sustaining a sustainable wardrobe

It was at a Jon Rafman talk last week that everything came together. The artist declared that, “If you understand everything, you can’t be interested.” This was to become the manifesto for my perfect wardrobe.

For the duration of September, I took on a personal project in which I would investigate the effect of meditation on my intellectual drive. It came to my attention that in fact, you must understand yourself in order to be interested in other things. For me, dressing in a way that makes me comfortable and attractive in myself is the most important aspect of my wardrobe. It took me two mornings of waking up with a meditation and yoga, to realize that in fact while my clothes may not be the plethora of designer tags I wish they could be, they would suffice for my twenty-year-old, unemployed, fashion-student self.

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My wardrobe may not be ‘perfect’ by everyone’s standards, but my experiment with mindfulness has made me realize that perhaps it is by my standards. I may be missing the odd sock, but I’ve learnt to live with it, play with what I’ve got. Vivienne Westwood was quoted in her recent book with Ian Kelly as saying “you have a much better life wearing impressive clothes” followed by “if clothes can’t express our higher aspirations as human beings then they are not doing their job” and I’m beginning to relate.

After all, I want to be recognized for what I do. My work, not what I look like. And on that note, what better way to end this piece with a quote from style icon Iris Apfel who states in her documentary, ‘Iris’, “I don’t dress to be stared at, I dress for myself”.

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hector and the search for happiness

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it’s always difficult writing about films on here because i don’t wanna give too much away. But lets just say, the last couple of days I wasn’t feeling my greatest and last night by some absurd miracle, Netflix produced some goods, finally! hooray! woo woo!

Anyway, ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ brightened my somewhat nauseating last couple of days and i completely  recommend it.

If you’re going to watch the film, don’t read on, because I’m going to reveal his secrets to happiness. If you’re not going to watch it, read on, duh.

  1. Making comparisons can ruin you’re happiness
  2. A lot of people thinks happiness is being richer or ‘more important’
  3. Many people only see happiness in their future
  4. Happiness could be the freedom to love more than one woman at the same time
  5. Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story
  6. Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness
  7. Does the person bring you predominantly A) UP or B) DOWN
  8. Happiness is answering you’re calling
  9. Happiness is being loved for who you are
  10. Sweet Potato Pie
  11. Fear is an impediment to happiness
  12. Happiness is feeling completely alive
  13. Listening is loving
  14. Nostalgia is not what it used to be

Number 3 and 6 are my favourite and my most relatable.

I also really want to make sweet potato pie.

bye.

almost ten ways to eat healthily on a budget

This is just my thinkings, but all you need to buy if you want to be healthy is fruit, vegetables, some grains and some (preferably pasture-fed) meat if you’re into that. When people say that they can’t eat healthily because they’re poor/povo/on a budge/can’t find healthy stuffs I don’t like it!!!

Its so so easy to be healthy on a budgey. I’m an art student! (pff lame). Here are (almost ten) tips n trix:

  1. Shop at your local farmer’s market – easy peasy lemon squeezy. Admittedly, it helps living a stones throw from Portobello markets but to be honest fruit and veg just aint that expensive.

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2. Eat in! – not only is it (more than) likely going to be healthier, its cheaaap and cheerful. I have recipes on my blog but also there are miiillions of good online recipes. (ourbodybook.com is a fave). + LEFTOVERS (oww daang)

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3. Have a kitchen garden – how sweet! I grow some of my own herbs and apart from anything else, its so nice having a cold glass bottle of mint water in my fridge at all times.

4. Buy once and regrow – I don’t know why this isn’t a bigger deal but you can actually grow celery out of a celery bunch base. These are the instructions from my book: “take the bottom base of a bunch of celery and place it, cut side facing up, in a bowl of warm water near a sunny window (change the water every two days). In about five to seven days you will see yellow, then green, leaves sprouting. At this point, you can put the celery into a container with soil covering all but the small new leaves. Water generously and watch the new celery grow! Lettuce and bok choy can be regrown in much the same way” – if you want to know more about regrowing veges drop me a comment/email, I’d be glad to do the research.

5. Make a packed lunch – 🙂

6. Make your own snacks and treats – nuts and seeds are good for you and yummy. Make trail mix at home!!! I love trail mix.

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7. Keep your fridge and pantry organized – stuffs otherwise just gonna get old and living creatures will start to play in it.

8. Eat less? – I think you’ll find if you fill yourself up with fats from coconut oil, nuts and olive oil, you will feel a lot more satisfied and won’t need your evening serving of chocolate or similar.

9. The dirty dozen – these are the fruit and veg you must buy organic as they absorb pesticides the most. If you cant afford it, don’t bother with any of the others. Apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, capsicum (bell peppers if you’re weird), nectarines, cucumbers, tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers and blueberries.

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my favourite instagrams at the moment

  1. @potsofsydney

not because its run by my sasquatch brother, but because its great. Its clever and good banter. Very much a must check out.

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2. @tinygentleasians

its in the name.

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3. @theglobalgoals

because Richard and Scarly Curtis are my favourite kind-of relatives and because saving the world is cool.

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4. @girllband (two l’s)

my friend who’s name is also clem (thats not wholly why we’re friends) has just started her very own headband company called ‘girlband’ (what a clever girly) anyway, i suggest you hop on the bandwagon 😉

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5. mine, obviously.

(@clompchmac)

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(@clemfresh)

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good timeSz!

deliciously delicious sugar free walnut brownies

also dairy and wheat/gluten free. wohoo! duuh.


my recipe is inspired by the hemsley + hemsley brownie recipe however due to lack of equipment/anxiety caused by caffeine, quantities and ingredients had to be altered.

so here it is:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8th of a cup of cacao (unsweetened)
  • 1/8th of a cup maple syrup (or more if you want)
  • two tablespoons vanilla extract
  • one tin of black beans

drain black beans and blend everything in a nutribullet/foodprocessor/washing machine.

blend until smooth then add about half a cup of melted coconut oil in it. also add about a handful of walnuts.

blend again.

pour into a brownie dish and put in the oven at 170 degrees. i cooked mine for about an hour.

sorry about all the ‘about’.

its super squidgy when you take it out of the oven but hardens up once you let it sit.

love ya.

the place that makes me feel real – bloomfield

living on the other side of the globe from your family (well, mum, dad and gus) can be hard at times. when you realise that your favourite place in the world, the place that makes you feel real, is also on that same side of the world, it can feel even harder. the reasons for bloomfield being my happy place are vast. it could be my favourite place because its where i feel closest to my family or because i can take my goat and dog on a walk at the same time, on the same lead. it could be because thats where billy is buried, or it could be because the internet connection is so slow that its more painful to upload an instagram than driving through a barbed wire fence on a motorbike (I’ve experienced both).

i don’t want this post to be about being homesick or whatever but i want to point out that i appreciate the way my life has panned out post-school. its always going to be hard leaving your favourite place but you need to be thankful for what you have been given. i was given the opportunity to study abroad which meant giving up my favourite place for a few months of the year. it aint that bad. i suppose i wrote this post to make people appreciate their lives and live in the moment but actually i think i may have just done it for myself. bloomfield is always going to be the place where i can chill and eat to my full potential. well done bloomfield. what? sorry. thanks.

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