Dec 31, 2013

Resolutions


It's somehow the 31st of December already. I'm not sure how that happened. I have to say, I'm happy with this year. I'm so happy with it. At the start of 2013 I was dealing with severe amounts of stress, dealing with some really awful people, and struggling to make it through uni while at the same time dealing with everything else life had thrown at me. A hell of a lot of "everythings". At the same time, I was expected to put on a brave face and act like nothing was going on. And at the start of the year through all this, some of my closest friends were absolute dicks to me and took complete advantage even through they knew what I'd been through. Fast-forward to now and it's a different story.

I've aced uni and made it through to honours. I've removed all the toxic assholes from my life. I have friends who aren't fighting with someone new every week. I have friends who aren't just being nice to me to get with me. I have friends who don't lie to my face. At the start of the year I had everything against me, and a lot of people thought that my chances of making it through and not only making it but doing well were slim to none. But I did it, and I'm really proud of myself.

Anyone that went through what I'd been through would've been accepted for wallowing in their own pain and misery, not succeeding at their goals would've been completely understood. But I got there anyway. Before I make a list of resolutions for next year, I want to look back at the things I did this year. These were my resolutions at the start of the year, and my results underneath:

  • I'm going to try and reduce my reliance on Alcohol to get me through social situations, even if that makes me suddenly appear a lot more shy.
I think I've been properly drunk maybe twice all year. I also started going to different parties. I've actively gone out and met an entire new group of people and I'm much more confident in a group environment. I know how to have a good time with great new people now, and I have courage to thank for that.
  • I'm going to stop joking about my physical imperfections, and I'm not going to tolerate jokes in that direction toward me from others anymore either...and I'll make sure I show them the same respect in return. I won't get in a fight about it, I'll just make it clear that it's not appropriate and change the subject. Particularly breast size and weight. I'm so sick of being picked on for being little in every way. If I called someone fat it would be an outrage, and it makes me feel like less of a woman when people say I look like a twelve year old.
This has been well-and-truly put into action. None of my friends would dare comment negatively on my body now, and on top of that, I've surrounded myself with the sort of people that also uphold these values and removed the ones that made me feel the need to stick up for myself in regards to regular degrading, offensive and sexist comments.
  • I'm going to make an effort to talk to people that I haven't really spoken to before now. There are a lot of people at uni that I see all of the time and am always just way too timid to say anything of quality to, and that needs more effort on my part.
I have become heavily involved with a brand new community of girls, who have become fast friends. I've even traveled interstate on holidays with these ladies and it's made a huge difference to my life. It's so great to feel as if I'm on the same page as others for once. It's a good fit.
  • I'm going to work freaking hard on my marks this year and not let other things get in the way.
Fucking honours bishes. Not much more to say.

Safe to say I achieved everything and more that I set out to do this year.

So now I need to look at 2014. What is the plan for this new year? What do I want to change? What do I want to keep the same? What am I working toward? Who do I want around? Who don't I? I guess I'll get back to you on that one. For now, it's party time.




Dec 11, 2013

Year in review.


Yesterday I was sitting around at home moping, and facebook decided to throw its new "2013 year in review" button at me. So, with much trepidation, I clicked the link. And I got this:


  • Graduated from University
  • Went on an amazing holiday with my friends
  • Started the year at a uni party with some excellent people
  • Did a whole family surfing lesson while on a beach holiday
  • Hung out at Crown with my Westside peeps, sporting fabulous pink hair
  • Chilling with my Poppy dog
  • Found out my puppy was going to be okay, after a big cancer scare and operation
  • Bought some kickass clothes, that the internet clearly approved of
  • Kicked arse on my exams
  • Paid off my car loan
  • Hilarious wardrobe malfunction involving a catsuit under a dress
  • Finished all my undergrad assignments
  • Had a good laugh at my family trolling on facebook
  • Got a HD average in third year
  • Got into honours!
The moping went away pretty quickly. I've had a fucking amazing year, this year my life has completely turned around. I've met some really great people, I've picked up my confidence, I've worked hard, and I've got everything that I worked toward. Holy crap, all new years resolutions successfully complete.

