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Renee-isms January 13, 2009

Filed under: Friendship,Humour — bessabariangirl @ 10:18 am
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My best friend Renee is a classic, she’s not blonde (red hair) but she says the most hilarious things without meaning to, and so this will be an ever growing list of those things…

“I’m not insulting you, I am merely bagging you out”

“He spoke well English”

“Erin, don’t worry, you’re just deficient”

“I do enjoy eating food” (as opposed to….?)

“Ethan, why do have a washing machine out here that’s just WEIRD!” (it was a drinks fridge)

later that night, me (in panicked tone): “where’s the fridge gone?!!!” (I was sitting on it)

and my own Renee-ism “If I was me I’d be scared of me”

Yeah we’re two of a kind

Two fo a kind

Two fo a kind


How to Get your Butt off Facebook and Stop Wasting Time January 12, 2009

Filed under: Life ideas and advice — bessabariangirl @ 4:12 am
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Alright I basically wrote this for myself cos I let Facebook eat up way too much of my waking hours that could be spent in some other way. And judging from what i see of my friends, they do too. So I write this for all of us, sharing advice that hopefully I will make myself follow one of these days!

….New Years Resolutions anyone?

From what I can see it’s a cycle, I feel I have to check it at least once a day to stay in the circle of gossip but then realise that most of the ‘friends’ I am reading up about are people I met years ago who I’m not actually all that interested whose contact should have been naturally died ages ago.

That’s not to say I dont love facebook but it’s just so time consuming and doesn’t really bring much in return, only shreds of lukewarm gossip.

And so I’m thinking less time on the darstardly thing will be a good idea

So, here are some strategies:


Set yourself a limit to how much time you ARE going to waste on the thing cos cold turkey is so hard.

So set a timer i.e. ten minutes and stick to it

And limit yourself to checking it once a day or whatever, this helps wean your dependance from it


When you go on the computer, or on facebook I find that I am most productive and less time-wasting if I have a clear idea of what I’m doing.

So, if need be write down exactly the tasks you hope to achieve e.g. “send comment to Elisa”, “send gift to Hugh for birthday”, “check mail” or at least have a clear idea in your head what you want to do and STICK WITH IT and DONT GET DISTRACTED and GET OUT OF THERE as soon as it’s all done

Do something Else!

There are countless other things to do. turn the computer off. Go outside for a walk. Call up a friend. Read a book (go Terry Pratchett!!) Get ideas.

As one of my favourite posts of all time from Alex the girl says,

“Please go out there and do. Live. Don’t be the same as yesterday. Don’t live vicariously online. Don’t use language that has no meaning or talk ideas you don’t really live. Don’t hide. Don’t copy others or live their ideas or life. Don’t fear doing your thing. Don’t fear doing. Instead of reading a decorating magazine, paint that room. Instead of thinking of baking, do up a cake. Run, walk, bike. Put that self help book down and pick up yourself.” (read the whole thing at it’s excellent!)

So I go now, and I’m going to try not to be a hypocrite and so I’ll follow my advice and go and DO something!



Advice for Teens Getting Their Wisdom Teeth Out January 8, 2009

Filed under: Life ideas and advice — bessabariangirl @ 2:47 am
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As spoken from experience because I’m actually experiencing it right now wrapped up in some groovy icepack thing

Help this little feller on his way to recovery

Help this little feller on his way to recovery

Anyways, here’s some tips


…as the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Advises. You only make it worse. Oh sure, everytime you mention your upcoming operation you get gasps, sympathetic looks, winces and horror stories and I myself was starting to freak out after experiencing these sorts of reactions EVERYTIME I TOLD SOMEONE! But it isn’t all that bad and countless people go through it and come through to the other end unscarred. Mine was only a half hour procedure. So relax.

2) Stock up on Icecream, Jelly, Yoghurt and Chocoalte Mousse

..this is the best excuse in the world to indulge and NO ONE is going to begrude you. Side’s icecream is my favourite because it slips down with minimal chewing (which is a good thing), tastes good and cools the insides of the mouth.

3) REST!

…ok so you’re up to the eyes with painkillers and you’re not feeling sick at all…but trust me this is only an illusion. Dont do what I did and get all excited and start doing stuff and then collapse in a mess as a weakling for the rest of the day. Just lie down on the couch surrounded by movies, books, ipods, kittens and whatever else takes your fancy andwhittle away the time nicely.


Bohemian Style – The Staple January 5, 2009

Filed under: Style and Fashion — bessabariangirl @ 6:18 am
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Ok, lets think, what’s the instantaneous mental image of a piece of clothing to the ‘Boho’ movement

Does it look anything like this?

