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A NEW HIGH POINT

What a delayed post huh?! Sorry about that. A lot has been happening, a lot of thinking and other dull things going on in my brain, however, we shall not dwell on that. Right now, I have a massive post as you can see from the amount of images. This post is going to be dedicated to my day at Highpoint. Highpoint recently (on the 14th) opened an entire new section, including the west’s first David Jones, Topshop and a brand new Samsung store!

You see, sure, I live in Melbourne, but I actually live in the western suburbs – born and raised. I’m not a trendy east sider, I’ve only been to Chadstone like five times, and four of those were because I went to Monash University. Before 2009 I had only ever been to Chaddy once. Highpoint is my local shopping centre (mall) guys. That’s where we go to shop ‘big’ if we ceebs getting all the way to the city. I’ve been online shopping for quite a few years now, but I have to say, what I saw today impressed me. I might be going to actually try things on before I purchase them more often now. I guess you guys can take this post as some sort of window shopping adventure with me :)

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Aaah, the early beginning of the day, in the car park. Dayum my hair is getting long! Too bad it doesn’t really seem to get much longer than this length =/

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Um, my sister and I found this Level 1 1/2 very amusing. Reminded us both of platform 9 and 3/4 from Harry Potter xD My sister is wearing an American Apparel shirt, Motel Rocks jeans, Jeffrey Campbell shoes and is holding a Topshop bag.

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Our first stop was this cute, quirky called Urban Attitude. I tried on a pair of nice sunglasses inside, but I’m not so certain they suit me. My sister bought a pair though, she is OBSESSED with sunglasses!

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I’m actually not a MASSIVE fan of macaroons, but we decided to try two of these anyway. Cookies and Cream and New York Cheesecake. Both were quite good. Plus, doesn’t pretty much the entire universe like these?

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Next we decided to check out Universal Store. I first noticed one of these stores during one of my trips to the Gold Coast. I remember thinking the store was pretty cool, and now there is one 20 minutes away from me!
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I really liked that pink bag, so cute! My sister was a massive fan of the jumper with the wolf.

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Ok, now THIS, I was surprised to see. FAT, on the west saaide?! No way! But great! My sister has never walked into Fat, however, somehow, seeing one at Highpoint made it more approachable, so we both went in and she liked what she saw.

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I really liked this fountain they have on display in the store. It looks kinda cute and creepy simultaneously to me. The entire store is decorated really nicely actually :)

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Ah, and man, those watches were really beautiful. Especially the peach coloured one, soooo nice.

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I told you the store looked awesome! Was I right?

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I think most people were quite impressed with this store – Super Glue. I believe it’s like a huge concept store created by Glue, have you guys ever heard of Glue? If so, what I just said will probably make more sense. Either way, it’s a nice store. With many nice items inside, it’s also quite large. It reminds me of the stores I was impressed by while I was on exchange in the U.S in 2010. I was truly impressed by this store dudes.

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I mean, what a good idea, they appear to have in store tailoring services!

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Um, I never expected that it would be possible for me to actually buy a Unif product near my house, I MEAN, WOW, THAT IS JUST…. SPECTACULARLY EXCELLENT! RIGHT?! RIGHT, RIIIIGHT?! Hhahhaahha, it’s 1.30AM right now, excuse my hyper activity, I’m fairly delirious atm. But no, anyway, soo much goodness in Super Glue. Unif, Ragged Priest, Stylestalker, Motel Rocks, there were loads of stunning prints, spikes galore. Speaking of spikes, how awesome and rad would that spiked clutch be as a make up bag?! Yeah, that’s what I would use it as, an amazing make up bag :D My make up bag right now is just… meh, so boring.

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An entire wall dedicated to denim. Great for people like my sister who seriously adore their jeans. They also sell beautiful magazines, like Lula! That particular issue pictured looks, omg, INCREDIBLE.

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Pictured up above are a pair of very nice shoes. :) Yup, I’m captain obvious, duh!

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I tried on a Miss Selfridge dress at Super Glue, isn’t it cuuuute?! I wasn’t sure whether I should buy it though. AKJSKJHSKD, I wish I was rich sometimes T_T what do you lovely people think? Y/N?

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I personally enjoyed this pretty design displayed in the new Nike store window.

