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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!

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!

Why I'm OK with Being a "Small Blogger"

When I first began reading beauty blogs 10 years ago, the blogging landscape was completely different to the one we know of today. Blogging as a job probably would've sounded absurd, and you never saw the terms "small blogger" and "big blogger" (or even "influencer", for that matter) being thrown around. Although I'm not really sure if there's a clear-cut distinction between the two, I know that I would definitely fall into the "small blogger" category myself; I don't have 10k followers on Instagram (my social media profiles combined don't even add up to that much!), my inbox isn't brimming with PR opportunities and in the seven years I've had my blog, I've never made any money. Being "small" in such a large, expansive community can feel quite discouraging at times, but of all the things that makes blogging so wonderful, numbers have nothing to do with it for me and I think being "small" is just as valid as being "big". In fact, I don't even feel like I need to be anything "more" than I already am and I'm actually pretty content with my place in the blogging world. As someone who's had quite a different blogging experience to the majority of bloggers who have been here as long as I have, I've written a number of similar posts to this in the past, and it's a conversation I never get bored of having because there's always so much to say and I think it's a really important one at that. I’ve learnt to really own my “smallness” here and I certainly don’t believe that "bigger" equals "better" (hence why you'll see scare quotes throughout this post). My intention of this post isn't to undermine what "big bloggers" are doing, but to simply highlight why being a "small blogger" is actually pretty great too.

Life Lately: June & July

Hi, everyone! Long time, no post! I never intended to go this long without posting, but between adjusting to full time work life, a few busy weekends and the grim winter weather (this one being the main culprit!), I haven't had much of an opportunity to put the same love and care that I always put into my blog. I know I let my perfectionism get the better of me at times, but I'd rather take a little bit longer to get a post up if it means I feel 100% happy and proud of what I do, and I just can't seem to let myself settle for anything less than that. I'm so bloody ready for winter to be over because I all want right now is glorious spring sunshine so I can have more than two seconds to take a decent photo! It's killing me!

Life Lately: May

Boy, has May been a whirlwind of a month! All in the best way possible though. I officially went from intern to employee at the marketing agency I've been at since February and that combined with so many social events going on has kept me quite preoccupied. My calendar for June is quickly filling up with more stuff to do and more people to see, but hopefully it'll be a little less full-on because this introvert needs her time to be alone and blog!

Life Lately: March & April

The last two months have probably been both the best and worst of my life. In the middle of March, my sister fell seriously ill one night and was admitted to the emergency department, followed by the ICU. I unexpectedly ended up taking a break from blogging as not only did I not have the emotional energy for it and needed to be there for my family, but between my internship and being at the hospital every single day, I physically didn't have the time either. I won't go into detail about what happened just because it's my sister's life, not mine, but I also didn't want to leave you guys in the lurch, so I hope this update on where I've been will suffice.

What I Learnt from a Digital Declutter

At the beginning of January, I decided to do a digital declutter of my social media accounts in order to start the year feeling cleansed and refreshed. It had reached the point where scrolling through Instagram was becoming tedious and uninspired, and I realised that it had actually been a fair while since my feeds got a good clear out and tidy. I know I'm not alone when I say that I bloody love myself a declutter and upon this digital declutter of mine, not only were my social media accounts given a new lease on life, but I learnt a lot too. Decluttering brings us a unique joy in life that you just can’t get anywhere else, and for those of you looking to declutter your lives online and have kept putting it off, hopefully my musings can inspire you to finally get it done.

Life Lately: February

February was a wonderful, magical and glorious month all because of one significant life moment: I saw Slowdive live! I'll talk more about Laneway in the music portion of my monthly update, but all I'll say for now is that two weeks on, I am still on cloud nine. There is truly no greater joy in life than live music.