I am so thankful for the people that are in my life right now. I've had to surround myself with positive things to get all of this stuff done, and those positive things have been the people that I've met and the people who have stayed with me throughout this year.

2013, the year that I got my shit together and turned my entire life around. Fuck yeah. Thank you for being a part of it, you made the last twelve months absolutely wonderful and I love you all so much. And now, the song for this year (and I don't give a fuck if it's too mushy for you because Katy is my spirit animal), Roar. One, it was my uni's grad song of 2013. Two, I made it out on my own this year. Three, it's catchy as hell. Aww yeah.

Side note: 500 hits this month! Thanks for reading 





Dec 6, 2013

One last Black Milk sneak and an awesome vlog channel!

Hello lovelies! I just realised that I forgot to add a picture of the Black Milk Merman Cap Sleeve Bodysuit I nabbed at the sample sale. Here you go. It's hard to tell in photos, but the merman material is a metallic black/gunmetal material that shines holographic under bright light. It's just darling! We all need to bug JL so that he will make this a thing!


I would also like to talk about a fellow sharkie and awesome friend of mine named Yen, who has a really cute youtube channel called theyennipenni. She's fairly new on the scene, but people are already loving her work a lot. She is super keen on fashion and makeup, and her most recent vlog is a behind-the-scenes tour of Black Milk HQ in Brisbane, as part of their fourth birthday celebrations. I know you want to see that!

If you love her (I know I do), don't forget to hit subscribe!

My next little bit is about Australis Cosmetics; in particular their new Velour Lips range. This is a liquid brush-on series of extended wear matte lip colours. Oh my gosh readers, I am in LOVE with this stuff! I've been looking absolutely everywhere for some of the more high demand colours, and it's sold out everywhere! Help? I managed to snag myself the bright purple shade (TOK-I-O), but I've been searching high and low for their bold/classic red shade, NY-CEE. Help, I need a responsible adult! How do I get my hands on some of this glorious stuff?

Pictured left-to-right: Australis Velour Lips in NY-CEE, TOK-I-O, and MAL-I-BOO.

All of the other shades have just been replenished at Australis Cosmetics Online, but no luck on the red shade yet, but their facebook page suggests a restock in January. In the meantime, here's me, wearing the most epic shade of TOK-I-O. Let it also be noted that it smells like lollies and lives up to all promises of staying put and being heavy on the colour in all of the right ways.

Featuring the always adorable Penny in the background 


Now let's finish up with Ice Cream by Battles, because I've been enjoying re-listening to it now that we're headed into the warmer months of the year!



Black Milk Brisbane Party Time (aka the best bunch of people ever)

Pictured: Bliss!

As you can see, I had an absolute ball up at Black Milk HQ, to celebrate their 4th birthday! Now all that's left to do is unpack and catch up with Christmas presents, as I've managed to get a bit of a bug on my return to Melbourne, where it was of course hailing today. It's summer and three days ago it was 36C, but it was hailing all the same. Yes, I'm home. Back to my epic holiday!

I was bunking in a serviced apartment with Pauline, Jacinta, Sally and Laura, and I couldn't have asked for better roomies! Everyone was respectful and fun, and great friendships were forged. There were laughs, tears, music, fashion, makeup and tequila. I'm going to do a day-by-day rundown for you now. I'll start with my Thursday arrival, although let it be known that due to a family illness involving a hospital stay and resulting 400km worth of driving to and from Warrnambool right before my departure (said family is all better now), Thursday was a little quiet!

