I have been recommending this book to anyone who will listen, I'm like Cady Heron from Mean Girls talking nonstop about Regina George.I really wish I had read it before going travelling as it is a really inspiring insight into a woman's solo hiking trek. Cheryl is recently divorced and still grieving the death of her mother and best friend. She wants to walk the Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast of North America without any experience in long distance trekking to 'walk back to the woman her mother raised'. Cheryl spiralled downward after her mother's death seeking solace in no strings attached sex and heroine. I love how brutally honest Strayed is in this memoir and it totally makes the reader empathise and root for her character to kick ass on her trek of atonement.
I was on Skype to my parents the other day and they were showing me my little room in their house that I haven't been in since January 8th and it is safe to say it's looking a lil dated. The green floral feature wallpaper I picked out at 15 isn't really me anymore so I have been looking at affordable ways to revamp my bedroom for when I come home. Naturally I went to my go-to affordable homeware sites of Ikea, H&M, Urban Outfitters and my new fave Oliver Bonas.
WeekendL-R: my pretty bike; not a bad spot to stop off for lunch; #lunchgoals.
I have been loving the sunnier weather as it means I can just ride about on my bike all afternoon with no plans but me and the open road. Nothing better than having the wind in your hair and looking out at the amazing ocean down here along Beach Road.
L-R: coffee at the beach; love Spring flowers; been busy crafting.
I have been making a few calligraphy prints lately and have been really enjoying doing something creative again. I am obsessed with all things watermelon so this print is very fitting (insert sassy information desk lady emoji).
L-R: went a little crazy on a make-up splurge; stole this idea from Pinterest; cute and much needed earrings.
Hit up Chadstone Mall at the weekend aka the biggest mall in the Southern Hemisphere so it is no wonder I spent wayyy more than I bargained for... my bad. I can't stop shopping for make-up at the minute, must be all the YouTube tutorial videos I am wtching. i can't wait to go on a huge make-up haul when I am back on British soil, seriously underestimated how great our high street is.
It seems it is the four month anniversary of my blog overall - yay me!
PS sorry on the slow blog front, the school holidays are taking its toll, juggling 3 kids and this is a lot harder than it sounds.
Netflix has seriously been upping its game with its Original Series from Orange is the New Black to House of Cards to Wet Hot American Summer to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it has created binge watching and has redefined how this generation watches TV. Another series that caught my eye on Netflix is Narcos, not gonna lie the main thing that attracted me to this show is the ridiculously hot and talented Pedro Pascal aka Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones.
I love Lily Pebbles YouTube channel and a while back she posted a granola recipe that I have been mean to try out for ages. It is so easy to make and you only need five core ingredients that will probably already be in your kitchen. Plus it is super healthy and really yummy!
LifeL-R: first bike ride in Melbourne; unreal beach weather; love these cute juices.
I had the best fresh Saturday eva, cycling with my girl Charlotte along Beach Road for a 20km ride. We stopped along the way at a farmer's market and it was full of good food and coffee, my two fave things in life. I am really enjoying not being hungover every weekend like I was in my student life. Getting up early means I get so much done and I feel so much better for it! Maybe I am finally getting my shit together and becoming one of those rare morning people.
Hands up all the Spotify lovers out there? I signed up for their premium account a year ago to avoid the annoying ads and haven't looked back since. £9.99 a month is well worth the hassle of not having to download music or to buy it off the shamelessly overpriced songs on iTunes, 99p a song - blasphemy. The only downside of Spotify is that Taylor Swift is a money grabber and doesn't have her music on the site - boo you whore. Needless to say I splashed out and bought her album off iTunes and added to her millions, this makes me part of her squad now right? Anyway back to the whole point of this post, I am creating some sweet playlists of all my favourite songs of the minute so sit down with a nice cuppa for an hour and listen to these chilled out tunes.
Despite having a fashion degree it seem that the older I get the less interest I seem to have in following or investing in trends so Fashion Week is never really a huge deal for me. Don't get me wrong I do love looking at all the beautiful models and clothing and I used to pour over the pages of Vogue and look at the deigns from all the fashion shows back in my teenage bedroom but now I find myself obsessing over the amazing street style photography. These are my favourite clippings from New York S/S 16 Fashion Week.
