A sample of zine covers from my collection L-R; U-D: SSE #10 VS FORCE by VS | Sunless by Danny Shimoda | Audrey & Audrey by Ayano Takeuchi | How’s it Hanging? by Timbo400 | MENACE by Chris Yee | Fix your Clothes by Raleigh Briggs | Fight your Fears by Alejandro Giraldo | Do-it-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade

Sorry for being MIA! It was not intentional I swear it. To be honest, getting on the computer recently has been a bit of a drag because… Netflix is literally sucking up all the data speed on the internet lately. Real talk, as if the constant loading pinwheel of death was not a constant reminder of how behind the whole country is in this tech-dependant age, you get this:


Wanna know what this is doing? Nothing! It’s literally NOT loading. Yes, Netflix has indeed killed the loading icon and is now in a permanent state of refresh button bashing CPR life support.


And it will drive you insane! (not Netflix, I love you. Australia’s slow internet, I hate you)


But I digress.


I am resisting the urge to spend more money than necessary at the moment on clothing to share the second passion in my life – zines.

I realised I haven’t shared my collection here but over the years, I have hoarded what I like to describe as a nice “musing” anthology of particular writings or photo essays on what I so happen to reflect on over a regular basis – or just because I like the publication.

I have a terrible habit of showing favouritism and judge books by their cover so there’s a build up of art book types, but I’ve seen some foodie ones like this ode to Pie zine which I definitely would get into. I’m also in the mood for a zine full of just bad puns or awkward responses to daily situations. Perhaps illustrated with a cute caricature of Brick Tamland from Anchorman – I’d buy that.

Here’s a few gem reads from the pile:


Title: スープを飲む少年 by ムライ. An indie manga I picked up in Japan, the title translates to “The Boy Who Drinks Soup” storytelling the various “ways” the chef sources his ingredients to serve his little customer. Great for those who like dark humor.


Title: Natural Health by Thisispaper. I actually got this supplementary zine from a purchase on their online shop and realized how good this zine was for work! From tired eye exercise methods to remedies for colds, it’s a keeper for any office worker. Now if only they had a cure for RIS in my wrist…


Title: Do-it-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade. We all have days when we’re just sad, and not the “I ordered a feast and only got a lettuce leaf” type of sad. It’s the kind that is born from insecurities or the luxury of too much boredom and when you need some general guidance, Adam is there with his words of wisdom. Kudos!


Title: The Story of Gardens by Kuba Woynarowski. As you can see, is an abstract story with stunningly detailed drawings in a comic/graphic novel style told in only red, white and black. The art in this is so beautiful and surreal, you really appreciate the artist’s attention to detail on the more intricate pages.

In recent news, this weekend sees the return of the MCA Zine Fair at Circular Quay so if you’re in the area definitely stop by for some inspo, creative mind mingling and maybe a freebie decal with your new read.





My Zine Swag

Although I did love the many art zines I saw, I tried to go for some other types of zines since my collection is becoming a bit bias.

I had an urge recently to rewatch Tim Burton’s Batman Returns for the costume designs and it was fitting to find a zine dedicated to Catwoman herself! Catwoman75 by Jennifer Wu is a zine dedicated to celebrating 75 years of Selina Kyle in all her forms (except Halle Berry’s version because, although she is a good actress, that movie thou…).

I also got a Kanye Loves Kanye card and “I Am A God” from Daniel Malik. A great zine of quotes and inspirational sayings from the mouth of god himself.



I also got these two cute zines, Aters Gonna Ate and Literal Movies by Penny Wongpaibool and Paul Fiore. I thought there would be some foodie zines but alas I wasn’t able to find any, so Aters Gonna Ate fueled my food wish especially for smoothie ideas. Literal Movies is a quirky zine that creates short funny synopsis based on if the movie’s title was literally the movie itself.

The MCA Zine Fair’s final day is tomorrow so be sure to check it out!


Until Next Time!






