These are a few of my favourite things: July 2020

Welcome to my birthday month! Yep, I think in 2020 I’m entitled to a birthday month, so here we are. What a rollercoaster of a time. I went for a little weekend away to Terrigal and Newcastle to visit my family, celebrated my birthday over a week or two, went for numerous sunrise swims and lost myself in a delightful book. This month was not without it’s downs. As some of you may already know, Soph and I are going our separate ways, so as you could imagine, it’s been an uncertain, emotional and challenging time. But as I sit here, soaking up the winter sun, looking forward to a casual beer or two tonight, I can only look to the future with optimism, positivity and hope. I mean, surely this year can’t get any worse? Right? (touch wood).

A Central Coast Adventure

Just before things took (another) turn for the worst, I was able to get away to Terrigal and Newcastle to spend a few days with friends and family. We were treated to some glorious weather and my sister even convinced me to head out and about for a swim. For a moment, I think I was even able to trick myself into thinking I was in France. Mum, Elly and I were window shopping through the streets of Terrigal when we stumbled upon a restaurant that was basically screaming at us to take a seat on their patio, order a bottle of wine and spend a few hours at. So we gave in to the pressure and did just that.

Wow! We had an absolutely glorious afternoon enjoying our wine, snacking on chippies and just chatting. Hello Euro-Summer vibes.

Then it was up to Newcastle where I set up my work from home station at Dad’s place. I caught up with one of my mates from high school to hear about his recent engagement(!) and enjoyed (suffered) some early morning runs (so early that it’s still pitch black outside).

A South Coast Adventure

I somehow picked the perfect weekend to go down to the South Coast for a little birthday getaway. With myself and 13 friends, we packed our cars (literally – jam packed them) and headed for Narrawallee. We booked an incredible Airbnb across the road from the beach. Filled with gin, beer, champagne, sunrise swims and way too much laughter, I had THE BEST TIME! What a way to bring in 26! (and yes can you believe it? I’m freaking 26 y’all!)

I even mysteriously woke up without a hangover! Hello maturity. But in all seriousness, I am so grateful for the people who made my birthday so special. The people who make me laugh so much until it hurts, the people who I haven’t seen in years and the people I live with. My friends are seriously out of this world and I’m so grateful to all of you – near and far – who make me feel loved each and every day.

Birthday shenanigans

What is a birthday without a few shenanigans. As I mentioned, my birthday consists of a whole month. So here are some pics of some good times shared with friends.

Quick aside – how frickin cool is my pearl satin shirt? I totally splurged to treat myself for my birthday and I seriously have no regrets at all!

Books

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towls
So in my mission to read books from around the world, I picked out this not so little beast. At a mighty 450 pages, this is well above my usual 300 page novel, but wow was it easy to rip through it. The writing is like nothing I’ve ever read. It’s mischevious, it’s poetic, it’s witty and it’s observant. By observant, I mean you are taken into the thoughts and perspectives of ‘the Count,’ a Russian aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol hotel in Moscow. If he steps foot outside, he will be shot. Spanning decades, this historical fiction takes you through the inner workings of the Count in a deeply personal and hilarious way. Would absolutely recommend if you want to feel as though you’ve made a best friend at the Metropol hotel.

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Tunes

Total eclipse of the heart, Bonnie Tyler
Not exactly a new release but it certainly has been on repeat for the past few weeks! How flipping good is this song?! Such a great way to let out all those emotions by belting out a banger. On another note – 80s power ballads are such a vibe and are absolutely essential during a rough emotional time.

Folklore, Taylor Swift
Yes I am a basic bitch and totally lost it when I hear the new Taylor Swift album was dropping. What an indie, heartbreak, chill album it is. I’m considering it like an additional birthday gift from Taylor to me!

Flicks

Before Sunrise series
Before sunrise is one of my FAVOURITE movies ever! The series starts in 1994 when Celine and Jessie meet on a train in Europe. Celine is heading back to Paris, and Jessie is jumping off the train in Vienna before flying back to the US. Taking a chance, Jessie asks Celine to get off the train with him and so begins one of the most whimsical love stories I’ve ever consumed. We smashed through watching the series (set 10 years apart from eachother) and each time I watch it I get something new out of it. The dialogue feels completely organic and unscripted and it just makes me fall in love with storytelling, connection and wander.

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The Girl In The Fog
If you’re ever looking for an interesting and left of centre movie, check out SBS On Demand! They have such an amazing selection, especially of foreign films. One day while searching for a movie, I cam across The Girl in the Fog – an Italian movie. I have to admit, I usually lean towards French films so I decided to go crazy and test out this Italian one. Wow. It’s a slow burn but it really got me thinking and I was really invested in the cinematography – plus was trying to figure out what happened to the teenager who went missing in a small village in the north of Italy.

Bloggers, podders and vloggers

The High Low
I’ve been loving this podcast so much! I’ve been tuning in and out for several months, but an episode that talked about the Greenland Shark absolutely won me over (I’d highly recommend looking up the Greenland Shark – it’s awesome and groww). Hosted by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, they chat about the highs and lows of life, pop culture and news. Firstly, I flippin love their accents. I am completely engrossed when they speak and I forget to listen to what they’re actually saying. But most importantly I love their perspectives, their vocabulary, the breadth of the content they consume and talk about and the issues they raise. Ah! I just love it!

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Product

My Mum absolutely spoiled me for my birthday and she treated me to this Sunday Rile C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Tumeric Face Oil. Wow hello luxury! I’ve been experimenting with Vitamin C serums lately and I love them! They leave your skin feeling so dewy, glowy and honestly, fucking radiant. This face oil is next level though. It sits well under makeup, it smells delicious and feels incredible on your face!

If you’re looking to treat someone to something fancy, I would add this one to your basket.

Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

While this month certainly has been bittersweet, it sure was good. I’m truly grateful for all that I have and the people I have around me. Sure, I’m scared, confused and I’ve never been so unsure of uncertain about the future (thanks COVID) but maybe this is the fresh start, the new leaf I needed to challenge me to dig deep, keep growing and get shit done.

