Thursday, 26 June 2014

Aloha Spirit












I'm still alive! I know some of you may have had your doubts the past month, but my total hiatus excuse is at least partially valid. I did have a two week spontaneous holiday to Byron Bay (which was, I may add, incredible). The other two weeks, well... One was spent with my head still entirely in holiday mode, while the past week was occupied by the suffering of Post-Holiday Blues (which I now officially declare a medical term). Byron Bay is pretty much my dream/the package deal - the ocean, mountains, trendy people, vegan cafes galore. I rekindled my extreme love for the ocean, which, looking back now, was probably a bad thing. I'm such a beach bum and beaches near where I live don't really deliver the goods quite to the desired extent.

I was wearing these shorts again the other day and found sand in the pocket of them. I can't escape. I picked up these high-waisted vintage beauties for 5 bucks at a market - total score!! Completing my new fave getup is the skull printed mens' tshirt, which completely rocks my world. Perfect oversized comfy fit, wicked design, PLUS it's made of 100% organic cotton manufactured entirely using renewable energy sources (wind and solar)! Hell yeah, environmentally friendly and cute clothes are the best.

I hope you groovy people have been having the best lives possible. Be sure to follow my instagram (@arainatasmin) to keep up with all my foodie and adventure snaps :) This weekend's adventure plans include a mountain climb - my absolute favourite !!! Catch ya later.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Heartbeats














Long time no see, but I promise I'm still alive. In fact, I'm more alive. This whole idea of being truly alive seems to be a frequent theme in my posts, but I truly do think it's of uttermost importance. Some of you may know that I spent a looong time feeling pretty damn shitty. I've done some things I'm not proud of and had plenty of mornings when I couldn't bear to leave my bed, BUT, I feel like I can finally say that is in the past. I'm *gasp* happy. Like real happiness. The kind of happiness that you can laugh and smile and feel all these hella good things so strongly and it's an amazing, amazing feeling. If any of you are struggling, please just hold on and believe me when I say it's so fucking worth it.

Phew. Rant over, sorry that was not planned. Moving on to a lighter subject, how pretty is this leaf-filled path ?? I feel like all my posts are just expressing my overwhelming love for nature. To skip through the golden archs of autumn, I found this dress hanging at the back of my closet still with the tags attached and all. Ah, one of the joys of life; finding clothes you didn't know existed. I just adore the quirky cut of it, I mean, take a look at the collar !!!

Extremely exciting things happening next week... Tuesday we're headed up to Byron Bay for a spontaneous holiday, with the next day being my 16th birthday (*cue balloons and vegan cake*). The length of the trip is still undecided, having only bought one-way tickets so far, so if you never hear from me again I've probably permanently moved to the sunny town. Not sure when my next post will be, but I'll be sure to take a bucket-load of photos. Be sure to follow my Instagram (@arainatasmin) to see all the amazing places and delicious food I'm about to experience.

Hope you all had a wicked week!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Holocene












wearing; Imonni dress, Cotton On denim jacket, hand-knitted cardigan, American Apparel socks, thrifted boots

This dress shrunk in the wash. From 1 to 10 on the devastated scale I'm sitting on a tear-jerking 11.5. I finally found the most perfect plaid print and now it's too short to wear in public without revealing my backside. Can someone please sympathise with me because that hit me hard ok. Even my cardigan is longer. Speaking of the cardigan, I picked up this beauty at a local market the other week and it is literally what dreams are made of. Soo warm & cosy, $40, hand-kintted, 100% wool = pretty good bargain if you ask me. I also bought another denim jacket to add to the collection (not like I needed another one, but whatever) and found my $5 denim boots I scored hiding at the back of my closet.

How pretty is this scenery ???? It's only 5 minutes down the road from where I live, which I think makes me a pretty lucky gal. I've fallen head over heels for nature and I really want to set up a yoga mat on the rocks sometime. The gushing of water over the moss-covered rocks is so serene and relaxing. I've been doing quite a bit of yoga recently, as well as trying to run (emphasise on trying) and it just makes me feel so damn good. Really starting to trust and listen to my body more and more, fueling it with good food and moving it regularly. It's incredible the difference a bit of effort and a positive mindset each day can make. I've received quite a few requests on Tumblr about doing a blog post on veganism and my exercise routine/food kind of thing, so that might be in the works shortly?

I'm headed off to work experience this week, which should be both a great, as well as terrifying experience. I hope you all have a wonderful, positive week.