21 November 2017

001. Before heading off on my travels, I wanted to grab a new lip balm but I felt conflicted about supporting something that came in plastic packaging or used beeswax. So the only conclusion that seemed sensible to an eco babe like myself was to try and make my own!

002. You can find the exact recipe and instructions that I followed HERE. I was planning on writing it up, but I just followed the recipe from the Biome blog and they do a much better job than me at explaining all things technical and eco! The only adaption I made was that I halved the recipe and it still made LOADS (just keep this in mind as lip balm isn't really something you need a lot of). Also a hot little tip to clean the waxiness off your pots at the end of the experiment, boil the kettle and pour it over the mess. Voila!

003. I really feel proud and excited with each little new thing I teach myself to make that is natural, eco friendly and creates zero waste. It can be challenging and experimental, but it really is another form of creativity for me. Plus the satisfaction you get from making your own beauty products and knowing EXACTLY what you are putting on your skin is pretty damn great too.

Lena x


14 November 2017

001. I really love art as a form of journaling and self expression. I don't have any extreme talent or own fancy art supplies but I just love to create. Art for me is a way to switch off my busy thinking mind and tune into stillness, conscious energy and creativity. I guess this post doesn't have a strong point or purpose, I just wanted to put it out there into the world and encourage you to just CREATE because it can make magical things happen. 

002. This little piece from my messy art journal is something I created a few weeks ago one night while I was living alone. I honestly don't really know where it came from, I just started playing with watercolours and this wave of thoughts just channelled out the end of my paint brush. I hope it maybe makes you feel something and ignites the little light of creativity inside your soul too!

Lena x


9 November 2017

001. By the time you read this post I will be somewhere in Nepal! If you missed my last post, Ben and myself are currently on a backpacking trip around Nepal and India for the next 3-4 months. I thought showing you what I packed in my 40L carry on backpack could be interesting and useful for all fellow explorers! 

002. I took the time to loosely label the total contents of my backpack in the above photo, so I don't bore you to death with the nitty gritty details. Photo number two demonstrates a couple of my ultimate backpacking travel hacks. The first one is packing cubes- these will save your life and stop you from endlessly burying around in your backpack! Plus they save lots of space. You could order some cheap ones off eBay or pop into Kmart and grab the three pack of laundry bags they sell (which is my favourite option!). Essential number two is a scarf type of wrap which will double as a cover-up, sarong, headscarf, source of warmth or towel for desperate situations. My third essential is somewhere safe to keep your valuables close to you, this could be one of those secret belts to store your passport or a special PacSafe handbag like mine. These options are great to give you peace of mind when you are in a busy or overwhelming place. My grandma kindly crocheted the outside of mine to make it a little more funky and a little less tourist! 

003. I also wanted to include some eco hacks, which I am going to try to implement while away on this trip. I want to try to avoid plastic bags wherever possible, so this little string bag is great and weighs almost nothing. The reusable bamboo spork will be handy in avoiding plastic cutlery if it turns up too. Finally, as the water in the countries I will be travelling to shouldn't be consumed untreated, I investied in a LifeStraw water bottle to hopefully cut down on plastic water bottle use. Last time I backpacked Asia this was something I wish I avoided more! I haven't ever used this product before, but I'm excited to see how effective and easy it is to use! 

004. So, I guess this is what you could call a minimalist, eco inspired packing post?! I am SO excited to be travelling abroad again with my best friend! I promise to share lots of photos, travel stories and adventures when I am home on this special little place on the internet. 

Lena x


3 November 2017

linen tie up top// depop $10
silk slip dress // depop // $15
my sunday feeling flares // depop $15

001. Welcome to a new series on the blog I'm calling Fair Fashion Finds. Essentially, it's me showcasing a few pieces of clothing I have picked up from ethical and sustainable sources. The aim of this is to SHARE valuable information about where and how you can source funky clothes that still look after the earth. I'm going to prove just how easy it is! I don't plan on this being a super regular series, because I am trying not to buy things ALL THE TIME (which is surprisingly hard in this consumerist culture). Although, I've definitely slipped up lately and figured it would be great time to start the project!

