5 Movies to celebrate Val Day.

Hello Lovely Readers,

A quick read today and catching up a bit. It’s insane to me that it’s already Feb. I mean seriously?! BUTTT considering this is the season of Lurvvvvve.. I thought I do a quick round up of the films you need to watch today! (or the day after when you buy the chocolate at 90% off)



Watch Because: I have no words. It’s a marathon so bring yo popcorn and heart shaped chocolates.

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The Notebook

Watch Because: I don’t cry in movies but if you want a heart breaker.. be prepped to cry at the end. How I lowkey want my life to go (along with boating in the rain!)

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Watch Because: A genuinely hilarious movie that is smart and full of red herrings. Contains RyGos ab action. For val day with the gals.

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10 Things I hate about you

Watch Because: It’s HEATH LEDGER. And it’s Heath Ledger singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. The Serenade of all Serenades.

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The Proposal 

Watch Because: Maybe the silliest and light hearted of the bunch – the cast is stellar and this really is some of Sandy B’s best work in recent years. So ridic it’s good! One for the galentine’s!

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Enjoy your galentine’s/valentine’s/brolentine’s!

Love – TRC x


The Collective’s Guide to Cheap Holidays.

Hello Lovely Readers!

For some of you the end of Summer is near (I’m crying big tears right now) and for others Summer is on the horizon! I don’t know about you but for me Summer = Holidays. I know from my own experience and that of my friend’s; saving your dollars and cents can be tricky especially for big destinations. Those part time jobs or casual jobs or temp jobs or coming back to work after maternity leave and more doesn’t leave you with a lot of free cash. Not #makingitrain.

In order to help you here’s another new series on TRC (DRUMROLL PLZ)

“The Collective’s Guide to…”. I’ll be throwing ideas, advice and more at you in order to help ya live ya life! Here’s some of the tops tips for saving on a holiday as surveyed by myself & friends & co.


  1. Carry On only

Yessss that means you won’t be able to bring all 7 pairs of sandals, 3 pairs of slides and 5 pairs of trainers because you promised yourself you’d workout. BUT when taking a low cost carrier to domestic or short international flights it can work out to be a saving of $40 to $80 return. This tip is best used for weekend vacays or trips to tropical destinations where you live in denim shorts and a bikini. I promise you won’t miss your sarong.. or you can buy one with your savings.

2. HostelWorld 

For all my friends visiting Europe it’s been about hostels, hostels and more hostels. In all fairness this doesn’t work for families but travelling to any expensive destination can be made significantly cheaper by staying at a hostel. Not only does the younger company make it a bit safer if your travelling by yourself; most have breakfast included. Not only are most $50-$60 a night or less, the free breakfast/wifi can scrap another $15-$20 off your food budget and internet roaming.


3. Skip Meals Out

Woah woah I can’t skip food. I hear your internal monologue y’all but on a recent trip to Melbourne what helped save some moula was eating a large brunch and dinner with snacks to help tide us over. Rather than $20 to $25 per meal ($60-75 all up) we’d spend $35-50 and have cheap cups of yoghurt, fruit & crackers. These snacks cost us $20 per person ($70/80 at the grocery store) but saved us in the long run.

Ps. We went one day to have a buffet brunch for $22 each which was SO good and we really filled up.. another op if you get famished real quick.

4. Fly into a smaller airport

Often with large cities there are multiple airports; nab a great deal at a smaller one and take public transport into your accom. With bus fares or trains costing less than $10 or $15 in most countries, depending on the deal you can often get flights for $50 to $100 less. It might take a little hustle and travelling but that could equal up to a museum pass or a fancy meal.


5. Travel with ‘family’

There’s heaps of discounts for travelling with friends.. split food, accom, drinks and transport. Rather than by single drinks by a jug and share. Share entrees at restaurants. Share ubers. If possible by multi day passes and pass them along. If renting an apartment/house see if they have an extra mattress or sofa bed. Often travel passes will give you % discounts if your buying multiples at one time such as eurail which gives 15% off. Really google into what you can and can’t split OR discounts for multiples.


Travel Well!

TRC xx



Are you Red-dy for it?

Hello LOVELY Readers,

Ewwww it’s ValDay soon. The day of holding hands and dancing in the rain with your significant other. It’s the time to rewatch ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ and check out RyGosling’s great abs. Titanic & Romeo + Juliet here we come. Regardless of whether your star watching with your fave human or having a “pity party” with friends – get decked out in Red hot red.

