SNAPSHOTS FROM SUBURBAN SYDNEY

Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 10.34.44 pm.png
IMG_0432.jpg
Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 10.35.41 pm.png
IMG_0437.jpg
Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 10.25.56 pm.png
Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 10.49.37 pm.png
IMG_0434 (1).jpg
IMG_0439.jpg

I freaking love THESE PHOTOS. 

These photos taken on my DSLR & Iphone camera were captured on a trip I went on only last week to Sydney with the family. Instead of making a video or just writing a s**t tonne of words on what we did like I usually do ( sorry not sorry ), I thought I would have a bit of fun with my whole blogging process and make a collage. It's a great way to document the week by having these photos nicely displayed ( took hundreds, these lucky pics made the cut ) and it's a lot nicer way to look back on these moments for me than the photos that either sadly get very lost in the way too big camera roll of mine, or on my instagram page. In other words, I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Sydney is such a magical place though, let me tell you.

 

- G x 

MY CURRENT FAVOURITE FASHION TRENDS // SEPTEMBER 2017

It's been a damn long time! Hello ! How are you? So yes, it's been a month ( or two, three... ) since I last checked in. 

 

 Over the past few weeks, I've really gotten back into my love of fashion and experimenting with different styles, and I've discovered that I've been perticularly drawn to a certain 7 things. 


GINGHAM - There are not many prints that are more of a spring/summer classic than Gingham! It's such a timeless pattern and it always comes into fashion. I have a Gorman top in a black gingham print and it looks so pretty paired with my favourite mom jeans and a pair of Birkenstocks.

MULES - Mules are definitely on the rise in terms of trends, and I can totally see why. I've been eyeing down on this really nice pair of blush mules from Rubi that are not too high and not too flat - a perfect everyday shoe that can be worn down with a denim skirt and top, or warn with a fancier dress for a night out. I have to be honest - at first, my relationship with mules was definitely a love-hate one, but after seeing so many people styling them in their own unique way, I've completely fallen in love. 

MOM JEANS - Can I just say, mom jeans are officially the most comfortable things EVER. Before picking up my first pair of mom jeans at General Pants a few months ago ( These ones to be exact, I highly recommend them ), I'd always been a skinny jeans kinda person. I always steered away from flares, rips, embellishments and cropped denim and to be completely honest, I really don't know why. That's what I love so much about fashion - trying new pieces out and experimenting with personal style. Before you know it, the old clothing piece you practically lived in for half the year will have gone straight back to the cupboard and won't be seeing daylight for another year or two until you finally rip them out again when you hear that they have become the new rage again. 

TIE UP TOPS, JUMPSUITS & DRESSES - Now, I actually had never seen this style before until a few weeks ago when I came across it while scrolling through Pinterest. But look how beautiful it is! I'm so excited to grab a hold of a tie-up top/dress. ( I've heard that Glassons is a great place to seek down styles like this). 

KURT COBAIN SUNGLASSES  - Kurt Cobain's '90s-Style white oval sunglasses are making a massive comeback. Because of the current nostalgia for all things 90's, these throwback shades are suddenly everywhere, including in many shops & all over the internet. The shape of these shades are so simple, but so effortlessly stylish - a perfect way to tie an outfit together. 

CANE BAGS - I'll definitely be channelling my inner Jane Birkin with a cane basket like these this summer! I've always loved natural textures in fashion, so I'm so happy to see that a once unusual material like cane, rattan or bamboo is coming into style. 

CORDUROY - A new pattern/fabric that I've recently been introduced to again - corduroy. I remember when I was 3-4 and my mum always dressed me in patterns such as corduroy. Knowing me just a few years ago, I would have absolutely HATED the material. However, ever since I headed into my local opp shop and spotted numerous pairs of high-waisted corduroy jeans, I've discovered a new love in the fashion scene. 

