Life Update

It’s funny – since I stopped writing on this blog, blogging has become my full time job.

If you’ve kept up with my story for a while, you’d know that I started this blog in 2014 to share my thoughts on all things beauty. Back then, I was absolutely obsessed with the beauty community on YouTube and WordPress, and wanted a piece of the action. Over time, my interests transitioned to a more lifestyle-based direction and I began to create more of that content. I loved it. I truly, truly did. But then I moved states.

This is not to say that moving house made me stop writing. I made me stop writing. After moving, I immediately felt settled. I felt that this was the place I needed to be and that things would just be perfect. But summer turned to autumn and next thing I knew I was 4 months unemployed, having applied for over 100 jobs in the area and getting nothing. I started to panic.

In April, I got offered what can only be described as my dream job. I write blogs for a large streetwear company for their homepage, create any other copy they need and run their verified Instagram account. My degree in media and interest in writing had aligned for me to take this job.

But, all of a sudden, I was unhappy.

Suddenly I was nostalgic for my unemployment. Gone were those leisurely days of freedom where I would wake up at 11am, mosey on down to the shops with my flatmate and spend the day and night stuffing our faces with junk food. Time was gone. I spent all my hours at work and because my flatmate works nightshift, so I found myself alone every damn night with no other friends and nothing else do to.

My energy and mood dropped lightning fast. Although better now, it’s taken a lot to even begin to recover. Nothing can quite prepare you for a complete existential crisis when you find yourself alone each night, but knowing you should be happy because you have everything. The dream job. A beautiful home. So on.

I had forgotten all about this blog. It’s crazy to think that as I look back through my old posts and see all the hours and hours of hard work and dedication that went into it. I poured my heart and soul onto these digital pages, saving up for months to buy a decent DSLR to take high-quality images and spending hours planning and prepping and photographing and writing. This was my own side project that I did simply because I loved it.

I’m not really sure why I stopped. Laziness was part of it, plus I also felt like I had nothing to write about. When I remembered about it, I felt I had no time. I thought no one would want to keep reading it.

But then I realised – I never did this for anyone else. I did it for me. 

And so, I would like to come back. Not permanently, not on a schedule, not on anything. But I would like to rekindle the love I once had for my own little space on the internet and create some things in my spare time that help me feel less alone, more connected and more whole.

Zoe x

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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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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Zoe’s Bookshelf #2 | 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 am doing a Christmas version of Zoe’s Bookshelf which you all seemed to really dig last time! Although last month I focused on two books I had recently read (Armada & Nerve), today is going to be shorter reviews on my top picks for Christmas reads. Enjoy!

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The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Self-help, lifestyle, design

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This is one of my favourite books of all time! I absolutely adore the feeling of it, it’s just so, dare I say it, hygge? “Hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish concept of coziness. Think about drinking a hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire, in soft slippers and watching the snow fall outside. That’s hygge. And, what is more hygge than Christmas?! The warmth, the love, the delicious food, the warm drinks and the fairy lights.. there’s nothing not to love about this time of year and this book definitely reminds you of that and puts you in a cozy mood. Please have a read of this next time you’re in a bookstore – I encourage you not to buy it!

The Story of a Nutcracker – Alexandre Dumas

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Fairytale/fiction

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This is such an adorable edition of my favourite Christmas story. As a kid (and now, I won’t lie), I was absolutely obsessed with the Barbie in the Nutcracker movie, from which progressed a love for ballet, Christmas and the Nutcracker story. I’ve now seen the ballet performed three times and every viewing I fall more and more in love with it. The only reason this gets a 4/5 is because I don’t get to see the dancing that goes with such a beautiful, Christmassy story. It’s a must read!

Twas The Night Before Christmas – Edited by Rosemary Gray

Rating: 5/5

Genre: fiction/short stories/fairytale

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This book I picked up in a shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur at the end of November last year, where I read the entire thing in one sitting on the way home. If you’ve been reading me for a while, you’ll know I adore fairy tales and magical short stories, and when you combine that with my love for Christmas you get the perfect book! This edition boasts some classics, and tales I hadn’t heard of before, and it suitable for all ages and reading levels. I love to read this whenever I can squeeze in one of its delightful stories as it always gets me feeling festive.

Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Rating: –

Genre: fiction

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The only reason I’m including these at all, and together, is because I feel it is rude not to! As two of perhaps the most successful series’ of all time, these books within are the perfect additino to any Christmas reading list. The first Harry Potter is so magical and includes such a festive feeling aorund Christmas that it’s hard to put it down in December, whereas the second book in the Narnia series has a visit from actual Santa Claus himself. There’s something about he childlike magic in both of these books that really inspires me to remember why I fell in love with Christmas in the first place – the magic that one night can bring to your life 🙂

What are your must-reads for Christmas? Let me know!

Check out my most recent posts; November Favourites & Christmas Apartment Tour!

Zoe x

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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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Zoe x

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Zoe’s Bookshelf | #1

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that reading and writing are my entire life! Considering this, I’m honestly surprised it’s taken me this long to come up with an idea like this – Zoe’s Bookshelf! I’m an incredibly fast reader (we’re talking a book a day type of thing), and I always have opinions on what I read, so I thought to myself – what better place to share these thoughts than my blog? That’s what it’s there for!

So, depending on how busy I am/how much I get to read/etc, I’ll throw up some of the current books I’ve read on here and let you know what I think! I particularly love dystopia and sci-fi, so if you have any recommendations for me I’d absolutely love to hear them! Check out my top books here  and my fave childhood books here 🙂

Armada – Ernest Cline

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Sci/Fi, Gaming

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I really enjoyed this book! I’m a big fan of Cline’s other famous work Ready Player One, and although I didn’t love it as much as RPO, I definitely couldn’t put it down. The plot follows an 18 year old boy that’s a particularly good video game player of the game ‘Armada’, which turns out to be a training simulation for an alien invasion. I won’t give any more away, but the story is full of twists that, although are pretty predictable, are entertaining as hell. There’s a bit of romance, family drama, action in shitloads and some excellent video game writing. If you like fun sci-fi, you’ll really enjoy this! Cline’s writing style is fast paced, page turning and exceptionally easy to read, barring the gaming terminology. Definitely worth checking out – the only reason it didn’t earn a 5/5 was because it was a bit simple & predictable in plot. Nonetheless, a solid book with a sick premise!

Nerve – Jeanne Ryan

Rating: 2/5

Genre: YA/sci-fi (ish)

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I was really disappointed by this book. I don’t think it helps that I watched the film prior and really loved it, but this book just didn’t live up to its promises. While the film is full of suspense, amazing dares, real drama and issues, the book just doesn’t deliver. I finished it, so that’s a good start, but the plot was juvenile and pretty basic. They changed QUITE a lot for the film, but all the changes they made really worked. The book is based off the idea that there is a game called Nerve where you sign up as a watcher or player, where players complete increasingly dangerous dares to earn prizes and money. Unfortunately the dares weren’t that dramatic, the main character is a bit of a pussy with not much development (and a very strange backstory that comes across as dramatic but we never learn enough about it to care very much), and a very forced love story. I rarely say this, but the film trumps the book by a lot, which is very unfortunate as the story’s potential is clear. If you liked the film, you might like it, but it just wasn’t that entertaining for me.

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Zoe x

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