Some of you may know and some may not, but I have spent the most part of the last month overseas in the states. My family and I left on Christmas morning and preceded to spend the following 35ish hours traveling to Orlando, Florida. During that time we endured LAX on Christmas morning, which was an incredibly frustrating experience, 10/10 would not recommend. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the entire trip because we’d be here forever.
We started at Universal Studios, which is home to Harry Potter World and it was spectacular to say the least, every detail was on point. The weather was crazy with 100% humidity and 30 degree weather in their so called winter. After 3 days of Universal fun including the Simpsons, minions and many more fun themed attractions, we moved over to Walt Disney World for an intense 6 day experience unlike any other. Walking into Magic Kingdom overwhelmed me with so much emotion and I practically cried from happiness. Even though we went during their busiest time of the year, both myself and the rest of my family enjoyed our time there thoroughly.
After conquering a week and half of straight theme parks, we all needed a break so what was the answer? Yes. Shopping was the answer. We hit most of the outlets in Orlando and Ft Lauderdale and boy did I get some deals. I also visited an Ulta and was so goddamn happy I could’ve spent every cent I had in there. (thank god I didn’t) My makeup and skincare collection expanded quite a lot and I can’t wait to try everything out and share it with you guys. We drove from Orlando to Ft Lauderdale which was quite honestly one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever experienced. I mean driving on the opposite side of the road was enough but add on that the others on the road weren’t the greatest of drivers, we were definitely in for quite a thrill. It’s okay though because the rest of our trip was all about resting and recovering.
Above is the only picture I snapped while in Aruba, because I was so damned relaxed I couldn’t fuss around with taking a million pictures. We all got to this beautiful island by hopping onto the Royal Princess and embarking on a 10 day Caribbean adventure. I had so much fun, other than I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail since the drinking age was still 21 on the cruise, but once I got to the islands I enjoyed many a pina colada on the beach. The experience was amazing and I was so relaxed before I had to trek all around the world to get back home.
Heading back to Australia took 40+ hours to get home since we had an 8hr layover at LAX. By the time we all found our way back to our house, we all collapsed and slept for the next day or two. Overall the holiday was amazing and I hope I get the chance to go back there again.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to?
Just over one year ago Alex and I started dating and it feels as if time has stopped for us as well as flewn by. Although we went out for a special dinner on the actual night of our one year anniversary, Alex had been planning something special and been keeping it a surprise for months. I literally had no idea, other than I had to pack enough clothes for a weekend away and that we were going to go to dinner somewhere nice.
I was beyond surprised and taken a back with excitement when he told me that we would be escaping to Bribie Island for the weekend. We ended up staying at this amazing B&B that had a gorgeous king sized bed with access to spa, sauna and pool facilities. We spent the day relaxing to the max in the spa and indulging in a Lush Bath Bomb!!!! Dinner was exciting and we splurged and got a couple of drinks as well as entrees and sides.
Even though we experienced the first heat wave of the season (the temperature got above 40 degrees Celsius) the entire weekend was pure bliss and we both had such an amazing time.
WOW!!! I’m getting old now. It’s unreal telling people that I’m 19, especially since 18 was so much fun. This year was probably the best birthday I’ve ever had, since historically I’ve had horrible birthdays. For example I spent my 17th birthday at a funeral, was not fun at all let me tell you that. This year though was in a totally different category, I had two weekends of fun and friends.
The weekend before my birthday I hosted a pajama and cocktail night with a lot of tequila involved. Everyone loved that they could rock up to a party in their onesies and we were all fabulously comfy and we smashed through multiple margaritas. I rocked my new storm trooper pajama pants and fluffy slippers and stayed super warm all night.
