The Adventures of the chick with too many shoes

Neroli is a Melbourne Chick with too many shoes. She works in Marketing, loves fashion, food and footy and doesn't mind hunting for a bargain!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Movember. A Month of Scratchy Kisses for a Good Cause.

Now, let me be clear. I in no way, shape or form enjoy my nearest and dearest participating in the month formerly known as November, but now re-christened "Movember" see www.movember.com.au for details.

But alas, once a year, for one month of the year, my partner Steve puts all traces of vanity aside to raise money for Prostate Cancer research and funding for Beyond Blue (depression related mental illness). This month long festival of facial hair has lead me to the conclusion that facial hair on some men just isn't right.

Lets take a look:

Here we have exhibit (A). A fun shot of the two of us on our way home from a wedding earlier this year (Go Robby Narve and Annie!).

You'll notice his lovely tanned skin and blonde hair. Yes, it's true, I think my boy is a 'bit of alright' and why wouldn't I?


Now take a look at exhibit (B), last year's Movember effort. This was about half way through the month and you'll notice a smudge above his top lip. Steve went for the 'Porn Star' look and it really didn't get much better.

Maybe it was the humid Vietnamese air (where he was working for a couple of weeks) that made him attempt to emulate "The Cougar" (see www.thecougar.com.au) I don't know.


Exhibit (C) shows the beginning of this year's "Trucker". I am naturally mortified, but alas, have no say. Along with the Mo, he has decided to extend his sideburns too in order to 'authenticate' the look.

Steve has lovely blonde curly hair. For some strange reason his facial growth is a curious mix of sparse blonde and ginger hairs.

So now I have a boyfriend who wouldn't look out of place in a deep south trailer park or on Australia's most wanted. And don't get me started on instances of beard rash and spiky kisses that make your eye water....

BUT... I do want you to know that I am very proud of Steve and his dedication to two very worthy causes. I have even sponsored his 'Mo' (number 18883) to put my money where my mouth is and show my support. Bringing awareness to men's health issues is a noble cause, worthy of a month embarrassing family photos (you should see the photos of a wedding we went to last November) and scratchy kisses. Just don't tell Steve!

Another Spring Carnival is Over...

Ah! Spring Carnival. Where women all over Melbourne think nothing of spending over $1000 for a single day out (think about it...... pedestrian pass, marquee ticket, new shoes, dress, hat/fascinator plus drinks, taxis and after race celebrations...).

There is something quite touching about 800 strangers packed into one train carriage, breathing heavy, alcoholic breath over each other and deciding that we are all best buddies and break out into song together. The photo on the left is of my friend Paula and I in a train after Derby Day and I must say, we actually look reasonably ok! Flash forward a couple of hours and my sunburned forehead is revealed in all it's glowing glory and I somehow manage to lose my elegant demeanor in subsequent photos of the evening (see below)

Yep. Nothing like posing with your glamorous friends (Tobi with the great suntan and Topaz with the fab halter neck dress) and your mate who decides that after a 12 hour drinking session, your fascinator is the closest thing to food he's going to see. You'll be pleased to know that I managed to drop Tony off at the golden arches on my way home, much to the amusement of the taxi driver.

I woke up the next morning and without even getting up, I could feel my poor feet aching. After being a veteran of over 8 Spring Carnivals I am proud to say I have NEVER removed my shoes on the walk home. I leave that to the young amateurs who mistake night-club gear for racewear...

All in all, a brilliant day was had and special thanks go to Kimba for the company, Tess for her kind generosity (I just lurve french champagne) and all my favorite CW's for such a great time.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Welcome to my first blog entry. Currently this is more for my purposes (ie figuring out how this all works, which buttons do what etc) than yours. In fact I supose it's actually kinda boring for you!

Don't dispair - I'll have more interesting postings and adventures for you very shortly.