Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wander 0.5: We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

My absence of presence has been due to none of my tech devices wanting to talk to each other. It's a stand-off unseen since the Capulets and the Montagues. I suppose I could write what has been happening (ie. I have spent the last three weeks travelling 2369 miles down a 2320 mile river - The Mississippi) but there would be no pictures. And everyone knows that it is the pictures that count! So I am just here to tell you that until something better comes along, pop over to List_addict at Instagram and you'll be able to see a little more of the story. Talk to you when I am back in Oz.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wear 365: Wear (17), Wander, Word

Seeing as days don't really apply anymore now that I don't, and haven't, blogged daily for a long time. And seeing as my three passions—what passes for fashion or maybe even style in the 'Wig world; the voracious consumption of other people's words and worlds; the desire and attempt to escape work for anywhere, a.n.y.w.h.e.r.e, else—may not be shared by all as a triptych. I have decided on a small change here at Fur Earwig! Wear, Wander, Word. From now on you can decide, simply by the title of the post, whether it is worth stopping by.

Wear: There will be clothes. And shoes. Definitely shoes. In fact I am currently counting, via blogposts, the number of shoes I have. This pair here is pair number seventeen. Called Flick Flack. Not quite 'white spats', definitely not 'lots of dollars'. They are from my once favourite and always go-to shop Irregular Choice. But I've changed. I love the pairs I have but I am open to what seem like very normal options now. Am I getting boring? Or old? I fancy these shoes, or these or these. Well, maybe not so boring.

'Wear' is for blogs where I try to work out what my style is. It will rarely speak about clothes or shoes. I'll often ramble on about other things like being happy, or my dying wishes, or feminism. But I promise it will not be about lists of books I am reading, have read, want to read, bought, borrowed, stole or wrote. Hardly ever. Unless it matters.

Word: Will. It will list, document and dream about all things wordy. Nerdy. I like books. I breathe books. If a day goes by where I don't read, I get tetchy. I read a lot of books at once. At the minute in which we are speaking, I am someway through fifty-five books. It keeps my brain active to have to remember what is happening in them all. It's usually not confusing. Although, at the moment, I have managed to be reading Jane Eyre and a reworking of Jane EyreThe Flight of Gemma Hardy—at the same time. I keep ahead of that conundrum with good pacing. Also, I am reading two books which talk about a bunch of boys at Cambridge University; books which try their hardest to meld themselves together in my brain—so far I am thwarting their efforts. I have elaborate systems for working out what to read next. As Mr Earwig says: Think of the movie Se7en—It would take two months, even with a team of fifty men, to get though these journals. Rude. I don't have small spidery writing. It's draftsmanlike. It makes perfect sense. If you think properly.

Awkwardest Pose Ever; Remember the Fitbit, Sure Did!

'Word' will be where you stop if you want to read a review about a book. Or to see what sort of book challenges there are about the web, and how badly I am doing on them. It will be where I practise being a Book Riot contributor while I work up the courage to actually apply. I'm also going to be the Melbourne Chapter of CoverSpy, covertly, until I courage up for that one too. Ironically, it's a website that links books and fashion. It speaks about what people are reading, and what those readers are wearing. With my up to eight hours a week on the train, my innate nosiness, and my passion for books and clothing, I think I am a perfect CoverSpy. [A Deeper Darkness by JT Ellison, F 40s, workout gear that doesn't co-ordinate, at all, Lilydale Train. Wait, that was me!]

Wander: Is for when I do. I like to wander. I don't have children or expensive bad habits or addictions to branded things or the latest tech. I like to spend my future nest egg on travelling now. I'm looking forward to being able to write only about the places I have been and maybe putting just lovely photos of there instead of incorporating or stressing about doing fashion shoots while I am away.

