hector and the search for happiness


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.



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.


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)


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.


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.


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.


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good timeSz!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


It’s been a while since I finished a book that’s made me feel as delicious as the Alchemist has. I won’t go too far into it as I think its neccessecessessecessary for everyone to read.

Here are some quotes I took note of whilst reading:

“When you really want something, its because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on Earth”

“The secret of the happiness is to see all of the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon” (the simple things)

“The future was already written by Allah, and what he had written was always for the good of man so the tribesmen lived only for the present, because the present was full of surprises”

“If good things are coming they will be a pleasant surprise… if bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur”

“If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it and if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better”

“When a person really desires something all the universe conspires to help that person realise his dream”

“A man’s heart helps him when he is trying to pursue his dreams”

“If a person is living out his destiny, he knows everything he needs to know there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”

“When you are loved you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you”

“Theres no need for iron to be the same as copper, or copper the same as gold, each performs its own exact function as a unique being”


Hungry For Change – A Food Matters Film

My friend Lucy is an absolute kook. However, I know that Lucy spends a lot of time on netflix (whilst making her clothes) and, sharing a similar interest in health and its relationship with the mind, Lucy recommended a documentary to me the other day that will change your LIFE.

It was a few years ago now that i made the change to healthy, organic, CLEAN living (eurrrrgghhh also have the most AGGRAVATING article to share with you later about ‘clean living’) this documentary still made me feel super inspired and amaze after i finished watching it.

here is lucy being weird (far right)


AAAAANYway, the documentary is called ‘Hungry for Change’ and it was made by FOODMATTERS (http://foodmatters.tv) and is available on Netflix and iTunes.

Hungry For Change Official Home Page – A Food Matters Film.

(from the website)

In Hungry For Change You Will Learn

  • How to navigate your supermarket – what to buy and what to avoid
  • The real truth behind “DIET”, “SUGAR-FREE” and “FAT-FREE” products
  • How to overcome food addictions and cravings
  • Why fad diets don’t work
  • What food additives to avoid and how to read labels
  • What is fat and cellulite and how do we get rid of it for good
  • The most effective detox and cleansing strategies, and
  • How to eat for clear eyes, glowing skin and healthy hair

While a lot of these things are to do with weight gain/loss, Lucy and I didn’t watch the documentary for either of these reasons. The reason we found it so appealing is because it goes into the fine details of why we feel like we do when we eat certain foods, why we feel differently when we eat healthily and feel happier when we are nourished. I’m sorry if this sounds like a weird preach to the choir but this is something i feel so strongly about and I just want everyone to feel geeeewwwwdddddd.

Please for the love of clompch please watch this.


Book Luff

My Dad and I are very similar. Our stomachs blow up when we eat wheat, and we both have a crazy obsession with books.

I think my love for books began when I read Miranda Kerr’s ‘Treasure Yourself’ (laugh all you want but I no-longer throw up every time I hear the words taxi, takeoff and landing), Louise L. Hay’s ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ (Again, no more night terrors of tsunamis in Sydney harbor), Gregory David Roberts’ ‘Shantaram’ and Jane Mulvagh’s biography of Vivienne Westwood. I’ve never been a huge fan of novels. It sounds shallow of me, but I’m not going to be camping outside Berkelouw books for the latest twilight. Sorry. However I do love a good classic, my favourites being ‘Everything is Illuminated’, ‘A Room of Ones Own’, ‘Gulliver’s Travel’s’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

I’ve just finished Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ and have just begun reading ‘The First Bad Man a Novel By Miranda July’. Reviews on these soon. If you want. But ill probably do them anyway.

My interest in healthy living and eating came from my love for books.

I wrote this post because I’m currently at home in Australia and have just spent my entire morning looking through my Dad’s crazy book collection.

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I’ve stolen two books this visit (sorry if you’re reading this, dad) and will be spending my 22 hour flight back to London reading about the life of Sir Terence Conran.


One of the things I miss most about Sydney when I’m in London is their ‘Bookstore Cafes’. I know of a few in London but nothing as good as these. My favourites are Gertrude and Alice in Bondi Beach (http://www.gertrudeandalice.com.au) and Ampersand in Paddington (https://www.facebook.com/AmpersandCafeBookstore). If anyone knows any good places similar to this in London PALEASE let me know. Preferably with a homemade almond milk chai blend. And frappes. I love Frappes.


Ampersand with Angoose


Inspiring Laydee – Sarah Harris

I met Sarah Harris when I was doing my internship at British Vogue when I was 16 (2012) and decided that I was completely in love. I wasn’t aware of quite how amazing she was when we first met but she has the aura of an absolute goddess. She has long (naturally) silver hair and the most beautiful skin and personality. She was so kind to me (brace faced 16 year-old with an Australian accent and mismatching ballet flats) for the few minutes we spoke.

However in my last year my obsession has grown so much more. Harris is the Fashion Features director of British Vogue. She studied fashion promotion at University of the Arts London (where I’m currently studying fashion communication) and went on to do various internships and ended up at British Vogue where she’s been for the last 10 years.

Her work is so inspiring. She has timeless style and is a natural B-E-A-uty. She writes with fluidity and grace and just seems so authentic and amazing.

There you go. I love Sarah Harris. Inspiring Laydee. I love Lamp.