These are a few of my favourite things: MAY 2020

So it seems we’re getting in the swing of things? Are we? Kind of? I think we’re doing ok. It’s crazy to think that (in another life) I would have been heading to Mongolia to live and work for several months. Alas, the universe had other plans and the lounge room is proving to be pretty damn exciting. Nonetheless, we adjust, we adapt and we keep going.

This month has been a month of me putting up boundaries and standing by them. This has meant movie days, reading books, cooking food, going for long walks, taking it easy and going slow. And wow – going slow is pretty damn nice. I think I’d like to hold onto this way of life for a little while. One where my weekends aren’t always booked, where staying in my pjs all day is acceptable and putting myself first is always acceptable.

Home

Working from home is an interesting premise. Home becomes work and work becomes home. And when work becomes a bit too much to handle, it’s challenging to escape it all. So I thought I would take this working from home business, well, home. So I headed up to Newcastle and Port Stephens to visit family and work from home. I can’t say how refreshing it all was. Just to have some space and distance between everything going on. To reconnect with people I love and haven’t seen in a long time has been incredibly healing and therapeutic and I feel reset and ready to bring on the rest of 2020.

Fresh air and good times

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, when you’re in a rut, feeling down, feeling overwhelmed, anxious or just you know, living through a pandemic, get outdoors, connect with friends and loved ones. Be silly, be curious, take a moment and just feel it. Life isn’t always easy, it’s not always clear and it’s confusing af, but good people, good energy and good attitudes will take you a long way. And I’m forever grateful for the good eggs around me who I absolutely love.

BookS

Dear America, by Jose Antonio Vargas
This book is one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. I would completely recommend this for anyone who doesn’t quite understand what it means to be undocumented or is interested in immigration policy in the US. Jose is a journalist so the style of writing is easy to understand, it’s intriguing and takes you right into the life of someone who is American in every way, except by citizenship.

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The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
I bought this book on an impulse off of Amazon – it was $8 and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for fiction and I thought… why not? Well this did not disappoint. It’s a beautiful tale told from the perspective of

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Flicks

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Oh my goodness, if you watch one French film this year make sure it’s this one. It is simply stunning. It’s so captivating, delicate and intimate. There’s not too much dialogue so it’s not an overwhelming amount of French to take in. Those eyes have stayed with me since watching the film and every time I see page 28 my heart skips a beat.

Bombshell
With a star studded line up, I usually like to be critical about it. Margot Robbie is an absolute babe and if that’s not reason enough, the scene that illustrates the disgusting abuse of power of men – I held my breath for the entire scene. It shows the subtle ways in which people with power abuse that power and manipulate strong women. It’s heart breaking but overall a big fuck you to ‘the man.’

Normal People
Yep, like every other basic bitch I jumped on the Normal People train and damn! Of course I read the book (and what a stunning book it is) but this series is absolutely gorgeous. I love how raw and real it is an wow, the on-screen chemistry is incredible! Apart from the fact that it made me want to runaway to Ireland, it’s a stunning watch.

Harry Potter
Wow – if like me, you were OBSESSED (and I repeat) OBSESSED with Harry Potter growing up, then do yourself a favour and re-watch these golden flicks! The first few are actually amazing! They’re so fast paced and you’ll be laughing and anticipating every line. Plus it will just make you happy! We all need a little bit of that right now.

Bloggers, Vloggers and Podders

Lone Fox
I don’t know why, but I have been addicted to watching DIY and renovation channels. I love Drew’s channel and it is seriously leaving me with the urge to paint a wall a vibrant colour and experiment with wallpaper! Plus he does some really cool DIY projects which I’m yet to try, but I bloody love watching!

Dying For Sex
This. Podcast. Is. A. MUST LISTEN! It’s about a woman, Molly, who is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She leaves her unhappy marriage and ventures on a series of sexual escapades to feel alive. It’s a beautiful yet harrowing story of life and death, but most importantly of friendship.

#BlackLivesMatter

What’s worse than watching the world burn is the fact that we let it get to this in the first place. Inequality doesn’t just happen over night, it happens every single day and is embedded in systems, institutions, policies, actions, attitudes and values. I have done nothing to deserve the life that I was born into. Yet by mere luck and chance, I was born into a loving family, in a safe country, with access to education, healthcare and was encouraged to pursue my dreams. I was able to navigate life relatively seamlessly. And the fact that our friends, due to the mere colour of their skin, are denied the same human rights, are hunted in our streets and are deemed less valuable, is simply no the world I want to live in. It’s f*cked up and seriously, the system, the attitudes, the everyday choices that we each make that lead to this, need to change. Black and Indigenous lives matter.

A really inspiring quotes from Maya Angelou to close this board. (Critique) Education is KEY! You need to learn

The best of the best: recommendations to get you through isolation

Well if there’s ever been a good time for quality content, it’s now. And before you think I’m about to recommend watching the basic bitch ‘Tiger King’ or try and convince you to ‘get on TikTok,’ (though you really should), this is the creme de la creme. The best of the best. This is what you need to get through isolation. This is, the ultimate recommendations post you’ve been waiting for!

Books

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.

In isolation, we’re all wanting a little escape. We’ve explore the extent of our bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and want to be transported elsewhere. This book will truly transport you back in time and to a sensory stimulating setting. I was hooked and it made me fall in love with reading again.

For one more day, by Mitch Albom

I absolutely adore Mitch Albom and this book is particularly fitting given the challenging time we’re all facing. It explores the idea of having the chance to spend one more day with a loved one. It’s a gentle reminder for us to seize the day and reach out to loved ones because one day, we may be longing to have one more day, one more hour, one more conversation with someone we’re no longer able to.

Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent

Maybe there’s a theme with these books but it follows the story of a lonely young woman charged with murder in the 19th century in Iceland. If you love nature, are intrigued by the mysticism and historical fiction, you will love this. Based on the true event of the last execution in Iceland.

