Sunday, 17 September 2017

48 HOURS IN VENICE, ITALY


V e n i c e  is a very touristy country. It is also a city that is made for walking, where the streets are perfect for wandering due to no vehicle traffic. Venice is also known for being the City of Masks, other known as Venetian Masks. We never got the chance to join the Carnival of Venice, which is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. But we did get to see many Venetian Masks in the shops and along the stalls on the streets. What I really loved about Venice, Italy was that every turned that I took, it looked like a postcard to me, I seriously loved the architecture. 


Italy's is mostly known for its best Pizza, Pasta, Risotto, Tiramisu and of course the Italian Gelato, in it's food aspect though! But if you're not careful, there's tons of bad food in Venice, which we experienced this in a pizza restaurant in Venice. I've had way better pizza in Australia and was pretty disappointed at our first dinner experience in Venice.  But this was all the back in 2011, the food industry might of changed in the last six years or so?! Let me know in the comments below! 


There are so many things to do and see in Italy, Despite only being in Venice for 48 hours. I definitely recommend seeing the Bridge of Sighs, Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, go on a gondola, eat heaps of different kind of gelato's and try every pizza! I also recommend to have a itinerary and of course research things to do and see in Venice, before reaching the touristy city. 

Have you ever been to Venice, Italy?

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Monday, 4 September 2017

AUGUST BOOK HAUL


It's been a while since I've done a book haul, I'm pretty sure the last one I did was all the way back in January this year! So I wanted to share with you guys some of my favourite books that I've stumble across the past eight months. First of all I wanted to share with you guys t h r e e benefits of what reading does to you (hopefully to get you guys inspired to read more books); 

o n e: It reduces stress 
If you had a stressful day at work, school or university etc, by just reading a book all of that stress slips away and then you find yourself in a great story. Apparently if you read for six minutes straight silently, your stress levels will reduce by up to 68 per cent!

t w o: A workout for your brain
This doesn't require any physical activity and plus you won't be huffing and puffing after this workout. It's pretty obvious that your body needs movement and so does your brain. By reading it will help you to concentrate better and also increase your intellectual activity. 

t h r e e: Inspiration
Let's just say you came across a book on  British culture or even a noel and the main character is a chef. The next day or so you might find yourself reading and researching on British culture and finding many British recipes and also might find yourself in the kitchen making a Sunday roast for your family! 


Skylines by Yolanda Zappaterra and Jan Fuscoe
I found this book about a year ago in the DFO book shop for only $7.00! I absolutely love books on travel, big cities and different cultures. One of the best purchases I've ever made and the book features incredible illustrations by Jenny Seddon.

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith 
A fellow blogger you might know her by her blog name sfgirlbybay. This book features Victoria's beautiful photographs of San Francisco such as neighbourhoods, landmarks and hot spots in San Fran. The cover of the book caught my eye when I first saw it! 


Elsa's Wholesome Life by Ellie Bullen
This is a book that I picked up a month ago and I'm seriously glad that I did. This book promotes a healthy lifestyle and has over 100 awesome and yummy vegan recipes. Ellie Bullen is also a fellow blogger and has an amazing Instagram account which you guys should totally check out @elsas_wholesomelife.


The Trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Summer Queen is the first in the Trilogy and the second book is the Winter Crown and the last one is called the Autumn Throne, which I still need to purchase! Elizabeth Chadwick is an award winning and best selling author in historical fiction, I seriously recommend these books that if only you like historical fiction! 

What books are you currently reading?

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

MY BUCKET LIST


I have to admit and say that I love bucket lists! A month ago I published my Travel Bucket List and I had some really great responses from you guys! So I thought I would share my full size bucket list and I’ve been very blessed enough to tick some items off my list.

M  Y   B  U  C  K  E  T    L  I  S  T

1 // Take a ride in a hot air balloon.
2 // Go and see the hot air balloon festival in Cappadocia, Turkey.
3 // Climb the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia (I had a chance to this on my Year 12 Sydney Trip, but choose to go shopping instead... Looking back at it now… MAJOR REGRETS).
4 // Visit Bora Bora (and stay in the overwater bungalow huts).
5 // Visit Maldives and go swimming with the sea creatures.
6 // Visit the Greek islands (Santorini, Mykonos & Oia).
7 // Start my own business (May Avenue Shop).
8 // Go on a cruise.
9 // Stand up while paddle boarding.
10 // Go Surfing (crazy to think I haven't done this yet! Since I only live 30 minutes away from the beach).
11 // Watch a theatre play.
12 // Go on a zip line.
13 // Stay at the ice hotel in Sweden.
14 // Go Camping or glamping.
15 // Rope swing into a lake.
16 // Go karting in Tokyo, Japan.
17 // Graduate from University (A year to go).
18 // Carve a pumpkin.
19 // See the Northern Lights.
20 // Achieve my ideal weight.
21 // Go for a fish pedicure.
22 // Go horse riding on the beach.
23 // Go to a shooting range.
24 // Have a white Christmas.
25 // Holiday in a log cabin in the snow.


26 // See a ballet play.
27 // See the pyramids in Egypt.
28 // Ice skate in New York City.
29 // Shop at Harrods in London, England.
30 // Ride a dune buggy in the desert.
31 // Visit the United States of America.
32 // Go to a floating lantern festival.
33 // Explore Hawaii beaches.
34 // Visit Moraine Lake in Canada.
35 // Go on a Segway.
36 // Float on the Dead Sea.
37 // Fly in first class.
38 // Go to a drive in movie theatre.
39 // Live in another Country.
40 // Ride a camel.
41 // See snow fall from the sky.
42 // Visit Dubai.
43 // Ride in a helicopter.
44 // Fall in love + get married.
45 // Visit Petra, Jordan (Hidden city).
46 // Go to a Concert (One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez & Arianna Grande).
47 // Own a Canon 5 Mark III camera.
48 // Become a mother.
49 // Cut my hair short (like shoulder length short).
50 // Write a book (travel or cook book).

