February Favourites

Here we are again – it’s March, uni has begun again and it’s time for another favourites post! This month has been pretty… interesting… to say the least – I spent the first two weeks of Feb on a farm only to be home for two days and head straight back up to uni! So, here are my favourite things from the month of February:

Paper Bonsai

Origami Bonsai Tree

By far my favourite thing of the month – and maybe the entire year – is this beautiful handmade bonsai tree that Sam gave me for Valentine’s Day. The trunk is made of cardboard and all the pieces are laser cut (which is why they flow so perfectly). He glued all the cardboard pieces together and glued the base to the bonsai pot, filled it with white pebbles and attached each individually-folded flower to the tree with wire. It’s gorgeous and gifted in good jest – “it’s a bonsai you can’t kill”, after I accidentally killed my real one last year, oops!

Necklace

Silver Heart Necklace

Another Valentine’s Day gift that I received is this beautiful silver necklace. I’m a huge fan of necklaces – when my uni course requires a LOT of practical work, rings and bracelets aren’t allowed so I’ve gotten in the habit of wearing a necklace every single day. My last one, gifted to me by Sam on Christmas of 2012, became somewhat of a safety blanket to me and I’d feel naked when I wasn’t wearing it! I’m definitely going to get the same amount of use out of this one – especially since it’s silver rather than gold.

Paw Paw

Paw Paw Ointment

While on the farm, I ended up with chronically dry and cracked lips in the first few days due to the amount of wind exposure I had – especially in the mornings when the wind was cold. Of course, I had no car and couldn’t drive to buy any sort of chap stick for a few days, so after three or four days of sore lips I finally got my hands on some paw paw ointment and it was the best thing ever to have relief from the pain. I kept up the use for the rest of placement, too, so it was definitely a life saver.

Desk

My New College Room

It’s my second year of university, but I made the choice to switch colleges from my demountable building into the second floor of one of the largest, friendliest and socially active colleges on campus, where my vet friends live. My room is so much bigger with so much more storage space, it’s unbelievable! My desk is at least three times bigger than my old one. I’m loving how I decorated it so far, and the new people I’ve met since I’ve been here.

Water

Water

I’ve never been a huge water drinker and I’ve never had my two litres of water or however much you’re meant to have in a day, but recently I’ve made more of an effort to reach my daily intake of water, rather than other drinks like juices and Coke. Not only do I feel less bloated and more hydrated, but I’m cutting my sugar intake by a LOT!

Cactus Man

Cactus Man

I know, I’m addicted to tiny little succulents and cacti, but I bought two new additions to my little family! My favourite by far is this little cactus who has little arms – I just want to put a sombrero on him so bad! The arms are apparently little cacti buds that can be replanted if they fall off, but I don’t want him to lose his little arms! I picked him up from Willow’s Markets in Townsville for $5, so worth it! I also picked him up a little succulent friend for another $5, who is also pretty cute and lives on my desk.

Diffuser

Lavender Oil Diffuser

Since we can’t have candles in our rooms here (or else the smoke alarm will go off), I purchased a cheap little oil diffuser set from The Reject Shop for $2.50 to see if I’d enjoy having a constant scent in my room. I bought it in Lavender, but it’s a little strong – thinking back on it I should’ve bought the Rose scented one. I only put three of the six reeds in there to let it last as long as possible before having to buy new reeds and it’s definitely working well so far. I love the constant surprise I get when I walk into my room and it smells so good! I clearly still haven’t gotten used to it yet.

Zambrero

Here in north QLD, Zambreros are EVERYWHERE (not kidding, there’s actually 7 in Townsville. One in every shopping centre plus in every major eating area). I’m not sure how national or international the brand is, but if you haven’t heard of it, Zambreros is a Mexican restaurant that supports the Plate 4 Plate initiative – for every burrito or bowl purchased, a meal is donated to the developing world. It’s a great concept, but that isn’t the only basis for its popularity. Their food is fantastic – I ordered a Chikito (a smaller burrito) and they filled it by taking me through a Subway-style order system – starting with meats and building it up to the different vegetables, salsas and sauces that you’d like on your Chikito. For under $10, the Chikito filled me up for dinner. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone – I’ve only been once and I’m addicted! (Image by Daphane Ng of Unimelb Adventures)


Goodbye Summer, hello Autumn! Please bring some cooler weather with you.

