Week Review (20 to 26 Jan 2020)

Disclaimer: To bite the bullet before we begin a review of the week, this week crossed over Australia Day. Out of respect and solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the land, I do not celebrate Australia Day and will refer to it from now on in as Invasion Day. I didn’t’ do anything this year, and I did that purposefully. The 26 of January is a mournful day for many people and the time has come for the country to fully recognise and acknowledge our bloodied, colonial past. 

Where on earth has the year gone? January is almost over with and I cannot believe how far the year has come. I feel like work has already picked up the pace (no slow going in a manufacturing environment) and there are some many things this year that I am really looking forward to doing. And the fun I had this week hopefully is a good sign for the weeks to come

Things I did and explored:

This week has been chill for the most part, but I am going to cheat a little bit and add something that I did on Sunday. 

So, on Sunday I went to the Vegan Markets at Moore Park and for once I went earlier in the morning. I am so glad I did, because I finally got to try Mylk and Bun. Guys, these are amazing, even my non-vegan sister (who let’s be real was not into a lot of the foods) loved it. The best way I can describe it, is that it’s like a finger bun from Baker’s Delight, except they are MASSIVE and oh so delicious and addicting. 

A pecan and maple bun and a mango bun. So delicious and so good

The following Sunday I went to the Parklea markets. Something new to do I guess and Simon wanted to check out the car stalls and see if he could find anything (he did not, but we did bring home yet another Rubik’s cube). I’m a little disappointed with our day in the market. When we first walked in, the fruit stand near the front made it seem like everything was cheaper than supermarkets, however, the further we went in, the more I realised that a lot of it was the same price, if not more than the supermarket. The only great deal we got was for the mangoes. Three MASSIVE mangoes for only $5. A bargain.

What have I been cooking?

I only cook a main meal twice a week, but cook enough to last Simon and I two to four days for dinner. It’s easier for us, but also it’s reduced the amount of food wastage we have because we won’t go grocery shopping until everything in the fridge has been eaten. It is also testing my cooking skills because I need to cook things that are chock full of flavour but also the integrity of the dish holds up.

The first meal of the week I made was a creamy, lemon-ey, garlicky, chicken pasta. It was alright. I’ve definitely made better pastas and full transparency, I have really turned off meat recently and transitioning into becoming a vegetarian. I’ll keep it in for the regular rotation as something that is quick and easy but not something I am going to gravitate towards.

The real star of the show this week was the chickpea curry I made this week. I love a good curry, I love experimenting with flavours to turn something seemingly basic into something packed full of flavour. This was the best meal of the week for two reasons:

  1. This meal produced little waste. Almost everything I used in this meal had scraps that I could either recycle, compost or turn into something new
  2. That something new was vegan meringue from chickpea water
The final meal. The ultimate spread of quick and easy comfort food

Guys, vegan meringues are my new loves. Using the chickpea water instead of egg whites is genius, it also whips up so much more easier than what eggwhites does. This is another recipe that I will be going back to anytime I cook with chickpeas.

If there wasn’t so much sugar that went into the meringues I would eat this everyday for breakfast

For a full breakdown of the recipes, check out the story highlights on my instagram. You’ll find both recipes under Vegan Yummies

Lows of the week:

This week was pretty good. I can’t really report on any lows this week because overall it was a really good week. The only big one I could think of is that I’m losing a lot of sleep for some reason. Getting to sleep is getting easier with some meditation, but staying asleep is another issue. If you’ve got any tips, please let me know. 

Things I have bought or want to buy:

It definitely was a low buy week for me (woo! We are sticking to the budget!), but there is something I want to highlight because it is a cause that I wholeheartedly believe in. With the recent bushfires in Australia, a lot of small local businesses have either had their property destroyed or their businesses are losing money because tourists can no longer access their business. Spend With Them on instagram is a great place to go and buy directly to these affected businesses or donate gift cards to family in the areas affected by fires to various restaurants and directly support these wonderful, hard working people. I am making it a point that every gift I buy this year, any pantry items that I can source from this page, I am going to buy. 

The rebuild process from the fires is going to be a long process, and I feel somewhat helpless and powerless in helping. What I can do however is spend my dollar and help someone in need.

And that’s it! That’s my week in review. Bring on the next week!

