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The Break is Up!

Hey readers! It's been a while, 54 days to be exact!

I don't even know how this break started but as the weeks flew by the lack of posting became more apparent and I have no one but myself to blame for that.

I also have no idea where to even begin explaining my absence on this blog, mind you i've still been active on Instagram only because it's the easiest thing to keep updated. I think it started with the excuse of "i'm real busy this week where am I going to find time?" to "WAIT WE'RE AT THE END OF JUNE!? SINCE WHEN?!" On one hand I feel a little bit sad that this year is gong fast but at the same time the faster the year goes the closer i'll be in Japan for a holiday (42 days and counting!)

Normally Tuesdays are my "post day" however the past few Tuesdays i've been feeling a little frustrated and lost in fear because as you know by now i'm currently learning Japanese and it's proving to be a serious challenge. The only thing thats making me go back week after week is the passion and determination I have for this. Luckily duo lingo recently added Japanese as a language to learn so now in between classes I have a good tool to practise with other than homework and it's been such a blessing considering the amount of repetition I need to retain everything. With that said if breaking down about learning Japanese is the worst thing happening to me right now I really don't have much to complain about and probably shouldn't be having a sook.

On a different note seeing as i've been away for a while i'm going to share some of my favourite snaps over the last 54 days in no particular order either. (keep in mind I also work full time haha so these were all on my days off!)

~ Went to the Van Gogh exhibition at NGV ~

~ Spent a day in Waburton and checked out the Redwood Forrest ~

~ Saw Dj Shadow live (such a good set from start to finish omg) ~

~ Celebrated my boyfriends birthday ~

~ Spent an afternoon up at Mt Dandenong ~

~ Checked out the Winter Night Markets at Queen Victoria Market (full review coming soon) ~


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The Film Dilemma

If you know me well enough you know I love collecting film cameras and shooting with them from time to time and it's been a growing passion for many years.

It all started with a $20 Pentax SLR that I found in a op shop near home. When I was in high school I used to take all sorts of photos. Every two weeks I would develop rolls of film and learn to compose photos through trial and error because I wasn't rich enough to own a DSLR and I wasn't going to make my parents buy it for me. Since owning this camera i've collected many from op shops and people have either donated unwanted film cameras or have gifted them to me so you could say I have quite the collection now haha! The picture above shows my two favourite cameras. The Pentax SLR was my first ever camera and the Yashica-D is my only camera that shoots 120 film.

Amongst the many I own i've always had a desire to have the perfect point and shoot camera, one where it has a good lens and can fit in my bag, sadly though i've never really found the one. I'm not going to lie there was a period where film was something I neglected whilst going through a rough patch but in 2015 I went to New York and met someone who inspired me to shoot film again based on his love and passion for film photography and videography which he's made into his career.

When I came home from that trip I researched and researched and then stumbled upon something that was too good to be true, the Leica AF-C1. This was their first compact auto focus camera with a 40mm f/2.8 and 80mm f/5.6 lens and I fell in love. Now I know it's not in the P&S market with the Olympus MJU cameras and the Minolta cameras but seeing the photos people have taken from this camera made me impulse buy it. Within a week it came in the mail and the camera was surprisingly in mint condition

Isn't it beautiful!?  That same day I bought batteries and film, the camera turned on like normal and also rolled the film to the first shot like normal and at this point i'm thinking "I didn't pay much for this and it's still working!? I've hit the jackpot!!". When I took it out to test shoot however something horrible happened, I took my first shot and the film didn't wind to the next shot which was odd. I thought I was doing something wrong and tried again but it still didn't wind so at this point I knew it was too good to be true like mentioned earlier.About a year has passed since i've really used it and in the year thats past I kept telling myself i'll get it repaired but unfortunately the cost to repair it is too expensive for what it's worth which sucks. Whilst contemplating whether or not I get it repaired i've been hunting for another P&S to have and last week I found the one, this time I mean it when I say THE one! I might have mentioned it in my last blog post haha but i'm really excited about this one because unlike the Leica it's fully working and is real tiny.
This camera is the Fujifilm DL Super Mini/Tiara Cardia Mini and it was imported from Japan. There are no manuals online and I know there was a difference between this one and the Tiara II which was more common. Easiest way to tell the difference is the first Tiara has Fujifilm written on the front and the second has Tiara II written instead. The strap I believe was also slightly different between the two models. This has a 28mm f/3.5 lens and a ton of amazing features. I've loaded my first film that I haven't finished yet but you best believe when I get these shots back i'll be doing a review on the film used as I have never used this particular brand before.After all this I finally have my perfect P&S camera. I cannot wait to shoot away with different films again and showcase my most loved shots in future blog posts. This camera is the start of more exciting things to come and I cannot wait.E.
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Air Tokyo

Let's throwback to this time last year.

