Study, Snow + Shanghai

Wow! What a busy couple of months it has been!

I celebrated my 25th birthday on the 28th of July (hello fellow Leos!) and was absolutely spoiled by all my friends, family and my beautiful partner Nick.

I also attended a few furnishing and décor exhibitions as part of my role as Editor at Furnishing International. I absolutely love discovering new businesses and the faces behind the brands. This very rewarding role will now see me head to Shanghai, China in September – a nerve-racking yet exciting prospect as it will be my first time travelling alone. Any tips or tricks from anyone who has travelled to China, please feel free to comment below to educate this rookie! My visa has been granted, flights booked and accommodation sorted. All that’s left is to pack!


Many tried to discourage me from embarking on a career in journalism however I am now thankful that I stayed true to my passion. If it were not for my qualifications and position in this role, I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to travel to Shanghai and explore a new city.

I was saddened to have lost my one year anniversary gift from Nick on the way home from one of the Melbourne furnishing exhibitions however. A beautiful fine chain necklace, which must have somehow broken and fallen from around my neck on the train ride home. I was absolutely devastated by this – but I am now slowly coming to terms with the fact that I will not be able to retrieve it. As Nick loves to say, ‘it is, what it is!’

I also went to the snow for the very first time and absolutely loved it! We couldn’t have picked a day with better conditions – sunny blue skies and fresh, fluffy snow in plentiful amounts. Check out some pictures below:

My crystal healing course has also been going well. I am very much enjoying learning about how to practically help people by using crystals and by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. My Instagram and this associated blog will now be geared towards all the things I love more so. You’ll get to read and see inspiration for all the good stuff – yoga, meditation, crystals and self-care.


On a final note, I have also been keeping busy with the launch of my very own copywriting and social media business. Be sure to check out for all the details!


Love and light everyone,
– you’ll be seeing a lot more of me on here!

X Cat

Study, Snow + Shanghai

The double standard


Yo – whattup – how we doin’ today?

Okay – I don’t know why I chose to start this post off like that but anywaaaay, here we are.

In my last post I touched on the fact that I currently weigh the heaviest I’ve ever been. Mind you, finally getting to 37kgs for a girl who has always struggled to put on weight is quite the achievement! For years, I’d jump on the scale and see the same numbers fluctuating between 34 and 35kgs, a frustrating total when your goal weight is to reach at least 40kg!

Despite having normal eating habits, stacking on the kgs was always mission impossible for my petite frame. Growing up, my mum would always pack lollies, chocolates and chips in my lunch box to try and speed up the process. In hindsight, she probably wasn’t feeding me the right kinds of fats, but what’s a Mumma bear to do when her daughter prefers eating salads and meats over carbs?

Nowadays, I understand the importance of a balanced diet, and I try to include a variety of food groups within my meals. Still though, I struggled to gain weight. This is – up until a few weeks ago, I noticed some old jeans of mine no longer fit me anymore. Not thinking too much of this, I threw out the old pair, and bought some new ones with a better fit.

Then, came the comments from my mum and others that they were noticing that I’m starting to fill out. It wasn’t until this point I figured I should weigh myself again, and sure enough I had gained a couple of kilos!

What. The. Hell?

To tell the truth, I don’t know what I’ve been doing differently. Perhaps it’s a combination of yoga causing my appetite to open up, eating more, age and being at a stage in my life of true contentment after a horrible year, which has caused my body to finally retain some weight.

Being vertically challenged, I never wanted to gain an unrealistic amount of weight anyway, just enough to have as a buffer in case I got sick, or as last year, go through a traumatic time which causes me to lose some kgs. Getting sick when you can’t afford to lose any more weight is a scary prospect which really hit home particularly last year.

People however do not seem to understand or empathise with those of us who’s best intentions are to try and put on weight, but struggle to do so. There is a double standard which lies in the comments that I and many other petites have had to endure over the years. “Wow, you’re so tiny, do you even eat?” “Are you vegetarian?” “Omg you’re too skinny, why are you so thin?” “Do you go to the gym a lot?”

I’m sure those of you who have experienced this kind of interrogation can appreciate the sentiment.

It’s always perplexed me that this has been an acceptable form of discourse, but if I were to ask someone who naturally struggled to lose weight, why they are fat – I would be labelled as a bully and cruel.

NEWS FLASH – it’s the same thing! So this is my call out to those of you out there reading this, to please be more aware of your words when speaking to people who seem to be thinner than your expectations of ‘normal.’

The big booty culture has violently erupted with the likes of Kimmy K, and Meghan Trainor. Good on you if that’s what you’re into, but putting down us ‘skinny bitches’ for not having any bass is just as demeaning and cruel. It says more about you than anything else. We should be supportive and accepting of each other’s differences, whether we’re tall, short, fat, thin, blonde, red head or brunette.

This is a matter of ignorance, and something which has both upset and angered me on many occasions.

Just a little food for thought for your Tuesday night.

Oh and by the way guys, don’t knock back a bit of treble unless you’ve tried some – I’m yet to receive any negative feedback.

BOOM. Drop the mic.

X Cat




The double standard