Am I back? Let’s hopes so

Life is bloody hard, there is no way of getting around that. I feel like the last couple of years I have really pushed myself into trying to fit into specific box and way of living. Seeing everyone around me live such awesome lives and constantly travelling and reaching higher goals in their careers, in one sense always instilled in me that I wasn’t doing enough and in another sense de-motivated me to do, well anything. Part of this feeling of inadequacy came from the fact that I just didn’t do as well in uni as I thought I did and not getting into any career path that seemed sustainable in the long run. And let’s be totally real here, I have spent hours on social media, just scrolling and scrolling and scrolling that led to comparing and comparing and comparing. It’s an endless cycle that cuts a little bit deeper every time.

At the end of the day I really enjoy social media content, there is so much variety and wide range of things to enjoy that there are some really positive insights on any form of social media, however, I just can’t afford the lifestyle that these people seem to live, both mentally and financially. I am a lot more real with myself now and I do recognise (and proud) that I am just an average 20-something year old. I got to work every week, I do my laundry, cooking and cleaning, I hang out with my friends and have the occasional breakdown, but also a whole heap of breakthroughs

I am bringing back Bloom and Find because the every day life is really interesting to me. Vlogs and blogs are my favourite forms of social media to consume because they can be so imperfect but perfect at the same time. I’m not going to pressure myself to have the most perfect pictures (or even pictures at all) but just have fun and go for it! The world of the internet is the perfect place to just find your place and realise you are not on your own and everyone truly does live a boring, average life. The interesting parts can always be found by just sharing and appreciating the little things.

With that being said, for all the internet to see, my hopeful restructure of Bloom and Find:

  • Updates will occur once to twice a week depending on how my schedule is going (Wednesday a week in review and on Sunday something else). Not every week will have two posts.
  • Updates will come a week later from the week (you ain’t gonna stalk me). A weekly update of:
    • Cool things I have done
    • Favourite thing I cooked for the week and the recipe for it
    • Struggles that I’ve gone through
    • Have I stuck to my budget (this is a biggie for me)
  • Makeup, skincare things that I like (basically things I bought)
  • Books, podcasts, movies and tv reviews
  • General thoughts on what is going on in the world
  • My journey into living a more sustainable life

So there you have it, a new-is structure for a blog all about an average 20-something year old. I will not be showing off any luxury handbags (because yeah nah bro no funds for that), I don’t go on press trips (lol if anyone in PR finds this – I need warning, I work full time, but honestly, would anyone even find this blog) and I won’t be going out of my way to do things just to showcase it. I know I have to unlearn a lot of my own preconceptions and theoretically I know that a lot of social media is just a mask on real life, so hopefully this is less of a mask and more of a cosy place to sit and chill together as friends.

Favourites… of Now

I have been very spoilt these past few months because I have discovered so many awesome products that I have been loving and reaching for over and over again, and I can’t wait to share with all of you. On top of that I have found some awesome places to eat and drink in Sydney that I am also really excited to share with you, because let’s be real, I always have a favourite spot to eat or drink. So without further ado, my favourite, of now:

Skin Care

Oh man, I am in love, so in love. Specifically, my new love is anything to do with Drunk Elephant. You have no idea how much my skin has changed in the past few months from using Drunk Elephant products. I have gone from an oily, slick mess to a controllable sheen and plump soft skin that I am proud to walk out of the house with little to no makeup on it. Specifically I have fallen in love with the C-Firma Day Serum and the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. What I love about these products is that they give me that little extra hydration so my skin won’t produce as much oil, but also my pores haven’t been as congested when using these products, even after all the holiday over-indulgence of sugary goodness!

Tanning

Never would I thought I would see the day that I wold invest in tanning products but I am really conscious now of sun damage and the effects of not protecting yourself from the sun, so the obvious choice for a nice tan look was self tanner. Just like with skin care, I am sticking to the ethos of sticking with multiple products from one brand because I know they are designed to work well together.

Luna Bronze is a godsend for someone like me who has no experience in dabbling in self tanning. I invested in the Tanning Moisturiser, which I have already gone through 2 bottles since November. This is a gradual moisturiser so it was really easy for me to correct any mistakes I had made and build up the colour to a desirable depth. Another favourite is the Illume Tanning Mist, although I do not use it all the time. Best thing about this range is that they don’t smell like soggy cornflakes and are very moisturising on the skin.

Bars and Food

Give me a good cocktail that’s unique and not loaded up on sugar and I am going to be one happy baby for the rest of the night. The Long Goodbye is the best bar I have been to hands down (so far). The concept is amazing. There’s no menu, no guide in what to order because you have to give all control over the bar tender. Just give them a flavour profile, an alcoholic base or even a classic with a twist and the drink you will get will be amazing. I still have vivid dreams about the Red Velvet Cocktail I was given after asking for something Bailey’s based with a chocolate kick.

