Life Lately: July, August & September

While I wish I could say I’ve been up to a whole heap of fun and interesting things over these last three months, truthfully, life has been rather uneventful lately! Apart from a few friend catch ups and gigs here and there, I’ve inadvertently found myself living more slowly this year and it’s been really, really nice. I do struggle with guilt that I should be doing more and constantly working towards reaching my goals, but sometimes we just need to rest and recharge and learn to feel content with where we are in life. I always find that every time I reach a big milestone, it’s never that long before I’m thinking, ‘What’s next?’ and instead of celebrating how far I’ve come, I’m feeling dissatisfied with what I still haven’t achieved. I do need to work on my time management skills a lot (mostly so I can try to blog more!), but it’s felt good to say no to things and just take some time out for myself.

Paris Travel Diary

It’s not every day that you decide to go to Europe on a whim (and especially when you live on the other side of the world!), so while I was headed to London to see the Spice Girls live, I wasn’t entirely sure about travelling anywhere else. Having enough money saved up was obviously the main concern, but if there was any one place I simply couldn’t go all that way without visiting, it was Paris. Being my favourite city since I was 15 years old, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t and even if it was just for a short stay and I had to dip into my savings more than I’d have liked, I was going to make it happen! I was originally only meant to be in Paris for three days, but when Emirates ended up cancelling my flight home and putting me on another one, it allowed me an extra day there, which I certainly wasn’t mad about! As if seeing the Spice Girls live in London wasn’t enough of an amazing experience, finishing off my trip in Paris was the icing on the cake and I had the most wonderful four days being back in my favourite place in the world!

London Travel Diary

When one of your all-time favourite bands announces a tour that’s no where near where you live, you do what any rational fan would do - fly across the other side of the world to go see them! Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly rational - in fact, it’s kind of crazy - but we aren’t just talking about any band here, we’re talking about the Spice Girls! The band I grew up with, the band that was my first music love and the band I once did a Year 5 assignment on. After two attempts and two hours in total spent nervously waiting in online queues, I was headed to the Spice World 2019 Tour in the UK and got tickets to see them live in London! It was my second time in city (I first visited seven years ago when I went travelling around Europe for six weeks) and while my first time was spent doing a whole lot of touristy stuff, I felt like I had kind of made myself at home for a week this time around. Having so many friends in the UK, there was something comforting and familiar about being in London, but the downside to the city? That typical British weather! (Spoiler alert: I complain about the weather a lot in this post!).

Not only did I get to tick a childhood dream of mine off my bucket list during this trip, but travelling overseas solo had been something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now too, so it was an experience like no other and one of the best times I’d ever had in my entire life. To recount my trip, a personal and detailed travel diary felt the most natural to me as that’s always been my writing style and I felt as though something like a city guide would’ve been too restrictive (I hardly think I’m in any position to “guide” people either!). I did make a trip to Paris after my time in the English capital and that’s another travel diary to come, but for now, here’s all that I did, saw and ate during my six days in London.

Life Lately: April, May & June

I can’t quite believe we’re over the halfway mark in 2019 now! What concerns me even more is that this is only my fourth post to go up this year and I’m sitting here wondering how on earth I’ve let something I love so dearly slip away. To say this year has been a shit one in blogging is an understatement and although I’ve made numerous promises to myself to try harder, things in my personal life have affected how much time I can dedicate here and I haven’t been able to make my blog much of a priority (I don’t mean to be vague, it’s just not my place to say what’s been going on. I, myself, am okay though!). I know no one cares as much as I do, but if you’ve been blogging for as long as I have and it’s been your hobby for as long you can remember, then I’m sure you’ll understand how I’m feeling right now. It’s sad and weird that it’s not as big a part of my life as it once was and I really do miss it.

A Beauty Haul

It’s been a good while since I’ve talked about beauty on my blog and although I’d say I’m not quite so heavily invested in the topic as I once was, writing this post also made me remember just how much I still love it. ! I was lucky enough to receive a few Mecca gift cards for my birthday and Christmas last year (the people in my life sure do know me well!), so it was the perfect time to finally cross off all those things that had been on my wishlist and do a little bit of splurging. I realise that last year was quite some time ago now and my intention was to get this post up way back in January, but it’s been really, really difficult dedicating time to my blog this year (I’ll explain why in another post). You know how the saying goes though, better late than never, right?! While this is a reasonably sized haul, as I mentioned, this was all bought last year and I actually haven’t bought a single new product at all in 2019! I know that hauls are quite frowned upon these days and I’m not all that much into them myself anymore either, but since this is my first one in a very long time, I figured kicking it back old school with a good old-fashioned beauty haul would be a bit of fun!