Sarah May xxx
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College Room Homewares 2015

My College Room Homewares post of 2014 was my most viewed post of the entire year – so, now that I have moved into a new room for the new year in a new college, I’ve redecorated! Since last time I showed you around my room, I’ve acquired some beautiful new gifts, in addition to bringing back old decorations that I featured last year. Without further ado, here is how I decorated my new, larger college room:

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  1. Full desk view
  2. John Green books – Will Grayson, Will Grayson & An Abundance of Katherines; Leather Sketchbook (gift)
  3. Dusty Pink Rose Frame (Big W)
  4. Metal Laser Cut Rose (gift, from Expert Laser Solutions Mackay)
  5. Pink-Top Cactus in Ceramic Pot (Masters)
  6. Link Watercolour Painting (Commission from Katie Cook [gift]) in White Frame (Bargain Point)
  7. Willow Tree Figurine (gift)
  8. Ball Cactus (Bunnings) in Ceramic Pot (Masters)
  9. Hand Crafted Bonsai Tree in Ceramic Pot (gift)
  10. Teddy Bear (Goldmark Jewellers)
  11. Succulent (Bunnings) in Ceramic Pot (Masters)
  12. GVA Television (Harvey Norman); Origami Roses (gift) in Vase (Bargain Point)
  13. Stationary Holder (Typo); Succulent (Bunnings) in Ceramic Pot (Masters)
  14. Fish Bowl (Kmart), Pebbles, Plastic Plants (all good pet stores), Wooden Log Ornament (gift)***
  15. Bedspread (gift)
  16. Paris Pillow (gift); Inspirational Pillow (gift); Teddy Bear (gift); Alpacasso Alpaca (gift from Supanova Brisbane, 2014)
  17. Balcony View

***DISCLAIMER: Fish are pets, not just for decoration. I also highly recommend against keeping fish in bowls – I only do so because it is my only option when living on college. Bowls are very difficult to keep fish in properly and to do so I clean my tank frequently, maintain a healthy bowl temperature for Bettas and make sure my bowl pH is right. Proper tanks are better for your Betta.


Sarah May xxx
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January Favourites!

I can’t believe that we’re already a month into 2015! The month just went so quickly, but it was a really enjoyable month for me as I was still on holidays. I unfortunately had to study through the whole of the month still, but that’s over for a few weeks now! Here is what I loved in the first month of 2015:

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1. 2015 Diary

One of my resolutions for this year was to write down what I did each day in a little diary, and I have kept that resolution so far. This gorgeous white and gold diary from Typo goes nearly everywhere with me, and writing in it is usually the last thing I do before bed.

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2. Journaling

This month I haven’t quite been journaling in the sense of writing down my thoughts and feelings, but more scribbling down blog ideas, drawing quick sketches, writing down goals and organizing my posting schedule. Yet again, this journal is from Typo and is getting good use!

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3. Hyrule Warriors

For Christmas, I received the Wii U game “Hyrule Warriors”. Even though it’s a Dynasty Warriors style game, the fact that it was a part of the Zelda franchise basically made it essential to play. Overall I definitely prefer the open world, free reign style of the regular Zelda games, but this capture-bases fighting-style game definitely offers a fair bit of difficulty and strategy and kept me hooked until the end of its gameplay, even though it was over quickly.

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4. Lemon-Infused Water

Recently I decided to try infusing my water with fruit, both to help me try and drink more water and also because of the health benefits of adding lemon to your water. So far I’m loving it! Since it doesn’t taste like plain water anymore, I’m drinking so much more and feel so much better because of it.

