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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Travel Diary: Queensland

 Hello everyone! I am now back in (freezing) Melbourne and feeling super refreshed after a short family holiday on the sunny Gold Coast. For readers outside of Australia, the Gold Coast is our go-to place for family holidays and it's only about an hour's flight north of Melbourne. It was a relaxing 10 days and I now feel I'm ready to start blogging seriously again, starting with this holiday photo diary


I stayed in a lovely little apartment on the 17th floor of a holiday apartment block with a perfect, Lost in Translation-esque view of the city on one side and the ocean on the other. One night, I stayed up til 1am sitting on the kitchen counter, eating cornflakes, staring out the window at the cars beetling their way through the city and the flickering lights of high-rise building windows. And listening to The Strokes of course.



First stop for us was the theme parks! MovieWorld is filled with rides in varying degrees of intensity, SeaWorld houses a number of the world's most beautiful animals, and Wet'n'Wild is perfect for those who don't mind getting a little wet. The animals in SeaWorld were so beautiful and got me thinking more about the amount of waste we produce, where it ends up and how this effects marine life... This little polar bear was one of my favourite animals to meet that day



(I also have videos of dolphins leaping through the air)

Next, we spent a day on Tambourine Mountain, home of the cutest Polish cafe ever (bonus rosellas, a dachshund, walnut cake and views of hangliders included), glow worm caves (literally the coolest animals ever), and a rainforest sky walk!









We visited a couple of local markets where I purchased a summer dress, Roget's Thesaurus, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and the most delicious danish I've ever had. Kate Bush and The Cars played while we browsed which was cool. The real attraction of the nearby night market was the sunset. JUST LOOK AT IT




 A definite highlight of my holiday was a day trip to Byron Bay, a picturesque surfing town in nearby New South Wales. After a speedy sightseeing stop at the Cape Byron Lighthouse we visited the beach. The hazy mountains and clear blue water even appealed to a beachphobic like me. Lunch was chocolate and banana French toast which was AMAZING followed by a stroll along Main Street where I found a bar called St. Elmo's! I almost cried when I saw it; I half expected Rob, Judd, Emilio, Demi and the rest of the gang to stroll out the front door




So between all this sightseeing I was able to squeeze in a tonne of crime documentaries, finish knitting a hat, check out the best vegetarian eateries in Surfer's Paradise, and finally get on the Youtubers band wagon (I'm a little obsessed with ClothesEncounters, SmartGirls and Pindippy at the moment but more on those in a post coming soon)

Have you been on holidays recently? Do you have plans for a well deserved getaway? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Life Update

Hi. Long time no talk. A very long time.

Originally the reason for my absence was my upcoming exams; I needed every spare moment to study and didn't have time to write/take photos for blog posts. Anyway, this absence became quite extended because I realised I'd become overly influenced by the Internet and I didn't like it. I deleted all my social media apps for a few weeks so I couldn't (easily) access sites like instagram, twitter, tumblr and, obviously, blogger. During this time I began to weed out all the clothes I'd bought because I'd been conditioned to online and figured out which activities I was doing simply because everyone else was and not because I was gaining any real value from them. I quit watching artsy movies so I could tweet about them, I quit taking photos of things I didn't care about so I could post them on instagram and I quit taking opportunities just because they'd be material for a blog post.

I did, however, do a bunch of things I actually enjoy and give me real life value. I've had time to learn how to knit (I've made a scarf and two pairs of gloves so far), begin re-reading the Harry Potter series, hang out at the frozen yoghurt place and got Italian food with my friends, babysat a puppy, bought Miley Cyrus tickets, watched The Great British Bake Off finale, wept over St. Elmo's Fire for the 78583785th time, made some new friends, saw some local live music, and  half-learned how to drum an Arctic Monkeys song.

I also realised that I'm not happy with some of the blog posts I've been producing as they're kinda about nothing. From now, I'm going to be posting a little less regularly but hopefully a lot more interesting! I'm going on holidays on Wednesday but when I come back I hope to share some pictures/experiences


Friday, 30 May 2014

Exams


Unfortunately no "official" post this week due to an intense revision schedule and exams BUT I've recently been featured on Eliza's blog as part of a photography project about the human body and reflection. The above photo is from that shoot. Click here to see more

I will be back next week once I have finished crying about the absolutely failure my maths exam was (I am currently pulling a Shoshanna Shapiro)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

These Days






I'm strangely fascinated by the everyday lives of normal people. I think it's so interesting to find out how other people live, the little things they get up to. Some kids in my Media class produced "A Day in the Life" stop-motion films lately and I thought I'd try my hand at doing the same sort of thing using photographs so here's my Saturday!

