7 sins+

Forgive me reader for over the weekend, I sinned.. Lots. Thank you to Wikipedia for helping me define exactly how. Regular workwear update to arrive this Wednesday.

1. Extravagance

Extravagance (Latin, luxuria) is unrestrained excess. Extravagant behaviour includes the frequent purchase of luxury goods.

Those tracking my adventures on Twitter might have seen my extravagant purchase of a Peter Alexander Teddy Homie Hoodie. And anyone who patted me on the weekend would agree that it is also extremely luxurious in texture. NOTE: this is not Business Chic.

2. Lust

Lust or lechery (carnal “luxuria“) is usually thought of as excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature.

Have you read The Bride Stripped Bare? Wowsers Aussie writer Nikki Gemmell !

Chips & Salad souvlaki @ Wrap Bar... wish we got some lamb in it too....mmmm... lamb...

3. Gluttony

Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony (Latin, gula) is the  over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. Medieval church leader,  Thomas Aquinas Aquinas went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, including:

  • Praepropere – eating too soon.
  • Laute – eating too expensively.
  • Nimis – eating too much.
  • Ardenter– eating too eagerly (burningly). Lock it in Eddie, fellow diners at Misty’s this weekend would agree that this suits me best… as would other late niters at the Wrap Bar..
  • Studiose – eating too daintily (keenly).
  • Forente – eating wildly (boringly).

Like Eve & the apple, I had an attack of the greedies and wanted M Magazine to know about BC.. lucky for all, I was sheltered by the bamboo hedges at Outpost..

4. Greed

Greed (Latin, avaritia), also known as avarice or covetousness, as seen by the church, is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.

Oh, I was really bad here. I saw Rachel Wells’ fab little piece on chic Melbourne professionals in The Age’s Sunday M Mag and got all excited and LOOK@MOI-like.. so I  tweeted her and the Sunday M Mag to say LOOK@MOI.. then saw the article on-line and tweeted again to encourage anyone else who was reading to also LOOK@MOI. Luckily I couldn’t see Thelma McQuillan’s Twitter handle because I was also very excited by her piece on Office Chic..

5. Acedia

Going grunge with GAK - thanks to Bernards Magic Shop (211 Elizabeth St) for lending!

Acedia (Latin, acedia) (from Greek ακηδία) is the neglect to take care of something that one should do.

As production stylist, I am responsible for dressing two chicks every week for Channel 31’s lifestyle-tribute show Destination 90sout of my own wardrobe.. so when the massive hailstorm from a few weeks back flooded my ceiling and wardrobe – well I did what I could and dumped normal clothes on my bed and potential show pieces, in my bath tub… no photo folks; this is the stuff that OH&S nightmares are made of.. but ’tis much fun to sit in the bath tub and pull out the years of op shopping that have proved to come in handy. Austin Powers outfit? CHECK! PollyPocket?-CHECK! Grunge?- CHECK!..

6. Despair

Buying a home like the one my parents had us grow up in? With auction clearance rates this weekend at 85% and prices going through the roof, I did despair. So I tried to return my mind to the joys of the Til You Drop Shopping Melbourne History event I went to last Thursday – a discussion about The Birth of the New Suburb: The Rise of Cool (rather than interest rates & house prices… oh vicious cycle- there I go again!)

7. Sloth

Failure to utilise one’s talents and gifts. I have been very fortunate enough to secure a generorous offer from a fantastic Melbourne venue for an upcoming BusinessChic.com.au event, about which I am very excited.. I was supposed to send them confirmation details then start writing up proposals for financial and in-kind sponsors this weekend but didn’t get around to it 🙁

8. Wrath

Road rage. I appreciate football. I do not appreciate being stuck in football traffic.

There's a party on the hill and I'd like to come.. I'd also like to eat your food as it's been a while since my last food excursion.. and while I probably could afford it, my boss has only agreed to let me have time off if I manage to pull off something amazing. d'oh!

9. Envy

I envy all who are going to RAFW in Sydney. While I have entered a competition or two, I have not yet had time to get my thoughts down on paper/into email to approach businesses to be in-kind sponsors in return for reviews for a business chick’s review. Note to self: webjet/Qantas/Virgin Blue for flights, wotif/google-stylish-Sydney-hotels for accomodation. If anyone is reading this and able to help, please do let me know:)

10. Pride

.. I should've also credited David Hughes for his distinctive voice which I tried to copy in this clip to contrast with Dee's whacked pommy accent, over which I had no control..

