‘NEW’ Earl Canteen Wholebowl – FOOD

Juliet Sulejmani | February 22, 2017

Earl Canteen, now with 6 stores in Melbourne’s CBD, has become a lunch time favourite amongst us foodies.

Earl Canteen are well known for their fresh fancy sandwiches, which are prepared daily using the best produce available. The sandwiches are not only delicious but are sure to keep you going for the rest of the day.

Not only can you expect good food from Earl, you can also look forward to updated recipes as Jackie, Earl’s Head Food Nerd says “EARL has always been about innovation”. And we’ve seen this through the evolution of their sandwich fillings, their ongoing use of restaurant quality food and alternative choices of snacks, for instance their additions of new cookie flavours (my personal favourites are the muesli cookie and choc-chip cookie).

The latest Earl update is the ‘Wholebowl’, an alternative to the trusted and loved fancy sandwich, which instead of having the sandwich bread, your fillings lie on top of a bed of the GSV (Grain, Seed and Veg) mix which is made up of: Brown rice, Quinoa and Cauliflower.

The wholebowl options include:

The Pork Belly: crisp skin free-range pork belly, apple, fennel coleslaw, wilted silver beet

Chicken & Hummus: Roast free-range chicken, hazelnut hummus & dukkah, edamame, jalepeno, kale

Meatballs: BBQ glazed beef meatballs, caramelised onion, baby spinach, sweet corn & red pepper pickle

Harissa Lamb: Slow cooked harissa rubbed lamb, quince, hung yoghurt, green beans, almonds

Ratatouille & Burrata: Chunky ratatouille vegetables, local fiore di burrata, lots of herbs

My friends and I have already tried out the Ratatoille & Burrata, Chicken & Hummus and The Pork Belly Wholebowl’s and can say that they are not only delicious, but also quite filling.

The wholebowl’s are a much healthier option, you can still enjoy the great taste and ingredients of the sandwiches but feel less guilty, especially if you choose to also order a side of Earl’s famous Crisp fried potato gems with rosemary salt to go with it.

Link to Earl Canteen’s Website

Tried and Tested Foundations – BEAUTY

Juliet Sulejmani | February 11, 2017

Finding a Foundation.

The question I detest the most, is the first question you get asked when you go shopping for makeup/skin care.

“What is your skin like?”

I never know what to say, and I feel like shit for not knowing what my skin is like. I mean it’s on my face, and it’s always there, and I’ve had it all my life, and how do I not know what my skin is like. But I don’t, I have no idea,  I don’t spend all day thinking about my skin, and it’s the only one I’ve had, so I have no idea what other skins are like.

You see, I had actually found the perfect everyday foundation. It was the CHANEL Mat Lumiere, Long Lasting Lumious Matte Fluid Makeup. It was perfect, it ticked all the boxes. I didn’t have to know what my skin was like because this product was perfect for my skin. Unfortunately some time last year, CHANEL decided to discontinue this product and so my trial of many foundations began.

I’ve probably tried about 6 different foundations in the last year and I still haven’t found the perfect replacement for my perfect discontinued foundation. I have however, learnt more about my skin and what I want. I still don’t think I have an answer to that dreaded question “What is your skin like?”, but I do know what I want, and that is:

WHAT I WANT:
– even and correct my skin tone
– long lasting
– good coverage
– not too drying
– a matte finish

Here are Foundations that I have tried and tested so far:

  1. Chanel, Mat Lumiere, Long Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup – Discontinued
    This was my favourite, it was perfect, it did exactly what it said it would.
  2. Mecca Cosmetica, Complexion Perfection Primer
    This isn’t actually a foundation, but I bought it to get a better finish for my foundation. I have sensitive skin and get a lot of redness in my face. This product did work to hide the redness and even my skin tone, It made my foundation last longer, but overall I think if I had the right foundation I could actually go without using this product.
  3. Clinique, Supermoisture Makeup
    I loved this one at first, it was moisturising and gave me a more natural look. Lately though, I have found that it’s too dewy for my liking and makes my face too shiny. I’ve been putting powder on top (and the Mecca Complexion Perfection Primer underneath) to reduce shine.
  4. Estee Lauder, Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
    This foundation gives a fantastic flawless finish, and totally dried out my skin and  even ended up cracking/flaking by the end of the day. Mixing it with moisturiser helped but altered the finish. It also feels too tight on my face, like I’m wearing a face mask. This one is perfect for events where you want that perfect, flawless, doll-like face.
  5. MAC, Studio Fix
    This product has been recommended to me millions of times, unfortunately for me, the makeup artist sold me a colour that is too pale for my skin and so I can’t wear it. I’ve been using it subtly over the Clinique Supermoisture Makeup to make it less dewy.

