JORD Wood Watches: A Stylish Tree-t!

Okay well straight off the bat, sorry about the pun in the title #sorrynotsorry. I couldn’t help myself, I’m just acorn-y person 😀

So, I have had the opportunity to work with JORD wood watches and I am thrilled! I have recently gotten back into wearing a watch, and have a shiny silver and a pretty pink, but I’ve never owned a wooden watch before. I had a huge selection to choose from, but decided on the ‘Frankie’ style in dark sandalwood and emerald. It gave me dark, sultry, masculine vibes and I’ve been digging jewel tones coming into Autumn (for those of us in the Southern hemisphere!)

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This watch, when it arrived was packaged beautifully. It looks high class and is obviously made to last. I was pleased to know that JORD watches uses natural wood, without the use of any nasty chemicals to treat the wood. The clasps are also stainless steel. I do have sensitive skin to jewellery sometimes, but I’ve worn this watch a few days in a row now and haven’t had any issues.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I was thinking about making a gift guide and these beautiful wooden watches would definitely make the cut as a ‘good daughter’ gift. I’m super excited that I’ve actually got the opportunity to host a giveaway for a $100 gift voucher to go towards your very own stylish JORD wood watch (or even one for a special mum or grandma)! Every person who enters will also get a little sneaky discount off their purchase just for entering, so hey, nothing to lose 🙂

Without further ado, CLOCK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

(You know I meant click but that was actually a typo that I decided to keep in there…)

This giveaway ends on the 6th of May, so get entering!

Check out JORD’s Women’s Wood Watches | Men’s Wood Watches to pick a fave!

Happy browsing, and if you woodn’t mind, also check out my unboxing video I made for my JORD watch – YouTube link right here 🙂

Okay okay no more puns…

Bye for now!

PS. Here are some bonus snaps ft. my kitty princess Cookie!

This post was sponsored by JORD watches, but all opinions are my own.
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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Hey everyone! This (belated) post is mostly about a super cool place that I discovered with Rachel from @small_soy at the start of this year, but also it’s about how cool the internet and my Instagram friends are!!

Rachel and I had been DM-ing each other for a while and decided to meet up while she was in Melbourne. I knew she was outdoorsy and liked nature, and was trying to think of a cool place we could go and hang out. By chance, a link popped up on my Facebook feed about a place called William Ricketts Sanctuary, and so I decided that this is where we were going on our first friend date.

I was nervous, as I’m shy and usually pretty anti-social. BUT it turns out, Rach is an amazing human who has lots in common with me and we got along just fine. Also, if you live in Melbourne (or you’re visiting), get your ass down to this place because it’s a very unique place that I feel is not very well known.

 

William Ricketts was a guy who spent a lot of time with Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, and he believed that Australians should adopt Aboriginal philosophy and respect mother nature and the Earth. He created this sanctuary, which contains over 90 sculptures depicting Aboriginal people, by carving at the rocks and trees throughout the property. Anyway, the pictures speak for themselves I think.

 

Rachel and I had a great time exploring and taking photos together in this tranquil, green place. We’ve since caught up again in Adelaide when I passed through and I hope we get to see each other again soon 🙂

 

[outfit deets: nice martin celine jumpsuit // decjuba t-shirt (old) // converse hi-tops]

What’s the coolest place you’ve been lately? Let me know!

Stacy x

Setting goals for 2018

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Happy New Year! 2018 is here.

I don’t like to confine myself to ‘yearly’ goals, however as I look back on the past year and think of some of the things I’ve experienced and done, I can’t help but realise how incredible 2017 was.

Full disclosure and honesty here – in the latter half of the year, I was severely depressed and honestly thought it was the worst year of my life. But it was also a year of growth and change and knowing myself better than ever before. I went overseas three times – Bali (Indonesia), Tokyo (Japan) and Atlanta/Orlando (US). I attended an international music therapy conference. I worked as a registered music therapist, my dream for the last few years. My band, The Shifties, recorded their debut album. I moved to rural Alice Springs! I got engaged to the love of my life, and he moved to Australia to be with me. (!!!!) Woah that’s a lot.

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I’ve realised…sometimes, it’s important to think in ‘yearly’ terms because it gives you a tangible time period to examine and reflect on. And it gives you a time frame to set realistic goals, plus new year’s always feels like I’ve hit the ‘refresh’ button and I feel a sense of empowerment that I’ve got a fresh slate to start over again.

So this year…I guess I’m making some yearly goals. Read on if you’re interested in what I’m hoping to achieve this year.

