Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stunning, Glamorous, Divine, Ravishing.

I just can't stop going back and looking at this Zara dress which has already been posted on a few other blogs. The shape, the colour, the cut... perfection.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Considering a juice cleanse

I've been considering doing a juice cleanse for a while now. I want to do one for many reasons, being increasing my energy levels, feeling 'cleaner' and 'lighter', and giving my system a break after a hectic year, and before the holiday season. I hope my skin will benefit, as it is feeling dull, dry and congested. I've lost 10kg in the past year, and I've reached my goal weight, so weight loss isn't a priority for me, but I'm interested in how my body would respond to a cleanse. There are two main cleanses which I know of, and that I have to choose between. They both offer the service that I'm after - a 3 day juice cleanse to detox the body, which are delivered to your home. They also both offer 1 and 5 day cleanses. Both options have tons of reviews by bloggers, so I'm hoping for some opinions and recommendations about which way to go!


Urban Remedy
http://www.urbanremedy.com.au/



The thing I like about Urban Remedy is that they offer 3 detox levels, to cater for individuals' previous detox experience, and how drastically they want to detox. The differences from what I can tell is that the Level 1 Cleanse (easiest) has more fruit ingredients, and Level 2 and 3 has less fruit, and more of a vegetable base. I think Level 2 would be good for me, as I already am quite active and eat relatively healthily (as well as rarely consuming alcohol and not smoking). Their 3 day cleanse is $195, with delivery to Melbourne costing $10. There is an offer for a $20 discount if you 'share' it on Facebook.



Schkinny Maninny
http://www.schkinnymaninny.com.au

I first heard about this company a long time ago, and forgot about doing a juice cleanse before I received an email from them telling me that they were now available in Melbourne. Their juices are made up of fruits and vegetables, as well as a lentil soup for lunch. Their 3 day cleanse is $215, with 1 day delivery (to inner suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney) costing $19.95.





At this stage, price will be a huge factor in my decision, as I am a university student, but I'd like to hear opinions and recommendations from others until I make my final decision.

My boyfriend is very interested in how I go with this detox, as many of his clients have been asking about detoxes and juice cleanses. I'll definitely be recommending my cleanse to them if all goes well.

What are your experiences with these or any other juice detoxes?

Freedom!

I'm so glad I can finally write that uni is over until March 2011! I can honestly say I just barely pulled through to complete the semester. There were so many times I wanted to throw it in, drop out of some subjects or defer everything. I had one exam last friday, and I am not confident at all that I passed it. I know its normal for people to say 'oh it was horrible, I bet I failed!' when in reality they did fine. This is real. I added up the marks I thought I may have gotten, and it came to about 40. I need over 50 to pass the exam, therefore passing the subject.

Summer Holiday To Do List -

- Holiday to the Gold Coast and spend New Years Eve there. I'm so excited! I haven't been to the Gold Coast since I was a kid, and this will be my first proper holiday in two years, and my first holiday with my boyfriend.

- Get my eating in check. I've been yo-yo-ing between healthy eating and being unhealthy here and there due to various circumstances (bad weather, exams, uni assignments, PMS, boyfriend having a cheat week before his diet started, etc). I can't remember the last time I went an entire day without something unhealthy. I think its better for my sanity if I don't do it like that actually. I need to allow myself one 'treat' every day. The trick is limiting portion size, as I am someone who will eat the whole block of chocolate, whole cheesecake, whole bag of chips, etc, even if it makes me feel sick, just because it is there, and available. Earlier in the year it worked very well when I would make my daily treat a McDonalds soft serve cone. At 100 and something calories, and 50 cents, it is affordable, easily accessible, and no chance of going back for more, as by the time I have finished, I have left the drive thru of McDonalds far behind. Its not the most healthy of things, but hey, a serving of fruit and yoghurt just really does not do it for me.

- Work regularly and save the money I make without spending it on silly things (exceptions are spending money for my New Years Gold Coast holiday, Boxing Day sales, Christmas presents for Mum & boyfriend or a new Victoria's Secret order if the US-AUD exchange rate improves dramatically).

- Clean and declutter my room. I've been living in my current house for just over a year, and felt like I haven't found a place for most of my things in my room and bathroom since the move. Having the master bedroom and ensuite, you would think storage space wouldn't be an issue for me, but it is. I seriously need to declutter, and this includes going through my wardrobe, as after losing 10 kilograms in the past year, many of my clothes do not fit me. I'll sort through which I can sell, donate, and alter to fit me better.

