Wings of the Wild.

On Friday the 28 October 2016 I got to sit front row and watch my childhood idol perform.

Delta Goodrem is an Australian musician and actress and probably one of the most well known celebrities in Australia. Her career started in 2003 with her Innocent Eyes album which is one of the greatest albums of all time (in my opinion). I was only 6 years old when this album came out so I have clearly been with Delta on her journey for the better part of my life. Growing up listening to someones music from such a young age forms a special connection with them. I always felt like Delta was more than a singer, she was my friend. Her music made me feel better in tough times and for this reason, she made my list of artists to see live before I die.

To start off, the concert was amazing. I’m not just talking about Delta herself but the production, the lights, the live music… everything. To say it was a magical night would be an understatement. One of the most beautiful moments I have ever experienced was when Delta started singing Dear Life (one of my personal favourite songs). When she started singing the chorus the audience stood up displaying signs that said ‘thank you’. Delta was lost for words. She could barely continue singing and was moved to tears. I am so thankful to be able to have witnessed this beautiful moment between fans and their idol. This would be a good time to take a moment to say thank you to Delta. You have been such a huge part of my life since I was a little girl and your music has truely changed my life.

I have been to a lot of concerts in my time. From One Direction to Ed Sheeran to Alicia Keys to Beyonce to Justin Bieber and more. Never in my many hours spent at concerts have I ever seen an artist so thankful for their supporters. Delta physically ran off stage to check on a fan who had collapsed. The whole arena was practically silent waiting to see if this girl was okay. It was a beautiful moment and truely proves how much Delta cares. To the girl who collapsed at the concert last night, are you okay? I hope so. We were all thinking of you the rest of the night.

You can buy tickets to her remaining Australian shows here! And you can purchase her latest album here! If you end up going to one of her concerts you definitely won’t be sorry. If you are lucky enough to see this beauty live then make sure to let me know how it goes in the comments below 🙂

I have one more thank you before I let you all binge listen to Delta’s music. A MASSIVE thank you to TEG Live for providing my sister and I with the best tickets in the world! We got to sit front row centre to watch the performance of a lifetime. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

-Nicole

Fangirl.

The story of ‘Fangirl’ follows young Cather Avery beginning her freshman year of college. Cath’s identical twin sister, Wren, has decided to embrace the college experience with a new roommate, leaving Cath high and dry. Cath’s social anxiety escalates as well as her worry for her out of control sister and mentally ill father. The only thing that Cath has to comfort her in this new phase of life is the world of fandoms and fanfiction.

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World Mental Health Day.

Most of you have probably seen on social media that World Mental Health Day is 10 October. Although it has now rolled around to the 11th in Australia, I thought that it is never too late to write a post on mental health. We all know someone who has struggled with mental health or we are the ones who have struggled ourselves. Personally, I know a lot of people who have been through tough times mental health wise as well as going through it myself so I have a lot to say on the topic (so expect many more posts to come).

What I think is important to understand is that mental illness does not have an off switch. In my experience, people who don’t suffer from mental illness don’t particularly understand this. Simply telling someone to ‘get over it’ will not make everything better. It’s like telling someone with a broken arm to just ‘get over it’ and ‘tell yourself to feel better and you will’. While I do believe that positive self talk helps you to manage your mental illness, it won’t make it completely disappear. So don’t feel bad if you’ve been doing really well all week and then suddenly you wake up one morning not feeling like yourself. It happens. It’s happened to me today.

Some days are better than others. Some weeks are better than others. Some years are better than others. And sometimes you just have to tell yourself congratulations for making it through the day. So this is me, on mental health day, telling you congratulations and that I’m proud of you. You’re doing great 🙂

-Nicole

Guidelines; Fashion.

Although part of this blog will be me posting clothes that I love and want to share, I think it’s important to remember to find your own individual style. The whole point of this blog is to encourage people to be themselves and that includes fashion. Fashion is one of the most powerful ways to express yourself so make sure you use it!

