Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Post: Why you should visit Australia!

Good Morning! Today I have the wonderful Kayleigh taking over the blog to share some of her amazing travels & photography. Please take a moment to check out her blog, because I just know you'll love her and her wonderful space!


Hello fellow readers, my name is Kayleigh and I blog over at The Way I Wanderlust. I am so excited to be taking over this amazing space for the day. I recently returned from spending just over a year travelling around Australia. Today I would love to share with you four reasons why you should take a trip to see this magical place.

The tropical weather

Queensland is hot and humid for most of the year, with temperatures in the summer usually in the high 30s. During the winter temperatures were somewhere around 10 usually. We arrived in winter which was perfect for us. We thought the weather was fantastic walking around in jeans and t-shirts while everyone else was in winter jackets. My favourite place was probably Magnetic Island, just off the mainland from Townsville. It was so relaxing to spend a few days there and every afternoon we watched an amazing sunset.

Laid back beach lifestyle

With so many beaches to choose from its no wonder people spend every spare moment soaking up the sun and enjoying a refreshing dip in the ocean. Every time we came across a sign for a beach we immediately headed in that direction. The majority of my pictures are of white sand stretching for miles. Cafe's and gelato shops line the strip, providing plenty of options for a refreshing bite to breakup your day.

The animals

The animals are so different from what we have in Canada. I was fascinated with every one, except spiders of course. Terrified of those suckers. There are plenty of animal sanctuaries where you can go and spend the day walking around and learning about the wildlife in Australia. The kangaroo's run around and we can feed them with seed provided at the ticket counter. Queensland is the only place you can actually hold a koala, of course I did this twice. They are so fluffy and cuddly and right at the top of my list of favourite creatures.

National parks

The first three months of our travels we spent riding around in a camper van and exploring the many wonders of Australia. Something that we absolutely loved were all the beautiful camping areas in the national parks. As we arrived during the tourist off season most of these places were free, making it very budget friendly. Everyone that we met were super friendly and always offered advice on places to see. The great thing about camping is you actually relax and enjoy free time. We didn't have phones, tv or internet which was a very refreshing experience. Are days were spent exploring or relaxing by a river and the nights were filled with campfires and star gazing.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my travels. If you would like to learn more head on over to The Way I Wanderlust.

If you enjoyed this, you will also want to check out Kayleigh's travels in Prague, Dealing with the post-travel Blues, and her Wanderlust Wednesday series. Thanks so much for reading!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lace, Leather & Polka Dots.

Spring has finally arrived, making it possible to leave the house without a parka. As you can see, there is still some snow on the ground (actually, a lot less now - these were taken a day or two ago, and its rained since then)...but I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

Jacket: Thrifted // Top: Urban Outfitters // Jeans: Dynamite // Boots: Steve Madden
bag: Forever 21 // Earrings: Gift from my sister

Friday, April 11, 2014

Photography Friday 28

Welcome to the Photography Friday Blog hop! This is a blog linkup that focuses on Photography, at any skill level or experience. Each week we want to encourage you to get out and take some photos! It doesn't matter what Camera you have - an iPhone, a DSLR, a film camera, an instax - Just get out and press that shutter! Blog about your photographic awesomeness and link up here to share it every friday. If you'd like feedback on something, leave a comment asking what you'd like to know and your host will be happy to provide you with some.

The snow is finally melting and it feels like Spring! Its been a ridiculously long winter, and I think its meant to snow a bit in a few days, but the sun is shining and the temperatures are above zero. The little Hyacinth plant has bloomed like crazy in the last two days - it looks completely different than in the shots above! Hope everyone has had a wonderful week :)

Each week we will choose a new Photographer to be featured! To be considered for next week, please link up your photography post below and make sure you are following your hosts & co-hosts. These two things will qualify you for being a featured photographer!

Olivia from Baba Yaga Had some great photos last week of so many pretty plants. I have no idea what plant this is, but its gorgeous!

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