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Recommendations, lifestyle, Food

Wellington has the most Cafe's per capita... In the world. And we are talking a teeny tiny city, where you can pretty much walk from one side to the other within an hour. The amount of amazing eateries within a 1km distance from my flat is insane, and it's always so tempting to just get takeout. However, there are some special places that you just have to dine in at. Here's a very comprehensive list of great places to eat in Welly (all of which have vege options for my fellow vegetarians out there).

  • Aroy - Thai Street Food - Everyone loves good, cheap food, and Aroy is the best at it. there are heaps all around town, but the best experience comes from the one on Cuba Street. Highly recommend the tofu phad thai, its yum
  • The Rogue and Vagabond - My absolute FAVOURITE place to go get drinks with friends, due to their outdoor seating area and hippy bean bags, Not only do they have amazing craft beers (which change all the time), but they do $2 Taco Tuesday and yum as curly fries
  • Mt Vic Chippery - Okay so not much for dining in, but holy shit this is the most gourmet, delicious fish and chips you'll ever get. There are heaps of different fries options (my fav is crinkle), and their burgers are so so so good. It's a Wellington staple
  • Fidel's Cafe - Another Wellington staple, especially for student. The food is so good, the atmosphere is quirky, and it's hard to get a table so it adds to that 'exclusive' vibe. Honestly I couldn't just reccomed one thing cause it's all so good.
  • The Old Quarter - Think Vietnamese sharing plates of absolute deliciousness. I went here with my boyfriend, who isn't a vegetarian, but turned one for the night, and even he loved it. Seriously, the cocktails and the bao is out of this damn world
  • Wellington Sports Cafe - I used to work at a bar run by the same company, so not only do some friends work there, but the beer is cheap as, and the burgers are really good. It's also very handy for town, so thats a major plus on a night out
  • Pizzeria Napoli - Another date night jaunt, and holy shit did we enjoy it. It's a tiny little narrow restaurant, has cute mood lighting, and smells really good. But the pizza. The pizza is so good, they have so many options, and its all cooked in a wood stove. That shits better then Pizza Hut
  • Chow Tory - This is also very popular with students, probably because of the hot waitors and the really good two for one cocktail night. The food is really good, asian inspired curries, although fair warning I think there's only like two vege dishes
  • Nicolini's - This is the best Italian restaurant you will ever go to. It's expensive as fuck, but the food is like out of this world. The wine list is pretty sufficient too. It even has my fathers nod of approval, and he is a very fussy man
  • Sweet Mothers Kitchen - My fav brunch spot in the entire city, this is the place I take anyone who visits. It's New Orleans inspired food, and the flavours are super unique. The atmosphere is also super cool and quirky, which I think pretty much sums up the entirety of Wellington


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Recommendations, Beauty, Makeup, Literature

I love online shopping, but I do not love spending heaps of money, so my online shopping carts get really full. Nothing feels as good as spending virtual money, closing the tab, and having no financial consequences as a result. So what I thought would be fun was to show you what currently is saved on my computer as things to buy when I am rich (or at least financially secure), maybe to give inspiration, but tbh it's just a reason for me to revisit some of these sites.

Morphe 35W - 35 Warm Eyeshadow Palette - $23

https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/35w-35-color-warm-palette

The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Clay Nose Mask - $8.99

http://www.momomango.com/the-face-shop/jeju-volcanic-lava-clay-nose-mask/

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar - $9.19

https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Beautiful-Things-Advice-Sugar/dp/0307949338

