So I have just moved to the most wonderful house. It is huge, light and has a super huge front and back garden featuring an avocado tree, a mango tree, a macadamia nut tree, a mandarin tree, a nectarine tree, a jacaranda tree and heaps of spinach, parsley and rosemary. My old apartment was basically a shed, with no balcony and about three powerpoints in the whole place. This new house has like, floorboards. And chandeliers. And a dishwasher! AND A GARAGE.
The most wonderful thing about moving to my new house is realising just how much your surroundings affect your mood. I have been much more relaxed and happy (albeit exhausted from lifting all the things) since moving here. My room has its own balcony access, and being able to just make a cup of tea and sit in the sun and look at the garden has lifted my spirits. It's also the end of Winter here in Australia, so the sun has been making an appearance! It's like I have a new lease on life. I even brushed my hair today.
Yesterday Annika was feeling pretty blue, so my house mates and I drove over to pick her up and she's been living here ever since. Last night we had a slumber party- well sort of, she doesn't like snuggling, she goes to bed early and wakes up early and grumpy and hates all kinds of morning light, where as I like to throw my body on whoever/ whatever is closest as I sleep, stay up late, and love to wake up with bright sunlight. I pretty much love Annika when she is grumpy though, and she wasn't grumpy for long after we took the opportunity to dress like spring babes to celebrate the end of Winter!
These photos were taken when we were locked out of my house because I forgot to bring my keys when we left for breakfast this morning. Having to wait an hour in the sun sitting on my front lawn was hardly a bad thing though, and overall the experience has brightened my already pretty damn bright day. Seriously, there should be a law against being this relaxed and happy.
Now about my clothes! My dress is thrifted, as this lovely silk shirt I found. I love the detail on the breast pocket, and the silk feels so beautiful. My tights are from Annika's shop, and my socks... umm I accidentally stole them from a department store once. It was a large chain shop, with unethical processes of production... so I don't feel too bad. Don't steal though kids! But if you accidentally steal from an evil super-capitalist chain, well, I'm not going to judge you.
This brooch is from Hungry Designs, and it's the cutest thing in the world. My necklace is an antique from the 1920's, and I found it in Helsinki recently on my travels. The little 'E' on my necklace is silver with amber, and I bought it at a sea-side market in Helsinki. It stands for 'Elsher', who is an important and beautiful and fantastic super close friend of mine. It was her birthday while I was away, so I bought her a little 'K', and I've been wearing the little 'E'.
My earrings I bought at a fair recently where I was running a stall for work. I am super into creepy baby-themed pieces lately, as a kind of last-ditch attempt at subverting the dominant something-or-rather. I just bought a whole heaps of cupie-doll heads and I'm going to start making them into earrings and selling them- if anyone is interested, let me know and I'll speed up the process.
The sun is starting to set now and I am sleepy but still incredibly happy. It's amazing how much your environment effects your mood. My psychologist has always been urging me to go spend more time in the sun, but in my old apartment that was just tricky to do and I found myself just staying inside feeling sorry for myself. Now I'm riding my bike, I'm going for walks and feeling generally motivated!
So if you get a chance to spend more time outside this week, join me in my new-found ridiculous happiness. Try getting yourself locked outside or something. Works every time!
Hope you're all having a great week!