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November 2013

fashion, vess

CHECKS

29/11/2013
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We have something to share, we’ve been living a bit of a double life…Val and I were having a discussion on our clothes. As lovers of fashion, we are committed to posting fashion posts, however, we realised that we are actually not your typical fashion bloggers! We have never bought clothes online, don’t own a thing from ASOS, don’t own a pair of strappy heels, and we find it difficult to buy… full priced items (shhh! We’re only students!) But on further discussion, we realised that it’s okay! Fashion is not just keeping up with the latest trends, it’s about having fun, dressing to try new things, feeling fabulous and developing your own personal sense of style. We can’t offer you an insiders knowledge to selecting things for your online shopping basket, but we can offer you some tips on putting outfits together, and trying new fun combinations.

Exhibit A, my checkered happy pants. Received as a gift from our darling friend Cheryl, she picked up it up from her local Salvos and gifted them to me! Now baggy pants are often not the most flattering pants you can chuck on, but pair them with some heels to add length and flatter your ankles, it works a dream. The MARCS Camel coat was purchased from a salvos in Camberwell, slinky black top from Dotti for $15 and those peep toes, can’t remember guys! I love my A line top, I actually bought it about 2 years ago and it’s a such great addition to my wardrobe because it’s  so great to pair with skirts and pants. Fashion Tip! If you’re ever in need for some coats for Winter, get to your local op shop at the start of autumn/winter, people start to clear out their closets and opshops have to discount all their winter wear because they have too much stuff!

So now that the truth is out that we’re not true fashion bloggers. I will, without any hesitation, share all our little fashion tips, our advice on looking good on a student budget, dressing with class with minimal effort and do away with the misconception that fashion is all about the trends. Fashion is fun!

xoxo

fashion, portraits, val

CITY ROSE

27/11/2013
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 Hello lovely friends

Val here, with a fashion post of one of my most favourite blazers. I bought this darling jacket from Decjuba last New Years (end of year sales), while strolling casually down Bourke Road. I think I was there to return a Christmas present which was the wrong size and stumbled into Decjuba. As usual, I was immediately drawn to the colours and the richness of the pattern on this stunning blazer (and many others around it). Seeing that it was the last one and it was my size and it was $50 reduced from $90, I HAD to get it (ladies, you know what I’m talking about).

In the last photo you can see the sheer happiness on my face  at being the proud owner of such a lovely piece.

A little bit more about my outfit:

The top is from Forever 21, which was $7.50 from Camberwell market, and the pants were from Kinki Gerlinki at their factory outlet for $20.

So shopping on a discount my dear friends can be extremely rewarding and a very money saving experience.

In other news, I am very excited to share with you lovely friends, that I (Val) will be going to Leeds for exchange next year for six months. So from Jan-July, I will be studying with my dear friend Rach, in the freezing winter of the UK! To travel around Europe has been A DREAM of mine for a lifetime and to be given the opportunity to actually live somewhere where the Eiffel Tower is but a train ride away, is something so surreal, I have to pinch myself each time when thinking about it!  It will be winter other there, so coming from a hot Australia Christmas, will be very difficult, but will bring my woollies and thickest coats.

If any of our readers have been to Leeds or travelled around the UK, or are even from the UK, please shoot us a quick comment, of what I should bring, where I should go and what to expect!

Thanks to all my dear friends who have supported encouraged and prayed for me in making my decision to go!

You are all dearly loved!

-Val

(am working on making a signature to place at the bottom of my posts, much like Liv’s!)

Japan, travel

TOKYO DISNEY TOP TIPS

25/11/2013
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There are some really fun and crazy photos from our day in DisneySea, so thought I would include a few of Vess and Myself showing a bit more of our silly side in Japan. (If you ask our friends, they usually see the silly side of us anyway!)

We chatted to some friends from church, who are on their way to Japan next year. They had seen some of our pics so I thought to include on the blgo some more tops on how we got around Disneysea.

 

Val’s TOP TIPS

1. Ticket Purchase
Firstly, you may want to consider pre buying your tickets online, as it saves you waiting to buy a ticket when you get to the gate. But overall, it wasn’t too bad to wait with other patient Japanese Disney lovers to purchase an entry ticket. We found that the line  moved really quickly and like everything else in Japan, it was super efficient!