On my actual birthday I decided to keep it little low key and spent my day with my boyfriend, Alex. I really wanted to spend my day baking and cooking since my kitchen at home is bust so we ventured out in the morning to gather ingredients. Firstly we stopped for my favourite coffee, which is a White Chocolate Mocha with lactose free milk and a double shot from Zarraffas by the way. For the last couple of months Alex has kept his eyes out for some yellow tulips since they are only in season for a little while during winter, low and behold there is a bunch of yellow tulips at the Coles we went to, it was like fate. I had decided I wanted to make red velvet cupcakes since they’re my favourite, and the cupcakes turned out fine but boy do I need to learn how to make frosting properly. For dinner Alex and I made pork fillet with potato gems (or tater tots) with homemade cheesy garlic bread, which Alex made all by himself and it was amazing.
My makeup was amazing as was my outfit but with all the cooking and the dinner party that followed, I forgot to take a photo. Two of my closest friends came around and we had dinner and played Cards Against Humanity before heading to Fortitude Valley. We danced for awhile and decided to end the night at a cocktail bar called Alfred and Constance. My friend Siobhan and I tried the lychee martinis and they were an absolute treat for our bodies, sooooo yummy.
All in all I had an amazing day and it was definitely a day I will never forget.
Life has been hectic. There are no other words to describe the last couple of months. I’m not going to start listing out all the reasons why I haven’t been posting, that’s pointless. We all know that sometimes life likes to make it’s way into the way we normally run things, and that’s exactly what happened to me. Since the last time we talked so much has happened, serious family issues, health concerns and the tedious day to day troubles.
About a week after my last post I was heading to a mate’s 22nd birthday party and to be honest I was quite excited about the night ahead, it was going to be interesting. As I rocked up to his front garden my phone began to buzz and it was seriously the weirdest thing, since I’d left home less than a half hour before then. My sister’s face pops up on the caller ID and I answer, she asks me if I’m alone, so I step away from my friends to listen. I’m informed that my grandma had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything else that night was pointless, I was a mess. Since finding out this news, she’s had surgery and is now on radiation, and I would have to say that this would be the main reason why not only my life, but everyone’s life around me has become a little different. Hopefully she’s going to be okay but for about a month after the initial diagnoses we were all just in a state of waiting which was emotionally tolling.
Hold on, there’s not only bad news there is good! I did amazing on my final assessment pieces at uni last semester and my 19th Birthday is coming up soon. My Black Milk Clothing collection has also been growing…rapidly, which has brought great joy to my life. Work has also been good, very stressful, but good and I’m finding it incredibly satisfying.
To try and get back into the swing of things, I’m going to do a couple more “Since I’ve Been Gone” posts, to catch you all on the things I’ve been loving, wanting and hating.
Let’s just say that these past few weeks have been hectic as all hell, exams, work and squeezing in as many moments with Alex before he leaves on his cruise. With all this crazy I didn’t get to do half of the posts I’d planned on doing, for starters I wanted to tell you all about my awesome concert experience with Bastille!!!!
It’s very rare I go to a concert and don’t end up in general admission getting squished with everyone else, but on this occasion my mum really wanted to go with my sister and I, so we sat down. When we arrived at the Convention Centre at 7:30pmish we walked pass the long ass line for the people who were patiently waiting to try and get as possible to the band. We strolled right past them and joined the back of another long ass line, the one for merch. I have a little bit of guilt for my band merchandise collection because I’m in love with fashion and all it’s fantastic creations but I still only really wear band tshirts with jeans and Black Milk. I really can’t help myself!!!!!
You have literally no idea how much I adore this shirt, I practically lived in it the weekend following the concert.
Since we weren’t really bothered with the first supporting artist which was Allison Wonderland, we ventured from the merch stall and grabbed some food and cider. Although I was extremely pumped for this concert since we all bought tickets in November last year, I had had an exam earlier that day that was really stressful and then I knew I had another exam the next day at 8:30am! I was certifiably exhausted.
The second supporting artist was Foxes and she had such a gorgeous voice, so much so that I bought her album that weekend! The anticipation for Bastille to come on was incredibly intense, but once they were on they were ON! Lights going crazy and everyone screaming and yelling every lyric out until vocal chords popped. Stand out songs were Oblivion, The Draw and Laughter Lines also they played a new song that no one had heard yet and it was spectacular. For Flaws the lead singer jumped off the stage and started meandering through the general admission! Their stage presence was mesmerizing.
