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

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

Roses are Red, violets are ..

Hello Readers!

Ahhh I’m sure you’ve heard that Single Awareness Day (Valentine’s Day)  is coming up! To get in the mood here are a few rose themed pieces that you can wear as an ode to love. Whether your single or in a relationship make sure you pull a Carrie Bradshaw and have a magical day in a great outfit!

ps. For those of you looking for gift ideas any of these pieces would make a good gift!


Top Left: Gucci ‘Sylvie leather tote’ $3825

Top Middle: Revolve ‘Floral embroidered bomber’ $161.55

Top Right: Miss Shop ‘white base vita floral dress’ $59.95

Bottom Left: Obey ‘Olde rose long sleeve tee’ $40

Bottom Middle: Sportsgirl ‘Embroidered strip shirt’ $89.95

Bottom Right: ASOS ‘Endless Rose midi skirt’ $147.00

Much love (of course!)

The Retrograde Collective xx

The long & short of it

Hello Readers!

It’s well and truly Summer as I sit here writing in 36 degree weather. I converted it into farenheit and ended up with 96.8 degrees. Yikes today is hot. As a jean addict with too many pairs (anyone up for a wardrobe tour soon?) the thought of exposing my pasty legs can be too much to bear some times but absolutely necessary with the heat.

I love high waisted denim shorts but haven’t seemed to find the right pair yet. I’ve searched every shop in Sydney and even abroad in America, but to no avail. With the temperatures skyrocketing I can’t rely on my trusty jeans, I haven’t found a pair of denim shorts so that leaves me with only one option. Cue the melodramatic music.

For those of you who are like me and your typical high waisted well fitted denim just does not seem to work I’ve found a tonne of options. I have a lot of friends who don’t like wearing denim shorts and only wear skirts and dresses, however that doesn’t always work out at the beach or hikes. So I’ve done the research and come up with some options.


Non – official denim shorts short list

Denim Inspired Shorts

I’m a huge fan of these shorts as they replace the need for tighter fitting, constrictive denim shorts. You can buy flippy denim shorts, elasticised waisted denim shorts and slightly baggier ones – so many options. Pair with a white floaty top and coloured sandals for the perfect summer holiday look.


Left: Glassons Denim Runner Shorts $39.99

Right: Supre The Bahamas Denim Short $40.00

Paperbag shorts

A little longer, these are a great alternative to skirts for birthday parties or formal events. Shaped baggier and often high waisted you can style them with singlets or crop tops and sandals.


Left: Forever New Jasmine Tie Front Short $69.99

Right: Lulu & Rose Eavis Tie Waist Shorts $69.95

Flippy fabric shorts

Great for the beach and hanging out with friends, flowy fabric shorts are cheaper and come in a million different patterns and colours. They are great for a pop of colour and incorporating interesting fabrics such as satin into your wardrobe.



Left: Glassons Linen Blend Frill Shorts $29.99

Right: Cotton On Sporty Short $14.95


A-line  shorts

Similar to the Paperbag shorts these are a great structured option instead of skirts or dresses. Thicker materials are great for winter and you can layer stockings underneath to keep warm. These shorts look amazing on everyone and gives you a great waist.


Left: ASOS

Left : Sportsgirl Stripe Ponte Short $69.95

Much Love, The Retrograde Collective xx

Closet Collective #1. Style

Hello Readers!

Style is something I’ve learnt, that develops and changes. I cringe at photos of me loving anything neon at age 12 and that phase during middle school where I would only wear bright clothes. However I look back only partly cringing as I miss feeling confident enough to wear what I like. I feel like I’ve fallen into a  a deep dark neutral toned wardrobe hole. But in all honesty due to work and university and not getting up on time I’ve resorted to a wardrobe full of stripes, grey, denim and black. I feel like I’ve become almost lazy with my style.

It’s true that style changes and I’ve definitely mellowed out in terms of clashing bright colours but I realised I tend to wear what’s easiest rather than what I like best. But this year that’s all about to change. I want to challenge myself to find my style. Maybe it’s a little preppy, bohemian, street and bright all rolled into one. I want to do this closet collective series to inspire you. Whether your heading in a vintage direction or your favourite store is H&M I want you to get the most out of your wardrobe, love what your wearing and find your current style. I’m learning and growing alongside you about what my ‘style’ is right now. So let’s start together and be confident & love (the two outfit thumbs up!) what we wear.


Style Tips

+ Challenge yourself – add an extra accessory, layer or colour to your outfit

+ 1 piece, 3 ways – Similar to number 1 try to pick out something crazier then you’d normally wear and challenge yourself to style it 3 ways. Often this will help form outfit ideas & help you wear cool, unique pieces more.

+ Take screenshots of influencers, especially on Instagram. File these away in an album and when your stuck flick through it for inspiration while getting dressed in the morning.

+ Avoid shopping whenever you feel you lack inspiration for getting dressed. Often it’s not needing more clothes but needing help as to how to put them together; like a less complicated jigsaw puzzle. I find the impulse purchases drain you of shopping funds for things you really like or want.

+ Talk to friends whose style you admire or who are great at giving fashion advice. Ask them about colours or styles they think would suit you or just to get a second opinion on an outfit.


Much fashion & style love,

The Retrograde Collective xx


Hawaii Adventure.

Hello Readers,

Hawaii has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Hope you enjoy the photos.

My family and I have been to Waimea Falls; we swam in the waterfall there and it was incredible. We lay out on Lanikai Beach; think crystal clear waters and white sand. We’ve been to the Waikele Premium Outlets and Ala Moana for shopping. We’ve also hung out on Waikiki Beach and driven past the pineapple dole factory. We ate at a shrimp truck and got dippin dots!

We visited the attolls and snorkelled & visited Iolani palce which was incredible. A sobering moment was visiting Pearl Harbour but it was incredible. We were there at sunset and it was amazing!

If you’d like to see the previous ‘Where’ post about my trip down the east coast of Australia click here.





The Retrograde Collective xx