5 Things To Do In Brisbane In September


01 September, 2015

Today marks the first day of spring here in the southern hemisphere. Hooray! What better way to celebrate the month ahead than by getting out and about and enjoying the best of what your town has to offer? Head to the markets! Plan a picnic! Or, if you're from around these parts, make your way to one of these cool events.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Presents Swan Lake: 3, 4, & 22 September at QPAC
It's the ballet that needs no introduction And it's being performed by one of the most formidable companies in the game. It's a no brainer, really. Get in quick as tickets are bound to sell out.

Brisbane Writers Festival: 2 - 6 September at various venues
Seek out some literary inspiration at this year's Brisbane Writers Festival. The program is wide and varied, with events ranging from discussions and Q&A sessions to workshops and book readings. There's even a program for kids (start 'em young, I say).

BIGSOUND: 9 - 11 September at various venues
BIGSOUND is Australia's premier music industry conference and artist showcase. During the day the conference features significant keynote speakers and industry panels. At night, the artists come out to play with a jam-packed live music lineup at various venues throughout Fortitude Valley.

Sourdough Workshop: 9 September at Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane
As far as breads go, sourdough is one of my faves. Who can resist some smashed avocado on a fresh slice of the stuff? Not me, that's for sure. Learn how to create a loaf yourself thanks with this workshop brought to you by Wandering Cooks.

Brisbane Festival: 5 - 26 September at various venues
For the month of September Brisbane becomes a canvas for the arts. With an aim to engage audiences with artists, Brisbane Festival has everything from live music to theatre and art installations. And it all ends with a bang, quite literally, with a night of fireworks aka Riverfire.

And it's not quite Brisbane, but if you're up for a road trip then make your way to Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers from 18 - 27 September to really get into the swing of spring.

Magnetic Island Photo Diary


27 August, 2015

A trip to Townsville isn't complete without making your way over to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island is right on Townsville's doorstep and is a short boat ride away - so convenient! A return trip on the ferry is around $30 and there are trips to and from the island almost hourly. Once you arrive you can explore the island by bus ($7 for an all day ticket) or hire a car if you'd prefer to go at your own pace. There's also the option to take your own car over on the barge but you have to book early to secure a spot. There are so many coves and walking tracks to explore that you really need a whole weekend or more to explore Magnetic Island thoroughly. I only ended up visiting Horseshoe Bay which is the main tourist/business strip, and Alma Bay in Arcadia which was a nice semi-secluded spot for an afternoon dip. I also got to finally test out my Lifeproof iPhone case, and after briefly losing my phone in the waters of Horseshoe Bay (oops) I can 100% confirm that they are in fact waterproof and protect your phone.

Kester Black Colour Collection, Part 2


18 August, 2015

New Kester Black Colours
Kester Black recently launched Part 2 of their 2015 nail polish colour collection. The colours in this collection are bold and bright, and perfect for pulling off a statement manicure. They include a berry pink Sorbet, a deep purple Sugarplum, a vibrant peachy-orange Coral, and royal blue Monarch. Now, I haven't worn blue nail polish since high school but this shade of blue is one I can totally get behind. As with most Kester Black polishes you get excellent colour and coverage with just one coat. I used two coats of colour and a top coat for a full impact manicure, as you can see below. I think that the colours lend well to all seasons but I can especially see them getting a workout in the upcoming summer months.

Pin It Down


16 August, 2015

Pins and badges are making a comeback of sorts, and I'm loving it. I used to have a dumb collection of pins as a kid and my favourite was a little Tweety Bird one (it was the nineties, okay?) These days however I'm drawn to designs like the cheeky - and unfortunately sold out - boobie pins by Coucou Suzette and all of the Georgia Perry pins. Stick them onto the lapel of your old faithful denim jacket or clustered together on one corner of a trusty tote bag for an instant update. These are just some of the pins that I have been eyeing off lately.

Top Row, L-RWatermelon Pin by FeelGoodCo, Boobies Pin by Coucou SuzetteFingers Crossed Pin by Georgia Perry
Middle, L-RMilkshake Pin by fairycakes, Lucky Eye Pin by Coucou Suzette, Donut Pin by FeelGoodCo
Bottom, L-RIce Cream Pin by DzyDzydesign, Dynamite Pin by Prize Pins, Stuck On You Pins by Gorman

Townsville Photo Diary


12 August, 2015

This past weekend I visited friends in Townsville in north Queensland. This was my first trip to Townsville and I was pleasantly surprised by the place. It probably helped that I had locals to guide me but it's not too hard to find the main attractions around town. Now, we're pretty spoilt here in south east Queensland with our mild winters so when you head further up north it's like walking into the best bits of summer - the nights were cool but the days were sunny and clear without being too hot and humid. One of the best things about visiting Townsville in winter is that you don't have to worry about the stingers that are usually present during the summer months, so you can swim to your heart's content. While I was mainly there to visit friends I still managed to pack a lot into two days. The following is just an example of what I got up to.