The last month of Winter! Winter I love you, but I won’t miss you at all.
Running the City2Surf. Something I’d only been dreading for months finally happened and I couldn’t have been happier at the finish line! Just helps motivate me to push my comfort zone and never stop daring to achieve something great!
Banks. Goddess. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this album is the real deal! Definitely helping me get through those study blues.
Sad airport trips. This month we had to say adieu to two of our favourite English exchange students. These boys know how much we’ll always love them, but it really does suck not seeing them every morning and every night. I look at the photo below and am so grateful for everyone’s unconditional friendship. You guys make me feel at home, safe and completely loved. Cheesy I know but deal with it.
Adventures with the family. Sadly I don’t get to see my family all that much. So when they come and visit for the weekend, we truly have the best time. We went out to the Sea Cliff Bridge which is an absolute must! Plus a lovely tour of Wollongong’s best restaurants and bars. Please come and visit more!
How to Be Parisian. One of the most beautiful little books that I own. For more reasons why I love it, read here.
Orange is the New Black. I have a problem. I’m addicted. Like seriously. I watched 2 seasons in just under two weeks. For anyone that’s been thinking about checking it out and has put it off (like I was) DO IT!!! Though it’s definitely not recommended during the middle of session when you have a million assignments due. But honestly, it’s such a quality show and I’m loving it!
So that’s about it from me. I’ve been ridiculously busy with work and uni so I’m glad I got to squeeze in this much excitement. September is looking even more scary with many assignments due but… just keep pushing on!
So there’s this book. A beautiful little book, that sits neatly on my bookshelf. The thing about this beautiful little book, is that you cannot simply ‘read’ this book. No, you believe this book. Live it. Breathe it. Know it, with every inch of your body, and by the time you turn to the final page…. you know exactly ‘How To Be Parisian, Wherever You Are.’ This charming little book is written by four very beautiful, and very French women; Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Anne Berest. They share their secrets to the world about How to be Parisian.
A must read for those of you who have ever day dreamed their way to Paris. Ever since I was little, I remember being captivated by the City of Lights. And as soon as I made it through high school and ventured on my GAP year, I went to Paris not once, not twice, but three times.
Those who say they ‘didn’t like Paris’ or ‘thought it was dirty,’ then you obviously missed the whole point. Paris isn’t meant to be perfect. It is dirty, there’s gypsies everywhere and the Metro does stink like urine. But while you were so busy worried about a little dog poo on the sidewalk, you completely missed the beauty that lies in every street. Every arrondissement has a different story to tell. Your job is to listen and let the streets guide you along the way.
‘Parisian women never try to appear to be something other than what they are. They want above all to become the best possible version of themselves.’
The best version of themselves. Isn’t that what we should all strive for?
‘The signature item is an attitude. It is the gun in your holster that makes you feel well dressed and invincible’
And personally, it’s my leather jacket (which is coincidentally pictured in the book). I bought my leather jacket in London. I saved up my money for it and may have even sacrificed some food for that week to purchase it, but now that it’s mine I couldn’t picture not having it in my life. It’s me. I feel fierce when I have it on. Not only because it looks great, but also because I’ve invested good money in something that is timeless. Now that’s smart investment.
And what about the French Language? C’est très beau. I’m currently studying it at uni, and despite how difficult the passé composé is, I will always love speaking it. For more reasons on why you should learn French, you can read more here.
‘When it comes to kissing, the Parisienne does it the same way she does everything else: with cinematic flair. Preferably, all kissing should take play in the middle of the street. The city is after all her stage and she treats each kiss like a once-in-a-lifetime performance. She wants to be unforgettable- both to the man clinging to her lips and to the people passing by. Like any good actress, she immerses herslf completely in the role and amost expects a round of applause when the curtain falls and the end of her scene. Breathless, of course’
“Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.”
You’ll constantly have ‘ah-ha’ moments which resonate with everyone’s unique experiences of Paris. I’ve seen Paris in many different lights. I’ve been there in Summer, Autumn and Winter, I’ve seen the touristy parts of the Lourve and the Eiffel Tower, gotten lost in the streets of Montmartre, been to Disneyland, ate excessible amounts of cheese and croissants, watched cabaret shows and delved through the flea markets. I love Paris, it’s people, history and culture, and I’m so glad I can have a little bit of it on my bookshelf.
So you think the image of Paris and being Parisian is overrated. Well my friend, I’m not sure there’s anything else I can do to convince you. I say that there’s nothing wrong with a little daydreaming, and if you happen to daydream about Paris, the City of Lights, so be it.
July is personally my favourite month. Not only because it’s my birthday, but because it’s the middle of winter. And before you jump to ‘you actually like winter?’ let me give you this. Winter in Australia is beautiful! We’re blessed with crisp, cold yet sunny days and whales migrating up our coast. And of course, the minor factor that it was my 21st birthday. So quick recap on one of my favourite months of the year, July.
The Swans Game at the SCG. No AFL game is complete without beer and good people to watch it with. I watched the game with my little brother and my Mum and then spent the next morning exploring Newtown. A must for anyone visiting Sydney for a weekend.
Hiking Mount Kiera. This has been on my to do list for over a year and I finally did it! Just over an hour of sweating and reconsidering life, I was breathtaken by the stunning view of Wollongong and the ocean. A must for anyone living on the South Coast.
How To Be Parisian- Wherever You Are. I received this book as a birthday present from one of my best friends and it’s one of the most beautiful little books I think I’ve ever picked up. A must for anyone who dreams of Paris a little too much.
Miguel’s New Ablum. Give it a listen. You definitely won’t regret it!
My 21st Birthday! So someone, somewhere at some time apparently decided that once we turn 21, we are mature, an adult, responsible etc… and then it’s your 21st birthday party, there’s beer bongs, Jager bombs, jelly shots, vodka and an epic hang over the next morning. I had friends from far and wide come down and it just meant every so much to me that I got to share such a special day with such special people.
MELBOURNE!!! I cannot express how much of an awesome time I had in Melbourne with my bestest friend! To see all of the amazing shenanigans we got up to, read here.
The Rocks Aroma Coffee Festival. A Festival. Dedicated. To. Coffee. Enough. Said.
My awesome retro Electra bike. Because I have the coolest parents ever, they bought me this beautiful bike for my 21st. When most people get latops, money, holidays, whatever…. I got this wicked bike! And I’m not even being sarcastic at all! Watch out for me around Wollongong.
And these are some of the things that made my month awesome. Until next time!