Thoughts of the week 18/7

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1. July goals are really not my main focus, but the above is just my main goal.
2. Bacon and eggs for breakfast is just aces.
3. I absolutely love this endzone dancing as demonstrated by Jimmy and Justin. I saw it first over on Young House Love‘s grouting post (which I found really interesting actually haha). I saw this cute laundry hamper there too.
4. Just a little bit of house envy over at the Jones Design Company.
5. After reading a review on Meg Biram’s blog of the book Astonish Me, by Maggie Shipstead, I have just got to read it. This quote got me:

Harry (the son, dancer) asks Jacob (his father): 

Harry — “How do you know if you’re in love?”

Jacob — “I think it’s different for different people, but the conventional wisdom is that when you’re around the person you’re in love with, you feel happy, more than happy—euphoric. And you want to be around that person all the time. You don’t notice the person’s faults. Some people say their hearts beat faster. They feel jittery. I think you know it when you feel it.”

6. Not obsessed, I swear.
7. I’m thinking of upgrading my Canon IXUS 130 to this vlogging camera that Anna & Jesse use… has anyone else had much experience with a camera that has wifi upload built in to it? Photo backup is my absolute necessity and I like that it can work with Android phones as I have a Samsung S4 4G.
8. NSFW, maybe? NSF people who don’t like reading same sex fiction about Marvel characters… anyway Stony makes me laugh out loud in an “awww-they’re so cute” way.
9. I have it on a good authority that Australia is getting the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks. Is anyone else excited about the fact that for so long now there hasn’t been INDIFREAKINGVIDUAL eyeshadows able to be purchased and all of a sudden we will?
10. I tried googling “heyclaire filming setup and editing behind the scenes” to no avail. I may buy the microphone she uses just to make myself feel that’ll get me editing like her.
11. My mum gets back tomorrow night from Sydney/SE Queensland, my dad is MEANT to get back on Sunday or Tuesday from Papua New Guinea, my brother has just boarded his place today to go to the States (I only found out yesterday, we’re so close knit guyz), and my sister is in Sydney. I’m going to Sydney, Hunter Valley, and Newcastle in November for two weeks with Adam… but getting a bit of travel envy, I wonder why? *sarcasm*


12. I’m so excited for Avengers 2. To the front left next to Captain America is THOR in civilian clothes! Hawkeye isn’t a mindless zombie under Loki’s command! #fangirl
13. I wish everything online was “sign in with Google” so much easier when my dreaded quarterly password change comes about.
14. I’m feeling a bit excited for the movie Lucy, but feel it echoes that movie that came out with Bradley Cooper in it a while back? As in at first I thought it was a sequel.
15. I signed up for Hop Shop Go this past week and already I’m a lot happier than I was with Ship It To.
16. My two days off are now up, tomorrow starts the six days on portion of my fortnightly roster.
17. Has anyone got any Soundcloud recommendations?

Lately (belatedly)

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Lately, I had my first sip of alcohol in over two months, as well as my first ever polenta chips – oh my gosh they were heaven!
Lately, the most I have been seeing of the evening is just a tinge of sunset in the sky.
Lately, I’ve been seeing plenty of movies at the cinemas: A Million Ways to Die In The West, Malificent, 22 Jump Street, The Fault In Our Stars, and Xmen: Days of Future Past, as well as Blended, and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Edge of Tomorrow is next on my to-see list!
Lately, I’ve been really lazy for most everything.
Eat, sleep, movie, repeat.

July goals

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1. Organise an end of season night for work.
2. Start making plans for what I will need house-wise, room by room. Use Pinterest.
3. Eat clean, train mean – once housebound.
4. Wake up every AM at the same time.
5. Get another The Makeup Box Shop Au deluxe storage box for blushes, brows and all eyeshadows.
6. Phillipians 4:13.
7. Return books only. TBR shelf is 20+.
8. Polenta chips.
9. Help plan little sister’s hens night.
10. Book Sydney hotel for November trip.
11. No online shopping bar point five.
12. Use MaxFactor FaceFinity foundation every day.
13. Look for this outfit combination: a black maxidress with light denim cropped jacket.
14. Above all..  BE PATIENT.

Thoughts of the week 23/6

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1. This new NARS powder is…
a) Larger than I expected, it’s way bigger than the blush compacts.
b) Super duper awesome and I love it. Hello glow but not matte!

2. I’m a bit of a nerdette, hence the excitement for The Sims 4 (coming September 2, 2014) and the Samsung NX30 (which I entered a competition to win one of those cameras, hopefully anyway).

3. My skin has been playing up (thanks so much, hormones) and as a result I’ve been giving the new Estee Lauder Anti Blemish Serum a go… quite liking it although I do recommend a hydrating moisturiser (I’m using Jurlique’s new Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel lotion, due to my oilier skin) as it can be a bit drying however is definitely effective in smoothing out and getting rid of zits.

4. I managed to read in June a number of books that I owned, versus ones I hire from the library, and as a result I am very pleased with myself. Also, a lot of surfaces in my room are now quite clean and uncluttered since I boxed up most of my perfumes. I feel nice and fresh and ready to start the new financial year (c’monnnnn tax time!) – we even flipped the mattress yesterday!

