Saturday, 19 December 2015

Taylor Swift Never Goes Out Of STYLE

So these last few weeks have been pretty amazing I must say. Especially since I got to go on a last minute trip to Adelaide for a long weekend & see TAYLOR SWIFT!!!.

But let me take you back for a moment so you can get the full gist of the story. For months & months i had been beside myself sad because Taylor Swift had decided to skip Perth this time for her 1989 world tour & decided to go to Adelaide instead to make up for the fact she had skipped Adelaide on her previous tour in 2013 (Which I attended at NIB Stadium, Perth).
I remember back in December 2014 I had considered buying 2x concert tickets as soon as they were released along with some cheap air fares to either her Melbourne or Adelaide shows, but I soon realised it wasn't feasible as I had just resigned from my job & was having a few months off before starting my new role & had to be smart about my spending + i had found that i had no Swifties (Taylor Swift Fans) in my friend group, So I held off & within a few days everything was sold out. Many tears were shed.

For the next few months I went through different emotional states. Sometimes it was just utter disappointment & others it was me telling myself that maybe im to old to like Taylor Swift (NEVER!!). But in the end I had to put on my big girl boots & accepted my fate. No concert for me (insert sad face emoji here). Come May Taylor's 1989 World Tour had begun & my Instagram Feed was flooded with updates with her performances from all over the world & not to mention surprise celebrity guests!! I used to have updates sent to my phone so i knew when she had posted up new photos. But after awhile i had decided to unsubscribe from this because i couldn't take the heartache anymore.

Then late on a Wednesday night i was at home researching our upcoming holiday & facebooking when i noticed a friend of mine needed to borrow a suitcase. Those who know me would know that if i can im always happy to help people out. So i texted my friend to see how she was & if she found a suitcase ok. Shortly after i received a text message back saying she had found a suitcase but now was terribly upset because her friend had cancelled her plans with her & now she would be going alone to Adelaide & alone to the Taylor Swift Concert. OMG!! This is my chance I thought to myself & mentioned to her that it was a long shot but I may be able to come & that id let her know by lunch time tomorrow. So the next day I went into work & explained my undying love for Taylor Swift to my boss & how I have the opportunity to now go & see her in Adelaide. And he was totally cool with it. BEST BOSS EVER!! But after searching for cheap flights it was starting to look like it wasn't going to be possible again so I had started to give up. Then by lunch time I had a email come through from my FiancĂ© saying Merry Christmas babe. He had booked and paid for my flights......lets just say there was a few tears of joy and an over whelming feeling of love and appreciation for my partner.

Anyway come the Sunday late afternoon I was boarding a plane to Adelaide & excited beyond my Wildest Dreams (get it......). I landed late Sunday night after a constant turbulent flight & arrived in the stinking 40 degree heat. I made my way to Glenelg to meet my friend at the backpackers & slept on the hardest bed I have ever laid on while listening to the man below us constantly coughing his guts up. But this did not matter. Tomorrow I would get to see Taylor Swift preform.
Monday morning I woke up early (mainly due to the overbearing heat & lack of aircon + the guy below us who is now missing a lung as he had coughed it up) & decided to venture out to the beach & get some breakfast.

 Good Morning Glenelg
 Blue Sky & The Big Blue
My Delicious Breakfast
 Even Adelaide Is Getting In On The Street Art Scene.

Once breakfast was over we packed up our stuff & headed into the Adelaide CBD where we would be staying for our last night & so it was closer for the concert. For the remainder of the day we just walked around the city for a bit and looked at shops & had some lunch. Then it was time to go back to the hotel to start getting ready (while listening to Taylor Swift of course). Soon after we hopped on the train with hundreds of other die hard Swifties. And finally we arrived AHHHHHHHHH.
From here on out please excuse the bad photography. My little phone can only take so much of me jumping around + bad lighting. But here is a few images to give you a little taste of the amazingness that was the 1989 World Tour.

Pre Taylor Swift Selfie
Taylor Swift Ready In Style!

 Vance Joy - Support Act

Once the concert had finished we were both on such a high & made our way back the the hotel.
Im pretty sure we both fell asleep that night with the biggest smiles on our faces.
Tuesday morning i woke up wearing my 1989 World Tour T-shirt knowing it wasn't a dream ha ha.
I then got ready & boarded my plane back home to Perth.

But i will leave you with this. I regret NOTHING & my love for Taylor is more strong than ever. And im not afraid to admit it.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Styling My Christmas Tree

So as many of you may know I'm a HUGE fan of all things Kmart these days so its only natural that i shop there for my Christmas Tree & most of my decorations.
And I'm so in love with it that i just had to share it with you all.
I know its not the normal traditional style of tree, but hey when i get the chance to be creative i damn well get creative. 

Sorry i know the photo quality inst the greatest....but you get the idea.

I added a bit of Copper in this year to make it more on trend. You may also notice i have to little sausage dogs on there as well. Naturally i have to have something representing my two fur children.

