• The Beginning of 2017

  • Hello 2017!

  • A Retrospective of 2016

  • Found a New Favourite Place

The Beginning of 2017

Hello all! January has been fairly busy month and I can’t believe it has gone by so quick. Since my first post of the year, I have been working and had a variety of social outings with that I have already been doing a bit of ‘planning my life’ as I call it. It is a time of goal- setting and reviewing what I want, where I want to go and preparing to have a smooth sailing 12 months ahead.

2016 was an amazing year for me, as you would have read if you’ve been following me here. It was a year of new beginnings, marriage, bit of interstate travel and of course our honeymoon to the US. It was huge! I’m not entirely sure what the future holds, however, I’m sure 2017 will have adventures nonetheless.

What have I been up to ? 

I have been working in Melbourne quite a bit but otherwise I also managed to get down there to check out a gallery or two or a show now and then. This month I went to the Art of Banksy. For those that don’t know Banksy is an anonymous British street artist who is known for his controversial art work and political, satirical street art. After watching a documentary Banksy Does New York, I was looking forward to seeing what this exhibition had to offer. Honestly I think you should see the exhibition for yourself and I’m not about review anything but I thought I would share this (see pic below) artwork, which is one of many of my favourites.

I was also fortunate to go to a Nick Cave concert, here in Ballarat a few weeks ago and managed to get right up the front. Nick Cave’s performance was amazing, his voice along with poetic lyrics, is one of the reasons he has made it huge.  Along with Nick Cave was Warren Ellis, a Ballarat boy who played the violin and was I joy to watch indeed.

Among other things, I have been getting my fitness on by heading to the gym regularly three times a week. As much as it can sometimes be hard and laziness can take it’s toll, me and my gym buddy are going well. Consistency is key, isn’t that what they say?..

What have I been reading ?

So to alleviate stress and boredom, I read. I find that I seem to go through phases with fiction and non-fiction and I mostly have been reading non-fiction books as of late. It must be because I feel the need to learn and educate myself and I seem to gravitate towards gaining knowledge through books.

Never thought I’d pick up Bloom by Estee Lalonde, fellow Youtuber but this was a fun and enjoyable easy read, part-memoir especially if you have been following her since her early days (Yes me!).

Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press is a book I picked whilst research fashion trends and manufacturing of clothing. It takes a look at how the fashion world has grown over the last 50 years into a money making industry and also sustainability of fashion. I loved this book and will be re-reading again.

Another non-fiction title, Capture Your Style by Aimee Song, who became famous through her blog and Instagram, this book is about taking photos. Easy, hands on book full of examples and photos to inspire likeminded bloggers. I’m still reading this one and borrowed it from the library but think I will have to get my personal copy.

What have I been watching?

I don’t think that this will come to a surprise to anyone but La La Land has to be my favourite movie in the last few months. Sorry Star Wars! The song and dance has to be one of the reasons that I love the movie. Not to mention the two loveable characters that are played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone it’s no wonder the movie has been nominated for many awards already. Go watch if you haven’t! Slightly tear-jerking.

That’s all new for the month folks! I’m not sure if I will keep this up monthly however I thought if would be a great of sharing what my highlights were. Have a great week ahead! xx

Hello 2017!

I like to start the new year with a good start and not to mention, a new dress. This new baby was a Christmas present from my dad (I chose it) however the weather has been pretty hot for it, so on Christmas day I had to resort to wearing something else. This off-shoulder silhouette is very much on-trend and it was the major attraction for me however the lace on it is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks to my lovely husband, we took some photos on this beautiful summer day.

I have reflected on last year’s achievements and milestone moments in the previous post but for this year one of my main goals is self- improvement. For me, I would like to spend 2017 working on myself among other things. I would like to work on my health and fitness, spending more time on my hobbies and definitely improving my bank balance. I think I have made good track so far, I went to the gym today and have plans to keep going 3-4 times a week. Hopefully, I will get to a peak in my fitness with a bit of time management and endurance.

Dress – Portmans (Sold Out) Similar

What about you, have you made your resolutions for the new year? 

Much love and blessings to you all for a great 2017 xxx. 

A Retrospective of 2016

2016. Oh. What. A. Year. I know it’s cliche and everyone says this but I cannot believe the year is almost over.  This year has flown by and it has been a huge year for me. I like going through all achievements and reassess the goals I made for the year, then see whether I have succeeded or not. I will not be sharing my personal goals on the blog however here are some big things from my year thus far.

Life: So apart from family, friends and travelling I have had so much going on. As I moved back to Australia, settling back into life in general has taken a good few months, which was followed by our wedding (me and my Mr.) and this was the best day of my life. It was perfect, filled with all my favourite people and I got married to the the love of my life, Brian. Oh yes, and I got to wear a beautiful dress, gorgeous, I felt like a princess.

