November 22, 2014

Make it Magical! (*****)

Good Evening,

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Oops, 13 days have passed since my last post... and I haven't even been that busy! It's just that my inner bogan has come out to sit on the couch and watch Big Brother a few nights a week... I don't even know why I'm hooked, it's so boring.

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11/11 marked a year since I first set foot at Mecca for my internship... Crazy how fast time flies but also mad how much a company can grow in just a year. 

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A great little Malaysian restaurant opened up in my 'hood recently, Ipoh Parade. Probably the cheapest place to eat in Armadale but amongst the yummiest.

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Had another Brown Bag Lunch at work. The Future Lab came to speak about trend forecasts in the beauty industry.

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An amazing Virgin Mary and a sweet treat from Drugstore Espresso (formerly Crue? I think?) with a couple of workmates when we were in the area. After an afternoon in South Yarra my boss pointed out how nice everyone we had encountered was, and she was right! I actually wouldn't mind living in an apartment in South Yarra... Not the coolest place but I think it'd be convenient and safe!

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Popped into The Meatball and Wine Bar on my own sometime last week (?)... I'm totally capable of eating alone (and often do so) but it was a weird place to eat alone.

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One hot day our freezer at work got filled with a wonderful variety of ice creams! What a treat! I took two (there was more than enough to go around)...

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Wore my super comfy brushed silk pants by Gianna Molinaro for the first time... I usually prefer wearing skirts/dresses 'cos I don't like my legs and waist feeling restricted but these were so light and felt like pyjamas!

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Holiday catalogues are in stores now for Maxima and Cosmetica! That's my handwriting featured in the holiday promotion for Maxima. I didn't design the magazine but towards the end it was a team effort and above is a spread that I designed.

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A public service announcement: The famous Spicy Chicken Soup from Hella's is going to come off the menu at the end of this month! I'm sooooo disappointed... This has actually reminded me to go back one last time for the soup.

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Dean and I had dinner at Roti House (?) on Friday before going to Highpoint. It was pretty delicious and super affordable.

I wanted to pop into Highpoint to see the holiday promotion in stores at Mecca Maxima as I had done a lot of work on it (particularly in-store graphics). Some of the following photos were taken at the Melbourne Central store as well:

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My "Make it Magical" hand drawn type on the window.

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Wall bays I designed. All the handwriting featured in store is by yours truly, ha.

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Hotspots! Cute idea by a girl in VM to have the gold decals on the floor.

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Starbursts!

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An edit bay.

I'm happy with how it looks and it definitely exceeded my expectations! I've said it before but I'll say it again, it's so good to work for a brand where I can use the colour pink to my heart's content...

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On Saturday Dean and I had lunch at Breakfast Thieves... My favourite part was the sweet treat that Dean bought to take away that I ended up eating most of.

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Since we were in the area we walked down to the Latin Festival.

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On Sunday one of my workmates who is doing a short photography course took photos of me on my bike for her assignment (Note: These aren't the final shots, just a couple I vsco-ed and the last one is unedited!). It was fun!

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That night I had dinner with my dad and his friend from America at Dalmatinos (?) It was very delicious but my tummy got really bloated (happened last time too!)... I could barely stand straight.

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Geez... I've been eating out a lot lately! My brother had his last exam so our mom took us out for dinner at Sugo. My seafood tortelini (?) was amazing, I wasn't starving so it was a good light choice.

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I was featured in the Kit e-mail on Tuesday! "Stop the press!"...

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Last night we had a Team Love dinner at Tonka. Team Love being the design department at work... Look at all the pretty faces I get to see every day!

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Pretty cocktails!

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We went with the banquet and they brought out their most popular dishes. We got to choose our desserts but all seven of us went with the Golden Gaytime, Christine Masfield (?) was taking over the desserts at Tonka this week so we were lucky to be able to try them.

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I stayed in bed past midday today and even after I got up and ate spaghetti, I went and laid down on the couch... My mom came home with a bucket full of peonies that she had picked at a farm, very pretty!

Now... I entered one of those re-post competitions on Instagram earlier this week for a $600 Bul voucher... The winner is supposed to be announced today and I am feeling hopeful... I reckon I deserve it seeing as they have re-posted a couple of my photos in the past! Fingers crossed! Dean won yet another Instagram competition on Friday so hopefully he shares his luck with me.

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November 9, 2014

Giddy Up. (*****)

Good Afternoon,

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Monday - After a productive day at work I met up with Monica and Shenia for dinner. We ended up at Gyoza Douraku where it's Izakaya (Japanese tapas) style with all dishes under $6.50, it was ideal for me because I was sooo hungry after not being able to eat my lunch that day.

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They have yummy cocktail jugs too!

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Some of the food we had. Pretty generous portions for $6.50 dishes.

We were able to not worry about the time because the next day was a public holiday due to The Melbourne Cup, yay!

