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THE COMEBACK

Oh hello there, it's been 7 months since I've last written a blog post. Oops! A few days after my last update, I found out that I was going under for a spinal surgery. I’ve had metal rods in my spine for the past 3 years and it was finally time they came out! Receiving that phone call from the hospital was one of the happiest moment of my life so far. I also took on a new job about 3 weeks post-op. Balancing 3 (or 2.5) different jobs while also trying to have some sort of a social life on top of that has been a challenge. I have officially become a granny going to bed by 10pm and getting up by 7am most days. Ha!

Now that things have finally settled into more of a routine, I can sit down and rave about a few new bits and bobs in my life. Here we go...

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This Frank Body Body Cream is an absolute dream of a cream! I have really dry skin on my shins (just my shins for some reason) and this is the first product that has ever made a visible difference from the first use. I’ve tried other products from the Frank Body range (and really loved it) so I decided to pick this up to give it a go. It smells like frosting, caramel and cake - not coffee, surprisingly - but YUUUMMMM. The main ingredients are Coffee Seed Extract, Pomegranate, Green Tea and Shea & Cocoa Butters. It is also all natural, vegan & cruelty free. All the good stuff you want in your products right?

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I was in Zara the other day looking for a suit jacket and shorts co-ord (still no luck) and came across this VVV cute piece. I'm not very good with my fashion terms so I'm going to chuck in words like 'vintage,' 'retro,' and 'boxy' to describe this top. Ha! I love the subtle pattern on the fabric, I love the big frilly sleeves, I love the neckline and I also love that it's cropped! I love everything about this basically. You can make a statement with these rad sleeves and the endless possibilities when it comes to accessories. It really is a dream to style!

Oh how I adore you, gorman! But you are way, WAY out of my budget as a freelancer/babysitter/graphic designer. Thankfully, you do have a wide variety of socks that I can actually afford. I’m not usually one for statement socks so I thought I'd start with something that isn't too crazy. I paired these with my black Converse Hi-Tops and you could just see the embroidery popping out the top. I absolutely loved the look and I can't wait to go back for more. Glittery socks here I come!

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I have extremely sensitive ears so I have never been one to go for earrings (or any jewellery to be honest). But I am loving the comeback of statement earrings and decided it was time I jumped on the bandwagon. A simple jeans and t-shirt combo would no longer be basic with these fun earrings! There are so many more options in the shops but these are just the ones I picked up. The tassel earrings are from a local small business Made by Pearl and the pom pom earrings are from Sportsgirl.

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I have a slight obsession with indoor plants at the moment. It's one of those things that I've always wanted but never acted on it. After I bought my first plant however, I couldn't stop... Oops! I now have a Devil’s Ivy, Fiddle-Leaf Fig, Monstera, some ferns and a small succulent. They are all still going pretty strong, so fingers crossed I don't kill any of them. Little Leaf Co is a cute little space tucked away in Booragoon and it’s very quickly becoming one of my favourite places to visit. I also have a new watercolour cactus print in my living room by the amazing Claire Tincey! She does some really fantastic watercolour art so if you’re in the market for any, please do check out her work!

Zoe Tan
NEW BEGINNINGS

It is such a cliche, but how the flippen heck is time passing by so quick?! We are well and truly into March and New Year's Day felt like it was just yesterday. So much has changed in my life since Christmas (my last blog post), the biggest change being that I've moved - again. I've been having lots of fun finding new and more creative ways to redecorate and make home more homely. I think a person's home speaks volumes about their personality and where they are in life. I moved from a rental home back into the same house I lived in a year ago. I have pretty much the exact same furniture, but I am a completely different person to who I was when I moved out. It is the weirdest feeling!

2016 was one heck of a year. I have learnt so much through a series of events that happened in my life. Through good times and bad, great times and worst times. It might be a bit late for a reflection on the year that's been, but here goes...

I've learnt that just because there is a lot of hype around a certain beauty product doesn't mean that I need it in my life. When I can count the number of times I've worn proper eye make up in my entire life in one hand, I definitely do not need an eyeshadow palette that cost an arm and a leg.

