Thursday, 31 July 2014

Australia 2014 #3: Smocking Florals

floral smock dress target | grey long sleeve cropped top american apparel (link) | chelsea boots topshop (link) | watch casio via asos | nails sinful colors mint apple 

Australia has one shop which is honestly e v e r y t h i n g. It is everything. And it has everything. Target. The place is well and truly spot on. (Sorry, I had to...) Target is simply the home of everything and anything you could ever possibly need, with the minor exception of food. So all of the non-nutritional essentials. And that covers a lot - right?! It has set me up with a few new fab purchases as of late, including this seriously floral smock dress which was one of those risky ones when there's no tag and you bring it to the checkout anyway, praying that its price isn't too unreasonable and then discover to your delight that it's far cheaper than expected. Fourteen dollars this cost me. Fourteen Australian Dollars. That's £7.71 in Great British Pounds. Not too bad, eh? This brilliant discovery was utterly smocking (I'll stop now...) and has left me far more...colourful than usual. Target has had a positive influence on me. And hasn't had a negative one on my wallet. 

I'm about to go off with my family to see the AFL match at Patersons Stadium in Subi to see the Fremantle Dockers play against Melbourne-based club Carlton. We're all going to be smothered in a tonne of purple and feeling a hella lot of Western Australian pride. My mum was born in Fremantle so the place already has a spot in my heart. I've never been to a sports match live before, let alone watching a sport that isn't even broadcasted where I'm from. Nonetheless I'm seriously excited...go Dockers! 

How is summer/winter where you are?


Monday, 28 July 2014

Australia 2014 #2: Siena's of Leederville

I mentioned in my previous post that when lunching in Leederville we chose to go to Siena’s of Leederville, an Italian restaurant with their own full-on established legit pizza oven. The words ‘pizza’ and ‘oven’ placed together makes me so happy. It’s not just ‘pizza’ cooked in an ‘oven’ They’re together. It’s real.
115 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
Scaloppine Marsala - panfried veal in a sweet marsala wine and cream sauce with salad and potatoes

Special: Mixed Grill

Pizza Dolce - leg halm and pineapple
Pizza Jojo - Italian sausage and leg ham
Cannelloni - spinach and ricotta filled tubular pasta served with salad
It was seriously wonderful to be able to catch up with my Grandparents - as we live on opposite sides of the world, spending time with eachother is a complete rarity and at this point I hadn't seen them in over five years. As they say though, distance (and food) makes the heart grow fonder, so Siena's ensured we got to catch up whilst accompanied by some hella good dishes. 

Overall I'd definitely recommend the place for a visit if you're ever in Perth - it's really close to central and is a two-minute walk from Leederville station. From there it's only one stop on Transperth to reach Perth Underground, the central shopping location. You can take a peek at the food menu here and in the time being, stare at the photos of the pizza in awe.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Australia 2014 #1: Leederville chillin'

So we made it to Perth unscathed. Well, pretty much. Sleep deprivation was a given. My brother well and truly “slept for England” despite being the lucky one with his numerous hours of sleep in the skies. A shower, nap and patience were what it took to overcome the jet lag, so nothing too strenuous. I’m getting used to the whole adding-in-sevens lifestyle, seeing as I am incapable of changing the time on my watch (and it has been that way for the past two years) so for now the time on my beloved Casio remains firmly in the BST time zone.

Meeting up with my Grandad and Nanna was a firm thing on our to do list upon reaching Perth, and seeing as they live in the Eastern suburbs, and we’re staying in the Northern suburbs, Leederville seemed like the perfect place to meet up. We lunched at Siena’s of Leederville, a fabulous Italian restaurant – but enough of that for now, I’ll be posting about the place seriously soon. Afterwards, my Mum, brother and I ventured around the area, popping into Urban Outfitters-style shops filled with records, cute maps, funny cards with beautiful typography, postcards and discounted labels such as Finders Keepers and Three Of Something.
something that reminded me of home.
the view of Perth city from the bridge to Leederville station.
So that’s all from Leederville: I really do hope we return here before leaving the city. Hopping into the city centre via the Transperth trains was a simple feat: 80 cents (40p) got me one stop along to the shopping heart of Perth city. The incredibly low price of the train really got me thinking – even using my 16+ Oyster card, which has a student rate, getting the train three stops to sixth form on a daily basis costs around £2.50. Let’s just take a moment to put that into perspective, please. It’s seriously hard to dislike the train system in this city when they’re that cheap, and are beautifully organised. (Note: the photo underneath sets my heart on fire. Nothing makes me smile like super organised and colour co-ordinated leaflets. It’s slightly worrying.)

Monday, 21 July 2014

a day at the Warner Bros Studios

location: Warner Bros Studios, Watford, Hertfordshire

So these photos are from a school visit to the Harry Potter Studios a couple of weeks ago. Long story short: go. It doesn't matter if you're the biggest of all fanatics (because, if that's the case, you've probably already visited) or not the hugest of fans - I think anyone and everyone would enjoy a day out there. The part I loved the most was definitely relating the props to the movie it came from and remembering small details within the film, especially those that I previously did not consider to be overly important.The attention to detail by the crew who helped design and produce the props is honestly rather astonishing: every single wand box had been individually engraved – and there were thousands of ‘em. 

So the studios have a massive thumbs up from me, and a definite recommendation to anyone visiting London or the wider region of Southern England.

I’m off to Australia this evening so I’m unsure when I’ll next have legit and established internet connection, so until well. Hopefully I’ll manage to share something during my nine hour layover at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, and if not, I’ll speak to you from Aus!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014


My initial thoughts in regards to the fact that I'm travelling soon are overwhelmingly positive. Family, airports and Tim Tams (three things very close to my heart) all within a few weeks have me jumping for joy. Secondary thoughts express more concern than happiness though. How many nail polishes am I going to need? How on Earth am I going to pack for two seasons in one suitcase? Do I need six different navy tops? (answer: probably not...) All vital life questions, I know. But the thing that fills me with the most fear is the dreaded 100ml liquid restriction on planes. You obviously want to feel fresh whilst up in the air, although that's a given, really. Toiletries for me aren't just helpful in terms of cleanliness but in reassurance too: I want to know that if xyz etc goes down whilst I'm on that plane, I can hop off feeling (yet probably not looking) vibrant and completely unphased. I always hope that upon leaving the plane I don't smell like airplane food either, but as for my success rate reports on that you'll have to contact my family...

Anyway - back to the toiletries. Upon realising that my impending trip is nearing at a surprisingly quick rate, I rushed around my room and searched for minis that I've managed to accumulate over the past year or so. It's shocking how much you can find in terms of samples if you collect them in a neat place all together. The cleanser I won from a blog competition and the face wipes were handed to me by a lovely lady from the Simple team when they were having some advertising/showcase shindig slap bang in the middle of Waterloo station. The other bits, the moisturisers and the deodorant, only took a trip to Asda until they were mine. And what did I notice upon returning home? I'm undoubtedly going for the green vibes at the moment. It may be school house spirit, seeing as I've just had my very last Sports Day and have proudly donned various green accessories during my time at my current school. Alternatively, the other conclusion I've reached is Will Young's classic Evergreen has prompted me to buy this. The lyrics. Much power. Such genius. Very wow. I remember him being on my TV back on Pop Idol in 2001 (I was four at the time) and Evergreen was his hit and it was all very big and whatnot. So this blog title is for him. You, somehow, sparked my obsession for green toiletries. Thank you, Will.

I'm gonna take this moment, and make it last forever...