Saturday, 9 November 2013

Shameless Beauty Month

Have you heard of Shameless Gaming Month? It's during July and essentially its a month where gamers focus on finishing half played games, or games they haven't even started yet. Yes it's a thing, and yes it makes sense. My man person often is gifted games he really wants to play, or buys games on sale and then all of the sudden, the 'it' game is released and all other games are forgotten.

I think it's brilliant, and I actually need to finish a few games.. but that's besides the point.

The recent move overseas highlighted just how many beauty products I have. It is a lot. I can't help it, maybe it's a Makeup Artist thing or maybe it's a curiosity thing, but I'm always picking up new products, or I get them as gifts (which I love! My wishlist for Christmas is almost always beauty stuff hahahah)

Now most people that know me will know that when it comes to beauty routines, I'm pretty lazy; but I have decided that this month I won't be, this month is my shameless beauty month. A month to work through my stockpile of beauty products.

And I thought while I'm at it, why not give you guys my opinion? 

First up is the Riffi Mitt, it's an exfoliating glove, but it's also excellent for dry body brushing. Dry body brushing is great to promote circulation as well as helping to detoxify the body. I've tried brushing with the brushes before, but I always found it awkward. For me, personally the Riffi mitt is brilliant, it's easy to use and my skin is already heaps smoother (no crocodile legs for me this winter!)


Next up is L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil, I literally just finished this and I'm a little bit devastated. I might love this a little bit. I'm still not sure where I stand on the Body Oil vs Body Moisturiser vs Body Cream/Butter debate. Truth is I've used them all and I don't really have any preference. The Supple Skin Oil is supposed to firm as well as moisturise your skin. One of the things I loved about this was the smell, which was reminiscent of marzipan, which is odd because I am not a marzipan fan, but my gosh was my skin soft. I will certainly be getting more of this.

Last up is Philosophy the Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel. This is a gentle chemical peel used once a week to help brighten and tighten skin and help even out the skin tone. I've only used this once so far and haven't seen any major results, but there was some tingling, something to keep in mind if you have more sensitive skin. Another thing, if you're using a peel or products with AHAs, be sure to wear sunscreen or a product with SPF afterwards, as your skin can be more sensitive to sun and UV rays, although we all know we really should be using them everyday anyway right?


My favourite product for this? Tinted Moisturiser. I love the NARS Radiant Skin :)

Friday, 8 November 2013

Camperdown Cruise


Well it's been a few weeks now since I was part of the Miss Camperdown Cruise pin up competition, which is a feature of the amazing Camperdown Cruise weekender (if you haven't been you should definitely check it out www.camperdowncruise.com.au).

If you have read mine and Jus' bucket list blogs you'll know that being a part of this competition was on my list of things to do in my lifetime, and how nervous I was about participating. Well I'm so very pleased to say it was an incredibly amazing experience!

The lead up wasn't as nerve wracking as I thought it would be, maybe because I was having so much fun planning my outfits and routines, playing wth make up and hair, and generally having a lot of fun getting creative! (Mental note, must do more creative things in the future.)

It wasn't until I was frantically packing my car the day before that the panic and anxiety set in, what if I forgot something? Have I really thought this through? What if everyone thinks my routines are ridiculous? What if they don't like me? What if I'm not really pin up material and people think I don't belong there? ( I won't go on, as it only got more ridiculous from there haha.)

I honestly could not have been more wrong. My wonderful friend Claire had organised a house for us to stay in with many of the other people involved in the competition and all of these amazing women could not have been anymore lovely, warm, caring and supportive of myself and everyone else around them.

On the day itself it was the same. The organisers, the judges, the participants, everyone was so lovely and welcoming that it really helped to ease my anxiety and feel much more relaxed about getting out on stage. With that said though, it was still extremely challenging, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment once I was done! It wasn't about winning or losing for me at all, the winning was just getting out there, not letting anxiety win, and showing it who's boss!

Nervously waiting to head out on stage as Lorelai Rose the mechanic.

Lorelai Rose, the icecream vendor.

Lorelai Rose ready to be picked up for the Prom.

