Sunday, 4 September 2016

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Day 3, 14th August 2016

First night here (and after 30 hours awake) I checked into my AirBNB and decided to walk up the road after showering off the plane filth. I stumbled across this bar called the Wayland on Avenue C in Alphabet City, East Village. It had a real old school, eclectic bar with a pub vibe. I sat down and had some drinks and a chat to the bartenders. They gave me some tips on some cool places. Then this guy Andre walked in who is friends with one of the bar staff. As soon as he heard I was Australian, he wanted to introduce me to his friends. We ended up chatting and hanging out. He lives in Chinatown. He then called up some of his friends who he thought would be interested in meeting me. His friend Meghana rocked up to meet me. Such an awesome chick. She was lovely! 
I also made friends with the security guard Kenny Hughes. What a cutie - haha!

Kenny, me and Andre - night 1! - Wayland Alphabet City
Was so hungover and jet lagged the next day I met Janan for lunch at 3pm at Harry Capriani's on 5th Avenue. A certain billionaire pays for her to eat there, so we had these amazing Italian men serving us bellinis and delicious food and we paid nothing. I also met her lovely driver, who takes her around the city wherever she wants when she comes to visit.

NEW YORK NEW YORK - Day 1, 12th August 2016

I'm the girl that's never travelled before - not properly anyway. I spent 5 days in New Zealand with a friend and 8 nights in Fiji with my ex. I never even had a passport until 2014. So a few months ago I decided to book a ticket to New York. I'd had a shitty day at work, a bottle of wine, and found a $1200 AUD return ticket on Flight Centre. Everyone I've ever met that's travelled there had said "Oh, Lolly, you'll love it!" I decided to follow their prompts and book a trip to the city that never sleeps all on my own. No friends, no contacts, no knowledge of the place.... a real adventure. While I was over there, I kept a travel diary. What's the point of all my adventures if I just keep them to myself, so I thought I'd share!

I've come back completely different - a new person, new views and I think I might even be moving to NY in the next few months. 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

This way of living changes today

Let me tell you a story about who I am right now. I’m scared, I’m self-conscious, I’m stressed all the time about the most insignificant things, but I’m also worried about very real, very significant things.

This depression comes and goes, but over the last few weeks it’s been very present. In fact. It’s been ever present.  I don’t really understand why some people are able to live their life without this ghost, this dark shadow following them around, peeking from behind every corner. Maybe they don’t feel deeply enough or maybe they’re just lucky.

Compared to many others with this condition, I’m what you would call a ‘success story’ – yes, people who know what I’ve been like in the past actually refer to me as that. I smile, I have friends, I have a great family, I’m smart, I care about how I look, I’ve completed three degrees and I have a full time job at one of the biggest publishing companies in the world, but for some reason I still just feel like I’m treading water.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Allergic Reaction to Cosmetic Chemicals

We don't always look at the ingredients that are put into our make up, but they can in fact cause damage to our skin.

I completed my accredited make up artistry course on the weekend, which was an absolute blast. I decided to study this so I can earn some extra cash on weekends doing bridal and formal make up. I learnt so much and the looks I recreated were phenomenal. 

The instructor was also amazing. She has been a make up artist for 25 years and I learnt so much from her, however she makes her own products and something in these products clearly didn't agree with me.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Beautiful New Jewellery Boutique - Her Banana, Newtown

Sometimes in life you meet those super talented people: you know, the ones whose natural talents and skills you always envied?! I met an amazing girl like this at my last job. I was working as a Suit in a small creative agency in Redfern and she was working there in the studio as a hand illustrator and graphic designer. Her natural ability for design, colour and composition astounded me. She was always far too talented for that place. 

So when I heard she had left and set up her own jewellery shop in Newtown called 'Her Banana' I was over the moon. It took me a while to finally make it out there, but I visited a few weeks ago. The place is AMAZING. Not only has she designed all of the pieces herself, but she's also created all of the artwork hanging on the walls and is responsible for the interior design of the shop, which is sleek and highly professional.