B&L Reader Survey 2015!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Hey internet friends! How are we? Pretty darn excited about today's post- I've never done anything like this before but have seen a few reader surveys popping up on blogs lately and thought it would be a fantastic idea. I am so, SO appreciative to all of you who take the time to read and comment on my posts, so I'd love to get to know a little more about my reader demographic and find out what you guys want to see more of on B&L. Hopefully, this survey will allow me to tailor my content to suit you even more in 2016! Please do take a minute to fill it out- it would help me out a ton and I'd love to get all of your opinions!

Happy New Year, and as always much love x



Saturday, 26 December 2015

Hey hi hello (and merry christmas!).  I hope you all had a lovely day with friends and family and are slowly but surely recovering from your food comas. A bit of a photo-heavy post today, documenting some hectic but incredible December adventures. It's definitely been quieter on the blog lately than I would have liked, but I had literally next to no internet for the entirety of the month thanks to a combination of rural travelling and a crappy phone plan soo this is the first chance I've had to properly sit down and write up a post! The first half of December was spent in rural India with a group of students from my uni, working on a population health audit. India has been on the top of my bucket list since forever, and it certainly didn't disappoint; both the country and people are beautiful! We stayed in Bangalore for a couple of days, then headed out to Kolar district where we stayed in a village and conducted all our fieldwork. After we finished up doing our public health work, we left Kolar district and flew to Kochi for the last few days of our trip. We stayed in a very touristy area and so we were able to do a bit of shopping and relaxing before making the trip back to Perth. All in all, it was a truly incredible trip made even better by the fabulous bunch of people I spent it with. I didn't take my DSLR with me so all of these were taken with my iPhone 4s! Hope you enjoy the photos, much love x


Friday, 27 November 2015

Heya! Today's post is SUPER EXCITING because I've teamed up with Annie from Something Swell to bring you this collab. The aim was to each customise a t-shirt! You can find my half of the collab over on Annie's lovely blog. Enjoy!


Hello all! I am so excited and honored to get to guest post here on Bramble and Lace! For this post, Zoe and I each challenged each other to share our take on a D.I.Y. t-shirt. For mine, I wanted to focus on some tongue in cheek typography on an oversized silo! This process was actually super fast and easy and would definitely make a great gift! Read on for the full tutorial!

An Iron
Fabric Paint/Paintbrush
Wax Paper

For the typography, all I did was print out the typography I wanted to display on regular printer paper (You can download the template I created here). Then I copied the typography onto wax paper (you can also use freezer paper) and cut the stencil out using scissors. I strongly recommend you using an exacto knife though, as scissors were a little labor intensive.

Next I ironed on the stencil (I placed a piece of paper on the back to make sure the paper did not stick to the iron) and made sure that it was really stuck on the fabric.

Once the stencil was securely placed I added a dollop of paint into the center of each letter and then spread it out using a flat paintbrush. I only did one coat and I wouldn't suggest doing anymore coats because you don't want the graphic to get too thick. 

Finally just dry the paint with a hairdryer until it is dry to the touch and remove the stencil!  



Monday, 16 November 2015

Good afternoon and welcome to the brand-spankin-new brambleandlace.com! I am over the moon to have finally taken the plunge to register my own domain and kiss goodbye to the old blogspot.com, as well as give ze blog a design overhaul thanks to the babes over at 17th Avenue. SO MUCH LOVE. I've been thinking about registering my own domain for a long time, and after my uni exams this week I decided this would be the perfect time to give Bramble and Lace a little refresher! I hope you like the changes as much as I do!

Aside from blog changes, life is pretty hectic but exciting. I finished my first year of uni last Thursday (!!??), and am currently recuperating before flying to India next week to work on a health audit with other Population Health students. I'll be in India for two weeks, and then the day after I get back I'm heading over to Byron with the family for 10 days. It's funny how life works out- India has been on the top of my travel to-do list since forever, and 6 months ago I never would have thought that I'd be heading there this November!

