Mellow Yellows

It's no secret I'm a bit of a thinker. I love to think about big important stuff, small frivolous stuff, why I think the way I think, and how the way I think shapes my views and opinions. As a progressive thinker with progressive morals and values I feel like thinking about everything is incredibly important. 

I love it when people challenge my thoughts/views/morals and or give me new things to think about/ ways to think about them. My views and opinions are by no means perfect or of the highest moral standing (or free of bias), but I feel by keeping an open mind when it comes to these challenges I can 1) learn and grow as a person 2) spread that knowledge when it needs to be spread. 

That being said, I haven't thought about everything. Recently I went shopping with a friend of mine (we both had things to get at lush/needed stuff to make our respective colds suck less). We were in the pharmacy, when she started looking at the Natural/crystal/aluminium free deodorant. Naturally this lead to a discussion about cosmetics/animal cruelty (which was her catalyst for researching these products) 

Intellectually I've "known" about animal cruelty. Every so often it pops up in mainstream media or on my facebook page, or a youtuber/social media influencer I watch/follow will talk about it, and I'll think "Man, that sucks" but somehow it didn't occur to me that the products I use were tested on animals (pro tip, unfortunately almost all the stuff I use(and probably you use) is). I've been feeling like a bit of an idiot all week due to this "sudden realisation" that most stuff with "chemicals" is tested on animals (and that it's not just cosmetics. It's household cleaning products as well), but now I'm aware, I'm going to take steps to go cruelty free. 

The first step to this little journey of mine is when I use stuff up to research cruelty free alternatives to the product I was using. One of the easiest ways to do this is by searching for products that have the leaping bunny certification. The leaping bunny was designed by a bunch of cruelty free/animal rights movements/companies and insures that the product meets cruelty free standards such as not testing their product on animals, or making use of ingredients that have been tested on animals by other companies. They also have a number of great resources that you can use to educate yourself. (Another great but less formal resource is Cruetly Free Kitty. This site publishes articles and reviews in an easy to digest, yet informative manner) 

Super sneaky edit: Another friend of mine just let me know about this app for cruelty free research of products on the go

On a less serious note how cute is this blouse!? This is my other recent acquisition from The Treasure Trade. The colour is a very light grey, and the fabric feel kind of like a knit/chiffon hybrid (there's probably a technical term for it, but I can't be bothered right now/don't really care that much) The coat I'm wearing isn't a recent acquisition, however, this is the first time it's been worn by me. I thrifted it in October last year, and have been waiting since then for the weather to be at the appropriate temperature for me to wear it. 

I've also got some new glasses! I'm super happy with the frames (I bought 2 new frames, then changed the lenses in one pair I already own) but I'm not quite convinced that my prescription is quite right. My eye deterioration this time round has been quite different, and I'm aware that there is a transition period when you get a new prescription that differs dramatically from your old one, but I feel like the problems I'm having (I've been getting headaches/feeling motion sick) are a bit more than "transition problems". Then again, it could just be because I was actually sick with a cold. I think I'll give them another week and monitor my eyesight/functioning and see if they get better or worse) 

Lotsa lace

wpid-pict_20150408_171930_20150408214037288.jpg Today was my last full day in beautiful Kiama. Rohan (the boyfe) Katherine (the smexy beast who's been in some of my posts this week) and I are heading back to the Central Coast tomorrow (unfortunately not via my bands gig at Symposium Bar, which was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Hopefully we'll be able to play there in the near future! ) We've had a fabulous week full of relaxing, catching up with friends, painting, indulging in way to much netflix, finding awesome new musicians , and discovering fun new toys like Rory's Story Cubes and Kinetic Sand.

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Let me tell you about the wonder which is Kinetic Sand. It's this odd sand which is a 2% polymer mix which gives it these odd non Newtonian fluid like properties, but it's not wet or sticky. I found it in a small toy shop on our first day, and was thinking about the purchase all week. (I caved today, and I'm glad I did. This stuff is the greatest). I have a lot of trouble keeping my hands still, so this will be great for me.

 

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Goodbye Kiama, and thanks for the awesome week! <3

Welcome to the 60's

wpid-c360_2014-11-03-17-35-36-750.jpg As well as being a loving mother, my mum is an enabler of my crazy fashion adventures. She went shopping on the weekend, and bought me these fantastic shoes. When I saw them, I just had to pair them with a vintage outfit I've been meaning to try for ages (But never felt game)

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The coat I'm wearing is one half of a yellow two piece my dad found at a vintage shop in Sydney. The dress is one half of a pink two piece my mum and I found in the best shop in woy woy (shop 55 yo!)

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I don't wear this type of dress very often (I think it's called a shift dress?) If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll notice that I tend to go for form fitting dresses, which come in at the waist, and almost always with a full skirt. This dress is the exact opposite, but, I kind of love it.

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I took my outfit photos on the board walk near a local park. While I was strolling around/looking for the perfect railing to attach my camera to, I found myself reminiscing.

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At the high school I went to, we had to participate in thursday afternoon sport. Myself and my small, but close group of friends used to choose what sport we'd do as a group (because unless you took sport with friends, it was a lonely and painfully boring experience)

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Anyway, when we were feeling particularly cheep, we'd choose "powerwalking" (which was really walk around at a leisurely pace around Gosford) Often the path would intersect with the board walk.

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The boardwalk was always my favourite route. It's such a serene place. I don't get to go as often as I like, but whenever I go, it's always so very quiet, and I've never seen another person there.

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Speaking of memories, it's weird how they can change over time. When I used to think back on boardwalk fun times, I always remembered there being a bench here. There is no evidence of a bench. I'm entirely sure my mind created a bench, and now I am questioning my sanity.

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