You won't have to wonder long about upcoming Wanders. We're off on holidays very soon. We're getting a last States journey in before or in case it becomes Trumpville and all desire to visit wanes. Spending three weeks in May. Flying into Chicago, driving the Mississippi, and flying out from New Orleans. Because I can't separate my three loves, I have already chosen three books to commemorate the trip: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (set in Chicago and on a road trip towards Tennessee), Mississippi Mud by Edward Humes (which may not be on the itinerary, but contains the magic word), and, Cold Blood by Lynda La Plante (which double-whammies as a book towards two different reading challenges, and is set in New Orleans). And because I cannot separate my three loves, I am in the process of going through every item of clothing I have and getting rid of the broken and battered, passing on the passed or never-going-to-happens. The reason: so I can thrift my heart out while I am away, and have somewhere to put it all when I get back.

My hope is you, my friends and visitors and strangers, will be for you to be able to come over and just read what interests you. The challenge at this end will be how well I can differentiate between the three. Thanks for stopping by xx.

The Outfit
T-Shirt: Nice Boobies by Seth Kirkendall, Threadless
Cardigan: Op-shopped
Skirt: Op-shopped
Shoes: Flick Flack by Irregular Choice

Photographer de Jour: V——

Sharing the love with:

The fabulously quirky Sheela at Sheela Writes

The always stylish Lauren at Style Elixir

A world of creativity and design at Two Thirty-Five Designs

The unique and evolving Rachel at Rachel the Hat

The colourful eccentric Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Wear 364: 16 Shoes, 117 Things to Throw Out

I found this pin on my trawl through Pintrest. It links to this site that breaks down, an item a day, things you can recycle, donate, give away, or just send to landfill if there is no other option, that will help you to declutter your library life. Seeing as my current technique (reading books on the couch and imagining the mess will go away by itself) seems to not yield the results I would like, I am giving this a try. Here is how I am going.

  • The Other Side of Lost Earrings
    • I have so little jewellery that this wasn't difficult. It also didn't lessen my 'Stuff Index (SI)' one little bit. SI = -4.
  • Scraps of Wrapping Paper
    • Surprisingly I found I had already done this. Instead I tidied the ribbons and found a drawer for them. Your interpretation? This doesn't mean 'Throw out all your wrapping paper' does it? Enough comments to the negative on that and I may revisit this option because it does look a little like one of those pop-up Christmas wrapping stalls in there! SI = -4.5

  • Cards People Have Given You With No Sentimental Value
    • The modifiers in these instructions are going to cause me the largest issues. What constitutes 'sentimental value'? At my advancing age, it could mean anything that evokes a memory—I never know when those will not come from the inside any more. Best friends, ex-boyfriends, people you knew when you were twelve. Where is the line? But let's face it! How often do we look at these things? I'm most likely to just keep the ones from my nearest and dearest (at least for a little while) because they are the ones most likely to wonder, and be hurt, if I threw them out. That said: Thanks to everyone who ever sent me anything. If I no longer look at it, it nevertheless doesn't diminish the appreciation I felt when I received it. I have the memory. Somewhere. [Aside: The only card I ended up keeping, interestingly, was the one the vet sent me when my gorgeous Bodhi passed away. It made me cry. If something evokes such a strong emotion so long after it first did, maybe it earns its right to stay.] SI = -8.5

  • Receipts you don't need
    • This is a work in process. Have I ever told you about my 'mail opening' fear. Or my 'anything related to tax' aversion. As a result there are a lot of receipt, bill and invoice type things in there that give me hives when I touch them. I am applying suitable creams and doing as much as I can. SI = -8.67
  • Ticket Stubs
    • In the age where that weird black and white, pixelated square on your mobile (or Mr Earwig's—'coz who wants to carry all that stuff like bags and wallets and electronic devices around unless there is a chance reading will happen) gains you access to most ticketable functions, this is not an issue. In the last few years where actual trees were required to see movies, shows, bands or small farm animals and ferris wheels, I have been pretty good at keeping a memory and sending the tree onto recycled toilet paper makers. The issue is Europe. And America, 1988. These two roadblocks to a functional library are only minorly to do with ticket stubs—and majorly to do with photos (many, many, many photos), pamphlets, maps and doova-hickies. Suggestions? How does one condense the huge pile of memorabilia from the big travel events that made one footloose and a slave to working to pay for holidays for the rest of ones life without resorting to scrapbooking. I don't think I can even find the ticket stubs amongst it all. SI = -8.67

