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2016 starts!

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Happy New Year!

I started the new year at Bondi Beach. It was packed, not too hot and not too cold and I was in the company of a friend who I had met last year on my travels! It’s such a surreal feeling when you meet someone in one country and then a few months or years later you meet again in another country.

I keep saying that there are “good vibes” for this year or maybe I’m just starting off the year with two handfuls of optimism. I’ll stick with the former. Up until now, I would say that I have lived each year differently each with varying degrees of “different”. Some have been similar and I’m finding that as I become older (and hopefully wiser), the need for change and growth becomes bigger. This year, I’ve decided that I should focus more on experiencing. I agree, it’s alittle weird to have a theme for the year, that’s what they do for the fireworks but this year will be my first out of university so there is nothing really holding me back!

I’ve made a list of resolutions which include:

  • try a South American dance class.
  • read more books.
  • try a bread baking class.
  • continue learning french.
  • to return to Europe.

One quote I came across during the past few months was ” You do you”. I can’t remember for the life of me, where I heard it from. I have a feeling it’s from youtube. So this year, I want to make a bigger commitment to myself and what I want out of this year. To live by what I stand for and the roll around in that. To spend my free time doing what I want and with who I want.

What are some of your resolutions? Are you also making a commitment to “you do you”? Let me know!

-S.

Blogmas Day 7 ! 🎄

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Hey guy!

Just thought I would do a bedroom Christmas decoration post. I feel like we’re the odd ones out having a summer Christmas when everyone else is having a winter Christmas. Watching Christmas movies always makes me so jealous, as a winter fiend, I want a cold Christmas! My love for all things winter have trickled down to what decorations I have around my bedroom.

 

On my bedside table, this is my current set up. I have the reindeer which I got in Finland (during Winter) which I normally don’t put there but decided it would be a nice Christmas addition.

Next to it is a wooden star- which I bought when I was in Lausanne about 2 years ago. It wasn’t Christmas yet but I would be spending that Christmas alone so thought I would treat myself to a Christmas decoration on the road. This star is on my bedside table all year around as I just love it.

The last item which is always there is the Monet Glasshouse Candle. This has a tuberose scent and it’s so cute! Even with the lid closed, I get whiffs of it sometimes and I find that it’s very fresh and a nice smell to wake up to.

The pink-ish cloth drapped over my table is something I bought from India. I love the print and wasn’t really sure what to use it for when I got it (perhaps pillow covers or a blanket cover after some DIY) but have decided that for now, it can stay there.

What Christmas decorations have you got up in your bedrooms? I’d love to see!

-S.

Blogmas Day 5! 🎄

December is a busy month with all those Christmas parties to attend so I thought I would do this blog early on. Today we are talking about decluttering.

I’m very much into the out with the old and in with the new at this time of the year. What better way to start a new year more refreshed and bright-eyed to start a new year than to get cleaning.

THE book that has been getting plenty of mentions this year is Marie Kondo’s ” The Life Changing Magic of Tidying”. In this book, Marie talks about only keeping things that ‘bring you joy’. This includes books, clothes and furniture. The secret to this tidying up method is to hold the object in your hands. Since reading this book months ago, I have been slowly chipping away in my wardrobe which is the main area where I tend to hoard and keep pieces of clothing despite not wearing them for years “just incase”. It also reminded me to try and live clutter-free, which is something I have my sights on. I have also been going through my shelves and have thrown out (recycled) some old school reports (that was time from another universe!), am planning on donating some old books that don’t bring me joy and never really have and getting rid of paper.

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If this sounds like you, MAYBE this is the time to set aside 1 day or 1/2 a day and to go through your things and either donate, sell, recycle or throw out some of things that don’t bring you joy.

Check out my tag ‘consumerism’ if you would to read abit more about this topic from my blog.

Happy cleaning!

-S.

Blogmas Day 3! 🎄

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Hey guys!

In my last post I blogged about making an Apple and Raspberry salad (perfect Christmas colours!) so here is the link to the actual recipe online.

Today I am going to share with you my gingerbread men recipe. So i saw this in a magazine and ripped it out and have since made it quite a couple of times. I have changed it alittle and will be giving you the changed one today.

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup (75g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (175g) golden syrup
  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger (I will be trying 3 teaspoons next time)
  • 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
For the icing (i’m after a new recipe so if you have one, please let me know):
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup (160g) pure icing sugar
  • food colouring/cachous as you wish.
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. I like to use baking paper but if don’t want to, grease your baking tray here.
  2. Heat butter, sugar, golden syrup in the microwave until butter has melted (30-40seconds). Then let the mixture cool.
  3. Sift flour, spices, bicarb soda in a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Divide the dough in half and knead one half on the benchtop making sure the surface is floured. Using a rolling pin, roll ou the dough to about 5mm. Use gingerbread man cookie cutter and then place the cut shape onto baking tray.
  5. Bake the gingerbread men for 10 mins or until golden brown.
  6. Icing: beat the egg white with an electric mixer until frothy and gradually add sifted icing sugar. Beat between addition until stiff peaks form. Then add food colouring if you want.
  7. Decorate!

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Happy baking!

-S.

Blogmas! Day 1 🎄

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Hey guys! I thought that if youtube can have vlogmas, why can’t we have blogmas?! Soooo i’ve decided that I’ll have a go at blogmas and post every second day on assorted topics. So let’s see how we go! Also, if you’re hoping for pictures of snow and Christmas jumpers….this will be the wrong blog!

Today was the first official day of summer for us Australians. Come back to check out what we get up to at Christmas in the southern hemisphere in summer!