Thursday


Okay! So, Thursday, after 2 hours sleep and a 2-hour flight, I arrived in Brisbane at 8.30am. I wandered out of baggage claim and just asked around until I could figure out a cheap way to get to the apartment, because that's how I roll. It worked, and I managed to find a sweet bus service that would drop me to the door and return on Monday to come and get me. I got there, dumped my stuff, ate Maccas, picked a bed, swapped pillowcases so I wouldn't leak purple hair dye everywhere, and promptly crashed out for several hours. Some time later, I got to meet the lovely Pauline, Sally, Jacinta and Laura, and we went out with the rest of the gang for epic Japanese noms. Then I crashed out again, because exhausted reasons, and sleepily snapchatted and such to tell people I'd survived the trip.

Ok, this one is post-BM Party, but close enough!

Friday


Friday meant a tour of BMHQ and an impromptu sample sale! We got there just after noon, after a bit of primping and what not, and a snack or two. We also got to try on the new gym gear, and it is amazing. The staff are all so nice. I'll let the pictures do the talking!



Getting our podcast on... 

The final product!



HQ Sample Sale Haul


And here's what I left with...



Not a bad haul, if I do say so myself! The top photo is all unreleased, the rest are just awesome.

Saturday


Saturday was a huuuugeeee day. We had Wet'n'Wild during the day, and then the big birthday party at night! So, here we go....

Wet'n'Wild


It rained, oh did it rain! We caught the bus early in the morning. And it rained some more. That wasn't stopping us, we had an absolute blast! The bonus of this was that all of the rides had hardly any lines, and we got to just take over the place and run amok. The hardest bit was climbing the stairs to the higher rides in the wet with chilly wind upon us, but the waterslides were worth it, even if it was jokingly dubbed "Wet'n'Lame" - we all had a lot of fun.

Party Time!


Black Milk's 4th Birthday party was completely amazing. It honestly felt like walking into a fashion wonderland, where everyone rocked and people were free to be themselves. They also had a super pretty candy bar, Sharkinis, live music, a fashion show, heaps of goodies and the 501st turned up as well! We had R2D2 whizzing about on the dance floor, and body painted models strutting about, and we all had a blast and danced until the wee hours, when we could dance no more, and the lovely BM staff helped us find cabs. Cam in particular saved a few sore feet! And let me say, Gillian has the dance moves! 


 Twerk it out!




Sunday


Sunday was a recovery day, thankfully! I didn't drink much the night before, but I was keen to sleep off five hours of solid dancing. We all napped for a while and then Sally, Jacinta and I toured around Brisbane, taking in the sights. We bumped into some lovely New Zealand sharkies, visited a pop-up market, and randomly bumped into some adorable huskies and malamutes!





After that, we headed back to the apartment, where the lovely Penny met up with us, and we decided to spontaneously go out for Mexican - can I just say, best Mexican restaurant ever! We had some yummy food, tequila, and then headed back to the apartment for drinks and a bit of music and giggles. This was meant to be our lull night, but it was easily one of the very best nights of the entire trip. Thank you to Sally, Jacinta, Laura and Penny for such lovely company. I love you girls so much!




Monday


Our last day came all too soon, but it was still packed with lovely surprises. Some of the girls went back to BMHQ to help with a few fitting queries for the new gear, and I was lucky enough to meet up with them there once they were done....which meant saying hi to the lovely staff and a few interstate and international sharkies again, and another sample haul! After that I decided I'd keep Pauline and Laura company at the airport (my flight was much later), check in my baggage, and just spend a few hours by myself, enjoying all the memories of this amazing holiday. I chatted to a few friends back home (love ya Jessie), read a little, and enjoyed the serenity, before heading back to Melbourne.

HQ Last-Minute Haul


Unreleased Mermaid Musk Skater Scoop Dress (to be released)

 Unreleased and unheard of Purple Jester Bodysuit and Chocodile Jacket

Muscles Leggings to freak people out at the gym (as photobombed by Poppy when I got home)

So there it is, that was the story of the most amazing holiday I've probably ever had, of bonding with some really lovely women, of dancing until the break of dawn, and of tight and shiny nylon. See you all again next year! I'll leave you with a couple more pictures, and the song that was our very last song of the night at the 2013 Black Milk 4th Birthday party, Brisbane. Thanks for reading.