Monday, April 7, 2014

DYI 1

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Hello everyone. Hope you've all enjoyed your weekends. And that the weather over at your neck of woods is better than what we're having here at the moment.


Here's a funny photo of the Chubster, he thinks his Dad's back makes a really good resting place. It even comes with a built in blanket. Can't beat that!


And here's MrBB putting the Chubster to work. He is always keen to give his Dad a good back massage. As long as there is no jumping involved.


Even the cats are bored out of their minds being trapped indoors with this rain.



I took these pics at last weekend's agricultural show. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a saucer decorating competition. The top pic won 1st and the bottom pic won second prize in that comp. Can you believe the level of patience involved in putting these together?



These were in the rose competition. I wish I had thought to look at their names but my kids were going wild with boredom in the background so I had to quickly usher them out of the hall.


Same for this flower. Anyone know what its name is and if it's easy to grow. I want to plant it in my garden. I want it bad!


These were the subjects of my latest DYI project. I bought these matching side table, mirror and bedhead a while back from Evil Bay for about $40. I had been meaning to paint them a different colour but did not have the time so they sat in my garage for yonks. 


Then on Sunday, I finally got my act together and got a few cans of Rust-Oleum in navy blue (took me 3 cans! I found the whole "4.5 square metres coverage" per can a bit of a crock to be honest!). Now I just need to clean the mirror and move them into my guest bedroom.


My Mum made me another pudim flan. One of my little nightly vices at the moment is having a big slice of this with a nice glass of white wine after the kids have gone to bed.


A $6 bunch of flowers goes a long way in smaller vases. 


Christian Louboutin shoes, Josh Goot dress, Hermes and Balenciaga bracelets, Yves Saint Laurent ring, Ralph Lauren cardigan

I wore this on Saturday. I'm thinking it won't be long before I have to put my summer dresses away once the cold decides to stay for good. The good thing is that espandrilles seem to be back 'in'. 
I actually bought these espadrille wedges almost 2.5 years ago from The Outnet. The thing is, I am not usually a fan of wedges but gladly made an exception for these. I won't lie, the only reason I bought them was because they were Christian Louboutin wedges, and they also happened to only cost £88. But now I'm glad I was fickle because they have really grown on me, they're so darn comfortable and the lilac/beige colour combination goes with a tonne of things in my wardrobe.

And following up from my last post. I actually ended up handing is my notice to resign last Friday. My boss wasn't very happy but he was very understanding and both him and our managing director were really good about it. So good in fact that they have actually asked me if I would consider doing some consultancy work for them because they think they have at least 2 days worth of work for me which I can do from home. So all in all, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I am feeling a lot more relaxed at the moment. I also wanted to thank everyone for the words of encouragement I was given here and via email. Reading all your posts and emails made me feel like it was all going to turn out a OK! 

Enjoy the start of a new week everyone.  
xx
BB

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Big decisions....

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A while back my friend C got me a whole roll of red vibram material. The roll is about 1m x 0.6m and I am hoping to be able to resole about 23 to 25 pairs of shoes with these. For those of you who don't know, this is the red rubber stuff that people get their cobblers to put on their Christian Louboutin shoes so the red soles remain immaculate.


I was planning on resoling my CLs myself after getting a run down on how to do it properly by Immashoeaddict. Why? Because I have about 36 pairs of Louboutin shoes (Missing from the photo below are my Balinodono flats), and out of all those only 2 have that red protective sole for which I was charged upwards of $50 for each... So you do the math...



However, I'm too gutless to do it myself. So I decided to go to the cobbler at my local shops instead.


I gave him my mary jane sock shoes and a pair of vibram soles and he charged me $25 for the resole job. He did a fantastic job too. But I am still shocked at how much it will cost me to get all the shoes done.


I am slowly going to take him the rest of my Louboutins, probably 2 at a time and only the ones tgat get the most wear for now. 



My son got graded again at his martial arts class and is up to his blue belt. I was told that he will begin weapons training after a few more gradings but I think the words "weapons training" sound wrong when associated with a 6 year old.

Photo sourced from news.discovery.com

I was imagining my baby wielding a heavy mace like this one, but as it turns out, the weapons are just long sticks wrapped in a lot of rubber/foam and probably numb chucks (also wrapped in a lot of rubber).


My kids are still not over the whole disco thing, we all have to dance in the dark every second night. So my husband went out last Saturday and bought us some proper disco lights.




Now the kids get hypnotised by bright colourful lights instead and the dancing comes later on.






We went to an Agricultural show on Sunday. There were lots of rides and entertainment for the kids and they seemed to be more interested in that that the flower and animal shows I wanted to see. 

Christian Louboutin shoes, Target dress, Erikson Beamon bracelet, Olivia Welles bracelet, CC Skye bracelet, Chanel necklace and earrings, Judith Lieber belt
   



I wore this to work today. The dress is from Target. Seems target did not mess with vanity sizing when it came to this dress because the size 6 fits me perfectly. And the Judith Lieber belt is a few years old. It is starting to tarnish and loose its colour slightly because I wear it so much. It is also elasticised but you cannot tell as it looks like it is all round metal. I am hoping that eventually it will completely loose its golden colour and turn into silver. It will be like getting a new belt!

