Monday, December 31, 2012

Sparkly shoes

I was in a bit of a dilemma as to finding appropriate flat-shoes that I could wear out for dressy or semi-formal occasions. With thongs ("flip flops" in Australia) not allowed in most pubs and clubs, you run the fine line with sandals as to what's fancy enough to be considered acceptable.

For the few occasions that I've been out recently, I was a bit over wearing heels. Sure they look good, but they don't feel so great a couple of hours into the night.

So just a few days before the end of the year, I ordered three news pairs of "dressy" flat shoes online - and they were all perfect when they arrived! And that's pretty unusual for shoes that you haven't had a chance to try on.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Summer bedroom makeover

From what I've heard, it seems like now's the time for bedroom makeovers - myself included. Nothing too drastic, but it's clear that my choice as a 12-year-old for Barbie-pink walls isn't as long-term as I initially thought.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...

As much as I love spending the Christmas holidays in the Sydney summer heat, there's no denying that I'd LOVE to spend one Christmas in the London snow. Next year perhaps...

Where will you be spending this Christmas?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A new sort of Christmas

We’re only 5 nights out from Christmas, so a post surrounding this is inevitable. I’ll be honest - I was a little sad coming into this festive season because I knew it wasn’t going to be the same as it used to be.

With us two ‘kids’ being in our twenties, we’re a little less fussy about the celebrations in our household. I promise we aren’t grinches, but I will admit we haven’t put up the tree and don’t intend to either. GASP, HORROR! 

2012: a year in review

In looking forward to the year ahead, it's so important to look at the year in review. When we used to do these sorts of things at school, I thought it was super dorky and was sometimes struggling to think of "good things" that had happened, other than the usual "I did well in my maths exam" (only kidding, I would never have said that!)

However, now we're out in the big wide world, it's a little easier to think of things. If you want something as an adult, you really have to work for it. It's no longer given to you on a silver platter, so it's simultaneously more exciting when you do achieve something on your own.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Floriade 2012

Myself at Floriade 2012!
At the end of September this year, a friend and I took the train down to Canberra for the long weekend to visit Floriade - the big flower festival. We were visiting a friend at the Australian National University (ANU), but being keen to take some great photographs, we also managed to fit in a day at the Floriade. 

You would think it would attract an older demographic - which is true to some extent - but there were plenty of young uni-aged people and families there as well. The flower presentations were extremely impressive and I wasn't disappointed at all. We also went to the NightFest event at the festival, which was SO so so bitterly cold (such a contrast to the heat at the moment) but a fantastic night. Check out some of my photos below from the event. I also made a video from our time at the NightFest that I've uploaded to YouTube, featuring fairy floss, a ferris wheel, light shows and great live music. 

Note: if you'd like to use these photos anywhere, please ask me first. I'm sure I'll be more than happy to oblige, but just leave me a comment or shoot me an email first :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Spectacular Sydney

Watson's Bay
Watson's Bay, Sydney

We're currently in the Christmas holiday period in Australia, and I've heard so many stories of where people are going over the break - skiing in Japan, shopping in New York or partying in Thailand (and for some, it's all three. I'm not even joking).

For others, we'll be staying in Sydney with a bit of work here and there, but otherwise, enjoying long beach days and summer barbeques with friends and family. It seems that when you tell people that you're staying home over the break, they give you a look of pity, but I honestly look forward to it all year. Holidays should be about relaxing, and who'd complain about lounging around watersides like these? 

Check out some recent pics I took around Sydney Harbour. I feel very lucky to live so close to such beautiful beaches.

Camp Cove
Camp Cove
Camp Cove
Camp Cove - such clear water
Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach 
Ben and Jerry's
And a visit to Manly wouldn't be complete without a dose of Ben & Jerry's ice cream... yum!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

TRAVEL: Italia Part TWO

It has taken me forever to finally get around to this final post from my 3 week European adventure, which is sadly all but a memory now. Looking back on my Instagram photos taken "8w" ago really isn't helping, especially when you compare the 38 degree weather to rainy Sydney (I am currently sitting next to a heater with my puffer vest on over my fleecy hoodie - it's COLD, and I have had more than enough cups of tea today to compensate).

By the way, please note this post is a little disjointed - I'm struggling a bit to remember all the details but I've certainly managed to scramble together quite a collection anyhow!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TRAVEL: Italia part ONE

Unlike my previous posts, I'm not writing this while still on holiday. In fact, those who know me will know I made my way back into Sydney two weeks ago. I guess the rest of the trip was just a little too exciting to keep blogging during!

I am going to include some excerpts from a travel journal I wrote while I was away. While it is extremely embarrassing to admit I was scrawling away my thoughts away in a little brown book (though it isn't really that different to having a blog...) I am SO glad that I did. I thought I'd be forever terrified of the concept after re-reading one I'd written in year 5 and consequently tearing it into a million pieces a year later from embarrassment, but sometimes photos just aren't enough to remind you of the funny quirks and details of your trip. Anyhow, here goes!

