Friday, January 15, 2016

Four Things

Hi Everyone,

I saw this tag on Chronically Vintage and decided I would give it a try. I don't usually do blog tags, but I haven't written a lot of blog posts so far this year and I thought it would be fun to do something different. The aim of the tag is to write down four things for each question, though there are some questions where I don't have four answers, so I will do the best I can.

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FOUR PLACES I'VE LIVED:
I have only lived in two different towns throughout my whole life, but if you want to get technical about it I have lived in four different houses during that time. I'm not going to tell you the names of the towns for privacy reasons, I'm just going to say that I lived in a small town in Central Queensland for a very short amount of time as an infant. My parents and I then moved to another small town in North Queensland where we have stayed ever since. I was actually born in the town where I currently live and so were many generations of my family. I think I would like to live here for the rest of my life and if I ever moved it would be to another small town nearby. For those who don't know, Queensland is a state in Australia.

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FOUR JOBS I HAVE HAD:

Office Girl in a Fruit Shop:
I used to work in a small office in a Fruit Shop next to the highway. The shop was a mix between a grocery store, a takeaway store, a wholesaler for local farmers and a supplier to local restaurants. My job involved taking lots of different kinds of phone orders and entering them into the computer, as well as doing some typical business stuff (bank reconciliations etc).

Sales Assistant at a Department Store:
I used to work at the only department store in town. It's quite small compared to what a lot of other towns have. I used to do a bit of everything there. Mostly serving customers and tidying the clothes racks. Even though I'm not much of a people person, I used to like that I had to deal with people everyday, because it made me better at talking to people.

Office Girl for a Farm:
This is my current job and it was also my first full-time job. I really enjoy this job because I am always learning new things about an important industry and there are so many different aspects of my position. I answer the phone, enter spreadsheets, file things and handle the social media for the business. This is the first job I had since I got my license, so I get to run a few errands and things too. 

Trainee Sales Person at a Jewellery Shop:
This is the only other job I have had and I didn't have it for long so I am not sure if it even counts. I started a traineeship in the beginning of grade 11 in High school and it lasted about two months. The communication between the local High school and the business (the school organised the traineeship) was not too great and the business owner didn't realise what was involved.

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FOUR FOODS I DON'T EAT:

Most Fruit and Vegetables (Especially Green Ones) :
I know they are good for you and all, but I really don't like them. As I am getting older I am slowly trying more kinds of vegetables, but even then I only like them when they are cooked a certain way...

Sauce:
I don't like sauce on my food, with the exception of chocolate sauce on icecream and tomato paste that goes into pasta or onto a pizza.

Trifle:
I like custard, Jelly and Cake, but I don't like it together. I don't know why, but I don't really like a lot of foods where things are put together. I like them separate.

Gourmet Sausages:
I find a lot of gourmet sausages to be too spicy for me. 


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Bacon:
Doesn't really need an explanation. If I could I would eat this for every meal. 

Caramel Tarts:
Just as long as the caramel is made with condensed milk (not sugar) and the cream on top is Mock Cream and not thickened cream. 

Hot Potato Chips:
A local take-away place makes the best Hot Chips ever.

Peanut Butter:
I'm not one of those people that can just eat it out of the jar, but I do love peanut butter on toast. I also really like these things you can make called "spiders" where you mix peanut butter with melted cooking chocolate and mix it with fried egg noodles. 

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FOUR MOVIES I HAVE WATCHED MORE THAN ONCE:
(Are you kidding me I can think of at least twenty!)

'Guys and Dolls'
This movie has a little bit of everything, Including musical numbers that will get stuck in your head for days after watching...

'Sabrina' (The Audrey Hepburn Version)
My favourite Audrey Hepburn movie. 

'Just Go With It'
This movie never fails to make me laugh. That scene with the sheep gets me every time. 

'Drive Me Crazy'
You know that teen movie with Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier with Britney Spears on the soundtrack... 

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FOUR TV SHOWS I WATCH:
(Again more than four, so I had to narrow it down)

'Charmed'
I have done several blog posts about my thoughts on this series and I have rewatched some of the episodes again.

'Gilmore Girls'
I did review/recommend this series on the blog as well, so I am guessing this is no surprise.

