Happy Birthday, Grandma. Wish You Were Here.

Before I was even thought about, my grandmother died at age 48. My mum was just 14 years old. Today, 26 November 2015, Grandma would have turned 90. As I grow older, I am more aware of how not having loved ones around on their birthdays and other important occasions is. I can’t even begin to imagine how my mum and her siblings cope on Grandma’s birthday, the anniversary of her death, and in every day life. Although I wasn’t even on the horizon when Grandma died, as I grow older I realise that I miss her: I miss that I cannot ask her questions about what it was like to live in the 40s and 50s, I miss that I cannot ask her what my mum was like as a child (though accounts from mum and her siblings indicate my mum was a little bit of a cheeky thing), I miss that I cannot ask her to teach me to sew (she was a tailoress), but most of all, I miss that my mum did not get to watch her mum grow old.  Read more

My Month In Pictures: October 2015

During the second week of October, I realised I didn’t round up September’s Month In Pictures. Time just plumb got away from me. Never fear though, I’m here with the October edition which I’m afraid is rather boring, at least from a social media viewpoint, I wasn’t particularly active on Instagram!

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Blogging can be a tough gig, but the one thing I’ve learned is that you can never have too many blogging friends, and no matter how far apart you are, you always have the internet to help keep you connected. I’m so very grateful for my blogging friends, because without them I might not have kept plugging away at Alexie RicRac. One of those people I have to thank for supporting me is Taylor from Dear Friends. Taylor has just nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award. I’m so thankful for the nomination, and excited to share a little more about me with you.

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Life Without A Car…For Now

Warning: This post contains images of car damage that may cause distress to some. Please be aware that no serious injury or fatality resulted from these accidents.

The Mister and I live just 9 kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD. When we were looking for a new place four years ago, adequate transport connections within walking distance of our house was paramount. We found a place that fit the bill just nicely: the tram is ~300m, the bus is ~500m, and the train is 800m. For the second time in 2.5 years, The Mister and I are currently without a private mode of transport after our car was written off just two days after our wedding. Needless to say, we are incredibly thankful for these public transport connections yet again as we face life without a car.

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My Month in Pictures: August 2015

August is done and dusted, and now it’s time to get back into the swing of things. August is always an incredibly hectic month for us, and this August was no different: We celebrated birthdays, new homes, and the very best day of my life, our marriage. There was a lot of final touches and planning that needed to be taken care of during August but that also meant there was a great opportunity to take lots of pictures.

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Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

Although I’m not strictly a beauty blogger, when I saw that my friend Taylor from Dear Friends had answered the Procrastinating Beauty Bogger Tag, I was mildly interested to answer, especially as I am not really into beauty routines and regimens. Then I got to the bottom and saw she had gone and tagged me, so here I am, the non-beauty routine sustainable vintage gal about to answer some questions about procrastinating beauty.

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My Month in Pictures: July 2015

It’s August already. And it’s six days in. So much for getting this post done on the first of every month. The Mister and I get married this month (hence why I’ve been a little quiet of late), but it feels just like yesterday we became engaged. Even though I’ve been under the radar and not delivering you new content (which I will explain in a later post), I still managed to find the time to snap some memories to immortalise them in the world of social media, but also just to capture the moment to look back on rather than just a memory. July in pictures, right here, right now.

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GoGet: Sharing is caring

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.

In February, I volunteered at the Sustainable Living Festival for my second (of what I hope to be many) consecutive year. This year’s festival theme was ‘Beat the Heat’, rather ironic really given that our summer was almost non-existent (a testament to climate change, perhaps?), and some days, under the big marquee that was the festival hub, we were screaming out for the heat to leave us alone. There were a number of displays at the festival hub, including a car from GoGet. The hub’s supervisor, Carolyn, had been speaking with the GoGet guy and knowing that I am keen on sustainability and that I was looking for work, she informed him about me, and then me about him when I returned, and told me to chat with him the next day to see if he might have any work going. That GoGet guy, Chas, we had a great chat, and within a couple of weeks, I became a GoGet employee. Almost six months later, I love working as a brand ambassador for GoGet as a part of their Melbourne Street Team. It’s true, I love my job and yes, I am one of those people who stand on a street in Melbourne handing out fliers to people, but you know what, it’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. Why? Because I get to plant the seed and educate people about the amazing benefits of car sharing.

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101 in 1001: My Check List

I love lists. Lists help me to stay organised and focussed and to get things done. This is the ultimate check list: 101 in 1001. I’m not entirely sure of its origins, though Google tells me it all began at DayZeroProject.com, and to be truthful I hadn’t heard about it til my dear friend Taylor of DearFriendsBlog.com posted her 101 in 1001. As soon as I started reading her list, I knew that this would be the perfect way to help keep me on track in achieving things I want to achieve.

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