Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sometimes, I wonder why.

sometimes i go into stores and try on make up. just for fun

sometimes i listen to the same song over and over and over for hours at a time

sometimes i wish that i didnt live in this city

sometimes i stay in bed all day and watch tv on dvd boxsets

sometimes i take photos of things that are just boring to other people. these things tend to make me smile

sometimes i put on a party dress, just to feel pretty

sometimes i hang out with my 5 year old cousin and play pirates and bad guys.

sometimes i sit and look through my old photos, and suddenly its 3 hours later

sometimes i get so busy i forget to eat

sometimes i need to remind myself that there are other people in the world that have it alot worse off than i do.

sometimes i pretend there is someone talking to me on my cell phone when i want to avoid awkward situations

sometimes i wish things were simpler

sometimes i want to yell at people who dont use proper english. {dis and dat are not words.}

sometimes i spend way to much time watching reality television

sometimes i like to go to the zoo with little people just to watch their faces when they talk to the animals.

sometimes i text him to much

sometimes i miss her so much that i go and sit at her grave and cry. sometimes that makes me feel better. sometimes it doesnt.

sometimes i pretend i am a famous singer and i turn up the radio as loud as i can and sing

sometimes i sit at a coffee shop with one coffee for 3 hours. reading my book or writing in my journal

sometimes i get in my car and just drive. without a destination

sometimes i write in my journal things that i will never tell anyone else, even though i wish that i could

sometimes i have such vivid dreams that when i wake up im confused as to why they didnt really happen after all

sometimes i get mad

sometimes i wish i had a husband that i could come to after a long day at work and just cuddle into. someone that wouldnt mind doing the dishes or cooking the dinner or watching girlie moveis because he loved me so much that he was willing to do things that sometimes he didnt want to do.

sometimes i walk around this place and wonder when i will escape it

sometimes i get big ideas about all the wonderful things i could make if only i had the time

sometimes i wear sexy underwear to work. just to feel pretty

sometimes i sit on the internet and get lost in the magic of other peoples lives

sometimes i write letters to strangers and leave them in places all over the city. just little notes of encouragement, and sometimes even my secrets.

sometimes i wish i was back in high school. most the time i dont

sometimes i dream i could give up my day job and become a professional photographer and travel the world just taking photos of things that make me happy.

sometimes i get all 'big picture' on myself and wonder about the meaning of the universe and whether there are such things as soul mates.

sometimes i wake up in the morning and feel like baking

sometimes i forget to tell you i love you, but i always do

sometimes i wish

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

How excited I was to get home last night and find that there was a brown package waiting for me at my doorstep! So very very excited I tell you! I dropped my bags quickly onto my bed and ripped open the package (I wish I could say I was one of those people who opens up things softly and prettily, in order to potentially keep the wrapping, but 9 times out of 10 i just rip things open, eager to get to the contents!!)

Turns out it was my part of the favourite things swap that I entered a little while ago!! I was lucky enough to be recieving the parcel from the lovely Cole, from Love and Happiness (if you havent already, you should check out her blog, it always makes me smile!!)

She totally spoilt me! Ahh! Check out what I was given!! A copy of her favourite book, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Oh I was so excited when I opened up the box and saw this book! I have been meaning to read it for ages, and just have never had the chance to go out and get the book, so that is so perfect that she sent it to me! And she wrote it in too! So ill always remember where it came from! Best ever!! I got some amazing amazing Hypnose Mascara by Lancome, holy moly, it makes my eyelashes look like they are jumpin off my face! I love it! Some beautiful little note cards and envelopes, all with my name hand written on them! Sooooo cute, I cant wait to use them! Aaaaaand some of her favourite candy! Which is amazing, because we dont have half the candy that america has here in NZ, infact, I have NEVER seen these before and they are super tasty. They even come with stickers! Amazing!

So thank you Miss Cole. You are simply amazing and I just loved my package that you so lovingly sent my way.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Oh John, You make me swoon.

Ahhhh! To say that I was excited about attending the John Mayer concert, was well, a huge under statement. I have wanted to see him live, ever since I heard No Such Thing all those years ago. Oh Goodness. I guess to me, John Mayer, is like the back up... No matter what mood Im in, I can put on any one of his songs, and suddenly with his sweet voice and incredibly musical talent I am taken away to another place. Tonight was no different. My good friend Ruth and I made a split decision, one day before he was due to play in Wellington that we were going to just pay the $100 and go and see him. All yesterday I had been so excited and then, in the afternoon, some stuff happened that, well, to be honest, hurt me more than I can articulate. But that is not for this post... Anyway, I was in an incredibly somber mood driving into the city for the show, the opening act was cute, and kinda cheery, but I still wasnt in the worlds best mood, I was excited for the show, but not like I normally am. Normally when the lights dim, and the band walks on stage, I get that giddy feeling, I didnt last night, which was a strange sensation for me considering how excited I knew I was for this show. Next thing, John Mayer is strumming his guitar and playing No Such Thing, instantly, I felt better.

