I promise, he’s not suicidal.

We’ve had a lot of torrential rain recently. And one of the wonderful wonderful foibles of Park Place and the bushy surrounds is clogged guttering and … small animals … and … actually, I don’t know.
All I know that after serious rainfall Craig gets his handy-man on.

Craig: I’m going out on the roof.
Sarah-Rose: Okay.
Craig: If I’m not back in 15 minutes …
Sarah-Rose: Come and look for you?
Craig: Yes. And if I’m not on the roof?
Sarah-Rose: … yea?
Craig: Look faster.

Week Thirty-Five

The Week in Photographs

Sunday: Red Velvet Cupcakes for Baby Jayne's birthday
Sunday
Mini red velvet cupcakes baked to order for my baby sister’s birthday.

Monday: Beehive beehive everywhere
Monday
Beehives beehives everywhere.

Tuesday: Bone Ring by Meadowlark!
Tuesday
I was a little drunk when I ordered this Bone ring from Meadowlark. But sober I still adore it.

Wednesday: The Beehive at Golden Hour, Dawn
Wednesday
The beehive in the Golden dawn.

Thursday; How I've been wearing my Bone Ring - stacked wtih Deco
Thursday
How I’ve been wearing my bone ring – stacked with my deco Zelda Fitzgerald ring.

Friday: Frills and Sand
Friday
No time at work – still – but I was wearing some very cute shoes.

Saturday: Chartreuse Lingerie
Saturday
I bought chartreuse underwear!
Craig was not pleased. He does not approve of my adoration of this colour.

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Pencil in my hair all day. Oops
I discovered a pencil in my hair 5 hours after I last used it.

Week Thirty-Four

The Week in Photographs

This has been a very very very long week.
And it has all been work related. Which I do not talk about on the Internet.

Sunday: Reading a Serious Book
Sunday
I spent the day reading a Serious Book.
I think it was the last time I was able to concentrate on anything all week.

Monday: A crane near my office. Danger, Keep Out,.
Monday
A crane near my office. Danger, Keep Out.

Tuesday: Someone's old Birthday Present
Tuesday
I’m also reading someone’s old birthday present.

Wednesday: near the waterfront
Wednesday
Near the waterfront.

Thursday: Beehive
Thursday
The Beehive.

Friday: grey skies
Friday
Grey skies.

Saturday: Peeptoe Boots
Saturday
I bought peeptoe boots. While I was trying them on I overheard at least two separate people disparaging them. But then I looked and they appeared to be wearing the sartorial equivalent of cat sweaters. So I gleefully ignored them.

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A long week ...

Week Thirty-Three

The Week in Photographs

Sunday: Underwear purchases
Sunday
Fluorescent pink underwear. Oh yes.

Monday: My baby sister amuses me
Monday
My baby sister amuses me. And we eat the same breakfast cereal.

Tuesday: Supermarket Aisles
Tuesday
At the supermarket on the way home from work.

Wednesday: Watercolour Deer
Wednesday
My watercolour deer (painted by Alice) arrived.

Thursday: Creepy Clouds
Thursday
Creepy clouds at dawn on Thursday.

Friday: 4 Ear Kitten
Friday
Four Eared Kitten!!

Saturday: Deer Painting in Situ
Saturday
I bought a frame for my lovely deer. They now live by my vintage Japanese tin – because we saw a LOT of deer in Japan.

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Je suis un cliché

The search for a good bag & what I carry in mine

Zip detail

I know three separate people who are searching for their perfect bag. They are in agony. An agony of so close yet so far that I’ve spent the last year in the midst of.

It may surprise you to know that I am decidedly picky about certain things. I know, I know, it’s a shock. But bear with me.
A handbag is one of those things that has to be just right. The freaking goldilocks of the accessory world. I use one every single day, and I really really don’t like switching from bag to bag as the day or outfit requires.
So I really SHOULD love it. Shouldn’t I? This DESERVES picky.

Admittedly, I only have two prerequisites for a bag.
It has to be leather (sorry vegetarians) because I like my bags to last without cracking, and to age like wine (I hear it gets better, but I’ve never made any last). And! It has to hold my darling DSLR comfortably. I still carry my camera every where I go, and have downsized the amount I carry on a day to day basis to accommodate this. I love it. My camera.

The Goldilocks requirements are as follows:
Interesting, but classic. NOT BLACK but a colour equally versatile. Silver hardware. A comfortable strap. An interesting interior.
Oh and it seems that it has to be Marc by Marc Jacobs. But that’s just a coincidence.

And so, because this is the kind of thing that I’m interested in reading, here are the bags with which I carried my life while I waited on my goldilocks bag.

For the last year-and-a-bit I’ve been carrying on and off a Guess bag which changed my life (err … kind of) because it was the first bag that would hold my DSLR and my essentials without being the size of a small universe.

Thursday: Leaving Work

But the strap is beginning to crack, and the silver hardware beginning to tarnish, and, frankly, the Guess brand is beginning to bug me.

