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Books About Plants

As far as interior decorating trends go, indoor plants are back in a big way. While I love the look of lush indoor greenery, I'm not the biggest green thumb so I've found myself looking at plant books for guidance and inspiration. My most current acquisitions include Indoor Green: Living With Plants by Bree Claffey and an old beat-up copy of The Complete Book of Houseplants & Indoor Gardening. Luckily there's no shortage of books about plants out at the moment and these are a few others that I have my eye on.

A Look at Physical Sunscreens

Wear sunscreen. If there ever was a piece of beauty/skincare advice that needed to be reiterated, this is it. Especially so if you live in Australia a.k.a. skin cancer ground zero. Not all sunscreens are created equal, however, and since learning about the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens I've made a point to stick to physical sunscreens wherever possible. That said, my personal view is that any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all.

GOMA Turns 10

It's no secret that the Gallery of Modern Art is one of my favourite places in Brisbane. If you're in need of a dose of inspiration, entertainment, or bemusement (because hey, modern art) GOMA is currently running some excellent free exhibitions in celebration of their 10th birthday.  These include Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything and A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift. As well as newly commissioned artworks, if you've been a regular visitor over the past decade, you might recognise some artworks from previous exhibitions. These are just a few of my favourites from a recent visit to the gallery.

Minimalist Beach Essentials by My Life Aquatic

Living in coastal Australia, it's always important to have some beach gear handy. I recently came across beachwear and accessories label My Life Aquatic and quickly became enamoured with their simple edit of beach essentials (bonus points if the name is in any way a nod to Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). While my own wardrobe is not at all what you'd describe as minimalist, I do appreciate the need for quality basics. My Life Aquatic's current offerings include a minimalist edit of breezy linen dresses, roomy carry-all bags, plain linen towels, and shady beach umbrellas. They're perfect for those all about that minimalist aesthetic or just looking for versatile, fuss-free accessories.

I Spy: Eyelet Details

Eyelets have long been a functional part of clothing but over the past couple of seasons we've seen them come to the fore as a decorative measure. Take Proenza Schouler's Fall/Winter 2015 Ready-to-Wear, Sportmax's Spring/Summer 2016 RTW, and Ellery's Spring 2016 RTW collections for example. While the oversized eyelets evoke a sense of corsetry, the garments themselves appear to be far less restrictive. I don't think I could ever pull off an edgy Proenza Schouler look but these are a few eyelet-embellished pieces that I could easily incorporate into my day-to-day wardrobe.

1. House of Cards eyelet midi dress from their 'Body Shop' collection
2. Joseph eyelet-embellished tee
3. Lover 'Rover' culottes (also available as a skirt and romper)
4. Staple the Label wrap top
5. House of Cards 'Max' mini skirt from their 'Femme' collection
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