Wednesday, July 28, 2010

10 Day Cycle

So another 10 days have passed, and it is time to embark on a new "cycle".

Last week went well. It was the final week of my break so I took some time to relax and get a few things done that I had resolved to do, like exercising and writing. I also fired off some emails (on the advice of the lovely Corrine at Frock and Roll) and received some heart-warming replies. I organised my desk and bought all my textbooks for uni. I attempted both recipes: Alicia's juice was yummy and Skye's mousse was delicious. I made the mousse for my friend Kimberley's Masterchef finale party - I had been on team Adam since Skye left, so over the moon when he won! I didn't get the laundry done.

Things to read

Confession... I was distracted from my reading list by Annabel Crabb's Rise of the Ruddbot... but I need to educate myself in preparation for the election! I did finish Living Dolls, which was brilliant.

So this week I'm going to be a little more realistic and just allocate one fiction book...

I have read the first chapter and been meaning to continue for a few months, and now I feel as though I am in a place that reflects the tone of the book... thoughtful, whimsy, optimistic and reflective. My friend has the audio version, which Obama narrates himself... divine.

And one non-fiction book...

I am almost halfway through this (after receiving it in the mail from Amazon last night) and it's wonderful.

Things to try

Transcendental meditation Sarah Wilson wrote about this on her blog last week. I am very skeptical so I never thought that I would even entertain the thought of taking up meditation, but the benefits seem amazing so I have decided to give it a try. You can read Sarah's article here.

Recipes to try

A couple of recipes from Cannelle et Vanille...

Hair and makeup inspiration

I am finally getting my hair redone today. I have been contemplating which colour to go for and, at this stage, I am enamoured of exquisite Australian model Samantha Harris in this Little Joe runway show.* It is the perfect, understated shade of brown that has none of that dreaded red tone that I hate (on me, I love it on other people!)

Her makeup is beautiful, too.

Things to do

Go to a dinner party tonight

Fill out the iStudiez app on my iPhone

Get ahead with my Law and Women's Studies reading; watch some movies for my English unit

*Enamoured "of" sounds off to me, but I did my research... "with" is grammatically incorrect and "by" would mean that Samantha is enamoured of ME. Just thought I'd clear that up in case anybody else thought that it sounded wrong... It's probably just me, though!


Kimberley said...

Lol I need to fill out my iStuziez app too! Grr it takes so long!
I'm interested in who you emailed! I read that post yesterday and am thinking about it!
I love the weekly post ideas, something I've been thinking about!

Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

Awwww! Thank-you so much for the lovely mention of my website, Laura! Goodness, how LOVELY! I'm so glad to hear that you're having a great week and may the rest of it continue to get better and better!

joanne said...


This is nothing really to do with this post but i just wanted to say that this is my first time reading your blog and I think it's PERFECT :)
I can't wait to stay up late reading all of your old posts!!

Laura Valerie said...

Thank you SO much Joanne! That's so so lovely of you.

I feel so embarrassed now, categorising Obama's book as FICTION. It's not, and I know it's not... I don't know why I did that. I'm not an idiot, promise.


Destined For Now said...

Hello! I found your blog by way of Sarah Wilson's blog and I must say that I love your writing style. You're so upbeat and I love how proactive you are. I think I might try making lists and plans like you did here. Hope you get it all done!

Laura Valerie said...

Thank you so much DFN! That is so kind of you :) I was so flattered to be mentioned on her blog, Sarah is such an inspiration to me! xx

Anonymous said...

I found your blog via Sarah Wilson's as well, and I am so happy/excited (like I always am when I find a fresh, Aussie blog).

I have a serious problem with hair envy, so I identify with your admiration of Samantha's tresses in this post. I have naturally very dark brown hair but I am starting to get greys (I'm 26! WHY ME?!). Every time I dye my hair a dark brown, it ends up reddish. And every time I dye it darkest brown, I look like an emo. If you find the perfect brown, let me know!

Lovely blog. Glad I found it.

Laura Valerie said...

Lol wabiwabi, I know exactly how you feel... everything turns red on me!

In the end, my hairdresser told me that, unbeknownst to me, Samantha's hair actually does have warmth (red) in it so it probably wasn't what I wanted. Instead I have more of a Megan Gale-esque dark brown (search Primped for pictures if you don't know what I mean). Here is a picture: next to it is a picture of my hair "before").

I don't know the name of the colour that she used but she said that it had a "golden" base. It is an Aveda colour.

I hope that helps you!

Laura xx

BTW - I recently found out that we never actually get grey hairs, only white... "Grey" hair is just a mixture of un-pigmented (white) and pigmented hairs, which looks grey from afar. Interesting, right? Don't worry, it is very normal to get white hairs in your 20s! Have you tried a coloured dry shampoo, like Bumble & bumble? They're wonderful for covering, especially at the roots! xx