April Under The Microscope

With May well and truly here, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on everything I had done/achieved over the last month. And whilst doing so, share a few of my favorite photos from April. Since I have never been one to turn down an opportunity to organize or create lists, I’ve divided this post into 2 segments: April in Review (broken down into 4 categories of personal, wedding, professional, and blog), and then finishing of with my Hopes for May.

April in Review:
Personal Achievements:

  • Played hostess to traveling in-laws for the Easter long weekend where we visited Sunshine Beach, Eat Street Markets, and Mount Cootha.
  • Travelled to Newcastle for the Anzac Day long weekend where Rhett and I ventured to Sydney CBD, Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay, and Maroubra Beach. I also managed to catch up with two of my girlfriends/bridesmaids over coffee and sushi.
  • Rhett turned 28 and aged considerably as a result (haha, jokes).
  • Watched Beauty and the Beast and loved every single second of it. Subsequently listening to the entire audio track for weeks on after.

Wedding Achievements:

  • Met with our wedding stationary supplier where Rhett and I established an aesthetic for our formal invites.
  • Met with our wedding designer to go through florals, furniture hire, and general expectations.

Professional Achievements:

  • Traveled to Rockhampton.
  • Saw my first improvement project happen without any major hiccups.

Olive & Clo Achievements:

  • Convinced my fiancΓ© to get behind the camera.
  • Changed content directions from a blog focused on beauty and baking to a lifestyle blog focused on fashion and travel.
  • Improved my writing skills and established a blogging ‘voice’.
  • Created and published 14 blog posts (averaging 3 posts per week).

Hopes for May:

  • Be a more enthusiastic bride. We are now 7 months out from the big day and I can’t even find time to action 3 measly emails. Pathetic effort Linda, pathetic.
  • Get my ass back on the Ketogenic/Paleo bandwagon. I have been abysmal with exercising any sort of discipline/self-control for pretty much all of April.
  • Maintain a consistent blogging schedule of 3 days a week.
  • Read the new Sarah J Maas book, A Court of  Wings and Ruin, and hope to G*d that the book hangover that follows doesn’t absolutely destroy me.
  • Swim in a watering hole nearby a waterfall and spend an afternoon in the vineyards basking under a golden pink sky.

That’s all I have in terms of May goals. They aren’t the most sexy, or wild, but I wanted to keep them achievable in light of how busy April turned out to be. 

Again, thank you to all for reading (and a special thank you to all those who comment/like/engage!). And if any of you guys are doing anything interesting for the month of May, please leave a comment – I would love to hear your plans! πŸ™‚

Linda, xo



  1. May 5, 2017 / 6:07 am

    Jesus! When you list them all there like that it’s painfully obvious I have not done half as much!! You go girl, kicking ass and taking numbers!!! Don’t stress about the enthusiast bride stuff though. In my experience, it didn’t really get mega for me until I signed off all my other jobs with work, the house, the daily stuff etc! No doubt you won’t be able to contain it when the time comes!!! DYING to see what you go for with your invites!! Good luck with your May goals!!!!! xxxx

    • OliveandClo
      May 5, 2017 / 6:20 am

      Haha, hey baby girl! πŸ˜πŸ’–
      Thank you! I’m not sure if I am kicking ass though. More like sloppily getting through months 🀣🀣

      That’s so good to know! I have been slightly concerned with my lack of ..enthusiasm. I think it’s because we aren’t really …that close to that date yet. Haha.

