Monday, December 21, 2009


Although it would seem that this is post 4 (my lucky number coincidentally) I feel obliged to tell you that technically it is not. I had written an introduction to this blog the day that I started it, but losing my job days later I never actually continued. So having returned to the adventure of blogging I deleted the original blog as I hope that this time things will be different. I have already made it past double what I had originally done so I am pretty happy with that :)

Anyhoo enough balderdash, allow me to introduce myself. My name is (for all blogger intensive purposes) Miss Kitty Boo acronym MKB. I am currently temping at a large company in the CBD and have been here on and off for the past year or so working with a lovely bunch of people. I have a pet tortoise shell cat named Satine and until recently had a lovely border collie cross blue heeler named Mr Meeko. I live with my Mum in South Australia and my Dad lives in Western Australia. I completed my Cert II in Graphics & Printing in 2007 but unfortunately have not continued with it yet.

I love vintage clothes, mostly 50s (so flattering!) and thrift shopping. You can not beat finding those rare little gems at the op shop or things that most people would write off; when with slight alterations or a bit of TLC can be gems in their own right :) I am keen on fashion but defiantly like to have my own style, and am not exactly a fan of chain store designer knock offs. I have recently laybuyed (is that a word?) a sewing machine and look forward to learning how to sew so I can make my own clothes.

I have been inspired by photographs from other bloggers to start taking more photos. Photos of places I go, things that I make, people in my life and of course, my darling Blythe Natasha Moore. Even though I have had my camera since I was 13 it is still in pretty decent nick, so hopefully my pictures turn out ok.

Enough about me, here is what I anticipate you can expect from this blog at this stage:
  • Snaps of what I got up to on my holiday break

  • Treasures I found – because as Doe-C-Doe so thoughtfully pointed out “everyone knows the best part of finding a $1 treasure is sharing it with people who can appreciate your good luck!”

  • Things I made/altered – when I get time I quite like making things. Be it earrings that look like toast or shoes covered in Donald duck pictures...

  • My sewing adventures – from my very first moment of dodgeyness or glory

  • Sites I found interesting/images I liked – because if I liked it you might too and it’s good to share…

  • Movies/TV series I’ve watched – I am constantly buying DVDs… so ill tell you why you should/shouldn’t watch

I get that sinking feeling in my stomach when I think about all the wonderful blogs I have read (and follow) with amazing photography and insightful writing. There are so many amazing people who share their talents on here that is befuddles me to think that any one would even read my ranting, so if you do happen to drop by please leave a comment… I would really appreciate it. As at this stage it seems I am the only one who has read any of this and that was only when I wrote it :)

Again referring to my blog crush of today, Doe-C-Doe… I love her idea of scheduling things on certain days. However rather then get ahead of myself I would just hope to get at least one post a week at this stage. I hope to follow her strategy; eventually having themes for each day but until then it may be random madness. I apologize for the lengthiness of my posts; I am still working on cutting things down a bit…

Friday, December 18, 2009

My cat's a model!

I have finally managed to get down to the new agent on my lunch break and pick up the new Frankie. And by "finally" I mean that it came out two days ago and I still hadn’t gotten my mitts on it. Anyway, once safely back in the comfort of the office I did my general flick through since I can't read it all at work and there (when I’d almost finished prioritizing which articles I would read first) almost at the end is a picture of my cat!

My cat Satine.

Satine's doppelganger - Frankie, issue 33, page 98.

It’s always really strange when you see a picture of someone (or in this case somepet) in a magazine that looks like someone you know…

I remember when I was in primary school our class was cutting out pictures from magazines for one of our projects when a class mate came across a picture of me riding a skate board. OK, so it wasn’t me but you could’ve sworn it was. As a class full of easily excitable primary school students my doppelganger was very exciting and stayed a topic of conversation until at least the following weekend…

Cute Food

OK, so I haven’t exactly dived head first into this blogging thing. Of course, I have every intention of actually keeping this up and even had a bit of a brain wave about all the things that interest me I would be keen to ramble about… Problem is, whenever I have a sudden burst of inspiration I am usually on the train, or in bed trying to get to sleep. It seems that something in my brain is plotting against me, because whenever I actually have an opportunity to get something done I just don’t know (or remember) what I wanted to talk about…

Well that’s all about to change… today I accidentally stumbled upon a really cute website. When checking out my “I Can Haz Cheezburger?” LOL cat email (yes, I am a sucker for pictures of cats riding invisible bikes etc) I saw the cutest little panda cupcakes… Upon visiting the link I was quite pleased to find a whole site dedicated to cute food! EpiCute has pictures of food shaped like things and things shaped like food. It is great! Having recently discovered the Japanese art of Bento I have totally fallen in love with the idea of food being cute/looking like something else. Although I probably wouldn’t last a week if I had to make food from total scratch it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate all the other talented peoples work :)

Here are some of my favourite treasures from their site…

All images in this post are from EpiCute.

