Friday, October 29, 2010

I'm a dirty liar

I make these big promise of regular posting and checking in on your guys and life gets in the way.

Currently studying for an exam that covers the last two years of my life. I'm am under prepared and probably won't be able to cover half of the material needed. Let you know if I need to change career options in a few weeks.

Possibly back to regularly scheduled programming then who know....


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Earthquake - very surreal indeed

The Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand was hit by an earthquake - one of the places hit the worse was Christchurch, my home town and where I currently live. The reports are a little sketchy I think it's been downgraded and it's been officially reported as being 7.1 on the Richter scale (larger than the one that shook Haiti, yet we are blessed to have gotten off so lightly), we've also been experiencing aftershocks, many being above 3.

Photo:Getty
It's really surreal, there are pockets of horrible damage, building collapsed, streets cracked and flooded. At the same time some places are relatively unaffected, in my house hardly anything fell over, things perched precariously on shelves stayed where they were, the only thing that tumbled was a necklace stand. The rest of the house is relatively unaffected too - we have many treasures from my parents travels, beautiful, breakable and irreplaceable things all of which are fine.
Photo:David Alexander AP
Some people were not so lucky. Their houses are uninhabitable, they are in rescue centres, one which is in a school near my house. Yet I can wander round my suburb and see that people are slowly getting back to normal here, even though the aftershocks are still shaking us.

My personal experience? As I first knew what was happening (shaken awake at 4.35am, it took a second for my brain to realise *Earthquake*) - I was excited, this was something that doesn't happen in in places like this. I think since there was little damage to my house the seriousness of it didn't strike me. The power was out from the time of the quake and I managed to hear some reports on the radio but it wasn't until I was able to see the T.V news report later in the afternoon and the see some of the damage that it really struck home.

Photo - Canterbury University Library (from the UC Website)
The University is closed for a week - to check it's safe and to tidy up, we were due back this week from holidays but no such luck (more of a hassle for us postgraduate students since we never really left). The damage looks horrible though, bookshelves toppled like dominoes. 

I think we're going to be okay though. I hope that if you have family here you've managed to get in touch with them and know that they are safe, and that they haven't suffered too much damage.
The news reports and pictures showing the very worst damage can give the idea that Christchurch has been swallowed up by the earth or is lying in ruins so I can understand that a lot of people overseas may have been in a panic (I know my sister over in Germany was!).

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fashion time travel

Sorry for the long absence, been having crisis of time management and technical difficulties. Laptop is back now and hopefully some semblance of posting will resume.

A while ago (meaning last year!) I went on a trip to Auckland and visited the museum, as is the proper touristy thing to do. I particularly enjoyed their fashion throughout the ages exhibit, and took some photos (horrible inside museum quality photos, photographer I am not) with the purpose of sharing them on the blog but never got round to it. However, no time like the present.

I can't really remember what era each of the picture comes from - silly me, forgot to take notes or some from of reminder, I just thought they were pretty...


The dresses from the earlier periods were all displayed on what looked to be relatively short mannequins, I'm guessing the people were shorter then? Look at that tiny waist - this is the short of dress that I would have liked to go to the ball in... Oh the drama!


1920s! Look at the beading on the number I know something like this would do be no favours but the idea of shimmering away in this would make me feel divine.



The devil is in the details - the draping, the collar, the cuffs. If I could get away with running around in this getup on a regular basis I probably would.


This one was in another exhibit, but I through it in because I thought it was adorable....

I love pouring over fashion exhibits in museums. In 100 years time I wonder how our era will be represented? I wonder if in 100 years time what those little glass boxes that the decades of our centuries will be condensed into will look like?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

                         


Every time I seem to get into my head that I'm getting back on my feet everything just seems so overwhelming again. I think the six years of continuous study has just gotten to me, I just want it to be over, to be able to not have study nights and weekends, to not feel guilty about not getting enough done.

At the same time I'm scared, I've been a student for so long, when real life begins I won't know how to find my feet, I won't know where to start.

I feel like I can only handle little things at a time, a little bit of cleaning (the room is finally tidy, you have no idea how much better that has made me feel), a plan to be organised (but sticking to a plan is a different thing), but trying to get a hold on my life is another story.

I would love not to feel overwhelmed... to be able to relax without these niggling thoughts in the back of my mind. One and half more years of study and I'll be done. Then 3 months of travel, utter freedom...it will be bliss...I like to dream and plan but I don't want to distract myself from this last dash.

In fact this is a distraction now. But I need it, although sometimes I think I would be better off working from dawn till the wee hours but I would hardly survive. It's the little things right.

Friday, June 25, 2010

What the heck happened??

Hi guys...

You may be wondering what happened to me, or you may not be, that's cool too.

Well I got busy, and then I thought I would just shut down the blog. I was still reading you guys, but just didn't have any energy to comment - stuff has been hectic y'all.

I had been thinking a lot about privacy issues and having my face splashed all over the Internet, and while I know that people I'm worried about who may come into contact with this may actually not it's still an issue for the job I'm going into. So then I thought, I'll just shut it down...so I made it private while I decided. Hence no updates if you follow through reader and no access if you tried to get into the site.

