March ’15 Recap ♡

Welcome to my new monthly recap series! Whaat? I’m changing up my monthly favourites posts!? Yes I am! I found they were getting a bit stale and boring to write, and frankly I found it tough coming up with enough content for each month to center an entire post about. Instead of only what I’ve been loving, I’ll also share with you my month in photos, plus what I’ve been listening to, what I’ve been watching and a full recap of what I’ve been up to! Let me know if you like the new format in the comments – I love hearing from anyone who reads what I write!


My March in Photos

Currently Listening:

Album:

Gracetown – San Cisco
San Cisco are a quirky indie pop band hailing from Western Australia who have delivered their long-awaited second album, Gracetown. Gracetown is a funky collection of many different styles, all delivered in short songs in typical San Cisco style. From their 2014 hit RUN to their witty, bubblegum pop track Too Much Time Together to more slowed down tracks like Jealousy, the wit, charm and talent of these young Australians will keep you hooked on what is by far my most listened to album of the month.

Songs:

  • Dance With Me – Short Stack
  • FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
  • On My Way Home – Pentatonix
  • Cologne – Clean Bandit ft. Javeon & Nikki Cislyn
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Currently Watching:

TV:

  • Doctor Who (up to date)
  • Friends
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Block: Triple Threat

YouTube:

Currently Loving:

  • Pentatonix – I had the fortune of not having uni classes when they live streamed their entire concert! I need to see these guys live and meet them, I’m crossing my fingers they come back to Australia soon.
  • Going clubbing – it’s early enough in the semester that I can go out on a Friday night and not feel bad about not staying home to study. I’m definitely enjoying it while I can!
  • Hammocks – I have a hammock on my little uni balcony and it’s the best thing ever to take a mid-day (or night) nap in! It’s so relaxing being outside listening to the birds with a bit of a breeze blowing… *sighs*
  • Rainymood.com – it’s so perfect for studying when my neighbours are being noisy, and so much better than music since it isn’t as distracting.

What I’ve Been Doing:

March was the first full month of uni! I started off the month finally finding the Anatomy textbook I needed (it’s in high demand, it’s hard to find!) and dissecting cow fetuses in my practicals, before falling sick with my first cold for the year, yay! I caught up with old college friends at their new house and jetsetted back home for a weekend to surprise my boyfriend for his birthday! I had my annual neurologist appointment, marking another year of good health news. I began my plant collection for a uni assignment, which had me replacing their papers every single day (which I quickly got sick of).

I had my first pub crawl for the year with all the vet students – the theme was “If I wasn’t a vet, I would be…”! I went on a field trip to Charters Towers where we collected bulls’ sperm, collected blood and branded and castrated calves, then partied for St Patrick’s Day that night – needless to say, I was tired. I then spent a week intensely studying for an important anatomy and physiology quiz, which caused major issues (due to it being unclear/unfair etc). Then, I spent ANOTHER week studying for a not-as-important quiz on the 58 different types of worms that can infect animals, yay. I filmed, edited and uploaded my very first YouTube video, showed college spirit at the Intercollege water polo games and filmed my second video, which will go up later in the week!


What a month March has been! I hope you liked my new format of monthly recaps, let me know what you think of it 🙂

Sarah May xxx
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I’m a YouTuber!

Hey guys! If you’ve been following my Twitter the last couple of days you would’ve seen that I’ve been thinking about starting to make YouTube videos, so… I DID! I uploaded my first ever YouTube video today, on March 27th, 2015. Exciting! Don’t worry, I won’t be neglecting this blog – I’ll definitely have content of some sort out every week, whether it be in blog form or in YouTube form, but you can be assured I’ll definitely post about it on here regardless. I’m so excited! I’ve wanted to make videos for ages now and have been watching YouTubers daily for over a year, but I finally got the courage to make the leap and sit down in front of my camera and talk to it!

It was so weird to sit and talk to an inanimate object, especially since my neighbours can probably hear me, but I’ve begun to get over my fear and although my first video is a little bit awkward, practice makes perfect and what better way to mark any sort of improvement than to have your first attempt immortalized on the internet forever… yay…

Anyway, check out my video and let me know what you think!

