Halloween - My Favourite Scary & Halloween Movies | Life Of Dahlia

Halloween – My Favourite Scary & Halloween Movies | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, as you know October is the spooky season so it’s the perfect time to watch your favourite scary and Halloween movies, today I wanted to share with you some of my favourites.

My Favourite Halloween Movies

  • Hocus Pocus.
  • Nightmare before Christmas.
  • Corpse Bride.
  • Beetle Juice.
  • Ghost Busters.
  • The Frighteners.
  • Dark Shadows.
  • Edward Scissorhands.
  • Harry Potter (any movie)
  • House on the Haunted Hill (original with Vincent Price.)
  • The Craft.
  • The Addams Family.
  • Casper.
  • Casper Meets Wendy.
  • Sleepy Hollow.
  • The Sixth Sense.
  • House of Wax (original with Vincent Price.)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Tales of Terror (with Vincent Price.)
  • The Raven (with Vincent Price.)
  • The Comedy of Terrors (with Vincent Price.)
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes (with Vincent Price.)
  • Frankenstein. (original with Boris Karloff.)
  • Frankenstein’s Bride.
  • The Mummy (original with Boris Karloff.)
  • The Mummy (with ‎Brendan Fraser.)
  • The Invisible Man

  • Dracula (With Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves.)
  • Practical Magic
  • ET
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • League of extraordinary gentlemen

What’s you favourite Halloween movie?

I might just have to pick out some of the ones from this list to watch this month because why not, October means its totally acceptable for spooky attire and to watch some of your favourite Halloween movies.

I hope this post inspires you to watch some of your favourite spooky movies.


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Opshopping (thrifting) Tips | Life Of Dahlia

Top 5 Opshopping Tips (thrifting) | Life Of Dahlia

Opshopping (thrifting) Tips | Life Of Dahlia

Hey guys, I thought today it would be fun to share with you my tips for going Opshopping or Thrifting, we call it Opshopping in Australia.

Why I Started buying Second Hand Clothes

I’ve probably talked about this before but I thought I would touch on it again. I love op-shopping because not only is it great for the environment (by not wasting resources to create new clothes) but you can also find some real gems.

I’ve always had a unique style one that wasn’t easily accessible in a majority of the mainstream stores, most of the time anyway. I love being able to find unique stuff in op shops, like vintage clothing, vintage doc martens, band t-shirts and so much more.

I decided a few years ago that I was primarily going to buy my clothes second-hand especially after learning about what it takes to create something new. The True Cost is a great documentary to watch it talks all about this.

I admit that I will occasionally buy something brand new but more often than not I will check out my local opshops before purchasing something new. There are just sometimes you just can’t find what you are looking for or need second hand.

So let’s get on to my tips for Op shopping (thrifting).

My Tips For When You Are Going Op-Shopping

  1. Wear clothing that is easy to take off or put clothing over to save time when in the change room. (for females – wear leggings and a top easy to take off or put clothing over.)
  2. Look for things you need (seasonal clothing, a pair of jeans etc)
  3. Check out a size above or below, sizing is never the same, especially for women. (If its slightly to big you can always get it taken in.)
  4. Look for quality pieces (this could be designer brands or just clothing that feels well made. Something that will last a while in your closet.)
  5. This last one might freak some people out but don’t be afraid to check out the shoe department, I’ve found some awesome vintage docs on a couple of my op-shopping trips. My tip though is only to buy things that are practically brand new or good quality. I know people will tell you not to buy second-hand shoes for various reasons but you can often find some unique pieces or practically brand new boots from last season. You can always sanitize your new shoes with disinfectants, just to make sure you don’t catch anything from the previous owner.

Sneek little extra tip – if your a female don’t be afraid to check out the men’s department for band t-shirts, you know if you’re not into Justin Bieber or Twilight.

What are your favourite places to find second-hand fashion? let me know in the comments.

I hope these tips help you on your next Op-shopping or Thrifting adventure. I’m hoping to put together a lookbook very soon using mostly if not all second-hand items, so I can share with you how you can create unique outfits using second-hand clothing and accessories.

I hope you all have a lovely and stress-free day,


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What I'm Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

What I’m Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

Hey, guys, I thought it would be interesting to do a mid-year update on my low buy/ what I’m not going to buy this year.

If you didn’t see my post at the start of the year where I talked about what I’m not going to buy in 2018, you should go check it out I gave my thoughts on why I wanted to be a more mindful shopper.

So I talked about what things I was going be buying less of this year, I wanted to restrict myself so that I didn’t buy to much stuff this includes makeup and beauty products as well as clothes and trinkets.

