South of the border

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Permalink

I’m sure, as avid readers of my blog, you will recall my post a month or so ago announcing that I was getting on a plane. I know, I know… no biggie for most people, including the former-me (who once travelled a bit for work). But – as I said in the previous post, I’ve felt a bit paranoid about my weight and aeroplane seats etc for a while now. I’ve never had any danger of not fitting into them before, or fitting the belt around me (although it’s been stretched to its limit), but I read such horrible online comments from people about others’ travelling that I’ve been scared shitless.

However, I agreed to travel down to Melbourne (here in Oz) with my brother, sister-in-law and niece and my mother for a five-day holiday. My niece is participating in a beauty pageant and – given the recent loss of my dad – it was decided it might be a nice ‘family’ thing to do. Plus my mum hasn’t ever been to Victoria or Melbourne before.

It’s at this point I must confess to YET ANOTHER foible: I’m actually not a very good tourist. I get bored easily. I don’t appreciate ‘things’ as I should. I’m like: “Meh, another lion,” or “Another castle… like you know, W-O-T-E-V-A!”

I haven’t travelled a lot but if you’ve seen one scary animal, you’ve seen them all – in my books anyway. I far prefer to just soak up the culture of a different place. My first overseas trip was to Portugal (enroute to work in Mozambique) and sure, there are a lot of impressive monuments and stuff; but I just loved the cobblestone streets and apartment buildings which were SO different to Australian suburbia.

Fortunately, inner city Melbourne will not offer us the complexities of travelling o/s. The family is also completely okay with me ditching them when they visit zoos and things I have no desire to see. I may well just want to hang out at fabulous cafes with my laptop blogging away. Or something.

I don’t even have a ‘things I want to do / see’ list. But… I’m told I need to do some shopping. I don’t really ‘get’ it I must say. Although my hometown of Brisbane isn’t as big, it probably has most of the same shops. It seems a long way to go to buy something to lug back here. Nevertheless… because people will ask me (on my return) what I bought, I have to buy something.

As I’ve commenced my 4-day working week, the new frugal me is also aiming to be a bit more strategic in my purchases… so I have a list of 5 things – all of which I could buy here (or online from the comfort of my desk chair), but in keeping with the spirit of things…

Melbourne shopping list

1. A new pair of jeans. My old jeans are too big – as I’ve had them for a couple of years. Since losing the first 20kg, I have – naturally – waited to lose the next 15+kg to buy new jeans… but over 6 months has passed and the scales haven’t budged and, quite frankly, every gal needs a pair of jeans for winter.

2. Black winter boots. I’ve only ever had one pair of long boots and – I must confess – I actually bought them second hand on eBay. Given my hatred of shopping, I was – at one point – a rabid eBayer… and had certain brands of stuff (Nine West / Mollini / Midas shoes; Nicola Waite or Chocolat clothes) that I bought in a somewhat obsessive manner. ANYTHING to avoid having to go into a store. Unfortunately I have A LOT of too-small Nicola Waite stuff sitting in newly repacked boxes in my walk-in wardrobe.

My old (used) boots are great but: they’ve never zipped up (overly fattened calves, despite no prodigal son / man of any kind on the horizon); and they’re a bit too high to walk around in all-day.

3. A case for my Macbook Air, which I tend to just lug around naked. I do the same with my iPhone, but given the cost of the laptop I should probably take more care. Again this is something I could buy locally, but have never just got around to it!

4. A black skivvy/turtleneck. A very boring purchase indeed, but I’m way overdue as my old faithful one has a hole near the neckline I’ve been covering up for years. Again, only laziness has prevented me doing something about this!

5. A fabulous jacket of some kind. I’m loving Nicola Waite’s latest lines… so if I’m keen enough to drop a hefty chunk of money, I may well visit her Melbourne store to have a look.

In case you haven’t seen it, I just wrote a post about a recent fashion precinct party I went to – noting (several times) that I’m not much of a fashionista; and my inability to fit into mainstream clothes is the key culprit.

The fact I’m still having to wear plus-sized fashion will make my Melbourne clothes-buying even more complicated. I can’t just walk into any store to make a purchase – even when it comes to shoe-buying given my bloody calves are too chunky for normal people-sized boots!

However, in light of my agreement to STOP putting my life on hold and ‘waiting’ until I lose weight; I won’t defer purchases any more… and will let you know how I go.

Have you been guilty of delaying purchases or other commitments, until…..?

22 Comments
  • Lou Lou
    April 11, 2012

    Dear non-fashionista,
    So you are going to the hippest city in Oz and you’re bringing a shopping list with you? I went to Melbourne last year and absolutely loved it, you will have a blast! I wrote some top tips here if you are at all interested:
    http://loulouloves.me/2011/05/05/melbourne-part-1/

    • Debbish
      April 11, 2012

      Will definitely have a look at your post Lou Lou! I don’t know Melbourne at all.

  • Kek
    April 11, 2012

    You are funny…. would you like a list of fabulous things to see in my home town?

