Acquisitions | Blue Illusion Minola Flats

Blue Illusion is an Australian retail store that I have just noticed in NZ {I don’t know how long they have been here!}.  The clothes are not for me, but they had some gorgeous shoes and hats, and I just couldn’t resist these little flats.

The leather is buttery soft, the colours are vibrant and fun and they are SO comfortable.  I’m really picky about flats as I don’t think the typical round toe is the most flattering style but these gems have a squared off toe that looks amaze.


Minola Leather Flat $169 from Blue Illusion


Acquisitions | Portmans Colour Block Shift Dress

Ooooohhhh I LOVE this dress.

I rarely go into Portmans but Mum and I were doing the rounds at the mall and I’m so glad we popped in.  I picked up this babein shift dress on sale for $59!  It is so flattering on, does not cling at all and is perfect for evening out a ‘lumpy’ profile.  This is definitely a style to hide the muffin tops!

Run now, Run!


What I Wore | Denim & Plaid

I have loved wearing this outfit today; slouchy, comfy, casual but perfect for the office.




Wool Plaid Skirt: Max (thrifted)

Levis Denim Shirt: Trade Me $6 (BEST purchase ever…..after my antlers of course)

Braided Coral Belt: Macy’s

Gold crystal ring & earrings: Urban Outfitters

Brogues: Number 1 Shoes

Leather sharks tooth bracelets: Takapuna markets

Silver cuff: Gifted

Christmas Post #3: Secret Santa or little gift for that pesky Eco-hippy friend

When I was Christmas shopping for E the other day, I only bought myself ONE present and it was this little gem from Natures Window;

Purse Friendly Eco-Shopping Bag 2

Purse Friendly Eco-Shopping Bag

How cute is that!  $6.95 friends!  It’s one piece and so teeny, made from good quality nylon, it has a drawstring closure and clip so you can snap it onto your purse where you can find it in a hurry – like when you need to whip it out at the check-out and proclaim “NO BAGS PLEASE, I’ve got it covered”.  You will be the coolest girl for miles, or at least in The Warehouse which is where I usually find myself bag-less and alone and struggling with the moral dilemma of bag-or-no-bag.

Sorry about the hair, it’s been raining awhile and even the GHD’s are backing away terrified.


The nice flip-side of my darling boy growing up and starting school dawned on me today.  I mean, I realise that there are many flip-sides such as the confirmation that Dave and I have seemingly done a great job these past five years and have raised a pretty well adjusted little kid who after being at school for five minutes on his first day looked at me and told me ::very s l o w l y in case I might have trouble understanding:: that it was time for me to go now, he had school to do.

But today….Oh my goodness.  I haven’t had a hair cut in approx 6 months.  I have had my colour done but not a cut, so basically it looked like the remnants of a hay bale stuffed into a hair tie.  I was that girl who entered the salon wearing a hat.  But I left with the best haircut I have ever had.

I figured that it was my duty to go clothes shopping, you know, doing it for all the recently-separated-from their-kids-by-school mothers out there.  So I took one for the team and picked out a new outfit for the Pearl Jam concert tomorrow.  Let me tell you, if you are not a fan of your mid-section or if you straight up hate it like I do, GO AND TRY ON A MAXI-DRESS.  I did, I bought one and I am going to rock it tomorrow.  They are so slimming, the long full skirt just draws the eye down and of course there are no muffin-top-nasties anyway because you’re not being cut in half by your waistband!

After that I met Dave for lunch and we sat poolside at The Backyard and soaked up the sun.  Yes it was sunny.  I promise.  We enjoyed prawn and sundried tomato fritters and split a Backyard Burger.  So good!

Best day I have had in a long time.  And all because I can work three days and make the same hours I was previously doing over 5 days.  Bless you school, I am definitely Thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  Here are some shots from Halloween / Thanksgiving 05

Cadbury, let's just put the past behind us shall we?

This is an awesome example of a major corporation putting things right;

Cadbury you have redeemed yourself in 5 ways I never thought possible.  You listened to me when  I told you I wasn’t down with you killing Orangutans (OK indirectly…) to make me fat happy and high on choccy.  I couldn’t believe it when you commented on my blog last week and said you wanted to make ammends, set things right and send me a present!  and then you found me on twitter and whispered the same sweet nothings.

And then today, you (OK  Courier Post) came through with the goods.

Yeah – Cadbury loves me AND DAMN-IT I LOVE YOU TOO CADS!

All is forgiven, I’m pretty sure that I can forget about that whole Palm Oil fiasco, just don’t be putting any more nasty shit in our chocolate again and things will be just fine.

Your letter was sweet though, don’t be mad that I am sharing  it, but I think everyone needs to know that you are truly sorry and are working to make it up to the chocoholics of New Zealand.

