I'm now on uni holidays (yay!) which means I have more free time and also more time to blog! I know I've been pretty terrible with blogging these past few months, but I've literally been so busy with uni that I haven't had time or energy to think about or write new posts! I'll be even busier next semester, as it's my final semester (graduation!!!!) and I have two internships as well - which is really exciting. I'm so excited to start them. One is in a marketing company and the other is with a music festival. Anyway, I'm currently at home (where I grew up) for a week, so I thought I'd post what's been happening - it's really not much but at least it's something!

It's supposed to be the middle of winter right now (if you don't know, winter in Australia is from June - August), but yesterday it was a warm 26ºC. I was annoyed. I want to wear beanies and scarves and stockings and boots, but yesterday I wore jeans and it was too warm. Sigh. But I took this nice photo of the sky so that's good. 

I got to catch up with my girlfriends from high school, we went to a Mexican restaurant and had a lot of strawberry daiquiris. Delish. The majority of my friends have moved away (like myself) but I still have two friends who live here, and one who visits like I do, so it's always nice to see them and catch up when I have the chance. 

Dukey! This is my puppy Duke. Well, he's not really a puppy, he's about 14 years old but he still looks and acts like a puppy. He's so cute, he has the most wonderful personality. My other dog Sally unfortunately had to be put down due to old age (she was 19) three months ago, and I think Duke is depressed or has separation anxiety or something because when we take him for a walk or give him a pat and then leave, he cries for two hours. It just breaks my heart! I bought a teddy bear yesterday and put one of Sally's winter coats on it and put it on her bed for some company for Duke and so it smells like her, hopefully it will work but if you have any suggestions for depressed/lonely dogs please let me know! x

Isn't it funny how your tastes can change? If you asked me two years ago if I ever thought I would be into 'alternative' music, I definitely would have said no. But here I am, obsessed. There are three albums that I've had on repeat for the past few weeks.

Bastille is definitely number one. I wrote a blog post last week about how I saw them live and they were fantastic. At the moment my favourite songs are Poet, Laughter Lines and Sleepsong, as I've only just discovered they existed after iTunes didn't download the second disk of the album. It was a travesty, but it's sorted now.

This one is pretty obvious, I mean, who doesn't love Ed Sheeran? I'm listening to 'I'm a mess' right now, it's so amazing. I was typing out which ones I love the most and it's literally the whole album... I can't pick a favourite song yet. They're all so good. 

I know I'm a bit late on the 1975 bandwagon. I'd heard about them from so many people but just didn't give them a listen until I was in the car with a friend and they were playing 'Settle Down'. I was instantly hooked, I loved it straight away so I went home and downloaded the whole album on iTunes. My favourites are Settle Down, Chocolate, Sex and Girls.

What bands/musicians are you loving at the moment? Give me some suggestions! x

It's finally starting to get cold here in Australia, and I love it! I live in one of the warmer states of Queensland, so even in the middle of winter it doesn't get cold enough to snow or anything like that. But because we have such hot weather in summer, when it starts getting down to 20ºC we all start bringing out the blankets, scarves and boots.
One of my favourite winter warmer recipes is Minestrone Soup. It's such a great way to get your daily vegetable intake, plus it's got pasta and cheese and it's just delicious - what more could you want? Please bare with me as the photos aren't fantastic, but I think they're good enough!

Firstly, you need to get all the ingredients ready.

As you all know, I am a plus-size gal (I'm working on it - my new years resolutions have been getting harder and harder to... resolve). Anyway, I was browsing the City Chic website out of boredom when I came across this lovely coat.

