Merry Christmas

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Orange Fizz and Rouge Noir, Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Perfume

I know that it's a little a bit late, but Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope you all had a lovely day filled with love and happiness. My Christmas was a low key one, but I got to spend the day with my family, so it was a happy one. Although it does make me a little sad that I don't get as excited on Christmas morning as I once did when I was younger. It's all a part of growing up, I guess.

As I'm sure you would have figured out, the picture is of a few things I was lucky enough to get from my family. The Chanel nail polishes are my first ever Chanel possessions (if that makes sense) which is really exciting, and I can't wait to try them out, especially Orange Fizz (which I wrote about earlier in the month). But, I'm not gonna lie, I'm also a little scared to use them! I just don't want them to go to waste, I guess.

Parisienne, on the other hand, is a perfume I've had my eye on for quite a while, so naturally it was on the top of my wishlist. I'm not the best at describing scents, but for me Parisienne is feminine, sophisticated yet mysterious in a way. If that makes sense. Notes wise it contains vinyl accord, cranberry, blackberry, damask rose, violet, peony, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and musk... just to name a few. It's different to my other favourites like CK One Shock and Marc Jacobs Daisy, but not too different. But change is not always a bad thing, right?

How did you all spend your Christmas? And what did you receive? And once again, I hope your Christmas was a great one, filled with love and happiness, even if you didn't get anything, or celebrate it. After all, the holidays are more about family than consumerism... even if this post suggests otherwise.

Tokyo Dumpling

When it comes to food, Japanese is by far my favourite. And no, I'm not talking about sushi. I'm talking ramen, gyoza, sukiyaki, yakiniku... I could go on all day, really. Maybe it's because of the relatively large Japanese population here, but I can safely say something that my hometown of Cairns does well is Japanese food. During my absence, a new place called Tokyo Dumpling has opened up shop, and I have to say, it's pretty amazing.

Their menu is quite small, offering a few Japanese staples such as curry rice, teriyaki chicken, ramen, and of course, gyoza (dumplings). I tried their tantan ramen, which is a Japanese variety of a Chinese dish with minced pork and a mildly spicy broth. Normally I'm a bit of Plain Jane when it comes to ramen, opting for salty chicken broth, but I definitely liked this a lot more than I expected. Gyoza are something I always have as a side, and these didn't disappoint in the slightest. Having said that, my all time favourite dumplings are made at another restaurant, Ganbaranba, which is actually right around the corner from this one.

Tokyo Dumpling was great, and I'd love to go back and try some of their other dishes in the future. I'd also recommend it to all of you if you're ever in the area!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!


It's always nice to come home after a long period of absence. There isn't all that much to do in Cairns beyond tourism, so I've mostly been relaxing at home. The freedom of summer break is liberating, but all my normal forms of leisure aren't as fulfilling as they were with looming deadlines and/or exams. But such is life, right? Nevertheless, I've been enjoying the free time, even if I'm not doing anything all that productive.

Hope you're all doing well!

Elle Australia December via Badlands Lost In Music

Since it's launch in September, reading Elle Australia has become something I look forward to every month. Jam-packed full of beautiful editorials and riveting reads, the Australian edition of the worldwide giant has been going from strength to strength. And this editorial featured in the latest issue certainly proves it. I mean, just look at it. Not only are the outfits gorgeous, the accompanying graphics (by Talissa Sutton of Badlands) complement it perfectly. Words cannot describe how much I love this editorial.