On my morning and afternoon bus rides to and from work, I noticed a new little cafe pop up along the route.  It’s dimly lit interior and out of the ordinary exterior, captured my curiosity.  So naturally here we are, welcome dear readers to The Hidden Thimble’s  Greatly Terrific Food Outing at Blacksmith Surry Hills.

Setting and Atmosphere

Rating: ★★★



Blacksmith’s atmosphere reminded me so similarly of the cafe culture Siree and I had experienced in Korea.

Finally Australia. You’re catching up…and possibly even doing better!

That’s right, you’ll find no half-assed decor here.  Prepare to be fully submerged into an immaculately detailed blacksmithery.   Actually correction, step into your imaginations with me here.   Let’s pretend you’re walking through deserted woodlands, and ahead of you, you see a lonely structure standing within the fog. You approach it and open the door to an abandoned blacksmithery, overgrown with woodland flora:




You’ll be served your tea in boxy, heavy-weight tea pots and your water in full blown glass pitchers.


What’s a menu without some hand stitched leather?




Rating: ★★★

Dine in messy elegance.  What is messy elegance?  Messy elegance is the term I have decided perfectly describes Blacksmith’s food – rustic presentation mixed with the sophistication of soft shelled crab or poached chicken and quinoa. Delicious!



Salad 01: Tri – Coloured Quinoa with baked beetroot, walnuts, persian feta, roasted pumpkin, avocado, pomegranate and date balsamic vinaigrette. Salad 02: Poached Pulled Chicken w/ brown rice salad, mixed dried berries, tamari and prune star-anise vinaigrette

The great thing with this dish was that we could go half and half with a choice of any two salads.  I could have gone without the quinoa salad, it sounded a lot better on the menu than it tasted, but that poached chicken with brown rice salad was to die for.  I’d never tasted such a soft and succulent chicken before.  I was left craving for days!


Soft Shelled Crad Burger w/ pickled asian slaw, shredded fennel, kimchi salsa, mayonnaise on a Brioche Bun

This dish for me is definitely a recommendation, not only is it unique – I mean have you heard of a soft shell crab burger? – but it also tasted good.  Another bonus was, for non korean chefs, that kimchi was spot on!


Kale Juice | Banana Smoothie

The reason why the food here scored 4 stars, is because of the drinks. Both Siree and I were somewhat underwhelmed with our cutely presented beverages, further proof that eating with your eyes is only half the battle.

The Cheeky Bits on the Side:


Pomegranate Rose Tart

This was yum, the negative was too much complication.  The desert would have been perfect without the chocolate on the bottom.



Rating: ★★

 It’s really unfortunate that the place was so busy, because I’m sure the staff would have been a lot nicer.  I almost felt sorry for the poor lady who greeted us at the door, her eyes, voice, expression just said “please, go away.”  I know how that feels having worked in food retail myself.

Pricing and Value for Money

Rating: ★★★

Blacksmith is quite pricey, but it’s definitely worth it for some dishes – I’d pay any price to eat that poached chicken again.

The Details

Where: 11 Chalmers Street Surry Hills NSW 2010

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 07:00–17:00  |  Sat – Sun: 08:00–16:00

Phone: (02) 9690 0103

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blacksmithsurryhills/


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The last entry in my solo trip before heading to Hawaii to meet my sister for my birthday. My time in SF was cut short to only two days and I only wished I had found a local’s guide to the slope hills of The Bay like Soothing Sista’s awesome list to better navigate myself. For the city that was the backdrop to my favourites Mrs Doubtfire and freakin Charmed, I found the city that everyone seemed to gush over was just not AS exciting as I thought it would be. I dunno for some reason I could not figure out where to go and what to do on my own. Like I was on Valencia and just didn’t know what to do with myself… The Mission = Boring? That would be seriously whack in any local’s mind I bet! 

There were 3 thoughts that ran though my mind when observing the scene in San Francisco:

First, is this animal or human shit/piss I’m seeing/smelling on the streets?

