Thursday, 29 October 2015

Day Diary; Friday Date Night

Nothing too exciting about Fridays any more, especially as I'm taking a break from working altogether, every day is a weekend for me! Having worked in Ops for a fashion company, by the end of my two-and-a-half year run, I was exhausted and in need of a break. Of course I had taken a week off with annual leave prior to my resignation, but this only further instilled in me that it was time for a change (with a lot of free time in the middle!). Not only do I have no regrets, but I feel like I was able to make some positive changes to live a more healthy and productive lifestyle. More sleep, less caffeine, better meals, more time for exercise, less stress - all contribute to a stronger, healthier me!

So with that little background story aside, on to my day. With no set time to wake up, and a lot of free time during the day (before any working person is available for dinner hehe), I mostly take it easy without any strenuous activities or plans for the day. After breakfast I changed into my activewear to take the dogs for a walk, do some errands, and squeeze in a gym session later on.

A mug of green tea before the gym

I read somewhere that having green tea before a workout increases the calories burned by 17%. It's a well known fact that green tea aids weight loss as it increases the metabolism, and I suppose the caffeine helps as well? Just a little extra kick before putting in the hard yards for an efficient workout! But aside from helping with burning calories, there are bountiful benefits of this tea. Lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, oral cancer - and helps in skin care too! Obviously it is not a miracle cure, and no one should be solely reliant on green tea, but I think these benefits are good enough to drink it regularly. After all the taste is not too bad (this is coming from someone who had serious issues consuming it at a younger age). And I try. Sometimes I might go days without drinking it at all, but most of the time I try and fit in 2 cups a day.

Gym clothes; all Lorna Jane / nike roshe sneakers

The active wear trend is completely booming right now, with a lot of retailers coming out with a sportswear line to join in on the phenomenon and target consumers who are starting to make more health conscious choices. Lorna Jane is a brand who specialise in active wear, and I have been a fan for about two years (from the beginning when I just started developing an interest in working out). Probably 90% of my gym clothes are from LJ, just because the designs are cute and versatile and most tights have little pockets for convenience and accessibility. Even with this lime green knit - I could easily wear it for other occasions than the gym. Win-Win. 

Equipment leopard print silk shirt / TEMT forest green sweater / MARCS leather-look leggings / OROTON peach clutch cross-body bag / Mimco black heels

We are definitely well into Spring in Australia. Meant to be anyway. There have been a few chilly days here and there where a warm knit and pants are warranted. I'm all for cool weather so don't mind the mix of hot and cold. I get to bring out my sweaters so a huge bonus in my eyes!

Korean BBQ @ Jonga Jip

This restaurant is in Eastwood and is pretty much always bustling with people. So much so, that there are actually two of them! Literally meaning Jonga's House, this place offers up a huge variety of side dishes, making it a popular and highly valued authentic Korean restaurant. Not only is the food delicious, the service is fast and efficient, making this place a true winner. Most Korean places have unlimited refills on the side dishes, so with the numerous options Jonga Jip have on offer, you can have a hearty meal with different taste combinations for every bite!

Monday, 26 October 2015

OOTD; Why try?

miu miu black chain bracelet / OROTON peach clutch crossbody bag / Valleygirl navy/red check shirt / ZARA white calf hair sandals / KOOKAI denim shorts

Just a super casual outfit that I threw on in 5 minutes to go out and have dinner + movie. This tee is one I found in my room (have no idea where it came from) and thought it would be suitable for a lazy evening, considering it's extra baggy and soft.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

OOTD + 1 Item/3 Looks; Denim Overalls

The last time I had owned overalls was a while back when I was in my late teens, so when I purchased some denim ones from TEMT, it took me a few weeks before I actually ventured out in them.

A couple of days ago I wore them out to catch up with a friend/walk my dogs by pairing them with sneakers and a cat tee. Really simple, easy, and fun; just as they should be.

ZARA knit cat tee / OROTON peach clutch crossbody bag / Nike violet/coral roshe sneakers

Grilled Bird Sandwich @ Once Upon A Time

My friend and I spent hours at my local cafe, munching away on sandwiches, fries, and scones, while sipping Apple Ice Tea (something new!) and green tea. I also tried my hand at an adult colouring in book which seems to be a trending activity at the moment. It is meant to help in relieving stress and keep us calm and zen. Quite enjoyable despite taking a couple of hours to finish one drawing.

This cafe is only new, maybe a month or two old. I stumbled upon it by chance around my neighbourhood, and found out it had only opened the previous week! Since then, I have been back at least once a week, whether it be for takeaway coffee or a sit-down brunch on a lazy weekend. Not only are the ingredients fresh, they have quite a few super foods on the menu; from chia seed pudding to quinoa rye toast. I found their Super Green Omelette to be extremely salty, but apart from that... not a lot of negative feedback - especially when their Kiwi Apple and Blueberry Smoothies are mouthwateringly good!

After wearing the overalls out once, I was pretty sure I would be getting a lot of use out of them this Spring/Summer so decided to come up with a few different ways to style them.

ZARA ivory sheer top knit / ZARA black suede zigzag heels / OROTON red clutch

LOOK 1; Dressy Casual
I suppose overalls, especially denim, are primarily a casual piece. However, with the help of a few accessories, I wanted to create a way to wear them out on a fun night while still maintaining the playful edge. Red is bold. Red is sexy. So how else to dress the look up with this vampy colour and sheer shoulders.

KOOKAI violet crop tee / Sportsgirl b&w stripe jacket / HILFIGER watch / ZARA gold sandals / House of Harlow necklace / OROTON blush clutch crossbody bag

LOOK 2; Fun Date
Of course a crop top has to come into play when overalls are involved. I'm one for colour most of the time, so these pops of girly pinks/purples would be great for a date and warmer weather.

Sportsgirl baseball tee / Converse white chucks / HILFIGER watch / sass & bide black leather stud backpack / DKNY Golden Delicious fragrance

LOOK 3; Red, White, & Blue
The age old red, white and blue combo. Can it ever do any wrong. Such classic colours and combination, that it's just effortless now. Added my backpack and chucks to enhance the youthful fun vibe. I realised all my fragrances are extremely feminine and girly, but I managed to find one which fits this outfit to a tee. Wafts of subtle fruitiness from the perfume will up the freshness and vibrancy making it perfect for Summer.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Fresh Start

A random thought popped into my head the other day. A thought to check out the fashion/food blog, which my best friend and I had spent a memorable portion of our early 20's sculpting and treasuring. Although the effort put in doesn't seem like much now, at the time we were dedicated to making it something we would be proud of - from carrying around three outfits in our bags to capture our outfits in front of scenic backgrounds, squeezing in time to meet (sometimes early 8AM mornings to late nights after work), and the most difficult; swallowing our hunger to take photos of our meals so we could write a review. I'm so glad we spent the 3-4 years tracking our adventures and capturing moments for us to look back on.

The last post is from October 2013, which is more than enough time for me to miss blogging and want to start all over again. It definitely was something that had been on my mind every so often and I have had thoughts on picking it up again, even if to just keep a record of my current interests and ever changing style.

This is a fresh start but it was enjoyable to walk down memory lane again, especially when they were moments shared with your best friend. All from 2012-13.

lotus chips @ monkey magic / leafy greens /  white nails / paella valenciana @ encasa / kitty flats / christmas in july / alleyway denim / pad see eiw @ stircrazy / miu miu black patent booties / fluffy yellow angora / louboutins on a wharf