Thursday, 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


Monday, 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


Thursday, 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


Monday, 17 July 2017

 String Bag: eString Bags // Green Tote Bag: Markets in Laos // Metal Straw: Stolen from Mum's house // Coffee Cup: KeepCup via Biome // Water Bottle: The Source Bulk Foods 

001. This month I am taking on the challenge of 'Plastic Free July,' to try to avoid all single use plastic! I had planned to do lots of blog posts about this theme during July... but clearly that didn't happen, so I'm just going to keep posting all year round on this topic because I don't plan on using plastic intentionally on a regular basis again!

002. The Big Four are the four single use plastic items that produce the most plastic waste and are also happen to be the easiest to avoid! These four single use plastic items alone contribute to 60% of the total plastic waste in the developed world. Plastic bags (shopping bags or produce bags from your fruit/veg run), plastic water bottles, plastic straws and disposable coffee cups are the four big offenders.

003. Let's start with the most obvious one for everyday consumers: plastic bags. Switching to reusable bags eliminates plastic bags completely- any type of tote bag will do! Produce bags for all your little fruit and veg bits are also an essential and I'm selling them super cheap over at Shop Frockled. The other day I was at the supermarket and saw someone with ONE singular apple in a plastic produce bag - we are so conditioned that most people don't even question the use of this! If you forget your reusable produce bags, the paper mushroom bags are always handy too. Another tip is to always keep a couple of bags in your car or your bag to be prepared for any unexpected purchases.

004. Plastic water bottles are so damn easy to avoid- simply just carry around your own and fill it up. Who wants to pay for water anyway?! Replace plastic straws with a reusable one and carry it around with you- there are glass, bamboo or stainless steel ones readily available everywhere. Or better yet just ask for NO straw when dining out. I honestly think straws are a bit of a luxury item, something that kinda just makes drinking a more "comfortable" experience, not necessarily something we NEED.

005. Finally, the disposable coffee cup. The humble disposable coffee cup isn't actually recyclable within most systems, so they NEVER break down completely. There are SO many options for reusable coffee cups on the market, you would be crazy not to have one. Perks of having a reusable coffee cup are that your drink stays warmer for longer (in my opinion) and some cafes give you discounts- win for being an eco babe! If I forget my cup I just choose to have a dine-in coffee or just go without (helps me save money and makes me remember my cup next time).

003. I could go on and on all day about plastic free living and reducing my waste. I hope these swaps are useful and inspire you to cut down on the big four plastic items in your own life. Can't wait to share more eco living goodness with y'all- there's plenty more to come!

Lena x


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

001. Here are a collection of photos from recent adventures around the beautiful place in the world I currently call home. There are beaches kissed by the the big salty blue as far as the eye can see, and tall green mountains that greet you with cool crisp fresh air and the familiar sounds of the bush. I am one very very lucky gal.

002. The concept of 'home' is one that I have a lot of weird feelings about and just something I can't quite put my finger on. For the past couple of years I have found myself moving around this big beautiful country a fair amount and constantly changing what I call home. I have lived in small mundane suburban towns on the outskirts of cities, in the centre of this sunburnt country where the earth is always red and sky is always blue, and now in a small coastal city where oceans of the clearest blue meet the green lush hinterland. 

003. I have been very blessed to live in such beautiful places and loving every minute of it, but there is just a nagging feeling constantly at the back of my head and in my heart telling me that I won't be here long. Just the thought of pushing through my current university degree and staying in the ONE PLACE for 3 WHOLE YEARS kinda scares me to death. Don't get me wrong, I love learning and studying but I don't want it to be the be-all-end-all that stops me from living life as a whole.

004. I don't know if I really identify with the concept of home being a specific place. I like to think that I can create a home within myself (I mean that to sound as least-crazy person like as possible). Is home a place? A person? A feeling? Is home familiarity, where you are guaranteed on seeing someone you know on a grocery run? Or is it feeling a complete sense of peace and belonging while standing on a rooftop looking out a city you have only been in for 24 hours? Is it the smell of a home-cooked dinner? Or is it feeling comfortable in yourself, no matter where you are in the world? I'm really going off on a tangent here, but I just don't want to accept things- I want to question life- home included. 

005. I honestly have no idea what the point of this post was, but it was nice to take the time and contemplate what home means- I recently watched this video on the Messy Heads youtube channel and plan to purchase the third issue ASAP because it seems like it is everything I need to hear and read right now. Here's to finding home, in people, in places, in feelings and in yourself. 