      Oh! I cannot wait to show you the invites! I will be sure to email you once I receive a draft 😁

      Good luck on your May goals too babe.
      And ugh! I am dying to know where this super secret honey moon destination is going to be!! xoxo

      • May 5, 2017 / 4:57 pm

        You so are!! If I put a list together it would be like made it to the end!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        It so is that! Don’t worry! I was the same. Once the months get into low numbers and the weeks get into single digits youll be on another planet πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ can’t wait to see them!! They’ll make it more real to!! Have you got your dress???? Xx

        • OliveandClo
          May 5, 2017 / 5:51 pm

          Haha, that’s so funny you asked!
          Tomorrow I am off to meet with my dress designer. I will keep you posted! Very exciting. xo

          • May 6, 2017 / 5:59 am

            Holy s@*t balls!!!!!!!!! Eeeeekkkkkkkk
            You lucky thing!!!!!!!! It will mega feel real then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
            I balled my eyes out like such a girl!! My mom was like pull it together πŸ˜‚
            Boho, romantic, sexy, conservative ahhhhhhhh can’t wait you need to keep us updated here!!!!! Xxx

  2. May 5, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Woo! That’s a lot done in April, here’s hoping May goes amazing too!
    I’m excited to hear more about your wedding planning details!

    • OliveandClo
      May 5, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Thank you baby doll! Haha, yes – fingers crossed for an amazing May! I hope you have a productive amazing month yourself miss πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. And yes – definitely need to get waddling on these wedding plans! xo 😘

  3. May 7, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Looks like you did a lot. I actually just wanted to say that I enjoy reading Sarah j Maas too. Right now I finished heir of fire but I’m was too busy lately to continue reading.

    • OliveandClo
      May 7, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      Oh! I am so jealous that you have so much of the series left to go Co! I do enjoy her story-telling πŸ™‚
      Have you started the ACOTAR series yet? I highly recommend when you get the time! πŸ™‚ xo

      • May 8, 2017 / 12:13 am

        No, I haven’t but thanks so much for the recommendation! I haven’t read a lot lately but I look forward to it. <3

  4. May 7, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    You are so organized! That’s always something I’ve struggled with and I applaud your excellence! Also, congrats on your upcoming wedding and I LOVE the beauty and the beast part. I downloaded the soundtrack on Apple Music, along with moana. Best wishes to you 😊

    • OliveandClo
      May 7, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Eek! Thank you for reading Vor! 😘😍 and thank you for being so lovely! But, I must admit that I don’t have 3 boys and a cat to take care of (well, I only have 2 cats) – so that might explain why I appear a little more organized 😘😘

      How utterly adorable are your three little boys! I am obsessed! πŸ˜πŸ’–

      • May 7, 2017 / 8:06 pm

        You’re very welcome!!! 😘 I’m new to this blogging journey and absolutely stoked! Thanks so much! 😁😁 They’re little stinkers but I adore them πŸ˜‚ ❀️❀️

        • OliveandClo
          May 7, 2017 / 8:09 pm

          That’s so exciting! I’m about 3-4 months in myself. And still learning something new everyday. It’s honestly been incredible fun so far! Just got to go with the flow. Do you know what Blogging direction/theme/topics you will kind of follow? xo

          • May 7, 2017 / 8:12 pm

            Honestly I have so many interests it’s hard to choose. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I figure I’ll just have an epiphany! It’s 3 am here, so now I need to force myself to sleep, but I’d love to keep in touch! Thanks so much for the warm welcome 😘❀️

  5. May 13, 2017 / 12:11 am

    Okay I’m even more obsessed with your blog because you’re paleo and you read Sarah J Maas! I love the ACOTAR series SO much & I haven’t read the last one yet….super weird but my sister and I are both obsessed, and we say she would definitely be in the night court and I would be in the summer court lol.

    • OliveandClo
      May 13, 2017 / 7:05 am

      Eeeeek! I am so excited to hear this!
      Katherine – honestly. SHAME on you for not having read ACOWAR yet. 10 days have passed since it’s release! Hurry miss. I need somebody to gush about it with.

      And oh my gawdddd. And your paleo as well. I am in love. But I would have to say, I agree with your sister. I would definitely be in the night court – wearing crop tops and silken trousers. 😜😜

      Oh! Oh! Let’s not forget.. Rhysannnnnnnnd! ❀️ Book Bae. x

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