Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rocky Road - easy and so many options

Rocky road has been an easy recipe I have made for years. My favourite version includes peanut butter, but there are so many options of things to include or how to do it. My favourite recipe is below, but I'll share peanut free variations at the end too. Rock road is basically melted chocolate mixed with marshmallows and whatever else you want then left in the fridge to set.

250g chocolate
2 - 3 Tablespoons of peanut butter. I prefer crunchy but my kids like smooth. This one ingredient has had so many people ask for my recipe. It is optional though.
1 200g packet of marshmallows
1 Crunchie/Violet crumble or other chocolate bar, diced
1 packet of Smarties or jelly beans or similar

- Melt the chocolate in 30 second burst in the microwave. It usually takes 1 - 2 minutes if using chocolate melts or chips.
- Mix in all the rest of the ingredients
- Push evenly into a slice tray and place it in the fridge to set.

That is how easy rocky road is! You can choose to leave out the peanut butter and there are so many variations:
- Add 1/3 cup dessicated coconut
- Add dried mixed fruit such as cherries and raisins
- Crushed nuts
- Any of your favourite lollies chopped up and mixed through

How do you like rocky road?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Training for 5km Colour Run

I wanted to do the Colour Run last year, but didn't get to. I have made it a goal to run a marathon and started training. Then some things in my personal life knocked me for a six. Yesterday I got back into it. The results were not pretty.

I ran less than I was running about 3 months ago. I got nauseous and ended up dropping to the ground at a park.

Pathetic! A seriously pathetic effort.

I have been extremely lazy though. We haven't even been walking to school and we live within 1km of it!

This morning I got my kids up early enough for us to walk. They weren't thrilled, but we need to stop being so lazy!

I've found a few places I can work out with them and have ordered some equipment to use in my house. When I am determined and working towards a goal I am good.

Knowing that about myself, I registered for The Colour Run. It forces me to train because I am doing a public run and I don't want to embarrass myself. A month after the run I am speaking on a cruise. A CRUISE!! I want to look good in a swimsuit.

I have the reasons to work out now and am determined to not look as pathetic as the photo above again.

How do you work out or motivate yourself to work out?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Body image - How I see myself vs how I really am

I am a size 8 - 10. That is what my clothing tags say. I see myself like this

In this photo I am about a size 16 - 18. It is from 2009, after I had my second daughter and had lost some weight, but still felt extremely big. I felt ugly and didn't feel like myself.

I now look like this

This is a size 8 or a US size 4. Physically and logically I am not fat. I exercise and I eat well but mentally I am still a size 16 many days. I often pick up size 14 clothes and wonder if I can fit into them, thinking they might be too small.

There are days I feel good about myself. But even this morning, in a size 8 outfit I felt fat. I looked in the mirror and was ashamed of what I saw. I saw a lot of fat. I see myself much bigger than what I actually am. When I see pictures of myself I often stare for a while, unable to believe that is how skinny I am.

I was a chubby kid and everyone made sure I knew it. I was always bigger than my older sister. She was so lean and I felt so chunky next to her.

In high school I ate as little as possible to try and lose weight. I used to do loads of sit ups, push ups, jog, everything. I sometimes worked out for 2 hours of an evening when I was supposed to be sleeping. I played sports. I avoided eating when I could and even fainted at school from lack of eating.

I have never really viewed myself as someone who had an eating problem. I am conscious of what I eat, but I will enjoy food. I never try to make myself throw up anything I have eaten, but even now if I binge too much I will then make sure I am super strict and sometimes skip meals.

I know this is illogical. I know how bad this is for my body. It is not my normal routine. But when I get depressed or upset and feel like my life is out of my control, I control my eating more because it is something I can control.

I don't always struggle. I don't usually tell anyone and my behaviour, things I say and do would indicate I think quite highly of myself. The exact opposite is true.

I don't really know why I am writing all of this. It's just how I feel. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Just be yourself

I got this shirt a little while ago and my 6yr old immediately claimed it as "Awesome!"

Why is it we find it so hard to just be ourselves? Is it because we don't know who we are? Are we afraid of what people will think of the real us? Do we not love ourselves?

I've been on quite a journey the past 1 - 2 years. I went from being married, owning my house (mortgaged), living in Sydney with 2 daughters, blogging a bit and becoming an author in 2011 to now being divorced, living in Canberra with my 2 daughters and now an author, public speaker, financial mentor and freelance writer. I volunteer with the homeless and have someone new in my life.

