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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Outfit

Green and red is a colour combination which is almost never seen (other than Christmas time, of course) and I believe it's very underrated. I love these colours together and I adore trying combinations which are less conventional; there's way too much sameness out there when it comes to fashion. As with my last outfit post, I'm enjoying wearing my Dita Cardigans at the moment. My shoes are the most recent addition to my wardrobe, they arrived a couple of days ago despite purchasing them over a month ago (I blame DHL and not B.A.I.T Footwear). As I've mentioned many times, I'm a huge fan of B.A.I.T Footwear and the 'Robbie' range in particular given it's often released in new colours. See my post here on my B.A.I.T Footwear collection. I couldn't resist even more and purchased the 'Robbie' in sparkly green and sparkly purple! I was very excited when they arrived as I haven't done much shopping in the last couple of months. I shared them on my Facebook and received a very negative comment. It really got me thinking- why is it necessary to bring others down over such trivial things? I don't expect everyone to like my style all the time and I can handle a negative comment because it's not going to change what I do. However, I question what the writer of the comment gets out of it. When it's as trivial as a shoe purchase, it's surely just intended to be hurtful. If you don't like it then why not just take no action and refrain from commenting. There's already so much negativity in the world, let's all just be nice. 

How is your weekend going? I will be racing at a swimming meet tomorrow which is actually held at one of the schools where I used to be a student. It will feel weird being back given it's been 13 years since I left and absolutely hated it. I left and went to another school because I had some of the most negative experiences of my life there. On the other hand, some of my more positive experiences at that location were actually at the pool. I skipped swimming training today so I am rested for tomorrow so, after this morning's Parkrun, I had the whole day off. It was so rare and enjoyable to have a relaxing day. Also this week I signed up to the Sydney Harbour 10km run which is held on Sunday 10 July. I'm really looking forward to it because I've never entered a running event before. While I've competed in swimming on countless ocassions, competing in running is much newer. The Parkrun is the most serious race I've been in and that's certainly not serious. I did a practice 10km run the other day and it went quite well! 

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Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan in Emerald
Kitten D'Amour Castaway Handbag
Kitten D'Amour Bicycle Print Dress
Kitten D'Amour Love Me Tender Hair Comb
B.A.I.T Robbie Heels in Green Starlet  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Current Loves

Kitten D'Amour Tiffany Coat in Mint and Cream
It's been awhile now since I've liked anything from Kitten D'Amour and almost three months since I've made a purchase. These coats were released a few days ago and finally I can say I love them. I was beginning to think Kitten D'Amour wasn't going to release any coats this year since it's already winter and they are still selling last year's stock. I adore both colours but slightly favour the blue/mint version. However, I already have two pale blue coats so not sure which one I'd go for. Of course it's the collar which draws me to these coats- it's absolutely gorgeous and adds so much to the look. I also like how to buttons are all different. The general vibe reminds me of the movie 'Frozen.' 

Alannah Hill The Wild Heart Cardigan
There are quite a few cardigans I love in Alannah Hill (it's completely unrivaled when it comes to cardigans, in my opinion), but this one is definitely my favourite. It's such a unique and pretty shade of blue. I love the collar design which is made up of little pearls. I'm keeping an eye out and hoping this lovely cardigan will come on sale very soon. 

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan in Lavender
I'm a huge fan of the Dita Cardigans from Wheels and Dollbaby but only have two in my collection so far (some of the crazy fans out there have all 22 colourways!) The last two colourways released didn't appeal to me. However, last week it was announced a lavender version of this cardigan will be coming out shortly. I am so excited because I wasn't expecting it, and purple is one of my favourite colours. The shade is absolutely beautiful and I adore the way the black embroidery stands out. I've already pre ordered it. 

B.A.I.T Footwear Robbie Heels in Green Starlet and Purple Starlet
As I've mentioned a few times now, I'm totally in love with B.A.I.T Footwear and the Robbie Heels are one of my favourites. See post on my collection here. I now have this exact shoe in four different colours  which is rather excessive but I'm sure I'll think of an excuse as to why I need it in six different colours! I was very happy to see it's now also come out in sparkly green and sparkly purple. These shoes would add so much to any outfit; I don't see sparkly shoes too often. I love the vintage design and they are very comfortable too- a perfect shoe!

HydrateM8 Water Bottle 
I recently discovered the UK brand HydrateM8 and this range of water bottles. This bottle shows the required level of water consumption in hourly intervals throughout the day. It's such a simple concept yet I think it would be very effective and add a little fun to the day. I'm going to buy one of these.  

Alannah Hill Last Day of Magic Cardigan
Once again, Alannah Hill does not fail to disappoint when it comes to cardigans. I want so many from there right now. This is a new release so unfortunately I don't think it will be coming on sale any time soon. I am completely drawn to snowflake. It's so adorable and not something you see on clothes all the time. I have a slight preference for the navy blue version but love them both. 

