Thursday, 27 July 2017

The KitKat Chocolatory Store


There comes a time in a chocoholics's life where they feel like they got a chance to see what heaven looks like. My turn was on the weekend! 

So as a formal event quickly approaches, the need to get an outfit, hair and make up booked for the day is something of the utmost importance - or so I thought it was. 

Getting off the train at Melbourne Central to make my way to Emporium, I was amazed by the view. 
There, in front of me, located on the Ground Floor were the words "Kit Kat Chocolatory" in big writing across a red wall. Could it be? Have my prayers been answered?

"Yeah" said Ashley "You can make your own KitKat bar"

At that moment, my heart started racing, my palm got all sweaty yet I kept a straight face. This excitement burning with a cold flame was trying to be contained. I had to try it. I HAD TO.


Walking into the shop felt like I was 6 again... IT WAS SELF SERVICE. Okay so basically, you get to choose the type of chocolate and get a choice of 3 toppings to put on your chocolate bar. 
Coolest thing!





So as I said earlier, you get to choose your toppings but also get to design your package AND name your break! We went for pretzels, mini marshmallows and raspberries, in the lady with the blue background and "Kashley's Rather Dashing Break" as the name and VOILA!

WHAT A MASTERPIECE!

The creation takes roughly 1-3 hours depending on how busy they are at the time and an SMS is sent to your phone when the order is ready! Need to go somewhere and can't wait? No worries! The chocolate is held for 3 days so you can pick up whenever!

Location: 
Shop 156, First Floor, Melbourne Central
Corner La Trobe & Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Opening Times:
Monday - Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday - Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

We shared a bar as it's quite big but my half of the chocolate bar didn't even make it home. IT WAS SO GOOOOOOOOOD OMG!

Definitely recommending this as a place to go in Melbourne! LOVE!


Lots of love,
Karine xx

***This is not a sponsored post, I genuinely like the place***

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Queen's birthday weekend part 2


While still at the Dandenongs, we HAD to go to Sky High, a restaurant at the top of the mountain.

SkyHigh Mt Dandenong is a short drive (just under an hour) from Melbourne City. It has beautiful views that Mount Dandenong has to offer.

This place is gated and opens:
9am to 10pm, Monday to Thursday
9am to 10:30pm Fridays
8am to 11pm Saturdays
8am to 10p Sundays.
Entrance to SkyHigh is $6 per car or $10 for a minibus/ larger vehicle.

We got there first thing after check out. At that point, I had only one cup of coffee so I was buzzing for some food and more coffee!

The coolest thing about this place is that there's so much more than just views, it's a place for the whole family with activities and attractions! Giant Chair, Maze, Secret Garden, English Garden, wishing tree & well all surrounded a beautiful restaurant that served amazing food!








I actually had such a blast visiting all the cool things around the place that I felt like a big child! Climbing trees, making wishes and visiting gardens made me feel like I was back in Mauritius playing in the backyard and exploring!


My favourite thing of all would have to have been the maze! Believe it or not, I had never been in a maze before and I was that keen on trying it out that I looked like a 12 year old running around getting all my stamps!




Overall, this has been such a great and relaxing experience! I was so surprised of how cool it was up there and how much there was to do other than just look at trees, rocks and mountains.

This is definitely a spot that I would add to my list of places to take friends and family to! Great fun for all ages!

Facilities available include wheelchair access, picnic and public barbeque area!

If you do have a day off and not sure where to take the kids, I definitely recommend SkyHigh! You won't regret it!

Have fun for less!

Til next time,

Karine xx



***This is not a sponsored post, I genuinely like the place***

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Queen's birthday weekend part 1


Life is such a strange thing. When you think about it, most of us are stuck in this pattern or routine which we can't seem to escape from. We live each day in this rhythm and most can't seem to drop a beat. They ride each wave as they come yet don't move when the sea is calm.