I have never been happier. I know who I am, what I want from life and live my life in such a way that I am true to me and do what I deem to be best for my daughters and myself. It's not about other people, it's about us.

How did I get to this point?
It took a lot to accept myself and to love myself. I still struggle at times and with recent events, my personal life is fair from idyllic but I am closer than I have ever been to the life I want.

I started with making a decision. I decided to be a survivor instead of a victim.

I worked out what was important to me, what do I value in my life?

What sort of life did I want for my daughters and I? What was I willing to sacrifice to make that happen?

I set goals. I used affirmations and I went after what I wanted.

Instead of complaining about being overweight I stopped eating so much junk and started exercising more to get the body I want.

I started putting myself first. I learned to say no and instead of trying to do and be everything for everyone, I looked at what I wanted and what was best for my daughters and stuck to that. My life is for me, not everyone else.

I started volunteering and this has made me so happy.

Find what makes you happy. Live the life you want and "Just Be You!"

What is stopping you from being yourself?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gluten free broomsticks - Halloween snacks

Last week was Halloween and I had a little party at my house with my brother, his wife and their kids because my kids were desperate for Halloween anything. I saw a version of these broomsticks so many times all over pinterest, but they used pretzels and since I couldn't source gluten free pretzels I wasn't going to do them.

However, walking down the gluten free isle I spotted rice sticks and thought I'd see if they worked. And they did!

All you need to make these is rice sticks or pretzels, cheese sticks (they stringer type ones) and chives.

I cut the string cheese into thirds, so one cheese stick would do 3 broomsticks. I cut the rice sticks in half as they were fatter than I expected, then I pushed them into the cheese, peeled the cheese and tied a chive around it.

A little fiddly and some of the sticks broke, sometimes the cheese split, but they were worth it.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Redlippedvember - Wear red lipstick in November

Jac Lambert set the challenge to wear red lipstick in November. It isn't to raise money for charity or anything like that, more to increase confidence, self esteem etc. Red is a colour of power. Red is beautiful on anyone, provided you have the right shade.

I love red lipstick and yes, there is an art to applying it, it's a process, not just slap it on and go. Yes, it can end up on your teeth and look tacky if not done right. I know my red lipstick is not the right red for me. I need a deeper, more red colour which I will be searching for tomorrow. My preference is lip stain or lip sticks that do not smudge off. My kids love red lippy that leaves kiss marks on them when I kiss them, so I have both. The giggles I get and requests for more kisses make that lipstick special to me.

Day 1 with a lippy that is too orange for me, attempting duck face for my kids 

This colour is more me, but is not colourstay and drives me nuts.

Same here, plus I didn't line my lips properly or anything. 

I am not a fan of my lips. They are a bit wonky and I am not overly confident in applying lipstick. I usually gloss and go or even just lip balm. In fact, I have scaled my beauty routine right back and tend to just use BB cream, mascara and lip gloss for make up now. A lot easier and my skin has been better with it.

So, do you don red lippy? How does it make you feel?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spirit Fest, shooting guns and sleeping out for the homeless

I have been very MIA on here, but in my personal life things have been crazy busy. I love it like this though.

A couple of weeks ago I went to San Francisco. It was a whirlwind trip of only 5 days actually in the USA, but I got to mark some things off my bucket list, one of which was shooting a gun.

I was really lucky and got to shoot a variety of guns including a hand gun, shot gun and revolver. With the shot gun we were in the traps and on my fourth shot I hit the disc that got thrown in the air. I was so excited.

Just before I left I signed up to do the Centenary Sleepout, October 25th. It is to raise funds for the homeless. I have raised $455 so far. My goal is $1,000 but at this stage I really have no idea how I will make it. I have had some generous donations and have been doing haircuts with all the money going to the fundraising. I didn't have a lot of time to arrange much to raise the funds. But I am doing the CEO Sleepout next year as well, which I hope to raise much more for. I haven't even started with that, but I have registered.

My kids and I went to Spirit Fest on the weekend here in Canberra. They loved the music, the crystals, cards and candles. They were not so fussed on some of the incense or the cupcakes, but the rest they enjoyed.

I've also been organising an event here in Canberra for women with ways to make and save money, finance tips and a dance class. It'll be on November 23rd. All the details are here.

