taking stock part 2.

My 23rd birthday seems the perfect time to take stock and reflect once again. I definitely don’t do this enough – I get so caught up in the moment and excitement of things that I forget to look back and actually think. Here is my attempt at taking a moment, thanks to the always amazing Pip Lincolne

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Making : my fashion collage scrapbook better, and my pile of photo cut-outs bigger
Cooking : as many sugar free breakfasts as I can, gradually getting through all my cookbooks
Drinking : tasty cocktails with friends at SoCal
Reading: way too many magazines that overload my brain with inspiration
Wanting: time to read all these mags
Looking: forward to warmer days and more of the beach
Playing: triple j on my morning walk to the bus
Deciding: what to get everyone for Christmas, how to get everything done, where to go for New Years
Wishing: decisions were easier, and that there were at least 26 hours in each day
Enjoying: the sunshine, the beach, friends, family, weekly Saturday breakfast, catching up on my favourite blogs
Waiting: for someone to come move in with us!
Liking: work, as nerdy as that sounds
Wondering: how people can ignore the big issues in the world
Loving: peacefulness
Pondering: how I can be someone who actually makes a difference
Considering: if I could ever have a successful veggie garden – being all self-sustainable
Watching: a lot of Scrubs
Hoping: for taboo subjects like mental illness to be talked about more in society
Marvelling: at the world
Needing: lotsa hugs
Smelling: those birthday flowers chilling on the table
Wearing: all my dresses again – finally letting those legs get some sun
Following: every word that rolls out of Leandra Medine’s hilarious mouth
Noticing: how lucky we really are to have all these amazing blessings like food and health and home
Knowing: love
Thinking: about a million things all at once
Admiring: fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta who make a name and have real talent
Sorting: the mess on my floor
Buying: my Fossil watch!
Getting: sleepy
Bookmarking: many more recipes to my already long list of things to create
Disliking: the afternoon slump
Opening: hundreds of emails a day
Giggling: about life and the ridiculous things we say
Feeling: content
Snacking: on my protein balls and nuts
Coveting: the wardrobe of Leandra Medine
Wishing: I could afford more of these amazing things
Helping: clean
Hearing: all those sirens – too many sirens

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musings :: blake lively.

I’m not ashamed to say that I love Gossip Girl. And that I only just finished it – legitimately 20 minutes ago the last episode ever ended, time to give my computer a small break. It has only taken me 5 years. At least my slow-paced viewing allowed me more time to take in the artfulness of the clothing and styling. Once I dreamt of recreating these designs, in a totally non-plagiarised way.

If there is one thing the show has taught me it is the ridiculous cost of keeping up with the trends. We can’t all own a shearling coat and thigh-high boots and Fendi fluffball bags. So much easier to create your own style and stick with it, integrating elements of the current. That’s my philosophy.

In honour of ending this era it is time to bask in Blake Lively’s fashion glory – the wardrobe we all wish we had.

blake lively

blake lively

blake lively

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the wedding planners.

All through instagram, every day, I see dozens of self-made calligraphy prints with cute quotes and messages. It’s a talent I wish I had, but at the same time, EVERYBODY is doing it. And there isn’t a lot of differentiation.

There’s something unique about Santiago Sunbird though. Firstly they’ve used their talents for more than just wall prints and gifts, and secondly, they are yet another fabulous sister combo. It is literally ‘take your breath away’ material. I reckon Bree and Sarah’s next venture should be an all out wedding planner business because they’ve definitely got most of it sorted already. Down to all your little party favours and confetti cones – even the wedding certificate is bespoke. 

santiago sunbird

santiago sunbird

santiago sunbird wedding invitation

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model muse :: caroline brasch nielsen.

She is a wonder this girl. She manages the look I forever wish I could pull off each day – that straight 70’s reminiscent hair and casual laidback styling. Her street style is super off-duty, to the point that no one else could pull it off. Not sure I’ve seen many who can pair a loose old knit with baggy overalls and still look incredibly attractive.

I could see her parading around with flowers in her hair, dancing through the fields. Caroline could be the true flowerchild, the real deal. A farm girl at heart, with a big city life ahead of her.

At times I wish I could escape and live off the land,  but then there is all those things I would miss – the cafes, the shops, the buzz. Thoughts for my potential future conversation with Caroline. 

caroline brasch nielsen

caroline brasch nielsen

caroline brasch nielsen

caroline brasch nielsen

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want list :: midas touch.

It’s Karen Walker’s 10th birthday (happy birthday my dear friend). For so long I have been saving for my own special pair of these darlings because they are the greatest shades to grace our shores – I’m literally talking years here. And one day soon I will finally take that step, once I have built up some money following the latest holiday booking.

I’m tempted to celebrate with Karen and purchase a pair of these amazing golden babies before they all disappear, then we could be best friends forever. She really does have the midas touch, what an amazing woman.

karen walker celebrate

karen walker 10th birthday

karen walker eyewear

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photoshoot :: cellophane head.

Editorial, my favourite. Especially those with the most eccentric crazy stylings and settings. Definitely a dream job brimming with constant creativity. My whole room would become a mood board slash pin up of anything I ever saw and loved.

I don’t know how some of these ideas are thought up though – who imagines putting cellophane over ones head, and then somehow transform it into something fashionable? To be a stylist, at least for an alternative / boundary pushing magazine, you must definitely have an interesting view of the world. Seeing things in a completely different light to others and re-imagining normal objects as something spectacular.

Exactly why I love this shoot for Numero Magazine. Craft has been taken to the next level. 

cellophane photo shoot

alisa ahmann

numero magazine

greg kadel

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eat your heart out.

Quitting sugar was probably one of the best things I have ever done. I have more energy, I’m happier and I just have a whole new appreciative view of food. I’ve always been a massive fan of grub, but I genuinely get excited when I have to cook now. Buying ingredients is like an adventure every day – finding the best vegetables with the greatest bargains and trying different nuts / nut butters / health food aisle goodies. And these ones – oh yummo —

chickpea pancake

lentil tacos

lentils and kale

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