6 Geelong cafes you need to try this weekend

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Geelong has really stepped up their brunch game over the last few years, with cute little cafes popping up left right and centre.

So here’s a guide to 7 of the best cafes and what you should try at each one!

  1. King Of The Castle – um the Croissant Benny, are you kidding me, pork crackle with breakfast, don’t mind if I do!
  2. Freckleduck – Baked ricotta & blueberry hotcake is to die for!
  3. The Village Door – round up the troops and head to The Village Door on pako for THE BEST brekky platter you will every lay your eyes on.
  4. Southside – the guys at Southside make the best coffee to go with an even better acai bowl!
  5. Neighbour Geelong – you’ll get some of the greatest and I mean the GREATEST slow cooked eggs here, sometimes simple does the trick!
  6. Little Green Corner –  Try the winter veggie stack on sourdough and you will leave with the warmest (and fullest) of bellies!

image credit – King Of The Castle

5 things I learnt travelling Europe with my partner

Anybody who tells you that travelling with your partner is nothing but smiles and great times is lying – kind of.

My partner and I have been on two overseas trips together, and my word you learn some things along the way.

  1. One of you is always right.
    ‘No it’s definitely that way”, “I’m pretty sure we take this train and we’ll make our way back to the hotel” –  This is a reoccurring theme on a couples holiday, you both think you know exactly where you’re going when in reality you have absolutely no clue where you are and are just too scared *cough* PROUD* cough to ask a foreigner for directions.
  2. Paris is the city of arguments, not the city of romance
    When you think Paris you think beautiful nights by the Eiffel Tower, feeding each other strawberries and champagne – this was not the case. I may or may not have made us miss the final train back to London because I wanted to spend a little bit more time at Disneyland ( a girl has to live out her childhood fantasy, am I right? Apparently not; tears were shed and voices were raised in the middle of the Gard Du Nord because we were supposed to check into our accommodation in London and would now have to spend money we didn’t exactly have on a new hotel in Paris – luckily we can now look back on it and think was it really such a big deal having to spend an extra night in Paris? I don’t think so.
  3. He is incredibly patient and I’m incredibly highly strung.
    We only had two short weeks in Europe and I wanted to make the most of it. This meant scheduling everything down to the last millisecond to utilise our time wisely and I would have some fully-fledged meltdowns if it didn’t go according to plan. He would calm me down and remind me that we are lucky enough to be on this trip and that it’s not the end of the world if we didn’t see some monument that had been there for thousands of years because it’ll be there for thousands more and ‘we’ll be back one day’.
  4. How important it is to take a little time for yourself
    This one was hard for me, I hate being on my own especially in a foreign country. But to make sure you we didn’t come back hating one another, we were sure to take an hour or so a day to chill on our own, whether it was laying in bed at our hotel or heading off to explore a little on your own.
  5. You see them in a totally different light
    I think it was halfway through our trip and we were in Berlin when I realised, holy shit I really love this boy for wanting to see the world with me, for wanting to explore places so beautiful not a picture would do it justice, and to want to do it together.

Most importantly, regardless of the copious amounts of arguments that were had over directions, we both learnt that we could travel the world together and not want to rip each others heads off by the time we came home – to the point where we were already planning our next trip on the flight home!

Meet the girls making fitness relatable

Sadly, a staggering 89 per cent of Australian women hate the way the look and lack any form of confidence.

A statistic that has only grown since the powerful world of social media made its impression on today’s society.

Too many young woman, and men, compare themselves to the ‘models’ they see on their instagram feeds – with their posed photos, perfect lighting and photoshopped bodies.

So it has been a breath of fresh air to see two Geelong based girls sharing their fitness journey in the realest and most relatable way over social media.

Lauren and Sharee co-manage an instagram account called @freshkinicomp, a page they started to show others what it was like during the good days and the bad days of a fitness journey.