What have you been up to?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Floriade Night Fest

Floriade Night Fest is on right now here in Canberra and last night my sister and I got to go. I won tickets through a comp The Yellow Van is running.

Floriade was a lot smaller this year than last time I went, but Night Fest was really cool. They had an awesome laser section

Jac and I

a big ferris wheel (I can't even remember the last time I went on one before last night)

These were walking around

The Yellow Van giant rubber duck was there (part of a fundraising thing)

Of course there were flowers too...

And I loved the Lanterns On The Lake, but only when they were still or slow, not flashing and multicoloured.

It was pretty cool and not too busy. Also a few little stalls and shops to check out, where my sister and I each got some jewellery.

Have you gone to Night Fest or Floriade?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cheese ball Recipe

Last week I had my 1950's party and one of the things I made which people loved was this cheese ball

I looked up a bunch of recipes and just sort of mashed ideas together to make this. A lot of cheese balls had gherkins and things in them but my sister in law has allergies so this one doesn't have them.

250g cream cheese (I use Philadelphia)
3 Tablespoons mayonaise
3 Tablespoons crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 red onion very finely diced
1/4 green capsicum, very finely diced
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/3 cup crushed walnuts

Mix everything except the nuts together. It got kind of runny, so I ended up trying to form a ball with it, placing it in glad wrap and putting it in the fridge to firm up a little before I put the nuts on.

One it was kind of firm I pressed the crushed walnuts on and placed it on the plate. I served it with celery and carrot sticks plus gluten free crackers. It was surprisingly good! You could add more Tabasco sauce if you want it spicier, but I knew I liked things spicier than my guests, so only did it mild.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Second hand bargains - Louboutins, Nike, Jimmy Choo and more!

On Saturday I went with Jac Lambert to Fash'n'Treasure (a fashion market here in Canberra) and Frock Up (a vintage fashion fair). Frock it up was mostly pretty expensive, but I scored some great bargains throughout the day of shopping.

Jac got there before me and scoped it out which meant by the time I got there, she knew where to go and what I would want. She scored an awesome cuff worth $70 from Helen Cross (a politician who also makes jewellery) for $10. Amazing thing is I was going to buy amethyst the day before but didn't know where to do it in Canberra. Check it out

I got a few other pieces of jewellery that I love, 3 necklaces and a pair of earrings, which I will show later when I wear them plus a peacock ring.

These shoes were being sold by an old friend of Jac's. Perfect colour because I have been looking for nude colour shoes.

They are Christian Louboutin's!!! I have always wanted a pair and now I have some. So excited.

Jac also spied these Nike heels. I ended up getting them for half the price the stall holder had on them and I know she wasn't happy about that. She had them at $80 originally Jac said, when we walked past they were $50 and I asked if she'd take $40. Whereas with the Louboutins I put them on and said "Yep, mine. How much?" They had a sticker on the bottom, but I hadn't looked and I knew I wanted them.

One of the final purchases of the day was this Jimmy Choo bag. I was over the moon to see it and the price tag was even better.

It is perfect for putting in my iPad, notepaper and things. It has 3 large compartments and a few smaller ones. I love it and the straps are adjustable.

I am trying to expand my shoe and bag collection but with quality items. I have an ok collection of bags but most are cheaper and you can feel it. They haven't lasted as well as my quality ones.

I also picked up 2 vinetage dresses, one I will making into a top and the other I am wearing on Thursday night for my 1950's housewarming. I also picked up 2 skirts, one vinetage and one hot pink Cue skirt.

It was a fantastic day and just what I needed. I am so excited about the stuff Jac got too. She picked up an amazing jacket which actually came from Vegas in the 80's and suits her perfectly.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

1950's housewarming party

The other week my sister messaged asking if we could do a Tupperware party at my new house, which I had not even moved in to yet. I agreed and she came up with the brilliant idea of doing a Rockin' 1950's House Warming party combined with the Tupperware party because she is awesome like that. I love the 1950's, the style, the glamour, the family lifestyles, the whole housewife thing. Love it.

It's next week and I have been trying to think about what to serve, what to wear, what to do etc. I told the Tupperware lady we want 1950's theme and picked a pear tart recipe for her to make. I already have a few 1950's outfits. I actually picked up the most perfect little jacket at an op shop the other week which means I can wear my summer dresses year round now.

I'm hopefully getting my hair and make up done at a salon here in Canberra that specialises in that look. I know how to do it myself, but want to be pampered and my sister wanted to check it out too. We're hoping she can get a half day so we can go together.

