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If theres one thing I love it's when I stumble across random things in the city and thinking "wait what how when?!". Pretty random sentence to start this post with but it'll make sense as you read on haha.

Last Tuesday was like any other ordinary Tuesday where I went to Japanese Class, took some outfit photos which was featured in last weeks post, went out for ramen and then I got completely sidetracked when I was supposed to be going home.

In QV Square I walked past this random warehouse sale that was happening in a gallery space of all things with brands such as Undefeated and Carhartt so we thought i'd check it out. I rumble through piles of clothes and find this Carhartt shirt i'm wearing that was discounted to $20!! Despite being a mens shirt I thought the pattern is too nice to leave behind and would look cool as a dress.

As I keep pushing around people with piles of clothes I decided to be good and not get anything else because in my head i'm thinking "look i'm probably going to buy a whole new wardrobe in Japan soon" and head over to the counter where I then see this adorable bucket hat and have a mini freak out because BAPE! The bucket hat was half price and normally i'm not impulsive but this hat had my name all over it so I couldn't leave it behind. Speaking of impulsive I somehow stayed up for the new ASSC drop and impulsively bought a college coach jacket so whoops. The way I see it the bucket hat and coach jacket were my two top things clothing wise I wanted to get in Japan and now that I have both everything else will be a luxury!

Fast forward to a week and we have this outfit! I would have loved to style the shirt with fishnet stockings but I get cold far too quickly so for today I just paired it with regular stockings. Don't be fooled by the sun because we're still in the middle on winter!

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3 ストライプ の ブランド

I'm going to be real here for a minute - Adidas have been SLAYING their originals range lately! If you know me well you'd know i've always been a Nike girl. I have so many air maxes, theas, roshe runs - you name it! I even worked at Nike for a few years whilst at uni which was lucky and super fun!

Lately however i've seen a shift on what seems to be more popular and all over instagram, facebook and with friends at work i've seen adidas shoes everywhere. After thinking about it for a while I caved in and got a pair of NMD_R2's. I didn't realise how COMFY they were MY GOSH! The sole is amazing and aside from the lovely minimalistic look. If the shoes don't make my feet hurt for 8+ hours then they easily become a staple in my collection.

After wearing them consistently for a month I thought they were so good I was itching to buy a second pair so I then found the shoes i'm wearing above called the City Socks! If I thought the NMD_R2 shoes were the bees knees I was in for a real treat with this pair. They have no laces and are so easy to slip on and off, being black with a fuscha pink detail they seem to go with everything I own whilst adding a lovely touch to my outfits which makes me a happy girl. I also bought the Tokyo Long Sleeve top because buying them online I tried squeezing everything I wanted into one shipment seeing as I don't shop online often or really at all (I call myself the queen of recycling haha!)

It was mid raining when taking these snaps so you may notice some drops on me but ah well it's just water haha!! Let the long sleeve obsession continue!

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As promised I told myself I was going to post more often on Tuesdays so here I am kicking things off with an outfit post! Despite this outfit being simple, like most of my outfits, i've always been more about comfort and practicality.

Anti Social Social Club to me is one of those fascinating hype brands that somehow made it big over one simple logo - kudos to them! I didn't even realise how popular they were until I stumbled upon a shop in the city and bought this top. I knew of the brand briefly but really liked the comfort of this top and being winter i've been more into long sleeves. Later that day when I researched the brand more apparently it took them a few months to ship out their SS17 collection which sold out super fast. I think they make to order? I'm a fan of their products but perhaps they have such a demand it's hard to keep up which is understandable.

Also today before class I got to try Tim Ho Wan which is a dumpling place on Bourke St! I would have done a full review however we didn't order too many dishes and I ate too quickly before taking photos because I was so hungry, whoops. Normally every time I walk past there is a line that goes on forever but today we got lucky and snagged a table right away! We had the BBQ Pork Buns, Pan Fried Pork Dumplings and Golden Tofu dish.

This was definitely a good feed before Japanese class and not too expensive either, i'll definitely be going back again!

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The Break is Up!

Hey readers! It's been a while, 54 days to be exact!

I don't even know how this break started but as the weeks flew by the lack of posting became more apparent and I have no one but myself to blame for that.

