As per usual I’ve left everything until the last minute before Christmas. To be fair, I only finished my photography course yesterday and have been super busy! If anyone out there is like me and you need some ideas here are some beautiful items that make for perfect gifts…

1. Fuji Instamax available at Urban Outfitters
2. Witchery Visor (in store)
3. How to be Parisian – Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas
4. Maison Balzac La Creme De La Creme hand and body cream
5. Lumira No 352 Candle
6. Lumira Paradisium hand cream
7. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Longwear Eyeshadow (in store)
8. Initial Bar Necklace
9. An Organised Life Limited Edition Travel Journal

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Romance Was Born Reflected Glory MBFWA 2014 by Rachel YabsleyClaire Knight It's Fingertips DJ by Rachel Yabsley

Images by me.
1. Romance Was Born exhibition at MBFWA 2014; 2. DJ Fingertips


I can’t believe it’s been two years… And may I just say that it’s definitely been quite a ride. After two years, on a personal level I finally feel like I’ve arrived. I may not have posted on this blog as much this year compared with last year, but boy oh boy am I proud of how far I have come this year. Whilst completing the photography course I have been doing, I have simultaneously been going through a rigorous journey of self discovery (read: existential crisis). My apologies for being so flighty, only posting sporadically this year!!

But it will all be for the better, because the things I have been working on lately for school are so very exciting. I’m loving shooting again, and I actually have some faith that I might not suck at it… I have always been my own worst critic, and a defeated perfectionist – a lot of the time I am so beaten down by the fact that I don’t feel that I will be able to achieve perfection that I give up before I even start something. But I have definitely come leaps and bounds towards overcoming that silliness only in the last few weeks!!

Part of the reason I have been able to develop some confidence in my work is due to the amazing, brilliant, talented, kind, heartwarming, supportive people I have had the good fortune of meeting this year. Without having those people to challenge me and then pick me up when those challenges were perhaps piled slightly too high and I fell hard from very great heights, I would not be where I am now: more skilled, more passionate, more self-assured, and more determined than ever before. And for all those who read this silly little page where I inexplicably pour my heart out, you are the reason people like me are able to do what we love. Because you believe even when I do not. Thank you all for the splendour that is you, and for allowing me to see my own reflected glory (hehe) through your smiles!!!

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Video by me.

I made a little video recently featuring General Pants Swim. I must say, the video took me so many hours to edit, but I seriously loved it! It’s the third time I’ve put a video together and each time it gets even more exciting… Hopefully I’ll be able to keep doing more!

1. Aloha singlet (coming soon), Neon Hart Isabel shorts
2. Neon Hart singlet (coming soon)
3. B.BAM Bambina singlet, Evil Twin bikini
4. B.BAM Flocked Frenchie Tee,  Insight Mar-Tini bikini
5. Insight Candy Punch bikini

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 See below for product details… 

I don’t know about you guys, but as the weather heats up I definitely need to up my skincare routine – especially right now after that Halloween weekend!! That face paint can do disgusting things to your pores – not to mention the poison we all consumed… Let’s not talk about that.

Over the years I have had so many skin problems, and have tried many many things in an attempt to fix them up – including taking 4 tablets a day for 6 months at the age of 14 in an attempt to rid my face of horrific acne. It did not work. Nowadays I feel like I finally have things sorted. Of course, everyone has different skin and what works for me may not work for you*, but here is a list of my absolute favourite tried and true skincare products…

Aesop, Aesop, Aesop!!! Best ever. Really. This Parsley Seed range is excellent for me because I have a lot of trouble with tiny whiteheads and clogged enlarged pores (ew, yes. Just being completely honest!). The cleanser is one that you leave on for a few minutes while it mildly exfoliates, which clears out those problematic whiteheads on a daily basis. It also keeps your skin glowing without the use of a harsh exfoliator (never use exfoliators with big granules!!!!! It will only aggravate your skin and if dirt gets into any of those little abrasions be prepared for pimple city). I will admit that I’m pretty inconsistent when it comes to toning… I’m not 100% sold that it makes a huge difference. But on days when it’s been super hot and my skin feels gross it definitely helps to feel refreshed at the very least. Each to their own on this one. Also, once a fortnight I try to make sure to do a face mask. Again, I like the Parsley Seed one from Aesop. But if anyone has any reviews to give me on the SKII ones I’d love to hear!!

I can’t stress enough how important it is to remove makeup at the end of the day! I sometimes get lazy with this and every time I do, I have to deal with the consequences: gross skin and dirty pillows (the literal kind, not the breast kind). My favourite is The Body Shop Camomile remover. It feels INSANELY good – it works, it’s gentle, and it contains oils that leave your skin feeling super soft. Mmmmmm nice.

I guess this step isn’t crucial, but I feel like it’s made a huge difference to my skin. … Anyone else use a serum before their moisturiser? I admit, 18 months ago I had no idea what serums were for, and I’m still not entirely clear with them on the whole. But after Jurlique launched their Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum** last year I started using it and by golly – it was like I had a new face. It smells delish and it’s definitely helping my skin maintain it’s youth (at 25, some of you long-term followers may remember, I had a serious breakdown about ageing and my skin and metabolism DEFINITELY went through a change). The other thing pictured above is a misting spray. Not essential, but I guarantee if you keep some of this in the fridge and spray yourself when you come home from the beach, you will thank me. This Jurlique one is great because it combats redness in the skin, but anything with rose water is good too.

