MONA, clothing, and other conversations

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MONA exterior

we came to hobart for a lot of small, specific reasons. i wanted to be here because i see myself in hobart more than any other city i’ve ever been to – i like that it’s small, quite isolated, and almost as close as i can get to the bottom of the world without needing to touch antarctica. charlie loves the mountains, the produce, and the shetland ponies living in the house next door to where we’re staying. aayushi grew up in auckland, so for her, tasmania has been as close she can get to being back in NZ without needing to swim over there.

regardless of all our different feelings for being here, we were all energetic when it came to MONA. for aayushi and i, going to MONA was important to how we know each other. mine and aayushi’s friendship formed around greg taylor’s piece ‘cunts… and other conversations’ (2008-9). we were at a party, filled with a limited amount of people i felt like talking to, so i forced aayushi to sit down with me. aayushi was someone that i’d wanted to be friends with for a while, so this moment was really just me finally demanding her attention. so we talked about what we both referred to as “the vagina wall” – something that turned out to mean a lot to both of us.

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‘cunts… and other conservations’. (2008-9). greg taylor

me and aayushi’s friendship formed around this wall. we talked about femaleness as something that’s been left out of history. we both felt that the vagina wall took something that’s missing from history, and forcefully inserted it into the space that it should have already been. talking about this together, at some whatever-ago party, was incredibly important to how we bonded. so seeing this wall standing side by side was really integral to us as close female friends.

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going to MONA together was really nice for all of us. i’d already been before, about a year ago, with my family and my ex-boyfriend. this time, it was nice to go over things i’d seen before with new eyes and new feelings. our day at MONA, yesterday, was the day i put the most emphasis on for this trip. i told aayushi and charlie to wear their favourite things, so we could feel our best. below are pictures of us in our nice things, with details and hobart clouds backing us up:

aayushi

charlie

me

 

yesterday was full of feeling good in who we are and how we know each other, in nice spaces, in nice things. we sang lucky star all the way home. i hope you all feel good and sing some madonna alongside your best female friends sometime this week.

 

all my love,

maddy

salamanca markets and rainbow salads

salamanca markets in hobart is a super popular tourist destination. every saturday the salamanca markets open up and the area by the bay is flooded with locals, tourists, families and dogs all searching for something fun to buy and look at. maddy, aayushi and i are currently in hobart with our friend gus and yesterday we went to the salamanca markets to get our tourist on and see what they’re all about. the markets were a mix of people selling clothes, homewares and groceries. there were also a bunch of food stalls. we wandered around for a bit looking for something to eat and we found an amazing burrito place where we each got a vegan burrito which was amazing! they also had chilli hot chocolates made with coconut milk and cinnamon which i also had and was so rich and creamy and delicious.

i found an organic grocery stall and bought some beautifully fresh kale, purple carrot and sweet potato and immediately knew what i wanted to make with it. the inspiration for this meal came from an instagram post i saw by emily from this rawsome vegan life who has an incredible blog and is a very inspiring young woman. i have followed her since i was about 18 and have always found her an inspiration. anyway, this salad is hearty and filling and full of delicious winter veggies which is good because often this is a time of year when people find it difficult to eat healthy food because we crave comfort food. also it’s bright and colourful which is super fun when it’s grey and dreary outside.

because we’re staying together, aayushi and i cooked this dinner together which was lovely. aayushi doesn’t cook much and it was a nice bonding experience to share my knowledge of food with her as we cooked. she was so excited about what we were cooking and was so keen to learn which made me feel like the food knowledge that fills my brain isn’t as useless as i thought.

