All about that bag

February 25, 2015
bag, clutch, handbag

It’s Wednesday and the usual Wednesday routine here at WOTM is a fresh, newly published Wordless Wednesday post featuring one or some of my photographs, but I’m being cheeky and shaking things up a bit this week. Woohoo – the spontaneity is intoxicating!!

It looks like I’ve caught some kind of spontaneityitis or something coz I got all spontaneous on the weekend too and posted on a Saturday!!   It’s usually unheard of!!  I’ve linked that post ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia‘ up as usual with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday today.

Of course I couldn’t let a Wednsday slip by without a newly published post and so here I am with something a little different.

I highly recommend that you play this video as you read the rest of this post.  It will help set the err ‘groovy’ mood!  Just replace the word ‘bass’ with ‘bag’ ok! 😉

I mentioned in this post that I’m going to a mini ProBlogger event in Brisbane on 3 March and I’m excited but nervous and have a bit of FODP (Fear of Disappointing People).  Well – I figured that if I put a bit of effort into what I wear it would help me to feel a little bit more confident and less like an overweight daggy middle-aged housewife with FODP!  I’ll not look like I did in my 20’s or 30’s and I really am not much of a fashionista but I decided I was not going to be ‘vanilla’ for this event so …  ‘I’m all about that bag’!

This bag!!

bag, clutch, handbag

bag, clutch, handbag

bag, clutch, handbag

I spotted this bag and it jumped out at me.  It just screamed GROOVY BABY to me <insert eye rolls from all three of my kids here>!  It took me back to the 80’s when I was young and slim and cool and out dancing and having lots of fun, so I bought it and my outfit has been chosen to match.  But the star will be the bag!  I’ll keep the rest of the outfit a secret for now but I can say – I AM READY!  I even organised myself some business cards – the first ever WOTM business cards.  Aren’t they cute?  Simple but cute!!

business cards

Let me know if you’ll be at the Brisbane ProBlogger event in the comments.  I’d love to meet you!

But wait there’s more I need to over-share (as bloggers do)!  Due to a number of converging health issues, I’ve had considerable weight gain over the last 12 months which is proving very difficult to shift (and I have been trying so hard!!).  Like any female, I like to look and feel good, and I used to, so the weight gain has been very upsetting.  It has stopped me from doing things and going places that I otherwise would have loved to A LOT.  I’ve become self conscious and find it too hard to find anything to wear, so it’s easier to stay home.  To be honest, I have become almost agoraphobic but not quite!

The song in today’s video is a catchy tune isn’t it?  But it’s actually more than that.  Have you ever read the lyrics?  I’ve put them down below.  Yes there are a lot of repetitive words but there are some gem messages in there also!  I’ve substituted the words ‘Bag’ instead of ‘Bass’ and ‘Trouble’ instead of ‘Treble’.   The substitution of the word BAG is self explanatory.  The substitution of the word TROUBLE is ‘coz I want no trouble caused by myself for myself!!  You hear that Min?!

On the day of the Brisbane PB event, I will not even think of my weight.  I will get dressed, do my hair and makeup and turn up confidently with a smile.  I will concentrate on being me.  I will overcome the inevitable anxiety that will come from going into the city where I worked for decades and where I walked out of my last workplace broken but with the knowledge that I deserved better.  I will thoroughly enjoy meeting bloggers that I’ve admired for a long time and those that are new to me.  I will be thrilled to meet Darren Rowse – Mr ProBlogger himself!  I will enjoy learning more about the world of blogging that I enjoy so much from those that have been blogging a lot longer than me and know stuff that I don’t (I’m sure there is plenty of that!).  I will not disappoint people!!  You know why?  Because I know that when I meet people, it is not their body shape that I focus on, it’s their warmth, their eyes, their smile, and their personality that I notice and remember.  Lovely, genuine, warm people shine like beacons and that is what I am!  So you see – no need for FODP!

This song not only puts me in a good mood with its catchy melody but the words remind me that being young, slim and magazine perfecto is not the be all and end all.  It encourages me to stop the bullshit self criticism that feeds my FODP amongst other things!

“All About That Bag”

Because you know
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two
But I can shake it, shake it
Like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase
And all the right junk in all the right places

I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
C’mon now, make it stop
If you got beauty, beauty, just raise ’em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”
You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll
So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along

Because you know I’m
All about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag

I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that
No, I’m just playing. I know you think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

Yeah my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”
You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll
So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along

Because you know I’m
All about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag

Because you know I’m
All about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag

Because you know I’m
All about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag, no trouble
I’m all about that bag
‘Bout that bag
‘Bout that bag, ’bout that bag
Hey, hey, ooh
You know you like this bag

Ciao for now,


[This post is linked up with Agent Mystery Case for ‘Worth Casing Wednesday‘, Kimba Likes for #WardrobeWednesday, With Some Grace for #FYBF and also joining Maxabella Loves, Life, Love & Hiccups, Sonia Styling, A Life Less Frantic and Down That Little Lane for Weekend Rewind.]

