It’s the end of the month so here’s my final Stingy August update.
I’ve done really well I think. There have been a few treats (only one cafe visit though), and I’m proud to say that I haven’t bought any clothes. I bought Miss 4′s first birthday present and a few bits and pieces for her party, and Mr 7s got a couple of new books. With this frugal spending, do you think we have any more money in our account? Sadly, not really.
This week we found out that we had to have four new tyres fitted to the car. There was no choice because they were badly worn, so bad that there’s no way I would drive with the kids in the car. Yea, that bad. Bye bye $850! Thankfully the guys at the garage are really nice and are letting us pay it off. Bad timing though with Miss 4′s birthday coming up and having to get her off to school supplies. The tyres were a (very large) expense we could definitely have done without.
Mr Mama accidentally paid $150 on a bill that was only for $20… clever boy. At least it was a utility bill so it will eventually be used up. Our biggest expensive is still the supermarket. We’re not having many takeaways so I’m having to buy more food, and because we’re still eating healthy it’s quite expensive. I definitely support the suggestion of no GST on fruit and veges!
I’m letting myself try clothes on again because I’m not tempted to buy anything. It’s still fun to try on and dream! Speaking of clothes… I have a big pile that I don’t fit anymore so I’m finally going to get off my butt and have a closet sale. I may as well make some money from pieces that are just taking up space in my closet, right? Keep an eye out on my Facebook page in the next couple of weeks as there’ll be some fab bargains!
That’s about it. Anyone joining me for Stingy September?
My next Style Star is hands down one of my favourite people. She’s always herself, funny, honest and totally original. This week I’m looking at Adele’s style evolution…
Adele’s come a long way from her early days on the red carpet. She’s always worn black but she kept her outfits looser and more casual when starting out on the red carpet. The lady loves her ballet flats! At her early concerts she wore a lot of pieces that had a bit of a boho vibe and long draped pieces that totally covered her (probably pieces from her own wardrobe).
Around the time her album, 21, came out she had totally embraced a more fitted vintage look on the red carpet and at concerts. A busy lady doesn’t have time to traipse around the shops so no doubt she has a stylist for events. Now we see heels, more elaborate hairstyles thanks to her penchant for wigs, and the confidence to show more skin in figure hugging dresses (don’t expect any cleavage though). She likes a bit of sparkle and often chooses dresses with embellishment to lift them from a plain LBD. Her jewellery is always classic and minimal, often wearing just a stunning pair of earrings.
When you find a gown style and pose that works for you… you work it!
Adele has had a few colourful moments through the years. Some of you will think that I shouldn’t have included the last dress as it’s still dark, but the Stella McCartney design is not actually black and it is one of my favourite dresses that Adele’s ever worn, so for those reasons it makes the colour list.
If you’re wanting a black va-va-voom dress just like Adele, check out these stunning pieces from Lala Belle…
Now that she’s a Mum of one she’s often in an easy and comfy everyday look of leggings and a jumper, cape or sleeved tunic, and flats. Perfect for running after a toddler! You won’t ever see photos of famous people’s children on my blog, or the celebrities themselves going about their everyday life for that matter, only pictures of them attending events or when they’re promoting their work.
Adele’s hinted that her next album will be released this year and I can’t wait!
I know it doesn’t seem like it, what with the absolutely crappy weather we’re having here at the moment, but Spring really is just around the corner. I promise! But even though the warmer weather and lighter evenings haven’t arrived yet, it is lovely to see spring fashion arriving in stores. The colours are getting lighter and brighter, the fabrics are cooler and the fun prints coming through are fantastic! I imagine myself packing all the pretty things into a case and running off somewhere warm, to a white sand beach where a man named Esteban brings me a steady stream of bright drinks with umbrellas.
Autograph recently sent me their Spring Lookbook and I’m drooling over so many pieces. You guys know I’m a monochrome nut so I’m very pleased to see some fantastic black and white in with the coloured pieces. I can’t wait to wear more white pieces as the weather warms up (not that winter really stops me from wearing white). Here’s a round up of my favourites from Autograph’s Spring collection…
Dress ~ available September
Top and Skirt ~ available October
Dress ~ available October
3/4 Feather Contrast Peasant Top
Monotone Wrapover Jumpsuit
Top ~ available October
Dress ~ available September
3/4 Animal Print Mid Dress
Denim Jacket ~ available September
Lace Yoke Bandage Mid Dress
Those are my top picks for Spring. Do you have a favourite?
