Love, Like & Loathe: The Wardrobe Girl, Consciously Uncoupling, Reminiscing The Past

Love, Like & Loathe: The Wardrobe Girl, Consciously Uncoupling, Reminiscing The Past

Hello…FRIDAY! This has been such a hectic week and I have to admit that while I did enjoy bits and pieces of this week, I really hate the fact that my eating habits went askew and let’s not even talk about my exercise regime. I was lucky to be able to fit in something on Tuesday, Wednesday and today! For someone who works out almost everyday, it’s just frustrating when your regular schedule gets disrupted by…life.  But, to be able to still fit in SOME semblance of normalcy I think I deserve a pat on the back. Hope your week hasn’t been as hectic as mine. As they say, “the show must go on”, so here is this week’s list of Love, Like & Loathe.


*The Wardrobe Girl by Jennifer Smart

The Wardrobe Girl

Thankfully, I managed to squeeze in some leisurely reading time before this hectic week and managed to read this particular book that I have gladly included on my LOVE list. The Wardrobe Girl is written by Jennifer Smart, who has worked in the film and television industry for many years, including on the drama Home and Away. So it wasn’t a surprise to find The Wardrobe Girl, a fictional look at Tess Appleby’s life as a wardrobe assistant on “Pretty Beach Rescue”, an Australian drama. Trying to rebuild her life, Tess decides to take step down from her amazing career as a costume director in London to go back to Sydney. Like the drama that goes on in television soap operas, Tess’ life is just as, if not more interesting.

This contemporary romance novel is a light and great read, keeping you entertained from the start. I loved reading how her disastrous life begins the moment she starts her new job being thrown into the politics of romance, petty actors and egotistical producers. Sadistic I know, but it just made me laugh or gasp at the “mistakes” she made! The stereotypical characters are hilarious and makes the story interesting and easy to relate to, even if you’ve never worked behind the scenes before. It just makes it very believable.  If you love books that are quick and easy to read while still entertaining, then I’d highly recommend this book. Let’s just say I couldn’t put it down and if I didn’t need to have my sleep I would’ve stayed up all night to finish it!



Goopify Your Relationship

I’m sure most of you would have already heard by now that Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have now “consciously uncoupled”. In other words gone to splitsville central. While, yes it’s pretty sad that marriages do break up, I can’t help but laugh at the term they (or most probably Gwyneth did) used. Clever no? Funny but clever. Let’s just say I kept on saying to Mr. C that night (repeatedly), imagine if we ever “consciously uncoupled”. Or could we do it unconsciously? And, the thing that comes out of this is (much like when John Travolta mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name) a widget that actually describes your relationship status, Gwyneth style. In other words, “Goopify” your relationship!

Have a play and see what yours is. Here’s mine:

consciously uncoupled



I’ve decided to change this week’s LOATHE more to something that makes me ponder, because while I don’t loathe it, the thing I’m about share does make me think.

my sweet parade quote


A friend of mine shared this on her profile a few weeks ago (I think) and this isn’t the first time I’ve seen the same thing being shared and posted because I guess most of us that do use Facebook are born between the 50s – 70s. While it does trigger some nostalgic memories – good ones, I won’t deny that some of the things mentioned do make me wonder why I did do them at all!

  • Playing on the street – while I didn’t exactly do this, I did have fun playing with the kids in my late grandmother’s neighbourhood without any adult supervision. In fact I remember playing in those dirty drains (the sewerage drains in Singapore are way bigger than here)  – pretty yucky when I think about it now, but to be able to show the boys that “yes, I can climb the drains” was such an awesome feat. Would I let my kids do that now? Hell no! Especially now that I KNOW what lurks in those drains! Eww!!
  • Recording songs off the radio onto cassette tapes – Hands up those of you who used to do this – a lot! I remember waiting for the DJ to stop talking and start playing the song so that I could quickly press the record button on my Dad’s radio cum cassette player. That thing became my “best friend” and well, the cheapest way to enjoy your own mix tape!
  • I didn’t walk a mile anywhere when I was younger but I did manage to convince my parents to let me go on the public bus by myself when I was 9. It wasn’t easy to get my way but I did. I guess my parents realised that if they said no, I would still continuously miss the school bus on purpose just so I could take the public bus. Seriously…a NINE YEAR OLD! Looking back, thank goodness NOTHING happened to me and yes it’s pure luck because I also remember hearing on the news about two boys who were about 12 (I think) who were abducted on their way home from school. I’ll be honest and say that not a day passes by that doesn’t make me wonder whatever happened to those boys. But did that stop me from taking the public bus? No, but it sure did make me a lot more wary of EVERYONE even to this day. And this is where educating my kids comes in. We can’t necessarily predict what can happen but we can do our best to make them aware of what could happen. Don’t get me wrong, I do worry each time any of them goes to school without me but I know I have to let them grow up. Molly coddling them won’t help build independent thinkers.
  • First one to program VCRs – Yes, I used to be the “hero” in the house for figuring out how to program and record using the VCRs.
  • While I did use to ride in the back of cars without seat belts, can’t say I would let my kids do the same even if it isn’t a law. Better to be safe than sorry really.
  • Lived without cell phones, Facebook, twitter, computers, the Internet, iPods, flat screen tvs, surround sounds – here’s the thing, the ones using or at least encouraging the use of these gadgets are those actually born between the 50s – 70s, so really, why are we making it sound like kids nowadays are to blame? Not like THEY are the ones buying these gadgets. I practice the “everything in moderation” mantra but in my house, it’s more – no electronics (including television), except for the radio, during weekdays. The funny thing is, they are allowed these gadgets during the holidays but more often than not, prefer to go outside and play or do crafty things and keep their hands busy.

So while it’s great to reminisce the past, I do think not everything is that great when you sit down and think about it.


*I was given an author review copy of The Wardrobe Girl via Netgalley in accordance with the site’s Disclosure Policy. All comments are my own.



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  • I love books that you can’t put down – damn, if only we didn’t need to sleep 🙂 I read a book recently which was one of those…..Secrets of The Tides by Hannah Richell – I was captured from the first moment and just adored it!

    Wishing you a happy, restful and love-jammed weekend 🙂

    • Norlin says:

      I’ve heard of Secrets of The Tides! I wonder if I’ve got that in my “to read” list. Adding that now if I haven’t! Yeah, I wished I could stay up and read – or just stop time and catch up on my reading at least 😉

  • emmabovary says:

    LMAO I was born in the 90’s and played in the street, taped on cassettes from the radio and didn’t have any technology in the house until I started my VCE – it was books and family time for me only! My parents bought their first computer when I was in university haha so maybe it all extends out to 80’s and 90’s too 😉

    Feel bad about Chris Martin and Gwennie, always sad to see a relationship break up especially when they have kids 🙁

    • Norlin says:

      You know…the first time I ever owned a computer…in my case, a laptop, was also when I went to uni!! No computer games and all that for me, it was books, books, books! It’s no wonder I love to read! And…oh yeah…watching soap operas with my mum! I agree that they should extend that to those born in the 90’s.

      Yeah, I do feel a bit sad for the couple, but it’s the term she came up with that made me roll my eyes. Even when breaking up she wants to be “different”. Sigh.

  • As Gwyneth Paltrow would say, Mr Styling and I are: “purposefully interlaced”…!

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