Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weather woes

The calendars say that tomorrow is November but I'm sitting here freezing in my bedroom. Not feeling very sartorially inspired lately; I blame this on the cold weather I've endured for the last six months (oh, and before that was a snowy winter in Paris).

I hope we get some lasting sunshine soon!

Daily Outfit: Treadly

On Friday night we attended the opening of my friend's new bike shop! Bravo.

Look at how my hair's gone curly after riding in the rain!

I am so impressed by my friends opening their own business. I have a feeling they'll do very, very well.

Next time you're in the city, make sure to swing by Treadly Bike Shop, just off Rundle Street. Tell them I sent you!

Style Book

A new fashion book has been released and its collection of 450-odd photographs looks mighty inspiring. Not your average streetstyle coffee table book, Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations hosts men and women from different eras, countries and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Not too expensive either! Do you think it'll fit in my Christmas stocking?

Read an interview with the book's compiler, Elizabeth Walker, here.

Daily Outfit: Celebrations!

It's fun dressing up to celebrate special occasions, no?!

This was my last day at university... ever!

The tutu was quite a hit.

Daily Outfit: Teacher Attire

People have asked me a bit lately if I maintain the crazy dress when I'm at schools. I think I tone it down? What do you think?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Daily Outfit: Offensive to the eyes

She blogs!

When I walked into my lecture on Tuesday morning, I asked my friend on a scale from 'rather' to 'very' how offensive my outfit was. Tee hee!

Fun fun fun.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Before I forget...

Happy World Teachers Day!

Leave of absence

Sorry folks for not being online lately. I had my last day of university, potentially forever, yesterday. Woo! To celebrate, I stayed up really late working on an assignment due today. That I told my lecturer I hadn't started. That I had all year to complete.

Ah, the joys of being a uni student.

Anyway, if I get around to finishing it this afternoon and hand it in on time then I might afford myself a little breathing space and update the blog tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunday Sushi

Delicious and reposing break in between recording sessions and concert on Sunday. Gorgeous weather.

Daily Outfit: Teacher in Training

Trying to get some last wear out of my red boots before the hot weather kicks in.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Daily Outfit: Stretchy Saturday

Stretchy waistlines for Saturday night Chinese fest!

Unfortunately my stockings ripped a massive hole just as I was pedalling off into the sunset. Oh well!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Daily Outfit: Red Shoulder

Thought I'd counter the (ridiculously) short dress with a power blazer. See also: taking your own photo in the bathroom as the manfriend's too boozed to take the shot!

Strange yet good night out.

Inspiration Scrapbooking

I had a little time before I went out the other night and decided to have a look through my folder of fashion clippings for inspiration. It's a (highly disorganised) manila folder bursting with tearings from magazines and newspapers: editorials, ad campaigns, interesting articles, books I want to read, restaurants to try, things to blog about, street-style photos, pictures from catalogues...

Does anyone else have such an inspiration folder? How do you organise your favourite images? I have more bits and bobs stored elsewhere: in a ring binder and in a shoe box for some of the smaller snippets. However, as a Virgo I desire to get this situation organised in a more orderly fashion!

Please, please share with me your tips and tricks!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Daily Outfit: French teaching

It's so hard to do the professional thing when it's hot outside!

Daily Outfit: You can tutu

Sweaty face from riding around all day! Sorry about that. Decent day at uni.

My friend made me this tutu skirt. How amazing is it?!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bicycle girl... or lady?

I was pleased as punch today, riding along North Terrace! Usually cyclists cop a bit of heckling from cars and pedestrians alike, but this time it was a bunch of primary school kids. Comments included "How does that lady ride her bike in those shoes?" and "She's like the lady from the ad!"... do they mean this one?

Secretly, I was most pleased that in the eyes of children I'm a lady, no longer a girl!

Daily Outfit: Professional Practice

Dressed up for a conference. One dude was in jeans and a singlet (!!!)

