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April 29, 2012

Cafe de wheels

On Saturday afternoon, Janet (who's just started a film blog) and I went looking for adventure (and food. Mainly food). We decided to drive to Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Tempe, which I've been wanting to try for a while since I always pass it on the way to IKEA. It's sort of a roadside diner which sells pies and hot dogs (there are also branches in the city). We sat in a nearby park, by a river, to eat our pies.


We both got the "Tiger" one, which is a beef pie with mash and mushy peas and gravy on top. It might look a little gross here but it's amazing.


Kisses from yours truly.



This awesome tree with branches that go right down to the ground.





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Yay for the ice cream man. I hadn't had icecream-van ice cream in years!

We're starting a new block at uni tomorrow, so it's back to the usual study-grind this week. I have a few posts with what I've been up to in the past couple of days lined up though!

April 27, 2012

10 secrets

Last week, Nabzz tagged me to for the 10 Little Secrets Tag. This is one I haven't seen before, so it was pretty fun to do! Like Nabzz, I included pictures, but these are all old ones and I didn't have photos for all of them.

01. What is the one product which makes you feel like a million dollars?
I'm going to be unoriginal here and go with red lipstick.



02. What is your skincare secret / A passed down skincare tip?
Sleep. I get terrible cystic acne all over my face and a good night's sleep (think 10+ hours) makes it look so much better.

03. Share your haircare secret?
... I use kid's 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/bodywash on my hair. That is legit my haircare secret. Also I make sure it dries in a certain way so that my fringe sits properly. I haven't really thought about keeping my hair "healthy" in a while.



04. What's your biggest diet rule?
Try to get those fruits and vegetables in. Go ahead and eat the bad foods that you like, but be sensible about it. I don't know, I hate "diet rules" because they connect eating with guilt and that's pretty unhealthy, in my opinion.



05. Any work out tips?
Ha ha ha. I actually haven't formally exercised in about half a year. I should probably start swimming again, and because my timetable's changed for the better, I really have no excuse for not doing it. So my workout tip for the day is... actually work out.

06. Which perfume is your secret weapon?
I don't really wear perfume. One year I wore this Body Shop cherry blossom scent a lot. I used up a bottle and my mother bought me another... then I got sick of it. So I've got a full bottle of cherry blossom perfume left.

07. Show us an item of clothing which always turns heads.
I don't think it always turns heads, but maybe my swimsuit because it's bright red and most people wear bikinis to the beach, rather than one pieces. I love my swimsuit, it's by Esther Williams and I still feel guilty about how much I spent on it, but this stops when I put it on. One time at the beach, a nice elderly lady told me that she loved my swimmers and that I looked lovely. This made my life.



08. What is your most treasured piece of jewellery?
I don't wear jewellery. The closest thing is my "Europe watch" (for those of you who don't know, it's the watch I wore on my Europe trip and now I'm really sentimental about it).



09. Who is your style crush?
Blair Waldorf in season 1 of Gossip Girl, Jess from New Girl, Wednesday Addams and various bloggers.

10. Tell us something we don't know about you.
Right now I have "Up All Night" by One Direction stuck in my head... don't judge. Oh, if you want something beauty related, I got my brows waxed at the Benefit brow bar in Myer today. It's really expensive and I need to find a cheaper place (any suggestions from Sydneysiders?) but they work actual magic with my eyebrows.

I'm going to take the easy way out and tag everyone who reads this. If you do end up doing it, definitely leave me a link because I love reading things like this (I'm nosy).

I kind of disappeared in the last week... I got caught up in studying. I did my exam today which means I'm free... for the next three days. I intend to really let loose this weekend (i.e. stay up til 2am reading blogs) and work on my tip #02.

April 15, 2012

Nineteen

Yesterday was my birthday, and I spent the day with a bunch of friends at Bondi. Despite the fact it's mid-autumn, it was lovely beach weather (as promised by the forecast). In some ways, it was even better than going to the beach in summer, because the sun wasn't searing and I didn't get sunburnt at all.

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Macarons I bought as a treat from the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. It's no Laduree (although judging by their prices they seem to think they are), but these my favourite ones in Sydney... and you can't eat macarons on a (real) beach in Paris.


