SELF LOVE CLUB

Friday, 6 October 2017


001. Getting all raw and a bit vulnerable today to talk about something I feel pretty passionate about; self love. It has taken me a long time to get to this point but I can honestly say I have never been happier in my skin, my mind and my body- and it's only onwards and upwards from here right?

002. I feel confident in my body. I feel confident in my words. I feel confident in my soul. I feel confident in who I am growing and changing and evolving to be each and every day. Self love for me is about acceptance, respect and kindness. Thanking my body for looking after me and carrying me through life. I accept where I am and I am happy. 

004. How cool is it they we have ended up here on earth having a human experience in a human body? We are a boundless and infinite source of energy, only using this psychical body as a home. That blows my mind. There are still mysteries about the human body which have not been uncovered and it's sad to think that so many people are out of touch with theirs. Put goodness into your body and put goodness into your mind- food AND thoughts. Breathe and connect. If you are feeling out of touch try to meditate (guided body scan meditations are especially a great place to start). 

005. The little sketch in this post is something I drew aimlessly a while ago but I rather liked. An explosion of my scattered thoughts and feeling towards this topic. 

005. Self love takes time. Self love is a practice. I have good days, I have bad days. When you begin to love yourself, you circulate positive energy into your soul, your relationships and your life. Choose love, choose happiness- because life is too short not to.

Lena x



A FEW FAVOURITES

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


001. Just a collection of a few of my favourite photos I have taken recently. I really love photography; experimenting on the camera and also playing around with Photoshop. Just creating ALL the things that pop into my crazy brain! I also would love to get back into shooting film more regularly again but I really need to sort out my spending problem first (oops). 

002. I'm feeling super inspired and excited by life right now- so I'm going to just throw all the posts out on here I can! Life is fucking weird but also fucking beautiful. I just want to really LIVE and CREATE everything. 

Lena x

DIY ZERO WASTE DRY SHAMPOO

Monday, 25 September 2017


001. I honestly feel like a bit of a cheat posting this "recipe" because it only uses TWO ingredients. Both are available at almost every bulk food shop and are super super cheap. No need to keep producing rubbish and spending huge amounts of money on aerosol versions of dry shampoo when you have this little mix ready to go. This recipe creates zero waste, is 100% natural, really affordable and actually works! - do I need to convince you more?

INGREDIENTS
- arrowroot powder
- cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS
- there isn't much to it, just simply mix the two ingredients together to find a colour that works in your hair!
- start of with a tablespoon or so of arrowroot and just add the cocoa until the colour makes you happy
- lighter hair = less cocoa // darker hair = more cocoa
- I like to store mine in an old spice jar with a shaker lid for easy use

TO USE
- simple sprinkle it along your scalp/hair part where it looks a bit oily and use a hair brush or your fingers to work it through - voila!

Lena x

FESTIVAL FILM

Saturday, 23 September 2017




001. This is the first roll of film I had had developed in a very, very long time. Mainly because I'm a broke ass student, but also because I have a perfectly good camera that doesn't use precious resources for each photo. Combining these two problems I try to use film sparingly and for special occasions only- this one was Splendour in the Grass. Looking at these photos has not only re-ignited my love for shooting in film but also my love of a good boogey to live music in the middle of field. It does break my heart a tiny bit that I'll be missing summer festival season this year, but all the name of bigger and better things!

002. Enjoy these B grade photos of me and my friends making a fool of ourselves and enjoying every minute (all raw, natural and unedited for your viewing pleasure).

Lena x

EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Thursday, 24 August 2017


001. This past month has been filled with lots of lovely experiences, places and people. I have been taking my camera with me most places and have documented a few of these memories. A camping trip out in the forest, endless blue winter skies and a chilly weekend down in my favourite city were definitely the highlights.

002. I haven't really been blogging regularly for a while, so hopefully my inability to articulate words in this post will be forgiven. Right now I don't really know how I feel about this whole talking/writing to myself on the internet thing, but I know I really want to continue to push myself creatively. This is me making a little promise to myself to keep making, creating, doing and dreaming- just pouring it all out into the world!

