Friends and Flamingos: Richie’s 27th



Richie turned 27 earlier this month (what a grandpa! hehe). I wanted to do something a little bit different and special so I booked us into the Alabama Hotel for a night. I’d heard great reviews and had been curious to check it out. It didn’t disappoint! We stayed in the deluxe queen room which overlooked Liverpool Street. The hotel had a laidback, funky vibe and I was in decor heaven with the eclectic 1970s furnishings and local artwork.

Flamingos, retro cosy couches, Bill Murray’s hunky face on a cushion and handpressed soaps- the detail is in the little things.

The staff were gracious and friendly- we even received an upgrade on arrival. If you’re an out-of-towner or just wanting somewhere funkyfresh to stay I couldn’t recommend Alabama Hotel enough. The best bit? It was totally affordable because it has shared facilities, and there is a beaut bar on the first floor. With Sakura across the street, who needs to explore Hobart?

Foyer prettiness

Foyer prettiness

Schmoozing at the bar

Schmoozing at the bar



Flamingos. I want

Flamingos and retro saturation

Gabs on the club lounge, lounging

Gabs on the club lounge, lounging

alabama hotel
Darling birthday boy

Darling birthday boy

Delicious: Pom Pom Salad Photoshoot!


The Cup Thief


Snow on Mount Wellington, the view from Richie's backyard

Snow on Mount Wellington, the view from Richie’s backyard

My darling sister Emma is down from Brisbane visiting for the week! We thought we’d do a Pom Pom Salad photoshoot to promote her amazing earrings. I’m hooked (pardon the pun!). They’re so fun to wear and are great for brightening a dark winter outfit with some colour. Photographs are of Emma, Taylor (one of our oldest family friends) and I. Thanks to Richie for taking photographs of us! I’ll share more photos during the week.

I hope you’re having a sweet day and be sure to check out Emma’s shop here! x

Dreaming big: no regrets!



I recently purchased Gala Darling’s Dream, Dare Do, and while I’ll review it at the end of the month, it’s given me the confidence to share my vision.

I’ve enrolled in a course. A small business management course. It starts on Tuesday! I’m putting some goals and dreams into action. I’m sick of anticipating the worst case scenarios. I have nothing to lose.

I want to have my own retail space in Hobart.
I’ve had people tell me not to do it, that I’m going to lose a lot of money or that it won’t work in Hobart.  These people mean well.  A few of them are in the retail business; a few have tried to make it work. But I don’t want to NOT follow my dreams because it didn’t work for other people. I don’t want to give up on dreams or goals because it didn’t work for someone else. That’s not how it works.

So, I’ve been in touch with distributors for products I want to stock, dreaming about designing the shop, and thinking about spaces.

The thing about Tasmania is that lots of young people move away to the bigger cities for action, cooler shops and cafes. But there is SO much potential for young people to make their mark in Hobart. Over the last few years t I feel like the city has transformed. True, a lot of it has to do with MONA, but what about Alabama Hotel, Pollen Tea rooms, Taco Taco or Spacebar Gallery?  They’re all relatively new enterprises by young people.

Who is to say that I couldn’t make it work?

Lipstick as Self-Care: Cherry Brown Cosmetics


Wearing Russet lipstick by Cherry Brown- My new favourite!

Wearing Russet lipstick by Cherry Brown- My new favourite!

My relationship with makeup (and beauty routines in general) is complex. Some days I’ll wear bright lipstick, other days I’ll go barefaced. Throughout my high school years I would wear thick eye make up. In fact, one day I noticed my new glasses kept getting fine marks all over the surface of the lenses. So I took my glasses back to the optometrist and complained about how easily they had become scratched. I was mortified when she told me the “scratches” I was seeing was actually makeup residue from my long lashes leaving marks across the glass. Oooooops.. Hehe.

My makeup wearing (or lack of) is linked with my depressive episodes. When I’m feeling happy, I wear makeup, clean my teeth, wash my hair and wear clean clothes. When I’m going through a depressive episode, or even a rough few days, makeup is the last thing on my mind. At my worst I’ve felt I don’t deserve to wear makeup and that I shouldn’t draw attention to myself. I’ve felt that I don’t deserve to have my hair cut or care about my appearance. Now, I can reflect back on these times and understand why I felt that way. It’s also why I focus so much on self-care and reminding myself I am worth putting energy into, and I am worth looking after.