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Like I said, it was gorgeous weather and pretty clouds.

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It started getting a bit cloudy and cool later in the afternoon.



Moo burgers for dinner.

Then Alice led us to this Mexican place on the other side of the beach for frozen margaritas. It was a bit of a walk and I was all Al, where is this? Alice, does this place even exist?. But it turned out that it does exist, and it's a pretty cool place (I won't question you again, Al) with awesome decor. We didn't get any food, though, because we were stuffed from dinner.




Afterwards we made our way back to the bus stop by cutting across the beach.

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I'd never been on the beach at night, it's so different! The waves take on a completely different, spooky, quality.




Overall, it was a blast (and for some reason, I'm sore all over). It seems we caught one of the last days of sun, because it's apparently going to rain all week (can you tell I love reading the weather forecast?). //ETA: 100th post on this blog!

April 13, 2012

Dinner x 3

Three dinners from the past week. Considering that amount of studying I should be doing, I've been going/eating out a lot more than I should be. But it is my midsem break, after all!




Jamie's Italian on Monday night with Jenny, Alice, Carrie and Mel. The lighting is so low in there, I actually had to use the candle on the table to read the menu (I'm pretty sure that's not what it's for!). So my shaky camera hands didn't stand a chance, and you get blurry pictures.




More Italian on Tuesday, after seeing 21 Jump St (which is ridiculous, by the way). I love bruschetta bread so, so much (even if half the topping ends up dropping off - is there some secret nifty way to eat it?). Finished off with a good gossip in Starbucks (we considered gelato but it was freezing).




My favourite food court fare in Westfield Sydney on Thursday, with WL. I think parmesan and truffle oil chips is one of the best inventions ever. Then Starbucks at the end of the night (we sat there while they tried to to close up around us), to congratulate ourselves for a very successful shopping night (we met both our "shopping aims" - to buy a friend's birthday present and find a pair of red jeans for me).

After this weekend it's back to uni for me. I haven't done nearly as much uni work as I meant to do...

April 10, 2012

Shorts

Here's an outfit from last week. Showing off my shorts, which I think I've already posted about. I'd only worn them once since buying them last year, as they're hard to wear because they look like boy's school shorts when paired with most of my shirts. I think it worked out with this top, which is the girliest one I have. I like them because I can sit in them for ages during lectures and such (unlike my denim shorts, which are so uncomfortable).



I've been using this ASOS satchel (which I've complained about before) for uni quite often and it's holding up surprisingly well.

Last week was bare-legs weather, yesterday was hail, today was sunny, and I can hear the wind whipping up again outside. I'm hoping our extended summer extends itself a tiny bit more til Saturday, because that's my birthday and I want to hit up the beach!

April 8, 2012

Eating In

Food is often the highlight of my day, especially on weekends when I'm staying in to study. Breakfast gets me out of bed, the idea of lunch gets me through the morning, the promise of dinner keeps me going in the afternoon, and a pre-bed snack to look forward to after that (and, well, sleep). Over the past week, I documented some of my favourite things to eat when I'm at home.


First up is one of the greatest inventions known to humankind: instant ramen. I have cooking this down to a science. I like it best for breakfast, because that makes sense in my mind, and if it weren't for the terrible, terrible sodium content I would probably eat it every day of the week.


Bacon on english muffin with cheese, something more breakfasty. You can have it with egg, I suppose, but egg isn't my style.


Caesar salad. My favourite component is actually the croutons (you can make them yourself - chop up some bread and put it in the oven for a while). I always add enough caesar dressing to cancel out whatever the health benefits the vegetables have.


Cinnamon toast. You spread butter on the bread, and then sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top (or cinnamon sugar, if you have it), and kind of scrape it around with a knife to mix it up with the butter. Pop it into the oven for a while. It's really nice with tea, especially in the middle of the night!

I'm on mid-semester break now, so I've got a week off. Unfortunately I've got my exam right after it, so still need to study. It's nice to be able to take some time out from it, though, and catch up with friends I feel like I never see anymore. I've got lots of plans for this week!