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lifestyle, Advice
  1. Watching YouTube videos - I love to stick on a youtube video to just zone out and get on with my daily tasks. It's kind of like how people listen to podcasts whilst they clean, I just happen to listen to youtube videos. My favourite is to do my makeup alongside beauty vloggers.
  2. Doing a face mask - I know this sounds basic, but like a lot of whats on this list, these are things that I can do that are fully a me moment. Face masks are something that i'm usually too busy to do, so it's a very calming and still moment when I get a chance to do one.
  3. Writing on my blog - Sometimes this thing is a source of anxiety, but I actually do love to write. Being able to just sit down, listen to music and write a new blog post is something that I love to do, and the sense of accomplishment that I get when i'm done is so good.
  4. Making dinner - So I work late nights, usually till 7:30-8:30, and I usually don't have time to properly cook. Usually it's just take out or a cheap and cheerful meal that takes like two seconds to make. I love to cook, though, so when I get a chance I like to really go all out, take my time, and create a proper meal.
  5. Doing all of my laundry in one go - laundry is probably my biggest source of anxiety, because it totally piles up and overwhelms you. I just feel so calm and accomplished when I get ALL my laundry done and hung up. Plus, there is no better feeling then fresh sheets.
  6. Organising my wardrobe - I love to organise my wardrobe, probably more then your average person. I find it really fun to purge my wardrobe and find things that I haven't worn in a while to get back into my circulation.
  7. Watching reality tv with my flatmate - I fucking love trash tv, and we have a really cosy set up in our lounge. One of my favourite things to do after a long day at work is to come home, flop on the couch with a blanket, and watch some Married at First Site or Kardashians.
  8. Planning my impending holiday with my best friend - So me and my best friend are planning a vacation to some tropical island, and I have so much fun messaging her different destinations, resorts, and clothing options for our vacay. I honestly can't wait.
  9. Putting on moisturiser and getting changed into PJs - My favourite time of day is night time, especially bed time, and there is no better joy in life then slathering on moisturiser all over my body, getting into clean, cosy pjs, and jumping into bed. Not only is it great for your skin, its good for your soul.
  10. Online shopping - as you may have gathered, I am totally a shopping addict, which is dangerous for someone on a student budget. So, to curb the craving and find inspiration, I love to fill up my shopping carts online. All the joy of shopping, with none of the guilt.

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Fashion

Changing my style is going to require a lot of shopping, which I have never been apposed to in the past. . With this look, which is quite minimal to begin with, I'm going to try and stick to a smaller, more capsule wardrobe. Doing this also means all I need to purchase is some good basic, staple pieces to really build an outfit around. While I mainly want to go vintage, which means unexpected purchases in opshops that I could never plan for, I still have a small wishlist of stuff that I'd love to incorporate. Hopefully the post that follows this will be a haul that includes all of this cool shit!

- A pair of navy Adidas Original Gazelles ($150)

- A pair of Vans Old Skool in black ($120)

- Some new, darker pairs of ripped jeans from Cotton On ($54.99)

- A dark blue denim skirt from Glassons ($39.99)


This cord mini skirt in brown from Glassons ($39.99)

- These ripped denim overalls from Cotton On ($69.99)

- Any and all oversized, gem toned cropped jumpers like this one from Glassons ($39.99)

- A check or tartan miniskirt like this one from Glassons ($39.99)

​- This cord jacket with a wool lining from Stradivarius ($86.36)

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Recommendations, Food

Ingredients:

  • 3 washed and cubed
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Tortillas
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • Red Onion, diced
  • A lemon
  • Avocado
  • lettuce
  • sour cream

Method:

  1. Boil the cubed potatoes in salted water until softened, approximately 10-15 minutes, and drain in colander, shaking well to rough up the edges of the potatoes for extra crispiness
  2. Whilst the potatoes are boiling, I like to make the salsa and guacamole. For the salsa, mix together the tomatoes and red onions, with half of the lemon. Season to taste. For the guacamole, the avocado with a fork, mix in the rest of the lemon, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Season the now cooked potato with paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper (really whatever you fancy), and fry them in oil. Make sure to take your time with this one, as the crispier the potatoes are, the better.
  4. Take the tortillas and place them in a hot oven until they are malleable, to avoid breakage. Now all that's left to do is assemble and enjoy

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lifestyle, Fashion, Story Time

SO I have always said that I don't really have a sense of style, at least not a very specific one. I kind of take inspiration from a lot of different looks; a little emo, a little preppy, a little minimalist, but mostly just casual. As you can see, it's a little bit all over the place, with no cohesion or consistency.

But recently, I saw this girl with a navy blue vintage t-shirt, tucked into a brown skirt, with a pair of black vans, and it was a LOOK. And I was like shit, that's totally the style I want to emulate. Kind of 60's, kind of grunge, kind of skateboard chic. SO I have decided to go on a journey, to reinvent my style and my wardrobe. This will be a little series on my channel, where I gather inspiration, show off hauls and try ons, and get my friends to help me find my new look. This isn't going to be a complete 180 on my own sense of style, I'm not trying to change my personality or who I am. What i'm trying to do is find clothes that will suit me, and that will stand the test of time, not just be trendy for a couple of months. Stay tuned for a style reinvention kids, it's going to be good.