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roast sweet potatoes with rainbow salad
ingredients
1 large sweet potato
1 large purple carrot
1 large beetroot
1 bunch of kale
handful of sunflower seeds
olive oil
1 cup of green lentils
2 cloves of garlic
1 green apple
4 tablespoons of hulled tahini
juice of 1 lemon
water
pepper and salt

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method
sweet potatoes:
preheat the oven to 200*c. cut the sweet potato into piece and place in a baking tray. drizzle olive oil, sprinkle with fresh pepper and salt and place in the oven. check regularly, when the underside is golden turn over and place back into the oven.

rainbow salad:
rinse the lentils and then place in a saucepan. add 2 cups of water and some salt and pepper. bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until all of the water is evaporated. then turn off and allow to cool slightly. peel and grate the carrot. grate the beetroot. wash the kale and remove the stalks. roughly chop, or not.. depends on what you like. cut the apple into little matchsticks. place the carrot, beetroot, lentils, apple and kale in a bowl. toss together and add a swig of olive oil. toast the sunflower seeds in a pan over a medium heat until golden. toss through too.

addictive and amazing tahini dressing:
mix the tahini, lemon juice, pepper, salt and some olive oil together, then add water to thin until it’s a consistency you like!

place salad over the roasted sweet potatoes and drizzle dressing over the top.

enjoy the salad! it’s super delicious and good for you and eating something tasty you’ve cooked with and for someone you love is so rewarding.

with love,
charlie xx

squeaky clean and shiny (part one)

over the next few posts you will be hearing a lot about this, but charlie, maddy and i are in hobart with our friend gus. we arrived earlier today, but to be honest we’re all already pretty worn out. getting here was wild- we had the 8 hour drive to melbourne, a few days of hectic socialising, followed by the 11 hour boat trip across the tasman. we’re here now, and everyone feels a little fragile and a lot grimy.

whether i’m at home or travelling,  one of the best things i can do to feel less like a ball of slime and more like a person is get deep into my skincare routine. it feels healing both physically and emotionally, and because travel is full of such crazy ups and downs, this is a time where skincare is both incredibly helpful and easily neglected. so over my next few posts i want to tell you about my morning and evening skincare routines, as well as giving you some skincare tips specifically related to travel.

MORNING: (exfoliate, cleanse, tone, moisturise, highlight)

the first thing i like to do in the morning is of course wash my face. i usually do this in the shower for time saving purposes and for less water splashing around purposes.

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about twice weekly, i exfoliate before i cleanse in order to get rid of any dead skin. if you’re doing a lot of hiking, or confined on a ship with yelling children for hours (me) you may want to do this more often, just as needed. currently i have been using the Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish. this product is gently scented and nicely creamy. i have quite dry skin and a gentle exfoliator is all I need to feel clean but not raw.

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once i’ve exfoliated, i follow this up with my daily cleanser. i use the La Roche Posay Lipikar Replenishing Cleansing Oil religiously. it’s marketed as a body cleanser for extremely dry, sensitive skin but i love using it on my face. like other cleansing oils, it goes on like an oil and then foams up soo nicely. it feels so luxurious but it’s really about as gentle as a cleanser can be- it’s even suitable for babies!

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after cleansing, i’ll hop out of the shower and after drying my face, immediately apply some toner. i love Kiehls so much, and their Ultra Facial Toner is so hydrating (great for winter) and really evens out my complexion.

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i like to let my toner sink in for a minute, so this is when i might put on my deodorant and perfume (s/o to Diptyque Philoskyos for making me smell like a fig). after this is my favourite step- moisturising. the La Roche Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Cream is seriously so lovely. it’s light and buildable, so one layer is great for summer but you can put it on a little thicker in winter when your skin really needs it.

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my final step is not skincare, it’s just something i love because it makes me feel shiny and also awake. i read a cosmo article (praise) where it talked about kim kardashian using the RMS Living Luminiser. that lady GLOWS so of course i had to buy some too. it’s a little speno, so really any highlighter would do, but i love that it’s all natural and also that it brings me that much closer to kim k. i apply this on my cheekbones, my cupid’s bow and on the inside corners of my eyes. it’s very subtle, but every now and then it catches in the light and it feels and looks lovely.

that’s my morning routine! it might seem long and crazy because i ramble, but it takes no time at all and is so refreshing. taking care of your skin is a really great practice for self care because it’s less about how you look and more about how you feel. so go ahead and love your pink, shiny squeaky clean selves, and i’ll be back soon with the night time version of this.

with love

aayushi