And just like that another month of 2020 is over. I’m not particularly sad about how fast this year is going. I think we’re all looking forward to 2021 at this point. But it does seem strange that the days are ticking by and I don’t feel like I’m doing all that much.
For this month’s journal I decided to go back to my usual format; discussing what’s new in the last month and any book/movie/tv show recommendations I have. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend any places to eat or visit, because, well…lockdown. So, instead, I will document a list of things I’m looking forward to post-lockdown, which will hopefully be very, very soon.
ARKET COTTON VOILE SLIP DRESS
After seeing this dress on both Brittany Bathgate and Alexis Foreman, I was pretty much sold. I had only heard about the brand Arket from these two bloggers but I quickly realised it was a definite favourite in Europe and the UK.
I was immediately drawn to the neckline of this dress – a gathered scoop neckline at the back and a simple square neckline at the front. It was just too beautiful to pass on. This dress is full-length and drapes just beautifully. It’s made from a very lightweight Tencel blend that will be perfect on those summer scorchers. Find it here. You can also see the other pieces I bought from Arket in my Instagram reel, here.
TONY BIANCO IVES BLACK COMO SANDAL
I’ve been lusting after The Row’s Ginza Leather Platform Slides for quite a while now but I just cannot justify spending that much money on a pair of sandals. I’m usually not one for dupes, but when I saw these Tony Bianco ones pop up on my Facebook feed I was so, so excited. I always struggle with summer sandals – they’re usually strappy and uncomfortable to walk in. So these platform sandals with their minimalist design are just the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I don’t actually have these yet – they’re on preorder until December. But as soon as I receive them I’m sure you’ll be seeing them all over my Instagram feed. Find them here.
COUNTRY ROAD NELLY SMALL STORAGE BASKET
Of course, being in lockdown, I have also done a bit of interiors shopping. I was looking for something beautiful to house my yoga mat and foam roller in the living room and this basket is the perfect piece. I’m really loving the minimalist style of my house and Country Road just does homewares so well. Find it here.
BOOK: ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE BY GAIL HONEYMAN
This book has been on my wishlist for quite a few years now. I really struggle to prioritise time for reading but during isolation I’ve started to read most nights before bed. After not reading much non-fiction for the past few years, this was such a good pick to get back into it. I love that feeling of being so caught up in a story that you can’t bear to put the book down. Check it out if you haven’t already. You can find it here.
BOOK: THE SPACE BETWEEN BY MICHELLE ANDREWS AND ZARA MCDONALD
While, we’re on books I HAVE to recommend this one. As an avid Shameless listener since moving to Melbourne in February of last year, I was so excited when the girls announced they were releasing a book about navigating your twenties. The timing of this release couldn’t have been more perfect for me. I face the dreaded twenty-five in January and have spent the majority of this year reflecting on where I’m at with my career; what my goals are (and whether they need to change given the current state of print media) and what my next steps are. I haven’t started this book yet but have listened to the girls’ interviews on the podcast, which touched on the topics they discuss in the book and they were both incredibly moving. Find it here.
STAN DOCUMENTARY: THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE
I finally caved and signed up for Stan on top of Netflix and Apple TV. I blame lockdown. But, nonetheless, it’s worth it just for Younger, The Bold Type and this documentary alone. The September Issue follows the incredible Anna Wintour as she prepares for the September 2007 issue of American Vogue. This was such an inspiring and motivating documentary to watch. I also learnt more about Grace Coddington and have a lot of respect for her. Find it on Stan.
TV SHOW: EMILY IN PARIS
This has only been out for a few days now, but is fast becoming the ‘it’ series of this year. Like most career aspirated women in their twenties still trying to figure things out, I find comfort in shows such as The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City. And Emily in Paris is a new addition to the list. I’m only up to episode 3, but I’ve heard the story picks up a bit in the coming episodes so I’m excited to watch the rest of it! Find it on Netflix.
Looking Forward To
The hardest part of this year is having to be away from my family for so long. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to go home for Christmas and catch up with everyone. Safe to say, I never thought I would miss Adelaide as much as I do!
Side note: I’m in desperate need of cafe/restaurant recommendations for when I go back – let me know what’s new in the comments below!
Like most people, I love to have a holiday to look forward to, so not being able to travel (even to Adelaide) has been so strange! As soon as we can travel again I’m thinking I need a trip to somewhere like Byron Bay or Hamilton Island! I would also love to do New Zealand as I’ve never been before!
Now, this might seem awfully specific, but I have been on a restrictive diet (outlined by my naturopath) for over a year now – no eggs, dairy, wheat or cane sugar. I am only just starting to reintroduce food groups that I was once intolerant to back into my diet now – so far I have tested eggs and wheat, which both seem to be fine. Next up is milk, and then cheese! And this means I can finally have my favourite meal of spaghetti carbonara and garlic pizza bread again.
Sending love to all of you still in lockdown. Not long now!
PICTURED: ARKET COTTON VOILE SLIP DRESS & BIRKENSTOCK MONTEREY NATURAL LEATHER IN BLACK (EXQUISITE LEATHER FOOTBED).
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