Obviously these are a few selfies I took on the day, for the amazing photos of not only myself but the amazing winner, runner up and other competitors (who were all equally stunning and wonderful in my book!) check out the official photos by Robin Sharrock at the Miss Camperdown Facebook page.

I think the best part of it all for me though, was the amount of love and support I received from my family and friends. Even ones that don't quite understand why I love pin up so much, or why competing was such a big deal for me all went out of their way to make sure I felt loved and supported. It was so wonderfully overwhelming I can't even begin to say how much I appreciate them and how lucky I feel to have such amazing people in my life.

One of those incredible people in my life, the gorgeous Nat who willingly dressed up as a guy for me to be my prom date on stage! (Nat, you're an absolute legend).

All in all it was such a wonderful weekend, and although my anxiety will probably never completely go away, doing things like entering Miss Camperdown make me feel that every day I'm getting a little better at being able to manage it, and that I don't have to let it stop me from doing amazing things and being the person I aspire to be.





Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I should have been a mermaid

So on the weekend the boy and I went to check out Halloween-Fest at Ocean Park, because, as we all know, Halloween is awesome.

Let me tell you, if you in HK in October, check it out and splurge for the premium tickets, skipping the massive queues for rides is worth it.

As much as I love rollercoasters (Hair Raiser is new and super fun) I absolutely loved the Aquarium! I've always loved Aquariums, maybe it's the fact I'm a water baby, briefly entertained the idea of becoming a marine biologist or maybe I just should have been a mermaid.

Anyway I just thought I'd share some photos

Spotted Eagle Ray

School fish (that flash of orange was actually a Jack'o Lantern with food in it)
Hammer head shark swimming overhead
Manta Ray swimming overhead
Spider Crabs

Probably some of my favorite things at the aquarium are the Jellyfish, as evil as they are (seriously have you been stung? It hurts!) I have no idea what is what just pictures :D

Anyone know any more awesome Aquariums?


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Holidays

Christmas eh?

I do love Christmas, anyone that knows me would know that. I go all out. I mean. All. Out.


I Christmas shop in July, much to the dismay and mockery of many. I can't help it. Christmas shopping and present giving is one of my all time favourite activities.

Christmas displays in HK.

But I feel like we're getting ahead of ourselves. There are still so many holidays between now and Christmas. There are so many holidays in the year!


To those of you who hate Americana, or comment about the Americanization of society, you're going to have a bad time. Mel and I love Americana, just a warning.


Being a child of the world, I adopt many holidays, heck I'd celebrate them all if I could. But the American holidays are some of my favourites.


I was fortunate enough to grow up with Halloween and have always had a love for it. I mean when you're a kid you dress up and get candy for it! Now I know, a lot of people say candy from strangers, but when I was a kid, we knew our neighbours, and would go trick or treating with an adult to our neighbours houses and friends houses, and I'd have a freaking ball.



When I moved to Australia, it was Halloween-less, and I have to say, over the years, I've loved seeing how many people embrace it. It's a fun holiday, it's a chance to meet your neighbours and spend time with your kids, it's a chance to dress up and have a party, it's a chance to carve a pumpkin, have a fun decorating theme!

The mini Boo pumpkin I carved last Halloween

Thanksgiving is a holiday I only celebrated once or twice with my mum. Fortunately I have a few friends in Australia who encouraged me to embrace Thanksgiving, I think it was mainly so I would cook, but that's part of what it was about for me anyway. There is nothing quite like a turkey, some wine and some football with friends that makes a great holiday!


Chinese New Year is up there as well, I mean, as a kid, a holiday where you get money for, well being a kid, is pretty cool. Plus all the festivity of family, firecrackers, lion dancers and fireworks, how can you not love it?


Another favourite of mine has got to be Australia Day, over the years a tradition developed where we would go to a friends house in the country, have a BBQ (BBQ dim sims, if you haven't tried it, you're missing out) listen to the Hottest 100 and dip our feet in the kiddie pool.


I guess for me, with the exception of Halloween, the best thing about holidays is getting friends and family together and spending time with them. I know, I know, I sound like a Hallmark card, which is so unlike me.