It’s such an experience getting to see one of your favourite bands perform live, I’d love to know what some of you favourite bands/artists are and if you’ve seen them live.
No, I haven’t forgot about my blog, let’s just say that me adjusting to finally having a social life is kind of a shock and it may take a while for me to get back to normal, plus I’m saving like crazy and haven’t been able to afford buying new products. The photos above kinda show what’s been going on lately, for starters that pic in the top left hand corner of me looking pretty cool as Hermione Granger was taken at my boyfriend’s 21st birthday party last weekend. It was a blast to say the least, everyone dressed up as what they wanted to be as a kid, I wanted to be an actress and Emma Watson was my inspo! The froyo was a personal treat to myself for surviving a hectic week and still managing to work and save money, let’s just say it was delicious, the taro flavour was so tasty as well. Since I’m uni heaps, I also venture to the uni bar…..quite often haha. I tried this pear cider with tropical juice a week ago and it was super tasty, definitely made the following tutorial interesting. Lastly, my most recent purchase from Black Milk, I always cling to my computer when they release new collections and when I heard they were releasing a Game of Thrones collection, I went a little crazy, I just had to have my piece. I got the Team Targaryen dress and I love it, they also had this dress in Long Torso which is great since I’m 5’11”!
Lately I’ve been head over heels with uni work and I’ve been trying really hard to get better grades this year, so far so good and I hope to keep it that way. I have also been working quite a bit, trying to save as much as possible for my trip to the US at the end of the year…..so I can buy the entire Sephora shop. Believe it or not, but i kinda have a social life now too, which is so weird, but I’m loving it. I’ve also been eating better (excluding the alcohol) and exercising nearly everyday! I’m hoping to do more OOTDs since I’m going out more and trying new combinations out, and plus the cooler weather will help with layering.
By the way i just wanted to point out that I got awarded the Outstanding Australian Beauty Blog Award as you can see on the right hand side of my blog. I was super stoked to be awarded this, it was honestly quite a shock.
Well as much as I love rambling about what I’ve been up to, I’d love to know what you’ve been up to lately, so let me know in the comments section below.
I love food! I’m fairly certain that’s an understatement because i seriously love it, I especially like trying new things, so I thought I’d share with you the handful of restaurants I’ve tried this year (or since I’ve been dating my new man). We actually have this little tradition going where we alternate between who gets to pick a restaurant each month and then have a little date, trying new places and new foods.
Wagaya Japanese Restaurant
I actually did a date night post about this one which you can read here. This is one of my favourite Brisbane restaurants, I’ve been here more than once now and can say that I absolutely adore it. The service is amazing and the experience is so unique. We ended up getting:
- Tonkatsu Kushiage – which was deep fried pork
- Takoyaki – these are AMAZING deep fried octopus
- Yakitori – marinated chicken skewers
- Ox Tongue – a lot of people get weirded out by the sound of this but it really is amazing, and I would definitely recommend.
- Eel Tempura – can I just say YUMMM
- Chicken Nankotu – Now when we ordered this we though it was just chicken pieces but it was actually soft bones that you ate, there was chicken as well, eating this was definitely an experience.
(At the top is the Yakitori and the bottom is the ox tongue)
(This was the eel tempura)
This was one of my picks (again) and it’s a Turkish restaurant in West End, I’d never had Turkish before and my friends and family were telling me it was amazing, so I simply had to check it out. Alex and I ended up getting this massive platter which was more than enough. I absolutely adored the grilled Halloumi, I can’t wait to try it again.
Last week Alex and I went to the Brisbane Comedy Festival and paired it up with dinner at this place in the Valley. Most of the selections were typical western asian food, and we picked the pork belly and sweet and sour chicken. Although they were somewhat familiar, they were in their own way unique and both tasted amazing.
(pork buns for an entree)
What are your favourite restaurants?