His set list was wonderful. He played a variety of songs from his albums, old to new, and even played some of the songs I was hoping he would, but thought he wouldnt. I mean He played Vultures! Ah such a good song!! He was talking to the crowd at one point, and he said that he had decided he wanted to play songs tonight that he wanted to play, so during sound check he changed the set list, which to me, is just awesome.

I think the pinnacle of the show for me, was when he played Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. This song is special to me and a certain person in my past, and honestly when I heard it, I couldnt help but cry. It was just so incredibly moving that it was my only reaction. He also played Daughters which is one of my favourite John Mayer songs. Oh man, I get chills even just typing about it.

After almost two hours of sweet sweet music, the band and him, left the stage for a few moments, before the encore began. By this stage, I knew that the encore would be heartbreak warfare, but I couldnt quite pick what other song he was going to play. It was either going to be Gravity, Your Body is a Wonderland, or Why Georgia... I was so stoked when the first few notes of Gravity began to play. Ive read alot about John Mayer, and him saying that this was the most important song that he had ever written. It was so epic to be able to hear him perform it, I had goosebumps and was in total awe of his incredible passion and musical talent.

Oh John Mayer. Marry me?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Best. Weekend. Ever.

Oh my goodness. What a wonderful wonderful weekend! I am so exhausted but in all honestly, it was one of the best weekends I have had in Wellington in a long long time. My boys from Shotgun Alley came to play a show on saturday night, and boy, did it go off! The venue was packed, which I was personally so stoked about seeing as I worked super hard on putting the gig together and spreading the word. The music was incredible, The boys out did themselves, and are seriously about to explode. Watch this space kids! And of course, the company was the best it could have been. Backstage + Whiskey + Friends = One heck of a good time. I really dont know how else to describe how rad it was. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So here are a few from the chaos that was, Saturday night.

The main attraction. My dear friends, Shotgun Alley.

Jacinta and Jen

Me, Ruth and Jacinta

Lara and I. This girl is a beauty!

Evana and Shosh. I really do have hella babe friends.

Josh, Working the crowd.

Scott, Killing it.


Davie, RJ, Josh and BB, yeahhhhh!

Guy and Lara enjoying the show.

Sophie and Me, just after the boys finished up.

Rockstars. Shotgun Alley. BB, Scotty, Josh, RJ, Davie and Jimmy.

Dizzy, Josh and Kier

Jacinta, Evana, Josh and Ruthy, Chillin on the couch, loving stuff.

The beautiful Miss Evana and I.

Oh Sigh!! How I cant wait to do it all over again.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Oh dear, How I miss you.

Do you remember that song by Weezer that goes "Beverly Hills, Thats where I want to be, gimme gimme, gimme gimme, living in Beverly Hills..." Well, If the song was about San Francisco, It would pretty much be exactly how I am feeling right at this very second. From November 2009 to January 2010 I travelled around the lovely United States of America, in 8 Weeks, I managed to see 19 states, some for only an hour hours while I waited at a different bus stop for the next greyhound, or for a new train, some for a few hours while we drove through your highways to get to some great site, some for only a few days, and others for just over a week.

I was in San Francisco for just over 4 days. It was no where near long enough for me to explore this incredible city, and I remember when I left, I felt a little saddened that I hadnt got to experience more of what I knew was hiding around the corner. I know, that I left a little piece of my heart in San Francisco.

And today, My heart is missing that little piece. I miss the cable cars, the beautiful homes, Haight St, The fog that hits in the early evening and instantly cools the day which has been ever so warm and beautiful, I miss Union Square and Nob Hill, The diversity of the Castro District. I miss walking through the Muesum of Modern Art and drinking coffee on the streets in the sunshine, watching people play chess in on the sidewalk. I miss San Francisco.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Friday eve.

Today is Thursday. And the day is dragging. Probably because I am really really looking forward to the weekend, but more on that in a second.

Oh Look at that! I have so many things to send out to you this week! Thank you all for the comments on my entry below! I have been hard at work making all your little cards, Ill do a post on them later on once I have completed them all! They look so wonderful, I think I might even keep a couple for myself. In this pile are the winners from my giveaway, a few letters to some lovely penpals, a few suprises and your cards! So hopefully, you will be getting some mail shortly.

