Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Adventures & Links

This weekend I got called in to work, which is not an issue for me. However I do feel a bit disoriented, I know it's Monday but it doesn't feel like it!
So even with a shortened weekend I did manage to get out and about and do quite a few things as well as go to work. The weather was so much better than last weekend for a start, it was still cold but at least it was sunny!
Firstly I saw the movie Antman on Friday night with a friend, I hadn't heard too much about it beforehand so I was pleasantly surprised because it was amazing and hilarious! I would highly recommend it (if you haven't already seen it). You also learn quite a lot about ants!
On Saturday morning I tried a new place for breakfast called Ollie & Ari. I loved it, it has a quirky interior that was renovated by the owner, an interesting menu and great coffee! I had the homemade crumpets and they were perfection! 
Then on Sunday because the weather was nice I just went on a bit of an explore around St Kilda on my way to dance rehearsals on the other side of the city. So with working on Saturday and Sunday evenings it was a pretty packed weekend! I am still in recovery mode!

Also thought I would share with you some Links I Love:
  • This made me laugh. The CEO from Frito-Lay typed his Google searches into Twitter instead of Google. I haven't tweeted my google searches but I have definitely typed into messages and stuff!! He thought someone was watching his Google searches and posting to Twitter 
  • These Creme Brûlée topped Cinnamon Rolls are on top of my baking list! I am completely obsessed with these at the moment! 
  • Some amazing Aerial Photography of salt flats in northern Australia. It looks so surreal. That blue! 
  • Saw this on Facebook and it actually exists! This Pokeball Soap makes me real happy! It has a random Pokemon inside!! 
  •  Since cutting my hair short I have been a little lost on how to style it. I've just been straightening it but soon I will be investing in a curling wand to achieve this look created by Essiebutton 
Hope you all have a great week!
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Eight Ways To Embrace Winter


Currently there's a lot of talk on social media and news outlets about the #AntarcticBlast or cold snap over the east of Australia. I'm bracing myself for all the comments about how they wish it was summer again especially from my customers at work. But as a wise customer told me "never complain about something you can't control, like the weather". Winter has always been my favourite season but over the years I have liked it more and more.

Instead of dreading the cold, wet and windy weather, try embracing it instead. Focusing on the negative is easy, but finding things you enjoy about winter will keep you happier about the cold.
Here are some ideas to get you inspired:

  1. Get outside. Rug up and go for a walk on the frosty mornings, go for a hike during the day or just head down to the local park and enjoy the winter sun it's good to at least get 15 minutes of sun for your health anyway!
  2. Take a trip. Instead of running away from winter why not take a winter trip to the mountains, either to sightsee or rent a cabin with an open fire for the night. The beach too is amazing during winter so take a trip to a coastal town, it will be quieter than during summer and you will be able to go to popular spots and places to eat without fighting crowds.
  3. Go ice-skating. Perhaps my most favourite activity to do year round, but during winter makes it extra special! In Melbourne there is an outdoor rink at Federation Square on the Yarra River until the 19th of July. There is also the Medibank Icehouse in the Docklands which is open year round.
  4. Start your spring cleaning early. It's always good to de-clutter and what better time to do it than in winter? You can try selling some stuff on eBay or donate it to a charity. There are coat drives for the homeless so if you have a couple of coats that you find you are no longer wearing think about donating them. Animal shelters are always in need of old blankets and towels during winter so that could be a good way to free up some cupboard space.
  5. Learn something new. Winter is a great time to buckle down and learn something new, whether it be learning a language, learning to sew, improving your photography skills, taking a dance class or to start training for a marathon. Look for courses in your local paper, adult education centre or TAFE.
  6. Treat yourself. Winter nights call for some bath pampering time for me! But you can pamper yourself any way you want, book in for a massage, get your nails done in a bright colour or change your hair colour to a warmer shade. Treating yourself will definitely boost your mood if you're feeling a bit low.
  7. Cook up a storm. Winter is a good time to try some new recipes and in the meantime you will warm up your kitchen and fill your house with amazing cooking aromas. What could be better than a freshly baked batch of muffins and a mug of hot chocolate on a cold afternoon?
  8. Embrace comforts. Enjoy the fact that you can curl up in a blanket, sit by a fire, read a book, listen to music or just watch TV. Think of these moments when you are hot and sticky in summer and ask yourself was winter so bad?

Enjoying the days no matter what the weather changes your outlook on life and will give you much more peace of mind throughout the year.
How do you enjoy winter? Any other tips you would like to add? Comment below with your ideas.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Whats in my bag?

Right now I have a little kitten attacking the keyboard as I type... I'll try not to get too distracted by his cuteness. So it has been a while since I last updated. I have had a bit of bloggers block, I mean I had ideas and attempted to write, but I'd just be sitting and staring at a blank screen feeling really unproductive. But after not putting so much pressure on myself to blog I have found motivation to blog again!


I wanted to start back blogging by sharing what I carry around with me on a pretty much daily basis. I am one of those people who will carry around the whole world in my bag if given the chance! But I have been trying to keep my bags on the small/medium size so I can't get carried away but even then they get stuffed to the brim! The bag I have been using a lot is the Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Cross Body bag in navy which was a Christmas gift from my mum. It is the smallest bag I have used on a almost daily basis since I was about 14 when I had a hideously tiny shoulder bag. 

