FIVE FAVES: The Simple Things.

Hey guys! It's been a busy week. My new job is turning out to be pretty great, mostly thanks to the amazing people who work with me. My bank account is loving the attention, too! In my spare time this week I hung out with friends drinking peach schnapps and watching horror movies & wandered around the city with another friend in search of pancakes. (We found them!) Queer As Folk feels have been taking up much of my time, too. I thought working all weekend would be hell, but it's Sunday evening and I'm in a pretty fabulous mood (*knocks on wood*). I came home from work with two bunches of flowers and my mum said, "Two for $10? Yeah, you got sucked in." Whatever, my room is full of prettiness now.

I'm going to start a series of posts called FIVE FAVES. It's a simple idea: once a week I will post a roundup of my favourite things (I use this term loosely - could refer to products, people, items or media).

  1. Brian/Justin - FEELS EVERYWHERE. I literally ache whenever I think of them. This can't be healthy, I know. It's been over three years and I'm still not over them! They are LIFE RUINERS. (I'll go into more detail one day, I promise.)
  2. My precious bed - incredibly thankful for this, especially this week. Most nights I fell asleep before 10pm, which, if you know me, is pretty weird. I was that exhausted. And my bed is that comfy. Not to mention how much I love Hannah's company.
  3. Peach Schnapps - Tried this for the first time at a friend's house. Ran out to buy a bottle of my own. YUM.
  4. St Ives Apricot Scrub - The best wake up call ever. This was recommended to me by a friend and I honestly love it. The scrub is the perfect consistency - not too harsh or too soft. And afterwards my face feels like a baby's.
  5. "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" - This is such a hyper song. It can get me into a good mood basically anytime. I really should add it to my running playlist. That'd be nice.

What are you loving this week?

Interview with Erin -

I meant to post this earlier but this week has been hectic for me. Assignments, new job and social outings seemed to happen all at once! Anyway, this week Erin and I decided to interview each other. You can see the questions she asked me on her blog. As she wrote in her post, Erin and I have actually known each other for a few years on other social networks, but sharing this blogging experience has really allowed us to get to know each other more. I'm in love with the photos she takes and the wonderful ideas for posts that she comes up with. I'm always struck by how honest she can be with herself and with others. It's something I really admire. Erin's blog is definitely one of my favourites so go and take a look for yourself.

How long have you been blogging and how did you get started? 
I have had numerous blogs over the last 10 years - primarily on livejournal and tumblr - but I recently started to feel like I had outgrown both of those and decided to try running a grown up blog. I've always liked to write and take photos so blogging is a great outlet for me.

How would you describe your blog? (In terms of what you blog about)
This is a tough one and a question I've been thinking about for a while now. I would probably consider it to be a lifestyle blog.

Who knows about your blog? Do you promote it?
My mum and brother know I have one and that I really enjoy it but I don't think they've ever read it. I link my blog in all my social media profiles and when I comment on other people's blog posts but I don't necessarily go out of my way to promote it. I really want to promote it a little more but I don't want it to be seen as spam. I'm really shy about self-promotion and get embarrassed easily over things I write or create.

Your favourite post and why?
This is a really easy one for me, it was definitely Nostalgia: The Perfect Childhood. I loved this one because I love to look back on my childhood - I was so lucky to have had those first 8 years of my life be as perfect as they could've been. It's nice to see the innocence in my face and remember the way I felt as a child - I can't remember a lot of events from my childhood or things I did but I do remember feelings and specific moments. I'd love to do a follow up post to this one in the future. I also really enjoyed Sydney Trip: Day 1.

Who are your favourite bloggers?
Oh, where do I begin? Obviously A Sleepy Kat, Dipped In Rococo, A Beautiful Mess, Zoella, Curating Cuteness, Sprinkle of Glitter, and my most recent favourite blog Lamb Loves Fox. There are many more I enjoy reading but these are the ones I look forward to checking every day and genuinely love every post.