'So You Think You Can Dance' (America)
I love to dance (though I am no pro) and I used to take dance lessons for many years, so I enjoy watching this show. Unfortunately because I live in Aus, the show gets put on TV after people in the US have already seen it. The last season I went to watch was on Friday nights and because I was attempting to be social I ended up forgetting to tape it, so I have like half a season on my PVR

'30 Rock'
I'm a bit late to the 30 Rock bandwagon. I only just finished watching season one for the first time the other day and then rewatched all the episodes because I am waiting for the other seasons to come in the mail. 

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FOUR CELEBRITY CRUSHES:
(I wish it said fictional)

Ian Somerhalder:
Unfortunately he is taken. He plays Damon Salvatore on Vampire Diaries. I'm a bit behind on the show, so no spoilers please.

Cary Grant:
I have seen four Cary Grant movies so far and enjoyed them all. 

Zac Efron: 
I was not a big 'High School Musical' fan, but I like some of the movies he has been in since.

Joseph Gordon Levitt:
I really liked him in '500 Days of Summer' and 'Inception'

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FOUR PET PEEVES:

Getting My Hopes Up To High:
Sometimes I think I expect too much. I try not to get my hopes up about things, but it's a bad habit that keeps resurfacing. 

People Who Don't Accept You For Who You Are:
I know I am not perfect and I probably need to make a few changes in my life every now and then, but I don't think that should include changing who I am. I have met too many people in life who can't accept that I am weird and that I don't want to conform to their standards. 

Eating In Front of Other People:
I'm not a fan of having other people watch me eat. It's just one of those things. I prefer to socialise over drinks or coffee or something. 

People Who Think They Are Superior:
If a person is not my boss, not a mentor of some kind or not my parent, than I don't think they have any business telling me how to live my life. I get really frustrated with some people who like to think they are superior to me for whatever reason. I have a lot of respect for the kind of person that has more knowledge or experience than me and still treats me with respect.

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FOUR THINGS I WISH I COULD DO:

Be Confident:
I doubt myself a lot. Doubting myself usually ends badly. 

Ditch Fear:
It is one of my New Years Resolution to be less fearful. I think ridiculous fears took up too much of my time in 2015.

Be Social:
I wish I could be more social. I don't know why, but I just find it so hard to initiate anything with other people. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I don't want to bother people. When I finally do get the opportunity to hang out with other people I don't say a real lot and it takes me a while to "Open Up" to them, so they usually assume I'm stuck-up or something. I usually don't bother, but sometimes when it's Saturday night and I remember that I am only 22 years old I wish that I was out and about somewhere with nice people...

Meet My Internet Friends:
I've never flown on a plane and I don't have a passport, so at the moment it's out of the question, but someday I'd like to go meet some of the lovely people I have met on the internet.

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FOUR SUBJECTS I STUDIED IN SCHOOL:

Visual Art:
This was an OP art class with a lot of theory work. It was probably my favourite class.

Creative Art:
This was the "fun" art class.

English:
The OP English class. I liked English class, but my grades were pretty mediocre. 

Accounting:
Probably one of the most useful subjects I learned.

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FOUR THINGS LOCATED NEAR ME RIGHT NOW:

Harry the Dog:
He sleeps on the lounge chair.

The Local Newspaper:
This one is from Wednesday.

My Mobile:
So I can use two devices at once...

My Laptop:
Typing with it right now.

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FOUR THINGS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2016:

Another 'Bourne' Movie Coming Out:
It's supposed to have Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner in it.

My Sister is having a Baby:
I'm not much of a baby person, but I think it is still exciting. 

The Local Rock n Roll Festival:
I really enjoyed it last year.

Joining the Local Art Group:
I am hoping to get into doing more art stuff this year, and I might even enter some of my stuff in one of the art shows.

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Feel free to join in the tag if you'd like. 

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pretty Picture Post: The Lady is a Vamp (Part 3)

Hi Everyone,
I usually post a 'Lady is a Vamp' picture post around Halloween, so I guess I'm a little early this year... Just kidding! The reason I decided to post another one of these picture posts is because I've been thinking about writing a post about dressing for an occasion when you aren't sure what the dress code is. The most useful tip I was going to include in the post was to wear black. I know, I know, not very original. And, I started thinking about all the different ways you can wear black, because it is so versatile. I ended up on pinterest saving a lot of pictures of women in black lacy gowns and thought that I couldn't wait till halloween to share them.

