My mother was my first ever fashion icon, and remains one of my number one style inspirations.
My mother is one of those rare people who always look perfectly put together. Her clothes are immaculately washed and pressed, and even if she has been in the office all day or running errands, she never gets creased or crinkled. Is she wearing magic fabrics? She never even ladders her stockings.
I wonder all the time if I will ever be as neat and delicate as my mother, however she has a slighter frame and is much more cautious and controlled in her movements. I’m more like an exploding frazzle-bomb with too many things running through my head, and too much to do. This translates directly to clumsiness… and some crinkles in my clothes.
Not only has my mother been a wonderful role model for excellent self-presentation, she has also given me the support and advice that is so necessary for any young lady becoming a woman. Mama bear always let me choose clothes and outfits to express my own style, but did not hold back from tactfully advising me when my outfits did not suit my shape, or if they were inappropriate for a certain event.
Growing up I, along with my brothers, was also taught proper dinner table manners and everyday etiquette (along with many other practical life skills). For this I truly am grateful – these are skills I have been able to apply in my adult life and they are so important! So many people nowadays do not possess these skills, but I am so glad that I do. That is probably because I’m trapped in a Jane Austen novel in my head… I was so born in the wrong era!
Happy birthday Mum, thanks for being the best mother I could ever have ❤
Brisbane finally got its first taste of H&M, with the Swedish fast fashion retailer opening at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre on March 5th.
I headed down in the early evening to check it out, and get my fix of retail therapy.
After a brief line-up to enter the store, I was handed a big shopping satchel and I was on my way! The store was teeming with ladies and gents ranging from teens to middle ages, I even spotted an adorable elderly couple perusing the clothing racks!
Everything was reasonably priced, but without the heavy compromise on quality that so often accompanies fast fashion. The racks were stocked appropriately, I easily found my size and there wasn’t excessive stock crammed into each space. Aesthetically the store resembled TopShop – clean and neat with plenty of light and room to move.
I grabbed a few pieces to sate my thirst for lovely new things, keep scrolling to check them out!
Of course I couldn’t leave without something pony related! 😛
The scarf is probably my favourite piece, it’s super huge and warm. So great to wrap around my shoulders, and to diversify my wardrobe by layering it with other garments.
I received prompt and friendly service by all staff I encountered. H&M is sure to be my new go-to for staples, fast fashion and workwear!
Stores are set to open soon at Westfield Garden City, and Brisbane CBD.
This weekend I was lucky enough to have the chance to escape the city for a brief getaway to indulge in a little R&R.
I had spent some time trawling the AirBNB website in search of something affordable that would offer an interesting new experience, when Stringybark Cottage caught my eye! Situated in Eumundi, close to Noosa and Coolum Beach, this was a great spot to explore some fantastic holiday spots I had heard of, but never visited. I quickly contacted the host to book a weekend getaway for my boyfriend and I.
I fell instantly in love with Stringybark Cottage, it’s set in an award winning garden and you feel a million miles away from the crazy city life. The whole cottage is sustainably designed and built, was more than comfortably sized for two people, and had everything we needed. So many vintage delights within! It was the ideal retreat.
On the Saturday morning we went to the famous Eumundi Markets (my first time there!). My highlights were some freshly made vegan rice paper rolls, packed with veggies, tofu, seeds and nuts. I washed these down with the most delicious freshly squeezed lime juice I’ve ever had – so refreshing! I also discovered my new favourite dress from local designer Butterscotch Castle… can you believe this used to be a man’s shirt? Up-cycled, repurposed sustainable fashion is the best 🙂
We also spent time climbing around in the rock pools near Coolum Beach lookout, young and old alike were joyfully plunging into one particularly deep rock pool.
For dinner we ate at Sushi YahMan, a sushi restaurant with a Jamaican theme. We received great service and the sushi was soooo good!
I can’t wait to visit the Eumundi area again and find more local delights! I would love to hear your recommendations 🙂