    When are you coming? And do you have time for a coffee date? Or a personally-guided chocolate-lover’s tour? :o)

    • Debbish
      April 11, 2012

      Kerryn, I go / come today! I can definitely fit in a catch-up if you are free – for some reason I thought you lived somewhere more regional! My niece apparently has a list of chocolate-related cafes (?! – which I’d never heard of before) on ‘our’ to-do list while there.

      I think I’ve only been to Melbourne twice. Once on a one-day work trip in the late 1990s; and then for a week before I went to work o/s (in mid-ish 1990s). I recall for the latter that we stayed on a Uni campus somewhere and had a lot of briefings and so only minimal excursion time!

  • KCLAnderson (Karen)
    April 11, 2012

    Thank you for providing the map…so how long a flight is it from Brisbane to Melbourne?

    And? I am very much like you when it comes to touristing about…there are some things I like to see, but I am not one for museums unless it’s a really famous one, or something. But even then, I get bored fast.

    Unfortunately, I was never good at delaying purchases and it often got me into trouble, money-wise. but I have gotten much better.

    • Debbish
      April 11, 2012

      I did think the map would be useful for my o/s readers Karen. The flight’s over 2hrs – not sure of km/miles. Will let you know how the shopping goes!

  • Nikki
    April 11, 2012

    Go Deborah! I love your Wishlist and you must get the Nicola Waite! For the boots (the calve thing kills me too!) try http://www.bennettsboots.com/stores.aspx

    • Debbish
      April 11, 2012

      Hi Nikki and thanks for the heads-up re the boots! There’s actually a Nicola Wait top I love though not sure I can justify ANOTHER black top! (Can’t work out how to upload here!)

  • Liz@LastChanceTraining
    April 11, 2012

    Love Melbourne – it’s my favourite capital city in Australia 🙂

    • Debbish
      April 11, 2012

      I don’t really know it Liz, so am looking forward to the visit…

  • Min
    April 11, 2012

    Deb – Melbourne is SUCH a different shopping experience than Brizzie! I love Melbourne 🙂 Melbourne is a fabulous place to look for your boots and coat in particular – far more options will be there than here. Bridge Road is a must do for shopping in Melb (easy to get to by tram) and there is also Chapel St – it’s far more $XXX’y but worth a visit – you can at least afford a coffee there and soak up the atmosphere in a nice cafe while you blog away LOL The Victoria Markets are a good outing too – treasures amongst some trash – amazing foods. I also love the little alley cafe’s off and around Bourke street. Another place I love to visit is St Kilda – gorgeous shops, gorgeous cafe’s and eateries, wonderful atmosphere…and there is so much more! I think you will enjoy your Melbourne experience. Look forward to hearing about it!

    • Debbish
      April 12, 2012

      Hi Min! Am gonna google all of those places cos I don’t know Melbourne at all. Vic Mkts were already on our list and we are heading to Bourke St first thing.

      I’m not much of a shopper, so will try my hardest to grin and bear it!!!

      Deb

  • Karen@WaistingTime
    April 11, 2012

    I may actually get to Melbourne in the next year or so! Our niece (with her husband) is at school there and it seems to make sense that if we are ever going to head that way, we should do it with family to visit:)

    • Debbish
      April 12, 2012

      I would come and meet you if you were in Oz! Will let you know how I enjoy the visit!

  • Vicki
    April 11, 2012

    Jealous!! Love Melbourne! And LOVE the shopping! Enjoy yourself xxx

    • Debbish
      April 12, 2012

      Thanks. We’re starting the shopping today… heading to Bourke Street (I think), which is just down the road from our hotel.

  • Mel
    April 12, 2012

    Excellent – glad you’ll get some shopping in while you’re down there! And nice list, and love the boots especially. I constantly have inner battles with my shopping “monster”; should I buy there shoes or should I be good and save…. You don’t want to see my wish list for this season, its a mile long!!!

    • Debbish
      April 12, 2012

      I think when I get to a decent weight my list will be longer, but for now… it’s kind of do-able. As for the jeans, I seriously need some casual trousers/pants for winter and cannot keep putting off the purchase any longer.

  • Yvette @ DTlilsquirts
    April 13, 2012

    New Reader here!!! Wow.. Yes those are all a BIG must haves!!!

    I too have lost alot of weight recently and now in desperate need of new clothes.. my pre-baby clothes from 3 yrs ago don’t fit (too small) and my maternity clothes are too big.. although I could never part with my maternity black pants as they come right up to my boobs and are so comfy!!
    My secret weapon keeping all the lumps n bumps all tucked in!

    • Debbish
      April 14, 2012

      Hi Yvette, thanks for dropping by! I have to say, there’s nothing like old faithful pieces of clothing that feel like ‘coming home’ when you put them on. I LIVE in baggy tracksuit pants etc at home and the moment I walk in the door I change into comfy clothing!

      I haven’t had a lot of success on the new clothes front yet, but at least I have my jeans – a winter essential!

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style
    April 14, 2012

    Great wardrobe choices. They’ll mix and match with everything. I hope you have a fantastic trip and your niece has a great time competing. Rachel x

    • Debbish
      April 14, 2012

      Rachel, I’m big on ‘basics’ when it comes to shopping… plus I wear A LOT of black (so I fit in really well here in Melbourne!). Enjoying the trip so far!

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