Cactus Country

I recently ventured to Mexico with my friend, Georgia.

Just kidding. We visited Cactus Country, a huge cactus garden located just a few hours away from Melbourne, in Strathmerton. The 10-acre dreamland is home to over 10 thousand species of succulent and cactus. There are also many gorgeous murals amongst the plants.

Georgia and I explored for hours. We felt like we were part of an old western, crossed with the Mexican version of Alice in Wonderland and a dash of Lana Del Rey. Seriously.

Before hitting the road, we stopped by the cafe for a spot of cactus cake and cactus ice cream. The ice cream was especially blissful as we basked in the sun, taking in the picturesque view.

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If you consider yourself a cacti-lover, or are just looking for something spontaneous to do, make a day trip to Cactus Country.

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Melbourne lane-art

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My 21st Birthday: a series of events.

I just had what was probably the biggest week of my year. I’ll do a quick recap…amongst submitting university assignments, last week I went to the Wombats, had my college ball, went to Green Day, spent the weekend in Fitzroy with family, and turned 21. All in the space of six days. I am stuffed. But hell, every second was bloody brilliant (apart from losing my phone in a pile of shit…but I’ll tell you about that later).

Since I already wrote about the concerts and ball in previous posts, I’ll tell you about my 21st celebrations. So, on Friday I met up with my mum and her best friend at a Mexican restaurant in Fitzroy, Hecho En Mexico. I had a delicious veg burrito and some red sangria. After a couple of drinks, we went back to the apartment we were staying in to get ready for Green Day. Mum gave me my pressies, then it was off to the concert!!

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This gorgeous print is from my best friend, Phoebe. She knows how much I love Harry Potter, so she was really excited to give it to me. Unfortunately, Phoebe couldn’t make it to Melbourne, so Mum brought it for her. I absolutely adore it.
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I received a few bits and bobs from Mum, including this delicious candle by Serenity.

After the concert, we ended the night perfectly with drinks and nibbles in the apartment. On Saturday we spent the day exploring Fitzroy. We had brunch at Attaboy Roy – I had baked eggs with beans. After brunch we went to the markets in Rose street, where I got some more 21st presents.

These gorgeous items are by Tinka the Label. I love how unique the stones are, and the earrings are stunning. After the markets we did some more shopping, then had $6 espresso martinis. When it was dinner time we made our way to Vegie Bar, and had an absolute feast. I don’t think I could have eaten any more if I tried – I highly recommend the Gyoza, Mee Goreng, and Moroccan Tajine. Heavenly, and all vegan. When we could finally move, it was off to Naked for Satan for drinks with a view.

Now, I’m not sure if you have noticed that I haven’t included any photos from the actual weekend, and there is a very good reason for that… when Naked for Satan was closing, the security would not let me go to the toilet. They told me I had to go across the road, so, I did. It was ‘across the road,’ in a bar that I do not remember the name of, where I accidentally dropped my phone down a port-a-loo. “How the hell did you drop your phone in a portable toilet?!” you may ask. Well, my friends, I’m not sure why this particular bar did not have normal toilets, but they did not. There were no locks, and there were no lights. So, in a drunken struggle, I attempted to navigate the port-a-loo using my phone as a light, while trying to hold the door because people outside were trying to get in. It was at that moment that my poor old phone slipped from my fingers and into the depths of the shit demons. And how did I react? Like any normal drunk, distraught human would. I attempted to shove my arm into the lair of the shit demons to rescue my drowning phone. Alas, the tainting of my arm was to no avail. I was forced to accept that the phone, and all my photos from my amazing weekend, were gone forever. Wow, first world problems.

Luckily we had already planned to go into the city the next day, so I was able to get a new phone pretty quickly. And to be honest, I loved that old iPhone 5s, but it was probably time for an upgrade.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the CBD, like the country bumpkin tourists that we are. I purchased my birthday outfit from Myer – a gorgeous floral dress by Piper. We had dinner along the Yarra, Mum and I said our sad goodbyes and I made my way back to uni.

