What The Frock?! : 30/04/12 ♥

I’m not going to whinge about the construction that’s taking place at my apartment building. DAILY. From 7.00AM. For the next three months. No, no I’m not…

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Instead, I’m going to make like a monkey and leap all over the tradesmen’s scaffolding all afternoon… wheeeeee!

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What I’m Wearing:

x Sportsgirl dress and belt (I nabbed this on ‘clearance’ for $30 last month, and I adore it! It’s pink! It’s FROTHY! I feel like some kind of demented ballerina in it! L-o-v-e!)
x SES crocheted cardigan
x Spendless Shoes heels (hey, big spender!)
x Second-hand cuff (guess what?! This actually used to belong to blogging/styling virtuoso, Hayley Hughes. I received it from her at a clothing swap party last year!)
x ‘CORRINE’ silver handmade nameplate necklace, a sweet gift from my silly (yet loveable) friend, Jessy (after returning from a recent holiday to his hometown of Punjab, India, I couldn’t belieeeve it when Jessy presented me with this necklace! A close-up is surely needed. I wear it every day!)

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Me: ''I feel like a MONKEY out on these things! Wait, what do monkeys do? Make those ''ooh, ooh, AH, AH'' sounds! AND EAT BANANAS! Look! Do I look like I'm eating a banana?!'' Tom: ''No... but you look like an IDIOT!'' ♥

Me: ‘‘Wait, what do monkeys do, anyway? OH! They make those ”ooh, ooh, AH, AH” sounds! AND EAT BANANAS! Look! Do I look like I’m eating a banana?!”
Tom: ”No… but you look like an idiot!”

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What The Frock?! : 28/04/12 ♥

How are you spending YOUR day? Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s a fun-filled one!

xoxo

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Thank Frock It’s Monday! ♥

With the always-delightful Danimezza...
If you’re clicking here for the first time, WELCOME! Every Friday (well, today it’s Monday. Oops!) we celebrate the fact that – ding, ding! – it’s Friday, and our favourite things (vintage teacups? Empty cardboard boxes?! Okay, it’s probably not the latter…) from the week that was. Here’s what I’m currently loving!

x Attending The Girls Night In Curvy Clothes Swap – Goodness, where should I even start?! From the beginning? ALRIGHTY!

Last Saturday the ever-divine Danimezza (pictured on the left!) hosted a Girls Night In charity event for the Cancer Council, and jeez, what a shindig it was! As Dani explains:

“A few months ago I received a letter in the mail asking me if I would like to host a Girls Night In charity event for the Cancer Council to aid research into all women’s cancers, so I got thinking about what sort of event I could host, who I would invite and how I could raise funds and still have fun. I’d met up with a few plus-size bloggers in Sydney and there had been a few mentions of having too many clothes and needing to sort out our wardrobes, so I thought a Curvy Clothes Swap Party would be PERFECT. Attendees would pay a set donation amount to attend the event which would go directly to charity, we’d all get together somewhere nice and swap our clothes and accessories… too easy!”

The view from our apartment at the Meriton World Square.. a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
And when the girl says “we’ll all get together somewhere nice”, she WASN’T joking around… check out the jaw-droppingly stunning view from the event’s location, The Meriton World Square Apartments(HI, Sydney!)

With the lovely Melissa of Suger Coat It (sugercoatit.blogspot.com) fame!
Melissa from Suger Coat It was our surprise guest (she’d flown in especially from Queensland to attend!), and honestly, she was every bit as delightful as her blog’s title suggests. Gorgeous? Tick! Charming? Tick!  Down-to-earth, hilarious and generally l-o-v-e-l-y? Tick, tick, TICK!

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With swoon-worthy accessories in a multitude of hues, there were pieces for everyone to fall in love with! (You better believe that I nabbed those silk faux flowers on the table!)