From sparkly metallics to picnic gingham to deep reds. Here’s some dress inspo for ValDay.

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Top Middle: Anthropologie Cut Out Maxi Dress $228
Middle Left: Urban Outfitters Molly Smoked Gingham Mini Dress $59
Middle Right: Sportsgirl Button Front Midi Tea Dress $109.95
Bottom Left: Topshop Structured One Shoulder Bodycon Dress $90
Bottom Right : Missguided Red Sleeveless Belted Midi Blazer Dress $80.95


Much Love my gorgeous readers! Just a sidenote.. regardless of where you’re at with the relationship game have a lovely day! Relationships don’t make you or break you – YOU are amazing regardless! Keep an eye out for my brunch club series coming soon (foodies this one is for you!)



How to succeed in 2018 – Top tips for starting this year right.

Hello Lovely Readers!

Jan is the month of changing it up, making your life a little less stressful and spending a little more time out conquering the world and fulfilling your huge dreams! Here’s some tips I have for doing the next couple of weeks right and setting yourself up for a stellar, sparkly 2018.

Wardrobe Clean Out/Make Up Decluttering

A little bit of cleaning goes a long way. You’d be surprised at how much better you feel in the space that you clean. Get rid of old clothes or products and take note of what you now need. I did a huge clean out of my car and got it carwashed. It’s so much nicer to be in and my mood has subtly improved being in my car. Go the whole mile – cleaning products, fixing furniture and replacing anything that needs replacing. You’ll end up spending less time than if you drag it out over a few weeks or months. Ps. Chuck on some youtube vids about it – it’s weirdly fun to watch other people clean and you can almost clean together?! (cleaning date with zoella anyone?)

Set a small goal for January

I always see older people (my mum and her friends) doing those photo challenges where you post a picture of something starting with a letter of the alphabet or 10 people you appreciate in a month. I’d always think to myself how hilarious it was. They weren’t posting selfies or pictures of pretty places. It was always so so random. But I think they were on to something. It’s nice to succeed and often the success has a snowball effect. When you have something tangible you’ve achieved and results you can see it strengthens your motivation for trickier and more time consuming goals. It’s nice when you catch up with friends to have something to talk about; something your really really proud of – no matter how mundane.

Find a secluded ‘happy’ place

Ahhh the old happy place eh?! I’m sure 90% of self help books and blogposts talk about having a happy place. So I guess I’m riding on the bandwagon with this advice. BUT to switch it up I’m specifying that there are no phones, no media and no friends. There needs to be somewhere you go for an hour or two at a time for some solitude. It could be the beach, walking a trail or go to a comedy club, a movie, salon, a cafe visit .. even walking around the shops by yourself. The key point here is no interruption or if people are around being able to tune them out. Bring a notebook and pen and write down any inspiration, any worries you have or anything you have to do. Setting aside this little slice of you time means you stay focused on where your going this year and fulfilling the goals you have. This leaves you present for the rest of the week. Almost like having a pow wow with yourself. The corporation/business of you.

Date with a diary

I’ve always found keeping a planner or diary (the dates and keeping track of life type!) tricky. I’d buy one that was beautiful but forget to use it. So this year I’m changing my perspective and viewing it as a meeting with the corporation of me. Every week or two I sit down and write everything in it – notes from my phone, dates via email and facebook events.  I’ve found that a planner works as a good way of compiling everything into one. I check it every day and write notes and small to-dos in there for the next day or week. The reason it works is that I can visually see what I’ve got on and where gaps are in the schedule for coffee dates, picking up work shifts and doing errands. #newyearnewmewhoneverforgetsanything hehe

Treat Yo Self

Regardless of how your 2017 went (real talk.. mine was not that great) treat yourself to something small right now. You got through a year and came out the other side of it. I think it’s something we all joke about doing but choose something small under $100/$50 – an album, getting a facial,  go see a movie by yourself. It will put you in the mood to conquer 2018 and to give yourself something celebrate even if 2017 was a downer. For me it was getting my nails painted bright red.. both on trend and a power colour. It cost me $25 but I left feeling like I could do anything that’s thrown at me.