Cool, cute, light and feathery...the ideal

Cool, cute, light and feathery...the ideal

Yep, the Boho Skirt which people had an obsession with back in 2005, so it’s now really easy to find at least several of these skirts cast away as the trend died down at Op Shops. I myself own at least five…no it’s not obsession or anything…

Why are they so great?

  • Great for Summer – I’m not really a “shorts” girl and so these are such a good, funky. arty looking alternative for summer, keeping me just as cool as any other girl.
  • The flow – which means that these skirts look great on anyone – young or old, fat or thin. The material drapes nicely covering the legs and giving a flowing feminine shape which is important for that carefree look.
  • Dancing. These skirts were MADE to dance in. Just going around barefoot with an anklet and host of bangles releases the inner gypsy
  • COLOURS!!! There are so many styles and colours to choose from! Which means there’s one for every mood. Beading and fringing are usual additions. Thats why you need several, so you can mix and match with everything.

    arty feminity

    Fairy-skirt: arty feminity

What to put with the skirt to complete the look:

  • Tops: You need something a bit plainer because the skirt does all it’s own talking – it needs no adding to! So a plain tank in a complementay colour will do fine. I favour more neutral earthy tones such as browns and oranges and really light pinks to go with mine. Blue can work as well.
  • BIG BELT!! Yes, I LOVE these!! You clinch the entire thing together with a big belt, can be as ornate or as plain as you like depending on how busy the rest of the look is getting. Nothing will complete it in such a way as the BIG BELT!
  • Scarves – a plain, light summery scarf around the neck or as a soft alternative to the BIG BELT
  • Necklace – you dont need anything too fancy, wooden beads work great. Something that looks slightly ethnic like it’s been bought from a market from some Island Country – in fact markets are a great way to pick one of these.

    Ethnic simplicity works well

    Ethnic simplicity works well

  • Bangles – a definitive statement of the boho tradition, what could be more alluring than shininess and jangliness every time you gesture and dance?
  • Flip Flops (at risk of sounding American, thongs at risk of sounding Aussie), or sandals any kind, summery and light
  • Turquoise is classic yet funky

    Turquoise is classic yet funky

    Dangly Earrings – a must! These are great and you can have so many styles, have fun with this one

Here’s just a start to the basic Boho look. Of course this is all suggestions, the whole idea is that you do what you like with it. I quote from an excellent article on wikihow:

Boho-chic doesn’t just mean flowy peasant skirts and flip flops, and messenger bags. An important aspect of bohemian style is individuality; this means embracing your own personality and expressing it through your fashion choices. You may not know anyone who actually wears feathery layered skirts, but if you love to, then that’s all that matters. Bohemian style may be described as a trend with certain looks to follow, but it’s really all about following your own inspirations.



Bohemian Style 1

In case you haven’t realized, I am a girl who enjoys the gypsy flair, one entranced by the lure of an unconvential life and a definite bohemian style

This can be reflected in your life in many different ways from the books you read, the things you do, your attitudes, and of course the fashion aspect which helps you feel all the other aspects come together in your persona, your individuality and your style.

Carefree and nonformist - The Bohemian Girl

Carefree and non-conformist - The Bohemian Girl

So I will be writing a series on the Bohemian Style


Here’s the definition from

A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.

Here’s the definition from “The term bohemian was first used in the nineteenth century to describe the untraditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities. Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or antiestablishment political or social viewpoints, which were often expressed through frugality and/or “voluntary poverty” (which is :


“The term emerged in France in the 1800s when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class gypsy neighbourhoods. The term “Bohemian” reflects a belief, widely held in France at the time, that the Gypsies had come from Bohemia.[1]”

BohemianBohemian – a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)

Indian – a native or inhabitant of India
gitana – a Spanish female Gypsy
gitano – a Spanish male Gypsy
2. Bohemian – a native or inhabitant of Bohemia in the Czech Republic

Czech Republic – a landlocked republic in central Europe; separated from Slovakia in 1993
European – a native or inhabitant of Europe
3. bohemian – a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life

recusant, nonconformist – someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
Adj. 1. Bohemian – of or relating to Bohemia or its language or people

So we can see that this style is combining gypsy, hippies – carefree with the just thrown together from the closest look but with an artistic sensibility. This is a good place to start as we get the feel for the look and the lifestyle.


Tip For life 1 January 1, 2009

Filed under: Inspirational,Life ideas and advice — bessabariangirl @ 6:40 am
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Dont take yourself too seriously

Even the most famous person of the 20th century didnt take himself too seriously

Even the most famous person of the 20th century didnt take himself too seriously