2.11.14

B A L I 2 0 1 4


Welcome to my belated Bali post! I truly didn't know if I would enjoy Bali, but we had a great time! The food was amazing, the people were (mostly) very friendly and I could have delicious soy cappuccinos every day! I thought it was going to be a good excuse to kick the caffeine, but little did I know they make amazing coffee over there!

 A C C O M O D A T I O N

We stayed at IZE Seminyak. Which we thought was 'I. Z. E' but apparently its 'issey' but even then taxi drivers still had no idea what we meant. We ended up just showing them the room key haha.

It is a 4 star hotel, with an amazing roof top pool. The location is amazing, great restaurants and cafes left or right, as well as plenty of shops. All the staff were super friendly too! We were in a room towards the back so the noise was fine. They have a great restaurant and bar as well.

View from the roof top pool


F O O D

Anyone who knows Jeremy and I,  knows we love to eat. Like, we're constantly thinking about food. ALWAYS. Nom.
So, needless to say, we ate our way around Seminyak.

We got to the hotel at about 1am Aussie time. So upon being told about Soho, a 24 hr diner across the road from the hotel, we were straight in there eating Nasi Goreng and drinking a Bintang. Heehee.  We returned here twice on our trip for more Nasi and a Mi Goreng (y u m!)



The next morning we tried out the hotel brekky. It was a basic buffet with fresh watermelon juice, breakfast sushi (???), danishes, fruit, pancakes and Nasi Goreng. Not bad considering it was included with our room!

Lunch was at Cafe Zucchini, about 200m up the road from IZE. They have the BEST salad bowls, for $65,000 Rupiah. One thing I'll mention here is that theres a service tax (anywhere from 5-10%, and a government tax (anywhere from 10-21%) on top of your bill in all the places we went to. Apparently this is a new thing? We had never heard about it before coming to Bali but things definitely weren't as cheap as we expected. It' s still cheaper than Aus though, dont get me wrong!

Cafe Zucchini salad bowl 

We had no idea where to go for dinner that night, and a quick Google pointed me to 'Ginger Moon.' Upon seeing it was hard to get in I was shocked we managed to get a booking for that night, but I am glad we did.  We had Peking duck pancakes, beef steamed buns, roast duck dumplings, nasi goreng and char sui pork (AMAZING). As well as cocktails. Mmm. So good! 

Ginger Moon

The next morning I wanted a cafe brekky. Trip Advisor told me to hunt down 'Grocer and Grind', which is a chain of Australian style cafe's. It was decent. However once we discovered the next little breakfast gem, it just did not compare.

Grocer and Grind brekky burger

Dinner this night was at 'Breeze at The Samaya.' We had our first encounter with a dodge taxi driver on our way to the Samaya. He tried to charge us $10 AUD. We said hell no and offered $5 (which was still HEAPS). He then pretended not to know where it was an took us about a kilometre past it, cue me chucking a tantrum and demanding to get out and walk, which we did. It was super frustrating but that was when we started to just barter the fare before getting in the cabs. I think what got us was, there's 'Blue Bird Taxi's', which generally have fare metres and good drivers. But there are SO MANY TAXI'S that are just blue sedans and at first we thought they were all Blue Bird, but they're not. So when we knew we were jumping into a 'dodgy' taxi we just bartered the fare, which stopped any further issues. (Can you tell I have limited experience in these kinds of places? hahaha). 

Anyway! Breeze was lovely. We had the most attentive and friendly waitress, amazing views and great food. They even gave us mozzie spray! I had a Balinese curry which was deeeeelish! The meal was obviously not cheap but was around $120AUD. 






The next morning... we stumbled upon SISTERFIELDS. Literally the best thing ever.  In a way I was kinda sad that there was an Australian cafe in Bali, I mean you go overseas to soak up the local culture! But I love my brekky's and my coffee and the discovery of Sisterfields was most welcome! Amazing Coffee, juices, smoothies, and food! As someone on Trip Advisor said, Jez and I definitely 'double breakfasted' each day we went. 




Sisterfields!