What's on your wishlist?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Outfit

This is a new outfit I came up with during the week, from existing pieces in my wardrobe. I've had both the cardigan and the dress for awhile now but never thought to pair them together. It randomly came together in a rush before work during the week; don't you love it when that happens? It's one of my favourite outfits at the moment. The dress is one of two pieces I bought when Kitten D'Amour first came to Sydney which was a couple of years ago now. It's also what I wore when I was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales back in October 2014 (post here), although the dress looked quite different without the cardigan. I've been in mood for wearing my Dita Cardigans at the moment; this is because of the announcement earlier in the week that it's being released in a lavender colourway. I've already pre-ordered as I've often dreamed of this cardigan coming out in purple but never thought it would happen. It's also particularly exciting given I haven't liked the last two colours of the Dita Cardigan. I'm not usually one to dress in winter colours but this outfit is suiting the vibe of the rainy weekend here.

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Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan in Rouge Noir
Kitten D'Amour High Society Opera Dress
Kitten D'Amour Love Me Tender Cameo Comb
B.A.I.T Footwear Sindy Flats in Black

Linking to: Fashion Should Be Fun

Monday, June 13, 2016

Instagram

Here are my latest pictures from Instagram. I've included pictures from the last couple of months minus my outfit pictures as they've already made an appearance on the blog. 

L-R: my current best time from the Parkrun. 2. last Saturday Rydog agreed to come to the Parkrun with me for the first time. 3. my birthday cake at work (even though it was back in March). 4. just hanging out with my giraffe. 5 and 6. an afternoon in Sydney city, was there for a work conference. 7. from my weekend at the Central Coast (looking like a mermaid). 8. 10km run in May with the Runkeeper challenge 9. Rydog agreed to come to the Parkrun with me for the first time yesterday 10. another running picture 11. pretty lights in a tree 12. an afternoon at the pool. 

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fitness Goals Update- May

Wow, what a busy month it was in May! 130km combined total for swimming and running which is the most I've ever done in a month. It was huge progress being able to run 75km for the month without getting injured, finally I'm getting past my long term ankle problems. There is no better feeling than achieving a personal  best and I love that there is almost no limit on the goals which can be set and attained. Some of the training is becoming harder given it's now winter (especially the 6am runs and 5.30am swims) but it's lucky we're having a milder season than usual. 

Here are my swimming stats for May: 

...and for running:

In terms of my goal to achieve the Million Metre award with Masters Swimming Australia, I'm now 27% of the way there. It's taking an incredibly long time but will be completely worth it once complete. 

Here's what else happened for the month:
-achieved a new personal best time at the Parkrun of 25 minutes and 44 seconds for 5km. I am so incredibly happy and surprised. My goal for this year was under 27, so under 26 was never even a consideration. Running has never been serious for me, just something I've done from time to time when having fitness from another sport...but now I am very motivated and interested to see where this could lead. I'm wondering if I can crack the 25 minute barrier by the end of the year. 
-attended two Parkruns this month and volunteered for the first time. I would have liked to go to all four for May but couldn't because of conflicting commitments with swimming. I'm enjoying the Parkrun more than ever right now.
-participated in another 4 swim club nights so getting closer to the 25 consecutive weeks award.
-continued working towards the million metres award with Masters Swimming Australia. I've completed almost 27% of the total distance required so far. 
-kept up with the routine of training 10 times a week (5 swimming training, 1 racing swimming, 1 bootcamp, 3 runs).
-continued working on the Endurance Program with Masters Swimming Australia which involves 62 long distance swims over the course of the year. By the end of May I'd completed 16/62. This is a tough program- especially the 400m fly, 800 individual medley and the 800 fly (haven't even attempted that one yet). 
-participated in two swim meets with Masters Swimming NSW- many personal best times.

The highlight of the month was our club presentation for the summer season where I won two trophies. Not bad for my first half season in the club- so happy!!


What have you achieved in May?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Outfit

Hi everyone. It's been awhile since I last posted an outfit; I've had two incredibly busy weekends and it's always dark when I get home now. I need to get back into it. This dress is the most recent addition to my wardrobe. It's a Kitten D'Amour dress but purchased from eBay. It's from a collection about a year and a half ago and I've regretted not buying it ever since. I'm so pleased to have found it now and at such a discounted price. The print is check close up. I adore the fit and flat silhouette and the detailing. It's incredibly versatile and I can wear pretty much any cardigan with it. The double red is always a good option. For once, I actually haven't bought many new clothes for awhile now. It's been 10 weeks since a Kitten D'Amour purchase which must be a new record for me. I've haven't liked anything in the store for ages; too many of the recent ranges has been "basics" and I only look to Kitten D'Amour for "statement" pieces. In a way that's very satisfying to see how much longer it will be. 

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Kitten D'Amour Dress
Wheels and Dollbaby Birds of Paradise Cardigan
B.A.I.T Footwear Gloria Flats in Red

Linking to: Fashion Should Be Fun, Throw Back Thursday