LANEWAY

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ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL, RNA SHOWGROUNDS, 10.02.18

Wearing: Crop and skirt, both by Glassons, vintage heirloom jewellery & jewellery by Lovisa & Sportsgirl, bag by Topshop

ABOUT FACE

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My number one concern as we hurtle towards the cooler months (or any month at all, really), is my skin. While I’m no longer experiencing hormonal breakouts reminiscent of my teen years, I’m still battling seasonal dryness/oiliness – though my skin issues have changed, they’re still about as stubborn as 13-year-old me.

I’d heard of The Ordinary before, but when you’re in the trenches fending off acne, the low prices (if you can you believe it) are often a deterrent. I’d tried $15 drugstore brands before, and all I got was an irritation and hydrogen peroxide bleached towels.  I was convinced that the only answer was spending $140 on serums and lotions that promised to solve all my problems AND do my taxes.

Fast forward two years and one move to Brisbane later, when $140 is better spent on rent and you know, food, The Ordinary‘s day has come. Their student-friendly budget is the least of their selling points – potent, highly concentrated formulas bring out the best in my skin, with products to suit every single one of my concerns, sans gimmicks or tacky marketing ploys. All that AND under $30? Yes, please.

Pictured: Hyaluronic Acid, Advanced Retinoid Serum and Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil. All available at Priceline, Myer and online.

BLUE JEANS

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BLUE JEANS – both the name of a Curacao-based cocktail (that I hated making) sold at my old job (that I hated working), and hardworking wardrobe staple. But unlike me at my old job, my blue jeans show up every time and put in 100% – managing the sweaty walk to the city or Friday afternoon drinks in the valley, no worries.

Another hardworking staple is linen. Despite its tendency to wrinkle if you so much as breathe on it, linen is one of the most expensive and sought-after textiles in the world, and a quintessential summer fabric. Strong, lightweight and highly absorbent, it wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you looking and feeling fresh AF. Get it in white,  and you’ll spend the long summer days feeling as though you’re straight out The Hamptons.

Wearing: white linen crop by Ghanda, blue jeans by Cheap Monday, starry shoulder bag by Poppy Lissiman
Photography by Hannah Rowell

 

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The mood to wear a dress doesn’t strike me often, much less the mood to wear a bright red, floral, look-at-me dress. However, if there’s one occasion that warrants a game of dress ups – it’s definitely a birthday. My mother purchased this dress for me because when I walked out of the change room, I looked, and I quote, “like a girl!” and despite my initial instinct to yell that she didn’t understand me, she was right. Light, flirty and fun – perfect for date night when paired with heeled mules, or thrown on with some sneakers for a lazy morning wandering the markets.

So, in conclusion, I’ve decided that dresses are underrepresented in my wardrobe – they’re incredibly versatile, the ventilation is incredible, plus I didn’t get a weird muffin top when I’d finished scarfing down my birthday pasta.

Wearing: floral wrap dress by Ghanda, mules from Kmart, rings by F+H Jewellery, Pandora, Pashin, Thousand Island Dressing, and Krystle Knight Jewellery 
Photography by Hannah Rowell

 

 

GRATITUDE

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About three years ago, I read a Theresa Palmer interview in some magazine. I didn’t know it then, but it would send me down a path that would ultimately change my life forever.

In the article, Theresa discussed how she manifested her ideal man – now-husband, Mark Webber. She wrote down a list of attributes that, for her, were non-negotiable, utilised rose quartz (crystal of love & romance) and sure enough, three months later he came along. At the time I wasn’t interested in the idea of using the Law of Attraction to find love (although later it would push me to end my then-relationship), but it did light a spark inside. A quick ‘manifesting’ google search, and I was hooked. With similarities to religion and extensive ties to ancient history, the principles of the Law of Attraction have been passed down through the centuries by famous philosophers (Socrates, Plato) and is believed to be one of the Universal Laws of Nature.

For a long time I was entranced by this idea that you could have literally anything you wanted, just by ‘asking The Universe’. It seemed to good to be true. But then when I actually started to try to practise the law, I realised that while eventually the benefits may be amazing, it’s a fucking buttload of work.  Practising gratitude is one of the main principles of the Law of Attraction, along with re-programming your subconscious mind, affirming language, and unshakeable belief. It’s a difficult, long process and for me it pretty much meant uprooting my entire life, clearing everything out and completely starting over.

Fast forward a year, I’m not sure if I’ve really ever truly manifested anything, but I’ve decided I don’t really care if I don’t end up with material things. Practising the LOA has given me something far more valuable – happiness, joy, peace, love, gratitude and safety in the knowledge that The Universe has got my back.

I’ve put some links down here if you’re interested in reading more about it (which I would recommend because it’ll seriously change everything for you):

The origin of the Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction Wiki page

History and early teachings of the Law of Attraction

or, if you don’t wanna read anything after just reading my long-ass post, I’ve also linked a  youtube channel that is fantastic:

Jake Ducey Youtube