That night it was Mexicola time! Being that the 'original' Mexicola, Rojo Rocket, was located on the Central Coast, we had experienced it before. I didn't know at the time that they were owned by the same people but as soon as I walked in I commented that they were so similar. It is like what I imagine stepping into Mexico would be like. Cocktails, Coronas, Tacos and brightly decorated. The food was ok and the cocktails reasonable. I would definitely recommend for drinks before dinner or something like that. It has a super chilled atmosphere.  



Wooo coconut cocktail!



The following night Jez had booked us dinner at Ku De Ta. We arrived in time for the sunset, and luckily unlike at Breeze, the clouds cleared and we got to experience the sunset over the sea. It was awesome. This dinner was not cheap, at $200AUD. But we did have cocktails, entrees, mains and then shared a dessert. 






The duck and squid entree's, and lamb for two, as our main. The most delicious, tender lamb! 


That pretty much covers our foodie tour of Seminyak! We also ventured into Revolver on our last day. After seeing countless Aussie couples appear from a side lane with take away coffees, I knew we had to suss it out. It is just like going into a small cafe here in Aus, again amazing coffee and smoothies. Definitely worth it if you're needing a coffee hit.


I know most people have been to Bali, but I know when it came to food I was always referring to the internet to see what was hit and miss, so I thought these reviews might help! Hope you guys enjoyed and please give me your favourite places to eat in Bali, cuz Jez and I plan to go back very soon and visit other areas like Ubud and Uluwatu.

xxx





26.9.14

C H I N A D O L L


(Pic from google images)

So this is a horribly belated post. Better late than never right.....?! I took Jerejizzle to Chinadoll for his birthday about 3 weeks ago. We also tried Uber for the first time that night too. 

I tried to surprise him by not telling him where we were going, but idiotically slipped up at his family dinner when they asked where I was taking him. I suck at surprises. He didn't care though... Men, eh? Easy to please! 

ANYWHO. I thought I'd give Uber a crack. It was surprisingly easy to organise, and our drivers both there and back were really friendly. I wouldn't say it's any cheaper than a taxi though. Sorry 'bout it Uber. I did prefer it because the drivers were more pleasant. And there's no cash or card needed, hello convinience. Cashless all the way I say!

When we arrived at Chinadoll we were seated inside (as requested) and after some menu perusal we decided on the banquet ($59 PP). I thought it might not be enough, but holy cow was I wrong. I. Was. Stuffed. Definitely recommend the banquet! We also ordered dumplings, however they forgot them so we ended up getting them for free! Can never go wrong with a free dumpling. 


Steamed scallop


Pork Belly with Chili Caramel


Dessert! Black rice and sago puddings (yum!!!)

It was wonderful service, with friendly staff and a really nice atmosphere. Will definitely be visiting again!

China Doll
Cowper Wharf Rd
Wooloomooloo
Sydney

21.9.14

H A I R


I think I've realised everyone has their 'thing'. Like make up, or skin care, or wanting to have a giant collection of nike sneakers. Mine is definitely hair. And more specifically, how to get it as thick and luscious as possible. My hair is fine, but there's lots of it. I have volume at the roots but it gets thin and brittle towards the ends. Which is shit for me, BUT makes my hair perfect for extensions.

After 2 lots of Great Lengths hair extensions I thought I'd never go back to clip ins. I wore them for 4 years before Great Lengths. But I definitely need a break from bonded extensions, and given clip ins are a third (or less) of the price, it's much more economical. And I'm actually enjoying my real hair now because it's finally all one length! 

After searching around on the internet, I came across Aussie company Zala, who do triple wefted remy hair extensions of different weights, and ombré colours as well! I snapped up a set of 220g (SO MUCH HAIR), in a subtle ombré shade. 

I was worried about blending them in my new shorter 'do, but after watching a really helpful YouTube vid, I gave it a go and had no problems! You get so many tracks in the set that I didn't even need them all to make it blend.

The helpful tutorial:



So good.






