November Favourites | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoyย ๐Ÿ™‚

Today isn’t Christmas themed, but you all know I can’t go a month without my favourites! Here is what I’ve been obsessed with for November.

Zoella Body Creams & Handcream

I recently picked up Zoella’s new whipped body butters and her new Christmas scent hand cream and love them all. I know she was in hot water with that advent calendar drama, but I do love her and her products.

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Tanya Burr Contour Stick

I’ve been using this religiously this month – just adding a bit and blending it out before I add powder and it gives a very subtle contour. Very creamy, pigmented and easy to blend!

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Miniso Spring Herb Essential Oil

This is a beautiful and fresh essential oil to have going in my diffuser and I’m really enjoying having it on all the time! Miniso do the best essential oils!

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Harry Styles – Harry Styles

I was never really a 1D fangirl, so I was pretty surprised when I realised this month that I’m head over heels in love with Harry Styles lol. His new self-titled album is absolutely amazing and I’m obsessed with the songs Only Angel, Carolina, Kiwi (obviously) and From The Dining Table. He gives off SUCH Mick Jagger vibes, especially when he performed at the VSFS in Shanghai!

Korea

I feel like this is a given, because I’ve done a tonne of posts about it, but my favourite thing about November was that I began it in South Korea! I had the absolute best time, and would 10/10 visit if you have the opportunity!
My Week In South Korea
Korea Haul
Top Tips for Travelling in South Korea

Tanya Burr Selfie Lash Mascara

I was sceptical to try this, but this mascara is really nice! It layers well, separates, lengthens and creates a bit of volume. Truly the perfect everyday mascara!

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Beauty Blender Holder

I grabbed one of these on a whim for $2 at kmart, but it actually makes a world of difference! It keeps my blender damp for longer and nice and fresh, plus means I never get any of the crap floating around in my makeup bag on my blender.

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Peaky Blinders

I’ve loved this show for a couple years now, and the new season has just started – much to my excitement! It hasn’t let me down (unlike other shows *cough* Walking Dead *cough*). So beautifully shot, moves fast, written well and anything with Cillian Murphy in it has me hooked.

Armada – Ernest Cline

I gave this book a full review on my new series Zoe’s Bookshelf so I won’t go into detail here, I just loved this book! Read here if you want more info about it and to hear what I thought.

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November Favourites | Blogmas 2017

Christmas Apartment Tour | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoyย ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’m taking you through my apartment and showing you how I’ve decorated it for Christmas! Everything that I can I’ll link for you.

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I’ve never had Festive Bedding before, so I’m super excited I found this adorable set onย eBay!

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On my bed frame, I usually have my little Happy figure (from the anime Fairytail), and I gave him a little Gingerbread man friend, who was from Kmart last year.

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My tree is from Big W (Sparkle Pine), lights are from a Christmas Warehouse and the copper ones are from Target. Most decorations are from Kmart, Woolworths & Bed, Bath & Table.

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On my desk I have this super cute snow globe that I got from Kmart last year. I also keep my festive cookie hand sanitiser here too from Bath & Bodyworks.

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Next to my diffuser and salt lamp I put this cute mini snow globe that was an advent gift a few years ago.

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On one of my bookshelves I put this little reindeer toy that I got years ago as a gift.

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Near my sunglasses collection on my dining table, I added this little wooden tree that has a built in song box. It’s from Morgan & Finch.

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On my kitchen counter, I put this sparkly white Christmas tree near my knife block – it’s from Bed, Bath & Table.

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I’m always reading a Christmas book in December, and this one was a gift from my friend. I also always have my merry cookie hand cream here too, and usually my merry cookie candle – both from Bath & Bodyworks!

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Strung up over my balcony I have these solar powered fairy lights that are actually warm toned despite looking cool here! I love falling asleep looking at these.

What do you think of my decorations?