My goal for January 2018 was to take more pictures of the beach and choose 8 to post on Instagram. Not only do I think my photography’s improving it’s so nice to have something to work on while there isn’t any uni/school/more free time!

Much Love! The gram is linked here.


What’s in store for The Retrograde Collective for 2018.

Hello Lovely Readers,

I’ve found that while I’m a messy person I love organisation. Go figure, right? While I can’t keep my room that tidy I have an unhealthy obsession with closet organisation vids. The only explanation I have is that I like to understand how people put together their closet. How do they make it functional? Get rid of clothes they don’t need? Allocate space?

Weird analogy but that’s what I want to do here. Give you an idea of what to expect and what’s coming up. I’d love to get into a routine to help commit to blogging. I’ve found my favourite bloggers and YT-ers are those that are consistent and have series. Soooo here’s a preview of how I’d love to blog for y’all in the next little while.

I’m keen to commit to 2 to 3 blog posts a week.

Series include.. (as well as an oldie but a goodie to read if your new!)

  • Style – New Trends, How to wear/dress certain pieces for certain events and anything and everything style related. FASHUN. Click here for an old post.
  • TRC adores – The TRC version of favourites.. could be monthly or a Top 5 situation. Let me keep a little mystery and surprise you. Click here for an old post
  • Catch Ups – Bring your tea or coffee and sit back. I’ll be discussing something close to my heart or something I feel should be discussed. Click here for an old post
  • In the New Review – Love me some aesthetic cafes and films in particular – while all may not be new they are new to me and my eyes and lips (that’s getting a little weird) I’d love to share my review of whatever it may be. Click here for an old post


COMING SOON. I’m trying out some new content ideas. Loved the editorial last year .  

Hopefully it includes some podcasting (How good are podcasts!) and some vids.


Thanks for joining me or jumping back on the bandwagon of The Retrograde Collective!


ps. if you really love clicking here’s a quick link to the gram! 


2017 Favourites.

Hello Lovely Readers,

(Bit of a long one so settle in!)

In a year that was full of ups and downs and a lot of neglecting this blog especially due to a super busy season at work i’ve made some commitments; small goals if you will. I’ll right them down in time but rather than rush headfirst into resolutions I want to experiment and fail and try again.

One problem with resolutions is the idea that if you don’t succeed even partially or even in a way that wasn’t what you set out to is that it doesn’t count. While for me, my blog hasn’t been going so well my photography certainly has. I’m so excited to bring new vids, new photographs and my insta game (V STRONG right now). Hopefully a new blog or podcast… hmmm??!?!?!!. In the mean time while I look at where this blog fits in, here’s a quick overview of my 2017 faves.

  1. Adidas White Superstars

Perfect Sneaker. White goes with everything and I’ve never met a person who DOESN’T look good in them. Over in Hawaii at the Premium Outlets I sat on the fence, ended up buying them AND loving them despite 50 trillion people having the same pair. Comfy, durable and will go with everything – it’s not too late to jump on the train! I promise!

2. Sony a6000 

Dang. After loving my Nikon for it’s short life (it’s still alive but planning to sell) I realised I should have spent some extra dosh on a mirrorless camera. The portability is priceless as well as being able to send photos directly from my camera to my phone! EEEEEK. If your a blogger/have blogged/want to blog check out a mirrorless camera such as the olympus pen or sony alpha series. Will change your life.

ps. For those worried about lenses you’ve already bought google ‘adapters for mirrorless cameras’

3.  Rifle Paper Co 2017 Planner

For all you digital babes out there, you gotta admit, nothing beats a pretty planner and some nice pens to get your life sorted. I really appreciated the aesthetic of the rifle paper co ones (sidenote: bought the 2018 version) AND the space to plan out your life. Adding in the events of the day as well as reminders makes life a breeze. Note to self: Don’t just look at it.. use it! (isn’t that everyone?!)

4. MCA  (museums)

‘Get Cultured’ on facebook that may or may not refer to the meme of the month (salt bae, big shaq I’m looking at you) but this year I delved into the world of fine art and modern art, In particular the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A perfect afternoon that is on the free (minus exhibits). I also have been loving the photos from the LACMA and Ice Cream Museums. Proving that art isn’t dead.. it’s just become a little more interactive and fun. Check out your local art gallery in your holidays.

