalarium blog.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

kikki. oKay!

Yesterday I journeyed to the city in the middle of my working day. There was a $500 gift voucher to be spent you see. It was a gift to our company from one of our suppliers. But what can one buy for an office at Melboune Central? Stationary of course! So I carefully selected gifts for each person in the office from kikki.K. and Smiggle and put it on their desk last night. Everyone got a great surprise in the morning. I even got something for myself (of course). This diary. I love you. Please. Make me happy all the days of next year with your different designs for each week and polar bear/circus elephant/sunshine stickers for special occasions.