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

I’m not usually one for a 500+ page book but I assure you this one is totally worth it. Taking you back to Korea in the 1920s, this book spans several decades, several families and several beautiful stories. It explores themes of class, race, migration and I walked away from this book feeling that I had truly learnt something and that a part of this book and story will stay with me forever.

Podcasts

Dying For Sex

This 7 episode series tells the story of Molly, a 40-something woman who is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. So, she leaves her unhappy marriage, goes on a range of sex-capades and faces her trauma. The host is Nikki, her best friend and their relationship is so beautiful and felt so deeply throughout the whole series. It definitely tugs at the heart strings but i’s such a beautiful deconstruction of life, death and all things sex.

The Flight of Fancy

The closest thing to international travel we have, a podcast by some travel experts who share their tips, tricks and favourite experiences from their jet setting. I always wondered how a travel podcast would work when it relies so heavily on visual cues. But I think these guys do a great job of capturing the essence of travel from their adventures around the world. It’s certainly helping me plan and daydream for my next adventure – whenever it comes.

Flicks and movies

Parasite

There’s a reason this movie won best picture at this years Oscars. I assure you it’s one of the most gripping movies I’ve ever watched. Yes it’s in Korean and no that should not deter you from watching it. It’s a movie I keep thinking about and just wow. It’s pure joy, mystery, horror and shocking. And it’s now on Stan so there’s no excuse! You will be transfixed.

Sex Education

I freakin love this show. It’s such a vibrant, quirky, feel good, cringey series that revolves around, you guessed it, Sex. I just absolutely adore Eric and I want him to have his own spin off show or something because I honestly cannot get enough. It will make you laugh out loud and rethink your awkward sexual experiences. An. Absolute. Must.

Before Sunrise

If you’re daydreaming about travel and serendipitous encounters, this movie has you covered. Two strangers meet on a train and decide to get off together in Vienna. It beautifully captures those chance encounters when you’re young and you think the night will never end. It’s gorgeous and stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, what’s not to love? There’s also two more films that follow the same couple 10 years on, ‘Before Sunset’ and ‘Before Midnight.’

Modern Love

I was so skeptical at first. I thought it would be an awful rendition of crossover love stories that would just be cheesy tacky. Oh HELL NO! This series is stunning. With 6 stand alone episodes, it explores a variety of relationships in New York City and wow I was gripped from the very first episode. It’s unique, it’s raw, it’s real and it left me in tear. If you want a good cry and a reminder of why we love love, then this is for you!

Dead Poets Society

One of my favourite films of all time. It’s poetic, it’s beautiful, it’s enchanting and it will stick with you forever. This movie is why I got my carpe diem tattoo back when I was 18. It shaped me in ways I could never have imagined and you just absolutely need to watch it.

Anastasia

BEST. MOVIE. EVER. Enough said.

Products

Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Ageing Serum

I’ve recently introduced hyaluronic acid into my skincare routine and I honestly feel like I’ve already noticed a difference. A product that is designed to help your skin absorb and store moisture, this product by La Roche-Posay is gently, soothing and extremely hydrating. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone new in the skincare game (like me). Use morning and night. Oh and grab it from $60 at Chemist Warehouse.

Anti Drama Face Mask, Frank Body

I’ve been using this super hydrating, soft, gorgeous for over a year now and my face loves it! I use it on Sunday nights as part of my pamper me prep for the week routing and it’s so gentle, soft and gorgeous! Order it directly from the Frank Body website or pick it up at Mecca for $21.95

Gimme Brow Gel (mini)

In isolation, it’s all about the brows. I don’t care if I never wear makeup again, but I do not feel human if I don’t have my eyebrows filled in. This little beauty has worked wonders during isolation and wow, I can’t get enough. I use shade 3 because I’m a red head and basically don’t have eyebrows, so I like to really define my eyebrows. Plus it’s so tiny you could fit it in your pocket if you feel the need to fluff and fill your eyebrows on the go! Grab it from Sephora for $24.

Facial spray with aloe, cucumber and green tea, by Mario Badescu

My gorgeous friend Tishia gifted me this face spray for Christmas. And at first I didn’t think I would use it, but it has become a staple in my skincare routine. I use it every morning and night, and sometimes several times throughout the day. It’s soothing, hydrating and an essential in my collection. Pick it up from Mecca for $19

Activities

Coffee

I’ve come to realise that I simply cannot live without barista coffee. Yes I have a French press, no it’s not the same. Yes I’m a coffee snob, no I’m not sorry about it. I have come to treasure my morning outing to grab a coffee and waltz down the street! Treat yourself to a barista coffee – you deserve it!

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Puzzles

Wow I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered something so meditative. If you need to unwind, be present and accomplish something, get yourself a puzzle. I’ve smashed through several in isolation and found myself completely transfixed.

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Stretch. Move your body. Get your blood pumping! It feels so bloody good.

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Journaling

I don’t know about you, but my mind is kinda all over the place right now. Journaling gives me a sense of clarity, release and expression in a healthy way that I struggle to get anywhere else. I would absolutely recommend it if you’re feeling a bit frazzled, overwhelmed and lost.

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Organise and declutter

I’m kind of the queen of collecting sentimental things, and those things tend to… spread. So I’ve come to fucking love cleaning, organising and sorting bits and pieces of our house. When we lose control over most things in our life, organising your clothes or tupperware cupboard is completely satisfying.

Walk and talk

We’ve all been living for our morning walks right? I have been LIVING for my sunrise walk/run/swim + coffee combo. Add in a friends for a socially distant walk or give a friend a phone call and enjoy the old walk and walk.

Reminisce

Look, sometimes you can’t quite bring yourself to get out of bed. So why not scroll back through all the good times you’ve had. Find your fave travel experiences and write about them in your journal. Share them on socials or send them to your travel buddies. In all honesty, there’s nothing I love more than flicking through old photos and taking a trip down memory lane.

