What I Read in March

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March was not a good reading month for me, Uni got much too busy and the only reading time I had was on the train on the way to and from Uni. After the third week that didn’t even work out because I was so tired that I would fall asleep.

Anyway I did finish reading ‘The Wrong Girl’ by Zoe Foster and I started reading ‘Haunted’ by Chuck Palahniuk. Haven’t quite finished Haunted yet but almost there.

The two books couldn’t be anymore different but I love reading so I will read anything. That doesn’t mean I love everything I read but I will give everything a chance.

The Wrong Girl really surprised me. If you have followed the previous books I have listed here and read you can tell they are mostly classics, and not really romance or as they are often called ‘chick-lit’. However reading this was really nice. It was nice, light reading and a nice break between all the others. It was also relevant and dealt with similar issues that I am actually dealing with in my daily life, so I liked it for that.

Haunted on the other hand was suggested to me by my friend Rhys. This book is insane and intense. I think that if I hadn’t read American Psycho that I wouldn’t be able to stomach this one. The part I’m currently up to is so crazy, and involves cannibalism. I actually like it’s craziness, but I always wonder when I read things like this, I wonder how on Earth did this guy, Chuck Palahniuk come up with this, like seriously.

 

Jx

Ps. Book Recommendations are welcome.

the week that has been

Hi.

I had the best week. I hope yours was also super. I decided to share it all in one post because I can never keep up with everything. How crazy.

The best part of the week was that Zoe Foster and I have become BFFL. (it’s not really true, but I wish it was). I posted about her and emailed her and did a watercolour illustration for her of her new book “The Wrong Girl” (which I actually also read this week and thought was a very good, relevant, fun, friendly and a very present day book) (Also at this point you’re probably thinking I am a crazy stalker girl and poor Zoe, but I’m not. I just like her. And think she’s nice. And that’s all.) and guess what she posted my illustration on her Instagram and made my whole life. Haha. It was actually so nice of her to do.

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This screenshot is to prove that what I said is actually all for real. And so you can see my illustration.

At uni, I learnt how to make lace using illustrator.

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At uni, we also were lucky enough to have a lecture by Simone Cipriani and Karen Walker.

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I went to Gelato Messina with my friend Kate. This time I had the Salted Caramel with White Chocolate. Yum. It seems a visit to Messina is a weekly ritual now. Awesome.

On Thursday night I fell asleep at 5:30pm and didn’t wake up until 9:30am on Friday.

Friday I went to Zumbo and had the Dr Dot cake with my friend Maxine. We shared it. It was perfect. That was all before we went to the RiverIsland x The Iconic Fashion Show at Prahran Town Hall. Which was actually so fun. The funnest fashion show. It starred Ajak Deng. There was a massive, perfectly round pink balloon. Live singing by Kiyomi Vella. And a sparkling confetti shower at the end.

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I got super excited when I realised APC had opened at QV and decided to not ever eat again so that I could have “APC Money”, aka money to shop at APC.

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And then last night I went to the National Graduates Showcase as part of VAMFF (virginaustraliamelbournefashionfestival) and was in awe, was inspired by the talent. Being in my second year of fashion design and watching those incredible pieces being walked down the runway was a very valuable experience as it’s pretty much the benchmark and I was basically thinking that is how good I need to be.

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Super cool right, i know.

I have been paying more attention to my beauty routine and have been noticing positive changes. With both my hair and face. Thanks to Zoe’s tips. I have used the L’oreal mousse which I sketched a few posts ago, and the dry shampoo and now i always have nice clean pretty hair. And somehow it’s actually healthier and shinier and softer than usual/ever. Maybe because I haven’t had to dry the crap out of it and also not having to constantly straighten it, maybe.

And my face, it’s also softer, my pores are not as visible and my makeup goes on better and my skin isn’t as dry or flaky as usual. So do yourself a favour and go on Zoe’s blog and read it, all of it because basically she has done all the hard work of finding and trying things out for you. It’s easy and also the products she recommends aren’t as expensive as the products that I thought I would need to use to have nice skin. I hope that makes sense.

I bought rosehip oil today to try and use as a serum and anti-eye-wrinkle. I bought it from David Jones, and the lovely Suzy was working there (I used to work with Suzy, she is supercool)  and told me it is amazing and incredible and she also recommends it too.

Thanks for hanging in there. Enjoy your Sunday.

Jx

Links

Zoe Foster – Fruity Beauty Blog

Simone Cipriani

Karen Walker

Zumbo

The Iconic x River Island

APC

VAMFF National Graduates Showcase

February Books

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February was great. I go to read so much.

1. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

2. The Vogue Factor – Kirstie Clements

3. Just Kids – Patti Smith

4. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – Alice Munro

5. A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood

6. The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac

 

Jx

read in january

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I have been reading so much lately. It is one of my most favourite things to do. I have illustrated above all the books I read in January. I’ll try and do this at the end of each month.

I have challenged myself to read fifty books this year and I have read nine so far.

The Goodreads app is a good way to record what you’re reading and what you want to read. I also make lots of handwritten lists of books to read.

 

1. Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. My friend V leant me last year the book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. It actually inspired my life, so I picked up this book just as  a refresher. It was helpful. I agree with all the lessons.

2. Stardust. My lecturer Sue leant me this book last year. Not something I would normally read, however surprisingly I really enjoyed the story. I also realised I like Neil Gaiman as a writer.

3. Northanger Abbey. My friend Elena let me borrow this book about three years ago. I tried reading it back then and I couldn’t. It was just slow and boring. I thought it was about time I read it and gave it back to her. I struggled with it to begin with and then toward the end it just got so good. I started getting into the story and really understanding the character. Funnily enough I rate this book.

 

Jx

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This is a picture I took of Kevin Brophy, (who is a poet and novelist), last night when I went to Embiggen Books for the launch of Etchings 12. Kevin spoke about books and said something along the lines of… we the book is no longer a commercial object because now it has become an art object.

There were some readings from the book by the authors themselves, I particularly enjoyed the piece by Melissa Coffey ( and it has nothing to do with the fact that her surname is like coffee) titled ‘Body com/positions. And also ‘Transit’ and essay by Jonathon Lawrence, which was about his experience in New York i love new york which i actually thought was excellent.

 

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Double Game

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Yesterday after I told Badra about my fascination he made me a list headed: Sophie Calle and two of her book titles underneath. I’d never heard of her before then. Badra told me a bit about her and some of her projects.

Today I went looking for those books but didn’t have any luck but for Embiggen Books. They had two of her books, one of which is pictured above and I know also own.

I feel I am just like Sophie, with my almost as crazy ideas. Some of her projects have just blown me away and inspired me so much.

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I broke my own rule yesterday. I am trying to spend less money and stop myself from buying things that I don’t need but Dymocks made me buy this book. Well actually they didn’t. I’m just a sucker for books. I did say no to at least two other books before I came to this one. And the reason I bought it is because this will help me get closer to my goal of becoming better at drawing. 

 

The book has some great prompts and ideas. It just makes it easier to sit down and put pen to paper. I’d like to eventually post mostly photos of my drawings of things instead of photos of things. 

 

Ps. I am obsessed with nail art these days. Do you like my nails? I did them myself, the inspiration for the design was taken from Trophy Wife Nail Art.

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I made this last night. Chicken bolognese. It is from Matt Preston’s new cook book, Fast, Fresh and Unbelievably Delicious…I think that is the correct name.

 

It was my first time with chicken bolognese and it turned out well, my favourite part of it was the cherry tomatoes.

 

The thing I love about Matt Preston himself is that everytime I have had a question about his recipes I can tweet it to him and I always get a reply. It is really excellent. Especially for someone like me that isn’t very experienced in the kitchen. My question was whether I could freeze the sauce, he responded with “Don’t usually have leftovers but yes you can freeze but only if chicken mince was fresh (not thawed from frozen). Eat soon!” Thanks Matt!

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Hello.

 

I hope that you are all having a great start to your week. I hope that you all have some fun things planned as well, because you definitely need to do things that you enjoy and that make you happy.

 

I finished uni early today and decided to come home and make a start on all the homework that I need to do. I’ve been having a little bit too much fun there is actually no such thing but as a uni student and part-time worker I sadly have to limit the amount of fun I have which is sometimes sad but I figure it is ok because it will be holidays soon and i can have all the fun i want then. (phew. big sentence over.) and I haven’t been keeping on top of things.

 

The photo above is of my desk. It is pretty messy, so is the rest of the room but you can’t see that thankfully. I think I’m going to have to clean it before I start doing my homework.

 

If you want to know what I’ve been reading lately ( the stack of books on the right side of my desk):

-Balenciaga:The Master of us all – Mary Blume

-The Wind-up Bird Chronicles – Haruki Murakami

- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Dreaming of Chanel – Charlotte Smith

- Metamorphosis- Franz Kafka

- The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

 

Ciao!

good cafe guide 2013

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The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 came out today. This is the third one I’ve owned. The 2011 one inspired my idea to go on a Cafe Mission. The link there is to my Cafe Blog. I basically try to visit as many of the cafes I can until the next one comes out.

There are 304 cafes in this years guide and I have been to 77 of them, so my aim is to visit the other 227 by the time the 2014 guide comes out.

 

( The illustration of the book is done by myself using watercolour. )