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Mid-swap shenanigans! The girls (Hayley, Liz, Caitlin, Dani, Melissa and Laura) examining the goods on offer…

Trying pieces on with Hayley of www.fashionhayley.com! (Nice finds, hey?!)
Oh look, it’s Fashion Hayley! Apart from the fact that Hayley was enormously sweet, do you know how brilliant it was to have a stylist in attendance? EXTREMELY! She co-erced me into trying numerous pieces that I typically would’ve avoided, literally flinging dresses at me and exclaiming “Corrine, try this! No, it’s not too orange. TRY IT!” It was terrific to have someone there hoisting me out of my sartorial safety zones!

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Piiizzzaaa! (HUGE thanks to the legends at Domino’s for sponsoring our dinner!)

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The adorable Caitlin and I showcasing our new favourite threads. (Nice finds, hey?! The belt actually came from Hayley herself, and the dresses courtesy of the wardrobe of Gisela Ramirez!)

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It was such an excellent afternoon! (In fact, the whole thing was such a success that Dani’s announced the Curvy Clothes Swap is now going to be an annual affair, so if you weren’t able to make it this time around, for the love of clothes, next year, COME! I’d love to see you there!)

x Other Little Things – INSANE evenings at The Forbes Hotel (um, wow. Just… wow!); so-atrocious-it’s-hilarious-television (last night my almost-brother-in-law introduced me to the madness that is Millionaire Matchmaker. Have you ever seen it?! Holy heck!); Sydney’s Peace Harmony restaurant on Erskine Street (seriously, don’t be fooled by the hippy-dippy sounding name, their Thai food is absolutely KILLER!); re-discovering old music (The Butterfly Effect, anyone?!); Crowded House’s Distant Sun (because what’s not to love about the lyrics “seven worlds will collide… whenever I’m by your side”? Not a THING!); Sydney On A Shoestring (I’m adoring this new blog!); New Zealand anticipation (Auckland folk, come December the 1st, I’m headed your way! Let’s meet up!); and finally, LIFE ITSELF, in all of its nutty, beautiful and perfectly imperfect glory. It’s a constantly crazy, ever-changing rollercoaster ride… and I wouldn’t change a thing!

Suggestion For The Week Ahead

x Attempt to connect with (or at least, seek to find the beauty in!) someone that you’re convinced you dislike. Of course, there are massive exceptions here (look, if someone’s just a bit of a jerk, that’s fine… leave them to be a jerk!), but how often do we meet people that we lump into ridiculous categories/assume wouldn’t understand us and/or have nothing in common with us? ALL THE TIME! You certainly don’t have to be friends with everyone, but if there’s one lesson that I’ve learned in 2011, it’s this: Turkish bread is FLIPPING DIFFICULT TO SLICE. Wait! That’s not it. (Although, IT IS!) It’s that the world is far, far more enjoyable when you resolve to enjoy the people who inhabit it. Have a conversation with somebody from another culture. Enquire about the bank teller’s day. Make the effort to appreciate others; it almost always comes backs to you!

Happy, happy (belated!) weekend! How was your week? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? A-r-g-h! (And sheesh, without wanting to smother you with mushiness or anything… I’ve really, REALLY missed you!)

xoxo

Thank Frock It’s Friday! ♥

confettisparkleIf 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 (a fresh bouquet of flowers? Mouse traps?! Okay, it’s probably not the latter…) from the week that was. Here’s what I’m currently loving!

x My 24th Birthday – I TURNED 24 YESTERDAY! Pretty scary, huh?! For a girl who still feels 18 99.9% of the time, a teensy bit! (Well, until I spluttered that out loud and a guy in his sixties snorted at me ”oh, yeah. It must be sooo difficult to be in your twenties” *insert sarcastic eye roll here*, that is. Then I just kind of felt like a jerk!)

Thai food was gobbled, an excellent day was had and I’m beginning to think that there really is some truth to the whole ”the older you get, the better you feel” theory. (Even though I still feel 18, I know that I definitely wouldn’t want to be 18 again, you know? You know!)