I've been looking up recipes and have come up with:
Devilled eggs (hoping my step mum comes because she makes the BEST devilled eggs ever!)
Cheeseball with crackers and vegie sticks
Pastry snails
Pigs in blankets
Little pies/tarts
Things on tooth picks (onions, cabanossi, cheese etc)
Mini meatballs or mini meatloaves

Things like that. Do you have any great suggestions?

Monday, June 17, 2013

New home decor

I am so excited about moving to my new house. I have been picking out new furniture (I currently have half a lounge, seriously!) I am going with a beachy theme, think blues, greens, white, sandy/beige colours throughout the house. I am renting so can only decorate with decor.

I picked my lounge, a funky chair, coffee table, amazing chair for my room, a new mirror that looks like a window and opens to have a chalk board behind, lamps, I didn't even have a kettle or microwave in my Sydney house, so all those sort of things have been acquired as well.

One thing I have never found is an awesome floor rug that I love. A few weeks ago I was looking around and came upon this one

Which I got from here.

I love it. It's softer than I expected, the colours match the theme I want perfectly and best of all my kids love it too. When it arrived the were all "oooh" and "aaahh", "Oh mum, I love it. Can I sleep on it?" Um, no, you have a bed!

I can't wait to put this in my new house, along with a bunch of other things I have to decorate with and make our house a home.

What is your home decor theme(s) or what would you like them to be?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Are anti-ageing products worth it?

I am paranoid about looking old. I used to often feel old. I have been mistaken for being 34 before and a few times people have guessed my age to be in the 30's. I am currently 28. I was 27 when someone thought I was 34. Not cool.

As such, anti ageing products have been on my radar a fair bit. At Christmas someone thought I was 34, so I started using products religiously! A few months ago, someone guessed me to be the younger sister out of my 25yr old sister and I. I was ecstatic.

I have often been told that I seem old for the following reasons:

  • My soon to be ex husband is 5 years older than me. Most people we knew mutually assumed I was his age.
  • I talk older/act more mature/'have my head screwed on right'
  • I dress like a 'mum' (this was last year, before I redid my style and wardrobe).
  • The majority of people I socialise with or are friends with are at least 10years older than me. This has been common throughout my entire life, having older friends. My preference for a partner is older too.
Despite the reasons people have given me as to why they think I am older than I am, it still makes me feel old to often have people guess my age at 5 - 10 years older than I am.

So I have been experimenting. I tried Clinique products with some success. I was given them for free, so figured why not. The ones that have had the most effect though are Skinstitut, particularly Eye Believe, Retinol and Vitamin C. (3 products for $45 is pretty good too!)

Here is a picture of my eyes, close up about 2 months ago.

I have only fine lines around my eyes. They are more noticeable when I smile. I am ok with them as they are smile lines, but if I can stop them developing more for some time, I will.

I took this today. The fine line just under my eye has pretty much disappeared and the fine crows feet are basically gone. My forehead wrinkles are decreasing and I have not even been using the creams every day! I am so impressed.

I have used other anti-ageing products which cost a whole lot more and was less than impressed. I am vain and I will fight ageing as much as possible. Overall, I think most creams are a crock and just overpriced sorbolene. Having seen the difference in the pictures for myself and having been able to visibly see my face change in my mirror, I feel these ones are different.

I didn't get paid to post about them and it is not an affiliate link. I just wanted to share how impressed I am with them.

Do you use anti ageing products? Do you think they work or are a waste of money?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New lifestyle plan

Yesterday I had an appointment with a naturopath for the first time and an appointment with my regular psychologist who gave me some interesting advice (I'll share in another post).

Starting with the naturopath, I managed to overwhelm her! I felt a little bad about that and didn't mean to. She is part of a program here for women who have been victims of certain crimes, so she had my file and it contains a lot. That alone was shocking to her. (I was accidentally left alone with my file later and when I read it, seeing everything in black and white really upset me and I saw what has happened to me through someone else's eyes and it was scary.)

Anyway, aside from my shocking file, she had to do a medical history, as well as current eating/sleeping habits. I am pretty bad and she wanted to know about parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents, so any 'family' diseases.

