Animal Love at the Melbourne Zoo

When I was 7, I went to the zoo with my school for the first time- well as far as I can remember anyway, and my experience then was marred by a bird doing it’s business on my brand new bag. Surprisingly, that did not put me off going back there again.

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I shot these images almost 6 months ago, but for some reason hadn’t posted them. I think life got in the way however I think one should never let imagery go to waste. This was my first visit to the Melbourne Zoo. It is a great expanse and lots of room around to roam. It definitely makes a great out with family and kids ( if you have any!) I went with my husband and in-laws and spent a good 3-4 hours there.

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When I visit any zoo my favourite animal by far has to be the elephants followed by fur cats such as the tigers. I guess the biggest thing that drew me were the elephants. The Melbourne Zoo has a huge elephant enclosure with about something like 10-12 animals there (not forgetting a baby). We were fortunate enough to see elephants at bath time. It was so much fun to watch the interaction between the caretakers and elephants as they each had their baths. Food was definitely motivation for them! I could sit watching for hours and it amazes how animals so big as them are so well-trained to follow certain instruction so they move around accordingly to get their scrub down.

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The zoo is a great place for kids (and adults!) to learn more about animals and nature however it was a little disappointing when some of the animals were not in their enclosures or asleep but nonetheless they need their rest too. For those of you who haven’t been to the Melbourne Zoo, do check it out. It is easily accessible by tram no 55 or if you prefer to drive there is a huge car park outside. It’s a great activity to do especially for the coming summer months.

 

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Till next time, S xx

Viktor and Rolf NGV Exhibition

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of having an artsy day, as I would call it. I decided to visit the National Gallery of Victoria as I like to delve into an exhibition there every few months. The last time I had a bumper gallery day was in April this year during the Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei  exhibition. My familiarity with the Dutch duo, Viktor & Rolf is from being fashion designers and also producing the famous fragrance, Flowerbomb.

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One of my favourite pieces from the exhibition

 

Russian Doll

Russian Doll

 

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Cutting Edge

I won’t elaborate too much about the exhibition as I feel that if this is your cup of tea you should go see it for yourself, so this post only has a gist of what I saw. Viktor and Rolf definitely take the phrase, “fashion as art” to a whole new level. Their conceptual themes in approach every fashion show is phenomenal and truly makes their audience wonder.

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My favourite collection from the Danish duo is the Wearable Art installation which was the Fall 2015 Haute Couture season in Paris. The fashion designers transformed broken picture frames that the models wore down the catwalk and then removed them and hung them up as art pieces.

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So, for those of you who would like to see more of this awesome exhibition it is on at the NGV in Melbourne until the 26th February 2017. Definitely must see for all fashion and haute couture fans!!!

My Hometown of Beautiful Ballarat

I moved to Ballarat in 2011 and I have called it home ever since. After living and moving a lot in the entire time of my residence in Australia, there is something quaint and home about this goldmine town that has kept me here. It has truly grown tremendously since I first step foot here. I find that it suits my needs perfectly and if I need to head to the big smoke, Melbourne is only an hour and a bit away on the train.

I love exploring different places on the weekend and enjoying what this country has to offer whether it be in nature or local events that happen around town. The Ballarat Botanical Gardens are one of the prettiest places to me. My husband and I almost chose this as the surroundings for our Autumn wedding earlier this year however the annual Begonia Festival was on the same day. I thought it would be lovely to revisit this spot as springtime hits it’s peak.

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The day we visited was glorious day as recently the weather has been up and down. The colours in the gardens were beautiful. My favourite spot in the whole area would have to be the Robert Clark Conservatory, which has different displays of florals through the year. It smells lovely in here and I find it is peaceful.

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I especially love orchids and there were a few different types around, so I took advantage and took some close ups. Alright maybe so will get the idea soon enough, I love florals and taking photos of them! But then again that is the beauty of spring. It is definitely good to be back here for this season and hopefully we will soon enjoy the longer, warmer days of summer.

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Hope you liked the visual feast this time. S xo.

Spring

Hello again everyone. I was initially supposed to have posted these photos at the start of spring but I lost the motivation. Spring has sprung or so we think at least but the weather in Ballarat has not been the best. As much as was hoping for better weather, there has been a lot of rain in this state. On the bright side, I have just come back from an overseas holiday and I am buzzing with excitement and inspiration.
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My absence to this space has come from a few different factors and at times I ask myself why or what is the point of this space. In all honest opinion, it is my space however I have not had the time or motivation to do much about it.
A recurring theme that I has been playing over and over for me recently is, love what you do. Then I ask myself, do I enjoy what I do be it on this space? What about what I do in life or my job, do I enjoy that? I won’t go into much detail of my personal life but I have not had the most fun time with one of the the two jobs I have. I feel that when one area of your life is in the dumps, it definitely affects other areas within your life, mentally, emotionally and probably physically too. This dissatisfaction in a big part of my life has partly led to burn out and stress. In times like these it is probably a good time to reevaluate and assess what your priorities are in life.
Do what you love or love what you do?
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So, where does this leave me now? Well for starters, I left one of the two jobs I had and I’m a free agent working casually for a leading skincare company and we’ll see where that takes me and I’m hoping with more free time on my hands I will be able to do the things I love.
On another blog related note, you (my lovely remaining readers) will hopefully see more of me. I’m trying to personalise the blog a little more which means you will see less beauty related topics and stuff that is just more me- watch this space!
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