It’s annoying that after all of those trials, I still haven’t found the perfect replacement, but I will keep trying!

I shared my foundation struggles with my Instagram friends and got many wonderful recommendations and can’t wait to test them out.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • “Eve Lom tinted moisturiser is da bomb! It’s the same coverage as regular foundation. Nars is also great! I use both the foundation and concealer. the foundation is quite thick and can dry (out the skin) so I only use it when I’m going out. The concealer is the best ever, wear it with everyday foundation, but it’s excellent on it’s own too.” – @nicole__simone
  • “I recommend Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan oil foundation fluid. You can buy it at Sephora. It’s full coverage but it’s really smooth and moisturising and it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.” -@greeneyedcare
  • “The Nars foundations and concealers are lovely. I know people with dry skin like sheer glow. I use luminous weightless which suits my combo skin a lot better and I love it.” – @whatsophieread
  • “Bobbi Brown! All day!” – @aeallen
  • “You should try out: Shiseido Future Solution LX and Giorgio Armani Lumious silk foundation. Try mixing your foundations with Smashbox photo finish primer oil. It is all about the technique. I use disposable sponges sprayed with mac fix or dapped in facial oil. Better than a brush or beauty blender” – @absurdityoverload
  • “Too Faced Born This Way… I have super sensitive skin so I find it’s fine with that. It has coconut water in it so it’s super hydrating. It has amazing coverage – one squirt does my whole face, and with a little setting powder it stays on with full coverage all day.” – @honeycombroadmap
  • “Seems like we have similar skin…mine is dry too and I can never stand the double wear stuff. I loved Clinique Supermoisture forever. Now that I want more coverage, especially for going out, I recently got Clinique Even Better and it’s perfect!” – @butterbaking

Hottest 100 2017

Gracie Crowley | January 26, 2016

Happy Hottest 100 Day everybody! This is probably my favourite day of the entire year, and it really hasn’t a great deal to do with Australia Day. More of the fact that I get to sit for hours and listen to wonderful music from all over the world, voted in by us! What makes this year particularly exciting is there is a incredible amount of votes that are for Australian Artists – from all different cultural backgrounds -which shows how much growth is taking place inside the Australian Music Industry which hopefully make us all very happy and proud. As follows are my Hottest 100 votes. I’ve ranked them from 10 to 1 for dramatic effect and ramble a little on why I’ve ranked them as such. Please remember that this is my own personal opinion, and I’d love to hear what your top picks were and why below!

10) Band of Skulls – Killer

These humans stole my heart when I was about 13 years old and played ‘the Funeral’ on repeat in my bedroom. From then on I’ve always had a soft spot for the English rockers. Killer is from their latest album By Default and this particular song hits all my soft spots, good lyrics, a unique sound, and I genuinely cannot fault it.

9) Glass Animals – The Other Side of Paradise

My favourite Glass Animals song, which is quite a big call for me considering how consistently great their songs are. The chords are bizarre, the lyrics are wonderful, and to put it simply, it is such a fun song to listen to. These guys are playing various Laneway festivals this year, Melbourne this coming Saturday, and it is going to test my physical strength to move my ass from their stage to Tame Impala’s. Who needs to be front row anyway?

8) Radiohead – Burn the Witch

I cannot not have Radiohead on my list, if I had a religion it would somehow be against it. The lead single from A Moon Shaped Pool is flawless. Coming from their last album which I admired, to this very fresh instrumental creation with synthetic beats, lush bold strings and vulnerable piano moments that move your emotions with each note cement the fact it is a fantastic album, that Burn the Witch is a perfect lead single, and also that any time I write about Radiohead it sounds like a love letter.

