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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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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New Year | Life Update

I’m Doing Blogmas!

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know I am absolutely OBSESSED with Christmas! Last year, I did all 25 days of blogmas (search blogmas2016 in my categories to see!), but I also had a lot more free time then haha. This year, to keep up with the Christmas spirit, I’m going to do 12 days of Blogmas!

Every 2nd day, starting from the 1st I will be posting something fun and Christmassy to get you feeling all kinds of festive! I have a few planned, but if there’s anything you’d like to see in particular let me know!

Love you guys, and see you tomorrow for Blogmas Day 1!

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Conquer Your Creative Projects

As some of you may know, I am a writer by trade. Although I’ve been writing forever, I find that beating the insecurities and procrastination that come with attempting any creative project and actually sitting down and doing the thing is HARD. Sometimes you just don’t feel like it, and we are very good at convincing ourselves we deserve a break. This type of mentality, however, doesn’t get shit done. Although the creative process definitely comes with many hurdles, and the flow of creativity ebbs and flows, we do have the capacity to push through and keep going. If we wait for motivation to find us, we will never get to where we want to go. Creativity and motivation are those strange types of things that once you start, it becomes easier and easier to keep going with good results. Throughout my time writing my novels, I have learnt a few crucial lessons that apply to completing any creative project, and I want to share them with you.

You just have to start. 

You can’t edit a blank page.
This is my absolute motto for writing. If I don’t write anything, I have nothing to edit later. I can spend three hours writing and it can be absolute shit, but at least I’ve got something to work on. I’ve spent weeks on one chapter just to scrap it, and that’s okay! Without starting in the first place, I wouldn’t learn what works and what doesn’t. So, sit your ass down and just start making your thing.

Block out times.

Following on from my first point, block out times to get it done. Fuck waiting for motivation, because you’ll wait forever. I like to set a timer (the forest app is very good for this as it has a little animated tree that you kill by going off task) and just sit down and do it until the timer runs out. I can be really not feeling creative at all, but if I at least write one good line, that’s a line I hadn’t written before.

Don’t fall into miracle traps. 

We always want to get things done faster, better, more efficiently. But, for a creative process, there are no shortcuts. The only way you will get to where you want to go is with complete and utter dedication, hard work and resilience. There are no miracles in this life, and you are responsible for your own success.

Make sure you are always being inspired. 

Although motivation isn’t necessary, creativity is. So, make sure you are always creative, even if you don’t FEEL creative. Take a notebook and pen with you everywhere and write down anything that inspires you. That strange conversation you overheard at your local cafe could make a brilliant artwork one day, so fuel your creativity and overload yourself with ideas.

Don’t ever stop working on your craft. 

Never think you are good enough to stop learning your craft. I read about two books a a week to improve my writing style, vocab and sentence flow. I am constantly consuming movies, tv shows and youtube videos in my genre of work. I am reading articles at least three times a day on relevant things. I am making sure that my writing is never neglected and I practice, practice, practice. You can never be too good at what you do, so never stop improving it.

Surround yourself with all the things. 

For inspiration help, I love to keep a corkboard with a whole heap of random stuff relating to my novels on it. You could have a moodboard, pictures, even a pinterest board, but make sure you are surrounded by things that pertain to your project. You can’t forget about it or pretend you don’t have to do it when it’s looking you dead in the eye.

Use your peers to help you. 

Getting peer feedback from honest friends is a sure fire way to help you figure out your path. I have a select few friends and family that read my work and help me out, as I can get so stuck in my own head that I miss things when I edit myself. There is also nothing as motivating as having a friend say “hey, this is really good!”

Remind yourself why you are doing this. 

Why are you doing this project? Are you bored? Are you working for a school/work/uni project? Are you being paid? Is it a hobby? Are you working towards an end goal? Make sure you know why you are spending your time on this thing every time you lose sight of your motivation. It doesn’t matter even if your answer is something as basic as “I’m bored” because if you don’t do the creative thing, you’ll still be bored. Reasoning is the biggest motivator, so keep in mind the why and the rest will follow.

What are your biggest creative tips?

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My Apartment Tour!

I’ve been in my apartment for almost nine months, and every time I go to write this post I throw up a bit in my mouth thinking about how clean the whole place has to be before I photograph it. But, I’ve realised that I’m a human being who lives in this place and works in it, so things will never look pinterest-dreamy without three days of intense cleaning and decorating and a professional photoshoot. So, I decided to wholeheartedly FUCK THAT, and photograph it as is to show you guys! It’s not super clean, it’s not expensive or #goals or anything, it’s just a nice, cute apartment for a 21 year old girl where everything is affordable and (in my opinion) cozy and stylish. I hope this post helps you with a bit of inspo, and helps you to remember that pinterest and whatever are fragments of life – they aren’t real. I hope you enjoy!

When you first walk into my apartment, this is what you see. The door on the left leads to the bathroom, the one on the right is the laundry cupboard, and then down the hallway is the kitchen on the right and lounge room on the left, with the dining tucked against the wall. Through the door is my bedroom with study nook, and to the left of that is my balcony, which opens into the study and living room. It’s super light and quite big for one person, and I’m just in love!

