tiny teddies

This week’s challenge: Eat animal crackers

No need to ask me twice. I knew this challenge would be over in about the time it took me to eat them. Having just moved back to Brisbane, I’ve been scouring the supermarket aisles for old Aussie favourites and new, interesting products. This is where I came across these guys. The Honey Flavoured TINY TEDDY.

I had to hide them in a tupperware container rather than the original packet as just keeping these in the house proved too tempting for many of my family members and I found out why!! They are so tasty, like I’m talking, really, really tasty.

It takes me back to my childhood days where at primary school (yes, all those decades ago) they were THE coolest new snack. I used to love having the little snack packs in my lunchbox for morning or afternoon tea and felt so sorry for all those kids who were given a piece of fruit rather than these tasty treats. Sadly, this ended up being me a lot of the time but on those magical days were I would find a packet stashed away, it was absolute happiness.

I had forgotten that the tiny teddies had different expressions too – there is Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Cheeky, Silly and Hungry. I guess I always ate them too fast to notice before – there was always the risk that friends would help themselves to a teddy or two.

Eva x

Next week’s challenge: Drink through a straw all day. If you get your hands on a straw which matches your outfit, so much the better.

Challenge Update: 38 out of 39 (staying up to dawn I’ve put on hold) in 53 weeks

The List: http://galadarling.com/article/100-things-to-do-when-youre-upset-the-sad-trombone-list

The search for extra icing on the cake happiness started by trying something new – it was refreshing. I needed something to push me outside my comfort zone. Now I’m working my way through a list of 100 things that will make me even more happy – posted by blogger Gala Darling. Some are hard, some are fun and the majority are challenging.

accessory inspiration and iris apfel

This week’s challenge: Watch videos of flamboyant, successful people like Elton John or Michael Jackson & marvel.

When I think of flamboyant, successful people, a couple of names immediately come to mind – well of course you have Lady Gaga, the epitome of flamboyance, and then you have the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, in a funny kind of way, and the old school, retro folks like George Michael and of course the cool Elton John.

But then I came across this lady and she is absolutely incredible. The moment I saw her pic, I just knew that I wanted to be like her. And not even when I’m old.

She is Iris Apfel and she is 91 years old and the coolest chick on the block. So cool that The Met hosted an exhibition on her wardrobe, Jimmy Choo named a pair of shoes after her and she also has her own make up collection at MAC.

After I watched a couple of video interviews I was inspired.

“My mother worshipped at the alter of accessories and I got the bug. She always said, if you have a good, little, simple black dress and you have different accessories, you can have 27 different outfits.”

Yes, it was time to bring accessories into my life. Not hard you think but I was the girl with a thousand earrings – just to have only two pairs on constant rotation.

And with this inspiration, I found myself taking an extra 5 minutes in the morning to match my clothes to my jewellery. And you know what, it was fun. Wearing big necklaces (my own, my friends, my sisters) or super big earrings, with bangles or all of the above. It was a whole new era.

So while I will never, ever, be half as cool as Iris, I can carry a little bit of her inspiration around with me wherever I go.

Caz x

Next week’s challenge: Eat animal crackers.

Challenge Update: 37 out of 38 (staying up to dawn I’ve put on hold) in 52 weeks

The List: http://galadarling.com/article/100-things-to-do-when-youre-upset-the-sad-trombone-list

The search for extra icing on the cake happiness started by trying something new – it was refreshing. I needed something to push me outside my comfort zone. Now I’m working my way through a list of 100 things that will make me even more happy – posted by blogger Gala Darling. Some are hard, some are fun and the majority are challenging.

break-dancing: don’t try this at home

You probably noticed that I took a while to do this challenge. Yes. I have been doing my best possible procrastinating. Break dancing has never ever been on my list of things to do but I guess that is what these weekly challenges are all about –  to push me out of my comfort zone – and I’m completely out there on this one.