Sarah May xxx
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My Instagram Revamp

Instagram has to be my favourite social media site – often, I find myself posting photos of myself at events on there rather than on my Facebook account! I love it, and have been using white borders for a VERY long time. When I started this, everyone was using it – square photos were ugly and the old Instagram app layout did not look as nice as it does today. Lately, however, with the inspiration of YouTuber Connor Franta and basically anyone who uses VSCOcam, I have come to see the more artistic side of Instagram and have made the leap to reinvent my Instagram “aesthetic” to square photos and beautiful filters.

The first step was to download VSCOcam, a photo editing/sharing app which is extremely popular at the moment for its recognizable filters and general “Instagram” aesthetic. The second step was to learn how to take photos that look good in squares – which is a tough transition from a white-border convert like me! I must admit, I’m still learning and looking for new objects to capture, but for the time being I have a myriad of old photos that will definitely last me a few #waybackwednesday’s, #throwbackthursday’s and #flashbackfriday’s!

The thing I love most about VSCOcam is the ability to publish only the photos you like to a grid, which not only shares them with the world but displays them in rows of three – like you would on Instagram. So I can see exactly if my newest photo fits in with the others and looks good where it is! Call me obsessive, but I really care about the organization of my photos – especially if I’m going to be looking back on my Insta feed for years to come!

So, here’s a sneak preview of my new-and-improved Instagram feed (ps, follow me on Instagram: @saraahh_, you won’t regret it*)

*I can’t guarantee anything but do it anyway

Sarah May xxx
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My Favourite Blogs

Favourite Blogs

I’ve been following a few blogs for a while now, but recently I have made more of an effort to be more involved in the blogging community by discovering some new blogs to read. Thanks to this effort, I was able to discover some amazing new blogs that I love! So, in no particular order, here are my favourite blogs to read, both old and new:

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1. B-looom by Maddie & Tayla

Maddie and Tayla’s blog is so cute and definitely a must read for anyone into manga/anime, makeup, fashion, personal posts and all things cute! I always really enjoy reading this blog because their posts are always so great to read! It’s always interesting to see the different content put out by each twin, even though Maddie posts the majority of content to B-looom. I really like the simple, pretty photography that they feature on the blog and how it fits in with the blog’s overall theme. All in all, I really enjoy this blog and the girls that run it!
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2. Flux and Flow

Jasmine’s simple yet beautiful lifestyle blog is one I really enjoy, whether its inspirational posts, review of games, books and beauty products, or even updates on her health. The style of her thumbnails are really something that inspire my own blog design. You can guarantee that I have read every single one of Jasmine’s posts since I began following her blog because everything she publishes is worth reading for sure! The topics and products she writes about really appeal to me and my interests, which is why I count Flux and Flow as one of my favourite blogs to read.
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Sunny Sweet Pea

3. Sunny Sweet Pea

Despite the fact that Sunny Sweet Pea is a lifestyle blog based in the UK, as an Australian I still enjoy reading Jenny’s posts. I just adore the look of this blog (I wish I could design that well) and the frequency at which posts are put out. Sunny Sweet Pea includes inspirational quotes, books, “postcards” from other blogs to introduce her readers to new content, recipes, and her own YouTube videos!
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4. Sprinkle of Glitter

Louise is one of my favourite YouTubers, mostly due to the fact that she is so much more real than most of the other popular YouTubers out there! I absolutely love her blog, mainly because she shares much more personal topics on her blog than she does in her videos. I LOVE seeing posts about her little girl Darcy and reading Louise’s Motivational Monday posts. Her gorgeous blog definitely sets her apart from the other British YouTubers who blog, and offers a really nice escape from the “Outfit of the Day” and “Makeup Review” posts which are obviously sponsored. Louise seems like such a genuine, beautiful soul and I will always continue to watch her videos and read her lovely blog posts for as long as she continues making them!
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Cider with Rosie

5. Cider With Rosie

Rosie’s blog design is gorgeous and so is her photography. Her posts range from her favourite things in a week to recipes to DIY gift ideas with the perfect mixture of personal posts (I really enjoy reading about her engagement and wedding planning!). Rosie’s blog never fails to help me appreciate the little things in life with her weekly favourites posts and definitely makes me wish I had the dedication and time to write posts like those myself.
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daydreams of summertime

6. daydreams of summertime

Apart from having an amazingly beautiful blog name, daydreams of summertime is really enjoyable and easy to read. Sarah recently took a trip to Australia and I’ve been loving her posts all about it. Her monthly roundup posts are such a great idea and her photos are continually gorgeous and well-captured. Her ten happy things posts really cheer me up when I read them, too. Sarah’s content never fails to captivate me and I can safely say that I have read every single one of her posts since I began following her.
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Thank you to these lovely ladies who never fail to publish great, enjoyable content!
Sarah May xxx
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24 Hours in Sydney

I’ve never been to Sydney before – I’d never even left my home state of Queensland after living there for nineteen years! Because of that, when I had the opportunity to have a quick stop-over in Sydney after two weeks of placement in rural New South Wales, I jumped at the chance!

