the week that has been

Hi.

I had the best week. I hope yours was also super. I decided to share it all in one post because I can never keep up with everything. How crazy.

The best part of the week was that Zoe Foster and I have become BFFL. (it’s not really true, but I wish it was). I posted about her and emailed her and did a watercolour illustration for her of her new book “The Wrong Girl” (which I actually also read this week and thought was a very good, relevant, fun, friendly and a very present day book) (Also at this point you’re probably thinking I am a crazy stalker girl and poor Zoe, but I’m not. I just like her. And think she’s nice. And that’s all.) and guess what she posted my illustration on her Instagram and made my whole life. Haha. It was actually so nice of her to do.

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This screenshot is to prove that what I said is actually all for real. And so you can see my illustration.

At uni, I learnt how to make lace using illustrator.

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At uni, we also were lucky enough to have a lecture by Simone Cipriani and Karen Walker.

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I went to Gelato Messina with my friend Kate. This time I had the Salted Caramel with White Chocolate. Yum. It seems a visit to Messina is a weekly ritual now. Awesome.

On Thursday night I fell asleep at 5:30pm and didn’t wake up until 9:30am on Friday.

Friday I went to Zumbo and had the Dr Dot cake with my friend Maxine. We shared it. It was perfect. That was all before we went to the RiverIsland x The Iconic Fashion Show at Prahran Town Hall. Which was actually so fun. The funnest fashion show. It starred Ajak Deng. There was a massive, perfectly round pink balloon. Live singing by Kiyomi Vella. And a sparkling confetti shower at the end.

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I got super excited when I realised APC had opened at QV and decided to not ever eat again so that I could have “APC Money”, aka money to shop at APC.

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And then last night I went to the National Graduates Showcase as part of VAMFF (virginaustraliamelbournefashionfestival) and was in awe, was inspired by the talent. Being in my second year of fashion design and watching those incredible pieces being walked down the runway was a very valuable experience as it’s pretty much the benchmark and I was basically thinking that is how good I need to be.

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Super cool right, i know.

I have been paying more attention to my beauty routine and have been noticing positive changes. With both my hair and face. Thanks to Zoe’s tips. I have used the L’oreal mousse which I sketched a few posts ago, and the dry shampoo and now i always have nice clean pretty hair. And somehow it’s actually healthier and shinier and softer than usual/ever. Maybe because I haven’t had to dry the crap out of it and also not having to constantly straighten it, maybe.

And my face, it’s also softer, my pores are not as visible and my makeup goes on better and my skin isn’t as dry or flaky as usual. So do yourself a favour and go on Zoe’s blog and read it, all of it because basically she has done all the hard work of finding and trying things out for you. It’s easy and also the products she recommends aren’t as expensive as the products that I thought I would need to use to have nice skin. I hope that makes sense.

I bought rosehip oil today to try and use as a serum and anti-eye-wrinkle. I bought it from David Jones, and the lovely Suzy was working there (I used to work with Suzy, she is supercool)  and told me it is amazing and incredible and she also recommends it too.

Thanks for hanging in there. Enjoy your Sunday.

Jx

Links

Zoe Foster – Fruity Beauty Blog

Simone Cipriani

Karen Walker

Zumbo

The Iconic x River Island

APC

VAMFF National Graduates Showcase

twenty & six

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About a week ago I visited Cafe Twenty & Six, my friend Baz recommended it to me and told me the food is delicious.

I was super tempted to have the Aphrodite ( Brioche french toast, poached peach, creme patissiere, roasted almond ice cream) but I was good and opted for a healthier breakfast because I really need to start making better food choices and minimise some of this extra ‘winter weight’ that seems to have appeared out of nowhere.

I ordered ‘The Cleanse’ ; Green apple and strawberry bircher muesli w/rosewater, puffed grains, toffeed hazelnuts. Yum. So good and so fresh. Obviously I had a latte as well, these days I have converted to having regular lattes not skinny ones. And guess what, it is so much tastier and better for you. I might talk about my milk ideas some other time, if I remember to.

There is a cute courtyard out the back that you can sit in, but I sat inside because they were about to change over to there ‘Bluebonnet BBQ’ ( Not sure whether they are still doing that but it was on from 12-9 Friday and Saturday.

I had some men that were sitting next to me having coffees and I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation. One of them was telling the others to take notice of the milk crates on the wall (you can see them in my first picture), he was like, ‘at first they look like ordinary crates, but take a closer look, they are laser cut wood, great art work, something like that would cost quite a bit.’ He also told them to check out the table legs, I wasn’t able to get a photo but when you go, take a look, from memory they look like metal pipes.

I also loved that you don’t have to pay for parking. North Melbourne unlike Richmond has free parking for up to one hour. And there was plenty of it.

I think I have to go back for the pancakes.

Jx

What: Twenty & Six

Where: 594 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Call: 03 9329 0298

Hours: Mon/Wed/Thur/Fri – 7:30am-3:30pm & Sat/Sun: 8am – 3:30pm. Closed Tuesdays

Links

Twenty & Six

Menu

Twenty & Six Espresso on Urbanspoon

the mailing room

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I had the day off on Saturday to do uni work and decided to head out the The Mailing Room. It is in the Cafe Guide and I hadn’t been there before. One more cafe I can now tick off my list.

I started off with a skinny latte, then I had some home made organic crumpets and then I tried an aeropress filtered coffee. The blend I tried was ‘Ethiopia Hachira N2′ it was really good. The other menu options seemed great but I had already had french toast for breakfast so I wasn’t that hungry.

I sat on the communal table and started off some of my essay writing. The staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful.

The Mailing Room

206 Canterbury Road, Canterbury

03 9836 9889

The Maling Room on Urbanspoon

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Sorry, these are quite delayed.  I have had a lot to do. I think I know what days I’m upto, hopefully I haven’t missed any.

This is coffee time at Brother Baba Budan. Well it is outside, but my coffee is from there. I have started taking photos of my coffee cups like so because I think they are interesting. I like how each cafe has a different cup/stamp. This coffee is yum by the way, the staff are friendly and the environment is perfect to hide away in. I have blogged about them before.

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I know I posted this on Instagram, and you can totally see it in the instagram feed to your right, but I really like how it looks and the other photos i took weren’t that exciting.

It is me sitting at Brunetti’s with my latte and home packed fruit container. I bought a whole stack of fruits yesterday because I realised I hadn’t really bought much fruit in recent days…weeks…

In the photo I’ve got some grapefruit and blueberries. So delicious and healthy.

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I’m so excited because I’m using my phone to upload this post. I’ve never done this before and I really hope if works out.

This photo was taken today at St Ali in South Melbourne. One of my favorite Melbourne cafes. I wasn’t meant to go there today, but after I saw them post a photo of their amazing salted caramel donut that was it. I had to have one. And it was amazing.

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On my mornings off ( which not long ago used to be a whole day off) I always like to go to a cafe.

This Saturday I went to Sugardough: 163 Lygon Street, Brunswick.

I realised that the way to know if a bakery/cafe is totally amazing is right in that moment when you cannot just pick one pastry to go with your coffee.

I ended up just choosing a custard donut but will definitely go back to sample some more :) .