Next step is to organize the Christmas Presents to go underneath. 
Which means im going to have to fight the crowds & Christmas Carols on repeat in the Shopping Centers......Urgh.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Summer Is Here!!

So not only was yesterday the First Day for the final month of 2015.
But it was also the First Day of Summer!!!!
Is anyone else as excited as I am??

Scarborough Beach, Western Australia

Monday, 30 November 2015

Sydney Adventures With A Surprise Twist

So at the start of this month Andrew & myself headed off to Sydney for a long weekend for a bit of R&R + Celebrating 5 Years of being together.
The plan for the trip was to relax as much as we could while eating delicious food & drinking amazing coffee. Not to mention sleeping in a mega comfy hotel bed.

We had the Red Eye which meant that we would be flying out at around 11.00pm Perth time & arriving in Sydney at 5.00am which means we wouldn't be getting a decent nights sleep. But somehow on a full flight we managed to have the only row with no one sitting next to us which meant we could spread out a little more & get a small uncomfy amount of sleep before arriving.
The bonus of arriving so early in the morning also meant i got to see a pretty amazing sunrise view from our window.

Once we got to our hotel & dropped our luggage off we had a short while to fill in before we could check into our room & have a small power nap. 
So we headed off in search of coffee in the dreary Sydney rain.
It wasn't long before we stumbled across this small coffee place called Skittle Lane Coffee and if im being honest it may of been 1 of the best cups of coffee i have had in my life. 

Amazing Coffee & Pastries

The Wet Weather Sydney Morning View

Once our tummy's were full we decided to head back to the hotel & have a lazy day full of naps, room service & utilized the outdoor pool & spa..........ahhhhh just what we needed.

Once we woke up & checked the weather (because conveniently the weekend we chose to go to Sydney there was supposed to be constant showers & thunderstorms) we figured out that the best time to head down & check out Bondi Beach was going to be now otherwise we may never get a break in the weather. So we hopped on the bus & headed to the coast.
Once we arrived we enjoyed a lovely little breakfast & some coffee & decided to go for a stroll.
Bondi Ice Bergs

The Bondi View

It was then at this point after taking many photos that i turned around & noticed that Andrew was sitting down on a wall admiring the view so i walked over to sit next to him thinking he was tired and needed a rest. From this point neither of us can really remember what was actually said, i just remember Andrew turning towards me and saying to me 'Will You Marry Me' and pulled out a pretty sparkly ring. Yes that's right boys & girls. We got engaged on the beach at Bondi & we could not be happier!!  I'm still in shock a month later.

To give you more of a back story as to why this day was so special to us - there was also Sculptures By The Sea on down along the Bondi Coast. This is a tradition that we have had ever since we have been together. Except we normally go when it arrives in Cottesloe, Perth which normally occurs around my birthday each year. So Andrew felt like this was the perfect time & day to ask me. And it really was. So for the next few hours in our loved up bliss state we continued to walk along the beautiful coast & see the art work on display. 

As you can see in this last image compared to my first few the storm really started to roll in so we decided to head back to the hotel & get ready for a celebration dinner at Jamie's Italian On Pitt Street, Which was delicious however the mood lightning didn't create the best photo quality. You will have to take my word for it......or go & try it for yourself.

For months & months i had been hearing about this amazing magical place that is called
'The Grounds Of Alexandria' & seeing so many amazing posts on Instagram that we just had to make a special trip out to this place. And let me tell you now i was not disappointed. In fact i felt like i was in some kind of fairy tale dream.

This place was everything i had pictured and more. Filled with such a great atmosphere, people, music, delicious smelling food, dogs, plants & coffee. HEAVEN!!
I never wanted to leave & needless to say i spent quite a few hours roaming around taking pictures & eating food/drinking coffee.

 You Can Also Have Your Weddings Here (IM DREAMING)

The Faces Of Contentment

So after about 2 hours or so Andrew finally dragged me away from my heavenly place & we made our way to the Taronga Zoo. Once again we had to time this well because of the rain & storm coming. Plus we were catching the fairy boat & both of us are prone to a bit of sea sickness.

Once we finally arrived it was time to do a bit of exploring in-between some light showers.
Sadly due to the bad weather not many animals seemed to be out & about. But we made the most of it.

Sunday was our last day in Sydney & the weather was still not much better. But once again the morning weather review showed that for a few hours in the morning the rain was supposed to hold off so we decided to take a train to the other side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge & walk back along it.
It was such a nice way to spend the morning & get a bit of fresh air, also if you are interested in architecture at all you can get some very cool industrial style photos along the bridge.

Once we finished our walk along the bridge we made our way to The Rocks & explored the markets & stopped for some lunch at The Argyle. Once again the food was fantastic but the lighting situation wasn't the best for photo taking. But its definitely worth a visit if you have the time & are in the area.

Angel Place Laneway - 'Forgotten Songs'

After lunch it was time to head back to the hotel & collect our things & head to the airport.
Apart from the bad luck with the weather Sydney was definitely a well spent long weekend.
And lets not forget that to top it off my favorite person in the whole wide world asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I cannot wait for our future adventures together & to share more of our stories with you.