OAK & BONE

A creative journal by Gabi E. Mulder

THE SWEETEST THING

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Somewhere on the spectrum between one of the coolest 16 year old you’ve ever met and also the sweetest soul imaginable, you’ve got Ursula.
On a lazy Sunday morning, Urs and I shot this photo series in her bedroom. Her style is mix of french simplicity and a denim obsession.
Get to know her here and now . . .

Tell us three things about yourself? I’m ambidextrous, my name means ‘Little Bear’, and I passed out when I was younger from too much red cordial.

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How would you describe paradise? Up in the rainforest reading a book while it’s raining. Would also need a personal sushi chef on hand that makes me Japanese goodies and hot tea. Or any place with dogs. Lots of dogs.

When do you feel the most free? Under water in the ocean. When you can see nothing and hear nothing. Without any thoughts or worries.

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Your favourite place in the world is? I am yet to find out, but at the moment probably just the shower.

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Dawn or dusk? I’m never awake for dawn (oops), so dusk wins.

Shoes or barefoot? Being the shoe-lover that I am, I have way too many pairs of boots to not show em off.

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If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and what would you be doing? I would be in Peru. Up in the mountains, hiking, breathing fresh air, looking out at the beautiful scenery without a care in the world.

What is one thing someone can do to win your heart? A love letter and sunflowers.

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Ursula photographed & interviewed by Gabi Mulder 

FOLLOW THIS WAY

9:05am. We missed our bus from San Diego back to Los Angeles. Sitting at the bus terminal we were hungry, lost and amused at how our following ten days had no plans whatsoever. We decided to haul our suitcases and selves onto the next bus back to LA and see where the day would take us. No idea what we were doing. At all.

1:30pm. We end up in LA at Starbucks using the wifi (thank you Starbucks wifi for  saving us at every waking moment, we are eternally grateful). Sitting in there, the question is popped “why don’t we just fly to Oregon tonight?” We had been discussing how we so badly wanted to get up to the Pacific North West.
We jumped on our laptops and starting scouring the internet for the best flight deals for that night.
Fast forward: 20 minutes later, we’ve booked flights leaving in 4 hours time.

FORESTS, LAKES & MOUNTAINS…WE ARE COMING FOR YOU

The following week consisted of morning smoothie bowls, hiking up mountains, road tripping across miles of empty road surrounded by forest, and being in awe for a good 99% of the time. We even got the chance to go visit one of the most important locations of one of our favourite books/films of all time. For any of you that have read or seen ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed, we stumbled across The Bridge Of The Gods and it’s safe to say both of our hearts skipped a beat. In true Cheryl Strayed spirit we hiked along the Pacific Crest Trail for a while and took in all the beauty we could see. It’s incredible, to say the very least.

I can’t believe how deeply in love I fell with the Pacific North West.
I left a teeny tiny bit of my soul there and I cannot wait to get back.

Side note: thanks to my number one traveling companion Ally for rocking my world. You and your spirit make planet earth such a wonderful place to be.

I hope you guys enjoy this photo series from Oregon and Washington! I can’t encourage you enough to set aside some time in your life schedule to go experience this incredible part of the world.

BIG LOVE TO YOU ALL! Gab x

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PALOS VERDES

Wild hair, infectious spirit and one of the sweetest girls in California. Meet Leore.

Last Sunday the time came that Leore and I were finally in the same part of the world. With this in mind we jumped at the chance to get together, road trip down the coast & create this photo series together on a beach in Palos Verdes.

In my head, Leore is the quite literally the spitting image of Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon. See for yourself. But beware, you’re likely to fall a little in love.

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Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Leore Hayon and I’m an actress and model.

Where’s home?
I grew up in North Hollywood, CA a.k.a The Valley, where I was a competitive figure skater. I lived and breathed the ice.

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How would you spend your perfect Saturday morning?
Laying in bed, doing yoga, chilling on the beach or all the above.

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Three words to describe your style?
True California Girl.

One thing you think everyone should try at least once?
Falling in love!

What destination is next on your travel list?
That’s a big question for me! I’m thinking Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Chile…

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What is one thing someone can do to win your heart?
Kindness and a great kiss!