Although I can fill this bag until its basically overflowing I try not to as it stretches the bag out too much. So I am limiting myself to the essentials! My most essential item is my iPhone 6! Although I have proved to myself that I can live without it ... last weekend when I went to Canberra and my phone had lost reception but I was able to find my way around a new city with no knowledge and no map! But I was relieved as soon as it came back on and I could contact friends who lived in Canberra I felt more at ease!

Next essential is all my cards! I pop my cards - bank card, Myki & store discount card and what ever cash i do have in the pocket which is meant for storing your phone but I find storing money and cards in the phone pocket easier when I'm not carrying a purse with me as it makes them easier to find when paying or jumping on the train/bus. Of course I couldn't leave the house with my house key. This is my spare key as I'm not using my car at the moment so I don't need all my keys just one which will let me inside!

I also carry around with me my Fujifilm X-M1 for times when capturing things on my iPhone isn't good enough! I don't use it as much as I would like to because I always feel embarrassed for taking my camera out, this is due to the fact that I have had a lot of criticism in the past for taking too many photos with friends ... I am working on getting back into taking photos more but I feel safer using my phone most of the time!

Always need a couple of lip products in my bag, I carry the Letibalm and EOS lipbalms with me, if my lips are really chapped I use Letibalm which is a lot like Carmex but doesn't have as much of a burn-y sensation when you apply it! I will use the EOS throughout the day just to touch up. I also carry the Clinique chubby stick to give my lips a pop of colour if my plans change and I need a bit of colour! Also the reason I keep my eyelash curler in my bag for those just in case situations.

Since I've been taking public transport I have kept a hand sanititizer in my bag to keep my hands clean and germ free! I really like the Thankyou. brand. What bag would be complete with out some bobby pins and a hair tie? My hair particularly likes to annoy me towards the end of the day/night and I need to get it out of my face. Oh and I also have random jewellery in my bag because I take it off on the way home sometimes.. it's not a good habit because things tend to fall out of my bag...oops!!

That's all I carry around with me on a daily basis, sometimes I'll pop a muesli or protein bar in there for snacking and if I remember my headphones they'll be in there as well.

What do you carry around in your daily bag? Let me know your most essential item?

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Apartment inspiration


In a few months’ time I will be moving into my very own apartment. At the moment I don’t own anything apart from my bedroom furniture so I will have to buy everything. Also I won’t have a lot of money but I am currently saving not only for the deposit but also so I can buy some furniture for when I move in.

I have some definite ideas in my head about how I want my apartment to look but need some ideas on how to pull it all together to achieve the look I want. So lately I have been obsessively going through Pinterest and homeware store websites to get some inspiration.

I thought I would share with you some of the looks I have been loving. Hopefully I will be able to achieve these kind of design aesthetics in my own place and keep it within budget. If you have any interior design ideas or know of any good websites, please link them below in the comments.
Have a lovely week!
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Breakfast at Arbory Bar & Eatery

Dining on the Yarra in Melbourne is something pretty amazing but most of the restaurants you go to are on the south side along Southbank and in the casino complex so the views you get are looking towards the city. There aren’t many restaurants on the north bank of the Yarra, so it is interesting to see the river from a different perspective.


Arbory is located right next to Platform 13 of Flinders Street Station and it has literally been built on top of the old Sandridge line (now known as Port Melbourne) platform which closed in 1987, the space hasn't been used since. The deck is over 100m long about the same length as the old platform and it has stunning views of the Yarra River, Southbank, The Arts Centre and the Swanston Street Bridge. You can also watch the comings and goings on the platforms of Flinders Street Station, so if you are anything like me you'll be distracted from your conversation watching trains arrive and depart.



I visited Arbory on a cold and rainy Mother's Day morning so it wasn't the best day to go since it is an outdoor eatery. When we got there, we sat under one of the many large umbrellas, which are more than satisfactory to keep the rain off you, and they lit an outdoor heater as soon as we were seated so we were warm enough (I think there is one heater per table, so no need to worry about being cold if you visit on a wintery day!)


Coffee was served straight away and warmed us up!


We went for there for breakfast and so were able to choose from the Eat Early menu. I ordered the banana pancakes, which was very filling! It was crispy on the outside and fluffy in the centre with a sliced banana throughout with added maple syrup to taste. It was delicious and I do love my sweet breakfast dishes for some reason so when I go out for breakfast I like to treat myself to something like pancakes because why not? Mum had the sweet corn fritters served with avocado and feta and said they were delicious, my brother ordered sourdough toast with mashed avocado and he was very impressed.




I would like to return to Arbory on a warm night as I think it would be the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a few drinks whilst watching the Yarra at night. But as the warm weather is a few months away I don't think I can wait that long so I might just have to make a return visit before then to try their lunch and dinner menus!

Arbory is open from 7:30am - late - every day of the year

Arbory website

I highly recommend this place and after all transport is just a few metres away if you happen to have a few drinks! Definitely go check it out for yourselves!

Let me know what you think if you go there. Have a lovely week!

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