So now you know my absolute favourite things I watch, listen to, put on my face and lose track of time to. Now I want to know yours! Please share your ultimate recommendations with me in the comments below or on socials! Happy escaping!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: AUGUST 2019

August! Thank you for coming! This month I was professional Adelaide and out in full force! I went on my first ever international business trip (which was freakin awesome), I’ve been killing it at work, I’ve been getting active and sweaty, and having a great time with friends! What more could you even ask for?! August was such a wholesome month and I honestly felt on my absolute A game! So let’s have a look at the month where I killed it! #humblebrag

🏍️ India

Hello country number 30! And what an adventure it was! India is somewhere I have always wanted to go but thought it was a ‘one day’ country. Never would I have thought I would get the chance to go on a business trip to three cities in 12 days. I visited Mumbai (or Bombay as the locals still call it), Kolkata and Delhi. I was totally in the zone and have honestly never felt more confident in my work. And being, the adventurer I am, I needed to get out and about and explore the cities I was in. This meant, 6am starts, late nights, lots of food, lots of staring out windows and lots of ‘wow’ moments. Seriously India, I cannot wait to come back

🎉Parties!

It was my best friend cyclone Erica’s birthday! The one thing I love more than my birthday, is celebrating my friends birthdays! We went on a double date to Kneading Ruby and hello fancy pants, it was a lot of fun! No party is complete without a night out at the Harp, a bottomless brunch at Dagwood (margaritas YUM!) and finishing it off with a Sunday Sesh at North Gong!

🐤 Haidee’s Hens

The first time I ever went on a hens night out, I was 18, living in London, and somewhat crashed a hens. The hen herself took a firm liking to me and proceeded to buy me tequila shots all night until I was throwing up in the street (yep – I’m glad I’ve left that girl behind). So for my first proper hens party, for my gorgeous friend (and Soph’s big sister) Haidee, I was tremendously excited to celebrate her soon to be marriage!

🍷 Fam time

Those who know me, would know that I don’t see my family very often. It’s a combination between being way too busy, distance and travel. So when my family come to spend the weekend with me, it makes me pretty damn happy. It also coincided with a Fathers Day weekend. So we took Dad to a winery, out for burgers, pizza and cocktails. Us Haynes’, we’re silly and loud and don’t make much sense, but we know how to have a good time!

🎥 Flicks

Animal Kingdom
You better believe we smashed over all 4 seasons. Whilst this is filled with way too much testosterone, there’s something just chill and encapsulating to watch a young group of guys steal stuff and bash stuff up. Is this really entertainment? I don’t know, but I came to view Smurf as the ultimate badass.

🎵Tunes

Smith Street Band
I know there’s been a lot of controversy around this band lately, and in music more broadly (can you separate the man from the artist, and still appreciate their music?) And whilst I don’t have the answer, the inner rock goddess within me loves this song! I want to listen to it loud, I want to thrash around and kick something in my connies.

Thelma Plum
Woah!! Her new album is AMAZING! I have had it on repeat and wow it is an absolute banger! I was lucky enough to see her in concert this month and WOW! Her voice is so powerful and her voice is honestly better in real life (how that is possible I have no idea!). Oh and she is STUNNING! Mega girl crush!

📷 Vloggers, Blogger and Podders

Larissa DSa
Whilst I was India, I stumbled across this India YouTuber. And I was lucky enough to see her video on Kolkata, before I arrived in Kolkata. Whilst some might argue it can ‘spoil’ a city before getting there, I can honestly say it enhanced my experience and made me so much more excited to go, and happy to be there. Plus it was nice to discover another YouTuber (who I think is very talented and super likeable!)

❤️ Product

Phisohex
OK not the most glamorous recommendation but a worthy one at that! When I cam back from India, my chest was covered in tiny red sweat pimples (thanks 95% humidity). But after a week or two they still hadn’t disappeared. Naturally, I consulted my expert ex-pharmacy assistant who recommended good old Phisohex. Wow! I honestly reckon within a day it started to clear up, and now my chest is completely clear! I’ve since incorporated into my skincare routine, and if you suffer from persistent acne, I would totally recommend it. It’s not a miracle wash (nothing is) but this really helped my skin and I saw excellent results!

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📝 Quote

The magic happens in the process! I cannot stress this enough, and cannot seem to remember it enough. I’m always worried about producing excellent, perfect, ‘ready to publish’ work. And I’m so hard on myself that I often don’t get very far, or I’m so completely unmotivated by the fear of failing, that I don’t even try.

Well this is not the person I signed up to be! This has been a beautiful reminder that I can create work that isn’t perfect, the most important thing is that I’m creating, getting my hands dirty and giving it my all.

Thank you August! I am so grateful I got to experience such an incredible breadth of activities, pushed myself and made a lifelong dream of travelling for work, a reality. Dreams can come true! September, I’ve set the bar high so watch out!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JUNE 2019

Um excuse me but where the heck did June go? It disappeared in a heck of a lot of good times I’ll tell you that much! This month has been pretty full on. Work is crazy, I’ve been juggling a lot and killin it, whilst also feeling pretty unmotivated. I think the short days and cold mornings have really got to me. I don’t feel on my A game lately. But something I’ve learned this month is that you have to be kind to yourself. You can’t keep beating yourself up and holding yourself to high expectations. You’re allowed to have down time, you’re allowed to sleep in and you’re allowed to take it easy. It’s a marathon after all, not a sprint.

🇦🇺Canberra

Ah yes, the capital of Australia known for… well not much else than being the capital. But despite the stereotype of Canberra’s boringness, my little brother happens to be living there, filling it with lots of life and a reason to go and visit. My Dad, Elly, Soph and I headed down for a night to visit our fave lil Haynes. He took us out on a night around Canberra, drank some delicious cocktails, ate some amazing Indian food and got to enjoy one another’s company (without freezing to death).

