Skipping Days

September 4, 2011

It’s been awhile…

I’ve been living my life offline these last weeks. Things are busy and moving forward, and I also turn 27 on Tuesday, so I’m kinda hiding from that reality.

Here are some thoughts/light bulb moments from the past few weeks that have come from interesting conversations and people observing.

  • It’s about quality NOT quantity – this applies to everything, including hook-ups.
  • Stop saying no – get off the couch
  • Talk to everyone, and most importantly, LISTEN!
  • Make sure your eyebrows are always perfect…they frame your beautiful face!
  • Don’t jump to conclusions – wait until you hear first hand
  • If your electronic self is better than your real life self you should work on that.
  • Everyone deserves a few chances, stop being such a hard-arse!
  • No matter what your age is, your Mother has the ability to make you feel like a 7-year-old who got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.
  • A little bit of modesty goes a very long way
  • Dylan Moran is the most hilarious comedian – watch some of his stuff.
  • Yes, I know, it’s September – I’m just as surprised as you are!
  • That feeling, when you are kissing and you realize you’ve stopped breathing. Yea THAT. Live for those moments
  • If a friend calls you in a time of need and you don’t pick up the phone/make time for them, your an asshole. Yea, hate yourself.

Jecc xx

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Who Would You?

August 11, 2011

“I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it’s the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they’re not that important. You know what’s important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don’t even know why he needs you?”
– John Green

The Slightest Flick

August 5, 2011

You,
are so clever.
so clever
you.

With only the slightest flick of your wrist
you have
disarmed and destroyed
me.
Completely

– JL Knapp

Walk Away

May 10, 2011

Ellen Von Unwerth

  • You always meet the most interesting/coolest people in the smoking section.
  • Jealousy is very very ugly, try to hide it/control it.
  • There is no need to tell someone the negative things others have said about them!
  • Dudes – if you’re crushing on a girl then don’t talk about the others girls you are supposedly texting/hooking up with.
  • Love transcends time, place, age, race and gender – if you feel the electricity then hang onto it!
  • There is a huge difference between bitching about something someone has done and just bitching about someone in general.
  • Release the choker hold or you will drive him/her away!
  • It’s a lovely sentiment, but you can’t save everyone from themselves – you had to learn and so should they. Now turn and walk away.
  • Ever noticed the person who does the chasing normally does the dumping?
  • People are falling in love all the time, don’t feel left out – it’s just the universe weeding out the losers and mis-matches!

Love Jecca xx

A Toast!

May 9, 2011

So, here’s to you! Here’s to you for being terrified but doing this thing called the unknown anyway. This is a much better option than the stagnant alternative.

  • There is absolutely no point flogging a dead horse. If it’s over, it’s over.
  • Hey newly single peeps, just FYI not everyone is going to want to fuck you – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Don’t let this ruin your self-esteem!
  • I’ve always thought Judgmental people were horrible, until this weekend when I was put in an awkward spot and had to go ahead and judge my little heart out. I was feeling awful about it until a friend simply pointed out that sometimes it’s our judgements that save us. Lightbulb!
  • Kiss until your lips bleed
  • Be wary of people who use the term ‘nice guys finish last’
  • Think about all the things you would do if you weren’t afraid.
  • Do you look at the other people in photo besides yourself?
  • You might think he’s hot, but you certainly can’t force chemistry.
  • No-one wants to hear about the dream you had last night unless it involves them!
  • Crying is the side-effect of an emotion, not a tool for manipulation.
  • Keep the PDA to a minimum
  • Think about who you would die for, then tell them – sometimes people don’t understand how special they are.
  • The truth will set you free, or destroy you.
  • If a dude you like smells like hairspray, run.
  • Save any nice emails or texts, when you’re having a shitty you can use them as a reference to remind you that you are loved!
  • Don’t lower your standards and sleep with just anyone, but sometimes another person lying next to you/on top of you is all you need to feel refreshed/sane.
  • That last point was a total contradiction
  • Keep your resume up to date at all times – even if you note down accomplishments etc in a notebook to reference later on, it will help!
  • If you know someone who’s new in town, don’t be scared of them – take them out, show them the cool spots, introduce them to people – it’s a big world out there, imagine if you were new to a place, building a life and no one did this for you?! Yea, not pleasant right?
  • Don’t have loud private conversations in public, you obnoxious twit!
  • Thanks for the lovely letter Ms Lala, you 100% made my day/week.
  • Cut the crap
  • Talk to your Grandparents, listen to their stories from when they were younger
  • I really really don’t care what kind of car you drive, and nope, I don’t want to see a picture of it on your iPhone
  • If you happen to stumble across a beautiful man with blue eyes, cool shoes and a killer smile, then ask him out. Don’t be such a wimp!
  • If they don’t reply to your last 4 texts, they probably aren’t interested in being your friend or your lover. You are a fantastic person, don’t waste your time on peeps like that!
  • It’s SPRING here in the Northern hemisphere, I spent the weekend planting bright flowers in pots. Get your hands dirty and plant something pretty, it’s so refreshing!

Ellen Von Unwerth

3 Months ago my little sister and I embarked on a 4 week-long road trip around part of America. It was the culmination of months of planning, daydreaming and excitement. For my sister the road trip was a stop over on the way to her new life in Monaco, France.

I think there is no better way to recharge your batteries than to go on a trip with family, a best friend or similar. It flips everything back up the right way, it’s like a sigh of relief.