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Christmas Apartment Tour | Blogmas 2017

Saving Money Over Christmas | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I want to blog about something I know heaps of people (myself included) really struggle with – saving your money over the festive season. It’s such a wonderful but EXPENSIVE time of year, with so many people to buy for, decorations to purchase and a heap of Christmas parties/friend catch-up dinners/drinks with family/etc/etc. There is simply so much to buy that saving your money seems almost impossible, but it CAN be done if you’re smart with where you’re putting that money.

First of all, you have to accept that if you’re celebrating the holidays, you’ll have to spend money. There’s no way around spending, so you kinda have to suck it up and make the most happen with what you have. I hope these tips help – I’m not exactly financially stable and this is what I do!

1.Budget

I mean, this is probably obvious, but I mean REALLY budget. Be super strict with yourself, but reasonable. Spend 5 mins writing out a complete budget that includes everything you would need to spend on for Christmas – everything from food to decorations, travel costs for going home, presents, outings, e v e r y t h i n g. Dedicate how much you’re going to spend total, then divide up what you have into those categories. This is an example diagram of how I like to do it, so I can see what needs to have the most money going into it. If you set yourself a total amount you can spend, juggling it around then becomes easier as you realise what is and what isn’t essential.

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2. Presents

Now comes the most expensive, but most fun part of Christmas – presents! I love a good Xmas gift list, but make sure you are also writing down exactly how much you want to spend on each person and how much each thing is. It doesn’t take a lot for a heap of little gifts to add up! Set a rough guide for how much you want to spend on each person and then think within that budget what you might like to get them. I forgot to photograph it, but make sure you’re also including the costs of wrapping papers and bags, etc, as well as postage costs if you’re ordering online.

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3. Secret Santa

To make the process of gift giving way easier and cheaper, ask to do a secret santa for your group or family. My immediate family has 7 in it, so instead of 7 separate gifts we chose a $40 limit for a joke gift and it’s really taken the stress of the expense out! Joke presents are always fun to buy and you also don’t have as much pressure to get the perfect thing.

4. Blogs

Instead of buyingย  a heap of materialistic things, maybe you can go for a DIY option? Look up gift guides on different blogs and get inspired for cheaper ideas and things you can make yourself. You’ll end up saving so much money!

5. Outfits

I had to really remind myself of this, but you don’t need a new outfit for Xmas parties/drinks/lunches/whatever. I have about 5 different Christmas things to attend this year, and I can’t justify 5 new outfits although I’d love them. Use what do you already own, mix and match outfits or even DIY something! Try new combinations of outfits that you haven’t before and keep it simple and cheap! You may look super hot in a glittery strappy number, but you also will look hot in your classic LBD with a bright red lip – you can accessorise anything to be Christmassy!

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6. Treats

Instead of attempting a 10-layer Christmas fruit cake or something, keep your Christmas treats easy and cheap. Make a batch of rolled sugar cookies (the best recipe for these is here!) in fun Christmas shapes and keep the costs down. Rum balls are also a firm favourite!

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7. Decor

There are so many amazing resources out there for DIY decor – you really don’ need to buy anything! Watch some YouTube vids, work on bigger projects with siblings or cousins and just don’t fork out a heap of money for something that’s only in your house for a month a year. Dollar shops also have a heap of super cheap Xmas decor if you’re really after something new!

8. Don’t be afraid to ask

If you really need a bit of extra help over the festive season to get you through, reach out to a loved one who can support you. You can always pay them back in the new year and it may ease your burden a bit.

 

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Saving Money Over Christmas | Blogmas 2017

Festive Bucketlist | Blogmas 2017

This is the first in my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’m kicking things off with a festive themed bucket list! These are all the things I want to do before Christmas and hopefully they’ll get you in a festive mood.

1.Decorate For Christmas

Not gonna lie, I got ahead of myself on this one and can already cross it off. Whoops.

2. Watch Christmas Movies I Haven’t Seen Yet

The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Grinch, Bad Santa, Four Christmasses… I can’t believe I haven’t seen these. I need to get on it!

