2 cents: Roadtrip Date Survival

So girls and guys, let’s talk.  We haven’t really done this in a while!

If you don’t know, I’m dating someone new and I’d say it’s going pretty well.  Things are still quite early though, but the balance feels right.  Yeah.

Some weekends ago he initiated we go on a short weekend trip together.  I was excited and nervous!  Our first trip away together, what if we get annoyed at each other?  What if we fight?  What if we have nothing to talk about during the drive there?!?

Never fear, Talyssa is here. Sometimes my over-thinking and naturally anxious brain does me some good.  Let me tell you my tips on how we survived:

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This was actually a really cute accident.  The boy and I decided to get together one night about a week before our trip, to talk about where we wanted to go together.  We ended up choosing a destination, looked at hotels to stay in, places to eat and activities to do.   Separately in our own time, we narrowed down these lists to the things we really wanted to do over the trip.  We came back together a couple of days later, compared our choices (surprisingly most were the same!) and made a final plan together.

Our Destination….

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Final Itinerary….

Attractions – 1. Bald Hill 2. Sea Cliff Bridge – Lawrence Hargrave drive 3. Austinmer beach 4. Science Centre and Planetarium 5. Nan Tien Temple 6. Illawarra Golf Complex 7. Historic Lighthouse Wollongong 8. Hangdog Climbing Gym 9. Flip Out Trampoline Arena 10. Mt Keira lookout Wollongong

Places to Eat – Diggies, C Grill, The Mango Tree, My Pantry, Lee and Me

The Resting Place….

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We stayed at the Comfort Inn. This was really great, affordable accommodation. 100% recommend it!

Planning our trip out was great for a number of reasons – we always had something to do, we were never bored, and having a plan in advance took off a lot of pressure during the trip – we never had to think “What should be do now?” or  “Where should we eat tonight?” We already knew.

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I can’t help it.  I am socially awkward.  To make things worse, I think about my social awkwardness whilst I’m experiencing socially awkward moments and it’s just a downward spiral.  So you can imagine, the thought of being alone with a newly significant other (SO) for an extended period of time, such as driving in the car, set my social awkwardness radar on high alert.

The solution:  Have some tricks up your sleeve to pull out during your alone time.

Alone in the car:

  1. Make a road trip playlist with both of your favourite songs.  Let’s face it,there’s no way you can be expected to constantly talk to your SO for the entire drive to your destination.  So let your favourite tunes fill up the silence when you don’t particularly feel like talking.
  2. Plan games to play in the car.  Don’t worry about how lame “Eye spy with my little eye” is, just whip it out.  We did!  We had tonnes of fun playing word associations and asking eachother random questions.  Here’s some fun and easy game options:

Word Association: Rain > Clouds > Lightning > Harry Potter.  Each person takes turns in saying a word that is somehow associated to the previous word. The person who can’t think of another association, or repeats a word already said, loses.

Road trip Questionnaire:  I found this idea from the awesome site that is The Dating Divas.  Think of 50 questions you and your significant other have to answer then compare your answers.

Would you rather?:  The crazier the questions, the better.  Here’s a little something to get your started:  “Would you rather chew on a stranger’s dirty toenail clipping, or re-chew sometimes deposited chewing gum that has been stuck under a public train seat?”

The Worst of Everything: Take turns asked and comparing your answers to various “What is the worst” questions.  E.g.  What is the worst song at the moment? What is the worst sport to watch on TV? Answer: Cricket. Obviously

Most importantly, don’t be afraid of some silence.  Comfortable silence with your SO is nothing but a good sign.  So go on, take a nap, read a book, or stare out the window absorbed in your own thoughts – I certainly did :)

Alone in the hotel:

We actually didn’t have time to do many of these because we were having too much fun!

  • Have a bath – make it special with essential oils, scented candles, bath bombs, rose petals, face masks.
  • Give each other a personalised spa treatment. – what more could you ask for?  Give each other a massage with massage oils and do facial together!  And trust me, guys love this stuff too even if they don’t want to admit it.
  • Watch a movie – I had bought my hard-drive along and stocked it up with movies, whilst the boy bought his laptop and projector.
  • Use this time to sleep, cuddle and have deep conversations with your significant other.

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Out of the extensive list planned above, we actually only managed to visit:

Bald Hill Lookout and Sea Cliff bridge

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Science and Planetarium complex and Illawara Golf Complex

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Illawarra Golf Complex.  I’ll have you know I won with me finishing the course in 59 holes and the boy finishing the course in 62 holes :D

Hangdog climbing Gym and ate at The Mango Tree and Diggies

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3 Beetroot Salad with Feta, Smoked Salmon and Poached egg at Diggies.

Being flexible and not having a strict agenda made the whole trip extremely enjoyable – we did a lot, but took our time to relax, explore and have fun along the way.

