Sunday, February 28, 2010

Losing a loved one

We've been inseparable for the past 3 and a half years. Really, it was love at first sight. We just fit so well together. I felt comfortable and that's what's most important, right?
We've travelled the world and seen some stunning places and been in all kinds of different social situations together; and I've never felt awkward.

If I'm being perfectly honest, I probably could have treated you better. Although I value you I know how tough you are and sometimes didn't care for you as much as I should have.

But yesterday that all changed.

Unfortunately I'm not talking about a 'real' relationship. By real, I mean between two people. No. This is a much stronger bond. That of a woman and her shoes.

It's no secret that my favourite shoes are those of French designer Robert Clergerie. And my very first pair, purchased in September 2006 may be on their death bed.
This is what they originally looked like:



And this is them now:


They have been

  • Resoled with Topy soles (twice)

  • Hole punched when the leather has become stretched

  • Stitched back together when the straps snapped away from the main part of the shoe

  • Polished countless times (including the sole)

And now, it looks like they'll have to have their soles (not the Topy, but the actual original soles) split in half (horizontally) to put the broken part back in and be re-glued down.

It's probably about time this happened anyway.

Like I said, I've had them for 3.5 years. That's four Australian summers, one American one and one Asian one. These babies have been all over the place. They were there at some landmark events in my life. Really important events; like when I got my Chanel Jumbo classic at Chanel's 5th ave. boutique.

*sigh*

But when you break it down on a cost per wear basis (literally about 450 wears at $628 a pair) it works out to be roughly $1.50 per wear. And for how comfortable they are, how gorgeous and different they are and how well they have lasted despite me wearing them in the rain, throwing them around after use and walking innumerable hours in them- maybe it is time to lay them to rest?

I'll take them to my trusty shoe repair people and see what the verdict is. They're probably sick of them by now- but in the wise words of Mariah Carey; even though I try/I can't let go.

Have you ever had to throw out something you absolutely adored? How did you do it? HELP!

And don't forget- I'm doing a giveaway when I reach 100 followers! Only 27 to go until I reveal the prizes.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Giveaway YAY!


Well, kind of.

I'm going to do a giveaway WHEN I reach 100 followers...That's only 37 away, so if you're a lurker and you want to have the chance to win a great prize or you just want the loyal followers to have a go- then click follow up ^^ there. Yep, in that left hand corner of the toolbar.


I'm not revealing what the prize is until there are 100 followers. But let me tell you; it's worth it. And no, it has absolutely nothing to do with baby Minnie Mouse in a onesie. I just thought that was a bit cute.


I will let you in on a little secret- there will be a bunch of things included and it will have something to do with this blog. Hhhhmmmm have a little think to yourselves and feel free to comment with guesses.


Also, I'm changing the URL of the blog. I want it to match the title, so it will be http://afa2c.blogspot.com/ Sorry to those of you who have me on your blog role etc! Hope it's not too much of a pain in the ass.


Back to the competition- you don't have to have your own blog to be a follower, you can follow just by having a google account (I'm quite sure) so don't hesitate to start one up!


Can't wait to begin the comp! xx

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Product Du Jour- Benefit's Stay Don't Stray


Although not available until the 28th of Feb (In Australia) I was lucky enough to review this product early!

You will also find my review over at the gorgeous and girly Sassisam Blog. If you click on the link you can also see what others had to say about the product.


Stay Don't Stray is the latest offering from San Franciscan beauty brand Benefit. Designed to help eye makeup stay in place, this is an absolute bonza product to have in your makeup kit. That said, that's pretty much the standard for ALL Benefit goods in my opinion!


I would liken the consistency of this product (for those of you familiar with Benefit) as a cross between That Girl primer and Erase Paste concealer.


Although designed for the eyes, Stay Don't Stray makes a nice primer for the whole face. It has excellent coverage and just one squirt should cover at least half the face.


Not only does it fulfil its duty of keeping makeup firmly in place (and prevent those annoying crease lines on your eyelids) but it also creates a smooth, yet almost translucent base for your foundation to go on.


I know what you're thinking- "huh? A foundation for your foundation?" But Priming (or prepping) the skin is a necessary component for your makeup routine.


Particularly if you tend to work long hours, go out after work or plan on having a big, long night out in general. Stay Don't Stray will save you time and money that you would have otherwise wasted reapplying your look and it will let you carry on with your day without worrying if your makeup is fading, straying or smudging.


A definite for primer virgins and for those already in the swing of things.


The only negative I could think of is that the packaging wasn't as cute as Benefit normally offer up. It looked a little medical. But other than that; it's an ace of base!