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(Do I look any older?!)

x The Possibility Of Having An Intern – Did somebody say ”www.nervewracking.com”?! I have been, although to be honest, my immediate thoughts were actually ”but who would want to bang keys and bop along to The Village People all day with me?!” Kirstie, a lovely-sounding lass who’s currently studying journalism at a university in Sydney, has asked if she can come and do work experience with me in the next couple of weeks, and although I’m sort of panicking over the logistics of it, I’m thinking that it could be one INTERESTING opportunity! (What do you think? Should we do it? Considering that I was pestering Sam Winter to do the same thing a couple of years ago and she was totally wonderful about it, I’m leaning towards ”yes!”)

x Self-Expression & Honesty – Goodness, where should I start? I’m not sure, but can I just say that I’m always extremely, extremely impressed when somebody puts themselves out there and reveals how they feel? Seriously, it’s one of my favourite things in the WORLD! (As strange as it may sound, nothing impresses me more.)

x Other Little Things – Insanely sweet blogging feedback (I met a woman today who very kindly told me that she and her daughter – shock! – loved Frock & Roll. I was so surprised and caught off guard that all I could do was thank her and run away. I’m sorry, Tamie!); receiving an e-mail from the delightful Vanessa of Nessbow (have you seen her blog? It’s a treat!) which completely made my day; A Perfect Circle’s 3 Libras; Shakira’s Ojos Asi (namely because it’s superb music to practice belly dancing to, but also for the cuter-than-cute lyrics: ”tearing down windows and doors, but I could not find eyes like yours”? Be-au-tiful! In non-musical news… WHY am I becoming such a sucker for romance in my old age? Jeez!); successful cooking experiments (I somehow managed to bake a carrot and feta lasagne on Sunday night without setting fire to the apartment. WOO!); Mona Vale Library’s free wifi iniative (terrific!); really, really adorable boys who buy you birthday chocolates (thank-you!); and small, slow-spreading smiles… because sometimes, they’re the ones which reveal precisely how delighted you actually are!

Suggestions For The Week Ahead

Oh, gossip, gossip, gossip. Aren’t we all occasionally the subject of it? (For the record, we are!) Just remember next time someone says something slightly shitty, though, that regardless of how irritating the situation is, you’ve endured FAR more than a few pesky words. This is nothing! Shrug, throw your hands up and opt to laugh over the silliness of it all. The quicker you realise how ridiculous it all is, the better you’ll feel!

x Use the ”good stuff”. Don’t wait for a special occasion to use your most beautiful things! Wear your most resplendent frock (or suit) to breakfast. Drag out the fancy-schmancy birthday present alcohol and swill it on an ordinary evening. Life ITSELF is a pretty darn good occasion, so celebrate it as often as you can!

Happy, happy Friday! How was your week? I hope it’s been an exceptional one!

xoxo

YIKES! ♥

One of the beauties of modern technology (thank-you, clever Google Analytics!) is that while you can’t identify who, when or why somebody’s visiting your website, you CAN see how they’ve arrived there.

For example, did they click through from Facebook or Twitter? Did they type ”shark toy party” (hey! It happens!) into Google and BAM, somehow magically arrive at one of your pages?

I was wondering why so many people had apparently been searching for ”Corrine Lynskey Frock & Roll” in the past 24 hours. Um, I wager that this would be why!

This was published in the newspaper yesterday! #terrifying

This (an edit from this piece here) was published in the The Manly Daily newspaper yesterday and I HAD NO IDEA. How terrifying! I feel so weirdly… exposed! (Which is ridiculous, because I’m not secretive about Frock & Roll  in the slightest, but I guess that if anyone in the area didn’t know that I was blogging… THEY DO NOW!) Yikes indeed!

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 (an exquisite stack of pancakes? Extension cords?! Okay, it’s probably not the latter…) from the week that was. Here’s what I’m currently loving!