- Go to the zoo. I've wanted to visit ever since moving here, but noone wants to go with me. I will go by myself if it comes to it.

- Not get sunburnt. I've come to the realisation I am not meant to have tanned skin. I have type 1 skin which burns and freckles. I don't want to have pigmented and discoloured skin when I am older, so I plan to take the greatest care with sun protection this summer.

- Organise my super funds. I have my superannuation spread between three funds from my previous jobs. I would really like to combine these into one, just for my own peace of mind.

- Go to the dentist. Need I say more?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Early Christmas Present

Yesterday I received an early Christmas present from my boyfriend, a Chanel interlocking C crystal necklace.

Very happy.



Saturday, November 13, 2010

New things

Just a quick post as I haven't updated in a while. What a shocking start to this blog.


  • I have a new job. Its a bartender/barista at a restaurant. There is so much to learn and its so fast paced I'm constantly running around for four to six hours. I don't have any real experience making coffee (this place prides itself on its coffees), and they have quite a few signature cocktails which must be done in a certain way, which I also need to learn. Last night I worked six hours and I felt like my head was going to explode.

  • My friend's father just got the most amazing job. Its a very high up position and he will be posted to a Pacific Island for three years. He and his family (when they visit) will be the equivalent of royalty there. I've been given permission to visit whenever I want to, all I need to pay for is airfares, and I'll have myself a five star island vacation.

  • Its coming up to my boyfriend and I's one year anniversary. I can hardly believe it, especially with the unusual way we met, and got together. 

  • I have no idea what I want to do this New Years. It doesn't involve going out to a packed nightclub though. What else is there to do in this wonderful city? Maybe I should try and organise a beach trip and spend it there, that would be different and very nice.

  • My friend is going to Africa, and is flying back to Australia via Melbourne (she lives in my old hometown), so I'll be spending Christmas eve with her. I cannot wait.

  • Christmas shopping time is truly here. I don't have a lot of people to buy for (just my boyfriend and my mum), but because of this, I like to make an extra effort and get something they'd both love. This is difficult when they both say they want 'nothing' and I should not spend my money because I don't have any. I enjoy giving, They need to understand this! I'm going to investigate online shopping, especially with the fantastic US-AUD exchange rate. If items are to arrive on time, I better get to it super quickly!

  • In six days time I have my only exam, and then I will have completed my first year of university. It's accounting, and I'm horrible at it. I dropped out of maths in year 12, and anything with numbers makes me want to run. I need to tackle this textbook and study until death.

Monday, November 8, 2010

stylestalker

I've come to love the brand stylestalker, created by Sue-Ann San and Rachel Zeilic.


They are very reasonably priced, and Nicky Hilton, Katy Perry, Tamin Sursok, Kim Kardashian and contestants on Australia's Next Top Model have all been seen wearing the label. You can buy at their online store, which has an $8 flat shipping rate for Australian orders. Does anyone know where they are stocked in Melbourne? I can't remember the name of the one shop I saw it in once!


























I especially adore their range of dresses. I will definitely be making a purchase.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fashions from the Races

Here's some outfits from the Spring Racing Carnival, minus Stakes, which is tomorrow. I love fashion for the races.
















Thursday, November 4, 2010

Current Products on Rotation

Here is a current list of what I am using. A lot of things I have downgraded this year, due to becoming a uni student with a significant drop in income.


Shampoo: Nature's Organic Organic Care Dry Nourish
Conditioner: As above.



I got these when they were on special at Woolworths. They are beyond cheap, but smell fantastic, and don't contain Sulphates or Silicons. I like it even better than my previous HG salon brands.




Styling products: Batiste Dry Shampoo and Kevin Murphy Styling Spray
Shower Gel: I've just finished up my lush shower gel, and have just purchased Original Source Shea Butter & Honey Shower Gel. This stuff smells amazing! When I finish it, I'll probably purchase their Lime one.




