Saturday, November 26, 2016

Random: Black Friday

As an Australian, I never had a chance to partake in Black Friday until about two years ago when I learned that online retailers began offering Black Friday deals. This'll be a quick post, and as far as I know, these deals are still up.

Here's what I got, if you're curious. 

With their 'Catch of the Day', I thought I'd give it a go and purchased the bottoms for USD$10 and their pagoda umbrella at 25% off (with BEST25). It's a bit of a lucky dip but I'm hoping it's just some plain pants. I can do a flared skirt too. 

Paula's Choice Australia is offering 20% off with free shipping. I had some credit on my account, so I ended up getting the 2% BHA Body Treatment without any charges. If you're interested in purchasing from Paula's Choice (and you're in Australia), feel free to use my link ( for $15 off your first order if you spend over $30. Note: this is not just for Black Friday. It's their referral program. I also get $15 credit -- which is nice considering I regularly purchase from Paula's Choice for my BHA products. If you just want to check out Paula's Choice Australia, the link on the header is just the website -- no referral links.

Colourpop had a day where they offered free international shipping, so I went ahead and ordered the lippie stix and pencil in Lumiere (Kathleenlight's colour). I could not justify having to load a cart up to USD$50 just to get free shipping, nor could I justify the shipping fee if I buy two products, so this was the perfect opportunity to find out what the fuss is all about.

Unfortunately, that has finished but you can get 20% off their liquid lipsticks.

Random: Travels

I thought I'd do a bit of an update about what I had been up to.

In the first weekend of September, I made a trip to Melbourne for a weekend with my sister and my friend. Whilst my sister attended the Madman Fest, I went around the CBD with my friend and explored the laneways, arcades and the Queen Victoria market.

It takes more than a weekend to fully explore what Melbourne has to offer but I was quite content with what I was able to do during that weekend. This was more of a luxury trip, in which we indulged on food and stayed at a hotel.

My friend and I stopped by Hardware Societe for breakfast, which came highly recommended by one of my nursing school friends, and we had the fairy floss hot chocolate at the Hash Specialty. I window-shopped most of the time and caved into a purchase of a box of macarons from La Belle Miette to bring back home. My family dug into them before I had the chance to take photos.

Late October to mid-November, I had a placement in Tweed Heads after I finished up my semester. I stayed in Queensland and spent my weekends exploring the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. In my free time, I'd head out to the beach at Coolangatta or just go up the RT Peak Memorial Park to just watch the waters from above, which has a view of Kirra Beach too. I met a few backpackers during my stay.

I didn't do much shopping around in the Gold Coast but I did buy a shirt from H&M and some travel-sized items from Bath & Body Works at Pacific Fair. I stopped by Social Eating House because it was listed on Google maps. It was nice -- but I'm not much of a foodie and I ate alone, which only made me feel sad. I recommended this place to a friend who appreciates the dining experience but I can't see myself going back unless I were with friends. 

As for the walk to the hospital on the weekdays, I walked passed the Tweed River. 

During my first day there, I came across this bush turkey. I followed that turkey for this photo:

I particularly enjoyed Byron Bay's bohemian vibe. I took a trek to the lighthouse on a hot day but I had gorgeous views along the way.

I was lucky that during that weekend, they held the monthly market. I didn't know about it until I arrived. I wanted to buy all the crystals I saw there. I picked one, and bought a candle and a tin of tea.

This trip was very important to me in so many ways. It served as a reminder not to lose the bigger picture. It showed me how screwed up the world is but that's okay. I shouldn't lose sight of my passion and I should go for it because not everyone is lucky enough to know what they want to do. Most of all, I got a break from Sydney because it was wearing me down. The first Monday back, I forgot how busy the commute was and it was a little bit of a shock, but I missed having frequent public transport. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Accessory: Mejuri Evil Eye Ring

I've never mentioned once in my blog thus far that I'm a stress shopper, and I can be a little disinhibited at times. I never thought I'd buy a gold ring on impulse.

The Mejuri Evil Eye ring wasn't something that appealed to me upon first glance. I've seen it on the likes of Amelia Liana and Estee Lalonde on YouTube but it was never a "must have" item. I've always preferred one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Yet, during these crazy few months, I saw the appeal. It was chic and the design is simplistic enough to go with many outfits.

I justified it as an early birthday gift to myself and a reward for completing the academic year. It was still a lot of money to spend on myself -- for just a ring. I guess it's mostly because I don't believe I deserve it. However, I chose to keep it because I don't like backing out of my decisions. I was certain I made the right choice of design for myself when I saw a fellow student wear a dainty silver evil eye necklace with blue enamel and I was enamoured with it. I couldn't stop looking.

Shipping was speedy and prompt but I was out of town, and it would be another 2 weeks until I was able to check if the order was indeed correct. When I first tried it on, I was disappointed. I wasn't quite used to sliding a chain through my finger, and that made me question whether I had purchased the correct size. It takes a little bit more time to pull it through but it fits perfectly.

The box came beautifully packaged and it made my night, having returned to Sydney on the last flight of the evening. The only thing of concern is whether the chain would break or not. I hope it's been soldered strong enough to prevent that. I would consider Mejuri again but I'm not sure I'd be buying fine jewellery any time soon.

Note: I purchased this ring with the introductory discount when you first sign up for their mailing list (10% -- if I remember correctly).