If my appearance and self-care is linked to my mental health, well, my hair is now an always-changing masterpiece, my jewellery collection is getting out of hand and my wardrobe has never looked so full! Happy times. I’ve also been into Lime Crime makeup and their bright opaque lipsticks. While I love the bold colours and the gorgeous packaging, they tend to dry my lips out. I can’t wear their lipsticks for more than a few hours without getting chapped lips. Not a good look!

On my quest to buy more local, sustainable products while researching Tasmanian-made clothing, I found Cherry Brown vegan cosmetics. Through their facebook I discovered they were for sale at Salamanca Market, The Nook and other retail outlets around Australia. Cherry Brown cosmetics are made in Cygnet, the coolest little town outside of Hobart.

Cherry Brown’s make up is fully vegan and

• against animal testing

• free of petroleum products

• free of palm oil

• free from animal ingredients- beeswax and carmine dyes for example

• free from chemical additives and preservatives.

I emailed Caroline (aka Cherry) straight away and asked if I may review her lipsticks. But boy was it hard choosing which colours! In the end I chose deep red-brown Russet and Purple Cosmo, but I could have easily picked ten out just from looking online. I visited the stall on Saturday- Caroline was looking gorgeous with bright orange hair and matching lips. She was helpful and informative. From the Cherry Brown website:

“Bright red lipstick is generally made using synthetic dyes (which are not good for us) or carmine (extracted from crushed beetles). The reds available using natural minerals tend towards a more natural red, moving towards a more orange or blue red.”

Caroline told me that Lake Dyes are also usually tested on animals- each batch for toxicity. This means that companies can claim to be “animal friendly” or against animal testing, but purchase dyes from companies that do test on animals.  Scary stuff.

So what does Caroline make her cosmetics out of? Well, my lipstick in Russet has these ingredients:

Mica and Iron oxide for colouring, Macadamia, Sunflower and Candelilla Waxes; Meadowfoam Seed; Castor, Macadamia and Kernel Oils; and lastly, Vitamin E. It’s no wonder my lips feel amazing! I have been wearing Russet every day, it’s my new favourite and my lips are totally kissable (or so I’ve been told many times over the past week-hehe).

I’ve found my new favourite makeup brand and lipsticks that don’t dry my lips out. The best bit is that it’s local!♥

Check out Cherry Brown online here or at Salamanca Market tomorrow and let me know what you think of the cosmetics. There are mineral makeup and eyeshadows available too!

Happy makeup-ing if you’re that way inclined. xo



Saturday morning nurturing



A Libby Special. DIY tiered planter.


Lib: the handiest woman I know.

Last Friday night I stayed for sleepoverssss at Lib and Mary’s house. Mary was working so Lib and I had a chilled out night involving some suspect late night kebabs and stalking Mary at work. In the morning Mary brewed delicious coffee and I took some photographs of Lib in her element: creating and nurturing.

Lib had her Ryobi drill out and DIYed a watering can out of an empty milk cartoon. She then drilled holes in the bottom of a Twinings Tea tin for a succulent. Despite her impressive wardrobe, I think her drill might just be her favourite possession.

She’s the most creative person I know- someone who totally ‘thinks outside the box’ (even if she is too humble to admit it).   For example, Lib made the planter in the first photo out of three drawers nailed together, sprayed and reupholstered stools for their kitchen, made an felt ottoman out of scratch and made several artworks for her present house. Clever woman.

Awe aside, I’m so excited for her as tomorrow she moves into her new flat! She’s such a hard worker and will revel in having her own space to decorate and make her own. I’m a little sad the flat is one-bedroom but I’m planning on making good use of her blow-up bed on the regular. Hehe.

