September 20, 2011

OOW: Black & Blue

NOTICE: This post is not about Black and Blue one of the worst Backstreet Boys albums.

Dress, Cardigan, Scarf: Target

Growing up I learned from my two older sisters, who were my fashion mentees, that you don't mix blue and black or brown and black. I spent many many years, probably to many, following these rules making sure I never wore my brown Dr. Martins with any black jeans or blue top with black pants. 

Today I am happy to say I am no longer applying these rules to my wardrobe!! I now LOVE the look of dark blue with black, and wear it more often than my sisters would probably like me to. Even though my sassy little self of mine is probably scolding herself...I don't care! 

Here I am breaking BOTH rules! Black with brown AND blue!!!

I got these new boots and HAD to wear them..I put them on as soon as I got home from a meeting at school! For the meeting I wore a pretty pair of flats, giving the look a more professional one. I love that a pair of shoes can change a whole feeling of an outfit!

Here is a closer look at my accessories:

Purse: Urban Outfitters

Ankle Boots: Big W

I'm linking up with:
pleated poppy

Sydney Harbor Bridge

It took 9 years, $6.25 million, and the lives of 16 men to make the creation of one of the most iconic Australia landmarks, the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The bridge was built during the Great Depression and the men who built the bridge were the highest paid workers in Australia, due to the dangerous conditions they faced each day they came to work. 16 men gave their lives to the bridge and hundreds more chanced it day in and day out. After the bridge was completed and celebrated the same men who risked their lives building the iconic bridge were sent back to the unemployment line.  Out of all the facts that I have heard or read about the bridge, this is the one that sticks in my brain. So when Dave and I walked across the bridge I thought about all those men working hard for years to build the bridge I was now walking across.

There are different ways for one to experience the Sydney Harbor Bridge. You can view it from a distance taking in the whole bridge at once, you can do the Sydney Bridge Climb and walk up to to observation point, take an elevator up to a lookout point, or walk across the bridge beside the whizzing traffic. Dave and I decided to do the latter because I have already done the Bridge Climb and Dave is afraid of it saved us some money (which I then spent on souvenirs)!

Walking across the bridge wasn't as exciting as Dave and I both that it would have been. The fence with barbed wire top keeps you locked into your path daring you even think about climbing over. However, when walking across it seems just like any other bridge, but then you look at the Harbor and remember nope, This is not just any other bridge. The views of the Harbor and city are the best part of walking across the bridge, they are breathe taking views that you can't capture on film. 

Shadow of bridge in the Harbor

NSW Flag at Observation Point on top of the bridge
I did love seeing the structure of the bridge up close, how intricintaly they flow from one spot to another. The sun hitting some areas brightening them up while other areas are left in the darkness of the shadows. After crossing the bridge, we turned right around and walked back again, seeing things that we didn't see before. 

I believe my favorite time to see the Sydney Harbor Bridge is at dusk when the lights start to come on truly illuminating the bridge and the Harbor.