Friday, 24 March 2017

What I Wore: Day in the City

I personally think I've been doing pretty okay with my goals for the New Year for the first time ever, and I definitely think this blog has been a huge help. It's given me a way to document my progress, and it's also made me feel a kind of responsibility; that, since I shared what I planned to do, I had to go through with it so I didn't let anyone down, or appear flaky.

The one I think I've been doing the best on is trying new recipes, and if you've been reading my blog for the last few weeks and have seen all my food posts, I'm hoping you will agree. I've also been putting more care into what I wear and trying to use forgotten pieces of clothing, which was another one of my resolutions, but I hadn't yet shared any of my outfits on here - until now!

I really do love clothes; I love putting pieces together and have them complement each other perfectly. I never feel better about myself than when I love my outfit. I tend to wear a lot of black and white because it goes so well with everything, and I think it complements my hair as well (which is looking really red in this photo, but it's actually orange!).

I got this cute little top from a thrift shop, but the tag says it is from Christopher Ari, which is a shop in Melbourne. I love shirts with collars and buttons, so I knew I had to get it. For some reason the buttons only go half way down the shirt, leaving the bottom half to sit open, so I paired it with a high-waisted skirt until I get around to trying to put more buttons on it.

I've had this skirt forever and hadn't worn it in so long, but thanks to my new resolution, I've worn it a few times this year already. It's from the brand Alice in the Eve, but I would have gotten it from a thrift shop or a friend. The tights that I'm wearing are these ones from eBay, which I also have in black. This was the first time I'd worn them, and they were really cute, but it was so hot in the city that day that I ended up taking them off.

I'm disappointed in myself for not getting a photo of my boots because they are my favourite things ever and I wear them nearly everyday. I got them from Kmart a little while ago for $30, which nearly killed me because I'm a $4-thrift-shop-pair-of-shoes girl, but they were 100% worth every dollar. I'm sure you've seen them before, since every girl on the planet seems to own them; they're just cute little ankle boots with a zip on the side.

My cute little collar clips - which are based off Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon - are from We're All Made Here on Etsy, whose shop I am in love with! I really want to collect all the Sailor Moon items, they are so gorgeous.

I bought my bag (which is, once again, based off Luna from Sailor Moon - I also have the Artemis version) from eBay. There are so many shops that sell them, but I just went with the cheapest option that had the best rating and reviews. I use this bag more than any other bag I own as it fits both my digital camera and my Polaroid camera perfectly. Plus, I'm a sucker for a good shoulder bag as I hate carrying things!

The thing that's been keeping me from sharing any outfit of the day posts is that I am very self conscious. I much prefer to be behind the camera. One thing that I haven't mentioned yet on here is that I set myself a few secret goals for this year which are more focused on my self-esteem. The only one that I have talked about on Instagram, is that I want to take more photos of myself this year. It might not seem like much, but it's a huge deal for me.

Most of the time when I see a photo of myself I am brought to tears because I despise what see, and that's not how I want to live. I love life, and I want to be able to live it to the fullest and not let my self esteem get in the way. I basically told myself to get over it and take more photos of myself, and if I really don't like them, I just won't show them to anyone - and it's already helped so much. I've already put quite a few photos of myself on Instagram and when I look at them, I don't want to cry, which is amazing.

I still struggle with looking in the mirror, and try to refrain from doing so whenever possible, but I am over the moon that I can now document more of my life through photos, especially since I have such a bad memory. I have more photos with my friends now, and more photos taken on days that I was happy and felt good about myself, which is so great to be able to look back on.

Hopefully I'll continue feeling better about myself and share more of my outfits in the future (and hopefully I'll learn how to pose better as time goes on). I own such cute pieces of clothing and I just want to show them off! Here's to continuing growing and bettering myself throughout 2017.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Pink Unicorn Fudge

Unicorns are all the rage at the moment, and I'm certainly not complaining - especially since things like chubby unicorn lights and cute unicorn phone charges exist - so when I saw a super cute unicorn fudge recipe by Sprinkles For Breakfast (AKA the best website name ever), I knew I had to try it out.

