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If you're clicking here for the first time, WELCOME! Every Friday we celebrate the fact that - ding, ding! - it's Friday, and our favourite things (an exquisite stack of pancakes? Extension cords?! Okay, it's probably not the latter...) from the week that was. Here's what I'm currently loving!
x Being Invited To My First Fashion Show (And Being Asked To Sit FRONT ROW!) - WHAT?! Who?! (Oh, if only my initial reaction had been that concise, instead of ''ARE YOU CONTACTING THE CORRECT PERSON?!'' and ''jeeeeeeeeeeeeez. I'm going to need a makeover!'')
Wonderfully and hilariously (who knew that a muppet like me would ever be asked to sit front row anywhere?!), I've been asked to attend Sydney's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival next week as a - ha! - 'VIB' (Very Important Blogger).
''Pick your favourite show from the line-up and we'll pop you in the front row!'' They said. ''Is this a belated April Fool's Day prank?!'' I was tempted to type back. Instead, I've VERY excitedly opted to see Myer's 'Big Is Beautiful' performance (because as much as I adore swimsuits and gorgeous, frothy frocks, that's the show that felt the most 'me'), and it's happening on TUESDAY! $%&#!
x Celebrating 7 Years With My Boyfriend - Excuse my sentimentality, but ack! It's my seventh anniversary with my boyfriend Tom today, and I'm so, so stupidly happy about it!
A photograph of us from 2005!
What can I say?! He's just an incredible person. The kind of guy who genuinely seems to think ''how can I make Corrine's life better?'', and loves me, enormous, annoying flaws and all. I'm opinionated and when I sit on the couch and mutter things like ''oh, of course the lead character in this music video is a size 6 blonde. She couldn't possibly be a plus-size African American girl or an Asian with braces, could she? Eye roll!'', he doesn't smother me with the nearest cushion, but smiles and thinks! (Probably ''I wish she'd shut the __ up'', but still!) He's the most hardworking, sincere and thoughtful person that I know, and above all, he's ALWAYS there for me. (Which, to me, is kind of the ultimate test of a relationship. It's easy to be by someone's side when everything's going swimmingly, but what about when things don't, or you wake up in the morning looking like a total scarecrow?! How a partner reacts to these incidents says FAR more than any gifts or words, in my opinion!)
x Other Little Things - Tom's chip-cooking routine (fact: whenever he's making them, he always prepares a little extra bowlful for me!); Alice Cooper's Cold Ethyl; dreaming of visiting Nepal (oh, who am I kidding? I'm constantly dreaming of visiting EVERYWHERE!); stuffing my face full of strawberries; scoring free dessert at Collaroy's Dragonfly restaurant (weird! I'm not sure if it's because I'd been discussing food bloggers and had a camera lying on the table - which the owner commented on! - or because I'd wiped down the table and cleaned up after myself. Either way, thanks guys!); surprising my father at his workplace (a recommended activity); and experimenting with new beauty products! (As trivial as it sounds, I'd forgotten how sublime it can be to discover a new blush or mascara which actually WORKS!)
x Grab an accessory and showcase it an unexpected way. Could you thread a scarf around your neck and wear it as an unusual, eye-catching necklace? Remove the belt from a pair of pants and place it over your favourite sweater to accenctuate your waist?
x Support my friend Alex in her quest to fight global poverty by donating to her 40 Hour Famine project! (She's giving up food for 40 hours to raise money for people who are chronically hungry and living in poverty. How amazing is she?! I'm contributing now!)
HAPPY WEEKEND! How was your week? What do you love? What can't you absolutely get enough of? (Ooh, how I love a rhyme!)