  • Socks (and Tights) with holes
    • Done. Easy. A couple of borderline pairs of tights will have 'a couple more wears'. A couple of pairs of socks are now same style, different colours. The problem with this easy challenge is twofold: my drawer may look tidy, the library looks the same; I need to find somewhere to buy more fabulous tights. Suggestions? SI = -10.67
Ps: The Stuff Index (SI) is an arbitrary number with an undefinable end point which just evokes an idea of a proportional lessening of stuff in my immediate environment. That is, it doesn't really mean anything.

I'm getting better at buying and wearing shoes that are thrifted/op-shopped. There are some great things out there. This pair is one. Sportsgirl, leather, hardly worn and violently mauve. Love them! Pair number sixteen.

The Outfit
Dress: Op-shopped
Jacket: Op-shopped, Country Road (mm, fancy)
Jeans: Target
Jewels and Baubles (and the dastardly fitbit I always forget to take off): Gifted, bought and Fitbit
Shoes: Op Shopped, Sportsgirl

Photographer de Jour: V——

    Getting linky today with:

The Authentically Beautiful Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

The Charmingly Chic Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb

The Glamorous Lauren at The Style Elixir

The Step-Out Stylish Cherie at Style Nudge

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Day 365: Two Thousand and the One After Fifteen Challenges

In a more synchronised world, I would have co-ordinated pair-of-shoes-I-own number fifteen (fabulous green gingham, plastic bows, rose bud fastenings, sky high platforms—my gorgeous Love Bugs) with this (not so) new year and the book challenges that will be pursued in it. But my world isn't synchronised. I wrote the last post about how I read last year; this post is about how I will read this one. After this we can get back to talking about other things besides books for a while. (If we have to.)

The challenges I will be really working hard to achieve this year are:


Whereby I try to better the year before.

Target: 90 Books

2016 Eclectic Reader Challenge hosted by Book'd Out:

Whereby I long to finish this always interesting, boundary expanding challenge.

A book about books (fiction or nonfiction): The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

Serial killer thriller: I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork

Paranormal romance: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (yep, I'm finally reading it!)

A novel set on an island: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Investigative journalism (non fiction): TBA

Disaster fiction: TBA

Steampunk sci fi: Empire State by Adam Christopher

Any book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: TBA

Psychology (non fiction): The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Immigrant Experience fiction: TBA

YA historical fiction: TBA

A debut author in 2016: TBA

Mount TBR Challenge over at My Readers Block

Whereby I exercise while reading. No? Okay. Whereby I try to get the 1:2, Read to Unread bookshelf ratio to reverse and attempt to make a massive dint in my Kindle

I'm going to Canada with the hope I may reach Turkey, or even Tanzania

Mt Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile. (My Minimum)

Mt Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile. (My Hope)

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from you TBR pile. (My Stretch)

Goodreads Awards Challenge hosted by Books of Amber

Whereby I destroy the good work of the last challenge by buying(!), and reading, the best books of 2015 according to the folks who vote over at Goodreads

The Categories I am aiming to conquer:

Best Young Adult Fiction: Tier 2 (3-5 books)

Best Young Adult Fantasy: Tier 4 (9-10 books)

Fiction: Tier 3 (6-8 books)

Mystery and Thriller: Tier 4

Science Fiction: Tier 3 (6-8 books)

Fantasy: Tier 2

Horror: Tier 2

Nonfiction: Tier 2

Debut Goodreads Author: Tier 3

And one to challenge me because everything else I love,

History and Biography (eek!): Tier 2 (OMG!)