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Recommendations, Beauty, Story Time

1 // Do you remember your first makeup item? - I remember getting this single pan Maybelline eyeshadow in this sparkly brown colour. Honestly had it until I was about 15, and still loved it.

2 // What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? - I like something light and dewy, that has a good longwear time. Thats why I love cushion foundations, although they do start to fade around the nose and jaw for me.

3 // Favorite high end brand? - I don't dabble much into high end, but I do have quite a few MAC skin products which I love, like the pro longwear and concealer. The eyeshadow isn't much better then high street, though, so I draw the line there.

4 //What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? - So many! Hourglass, Urban Decay, Kat Von D, ABH! Mostly for face products, because I feel like you ought to splash out on those.

5 // Favorite drugstore brand? - Maybelline has always been a fav, but for eyes I love BH Cosmetics, Chi Chi, and NYX

6 // Do you wear fake eyelashes? - I wish I did, but no, only when I have a friend that will put them on for me when I go to town. I just find them so difficult to apply!

7 // Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? - I definitely don't feel the need to wear it, but I do feel more comfortable when I have something on my eyebrows, some mascara, and a little concealer and powder. But really the only necessity is lip balm

8 // What is your most cherished beauty product? - Probably my Tarte Swamp Queen Palette, but I also love my MAC Studio Fix Powder

9 // What type of product do you buy the most of? - I went through a phase of buying HEAPS of nude lipsticks. Now im pretty good at keeping my collection small and only buy what I need

10 // Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand? - I would have to say Lime Crime, not because of their products but because of their morals and ethics

11 // Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup? - I know its sad, but probably the department store Farmers, it just has the best range of drug store brands

12 // Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? - I definitely don't buy new skin care myself unless i've run out of something. If someone buys something for me, I definitely incorporate it into my routine.

13 // If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose? - Probably NYX, because they have a good mix of all products, and I love their foundation, bronzer, and lip products.

14 // What brand do you think has the best packaging? - I love the clean, expensive look of hourglass products. Tarte also always kills it with their packaging.

15 // Which celebrity always has great makeup? - There are so many! I think Rihanna is my fav at the moment, because I love her bold loos with the dewy skin.

16 // Do you belong to any online makeup communities? - I'm part of Shaaanxo's Facebook makeup group, Everything Beauty Related, its really good for recommendations and memes, and it has such a cute sense of community

17 // 5 Favorite Beauty Gurus - Shaaanxo, Kathleen Lights, Sally Jo, Tati, Zoella

18 // What do you apply first, concealer or foundation? - I do foundation first, concealer straight after, and then powder both areas

19 // Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes? - I used to use a MAC paint pot, but I honestly can't tell much of a difference. Now, I just start with a nude base colour to make my eyelid less oily, and then work from there.

20 // Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? - I have it all down to a fine art, until I get to my eyes. I'm really bad with messing up my eyeliner or my mascara, and then having to go in with a Q tip.


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Tattoo

Tattoo - outline of a heart

Placement - left shoulder blade

Pain level - 1/5

Tattooist - @craigy_lee

Meaning - This, and the one following, were my first tattoos so I just wanted something small, simple, and something that I wouldn't get tired of. Hearts are cute, so that's why.

Tattoo - outline of a sun

Placement - right side the ribs

Pain level - 3/5

Tattooist - @craigylee

Meaning - Like the last one, this was my first foray into tattoos, so I just got simplistic designs. I love summer, my happy time, so I thought represent that on my body.

Tattoo - Picasso doodle

Placement - side of my right ankle

Pain - 2/5

- @tattoosbysholto

Meaning - I love art, pretty girls, and line drawing, so this was a . Honestly, I saw it on Instagram, loved it, and decided then and there to get it tattooed.

Tattoo - The word 'heroine' in Jane Austen's hand writing

Placement - inside of my left calf

Pain - 1/5

- @tattoosbysholto

Meaning - So Jane Austen is my favourite author of all time, and the word was just inspiring to me. It's definitely a nerdy one.