I have to admit, I've also become a little obsessed with Dita Von Teese recently and I'm very excited about her latest book, which I have ordered online. I really like her take on the vintage look and she also wears a lot of black. I have been taught by several people that black is the most practical choice because it goes with everything, it doesn't stain (but it does show animal fur), it is the most flattering and it looks classic. I like the way black looks against my pale skin and the tops in my wardrobe that get the most wear are black.

I hope you enjoy this picture post of lovely ladies from the past and present. Some of these photos are black/white so I am assuming that the actress is wearing Black, however I couldn't say for sure. Almost all of these pictures are of ladies wearing head-to-toe black which probably isn't that helpful in terms of inspiring future styling choices, but is definitely glamorous. Regardless of the time of year, it is always fun to add a little bit of Morticia/Dita to your wardrobe.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post :-) 

My first blog post of 2015.

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Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Saturday, December 26, 2015

16 Resolutions for 2016

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Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again. 2015 is nearly over and now I'm about to make a bunch of promises to myself for 2016, that I possibly won't follow through with. 2015 wasn't the best year for me, but it could have been a lot worse, so I guess I'm grateful for that atleast. I decided not to post a year in review, because I didn't achieve a whole lot worth mentioning and I don't feel like I read enough to pick out my favourite reads for the year. According to all of that starsign stuff 2016 is supposed to be my year, not that I'm completely sure I believe in starsigns...

I did really enjoy my Christmas at home with family and I'm looking forward to purchasing a few bits and pieces online as I see sales popping up. So far I don't have any plans for New Year's Eve, though I do hope to figure something out before then. I have never really done anything previously for New Year's except sit on the couch in my pajamas and even if I do plan something, I usually end up sick and can't go. Here's to hoping this year will be different, but I guess it's not the end of the world if I stay up late watching the fireworks on the T.V.

Without further ado (and in no particular order) here are my resolutions for 2016. You will notice I didn't list a reading goal here. I do hope to read, however, I think setting a goal to read a certain amount doesn't really work for me. If I feel like reading I will read. If the books are good; the books are good...

16 RESOLUTIONS:

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1. BE SPONTANEOUS:
I am generally not one of those people who will "Go with the Flow". I like to plan things in advance. I like to know what I am doing so I can dress appropriately. I don't want to dress up at night on the odd chance that something might happen, but I am also not one of those people that can get ready in a short time-frame. If I am somewhere with people and they invite me to go somewhere shortly after I usually tend to say "No" just because I was not prepared to be asked somewhere and I feel like I have to stick to the plan in my head... I think there were a few social opportunities in 2015 that I let slide by and I do regret that. So in 2016 I am going to try to be more spontaneous, even if it isn't in my nature. 

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2. BE LESS AFRAID:
I am an anxious person and a lot of things scare me. If I were to list my fears this post would go on forever. So I won't. I'm just going to say that in 2015 I did conquer a few teeny tiny smallish fears and it felt really good. I think I would like to conquer a few more in 2016. I would also like to be less afraid of people because I think that particular fear affects the way I live my life a little too much. It is really weird, because I don't care what people think of me or say about me, but I'm honestly petrified of how they'll treat me. I know that people are just human and I'm just human, but I'm also a weird human in comparison to the others and I usually can't figure out what to do in a social situation until at least 24 hours after the moment...

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3. DON'T HOLD BACK:
I am a people-pleaser. While I don't really care what people think or say about me, I don't like to cause conflict. I also cannot lie to people. So I usually find that if I disagree with someones point of view on something I can tend to bite my tongue. If I am dressing up for an occasion I will "tone it down" for the sake of being "appropriate". I do refrain from sharing a lot of things about myself with others simply because it is easy or because I don't have the energy to deal with their reactions. In 2016 I want to try not to hold back as much.

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4. GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA:
I am not saying cancel my accounts or anything, because social media is honestly one of the most useful things, however I do think I spend too much time on there and I would like to get away from using it as much as I do. I think it is amazing what I have managed to achieve in the weekends that I left my phone in my purse, in another room. In 2016 I think I would like to spend less time looking at my news feed and more time reading or drawing.

