I’ve Moved! ♥

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Some people live in fear of snakes, heights or tomato sauce (no lie, I once worked with a lady who insisted that she had BREAKDOWNS if she encountered the stuff, can you imagine?! How would you dine out anywhere?!), but me? I quaked in my boots at the thought of moving to self-hosted WordPress! But, as the above quote so succinctly puts it, anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

Last night, over numerous cups of tea, Lana Del Rey and Led Zeppelin (thanks, guys!), I knuckled down and moved my blogging butt back to frockandrollonline.com, and I’m so proud! (Do you know how often I’ve thought – across six years! – “hmmm, I SHOULD transfer to self-hosted WordPress but nah, that’s too hard and I can’t be bothered learning and anyway, what’s in the fridge?”?!) It’s not looking particularly pretty at the moment, but I’m out shopping for a new dress for it  (read: someone nifty is designing it) as we speak. Will I see you there? (If you’re already ‘following’ Frock And Roll, I’ll be transferring your subscriptions your over, so see you soon!)

xoxo

 

Thank Frock It’s The Weekend! ♥

If you’re clicking here for the first time, WELCOME! Every Friday (well, today it’s Sunday. Oops!) we celebrate the fact that – ding, ding! – it’s Friday, and our favourite things (sprinkle encrusted donuts? Red wine stains?! Okay, it’s probably not the latter…) from the week that was. Here’s what I’m currently loving!

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x Riding The Spiral – Crikey, WHAT A WEEK! After a not-so-neat (I’ll leave it at that) start, I wasn’t sure how the rest of it would fare, but it quickly turned around and I remembered that’s just what being alive’s all about, isn’t it?! It’s a full experience. Sorrow! Embarrassment! Bliss! Frustration! ECSTASY! (Often all within a day!) Sometimes, you just need to remember that old adage “it’s a bad day, not a bad life” and power on, don’t you?!

x Scribbling Off Items On My Auckland Bucket List – On Monday, Charlie and I cruised around The Domain. Come Wednesday, we met Natasha at the movies, devoured Mexican food at Mama Loco and made plans to visit The Manukau Lighthouse and gorge on Giapo ice cream with Wendy. Auckland? We’re conquering you!

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Can you smell the popcorn from there?!

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Charlie settling in to watch The Best Of Me. It was sweet AND I didn’t have to hiss “who’s that guy? What just happened? Is that the woman from before? OH, so you mean HE’S the villain!” at Natasha once. PARTY!

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 In case you were curious, The Domain is b-e-a-utiful.

x Lim Chhour Supermarket  Nestled behind a couldn’t-be-dingier-if-it-tried food court on Auckland’s Karangahape Road is Lim Chhour, an Asian supermarket that every thrifty shopper’s dreams are made of. It’s like dumping DISNEYLAND! (Every combination that you could fantasise about is there and for so much less than what you’d pay anywhere else. Spring onion cakes? They’ve got them! Steamed pork buns? EVERYWHERE!) I marched home with a big bag of vegetable dumplings that cost just over a few dollars and had the tastiest dinner I’d had in days. Apparently not judging a book by its cover applies to shops, too!

x Other Little Things – Scoffing a peppermint Choc-Top ice cream (boy, Choc-Tops have UPGRADED! Remember the days where there was only one flavour?!) in the cinema; Slipknot’s Killpop; reunions with old colleagues (it’s perennially splendid to me to realise that as much as I loathed living in Blenheim, I made some life-long friends there!); managing to sit through American Horror Story – alone! – and not end up in a therapist’s chair (I’m a wuss, okay?!); watching my girl grow (Charlie is rolling AND laughing and I’m crying because next thing you know, she’ll be driving a car. Time. It races by!); hour-long phone conversations with my best friend; soft-shell tacos; weaving in and out of every nook and cranny in this city (we wouldn’t have found Lim Chhour if we didn’t!); Zomato (it’s a New Zealand-based food review website. Are you on it? I’m on it!) and the warmth in the air that can only mean that Summer’s here!

xoxo

The Auckland Bucket List ♥

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I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and although it would be silly to suggest that my childhood wasn’t jam-packed with memories of attending phenomenal concerts (my first one was Marilyn Manson, and no, I can’t believe that my parents allowed me to attend it with friends as a youngster, either! Mind you, they probably just heard the name and thought, “oh, MARILYN Manson? She sounds nice!”), splish-splashing at pristine beaches and seeing exceptional sights, I KNOW that I still didn’t scratch the full surface of its awesome.