5. Has anyone ever used Shoes of Prey to custom make a shoe? I’m having a bit of fun imagining a cute pair of flats… or maybe even a pair of wedges

6. This Saturday is the sixth anniversary of when Adam and I started dating. He’s basically too handsome for me to stop hanging around with him.

7. I’ve been looking into local photographers because I’m starting to think it’s a bigger deal than I thought, to know your local.

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8. About whitewashing stuff (i.e. reading someone in a book that’s a person of colour but casting them as caucasian in the film).

9. I bit the bullet and ordered some items from Whitening Lightening (but not the teeth whitening stuff, because my dentist does it for a reasonable price that my private health insurance helps to cover) and am a bit excited about them arriving.

10. I’m still waiting for the slow readers who reserved City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare to hurry up and return the book to the library. I think there should be an order to reservations in terms of who reads it the fastest. Having a book returned in two days and read would be more efficient than making that person wait. Does this make sense and really I am just cheap (could buy it) and greedy (don’t want to buy it until I have bookshelves, so just going to hire it).

11. Tonight at Target I saw this Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Care balm. IN AN AUSTRALIAN TARGET. So excited I bought it straight away. WOOP WOOP! It’s said to be super fab on the lips and smell amazing. We will see. $3.99 and it’s yours!

12. The Beauty Club membership is currently accepting new members for June. Feel free to email me if you want a referral code.

13. Can I just say I received absolutely amazing customer service (and FANTASTIC products at amazing prices also) from Michael Johnson Hair?  The stocktake sale is just bonkers and Mike is plain fricking awesome.

14. Tomorrow at work will be day four of seven before I get the weekened off. Feel free to distract me on twitter.

How you all doing?

Just another manic Monday…

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1.a. Blake Lively, that is all.

1.b. Once this pot of coffee and container of diet cordial is finished (should be sometime in the next few days), I’m going all water and black tea, green preferably. I’m quaking in my boots already.

2. I cried a little on the inside this past week when I visited the Feel Unique website, I blame Lisa Eldridge and Kimmi from The Plastic Diaries.

3. Today I woke up, grabbed coffee (see: point one, it’s going to be HARD!) and my protein shake, and settled in to watch Lily Pebbles’ “Then & Now” video. I think this is such a good idea for reflection, I find that we really only get it together more so as every year goes on. I know I for sure don’t look back on my teens and early 20’s and think “gees, I wish I was still 19 or 20, those were the good years”, I mean, sure they were fun times and we reminisce about them good and bad, but never want to go backwards. Then again I don’t feel like this is IT as of yet, and I think that every year is just going to get better. I’m only 25. Onwards and upwards.

4. I’ve got Orange is the New Black’s episodes queued up to watch this weekend when I declutter my cupboards (yes, the mess is still on the floor waiting to be sorted). 

5. The girls over at A Beautiful Mess updated the kitchen in their studio, and it is gorgeous! I am mainly loving the idea to have a larger window installed as this is something I actually want to do one day in the house we’re in.

6. The moment Sephora hits our shores this December I am going to tear it up and send my sister in for some Formula X. Sounds like a drug, but it’s a nail polish range. I think I’m addicted already. Their instore swatching process is genius.

7. Also, on Youtube – a day in the life of Eva Chen. She is the Jenna to my Mustard.

8. During the week Google updated the Android version of Google Chrome (my fave internet browser for those of you who didn’t know), so that there is an “undo close tab” option. I am stoked, this is such a time saver as I too frequently have the ‘doh!’ moment.

9. I’m a bit excited that MaxFactor is bringing out their FaceFinity primer as just a primer, as the FaceFinity 3 in 1 Primer, Foundation and Concealer product is one of my favourite foundies, so much so I’m onto my second bottle of it. 

10. I’m hoping to do a couple of the “Four or More” product posts. Hoping. Don’t hold your breath.


This week, while the State of Origin is on, I’m going to go and see Xmen with one of my friends and I’m stoked. It’s been a while. What are you getting up to this week?

Mid-week purge of thinking things

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The above photo gives me shower envy, I think it’s from Into The Gloss somewhere?
Anyway, How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out in a few weeks.
I’m going to go and see the new Xmen as soon as I can.
I have two items in my MAC Cosmetics online shopping cart – the lipstick in Japanese Maple that Tati and Jaclyn Hill have been raving about, and the Maleficent brow pencil in Fling (I think that’s what it’s called).
Has anyone ever bought velvet non-slip hangers from eBay before, how do I choose?
Also.
I need it to be December already so that I can be obsessing over what I’m going to buy at Sephora in February, c’monnnnn.
Kristen Bell makes Jimmy Fallon and Ellen Degeneres even BETTER, somehow.
(Finding Dory should come out in 2016, you’re welcome.)
Today I remembered how awesomely talented people can be, and how DeviantArt has great big showcases of them.
Guh, people.
Adding almost all the JCrew shirts on this page to my magical shopping cart that never gets checked out.
Love this Sass & Bide skirt and this Stella McCartney jumper and, not in the same outfit, this tunic.
No affiliate links folks, sorry just brain dumping.
My grandma just emailed me the sweetest email from her iPad mini (she’s 78 years old).
Those people that went to Hawaii and Bali are back, yay. 
So basically my brain has been a bit all over the place.
My nose is blocked, I think.
I get to sleep in tomorrow.
Two days off. 