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To get the ball of the ground, today’s lunch included this new recipe that I have tried recently. Rocket/spinach leaves, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, goats cheese, raspberries (frozen or fresh) and for the dressing:

– About 50g of raspberries mashed
– 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of mustard (can omit)
– 2 teaspoons of honey (you may need to add more if the dressing is too sour)
– salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle abit of olive oil and voila! I will link the recipe in my next blog post.

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And who else loves these?! I remember eating them when I was younger and still love them now.

See you in the next blog!

– S.

The Ethical Fashion Journey

I blog a lot about ethical fashion and sustainable fashion but how much do I actually know about this topic?

I’d say maybe 20% if that? Ignorance is bliss until you decide that you want to know more. I’m not an avid fashion trend follower nor a 2nd hand shopper. I just bought when I either needed something or absolutely must have that deer cardigan. As time has gone on, I have grown out of a few items or they’ve been worn to death that they were either see-through or could’ve been used as rags. I find shopping arduous. I never seem to find the perfect fit or things that I like that I want so it was only up to very recently, maybe past 2 years, that I’ve sat down and thought about clothing.

We all start at this point of something triggering yourself to do something. So I started paying attention to articles, brands and youtube videos that explored this whole topic of which I knew nothing about. Ethical/sustainable fashion is not mainstream. Let’s face it, if I asked you for names of 5 companies that produce sustainable ethical clothing could you tell me? I can’t even tell myself. So I’d like to share some brands that I’ve come across on my journey into ethical fashion .

So far, I have got People Tree founded by Safia Minney. Made Jewellery . Australian brand Gorman. Australian adventure store Patagonia. Clog shoes brand Swedish Hasbeens.

Which brands do you know? Let me know because I’d love to discover more.

-S.

Review: True Cost Documentary

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A few nights ago, I went to the local premiere screening of the True Cost documentary. This documentary takes us on a journey back to the roots of how our fast fashion clothing is made and the conditions that they’re made under. It highlights the disparity between the amount we pay for the clothing and the true cost of what it takes to make the garment. Much of which is not priced. The documentary asks questions such as what price do we put on polluting the environment, what price do we put on workers who go into work everyday in unsafe working conditions and what price do we put on our personal involvement in all this? A $10 t-shirt does not put a price on any of this. Neither could a $100 t-shirt. This is why this documentary is so powerful, it addresses a hole in our consuming society.

Producer Andrew Morgan also shows the other side, the arguments for sweatshops and how developing countries and people working in these sweatshops need these jobs. And they do. I think it’s a well rounded film that doesn’t just say you should stop buying this and buy that because X is bad. It takes you through why X is bad and what effect it’s having. From the cotton farmers, the role of big seed and fertiliser corporations, the factory workers and their families/communities, their bosses, their Government, major designers and brands, celebrities, popular culture, store customers and finally fashion waste disposal are all featured in this documentary and are all nicely linked. It’s a huge industry and one that is currently having an enormous impact on your lives as you read this, my life as I write this and the lives of everyone mentioned above. It’s an industry that needs to be changed and it needs to change now.

If you get the chance to see this, I would encourage you to as it’s highly informative and there are many points that this documentary brings up that we should be thinking about, as an individual, a society, a country and as part of a global community.

-S.

The Daily Blog: Day 7 of 7

It’s the last day of the daily blogs! And here I am sitting in my room in partial darkness because I can’t be bothered to go and turn the ceiling light on. I don’t even have a picture I can pair with this blog because I have been busy all day and have just gone from being inside to being inside again. Boring! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog entries of the past week- it gave me the chance to offload some thoughts and got me actively aware of my environment so that I could snap some photos.

I’m hoping to sleep a lot of hours tonight because there’s a busy social weekend coming up. And plus, I need some rest because I haven’t been sleeping very well lately (hello stress). I guess today, the only thing that I really liked was chatting with people because everyone always (generally) has some new information to offer or new speculation (my favourite). I really appreciate engaged conversations about things like events, an experience (where you’re not bragging about something but where you learnt about something), news and all the new things in town that might be of interest. I find them engaging because you’re learning about something or someone and expanding your own horizons even though it’s a casual and social chat. I’m all for expanding horizons, squashing stereotypes, changing the way you think about something and speculation. Yes, I judge you based on what you choose to talk about.

Hope you all have a great Eurovision weekend!

-S.

The Daily Blog: Day 6 of 7

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I’ve just walked one of two routes to my university building and actually took note of the jasmine bush growing out the front of one of the houses that I past. I love the smell of jasmine. The Wednesday morning struggle is happening this morning so I was pleasantly surprised that I even noticed the jasmine bush.

This morning on the train I was reading an article about how travel can change your personality, which then activated my travel bug even more. Can you tell through this week’s daily blogs that routine bothers me half the time? I’m seeking change and adventure and think that my current city no longer offers me this (and let’s face it, hasn’t for a while). Or maybe it’s a restless Sophie who is still trying to figure this life thing out. I meet more people in the few weeks that I travel than I do in a 6 month period at “home”.

I’m continuing this now much later in the day. I am exhausted! Hoping for an early night tonight.

-S.

The Daily Blog: Day 5 of 7

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When I woke up this morning, there was fog. I love it when it’s foggy and wish it stuck around longer. I love crisp mornings and cold air in my lungs. I love it when Mother Nature wraps herself around us in every possible space. I’m on the train to uni right now and the fog has almost completely lifted.

I am writing this now at night. I was at an event tonight and they had real flowers that smelt like flowers! Have you realised how many flowers out there these days that don’t smell like anything?

Hope you’ve all had a lovely day.

– S.