Body Moisturiser: Yes to Carrots
Deoderant: Rexona Crystal
Fake Tan: None
Face Wash: Cetaphil, and Lush Ultrabland for the shower
Facial Exfoliator: I use a microfibre face cloth when needed, and Nutrimetics Microdermabrasion kit 3 times a week, which a friend who works for the company gave to me to try out.
Foundation Brush: I've actually stopped using brushes in favour of the good old sponge.
Foundation: Shu Umera Face Architect Fluid in 584.
Concealer: Prescriptives. I need to find a new one since this has been discontinued.
Powder: MAC Studio Fix
Blusher: Nars Orgasm, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose, or MAC Springsheen
Bronzer: Just a random Priceline brand.
Highlighter: MAC Vanilla
Eyeshadow Base: Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Eyeshadows: Favourites are all MAC.. Satin Taupe, All That Glitters and Banshee are current favourites.
Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline, and Prestige waterproof pencil eyeliner for waterline
Curler: Shu Umera mini eyelash curler



Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast
Lipstick: MAC. Current favourite colours are Rose Maiden and On Hold
Nail Colour: None at the moment, I vary all the time, though I love my OPI shades!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Real Thing

Last week I bought the most expensive dress I have ever bought.

Presenting, the Sass & Bide 'The Real Thing' dress.

(this is a model wearing the dress, not me)

$790aud.

My Melbourne Cup

Yesterday I went to my first ever Melbourne Cup.

... And I wasn't even there for the running of race 7, the Melbourne Cup.



I went with my boyfriend, who was up all night being sick, but still pulled through and got ready for us to go to Flemington in the morning. We were only there for two hours, and after being rained on, he said he really needed to go home to bed. Poor thing. I was super disappointed and even started to cry a little at the track.. how embarrassing. I just couldn't help it. I've wanted to go to the Melbourne Cup since I was a kid, and after finally getting tickets, spending hours searching for the perfect outfit and taking two trains to get there, only to miss the actual race.

Reflecting back though, there were positives. I had a punt and picked second place in the third race, met some of the people who work at the races as bookmakers (boyfriend previously worked in the industry), and had a drink with some of them.

After making our way back, at Flinders Street, I decided to can the diet temporarily, and got one of my most guilty treats, a cone of Lord of the Fries fries with their Belgian sauce, which is a delicious, thick aioli. Admittedly, it did make me feel better about the whole thing, and as a result, I'm no longer craving any savoury junk food. Sweet, however, that's an entirely different story! Nothing seems to stop me from wanting sugar. It has come to my attention that Lord of the Fries is purely a Melbourne thing. The rest of the world is missing out. They are the best fries (or more correctly, chips) you will taste. They are a vegan and vegetarian fast food establishment who also make burgers and nuggets (all meat free, but very realistically 'meaty').



Next year nothing will stop me from going back to the races. It's likely I'll be back at the track before next Spring Carnival, but when the time comes, I think I'll spend a bit more and get better tickets than General Admission. There was just nowhere to go when the rain hit, and you really could not see much of the racing.


What do you think about Jennifer Hawkins' outfit? I think her dress is lovely, but her facinator seems to be channelling cat/mickey mouse.. I don't really like it, not for the Cup, at least.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Introductions please

I'm not sure why I have started this blog. But here we are. Let us see where it ends up.

I have been living in Melbourne, Australia for a year. During that year my life has changed tremendously. I am a 20-something year old studying Marketing and Human Resources at university. I loathe the university lifestyle. I miss having a disposable income far too much, which I had for two years working for the government after completing year 12.

I have a keen interest in fitness. I believe in weights as well as cardio. I have an interest in nutrition, despite my shocking eating habits and lack of talent in the kitchen. I enjoy shopping, reading, and betting online.

I don't wear heels. Ever. I've had too many operations on my feet and knees to risk rolling an ankle and ruining them.

I make fantastic cocktails, both in my spare time and my part-time job.

My boyfriend is a Personal Trainer. And yes, we got together when I was his client. Quite the scandal.

I have blogged before.

I enjoy gaming. I'm a closet nerd.

I have the palest skin possible. I don't believe in fake tan. I am trying to convince myself that my skintone is porcelain perfection, which is a difficult task, especially with summer up and coming.

I adore makeup, but often am too lazy to apply it nicely to myself every day, despite owning nearly every colour and formulation under the sun.

I am forever searching for a solution to the lack-of-volume for my hair

I don't have many real life friends. I need to work on this.

My sense of perception and awareness is odd. At times I notice things noone else does, other times, I don't notice the most obvious thing, or cannot comprehend the most simple things. Hence 'the oblivious'.

Enjoy.