It’s nice to have you back Cads

Love Melissa, your BFF xxxx

You're back in my goodbooks Cadbury

Boring-ass Stuff I have Bought that Works Perfectly & Reminds me How Old I am Getting

Fact:  I have been in bed since 8.30pm

Fact:  I am eating hummus, with nothing, just my finger ::::::GASP::::::

Fact:  I have just finished reading the New Zealand Healthy Food Guide November Edition

Fact:  I purchased The Jack Family’s First Freezer today

Cumulative total of facts = I have definately hit the ground running into my thirties and it appears there is no return.

This is the guy that’s got my heart all a flutter.  I knew I had to do something when I came home from grocery shopping and realised there was no way on gods green earth that I was getting 2 loaves of bread, english muffins, pita bread, pastry, 2 packs of chicken and a size 16 chicken into my shoe-box sized freezer which was already bursting at the gills.  Enter Trade Me.  I found my freezer, it appears to be an incredible bargain, is less than a year old and lives in Remuera.  Hell, if you are going to buy second hand whiteware you might as well buy from the best right?  My parents freezer was purchased before I was born.  That’s right people, if you follow along and can do The Math, that means the freezer is at least THIRTY YEARS OLD.  And still freezing shit.  So, I look forward to sharing many fond family memories with my new freezer, fingers crossed he will be around to dish out Flavr Ice to my grandkids.

Another useful and boring thing I have bought lately is;

My Zyliss Can Opener.  After the third crapola can opener in a year refused to open my refried beans last month, I finally did it.  I spent $30+ on a can opener.  This guy was worth every penny, 5 stars.

So, the moral of the story is; avoid whiteware for as long as you can, but if the day comes when you need that bit of extra space to store your reduced meat bargains and your butter stockpile, embrace it, run with it and relish the fact that next time you see two size 24 chickens on sale for $12 YOU ARE FREE TO BUY THEM, no longer constrained by the small freezer, YOU CAN BUY IN BULK.  Finally.

Weekly Wrap-up

  • Best thing this week – watching Twilight in the hot tub with Dave on Tuesday night, I can NEVER sit through a movie, but the spa left me pretty much comatose by the end of the movie so I couldn’t move too quickly even I wanted to + that damn vampire is hot, pasty but hot
  • Worst thing – the pain of my hamstrings after netball on Monday, lets not dwell…..
  • I am proud of; maintaining my diet for 4 days with no cheating and NO alcohol.  Amazing I tell you.
  • What I have purchased:

Conair Glass Body Fat, Bone Mass and hydration scale.

I am on a diet.  Yes indeed, I want to lose 6-8 kgs (13-17.6 pounds).  God that’s a lot when ou write it down and convert it!  So I needed some scales, we have never had any before and these are pretty cool.  They zip electrical curents through your nether regions and tell you your weight (of course) but also your body fat percentage, bone mass and hydration level.  Plus you can set multiple profiles for each user in the house.  I picked these up from The Warehouse for $49.

Jungle in my Pocket Pets

I have purchased 13 of these bad boys this week.  Ethan is “In to Them”.  Whatever, they are kinda cute and it is so nice to see him take an interest in something other than sharks or fishing magazines.  Ethan actually purchased two of them himself with his pocket money (money he pilfered from his Nana’s car).

  • Most delicious thing I have eaten – well this is lame, but as my diet this week has consisted of; rice bubbles, sunflower seeds, pineapple, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, baked chicken, mixed veges and small potatoes, the Best thing I ate this week was……

OMG DAMN THESE TASTE GOOD!   Harraways Oat Singles in the Apricot variety are insanely yummy with only 128 calories per serve!  I had never tried porridge before this week and I can’t belive no-one told me what I was missing out on.  I seriously can’t get enough of these things.  I have been mixing a tablespoon of flaxseed oil with them for extra goodness and they still taste fab.  These oats are going to help me get through the next 28 days I am sure of it!

Shopping Bag: Maybelline Mascara

I have used the same brand of mascara for 15 years now, good old Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof in Very Black.  It’s reliable, it doesn’t give you Panda eyes and it is relatively cheap.  Keep in mind that the price of ONE tube here in New Zealand is $18.99!  Bush arrived last month and brought with her the spoils of the Great American Make-up Aisle.  One of my gifts was some Maybelline XXL Extensions mascara.  This is the fancy double-ended guy, one end is some white goo that you put on first and the other end is the black mascara.  Seeing as how I left the house today and forgot to put ANY mascara on, I thought I might as well go for gold and put on TWO different mascaras so we can judge whether the gimmicky XXL really does deliver.
Despite the fact that is does take twice as long to apply, the XXL is indeed MUCH superior to old faithful.  The white goo separates your lashes before the black mascara application and definately increases the lash length.  If you can get past the bung-eye look of the two pics below you can see that the lashes in the right-hand pic appear much more full and long than those in the left.
I sacrificed the symmetry of my eyelashes for these pictures people so I hope you appreciate this!


Maybelline Great Lash Maybelline XXL Extensions
Maybelline Great Lash Maybelline XXL Extensions