FAUX FUR COLLARED DENIM JACKETS -  If there's one piece that works any time of year, it's the classic denim jacket - but with a twist. I love how recently I've been seeing little but effective additions to clothing, such as this denim jacket with a faux fur collar. It's now on my never-ending wishlist!  


Time to get real serious up in here. I really want to start to add another personal touch into this blog, and its parcially why I've really, really missed this space - Like really bad. As you know, my heart lies with blogging, photography & writing. These three things are things that I haven't been doing nearly as much as I would like to. Starting from now, I'm really going to try and put plenty of time aside for my creative hobbies, whether that is blogging, photography, drawing, designing - you name it. To try and get a schedule going, I have decided that posting once a week ( Preferably every Sunday ) would work out really well. That way, I'm going to have my weekly dose of creative time & your going to have a pretty good 5 or so minutes reading and looking at some eye candy. My fingers are crossed ! 

G x 

GREEN SPACES - MY FAVOURITE INDOOR PLANTS TO SUIT YOUR SPACE

Hey again, remember me ? 

Unfortunately blogging, something I love so much, consistently gets pushed to the side as school and just plain old life keeps getting in the bloody damn way - and i'm not that happy about it. For the past few weeks i've mainly been consumed in assignment after assignment, and spending the spare days ( that I haven't really had but there is nothing wrong with a bit of procrastination right? ) drinking a tremendous amount of tea, walking out of the house most days on the verge of freezing to death while walking around winter-y Melbourne, and spending way too much of my savings which I don't really know if i'm very happy about either. Whoops ? 

Anyway, today I have a bit of a unique and different post for you all. I LOVE indoor plants and have had obsession with them for a very long time, and i'm always looking out for more plants to add to my collection. There are millions out there, so i've made a list about my favourite current plants, where to put them and also, how to care for them. 

A Monstera, commonly known as the "fruit salad plant" or "swiss cheese plant "  is probally one of my all time favourite indoor plants. It fits into so many decor styles that it could be placed in a bedroom, kitchen ,living room or about anywhere you like. 

Monstera's dont like too much water, so it's better to water them sparingly - and try and hold of moving them around the house too often. Indoor plants like these like a permanent spot, so find a place that is fairly bright and sunny but with plenty of shade in some hours of the day. If they are placed in direct sunlight then you might risk damaging the leaves, but if you don't give them enough then it will slow down growth. With watering, water the plant about once a week, or wait untill the soil at the top of the plant is dry to the touch within the top couple of centimetres or so.  

OTHER TIPS / 

  • Monstera deliciosa plants are toxic to dogs and cats, so try to keep them away from places where your pets can get to them.
  • Monstera's are climbers in their natural habitat, using its roots to cling to large trees or other plants, so it's a good idea to give it a bit of support just by inserting a bamboo stick or small wooden plank sitting upright just in the middle of the plant so it can continue to thrive. 
  • If your Monstera is looking a bit dull and sad, standard liquid plant fertilizer can be given once a month to it during spring and summer - but make sure you don't give it too much. This is one really easy way to kill your plants. 
  • It's a good idea to wipe your Monstera's leaves every few weeks to clean of the dust. Just grab a wet cloth and gently wipe the leaves. 

The Philodendron, specifically the "Heart leaf philodendron ( pothos ) " was the very first plant I ever owned. I was lucky enough to get one for my birthday 2 years ago and it hasn't stopped growing since. The pothos plant tends to dangle down from it's pot, which makes it a great plant to hang on tall bookshelves, in hanging pots or even curl the leaves around windows. They thrive on neglect and are very difficult to kill - they are also great to clean and purify the air. 

Watering Philodendrons are easy. Give it a good drink once every week or two or until 50% of the soil in the pot has dried. If the heart leaf philodendron is overwatered, their leaves will turn yellow. And if under watered, their leaves will turn brown. 

Philodendrons usually need bright - moderate light to grow well. Small leaves or spaces between in which your plant grows, is a good indicator that you should move your philodendron into a brighter location - just not in direct sun though. 

