I'm Shell & I'm just your average 30-something fair-skinned gal from Sydney, Australia with a penchant for the aquatic, hoarding candles + collecting brand-name & indie polishes. When I'm not blogging, you'll find me either listening to music, watching TV (sometimes of the crappy reality variety....hello to one of my guilty pleasures, Ex on the Beach), wasting time looking at online fashion & beauty, in the kitchen cooking or baking something nice to eat, daydreaming about my next holiday or just simply chilling out. I'm also a future crazy dog lady who loves to dance & sing, but who can't draw or paint to save her life.
About The Novice Life
The Novice Life (TNL for short) was started in late November 2015 as an outlet for me (Shell) to express my thoughts on beauty & other subjects that I'm interested in, like fashion, lifestyle, travel & music. I was already reading a lot of blogs & had harbored the desire to start my own for some time, but lacked the courage to do so. Like any number of ideas, the thought of having my own blog kept nagging me & in the end it became a case of "if not now, when?".
The basic premise of this blog has been and always will be to celebrate the novice in all of us. I don't consider myself an expert at any one subject - if anything, I'm feeling my way through life like everyone else, hence my tagline "I'm still figuring it out". I also don't really know who this blog caters for, aside from myself & my own interests (as selfish as that sounds); but like life I believe I'll figure that out along the way too. Overall, my strongest desire is to keep this space as authentic & as honest as possible as I see no sense in being anything but; so if any of this gels with your personality, then this is the blog for you. Stick around & enjoy my (occasionally un-filtered) ramblings!