Tattoo - bee in flowers

Placement - right upper thigh

Pain - 3.5/5

- @camolivertattoo

Meaning - I love bees, so I went in to see an artist that I loved and gave him full reign to design a piece. We agreed on colour, wild flowers, and a bee, and this is what he came up with, which I love.

Tattoo - Tulip

Placement - lower back/hip on left side

Pain - 4/5

Tattooist - @jakeinshadowtattoo

Meaning - I saw this on a flash sheet, and thought it would be cute because my grandmother is dutch, so it's a little homage to her. I also love that it follows the lines of my stretch marks.

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Recommendations, Review, Youtube

I don't get a lot of free time nowadays, due to work/boyfriend/social life. But when I do have some down time, I love to sit back in bed and watch some good old fashioned Youtube content. Now i've always had my favourite guilty pleasure viewings, but lately I have been discovering new (to me) content creators that are either super inspiring, or just really easy to binge watch. So here is my list, for you, on your own down time.

Shane Dawson - I absolutely LOVE Shane Dawson. His content is so bingeable, and its the type of stuff you just want to watch again and again. If you like conspiracy theory videos, spooky bois, and dark humour, then you will love Shane.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9_KinVpV-snHe3C3n1hvA

Jenna Marbles - Another creator that makes some binge worthy shit. Jenna Marbles's videos are always the first ones I click on in my sub box, because I know they'll be fucking hilarious and something light hearted and fun to put on in the background. I used to love her when I was a preteen, but the lack of fucks she gives now is truly inspiring.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9gFih9rw0zNCK3ZtoKQQyA

Kingsley - Kingsley is back and better then ever, not that I didn't love the content he used to post, but the new stuff is so much more authentic. He has the kind of voice that I find totally soothing, and can listen too while i'm doing other things, like writing blog posts!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-vSh8UCm0tFaLYAIXqqKLA

grav3yardgirl - I started to watch Bunny as she did vlogoween, and now I am an avid subscriber. I never understood her content in the past, but the lengthy, chatty videos are perfect for listening to like a podcast, and her series 'Does This Thing Really Work?' is so good.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGwPbAQdGA3_88WBuGtg9tw

KathleenLights -I know this sounds weird, but I don't watch Kathleen for makeup tutorials. I love her haul videos, unboxing videos, and chatty vlog life updates. Like I said in my last post, the beauty guru community doesn't really interest me now, but you know your girl is still damn nosy.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8v4vz_n2rys6Yxpj8LuOBA

Daniel Howell - Okay, I know what your thinking, 'Wow Lauren, are you 12'? But hear me out. I loved Danisnotonfire as much as the next youtube obsessed teen fangirl, but I lost interest when I started studying at uni. But Dan has gone through a rebrand, and although he doesn't post much, his humour is on point and he is another must click.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGjylN-4QCpn8XJ1uY-UOgA

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OPI Brilliant Shine Top Coat - I got this for Christmas and am loving it to make my nail polish extra shiny. It also helps with the wear time which is a huge plus.

PRO VOKE Touch of Silver shampoo and toner - Being a bottle blond means my hair gets quite brassy after a while, so i've been using this to tone it a bit. It's really great because its not too drying and works really quickly.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray - Another Christmas present that been LOVING, especially in the . And the smell is to die for.

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer- Because it's been so damn hot, my makeup keeps melting off my face, but with this primer it gives me a little bit more of a wear time.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Shower Cream - This was a Christmas present from my friend Will and it's another must have for the summer, especially with the dry, sunburnt skin.

Skinfood Light Moisturiser - After I ran out of my Kiehls moisturiser (rip), I started to use this one and it's been treating me pretty well. It absorbs quickly and smells delicious.

