Room Tour 2018

Moving house is always such a strange time. It seems all emotions think this is the perfect time to come together and stir you to feel nostalgia for things you haven’t previously, or to be excited for future events that you never thought would happen. Luckily for me, all that fear, excitement, anxiousness and energy that comes from a big (interstate) move has culminated in me being the happiest and feeling the most settled I have in years and years.

So, in celebration of this big move, I thought I’d give you a tour of my room. Although it’s all the same furniture from my last apartment, I figured I’d want to see it anyway, so here you are. I have moved from an apartment with just me to a shared flat, so I am keeping more things in my bedroom than I did previously. I have moved my desk to a separate place in my living room and am happy to do a desk tour (it’s brand new lol) if you would like me to. Without further ado – let’s begin.

My apartment has these beautiful floor to ceiling windows which are the most beautiful thing to fall asleep and wake up to. I get sunlight first thing in the morning and speckled city lights during the evenings. I decided to lay my bed in this direction to make the best use of the space, but I’m not averse to changing it around as time progresses. I just don’t think I’ll ever have my headboard to the beautiful windows.

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I made these curtains for my place I had during Uni for privacy, but realised how beautiful they looked when intertwined with my curtain fairy lights. I was thinking of putting a blue and white tapestry behind my bedhead, but I really like the delicacy of the white. It also means I can change the colour of my quilt cover and it will always go with my room.

Bed frame & Side Tables – IKEA
Bedside Lamp – The Reject Shop
Cushions – Thrifted
Aroma Diffuser – Kmart

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Next to my bed I have this bookshelf from IKEA. I have a larger bookshelf in the living room, but I use this one to house a few of my favourite books, my candles and jewellery box. Unfortunately, my makeup doesn’t fit in the width of the shelving, so I have it next door. I don’t mind though, having my lipsticks on display is lovely.

I have these frames hanging up and my memory board. I used to have this leaning wherever it would fit, but I decided to just put it up, and now when I’m lying in bed I can see all the amazing things I’ve had the privilege to do, which really fills me up with gratitude. I also have this hanging shelf for all my sunglasses, which look great on display and make it so easy for me to remember what I own. I also love these fun Polaroids of me and my house mate that make it so much cosier.

Drawers – Officeworks
Acrylic Lipstick Holders – Miniso
Frames – Kmart
Hanging Shelf – Kmart

 

I put a command hook up next to my wardrobe so I can hang my handbags on it when I come home, which is honestly such a hack for making sure you never end up with bags and other crap lying on the floor. Unfortunately, these cupboards don’t have drawers but they do have shelves which I’ve done my best to make good use of, but if anyone has any tips on how to make them better, please let me know! I have put this three shelf unit from fantastic furniture on its side to house my shoes, which is a great way to keep things neat and save space. My copper laundry basket is from Kmart (of course).

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I really love my new room, and I think it’s very important to love the space you’re in. There are always things you can do to improve your area, and having it clean and calm does genuinely make you a much happier person.

Thank you all so much for reading!

Much love,

Zoe x

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Room Tour 2018

New Year | Life Update

We’ve passed it – that metaphorical line in the sand. For some, New Years marks the beginning of a new era, a new life, a new them. For others, it’s just a day. For me, the reality is somewhere in the middle. I love the idea of starting afresh but in reality I’m the same me I was on the 31st of December, just with an extra surge of motivation. As you get older, these whole things start to feel a whole lot less exciting. I’m not sure what it is, but finding the magic in the mundane is so much more of a struggle when you have rent to pay and people to please and work to complete. It may not help that I’m writing this at 5.38 pm on the 2nd of January after a New Year’s Day festival and I haven’t left bed once. My feet are destroyed. I have taken three naps. I’m only 21 – what will I be like in old age?!

I’m writing this post for a few reasons. First and foremost, I want to wish each and every one of you the happiest of New Years and I sincerely hope that all of you, my supportive and lovely readers, get the 2018 you imagine. I also want to  give you an update of the beginning of my 2018.

I have decided that I am not happy where I am, and am taking quite a big leap of faith in just a few days. I am moving, with my best friend, 12 hours from anywhere I’ve ever lived into a brand new state. There are a few reasons we are doing this, some being mundane (Sydney is extraordinarily expensive), but the reality is that it is happening and I am excited and shit scared. Doing something so drastic just because really puts things into perspective for you, and I wanted to share my thoughts on this.

 

I started this blog not thinking it would go anywhere. I had several prior attempts at blogging that were nothing more than angsty teen ramblings and half-formed ideas, but here I have found an audience that seems to genuinely enjoy what I have to say and I am so, so grateful. However, this year especially, I have lost a bit of my love for this whole thing. I don’t want to feel like that, and I most certainly don’t want this feeling to echo here –  a place where quite a few of you have said you come to read something relaxing. And so, I’ve made a decision for 2018 – don’t worry, it’s not that drastic! From now on, I’ll be uploading once a week only. I’ve yet to decide on an upload day (that will come after I move), but I want to put more energy on one post. I want my photography to be beyond mediocre, I want my writing to be fluid and I want to feel that creative energy again.

