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January 17, 2017

Mexico City

I was in Mexico City for two nights as a sort of stopover before heading into Cuba. Mexico City is huge, both geographically and population-wise. Since I only had one full day, I decided to concentrate on the historic city centre. It was really, really crowded, and definitely had a big city feel. It reminded me of Buenos Aires, but with more people.

January 15, 2017

The not-haul

When I go overseas I usually use the opportunity to shop for things we don't have in Australia (particularly true before Uniqlo opened here). I have come back with sizeable hauls in the past, e.g. my first time in the US. The downside is that a lot of my regret buys have also happened while travelling - most likely because I don't really get the time to "think about it" if I'm somewhere temporarily. This time, I set out a mental shopping list for myself before I left, which definitely helped curb the amount I bought.

I picked out these Cole Haan loafers online before I left Australia. My Bass loafers were due their second re-sole, but there have always been little details about them I didn't like - they're patent, just a tad pinchy in the toes, and they have slippery leather soles which wear out quickly. I decided to cut my losses and replace them. I like that these have rubber soles which should provide better grip on hospital floors (it's hard to walk confidently when you're afraid of stacking it) and also last longer before they need to be re-soled. The leather is quite stiff, but felt a lot softer on the display models, so I assume that will come with wear. They do make my feet (already too big for my body) look hilariously long, but what can you do.

Otherwise, I only bought small things out of necessity - a pair of socks (somehow all the socks I'd packed started shrinking and slipping down my heel which always makes me irrationally angry), facial cleanser as I'd run out, and acne treatment. I did have trouble walking away from some tops while browsing thrift stores in NYC (seriously the thrift stores there are so much better than ours). I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking to my list!

The other things I'd been on the lookout for were a navy/white breton top as a replacement for my current one, a blazer or suit set, and a leather handbag that can fit a laptop/A4 documents. Nothing caught my fancy in these categories, but none are urgent so I'll just sit on those for a while.

January 12, 2017

Back in town

I was welcomed back to Sydney with a near-40C day yesterday, when left the house to catch up with a friend. I was thus forced into shorts, which I wore with my silk shell from Grana (the top half of my formal two-piece, if you remember). The heat made getting gelato from Cow and Moon feel more well-deserved though. Currently I'm trying to edit pictures while fighting off the jet lag, so hopefully I'll have some posts about the trip up soon. Otherwise, thanks for being patient with the queued posts this past month!

January 8, 2017

Swim set

I picked this bikini set up from the Miss Shop section in Myer at the Black Friday sales (since when is this a thing in Australia?) before I left. I'd been on the lookout for a bralette style bikini for my trip, because halter ties always end up chafing the back of my neck after a while. I deviated from my usual black to a pretty blue, and it also has gold hardware which is a nice detail.

I'm pretty fickle with beach swimwear. I bought this beautiful Esther Williams one-piece a few years ago, I love it and the quality's amazing but it's just really annoying logistically (it's hot to wear under your clothes, it takes ages to try, cleaning the sand from it is really hard). So even though theoretically I prefer one-pieces, bikinis are just more practical. Hopefully I can stick with this one for a couple more seasons!

When this post goes up, I'll be in NYC and it will certainly not be bikini weather. This is the last of my scheduled posts; the next one you see from me will be in real time!

This is a scheduled post. I'm currently overseas and reading your comments via email, but won't be able to reply immediately.