Besides the obvious reasons (hello, cuteness?) I was trying to figure out why it was that I was so attracted to all this arty food stuff, and I have come the conclusion that its probably because I remember my mum making me the coolest cakes when I was a kid. From Mickey mouse and Humpty Dumpty to the Wizard of Oz and Alice’s looking glass (ok, this was my 18th and she had this one made but still…) my mum always makes the greatest cakes. I guess seeing other peoples hard work reminds me of how much effort she put in for me :) (thanks Ma!♥)

Re-Ment Cakes

With so many cute foods and cute food shaped soaps and earrings I was not at all surprised the some of the re-ment cakes made it into the mix. I am pretty much under the impression that anything that is miniature is cute… I don’t know what it is about seeing something that would regularly be over looked; at the size of your finger nail that makes it so fascinating and cute. I mean really, if you saw a dust pan and brush you wouldn’t even bat and eye lid… but when you see a mini dust pan and brush its just adorable.

After discovering this gem I found so many other blogs out there that show great appreciation for miniatures and cute food, it is very comforting to know that I am not the only person who would buy a bag of cookies just because they were mini or had faces painted on the them…

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The age old question… Brunette VS Blonde

Ok, so maybe not “age old” but its definitely an issue that girls deal with at one stage or another… and now, it seems to be a question I am asking myself yet again…

I have had blonde hair since I was little, and as I got older it has slowly gotten darker… I had colour put through my hair from about the age of 13-14 but had always had it blonde. I had darker streaks, high lights, dark underneath and at one stage a darker fringe… but it was always mostly blonde.

Being a big Bettie Page fan I had had a my fringe cut short; but always felt that it would’ve looked better with darker hair… I am big into vintage, and 50s is my favourite so I instantly fell in love with her fringe. It somehow captures that 50s flair that I love, without having to have a pixie cut or sleep with rollers in my hair…

It wasn’t until Halloween last year when I wore a dark wig (complete with Bettie bangs) that I decided to finally make a drastic change. Soon after, I went dark all over and it was a big change. People didn’t even recognize me when I bumped into them… (sure, it didn’t help that I got glasses at the same time… but still). I loved having a new look that people didn’t recognize; it was like wearing a cunning disguise.

I have had my hair dark for almost (if not just over) a year now, and I do really like it… but sometimes I still miss my blonde hair. When I look at old photos I wonder if I have made a mistake. I have considered going back blonde several times but then quickly get over it when I think about how much hard work it will be to get it back to how it was, how it could look when its one of those “in between” colours… and that it may ruin my hair. I then quickly return to the image of Bettie Page’s lovely locks and consider myself crazy to have even thought of going back… this was of course, until I watched “Cry-Baby”.

Within the first five minutes of this film I had involuntarily blurted out “I’m going back blonde”. There it was… Wanda Woodward, the drape with the hair. Not only is this movie superb and a new favourite of mine (I adore its openly cheesyness and I am a sucker for a 50s musical) but it instantly made me question my locks… Wanda Woodward is fair skinned and blonde, complete with short fringe tapering at the sides. I am fair skinned, and already have this hair cut. Perhaps it didn’t look so bad with the blonde Bettie bangs… Could I pull this off?

Its like Bettie Page’s fringe without the work, since it sits flat on her head rather then curling it over. When I have my fringe cut it is rather short to begin with and I leave it flat until it grows. With dark hair this works, but would the blonde work if I did want to curl it over?

I have asked the opinion of some of my girl friends, and they all seem to say that blonde hair seems to take more care and cost more. This however, is not the case for me. Even with dark hair I have to have my re-growth done every 4-6 weeks as my hair is naturally lighter and looks as though I have gone pre-maturely grey if I have that peeking through the dark. The other argument is that dark hair feels and looks healthier, so going blonde should mean the opposite… leaving my hair trashed. This has always been the greatest argument against going back, but when I think back to my blonde hair I don’t remember it being trashed. It didn’t feel any less healthy then my dark hair now after continually dying it for this long.

Now, considering I have already written 642 words about this I think it is obvious it isn’t something I am carelessly rushing into. I know that just because you like a hair cut, style or colour does not mean that you should rush to your hair dresser with a picture and demand to look like that. The person with the hair you liked may have a different shape face, different skin tone, different style sense and different hair type. If you rush into having something done without considering these things, you may regret it soon after… but in my case, I know that I can (well, I could) pull off having blonde hair, I know I like my fringe cut this short and I know my skin is quite fair.

All this said, I may go through this lengthy process and then change my mind back… after all; it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. Would it be worth it if I go through this and I don’t like it? I know, I know… its only hair. I can change it back, I can cut it short and it will grow back… heck I could shave my head and wear a wig everyday if I wanted to; but the question is… on those days in between dying it from dark to light when I’m walking around with (lets face it) half finished hair do will it be worth it?

Yes, I realize I sound about as shallow as a waiting pool right now… but your hair is a part of who you are, and how you portray yourself to the world. If you are unhappy with it, you are unhappy with the way you look. If you are unhappy with the way you look, you will not be confident with who you are. If you are not confident in who you are, it will effect every aspect of you life.

This means according to my strict calculations here, not only can bad hair = unhappiness it can also effect your confidence. Having low confidence can also effect you happiness which brings me to the conclusion that bad hair = :( Sad face is not a good thing. I want a happy face. So say all my above calculations are correct this would lead me to believe that good hair = :) happy face is a good thing.

So even after a total of 1063 words, the only conclusion I have come to is that good hair = good. I am still undecided as to which the fairer colour is, or which I would best suit. I guess I will never really know conclusively, I will only know what I think at a particular moment…
Wanda Woodward
Image from Agent
Bettie Page
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