Okay, moisturisers are  a VERY subjective part of skincare. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to texture, and of course everyone reacts differently to various weather (my skin CANNOT take anything heavy on a super hot day – I’d rather go without a moisturiser!). BUT, in saying that, these are my favourites… First of all, Embryolisse – a little French secret that Hannah-Rose introduced me to last year. It’s the Just Right of moisturisers: Not Too Heavy, Not Too Light. And apparently all the French women use it – so that adds a lot of extra appeal, no? Next, I like to use oils as night creams: Bio-Oil or Rose Hip Oil (both of which are available at most chemists). I change it up depending on my mood. The Rose Hip is surprisingly light and smells amazing, while the Bio-Oil helps my skin recover and reduces any scarring (my skin tone became very uneven when I was younger due to acne scarring).

Last but certainly not least: sun protection. For years I went without sun protection because I don’t burn easily… This is a big mistake. Last year I had two moles cut out of my arm because they had become abnormal. Now I use 50+ sunscreen when I’m out in the sun all day!!! I love the Le Tan Coconut 50+ sunscreen (not pictured because my current bottle is so worn out and full of sand it’s super ugly. It’s almost time for a new one). It goes on nicely, smells amazing, and absolutely protects your skin. For my face, I like Mecca’s Hydrating Facial Sunscreen. Now, I will use this instead of Embryolisse when I know I’ll be out in the sun, because it is also a moisturiser. It’s very light, and it’s 30+ – the lowest SPF I would ever recommend. SPF15 ain’t gonna do you any favours. Go high or go home. There’s also a Malin + Goetz lip balm there, which doesn’t actually contain any sun protection, but it feels damn good on your lips so I put it in anyway. There are lots of other balms out there that have an SPF factor and also feel really good, such as any of the Blistex products, which I have been obsessed with since I first tried it when I was eleven – an oldy but a goody.

So! Hopefully one or more of those products ends up being amazing for at least one person out there other than myself, haha!

I also just want to note now that I’ve spelled all of that out, that this post comes completely from me and is actually what I use day to day. For some reason I’ve copped a bit of blogger negativity recently and I want to assure everyone that none of these recommendations come out of any endorsements or requests from brands – it’s just stuff I really really love. Product endorsement and collaborations with bloggers is another entirely humongous post though, so that’s all I will say about it for now!!

*If you have combination, sensitive skin like me though, I recommend you give some of these a go! If they ruin your skin I promise you can yell at me. Once.
**This product is particularly pricey, but the large bottle lasted me a WHOLE YEAR, using it every single day – so it’s worth the investment.

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HalloweenGIF by Bernhard Willhelm

It’s Halloweeeeeeeeeen tomorrow!! Normally one of my favourite days of the year, I’m unfortunately super unprepared for this year’s shenanigans. I have no costume and very few ideas. Yesterday I was suddenly overcome with the desire to be a Pterodactyl for the spooky day – but… Too hard basket. I’m having a bit of a dilemma. Which is a dilemma in itself because I have no time for dilemmas (which is what led to the dilemma in the first place). I hope everyone else out there is far more organised than I am! Here’s to drawing whiskers on my face with eyeliner and going as a cat…. BORING. At least I know there’s one thing I’ve always got covered: a huge sugar fix! (Though this year it’s all normal Aussie lollies… A great lack of American Candy this year sadly. I want candy corn so badly.)


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This week is Mental Health Week (official start was Sunday… But we have just had a long weekend here in Sydney and I was chilling out, taking care of my own mind!). I’m not going to harp on about the importance of heightening awareness surrounding mental illness, as I’ve said it all before. It’s definitely a mission of mine to extinguish the stigma that seems to go hand in hand with any kind of mental disorder – education is so crucial.

BUT, you can show your support by choosing to donate to mental health organisations: ABC TV has a great link to donate directly to Mental Health Research Australia. They’re also covering all sorts of topics surrounding mental health all week across their channels; there is some really interesting stuff! Various other charities are out there that you can donate to, including Lifeline, Beyond Blue, and Headspace.

Take care of yourselves, and each other, and think happy thoughts!



Caela, Bondi Beach.

Definitely time for singlets and shorts…. 33 degrees today…. Oh dear!

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THAT SKIRT…. So much love. Need $400 STAT. There were so many things I loved about this show… I especially want all my doorways to be made out of those structures on the runway now.

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Another in the line up of ladylike midi-skirts for this week (honestly.. I didn’t intend to feature so many at once!), worn by the exquisite Natalie Cantell.

Tee: Bec & Bridge
Skirt: Alex Perry
Shoes: Zara (similar here)
Bag: Prada

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Ran into Erin in Bondi Junction the other day, looking relaxed but super cool at the same time. She’s also not wearing a scrap of makeup! What a beauty… Good thing she’s a model :)


Tee: Adidas

Jeans (similar): One Teaspoon

Sneakers: Wittner

Backpack: ASOS


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