In other news, One of the reasons I am so looking forward to this weekend is that my boys from Shotgun Alley are coming down to Wellington to play a show and spend some time. Not only is the band coming down, but a bunch of the kids that I hang out with in Auckland are also making the journey down to my city! Its going to be so much fun. In preparation for the show, the lovely Ruthy and I, missioned into town armed with Hundred of gig posters, and a can of spray adhesive, and assaulted the city.

It was a lot of fun, and we are hoping that it will bring in a bit of a crowd to the bar for the show. Fingers crossed.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Centuries at a time.

100 followers?! Really? My goodness, it was only a few days ago that I woke up to find I had 50 people reading my blog. I am feeling a little bit giddy with excitement! As I am sure most of you know, I have been working on a few designs and things, some of which I have been selling in my little online corner of the interweb, my Miss Sparkle store, And because, well, Im not a millionare so I can gift you all something stupendious, I thought, there might be a way that I am able to utalise this wee skill to give something back to you lovelies, for making my days that little bit brighter. So here we go. Im creating notecards. I mean, who doesnt love sending and recieving mail? I think you all have worked out that I am a big fan of it! So, I thought I would keep on, keeping on, and when I say notecards, I dont just mean any old notecards. Nah Uh! These are cards just for you! Thats right!

So. Heres what you have to do in order to 'enter'.
All you have to do, is be a follower of the blog (old, or new, it doesnt matter, but this is a present for all my lovely readers...) and then leave me a comment with your favourite quote. It might be a lyric from your favourite song, a quote from a book, a famous saying, or something you just love. It really doesnt matter. Then, ill whip up a pretty design, it might have a drawing, or it might just have words, who knows! Ill see how I get inspired. Then, I will make up the cards, email you and get your address, and then send them on their merry way, so that you can send them out to other people and brighten their day, just like you help brighten mine! Oh Oh OH! And please leave your email address, so I can get in touch with you! Thanks!!

Isnt it simple? I think so!! Im going to leave this open for a while, it might take me a little while to get through them all, but there you have it.

Love, cuddles and nose smoosh kisses to you all! xox

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Parcels, Packages and Pretty Things

A little while ago I wrote a post about love letters. Well, I thought I would blog about it again, because I am sure that more of you want to get in on the action!!

The last few weeks its been ever so exciting to come home and find little parcels, sometimes with goodies inside, and other times with a little card that just lets me know someone, somewhere was thinking of me. And, I have had so much joy in sending little things out to my pals also. For instance, today I sent a chocolate bar and a sachet of hot chocolate to a friend of mine, with a card that said "Afternoon Tea is on me today." Just something little, but I am sure that it will brighten her day!

So, would anyone like to exchange letters? Go on! It will be fun! And I promise its not that much of a commitment. All I ask in return is a little love sent to my mailbox too! We could send cards, mixed cds, maybe even little knick knacks if that would take your fancy? There is just something so fun about sending things, and in my case, because I live in New Zealand, I am usually sending them across the world! So that is even more exciting, knowing someone in a completely different country is smiling because of me! Oh how lovely.

What are you waiting for? Email me... with your address! xox

Drumroll Please....

Oohhh! Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway! It was so lovely to read all your favourite things, it certainly put a smile on my face... And now, its my turn to put a smile on someones face...

The winner, of the main for it... wait....just a little bit more...the lovely Miss Emily Anne. Congratulations sweetheart! I will email you soon to get your details so I can send out your gift!

And because, I was overwhelmed with the loveliness of your comments, and wish that I could afford to send everyone of you something to brighten your day, I decided to throw a few extra little prizes in. So there are 4 more lucky ladies who are going to recieve a little something in their mailbox from me...

Congratulations to Amanda, Victoria, Sarah and Ayden. I will also be emailing all you lovely ladies soon to get your addresses so I can send you something wonderful that will hopefully brighten your day.

Friday, April 16, 2010

If I were a Butterfly...I'd thank you Lord for giving me wings.

Does anyone else remember that song? I think they sung it in Sunday School! haha oh I love it. I just remember the little kiddies having sweet actions for it, and wishing I had of been that cool when i was 4.

I found this on my dear cousin Jess' blog. So I decided that because I always am interviewing other people and things, that today, I would fill out a little something about myself, and this seemed cute. So.. here we go.

If I was a month, I’d be January. New Beginnings. And a Beautiful Sunny day with a quiet beer and friends all around. Ah perfection.
If I was a day of the week, I’d be Sunday, I dont know why, I just would be.
If I was a time of day, I’d be 1am. And if it was raining it would be even better.
If I was a planet, I’d be Venus. I like love..