A blurry 4th July Menu


I guess that's the thing with holidays, it's partially the festivity and what it represents but it's also who you spend it with. I will always celebrate the 4th of July because Mel and I have Americana. Although Mel and I actually have our own Holiday, but that's an entirely different post.

So what are some of your favorite holidays?

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells....

For those of you out there who when January rolls around think 'Are you serious? Hot cross buns in the supermarket ALREADY?'

YOU ARE GOING TO HATE THIS POST. 

(but honestly when are hot cross buns ever a bad thing?)

By the title you've probably already realised that for me, Christmas season has begun. Not only that, but I actually started with the Christmas planning and shopping quite some time ago now (I wont admit how long ago).


My Christmas wrapping theme last year!


Christmas is just one of those holidays I love, with the lead up to it being possibly even more exciting! 


I love everything about it, buying people presents, having advent calenders, decorating trees, cheesy Christmas carols, community Christmas Fairs and wearing ridiculous Christmas themed outfits for the whole month of December. It's a pretty awesome time of year. (And once Christmas gets a little closer, I'll share some of my Christmas ridiculousness with you all!)


Combining my love of decorating and baking at Christmas!




Spending some time with part of my lovely fam (One of my favourite parts!)

Jus is also just as much, if not more crazy about Christmas (or Chrimbob, I'll let her explain that one) as I am, and it's one of the best things about our friendship, that's she shares my crazy at Christmas.

And as much fun as the shopping, decorating, baking and general silliness of the season is, I also love that it's a time of year when people focus on spending time with the people they love, on doing kind things for one another and generally spreading cheer.


I'll never forget last year as I was on my way to work, the Salvation Army was at the train station, dressed in their Christmas gear playing carols and fund raising, when a homeless man went up to them and donated money, then turned around to encourage everyone at the station to do the same.


It was so lovely to see how someone who already had so little, still wanted to give to other people in need, and it's something that has stuck with me ever since.


So that's a little about why I love Christmas and the holiday season in general, but what do you guys think? Do you love Christmas as much as we do? (Can't wait to see Jus' post on this! haha) Do you have any weird or wonderful Christmas stories? Have you already started preparing for the holiday season too? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!


Till next time

Xx


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Bucket List Part 2 (The Mel edition)

Don't you love when you have random conversations with your buddy over whats app and you get onto a subject that really gets you thinking?

Well even if you don't, that's what happened to Jus and I yesterday.

I've said quite excitedly on a number of occasions 'Well that's another thing off my bucket list!' and have been so very lucky to do some amazing, silly and wonderful things in my life so far. I've been to Graceland, touched Michael Buble's hand, been to Disneyland, started a Christmas tradition with my family, been to IMATS, held an Oscar and much much more.


That time I got to pose with ELVIS' MICROPHONE at sun studios and pretend I was a rock star


But like Jus, had never really sat down and thought about putting together a comprehensive list of things I've still yet to accomplish.

Probably the biggest one I will soon be checking off, is being a contestant in the wonderful Miss Camperdown Cruise competition.

Whilst I have many fun and silly things on my list (who doesn't want to be an expert Hula Hooper and have a yearly pass to Disneyland?!) being part of Miss Camperdown actually ticks off a few serious things for me.

For those of you that know me well, you may know that I've struggled with anxiety and depression at various stages of my life with social anxiety being probably the most problematic. It has stopped me from doing and pursuing many things that I love to do and have always wanted to do, but having recently made massive progress (and by recently I mean the last few years) I'm ready to embrace my love of vintage, do some super fun things, meet some amazing people and get on stage in front of what will probably be quite a lot of people as my new alter ego Miss Lorelai Rose! (And if I'm not completely paralysed with fear and then recover enough to bolt in the other direction before it happens, I will totes blog about it!)

