Sunday, 27 August 2017

Great Ocean Road, Australia | May 2017

When my friend Kylee got engaged at the end of 2015 and told me in NYC that her wedding is planned for May 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, I knew that I wanted to include the Great Ocean Road tour as part of my Melbourne itinerary. It would be my second trip to Melbourne and I missed the opportunity during my first trip simply due to lack of time.

I booked a day tour with a company called Go West Tour, which I discovered from Trip Advisor. It is a very long full day tour but it is worth it given the price point. The tour included pick up from and drop off at hotels located centrally in Melbourne City Centre. The group is small too, which is what I liked about it; mine consisted of nine individuals. There was just enough balanced between meeting new people and having conversations during the tour, but equally, the group was easy to manage and not much time was wasted on waiting on other people.

The all-day Great Ocean Road tour included a stop at Kennett River, which is one of the best places to spot koalas in their natural habitat, a chance to admire the natural beauty of rock formations at the 12 Apostles at Port Campbell Park, and a walk through the rainforest of Great Otway National Park.


Sunday, 20 August 2017

How the Too Faced Natural Love Palette Got Me On Board with the Brand

Confession time!

Until recently, I have never own any make-up and beauty products from the brand Too Faced. I know! I should have told you to make sure you're seated at the start of this post.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Travel Souvenirs Which Are Functional and Wearable

If you are anything like me, enjoy travelling and have a forever expanding list of places to visit, you will appreciate this post.

Travelling not only opens up your mind and expands your life experiences. It also gives you the opportunity to become a story teller one day.

When I travel, I not only look forward to witness how the locals live, experience the culinary delights, put my photography skills into practice but also to come home with nothing less but great memories of the places that I had visited.

One of the ways I do to remind myself of the places that I had visited is by collecting magnets. They are often readily accessible which means I will not have to go the extra miles to find them. In addition, they are small and light, which means they are luggage-weight friendly. But more importantly, they are not expensive at all, much to my wallet's delight. Having said, there is only so many fridge magnets that could put on your fridge, and if your kitchen is like mine, where all the white goods are fitted to the cabinet units, you may not have anywhere to display your pride possessions.

This brings me to today's post. Other than magnets, over the years, I have also returned home with very specific memorabilia from places that I had visited which are functional and wearable. When I say functional, I mean pieces that I can incorporate into my day-to-day life and elevate my outfits and style (other than the Venetian mask below, but hey it may come handy for a costume party, yes?).

Let's start shall we?


Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Ordinary Products I Am Trying Out

If you haven't heard of the brand The Ordinary, I don't know where have you been and what have you been up to.

The Ordinary is one of the brands under the umbrella company, DECIEM. They pride themselves as a company that offers clinical formulations with integrity. At the time of writing, there are currently more than 20 skincare products offered by the brand. These include acids, vitamins, retinods, hydrators and oils which are essential as part of a regimented skincare but are often hidden in the small prints of the ingredients list of the packaging of our skincare products. And this is the key differentiator of The Ordinary as a brand. They stripped back all the unnecessary marketing packaging, and focus on the products itself.

As a self-confessed skincare lover, it is hard to miss that almost everyone in the beauty industry is talking about this affordable and accessible skincare. So I decided to jump onto the bandwagon and see for myself what the fuss is about.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Another Age Milestone Unlocked!

My birthday this year fell on Saturday. It was the one that just past. Definitely a year older, hopefully slightly wiser too?

On the day itself, I had a bit of reflection and here are the top ten things that came to my mind.

I thought it would be useful to capture these here and to share them with you. After all, we do occasionally need the reminder especially when we are too busy speeding on the fast lane.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Large Supple Lady Dior Handbag

Every bag has its own story, which is why it is never just a bag. Well at least to me, a hard core handbag lover!

Dior is the first luxury designer brand that I was introduced to and the very first Lady Dior handbag that caught my eye was a gorgeous Red Lady Dior in crocodile leather. I was still in school at that time, pretty much clueless about designer handbags, but pretty discerning, at such young age. It was that particular moment that the handbag monster in me was unleashed, I am sure.

Fast forward to the present, and over the years of my working life, I have accumulated an impressive and sizeable collection of Dior leather goods, ranging from small leather goods such as its square and long wallets, to its iconic handbags such as the Saddle bag, the Boston bag, the Granville, and the Lady Dior.

So last week, on my very last day at Florence, I walked into the Dior Boutique to see if their Autumn/Winter Collection had arrived in store. While I always knew that my next handbag would be a Large Lady Dior, I have yet to decide on the colour.
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