Low Buy Update

What I'm Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

Makeup & Beauty Products

At the start of the year I wanted to give myself the ability to only buy one or two nonessential items, I decided that I could have one expensive or two less expensive items a month this was on both makeup and beauty products like skincare.

Some months were pretty good particularly in January and February, where I only purchased one palette each month and that was it. There were some months here and there where I did purchase a few extras.

In the last month though I feel like I’m at a point where I’m only wanting to purchase things that I don’t have anything like. In June I made a few purchases because I wanted to review things but now just want to use what I already own.

As for skincare and haircare, I have pretty much just stuck to what I had and only purchased things that weren’t currently in my routine or needed to replace like toner, fave scrubs and hair treatments etc.

As for my choices to not buy products in certain packaging I have mostly stuck to that, I haven’t purchased any sheet masks I’m just concentrating on using up current products that are in my stash.

I’ve only purchased two products in bag type packaging, I have more thoughts on packaging and companies who claim to be cruelty-free etc and don’t think about being eco-friendly too, which to be honest is probably quite hard in this day and age where everything comes in plastic packaging. It’s been on my mind a lot and I’m still deciding what I’m going to do as far as purchasing certain items but I feel like all things take time.

I may go into this some other time but for now, I’m just focusing on this post.

What I'm Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

Clothing and Accessories

As far as clothing goes I’ve only purchased a few things, a couple of jackets I probably didn’t need them but I feel like these are staples in my wardrobe and will be for years to come but at this point, I don’t plan on buying any more.

I also purchased some light clothing for winter (I did purchase this new, which I would usually buy secondhand) and a couple of pairs of leggings from the Blackmilk labyrinth 2.0 collection, which leggings are what I like to wear most of the time so I was totally fine with this purchase, no guilt.

As for accessories, I purchased a necklace and shells from Secret Wood and some Shoes from Tuk Footwear. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I purchased new shoes or jewellery for myself, I’ve been wanting to purchase something from these brands for some time so I did decide to go ahead and purchase from them.

I didn’t buy as much secondhand as I usually do but not really on purpose I just haven’t felt like going and searching through lots of clothes, I just wanted to find the things I needed.

What I'm Not Going To Buy Mid Year Update | Life of Dahlia

Decor, Art, Books

As far as decor is concerned I have purchased a few things here and there mostly organization stuff for my beauty room.

I’ve purchased a few art pieces from artists so I did purchase frames. My focus is here and I want to find a way to display my vinyl records which I’ve slowly been adding to.

I have actually purchased a few books but these are things I keep for a long time, even though I wasn’t going to buy any, but it’s not something I’m mad at myself for.


I’ve been going through a lot this year with my anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia, I’ve been having a hard time so I’m not trying to put to much pressure on myself if I occasionally break my low buy.

I feel like I could totally have done better but with everything I’ve been going through I’m proud that so far of what I’ve accomplished.

I think my focus for the rest of the year is to focus on myself and slowly add artwork to my house, maybe travel. I also want to do a couple of things to my bathroom and kitchen so I’m going to focus on trying to save some money.

Have you been on a low buy this year? How are you going ? let’s chat in the comments.


YouTube Channel's That I'm Currently Enjoying | Life Of Dahlia

11 Youtube Channels That I’m Currently Enjoying | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, I wanted to share a fun post with you all, I’m a very visual person so I enjoy watching things to relax or learn something new. Today I’m going to share with you a list with some of my current favourite YouTube Channels that I’m enjoying watching.

When I’m feeling the effects of my illnesses I tend to want to relax, chilling out and watching something, lately that has been youtube. I’ve been discovering some new channel’s, as well as rediscovering old channels that I followed a long time ago and loving some that I’ve been following for a while now.

My Current Favourite Youtube Channels

Below are some of my current favourites, I love finding people who post unique content especially when it comes to beauty channels, I love people that have their own unique style or qualities.

