LIFE OF LATE

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

SHOP FROCKLED FUN

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

EASTER MUSINGS

Sunday, 23 April 2017



001. This is the first Queensland Easter in a long time that I have had where it was sunshine and blue skies everyday! I made the made the most of the break by lying in the sun at the beach, driving down to Brissie for a gig and procrastinating many, many uni assignments. Over this break I also read some pretty beautiful words on Ziggy Alberts' Facebook page, that I just wanted to share in this little space of the internet. Enjoy!

"If god is the all giving being , maybe it's the planet we live on; the earth from which trees grow that we cut down to build our houses to keep us dry & our fires to keep us warm . The food, water & air to keep our hearts beating. If you need something above humanity , maybe it's the way natural disasters destroy the homes we've built or the food we've grown or drown our loved ones who die young- without motive, reason or human emotion . If you need to see punishment, maybe it's the way some crops aren't growing back because the bees are dying from the GMOS & pesticides, the way we can't drink from certain rivers affected by fracking for CSG , the way overfishing is collapsing the stability of our ocean ecosystem that provides most of our oxygen. If you need hope , maybe it's in the way the earth never gives up on trying to yield the crops , the river washes clean when we stop polluting it; dead zones in the ocean come back to life when they are given a chance to. If god is within everyone, maybe it's how our bodies - just like the earth - never give up; scars heal, hearts mend, our hearts never stop trying to beat and lungs never stop trying to breathe . If we need magic maybe it's the way we feel better when we hear the birds sing, how we see beauty in the flowers that bloom, how we have the chance to fall in love with 1 person in a world of 7 billion . If we need purity maybe it's in doing our best to recognise the reliance of economic prosperity on environmental stability, source our clothes responsibly, our food sustainably, to lower our impact, to care for others, to be transparent about our selfishness, to immerse ourselves in nature above and below .when we die and our bodies return to the land or return to the sea to be apart of the earth that help us grow, to this all giving being, maybe that's how we get to heaven."

Lena x


ETHICAL WARDROBE DIARIES #3

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Top: Op Shop// Jeans: Op Shop// Shoes: Birkenstock// Bag: Fjallraven// Bottle: The Source

001. Hi friends! It's been a while since I uploaded anything in this series, so when the makeshift photography studio was still hanging up in my little shack I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some photos! Five minutes and some awkward poses later, here are the results! 

002. This outfit was just something simple I popped on to head into uni for the morning (yes it's still hot here, jeans probably weren't even totally necessary). The grey tee was a $2 op shop find, along with the white jeans, which I also managed to nab up for $2. They are originally from the brand Insight (quite pricey) and I added the DIY distressing myself (which is quite time consuming, but also pretty therapeutic accompanied by a Netflix binge). I also just want to add that these jeans were virtually brand new AND super super super white- an op shopping miracle! 

003. My other uni comfort essentials include my faithful Birkenstocks (rated a "good" by Good on You), a trusty reusable water bottle (from the Source Bulk Foods), and a good sized backpack (mine is from Fjallraven, another company rated well for their ethics and sustainability!). So there you have it- a simple outfit sourced from ethical and sustainable sources, perfect to cater to all your uni needs! Hope this helps inspire you to get thrifty and get creative when sourcing funky new pieces for your wardrobe! 

Lena x

HOW SHOP FROCKLED RUNS SUSTAINABLY AND PLASTIC FREE

Thursday, 13 April 2017


001. As you may know, at the beginning of this year I launched a new creative project called Shop Frockled. It is a little passion project that was born out of my love for personal style, concern about the environmental impact fast fashion has on our precious earth, ethics related to the workers producing fast fashion and the skill of hunting down hidden vintage gems (which if I may so myself, I happen to be damn good at!). So there you have it- Shop Frockled. If you want to hear even more about WHAT the project is, I a lil previous post here.

002. One of the biggest motivations behind the branding of Frockled, is for customers to become environmentally conscious consumers. For me, the challenge was to create a brand that was functional USING no plastic in the process at all. I think the end result that I am currently working with is great and suits the shop perfectly- a product that is carefully picked and selected with love and delivered with the same love- for you and the earth!

003. The process I use to ship the packages is pretty straight forward. I choose to send them in Australia Post "tough" bags, which are made out of cardboard- a little pricer than the average "one-price-fits-all" plastic bags, but 100% worth every penny. I then wrap up each garment carefully, tie it together with some natural twine (also reusable if the customer wishes to do so!) and then pop in a little thank you business card. I ordered these cards from a Australian website called Better Business Cards, and paid a little extra choosing the option to have them printed on eco-friendly, recycled paper and printed with non-toxic soy and vegetable based inks. Again, the environmental side of the business is something I am really passionate about and I didn't want to skimp on the details. Environmentally friendly and recycled cardboard business cards were the only way to go! Plus look how beautifully they arrived packaged in the mail- plastic free!

