PERSONAL // How to spend money you don’t need to spend (May Edition)

In just 2 months and 2 days, I will be jetting off to Europe (for the first time ever). I will be studying at Bocconi University in Milan from August, however from July until then, I’ve set aside some time to explore Europe. Anyway, the point of telling you this, is to explain why I have been saving.

But isn’t this post about what you’ve recently bought?

Yes. It is. But sometimes, a girl (or boy, we’re all about equality here) can’t resist.

So, what did you buy?

1. A puffer jacket (for Europe and the oh so cold Canberra)

First of all, we have this très chic down jacket.

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After enlisting the help of my friend who is quite knowledgeable about the world of puffer jackets, we decided on this MacPac jacket.

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It has water-resistant duck down (because down jackets are often ineffective when wet), and surprisingly it’s a really nice fit. There are also many other features which I won’t go through in detail, but it’s safe to say I’m impressed.

2. A forest green mohair knit from Country Road (that I didn’t really need, but I did really want)

This knit. Now my coworkers and friends can vouch for me – I have been wanting this jumper for months now. It all started when I received an email from Country Road, and saw someone in the jumper (see below). It just looked so comfortable and stylish.

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Pictured: the ad that worked wonders (above), and me looking super happy in my super fabulous new knit (below)

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I also luckily snatched it whilst it was on sale – 25% off. What a bargain. (It’s Italian yarn, people. How could I not)

3. Books

At the start of the year, I decided that I wanted to be more creative. Studying at university is challenging, academically speaking. However, I wanted to challenge myself more creatively.

A big inspiration toward this creative drive were a few of my friends following their own creative pursuits, such as vlogging (check out my lovely lady Georgia Parker’s Youtube channel)  and blogs etc.

For anyone that knows me, they would know how much I love photography. Especially when I am in new places, or travelling!

As such, my two most recent book purchases are… drumroll, please… photography books!

Both are by Henry Carroll:

  1. ‘Read this if you want to take great photographs of people’; and
  2. ‘Read this if you want to take great photographs of place’.

I’d seen these two books in a few bookstores and had the obligatory flick through them, and decided I wanted them on my bookshelf.

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Support your local businesses and pick them up from the National Library of Australia Bookshop where I did, or at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka. (Otherwise if you are trying to save pennies and don’t mind waiting, I’m sure you can find them online)

Well, back to the (text)books.

Affectionately Yours,

Anika x

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EXPLORE // Follow me on an Autumn trail

I would have to say that Autumn is my favourite season (although Spring is a close contender). I love the colours of the leaves and Canberra, biased as I may be, is one of the best places to be if you want to soak in the vibrant colours this season has to offer.

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So, where are the best places to go? I’m going to take you on a tour of my favourite places to find the prettiest leaves this fall.

1. Barton

Barton particularly has glorious-coloured foliage that you just can’t miss. If you park near Darling Street and make your way to Bowen Park, you will catch a glimpse of the following trees:

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2. Lake Burley Griffin

From Bowen Park, make your way to Lake Burley Griffin. Along this path, you will find many people enjoying the sunshine… from cycling to walking or simply enjoying the scenery.

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3. The National Library of Australia

Walk along the lake from Bowen Park until you reach Patrick White Terrace. Closer to the lake, you will find a path carved by trees, and seasonally coloured they are. Once you are ready for a beverage (whether this be coffee or another kind), make your way past the trees to Bookplate Cafe at the National Library of Australia to finish your autumn trail.

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Now now, I have not forgotten about other great autumn spots:

1. Red Hill and Narrabundah

Since you’re already around the area, why not check out what Red Hill/Narrabundah has to offer. See my Instagram posts here and here.

2. The Australian National University

If you are around the city, check out what my stomping ground (the ANU) has to offer. In fact, I would recommend this stretch of trees in all seasons.

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3. Ainslie

If you are around the inner north, I’d recommend Wakefield Avenue in Ainslie. The streets are still beaming with colour from the autumn leaves, and if I do say so myself, it makes for some great photography!

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Where are your favourite places in Canberra to view the autumn leaves?

Affectionately Yours,

Anika x