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Monday, August 31, 2009

Worn Me Down

I'm dying for these shoes. Wish I could pull off heels better/walking in heels better, but I think I will have to train myself. Both are made by Siren, and are the cheaper leather versions of designers like Christian Louboutin, without the signature red sole. Great for someone like me who loves the looks, but hates the pricetag (aka, being a student with a huge student loan already). Hopefully after my knee is fully healed, I will be able to wear these kinds of gorgeous heels.

Speaking of my knee, I took my butterfly stitches off today. One of the incisions is almost completely healed (and super itchy), but the other one is pretty much still open. It needs the air to scab over (TMI?).

I'm in love with Garance Dore's blog. She's so French, and her sketches are adorable. It makes me want to learn French again. I might try and teach myself.

I'm also in love with Ingrid Michaelson and Rachael Yagamata at the moment, their sounds are so relaxing and easy to listen to, lovely to just sit in the sun and read a book with.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Are we there yet

I just bought this jumpsuit from Sella for $40. Isn't it cute?

I bought some new earbuds for my ipod as the ipod ones seem to like to break and become uncomfortable. It's great having dad around, he'll go on about spending money, but when I'm all fine about buying something, he'll go all soft and say he'll pay for half. This also happened with the teeshirt from Just Jeans (previous post, I got it in white). He's really just a big softy.

I did bake him the lemon curd cake however. So I guess he likes being baked for, and I've been cooking them dinner.

There is a film on at the local cinema (it's very old, and rustic - couches down the front and uncomfortable chairs in the back) that is made by people in my town, with whom I've acted with. I want to go.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Incredible Love

Things I'm desperately wanting right now. First three tops from Wild Pair (Minkpink and Scrapbook), black slouch top from Just Jeans, Slouch tie front cardi by Max, skinny sateen pants by Max.

I went hunting for vintage rings and the local vintage store today, but had no luck. There was, however, a cute dragon broach, but it was in gold and gold doesn't work for me. I also caught up with one of my best friends from home, Tori, who is currently in med school. She's gorgeous, talented and smart, and I love her to death.

I'm trying to make myself more eloquent and cultured. Living in Wellington, but coming from a small country town where having a beer at the pub in stubbies and a rugby shirt is the norm, I feel highly uncultured. Especially when some friends in Wellington have performed at the Globe, traveled the world, and just seem to be so poised. So I'm reading Jane Austen and waiting to become enlightened. Currently reading Sense and Sensibility. It's rather good and is making me want to speak in a posh English accent.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lemony Twist

So, confession. This isn't actually taken on a polaroid camera. it's taken on my DSLR but converted polaroid style by a program called Poladroid. It's such a wonderful little program. It even spits out the pics like an actual polaroid and plasters them on your desktop.

So I'm home, in the town I grew up in, for a couple of weeks. It's the spring uni holidays, and it really is feeling like spring. It's sunny and warm, and the cats are rolling around in the sun. Ah, home.

My father has requested that I bake him a cake - my world famous in my flat lemon curd cake, to be precise. The recipe I found on this wonderful website, but have modified it slightly... ie, I add the juice of the lemon that has been de-zested, and only put in 100g of lemon curd (from New Zealand's trusted Barkers brand, which is made in my home town, where I am now). This lemon curd is stirred into the mixture, as I found that when it was spooned over top, it just sunk to the bottom of the cake leaving a gooey mess. I don't like mess.

170g butter (grated into the sugar makes it easier to cream)
1½ cups sugar
4 large eggs
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1½ cups flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
100g lemon curd

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add each egg one at a time, beating between additions. Add the zest and juice of the lemon. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture and fold the mixture together. Add the lemon curd and mix.

Pop into a cake tin (I use those floppy silicone ones, they're just so easy to wash, and you only need to spray with cooking spray and they pop out so easily!), and into the oven at 180ÂșC for about 1 hour or until a knife comes away clean.


Once Was Love

I'd like to welcome you to my blog, where I will post my photography, fashion choices or ideas. I hope you enjoy the work I do, and please, comment or get in touch with me.

A little about me, yes?
My name is Olivia.
I'm 20 years old.
My birthday is on the 12th of July.
I enjoy photography, and take my photos on my Sony A200 DSLR.
However, I am studying psychology and management (HR).
I either plan to become a neuropsychologist or an industrial organisational psychologist.
I live in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
I would love to move overseas, particularly to New York.
My life is bland. I would like exciting things to happen to me, but they don't.

I hope this has given you a small insight into who I am, but I'm sure that will come through over time.