Yellow Turtle Necks, Tea Cup Skirts and Stripey Socks

shoes Today was a good day. It was spent at Tim's place with Vanishing Shapes, rehearsing and recording with a friend of mine and her music production group. We spent a good portion of the day recording 4 tracks for their assignment (which will be doubling as the demo recording for the EP we're recording in September)

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The group were fabulous to work with. They were super prepared, quick to set up and pack up, and really cool peeps to hang with. We did a stereo acoustic recording, which was a different experience for us. The last time we recorded we each had individual mics, which meant individual mistakes/balance errors could be fixed in post. With the type of recording did today, it was important for the performance to be near perfect, as the microphones were capturing the ensemble as a whole.  I'm really looking forward to hearing the finished recordings.

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This is what I wore today. I'd thrifted this turtleneck a while ago, but wasn't sure how to style it. I rediscovered it in the move, and now I know exactly how to wear it! :D I'm pretty tired, so I'll leave you all with the rest of the images from my shoot today :).

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Mint Fairy Dreams

wpid-20150508_153357.jpg This outfit is being posted significantly later that I would have liked! I wore this on Friday, then life happened to me shortly after taking these shots, and continued happening without any break until approximately 2 hours ago when I sat down to work on my uni work (I'm currently taking a little break because having my own opinion after formal compulsory education (Which was the last time I had to write critically) is really really hard)

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So yeah! I actually had a pretty sound reason for my outfit choice. My band played at the Newcastle University HSC Music day which was a pretty rad (and somewhat emotionally confusing) experience. All of the rad parts came from performing to a bunch of people who were there to get their music on in a serious way/ being able to talk to them about srs music business  stuff after the performance. We did two lots of performing: we were the "students filing into the hall" music, and then one of our pieces was an example of unusual contemporary music (I can't remember the exact description, but the word contemporary was definitely used). I also had a couple of friends attending. One was attending as a teacher, and the other was attending as a student.

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I couldn't help but feel a little sad seeing all of these students tethered to their teachers, their school uniform, and the whole formal education system. My senior years of highschool weren't the greatest. Highschool destroyed my creativity. I had a crappy music teacher, which made the silly HSC terminology, and goofball music analysis process incredibly difficult, my English teacher killed any love I had for words, and critical writing (this is something which I'm only just starting to get over now), My design and tech teacher while lovely, was incredibly vague about what the subject actually required us to do, and the process of HSC art made me burn out (I only just started painting semi seriously again 6 months ago, and I've only just started sculpting on a semi regular basis again, not to mention actually experimenting with new techniques and character creation!)

Don't get me wrong, compulsory formal education can be great if you're brain is wired for that type of learning and you have great teachers. I just don't learn well that way, and the school I ended up at was kind of a cultural/educational black hole (that is to say, it was a bit of a crappy high school) I'm actually so lucky that I had (and still have) such a great group of friends. Without them, I don't think I would have survived.

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Speaking of friends! One of the main reasons this post is late is because my friend Katherine turned 21! (well, is turning 21 in a few days... She had a party last night!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY PANTS :D

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Somewhere, beyond the sea

wpid-pict_20150506_140315.jpg I know that I've been complaining about how early the sun has been setting recently, but this evening I have changed my view.

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I forgot how lovely the light is during Autumn (It's soft and warm, not harsh and toasty like summer). I also forgot how beautiful the sun sets are (The sky turns into this wonderful pastel gradient)

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Every time I make tentacle jewellery I feel like dressing in a sea creature sort of way. I felt like the whales on my skirt match the tentacles in a bottle perfectly. I also need to wear this shirt more. I bought it ages ago, but hardly ever wear it for some unknown reason. Anyway, after today I 'm totally going to wear it with all the things!

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Bright oranges and pastely goodness feat. Jens top 10 underrated Youtubers

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If you don't live along the East Coast of NSW, you may not know about the hellish weather we've had the past couple of days. There's been flash flooding, heavy rain and cyclonic winds so severe that education institutions across the Hunter and down to the Illawarra region have been closed (including my Uni, which means I haven't been at work, nor have I been at uni). My house has fared fairly well. We've been lucky enough to retain our power and phone lines, and as far as water damage is concerned, we've only had minor damage done to our fence.

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Being so cooped up (and living in my pj's) for a day and a half had me itching to wear proper/ bright clothes, so that's exactly what I did. I decided to wear a slight varition of an outfit I wore last week for 2 reasons: 1) I couldn't photograph it properly because lighting and 2) the colours are a mixture of super bright and pastel, solving my hankering for bright colours caused by the weather, and solving my hankering for pastel goodness caused by CupCakesClothes, Mermaidens, Kate Gabrielle, and a whole host of new people I'm following on Instagram.

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Something I've been wanting to do for a while is create a top 10 list of underrated people on Youtube. Not many people know this, but I'm an avid watcher of Youtube, and have been since like 2008. I watch so.many.people. many of which don't have many subscribers/who are much less popular than a similar youtuber who does what they do less well. Seeing as I'm on a real "support all the artists I can" kick, I thought I would bring you my current "Top 10 youtubers I think are terribly underrated and who you should totally check out if you like youtube" (for the purposes of this list, I will be calling "underrated" any youtuber with less than 100,000 subscribers) So, in no particular order:

1) Meow It's Lucy: Is an English vlogger who vlogs about stuff. Sometimes it's life stuff, sometimes it's learning stuff, but no matter what the topic, she's always delightful and conversational. I also have a touch of fringe envy because her fringe is amazingly thick and always neat/evenly cut (and never in her eyes!)

