secret garden

Marco Polo cardigan, thrifted American Apparel t-shirt and skirt, Windsor Smith boots

So this post isn't so much because I thought my outfit was anything special, but because I really liked how my pictures turned out for once! With greenery emerging left, right and centre it made the perfect backdrop, but don't be fooled. Even though spring has technically arrived in Australia it's still freezing in the mornings, so I don't think I'll be brave enough to don bare legs anytime soon...

Anyway, this outfit's a pretty standard one that I wore to uni and the shops. The skirt is actually one of my favourites right now – after working my DIY magic I transformed it from a midi to a mini, and to say I've worn it to death would be an understatement! Not only does it have the perfect A-line shape, but it also comes with pockets. Ones that can actually hold stuff. I always subconsciously have my hands in my pockets for some reason, so that's pretty much the best thing I could ask for in a skirt. Or any item of clothing, for that matter.
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If I had to say anything about August, it would be that I'm so glad it's over. With my schedule rendering me busy for pretty much five days a week I've never felt more tired in my entire life, so unfortunately blogging has had to take a back seat for now! I can't even fathom how some people manage it with full-time jobs, but thankfully things should die down a bit with the arrival of a new month. Anyway, when all else fails I usually rely on Instagram to document my life, so here are some snapshots of what I've been up to lately:





1. The sunset that birthed a million Instagram posts. No kidding, I almost didn't post this because I didn't want to seem like a total cliche...

2. After hearing so much hype about it I finally got around to trying Anita Gelato, and it was pretty darn good! I got the Cookie Man flavour as per Rosa's recommendation, and the cookie pieces complete with freshly melted chocolate more than satisfied my sweet tooth.

3. Stalking plants after being dragged to Flower Power, as you do... This is what happens when your mum's a gardening fanatic.

4. Family fun times involving sushi and frozen yoghurt.

5. I was a little too excited to finally get my hands on these Typo lanterns for my magnetic board! There's just something about string lights that really complete a room. In any case, I'm currently resisting the temptation to add even more to my collection.

6. I'm not usually a fan of chicken burgers, but this one from the Grounds proved me wrong! The chicken pieces were pretty generous, and of course I can never go past those amazing, thick-cut chips.

7. Garlic tonkotsu ramen from Gumshara's. Seriously, is there ever an occasion when a steaming bowl of ramen isn't appropriate?

8. At the Art Gallery of NSW. I was actually there to see a Japanese exhibition and guided tour for uni, but in the weirdest turn of events my classmates and I ended up being invited into the members lounge, haha! All we really did there was take advantage of free hot drinks and cookies, but hey... there's something to tick off my bucket list.

So, there's my month in pictures! I feel ridiculously guilty that my only post this month has to be an insta-recap, but hopefully I can get back to normal programming soon. In any case, you can keep up with me on my Instagram account (@manisay) and I hope you're having a great weekend!
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life lately

Isn't life a funny thing? One minute you think you're bored out of your brains, then suddenly you're overwhelmed and have too many things on your plate the next. That's pretty much why I took an unintentional break from the blog, since I've been too busy interacting with actual humans to make blog posts that I'm content with! I have to admit, I've been avoiding posting personal things here since I just don't think anyone finds them interesting. Nevertheless, since I've accumulated so many photos here's a peek into my life recently:


Free fun doesn't get much better than Jenga, brownies and photo scavenger hunts with old friends! After a day of running around and trying to fit four adults onto playground equipment, I came home with way too many photos that need to be explained... like this one of a seemingly ordinary cloud. It's totally shaped like a unicorn, in case you couldn't tell.

Some snaps from when I was volunteering at my uni's orientation. At first I was worried that I'd burn out from socialising too much (typical introvert problems!) but it was honestly one of most rewarding things I've ever done. In the span of one week I probably met more people than I have all year, not to mention the fact that most of our time was spent fooling around and singing nineties songs. Don't even get me started on all the free catered food that comes with it...


Now that all the fun and games are over I'm off to uni for actual class tomorrow, which is a bit sad! I think it goes without saying that I'm not ready to let go of my couch potato status yet, or get back into the daily grind. One of these days my timetable won't involve early starts on a Monday morning...
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