Hope your Monday is a lovely one. As always, much love x


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Hello hello!! FINALLY back with a new post after spending the last three weeks slaving over 10000 uni assignments, rip me. Another fashion post today- my last one seemed to be quite a hit and ended up being one of my most popular posts (?!). Let me know if you guys want to see more of these! Also, sorry for my dirty knees in all these photos- probably should have checked that after 10 minutes of kneeling in the dirt trying to adjust the tripod. #Bloggingproblems

Anyone following me on instagram would have already seen a sneak peak of this! A little while ago I received a lovely package from The Peach Box; to be honest I'm not normally one for minimalist jewellery, but the bracelet and necklace I was sent are fast becoming firm favourites of mine. They are such great quality, and their simplicity means they handily go with any outfit! I paired the jewellery with a patterned top and an a-line skirt, which is basically my uniform for warmer weather. The lovely people over at The Peach Box have also been kind enough to give me a discount code that you can use; use "tpb-_zoefitzgerald_" at checkout for 15% off! Because who doesn't love a discount code? 

Hope you're all having a wonderful Monday afternoon. I'm writing this inbetween finishing public health essays and trying to figure out how to vote for the council elections, yay. Adulting is hard work. BUT despite my ever-growing to-do list blogging has been at the forefront of my mind. As always, much love to you all 


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Hello loves! I'm pretty darn excited about this DIY; I've been seeing ones like this on urban outfitters and pinterest a lot lately but could never justify the prices... sooo I made my own! I'm really happy with how it turned out, it cost next to nothing and was able to be whipped up in an afternoon. Enjoy! x

1// Gather your supplies. For this DIY you will need three sticks of roughly the same length, string, paint and paintbrushes,fabric, scissors and a glue gun.

2// Begin by painting a pattern of your choice onto a stick. I stuck with a simple pattern of lines, dots and triangles.

3// If you want a more opaque finish, wait for the first coat to dry and then go in with a second coat.

4// Repeat this on all three sticks.
 5// Cut a long piece of string and tie to each end of one of the sticks- this will hold the hanging on the wall. Then cut pieces of string of the same length (mine were about 30cm, this ended up making the sticks 11cm apart once I'd tied it on) and tie the three sticks together.

6// Cut a piece of fabric the same length of the sticks and however long you want the fringe to be.

7// Cut the fabric into a fringe with fabric scissors.

8// Use a glue gun to attach the fringe to the bottom stick... and voila! You're done!


Friday, 28 August 2015

Heyyyyy guys woah it's been a while- 2 weeks feels like way too long. BUT I'm back on da internets with a new playlist of music I've been loving this past month. It's a bit of an eclectic mix this time around, and of course my number one gal Meg Mac made it on there not once but twice. Hope you enjoy- here's the link!

In other news, I've been working on a couple of pretty kewl posts which should be up sooner rather than later, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I've also getting a few people asking me on tumblr for a Q&A type thing- let me know if that's something you want to see (and leave yo questions) so we can make that happen! x


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Chicabooti turtleneck (similar), Dotti skirt (similar), vintage Levi's jacket, London Rebel shoes (similar), Cheep necklace 

HEY AMIGOS! Long time no fashion post?? After quite a few requests to do more ootd-type things on my blog, I decided I'd take the plunge and this is the result! I procrastinated SO HARD on this post that even I'm impressed... sorry to those of you who've been asking for it for a while. If you guys would like to see more of this sort of thing, for sure let me know!

I recently bought this skirt for $5 at a DFO and really love it. I wear skirts pretty much non-stop, so it was great to add this one to the collection! In other news, I've done a grand sum of nothing for the past few days- unless trawling through pinterest and drinking too much coffee are seen as legitimate pastimes. What have you all been up to? Much love x


Friday, 7 August 2015

Hola! Those of you who follow me on instagram will know that I recently came back from a week in Melbs as part of my work with a really cool organisation called Oaktree (is that shameless advertising? (yes) (bite me)). We spent a weekend at the conference, and the rest of the time going shopping and drinking too much coffee- great for me, not so great for my bank account... but HEY it's a holiday so #noragrets. As much as I love Western Australia this trip really cemented in my mind just how freaking great Melbourne is and I can't wait to go back!

The new uni semester officially started last week. I've actually managed to fall behind before tutes even started; I got all four wisdom teeth out on Monday and have been looking like too much of a chipmunk to attend most of my classes. Despite already being slightly overwhelmed, I'm really excited for my units this semester. I decided last-minute to switch out of my Anatomy unit into Political Science and International Relations, and have already fallen in love with it even though all the political jargon sounds like a foreign language to a science student like me!

