SHE RETURNS TO THE NIGHT.

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That’s right, I have officially “returned to the night” – and as terrifying and Elder-Scroll-y as that sounds – it actually isn’t. It has been nearly two years since I originally picked up the “temporary” post of working full-time as a laboratory scientist and as of today, I have been precipitated out to working my standard part-time shifts. A change that I am both excited and hesitant about – it means more time to do things that I adore but it also means a little less money coming in and a few strange hours to keep. But why focus on the negative? More time means more time to do what I love, see the people I care about and really enjoy life more – an escape from the work politics and constant pushing for more time that became the norm when I worked full-time. Finding time to go to the bank, do the laundry, clean the dishes – all became Himalayan chores of epic proportions. Within my first two weeks of working full-time I came to question how people survived like this? I tipped my hat to them – I think working them nights is the thing for me.

So with that in mind, be ready for more website updates and Twitter rantings – Jayne has returned.

DIY: ADORABLE STUD EARRING BOX

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Now if you’re like me and your jewellery storage resembles a recent bowel movement from a very distressed gold-eating dragon, you’ll be, like me, eager to find an easy, cute and compact solution to your clinky and frustrating problem. So after years of fishing about aimlessly for that one earring (similar to single-sock-theory) I decided I had better tackle my problem head-on – and I went scouring about the internet for a suitable DIY project.

After shuffling around Pinterest for a few minutes, I found that many people went with styles that accommodated dangling earrings  and seemed to involve a lot of effort when trying to hang them up – I didn’t need them on display…I just needed them sorted. Eventually, I found a very simple solution that involved using things about the house and a hot glue gun. An added bonus – it didn’t look like it would take forever to achieve – in fact it took me the duration of a small thunderstorm to complete (say 1/2 an hour) AND is also completely reversible. So I’ve written up a tiny tutorial – feel free to tweak it to suit your needs!
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I bought a little kraft-card gift box from Daiso – and since I liked the look of the box I didn’t make any changes to it at all, other than add a little tag. You can also install this into a pre-existing jewellery box drawer or any shallow box (eg. shoebox lid).

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I took a quick measurement of the base of my box and used that measurement to mark my old pencils so that they would just fit inside, which I then sawed through using my husband’s nifty multi-tool. You can use any sort of similarly shaped item for this part – another Instagram user suggested old takeaway chopsticks! I just happened to have a huge box of old (and not to mention terrible) coloured pencils hanging about!
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Using a sheet of felt (also bought from Daiso) I measured it up so that the felt would easily cover the shortened pencils. Other good fabrics to use are velvet and fleece – anything that will give a bit of a spongy surface for your earrings to sit in.
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I then hot-glue’d the length of felt, placed the pencil on to the glue and wrapped the felt around it. Remember to secure your felt with a little more glue – taking care to hold in place for a few seconds for the glue to dry.
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After you’ve completed your felt-coated pencils, you can start putting them into your box. You should have enough to wedge perfectly in so that they stay firmly in place and that your earrings don’t slip around inside.        OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Success! I hope this helps all those ladies out there who are desperately seeking a solution to their earring chaos – I’ll soon be looking up easy and fun ways to sort out my ridiculous necklace collection – so stay tuned for more DIY updates!

NEW GLASSES AND FLORAL PANTS.

I’ve always wanted an excuse to wear cat-eye glasses – or at least flirt with the idea of wearing such feminine specs on my dear face – and I was recently given the opportunity to do so from GlassesShop.com – they gifted me two amazing pairs of cat-eye glasses and I’m super peachy keen to share them with you (and also, my live of floral pants…and triangular jewellery). With my dear husband in tow, we recently headed out the the New Farm Park Jan Power’s Markets  in search of a) delicious food and, b) somewhere photogenic to take a few photos with my new prized pairs of spectacles.

After a good stalk through the markets (picking up fresh and organic eats and fresh flowers along the way), we found a leafy nook under the shade of a massive fig tree to take a few shots – now I’m no model, but i have to say, these glasses and my floral pants look dayum fine.

The Sailsbury – cat-eye tortoise. Love these specs becuse of their eye-catching berry-coloured tortoise shell pattern – and an exaggerated and deep cat-eye shape – but they appear a little to deep on my face – would probably work better on someone with bigger eyes, perhaps! The frames were light – so would work great for those with heavier prescriptions.

