Thoughts on Change

I've had a lot of change in my life over the past two years. A lot of it has been really hard, but with time and space it's become easier and evident that the change has been a good thing. 

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The past two months in particular had been quite a stable time for me. I thought I was pretty done with any big changes. But I was wrong. 

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Being wrong about change sucks. Being wrong allows change to sneak up on you and swallow you whole, then spit you out broken and sad and crying. 

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But with time, the change will heal, and everything will be fine, because that's what change does, and that's how life flows. 

(on an unrelated note: Here's my latest video) 

Mellow Yellows

It's no secret I'm a bit of a thinker. I love to think about big important stuff, small frivolous stuff, why I think the way I think, and how the way I think shapes my views and opinions. As a progressive thinker with progressive morals and values I feel like thinking about everything is incredibly important. 

I love it when people challenge my thoughts/views/morals and or give me new things to think about/ ways to think about them. My views and opinions are by no means perfect or of the highest moral standing (or free of bias), but I feel by keeping an open mind when it comes to these challenges I can 1) learn and grow as a person 2) spread that knowledge when it needs to be spread. 

That being said, I haven't thought about everything. Recently I went shopping with a friend of mine (we both had things to get at lush/needed stuff to make our respective colds suck less). We were in the pharmacy, when she started looking at the Natural/crystal/aluminium free deodorant. Naturally this lead to a discussion about cosmetics/animal cruelty (which was her catalyst for researching these products) 

Intellectually I've "known" about animal cruelty. Every so often it pops up in mainstream media or on my facebook page, or a youtuber/social media influencer I watch/follow will talk about it, and I'll think "Man, that sucks" but somehow it didn't occur to me that the products I use were tested on animals (pro tip, unfortunately almost all the stuff I use(and probably you use) is). I've been feeling like a bit of an idiot all week due to this "sudden realisation" that most stuff with "chemicals" is tested on animals (and that it's not just cosmetics. It's household cleaning products as well), but now I'm aware, I'm going to take steps to go cruelty free. 

The first step to this little journey of mine is when I use stuff up to research cruelty free alternatives to the product I was using. One of the easiest ways to do this is by searching for products that have the leaping bunny certification. The leaping bunny was designed by a bunch of cruelty free/animal rights movements/companies and insures that the product meets cruelty free standards such as not testing their product on animals, or making use of ingredients that have been tested on animals by other companies. They also have a number of great resources that you can use to educate yourself. (Another great but less formal resource is Cruetly Free Kitty. This site publishes articles and reviews in an easy to digest, yet informative manner) 

Super sneaky edit: Another friend of mine just let me know about this app for cruelty free research of products on the go

On a less serious note how cute is this blouse!? This is my other recent acquisition from The Treasure Trade. The colour is a very light grey, and the fabric feel kind of like a knit/chiffon hybrid (there's probably a technical term for it, but I can't be bothered right now/don't really care that much) The coat I'm wearing isn't a recent acquisition, however, this is the first time it's been worn by me. I thrifted it in October last year, and have been waiting since then for the weather to be at the appropriate temperature for me to wear it. 

I've also got some new glasses! I'm super happy with the frames (I bought 2 new frames, then changed the lenses in one pair I already own) but I'm not quite convinced that my prescription is quite right. My eye deterioration this time round has been quite different, and I'm aware that there is a transition period when you get a new prescription that differs dramatically from your old one, but I feel like the problems I'm having (I've been getting headaches/feeling motion sick) are a bit more than "transition problems". Then again, it could just be because I was actually sick with a cold. I think I'll give them another week and monitor my eyesight/functioning and see if they get better or worse) 

Weddings are a time for love, friendship and perfect cake

Rohan's Mum Julie married her lovely partner Chris over the weekend, hence why there has been some silence from my small internet space (except instagram, where I posted some teasers of the TWO outfits I've posted today!) 

Ro and I stayed in a Hotel the day before, and after the Wedding reception (thankyou Chris and Julie <3). It rained the day we got there, so I took these photo's in the room we stayed ( I've not got a wide angle lens, which is why I chose some interesting poses and not so great lighting) 

Please excuse the lighting

Please excuse the lighting

Normally I'd skip taking photo's of an outfit if I can't do it in natural light, but I made an exception for this outfit because I made some new pants! You can't see it very well in this particular photo, but I've used pinecone material. I also made the belt out of some leftover fake flowers I used in a previous project! 

I paired the pink Ballet Flats (Not even kidding, these are actually legit dancing shoes!) I thrifted ages ago with this outfit to match the pink of the flowers in my belt. 

Onto what I wore for the ceremony! 

I opted for this polkadot dress as it's 1) red (meaning I have lots of things to pair it with) and 2) very me in a toned down sort of way. I spent quite a bit of time choosing my outfit as I wanted to blend with the rest of the attendees, but still wanted to feel like myself (which I definitely achieved!)   

The wedding was absolutely lovely. Julie and Chris are such a beautiful couple (you know those older couples who have been together forever, and are smitten with each other? That's pretty much Julie and Chris, but they've only been married a few days) 

The service was very traditional. They held it in a beautiful old church in North Sydney, and had people from their congregations speaking during the service. 

Julie's dress was stunning. It was fitted until the top of the hips, where it flared out into a sort of 3/4 circle skirt with a small train. The lace and beed details were very intricate, and very classic. Chris scrubbed up nicely as well :P 

The reception was equally as lovely as the ceremony. It was held on the Glass Island, which is a very fancy see through ferry. 

The food served at the reception was great, but the standout food by far for me was the wedding cake. It was three tieres, and I had a slice of the chocolate tier. I kid you not, it was by far the best cake I have ever had in my entire life, and I highly doubt I'll ever have cake as exquisite again.

The cake was moist and flavoursome, but not too rich, and the icing was a perfect thickness, and not too sweet, but full of flavour. I'd rate it a 10/10 out of 10/10. 

Congratulations Julie and Chris <3 and best wishes for a long and happy marriage :) 

Teeny Tiny Sunflowers

I've been playing a lot recently with The Button Collective who have a dress code of brown, blue and neutral. This means I have been wearing a lot of brown, blue and neutral. I have lots of outfits I love in this colour scheme, but after wearing it for nearly a fortnight, I needed some colour.

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And colour I have had! I opted for mostly yellow today to combat all of the muted tones I've been sporting lately. This outfit was also good to combat the heat of the day (After a cold couple of weeks, Australia has worked out what temperature Summer is suppose to be)

Summer break is a really weird time for me. I've gone from disgustingly busy and strictly scheduled to mildly busy and loosely scheduled. It's lovely not having to worry about time. This new (and brief) influx of time allowed me to plant a garden with my Dad yesterday (which was one of his Christmas gifts to me)

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He set up 3 big planters in the backyard, bought some fancy dirt, and gave me a bunnings gift card which we used to buy some plants. We planted snow peas, jalapenos, cucumber, berry tomato, eggplant, capsicum, spring onion, spinach and a sunflower (which we ended up putting in the ground because we ran out of pot space) 

I've really enjoyed gardening since moving out (especially growing stuff I can eat!), and it was lovely to spend some quality time with Dad.

In the afternoon I traveled down to Sydney for a gig at the Union Hotel with Button Collective. The other band that played was Echo Deer, who I've seen a number of times at mutual gigs. They're music is a chill mixture of folk blues and country, and as per usual they played an exquisite set.

So yeah, life is chill. Which is a nice change.