the week that has been

Hi.

I had the best week. I hope yours was also super. I decided to share it all in one post because I can never keep up with everything. How crazy.

The best part of the week was that Zoe Foster and I have become BFFL. (it’s not really true, but I wish it was). I posted about her and emailed her and did a watercolour illustration for her of her new book “The Wrong Girl” (which I actually also read this week and thought was a very good, relevant, fun, friendly and a very present day book) (Also at this point you’re probably thinking I am a crazy stalker girl and poor Zoe, but I’m not. I just like her. And think she’s nice. And that’s all.) and guess what she posted my illustration on her Instagram and made my whole life. Haha. It was actually so nice of her to do.

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This screenshot is to prove that what I said is actually all for real. And so you can see my illustration.

At uni, I learnt how to make lace using illustrator.

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At uni, we also were lucky enough to have a lecture by Simone Cipriani and Karen Walker.

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I went to Gelato Messina with my friend Kate. This time I had the Salted Caramel with White Chocolate. Yum. It seems a visit to Messina is a weekly ritual now. Awesome.

On Thursday night I fell asleep at 5:30pm and didn’t wake up until 9:30am on Friday.

Friday I went to Zumbo and had the Dr Dot cake with my friend Maxine. We shared it. It was perfect. That was all before we went to the RiverIsland x The Iconic Fashion Show at Prahran Town Hall. Which was actually so fun. The funnest fashion show. It starred Ajak Deng. There was a massive, perfectly round pink balloon. Live singing by Kiyomi Vella. And a sparkling confetti shower at the end.

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I got super excited when I realised APC had opened at QV and decided to not ever eat again so that I could have “APC Money”, aka money to shop at APC.

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And then last night I went to the National Graduates Showcase as part of VAMFF (virginaustraliamelbournefashionfestival) and was in awe, was inspired by the talent. Being in my second year of fashion design and watching those incredible pieces being walked down the runway was a very valuable experience as it’s pretty much the benchmark and I was basically thinking that is how good I need to be.

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Super cool right, i know.

I have been paying more attention to my beauty routine and have been noticing positive changes. With both my hair and face. Thanks to Zoe’s tips. I have used the L’oreal mousse which I sketched a few posts ago, and the dry shampoo and now i always have nice clean pretty hair. And somehow it’s actually healthier and shinier and softer than usual/ever. Maybe because I haven’t had to dry the crap out of it and also not having to constantly straighten it, maybe.

And my face, it’s also softer, my pores are not as visible and my makeup goes on better and my skin isn’t as dry or flaky as usual. So do yourself a favour and go on Zoe’s blog and read it, all of it because basically she has done all the hard work of finding and trying things out for you. It’s easy and also the products she recommends aren’t as expensive as the products that I thought I would need to use to have nice skin. I hope that makes sense.

I bought rosehip oil today to try and use as a serum and anti-eye-wrinkle. I bought it from David Jones, and the lovely Suzy was working there (I used to work with Suzy, she is supercool)  and told me it is amazing and incredible and she also recommends it too.

Thanks for hanging in there. Enjoy your Sunday.

Jx

Links

Zoe Foster – Fruity Beauty Blog

Simone Cipriani

Karen Walker

Zumbo

The Iconic x River Island

APC

VAMFF National Graduates Showcase

Miu-sing

18.03.2014

 

New stationery gets me so excited. At the moment I am obsessed with Copic’s. Normally my automatic choice for rendering an illustration is watercolour but for some reason lately I have started using Copic’s and I really love them. You may have noticed the last few I posted up on the blog are actually rendered with them.

Above I have drawn the Copic’s I bought today. I want to start a sketchbook of all the things I purchase. That’d be cool. And then next to the Copic’s I’ve drawn a look from Miu Miu Fall RTW 2014. I love Miu Miu.

 

Jx

February Books

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February was great. I go to read so much.

1. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

2. The Vogue Factor – Kirstie Clements

3. Just Kids – Patti Smith

4. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – Alice Munro

5. A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood

6. The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac

 

Jx

gelato messina

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Gelato Messina

237 Smith Street Fitzroy,  VIC

Finally went to Gelato Messina in Fitzroy.

And it’s actually the best gelato ever. I’m not kidding. It was actually voted the best gelato in Australia by the Good Food Guide.

