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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Life Lately 004

Unicorn Shopping
Typo has so many unicorn themed pieces at the moment- although it's important to remember that I liked unicorns before they were cool!  I look forward to taking my unicorn water bottle to the pool and the rest will certainly brighten up the office. I couldn't resist thje flamingo notebook too. It says 'Flock Yeah' on the front. I might go back for the unicorn pencil sharpener, I'll probably have the use for it since I occasionally do colouring in now. It was an inexpensive shopping trip that satisfied the urge for shopping.

Australian Open
For the 15th year in a row I am completely loving the summer of tennis with the Australian Open and lead up tournaments. This year I decided to celebrate by purchasing some merchandise from the website. The item I've had the most use from is the players' towel which I use every time I go to the pool. I have the rest of it at work but I'll bring it all home after the tennis has finished- then the salt and pepper shakers will look so amazing in the house.


Kitten D'Amour Feature
My pictures are frequently used on Kitten D'Amour's social media but this one excited me the most because it got over 1 000 likes (little things like this make me happy). Most of the posts on the page get less than 100 likes so I'm not too sure why mine was so popular- maybe because I'm standing on a beach. It's all great fun. Remember to follow me on Instagram as chelsea_miracle.

Swimming
My life at the moment pretty much consists of swimming and not much else. Whenever I'm not at work, I'm almost always at the pool. Swimming has been so positive for me. It's given me a life outside work when I decided I didn't want work to be my whole life anymore. My background in swimming, despite having not trained or raced in twelve years, means I'm able to take it up again. I'm very grateful now for all the time and effort that was put into my swimming training as a child. Fortunately swimming as an adult is much better, there is less pressure and it is very social. It's helped me so much. 

Work and A Friend Forever
I mentioned this before but avoided writing about it in detail as it makes me too sad. The one person at my work who meant the world to me (and was my manager) has left today. I've had a really hard time dealing with it over the last five weeks since I found out. I can't even put it into words how impacted I feel- I've cried a couple of times and thought about it continually. Last year was such a life changing time for me. I effectively got promoted , gained confidence and got my life back after so many years of struggles. I credit this all to one person for where I am today. He made every single day better for me. I think he's perfect and everything I wish I can be one day. He gave me so many opportunities and responsibilities when many other people at my work thought I was young and inexperienced. He was always on my side continually believed in me. I've literally never met a nicer more accomplished person in my life. The level of admiration I have is beyond words. The point I'm making is that it's rare to find someone who touches your life to this extent I feel awful about the whole situation. I have absolutely no doubt we will remain friends and be in regular contact, I've been provided with reassurance of that. However, it's changed work for me. I used to be mega enthusiastic about my job, gave it my whole life last year and voluntarily did extra hours just because I felt so lucky to be there. But now all my motivation for the job is gone and I hate being at work. It reminds me of how sad I am and all the memories we shared together. I can't force myself to feel differently right now. Work is now just something I have to do and nothing more. I struggle to get through the days because I'm upset being there. I'm trying to create more of a life outside of work to feel better and distracted which is a major factor behind me getting back into swimming. 

A Pretty Cardigan
This beautiful cardigan is the newest addition to my wardrobe and it is right at the top with my favourites. It's from an old Kitten D'Amour collection (Not In Kansas Anymore), before we even had the store in Sydney. I've wanted it for ages and have been stalking eBay and the Facebook Buy Swap and Sell group for one in my size. I finally located it on the Facebook page and was so lucky to buy it because all the items usually go so fast. I've acquired three beautiful Kitten D'Amour pieces from The Buy Swap and Sell Group and it's such a good way to exchange clothes.  I can't wait to wear this beauty for the first time soon.

What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New In

I did some shopping on the weekend and managed to find this beautiful bargain. I love Wittner shoes and, although they start off expensive, they do have some amazing sales. This pretty pair of heels were a quarter of the original price. I remember awhile ago that Wittner introduced a bridal range and this was part of it- this is good because it means they are extra girly! The sparkly detail is lovely and I always adore a pale coloured shoe. I can't wait to wear them for the first time. I hope I find a permanent solution to my ankle injuries because I haven't worn heels much in the past few months. 

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Wittner Royce Heels 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Outfit

This has been my most worn outfit for the last couple of months so it's very fitting that it makes an appearance here. It's from one of my favourite ever Kitten D'Amour collections called Forget Me Not. You may remember that I posted the dress version here and here.  I loved it so much that I also decided to buy the shirt and the skirt. That just shows how much I love the collection because I try my best to minimise most collections to one piece. I even have to show some self control to refrain from buying even more! There's another two dresses in the collection which are almost identical which I could easily add to my wardrobe (but luckily I'm not going to spend the money). The outfit I am wearing here is actually not a dress but matching separates. That's another reason I wanted the two pieces because I don't have any other matching separates. The advantage of the shirt is that, unlike the dresses, it has a peter pan collar- what is there not to love about a peter pan collar!?! I've had so many compliments on this look and, based on this, it seems to be my most vintage outfit ever. The skirt is also amazing to wear with a variety of different tops. I haven't worn the top separately but hopefully I will at some point. The shirt has a pale blue undertop and I'm looking forward to substituting this with different coloured undertops soon. Tonight I went to kmart and purchased undertops in grey, peach, pale green and yellow (wish they had the pink and the purple in my size) so I can't wait to experiment with them. This is going to be a good test of who actually reads my posts because my outfit is not a dress. My pink accessories are also from Kitten D'Amour. The bag is a recent purchase and the hair flowers were a Christmas gift. The shoes are quickly becoming a most worn candidate too. As with all B.A.I.T Footwears I have, they are very comfortable. Unfortunately I've been very much restricted to flats in recent months due to my ankle injury. However, it's not too bad when I have these adorable flats.  

What else has been happening in my life? I've fallen into a routine of going to the pool most days after work and then watching tennis late in to the night. I'm so incredibly tired all the time but, given that the tennis is only for another week, I must make the most of it. Swimming has been a positive influence in my life. It's kept me distracted from a couple of issues at work which I don't want to think about. It's been a sense of community and achievement. I was even talked into a 5.30am swimming training session last Friday which I said I'd never do, not in a million years. But finally having people to do swimming with, after almost a lifetime of having no friends who are into sport, it's worth it. Still haven't recovered from the early wake up though and it was three days ago!

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Kitten D'Amour Forget Me Not Skirt
Kitten D'Amour Forget Me Not Blouse
Kitten D'Amour Miss Kitten Pink Handbag
Kitten D'Amour Petite Bow Belt in Black
Kitten D'Amour Orchid Clip (similar)
B.A.I.T Footwear Sindy Flats in Black

Kitten D'Amour much?  

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