Nostalgia for the Senses.

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I have a fairly adequate perfume collection and the other day I thought I would go out wearing one I hadn’t worn since last summer.  As soon as the smell hit me all of these warm memories came flooding back and I was overwhelmed at how nostalgic I felt.  How funny is it that our sense of smell can have such an impact on our moods and memories?  Looking at my collection I realised I have strong memories from every single fragrance I have owned so I thought I would give you all a little insight . . .

DKNY Be Delicious

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I’m pretty sure this was the first perfume I was obsessed with but my main memories of this fruity scent take me back to the time Miss S and myself took a 3 week indulgent holiday to the Gold Coast and Sydney.  I’m pretty sure I was in my second year of uni and I’m almost as sure that we went absolutely crazy drinking, spending our hard earned money and getting ourselves in to trouble as you do at that age.  Please be kind and don’t laugh at my hair!

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Miss S and I at a Backpackers in Surfers. I still have my light up cup from this night.

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At the beachie in Byron during Blues and Roots Festival

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In Sydney about to eat a massive plate of seafood.

CK IN 2 U Her

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This perfume brings back my strongest sense of nostalgia out of any.  I don’t currently have any in my collection but it used to be my go to casual for a few years.   I bought my first bottle in duty free the moment I stepped foot in Buenos Aires airport and that is the memory I get back any time I get a wiff.  It is the only perfume I had over our trip there in 2007 and throughout our adventure around South America.  That trip was possibly one of the most life changing, enjoyable experiences I have ever had so no wonder I always associate happiness with this smell.

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Our first taste of Argentina. In the Cab to our first hostel.

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La Boca in Buenos Aires

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In Chile. I have no idea where I would ever be able to use this photo if it wasn’t now . . .

 

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia

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Potentially my favorite perfume of all time.  I feel like this will be a scent I will always have in my ‘library’ and it completely reminds me of Mr L.   It was an Xmas present from Liam back in 2010 after I demanded that I need it (it’s still special though right?!) and its still my go to night scent.   Side note:  As i’m writing this I am almost convinced I need to take the sombrero gun photo down, sorry if it offends anyone!

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Balloons Mr L gave me one random day.

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The perfume is in one of the many presents behind me. Freaking LOVE Xmas at home!

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Just before we moved to Melbourne

 

Ralph Lauren Wild

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I remember so vividly heading to Calgary when I was living in Banff to go Xmas shopping for Liam.  My close friend Emily and I got sidetracked in the perfume department of some store and became obsessed with the summery smell of this guy while we were currently facing -50ºC and more of Winter ahead. I didn’t own it straight away but whenever I smell Wild I remember the epic time in Canada we had.

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Just some of our amazing Banff Buddies

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The day we arrived in banff after a 12 hr bus ride.

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Halloween like we’d never had before

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Just a look at what 5 of us had to live with.

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Marc Jacobs Lola

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I bought this while we were in California from Sephora (one of the many stores I became obsessed with!)  It reminds me of nights out in Southern California and Vegas back in 2009.  Shit I have been lucky with the travel I’ve had so far.

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the Kodak theatre that is no more . . .

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Vegas Baby.

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M&M world.

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the Big Guy

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Calvin Klein One Summer

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One of these comes our every year or two and I have been a fan of at least three of them.  The one I still have is from 2010 which my friend Emily (yes the same one that was in Canada) bought with her on a trip to meet me and Mr L in Byron Bay in 2010.  It’s exactly what it says summery, fruity and super easy to wear.  All I can think about is the Splendour in the Grass holiday when I smell it.

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On the bus after the last night of Splendour in the Grass.

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Mr L, Myself and Haydizzle

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Marc Jacobs Dot

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My latest addition to the collection and one that Miss S and I wear almost daily at the moment.  How cute is the bottle by the way?  This smell reminds me of Melbourne, nothing specific to speak of just a smell I will always think back to my current life in Melbourne.

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Warehouse parties

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Miss S my Bif!

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park life. Sun with a couple of my favourite ladies.

Hope you enjoyed my wee walk down memory lane.  Let us know what your favourite scents are and what we need to try!  I’ll be heading back through duty free on my way home 😉

xx L

Hit List Seis

A little lacking in “real life” photos this week sorry peeps.  Have been too busy stuffing my face with easter eggs and nobody wants to see that go down.   I’ve found a mixture of must have stuff and things that I don’t think I can live without this coming season.

1. GET FIT & HEALTHY . . . again.

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Well this maybe slightly induced by the insane amount of guilt from eating my weight and then some in chocolate eggs over the past weekend but it’s a long time coming.  I hear what you’re saying that this is more of a New years Resolution right?  Yeah well it was but how are there so many excuses around in summer?  There are just too many occasions that call for a glass of wine or three, and too many injured ankles . . . So this week I sorted myself out and I’ve been back pounding the pavements like a mad woman.  I’ve also been getting slightly obsessed with what I put in and on my body, holy hell there are some amazing foods and potions out there.  I also want to state how proud I am of Miss S and her no drinking for ALL of lent and to my lovely lady friend Miss Grace who is on the same path but a few 100kms a head of me.  Here’s to a healthier and happier year ladies and gents.