Food wise, I absolutely adored going to Yellow for a five course vegan degustation meal. I honestly did not have too high expectations because I didn’t want to be disappointed but my god, it was the best thing ever. The flavour combinations and the unique use of vegetables, fruits, nuts and spice to give texture and taste was amazing. If you ever want something to treat yourself with, I highly recommend Yellow.

Well, there you go! Just a few of my favourites for the past couple of months and I am so pleased with myself for discovering new places to share and recommend to others. What about you? Any new favourite restaurants, bars or beauty products that you can recommend?

Hello 2019

2019 is going to be my year

I’ve finally done it and said goodbye to 2018, and while it had many fun times and laughs, it also had its downs and not so great moments. It was a year of discovery and growth; from finally working out what career I somewhat see myself growing into and cementing myself into who I am and what I like. 2018 had all the opportunities to plan out and map the next few years. 2019, I am saying right here, right now, is going to be the year I try lots of new things and really try and break out of my comfort zone. Some of my major goals and dreams for 2019 are:

Career

I am so ridiculously excited because I have my first ever full-time permanent job straight out of finishing uni and it is going to be the best thing ever for me (I hope). My number one goal career wise is to move one rung up the ladder by the end of 2019 to mid 2020 because I know I can do it. I am going to focus hard, keep my head down when I need to during training and learn everything that I possibly can at once and then when I need to, speak up and show I have some initiative and the ability to take on more responsibility. As long as I do my best I am one hundred per cent positive that I will be able to move on up as quickly as I can.

Financially

I am not ashamed to admit I am not the best when it comes to saving money. Spending it, well let’s just say I am a pro at it. I need to get my savings in order because I can’t keep living month by month waiting for my next pay cheque to arrive. My first step was to buy the Barefoot Investor book. I’m not going to follow it religiously and do every step but there are some interesting tips in there to keep me focused that I will be following. The ultimate goal is to pay off my student loans in the next 5 years and have a house deposit ready in the next 2 years.

The Year of Adventures

The biggest thing I am setting my sights on this year is to go on as many adventures and to push myself as far out of my comfort zone to try new things as much as possible. First thing on the list is pole dancing classes to improve my core and flexibility. Never in a million years would I think this was something that I would be game or confident enough to do, but if it wasn’t for one of my friends messaging me to do it I would never have jumped in and signed up. This is the year of saying yes to everything new and trying lots of new things.

What are your goals and dreams for 2019? Anything fun and exciting or is something more focused on you and your own personal growth? Let me know and share, I am so keen to hear what everyone aspires to do in 2019.

Lost in Style

I don’t think I have ever had a specific style that I have stuck to and that I have liked. I have always switched around with my styles but never really found one that just screamed me. I definitely went through an emo phase (oh god, all that eyeliner) and I even tried to go retro inspired. To be honest, I’d thought I’d really found my style in the past couple of years. It was alternative, with a dash of class (sometimes) that was comfortable, a little bit oversized but just felt right. Now I don’t even know where to begin.
My body has changed a lot these past few months, so much so that I don’t even know what cuts and shapes look right. It’s not a secret that I hate shopping, so I really do not want to go through the process of shopping and trying on a billion things and overwhelming myself in the process. How do I dress now that my boobs are a lot smaller – a feature of myself I would try to emphasise, my shoulders seem broader and I don’t have the hips that I’m used to? How can I dress when I have less than half more wardrobe left? I thought losing weight was supposed to be the answers to all my clothing problems, not something that added to them.
If I’m honest, the style that I gravitate to the most, are like people like InTheFrow. She has such an effortless chic that I love. It’s class, it’s elegance, it’s everything I want to dress like. I’m just afraid I’ll like an imposter or try-hard if I try to elevate my style. Is it even something that would look good on my body or is it something that needs to be edited to fit right?
Summer is here, and I’ve experimented a bit. Shorts, crop tops, oversized denim jackets, but nothing seems right yet. I’ve gotten a haircut and it feels like I’m on the right path, I feel a little lost, but hopefully I can pull myself up and find something like Goldilocks, something that is just right.

