Just a small girl trying to make the most of the world that she is both perpetually terrified of, and amazed by.

Friday, 31 March 2017

According to the website Days of the Year, today is Eiffel Tower Day. It's quite fitting considering on this day 128 years ago, the Eiffel Tower officially opened for the first time. After learning this, I thought to myself, what a great day to showcase my Eiffel Tower collection on my blog!




I can't remember exactly when I fell in love with Paris, but I know it was at least 10 years ago. It just seemed like such a sweet and romantic place filled with women in berets and red lipstick, drinking coffee and wandering around the Eiffel Tower; I couldn't imagine a more perfect life.

Of course I am now aware of stereotypes, and the fact that not every person from Paris is exactly the same, but I was young and in love with a city I'd never been to - and I still am.




Paris has always been in my top ten list of places I am dying to visit. I've actually heard rather disappointing things about France in general - probably due to the fact that it is overly romanticised - but I know I would still love every moment of it. Just the fact that I was able to visit another country would be enough to make me happier than ever before.




You may have seen a few of these items in some of my Sunday Savings posts, but the rest I've had for quite a while. The big Paris canvas that's pictured below actually says "Happy 14th Birthday Indya" on the side - I can't believe I'd had that for nearly seven years! Time sure does fly.




I'm not sure where most of these things came from, nor do I know if they're still available, but I did get the Eiffel Tower puzzle from ALDI relatively recently, so you may still be able to find it. They had puzzles in the shapes of other monuments too, such as the Colosseum.




I really do hope that I get to visit Paris one day, and lots of other countries in Europe too. Travelling is such a big dream of mine, but I also really want to buy a house, so it's probably going to be quite a while before I get to see the world. Luckily for me, I love the city I live in, so I don't mind too much. Have you ever been to Paris? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

This is apparently a very popular tag for YouTube videos, but I got this idea from one of the many, many blog post ideas pieces I have read, and thought it might be a cool little post to throw together. People's phones are often very personal and private things, so I thought this might be a neat little way for you all to get to know me a little better.

I don't know anyone who would let others scroll through their camera roll in fear of having to explain the hundreds of random screenshots and other photos that we all have, so it is quite interesting when you're actually able to get a look into someone's phone. Now, I'm not going to post every photo on my camera roll because that would be the longest and most boring post of all time, but I am going to talk about my favourite apps and what I use them for. Feel free to comment some of your favourite apps below and I'll check them out!


Social Media

- Facebook & Messenger.
I only use Facebook to message friends and contribute to blogging groups, and that's usually on my computer, but I do like using the app throughout the day to save photos and videos of cute animals to show Daniel.

- Instagram.
My favourite social media app by far. I love both taking and looking at photos. I could easily spend hours browsing through the incredible things that people upload to that site, and sometimes I do. I'm actually quite proud of my own Instagram, especially with the recent pink aesthetic that I have seemed to acquired.

- Snapchat.
I never really cared about Snapchat, but I've been using it more now than ever before. I usually only post things to My Story because sending Snaps to people directly makes me think that I'll annoy them. I'm also part of a Snapchat group with people that I work with - who are some of the greatest people I know - so that brings me a lot of joy.

- Twitter.
I have quit Twitter multiple times, and have always come crawling back to it. In the end I have decided to keep it because it's another platform to let people know about my blog, as well as interact with other bloggers and creatives. Besides, sometimes I just need to get a certain thought - like this one - out of my head and into writing.

- Tumblr.
I honestly don't even know why I still have this app since I never use it. I have 3 Tumblr accounts (main, poetry and... other? I guess?), but they mostly run on queues. I do still like the website as it has opened my eyes to so many things that are now integral parts of my life and who I am as a person, I just don't have a lot of time for it anymore.


Photo Editing

- Afterlight.
This is my go-to editing app. It's so quick and easy to use. I enhance the brightening, play with the contrast, and maybe sharpen the image if needed, then I'm done. This app has definitely improved my Instagram game immensely.

- Waterlogue.
This app is just for fun. It turns your photos into water colour paintings, which sounds really cool, but often important lines and shapes are too blurred and the photo ends up looking like a hot mess. When it works, though, it can produce some really pretty photos.

- Tiny Planets.
This is also an app that is just for fun, which means that I'll keep the photos on my camera roll, but won't upload them to Instagram (except for the two times that I did). This app turns your photos into a sphere, so they look like tiny planets, hence the name. Not every photo turns out the way you hope, but usually the result is pretty cool.

- AirBrush.
I have recently discovered the huge difference that blurring your background makes to your photos. Sometimes photos can turn out sort of blah when your subject gets mixed in with the background, so whenever I have that issue, I just go to AirBrush and blur the background. You have to do it manually, which can be a little tedious, but the result is always worth it.


Games

- Solitaire.
One of my all-time favourite games that I recently re-discovered after not having wi-fi for a few days. I could play 100 games a day and still not get bored of it.

- Word Search.
I am a sucker for word searches. I've always owned multiple word search books at the time since I was 10. I could do them for hours, but I don't always want to bring a book with me everywhere I go, which is why I downloaded this app. I used it for a little while, but it's just not the same as the real thing.

- Candy Crush.
I used to be obsessed with this game. One particular level took me a couple of weeks to beat and I was so happy when I finally did it. I honestly don't think I've ever worked so hard at anything in my life before - but, as with most of my games both on my phone and DS, I just don't have much time to play this anymore.