7) Matt Corby – Empire’s Attraction

I love Matt Corby, I love his voice, I love his lyrics, I love the composition of almost every song. I admire his creativity and how much time and effort went in to creating the album Telluric, and this is easily my favourite track off the album, I can say no more without sounding like a fangirl.

6) D.D Dumbo – Walrus

In my mind D.D Dumbo aka Oliver Hugh Perry is the musical incarnation of Wes Anderson. A little weird and you never quite know what to expect, but what he delivers is remarkable and an instant favourite. I cannot wait to see what this Aussie guy does next; Walrus is easily my favourite track to date. His incredible vocal skills and the way he utilizes a loop pedal blows my mind and creates something totally original.

5) King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – Gamma Knife

They appear to never not be recording, writing or creating. They consistently experiment and change, which whether you love them or hate them you do have to give them credit them for. Gamma Knife is my personal favourite track from Nonagon Infinity. The album was recorded so that each song bleeds into another then jumps back and forth ambitiously. I honestly just want to individually high five each of them.

4) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

Listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is an emotional experience. With at times challenging lyrics, biblical and religious undertones, expressed with such raw human emotion, makes them one of my favourite bands of all time. These guys have experimented with every element of their music, each album is a totally different experience and Skeleton Tree will tear out your soul and force you to look at life, loss, and love in a way you may not have thought about before. Skeleton Tree is one of my favourite tracks off the new album, it is near impossible to pick just one. The entire album is a journey and should ideally be listened to from start to finish while consuming one to two bottles of red wine. Also, playing Friday night at the Sidney Myer Music Bowel, tickets are still available – hint hint.

3) David Bowie – Lazarus

Last year the music industry lost one of its icons. Words can never do justice to the sheer brilliance of David Bowie’s life and career. His final album Black Star, released days before his death and recorded whilst battling cancer, is a testament to his musical brilliance. I limited myself to one song – Lazarus. It has everything you could want from Bowie, incredible lyrics, beautiful vocals and amazing production.

2) Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

This is my go to song since they released Three last year. I thoroughly enjoy every song on this album and I have no faults or complaints. The vocals are remarkable, the lyrics are fantastic, with quite serious undertones, and I just had so much fun listening to this song, I really hope to see them break at least the top 20 this year.

1) Childish Gambino – Redbone

How do I even begin to explain my reasoning for this, just listen to the damn song. In the past I’ve liked Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover, his first album was good, his second was great, and his third is incredible. I have the upmost respect for artists who grow, experiment and change in order to better themselves as artists and to create a constantly evolving sound, which is exactly what Glover has done here. This is a very special record – the funk, the soul, I adore every element. I found it near impossible to pick one song, but it just had to be Redbone. If this doesn’t break AT LEAST the top five you’ll see my speakers go flying across Williamstown Beach today.

I wish you all a very happy Hottest 100 Day today, filled with wonderful tunes and all the cold beverages that your liver can handle!

Please share your opinions and votes below!

Credit: Artwork from Triple J Website

The Juliet Journal: Challenge Update

Juliet Sulejmani | January 23, 2016

2017 Challenge Update

Books: 2/100
Films: 4/100
Recipes: 6/100
Places: 4/100

**I’m going to post each week in a separate post**

Week One:

  • PLACE: Jethro Canteen
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    385-389 Burnley St. Richmond 3121. Ph (03) 9421 2900

Great vibes, nice open space, exposed brick walls and a lot of green. I had the Coconut and almond milk Chia pudding with almond milk, freakin’ awesome jelly, mango, cashew cream, nut granola, (HERE’s MINE), and of course a latte. DELICIOUS, highly recommend, so yum!

  • PLACE: Father’s Office
    Website
    249 Little Londsdale Street, Melbourne

Went here for some drinks with friends, It was a great night for sitting out on a balcony and watching the city go from day to night. I’d been here before when it was called Match Bar or something, and liked the vibe much better than before. We didn’t eat, but they had this really cool dining area. I had an aperol spritz, I must say it wasn’t the best I’d had, but it was one of the happy hour drinks, so I guess I got what I paid for.