Zalacliphairextensions.com.au 

(This was not sponsored!) 

xx

14.9.14

S I T U A T I O N A L DRESSING


What I feel a Preggers Kourtney Kardashian x Nicole Richie Bali situation would look like - style wise. Holiday wise I think it would be a mess of hilarious antics and drunkenness (on Nicole's behalf). Has anyone watched Candidly Nicole? It's actually genius. That girl is as dry as anything.

Kourtney and Nicole take Bali



Sigh. One day that damn Antigona will be mine. It haunts me!

13.9.14

G R E A T LENGTHS - PT II



Here is a link to a video I made about life after keratin bonded hair extensions. It's super rambley and kinda silly but there ya go! 


xx

7.9.14

S L I C E



So, I've been whipping this slice up, in different variations, for a few weeks now. I found the original recipe somewhere (I think if you google paleo date slice it comes up...) but I've tweaked it quite a bit. 

I've done it with almond meal, spelt flour, hazelnut meal, coconut, and buckwheat flour. 

The best tasting one was 1 cup hazelnut meal and 1 cup desiccated coconut. Yum.

You will need: 

- About 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 
- Maple syrup/ stevia/ rice malt syrup to taste
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 1/2 cup nuts of choice (salted almonds are deeeeeelish, but I've been using pecans lately) 
- 1 egg
- 1 cup desiccated coconut/ almond meal/ hazelnut meal
- 1 cup buckwheat/ spelt flour 
(Or any combo of those really, they all seem to work out really well!) 

Pre heat fan forced oven to 180c. Melt the coconut oil with the syrup/ stevia until well combined. This can be done in the microwave or on the stove. 

Add chopped dates and nuts, stir to combine

Add flours/meals/coconut and egg, mix until well combined and you have a sort of dough-batter. 

Press into a lined square 20cm x 20cm tin and bake for around 15-20 mins. 
It should come out crispy but moist. 
It will keep in the fridge for about 5 days to a week.

ENJOY!

xx

5.9.14

B A L I



J and I are off to Bali in October. Both of us have never been before, and I'll be honest, I never planned in going. It's gotten bad coverage in the media and it was one of those places I thought I'd always avoid. But after seeing Instagram post after Instagram post of people lounging around infinity pools, drinking cocktails, eating amazing fresh food and realising that SO many people go multiple times a year and have an amazing time, I wanted in. Haha. 

We decided to stay in Seminyak at IZE. It seems like a good place for Bali first-timers. Plenty of restaurants and not as congested as Kuta. Aaaand the hotel may or may not have a roof top pool. SO keen to relax, I haven't had a proper holiday in almost a year!


( yeaaaaah rooftop pool!) 

If anyone has suggestions on things to do, or restaurants that are amazing, please let me know!

xx

[pics from google]


1.9.14

S U P E R F O O D




Let's talk Smoothies. They are all the rage right now and I am well and truly on that bandwagon. Being able to throw anything in there that's lying around is amazing. And when I realised you could throw spinach and avo in there too!? Yes please. They don't have to be all sweet and that kinda blew my mind. I know, I'm easy to please. 

I have been putting Maca powder in my smoothies of late. It has this weird sweet yet bitter taste, and is one of those 'Mayan Super foods' that have been getting around of late. 

It is a root, from the radish family. Which weirds me out cuz it definitely don't taste like no radish! Haha. It is rich in vitamins B, C and E. It helps libido (cue wolf whistle), helps balance women's health and mood (yes please! Anything that stabilises moods is ok by me!) and can apparently help with skin blemishes, energy and general overall health. 

I've been mixing up this particular Smoothie this week:

Almond milk (preferably organic)
Spinach leaves
Blueberries 
Quater of an Avocado
Half a banana
Gentle fibre mix
Stevia
Vanilla extract
Maca powder 




Blend, enjoy and feel all those amazing foods doing their thang! 

What do you throw in your blender?

xx



M A K E U P





So I don't know if it's just me. But it's literally taken me 24 years to discover high lighter. And concealing under your eyes. I only jumped on the primer band wagon 2 years ago, and only started filling in my brows about 18 months ago. Sooooo... I am a total make up novice. Hahaha. I'd like to think that I have at least been matching my foundation colour to my face properly though?! Meep.

