Adam and I are off on a little holiday to Brisbane, Queensland in a few days time and we both can’t wait. It’s only for a few days, but we’re very much looking forward to some downtime by a pool and catching up with friends and family – some of whom we haven’t seen since we set off for England in 2016.
As with all my mini-breaks, I’ll be keeping my luggage to a minimum…
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It’s been an obscenely hot few weeks here in Wagga Wagga. I’m talking record breaking temperatures, day after day after day after day. It might be tolerable if you’re staying in some five star resort, full of palm tree surrounded pools and can laze around in a pair of swimmers all day. But, when you’ve got to carry on with normal working life, knowing how to dress everyday can be tough.
If I had to pick a ‘uniform’, it’d be jeans and a top – lightweight in summer, heavier in the winter. It’s what I feel most comfortable in, but jeans aren’t the most practical option during Australia’s long summers. A few weeks back, faced with the prospect of a work day outside in the heat, I took a punt on a new item of clothing. It’s been my saviour this January…
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Adam and I fly out this weekend for our wedding in England. We’ll be away for four weeks and while we’re both excited about our big day, we’re also thrilled to be heading back to Worcestershire to see friends and family and just spend time in our ‘English home’.
I like to take my time when I’m packing for a lengthy holiday: writing out an initial packing list, then mulling over it and refining it, so I’ve made sure I’ve got everything I need. Like previous trips, I always try and put together a mini capsule wardrobe – a small collection of good quality basics that I can mix and match easily…
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It’s just over a week until Adam and I travel to the U.K. for our wedding. We’re both working virtually right up until our departure date, so lists are starting to be written up, to make it easier for when we begin to pack.
I’ll be taking all my wedding related items (dress, shoes etc.) in my carry-on luggage as I definitely don’t want to risk being separated from them! This will be the first international flight I take with such precious cargo, but normally I have a fairly set packing regime for my carry-on when it comes to long-haul flights…
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I’ve been fortunate enough to travel quite a lot in my life. Exploring new places both locally and further afield is something I’ve loved doing ever since I was a child and it’s a passion both Adam and I share and plan to continue to pursue through our lives.
The reality of travel though, particularly when you live in Australia, is that you’ll often be sat in an airplane seat for hours, sometimes even days to get to your destination. When you’ve got a 22+ hour commute on your hands, it’s vital you’re dressed appropriately. After quite a few long-haul flights (and another in two and a half weeks), I thought I would share my go to combination for lengthy plane trips…
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In the months leading up to my move to England, I spent hours and hours reading and researching about what sorts of things I should pack. A lot of Australia doesn’t experience four proper seasons a year, so the concept of having both a summer and winter wardrobe is a little foreign. I was due to arrive in mid-autumn, and while I had some years of living in an area with a distinct winter and summer, I still was nervous about how I would cope with the U.K.’s much talked about ever-changing weather.
Two years on and back on Australian soil, I’m a lot more aware of what English weather is really like. It’s less than four weeks until Adam and I fly back to England for our wedding and going into this trip, I’m much more confident about what I’ll need on hand…
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Last month I took the plunge and ordered a few things from Everlane. The one item I was probably most excited about was receiving a pair of ‘day heels’– one of Everlane’s most popular and highly lauded products.
The shoe’s ‘I’m a high heel, but not really’ look appealed to me and now the weather’s warmed I’ve been able to give them a proper test.
So last week, I wore my day heels for five days straight…
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A couple of years ago I became aware of the American brand, Everlane. It prides itself on being an ‘ethical retailer’, by sourcing its clothes from factories that environmentally sound with good pay and conditions for workers. Everlane also says it abolishes the traditional retail mark-up, so you’re able to get a better understanding of the true value of your garment. It’s a refreshing ethos and the brand’s simple designs in classic colours are super appealing in this age of fast fashion in saturated palettes.
After months of stalking Everlane’s website I signed up for an account earlier this year and my first order arrived a few of weeks ago…
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When Adam and I moved back to Australia one of our first purchases was a new sofa. It’s one of those pieces of furniture you end up using so very much, so we wanted it to a) be super comfortable and b) reflect the style and vision we had for our home together.
After a day or so trawling furniture stores across the Canberra, the one we both decided we liked the best ended up being from that famous Swedish superstore ;).
We got it back to Wagga Wagga, assembled it and threw on the cushions from our existing sofa. While they didn’t look bad, the cushions were years old and had started to enter that ‘pancake’ stage. I vowed I was going to replace them and this past weekend I finally got around to giving the lounge that little bit of love it deserves…
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It’s just under 150 days until Adam and I get married. It’s both a lifetime and an instant away. We’ve had a very relaxed approach to the whole process so far, and getting a large part of the planning done in England, before we moved back to Australia, has been a big help.
There’s still dozens of things to do, and we know that week before the big day, when we’re back in the U.K., it’ll be a mad rush, but for now we’re trying to keep calm and collected and enjoy the special little moments that are happening along the way.
I’m exceptionally lucky and grateful that my dress is being made by a distant relative of Adam’s, who lives here in Wagga Wagga with us.
Over the last few weeks, Rose and I have been regularly meeting up, and now my wedding dress is starting to come to life…
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