Wednesday, 1 April 2015

PINNED: Bedside

Currently my bedside is a chaotic mess of books, tissues, and a bedside light on the floor. We are yet to sort out the furniture in our bedroom so I'm pinning alternatives for a bedside table. I'm thinking I might try a more creative idea than just buying a table.

Right now I'm leaning towards a stool like that lovely natural, rustic wooden stool above, or try and find a cool crate or something like the bottom right one. The storage underneath for books would defo come in handy. Growing up, my parents created shelves for us kids using two planks of wood and piles of bricks either side. They looked so cool and were easy to adjust as well!

I love how neat/minimalistic these set-ups are. A lamp, a book or two, a plant, a water bottle, and a candle would create the perfect pretty bedside. What do you use? X

Image Sources clockwise from top left: 1/2/3/4

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

5 Happy Things

This post was supposed to be up on Monday but time ran away with me! Some little things I've been appreciated lately...

1/ Snail mail from home will always put a smile on my face. Plus my Mum chooses the nicest cards.

2/ We went to Abbotsford Slow Food Farmer's Market at the weekend and I bought all of the figs. They're such a special Summer treat that when I saw how cheap they were I couldn't help it. Figs remind me of sweltering hot days in the South of France. When I realised they had a shelf life of about one day, I made this fig and almond cake which turned out more like a tart but is delicious!

3/ After running some errands on Sunday Alex and I spontaneously played crazy/mini golf in the sun. It was so much fun! (Also my leg doesn't actually look that muscly IRL... unless my Kayla workouts are actually working).

4/ Forgot the Easter Bunny - Alex's Mum bought me a delicious Easter Bilby from Haigh's last night! He didn't last very long in our flat.

5/ The weather this week is heavenly. We went for pre-dinner drinks at Chuckle Park, a tiny little bar tucked down an alley in the city which had hanging jars with plants and candles in them. Dream.

What's making you happy this week? X

Monday, 30 March 2015

Autumn Sunset Stroll

It's starting to look all Autumnal here in Melbourne, but it's not quite feeling like it yet. Whilst on a little exploration last week I discovered Dickinson Reserve right near where we live. Hidden down a little dirt path you find the beautiful Yarra River, quiet and peaceful with just the odd runner/cyclist/dog-walker. 

Alex and I took an evening stroll one night before supper and we crossed a bridge to discover a trail through woods, which came out onto a road with a view of the CBD looking like it was on fire with the glow of the sunset. Nothing beats a good sunset! 

I'm planning lots of runs and sunbathing down there now! What did you get up to this weekend? X

Friday, 27 March 2015

Monochrome Eggs for Easter

Now here is a little DIY for your weekend. Hasn't Easter crept up so fast?! This week I painted some eggs white (and wished for a moment that I lived in the USA where their eggs come plain white already). I thought I'd give it a go drawing my feathers on with a sharpie, along with some feathery markings, and I'm liking the outcome. What do you think?

I'd never blown out eggs before so I watched this YouTube video... I didn't need to watch it for the whole way through but it gets pretty funny. It's kind of gross but means you can keep the eggs for a while, if you like.

I'm going to display these in a white bowl to get in the Easter mood! Would you give these a go? X

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Home Picks {March Edition}

This whole opposite season thing has thrown me off blogging-wise (me being in Australia, most readers being in the UK). It's made me realise how much I base my posts around the seasons so it's a challenge to move away from this (#firstworldproblems). Here are a few homely picks that I'm loving at the moment. 

Copper Basket I've been eyeing these up in H&M Home for a while but I just can't find a reason to buy it ha. I will find a use for it! 

Hanging Planter I'm absolutely obsessed with these hanging planters at the moment. Aren't they gorgeous? It would be so nice to have three hanging together. The problem is I have no idea how to hang them in a rented flat. Any ideas? 

3am Notepad My current notebook is filling up fast with plans, goals, and lists. It's so true that some of the best ideas come to us at 3am, don't you think? 

String Lights It's the giant bulbs on these string lights that make them so pretty. They would look so lovely hanging in a garden or on a balcony for a Summer BBQ 

Thug Candle I spotted this candle at the South Melbourne Night Market and it made me laugh. The thug life and candles just don't go together. 

Eye of the Dreamer Pillows I've loved these pillows by Jasmine Dowling for a while. And they have open eye illustrations on the back so you can have them open or winking, how brilliant. 

What do you think? X

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

South East Asia Travels Part 2 | Battambang + Siem Reap

Today I'm sharing the second part of our South East Asia adventures, but you can find Phnom Penh here! On the morning we travelled to Battambang I came down with some horrible food poisoning. I so wish I'd felt better in Battambang as it was such a lovely and laid-back little city. I stayed in the hotel while Alex had a little wander but I'm really glad I felt well enough for the bamboo train the next day.