For my 26th birthday Craig bought me my first (grown up) Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.
I love it. The colour is amazing but it is kind of hard to wear everyday. And the beautiful patent on the leather has started to crack. Sigh.

Tuesday: OPI Dim Sum Plum matches my Marc Bag

I took it to a cobbler and asked if they could remove the patent, or protect it. Their answer was a big fat NO. So I am embracing the cracked-patent look, but I find that hard to do on a day to day basis.

I bought my next Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. Trawled ebay and bought it second hand.
I love the busy busy pattern and the monochrome colour scheme makes it much easier to wear. Unfortunately it’s very slouchy which seemed to hurt my camera. NOT worth it. I love my camera too much.

MbyMJ Bag (Letters ahoy!)

As a rash purchase on a horrible horrible day bought this bag by United Colours of Benetton. At the time I thought it was adorable, and that the stiff leather would soften with use, and the price was just right.
It turned out to be made out of fake leather, not real, which meant there was no chance of it softening up. Stupid stiff plastic bag.

Accidental Baggage

I’m tired. It is tiring running through all these failed bags. And depressing. I was SO HOPEFUL, and then so disappointed with each one.

Next was a bag by Diesel which was made out of the softest lambskin. It was amazing.
But complicated. Three strange overly large pockts and annoying straps so the configuration of the bag could be changed around. And it was slouchy. Too slouchy. Damn.

Tuesday: lovely lambskin bag

Then, in a fit of christ I don’t know where else to look I tried shopbop.com and came across the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q in Pewter.

Pewter and Lavender

Real leather? check.
DSLR-friendly? check.
Interesting, but classic? check.
NOT BLACK but a colour equally versatile? check*.
Silver hardware. A comfortable strap. An interesting interior? check check and check!

Interior

Marc by Marc Jacobs? err … check.

The only thing. The ONLY thing is that the strap is very long. It’s a messenger style bag. Which I have never had much luck with.
But I seem to love this one!

Messenger

And if I do get sick of it, I suppose I can always have the strap shortened. I guess, for some people, the search is never really over. But for me, for now, it is.

What’s in my bag …

What I carry from day to day

x Apple iPhone 3GS.
x Blackberry Curve – my work phone.
x Black Guess Wallet with a Hello Kitty ‘phone’ charm from Hiroshima
x Keys on a Harrods key chain – the heart opens to reveal a mirror on one side, and a picture of Sir C & Me on the other.
x 1 lipstick. At the moment it’s Girl About Town by MAC
x A cigarette case which is the perfect size to hold some of my photography cards, a hair tie and some bobby pins, miscellaneous jewellery (this time it’s my KW skull necklace), and a pack of chewing gum.

* I also love that in some lights the Pewter shade looks very silver, in others very grey, and in others a strange green colour!

Week Thirty-Two

The Week in Photographs

Sunday: Reading Tom Robbins
Sunday
I spent the day reading Half Asleep in Frog Pyjamas by Tom Robbins.

Monday: Walking in the Sun
Monday
The sun was shining and I went for a walk on my lunch break.

Tuesday: Classic Q Natasha - Zip detail
Tuesday
My beautiful new handbag arrived.

Wednesday: Bright Street Sign
Wednesday
I like it when the street signs are bright and eye catching.
Even though this one is missing the U from Colour.

Thursday: Half Mast for Lt Tim O'Donnell
Thursday
The flag on the Beehive flew at half mast for 24 hours as a mark of respect for Lt Tim O’Donnell.
He was New Zealand’s first military casualty since Pvt Manning in Timor-Leste in 2000.

Friday: I bought a straw boater!
Friday
I had the day off work. I went for a long walk, had a hair cut, and bought a straw boater.

Saturday: Watching C play football in the Rain
Saturday
I took books and snacks and sat in the car and watched Craig play football. At least, until the rain drops meant I couldn’t follow it any longer. They won.

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Pre Hair Cut

Week Thirty-One

The Week in Photographs

Sunday: Flowers at the Wellington Markets
Sunday
Between parts one and two of The Big Shwop, Petra and I walked around Oriental Parade and the Sunday Markets.

Monday: Flowers at the Supermarket
Monday
Two flower shots in a row. These orchids are from the Supermarket. Craig and I stopped off on the way home to hunt down vital ingredients for dinner.
And chocolate covered coffee beans for me.

Tuesday: Waiting for Paperback
Tuesday
I’m hanging out to read this book. But I will wait until it comes out in paperback.

Wednesday: Graffiti by the bank
Wednesday
Graffiti by the bank.

Thursday: Amazing dawn
Thursday
An amazing amazing dawn. The one thing I love about starting work so ridiculously early.

Friday: Wobbly Mirror
Friday
The mirror in my office is annoyingly warped.
I was planning on taking another photo on my way out on Friday night but I was plied with a lot of alcohol and quickly became incapable of almost anything.

Saturday: Chocolate Cake
Saturday
Hangover cravings lead to chocolate cake!

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Hungover