004. As you can see, it really is pretty simple to run a business sustainably! I have so many plans and ideas for little Shop Frockled. This store isn't a huge source of income for me personally currently, but I love running it because I get to provide an ethical and sustainable fashion option for consumers that is super funky, accessible and raises awareness about the impact fashion is having on our planet! At the moment the store is on Etsy, and the link for it is HERE. I upload a few new things weekly most of the time, so don't forget to keep updated and follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Thank you for taking the time to read this and caring about Shop Frockled, you all rock!

Lena x

SUSTAINABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY FABRICS

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


001. Ethical and sustainable fashion is something I am really passionate about and something that I have definitely mentioned a lot on this blog before, but today I'm coming to you with a post from a little bit of a different angle. I want to to talk about the fabrics- WHAT fibres and materials are actually going into the clothes you wear on you bodies every single day! As I'm on an ongoing journey of cutting back the amount of plastic waste I produce personally and becoming kinder person to the earth, I found out that what I wear on my body plays a pretty important role too.

THE GOOD

Hemp
Hemp is honestly the miracle fibre that could save the world (no exaggeration I swear). A little plant that is often widely misunderstood, due to it's little cousin called Marijuana. Hemp actually contains no THC (which is the component that creates the high) and can honestly be used to make ANYTHING (I'm talking replacing fossil fuels, making paper, superfood for the body and skin, and a substitute for plastic!). A few of it's magic powers are that is uses half as much water as cotton to grow and is naturally resistant (meaning no pesticides etc. needed to grow!). Seriously this is a little wonder plant and I have only just introduced you to the tip of the iceberg. As far as hemp fabric goes, I would say it resembles a natural cotton- meaning it is very comfortable, breathable and lovely to wear. If you are wanting to know a little more about the powers of hemp, there's a pretty cool little doco HERE by the guys at Afends, kudos!

Cotton
Ah good old faithful cotton. Honestly not the BEST of these three eco friendly basics (waster consumption wise) but it is still a nice basic and one of the most widely accessible. Cotton is a natural fabric, literally picked from the fields to be made into fabric. Because it is natural it also means it is breathable, soft, strong and hypo-allergenic. Cotton is also super versatile- denim, corduroy, chino, calico, broadcloth and even more are all made from cotton fibres! When produced in an eco friendly environment, meaning no harsh chemicals from dying or toxic resources when growing, cotton can is the match made in heaven for a conscious eco-babe.

Bamboo
The dreamiest fibre ever- once you try bamboo you won't go back. Environmentally, producing commercial harvests of bamboo only require rainwater, the plantations of bamboo produce up to 30% more oxygen than the equivalent area of trees and is also a fast growing, regenerating plant that can grow up to one metre per day (that is insane!). Health wise bamboo is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, hypo-allergenic (perfect if you have sensitive skin) and made out of a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that I can't help but mention is honestly the softest thing I have possible ever touched. The best part about bamboo is that it is also super affordable with lots and lots of bamboo based stores popping up everywhere! If you haven't owned anything bamboo before I highly recommend giving this eco friendly fabric a try- it is a dream to wear, I promise you won't regret it!

Organic
Okay I thought I would also just mention it here with the Good Guys that if all of these are grown organically (which more often than not hemp and bamboo particularly are), they don't use pesticides, insecticides or fertilisers. Which means that they don't contribute to any toxic chemicals or toxic waste finding their way into our clothes, our land or our waterways!


THE BAD

Polyester, Acrylic, Nylon and Rayon
I feel like I don't need to talk about these in too much detail, I just want to make it clear that they are not good for the earth or for you! A main ingredient in polyester and acrylic materials is plastic. Meaning that it does not break down, contributes a LOT to pollution, takes a lot of nasty chemicals and toxins to manufacture and is in no way natural at all! Polyester is down right the worst and is made from synthetic polymers that are made from esters of dihydric and terpthalic acid- nasty stuff! Acrylic is made from polycrylonitriles and some sources believe it may even cause cancer. Nylon is made from petroleum, which isn't something we want to be wearing. Rayon is also another fibre you see a lot of- it's made from recycled wood pulp (good hey?) but then must be treated with chemicals such as caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid to survive our regular wash and wear.

002. Now, after reading all of that and maybe checking the labels on a few pieces of clothing, you are wondering how the hell it would be possible to curate a whole wardrobe of good materials- all while trying to not be wasteful and spend all of your hard earned money!? In my opinion this post is already long enough and jam-packed with new information, so I'm going to do a separate post on how to integrate these eco friendly values into your life. I hope that this little mini series will teach you something new and make you reconsider how powerful you are as a consumer!

