Archive for November 22nd, 2010

November 22, 2010

General sensory hedonism

(Just a little shameless plug: thinking about doing a giveaway; please read about it send me your thoughts here. Would appreciate it ^^!)

If you are/were an English major, or ever did any ‘classic’ English units, you most likely ran across Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, which features copious amounts of effeminate male aesthetes eating chocolates, sipping wine and generally enjoying all of life’s shallow pleasures. The book can easily be read as a warning against hedonism (live for the pleasures of the flesh and your soul will pay!!111oneoneeleven) but I usually ignore that reading, reveling instead in the general displays of hedonism. There is a section in The Picture of Dorian Gray that describes all of Dorian’s little hedonistic pursuits: he collects jewels; paintings; goes to the opera; collects more things; fills his house with beautiful rubbish. (The declutterers among you may faint in despair at that last one XP.)

Let me confess now: I have a tendency to collect things. I actually go through quite intense phases of ‘must have them all!’ I used to play Maple Story (a rather dull and cutesy 2D side-scrolling MMORPG, but I love it) and every time a game event happened, in which players could collect limited edition items/weapons/what-have-you, I made it my mission to get the entire set. And I did, even if I had to trade a great deal of pixelated gold for a pixelated (overpriced) ‘rare item’.

My last phase was Lush, but I’m more or less done with that now — I only drop in to replenish skincare products when they’ve run out. (I’ll admit that that phase only ran out when I tried everything in the store. And I have, except for the things with jasmine, because I’m allergic to jasmine.)

Valerie, however, is still indulging in olfactory delights and an interest in perfume has begun to kindle — niche perfumes, particularly, which are unfortunately few and far between in Sydney. Today, we went to Mecca Cosmetica hoping to find Comme des Garcons’ Series 2 ‘Tea’ perfume, but our local didn’t have a tester out. Valerie did light upon CdG’s newest addition, ‘Wonderwood’, which is a nice woody scent — woody, a little spicy, and ever so slightly sweet on the dry-down.

I sniffed around but found nothing I liked better than my current fragrance, Miss Dior Cherie — I’ve been wearing it every day for almost six years now but I haven’t found anything that blends with my skin chemistry quite as well.

This is what I was wearing, by the by:

Oooh, dodgy pic. My apologies. The lighting in my room was horrible at the time.

All from Alannah Hill except for the belt, the hair bow and the necklace. The skirt is called ‘Lost in Headlights’. I think I’ve posted it before. Really one of my favourite skirts — I find that I end up trying it with everything. It’s surprisingly versatile. The cardigan is called ‘Flames to Dust’ — this season’s Alannah Hill has a recut, but I wasn’t too enamoured with them. (I have them in black/cream trim, red/cream trim and black/pink trim’ but I really want more.) And the cami is called ‘Adorable Wafer Girl’ and comes in a pale pink, which I have, and black, which I don’t. I really regret it — they’re really versatile pieces.

The necklace, which you can’t really see in that picture, is from Disney Couture. It’s gold-plated and reads ‘Fairest of them all’, and has a little red enamel apple. Here’s a close-up photo:

It’s a bit of a vain thing to wear but, in my defence, I got it as a gift. And it’s so awesomely kitsch; how could I not wear it?

November 22, 2010

Sugar highs and giveaways

I love my iPod Touch. I really do. (In fact, I’m typing on it now.) It’s like an iPhone but without the pesky tendency to ring and make me talk to people.

The thing is, I inevitably end up using it right before bed to answer some very insistent but rather unimportant questions, like ‘Can you floss too much?’ (answer: yes, if you do it incorrectly) and ‘what is incorrect flossing technique?’ (answer: sawing back and forth instead of gently moving the floss up and down). And then I start to worry that I’ve been flossing vigorously and inaccurately all my life and have endangered the well-being of my teeth forever, which is not exactly the sort of thing that helps put one to sleep.

Other times, I play games. I’m particularly partial to Plants vs Zombies and The Creeps, which are tower defence games: strategic games in which you have to, by one means or another, protect your base from incoming enemies. More often than not, you have to build ‘towers’, weapons that attack the enemies as they make their way to your base (which more than likely has piles of awesome things, like cake and gold and your main source of life). If you like strategy games and you haven’t yet tried PvZ (no, seriously? You haven’t?) or The Creeps, these are definitely worth a shot. They’re mindless enough for you to think, ‘I’ll only play one level’ — which is precisely the right amount of mindless that makes you play about five levels on top of the three or four ‘just one more…’ moments.