The Monthly Key Word Challenge found nestling at My Soul Called Life

[The lovely Purple Circle of Linky-ness should go here but I get an HTML error message when I try to do it: Let me know if there is a fix Claudia—I can't find one myself :)]

Whereby great books befall me because the only reason they are chosen is a random (or not so) word

Jan: crowd, girl, the bad, soul, soft - Living Dead GIRL by Elizabeth Scott

Feb: veil, kiss, her, break, love, stars - Scandal Becomes HER by Shirlee Busbee

Mar: game, fire, darkness, school, like, change - A Deeper DARKNESS by JT Ellison










The Prequel and Sequel Challenge hosted by Novel Heartbeat and Writer Grrl Reads

Whereby I embrace prequels and sequels instead of not wanting to start because I know it will stop!

1 point for a prequel or sequel novella read and reviewed

2 points for a prequel or sequel full length book read and reviewed

10 points for finish a whole series (rules apply)

No points for the first book of the series

Given I am notoriously bad at reviewing, but don't want to seem like a Newbie, I'm going for Amateur: 25-50 points

My Iteration of The Morning News Tournament of Books (ToB)

Whereby, each March, noted people argue, like fighting chickens, for the best of a series of books randomly voted on by someone, to see which will be the winner. And whereby I then, over the following year (or last month, given I wasted the other eleven reading other things), read them. Totally arbitrary challenge I gave myself.

2015 Books: To be finished by March 2016

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Adam by Ariel Schrag
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

2016 Books: To be finished by March 2017 (or 3/17 for those in the know)

The New World by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dobson
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Fate and Furies by Lauren Groff
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Ban en Banlieue by Bhanu Kapil
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Whites by Richard Price
Oreo by Fran Ross
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak
A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara
Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Any Semi Charmed Kind of Life Reading Challenge that comes up

Whereby I hang out for Winter and Summer to participate.


My Own Alphabet Challenge

Whereby I finish 'I' and advance through the rest of the alphabet with no considerations regarding time.

And lastly, because it has to end somewhere, the one I always say I don't want to do and do anyway:

Goodreads Seasonal Reading Challenge

Whereby I will read the instructions properly and post early so I can fix up my mistakes, in order to get more points than I ever have before, and even, maybe, finish.

Winter Reading Challenge: Dec, Jan, Feb: Ongoing at time of post with many, many books to read for a hopeful 435/1185 points. Thank goodness for the extra day this year.

Spring Reading Challenge: Mar, Apr, May

Summer Reading Challenge: Jun, Jul, Aug

Fall Reading Challenge: Sep, Oct, Nov

Winter Again Reading Challenge: Dec, Jan, Feb

The Outfit
Dress: Asos
Top: Op-shopped
Scarf: Op-shopped
Brooch: Handmade by my bestie, B——
Shoes: Irregular Choice, Love Bug

Photographer de Jour: V——

Getting linky today with:

Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb

Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy

And of course, all the Book Bloggers mentioned above:

Book'd Out
My Reader's Block
Books of Amber
My Soul Called Life
Novel Heartbeat
Writer Grrl Reads

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Day 364: Fourteen Cats in Hats

It's most way through January already! Pair-of-shoes Fourteen always seem out of a Dr Suess book to me so where better to wear them than on a post that goes through my book challenge achievements (or lack of) for last year. Most of you will want to skip straight through to the pictures—sometimes I think I blog just so I will remember things later. That is definitely the case here! Before I start: these shoes were bought for me by Mr Earwig, sight unseen. His taste is not bad for a man who gravitates towards track suit pants.

Avanti Ciera 2015 Let Me Count the Ways Reading Challenge

Goal: Multi-Diamond—10,000+ Pages

January: 1887 pages
February: 2491 pages
March: 2436 pages
April: 3197 pages
May: 3973 pages
June: 1951 pages
July: 3235 pages
August: 4503 pages
September: 4027 pages October: 2549 pages November: 3533 pages December: 3376 pages
Total Year: 33185

This task: Achieved. The above was a meticulous and labour intensive manual calculation each month. According to Goodreads the figure is 33515. Eh! Pretty close.

