30 September 2013

Week Three Down

I hear you Grumpy Cat!

I'm heading into my fourth week of the Diet. How did week three go? You don't care? I'm telling you anyway.

Pretty good actually. Three soup dinners (potato and leek is a revelation!). There may have still been some pizza... a  missed meal... and baked beans on toast (I think..). Lunches = good.

Let myself down with a few snacks. I was so excited to find a kiosk in the middle of a mall that sells my favourite UK candy (Roundtrees Randoms) that I bought a heap of bags, then remembered the Diet (still ate a few here and there - they're made with real fruit juice... yeah, I know, I'm stretching).

I did finally face the music (terrible, piped in, department store music) and bought a couple of new (cough larger sized cough) bras today. I was avoiding it, cos, you know, I'm on the Diet! But I am sick of being almost cut in half by the lace from hell. Satan's lace. I should have done it months ago, for comforts sake! Instead I suffered in lingerie silence. Upside is, working my way back into the ones that are trying to kill me aka that don't fit at the moment.

Anyway, I'm feeling better about what I am eating; better about myself. I know I'll get there. The next huge step will be adding in some exercise ugh.

Maybe I should delete my post?

I'm not going to explicitly type out which post I am thinking of deleting, as it might just cause more hits. So I wrote ONE post on this and I get HEAPS of visits to that page of my blog.

To be clear, to date, 1,181 people have visited that page of my blog since 13 June 2013!

As for recent searches, thanks to the 5 people who recently found my blog by searching 'I wish I could text my dog'. Also, I don't know who 'Joshua Ketchmark' is; I will now Google him...

Ok! We got it!

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29 September 2013

Getting e.l.f. products to NZ with YouShop

(Updated 25 September 2013) 

---> My order arrived 25 September

Having fallen in love with the e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face) Complete Coverage Concealer Palette I decided that I wanted a) another palette to keep in my handbag for touch-ups, b)  to try other products, and c) to give my favs as gifts.

I can source e.l.f. locally online - and not at bad prices. For example, I purchased my concealer palette for $15. But this retails on the e.l.f website for US$3 (or approx. NZ$3.60 at the current exchange rate). Then the $15 rate kinda hurts - it's 5x the price!

E.l.f. have an Australian site that does ship to NZ. As a point of comparison, the concealor palette is AU$5.99 (or approx. NZ$6.90 at the current exchange rate). Still cheaper than from a local site... but the shipping kills it: to NZ standard shipping is AU$20.55 and registered shipping is AU$26.55... Get bulk buying!!!


... I've had a YouShop account for a while now. Actually, from since it was launched in NZ. I'd never used it... until yesterday.

Youshop is a service through NZ Post whereby you get given an address in the USA and the UK (it's for a warehouse) and a unique ID (to be used in front of your name and as a suite number). Buy something online from the UK or the USA, use your appropriate YouShop UK/USA address as the delivery address, then when it arrives at the warehouse you pay some shipping.... and your parcel is on the way to NZ! The concept is brilliant - suddenly all those awesome websites that won't ship to NZ are your oyster!

You can track your parcel's arrival at the YouShop warehouses via your online account, and pay the shipping via credit card (which is based on volume and weight), and then watch as it's redelivered to your doorstep. They will even combine parcels and/or repackage for you! (at an extra cost).

Here is how things worked out for me:

11 September 2013
I used my account to place an order with e.l.f. USA.
(Tip: I made a rookie mistake once when I almost used Youshop for the first time. I used my YouShop address as my billing address... my credit card company declined the transaction a few days after I ordered as it didn't match my actual billing address. I had to wait for a refund. Le sigh. Lesson learned: billing address NZ, shipping address: YouShop).

This time I chose to pay via PayPal (just in case the above nonsense happened again), and my transaction went through. I've had the shipping notification already! So far so good.

Financially, here's where I stand so far:
*NZ$42 for 15 beauty items, including shipping (bought enough for free shipping, and then I got a mega-crazy-awesome discount of US$20 off!! Who does that?! Swoon).