Christmas Traditions Part I

It truly is the most wonderful time of year. I love the holiday season, it brings me nothing but joy and happiness and a sense of wonder and appreciation. What I love most about this time of year, is the traditions that as a family or as a friendship group we have up kept and continue to do today or look back on with fondness. Some of these traditions have changed slightly over the years, and some of them I miss a lot because we don’t do them anymore, but as I get older I appreciate more and more the special quality they give to the overall Christmas experience. As I go off and explore the world and try new things, it’s always the little things that bring the sense of joy and wonder that I crave so much to keep me grounded and remind me of what is important.

Putting up the Christmas Tree

Nothing beats a Lawrence Family Tree. NOTHING.
There is not order to our tree, no selectively put baubles or colour matching lights, it is just a cacophony of light, sparkles, a singing pig and an angel bear that is now missing eyes, an arm and its wings. It is the most precious thing of Christmas and most years will stay up almost till Valentines day (whoops!).
Putting the tree together is an ordeal, but it gets done. There is Christmas music playing, we try and work out who’s turn it is to put up the special beads or angel bear at the very top, sorting through the tinsel to see what needs replacing and watching Dad trying to unravel the billions of metres of lights that we own. At the end we are left with an amazing masterpiece that is unique and different every year.

Food, Food, Food

It is not a lie that food is massive part of my life and the same goes for my family. Christmas is especially great time of year to be around because the food options are amazing. There’s paella on Christmas Eve, duck, turkey, pork and prawns on Christmas day and all the trimmings in between. The best part of Christmas is the treats. It’s an unsung (newish) tradition that I make rum balls every year and an old and tried through tradition is making kulkuls as a family. Making kulkuls is a tradition my Mum’s family have brought over from India and Christmas is not the same without them. Kulkuls are sweet, fried biscuit/donut hybrid that don’t last very long in the house and are gone within a night. These are always left out for Santa (even if we don’t believe in him anymore) and gone by the morning (thanks Dad).
When I start living on my own, these are the traditions that I am going to miss the most.  Food just brings people together and the extravagance of it all, through from the prepping, cooking and eating makes everything that little bit more special. Christmas is the time to over indulge and treat yourself.

The Special Touches

It’s always the little things during the holidays that make it that little bit more extra. Everyone seems to bit that little more happier and relaxed and willing to let things go. It’s the little touches that make everything worth while. Wrapping tinsel down the staircase and wrapping the lemon tree in lights makes everything better. My favourite part, no matter how old my sisters and I get and tucked up in bed, presumably tucked up in bed and sleeping, my Dad will always call out from down the stairs “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas Lawrence Family!”. When I was younger, and if I heard it, I would always believe it was Santa and now it just makes me feel warm that my parents will still go the extra mile to make Christmas special, I was even writing Santa letters up until last year! 

The Ones I Miss

There are some traditions that I still miss, like going to the Carols at the Domain with friends and getting extremely sun burnt in the process. I miss having all my extended family together, but now we have family that live interstate. Most of all, I miss what Christmas was like when we were younger, when all my sisters and I still believed in Santa and some of us didn’t have such an aversion to Christmas these days. As I get just that little bit older Christmas seems to lose some of that magic and it gives me trepidation for the one day where Christmas never is the same again. I hope that that day never comes because Christmas is most certainly my most favourite time of year. 

Be Selfish

It’s really difficult being selfish and in some ways it’s a really important thing to be able to do for not only yourself but the relationships you have with others. I get the ideas of being loving to thy neighbour and treat others how you would want to be treated, but if you’re me or anything like me it can mean people kind of take advantage of you or always expect you to be or act in a certain way.

I am always willing to give my spare time and effort to others, I am always willing to go with whatever others want to do. If it makes them happy and off my back, then why not?

But you see, the problem with that is, I rarely get to do the things that I want to do. I rarely get to experience new or different things because I get stuck in a routine where I have to make sure everyone is happy and appeased and by no means angry or upset with me. This is easily fixed though, I pull up my big girl pants and I be bloody selfish.

It will work wonders, trust me, all of a sudden, the world is your oyster. You don’t want to go home just yet and continue the conversation with the people you are with? Then stay, regardless if the people you came with are going. Don’t want to go out Saturday night because you are exhausted and just want a little extra sleep, then just do it. The point is, if it’s going to help you in the long run to be that little more selfish than by all means just do it.

This isn’t a everyone gets a happy ending strategy though. You are going to get backlash from people who think you have changed, family members thinking you have developed an attitude. For peace of mind, be even more selfish and protect yourself. A very hard fact I learned is that people change, you can change as well, and distancing yourself may be the only chance you’ve got to preserve your mental well being.

