Woah! This has really been such a freakin’ h u g e year for me!
So many new things walked in to my life and I am so grateful for the opportunities that I was given in 2013.
I can’t even begin to explain all the new and exciting things that have happened in my life this year.
I guess many of you would have noticed that my activity online decreased in 2013, and the only explanation I can give for that is I was enjoying my time elsewhere! Not in front of a computer screen! It’s a little difficult to explain how introverted I am at times, and really breaking away from my constant solitary computer usage has been incredibly healthy for me.
My year actually started off pretty terribly, and I was devastated to think that my 2013 would be disastrous.
But as the saying goes, “when one door closes, another opens.” And it was absolutely true in my case. There was a lot of poison in my life before; from work, to friends and even from myself. And I believe that this year really cleansed a lot of that out. I managed to quit my soul-draining job, and within 3 days I was already working at a new amazing place! (Let me take a second to say how much I love working here. My boss is great! The staff are all kind and I’ve never dreaded going in to work) I also spent a crazy amount on my hair for the first time and loved the result! I went to my first concert, and attended a whole bunch of events. I got my driving license and a brand new car! I’ve met and maintained a bunch of lovely friends. I attended my first photoshoot with a professional photographer (and a couple more afterwards)! I stayed out all night for the first time ever – at a hotel with a group of good looking people. And I did my first ever alcohol shot!
And most importantly, I started dating one of my best friends, a cool guy named Ashley.
I don’t think much of the above would’ve been possible without his support throughout this year ♥
So yeah. 2013 has been incredibly kind to me and I can only hope 2014 will be too.
I wish you all a Happy New Year and see you all in 2014!!!
Favourite Posts of 2013: What’s in a name?; Out in the Backyard; Hairdresser on Fire; Our First Date
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Hi! Omg, yes. I haven’t posted here in ages because I’ve been so busy!!
Anyway, I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone so quickly! The tree in the photo below is now bare and present-less :’( It’s something so sad to witness every year after everyone opens their presents!!
As per usual, my family and I celebrate Christmas on the Eve by having a small dinner.
HOWEVER, this year was different for me because I was bringing home a boy ヽ(ﾟДﾟ)ﾉ !! And for those who know my
parentsdad, would know that he is a bit scary and super protective over me eep. But luckily, I had intro’d Ash 2 days prior and my dad responded quite positively to him! So it all went well! Phew. #nearlyhadaheartattack
The night wasn’t that exciting as we don’t really have any extended family in Australia. However it was the first time my entire family was together for Christmas in the past 2-3 years as my older brother has been constantly overseas!
So Ashley brought over Ascension (a card game we both love) so we played that throughout the night!
And as per tradition, we all opened our presents on the night together!! I was given a lot of amazing gifts this year and I am so grateful to all of them! With special mention to Ashley who picked something I needed (headphones!)
You may be wondering why I’m suddenly wearing Pyjamas in the middle photo hehe. WELL, after everyone left/went to bed, Ashley and I decided to keep playing Ascension but I was getting cold in my dress so ..what better way to play games with your boyfriend at 3am?! IN PYJAMAS OF COURSE! ♥ It’s much nicer to snuggly in too heh.
Of course, apart from presents from the family and Ashley, I also received some presents from co-workers/KKs !
I was actually surprised with the gifts in the bottom photo from two different co-workers!! ♥
I had a really great Christmas this year! Nothing feels better than being surrounded by the people you love :)
How was your Christmas?
Oh my glob. Can you believe that it’s ALREADY nearly the end of the year?!
Eesh! As tradition goes, it’s Kris Kringle time guys!!! This year, the lovely Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty will be co-hosting with me! Sadly QuestJen could not join us this year :(
For those who haven’t heard of this before, a Kris Kringle (Secret Santa) is when you are given a person (chosen by random) to buy a gift for anonymously. Every person in the group is given this until everyone would have been allocated another. In the end, everyone will be receive a gift!! And this is what we’ll be doing with YOU guys!
In the past it was restricted to Australian residents, but this year we’re welcoming INTERNATIONAL bloggers to join!