This week’s challenge (number 38/100): Break Dance

So here I am – trying to learn how to break dance. This was the text that accompanied the first video I watched on “How to Break Dance”,

‘A must learn for all blow up / tricks bboys out there that want to be the next bboy baek, jun, ryoma, juju, etc. by bboy klay reppin URdance crew from cresskill’

Huh?

But I persisted. With the help of C J Kendricks and How to Perform Basic Break Dance Moves and Easy Break Dancing Moves, I gave it a shot. 99% of the photos taken of me trying to break dance, look like I’ve fallen on the floor and can’t get up. I’m no C J Kendricks.  Trust me.

But you know what, I’ve seen the break-dancing class at Pineapple Studios. They are always in the cool studio downstairs with the massive glass window facing out on the street in Covent Garden.  All of us non-dancers stand there looking through in awe, hoping that one day that will be us. Surely it can’t take too long to work your way up to ‘the windmill’ or ‘caterpillar’ or whatever the latest move is called these days.

liberty, London

This week’s challenge (number 37/100):  Spend an hour in a department store sniffing perfume samples. When you find something you like, spray it on a card and drop it in your purse.

I cheated and actually did this challenge before I left London. But I had a very good reason – I had never been to Liberty. I lived in London for nearly nine years and the closest I had come to Liberty, which has to be one of the coolest department stores on the planet, was to walk past the front doors on my way to Carnaby Street.

This was a good excuse to window shop. There was definitely no purchasing allowed just days before I set out on my travels (which you can check out here) but there was no harm in looking. It’s a shame that backpacking does not allow for race hats, designer scarves or beautiful London prints. And the Liberty Christmas Shop is worth a visit on it’s own (only seven weeks to go).

Their perfume section though is pretty unique – it houses shelves upon shelves of exotic looking and smelling perfumes. It took me a while to warm up into it with all the people eager to help you find a smell that suited you. My first pick was the brand Miller Harris. I just loved the sound of the raw ingredients used – Sicilian bitter orange, French fir and tree moss but then I  discovered the newly launched perfume, Agonist using 100% natural ingredients inspired by the Nordic climate and culture. Seeing that Norway usually tops the lists on the happiness places to live, I thought that it would be nice to have a little slice of that.

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shaping up – all about brows

I’m no stranger to eyebrow threading although I admit it’s something that I definitely don’t do regularly enough. It always makes me feel pretty darn happy. Just like getting a new haircut or a new dress.

Last week’s challenge: Get your eyebrows shaped

Getting your eyebrows threaded is pretty relaxing but that could be because of the Indian head massage that follows. It’s also quick and relatively pain free. I spend most of my time though wondering how they possibly learn to pluck eyebrows with just two pieces of thread.

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I read an article recently which listed all of the things I should be doing to beautify my brows. Shaping your brows was only one of many things on this list so obviously I was still missing a trick or two.

When you have see-through blonde brows and eyelashes like mine you have to tint them otherwise they are just not visible at all. I usually notice the difference immediately and it definitely cuts down on the amount of mascara that I would have to wear. Just before travelling seemed like the perfect time to get them done again especially because I was leaving my mascara behind (eeekkkkkk). Backpacking definitely has it’s disadvantages.

The next suggestion was to define your brows with a light shade of eye shadow just below them to add extra emphasis. Or as my sister suggested use a touch of YSL Touche Eclat instead – is there anything that product doesn’t do? Seeing as my makeup bag is enroute to Australia separately I’ll have to try this one once we meet up again.

Until then, for my travel updates please see joyandeva.com – we’ll be posting the first entry very, very soon.