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  • Reply Trish February 25, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Oh Min, if I was going I wouldn’t care one bit about your weight. I just want to hug you right now. It is anxious meeting bloggy friends for the first time and wanting to look right is natural.

    That song is hilarious and I loved it. The bag is going to make you pop too.

    • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Thanks so much Trish! I wish you WERE going coz that hug would be awesome! That bag is so cute isn’t it?! 😉 xo

  • Reply Lauren@SAHM I am February 25, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I love that song- it always gets stuck in my head. That bag is divine, I seriously need to go bag shoping but at the mall yesterday I ended up with a million things for my kids and nothing for me! Have lots of fun at the conference.

    • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      That song gets stuck in my head too – especially today! lol As soon as I saw that bag I knew I had to have it. It’s a happy little chappy!! I’m sure the conference will be awesome 🙂

  • Reply Raychael aka Mystery Case February 25, 2015 at 11:47 am

    We really are our own worst enemies sometimes. I do this with songs too. Like you I have health issues and I’ve put on weight for no good reason in the last 12 months. Like you I can’t stand it and have almost put myself in hibernation mode so no one else has to see this side of me.

    As you know I started the 5 day juice cleanse this week. Weight loss isn’t expected due to the health issues but I’m hoping it gives me more energy and improves my digestion, setting me up for a better diet which will hopefully help with some of the health issues.

    Enjoy your time away.

    • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Ahhhhh Raychael – we sure are our worst enemies at times! I’m sad to hear that you are a little like me in this area. I’m not long back from a Naturopath appointment today and both she and I know and agree on what is going on with me that is causing the weight gain and not allowing me to lose it. It’s a work in progress to try and fix the problem/s. We’ll chip away and hopefully conquer eventually! Though it’s been hard times, I try to look for the lessons and what I learn I hope to share with and help others that go through similar stuff. It’s the best attitude I can find to help me through it all! Good luck with your juice cleanse. You never know – you might lose some weight but more important is your health. I’m determined to enjoy the PB event and my trip to Tassie too! 😉

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit February 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Love it!! Love the bag, love the song and LURVE the business cards. Wish I was heading to Brisbane to meet you … but alas I am not. Have fun! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy ….
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      So pleased you love my bag, the song and my business cards Leanne! That means a lot coming from stylish you! I wish you were there to meet too! I shall enjoy, enjoy, enjoy for sure! 😉

  • Reply PatrickC February 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Min, the business cards are YOU the bag is YOU the attitude is YOU. You write with heart and feeling and you will speak and present in the same way. Don’t over think this and don’t stress about it. One smile from you like the one in your photo and you will win over the place.

    Trust in yourself and your knowledge and your life experience. You will be a sensation.

    Please don’t be distressed about your appearance. A persons weight is relative I’m sure that you will look fabulous. Carry your confidence all those who meet you will see in your eyes the beautiful person you are inside and out.

    Ciao for now as well.

    • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Patrick as usual you lift my spirits with your lovely words. You are so kind – thank you! I am determined to enjoy myself and not cause myself trouble! Thank you! 🙂

      • Reply PatrickC February 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm

        Min, in preparation for your Tassie trip you must watch on SBS tomorrow night at 7.30pm a show called Gourmet Farmer afloat. Its all about Tassie seafood.

        • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm

          Oooo thanks Patrick. Will do! Sounds interesting! 🙂

  • Reply Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life February 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Min, unfortunately I know how you feel. I’m extremely nervous about attending a couple of Sydney blogger events around the same time. In addition to your listed FODP issues, which by the way I share, I am very conscious that I am only a beginner blogger, who only blogs once a week & has a small audience. I’m hoping I’ll be accepted and welcomed by the other bloggers I meet!

    PS Your bag is gorgeous and your business cards are amazingly cute!

    • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Another FODP sufferer! Ingrid – I’m sure you will be welcomed at your blogger meet ups with open arms! I’ve been to only two blogging things and both times everyone was very friendly and welcoming thank goodness (coz I was so nervous!). I’ve also met up individually with a few bloggers over the years for coffee or lunch. I’ve been blogging since Sept 2012 and am on my second blog but I still feel like a newbie blogger. I’ve haven’t really cracked through to the next level yet I don’t think – but I have certainly learnt a lot more than I knew when I first started. I’m so glad you like my bag and my bus cards! I hope you enjoy your blogger events. We should compare notes after! 🙂 x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid February 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Well, I love you already and I haven’t even met you, so really your size doesn’t matter. Isn’t it funny how our size doesn’t matter to anyone else, except to ourselves. I’ve piled on the pounds so I totally get where you are coming from, but you know I don’t base my friendships on the width of people’s waists, and I am sure other people don’t either (because if they did, I would have zero friends.) I love that song and I love that bag and your cards. You are going to be all over Problogger and totally rock it! Just remember, you were made to be awesome!

