January 25, 2015

Homecoming. (****)

Good Afternoon,

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Working in Richmond, we've always been spoiled for choice with lunch options but it just a whole lot better with the introduction of Hunky Dory! It was absolute bliss sitting in to have my lunch on a pleasant summer's day with all their large windows open to allow the breeze in.

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I can't not order the fish wrap… Ugh, I want one right now.

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Got featured in another staff picks e-mail… My mom said I looked shy and my photo looked like a passport photo compared to the others'.

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Yessss, summer is great at Mecca. Our freezers got stocked with a wide variety of ice cream last week.

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I'm giving away my neglected electric guitar from 10 years ago! So nostalgic, I'd say my biggest interest when I was 12 was music… NME was my bible (lol), I invested time in teaching myself the guitar and I remember forming a band in music class and performing 12:51 by The Strokes, we were probably really sloppy but it felt so good! I also managed to see all my favourite bands live (thank goodness for the all-ages area at Festival hall!), it started with Green Day, The Strokes, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, Kaiser Chiefs, etc… Then I started attending shows of local acts like The Grates, Midnight Juggernauts, Bob Evans, Architecture in Helsinki, Faker etc.

I feel like I was cooler when I was 12 than I am now at 22!

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Finally wore my brushed silk dress from Gianna Molinaro yesterday! The back is very low and I was feeling quite self-conscious about my bare broad and squishy back but it felt liberating at the same time, really comfy on a hot day.

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AHH! Bianca is back in Melbourne… Permanently! After over 3 years, she's back for good!

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This warms my heart! The company of my three favourite girls.

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We caught up over Moroccan cuisine at Sahara… Tried to get into their rooftop but was denied entry because I had no I.D. on me, I'm just a burden in these situations, we weren't even intending to drink anyway! So we ate at their restaurant. It was yummy!

By the time we knew it, 8 hours of girl talk had passed and it was time to go home. Bianca very generously offered to drive me home which was really great as it was getting pretty cold and I was nervous about my bare back on public transport after midnight…

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January 20, 2015

20.01.15 (*****)

Good Evening,

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Finally got around to using my ticket to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition on at the NGV over the weekend.

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With the National Gallery of Victoria, Mecca Cosmetica produced these limited edition nail appliqués… I got into the spirit and applied mine before heading to the exhibition. They were super easy to apply and they don't damage your nails the way that nail polish does.

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Met up with the two girls who were interning at Mecca a couple of months ago. We had delicious haloumi bagels from Jungle Juice before going to the gallery. It was a pleasure seeing both of them again, so good to hear of their recent achievements!

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The exhibition was curated well and sparked interest, it was fun how they had different themes for each room. I'm not going to lie, I didn't know of Jean Paul Gaultier's existence prior to hearing about our involvement with the exhibition at Mecca… So as much as I like what he stands for and appreciate the creative detail in his garments, it isn't really an aesthetic that appeals personally to me. This is really unintelligent of me but instead of analysing the pieces, I'd read the little blurbs and read things like, "worn by Beyonce" and be dazzled by how tiny she must be in real life to fit into such a playsuit.

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After the JPG show we went over to the Romance Was Born kid's exhibition. We decorated funky beards… My cheeks were too chubby for my beard.

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They looked much better as tiaras. When viewed upside-down, my beard displayed a jolly face!

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When I got home later that night I placed the beard on Cony and had a little laugh to myself. My mom didn't find it amusing.

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Eeeeeep! Got my hands on the Clarisonic Mia 2 deep cleansing device from Kit.

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So futuristic! The charger is magnetic!

I initially thought using a Clarisonic would be too time consuming but I swear, a Clarisonic minute feels like 20 seconds! It actually is speedier than my manual cleanse. There's a timer that is one minute in full but it indicates when you should move to the next facial area (so after 20 seconds on the forehead, it'll beep and you know to move on to the chin)… So clever! Another concern I had with the device was that it'd be too rough on my sensitive skin but it's soooo gentle.

I've only used it twice so far but I can see and feel a difference in my skin already! The biggest difference at this stage being the texture of my skin, it was so smooth this morning. I took a "before" photo after my first use and will definitely take an "after" in a month or so to compare.

All this talk about the Clarisonic is getting me excited about washing my face after this…

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My co-worker and I finally went on our breakfast bike ride this morning! We'd been planning since Autumn to ride to a cafe and have breakfast before riding our matching bikes into work together. Our cafe of choice was Drugstore Espresso on Toorak rd, I had the fancy coconut bowl that came with a glass of  the fresh coconut water from the bowl! It was a visual delight, totally insta-worthy. Our breakfast and ride before work was so pleasant,  we ought to do it again. What a great way to start the day.

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January 18, 2015

Crisp Cos Collars. (*****)

Good Evening,

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There's been what feels like a boom of ladies at work bearing news of pregnancies and engagements lately… So much excitement in the office! I witnessed for the first time, what someone had referred to as the, "Circle of Death" when word spread quickly through the female dominated office that someone had just gotten engaged… Everyone jumps off their chairs and flock the newly engaged girl, there's a lot of xoxo-ing and sneaky glances at the girl's left hand, then the questions are fired from left, right and centre! It's lovely that one person's happiness is everyone's happiness but how overwhelming! I don't think I'd be able to handle such attention, my nose would probably get all sweaty and I'd begin to stutter…

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The team had lunch at Pillar of Salt on Wednesday. This is maybe the day that I confirmed that I don't actually really like smoked salmon… The taste is very… persistent? It's easy to tire of. I don't mind it cooked, though.