3. Bake Christmas Cookies

Check out my recipe for the BEST rolled sugar cookies here!

4. See The Christmas Lights At Night

There’s nothing quite like going on a drive around your neighbourhood and seeing all the Christmas lights people have put up, or even having a wander around your city and looking at all the fun things there are up for the festive season!

5. Decide on Wrapping Theme

Last year it was brown paper and string… I don’t know what to do this year but it’s a goal to pick a theme and get everything I need for it!

6. Burn My Bath & Bodyworks Christmas Candles

I have Merry Cookie, Vanilla Snowflake and Vanilla Bean that I am dying to burn for Christmas!

7. Buy a Christmas Outfit for my Dogs

My poor dogs have a couple of Christmas outfits now, and I think it’s only fitting that they get another about now…

8. Listen to all the Pentatonix Christmas albums

Pentatonix do the best Christmas music in my opinion and I can’t wait to spend an hour or two just marathoning their albums!

9. Have A Christmas Movie Night In A Blanket Fort

With my baking, movies and candles, the only thing that could make a Christmas night complete would be a blanket fort! What more could I want?

10. Watch Vlogmas Every Morning

This is a necessity for me every year – I love waking up on December 2nd to all the vlogmas videos! My favourites are (of course) Zoella, Tanya Burr & Alisha Marie.

What’s on your Christmas bucket list?

 

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My Week In South Korea

If you’ve seen my latest posts about overseas packing, you’d know I recently spent a week and a bit in South Korea! I had an absolutely wonderful time there and loved the atmosphere of it all. We stayed in an Airbnb in Seoul, with day trips to Busan and the DMZ/JSA, as well as a quick tour of Beijing during our layover on the way home. If you like bustling Asian cities, full of culture, shopping, entertainment and incredible food, put Seoul on your travel bucket list. It was the best place I’ve ever visited ๐Ÿ™‚

I will also be doing a post with all my top tips as a foreigner travelling through South Korea, so if you’re interested in going, hold tight for that post!

Myeongdong – Shopping District

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Namsan Tower – Near Myeongdong

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Gangnam/Coex Mall – K-Pop Comapny Buildings, SM Town, Road of K-Pop band ‘bears’

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Busan – Coastal City

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Here we are on the KTX to Busan – if you’ve seen the movie ‘Train to Busan’, you’ll know why we were so excited to get on this train hahaha

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Museum of Korea

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NOT PICTURED – Itaewon – Cultural/Foreigner District; Hongdae – Youth Area/Shopping District

Lotte World – Huge Indoor Themepark

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DMZ/JSA/North Korea – Demilitarised Zone (2km from North Korean border), Joint Security Area, “technically” crossing the border into North Korea – blue room photo

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Cheonggyecheon River – Light Installations

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Dongdaemun Plaza – LED Roses

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NOT PICTURED – Epik High – South Korean Hip-Hop/Rap Group Concert

Beijing – Great Wall & Tianamen Square

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Hope you enjoyed a taste of my amazing trip!

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Overseas In-Flight Essentials

As you’ll know if you read my last post – Packing For An Overseas Trip –ย  as you’re reading this I will be in South Korea! Today, I thought I’d share my in-flight essentials for a long haul flight, which, let’s be real, is any flight out of Australia, so I’ve got this pretty much down pat.

Backpack
Take a backpack as carry on. Don’t bother with a small suitcase unless you absolutely need it and forget your handbag. Backpacks are lighter as they distribute weight more evenly, are easily accessible in flight as you can have them by your feet, hold a lot and keep your hands free. My canvas bag is from Miniso and I really love it. You can also use your backpack as a day bag when you are overseas too!

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Emergency Kit
I always take a small bag with essentials in it for the flight, which include face wipes, a hydrating mist, lipbalm, hand cream, hand sanitiser, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, any medication I might need and painkillers. You’ll never know when you’re going to want or need these things so it’s just easier to have them on you! I also take all the liquids mentioned in a clear bag so I can easily pull it out at customs.