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x Being Invited To My First Fashion Show (And Being Asked To Sit FRONT ROW!)
WHAT?! Who?! (Oh, if only my initial reaction had been that concise, instead of “ARE YOU CONTACTING THE CORRECT PERSON?!” and ”jeeez. I’m going to need a makeover!”)

Wonderfully and hilariously (who knew that a muppet like me would ever be asked to sit front row anywhere?!), I’ve been asked to attend Sydney’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival next week as a – ha! – ‘VIB’ (Very Important Blogger).

“Pick your favourite show from the line-up and we’ll pop you in the front row!” They said. “Is this a belated April Fool’s Day prank?!’‘ I was tempted to type back. Instead, I’ve VERY excitedly opted to see Myer’s ‘Big Is Beautiful’ performance (because as much as I adore swimsuits and gorgeous, frothy frocks, that’s the show that felt the most ‘me’), and it’s happening on TUESDAY! $%&#!

x Celebrating 7 Years With My Boyfriend – Excuse my sentimentality, but ack! It’s my seventh anniversary with my boyfriend Tom today, and I’m so, so stupidly happy about it!

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A photograph of us from 2005!

What can I say?! He’s just an incredible person. The kind of guy who genuinely seems to think “how can I make Corrine’s life better?”, and loves me, enormous, annoying flaws and all. I’m opinionated, and when I sit on the couch and mutter things like “oh, of course the lead character in this music video is a size 6 blonde. She couldn’t possibly be a plus-size African American girl or an Asian with braces, could she? Eye roll!”, he doesn’t smother me with the nearest cushion, but smiles and thinks! (Probably “I wish she’d shut the __ up”, but still!) He’s the most hardworking, sincere and thoughtful person that I know, and above all, he’s ALWAYS there for me. (Which, to me, is kind of the ultimate test of a relationship. It’s easy to be by someone’s side when everything’s going swimmingly, but what about when things don’t, or you wake up in the morning looking like a total scarecrow?! How a partner reacts to these incidents says FAR more than any gifts or words, in my opinion!)

x Other Little Things – Tom’s chip-cooking routine (fact: whenever he’s making them, he always prepares a little extra bowlful for me!); Alice Cooper’s Cold Ethyl; dreaming of visiting Nepal (oh, who am I kidding? I’m constantly dreaming of visiting EVERYWHERE!); stuffing my face full of strawberries; scoring free dessert at Collaroy’s Dragonfly restaurant (weird! I’m not sure if it’s because I’d been discussing food bloggers and had a camera lying on the table – which the owner commented on! – or because I’d wiped down the table and cleaned up after myself. Either way, thanks guys!); surprising my father at his workplace (a recommended activity); and experimenting with new beauty products! (As trivial as it sounds, I’d forgotten how sublime it can be to discover a new blush or mascara which actually WORKS!)

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Suggestions For The Week Ahead 

x Grab an accessory and showcase it an unexpected way. Could you thread a scarf around your neck and wear it as an unusual, eye-catching necklace? Remove the belt from a pair of pants and place it over your favourite sweater to accenctuate your waist?

x Support my friend Alex in her quest to fight global poverty by donating to her 40 Hour Famine project! (She’s giving up food for 40 hours to raise money for people who are chronically hungry and living in poverty. How amazing is she?! I’m contributing now!)

HAPPY WEEKEND! How was your week? What do you love? What can’t you absolutely get enough of? (Ooh, how I love a rhyme!)

xoxo

Thank Frock It’s Friday! ♥

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If it isn’t our beautiful friend THE WEEKEND! Hello!

Now, although we traditionally celebrate all things wonderful on Friday, this week, I’d like to skip through something a little different and share what’s, well, sucked. You see, I recently read a colossally touching piece on depression at The Secret Life Of A Retail Assistant (a terrific blog!), and it was this quote in particular that truly had my brain tinkering away:

“The worst thing about depression is how alienated it makes me feel. I kind of think that if all of us came out and talked about depression – our depression, friends’, family members’, acquaintances’ depressions, fleeting depressions, chronic depression – that it might make all of us affected feel a little less alien. A little more at home within ourselves.”

