Little Lupin Photo

Melbourne’s been my home for a good few months now, but it’s taken a while for me to fall in love with it. I’ve been in and out of jobs like no-one’s business, mostly skint, and I just can’t seem to find routine. I also spent a month over Christmas at home, so it’s been very hit and miss.

Little Lupin coffee photo

But I’m just starting to feel the Melbourne groove. I bought a bike, and I’m really enjoying whizzing through the streets, going for coffee (we all know Melbourne is known for it’s coffee) and getting occasionally caught in a downpour.

Little Lupin photo bike

Whilst I’ve not taken nearly as many photos as I normally would have done over the last few months, here’s a few faves from Melbs adventures so far.

Smith & Daughters.

Little Lupin Smith and Daughters Photo

A Mexican Vegan Canteen with food that left me puzzled as to how it could be Vegan. Beautiful, pink haired, tattooed lady staff (girl crush siren), a ridiculously awesome Latin Madonna vibe and delicious food. Winner.
Located on Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

Original Keith Haring Wall.

Little Lupin Keith Haring Photo Melbourne

I stumbled across this one day when I was wandering around trying to find a new book to buy. Pretty cool.
Located in Collingwood.

Naked For Satan.

Little Lupin Naked for Satan Melbourne

A rooftop tapas bar with expensive wine, but an excellent view.
Located on Brunswick st.

David Hockney Exhibition at the NGV.

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Say no more. Mostly pieces that he has drawn on his iPad, which amazes me as the man’s about 80 years old. I’m all about the colour combos. Big fan.
Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria

The Australian Open.

Little Lupin Australian Open

Not normally a sport fan, but I felt that I couldn’t miss an opportunity to go to the Aus Open. And it was SO GOOD. Maybe I’m gonna start playing tennis…

Slowpoke Espresso.

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Slow Monday morning coffee vibes. Nice Granola.
Located on Brunswick st, Fitzroy.

Fitzroy Gardens.

Little Lupin Fitztroy Gardens

At one with tree. Tranquil, beautiful green space near our house. Melbourne really can’t be beaten when it comes to parks.

So I’ve still got a lot to explore, you’ll notice most of these things are on Brunswick st/Fitzroy – which is conveniently near where I live. I’ve a lot more touristy things to do here. But so far, so good.

Welcome to the bad luck club 


Little lupin bad luck club

So, I’m a superstitious person, yes that’s true. BUT I had not realised the actual power of a broken mirror. I’m now low key freaked out.


Last sunday, I shut my window which had a mirror balancing on the ledge, and it fell and broke much to my dismay (seriously, that little mirror has travelled 12 countries and countless festivals with me). Oh no! 7 years bad luck! My boyfriend laughed it off, little did he know…


Fast forward a week later and there’s been a few mishaps. They say bad luck comes in threes. Well…


little lupin car photo
      1. The car broke down on the way to the great ocean road. It 100% died. On the motorway somewhere random an hour away from Melbourne. We managed to get it to a train station, but of course the train was a coach replacement, and of course it was late, and of course it took twice as long.


      1. I had a beautiful job in a hip little cafe in Fitzroy. They haven’t been that busy though, and therefore I lost that beautiful job. Bye free coffee, bye kimchi pancakes (sob).


      1. To put the icing on the cake… I found a new job working on an apple farm through a lovely friend. I work up yesterday with a swollen face the size of china because I’m allergic to my new job on the apple farm.


little lupin train track

And so.
JOY. All about that PMA though (see prev. post). You’ve got to laugh, or else you’d cry (sobs into cup of tea after dropping a biscuit in it).
Also, I’m not listening to any of the inspirational quotes that say ‘you make your own luck’, or any of that crap. I’m sticking my middle finger up to luck, accepting it’s been a bad week for it, and I’m carrying on.

How to start an art collection: A novice’s guide

Art, Design / Typography

So, you like art. Maybe you go to some museums, you read some blogs, you follow some interesting people on Instagram. Maybe you read some books. But where and how do you go about hanging art on your walls? Actual art, not just something printed off sneakily at work from Pinterest, or an ikea postcard of something pretty (guilty on both accounts).

Well, after having a chat with online art platform Invaluable, I started to think a bit more about this. How would I, as an artist, go about creating an art collection? What tips would I give? Where would I begin?

