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Straight No Chaser: Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

Tasmania, and Hobart in particular, is a special place for us. We’ve lived in a few places in the last few years, with friends scattered in various states – so it made sense to have a (domestic) destination wedding. Having our wedding in Hobart was an easy decision to make.

A few weekends ago, Phil and I flew to Hobart to finalise the reception, church, and make a decision on the band that we wanted for our reception. We had done a lot of exploring in the city and surrounds so we decided to take it easy this time around and just visit a few favourite places and have as many scallop pies as our digestive systems would allow.

Some images from our weekend away…

Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies) Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

 

 

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Posted by on Mar 31st, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments.


Hair care favourites 2014: thrifty to luxe

I’ve tried quite a number of hair care products in the past year, and there have been a few products that have stood out for me.

MooGoo Milk Shampoo and Clear Scalp Therapy Conditioner: favourite cheap hair care

Thrifty

Clear Scalp And Hair Total Nourishing Care Conditioner $5.99

I picked up this drugstore wonder when I ran out of conditioner while travelling- and it surprised me by outperforming many of the more expensive conditioners I’ve tried. Very nice on dry, colour damaged hair. Not sure about the claims re. scalp care because I personally never use conditioner on my scalp.

I’ve tried the hair mask in their range- and I still prefer the regular daily conditioner.

Moogoo Milk Shampoo $17.50

A staple all year round for years. Scalp’s best friend.

EVO The Therapist Shampoo and Conditioner, EVO The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask

 

Mid range:

EVO The Great Hydrator mask  $29.95

I reviewed this earlier in the year- it’s a great mask that worked really well to keep my hair strong, frizz-free, and manageable over the super dry Canberra winter.

EVO The Therapist Calming Conditioner  $29.95

This is a great everyday conditioner for dry hair that hydrates and detangles without weighing the hair down. Like all EVO hair care products- it smells gorgeous.

EVO The Therapist Calming Shampoo  $29.95

A decent sulphate free shampoo for when I want a change from my usual MooGoo. Gentle and effective.

Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine Treatment Mask: favourite luxe hair product

 

Luxe:

Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine $60

Another hair product that I reviewed earlier- this hair mask should be accompanied by the sound of angels singing. My favourite 2014 Kerastase product in the last couple of years by far (and I’ve tried quite a few from them- not all Kerastase products can justify their high end price tag, but this one does).

note: EVO and Kerastase products were sent by PR for trial purposes. See PR tab for editorial policy.

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments.


Straight No Chaser Travel Diary: Chiang Mai Cooking School

When we first arrived in Chiang Mai I was a little bit disillusioned by the way that tourism has taken over the city- there seemed to be more foreigners than Thais in downtown Chiang Mai, their ‘Night Bazaar’ was a very large collection of stands selling plasticky souvenirs to tourists, and every second thing on wheels- tuk tuk or Songthaew (red passenger truck) had ‘Tiger Kingdom’ or ‘Elephant Camp’ on the side. Who wants a ticket to hug a sedated tiger? How about a sedated tiger cub? Any takers? Clearly there are enough to make a very profitable industry out of it.

I felt like we weren’t doing so well at getting to know the real Chiang Mai, and even though we walked for hours on foot I felt that it was a lot harder to get a sense of how the locals lived than it was in Bangkok.  Phil booked a Thai cooking class on the next morning that we spent in Chiang Mai, and I was thrilled with how brilliant it turned out to be.

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cooking

 

 

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Posted by on Dec 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments.


Face of Australia Lip Paint: Review and Swatches

Face of Australia Lip Paint: Review and Swatches

 

I was expecting something along the lines of the OCC Lip Tars when I first saw the press release on the limited edition Lip Paints, but it is quite a different product. Rather than a opaque liquid lipstick, the Lip Paints are a non- sticky gloss stain with a cushiony jellyish texture that reminds me a little of the Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses. Face Of Australia has done well with these Lip Paints, and I hope that they make this  line permanent.

Except for Nude Nymph, all the shades will leave a stain, which prolongs the wear time of the product. The glossiness fades after an hour or so, but the stain lingers longer- the darkest shade, Very Berry, leaves a gorgeous deep wine coloured stain that lasts for around 4 hours. The product wears off evenly, and the stain left behind when the gloss fades is soft and diffuse.

 

Face of Australia Lip Paint: Review and Swatches

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Posted by on Oct 30th, 2014 in Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 0 comments.


Straight No Chaser Sundays

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Like so many Sunday mornings, we woke up late and dehydrated. At about 10:30am we hauled our hungry selves to Lonsdale St, Braddon where we make a last minute decision to eat at Elk and Pea. The place is packed, as always. We always make the mistake of going to Elk and Pea starved and without a booking – inevitably there is a 30minute wait to get seated and another 30 minute wait for food and coffee to arrive after ordering.

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