🌊 Newcastle

There’s nothing quite like an impromptu trip home. Especially when it involves a girls night out, whale watching and delicious lunch dates. We were treated to gorgeous weather giving us ultimate summer vibes. Whale watching in Port Stephens this time of year is bliss. There were dozens of whales out and about, so many that one stealthily snuck up on us and the boat nearly hit it! Catching up with my family is always a joy and I’m glad I got to enjoy a weekend with them.

🍷The Opera House

I’ve been obsessed with Sigur Ros since forever! So when I saw that Jonsi and Alex were playing at the Sydney Opera House, during VIVID, I knew I had to go! So what better date night then to head up to Sydney with my girl and enjoy a fancy night together. We had a super delicious Italian meal before heading to the Opera House. An 18 piece orchestra and 12 person choir, wow I have never felt music so strongly before! I’m so glad I got to share this very romantic, pretty adult moment with Soph!

🎬Flicks

Centre Stage
Talk about a blast from the past! This was my absolute favourite movie when I was in high school. I used to dance three times a week and dream of being scouted from my ballet class. Whilst those dreams have well and truly died, my love and passion for dance and the arts has certainly not. So it was pretty great to relive all these good memories through this movie!

Handmaid’s Tale – Season 3
It’s back! It’s finally back! And shit it is horrible, yet amazing! Seriously, this show is incredible and terrifying. Especially with everything happening in the US and across the world to do with women’s rights, abortion bans and safe access to healthcare… I’m starting to think that this isn’t so sci-fi…

🎼 Tunes

Make Damn Sure, Taking Back Sunday
16 year old Adelaide would be laughing that I’m having a moment getting back into all of her fave punk rock music. Nothing takes me back like this absolute banger by Taking Back Sunday. I’ve also been revisiting Escape the Fate, All Time Low and The Used. Wow. OK excuse the throwback, but hey, brutal honesty is what you’ll get from me here.

Cellophane, by FKA Twigs
Wow. Just wow. This is absolute art. The film clip is so mesmerizing and the song, captivating. If you follow FKA Twigs on Instagram, you’re in for more of a treat as you’ll know she often shares her pole dancing training and sequences. Ah she’s so bloody talented and I absolutely love this tune!

❤️ Product

I thought I would introduce this section because I think it’s always important to be a good samaritan and pass on the good word about products I’ve been loving.

Face halo
One of my friends recommended getting onto these, and whilst I must admit I was pretty skeptical, especially considering the big ‘influencer’ PR movement surrounding them, I got myself some Face Halo’s and boy am I impressed. I honestly reckon my skin has improved because I’m getting rid of all of my makeup every time. Plus, it saves me using heaps of make up wipes and cotton pads. Good for the environment, good for your skin, I’m happy here!

📷 Vloggers, Blogger and Podders

💌 Morgan Harper Nichols daily email
If you’re not already in love with Morgan Harper Nichols, you will absolutely fall in love with her when you sign up to her daily emails. It’s seriously a beautiful way to start my day (especially at work) to take five minutes to read some poetry, reflect and feel wholesome. I received the below image and poem on a pretty stressful day at work. Needless to say, it helped a lot!

Sailing La Vagabonde
Aw man the travel envy is real watching these two sail the seven seas (and with their cute newborn). They’re an Aussie couple who have been traveling the world for the past few years on their catamaran… yep… what a life. They’re videos are actually really cool and it’s made me rethink and question our accepted lifestyles, way of eating, living and travelling…mmm

📝 Quote

It’s hard to know you’re on the right path. Sometimes we feel like we’re being pulled in a million different directions. That’s why I fully believe that you have to always hold your values close to you to steer you in the right direction. There’s only one ‘you’ and you bring your unique magic into this world. Sometimes you have to fight through other people’s expectations and hold on to that magic.

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JULY 2018

July is by far the best month of the year. Not only is it Winter which means jeans, jumpers, beanies and trackies, but it’s also my birthday month. And for those of you who partied with me at some point this month, you would know that those beers indeed hit a little harder now. But seriously, this month has been amazing! I love when it comes to writing these posts because it reminds me to reflect on all of the things I have done and all of the people I have shared special memories with. Chuck a birthday in there and I am gratitude overload! Honestly, life is good!

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🎉 My birthday

24! Holy moly look out world! I recently reflected on all the things I had learnt across my time on earth, and I’m feeling so excited, happy and beyond stoked for everything coming my way! My birthday was well and truly magical and I’m so grateful for my friends and family who made it extra special! From a glorious cheese and wine spread, to espresso martinis, drunk kebabs, coffees galore, a road trip down south, an epic BBQ, a few too many beers and beautiful people to share it with, it was the best way to celebrate one more year of wisdom and silliness! Check out the photos here.

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🍺Gigs

This month I went to some pretty epic gigs (let’s be honest – is there a month where I don’t?!). I went to Big Top feat. The Wombats & Skegss (there were more artists but we missed them). It was 16-year-old Adelaide’s dream come true! Dancing the night away to the Wombats with your best friends in the world! I also went to Alex the Astronaut and I was super impressed with her ability to captivate a room. Plus I was ticket bitch for my mates band Creatures at Leisure. I’ve known these guys since day one of uni and it’s pretty awesome to watch their journey as musicians. If you haven’t checked them out already… what are you doing? Treat your earbuds!

🍷Work shenanigans

I am so lucky to work with such a great team! Every day I am inspired and challenged more than I would have ever thought. I feel that I’m really learning the importance of working in a positive workplace with people who help build you up and I’m super grateful to be apart of a team that does just that!

🎶Tunes

Hatchie. I have been listening to Hatchie ON REPEAT! Her music is retro-inspired and it makes me feel like I’m walking through an 80’s rom-com starring Drew Barrymore! I seriously love the vibes of her voice and would totally recommend listening to with flared pants and a denim jacket.

Mallrat. Woo some more awesome tunes coming your way. This music is super chill with some good ol road trip with your bestie vibes!