I have cut my own hair countless of times mainly because I am one of those rare people who does not enjoy the hairdressers or the expense of it. So I decided to cut my own hair again(top tip - split your dry hair into bunches to where you want your hair length to be and cut a straight line below the bobble with very sharp scissors) which actually turned out really well. I was after a straight, shoulder length blunt cut with a big side part a la Margot Robbie #girlcrush, and it was easy enough to achieve this myself as no layers are required! Me being me I didn't stop there and decided to finally take the plunge and dye my hair blonder. I have previously only had highlights in my hair so I have never used a home blonde dye kit...
When I was browsing through my favourite Youtube channels a Target Make-Up Haul from Lo Bosworth (yes that Lo, I really wanna go watch The Hills for the millionth time now too) and she raved about how good this NYX Setting Spray is. I have been on the lookout for a setting spray and had set my sights on Urban Decay's Up All Night Spray but I couldn't part with the money! Luckily NYX's very similar product is much kinder on the bank balance. Plus they have a matte and a dewy finish setting spray. I was after the matte version but it is sold out in every Target I visit but I actually really like the dewy finish as it gives the illusion of healthy, glowing skin.
This is before applying the setting spray and you can see my face isn't all that dewy naturally as I have a combination of oily and dry skin. All you need is a few sprays (I normally do four) and you are good to go.
Below is the results of the setting spray's lasting power throught the day which I am actually pretty impressed with. By the end of the day my make-up was still largely in place and I still had a little glow in my skin. Granted it didn't keep my lipstick in place but I find eating and drinking usually removes it from my lips pretty easily so we can't blame it for that.I am still on the hunt for the matte finish spray also as I think it will hold up better than the dewy version when the really hot weather hits Melbourne!
I would definitely recommend this product and it has become a part of my daily make-up routine. It is especially good for stopping your mascara from flaking below your eyes which happened to me aww the time, panda eyes is not a good look at all.
Grab yours online or from Target stores
L-R: love the slightly creepy entrance to Luna Park; sunbathing amongst the palm trees at St Kilda; Boost juice in the sun.
Finally the weather picked up this weekend and its 26 degrees right now as I type this. I am a tad sweaty and a tad burnt but it is all worth it. I had an ideal Sunday meeting up with my old flatmate from first year halls. Major blast from the past, it was so nice to catch up and give her lots of pointers for her trip up the east coast of Australia. Isla you are going to have a great time and massive kudos for doing it alone #GIRLBOSS.
I have been trying out a few healthy snacky recipes recently and thought I would share my efforts. These little balls of goodness (lets be mature, I can hear you sniggering) are super quick and easy to make but yes I still managed to burn them slightly... I blame the oven.
Is it just me who loves snooping in people's bags? I like to see what people lug around on a day to day basis. My travel mate Lianne carries everything but the kitchen sink in her handbag but mine is usually a very concise affair. These are the essentials that I always carry in my bag and couldn't be without!
ASOS Denim Jacket
I have been on the hunt for a reasonably priced denim jacket for ages and I seemed to totally forget about little, old trusty ASOS. There are so many affordable denim jackets on their site that it was a struggle to pick which one to buy! I knew I was after a 90s oversize fit in a light denim colour so this one is a dream, plus the rip detailing is an added bonus; who doesn't love ripped denim at the mo?
L-R: loving the 70's vine fashion atm; go to casual outfit; another day, another striped top.
Can't. Stop. Buying. Clothes. I blame all the current trends for being so on point, especially the 70's style that is in right now. I love all the hippie prints and the floaty styles - just take my money already! And a girl can't have enough classic breton stripe tops in her wardrobe - do I hear an ahem?
1. DENIM JACKET
Firstly lets address the elephant in the room, no these are not a replica of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at all because I am not a dab hand in the kitchen and nothing can be as good as those little gems but these little beauties are wayyy healthier and super simple to make. Secondly yes I am calling my recipes Katy's Kitchen because this girl can't resist some shit hot alliteration.