CLICK for a photo of my friends at Father’s Office

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  • BOOK: To Capture What We Cannot Keep – Beatrice Colin
    Publishers Website
    I was given an advance copy of this book by My Bookshop.

Really enjoyed reading this book. I actually couldn’t put it down. The book is set in 1887 Paris right before construction begins on the Eiffel Tower. There is a romance, historical references and fashion references. I hadn’t actually read any fiction set in Paris in this time, and I loved being taken back to this era, it also made me curious and I started researching the French Revolution again. I have a lot of favourite quotes from the book, here are a couple:

– “Jamie” she said, “Before you start your matchmaking, I’d like to point out that he wasn’t even wearing a hat!”

– “Ice flowers, as snowflakes were sometimes known. He caught one in his hand and watched as it melted into a drop of water.
Were beautiful things more beautiful when you couldn’t keep them?

Week 1 update:

Books: 1/100
Films: 0/100
Recipes: 0/100
Places: 2/100

Happy New Year

Juliet Sulejmani | January 13, 2017

Can you believe we are almost two weeks into 2017 already!! Wowza!

My first post for 2017 and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and say thank you for your ongoing support and love throughout 2016.

The beginning of a new year is a great time for reflection and appreciation for the year that has passed and also a great time to think about the future, or even just the year ahead.

Here’s a quick little exercise:
Make a list, write a journal entry or a blog post, recapping all the highlights and lowlights of the year past. And then think about all the things you didn’t have time for, or things you’d like to do more of, these things can form into your goals for 2017.

There’s always so much hate regarding new years resolutions or goal setting and that makes me kind of sad, mainly because from my experience and my friends experiences, I’ve learnt that they are actually an important tool in realising your dreams, and help to make sure you have the chance to do all the things you love doing in your life. I’m reminded of this quote actually,

“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

It sounds kind of harsh, but I’ve found that even just having a vague idea of things to achieve, it keeps the important things in the top of your mind. If you know me I’m all for spontaneity and going with the flow, but looking back on 2016, I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t really take any trips or really spend any time doing things just for me, so that’s something I’ll make a conscious effort to improve on in 2017.

The other thing is, you don’t have to wait for a new year to make new goals, it’s just a good marker, but I have a friend who uses his birthday as his reflection point. My birthday is in July, so it’s pretty much the halfway mark, and i’ve found I can use that marker to see how i’m going and see what i need to do to get closer to the goals, or even if I need to set new ones.

Last year I set my self the 100 Challenge: Read 100 books, watch 100 movies, make 100 recipes and try 100 places. I didn’t really make it to 100 in any of the categories, but in each category I did more than I ever have in any other year. And so, yes, I didn’t achieve my goal, but I don’t really see that as failing. In 2016 I read 43 books ( the most I’ve ever read in a year before this was 20), I stopped keeping track of the others but the last numbers I tracked are: 37 movies, 32 places and 16 recipes.

I’ve decided I’m going to attempt this crazy challenge again this year. At a minimum I have to beat last years number, but I will try my best to achieve 100% in each category.

My other goal is to document each thing i read/watch/make/visit here in the blog, so that will take the form of either a dedicated blog post or Juliet Journal entry.

I’d love to know what challenges/goals/resolutions you’ve either set or would like to set for yourself this year, leave me a comment below so I can read them!