🎥 Flicks

Nanette. Wow. I really am quite speechless and am still processing the power behind Hannah Gadsby’s ‘comedy’ performance available for all to watch on Netflix (get onto it ASAP). I started off laughing which turned into crying which turned into a genuine human connection. There’s some lesbian content sprinkled in there which is pretty enlightening, but all women should watch this. And better yet, all men should watch and learn from this. It’s uncomfortable, it’s confronting and a bit uneasy. But you know what else can be all of these things at once? Being a woman! Thanks Dylan for recommending this to me because it’s not my usual type of show (comedy) but damn it’s a must watch for all of us living in this crazy confusing world.

📚 Books

The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate by Walter J. Nicholls

I read this book for my thesis but I would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in immigration, human rights and activism. It’s well researched and well written making it easy to understand for those of you unfamiliar with the DREAMers. This book is incredibly timely and I’m glad to have got my hands on it! If you’d like to borrow it, let me know!

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

Rose & Rosie. I AM IN LOVE!!! These gals are amazingly entertaining, funny and just on point! I got completely sucked down a YouTube wormhole watching their videos. They’re hilarious and I love watching their chemistry on camera! #Obsessed!

Bryce + Hailey.  Aw these two are so so cuteeeee! They give me complete fashion envy and make me want to buy a van, raid a thrift store and galavant through fields of tulips with a Polaroid camera! They’re adorable and I’d totally recommend following them on Instagram too! They’re very talented so check em out!

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I’ve been ridiculously happy lately (if you couldn’t tell). I’ve never felt so sure of myself and the people I love (which is crazy because I usually doubt myself and second guess relationships). Maybe it’s because I’m 24 now and have reached a new level of maturity, but I don’t have time for anyone or anything that doesn’t help me shine and be the best I can be. Life is too damn short. Sure – life isn’t always smooth sailing, but it’s nothing you can’t simply talk about, take a deep breath, let it go and move on from. You’ve got this, you’re freakin irresistible, don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re not.

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Well damn, what a month. Complete with a beautiful full moon/lunar eclipse, I feel sensually connected to the earth and the people around me. I’m excited to move into August with the same attitude, fire and love.

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: DECEMBER 2017

Surprise surprise… I’m surprised about this month flying by again. Seriously though… where do the days go? December is always a pretty special time of year, Christmas, family, New Years Eve, thinking about next year and trying not to freak out, plus trying not to over indulge in all that Christmas food… it’s eventful and a lot of hard work! So let’s look back on the crazy month that was December!

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🚐 Western Australia Road Trip

There is honestly nothing like exploring your own back yard. And when your back yard is Australia and freakin huge… there’s a lot to explore! We were lucky enough to journey over to Western Australia for a week to visit our friend Josie in her home town of Manjimup and thought we’d turn this incredible invitation into a little road trip! We got a wicked van, and hopped down the coast. It was absolutely incredible and I’m so glad for all of the memories!

🕺🏻Melbourne Escape

As if one interstate escape wasn’t enough, Mitch and I jetted off to Melbourne for a weekend to see PAUL KELLY, GANG OF YOUTHS, MEG MAC & GRETTA RAY! What an epic concert! It was so nice to getaway (again) and discover another city with Mitch!

 

⛵ Sydney to Hobart Hype!

So my incredibly talented boyfriend is also a sailor. And a pretty good one because he did the Sydney to Hobart! He raced in Black Sheep and I was lucky enough to see him off in Sydney! I got to check out the yacht and get in amongst the hustle and bustle of it all!

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🏠 Home

Christmas means home and home means good food, good people and good times. It was so amazing to catch up with old friends, family and my dogs!

🎶 Tunes

Slow Mover – Angie McMahon. This tune has been on absolute repeat!! Her voice is so different and hypnotising that this is a must for all of those indie Aussie music lovers out there.

Jude – Didirri. Mitch got me onto this song and naturally, every time we get into the car it’s the first song we put on. Another Aussie artist absolutely killing it!

 📗Books

Sad news guys… I didn’t finish any books this month! What have I been doing?! To be fair, I’m half way through The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (not sure I’ll finish it to be honest). But I’ve also been reading a lot of journal articles for my thesis for next year. No excuse I know but that’s what I’ve been reading. Gotta pick up my game next month!

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🎥 Flicks

The Crown – Season 2. Wow this show is actually soooooo good! I binge watched season 2 in about a week and I truly didn’t want it to end. I loved discovering and uncovering more about the royal family (doesn’t everyone) and it was so stunningly put together. Queen Elizabeth was a badass! So maybe that’s why I loved it so much.

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

I’ve been indulging in my ‘usual’ YouTubers this past month…. Flying the Nest, Logan Paul, Raya Was Here etc. I’m a huge fan of Tim Kellner however he’s one of Youtube’s ‘quality over quantity’ guys. This month he released the video below ‘Paradise Lost’ and it is incredibly mesmerising, captivating and innovative. His video’s always leave me inspired and challenged and this one is no exception.

📝 Quote

“The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual” – Mohadesa Najumi

Ah this quote gets me. So often I seek other people’s approval, agreeability and acceptance. And so often I left confused and worried that I won’t live up to other people’s expectations. It’s so important to listen to yourself, trust your instincts, ask for advice and guidance when necessary but at the end of the day… it’s your life and you gotta own it!

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Well it looks like 2017 is over and 2018 will be off to a flying start very soon…. I absolutely cannot wait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: APRIL 2017

OK Shit. My bad. We’re already a week into May and I’m only just getting around to writing this…. I would love to say I had some epic excuse as to why I haven’t got around to it, but tbh, I just didn’t get around to it. Priorities change and suddenly you find yourself a week into May with the embarrassment of not posting your fave things. I’m sorry I kept you guys hanging. HOWEVER – APRIL was a SICK month! I did lots of awesome and exciting things so I’m excited to dive right into it!

❤️ Friends

I know this is cliche, but this month I’ve spent some truly wonderful times with some truly spectacular people.

🎼 Getting to interview MAYA

Yep – my first real interview. I got to chat to the lovely, talented and girl boss MAYA about music, family, Andre 3000, near death experiences and being a ranga in Australia.