“For me, it’s all about helping females feel confident again and loving themselves, not someone they aspire to be on their phone wallpaper,” says Lauren.

Lauren has been a personal trainer since the age of 19 and now owns her own gym, Toning Fitness, and Sharee is a nutritionist and trainer who used to suffer with an eating disorder.

Sharee describes herself as “a body-positive warrior who is learning to love my body no matter what stage it’s at, I find that a huge deal since I use to battle with an eating disorder,” – an attribute she is trying to teach her clients and those who follow their journey on instagram.

While maintaining their own healthy lifestyles, they are both incredibly passionate about helping other woman to reach their fitness goals and empowering them no matter what size or shape they may be.

“From 16 to 23 my fitness habits went up and down like a yo-yo – gain weight, lose weight – and it wasn’t until I got engaged that I really worked hard at my fitness and kept it a lifestyle! It takes a lot of starting and stopping until you get sick of starting before it becomes a true lifestyle,” says Sharee.

“I was actually a school teacher before this and struggled with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and when I changed my diet my whole fitness excelled, I want to help others who are struggling to lose weight from exercise alone,” she says.

Lauren and Sharee had only been working together for a few weeks when Sharee asked her if she wanted to do a “Bikini Competition” with her, a fitness and physique competition for women.

Instead of just training without others knowing and keeping it to themselves, they decided to start their instagram page, which has gained nearly 700 followers since late March.

“We train females together at Toning Fitness and we share everything with our clients, we did this for them and for anyone else thinking of starting a Bikini Comp for the first time,” says Lauren.

“We wanted to show them what it was like during the good days and the bad days and how dedicated you have to be, because let’s be honest, no one knows how hard it actually is just by seeing posed photos on instagram,” says Sharee.


So far the girls have been doing 5 weight sessions per week; they run for about 2hours (including 15min booty activation warm up and a 15min walk at the end).

They have a coach who sets a meal plan that has only slightly changed since they started.

“We are moving into the last 9 weeks which will change drastically, but we are blissfully unaware just how much. We know we have some interval training cardio soon and carbs will decrease as well,” say the girls.

Going through such a gruelling process that takes a lot of physical and mental strength can be difficult on your own, so both the girls are extremely grateful to have the other to lean on during their preparation. 

“We get along so well and see each other for about 2-3hrs every day. I couldn’t imagine doing this without her, we keep each other extremely motivated which has been the real award. I have someone that understands everything I am going through to get  stage ready,” says Lauren.

Both Lauren and Sharee did not expect the amount of support and praise they have received since starting Freshkinicomp and they love that others appreciate their vision of empowering themselves and others to love their bodies.

“We are so overwhelmed by the love we are getting from Instagram, we are just being ourselves and the followers just keep coming. We don’t wear makeup, we don’t try make ourselves look pretty before gym or during weight lifting, we just film, be ourselves 24/7 and hope that everyone likes it,” says Lauren.

“Yes, sometimes people think we are robots, we are just human and it is just as hard for us,” says Sharee.

Lauren and Sharee hope that after they finish their competition they they can continue to motivate others and maybe go into the coaching world themselves.

Their parting words for those who want to make a change or are really struggling with where they’re at physically and mentally in their fitness journey are:

“Stay consistent! Motivation will come and go but if you make a plan, when you do have motivation and stick to it no matter what, then you can achieve your goals.”

Follow the girls on Instagram to keep up to date with the final weeks of their preparation!


15 Iconic 2000’s Emo Songs That Every Former Emo Kid Secretly Still Loves

You may have thrown out your skinny jeans and extremely regrettable band shirts, but we all know emo never dies. Let this ultimate 2000’s emo nostalgia playlist take you back to the days when My Chemical Romance lyrics took over your Myspace, your Converse were covered in lyrics and your parents just didn’t get why you needed another studded belt.


  1. Famous Last Words – My Chemical Romance 
    Arguably the most emo band of all time, bringing us classics such as The Black Parade and Helena? It’s hard to listen to this without wanting to reach for the black eyeliner.