End of an Era with Tea

Happy Sunday evening guys! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week since I last posted and enjoying the end of the weekend with (hopefully) a good cup of tea, snuggled in bed and ready for a new week!

This week has been trying on my everything. From sleeping patterns, work life, uni life to work out life, but I have something exciting to share. I finally handed in, what could quite potentially be my final uni assignment ever! That’s right, the uni experience is pretty much finished for me, and I just needed to share because uni was such a strange yet sometime lonely experience that I am more relieved than anything. It truly is the end of an era, the end of relentlessly pulling my hair out, the end of me staying up late finishing off assignments, the end of my stress effecting everyone around me. I feel free and wonderful and excited for the new, but still daunting aspect of adult life.

One thing I haven’t mentioned much on the blog recently was starting up again on another 8 week challenge at F45, but you know what? It’s been pretty awesome so far. I’m doing it properly this time and actually figuring out why each meal is important, what’s my protein source, am I getting enough veggies, what does my body need at this point in time and it’s working out well. I honestly feel stronger than ever. One thing that is still throwing me off however is the fact that more people are starting to say “wow, you’ve lost so much weight, you look good” and “are you on a diet, where are your carbs”. While I don’t mind people noticing, it means there are some results, but it honestly makes me question people’s perception of beauty. I was still beautiful before I started loosing weight and I will always be the same person on the inside. I know these people aren’t coming from a bad place, I just need to realise I am confident in who I am no matter my size.

That’s pretty much my update for this week, and I can’t wait to see you again on Wednesday!

A People’s History of theVampire Uprising: A review into the first three chapters

I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, ever since I was younger and first started to develop my own taste in books, I gravitated towards the fantasy section. Now, there’s almost a guilt when I pick up a sci-fi or fantasy novel (from the ‘adult’ section mind you) that I should be more “grown-up” and read more compelling, complex novels. I don’t know where this shame has come from and it upsets me. I’m making an effort now to read books in genres I actually like and do a book-club review here on the blog, so feel free to pick up the same book and discuss with me in the comments.

This month I am going into the first three chapters of Raymond A. Villareal’s ‘A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising’. Perfectly situated in the sci-fi/fantasy genre with a good dose of realism.

I’ll be honest, when I first started reading it I was tempted to put it down. I’m not a massive fan of first-person accounts, but I was hooked a few pages in. There is something about the way Dr, Lauren Scott’s account of how the NOBI virus started and the medical descriptions that just pulled me in. Villareal paints a picture of how I would see the Vampire Virus going down in the real world. It starts with Patient Zero, funny/different anomalies in the blood samples, strings of dead bodies and bodies missing from morgues. I’m invested in Dr. Scott and I can’t wait to read more about her.

When the POV switches to Father John Reilly, I’m not entirely sure if the interview style chapters work. I don’t feel like I’m discovering enough about Father Reilly on my own, and more it’s been shoved in my face. Hopefully in the next few chapters I learn more about his part in the Vampire Uprising.

So far I’m hooked and interested enough to keep reading and continuing on with the book. The first three chapters are most definitely an introductory to the story.

On November 14 I’ll come back to this book and review up-to and including chapter 9. If you have a book that you would like to be next on the list, feel free to share! And if you’re reading the book too or want to pick it up and read it with me

Fresh, Clean, Quick Makeup

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The older I get the more likely I will leave the house with no makeup on unless I’m out for dinner or in the mood to cover the dark circles. To be honest the world is just going to have to deal with my skin as it is. I am no expert in makeup, I just like to play with it, so if I have something important at work or I’m heading to a lazy brunch, this is my routine, which somehow includes a lot of NARS products, but they work for me and give me an almost natural look.

The Base

Everything starts with the skin and how you prepare it. I have oily skin but moisturising is key. I don’t care what anyone’s skin type is, moisturising is key to a). a good makeup application and b). preventing premature ageing.

Starting off with a spritz of a hydrating spray (completely optional) but the Mario Badescu Aloe and Rose Water Spray is my fave, followed by liberally applying SPF, this is non negotiable. Anything less than SPF 30 is not acceptable, Mecca Cosmetica has amazing sunscreens in SPF 30 and SPF 50 that are designed to be worn underneath makeup or on their own, so a must have in any makeup purse.

Unfortunately I don’t have an eye cream I’m loving to share at the moment, so it’s back to the drawing board for that one.

