Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016



Happy New Year!
Hope you have all enjoyed the first week of January.

2015 was a year of growth for me. I had many lows during the year. But purchased an apartment off the plan and I put my head down and worked hard to save. Then the year ended on a high note which took me completely by surprise.

So here's to 2016 where I will be moving into my apartment and living on my own for the first time in my life. I am a little stressed because I've never made a huge purchase like this before, I am also very excited and keen to see inside the apartment. I can't wait for it to be finished and I look forward to furnishing it and developing my own decorating style.

I am hoping to travel some more this year even though I will have a home loan which will make saving hard. But if I put aside money for travel and work that into my monthly budget I'm sure it will be achieved, just might take a little longer. For this year I am planning to go to the mountains for a ski trip, something I have wanted to do for a long long time.  Hopefully I will get to go overseas as well but we'll seee!

On a personal level - this year I want to focus on finding out more about myself, who I am and what I enjoy. I want to stop worrying about what other people think of me and just say the things which I wish to say and do what I want to do. I am a very selfless person and in the past I have put so much effort into other people's ideas and dreams and goals, to the point where mine haven't even mattered. I like helping other people and probably will still do that but I am really going to focus on my own goals and dreams this year.

I thought I would also share my blogging goals for the year:

1. Post content more consistently
2. Improve my photography skills
3. Connect more with other bloggers
4. Actually use my social media accounts (they've been as neglected as my Neopets were haha)

I would love to hear all your goals for 2016 too, so please feel free to comment below! Have a great week!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Diplomat Highett

The Diplomat Cafe is one of those places that always looks packed when you drive past. On this late afternoon it was surprisingly quiet.

The cafe is located directly opposite Highett station, just off busy Highett Road. The cafe's interior is spacious and clean, the decor is minimalist with an element of kitsch, there were plum puddings hanging from the roof and best of all there were dinosaurs scattered around the place complete with santa hats, which made me a very happy girl. This place has a great atmosphere and a mixed clientele of cafe goers, families, business type couples, teenagers and older people. There are plenty of outdoor tables as well as indoors.




The staff were very friendly, attentive and seemed to be genuinely interested in us. The customer service is excellent, probably because we were there after the rush died down but our rather excellent coffees came almost instantly! The menu is reasonably priced and has some excellent options so there's something for everyone! We ordered the French toast and the gnocchi. Both were delicious!




The Diplomat is definitely worth a visit if you are in the bayside area! I think more cafes should feature dinosaurs! Don't you?

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Fresh Start & A New Adventure


If you haven't already noticed, Madeleine in Wonderland has had a makeover and I have put all my old posts back into draft mode. I have been thinking about what to do with my blog for a while, I didn't want to abandon all the hard work that has gone into my blog but I felt it was time for a fresh approach since I have barely made a post this year. I had felt that I was kind of stuck in my online presence and I was in two minds about what to do but I think I have made the best choice.

Here I am! Finally I have made some decisions for a different direction for my blog. The content is new and something I feel more comfortable with and more inspired by at this stage of my life. This blog will no longer be about what clothes or makeup I am wearing but rather about what I'm doing. Madeleine in Wonderland is now a lifestyle blog so I will be posting about places I visit, where I eat and events focusing primarily in Melbourne and Victoria.

Also as I am moving to a place of my own next year I will be also doing a few home inspiration posts and some styling my apartment.

I hope you guys will enjoy my new journey as much as I have been! 
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