Reasons why Microsoft should hire me a personal assistant…

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I actually previously hated the 07 Office Suite for Mac set, I found it to be slow and Word never shut down properly for me. I’ve been using various Microsoft products for Mac for 7 years now and the difference between the programs then and now is pretty extreme! You can imagine when Nuffnang asked me to review Mac Office 2011 I was full of both apprehension that it might be better and dread that it might not be. I was pleasantly surprised so yay!

The main difference I noticed using the ’11 version is that everything is faster, had fancier graphics and is more Mac designed rather than just being Mac compatible which is what the older ones felt like. Windows is really pushing the cloud mentality so there is also the option to connect everything online and get extra templates etc. The templates still look like Word templates though so you need to inject your own creativity. Over all they are definitely an improvement over the last lot, the speed difference alone is reason to upgrade considering how much time I used to waste waiting for Word or Excel to open.

You know the one thing missing from this though? Clippy the office paper clip! Sure he was a little enthusiastic but I feel it was a feature that could have been improved on… Like you know if it had been a mini version of me. That would be a pretty sweet improvement in helping me write blog post I imagine it would be so advanced it would be pretty much like having a personal assistant. In fact let’s view the conversation in the eyes of the new Clippy and me on a typical morning here…

Early morning at Violet’s house:

Microsoft Advertorial

Why I Don't Play Board Games… Pictionary Nuffnang Competition

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I’m an only child so growing up board games were never my favorite pastime. It’s kind of hard to play them with one or two people-me and my mum. James however has 2 siblings so he grew up loving them and his love has forced me into many a game of Scrabble!

So when Nuffnang contacted me to test out the new incarnation of Pictionary I was well… apprehensive. I’ve never played Pictionary before so I don’t really have anything to compare it to but I took it along to our romantic getaway at the Langham to see if we could have some fun. That’s what happens on romantic hotel getaways right? People play board games? Uhuh. Well this is what happened…

Pictionary Advertorial Photos

Competition- Mother's Day, Meet My Mum.

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Mother’s Day is coming soon, here in Aus it’s on the 8th of May this year so only a few weeks left to think of things to get. I’m quite a bad daughter, I usually forget about these kinds of things. I don’t really celebrate holidays and Mother’s Day changes every year so it’s hard to remember!!

This is my Mum by the way… She didn’t like the photos I took of her so I’ve made and artistic representation of her for this post.


Outfit Of The Day Post and Best Australian Blog Competition

Before I get into the special outfit post of the day I just wanted to put in a little announcement. I’ve been nominated for the Sydney Writer’s Centre “Best Australian Blogs Competition”! Very exciting 😀 I’m not sure the category I’m up for but as well as the regular awards I’ve been nominated for the People’s Choice Award!

If you would like to vote in the awards (not just for me, there are lots of other amazing bloggers nominated too) just click the banner below to be taken to the form. If you want to vote for me I’m on the 3rd page of blogs under V for Violet ^_^

So yeah I just wanted to say thank you to all of you reading this because when I started this blog years ago I had no idea the awesome places it would take me or the wonderful people I would meet, so THANK YOU for reading!!!

People's Choice Award


So ruffly and pretty!


I wore this outfit to meet Thomas and Sakie who are lovely bloggers from Japan. So happy because I finally got an excuse to try Max Brenner too XD Photos of that to come in the next edition of snapshots.

This is the kind of dress you just want to spin in XD


Totally love it, can’t wait to try out different ways to coordinate it!

One Day in Paradise info:

Shop is located at Visage n Vice Boutique, 248 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Open Fridays 11am-7pm and Saturdays 11am-6pm or by appointment. Shop online anytime.

One Day in Paradise, Visage n Vice Boutique and Petticoats and Gallantry also do various markets and stalls so please check their websites for more information on time and dates. A big thank you goes to Laura from Petticoats and Gallantry for including the leopard print shower cap I had my eye on at the store too 😀 Showering in style=win! Thank you girls!!


Now back to video editing for me 😀

One Day in Paradise Lolita Store Competition Winner!

This morning I drew the winner of the One Day in Paradisecompetition and the lucky comment number waaaaaas:

Number 1! Hahaha in this case it really did turn out to be first in best dressed XD

Jessica from You have won yourself a $100 gift voucher!


Thank you so much to everyone who commented and entered the competition! I really appreciate all the support that you guys give and I’m so happy to be able to give something back 😀 I will be replying to everyone’s lovely comments this week and fingers crossed this will be just the start of the competitions open to international readers ^_^

Thank you for reading! <3

*Edit* As was luckily pointed out by Aimiya in the comments, there has been some confusion in the ordering of the comments. When I counted the entries and picked the winner, I went to the bottom of the post and counted the comments from there down, then paged backwards until reaching the end. I made the mistake of assuming they were in chronological order in the same way as my old theme. I was completely wrong and so while Jessica’s comment appeared as #1, it was not actually the first comment posted chronologically. That comment belonged to Mai from No one’s fault but mine, I should have been more vigilant in checking the dates of the comments and I completely apologise for that. To resolve the situation fairly I have decided to give both girls the voucher prize, one donated from One Day in Paradise and one out of my own pocket. That seems like the only right thing to do. Again sorry everyone for the confusion and thank you to all of you that entered and commented! */Edit*

One Day In Paradise Lolita Store Anniversary Competition!

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Finally a competition open to international readers too, I hope you all enjoy it ^_^

One Day in Paradise is to date Australia’s first and only local Lolita store and they celebrated their second anniversary this past weekend 😀

While I  personally no longer wear Lolita fashion I do still enjoy seeing it on others and I know that lots of my readers wear the fashion so when Marie (the owner) invited me along I was delighted to see what they were doing!

Early that morning Marie came over and I helped her out with her hair, she really enjoyed my tutorial on over the head plaits so she borrowed some of my flowers and I tried out the style on her. This proves that even those with short hair can try it because Marie’s hair is barely shoulder length!

One Day in Paradise Post

Competition Time!

Up for grabs is a AU$100 gift voucher to One Day in Paradise to be used by the end of January 2011. This giveaway is open to everyone including international readers!

This competition is now closed!

What you need to do:

-Be a follower of this blog (either by Google Friend Connect or RSS and yes I will check this)

-Leave a comment saying what on their website you would spend your voucher on.

-Please use a valid email address!

This giveaway will be open for 7 days until midnight Melbourne Australia time 29th January 2010 and the winner will be picked at random.

I can’t wait to see what you all would pick, good luck everyone!

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