Archives for Month: August 2015

This is my last ‘Things I Miss’ post, because Tara and I have launched Timeless Thoughts, a monthly linkup we will be co-hosting for the same purpose! It will run on the first Saturday of each month, starting on 5th September, and will be hosted by Tara first. This post is a therefore a little bittersweet, but should not be misinterpreted as a sad one. 🙂

I’ve mentioned it in passing, but I don’t work at the same company as Nick anymore. Although it was a difficult decision, I decided to move on.

Even though I still work close by, I miss working in the same place, though not just because I got to see him every day. I still see him every day anyway. We hardly saw each other at work. We were never working together in the same team, apart from a hackathon (which we won first prize for).

We had the obvious ability to see each other, even if we could only glance from all the way on the other side of the room. We had lunch together and still said hi to each other while walking around the office.

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I currently use external link icons on my blog, by way of an external links plugin for WordPress. It wasn’t until I started including a lot of links to other websites in my Fashion Friday posts for the stores I bought my clothing from that I realised the link icons were getting a bit too much.

Visually, that is.

I initially installed the plugin after seeing the use of the link on Wikipedia and understanding its use as an indicator for a link external to the website. I also saw someone use it on their fansite and thought it was a smart idea. This was somewhere near five years ago, I’m sure.

After browsing the internet I found a plethora of articles related to styling your own external links with CSS (apparently, using JavaScript had been the more ancient option), but none about the whys or reasoning behind why these icons might be necessary.

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Nick helped me shoot this Fashion Friday edition near a church which had some old buildings nearby. I wasn’t too sure about the location but I thought some of the photos turned out well.

I have worn the black shirt with a white skirt most of the time but I tried it with this slightly flared skirt that I got some time ago at a discounted price some time ago. The skirt doesn’t actually have anything wrong with it, just a bit of a break in the pattern, but it’s not that noticeable.

Full body shot
Full body shot

Removing the pin from my hair. I wish my hair was actually this wavy!
Removing the pin from my hair. I wish my hair was actually this wavy!

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In my last Live simply post, I wrote about smart shopping tips for a minimal wardrobe. I got quite a bit of good feedback from it and I promised I would share my experiences decluttering my own wardrobe, getting it from a messy state full of clothes I don’t need, to a more organised state with less clothes.

If, like me, you feel like you need to declutter your wardrobe, you’ll have to consider a few things:

  • If you need to declutter, you have acknowledged that you have too much. (Good work!)
  • You need to face the reality that decluttering does mean getting rid of some things.
  • Be honest with yourself. I’ll probably write a lot of rhetorical questions in this post, but they’re for you to think about, so make sure you give yourself the honest answer. 🙂

How I decluttered my wardrobe

Reduce the amount of storage

I have several different places I put my clothes:

  • built-in wardrobe
  • chest of drawers
  • a dresser with drawers and a large mirror on top
  • a small bed side table
  • two standalone clothing racks

It’s not the best of situations.

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A few days ago I reviewed the July shipment of Kawaii Box. This is just a quick post to announce a giveaway – so if you liked my review and liked what you saw in the Kawaii Box, here is your chance to win a box of your own. 😄

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Something about this particular quote has always puzzled me and I don’t think I quite agree with it.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
—Les Brown

I can see why people are motivated by this quote as it implies that you shouldn’t despair or give up, but at the same time, it’s almost telling you to expect failure rather than saying, ‘it’s OK’. It’s sort of implying that even if you miss the moon, you’ll be OK, and at least you got somewhere. (This post is an interesting take on the quote.)

The thing is, a lot of people deliberately set themselves up for disappointment simply to avoid being in a slump if things don’t go as well as they had wished. It isn’t necessarily the same as setting the bar lower, but it’s something that humans do to feel good about themselves in a cautious way. It’s like trying new things. A lot of us don’t want to go all out, so we change one small thing at a time.

It works for habits, it works for lifestyle changes, it works for learning things.

But it doesn’t work for dreams.

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All the contents of the box
All the contents of the box

Kawaii Box is a subscription service that sends you a handful of cute products from Japan and Korea every month for just $18.90. Kawaii Box kindly sent me this box to review, and this post is my honest opinion.

Kawaii means ‘cute’ in Japanese, so it’s no surprise that these boxes are filled with an handful of cute stationery, accessories and candy. I feel like I have grown out of cute things like this, but it was definitely worth giving this box a shot, considering I loved going to my local Morning Glory or Artbox store and having a browse.

The box arrived a little damaged, and it was called the July box even though it had shipped on 7th August. I received an email with my tracking information, saying ‘Your Kawaii Box order from July 9, 2015 has been shipped’. They ship from the end of the month, but if they are shipping at the end of July, most people would receive their box in August so it should really be the ‘August box’.

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I’m pretty big on writing shorthand CSS. At my previous job, I used to point out instances of 0px or 15px 0px 10px 0px and suggest that they be written as simply 0 or 15px 0 10px. As we used a preprocessor, it minified our code, but there were some things that weren’t taken care of.

There are some linting tools that you can use in your development process to take care of little things like this, but one small thing I didn’t consider was leading zeros in front of decimal places/points.

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Today I am interviewing my slightly younger brother, Brandon. I’ve mentioned him here and there on my blog and regular readers of my blog probably remember that he’s my brother when I mention his name.

I was going to record this interview because it was purely hilarious, but I didn’t – however, I have written Brandon’s answers exactly as he said them. 😄

Brandon on our family trip to Port Macquarie last year
Brandon on our family trip to Port Macquarie last year

If shampoo was flavoured, what flavour would you want it to be?

A fruit flavour… of some kind.

Would you rather have a month’s supply of peppermint chocolate or a month’s supply of peppermint ice cream?

Naahhhhh, fuckin’ peppermint chocolate. The Old Gold. It’s so good.

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Nick and I went to the Dog Lovers Show on the weekend. I got free tickets because the company I work for is one of the sponsors. Nick likes golden retrievers and I am partial to them too, but I have a real soft spot for labradors. He says they are similar enough…

Here are some photos I took.

One of the older dogs doing an obstacle course
One of the older dogs doing an obstacle course

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