2. Fast Pass!
They have FAST PASSes in Disneyse from a few of the major rides in Disneysea which allows you to take a ticket for a ‘fast pass’ line . It gives you the opportunity, to come back to the ride, maybe, 45 minutes later. Instead of going through the regular line, which may have an hours wait, you are able to line up in the Fast Pass line, which has a significantly shorter wait time. It gives you the opportunity to walk around the park, rather than having to wait in line for hours! We suggest you grab these first!

3. The Shows
Seriously, the shows were a MASSIVE highlight. They have so many international performers within the acts, who are just SO amazingly talented. For me, just going to 3 of the shows, made my ticket worth it! Extremely professional, engaging performances and exceptional musicians make going to everyone of these A MUST. Ariel’s performance and the Big Band Beat are HIGHLY recommended!

4. Parades
There are some crazy, imaginative and magical people out there who can think of such overwhelmingly creative costumes, floats and music. Each parade is performed within the centre of the park, (the giant lake in the middle). Make sure you note the show times, and grab a good spot to watch the magic happen! Despite being in Japanese, it is still a stunning scene to watch! Warning: one of the shows they spray ALOT of water, so be ready for it!

5. Walking Around
The park was surprising large enough to occupy you for the whole day but not so big that you find you don’t have enough time. So take your time enjoying each park of the magic in each area, may it be Ariel’s Grotto or Arabia, cause each part can be enjoyed thoroughly! We thought we would run out of time, but found a day was perfect for doing all the rides and seeing all the attractions

Well, there we go, Val’s top tips for DisneySea Japan!

There are alot of other great tourist sites with some great insights and recommendations, but overall be prepared to be wowed and amazed. Drink a lot of water, wear good walking shoes, and be prepared for the MAGIC of DISNEYLAND!!!

-val

v&v

 

 

 

Japan, travel

TOKYO DISNEYSEA

14/11/2013
Disney Sea

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Just some casual photos from our time in Disney Sea,

I feel like we tend to write a lot about what we get up to, but we do not really show you guys much of what we do in our day to day! So we were thinking of doing a couple of posts on where we go shopping or where the best places to go op shopping are. What do you guys think? Something like;  buying on a budget. This was our lovely friend, Pris’ idea, which I would love to do with you guys!

About this post, I felt some nostalgia for Japan the other day and felt the urge to look through photos from our trip. I can not deny that I don’t go through these on a regular basis for inspiration or to simply perk myself up a bit. It can really brighten my day to see the fun and great times we had in sunny Japan,stark contrast to rainy Melbourne Days and the exam season that I am in. But as I was speaking to my friends just yesterday, we have the power and motivation within us, we just need to tap into it and trust and believe that we can  DO IT! Also a HUGE congratulations to any year 12 or year 11s who have finished their major end of year exams. May God Bless you and exceed your expectations and guide you where He was you to GO!

Will show you some more pictures from Tokyo Disney Sea in our next post with some insights on some of the rides, how to get there and the overall experience. I think we took over 200 photos on that day, so have a lot to share with you guys! The number of photos we took, probably shows, that we were totally making the most of our time, in the ‘most happiest place on earth’

v&v

 

 

 

 

 

fashion, val

//DELIGHT

11/11/2013
delight

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27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

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There’s nothing quite like a crowd of wildflowers to capture the imagination and take your breath away. Often blooming for no other reason but to flower and create beauty for us to enjoy. It’s a wonder how just in flowering, such aspects of nature are so captivating and speak softly of divinity, purity and simple pleasures. These wistful images that you see above we retaken in a crowd of flowers which had conveniently flowered in our front yard. Following previous successful front yard shoots Val sat as gently as she could into these field (I say field but it was less “field” more “patch”) and I happily snapped away.

You see, as I graduate this year and Val progresses to her final year of university, here in the world in v&v, we’ve both been overwhelmed by the prospect of 2014. 2014; a year of change, new discoveries, challenges, risk, the unknown. When faced with such tremendous uncertainty, don’t we all often worry about what the future holds? In a society where FOMO is paramount and social media wrecks havoc on our insecurities, its no wonder that we are anxious for our presents, and even more so, for our futures.

But let me remind you friends, let me remind that as wildflowers bloom easily and blissfully in a patch of our front yard and brings joy to the inhabitants of our home, so will we bloom and move and awake and create. Away with doubts of appearance, success, opportunities and prestige. As we move in our giftings, in our passions and in love to form beauty in the world, let the knowledge that there is always a joy for today and a hope for tomorrow fill you with a tranquility that rest gently in your heart.

 

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
-Matthew 6 (The Message Bible)

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