Lena x


Friday, 7 July 2017

001. As part of Plastic Free July, I am choosing not to buy my regular milk that comes with a plastic lid- so it was time to make my own! I've made almond milk before, which was successful however, it worked out to be more expensive than buying the almond milk on the shelf because nuts are expensive man! But luckily for me coconuts chips/flakes are less than half the price of almonds and possibly even more delicious. Here is my very basic recipe for zero waste coconut milk, which is totally open to interpretation and adaptions to suit your tastebuds.

- 1 cup of coconut flakes unsweetened (I buy mine from my local bulk food shop)
- approx. half a litre of water (the ratio is 1 cup coconut flakes to half litre water, 2 cups coconut flakes to 1 litre water etc etc.)
- *optional* a sweetener of some kind, be it sugar, dates or rice malt syrup it's up to you (I'm not into sweet stuff too much so don't like to add this to mine, but everyone's taste buds are different)

- a blender
- a nut milk bag to strain through (any type of super fine cheesecloth fabric would work well too)
- a jar to store it in (I like to reuse leftover tall pasta sauce jars as I find they just fit perfectly in my tiny fridge)

1. soak the coconut flakes and in water for a few hours (you can skip this step, but I find it makes the end product creamier if soaked)
2. blend for a couple of minutes in the blender
3. strain coconut milk mix through the nut milk bag to get rid of any chunky parts- make sure you squeeze every last drop out!
4. put in the fridge and enjoy! also helps it you give it a nice little shake each time you use it too! I like to keep the leftover coconut pulp from straining (which is essentially just super fine desiccated coconut) in the fridge too and put it in my oats, cereal or smoothies.

002. This is now my go-to nut milk- SUPER easy and super delicious. Hope you enjoyed this little recipe as part of the eco/plastic free/ waste free living section on this blog- keep updated for more goodies coming this way soon.

Lena x


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

001. Here are a few photos of a cold little bean I've had lying around on my laptop from a trip to Buderim Forest Park- our local waterfall spot! Ben is still liking the challenge of an early morning icy cold waterfall bath, while I am much more comfortable sitting on the shore playing with the camera. I love waking up with nature- pulling yourself out of bed on a dark winter morning, before the sun wakes up to go on an adventure in the forest is the best.

Lena x


Thursday, 29 June 2017

001. Here's a little creation I made for Shop Frockled, because sometimes you just feel like getting creative! I named it the "Festival Edit," but honestly when looking for stock for the store, I just like to buy things that I would personally wear. This usually goes along the lines of bohemian/festival/relaxed meets wearable/everyday/basics- nothing too crazy buy nothing too plain?! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little collage. I am ALWAYS uploading new stock, so it would be super groovy if you checked Shop Frockled out- let's look funky and save the earth with sustainable and ethical fashion!

Lena x


Sunday, 11 June 2017

001. Hello, here is a look at all of the food we bought this week! When I started this blog I never thought I would be posting about my groceries, yet here I am. As mentioned in previous posts I'm trying to cut down on the amount of waste I produce in my everyday life- and in my opinion food is the number one place to start. Right now cutting down on plastic is my number one goal, which you will begin to notice that almost EVERYTHING is packaged in. But there are easy swaps and solutions that I'm going to talk about to make this transition easier. Don't worry I'm not planning on posting my groceries every single week- just maybe every couple of months as a way to document my journey and hopefully inspire others- cutting down waste in your life isn't that difficult!

002. Full disclosure that this haul of food is catering to feed 2 hungry vegans- one of whom is very active and one who just likes to eat good food (guess which one is me). All of this cost around $100-ish. That's a little more than we usually spend, but we had a 10% off voucher to use at the bulk food shop so we definitely went a little crazier than usual in there. Changing your shopping habits to reduce your waste is easy, and definitely not more expensive! If anything I spend the same if not less- avoiding all that packaged processed rubbish really does save you so much money, plus your eating habits become WAY better (hello fresh, wholesome food).

003. We buy ALL of our fruit and veg at the farmers market down the road. It supports local business, is really affordable and super fresh. You really cannot go wrong with farmers markets! We pick produce that isn't packaged in plastic- loose produce is better quality because you get to hand-pick each one and it isn't sweating/suffocating in any packaging. The only thing I struggle finding plastic free at our local markets is greens. However, I did manage to find some loose spinach/salad leaves and packed them into our reusable produce bags. These little bags are a life saver wherever you shop for fresh produce! You can reuse them each week to make transporting all your goods home a lot easier- without the need for plastic.