  1. Smile more. Do I need to explain this one? I have always been that ‘serious face’ kid, teachers used to ask me what was wrong but I’d just be daydreaming. Smiling more has been something I’ve had to learn, and I hope to continue that (in blog photos and IRL!)
  2. Go vegan. I am one of the healthiest people I know as a vegetarian, and now I’m ready to take the next step. I’m doing Veganuary this month but plan to continue past that too! For a long time I’ve been environmentally and ethically conscious of the impact that meat/dairy/eggs consumption has, but I’m finally ready to live my best life this year!
  3. Green-ify my life. I’d already started this one last year when I decided to try and buy natural skincare and makeup without toxins and bad ingredients. I’m also trying to cut down on the waste I produce., and buy clothes more sustainably. Expect to see a lot more posts about this on the Insta!
  4. Spend less time on social media. This is a biggie. I am setting some boundaries around my social media usage – Insta, Facebook, Youtube etc and really setting aside time to connect offline and to nature more 🙂
  5. Keep blogging, authentically. This last one I’ve been debating for a while. But I know taking photos and writing stuff makes me happy so I am going to continue this platform of sharing my life, for my own enjoyment and not to try and compare myself or live up to any expectations!

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There you have it. 5 goals that I’m sharing with you all, in the attempt to keep myself accountable. Hopefully by the end of the year I can look back and see progress in all of these areas of my life.

What are your goals for this year, or for the future? I’d love you to share, either in the comments below or on Insta!

Stacy x

1, 2, click! (how to shoot your own blog photos)

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog…can’t believe it’s December already!

So. This post has basically been inspired by all the bad-ass bitches who take their own blog photos. I have always wanted to try self-portraiture because, you know, it isn’t practical to always have Ken on hand to take my photos. And also, he’s not a photographer so he just clicks the button and hopes for the best. I dreamed of having the freedom to take pics at my own pace, pose without the pressure of the person getting sick of taking photos, and of course just having 100% creative control.

I’m going to explain below what you need to take your own photos and then some tips & tricks I’ve picked up while doing self-portraits. This shoot is the very first shoot I did in public with the self-timer and I’m excited about how they turned out!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR OWN PICS:

A wireless camera remote. 

You need something that you can use to click the shutter and focus your photos, without running back and forth between the camera and your position. Ideally small and easily hidable. Ken bought this Amazon Basics Wireless Remote Control for Canon Cameras ($8.49) while he was in the US but if you’re in Australia you can get the Canon Remote Wireless Control RC-6 ($35) at JB-Hifi or Digital Camera Warehouse or probs just your local camera shop. I can’t believe how expensive it is to get it here…but it’s 100% worth it!!

A tripod.

A good tripod will hold your camera up nice and steady, and also allow you to adjust the angle, height and position of your camera to get the exact shot you want. I’ll link another Amazon.com one for your people that can access Amazon (lucky!) – this Albott 64 inch portable tripod with carry bag ($29.99) is fantastic and such an affordable option. Otherwise you’ve got the ATF Clover Tripod ($39.00) and the Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod ($109) – I’ve heard great things about the Manfrotto. There are so many options online, it’s probably worth having a Google search to see what suits your price range and camera 🙂

COS stores striped apron dress // Mode Collective eyelet heels // Lyla&Bo black bag

Top tips for taking your own blog photos:

i. Choose a location where you feel comfortable. Make sure it’s a relatively safe place, with good lighting and a nice backdrop that suits the photography you want to do. It’s not always possible to avoid passers-by, but I try to find places with low foot traffic so I don’t get awkward.

ii. Use the manual settings on your camera if possible. Adjust the aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc to get the look you want. Make sure the photos aren’t over exposed or to dark. This minimises the amount that you need to edit. I try to get the lighting right straight away for that reason. If you don’t know much about your camera, read a few articles online. There are heaps of tutorials! Or else just have a play and you’ll figure it out soon enough.

iii. Have an answer to the question “What are you doing?” This is my worst nightmare – someone actually approaching me. My one is “I’m just doing a project for photography class.” It’s simpler than explaining that you have a blog lol.

iv. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and make mistakes (as I did in the shot below where I’m out of focus!). Do different poses, sit down, stand up, smile, frown, try close ups and far off shots, see where your creativity takes you. And most of all, have fun!

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Hope this helped you guys, I’d love to know if you take your own photos and what you think of the process. Feel free to ask more questions down in the comment box or on insta too!

