Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Star Light, Star Bright, My First Bath of 2015 Was With a Bomb Called Twilight

I've seen so many pictures of the Twilight bath bomb looking dreamy online that I've been really excited to get my hands on one, and today I finally did. Sam left for Japan for two weeks this afternoon, so I was feeling a little bit down and decided to treat myself to a long hot bath with a whole bath bomb because usually I'd just use half, and I'm glad I did because it made me feel a lot better. Here's the official description from the Lush website:

"That moment when the sun starts setting into the night sky, painting it with vibrant hues of orange and purple before being peppered with sparkling stars, is a wonder that we pause to admire with those we love. Recreate twilight in your bath water with clouds of lavender, ylang ylang and ovaltine to soothe body and mind. If you're stressed out, hugely overwhelmed or just plain exhausted, Twilight is the gentle, reassuring hug that leaves you feeling like everything's going to be okay. It's our most relaxing Bath Bomb yet, transforming you from one of the Sullens into a member of the living."

The scent hits a nice middle ground with a mix of candy sweet smells and essential oils and made me feel very calm and relaxed without feeling overwhelmed by lavender. I think one of the most soothing things about it was watching the ball fizz around the bathtub while it changed colours and turned the water a nice shade of lilac.

I'm not sure if I got a dud ball, but it didn't release the bright swirls of pink, purple and blue that I've seen in photos, but it foamed light pink and blue instead and I can't decide whether or not I preferred that haha. I ended up throwing in half of a bar of Creamy Candy that I had left over because I like to have mountains of bubbles in my baths, and it's a combination I'd definitely recommend because the smells mix together so nicely! This bath left my skin feeling super soft, and gave me a really nice feeling of wellbeing and general cleanliness which was just what I needed.

Twilight is $6.75 for a 180g ball, which is a nice price for a pretty huge ball that'll give you the good, sleepy feels. Sleep tight!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Strawberry Fields Forever

 Dangerfield bag, skirt and top // ModCloth cardigan // ASOS flats // Myer hat // Lockshop wig

Sam is going on a trip to Japan for two weeks next Tuesday so we've been spending our free time doing cute things together and I've been trying to keep my green eyed monster under control because I am SO jealous - this is the second time he's been to Japan without me during our relationship and you'd better believe that my present wishlist for him is ten miles long.

On Thursday I dressed up like an Animal Crossing character/Pokemon trainer/strawberry hybrid and we went to the Hello Kitty Café again because I'm determined to try every cake on the menu.

I had the Chocolate Opera House cake and an Oreo and Espresso frappe that came with cornflakes on the top which I thought was a bit strange at first, but I was pretty quickly convinced that it was genius and that all drinks should come with cornflakes on them. The slice was very fluffy and light, but also very rich in flavour and I was bouncing off the walls for about two hours after we left because I was so full of sugar and caffeine, which isn't a bad thing at all.

Sam had the Classic Waffle which came with vanilla ice cream and what I think was a strawberry and apple jam/sauce/compote arrangement. He let me have a bite of the waffle and it was so tasty, it was warm and fresh with a crispy outside and fluffy inside which is exactly what I want in a waffle. I'll definitely be trying one of these on our next visit. 

Here are some bonus photos of us being adorable/ridiculous. This is definitely turning into a series on HK Café so check back for another instalment soon!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Top Row: 1, 2, 3
Bottom Row: 4, 5, 6

Let me just say, I love love. I doodle hearts over any sheet of paper I'm given, my favourite colour is pink, and I'll never say no to a romantic comedy. I love dates and picnics and the only thing I draw the line at is two straws in a milkshake because I'm greedy. I know that Valentines Day is over a month away, but all of these finds I discovered while aimlessly clicking through ModCloth were just too cute not to share, so why not treat yourself (or your sweetheart) to something cute!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Since I got an Olympus compact camera I've been neglecting my big Canon recently, so I used some of my savings to buy a new lens for it so that I could use it more often! I find that I can't hold my Canon up for very long due to the pain in my forearms and wrists, because it's really quite a heavy camera (I use a 60D) so I decided to swap the kit lens out for a smaller 50mm lens. I got the Canon 50mm f1.8 from JB HiFi price matched to $136 (it usually retails for $149), and I love it! So far I've just been bugging Sam's dog Toby, but the photos have come out really nicely. I'd really like to do some portrait work this year once I've really gotten the hang of it, but for now I'm happy to hang out and take lots of pictures Toby's adorable furry face!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Open Presents and Hail Santa

I know this post is a bit late but there's no way I wasn't going to share it. Living in Australia, it's very rare that Christmas Day would ever be cooler than 20 degrees celsius, but even so I have this weird obsession with Christmas sweaters. I'm sure it's rooted in all of the American Christmas TV specials I watched as a kid and the growing Americanisation of our culture and all that jazz, but something about a festive sweater is so cozy and it gives me the warm and fuzzies, so this year I decided I would make jumpers for Sam & I that are a little more our speed.

Have you ever heard of Krampus? Saint Nick's devilish friend who punishes naughty children? I love the tale of Santa's creepy counterpart, and seeing as Satan is only one letter away from Santa it's not like I was gonna let that opportunity get away from me.