004. Next stop is the bulk food store. I love shopping at our local bulk food store (The Source Bulk Foods if you were wondering), it really is the most enjoyable grocery shopping experience you can get. Again, here we use our reusable produce bags or the paper bags provided, depending on what we're buying. Buying just the right amount of food for what you need really reduces your waste dramatically. Want to try out a new recipe or just need a tiny snack to nibble on? You can buy that small amount you need easily- without excess waste or packaging!

005. Finally we stop into the supermarket (which is conveniently located in the same centre as the bulk food shop). Here we usually only pick up a few things that we can't get anywhere else. Again, we try to avoid plastic as much as possible and also like to choose organic (Woolworths has an affordable range of organic goods). This week we saw that medjool dates were on special and whipped out of own reusable bags to fill up. Bringing your own shopping bags AND reusable produce bags is the ultimate hack to avoiding plastic no matter where you shop.

006. Holy moly this post was pretty long considering I'm talking about groceries (you can tell I'm passionate about something when I can't stop writing). I hope this was helpful or insightful in some way to see how you can reduce your waste with something as mundane as grocery shopping!

Lena x


Friday, 9 June 2017

001. The War on Waste is a three part television series that aired on the ABC recently here in Australia. It focuses on the waste we create as a nation and things we can do to reduce the amount. Food, fashion and plastic are the primary three categories of waste the show focuses on. It is incredibly confronting and powerful to see the sheer AMOUNT of waste we are producing and how it being dealt with. I don't really want to do an in-depth analysis of the entire show but I LOVED it and believe it is an incredibly important problem that everyone should be aware of. The links to the three episodes are HERE. I hope that even if you haven't looked into any minimalism, zero waste or sustainability movements you still check it out. Everyone makes waste in some shape or form and I think it important to be informed about the implications of our actions.

002. If you have been following this blog for a while you have probably picked up that I'm all about everything ethical, sustainable and eco. I'm on a journey to living a more minimal, simple and reduced waste lifestyle- so I have more time and money for the things that matter the most! I am nowhere near perfect, but I want to share my journey in hopes that it might inspire others and help out the earth. Basically this post was just a little introduction to something I am super excited and passionate about! I hope I can show you that reducing your waste is easy and isn't nearly as scary or intimidating as it might be perceived as. If a broke student like me can do it, so can you! I can't wait to keep learning and sharing more about this little lifestyle journey I'm on!

Lena x


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

001. Hey hey! A little over a month ago I wrote a blog post about sustainable and eco friendly fabrics (find it here if you need to catch up). An despite me abandoning this blog and going on hiatus for a month, I am back to write the follow up post- HOW you can incorporate these values of sustainable and eco friendly fabrics into your wardrobe (I promise it's not as hard as it sounds!).

002. Now, after reading the previous post about sustainable fabrics and materials, I'm sure you're all aware of how good they are for the environment and good for your body too. However, I'm not a crazy person or a rich person either, so I don't expect you or even myself to go out there and buy a whole new wardrobe filled with fancy eco fabrics that are sometimes hard to find. My number one rule for having an ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly wardrobe is NEVER buy anything new- unless you support the company's ethics, practices and transparency 100%. There are SO many clothes and goods already in circulation here on earth that we honestly do not need to be buying anything brand new. In my opinion, if the clothing already exists and isn't something new off the shelf, its okay if it isn't made out of 100% eco friendly materials. You are helping the earth just by using something already in existence, and not something new that requires new resources. This little shopping technique will help you keep a clear conscious about everything you wear and keep your wallet nice and full too!

003. Why secondhand? We live in a society of consumerism where we are programmed to always be wanting more- something new, something better. Fast fashion is a HUGE issue which is causing HUGE environmental damage to the earth. The fashion industry is the SECOND largest polluting industry in the world (following right behind the oil industry). This is without even going down the path about the ethics and social concerns involved with producing these clothes too-  it's  no surprise that garments workers in this industry are more often than not exploited and taken advantage of. With all of this information, IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE to be buying new things! We are so lucky to have masses of clothes that are already made and funky as hell- just waiting to be given a new life.