Oh, sweet Stacey. YOU’RE SO NOT ALONE! We all have doubts about ourselves, days of pure despondency and sometimes, weeks from absolute hell. That’s LIFE! (I honestly don’t believe that these are emotions or experiences that ever disappear, regardless of who you are or how many pennies you possess in the bank – I just think we become better at developing a positive mindset – which is excellent! – to counteract these moments.)

In my endless, ridiculous quest for fun and adventure, both personally and on Frock & Roll, perhaps I’m not highlighting the crappy, cruddy and generally blah-di-dah occurrences of the everyday enough. So I’d like to! Today! It’s certainly not with the intention of depressing you (sheesh, that’d be the last thing that I’d ever want to do!), but rather, in the interest of keeping it r-e-a-l and reminding you that EVERYONE suffers stinkers of a time. And with that, here’s what I’m currently loathing!

x People Who Assume That You’re Mentally Playing The Wedding March If You’re Friendly To Them – ARGH! Does this ever happen to you?! I swear, this is becoming an increasingly common (and awkward) situation for me!

Approximately two months ago, this guy popped up all brand new on the scene… somewhere. (I won’t be incriminating and reveal where/how; there is a publicly available link to Frock & Roll on my Facebook profile, after all!) “Hi!” He started saying after a fortnight of exchanging “who the heck is that?” glances. “How are you?” He’d even muster sometimes. Sensing a green light for regular communication, I then started chirping “HEY! How are you?!” each time I saw him, which was apparently an extremely unwise move, because he immediately started avoiding me! I’m 99.9% convinced that he thinks I want to have his children. Isn’t it insane that treating people nicely could be perceived as an act to be suspicious of?! (Whenever I see him now I feel like bellowing “jeez buddy, come on! I’M NOT VISUALISING WEDDING GOWNS WHEN I LOOK AT YOU!”)

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x Sitting (Read: STRESSING!) Between “I Have Absolutely No Time To Do Any Of My Copywriting Work… HELP!” And “But What If I Decide To Leave My Job And Never Land Another Project AGAIN?!”
When do you decide to take the leap and turn your part-time passion into a full-time career? It’s a question that I’ve been asking myself everyday this week! (And it’s a terrifying one, too. I’m constantly conscious of not complaining about work out of fear for ever being perceived as unprofessional or, uh, a jerk, but these past seven days have been HARD. Think slumbering at 2.00AM and rising again at 5.00AM each day to complete everything!)

x Other Little Things – Conversations that start with “hey, I was looking through your photographs on Facebook the other day… you know, those ones from when you used to be slim?” (um, gosh. THANKS, MISTER!); discovering that it is, in fact, possible to survive on one hour’s sleep (surprise, surprise, it’s not remotely enjoyable, either!); hearing that Topshop‘s coming to Australia (am I the only weirdo who DOESN’T get excited by the overseas chains that set up shop here? I mean, I love fashion and all, but one of the most exciting things about travelling used to be unearthing all of the unique, unusual stores overseas. It seems a little sad that we’re all becoming the same!); realising that I’m turning 24 next month (I still feel 18! CONFRONTING!); stereotypes and stigmas (ooh, do I have a post to share on these next week! Hint: I do); and bad manners (I witnessed somebody cut their toe nails on public transport the other day. Their toe nails! Not cool!).

I hope this exercise has demonstrated that NO-ONE’S perfect and that no existence is perfect! Please don’t ever succumb to any unnecessary feelings of inferiority! (Seriously, even Lady Gaga recently admitted that a heap of the time, she still feels like a “loser kid”. She’s one of the richest, most successful women in the world! It’s living proof that there’s not a single person immune from feeling disenchanted.)

xoxo

Thank Frock It’s Friday! ♥

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Shock! Gasp! Guilt! A week’s zoomed by without a SINGLE Frock & Roll update! A-r-g-h! (If the Bad Blogger police swoop in and arrive soon, I’m NOT here, okay?! Eek! Hide me!)