Stacy x

Black on black on black.

A humble opinion: black is back (and it never left, in my books).

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I wear a lot of black, and as a Melburnian that’s pretty standard. We are known for our dark wardrobes. However I also am an avid pattern lover, a new-found pink advocate, and a Gorman-obsessed hoarder of things like a pineapple printed skirt. But I’ll always come back to black, and I own quite a bit of it. Lately I’ve been thinking that there is more than one reason why I like to wear black.

I’ve compiled a little list for you, right here.

Reasons that I wear black clothing:

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1. Black matches EVERYTHING. Literally 99% of my wardrobe can be worn with black jeans, or a black jacket. It makes things so much easier when you’re getting dressed. And also, if you don’t wanna thing about matching at all? Just wear all black.

2. Black is slimming and makes you look sexy. Like duh, we all know that. A black skinny looks so much better on me than a yellow one. It just hides any bumps and lumps.

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3. Black camouflages stains. Coffee stain? What coffee stain? Legit, I am a super messy person, and I often spill food on myself. That’s why I sadly rarely wear white.

4. It works for every season, which means it’s anti-fast fashion! This one is legitimately my fave. I mean, firstly, the black clothes you buy will not date. You can outfit repeat them like there’s no tomorrow! But also – in a world where were buying more and more clothing and creating so much trash, black clothing that is timeless can be worn again and again, meaning you don’t have to buy a new jacket next season! Save your wallet and the Earth and never be out of style.

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5. Black is hella cool & I f***ing like it. Aside from all the above reasons, I don’t feel like I need a reason besides this one hehe.

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So there you go. If anyone tries to tell you not to wear black, or that you’re mo, or that you should wear more colour, tell them to kindly pls stahp coz black is the new black, babes.

Stacy x

Shop my favourite black pieces below:

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Skirts = the new Pants

Hello Spring!! I’m mighty glad the Melbourne weather has been warming up. And my legs definitely agree. I’ve always been a jeans gal, but over the last year or so I have somehow been gathering a larger number of skirts than ever before in my wardrobe, and perhaps with that a growing confidence to show my legs. (I have to say this new found skirt-wearing confidence + collection is gonna be hella useful when I move to Alice Springs in a few weeks because it’s gonna be way too hot there for jeans!)

Anything buttoned, embellished, frilled & asymmetrical etc. has been my latest obsession. Who needs boring straight hems and pencil skirts when you can have wrap over sides and raw edges and eyelets and high-low hems and heaps of fun bits & bobs!? Here is specimen A in my new fav skirt ft. cheesy ass posing:

Shiny gold buttons. FRILLS. Where more could you want 😜

Atmost&Here Sienna Button Frill SkirtThrifted striped turtleneck top – Karen Walker sunglasses – Country Road Natasha Earring

If you wanna get in on the bare-legged, button-happy, frivololity-ness, here is the link to my new fave skirt and a couple of other picks of mine from The Iconic:

Hope everyone is off to a great start this week!! Get those legs out, and soak up that sunshine!

Stacy x

LAYER ME UP

I’m always looking for interesting ways to spice up my wardrobe without filling it with junk that I’ll wear three times and then discard. I’m also trying to find multiple ways to wear things so that I can change it up. I recently got a new white blouse shirt with ruffled sleeves which I love to death, but needed more ways to wear it other than “plain white shirt”. I also recently did a wardrobe cull, where I tried on almost every item of clothing I own and was ruthless in getting rid of the stuff that didn’t fit or never saw the light of day. Hence this outfit was born – this ASOS slip has been neglected a bit but has made a comeback thanks to my wardrobe cull. This slip-over-shirt combo is a winner I think – sorry not sorry! bit but has made a comeback thanks to my wardrobe cull. This slip-over-shirt combo is a winner I think – sorry not sorry!

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boohoo.com Frill Sleeve Ruffle Blouse // ASOS midi slip dress (similar dress here) // Nike runners // Sportsgirl pleather jacket (similar here, and here)

Side note: I am loving the statement sleeve trend – bell sleeves, ruffles, frills, tie details, cut outs – I definitely need to get on board more with sleeves. My tops department is looking a little boring at the moment. I’m pondering whether I could update my shirts with some wrist ties or maybe some tassels even?! My imagination is going wild.

Anyway, I really feel this slip dress layered over a top thing isn’t going away any time soon, so I’m gonna keep wearing it. Happy weekend everyone! Hope you’re staying warm!

Cheerios,

Stacy x