It's funny that I say this because I'm so guilty of it. I tend to stick to what I know and only work around some things rather than use all of my time efficiently. I used to see life as this massive adventure waiting for me but I've found myself doing things because I have to rather than because I want to.

It's a battle I have to deal as my lazy ass doesn't seem to have the energy to do things that I love and end up treating them as chores instead of hobbies. How silly does that sound now that I've put it down in words? RIGHT?

I did however end up finding a bit of time to actually go out there and enjoy the little things in life. With  the Queen's birthday public holiday, I grabbed that extra day with both hands and decided to put my exploring jacket on!

Next stop: DANDENONG RANGES!

Drove just over an hour to get to this beautiful and welcoming area full of green and wildlife. The first thing on our agenda was Sherbrooke Falls Walk!

Sherbrooke Falls Walk: A 2..4 Kilometres (return) track which is fairly easy with fairly flat gravel pathway. Started and ended at the Sherbrooke Pinic Ground.







Note: Slippery and muddy when wet including some deep shoe sinking areas along the track. Gumboots would be your best friend!


Very family friendly as tracks are suitable for all ages - just keep your kids from climbing on fallen trunks as they are slippery and they will end up with a muddy bum (saw it happen to this girl - the poor thing was freezing after)



After the hike we went down to Grants Picnic Ground (There's a lot of picnic areas around that place)

Grants Picnic Ground: Probably the biggest attraction of the Dandenong Ranges simply because it allows you to get closer to nature. You'd think that Cockatoos, Rosellas and Parrots would stay well away from loud humans but these guys know exactly where to come get a feed! Being only place where hand feeding native birds is permitted, it is a slice of heaven for animal lovers who would love to get greeted by a friendly pair of wings. A token from the gift shop gives you a tray of seeds to hold while the birds happily make themselves comfortable on your shoulder or head!


As it is winter, the night made an early appearance which meant one thing!

DINNER TIME!



A cute little restaurant/cafe (to be honest with you, I'm not quite sure as I am not fancy *struggles*)
Just the look of the place was enough to convince me to go in.


Located in the village of Sassafras, this classy establishment full of charm provided beautiful views of nature. Having natural light shine through made this place extremely relaxing and comfortable.

The friendly staff are accommodating in every way. Even though we got there late - we didn't realize that it was a breakfast to lunch place - they still worked around us and were able to provide us with an early dinner!



And don't even get me started on the food! Omg I'm still dreaming about it! It was delicious and left me wanting more! The cool thing is that they are a venue that provide services for special events like weddings, birthdays and functions!

Fortnums Restaurant
Opening times: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Sassafras
Karine's rating: 8.9/10

So that's it from me for now, I thought I'd break up this trip into  two parts
Part 1 - Sunday and Part 2 - Monday

A big shoutout to my best mate Rob for tagging along and being my photographer! Much appreciated!

If you've ever wanted to visit Melbourne, I cannot recommend the Dandenong Ranges enough! Pure beauty and full of activities for the whole family!

Til next time, lots of love,

Karine xx


P.s. Stay tuned for part 2

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Ever heard the quote above?

To be honest with you, I never have until I searched "new hair quote" (I really like quotes okay!) and when I saw this quote I was so impressed because I could really relate to it!

As I sat at my desk like I do every single week with my blog on my mind and my cup of tea in my hand, I thought to myself that I needed a change! When I say change, I'm not talking like huge disruptions in my life like moving countries or adopting a pet llama but I just needed something small that could make me feel different from everyday. And that's when it hit me.... MY HAIR!!

At first I was just going to get the colour redone but then I was like nope... I want it gone! (well not completely gone but you get what I mean). I went two doors down and booked an appointment! I was nervous but also super excited at the same time!

Anyone who knows me would know just how impatient I am and getting foils can take from 2 hours to 5 hour depending on what you're doing! It was actually torture having to sit in this chair while my head was wrapped in foil but the end result is always so worth it! I actually feel bad for my hairdresser as she's had to put up with my constant whining and hearing "how long left" every 15 minutes.