002. I am head-over-heels in love with all of these purchases and know that they will be very loved in my wardrobe. The flares are from one of my favourite labels ever called My Sunday Feeling, which no longer is in production, so they are either usually super expensive or super hard to come by. When I managed to find these for only $15 my mind was blown! I will be honest, they aren't in perfect condition, there are a couple of snags and tiny holes, but I am planning on wearing these at festivals and running around fields in them, so the slight wear 'n' tear doesn't concern me at all. The other two items came from the same seller- a super flattering tie up linen top and a 100% silk vintage slip-shaped dress. Both are in perfect condition and are lovely little essential basic pieces which will work with everything already in my wardrobe.

003. Everything in this post was purchased through the app called Depop. Essentially Depop is what you would get if Instagram and eBay had a baby- secondhand, affordable, funky threads which are aesthetically pleasing to look at and navigate. I love love love this app! If you are new to world of Depop it can be overwhelming to navigate or understand, so I'm going to let you in on a few of my insider tips.

- use key search terms that fit your style or favourite brand 
an example of terms I usually search are linen, tie, flare, festival, bell, denim, overalls etc.
- set the search to only Australian sellers
this is because I am ALWAYS on a budget and Australian shipping is super cheap, if you are on the hunt for one-off-gem turn this off to search worldwide
- message the seller to check it's still available / tell them you are interested
depending on how recently it was listed or if the seller hasn't been active for a while, this is the safe thing to do before actually purchasing, and can open doors to ask questions about the sizing etc. if you are concerned
- use a PayPal account
purchasing through PayPal gives you all the buyer protection policies, just in case something unlikely ends up happening
- check regularly
if you are really on the hunt for something, search your key terms regularly because newly listed items can get snatched up really quick if they are something rare/funky/labelled/cheap etc.

004. I hope this helps you with your secondhand search and encourages you to try supporting the endless ethical, sustainable and earth saving fashion options that are out there.

Lena x


28 October 2017

001. Gang of Youths newest musical endeavour 'Go Farther in Lightness' is one of my favourite albums of 2017. It is so epically beautiful and each song is worthy of some ear time. I won't even begin to try to put how this album makes me feel into words, all I can do is recommend you all to listen to it at least once. Preferably start to finish in chronological order and REALLY listen. Loud in long solo car rides and in complete darkness at night. Just give it a go!

002. Full discretion that I stole these graphics from the Gang of Youths Facebook page and didn't create them myself. This album really has found a special place in my heart this year and so I think it deserves to be immortalised here on the blog too.

Lena x


26 October 2017

001. I have just arrived home after my first ever trip down to South Australia, and I had the loveliest time ever! I was lucky enough to explore a little bit of Adelaide and the coastline around Victor Harbour. Sorry for the large amount of the photos but this place was just INSANE! We spotted a seal playing in the waves on this beach and it was the first time I've ever seen a seal in the wild. It just looked so happy and full of life, spinning and gliding through the icey ocean. I get pretty damn excited whale watching, so my first ever seal encounter just melted my heart. NATURE IS THE BEST! 

002. I have a couple more hectic days left before life briefly settles down and I can ground myself again. There's a few blog posts and mini projects I want to work on so I'm excited to have some time to do all these creative things that make me HAPPY. Do what fuels your heart and soul man! 

Lena x


6 October 2017

001. Getting all raw and a bit vulnerable today to talk about something I feel pretty passionate about; self love. It has taken me a long time to get to this point but I can honestly say I have never been happier in my skin, my mind and my body- and it's only onwards and upwards from here right?

002. I feel confident in my body. I feel confident in my words. I feel confident in my soul. I feel confident in who I am growing and changing and evolving to be each and every day. Self love for me is about acceptance, respect and kindness. Thanking my body for looking after me and carrying me through life. I accept where I am and I am happy. 

004. How cool is it they we have ended up here on earth having a human experience in a human body? We are a boundless and infinite source of energy, only using this psychical body as a home. That blows my mind. There are still mysteries about the human body which have not been uncovered and it's sad to think that so many people are out of touch with theirs. Put goodness into your body and put goodness into your mind- food AND thoughts. Breathe and connect. If you are feeling out of touch try to meditate (guided body scan meditations are especially a great place to start). 

005. The little sketch in this post is something I drew aimlessly a while ago but I rather liked. An explosion of my scattered thoughts and feeling towards this topic. 

005. Self love takes time. Self love is a practice. I have good days, I have bad days. When you begin to love yourself, you circulate positive energy into your soul, your relationships and your life. Choose love, choose happiness- because life is too short not to.