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Interesting window display at the new Bardot store.

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A colourful setting for what is to soon be a GAP store I believe. Also a pair of great flatforms I found in the new Lipstick store. Apparently it’s the first stand alone Lipstick shoes store in Australia :O Ooh Highpoint, so special you are!

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I think this is what a lot of people came to see. Man, it’s a big store. We spent quite a lot of time in there.

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AAAH, I LOOOOVE SOCKS! Socks and tights, can’t get enough of these things! What about you guys, is anyone else just as in love with socks as I am? For reals, socks are under rated! ESPECIALLY IN MENSWEAR. Random, but true.

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We were holding so much that a nice sales assistant came over and offered us the personal shopping option. So we had a room to ourselves to try clothes on. The stylist even set up outfits with the clothing we gave her. I’m so jealous of that lady, I would LOVE to be a personal stylist, ooh man, that’s like, one of my dream jobs.

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I pretty much liked everything I tried on. I might go back and purchase those shorts and the top tomorrow. Hopefully they’re not sold out =/ eeeeek.

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Mmm, delicious looking chocolate *drools*

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My sister who is fortunately no where near as broke as me, bought so much. Crazy shopper girl. I on the other hand, was merely day dreaming about the Alannah Hill bag pictured, isn’t it beautiful? 0__0

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We stopped to eat after a few hours, and I was feeling quite exhausted. As you can see in the photo above. We both noticed that our eyebrows weren’t looking that amazing, so decided to get them ‘fixed’. It hasn’t even been a year that I have been regularly getting my eyebrows waxed. After hearing a few horror stories, I was always too nervous and just thought it seemed pointless, especially because I have a fringe. Last May, on an impulse, I decided to get them done at Benefit Brow Bar, and I’ve been hooked ever since! They do such an amazing job at Benefit, your make up is fixed afterwards, and I’ve never had a bad experience. All the girls are so nice and are basically experts in their trade.

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The online social media manager happened to be at the bar today, I mentioned that I was a blogger, she noticed I was taking photos, and decided to help me get some good shots. HOW NICE OF HER. I’ve been bluntly told, many times, to stop taking photos in various stores, so being embraced as a blogger by such a huge company was a nice change :) Like I said, the girls at Benefit are amazing.
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The good shots included me sitting like some sort of royalty. HAHAHAHA, I did NOT expect this to happen, I felt kinda bad for the guys, I hope I wasn’t too heavy to lift. What an interesting job, being paid to walk around topless.

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If you feel like having incredible looking eyebrows, try Benefit, you won’t be disappointed. My sister was hesitant at first too, but I talked her into it and now she would never go anywhere else.

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We decided to check out David Jones, I mean, we had to.

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I’ve always wanted a hat but have yet to buy one. There’s so many different options, I have no idea which option looks the best. I guess that is one downside to unlimited choice… how do you know what to choose?

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More virtually unlimited choices!

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Correna approaching funny looking Samsung dude. Hahahaha.

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We ended our day by attending a Runway, showcasing Autumn styles by retailers at Highpoint. It was presented by Poppy Dinsey of WIWT.com fame. Her entire outfit was Forever New, I believe… I think, I hope I’m right! She seemed like such a natural presenting, I’d be soo nervous.

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I took SOO MANY PHOTOGRAPHS, but I don’t want to keep you guys here till Christmas so I’ve condensed it to my favourite looks. That printed blazer above is stunning.

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I adored this outfit!

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My sister was a major fan of these dresses. I think the dress on the left is by Cue and Correna looves Cue.

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I was feeling all the monochromatic suit style looks going on.
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As you can see, I definitely wasn’t the only person taking photos.

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Aah, the end of the day, like seven hours later. I was exhausted, I STILL AM EXHAUSTED. But, er, nice shapes huh? My dress is from topshop, tights are also from topshop and the shoes are agyness deyn x dr. marten.

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Everybody loves receiving free items and I received plenty in this goody bag provided at the runway show.

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Here it is. A McDonalds Sundae voucher is included, my boyfriend is going to like that!

