Monday, 1 September 2014

BITS + PIECES // An overcoat Will take me anywhere

[Lyrics // Band of Horses - "The First Song"]
It's feels so strange to be writing this, but it's been a one year since I said goodbye to my family and friends in Australia and moved to England.
Everyday I miss them more than the last, and everyday I fall more in love with the Isle of Wight. Which isn't easy, having two things I love so much being on opposite sides from one another.

But today I'm going to be sad. Today is a great day. Today marks one year since I decided to finally follow my dreams. So let's look back at the things I've done over the 12 months.
I took my first plan flight by myself. I moved to the Isle of Wight. I went to my first camping festival (bestival). I meet Matthew (at bestival). Lived with my dear friend Luke for the first time. I went to my first west end theatre show (book of Mormon). I colours my hair orange and then it faded. Joined a bowling team. My first English Christmas. Had my first real Christmas tree. Bought a house.
Oh and list goes on and on. Let me just show you.

It's was a year of first. The best thing about first's is seconds, I getting to do them all over again. 
I'm excited for year two, and all the adventures Matt and I will be doing together. Like taking Matt to Australia for the first time in February, his never traveled that far before so that's exciting.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

HOME // New Beginnings

You might already know this, if you follow me on Facebook that is. But last week Matt and I closed on our first house.
Yep! OMG we brought a house indeed!!!!
At the beginning of every year I write a list of things I want to do for that year ahead. Last year I wrote that I wanted to move to England, and I did just that. This year my goal was a lot bigger. This year Matt and I sat down a talked about our dreams and goals for 2014. It turns out Matt's dream in life happen to be the same as mine. And top of the list for both of us was to be home owners.
As you can see there is ALOT of work to do. But Matt and I have an amazing team behind us. We have started some of the work, and already it's looking so different.
It’s so scary to think that a year ago I was packing my bags and moving to England, I never planned on starting a relationship, nor did I think I would be buying a house with someone. But I guess when you know, you know. You know what I mean!?

So that’s it, get ready for heaps of house related “things”. I'm sure I'll share more photos as each stage moves forward. Until then, keep safe my darlings.

Jrae
xo xo

Monday, 4 August 2014

LOVE LOCAL // Ryde Carnival

Saturday evening kicked off the start of the main Ryde Carnival here on the Isle of Wight.
This year marks the 126th year of the Carnival, but it also marks my first Ryde Carnival (better late than never I say hehehe)




After I finished work Matt and I went for a walk down to the seafront to watch the parade from Matt's parents B&B with the rest of the family. I decided to take my camera along for some cheeky free lensing shots. Free lensing is a lot of fun, and you can get some really awesome effects with little to no effect. As long as you are not afraid to get your camera a little dusty then I recommend try free lensing.  
I think this is one of my favourite things about moving to the UK, is the fact that I get to expression all these new and exciting things, it’s like being a kid again (but in your mid 20s hehehe)


How was your weekend? 

Jrae

xo xo

Friday, 18 April 2014

LIFE LATELY // Don't be shy. Don't be kind. Somewhere snow collects and bends the boughs of pines.


[Lyrics // La Dispute - "Stay Happy There"]
Yep we all have them. For me, my lazy days start with a cup of tea then I head back up to bed for a few hours of watching movies in bed.
I've had a few stressful few weeks. My head has totally been all over the place lately. So a lazy day in bed was just what the doctor ordered.

I just started watching Bates Motel, I know I'm a little bit behind. But better late than never, right!

What TV shows have you been watching lately?

Jrae
x o x o

Thursday, 20 February 2014

DECOR // Just know you're not alone Cause I'm gonna make this place your home

[Lyrics // Phillip Phillips - "Home"]

I've been living in the England since September, but since December I've been living with my boyfriend. It's a long story as to why we moved in together so early on in our relationship so I wont bore you with that story. But today I wanted to share some photos of our bedroom.
It's still a long way from what we want but it sure is getting there.

Before; As you can see it was a typical boys room. Boring, bland and lacking in life.
Having gym equipment in the bedroom isn't something any girl wants (it kinda kills the romance) so that was the first things we moved into the spare more. The next thing we did was change the layout. Having the bed behind the door and out of sight wasn't working for me. The bed should be the focal point of any bedroom. (don't you think?)
[ Bed covers // BHS Cat Pillow// Dunelm Mill Union Jack Pillow // B&Q Chest of Draws // Ikea Lamp // BHS ]

We still have a few more things we want to do in the bedroom. Like add some art to the walls, better shoe storage, and a new wardrobe to replace the one that's behind the door. We are thinking of using Ikea's PAX system, But we are not sure yet. Although is a long way from looking the way we want (and when I say "we" I mean "me" hehehe) I am loving the changes we have made so far, the room works so much better for us now.

Jrae
x o x o