  1. Misery Business – Paramore

Every hairdresser in Australia has seen a photo of Hayley William’s hair from this music video during peak emo season (circa 2009 – 2011).


  1. Where the City Meets the Sea – The Getaway Plan 

It’s been over a decade since this song was released and it’s an undeniable fact that it’s still a banger.


  1. Weightless – All Time Low

Admit it – you’ve made a New Year status or Myspace update that says “maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s gonna be my year”.


  1. Jamie All Over – Mayday Parade

You can say your emo days are all behind you, but the moment this song starts it’s the ultimate nostalgia trip back to reading fan-fiction after school and wishing they’d bring Warped Tour to Australia.


  1. I Caught Fire – The Used

We all melted for The Used.

  1. Princess – Short Stack

Say what you will about Short Stack, but you definitely still know the words to this. You could even say they’re contagious.


  1. Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy

Who could forget Pete Wentz and the incredibly fast, confusing lyrics of Patrick Stump. But more importantly, Pete Wentz.


  1. Adam’s Song – Blink-182

Adam’s Song, or as I like to call it, the song you listen to while looking out the window of the school bus dramatically pretending your life is a movie.


  1. I’m Just A Kid – Simple Plan

I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare (plot twist: I’m an adult and it’s still a nightmare).


  1. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At The Disco

Almost ten years later, and still sad that Ryan Ross left Panic! At The Disco.


  1. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

The song that made violins emo.


  1. Ohio Is For Lovers – Hawthorne Height

What kind of emo playlist would this be if we didn’t include Hawthorne Heights?


  1. Shake It – Metro Station

Well, this one isn’t entirely emo but it’s too good not to have as an honourable mention.


  1. I Don’t Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem) – Good Charlotte

The ultimate high school break-up song.

Written by Amanda Lousie

Amanda Louise is a writer and photographer based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can view more of her work at http://amandalouise.squarespace.com/

Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ is a must-see

Hannah Gadsby realised she had forgotten to come out to her Grandma when she was asked if she had a boyfriend. She told her grandmother that she didn’t have time for boyfriends. Plural.

The Australian comedian shares this story and many others in her Netflix standup special ‘Nanette’. The show, being praised around the world, takes a deep look at gender, sexuality and abuse, whilst putting society’s general presumptions and views under the magnifying glass.

Hannah shares her experiences of growing up in a small town in Tasmania, coming to terms with her homosexuality and living in a state where homosexuality was illegal until 1997, or as she describes, “not long enough ago”.

Hannah has the audience in laughter with her observations and one-liners. However, this laughter unexpectedly turns into tears of sadness and shock as Hannah shares her inner turmoil and devastating experiences. But, as heartbreaking as Hannah’s story is at times, she reminds the audience that she is not a victim.

The multi award-winning comedian is known for her stand up shows and for appearing in television shows such as ABC’s Adam Hills Tonight and Josh Thomas’ Please Like Me.

During ‘Nanette’, Hannah takes the opportunity to announce that she will be quitting her comedy career due to the toll that her self-deprecating humour has taken on her life.

“I have built a career out of self-deprecating humour… and I simply will not do that anymore, not to myself or anybody who identifies with me. Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it comes from somebody who already exists in the margins? It’s not humility, it’s humiliation.”

One moment you will be laughing at Hannah’s jokes and the next, your heart will be dropping through your stomach as she reveals personal stories and experiences; the Sydney Opera House audience so quiet, you could hear a pin drop.

After ten years of standup comedy, Hannah seriously started to question her comedy career after her mother told her,

“The thing I regret is that I raised you as if you were straight… I knew well before you did that your life was going to be so hard… I made it worse because I wanted you to change, because I knew the world wouldn’t”

Hannah reveals her own experiences of rape, child abuse and physical attacks; the latter, a gendered attack because she was seen as “incorrectly female” by her attacker.