Caz x

This week’s challenge: Spend an hour in a department store sniffing perfume samples. When you find something you like, spray it on a card & drop it in your purse.

the octocazopusatronic sundae mega-mess

Sometimes pictures are all you need. This is one of those times. Ingredients include one tub of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream, one tub of Mackies of Scotland Vanilla ice cream, chocolate raisins, Cotswolds fudge, hot Cotswolds fudge sauce, a packet of mini twix bars, marshmallows and other unidentified dessert ingredients. The result was this – the Octocazopusatronic Sundae Mega-Mess:

The challenge: Make yourself the biggest ice-cream sundae you’ve ever seen. Decorate it with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, nonpareils, whatever you like. Take a photo. Give it a name (“Jane’s Orgasmatron Cardiac Arrest Sundae”). Devour. Maybe without using your hands. Take a photo of that too.

So how did the name come about?

Last weekend I was away at the Cotswolds with a group of some of my closest friends. In true good friend style, a secret party was arranged. With an under the sea theme. Yes, it has always been my secret desire to dress up as an Octopus but until now, I had never had a chance. It’s not usually on top of the list in terms of themes and to be honest ‘Under the Sea’ is probably not one of the most flattering of outfit choices. But with my super cool Octopus hat and sundae (which yes, looked like just one big mess) – the name was already decided for me. Lucky, I had helping hands to work through it. And no, we didn’t make it all the way through.

Challenge Happiness Rating: 5/10 (only marked down because really there is only so much ice cream one person can eat). Here I am passed out on the couch post-challenge.

Caz x

This week’s challenge: Get your eyebrows shaped.

drive it like you stole it

This is something that I said to my boyfriend, Sam, as we got in the car this morning. He looked at me strangely. Firstly, because I’m a lover of ‘nana’ driving – yes, anything over say 50 miles an hour makes me nervous. And secondly because we were not in a rush, we were just headed out to the local supermarket. But just saying these words made the Sunday grocery shop feel a little more exciting than a usual Sunday grocery shop would.

Last week’s challenge: Go through Urban Dictionary & find some fun/ridiculous new words to add to your vocabulary.

I’ve signed up to receive a new slang word each day from Urban Dictionary and I’ve been using these to complement my usual, now seemingly boring, vocabulary. Lonelybooking for example:

Adding status updates to Facebook, constantly, because no one is paying attention to one. Also, being alone in one’s room in a house full of people, feeling lonely, and appealing to Facebook to feel validated.
Person 1: Crapsauce! John has texted me three times, and updated his status six times. He must be lonelybooking again.
Person 2: I’d talk to him, if he didn’t lonelybook all the time. It’s so annoying.

 

So now that my lingo is completely urbanised (and I’ve deleted my three status updates from this morning), I’m ready to get back to my ‘Bed Browsing’. Crapsauce will become my new swear word. There’s no way mum will fine me for using that one.

Challenge Happiness Rating: 6/10 – love learning a new word or two although be warned people might look at you with a raised eyebrow when you try and incorporate them.

Caz x

This week’s challenge: Make yourself the biggest ice-cream sundae you’ve ever seen. Decorate it with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, nonpareils, whatever you like. Take a photo. Give it a name (“Jane’s Orgasmatron Cardiac Arrest Sundae”). Devour. Maybe without using your hands. Take a photo of that too.

P.S. This is going to be a tough one!!

everything I want

Everything I want – in pictures:

This week’s challenge: Write multiple lists of everything you want. Material possessions, relationships, work, lifestyle, everything. Pin them up by your door so you see them all the time.

I decided that the best way to create my list was on Pinterest. Surprisingly, there are only 19 things on my Everything I Want list – some material items likes like a Macbook (please Santa), bike and juicer; some exercise related activities that I would love to do a whole lot more like yoga and running; travel like trekking Nepal, a safari through Africa and a trip to South America; and then there are those little things like family, friends, harmony and love. Easy.

Challenge Happiness Rating: I’m still smiling.

Caz x

P.S. The second challenge – the Miss J impersonation – didn’t go down so well considering I first had to google who she was. Also “Girl, you walk like a busted-down freight-train.” does not sound right when said in an English accent. Oh well, onto the next!

Next week’s challenge: Go through Urban Dictionary & find some fun/ridiculous new words to add to your vocabulary.