The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Situated on the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are limestone rock stacks which rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victorias coastline.

Created over millions of years by constant blasting winds and the wild ocean,  erosion of the limestone cliffs has formed caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches, and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. 

Although sadly over the years some of the rock stacks have started to crumble, what is left is jaw-dropping beauty, no matter what time of the year you visit.

I was lucky enough to visit this wonderful spot with my fiancé earlier this year (it is currently Summer in Australia from December – March), and am definitely planning another visit down the Great Ocean Road within the year.

With so many beautiful spots to see, Apollo Bay, Lorne, Anglesea, Airleys Inlet, it is a definite must for anyone visiting Victoria, Australia.


 

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Not your average wedding songs

As someone who doesn’t listen to the usual “pop” music, finding music for my up-coming wedding was quite a struggle! Here are some of my top picks of music I have come across on my research of not so average wedding songs.

The world is ours – Donora
The dress looks nice on you – Sufjan Stevens
I will be there – Odessa
Sea of love – Cat Power
I will follow you in the dark – Death Cab for Cutie
Love like this – Kodaline
The girl – City and Colour
Bloom – The Paper Kites
Mango tree – Angus and Julia Stone
Until we get there – Lucius
Heart skipped a beat – The xx
Little numbers – BOY
Falling down – This Wild Life
Beautiful – Smashing Pumpkins
I would do anything for you – Foster The People
Flowers in your hair – The Lumineers
You’ve got the love – Florence and the Machine
Light Me Up – Birdy
All I want – Kodaline
All of me – Angus and Julia Stone
Young and beautiful – Lana Del Ray
Better together – Jack Johnson
Walking on a dream – Empire of the Sun
I need my girl – The National
Settle down – Kimbra
Anyone else – Moldy Peaches
I like the way this is going – The Eels
Feel love – Ben Harper

Top 10 favourite Indie Romances

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Wristcutters: A Love Story

A film set in a strange afterlife that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. Zia goes on a Journey to find his girlfriend from his former life after discovering she has also killed herself. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who’s looking for the People in Charge, believing she’s there by mistake. Can Zia find Desiree? Where there’s death there’s hope.
In Your Eyes

Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other’s experiences, creating a bond that can’t be broken.
Ruby Sparks

A novelist struggling with writer’s block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.
The Brass Teapot 

When a couple comes across an ancient brass teapot, they discover that the object makes them money whenever they hurt themselves or each other. Now they must come to terms with how far they are willing to go, and what they are willing to lose.

Lars and the Real Girl


A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

The One I Love

A troubled couple vacate to a beautiful getaway, but bizarre circumstances further complicate their situation when they find they can see another version of their lover, but as they wish they were.
The Secretary

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns complicated, and sexual.
Lost in Translation

A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte, meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.
Safety Not Guaranteed 

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a mysterious man who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. Having won his trust, Darius must now find whether Kenneth is a lunatic or has really invented a time machine.

 

Two months and nineteen days

Until we say, I do!

With my wedding to the love of my life only a short time away, sometimes things can become pretty crazy! With the overflow of emotions and excitement, the overflow of worry about every little thing being perfect, and the check-list as long as your damn arm.

So here are my top five wedding tips!

Remember what is really important

It’s hard to always remember what is really important on your wedding day, especially  when you’ve spent so many months of preparation to make sure that everything is perfect. But when it really comes down to it, making sure that your partner is happy is number one. Looking back on your wedding day, what’s the harm in if the flowers aren’t quite right, or you have a little blemish on your chin. Have fun and remember to focus on what you are really there, to celebrate and commit your life to that special person.

Keep a wedding planner/journal

A wedding planner/journal is a great thing to buy right at the start. This way you can track dates, appointments, payments, guests, ect. With so many things that come up that you need, a good wedding planner/journal can be a life saver! From remembering to buy a wishing well, writing out a guest list, picking and choosing venues/bands/photographers, to hiring chairs, or a photo booth for that bit of fun for the guests, with a wedding planner/journal you can get down in writing everything you’re after, and keep track of where you are at.

Be weather smart

The weather is not always kind, and as you know, it cannot be 100% predictable. If you are having an outdoor wedding at the beach, or in gardens, a back up plan is always needed. Depending what season you are getting married, umbrellas or parasols are a great idea and can save you from a lot of hassle. Many venues these days will actually have a back up plan for you, such as moving the wedding inside if it starts to rain or is blowing a gale. Sunscreen is also something to think about if it’s a summer wedding. Supplying for the guests doesn’t cost much, and would be greatly appreciated on those hot days!

Prioritise your people

With large families, work colleges and old friends all wanting to be invited to your special day, sometimes it is hard to really pick and choose who is important to be there. But remember, it is your day. Surround yourself with the loved ones who you cherish the most. They are the people who in years to come will still be there to witness your growing love and life together, and the ones who really care.

Don’t fall to the pressure

Of course it is important to make sure that your guests and bridal party are as happy as possible on the day, but sometimes not everyone can be pleased with everything. Peer pressure can come from many different people and aspects around weddings. Whether is it from Bridal Shops trying to sell you something you’re just not sure on, our guests being picky about seating and food. Remember you do not have to cater or give in. Stand your ground on what you know yourself and your partner want for your day.

Red Rose Bouquet

Movie review : Jeff Who Lives at Home

Plot: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.

My thoughts: This is a fun film with lots of heart! Jeff, the main character, a stoner living at home with his mum has an obsession with following the signs and finding his destiny, and one day stumbles across it due to a wrong dial and a name, Kevin. You feel the tension between the brothers and really sense the disfunction of their family. Then there is poor mum, working her guts out to support Jeff, and herself, while along the years loosing her sense of self. That is until one day she receives a kind message from an anonymous co-worker. The failing marriage of Pat and Linda really speaks to the importance of communication, and gives a very realistic ride of emotions. All in all, I found the movie to be a nice little adventure with some fun twists along the way. The movie was well acted and filmed in a quirky way which added to the over all enjoyment of it.