But....I really didn't want to shut down the blog. Although I am a sporadic blogger I really enjoy having it there, plus it makes me feel a lot more connected to the whole community. So hence I've decided to go a bit anonymous from now on. I contemplated starting a new blog, but I've become attached to this one, and as far as I know no one has really found it so it should be okay.

So I've done a bit of editing, everything with my face on it is gone, and everything a bit too personal is gone too. And that's how it's going to stay. I'd like to keep doing outfit photos, so I'm going to think about how to work around that, (I don't like the idea of a chopped off head kinda of dealy...). Also while I was at it I decided to give the blog a make over, what do you think?

So here's hoping for some regular posting and that you guys are still around, I'll try to make my presence felt a bit more round your neck of the woods too.

Ah fresh starts, feels great.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Buffy Geek


Bought 3 - One for me and one each for my two sisters. Probably our favourite TV series of all time, countless hours spent watching it.

Monday, April 5, 2010

I might cry

I realise I'm beginning to lose followers. This might be because I haven't posted in about it a month.

I don't have an excuse. I haven't been particularly busy, or particularly inspired (to write or in my outfits).

I keep dangling the I'm back carrot only to show it's a big lie. I'm losing the following that I was building, like a bowling ball slowly going down the lane and then finally going in the gutter because it doesn't have enough steam ( I played Wii on the weekend).

I'm around, I'm reading but not commenting that's even too much effort. We'll see what happens. Still love you all.


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cluttered desk, cluttered mind?






Miss me much? My absence from the virtual world has allowed me to take some time to recuperate emotionally and do some deep and meaningful thinking.....Which actually translates to me just generally not doing that much. Taking time out has been good though. I am about ready to immerse myself back into life, and the new shape it will take. Taking time out has gotten me noticing things though. One thing I noticed is all this clutter in my life. So what am I going to do about it?

I look around and see stuff, so much stuff. The idea of de cluttering my life has been more and more appealing. The easiest way to start is with all the physical things that have been starting to feel like they are suffocating me. I had let my surroundings steadily descend into a state of chaos, and my consumerism had run rampant - my unhealthy bank balance from month to month could bear witness to that.

So things need to change. Things need to get organised. Things need to go. I need to be ruthless. I have started this process, in that I have started organised what needs to go. Also things in different areas are starting to look organised. What's good about this process is that once I get rid of things that aren't necessary I can then see what is lacking in my life.

There is also clutter in my life in a not so physical sense, a lack of organisation, a need of more scheduling. I feel a lack of control, and this is MY life, I should be in control, and I'm going to take it back.

So what have I mostly been doing? Cleaning, and more cleaning. What I realise it that before things because lovely and tidy they must go through a stage where the look even more messed up then when you began, such is life.

Things are definitely starting to look up. Expect to hear more from me.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

You guys are awesome

Just wanted to take a quick moment to say thanks for all the support guys - I really appreciate it.

I want to take the time to reply to some of your comments more personally but am a bit busy right now so it will have to wait, just know that I really appreciate each and every one of your little scribblings.

Hopefully I will be back to the blog soon. I am also keeping up with your blogs (even though I might not be commenting as much)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Away

Going through some personal stuff at the moment so will be a bit absent.

Please stay with me, I would hate to lose you guys just when I'm starting to get this baby really up and running.


I just have to say good friends are priceless in your life, like I knew my friends were great but I only realise how damn freaking amazing they are in times like these.

Talk to you soon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Explain much?

Well I thought maybe I should explain a little about my last post, although not within the post because that wasn't really the place.

While this is mainly a style blog and I do try and stay away from personal stuff (I like to keep my private stuff private that's just the way it is) I've been feeling lately that wanted to express things that are important to me.

I'm trying this whole thing about sending some positivity out into the universe. Don't worry I'm not turning into that kind of person (nor is this some new religious leaning), I'll still be a cynic at heart. So expect that if I've found that something has been helping in my life, without going into too much detail I'm going to pass it on. And it's not because I'm trying to be zen or anything, it's because I like you guys and think you deserve it, and really in the end it's more for me, because you guys probably are already in the know.

If you really hate it let me know, I probably won't stop, because hey it's my blog, but I'll put a warning in the title for you so you won't have to read it because I care about my readers.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Be Bold



Take the time to realise that in your life there may be a situation where you have to be BOLD.
Some people find it easy, for some it is extremely hard.
But you know what? It can pay off it in a big way.

So take the plunge, and assert your self in a positive way. It may feel as scary as jumping out of a plane, but it might just be the best thing you ever did.

You don't need me to tell me what you need to do - you know what you need to do, you just need a bit of courage to do it, so tell your self you can do it and go out and be BOLD!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Curious Geek

I finally worked out how to see the google search terms that bring people to my blog the other day. There weren't any really funny or strange ones (top one was feminine menswear), although I will keep an eye out. It does appear that I mention Forever 21 way too much....it was right up there too.

Anyway looking at that got me a bit curious as to how people found my blog since I've been getting a few new followers and I'm sure there are a few lurkers out there as well. So here's a bit of a chance for you to let me know how you found 'I'm a bit of a geek' because I'd love to know, and also say hello if you're new or just haven't had anything to say before.

Looking forward to reading your comments guys!