In February, I move to Sydney, Australia. (It still feels strange looking at those words. It doesn’t feel real at all yet.)
Yes, I’ve decided to stop thinking/pondering about making such a change in my life, and actually decide to do something about it. It’s time I had another adventure. I don’t want any regrets later in life. I’ve ticked off the travelling with India and Australia, and now it’s time to return to a city I love.
So, the visa is approved, the flight is booked and the Aussie bank account is set up. I only have a month (well, 23 days) until I fly off to the southern hemisphere and because it just hasn’t sunk in whatsoever, I’m struggling to get anything done! It really doesn’t seem like it’s happening, and perhaps I am choosing to ignore the fact that I’m going, for the thought of leaving behind such a close-knit circle of friends and family is quite unbearable to think about.
*In fact I printed out 100 photos using Photobox so I will be taking copies of their beautiful faces with me. (I recommend this service, as each new customer gets 60 free credits, so this many Matte photos with a border only cost me £5! – although some are a little blurred due to the iPhone/Instagram filters – I love actual photos). I don’t like to think that my only photo memories are stored on Facebook.*
Since travelling the east coast of Australia in 2005, I have felt a strong connection to the country and have longed to go back. Perhaps it was because it was my second time there, after having emigrated with my family back when I was 3 years old. We lived in Perth for a year before returning back to Birmingham. So now Sydney in New South Wales will be my new home, and I’m looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces who have made the move themselves over the last few years…
It’s hard enough moving countries and deciding what to take with you. But when it’s -1 degree here and 30 odd degrees there, it makes it even harder. At this point I just can’t imagine not walking out the door in a wooly hat and fur coat. My whole life needs to go in one suitcase. 23KG of shoes, clothes, personal belongings and memories. I’ve already tried to select shoes to take but have only managed to whittle it down to 9 pairs, and have since bought 2 more pairs! This is going to be extremely difficult. I will be taking a pair of black boots – my Zara ankle ones. There’s no way I’m going cold turkey on my black boot obsession. Plus I think there’ll look cute (albeit a little toasty) with tailored short shorts, a tee and smart blazer…Please do look out for my eBay sales for this week, as I shall be attempting to sell half my wardrobe.
With leaving behind this snowy, rather cold weather (I haven’t seen snow like this since I was a child!) it has come to my attention, the need to update a rather winter-focused wardrobe. My wardrobe will now on need to be a summer-focused one. The average temperature in winter in Australia is around 16 degrees!
I’ve managed to get my bikinis, a few dresses, an extra pair of Converse but I’m in NEED of the following below… It’s pretty pricey out there, so I’m trying to get everything I need before I go. Unfortunately my funds will be going on the actual move to Australia but this is my (wishful) lust list…
1. I’m not usually one for cutesy dresses but this Missoni dress is just soooo pretty! It’s just perfect for summer days.
2. Logo t-shirts are back in fashion. There’s quite a few fakes flying around and this is fine, as long as you get them to look like fakes… Gucci becomes Bucci (as seen on Cara Delevingne) and so on. If it’s a fake trying to look like an authentic design, this can very obvious and quite embarrassing. I personally would love to own this Celine number. I’m awaiting Farfetch to get more in.
3. So the Kenzo craze started last year, and I haven’t mentioned it until now because I wasn’t too fussed about owning a piece. However, I now would very much like to own a piece. Preferably this sweatshirt, which doesn’t break the bank and has the ability to be dressed up with a statement necklace, pencil skirt and heels, or down, with a pair of converse and skinny jeans. Not much need for this in the heat of Sydney though…
4. Once the weather does start cooling down, I shall be looking to wear light silk and sheer shirts. Monochrome is a big look for the summer months here (think Marc Jacobs) and one which I can work easily into the cooler months of Australia. Monochrome works well on people of ‘high contrast.’ For example pale skinned and strong coloured hair, or olive-skinned and dark hair. It doesn’t work well on muted features. For example, people with pinky skin tones and mousey hair shouldn’t try to work this look. It will overpower you and all you will see is the clothing.
5. I’m loving the brand Nicholas at the moment – for all shoes, jewellery and clothing and these high-heeled sandals are no exception. So simple, so perfect. I love the colour combination of tan and black, and the ankle strap for extra support.
Green With Envy £188
6. This ID chunky chain necklace is also from Nicholas, sold in Aussie boutique, Green With Envy. I love the colour and the thickness of the chain will make a bold statement with a simple grey tee or an LBD.
£78 Green With Envy
**I would also like to point out that I am very much looking forward to visiting some Aussie boutiques, namely Splice Boutique and Green With Envy. The Australian fashion industry is ever-growing, and designers from the Southern Hemisphere are making their mark in the fashion world. With designers like Dion Lee, Josh Goot, Lover, Camilla & Marc, and so on… it’s going to be an exciting time/place to blog.
7. Sheriff and Cherry are the shades to be seen in. At a very respectable £75 – £85, I think they would be perfect to stylishly shield my eyes from the super strong rays of the Aussie sun… but which pair, that is the question?
£85 Matches £75 Net-a-Porter
Although, I am quite tempted to buy another pair of faithful Ray-Bans – my last pair lasted me 6 years!
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