Slay, Queen: Cristina Velez

I’ve started writing for Frankly Frankston, a local magazine who totally digged (dug?) the idea of chatting to interesting folk and decided to publish said chats monthly. First up is this linked interview with fashion designer Cristina Velez *insert picture of Will Smith doing the ‘I present to you’ hands*. So while this isn’t technically…

Slay, Queen: Shona Wills

Cast your mind back to your high school years. Did you spend your evenings curled up in bed, watching TED talks on YouTube with your cats? If you answered yes to this question you might be Shona Wills, a gal who grew up, and I quote,  “obsessed” with TED talks. The great thing? These 18…

Slay, Queen: Lauren Guymer

A quick Google search of the term “hauntingly beautiful” brings up images of the National Geographic Afghan Girl and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. But what it should steer you towards, Strange Googler, is Lauren Guymer’s artwork. The Melbourne artist etches cosmic scenes of outer-space and breathtaking images of nature in insanely minute detail. The mind boggling thing?…

Vintage Shopping: Know Before Ya Go

They say you should write the thing you needed to read growing up but couldn’t find. The ever-talkative ‘they’ probably meant you should write an important think piece, an epic novel from the voice of a generation. So I did just that – I wrote about shopping! Specifically second-hand shopping because fifteen-year-old me would’ve very…

Repeat After Me: We Are All Beyoncé

I HAVE A SUPER EXCITING THINGY TO ANNOUNCE! But first, a story. Whenever I’ve been having a tough time in my life, my lady friends have got me through. From dropping ‘feel better soon’ cards in my letterbox to talking me down from tears over a cup of herbal tea, listening to me rant for an hour…

Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star

The story of a girl, a boy, and the universe. Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with…

Staycation

Urban Dictionary defines a Staycation as “A vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer.” Mas and I decided a staycation was in order to catch the most elusive of Pokemon: Quality Time Together. We’re lucky that our home is the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, which is…

Book Review: Our Chemical Hearts

First love is an epic disaster… Henry Page has never been in love. The slo-mo, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been on the cards – at least not yet. Henry’s too busy trying to get into a semi-decent college and become editor of his school newspaper, a dream three years in…

Book Review: Textbook Romance

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a textbook with clear lessons on clever dating and how to build that Perfect Relationship? One that tells it straight but lets you laugh at yourself too? One that leaves you with your dignity and your personality intact? There is! Introductory story/tangent: It was Mason’s birthday a couple…

Phillip Island

I recently took a “just because” trip to Phillip Island, a definitely non-tropical island (you’ll have to go further north for that) only an hours drive from Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula. I hadn’t visited Phillip Island since I was a about eight, and neither had Mason, so we decided a mid-week trek was in…