Monday, 22 September 2014

Magic for my Monday

Hey lovelies,
I'm just now getting my blogging back on track after having a bit of a lull and there couldn't have been a better day for it! I have been hanging out for this little package of inspiration and goodness to arrive from one of my favourite bloggers and craftswomen in the US.

I thought about today when I would be able to get to the post office all weekend in fact.
Carly and Silkworm from Zauberbear have a shop on Etsy and they made me a custom bracelet that says the date and time, as well as representing the colours, of my favourite photograph.
I am absolutely in love. Do go show Carly some love, her Etsy store is one of a kind.
Merry Monday and have a good week :) x
I also got a little parcel of goodness that contains a key to somewhere, and I'm saving it for a day where I need it the most. I'll be sure to share the photos with you when I do open it! 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Welcome to your Twenties,

Have a complimentary steaming hot plate of melancholy and confusion.

I want to write a poignant critique of what it's been like, drop some Charly-Cox-like truth bombs about boys my age, getting older and the realities of being a woman with more going on in her head than, um, what people think goes on in my head.
But I fear I lack the clarity to express that without descending into an endless rant that would probably be both embarrassing and slanderous.

My heart got thrown around like a basketball this week and I feel like I've said all the wrong things and made the most naive of choices that were necessary for me to learn some pretty alright life lessons.
I'm angry and I'm disappointed, and I'm relieved. And I don't really know how to be all of that at once.

How is it even possible to keep up with all the different things you're supposed to? Not only do you have to do things like studying, and working, you then have to keep up with your friends and family, who all have relationships that are constantly changing, as are your relationships with them. Everyone is breathing and living and feeling all the time, and time just keeps on ticking even if I'm not ready for it.

Then I'm expected to date if I don't want to end up a spinster cat lady? Better yet, date boys with free will and questionable hormonal activity. And all those boys are expected to date other girls. Putting aside your awkward insecurities and nervousness of it all, you're supposed to find someone who ticks every box at the exact right time for it all to work? Or wait in silent hopefulness for the right one to maybe never be ready?

I think it's time to get a cat.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sovereign Hill - Life in Photos

Hey Guys!

Last week I spent the day with my Dad at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. It's not something we do often now that I'm older but Dad took some leave from work this week so we tagged along with Mum as she had a conference to go to. 

I had such a lovely day! Sovereign Hill is modelled on the gold mining town around Ballarat in the 1950s that was the sight of the Eureka Stockade, one of the most significant events in Victorian history. So everything is historical and the people are all dressed and act as if they are in the 1850s. 
I went to Sovereign Hill two or three times as a kid and it's always super great when you are that age, but I have to say I appreciated it as an adult who understands a bit more of the historical and social context. And it's nice to feel like a big kid for a day! 

Dad and I went down both mines, which was really fun and my favourite shop on the main street was David Jones, (or maybe the photography studio) because of the attention to detail. 
Enjoy some snaps I took!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Three Thoughts #7

Hey guys! Here are some things I've been up to and thinking about lately.

1/ I feel like this blog is getting really stale, for me mostly. I want it to be different and better. I have a lot of work to do so that I can be happy with it. I feel like it's a whole lot of, 'I went here and did that and oh this is what I think about this,' and it's all a bit of a boring internal monologue instead of something great to be read and enjoyed. I don't know, unless you are involved in the things I'm talking about, like we are friends in real life, it's not all that interesting. Some more thought needs to be had about the purpose of this blog. I think firstly I need to put more time and effort into my posts. I read other people's posts and I see how much thought and time they have put into their content and I just feel disappointed with my own space. And I know comparison is the thief of all joy, and that I shouldn't let how great other people are discourage me or change the way I feel about my own creativity, but I feel like I have a vision in my head of what I want this space to be and I'm not hitting that mark. So the next few weeks I'm sort of setting it as a goal of mine to make this space more of what I want it to be. I want to be happy with every single post and I'm determined to learn more about coding and blog design processes. 

Blog design is one of those things that goes without discussion because it's sort of embarrassing to say you have to improve when there are so many great bloggers out there who have really professional looking pages that they design themselves. But the truth is, I'm not a graphic designer, I appreciate how much work goes into graphic design, and I only know basic html, so I want to learn more. And saying like that, there is nothing embarrassing about it. 

2/ On a more positive note, I've been adventuring this week! Everything is so busy. I have like two place to be all the time, but I'm learning to just go with whatever happens. 

I dropped my friend Steph at the airport this morning so today has been the first chance I've had to sit down and catch up on blogs, email and stuff in a week. I was going to have a nap because we woke up at 5 but I just kept thinking about all the things I wanted to catch up on! I went to Sale and spent time with Cassie and Steph. Then Steph and I spent a couple of days in Melbourne, including a very lovely Williamstown date (above). The weather has really started to pick up which is so nice!

I feel a bit neither here nor there about Sale. I used to really hate it when I lived there because it was a small town and at a time in your life where you are trying to work out who you are and grow up, everyone knows everyone and has since you were kids, it's extremely hard to change and grow as a person. At the same time, I really missed the good parts about it when we moved away. But now that we have been out of school for a few years and I haven't lived there in 4 years, it's become a little less awful, and I've been able to enjoy the best parts of where I grew up without the worst really effecting me. 

