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Outfit – Radimals!

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The print on this dress KILLS me! It’s so cute! When I watched one of the Black Milk videos and they sneak peaked this pattern, I crossed my fingers they’d be in leggings. I was a bit bummed when it was released in a play dress, as I’d never bought one and didn’t think it would suit me. I decided to buy it, and if it didn’t look okay, I’d send it back.

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It’s still here! I actually don’t think it looks too bad on! I thought the fitted nylon would show all my lumps and bumps, and while you can see some slight underwear lines, it’s also pretty flattering! The playdress actually has a high neckline, but I, uh, well, I wear it back to front! It’s NOT supposed to be worn this way, as it’s cut to be longer at the back- shorter at the front, but I have a small butt, so find the extra length on the front helps with the extra material needed to cover my belly. It is still pretty short all round though!

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The weather in Melbourne certainly is crazy! I took these photos a week ago, when the weather was nice and hitting low 30ºc. Then December came in, officially summer and it’s currently 16ºc! WHAT!? Meanwhile, back in Sydney it’s been 35ºc+! I am much more a fan of Winter, but I admit to missing those nice sunny days. Anyway, enough about the weather!

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Pink holographic sandals! YES PLEASE! These are, of course, another sale score. It seems that lately, the only time I buy something new is if it’s on sale. I’ve become the ultimate bargain hunter!!

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My favourite animal on the dress seems to depend on the day. A snake riding a bicycle (how does that even work!?), a kitty on a scooter, a bunnie on a skateboard! It is adorable overload! It may be a little weird, but I kind of want to give them all names! Haha!

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Dress – Black Milk (Size XL) | Cardi – City Chic (Size L) | Shoes – Boohoo (Size 8) | No make up.

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Which radimal is your fave!?

( PS - If you have the time, i’d love for you to head over HERE (or even leave a comment) and let me know what you’d like to see more/less of on XLasLife if 2015!! )

Blogcademy friends & the power of sale dresses!

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Just over a year ago, I flew to Melbourne (from my home in Sydney) to attend ‘The Blogcademy’. A 2 day workshop hosted my 3 influential bloggers that I had been following for years. Little did I know, that in the span of 12 months, I’d have picked up my life, MOVED to Melbourne, and have a bunch of amazing fellow bloggers to call friends.

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Last week, with MJ visiting Melbourne (She lives in Adelaide) a few of us got together for some shopping, yummy food, and blog talk. I was the only one who didn’t wear ears, though my belt did have ears, so I wasn’t too left out. I don’t mean to sound conceited, but don’t we look fabulous! Even with my derpy laugh face. I think that just shows what a great time I was having.

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N2! This place kind of blew my mind. They freeze the ice cream on the spot using liquid nitrogen! They change up their menu all the time & I feel that it may be a habit to duck in and try out all the different flavours. I’d stick to the sorbets, the ice creams look super rich and decadent though!

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What am I wearing? Find out below. First up though, how amazing is the dress i’m wearing? It was love at first site but I couldn’t afford it with it’s original price tag. However, I snapped it up on sale & a discount code! I ALWAYS search for Fashion Coupons and deals before I buy something. Oh! And Brittany is wearing a City Chic dress that is currently on sale HERE.

DRESS – ASOS with Coupon| Cardi – Kmart | Stockings – Sonsee | Boots – Betts | Belt – ASOS

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This is Millicent, the lovely lady who took the wonderful photos for this post. I do have a feeling she is a bit camera shy! She rocked a gorgeous cherry print dress, which, you guessed it, was a sale find!

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The pink haired MJ rocked a mostly thrifted outfit, I’m your Present ring set, and an amazing custom necklace from Di Depux. Can you tell we all fell IN LOVE with the wallpaper at WallCandy Wallpaper!

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We stopped for lunch at Naked for Satan. I’d been to the restaurant for dinner in the past, but they do $1 Pintxos doing the day, and OMG they were delicious. If you’re even on Brunswick St in Fitzroy, TRY THEM!

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Mirror selfies with Britt & my plate of pintxos! My favourite was the anchovy one! I can’t remember what exactly was on it, but it was delicious!

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More amazing wallpaper at WallCandy Wallpaper!

I’m so thankful for the blogcademy for introducing me to even more amazing babes. To have found friends who understand blog talk, why I always take pictures, how important our phones can be, and such similar visual Aesthetic. Thank you Britt, Millicent & MJ for such a brilliant day! Though extra special thanks to Millicent for providing most of these wonderful pictures!!

Dear Mr Frodo (A year on)

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Dear Mr Frodo,
Today marks a year since you passed away. A year since I last held you, since I smelt you, got kisses, heard your bark. It’s been a year since you struggled to sit up on the vets desk, to lick away my tears, as I said goodbye. A year since I held you, told you that I loved you, that you were THE BEST dog, my best friend, my baby boy, as you drifted away.

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It’s been HARD, but like people have said, it’s got easier. I think moving to Melbourne helped, because I no longer expect to see you come strutting down the hall. For so long, I would still go to feed you, or take you outside. The worst is when I get depressed, you were always there for me then, you were my rock, and for awhile I felt SO lost, because it was you who would comfort me. It was YOU who kept ME alive. Tonka has been doing his best with that though, and I guess I’m lucky he’s a cat that loves to lay in my arms all night. He fretted for you, I think he still misses you, though I’m pretty sure he’s happy he ALWAYS gets prime lap/bed position now.

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I don’t have so many nightmares about you anymore. For so long I would dream about you dying. Or that I wished so hard you came back to life, only to be some weird demon zombie dog. I’ve lost count of the number of times I woke up in tears. Thankfully, when you visit me in my dreams now, you’re just you, and we hang out, and I cherish every second I get to spend with you. Even if it is just in my head.

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To be honest, I did better then I expected. When you were alive, I couldn’t even comprehend what a life without you would be like. Surely, I could NEVER survive in a world that you weren’t in? True, I think a little piece of me died with you, I had moments when the world felt like it was ending and I could not stop crying, or catch my breath. But the world did keep turning, and I KNEW you would want me to keep on keeping on.

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This is the longest time that I can remember that I haven’t had a dog. I’ve always had a dog, sometimes two, for as long as I remember. I think I’m finally realising that I COULD have another dog in my life. Part of me is scared though. I’m scared that I will never love another thing the way I loved you. Sure, I love, but I’ve never loved anyone or anything as much as I loved you. I’m also scared that I WILL love something the way I loved you.

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I still think of you every day, I still see you everyday, but it hurts less. I may be bawling like a baby writing this, but the tears & pain are less often. These days, I tend to remember all the good times we spent, and smile. I still can’t eat Doritos though. I also feel a little guilty because your urn is hidden away in a box on the shelf. I don’t think I’m ready for that open of a reminder. I know you’ll understand though. Plus you’re favourite toy, leash and coat is in it with you.

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I like to think you’re somewhere, with loved ones who have passed. Reunited with Bayley & Emily. Snuggling with Grandmama. I hope you are.

All my love, my little man.
xo Mummy

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