Friday, April 22, 2016

under the stars // april playlist

Hello! It's been a while and the last month or so has been incredibly busy. Basically, in short, I:
- Moved house and now have my own lovely room in a cute little house with two of my best friends. Very lucky and very thankful to be living in Brisbane again.
- I've started uni again and am halfway (?) through my first semester of second year. I'm studying writing and communication through Arts and am very much enjoying it!
- I went back to Sydney for a harbour cruise which was a lot of fun! There's quite a few events like that coming up for me in Brisbane within the next few weeks which prompted me to compile and share a playlist of some of my favourite songs to get ready/ dance the night away to. My favourite artist lately has been Billy Vaughn and his orchestra - the jazzy style music or so romantic and beautiful.

Hope you like the playlist - and I'll be back soon with a beauty review!

Thursday, March 03, 2016


Dotti top, Forever New skirt, London Rebel sandals

There is something so serene about light blue, which makes it one of my favourite colours to wear. It reminds me of the ocean and sailing, and being in a calm state of mind. For the last few years I identified as "not a beach person", but after my trip to Sydney, I've definitely had a conversion. Freshwater Beach was absolutely beautiful to me. It seemed so unique from other beaches I've been to, particular because it's situated between two rock formations to form a little cove that's distinct from all the others. When I was perched up on one of the cliffs, reading and listening to Hagoon Hardy's soundtrack for Anne of Green Gables, my life was put into perspective in a very romantic way. I'm pretty guilty of romanticizing life, but I think that it's completely harmless to do so if it doesn't become an obsession. Looking at life through rose-tinted glasses makes even the simplest things special and significant, and if this brings even the smallest glimmer of happiness and hope into a life that can be so consumed with superficiality and complications, then I don't ever want to take those glasses off.

How has your week been? It's astounding that I've managed to deliver three posts in one week alone; being home at my Mum’s house for the past few days has been very productive, but also very relaxing. I started my second year of uni today too. I’m back at the University of Queensland for at least a semester, having enrolled in writing and English literature courses. When I left Sydney I wasn’t sure what to do with myself, so I decided going back to uni and doing some courses to improve my writing and grammar would be a good start. I’m also really happy because I got my old job back! I start making coffees again next week and I couldn’t be happier – I miss my work friends terribly! In general, I’m looking forward to life stabilizing again in Brisbane – I’ve been feeling very shuffled and uncertain for the last two months, so I’m hoping the beginning of Autumn will also beckon some routine into my life again.

Here’s a few songs that I’ve been listening to today:
  • Jeepers Creepers by Louis Armstrong
  • First in Line by Elvis Presley
  • When I Fall in Love by Nat King Cole
  • If We Never Meet Again by Elvis Presley
  • Stranger on the Shore by Acker Bilk
Goodbye for now!

Monday, February 29, 2016

(that's) old-fashioned

I think the closest I ever come to feeling like a "proper lady" is when I'm wearing one of these fascinators... the "birdcage veil", or as my guy friends like to say, "the fly-trapper". The last time I wore one of these was back in 2013, and looking back, I did look a bit like an accessory to a wedding, even though I was only 16 and not even close to doing so (and that hasn't changed, FYI). These fancy little head pieces are timeless and are definitely a fashion trend I don't see fading out anytime soon - particularly during the racing season. I'm a simple girl (most of the time), so if you ever saw me at the races, this is what I would be wearing on my face and head. I always giggled as a little girl when I saw huge bird hats and feathers on the rich women of old Hollywood movies... and Marie Antoinette? How on earth did she not have a constant migraine from the habitats that were perched atop her noggin?
This particular bow-and-veil combination is by Alannah Hill and was a gift from my oldest sister for my birthday last week. Sometimes I wish Australia, or Brisbane at least, was a place where outrageous fashion was more... "normal", like it is in London, or Paris. I could definitely get away with this at a wedding, or in exchange for a mantilla at a Latin mass, but unfortunately I wouldn't be able to go grocery shopping with this fastened to my head unless I wanted gawking onlookers.

Enough fashion talk... let's get onto more important business: a thank you! A thank you to everyone who has read (or reads my blog in general) and has given me such positive feedback! I get overwhelmed by the kindness of my readers every time I share a post like the one previously. I do like to think of myself as "brave" and "honest", but I don't think I really deserve all the praise I've been given. Sharing my experiences (both happy and woeful) is something I love to do and I think being honest on my blog is the only way to do it. At 19, I still have plenty to learn, and I'm still very young, but I love to share everything regardless. This is mostly because I know looking back on it will give me a lot of insight into what shapes me as an adult. I'm just an ordinary girl, really. I like to read and write, and do creative things, which just so happens to include this little blog of mine. It's very nice that people read it though. May, 2016 will actually be my blog's anniversary of six years, and although I've been at it for over half a decade, it still baffles me that people actually take the time to read what I have to say. It's flattering, and if I'm ever helpful to anyone, that's the best part!

I'm currently brewing a tea and listening to The Everly Brothers (note the title of this post)  and getting excited for another installment of Downton Abbey, the final season, so I'll end this here. I hope you've had a good start to the week, and hopefully upcoming posts won't be at such a sporadic frequency. It's also Autumn tomorrow for us Australians! I can finally justify listening to Nat King Cole's "Autumn Leaves" on repeat. Goodbye for now!
P.S: A big HUG OF APPRECIATION to my little sister, who suffered ferocious bull ant attacks on her legs just so she could get "the perfect angle" for photos today. You're a legend, young padawan.