IMG_9940Last weekend I took myself to Bendigo, Victoria for a day trip. My main port of call was to see the Marilyn Monroe exhibition at the Bendigo Gallery but after wondering around the pretty city, I began to see why so many people have fallen in love with it. So, I thought I would share some of my favourite photos from my day.


IMG_9928Little old me standing underneath a three story high Marilyn. The ‘Forever Marilyn’ statue stands just outside Pall Mall and the Bendigo Art Gallery. It amazes me that the first time the statue has been out of the USA, it goes to a regional Australian city. But really, you can see why. Bendigo seems to have a rich cultural heritage and a appreciation for the Arts.


For a regional city, I was surprised how vibrant and contemporary Bendigo felt. While it has a gorgeous historical backdrop, there are intriguing laneways and arcades, quirky shops, great cafes and a real energy about the city that made it feel special. While Bendigo generally has a slower more relaxed paced than what i’m used to in Melbourne, there still seemed to be lots to do and plenty events on the calendar.


  • For Coffee: Naked Espresso Bar, or The Gallery Cafe tucked away behind the Art Gallery
  • For Brunch Cortille Cafe, a cafe with a coffee caravan on the inside that makes a mean hotcake and coffee.
  • For Views The Lookout Tower in Rosalind Park gives you a 360 degree panoramic view of Bendigo
  • For Shopping View Street Bazaar for collectables and antiques (located opposite the Bendigo Art Gallery) For Clothing Bath Lane & Chancery lane have some great fashion stores.
  • For Art Australia’s largest and most impressive regional art museum, Bendigo Art Gallery
  • For Nature Rosalind Park ,60 acres of grassy open spaces, lush leafy trees and a beautiful garden to explore

To check in luggage or to bring carry on; that is the question. With airlines charging hefty fees to check in your baggage, cabin luggage seems like a good alternative. The easiest way to avoid checking in luggage is to pack efficiently and ruthlessly. You will be surprised how much a well organised and thought-out suitcase can make a difference.


Generally, airlines allow one item of carry-on luggage and a personal item. (laptop bag, camera bag, handbag, etc) The main item is usually around 56cm height x 26cm width and 23cm dimension with the combined weight of both bags no more than 10kg. This varies from airline to airline with some being more lenient and airlines who won’t bother weighting cabin luggage. That being said, the less your bag weights, the better; nothing is worse than being made to throw out items to board your plane. (Guilty as charged)

Making the most of your Carry on Luggage

  • Only pack full outfits
    Don’t waste suitcase space packing alternative options. Go for versatile clothing that can be worn more than once on your trip.
  • Don’t pack heels
    A lot of people will disagree with me with this one, and I suppose it is personal preference but hear me out on this. Heels are clunky, can weight a tonne and take up a large amount of space in your suitcase. Plus from personal experience I can vouch that heels on cobblestones is not a good combination.
    If it is absolutely essential to take heels, opt for a comfortable versatile pair.
  • Rolling over folding
    Rolling compresses clothing making it easier to stack items and pack in a suitcase. For carry on luggage where your space is limited, rolling is a life saver.
  • Pack Knits, Wools and cottons
    Generally speaking, these materials can resist wrinkles so when you unroll them, there won’t be so many creases.
  • Packing Versatile Outfits
    Bring garments that can serve more than one function. Leggings can be great to wear on the plane, as pyjama bottoms and work out wear. This definitely goes for shoes. The less shoes taken the better.
  • Minimalise toileteres
    Cabin luggage has strict restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels. These restrictions limit the quantity that you can take. Anything that will be supplies in your accommodation (shampoo, bodywash)

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For about two years I have been blogging under Garland Girl. For these two years, it has just been a fun way to pass the time, a way to document and catalogue my thoughts and to provide me with a creative outlet in the midst of my essays and uni assignments. Now a graduate, with a little more life experience, I’ve been wanting to put more time and effort into this blog and turn it into something more.

If you been here before, you may have noticed a new header. I am in the midst of changing my domain and freshening up my blog. Garland Girl has been fun but I feel like it no represents who I am now. Takeoffs & Landings is about where I am going and my destination when I get there. I’m excited to get started on this new project.

After coming home from my working holiday, I have been really appreciative of my room. I was living in a shoebox apartment in London where I could hardly fit my bed and my dresser let alone any additional furniture. While coming back home to live with your parents may feel like a defeat for some, It’s actually nice to have some space again.

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Last weekend I did a complete overhaul of my room. Getting rid of all the junk, things I don’t use and *gasp* books I haven’t read for years. The result: I got myself a simplistic little room. Now that my room is organised I can start to focus on the bigger, more important things in my life.

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1. Target Gold Plant Stand | 2. New York Line Poster | 3. Kmart Cannister | 4. Kmart Marble Tray, Marble Pot Plant & Celia Loves Candle | 5. Society 6 Black and White spotty Pillow & Kmart White chair

These are some of my favourite items from my mini bedroom makeover. Yes, I know you can probably spot so many things from Kmart. I’m sure I am not the only one who has noticed how much Kmart are killing it with affordable and amazing homewares.

So there we have it! That’s a mini tour of my bookshelves. I have been spending a crazy amount of time over Pinterest lately searching for home decor inspiration, so if you have a Pinterest board you think I’ll like, link me in the comments.

 Primark Black Button Up | Dotti White Midi Skirt | Topshop Muse Sock Boots

It’s been 8 week since stepping back on Australia soil after my big trip. It’s so strange how easy we get into a routine and just slip right back into things as if we never left. In Melbourne, black is almost a prerequisite colour in your wardrobe. While I was abroad I noticed that I wore an awfully lot of black, without even meaning to. Since being back I have fully embraced it. There is nothing I love more than a monochrome look. Black is versatile, easy to wear and looks effortlessly chic.


“Black is not sad. Bright colours are what depress me. They’re so… empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not.” —  Ann Demeulemeester