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Living Room

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Couch, TV: 2nd hand from family
Fairy Lights: Kmart
Salt Lamp: gift
Clock: boutique
Dark Bookcase & TV unit: Fantastic Furniture
‘Reserved’ Cushion: Kmart, Other Cushions are thrifted
Light Bookcase & Coffee Table: IKEA
Diffuser: kmart
Frames: IKEA
Hanging Shelf: Kmart

Dining

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Table: 2nd hand from family
Plant: gift (Aloe Vera)
Pot: Target
Sunglasses: My Sunglasses Collection
Quote holder: Kikki K

Kitchen

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Kettle, Toaster, chopping boards: Kmart
Rug: boutique

Desk & Reading/Beauty Area

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Desk: fantastic furniture
Desk hair (not pictured): officeworks
Lamp: Gift
Storage unit: fantastic furniture
Makeup storage: officeworks (lipstick holders are Miniso)

Bedroom

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Bed, bedside tables, bedding: IKEA
Fairy Lights: Kmart
Lamp: The Reject Shop
Plant: Kmart
Dreamcatcher: gift
Framed quote: Kmart
Mirror: gift
Curtain lights: gift
Tapestry: bought in India

Wardrobe

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Canvas torage pots: reject shop

Bathroom

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Balcony

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Outdoor setting: Barbara’s Storehouse
Plants & Succulents: gifts

If you have any questions about where anything is from that I haven’t listed, please ask away!

Zoe x

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My Candle Collection

I have always loved candles. There is something so relaxing about striking a match or turning the wheel of a lighter and putting the flame to a wick, then filling your space with a warm, ambient glow and beautiful fragrance. I used to be one of those people who bought $3 candles from the dollar store and collect millions of them, but I have come to understand the scents I truly love and now stick to buying a select few good quality candles. I hope you enjoy my collection as much as I have enjoyed collecting it!

Sweet, Vanilla Scents
-Merry Cookie (Bath & Bodyworks)
-Vanilla Bean (Bath & Bodyworks)
-Vanilla Snowflake (Bath & Bodyworks)
-Warm Apple Pie – Mini (Bath & Bodyworks)
Merry Cookie – Mini (Bath & Bodyworks)

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Floral Scents
-Honolulu (Dusk) – Franjipani Scented
-Fresh Cut Lilac (Bath & Bodyworks)

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Fresh Scents
-Light My Fire (Typo)
-Dusk Candle (unnamed, smells exactly like the Typo one)
-Relaxation (Dusk)

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Musky Scents
-Manhattan – Little Black Dress (Glasshouse)

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I keep all my candles in my bedside table shelf, so they don’t get too hot.

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What’s your favourite candle scent?

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September Favourites | 2017

September has come and gone in an absolute whirlwind. Now it’s October – middle of Spring for us in Australia (most days are nearing 30 degrees which I’m VERY happy about) and I leave for overseas in just over 20 days. Where is this year going?! I’ve loved a heap of things this month, so keep reading to find out what!

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson

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If you like psychology, murder mysteries, generally great non-fiction writing – read this. This has been on my list for AGES and I finally got around to reading it this month and I loved it. Super interesting book!

Invisible Planets – Ken Liu

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Another book, but this is an anthology of Chinese science-fiction short stories. Might sound strange, but my friend lent this to me and I really enjoyed it. Most of the stories are dystopian (if you’ve read me for a while you know I’m a sucker for anything dystopian) and are incredibly beautiful and thought provoking. So many cultures and countries have incredible stories written, and it’s unfortunate that they usually aren’t translated for us to read. Pick up this book if you like reading, you won’t regret it!

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Zoella Gateau Range

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I grabbed both the body spray and shower sauce from the summery Zoella range and (besides the original scent) it is my favourite scent she’s ever done! It’s pomegranate and elderflower, so it’s perfect for us Southern Hemisphere folk going into spring and summer. If you can get your hands on it, go and smell it – such a wonderful scent!

OGX Weightless Oil Mist

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I tried this for the first time this month and really enjoyed it! It does exactly what it says it does, and hydrates without looking greasy. It also smells amazing! OGX is a great brand that’s definitely worth the hype.

IKEA Panda

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I bought this little glowing panda from IKEA a while ago now, but I really like having him accompany me when I’m writing long into the night. He glows green to blue and you can pause him at your favourite colour. He’s such a cute addition to any room 🙂

Binaural Beats

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This has become one of my new favourite ways to meditate! You must listen to this with headphones on, but it gets you into a meditative state after only a few minutes. You can read up on the science about it here.

Glitch

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Season 2 of the Australian Sci-Fi drama Glitch just came out and I binged it in two days! Such a good show, and there are only 6 eps per season. It’s all about a small country town where people from all eras start coming to life. Aussie drama doesn’t get enough credit – check it out!

Four Legendary Kingdoms – Matthew Reilly

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If you’re an action and history/mythology fan, get on this series by Australian author Matthew Reilly. This is the fourth in this series and intertwines with some of his other work, and is nothing short of a showstopping, page turning piece of great entertainment. I read it in a day.

Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard

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I used to have an external keyboard that used cords to connect to my laptop, and I did like it but it definitely got annoying. This month I picked up a new logitech keyboard and I’m loving it! If you spend a lot of time on your laptop typing, this might me a good investment for you.

Finally, I just want to send my love and hugs to anyone out there who needs it. The world is a scary place, but we can find happiness within each other.

Zoe x

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