My sister is my sigh of relief. Always.

As long as I live, I’ll never forget the sight of her walking through the gates at LAX. I was finally reunited with my favorite person in the world; my Sister-friend.

The trip started in Los Angeles with a rain-soaked drive up the PCH to Morro Bay for our first night. We were both horribly hung over, and I was exhausted from concentrating to stay on the correct side of the road, so we were in bed early (not the stuff of great road trip stories right?) The next day we spent another rain-soaked morning exploring Hearst Castle and being totally amazed by the sheer opulence, it was truly beautiful, and it’s always fun to pretend you are a princess for a morning.

Next stop was San Francisco, a truly gorgeous city with a fun vibe. We spent most of our time eating, drinking, looking at buildings and walking around. I’ll be heading back there sometime soon for sure.

We then flew to Bellingham, Washington for our first ever Christmas with our American family! It was such a special time, and so lovely to spend quality time with our Grandparents, we still talk it about it all the time and it really goes to show how very precious family time is. We also had a rollicking great time with our ‘American brothers’ who are friends from waaaaay back, resulting in a fab night out in Seattle, drinking Sweet Tea shots at Kells bar near Pike Place Markets (if you haven’t been, then go!)

The second part of the trip began with New Year’s eve in Las Vegas. We had sinful amounts of fun, stayed at the MGM and loved it. We ended up hanging out with a couple of Australian guys we met one night, so that was great fun too. We basically spent the whole time drinking, dancing, laughing, gambling, walking around, eating and sleeping. I don’t think there is anything else you can do in Vegas right? The New Year was brought in on the strip underneath Planet Hollywood, it was a magical moment; fireworks, my sister, new friends, a gigantic pink drink, glitter and laughter. We had done it, it was one of those “Holy shit this is really happening moments.” Pure happiness. I knew then that 2011 was going to be a great year, a new start in foreign new places for my sister and I. Needless to say there was toast to ‘being scared shitless but doing it anyway.’

We left Vegas for the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. We had just missed a massive snow storm so it was pretty icy and scary to drive on, but with my sister’s encouragement I did it! Sister power will conquer all things, including the elements. The Canyon was phenomenal…and big, yes I know but really, that thing is HUGE! I would recommend making the trip there, it’s totally awe-inspiring. We then had a long 9 hour drive ahead of us to get to Silver City, New Mexico. The road stretched on and on, and I’ve never seen small towns like the ones we came across! I swear, many people in these places had never heard of New Zealand, making my sister and I feel like some kind of rare exotic bird, it was truly hilarious! Silver City was gorgeous, small and just what our poor broken bodies needed after our time in Vegas. We ate organic salads the whole time, didn’t touch a drop of alcohol and had the best time with our family, we spent our last night at a folk concert in a place called Pino Altos at a 100-year-old Opera house. It was so stunning! I want to return and drink Martini’s again! It was a gorgeous time and the city is so quant and charming.

The last part of the trip was a night in Tucson Arizona followed by a night in Phoenix. We screwed up our reservation in Tucson and headed straight to Phoenix, stopping at the Desert museum along the way, that place is so cool, miles and miles of Desert and cool animals, like nothing I’ve seen before! Luckily we took a wrong turn on our way to Phoenix and drove through the Saguaro Cactus forest, now that was a sight!

I won’t mention Phoenix because it was the last night of the trip so it was sad anyways, but it was also a totally miss-able city. In fact, I would say most of Arizona is totally miss-able, I think it’s the type of place where you need to know the locals to get to the cool spots. Or it’s just complete shit.

Back to LA where we had a blast; a day at the Santa Anita races, bike riding at Venice beach (on matching pink bikes no less!) Cocktails, giggling, sightseeing and relaxing by the pool.

It was time for My sister to leave for France. My baby sister was leaving to live in a foreign country on her OWN. She had left her boyfriend, her life, her family and was doing it, she made her dream come true. How gutsy is that? I’ve never been more proud and sad at the same time. I had grown accustomed to having her by my side day and night, I felt like I could breathe confidently again, like it was all OK as long as she was there, I’m fine on my own, quite content actually, but there is something so comforting and special about the bond between my sister and myself, I honestly feel like I can be my whole self when she’s there.

So now she’s done it. She’s happy and loving her life in France. She left everything that was known to her and shook the fucking daylights out of her life. She refused to compromise on her happiness so she went for it, ran head first into the unknown and now she’s killing it. She’s smiling, happy, meeting great new people, being her charming gorgeous self and no doubt enchanting more people than I care to imagine.

My darling girl, the trip was so precious, you are so full of life and light that I can’t even articulate it properly.

You are the love of my life.

Big Sis xx

P.S It’s you and me, always.

The Oscars

March 5, 2011

I don’t normally get into the whole ‘Awards Season’ scene, I think it’s all a bit ridiculous really…but I watched some of the Oscars and the highlights for me were:

 

  • Colin Firth’s acceptance speech, what a delightful and charming man!
  • Jeff Bridges (always always)
  • Anne Hathaway’s beautiful dresses
  • The Kings Speech winning big
  • Florence and the Machine, exquisite as always
  • Christian Bale’s acceptance speech
  • Natalie Portman’s acceptance speech and the way she talked about her ‘Love’

You, Yes, You

February 17, 2011

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
Anaïs Nin