Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy 21st Leena


This March I travelled to Auckland, New Zealand to celebrate my niece's 21st birthday. For Niuean people, 21st birthdays are a big deal. Families will prepare for months in advance and invitations are sent out early so that international guests can pencil in the date.

Even though this year was set aside for saving for the big move, I had to fly over for this birthday. My niece Leena is a breath of fresh air. She is artistic, creative and I love her because amongst the grind of life, she dares to dream and plan and works quietly towards achieving her dreams. That's bravery.

Leena is selfless, loving and adorably cute. She didn't want a big 21st birthday but her family insisted because it's a chance for her family to celebrate her achievements and the fact that she is growing into a beautiful woman publicly.

To my beautiful niece who braved Mildura with us; who convinced us to buy a cute little bunny and who continues to work and give and share and shine, THANK YOU for bringing goodness into our world and life. I love you beyond words and I can't wait to see what you do with your life.

My cousins made her birthday cupcakes.
My Aunties & Mum celebrating through dance and song.

My nephew Vincent painted her birthday banner inspired by Great Gatsby font.

Leena's sister and little cousin perform for her. Family & guests give money to the performers.

Worn: City Chic skirt and thrifted  sequinned embellished blouse.
Niuean Takalo (war dance)


Big Love,

Falala Mele

Friday, June 20, 2014

worn so far

1. Fave thrifted denim / Kmart top / Forever 21 scarf    2. Thrifted floral dress / purple lips / Target wedge sandle
1. Thrifted patterned blouse / purple lips $3     2. Best and Less blouse / Seraphim chain /  Hat Cabramatta 
1. Carnival casual w fluro muscle shirt from Hawaii    2. Basic face goodness
1. Denim / bindi / Uncle's beanie for birthday dress up   2. Knott flow on Sundays
So I've definitely eased off with the ootd shots. I still love getting dressed up but I'm just kinda fine with wearing it and moving on. Don't get it twisted, I still love reading blogs and looking at creatively styled ensembles but for me, it got to a point where I wanted to photograph everything.....then I kinda thought I could spend my time doing other things...like live life.

That's not to say the outfit shots will stop. Hardly. I'm just not as inspired right now so here a few shots of what I've been wearing off my humble phone. Still ridiculously drawn towards that 90's aesthetic. I love the deep lip colour, and a more casual look. Ugh it's me all over. Little effort and then I'm off.



Big love,


Falala Mele.

Since I've been gone

1. The countdown is on 2. Vivid Lights with family in Sydney 3. Sunflower in Henderson garden Mildura


I'm currently at a pit stop. You know, just taking a break. It's weird to call it that; considering I've been busy slugging away and counting down the days to London (92 days in case you're wondering). I still don't feel like I know where the first half of the year has gone and we have already hit the sixth month of the year. Feels like just yesterday when I was complaining about how life is busy and  how I felt like I was running on autopilot.

So what's new? Well a lot it would seem; because I've hardly shared anything lately so I'll try and bring you up to speed with it all.


  1. I've turned 30. Say what? 
  2. I've been offline for a while. Consider it a detox from the unnecessary amount on time spent on my fave app instagram.
  3. I'm back in Mildura teaching (amongst other places like Nowra and Sydney), it's sort of a PD in an attempt to teach in as many different classroom environments to sharpen the skills before heading into the temp environment over in London.
  4. One brother has come home and one has gone away.
  5. I'm back at it and consciously working at my optimum health and well being. Increasing the fitness and setting new goals.
  6. It's June and I don't have ticket back to New York (for the first time in 3 years so that's weird).
  7. It would appear that I'm back blogging!
  8. I have a ticket booked to London.
  9. My friend, sister and I are working on a new side project blog as a collaborative space for when we move to London together. Super excited about this.
  10. I just saw one of my most favourite groups perform live. TLC Took me back to when I would sit in my bedroom and listen to albums and dream about the possibility of life and 'growing up'.
  11. Aunties adventure to World Food Court in Chinatown with our babies. Food was AMAZING! At Thai sells whole fried fish for $10.50. Fresh, crispy perfection. I die! The link has a few recommended places to visit.



SYDNEY 1. The Pie Tin adventures in Newtown 2. Cooking sexy brunch food at home 3. Hanging with the sis Moala 


Caught up with Evie from Work It Own It Use It while in Sydney to eat dumplings in Hurstville with Moala and she said to go and watch CHEF. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE good food and food shows/movies. I LOVED the film and watching chefs handle and respond to food so I ran straight home to make something yummy. Ugh it was so good. Asian chicken with melted maasdam and brie cheese topped with an Asian cabbage salad. Fist pumping.
1. Sun soaking on a park lawn in Sydney 2. TLC with Niva 3. Birthday love with my birthday twins Aunty & Uila
SYDNEY 1. Catchups with my college boo Cica 2. Finding 1D love for Pulu & Jenny 3. College catchups continue
1. Newtown seeing this piece of Koori pride 2. Beyonce jacking my flow >.<  3. Late night train rides with my babies


What's new with you? I've missed you.







Big Love,

Falala Mele.