I have had issues with sleep since I was 14. I have PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrom). I have Borderline Personality Disorder. My mum and gran died of cancer, my grandfather of a heart attack, my other grandfather and an uncle have had strokes. There were other things too, but you get the idea. The only thing she got to put down a no for on her form was diabetes. As far as I know no one in the family has it and she seemed very relieved.

Now, I have been pretty stressed lately. When I get stressed, I don't eat and I don't get hungry. This combined with no sleep means my body should be pretty ragged.

For some reason, it is all still functioning fairly normally and it didn't make sense to the naturopath. I have had a few break outs and spots on my body (some little red dots in my elbow crease which I've never had before.)

She checked my blood pressure which was on the low side, pretty unusually for someone with the stress levels I have. Next she checked my eyes. I am physically very strong, but have a lot of stress rings, which is no surprise given everything going on in my life over the past 7 months.

She got so overwhelmed she asked if I could sit in the waiting room for 10 minutes while she thought about it all.

Vitamins and herbs I am taking

In the end, a meal plan was worked out, with protein shakes since sometimes I literally cannot eat. I have pretty much been living off protein shakes prior to seeing her, as it seems to be the only thing I could stomach. She gave me some herbal liquid which tastes foul but should help relax me and fix a couple of issues and balance me out.

Green tea through out the day was recommended, with chamomile tea at night, plus I used to take a multi vitamin and evening primrose oil, since I still have them I should be taking them too. I have never really been a tea drinker (raised Mormon!), but have had herbal teas at different times. I didn't think I could do plain green tea, so picked the one above, which is Fair Trade.

Berry smoothie

Today was day 1 of the new plan and I did pretty well. I had a smoothie for breakfast, although I was unable to finish it, it was a start. I ate a mandarin and 2 rice cakes with avocado as my snacks during the day. Lunch was a protein shake and dinner was chicken with broccoli, zucchini and corn. I feel so full, but am pretty happy I was able to eat that much. It is a pretty big deal for me.

This is a kids plate, I'm classy like that :)

I have a few exercise goals and am trying to slow my mind down a bit and just be more healthy. I think it will be interesting to see how the herbs and things go.

Have you ever done an overhaul like this? Have you ever been to a naturopath?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What my bedroom says about me

I was asked to send a photo of my room for a potential magazine story. We'll see if they pic it, probably not! It's about your bedroom. I took the pics and then had to describe my bedroom style.

This is one shot of my room, from the door way.

I have plain white sheets, plain white bedding and no extra pillows/throw rugs or anything. I have what I need, which is 2 pillows, blanket and sheets. It's is clean, simple and minimalistic. The cover has a raised line effect, but other than that is pretty plain.

On my walls I only have my vision board which is on the wall facing my door, so I see it as soon as I get to my bedroom.

Under the window I have a chest of things, with a candle and my rose quartz on it. Opposite the oriental chest is another chest I was given with my name painted on it and my camera.

On my mirrored robes, well one of the doors, I have written all my goals for each section of my life. 

My room is very plain, but I like it. It is a place I can relax in, focus on my goals, get motivation if I need and work without distraction.

I described my room as minimalistic, ambitious and simple. That's the style I wanted for my room. It doesn't show a clear personality for me, it is not overpoweringly mine and it is very adaptable. If I want colour I can add sheets and cushions. But I like it as it is.

What does your room say about you? What do you think of my room?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Words that make you think...

I can't remember where I came across this recently, but it certainly made me think. How many of us are really living? Or are we just chasing the money, wearing ourselves out, not having time for family, not taking time for ourselves, just going through the daily grind?

Then we get so worn out we get sick and spend a fortune trying to get better, but we "push through" because if we take a break the world will fall apart, right? We don't let our bodies heal, instead we continue working, putting strain on our sick bodies when we need to recuperate.

We stress about money, how we will cover everything right now, we focus so much on the future it ends up getting here so much faster than if we just slowed down, relaxed and lived in the present.

I know I am guilty of it. I have a passion for finances, but my family comes first and I have been changing my life so that I am living more in the here and now, less in the future and focusing less on my finances.

It has been quite freeing. And you know what? The world hasn't fallen apart as I have stepped back. In fact MY world - my family and my life, has improved.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Changing up the hair

Most of my life I have been blonde and I seem to always go back to it. I am strawberry blonde naturally and while I am not a huge fan of my natural colour, I am feel I should definitely stick to lighter hair.