Let's just take a moment to marvel at the cost.. less than NZ$3 per item!!!! O.O

a) I hope I like all the products, but at $3, if I don't, who cares?!!?
b) It will be interesting to see what my YouShop shipping is, and how long it takes to get redirected to me in NZ

18 September 2013
Update time!! Today I received an email from YouShop informing me that I have an item waiting for me in the warehouse, and that I need to pay shipping…

Shipping total NZ$35 (took 7 days, over a weekend)

That brings my e.l.f. order to a grand total of roughly NZ$75

Not bad for 15 makeup items. The new average per item is NZ$5

When I first saw the YouShop shipping I had a moment of worry: maybe I should’ve just ordered from the Australian e.l.f. site with their AU$20.55 shipping?! But I did a comparison of products/prices, and if I had ordered from the Australian site it would’ve cost me roughly NZ$119 (with shipping). Even if the Australian site had also offered a $20 discount, my total with them would’ve still been: NZ$99

Now I will pay Youshop and see how long it takes to get from Portland, Oregon, to Auckland, New Zealand!! Exciting!

20 September 2013
I paid my YouShop shipping on 19th, and I got notification that my parcel had left the warehouse 20th... Now I little girl waits...

23 September 2013
My parcel has reached NZ! NZ Post estimated 1-3 days for delivery!

25 September 2013
My order arrived today (photo posted above)! So exciting. All the items were there - all 15! All up, less than 15 days from USA to NZ. And financially all up NZ$5 an item.

I can't wait to make my next order. I'll review some of the e.l.f. products I got as soon as I have time.

... And she lived happily ever after


24 September 2013

Colour Me Unexcited: Laneway 2014

I had a reminder in my calendar set to go off 15 minutes before the Auckland Laneway 2014 annoucement. However, twitter was on fire with the line-up well before that.

For me, it felt like a balloon deflating. I had high hopes for at least one big band that would make me swoon...

Don't get me wrong, the line-up isn't bad. It's just not all for me. There are bands I know. A couple I even used tracks for various mixed-tapes... But with such an amazing (IMO) Big Day Out 2014 line-up (3 huge headlining acts), I'm not sure I want to part with my money...

This may all change. I've got some listening to do before Monday 27 January 2014.

Here is the line-up. I've highlighted bands I am interested in:

Danny Brown
Frightened Rabbit
Ghost Wave
Jamie xx
James Blake
Jagwar Ma

Kurt Vile
Earl Sweatshirt
Run The Jewels
Mount Kimbie
Parquet Courts
PCP Eagles
The Jezabels
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Vance Joy
Youth Lagoon

At a stretch I'd check out Lorde (good on her!), and UMO

In case you missed it, the Auckland Big Day Out 2014 line-up:

Pearl Jam
Arcade Fire

Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion
Major Lazer
Steve Angello
The Lumineers
Tame Impala
Dillon Francis
Mac Miller
Portugal. The Man
Toro Y Moi

The Naked And Famous
The 1975
The Phoenix Foundation
P Money
Ladi 6
Concord Dawn
Kody Nielson
Clap Clap Riot

Upside Down Mason Jar Card

I was inspired by a fantastic Lawn Fawn card that used their mason jar stamp/die like a snow globe. I can’t wait to keep experimenting!

My first attempt is this birthday card. I didn’t realise its Beauty-and-The-Beast-ness until after it was finished.

stamps: Lawn Fawn Petite Florals Clear Stamps , Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm Clear Stamps and Cuts Dies, Papertrey Ink Trendy Tree Tops Stamp Set (for the ‘Happy Birthday’)
ink: Memento Dew Drops in Rose Bud and Bamboo Green, Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6), can’t  remember the 6x6 pad I used (will look tonight)
accessories: Dimensionals, Fiskars Border Punch Scallop, sequins, BIC Mark-It Fine Point Permanent Markers (I used a pink to colour the flower), Pink/White string

23 September 2013

Two Weeks Down

Okay, I'm heading into my third week of The Diet and I need to remind myself once more: I'M ON A DIET!