One night I was at home browsing online for new clothes or inspiration for new ways to dress clothing items, in particular a new bomber jacket. At the time I think bomber jackets were in and so I was on the hunt for something more than just your average bomber, my leather jacket 
(which I wore almost everyday since 2009) was also coming to a end so a jacket upgrade was needed. After a long night of aimless browsing I stumbled upon the ultimate hype beast bomber called the "Air Tokyo Bomber". I was in love and also keen for pay day so I could buy this. Two days later I was telling my partner about this wonderful new jacket and to my surprise he bought it for me that same night.

When he bought this bomber he liked it so much he bought one for himself too. My size was a mens small but the tag said L and my partner bought a mens large but his tag said XL. A few weeks later it came in the mail and mine fitted perfectly but unfortunately his was a little small. If you know me this jacket has easily become my favourite jacket of all time but my poor boyfriend had to send his back and get the next size up which took ages to send away and get back, he eventually got the biggest size available back where the tag said XXL but never got a chance to wear it because I was wearing mine too much (whoops).

A whole year has passed and for me this jacket has been though thick and thin, it's been through crazy nights out, music festivals and even Japan. People comment on it all the time and I have grown to love this jacket so much. In the year thats passed i've also built up quite the jacket collection so now i've been rotating between multiple jackets instead of wearing this one, which now brings me to today.

Today I decided to get ramen in the city and look for a new point and shoot film camera however the weather was being unpredictable. My partner decided today was the day, this was it, he was going to bust out his bomber and it was going to look great. He takes the tag off and puts it on but you know what things change in a year. His hard work at the gym has paid off, which is great and i'm really proud, but now the bomber is too small for him and sits too high. Not knowing what to do with the jacket anymore he decided to give it to me which I feel really bad about it but now I have two sizes of the same jacket - one for everyday and another for layering like the photo above.

It's funny how the clothes I wear have these grand stories behind them but I think to me thats what makes them special. Starci I am so sorry this doesn't fit you (damn tiny sizing!) but your kindness never ceases to amaze me and we will find your perfect bomber I promise.
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Typical Tuesday

Tuesday is the one day per week i'm guaranteed off work to go to Japanese lessons. It's also the one day of the week where I get to have a little fun and make the most of the time I have before and after class.

It's also the one day where I get to play around with fun outfits and put a little effort into how I look from fun eyeshadow colours to funky clothing items because I actually have time in the morning haha! If in the future outfit posts end up Tuesdays you now know why.

On a typical day i'd normally be sleeping in and making my signature avocado on toast whilst watching Naruto. Today however my partner and I decided to check out a great brunch spot called Higher Ground on Little Bourke St. If you haven't been here before I highly recommend it, especially because they have so many good dishes to choose from and make a wonderful Dirty Chai! The architecture inside is so stunning and has such a modern feel to it.

 (Pictured above: Kale and Cauliflower Salad, Miso, Almond Hummus, Avocado, Poached Eggs, Salted Seeds)

After brunch we decided to do our normal stroll around the city before class. Normally it would include going to pop culture stores, places we may need to buy something from and also a stop at a asian supermarket to have our weeks Boss Canned Coffee!!

Today's outfit was a simple one although one of my favourite pair of shoes lately have definitely been my converse x comme des garçons shoes I picked up on my birthday. For some reason I went into the store wanting one thing and came out with these instead but they were limited so I couldn't refuse, I even got two free perfume samples that are still lasting me so I can't complain at all!

I'm going to be honest, after Japanese Class I always end up feeling confused, lost and unsure if learning a second language is something i'll properly achieve. Learning a second language can be tricky, especially Japanese, but I haven't quit yet which must mean i'm doing something right.

Typically after class if I haven't made plans to catch up with friends I spend the rest of the day watching anime and chilling out before another day of work.

You're probably wondering - why is Elysa making a post about Tuesday? For me each Tuesday means i'm one step closer towards reaching my goal, it's also the one day of the week that gives me constant motivation to work towards a happier future. I'm sure when I reach my goal i'll read through these old posts and laugh but for now the most I can do is try nail Hiragana and hope for the best.

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World Gone Mad

I'm going to be honest here - I have no idea where my growing obsession with BAPE came from.

Many years ago I used to see the shark hoodie everywhere and always wondered where it was from and the brand name. On my first trip to Japan I was trying to find an Apple Store (for free wifi of corse), got lost in some random outside mall and then stumbled upon A Bathing Ape in Shibuya. It was one of those moments where I didn't regret getting lost at all even though the reason I needed free wifi was to download maps to get somewhere else haha! I'm starting to realise now 2013 Elysa was a hot mess.

My first thought was "they have an entire rainbow lit floor with shoes thats AMAZING" and then I ventured into the store and realised at the time perhaps i'll save some money and return. Instead I was like "if I can't buy anything may as well take some photos to document it"

(seriously though how cool is this floor!?)

Fast forward to today I can't stay off their website and it's a problem because i'm going back to Japan in August and I have no self control. I even bought this damn face mask purely to have a BAPE ascetic who am I. I've even rubbed my obsession onto my boyfriend and other friends copping BAPE stuff in Japan as we speak AAHHHH!

Okay i'm going to stop here, if you made it through this rant congratulations! 

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