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MFV Travel Diary: a Great Ocean Road weekend

Last weekend I planned a (semi) surprise weekend away for P’s birthday. We spent the weekend away from Melbourne exploring the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool.

Geelong

We drove to Geelong after work, about 1hr from Melbourne CBD, and arrived in time for dinner at a restaurant I booked for us called Ripples. The restaurant itself was nothing to write home about, but we had a nice night.

We even got to see some local nocturnal fauna out and about that night, chatting up the bouncers and showing remarkable gross motor skills on their 7 inch heels given their blood alcohol level.

Good morning Geelong waterfront

Good morning Geelong waterfront

 

After breakfasting in Geelong, P and I started our drive towards Torquay, which is the start of the Great Ocean Road. Unfortunately for us, the weather left much to be desired, with rain and fog enveloping the majority of the drive between Geelong and Port Campbell.

Great Ocean Road!

Great Ocean Road!

Great Ocean Road: less than ideal weather conditions.

Great Ocean Road: less than ideal weather conditions.

 

Apollo Bay

Apollo bay is a gorgeous little sea side town along the Great Ocean Road, and the only place outside of Tasmania where I’ve managed to find a SCALLOP PIE. I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again: If you have not had a scallop pie- you have not lived.

 

Spoilt sheep on the hill overlooking Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road

Spoilt sheep on the hill overlooking Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road

 

We took a detour  through Cape Otway National Park to see the famous Cape Otway Lighthouse, and halfway down the dirt road, we noticed a group of excited tourists pointing to the trees and taking photos. Turned out that the trees in the area were populated by KOALAS.

I’ve lived in Australia all my life, and I have NEVER seen koalas out in the wild before this.

I lost my shit.

I was there for what must have been half an hour, taking photos with the other tourists on the road, pointing and squealing like a schoolgirl.

 

 

Koalas in the wild: Cape Otway national park

Koalas in the wild: Cape Otway national park

 

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Posted by on Oct 21st, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

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Fit For Fall 2012: Dietlicious 5 Day Cleanse review

 

 

I must thank Jade of jademusing.tumblr.com for thinking of the catchy feel-good phrase ‘Fit For Fall’ (tweets will be hashtagged #FitForFall ) to replace ‘Healthy Summer’. She’s not just a pretty face!

‘Healthy Summer’ updates have really dropped off the last 2 months or so, mostly due to straggling motivation. I’ve been making regular, but not frequent trips to the gym (around 1-3x a week) but not really pushing myself very hard like I was during in the first few months of ‘Healthy Summer 2011/2012’. Just staying afloat really.

Food-wise, I was in desperate need of a detox and a rethink of my portion sizes.

When I read the rave reviews about the  Dietlicious 5 Day Cleanse on Ms Critique and Me vs The Bulge blogs, it got me very curious. I ended up contacting Dietlicious, and was very grateful when Emily from Dietlicious offered to sponsor a trial of the 5 Day Cleanse for the Fit for Fall series.

 

Dietlicious Gourmet Food Service say…

Rebalance and re-vitalize your body with our 5 day dietician designed cleanse and detox

Eliminate chemicals and toxins with our preservative, additive, dairy, wheat + red meat free menu

Included in the Cleanse package is everything you need: healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, fresh seasonal fruit and superfood smoothies made with natures wonderfoods – acai, chia and cacao.

$180.00 excluding delivery, www.dietlicious.com.au

Dietlicious 5 Day Cleanse breakfast smoothies

Dietlicious 5 Day Cleanse breakfast smoothies

 

Dietlicious 5 Day Cleanse

Dietlicious 5 Day Cleanse

 

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Posted by on Mar 26th, 2012 in lifestyle and health | 0 comments.

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Echolife macrobiotic bath salts!

I’ve been harping on about how much I’ve been loving  these bath salts on twitter, and just wanted to show you guys what they actually look like.

 

 

 

Pretty aren’t they?

I’ve gone from someone who never takes baths, to a bath addict because of these. They are the best thing after a long run, or after someone’s just beat the crap out of you at boxing class. 🙂

Price: Australian Macrobiotic Sea Salt Crystals $14.90 AUD , Magnesium Bath Salts: $29.90 AUD

Availability: www.echolife.com.au 

 

note: these products were gifts from echolife.com.au

Posted by on Feb 26th, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Skincare | 0 comments.


Tiffany: What Makes Love True by Garance Doré & The Sartorialist

Happy 14th of February!

Am sitting at gate 39 Sydney Domestic airport waiting to board my flight to Hobart, and craving coffee.

Enjoy this sweet and oh so stylish mini doco by Scott Schumann and Garance Dore for Tiffany.

Posted by on Feb 13th, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous, Style and Fashion | 0 comments.


A vain person’s guide to water sports: how to waterproof your makeup and deal with chlorine

 

 

In the last few months I’ve been hitting the pool more regularly thanks to Healthy Summer 2011/2012 goals.

Here are a few things that I’ve learnt along the way about a) protecting my hair and skin from sun/chlorine  b) waterproofing my makeup so even if I tend to look like a drowned rat in the water, at least I’ll be a well groomed rat. This is especially crucial if I am at the beach and there are good looking lifeguards around 🙂

 

Waterproof Makeup:

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 (dark brown black)

price: RPP US $19.00 or, approx $39.00 from Australian stockists

Although not as exciting as the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres, or NARS lipglosses, this modest product is probably THE standout cosmetic item of 2011 for me. I have very light and sparse brows so I was thrilled to finally find a product that stays on my brows through intense cardio as well as long swims.

 

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 (dark brown black)

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 (dark brown black)

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 swatch

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 swatch

 

 

Becca Beach Tints:

price: RRP AUS $42.00, or US $24 at Apothica.com  

Becca is an Australian brand with strong roots in beach culture, so it’s not a surprise that they have some fantastic products to keep you looking cute in the water. I wouldn’t necessarily bother with these for laps at the local pool, but I’d have a tube in my handbag (for those lifeguards we discussed).

The Beach Tints take 5 seconds to apply, and clings on to cheeks and lips through hours of swimming and frolicking.

 

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