A good idea if your philodendron is getting too long, is to propagate it. All you need to do is take some stem tip cuttings and pop them into a jar / vase with some fresh water. It roots easily in water or moist soil, and it's a way to have numerous pots of the same plant throughout your house without needing to buy the same plant again - and they are great gifts too for friends & family. All you need to do once they have been put in water, is to wait a few months until you can see roots are starting to form on the cuttings. Once they are long enough, pop them in a pot with some potting mix, and you are done! 

 

 


And, my newest adition to my plant collection - the famous "fiddle leaf fig". I only bought this one last weekend at no other than IKEA which was a complete suprise when i saw it on the shelf just siting there screaming for someone to take it home with them. 

From what I have learnt over the past week caring for this guy, is that it LOVES sun - like crazy. The tip is to give it bright, indirect light but not too much because stong sunbeams can burn it's leaves. 

Water your fiddle leaf when only the top inch of soil is dry. You can easily test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Give it a good soak every 2 - 3 weeks, and just mist lightly once every week to help maintain it's natural moisture. 

Like the heart leaf philodendron, you can give it some liquid furtiliser once every month in the growing seasons, but just not in the winter months. 

And finally, because their leaves are quite wide and big, you can also wipe them clean so they are free of dust just using a damp cloth. 

All illustrations by Alessandra Olanow -  be sure to check her out on her Instagram @aolanow. 

Wow. That was a lot, like a lot. 

Finally, let's hope my blogging break is now and truly over. Holidays are coming in the next 2 weeks, so i've got a lot more that I want to share with you including a fashion editorial that i've been working on / planning for the past couple of days. Definitely overdue, or at least I think so. 

- G 

THE BIRTHDAY EDIT / WISHLIST 2017

In less than a months time i'll be 15!  So you know the drill. 

〰 


1 / Black hightop converses ; https://www.platypusshoes.com.au/all-star-hi-black-white.html#93=3552

2 / Gorman Giftcard ; http://www.gormanshop.com.au/in-store-gift-voucher.html

3 / Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume 50ml ( sold at Chemist Warehouse )  ; http://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/57813/Marc-Jacobs-Daisy-Eau-de-Toilette-50ml-Spray

4 / "Process" By Sampha  ( vinyl ) sold at JBHIFI ; https://www.jbhifi.com.au/music/Whats-Hot/singer-songwriter-soul-alternative/process-vinyl/332282/

5 / "A seat at the table " By Solange ( vinyl ) sold at JBHIFI ; https://www.jbhifi.com.au/music/Whats-Hot/pop-urban/a-seat-at-the-table-vinyl/328777/

6 /  "Note to self " By Connor Franta ( sold on Amazon ) ; https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501158015/ref=ox_sc_mini_detail?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

7/ Sweet peach palette - Two Faced ( sold at MECCA ) ; http://www.mecca.com.au/too-faced/sweet-peach-eyeshadow-collection/I-023781.html?cgpath=makeup#start=1

8 / Mario Badescu drying lotion ( sold at MECCA ) ; http://www.mecca.com.au/mario-badescu/drying-lotion/I-004684.html

9 / Love flush blush in "Baby Love " - Too faced ; http://www.mecca.com.au/too-faced/love-flush-blush/V-022141.html#q=baby%2Blove&start=1

10 / Blue Tansy face mask - Herbivore ( sold at Sephora ) ; https://www.sephora.com.au/products/herbivore-botanicals-blue-tansy-aha-plus-bha-resurfacing-clarity-mask#reviews

11 / Coupe Portable Turntable in "Jet Black" - Crosley ( sold at Myer ) ; https://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/electrical/media-players-recorders/coupe-portable-turntable---jet-black-450650530

Totally not expecting getting all of these things - just thought it would be nice to share as quite a lot of you have asked for it ! 

Also, a few people have requested for me to do a birthday haul - don't know if that's something that you all want though? Let me know in the comments below because I would be more than willing to do so. 

Till next time,

Greta x