Archives for Month: September 2015

Ariane is one of my newest ‘blog friends’, I guess you could say. I’d describe her as someone who loves a bit of fun and adventure! Since I don’t know her very well, I think this was a great opportunity to get to know a little more about her. 😄

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All Colour Envelopes sent me a large assortment of envelopes to review. The company is based in the UK and yes, they sell envelopes only. It might sound rather niche, but when you think about it, envelopes have a huge variety of uses, some of which I didn’t realise until I got a large sample of their products.

Whether you are looking to buy for marketing campaigns, direct mail, company stationery or greeting cards, our extensive ranges provide the high quality that you are looking for. You can choose from 12 lines. From earth rich tones of the Intensive line to ultra bright hues of the Vibrant line you will be amazed at the choice of texture and colour. —www.allcolourenvelopes.co.uk

I was very amazed indeed. I’m often creative, and I have loved creating Christmas cards for the past couple of years. At first, I thought that might be my only use for envelopes, but All Colour Envelopes sells padded envelopes as well. On their website, they are called ‘bubble bags’. Often used to protect delicate or fragile items, I found that one of their bubble bags fit a CD case quite comfortably. They have a metallic range and a glossy range. I’m probably more of a fan of the metallic range. I don’t really like bright colours.

A close look at the metallic colours of some of the bubble envelopes
A close look at the metallic colours of some of the bubble envelopes

Large bubble bags in metallic purple and black. Some foil envelopes underneath
Large bubble bags in metallic purple and black. Some foil envelopes underneath

Smaller bubble bags in neon colours
Smaller bubble bags in neon colours

The company suggests using envelopes to fit your branding. The company I work for has the bright colours orange, green and blue as part of their branding, so I can see the bright orange envelope being quite suitable.

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In the last couple of weeks at my previous job, my friend Andrias pointed out that I was invincible and could do anything I wanted because I was in ‘god mode’. It was common to see that anyone leaving the company was pretty much doing anything they wanted and getting away with doing less work as they wrapped things up.

God mode is hilarious. It takes me back to throwing cheats in Duke Nukem 3D back when I couldn’t be bothered going through and killing all the monster in a level. It takes me back to that particular level that was in Arizona or some kind of rock-desert area and it was just a massive maze of earthy rock, and the only way I could get to the other side was to go through the rock.

I forgot what the cheat was called, but basically, ‘go through walls’ was all I needed, and thank cows that there was a cheat for that.

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Nick and I travelled south to go to the Tulip Time festival. Because I went to Floriade in Canberra last year, I didn’t go last year. Each year the tulips look the same but it’s still lovely to see them each time. Tulips are my favourite flower. 🙂

I think we were mostly really excited to use our new cameras! 😛

A fiery tulip among the plain reddish ones
A fiery tulip among the plain reddish ones

Several rows of different coloured tulips – these were arranged like a rainbow
Several rows of different coloured tulips – these were arranged like a rainbow

Rows of yellow and violet tulips
Rows of yellow and violet tulips

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Side shot of the phone on its box
Side shot of the phone on its box

I pre-ordered the rose gold iPhone 6s when it became available, and it arrived at my work desk on Friday. I was very excited to receive it, I was waiting impatiently until about 4pm for it to arrive. I was chatting with a friend downstairs in the lobby when I saw a postman with a huge container of similar-sized, small boxes.

Yeah, there was no mistaking it – it was likely a box of packed iPhones. When I returned to my desk, there it was!

I had the 5c, and Brandon was dying for it since his iPhone 4s (actually, I don’t remember, perhaps it was even an iPhone 4) got smashed to pieces. He used it until he absolutely couldn’t anymore. Each accidental drop or fall brought it closer to its demise. I kept telling him that he had to wait until September. He was probably more excited about inheriting my 5c than I was about getting this damn pink phone.

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A front-on shot by a pillar covered in branches
A front-on shot by a pillar covered in branches

Time for another Fashion Friday! I am excited about this one because Nick played with my new camera lens. I got to have a feel for it too, since I bought it – though I’ve yet to give it a spin for my forte: at a gig or concert. I am not sure when my next concert to photograph will be.

I have been meaning to include the blouse in this outfit, so I am glad I threw this on when we did this shoot. It’s a blouse that I got as a reward for backing Popbasic’s Kickstarter project – a mission to make ‘The Best Silk Blouse, Ever’.

I have never owned a silk blouse but I knew for a fact that silk was not as shiny-sheeny-smooth as satin, so I did not know what to expect. I pledged about $80 last year so I could grab a tote bag and a set of hair ties with my blouse. I could have picked a plain white blouse and although I considered it, my friend Emi told me that the strawberry print would suit me.

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One handbag is all you need

Handbags puzzle me. When I was younger I had just one backpack. I used it for school. I sometimes used the same bag when I went to dance classes. When I had classes straight after school and travelled to the dance studio, I just had my bag.

Messenger bags slowly became a thing, and at the time I had that ‘rock chick’ style. I collected a lot of badges/pins, and people often pinned badges on the straps of their messenger bags. My strap was really flimsy so I pinned them on the front of my bag instead. It got insane. My bag was absolutely covered in badges.

After messenger bags, handbags became trendy. Girls in high school would carry a shoulder bag or a tote bag, then carry their books in a folder. I had a favourite shiny silver handbag, but it got thrown around a lot and because I had to put it on the floor (damn it I hate putting my bag on the floor), the bottom of it wore out eventually.

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My eye has been hurting all day. I will admit it was hard to open my eyes this morning. I attributed it to being tired but after I kept hitting the snooze button multiple times on my phone, I found that it was actually really difficult to open my eyes because they hurt.

I got through most of the day but I felt a burning sensation on my right eyeball. My left eye is fine. […]

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I probably wasn’t the goody-two-shoes kid in school, but I had a lot of kids pick on me too, so maybe it was fair.

Though I only really remember a couple of things I did that probably made me a bit of a naughty kid. Both things have to do with glue…

Glue sticks were annoying to carry, back in school. People often forgot their glue sticks and if the teachers weren’t mad, they would happily offer you a pot of this cheap, weird, porridge-like Clag glue which came in a pot where the lid had a brush attached to it, and you would dip it in the pot to get some glue. I think it’s called Clag paste now?

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The question most curious people ask is, ‘Why do you love x?’

‘What kind of question is that?’

Most people are not able to explain why.

In my current relationship, compared to previous ones, I can pick out the mundane, stupid things that are so obviously and hilariously affectionate, that I couldn’t possibly imagine being OK doing to, or with, anyone else.

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