My actual birthday was on Tuesday, and my flatmates surprised me with a gorgeous book filled with Chanel’s collections. My friends know how passionate I am about fashion, so their thoughtful gift really meant a lot.

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Unfortunately my Tuesday timetable is pretty full, so I was busy for most of the day. Once I finished class, it was time to get ready and have a drink.

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Wearing: dress by Piper, belt by Valley Girl, jewellery by Tinka the Label and Pandora.

 

A few of my friends came over for drinks (don’t judge, Tuesday nights are college drinking nights) and some of us went out to a uni event.

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My friend Rachel made my cake. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’d know that this is an homage to the cake that Hagrid makes for Harry’s eleventh birthday. Soo yummy, and vegan!

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As you can see, turning 21 has had no effect on my maturity level. And I hope it never does!

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Green Day

Green Day have been one of my favourite bands since I was ten years old. I still remember playing air guitar in my bedroom to American Idiot, the album that introduced me to punk music and essentially changed my life.

Last Friday night I went to Green Day’s concert at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. My mum and her best friend (who has been a die hard Green Day fan for the last thirty years), came with me.

I haven’t seen my mum since she dropped me off at uni in February, so it turned out to be a pretty special weekend. She came down to Melbourne for the concert and to celebrate my 21st birthday.

 

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Green Day was definitely the highlight of the weekend. They played for hours on end, bringing out their old music, newest singles, and all the amazing stuff in between. The show would have appealed to any generation. My favourite moment was when they played Jesus of Suburbia. 

The amount of energy that Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool possess is incredible. Just dancing during the concert wore me out, so the fact that they can perform for that amount of time with such explosive energy is insane.

It’s not just their energy that amazed me, though. They are genuinely great guys. Billie Joe literally got a kid up on stage and gave him a guitar. The kid looked he could have cried of happiness, and the crowd cheered him on. It was this strong atmosphere of unity that defined the night. Green Day is such a politically driven band. They really care about their fans, and humanity in general. That is the heart of their music.

Let me know if you were at the concert, or if you too are a Green Day fan!

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College Ball

Last Thursday night I had my Chisholm College ball. It was a fabulous night with lots of delicious food, wine, music and dancing.

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I wore a vintage dress that I discovered in an antique shop.

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Big thank you to the accommodation services at La Trobe University for organising such a wonderful night.

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The Wombats Melbourne

Last Wednesday night I was lucky enough to attend the Wombat’s concert at Festival Hall in Melbourne. While touring Australia for Groovin the Moo, the Wombats have been playing side shows to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation.

The show was honestly incredible. The boys played nearly every song from their debut album, as well as many songs from their last two albums. My personal favourites were Moving to New York, 1996, Here Comes the Anxiety, Greek Tragedy and Tokyo.

So. Good.

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I was having so much fun that I didn’t get any great pictures of the band. But who cares? I’ll remember that night for the rest of my life.

Let me know if you were there, too!

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Sunset over Eagles Nest

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and indulged on waaay too much chocolate. I know I did!

My flatmate’s family was kind enough to let me stay with them over the Easter break. Their home is situated in the picturesque Gippsland region, so I had a very relaxing break from uni life.

One chilly evening Sarah and I visited a lookout in Inverloch called Eagles Nest, to watch the sunset over the ocean. Sarah took her camera and snapped some gorgeous shots of the area.

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I think I might hire Sarah to be my private photographer…

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Sarah-ception.

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We came across a discarded bouquet of flowers on the ground.

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Sarah’s friend, Annie, met us at the lookout.

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Don’t let the glowing sun deceive you…it was bloody freezing!

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Seaside by the Kooks plays softly in the background…

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If you ever find yourself travelling along the coast of Victoria, make sure you take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous views.

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And probably take a jacket…

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