003. YOU vote with YOUR dollar. Every time you spend money you are casting a vote for the type of world you want to live in. You bought a new shirt from K-mart that cost $5? Cool, your dollars from that purchase are going towards voting for a world where underpaying garment staff, exploiting workers and not feeling safe in your work environment is OKAY. Bought a nice juicy beef burger on your lunch break today? You're voting for a world that isn't concerned with the HUGE negative impact animal agricultural poses to our environment here on earth and that thinks murder is okay as long as it's an animal. Just a perspective of money to get you thinking.

Lena x



DIY NATURAL ZERO WASTE TOOTHPASTE

Friday, 17 March 2017


001. Continuing on my journey of only using cruelty free, natural, non-toxic beauty products that create as little waste as possible, I have started to make my own toothpaste and I am super excited to share it with anyone reading this!

002. There are loads of recipes for zero waste natural toothpaste on the web all with different ingredients, but today I am sharing my version. Let’s call it “natural toothpaste for the broke eco-conscious babe.” There are quite a few recipes floating around involving charcoal or bentonite clay, which are really incredible products but not really in my everyday budget. If you can afford it, go for it! Pop it in there for extra whiteness and special minerals. However don’t feel pressured into it; I personally think my recipe does a damn good job at making my pearly whites feel squeaky clean, without breaking the bank too.

003. It comes with making your own of any product that it will be a little different than the product you are used to buying in the store, but don’t let that scare you! This toothpaste is totally not going to foam up like supermarket ones and it may taste a little different. But just give it a go and give yourself sometime to adjust. Making your own beauty products is bad-ass, you don’t have to depend on any big corporations and you get to decide on EVERY ingredient you are putting into your body, which is pretty damn important.

DIY Zero Waste Toothpaste Recipe
- 1 and a ½ tablespoons bi carb soda (purchased in bulk or in cardboard box from supermarket or in bulk)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (in glass jar, so it’s reusable)
- 20-30 drops of peppermint essential oil- make sure it’s food grade because it’s going in your mouth

STEP ONE: measure out ingredients and mix all together (but make sure the coconut oil is melted). I like to make mine in a little jar so I don’t have to bother transferring later!

STEP TWO: apply a little amount on your toothbrush each time you brush your teeth and voila!

004. PS. I wrote this blog post for Barefoot Babes, you can see the original post here hehe.

Lena x

THE SUNSHINE STATE

Saturday, 11 March 2017


001. Hello lovely people! Since we last spoke there has been some pretty huge changes in my life and I thought it was about time I documented them on this blog/journal thing I've got going on. Firstly, I moved up to the Sunshine Coast! If you're not from Australia this little slice of the earth probably sounds too good to be true, and it totally is. Beautiful endless stretches of beaches, lush green hinterland rolling hills, farmers markets on every corner and a general chilled out, laid back way of life. I live in a tiny little self-contained shack at the back of a share house and spend most of my time endlessly attempting to get the never-ending sand out of my bed each time I go to sleep (I'm on the verge of giving up and just accepting the mermaid-esque way of life). The downside however is that I currently don't have a job, so between paying rent, buying food for the week and filling up petrol in my car, cash is very very very low. I'm on the job hunt (and praying that something pulls through shortly) but until I actually get my first pay check you will probably find me at the beach- because that little beauty is always completely free!

002. Big life change number two is that I am now a full time uni student! I'm only two weeks in but so far so good. I'm studying a Bachelor of Design and am hoping to major in graphic design and e-media design later down the track, with a bit of photography as a minor. I don't really have an exact career plan or have any clue where this will lead me; all I know so far is that I enjoy mucking around and creating things in this field, so would love to learn some real skills about how to do it properly.

003. Two major life updates is enough for one post right? I'm trying to get back into messing around with photography and taking my camera everywhere, so I hope to produce more content and post it on here as regularly as possible. Here are a couple of snaps I took today when I realised that the weekend is probably a good time to avoid the beach if you don't want to listen to screaming children and arguing parents, but hey ho the water was still incredible (I am honestly living for this endless summer). I took these shots on my camera but am experimenting with some Photoshop techniques to make them appear like a bit of 35mm film work. What do you think of the edits? Authentic or not? Either way I'm not in a good financial place to spend money on film right now so it's the closest to real thing you will be seeing on here for a while!

Lena x

DIY NATURAL ZERO WASTE DEODORANT

Sunday, 26 February 2017


001. I am on a journey of trying to only use cruelty free, natural, non-toxic beauty products that create as little waste as possible. It does sound a bit complicated but essentially I just want to be using products that aren’t harmful to me and aren’t harmful to mother nature- simple as that!