If I was a sea animal, I’d be a mermaid, that totally counts right?
If I was a direction, I’d be West, A little off center, but going somewhere.
If I was a piece of furniture, I'd be a a park bench, so that lovers could meet, friends could hang out, and lonely people could take rest while walking their canine compains.
If I was a liquid, I’d be water, refreshing and free.
If I was a gemstone, I’d be a ruby, they are so pretty.

If I was a tree, I’d be a willow tree. There is something so wonderful about them..
If I was a tool, I’d be a spanner, i like to tighten things up and bring things together.
If I was a flower, I’d be a white gardenia, their fragrance is just stunning. Oh, or a sunflower. They brighten everyones day without a doubt..
If I was a kind of weather, I’d be summer rain, or the first snow fall.

If I was a musical instrument, I’d be a piano. So I could play some of the most classic songs ever written
If I was a color, I’d be green.
If I was an emotion, I’d be love.
If I was a fruit, I’d be a mango, or a pineapple, or something else exotic and delicious.
If I was a sound, I’d be a whisper. I wait for them..

If I was an element, I’d be fire.
If I was a car, I’d be fast, sexy, and red.
If I was a food ... I would be comforting. Something you could always turn to..Like Pizza. Or Mac 'nCheese haha
If I was a place, I’d be San Francisco, or Central Park, or Maybe the Grand Canyon.

If I was a material, I’d be Silk.
If I was a taste, I’d be sweet.
If I was a scent, I’d be delicious.

You should play along too! Go on! Oh, and there are only a a few more chances for you to enter my giveaway... so what are you waiting for. Not only is there the main prize, but 5 spot prizes for fun to! Oh and something else... when I get my 100th reader, there will be something else going up for you to... so, only 9 more of your lovelies to find, lets see what happens huh? I promise not to disappoint you!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Its in the Bag.

Oh Handbags, how I love thee. Some people collect vintage tins, some people collect stamps, I seem to collect handbags, without even really knowing it. I have so many handbags, cute totes, clutches, oh I just cant get enough! So it seems fitting that the lovely Micaela tagged me in a "whats in your handbag post." So lets have a look shall we...

This is my beautiful handbag. I brought it in Oklahoma City when I was on vacation in America, at Forever 21, and I love love love it. (Isnt that store great?! Oh boy I wish there was one in New Zealand!) And now... for the contents...

My Organiser - Diary, Address Book and Notes. A little Journal for thoughts and love and other inspiring things. Tissues. Lip Gloss. The Lipstick of the Day - Today it is MAC Amp it up... A lovely shade of purple. Moisturiser. Clear Eyes. A pocket Mirror. Toothbrush. A 6mm Crochet Hook. A film to be developed. MAC Powder. Lucas' Papaw Ointment (Heaven for your lips). Keys. CellPhone. Wallet. Coin Purse. Pure Poision by Dior. Reading Glasses. Ipod. Sunglasses.

Normally my camera would be in that pile too. But something had to take the photo!! haha.

So basically, its safe it say, My life is in my handbag. Haha, That was fun right? Okay lets see. I would like to see the contents of Miss Chelsea, Amanda, Megan and Jess.

Oh! And dont forget to enter my giveaway! You only have a couple more days. And you see, I have been a little overwhelmed by the awesome support from everyone in the last few days, so Ive decided to up the odds just a little bit. So along with the one main giveaway... I am going to do a few little suprise ones too. So now, you have even more chance to win. Yay! Stay tuned folks.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Crush Crush Crush

Oh Boy. Today has been one of those days. You know those days when you really dont want to do a lot, but there are just so many things that you should be doing. Well, I have stumbled across the most wonderful site, and its provided me with hours of viewing pleasure and house envy, that I decided that I simply must share it with you all! Not only does The Selby let you sneak into some of the most beautiful homes from around the world, but Todd Selby, the creator, is the most talented photographer. Oh its just so delicious. All of it. I tried to narrow down to some of my favourites, it was super hard, but here is a sneak peek from the site, You really should just go over there and check it out yourself though...

Scott Campbell at his studio in Brooklyn NY

Sofia Achaval and Thibault de Montaigu at their home in Paris

Jonathan and Annie Zawada at their home in Sydney

Elli Rose and Gui at their home in Toyko

Hunt Solem's studio in New York City

Sean Macpherson at his home in New York

Bella Howard and Rosa Connell at their home in London

Arent they just the best? Oh there are so many more that I wish I could show you! I hope you find yourself, like I have, pouring time into this website, some of the best are at the back of the archives, but I certainly promise that there is something for everyone.

Oh, and dont forget to enter my sweet little giveaway.