Last week was mixed. Would I call it a success? Perhaps not. I resisted some things, but not others.

I managed to keep up relatively healthy lunches (2 lunches from Pita Pit, my homemade couscous salad...).

There was a birthday at work: I coudn't resist a slice of carrot cake, but I did resist the chocolate (can't really reward myself for eating one piece of cake instead of two haha).

Pizza snuck into dinner a couple of times. So did potato wedges with sour cream mmm.

Conclusion: week one definitely went better than week two. It is so easy to slip back into old (bad) habits.

Week Three needs to be back to basics, and back to some increased willpower or I will not see any results. This diet can't be about undoing all my good work with a few binges. As I said in my first post, this is about eating better so I feel better.

Whenever I'm sad or upset...

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.


16 September 2013

One Week Down

It's been a week, and the Diet is still going... strong?

Here's where things went a bit... wrong (I’ll stop rhyming now).

Wednesday night I had a lovely dinner out with a friend. I ate pizza and deep fried fish... Hmm

Thursday night I had a delicious Japanese dinner out. I was mostly good, sticking to sushi... and only a few deep dried squid tentacles (mmmm tentacles). I did drink a LOT of wine though (insert Hangover here. Sushi is not very absorbant).

So, on Thursday at lunch I had been really good: while everyone ate pizza, I had my salad. Well, on Friday (feeling a little seedy) I had a piece of cold leftover pizza (Shame Pizza I will call it).

Saturday I found my stash of Russian fudge (the only kind of fudge IMO). As punishment for taking a bite of a piece, it tasted TERRIBLE... and then I saw it had expired. Shame Fudge. However, the mini bars of Whittakers L&P chocolate were fine (I had to check?!), so I ate them... hmmm (Oh and dinner was wedges with sour cream and Quorn nuggets... deep fried...)

And here I am, back at Monday. Right on cue a staff member has brought in homemade chocolate brownie. I have resisted.

Conclusion so far: I didn't do as well as I wanted to. I kinda wanted to be high and mighty and say: "I ate healthy all last week". I can't do that. But I made a vast improvement on my diet (yes, believe it or not I was eating much worse/more than even my slip-ups above!). This is what I am choosing to concentrate on – the improvement. I haven't given up. This week is another challenge. And at least all my fudge has expired. Really, that's the lesson in keeping a fudge stash – check the expiry. It's not a good food item to stash.

15 September 2013

It's a Jungle Out There

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Calexico 12 Sep 2013

I took my Dad to see Calexico at the Powerstation on Thursday night. It was my first time seeing them live (Dad's too), and the show was: WOW! Definitely will not forget it. We partied the whole time (I possibly drank a little too much). A-mazing gig (I just needed some maracas).

Set List:
  1. Epic
  2. Across The Wire
  3. Splitter
  4. Roka
  5. Dead Moon
  6. Para
  7. Minas de Cobre  (For Better Metal)
  8. Inspiracion
  9. Maybe On Monday
  10. Bathysphere (Smog cover)
  11. Sunken Waltz
  12. Two Silver Trees
  13. The News About William
  14. Dub Latina
  15. Crystal Frontier
  16. Alone Again Or
  17. Puerto
  18. Corona (Minutemen cover)
  19. Not Even Stevie Nicks/Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)
  20. Sinner In The Sea
  21. Guero Canelo

Security guard let me into the small VIP area upstairs side of stage, then left; told me to keep watch haha

Smiling Cake

Lawn Fawn is my favourite stamp creator. In addition to amazing stamp sets, they have some mini-sets (also amazing). I had a play with 'Year Three'.