Each lick was so satisfying, so flavoursome, and so creamy. I was naughty and got two scoops because I couldn’t decide which one to have. It was the best decision. I chose Hazelnut ( Made with fresh roasted hazelnuts from Cortemillia in Italy) and Pannacotta with Fig Jam & Amaretti Biscuit. It cost $6 for two scoops in a cone. Pretty fair I’d say.

Something else that makes it extra super is that they make the gelato with raw ingredients and make it all themselves and don’t use any preservatives, flavourings, colourings or pastes. All natural and yummy. I plan to try all the flavours!

Ps. You can see a pic of my gelato on my instagram feed. And the two illustrations above are my own :)

Jx

Links

- Gelato Messina

- Good Food Guide Review

Gelato Messina Fitzroy on Urbanspoon

do you have a beauty guru?

I realised today that one thing lacking in my life was a beauty guru.

Basically, when I was younger, I’m talking around 15, 16, 17, I used to read magazines all the time. I used to actually read them cover to cover, I had files for beauty/health/fashion/hair, where I’d collect my favourite articles. And nearly every night I would practice all the hair/makeup tips in front of the mirror. It was so much fun. And these days all I do is purchase magazines, read them for five minutes and them add them to my collection of magazines.

So this morning when I accidentally found myself on Zoe Foster-Blake’s beauty blog ‘Fruity Beauty‘ it took me back to my young beauty loving days. I realised these days I have been lacking inspiration and have just been doing the same thing on repeat all the time. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad thing, but I find it is fun to change things up every now and then. Also Zoe’s article was talking about hair, and I want better hair, and lovelier hair so I really wanted to try out her suggestions.

I’ve picked Zoe as my beauty guru (And partly fashion guru, because I like her style too) because I actually trust her. I feel like if I had met her accidentally somewhere that we would have become friends. I feel like she is genuine and honest. And I think she is nice too because she even replied to my comment on her post. Not many people out there take the time to do that.

Here’s my illustration of the nice things I bought myself today ( two of which were suggested by Zoe) on my way home from uni. I was exhausted and these made me happy.

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The first one is L’oreal Professional Tecni art Volume lift. It’s a light spray mist.

The second; Batiste dry shampoo. I haven’t used this brand before. Dry shampoo is the shit.

Thirdly; Peppermint Magazine. My teacher suggested I read this. So I’m going to see what it’s all about.

Jx

Links

- Fruity Beauty

- Peppermint Mag

time to think about it

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I have decided to be more mindful of what food I am putting into my body. Most of the time I am so busy that I end up not really paying enough attention to the food I eat. I am no longer happy to be like this. I really want to actively attempt to think about what I am actually eating and make better choices every day.

My friends have been teaching and telling me a lot about health and food lately. There are so many things that I am just used to having and not thinking twice about it. I’m not talking about fast food like McDonald’s and the like. We all know those foods aren’t good for us. But I’m talking about anything that is processed, anything with an ingredient as a number, or preservative or something artificial. Even simple and ordinary things like say an ice-cream. I just assume that things are food, they’re being sold, and they wont kill me today so it’s ok. But actually it shouldn’t be ok, because these foods aren’t natural and they aren’t doing me any good.

Anyway, I am sure I will talk more about these things as I learn more, for today though I want to tell you my first step toward thinking about it. I’m going to make some delicious brownies that my friend had made the other day. These brownies were Raw Chocolate Brownies. They were actually so good that I would choose them over any other brownie.

The recipe comes from The Healthy Chef, and I purchased the Raw Cacao from The Spring Street Grocer.

Jx

Links

The Healthy Chef

Brownie Recipe

The Spring Street Grocer

Loving Earth

read in january

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I have been reading so much lately. It is one of my most favourite things to do. I have illustrated above all the books I read in January. I’ll try and do this at the end of each month.

I have challenged myself to read fifty books this year and I have read nine so far.

The Goodreads app is a good way to record what you’re reading and what you want to read. I also make lots of handwritten lists of books to read.

 

1. Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. My friend V leant me last year the book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. It actually inspired my life, so I picked up this book just as  a refresher. It was helpful. I agree with all the lessons.

2. Stardust. My lecturer Sue leant me this book last year. Not something I would normally read, however surprisingly I really enjoyed the story. I also realised I like Neil Gaiman as a writer.

3. Northanger Abbey. My friend Elena let me borrow this book about three years ago. I tried reading it back then and I couldn’t. It was just slow and boring. I thought it was about time I read it and gave it back to her. I struggled with it to begin with and then toward the end it just got so good. I started getting into the story and really understanding the character. Funnily enough I rate this book.

 

Jx