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5. Having all my Friends Home

I left high school with a group of 13 great people that I call my friends, but in January of 2014 Imogen left for a year of exchange in Denmark, and Jesse moved to New Zealand to complete another year of high school. Jesse would come back and visit on our uni holidays, but Imogen was never able to come home to visit. Additionally, due to various reasons, the rest of us still in Australia never managed a full group get together. Jesse returned for a few months in December, and Imogen returned from Denmark in January. Since then, we managed to get the whole group together for Australia Day, for the first time since we graduated in 2013!

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6. Midori Splice

I’m fussy when it comes to which alcohol I drink, and I’ve struggled to find one which I will religiously buy until I tried Midori Splice last year, and since then it’s nearly all I drink. The Midori and Pineapple signature of the Midori range is nice, but with the added Rum and Coconut, I think it tastes amazing!

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7. My New Cactus

I’m obsessed with succulents – they’re easy to look after and bring life into uni rooms. I already own three, but I decided to go find another one – and I found this beautiful pink-topped cactus! I also picked up proper pots for it and the other three while I was at it and they look so cute!

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8. Groovin’ the Moo 2015 Lineup

Last year I attended Groovin’ the Moo, a regional touring festival, for the first time after wanting to go for years. The lineup was alright, but I loved the day anyway. This year, however, my two favourite bands plus a band I’ve listened to for six years are coming, and so many more good ones! I want to catch nine artists this year as opposed to last year’s five. I get to see Ball Park Music for a third time and San Cisco for a second time and I’m already so excited!

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So those are my January favourites – there were a few more than normal but I had a big month full of new things! I can’t wait to see what February brings once I’m back at uni!

Sarah May xxx
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September Favourites ♡

September Favourites

It’s October already!? Where has the year gone? Yes, it’s nearly two weeks in already, but I went home for a week and couldn’t take any photos for this post when I was there! September has been a busy busy month for me and the uni year is nearly over (yay!), so without further ado, here are my September favourites!


Succulents

Windowsill Succulents

I admit, I bought these little guys in August, but I’d already published my August favourites. I featured them in my College Room Homewares post, so you’re all probably familiar with the two little succulents and my little cactus that I keep on my windowsill. They didn’t cost much, either – from memory, they were about $6 each from Bunnings Warehouse. They came in the red pots I keep them in since it fits in with my room’s colour scheme – they’re so cute!

FinnFinn the Siamese Fighting Fish

Meet the first animal that completely belongs to me! Little Finn is such a cute addition to my room, and it’s amazing how smart he is just from spending a few weeks with me. I’m working on buying some more things for his bowl as it’s a little empty at the moment so stay tuned! My College Room Homewares post also featured Finn and sparked a debate about keeping fish in bowls – so I’d like to take this chance to advise anyone considering buying a fish that bowls are NOT the best home for a fish (if my college allowed anything other than a fish bowl I would’ve kept him in something more appropriate). If you must get a bowl, Siamese Fighting Fish are the most capable of living a healthy life (as they breathe from the water surface). Keeping a fish in a bowl means I need to clean his water very frequently, which is a lot of effort. Siamese Fighting Fish need to be kept in a warm environment, too, so they need a heater! The only reason why I don’t is because I live in a very humid, tropical area and his natural water temperature is warm, even in winter. Assess your options before buying a fish bowl, please! In saying that, though, in my current conditions I wholeheartedly believe that a bowl is not harming my little boy – but this is not the same for everyone!

IMG_8042Baby Goats

Yes, I mentioned goats last month, but I’ve spent so much of my month with the little cuties that I’m still so in love with them! They’ve grown up so much and are starting to climb more things and eat hay (and my hair). Moneypenny and Squeak, who we have to bottle feed, are so adorable and know exactly who feeds them and when! They’re much smaller than the rest, but here’s hoping they’ll catch up once they move on to solid feed rather than milk replacement.