10000 Pages

Book'd Out's Eclectic Book Challenge 2015

I did better than I usually do on this challenge, but with no reviews done and a number of not completed books, I didn't even pop over to show my face at Book' Out when tally-time came round. Shame!

Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth): Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie (referencing the 1001 Arabian Nights)—Still Reading

A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia): Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum - Switzerland ★★★★

PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator): The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith ★★★★

A novel published before you were born: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë—Still Reading

Contemporary romance: Good Girl Gone Bad by Karin Tabke ★★

Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business) The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry—Still Reading

Microhistory (Non Fiction) Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett—Finished Since the New Year ★★★★★

Science Fiction set in space: The Martian by Andy Weir ★★★★★

Sports (Fiction or Non fiction) The Meaning of Sport by Simon Barnes (eek, sport *cough, cough*)—Still Reading

Featuring diversity: Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older ★★★

Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries) The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland ★★★★

Middle Grade/YA Adventure: Fairytales For Wilde Girls by Allyse Near ★★★★★

7 Books
12 Books


Started at: 53 Books
Updated to: 65 Books
Re-Updated to: 69 Books
Re-Re-Updated to: 75 Books
Re-Re-Updated at the end of October to: 100 Books (Why not?)

Read: 89 Books

Well! Commuting certainly helped this year. I was ahead of the game every step of the way until I upped the ante to 100. Have to say I am fairly proud even though I didn't get there in the end. And all years from here will be a challenge to maintain.

89 Books
100 Books

Bookmark to Blog 2015 Monthly Key Word Challenge

Really liked this challenge for the surprising reads you ended up with.

Jan: Girl - The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates ★★★
Feb: Lie - The Lie by Chad Kultgen★★★
Mar: Kind - Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent ★★★★
Apr: Dream - Dreamland by Kevin Baker—Still Reading
May: Thief - The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland ★★★★
June: My - My Notorious Life by Kate Manning—Still Reading
July: Sun - The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson ★★★★
August: Glass - Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas ★★★★★
September: Life - Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng—Still Reading
October: Ghost - Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann ★★★★
November: Little - Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie—Still Reading
December: Cold - Cold Shoulder by Lynda La Plante—Still Reading

7 Books
12 Books

My Own Alphabet Challenge with no Time Line

Abducted; TR Regan ★★★★
(The) Beach House; James Patterson ★★
(The) Cat Who Could Read Backwards; Lilian Jackson Braun ★★★★
Dolores Claiborne; Stephen King ★★★★
Emma; Jane Austen ★★★★
Fairytales for Wilde Girls; Allyse Near ★★★★★
Galapagos; Kurt Vonnegut ★★★★
(The) Help; Kathryn Stockett ★★★★★
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

8 Books
26 Books

Tournament of Books 2015

In which I read all the books that have been chosen for last year's ToB

(And by 'read', this time, I mean started two, bought or acquired a few more. This runs through until March '16)

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Adam by Ariel Schrag
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
—Currently Reading Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
—Currently Reading Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

16 Books

My Readers Block: Colour Coded Challenge

This was fun but I started late and finished badly. Discovered a couple of amazing books though!
"Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover. Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older ★★★
"Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover. Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews ★★★★★
"Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

"Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover. Olive Ketteridge by Elizabeth Strout

"Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc)in the title/on the cover. Jackie Brown by Elmore Leonard

"Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover. Black Dog by Stephen Booth

"White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover. Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
—Finished since the New Year ★★★★

Any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.). Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

A word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.). Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

9 Books

And. lastly, the one I always say I am not doing (because something always annoys me about it). The Goodreads Seasonal Challenge—Fall (or, like we say as name rather than action, Autumn)

September 1st to November 30th

5.10: Creat Your Own World

Read a book of your choice: Surrender by Tawny Taylor ★★★

10.4 Ten-Four Day

Read a book that has at least 104 five star ratings: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (on 20th September, 2015, it has 60677) ★★★