Lena x

FROCKLED X RADICAL

Monday, 7 August 2017


001. Time to announce a super funky little collaboration I've been working on with my store and a couple of other groovers and shakers! The FROCKLED X RADICAL collection is a pile of carefully curated vintage pieces, that stand for sustainability, ethics and social change. Not only is each and every piece in the collection contributing to a a more thoughtful, sustainable and eco friendly way of buying fashion, 50% of all proceeds are also being donated to a social enterprise. Solar Buddy teaches Australian school kids about renewable energy and provides tough, solar powered lights to communities and children in need around the world. If you purchase something from the FROCKLED X RADICAL collection you are helping change the world!

002. Mel has worked so hard on creating a magazine that reflects the perfect amount of artsy pages, earth saving knowledge and creativity. "Making art, trouble and learning to care for the planet." Hit up @radicalmagazine on Instagram or buy a copy of the mag, to show your support for young creatives putting everything out there into the world and inspiring CHANGE!

Lena x


SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2017

Thursday, 27 July 2017


001. I've been home for all of two days and I'm already dreaming of being back down in Byron Bay running around the grassy hills, boogying to some killer tunes. My highlights of weekend were definitely Haim, King Gizzard, The XX,  Smith Street, Dope Lemon and Dunies (just to name a few from my hazy memory). Splendour in the Grass you didn't disappoint. I honestly don't have many words to say in this post, just wanted to share some photos from the weekend (that I certainly didn't take). Actions speak far louder than words, and if you haven't yet had the opportunity yet to experience the epic festival that is Splendour, you really have got to get onto that because just WOW. Wild, sweaty, hot, cold, crazy, hilarious, messy times. Just another page to add in the memory book that is this blog.

Lena x

THE BIG FOUR

Monday, 17 July 2017

 String Bag: eString Bags // Green Tote Bag: Markets in Laos // Metal Straw: Stolen from Mum's house // Coffee Cup: KeepCup via Biome // Water Bottle: The Source Bulk Foods 

001. This month I am taking on the challenge of 'Plastic Free July,' to try to avoid all single use plastic! I had planned to do lots of blog posts about this theme during July... but clearly that didn't happen, so I'm just going to keep posting all year round on this topic because I don't plan on using plastic intentionally on a regular basis again!

002. The Big Four are the four single use plastic items that produce the most plastic waste and are also happen to be the easiest to avoid! These four single use plastic items alone contribute to 60% of the total plastic waste in the developed world. Plastic bags (shopping bags or produce bags from your fruit/veg run), plastic water bottles, plastic straws and disposable coffee cups are the four big offenders.

003. Let's start with the most obvious one for everyday consumers: plastic bags. Switching to reusable bags eliminates plastic bags completely- any type of tote bag will do! Produce bags for all your little fruit and veg bits are also an essential and I'm selling them super cheap over at Shop Frockled. The other day I was at the supermarket and saw someone with ONE singular apple in a plastic produce bag - we are so conditioned that most people don't even question the use of this! If you forget your reusable produce bags, the paper mushroom bags are always handy too. Another tip is to always keep a couple of bags in your car or your bag to be prepared for any unexpected purchases.

004. Plastic water bottles are so damn easy to avoid- simply just carry around your own and fill it up. Who wants to pay for water anyway?! Replace plastic straws with a reusable one and carry it around with you- there are glass, bamboo or stainless steel ones readily available everywhere. Or better yet just ask for NO straw when dining out. I honestly think straws are a bit of a luxury item, something that kinda just makes drinking a more "comfortable" experience, not necessarily something we NEED.

005. Finally, the disposable coffee cup. The humble disposable coffee cup isn't actually recyclable within most systems, so they NEVER break down completely. There are SO many options for reusable coffee cups on the market, you would be crazy not to have one. Perks of having a reusable coffee cup are that your drink stays warmer for longer (in my opinion) and some cafes give you discounts- win for being an eco babe! If I forget my cup I just choose to have a dine-in coffee or just go without (helps me save money and makes me remember my cup next time).

