Friday, December 15, 2017

Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, Shrine of Remembrance, and Fitzroy

I visited Melbourne again during Spring. While I thought it would be warm, it was cold and windy for a Spring day. Luckily, I brought my floral embroidered denim jacket with me.

Because I had already seen Melbourne CBD and The Great Ocean Road and other Melbourne highlights (see Melbourne Itinerary HERE), I meant to check off some Melbourne stops that I missed out on the first time.
National Gallery of Victoria - floor

National Gallery of Victoria

It was quite difficult to get a park but we somehow managed to find one very near the main entrance. And since I'm no art expert, I won't go into detail about the exhibits but it was worth the quick tour. Entrance was free after all. I walked in and was greeted by such pretty floors - perfect for an Instagram shot. Lol! And of course, the rest of the gallery was very beautiful.

Shrine of Remembrance

From there, we walked a few blocks and made it to our next stop - the Shrine of Remembrance - where we were able to take in a picturesque glimpse into history.
Shrine of Remembrance - entrance


For lunch, I asked my brother to drive us to Fitzroy. I really didn't know where we should eat there and didn't bother to do my research. All I knew was that I wanted to see Fitzroy. What a quaint area and dare I say the most hipster suburb I've ever been to! Lined with restaurants and stores that sold expensive clothing to vinyl records - it really was such eye candy.
Fitzroy, Melbourne

Funny enough, we walked into a taco restaurant only to realise that everything on the menu was vegetarian! My husband and brother were NOT happy about that. Lol. So we walked out and realized that there were rows and rows of vegan restaurants. We finally found a Japanese restaurant that we were happy with.

So I hope you enjoyed this photo diary. I also want to share with you this floral ruffle hem holiday sundress from Zaful that I was supposed to wear with this outfit. Unfortunately, it was 2-4 sizes too big for me. :( I'll have to give it away to one lucky girl!

What I'm Wearing:
Floral embroidered denim jacket - Zaful (HERE)
Floral ruffle hem holiday sundress - Zaful (HERE)


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Friday, December 1, 2017

7 Ways To Decorate Your Living Room For Under $200

After a relaxed day lounging around in my high low floral sleeveless dress from Dresslily, I thought it would be a good idea to show you around our living room which we decorated on a tight budget. Think it's not possible? Here's a few ideas to get you excited to decorate your own living room.

1. Pick a good rug.
A rug is a staple piece in your living room. It can put the feel of your living room together - or totally ruin it. We found the perfect one for us on our trip to Melbourne and we immediately fell in love with this navy blue shaggy rug. It's so soft and exudes a luxurious feel - you'd never think we got it on sale for only $199! 

2. Personalise a decor shelf with photos or your favorite books.
Nothing says "home" more than photos of family. The perfect thing about decor shelves is that it also provides room for organisation. While I left the top 3 shelves for photos and decor, the bottom one I left to organise some board games. Can you believe I got this shelf for only $45 from Kmart Australia?
3. Add some metallic shimmer.
Something about gold that just adds the much needed "ooohh" and "ahhh" and that touch of luxury to your living room. Doesn't mean you have to shell out so much money though! For example, this fake cactus plant in a gold vase was on sale for only $2. The gold pineapple that I was obsessively searching for, I got for less than $15. Candles in beautiful candle holders are perfect too.
4. Add touches of color via your choice of pillows and throws for your couch.
Here's a little secret - we added this throw over our more expensive sofa to keep it from getting dirty when friends come over. Lol. Also, a soft touch of my favorite color - pink - through these pillows which we got on sale for $10-15 each from Cotton On Home.
5. Get with the season.
Since it's Christmas season, I insisted on a Christmas tree. The hubby wasn't that into it - he didn't want to spend on something that would potentially be messy (just a wee bit O.C.) and so short-term. So we compromised on a $12 tree and decor worth less than $20. 
6. Pick a key piece - a painting, or better yet - a personalised canvas print.
Seriously in love with this shot from our engagement photos so I had it blown up to a large sized canvas. These can be quite expensive. Thankfully, I got this for half price at less than $180 at Harvey Norman!
7.  Set up a small sitting/coffee area.
Would you believe this chair was only $45 at Kmart? And this coffee table we got for free from a friend. As with fashion, you should feel free to mix high end items with budget pieces. We picked this chair because it came in the same color scheme as our couch so the whole living room is still cohesive.
Do you have any budget living room decorating ideas?

P.S. If I wore this dress on a holiday, I would totally add this wide brim straw hat too.

What I'm Wearing:
High low floral sleeveless dress - Dresslily (HERE)
Featured wide brim straw hat - Dresslily (HERE)


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

7 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation From Work

Do you need a reason (or an excuse) to take a break from work and sign that annual leave form? I'm just relaxing here with my Rosegal floatie but I got you, boo! I’ve always been one for work-life balance. So here's 7 reasons why you should take that much needed break and have a holiday.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jord's Dover Timepiece in Ebony and Copper (Plus GIVEAWAY!)

