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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In the last week it feels like autumn truly arrived in my part of Australia… even though winter is technically only a day away!
Suddenly everywhere I looked there were trees with vibrant crowns of red, yellow and orange leaves. I realised the sun was taking its time to rise in the morning and by late afternoon the day’s glow was quickly disappearing into the night sky.
I’ve waited so long for this change in season and now it’s here, I’m making the most of it before it disappears…
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It’s a little over six months until Adam and I get married and planning for the big day is slowly, but surely progressing.
We whizzed through a heap of wedding tasks before we moved from England back to Australia and then we sort of hit a bit of a standstill while we got our lives back in order after a year and a half abroad.
Over the last week or so though, it feels like we’ve got refocused…
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A little over 24 hours ago Adam, his mum, step-dad and my brother landed in sunny Queensland and made our selves comfortable at my parent’s house.
It’s been around seven months since all of us have been in the same room together and it’s the first time Adam and I have seen my folks since arriving back in Australia.
So far it’s been a whirlwind of cuddles and conversations as we celebrate a holiday, an engagement, and an impending wedding all in one.
Adam and I have travelled very light on this break, as we left quite a few things at my parent’s house before moving abroad. I can’t really recall what – so instead of throwing a few random things in my bag and hoping it’d match up with what was waiting for me in Queensland, I decided to use my recent 10 x 10 challenge to help me pack…
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Just before Easter I decided I was going to try and undertake an experiment with my wardrobe.
I learnt about the 10 x 10 challenge initially through Lee and Caroline’s blogs. Essentially it’s about taking 10 items from your wardrobe and wearing them, and only them, for 10 days. Lee created the challenge in 2015 during a month long shopping fast, as a way to garner a new appreciation for what you already own.
I’ve followed numerous challenges (held quarterly) online and always been super impressed at what you can do with just 10 items of clothing, and finally plucked up the courage to give it a go myself…
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