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As you guys may know, I love Shaaanxo's youtube channel, so whenever she collaborates with a brand on something new, I like to check it out. More often then not, it's too expensive (poor uni student ), but with the new remix palette with BH cosmetics, was not an issue. Shan came out with a palette with BH before, which was 9 eyeshadow shades and 9 lipstick shades last year, which I preordered as soon as I heard about it and LOVED. This one has those 9 original eyeshadow shades (now with names), and 9 new ones. The decision to get it was a little difficult because I was like, "I already have half of this palette, why do I need it again?" But all of the new colours were so interesting I decided to invest. The palette was only $18.99, which is just ridiculously cheap, and the quality and pigmentation is top. The only ones I struggle to blend are the darker shades, silhouette, and dark horse. My absolute favourites are Terracotta, Buttercup, Bestie and Stalker. The original 9 are all very neutral, and lend themselves to more vampy looks, especially with the bottom 6. It has a nice mixture of the gorgeous, creamy shimmer shades, and pigmented mattes. The new 9 aren't as consistent with a particular look or but lend themselves to each other. Each row gives a good full look, although my favourite look to do is a mixture of the pink mattes, stalker, vampette, and bestie. Baby girl is one I haven't experimented with yet, because hello, it's bright fucking fluorescent pink, but as you can see in the swatches it's pretty damn cute. Overall this is a total . It's good quality, cheap, and has some really interesting colours that you don't really see in your regular palette. It's sold out right now, but should totally go grab it as soon as it comes back.

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A new year means new trends that everyone is dying to follow, and as it is summer here in New Zealand right now, we jump straight into the fun style season. I did one of these posts for the beginning of last year , and honestly not much has changed. These items are still key pieces in high street shops. But trends always come and go, so here is what I predict is going to be big this summer, and for the rest of 2018.

Casual festival looks - In New Zealand recently, it's been festival season, and that has inspired a lot of the looks people are wearing. Think bras as shirt, ripeed up shorts, and cute statement pieces

Wrap everything - wrap skirts, dresses, and tops are all over lately, and this is one that will transition great into the winter season

Bandanas - this is another one that has come back from the 90's, although in a much more subtle way. Think silk head scarfs and patterened head bands.

Chic track pants - This trend has been every where else, and it's finally coming to little old NZ. Dress up either tight fitting track pants or split let ones with a tight body suit, heels, and lots of jewelry.

Fanny packs - this one has been invading mens fashion for some time now, and it's finally crossing over into women's fashion. Wearing across the body is the chic way to rock one of these.

Retro fashion choices - Retro is always in season, but even more so this year. 90's, 70's, and even 60's fashion has inspired a lot of clothing choices in the high street today, especially in denim.

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2018 is going to be the year of success, prosperity, and happiness, and here's how i'm going to achieve it:

  1. Don't put up with toxic people - Last year was a year of realising that I don't have to put up with people who are a burden on me emotionally. I want to take that into the new year, and into the rest of my life, and let people go as soon as they become a strain. Friend breakups can be as hard as normal breakups, but you always leave them better for it.
  2. Learn how to longboard - I had a plan to use this summer to learn to longboard, but working two jobs kind of put a dampner on things. I want to prove to myself that I can still do new things, even though i'm getting a little older.
  3. Do things - Like last year, I want to do shit. I feel like this is something I want to remind myself to do all the time, not just for a year. It's so easy to become stuck in your daily routines, and not do anything new with your life.
  4. Expand my blog - Apat from a little hiccup, I have been updating this blog all year, and I want that to continue. Not only that, but I want to put more time and effort into it, as well as let my actual fucking friends know the URL.
  5. Be more financially responsible - I am bad with money. I spend too much for a student who works two jobs just to pay rent, and has never had a savings account. This year, I want to get my bank balance up to a respectable amount and maintain it. There's been too many times where I have had literal cents in my account, and I never want that to happen again.
  6. Go overseas on an adventure - It's been a long ass time since I've been overseas, or even on a holiday, so this year I actually want to take some time out, plan something, and get the fuck outta Wellington. I haven't had that much of a summer working two jobs, so I intend to take advantage of another countries one.

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Finding good recipes as a vegetarian is hard, trust me, i've been doing it for six years now. One fool proof recipe i've perfected is tofu katsu noodles. It takes about 20 minutes and can be made with almost any greens that you have left over. Here is the basic recipe that I always use to start off. It's extra good with cabbage, bok choy, and nuts.