Life Lately: January, February & March

It feels kind of surreal and foreign to be sitting here typing this post after having taken such a long break from blogging. In fact, in the eight years (it was my blog’s anniversary just last week!) I’ve been doing this, it’s the longest I’ve ever gone without posting! The funny thing is is that it was completely unplanned and there was no major life event or anything remotely interesting going on to cause it, but I guess I just all of a sudden found blogging to be a bit of a chore more so than anything enjoyable and that’s when I knew I needed a break. I didn’t expect my break to be this long, but the longer I went without blogging, the harder it became to come back and I really struggled with motivating myself. Things are, however, happening again slowly, but surely and it feels good to be here again! Despite the lack of my presence within the blogging community these last few months, it melts my heart to know that I still have loyal readers and friends who are here waiting for me and encouraging me. It’s definitely a big reason why I could never stop and then when I pick up the camera or I start writing again, I realise I want to be here for myself too.

Hello 2019

Hi, everyone! Long time, no post! It was never my intention to go this long without blogging, but someway and somehow, time slipped right through my fingers and then I found myself in quite a bit of a blogging slump. I’ll elaborate more on this at a later date, but basically, I just needed to get away from it all for a little while, and so now here I am at the end of March finally getting my first post for 2019 up! Although we’re very much into the New Year now, I still wanted to take the time to reflect back on 2018 and the goals I’m working towards for 2019. It’s always made the most sense to me to start a brand new year of blogging this way, plus it’s nice to look back in the future and see how far I’ve come too. Reflecting on last year’s Hello 2018 post, it was a pretty big 12 months for me; I got my first full time job, turned 30 (WHY GOD?! WHY?!), spent my first full year living back in Perth and generally found myself feeling more comfortable with my place in the world. It was one of the best years I’d had in a very, very long time and having spent so long pushing myself to leave my comfort zone, I felt like I had been rewarded and that things were finally starting to come together for me. I had a lot to be happy and thankful for last year and I’m hoping 2019 will be the same. So far, so good!

Life Lately: November & December

Here we are the end of another year and I can’t quite believe it! I realise how cliché that sounds, but December has been so hectic, it feels like it’s been the longest month ever and almost as if it didn’t even happen all at the same time. I only thought this time of year was busy when you work in retail, but I’ve quickly learnt that it’s busy no matter what job you’re in! Working in social media, we were under the pump at work scheduling posts up until almost the end of January and I felt as if my brain was going to melt along with the soaring summer temperatures! We pulled through though and it’s been absolutely blissful taking a break from it all! I’m on holidays until the 7th of January and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in, eating chocolate for breakfast and not knowing what day it is!

My Top 10 Albums of 2018

2018 has been a really good year for me and when I look back over the last 12 months, I have a lot of really good music to remember it by too. From getting to tick one of my all-time favourite bands off my ‘must see live’ bucket list (Slowdive!!!) to making wonderful discoveries and listening to amazing new album releases, this year truly brought about some of my most cherished music memories. I do have to admit that I think I enjoyed last year’s albums just that little bit more than 2018’s, but nevertheless, music is always a constant highlight in my life. With an eclectic mix ranging from R&B, indie rock, synthpop, dance and dream pop, here is my countdown of the top 10 albums I’ve listened to this year.

Spring/Summer Wardrobe Additions

Summer is once again upon us and it’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it’s not because of Christmas! We all know by now how much I love the warm weather and over the last few months, I’ve been working on my spring/summer wardrobe. There were a few gaps that I wanted to fill, some old t-shirts that needed replacing and after a pretty decent purge of clothes that were no longer my style or fit, I felt that justified adding a few new pieces too. All of the clothing that I got rid of was bought at least three or four years ago and I’m getting rid of a lot less whenever I do a declutter now, so I know I’m in the right direction with how I shop these days. It’s taken me a bit of time to curate my spring/summer wardrobe just because it’s not always easy feeling cute and stylish while remaining comfortable in 40+ heat, but after a bit of reassessing, decluttering and simplifying, I feel like I’m finally in the same good place that I am with my autumn/winter clothing. There are a couple of things I’d still like to pick up, but I’m really happy with the new additions I’ve made so far.