Second, why are there so many homeless/hustlers in the city area?

Lastly, why are the shops closed at 7pm and train station closed until 9am on the weekends?

Nevertheless, I was able to enjoy a couple of sights, eating spots and lots and I mean lots of walking (like from the beginning of the Financial District to the Golden Gate Bridge along The Embarcadero and Marina by foot – you do the math) to explore the major parts of the city.

By pure coincidence I happened to land on Fleet Day so everything along The Embarcadero was in full military and navy celebration with plane shows and military personnel in uniform, as well as lots of food stalls. Damn them BBQ turkey legs were huge and smelt good! But I wanted something a little more than just grilled protein while I was there.

Since I wasn’t able to make it to the South, there was no way I could not stop at Brenda’s French Soul Food to try my first taste of Southern food. Beating the crowd I was lucky to get the bar table since I was a solo diner but was worried they might have sold out on all the goods. Lucky for me that wasn’t the case! Gumbo and signature beignets mmm, the breakfast for a hungry traveler.

And how could I pass up on the chance to eat seafood! Though everyone says that you need to eat seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, looking online I found Swan Oyster Depot on Polk St and it was the best experience of eating seafood I have ever had so far! The staff were super friendly and prepared everything so nicely and the selection was so fresh you just wanted to eat everything – sashimi style of course unless it’s the chowder.  There were some things that I wasn’t able to find on the menu that was available like the sea urchin so being friendly with your waiter is the trick to see what they can whip up for you if you want something fancy.

If you can only stay in San Francisco like me for a couple of days, definitely check out the Walt Disney Family Museum near the Presidio area to appreciate the work and life of the man behind the mouse. If you are an animator, art student or just a very devoted Disney fan there is nothing that beats seeing the painted cell drawings in person or enjoy reading Disney’s personal menu and miniature toy collection. I can’t describe the feeling of seeing these drawings on display, especially since I took my Film major seriously when I was in university as I wanted to be an animator but it was exciting to be able to be up close to see the paint work of each line and the sketch scratches on each draft of a character’s face. For me that was a really exciting moment while being there. 

I think I would give San Francisco another chance in the future. Perhaps on a bike, with a friend and another beignet on the go.


Until next time!



We’re taking a moment to reflect and digest what rocked our world earlier in March, like this whole “Dress Gate – Is this blue and black or white and gold?” issue and the Magnum-importance that is Zoolander at Paris Fashion Week as we were nominated by Ann at Hey Liao! for a Liebster award! Thank you so much dear! The sweetest flattery :)

Before we get down to the Q&A for those who are wondering, this award is given to bloggers by bloggers like a chain to encourage and support the discovery of other upcoming blogs out there. From being readers to now blogging ourselves, it’s lovely to send some hearts over to your fellow peers you visit online and pass on the Care Bear feels to others who care about blogging just as much as we do! Ready for our speed date? Let’s go!




1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions from your nominator.

3. Nominate bloggers who have less than 500 followers. (Basing this on Bloglovin, if not then Instagram “microblog”)

4. Create 11 new questions.

5. Notify your nominees through social media


1. Are you a better blogger at Day/Night?

Siree: Recently I found blogging in the day really motivates me.

I use to do a lot of my idea planning and writing at night and found that my mind was too wind down and relaxed to focus so I’m trying to do the bulk of my writing and planning when my day starts off fresh.

Talyssa: I only seem to ever do blogging at night after work…because that is my only free time :(

2. What have you learnt from blogging?

Siree: I don’t think I’ve “learnt” a great deal from blogging as it’s really more of an extension of what I like to do in my free time but I’ve certainly “developed” more, like my writing style, photography skills etc.

Talyssa:  That it is super hard to balance work, friends, boyfriend, family, blog, me time.

3. How has blogging changed your life?

Siree: It gives me something to look forward to during the day and the idea of doing something that was a creative project has always appealed to me.

