Friday, January 15, 2016

Strawberry Fields Forever

Last week Sam finally came good on something he's been promising to do with me since before we started dating three and a half years ago - he took me strawberry picking! We went for a lovely drive up to the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm in Hahndorf on a sunny day, where we battled busloads of tourists for 2.4 kilograms of the freshest, sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted and it was so worth it. I've made a lot of smoothies in the last week to try and use them all up that's for sure!

After we finished picking and we went to the farm shop to pay for our harvest (which is amazing by the way, you can buy tiny pots of every beerenberg jam and chutney! And they have a window into the factory where you can see them making their products! The day we were there they were making either tomato chutney or barbecue sauce, because you could smell the tanginess from the road outside.) we had strawberry softserve that was made with freshly picked strawberries right in front of our eyes. The lady who served us deduced from my outfit somehow that I must be involved with the Adelaide lolita community, and made sure that I would be coming back for National Strawberry Day on the 27th of February haha!

Handmade dress // Krisp Clothing blouse // Leona Edmiston bag // Miss Shop hat // Naturalizer loafers

Saturday, December 26, 2015

A Merry Munster Christmas

I can't believe it's that time of the year again, I feel like I was only writing my last Christmas post a month ago! I'm really excited to share everything here because I had such a wonderful Christmas this year, I think it was one of the biggest ones we've had in years. I did so much baking, wrapped a lot of presents, and gave a lot of hugs so I'm completely exhausted, but still super happy!

What's Christmas without a Christmas dress? I made this dress a few weeks ago and have taken every opportunity to wear it, but I think this is my favourite outfit I've made with it. It was such a hot day, but I was comfortable and breezy all through it!

I was super lucky this year, my whole family spoiled me! Sam got me the backpack I've been dreaming of for months, as well as 101 Dalmatian Vans (!!!!) so I'm totally set for next semester, as well as a plush R2-D2 (I have a weird emotional connection with that sweet angel of a droid) and an illustrated copy of the Philosophers Stone. Coincidentally, my parents also gave me a copy so I've got one for reading and one for keeping perfectly preserved! They also gifted me a record player, a Hermione POP, and some cute pink slippies. 

And of course I gave some gifts too! It was a very Lush Christmas for my family this year, everyone's gonna be buttery smooth and super sweet smelling.

For our annual Christmas Eve street party I made miniature pavlovas, gingerbread for the mammoth 36 hour trade at work the day before Christmas Eve, and a big pavlova for Christmas Day. As usual we'll be eating Christmas food for the next two weeks because there was entirely too much of it.

And finally Sam and I were able to take some dweeby photos in our matching Hail Santa sweaters that I made last year! Sweet baby Toby also made a sneaky guest appearance, and as usual Sam couldn't keep his pants up. I'm sad that it's over already, I really love Christmas but it just goes so quickly! I'm already excited for next year, Sam and I are still watching holiday movies and wearing our Christmas pyjamas - Christmas doesn't have to be over just because it's not the 25th anymore, right?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Taobao Haul & TaobaoNow Review

I am very excited because my christmas present to myself arrived today! I decided to treat myself after a bit of a rough year and to celebrate going back to work, so I went a little silly on Taobao (which is, for those of you who aren't familiar with it, basically China's equivalent to eBay) with the help of shopping service TaobaoNow.

I placed my order on the 11th of November, and the communication I received from the agents at TaobaoNow was always prompt and polite. A couple of things that I wanted were out of stock which delayed the order, but I was informed about it by one of the agents as soon as they found out. Everything arrived at their warehouse on the 2nd of December, and was shipped to me via EMS they received my shipping payment on the 12th of December. It arrived on my doorstep on the 20th of December, so the turnaround was really quite quick! This is the second time I've placed an order with TaobaoNow and I'm still totally satisfied with their service, so I'll definitely be sticking with them in the future.

One of the items that I got was this replica of Angelic Pretty's Melty Cream Donut JSK to tide me over until I can track down the real one in the beige colourway. I know that a lot of people turn their noses up at replicas but honestly this one looks quite nice- I'd really like to compare it to the real deal to see what the differences might be! The fabric is lovely and soft, the fit is super comfortable (there's shirring in the back), and it has a small inbuilt petticoat which gives it a bit of extra poof so it only needs a small extra petticoat. The lace is also really nice quality and isn't scratchy at all.

I feel like I made some really good choices with this order. Everything is well made and nothing feels flimsy at all! The shoes were unfortunately a tiny bit too small to be comfortable so I've decided to sell them on to another girl in my local comm, but that was the only disappointing thing! The wig is thick and the fibres are super soft. The biscuit beret is made of a thick fleecey/felty type fabric and will be so good for winter. I did think that the heart bag would have a long/adjustable strap, but instead it has a non-adjustable one that's a bit of an awkward length but I'm sure I'll deal with it, the actual bag is much bigger than I thought it would be so that's a plus!