15.10 NaNoWriMo!

Read a book by an author featured on the NaNoWriMo Pep Talk page:Divergent by Veronica Roth ★★★★★
Veronica Roth - 2014 Pep Talk Author

30.6 Donna Jo's Task: Me, Myself and I

Option 1: Read a book whose author has ME imbedded in their name: Lucifer's Tears by JaMEs Thompson ★★★★

Option 3: Read a fiction book that is written at least 50% from the perspective of 'I': The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz ★★★★

As I always seem to do on this challenge, I mis-read, mis-interpreted and mis-posted and ended up with a grand total of 30 points out of a possible 1070. I'm not even making a bar graph for that.

Stay tuned for a post about 2016's Book Challenges coming soon. I know. You are so excited! This year I am starting the challenges at the beginning of the year instead of holding out for some unknown reason until they are impossible to finish. We'll see how that goes. Happy reading.

The Outfit
Dress: Op-shopped
Jumper: Op-shopped
Necklace: Gifted
Shoes: Irregular Choice,Hawk Eye, Gifted

Photographer de Jour: V——

  Getting linky today with:

Patti (Looking Rad!) at Not Dead Yet Style

Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb

Lauren at The Style Elixir

Cherie (and her amazing Red Boots) at Style Nudge

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Day 363: Thirteen Crazy Favourites

Pair-of-shoes-I-own number thirteen, seen here, are one of my all time favourites!

This dress from Modcloth is a favourite too. Totally inappropriately I try and wear it everywhere: dinner, movies, weddings, to the shops.

My absence from the world of blogging for the last quarter of last year was half to do with craziness and half with laziness. Here is some of the craziness. I had told you that I was planning a special trip for Mr Earwig's milestone birthday celebrations.

This is what happened. I'll try and make it sweet and short. It came in two stages: The Reveal (whereby his long anxious wait to see what he would be doing was slowly ended) and The Real Thing (whereby what he waited for for so long, went by in a jiffy).

The day before his birthday he received a Facebook message from a friend telling him he was going, in a week's time, to Geneva, but in order to find out what happens when he gets there he had to check the dogs.

On Lolli's collar a message told him he would collect a Swiss Rail Pass at the airport. But for the next clue he needed to text another friend, in French, to ask for the details.

That friend revealed he was staying in a chalet in St Niklaus for three nights. And told him to go to The Cuckoo—a (technically Bavarian) restaurant in the hills near us—take a photo and send it to the next person.

The Reveal
Top: The fun commences; Lollii holds a clue; The Cuckoo
Middle: Martinis in the morning; Matching tattoos; The Synchrotron
Bottom: Swiss chocolates; The Middle East; Ferraris

You're getting the picture? He had to run about town all day doing things in order to find out his itinerary. I think there was a part of him that hated me. He isn't a fan of not knowing where he is going. Or of driving in traffic. Eh! I had kept this a mostly-secret for so long I thought I deserved to pass on the torture. And all the fabulous people who helped with messages and cakes and texts and letters had a great time watching the day evolve.

The Cuckoo got him a cable car ride to the Matterhorn and the instructions to have a Martini.

Hard to get at eleven am, in the suburbs. Hard, but not impossible. The martini got him a trip to James Bond Mountain and 007 World (Schilthorn from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Blofeld, white fluffy cats, you know the one?). Then he had to go to the South African consulate.

Dubious link? Hey, it wasn't easy. Goes like this: South African consulate-diplomatic immunity-diplomats-Geneva. See? While there he had to enact the 'diplomatic immunity' line from Lethal Weapon Twenty Three. And take video footage to a friend in Camberwell.

Cake, coffee and a very bad acting performance later he knew he was staying in Geneva. He now had to do something really cheesy: get a matching tattoo with the love of his life. Me.

