Thursday, 26 July 2012

DIY Shellac

Hello there!!! It's been awhile since I posted. I'll be honest it's been shit around here lately. Tumors have been popping up all over the shop, most recently my jaw which has left me with a drop to the left side of my mouth, much like a stroke and my speech is now impeded like one as well.
Needless to say I have been feeling very down on myself and how I look.
So I took myself off to the hairdressers and had it all cut off and went mad on eBay :)

I had a old UV lamp from years ago doing my own nails so I purchased base coat, shellac and topcoat. So I dropped two lobsters ($40) on that lot and did my own shellac.

All you need to do is apply the base coat and cure under lamp for 3 mins, apply the shellac and cure for 3 mins extra coat if you want and top coat for 3 mins. Then wipe off the sticky top coat with remover. DONE

So proud of myself just saved myself about $350 in the next three months.
When I want to change colour or get sick of them I will just soak them in remover in these lil babies I picked up on EBay

There is nothing like a haircut and nails to bring a spring back in your swagger :)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Offspring...Isn't That The 90's Band?

I have a confession....
I haven't bought into the whole "Offspring" phenomenon. I have several reasons, the most important one is I don't like the lead actress, at all. I actually have to switch channels even if it is just a promo on TV. Ridiculous isn't it. That a person could dislike someone so passionately, yet never met them. An actor no less. Hello they are paid to play a character. I don't mind others posting about it or hearing on the interwebs about outfits etc, I love to hear or see what's on trend. The truth of the matter is, since an award show several years ago when I noticed her giving everyone that walked past her table the up and down stare with the turn of the shoulder. Instant dislike and it's stayed with me ever since. Crazy I tell you CRAY CRAY
The other band wagon I am firmly not on is, brace yourself ladies, 50 Shades of Grey. It does not interest me in the slightest. My mother is begging me to get the e-books for her, which gives me a massive EWWWWW factor.
I like my books BIG. Normally no less than 300 or 400 pages (see below)

I also like them OLD. I have a whole collection of 18th and 19th century books I adore. For the language alone, it's like reading a foreign language. There is an innocence to the writing. 
A book needs to take me to a whole other place. Tell me a story about all the characters, go into great detail. I loathe novels that tell you a story about the main characters only and leave you wondering about the others, leaving you with more questions than answers. 
One of my favourite authors is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes fame. If you ever get a chance read some of his other works that don't involve Sherlock. He was a wonderful writer. 
Most importantly you may require two hands to lift it. Very technical I know! 

That's just me. I understand others that love shorter novels, that are just a break away from reality. I get it I really do.
I also am dragging my feet kicking and screaming to move over to e-readers. I love my books, the smell of the pages of an old or new book, is just divine. You can smell history people. It shall be an ancient art, page turning.

My most prized possession.....
A 1880 copy of Sense and Sensibility. I can't show a pic as it's a valuable piece of work and it's kept in a secure place.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Soft Votes and Standing United

Before I start on my ranty mcranty post, let me just say I loathe the term "mummy blogger". 
The BLOGGERS that I read are so much more than that. They are beautiful intelligent witty women who have something to say. Their lives are so much more than being a mother or not in some instances.
The Telegraph had an article recently Soft Vote about how the PM having morning tea with "mummy bloggers" and other media outlets.
There have been opinions that this was a strategic move on Julia's behalf, tapping into the soft vote etc.
I call BULLSHIT. Bullshit to the soft vote, bullshit to the politics.
Regardless of whom the party involved was, regardless of the strategy behind it, I was ecstatic to see BLOGGERS being taken seriously as a voice of this country.
BLOGGERS have something to say and the public listens. Does it sway their vote, I entirely doubt it.
If someone blogs about a certain party because they get a free biscuit I guarantee, readers won't run out and vote for that party. I certainly would be more likely to ask what the recipe was and did they filch the tea cup.
I call bullshit on the bloggers selling out on sponsored posts witch hunt. Peeps if you can get some cashola by writing, BRING THAT SHIT ON. If it keeps you in shoes and handbags I say, HELL YES.
Bloggers aren't selling out by doing sponsored posts, giveaways etc They are working for a living.
Last but by far least, Saturday was the day Instagram went down, I know, like losing a limb. I had the shakes and was thrown into sudden detox. Didn't stop me from trying to refresh, I dunno, every five minutes or so. As much as I love Woogs I got a bit over seeing her crawling around the carpet at Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012 for 11 hours straight as my last photo showing on Instagram.
Oh yeah that was what else happened on Saturday. There was a blogging conference.
The one tweet that came through that really resonated with me, was a quote from Woogs speech, bloggers needing to stand together. (rough quote as I can't find the direct one, sorry)
My interpretation of that is not that we all need to be the same and do the same things but as a community support other bloggers in their pursuits. Not try and tear each other down at any given opportunity.  Nobody needs to blog about the same things nor have the same opinions, differing opinions make the world go round, we can however, disagree in a civil manner and not have a hate campaign.
There a bloggers I adore, who at time to time blog about something that I completely disagree with. So what!!! It doesn't make me dislike that blogger or change my opinion about how awesome they are. I just disagree with that particular blog post at that particular time. AND THAT'S OKAY.
 I know this has been covered before and I apologise, but I have only just got my shit together today to get a post out. Stupid health and babies getting in the way of a good blog post!! 
Bahhh life ;)

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