Sunday, October 6, 2013

Butterflies in the hair and stomach

Today my honey and me went out for a 'hello spring! remember what life is like outside your study?' date. And as you can see, spring has fully sprung!


First stop was to see a movie, A Letter to Momo. I'd recommend it if you were a fan of Spirited Away - it has that same sense of charm and whimsy, an adorable and strong heroine, and curious insight into Japanese lore and tradition.





Next stop was the QV Glass House, a temporary garden cafe celebrating the arrival of spring. A special enclosure was set up to benefit the Butterfly Foundation, a group that works with people struggling with eating disorders. Inside, you were able to handle live butterflies, or in my case coax them down with a crown of fake flowers.




If that didn't work, a stick full of sugar might do the trick! Om nom nom. Really amazing to be able to see these gorgeous creatures up close. 


The boyfriend decided to sport one as a bowtie. Quite dashing, don't you think?

From here it is a two week dash to submit my thesis, so I've soaked up all the sunshine and happy feelings to power me through! I'm certainly feeling the butterflies on the inside now. Wish me luck!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Masters of Sex

I've just watched an, ahem, 'exciting' new pilot. Called 'Masters of Sex', it chronicles the research of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who studied human sexuality at a time when buttoned up, puritanical attitudes were the norm. And guess what? Americans can watch the first episode for free here.



I've always found research into sex quite interesting, purely from a standpoint of how it can even be conducted. A great book on this topic is "Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex" by Mary Roach, who even manages to convince her husband to go under the microscope with her, so to speak. I'm not certain that the recruitment of subjects would have been as easy as this first episode made it out to be, but hopefully down the track they will deal with some of the complications that could arise from being in such a situation.

Less well known than Kinsey, Masters and Johnson conducted a more scientific investigation of sex, with studies of physiological reactions rather than interviews. One of their chief discoveries was the four stages of sexual response: excitement (hence my lame pun), plateu, orgasm and resolution. While they had a reasonably sex-positive view, espousing sex as a healthy source of intimacy with pleasurable benefits for both parties, there are certainly aspects of their later work that I find distasteful. In particular, Masters later ran a homosexual conversion therapy program, and I wonder how this series plans to address that topic.

 







 


I'd really recommend anybody who isn't that sqeamish to give this series a shot. Yes it has pretty clothes and some GORGE ranch houses, but more importantly it gives a little insight into a rarely discussed side of 1950s life. It's hard to resolve our view of the uptight 50s housewife with their private indentities as sexual beings, and this show is so far doing a really interesting job of exploring what that conflict must have been like for women. Additionally, it's a prudent reminder of how far we have come to obtain these sexual liberties, and how close we come to losing them every day *coughs* Texas *coughs*

If you watch the pilot, let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A little party never killed nobody

Recently my birthday and the submission date of my literature review coincided - what better excuse to throw a party? And what better kind of party is there than one through a hidden door in a back alley, drinking champagne while surrounded by the most charming, beautiful people? Taking a little bit of inspiration from the recent Gatsby movie and tempering it with the realisation that I did not own a mansion or have 200 friends, I sought out a perfect 1920's style speakeasy for a cocktail with close companions.


Of course I devoted 90% of my party-planning time to picking out the perfect outfit, and came up with this heavily beaded silk dress. The way it shimmered in the light was like nothing else!

  


What I Wore

Dress - Needle and Thread
Shoes - Melissa
Fur - Vintage

 


Shimmer and sparkles everywhere - I'd be remiss if I didn't cover my eyelashes in jewels too! These ones are from Illamasqua.


The door to the speakeasy - located down a fairly creepy alley next to a car park, it's one of Melbourne's best kept bar secrets.


The deliciousness within! An absinthe fountain to spike our own drinks with. I also had a wonderfully fragrant rosemary martini.

Although my next big deadline is in October, I think I'll have to start 'researching' new venues for my next soiree...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Space Age Hostess

I was lucky to pick up this dress at an opshop. Some may find the combination of it with the gogo boots a little costume-y, but not me! I'm in LOVE with this look. I feel like I should be some kind of futuristic space hostess, or some kind of sexy spy!






These boots were most certainly NOT made for walking - I feel so unsteady! They're Jeffrey Campbell though and I could not resist that sparkle.





I'm happy that the shimmer and glimmer of this outfit showed up in the photos. Perfect outfit for going out on the town at night! I was my very own disco ball!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Who Wore it Better?

I just found out there is another film adaptation of Elizabeth Taylor's life coming out, this time with Helena Bohema Cater who scrubs up kinda amazingly:
 
 

I'll admit that I haven't watched Lindsay Lohan's version yet - while she looked good in some photos, the negative reviews really deterred me.


At least we know Helena can do the wild, crazy hair Liz sported in her later years:



Better than whatever this was....


What do you think? Who is the better Liz?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Flower Power at the Garden Show

 Long time no blog! These photos were taken so long ago,  before the demands of doing a thesis well and truly swallowed my life. I'm not sure if I've worn makeup/dressed up properly since then. How frightful!

Somebody needs to go back in time and warn me that this is the last time I will look glam for approximately 6 months so I can properly savour the moment....



 

My boyfriend and I went on a double date to the Melbourne Flower and Garden show. The variety of displays was simply stunning - flowers were used to create lovely bouquets, gardens that told stories, sculptures and even fashion!




You can really tell this was from a different stage in my life because I actually had the time to paint my nails, AND do nail art! Flowers for the flower show!



These were my favourite flowers - I have no idea what they are; they look so alien and strange!


Flowers were even used to create a kind of living graffiti.

 

 I felt like a kid again around displays like this.

 

And of course I acted the kid once I realised there was a petting zoo there! Little baby piggies!

The boyfriend and I bought two chilli plants for the show, and we've been using them in our own cooking. Feels very grown up. We've even bought a slow cooker together, which is pretty much the BEST THING EVER. Our first appliance purchase for moving in together, unless you count the Playstation 3... priorities, girl!

I'm still reading and enjoying all your blogs. I can't wait to get a break from my work so I can dress up and go out again! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cocktails in Bed

I finally finished a UFO of mine - these pjs for my boyfriend! They've been balled up beneath my bed for so long when all I really had left to do was sew buttonholes. I wanted to learn how to make them on the machine but eventually I just did them by hand - it just wasn't gonna happen!



The boyfriend is a bit of an amateur mixologist, so this cute vintage flannel seemed perfect for him! The pieces I got off etsy had some kind of weird staining on them that wasn't mentioned in the description (grr) but luckily I still had just enough after cutting it all out.



The weather is finally cooling down here, so I finished these just in time. Boyfriend seems pretty pleased with them, and good thing too! I needed some girlfriend points so I could do this to him:


He's not thrilled to be my guinea pig, but it was good to have somebody who loves me (and therefore has to tolerate my mistakes) for my trial run because it turns out I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING. I'm petrified of breaking something because my orientation in the lab consisted of being told how expensive everything was (even the stickers were $300!)
I'm in the process of drafting my research proposal for my psychology honours thesis, and the workload is only going to get more intense from here. I apologise but I'll probably end up completely disappearing at some point - however, sacrifices have to be made. It's my dream to become a psychologist, and the courses are so competitive to get into (most have a 10% acceptance rate) so I really need the best marks possible and then some. Please wish me luck cause I really need it! See you on the flipside!