First let me say that I don’t mean to offend anyone who works in an office with this post. If you love your office… that’s great! Right, moving on.
I worked in corporate offices for many years. Many, many years. Too many. I didn’t realise how much I hated it until I wasn’t doing it any more. It was mostly thanks to the drop-kicks that I worked with, but it didn’t help that the work was so unbelievably dull. When I finally got out I promised myself that I wouldn’t work in an office again, but this week I’m pretending that I’m going back to the corporate world.
I live in Wellington, NZ. It’s a city of government departments, suits, dress codes, and black, black, black. We love our black. So this week I’m giving you my twist on the standard black pants suit.
A final salute to my office work days…
Pleated Blouse ~ City Chic
Blazer ~ City Chic
7/8 Skinny Pant ~ Crossroads (full length version)
Toucan Necklace ~ Virtu
Handbag ~ Coach
Wedges ~ The Warehouse
Short but sweet update this week…
I’ve taken on a new challenge this week thanks to Kai Town’s Facebook page. I’m trying to ‘eat a rainbow’… eating a fruit or vege of each colour during the week. I’ve done well so far, apart from the *cough* Moro bar *cough* that I had on Monday (never ever go to a supermarket hungry)! I haven’t managed purple yet though… I’m thinking purple carrots and cabbage in a stir-fry?
I’m still on a high from last week. Having lost 10kg has been a great mental high and a brilliant motivator! As with any assessment at O2 Exercise, Nikki adjusted my programme so I have a few new exercises to do. My muscle mass isn’t as good as it could be at this stage so she’s changed some weights around and I’m under strict orders to increase my water intake.
I had to skip this week’s BoxFit class so I made sure that I went aqua-jogging on Monday instead. I love being in the pool. One of my goals is to take swimming lessons and start lane swimming. I’ll get there!
Welcome to another My Favourite Things post!
These sconce ‘lamps’ from Miss Lolo grabbed my eye. Aren’t the colours gorgeous?! At $450 they’re not cheap but they would make a great statement piece, and you can put them anywhere as they just plug into a socket.
What’s your favourite colour?
The one thing I’ve been craving lately is pasta. I’ve been good and haven’t had any… but I can still drool. I thought I’d live vicariously through this week’s post by sharing my absolute favourite pasta recipe with you. Let me introduce you to Jamie Oliver’s (what a surprise, aye) Farfalle with Carbonara and Spring Peas.
It’s sooo good and sooo easy, and it’s a very easy recipe to mess around with. I’ve made it several times over the years and have often swapped the bacon for leftover roast chicken or smoked salmon, as well as throwing in whatever veges I have left in the fridge. I’ve also been known to chuck in basil or tarragon if I’ve run out of mint (mint is the best for this though). Like I said… it’s very forgiving.
As a side note, is anyone as obsessed with Jamie’s recipes as I am?
One of the ladies at work put me on to my next favourite. These ‘Hotties’ from Libra are basically a portable hot water bottle. Yea yea I know what you’re thinking… hot water bottles are pretty portable already. But these Hotties actually stick to your tummy or back and give you at least five hours of lovely warm period pain relief.
Because they’re adhesive you can sleep with them on and wear them when you’re out and about. They’re also great if you just don’t like (or can’t) take traditional pain killers. You’ll find these twin packs in supermarkets for around $5.
I’m still obsessed with rainbows. I don’t think I’ll ever stop. So you can guess how much I adore this new hand crocheted Rainbow Ripple Blanket from Little and Loved.
It measures 1m x 1m and is incredibly soft thanks to its cotton/azlon/cashmere blend. This would be a beautiful baby shower gift, especially if the baby’s gender is a secret. The blanket costs $104.90 and you know it will be used every day.
This is an Aussie Curves post, and it isn’t. Let me explain. This week’s theme is ‘Everyday Style’ and the admins decided to expand it by letting us post pics of our outfits for the entire week. So we get to show off what we’re wearing every day this week, and I’m definitely jumping on board. I’m looking forward to seeing the interesting mix of looks from some of the girls!