OH. I was going to do an outfit post but, alas, I’m not wearing anything of interest. Have a strangely baffling photo. On the left is what I am wearing in my head, except I actually have a torso and arms and a head and things. I think I took this photo to show off my Chanel-inspired two-tone stockings and never really got around to sharing it. (Or maybe I did, on a different medium.) The skirt is by BCBG Max Azria and the shoes are suede Tony Bianco ‘Palais’. The stockings are divine, and that’s all I can tell you, unfortunately. I’m rather fond of the Chanel originals but I am the Jack the Ripper of stockings and I would tear a hole in them as soon as I took them out of the packet.

such discrepancies...

On the right is what I usually look like after coming home from uni/an outing: I get half-changed because I’m too lazy to actually get properly undressed. So on go the trackies under my skirt/dress and I’m ready to go until bedtime. The blouse is from Alannah Hill and the trackies are decades old from the children’s pyjama section in Target. I have OPI’s Suzi Says Feng Shui on my nails, which made more sense with my outfit, I promise you! My bedsocks are wonderful and were bought at an impulse almost-midnight run at Kmart. (I do those scarily often. There’s something strangely appealing about a 24/7 Kmart, but I do pity the poor people who work those hours.)

By the by, I am rather sleepy and cramming handfuls of fairy floss into my mouth and typing on my iPod, so I don’t know what I’m saying or if it’s very interesting.

Other people do drunk!posts; I do sugar-high-and-sleepy!posts.

Have a picture!

This is a little exercise book I used during uni in my third year. I took the covers out of the binding, covered them and decorated them with the things I had lying around my room, and then slipped the spirals back through. I used:

  • brown bow from an Alannah Hill something-or-other;
  • wooden buttons
  • vintage measuring tape
  • small black buttons from a work blouse
  • brass charms from a bracelet found at St Vincent’s
  • brass chain from some jewellery supplier
  • vintage music score, Chopin’s Prelude in D Flat
  • torn map
  • vintage dictionary definitions
  • Creative Memories scrapbooking card.

Hell, have some more pictures to make up for my pretty rubbish post (click to enlarge):

Heyyyy. That collage looked far less cramped when I was doing it. And one of the pictures has been repeated. How annoying. Never mind. It is 11.40pm and I am sleepy and I am out of fairy floss. I may redo this at a later date. I will.

Aaaaactually. Just got hit by a wave of brilliance. (FAIRY FLOSS IS GOOD FOR YOU, I TOLD YOU SO.)

My blog’s first monthy-versary is coming up in about ten days. What say I do a little giveaway? Yes? No? Ghastly idea or downright brilliant?

I was thinking of whipping up one of these books (probably a little Moleskine cahier to slip into your bag) and maybe a few little non-handmade somethings just to spruce the package up a bit. I don’t have very many regular readers or commenters which might make the whole thing a little lame — but I have racked up quite a few hits, so I suspect there are more readers than I imagine ^^.

Okay. How will we do this? It’ll be the usual ‘comment on a post and I will draw a random entry from a strange object’ affair; I will contact the winner and post it out ASAP.


What about you leave me a comment with your opinion on the giveaway: good idea, or downright terrible. Your comments will help me decide on whether or not to do a giveaway and, if I do end up trying my hand at this giveaway affair, your comment will earn you one entry. I will do a follow-up post a few days after this one, with pictures of the giveaway stash

Short, sensical version:

1. Should I do a giveaway? Post an answer in the comments!

2. I will whip up a book and post photos of it (and other giveaway goodies) in a few days time, depending on the response to the giveaway idea.

3. Anyone who commented on this particular post gets one entry, provided that they enter the official giveaway. I will also set up another post to officially announce the giveaway, and any comments on that post will earn one entry. There will be a maximum two entries per person — one entry gained from this post; and one entry gained from the second ‘official’ one. Multiple comments on the same post will not count as multiple entries.

Does that make sense? I certainly hope so. See you all at a more reasonable time!