Talyssa:  I wouldn’t say it has changed my life, but more extended.  It gives me a reason to practice hobbies like fashion, photography, graphic design, writing.

4. What’s your star sign? 

Siree: Libra

Talyssa:  I’m right on the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius and I say I have qualities of both, but I’m definitely more a Scorpio.

5. What are your must have tools for blogging (camera, software etc.)?

Siree: Other than the obvious good camera and spell check, you do need to invest in your creativity since it gives you the inspiration to write an interesting post, the ability to write in the way you want to express yourself and so on. I also find more than Photoshop, camera apps like VSCOM are my recent go-to for photo retouching.

Talyssa: A good camera, an interesting perspective, the ability to write, how to use Photoshop and the drive to keep on going.  It’s so easy to start a blog and even easier to give up on it.

6. Who takes your photos?

Siree: Unless otherwise stated, Talyssa. It’s one of the perks of sharing a blog :)

Talyssa: Siree, haha.

7. What is your favorite dish?

Siree: I’m truly food obsessed but if I had to choose at this current time, it’s Lebanese food. I like a lot of variety.

Talyssa: Oh my gawd. Do not even ask me this question it is too cruel.  But if I had to pick one, I always enjoy my Thai mango salad with soft shell crab..om nom nom nom nom

8. If you could travel anywhere right now! Where would you go?

Siree: I really want to go back to Asia. Venice comes in a close second.

Talyssa:  South America  - the adventure!

9. Please share a few of your favorite posts (from your blog) and why you love them!

 Siree: I really like our Korea Travel Series posts. It always brings back great memories reading through again:

Myeongdong – Shopping, fur trends and skinship groping Ajuuma

Clothing Overload and Hyper-Giddyness in Dongdaemun!


Insadong – For all your Holiday Souvenir Needs!

Samcheongdong – A Sweet Neighbourhood

Hongdae – Because Korean Hipsters are WAY cooler than Hipsters in Newtown

Korean Themed Restaurants and Cafes – Part One and Part Two

See more here!

The WHATIWEAR Sydney Fashion Blogger Meet is another favourite. It was awesome to meet other local bloggers who are more than just “a keyboard away” if you get what I mean.

Talyssa: I particularly love the Cobwebs shoot and Magic in the sky, because they both turned out so magical looking.  Im also very fond of our first ever shoot, the lighthouse was absolutely beautiful, and probably the shoot we put the most effort into.

I also really like our GTFO’s because, well, food. duh. yum.

10. Have you made some good friends from blogging?

As horrible as the word is, we have “e-met” a couple of other bloggers who we share a couple of moments with whether online or off. It would be great if we could meet up one day. We want to do a blog meet soon! 

11. Where do you want to take your blog next?

Siree: Overseas! I would love to blog about my adventures and life somewhere interesting and feed off the energy of where I end up. I would also like to open a blog shop soon and curate a collection!

That’s a wrap! Thank you again Ann!

Here are the nominees! 

 The Name Drop:


Here are our 11 Questions! 

1. What’s the story behind your blog name?

2. What does a normal day in your life look like?

3. Tea or coffee?

4. Why did you start your blog?

5. What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?

6. What is your favorite post that you’ve written? (Please provide link!)

7. What is the most exciting thing about blogging for you?

8. What’s your favourite social media platform?

9. Do you think of yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?

10. What or who is your current obsession?

Until next time!


Siree and Talyssa

  • John Lawes - Awww…thanks Siree and Talyssa! I’m going to go ahead and post this over at GFT, but for your readership here’s the answers to your questions:

    1. What’s the story behind your blog name?

    well…the slogan up at the header of the blog reads “…firing unobserved rounds at anything moving.” I was an artillery fire direction chief when I was in the Army, and I still write a lot about military issues. A “graphic firing table” is a sort of slide rule the gunners use to adjust fire. In one of my first posts I described it as: “…a simple but useful tool that helps you to commit broadcast mayhem. Kinda like a blog.”

