Monday, 8 December 2014

It's Too Hot To Blog/ I Dyed My Hair Green Sort Of


I have been wanting to blog so much lately but I have been just the biggest laziest most stressed-out university student. It has also been a million degrees here in Sydney so motivation to put on cute threads and hop outside for a casual photo-shoot is akin to trying to take selfies in a sauna. So if I were to take outfit photos that were completely representative of reality, it would be a lot of me grumping around in my underwear.

But I thought I would do a catch-up post featuring some photos I have on my phone and on my Instagram, and some recent thoughts and things and stuff just to keep to ball rolling. Is that the correct idiom? Fun fact: I have no idea how to use idioms.

So when I have begrudgingly decided to decorate the perspiration cave I currently reside inside of (read: my body) it has sometimes looked a little bit like this:

This is my favourite dress, and I got it for about $3 at my favourite thrift shop.

I wore this to work after having about an hours sleep, so I look a little sleepy. That's why I have really mastered the look-down-and-away pose.

 The reason I didn't sleep is that it was too hot. Did I mention that it's too hot? Also, the heat attracted about a thousand bugs to my room and I spent the whole night trying to lure them into the hallway by turning off my bedroom lights and switching the hall lights on and then just standing around in the hall like a dork willing them to come out. It didn't work so I got my sleeping bag and camped in the lounge room.

One thing I *have* been doing to fight the heat is trying to find reasonably priced handmade/ thrifted swimsuits. And I have actually had a fairly good experience so far with these little buddies:

This *amazing* swimsuit I bought from an etsy shop called Venderstore for about $50, so that really isn't all too bad considering the week before I accidentally stumbled into a surf shop (I was way out of my element) and the shop assistant somehow convinced me to try on a swimsuit that was $200.  I kind of just sat on the floor of the change room and had an existential crisis.

I realise I have a bit of a wedgie here. Oops.

The only thing about this beauty is that I bought a size too large, so there is some weird bunchy fabric on the front of the briefs and I've so far just tied on the top with thousands of rubber bands before I eventually beg Annika to fix it for me. If you do buy from them, I would suggest *maybe* sizing down- especially if you are in the lower end of the measurements for the size it says you are. There is quite a lot of stretch.

This one (sorry, super grainy photo) I bought from a thrift shop for about $2 and it's probably my favourite one, because it's really damn flattering and comfortable, and makes me feel nice about my bod. 

As well as sometimes draping nice cloth over my hot water bottle-body (I'm probably clutching at straws a bit here for metaphor (did I already mention how damn hot it is in Sydney)), I have done other fun things like going to rallies. Namely, I made my way down to Reclaim The Night Sydney, which was an amazing night, with some incredibly powerful speakers. We gathered, we ate food, we listened to speeches, and then we reclaimed the night, parading through the city making a deserved amount of noise. 

I'm sorry to all the guys who were held up in traffic during the protest, but usually its you holding me up from getting on with my day. I live next to a major road and I cannot walk to the bus/ to work/ to the hardware shop without you yelling out at me or beeping. I'm just trying to catch a bus dude. I'm glad you're discovered how to use the horn on your steering wheel (you press the big button) but I don't really appreciate how you over-use it. 

And all jokes aside, it is really hard to have to watch yourself like that, especially at night, like you're always on the outside of your body looking on. And it's not like you can just tell people to go away a lot of the time, because they don't like that, and start with the "HEY GIRL I'M JUST TRYING TO BE NICE" bullshit. 

I also blocked some frat boy off my Insagram recently after he took it upon himself to comment on a bunch of my pictures calling me a "fucking wookie" (nice man, inventive, can I reclaim that?). I was a bit frustrated so I posted this picture of my very hairy armpits with a bit of a fuck-off caption and it's garnered hundred of likes! So nerrr. 

With all that being said, here are some pictures of my hairy legs in cute socks I have been wearing recently.

The last three pairs are from Top Shop, and the rest I won on eBay. Socks and underwear are the only things that I have lifted my rule about second hand/ strict ethical purchasing, because it is really difficult to find reasonably priced socks made that way and I'm not very good at finding matching thrifted socks. This rule has only just been recently lifted while I have been quite poor, so we will see how I go. Top Shop are trying to be more conscious of their methods of production, so I feel like there is at least progress being made. 

Taking those socks to the beach was probably the wittiest thing I've ever done.

I also tried to dye my hair blue.

It turned green.

and then kind of (?) blue (-ey green)

and now my hair just kind of looks like when you try to put food colouring into your pancakes 'cause you think it will look cute and then all the colour kind of blends into this weird whirlpool of brown-ey red-ey green but ultimately they are fine after you whack on a bunch of maple syrup and eat them with your eyes closed.

Alright, I'm going to leave it here for today. Next blog post will be full of interesting discourse and analysis and gender theory and anthropology debates and... fashion... and it will be great I promise. Or not. At least we have caught up for now!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you've been! I love reading all your comments and am consistently blown away by how clever and interesting everyone is. I seriously get so excited when I read some of your comments about gender and feminism that I am often too panicked to write a response because I don't want to ruin the moment. But I try to reply as soon as I can!

Love to you all. :-)

Katie xxx


  1. You actually look like a Disney princess in that blue dress. I love yoooou!

    1. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I hope emoji comes up in comments ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. I like how your hair turned out :p I think it's cute. It's like a mermaid's hair!

    1. Thank you! Personally I think it's a bit more 'swamp-monster' than 'mermaid' but I appreciate it haha xxx

  3. Ahh gorgeous photos! Loving all the socks, socks are my fave things ever :) the yellow swimsuit is also fab! I've used that brand of hair dye before, trying to dye my hair red and it went purple haha! To be fair, I think they work best on blond hair but I just can't bring myself to bleach :( hope uni is going well for you gal <3
    amber love

  4. Nice post. I like you're easy and honest way of writing.

    Seeing the pictures of your legs has made me feel a bit empowered. I have hairy legs - I don't care, my partner doesn't care but family members and friends always like to point it out and tell me to shave my legs. I never have a good comeback for them, but seeing another woman flaunt hers makes me feel like we're in some sort of international girl gang.

  5. Oh no, I loathe hot weather. ;< If I'm not in Mexico, it's not worth tolerating. Hahah
    I love that yellow swimsuit you bought! I tend to be a little iffy about buying clothes online only because of the sizes. I do what you said though and buy a size smaller than mine; so far they do seem to fit better.
    I've never been to a rally like that before, but I have stood by balconies or windows to see them pass by. x)
    And your sock collection is amazing. I need to step up my sock game for the cold and rainy weather that'll be coming here real soon.

  6. Katie i think you are so beautiful and elegant. Whenever i see a picture of you i feel so happy. I love how you don't shave your legs and don't give a shit. YOUR LEGS ARE GORGEOUS AND I LOVE YOUR RED HAIR. I think i would like to try out not shaving to feel better about my body!