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Christmas Down Under


Hey everyone,

Gosh has it really been nearly a month since I posted?

Well as predicted I managed to break my netbook within the first three months of travelling.
I'm not quite sure how I managed it, just one day it refused to turn on again. I've taken it to a few shops to be fixed, and have been quoted around $300 just for repair so looks like I'll be hitting Gumtree in the near future for a replacement. Maybe I'll find a good deal when people are selling their cast-offs to replace their new Christmas presents. Fingers crossed!

However my roomie, Alyson has loaned me her's for the time being, so thought I'd update you all.
Another reason I haven't updated is we've been so busy doing fun activities during 'the silly season' as it is known down under.
Christmas is all-go at home, and I thought I'd at least get a break this year.

But no - this being Sydney there is always something to do!

Becca, me and Helen watching the snow fall inside the QVB!

Our Christmas photo/card we sent home to our families taken by the Opera House.
(Doesn't Olivia make a lovely Santa?)

We've all been lucky enough to recieve our Christmas parcels from home. Of course we're saving the presents for the 25th, but we've opened our cards to decorate our room.
My sister is studying in Glasgow so sent me a tartan Christmas/Hogmanay card!

Olivia, Alyson, Michael and Helen waiting for Santa Fest 2012 to begin.

Welcome to Australia: where Santa is too cool to travel by sleigh and reindeer.

Water skiing Santas...

...and Jet Pack Santa!

One of our favourite Saturday traditions is going to see the fireworks at Darling Harbour.
We're going to miss them after the holiday season is over. 

And since 'tis the season to be jolly (and also for sugar rushes) I had to treat myself to some churros at the Village Bizarre. Well, it would have been rude not to!


Finally, I'm not sure if I'll be posting again until after Christmas - so just in case, I hope you all have a marvellous day however you spend it.
And if you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you still have a few wonderful, peaceful days vegging out in front of the TV with fizzy pop, cheese flavoured snacks and sweets!

And - as always - I'll leave you with some of my favourite holiday songs:


It's Christmas (And I Hate You) by Paloma Faith and Josh Weller.


Christmas is Cancelled by The Long Blondes


Maybe This Christmas by Rex Sexsmith


Baby, It's Cold Outside by Selma Blair and Rainn Wilson


Muchos love,
MessyCarla

I Wanna See Your Peacock...


Hey everyone,

What is this? An actual outfit post? Get outta here!

I was kindly sent this peacock dipped hem dress by Sienna Couture.
I hadn't heard of them previously, and had a hard time choosing - especially with Christmas just around the corner it was difficult not to go for a sparkly number.
However as it's slowly creeping into summer here in Sydney, I decided to be sensible and go for something I could wear all season:

 

(I was on my way out, and I forgot to take my shades off my head for these photos. Oh, well.
Also, my ombre hair is slowly creeping back!)

DRESS: c/o Sienna Couture
BELT: Dorothy Perkins
NECKLACE: New Look (plus the vintage St Christopher that my Auntie gave me before I went travelling. I haven't taken it off once!)
SHOES: Primark

This dress is absolutely beautiful and I've already worn it loads this week - first for the first night of PSFWA, another for drinks in Newtown with my workmate Jessica, and for yet more drinks last night with Hayley, her husband Henry, Gisela and Genevive.

(I did have to go to the post office beforehand to mail my family's Christmas parcel and was given some odd looks from fellow backpackers for being a tad overdressed - again, I say: oh well!)

You can also see the same dress on my blogger twin Claire of French For Cupcake who has styled it with a faux fur trim leather jacket and boots. Babe.

So yeah, fun times we had last night.
I've always said the best thing about blogging is the friendships, and while I'm missing my pals in the UK (though me and Lauren had a good catch up on Facebook chat last night!) I'm so grateful for the amazing, kind girls here who have been so welcoming.

 Standard.

Many, many thanks to Hayley for taking all these pictures!  
*heart shapes*

Finally, I'll leave you with the tedious song I named this blog post after, and more importantly - this hilarious video about just how much it sucks:


If you aren't subscribed already to Angelina, you really should be.