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Before I knew it, it was Friday. I didn't get up to much apart from work this week. Dean came to collect me from work and we rode together into the city, we passed that croquet club thing which looked nice and festive but apparently they were charging a $5 entry fee.

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I made my (what has become) my weekly visit into Cos… They now had a 50% off all sale items sale. I regretfully saw a top I had bought the week before for 30% still there, oh well. I tried on a handful of garments and fed Dean chocolates in the changing room line to maintain his patience.

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Crisp Cos collars… Mmm! I bought his grey dress and a really pretty textural coral dress, both from the sale section of course.

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Dean and I had dinner at Gyoza Doraku, the place you can eat and drink to your heart's content and be pleasantly surprised with the cheap bill. The place's downfall is definitely in their customer service… They're so incompetent and clueless to the point where as a customer you can't be bothered doing anything about it… Like we ordered this dish that involved three different ingredients and it came with only two of them… So we asked where the avocado was and the manager said, "The avocado isn't in the dish name (bolded) on the menu, you're not supposed to read the description… The avocado is seasonal"… Another girl also kept trying to take our unfinished dishes off our table while we were still eating them! The same girl kept trying to take away our cutlery after we had told her numerous times that we were still waiting for the lamb ribs (delicious, btw) that took 30 mins to come.  Swallow my anger (and vent here) I will, and return because it's so cheap and the food's not bad.

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Today I saw my dad for the first time since mid December last year. He took us out to lunch at Proud Mary, it was suuuuuch a nice day to sit out in the sun.

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How pretty is my dish!? I had the tuna sashimi and a watermelon granita for my beverage. Felt like a healthy person for once, post-meal.

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Went to Ikea with my mom later in the day and ate at the cafeteria and felt like a unhealthy person as usual, post-meal.

Massive coincidence. We bumped into Bianca in the bedding section, it felt like a dream! She'd just arrived back in Melbourne last night after driving all the way from Brisbane! Ahh, I feel so happy now that all my best friends are back in close proximity. Maybe Bianca's absence is why I feel like summer hasn't come yet, for some reason when I think of summer I think of Bianca (doesn't make sense though, because genetically - being a redhead - the sun is her enemy)…

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January 11, 2015

11.01.15 (****)

Good Afternoon,

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It was mine and Dean's month anniversary the other day... We've totally lost count (approaching 3 years though!) but it's a good excuse to share a nice meal together once a month.

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We had dinner at Panama! A pretty casual setting but the food was fancier than a usual Thursday night dinner. Their chips were notably delicious.

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The desserts at Panama were enticing but we decided to go downstairs to Messina for ice cream. For [maybe] the first time I didn't get the salted caramel and white chocolate and went with a special, it had big chunks of caramel fudge scattered around, so good.

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On Friday night plans were to go home and read a book but I decided to meet up with a very giggly Shenia for dinner after work. We had a satisfying dinner at Gyoza Doraku... We ordered a variety of small dishes to share and we were pleasantly surprised to see our bill at only $26, crazy! After staying at the restaurant for too long, we got kicked out and relocated to a couple of chairs at Melbourne Central and faced them together and formed a little cot-like bed where we continued our girl-talk.

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Yesterday Dean and I tried out a cute little bakery cafe in Yarraville called Cob(b?) Lane (?... Unsure of name).

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Love at first sight when I laid my eyes on the cake cabinet!

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I had the creamed corn, it was just what I needed! Very delicious.

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Although it was a tough decision to make, I went with the pistachio, yuzu and earl grey cake! As far as cakes go it was quite light and refreshing. Our whole experience at this cafe was perfect, the staff were so polite and we couldn't fault the food.

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My 'all-pink-everything' outfit yesterday.

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Today (Sunday) I've gotten a chance to lie down and read which I had been looking forward to since downloading Gone Girl on to my Kindle last week. I'm also giving my room a clean for the first time this year.

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January 7, 2015

Gone Gurl. (****)

Good Evening,

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Please excuse that long piece of fringe... Ugh. My hair has reached that not-short-not-long length that I hate... I'm usually itching to get it cut at this stage but I'm committed to growing my hair, I even trim my split ends off daily.

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Dean always gets a case of FOMO from reading what I get up to without him on my blog so he insisted we go check out the Uniqlo sale after I had been just days earlier. We had lunch at Oppa, that new hip-looking Korean place on Swanston St. It wasn't bad, curious to try their KFC.

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After having a walk around the city, we rode our bikes to Carlton to go to the cinema. Had a pre-movie Yo-Chi to prevent hunger during the film.

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Like four months delayed... But we went to see Gone Girl. Dean and I both really enjoyed it! It was entertaining and engaging at all times and some bits were so ridiculous... Enough to make you chuckle a bit. 

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The film made me curious to read the book for the little details that didn't make it on screen... I downloaded it onto my new Kindle last night! I'm so impressed with the device, love how you can look up word descriptions with one touch... There are (shamefully) so many words I've heard a million times before that I only very vaguely know the meanings of. The Kindle is going to do wonders for my English...Expect to start seeing big words here in 2105.

Also! Another feature I think is genius is that when you tap on a character's name it comes up with a little profile on them... So helpful when there are 2455564 characters to memorize (imagine being able to do that in real life!)

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The pace at work is picking up this week, glad to be busy again. A lady at work brought in organic vegetables from the Yarra Valley today, I took a gigantic cucumber and munched on it all day at my desk dipping it in salt... So good.

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I'm turning 23 in exactly a month! 23 is such an adult age... Most of your parents were probably married by then! Ahhh.

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