17 May 2015

FIELDS OF GOLD


I've always fancied frolicking in colourful fields filled with flowers.Sunflowers, poppies, tulips, lavender or multi-hued wild flowers - the brighter the better. Imagine my delight when my boyfriend suggested that we drive to find a rape seed field to take photos in!

9 May 2015

INTERIORS


I'm currently feeling the urge to paint walls, varnish floors, upcycle vintage furniture and spend all my well earned cash on crockery, wicker baskets and patterned blankets. Is this what it means to get old? I rinsed last month's pay check on plant pots, herbs and wood chip for the garden; now I'm itching to redecorate the interior of our home.

29 Apr 2015

HOLIDAYING


Is it weird that I enjoy planning holidays almost as much as I like going on them? I get excited months in advance, purchase every travel guide going, sift through thousands of blog posts, start stalking people on Instagram, and accost every person I know who has previously been to my upcoming destination.

These analogue shots are all from last year's European jaunt with a group of friends. We traveled by train from London - Paris - Aix en Provence - Barcelona, living off a diet of avocados and cava. We lazed in parks, drove up terrifying roads to witness terrific views, swam in icy lakes, partied all night, and attempted to sleep on trains. I'm off to Berlin with the gang one month today, and there will almost certainly be more photos to share upon my return.

25 Apr 2015

AUSTRALIA


When I visited Australia, I wasn't all that impressed. We drove up the sunshine coast crammed on a bus full of 18-30 types that loved to laze on the beach during the day, then hit the bars once the sun had set. It wasn't for me, and I breathed a sigh of relief when I arrived in New Zealand and could soak up my spectacular surroundings. I've never had any thoughts about returning to Oz.

I'm now seeing another side to Australia. One with ancient rain forests, spectacular sunsets, sparkling oceans and golden beaches. Yes, I knew this was there the whole time; and I did have incredible experiences sleeping on sail boats, swimming at Whitehaven Beach, and admiring the Milky Way at night. But I didn't really seize the opportunity to explore my surroundings in the depth that I would have liked.

Three of my favourite Instagrammers have been exploring North Queensland this past week, and I've been enthralled by their visual interpretations of this lush and green land, so unlike my own experiences of the region. These girls could probably photograph any corner of the earth and make me want to visit. My travel bucket list just keeps extending itself it seems. If only far-flung travel companies would get in touch to whisk me off to the opposite corners of the world! Well, a girl can dream. 

17 Apr 2015

CONTEMPLATING STYLE


It's a funny thing, being able to wear whatever the hell I want to work each day. In most ways, it's completely liberating and amazing - yet staring at my overwhelmingly eclectic wardrobe each morning can be quite daunting.

I had a very definite 'work wardrobe' at my old job. Lots of black, white, navy and grey mixed in with as much colour and print as I could get away with, usually in the form of a stripe. There were elements of this work wardrobe that had crept over from my regular clothes - pinafore dresses, striped T-shirts, shirt dresses - but I certainly felt restrained, and found that there was a vast amount of my wardrobe that was not at all appropriate.

My new office is awesome. It's bright and light, with huge windows and wooden floors. We have a hot pink raffia parasol by the 'meeting table', there's plants all over the place, and if you feel a sneeze coming, you head straight to tissue cottage. I don't want to induce jealousy - but I'm also surrounded by beautiful vintage-inspired printed dresses, day-in day-out. 

As you may have gathered, there are no restrictions when it comes to what we can and can't wear. I could probably wear my pajamas to work and get away with it. This means that I can wear that sunshine yellow ditsy floral vintage dress that has only been worn on holidays for the past five years. Or my most vibrantly patterned skirts. Or, if I'm feeling lazy, my favourite jeans and old stripy tops. Anything goes.

It makes dressing in the morning both more exciting and more challenging. So,I'm looking to the ladies of my favourite social channel for inspiration. These are the gals I turn to when I'm wondering how to dress down whilst maintaining a stylish demeanor. Or when I want to try out a refreshing new colour palette. When I'm wondering what I can layer under my numerous pinafores for a bit of a change. If I'm unsure how to give that cutesy vintage dress a bit of an edge. I'm a completely eclectic dresser - one day I'm head-to-toe vintage, the next I'm channeling Nordic vibes; sometimes I love crazy prints and bold colours, other times I just want to strip everything back to natural fabrics and gingham or stripes are the only prints I can think about. This mix of well-rounded girls really reflect all of the different aesthetics that inspire me.

Who do you look to for inspiration?