Saturday, 30 November 2013

Artist Marc Johns.

I have been looking for a print to go on my bedroom wall for a while now. I stumbled upon this artist while looking on the online store OhhDear. After first seeing some of this Canadian's most popular prints, I investigated further and went onto his blog.

Marc Johns design's aren't just available as prints, they are also available as iPhone cases, t-shirts and mugs. I highly recommend that you go and check out this up and coming artist's blog, as his designs are very cute and entertaining. There are a variety of different designs that would make ideal Christmas presents this year. It is a unique gift that you know that a lot of people won't have.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Catching Fire Fashion

Last night I went to the movies and watched the second film in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. As it is always colder in the cinemas, I opted for a slightly warmer alternative. I decided to pair my newly purchased vertical striped, three-quarter length pants with a simple black top. As always, I felt that I needed to add an extra pop of colour, so I wore a pair of hot pink leather brogues that I got handmade in Vietnam about 2 years ago, but are starting to come into fashion again. To complete my look I wore my prescription glasses and my hair in a side braid, embracing my inner Katniss Everdeen. I also bought my sister a mockingjay pin for her birthday, as she is also in love with the series, so I felt that it was the final touch to my evening look.
Pants: ASOS Just Female Striped High Waisted Skinny Jeans (Black/White) - Small
Pin: Ebay Mockingjay Pin
The Movie Verdict
Upon leaving the cinema, I felt like it was my first chance I had had to reflect on the movie, as there had been so much crammed (in a good way) in 146 minutes. The whole film was action packed, never having a slight lull in the storyline, as all of the information was vital to the plot. I loved this as it meant that I was never bored and continually entranced within the dystopian world.

I am not a massive reader but when I stumbled upon the Hunger Games books awhile ago, I couldn't put this fantastic story down. So when I heard about these novels being turned into films, I could barely contain my excitement! The cast for the movie is phenomenal, having Jennifer Lawrence portraying the strong heroine Katniss Everdeen flawlessly. She is accompanied by the adorable Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and fellow Australian Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. All of the more minor roles are also fantastically executed, bringing the whole franchise to life.

The second book has always been my favourite, so I couldn't wait to see how it would be captured on the big screen, and I was not disappointed. The visual effects were outstanding, making the audience feel as though at times they were in the arena with the other tributes. Everything was bigger and better than the first movie. At the end of the film, I was so hyped up and in the most inspirational mood. I felt like I wanted to start my own revolution. That's what a great movie does, makes you think and evaluate your own life.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Dressed to the Nines.

Last night a group of my closest girlfriends and I attended a University Ball, and we had the best time. Even though we knew no one there, we had a great time on the dance floor and at the Photo Booth. Many people believe that you must spend a fortune on everything for a formal or ball, but last night I proved that theory wrong. I managed not to spend any money on the evening as I did my own hair and make-up, borrowed a dress and I already owned all the jewellery and accessories that I wore.

I borrowed an open back, navy blue, high neck dress from a friend. This dress style is something that I usually wouldn't go for, but I though that I would try something new and different. I chose to pair this with bold red lips, clutch and shoes, and both my earrings and ring were silver. I think that this colour combination is always a winner, and goes so seamlessly together.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

First Year University Reflection.

After months and months of studying, I have finally finished my final exams and my first year of University is now over. Once finishing school, I had heard so many horrible rumours about how awful University is and how people really find the transition from school really hard. I am here to put these rumours to bed. I had an amazing first year experience and I wanted to share with you that University is actually a lot of fun, if you make it.

Firstly being able to leisurely stroll in and out of campus is one of the greatest aspects of University. If you have an afternoon lecture that you aren't really feeling, then you can just go home, no questions asked. This however can lead to you missing all of your lectures, so it's important that you still have some form of weekly learning structure. Otherwise when it comes to exam time, you will be stressed to the max!

The semester that I just completed, I was only at University two days a week. This gave me so much free time to socialise, work and even start this blog. As I had a lot of free time, I wanted to do something with it and I had always enjoyed writing and fashion so I thought I would give blogging a go. In order for you to have a lot of time on your hands, maybe even a little to much, make sure that you make your timetable as efficient as possible, so you don't end up having to go into University everyday of the week.