Ball Park Music MerchBall Park Music Merch

I posted earlier this month that I went to a Ball Park Music concert, and naturally I bought merch. Free at the door were these super cool retro 3D glasses, with “ballparkmusic” printed on the side. I’ll never ever wear these again, but they’re still such an original merch idea and hey, it was free! I also bought a Puddinghead shirt in light grey marle (you can buy it here for $30) which actually fits really well. I love when merch comes in such thin material that you can stuff it in your handbag for the duration of the gig!

NutellaStrawberries + Nutella

…oops, this is a pretty naughty favourite! It’s such a delicious snack, and Nutella is the best thing that has ever been created, ever. The strawberries are only there to make me feel a little bit better about the sugar I am ingesting because hey, strawberries are a fruit, so that makes it healthy… right?

Home ScreeniPhone 6

I got my hands on a 64GB silver iPhone 6! Yay! I previously had an iPhone 4S, which is slowly becoming outdated, but I was waiting for my phone contract to run out so I could recontract to an iPhone 6 and it’s my new baby, I love it so much! Even though it’s literally two rows of apps longer than my old phone, I somehow really like it. However, I haven’t had to fit it into my pocket yet so its size may become an issue. But it’s so fast, so thin and so pretty!

Avocado

Not gonna lie, I’ve loved avocado for ages, but I haven’t eaten it in a long, long time because I’ve been living on campus. However, one day I came down for lunch and there was avocado in the salad bar. Best. Day. Ever. Since then I’ve been craving more, and since I’ve been home for my midsem break I haven’t stopped putting it on my sandwiches and wraps.

Zach GarryZach Garry (YouTuber)

Zach is an Australian YouTuber (yay Aussies) and I’ve been subscribed to him for a few months now, but lately I realized that I haven’t watched his older videos – so I did. This guy is so entertaining to watch – he’s funny, yet delivers everything in a blunt, super-deep voice that gives his videos something that I just can’t find the word for. You just need to watch his videos to understand, so subscribe to him! If my recommendation isn’t enough, Tyler Oakley recommended him too so… (Subscribe to Zach here)


So there you have it, my favourites for another month! So crazy to think that there’s only three months left of 2014 and only 1.5 months until I’ve finished uni for the year and have three months off!! 

Hope you enjoyed this month’s favourites, an October one will definitely be on the way soon!

Until next time,
Sarah May xxx
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College Room Homewares

College Room Homewares

Most college rooms can be dark and boring places when you first move in, right? Mine felt like a blank, grey-walled sauna when I first moved in, but it didn’t take me long to spruce up my own little place with my own personal touch.Bonsai_Tree Book_Shelf LOVECalendarMetal_RoseWillow_TreeMoney_BoxDreamcatcherLanterns TeddyPaper_Roses Photo_Frame Photo_Wall Succulentsfish

  1. Serissa Bonsai Tree in Blue Ceramic Pot with Buddha Figurine (Bunnings Warehouse)
  2. a) Left Side: Teddy Bear (Goldmark), Crocheted Pokemon, Origami Bunnies (gifts)
    b) Right Side: Leather Sketchbook (gift), John Green Books – Looking For Alaska, The Fault In Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, & Paper Towns
  3. Paper Folded Mini Books, Spelling L O V E (gift)
  4. 2014 Calendar (Typo)
  5. Metal Laser Cut Rose (gift, from Expert Laser Solutions Mackay)
  6. Willow Tree Figurine (gift)
  7. Red Owl Money Box (Bargain Point)
  8. Dreamcatcher (unknown)
  9. Bird Patterned Lanterns (Typo)
  10. Teddy Bear (gift)
  11. Origami Roses (aka, My Paper Flowers) (gift) in Vase (Bargain Point)
  12. Live, Laugh, Love Photo Frame (gift)
  13. Photo Wall featuring Tickets, Autographs & Wrist Bands
  14. Windowsill Succulents & Cacti (Bunnings Warehouse)
  15. Fish Bowl (Kmart), Siamese Fighting Fish, Pebbles & Plastic Plant (A1 Aquarium World)

Sometimes, a little bit of handmade, meaningful items really make your college room a home.
Sarah May xx
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