It is moments like these where Hannah jerks you out of your laughter and reminds the audience of the still prevalent violence, stereotypes and discrimination against the LGBTQI community.

She also takes aim at people’s obsession with the reputation of men such as Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, not the woman who they allegedly abused.

Hannah tells the audience that she didn’t come out to her Grandma because she is still ashamed of who she is.

“The closet can only stop you from being seen, it is not shame-proof”.

Hannah Gadsby wants her story heard; she would have given anything to hear a story like her own.

“Diversity is strength… There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself”.

‘Nanette’ is completely deserving of the praise and awards it is receiving around the world and is a must-see. It is a smart, witty and at times, tragic reflection on Hannah’s life and the hardships she, and many others still face today.

‘Nanette’ is available to stream on Netflix.


Written by Greta Lannen

10 Instagram accounts you should be following right now

Sick of seeing your best mate’s smashed avo or all of your friends getting engaged and having babies all over the gram? Spice up your insta feed with these must see accounts!

1. Comments by Celebs (@commentsbycelebs)

If you love celebrities as much as I do, then this account is right up your alley. ‘Comments by Celebs’ is my absolute favourite Instagram page at the moment. Run by Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer, they document the hilarious interactions of celebrities, their followers and celebrity friends, “because even famous people love famous people”. Featuring Twitter and Instagram activities from celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen, the Kardashians/Jenners, the Fab Five from Queer Eye, John Mayer, Paris Hilton, Ariana Grande, Seth Rogen and every celebrity in between. With over 500,000 followers even celebrities are stoked to make an appearance.

2. Uncanny Annie (@uncannyannieblog)

Annie Nolan, otherwise known as Uncanny Annie, is an all-round Australian legend. Animal-lover and mum to three kids, Annie is a disability advocate, animal advocate, women’s advocate and LGBTQI advocate, just to name a few. Her fabulous style (checkout the suit she wore to the 2016 Brownlow medal), cute kids and crew of interesting animals make regular appearances on her account. She is also the co-host of the podcast ‘We Want To Be Better’ with bestie Bianka Thompson.

3. The Betoota Advocate (@betootaadvocate)

Everybody’s favourite Australian satirical Instagram account (with accompanying website). The page often poking fun at politicians, media personalities and everyday Australians. Headlines include, “Latent Misogynist’s Eyes Set To Remain Glazed Over Until It’s His Turn To Speak Again”, “Owner Of Bright Pink Toyota Yaris To Someday Learn What Resell Value Means”, “Coalition Frontbenchers Rock Off To See Who Has To Be Humiliated On Q&A Next Week” and “Half-Sick Colleague Heroically Comes Into Work To Carry Out Duty To Make Everyone Else Sick”.

4. Kush and Kisses (@kushandkissesx)

If you love a meme or ten, you’ve got to get on to Kush and Kisses. Especially aimed at the sisterhood, you’ll come for the memes and stay for the captions. There’s even a song named after the account; ‘Boys follow Kushandkissesx too’ by Theoutdoorz. As you can see, boys are welcomed.

5. Nitch (@__nitch)

The simple black and white themed Instagram page features portraits of actors, musicians, writers and more. The photos are accompanied by quotes from the identity in the photograph. “I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better”- Joan Rivers.

6. Chrissy Teigen (@chrissyteigen)

Chrissy Teigen is a model, married to a Grammy and Oscar winning singer, hosts television show Lip Sync Battle and holidays on yachts, but yet, remains relatable to her 19 million followers on Instagram. Chrissy shows off her delectable cooking, stunning children and her famous husband John Legend, whilst she trolls him for his similar appearance to children’s cartoon aardvark Arthur. Chrissy is the QUEEN of Instagram captions.

7. BitchBeWithYou (@bitchbewithyou)

For all you 90s/early 2000s loving people, get your daily dose of nostalgia with this account. Lizzie McGuire, Laguna Beach, The OC, Nicole Hilton, the Parent Trap, the Olsen Twins and more. Flashbacks galore.

