Canary Yellow

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I used to hate yellow. But I’ve been appreciating its vibrance more and more the past few months.

An email from Sarah at LuShae Jewelry at the start of November offered me jewellery for a review (good, bad or ugly, I wouldn’t have it any other way). Who I am to say no to free jewels!

My first pick was sold out. Sad face. So I went with my second, the Canary Princess.

Shipping was super quick taking only a couple of days to get to me. Unfortunately the rings don’t come in half sizes, I’m about a 6.5, but the 7 still fits nicely. The sparkle is worth any slipping around my finger.

At the moment LuShae has free shipping anywhere in the world and a lot of their jewellery is discounted.

Get on it!

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The best of Wellington

This year is quickly coming to a close so it’s time for another of The 5th Annual Wellingtonista Awards (or TAWA5).

You have until the 1st of December to vote and winner will be announced on the 3rd of December at Mighty Mighty.

Here’s who I love this year. I’ve left out the sections I didn’t vote in due to lack of personal experience with the places.

Best Cafe

All of the cafes in this section are amazing. I’ve been to them all at least once, but the stand out, the one I make a special trip to the beach for, on a weekday so I can get a seat, is Maranui. Their milkshakes are delicious and their vege big breakfasts are like no other. Plus Freya makes an amazing coffee.

Best BYO

Again, I’ve been to all of these restaurants, and they’re all great. But Namastey is the one I keep telling everyone about. I’ve never actually dined in before because the takeaway specials are damn good. But the food is SO good, particularly my favourite saag paneer.

Best Late Night Experience

Havana Bar on Wigan St is cozy, has an outdoor area that’s warm enough for non smokers to hang out with their smoker friends, and has live jazz on Wednesday nights. Their bar tenders are friendly as well. It’s off the beaten path so it almost feels like a secret just for Wellingtonians, well away from Coutenay Place.

The Caravan

Best Service

I love love love the little Japanese Caravan on Ghuznee Street. Me and Brend are regulars there but even when we weren’t the service was friendly. It helps that their food is delicious and cheap.

Best Regular Entertainment

Easy choice. Derby. I love derby.
Come to the Auckland vs Wellington bout on the 11th of December yeah?

Best Event

I’m sure that if I had been to Webstock I would have voted for it. I think it deserves to win. But as I haven’t been myself I decided to vote for Wellington on a Plate.

It’s food. It’s available at a special rate and often with a special menu. What more is there to say? Wellington has some amazing restaurants.

Best Outdoors Experience

One of the best things about this small city of ours is that you can be standing in the middle of the business district and get to either a bush walk or the water in less than 10 minutes. I love the waterfront.

Best Suburban Destination

Monterey is my pick for the ‘burbs. I’ve only been once, but the mac ‘n’ cheese was delicious. They have paper covering the tables so you can draw while you wait for your food, and they’re active on twitter. I hear they do a pretty mean brunch as well.

Best Art Experience

Monsters was a friends project for her event planning course. But even if it wasn’t I would have voted for it. I loved all of the art included. Particularly the zombie take on Edmonds’ Sure to Rise baking powder.

Best Shopping Experience

This one was pretty hard to pick. Two food choices! Oh no! While I absolutely adore Cultured in Petone (what’s not to love? It’s a shop dedicated to cheese), and the owner Wendy is super nice, I went for Moore Wilson’s Fresh.

My decision was based on the fact the I can walk to Moore Wilson’s, and I can buy cupcakes, bread, and meat.

Most Needed

I’d be pretty happy with anything on this list. But surprise, surprise food wins again. After a mini discussion on whether we needed good mac ‘n’ cheese in the city or donuts we decided on donuts.

I have people that make great mac ‘n’ cheese, but I have no one to make me donuts. :[

Most Missed

Cuba Street Carnival please come back! It was a sad day when we found out that there was not enough funding for the Cuba Street Carnival to go ahead next year. It seems like most of Wellington heads to other areas of the country to celebrate giftmas and New Years and we’re in need of something to look forward to right in the heart of the city when we get back. Cuba Street Carnival has it all.

Best Contribution to the Internet by a Wellingtonian

As stated previously I’ve never been to Webstock. But it hasn’t stopped me from appreciating and being affected by the work Natasha Lampard and Mike Brown do. I think their work has gone some way to make Wellingtonians the crazy internet obsessives they are. And I love it.

Best Thing About Wellington

Maranui and the waterfront already have a vote each from me. So this one goes to Celia. Ousting Kerry Prendergast as Mayor with special votes gave everyone a few very nervous days of waiting. But when she pulled through I did a little dance. Good times. Please don’t pull a Barack on us Celia.

Liking the challenge feels like sadism


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I actually uttered those words yesterday. While running. For the third time in a week. For the third time in a week in front of sporty football type people with their sporty gear and their sporty haircuts.

Prior to a couple of weeks ago the suggestion of running as an actual fitness option would have gotten you a death stare and a mini rant on how I hate running and refuse to do something I hate. I would rather walk or dance my way to fitness I would have said. I would rather you get out of my face I would have thought. But a new found realisation that I had been happy eating my way to a larger wardrobe has resulted in some pretty major changes for me as mentioned previously.