In fact one of my favorite experiences of the entire trip happened because we decided to be adventurous and stray from the plan.  As we were driving to our next destination after finishing up our game of mini golf, we spotted a really beautiful view and decided to take a look.   It was a giant lake, framed by mountains and alive with sea birds – including pelicans!!  A bonus was that it was so quiet and secluded.  We just lay here on the grass, relaxed, cuddled, talked and took funny photos.  It was just so nice!! 

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This means even when you’re feeling angry, upset, sick or tired.  Smile, be happy and let go of the little things.

The night before leaving the boy and I had a bit too much happy soda…and boy did we suffer! All that night and the next morning I was throwing up.  The boy even offered we stay home because I was so sick. Never!!!!  I persisted!! We were doing this trip!!  Unfortunately the sickness lasted until early evening that day.  Just as I was feeling better, the boy was starting to feel sick and was developing a really bad cold :(  Despite my constant nausea and throwing up, and his sniffles, sore throat, fuzzy head and feeling all round terrible we were both happy, had fun, didn’t lose patience with each other and just had a really great time.

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Not excessively, but this is your special time together and you don’t get to do it all the time.  So eat at one of those expensive restaurants you have your eye on, do that activity that costs a little bit out of your means, and pay to watch all the special shows at whatever exhibition you find yourself at.  Make it special and your trip too will be special.

 

Well guys, that’s all for me.  I had an absolutely fantastic trip – looking back I don’t know why I even had worries in the first place!  It was such a great trip, I didn’t want to leave haha!

 

August 30, 2014 - 9:45 am

Talyssa - Thanks so much Maggie!

August 29, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Maggie Dallospedale - Hi sweetie
What amazing road trip
Love your pictures
Kisses and have an awesome weekend
Maggie D.
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FML: Back to Black

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Top: Agent Ninetynine | Pants: ASOS | Jewelry: House of Harlow 1960 | Stockings: AVANTGARDE

 

Behold my peg leg trouser style swag!

Braving the winter chill and my acute sense of self-awareness with my midriff showing, I gave myself a real kick in the ‘A’ to pull off a decent OOTD look but still keep it interesting to feature here. I’ve been on a dry spell for fashion ideas and it feels passé if I kept making them too simple in execution. I’ve delved too long on my monochromatic black and white combo cheating ways sadly, on FMLs and in the real world and seems to be my demeanor for winter itself – outwardly ‘meh’ with everything. 

 

The highlight here has got to be these stockings from the CHOCO MOOxAVANTGARDE range which I sought out for while in Harajuku. Though I’m showing you only a snippet of its killer design, its quirkiness is just what I’ve been looking for to complete this look or I might end up looking like a business women working on the weekend… yeah, no thanks!

 

Will Winter Siree be forever covered in shades of the darkest colour? To quote the late Miss Winehouse - I’ll go back to black. Well, at least for now.

Until next time!

Siree

xoxo

 

FML: Round frames incoming !

Remember when people used to laugh at ‘geeks’ wearing their ‘dorky’ glasses with the round frames, skulking in libraries? Yes, and you didn’t want any part in that stereotype.

WELL, scrap the nerd vibe; round Harry Potter-esque glasses are definitely the go to for this season !

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Wear them in the library, in your car, at the beach, lurking in the back alleys, wherever !

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What fun multipurpose frames.

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By now I’m sure you’re very impressed with my versatile sunglasses. What if I told you a demure LA based createur had gone the next step and created something so spectacularly amazing; dare I say like this

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or THIS

 

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or ERMGEHRD-I-CANT-EVEN-RAINBOWS-AND-LOLLIPOPS-SHUT-UP-AND-TAKE-MY-MONEY

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Such colour. Much beautiful. Wow. And from crazy prices like $44.30, why wouldn’t you invest in a pair? or two? or seven?!

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In fact, why not just get them all? That seems completely reasonable. Dying to know who, how and where?

LA based Etsy shop DaddyLongLeg offers a wide variety of customised embellished retro vintage eyewear and chains, hand made with faceted jewels, cabochons, floral embellishments and other beautiful add ons. Did I mention these frames were able to be custom made also ?

Still a fledgling business, DaddyLongLeg has most definitely caught onto something huge in the future in eyewear fashion. Avante Garde fashionistas; are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Let’s pave the way towards summer !

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Love Sora xo

MinkPink: Wild Child of Rock Winter Collection + Competition!!

“MINKPINK. Designed and loved for who we are. Be brave and free.”

We all know there’s a gigantic hole swooping the Australian fashion market for well designed, gorgeous, yet affordable clothing.  It’s something that has been close to our hearts here at The Hidden Thimble and it’s the thing we LOVE most about MINKPINK’s philosophy.  8 Years on, the Australian iconic brand have stayed true to themselves designing inspirational, original pieces that girls can afford to buy and LOVE to wear.  I for one know I’ve worn the death out my favorite floral MINKPINK skater skirt!