I chose this recipe because it seemed pretty simple, it looks absolutely amazing, and I had never tried making fudge before. It did turn out to be quite simple to make. The recipe only stated that a microwave was needed, not a stovetop or oven, so that was definitely right up my alley.

I followed the recipe pretty much to a tee, except that I used pink food dye instead of purple candy colouring (I'm not sure what the difference is), and I used white chocolate melts instead of chocolate chips, since they are specifically for melting purposes.

Despite my awesome recipe-following skills, the fudge never really set for me. It remained incredibly sticky and I was unable to cut it into slices, so I ended up having to eat it straight out of the pan! I didn't mind too much as it was still delicious (and incredibly sweet, too), but it did mean that I couldn't take nicer photos of it.

Someone left a comment on Sprinkles For Breakfast's original post saying that theirs never set either, so I felt better knowing others had the same problem as me. I actually ended up keeping it in the fridge for days and it still never completely set.

I'm sure if I did some research I could figure out why that happened, but I'll save that for the next time I want to try making fudge. I'm too preoccupied with choosing the next recipe I want to try to focus on the ones I already have! If this was something I was going to make often, I would make it again until I got it right, but this was so super sweet, I couldn't handle having it too often.

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Are you enjoying the unicorn trend as much as everyone else is? Is there anything unicorn themed that you've been particularly enjoying? I'm always up for bringing more magic into my life!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 17 March 2017

Collection Series #5: Cake Moulds and Cookie Cutters

This is probably my favourite collection that I own, but I've been dreading doing this post as I knew it was going to very photo-heavy, which can be a bit boring. I tried to squeeze as many items into one photo as I could so this post wasn't a million miles long, but I could only do so much.

I'm still not 100% happy with the photos for this post, but I utilised my minimal space and sub-par lighting as best as I could. I just really wanted to show you this collection. First I'll show you what's on the shelves of my baking cabinet, and then I'll show you the contents of the drawer and cupboard underneath.

On top:
a decorating kit, two whisks, an electric beater and a mini chip basket.
First shelf: donut maker, cupcake moulds and cake pop moulds. The streamers are from my birthday.

Second shelf: cake and icing mixes, cupcake liners (behind the streamers), bi-carb soda, writing icing, ready-to-roll icing, food colouring, flavourings, cupcake-shaped spatula, and two cookie stamps.

Third shelf: cook books, jelly mix, sprinkles, chocolate fondue machine, Christmas sprinkles, cake knife, plate with cupcakes and a cookie cutter.

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I'd say about 90% of my baking items are secondhand (apart from the food, of course). There were a few things here and there that I bought brand new, such as the number cake moulds that are pictured above, two cookies stamps that are pictured later on, and a few random cookie cutters that I got from cake shows.

These moulds seem far too scary to ever use, which is why I haven't tried. Truth be told, I haven't used most of my baking items, which is why I set myself a New Year's Resolution to try new recipes and actually make use of all these items.

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One thing I really want to improve on is my decorating skills. I am amazed at the things that people can put on cakes and cookies, and I really want to be able to do that too. I'd love to be the kind of friend that always brings some sort of baked good to an event that fits the theme perfectly (Christmas themed food at Christmas time, Easter themed food at Easter time, etc). I think that would be so much fun.

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I should probably confess now that this isn't actually my entire collection. I left out any generic items such as round cake tins, loaf pans, and a love heart cake pan, as they aren't as cute and exciting as the rest of my collection - even if they're the ones that I actually use. I also own a lot of decorating tools that aren't pictured, such as this kit from ALDI, which I really want to start using.

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I actually have no idea what the clear moulds picture above are for, but I think they're for chocolate, or maybe some kind of candy. Even though I own a few chocolate moulds, I've never really cared to use them since just melting chocolate is nowhere as exciting as actually cooking something, but I do think bringing some novelty shaped chocolates to birthdays and other celebrations would be cute.

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I don't think I'll ever stop collecting baking items. There are just so many unique tools and moulds out there; the possibilities are endless. However, I am running out of room in my cupboard, which may be a sign that I need to slow down! Is there anything that you like to collect, whether you've been doing it for years, or have only just begun? I would love to hear from others who enjoy collecting things. 

Until next time,
Indya xx