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Katherine – black/clear pattern. This pair of half-and half glasses make my heart sing. The frame is not quite as large as the Sailsbury glasses so they suit my eyes a little more – but the thing I absolutely adore about them is the modern pattern on the clear acetate – now that’s some seriously hipster-looking business right there!

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Also, don’t my floral pants look fine?

NEVER ASK A GIRL WITH WINGED EYELINER WHY SHE’S LATE.

I have Asian eyes. Yup – matter of fact, I am asian. What a shock. I have a non-existant eye socket. No nose bridge. No double eyelid. In fact, I’m surprised that my face isn’t actually a picture of face printed out on an A4 piece of paper and stuck to my neck with a few pieces of Sellotape. No, I wouldn’t say I have low-self-esteem nor would I say that I’m over exaggerating – I’m just stating fact – I have an Asian face and I’m kinda bored with that. Not that I dislike it in so much as I dislike my belly button – it’s there, I have one, and I haven’t really thought about it much. I just want to make it more…interesting.

I’ve always thought that winged eyeliner IS that way. Until I actually tried to achieve this look. Well, let’s just say with the addition of my lack of eyelid, this whole affair turns into a bit of a farce. A smudgy eye’d, punched-up sort of farce. So I headed into the portal that is Pinterest, with my heart in my hand and kitted up with various forms of eyeliner.

WHAT I FOUND OUT:

  • Getting perfect winged/cat-eye eyeliner is every woman’s dream. Getting perfect winged/cat-eye eyeliner on your face in less than an hour is a unicorn.
  • They tell you it’s really easy, but it’s actually really bloody difficult.
  • Did you know, you could use sticky-tape to get a perfect line? Well yeah, there you go. You too could have perfect eyeliner if you don’t have a galloping and rampantly disgusting allergy to generic tape (raises hand).
  • Everybody that has perfect eyeliner automatically has perfect brows. Either that or if you have perfect eyeliner and frankenstein brows, you get disowned from the Internet altogether.

So, with these points in mind (and a huge variety of different make-up tutorials and youtube channels locked into subscription) I decided to look to the pros – a few of the leading ladies in my fashion-envy list:

Eyeliner Inspiration no. 1 Gary Pepper Vintage, aka Nicole Warne.
gary-pepper-girl Nicole-Warne-reminded-us-exactly-why-she-famous-her-beauty Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink ($35). Once I tried gel eyeliner I never looked back. My trick is to apply it with a firm stick that comes with a liquid eyeliner — I buy mine for $3 from Gloss — instead of using a fine brush. I get a lot more control and it’s perfect for finishing off the end of your winged eye.”

Eyeliner Inspiration no. 2 Keiko Lynn
UP “I prefer to use MAC fluidline (in either blacktrack or dipdown – I used dipdown here) and a Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush. The bent shape makes it super easy and the brush is thin but dense, so you have more control of the thickness of your line. Also, I swear by fluidline – I kind of hate liquid liner – but it’s completely up to you!”

So after scouring the internet, I’ve become a little bit more hopeful. Hey, maybe I can pull this look off! Hey, maybe I won’t look like a panda!

Maybe.

WHEN IT’S WINTER, I HATE WINTER. WHEN IT’S SUMMER, I HATE SUMMER.

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I have a feeling I’m one of those people that are just too hard to please. I don’t like it when it’s winter and I don’t like it when it’s summer. It’s too bloody cold. It’s too stinking hot. I’m not even sure if I like autumn or spring – the archetypical seasons-in-the-middle for fence-sitters all over the world. In fact, I strongly doubt that it’s got anything to do with the season at all – i just don’t like It. One may reference my heritage – I am of Malaysian/Chinese descent – and there is nothing more fulfilling to our race (in general, other than buying toilet paper en-masse when it’s on special at Coles) than having a good old whinge about things. Nothing specific – just a big old whinge about Everything. And when I say Everything, I mean Everything. The caps is well deserved.

I remember when at the fragile age of 5, my compact 4-person family decided it would be a grand idea to go on holiday with my extended family – a massive effort as my extended family consists over over 10 other aunts and uncles and only God-knows how many cousins thrown in. After this had been settled, we soon found ourselves in a fairly compact, yet cosy share house with a plethora of other wonderful kids (of varying ages) on what I knew as Barbie Island (Bribie Island). Finding a lack of Barbies on the island itself, and being far too young to enjoy the days away from the hustle bustle of my schooling life, I set about sitting for hours absorbed in making a diary of all the things I wasn’t doing. Unlike the rest of my fun-loving cousins who were having fun frolicking on the beach and throwing rocks at sand-stranded jellyfish. To this date, I remember being somewhat of a kill-joy. Other than being the world’s dullest 5-year-old, I also recall my auntie feeding us all slugs. Okay, they were shell-fish, but to my small and underdeveloped brain, she had fed us slugs. I remain traumatised to this day.

