Thursday, 10 April 2014

My first buys from H&M Australia's first store

If you've read my previous post, you'll know that I was one of those people that lined up at an unearthly hour for the H&M Australia launch to ensure I was one of the first ones in. In this post, I shall share with you what was inside that shopping bag of mine. Without further ado, I present to you my first purchases from H&M Melbourne....


Clockwise- Necklace: $12.95, Black Shirt Dress: $59.95, Bracelet: $6.95, Jade Green Ballet Flats: $12.95, Black Tunic: $39.95, Pale Pink Off-Shoulder Top: $19.95, Black Ballet Flats: $12.95.

Below are photos off the tops & dresses I bought, to give you a clearer idea.
The pink top is the one Miranda Kerr wore in their launch campaign

The Black top/tunic on the far right of my photo is the tunic from the "Australia Exclusive Collection" as seen here
And the Black shirt dress on the top of my photo is a long, maxi dress with a button-up front from the waist up and from the waist down there's a long slit, so this will have to be worn with pants or a skirt. This photo does't do justice to it, but this is my favourite of all the things I bought. Will have to do an outfit post soon to show how this moves.

I don't know if they're still doing this, but on the day of the launch, they were giving away a free t-shirt at the exit when you showed your receipt. 

Successful shopping trip, I say. Can't wait to go back (once the frenzy dies down)!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The H&M Australia Opening

I had been waiting for this day for so so long! So, of course I was going to be one of the ones lining up outside H&M's first Australian store at a crazy hour. I always said I would line-up for H&M's opening, so I did. I keep my word. I will let the pictures speak for themselves and not say much else...


The queue as at 5.45am! Yes, I was one of those people.
Freebies to keep us occupied, alert and looking our best in the wee hours of the morning
Free nail colour courtesy of L'oreal Paris
Goodie Bag for the first few 100 customers of H&M Australia

Finally! The doors open!




So true! We definitely didn't sleep for the sake of fashion that night!
Yay! My first purchase from H&M Melbourne
 Coming soon: What's inside the bag...

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Girls Weekend Getaway

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I decided to spend the weekend in Daylesford. We didn't do the usual spa weekend but it was a very relaxing one, all the same, full of food and wine!
Just to mix things up a bit - I will tell you about my outfit first and then show you what I ate and where.

Sunnies: Usual
Black Silk Tank: *$5 (Dotti)
Anorak with Leather sleeves: Approx. $69 (H&M, Singapore)
Leggings: *$16 (Supre)
Wallet: Approx. $36 (Charles & Keith, Singapore)
Black Ankle Boots: *$40 (Santini Chadstone)

Weekend Getaway Outfit Total: $166

After a very late lunch consisting of Pizza and White Wine at Frangos & Frangos, we headed off to relax at the Hepburn Springs Chalet and then walked upto the recently renovated, The Grande for entrees.
Zucchini & Feta Fritters with a tomatoes & cumin yogurt - HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 
View from our table
We then wandered off to dine at the Rubens - a family style Mediterranean Restaurant. This place always looks busy so we knew it would have to be good. And the prices were quite reasonable as well.

Chicken Dijon with melted Camembert cheese
Affogato with a shot of Baileys for Dessert - can't go wrong with that!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Melbourne Cheap Eats

When we travel overseas, we are used to seeing and (those blessed with a strong constitution) eating cheap street-food. But if you thought the closest street-food stall was a 9 hour plane ride away, think again! A few weeks ago for date-night, I had to plan a fun night out in the City without busting the budget after all the big spending we'd been doing. I think I did pretty well. This is what I came up with:

Drinks
Not extactly "street", but the Rooftop Bar on Swanston Street is a local favourite. The perfect spot for drinks on a beautiful summer night and if you choose well you won't spend more than $10 for your pre-dinner drinks.

Main Course
Melbourne's best Burgers with great city views!
Mr. Burger Truck at Fed Square
Our view as we enjoyed dinner!

Dessert
A French dessert is always a great way to end a meal.
La Petite Creperie on Swanston St

Drinks: Apple Cider $5.50
Main Coure to share: Burger $10, Fries & a drink to share $5
Dessert to share: French Crepe with Nutella $5

Date Night Food Total: $20.50pp

Plus we got to burn some of the calories we consumed by walking around the city. I firmly believe, you don't have to spend a lot of money to have fun - you just have to think creatively. :)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

More from Singapore

The weekend that we were in Singapore happened to be the weekend of Chinese New Year! In a city that is always abuzz with activity, you can only imagine what excitement welcoming the year of the horse  would have created. Just a few hundred meters from our Hotel was Marina Bay, where the sights, sounds, smells and most importantly tastes all spelt C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N!



Makansutra
Our dinner that night consisted of sampling different foods from the countless foodstalls that had sprung up along the river to feed the thousands of  revelers. Also a permanent feature on the Bay is a food court - no not like the ones on level 3 of a shopping mall - a real food court - with real, fresh, asian food stalls. Its called Makansutra. A MUST visit for when you are in Singapore, even if you are only there for one night - like we were.



We then walked over to the other side of the bridge, quite literally, to the uber-chic world of the Marina Bay mall. It makes malls like Chadstone look like a tent! I swear, my feet were aching just from walking across 3 quarters of this mall. And I walk 3ks everyday as part of my daily routine. 


Finally, what I wore to keep me comfortable and still looking appropriate for the festivities - an outfit post after so, so long!

Loose White Top: *$15 (Cotton On)
Blue Mini Skort: $49.95 (Zara)
Bow Necklace in Soft-Gold: $19.95 (Portmans)
Wallet with Wristlet: $35 (Charles & Keith - Singapore)
Black Peep-toe Flats: *$5 (Rubi Shoes)

CNY Outfit Total: $124.94
* = sale prices


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Weekend Getaway - to Singapore!

A few weeks ago we spent the weekend in Singapore. No, no, we aren't the-super-rich-globetrotting-whisking-ourselves-away-to-exotic-locations-on-a-whim kinds. We were transiting via Singapore on our way back from another trip and decided to stay the night instead of trying to while away time in the confines of an airport. Ok, I'm not really helping my cause here, am I? What this other trip was, I'll have to tell you another time - probably could start writing a whole, entire, separate blog about that trip. Anyway, back to the weekend in Singapore...

We stayed the night at the Pan Pacific Hotel (the one near Marina Bay). Great hotel, great location, great value (room rate-wise), food was overpriced and not so great.
Cute little tipi-hut-like booths in the lobby bar. Had a mean Cosmo there later that night.
Our room
Breakfast for the Hungry-hippos!
Shopping I did earlier that morning

First order of business as I landed in Singapore at 8am that morning was to head straight to the Charles & Keith store at T3 of Changi airport and buy this amazing wallet! It's true, I don't like wasting time when it comes to shopping. Get right into it, I say, whatever the time of day. I love that it has that bangle/wristlet attached to take the wallet from day to night. Best part - the price of course, only $42 SGD ($36 AUD approximately)!

More on Singapore to come shortly. Stay tuned.