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5. STOP EXPLAINING MYSELF TO PEOPLE:
I have been doing this for most of the post already. I do it all the time. "I I I..." I am sure that people grow tired of me talking about myself and think I'm selfish or something. I probably am. When I do something weird and I get a remark or a look, Or if someone makes an observation about me, I feel like I have to explain myself. Why am I the way I am? For how long have I done things this way? etc. etc. I think in the future I'd like to just be weird and not explain myself. Why can't I just say "That's me" or "Because I can" and that be the end of the story. 

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6. TRY AND DO SOMETHING CREATIVE EVERYDAY:
I didn't do as much art as I would have liked to in 2015 and I think that is a real shame. I don't really have any good excuses. I stressed a bit about stuff, I lost motivation and some inspiration. My painting night was taken over by different social activities throughout the year... I think I would like to do something small nearly every day to stay motivated. I would like to do just a quick sketch or jot down some ideas each day in 2016.

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7. LEARN SOME NEW DANCE COMBINATIONS:
I tried attending dance class again in 2015 and it didn't work out. So I've been dancing at home. I've been improvising a  bit and I choreographed a little bit, but I mostly keep practicing the same old tap combinations I was taught. In 2016 I would like to keep going with the dancing and learn some new combos from Youtube. I think I'd like to master some of the Time Step Tuesday combos which would be a bit of a challenge.

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8. WEAR THINGS THAT I HARDLY EVER WEAR:
I have been doing this a little bit already at the end of 2015. I pretty much just want to go through my wardrobe and make an effort to wear things I haven't worn, or that I haven't touched in months. It feels like such a waste to buy something and not wear it. I'd like to wear more of my abandoned accessories too. Things like brooches, which end up sitting in a drawer being appreciated by nobody. Those poor sad little brooches.

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9. DRESS MY AGE:
I am a modest dresser. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. I'm not a fan of some of the too-revealing fashions that pop up in some of the chain stores. However, sometimes I think I can be a little too critical of clothes when I'm shopping or getting dressed and I will not wear something because I think it is too short, when by modern standards it is still actually quite long. I have realised that I'm as young as I'm ever going to be and I should take more advantage of that when dressing up.

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10. SMILE MORE:
I've got that "Resting Bitch Face" thing down to a fine art. We all forget what a difference a smile can make. In 2016 I want to be more positive, happier, And to smile more.

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11. DON'T WAIT AROUND FOR OTHERS:
I spent way too much time in 2015 waiting for other people. Between cancelled plans and phone calls that didn't happen, I spent way too much time being let down by people and making excuses for them. I don't want to be that girl in 2016.

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12. LISTEN TO GOOD MUSIC:
I love music and I pride myself on being a music person, but there is still a lot of music out there that I haven't heard. In 2016 I want to discover more good music. I feel like I've been listening to the same tunes for a while now and I think it's time to add something new into the mix.

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13. TAKE MORE PHOTOS:
I have a lot of photos on my phone. Photos of the beach, of beauty things for blog posts, of my art, And a few selfies. I don't really ever take photos to remember events by. I don't go to a lot of events, but when  I do, I put my phone away. I think in the future when I look back on my life, I would like to have some actual photos to look back at. So in 2016 I'm going to try to take more sentimental type photographs.

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14. DRESS SIMPLY:
Some of my favourite outfits of 2015 have been pretty basic ones, with minimal accessories. Still old-fashioned and  still probably a bit outlandish, but just more of an obvious choice. I want to spend less time figuring out what to wear in 2016, but still look like I made an effort.

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15. STOP OVER THINKING EVERYTHING:
Have you ever made a small mistake or social faux pas and thought about it like 5 years after it happened? I have. If I do anything the slightest bit awkward or stupid I will still be thinking about it weeks or months later. If I make a bad decision, nobody is more disappointed in me, than I am. I'm a perfectionist and that applies to my life as well as my art. In 2016 I want to try to learn to move on from my mistakes.

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16. STAY INSPIRED:
One of the problems I had with keeping up with my goals in 2015, was a lack of inspiration/motivation. Now that I've got an Instagram account and I've started following a lot of other make-up artists and art artists, I am finding inspiration a little easier to come by. I want to make an effort to stay inspired in 2016 so I can keep going with the things I love and make some achievements.

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I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your New Year's celebrations. Do you have any resolutions for 2016?

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Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie