Monday, May 25, 2015

10 Things You Must Do in Bali

Bali is a place I believe should be on everyone's bucket list. I fell in love with everything about the island and since there are so many astounding places and sights to see, it can be a bit overwhelming if you've never been there before. Here's a list of 10 places you just can't miss in Bali.

Rock Bar at Ayana Resort
The atmosphere at Rock Bar is incomparable. It's awe-inspiring. I would suggest to walk the scenic route instead of waiting for the cliff-side inclinator, it's much more rewarding and the views are spectacular. That being said, line up a couple hours before sunset to get a good spot. The drinks are expensive, starting at about $18 for a cocktail but I can assure you the price is worth the experience.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces
You really can't go to Bali without experiencing the rice paddy fields. You can hire some bikes and explore the countryside on your own, or book an ATV riding adventure. I would recommend spending a night in Ubud and wake up to the breathtaking views. The best vantage point is along the road of Tegallalang, where there's also roadside stalls as well as small restaurants with views of the paddies.

Ubud Monkey Forest
The monkey forest in Ubud is perhaps the best known, also known as the sacred monkey forest. The forest alone is extraordinary and unlike any other in Bali. As you walk through monkeys will come out and jump on you, so be careful of your belongings! There's about 7,000 monkeys in the forest, including infants.

Eat Seafood in Jimbaran Bay
This place is known for its amazing seafood, and although we never had time to experience it, locals and drivers would all recommend this place. I would suggest a romantic sunset dinner at Bawang Merah Beach Restauran where the tables are all lined directly on the beach.  This one is definitely on the bucket list for the next trip to Bali. 

hanging gardens
monduk moding plantation
Experience an infinity pool
Infinity pools are easy to find in Bali, however the most famous ones are found at Munduk Moding Plantation, Alila Ubud + Uluwatu and finally, the Ubud Hanging Gardens. These are all unrivaled in Bali and some of the most beautiful places in the world.

Visit the Elephant Park (& hug a sun bear)
It wouldn't be a trip to Bali without riding an elephant, now would it? A very popular activity to book and one that I'd highly recommend! I'd suggest booking the bali elephant camp because the elephants are treated beautifully there. The trainers just love them. You'll trek through the jungle, a lake and then be able to feed the elephant once it's over!

It's also the home to some sun bears, which are beyond adorable. They are the friendliest bears you'll ever meet. Usually the trainers will ask if you'd like to go in and hug them!

amed beach
Explore unknown beaches
The main beaches in Bali aren't too special. If anything, I would try to avoid them. They're quite dirty and you'll be disturbed every 5 seconds with people trying to sell you something or ask for money. The ones I'd recommend adding to your list are Pasir Putih Beach, Geger Beach, Green Bowl Beach, Karma beach & Amed beach.

Take a trip to the Gili Islands
Although an overnight stay at Gili Trawangan was enough for us, people stay there all Summer. It's a beautiful place to explore and get away from the craziness of Bali. Gili T is the biggest island of the gili islands, and has more of a party scene, where as Gili Meno & Air are more for people who want something a bit more quiet and secluded.

There's also Lombok island, which is pretty incredible. There's volcanos to climb, waterfalls and swimming holes to discover. It's like tropical paradise.

tanah lot
Tanah Lot temple
Tanah Lot is a rock formation that is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, a popular tourist and cultural icon. It is one of Bali's most important landmarks, and is a most incredible sight to see at sunset. You can learn more about its history here. It's approximately 20km northwest of Kuta.

pura luhur
Sunset at Uluwatu
Uluwatu was one of my favourite places and I only wish I saw more of it. Bali is filled with temples, but one of the most famous, located on a cliff, is Pura Luhur Uluwatu. There's walking paths and tracks all over the cliffs, and it is best to catch it at sunrise or sunset. There's monkeys everywhere and fire dancers, making the experience truly unique.

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Products I'm Loving from Napoleon Perdis

Australian beauty blog, Napoleon Perdis review, super lips, social butterfly collection
This range just ticks all the right boxes for me and I'm not going to beat around the bush about it.

The gold packaging (which I'm still dying over), smooth and creamy consistencies, insane pigmentation and, well, just look at those colours.

It's love.

It really is.

I can't even begin to explain my adoration for these super lips. They contain Vitamin E which helps lock in the moisture and keep your lips hydrated, so you wont have to worry about it clinging to any dry patches. If anything, they actually smooth out your lips. The formula is so creamy that it just glides on, leaving a semi-matte finish.

They're incredibly pigmented so you really only need one swipe and the shape of the lipstick provides an easy application & precision without using a lip liner. They last a good few hours on my lips without a liner, which I'd say is rather impressive.
Australian beauty blog, Napoleon Perdis review, super lips, destiny
I'm all about Autumnal colours at the moment, so naturally Destiny was my pick of the two. This shade is pretty much made for people with green or hazel eyes because of it's purple undertones. I get bored of wearing the same colour quite quickly, but I've reached for this almost everyday for a week. I can't get enough.
Australian beauty blog, Napoleon Perdis review, super lips, bionic
This colour is called Bionic and it has already at the top of my 'go-to red lipstick stash' (I'm a serial lipstick hoarder, don't judge) and I'm head over heels. I think this is the red I've been searching for. The kind of red that makes your teeth look whiter and your eyes brighter. This is the one.
Australian beauty blog, Napoleon Perdis review, radiant reflections eye colour
As part of the social butterfly collection, NP has released 3 unbelievably gorgeous dynamic products. One of them is the radiant reflections eye colour. You can use it alone on the eye lid, or add in on top of your eyeshadow for a bit of glam & shimmer. It feels soft and almost marshmallow-like which is not what I was expecting at all, albeit a pleasant surprise. It looks like a deep gold/orange in the tin, but it actually dries up to be a very light gold with pearl shimmer.
Australian beauty blog, Napoleon Perdis review, metallic multi-purpose illuminator
The second product of three from the collection is the metallic multi-purpose illuminator. This is the product I'd recommend people to invest in, because of it's multitude of uses. It can be used as a shimmering eye shadow or highlighter for your cheek bones, lips, under the brow bone, etc. It's really brilliant. It has a smooth consistency and coverage, and although it's a cream-gel, it wont dare crumble on you. As you can see from the swatches below, it is extremely pigmented so you only need the softest touch. My inner highlighter junkie is screaming right now. I'm in love.
So there you have it! Another stunning range from Napoleon Perdis. I honestly believe it's such an underrated brand. What do you think of the new products? What's your pick from the range?

Products sent for consideration however all opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

7 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Run (and a Giveaway!)

I have a special surprise for you all tonight!

I've teamed up with EatNow to bring you an awesome giveaway. They're offering 2 lucky people a $50 voucher each to use on their website!

Because is there anything better than free food?

For those of you who don't know, EatNow is Australia's largest online and mobile ordering service for takeaway food. They provide a quick & easy way to order food online from a network of restaurants all across Australia.

Along with this, they're also sharing some fab tips for you guys.
Are you constantly running between meetings, don’t have time to leave your desk, or too busy to cook a meal at home? A busy lifestyle, hectic work schedule, and winter are three ingredients that can take our focus off eating healthily. Matthew Dyer, spokesperson at EatNow, says food choices don’t have to be sacrificed to busy schedules.

As founder and General Manager of EatNow, Matthew knows all too well the challenges of taking care of oneself against a busy schedule. “The key to looking and feeling great during stressful periods is not about making extreme sacrifices and cutting out foods you love to eat. They key is to eat mindfully, be prepared and have some easy tactics up your sleeve. Food needs to be fun and something you look forward to throughout the day. By simply being more conscious about what you’re eating and making small lifestyle changes you can still enjoy your favourites when you’re on the run this winter – it’s about planning ahead,” he says.

Matthew offers 7 simple tips for eating more mindfully when on the go.

1. Eat mindfully: The slower you eat and more attention you pay to your food, the less likely you are to overeat. When too busy, it’s also easy to graze throughout the day rather than sit down to a balanced meal. If you can, try to avoid eating while working at the computer, watching TV or on social media – even if this means stopping for just 20 minutes.

2. Go green: “Add salads, steamed greens and grilled foods to your meal choices,” says Matt. “It’s easy to go green when you’re ordering takeaway - over 80% of restaurants on EatNow offer at least one salad item on their menu.”  

3. Get your eight hours: Late nights and a reliance on morning coffees and afternoon sugar hits to balance energy slumps is a cycle that is not easily broken. By ensuring you get a solid eight hours of sleep each night, you’ll be less reliant on quick-fix energy fixes. And for the days you can’t avoid it? Swap the chocolate for an apple which is a healthy way to get a sugar rush.

4. Schedule times for treats: There’s nothing wrong with indulging, and by setting yourself limits you can ensure that when you do indulge you really appreciate it. For example, identify what time throughout the day is your weak point and reserve a tasty treat for then, and have one night through the week where you delight in your favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ meal for dinner – this will give you something to look forward to.

5. Prepare ahead: No matter how busy you are, we all have a few hours of spare time at some point throughout the week, even if it’s on a Sunday afternoon. Take advantage of this time to plan some meals for the week ahead when you know you’ll be pressed for time.

6. Dress well, eat well: Dressing in comfort clothes can encourage comfort eating – especially throughout the cooler months. Putting extra effort into your appearance will boost your confidence and help you feel good, which will be reflected in your food choices.

7. Don’t waste leftovers: When you’re out and about, you don’t have the option of eating half and putting the rest in the fridge, so you’re more likely to overeat to avoid waste. By packing a cooler bag in your car or at your desk you can save leftovers for later if you find the serving is too large, rather than forcing yourself to finish a meal after you’re already full. As an added bonus, you won’t need to worry about organising lunch for the following day.

Giveaway time!

a Rafflecopter giveaway  Terms and conditions
- This giveaway is open to Australian residents only
- This giveaway ends 31 May at 00:59PM AEST
- Entry is limited to one per person
- The winners will be contacted within 24 hours of the giveaway closing and if they haven't got back to me within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 New TV Shows To Start Binge Watching

I've previously confessed my binge watching addiction, as well as a list of popular shows to binge watch. However this year has bought many new shows into the mix, including ones that I felt necessary to share my love for.

Because who needs fresh air and all that when there's a new season waiting in your download folder? I mean, honestly.

Better Call Saul
If you're a Breaking Bad fan, this show should already ring some bells. Confession: I haven't actually watched it YET (planning an epic marathon this weekend - what life?) but it's supposedly a worthy prequel to Breaking Bad, according to reviews.

Empire
There's been a lot of hype about this prime-time show, and it does not disappoint. You'll be completely consumed with only one episode. According to this review, the glossy hip-hop drama has surpassed the hype to become a genuine TV event.

The Killing
After a little break, the killing came back in season 3 stronger than ever. It focuses on teenage runaways, prostitution and mass murder (creepy enough for you yet?). It's brilliant, & you'll probably end up watching the whole season in a day.

Mad Men
Okay so this isn't really a 'new' show, but 2015 brings upon the final season of Mad Men (season 7). It's said to go out with a bang, giving you the perfect opportunity to start binge watching if you haven't already!

The Returned
A small town suddenly finds that a number of its deceased denizens have inexplicably returned to life as "revenants" simply wanting to reintegrate back into their lives. It's incredibly compelling with skin-crawling elements and the first season is already on Netflix.

What shows have you started binge watching this year?

Monday, May 18, 2015

How To Construct A Creative Space


A creative space holds a good amount of responsibility for your productivity, creativity and motivation. I do believe every space is subjective to personal taste, but there are some things that I think every creative space should have.

Letting in light
It's vital and healthier to have a space filled with light, or situated next to a window. According to this review, natural light in workplaces is linked to a better well-being and increased productivity. And I mean, what's happier than cracking a window open on a fresh Spring day?

You might also want to consider getting a reading lamp, as it will help focus on tasks at hand without lighting up your whole space at night.

Calendar / Planner
During the first few months of my blogging I didn’t use any type of planner or calendar. As you can imagine, it was pretty much a disaster. I was late to appointments, I forgot about events and other important dates. It's now an essential to have a calender in front of me at all times to jot down important dates (this one works like a charm).
Flowers and plants
Something as simple as adding flowers to an mason jar, antipodes bottle or vase can fuel innovative thinking. Plants and flowers bring life into your space. They can boost your mood and productivity as well as decrease your stress levels.

To-Do Lists
To-do lists are my favourite thing ever. I’m talking about old school, written down to-do lists because honestly, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing off completed tasks. It could be because I’ve kind of turned into an OCD / organisational freak, but lists cut down procrastination & add order to work.

Little reminders
Displaying a mantra, and quotes as reminders around your space will keep your goals and inspiration in check. They can help keep you motivated, stimulate your mind and drive action (p.s: inspiring quotes on Pinterest).

A comfortable desk chair
This is something I haven't quite established in my own workspace, and it's slowly killing me (or better yet, my back) every passing day. A quality desk chair will help you to have better posture, energy and focus. You'll be able to sit for longer hours without worrying about any discomfort.

A Mood Board
A mood board is a great way to get your ideas flowing and it helps feed your inspiration on a daily basis. You don’t want to be looking at a blank wall, or computer screen all day. Fill it with anything that inspires you - magazine cutouts, quotes, artwork, letters, travel documents & other inspiring visuals.
Organisation
Most importantly, organisation is a key source to success. Some people would argue a messy desk is the sign of a creative person, but it's also an easy way lose track of things and feel overwhelmed. An organised space will prevent distracting clutter, and your mind will focus better.

Everything that inspires you
Find out what stimulates your creativity and fills you with the urge to do or feel something, whether that be books, candles, colours or items with sentimental value. Remember that you are what you surround yourself with.

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

What's the most important thing in your creative space?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Recent Things


{salted caramel tarts from gourmet dinner service}

Winter has well and truly hit and I could not be more upset about it. Just to set the scene, I'm currently under 4 layers of clothing & a blanket rugged up next to the heater. This weather is becoming a cruel joke. Just no.

I've been trying to move TSC over to Wordpress this past week, which has proved to be a bit of a nightmare. If you guys have any tips or tutorials, please share! I'm about another breakdown away from biting the bullet and hiring a web designer instead.

Also I just want to say a little appreciation for 4,000 bloglovin followers this week. I never thought so many of you would be interested in what I had to say, but thank you for following along, really, it means the world!
{living in oversized knits}

{favourite falsies from the weekend}

{fifi dealing with the cold}

{missing bali & waking up to this}

Friday, May 15, 2015

Links I'm Loving

1. I've been really getting into soul tree astrology. Which tree are you?

2. 75 of the best little things to think when you're having a bad day.

3. Doggy photo booth helps sheltered dogs get adopted.

4. A cat barking until it gets caught & then starts meowing again... what.

5. I'll be trying out these oven dried strawberries this weekend.

6. Anyone have a spare 5 million? I think I found paradise.

7. Kind of obsessing over these watermelon lemonade slushies.

8. The saddest cookbooks ever.

9. A couple drinking game that had me in tears of laughter.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

3-Ingredient Almond Cookies

With Winter fast approaching, the days have become colder bringing fond memories of homemade sweets cooking in the kitchen. More specifically, cookies.

I mean, what else are you expected to do when it's too cold to step outside?

Unfortunately, those homemade cookies are more than likely filled with refined sugars, butter and white flour, so I'd like to think of them as a treat to enjoy sporadically.

I went on to find a healthier alternative but had no luck, so I did a little experimenting and came up with these almond cookies with only THREE ingredients. They're so easy it hurts.

They're also highly addictive (don't say I didn't warn you), but also incredibly healthy so it's really not too much of a problem. Yes I'm already obsessed.

3-INGREDIENT ALMOND COOKIES
Yields around 10 small cookies.

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour/meal
1-2 tbsp vanilla almond milk (I use Almond Breeze)
2 tbsp liquid sweetener (rice malt syrup, maple syrup, agave, etc)

Optional extras:
Cinnamon
Vanilla
Dessicated coconut
Coconut oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 180 C. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until they bind together. If it's too sticky, add some more almond flour, or more milk if it's not.

Roll into balls and then flatten with a fork. Make sure they are very thin when you flatten them otherwise they wont cook well. I usually add more almond flour under each cookie before I place them down, just so they wont stick to the baking paper. Alternatively, I suggest using a silicone baking mat (< serious life changer).

Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside for 5-10 mins to cool off & store in air tight container.
Don't forget to tweet or instagram me if you give them a go - always love seeing your recreations!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Glowstation: A Tan You Need To Know About

Glowstation tan, Mystic tanning booth, dark
{after photo taken 24 hours after tanning}

Anyone who knows me knows that I can't live without having some sort of tan (check out my current faves!).

It's just that life is better with a tan.

And I've literally been through it all in the tanning world. I've had good, as well as my fair share of bad experiences (think orange, blotchy & uneven tans - it makes me shiver) so when I was introduced to Glow Station, I was more than intrigued.

Glow Station uses mystic tanning booths, which are completely private (think Ross from friends minus where it all went wrong). Despite my excitement, I was a little apprehensive because if anyone was to end up in a tanning disaster, it would be me. However, the tanning booths are automated, guiding you every step of the way so it's near impossible to make any kind of mistake.

Some other things I LOVE about this tan:

- It takes 2 minutes (literally)
- Even & streak free application
- No after tan smell
- Dries immediately so you can put your clothes straight back on
- It wont stain your bed sheets (!!) or clothes
- Lasts up to 10 days

You wont see the tan straight away as it develops after 3 hours, & is fully developed in 12 hours. It's the most gorgeous, natural bronze and I will definitely be re-booking a session before any upcoming events.

The tan comes in 3 different shades: light, medium and dark. It's recommended to go for medium for your first time, but I went for dark, obviously.

Glow Station is conveniently located in the Melbourne CBD. Shop 17A, 108 Bourke Street. 

Post sponsored by Glowstation however all opinions are 100% of my own. Honesty as always.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Healthy Caramel Ice-cream With Chocolate Caramel Fudge Chunks

I really feel like I've outdone myself here.

This is by far my favourite recipe that I've posted on TSC to date, and I am so excited to share it with you guys because it's like, next level.

Caramel ice-cream with chocolate caramel fudge chunks, that almost taste like cookie dough. It's also vegan, sugar-free and made with superfoods. It tastes INSANE.

And of course like most recipes on here, it's easy and quick to make, because I'm all about simple recipes.
There's one secret ingredient that I've become totally obsessed with.

It's a superfood, but one that isn't raved about nearly as much as it should be. It's to thank for adding a caramel flavouring, and it's perfect for those of you who have a sweet tooth. It's kind of like the ideal substitute for sugar in my opinion.

It's called Lucuma powder. It comes from the exotic Peruvian fruit, also known as the "Gold of the Incas” and is considered to be one of the lost crops of the Incas.

& it's a total game-changer when it comes to sweets.
I could seriously eat this every second of every day.

I've had to cut back on making it because it literally doesn't even last 5 seconds around here. Did you know as well as being a dessert, based on the ingredients, it could also be your Breakfast. In fact, it's a superfood breakfast.

Like I said, game-changer.

Ingredients:

Caramel ice-cream
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup nut milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder (< this one is my fave, it has chia & coconut too!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla

Chocolate caramel fudge chunks
- Cacao powder (I used maca, cacao & mesquite)
- Coconut oil
- Lucuma powder
- Sweetener of choice (agave, rice malt syrup, maple)

Optional:
- Dark chocolate chips/chunks
- Cacao nibs

Directions:

Step 1. Chocolate caramel chunks: 
Firstly we're going to make our chocolate caramel fudge chunks. For the chocolate layer mix together 1 part coconut oil & 1 part cacao powder and 1 tsp sweetener. Measurements don't have to be exact, experiment until you get the sweetness that you like!

Pour into chocolate mold tray, or other tray of choice, but only fill until half way. Put in freezer for 5-10 minutes.

For the caramel layer, mix together 1 part coconut oil & 1 part lucuma powder. You wont need to add any sweetener to this layer. Take out the chocolates from freezer and fill the rest of the molds with the caramel layer. Put back in freezer for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2. Caramel ice-cream: 
Blend together 2 frozen bananas, 1 tbsp lucuma powder (or more if you'd like it sweeter), your nut milk and a splash of vanilla.

Remove chocolate caramel fudge chunks from fridge, cut up and add to your caramel ice-cream.

SERVE & ENJOY!

I'd love to see your recreations! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you guys give it a whirl!

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