Right, I'm off to get ready - me and my roommates are going to see Santa tonight at Darling Harbour!
Yes, we really are all in our twenties.
And yes, we know we are just too cool.


Muchos love,
MessyCarla



PSFWA!


Hey everyone,

After two months of being out of the blogging loop (I'll admit to trawling through my favourite blogger's Twitter feeds before bed!) I attended PSFWA (Plus Size Fashion Weekend Australia) organized by Danimezza who had very kindly invited me last minute.

I'd been a bit up-and-down this week as I've been pretty sick for a few days (I caught our new roommate's cold) but I was convinced to go and I'm so glad I did!

Like always, I figure it's easier to show you lots of pictures instead of a mini essay - so here goes:

Amazing view from the beautiful penthouse apartment at World Square.

Hayley was on the Channel 9 evening news being interviewed about Zara, so we all tuned in to watch!

The first night had a major sleepover vibe, so what's perfect for a sleepover? Copious amounts of pizza!...

...and a Neapolitan ice cream cake courtesy of Baskin Robbins!

After a fair few glasses of pink fizz, there was a clothes swap. I inherited this H&M t-shirt and City Chic skirt.
I'm unsure where the bracelets and necklace are from - but I claimed those too!

The next day we headed to Benefit to check out their brow bar. After being waxed, plucked and dyed we were then treated to a makeover by their lovely, friendly staff.
It was sweet to finally meet the adorable Nicola of 2 Many Cupcakes after years of chatting on Twitter!

Ashley Rose being a babe.

Afterwards we headed back to the apartment for nibbles and an exclusive preview of the City Chic A/W collection. I love the stud detail and collar tips on these dresses!
(Keep an eye on their blog during the next week or two - I may be making an appearance soon!)

And a presentation from the awesome and hilarious Melanie, founder of FemaleForLife active wear in sizes 8-24.

After a few drinks, a bunch of us decided to go and chat to the penises stars of Chatroulette. We're so mature. I was hoping to bump into Merton of YouTube fame, but alas this didn't happen.

And finally, dinner at Grill'd.
I do love a mean burger, so had chicken, brie and cranberry and also shared herb chips and mayonaisse with Hayley. So good!

Thank you so much again Danielle for letting me come along!
And also to some of my favourite new bloggers I had the pleasure of meeting, including:
  • Nicola of 2 Many Cupcakes for being an amazing cheerleader for my blog, as well as all my UK blogger friends. Also fist bumps for being generally adorable.
  • Gisela Ramirez for being ever-inspiring and taking one for the team during our Chatroulette party (I'll say no more!).
  • The beautiful and sweet Ashley Rose for helping me prop up the bar.
  • And finally 'my Sydney BFF' Hayley of Fashion Hayley for pulling me out of bed when I wanted to stay home and feel sorry for myself. Kudos!

Be sure to give these girls a click!

Muchos love,
MessyCarla

Six Weeks Down Under


Hey everyone,

Remember me, that girl who used to blog?

I'm so sorry it's been almost a month since I blogged, but everything is still all systems go in Sydney.
We moved into our flat last month and have been here for about three weeks now. It's very cheap, but there's are technically nine of us living here (four in our room - me, my friends Alyson and Olivia and a French girl, Mathilde), four French boys in another room (François, Romain, Adrien and another whose name we keep forgetting but we call him 'Pitbull' as he looks a bit like the rapper of the same name) and another single room housing another French guy called Mario and his girlfriend sleeps over most nights too.

It gets a bit cramped sometimes as the lads always have their mates over to watch football or play Fifa (François is a HUGE Newcastle United fan!) but never overbearing. We keep meaning to all go out together so but we keep missing each others schedules - either we have plans/are broke or vise versa. There's also a bit of a language barrier as their English is very scattered and of course our French is even worse. But as Olivia pointed out this will just make things funnier!

Right, I'll stop waffling on now and share some pictures.
(I hope this style of blogging is ok with you guys for now!)

So recently I have...

Chilled out at Surry Hills - possibly my new favourite area of Sydney!
(but I still haven't been to Newtown yet...)

Explored Watsons Bay.

Eaten delicious calamari and chips.

Made a Sydney BFF in the form of Hayley!