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Your favorite place in the world is?
There’s no place like home.

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Leore Hayon photographed & interviewed by Gabi Mulder in Palos Verdes, California.

SAND QUEEN. SAN DIEGO.

I’d heard many things about San Diego – that is was a nicer, quaint version of Los Angeles, a beach lovers paradise and a sunny place full of wacky people – after spending time there last week I can safely say these are all true. Tucked just above Mexico, San Diego is literally a beach-goers dream. From swings looking over the ocean, to rooftop cafes that look over the city, and farmers markets that could rival the best in the world, I fell in love with San Diego pretty instantly.

The best way to get down to SD from LA is by the Pacific Surfliner train. The train takes you straight down the coast so as you pass the time looking out the window, you’ve got the eye candy of beautiful beaches on one side and desert on the other.

The girls and I spent our days by the ocean, going on hikes that treated us to incredible views, and a whole lot of home-cooked feasts. Shoutout to Karena (the babe in the photos) for being such a gem in the kitchen & for filling our bellies at every waking moment. We love you & your home-made pizzas x1000.

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CATCHING DUSK. LOS ANGELES.

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6:30pm on a summer’s night in Los Angeles.
Haley, Iz and I drove up to a mountain top to catch the last few sun rays of the day.  I now know why they say no place in the world has light like California. That golden glow that blankets everything in sight.

Looking over that sunlit city felt like something from a film. It’s safe to say this new adventure over the other side of the globe from home, may just be my best adventure yet.

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MEET HALEY

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Who are you & what do you do? 
I am Haley and I create.

Where’s home?
For now, Los Angeles, but the home within my heart has no walls.

How would you spend your perfect Saturday morning? 
Drinking excessive amounts of coffee while listening to Billie Holiday. Obviously my best friends would be there too.

Three words to describe your lifestyle?
Unplanned and love filled.

You’re hosting a dinner party, what do you make? 
Coconut curry!!

What destination is next on your travel list? 
I’m actually coming to you next time Gab, headed all the way to Byron Bay.

What is one thing someone can do to win your heart? 
Take me on a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway so I can hang my body out the window and blast Jimi Hendrix.

Your favourite place in the world is?
Anywhere where I can see stars thrown across the sky like glitter.

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Isabella & Haley photographed by Gabi Mulder

TAKING A GLIMPSE AT VIETNAM

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling on under the stars.”
J.K

There’s no doubt that it’s a collective love of the human race that we like to dream of packing our bags, forgetting our worries and jetting off to a tropical island filled to the brim with coconut trees, a whole lot of sunshine & a whole lot of freedom. With this in mind –  my travel companion Sophie (New Zealand native, creative, total babe) decided on a whim to do just that.
Sophie flew from Auckland into the Gold Coast where we would meet for the first time ever in person as we were boarding our flight to Kuala Lumpur and then on to Vietnam. Safe to say we hit it off from the get-go when we found out our extreme mutual love for food (which we were about to indulge heavily in once we hopped off the plane).

The following two weeks were filled with tuk-tuk rides through coconut forests, bike riding through rice paddies, enough food at our table to feed a small village, boats along the Mekong, the quaintest streets we’d ever seen, flower markets, heat-stroke (hello 40 degree heat) and most importantly and wonderfully of all: $1 coconuts with every single meal.
Vietnam, thanks for being a total delight!

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ACCOMMODATION RUNDOWN:

STOP N.1 – Ho Chi Minh City

We stayed in two great places in Ho Chi Minh. Our first stop was the amazing Air Bnb that’s pictured with the net and tree that hang in the middle of the house. For those who messaged me asking where the quaint little building with the net was on my Instagram, this is the one for you! The area around this accommodation is great for seeing the ‘real’ Ho Chi Minh. We didn’t come across many Westerners at all and the streets are lined with incredible street food vendors. Such a sweet, authentic place to stay & see!
Find it here: https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/10528770?ref_device_id=472807cb00427629f2d05faa596425a68a07edbf&s=41&user_id=962875