5. Old School Tees

I’m not a huge band tee lover nor am I a fan of tees with slogans. HOWEVER. I’ve been loving by logo tees (think Barney Cools, Assembly Label, Cheap Monday, Gucci [for the big spenders]) they work well with the 90s vibes. High waisted denim and slides for by the pool or tucking one into a printed skirt for a clashing almost 80s effect. Spend some moula and grab one today!


Much Love – The Retrograde Collective XX

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August Edit. Favourites.

Hello lovely readers!

Drum roll…. da da da da! My first editorial for TRC! It’s a compilation of August favourites (woop woop).  Super excited about this new way of doing lists and favourites!

Let me know if you want the pdf version which you can print out and turn into your own hard copy! (I’ll put link in comments later!) This won’t be the format for all blogposts just for favourites – I’m excited to keep designing and working on new things.

Stay tuned my lovelies,

The Retrograde Collective xx




Luxe vs Less. Statement Earrings.

Dear Readers,

I must confess a terrible fashion blogger/a little bit of lifestyle sin. I’m not a huge jewellery person other than necklaces. I go absurdly crazy over necklaces but apart from some small earring/bracelet/ring phases.. nope. Which makes it even more absurd that I’m giving some statement earring options but hear me out.

If there’s one thing I well and truly love it’s colours, patterns and the idea of a ‘pop’ of something. I don’t tend to play it super safe but also don’t go all out clashing this and that.  These giant earrings are sure to push me out of my ‘necklace-only’ comfort zone.

PRO-FASH-TIP: Think big geometric shapes in super bright colours that fall just before your shoulders



From left to right

Dinosaur Designs ‘Circle Dot Stud Earrings-Berry’ $210

Gorman ‘Shimmey Earrings’ $49

Rosantica ‘Saona Gold-Toned Beaded Earrings’ $286

Oscar De La Renta ‘Large Impatients Resin Clip Earrings’ $682


From left to right

Lovisa ‘Black Tassel Statement Earring’ $19.99

H&M ‘Earrings with Tassels’ $19.99

Colette ‘Triple Layer Metal Circle Earring’ $9.99

Much Love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

We need to talk about Parkland.

Hello Lovely Readers,

This post will be on the unedited/rawer side then most of my other posts or content. Quickly before I go into this subject – I have been loving the Winter Olympics and might do a blog post on ski wear/ski gear/aspen inspired looks?! Let me know your thoughts down below.

2018 Parkland. 17 dead. Teachers & Children & School Staff. Many more injured and even more traumatised by one man with an incredibly dangerous weapon. I was born in 1996 in July. A few months before I was born in April of ’96 at Port Arthur 35 people were murdered by a man with an incredibly dangerous weapon. More just like Portland were injured and traumatised.

The craziest part of this situation is not just the death toll, the many many massacres in the US or the determination of certain groups to restrict gun licenses or make guns available; it is that I have never lived through a mass murder that has occurred on Australian shores.


I’ve never feared going to school. I’ve never feared going to uni. I’ve never feared going to the movies… never feared being shot to death by a lone shooter or as some say a ‘home grown terrorist’.

While I don’t want to get into the specifics of gun laws (I have strong opinions) plus to be honest as an Australian I don’t know a whole lot and have never had to grow up with it;I do want to comment on 2 aspects of this situation.

  1. We have to keep talking about these events & talking about those who were killed as people and not numbers.

I think what I’ve realised is that to an extent I have ‘mass shooting fatigue’. My initial reaction to this tragedy was not sadness but exhaustion and thinking ‘at least it’s not too bad’. Which is insane because these are people’s lives. They have families and friends and jobs and first kisses and prom and Macca’s runs to experience or look forward to. Just because it’s not ‘as bad’ as Vegas or ‘worse’ than Sandy Hook it doesn’t make any tragedy less or worse or more deserving. People have died. It should be enough for these events to stay on the air and be talked about until something changes.

2. Right to bear arms is considered more important than the right to life

Essentially at this point the right to carry a weapon – the key argument for gun lobbyists is that having a weapon to defend oneself with is crucial to living life normally. However this kind of mentality is what’s stopping major action. I’m not talking about handguns or small firearms but automatic and semi-automatic rifles? Guns that can kill so many – who needs them? Do you really value human lives over the right to carry a weapon that likely wouldn’t help in such a situation?As a How many people need to die until this attitude changes? It really makes you assess what a human life is worth to some people. Every time a massacre happens they are deaths that didn’t have to happen.

