Tuesday, 27 May 2014

hey big spender

It's been a while, but after much convincing that I needed a wardrobe update (I don't think that really needed much convincing at all) I emptied half my bank account on some fancy new clothes and I couldn't be happier. I don't know if it's just my luck or I snoop around till I am 100% convinced that it's something I would definitely wear, but I never seem to be disappointed with my purchases on ASOS and all the clothes tend to fit like a gem. So I've never had to send anything back (yet. Fingers crossed).

Anyway I thought I'd share with you my joy of my new purchases and made a little haul video for you guys. I hope you enjoy it, and let me know what you guys think!!

Nicole Xo

Thursday, 22 May 2014

pamper day

 A couple of weeks back when I went to Europe I picked up a heap of face masks. I remember from
two years ago seeing the Nivea face masks in a drugstore in Holland and thought I might try them out. Ever since then I was hooked. Unfortunately my skin doesn't really cooperate with moisturisers. As soon as I put on a moisturiser my skin (especially my forehead) breaks out and becomes infected. Does anybody else have that problem?

To keep it hydrated I like to use moisturising face masks. So when I went on holidays back to Holland I bought them in bulk, because unfortunately they don't sell the Nivea face masks in Australia(at least that I know of.)

While having the face mask on I like to relax and drink a cup of tea and put some scented candles on, and maybe have a bit of chocolate. I mean why not, we are allowed to pamper ourselves once in a while! 
While picking up the Nivea face masks I also found these face masks next to them. I have yet to try them out, but by the different scented names on them, i'm sure you couldn't go wrong!
Have a snapshot of my masked face.

What do you like to do for your pampering night?

xo Nicole

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The wild fig




Having coeliac disease (allergic to gluten) its not always easy finding places to go and eat, especially for breakfast which is also my favourite meal of the day. However a couple of weeks back when i stayed at my friend place she searched for some places close by that serve gluten free meals. (You should definitely check out her blog, she does really good reviews of places to go and eat click here for the link.)

After a short drive, we arrived at the restaurant which is located just opposite the beach. The waves were crazy that day because of the stormy weather approaching. It did make a beautiful view from the restaurant! As you walk into the restaurant it gives you really retro kind of vibe. With lots of recycled items reused for decoration and furniture.

When we sat down and were given our menus to look over I was pretty impressed with the amount of gluten free options. Everything besides the pancakes and muesli was gluten free and there were quite a few vegan options available also. It ranged from anywhere from roasted vegetables to eggs and bacon on toast, full on proper breakfast. There was definitely plenty to choose from.

Besides the hasty service, making you feel like you are a little unwanted the food was really delicious and the coffee tasted good.

What is your favourite meal of the day?

xo Nicole

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Stocking up

                                                         Sorry for the shitty phone pictures lately, my camera isn't working properly lately.

A couple of weeks back I went to Europe, god knows why but I didn't really manage to buy that many clothes. Either they didn't fit me right, or once I tried them on it just really didn't suit my height. Never the less, like most girls I am in a drastic need of a new wardrobe, and of course my all time favourite place (website) to shop at is ASOS. 

I browsed through the site and my shopping basket quickly filled up. I'm not one for big spending, and I usually choose about two or three items from my basket, but this time I was like "What the hell, I didn't but much of anything in Europe, might as well treat myself this time."

So a quick purchase later and a couple of days after, my clothes arrived and I am super happy with them. ASOS never failed to disappoint me and their shipping is free and really fast, I couldn't recommend a better online shopping site.

Let me know if you guys want me to do a clothing haul video, are there any online clothing sites you would recommend?? Let me know!!

xo Nicole

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The big 2-0

 Today is the day that I've hit the big 2-0 and I'm no longer a teeny teenager (even though as my friends like to say it, I don't look a day over 16). 

To celebrate this day I've decided to whisk myself a healthy alternative to cake. (Being gluten free the cakes usually require a lot if butter). After scouring the internet for a couple of hours I found this banana recipe on deliciouslyella's website. I must say it wasn't cheap to make with all the engredients I had to buy, however the cake (well bread really) turned out beautifully and for me it's guilt free to eat. What do you want more?  Now I'm off to eat some cake and presents. I hope you are having just as a lovely day as I am!     

Nicole xo 

Saturday, 10 May 2014

market days

I'm a big believer in eating healthy and there for feeling better in your skin. Often my mum and I go to the friday markets after work, and buy our veggies and fruit at the Subiaco farmers market. The produce always looks fresh, and at least that way you also know that the produce you buy is locally grown. Where's buying from a supermarket often the fruit and vegetables you buy have been frozen for god knows how long before they actually reach the shelved and are sold.

I have also found that having started buying your vegetables and fruits at the markets, the taste is a lot more sweeter and juicer and also fresher. Sometimes even for the half of the price that you buy at your local super market.

What have been your experiences with buying from your local super market or farmers market?

xox Nicole

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Lazy afternoons

Sunny Perth is not so sunny anymore. As mid autumn is approaching the weather has finally decided to cooperate with the season, and the temperature is slowly descending. Which only means that sweater weather has finally made it's calling! and means lots of tea and hot chocolates (and well not needing an excuse to stay at home and watch movies) has made its way on the menu.

Now that the house has also cooled down, I always love adding some flowers in my room. Mainly because the weather is cooler I don't have to cross my fingers and hope the flowers don't die within a weeks time from the heat.

How do you spend your lazy afternoons?

xo Nicole

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Tourist in your own town


                        Hey Guys its been a little while and I apologise profusely.
However I am back again, after I jetted off from Australia, back to my home town in The Netherlands to celebrate my grandma's 80th birthday bash. Where I saw almost all of my aunties, uncles and my cousins in a massive birthday reunion.

While on my mini break it was actually amazing how much I never really paid attention to the city i lived most my life and was born in. All of the sudden the architecture, the culture and atmosphere because so much more fascinating ( to me anyway) and I couldn't help but snap away, and act like a complete tourist. So I guess what I am trying to say here is ( if you are a bit like me) stop and smell the roses. Look around you and be your own tourist for the day in your home town and look at the city in a tourist kind of perspective. Maybe you'll spot something you haven't noticed before. Maybe a new place to grab a coffee. Whatever it is, each city and town has it's own little perks and maybe you just haven't noticed it yet!

What have you spotted recently about your city that you haven't before? Let me know!!

xxx Nicole