You can read it here. 

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🌟 Smashing Goals with Anna Johnson-Hill

Lucky me, I got to attend another awesome inspiring dinner party with the lovely Anna Johson-Hill. Not only did we get to have a lovely meal, but we extended on what we talked about in our last dinner party (you can check out what we did last time here). Plus I got to bring my beautiful friend Tishia. It was a very inspiring night, hearing about everyone’s goals, dreams and passions where we all encouraged each other to take that step to get to where we want to be! Make sure you click here to find out more info.

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🇦🇺 Sydney

Lucky me – this month I got to spend a lot of time in Sydney with friends and family. We went to Sydney for Mum’s birthday which we spent galavanting around the Rocks, going to performances and eating Indian food. I then went to Surry Hills with my friends Dylan, Tishia and Claire where we drank too many peach slushies and laughed until we cried. I topped it all off with a lunch date in Bondi beach with my fam to farewell my sister before she headed off to Vietnam to go and change lives. Sydney is such a beautiful place to be and it’s always great to be a tourist in your own backyard. 

🍻 Dylan

Dylan – if you’re reading this (which you better be). I freakin love you. For those of you who don’t know, Dylan and I have been friends since high school and we both moved down to Wollongong for study. He’s one of my best friends who I know is always there for me and I know he’s always there for me. You’re one of the kindest humans I know and I’m so lucky to have you in my life. Even if you’re hands are weirdly out of proportion. (I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much from laughing).

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📚 Books

Jungle – Yossi Ghinsberg. This is a must read book for anyone who loves travel and adventure. It’s based on a true story of a man (Yossi) who gets lost in the Bolivian jungle. It’s soon to be a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, so make sure to get in ASAP to be that person who read the book before seeing the movie. I literally couldn’t put it down!

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🎥 Flicks

‘Girlboss’ it wouldn’t be a summary of my fave flicks without an honourable Netflix TV show. The name gives it away, it is boss af. I think I love it because she’s 23 (the age I’m turning this year) and I’m feel like I’m almost approaching a kind of mid life crisis! It’s about persistence, innovation, and just general struggles of being a millenial.

An Education’ is an uncomfortable, thought provoking drama that is a must see for any young woman. Set in London, 1960’s, it follows the story of a young schoolgirl who falls in love with a much older man. It resonated the importance of education and being an independent woman, which is what I’m all about.

‘Where To Invade Next’ is the perfect entertaining documentary for all of those culture and politics savvy nerds out there (like me). He travels around Europe stealing all of their great ideas whilst bagging the shit out of America, what’s not to love?

🎶 Tunes

The Football Club – Ivy. Damn this song has been absolutely smashed out on Triple J and every single time I never had my phone and couldn’t Shazam it. When I FINALLY discovered who sang it, I couldn’t stop listening. Definitely a contender for my Hottest 100 short list for next year!

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. The king has finally released his new album and holy shit I’m in love. His music is so damn important and it fills me with emotion, love and anger. Honestly one of the most important albums of 2017.

📷 Bloggers & Vloggers

The Blonde Abroad. This girl has been inspiring me for a very long time, but lately her Instagram has been on freakin point. Her content is super practical and useful for people, especially young women, who are planning their epic holiday adventures. She also gives us some pretty serious travel envy.

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Robert Strok. I’ve only recently come across his content and holy shit – it’s spectacular. The cinematography is world class with beautiful editing and post production effects. I’m not the biggest fan of his personality (most vloggers I get hooked on because of their personality), but he seriously inspires and challenges my filming technique, and that’s why I’m a huge fan of his channel.

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“She believed she could so she did.” Ah this one has really been singing to me lately. It’s all about positive energy and positive vibes. About being proud and believing in yourself – because trust me, people aren’t going to do it for you. It’s about action, about being proactive, taking initiative and taking risks to get to where you want to be. And that’s what I’m all about.

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What a freakin crazy month! And we’re already a quarter of the way into May which is absolutely terrifying. This month I have an insane amount of assignments due, and really have to get my shit together for Mexico! But bring it on!!! Ain’t nothing going to stop me!

 

Theses Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JANUARY 17

Woo Hoooooo. Welcome to 2017! And aren’t we off to a flying start?! Where the hell has time gone?! I swear I blinked and suddenly I was back in Wollongong chilling with my friends, looking back on 2016 like it was all a dream. Luckily for me, it wasn’t a dream and I fortunately experienced so many wonderful things. So without further adieu, let’s recap on the start of 2017 which I can just feel, is already going to be a freakin awesome year.

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California: SAN FRANSICO / LOS ANGELES / ROAD TRIP

To get the full scope of everything we did in California (there was a lot) I’d recommend checking out my YouTube video here. But beyond the video, CALIFORNIA IS FREAKIN AMAZING! I can’t wait until I get to go back again.

 

HAWAII

Absolute paradise. I don’t know if there’s anything else I can really say about Hawaii except the fact that it’s just honestly beautiful. It was so lovely to be back in the heat again! Hawaii was pretty much non stop swimming, eating, exploring and swimming. You can check out my YouTube video here. 

DISNEYLAND 

OMG…. enough said.

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Disneyland, California, 2017

BACK HOME: AUSTRALIA

So I’ve returned home after nearly 7months. It was so amazing seeing my friends and family. You know once you return home after a long time away, and your headspace is just so positive? It was so awesome to apply my new found outlook on life to life back in Australia. I think it makes me much more excited and grateful for everyone I know and everything I have here in Australia.  At the moment I’m currently looking for a place to live in Wollongong, so hopefully by the next time you check into this blog, I will have found one and I’ll be showing you around!

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Beautiful Port Stephens – lucky to call this home

TUNES

Amy Shark – Adore. The first time I heard this song was on Australia Day while tuning in to the Hottest 100 on Triple J and OMG I’ve had it on repeat ever since.