8. Brown Cardigan (@browncardigan)

Brown Cardigan can’t really be described. An Aussie look at anything and everything; specifically, people acting in weird and wonderful ways. The videos and images that are often sent in by followers have to be seen to be believed.

9. The Fat Jewish (@thefatjewish)

One word: Memes.

10. Humans of New York (@humansofny)

‘New York City, one story at a time’. Popular for many years, Brandon Stanton’s ‘Humans of New York’ gives an insight into the people of New York and their personal stories. Recently it went international and featured humans from countries including Australia, Jerusalem and Iraq. A must-follow to get an emotional and unique look into people’s lives.

– Written by Greta Lannen 

Time to polish that resume!

If you’ve just finished your degree or you’re looking for work, there’s a good chance you’ll need to update your resume. There’s an even higher chance some of you reading this haven’t done it in years.

Your resume is your introduction to potential future employers – and first impressions count. Here are some tips to help you give your resume the update it deserves.

1. Check for god damn spelling mistakes
I’m that one friend everyone sends their resume to for feedback. I can’t tell you the amount of times someone has spelled something as simple as their own email address incorrectly, put down the wrong phone number or made mistakes that would have been picked up on if they’d taken the extra five minutes to do a final edit themselves.
My best advice is to leave it for an hour or two (or overnight, if you can) then do your final check before sending off to a potential employer.

First, triple-check that your contact information is absolutely correct. Then, spell check using the spell checker on Word or whatever program you’re using. Last of all, do a final check yourself to be sure nothing was missed by the spell checker.

2. Make a generic copy, then tailor it to suit the position you’re applying for
You should ideally have two versions of your resume: a generic copy with all of the key details in it, and then a copy that you’ve made specifically for the position you’re applying, making sure to addresses all of the criteria in the job description that is relevant to you and your skill set. The resume you submit shouldn’t copy the requirements of the job verbatim, but the recruiter should be able to pick yours out of the pile and say ‘yep, they can do what we need them to’. Copying the exact wording of the job description is sloppy, and won’t be the best impression for a future employer.

3. Your high school probably doesn’t matter 
Once you’ve made your tailored resume for the job you’re applying for, make sure the ‘stuff’ on your resume is actually relevant. If you have a degree or higher education qualification, your high school probably doesn’t matter. If you’re applying for a job in your field of expertise and you have tonnes of experience, your first job in fast food isn’t relevant anymore. Although, if you don’t have a lot of experience, I’d leave it on there. Your early jobs are a great way to showcase your problem solving and people skills!

Essentially, keep it simple and prioritise quality over quantity. You want to hone in on the experience you have that will give you the edge in the new role, rather than focus on the small stuff and make it a painstakingly long read for the recruiter. Don’t go overboard with the amount of pages. If you’re resume is over four pages long, you especially need to take this advice. Less is more!


4. Don’t go overboard with pie charts or graphics
There’s a trend at the moment where people are adding pie charts to their resumes. I urge you not to jump on the trend – someone is going to take one look at it and wonder why you’re only 18% proficient in Microsoft Office. Graphics do add a nice and personalised touch to a resume, but don’t go overboard. You don’t want to stand out in a bad way. Don’t pick colours that are too bright, stick to a readable font like Arial and ensure there is plenty of white space.

5. Back yourself
Under your work experience, don’t just say ‘worked on a project’. Say something like, ‘I worked on a communications project that reached an audience of 800 people and was 90% successful’ or ‘social media engagement grew by 40%’. You want to tell the employer what you did and what it meant for the business or customer to show that you have the skills and the stats to back yourself up.

Now, I’m not a recruiter. But if you can polish your resume and go into each application with confidence and a good attitude, you’re bound to go far.

Written by Amanda Louise

Amanda Louise is a writer and photographer based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can view more of her work at http://amandalouise.squarespace.com/

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