October 18, 2014

The Project. (*****)

Good Afternoon,

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This. City Swept Finish by Bumble and Bumble. From my boss (thank you). It leaves my hair feeling so light and bouncy, not even a helmet can weigh it down.

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Was so excited when I got notified by Dean that he had received his Uniqlo order! I met up with him on Wednesday to collect my LINE collab t-shirts (too cute...). We also had a quick dinner.

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They had free ice cream at Ben & Jerry's and there wasn't even a line.

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We had cheap $4 pizzas at Lucky Coq.

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... and then more free ice cream post meal. (excuse my chipped nail polish...)

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On Thursday I saw The Project post a status on FB that they had spare spots to be in the audience that night so I e-mailed them and managed to get two tickets, haha. I took a workmate and that's us in the front row 2nd and 3rd from the left. It was a pretty fun experience! Prior to going into the studio we were warmed up and told to exaggerate our reactions... There was a lot of strenuous clapping involved - especially going into ad breaks. The special guests that night were Tim Minchin (that comedian/musician/author/director/etc guy with the messy long red hair and eye liner) and Kevin McCloud - the host of Grand Designs. My favourite host was Peter Helliar, I've always enjoyed his sense of humor and he'd come over to the audience during ad breaks to chat which was nice.

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Had lunch with the design team at Meatball and Wine Bar on Friday. Very delicious as per usual.

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Also. Recently made a SoundCloud account so I could compile a playlist that wasn't as distracting as the music on my iPod to listen to while I work... Listen to this playlist for optimum productivity at your desk!

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October 13, 2014

13.10.14 (***)

Good Evening,

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What. Why is it so wintery today?!

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... When yesterday was so hot! I actually applied sun screen for the first time in ages.

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Rode into the city yesterday and parked my bike outside Maxima. Saw my October window for the first time... When my mom saw it she said, "What exactly did you design...?" which is fair enough, since all I did was arrange assets given to me by Josie Maran, a new brand that we're featuring this month.

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I took Dean out for lunch at Cookie as a thank you for last week. As planned, we got a little balcony to ourselves... The best place to spend a sunny day in the city! Everything we ordered was beautiful and all very refreshing on a hot day.

Afterwards we spent some time window shopping. Uniqlo were having a UT sale so that prompted us to ask if they stocked the LINE collaboration and to our surprise the shop assistant told us that they're sold online! With much excitement and urgency Dean bought us a couple of t-shirts ($9 each, ah!) each... Cannot wait until they arrive. Later that night I found out that the t-shirts I chose sold out and that the sale ended that day. So good. Winning.

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We bumped into my mom and after saying bye to Dean we had a quick dinner at The Dainty Sichuan in Emporium... It was actually very delicious! The tomato & pork one was yum but the fish one was amazing.

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October 11, 2014

11.10.14 (****)

Good Evening,

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It's been a pretty chilled week so far.

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Cony playing in our sakura tree... Ha, I'm such a child... But she's so cute... The cherry blossoms are nice too.

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My dad and I went out for lunch last week, I chose a Croatian restaurant called Dalmatino.



(Hmmm... Not sure if this has embedded properly?) But this is a video I took of my dad singing in the car... I thought it'd stop him singing but he continued with much enthusiasm. He always sings in the car, but it's always the same 3 songs, haha.

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Dinner was lovely, we both really enjoyed Dalmatino. Those chocolate dumplings I had killed me though... Yum but probably best shared between two.

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Friday was a good food day at work... In the morning we had a morning tea with cupcakes and then we had a brown bag lunch (pictured above) where every month or so the whole office go downstairs to have catered lunch together followed by a lecture/talk by a special guest... We had a girl from a bank talk to us about being smart with money with a focus on superannuation, she was a great speaker and I found it helpful as nobody ever really teaches you these things. We also had our weekly Friday afternoon sweet treats... This is definitely the workplace for me.

After work I rode into the city (love how the sun is still out now!) to meet up with a buddy from high school. Since it was such a nice night we sat outside at City Square and had sushi while catching up... The point of us meeting was so I could give her tips on Japan as she's going soon but we didn't really end up talking about that, ha. It was so nice to see her, definitely someone I'd like to hang out with more often.

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Dean bought me The Kinfolk Table out of the blue last week! I'd been wanting it for a while so I was very pleased to have received it.

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I tried out a salad recipe from the book today, I was able to get all the greens from our vegetable garden!

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It was a success! A lot yummier than I had imagined... I could've been tidier with the presentation though... The recipe didn't have an accompanying photograph so I had nothing to draw inspiration from.

It's a sweet potato and apple salad... The sweet potatoes are roasted in maple syrup and bacon (!!!) and the salad is topped with nuts and seeds, as my mom said, very American.

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October 5, 2014

Expanding Cheeks. (*****)

Good Evening,

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Daylight savings is messing with me today, the loss of one hour makes such a difference... I don't know where my day has gone and it's almost time to hit the hay!

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Last week a girl on Instagram (@mrssteffc) drew a picture of me! So bizarre but cool, love her style. 

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A solo midweek lunch from Love Pho.

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Hectic and stressful times for me this week when our TV antenna on the roof fell over in the wind! Timing was the worst, half an hour before The Bachelor finale! Thankfully my brother was home and got up on the roof and fixed it for me in time. I'd always been #teamlisa but I suppose in the grand scheme of things, she did 'win' because she wasn't the one to get proposed to and then later dumped by a silly man.

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Friday meatballs with a couple of workmates, yum!

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As a surprise, Dean organized a night for us at Crown Metropol (influenced by the Bachelor perhaps? ha). I had a feeling he'd take me there but I didn't want to voice it just in case he had booked somewhere not as nice.

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We got upgraded to a loft suite too! So nice.

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We went down to Mr. Hive for dinner which was located on the first floor of the hotel. Something about the restaurant didn't feel like Melbourne, I felt like we were on holiday!

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We had a nice meal (I must comment on their efficiency... The guy who sat next to us was in and out in 20 minutes!). Their dessert platter lived up to high expectations.

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The following morning we had a breakfast buffet on their 28th floor. Pictured is about a third of what we consumed... They had an a la carte menu that was also included in the buffet which I wish we were made aware of before we dived into round one.

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We had a dip in the pool on very full stomachs. It was such a nice day for a swim and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn't crowded.

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The vitality pool in the changing rooms! It was relaxing but I wish the water temperature was hotter than 38 degrees (spas in Australia are never hot enough to my liking...). I think we spent over 3 hours at the pool, it was lots of fun.

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The view from the pool... Playing with the panorama feature on Dean's phone... It reminds me of that scene in Inception.

We were both sad to leave the hotel life... I'm itching to go on a small interstate holiday now! Thanks Deanus for the lovely surprise, I'm a very lucky guuuuurl.

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P.S. Controlled eating NEEDS to start tomorrow. My cheeks are getting so big, ha.
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