    • Reply Min February 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Oh you are so lovely. I love you already too! I don’t base my friendships on the width of people’s waists either! Good point! I wish you were going to be at this event! I’ll rock it for you Sammie! 😉 x

  • Reply Kim-Marie, Chief Dreamer at Kimba Likes February 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    All about that bag indeed. Tres retro cute!

    I’m dealing with coming out of 10 years of chronic illness plus heading into my 40s so yeah, I’m a bit hunky and chunky. But I’m just rolling with it. Literally! #boomtish

    • Reply Min February 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Merci beaucoup Kim-Marie! I can sympathise with the 10 years of chronic illness. From memory I think we have some similar health issues. Jealous of you heading into your 40’s. I had my 50th birthday last year so I’m ahead of you there 😉 x

  • Reply Momfever February 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    That is one great bag! I would have bought it myself!

    • Reply Min February 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

      I’ve never had a bag jump out at me screaming buy me, buy me like this one. So I had to do it! 😉

  • Reply Jody at Six Little Hearts February 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

    What a sweet little bag and enjoy yourself regardless of how much you weigh. x

    • Reply Min February 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Jody – and yes – that is the plan! 🙂 x

  • Reply Renee Wilson February 27, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Min, I’m so excited to be meeting you next week. You are totally going to rock that bag. It’s gorgeous. I have no idea what I’m wearing. Argh! Love the business cards too. I’m starting to feel quite nervous about going as well, but I’m just pushing it out of my mind for now. It’s going to be amazing catching up with all of our favourite bloggers. See you there xx

    • Reply Min February 27, 2015 at 10:04 am

      OMG – I will be meeting you too – awesome! Gosh I hope I remember names and which blog goes with each name! I think I will be a little overwhelmed meeting so many bloggers all at once but it is very exciting! I will be a nervous wreck on the day (at first anyway) so I hope I can manage to string a sentence together! lol

  • Reply Leanda Michelle February 27, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Awesome Min! Loved reading and listening, simultaneously, to this post. I loooove your new bag! Have a groovy time at the blogging event♥

    • Reply Min February 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Leanda! Me and my bag hope to have a very groovy time! 🙂 x

  • Reply Ai Sakura February 27, 2015 at 8:51 am

    That’s a really groovy bag and sure to be a conversation starter! Have fun at the conference!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • Reply Min February 27, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Thanks Ai – it’s going to be a great day! 🙂

  • Reply Toni @ Finding Myself Young February 27, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Yay we can finally meet! I’m going shopping today to try and find a new outfit because I’m so nervous!

    • Reply Min February 27, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Wow – I’ll be meeting you too Toni – what fun! Hope you find an outfit you’re happy with. You won’t be the only nervous one. I can say that with certainty! lol x

  • Reply Peachy Keen Mumma - Jess February 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Your business cards are extremely adorable! I love that bag you chose. Wish we were going to the same pro-blogger event, I’d love to meet you. I’m wondering how I will be doing my Whole30 on March 10th. I have no idea what they will be serving us but I’m trying not to worry about it and just go with the flow. We’re so cool and calm and collected, aren’t we?

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 11:29 am

      I’d love to meet you too Jess! You never know, maybe one day! So glad you like my business cards and bag. Don’t worry ’bout the food – we got a note for our event saying there are vegan choices etc so there will be something there that will fit with your Whole30 I am sure. Have a fun time at your event on the 10th!! 🙂 x

  • Reply Rita@TheCraftyExpat February 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    This bag is amazing Min. Great business cards too. Well done!
    Go to the event and have fun. You are such a wonderful woman. I’m sure when other bloggers will meet you, they will see what a fantastic person you are.
    Love that song.

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Thank you so much Rita! You are so kind to say that and it means a lot because you have actually met me IRL! I’m sure I”ll be fine – I just tend to get a little overwhelmed in large crowds but I can do this 😉 xo

  • Reply Alicia - One Mother Hen February 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    You knock em dead! Walk in with your head held high, you belong 🙂
    Here’s me in my daggyness thinking that the lyric was already ‘no trouble’!
    Now there is something for you kids to shake their head at haha.