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My purchases. I really needed a bag that could fit my laptop and I couldn’t resist the socks. If I actually had money, I would have bought sooo much more. Because I am a compulsive shopaholic that can not be stopped. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed that tour of my day and my experience at Highpoint. If you’re in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, go check it out guys… in fact, even if you live on the east side, it’s not that far away, I PROMISE. They did an excellent job, the architecture looks wonderful, there are so many nice stores, there seems to be something for everyone. Even a Chanel store coming soon. Fancy. Good night.

CHASING SLEEP

Hellooooo, it’s 12.46AM, I feel so delirious. While 46 minutes past midnight may not seem very hardcore, I have been waking up early lately and not sleeping enough so I feel rather drained right now. Having informed you all of this, I’m going to keep this post short. Like my height. Mmhm.

THANKS for the birthday wishes :D I had a good birthday, best birthday EVERRRR actually. I’m so lucky, my boyfriend bought me an awesome, awesome gift. I posted the presents before I unwrapped them on the Facebook page, a few people seemed curious as to what I received. I want to share with you all, but I’ve been doing important stuff lately… like actually trying (I am a major procrastinator, I inherit that from the master of procrastination, my dad) to finish my folio so I’m not just stuck in a crappy casual job forever.

I think I’m going to attempt to make a video about the birthday gifts, the idea of sitting there and photographing each item individually is not very appealing. Hopefully I’m not too awkward (I will be) in front of a camera. No birthday images yet, first I thought I would quickly compile all the outfit photos I haven’t posted. The next post will be all lame and fuzzy.

About a month ago, I ‘modelled’ aka just stood there and was photographed by my friend for his Interior Architecture final Uni project. He compiled a bunch of interesting looking stuff, I was impressed as I literally have zero building skills.

Shoes I am wearing in the above image are from Etsy. DUDE, ETSY IS SO FUCKING GREAT!!! I’m a little late with the whole Etsy craze, I’ve been checking it out for a while now but only recently became heavily addicted. My cart has like 48 items inside it right now. I’ve been deleting clothes from my Topshop cart, while adding items to my Etsy cart instead. I made a pretty large order the other night, I’ll tell you more about it later, soo much good stuff, the seller is incredible. What are your favourite Etsy stores people?! TELL ME!!!!! Speaking of selling things, I listed a few items on my Ebay page dudes, almost all of them are brand new. I’ve lost weight during this lifestyle/food/exercise change, so a lot of my clothes (particularly skirts) are too big for me now. Check out my items here. THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT.

EXERCISE IS SO BORING BUT…

Does anyone remember when I began to think about being healthier and what not? I’m not exactly sure when, but it was a few months ago. I was going to discuss something srs today but eh, it’s been a long day, and quite frankly, ceebs right now. So I’m going to discuss something slightly (more like entirely) out of character, health. Like, exercise and diet type health. Because, you know, before I got started, I was completely lost and hey, I most definitely would not call myself an expert, far FAR from it. As far as you could get in fact, however, if I can assist anyone to start doing something, well… that’s pretty good I’d say.

I started the change, hmm, probably like 2 and a half months ago now. It’s a slow process, that is for sure, especially if you’re literally starting from the beginning, like I did. I was extremely unfit. I never ever exercised, like ever. I find it immensely boring unfortunately, I really do wish I enjoyed it, it would make this whole thing a lot easier. For the last 11 or so weeks I have exercised every single day, and I have completely changed my eating habits. I no longer eat any white pasta, rice, bread (unless it’s a special occasion, like my birthday this Saturday) and I avoid potatoes and all the other main carbs. I’ve eaten pasta maybe three times, it was brown and a much smaller serving than I would usually eat. I still eat quite a lot, I can’t help it, I’ve always had a big appetite, but I eat very differently. For instance, for lunch, I used to eat a large bowl of white pasta or a bowl of white rice with curry and I always ate a shit load of cheese. Now I would eat a bowl of salad with some feta cheese and a piece of mock (vegetarian) chicken breast, or something like that. Considering I absolutely LOVE pasta and rice, the change wasn’t exactly that easy, but the longer you do it for, the less tempted you feel and I’ve learnt to enjoy vegetables a lot more. There is so much you can do with vegetables, it’s quite amazing.

