August 2, 2015

Hit and Run (*****)

Good Afternoon,

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Had my hair and makeup done professionally on Monday morning for a shoot at work.

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They made my skin look super glowy and my hair so silky smooth… Now that I've seen the max potential of my skin and hair - the way I do it myself looks so dull. Being in front of the lens was difficult, I felt so awkward! The photographer kept telling me to open my eyes and smile simultaneously which isn't physically possible for my squinty smily eyes.

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After I was done at the shoot, I attended the office-wide meeting where they announced the three winners of an internal Instagram competition. My shameless selfie won me the prize pack that I was eyeing, worth around $250! The criteria was to post a beauty haul or selfie and all the other entries were hauls so I strategically did a selfie.

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On my ride to work on Tuesday morning… I was cruising at 20km/h (if even) in a bike lane, in broad daylight, wearing my hi-vis vest with my three bike lights flashing when an aggressive 4WD ('cos inner city terrain is so mountainous…!) impatiently overtook the turning vehicle in front ramming right into me! Frightened for my life, I naturally screamed and managed to regain my balance after she had hit me but before I knew it, she sped and ran the red light to avoid any confrontation! It's one thing to make that mistake of not looking, but it's another thing to not have decency to see if I was okay. Driving is a responsibility that I fear too many people take lightly - vehicles have the ability to kill, they're practically weapons… It's just so extremely selfish to not even bother looking out for other road users because you're complacent in your indestructible 4WD. Every human on the road should be cautious and 100% alert, not only for themselves but for eachother! This isn't a case of cars vs. bikes - the driver who drives into a cyclist IN A BIKE LANE is the same person on the train who sits their bag on a seat on a full train, the cyclist who disregards traffic lights, the pedestrian who carelessly jaywalks… No matter the mode of transport, it comes down to them being douche bags.

My blood was boiling when I got to work and as soon as I verbalised what had happened, I burst out crying. Totally 'off-brand' for me (I try my best never to cry in front of people because I know how awkward it makes people feel) but I couldn't help it, I was in shock… and was so angry.

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My friends at work were so good with their sympathy and hugs. Thinking back, me crying was totally dumb - I wasn't even hit hard nor did I have a scratch on my body or bike. My boss said, "I hope this makes you feel better" and gave me a Maison Kitsune T-shirt (!!!) - best boss ever and my thoughtful workmate found tarts in the kitchen and brought them back for me… They definitely know how to cheer me up, with clothes and sweet treats.

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That night we had personal training. Such a good turnout! Our personal trainer is so sweet, she made us protein balls.

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Poor burger angle… But our team checked out a new burger joint down the road for lunch on Friday. The name of the place is difficult to recall since it was just the street number but the burgers there were very delicious. They were the type to melt in your mouth, the buns were so sweet and buttery too.

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Dean and I sussed out the new Asian food court in Highpoint on Saturday. It's not really a traditional food court because each restaurant has designated tables. We choose to eat at Ajisen Ramen despite saying we'd have something light and not stinky. Ugh. It was so rich and we stunk of garlic from the depth of our stomachs.

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Had a much needed tea break at Dean's house. I got to use his new Brown mug, it's so cute! I made him watch the first two episodes of The Bachelor with me after I missed them during the week due to work (I stayed back past 9:30PM one night, eep!). This season is lacking someone like Laurina from the last season… Nobody is quite at that calibre of brilliance. Not buying that Heather girl's 'cool-girl' persona, she's too meme-y for my liking - it's like all her jokes are stolen off the internet.

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Today my dad took me out for brunch at Oscar Cooper after not being able to get a table at Tall Timber. When I got home I vacuumed, cleaned my makeup brushes and lubed the chain on my bike, then went to a dynamic fitness class. Feeling quite productive.

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July 26, 2015

20 Scoops. (****)

Good Afternoon,

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My all-time favourite lipstick: Stila's Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick in 'Fiery'. True to its name, it doesn't budge - could easily go a day without reapplication! The only times I need to re-touch is if I've eaten a messy meal and have to wipe food off my lips with a napkin. An added bonus; it smells like chocolate.

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Made a last minute decision to attend a La Mer training after work. Not only did we get fed pizza, it was interesting learning the story behind such a cult brand. Looking forward to welcoming the brand to Mecca Cosmetica soon!

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Highlight of the week… Getting a tub of Messina ice-cream delivered to work for free thanks to Uber! Being a total Uber noob I got the pickup location wrong but Jim the driver kindly came to find me. My heart was racing while I watched the ice-cream icon loom closer to me on the map!

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What a great marketing campaign… A win for all parties involved! Cept for my expanding belly … I think I've had at least 20 scoops of ice-cream in total this past week. In the middle of winter!

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Dean took me out for dinner on Friday night at Nieuw Amsterdam. All very tasty but disappointed that the chips and ribs came to our table quite cold - I reckon they were sitting at the kitchen for 10 minutes before a waiter came to collect them. The pumpkin doughnuts were AMAZING - would go back just for them.

