I just realized I hadn’t finished reblogging Matt’s account of our mini-holiday! There’s still one to come after this, but this one is the funniest so far I’d say.

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“Dad really drummed it into me not to drive in the country at this time of day, but there are a few cars around and no roos in sight. Maybe it was just one of those things that parents say to scare you straight…”

Earlier That Day…

“Buddy, in all the time I’ve been here, this is the most I have ever felt like I’m in Australia,” Emma said, beaming. “All I need now is to see some kangaroos…” she continued.

I shuddered.

“You’ve seen plenty of kangaroos before.”

“I know, but not in the wild!”

“What about all the ones at Pinnaroo Cemetery? That was like the first thing we did when you arrived in Australia.”

“They don’t count.”

“Well, you’ve seen the road signs. They’re out there…”

Remember a few posts ago when I mentioned that driving is relaxing, to a point? Well by the end of Day 2…

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Part 2 of our weekend away as told by Matt. He teases me a lot, but he’s funny and a great writer, so I forgive him :p

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Apart from booking the accommodation, we didn’t do much planning for this trip. The extent of my thoughts on what we should see and do only went as far as a vague notion of retracing my steps from childhood family holidays, while trying show-off some of the nicer parts of WA to Emma. Armed with a ‘let’s see where this road takes us’ mentality, and a desire to see the ocean, we set off early on Day 2, and almost immediately, and quite accidentally came upon the beautiful Canal Rocks.

Despite the chilly breeze, the early morning was a great time to be there, with practically no one around and nice lighting for some snapshots.

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This is part one of Matt’s summary of our weekend away. In my mind it was absolutely perfect and I think we both couldn’t be happier. Amazingly it was our first “weekend away” as a couple. In celebration of my getting residency in Australia, we lived it up for three glorious days. I’ll re-post his parts 2 and 3 as they come!

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Last week, to celebrate our partner visa finally being granted by the Immigration Department, I took Friday off work and spent the weekend down South with Emma. Though not known for my exuberance, even I got excited for this, our first real getaway as a couple, and my first holiday of any sort since 2009(!).

Keen to get the most out of every day, we hit the road early on Friday morning. The plan was to hit up Bunbury and Busselton on the way down to our accommodation in Yallingup, breaking up the 265 km, 3.5 hour journey a little bit.

As I drove along the highway competing with Emma to spot cows, I enjoyed the little things. Not being at work. Not dealing with traffic. The technological marvel that is cruise control. Up to a certain point, a nice long drive really can help you relax. Beyond that point lies…

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Reblog: I’m Starting to Wear Lipstick

Okay so this isn’t EXACTLY a reblog, but it’s inspired by a post from a friend of mine, so I need to give credit where it’s due.  Plus it’s a great entry, so other people should read it!

My dear friend and college roommate wrote this over a year ago, but I stumbled across it the other day: I’m Starting to Wear Lipstick.  It was really bizarre to me to be reading this because I myself had been tempted lately to start playing more with makeup.  Matt loves when I look natural, and for the most part I prefer it as well, but sometimes when I go to parties I like to mix it up with a bit of lippy and some eye shadow.

Kat was the first person to show me that makeup can be fun.  I’m not even embarrassed to admit we used to plunk down in front of her full-length mirror and just raid our makeup kits and experiment.

Yesterday I put on lipstick before heading out to work.  It was a subtle color and though it was noticeable I was wearing it, I didn’t think it was much of a change.  I also put on eyeliner.  Normally I just throw on a bit of mascara and I’m out the door.  Everyone commented.  All my coworkers asked where I was going after work; all the customers the same.  Matt says I just have a face where even a little makeup is really noticeable.  Funny experiment really, but I’m not sure I’d repeat it for work.

I started thinking a lot about Kat over the weekend because I’ve started catching up on Pretty Little Liars again.  It’s a very girly, very dramatic mystery show, and I can’t get enough!  The girls on the show are all dressed to the nines including full makeup, loud jewelry and heels everyday.

Now I’m not even sure Kat watches PLL, but she and her sisters resemble the character of Aria (Lucy Hale) a scary amount (third one from the left).  I always think of her immediately when Lucy comes on screen.  Whenever I watch this show, it makes me want to throw on a pair of heels and just ENJOY being female.  I realize this is totally unrealistic, but I can’t help it!

I got my temporary residency a little over a week ago and it’s completely thrilling.  When we get back from America I’ll start applying for a grown-up job.  When I think about our upcoming trip, I can’t help but squeal with excitement knowing I can soon stock up on smart feminine clothing for my new professional life.  I think I have problems…

20! Two-thirds there

I went home sick today with a stomach bug around 11, and spent a good hour or so in the fetal position on the couch before my good pal Hannah came over to play nurse.  I think I had some bad orange juice this morning and was dry-heaving at work (sorry, TMI!), so Matt’s mom generously came to rescue me and take me home.

I think we can all split our friends into two groups (and not just friends, but people in general): Group one are the friends that make your life easier, and group two are the friends that make your life harder.  In the past I have had the bad habit of putting others before me to my own detriment.  Since moving abroad, both here and in France, I allowed myself to start leaning on others.  I’m so happy to have people to call in a crisis.  In the old days I’d feel too guilty to trouble anyone.  I’ve grown up I believe.

I’ve thrown on the outfit I’d planned to wear today.  I’m sad I don’t really get to, because it’s gorgeously simple.  This white tee (Seed Femme) is unlike any I’ve ever owned.  I love that it’s plain and a bit billowy, while the sheerness of it gives off a slightly sexy vibe.  When I first bought it about 5 or 6 months ago, I wore it a little too often, so these days I purposely save it for when I really need it.  Matt says I look beautiful in white, so it’s definitely a feel-good shirt.  When paired with the Urban Outfitter boots and Levis black jeans, I think it really shines.

I’d like to also take this opportunity to reblog something very cool I saw today.  An old high school choir friend of mine keeps a great fashion blog, and I wanted to share her post from today: The Skinny Agenda.  This product is a physical day planner that it practical and sleek.  Kat Leys, the innovator behind the idea, could never find a slim, fashionable agenda at the right price.  Little did she know her idea would be so popular!  For all the details, check out Kat Leys website.  I cannot wait to pick one up when I’m in America this year.  They’ll make a great gift idea for Christmas, so be sure to bookmark it now!

To check out my friend Katie’s blog, see the links in the blogroll on the right.  (To Live for Style.)

As a J Major, I have to reblog this

If you’ve kept around old issues of The New York Times because you kind of get off on the smell, don’t worry, you’re not (that) weird. A fellow newspaper addict, the now deceased designer-artist Tobias Wong, created The Times Of New York candle, a concept that’s equal parts a tribute to the Grey Lady and a commentary on the fate of printed media. The scent is, in a word, newsy, with hints of guaiacwood, cedar, musk, spice, with “a powdery note and velvet nuance,” meant to mimic the aroma of black ink on newsprint. Realized by Josée Lepage, the Creative Director of Bondtoo, the candle, made in a limited-edition run of 1,000, is available for $65 at Project No. 8 at Ace Hotel and Bondtoo.com. Your apartment’s never smelled smarter.


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