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Top:  Zara  //  Skirt:  Zara  //  Shoes:  Seed Heritage //  Bow Brooch:  DIY

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Class Starts Now

… and you’re running around wondering what you are going to wear!

Attending the school of style and judging between rocking up in pajama party gear or better-look-like-I-ironed-this-shirt OOTD, the campus is a great place to play dress up or dress down (or forever in whatever works mode. I tend to get sloppier as the years went on).

Seeing this combo on a Zara mannequin, I knew I had to get ALL of it. But something was missing.

Although I wanted to add a proper bow-tie, I think this little bowsie brooch I whipped up gave it a whimsical touch playing the part of a good studious student, though I would never get to the lecture room on time to save my life.

Time to end this with a fashionably late pun!

Until Next Time!

Xx

Siree

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Left to Right:  Nasty Gal //  Bagazimuri & In God We Trust // THPSHOP // Overseas (Korea)

The Anatomy of the Stack

I might not be the best at cleaning, or the best at organizing, but give me some miscellaneous items to throw in a bag or box and I’m a hero. If you have worked/work in a grocery store and received a compliment from a customer about how well you packed their bags, you know that your OCD skills have been upgraded to “genius” rewarding every control freak with the sweet victory of satisfaction.

Jenga, Tetris and Dr. Mario, I owe you my thanks to master the art of the stack.

A method? Or a loose set of rules?

The “way” of ring stacking is not a strict science but a handy guide that will get you to pro in no time.

The “basic” set up for stack perfection is mastering the tower effect on your fingers with your ring collection. Buying already made ring sets are fine, but if you are building from scratch you might want to plan your set before purchasing a bunch of rings.

Try to figure out where you want to have your midi rings, your cluster, your bands if you like something with more body, how many skinny bands you will need and so on.  It’ll save you a lot of money in the end.

When you stack your rings high, you’ll probably feel like your fingers get compressed from piano fingers to chubby short stacks (haha get it?).

Never fear, you can use a few tricks to try and mask the impression of short fingers by using more thin bands in your combo or simply paint your nails a nude/light pink shade to make your fingers appear longer.

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Left to Right:  THPSHOP // In God We Trust // Overseas (Korea)

Everyday Simple

An easy go-to stack look that will go with everything you wear, the everyday chic vibe is the most versatile combo in your arsenal and also the best to invest in.

If you can afford it, go with quality over quantity especially if you are into gold tones as they’ll look more elegant on your dainty fingers day and night.

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Up to Down:  Whistles // Overseas (Korea) // Bagazimuri // Overseas (Japan)

Pastel Dream

If you like to play with colour adding different stones, beads or costume designs can work in any stack.

First, start off with a theme and try to find complimentary shades or shapes to create a cohesive set.

Try to not overkill on your theme and keep things simple.

 

How do you stack your rings?

 

Until Next Time!

Xx

Siree

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Top:  Kookai  //  Pants:  Sportsgirl  //  Shoes:  Wanted  //  Necklace: Colette

Comfy Pants

As the seasons get colder, I can’t help but gravitate towards comfort when it comes to what I wear, especially during work days.  Working in an office unfortunately means sitting down for majority of the day, and what’s more uncomfortable than sitting down all day in a pair of jeans?

So that’s when I went in search of the most comfortable work pants and stumbled across these at Sportsgirl.  I love them to death, they are loose, soft and best of all, there’s a drawstring elastic waist, meaning I don’t have the waistline of my jeans digging into my gut every time I bend over or sit out. Gurls dats what I’m talkin’ ’bout, mmmhmm.

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Being so comfortable means these pants do look quite casual, but I was able to jazz them up with a pair of heels, crop top and geometric necklace, making sure to accentuate with hints of gold.  I think this definitely takes the outfit from a comfy casual day at work, to an “after work drinks” chic, or a girls night catch up!

Talyssa xx

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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!

Xx

Siree

 

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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: ★★★

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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:

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

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What’s a menu without some hand stitched leather?

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Food

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!

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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!

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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!

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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:

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Pomegranate Rose Tart

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

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Service

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!

Xx

Siree