I have YouTube to thank for my make up enlightening. Although, it has made me want more and more make up and brushes and creams and products that I totally don't need. Like I mentioned in the last post, I have been obsessively watching Nicole Guerreiro on YouTube. I have been watching Chloe Morello and a few of the other Aussie girls for a few years, and I have learnt a lot from them. But Nicole is amazing. She is always 'real life', which I love. Anyway, here are a few of the products I have purchased lately, as inspired by YouTube beauty gurus! 


Australis concealer

This is kinda sticky BUT. I am loving it for under my eyes. It brightens everything up so much. I purposely went with a lighter shade. 


Loreal True Match (N4)

After being a Revlon Photoready gal for about 18 months I thought I'd try this after Lauren Curtis raved about it. And funnily enough when I started watching Nicole's vids it turned out she loves it too. It is totally comparable to Photoready and I have no complaints! 
- Great coverage
- Long wearing
- Broad colour range

I have to say both Photoready and true match are better than MAC studio fix, which I used to wear. It always went oily on my skin. I love it when drugstore brands are awesome!



Australis face Highlighter in Gold

Like I said, I have only recently discovered high lighter. And high lighting. And illuminating. I like to tap a bit of this on my brow bone and the top of my cheeks. It creates a really nice glowy look. 


A little goes a long way!!! 


Maybelline Fit Me concealer (25)

I like to use this to cover blemishes and also mix a little of it with the Australis concealer just to make the texture a little less sticky under my eyes. It gives nice coverage and colour. And is cheap cheap cheap. Especially at Chemist Warehouse. Holy crap that place is EVIL. You can easily kiss your life savings goodbye in there. 

And last but not least... 



Maybelline Age Rewind Primer

LOVE this. I love silicone feeling primers. I had the Too Faced primer and it is comparable to this. Amazing. 2 thumbs up. 

What are your beauty must haves? Has anyone else been enlightened by YouTube beauty gurus? 

xx

31.8.14

T W E N T Y F O U R T E E N S O F A R


So. Here we are. I haven't blogged in almost a year! So much has happened. 

I feel like I have had an eventful year. A full year. I like when that happens. Last year I felt unaccomplished and very unsatisfied with what I had done. 

The Boy

Those of you who I have on Instagram/twitter/Facebook would know I am back with J.

This wasn't a decision that was made lightly. But I know that we are both where we belong. Sometimes life takes you apart from each other because you still have growing to do as an individual, and maybe you haven't learnt all you need to in order to be loved. I had my heart broken while I was apart from him and I truly know that was something I needed to experience. And I'm so glad I did. 

That quote is one that just spoke to me. It is so true of us. We came back together like a jig saw and fit each other even better than before. 



What we have is so rare and for him to welcome me back into his heart the way he has, means more to me than he will ever know. I cherish him so much more than ever. 

Life 

I've been going through a sort of 'quarter life crisis' for I think the last 2 years. I honestly don't know what to do with my life. Haha. I am so passionate about Visual Merchandising and Styling. It makes me so happy. But I am drawn towards nutrition and naturopathy. So I am tossing up whether to study them and start helping people live healthy, amazing lives filled with wholesome, delicious foods. One of my biggest things is making sure kids get the right education with food. I think it's so important. 



How is everyone? Does anyone even blog anymore? I am hoping I will post more on here about fashion and food and post up any recipes I come up with. I have been eating kind of vegan lately with only a couple of days where I have meat. It's been surprisingly easy!!! Chick peas are my best friend at the moment. They're so versatile. 

Hair 

I'm onto my second round of Great Lengths hair extensions. I am actually thinking about having them removed in the near future. 


And I'm contemplating this: 


If you're into beauty bloggers, Nicole is amazing. She's funny, sassy and talented. I love her videos. She could probably blog about a potato and I'd watch. But the HAIR. I'm definitely going to be going lighter soon. But the question is to chop it into a long bob. Hmmmmmmmm. Decisions. 

Anyway. It feels good to be back. For the third time! Hahaha. 😳 Shout out if anyone is out there reading. 

K xxx