I guess you have to find some sort of motivation to stick to a complete lifestyle change. For me it was mainly two things. One, I’ve always hated my body, well maybe not always. I didn’t really care as a child, but since about the age of 13, I just haven’t been happy with my appearance, ever. I’m only 5’0, carrying the extra weight and looking flabby when I saw myself in the mirror made me feel so stumpy. I just hated it and I’m still not entirely happy. I know this is probably more of a psychological issue, because I’m the smallest I’ve ever been at the moment, and I’m still not really satisfied. More so because I would like to look more toned I guess, but that takes a lot of hard work, which I realise and am willing to do work on now. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, I wanted to be healthier and fitter. I think the second reason is why I stuck to my plan this time. I mean, I’ve hated my body for nine years now, and every single time I tried to do something about it, I gave up. I really wanted to be healthy this time though, I’m becoming a lot more conscious about what I put inside my body these days. Now when I look at cakes and sweets, I think twice about actually eating them. I think about what was used to create these products and whether I actually want that stuff inside of me. Considering I have hypochondria, the cause of my horrible long episode of anxiety from August 2011 till May this year, I thought trying to be healthier might help my mind feel more at ease about how vulnerable my body really is to illness. It does help, for me at least.

In terms of exercise, at the start, I started with 40 sit ups, 40 lunges, 40 squats and 15 minutes on a bike machine per day. I did that for about 2 weeks, then I moved up to 20 minutes on the bike. After 2 more weeks of that, I would do 80 sit ups, 40 lunges, 40 squats, 10 push ups and 30 minutes on the bike machine, every day. After about 4-5 weeks of this, I decided it was time to finally start jogging. So last week, my dad and I started jogging. I’ve been about 4 times now, in the days in between or when I can’t, I go back to my bike machine routine. My dad and I go out for about 30 – 40 minutes each time. Today, I jogged for 10 minutes straight without stopping :) I would still definitely consider myself a beginner, so I obviously can’t jog the full 30 minutes yet, I power walk in between sets of jogging. Jogging for a full half an hour is probably going to take a while, but at least I’m trying right?

It’s a little difficult to avoid carbs when you’re a vegetarian, but it’s not impossible! You just have to be creative, I’ve realised that you don’t need carbs, especially white pasta and rice. Besides, there are carbs in carrots and most vegetables and fruit, so I know I receive enough energy. I use a lot of Quorn products, they’re quite good :) I also eat a lot of lentils, chickpeas and so many different vegetables. My boyfriend and I also discovered a few other things during this food adventure. Below are a few of my favourites.

The sesame snaps are delicious, they are not the most low calorie snack you could eat, but man, I love them. Plus, considering I used to eat a massive triple chocolate muffin like every single day when I was 17, I figure this is a pretty decent replacement for my usual chocolate fix. Sometimes, I really do want to eat actual chocolate though, and the Atkins Endulge bar is great :) I wouldn’t recommend eating it every single day, but it’s pretty decent. It’s not as good as Cadbury or anything, but for a healthier alternative, it’s pretty decent. I hear dark chocolate is great for you too, but I can not stomach the taste, ew >.< Yoplait’s forme vanilla yogurt is the best yogurt I have ever had. Which is pretty amusing, because most people note that it’s good for a healthy alternative, but not as nice. I disagree, I actually prefer this to the variety with more calories. I really like it. However, I grew up with a horrible selection of food. My mum was a terrible cook, and I was pretty much raised on meals consisting of plain rice, plain over cooked soggy pasta (no sauce), grilled un seasoned meat that was cooked for so long that it felt incredibly stiffed, fast food and frozen meals. As a result, I don’t mind eating food without a shit load of flavour. Vanilla yogurt is actually my favourite. I hate the extra stuff. Lastly, the Quorn mince, is excellent! It’s low in fat and carbs and very high in protein. I use this product so often because you can do so much to it. Sometimes I just fry it with onion and a few vegetables. My ethnicity is Greek, so there are a lot of meals I can still enjoy thanks to the Quorn mince, like Keftedes (yuuuuuum) and Gemistes aka Stuffed Vegetables. In fact, I made them myself for the first time tonight.

Usually these are full of rice and meat mince. I decided to stuff them with the Quorn mince, brown onions, carrots, capsicum, celery, spring onions, asparagus and cauliflower. I added my favourite type of tomato sauce, and damn… do they taste good! I can’t wait to eat them tomorrow. ANYHOW, SORRY TO BORE YOU ALL WITH MY DULL FOOD AND EXERCISE TALK. I’LL MOVE ON TO THE STYLE SHIT NOW.