Photo by One Point Photography

Photo by One Point Photography

But other than the best day of my life, a huge achievement has to be finally getting my license! Yes it has taken a long but I finally did it. Bit the bullet and bought a car too. It was a big relief and now the convenience of driving makes life a whole lot easier. Among other things, 2016 was the year I joined the grown up club, 3-0. Yes I hit 30. Hopefully I am a little wiser. I’m glad to have gone through everything I have in my 30 years of living. It has made me appreciate my life more and all the little things!

People: Speaking of friends, this year I have made some new ones and reunited with some old ones. As much as 2016 has been full on, we have had a few weddings on including our own which has been great for catching up and bringing people together. Brian and I are happy to have amazing friends around us and as much as daily life is busy and it’s hard to make time, we try our best to.

Travel: As much we would like to see more of the world, we have personal goals that restrain us from spending everything we earn on travelling but nonetheless we did a bit of interstate travel in Australia and managed to do one international trip.

We went to Sydney for a short trip for my husband’s graduation in July this year. It was good going back to my home of 3 years and revisiting the bustling city. We also went to Adelaide in August for a friend’s wedding, although it was a brief holiday, we have been convinced to return in the future.

For our honeymoon in October, we headed to the United States where we visited San Francisco and New York City. The trip was truly magical and a dream come true. I loved every moment of being in New York City and have hopes of returning. There is an upcoming New York blog post soon so I won’t elaborate!!

Blogging: I took a step back for a few months as I had too much on my place and was immensely de-motivated to post anything. However, if you have been paying close attention of late, you would notice that I have been posting more regularly especially this last month. Definitely a start to bigger and better things.

Lastly I have to say a HUGE thank you to all of you out there who continually come back to read my blog. This online space is a creative expression for myself and my way of leaving a mark. I enjoy creating fashion and lifestyle content and it’s great to have feedback from my readers as it helps me to improve continually.

Have a Happy New Year and many Blessings for all my lovelies xxx

Found a New Favourite Place

I love exploring new places and of course revisiting my old favourites. I came to this gorgeous place a few weeks ago. Lavendula Lavender Farm is situated about 10 minutes away from Daylesford and is close to Mt. Franklin in country Victoria. It was a beautiful summer day and great to soak up some sunshine. A botanical oasis in the middle of nowhere, I would really rather keep this secret all to myself.

There is a restaurant at the property to have a meal or coffee, sit by the lake, and enjoy the surroundings. I had a lavender lemonade to quench my thirst accompanied by a croque monsieur, also known as cheese toasted sandwich for lunch. I think altogether we wandered around the farm for a good couple of hours. There is a homestead there that has been kept in it’s original condition since the first Italian family moved into the property. The land is self sufficient with a herb and vegetable garden. It even has it’s very own resident emu (pic below).

I loved how serene the gardens were not too mention well maintained. The venue is perfect for weddings! Lavandula is at it’s peak in the summer months especially during lavender harvest time. As much as I knew I where I was, it felt like I could have been somewhere in Europe. This is definitely going to remain one of my favourite places to visit and enjoy the beautiful lavender fields.

 

Hope your Christmas holidays have been enjoyable and looking forward to ushering the new year in with you lovely lot xxx

Scenes from Alcatraz

Wishing all of you lovely readers a Merry Christmas!! So, I have completely bypassed Christmas on the blog, but that’s just because I work in the retail industry and I have been completely bogged down by the craziness of it all.

Christmas was a lovely day. I spent it with my husband and his family which started with opening of presents with the kids, Christmas lunch which rolls on to dinner. We had to have an afternoon nap with all that good food and pudding. The scorching heat did not help either. All in all, Christmas was lovely minus the pre-Christmas and post Christmas aka Boxing Day shopping craze. Hopefully now, the storm is over and we can usher the new year in.

This is a continuation of my series of photos from the US. On our trip to San Francisco, one of the main attractions we visited was the Rock, better known as Alcatraz. It was an interesting visit to Alcatraz, we were a little tired and not to mention hungover but nonetheless it had to be done.

To get over to the island, we got a ferry after the queues and the waiting we finally got there. Alcatraz is about 15-20 minutes on the ferry away from the San Francisco mainland. Upon arrival on the island, we were given a briefing and then proceed into the building. I would definitely recommended taking opportunity of the audio tour which was informative and you can do it at your own pace which I love. One could easily spend 2-3 hours there walking the grounds and exploring cells, if that takes your fancy.

All in all, our visit to Alcatraz was I guess a slight eye-opening experience as I have never been into a prison and this one it particular has been popular due to it’s inhabitants such as Al Capone. Alcatraz is also the oldest standing lighthouse. I would encourage anyone travelling to San Francisco to visit this place as it is historical and also big in popular culture. One of my favourite movies that features Alcatraz would have to be the The Rock (1996) which has Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage.

            I hope you enjoyed my travels so far. I have some more adventures coming your way so stay tuned. xx