Finding That Child-Like Joy

10 December 2017

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017

Last week I was kindly given VIP Tickets to see Santa’s Magical Kingdom at the Crown Pyramid, Perth!

I dragged my kids for a fun – and rare – evening out.

There were interactive walk-throughs (with lots of falling fake snow!), lots of carnival rides (roller coaster, spinning things, bumper cars, sky flyer, spinning teacups and more), an extravagant Christmas show, gingerbread decorating, Christmas craft, super-sized bouncy castle, inflated mega-slide, and roaming Christmas characters.

What made it great was that you paid for the ticket entry once and you didn’t need to pay for any activities again.

There were lots of things to do inside and the 3 hour entry duration was just perfect.

The only extra things you have to pay for are food, sideshow games, or photos with Santa.

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017

Yes my kids were probably a little old for it (especially my 15yo and 13yo), but I encouraged them to forget about “looking cool / acting cool” and just enjoy the moment.

They had a blast!!

I was so happy my kids could still find a child-like joy and have some silly fun.

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017

There were lots of rides and my kids found a certain pleasure going on the rides again and again and again until they couldn’t walk properly.

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017

The Christmas show was pretty good too.

We had amazing seats, right in front, but it made us feel terribly afraid that a performer might pick us out to be a “stage volunteer” for one of their acts.

There were lots of circus performers, acrobats, cute little dogs doing tricks and….

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Three guys on motorcycles driving around the inside of a globe, at the same time!

My kids had never seen anything like that before, up close. It was very cool to watch.

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017

Lastly, I had to follow my own advice, about having child-like fun.

My kids pressured me into going on this Sky Flying Ride.

If you’re a long time reader, you’ll know that I’m VERY susceptible to motion sickness. I get dizzy if I’m in the backseat of a car! I get dizzy on my own office chair!

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017

So here I am, next to my middle boy, who is just as prone to motion-sickness as I am.

My older boy and younger boy were seated behind us, photobombing our in-air selfie.

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017

Looking down into the carpark below!

Oooh myyyy gosh, I got really dizzy, but it was a lot of fun + laughs. We took a lot of selfies and videos to distract us from spewing (just kidding).

Big thanks to the Santa’s Magical Kingdom team. It was such a fun night with my boys. I totally recommend it!

 

Santa’s Magical Kingdom
1 – 23 December 2017
Crown Pyramid
www.santasmagicalkingdomperth.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions here (ticket prices, times, parking, show time start etc)

 


 

Gorgeous Gifts from The Daily Edited

8 December 2017

The Daily Edited - Pouches

This year I was pretty organised with my Christmas gifts!

I wanted to get a few of my girlfriends something extra special.

And I have been spying these monogramed pouches from The Daily Edited for ages — so when I looked into them, I realised they were really lovely, meaningful, good-quality, long-lasting gifts for someone special or significant.

So yup, I got a few for my girlfriends and I had to get one for myself too.

The Daily Edited - Pouches

Initially I was going to surprise my girlfriends and buy ALL BLACK pouches for everyone, but I hesitated and decided to ask my girlfriends which they wanted – in case they wanted another colour!?

I actually had my eye on this Taupe Leather Pouch – which is so so pretty.

Buuuut it turned out that everyone (except one) wanted black! We’re so boring haha!

(One of my girlfriends chose a navy pouch, which is not pictured, because it made the photo look weird hehe).

The Daily Edited - Pouches

I chose the Black Leather Pouch with gold hardware and gold lettering.

It is 16cm x 22cm, with fabric lining.

The pouches come in different kinds of textured leather – pebbled, patent, smooth, mock croc, mock ostrich, perforated, vegan leather… but I chose the Saffiano leather, which I like best, because it’s really scratch/scuff resistant.

You can choose gold, rose gold or silver hardware.

You can choose the size, font, colour and position of your lettering. You can even choose from a selection of emojis.

It’s a great service and an excellent product.

The Daily Edited - Pouches

I bought them last week and they arrived in 7 days, beautifully and perfectly boxed with a stylish little card inside too.

If you order before 17th Dec, they will arrive before Christmas!

However, if you’re in Perth, you’d probably don’t want to bet on AusPost and give yourself a few extra days allowance.

Oh hey and the rest of their bag collection is pretty tempting too. Especially this Burgundy Cross Body Bag and Black Cylinder Bag. And the Men’s Collection has so many great gift ideas for men.

If you sign up to their newsletter, you can get 10% off your whole order!

(This post isn’t sponsored! I bought them all myself. Loved the product and wanted to share!)