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Had plans to check out some buildings at the Open House event on… Ended up meeting Dean too late on Saturday to have a good look around. We went inside the RMIT Design Hub… We both attended RMIT and the building was less open than it usually is on a normal day, haha.

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After a little walk around Collingwood, we checked out the night market at Minanoie before heading to Le Bon Ton for dinner. I told myself that I'd be good and eat relatively healthy food this weekend so I don't know why I suggested coming here… I'd be lying if I said #noregrets… #manyregrets. It was good  - wouldn't really recommend the burger though, it wasn't anything special. The onion rings were my favourite but there's no such thing as bad onion rings.

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Going to a meditation class at Happy Melon later today… Thought I'd need it because I sense a hectic week ahead of me! 

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July 19, 2015

19.08.15 (****)

Good Evening,

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Had our weekly PT session after work on Tuesday. Totally regret not participating earlier. After around  17 sessions, I see that my body is starting to tone - especially my back and arms where I was pretty jiggly! One of my favourite activities to do at training is boxing - it's such great stress relief. Here's a video our personal trainer took of us… I'm never not smiling whilst doing exercise, I look foolish:


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It was free food galore at work last week!

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They even had a mobile cafe come in twice to make coffee for everyone! Yes. This workplace is where I belong.

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My workmate is off to get married! Reception allowed me to design her celebratory cupcakes.

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Went out for a mid-week dinner with girlfriends… We ended up at Oriental Spoon. Would not recommend their tofu bibimbap.

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My workmate and I got up bright and early to check out the Jac+Jack sale at 8AM on Thursday. Quality sale! Sales held in town halls are the bomb. Bought a denim shirt/dress and a jumper. Managed to convince the rest of our team (who are all saving) to duck out of work to check it out (oops.).

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Made sure I got two scoops at Messina this week.

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On Friday night my workmate and I attended Spicers' (paper supplier) winter soiree where we enjoyed free food and drinks, heh.

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Afterwards we headed a few doors down to where more colleagues were gathered for a farewell and birthday.  By that point in the evening, everyone was pretty tipsy - it was weird (but amusing) seeing work people out of context. Sad to see my buddy leave, he was one of my faves!

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Yessssss! My replacement saddle arrived a few days ago! Wiggle are amazing - I feel compelled to write positive feedback on their Facebook page or something.

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Rode into the city on Saturday to meet Dean… Mecca Maxima is a good meeting place as it's where we lock our bikes - was able to see my promo IRL for the first time at this store.

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We were both kinda hungry so we went to Din Tai Fung at 4:40 for an early dinner - we didn't have to wait and got a table straight away… It was a pretty full house though! It's clean, spacious and all the staff greet you as you walk in - we felt as if we were in Asia, it doesn't feel like Melbourne in there.

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Their famous xiao long boa lived up to the hype! The skin was so thin and delicate and the juice inside was super tasty. Thought 8 between us would have been too many but I think we could have easily had 8 each!

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The other dishes we ordered were delicious too! It was all very refreshing.

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The only thing I didn't love was the mango pudding - which was quite bland.

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We didn't want to spend too much time at Din Tai Fung as we knew they'd be a massive line outside so we relocated to a cafe to have hot chocolates.

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We had a walk around the city eating Nutella doughnuts… I wasn't expecting them to be so delicious! Was a bit skeptical as they appeared bread-like but they were actually amazing.

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July 12, 2015

12.08.15 (***)

Good Afternoon,

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Pretty much within 10 minutes of posting my last blog I got an e-mail from Wiggle saying that they have dispatched my replacement saddle! I'm not usually one to return or exchange items so I am very surprised as to how easy it was. I've also approved parts for my full build and have finally put down a deposit! It's feeling very real now.

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Topped off a fun but productive working week with a smash and grab on Friday afternoon! This is a bi-annual event we have at work to get rid of excess stock (limited edition products and old packaging designs), they charge an entry fee which is collected and donated to The Hunger Project. Pleased with what I was able to grab, lots of everyday essentials - I think I have a lifetime supply of liquid eyeliner now.

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My mom offered to pick me up from work after the smash and grab so that I didn't have to carry my bags home on the train. We had pho for dinner on Vic Street. I repeated a mistake I had made before… Ordered the beef and chicken combination without specifying that I only wanted the shredded beef and chicken. Instead I got all the unidentifiable spiky weird bits.

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Yo-Chi in Yarraville with Dean on Saturday. Love their warm toppings for winter. Chai is back as well!

Had dinner at Dean's and we watched a documentary on Lance Armstrong, lol.

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Brunch at Le Miel et la Lune with family.

After lunch I sat on the couch with my mom and watched Amelie - saw a bunch of sights we'd visited on our recent trip to Paris. I fell asleep during the movie and my face felt all swollen and gross when I woke up from the makeup on my face and the chips I had been consuming.

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