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My dad was invited by the director of the Victoria Racing Club (?) and took me as his date to the Melbourne Cup! I'd never been into horse racing or the event (thus this was my first time) but where there is free food and drinks involved, I'll be there with bells on. The idea of dressing up for the event excited me too, I'm not gonna lie.

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This is the slug-like fascinator I mentioned in my last post. It's by Max Alexander and I got it from David Jones. It's kinda ugly in a charming way I think... It's also a little bit different in that it's not over embellished with feathers and netting.

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I based my fascinator choice on a dress I had from Alpha 60 that Dean gave to me for my birthday last year, it's one of my favourite dresses but I haven't had the opportunity to wear it much because it's so fragile... An accidental Velcro encounter and it's ruined. I already had the shoes by SHIPS (Jpn) and bought a leather pouch with straps from Country Road for the occasion... A clutch may have been nice but I'm not the type of social person who attends a lot of clutch-carrying-events.... The pouch I can use in everyday life for sure. I was pretty happy with my outfit considering I hadn't seen it all together until the actual day of the races, it was all just working in my head... Glad that I could stick to the duotone (mono if black isn't a colour...?!), if I had brown, blonde, or red hair I don't think it would have looked as cohesive.

^ lol. What a long reflection on my outfit.

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We look the train to the racecourse, there was such a big crowd but all very orderly at that time.

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We made our way to the committee room where I was relieved to see a lot of sensible looking people... I was a bit nervous about the whole networking thing but it was okay because each table had a host.

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For lunch we were put onto the Japanese business table (I think?), we sat with the Australian CEOs of Uniqlo, Muji, and Kagome. I sat next to the Uniqlo CEO who was easy to talk to... Having an interest in retail (ever since I started working in the industry!) and Uniqlo as a business, I was curious to see what he had to say about settling into the Australian market. I also had a word with the Muji CEO about how much I'd love for the Australian stores to stock more furniture and he said he'd import products in for me if I e-mailed him (I'm totally taking his word on this) - When I get my own place it's going to be "all Muji everything".

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The buffet lunch was a treat! I got to eat a lot of food that I don't usually get to eat and I didn't have to worry about my tummy in my loose fitting dress!

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Also, Eddie McGuire sat behind me, haha. 

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We had balcony seats for the big race, the view was pretty perfect! A lot of people around us had picked the winning horse so it was an exciting moment when #5 overtook the other horses in front of us to win the race.

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The winning horse.

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After the race my dad and I went outside of the committee room to explore.

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My dad's outfit! He had to rent a morning suit as it was a very strict dress-code. It was funny because most men in the committee room had to rent their morning suits and a lot of them had the exact same outfits.

We had a walk around the Bird Cage where all the not-as-sensible, very attractive race goers were (I think I would have died in that social environment)... It's where all the D-grade Aussie celebrities hang out... We saw Human Nature, and a bunch of fashion/beauty bloggers... I secretly wanted to bump into anyone from The Bachelor.

We took a taxi home where in line, I witnessed a lot of stumbling drunk girls not looking very glamorous in their frocks... The single guy standing behind us kept subtly burping as well.

Anyway, it was a nice day out! Thanks to my dad for taking me!

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Cony in my fascinator...

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A few of us from work had burgers at Burger and Beer Bar for lunch the following day. I don't think I performed very well at work after that meal... I was in a bit of a food coma.

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Miss Papillion and her new friend parked below the stairs at work, so cute.

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On Wednesday night after work I rode to Melbourne Uni to watch Shenia give her architecture presentation - I was really impressed with her work, so proud of her.

On the way home I decided to check out the RMIT Communication Design grad show (the course I graduated from last year).

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It was pretty cool, not a lot of final work displayed but a visual delight nonetheless. They had free hotdogs by Massive Wieners too. I went in alone but I was pleasantly surprised to see several familiar faces around.

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Had Laksa at Laksa Bar (Chapel St) with Dean on Thursday night. It was delicious! I don't really understand it's low rating on Urbanspoon! They have a weird interior and dirty toilets but I can't really fault the food or service we got there.

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Shenia and I visited the South Melbourne market yesterday! We both did a little shopping at Gianna Molinaro, a Melbourne based fashion label. The garments they had on the racks reminded me of Bul (I love Bul!) but at a third of the cost. Shenia and I went crazy for the 100% silk pieces (that suede-like silk)! We got matching pants in different colours and I got a beautiful dress that I've already decided that I'll wear to my work Christmas party, haha. Showed my mom my purchases when I got home and she wants to go back with me next time... Who knew market shopping was so good?!

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Shenia and I had lunch with a couple of other friends at Simply Spanish... The paella there was the best I've tasted in Melbourne! I could have easily had another plate of it! The white sangria there wasn't as alcoholic-tasting than other white sangrias I've had in the past so I liked them.

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We shared delicious desserts too.

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I have to admit I've had a lack of sleep this past week... I've pretty much spent all of today lazing around and hope to get plenty of rest this coming week.

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