 

Wearing Jeans and a Nice Top + FWRD Sale

5 December 2017

Self Portrait Top - FWRD Sale

I’ve been trying to add a few more NICE tops into my wardrobe lately.

It makes a lot of sense to invest in a nice going-out top (instead of a dress), because you can wear the top many more times than a dress – with jeans, pants, mini skirt, max skirt, culottes and more.

But yep, nice tops are hard to find!

Today I’m collaborating with FWRD to feature a few of my picks from their new Sale on Sale event.

Basically you get extra 20% off sale items for the next 3 days!

That’s pretty good, if you’r into designer labels :)

Simply use the code “TREAT4U” at the checkout. Sale ends Friday, 8 Dec 2017 at 12:59am (WA time).

Self Portrait Top - FWRD Sale

I picked out this gorgeous Self-Portrait Filcoupe Top, which worked out to be 50% off in the end — woohoo!

Initially I had my eye on the yellow version, but it was already sold out. This blue version is just as pretty, and it was probably the more sensible choice for my wardrobe.

I am totally in love with it!

I picked the Size 2, because I have a Self-Portrait dress in Size 0 and it’s um, very snug. I have to suck my tummy in the whole time I wear it, haha. So I was looking for a looser fit with the Size 2. Besides, the sizing for both Size 0 and 2, indicates that the top’s length and sleeve length were exactly the same.

What do you think about the sleeve length on me? A bit long? I can’t decide if it looks a bit wrong, because my judgement is heavily clouded by how pretty it is – haha.

It has a flare hem and the ruffle continues across my body, so it was a little tricky to tuck into my jeans, but I kind of liked the boofy-ness. Maybe it will tuck in better when I wear a higher cut jeans.

Self Portrait Top from FWRD

This is what it looks like when it is untucked.

You can notice how sheer it is when it’s over my black jeans, but it still looks soooo nice! I loooove it! I’m so biased!

I’m wearing my black skinny jeans from Frame Jeans, Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bag (also from FWRD) and Alexander Wang Heels (that I bought from FWRD about 3 years ago).

OK so to further inspire you, here are some tops I picked out from their Sale on Sale section:

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

SELF-PORTRAIT Filcoupe Top – oh no, the same top is now sold out, sorry guys.

TIBI Off Shoulder Top – Tibi does some pretty nice tops, in luxurious fabrics. Definitely a top investment with this one. So versatile!

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

T BY ALEXANDER WANG Cold Shoulder Top – I picked this top because it’s so slinky, versatile… and $100 (after discount) is pretty sweet for an Alexander Wang piece.

TIBI V Neck Top – Again, I love me some Tibi silk. I love the buckles on the back. I added this one to my cart, but it was 2 sizes too big, oops.

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

RACHEL COMEY Euphora Top – I really like unique looking necklines, especially mixed with statement ruffles. It’s a perfect summer piece and great for a day time look.

TANYA TAYLOR Edie Top – This deep magenta colour is so pretty. Especially when it’s 100% silk with delicate ruffles.

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

ZIMMERMANN Gingham Frill Top – Can’t go wrong with Zimmermann. Their pieces are often very delicate and floral, but this top is a little different. It has a casual beachy look to it, but still versatile for day and night.

TIBI One Shoulder Bell Sleeve Top – I also had my eye on this top, as it’s sweet and simple twist to the classic white cotton top.

Hope you enjoy my picks!

Happy shopping! xx


 

Exploring the City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail

1 December 2017

(Brought to you by the City of Perth)

City of Perth Christmas 2017

The City of Perth recently launched their The City at Christmas program and invited me to check it out. It sounded fantastic, because I’m always up for fun + free things for my family to see and do!

I love visiting the city during this time. The whole area comes alive with lights, decorations, activities, colour and music. And in the last few years, they’ve really struck a good thing by bringing in food markets, hawker food stalls, farmer’s markets, craft markets and open-air movies, appealing to a wide audience.

This year, the City of Perth have lots of brand new Christmas events, in particular the new “Christmas Lights Trail” featuring 16 light installations, spread throughout the city.

It comes with a map (download here), to encourage exploring around the city.

I knew my kids would love it, so I dragged them out to go exploring one evening! (Only took two kids, as the third had something else on).

City of Perth Christmas 2017

This is the Giant Bauble on Murray Street Mall. During the day it looks a bit lifeless, but once the sun sets and the lights come on, it’s quite cool.

It’s a great place for photos and selfies with the family.