Auckland? We mustn’t let this occur! I’ve put together a bucket list of activities to fulfil before I ever leave – if I ever leave, ha! – this city, and maybe it’s something that you could think about completing for your location, too?

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Marilyn Manson. PROBABLY not the image that my folks had in mind!

x Catch A Ferry To One Of The Islands

Did you know that you can board a boat to some pretty choice (that’s New Zealand slang for “excellent”!) islands from central Auckland? Waiheke, Rangitoto, Devonport… what could be finer than cruising along the harbour on a stunning summer’s day before hopping off, snapping gorgeous photographs and wandering through different terrain? Possibly only the next item on the list!

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x Gobble Metre-Long Pizza At Toto’s

It’s PIZZA. It’s a metre-long. Get out of my dreams and into my mouth, Toto’s!

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x Walk A Marathon

While I used to be the first person in a car to spot a group briskly strolling on a Saturday morning and think “goodness grief, what’s WRONG with you all?!”, I’ve definitely changed my tune. Can you picture how neat it would be to pace about in a sea of people, all sweaty and full of accomplishment afterwards?! Hand me one of those participant numbers Auckland, and let’s get our walk on!

x Say “G’Day!” To The Animals At The Zoo

I’m sure Charlie would adore the giraffes! (And if she doesn’t, this big kid will!)

x Grab A Drink At Men Of Steel

Ooh-er. So some might consider this tacky – it’s a ladies-only bar with male strippers – but I’ve heard from a few that it’s one of the funniest and most entertaining hotspots in town!

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 x Roll Dice At The Casino

I’ve never been into gambling and I’m not particularly fond of kissing my money goodbye, but I’d still like to roll dice at Auckland’s SkyCity Casino – word on the street is that it’s outstanding – just once!

x Feel The Sand Between My Toes At Piha Beach

It’s dazzling, isn’t it?

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x Tread Through The Domain

Featuring duck ponds, a museum and gardens aplenty, The Domain is Auckland’s oldest park and it has a view of the city centre to boot. Fabulous!

x Scoff Fish & Chips At Mission Bay

This seaside suburb is renowned for its tip-top version of a New Zealand culinary classic!

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x Watch A Movie With Charlie During Hoyts’ ‘Mums And Bubs’ Movie Sessions

Does anyone else find it weird that you can bring your baby to sit in on the latest The Conjuring horror movie with you?! WHOA. Anywho, they’re special sessions for, as the name suggest, crocodiles – no, mothers and their wee ones – to enjoy films together, and they’re only available in limited locations around the country. I’m in!

x Journey To Manukau Heads Lighthouse

There’s just something alluring about lighthouses, isn’t there? Is it that they’re the centre of a slew of spooky tales? Is it that I’ve tried to climb up a heap of them, only to find them perpetually locked?! Well… this one isn’t! In fact, it’s one of the few in New Zealand that is available to the public, so as soon as I can find a driving buddy, I’m extremely keen to make the trip to it!

Have you ticked off any of these? What could you aim to see in your neck of the woods? And, because I’m nosy… what was YOUR first concert?!

xoxo

What The Frock?! : 11/10/14 ♥

What’s ‘What The Frock’? Upon compiling feedback for Frock & Roll, the undisputed winner of the ‘What Would You Like To See More Of?’ competition was “style” photographs of what I was wearing. (Gosh, who would’ve thought?!) I find this both utterly astonishing and magnificently terrifying, particularly as I believe that I have roughly the same amount of fashion credibility as, say, a dish cloth. BUT! You ask, and I deliver!