2) Abb3rz07: Is an American vlogger who (again) vlogs about stuff. She tends to mostly vlog about music (she's highly involved as an audience member/photographer/critic in the Seattle music scene, which is so totally cool) , feminism, makeup/beauty/fashion with a touch of life stuff as well.

3) A Con Mann: Aka Conner Manning is someone who I've only just started watching. When I found him I may have binge watched most of the video's on his channel. He tends to vlog about serious stuff in an almost stand up way (his tone is usually a bit more serious, but he seems to take delivery cues from that particular performance technique). It is always a delight to be able to delight in his progressive views on life/gender/sexuality/mental disorders, and his videos are always incredibly well researched.

4) Choncey Boddington: Is a booktuber by description, but does not only vlog about books. She's highly intelligent and has a brilliant conversational tone surrounding her videos. She's recently be vlogging less about books and more about life stuff, but books have always (and will probably always) be the center of her focus.

5) It's A Me, Myleo: Is what I'll call a comedic life vlogger. His filming and topics mostly come from stuff that's happened, and are always talked about in a hilariously sarcastic way. Some of my favourite videos are from when he and Old Hot Radio hang out/collaborate as they share the same sarcastic comedy tone.

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6) Elmify: Has that sort of big sistery type thing going on. I started watching her when I was in year 11, and am always excited when one of her sporadic videos land in my sub box (She's also a host on How To Adult, and as much as I love those video, they're just not the same). She's also a comedic life vlogger, with her approach being an almost sketch like take on the medium.

7) Marina Shut up:is my favourite sarcastic, Daria-esque feminist vlogger. She's recently started doing a series called "feminist fridays" (which I've shared across social media on several occasions). I love her videos. They're always really well researched and informative, and really great if you're only just getting into feminism.

8) Mr Nee Naw: is a great all rounder. He does sketches and vlogs and is really great at whatever medium he chooses. He doesn't post as much as he used to, but is still brilliant regardless.

9) Sam Chaplinify: Is basically a more serious Conner Manning with a non fixed camera angle. I love his conversational vlogging style, and he is always sincere and well informed.

10) Ophellia Dagger: Aka Old Hot Radio is an English Vlogger (I'd even go so far as to say commedian) who is hilarious and brilliant. (I may have said in no particular order at the top of my list, but I have definitely saved the best for last). She tends to have a sarcastic style of comedy, and is just so very captivating.

BONUS LIST: These channels have over 100000 Subs, but I still think they should be way more popular than they are:

11) Mike Falzone: Is a stand up comedian come vlogger, who has quite an original take on a "standard" format. He somehow manages to capture everything i love about standup, and apply it to the vlog format without loosing what I love so much about the typical "vlog".  He also performs live regularly (which is brilliant, but makes me a tad sad, seeing as he only performs in not Australia)

12) Sexplanations: is my favourite education channel on Youtube. It's basically everything you should have been taught in sex ed in an indepth and supportive manner. Dr Doe has this brilliant way of taking the gross and the shame out of sex ed, instead replacing it with support and understanding. She also answers viewer questions on a semi regular basis.

13) Agent XPQ: Aka Tales of Mere Exsistance is a cartoonist who presents his videos in an incredibly unique fashion. I'd call his style Narrated live comic strip, as he draws part of each cell on a translucent piece of paper, and narrates his videos in post production. There was a point in year 12 where I had all of this videos downloaded to my laptop so I could watch/show them to people at my leisure. (This was before 3g and wifi were completely abundent)

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I hope you check out these youtubers. They're all kind of sort of completely amazing, and it would be lovely to see them get more support :)

Green Hair, Don't Care

wpid-c360_2014-12-23-15-42-59-037_20141223220659905.jpg You know those days where you hardly leave the house? I had one of those today (I only left the house to pick up a few things from Coles)

I decided that I may as well dress up and take some outfit photos while I was at it, hence why I'm wearing a pretty dress.

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I also broke out my green wig. As well as having no need to leave the house, I was having a bad hair day, and I could not be bothered trying to wrangle my hair into an acceptable state, so I just shoved some fake hair on top.

 

 

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If I didn't have to be conservative at my job (and if I didn't have to wash my hair so often) I would totally dye my hair this colour (in fact, I had parts of it dyed this colour for a little while. The upkeep was wayyy to much trouble)

 

 

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I've also been experiencing what I like to call "Wardrobe Meh". I get like this when I haven't been sewing for a while. The symptoms include: Feeling bored with my wardrobe, Only wanting to wear pieces I've sewn then deciding that everything I've made is crap (except that one skirt that's in my wash basket), changing my outfit 3 or 4 times before I leave the house because it makes me feel; fat, frumpy, bleh, colour blind. I hate feeling like this (which Is why I'm currently with my sewing machine, gearing up for a late night of sewing madness.)

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