Seen Planet Earth in Concert...

...and Pixar in Concert at the Sydney Opera House!

Enjoyed a cheeky bottle of Prosecco (or two) at the Opera Bar afterwards....

But can you blame us? Check out the view!

Become addicted to the $10 bento from the Japanese place under my apartment building.

Developed a second sight for happy hour!

Got inked!
(More on this in an upcoming blog post! It's still a bit scabby and healing in the photo.)

(Photo by Hayley)
Was attacked with allergies so bought out my local pharmacy and spent all day in bed watching movies.


(Olivia, me, Alyson, Becca, Jay and a Chilean guy called Juan who spent his last night in Sydney with us - the lucky duck!)
I got better just in time for our favourite 'Pommy' quiz night at Irish pub, Scruffy Murphy's!
This always works out a cheap night as they give away free jugs of beer. (Check out Olivia and Alyson using wine glasses, the classy birds!)
Our team 'The Quiz Tarrants' have come second both times we've competed - third time lucky?


And that's all for now, folks!

I hope you all had fun Halloweens whether you were out dancing or home watching scary movies with a huge bag of sweets. Both sound marvelous to me.

Finally, I'll leave you with a picture of my friend Daniel dressed as a jilted bride:

Miss you, lover!

Muchos love,
MessyCarla.

Two Weeks Down Under


Hey G'day, everyone!

I can't believe I've been here for two weeks already!

I have settled for the time being in Sydney, and have been dying to catch you all up with my adventures but as you can probably guess I've been pretty much going non-stop.


I figured it'll be easier to just share some of my favourite pictures!
So far, I have..

Been a tourist.

Met a big friend.

Met a small friend.

Made friends with a chicken with a funky hairdo.

Made actual human friends.
(Helen, Olivia and Alyson.)

Climbed the Blue Mountains.




Aged about twenty years in four minutes on the world's steepest railway.

Bought this local wine in Katoomba, just because it had a big bum on the front!

Been brave and wore my bathing suit on Bondi Beach.

And giggled every single time I pass this rather inappropriately named shop.


If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I've already managed to find a job!
It was actually only the second one I rang, and I now work in a busy little cafe in Darlinghurst.

Olivia, Alyson and I have been looking for a room-share with little success - but today we found a half-decent one in central Sydney which works out less than staying in a hostel.
If all goes to plan, this is where we're going to be based until January - it's feels great to have finally have found a place to spend Christmas and New Year's! (Have I mentioned yet how excited I am that Kylie Minogue is the Creative Ambassador of this year's celebrations? No? Well I am!)


Right I think that's everything for now.
I'll try my best to keep you all updated!


Muchos love,
MessyCarla


EDIT: Unfortunately the next day we were due to pay our bond, and the deal fell through as the previous tenants decided to stay. Oh well, upwards and onwards...

Adios!


Hey everyone,

The day is upon us - it's my last day in the North!

Tomorrow I'm going to London with my friend Lauren and we're having a day of theatre and drinks (how else would I say farewell to my favourite city in the world?!) before she waves me off at Heathrow on Thursday where I'm flying to Sydney via Hong Kong.

I can't believe I'm finally embarking on my adventures.
Unfortunately I'm too busy to write a large post today as I still have a bit of packing to do, as well as seeing some of my relatives before going out for a goodbye meal with my parents and godfather.

I got a bit weepy earlier today, but now I'm just excited!

It's been a lovely last week seeing everyone - I've had a Nando's date with Chris, a Charles Grey session with Lauren, unscheduled Quayside pub crawl with Sam and Hattie, numerous £2.50 pints with Daniel (who is off on his own adventures to Texas in a few months to visit his American boyfriend, Nik. I'm SO jealous, I've always wanted to go to Austin!), and a meal at Zizzi's with the schoolies.

What started as an innocent trip to the Baltic with Sam ended up with us starting on the Cosmopolitans at 3pm! 

Adieu, Newcastle.

I promise to keep you all updated as much as I can.
But for now - adios, lovers!


Muchos love,
MessyCarla.


PS: Italian Catholic Mother has successfully forced a St Christopher pendant around my neck. Whatever keeps her happy!