Negativity was the key to everyday happenings. If you got an A, you were immediately asked why you didn’t get an A+. If you got a B, you were sent outside to ponder your failings as a young adult. Returning C-grades were not talked about and you were treated like the Invisible Man for the rest of the week. D’s meant outright disowning. Those Asian Dad memes don’t exist for the sheer frivolity of superimposing a typical Asian Dad Face on a swirly pin-wheel of psychedelic colour. All stereotypes are somewhat based on fact – and I am a bit of a living testament to the fact that negativity grows equally decadent negativity – if somewhat embellished by sarcasm and a gnawing expectation of “I’m going to be like that when I get older, aren’t I?”

This winter has been no exception. Not only is it cold, I have a cold. For the second time in as many months. I can’t feel my fingers and toes. As far as I’m concerned, I’m typing this post with small salami-like protrusions from my ham-esque palms. I keep sneezing at the monitor and my nose is consumed by an eternal-drip that seems as never-ending as “The Song That Doesn’t End”, complete with Lamb Chop and world known, award-winning female puppeteer Shari Lewis in tow. My desk is smeared with pills as thick as snow in a Russian winter – but you know what? This exclusion zone has lead to one silver-lining: I’ve had time to type. To put my thoughts down – if not on paper – then on the internet. And so I’ve also realised that I haven’t added anything to this website in months. Thus laying to waste scrounged-up dollars. Dammit Jayne, why do you have to tarnish every silver lining?

JAPAN: YOKOHAMA, CUP NOODLES MUSEUM.

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And here begins the influx of Japan-based posts I probably should of started weeding through many months before. But let’s stop focusing on my delayed-posting-based regret, and start regaling tales about this absolutely astonishing building – the CupNoodles Museum in Yokohama. The sister noodle-y establishment of the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum (インスタントラーメン発明記念館) in Osaka, this unassuming building is packed to the rim with interesting cup noodle facts and figures.  Dedicated to instant noodle and Cup Noodles history, as well as its creator and founder, Momofuku Ando -  and a spiffy 8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station, this red-bricked block of a building is somewhat ridiculously large. The interior of the building resembles that of a fine art museum - high ceilings, large white spaces and perfectly spaced displays dot the area with simplistic panache. 

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There are a number of exhibits and attractions in the museum - including the big draw for me - the opportunity to make my very own cup noodles. Yup, when you enter you’ll be able to buy a pass to the Chicken Ramen Factory and/or the My CUPNOODLES Factory. Not being one who is particularly into spending about an hour of my time awaiting a small pack of noodles to spit out of a fryer (although, it does somewhat appeal to my love of fried foods), my hus band and I decided to partake in the My CUPNOODLES Factory hands-on experience. Here, at the cost of 300 yen each, we were were given the opportunity to create our own, completely original CUPNOODLES packaging with some nifty markers and were able to select our favourite soup from among four varieties and four toppings from among 12 ingredients. Altogether, there are 5,460 possible flavour combinations. MIND. BLOWN.

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Although there was a very long line, we soon found ourselves with blank cups, shown to a table and were given the task of decorating our cups with said markers.  Much to the amusement of the other people seated at our table (a set of middle-aged women and a pair of teenagers), we quickly bedecked our cups with nonsense slogans and sparkly hearts. A particularly artistic middle-aged おばあさん was making a throughly elegant effort and decorating her styrofoam cup with a perfect representation of the Chicken Ramen Mascot. My husband was quite content with slathering his cup with the words “SUCH NOODLE, SO WOW” in a heart-warming cobalt blue.

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After finishing off our cups, we were then led to a second line, in which we waited patiently for the workers behind the large counters to show us how they filled the cups with noodles (upside-down) – they then added our preferred flavours and then proceeded to cling-wrap them in what I can only describe as a big rolling oven.

