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Saturday, 6 September 2014

August Favourites


It's August already?! It feels like just yesterday that I was compiling my July Favourites! Here's the rundown on all things I loved this month...

H&M Mustard Jumper
I found this jumper on the H&M website a little while ago but unfortunately they don't have an online shopping service for Australia yet! Thankfully though, I was in Melbourne only a few days later for a school assignment and picked it up in store. I'm actually a big fan of mustard coloured clothes, mostly due to this music video and the H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams rabbit print shirt I was given by my aunty last year. This particular jumper is very cosy and complements a simple pair of black skinny jeans or clashes nicely with a print skirt. It's definitely been my go-to piece for evening cinema trips in winter!

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Apologies for the lack of image but I didn't get a chance to photograph the copy I read before it had to be returned to the library. For anyone interested in Hillary Rodham Clinton or politics in general, this book is a must. It covers every moment from her childhood in Chicago, college years at Wellesley and Yale and law practice in Arkansas to her time in the White House as First Lady of the United States. At over 800 pages (it was a large print copy!) Living History took me a while to get through but was a book I found extremely intriguing and motivational. It also ticks another one off the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge!

Candidly Nicole 

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I think I visited the cinema like once a week this month but pretty much every movie was disappointing. Thankfully, YouTube saved the day. My new favourite thing is Nicole Richie's webseries Candidly Nicole which has recently made the crossover to television. It's yet to be shown in Australia (please someone update me on this!) but I've been binge-watching the YouTube clips to prepare. Candidly Nicole is perfect after a tough day of school/homework; it's funny, light-hearted and makes you want a better wardrobe.

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
 
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Another Youtube channel I've been obsessed with lately is Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. It features a variety of different segments including advice from the woman herself in Ask Amy, and Smart Girls at the Party where girls of all ages who are cool/inspirational are celebrated.
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
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I LOVE THIS SONG! I think it might be my absolute favourite thing I discovered in August. Or all year. Or ever. It's just so poppy and happy and fun and dancey! Side note: how good is Taylor's hair? And her jeans?


What have you guys been enjoying this month? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Favourites


As part of a new series on the blog, I'm going to be discussing my favourite things of the past month. Pretty self explanatory, I guess, so on with the show!

Knitted Boxy Tee - River Island via ASOS


This jumper/tshirt hybrid is my current clothing obsession. It makes me feel like a cool kindergarten teacher or an arts student... It's just perfect. The myriad of stitch patterns and unusual flared sleeves are bound to please

Rimmel Match Perfect Concealer


I am not a "makeup person". I don't find it fun or interesting and I find it very difficult to hand over a looooot of money for something smaller than my hand. Being the same colour as a corpse/Casper the Friendly Ghost also doesn't make it easy to find makeup that doesn't make me look like a giant cheesy puff.  That being said, I am now coming round to the idea that it's actually quite useful so I decided to up my daily regime by purchasing a few quality, key pieces. This Rimmel concealer in the shade Ivory actually matches my skin tone and makes me look a little less dead. Thumbs up from me.

If I Stay - Gayle Forman


I cheated a little on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge this month with this YA novel by Gayle Forman. An adaptation starring Chloe Moretz hits cinemas soon so I thought I'd hop on the bandwagon early and check it out. Without giving too much away, If I Stay is about a seventeen-year-old girl called Mia who has to make a pretty tough decision (it's literally impossible to outline the plot of this book without spoilers). The fragmented, non-chronological structure and characters we meet along the way makes for an interesting read. Ignore the cheesy bits and you'll love it

Parks and Recreation (2009-)
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In things screen related, this month I've turned back to my old friend Parks and Recreation. Due to an annoyingly disrupted programming schedule I never got around to finishing up the sixth season but during July I made it my mission and fell in love with the show all over again, so much so that I've start re-watching the whole series again! For those of you deprived of comedic genius these past five years, Parks and Rec is a mockumentary style show about super enthusiastic civil servant Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and the rest of Pawnee, Indiana's Parks and Recreation Department. Parks and Rec is guaranteed to put you in a good mood and may even get you interested in local government. Oh the persuasive power of television

Sheezus - Lily Allen
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Last week I saw Lily Allen in Melbourne and loved it! With her metallic silver body suit, pink hair, and army of back up dancers wearing Labrador masks (I know, weird), I guessss you could say Lily Allen is a little cooler than your average mum. Hence, I'm plugging her latest album Sheezus which was so fun to see performed

So that's my first monthly favourites! Let me know in the comments if you're a fan of knitted t-shirts, Lily Allen or anything else featured in this post!

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!