Villa Song was the second place we stayed in Ho Chi Minh. It is the epitome of luxury! Practically everything in the hotel is complimentary (even the mini bar…since when is that a thing?!), and best of all the hotel has a private boat for guests that will take you straight into the city via the river. The entire hotel is gorgeous and an absolute treat! Would 100% recommend staying here if you’re looking for something a little more luxe in Ho Chi Minh.
Find it here: http://villasong.com

STOP N.2 – Hoi An

Imagine the sweetest French village possible, add a little Asian twist, and you’ve got Hoi An. Filled to the brim with cobblestone streets, lanterns and flowers that hang over the sidewalks and the little town being surrounded by coastline and rice paddies. I would recommend staying 3 nights to have time to wander the streets and make use of the incredible tailors that line the streets and can make literally anything your heart desires.
We stayed at Anantara Resort. A beautiful boutique hotel right on the water and a 2 minute walk from the heart of Hoi An. The best thing about staying here was the complimentary bikes you could hire whenever you please. We would spend our days riding through the rice paddies and down along the coast. Bike riding is a must in Hoi An as traffic is pretty minimal and it’s 100% the best way to get around.
Find it here: http://hoi-an.anantara.com/

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Thanks for the wild ride Vietnam!
Until next time!

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10am WITH AMBER

With 100% honesty, I think Amber is one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. At just 18 years old she holds such a splendid curiosity and such a positive and inspiring outlook on our world that I know she is going to be a big game changer of our generation, even if she doesn’t know it yet.

Amber and i were total strangers until a few weeks ago when I was down in Melbourne. We decided to meet up one morning and grab coffee together and to take a few snaps. With my camera tucked under my coat, I sped-walked through the rain and eventually spotted Amber from across the street. We waved to one another, she ran across the road, we met, and our friendship was made!

We spent the following five hours together discussing practically everything under the sun. From our personal lives, to our travels, our families, our plans for the future, our beliefs on world events, how we spend our daily lives and everything big and little in between.

I can’t stress enough how much I adore meeting people younger than myself. I think too often people dismiss younger people as not knowing as much as them, but I find that so untrue and such a shame that they’re missing out on learning from people experiencing our world in an entirely different way. Although I’m only 20, and I’m sure many people would think between an 18 and 20 year old there can’t be many differences, but i find that untrue. I feel like our world right now is moving at such a rapid rate that every single child, born every day apart, experiences our world differently and has a new perspective on a new topic. There’s so much to learn from everything and everyone. How cool is that?

Amber, thanks for being such a beacon of light in our generation. You’re a gem in the truest sense of the word.
And everyone, just warning you that you’re likely to fall a little in love with her…

Enjoy! X
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Where’s home? 
Hmm home??? After I finish work I have the exciting thought of where do I want to go tonight? To my sisters house who lives in St Kilda (my favourite place), or to my home town with my friends and family? Home is where I choose it to be, but in saying that – living like this does cause me an awful lot of keys that I often lose and a huge bag to carry around with all my clothes.

What is one thing someone can do to win your heart? 
Be a genuine, kind person and see the world the way I do. Oh and have an obsession with Amy Winehouse and falafels (asking for a lot, I know).

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How would you spend your perfect Saturday morning? 
My perfect Saturday would be waking up with the natural light of the morning, getting brunch with my sister Ebony, seeing my mum and meditating with her, and then spending the rest of the day venturing around! 

Three words to describe your lifestyle? 
Exciting, adventurous, wing-it. 

Your favourite place in the world is?
Right now – with the presence of my sister Jade, in our humble abode. 

Where would we find you on a Sunday?
Monk Bodhi Dharma cafe – this is exactly where you’ll find me every Sunday. I honestly can’t remember the last time I didn’t start my Sunday with one of their almond chais. Then off to the markets or op-shopping. 

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Dawn or dusk?
Dawn

Hair up or out?
Out. 

Coffee or juice?
Coffee! I live in Melbourne after all. 

Films or books?
Books! Doesn’t mean I’m not a sucker for the classic films though. 

Shoes or barefoot?
If it wasn’t the middle of winter, I would 100% be barefoot.

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Amber Auffray photographed by Gabi Mulder in Melbourne, Australia.