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After collecting our noodles and then placing them in inflatable noodle-protecting packaging, we then wandered about to explore the other astonishing displays in the building – including the menacing Instant Noodles History Cube – a perspex cubed room displaying over 3,000 different types of instant noodles that sprouted off the original Chicken Ramen discovery.

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Another astonishing section of the museum is the fabulous Noodles Bazaar – which is set up to resemble an actual asian night market – so convincingly so that there is actual background running soundtrack complete with beeping scooters and foot-traffic. There may have been a moo or two thrown in the track as well. The menu for this food attraction features eight varieties of noodles that Momofuku Ando encountered during his travels in search of ramen’s origins – at around 300 yen for a sample bowl. Which isn’t too shabby if you’re looking for a creative and fun way to fill up on a huge variety of yummy choices. We decided to try both the Vietnamese Pho and the Malaysian laksa.

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Another astonishing little addition to the museum was the replica of Momofuku’s Work Shed – This little shed was created to look exactly like the place where Momofuku created the world’s first instant ramen. The message of this little shed is, “that even without any special equipment it is possible to create world changing inventions with just ordinary tools as long as there is an idea.”

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An amazing sculpture of cup noodles that I couldn’t stop staring at.

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Obligatory souvenir picture with Cup Noodles, and the man himself, Momofuku Ando, and a bunch of other fabulous men (and a woman). Also, did you know that Momofuku Ando was originally Taiwanese, had been jailed for two years due to tax evasion and passed away at the stately age of 96, claiming that the secret of his long life was playing golf and eating Chikin Ramen (Chicken Ramen) almost every day.

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GIANT INFLATED CUP NOODLE THING. MUST TAKE A PICTURE WITH IT.

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Just an FYI – most displays are Japanese only – some do have English captions, but they’re not as indepth as one would like. To counter this, you can put down a 2,000 yen deposit for one of these awesome audio guides. The deposit will be returned to you on the return of the device – although I really wanted a way to keep the spiffy lanyard.

GET THERE:

Train:

  • 8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station
  • 8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Bashamichi Station
  • 12 minute walk from the JR/Shieichikatetsu Sakuragicho Station

STYLE: TRENCH LOVIN’

I’ve been in love with trench coats recently – an odd thing to be in love with because, let’s face it, sunny Brisbane isn’t really the hub of trench-coat wearing-weather. But after seeing just about every woman in Japan clad in one (seriously, it wasn’t anywhere close to trench coat weather there either) I’ve finally decided that I also need to find a way to wear one as soon as possible!

 

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1. Coach Classic Short Trench

370 AUD COACH.COM Crisply tailored and cropped to hip length, this refined, belted classic is lined with graphic ticking-stripe fabric inspired by an archival Coach motif. The work-to-weekend design is finished with signature buttons, officer’s epaulets and a throat latch to keep out the wind.

2. Original Stripe Tee

14 GBP WEEKDAY.COM This is a striped, short-sleeved T-shirt in blue and white. MTWTFSS Weekday. Original Stripe Tee – White

3. J.Crew Destroyed boyfriend jean in light roxy wash

145 AUD JCREW.COM The jean of the season—easy and broken-in, with just the right amount of slouch. Handsanded, beaten-in and patched to perfection (which makes each pair unique), this vintage-inspired jean is what to wear when you want to give your skinnies a break. Sits lower on hips. Relaxed through hip and thigh, with an easy, straight leg. 29″ inseam.

4. Fossil Sydney Leather Satchel

190 AUD MACYS.COM A little luxe, a little laid-back, this elegantly structured satchel is a perennially-chic piece. Rendered in rich leather with signature detailing, its generous shape works for on- or off-duty endeavors. From Fossil. Fossil bag. Leather. Double top handles with 3-1/2″ drop; adjustable detachable long strap with 20-3/4″ drop.

5. Fossil Jacqueline Watch

125 AUD BUCKLE.COM Stainless steel case watch. Three-hand quartz movement. Date window. Interchangeable leather strap. Case measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. Strap width measures 1/2″

6. H&M Suede shoes

45 AUD HM.COM PREMIUM QUALITY. Flat suede shoes with laces at the front and rubber soles. 100% leather.

7. Monica Vinader Marie and Atlantis Kandy rose gold-plated lapis lazuli

645 AUD NET-A-PORTER.COM Rose gold-plated sterling silver. Lapis lazuli . Embossed pendant, can be worn at two lengths . Lobster clasp fastening . This piece has been certified in accordance with the Hallmarking Act 1973.