003. I could go on and on all day about plastic free living and reducing my waste. I hope these swaps are useful and inspire you to cut down on the big four plastic items in your own life. Can't wait to share more eco living goodness with y'all- there's plenty more to come!

Lena x

HOME

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


001. Here are a collection of photos from recent adventures around the beautiful place in the world I currently call home. There are beaches kissed by the the big salty blue as far as the eye can see, and tall green mountains that greet you with cool crisp fresh air and the familiar sounds of the bush. I am one very very lucky gal.

002. The concept of 'home' is one that I have a lot of weird feelings about and just something I can't quite put my finger on. For the past couple of years I have found myself moving around this big beautiful country a fair amount and constantly changing what I call home. I have lived in small mundane suburban towns on the outskirts of cities, in the centre of this sunburnt country where the earth is always red and sky is always blue, and now in a small coastal city where oceans of the clearest blue meet the green lush hinterland. 

003. I have been very blessed to live in such beautiful places and loving every minute of it, but there is just a nagging feeling constantly at the back of my head and in my heart telling me that I won't be here long. Just the thought of pushing through my current university degree and staying in the ONE PLACE for 3 WHOLE YEARS kinda scares me to death. Don't get me wrong, I love learning and studying but I don't want it to be the be-all-end-all that stops me from living life as a whole.

004. I don't know if I really identify with the concept of home being a specific place. I like to think that I can create a home within myself (I mean that to sound as least-crazy person like as possible). Is home a place? A person? A feeling? Is home familiarity, where you are guaranteed on seeing someone you know on a grocery run? Or is it feeling a complete sense of peace and belonging while standing on a rooftop looking out a city you have only been in for 24 hours? Is it the smell of a home-cooked dinner? Or is it feeling comfortable in yourself, no matter where you are in the world? I'm really going off on a tangent here, but I just don't want to accept things- I want to question life- home included. 

005. I honestly have no idea what the point of this post was, but it was nice to take the time and contemplate what home means- I recently watched this video on the Messy Heads youtube channel and plan to purchase the third issue ASAP because it seems like it is everything I need to hear and read right now. Here's to finding home, in people, in places, in feelings and in yourself. 

Lena x

DIY ZERO WASTE SIMPLE COCONUT MILK

Friday, 7 July 2017


001. As part of Plastic Free July, I am choosing not to buy my regular milk that comes with a plastic lid- so it was time to make my own! I've made almond milk before, which was successful however, it worked out to be more expensive than buying the almond milk on the shelf because nuts are expensive man! But luckily for me coconuts chips/flakes are less than half the price of almonds and possibly even more delicious. Here is my very basic recipe for zero waste coconut milk, which is totally open to interpretation and adaptions to suit your tastebuds.

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 cup of coconut flakes unsweetened (I buy mine from my local bulk food shop)
- approx. half a litre of water (the ratio is 1 cup coconut flakes to half litre water, 2 cups coconut flakes to 1 litre water etc etc.)
- *optional* a sweetener of some kind, be it sugar, dates or rice malt syrup it's up to you (I'm not into sweet stuff too much so don't like to add this to mine, but everyone's taste buds are different)

TOOLS:
- a blender
- a nut milk bag to strain through (any type of super fine cheesecloth fabric would work well too)
- a jar to store it in (I like to reuse leftover tall pasta sauce jars as I find they just fit perfectly in my tiny fridge)

STEPS:
1. soak the coconut flakes and in water for a few hours (you can skip this step, but I find it makes the end product creamier if soaked)
2. blend for a couple of minutes in the blender
3. strain coconut milk mix through the nut milk bag to get rid of any chunky parts- make sure you squeeze every last drop out!
4. put in the fridge and enjoy! also helps it you give it a nice little shake each time you use it too! I like to keep the leftover coconut pulp from straining (which is essentially just super fine desiccated coconut) in the fridge too and put it in my oats, cereal or smoothies.