Sydney Panorama

Day 1 of 2

3:00 PM: Tarryn and I arrived in Sydney from the five hour drive back from Cootamundra, NSW. Instantly I was amazed at just how busy it was everywhere we drove! Tarryn lives near Bondi Beach, so we passed Bondi Junction on the way and I had my first glimpse of the harbour bridge! It was definitely closer to the coast than I imagined. As we drove past Bondi, Tarryn insisted it wasn’t busy but I definitely thought it was! The suburbs were so packed in with tiny, one lane roads and so many cars parked on the side of the road! The houses were beautiful, as you’d expect from homes in a coastal Sydney suburb.

4:30 PM: We head down to go for a swim at the one and only Bondi Beach. We locate the red and yellow flags (which took a long time) and stake out a spot near them before hitting the water – which was really, really cold for a summer day! The waves were huge compared to what I’m used to up where the Great Barrier Reef blocks most of the waves. I also hardly swim in the ocean as summer is stinger season so I was surprised to see that “swimming” in Bondi Beach was essentially just a bunch of people standing around facing the waves and jumping over them/diving under them as they roll in. Pretty surreal to look at if you ask me! We finished our swimming/jumping and returned to our spot to soak up some sun (unfortunate for someone who burns, not tans) before dusting off the sand and heading back for dinner and bed.

Bondi Beach

Day 2 of 2

9:00 AM: We arrived at Rose Bay Ferry Terminal to get a full view of the harbour as we made our way to Circular Quay. As we arrived at Circular Quay, we got an amazing view of the Opera House to our left and a massive cruise ship to our right! We hopped off the ferry, figured out how the hell to pay for our tickets and began walking across to the Opera House, where I got a photo on the steps.

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10:00 AM: We decided to head over to The Rocks and walk over to the first pylon of the Harbour Bridge. It was a long walk in the heat and I ended up pretty dehydrated, but we made it and the view was incredible! By this time, I’d developed a bit of a nasty blister on my foot.

Sydney City Opera House

11:00 PM: We headed off the bridge and back down to The Rocks, where Tarryn took me to Pancakes On The Rocks where I drank about 5 glasses of water and we shared a Bananarama – two buttermilk pancakes topped with ice cream and butterscotch sauce, served with grilled banana. As I was feeling a bit sick, I could only get through half a pancake! It wasn’t too bad though, as the dish was only $12.95 split between two of us.

Pancakes On The Rocks

12:30 PM: We left Pancakes On The Rocks to head into the main part of Sydney city, where on the way I bought some band-aids to help my blister. We walked and walked and walked, mostly uphill and in the sun, before arriving at Martin Place. It was so surreal to see the Lindt Cafe, where the seige had happened only two months prior.

1:30 PM: We were going to check out more of the city, but both of us were exhausted already so we jumped on a train from Martin Place to Kings Cross. The trains in Sydney have two storeys! At Kings Cross, we walked down to Messina, a beautiful gelato place where we both ordered off the specials menu. Tarryn ordered a peanut butter-heavy one, whereas I ordered a salted caramel and hazelnut gelato! It was so delicious and surprisingly cheap considering the quality of Messina compared to other gelato places I’ve visited.

2:30 PM: We walked back to Kings Cross station and caught the train again to Bondi Junction. We walked around Westfield for a bit before heading back to Tarryn’s place.

4:00 PM: Tarryn drove me to Sydney Domestic Airport, where I figured out how to use the self-check-in machines and self-bag-drops, while thanking my lucky stars that my suitcase was 0.2kg under the weight limit. I navigated the really long security line and eventually found my gate, where I sat and waited (just in case I didn’t get super lost in the huge terminal) before spotting an ex-Big Brother housemate on my flight and boarding my plane home.

Sydney Sky


I really enjoyed my day in Sydney – I think I covered all the bases that I could in such a short timeslot! Did I miss anything, Sydney locals? Leave a comment and let me know so I can start my must-do list for next time!

Sarah May xxx
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