Lawn Fawn Year Three Clear Stamps, Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments Clear Stamps(music note)
ink: Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6), American Crafts My Girl
accessories: Dimensionals, BIC Mark-It Fine Point Permanent Markers

Duo Cards

Last night while watching Projecy Runway, and then World War Z (fashion and zombies) I made a couple of card sets. I'm still in love with my new Hero Arts stamp set, so that's what I used :)

Firstly, two 'thank you' cards

Then two 'Happy Birthday' cards

Hero Arts Sundrifter Love This clear stamp set, Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments clear stamp set
ink: Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6), American Crafts My Girl
accessories: Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Lawn Fawn Circle stackables dies

13 September 2013

Favourite... Skincare Products

(My skin: Fair colouring, Normal - though prone to both dry and oily areas, Hormonal break-outs usually around my chin/neck, Dark under-eye, in my thirties so some anti-aging concerns)

I’ve tried a LOT of different skincare brands over the years. Technically I have ‘normal’ skin… I try to avoid heavily perfumed products… and whatever is in Elizabeth Arden or Estee Lauder (both brands sent me to the doctor with allergic reactions that required meds to fix! And then there was the time I had an allergic reaction to the meds they gave me for my allergic reaction – that left me with hives and on steroids! Beauty eh?).

 I’ve used Shiseido, Clinique, Garnier, Joyce Blok (really lovely NZ products), Dr Hauschka (gorgeous, but too rich for my skin, mixed with the NZ climate), Neutrogena… I am not against mixing and matching brands either.

My newest favourite (for the last year plus) started with a cleanser sample sent with an online order. I fell in love with the sample, and ironically the company then couldn’t ship that brand to me!

That brand is Decleor. The luxurious natural ingredients are gorgeous on my skin. Love the brand and what it stands for.

However, the price is an issue. It’s steep, especially in NZ. Luckily for me, I can get the products at a reduced rate through Strawberrynet. For example, I had a Decleor facial at a local salon and was offered a 30ml night balm for NZ$154. I recently purchased the same sized balm for NZ$64.50 on special at Strawberrynet (even the normal price of NZ$83 is cheaper online). I’m sorry, but the price would be prohibitive for me if I wasn’t buying online.

So, for the interested few, here is my basic skincare routine – morning and night.

1. Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk with Neroli Essential Oil (Face and Eyes)
For instantly cleansed face and eyes. This product is an undisputed star in make-up removal, this light and fresh milk instantly cleanses the face and eyes, bringing a sensation of absolute comfort. Suitable for all skin types, Essential Oils of Lavender, Petitgrain and Mallow soften, calm and decongest to leave skin fresh, clear and perfectly balanced. Benefits: Removes make-up, Softens, Soothes, Refreshes.

I use this day and night, regardless of makeup. I love that this one product does it all. Mascara is a little harder to remove I will admit. I massage this over my entire face and neck, and then remove with a warm face cloth. My skin always feels gorgeous afterwards.

2. Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential Tonifying Lotion with Neroli Essential Oil
For revived, refreshed and toned skin. This product is an alcohol-free lotion to tone all skin types. For pleasantly revived, refreshed, toned and softened skin. An essential step after make-up removal, it completes the process, leaving a delicious sensation of freshness. Benefits: Revives, Awakens, Tones. Paraben-free.

Great follow-up to the Aroma cleanser. Light and refreshing. I apply with a cotton pad.

3. Decleor Aromessence Neroli Comforting Serum (Daytime use)
For skin that is visibly enhanced, soothed, soft and radiant. 2013: Instyle Best Beauty Buys winner for the 5th year running! This product is a 100% natural, multi-ingredient serum to boost the effectiveness of your day cream, for skin that is radiant and bright, relieved from daily stress. A serum that we all need at certain times of the year. Delicate and silky, in natural harmony with the skin. Decleor Aromessence Neroli Comforting Serum is easily absorbed after application, without leaving an oily film on the skin surface. Benefits: Softens,  Relaxes,  Restores radiance. Free from Preservatives, Mineral Oils and Colourants.

It’s my understanding that this serum is for ‘All Skin Types’, though there are serums available for specific types. I love this product: warming it between your hand and applying is delicious (the smell!).

