Wardrobe Check #8: Bring Summer Back

I survived one month of extremely cold and frigid winter season. It will be over in two months but it feels like two years. Arrrghh!

For someone like me who is used to a tropical season all my life, I suppose you know where I am coming from and what exactly “extreme” means in my own standards. It did not help at all that I need to don up for work early mornings and the most hated part of it all is the commuting where I have to brave the cold for a few minutes while waiting for my train or bus to arrive.

And what about the breakouts? This is one thing that I need to seriously deal with. I feel so much displeasure at how my skin has been reacting to this nasty weather coupled with my hormones that has been out of whack. Now, now! This is certainly and purely a woman’s lament. LOL! I guess I need to separately write about my issues on this.

This is the time of the year where I could only wish to bring summertime back. I know it could really get too extreme in the Land Down Under when it’s summer but the brutal cold is unbearable as well. It’s a beautiful day in winter though when the sun is out but entirely ugly and deadly when it’s windy.

Please allow me to throw in some pictures last summer if only to break the silence at this blog. LOL!

All set for the weekend-ride

All set for the weekend-ride

The paparazzi's favorite shot. Hahaha!

The paparazzi’s favorite shot. Hahaha!

Two more months and I can’t wait to feel normal again. Hoping to have some beach escapades next summer. I will try to push it. Hahaha! ;-)

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Wardrobe Check #7: Wintry Temps in Autumn

It’s beginning to get real chilly out here especially in the morning and at night time. I am now bracing myself for the brutal cold of winter that is to come in two more weeks or so.

We still get beautiful warm sunny days in Autumn. However, in the early mornings when my Prince and I head out for Church on Sundays, we have got no choice but to bundle up or else, we’d go freezing.

Finance beauties at Western Sydney

Finance beauties at Western Sydney

If it’s enough consolation though, we don’t get snow in most parts of Australia. I must say it is a blessing. I don’t think I’d ever survive a snowy weather. Winter is fine minus the snow but I still feel miserable when this time of the year comes. I feel like everything’s gloomy around me. But when it’s a sunny day in winter, it’s just perfect!

I dread the thought that the wintry temps is just around the corner and I am not all too excited about it. All we could do is bundle up yet stay fab and chic. :D

With Co- Finance Officers striking a pose after Church

With Co- Finance Officers striking a pose after Church

Photo Credits: Sister Caroline

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Despite the Odds

If there are gadgets that are on Hot Deals, I would definitely give my brothers a heads up. As you very well know they are in a band and it has been their bread and butter for years. That made them a sucker for any musical instrument and gadgets that is essential for the band.

I must say that Kuerdas Band continues to thrive in the regional music scene despite so many odds. I wish one day they will get that big break that they have been aspiring for.

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Wardrobe Check #6: While It’s Still Warm in Autumn

I didn’t get the chance to wear this dress when it’s still summer. It’s autumn now in our neck of the woods but we still get some really good warm days.

I had to take the chance to sport out rather quickly the summer dress that was given to me as a present but my lovely blogpal Ivy.

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Unlike the previous Wardrobe Check episodes, this post is not flooded by photos of yours truly. There were quite a few shots taken of this dress but I forgot to bring my sunnies. The glaring sunshine was hurting my eyes and it didn’t looked good on the photos. I hope this will suffice for the moment.

Thank you my beautiful friend Ivy for this beautiful dress and Twerlyn for the lovely earrings. I feel so lucky to have generous friends like you!

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Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Lipstick: It’s Not Mine But It’s Meant To Be Mine

Last December, I bought my friend Twerlyn a YSL lipstick as a gift. She wrote about it H E R E. I ordered it online because I had no more time to do the purchase. The product is available only at Myer at a neighboring suburb.

YSL Lippy

YSL Lippy

While doing the online purchase, Myer’s website was acting up. There was an error. Thinking that my initial purchase attempt didn’t go through, I did the whole process again only to find out that the initial attempt was registered in their website. I ended up buying two similar items by error!

I phoned Myer’s Customer Service and complained that there is supposed to be only one item that I need to pay for. They acknowledged my complaint and apologized. It turned out that their system was down the minute I did the purchase. That was not my fault. I am just a willing paying customer and whatever internal error they have had in their system, the consumer must not bear the brunt.

I was instructed to wait for the items to be shipped to me and return the other one with a packing slip on it. Once returned, they will immediately reimburse me of the amount that I paid for.

True enough, one item reached me but I was thinking that the second item will be shipped only one day apart. So I returned it right away as instructed. However, I waited for the other item more than a month and READ: the suburb where I ordered the item from was just 15 minutes away and it took them that long to ship me that item I paid for.

Something must be amiss!

I phoned them again and again and again to track the item. It turned out that the second item was declared missing and they could no longer track it. So it was confirmed lost! Again, that was not my fault! It was so annoying because I would have wanted to send my gift by early January but because things got so messed up, I had no choice but to deal with it. They again instructed me to wait for the new lipstick that they’re gonna send in lieu of the lost item. I indicated this time that the item be shipped at my workplace so that I know right away once it’s delivered. The Customer Service Representative apologized to no end for the mishaps.

I was surprised when the lipstick was shipped at home!

I was raging mad! How dare they NOT take customer’s instructions carefully! I thought it’s gonna be sent at work! I can only grit my teeth in complete annoyance! I vowed to never do online business again with Myer. I sent off the lippy to my friend in the U.S. and I was happy she received it in less than 10 days!

However, a few days later, I received another YSL lipstick at work- with the same shade. Is this some kind of a joke?

The box that was shipped at work

The box that was shipped at work

I phoned Myer CSR and they told me it’s no longer in their system so I don’t have to return it. That’s just about it.

So OK. Fine! I’m gonna own a YSL lipstick worth $55 with shipping fee of $10 that I did NOT pay for! How lucky!

The YSL lipstick inside the box

The YSL lipstick inside the box

Happy me owning this one!

Happy me owning this one!

But when I come to think about it, I do deserve to get this lipstick for FREE because the stress that they put me through with this transaction was way too much! Myer is Australia’s largest store chain of mid-to-up-market department stores and they do customer service like that. How uncool!

All’s well that ends well. I just have to forget about the stress I have to put up with and enjoy my YSL lipstick, which is my friend Twerlyn’s dream lipstick by the way :-)

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