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  • Omg gwamma, we had a Hillman hunter too! It was green and was fondly referred to as the green Mercedes!

    Zoe- couldn't agree with you more about the nz fashion choices. I can't stand 'office' wear that is black black and more black.......like seriously why is colour banned from the workplace? I really should cull my wardrobe again, there are some pieces I can't part with but in reality won't miss once they are gone.

    My husband and I had an argument of the de cluttering type yesterday. He filled the trailer up with stuff he wanted to dump, but on second looks it was actually lots of my garden gear that I was storing in the garage. The thing about garden stuff is that it is seasonal so yes, 6-10 months of the year it is just hanging around. That doesn't mean that I don't want it. Just because he doesn't use the deck chairs doesn't mean that they don't get used by other people! Grrrrr.......so apparently now he is the only one interested in keeping the house tidy (this is an ongoing accusation that crops up from time to time because he knows it annoys the piss out of me).

    Well it looks like its finally stopped raining so I must get dressed and get to the farmers market. Little miss is all ready to go, shorts, leggings, scarf, baby tucked under her arm, handbag packed.......best take her hint!

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    • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
      I've put NZ on my list of places to visit before I die. I have to be careful about visiting places, though. 18 months ago, I started out for Pittsburgh, PA, decided to spend 10-14 days in New Orleans, and I'm still here.

      You all are the best ambassadors ever.
      I came to NZ for a 6 week holiday 10 years ago.... Still here :-D
      If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

      Originally posted by tfarny
      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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      • Yeah, drapey stuff makes you look bigger and does get in the way.

        I also wear layers; it's just that the layers are fitted -- also so that I have freedom to move.

        I didn't answer the question about my skirts. I own two only. Not winter/summer or whatever. Just two that I wear all year round. They are both grey, knee length (a bit above), and one is pencil and the other a-line. Pretty much all of my clothing is jersey knit, which I can dress up or down.

        I wear black base layer (yoga clothes), then grey skirt and colored shirt/sweater or dress (dresses are purple, pink, beige, and green), scarf (black/beige, purples, blues, and multi with pink, purple, blue, orange, gold). Then my outer laters are black (i prefer black shoes, coats, bags because they go with everything).

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        • LL - all I can say is BDH - they can drive you to drink - if you let them !!!!
          enjoy the shopping with little miss

          Misabi - I am pleased that you decided to stay. It is great embracing you as one of our own. You too Zoe

          I love Black !!!!!! I wear black, black black black black, and sometimes a tiny wee bit of white !!!!!!
          oh and I bought an orange scarf t'other day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

          ...small steps....

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          • We came here for 8 weeks in 2007, and just had to move back several years later (3). So, yeah.

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            • yes black, black and more black here. then onto shades of faded black denim, grey, maybe a bit of blue, faded blue denim and who could forget dpm lol funny story about colour. i never wear green unless it is a hunting jacket. i found a really nice urban angel ploar fleece zip up hoodie on the beach one day which was a sorta dark bluey green colour. verdigris? it fit my youngest so it came home. beach combing is a legitimate activity down here lol she looked stunning in it as she has olivey skin, long curly brown hair with sorta sun bleached ends and lovely green eyes. i never would have thought to even try something that colour on her so it was an eye opener for me.

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              • I love dark denim and my denim jacket. I haven't been without a denim jacket in my wardrobe in over 15 years. Seriously. If i don't have a denim jacket and a pair of dark jeans, i'm lost.

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                • lol i have a couple of denim jackets and several pairs of dark jeans. funny how some things just make us feel safe.

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                  • Nope I don't like to do 'safe' with my wardrobe, comfortable definitely but safe is boring. I am a blonde with green eyes and fairly pale skin (my mum is Maori so go figure) so I can do lots of bright colours. I really like blues, and burgundy, and pink and purple, but I'd try almost any other colour. My newest skirt that I bought from hazel tree ( recycled vintage sari's) is orange and gold and pink and brown. I do own a couple of dark denim blue skinny jeans but my winter jacket is sky blue and my exercise/ running gear bright pink. I like my body and its not in bad shape so I don't want to hide behind my clothes.

                    Kids are in the midst of a crafting buzz, so we stopped into the $2 for glitter, paint and paper supplies this morning - more clutter to add to the growing mess in our house. But happy entertained kids make for a happy mummy too.

                    I did get some bargains at the market, the eggs have gone up in price to $8 per dozen though, but I got a yummy whole chicken for $10 which was a good purchase.

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                    • It's really not about what it safe, it's about what works for me at both a functional and fashion-sense level (it's my fashion sense).

                      Likewise, I can't hide my body for my work. People need to see it in motion (sometimes).

                      I just found that by keeping my basics in one color-way (black) it goes well with everything else in all of the other color-ways. Everything goes with black and grey, so everything is mix/match.

                      And that allows me to keep it as a capsule.

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                      • lol i didnt mean safe as in conservative. just more there are certain things. if i have them, i feel emotionally safe at some bizarre level. black vehicles, black cats for example. which is totally irrational. i did used to dress more adventurously when i had an office to go to. but now. it all just gets muddy so i fail to see the point. i find textiles and clothing absolutely fascinating. and i do like decent clothes. and i love love love all the old historic costumes. i totally have a thing for historic corsets which is funny as they are the absolute antipathy of being able to move. i have also found as i have got older, i have dressed more muted. less emphasis on wild out there clothes and more just going with the lines of the body and subtle colours. it may also be some deep seated genetic thing as all the mediteranean women tend to dress more in black as they get older.

                        Kids are in the midst of a crafting buzz, so we stopped into the $2 for glitter, paint and paper supplies this morning - more clutter to add to the growing mess in our house. But happy entertained kids make for a happy mummy too.
                        one of the miriad of reasons i love raranga is the materials grow in the pa harakeke and you only cut as much as you need. my kids love all that crafty stuff and i think it is so good for them, i try not to stress about the clutter. i'd much rather they were doing that than sitting in a corner in front of a dvd nice and neatly contained.

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                        • I think that black for me is about slimming. It does look good and it does hide a multitude of lumpy lard LOL
                          great that the kids are doing the creative thing LL. I am a true believer in all things creative. It is an outlet but also a way of solving lots of problems. And by that I mean....the children have to work out how to weave the flax, or make that piece of paper into a card, etc.... love to see creations from nothing, or what is lying around. I must one day get creating a wearable art thing from rubbish or whatever. I LOVE BEING CREATIVE !!!!!! I am still working on those wee caveman cards, so any ideas - let me know !!!!!
                          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                          ...small steps....

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                          • I'm a huge fan of crafting, it's a messy business though! I use our spare room as my craft storage space, where I keep my sewing cabinet and three large plastic bins of 'doings' in the wardrobe. Thankfully the kids are finally of an age where they will let me craft during the day without getting too involved. They can entertain themselves much better nowadays, but of course that involves their own crafting projects now too.

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                            • gwamma can you explain what your caveman cards look like? i'd so like to be able to sew properly but i dont even have a machine.

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                              • We outsource crafting here. Our friends are artists, and so many will do art with him. He also does it at school. At home, he mostly wants to run around and play blocks, so crafting isn't that popular for him. If that changes as he gets older, we'll figure it out.

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