Hoorah for pussybow blouses!

Daily Outfit: Learning

Beautifully sunny Tuesday for some uni and school work.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday Wrap-up

Am I just getting old? I'm finding it so difficult to keep track of my days and remember what's happened over the space of a week. Oh dear.

Thursday: Uni. Lunch date. Bumping into cycle pal. Helping around the house. Civilisation. Evening nap.

Friday: French teaching. Speedy lunch. Haircut. Chain came off my bike. Rode home (fixed up) in downpour. Afternoon fun. Airport. Sister home. 1am bottle of Grange.

Saturday: Sleep in. Setting up for a party. Party. Family and friends. Champagne (not just sparkling white). Apricot balls. Delicious. So much food. Admiring my sister's rock(s...). Walking hand in hand. Racing in high heels. Dinner party. Ginger cocktail.

Sunday: Sleep in. Pancakes. Pottering around the house. A walk through the neighbourhood. Searching for cats. Meeting my friend's new cat. DIY cheese fest. Guess Who. Friends.

Monday: Bussing across town. Riding to uni. Making phone calls. Tutoring.

Tuesday: Early start. Uni. Analysing our pracs. Speedy lunch at home. Ride up a (big) hill. Afternoon in a primary school. Learning new French methodologies. Evening ride home. Beautiful houses and gardens. Walking in the city. Dinner date in Chinatown. Early night.

Wednesday (today!): Early start. Chauffered to my venue. Teachers' conference. Rewarding. Good resources. Bus home. Debrief. Lie-down. Baked potato. Band practice. Home safe.

Home safe.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Daily Outfit: Testing colour combos

Seeing what works. Uni uni uni.


We finally cracked the Grange...

Daily Outfit: Celebrating....

1) My sister's engagement! Wonderful afternoon with family and friends


2) I got my hair cut! Finally! After whinging about it for so many months! I love it. The last time it saw shears was back in France in AUGUST (2009)!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Daily Outfit: Frostbite Friday

Holy moly! Friday was a definite coldsnap in Adelaide. Just horrid. Pity I was riding through the downpours too...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Daily Outfit: Licorice Allsorts

Lolly legs on Thursday at uni!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Daily Outfit: Redlegs

I was really cold heading to band practice the other day so I thought I'd give shorts and tights a go.

Not sure how I feel about it.

Daily Outfit: Black and Grey

Getting dressed in a hurry to get to uni on time. Hooray for awkward skirt lengths!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Daily Outfit: Parlez-vous français?

Mais oui mes chères.....

Headed in to school on Monday to help the final year students with their oral practice. School = serious clothes.

Wednesday Wrap-up

Back to uni. Grey weather and restless nights mean I'm inclined to skip classes...

Weekend sunshine and good food make me happy. Turns out I'm a bit of a chef after I knocked up multiple delicious dishes on Saturday afternoon.

Also: Trip up into the hills to meet new/old friends. Everywhere was so green and lush. A beautiful house with amazing garden. Cozy interior, red wine, homemade pasta, cheese platter. So happy.

Reading about Cambodia in the pub and making plans. I applied for some money to approach the trip from a linguistic perspective. I hope to study France's colonial impact on present-day Laos and Cambodia, and also compare the evolution of French within these countries. And backpack.

Headed back into school to help the year 12s practise for their French oral exam next week. Sometimes it freaks me out that my mind is entirely capable of functioning in another language, and that there is no conscious step-by-step translation into English. My brain just runs in French when I am speaking it. Looking forward to helping the manfriend with his French over the summer break. I've already dug out some resources for him.

Spending time with my family: drinks and a concert with dad, cooking with mom. We ate outside for the first time this Spring on Monday night and it was great to relax and eat and chat in the balmy evening air. Summer's on its way! My dad got back from Milan on Sunday evening and I was a naughty daughter and not home to meet him. At the pub instead!