    2. What does a normal day in your life look like?

    Wake up before day. Make coffee, feed cats. Drive to work. Drive to job site. Explain to contractor the this isn’t fucking Burger King and he doesn’t get to do it his way, he has to do it the way he’s supposed to (which is my job – I’m the dirt nanny). Drive back to shop, write up field report. Do lab test, set up drilling exploration for tomorrow. Drive home. Cook dinner. Read to kid(s). Cuddle with wife. Blog. Sleep. Repeat.

    3. Tea or coffee?

    Coffee, cream. Something dark and earthy; Sumatran is good.

    4. Why did you start your blog?

    I love the sound of my own voice and I’m an opinionated sonofabitch. It was that or stand on a box in the part ranting at strangers. This way is less degrading.

    5. What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?

    In blogging, or in life? In life, probably “You’re not nearly as important as you think you are.” and “Why are you afraid of doing/saying/trying that? What’s the worst that could happen?” In blogging, probably “If you write what interests you you will interest others.”

    6. What is your favorite post that you’ve written? (Please provide link!)

    I think maybe this one: http://firedirectioncenter.blogspot.com/2007/06/when-da-levee-breaks.html about the great Ice Age floods in the Pacific Northwest.

    “…dissolve into hopeless panic before the wall of water sweeps you all away into chaos and the darkness of the vanished years. Or perhaps you can only stand there, transfixed, staring at the long white line across the black horizon, as the first cold puff of wind racing out before the waters shivers your cheek like a lover’s last caress.”

    Sometime I can flat-ass write.

    7. What is the most exciting thing about blogging for you?

    The nature of it as epistolary friendship; meeting and talking to people – like you – from very different places and with very different mindsets. Letting my inner curmudgeon out for a walk.

    8. What’s your favourite social media platform?

    The only SMing I do is Facebook, and that only because I have a number of geographically distant friends that migrated over from blogging.

    9. Do you think of yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?

    Very much an extrovert

    10. What or who is your current obsession?

    For some reason I’ve been fascinated with religion, at least, the variety on display in these various “Religious Freedom” laws being passed in the various United States. And soccer, as always…

    Thanks again, Thimblers! You rock.ReplyCancel

  • Mica - So nice to read a little more about you! And congrats on the nomination for the liebster award! :)

    Thanks for nominating me too – I’ve actually gotten this a couple times :)ReplyCancel


Self-conscious. Embarrassed. Gross.

Those harsh and unfortunate words haunt any adolescent’s thoughts and are all too familiar growing up with blemished skin.

I must admit, I didn’t really care for my skin much when I was a teenager, or ideas for “healthy” habits that could help improve skin appearance. My personal treatment of teenage skin was to tackle my facial problems using a facial wash, mainly a gel or a scrub and medical acne treatments. Things like toners, serums, and moisturizing (a very important step always left forgotten) were not in my routine vocabulary and my knowledge of “proper” skincare was still in infancy until I reached past my 20’s. All the effort made since then has dramatically improved the condition of my skin’s appearance by creating a more thoughtful and complex routine for the results I wanted to achieve – and it’s worth it!

As everybody’s body is idiosyncratic, this guide to perfecting a skincare regime is the foundation to exploring your own skin story. Whether you are fighting against hormonal or stressful once off breakouts, there are products out there to help you in balancing your skin’s changing stages from the inside out and fight those annoying little red dots!

A Guide to a Perfect Skin Care Routine


- Cleanse -

First off you want to remove any make-up, dead skin cells and pollutants that might clog your pores. I like to use a facial cleanser sponge to make sure I get into the corners as much as possible. There are a few forms of cleansers such as gel washes (Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash), which are great for easy face rinsing to cream types (Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Wash) which can also double as a mask to penetrate deeper.