The Joy of Internet Friends and a Beautiful Gift from Divya of The Conscience Fund

Growing up as a teenager in the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time on the Internet making friends with people from around the world who I shared common interests with. Now, as an adult in their late twenties, it remains a huge part of my life today through my blog. Having had my blog for almost seven years now, I've made my own little community of wonderful friends here, one of them including real life angel, Divya. If you don't follow Divya, she runs the blog called The Conscience Fund, which isn't currently active (I'm hoping that will change!), but you can follow her on Instagram for her lovely beauty product shots and mini reviews (she has excellent taste!). Back in December, we got chatting away through Instagram DMs when she asked for my address so she could send me over a few things from the UK that I can't get a hold of here in Australia. I definitely don't feel like I'm missing out on much in terms of beauty where I live, but there are still a couple of brands I wish I had easier access to (I'm looking at you, Glossier!) and I can't quite believe that a friend from the other side of the world would go out of their way for me like that. Despite me telling Divya not go to overboard, this kind soul got me the most beautiful gifts beyond belief, so much so, I was inspired to write about how great Internet friends are and my personal experiences with them, as well as to say a huge thank you to her.

Life Lately: January

I hope everyone's had a great start to 2018 so far! I always relish the fresh start a new year brings and January has had me feeling pretty positive and hopeful. I brought in the New Year with my mum and sister eating a nice dinner out and watching the fireworks in the city, and then spent the first few days of the month decluttering and organising my life. I decluttered my makeup, my skincare, my wardrobe and all my social media accounts, which took a lot longer than expected, but was so worth the effort. I'm feeling cleansed and refreshed!

Hello 2018

Happy 2018, everyone! Apologies for the slightly belated New Year well wishes; I suppose I've always been fashionably late, but I'm here now and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things. Reflecting back on last year, 2017 was a bit of a nothing year for me and even when I thought I had stepped out of my comfort zone, it felt like it was all for nothing and like I never really got anywhere. But even in my circumstances, I still survived and sometimes in life, that's more than enough. Life definitely does suck on occasion, though I'm thankful I've never been one to dwell on those feelings and in this post, I'll be acknowledging both what I was grateful for in 2017 as well as my little goals for 2018. Like most people, I don't like to set myself resolutions with definitive numbers, but rather small, ongoing intentions to shape me into the best version of myself. To me, that is what self-care is all about and I think being kinder to ourselves can often say a lot more than any grand accomplishment.

Life Lately: December

And just like that, another year is done and dusted. I can never wrap my head around how fast each passing year comes and goes, but I suppose that's just life the older you get. I'm going to reflect back on 2017 and look ahead to 2018 in my first post of the New Year, but for now, we'll keep things focused on the month of December.

My Top 10 Albums of 2017

Music is a big love in my life and truthfully, I'd say even more so than beauty. I have a (mostly) beauty blog because I'm one of those people who's super passionate about all their hobbies and interests, though I don't really do dedicated music posts because it isn't the easiest subject to write about and there are only so many times I can describe my music taste as "'80s-inspired", "synthpop" and "dreamy"! In saying that, I've been putting together my Top 10 Albums posts since 2015 and I've come to really love the challenge of writing about topics other than beauty. 2017 was an incredible year in music; two of my all-time favourite bands released stellar albums, I went to some really fun gigs, I got my first record player and where 2016's releases didn't live up to my expectations, I ended up discovering all of last year's great music this year. My favourite beauty products of the year will follow suit soon, but for now, this is the music that has made my heart soar over the last 12 months.

Life Lately: November

November brought about pivotal date in Australian history and to me, it was the most significant thing that happened this month. On the 15th of November, Australia voted yes for same sex marriage and it was indeed a proud moment for this sunburnt country of mine. It's still unbelievable that the Government wasted $122 million for a voluntary survey (voting is otherwise compulsory in Australia) to debate human rights and ask Australians a question we already knew the answer to (there have been polls conducted as to whether it should be legalised), but in a world where bad news is a constant, the result was nevertheless a breath of fresh air. As a perpetually single straight person who feels indifferent towards marriage, my bitter heart is full of love for the LGBTIQA community and when Senator Penny Wong cried, I cried!