In almost every list Pride (Latin, superbia), or hubris, is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and indeed the ultimate source from which the others arise. It is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self.

Oh dear. BusinessChic.com.au is now on YouTube. I put up a clip of an earlier work I made with a girlfriend. I think this might be demonstrative of excessive love of self and having failed to acknowledge the good work of others – in my voice-over, I try to imitate Hughesy.. so there, I’ve confessed. Hail Mary…

11. Vainglory

Vainglory (Latin, vanagloria) is unjustified boasting.

Ok for this one – you be the judge on whether my boasting is unjustified –

Pak Obama, datang lah kekota kami indah ini 🙂

I was rather annoyed last week when listening to 774′ s discussion of Kerry O’Brien’s interview with Barack Obama and the speculation that he’ll be taking Michelle and the girls to see Sydney and Canberra only. Look.. I love Sydney because my friends and family look after me and feed me lots (refer above 3. Gluttony). Canberra; the Memorial is a must. However, I really think that the Obamas should take the time to visit Melbourne together because there are some marvellous things which can only be done in the city of Melbourne, here’s my Melbourne Visit-Us OR Vainglorious Top Melbourne List:

.. will the Obamas be in Camp Ferris too? Perhaps they'll enjoy a homemade pavlova like we did, during a birthday picnic we had to enjoy the views of Birrarung Marr..

  1. Stay at Crown Towers – level 31+ – nice view of the gas balls every hour should keep the girls intrigued and the butler service is out of this world. Dinner in-house at Kokos where the pond-water-feature might also appeal.  If the First peeps have been invited to Government House, I’d like to see Michelle in couture Yeojn Bae.
  2. Girls – early morning hot air balloon ride as the sun rises over the city; or as the parentals jog the Tan, take a ride on the quaint Ferris Wheel at Birrarung Marr if Kennett’s ego hasn’t closed it down yet.
  3. The First Family might enjoy a drive down tree-lined Royal Parade to Sydney Road Brunswick where they can sample the successfully multicultural and oh-so-generously-tasty Roti Omlette at Tom Phat.. Michelle to wear Akira Isogawa-modified-Bonds singlet with comfortable but chic tapered silk pant and a Scanlan throw-on if the Melbourne morning is chilly. POTUS to give a wife-beater a go (!) and the girls in Country Road childrenswear.

    Ginger Granita vs Es Campur? - POTUS, you be the judge!

    Alternatively sleep in and have an early lunch at  Cumulus Inc where they can follow up the unique and excellent tuna-tartare-with-minted-peas with the IMO out-of-this world Ginger Granita which they might like to compare with the es campur they are likely to have enjoyed in Indonesia.

  4. Mr President to be fitted out in a classic shirt with smart touches by upcoming-shirt-classicist Andrew Parker @ Cecil.  The First Lady to have an appointment with emerging Australian fashion talent, Alexi Freeman. This colour would look smashing on her.
  5. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance and take the free tour to be touched by the spirit of the ANZACs and Kipling’s ode. Michelle to wear a democratic ensemble from Target with baubles by Paspaley or Jan Logan. Girls, I’m sure would look very darling in ensembles from Alannah Hill.
  6. Alexi Freeman kindly holds up the plum silk blouse that would look beautiful on Michelle. Tie up pussy-bow for corporate chic or undo and wrap around loosely for cowl-neck effect - clever!

    Afternoon drinkies at Riverland, though the Secret-Service might prefer High Tea at The Hotel Windsor (easier to enter/exit through the kitchen.. the only DVD set I’ve ever tried to own is The West Wing, I’m yet to get Season 7..)

  7. Romantic dinner for two at Church St Enoteca (scroll down the page to read my testimonial:P). Michelle to wear Scanlan & Theodore with a little something something picked out by Christine…. or a family dinner at Mr. Wolf where Michelle could rock out in Bettina Liano.


  1. Tom Phat is great 🙂

    • Yay! Glad you like it too Carly:) I’ve taken a few out-of-towners there and they’ve all appreciated the awesomeness of the roti omlette. tasty vego/meatlovers style

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