I could stop here in my routine, and a lot of days I do, skin is my number one priority. If I’m going for a makeup day, for primer, go with what suits you best. I’m pedantic and will use two, the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer all over and the Becca Ever Matte and Poreless for the T-zone.

Complexion.

Cream and liquid, that’s it. That is all you need for quick makeup, use your fingers and don’t bother fussing with a brush. You’ll be out the door in no-time.

For my face, you cannot go past the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and the Soft Matte Concealer. Tinted moisturiser is a god-send because it is forgiving. You don’t need an exact match and if it starts wearing away it looks natural. A true miracle.

For bronzer and highlight, the Fenty contour stick is great if you can find a warm tone to suit your skin tone and my tried and true cream highlighter is Mecca Cosmetica’s Lit from Within Enlightening Balm

Set everything with a setting powder, my favourite is Too Faced Born this Way Powder and you are sweet.

Eyes and Lips.

Just blend in either you cream bronzer or highlight onto your lids and wack on as many layers of the new NARS Climax mascara and eyebrow gel, some tinted lip balm and you can run right out the door and not worry about a thing.

 

Gallery Hopping

I enjoy spending time alone and pretending I’m a tourist in my own city, it gives me the opportunity for once not to compromise and be a little out of my comfort zone. I don’t naturally gravitate towards making all the decisions and shots, but spending time alone for a day is a good way to practise making decisions on my own, even if they revolve a lot around where I’m going to eat, and there is no exception when I go gallery hopping.

Gallery hopping is one of my favourite things to do, and this by far is one of my favourite routes to go:

White Rabbit Gallery

Situated in Chippendale, the White Rabbit Gallery is home to contemporary Chinese Art and you can often find pieces by Ai Wei Wei and other prominent figures in the Chinese Art Scene. Even though it’s a contemporary museum, you’re not going to find anything and say “I could’ve made that”.

It’s the easiest first stop for Gallery Hopping as it is only a 10 minute walk from Central Station and strolling through Chippendale you can easily find something for breakfast or a coffee to enjoy.

Currently the gallery has curated the Supernatural Exhibition. It’s not my favourite exhibition that I’ve seen here, but there a plenty of things to keep you talking. Like the naked fly men. Nothing to hide there at all. Take all your viewing pleasure.

Spice Alley

While White Rabbit Gallery does have an awesome teahouse with flowering teas, Spice Alley is the place to be if you want a big heart meal to get you through lunch. Situated on Kensington Street, near the University of Technology Sydney, it’s an oasis of smells, busy vibes and colour. Sit down and enjoy your lunch, or even wonder into Koi for a desert degustation, but you will never be disappointed.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

After your belly is too full and you’re ready to walk it off while graciously viewing more gorgeous art, take a bus to Hyde Park and meander your way down to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. I go multiple times a year and can still manage to spend hours just wondering. These are the things you need to check out before they finish:

  1. Spacemakers and Roomshakers is awesome and engages all the senses. Ernesto Neto Just like drops in time, nothing (2002) is something you need to smell and not see first. It automatically reminds me of my mums old spice container and make me feel warm and fuzzy. (Ends October 21)
  2. Another great crowd pleaser is Nike Savvas Atomic: full of love, full of wonder (2005). This is pure joy as the little balls bounce in their spot and the colours just grab at you. (Ends October 21)
  3. Fearless, contemporary South Asian art is everything I have ever wanted to see in art exhibition and more. A collection of digital media and physical pieces, the pieces collated here are brutally honest in their depiction of femininity, rape and hope in South East Asia. You will not leave this exhibition untouched or with the same view of South East Asia. It is empowering seeing all these works in one room.

Museum of Contemporary Art

There is a definite theme in the art that I gravitate towards with yet another nod to a contemporary gallery. After you’ve finished at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, quickly hop onto a train from St James Station and get off at Circular Quay and find yourself at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). Everything here is a little weird and wacky but no less wonderful. Out of all the galleries I have been too, I enjoy the permanent exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works the most. The blend of traditional techniques with the new is always a pleasure to see, and the digital media is always spot on.

La Renaissance

To cap the day off, I highly recommend going to La Renaissance, on the same street as MCA on the Rocks side, and getting yourself a little treat. While it may be on the pricey side, I see no better way than to finish the day with a hot chocolate, a slice of cake or pastry and enjoying the rest of the afternoon all to yourself. Gallery Hopping can be exhausting after all.

All entries to these galleries are free, unless a specific exhibition is ticketed. None of the exhibitions here mentioned are ticketed and there is nothing better than a freebie.