Tuesday, April 15, 2014

we are Combi

Velvet Cacao Smoothie

Yesterday I met my gorgeous friend Katie from Gluten Freelance for a work meeting at the quaint little cafe, 'Combi' in Elwood. It was 2pm on a Monday afternoon and we were lucky to get a seat! This little piece of heaven offers a menu full of organic pressed juice, organic superfood smoothies, nut mylk, kombucha, healthy raw treats and glass jars filled with numerous types of goodness.

I indulged in a Velvet Cacao Smoothie - a luscious concoction of raw cacao, cacao nibs, fresh berries, coconut flesh, cinnamon, banana, protein powder and house made nut mylk. My favourite part? The coconut lip around the edge of the jar! Katie sipped on the Master Tonic juice - a feisty blend of carrot, turmeric, orange and ginger and we couldn't resist sharing a cacao and goji berry bliss ball.

Aside from the menu, the cafe itself is tropical and refreshing. Designed by the same people as hip hop yoga studio Yoga213, the interior is decorated with creative bits and pieces inspired by the ocean, road trips and adventure. I'll definitely be returning soon to sample the zucchini spaghetti and another sweat treat from the raw bar!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

my first illustrations published in print

One of my long time goals has been to have my artwork published in a print book. Well, goal accomplished!

I was super excited to receive my copes of Love Your Body Hayley Roper's new book 'Lighten Up' in the post last week. The book features a series of AllyLouise Creative illustrations commissioned late last year.

Grab yourself a copy! It's a beautiful publication.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

my new homepage is live

You may have noticed we've had a bit of a revamp around here.
Check out my new homepage at: www.allylouise.com
Exciting things ahead!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

First illustration for 2014

My first illustration for 2014 - a custom piece for Mel from MelV Fitness . Mel is soon to release a brand new website and her very first ebook! She's a master of functional training and the 'if it fits your macros' style of eating. Keep an eye out on this girl in 2014!

Monday, January 6, 2014

And then it was 2014

New year
New focus
New possibilities
New goals
New opportunities
New excitement!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Currently buried under a pile of pencils, paper and watercolour paints... I adore working on exciting new creative projects!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

tuesday morning

Tuesday morning. Weights - check! Yoga - check! Now currently head down, bum up busy working on an exciting new illustration project! Above is a little sneak peak I can share...
Loving immersing myself in coloured pencils, paper and watercolour paints!
How are you spending your day today?

Monday, November 25, 2013

birthday bliss

As one of my friends said to me yesterday - you know you are turning 24 when you get excited that someone gives you a zucchini spiraller! hahaha I was excited. Zucchini spirallers are awesome and I can't wait to give it a test run this week!

I had such a lovely weekend full of laughs, hugs, coffee dates, luncheons, frozen yoghurt, friends and family. I'm not a huge party animal so I chose to celebrate my 24th year with a series of little catch ups with those who mean the world to me. That's my idea of complete bliss.
I loved that my Mum drove down to Melbourne to spend the day with me. I don't see her very often, so it was so precious to have some girl time with the two of us. We enjoyed a yummy lunch by the ocean in St Kilda, green smoothies (avocado, kale, spinach, apple, pineapple and chia seeds!) and I took her into work to give her a first experience of lululemon goodness.

My housemate and amazing friend, Lauren, spoilt me with a frozen yoghurt bar date Saturday night, (in LOVE with that stuff), a healthy birthday cake to take into work with me on Saturday and a dinner date at the oriental tea house. I'm still recovering from all the cuddles and wishes from the weekend. I'm so happy and excited to be 24 - I can't wait to see what the coming months bring!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

24 today

I'm 24 today. Yep, it's my birthday! 
I'm pretty sure that my 23rd year has been my favourite year of living so far. This last week in particular has been one of the best weeks of my life.

I feel as though I've grown a lot over the last 12 months. There have been too many amazing moments to count and a few which, to be honest, totally sucked. However, I believe that it was through the crap times that I actually learnt the most about myself, so I'm choosing to treasure those experiences. I love this quote:

'An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great!' 

That it did and I feel as though the last few months have been the best in my life. My wish last year was to 'find my glow' before my 24th Birthday. I felt as though I'd slowly let it fade and I wanted it back. I smiled when I woke up today with the realisation that I've found it again. I'm me again and that's the most amazing feeling in the world. 

I'm so happy and excited to see what the next 12 months bring!! I know my 24th year will be one filled with smiles, laughter, creativity, happiness, love, gratitude, positivity, inspiration, movement, nourishment, health, kindness, new experiences and adventure. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

be vulnerable

I believe that our weaknesses are often our hidden strengths. It's through identifying and acknowledging them that we unleash our personal greatness. Sometimes allowing yourself to be vulnerable is the strongest thing you can do.

Be authentic, honest and live with integrity. 
The most fulfilling feeling is knowing that you're being true to you.