Friday, June 22, 2012

TRAVEL: Midnight in Paris and Lake Lucerne

I am a little behind on these travel blogposts as we have just been so busy, I haven't had a chance. I am currently sitting in our hotel room in the Italian countryside suburb of Padua (Padova in Italian) as we have a little rest. We drove from Milan this morning to Verona (which is just as beautiful as it looks) and are off to visit Venice tonight.

Since my last post when we took the Eurostar, we have been to quite a few places. Arriving in Paris, it was immediately apparent that there truly is a lack of road rules - crazy driving, but they manage! We had a nice suite in a hotel called the Oceania. It was a little out of central Paris but close to the metro, making it quite easy to go places. First day we went to the Sacre Coeur, which although wasn't quite as amazing as St Paul's in London, boasted the highest viewpoint across Paris. We then went for dinner at a restaurant called George V on Champs Élysées, which I LOVED. We were able to see the sunset over the Arc de Triomphe, which is very grand indeed! The sun didn't set until 10pm (meaning people were just starting dinner then) so we then made our way on the metro to the Eiffel Tower. It wasn't as "goosebump inducing" as I thought it would be - probably because we have all seen it so many times in photos already - but it was a lot bigger than I thought and dad was able to take a video of the light show at midnight, twinkling on the tower. Our second day in Paris was spent on another double decker bus tour, which really are worth the money because you get to see everything and from a decent height too. It really made me realise just how old and beautiful the buildings in Paris are, and while I'm not sure I could live there, I would like to visit again for the museums and galleries - and of course, dinner on Champs Élysées.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

TRAVEL: London Love

I am writing this post just as we sit aboard the Eurostar train, ready to leave for Paris. The past couple of days have been so incredible. To say we were tired after arriving on the long flights is an understatement but nevertheless, we have managed to fit so much in. On our first day, we had a look around The Thames, went on a double decker bus tour of London and went inside St Paul's Cathedral, which I can honestly say is one of the most beautiful building structures in the world - well from what I've seen! If you get the chance, it's so surreal to be finally able to see the Mary Poppins iconic location in person. Yesterday and the day before I was lucky enough to spend it with my one of my closest school friends Sarah, who lives over here. First day was mainly shopping on Oxford St and an authentic pub lunch upon my request. Topshop was a disappointment but H&M was pretty cool - I could buy my whole wardrobe in there! Yesterday we had a look around Leicester Square (the mini version of Times Square), had coffee in a cute little sidelane coffee shop when the rain set in, discovered Forever 21 and went for a walk in Hyde Park. Best of all, we found MnMs World - it is possible to dedicate four entire floors to chocolate you know! Weather has been mostly blue skies here with a couple of showers - it's still so cold though! I've included some snaps to give you an idea, but until Paris, adios amigos!

Monday, June 11, 2012

PHOTO DIARY: I'm back!

At long last, I'm back here blogging again. The past few months have just been absolutely crazy but I'm finally on holidays. Every uni assignment completed and seven lovely months as Yahoo!7 Lifestyle's intern finished (if you're interested in the blog I was doing for them, you can check out my posts here).

Until I get back into proper blogging, here is just a small (...actually, large) photo diary of some of the things I've been up to.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ta Ta For Now

I'll try to keep this short and sweet as below posts have demonstrated I have a tendency to ramble.

SO, unfortunately I'll be saying goodbye to this blog for a little while - let's face it, it's pretty much been like this anyway. But I formally just want to let any readers know that I'll be off here for a while as I just don't have the time to post quality stuff at the moment (and I really don't want to be posting rubbish!)I had a look back at the archives and in comparison to my near 20 posts in my first month of starting up my blog, my recent posting records have been pretty poor!

I'm back to uni on Monday and despite having so many plans to blog regularly over the break, I've been working pretty much full time, and I know it's only going to get more hectic starting next week.

Don't worry though. I've actually just started posting as Yahoo!7's Fashion Fix blogger, and will be posting a fashion blogpost there weekly. This content is much the same sort of stuff I would have posted here, so if you're keen to get a dose of Beauty of Blogs-esque blogging, check out my posts here.

I'm also hoping to be starting a joint-photography blog about some cool spots around Sydney with my friend in the near future, who might I add, has started an extremely successful blog herself that featured on the homepage of Wordpress in it's first week! It's called Patterns of Nature so make sure you take a look because her photos really are quite something! 

Thank you so much for those who have read my posts and given me feedback over the past year. I'm stoked that I've just reached over 10 000 hits so thanks to those who have been clicking away, because I genuinely have enjoyed writing and putting together posts so much.

I will be back! But until then, ta ta for now.

Laura x

P.S. While the photo may suggest I am putting my feet up and relaxing, I can assure you it's quite the opposite at the moment. But we can dream... :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The longest blogpost ever feat. Field Day and sunnies


Saying that just emphasises how long it's been since I've written a blogpost - "My last blogpost was last year!"... you know how it goes.

Anywho I hope the holiday season treated you well. For those of us in Sydney, we've finally been delivered the hot summer we've been craving (though for some it's come a little too late as we sit back at our office desks).

To make up for my quiet NYE in (yep, at 19, I stayed home and watched a movie on TV but even worse, I actually enjoyed it), I was lucky enough to spend my New Year's Day amongst the crowds at Field Day in the Domain with my lovely journalicious friend Frances.