Thank goodness!
What’s everyone else been up to??

Thoughts of the week 17/5

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  • I am all kinds of excited about this bathroom renovation. Hoping something similar is in the near future. Hoping, key word.
  • I went looking in my collection the other day for Milani Luminoso, and… I think I’ve given it away previously/sold it! I now cannot remember for the life of me what I had that was so similar I felt I didn’t need it. It has, however, meant the past two days I’ve been loving dusting on a bit of Milani Berry Amore… so gorgeous even the boyfriend commented on it!
  • My dietitian introduced carbohydrates back into my diet on a weekend basis these past few. Still quite strict – one or two serves of carbs a day on my weekends/days off. First weekend was hot chips and baby cinnamon rolls. Second was homemade sweet potato chips. This weekend was a hot chips last night at Outback Jack’s (horrible, so sad I wasted the serve on them), homemade hash brown with breakfast and will probably be something else tomorrow when we go to the yacht club for lunch or dinner. Dunch or linner, haha. I’ve been jonesing for vegetable soup so tonight that’s what we’re having.
  • These past few days (in case you couldn’t tell from the first bullet point) I’ve been struck by lots of home improvement lightbulb moments. Clear corrugated roofing out on the patio where we hang our clothes when it rains; knocking out the toilet cubicle and shower block in the laundry area to put the washer and dryer on the far wall where the shower is currently; putting in bigger and better windows to let in more light; adding different counter tops in the kitchen; the ideas just keep popping into my head and it’s driving me insane as we don’t own the house to do any of the work! I cannot wait for us to have our own space to customize and enjoy. Decluttering, organising, cleaning and painting galore shall happen when we do, that’s for sure!

Couch potato

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The past few nights I’ve started re-watching Gossip Girl season five (then will make my way onto season six and the grand finale of course) to orientate myself to the happier state of mind I was in previously. I’m a bit disappointed with how things are going in a few areas of my life and when this happens, I tend to like to put on the telly with a new show or a really well loved favourite, and declutter my room, or even just have an inspiration session where I cut up magazines and paste them in a notebook.

This got me thinking about the fact that I can rewatch Gossip Girl until the power goes out, and how I’ve got Stardust (my favourite movie of all time) on DVD, my computer, tablet, phone, and WDTV so that I can never not watch it when I feel the need. What’s stopping me from getting into some other shows?

These are some that I’ve watched some episodes of but just couldn’t be bothered keeping up with the weekly episodes and will be binge watching at some point in near future as the weather gets drearier.

  • The Vampire Diaries
  • The Originals
  • Hart of Dixie
  • The Carrie Diaries
  • Once Upon A Time
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Bad Teacher
  • Big Love
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones
  • Californication
  • House of Lies (actually, I’m all caught up I think on this one)
  • The Rake

Currently clicking on: GSD, trying to find a decent notes app to plug into and considering using Google Tasks (found Tasks!), a dream little haul.

May day

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I have unintentionally been on a bit of a technology declutterfest lately. After the bevvy of Heartbleed emails and mentions I have gone in and manually changed a number of my online account passwords and this has been a catalyst for cleaning my digital life more than a bit:

1) Facebook, deactivated. I don’t need that.

2) Gmail labels cleaned out – I don’t email friends as much anymore, and don’t need labels for items I have only ten emails of.

3) My little jar of old USB’s and various SD cards has been popped into the computer and items moved to my Dropbox account or deleted as required, then reformatted and systematically named for ease of use.

4) I’ve not renewed the domain for this blog, as I felt it was unnecessary to continue. It’s not THAT hard to type in www.zygomaticfiend.wordpress.com to my search bar, if I have no problems typing www.themustardjumper.wordpress.com in on a twice daily basis (for shame, Dustyn, for shame!) is it, now? I’m currently getting help from WordPress support as to why the stupid account won’t realise that I don’t want to renew the domain though, so that’s ongoing unfortunately.

5) I’ve cleaned out my Google Drive account to start afresh and uncluttered from so many random documents. I realise it’s easier to just search for items but I prefer it to look clean and manageable from the start, much like my actual life.

6) I’ve deleted any normal files kept on my computer aside from music and videos and everything is now on my Dropbox, this makes it easier to access regardless of if the computer is near me or not and basically I just have a glorified hard drive for my WDTV to treat as it’s home base now.

7) All my Google Chrome bookmarks have been de-foldered and I’m working VERY slowly through them to clear out the debris. An extension called Bookmark Sentry was detrimental to clearing out 404 dead links and 1080 duplicates. At least I’m consistent with what I like to save? 

8) Very slowly unfollowing a large portion of twitter and instagram peeps who I don’t know and don’t find interesting anymore.

Do you like to do a digital declutter every now and then? Or are you the kind of person whom it just never gets that bad? What kind of methods and tools do you use or have in place to avoid this if so? I’m interested to hear.

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