Tasmania Trip 2015 : Travel Itinerary

Sat, 21 Nov

Arrive Hobart, 8:40pm
Stay in Travelodge Hotel, Hobart – 1 Night

Sun, 22 Nov

Pick Up Car Hire, 9am
Drive to Derwent Bridge – 2.5 hours
Accommodation Derwent Bridge Chalet & Studio
Take a walk at Lake St Clair

Mon, 23 Nov

Drive to Nelson Falls
Take a walk at Nelson Falls (20 minute walk, return)
Drive to Strahan – 1.5 hours
Walk to see Hogarth Falls in the town of Strahan (45 minutes walk, return)
Check into Aloft Boutique accommodation Strahan

Tues, 24 Nov

Go on the Gordon River Cruise, 5.5 hours
Drive from Strahan to Cradle Mountain – 2.5 hours
Check into Accommodation Cradle Mountain Hotel

Wed, 25 Nov

Do a walk at Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake Curcuit
Accommodation Cradle Mountain Hotel
3718 Cradle Mountain Road

Thurs, 26 Nov

We planned to do the Montezuma Falls Walk (One of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania) — 3 hours return

We planned to stay in Cradle Mountain for 3 days.

***But it snowed, which made a few walks at Cradle Mountain too dangerous, so we left and went to look at caves and stayed in Launceston instead.

Fri, 27 Nov

Drive from Launceston to Hobart
Stop for lunch at Swansea at Great Oyster Bay
Check into accommodation Hobart

Sat, 28 Nov

Visit the Salamanca Markets
Visit MONA

Depart Hobart 4:15pm

What I Wore: Floaty White and Denim Blues

White Cotton Cami Top

Hello hello!

Today’s everyday outfit comes from the hot and humid weather of tropical Singapore!

I had my eye on this d.RA Sparrow Top for a while (I wrote about it here) and I decided to nab it while it was on sale.

I love the soft cotton, the mixed textures, and how floaty it feels. The adjustable straps are perfect for my smaller torso too. It doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap; it feels like a good-quality, well-designed, summery top. I’m wearing the XS.

It’s such a great piece by Californian designer Diana Ra. I’m swooning over her sleeveless crop tank (made from the same material), and the mini skirt version (also made from the same material).

White Cotton Cami Top

My shorts are to-die for Nobody High Body Shorts. They are hands down the most comfortable denim shorts I’ve ever worn – they have an amazing stretch!

They are high waisted and slightly longer in the leg for a bit of modesty when I sit down.

Again, I had been eyeing them for a while and bought them when they were on 25% off sale.

Perfect for the hot weather!

My nude heels are by Schutz.

Clutch by Marc by Marc Jacobs, similar here (on sale at The Outnet).

Have an amazing weekend!

xxx

A Wishlist for Christmas and Beyond

Yep, I will admit it. After buying stacks of lovely Christmas presents for my partner, my kids, my parents, my siblings, my girlfriends… I like to buy a Christmas present for myself too.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

So I often find “Christmas Gift Guides” to be quite problematic!

They often feature items that I never actually thought of owning or buying until it’s Christmas. Do I really need a celebrity branded tea cup set? Do I really need Festive Special Edition candles? Do I really need decorative lantern fairy lights? Haha probably not!

So instead of a typical Christmas gift guide, today I’m sharing a “wishlist” of things that I had wanted for aaaaaages and that I am now so, so happy that I own.

They all cost under $100.

Some of these items are classics, or brand favourites, or best sellers, or just affordable, good quality items that I have considered, tested, and acquired over some time – so they are not really a wishlist for me anymore. Check out these Christmas pajamas perfect for a gift for a loved one this year.

I guess I hope to inspire you, during the upcoming season, to save up for things that you’ll truly love, beyond Christmas!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

A really good set of active wear pieces.

This dreamy top and bottom (how gorgeous are the spots??) are from Abi and Joseph.

They are made from a luxurious, high-quality fabric that feels amazing to wear. I’m quite a fan of their gear.

Pieces from their collection are slightly more affordable than other brands, but I think they are equal in high performance support, design and quality.

For the Spot Me High Support Bra, I wear a size XS (I’m usually a AU6) and for the Spot Me High Waisted 3/4 Tight, I also wear the XS – and they both fit perfectly.