 

Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill. The ginger ninja is back! Let’s be honest, this guy kills it every. single. time. And I’m absolutely loving it! I can’t wait for his album to be released!

Films

War Dogs. I watched this film on the plane back to Australia and damn was that actually made my 10 hour flight enjoyable.

Please Like Me. OK So this one isn’t a film, but it’s a freakin addictive Australian show on Netflix! It is millenial comedy/drama at its best! I actually can’t get enough.

Books

I’m happy to say that I actually finished a book this month… and damn was it a great read. I’m a huge fan of Mitch Albom’s after having read his book ‘Tuesday’s with Morrie’ and ‘Five People You Meet in Heaven’ whilst I was at school and I loved them. I picked up this book at the airport in Hawaii and I read it in a week. For anyone who loves music, books and a great story being unravelled in front of you, then this book is for you!

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Blogs & Vlogs

Lost LeBlanc. Man, this guy has been killing it lately. His Bali vlogs were on point, his Philippines vlogs were on point and his Panama City vlogs….. DAMN. Honestly, this guy is definitely on his game!

Sawyer Hartman. I’ve been following this guy since I met him at BufferFest in Toronto. His drone shots and cinematography is superb! Plus, when I was in Venice in LA I actually ran into him. It was so cool to meet him and have a chat. PLUS I MADE IT IN THE VLOG! You can check out his video and my cameo below.

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So I’m doubling up this month. The first one is be excited about everything. It honestly changes your perspective on everything when you get excited about things you’re doing or people you’re going out with! I’d recommend it.

And the second one is definitely related to the first, but also to always remember to be inspired and grateful, but to surround myself with people who share the same values.

Alrighty, so that’s my month wrapped up. Watch this space for some exciting things to come!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: AUGUST 16

So I think I can officially say that August has literally been the craziest month ever! I’ve actually lost track of where I’ve been and what I’ve done – thank god for journal entries and Insta posts… But before I get stuck into it – August has been an absolute whirlwind. Something that I think I’m paying for now (I’m a bit run down and sick at the moment). So it’s always important to take care of yourself so you don’t burn out. OK – without further ado…. I present to you my incredible month of AUGUST!!!!

SPAIN

Believe it or not I started this month in San Sebastian, Spain. It was the first time I’ve ever been and I was lucky enough to be travelling with my Dad at this point. San Sebastian was literally like a fairytale come to life. The most vividly blue water, crowded lively and buzzing tapas bars and the best sangria I’ve ever had! A highlight was probably SURFING! The beach we stayed near is famous for it’s surf so it was pretty cool to rent a board for an hour and paddle out without having to worry about sharks!

You can see my SAN SEBASTIAN VIDEO HERE

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Sangria all day everyday

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Dad and I exploring

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Sunset in San Sebastian

Barcelona

Another incredible city that I’d never been to! Barcelona was an absolute whirlwind! The architecture is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! I felt like I was walking through a Tim Burton film most of the time!

You can check out my Barcelona video here!

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BARCELONAAAA

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Endless views of this incredible city

PARIS

After Barcelona we flew to my favourite city of all time… PARIS! There’s not enough words in the world to describe just how much I love this place! We stayed in an AirBnb in Abbesses (click here to see). It was in the best location, right under the Sacre Coeur, with bars, boulangeries, markets and restaurants surrounding us. I felt like an actual Parisienne living there, which is pretty much the dream!

For me- Paris isn’t about the museums, galleries, monuments etc (although they definitely do add to the experience). But it’s the atmosphere. That beautiful immersion in French culture, history and way of life. To me, that’s absolutely magical.

However, it was my Dad’s first time in Paris… so I got to play tour guide (and I think I did a pretty damn good job). We walked absolutely everywhere, ate baguettes with every meal and enjoyed incredible food.

You can see my PARIS VLOG HERE

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Round 2 in Iceland and dayum this place knows how to make someone happy! We rented a car (which is an absolute must for Iceland) and drove around the Ring Road and just pulled over whenever we saw something awesome. I’m talking, waterfalls, plane wrecks, more waterfalls and glaciers.

The highlight of Iceland was probably Vestmannaeyjar. It’s an island about 30 minutes from the mainland and is probably one of the most wild places I’ve ever been. The hiking was incredible and the views were literally breathtaking!

You can check out my ICELAND VIDEO HERE

MONTRÉAL

The time finally came where I touched down in Montréal! Woo! It’s so surreal when something has been months in the making and then it finally happens. All that hard work pays off… and then you come to the realisation – shit. I’m in a new city, new country and don’t know anyone… You can read about my first impressions of Montréal here but after being here for a few weeks… this place is AMAZING!!!

My housemate is cool af, I’ve made countless friends, drank waaaaaay too much alcohol and just am all round having a great time.

TUNES

This month it’s been kind of hard to keep on track with new music, but there’s no way in the world I would miss new music from BANKS! OMG finally! I’m absolutely in love and I’m just hanging out for the album to be released!

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I’ve been trying to keep on top of my Like A Versions but when I heard this my mind was blown!!! It’s so sick I really don’t have many more words….

FLICKS

Same as July, I haven’t really had the chance to watch many films… but I’ll get there. Instead, like always I’ve been binge watching Netflix, and this is definitely a huge advantage to being in Canada! The Canadian Netflix is awesome!

I smashed out Season 2 of How to Get Away With Murder in nearly a weekend and OMG if you can start this show without smashing it out in a weekend then I’m very impressed with your self control.

QUOTES

I think this one is extremely relevant to my life at the moment. I guess when you have a lot of spare time and find yourself chilling alone, it’s easy to forget what you’re passionate about. You kind of get caught up in other things. This quote has motivated me to get out there, introduce myself, make mistakes, make a fool of myself, make friends and get in there. When you do the things you love and are truly passionate about, your heart and soul will be absolutely raging… so do it.

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OK – What a month! I can’t believe I somehow made it from Spain to Canada! I’m sooooo looking forward to September. For classes to start and meet even more people and have many more exciting, scary and daring adventures!