Eye Mask
To make sure you get some sleep, pack an eye mask. You may get annoyed by lights or the entertainment so just throw one in and guarantee yourself a good rest.

2 x Headphones
I get really sore ears after wearing earbuds for a long time, so I always pack headphones as well. This way I can cancel out sound and switch between the pairs so I’m ready for anything. Sounds extra, but especially on a red-eye flight it is super essential.

Entertainment
I like to take my tablet on board with enough music, movies, games and books to keep me occupied for the whole flight. I also bring a portable charger with me to keep me going. Some of my fave in-flight apps are sudoku, temple run, puzzles, crosswords and sketchbooks.

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Blow Up Head Pillow
You can get these from anywhere (mine is from Miniso) and they crumple into nothing but will save your life on a flight. Having a pillow is just such a crucial part of having a good sleep, so if you can fit one in your bag, why not?

Warm Socks
Planes get super cold so keep yourself warm and comfy with a pair of woollen socks.

Change of Underwear
You just never know! You’d rather carry it and not need it than need it and not have it!

Wallet for Travel Documents
Have a pouch to chuck your passport and tickets in so they’re all in one place. Instead of rummaging through your bag for the document you need, it will always be in one place.

Notebook & Pen
For thoughts, notes and important information, it’s always handy to have a notebook and crucial to have a pen. There are always forms you need to fill out so it justย makes sense to have a couple on you!

Water Bottle
Save yourself some money and bring a cheap, plastic water bottle (1L or more) from outside the airport and go through customs with it empty. They charge a fortune for water at airports so you can just bring your own and refill it!

What do you bring on overseas flights?

 

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Packing For An Overseas Trip

As you’re reading this I will be in South Korea! I have always wanted to go to South Korea and I am beyond excited that I can finally cross it off my bucket list. Get ready for a haul and some travel posts!

I thought I would put together a quick post on how to pack for an overseas trip, as even if you are a seasoned veteran, a few tips never hurt!

List
Having a packing list is SO important – this way you don’t just pack whatever you feel like and end up somewhere without your underwear (it’s happened before). Also, it helps you organise what you need to get ready and wash for when you need to pack it and generally takes the stress away. I like to organise my lists into categories for carry on, other luggage and within that clothes, accessories and toiletries.

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Packing Cubes
You can fit SO much into packing cubes – they are definitely worth the investment (not that they’re expensive anyway!). I use mine for underwear and so separate areas of my suitcase, which also means things are so much easier to find once you reach your destination.

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Plan Outfits
This may not apply to everyone, but as I know what I’m doing each day I have planned my outfit accordingly. This is of course subject to change, but at least I have a rough idea of what will suit the day’s activity, what will look good and then I know how much I need to pack.

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Wear Neutrals
Following on from the above, wearing only one colour scheme is essential for me. I tend to go quite monochromatic so I know that if I do mix and match my outfits it won’t matter because everything looks good together.

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One Outerwear
Especially for travelling to colder places I only ever pack one piece of outerwear and layer underneath. I have this coat I borrowed from a friend and I won’t take any other big jackets. I’ll layer singlets, tops, jumpers/cardigans underneath, but there is no point taking 3 coats as they take up so much room in your suitcase. A black/neutral coat will also go with any outfit.

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Bags for Dirty Clothes
I have separate bags for shoes and I always take cloth and plastic bags for dirty clothes. Especially if you’re moving around a lot, this helps segregate what needs to be washed and what you can wear. This takes a lot of stress out of your days and also keeps your clean clothes nice and fresh.

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Powerboard
If you’re going to a place with a different power socket than your own, take your travel adaptor and pack a powerboard. That way you can charge a heap of things at once and you aren’t fighting with people over one adaptor. This tip definitely is worth remembering as powerboards take up no room!

What are your tips for packing for an overseas trip?

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Packing For An Overseas Trip