002. This is now my go-to nut milk- SUPER easy and super delicious. Hope you enjoyed this little recipe as part of the eco/plastic free/ waste free living section on this blog- keep updated for more goodies coming this way soon.

Lena x

A FOREST PARK

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


001. Here are a few photos of a cold little bean I've had lying around on my laptop from a trip to Buderim Forest Park- our local waterfall spot! Ben is still liking the challenge of an early morning icy cold waterfall bath, while I am much more comfortable sitting on the shore playing with the camera. I love waking up with nature- pulling yourself out of bed on a dark winter morning, before the sun wakes up to go on an adventure in the forest is the best.

Lena x

SHOP FROCKLED FESTIVAL EDIT

Thursday, 29 June 2017


001. Here's a little creation I made for Shop Frockled, because sometimes you just feel like getting creative! I named it the "Festival Edit," but honestly when looking for stock for the store, I just like to buy things that I would personally wear. This usually goes along the lines of bohemian/festival/relaxed meets wearable/everyday/basics- nothing too crazy buy nothing too plain?! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little collage. I am ALWAYS uploading new stock, so it would be super groovy if you checked Shop Frockled out- let's look funky and save the earth with sustainable and ethical fashion!

Lena x


SHOPPING SNAPSHOT #1

Sunday, 11 June 2017


001. Hello, here is a look at all of the food we bought this week! When I started this blog I never thought I would be posting about my groceries, yet here I am. As mentioned in previous posts I'm trying to cut down on the amount of waste I produce in my everyday life- and in my opinion food is the number one place to start. Right now cutting down on plastic is my number one goal, which you will begin to notice that almost EVERYTHING is packaged in. But there are easy swaps and solutions that I'm going to talk about to make this transition easier. Don't worry I'm not planning on posting my groceries every single week- just maybe every couple of months as a way to document my journey and hopefully inspire others- cutting down waste in your life isn't that difficult!

002. Full disclosure that this haul of food is catering to feed 2 hungry vegans- one of whom is very active and one who just likes to eat good food (guess which one is me). All of this cost around $100-ish. That's a little more than we usually spend, but we had a 10% off voucher to use at the bulk food shop so we definitely went a little crazier than usual in there. Changing your shopping habits to reduce your waste is easy, and definitely not more expensive! If anything I spend the same if not less- avoiding all that packaged processed rubbish really does save you so much money, plus your eating habits become WAY better (hello fresh, wholesome food).

003. We buy ALL of our fruit and veg at the farmers market down the road. It supports local business, is really affordable and super fresh. You really cannot go wrong with farmers markets! We pick produce that isn't packaged in plastic- loose produce is better quality because you get to hand-pick each one and it isn't sweating/suffocating in any packaging. The only thing I struggle finding plastic free at our local markets is greens. However, I did manage to find some loose spinach/salad leaves and packed them into our reusable produce bags. These little bags are a life saver wherever you shop for fresh produce! You can reuse them each week to make transporting all your goods home a lot easier- without the need for plastic.

004. Next stop is the bulk food store. I love shopping at our local bulk food store (The Source Bulk Foods if you were wondering), it really is the most enjoyable grocery shopping experience you can get. Again, here we use our reusable produce bags or the paper bags provided, depending on what we're buying. Buying just the right amount of food for what you need really reduces your waste dramatically. Want to try out a new recipe or just need a tiny snack to nibble on? You can buy that small amount you need easily- without excess waste or packaging!

005. Finally we stop into the supermarket (which is conveniently located in the same centre as the bulk food shop). Here we usually only pick up a few things that we can't get anywhere else. Again, we try to avoid plastic as much as possible and also like to choose organic (Woolworths has an affordable range of organic goods). This week we saw that medjool dates were on special and whipped out of own reusable bags to fill up. Bringing your own shopping bags AND reusable produce bags is the ultimate hack to avoiding plastic no matter where you shop.

006. Holy moly this post was pretty long considering I'm talking about groceries (you can tell I'm passionate about something when I can't stop writing). I hope this was helpful or insightful in some way to see how you can reduce your waste with something as mundane as grocery shopping!

Lena x

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