The above photos were my outfit for the day. They were taken at the beach where it was unfortunately sort of grey and windy and I got dressed in like 4 seconds so the outfit is a little bleugh. The top is just a basic navy thingy from H&M which I paired with a scarf crocheted by my 85 year old neighbour. My jeans are new and from ASOS. I really like them as they are really really highwaisted and fit well (aside from a little too much length in the leg which was nothing a pair of scissors couldn't fix..)

Outfit sorted, this is what I got up to!



9:30 am
Banana bread and tea for breakfast. I'm currently reading The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig and can confirm banana bread compliments the story perfectly

10:00 am
Dove into a sea of homework/exam revision. It was awful; I can't wait for school holidays next month

2:00 pm
Audrey and I caught up on some Seinfeld

4:00 pm
I first found New York based knitwear brand Degen on tumblr where pictures of grid pattern socks and underwear cropped up constantly. I researched the brand a little further and found a strangely affordable online store and an amazing FW14 collection. It sorta reminds me of Danny Torrence from The Shining's homemade Apollo jumper which has been at the very top of my wishlist since forever. Here are some of my favourite pieces:







I find the colour combinations in these pieces so pleasing. Lindsay Degen, the creative brain behind the brand, said she loves mixing bright, neon colours with "dirty" shades of the body. I spent a faaaair bit of time online Saturday afternoon scouring the web for any Degen-esque pieces. Etsy produced some good results but I think I might save up and buy something from the brand itself



 5:00 pm
When I found Made by Hand by Lena Corwin in my local library,  was struck with a sense of familiarity. Where had I seen these simplistic designs and marbling and tie-dying techniques before? The answer: one of my favourite bloggers Lauren Winter. Her blog often features her own take on projects from Made by Hand and finished pieces can be purchased from her Etsy store. I'm very eager to try the screen printing project when I have a little more time to play with



6:30 pm
My friend Bronywn is starring in a stage production of Macbeth and will be taking the show to Europe at the end of the year! The theatre company held a fundraising night and Keira and I showed u to give Bronwyn some moral support, enjoy the performances, rounds of trivia and nibbles!

Bronwyn performed her first ever solo with Amy Winehouse's version of Valerie by The Zutons which was AMAZING! I only wish I could follow her around Europe and see every Macbeth performance

A huge raffle was held and I was lucky enough to score a hamper stuffed with beauty bits and pieces. I'm not a big makeup person but the pack featured some everyday items I'm really looking forward to trying, like:


JoBaz Everyday Straight Hair
I'm extremely apprehensive about trying something that may fizzle/destroy what little hair I actually have but the growing-out-pixie stage I'm currently in has left me with a Harry Styles crop every morning. It's impossible to tame and I need a solution. I've heard some good shtuff about JoBaz Everyday Straight Hair so fingers crossed it does the trick!


Skin Clarity Starter Kit
Clear skin would be really handy because then I could wake up and be FLAWLESS like Beyonce says. 'll give this a go to achieve my Queen Bey aspirations

Anyone else as obsessed with Degen as I am? Leave a comment below!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Ball









A sort of non-cohesive/ugly post BUT our Year 11 Ball/Formal was on Saturday. It was held at our local racecourse and the committee did a really great job of decorating the place according to our theme "A Midsummer's Night Dream" (my floral headband probably makes more sense night). Due to daylight savings or whatever it was dark by 5:30 so nice outdoorsy pictures were not an option hence the lacking-in-mise-en-scene indoorsy ones

Highlights of the night
- My crumbed eggplant and brownies
- Nathaniel choking on ham
- Eliza stealing the last jug of water to which the whole table claps and then a domino effect has the entire year clapping for our jug of water
- Attempt at "The Living Room Routine" during Come on Eileen
- Miley Cyrus
- Dedicated Arctic Monkeys fans being the only ones interested in I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

The Ball makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy and positive towards the rest of the year level. It's nice. The idea of the ball is so much bigger than the event. "Prom" is something you look forward to basically your whole life and then it just...happens. It's four hours. It'll never happen again. That was it. We went back to school on Monday and life was as normal.

Sigh...





I visited the beach at sunset a few days ago and it was beautiful. Completely alone on the sea were two fisherman in a tiny rowboat. The sun had turned the water entirely orange and their silhouettes seemed so simplistic and peaceful against this backdrop. It was perfect.

Talk soon!