4. Expression De L'age Relaxing Smoothing Eye Cream (Day/Night time use)
This product is designed for the first signs of aging. It preserves the youthfulness of the eye contours by treating wrinkles, fine lines and expression lines, visible dark circles, dehydration lines and irritation. Benefits: Designed for the first signs of aging (30+ years old), Reserves the youthfulness of the eye contours, Prevents the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, Treats dark circles, dehydration line and irritation.

5. Expression de L'Age Radiance Smoothing Cream (Daytime use)
This product is designed for the first signs of aging. It provides instant and long-term results to help women age gracefully. This lightly textured cream smoothes and helps prevent the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, while boosting the skin's radiance. Radiance Smoothing Cream targets fine lines, wrinkles, expression lines, dull complexions, dehydration, irritation, minor blemishes and dilated pores. Benefits: Designed for the first signs of aging (30+ years old), Provides instant and long-term results, Prevents the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, Boosts the skin's radiance.

6. Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm (Night time use)
Melting and delicious, This product is a 100% natural balm, providing a deep-down treatment to rebalance combination to oily skins, leaving them clearer, healthier and amazingly radiant. For the promise of awakening to visibly healthier, clearer skin and a radiant complexion. Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm has a melting texture that is easily absorbed. Benefits: Cleanses, Purifies, Rebalances, Reduces imperfections, Soothes.

Previous to the ylang ylang balm I was using the neroli night balm. I changed to this one to balance out my combination skin.

I have tried a Decleor exfoliator, but I didn't like it. I've found one by another brand that I do love though... :) I also use different brand face masks, but haven't had the chance to try any Decleor branded ones.

Do you have a favourite skincare product or brand? What works best for your skin type? Decleor fan like me? Comment below :)

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12 September 2013

Remember Diet

Yesterday was Day three of project Love Yourself (aka the Diet). Where it all got a bit blurry was meeting up with a friend for dinner and drinks.

We had a fabulous time catching up. The atmosphere was perfect, and the everything on menu looked delicious. But short of ordering a side salad, I was going to have to stretch my diet a little.

Granted, two glasses of wine could’ve easily been one… or I guess none (all that sugar!). We decided to order to share: fish bites, squid, and a margherita pizza. Deep fried, along with cheesy goodness oh how I’ve missed you.

But, look, I didn’t fail. I’m not punishing myself. I enjoyed myself, and didn’t ‘pig out’. I didn’t order dessert.

Today at lunch the whole office ordered in pizza, and I had my salad.

I guess the point I am trying to make here is: I know the meal wasn’t good for me, but I didn’t let eating it be the excuse for ending my diet. It was one meal. There are many more meals to consider. At lunch today I could’ve said: to hell with it; I had pizza last night, might as well have pizza for lunch.

So, if you’re in the same boat as me I hope you reach that same conclusion. Not guilt. The food I had last night was an exception, not the rule (like it had become).

Kinda makes it a bit more special too; dinner out :)

11 September 2013

Favourite... Concealers

(My skin: Fair colouring, Normal - though prone to both dry and oily areas, Hormonal break-outs usually around my chin/neck, Dark under-eye, in my thirties so some anti-aging concerns)

I will always be trying to lessen the appearance of my dark circles, along with imperfections/blemishes. I’ve still got my Boi-ing and Ooh La Lift .. (both by Benefit), but I have some new tricks in my book! (Here is my previous post on concealing dark under-eye circles).

I tried both these products on a whim, and now they have become my (current) new routine, which I start after I have applied primer and foundation to my face:

1. e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face) Complete Coverage Concealer Palette (in Light, the fairest shade). 
Savvy beauty shoppers rejoice- now there is no need to buy new concealer from season to season for meeting the different needs your skin tone may have. e.l.f. introduces a sleek quad compact filled with four brilliant, customisable concealers ranging from light, medium and dark shades. A must have for anyone's makeup kit these highly pigmented, professionally formulated concealers offer ultimate coverage to disguise a range of boo-boos and flaws including blemishes, dark circles, redness and uneven skin-tone for a flawless, makeup artist finish!