Although sitting there for so long is probably one of the worst things I can ever imagine doing, it does have it's perks. Great chats with hairdressers and amazing coffee! Why do coffees at the hairdressers taste better than coffee you buy from some cafes? - it makes no sense to me!

Taking baby steps, I will eventually get my hair to what I want (yes I'm trying to go lighter) so that will take a few goes but for now i'm quite happy with what it looks like.I completely forgot to take before and after pictures so I tried to scroll through all my pictures on my phone to try find a few to compare.

BEFORE

AFTER

I've had long hair my whole life so even having it just a tad shorter feels so different! My head is light and I have a lot less knots! It's so crazy! I was told that I should style it now that it's healthy enough to work with it and to be honest with you, I actually do want to! 

Since I'm hopeless at doing girl things, I've had to YouTube search and scroll through Pinterest to figure out how to style hair and do something other than straighten it and put it in a bun - It's a hard life really - 

I also got a few tips and tricks on the hotstylers website. If you haven't heard of hotstylers before, you definitely have to check it out! It's a new site which features amazing hair advice to help you get that salon finish at home! I don't know about you but I say yes to getting help on how to keep my hair always looking amazing! Check it out by clicking on HERE

And last but not least, just want to say a MASSIVE THANKYOU to Luxe Cutters in Point Cook for being legends and making my hair look amazing! They're actually a really cool crew with such a welcoming vibe! Also - HOW CAN A HAIR SALON MAKE COFFEE THAT TASTES SO AMAZING?? 

Lots of love, 

Karine xx

Friday, 9 June 2017

Ever thought of what it would be like to live in the 50s?

You may not know that I was actually not born in Australia. In fact, I only moved over to Melbourne when I was 11 years old (10 years ago). Having moved countries meant leaving family and friends behind to a new and clean start.

Although some people may find it hard to be so far away from family, it also brings such an excitement and a chance to allow them to be part of your new environment when they come over to visit! One of my favourite things to do is to actually show people around.... hmm maybe I should be a tour guide.... yeah I don't think so!

The greatest thing about living in Melbourne is being to go to places which are overflowing with history. Learning about what took place years and years back at the very spot you are now standing on, is actually one of the craziest feelings ever. And my favourite place to experience that would have to be Sovereign Hills in Ballarat.

Even though I have been to Sovereign Hill at least 4 times, I would probably still go every time I get asked because it is so rich in history and traditions.

Sovereign Hill is basically an open museum where the site and era of the  discovery of gold took place. The main street used in the 1850s has been reconstructed along with the buildings and equipment.




 














P.s. they actually let you and teach you how to dig and look for gold! 

How cool is that?!?!






While strolling down the main street, you will see ladies and gentlemen of the 1850s going about their day. Whether it'd be playing music with mates, working, being at the pub, finding gold or getting arrested, this theatre packed town will make you feel like you have been dropped in the middle of the 1850s with no choice but to try blend in!

The activities are incredible. Speaking to the goldfield characters, you learn what it was like for someone like them back in day.






My favourite part of the trip was definitely getting to have a chat with the characters and learning a bit more about them.






AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST... do not.. and I repeat do NOT forget t grab yourself a packet of their delicious lollies!!!

I'm pretty sure I spent over 15 minutes choosing the right combination for me!


Overall it was actually such an awesome and very successful day as I did not step in horses poop at all! Yay me!

Everytime I go is like the first time as there are so many things to see and learn! Other things like I didn't mention earlier are tours which are really worth doing and presentation worth watching!

Have you ever been to Melbourne or are you from Melbourne? If yes, what are your favourite places to visit? But if Melbourne is on your bucket list, please ensure that you leave a day for you to go to Sovereign Hill because trust me, you will not regret it!

Lots of Love,

Karine xx