My first photo in this post (scroll up!) showed the Christmas Lights Tunnel in The Piazza, Northbridge. It’s a 24m tunnel made with over 5km of lights.

That was a really awesome installation too.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

Our next favourite would have to be the Christmas Constellation in Forrest Place. It’s a huge array of dangling lights, in a cylindrical shape, that changes colour and animates to music. It is SO pretty and very mesmerising to watch.

As you can see, I took a lot of photos of the cool colours and I couldn’t choose which I liked the most.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

After that we walked from Forrest Place and headed towards St Georges Terrace.

My kids insisted we stop at the 7-Eleven (corner of Hay and Barrack) to pick up a few $1 Slurpees, and we made our way to Cathedral Square to view the Christmas Projections at St George’s Cathedral.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

This was definitely my favourite light installation. It was cute, soothing, happy and playful.

I loved the contrasting dark shadows created by the architecture.

There were so many people sitting on the grass, taking photos and enjoying the animated projections. It was a lovely atmosphere.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

Then immediately across the road, opposite the Cathedral was the Council House Lights display. It uses 20,000 LED lights to animate the colours of the rainbow.

I’ve seen this display before, but I still love it because it looks so happy and cheerful.

My Visit Plan

As I mentioned before, there are 16 installations, spread out all over the city, so it’s quite a walk. Here’s the map for downloading.

I actually went into the city the day before to plan my night walk, to see all the installations, to pick out which ones were worth coming back to photograph, and which my kids would like. I did the whole walk and I was pretty tired by the end, especially after carrying all my camera gear.

So this is what I did:

I parked at the State Library CPP Car Park (in the Perth Cultural Centre) at 7pm.

We walked into Northbridge to grab some take away dinner (chicken kebabs) and went to see the Christmas Lights Tunnel (as shown in the first photo of my post)

Then we walked to Forrest Place, where there were about 5 installations. We walked to Cathedral Square, picked up some dessert along the way, sat on the grass outside the cathedral to eat our dessert and chill out.

We probably could have seen more, but we were pretty tired and we had to walk back to the car. By the time I got back to my car, it was 9pm.

It was such a fun and novel evening for us (especially on a school night!) and my kids loved it.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

(This was one of the installations I didn’t take my kids to. It was the Giant Christmas Tree at Brookfield Place. It was pretty and stylish, but it wasn’t interactive.)

More information about the Christmas Lights Trail here:
https://www.visitperthcity.com/christmas

Christmas Carnival

Another new event for The City at Christmas program will be the Christmas Carnival at Forrest Chase, which features kiddie rides and activities.

It is a free event on Saturday 9 Dec and Sunday 10 Dec, recommended for children aged up to 10 years old. There will be fiesta balloons, merry go round, ferris wheel, human soccer table, mega-trampolines and craft workshops.

There will also be street entertainers, and food and produce market stalls set up all along the Murray St Mall, so you can grab a treat too.

More information here:
https://www.visitperthcity.com/events/christmas-carnival

City of Perth Christmas 2017

Santa in the City Competition

I also want to share that the City of Perth are running a cool Instagram competition to win a prize pack – an overnight stay at Crowne Plaza Perth (for family of four), $250 H&M voucher and Pottery Barn stockings.

Simply pick up a free cardboard “Santa on a stick” from the iCity Kiosk (Forrest Chase), take a picture of him doing something around the city, such as Santa hanging out at Elizabeth Quay, eating sushi in Northbridge or enjoying the view at Kings Park. The more creative the better!

Make sure you use the hashtag #santainperthcity to enter. Competition closes 15 Dec 2017. Pop over to visitperthcity.com for more information, full terms and conditions and boundaries of the City of Perth.

And hey, if you’re doing the Christmas Lights Trail, check out the Instagram hashtag #TheCityatChristmas and have fun!

xxx


 

What I Wore: Tularosa Mel Dress X Cyber Monday Sales

27 November 2017

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

We had a stunning weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the glorious sunny weather. We had lots of outings with our kids, a swim with the cousins, dinner with my parents, birthday celebrations and my husband and I even went on a double date too (cheap and cheerful Vietnamese dinner – the beeeest!).

Today I’m sharing an outfit that I was was planning to wear to a fashion event.

Usually I’m not so organised. But as it turned out, I didn’t feel 100% on the day and didn’t end up going. So I’m going to keep this dress for the New Year or Chinese New Year.

It’s the Mel Dress by Tularosa, with a cowl neck, a fitted waist and pleated skirt.

I love the warm, mustard yellow colour of this dress. It looks a bit like a warm gold.