Kate’s suggestion that we try doing the Couch to 5k running program meant that I’d have an exercise buddy and someone to be accountable to. So I said yes!

One week and three walk/runs down and I still feel like there is absolutely no way I’ll survive a full 30 minute run in just eight short weeks of training. But I’m going to try.

Next week the run parts go from 60 seconds to 90 seconds and that’s enough of a challenge to focus on for now.

Not your Grandmothers cross stitch

Brand new obsession of approximately 6 hours: Embroidery.

The chance to pack all my mess away and start afresh again has sparked something in the way of creativity. Much like the big plans I had when I moved to 361 I’m scheming workspaces and looking forward to decluttering both my possessions and head space.

A clear mindset however temptation for one more thing to take up residency. And tonight that thing is embroidery.

Spurred by ModCloth’s interview with Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, and in particular the amazing tattoo style ‘mom’ design she’s holding I realised that this new style of Subversive Cross Stitch combines everything I love.

Pretty dainty patterns? Check.
The ability to add swear words and skulls to those dainty patterns? Check.
A wide range of colours, patterns, and suppliers to work with? Check.
Being generally subversive? Check.

Previous cross stitch experience involves plastic mesh, wool, a large plastic needle, and a pre printed pattern of a house. I was very young so it’s understandable that Nana would start me off small. The love never took off though and I doubt I could get away with stitching like that at my age. Not cute.

This is not your Grandma’s cross stitch though.

A slew of patterns are available on the net from places like Subversive Cross Stitch, Sublime Stitching, Miso Funky and Needles and Pins. All I need now are the tools.

For Fuck's Sake
Heart with dagger

Exactly.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Deathly Hallows - Harry Potter rocky cliff top

Now in their seventh movie, the Harry Potter kids have finally shown how far their acting has come. They’ve realised that a stern voice and a frown is not the only way to convey the seriousness of their situation and now opt for a look or a sigh instead. It makes for some pretty hilarious scenes.

Hilarity is big in The Deathly Hallows, I found myself actual lolling on more than a few occasions and I’m fairly certain it had nothing to do with my midnight screening related tiredness. The laughter however is challenged by some pretty dark scares. The kind you would not let your child see for fear of ongoing nightmares, the kind that makes 20 somethings jump out of their seats!

The real scene stealer though? The landscape scenery. Deathly Hallows Part 1 is focused on Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s search for the Horcruxes and their constant move through the UK to avoid snatchers. Lake side, high on a cliff, or in a snow covered forest I felt like I’d seen it all before. And then I realised it was because this time the movie looked exactly how I’d pictured it when I read the books.
Runner up is the beautiful animation scene that explains the Deathly Hallows, unexpected but perfect.

If you attend without the requisite knowledge you are likely to get lost. There aren’t any long winded explanations of back stories going on here. Half Blood Prince wasn’t nearly as true to the book but magically Deathly Hallows Part 1 carries on as if it’s following on from the Half Blood Prince book rather than the movie.

Life is great

What a great day today!

  1. I just secured a huge new house with some of my favourite people in the sunniest area of town.
  2. I have a temping job that pays well, is easy, and keeps getting extended. On Friday we’re going for a long xmas team lunch.
  3. My jewellery business picking up because of xmas which spurs me to spend more time on it.
  4. Tomorrow I’m going to the Harry Potter midnight screening and crossing something off my 101 in 1001 list.
  5. The boyf has a new job lined up for the start of next year meaning he gets to work with people he loves rather than dreading going in every morning
  6. I paid my part of our bach rental for New Years. 5 days of beaching with friends!

What’s good in your life?

The Switch

an old switch

There is a decided difference between the boys and girls in our house. The boys are full of drive, electing to get large amounts of exercise, writing, and other artistic activities out of the way before settling in for the night. The girls however need deadlines and rewards to get what they need to do done.

We were having a discussion about it the other day. Kate and I would both like to make our businesses work and we’d both like to lose our winter weight. The boys suggested we just do what we needed to do to get it done. We both lamented that our minds don’t work like that. In lieu of a very real deadline we need the switch. The thing in your mind that clicks over one day without much of a reason, that lets us put our mind to something.

Thankfully my switch to stop with the daily scone breakfasts, candy binges, huge lunches, and snacks after dinner flipped a couple of weeks ago.

The change has been dramatic and apart from weight loss the best result has been less sore tummies. I have colitis so eating fried food, and anything with high fat dairy or high amounts of sugar make me feel a bit sick. That’s how bad I was before. Willing to put my health at risk for a sugar fix. It’s the closest I’ll get to being an addict.

How do you get the things you need to do done? Can you just use your natural drive and grab what you want or are you more like me?

Saturday at the Cupcake Factory

It started with more than a few tears and ended with tea and cupcakes.

Somewhere in the middle the lovely Jason tried to make me feel better with a heart to heart and some tunes on the guitar and the lovely Kate helped me eat icing out of the bowl.

Love my peeps.

cupcakes and tea

Love Instagram for the iPhone as well. Makes all of my shitty photos whimsical and hip with the touch of a button.