Sunday, May 31, 2015

What Emma Did - 31st May 2014

This week has been pretty quiet. Other than work I haven't been up to much but I will post regardless. So this week I have been:
 Going to the movies with the Hubby to see Pitch Perfect 2 
 Reading Overtime by Tom Holt
 Losing 2 kilos (yay!)
 Watching the last few episode of I love Lucy (now what will I watch?!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Daily Outfit - Feeling like Fall

Aubergine hibiscus print skirt - Rockmans via my local op shop
Lemon cropped cardigan - SES Fashions
Ruched top - Kmart
Cerise ballet pumps - Kmart
Pink maple leaf brooch - La La Retro on Etsy 

Being further up North in Australia means that the transition between the seasons is not so noticeable but Autumn has definitely been creeping in. However we still have many clement days so this ensemble reflects that.
I love the fabric of this skirt which is in gorgeous autumnal colours but has a tropical hibiscus print. I found this super cute autumn maple leaf brooch in LaLaRetro's shop on Etsy. They have a range of cute brooches at really reasonable prices. I will be sure to buy more in the near future.
Excuse the picture of my terrible roots I really must dye my hair. I was considering growing out to a lighter colour but after seeing this picture I think I actually prefer the black so a bottle of dye was on my shopping list this afternoon. 

I was experimenting with lazy ways to curl my hair last night and came up with a method whereby I split my hair into just 6 or 7 sections twist it and then wrap it around a curler (or rag curl it) and it turned out in these rather nice large soft curls. I will be sure to write a proper tutorial on how to do this in the near future. 

I also must mention this fab new lippy I found. It is by Face of Australia and the colour is called Forbidden Fruit. Its the perfect balance between a red and a rose pink, has great pigment, is moisturizing and lasts all day!    

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What Emma Did - 24th May 2015

I was just about to sit down and write this weeks 'What Emma Did' post when I realised that I didn't actually write a post last week so this post will cover the last two weeks. So without further ado this week (and last) I have been:
♥  Getting my learner license renewed so I can finally book some driving lessons
Going for a roast at the RSL with the Hubby 
♥ Heading to Brisbane to see La Soiree at QPAC 
♥ Getting out tickets for the cruise
♥ Getting my trike service so it is road worthy again
♥ Heading into Brisbane again - this time to enter our bread in the Queensland Baking show and winning first place for our Rye Sourdough and Ciabatta
♥ Going to Ikea to get a new bed
♥ Taking the kayaks out for a whiz around the lake 
♥ Reading Mort by Terry Pratchett 
♥ Watching the last episode of Mad Men and yet more I Love Lucy (I've almost watched them all now!)
♥ Starting on the Keto diet and making some delicious Keto recipes including a homemade satay and Keto pizza

Friday, May 22, 2015

Looking like Lucy - Recreating some of Lucille Ball's Outfits from I Love Lucy

Recently in my (very limited) spare time I have been working my way through my box-set of I Love Lucy and a fair few of Lucy's outfits have caught my eye. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite outfits from the series with some recreations so you too can look like Lucy:
The first outfit is Lucy's much coveted sheer black rhinestone encrusted housecoat. Lucy's housecoat appears in a number of episodes. It is nigh-on impossible to find a recreation of this item but for something similar and equally as stylish why not try the fabulous Lamarr Robe in Dita Von Teese (collection pictured on the right)

The second outfit is this this lovely ensemble comprised of a swing jacket and pencil skirt which is featured in the episode 'Lucy is Matchmaker'. Vivien of Holloway have this amazing Swagger jacket and matching pencil skirt in the same style. Top the outfit off with gloves, hat and a pair of vintage style shoes for a fab Lucy-like outfit.
The next outfit is the most iconic Lucy outfit, her blue polka dot dress. I recreated this outfit when we went to see Everybody Loves Lucy (see it here). It features the Collectif Betty Lou polka dot dress is blue chiffon (pictured right)

And finally with all these fabulous Lucy outfits it might be time for one from Lucy's best friend Ethel. Throughout the series Ethel wears a number of wonderful wrap dresses. Original 1950's wrap dresses can be found on eBay, Etsy and a number of vintage sellers or for a reproduction one how about this lovely Fleur dress from Heyday.

Monday, May 18, 2015

La Soiree 2015

On Friday night the Hubby and I had a rare night off together so we headed to Brisbane to watch La Soiree at QPAC. W saw La Soiree last year at the Opera House and had a fantastic night so when we saw they show was on again this year we just had to get tickets.

La Soiree is a fabulously bawdy cabaret of amazing acts including  new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety. The show kicked off with an amazing puppetry act by caberet decadence. The audience was then entertained by some amazing balancing by the English Gentlemen, great hula hooping by Jess Love, Freddie Mecury's reincarnation Mario Queen of the Circus and a hilarious ping pong act by David and Fofo. Captain Frodo's crazy contortions through a tennis racket had the audience amused and amazed and the first half closed in style with a stunning performance by Bath Boy. Whoever would have thought bathing in just a pair of jeans would be so sexy!!

The second half was equally entertaining with some fast paced skipping by Jess Love, a hilarious reading of Mills and Boomn by Asher Treleaven  and Hamish McCann of the English gents performed a stunning 'singing in the rain' pole dancing performance that would have left Gene Kelly gasping in amazement. There were so many more amazing acts crammed into the show that I can hardly name them all but I will say this La Soiree is always a great night out!

La Soiree is only on in Brisbane until 24th May so be sure to book your tickets soon here!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Goodbye Mad Men

Sunday night is the last ever episode of Mad Men and I will be fare-welling the show with Don Drapper's favourite tipple an Old Fashioned. In order to make your own Old Fashioned you will need:

Ice
Sugar syrup
Angostura bitters
Whiskey
A cherry and slice of orange to garnish

In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir about a dozen times. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and alcoholic bite has softened, about a dozen times. Garnish with cherry, swizzle stick, and straw.

Here is Don making his version:

And now that we have the drinks poured here are my predictions for the final episode:

With the dreams Don has been having of late, Rachel telling him he has missed his flight, a policeman pulling him over telling him they have been looking for him the theory that Don could become DB Cooper seems a good possibility however these dreams may just be Don;s conscious telling him its time to get out of the advertising industry, out of New York and to become the man her really is. To drop Don Draper and be Dick Whitman.

The opening sequence of a man falling to his death always seemed to have some foreshadowing of things to come however whether this death is physical or metaphorical remains to be seen. Could this be the death of Don Draper will Don/Dick finally drop this persona and after years of searching become complete.

One thing is for sure this season seems to have caused more questions than answers and with one episode to go these seems a lot of lose ends to tie up. I for one cannot wait for the final episode!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Daily Outfit - Lounging in Style

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. I have been working rather a lot and on the days I haven't been working I have just been relaxing at home. I have been meaning to post this outfit since last years #RE2014 Relax month but never got around to it. I try not to let relaxing and lounging around the house mean that I dress all dowdy as when I dress dowdy I feel dowdy so even when I am home alone I wear a lounging outfit that is both comfortable and stylish. Here is one of my favourite lounging outfits: