Kalamunda's Zig Zag Scenic Drive

It's already October and the weather is still raining and cloudy and not spring-like at all. So, when there was a glimpse of sun through all the dull weather, Coralie and I decided another sunset mission was long due. With our list of potential locations (all of which will be revealed throughout the duration of Summer), we decided to make the drive up to Kalamunda's Zig Zag Scenic Drive, or Zig Zags. img_6591-2

Most of the time we were sitting in the car because it was FREEZING! But we were both able to get some good shots of the sun setting right behind the city.

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I hope you all liked these photos and I hope you're looking forward to Summer as much as I am! xx

The Wonderful Brighton

Before starting my trip I was telling everyone "I am going to live in London one day", but after spending a week there, and a week in several other places, I've realised that might be the single biggest lie I've told everyone I know. What I didn't tell everyone before I started my trip was "I am going to live in Brighton one day", and right now, that's something I truly believe. DSC04190-2

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Brighton was a unique, colourful, bustling yet calm city with people from all different walks of life. There was the busy city center and lanes, the wonderfully uncomfortable pebble beach, and the quiet grassy country-ish sides. Everything about it reeled me in, wondering what hidden treasure is hidden around the next corner or down the next narrow alley. What street art was I going to find on the next wall? What hippie event was I going to experience next weekend at the hove lawns? What would life be like were I to live here?

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When my friend, Thalia, and I google things to do in Brighton there were multiple events ranging from a food and music event on hove lawns to a little garden charity party. By coincidence, and to our delight, we met Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Poppy Deyes and Sean Elliot at this charity event. A little exciting moment amongst our travels in the UK.

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Spending a week in one place is long enough to do many of the touristy things, as well as run out of those things to do and spend some time just living. I've realised that living in Brighton might well be something to write down on my bucket list.

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Le Marais

I'd been wanting to visit this area of Paris for a while, and was getting to the point where I thought I wouldn't have time to. But after making the train journey to the catacombs of Paris and being shocked by the queue to get in, I decided today was the day for Le Marais.

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Le Marais is maybe the most diverse area of Paris. Here you'll find the gay community, it's the Jewish quarter and has a lot of the Asian community here. There are plenty of museums as well as my favourite park of Paris.

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Step one was to fill myself up with lunch. And of course, that had to be done with a falafel. Le Marais is known for the falafels. That was one reason why I was pointed in this direction by other blogs. "L'as Du Fallafel" claims to have THE BEST FALLAFEL IN THE WORLD. I made my way over to there and, for the second time that day, was shocked by the queue. The fellow bloggers told me this was the place to be. But my grumbling belly told me otherwise.

Instead of queuing with the other delicious-Fallafel-seeking tourists. I decided to wander a little further down the road. It may not be the falafel place everyone raves about, but it was still a damn good falafel.

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I wandered further along. Making my way to Place the Vosgue park. The afternoon started of sunny and warm and I laid on the grass but the forecast proved right as the clouds rolled in and the rain began. All the park-goers left their no-longer-sunny spots on the grass (might I add, one of the only parks in Paris where you're allowed to go on the grass).

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But no matter how cold it is, or how full you are, there is always room for icecream.

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Le Marais has proven to be my favourite part of Paris. If I were to ever move to this city, the diverse Marais would definitely be my place to be.

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Europe Trip 2016 Thus Far

Although I told myself I would have time to write blog posts and edit youtube videos, it doesn't really come as a surprise that I have not had much time for either of those things. Between travelling on busses or trains and galavanting around cities I haven't even had much time for myself. Honestly, I haven't given myself much time to soak in my experience and the fact that I'm living the life I've only dreamt about for the last 10 years. Writing this now I'm realising how sad that is, and even how stressed I've been feeling these past few weeks, when in fact I should be enjoying every second of everyday. I miss my family. I miss my friends. It's difficult being predominantly on your own when you're so used to being surrounded by loved ones. But I'm learning things about myself on this trip that surprise me so much that I might even be in denial of some of them (I shall tell you about these discoveries post-trip, as I'm sure there are more things to learn).

Already I have broken a wheel on my suitcase (day 1 after my contiki) and converted to backpack. So now I'm OFFICIALLY a backpacker. And not a luxury suitcase-traveller. I have yet to travel with the backpack yet so we shall see if broken wheel becomes broken back.

The best part about my trip so far definitely has to be seeing snow again and having the opportunity to ski. I teared up a little bit at that unique, distinctive feeling of snow beneath your feet as it compacts down. Second best would 100% speaking french again. Speaking it everyday in my daily life here in Paris has lead me to feel like I'm forgetting my english!

Anyway, enough babbling about myself, here is what you all want: the photos.

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Don't forget to check back in soon as I'll try and make more of an effort to post on here from now on.

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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Over the last week I have made these cookies three times, and three times I have received compliments and requests for the recipe. I got the recipe online, but I altered it to suit my liking and more importantly, what I had in my pantry.

I have always been a love of soft, chewy cookies. If you have ever had a subway cookie, those are the best kind. The perfect texture to hold its shape as you lift it to you mouth but soft enough to melt once you bite down on it. Often I would just resort to undercooking batches of cookies and quickly scoffing them down while they're still warm. But NO MORE! This recipe creates the perfect chocolate cookie (if you, like me, enjoy them nice and soft). So here it is:


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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of Almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
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Method:

  1. Preheat your often to 175º C (fan forced).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Mix in one egg at a time until smooth.
  4. Then stir in vanilla and almond extract.
  5. Combine flour, cocoa powder, bicarb soda in a bowl and then add this to the mixture. Stir until you think it's time to use your hands.
  6. Add chocolate chips. Mixture should be thick.
  7. Place un-flattened spoonfuls onto greased baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool completely.

And there you have it! Chewy, chocolate brownie-like cookies! Enjoy!

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Little Olive Leaf Café

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset After buying all the essentials from the pharmacy for my trip away, I drove past this little café. Hidden over in the suburbs of Wilagee, I had never seen this café before. I was pleasantly delighted to see the range of foods and drinks they had and the quaint beauty of it. There aren't many seats but it wasn't busy; the perfect time to sit down and have a little something by yourself.

I will definitely go again with the company of someone else to enjoy the lunch meals. They have a range of classic breakfasts ranging from plain croissants to eggs florentine. But as you can see in the image, they also have quiches, curries, pastas and shepherds pies. I'm looking forward to trying those beauties :)

The seating area is lined with mismatched cushions and chairs. Perfect for a lounge, anytime of the day. Let me know if you've been to this café or if you plan on going! Would love to see what you order.

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I can honestly say that this pressed juice (although not freshly pressed at the café) was THE BEST juice I have ever had. Man, I'm really discovering some "best" things on this blog (check THE BEST banana bread ever).

Open invitation to anyone reading this if they want to come with me to this café next time ;)

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Location: 7 Archibald St, Willagee WA 6156

Opening Hours: 7am-4pm Tuesday to Friday, 8am-2.30pm Saturday & Sunday, Closed Mondays.

Bus Stop Café

DSC03477-Edit-2 If you think many of my posts are beach themed, you'd be right. Between Leighton beach and Cottesloe stands Mosman Beach. A beach populated mostly by dogs and dog owners. However, humans without dogs might come to such a location to check out the Bus Stop Café located along the street.

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This cute little vibrant café is actually a bus. They serve coffee, smoothies, breakfast meals but best of all BANANA BREAD. 

I've never particularly been a fan of banana bread. But after Coralie ordered the banana bread here and I took a bite, I instantly fell in love. This is THE BEST banana bread I have  ever had. Make sure you take a seat on the bus to eat your banana bread while it's warm and toasty.

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Let me know if you've ever been here, if you go here and what you order because there are A LOT of amazing looking things on this menu :)

A Day in North Cottesloe

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If you guys didn't know, I am OBSESSED with pinterest. Not saying I'm late to the train or anything because I have been obsessed for a very long time, and I don't think that's going to stop anytime soon. If any of you live in Perth, I would suggest following my "Places to Eat in Perth" board. I often update it with screenshots of instagram locations.

Coralie and I started our Tuesday by going for a drive down to Cottesloe/North Cottesloe where we found Daisies Cottesloe. A cute little café/brunch spot. With indoor and outdoor tables and a short walk to the beach we ordered our coffees and went for a stroll up the road.

When going to the beach, the most common beach to go to is Cottesloe Beach. With cafés, fish and chip shops and the iconic Indiana overlooking the ocean, its no wonder why it's always busy. However, after seeing this North Cottesloe beach on such a beautiful day, I think I'll be driving that little extra distance to go to the beach more often than not. The beach was mostly empty and the water was crystal clear.

Coralie and I both regretted not wearing swim wear, but that didn't stop us from getting in the water.

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The Little Blue House

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If only it was a sunny day when we decided to go out to take these, but I guess the lighting wouldn't have been so fantastic if it was glary. Credits to Coralie for taking these photos.

Wearing:

Jacket $25 from the Op Shop (Unbranded); Cropped Top $10, City Beach; White High-Waisted Jeans $29, Factorie; Boots $30, Cotton on.

Goodness Me Box - February Issue

Health-food subscriptions boxes are all the rage. With countless different options it's difficult to choose just one. After doing some research on the Australian options, I decided on the "Goodness Me" subscription box. Buying individual boxes costs $25 per month and you usually receive them near the middle of the month. IMG_6045

You get sent between 5 and 10 items every month and you can review each product to earn points towards an extra item. They like to support business big and small, mainly organic and sustainable products. I was pretty happy with the first box I received. Boxes do vary from person to person, and personally I'm sad I missed out on the gluten free penne pasta. Amongst the goodies you get several vouchers and recipes which use the products. Using the coconut flour, this week's recipe is a Choc Walnut Brownie with Salted Caramel Whip recipe. I will do a blogpost of these when I make them! I am looking forward to the salted caramel part of that recipe :)

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Other products from this month's box include Higher Living Teas, Nutrition Warrior Super Protein Blend (Spice), two samples of Naked's protein bars, a packet of Tigernuts and a can of 100% pure coconut water from Meho.

One of the most exciting parts of the box is actually receiving it and the fact that it is packed in a nice, instagram-worthy box. An excellent thing about Goodness Me, is that a lot of the products come in small, sample-sizes; meaning that if you don't a product, you're not wasting too much. At $25 you definitely get the bang for your buck, seeing as most organic/health foods are ridiculously over-priced at health food stores.

Thus far, I'd highly recommend giving the Goodness Me box a whirl. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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YouTube

If you didn't know, YouTube is a video-sharing website. It has grown bigger and bigger the last few years and thousands of people can now use their audience/fame to make a living. There are 300 minutes of video uploaded every minute and over 80% of young people watch youtube videos. Youtube is obviously, only just beginning to take over the world.

I've been pretty discreet about the fact that I have a YouTube channel. But I guess be truth is now that I've graduated from high school, I can be more selective about who I surround myself with. High school was difficult for me and I'm so glad I got out of there in one piece (more or less, haha) but at the same time high school taught me so many things about the world and myself that I would have never learnt had I never gone through the experiences that I had. I've come out of high school and stronger, more mature person. I appreciate myself, my skills and my flaws more than ever, knowing to find comfort in loneliness. I've learnt that other people aren't always what you expect them to be, no matter how well you may know them. But most of all, I learnt that you can't please everybody, but you can try to make yourself happy.

My aim is not to make money from videos, nor become famous. I simply enjoy filming and editing videos. Furthermore, I adore the community and believe it's an excellent way to make friends near and far.

For the past couple of years that I've been making videos, I've been embarrassed to tell people about said channel. Although YouTube is so present in society, it's still "weird" to sit in your room and talk to a camera (let alone because I don't really have a massive audience watching me). So, I have only told my close friends about my hobby. And even so, some of my friends have given me the weird look or simply questioned why I do it: "The chances that you'll get famous are very, very low".

My biggest fear was that people at school would find my channel, especially people who didn't really know me. That people would make fun of me and think I'm a weirdo (truth be told I am a weirdo).

Fortunately, that never happened. And thankfully, I have graduated from high school! No more do I have to hide my YouTube channel. I know, I know; out in the real world, people might still giggle at the fact that I talk to myself. But now, I can find and make friends with people who do the same! Already, I've made some friends within Perth and around the world who are just as lovely as I thought they would be. And now, not only is filming and editing my hobby, it is also becoming my craft :)

So, if you feel like wasting a couple of minutes of your life, go check out my youtube channel. Or watch this video from my 18th birthday:

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Busselton (Leavers 2k15)

If you asked me a few months ago whether I was going on leavers (schoolies) or not, I would've said no way. But with two weeks until the leavers parties, and everybody raving about it, Elyse booked accomodation. At first I was iffy about the whole ordeal because of what I had heard about leavers, but it ended up being so much fun (other than the fact that I feel like I'm suffering from swine flu now that I'm home). I thought I'd share a few photos I took over the time I was there.

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Enjoy December x

Living In The Moment

If you haven't been living under a rock, sheltering you from the viral trends of social media, you would know that the "new thing" always has to do with spring cleans, starting fresh and living in the moment. If I got a dollar every time I saw an instagram post captioned "living in the moment", I would be rich. But is there anything at all that's "living in the moment" which requires you to stop, take a picture, and post it to social media? Living in the moment is about not worrying about what anyone else thinks, not stopping for anything and just LIVING IN THE MOMENT. What is more self explanatory than that?

Social media has begun to take over the world. No matter where you go, you'll see people on their phones, texting, taking pictures, sharing their lives in an instant.

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But there is a movement. A movement towards a better future? A less 'virtually-connected' and more physically-connected future. Take Essena Oneill. She may have been titled social media 'queen', or instagram 'goddess'. But after years of "having it all" she has decided to quit social media. She's keeping her blog (http://www.letsbegamechangers.com/ an amazing blog about her thoughts and her journey). She changed all the captions on her instagram photos, to satirical or serious captions to do with the fake-ness of the posed/edited photos. They're interesting reads, especially for you're usually someone who admires the perfectly staged bikini shots of instagram models. Essena Oneill's new outlook and new life has influenced the lives of many. She made a video directed at her 12 year old self, or anyone who is 12 and felt like she did, convincing her that having "everything" is not what it perked up to be. That she and people around her who would've been known as 'famous' or 'having it all' were deeply depressed, whether it was conscious or subconscious. Her video is deeply moving and makes you feel guilty for watching the video in the first place. She urges people to leave their house and go do something they love, without having to meet people over social media.

The new social media app, Snapchat, is an ever-present thing in lots of people's lives. The ability to take a 'cheeky snap' and send it to your friends in seconds is appealing. Maybe it's goal was to be quick so people COULD live in the moment. But I think that with the volume that people post snapchats at, there can't be anyway that they are truly living in the moment.

I am torn in this controversial subject. On one hand I completely agree with Essena Oneill and anyone else who is part of this 'social media-less' movement. I believe that living in the moment is one of the greatest things you can do. Why do you need to have a physical copy of the memory when you might remember it 100 times better if your just LIVE it? And why would you need to post what you're doing to facebook, twitter, snapchat AND instagram, are you seeking the validation of others? Because newsflash, the validation of others means nothing. All you need is to believe in yourself, the amount of likes or followers you have doesn't show your value.

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However, on the other hand. I adore photography. It's one of my many passions (if you can't tell by this blog). I have an expensive, BEAUTIFUL, camera. One of my most prized possessions (I know, materialistic). I love taking, editing and producing beautiful pictures. It would be a dream for it to become a career. But such a love prevents one of living in the moment. If there is an absolutely beautiful shot I can visualise, I will take it. Does that prevent me from fully living in the moment? Yes. However, I think there is a slight difference between this and social media. I'm not one to share the snap instantly, or post it seeking other people's validation. If I have created something beautiful, sure I will share it, but I will also be proud of it on my own accord.

