I love how the days are getting longer now in Melbourne. Last Sunday afternoon was warm, sunny, and light until 7:30. P and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and paid a visit to Brighton beach (a stone’s throw from where we live) for the first time.
After living in inland Orange, NSW, over 4 hrs drive away from the beach, it’s a nice change living so close to the water and now that it’s warming up I think I want to start jogging along the beach.
Brighton beach is remarkable for it’s 82 colourful Victorian era timber bathing boxes, which is a Melbourne cultural icon. Back in the day they were used as change rooms and as an escape from the sun and wind. Nowadays they are padlocked and god knows what they are actually used for but I read somewhere that they have been sold for upwards of $200,000 (only available to Brighton ratepayers).
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 30th, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 55510 comments. Weekend+diary%3A+Brighton%2C+Melbourne.2012-10-30+13%3A25%3A42myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5551
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 21st, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 53920 comments. MFV+Travel+Diary%3A+a+Great+Ocean+Road+weekend2012-10-21+09%3A20%3A02myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5392
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The March Glossybox is probably one of the best boxes I’ve come across. There’s quite a lot in there, and I would use everything except the Proactive cleansing bar. Very stoked about having a travel size Klorane for my upcoming trips to Melbourne.
price: $14.95 a month
1. Absolutely Gorgeous Macadamia Face Cream
2. Dencorub Extra Strength Heat Gel
3. Eau Thermale Avene
4. Klorane dry shampoo
5. KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray
6. Practiv Cleansing Body Bar
The March Bellabox was no so much a box, but a muslin bag. There are a few nice things- I’m a fan of the Yes To Carrots Lip Tint, and it’s always good to have a travel sized body lotion; however, overall I think I liked previous Bellaboxes better.
price: $15.00 a month
1. Yes to Carrots Lip Tint
2. Pure Fiji Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion
3. U Little Beauty Natural Shine Hair Serum
4. Eyelift Kit bag
5. Bellamer eye balm.
6. Carmen’s Fruit and Nut Muesli Biscuit.
note: the boxes were sent to me by PR for consideration only.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Mar 30th, 2012 in Miscellaneous, Reviews | 43100 comments. March+Boxes%3A+Bellabox+and+Glossybox+2012-03-30+06%3A47%3A08myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D4310
I finally got some time to indulge in some major blog reading the last couple of days, and I’ve forgotten how much I enjoyed reading ‘what’s in my bag’ and ‘monthly favourites’ type blog posts.
I decided to photograph and list some products which have been staples in my makeup bag recently.
1. Z Palette with some MAC and Inglot shadows that I use almost daily
(I have swatched and listed them below)
2. Make Up For Ever waterproof eyebrow corrector.
This gem of a product is all I use on my brows now. It’s the only thing that will last all day on me and will even stay on during a sweaty gym session. I reviewed and swatched this in my waterproof makeup post.
3. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire.
Such a versatile product- I use it during the day to dress up a neutral work look, and during the night to add sparkle/dimension to a smoky eye. I swatched it here, and featured it in a taupe and purple FOTD here.
4. MAC Bronzer in ‘Golden’
Hello cheekbones! I’ve discovered the joys of contouring and wild horses can’t drag me away from bronzer.
keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Mar 20th, 2012 in Dizzy, MAC, Miscellaneous, NARS, Skincare | 41842commentsThese+Are+A+Few+Of+My+Favourite+Things%3A+March+20122012-03-20+06%3A56%3A00myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D4184
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