If you're wanting to dip your toes into the wild world of Taobao, I'd definitely recommend using TaobaoNow as a shopping service. Their website interface is really easy to navigate, and has a cart system that makes ordering a breeze. 10/10 would recommend!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Simple Hair Necessities

I've been trying lots of new hair products lately and I thought I'd share the ones that have achieved grail status with y'all! These are products that I use on a regular basis and absolutely LOVE, they've changed (and improved) my hair in a way that I don't think I could live without anymore, and everyone needs to know about it. Please note that while I do work for Lush, all of the opinions and views stated in this post are entirely my own and every product was purchased with my own money!

Daddy-O Purple Shampoo
This is the most highly pigmented purple shampoo I've EVER used and it is crazy effective. It banishes those pesky brassy tones in a flash, and has coconut oil to leave your hair feeling soft and silky. It also smells delicious and is infused with lemon and lime juice to add shine.

No Drought Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo has a super fresh grapefruit scent to wake up both you and your hair! A little of this stuff really goes a long way in comparison to aerosol dry shampoos, and a 50g bottle is the perfect size for travelling with.

American Cream Conditioner
This conditioner isn't thick in consistency, but it's definitely not lacking in substance. I use this after I wash my hair, so twice a week, and it leaves it feeling soft and smelling lovely. This is a nice conditioner for my oily hair because while it's a really moisturising it doesn't contribute to any extra greasiness, which is what those of us with oil prone hair need!

Retread Conditioner
I mix my hair colour with this conditioner and honestly it's changed my life. Before I started using this conditioner I had quite a bit of breakage whenever I ran my hands through my hair, but now? Barely any. This conditioner promises the world, and it delivers. It's thick and rich and best suited to thick hair because of how heavy it is, so if you've got thick tresses that are feeling a little rough Retread's gonna be your new best pal.

H'suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment
This treatment is packed full of fresh ingredients including bananas, eggs, avocado and olive oil, and is designed to give your hair a deep, nourishing feed. Cinnamon oil helps to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and encourage hair growth, balsamic vinegar gives added shine, and eggs and watercress infusion help to increase the strength of the hair. I like to use this one on my extensions at the end of each week to breathe new life into them and it works amazingly, as well as on my own hair after I've bleached it to restore any moisture and strength it might have lost. And it smells a little like rice pudding!

Roots Hair Treatment
This tub of goop was made for fine hair, but is also full of ingredients to love and nourish sensitive scalps because a healthy scalp means healthy hair! Mint and menthol accompanied with a good hard scalp massage give a tingly, fresh clean, while honey and olive oil add strength and shine. I like to work this one into my scalp and roots and then cover my lengths in either H'suan or Retread- why not have the best of both worlds?

R&B Hair Moisturiser
R&B is a neat little pot with something for everyone. It can be used to moisturise ends that are prone to dryness, smooth flyaways and control frizz with the help of coconut oil and avocado butter, and it can calm and soothe dry and itchy scalps thanks to fresh oat milk. Orange and jasmine absolutes give this moisturiser a fresh and fruity perfume that's refreshing and uplifting without being overwhelming. I use some every night before bed and wake up with my hair feeling soft, shiny, and ready to roll!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Review Time! Luxury Lush Pud

I haven't posted a bath bomb review for a while so I thought I'd get in while I can and try to review as many of the Lush Christmas limited editions while they're available! Luxury Lush Pud is one of the more popular Christmas bombs because it's not only a beautiful looking li'l thang, but it also shares the same scent as the always popular Twilight bomb (my review of which you can read here)- lavender, ylang ylang, and tonka absolute.

'For a soothing and calming bath, this year Lush Pud has gone all luxury with colourful polka dots that float to the surface making pastel islands in the water.  A relaxing bath treat made with the comforting lavender and ylang ylang scent of Twilight – perfect for a bath before bedtime.'

I was saving this one for after a super busy week and tonight was the perfect opportunity, the Christmas retail madness has started and I've been run almost off my feet so I really needed to wind down! Lush Pud was an amazingly cozy smelling bath, but it had lots of really fun and uplifting colours whereas Twilight is much more pastel and muted in colour. 

I was feeling really wound up and stressed out before I had my Lush Pud bath and afterwards I felt SO much better - just sliding into the lavender water helped me relax! I find that bombs with lots of lavender in them help to ease any aches and pains as well, so that's a great added bonus. If you have the opportunity to pick up a Luxury Lush Pud, definitely take it! It's a very limited edition so you've gotta seize 'em while you can! Pud is $7.50 and is also available online.