Beauty guru, Lauren Curtis, once said something about make up that can also be applied to fashion. She said that there are no rules in make up, only guidelines. If you are game enough to step outside of the guidelines then go for it. Fashion trends are the same. They are simply guidelines.

The other day, my sister and I walked out of our rooms wearing the exact same shoes. This happens a lot living in a household of three girls all with similar style. Automatically we both saw the problem, one of us would have to change shoes. Her argument was her shoes went better with her outfit than mine. Why not go out wearing the same shoes? Who says that the shoes go better with her outfit than mine?

Wear whatever you want. Step outside of the guidelines. Be game.

-N

The Fosters.

“It’s not where you come from, it’s where you belong”

By far one of the most inspirational television shows I have ever watched is ‘The Fosters’ on FreeformTV. The show is described as ‘a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms’. This show deals with a large range of issues relevant to todays society that is not necessarily discussed in other shows. This is the reason why I (and so many others) love the show.

The forbidden love of foster siblings, Callie and Brandon, has to be one of my favourite love stories of all time. I am still holding out hope that these two will end up together (they are endgame, I’m sure). This relationship can only be compared to that of Romeo and Juliet only without the fatal tragic ending (hopefully).

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5 Makeup Lessons Learnt The Hard Way

Number 1 – Eyebrows are important

Now when I say eyebrows are important it is not just the shape. For me personally, the biggest eyebrow issue is the fact that my eyebrows are so light that in some photos it appears like there are none at all. This is why it is important to fill in your eyebrows, or at least use an eyebrow tint. It could save you from untagging yourself from many eyebrow-less pictures on FaceBook.

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Meditation.

It is a fairly known fact that meditation is good for the soul. There are numerous scientifically proven benefits – click here to read them all in full. It is particularly helpful for reducing depression and anxiety so if you suffer from either illness, meditation is something that you should implement in your life. It is also great for reducing stress. Taking the time out of your busy day to meditate has been proven to do more good than bad. I know it can seem difficult to carve out 10-15 minutes to sit down and listen to a strangers voice but I urge you to find the time anyway and simply give it a go.

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Animal Testing & Makeup

Testing makeup on animals was something that I never had an opinion on. For some reason I never thought of researching what companies test on animals and to what extent. Recently, my opinions have changed and I now feel disgusted at the amount of large companies who still test on animals.

I was pleasantly surprised at some of the brands that are animal cruelty free (look at the picture for a full list). There are some really great brands who sell quality products like Too Faced, Tarte, Urban Decay, Anastasia, Bare Minerals, Hourglass and NARS. These are all amazing brands but somewhat expensive. If you are looking for cheaper brands than elf and NYX are two great brands that I recommend.

I realised that I do not own many items from these cruelty free brands and this makes me feel even more disappointed with myself. Thing is, brands like Urban Decay and Too Faced weren’t always readily available in Australia. That was until Mecca Maxima and Sephora came along. Now, we have so many brands right at our fingertips and I find myself saving up for the more expensive, cruelty free brands.

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The most important thing to remember is – makeup is not a necessity. It is something that has been created by society and in all honesty, the world wouldn’t end without it. In saying that, now that we have it, I don’t think that it can be taken away. It’s like taking away electricity and expecting everyone to live as happily as they did in the olden days. Now that we have it, we can’t go back. BUT we can minimise the harm while we use it. I love makeup just as much as the next girl but when I look at what it is doing to animals (not to mention young girls perceptions of themselves – but we will save that for another blog post), it makes me question the need.

So keep this in mind next time you go out to stock up your makeup collection and maybe take a look at some of the suggested, cruelty free brands instead.

-N

 

 

LBD.

It is no secret that a little black dress is essential to any wardrobe. I recently purchased this stunning dress from Lipsy London (found in Myer) and couldn’t love it more. It has long sleeves – perfect for winter, a low back and glitter sparkling all over.

This dress is perfect for any formal occasion! I wore this to an engagement party last month and I received many compliments.

You can find the dress from the Lipsy website here. I paired it black heels from Windsor Smith and a light blue clutch from Mimco. In case you were wondering, my cousins dress was also from Lipsy London.

-N