I also have no idea where to even begin explaining my absence on this blog, mind you i've still been active on Instagram only because it's the easiest thing to keep updated. I think it started with the excuse of "i'm real busy this week where am I going to find time?" to "WAIT WE'RE AT THE END OF JUNE!? SINCE WHEN?!" On one hand I feel a little bit sad that this year is gong fast but at the same time the faster the year goes the closer i'll be in Japan for a holiday (42 days and counting!)

Normally Tuesdays are my "post day" however the past few Tuesdays i've been feeling a little frustrated and lost in fear because as you know by now i'm currently learning Japanese and it's proving to be a serious challenge. The only thing thats making me go back week after week is the passion and determination I have for this. Luckily duo lingo recently added Japanese as a language to learn so now in between classes I have a good tool to practise with other than homework and it's been such a blessing considering the amount of repetition I need to retain everything. With that said if breaking down about learning Japanese is the worst thing happening to me right now I really don't have much to complain about and probably shouldn't be having a sook.

On a different note seeing as i've been away for a while i'm going to share some of my favourite snaps over the last 54 days in no particular order either. (keep in mind I also work full time haha so these were all on my days off!)

~ Went to the Van Gogh exhibition at NGV ~

~ Spent a day in Waburton and checked out the Redwood Forrest ~

~ Saw Dj Shadow live (such a good set from start to finish omg) ~

~ Celebrated Starci's birthday ~

~ Spent an afternoon up at Mt Dandenong ~

~ Checked out the Winter Night Markets at Queen Victoria Market (full review coming soon) ~


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The Film Dilemma

If you know me well enough you know I love collecting film cameras and shooting with them from time to time and it's been a growing passion for many years.

It all started with a $20 Pentax SLR that I found in a op shop near home. When I was in high school I used to take all sorts of photos. Every two weeks I would develop rolls of film and learn to compose photos through trial and error because I wasn't rich enough to own a DSLR and I wasn't going to make my parents buy it for me. Since owning this camera i've collected many from op shops and people have either donated unwanted film cameras or have gifted them to me so you could say I have quite the collection now haha! The picture above shows my two favourite cameras. The Pentax SLR was my first ever camera and the Yashica-D is my only camera that shoots 120 film.

Amongst the many I own i've always had a desire to have the perfect point and shoot camera, one where it has a good lens and can fit in my bag, sadly though i've never really found the one. I'm not going to lie there was a period where film was something I neglected whilst going through a rough patch but in 2015 I went to New York and met someone who inspired me to shoot film again based on his love and passion for film photography and videography which he's made into his career.

When I came home from that trip I researched and researched and then stumbled upon something that was too good to be true, the Leica AF-C1. This was their first compact auto focus camera with a 40mm f/2.8 and 80mm f/5.6 lens and I fell in love. Now I know it's not in the P&S market with the Olympus MJU cameras and the Minolta cameras but seeing the photos people have taken from this camera made me impulse buy it. Within a week it came in the mail and the camera was surprisingly in mint condition

Isn't it beautiful!?  That same day I bought batteries and film, the camera turned on like normal and also rolled the film to the first shot like normal and at this point i'm thinking "I didn't pay much for this and it's still working!? I've hit the jackpot!!". When I took it out to test shoot however something horrible happened, I took my first shot and the film didn't wind to the next shot which was odd. I thought I was doing something wrong and tried again but it still didn't wind so at this point I knew it was too good to be true like mentioned earlier.About a year has passed since i've really used it and in the year thats past I kept telling myself i'll get it repaired but unfortunately the cost to repair it is too expensive for what it's worth which sucks. Whilst contemplating whether or not I get it repaired i've been hunting for another P&S to have and last week I found the one, this time I mean it when I say THE one! I might have mentioned it in my last blog post haha but i'm really excited about this one because unlike the Leica it's fully working and is real tiny.
This camera is the Fujifilm DL Super Mini/Tiara Cardia Mini and it was imported from Japan. There are no manuals online and I know there was a difference between this one and the Tiara II which was more common. Easiest way to tell the difference is the first Tiara has Fujifilm written on the front and the second has Tiara II written instead. The strap I believe was also slightly different between the two models. This has a 28mm f/3.5 lens and a ton of amazing features. I've loaded my first film that I haven't finished yet but you best believe when I get these shots back i'll be doing a review on the film used as I have never used this particular brand before.After all this I finally have my perfect P&S camera. I cannot wait to shoot away with different films again and showcase my most loved shots in future blog posts. This camera is the start of more exciting things to come and I cannot wait.E.
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