I’m several kinds of sorry about the tumbleweeds! Sometimes, as I’m sure you know all too well, life just happens, filling our schedules with unexpected plans (and colds. BLURGH!) and making us blink with confusion over where exactly the days have whirled off to. But, let’s not natter about time. It’s the weekend! Let’s gab about what we’re presently enchanted with! (Personally, I adore it when people slip the word “enchanted” into conversations. I asked somebody how they were the other evening and they boomed “I’m feeling ENCHANTED!” How unexpectedly great is that?!)

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x Deux Lux’s ‘Game Of Hearts’ Wallet – It’s not every week that I’d nominate an accessory as a highlight of, well, the week (jeez, try uttering that mouthful three times!), but this baby’s a BEAUTY! Glimmering, gorgeous and an absolute steal at $19.99, I’m seriously considering purchasing duplicates of it out of fear for how I’ll eventually survive when it falls apart. (Which is so silly that it actually pains me to re-read this sentence, but ugh! I’m smitten with it! I can’t even bring myself to use it yet!)

x Empty Planes – Look, I love people, but is there anything grander when flying than boarding a plane and discovering that it’s virtually empty? I THINK NOT! (Psst! I’m beginning to think that the trick to landing – ba doom chi! – one of these is sacrificing sleep for a 6.00AM flight, because each time I’ve opted for a super-early departure, I’ve winded up having an entire row of seats to myself. Try it next time you’re holidaying and share your findings!)

x Re-visiting The Past… And Being Content To Leave It Behind – Have you ever – recently or otherwise – re-visited the area that you grew up in? It can be s-s-strange! On Monday, the second-to-last day of my holiday in Wellington, I decided to jump on a bus and trundle through my former neck of the woods, Lower Hutt. It’d been 12 years since I’d set foot anywhere near there, and I kind of expected to feel a teensy bit emotional about the whole experience (what can I say?! I’m a sentimental old git!), but mostly? I just felt grateful. Extremely grateful for the moments that I’d spent there with my family, but also grateful for evolution. (Because what a boring tale we’d have to tell if everything stayed the same!)

x Other Little Things – Rocky Road ice-creams; sitting in front of Wellington harbour on a spectacularly warm afternoon (well, until I was SPAT ON, that is! Oh, life. You’re full of surprises!); dreaming of launching a size 11+ footwear company (of course, I don’t have the foggiest idea about design, but my brain’s been obsessively tinkering away with the idea!); mock “chicken” laksa; the fact that Air New Zealand had (hyperventilate!) Stone Sour on their audio playlists; when Tom says “I read your blog today!” (you must understand the cuteness of this; he NEVER ventures on the internet! He’s a cabinet maker and the digital world absolutely baffles him); The Midnight Juggernauts’ So Many Frequencies (it’s old, old, old, but new to me!); dusting my eyes in lilac; and enormous earrings!

Suggestions For The Week Ahead

x Spend a week carting your camera around with you everywhere and document the everyday! Snap as many photos as you can, from varying heights, unusual angles, and of unexpected objects. As Robin Williams’ character in the movie One Hour Photo concludes, “most people don’t take snapshots of the little things. The used Band-Aid, the guy at the gas station, the wasp on the Jell-O. People don’t take pictures of these things. But these are the things that make up the true picture of our lives.”

Bake a deliciously sweet treat for a weeknight in. (When was the last time your kitchen was filled with the scent of freshly made cookies? For me, it’s been ages! I’m going to surprise Tom with a pudding this week.) There’s something oddly therapeutic about the process, and plus, once you’re done, you’ll have dessert! W-i-n! 

xoxo