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

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MILITARY-ESQUE

// Tobi.com layered bodysuit // Cotton On skirt // sass&bide coat //

Braved the Melbourne cold for this outfit shoot, but I really wasn’t feeling stockings or long boots for some reason. Ah the sacrifices I make for fashun 🤔 This is my new favourite bodysuit from Tobi, an online store that has a huge range of cool clothes. I chose this bodysuit because it reminded me of that Kookai square neckline cami top that every cool chick has been wearing but it also has the white underlayer so I can at least be somewhat covered. After all, Melbourne you have not been kind his winter!

I have paired this bodysuit with khaki green coat and skirt, mostly because I was like “hey these two things match” but also because it’s been a favourite of mine lately. It’s such a versatile colour, I would even consider it to be a “neutral” like grey or black. I can’t see it going away anytime soon. Also this coat is so much fun, and it’s actually been neglected in my wardrobe for a while now. I’m thinking it may be on high rotation for the rest of the season.

I hope everyone is staying warm and layering up like me (especially if you’re in Melbourne, brrr!) and oh yeah, Happy Hump Day 🐪

Seeya later,

Stacy x

GOLDEN HOUR ✨

Dusk is my favourite time of day – it’s the cusp between afternoon and evening, when shadows start to lengthen and everything starts to slow down and unwind. There’s a reason they call it the “golden hour” and it’s not just because of the soft lighting that we get when the sun starts to set. Though that indeed is a perk and why I choose to take most of my photos at dusk.

This outfit from the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) is one of my favourites, black with a hint of metallic. It’s simple, yet intricate. It’s elegant, yet edgy. When I saw this skirt on ASOS I knew it had to be mine, and what better place to wear it than to fashion week 🙂

ASOS midi skirt // Kookai everyday crop // Dune London bag // Senso Taffy heels

I attended the VAMFF designer runway show on Saturday night with Celeste and we saw some amazing new collection pieces from Thurley, Misha Collection, White Suede and other gorgeous labels. Definitely true to say that we both added a few new pieces to our fashion wishlist for the Autumn/Winter coming. I always love an opportunity to frock up too!

Anyway, gotta go, it’s dusk. Time to make some magic happen ✨✨✨

What’s your favourite time of day, and why?

Stacy x

Finding love in Japan

This is a true story about me. A story about how an American guy in Japan fell for a Chinese gal in Australia, and the beautiful result of our two worlds colliding.

At the end of last year, I took a chance. I was stressed, unimpressed and tired of my routine. I’d just finished my masters degree. I’d just moved house into a new environment. So I took a chance at finding love. I flew to a small town south of Hiroshima, Japan to meet a guy I had met in Melbourne. We had spent a whirlwind short time with each other in a Melbourne, and realised that we had a strong connection. I took the leap and there in the small town of Iwakuni, in a Japan, I found everything I wanted and more – plus I got to explore Japan for a second time around. I’m a lucky gal 🙂

2017 is a year of chances. A year of love. A year of learning. Hopefully, you might read this and take a chance on love too. I promise it’s worth it. 

Japan I’ll be back in July, can’t wait to explore more of your beauty and charm with my love and my friends by my side 💘

Stacy x

B E H O L D 🌱 B A L I

I spent New Year’s in Bali, Indonesia this year. I’d never thought I’d be a Bali type of gal as it seems to have a reputation for being all about Aussies drinking and partying etc but honestly Bali is spectacular. Since it was my first time I didn’t really know what to expect.

Bali’s most popular locations, such as Seminyak and Kuta, were obviously crowded, dirty beaches and loud and unforgiving. It was really interesting to see that many Australian businesses were flourishing there. And there were plenty of delicious cafes and beautiful resorts dotted along the beach.

The real beauty of Bali was when I trekked up Mt. Batur, an active volcano in the island’s North East, and also explored Ubud and surrounds. The pictures tell it better than I can in words.

I cannot wait to get back to Bali and spend more time exploring the wilderness, because I know there are many beaches, waterfalls and forests awaiting the hippie nature-lover that I am!

If anyone has any cool Bali hotspots, eats or tips let me know in the comments!

Stacy xx