The Real Thing
Top: Our chalet in St Niklaus; On top of Schilthorn; Actually, he does look like Blofeld!
Middle: Our alley in geneva; Soooo much chocolate!; Sofitel Abu Dhabi
Bottom: View from our room; Water World; Ferrari World

No needles. These are iron-ons. Or soak-ons. But cheesy enough to get him a Fondue. And a trip to the Australian Synchrotron—which surprisingly you can't wander around at random so we just loitered out the front until he got instructions to purchase chocolate.

The grand sum of no arguments, a sugar-coma and a nap later he was aware of the chocolate feast awaiting him at afternoon tea in Geneva, and was dressing for dinner at KanZaman, a Lebanese restaurant just out of the CBD. It wasn't exactly the right country, more the right region, but at dinner he got to open a letter he had been sent a couple of days before (all part of the intrigue and multiple communication options). It told him we were heading to the Middle East—Abu Dhabi to be exact.

He was told to drive a Ferrari. At a pin-ball parlour. That is the closest I could get on a budget. Photo evidence of that sent him to the fountains at the Crown Casino.

Exhausted, or just fed up, he received one last text which told him to go, at Midnight—now officially his birthday—to 85 Collins St, Melbourne to see what the whole point of the holiday would be. He knows that address. A week and bit later, during 'The Real Thing' the address would be Bahnhofstrasse 11, Zermatt. I don't want to say outright what he got for his birthday but if you take into account his love for all things chronometrical and look up those two address' you might work it out.

It was a long way to go in a very short and mad time, but each day he zones out from listening to me while looking at it, each near miss he takes me on while he watches it catch light through the windscreen when he should really be watching the road, I think maybe he believes his new favourite thing was worth all the craziness.

The Outfit
Dress: Chi Chi via Modcloth
Belt: Came with a pair of jeans from Primark
Earrings and Ring: a junk jewellery store somewhere
Shoes: Can't Touch This by Irregular Choice

Photographer de Jour: Moi

    Linking the love this fine day with:

The Authentically Beautiful Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

The Charmingly Chic Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb

A Magnificent Coat at Rachel the Hat

Elfin Boots to Die for at A Pocketful of Polka Dots


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Day 362: Firsts and Twelfths

It is silly, but we all do it. We save commitment to this day. This day, when there is no reason why any other day will not suffice to start a new adventure, remember something left behind, be more of the person you want to be.

New adventures 2016: Reading challenges (I love that travelling by train to and from my new house has made me an even more voracious reader); Couch to 5K (Not everything new is necessarily enjoyable!); A million Steps every three months on the Fitbit; Pulling the wildness back a little in my garden and making it an amazing place to be (refurb the grass, three tiered areas near the side of the house, a luxuriant deck, new steps, a mean and bitter end to the tradescantia albiflora—whatever it takes).

The First first is my first book of the year. Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. If you need some inspiration for a good read tomorrow as you nurse a sore head and a dry throat, pop over and see what everyone is starting their year with. I'm a year behind starting Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird so that I can read Go Set a Watchman—that is so 2015!—but it's never too late is it? Thanks Sheila xx.

P.S: I'll also be starting Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz, which my dear Mr Earwig gifted to me amongst other great items this silly season. I'm not good with just one book!

Picking up where I dropped things: blogging once a week at least (I miss it. I can't believe how quickly time passes between blogs if I don't pay attention); giving up sugar again (It went so well until I went to Europe, and then, well, you know, cake.)

And ultimately, doing those things puts me on a path to enjoying my life, making the most of it, and becoming a person I like more. I could have started any day, but I am starting this one.

Pair of shoes number twelve: Bloxy by Irregular Choice. Perfect pattern mixing with gingham, dots and floral. And, surprisingly—on two fronts—they go with everything, and they are really comfortable.

Happy 2016. Enjoy it—it has an extra day!

The Outfit
Dress: Op-shopped, handmade
Kimono: Op-shopped
Shoes: Irregular Choice, Bloxy

Photographer de Jour: Moi

Sharing the love with:

First Book of the Year at Book Journey

Fabulous Kelly Greens at A Pocketful of Polka Dots


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