I hope you enjoyed reading my full size bucket list! 

Share below some items on you bucket list!

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A MINI MECCA MAXIMA HAUL + L1 BEAUTY LOOP


So I have another mini haul for you guys, but its from Mecca Maxima! If you never heard of Mecca Maxima, it is basically a Sephora store and it has over 60 beauty brands. One of the perks why I love buying my make up products from Mecca Maxima is the Mecca Beauty loop. It is a little beauty box that you get four times a year, its where you receive deluxe beauty and make up samples. There are three levels of boxes which only depends on how much you spend within the mecca maxima store over the last 12 months. But first, I shall start off with the mini haul!


+ Stila - Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
I heard and read so many good reviews on this mascara, so I had to go and purchase one! I have to admit and say it would have to be one of my favourite mascaras. I wanted to try out a new mascara for a long time because I've been only using benefit mascaras for the longest time ever. So glad I did!

+ Origins - Clear Improvement Mask
I've been using this mask for over a year now and I absolutely love it, so I had to go and repurchase it again! Every time I get a pimple I quickly go and grab my mask and dap it on my pimple and the next day its gone! 

+ Urban Decay - All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
I also read and watch a lot of youtube videos on this make up setting spray and how it actually makes your makeup stay for a long time, so I thought I would try this product out. 

+ Kitsch - Hair Coils
This is would have to be my favourite hair product ever, I definitely recommend you guys to purchase hair coils! They do not give you headaches or leave any kinks in your hair!


In the August level one beauty loop box you receive; 

+ Too Faced, Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua shade
+ Frank Body, Original Coffee Scrub
+ Dr. Dennis Gross, Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Packette
Nuface, Prep 'N' Glow

Have you ever heard or bought from Mecca Maxima before? 

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

LITTLE CLIVE | BRISBANE CAFE


Ok, I promise you that this is will be my last "cafe review" post on my blog for a while! During my university winter break, one of my goals was to visit as much cafes in Brisbane, which I can tick of my list. I probably went to 6 or 7 cafes in total, it was pretty cool trying new foods and discovering new places! Little Clive cafe is located on Little Clive street in Annerley, the cafe has an outdoor veranda setting which gives the cafe a 'chilled out' vibe with its recycled timber tables.  The veggie burger at the Little Clive cafe was super duper delicious, I definitely recommend ordering the burgers guys!!


I ordered a hot chocolate and the Pretty Patty burger, which was basically a veggie patty,  smashed avocado, lettuce and caramelized onions and a side of shoestring fries, which was super yummy. My sister ordered a hot chocolate as well and the PBJ Time Pancakes, layered with house jam, smooth peanut butter sauce, peanut brittle and floss, which was also very tasty. 


So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed reading my cafe review posts over the past few weeks. 

What are some of your favourite cafes to visit? 

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A MINI M●A●C HAUL


It's been a while since I bought any make up from MAC or Mecca Cosmetics and Sephora. MAC is still one of my all time favourite make up brands and when I heard that MAC was doing the National Lipstick day offer where you spend over $100 online you get a free lipstick, so I thought might as well buy a few small things that were on my Wishlist. 


I'm a massive fan of MAC's Mineralize Skin finish, I already have it in Soft & Gentle and Lightscapade and now in Gold Deposit. I use the mineralise skin finish nearly everyday so I wanted to try out another shade and hopefully one day I'll end up with the whole collection.


For the National lipstick day at MAC I got the free lipstick shade in Faux, which is my all time favourite lipstick shade. I also (finally) got my hands on the Extended Play Lash in Endlessly Black. I've heard so much about it and has you known by now that it is (supposedly) the best lower lash mascara. 


And Lastly I picked up the MAC Eye Khol in Fascinating shade, which is an all white eye liner. I wanted to change up my make up look a bit and I know it looks great with a winged eye liner and a bold lip too. I also received an complimentary sample, the MAC False Lashes Extreme Black mascara, looking forward to trying it! Hope you enjoyed reading this mini MAC haul! 

What is your favourite MAC product? 

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

MISS BLISS WHOLE FOODS KITCHEN | BRISBANE CAFE


What I really loved about the Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen cafe is that the cafe food is super duper healthy and has vegetarian and vegan options too. The dishes are unprocessed and refined-sugar and are also free from additives and artificial substances and they support both local and organic produce whenever possible. The cafe itself is a bright and airy space and at the counter you'll find a range of take away options such as have chia pots and seasonal salads. 


What I ordered at Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen cafe was the Caramel Spelt Hot Cake with date caramel, maca coconut yogurt, caramelised banana, goji granola, clove and ginger syrup. I definitely recommend ordering this dish if your super hungry! The dish itself was super yummy and I highly recommend this dish! My cousin ordered the Semolina and Quinoa Porridge with saffron poached pear, sour cherry jam, almond crumb and lemon balm, which I try and was pretty damn good! 


Next time I definitely want to try the the Charcoal Spelt Pizza with roasted mushroom and beetroot, grilled capsicum, eros pista and cashew cheese and also the Maple & Juniper Crispy Skin Salmon with smoked paprika bean puree, brown rice, roasted beetroot, charred broccolini, walnut pāte, paperboy salt & soft 'n' gooey egg! 

What are your favourite dishes to order at a cafe?

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