Being a hairdresser I have had many colours in my hair over the years, pink, blue, purple, red, brown, orange, blonde and I think the most was a mixture of 6 colours, going from red at the bottom to blonde on the very top section of my hair. I loved it!

In the last 7 weeks I have changed my hair a fair bit. I was blonde

Like, REALLY blonde. I used a heavy purple toner to make sure my hair didn't throw yellow and I love being that blonde. My eyebrows are that colour naturally and I never wanted to bleach them.

7 weeks ago I threw in what was meant to be a deep, deep red. But duh, red and white make PINK!
I kept this for a week. The first few days it was a real purple pink, then it settled into my hair.

I had my friends wedding and though hot pink hair is probably not what she would want, so I died it a deep red, similar to what I was originally going for.

The red faded FAST, which I expected, so I pulled out some colours from my hairdressing bag, did a "lucky dip" mix and kept out a few bits to keep red. (My 4yr old took this pic).

Naturally, because I am trashing my hair and it has been bleach blonde for years it doesn't hold colour very well, so the dark lucky dip colour faded fast too.
(And yes, I plan on buying this dress. Loved it!)

Then this week I really began to miss my blonde. Yep, I am crazy!

So I bleached it. My plan was to do a double bleach like I have before, but after the way my hair felt with the first strip, I decided to not do that. Bit worried because after stripping the colour once my hair looked like this, with some really deep pink sections still from the red sections I had kept in. 

At this point all I had left in my bag was a colour I thought would be too light to make much of a difference and I couldn't be bothered going to the shops. So I used it. 

It still has a pink hue, but isn't too bad.

In this light it looks a bit darker than my natural hair, but similar shading. 

I won't be keeping it like this, but because I have put my hair through soooo much in such a short period of time, I think I need to give it a rest.

Do you change your hair much?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Power of Positive Thinking

Recently, my life has been all over the place. I have been hit quite hard with a lot of issues to deal with all at once and have gotten quite emotional at times over it all. Despite the trials I have been facing, I have tried to stay positive that things will work out. I try to live by the mantra that everything happens for a reason and I try to look for something positive in even the darkest of situations, although I don't always manage to do it quickly. Eventually I do find positives in horrid situations, but sometimes it takes time.

Lately I have struggled a little financially. I don't have as much in savings as I usually do and I have had more expenses than I used to with my income decreasing a little, money became a bit tight. I held on and knew that things would turn around and set a goal in my mind of how much I want to make this financial year and just how I would achieve that. So far, it seems to be working.

Instead of focusing on my lack of, I focused on how I could make more money and imagined my life filled with abundance. It seemed when I focused on my lack, I had less. My income streams would stagnate and things became harder.

Whereas, when I focused on how much potential my future has, what I want my future to look like and how I will make more money, the money seemed to flow.

This week my house got put on the market. I would have been happy for it to just sell, I barely cared what it sold for and when I realised this, I knew I had to focus instead on what I wanted it to sell for. And guess what? It has sold for more than I expected and my expectations were already a little on the high side.

I want to move back to Canberra, but it is slightly more expensive to live compared to where I am now. Just yesterday I was wondering how it would be possible. Now my house will be sold, I will be able to move and now I have increased my income again, it will be affordable plus I will have savings to help me should I need it.

By focusing on my goals, desires and trying to be positive everything seems to fall into place. I know it is not just a matter of positive thinking, but it sure helps.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Changing things up

I have been changing things up a lot and experimenting with clothing, hair, jewellery and everything. I am in the middle of a complete life overhaul and loving it.

Here are just a few pics of some of my changes.

1.) Red hair. I had blonde, then pink for a week, then this read, but it faded so quickly.

I have also been styling it differently like the picture above and this one below.

2.) More vintage/1950's dresses. I love that look, especially the wiggle style. And lately I have been curling my hair sometimes.

3.) Darker hair and tinted eyebrows. My 4yr old took this pic

4.) I have always loved boots and am on the look out for black knee or thigh highs. I have suede ones, but want leather or leather look

5.) New bags! I saw this one and it would be ideal for work

6.) Jeans are not something I have worn much of since losing weight, but I bought a new pair plus these wedge boots

7.) Shorts - I have always hated my legs so never wore them, but am loving these ones.

8.) Heels are nothing new, but I have specific ones I want to buy and these were one pair I wanted and I got them for $20!!!

I am really enjoying trying new things, seeing what I like, what suits me, what I feel comfortable in etc. Have you ever done a life overhaul?