Monday, 21 April 2014

Lifestyle // The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

Finally I'm getting around to blogging about my weekend away with Stew. As both of our birthday's are in April we decided to use our parents money on hiring a camper van and driving the Great Ocean Road!
I've had a few friends do it and I know it's one of those 'must see' sights of Melbourne. We had the van for 4 days and managed to drive the length of the Great Ocean Road which begins a little outside Melbourne and travels south along the coast, as well as a trip to Phillip Island and the Moonlit Sanctuary. But I'll be blogging about that and all the cute animals we encountered in another blog post. 

The Great Ocean Road Aireys Inlet, The Great Ocean Road

First stop on our journey was this lighthouse in Aireys Inlet which was featured on the kids TV show 'Round The Twist'. Do you remember it?! I used to love watching it on CBBC... "Have you ever, ever felt like this? When strange things happen, are you going round the twist?" I knew it was filmed in Australia but had no idea we'd see it on this road trip so that was really fun. 

The whole drive is mesmerising winding your way round cliff faces, through valleys, and alongside beautiful beaches. Near the end of the journey you arrive at the 12 Apostles. Another very famous sight here in Australia. Unfortunately it was a rather cloudy and miserable day so our photos aren't brilliant but it was a fantastic sight all the same. As is London Bridge which you can see below where the land has been battered into an arc. This used to be connected to the main land until the 90's hence it's bridge name but now the bridge has collapsed and only the smaller arc remains.

12 Apostles, Melbourne, Australia The Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles The Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, London Bridge

Another sight I didn't realise I'd see or walk through was a rain forest! I had no idea Australia was home to a rainforest but sure enough there is one and we walked through it to find these beautiful waterfalls. We also did a tree top climb through the canopy of the forest which was breathtaking.

Great Ocean Road, Triplet Falls Great Ocean Road, Waterfalls
Great Ocean Road, Australia

On our second night we camped in the seaside town of Lorne where we had dinner at a seafood restaurant on the pier. I went for the seafood piella and it was huge! It also contained many creatures I've never eaten before and so I had no idea where to start. But with the help of Stew and a handy pair of shell crackers I managed it. It was beautiful!

We then resided back to our camper and toasted marshmallows on our stove!

Lorne, Seafood Restaurant, Seafood Piella Toasted marshmallows, Lorne, The Great Ocean Road

Now we don't do things by halves when camping (ie. we're not campers and love our food). We had a mini fridge in the back of the van as well as two stoves and a sink. So we cooked up a storm for our breakfast the next morning... 

And whilst we were enjoying our full English the campers nearby called us to come over because up in the tree above us there was a koala!! A real life wild koala. I couldn't believe it. Apparently it's so rare to find them in a campsite like that so close to humans but because it's out of season and the site was almost deserted this little fella was brave enough to make his bed above us. Incredible!!

Full English breakfast, The Great Ocean Road Lorne, Koala, Australia

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Outfit // Lady in Red

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Top - Glamorous* // Jeans - Primark // Shoes - Glamorous* // Lips - Mac 'Russian Red'

Red isn't normally a colour I'm attracted too but I'm often told that red really suits brunettes. When browsing the Glamorous website I found this cami style top in a number of different colours but the red caught my eye. So unusual for me!
Now that I've worn it I really do love the colour. It's bright but not too over the top teamed with the dark jeans. I think I might have to invest in more red pieces. 

Please excuse the creases though! We have an iron but I hate ironing and hope that the creases will just fall out instead, which they don't. I steam all of the new arrivals at work and I really want to buy a steamer now! Or take my wardrobe to work with me and steam everything. Ironing is so boring compared.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lifestyle // Shore Projects

Shore Projects, watch

If you follow me on Instagram you would've already seen but here's a better photo of my brand new watch from Shore Projects. Isn't it beautiful? 

I was over the moon when I was contacted by Ben at Shore Projects regarding their amazing collection of watches. I'm not a huge accessory of jewellery fan but I love a beautiful watch and I wear one every day without fail.

Shore Projects

The brand bases the style and design of their watches around the British seaside and the packaging reflects this entirely. Founded by a group of friends who realised they never watches, they wanted to create a timeless design. Which sounds exactly like my way of thinking, I never wore watches until I bought the classic Casio and since then I love the beauty in the design of watches like this one. So effortlessly chic and so gorgeous that you can easily wear it with anything.

Shore Projects watch, designer wrist watch

The one I've chosen is called Poole and features a white face and silver plated stainless steel edge. The best thing about their watches is the innovative strap mechanism that makes it easy to swap the strap to a different colour. Depending on your mood or outfit you can alter your watch to match! They have some really pretty pastel shades that I'm sure a lot of you will love!

Shore Projects wrist watch

What do you think of this watch? Are you a watch wearing kind of person?

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lifestyle // Printic

Printic Polaroid Instagram Prints Instagram prints Printic app

I've seen many of my favourite bloggers post about this company before and expected them to be a lot like the many other companies printing Instagram photos. However when I was contacted by Printic I was surprised to find out that everything is done through an app on your phone. There's no website to sign up to, you simply download the app for FREE and upload your favourite photos straight from your phone. 
You can also choose as many or as few photos as you'd like to print. I've previously found that other said companies require a minimum order to print which can be annoying when purchasing for gifts especially. 

Also I've found recently that I use my phone a lot more for things like this. I've purchases Asos goodies from their app, I do all my banking on my trusty app, I renew my phone contract through an app… everything has migrated to mobile! And it's so much easier to do something at the touch of a button wherever you are. I really want to order some Printic prints for a friend back home and it's great that I can do it from my phone wherever I am in the world.

The prints themselves come in a cute little envelope and are printed on thin and glossy polaroid type paper. I love this as it really makes you feel like you have a genuine polaroid print. So if like me you love the look of polaroid but can't justify buying the camera and film, Printic is for you!

They also offer free worldwide shipping if you're away from home like me :) They also sell books and calendars which would make amazing gifts. Next Christmas I will definitely be making a range of calendars for my friends!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Outfit // Leopard Print Midi Dress

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Dress - Glamorous* // Shoes - Boohoo // Lipstick - Mac 'Russian Red'

I am a little bit in love with this leopard print midi dress from Glamorous. I purchased it from their sale for only £10, can you believe it?! Their sale is full of amazing bargains. Since purchasing this dress I've already worn it out twice. It's perfect here in Melbourne for a night out as the weather's cooler now so I can layer it with a leather jacket and boots. 

I really love the back detail in particular. I'm not usually one to go for something so slinky looking and expose so much flesh but I really like the loose, baggy fit around the top and the elasticated high waist line, cute!

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