- Scrub Off -

Exfoliators stimulate cell renewal and improve skin texture and appearance. As this product can be harsh to use every day on your skin, limit this to only once every other week or once a month. Choose a scrub that has natural ingredients like Clearasil’s DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub which has Vitamin E and Antioxidants from Avocado and Pomegranate to help keep skin healthy and nourished. 


- Tone It -

After stripping away all that natural oil from your face, toners are your best friend to rehydrate and restore the pH level of your skin, avoiding excess oil production and also to shrink your pores. 


- Hit the Right Spot -

This is for those miracle working product treatments that come in concentrated forms such as essences, creams, serums, ampoules, boosters – the list goes on! This is where you target the areas of concern so if you have sore acne spots that you want to reduce and can’t pop just yet, use a specially formulated product like Clearasil Rapid Action Pimple Cream to spot treat problem pimples.

5- Sunscreen -

The sun is not the kindest to our skin so make sure you stay sun smart if you are doing your skin regime and going out for the day.


- Lock It In -

Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize! It’s the key for youthful skin when you are older so do it!

Want to know what products are best suited for you? Check out Clearasil’s Customised Skin Care Guide.

I want to highlight one of the most underrated steps in a person’s skincare regime: prevention from the sun.  Let’s face it, how many of you actually include sunscreen into your daily facial regime? I bet not many!  Now I could go on about the scientific facts concerning why it’s so important to slip, slop and slap, but all you really need is some hard cold evidence.

You know all that money you spend on formulas with anti-aging?  What if I told you that majority of the anti-aging formula secret is sunscreen.  Yep that’s right, the skins biggest enemy is sun damage!  Think of how much money you could save by just adding sunscreen to your regime! 

And for those of you who like the science: ultraviolet light (and in Australia this is even more pronounced due to a giant hole right above us in the ozone layer) breaks down the elastin and collagen in your skin.  This causes discolouration, roughness, skin thinning, dilated blood vessels and the most dreaded…wrinkles! 

You might be thinking, where in my regime do I add sunscreen?  Apply sunscreen after cleansing and exfoliating with a good exfoliate such as Clearasil’s Clear and Refine Daily scrub, BEFORE applying moisturiser. However if you’re anything like me and have oily skin that’s prone to break outs, you can streamline the process by using an oil free combination moisturiser with SPF 30+ or my personal choice – a CC or BB cream with SPF 30+.

For more information, check out Clearasil’s Summer Skin care tips for preventing Sun damage.

After feeding you with so much skin knowledge, guess what? We have a surprise!

We are giving away:

1x Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash, 1x Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Wash, 1x Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub and 1Clearasil Rapid Action Pimple Cream, all c/o Clearasil.

Here are the details!


 Good Luck!



We have a winner!


Thank you to everyone who entered! We hope to do more giveaways soon ;)



| Jumpsuit: Alice McCall | Shoes: Titty & Co | Socks and Blouse: Bagazimuri | Accessories: MadeWell/Nasty Gal/Korea |


Debuting my short bob, finally! I can’t explain the reverse Alfalfa my fringe is doing but it’s crazy, as is the faint left overs of a tan from a summer of fun-day rays, living daily in short shorts and much needed exercise.

Following from Sora’s great write up on Alice McCall’s Cruise 14 S/S collection, I couldn’t stop dreaming of owning a piece from this oh-so-fine range and settled on the super pwerdy “Over the Rainbow” playsuit. The details really speak for itself – quirky, flirty with a bold graphic liner that feathers into the cut out detailing mixed with pastel shades. Wear alone or stack some accessories, it really is a simple outfit to pull off since Pastels + Playsuit = New BFFs – the combination is just too cute!

Currently Alice McCall is having a sale so be quick if you found anything that catches your eye!


Until Next Time!




  • Rebecca - This is the most unique jumpsuit I have ever seen! I just love the design of it! I am just loving that new hair too!


  • John Lawes - Perfectly adorable, Siree! I love the silver slippers; they look like you could click the heels together and go to Oz. And your little bob is perfect. Very sporty!ReplyCancel