Can you imagine losing your life so needlessly? When a law could have passed that could have prevented the hundreds of lives lost before Vegas, before Miami, before Sandy, before Virginia Tech.


As an Australian I know I don’t have the strongest say or voice in this matter.. it’s not my country. But as someone who has lived without fear of this kind of attack and yet has viewed so much tragedy these events can’t be viewed as the new normal. Action needs to be taken.

Much Love & Stay Safe – TRC x

Newness – Favourites.

Hello lovely readers!

It’s been a good while but I’m back equipped with a better camera, better design savy-ness and more personal-lifestyle experiences to share!

Thanks for coming along on the journey! Here’s a sneak peak of the cover of an editorial type blogpost/idea.


Copy of The RTRGD EDIT


Much Love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

Hello lovely Readers!

Brrrr. I’m chilly and lying in bed typing this wondering when the snow will fall (plotwist it doesn’t really snow here) but the weather has turned and as cliche as it sounds ‘Winter is coming’. Along with that was my search for the perfect pair of leather boots.

Let’s windback time for a second. I’ve decided to invest more in my shoes especially leather ones so they last. I’d had cheaper boots that lost their shape, were uncomfortable and the materials were not tough enough to withstand constant use. Having done my research and keeping in mind my sort of widish feet I found these. You tubers and bloggers raved about these boots. So I went in to try them on.

They’re pretty stiff at first but the leather has already softened. I bought mine in black for $166 (I got 10% off for being a uni student). Black with silver buckling, made from leather and having a flat heel I was completely sold. They go with everything and make your feet look slimmer! (Yay! Like spanx for feet? … okay maybe not). The price may seem a little steep but these are the kind of boots you wear in and look better once worn in.

I finally found my holy grail. Links below picture!

topshop boot photo


AUD $185.00

Much Love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

Exclusion // chats & chai lattes

Hello Readers!

Recently I’ve been chatting to my friends about exclusion and whether your 5 or 55 exclusion hurts. But especially around the age I am now (18 to 25 year olds can I see yo hands up!) it’s particularly hard. I’m turning 21 this year and what I’m thinking about isn’t so much the theme or what flower crown I’ll wear or looking up DIY’s to make said flower crown because of lack of finances; but in fact how many people and who. Some friends are throwing massive bring yourself, +1s and your nieces, grandparents and dog birthday bashes while others are strictly quiet affairs with just some of their closest.

Ps. This is a long one so about now I’d grab a coffee or popcorn! haha!

To be frank I’ve been on both sides of this equation. Being included and others excluded and being excluded while others are included. It happens in gatherings, less important birthday’s such as 20th’s and coffee dates. I’ve realised as I’ve grown up that I love my bed and being at home more and I don’t care as much about not being invited to things. I think it’s something that happens as you get older. BUT there is one aspect of exclusion that I’ve started to understand in the last little while… 99% of the time it isn’t personal.

Look there may be 1% of situations where the person involved really wants to make you feel bad and leave you out but what I’ve had to learn is to take the personal out of it. Maybe it was last minute? Maybe there was a price limit on the amount of people? Maybe you aren’t as close to them as you thought? When you put being excluded into perspective, generally there’s an unrelated reason why.

For those of you who feel like it is personal I gathered the info and advice from my friends and their experiences; some extremely scientific research. Firstly if you feel that way talk to your friend or co-worker or uni buddy. It’s easier to talk about it behind their back or to leave them out of what you do but if you go straight to the source you can usually figure out pretty quickly what the situation is. AND it means there’s no jumping to conclusions if it was an honest mistake. If it continues to happen after you’ve spoken to them; leave it. You’ve done what you can and if they continue to act immaturely or hurtfully then that’s on them.

Work on yourself too – to have good friends you have to be a good friend. Invite people on coffee dates or text them when you know they’re going through stressful situations. A little goes a long way. This is my two cents on the subject but I’d love to hear what you think and any tips you have for excluding exclusion!


Check out my updated blog formatting! Hopefully it’s simpler and easier to use AND aesthetically pleasing. My last Chats & Chai Lattes you can find here.

Much Love, The Retrograde Collective xx