Looking back, it seems to have been rather a busy week... no wonder I'm walking around with my eyes half-shut! Looking forward to my sister's engagement party this week and more travel planning.

How has your week been?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Daily Outfit: Sunday Lunch

Sunday lunch with the in-laws.

Plus appropriate cycling shoes...

Daily Outfit: When in Morocco...

Rock the Casbah?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I seem to be alternating wildly between lacking any inspiration and sartorial overload. What's going on?! Change of seasons?

Is anyone else not sure what's going on with their sense of style?

Daily Outfit: Artistic Friday

You Guys! I had such a great weekend. We drove up to the hills on Friday and spent the evening eating and drinking with friends in an artist's home. AMAZING! Woke up to natural light and cows and fresh frost. So happy to see blossoms first thing in the morning.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Daily Outfit: Solving those crimes....

My manfriend works in a pub. Sometimes my girlfriends aren't out and I need to entertain myself while he finishes work. Thank goodness for Nintendo DS!

Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney at your service....

Daily Outfit: Cycling and Being Happy!

Spending time with the man I love.

I can't get enough of this song.

Back to School...

I'm back to Uni tomorrow morning and not particularly looking forward to it.

But then again, who is?!

At least I've only three weeks before it's back to cooking and reading and travelling again. In other news, holiday plans!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Daily Outfit: Pottery

I think I was just tutoring and pottering about the house this day, but.... who knows? So long ago. Such bad blogging.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Does the Devil wear Prada?

I watched The Devil wears Prada yesterday after reading it a few weeks back (way behind the bandwagon, I know).

Maybe it was the glass of wine in my hand, but I didn't find Miranda Priestly as beastly as in the book.



Daily Outfit: Can I Help You?

On Monday I worked at Parklife.

Looking good, I know...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Daily Outfit: Tea Party

Beautifully sunny Sunday for my friend's 30th.

Croquet and Pimms with cucumber in the sunshine!

Wednesday Wrap-up

I realise it's a day late but I've just been having too much fun this week!

So what's been the haps?

After finishing my French conference last Wednesday and celebrating my friend's PhD with her, I camped out at my manfriend's for a few nights. We drank wine and I learnt to make pizza from scratch with his housemates while he was at work. He cooks me crepes in the mornings.

Riding in the sunshine! Loving the spring weather.

Friday night out
with teaching pals at the Wheatsheaf to watch bands and drink brews.

Pottering around my garden on Saturday and ticking things off my to-do list. I haven't been home much lately so this was a nice change. Went out on Saturday night with my mom to some live comedy! It's so refreshing to do something different once in a while. Welcomed a very boozy manfriend home after his cousin's wedding.

Daylight saving snuck up on me on Sunday and I ended up being an hour late to my friend's afternoon teaparty. Celebrating 30 years with Pimm's and croquet goes down a treat! I had such a nice time eating cucumber sandwiches, drinking rosé and failing at elegant sports. Wonderful riding home downhill in the fading light. Later that night, the manfriend and I tried our hand at making cold rolls for tea. Success!

Public holiday Monday ended up being my only day of paid employment so far this year. I signed up to work for Parklife, and while I saw some friendly faces and got to enjoy music it wasn't really my kind of thing. I enjoyed some free mojitos and danced to New Young Pony Club before heading home for an early night.

Other activities? Tutoring, libraries, cleaning, filing, emails, phone calls and..... booking tickets! On a whim, manfriend and I booked flights to South-East Asia for January next year. I'm so excited!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Daily Outfit: You just have to laugh

Both at my pitiful attempts at outfit photography and at the comedy jamboree I enjoyed Saturday night. Great night!

Tired eyes!

What mischief did you get up to over the weekend?

Daily Outfit: Cruising on my Cruiser

Threw on some clothes on Saturday afternoon for a ride round the 'hood.

I love my three-speed.

Well Suited

As promised, here's a picture of the manfriend in his new suit.

Happily hungover.