After these pictures were taken I headed to Salamanca Market with Mary and her boyfriend Cam. I went to pick up some lipsticks from Cherry Brown Cosmetics to review which I’ll be posting about soon!x

lib drilling

Ethical Fashion: Tasmanian Made


Rag Tag Skirt

Rag Tag Skirt

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”  Anne Lappe

Since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed I’ve been trying to make more ethical shopping choices. Nobody should have to die (and over 1000 workers from Bangledesh did) for quick, cheap clothing. Again, the garment industry is in the spotlight and Australians expect these human rights abuses to stop- in Wales recently a woman discovered a plea for help stitched into her new skirt from UK based retail giant Primark.

While it’s easy to feel helpless against an industry worth billions, simple acts such as buying Tasmanian-made clothing is a small step in the right direction.  Not only will you be making the ethical choice, but you will support local businesses and designers to stay in Tasmania.

Want to buy Tasmanian made clothing?

TASSIE MADE: an ongoing list!

♥Spacebar Gallery housing Sabio Designs, Rag Tag and Pixe Link clothing,

♥Oyster and Pearl in Liverpool Street,

♥Smitten Merino at EcoHaven, also Liverpool Street

♥Lady Froufrou‘s lush capes, available on Etsy

♥Louise Grahame Designs at Salamanca Market, click here to see me in one of her sublime dresses

♥Pony Black’s dark designs, and

♥The Spotted Quoll Studio available online and from The Nook

AM I missing some local designers? Is that all there really is in Hobart in terms of locally made clothes?

Please let me know.


Oyster and Pearl

Oyster and Pearl

Spotted Quoll Studios Frankie Twig Dress

Spotted Quoll Studios: Frankie Twig Dress


Lousie Grahame Design

For tips on getting the most out of your clothes and other ethical fashion news visit 1 Million Women.

Next ethical fashion post will be about local markets and shopping secondhand.

Dreaming Big


New Mantra

New Mantra

Putting my bigger dreams into action

I officially resigned from my full time job yesterday. My first formal, 9-5 job with a fuel card, mobile phone and laptop. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was my first and my last. I wasn’t happy for a long time in the role I was doing. Youth work is incredibly challenging work and the effects of vicarious trauma are real. There is a reason for high turnover in community services work- it can be amazingly rewarding and at the same time emotionally exhausting.

So I quit- I’m on my own with nothing but my dreams and the support of my friends and family.

This is the first time I’ve taken radical responsibility for my life and achieving my bigger (read scarier) dreams. I’ve quit without a solid plan, and I’m still yet to consider Plan B.  But I’ve taken the first wobbly steps towards my bigger goals and I’m feeling fucking amazing- exactly where I want to be. It’s now or never. ♥

Smallshop Saturdays



Since last year I’ve been working at Salamanca Market every few weeks for Smallshop- a boutique stall selling funky homewares, jewellery and accessories and baby gear. It’s always a good start to the weekend- chatting to locals and tourists about their weekend plans and decking them out with sweet wares I genuinely love. Last shift I went home with a beautiful merino scarf and a timber necklace, I can’t help myself!


Josie’s gorgeous resin bangles. They come in three widths.

Smallshop is owned by couple Josie and Simon. Josie makes the resin jewellery herself – earrings, rings and necklaces -in her studio in West Hobart. They’re handcast so each one is different and has it’s own colours and shape. Similar to Dinosaur Designs but much more affordable!


Baby booties!


Always best sellers- finger puppets!

Almost all of the stock is made in Tasmania by locals. New stock includes amazingly soft possum wraps and scarves, timber necklaces and gorgeous clay pendants by Pot Kettle Black.


Mary inspecting the wool garlands!


Resin rings


Round woollen rugs, baby wraps and a woollen onesie!


In my gorgeous Pot Kettle Black clay necklace!

Every shift people come up to me and tell me the stock is beautiful, and that Smallshop is the most well presented stall at the market. If you’re ever at Salamanca market, pop in and say hello! I’d be surprised if you could walk on by without buying anything! If you can’t wait for Saturday to see, Smallshop items are also being stocked at Pa’s General Store in Gregory Street, Sandy Bay.  Pa’s General Store is a perfect fit for Smallshop- it’s a gorgeous cosy cafe run by a young couple and their bub! You can find them on instagram here.

When the Smallshop webshop gets up and running I’ll do another post. :)

Photographs by Libby taken about two months ago.

