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

 

Appreciating Nature

Ever since I first started photography, the two things I always shot for assignments seem to be trees and flowers. As part of nature I think they should be appreciated. This shot was taken a few weeks ago at a national park/reserve area. There was a passer-by who asked me what I was doing, and I replied, ” Taking a photo.” He had a clueless look on his face. I guess he didn’t see the beauty in what I saw. 

In a previous post, I wrote about perspective. Here I see the depth in the image, although repetitive, the angles and focal point makes an interesting photo.  

Hope your hump day was better than mine. xx

Slice of San Francisco

As a kid, my parents sent me postcards every time they travelled to different countries and I have a distinct memory of the one my mum sent me from San Francisco. It had the Golden Gate Bridge on it, all lit up at night. I must have been about 5 but I had always hoped to visit the place on that postcard. I still keep all of these postcards in a box somewhere.

I did not leave my heart in San Francisco but in October this year, my husband and I embarked on our honeymoon to the United States. Our first stop was this beautiful city by the bay, San Francisco. Our journey there on the plane felt like it was never ending at 15 hours but we were happy to land.

As much as we were tired and had been awake for hours, the excitement of being in a new city and continent altogether was exhilarating. We stayed in the Union Square district of the city which was central and definitely touristy. Actually most of San Francisco is touristy! Everywhere we went, there were queues but it’s got to be done to tick some of those things of the list- things one needs to do in San Francisco.

I don’t mean to go on but jet lag was a killer but when we surfaced some 24 hours later, we went on a bus tour. One of those hop on hop off double decker bus things, but I would definitely recommend it for those of you that don’t have a lot of time in a city and would like to explore and see the best bits. It was easy and convenient especially in a place like San Francisco, where it’s vast and hilly. Fleet week was going on the week we were in the city which was great. For those that don’t know, fleet week is when the US Navy and Coast Guards dock and there are loads of activities that happen at port. We bumped into a parade that started at Pier 39 and saw some sailors!

San Francisco is a beautiful city. I loved the architecture of the terrace homes similar to ones like in the movie, Mrs Doubtfire.

View of the Coit Tower and Bay Bridge

Crookedest street- Lombard St

We spent 3-4 days in the city (including time to recover after flying) and we managed to cover most of the highlights including Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Alcatraz, ate lots of good food and climbed and walked a lot up and down the slopes of San Francisco.

One of the many street cars around

My most favourite thing by far in San Fran was the cable car ride. We did two on the entire trip and would have done more however the queues were always long. Although it is a typical thing to do, it is a must! It was exhilarating going up and down the steep slopes, a bit like a subtle roller coaster.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this travel post. Please let me know what you think, I’d appreciate the feedback xx