I am forever tired of the dreary colours that seem to come out in winter…I’m so sick of seeing dull grey and black tones being paired together. And when there is color, it’s always the same dark blues or purples.  I mean, who said winter had to be boring?

If you’re feeling me right now, do read on.  It’s time to get cheeky, sassy and edgy this winter because MINKPINK’s 2014 Wild Child of Rock winter collection is EPIC!

MINKPINK brings a fun, eclectic and old-school vibe to this winter – jam packed with a whole heap of grunge and sass – and we know how much us Aussies love street grunge and how much The Hidden Thimble loves sass!  Ladies am I right? Am I riiiigghhtt??

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Speaking of sass lovely ladies (and gents of course) who may be reading this, what better way to authentically carry out this collection than to team up with daughters Chelsea and Alexandra, of rock legends Aerosmith and Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards ohmagawd!

MINKPINK Winter collection 2014 pays homage to the age of rock stars so it’s time to get styled in your shaggy fur coats, bohemian bell sleeves and 70s vintage coats, studs and all else glam and rock!

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I’ve only got six words to display my love for the next series of outfits.  Fur, leather, metallic, gold, silver and lace.  The best combination to glam up this winter!

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I am in love with the print and metallic colour of that jumper.

Want some colour thrown in there?  Don’t worry MINKPINK are one step ahead!

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I’m really loving furry things this winter. The amount of comfort I feel from rugging up in something soft and nubbly in winter just brings a joy that is incomparable. And the colour of that baggy cardigan is just so minty fresh! Love!

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Finally, my favorite pieces of the whole collection! Here’s some winter colour that’s not your typical dull and muted hues.  I absolutely cant get enough of that matching blazer and shorts combo!

So I know the burning question on your mind right now….

Can I has?

OF COURSE!!!!  >> Enter the competition below!! <<

Competition Time!!

wild night out comp

How to Enter:

Post an Instagram of you and your BFF on a wild night out. Your spontaneous selfie could win you:
2x flights to Sydney thanks to Studentflights
A night at 1888 Hotel, Pyrmont, and
$500 worth of MINKPINK clothing!  THE HIDDEN THIMBLE BONUS:  Tag #thehiddenthimble in your Instagram post to DOUBLE your wardrobe prize to $1000 worth of MINKPINK clothing!

Don’t forget to tag #mpwildnightoutau and follow @official_minkpink!

Good Luck!

Talyssa

Siree’s July Favourites

Hey you! Siree here.

Wow, we are killing it with the recent posts lately! Snaps for us and rejoice because it might be that we can do posts like Favourites of the Month, and it might actually not be too late to be redundant.

So BAM! The satisfying things of July in digest form. Evaluated, than reevaluated. Begin!

 FOR THE NEST

Nutribullet

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My first real home ware purchase for myself has been the much hyped Nutribullet which has been on market for a while in the States I believe but has been making the rounds here in Australia on infomercials recently. If you like juicing but feel guilty about the fiber goodness that gets left behind, what the Nutribullet does that’s different from blenders is it liquifies the fibers so you get a smoother juice without large chucks that makes drinking the added pulp unappetizing.

At first, it was a bit hard to figure out how to use it. I found out from some research that you have to fit the notches in a certain way for it to blend and you also have to get the right mix of liquid and food so it doesn’t overflow. But after you master the basics of mass-to-liquid ratio you definitely have fun making your our juice, soup, dips etc the list goes on!

Humidifier 

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I don’t know many people who own a humidifier but it’s definitely became a winter staple of mine like the heater for the colder months. This one even lights up and tones down to simulate “breathing” to make you stay super relaxed! I’m still figuring out what black magic is used for the steam to come out with no heat. Hmm…

EAMON-Z by ZU

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The height. The shape. The chunkiness.

GADGET PLAY

 Fujifilm X-T1

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To quote from the Steve Jobs slogan guide to language, this has to be the funnest camera I have ever used!

It’s not big like a DSLR but handles just like one and the retro look is gorgeous but also isn’t just for show. The dials for the shutter speed and ISO will make you read up on your basic photography 101 because holy cow, I thought I was alright with figuring out this shiz but I was wrong OTZ.

ON THE WATCH LIST

Attack on Titan

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I love watching anime though curse my life, I haven’t watched anything for a while.

If you haven’t heard of the anime/manga phenomenon Attack On Titan, you should give it a try. SERIOUSLY. WATCH. IT. Think Occupy movement meets the fickle benevolence of humanity mixed with stream punk aestheticism.

