SUMMER READING LIST


For the last couple of years, I really haven't had time to leisurely read and the tendency to analyse all my texts for English has turned me away from books. Since finishing the HSC, I thought it was a good time to start on my rather long 'to read' list. Dystopia's are one of my favourite genres, along with historical fiction. I'm still reading Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved, but I can't wait to start on all of these :)
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Night by Elie Wiesel 
  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • The Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 
What's on your to read list?
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BORA BORA WEDDING FOR lover.ly

If my 1.5k pins on my Pinterest wedding board don't say enough, I really love weddings. 
I'm not sure how well this slightly fanatical obsession has come across to the rest of the world, but I was approached by the lovely Carolyn from lover.ly (the wedding planning binder in the cloud) to pick and accessorise a wedding dress for a wedding in either 1) Paris; 2) Bora Bora; or 3) Italy. 
Although I'm already set on having my ceremony at the Sydney Opera House, and possibly having my reception at the lovely Curzon Hall*, I've always dreamed of having my wedding on a resort island - so I picked Bora Bora :)

Bora Bora

Coincidentally, I first fell in love with the label Grace Loves Lace when I saw a photo on my Pinterest feed that linked back to lover.ly. Since discovering their exquisite bohemian and ethereal dresses my heart has been partial to a beach wedding where any of these dresses would be perfect. 

For this occasion, I chose the Hollie dress. 

From their gallery of real weddings, it's pretty obvious that the Hollie dress is perfect for a wedding in Bora Bora. On one hand, it embodies an elegant simplicity - with delicate spaghetti straps, a low cut back and short chiffon train. And yet, the hand cut lace applique on the bodice captures the ethereal beauty of a bohemian wedding. Personally, I'd choose the shorter length, because I'd be able to frolic along the coastline without tripping on my own wedding dress (trust me, it's humiliating on any dress). 

On similar lines, I opted for a pair of flats - crotchet TOMs (which is part of their wedding collection) - instead of heels; whilst another option would be a pair of lace barefoot sandals. To continue this crotcheted/laced motif, I thought white henna would be a subtle, but gorgeous detail to this look. I completed the look with floral adornments, including a simple white bouquet wrapped with lace and a gorgeous floral crown braided into a detailed chignon.

Hollie Dress - Grace Loves Lace
What is your dream wedding location?
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MY FORMAL CLUTCH ESSENTIALS

FORMAL SEASON IS HERE!

Since finishing the HSC, I have been so busy with preparing/organising/recovering from formal that it's nice to be able to sit down and write a blog post. I have another two formals coming up in the next month, so I apologise in advanced for the saturation of formal posts (outfits, make up, etc.) - but I am obsessed with formals!

 Whilst I wouldn't call myself a formal clutch expert, these are the things I make sure to have in my clutch :)

Perspex Clutch - Spurr via The Iconic

MY BIRTHDAY WISHLIST

I turn 18 on Dec 27th! 

I do realise that it's only early November, but if Starbucks has put out their Christmas cups and the department stores are pumping the carols, I'm gonna use it as an excuse to put out my birthday wishlist.

Birthday Wishlist