Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy birthday, bloggy!

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It's been a year since I've started Praxsmiles, and I can't believe how much has happened.  I thought I'd do a quick post roundup of the most popular posts plus some of my faves, and then let you know what I have planned for the year ahead. 

This year in blogging was uncomfortable and boundary pushing to say the least. I did my best to focus more on events, places and newsworthy things in order to stay away from being so personal. In truth it was a total bust, but I learned a lot along the way and still managed to put up some pieces I'm truly proud of.

Remember when I was a part of the largest parade in Australia? I also stopped to soak in some serious aussie sunshine, and spent the Christmas holidays in the Philippines. Plus I reflected on cultural identity and lamented the importance of date night.

Early on Sydney Spotlight was born, and then put on an indefinite hiatus which made me realize that I needed to get back to my roots, and "slow blog."

It's been a crazy ride, but I finally feel I'm getting back to my old blogging self.  I have a lot planned for the future of this blog, including two things I'm really excited to be sharing.

Firstly, two days ago, I started a 5 week challenge to get my body in the best shape I've been in in years.  I'm hoping to do a weekly update and share what my experiences have been like.  I've never done anything like this before, so it will be interesting to see my results.

& Secondly, I'm bringing back Sydney Spotlight! The few posts I did were really fun and forced me to get out of my comfort zone. (I get uncomfortable taking photos of stuff at restaurants!) I won't be posting them weekly like my original intention, but I will be hauling my camera around again, and posting whenever I do go to an exceptional place.

So that's that! I'm excited!
Hope you are too. Oh, and if you've managed to find my blog in someway or another, thanks so much for reading and sticking around. I really appreciate it.

Monday, June 24, 2013

OOTD round up

Because why not? Here's what I've been wearing lately. 

This is pretty much my weekend uniform. I'm madly in love with those jeans after rejecting them for half a year. I've also remembered how much I love that striped top which I also haven't worn in ages.  Pairing down your closet will really make you start to appreciate your clothes again. hah 

Top: SES
High Waisted Jeans: Jeanswest
Belt: Urban Outfitters circa 2009
Flats: Rubi
Sunnies: Philippines
Bag: Philippines

Another weekend outfit! This time I wore this gallivanting around the city with the mister. The jeans were super, super comfy, and I love how crisp and white they are. That whole "no white after labor day" is a bunch of bologna if you ask me! Also - I pretty much borrowed half of this outfit from my sister! 

Top: F21
Pants: Glassons
Jacket, shoes & totebag: all borrowed from my sister! 

...and lastly here's what I wore to work today. I've recently acquired those velvet pants and woah man are they amazing. Seriously amazing. They feel like sweats but look so classy! CLASSY SWEAT PANTS, GUYS. I want to wear them to work every day. Except there's one little thing... velvet (or maybe cheap velvet?) gets all over your much so that when you shower there will be tons of little black velvet specks all over the tub. It's pretty gross. But ehh that's a small price to pay if I get to go to work wearing what feels like fancy sleep wear. 

Blazer: Banana Republic 
Tee: Gap
Pants: Supre
Boots: Topshop 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

On the importance of Date Night...

Miguel and I have been together for nearly four years now, and while that is such a short time in the grand scheme of things, it's definitely long enough to declare the honeymoon stage is OVER. I can definitely say that time has changed a lot of things for us. Gone are the over excited butterflies that used to fly in my belly at every single sight of him, gone are the hours long phone conversations and gone is the time I used to spend putting together my "look" before seeing him. (yes I even did this for our Skype convos!)

Gone are all these things except for once every week on that magical night known as date night.

Most Fridays Miguel and I make it a point to meet up after work for an evening of good food, drinks and loooooong conversations. It's the one night out of the week where I find that the butterflies have come back and the nervousness/excitement takes over as I meet my guy at our place of choice. I always make sure to have a little lipstick on and an outfit that makes me feel my best. Moments before we meet, it almost feels like we're back at the beginning of our courtship.

