Lately

Hi!! This is just a little update on some of the things I’ve been up to recently. I’ve been super busy (in a good way) and flitting all around Adelaide for work/study/interning/volunteering/socialising/all of the things.

I have a LinkedIn page where I store a lot of this kind of stuff but I thought it might be handy to compile a little list here of what I’ve been writing, for my small but supportive little readership. I’ve hyperlinked everything so you can click through and see/read/lol at everything, too.

I was part of feud mag‘s Adelaide Fashion Festival coverage which was a hoot. I think we provided some insights that were kind of unique in their honesty, but also got down to the nitty gritty of the actual fashion stuff as well. See for yourself here.

I won a street style competition at the end of 2015 for an outfit that I wore to the Adelaide Fashion Festival. I beat out a whole heap of very fashuuun people, which was a bit funny. I won a massive batch of Happy Socks, which I looooove, and a photoshoot with Cocktail Revolution and Liza Emanuele and Regina Sole Queen.

I created a photo essay for feud about the month I spent living and studying in London last year. It’s no secret that I found this time pretty difficult, but it was also one of the best things I’ve ever done so I hope that comes across.

I’ve also done some fashion interviews with local designers for feud. Rosie and Jo from O, Speak are just about the loveliest gals ever and make the cutest frankie-esque gear. You can read our interview here. Felix from Sasso Imèl was super generous and gave us phone covers after I interviewed him, so he’s automatically in my good books. But the stuff he makes from recycled shade cloth materials is pretty nifty, too.

I finally submitted to Empire Times, Flinders Uni’s student mag! I wrote a poem about my body image and it got published in the first 2016 issue.

Finally, (I think..?) I’m interning at CityMag which is basically a dream come true. The team is so supportive and lovely and really bloody cool. So far I’ve pitched a tonne of articles, researched and hooked up interviews and written an article a week for them so the experience is certainly very hands-on (yippee!) I wrote about a charming new bakery in Adelaide’s inner suburbs and the beautiful couple that own it here, some locally-made vegetable-tanned leathergoods here, and charted the career path of one of Adelaide’s best tele producers and now GM of Channel 44 here.

 

Phew! So yep, that’s that for now. I’m always busy, but always keeping an eye out for other writing/comm.s opportunities, so if you have one for me you can shoot me an email at lauren.reid@live.com

You can also keep up with my daily to-ings and fro-ings on Instagram @bigshoestofill if you’re interested.

Lxx

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Book nook update!

Goodness me, it’s been well over a year since I told you what I’ve been reading! Sorry for leaving it so long. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a bit busy and feeling a bit hot and cold about blogging this year. But I’ve decided to give you a little update on what I’ve loved reading in 2015 (apart from the many, many journal articles I’ve read for Uni).

 

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Now, I know Eat, Pray, Love has become a bit of a divisive one in many a book club and friendship group, but hear me out here. I’m a bit of an artsy fartsy, creative type but I’m also a bit of a realist. I love to delve into big ideas and the expanses of my imagination, but I also need structure and routine and a good ol’ kick up the ass when I’m getting carried away. This book manages to strike a great balance between all of these things. Liz’s voice is so clear and so kind as well, so it was like having a sassy big sister sharing her worldly wisdom with me. For anyone who’s a combo of analytical/rational and creative/imaginative like I am, this one’s a winner.

Craft for the Soul – Pip Lincolne

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Craft for the Soul is the perfect companion for Big Magic. There are some overlaps, but in a good way – just enough to solidify those ‘aha!’ moments but not too many that they’re regurgitating each other. Pip Lincolne is one of my favourite bloggers (Gilmore Girls!!) so to have an actual physical piece of her work and compilation of her craft projects, recipes and advice makes me so happy. Suss out Meet Me At Mike’s first for a taste of Pip’s awesomeness.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

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I picked this up at Dymocks on one of their 3 for 2 deal days because it had won or been shortlisted for a lot of awards and it had a cute cover and the blurb sounded good and I was feeling impulsive. About 50 pages in and I was regretting this decision. This was a bit of a problem book for me for quite a while; it frustrated me. But theeeeeen I got over the fact that I wasn’t necessarily going to love the characters because maybe I wasn’t meant to, and I started to engage with the ideas that the book was raising and the way that the narrative was being constructed and I got totally hooked. It’s not a light-hearted, fun ride, but it’s worth it. Good for people interested in psychology/sociology/philosophy/biology/nature vs nurture debates.

Funny Girl, A Long Way Down & How to be Good – Nick Hornby

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This year I traded a little part of my Australian winter for a British summer and flitted off to London to study Shakespeare (tough life, I know). While I was there, I went to an author talk by Nick Hornby at Kingston University and I bought a whole stack of his books to get signed beforehand. Apart from seeing About a Boy, I wasn’t very familiar with Nick’s work, or even Nick himself until this point, but I’d heard good things and my hopes were high. Like many authors, Nick was quirky and a teeny weeny bit belligerent but totally honest and completely fascinating. I loved it. The three books of his that I read (listed above) were all very simple on the surface but raised lots of tough questions and were full of wry observations and wit. Would definitely recommend if you’re after a speedy read but don’t want to feel patronised by the author or dumbed-down by the banality of the story.

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

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When I was in high school we read Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, and I found it enthralling but really difficult to ‘get’. The Secret Life of Bees had all the beauty and wonder and mystery and brutality that I loved in Allende’s writing but I ‘got’ it a lot quicker. It’s such a classic, and one I’ll recommend to everyone, forever. There isn’t much more I can say about it really. Just read it, if you haven’t already. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to it!

So they’re all my faves that I can think of for now! I’ll try and update you again soon, as I’ve got another big stack of novels to get through over the summer holidays. Speak soon, lovelies!

Lxx

The three reasons why you need to visit the Winter Garden

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Is it just me, or is Adelaide starting to get some of its mojo back? For the past few years, the coolness that characterises Mad March has seemed to continue a little longer into the year, and I reckon this year it’s still hangin’ around as we speak. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival‘s Winter Garden is just one of the many funky little spots for Adelaide’s quirky/funky/artsy/b-grade celebrity folk to hang at the moment. I was there last night to see The Boswell Project perform, and really loved the atmosphere of the place. Think The Garden of Unearthly Delights, but all grown up. Here are the top three reasons why I think every Adelaide local (or visitor) needs to give it a try:

1. The food and wine

The Winter Garden has a small amount of quality foodie stalls, with Beyond India my top pick, and Jack Ruby a close second. Finally, an event organiser has recognised that not everyone wants to get sloshed before/after a show (although at the Coopers Bar, you can do that too) and Abbots and Kinney‘s coffee and bite-sized baked goods are a welcome inclusion to the garden.

2. The music

Last night I heard gypsy violins as I was going into my show, and a funky Cat Empire-style brass and drum band on my way out. You can plonk yourself down in the Winter Garden and have a really diverse night of listening and leave it at that, or you can use it to try before you buy tickets to some of the best musos of the Cabaret Festival (and beyond).

3. The people watching

Oh, the people watching. Drag queens, retirees, bright young things decked out in vintage and local (especially Advertiser) journos abound. There might be more hiding inside Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunity (in support of the Hutt St Centre), which is parked between the stage and the food stalls and is definitely worth a look for a hidden gem or twenty. My Mum insists she saw Boy George heading towards the Winter Garden last night, but I was unable to track him down so cannot categorically confirm or deny his presence.

 

So there you have it! Come on Adelaide, don’t be put-off by the cold and drizzle and keep Adelaide’s coolness on a roll! Get your fine selves along to the Winter Garden and have a grand ol’ time.

Lxx

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