But back to the current list. I sat down to think about this for a whole 5 minutes, so it will obviously grow, but here goes:

-Compete in a Pin up competition (Almost check!)
-Live and work overseas for at least a year
-Travel Europe and see where my dad grew up
-Become an awesome Hula Hooper
-Live in LA and have a yearly Disneyland pass so I can go to Disneyland ALL THE TIME.
-Go Dapper Day at Disneyland.
-Go to Club 33 with Jus.
-Tailgate at an NFL game.
-Go to an NFL game
-Find the worlds best Mac and Cheese
-Restore a vintage truck with my Dad (This one is almost checked off too! check out the before photo   below)
-Have Christmas where it's cold (So I can have an ugly Christmas sweater party and my guests wont die of heat exhaustion)
-Drive down Route 66 in a vintage convertible

1935 Chevy Truck-The before photo. It's almost complete now!


So that's my list! Would love to hear what things you all have on your lists, so please feel free to comment on either of our posts! But for now, I'm off to find my Hula Hoop and get practising.....

Till next time
Xx



Monday, 16 September 2013

Bucket Lists

So Mel and I were talking today and Bucket Lists came up.
Dodgers Games in LA from my last World Trip - Another thing of the list :)


If you didn't know, Mel is ticking an item off her Bucket List this year by competing in the Miss Camperdown Cruise competition [her name is - oh sorry, I've been told off]
But then we discussed what is on our Bucket Lists. 

Personally I've never really thought about it. There are plenty of things I'd like to do but I've never thrown them together in a comprehensive to do list.

I think I've been pretty fortunate to have a person who allows me to drag him on whirlwind adventures, upending his life, and allowing me to check things of my mental lists but since discussing it with Mel I thought we could put them up here. 

A concrete to do list that we can update you on. So without further ado here is the start of my Bucket List

- Have my work published in a magazine sold on new stands
- go to Japan
- have a white Christmas
- go to an NFL game and tail gating party
- have a big friends/family sit down Thanksgiving dinner
- go on ConTour
- attend a Disneyland event (Halloween etc)
- go to Club 33
- Pound some grape in Napa Valley
- Learn to Henna tattoo
- DIY my own Munny design

Yeah, a lot of my list revolves around American things or travel hahaha. What I love is part of the beauty of this is it will always be growing. I've done a world trip,  lived overseas and been to Angkor Wat and travelled along the Mekong, all things previously on my list, that I have been lucky enough to cross off. 
Elephants walking through the gates at Ankor Thom in Cambodia

Some of these will be easier to tackle. I have had my own Munny for a year now, blank, white and taunting me, but I'm too scared to put an average design on it!

So, lets share ideas, what's on your Bucket List? Also, I'm curious to find out what else is on Mel's??

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Our Maiden Post

Hello Internets!

Why are we creating a blog? Who are we? Well, Mel and I had a lengthy discussion (we didn't actually) and decided we use our first post to sum this up.


Firstly we aren’t under the impression that we are exciting, that we have the answers to life’s tough questions, that we can teach you anything or make hilarious cat videos (neither of us own cats so we ruled that one out early).
So basically this blog isn't that witty insightful, hilarious one you may have been hoping for, but we will post occasionally funny things, a little nerdiness but mostly it'll probably be dull.
At least we're honest! But we hope despite all this you'll enjoy it anyway.

What we are though, is two very different but equally awesome friends who live on opposite sides of the world (Hong Kong and Aus) that one day decided that they would start a blog, to post random, weird, fun, nerdy, and probably ridiculously boring stuff. 

Why you ask? Well, because we can, and to help the people of the world procrastinate from all those important things that they should be doing but really don't want to. Oh and it seemed easier than starting our own radio show (Although there has been many a long drive when we thought this would be a spectacular idea).



Now we know the why, it's onto the other important stuff. Who exactly are we?

Well Jus is nerdy in a lot of ways. She's nerdy about games, she's nerdy about makeup and she's nerdy about nerdy things (she will happily sit and discuss Doctor Who theories over a coffee) Jus is a self confessed Dork and attempted DIYer

Then we get to Mel. Mel likes stuff. Infact she likes lots of stuff and this means that she is a little bit of a hoarder. She's also a little bit weird and strange, but feels like it's all part of her charm! She loves vintage things, make up, and attempting things way out of skill range (with often disastrous and sometimes hilarious results). She also loves anything Americana, especially food (As does Jus and is part of the reason they are friends and have their own holiday).

Now we could tell you more, but if you read this blog (fingers crossed!) then you'll get to learn more! After all, what is life without a little mystery!

So that's pretty much it. Us summed up. We hope you are entertained by our random ramblings :)