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Lightweight Black and White Sneakers.

It’s a fact, black and white go with everything… and these sneakers are probably the most versatile and most worn sneakers in my entire collection right now.

Obviously they are great for running, going to the gym and working out, but they also look great with regular jeans, leggings and shorts too.

A most excellent purchase and wardrobe addition!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Nars Duo Blush and Bronzer (Orgasm and Laguna)

Everyone raves about these two colours. They have been best sellers for years and are constantly in fashion and beauty magazines. Everyone, online and offline, dark skin and light skin, gives it a 4 to 5 star rating. How can it suit such a broad range of skin colours and types? I was so skeptical!

Well I recently succumbed to the hype surrounding this Duo Palette and bought one without trying it. My response? OH WOW. The blush really does give my cheeks a subtle, natural glow… without looking glittery or fake and doll-like.

And the bronzer! Sheesh, out of all the bronzers I’ve ever tried, this adds the most natural boozing warmth colour to my cheeks ever!

A Luxe SPF50+ Sun Cream

There are so many on the market these days, but I suggest you pop into a specialty, multi-brand makeup shop like Sephora or Mecca, to find one that really works with your skin and DOESN’T make you look greasy.

I have tried so many pharmacy brand SPF50+ creams that cost around $15 – $23, that say they are “oil free, non greasy, no shine, matte formula”… but really, they are not!

So I have learned, if I just pay a little more for a really good quality SPF50+ sun cream that makes my face look and feel great under my makeup, then I’ll wear it more often. Simple as that.

May as well pay for something a bit nicer that I will wear more.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

A Simple Silver Bangle

Although this bangle is just costume jewellery, I adore its simple and minimal design. I find that it goes with so many of my outfits, it’s easy to wear, it’s easy to match and I end up wearing it every day.

So I’m actually thinking I might save upfor next Christmas to get myself a real silver or white gold bangle, because I have a feeling that I’ll be wearing it for years and want it to last.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Pointed Toe Flats

These flats are a recent purchase. Most of all my other flats are more round-toe ballet style. I don’t know why I haven’t bought a pair of pointed toe flats before, as I have so many pointed-toe heeled shoes! They add such a stylish tick to all my casual outfits – especially when wearing jeans.

I prefer this simple, classic style to the strappy, lace-up ones which are pretty popular at the moment.

These are Charles and Keith Pointed Flats $63 or these ASOS Mouse Face Flats for $40.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Diptyque Candles

You can’t really go wrong with luxurious Parisian scented candles!

With so many other candle brands and fragrances on the market, this is still my favourite scent, followed by Figuier.

I have been buying these for years… and I know I’ll be buying them till I grow old and wrinkly!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Lightweight Statement Sunglasses

These sunglasses are not very “statement” along the spectrum of “statement sunglasses”.

But they enough of a statement for me! They are fun, quirky and lightweight.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I wear my luxe sunglasses, I find that they can be quite chunky and heavy from the weight of the glass and acetate, and I’m often left with a mark on the bridge of my nose. Sometimes the marks stays for hours and it’s really annoying.

There’s much to be said for good quality, lightweight sunglasses that don’t cost the earth. There’s a certain liberation I feel, knowing I don’t have to be so precious with them, yet they look great.

These babies are from Hello Parry, who have a very nice collection of bold and affordable eye wear.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

And lastly…

My Black Leather Watch

Constantly on my wrist, it feels like my second skin.

Lightweight, comfortable, simple, classic design – my watch is one of my favourite daily accessories. I also like it because it didn’t cost the earth.

Yep there are a few brands who have a similar design, but these are by an Australian label, The Horse and I bought it from SurfStitch when it was on sale.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping and I hope you find something that you like.

xxx

Hello From Tasmania!

Tasmania Forest, Franklin River Walk

Hi everyone!

I’m currently in Tasmania with my husband.

We’ve done a few bush walks, found beautiful waterfalls in the forest, drove around mountains, crossed over from the East to the West… It’s been amazing so far!

We have a few more days here and I can’t wait to share my photos with you all.

In the meantime, I will be leaving you all with a few pre-written posts I have scheduled this week, enjoy!

Xxx