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

I probably could have paired the dress with some minimal, strappy, heeled sandals. But I decided to go a bit fierce with my shoes and try something a bit more unusual with these Aquazzura Belgravia Lace up pumps.

The exact style (with studs) is not on sale anymore, but the Belgravia Suede Lace Up Pumps (plain black) is currently selling at FWRD and is currently 56% off at their Cyber Monday sale.

Do check the rest of the FWRD Cyber Monday Sale, there are heaps of designer items that are up to 70% off.

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

And Revolve are also having their Cyber Monday Sale, which involves 20% off Final Sale Items, making some items around 75% off. Such  great time to grab a bargain!

Have a lovely week!


 

What I Wore: Silver Mesh Watch

25 November 2017

The Peach Box, Marc Bale Silver Watch

When I wear watches, I usually prefer leather straps for a classic, old-school look. I never used to like the mesh strap watches because they look too blingy, and too much like jewellery.

However ThePeachBox sent me one of these Silver Mesh Strap, watches… and I’m so obsessed about it now.

I love wearing mine (1 week straight and counting), mainly because it looks like jewellery!

They are currently offering 30% off your total order, simply use the code CYBER-30 at the checkout.

If you’re looking for a lovely gift for a girlfriend, this is a total winner.

This was me getting dressed up for dinner, wearing black GRLFRND Jeans, Alexander Wang heels, Style Mafia Lace Top.

Enjoy your weekend!

xxx


 

What I Wore: Tularosa Dress (with Revolve and FWRD Black Friday Sale Picks)

24 November 2017

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

Happy Friday!

Wow did your email inbox EXPLODE from all the Black Friday Sales messages this morning?!?

I had been quite unprepared for the avalanche of sales, but I’m soooo glad because it’s such a great time to save on things I was planning to buy anyway, such as homewares, Christmas presents and stuff I’ve had my eye on for the loooongest time.

I’m so excited to share that both Revolve and FWRD are having their Black Friday Sales, with up to 65% Off + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

A lot of the items I have featured on my site are currently on sale, including this Tularosa Marty Dress, which is 40% off. I’ve had it for about 5 months and it’s still one of my favourite weekend dresses.

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

I always feel that Revolve is best for buying dresses, tops and denim. Their items are usually a bit higher in price than high-street brands, but their quality is usually much better and their styles are a little more unique too.

Here are some of my picks!

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

These dresses are all on sale, priced under AU$50.

One is $40 and still so many sizes from XS through to L. So good!

See them here – Dresses on Sale. They really do have such a droll worthy selection.

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

And these tops are under AU$60!

See all Off-Shoulder Tops on sale here.

 

FWRD has always been one of my favourite online stores for discounted designer items. I’ve been shopping here for years. I’m completely thrilled to be working with them!

They are also having an Up to 65% Off Sale + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

I feel that FWRD is best for designer bag, shoes and accessories, so here are my picks.

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

Yep there are high-end designer brands such as Givenchy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, YSL, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Saint Laurent, all with major discounts.

All these pictured here are on 30% – 50% off sale, making them approximately from AU$270 – AU$1800.

Eeek I’m so tempted by that PS1 Mini Cross Body in Red (bottom left)!

See all Designer Bags on sale at FWRD.

 

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

And for shoes and accessories, you can find Isabel Marant, Sophia Webster, K Jacques, Aquazzura, Acne Studios and more.

Shop Designer Accessories or shop Designer Shoes here.

Happy shopping!

xxx


 

Pitcher and Iron Cafe: Authentic Liege Waffles Arrives in Perth

23 November 2017

Pitcher and Iron - Authentic Liege Waffles, Subiaco Perth

The other day, I took one of my boys to check out the brand new waffle cafe in Subiaco called, Pitcher and Iron.

They were giving away free waffles to the first 50 customers as their opening special event, so we had to try haha!

Plus one of the owners is a long-time friend of mine, so I wanted to support him too :)

Pitcher and Iron - Authentic Liege Waffles, Subiaco Perth

They specialise in Liege Waffles (Belgium style waffles) which are made from yeast-raised dough, instead of regular waffle batter.

The result makes them very similar to a sweet, buttery, stretchy brioche bread. Or a soft croissant or doughnut.

They use pearl sugar, which has a higher melting point (and I was told, it has to be specially imported from Belgium) so texture of the waffle crust is crispy, with a kind of caramelised chewiness.

Pitcher and Iron - Authentic Liege Waffles, Subiaco Perth

This was my son’s pick: The Duchess Waffle with strawberry compote, lychees, pavlova ice cream and Persian fairy floss.