We spend the night talking just to talk and trying our best to avoid "grown up" conversations like bills, work problems or house issues and instead focus on things we enjoy. The night always goes by too fast, even if we spent hours lingering at the restaurant ordering just one more glass of wine... and at the end of it I always, always feel rejuvenated and even more sure about our relationship then I was the night before.  Not sure how he does it, but I always manage to love him and appreciate our relationship more and more as each day passes. Cheesy, but true!

I know that even without a regular date night, my appreciation and love for Miguel would still exist. Our relationship is strong and true. BUT date night brings about a sense of excitement and anticipation that maybe wouldn't exist in our relationship as often as it does without it. Plus it's FUN! and Lord knows everyone needs a bit more fun in their lives...  

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Winter Whites

So you know how I got rid of nearly everything in my closet? I found that the things I ended up keeping were key, classic pieces that I wouldn't mind wearing over and over again. Things like vintage pull overs, thick stockings, dresses with classic shapes, plain tees and dark denim reigned supreme, everything else got the boot. Then I started thinking about my winter wardrobe and what I wanted to be wearing this season. I found that I've been really drawn to winter whites and monochromatic colour schemes. I've been wearing a combo of blacks, blues and greys lately and dreaming up outfits in my head that look like the above. I'm loving how the white brightens the look without being over the top.
I've got a couple things in my closet that can help me achieve this look, but I'm definitely into replacing an old winter coat for something white and warm. It's freezing out here.
Next up, I'll be clearing out my jewellery box and finally getting rid of those heart shaped earings I purchased sophomore year. *shudder*

Friday, June 07, 2013

On becoming minimalist

... or attempting to anyway.

When I was a little girl, my dad would always say to my sister and I that we were too materialistic. We would always have a new toy/clothes/book in mind during our trips to visit him, and we would always try our chances and ask for it. A lot of the times getting up the nerve to ask him was  for nought as he rather use that money to take us on trips to Lake Tahoe or Circus Circus in Reno, which was better than a new barbie anyway. However, during then and up until recently I never thought I was materialistic at all.

I always thought that I owned just the right amount of stuff.  It wasn't until I moved into the baby beluga studio that I realized how much stuff I accumulated. Little by little Miguel's and mostly my things were piling up around us to the point where it was difficult to open the front door because my filled up shoe rack was in the way. Try as I might to get rid of things, our (my) stuff just kept piling up. SO we moved. I took all our stuff with us into a two bedroom apartment in the middle of nowhere (Parramatta) and all of a sudden it looked like we didn't have enough stuff. We needed a couch! and a dining table! and clothes to fill up the huge and luxurious closet!! The storage space in that place was a dream. So I accumulated more things until eventually we decided it was time to move out.

While the house we are living in now is gorgeous with ample storage space and even an office for the four of us to share, it in no means is enough space for all of my stuff. The house was built in the 1900s before built in closets, and Miguel & my room is the only one fitted with a pseudo closet... and it's an open closet. Which means my stuff is out in the open for me to stare at every single night. It annoys the heck out of me. So what did I do? Purge of course. I went through every single item that I own and got rid of so much. When even just a smidgen of available white space showed through, I got more energy to throw out even more.  I found it freeing.

I've still got a long ways to go though, and to help me fully understand what I should keep and throw away, I've been trying to find tips and tricks to becoming minimalist. Tips like putting a rubber band on hangers and removing it if you've worn the item, and then purging the closet of all things left with a rubber band in three months, are really helping me, but then they suggest taking photos of your favourite memories so you can get rid of the memory box, and that freaks me out. I really like my memory boxes even if I don't open them often.

It's a weird process -- getting rid of all my things -- but I know in the long haul I don't need it all. I'm pretty sure I won't go and become a full blown minimalist, but I endeavour to find a happy median, with just enough white space between my things. ;]

Happy Friday!

via my instagram

This week has been incredibly tiring, but Friday has come like a shining light, and I am so ready to bring on the 3 day weekend!

Weekend good things include:

Going to Vivid Sydney for our fourth year in a row!

Homemade lunch at my Mom's this Saturday.

Brunch  *hopefully* at Bills on Sunday.

Checking out the American Gothic exhibit at the Australian Museum.

and lots and lots of studying/essay writing as I head into my last week of the semester!

Hope you all have a fab weekend!