 I’ve read a lot about e.l.f. on the beauty blogosphere, but it’s not in shops here (in New Zealand, I could be wrong…). However, it is available to purchase online, national sites or international sites. I went with one of my local favs, Gracie Lou.

I love this palette! I have managed to use all four of the shades – for under  dark circles under my eyes,  redness around my nose (darn you hay-fever!), blemishes around my chin and neck, and for general touch-ups on the go… And what gets me is the price = cheap!!!! The palette comes with a small brush, but I use my finger tip to apply. I take this with me when I leave for work – and like it enough that I will buy a second palette just to keep in my handbag. The price makes this completely possible.

2. Benefit Fake Up Concealer (in 01, the fairest shade)
Benefit Fake Up Concealer is an intensely hydrating concealer that banishes dark circles and creases, without collecting in the natural creases of your face. Smooth and easy to use, the nourishing formula is enriched with vitamin E and silicon to cover up exposed pores and imperfections. Perfect for pale skin tones, light-reflecting technology also means that this multi-tasking concealer can be doubled up as a highlighter, leaving you with a bright, even and radiant complexion. 

This adds a brightness under my eyes, and feels soothing. Such an easy product to apply (it’s in a stick just like a lipstick): I apply it directly, then blend it lightly with my fingertips. This one has a slightly higher price tag, but so far it’s lasting well and has kept my attention.

These products, and my steps, have helped reduce the appearance of dark circles, though not completely. I am happy with the results so far… but will be keeping a look out for the ‘next best thing’. Boi-ing and Oh La Lift are still in my beauty case (no concealers were hurt in the writing of this post).

Have you tried either of these products - what did you think? If you struggle with under-eye circles, what do you use?? Comment below :) 

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Fact and Fiction

It's been a while since I've been in a crafting mood. I had an order arrive from Simon Says Stamp, and awesome supplies for my birthday... but I just couldn't craft.

Last night I sat down with my supplies and set myself a challenge: use these paper rosettes to make three cards. Three rosettes, three cards... simple, right?!

I fell in love with Hero Arts clear stamp set 'Sundrifter Love This', and finally bought it from SSS. So, I decided to try it out as part of my challenge (last night it seemed too overwhelming to delve into the rest of my stamp collection - limits can be good!).

Here are my attempts:

And all three together:

I'm liking them, mostly... The coordinating papers helped a lot. I might just have my groove back. Yay!

Hero Arts Sundrifter Love This clear stamp set
ink: Memento Dew Drops Tuxedo Black, and a brown ink... by VersaColor I think...
paper: Misc. Basic Grey Fact and Fiction Collection

10 September 2013

Picking and Sticking

"I realize it has become too easy to find a diet to fit in with whatever you happen to feel like eating and that diets are not there to be picked and mixed but picked and stuck to, which is exactly what I shall begin to do once I've eaten this chocolate croissant." ― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary.

I am sure I have thought the above quote myself; just sub in 'chocolate croissant' with 'chocolate ANYTHING'!

I have moved past eating the chocolate croissant (for now... and it is only day two!!), and am sticking to my plan.

A darling friend said something that reminded me the real reason I am on this path: to be happy in myself. I want to be happy, and healthy. I don't want to be miserable and thin.

The day I am happy in my skin is a pretty epic day indeed. And thinking about that is a huge motivation. It's a fine line to walk - not to beat myself up... And on darker days (when depression lies), I need a better fall-back than food (aka candy, chocolate, chips, and other misc. junk food).

Also, my fall-back can't be more online shopping... (the handbag that arrived yesterday is fabulous, however...)

09 September 2013


Just a quick post. It's late & I'm far from sleep due to preparations for this week's lunches.