If you want to participate in this, please fill out the form below! (It’s the same form on Jasmine‘s blog!)
The deadline to participate in this is 30th Nov, and you will receive information on your KK on the 1st Dec.
1. You must be a blogger with a public blog.
2.The minimum you must spend is $10AUD with the maximum of $20AUD
3. You must send the package by the latest 13th December 2013 !
4. Write your name/blog address on a card in the package! (It’s fun to make new friends!)
Disclaimer: Your postal address will not be shared with anyone apart from the person buying the present for you.
We’re both super excited for this to happen and we’re hoping this will be just as amazing as all the previous Kris Kringles!!! It’s an amazing way to connect with other bloggers, and a great way to spread the Christmas love! Jasmine or I will contact everyone on the 1st December with information, so until then join in! And we recommend posting the above image on your side bars and sharing it so we can get a great variety of bloggers joining in!!! ♥
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jasmine or me!
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Hello hello! How has everyone been? It’s currently SWOTVAC which means ..procrastination time!
No, but really. I’ve been meaning to post here but I’ve been a bit lazy.. But after some pestering from someone who shall not be named (/Cough Oj) I have mustered up enough energy to write this quick post!!
A couple of weeks ago, I attended SAMA’s annual Social Night yay!
This year the theme was ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which is actually one of my favourite Shakespeare plays (I even drew a sketch of in Year 12). Anyway, Ash and I found it a bit of a challenge figuring out exactly what colour scheme we were going to choose and how we were going to incorporate the theme (without going in full costume build).
We finally decided on Gold (to represent Titania and Oberon’s royalty!) ..which was a horrible decision.
I did not realise how freaking hard it was to find a formal gold dress that 1. didn’t look like I was about to go clubbing and 2. didn’t cost me my life savings :I BUT ALAS, Ash had already bought his (amazing) gold vest and it was too late/hard to get a refund/exchange on that ..so I had no choice but to scour the internet and shops for something decent ;_;
I won’t go too much in to detail about my 100+ links of various gold dresses to Ash ..but just as I was about to purchase a cream dress, after nearly giving up, I remembered that a dress I had bookmarked awhile ago also came in gold!! It was actually from eBay (evilbay!) so I was slightly nervous ..but it was my best option so I just went for it!
THANKFULLY THE QUALITY WAS AMAZING!
Anyway, the night went wonderfully with an array of delicious food and entertainment.
Our table ended up winning the Table Prize for the trivia (yay!) andddd Ashley and I both won Best Dressed Male and Female respectively. I apparently also won the random door prize but Amelia said I had won too many already :’(
So a quick pat on the back on the committee for an excellent night ♥
What is the last colour scheme you did?
Whilst spontaneous dates are exciting, it’s always nice to have a nice planned evening out!
So this was in awhile ago, in March, but Ashley arranged a lovely night out for our first proper date since being together ♥
Before we started dating, Ashley and I talked a lot about random things.
One of them was my dislike for lamb and his love of it – he insisted that I had never tried good lamb so my opinion of it was invalid. To prove his point, he took me to one of his favourite Greek restaurants, Stalactites. As someone who had (I have a billion times now) never really eaten Greek cuisine before, I let him pick and order everything.
Verdict? Everything was actually super delicious, including the lamb.
I probably didn’t enjoy the meat as much as he did, but I can’t deny that I did quite like it. Although, my favourite would definitely be the dip and bread! Oh, the salad was delicious too! I guess he won me over. Which I guess is kind of obvious by the amount of times I’ve eaten Greek food in the past 6 or so months since being with him >:/
After dinner, we walked off to Terra Rosa Restaurant Bar, where we had booked a Cocktail experience.
Along with a plate of various desserts, the bartender also designed a cocktail for the both of us. Ashley’s cocktail was quite alcoholic with an orange flavour and a milky texture; whilst mine was light, sweet and fruity.
I’ll admit that I didn’t think he’d be able to pull off such a good night.
But it turned out wonderful and it was an incredibly sweet first date night for the both of us ♥