Green Machine

shoes There comes a point in every young adults life where they look into moving out of their parents home because living there doesn't make sense anymore. I've reached that point, and as well as being a little scary, It's a big fat reminder that yes, despite my appearance and lifestyle, I am in fact an adult.

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Rohan and I have started viewing and applying for houses. I may be a little bit excited.  The area we're looking at is pretty close to home, it's just significantly closer to public transport, making my life a whole lot easier (and my transport costs wayyy cheaper)

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I've been living in the same house for 20 years, so this whole packing up your life and moving thing is a foreign concept for me. It'll be fun though. I'm currently living on an opposite sleep schedule to my parents (They wake up in the wee hours of the morning to go to work, and I come back in the wee hours of the morning returning home from work), so this move will make life easier for everyone.



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This is what I wore on Monday. I don't tend to wear this skirt often. I'm not sure why, but it's super comfy, and I'll definitely be wearing it more often.  It's made from a chiffon type fabric with really tight single pleats. You can't see it super well from the photos (I did take detail shots, but I failed at focusing the camera :s) but this skirt is covered in tiny white apples with purple leaves.



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One thing I'm really not looking forward to about moving out is I won't be able to take my dogs with me. Out of all of the houses we're looking at viewing (I think there were about 10 or 15 in our price range) there was one that might consider pets, and even if the others allowed pets, they were mostly flats. It wouldn't be fair to move my doggies from having a big backyard to maybe a tiny balcony. I'll still be able to visit them, but it won't be the same.


One Whole Year.

Oh my gosh, I've been posting on The Emerald Ruby now for a whole year! I thought as  a celebration of my fist successful attempt at blogging, I would share my 12 favourite outfits for this year. 20140529_131309(0)









I finally bought my current camera after 5 months of conning my friends and family into playing photographer for me!




Unfortunately it would still take me a few more months to cave and buy a tripod.






It's amazing to not only see how much my style has changed in the year since starting The Emerald Ruby, but to see how much my sewing has improved, and how much my photography has improved too! (although, that photography improvement is only noticeable when I'm not too busy to shoot properly!)

Lastly, I'd like to thank you all for sticking around with me! It's been a blast.

Lets hope this next blogging year is as good as the first!

Vests, Apples and tiny corners of the yard.

wpid-c360_2015-01-14-18-23-00-448.jpg Aww man, today was so hot. Like you can't stand in the sun without burning to a crisp kind of hot.




The only thing of note today that happened was going for a crispy walk with Rohan along the cycleway. Before he came over and informed me of the disgusting temperature outside I was considering wearing a very light cardigan (I'd been in air conditioning all day and was feeling slightly chilly.) I am so so so glad I did not wear a cardigan. (I was hot enough in the outfit I wore today)


I also discovered a cute new spot to shoot in. I didn't managed to capture it today,  but there is actually a really cool gate hidden behind my body. (I'll capture it next time I promise.) This is the part of the yard Dad stores all of his excess bits of wood and various pots. With the little vine growing on the fence it made me feel as if I was some sort of run down secret garden.





Busking and Bowties

wpid-20141209_183723.jpg I had a half day off today, which was a nice change of pace considering how busy I've been!

Yesterday my band went busking in Sydney. Originally we were meant to play live on my friends radio show Home Made Mondays (You can listen to her here on Monday mornings 10-12 and you can catch up on her show here! But all the technology failed (Fear not! We will be rescheduling !) We were also meant to play at a community arts thing in the evening, but it fell through because of the storms (which cleared up once the event was cancelled).


Busking was hot, and it was hard (especially seeing as we went fully acoustic, meaning Jake and Tim had to work super hard to get any sort of audible noise) and we didn't make much ($12 yo!) but it was hella fun!

We've since ironed out the kinks (ie lack of amplification) in our setup, and are going to attempt busking again tomorrow before our gig at Valve Bar in Sydney!




Tomorrow night is going to be nuts. We're playing with 3 other fabulous bands; Psychic Sun, Baltic Bah Mitzvah and Rhythm Hunters  Anyway, if you live in/ can get to Sydney tomorrow night, it'll be heaps sick Event --->



As a consequence of all of this rushing about, I have somehow misplaced my favourite bow which I pin onto all of my dresses/skirts/shirts when doing a white based outfit. I rectified that situation today by modifying a cheap bow tie (I basically removed the neck strap and sewed a brooch back onto it) I've been amazed at how difficult I find styling an outfit when I don't have some sort of external bow to pin to it.


Anyway, if you find yourself in Sydney tomorrow, keep an ear out for the nutty sounds of Vanishing Shapes.

Misogynist teenage bogans: AKA Why I maintain tunnel vision while in public

wpid-camera_20141126194826823.jpg Today was quite an eventful day. It started out with having coffee with Ro and Adam, which was very lovely, then followed by an awful afternoon full of teenage misogynist bogans, and then topped off by an Orchestral rehearsal which left me tired and Hangry.

I was verbally assalted by 3 separate packs of teenage boys this afternoon within the space of an hour. The first event was when I was getting out of my car to take outfit photos. Two boys no older than 14 yelled out various versions of "hey sexy" and "nice ass"

The second event was at a local Mc Donalds, where I was greeted with more "hey sexy" and variations thereof by slightly older boys.

The third was when I was buying a drink from the servo. This bogan was probably about 17ish 18 ish. He was wearing shorts, and one of those racerback singlets with the huge armholes and low neckwhich shows off all the "alpha male muscles bro ha ha footy"ness of their physique.

Finally, to top off these three events, I was told that I was asking for it because of the way I had dressed that day. I can 100% guarantee had I been male, wearing shorts and nothing else , I wouldn't have heard a peep from the young lads in woy woy.

So, After that word vomit, this is what I wore today.


This outfit may be unusual, but in no way is it provocative. I'm wearing long sleeves for goodness sake! My shorts may be short, but the length still has a good 5 cm's on the current lengths of store bought short shorts.

I don't even know why I'm trying to justify why my outfit shouldn't be commented on in such an inappropriate way. I am not an object. I am human and should be treated as such. The behavior displayed by the bogans this afternoon is inappropriate and dehumanizing. Their behaviour aims to not only put me down, but to make me feel less than, and to make my gender feel less than.

I suppose I just can't believe that such uncivilized people still exist in today's society. I think the saddest thing is that these boys will probably have children one day, and these children will be taught that this behaviour is ok. The only way for these children to ever have a chance at not continuing the sexism cycle is for people (especially women) to come out and talk about these experiences.


The next time you experience sexist behaviour, I emplor you to speak out publicly against it. It's the only way to create a safe an equal enviroment for ourselves, and our future generation.