A lot of people I know struggled with making friends during their first year, however I was never faced with this problem. I study the unique degree of Bachelor of Nutrition/Bachelor of Media and Communication. There was only a handful of other people in the same course as me, and we ended up all finding each other and they were familiar faces throughout our lectures, tutorials and pracs. During your first year you are bound to do at least one group assignment as well, so again you have an opportunity to meet new people. My biggest piece of advice would be to put yourself out there and make the effort to make friends. Don't worry, everyone else is just as nervous and shy as you are, and I bet they will appreciate the effort you make.

A lot of people are extremely nervous for University, as it is such a different environment to school. I know it took me a while to get used to lecturers swearing and calling them by their first names. But it is seriously so much fun and one of the greatest experiences you will ever have. Don't stress about it and have a blast at this more relaxed studying environment.

Good bye University notes!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Bright Kisses.

Tease                                                                           Ohh La La                                                                         Beehive
I am someone who is not very adventures with there lip colour, as I usually stick with nude tones. However spring and summer are times to be wearing bright colours, so I though what the hell? I'll join in. I purchased a few bright colours from Topshop as they have really nice pigmentation and a really creamy and moisturising consistency. The lipsticks are £8 each, which at the time was about $13.

Ohh La La, Beehive and Tease

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Power of Music.

I am someone who loves to constantly have music playing in the background of my day, no matter what I'm doing. Studying, chores or even when I'm just on my computer. It has the ability to make boring times a little more bareable. However, I feel that once you start constantly hearing music around, it is almost like a drug. Whenever I am out and about, and there is no music playing my life feels somewhat more boring.

Summer and Spring are the times of the year when it is acceptable to listen to your favourite pop guilty pleasures. It is almost essential to have one of these mainstream album's playing while you are lying around the pool. Whenever you heat these pop tunes, you can't help but dance to them. As summer is just around the corner, I have began the transition into the music genre. During these warmer months I have been absolutely loving Katy Perry's new album Prism. It is the perfect combination for a killer summer playlist, and let's be honest, who doesn't love Katy Perry!

During the colder months of the year, in Autumn/Fall and Winter, it's time for your inner hipster can emerge. These seasons require a more chilled out vibe, which alternative music can provide. These are the sorts of songs you want to listen to while snuggled up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea around the fire. The really cold months in Australia are long gone, so I listened to this album a while ago, but I still love it. Gabrielle Aplin's debut album English Rain is the perfect sombre music for the colder months.

Music has the amazing power to change your mood almost instantly. Within ten seconds of listening to an upbeat song, it can have a positive spin on your outlook on life. I think the greatest reason why we love music is it's ability to make our lives feel more and more like a movie, having the very own soundtrack to our life.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Countryside Wedding.

If you have read some of my older posts you will realise that this the second wedding I have attended...this year! I literally have only ever been to one wedding before 2013, so obviously this must be the year of love and tying the knot.

This second wedding that I attended was again in the country, but this time the dress code was a lot more casual. As the ceremony was going to be held outside I decided upon flats over heels, as heels and grass are the combination from hell. I paired my much loved summer sandals with a loose and flowing dress. I am absolutely obsessed with this electric blue colour, I think that it just looks phenomenal on anyone! Blue and silver are just the perfect combination, so I decided to pair my dress with a pair of fine detail silver earrings and my vine ring from Cushy Living. With the casual dress code, that meant that I had to keep the makeup simple and light. Nothing too dramatic. A simple cateye and nude lip is always a winning match. I was actually lucky enough to have my hair done by the hairdresser for bridal party. As the dress was quite simple, I decided to go for a half, braided up do, paired with soft curls. I was really happy with how my hair turned out and it managed to stay in place for the entire wedding.
Dress: Witchery
Shoes: Witchery Sandals (Tan) - Size 41
The ceremony was held outside, with a small and intimate gathering of close friends and family. Thewedding had a vintage and country theme, which i absolutely adore. As each guest arrived, they were handed a small, white embroided cotton and lace umbrella in order to shield themselves from the hot afternoon sun. I thought that the location was beautiful for the ceremony, as in the background you could see rolling hills of the countryside.

We then moved into the reception, which was held inside and consided of five courses of extreme fine dinning. The food was exquisite and the entire evening was a huge success. I must make a special mention to the best man however, as he gave one of the funniest speeches I have ever heard in my and he had the entire room in stitches.

Weddings are such a beautiful time to celebrate the love of two people. I wish the bride and groom a beautiful life together as a married couple and I hope they share more amazing memories together.

"Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."