I've made a simple tuna (canned) & tomato 'sauce' with Italian herbs, Mediterranean couscous with corn kernels, chopped fresh cucumber & red pepper & yellow pepper, toasted some pumpkin seeds... Will have a bit of each, along with some salad, feta, hummus, & cucumber/mint yoghurt dip. 

Mmmm healthier lunches here I come. 

Today was a success (day one down), though couldn't resist a cheeky Sav with my dinner...


Where I start the D word

DIET. Diet is the D word. I hate what it implies. So, without all those sh*tty connotations, my use of the word means this: I am watching my diet, what I eat. I am cutting out the crap, and using moderation. Sensible eating. Not some crazy 'diet plan'.

That's my idea anyway.

I can honestly say that it is a RARE occurrence when I am happy in myself. That's obviously not a good thing. For the last 20 years I have had body issues.

What really hit home was when a (sadistic) doctor made me weigh myself on Friday, and I had a very unsettling realisation: I am 30 kgs heavier than when I was still upset about being overweight.


It's not like anyone needs to tell me what that means. I know what it means. And on a shallow level: I see myself everyday and don't like what I see.

So, in Bridget Jones-esque fashion I am writing about this struggle. Not everyday... just if/when I need to share I am guessing.

I could join Weight Watchers, or something like that. There are lots of things I could do. But I have decided to do one month my way and see what happens.

Here's my plan:

One month of healthy eating to break bad habits. Four weeks of avoiding my favourites (chocs, fast food, lollies etc.). I don't believe in cutting something entirely out of my diet for weight loss (everything in moderation), however I want to try a month of restricting those foods; reduce my cravings (hopefully). 

I stand at day one. Fittingly it's a M*nday (a hateful day). I haven't been that hungry. So far so good (Brekky: 1 x Banana Anchor Fast Start, Lunch: 3 x fresh teriyaki chicken spring rolls from St Pierres, Snack: 1 x Le Snak - pretty high in fat, but I ran out of muesli bars, and 2 x Coke Zero 355mls).

Why blog this? Because I am hoping just being open like this will help me keep my promise to myself. I've put it out there.

Wish me luck xo

Amanda Palmer 6 Sep 2013

I've been a fan of The Dresden Dolls for years now (and was lucky enough to see them back in January 2012). Amanda Palmer (one half of the Dolls) has always been on my radar - from social media to ninja shows. I listened to her music, but never committed as such - I guess I got distracted.

I jumped at the chance to see her live though. And we hung out for it too - from venue and date changes that saw the gig delayed by months.

It was well worth the wait! (though my old body could've done with the allocated seat from the original venue!).

I spent some time listening to her newest album (some really great tracks). Still, I was super-stoked when she pulled out some Dresden Dolls tunes, and AWESOME covers, for us!

Set List (and review here)
1.  Map of Tasmania (ukelele solo atop the bar!)
2.  Do It With A Rockstar
3. The Killing Type
4.  Missed Me (Dresden Dolls)
5.  Astronaut
6.  Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)
7.  Lost
8.  From St Kilda to Fitzroy
9.  The Bed Song
10.  The New Zealand Song (Amanda solo on uke)
11. The New Zealand Song (punk version with full band!)
12. Grown Man Cry
13. (There’s a Light) Over At the Frankenstein Place (Rocky Horror Picture Show cover)
14. Bottomfeeder
15. Common People (Pulp cover)
16. Leeds United

17. Half Jack (Dresden Dolls)
18. Girl Anachronism (Dresden Dolls)

It was a 2 hr. gig, with Amanda Palmer on the stage the whole time (well, except when she was stage diving, crowd surfing, or standing atop a bar!).

We had a side-of-stage view: half inside / half outside The Kings Arms. Apart from a trio of ridiculous girls, who talked and/or pushed us most the time (I can tell you things, seriously, like: one has the flu but drugged up for the gig), we had a good spot.

Now for some grainy iPhone photos:

Amanda crowd-surfing in an amazing coat, with an ocean-like train that trailed over the fans!