2.Spring Breakers. Yeah that movie you’ve probably heard about

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I seriously thought this was a girly teen movie about the adventures of girls on spring break .  Ok so the latter is so BUT this movie looks BAD ASS!  Besides a few hilarious cliches and James Franco with a grill and corn rows.

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OK that’s actually a little ridiculous but in all seriousness I’m buzzing to see this thing.  I have also stumbled across some pretty epic “Spring Breakers” fashuns courtesy of Opening Ceremony.

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OC x Spring Breakers DTF/Unicorn Hoodie

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OC x Spring Breakers Cotty Basketball Tank

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OC x Spring Breakers Todd James Towel

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OC x Spring Breakers Bikini

I really can’t go past the basketball singlets and the unicorn everything . . . get in my wardrobe

3. Shoes. 

I just can’t get enough at the moment.  Is it because of the old saying shoes always fit when clothing is too tight?  I’ve just purchased this pair of Chaos and Harmony heels for a wedding I’m attending next weekend (excite!)

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To be honest it has kind of fuelled this fire in my belly  for more  MORRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEE.  I am in need of boots and can’t decide what type to go for and I also NEED yes need more Vans, Nikes and Converse all of which are year round staples in my household.

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There’s also a large gap in my heart that only these Marques’Almeida beauties from Opening Ceremony can fill.

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Ohhhhhhhh so dreamy.

4. Whole Larder Love

You’ve might’ve seen the cookbook around.  It’s definitely in a lot of cafes and stores around Melbourne.

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A cookbook that’s pretty inspiring really and makes you think quite a bit about what you purchase from supermarkets with their over processed and frozen “fresh” foods.   It’s written, practiced and preached by author Rohan Anderson a hunter gather from Victoria.  I’m going to be honest I would have an issue with the hunting part as I’m not much of a meat head, it’s the veges that have me interested.   I’ve newly discovered I can get a box of beautiful fresh fruit and veges or REAL Free Range Eggs delivered to our inner city dwellings and what’s more it’s a pretty decent price.   It also means getting rid of the guilt of buying produce packaged in plastic, a material that is slowly killing our oceans (sorry about bringing the mood down but have you seen this?)  I’ll let you know when I make my first purchase.

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One more thing WLL have a series of weekend long workshops for the public teaching you skills from hunting and preparing meat to fly fishing, mushroom foraging, gardening and baking the perfect bread.  There are limited spaces and you can choose from Glamping or B&Bing for the weekend for respective prices.  Check them out here if it sounds like you!

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Hope you’ve all got some fun activities planned for the coming weekend.  I’m saving myself and my body for the onslaught which will be a two week long catch up with friends and family back home.  Potentially the best part . . . it’s feijoa season.  Look it up non-kiwis because they’ll change your life.

xxx L

The Complex Thinking of an Underemployed Female.

Soooo I’ve found myself in another space in time where I am not in full time employment.  Kind of love it kind of hate it BUT one thing has become clear to me . .  . I am learning a ridiculous amount of ‘stuff’.  Stuff that I had never bothered to think about or I didn’t know that I didn’t know it.  Follow me?

Here are the latest things I have learnt . .

1. Flies buzz round your head because they treat your head the same way they treat poop.  Yep how weird is this?  I was at the park the other day and a tiny fly keep buzzing at me (before you comment YES I do shower often, sometimes twice a day!) no matter how many times I would shoe it away.  It got so close at one stage and landed on my lip almost on my tongue I‘m not going to lie I felt a little violated.   Turns out they’re attracted to and nibble on your dead skin cells YUCCCCCCCCCkkkkk.

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2. How to make a coffee.  I’m not saying GOOD coffee it’s something I have never bothered to learn but Mr Long is a coffee buff/connoisseur/works for a coffee company so really was there a better time to learn?

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3. Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame was suffering from shin splints when he performed at the 2000 Big Day Out in Auckland, and at 14 it was my first of many festivals (RIP Auckland BDO).  A NZ doctor prescribed him a drug that would eventually lead to yet another drug spree when he touched back in LA.  Yes I did just injure my ankle and spend the last week with my feet up reading Scar Tissue.

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4. Random facts of world population.   That is increases by over 210’000 people PER DAY!  That Madagascar ‘s population is over 22 Million (I thought is was full of sloths and slow loris’!).  NZ is the 120th most populated country in the world and the population of the Western Sahara is the fastest growing at 3.2% per year who knew?

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5. I am in desperate need of a haircut.  How is that you can talk yourself out of one a number of times but still detest every single photo you see of yourself???  A definite must do in the next month.

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6.  I will never settle until I’m successful/make myself and my family proud of what I have accomplished.  This one is a little awkward to write as I’m one of those annoying goal orientated people that likes all her ‘ducks in a row’ as my mum says.  I keep telling myself to go back to a crummy job to bring a little ‘fun money’ in but this time there is no way I will let myself because crummy jobs are a little soul destroying.  Soo on that note who has an epic job idea?  Keeping in mind my background is marketing and comms. Anyone? Yeah? PS: watch this space because i’ll have one soon!

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A perfect world where all ducks are in a row.

Anything new you’ve learnt this week OR anything you want me to ‘learn’ for you??

 

x L