Weelll that's about it for me! What have you all been up to? Much love x


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

I'm pretty sure every blogger knows the feeling of trying to update your blog design, trawling the internet for ages looking for accent fonts, only to find that all the pretty ones cost upwards of $20 (those feels). The thought of spending that money on a font when the same amount could get 5 items at the opshop means that I only ever use free fonts; but my gosh does it take ages to find any that are actually usable in a blog design. I seem to have collected quite a few free fonts over the years so thought I would share a few of my favs for all you fellow broke uni students out there! x


Friday, 10 July 2015

As someone who's been a four-eyes for the past 8 years, I can honestly say that I LOVE MY GLASSES.

I think glasses get an unnecessarily bad rep. Whenever someone finds out I wear my glasses all the time, the response is usually "that sucks". Sure, there are definitely cons to glasses-wearing (95% of school sport was spent running FROM the ball in an attempt to save my precious frames #athletic) but all in all I really do love them. Especially nowadays when there are so many pretty frames to choose from, glasses can make a real statement- as well as, you know, stopping you from tripping over miscellaneous objects every 5 seconds. 

One of my biggest problems I've encountered as a four-eyes is the fact that so many makeup tutorials just do not work with glasses. Smoky eyes? Nope. False eyelashes? Disaster waiting to happen (at a dance concert a couple of years ago I was forced to perform without my glasses because they literally did not fit over the compulsory false eyelashes. The struggle was so real.) Over the years however,  I've picked up a few tricks that will hopefully be helpful to any of you fellow glasses-wearers out there who have also struggled finding makeup tutorials that suit your frames.

Bold brows
Any makeup tutorial for glasses will tell you that having your brows on fleek is super flattering with your frames. Because your glasses provide a point of reference on your face for your eyebrows to align with, it's also unfortunately more obvious if brows are uneven than if you weren't wearing glasses.

Neutral eyeshadow + a bold lip
I find that if I try to pull off fancy eye makeup under my frames, I end up looking really top-heavy and it just doesn't work. My go-to makeup look puts more of a focus on the lip while keeping eye makeup neutral. This is especially the case with bigger, darker frames.

Highlighting the inner corner
Sometimes your eyes can get a bit lost under heavy frames. To make your eyes appear bigger, use white or light-coloured eyeliner just in the inner corner of your eyes.

Mascara over falsies
As previously mentioned, falsies are a BAD idea for glasses-wearers. They can get stuck on your frames, which is pretty much the most annoying thing ever, and I mean ever. Instead, opt for mascara on the top lash line only. I find that leaving the bottom lash line natural works really well under my frames for some reason rather than having mascara on both.

And there you have it! Let me know if any of you try these out, I would love to see how it goes. Happy Friday! x


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Notebook// Typo

Hey everyone! This post was originally destined to be a birthday haul, but seeing as I turned 18 way back in May I decided it would be better to label it as a favourite post (better later than never amiright?). I have been really loving all these products recently so thought I'd share them with you all!

The little notebook above was from two of my best friends, and is probably my favourite notebook ever because craft + stationary combo can do no wrong in my eyes! It's perfect for storing my new DIY and craft project ideas.

DIY Album Kit// Typo

I was SO EXCITED when I received this photo album/ scrapbook- I have never really done any scrapbooking but I love all the patterned paper, and I am planning to store my photographs in it instead of just having them on the computer.

Silver necklace// pandora ~ Copper necklace// sportsgirl

I have been wearing these two necklaces pretty much non-stop all month, they are really simple but so lovely. I've been trying to wear more jewellery lately, and these two are perfect.

Vanilla Embossed Candle// Unknown

Mum has imposed a candle ban in my house (you think I'm joking... unfortunately no) but I keep this candle on my bookshelf unlit and it still makes my whole room smell of vanilla. It's in such pretty packaging too, which is always a plus!

Did you have any favourite products of June? x


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Heya! Today I was lucky enough to have a meetup with one of my favourite bloggers of all time, the lovely Rachel of Lucid Stars. Not only was I super excited to meet another Perth blogger, but it was lovely to meet someone who I've known online for a good year and a half. For those of you who have yet to stumble upon Rachel's lovely blog, I would seriously recommend popping over and having a look.

We started off with lunch in a little cafe (aka bagel heaven) and then made our way to a big marriage equality rally that was taking place in the city. Unfortunately for us, as soon as we were away from any form of shelter it started raining and by the time the rally finished we were completely drenched! The wet weather certainly didn't detract from the day though, and there was such a great atmosphere to the whole event. All in all, a wonderful way to spend Sunday! x