- Pokemon GO.
I'm a huge Pokemon fan, which anybody who has known me for more than 5 minutes would know, so of course I have this app. I don't use it very often though because when I'm out I'm usually at work or with friends so I'm too busy to use it, and when I'm at home there's no interesting Pokemon around.

Miscellaneous

- Reminders.
I'm not sure if this one really counts as I have to have this app on my phone, but I really like to use this for grocery shopping as it's just so easy to "tick off" things once you purchase them.

- Notes.
This is another app that I can't delete even if I wanted to, but it's one that I would be completely lost without. I use it to write down any little thing that pops into my head. I have a list of blogging-beneficial hashtags to use on Instagram; a list of funny things that Daniel has said; a list of lyrics or quotes that I like; a list of places in I want to visit; et cetera.

- VicEmergency.
After your house burns down, a part of you is always going to be paranoid about it happening again, so I like to receive news of fires and other accidents nearby as they happen. It particularly helps me not stress as often when I am away from my house, as I know that if something were to happen near my home, I would get a notification about it.

- MyFitnessPal.
This app is such a huge help whenever I feel like I'm wanting to eat better. Counting calories helps me lose weight quite easily, and it also helps me make healthier choices throughout each day. I also like that it tells you the serving suggestion, as I have found that I can pretty much eat what I like (within reason), and as long as I stick to the serving suggestion, I won't go over my calorie intake for the day.

- Countdown.
I like this app because it allows me to see all the great things that are coming up this year, which drastically changes my entire outlook on life. I love being able to look forward to all the exciting things that I'm going to get to be a part of in the near future, such as: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. I think it's very important to also find happiness in day-to-day life, but it's nice to think of the bigger events whenever you're having a bad day.

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Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 24 March 2017

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

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

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

Monday, 13 March 2017

After being unaware that Pancake Day was a thing, and not knowing the date of International Women's Day, I made myself research all the upcoming holidays and note down any that I might want to write a blog post about, and it's definitely one of the best decisions I have made.

Whilst many that I found most likely won't be well known - and I think they're mostly based in America (Australia has no cool and unique holidays!) - I still think they're really fun. For example, April 2nd is Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, so of course I tried a recipe that incorporates peanut butter and jelly (jam for my fellow Aussies) to post for that day.

Today, I will be talking about Organise Your Home Office Day, which I discovered on the Days of the Year website. The only other mention I could find of it was on the Home Office Organizer website, so it's obviously not a huge deal, but it did inspire me to actually organise my office - well, more so my desk, as the only other thing in my half of the office is my Pokemon shelf, which is always organised.



Here is the obligatory before photo that I was very reluctant to include. I hate mess and disorganisation so it hurts to even look at this photo, even though it's been a lot worse before.


Technically Organise Your Home Office Day is on March 14th, which is tomorrow, but I'm trying to stick to uploading on Mondays and Fridays (at least) so I maintain a regular schedule, so I thought a day early wouldn't hurt. Plus, now that you know about this 'holiday' beforehand, you have the opportunity to join in on organising your home office if you want to!



Here it is after. It's nowhere near what I want it to look like (basically everything on this Pinterest board, I want), but it still makes me happy. I love all the pink, the photos of Daniel, and my beloved pin collection. I will never get sick of looking at them.

I change what's on the wall all the time, but at the moment I have a backing card that came with the Friends frame pin I bought from Goellnerd; a Cry Baby print from Elorasaurus; a picture I got from a magazine, illustrated by Mel Stringer; a pink paint sample card; a camera picture I received from a pen pal; a small card by Mel Macklin; two cards from Daniel; some mini cards by Able and Game; and a tiny picture of a mouse, which I can't remember where it came from!




Once my little house of pins (which was definitely one of the best Sunday Savings finds of last year) is filled up, I'll do a collection post on them and the artists who made them. For now, you can find most of them mentioned somewhere in my Instagram feed.



Underneath my top shelf isn't as pretty unfortunately (that's blu tack stuck under the glass, not chewing gum, in case you were wondering), but I like having all these things nearby. The gorgeous pink box is something I received for my last birthday, as are two of the journals that are on the right.

The thick journal next to the box is my art journal, then there's just some pencils (that I've had since year 7 back in 2009!); my DS; Pokemon Sun; a pencil case; four notebooks; a clipboard and paper; and a mug that says "craft makes me happy" that's filled with random things like magnets and bobby pins.




Lists are my favourite thing to write. The yellow notebook that's in an earlier photo is primarily for future reference lists, such as the baking items that I own and things I want in my future house, but my clipboard and sticky notes are for daily, weekly and monthly reminders.

The pink journal is my every day one, the light brown one is my bullet journal, and the dark brown one is for blog things. If I don't write things down, I will forget to do them, so having all these journals really helps me stay organised.


To the right of my pin house is this photo of Daniel and one of my oldest friends in the cutest photo holder (which is an old thrift shop find), a lamp that I never use but still love, and some very cute and derpy chickens.



Inside the pink box is a bunch of scrapbooking and snail mail decorations and accessories, most of which I received from a pen pal. I have heaps more scattered in different drawers and containers around the house, but these are my favourite pieces that I want to use first - yet also don't want to use ever because they're too cute.

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Even though I spend most of my time in the lounge room now (there's more room, plus it has great natural lighting), I still love my office. I love being in there with Daniel, whether we're doing our own thing, or watching something together. My desk is definitely my happy place; it makes me feel very relaxed, which is rare for me. Do you have a favourite room of the house? Or a place that instantly makes you feel happy when you're there? I'd love to hear about it!

Until next time,
Indya xx