2018 Ethical Clothing Challenge: the results are in

It feels like only yesterday Jen and I placed our big glass jar on the kitchen bench to mark the beginning of our 2018 Ethical Clothing Challenge. For those who have only recently joined us on our clothing journey, the Challenge was designed to prove whether an ethically-sourced wardrobe could be as affordable as a ‘fast-fashion’…

What’s in my bag? The minimalist edition

I think I have finally found it. The one. The bag to end all fruitless window shopping and mistaken purchases. The bag I will carry, with serenity and style, to the grave. Of course I have thought this before, and subsequently been mistaken, but I think this bag is a real keeper. Designed in Australia, then…

Necessary commodities

I have been moving houses, and living out of bags, for much of the past year. When you don’t own a car, haven’t downloaded the Uber app, and rely largely on public transport and good old-fashioned walking to get you from Point A to Point B, carrying your worldly possessions with you is suddenly much…

Winter Blues

I am not a huge fan of winter; the blustery-ness is awful, the limited hours of sunshine are depressing, my lips are constantly chapped and when it comes down to it, I just really, really don’t like being cold. I feel like a migratory bird, caught here by circumstance, ancient instincts telling me to go North, to return to brighter, warmer places….

Mend and make do

I recently realised that I mend a lot of my clothes. This knowledge is hardly new; I have always been a sewer, a fixer, a mender. I was just made particularly aware of the fact when I found myself five metres above ground, hanging on a silk (I do aerial acrobatics), with my nose about two…

Like Birkenstocks, but better…

I have practically lived in my beloved Birkenstocks for the past five years. They have delivered me safely up slippery sandstone steps in the Blue Mountains, across spinifex coated tundra in Kakadu, and paced kilometres of pavement in cities around the world. So when they finally died, I was mildly devastated, to say the least….

Favourite Books of January

I really, really, really love architecture. In fact up until a few years ago the plan was to marry an architect. Not only because I wanted a beautiful house, but because I love how architects’ minds work; in colours, shapes, spaces, dimensions and emotions. Given that I have no plans for matrimony anytime soon (re:…

Podcast update: worthwhile listening

I was talking about one of my favourite podcasts to a family friend the other day when I realised I no longer listen to any of the channels I previously recommended on my blog. Given the every-growing number of fantastic podcasts available, I feel it is time for an updated list; one which features some…

What’s in my bag? The genuine edition.

I have never liked the types of magazines you typically find in a doctor’s surgery. These days I tend to carry a book in my bag at all times anyway, but every now and then I still find myself caught out. In these instances, while Mum happily flicks through old issues of Donna Hay and…

And so begins the Ethical Clothing Challenge

Happy New Year everyone! Our clothing challenge officially begins today (see previous post for full details). Here is my wardrobe on the first day of the new year; dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, shoes, jumpers and jackets, as well as any miscellaneous pieces which don’t fit into one of the above categories; my kimono, winter/summer funeral…

Area Guide: Surrey Hills

As someone who is always vegetarian (and increasingly vegan) with an emphasis on whole and unprocessed foods, finding somewhere I am able and willing to eat can be problematic, especially when travelling to new places. While online research can be useful, and I certainly have a number of go-to websites to fall back on, I much prefer personal…

Favourite books of December

December is all about gift giving, so with this in mind I have selected three books to recommend this month which I believe are the perfect Christmas gift. The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland I made my way through this lovely, slim little book while I lay on a picnic…