  • Elle S (shadowsmoked88) – I’ve been following Elle for a while now, you may have seen me to posts inspired by some of her videos. She has a very unique style and I love that she embraces her love for Fleetwood Mac.
  • Georgia Harris – Georgia is another person I enjoy watching she does some really inspiring videos like creating her own collections or palettes inspired by the fandoms she loves. You should check out her Star Wars and Beauty & The Beast inspired videos.
  • Safiya Nygaard – This is a channel I recently rediscovered, I used to follow Safiya a long time ago and I recently rediscovered her channel I think she has some really unique content, her recent videos in Japan are a really interesting watch.
  • Makeup Struggles – I discovered Makeup Struggles through Georgia Harris or Elle S, I remember seeing one of them mention her channel so I checked it out. She does some really unique videos like re-designing palettes by well-known brands, these are a definite must watch.
  • Samantha Ravndahl– I’ve seen Samantha’s makeup looks floating around the internet but I only just discovered her channel, through Raw Beauty Kristy, They did a couple of collab videos and so I decided to check out her channel. I’ve really been enjoying her videos.
  • KitchSnitch – I’ve been following Kat’s channel for a couple of the years along with her joint channel with Hailey from ‘Just Buy The Makeup’, called ‘Beauty News’. On Kat’s channel, she does a lot of reviews on makeup as well as project pans, I really enjoy her GRWM’s and wear tests.
  • Justbuythemakeup– On Hailey’s channel she does similar reviews and project pans, If you enjoy that kind of thing I recommend both Kat and Hailey’s channels. Also If your an Aussie looking for some Australian beauty channels I also recommend them.
  • Alexa Poletti I’ve been following Alexa for a long time she does a lot of cosplay stuff but I’ve really been enjoying her recent styling videos.
  • Hellthy Junk Food– Hellthy Junk Food is a recent discovery which I discovered via Thread Banger after their recent collab, I’ve been binge-watching the videos where they make giant foods inspired by modern-day fast foods, ever wanted to know how to make a giant skittle or hashbrown these are you go to and they are really entertaining.
  • Thrifty Beauty – this is a recent channel I discovered, I’m not sure where I found them but I’ve been enjoying her videos a lot.

  • grav3yardgirl & banana peppers – I followed Bunny for a long time but unsubbed a while ago, I recently rediscovered her channel after her collab with Shane Dawson. I’m glad to see she is feeling inspired again and I can’t wait to be part of the Swamp Family again.

I hope you enjoyed this short post, do you follow any of these channels? what are your favourite channels on youtube?

Until next time,


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10 Things You Don't Know About Me | Life of Dahlia

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me | Life Of Dahlia

Hey, guys, we are getting a bit personal today, I’m going to share with you 10 things you may not know about me. I feel like I’m turning over a new leaf with my blog I want to share myself and hopefully put a little bit of my personality into my writing, I’ve felt like I haven’t really done that much in the past, I was always more straight to the point but I feel like that can be a bit boring for people to read.

I guess I want to keep that but add some more of me in there because I know long posts can be hard to read. If you are anything like me you and have a short attention span, long posts can be overwhelming.


Some Interesting Facts About Me:

1. I love learning, no seriously I am always looking to learn new things. I have been studying on and off for many years, I’m drawn to creative courses and I have studied at least seven or so different courses over the years in art, photography, graphic design and now makeup. I’m an artist at heart so I’m always looking to learn and explore different things.

2. I love photography, I don’t know but you may have guessed that already. I’ve been fascinated with photography since I was young, I would play with my mum’s old film camera and take pictures of all different kinds of things. I studied darkroom photography which was really interesting to learn but these days I tend to stick with my digital camera, it’s easier and cheaper in the long run.

3. I’ve always been fascinated with the past and by that, I mean different times and what things were in fashion at the time. I think that’s why I love collecting things that remind me of those times, like vintage clothing or jewellery, cameras or tea sets.

4. I take self-portraits, well actually I haven’t done it in a while but I do love the process I’m hoping to get back into it soon. By self-portrait, I don’t mean a selfie of my makeup it’s much deeper than that, it’s about creating a story through photography.

5. I’m a Sci-Fi Buff, I’ll blame my mum for that it’s her fault I’m addicted to sci-fi and fantasy shows. It all started with Stargate: SG1 and went from there.


6. I love fantasy stories and am inspired by them, growing up my mum would read us stories like Harry Potter and we would watch movies Like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland or Labyrinth, which are my all-time favourites. Ever since I’ve just found lots of inspiration in stories and have wanted to create them in my own way.

7. Listening to music is one of my favourite things, I will often listen to my current favourite band or album (which currently is Alter Bridge) before I go to bed it helps me relax and do a bit of mindfulness to calm my brain before going to sleep.

8. I love nature, though I definitely need to get out and enjoy it more, one of my favourite things to do is take photos of flowers there are so many and I just think they are beautiful.

9. I have an odd personality I decorate my space with lighter colours and fantasy inspired objects, but I listen to rock music and dress in band t-shirts and dark colours.

10. The last thing you may not know about me is that I have a few pets, I have 1 dog his names Olli, his like my child and I have two fish tanks 1 big and 1 small with approx 20 fish overall, I want to get some more though there is still plenty of room in my big one. I was addicted to the show Tanked and it inspired me to buy a fish tank, its hard work mainly the cleaning and water change but I love feeding them every morning and watching them play together.

There you go that’s 10 things you may not know about me, I hope you enjoyed reading it and I would love to know if we have anything in common.

What are your favourite things to do? Do you have any Pets or Hobbies?