Both my husband and I became fans of Jord’s wood watches the moment we laid eyes on my zebrawood watch from the Frankie series that I first featured HERE . Opening the box to reveal the Dover timepiece in ebony and copper was no different. I felt like I literally became the emoji with the heart eyes.
His and Hers Jord wood watch

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Spring Day at the Fleurieu Peninsula

It's Spring in Australia. The sun has come out to play, and so have I. Off we went for a quick road trip down south of Adelaide to pay the Fleurieu Peninsula another visit.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bae-sic White Tee and Denim Skirt (Zan.Style Review)

I love basics. In fact I have quite a handful of white tees because I just can't get enough of them. Now basics with a twist? Yes, please! Initially when Zan.Style asked me to do a review, I didn't expect much but the products definitely surpassed my expectations.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Adelaide Date Idea: Bridgewater Mill and Heysen Trail Fairy Garden

Looking for something other than dinner and a movie at the mall? How about a long, lazy and luxurious lunch followed by a lovely walk into a trail dotted with little fairies? Or swap it around and start with a late afternoon walk into the nature trail and end it with a fancy dinner and some wine. Sound good to you? Read on!
Bridgewater Mill SA bar

Monday, July 10, 2017

My Winter Survival Guide

Let's be honest, the Australian winter is nothing compared to winter in other countries. So we summer loving folks really shouldn't complain. But still, there is a need to turn the heater on. So here's how I'm living out my winter.

Friday, June 16, 2017

20 Signs Your 20s Have Made You Domesticated (#Adulting)

Getting our own place and moving into an area with my friends as neighbors has somehow made me feel like a character in Desperate Housewives for a second - without the extreme drama. Sometimes I still feel like my husband and I are just kids playing house and pretending to be grown ups. But wait, I guess I AM grown up, and I've become domesticated! *gasp!* Ever feel the same? If you can relate to these 20 things, then you're definitely currently #adulting like me.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How To Get Through A Challenge In Life

Editing these photos had me singing, "Are we out of the woods yet (3x)?" Just because, well, I was literally in the woods for this shoot. Hence this motivational post about what to do to get through a challenge because we all go through challenges in life where we feel like we are in the woods and the bright light at the end is nowhere in sight. Whether your current challenge is striving towards graduation, that thesis, that new job you want to excel in, a new business venture, a paradigm shift - whatever you're going through right now, read on.
Estelle off-shoulder bell sleeve bodysuit - HERE

Monday, May 8, 2017

Apple Picking: Pick a Pink Lady at Harrisville Orchards, South Australia

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, as they say. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of apples, off I went to go apple picking at my first time attending a "Pick a Pink Lady" weekend in South Australia. Pink Lady apples, obviously.
Apple picking in Adelaide, South Australia

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Love Story of Milestones, Adventures, and Travel (Feat. Printiki)

My square prints from Printiki couldn’t have arrived at a better time! K and I moved back to Adelaide and I couldn’t wait to make the place our very own and I badly wanted to have our photos printed out. We’ve gone through beautiful milestones, adventures and travels together as a couple and I thought printing them out in the cutest square prints would be the perfect way to tell a story.

A love story of milestones, adventures, and travel told with Printiki prints.

Monday, March 20, 2017

5 Things You Must Do In Yorke Peninsula

Having lived in Moonta for half a year, we've met some awesome people, gained valuable experiences, and have gone on beautiful adventures. Here's a few of the many wonderful things you can do in the Yorke Peninsula if you're looking to spend your holiday in this quaint destination.

1. Crab Raking in Port Hughes
Never knew you could rake crabs? Neither did I. We bought our crab rake at the fish and chips store by the beach at Port Hughes for $15. If you think about it, that was a good investment since we've caught several crabs that could have sold for much more than $15. But into our tummies they went!
Crab raking in Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Crab Raking at Port Hughes, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Saturday, March 11, 2017

12 Things To Bring When Camping for Absolute Beginners

As you may already know, I, an absolute beginner, went camping at Innes National Park, in Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. I can now proudly say that I survived camping in the Australian outback! Okay, I'm not sure if a national park really counts but in my book, it does. So glad I did my research though and got smart tips from Go Camping Australia. And now I've come up with my own list of 12 Things To Bring When Camping for Absolute Beginners:
Innes National Park

Friday, March 3, 2017

Beginner Camping at Innes National Park

After 2 years of living in Australia, I finally went on my first camping adventure. As a complete beginner (okay yes, I've been a pampered little princess all my life), the experience was new and exciting, What better place to try it out than at Innes National Park in Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia?
Innes National Park, South Australia
Innes National Park, South Australia

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Melbourne Itinerary (Including Peninsula Hot Springs, Enchanted Garden, and Great Ocean Road)

When my family came to visit from America, we made sure to travel to Sydney, go around Adelaide, and for our last stop: Melbourne. Because we had kids with us, this is a family-friendly Melbourne itinerary which includes Peninsula Hot Springs, Enchanted Adventure Garden, and the 12 Apostles at the Great Ocean Road. We also traveled during winter last year but this itinerary can be easily done during all 4 seasons.

Day 1-2: THE CITY - Melbourne CBD
Clockwise: Yarra River, Melbourne CBD, Hosier Lane, Flinders Train Station

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lake Bumbunga, South Australia - THE PINK LAKE

I first read about the existence of pink lakes in 2014 on Gary Pepper Girl. Still, I had to gasp when I saw it for myself. Lo and behold, a body of water in my favorite color. Almost unreal, yet there it was. I'd run in and bathe in its candy-colored glory but as they say, beauty is deceiving.
Jeannie in a Bottle Blog: The pink lake, Lake Bumbunga in South Australia

Tuesday, January 10, 2017