I've learnt that you don't have to keep up with all the fashion trends to look good. While it is all well and good (and super fun!) to follow fashion trends, buy trendy pieces of clothing, they don't go the distance like a little black dress would. Buy pieces that are comfortable and complement your shape, your height and your skin tone. So what if your wardrobe isn't colourful? You do you.

I've learnt that something incredible does happen when women support women. It's not just something floating around the Internet because today is International Women's Day. I am so lucky to have great girlfriends that inspire me and support my craziest dreams, to laugh and cry with, to give me a kick in the butt when needed, on the reg. I count myself so incredibly lucky.

I've learnt that just because you make someone a priority in your life doesn't automatically make you their priority in their life. That when you put your 110% into a relationship, it doesn't necessarily mean that you will get their 110% back. It sucks, BUT that doesn't mean that build walls to protect yourself. That doesn't mean that you become selfish with showing love to others.

I've learnt that it's OK not to be OK. That being vulnerable does not mean that you are weak. Vulnerability shows strength and character. The ability to be vulnerable means that you are able to put aside your pride and admit that you're not perfect and you need help. It's really not the end of the world.

I've learnt that my best will always be (and has to be) good enough. That comparison truly is the thief of joy. We are all gifted in infinitely different ways and the only way we can be truly happy is to be the best version of us. Be the best version of you.

The biggest thing I've learnt? Hold onto things in life loosely. Take risks. Pursue your dreams. Fall in love. Go on more adventures. Be spontaneous. Drink more water. Invest in people and things that matter. And my latest inspiration: Do what you can't.

LOVE, ZOE.

Zoe Tan
IT'S CHRISTMAS!

I'm not sure why, but I really struggled to get into the festive spirit (or whatever you like to call it) this year. I'm a little bit Grinch-y this year. Ha! Christmas is always a bit of a funny time of year for me personally. There is such a big emphasis on family, and living away from family meant that Christmas can be a little bit of a lonely time of year. I am so thankful for amazing friends (and their families) that have taken me in and treated me like I was one of their own. Christmas is a time where I get to spoil the people that have really made a difference in my life. It is a time of feasting and then vegging out. It is an opportunity to create new Christmas traditions with the people that I call family.

No matter what you get up to this holiday, here's to one filled with good food, great company and lots of fun memories! 

LOVE, ZOE.

Zoe Tan
GOOD THINGS

It blows my mind that we are midway through December and 2017 is literally right round the corner. It is both scary and exciting at the same time. Who knows what 2017 will hold. One thing I know for sure: I can't wait to start fresh in the new year! Anywayyyy, I'm back with a few of my favourite things and some fun life updates :)

I am so picky when it comes to phone cases. They have to be extra slim, transparent/clear to show off the gold on my iPhone, and it has to be non-slip. Imagine my excitement when I discovered the Sonix range of phone covers! They are super cute, slim but sturdy, and shows off the gold on my iPhone perfectly. They are a bit of a splurge ($50) but they are so worth the while.

You can purchase Sonix phone cases from JB HiFi.

Sonix: Facebook / InstagramWebsite

I scribbled this on the first hot Summer's day in Perth, and look where it is today! I am so in love with everything about it, especially the fluoro pink! Words cannot express just how proud I am to have a print available on sale. Aaah. A massive shoutout to the lovely Nora & Scott at Neighbourhood Press for this amazing opportunity! These guys specialise in Risograph printing and are also amazing graphic designers/illustrators! Be sure to check them out.

You can purchase this print at the Neighbourhood Press studio in West Perth.

Neighbourhood Press: Facebook / Instagram / Website

I received this cute Aloe Vera plant from my amazing friend for my birthday and I am so in love with it! It makes it 10x more special because this was handmade...sort of. Ha! That's all. 

A project that I worked on recently was putting together Thank You cards for all the amazing volunteers of my local church. Despite being a last minute addition, I am so happy with how these turned out! So happy I had a stash of black cards lying around my craft stuff and also found the cutest set of Washi Tapes!

Zoe Tan