Zine Making with the UTAS Women’s Collective


The Women’s Collective for the University of Tasmania organised a zine making workshop last Sunday afternoon at the Tasmanian University Union.

Heidi, the women’s officer for UTAS is compiling a zine on women in higher education to distribute in Bluestocking Week across campus.  Bluestocking Week is a celebration of women in higher education, celebrated across Australia’s university campuses in the middle of August. There were about 6 of us cutting and pasting and getting our zine on. Such a great way to spend a Self Care Sunday.


Heidi La Paglia, Women’s Officer with the TUU in the Women’s Room


Zine Making!

One of pages I made for the zine

One of the pages I made for the zine

When I was studying I don’t think I was aware there was a Women’s Officer. I’m not sure that there was an WO at all throughout my degree. I wish there had have been! How great to have a safe space to chill out in-  Heidi’s done a great doing it up!  Heidi has also made a wordpress site for students to contribute their experiences called “On being a woman at UTAS”.

The Women's Room at UTAS

The Women’s Room at UTAS- so cosy!

I’ll post more about Bluestockings Week as it gets closer as I’m involved in a project Heidi is organising.

Laura :)

Self Care Sunday: Saying ‘No’



 I have written the following article with several young women in mind. These women spend their days (and presumably nights) doing a ton of varying projects of which they have little interest in. These include paid work, internships, leadership roles, many volunteering hours and full-time study. They’re not happy with their current load, but haven’t had the strength to say “no”.  Too many projects leaves less time to realise their dreams- they’re suffering burn out and feel overstretched.


Who are you? How many roles do you play out every day? You may be a student, a lover, an employee, a parent, a sister, a volunteer. Each of these roles demand certain levels of your emotional, physical and mental time.

Taking care of yourself – and taking time out for yourself- IS a radical act.

Saying “No thankyou” to projects you’re not 100 percent in to means you’re free up for saying a big fat YES to things that inspire you. It means you can focus on the direction you want your life to head and are freer to work on projects that are important to you. It’s saying no to overworking, to spreading yourself too thin and NO to burn out.

Growing up we learned to obey teachers and adults and to do what they asked of us without questioning the necessity or validity of it. What is in it for us? Is it worth out time? Our energy? Furthermore, as women we’re taught by society that to be non-compliant is deviant. We get called a bitch for saying no to men’s advances, sexual assault is all too common from men taking the answer as “no” for “convince me”.  Compliant to ‘rules’ around sex- don’t be a slut, but don’t be too frigid, to always put others needs before our own (make me a sandwich?) and eventually to be the caring, self-less (without sense of self?) mother.

But we need to acknowledge our own limits and put boundaries in place. Everyone does.


Necklace by Modern Girl Blitz

Necklace by Modern Girl Blitz

When I hit my teenage years I started becoming more sociable. One thing my dad always reinforced was “you don’t have to say yes to everything”. This saying has stuck with me, I’m so grateful (now) for his resounding voice in my head every time I’m invited to participate in something I’m not 100% sure about.

For example, I don’t usually make any plans or arrangements for Sunday. This is because I know I will want to spend time alone recovering from the week. I am all for confirming plans on the day, and cancelling if I am not up to it. I’m not worried about friends thinking of me as flaky. It’s my time and energy and if I’m not feeling too well or I’m exhausted I will only be crappy company. My friends know I need rest and it’s not a reflection on how I feel about them, just as I respect their feelings when they need time alone.

Learning the differences between passive, assertive and aggressive communication is key. Be straightforward, clear and honest-you’re not rejecting the person, you’re rejecting the request!

Saying No- You can do it!

  • Acknowledge the person’s  feelings and the request
  • Always be respectful.
  • You can always say you will get back to them later.
  • Saying no does not mean you’re being selfish
  • Others needs are not more important than your own needs.

Need some examples to practice with?

“I would love to do that, but I just don’t have the time in my schedule.”

“Sounds like a great project but I’ve committed myself to other projects at the moment”

“I may be able to help out at a later stage, I’ll get back to you”

“It’s not workable for me at the moment with everything that’s going on, but I wish you the best of luck!”

“Sorry I’m not going to make it today, I need some time to myself”


:) Don’t be afraid of saying no. Is saying no a struggle for you? How do you cope?