Ingredients:

  • one block of tofu, firm
  • corn starch
  • rice noodles, preferably the ribbon kind
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • curry powder
  • crushed garlic and ginger
  • soy sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp garam massala
  • sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Soak the noodles in hot water as per instruction on the packet, set aside.
  2. Cut the Tofu into pieces, coat in cornstarch, and fry in sesame seed oil until golden on both sides. This takes about 5 minutes per batch.
  3. For the sauce, chop the onions & fry them until they’re translucent
  4. Add the curry powder, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and let it cook
  5. Add the veg stock, let everything simmer, then stir in the garam massala
  6. add in the fried tofu and now softened noodles and stir all together on the heat till its all covered in the sauce
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Any greens can be added in stage 4. Enjoy!

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I made a post here about my new years resolutions for 2017. They were all really simple, easy to achieve, and vague, but after last year they were all necessary changes. I thought 2017 would be a lot easier for me; I got out of a toxic relationship, had a stable job, had a nice place to live, and was on better terms with my family but BOY WAS I WRONG. 2017 was hard, probably the most challenging year of my life, but as it's winding down to a close i'm in a much better place then I was half way through the year. So I thought i'd look through the resolutions I made, and see if they're even still important to me now, and see how I went with achieving them.

  1. Take a new profile picture for Facebook - ✋ - I changed it once, and tbh I should probably change it again seeing as I have no body art/hair/piercings/sense of style, but I haven't found any worthy. It's not a top priority atm, maybe because I care less about what people think?
  2. Read more - 👍 - I am a Literature major, so all of my papers include some form of reading list so I read ALOT. I even sometimes read for pleasure! Get me.
  3. Take selfies - 👍 - I took more then I usually do, but this is another one that doesn't really bother me anymore. What I should work on is taking more photos at events, with friends, so that I keep all these good mems.
  4. Save money - 👎 - I had a difficult fiscal year this year, and I've been completely broke more times then I haven't. I had a job that didn't give me enough hours, got another, worked too much and burnt myself out, got fired, got more hours, and now I have another job for over the summer to pay bills. Honestly, with the government change here in New Zealand, and getting a liveable minimum wage and increases in student loans, this hopefully wont be too bad in 2018. Im young, money is tight but it's to be expected.
  5. Go to the gym often - ✋ - Okay so this one is another that doesn't really bother me. I went when I wanted to, and when my mental health was at an all time low, but I didn't bully myself into going and i'm feeling the best I have about my body image then I have in a while. Exercise should be fun, not a chore.
  6. Start a blog/Youtube Channel - ✋ - So the Youtube channel is a bust, it's not something I really want to do anymore and i'm okay with that. My parents happened to stumble across my blog and some of the content upset them, which then upset me, so I took a hiatus from posting as it just wasn't my top priority anymore. But i'm back on it now and loving it. I'm hoping this one is going to stick.
  7. Be more sociable - 👍 - I've been so sociable its not funny. Towards the latter half of the year I got out of my funk and really started to put effort into making friends and hanging out with them. And honestly, I've never been happier. I realised this at my 21st birthday party, when I was surrounded by people who loved me and whom I loved. That had to be the highlight of my year.
  8. Do things - 👍 - This year i've been focusing on not turning down an opportunity to have fun, and I think i've succeeded. Small moments like going to the beach/bowling/to the zoo/on a trip to kmart/to the movies has really brightened my year. Only problem is i'm barely in the flat that I pay rent for. But this is what your 20's are all about.

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Welcome to my new book review series! As someone who studies lit at University, I read a lot of books, both in class and out. So I thought i'd start to take some of my more interesting reads and write a review on them. If that sounds like your cup of tea, get excited, because this summer I plan to fill my time with lying on the beach reading.

Rupi Kaur is one of my favourite modern poets, and her first, self published anthology Milk and Honey has to be one of my favourite of all times. So when I heard she was bringing out another one, I immediately pre ordered it and waited for its arrival eagerly. Milk and Honey was appealing not only for its accurate depiction of heart break and love and healing, but for its illustrations and overall aesthetic. No book before has been so instagramable. The second one is no different.