I mean, how nice does it look? It comes in black too, but I really liked the pink because it was different and you don't see a lot of pink coats! Anyway, so today after a nightmare of a day trying to finish and submit the hardest marketing assignment of my life, I drove all the way out to City Chic to have a look at this coat. Okay I am exaggerating a bit, it's (sort of) on the other side of town, and with today's Easter long weekend traffic, it took at least 20 minutes to get there. Anyway, when I got there and tried it on I discovered that it was... furry. Yes, furry. It doesn't look furry in the pictures at all, so you can understand how disappointed I was. It just looked cheap, and seeing as it's polyester and furry, I think it would pill quite easily and it wouldn't last very long. Not the mention the hefty price tag - it was $199.95. That is just absolutely ridiculous for a cheap fabric, polyester coat! I was outrage, honestly. Especially because here in Australia it's really really difficult to find nice clothes in my size (I'm an 18, so not even that big. If I lose 5kg I'll even be out of the ASOS Curve category). And with my DD boobs it's even harder to find something to fit. So for (basically) the only plus-size store in Australia, it's pretty damn disgraceful that it's so expensive but is the quality of Supre. So very disappointing. I think I'll stick to ASOS.. 

Actually, I've bought a few items off ASOS that I love at the moment, so if any of you are interested in a 'latest purchases' post, let me know! I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend, I'm off to the beach to soak up some sun, sand, swimming and chocolate! What are you all doing for your Easter weekend? 
Going through puberty I was extremely lucky to have good skin - with the exception of a very rare blemish every now and then. Up until the middle of February this year I have been blessed with very good skin (may as well be honest). I've always had a very nice complexion and get compliments from every beauty therapist and makeup artist I see. However, since the middle of Feb this year my skin has been getting worse and worse. It started of with a pimple every now and then, and whilst it's still not very bad, it's a lot worse than I am used to. It seems that my chin is the target! I have two pimples right now and it's very frustrating because when they go away they just come right back.
The last time my parents came to visit me, mum bought a juicer that they can use when they go to the beach house (they go every few months). Mum and Dad like to drink carrot juice every morning (blegh) and seeing as they fly heree before they drive to the beach, they leave me with the juicer when they go home. And I'm surely not complaining.

When I first got it I was just juicing pineapples - yuuuum. It was delicious, and sometimes I'd freeze the juice in ice cube trays and then pop them in the blender once frozen to create a delicious pineapple frappe. Seriously, it was amazing. It's finally starting to get cooler here in Australia though and pineapples are on the way out, plus I was in the mood for something a little less tropical. I ended up rummaging through my fridge and just chucked a random assortment of fruits and veggies into the juicer, and it turned out AMAZING! I couldn't believe it, I have made it three more times since then and it really is so delicious. I'll put the recipe below for you guys! If I know I've got an early morning for uni the next day I'll put some in my to-go cup and drink it on the way to class. It also lasts once juiced in the fridge for a day or two (just stir it before you drink it) and it still tastes amazing. I'm in love!

In my to-go cup. It doesn't look great, but it tastes amazing!


2 oranges (peeled)
1 lemon peeled or half a lemon unpeeled (whatever tickles your fancy)
2 apples (I used granny smith)
2 medium stalks celery
Half medium cucumber
2 carrots
Handful of spinach (if you want - I like it because it takes away some of the sweetness of the lemon rind)
I haven't posted in.. I don't even know how long. I don't even have an excuse for not posting. I guess I haven't had all that much to post about really. I've just been hanging out with friends and going to uni, so it hasn't really been all that interesting. But I've finally wanted to post about something! 

Every single time I get sick of uni (which is currently) I get an overwhelming urge to travel. So I ended up watching a ton of Essie Button's vlogs - hers are my favourite for some reason. She's just so personable and her vlogs are always really interesting! Anyway, I was watching one where she went to Denmark and I realised that I love Scandinavian interior design. Kind of random, but whatever!

Denmark and Ireland are my top two places that I really really really want to go. I've got a bit of heritage from both places, as my grandmother was born on a boat on the way from Denmark to Australia, and my granddad's father came over from Ireland when he was young. Both places are also incredibly beautiful (from what I can tell from photos - cry) and I am absolutely desperate to get there. Once I'm finished uni I'm definitely travelling.

Aaaanyway, I decided to browse pinterest and find a few photos that I really like. Oddly enough I'm not a huge fan of Ikea but oh well. 

I also love the round table because it looks like the sides fold down to make it a rectangular table. Genius.

Love everything.

Okay this even brings in my love for grey couches (I really really love them) and I love the use of the two different tables! How do people think of these things I mean really.

All of these photos were found on pinterest (of course). If any of you want to follow me on pinterest or twitter leave a comment below!

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