002. The first step I took in this journey was deodorant. When my latest one ran out, I decided to try and make my own- using only natural ingredients and things that aren’t packaged in wasteful ways. I could have picked a natural one up from any health food store, but they are still creating waste, usually packaged in plastic of some form, AND they are hella expensive. I’m a broke student, so the DIY method was a win for the environment and my wallet.

003. It was a little different at first using this new deodorant, I’m going to be honest with you gals. But now I totally love it because I know it’s only made of all the good stuff and I made it all by myself (no need for big corporations taking my money!) It doesn’t make you NOT sweat (because stopping perspiration isn’t natural) but it does stop any smell. The best part is that it is super easy AND super cheap. I hope you like the recipe!

DIY Zero Waste Deodorant Ingredients

- ¼ cup bi carb soda (purchased in bulk or in cardboard box from supermarket)
- ¼ cornflour (purchased in bulk)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (in glass jar, so it’s reusable)
- 10 drops of any essential oil- I used lavender (can reuse the glass bottle too)

1. First melt the coconut oil so it’s no longer solid
2. Then just simply just mix all the ingredients together until it forms a kind of paste.
3. Put it all in a small jar for easy access (mine used to be for curry paste).
4. Get a tiny bit on your finger each morning and rub into your armpits. Easy peasy and leaves you smelling lovely           all day!

Lena x



INTERNING FOR BAREFOOT BABES

Thursday, 23 February 2017


001. Hey lovely readers, I thought it was about time I shared some exciting news with you all on this blog…. I am now an intern for Barefoot Babes! Essentially I just submit a blog post for them once a fortnight, accompanied with some relevant photos I’ve taken, but hey intern sounds waaaaay cooler. Barefoot Babes is a little brand set up by a gal called Christie in New York. It is an ethical brand that sells funky tees and some other bits 'n' bobs that share an important message to the world. Go check out the shop HERE.

002. I was looking for another way I could push myself creatively to write more and when this opportunity came up it sounded perfect because Barefoot Babes stands for basically everything I believe in! The blog posts are usually around themes that I am super passionate about such as environmentalism, natural beauty, creativity, positivity, and general ethical living! This means that I love writing the blog posts because anything along those lines just rolls off my tongue. So far I have written two posts; one about finding creativity when you’re in a rut and another about DIY zero waste natural deodorant (which is something really cool, so I'm going to repost that on this blog very soon!).

003. There is loads of other talented gals writing for the Barefoot Babes too, if you want to have a browse at all the other articles the link for the blog is HERE. Happy reading!

Lena x

A SECRET FAIRY GARDEN

Monday, 20 February 2017


001. I love Lamington National Park. It's what green mossy fairy garden nymph dreams are made of. From waking up at Girrraween in the morning and going to sleep at Lamington that night- it was like we stepped into another realm. I know I say it all the time on here whenever I blog about travelling in Australia but it really is just SO diverse and SO beautiful. We really are lucky to live in such a lovely part of the world, with all of this mother nature goodness at our doorstep. 

002. I don't really have too much else to say in this post, I think I'll just let the photos do the talking. If you want to hear my review of the campsite read this blog post I did last year when I visited Lamington for the first time- I still love it just as much as I did then!

Lena x

A GIANTS PLAYGROUND

Monday, 13 February 2017


001. Stop number two on the roadtrip was Girraween National Park, located about 3 hours west of Brisbane. This was my first time camping at Girraween and it has safely secured itself a spot in my favourite camping destinations off all time! My reasons for this are because... this campground only costs $6 a night per person (bargain), it has hot showers AND flush toilets, each campsite has it's own picnic table AND fire pit, and (finally) all the campsites are well spread out from one another- no need to here what your neighbour is getting up to all night (hurray)! That's without even mentioning all the killer hikes you can do, the abundance of clear creeks to take a dip in and the overall beautiful scenery. Cannot recommend this little national park enough! 

002. Another highlight of this camping trip was our decision to purchase a Trangia cooking stove before we left. Unlike lots of other camp cookers, it runs off alcohol, so there is no need to lug around a big stove or an exploding can of gas. It's super easy to use and compact (ideal for when you are travelling in one of the smallest cars on the market). Our meals on this all turned out to delicious and I have never felt more gourmet on a camping trip in my life. We made oats, pasta, soups and dhal. Low-key considering that I should start a healthy how-to camping cookbook because that is how impressed I am with this little cooker! Just another thing I cannot recommend enough to everyone! If you are thinking of buying one, we picked ours up from Wild Earth (the most epic camping/adventure store) because it was the best price we found in Australia. 

003. I still have one more little instalment of photos from this trip coming up shortly. If you want to stay extra updated with posts don't forget I have a Facebook page. The only thing I EVER post is when new things go up on here, so I promise the page is completely spam free, yay!

Lena x

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