Like Rupi's last book, it's split into sections; wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It follows a journey, and I like to see it as a journey of self discovery. While it still focuses on love, it also brings in identity, motherhood, family, friendship, and healing. The free form enjambement and lack of punctuation helps the whole book feel as if it is being spoken, you can imagine someone speaking the words to you as you read. The illustrations are messy and free, up for interpretation but oh so beautiful. My favourite section of all happens to be blooming, i'm a sucker for a rise up and rebel. Shout out to 'ode to matisse's dance' and 'it is a blessing'.

The whole book feels like an awakening, a feminist rebellion; anti hate, anti racism, anti homophobia. For such short sharp poems to have such an impact is really incredible quite incredible. I recommend these poems 100%, no matter who you are, you're going to get something from them. I promise.

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2017 has been a YEAR. Not only has the political and social climate been a shit show (except in New Zealand, hollah Labour), but my own personal life has gone through the ringer. Two break ups, family drama, friend drama, and a mid mid life crisis has all taken its toll, but one thing that I always turned to, was always a constant in my life, was music. I have never played an instrument well, but I have always appreciated music in all its forms. Music is just one of those things that always take you back to certain times in your life; a summer, a relationship, a moment in time. So here is a list of my top songs of 2017. They defined the year for me, and helped me get through. LLet'sjust hope 2018 will be a little bit more chill.

  1. Sign of the Times - Harry Styles
  2. Passionfruit - Drake
  3. Younger Now - Miley Cyrus
  4. New Rules - Dua Lipa
  5. GUY.exe - Superfruit
  6. Enchanté (Carine) [feat. Axl Jack] - Fergie
  7. The Lourve - Lorde
  8. Bad Liar - Selena Gomez
  9. Crazy - MAALA
  10. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar

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​One look that I am absolutely in love this summer is statement earrings. It's a great way to add colour, interest, or class to an otherwise simple outfit. Think slick backed hair, white tshirt, jean shorts and some bright orange tassles. Here is my collection of statement earrings, and where I got them from. Enjoy!

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Christmas is an extremely stressful time of year; us poor schmucks in the retail world are working harder then ever, there's family to organise, homes to decorate, and worst of all, presents to buy. My favourite thing to do for people is gift presents, I love putting thought and effort and time into getting something that they'll love, and I pride myself on my knack to do so. Nut even I, the gift freak, get a little burnt out when it comes to Christmas. There's just so many people to buy for, which includes older relative who are impossible. And frankly, at the busiest time of year, who has time to go out and shop around? Not this bitch. While I think presents should be personal, thoughtful, and unique, theres no damn time rn. So here to help is a gift guide to suit any female or male in your life. If you don't know the people that well, or you're just too tired, whack a bow on one of these and it's sure not to disappoint.

A 2018 diary - it's practical and useful, and everyone needs one. To make it more personal, you can pick a design you think they'll really like, gift it with some fancy pens and stickers, or even get it monogrammed! These ones from Kikki K are amazing.

Glasshouse Christmas candles - These not only look fancy and expensive, but every time they light them they'll be reminded of you. Anything a little bougey and unnecessary always make the best gifts, because its something someone will never buy themselves.

A monogrammed dressing gown - I love anything monogrammed, and nothing says Christmas cozy like a plush dressing gown. This one is from Cotton On, and can be personalised with colour as well.

The Little Book of Hygge - honestly, any coffee table book would be a perfect gift, especially if you can personalise it to the receiver. Hygge is a nice one to go with for Christmas because its cosy, and talks about all thigns christmas - good food, comfort, warmth, friends and family, and candles.

A subscription to Miss FQ - or any magazine really. It's the gift that keeps on giving (literally, it comes every month). If the recipient is the kind of person who can't justify buying a magazine when they're at the grocery store, they'll really appreciate it.

A cocktail set - most people love to drink, and most people like to look knowledgable about their drink. Let your friend be their very own mixologist with a fancy looking set. Also good point, if you get a pretty set, it can double as a display piece.

A Zodiac necklace - I love zodiac signs, and most other people do too, whether they believe in them or not. Getting something zodiac themed is always fun, and makes you look like you put more thought into it then you actually did. Anna Sacconne has some really pretty, pricey ones on Still Nest.

DIY beach bag - I got this as a gift last year and its legit come in so in handy, especially because Christmas hits us in the summer. Get a cute beach bag, some jandals, a sun hat, and a great big towel. Bonus points if you can theme it around the person.

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