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I couldn’t whistle if my well-being depended on it (blush), I’m not sure why Chingy raps I like them black, white, Puerto Rican, or Haitian/Like Japanese, Chinese, or even Asian” in Balla Baby (uh… aren’t Japanese and Chinese people Asian, Chingy?!) and I have NO IDEA why I resisted printed leggings for so long because holy lycra, they’re so criminally comfortable!

They’re the sartorial equivalent of peanut butter-filled chocolate, aren’t they? Learning of their creation, you raise your eyebrows and snicker “well THAT’LL never work!”, but then before you know it they’ve moved in next-door to your bread jeans and you’re baffled as to how you ever subsisted without them. (They’re almost-pants that feel like your most comfortable pair of tracksuit bottoms, but are socially acceptable. Could there be a bigger fashion triumph?!)

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Ha, check out my new friend in the green behind me. HI, lady!

What I’m Wearing:

x Printed leggings, Cotton On
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 Glassons knotted scarf, across-the-body bag (an essential when you’re wheeling a pram all over the city; who wants to battle with handbag straps?!) and tunic/dress (I think that’s what it’s meant to be for people who aren’t giants like me!)/top thing
x Studded bow ballet flats

And now… it’s filling time! I’m racing off to the dentist (with an infant, this shall be a joyous experiment!) to acquire two, because within the next week or so, I’ll be equipped with braces! I can’t WAIT.

xoxo

Thank Frock It’s Friday! ♥

If you’re clicking here for the first time, WELCOME! Every Friday we celebrate the fact that – ding, ding! – it’s Friday, and our favourite things (late-night noodle markets? Napkins?! Okay, it’s probably not the latter…) from the week that was. Here’s what I’m currently loving!

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x Brian ‘Head’ Welch’s Autobiography, Save Me From Myself  It’s a HECK of a story, so I’ll probably gab about it in further detail with you later, but in the meantime, picture this: you’re obscenely wealthy. There’s millions of dollars in your bank account, you have a six-figure swimming pool and you’re travelling all over the globe (India, Germany, Canada… if it’s on the map, you’re headed there!)… but despite all of this, you still can’t prevent the love of your life from leaving you.

“How could she walk away?” You think indignantly. “I’m a CELE-BRITY!” You are, but you don’t have long to dwell on your situation, because not only has your beloved – who has become a full-time drug addict in your touring absence – left you, but she’s also abandoned your daughter, and you’re now a single parent… while still a musician for one of the most famous groups in the world. Mind-boggling? This is only the beginning, and nothing compared to what happens next in your journey!

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Save Me From Myself  – Brian Welch’s best-selling book documenting his metamorphosis from a raging, strung-out rockstar to a sober solo father – is a GRIPPING read!

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x Bargain Burger Lunch Dates – “Meet me in the city for a sister lunch date!” My sister Caroline messaged me. (Is that not one of the greatest ways to start the day?!) “OKAY!” I enthusiastically replied, and before you know it, we were chowing down on bargain burgers and howling more than the hyenas from The Lion King in the way that you only can with a sibling!

x Infinite Possibilities – Do you remember that episode of Sex & The City where Carrie declares “the most amazing thing about living in a city like New York is that any night of the week, you can go to Paris”, as she skips into a French theatre? Alright, so nobody’s going to be confusing Auckland with New York anytime soon, but how outstanding is it that on any evening, you could visit a rowdy comedy club, sing at a Japanese karaoke bar, prance at a concert or gobble cuisine from any country that you desire? A prospect-filled urban lifestyle isn’t just what I crave, it’s what I need!