004. Where can I find pre-loved clothes? EVERYWHERE. As someone who primarily shops second hand, I'll give you the low down on where to find the coolest things for the cheapest prices. If you don't mind having a dig through mountains of clothes op shops and markets will become your new best friend. This is hands down the cheapest way to shop, although it does require a bit more effort and time. Next up we now have the option to do all this shopping from the comfort of our own home or bed, thanks to the internet. Hit up Depop (an app for selling their pre-loved clothes), eBay, Gumtree or Facebook buy/swap/sell clothing pages- there will be ones in your area or even ones for specific brands you might be after all going at cheap affordable prices. Finally you can always hit up a vintage store. These are usually a little more pricey but the quality is usually top notch and you can find them in your local town, on Etsy or just online. I run my own little pre-loved fashion store, Shop Frockled, where I actually price everything at super affordable prices. I want ethical and sustainable fashion to be accessible to everyone and would never want to deter anyone from making better choices for the environment by hiking my prices up to a crazy level! If you start looking you will realise that pre-loved fashion and clothing is everywhere and you can STILL look badass, while saving the earth on the side.

005. Finally, if you still can't find what you are looking for after trying all the other methods, you can buy a brand new product. My personal rule for this is only buying from brands that align with my beliefs. I want them to have transparency about their production, use materials which are good to the earth and have ethical practices overall. Finding brands that fit this criteria can be even more difficult than finding something secondhand, which is good because it helps deter me from making impulse or unnecessary purchases. I find that the 2017 Baptist World Aid Fashion Report is a good place to start, then maybe magazines like Peppermint or the blog/app Good On You. The internet is your oyster and you can find anything if you put your mind to it.

006. I'll leave you with a few of my favourite stores as of late, that seem to fill all the boxes and get ticks all round. Boody (bamboo basics), Nico (more basics), Friday Hut Road (beautiful natural hemp pieces) and VegeThreads (sustainable basics for everyone). There are so so many more but these are just from the top of my head! More and more ethical and sustainable small clothing businesses seem to be popping up, which I think indicates that there is a positive shift of consciousness happening. People are becoming more aware of what they are consuming and how.

007. I apologise that this post seems to have gotten a little out of hand and is now SUPER long. Hopefully it was helpful in some way and inspired you to maybe tweak your shopping habits a little to keep our planet happy and healthy!

Lena x


Sunday, 7 May 2017

001. Here's another one of those posts that fits into the weird category on this blog called "lifestyle" or in other words- Lena's little memory box to put photos and life happenings. 

002. Life is looking pretty great as of right now- I have finished my uni week from hell (4 assignments due in the space of 3 days), won a ticket through uni to attend The Design Conference down in Brissie in a couple of weeks and I have a super cool creative internship hopefully on the cards. Plus, I'm heading down to Melbourne town to see my best gal this weekend! Life is pretty fab. Still not looking good on the whole employment front, but hey, you win some you lose some. And for someone who considers themselves somewhat spontaneous and a bit of a nomad, you gotta admit living week to week is pretty damn exciting (in a glass-half-full kinda way).

003. I've recently connected with some beautiful gals in a lovely little space called the Self Love Social Club run up here on the coast. I've been to two of the little gatherings so far and every time I leave I feel like I am buzzing and just radiating on another level from the all of the good energies that are vibrating throughout the space! Such a magical feeling that human connection can create. This week we created vision boards- something that is designed to help manifest. I want to create a simple life that is driven by creativity, has the freedom to travel, a connectedness with nature and full of love. Just simple living full of the good stuff. 

004. Other things that have been happening lately include me listening to Ben play the didgeridoo a lot as it's his new found hobby, which is pretty damn cool. Also getting out into nature quite regularly climbing mountains and hiking to waterfalls (when I can afford not to be stingy with petrol #poorlife). I bloody love nature- IT IS THE BEST! If anyone wants to be friends and visit me for a day of hiking, picnicking and exploring nature, I 100% cannot think of anything better, sign me up!

Lena x


Saturday, 29 April 2017

001. Hi friends! I have been having a wild time lately making and designing little graphics that I can use on the Shop Frockled social media pages. They are simple but pretty damn funky (if you ask me). Can you tell I'm obsessed with the funky 70's style font and those three colours???

002. Just thought it would be something a little different to post on here! If you are not already following Shop Frockled, it would mean the world to a gal who dreams of running her own little business that aims to spread consciousness, sustainability and ethics! PS. the Instagram is HERE and the Facebook page is HERE.

Lena x

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