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December 28, 2014

2014

2014 was a bit of an unusual year for me. I was doing a research project all year, so I had a lot of free time (hence all the blog posts). I've gotta say, it's been my best year in a while, so here's a bit of a recap.


Started off the year in rainy London, on one of the best trips ever.


I wasn't back from Europe for long before I headed off to China in February.


I turned 21, and got a new set of wheels for my birthday.


It was a Biennale year: MCA & Cockatoo Island / AGNSW and Artspace.


Vivid Sydney is now firmly in the yearly tradition category, if I miss a year in the future I'm going to be unreasonably sad about it.


As usual, I was OBSESSED with the World Cup when it came around. Next January, the Asian Cup is going to be in Australia and I've got tickets for the Australia vs. Oman group match in Sydney.


We pulled off a NZ road trip in the winter, and it was amazing. NZ's South Island has the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen.


I did have to do some work.


Also saw a bit more of my own state in the form of the Blue Mountains.


Finally saw Sculpture by the Sea again after a few years.


Before I knew it, summer rolled around again and it was time for the beach!

I hope everyone's having an amazing holiday season! Happy new year, and here's to 2015!

This is a scheduled post, I'm currently overseas. I'll be reading all your comments via email but won't be able to reply until I get back. If you have any burning questions, you can email me.

December 22, 2014

Sun's out, guns out

How long have I been planning that title for? A very long time.



ASOS top / watch c/o Daniel Wellington* / UNIQLO trousers / Bass loafers
*Use the code holidaydeluminators for 15% off on the DW site until the end of December / DW instagram / #danielwellington.

"What are you wearing?" asks YY as I walk towards her in this outfit. Slogan tees aren't really my thing, but I got this top for free at the ASOS stand at Fashion's Night Out last year, so I thought I might try to wear it (as most of my clothes had been haphazardly dumped in my suitcase). Why are the armholes so big? Why is the neck-hole (?) so small? I also think it's the first time I've worn these trousers which I bought in China, oops.

This is a scheduled post, I'm currently overseas. I'll be reading all your comments via email but won't be able to reply until I get back. If you have any burning questions, you can email me. Hope the holiday season is going well for everyone!

December 18, 2014

Test run

uniqlo drape pants
uniqlo drape pants
UNIQLO t-shirt and pants / Nike Free sneakers.

This what I'm planning on wearing in South America, so I took this outfit on a test run for errands in the city. At the time of writing I'm still not sure whether I'm going to pack my Docs or these Nike sneakers. The t-shirt is another UNIQLO men's one - it was only $7.90, one of their packaged "Dry" shirts (77% cotton, 23% polyester). I usually go for 100% cotton tops but I'm hoping for the better sweat wicking promised with this t-shirt. I notice that there's no equivalent product in their ladies range, because apparently ladies don't sweat. These kinds of loose pants I've recently started liking (shout out to Deb for being my pants twin). They are so comfortable and breezy for warmer weather, I feel like I am literally wearing my pyjamas in public. The only con with pants like these is that 100% rayon doesn't have much stretch. These have a drawstring, but I just tuck the ends away.

This is a scheduled post, I'm currently overseas. I'll be reading all your comments via email but won't be able to reply until I get back. If you have any burning questions, you can email me.

December 14, 2014

Travel first aid kit


I like to be prepared for everything and that's amplified x1000 when I'm overseas. This is what I pack as my first aid kit in my suitcase just in case, and I carry a mini version around with me during the day.

  • Band-aids, pain killers, travel sickness medication - pretty self explanatory.
  • Antihistamines - I get really bad allergies, not just in spring, so I try to take enough to last the whole trip.
  • Gastro-stop - I feel like it's always a risk of eating anything overseas, but I've never actually had to take these; fingers crossed my luck doesn't run out.
  • Sports tape - bit pointless but just in case I want to tape my dodgy knee for anything. I'm more likely to use this to fix other objects, it's really sticky.
And also other first aid-y sort of things, like hand sanitiser, sunscreen, insect repellant, and of course, your personal lady products if you need them. Do you guys do a first aid kit when you travel? Or do you wing it and buy things as you need them (which is probably more sensible...)?

This is a scheduled post, I'm currently overseas. I'll be reading all your comments via email but won't be able to reply until I get back. If you have any burning questions, you can email me.

December 10, 2014

Spring/summer







A roundup of photos from late spring/early summer before I left, involving flowering trees, eating pomelo while sick in bed, drinking lots of Starbucks Christmas drinks (the iced version of the peppermint mocha is so much better!), IKEA meatballs, braving the Christmas crowds while shopping and a crazy kitten at the pet store.

This is a scheduled post, I'm currently overseas. I'll be reading all your comments via email but won't be able to reply until I get back. If you have any burning questions, you can email me.

December 6, 2014

Packing...

I leave on Monday (!) and this trip has been crazy hard to pack for. I've become really good at packing for the dead of winter - temperatures below 10C, a bit rainy, maybe a bit snowy. But this time, we're going from Argentina, to Brazil, to Peru, and then to the US - summer to winter. My usual rule is to halve the amount of clothes I want to take but I've regressed and I'm packing quite heavily. This is an extremely optimistic and stylised view of the contents of my suitcase:


The main thing I've been agonising about is what shoes to pack. I'm being sentimental but I want to take my Dr Martens because I've always worn them overseas, but I'd expect they'd be too hot to wear in Argentina and Brazil at least. My other options are my Nike Frees, but they're not waterproof, and my Chelsea boots, which are good for city walking but not rough terrain (and wouldn't be good in the rain either). The struggle is real, I know...

I've been pretty busy running around doing last-minute things, including scheduling up a bunch of posts so you guys won't miss me too much... although I'm betting you guys will be too busy in December to be doing that much blog reading anyway! So this is the last you'll hear from me in real-time until I get back in January. Hope everyone has an amazing December!

December 4, 2014

Bounty ice pops



Coconut-cream ice cream on the inside, home-made chocolate ice magic (magic shell) on the outside! I thought these up when I was experimenting with making dairy-free ice cream with coconut cream (I've come to accept that I'm slightly lactose intolerant). These are vegan (I think). I used this recipe for the coconut ice cream (basically coconut cream and sugar, whipped) and this one for the coating (cocoa powder and coconut oil, but I think melted chocolate would taste better), which solidifies right away when it comes into contact with the ice cream. You would obviously need to like the taste of coconut to like these.

I've been having fun with this IKEA ice block mould I got the other day, it's been a bit too hot here to drink my usual after dinner coffee so I've converted it into dessert by just freezing some of it up!