Lena x


4 October 2017

001. Just a collection of a few of my favourite photos I have taken recently. I really love photography; experimenting on the camera and also playing around with Photoshop. Just creating ALL the things that pop into my crazy brain! I also would love to get back into shooting film more regularly again but I really need to sort out my spending problem first (oops). 

002. I'm feeling super inspired and excited by life right now- so I'm going to just throw all the posts out on here I can! Life is fucking weird but also fucking beautiful. I just want to really LIVE and CREATE everything. 

Lena x


25 September 2017

001. I honestly feel like a bit of a cheat posting this "recipe" because it only uses TWO ingredients. Both are available at almost every bulk food shop and are super super cheap. No need to keep producing rubbish and spending huge amounts of money on aerosol versions of dry shampoo when you have this little mix ready to go. This recipe creates zero waste, is 100% natural, really affordable and actually works! - do I need to convince you more?

- arrowroot powder
- cocoa powder

- there isn't much to it, just simply mix the two ingredients together to find a colour that works in your hair!
- start of with a tablespoon or so of arrowroot and just add the cocoa until the colour makes you happy
- lighter hair = less cocoa // darker hair = more cocoa
- I like to store mine in an old spice jar with a shaker lid for easy use

- simple sprinkle it along your scalp/hair part where it looks a bit oily and use a hair brush or your fingers to work it through - voila!

Lena x


23 September 2017

001. This is the first roll of film I had had developed in a very, very long time. Mainly because I'm a broke ass student, but also because I have a perfectly good camera that doesn't use precious resources for each photo. Combining these two problems I try to use film sparingly and for special occasions only- this one was Splendour in the Grass. Looking at these photos has not only re-ignited my love for shooting in film but also my love of a good boogey to live music in the middle of field. It does break my heart a tiny bit that I'll be missing summer festival season this year, but all the name of bigger and better things!

002. Enjoy these B grade photos of me and my friends making a fool of ourselves and enjoying every minute (all raw, natural and unedited for your viewing pleasure).

Lena x


24 August 2017

001. This past month has been filled with lots of lovely experiences, places and people. I have been taking my camera with me most places and have documented a few of these memories. A camping trip out in the forest, endless blue winter skies and a chilly weekend down in my favourite city were definitely the highlights.

002. I haven't really been blogging regularly for a while, so hopefully my inability to articulate words in this post will be forgiven. Right now I don't really know how I feel about this whole talking/writing to myself on the internet thing, but I know I really want to continue to push myself creatively. This is me making a little promise to myself to keep making, creating, doing and dreaming- just pouring it all out into the world!

Lena x


7 August 2017

001. Time to announce a super funky little collaboration I've been working on with my store and a couple of other groovers and shakers! The FROCKLED X RADICAL collection is a pile of carefully curated vintage pieces, that stand for sustainability, ethics and social change. Not only is each and every piece in the collection contributing to a a more thoughtful, sustainable and eco friendly way of buying fashion, 50% of all proceeds are also being donated to a social enterprise. Solar Buddy teaches Australian school kids about renewable energy and provides tough, solar powered lights to communities and children in need around the world. If you purchase something from the FROCKLED X RADICAL collection you are helping change the world!

002. Mel has worked so hard on creating a magazine that reflects the perfect amount of artsy pages, earth saving knowledge and creativity. "Making art, trouble and learning to care for the planet." Hit up @radicalmagazine on Instagram or buy a copy of the mag, to show your support for young creatives putting everything out there into the world and inspiring CHANGE!

Lena x


27 July 2017

001. I've been home for all of two days and I'm already dreaming of being back down in Byron Bay running around the grassy hills, boogying to some killer tunes. My highlights of weekend were definitely Haim, King Gizzard, The XX,  Smith Street, Dope Lemon and Dunies (just to name a few from my hazy memory). Splendour in the Grass you didn't disappoint. I honestly don't have many words to say in this post, just wanted to share some photos from the weekend (that I certainly didn't take). Actions speak far louder than words, and if you haven't yet had the opportunity yet to experience the epic festival that is Splendour, you really have got to get onto that because just WOW. Wild, sweaty, hot, cold, crazy, hilarious, messy times. Just another page to add in the memory book that is this blog.

Lena x

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