Oh, and there’s plenty of disembodiment by eating happening. Hand and legs are begin chomped off like they’re chips! Is it weird that I secretly appreciate that they uncensored this? I feel so sheltered since my gore tolerance in live action is non-existent but watching it animated, I feel a different appreciation for violence as “art”. I don’t see it as dehumanizing the issue, but it allows me to endure the action’s meaning while giving me the shock value, mildly.

It’s become so popular, they’re also making a live action film and looking at the makeup SFX used in the Subaru Ad, I am convinced that the live action drama will be upgraded to…titan AWESOME! Especially now that I am happily Kiko Mizuhara obsessed courtesy of M. Curse you good lookin’!

GHETTO GOLD

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An assortment of gold jewelry I’ve been wearing a lot lately. A statement piece for each hand or finger.

THE BREAKFAST BOARD SYNDROME  

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I’ve made it become a “thing” to eat all possible breakfast items in board form as a bide to emulate Kei Yamazaki’s breakfast charm from her Instagram. Needless to say, I need more practice to recreate the perfect breakfast anatomy.

My mission for perfect deconstructed open sandwiches and antipasto platters is borderline diet failure as the idea of sneaking a waffle to replace the bread has become my pledge to being health conscious… because it’s healthy for my soul…

 JAM SESSION

I’ve been rediscovering the scrapbook sampling sounds of some great Aussie beat masters and Ta-Ku’s D.U.S.T.Y Volume 1 tape has been left me blissfully cruising my workload for the last month in a haze dance trance.

It’s seriously a great collection of good beats and vibes that run in each track – I find myself hooked to each sound! 

Until next time,
Siree
Xoxo

FML: Sunday Morning + Giveaway

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// Chiffon Dress c/o Sammy Dress //

I’m not sure my brain has this thing called “judgement” over my state of being sometimes and that goes to say, it affects my state of dress.

 

Lately to be honest, I’m getting so damn lazy that my urge to dress myself in daily wear is to cover in at least one layer of heat tech wear (thank god you arrived to Sydney Uniqlo!) and some decent pant attire in my very limited long pant leg collection - but my mind won’t have that kind of rubbish talk!

 

So like the jumper dress, the playsuit, and the…. onesie (?) you need that go-to item on the run that’s simple and decent enough for your brain to follow and agree that you now have the “OK” to go outside and walk around on your lazy day without being a complete slob.

 

So logic made me pick this cute versatile dress from Sammy Dress because, I love cheating on my clothes choices:

 

- An eye-catching pattern print that makes it look interesting – check.
- Cuff lining that made it look like you put some extra thought into your style choice today – pfft it sure does!
- The kind of dress that will go well with a pair of heels or some chucks – I’d say so.

 

This dress actually isn’t pricey at all. From $16.87 to now $10.86, it’s a bargain!

 

And looking at Sammy Dress‘s selection, there was a a lot of variety to choose from but this one caught my eye when I saw it.

 

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And now the jump from dream to reality with this comparison shot…

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My how I love how skinny my waist looks in this dress *snicker.* Seriously guys, no PS here.

I was surprised that the cut was more fitted than advertised but I guess I do have a more “curvier” body than the model… (✌゚∀゚)

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For some reason the cut at the bottom is slightly higher on one side and looks like it wasn’t cut straight when made. But when worn it wasn’t obvious. I wonder if you can see it?

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Another point that made me disappointed was the cuffs on the sleeves. I mean… look at them!!!
This wasn’t in the photo on the site!
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Look at that contrast! It’s what makes the look interesting and more believable as faux cuffs.
Now look at my photo:
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As you can see, the cut of the cuff is visible through the chiffon (which was suppose to be a different material if I’m not mistaken) if you look hard enough in the right place which “cheapens” the quality. Overlocking is a standard sewing technique people! It doesn’t cost an extra arm and a leg to overlock a seam…

 

And since it’s just an extension of the original fabric and not a separate part sewn on, you can’t roll up your sleeve in hopes of hiding the first layer.

 

Final Thoughts?

 

Hmm this dress from Sammy Dress was alright. It’s a good dress to wear underneath a jacket and maybe casual Fridays at work but certainly the thing that disappointment me was the expectation. Buying from a warehouse type of online store is definitely cheap but the problem was the advertised photo not matching the product in quality for me.

 

So would I buy from Sammy Dress in the future, for clothes I want to wear out – no. But if I needed an outfit for a fancy dress party – yes.

 

 

Finally – it’s giveaway time!

 

We’re giving away this dress for free-the-bees free. So either comment in the blog comment box below or like and comment “win” on our Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win. Good Luck!

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Until next time!
Siree
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July 26, 2014 - 12:36 pm

thehiddenthimble - Good Luck Jessica!

Xx
Siree

July 25, 2014 - 4:45 am

jessica eapen - WIN

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