Pitcher and Iron - Authentic Liege Waffles, Subiaco Perth

I chose the The Jean Claude, which had beer icecream, maple bacon, honeycomb pieces and Speculoos (spiced biscuit).

They were both so yummy, decadent and definitely for people who love their desserts.

They serve brunch waffles from 8am – 2pm, such as Puller Pork + Eggs Benedict Waffles, Crunchy chicken bites waffles. And they serve dessert waffles from 3 – 10pm.

I can’t wait to come back to try the brunch waffles.

And… I’m also very keen to find a recipe to try making these myself!


 

New Love for Mini Bags + Shopbop’s Buy More, Save More Sale

21 November 2017

Mini Bags from Shopbop

Hi everyone!

When my children were babies + toddlers, I used to carry a HUGE NAPPY BAG to fit all their nappies, bottles, food, bibs, snacks, toys and more…. omg there was so much stuff!

The moment I no longer had to carry all that crap (when my youngest kid was 5 and started full time school) was a day of celebration! In fact, my youngest kid is now 8 and I’m still celebrating.

I’ve recently started to be a bit obsessed about MINI BAGS.

Sometimes I just have to dash out to grab something, deliver something, drop one of my kids off somewhere, stop for a coffee. So sometimes I just need a bag just big enough for my phone, keys and some money.

Mini Bags from Shopbop

I recently picked out this 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Micro Bag (in Fawn) courtesy of Shopbop.

The leather is so SOOOO lovely and soft. I love the small, minimal and cute look to it. And yep, it fits everything I need and a few extras (like a lip gloss stick and a coin purse).

This MICRO style also comes in a Alix Micro BlackAlix Micro Navy and Alix Micro Cement Grey. But unfortunately some have sold out since I’ve written this post – because they are all currently 25% off!

Here are some other styles that I’m swooning over, which are a little less pricey too.

Mini Bags from Shopbop

These Furla Metropolis Mini Bags are such a simple and classic style.

I love that they are so minimal, featuring a little bit of gold hardware.

I’ve been eying one for ages. I just don’t know which to get. Black is a bit boring, but I’ll use it the most. I love the idea of white, but I guarantee I’ll get dirty. Navy is a nice because it’s a bit different.

They are 12.5cm x 17cm – so it fits my phone!

They come in Onyx (Black) , Petalo (White), and Navy.

 

Mini Bags from Shopbop

I think these Marc Jacobs Snapshot Bags are very cool too. These are 20% off at the moment.

These are 11cm x 19cm. I love the thick, patterned straps. And I kind of love that pink sequin one.

They come in Gold, Pink, and Black.

 

Mini Bags from Shopbop

These Zac Posen Eartha Mini Chain Bags are a lot more feminine and cute. Perfect for adding a pop of fun to my everyday wear.

They are 13cm x 20cm and they are also 20% off.

They come in Black Chain, Black Floral Appliqué and Geranium Floral Chain.

Pop over to check out the SHOPBOP Buy More, Save More Sale

Sale runs from 21 Nov – 26 Nov 2017.
20% off orders of $200+
25% off orders of $500+
30% off orders of $800+
Simply use promotion code “MORE17″ at the checkout.

Woohoo have fun!

Can’t wait to share what I picked up too :)

Enjoy!
xxx


 

What Goes In

20 November 2017

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I recently finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and I didn’t realise it was such a dark and sad book. Brilliantly written, but so sad when you consider how Wilde’s real life turned out.

As I moved on to my next book, I made a decision to unsubscribe to almost all my Facebook news feeds and reduce my social media time.

I just wanted to read more books this year. And I felt that I was being distracted and sucked in by “online reading”, which isn’t like book reading at all, because I don’t remember anything I’ve read, even though I was “online reading” for 3 hours?!

I’m a believer of being “very selective with my input”.

Referring to: all the things that enter my head, mind and spirit.

It includes everything from TV shows, movies, youtube videos, sensationalised news, click-bait articles, Facebook comments, instagram feeds, to people, conversations, relationships and friendships.

Basically I try to stay away from things that are negative, toxic, destructive, needlessly over-dramatic and pointless.

I seriously don’t have time for that.

In my 20s, I wanted to experience everything! I experimented, explored and exposed myself to so much!

But now (I’m sure it comes with age) I am so precious with my time, my mind, my energies.

I try to focus on things that are important.

My family, my health, my friends, my relationships, my projects, my passions… and how I’m going to live the next 40-50 years of my life!

So here’s to 5 more decades of not being a slave to Facebook!


 

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