Monday, 31 August 2015

Happy Birthday Rosie

My littlest little sister turns 16 today.

Happy Birthday Rosie!

Here she is with our brother. They're both so young here.


Rosie with Tori a fellow Brownie friend. (Tori's a year older than Rosie).

What's a birthday without candles?!

Happy birthday little sister. I hope you've had a fantastic day.
Love you lots and I'll see you soon.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Everything is awesome

This week's blog post is inspired in part by the Lego Movie - and the catchy theme song Everything is Awesome.*

I've been thinking about how things in life go through stages of being really awesome, and really challenging... Today though I want to focus on the positive and happy awesome things in my life. Things I'm thankful for, if you will.

1. Friends and Family.
They're always there for you no matter the weather and no matter what's going on in your life (and their lives too).

2. The haters.
Yeah, you know the ones, those naysayers who just want to see you fail. Well newsflash - nothing you do or say can bring me down. That bad attitude shows who you are - not me.
Even those people who are dragging others into their fight just to prove how cool/awesome/famous/wannabe they are - is just not cool.

3. The ones who look up to me...
Gosh, it's strange to think I have people who look up to me, but it's true. Everyone influences everyone around them; Negativity gains more negativity - but only if you let it!
The first time I realised the kids in my class looked up to me was the weirdest feeling, but then it made sense - I'd done the same thing to my favourite teachers at school too. One kid telling you that you're the best teacher is an amazing feeling. - Especially when you're not expecting it, and it happens to happen on a bad day!

4. Hot chocolate on a cold winter's day while watching movies, or trashy TV.

5. A crackling fire on said cold winter's day.

6. Summertime's at the beach. Ah, bring on the warm weather. I'm getting over winter already.

*You can thank me later for getting that stuck in your head too. Heh.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Modesty and the lace instillation into the floral dress.

Lately I've been thinking about modesty, how much skin I'm showing and what I'm showing. I'm in my final 18 months of university now and I've been thinking about how I want to be seen when I've graduated. I'm going into teaching and my course will take a further year of study after I've completed my BA. Of course teaching means I'll need to dress even more modestly than I do now. 

I bought this purple floral dress two years ago and wore it to my cousin's wedding. It was nice and it's knee length. However the cut outs along the top of the dress - especially the front showed a lot more boob than I was happy with. I wore a corset under it, not knowing how much worse this made the boob showing situation! (Urgh! Fashion horrors of the past!)
Thankfully I've learned the lesson. 

Recently I re-found my blue petticoat which I wasn't wearing as much - so I removed the lace trim off the lower hem of it and re-purposed it into the cut outs on the dress.

I've simply hand stitched them into place, and no stitches can be seen on the front or back material. Nicely done! I'm very happy with how it's turned out and impressed at my sewing ability. I've improved a lot since learning as a girl guide all those years ago. 

Following are some photos of the dress and of me wearing it.

New lace inserts sewn into place. (above and below).

The original cut outs along the back of the dress. (below).

I think I'll also wear this with a small cardy over it, so I'm not showing my shoulders so much. 
It's also a little cool at the moment to wear it, since we're heading into winter. 
I've been wearing longer sleeves and more layers recently. 

No quote this week, just more of my pondering about the term Modesty and what it means.


/ˈmɒd ə sti/ 

nounplural modesties.

the quality of being modestfreedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.
regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
simplicity; moderation.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Warmth in Winter: Food

Of course during Winter time it's hard to keep spirits high and something I've always found to be good, of course is food. Glorious food. You can keep it all for yourself, or share it with others.

 I like to make enough to share, and then I'm often saddened to see it's just the two of us here for dinner! Ooops! Haha.

After our slow cooker up and died - and was subsequently replaced here, and I had been using it for cooking dinner more. During winter it is nice to come home to a warm meal.
It also makes it easier to face the cold weather and to come home from university for the day knowing that there's warm food (and a warm apartment) waiting for me.

This is my Food board on Pinterest, through Pinterest I found these* easy freezer meals to make and they're perfect to pop into the slow cooker. I changed up some of the recipes slightly - like chicken was cheaper so we had bought it in bulk and I used that in place of some of the beef and lamb things.

In my Pinterest haze I also found Crock pot Roasted Chicken - not in an oven, in the slow cooker:
Slow cooker chicken 1.
Slow cooker chicken 2.

Last night I did a mixture of the recipes and went with my own version, I balled up tinfoil in the bottom of the slow cooker, dried the chicken off, then covered it in cooking oil, herbs and spices and seasoned it well, the let it cook in the slow cooker for about 4 hours on high. While it was going I peeled and washed (a lot) of vegetables: kumara (sweet potatoes), potatoes, carrots, onion (made into a bloom- although I don't use the seasoning in that recipe...), and then when everything was done pour gravy over the whole lot. (Last night gravy turned into cheese sauce, haha. It turns out that I didn't plan the groceries well this month!)
At the end of cooking the chicken - stabbing it has clear juices and not blood, you can crisp up the skin by putting it in the oven under the grill for about ten minutes. While this was going on (with Dan keeping an eye on it, oil tends to alight if not careful), I made up the cheese sauce - no recipe for that, it's a packet one (I'm lazy).

Night two (if there's leftovers) it becomes a stir fry fry up with vegetables, chicken etcetera all in one frying pan. Yum!

Night three (Is that even possible to have three days worth? - It is when there's only two of you.) it becomes another stir fry like the night before, or you add rice and make it a rice risotto?

Photo below: wasn't dinner exactly, but a previous one. 
(Same thing, really, isn't it?)

*Lots of other recipes in there too, 7 more in an hour, and 30 more etc. The links are at the bottom of the blog post in that link.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Warmth in Winter: Fashion

For Wellington winter's I don't do very much differently compared to summer time.
The weather is cooler, but most of my wardrobe is usable year round.
With a few exceptions - one maxi dress isn't possible to wear during winter, but a second one I have is due to the layering I can do to it.

I wear leggings and dresses year round. T-shirts too.  I am fortunate to live in an area of the world that doesn't have a huge variance in temperatures - between 7°C to 21°C.

Most of the Style Board I set up on pinterest shows some of my style, although the pictures are not all from my wardrobe. Although I'm a flat shoes and covering my chest - kind of gal...

I prefer layering; if it's hotter later I can remove enough layers to be comfortable, likewise if it's cooling off I can add more layers if needed. Generally I throw a cardigan into my handbag to layer with if it's needed. Where possible I try not to use heavy items, as lighter items seem to work better together. Likewise a lot of my wardrobe is black, but I'm working on this - adding colour where I can. When we were in Australia earlier this year Dan did buy me a red handbag. It's the perfect size for uni, so I use it for that too.
Layering items is perfect year round too - in summer it's perfect for when it cools off at night, but it's still warm enough to be out; And in winter when the sun is out it can be quite warm, and again cools off dramatically at night.

Below are some of the photos I've taken of me, 
in various styles, 
at various times over the past few years:

Above: Skinny jeans, running shoes, and a scarf from India.

Above: Sunglasses and a maxi dress.

Above: Black dress, leggings and Chuck Taylor shoes. Red belt.

Above: Green woollen coat.

Above: Chuck Taylor shoes with blue floral pants.

Above: Flat sandals with the same blue floral pants.

Above: Owl necklace, hi low top and floral blue pants.

Above: Cardigan with a low/hi top, leggings and boots.
And of course the boyfriend and the perfect prop - an 120 year old Tortoise!