3/ Just as I am keen to try and change up my design on the internet, I am in the mood for redesigning my room. So last weekend I did a huge clean out to give me a bit more of a blank slate. I've nearly completely cleared my walls and I'm looking into colour schemes and perhaps a new bedhead/frame or a new dresser/lamp situation. I am just looking around trying to find a good combination that will suit my space better and refresh my room. This time it feels a bit grown up! Like I am making my room a bit more adult and teenage, which is pretty exciting!

I've been looking for inspiration everywhere which is pretty fun. There are some cool interior design apps and also blogs out there. I've been enjoying the app 'Houzz' but exercise caution as it has given me immense furniture envy!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sale - Life in Photos


"Slow down you crazy child, take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while."

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Blogger Love Tag

Currently listening: Finally - Josh Record

Ping! I got tagged by the lovely Sinead from Dreaming Again to do a little quizzy bloggy things and I thought it would be a fun Sunday post. 

What was the first blog you ever came across?
I'm trying to think of the first blog I read, I started off reading Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter when I was first blogging more frequently. But I'm sure I would have read blogs here and there before that. I know Sincerely Kinsey was the first of my favourites in terms of photography. The first blog friend I made was Jes from Naturally Jes :)

Favourite beauty blog reads?
Definitely Fleur de Force, Essie Button, Amelia Liana and the obvious Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter!

Best blogging friend?
So in real life, I've met four extremely lovely ladies through my blog. Sam, Jes, Emma and Rachel! I love them all and it's so exciting to have them in my life. I also have a great appreciation for Carolyn, Erin and Shannon. And all of you :3

5 blogs that everyone should be reading:

You're favourite way to read blogs?
I love settling down with a good pair of fluffy socks and getting lost in the blog world by just clicking through to find new things and people :)

Bloggers that inspire you?
The greatest inspiration to me are the ones that share themselves unapologetically. I value so much the little nuggets of honest and raw humanity you can find amongst all the posts out there. 

I have to say Carly from Zauberbear really inspires me to see the beauty in life, the magic of it all if you like.

Favourite blog design / look?
I am so fickle about blog design, I have seen so many nice ones. I really love Natually Jes, it's always so simple but sophisticated, and nothing ever feels out of place. I try to keep mine simple but wish I had the design skills for something amazing, it's all learning for me. Hopefully one day I will be better at design and coding, or maybe get to work with a graphic designer :)

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
There are two things, I love this space, having a place that has allowed me to have a creative outlet and work on my photography. Without this little hobby I don't think I would be where I am today as an artist type human being. The second is obviously the friendship I have found, and the lives I get to read about and see. The friends whose work inspire me and helps me strive to be better and create more.

Name a blogger that you would most like to see write a book in the future?
I would probably cry a little of happiness is Charly Cox (Style the Natives) wrote a book. I think she could really rock a collection of essays or something like that. It could be like a bible for the modern young woman. Like actually. 

I tag: You, if you feel the need :) 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

One Story #9 - Someone Keeps Moving My Chair

About Zac
Country: Australia
Blog: Someone Keeps Moving My Chair - I am fairly new to the blogging world. I started my blog in November of last year prior to travelling to South America for 3 months. It was created partly to ease the anxiety of my parents and partly so I could look back nostalgically while I study/struggle through another Melbourne winter. Once I returned home to Melbourne, and the 'I went here and did this' stories dried up, I used the page as a place to air some of my thoughts. I'm normally the science/maths type so it has been a really enjoyable and interesting change to actually write about thoughts and experiences. My blog's name is taken from a song by They Might Be Giants. They are very quirky, and clearly don't take themselves very seriously, which is why I like them. The song itself is not one of my favourites, but I think it lends itself to a travelly kind of theme.
A hobby: Creating playlists of songs that do anything but flow (Lady Gaga to Disturbed to Biggie Smalls?). This is probably because routine in my life doesn't sit well with me, I like bad organisation and a little bit of chaos.
Zac's One Story
While I travel I am not particularly snap happy. Often I forget my camera altogether, along with money on many occasions. I've found that some of my best memories of travel are the ones where I have no photos. There are some theories that when you take too many photos, you only remember the photo and not the actual experience. I don't necessarily agree with this, but I do feel like a lot of people are travelling to gain pictures rather than experiences. I sort of think this might be the difference between tourists and travellers.

Having said that, there are beautiful things everywhere. For me, nine times out of ten, those beautiful things are people. These people here were my hiking companions along the Inca Trek to Machu Picchu. Each one of them had to carry around 25kg's of food and camping equipment so that we could walk the trail, and they all ran the track so they could have each campsite set up by the time we got to it. Each day they were the last to bed and the first up, and I never saw one of them without a smile or a friendly 'hola'.

I really love this picture mainly because of the fact that there is this beautiful backdrop of Andean mountains almost being disregarded by everyone just because engaging with the people you meet is the most fulfilling part of travel. We spent the night sitting around the campsite learning about those men and their families and their culture, all in a very broken version of Spanish. It ranks highly in the list of best experiences in my life.

Rarely would I sit down and actually think purely about me, and I have done that today it has been very interesting. So I'd like to thank Meg for asking me to be a part of this series, and part of the blogging community!

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Hi Guys! I hope you've had a good week. Thank you Zac for writing such an awesome piece for us. It's really exciting to share Zac's blog with you guys because I met him through mutual friends at University last year. It's pretty cool to be surprised with a real live blogger you already knew without knowing it :)