In praise of staying, deliberately

Much like Penny, I’ve spent a great deal of time wondering if I should move overseas. And in an unlikely turn of events that has surprised myself more than anything, I’ve decided to give this whole Really-Deliberately-Living-In-Sydney thing a crack. Choosing to stay in a city you know like the back of your hand is hardly the…

Berlin at 33, Berghain and Blind-Friend-Dates

I’ve never lived overseas. That’s quite an odd thing for an Australian, isn’t it? Australians are a nation of travellers, and I know more people that have lived in London or New York for a year than that haven’t. But I never got around to it. There was always a job, or a boyfriend. Usually…

In defence of a decade spent doing nothing all that tangible.

Yesterday I turned an age that felt more damning than the ones that came before. I turned 29; almost 3 decades on earth and 30 times around the sun. To mark the occasion I booked an AirBnB with my boyfriend in the middle of nowhere, accessible only by boat and with no access to Instagram or…

In defence of fashion

Fashion is an industry that gets a pretty bad rap. It’s widely maligned for being inaccessible, damaging to body image, exploitative, frivolous and unimportant. Somehow the pursuit of beauty has been dismissed as something not worth our time, something shallow, which is a brutal but easy conclusion to come to.

Advice on dating apps, from a person that’s never used one

It’s completely bizarre to me that I have been in a relationship since before dating apps were a thing. The idea of being able to swipe left on someone is something that didn’t exist when my partner and I got together, and I often wonder how something like Tinder would have changed the outcome of…

The Naked Friendship

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly – it’s your masterpiece, after all” is a great quote from author Nathan W. Morris. I wonder, should we include friends in this ritual cull? It seems like a harsh sentiment but if we grow out of an outfit or a hairdo then surely we also grow out of friendships.

Hello, I’m a bad person

That’s right, you heard me: I’m a bad person. I’ve done all the bad things. Cheating, littering, being a bitch, stealing flowers from people’s gardens, sometimes smoking cigarettes, chucking sickies. All of it! I’m bad baby.

In praise of nakedness

“I’m going to promote myself exactly as I am, with all my weak points and my strong ones. My weak points are that I’m self-conscious and often insecure, and my strong point is that I don’t feel any shame about it.” – Patti Smith Last week I went to see the Nude exhibition at the…

Over to you!

This week at work we did an activity designed to help our team get to know each other better. Everyone asked each other a bunch of questions – some personal, some work-related, some completely random – and everyone else had to answer. It was a surprisingly fast way to form a connection with one another and…

When things are not alright

There are days, weeks and months when people like me can really struggle, and I know I’m not alone. I have trouble finding the point of it all on a regular basis. I have trouble feeling good about myself on a regular basis. Busy, tired and a little uninspired, life can sometimes get you down,…

Unreal Albums: Earth Tones

High-waisted jeans, red lipstick, barren landscapes, quiet moments on the balcony. These warm days have us dreaming of summer adventures…