In career related news, I am currently trying to work up the courage to hand in my resignation. My current job came very close to being my dream job. The only thing stopping it from being my dream job is the 50km commute to the office, which makes for a very stressful drive when my son's school needs me to come over at short notice because my son fell and bumped his head or something. I also have trouble getting away from the office before rush hour which means I get to spend between 2 to 3 hoursd behind the wheel if I'm driving home when everyone else is driving home (and that doesn't even take into account the morning drive). So to cut a long story short, the commute is absolutely killing me, my sanity and my home life. I do have the option of working from home 2 days a week, unfortunately as time goes by and more and more projects land on my desk, it means that my job requirements don't often allow for me to work from home due to meetings, tests and onsite inspections. MrBB is also going to start traveling extensively again soon, which means I will be left holding the fort on my own so I would rather devote the all the hours I would otherwise spend behind the wheel to spending them with my sons. My husband who has always supported my choice to pursue a career after our kids were born, seems very happy with my decision to quit. In fact way, way too happy, which to me only serves to reinforce the amount of pressure he was under between his own work and having to do most if not all the school runs and also looking after feeding, bathing, playing and taking the kids to bed after he was done with work because I wasn't getting home until past 7pm. I am still finding it hard to come to terms with the decision to quit as I also know that the building company I work for is owned by a family who is very much devoted to advancement through innovation and R&D, this company has so far entered over 50 different markets worldwide and has never left one. The work we are currently doing will in my opinion see this company become one of the driving forces behind change in the building and construction industry here in Australia, and I really wanted to be a part of that, but my husband and kids must always come first so the decision to quit is the most rational option for me at the moment because I am an "All in!" kind of person when it comes to work, I  am not the kind of person who would be able to ease off work for a part time gig. I just hope I don't actually start crying like a moron when I tell my boss that I must resign. The upside to all of this (thank goodness there is always an upside to stuff like this!) is that I am looking forward to being a lady of leisure!

Anyway. enough whining for now.
xx
BB

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Multiples

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All that rain yesterday was almost apocalyptic. Rainy weather is like a disaster of massive proportions at our house. My kids cannot stand being confined indoors. If it rains for long enough, the house gets destroyed! So at this stage I am really dreading winter. Our saving grace is that we have already booked our flights for a month away from the cold weather here while enjoying the Summer weather in Europe. We only really have definite plans to go to England, Spain, Portugal and France to see family and friends. Once there we usually just wing it as per usual and finalise other destinations. I can't wait to go on holiday. The new job (which isn't so new anymore as it's now been over 9 months since I started there) is absolutely exhausting! The commute is killing me at the moment. But that's something for another post.

Like I was saying, every time it rains my husband always says "It's only water!" It's easy for him though because he's English, he's used to having rain all the freakin' time. Me? Oh hell no! If it's raining then we all stay home. And I think I pretty much inherited that from my Mum. Rain for my Mum was like the black plague. Every time it rained, she always tried her best to trap us at home. She'd lock the door and keeps us all indoors. Except we all thought Mum didn't really mean it because the keys were always within reach and we all used to get our boots on and go jump on puddles of water and mud as soon as she had turned her back on us. We'd kick up water at each other and arrive home soaking wet and dirty. Poor Mum, there were 4 of us to bathe, clean and dress along with the mountain of muddy clothes to wash, while she had a baby (my youngest sister to look after). Even to this day, if it is raining and Mum is looking after my kids, she still traps them at home. And I do the same thing too much to my sons' despair.

And when the weather turns, my husband gets busy in the kitchen with his new mixer. He made sausages, banana bread, chocolate short bread and rice bars. 




I was playing with my sons. It's a hard life, but someone has to. HA HA 



We watched cartoons like Toy Story. My Chubster loves it, he walks around the house shouting "To Infinity and Beyond" all the time these days.


And played with cranes. My Bubster is still very much obsessed with trucks and construction vehicles. Every time I pick him up from school and see their new drawings plastered on their classroom window, I can usually tell which one is his drawing because it involves some kind of yellow construction truck, excavator, impact hammer, grader or roller. He's freaking me out because he is starting to use words like "chassis" and "pneumatic controls".



This is what I am wearing for work today. That Zac Posen for Target blazer has been one of the best buys for my work wardrobe. It was cheap as chips when it went on final sale ($35) which was crazy considering it is made of wool and it is perfectly cut to nip at the waist. My only negative is that the arms are too long. But that doesn't bother me at all!


It is by far the blazer that I wear the most for both work and also for play with jeans and a white tee. Which is why I ended up getting the brown one too. 


And of course because I am a big believer of getting things in multiples when you know that you're onto a good thing. I also got another black one because I know I will wear this blazer to death one day so a back up was a MUST!







I'm a chronic multiple buyer. Be it the same thing in different colours...



Or even the same thing in the same exact colour. Although one of the Pigalle pairs above is half a size bigger than the other, the bigger fits me better when it is hot. I know... Silly and crazy all at the same time.

Hope you've had a good start to your week so far.
xx
BB

P.S. This is a scheduled post. Don't you just love being able to schedule these things?

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