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Oh thank you Alicia – those words ‘you belong’ brought tears to my eyes. I do? I do! I always thought the word was trouble in that song too until I looked up the lyrics! LOL SO we can be dags together!! 😉 xo

  • Reply Sonia Life Love Hiccups February 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    That is one little bag totally worth singing about. Now listen to me… I was nervous as all hell about going to Problogger last year and I had such a fabulous time. You go and you be the gorgeous woman that you are and I promise you will have an amazing time too. I dont think I am going this year but if I was I would love to have a drink with you and stroke that gorgeous bag lol xx

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

      When Sonia says ‘now listen to me’ I listen!! I will be nervous as hell too Sonia but I am sure you are right and I will have a fabulous time. I will have your words ‘now listen to me’ in my head as I waltz on in there! So glad you like my groovy baby bag and I would so let you stroke it if you were there! One day we will meet and have that drink! 😉 xo

  • Reply Tash February 28, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Gorgeous post. Just be you at Problogger. I went to my first one last week and it was fabulous. Meeting so many people I had ‘virtual’ friendships with was brilliant. Just remember, it’s what is in the inside that matters!

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

      So glad you enjoyed your PB event Tash! It will be surreal to meet people that I am ‘virtual’ friends with IRL. Yep what is on the inside is far more important than the outside. So very true. I know I’m being silly – it’s my anxiety issues *sigh*. I will be me and hope for the best! 😉 xo

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama February 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yay! I’m going too and can’t wait to check out that bag IRL. I still haven’t thought about what I’m going to wear!

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 11:38 am

      So glad you’re going Janet. You’ll be one of the few that I’ve actually met IRL before. I’m sure you will look awesome with your lovely new figure! See you there! 🙂 x

  • Reply Pinky Poinker February 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I can honestly say I’ve never thought twice about someone’s weight when I’ve met them. Their handbag, on the other hand, brings out my judgmental side. No it doesn’t. I’m joking. It’s a very nice handbag I must say. I consider people on how they greet and interact with me. I reckon most people are like that 🙂

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      LOL – phew – glad you like my handbag! I’m the same when I meet people. It’s their personality and how they interact with me that I notice. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes!! 😉

  • Reply Tessa - Down that Little Lane February 28, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    confidence is the prettiest of all attributes so you go strut your stuff with your fabulous bag 🙂

    • Reply Min February 28, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      You’re so right Tessa. I’ll do my very best! 🙂 x

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages March 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I love that bag – you are going to look gorgeous. I am sort of glad I’m not going now (not really 🙁 ) because I never even thought about what I might wear. Will be waiting and watching to see all the fabulousness from the day.

    • Reply Min March 2, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Glad you like my bag Malinda! I’m sure there will be heaps of stuff in social media about the day! I’ll have to duck and weave and avoid all the phone snaps! ha! 😉 x

  • Reply Vanessa Rose @ Website Confetti March 2, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Min

    Great post. I was pretty nervous last year attending my first Problogger event and truth be known Im still a little nervous about the Brisbane Problogger but what I learnt when I actually attended my first Problogger was that everyone was super friendly (and I dont use the word super often!)

    See you at Problogger!

    • Reply Min March 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Vanessa – Well the PB event is done and dusted now. I don’t think we met? Did we? It was so crowded. So many people! Lots of faces I didn’t recognise and only a handful that I did. I did meet quite a few people – some I recognised, some I’d met before and I met some bloggers that are new to me! Everyone was super friendly! I was nervous the night before but suprisingly not as nervous as I expected on the day! 🙂

      • Reply Vanessa March 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

        Hi Min

        No I don’t think we met:( It was so crowded a bit tricky to get to meet everyone! By the sounds of it you had a great time at the event which is lovely to hear:)

        • Reply Min March 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

          Oh that’s a shame Vanessa! You’d think I’d remember wouldn’t you? It was just that I met so many new people that I can’t remember them all! Yes it was fabulous to have my first ProBlogger experience – lots of info packed into 2 hrs!! 🙂

  • Reply Zita March 3, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Hey Min,
    Just catching up on my blog reading now and loved this post! I LOVE that bag as well!!! I hope you have a great time at the event, if I was at home I would have loved to have gone to it! (although I think part of me is still recovering from the big event at the Gold Coast last year!)
    As you know I am a horrible self critic and have severe case of FODP!! Off to read your latest post now in the hope it will inspire me to treat myself better! No pressure!! haha

    • Reply Min March 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Zita – glad you like the bag! I took it to the PB event coz I said I would and it went with my outfit but it was so impractical LOL. Not much fits in it and it only opens a few cm’s. I took a tote with me as well for my notebook and loads of other stuff! lol It was short and sharp today – only 2 hours in the actual PB event. The rest was standing around – coffee, food, networking, chatting! I didn’t do either of the tail-end olympus workshops. I enjoyed it and it was a good taste of the main PB event. I know that at the main one – I would need time out – quiet time to get through it. Talk about info overload! lol

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