Hi everyone! I’m back home and so writing to you from (unusually) sticky and humid Adelaide. It’s meant to be autumn – what’s going on?!
If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook you may have seen some of my photos over the past week – I was in Melbourne and had a great time! I stayed with one of my best friends and spent time with her, went to some work-related training, and caught up with some lovely Melbourne based bloggers.
This post is quite long but is mostly photos, so make sure you are comfortable! Grab a cuppa and a seat.
Melbourne is approximately 4 times bigger than Adelaide (context: Adelaide has a population of 1.2 million) and there is a lot to see, do and eat! The weather tends to be a bit milder than here in summer, but much colder in winter.
One of my favourite places to have coffee is in Melbourne – Starbucks (hahaha! it’s in Sydney and Brisbane too) – and there are a lot of gourmet foods. Like Adelaide, Melbourne is big on the cafe lifestyle, which I love!
On the Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting several local Melbourne bloggers, many of whom I have known online for some time.
I would like to send out another BIG “THANK YOU!!!” to each and every one of the bloggers who came out to have lunch with me on the Sunday. It is so much fun to meet the faces behind the blogs and get to know people better; it really made my week! Many of the attendees were fellow #bbloggersoz Twitter chat hosts and/or participants so it was a bit like having a real life Twitter chat (which sure beats the online version! ). There aren’t any new #bbloggersoz chats planned for the near future but hopefully we can get it up and running again soon.
Later that day I went out with Madam M from The Beauty Dispensary (who has collaborated with me on some past blog posts!) and her partner for dinner. In case it is not clear from the photo, it was K-BBQ (yum!). She took the above photo.
I’ll keep this short, sharp and shiny – I LOVE DAISO! For those of you who are not familiar with it, Daiso is a Japanese discount store at which every item is sold for AUD $2.80. I love a bargain and Japanese inspired stuff so this was a dangerous store for me to be in LOL! I went with my best friend and as soon as we entered, she assured me I would need a trolley. She felt a basket would not be enough! She was right….
Here I am at the checkout (the glasses were just for the photo ):
A birds eye view of most of the things I bought (I also bought some crockery but these were wrapped up in newspaper and I was lazy and didn’t want to re-wrap for the flight home!). I will be featuring products that I have found to work well for me in the weeks and months to come (as let’s face it, I bought a lot! ):
I also did some other shopping at Illamasqua and an interesting vintage Japanese kimono and fabric store. I picked up a genuine vintage kimono for $20! (Needs a dry clean but will be gorgeous to lounge in around the house!)
Coming soon will be my Empties for the past few months (too much from Daiso to fit that all into my usual “Empties and Newbies” style post! ) as well as information about a Certified Organic Australian makeup range. There is quite a bit of variety coming this month which I hope you will enjoy.
As I went really crazy in Daiso, I’m also considering running a giveaway of some Daiso goodies. This will be open to Australian readers only (as I spent waaaaay too much and need to keep postage costs down!). Is anyone keen on this idea???
Did I go too crazy in Daiso?
What was your craziest shopping haul?
Check out the blogs of the Melbourne bloggers I met – if you haven’t already! In addition to Madam M/Mel, Nalini and Ling P’s blogs previously mentioned, you can find:
- Kerri at Beauty & Things
- Ling (1 or 2? ) at The Best Beauty Blog
- Emma at Emma Bovary Beauty
- Norlin at Bubbles, Baubles and Bags
- Jenny at My Funny Valentine
- Tine at Beautyholics Anonymous, and last but not least,
- Amy at Things I Love !