22 November 2015

zara: queen street.

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of checking out the new Zara store which has just opened in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall. I had to wear my Zara blouse of course which I bought in Japan. It came in handy when comparing what my size was as I'm forever between an X-Small and Small. After the store tour, we were let loose to shop in the store before it was open to the public. It was very overwhelming and hard to control myself from buying everything! I only ended up buying a black, sporty looking vest which will come in handy when going to the gym. We were also gifted a lovely, brown leather clutch as well. Thanks for having me, Zara Brisbane! I will be back once the crowds die down... haha.

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17 November 2015

shop it: fit girl.

Since joining a gym for the first time and also joining a fitness studio during my 8-week health challenge, I've had a complete fitness wardrobe overhaul. If you've followed me long enough, you'd know that I've only ever played sports throughout my life to keep fit- netball, touch football, european handball and tennis mainly. For that reason, my drawers house a plethora of uniforms, jerseys and baggy t-shirts; however it just doesn't make me feel confident when I hit the gym or studio. No one wants to feel like a dag. Also, it's hard to check your form if you're wearing an oversized t-shirt which gets in the way, so below are some of my picks and purchases as of late!

1. adidas StellaSport Padded Bra by Stella Mccartney (I also have this in blue/pink!)

3. adidas techfit boyshorts 3-inches (in dark grey heather)

4. Lonsdale zone vest (I wear this over sports crop tops to cover up a bit more)

5. Nike juvenate sneakers (in grey/blue)

6. adidas by Stella Mccartney Adixero XT sneakers (grey) and CC Sonic sneakers (orange/pink)

If you couldn't already tell, my favourite sporting apparel brands are StellaSport, Adidas and Nike. Oh and I am also a converted 2xU fan because my sister is the sales manager for Queensland now! Their compression leggings are the best quality material and most comfortable I've ever experienced. That's not to say I love when other brands have sales though! Except for Lorna Jane. Ditch those crappy leggings and go buy some 2xU ones instead. You won't regret it.

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06 November 2015

opinion: "social media is not real life"

My take on the topical issue of social media lately thanks to infamous Essena O'Neill (through my eyes/experiences) is that we have full control over how we portray ourselves on any given social media platform. Also that it is unhealthy and unsustainable to upkeep an unrealistic profile of yourself constantly. Young, 19 y.o Essena has found this out the hard way who apparently has what I’d call ‘social media burnout’. 

When I started Opinionslave, not once was I trying to be someone who I wasn’t. If people liked what they saw, sure, they were free to follow me. I edit photos just like everyone else, but mainly just for colour, lighting and simple spot blemishes. I definitely do not spend hours trying to take the perfect shot and then mutilate my appearance. Firstly, I have better things to do, but secondly it's because I feel it wouldn't be a true representation of who I am as a person. My blog has always been a second priority to me as it has only ever been a hobby; my career, family, friends, wellbeing, happiness and education have always come first. 

I have been fortunate enough to meet other bloggers along my journey and yes, I have met girls who annoyingly just don’t live in the present moment. Most of what they think or do is for the general rule- “How will this look on Instagram?” I knew a girl who graduated from uni, but didn't get a job in her field for years (and probably still hasn't) mostly due to a lack of drive & perseverance, and what would annoy me is that she would always complain she had no money when we wanted to make brunch plans; however she projected on Instagram that she lived a lavish life. 

Let's personify 'social media' and think of it as 'that couple who get together and then drift away from all their friends'. What happens if they split up? What happens if tomorrow, Instagram got hacked and you lost your whole profile? Then what and who would you turn to? I hope you've got something going for you. Deep down these profiles are mostly just a reassurance for our self-consciousness, to affirm the importance of our existence and/or social-economic status. Things in life are so much more important- your education, career (unfortunately money makes the world go round) & ultimately, your happiness. 

There are times where I need a break from social media and therefore, I don’t post for a while then return to it as I don’t feel it’s a life necessity. My own happiness comes first and simply, it’s up to you and the importance you place in creating content for your ‘followers’, and I use that term loosely because I believe loyalty is rare these days, so who are you really trying to impress? Just be yourself.

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