What, in your opinion, is the hardest aspect of running a blog? 
For me it's just sorting through all my ideas and picking something to stick with. Sometimes blog posts slip through that I'm not completely happy with or excited about which makes me upset for awhile but then I just have to pick myself up and make sure the next one is one I can be more satisfied.

What, in your opinion, is the most enjoyable aspect of running a blog? 
Apart from blogging being a personal outlet, I love finding people who I share things in common with - nobody in my real life shares as many interests or cares to know the things I write about on here. Having people take interest in what I have to say is amazing. I've always said I want to be heard and have something I say change someone's life or mentality.

Do you try and stick to certain topics? 
I do try but it doesn't always work! At first I just posted photos, hauls and written personal posts but it has expanded a little since then. I do want to try and narrow it back down in future and not post just because it's been a couple of days and I feel like I have to.

What inspires you? 
In general or for my blog? In my own life my future inspires me. I'm always dreaming about the future and possible scenarios and how my life will be in 1, 5 or even 10 years. Blog-wise I get inspiration from a lot of places - most of it comes from music, books, psychology, friendships and of course other people's blogs are very inspirational and make me want to be a better photographer. Nostalgia is also a major source of inspiration for me - I love diving into previous decades and wondering what it would've been like to live in such a different time when technology wasn't such a big part of our lives. I'm really into the 90s in particular because it really was the beginning of so much change and technological development. I think a lot of twenty-year-olds have the same fascination with the 90s and have a sense of nostalgia for a time when everything was much simpler.

Where do you see your blogging adventures taking you? 
You know, I'd love to have it be something more than "just a blog". I'd love to follow in the footsteps of A Beautiful Mess and have my own book and store. That would be the ultimate dream.

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on a sunny monday.

All I can do is turn a phrase until it catches the light. © Clive James

  • I'm totally loving the Spring-ish weather happening in Sydney right now. It's fabulous.
  • Borrowed my dad's car for the day and drove to the harbour for a waterside run. Also fabulous.
  • It's not 100% sure but it's looking like I have a job! High fives all around to that! :)
  • I'm obsessed with that Clive James quote (above). I saw an interview with him on TV a few weeks ago and totally fell in love with his writing.
  • Today I started an essay a whole week before it is due! Personal growth, that's called.
  • I'm seeing friends this week and enjoying my break from hectic uni days.
  • I have a new blanket called Hannah and she's the best at snuggling.
  • Brian and Justin are Life Ruiners™ and yet I'm completely in love with them. Might post more on this later, if I ever figure out how to compose coherent sentences in relation to these two.
  • Things are snuggly and happy and sunny today. Hope you're having a good day! xxx


Today I noticed that my hair is finally long enough for a cute lil' ponytail. Without sharing too many details, just know that this is a huge deal for me and has probably just made my month. :) I got excited and then Photobooth happened.

That's all! Carry on with your day! La la la ~

xoxox Dinah

birthdays and goodbyes.

I'm back from spending a lovely few days with my family in Brisbane. The weekend was filled with friendly faces, drunken shenanigans and two of the loveliest children I know. Admittedly I don't know a lot of children, but my cousin's kids are so freakin' beautiful and lovely. It hurts so much when I have to say goodbye. I have posted about them before in Toddler vs Kangaroos but they have both changed so much! Kids grow up so damn fast, don't they?

The main reason for my visit was my cousin (not the one with kids) is moving back to London and there was a big family going away party. The family up there is so large that it's nearby impossible to have everyone in the same place at once. I'm so glad I was there - I do miss those guys a hell of a lot. Although I was the youngest one there (aside from the babies, lol), it didn't really matter. I just seem to be able to get along with them. Which begs the question, WHY DO I LIVE SO FAR AWAY? I complain, I do, but I don't think I could live in Brisbane. My little body and brain is too accustomed to Sydney weather - staying in Brisbane is like taking a trip to a sweaty but cold sauna. It's the weirdest feeling.