Find Stay Don't Stray in your nearest Benefit boutique or Benefit stand in Myer stores nationally from 28th Feb for RRP $45

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Just checking in...and I've been tagged!


I haven't posted all week! I have a few things to show you, but just have to organise the piccies etc. So hang tight!
In the meantime, I've been tagged by the gorgeous Sarah over at Death Wears Diamond Jewellery and I have to share 7 unusual things about myself.

hhmmm let's see....

1) I have an inexplicable phobia of grapes that haven't been purchased by myself. Yeah, odd. I just don't trust other people's standard of what makes a good grape. SOZ.

2) I once pretended I worked at MTV in order to get backstage at a Hanson concert and I grabbed Zac Hanson on the ass....and then ran off with Taylor's towel which I ripped from around his neck after I had spent a sufficient amount of time getting photos with them.

3) I have a blister on my left index finger that's been there my entire life.

4) I have double jointed shoulder blades which stick out about half a foot off my back to look like wings (when I want them to).

5) I love ostentatious designer sunglasses. Notably my Louis Vuitton Bindi ones with an amethyst in the centre.

6) I am obsessed by sport but I'm not very good at it at all.

7) I want to be a judge (when I eventually finish my Law degree etc etc etc) so I have an excuse to wear puffy sleeves to work everyday.
ETA: Have uploaded one pic with Isaac Hanson. LOLcanoes.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

LL Cafe, Wine and Dine

It was only a couple of posts ago I was saying how Sydney desperately needed new bars and it can never be a bad thing when a new one opens.
Tonight saw the opening of a new bar- LL Cafe, Wine and Dine. Situated in up-and-coming new Sydney hotspot Llankelly lane in Kings Cross (which is apparently trying to clean up its act to get the attention of a younger, fresher crowd) a traditional Chinese Dragon dance kicked off the launch while guests sipped on...well, pretty much anything they wanted.

The boys behind LL; Chris, Matt and Tim Barge, were keen hosts. They were on hand to personally attend to guests beverage needs and I saw and heard more than one woman drooling over their good looks.
But that's obviously not all they have to offer. In the lucrative world of bars and clubs, and the even more competitive arena of Kings Cross, the Barge boys have given us something Sydney has been aching for for years.

LL gives you the secret and seductive feel of a Melbourne laneway bar, but the sophistication and sex appeal of Sydney. Yes, I'm a Sydney sider, yes I'm biased.

The space itself is quite unusual for Sydney. With a sneaky corridor and lots of corners, it is perfect for quite drinks with close mates out the back in one of the split level areas, or if you feel like being a bit...louder- then perhaps the front of the bar is for you.
Personally I preferred the back section. I was really impressed by two level area which gave a much more intimate feel that is so prevalent in Melbourne but something Sydney really craves. Although cosy, the seating was still spacious and comfortable and not overcrowded to the point where you feel you need to worry about getting wine spilled on your Chrissy Lous.

Sticking to their heritage (The boys are half Chinese) the rooms are fitted out with Chinese silk print screens and stools are red lamps and wall fixtures reminiscent of Chinese coins. I also loved the red envelopes scattered throughout (although I am guessing this was simply for Chinese New Year and won't be a regular thing).

There is also the infamous 'Porn Wall' (which I somehow missed) as the property used to be home to a porn shop.

To be honest I can't tell you much about the food and drink, I just had a couple of beers. From the look of the wine and cocktail list it was pretty extensive but I will have to go back another time when it's not so packed. Judging by the vibe tonight however, I'm guessing that won't be anytime soon!

LL is undoubtedly going to be the new 'it' place to go any night of the week. I can see loads of different people flocking here.
  • The cool Bondi crowd using it as an alternative for tired bars like White Revolver and the like.
  • The after work crowd who are sick of the same old stuffy bars but aren't quite wanting to retire to the pub just yet.
  • The mid twenties-mid thirties crowd who are sick of 16 year olds taking over every venue. (I should shutup about this, I had a fake ID at 15...so I was one of them once)

But don't let me just throw stereotypes at you. It's basically a great new hang for anyone looking for something clean and innovative that isn't a fad that will be done to death in six months.

Definitely hit this one up on your next night out- and watch out for Chris, Matthew and Tim Barge, they're onto something great here and this will not be the last we see of them.