Furthermore, I like to share somethings. I grew up in France, which means lots of my friends live far away from me. Keeping them updated through facebook is fascinating to me. So that when I go to visit them in the future, there are conversation topics and maybe they haven't completely missed out on who I am as a teenager.

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But, with summer coming, I'm going to take a page from Essena Oneill's book. I'm going to do my best to clear out my need for social media. It's going to be my first summer having my drivers licence (yay!) and first summer when I don't have school, or anything, to have to go back to after (yay for gap years!). Even for the coming year, I said I will post my adventures on this blog. So maybe I'll make that my only outlet? (I mean, if I'm sharing everything everywhere else, why would anyone read this? Mwahaha, marketting strategies)

Edit: Dodie, another youtuber (whom I love), posted a response video. I completely agree with everything she says. It's so perfect and makes perfect sense.

Regardless if you are even remotely agreeing with me or not, I hope you have a nice day without too much social media :*

Rachel

What It Feels Like To Be Graduated

As of Tuesday night, I am officially graduated from highschool. Although I've been looking forward to this moment for a really long time (probably around 5 years to be exact), it's an odd feeling. Not having to wake up early everyday, not knowing what's right around the corner. It's not only liberating, it's also daunting. For the past 12 years I've always known what's happening next week, or the exact things I need to study for the next test. And now, for the first in forever, I don't know who I'm going to be sitting next to at exactly 11:20am everyday. IMG_5320edit

I still have my final exams to complete over the next few weeks, but after that, it's all over. I cannot wait for the holidays. I have an endless list of things I want to do. Most of you know I am taking a gap year (the reason why I started this blog) which means for the next year, I am going to be documenting everything. Documenting through photo and video. I'm excited to be posting blog posts and youtube videos of my adventures for you all to enjoy. In no less then 17 days, I'm going to be done with study and the adventures will begin.

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Places To See in Perth: Cottesloe Beach

As the weather heats up in Perth, we are reminded that beach season is soon. In the peak of summer, the temperature reaches 40º C every so often with an average maximum of 35º C. It’s easy to say that the typical Australian goes to the beach quite often during these times.

Cottesloe Beach: Indiana Tea House

There are many beaches along the west coast near Perth city. But the main attraction is Cottesloe Beach. Although it is often tourists that visit this particular beach, locals also find their way here due to the lively atmosphere, the picturesque Indiana Tea House, and the bars, shops and cafés along the road (my favourite being red spoon).

Salted Caramel and Macadamia Gelato (Red Spoon)

Although the swim was absolutely freezing (as it is quite often anytime of the year) I adore the beach would never pass up a trip. Because after all, Australia has the best beaches in the world.

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May Street Larder

Located is East Fremantle, May Street Larder is a tumblr-esque, cute, little café with lots of vegetarian and/or vegan alternatives.11911495_10204921677658193_1122012058_nThe first time I went was when someone recommended it to my vegan friend, Coralie. Hearing about this place through its artsy instagram, we knew what to expect. I ordered the breakfast burrito, chorizo, feta, eggs and white beans, served on a wooden board with the jalapeno sauce in a little glass dish on the side, absolutely delicious. Although a little on the pricey side, it definitely is worth it!

Taking photos was a difficult feat; we went on a Saturday and had to wait 20 minutes to get a table. However, again, it was definitely worth the wait. Coralie and I were constantly gazing around the room, visualising countless photo opportunities; we would have to come on a day where we could actually take photos.

11950773_10204921675298134_415476390_nAlthough the main meal was great, the desert was even better. May Street Larder is known for their cocowhip. Cocowhip is a frozen soft serve made only using coconut water (meaning it’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan). It looks similar to frozen yoghurt, but it’s a MILLION times better. You can get cacao infused cocowhip with your choice of toppings. I recommend the vegan caramel. ;)

May street larder also sell their own lupinola, protein balls, jam and vegan chocolate, all in cute instagram-worthy packets.

From the first time I went there, I knew that May Street Larder was somewhere I would go often, whether to simply get a cocowhip or to get a scrumptious brunch. I took these photos when I went on a weekday, where there was near no-one in the store and I had many opportunities to take as many photos as I wanted.

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