This is my aqua-jogging outfit. Obviously not for actually in the water. I usually have my togs on under the dress so I just whip it off and I’m ready to go. It’s a crushed fabric so I can just chuck it into my swim bag, and the leggings and jacket roll up nicely. The dress is longer at the front and I’m a short arse, so I usually tie it up to make sure I don’t trip (I’m also a klutz).
Plain Sizzle Dress ~ TS14+
Integra Full Length Legging ~ TS14+
Biker Jacket ~ Crossroads
Cross Necklace ~ Virtu
Snakeskin Ballet Flats ~ The Warehouse
When I think of ‘everyday style’, I imagine what I would wear if I was catching up with family and friends. Maybe over a BBQ, for a friend’s birthday or just getting together like families do. So when my family got together yesterday to belatedly celebrate my Dad’s birthday I told Mr Mama to get ready to take photos.
I am seriously obsessed with this poncho from Virtu… it looks good with anything and I wear it a lot! I love having a warm layer that’s not a coat or jacket. It’s comfy and covers the not-so-perfect-parts of some favourite tops that I can’t bare to part with yet.
So this is my ‘everyday style’… just mooching around with the family.
Inspire Poncho ~ Virtu
Noa Tunic ~ Virtu
Decorous Body Tee ~ TS14+ (similar)
Stretch Skinny Pant ~ Crossroads
Necklace ~ Just Right 4 U
Ballet Flats ~ The Warehouse
Handbag ~ Lily Bloom
It was simple to choose which denim piece to share this week, because I only have two! I really love my City Chic TDF jeans but I can’t wear them anymore because they’re just so baggy now. So I went with my other denim piece, which also happens to be from City Chic, this cool skirt with pockets. Pockets people! This is also far too big so I had to use a couple of safety pins to hold it up for these photos.
Speaking of photos… they’re fairly appalling this week. The weather was shit so I had no choice but to have them taken inside and there was nowhere for me to stand this morning where the light would be in front of me. Unfortunately that means that it’s near impossible to see any skirt detail and it’s pretty hard to tell that it is denim. The pics below show the detail, but the colour is actually darker than this. Epic photo fail this week.
On with the show…
I’ve recently discovered MUD nail polish and it has proven to be the best, hardest wearing polish I’ve ever owned. Even better is that my local supermarket were getting rid of bottles for just $5! I’m wearing Milk Shake (pale pink) and Paparazzi (gold glitter).
Denim Skirt ~ City Chic (2009/2010)
Equinox Top ~ Virtu
Large Spot Cardi ~ Glassons
Virtuosity Necklace ~ TS14+
Hepburn Ankle Boot ~ TS14+
It has been a great couple of weeks on my journey. With no bugs in the house and the new school term, I’m back doing four sessions at O2 Exercise (three programme workouts and a BoxFit class). I even finally got back in the pool but have only managed one aqua-jogging session. When Miss 4 starts school in a couple of months I’ll have more time in the pool and I’ll be starting pilates classes too which I’m looking forward to.
I had a reassessment with Nikki at O2 Exercise this morning and I’m thrilled to have lost 10kg since I started my journey. It may not sound like a huge loss to most of you but I’m really happy. I always knew I was in this for the long haul as I want permanent results, so I’m happy with a journey instead of a race. This is the longest I’ve ever stuck to living healthily, but what’s more thrilling is that there’s no way I’ll be giving up my new life any time soon. The changes I’m already noticing are amazing but I can’t wait to see how far I’ll go. I’m so glad that I made the decision to contact O2 Exercise and fight for a new life for me and my family… I can see it unfolding in front of me and I won’t ever look back.
Of course Nikki has changed my programme again. She has me doing less cardio but more weights as I still need to get my muscle mass and water % up to make sure my body is working as efficiently as it can. I always cringe at new exercises but I know that in a couple of weeks it’ll be second nature. It’s great that I’ve got food under control again, partly thanks to doing Stingy August and basically having no money to spend on crap food. Wahey!
I’m crying as I type this because I’m proud of myself. That hasn’t happened in quite a while.
Can you tell I’m happy?