Yes yes, I can hear you asking what I wore! It was tricky dressing firstly for this weather, and secondly for that time of day. A 5pm start means not completely night time wear, but it's not day time either....what to do?!
I ended up with this:
Top- Marni
Jacket- No name brand
Shorts- Bettina Liano
Shoes- Sergio Rossi
Scarf- Vivienne Westwood
Bag- Vivienne Westwood
Bracelets- Lydia Jewels, Miu Miu and Samantha Wills

So, who will be checking out LL and how soon?!!?
LL Cafe, Wine & Dine
42 Llankelly Place
Kings Cross/Potts Point (it's on that invisible line between the two suburbs)

Your heart's a mess

On Wednesday afternoon I decided to make a tribute to my favourite NBA team- Orlando Magic- in the form of gingerbread cookies.
I made stars, my fave boy Dwight Howard (complete with giant shoulders and a big, wide, white smile) and a slim little JJ Redick. There was also a basketball, but um....my 'skills' at piping need a little development. I guess I don't need to point this out as it will become evident pretty damn quickly.Today my little cousin (who is staying with me for a few weeks) had some Valentine's visitors so I decided to whip up some gingerbread hearts. Very festive.
The actual biscuit part turned out well. It was when it came time to decorate I knew I was in trouble.
While making the icing, I accidentally tipped about 2 teaspoons of pink food colouring into the mix; instead of 2 drops. How awkward. The mixture turned BRIGHT PINK.

It looked like beetroot puree...oops.
When it came to actually icing the damn things, those of you in Sydney you will know how hot it was today.
Despite putting the mixing bowl in another bowl of ice, the mixture just continued to melt off the sides of the biscuits. I pretty much GAVE UP ON LIFE.
I was so angry at one point I had to physically pipe a semi-smiley face onto the cookie to vent my anger.
SO. Once again I made something that tasted yummy and looked hideous. Maybe it can just become my 'thing'?
Everyone loved them, so I guess that's what counts, right?

What did you get up to on Valentine's day? Any cooking for you?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Etch Bar (again), New Earrings and Emporio Argentina

Sorry I haven't posted in a bit! I've had a really busy week.
Notably, Wednesday evening I had the launch of the new Etch bar and sampling of the new menu.
You may have read my post about the bar from the week earlier, but this was the actual launch and was such a fun night!

Guests including Sophie Falkiner, Sarah Wilson (quick question, does that woman EVER look bad? Seriously she has to be one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. So flawless and glowing. Just stunning.) and the gorgeous Adriano Zumbo (who I had the pleasure of talking to all night at dinner. And by talking to I mean acting like a dork in front of) were served Perrier Jouet and cocktails until we were seated in the main part of the restaurant for King Fish sashimi, Ocean Trout, Beef short ribs and Justin North's signature caramel and date tart with burnt butter ice cream.

Wow. That ^^ Was one long and grammatically incorrect paragraph. Forget about it, just know that if you don't go to Etch soon you're missing out and some might say you're also a loser.
Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of my outfit, just some selfies of my beautiful Lydia Jewels earrings. I posted about these in my Best of Bows post, and I finally bought them. This was the first time I'd worn them as I felt they deserved a special outing for their first time.

Aren't they pwetty??? Squeeeeee!
You can purchase yours (and the matching bracelet) here.

On Thursday night I got to see a new range of bags from Argentinian designer, Ewaldo Bock.
The line is called Emporio Argentina and includes handmade homewares and accessories.

The lovely thing about this label is that they use semi-precious stones, fur, horns and silver alloy for a truly authentic South American feel.

These bags are something special that aren't for everyday but are definitely statement pieces to spice up any outfit.


My friend kindly modelled a few of my faves for me, and you can check out the rest at http://www.emporioargentina.com.ar/

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The man (and girl) in black

Tonight I went to see The Man In Black- The Johhny Cash Story at the Opera House.
I had a delicious dinner at Guillaume at Bennelong prior to the show, and I had completely forgotten how good that place is.
I hadn't been for a while and it was one of the most ridiculously good meals I've ever eaten. For the record, I had the Beef with a tombe of field mushrooms, baby spinach, confit of shallot and merlot sauce and a glass of 2007 Victory Point Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. I'm so saddened by th fact I didn't get dessert- but although I left 1.5 hours before the show, I ran out of time!
It's probably a good thing since I've put on loads of weight the past few days (This has been done on purpose for a personal reason...so if you feel like leaving a comment saying I'm fat, don't bother; I already know! :D) so a night without dessert might be OK. BOO.

Anyways, I took my outfit pics in the restaurant, the lighting wasn't great, but I've tried to give you an idea.
One pic is majorly cropped because my dress was so short, I didn't think anyone needed to see my bum hehe! But you get a better idea of my shoes, so I left it up.