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x Other Little Things – Attending Auckland’s Diwali festival; homemade nachos (who said that budget dinners had to equate to boring?! Someone who’d forgotten the glory of nachos, that’s who!); reading Charlie bed-time stories; Buzzfeed’s article ‘59 Reasons Living In Sydney Ruins You For Life(it’s true!); opening my first it’s-just-me power bill and owing a total of $52 (C&C Music Factory’s Everybody Dance Now may or may not have been playing in my head as I read it!); kind, willing-to-help bus drivers; wacky dreams; and progress. If my Eftpos card could cry, it would have as I swiped it at the dentist’s on Wednesday, but on the bright side… I should be equipped with braces by Christmas! Short-term pain, long-term gain. Straightening my teeth is one of those things that I’ve been dreaming of but pussyfooting over FOREVER, but then it clicked to me: how could I teach Charlotte to pursue her goals if I wasn’t fulfilling them myself? What sort of mother would I be if I was encouraging her to love herself from the get-go, but not leading by example? The appointment needed to be made!

What have you seen? What have you done? How are you spending your second-to-last weekend of October 2014?

xoxo

Don’t Live The Same Year 75 Times And Call It A Life ♥

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If you thought accidentally plunging a knife into the toaster was shocking (oh, English muffins. When will we learn?!), try realising that there’s only seventy-six days left until the end of the year. Sitting there with your mouth hanging open? Me too! I’m also ruminating over Robin Sharma’s wisdom of:

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”

We all have commitments, so the LAST thing I’d ever do is hop up on my high horse and suggest that anyone is as dull as beige wallpaper for consistently turning up to their jobs (can you imagine it?! “Why weren’t you at work yesterday?” “Because some wang on the internet named Corrine told me to spend the day blowing bubbles at the beach!”), studies or waking up to feed your dog, but what could you do to distinguish tomorrow from today? How could this December be drastically different from your last December? What would you like to remember taking place at this age, or your next birthday?

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How about vowing to cavort with a new recipe once a week? Quitting an addiction? Facing a fear? (Did you know that Tuesday was International ‘Face Your Fears’ Day? Now’s as good a time as any!) Running a marathon? Inviting someone to lunch that you’d like to get to know better? Anything but living the same year over and over again and calling it a life!

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E.L.F. (Eyes, Lips & Face? More Like Excellent, Low-Cost & FANTASTIC!) Cosmetics ♥

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Lipsticks for less than a latte? Top-tier foundations that you can purchase with a ten dollar note and – shock! – actually receive change from? Given that it wasn’t April Fool’s Day, I thought I was in the midst of a beauty mirage when I stumbled across e.l.f. (it’s an acronym for eyes, lips and face, but what it SHOULD stand for is excellent, low-cost and FANTASTIC!) Cosmetics, but no! These beauties are the real make-up deal, and unlike season four of Revenge (goodness grief, are you watching it? WHAT IS GOING ON?!), impeccable!

Since becoming a parent, I’ve become acutely aware of two things: a) that my laundry basket will never be empty again; and b) that it’s all on me to provide an incredible life for Charlie. I blabbed about it briefly on Instagram, but every day is a conscious decision: do I want to spend $30 a week on pizza (yes)… or put $30 a week away so that I could, say, take Charlie to Italy, and scoff pizza with her there? Do I want a glass of wine each day (again, YES!)… or to save as much as I can, so that eventually (eventually) I can buy a wee apartment for us to live in? Choices… so it’s out with the expensive (it’s been nice to know you, M.A.C), and in with the substitutes (hi, e.l.f… and water)!elfcosmeticsflawlessfinishfoundation
But here’s the clincher: you would never – and I say this as a lass who is VERY fussy about her make-up, because, you know, nobody likes being asked if they’re an extra from The Walking Dead – know that you were dabbling with a cheap” brand. I purchased the Studio Flawless Finish Foundation ($3!), liquid eyeliner ($1.99, what is this sorcery?!), brow kit ($3) and High Definition Powder ($6) and legitimately wondered why I hadn’t seen billboards all over the city proclaiming their perfection: they’re that good! (And have I mentioned that they’re cruelty free?) 

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Have you tested any of the e.l.f. Cosmetics range? If you haven’t, I’m sorry, because yes I have just sent you into an online shopping vortex, but at those price points, it doesn’t make cents (snap!) NOT to share the love!

xoxo