Rhianna Nelson

The Wildest Of Dreams

An Honest Update and a New Direction.

Hello lovers! I know it's been rather a while, and while I took a moment to breathe last night, I decided to quit my guilt and write an honest update.

While I had Coffee of Perth acting as a weekly filler, I made the decision to take a breather from blogging to figure a few things out - and this is where I'm at.

The last 5 years of my life have been one crazy ride, and lately, I've found myself looking back and not recognising the person that I was then and the person who I have become. I don't know if it's all the surgeries and the many drugs they necessitate that have left me in a haze, or if it's that these 5 years have seen me flailing to figure out who I am, and what it is I want to do with my life; if I'm being quite honest, I started at uni not because I actually wanted to but because I felt as if I had to.

I've changed degrees once, my majors three times, I've deferred twice and now I'm dealing with an internal battle about whether or not I should even bother going back. I flitted between wanting to do law, teaching, working abroad, writing, journalism, photography and oh so many more (the list is really endless!), but as I've watched the creative scene explode across Perth since coming home from Italy a year ago, I've realised that being a "full-time" creative is my dream. I might eventually teach on the side and I'll probably take corporate freelance gigs so that I can pay the bills, but right now, I can't think of anything better than taking photos, putting pen to paper and turning exciting ideas into realities.

For the past few months, since I left the law firm, I've been thinking of ideas, reading a lot, writing down my thoughts, and picking up freelance gigs as much as possible, so I'm really trying to make it happen! (And more excitingly, this has all culminated in a grand new project, but that's another story!!).

What this means for the blog though is that things might change around here. After my little blogging break, I feel ready to get back into it. I like this space and I absolutely adore the many talented & beautiful people I've met through it. I know one hears this a lot from bloggers, but the blogging community is really an incredible thing to be a part of, and I'm not ready to give that up!

I might just start writing about different things though - ethical fashion has become one of my favourite topics of late, I've grown more and more interested in design & style, travel & the scenes evolving around Perth, the work of other photographers & creatives, and these are things I want to start sharing - properly!

So from now on there might be posts featuring random items of clothing and something about me loving them, or there might be mini-essays about things that excite me and that I hope you'll love too, or collages of beautiful things, and this all might be a bit more sporadic. Of course there will be the occassional, classic Wildest of Dreams-style ramble, but all in all, I'll just be trying to let this evolve more freely.

For the past few weeks I've really enjoyed not feeling the need to bother checking my stats or google analytics every couple of nights, and that's a freedom I want to keep! Wildest seems to be at its best when it's something I'm excited to work at, instead of just another point on my to do list, and I've decided to try my best to keep it that way - not only for my sanity, but also because I'm positive that you all have better things to do than to read my forced ramblings!!

So, let's see how this little experiment goes!

With love (and excitement at being back!),
Rhi :) xx

PS. Solid effort to anyone who read all of that. You guys rock!

Coffee of Perth 2014: Tried vs. Tested ft. Architects and Heroes

Pentax K1000 | Fujifilm Superia 200
Also - that sneaky photo of me was either taken by Whit or our friend Htet of HMA Photos :) 

Architects & Heroes is easily the new kid on the block. They opened in the midst of our Coffee of Perth adventures and made a big splash on social media. A few recommendations from favourite baristas later, and I found myself there twice in one week. Safe to say, Architects & Heroes is bringing some much needed vitality back to Rokeby Road. 

Way back when, when we put together our first Coffee Crawl in 2012, Nageena, Kelsie & I decided that when it came to Subi, it wasn't worth leaving the train station - a quick pitstop at Louis Baxter's and onwards we went. Now, I'd hack the over an hour on public transport (oh the joys of suburbia) for one of Architects and Heroes' tasting flights and some of those delicious rice paper rolls. Seriously.

Featuring mellow milky coffees and a fascinating brew bar, Architects & Heroes is the perfect meeting place for coffee lovers and coffee newbies alike, and if you are yet to venture there, it might be time for you to make the trip as well!

Coffee of Perth is a collaborative project between DineWhitMe and Rhianna May to compare our chosen photographic mediums and share our coffee loves, so be sure to mosey on over to Whit's space and see if you can spot the difference!

Verdict: 8.5/10
Price: $$
Contact: http://architectsandheroes.com.au
Address: Shop 25, 17-31 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Architects and Heroes Opening Hours: 
Monday - Saturday: 6.30am-6.30pm 

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Coffee of Perth 2014: The Suits ft. Lowdown

Pentax K1000 | Fujifilm Superia 800

The one and the only, the inimitable Lowdown Espresso - where even do I begin? I was introduced to Lowdown by a friend made at a uni orientation for so-called "disadvantaged" students more than 4 years ago. I was horrified that I was being made to attend, but all these years later I can safely say that I am oh so glad I did. 

After that visit, where I sat wide-eyed marvelling at the most perfect latte (my old drink of choice), I wanted so desperately to return; that one coffee had left me with an insatiable desire for more but as an extremely awkward 17-year old who was sporting the world's largest sling and two bullet like surgical scars, I didn't know if I was up for going alone. And yet, a week later, I found myself walking down Hay Street and psyching myself up to face the original, bearded baristas of Perth - as one friend commented a few months later, "they just have SO much hair!" 

Anyone who has been to Lowdown more than once will know that these boys do not forget a face and so I was greeted with Mark's cheeky smile and Adam's surly presence. I ordered my usual latte and from the second that sweet, Fiori coffee hit my lips, I was hooked. I changed my alarm times and began taking earlier buses so that I could get my fix every morning before class, I left the library early so I could get a hit before the boys closed their doors and, after introducing Nageena to Lowdown, we both began carefully calculating bus times to see if we could sneak in a cheeky coffee between classes.

These boys were my first port of call after the ritual all-nighters of university freshmen, they were who introduced me to filter coffee as I sat tucked away at the shop's end reading journal article after journal article - a university student lost amongst the suits - and the famous Lowdown muffins were my saviours on many a hungover morning.

Nearly four years on, and while my visits are now sadly few and far between, everytime I return I am reminded of why I fell so very hard for this shop in my final awkward, teenage years - like every other customer whenever I head onsite, I am greeted by name and usually with a smile, the boys don't mind me stealing chocolate chips from the stash up front and well, even after all this time, they still make the best damned cup of coffee in Perth.

Coffee of Perth is a collaborative project between DineWhitMe and Rhianna May to compare our chosen photographic mediums and share our coffee loves, so be sure to mosey on over to Whit's space and see if you can spot the difference!

Verdict: 9.5/10
Price: $
Contact: 9226 3041
Address:  Shop 16A, Cloisters Arcade, Hay Street, Perth
Lowdown Espresso Opening Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 7am-4pm 

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