Treat Yourself

Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford said it best and who doesn’t love treating themselves every once in a while?! I know I certainly do! Since my internship ended back in April and I became an employee in May, I’ve had the privilege of being able to indulge in a few nice things again and it’s felt really, really good. There were things that had been on my wishlist for years that I’ve finally been able to splurge on, products that were bought to replace old ones I had used up and a few homeware bits to spruce up my bedroom and desk area. Seeing as though it was also my birthday not too long ago, I figured that justified splashing out a little as well, so across beauty, style and lifestyle, here are the things that I’ve treated myself to lately.

Life Lately: September & October

Every time I think I’m finally getting on top of blog stuff again, life happens. It’s been quite an eventful last couple of months (all good things!) and although I wouldn’t say I’ve been busy, I’ve just wanted to focus on spending time with my family and friends without thinking that I need to fit blogging somewhere in between those mere two days off we call the weekend. I knew blogging would be hard once I started full time work and it’s definitely frustrating feeling like you’re always behind and can’t keep up, but it is what it is, I suppose. I’m still getting used to the fact that one or two blog posts a month is all I can seem to manage nowadays (I have to alternate my weekends between writing and photographing!), though I’m certainly not complaining because I’ve actually become so much happier since starting the full time work life. I enjoy the routine, being out of the house, as well as being around people, and of course, the steady income certainly helps too! Hopefully my time management skills will improve as I go along, but I think November’s going to be more of a quiet month, anyway, so that’s nice!

What I Wore in Winter

At long last, winter is finally over and I’m so happy for the warm weather seasons to be back! I’m simply not a winter person at all and although you’d think living in Melbourne for two and a half years would’ve got me used to the cold, I still really struggled this year. At first, I thought I was just being a wuss, but it was Perth’s rainiest winter in 15 years and it even plummeted to 4 degrees one August morning! In saying all this though, I actually really enjoy dressing for the cooler seasons. It even inspired me to put together another one of my style roundup posts and since my last What I Wore in Winter post from three years ago, I’ve got a few new things to show you! I still wear a lot of the clothing from my last post too, so I’ll be referencing back to it in terms of what I’m still wearing and what I’ve decluttered (if I didn’t mention it, I still have it!) just to make things a little more interesting and because my wardrobe really doesn’t change all that much year-to-year. I realise it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense talking about winter clothing now, but as I honestly don’t plan my wardrobe nor my blog that far in advance (sometimes I don’t find the right items until the middle of the season too!), it works better for me to do style posts more like a recap. Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere coming into for winter (lol sucks to be you) may find this useful, but for my fellow Southern Hemisphere folk, let’s get ready for skirts, sandals and sunshine!

Out with the Old, In with the New

It's been a good while since I've featured new beauty products on my blog and the simple fact of the matter is that I just don't buy a lot nowadays. In fact, my last haul was posted all the way back in November! Understandably, being out of a job made it difficult to indulge, but even now that I'm back on a steady income, I've had other financial priorities and it's only just now that I've had enough new products to warrant a whole post. Buying a lot in one go isn't how I like to shop either and as someone who, for the majority of the time, will use up products before buying new ones, I was inspired by my blogging bestie Jess of Little Henry Lee and her Beauty New and Old posts. Rather than simply showing you the new products that I've bought, I thought I'd also talk you through the old products that were replaced and why I didn't repurchase them; I think that makes things a lot more interesting too. With skincare being the easiest to finish, that's mostly what this post is made up of and apart from a couple of makeup bits that haven't been replacements for anything (they'll be featured in a different post), this is pretty much all that I've bought this past year. I'm pretty impressed, if I say so myself! There are some products that have blown me out of the water, while others not so much, so we've got a bit of a mixed bag here!

Life Lately: August

August was a pretty nothing month for me and it's been exactly what I've needed! Having felt like the last few months were quite hectic (at least for this introvert's standards, anyway!), I feel completely reenergised after some slow weekends to myself. In fact, I didn't even need to use my Bullet Journal because there wasn't really much to plan or keep on top of. I spent my weekends simply pottering around the house, watching movies, going to brunch (coconut chai lattes are now my new go-to drink) and I spent a nice Saturday homewares shopping with my mum and sister. I didn't get around to posting all those decluttered items of mine on Facebook Marketplace (it's a never-ending cycle, isn't it?), but ugh, it's such a chore! That's on this weekend's to do list though!