I already miss everyone. But I'll tell you what - it's nice to be home in my own bed. :)

that is awesomeshorts™

I know outfit posts aren't really my thing but I got these fabulous new shorts and I just had to share.

Culotte Shorts: Ally Fashion
T-Shirt: Bonds
Jellies: Rubi Shoes

Sportsgirl Pout About It lipstick - "Pretty Please"
Sunnies - Perv

Took these photos in the five spare minutes I had before running out the door. They're a bit rushed, sorry. Note the lack of earrings and can't-be-bothered hairstyle (my go-to style, actually).

I love love love love love these shorts. I got them on the weekend from Ally Fashion (which I wandered all over the city to find, I might add) for only $30. They have a chiffon feel to them and faux leather accents on the pockets and are probably going to be a bitch to wash, but oh well. The style flatters my shape well, I think, and the most important feature of all: they are so comfy. I wore them today and literally felt like I was in my pyjamas. Given today's top of 30°C, these shorts were a lovely break from my regular tight denim ones. I think I'm going to be looking for a similar pair in a lighter colour - maybe a print.

What else happened on the weekend? Oh yeah, I bought my first lipstick. Friends had recommended Mac and Rimmel to me, but Mac seemed a little bit out of my beginner league and Rimmel was sold out at the Priceline store I went to. So I ended up with a Sportsgirl one and I love it. The colour is lovely - pinkish but still natural, and the lipstick glides on so smoothly. It basically felt like high class lip gloss. And now I have my eye on a Revlon lipstick and Priceline is advertising a 2-for-1 deal. Oh dear. Oh deary me.

My shoes, of course, broke this afternoon and I had to limp my way to the train station and get my mum to pick me up from the other end. Nice going, Dinah. Always a class act. Oh well, that's what I get for buying fifteen dollar shoes. They might be repairable. I don't know, I haven't really looked yet. Came home from uni today and got straight into bed and fell asleep. Woke up later, very hungry. Oh, the life of a student.

Now it's midnight and I have twelve hours to finish and submit a creative piece. Plus, you know, I like to sleep. So I should probably stop rambling. Ciao!

♓ rest in peace, prince pisces.

Today marks one year since my cat's death. I miss him so fucking much.

Review: Gloss 'n Sparkle

I recently bought a couple of nailpolishes from Gloss 'n Sparkle. I have had my eye on Unicorn Droppings for about a year now and I finally went for it. Shipping in Australia is flat rate so I decided to get another one, too.

Sleepy Head 12ml - $9.00 (link)
Unicorn Droppings 12ml - $9.00 (link)

I ordered these on Sunday night and received them this morning (Friday!). Communication with the seller was quick and easy and I'd definitely buy from her again.

In these photos I have two coats of the Unicorn Droppings on my left hand and one coat of Sleepy Head on my right hand. I love the consistency of the Sleepy Head - the purple is a lovely soft colour and the glitter is very easy to spread on.

In the bottle, Unicorn Droppings looks almost grey. However on my nails, it's white and shimmery. One coat probably would have done the job fine, but I wanted to put on more glitter.

These polishes are already my favourites.

Check out Gloss 'n Sparkle on Etsy.

clean your teeth with bubblegum!

Inspired by Erin's post, here is a bunch of photos from my childhood. Baby!Dinah was a bit of a cutie, yes? :)

minimal me

Good news: The 2014 Ikea catalogue is now online! And the physical copy will be in stores from September 9th. (Hopefully I'll receive my copy in the mail before then, though.) In this post I have included a few of my favourite pages. No doubt when I have my hands on the physical copy, these will be the ones bookmarked over and over again, dog-eared with hearts drawn in the margins. It's inevitable.

I have loved Ikea for as long as I can remember. Many years ago there was a store quite near my house and I remember being there with my family when I was only a few years old. We bought (among other things) a wooden stool with an adjustable height that squeaked whenever sat on for its entire life before it mysteriously disappeared when we moved house five years ago.