Sunday, October 09, 2016

white lace

 "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers" - Anne of Green Gables

Guys! Hello! It's October, and I haven't blogged in a while. The last few weeks have been pretty busy with work, social events and a little uni work (emphasis on little), but most importantly, I achieved my main goal of 2016 - OBTAINING MY DRIVER'S LICENSE! I can now drive by myself! The test was last Tuesday and although I was incredibly nervous, I followed the advice of basically everyone around me and "remained calm"... passing with flying colours. I'm really proud of myself for getting organised, saving up for the lessons and sticking with it, despite how frustrating learning to drive has been (especially in the city) over the last few months. Achieving this goal prompted me to look back on my 2016 resolutions and see what other's I had paid attention to. This year has been very eventful for me; I crossed the QLD border for the first time... said "yes" to spontaneous adventures... ha, remember that one time I moved to Sydney for five days without properly thinking it through? Yeah me neither, must be someone else! :P 
Despite this year being one of the toughest for my mental health, it's also been very rewarding. I think I've really grown up and learnt a lot in a short amount of time. I'll be a 20 year old in four months! 

I'm home for the weekend again to spend some quality time with the fam before I go back to uni this week - something I'm somewhat looking forward to. I miss the routine of work and uni coming together and I think I need that to make me feel like I'm working towards a goal. Tess and I (well, mainly me) decided to take some photos too while I am here featuring this lovely blouse from Dotti. I bought it without even trying it on because I loved it so much - it has such an Anne Shirley vibe to it, don't you think? 
Hope you're all having an excellent weekend - and I'll be back soon! 

Monday, September 26, 2016

russian red // changing styles

Bonds T-shirt, Forever New skirt + beret, MAC lipstick in "Russian Red" 

I was reading Lauren's blog the other day - one I have been an avid follower of since I was 14 years old - and she was talking about how interesting it has been watching and reflecting on how her style has changed over the years. Some elements are still similar to what she used to wear, but overall, her look has changed. This really brought to my attention my own sartorial choices and how much it's all evolved for me over the last five years. I think at the moment I'm going through a period of my life where I like to keep things pretty simple in everyday life. T-shirts, jeans, skirts and sandals are generally the items I gravitate towards when I'm at uni, or out and about. This outfit here is a very 'Maria' assortment - lately I've been more focussed on being comfortable than anything else, and it's amazing what a bright lip can do to a basic top + skirt combination. This top is a classic Bonds t-shirt;  I love the cut of it, and the fabric is ridiculously soft and comfortable. Finding a top that fits you well if you have a generous chest is often quite the challenge, but I love this one. 

So guys! Two posts in the same 48 hour period (almost!), that's when you know I'm on holidays. Spring has definitely been brought to life for us Queenslander's; there are flowers everywhere and a delicious, non-humid warmth to the air that leaves you craving an afternoon by the pool. This week I have a long-awaited and much-deserved (thank you very much) break from the textbooks and although I am working 3/5 days, it's still going to be a lovely change from classes and assignments and general work overload. In between making coffees, I'll be drinking coffee with friends, I might go to the movies (The Girl on the Train looks rather intriguing), and amusing myself with music, reading and walking the neighbour's dog. Hope you're having a lovely end to September. 

Thanks to my beautiful little sister for capturing these pics for me - who knew a 13 year old could work a DSLR camera to such high quality!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Poppy + Playlist

Ahh, September. It's been a while since I blogged, so here's a little update on what's been happening in my life... 

- The last few weeks have been ABSOLUTELY brutal in regards to uni and assessment - hence the silence on Avenue Maria. I have to take an economics course in order to contribute to my degree and let me tell you, as much as I am very gifted with the art of spending money, I have no grasp on how it actually works in society. Srsly. Why wasn't I taught about the stock market in school? Or the GFC? I am an adult now and I feel like knowing about that sort of stuff is a prerequisite. Anyway, so I submitted the assignment in the end, cried a few tears in the process (I also have no issue expressing emotions) and consumed lots of chocolate, crossing my fingers that my tutor passed the wretched thing.
- This dress is beautiful, and I love it. I think it makes me look like a life-sized Christmas ornament. It's H&M (surprise) and was on sale for $30 (surprise surprise!) so naturally it went straight in my basket. While Tess and I were taking these photos this afternoon a little girl and her Mum approached us because the little girl thought I was a "Princess". It was really sweet and made my week. 
- Driving test for my P's license is coming up. If I pass first go you'll definitely hear about it on all social medias because I'll be that bloomin' excited.
- Overall, I'm doing pretty okay you guys. I'm happy. There are good and bad days, but the bad ones are few and far between. I am still going to Headspace and finding a lot of use out of it - it's such an excellent program and as much as Australians complain about the government system, there's a lot that is done right (especially in regards to youth mental health) and I'm really thankful and lucky to be living here. 
- There's a dance coming up next weekend which is SO EXCITING! You all know how much I love the dances my local parish put together. A lot of my friends from Brisbane are back from their overseas adventures too, which is wonderful because the Mambo No. 5 is never the same without them!
- Here's the music I've been listening to lately. If you're a Stranger Things fan you'll recognise a lot of the songs are from the first soundtrack! So good. It's quite a bittersweet playlist.