SNAPSHOTS FROM SUBURBAN SYDNEY

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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 

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. 

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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 

SNAPSHOTS FROM YAMBUK

Polaroid I took with Dad in the sunroom of our house
The room I stayed in & the main living room

 

Also, here is a list of some things also going on right now. 

  • I cut my hair ! After many months of trying to decide, I finally got the courage to go to the hairdressers and get bangs! So far it's been an interesting experience; washing my hair every 2-3 days, buying a load of other brushes, clips and shampoo's, and most importantly trying to fit in an extra 5 minutes of my day ( I swear i'm always tight on time ) to dry them side to side, but I totally don't regret it at all. 

  • I Finally bought a Gorman raincoat , this one to be exact. I love it way way way too much. 

  • Something a bit different - for some reason i've started to get into headscarfs ! I found one a few weeks ago at the opp shop for $1 with the most perfect combination of peachy pink, mustard, and a black grid pattern. I've been experimenting tying them around my head like a headband and i'm majorly crushing on Edith Rewa's headscarf prints (Full of native flora & fauna goodness btw. This one is on my wishlist as of now ) and how she styles them.  

  • And besides going to lots of places these holidays, I've mainly been glued to my laptop in my bed watching 13 Reasons Why. I just finished the series, and i'm heartbroken but I don't want to spoil it for all of you, so go watch it !! 

Greta x 

Recently I went on a trip to Yambuk (close to port fairy), a town in Victoria, about 3- 4 hours away from central Melbourne, and stayed at a place called the Lakeview house; and old farm house located just off Yambuk lake, and a short 10 minute walk to the beach. It was decorated in vintage memorabilia, hanging lights, weirdly shaped mirrors and loads of comfy furniture and the best part, had tones of enamelware to use in the kitchen !! 

Most of the trip we were either on beach or forest walks, reading and relaxing at the house, cooking in the kitchen (made a delicious apple & rhubarb pie) or checking out the local op shops, and it was just so perfect. We spent 1 week staying in the house and made a whole load of memories that I can't wait to share. 

- Here are some photos ; 

Beach at Cape Bridgewater - So beautiful
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Found this Polaroid Sun600 at the local antique store in Yamuk for only $10 !! 
Thought I might as well add my Spotify playlist for the trip - some great songs to listen to !