Jx

Travelling Far and Wide: My Reading Year in 2016

Baz Ozturk | December 28 2016

What a wonderful reading year it’s been. I read seventy-three books and there wasn’t a dud in the bunch. I liked most of them, and loved a special handful. I went to the slums and salons of nineteenth century France (Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac), and gained insight into the development of the bourgeoisie and its obsession with money and status, and its envy of the upper echelons of Parisian society. It’s a thrilling tale of revenge and one of my most memorable reads of the year for sure. One of the most simply beautiful novels I read was set in a small town in Colorado, America (Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf). It’s a minimalist love story about Addie and Louis, both living alone and lonely, having lost their spouses years ago, and getting on in age and finding solace in each other when they come to an agreement to sleep in the same bed at night to keep each other company. It’s breathtakingly moving. I also discovered an author who I’ll be reading for the rest of my life. She’s the Irish writer Edna O’Brien, whose trilogy of novels (The Country Girls, Girl with Green Eyes, Girls in their Married Bliss) blew my mind. They introduced me to the lives of Kate and Baba in a remote countryside in Ireland, and led me from their impoverished childhoods to their maturity into womanhood and tragic experiences of romantic love. If you’re jaded about love and relationships and want to validate your pessimism, look no further than O’Brien’s fiction. The books were banned in Ireland and actually burned in public. In a long repressed conservative Ireland O’Brien’s novels dismissed social conventions and openly explored the sexualities of its female protagonists, and it was a revelation. It changed the landscape for Irish literature forever after. As a feminist they were of particular interest to me and I gulped the books whole. Is there anybody better than the Irish at heartbreaking melancholy and lyricism? I think not. I also read a collection of poetry called Dome of the Hidden Pavilion by James Tate; it’s easily my favourite title of the year – I enjoy reciting it in my head, it’s so phonetically pleasing. They’re narrative poems so they can almost be read as short stories, and it was the most surreal and avant-garde literature I read this year. I’ll definitely be returning to Tate and reading poetry more widely in 2017. Where else did I go? I went to nineteenth century Russia (A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov) and got to know the charming and arrogant Pechorin. Easily bored and possessing a sharp mind, he finds life utterly absurd and can’t take anybody seriously. He goes on a series of adventures with the aim of satisfying his lust for easy pleasures and if he has to lie, manipulate and break hearts to get what he wants, so be it! I loved him despite his douchebaggery because of his wit and sensitivity and deeply sad life philosophy. I went to Nigeria and was immersed in the terrors of the Nigeria-Biafra War of the late 1960’s (Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie). I went to Japan where a young man’s dream to settle down with his wife to start a family and live a cosy existence is shattered when she gives birth to a deformed baby. In this novel (A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Ōe) what’s being said between the lines is clear: “Think you’ve got your life in order and your plans for a happy future in place? The senseless tragic comedy of life will knock you down when you least expect it!” I went to Vienna and followed the Cinderella-like rise and then devastating fall of a young girl as the story developed from fairytale and descended into horror as it became clear this was a story about the social costs of the First World War on the working class (The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig). I met Adam Gordon, a young American poet in Spain, who tries to reconcile his art with its inherent fraudulence (Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner). It’s a novel about the distance between our projections of ourselves and who we really are. It’s a meditation on art and literature and the relationship of both to society and politics. What meaning lies in a so-called “profound experience of art” anyway? What is the value of art when compared to the mundane everyday things that affect and influence us much more powerfully? I think about these things constantly, and to have it be the subject of a novel was intensely pleasurable. I also met and followed the Englishman Patrick Melrose in three novels, part of the aptly titled series The Patrick Melrose Novels (Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope by Edward St. Aubyn). I don’t remember the last time I came across a character as insidious, fascinating and malicious as Patrick’s father David Melrose. There is so much psychological violence in these books (shockingly highly autobiographical) as Patrick’s brutal experiences as the child of rich, snobbish, creepy and deeply unhappy parents (volume one) lead to his finding solace in drugs as a disillusioned and depressed young man (volume two), and then his excruciating and moving struggle to do better by himself (volume three). There are two more volumes to go, Mother’s Milk and At Last, which I finally acquired recently (otherwise they would have long been read) and I can’t wait to dive back into Patrick’s world. These fictions and so much more that I haven’t mentioned have made 2016 a tolerable year for me. It’s been a year of awesome fiction, of beautiful language and profound feeling, of deep pleasure and intellectual nourishment. All seventy-three books helped me to continue to grow and mature and question everything; they gave me a lesson in humility and an education in empathy. And above all, they brought me closer to myself and my connection to the world. Bring on more of the same in 2017!

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