After I did this to my hair about a month ago, my boyfriend and I went and wondered around Myer. Because hanging out in department stores is fun sometimes. I was trying on hats, and we were told off for taking photographs. Way to ruin our fun Myer! NO WONDER YOUR SALES ARE SO LOW.

I also decided to try a cocktail or the first time in mah life. It was uuh, bigger than my freaking head! I didn’t really like it to be honest, the only alcoholic drink I’ve ever tasted and enjoyed is Smirnoff Ice Red, and guess what? It’s packed with sugar of course. Ha. Good thing I drink very rarely.

Don’t know wassup with my expression here. These are the first pair of jeans I have willingly bought and wanted to wear for YEARS like, 5 or 6 years? I sold them on e-bay though, they were a little big for me. It’s cool though, I replaced them with an awesome pair of Unif leopard print high waisted skinny pants, I’m also planning to purchase a pair of Motel leopard print jeans, the print on them is a lot nicer than the print on the jeans I’m wearing in the image above this paragraph. Alright, 1535 words, I’m going to shut up now.

INTERRUPT THE REGULAR

Hi there. Hello, What’s up? G’day. Yo, whatevz, what’s the happs? How are you? Gooood? Yeah, me too, well you know, could be better, but heeey, first world, can’t complain aye?

Okay then, now that the awkward postponed internet greeting has been dealt with, I shall get back to my regular blogging flow. Well, not quite yet. First, I’m going to congratulate the United States of America for electing Obama as the president once again. Thank you. I’ve been thinking about possibly moving to the U.S (specifically L.A) lately, and if Mitt Romney won… well, I would definitely have to reconsider.

Greeeaat, my left hand is currently falling asleep. How convenient, I have a feeling this is the result of typing and how cold my hands are at the moment. ANYWAY.

Speaking of American elections. I stumbled across this article about a bunch of ill informed American citizens who would like to move to Australia because Barack Obama will be the president for another term. I found it fucking hilarious. I was going to go on and on about why this idea is incredibly stupid, but I think this graphic I found sums it up quite well.

Yes, that’s right mofos. We have universal health care, and I’m pretty damn cerain we (most of us, other than a few crazy people) all like it. In fact, this year the Medicare levy was raised for those earning above a certain amount of money per annum. I think it’s about $84,000+ for singles, and guess what? There was no uproar, no talk about fucking death panels (uuuuuuuugh) in fact, most people working in Health care thought it was a good thing. I don’t understand how a country can truly consider themselves modern without universal health care to be honest. Health care should be the NUMBER ONE priority in my opinion, that and education. I’m so so so soooo glad we have Medicare. Sure, it’s definitely not perfect, but thanks to Medicare I have been hospitalised multiple times without having to worry about money. I received the best care from a damn Professor of Cardiology and I did not pay a cent.

The whole education deal in the U.S freaks me out too. I’m going to be honest here, I don’t know much about how the system works. All I know is, when I was on exchange, my friend and I didn’t have to pay for tuition in Buffalo because our CSP (Commonwealth Supported Place) was covering the cost, as it usually would at Monash. For a semester the money was given to UB instead. We, as international students, didn’t have to pay tuition to attend an American University, but the local students had to pay, WTF?! No really, what is up with that? Lastly, most of us think the whole ‘right to bear arms’ crap is a pointless load of bullshit. I hate guns.

NO, SCREW IT, I HATE EVERYONE

I was supposed to discuss the next topic on my mind tonight, but fuck it. It can wait. I’m so infuriated right now, it’s not even funny. I blame myself for even bothering to an extent. Someone get me the fuck off of this planet. Thanks

FUCK MAH LIIIFE, WHAT IS WROOONG WITH PEOPLE?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE PLZ TELL ME THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE OK. AT THIS POINT, I HAVE NO HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS SPECIES.

I would also like to add, that anyone who actually believes we live in a meritocracy is partially blind. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK AROUND. UGH. Now I know why Diogenes of Sinope needed a lamp to look for honest people, I don’t fucking blame him.