So here you go, my tips on starting an art collection.

1. Firstly, what do we class as art?

Not meaning to get deep on the first subject, but it had to come first really. I have tonnes of shit on my wall – flyers from gigs, coffee shop loyalty cards, stickers from a tattoo shop. These, in my opinion are all art – despite their purpose. To get technical, Art is defined as,

“The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

So my first tip would be to collect things that you like. Don’t think that just because someone gave it to you on the street, you can’t frame it and class it as art.

2. Find artists you like

And buy from them directly. I am inspired by a lot of self made artists that I find and follow through Instagram. Many of them work for brands and businesses to make their bread and butter, but they also have a blog, or an online shop where you can buy their original prints. Buying from them directly means that the money goes to them, and it’s a personable, lovely transaction. Plus, you get to keep something really special by an artist you’ve coveted for a while.

Here’s a couple of artists that I am feeling inspired by recently… (you can see the theme of beautiful portraits of ladies, right?)


Image sourced from @andsmilestudio Instagram 

Ella Masters

Image sourced from @_ellamasters_ Instagram 

Laura Bernard

Image sourced from @laurabernard_illustration Instagram 

Emma Block 

Image sourced from @emmablockillustraion Instagram 

The Ink Draw

Image sourced from @theinkdraw Instagram 

3. Antique shops & craft fairs

Browsing antique shops, vintage warehouses and craft fairs are some of my favourite past times. You never know what you’re going to find – and if you go in with an open mind then you never know what is going to catch your eye either. Never mind bagging a bargain, these pieces have more character than you can shake a stick at.

4. The Internet

Now we’re down to the nitty gritty – buying art online. Where, it must be said a lot of people probably begin. You can start small with something like Etsy, or go big with a place like Invaluable. Are you looking for big bucks, famous art – or something personalised, or to shop local? Whatever you want, there is 100% a website for that.

5. Make your own

Get some crayons, paint, paper, felt – whatever tickles your fancy, and carve some time out to be creative. It doesn’t matter if you ‘can’t draw’. Art can be anything your heart so desires (refer to point 2). And isn’t it great to hang your own masterpiece on the wall?

There you go – I hope this inspired you to go out and find some art, build on your current collection… or start one. Art is good for the soul.

Pastel buildings, Colombia

Pastel houses and balconies of dreams

Design / Typography, travel, Uncategorized

Wandering the streets and looking up from my phone is a fave activity of mine. I’m really into these colour palletes – dreamy pastels with 70’s vibes and flowers growing wild out of balconies.

Below is a nice little selection of beautiful houses, balconies, flowers, colours that caught my eye whilst I’ve been travelling. Must.Stop.Taking.So.Many.Photos. But somethings are just too lovely not to document.

Houses from… Cartegena (Colombia), Caye Caulker (Belize), Copan (Honduras), and Newtown (Current residence, Sydney).

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Illustrations and friends


Hola from Chile! We’ve been travelling for two months now through South America, and you can follow those updates at !

Anyhow, before I left I gave myself a project of making postcards for my friends, with illustrations of us on them as a kind of farewell project. I loved doing each and every one! I’ve always loved art and my New Years resolution this year (even though I don’t like them all that much) is to do more art, instead of just liking to look at it.

So here’s a few of the illustrations of myself and my lovely friends…


perfect hair illustration

A little bit of drawing


Hello blog it’s been a long old time.

Lots has been changing in my life! I quit my job to travel the world for a bit. I leave in November to wander around South & Central America for 6 months before heading to Australia to find a job! The closer it gets, the more nervous I am. However the restlessness in my mind won’t go away and now really is the time to explore the world!

Also, I have been training to run the Robin Hood half marathon at the end of September, and whilst doing this I have suffered a fracture in my ankle from running too much. I’ve never broken a bone in my body and it would just be that by trying to make my body better, I’ve made it worse! So I’m on crutches for a couple of weeks.

So because I’ve had to be off my feet, I’ve found more time to do some drawing which I love! Here’s a couple of examples.

Self portrait

Emmy self portrait with flower crown

Happy dog

happy dog illustration

Perfect hair

perfect hair illustration

Just because

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