With so much content being posted online these days, I simply want to make sure I am presenting you all with pieces of work that are beautiful in themselves. I will of course still share my lifestyle favourites, fun findings in beauty and my book reviews, but my posts from now on will be more polished and cohesive – not to mention longer!

This year I want you to come with me as I grow and turn my blog into posts I feel genuinely proud of. You all deserve that.

Much love,

Zoe x

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Christmas Poem | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my final Blogmas for 2017! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my 12-day series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it and it’s gotten you feeling all kinds of festive! For our last day, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas in the best way I know how – a poem. I love writing poetry so I hope you guys enjoy this – an Aussie’s take on Christmas!

Be sure to catch up on all my posts – there’s something for everyone!

I’ve been deciphering the days,
All twelve of them.
Hot here where it should be cold,
Stinging in the suns rays.
The nights are long
And the days are longer,
We are lost in a tangle of cold wine,
Heads spinning with Christmas song.
Our trees are plastic pine,
Covered in tinsel twine.
Throws of glittering gold,
Flashes of scarlet,
A symphony of silver,
Sparkling through windows for all to behold.
Don’t think too little of us without our snow,
Because we are just as festive as you, you know.
Slightly odd to celebrate the ice in fire,
But Christmastime in Australia I will forever admire.

Merry Christmas!

Zoe x

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Christmas GRWM | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I’m laying an old-school get ready with me on you all, as I had my annual family Christmas lunch a bit earlier than normal and so got to wear my Christmas outfit before Christmas day. This works well, because it might serve as inspiration for some of you!

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Earrings (both snowflake studs and baubles) are from Lovisa.

 

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Products Used:
-Sportsgirl Unicorn Drops Primer Serum
-Benefit Porefessional
-Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless, Shade 110
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder in Smooth Operator
-NYX Taupe Blush (as contour)
-Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
-Elf Blush
-Smashbox Highlighting Palette
-Sportsgirl Eyeshadow Palette
-ABH Brow Wiz
-Australis Makeup Setting Spray
-Etude House Play 101 Brown Eyeliner
-Benefit Roller Lash & Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Dress is from Cotton On, hair curled with GHD.
Lips are Maybelline x Gigi in Lani.

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Zoe x

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Bake With Me | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today we’re baking sugar cookies! I make these every year on my blog so it seemed only fitting to continue the trend.

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Recipe:

1/4 + 1/8 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/4 cups flour (+ extra for rolling and kneading)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Beat the sugar and butter together until creamed, then add the egg and vanilla. Sift in dry ingredients and mix well. Cover mixture in cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour or overnight. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake on lined tray for 6 min at 180 C or until light golden.

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With the flash on these cookies look like they belong in the scene of a horror film lmao

 

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A Cosy Christmas Night In | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I want to share my perfect Christmas night in – there’s no reason you need to just be going out into your local town to feel festive, there’s so much Christmas fun to be had in the comfort of your own home!

Get Cosy
Put on your Christmas PJ’s, put on all the candles and fairy lights. Don’t forget your Christmas Tree!

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Make A Festive Drink
While you’re at it, have a snack too!

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Watch/Read/Listen to Something Festive

My favourite Christmas Movies are:

  • Arthur Christmas
  • Love Actually
  • Elf
  • Die Hard (lol)
  • Barbie in the Nutcracker
  • Anything else nutcracker related
  • The Santa Clauses
  • The Grinch
  • Polar Express
  • The Holiday

The Best Vlogmas Vloggers/Christmas Videos This Year are:

  • Zoella
  • Tanya Burr
  • Alisha Marie
  • Mia Stammer
  • Amanda Rach Lee
  • Kalyn Nicholson

My favourite Christmas Books & Music.

Smother Yourself In Festive Scents

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The best scents are:

  • Bath & Bodyworks Sugar Plum Swirl
  • Bath & Bodyworks Vanilla Bean Noel
  • Bath & Bodyworks Merry Cookie
  • Soap & Glory Body Buttercream

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New Year Goals | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I wanted to throw together a quick post all about the new year and goal setting. I know everyone normally associates new year’s with failed (usually fitness related) resolutions but my type of goals are more about a state of mind than a thing happening! I like to split up my goals so they’re more manageable, and also create a pinterest board with inspiration pictures to solidify what I want visually.

Tasks

-move interstate: I’m doing this anyway in January and so I’m throwing this up here because I think it’s a pretty good achievement to cross off!
-get new job interstate
-solidify new routine

Health

-eat fresher: i.e. go and buy veg from fruit grocers instead of supermarket, keep refined carbs etc to a minimum
-meditate 3x week
-log 8,000 steps a day minimum
-journal in the evenings and do morning pages

Financial

-have $500 in savings for Christmas 2018
-create savings account for 2018 birthday
-create savings account for Korea 2018

Social

-join a martial arts club
-make some new friends interstate
-join writing group

Personal

-work on being more passionate, more compassionate and more open
-discover 5 new artists
-watch 5 movies in cinemas
-read minimum 40 new books
-finish second book for editing
-find publishers
-finish anthology of short stories for editing

I hope this inspired you/reminded you what’s important for the new year! What are your goals?

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