Love, Like & Loathe: Shailene Woodley, Merino Range, Inconsiderate Parents

Love, Like & Loathe: Shailene Woodley, Merino Range, Inconsiderate Parents

It is Friday again where I breathe a huge sigh of relief. Not just because it’s the end of the week but also because I’ve gotten two assignments out of the way and only one more to go! Life of a uni student eh? On this week’s Love, Like and Loathe, I’ll be sharing my new “girl crush”, something on Merino wool and why I cannot tolerate inconsiderate parents.



Shailene Woodley, for those unfamiliar with who she is, she’s the star in the latest book to film release; Divergent. To be perfectly honest though, I found out about her when I was looking for the release date to “The Fault In Our Stars” another book to film adaptation. Miss 12 had told me that they were making an adaptation of our favourite book so I thought I’d go Google to see when the release date was. The U.S as usual, released a trailer recently of the film and that was when I saw her. She’s definitely not your cookie cutter Hollywood starlet, in fact, to me she looks like the “lovely girl next door” and I think that was what sold me. It wasn’t until the release of the trailer for Divergent that I realised she was in that and even in The Descendants! This was when the stalking began.

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Shailene Woodley at the NY screening wearing Elie Saab jumpsuit

Image source (Matteo Prandoni/BFANYC/SIPA USA)

This girl is definitely someone who is down-to-earth, and really in touch with the…shall we say, “earthy” side of things? She’s made her own beauty products by crushing berries for lipstick, makes her own raw chocolate, practices yoga and her look at life in general and the whole celebrity thing just makes me want to adopt her as my own daughter. Check out her interview on Marie Claire and tell me you don’t love her. Seriously. When it comes to fashion, Shailene sports simple outfits that suit her body shape and dare I say, personality. Nothing too over the top or cumbersome, making her look and feel confident on the red carpet – which by the way are her reasons for choosing those outfits. Smart girl! I can’t wait to check out Divergent and the long awaited The Fault In Our Stars, which I believe will be out mid this year.


With Winter creeping slowly, especially for those of us in Melbourne, what better way to keep ourselves warm that to wear wool right? I admit, I’m not a huge fan of wool because I find them scratchy but I do love the warmth factor. So to mix the comfort factor in, I normally wear wool with something else underneath, like a shirt. A few weeks ago Vanessa from Style and Shenanigans shared her bargain find of **Merino wool at Glassons. I was a bit skeptical because, I was so sure it would be a wool mix of some kind for it to be $39.99. But I slam dunked that myth when I went into the store to check out the tops for myself. Indeed, they were 100% Merino wool and sold at that price. Granted they’re not thick, but I thought, instead of buying a mix acrylic jumper which would cost me twice that amount, I might as well buy a size up of this woolen top and wear it AS a jumper! As in over a shirt type of thing. I could also wear it on its own with a low-cut top underneath it to minimise the scratch factor. Simple! The tops come in a few colours – black, grey, pink, lime, blue and even in stripes. There’s the scoop neck version as well as the **crew neck one – the one that I decided to get. If you love 100% Merino wool but can’t afford to pay the big bucks, I’d say try out the ones from Glassons plus there’s free shipping for orders of $39.99 and over!

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Inconsiderate parents irk me, in fact, it irks me so much that it makes me so stabby! There are many kinds of inconsiderate parents but the worst kind are those that are not doing their kids any favours by blocking the road so that their kids can cross. Seriously, you’re supposed to be teaching them HOW to cross the road not show them what they’re NOT supposed to do, while acting on it. For instance, take the side roads where cars and pedestrians alike share. The rule is to always look out for any cars that might be turning into that road. If you see one approaching, you DO NOT park your pram in the middle of the road and you blocking the way with your body then letting the herd cross. No, just no. First, they would start to think that it’s alright to cross, regardless of IF there are cars about to turn or not. Secondly, it’s just RUDE to assume you own the road.

Another pet peeve? When parents block the entrance by stopping in the middle of the lane where everyone else is using to GET INTO THE SCHOOL! I have encountered many incidences at my kids’s school where a parent decides to stop midway, on the path where we’re all trying to walk into to…wait for this…tie their kid’s bloody shoelaces! Hello, the proper way is to move to the side and then tie their shoelaces! Or, another incident where a parent stops the child in the middle of the path, therefore blocking the way just to tell them that their bag isn’t adjusted properly and then proceeds to give some sort of a lecture about how much better it would be to have the straps of their bag aligned…while still standing there and adjusting their straps. Umm…no…you MOVE to the side people! The worse kinds are the ones that stop smack bang in at the entrance of the school gate. Seriously, people are trying to get in and out – MOVE OUT OF THE WAY! So parents, please do think of others and really of your child because you’re showing them a bad example of which they might (hopefully not) follow because they think it’s alright to do what they want to do just because their parents are doing it.

Phew…that felt a lot better!

That’s all for this week’s Love, Like & Loathe. Have you heard of Shailene Woodley? Would you try out the more affordable Merino range from Glassons and what sort of things do you loathe?


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  • Vanessa says:

    Glad you liked the Merino and that it surpassed your expectations!! Your next assignment is to buy a coloured one, hee hee!

    I just bought The Fault in Our Stars too. Must read before I hear anything about it!

    • Norlin says:

      I am so predictably safe aren’t I! I’m thinking of getting the green one – omg that would be so UNLIKE me! Just thinking though. It’s hard! Why don’t they have fuchsia???

      Oh yes read it and weep! I know I wept ugly – as in snot and all. Seriously. I can’t wait for the release of the film.

  • I loved Shailene Woodley in The Descendants so will keep an eye out for her new movie. Loving her outfit too btw. I’m a big fan of merino wool and it’s usually quite expensive. What an amazing find by Vanessa! Thanks for sharing it too. x

    • Norlin says:

      Isn’t she just divine…like in a nice and down-to-earth kind of way. I’m loving her fashion picks and you can see how comfortable she is! You should definitely check out their Merino wool range Dee, I was surprised that they’re 100% wool! And at $40!

  • I’ve got stacks and stacks of those merino tops. They’re fab. Also check out the Portmans range. Nice quality and well priced too

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