All trains were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, so after the regime locals worked hard to clear the tracks which had become overgrown and dotted with landmines. They introduced bamboo trains - rickety and about the size of a double mattress which trundle along the warped tracks somewhat precariously. Now, it is mainly a tourist attraction which will apparently not be around much longer as they are bringing 'proper' trains back in.

It was a unique and magical experience to be hurtling through Cambodian countryside with really not a clue about where you are or where you're going! Which turned out to be a group of huts with friendly people selling food and clothes. When we met with another train, the driver simply lifted our train off the track and we waited on the side while it passed by. And then we were off to Siem Reap...

Siem Reap is a must-do if you're in Cambodia. It's completely impossible to capture the vastness of the temple of Angkor Wat through photography. Angkor Wat was amazing, but what I didn't realise was that there is a whole complex of temples which take days to get around! We went to Angkor Wat, Bakong, Banteay Srey, Bayon, Ta Prohm... and possibly some others too ha. Angkor Wat is obviously a must-see but also Ta Prohm (famous for being used in Tomb Raider) as it is so atmospheric with the giant crazy trees growing through the ruins. However I would recommend exploring some more off the beaten track, because the temples are most magical when they're not full of other tourists waving selfie sticks.


In Siem Reap I would really recommend finding a tuktuk driver that you like to take you around the temples each day. Compare some prices, chat to some drivers, and go with someone you trust. We used the same driver 3 days in a row and he was so wonderful and even put refreshments in the back for us! Go to the Landmine Museum at some point - again I feel like it's really important to learn about Cambodian history and there are a lot of people around Cambodia who have been injured by landmines, including kids. The Landmine Museum was really interesting and is helping support children who have been affected by the landmines.

Have you been to Siem Reap? What did you think? X

Monday, 23 March 2015

Reading List | 02

Hello Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty non-eventful and lazy apart from hosting a BBQ with friends on Saturday and then heading out for drinks which was lovely. I went exploring on Sunday and found a reserve near to my home where I read in the sun for an hour, and it inspired me to do another reading post.

I have put this list together specifically with the books that I read while I was travelling. My first reading list post is here and includes some of my favourite books. I resisted getting a Kindle for a long time, because I love the feel of holding a book, the slow progress through the pages, and then putting on your shelf amongst all the other stories you've read. But I knew that I'd want to do a lot of reading on my month's travels on the way to Australia, and yet my packing space was limited.

So my parents kindly gave me a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I love the ease of being anywhere (airport, a random cafe with wifi in Thailand...) and being able to buy any book you fancy. They're also cheaper than the hard copies which is a good bonus. This doesn't mean I'm writing off books completely - I still want my home to have shelves stuffed with books - but it's so great for reading on the go as it's so light.

I read good mix of books while I was away and here are most of them. These aren't proper reviews but briefly sum up what I thought of them...

Orange is the New Black Piper Kerman
I read this before I had seen any of the series (which I started yesterday and wow, but that's for another post) so I'm not sure how it would read if you'd already seen the series. I enjoyed this so much. I love reading books based on true stories - it adds so much depth and reality to the stories.

Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn 
I chose this because I loved Gone Girl but this is a darker and comes with a word of warning! It's a weird and slightly disturbing murder mystery, however it has some great twists and I was gripped I have to say.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
I really recommend this! It's all about a girl who was raised alongside a chimpanzee as her sister for the first five years of her life. Fast-forward almost two decades, the book is all about how Rosemary was affected by this and also by her sister's mysterious disappearance. This book manages to be warm and heart-breaking at the same time, and I loved it.

Wild Cheryl Strayed 
This is such a beautiful book about Cheryl's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. She walks it to help herself through a difficult portion of her life following her Mother's premature death. There are ups and downs and I found it so inspiring. I actually just went to see the movie this afternoon, and while it didn't go into nearly as much detail as the book, the scenery was stunning and I now want to take a trip there!

The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion 
There was a lot of hype around this, and being a super popular book of the moment, I decided to see what the fuss was about. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. It's about an autistic man who decides he'd like a wife and goes about it in an unusual way. It's just all very predictable and left me feeling a bit 'meh'. The characters are great, but apart from that I didn't love it.

The First Last Kiss Ali Harris 
I read this on the plane leaving England, as I needed something light and easy to read. It turned out to be super sad but I really enjoyed it! It tracks the relationship of a couple through their ups and downs. It's a bit hollywood/cheesy at times but I couldn't put it down. As I mentioned in my other reading list, I love a book which makes me cry ha.

I'm currently halfway through Kazuo Ishiguro's Remains of the Day and it's great so far. What books have you read lately? Any recommendations? And what are your thoughts on the Kindle?

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