The show itself was brilliant. It's kind of like a musical, but not with so much acting.
Tex Perkins 'plays' Johhny Cash, but with a series of short monologues that are each finished with an appropriate song.
I found his co-star, Rachel Tidd, (who played June Carter and other female influences in his life) over-acted a bit. I just found Tex to be really natural and she came across as over rehearsed. However, I have found her bio online and she holds a masters in speech pathology and specialises in accents so it's possible this is just a force of habit.


Aside from that it was so very good.
Even if you don't like Johhny Cash I would recommend it. His music is so lively you can't help but tap your feet and it's always interesting to hear about successful people's lives.
It really was an enjoyable night.


Dress- Review
Shoes- YSL
Bag- Vintage
Headband- Miu Miu
Bracelet- Miu Miu
For more info on The Man In Black check out their website here

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jewel of the night- the new Lydia Jewels collection

Anticipation has been growing for the new Lydia Jewels collection 'Jewel of the night' and it is finally here!

Each piece is crafted from only the finest crystals- Swarovski and semi-precious stones to create an uplifting, colourful and sexy range of necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

In past collections like 'A rose is a rose' we have seen Lydia use Glam goth as inspiration, and it is touched on again with an edgy black rosary necklace (Nicole Rosary necklace [pictured below] $146.00), black crystal drop earrings and an onyx bauble charm bracelet.




There are so many gorgeous pieces it's hard to decide what I like best.
But my picks of the bunch would have to be:

Allesandra Swarovski chandelier earrings $130.00


Something that Beyonce would rock on the red carpet, these would look incredible with a bright maxi and some silver sandals or with a voluminous shirt and slicked back hair.

The ever popular Lydia classic crystal flower earrings are back again in some truly stunning colour combos.
My fave are the Edie yellow and purple combination (pictured below $146.00). Any Lakers fans out there? I'm such a fan of yellow and purple together and these are so striking and glamorous.



I love the Isla multicoloured drop earrings (pictured below $116.00) too for a year 'round versatile look that will go with every colour scheme.


The Rebekah, Rose and Selina bracelet set is a steal at $130.00 for one of the hottest, effortless chic looks going around- layered bracelets. Add these to your wrist junk for a glammed up look





To see the full collection and buy your favourite jewels head to www.lydiajewels.com
There's still some fab sale pieces in the online boutique- so grab a bargain while you can!
What do you love from the Jewel of the night collection?

Last night's outfit

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I didn't want to put this in the same post as the Etch Bar review, so I'll put my OOTD on it's own...
Dress- Best & Less
Jacket- Charlie Brown
Shoes- Barbara Bui
Bag- Miu Miu
Earrings- Dior

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Primped's BOSS OF GLOSS competition...please vote for me!


My favourite beauty Mecca- www.primped.com.au is running a collaborative competition with Estee Lauder's new Michael Kors Very Hollywood line of makeup.

To enter the comp you had to upload a pic of you wearing your Hollywood inspired makeup look.

The colour palette of the MK collection is gorgeous baby pink hues.

I only posted the other day about how much I love black and baby pink as a combination, so I instantly thought of Brigette Bardot (again!).

I tried to emulate her classic look through eyeliner flicks, big lashes, strong brows and the rest of my face very subtle with just a bit of coral blush and light peach lips.


I like this look because it's very classic and ageless which means it's suitable for everyday or going out, depending on how much makeup you like to wear.

The grand prize is a tonne of EL makeup and you get to make a video for www.primped.com.au instructing how you created your look.

Click HERE to vote for me as you can win some great prizes for yourself too!

And tell me, what's your favourite hollywood look?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Child's play...

I look like such a child today. Hence the childish poses and face pulling. A friend and I went to see Law Abiding Citizen because her Boyfriend wrote the music for it.
Because it was such an exciting event we decided to hit it up style and go to Gold Class so we could drink beer while we watched.

Because we planned on being lazy, I had worn such a casual outfit. However, this worked against me when Luke Mangan kindly invited us for some Champagne and antipasto at Glass wine bar after the movie. (For the record, we had a 2000 Moet Grand Vintage and it was divine. My friend guessed it had pear in it, and the site says mandarin and rhubarb, but either way it was sweet and tasty and gorgeous. YUMMY.)

I hate feeling under dressed when I go places, but I'd rather feel under dressed than miss out on an excursion to Glass!
As for the movie, my most precise description, I felt, was that it was like Mariah Carey's 2001 starring role debut, Glitter- Terrible script, great music.


Singlet- Supre
Jeans- Mum's old Levi's from the 90s
Cardigan- Supre
Scarf- Vivienne Westwood
Bag- Vivienne Westood
Shoes- Robert Clergerie
Earrings and necklace- both gifts