November Playlist

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hi guys! Happy last day of November! I thought the coffee cup was an accurate representation of my November- it started with a crazy amount of study but I've finally been able to chill out and catch up on so much life stuff in the second half of the month and it's been so damn nice. I've been listening to a lot of cheerful, upbeat tunes this month, so I've compiled all my favourites into this playlist.

I'll Follow- Fancy Cars. This has been a strong favourite all month and I'm still not sick of it!

Paradise- Eric Demn.

Dreaming- Water Park.

Fahrenheit- XY&O.

Changes- Oliver Nelson, River. This song makes you feel that change can't possibly be a bad thing!

Tequila- The Ironix.

Silence- Marcus Alexander.

Absolutely Smitten- dodie. I've been absolutely adoring Dodie's new EP, but this song is my absolute favourite. It's so cute and cheerful!

Daydream- Broiler.

Good Grief- Bastille.

What You Waiting For- Gazzo.

Gold- Dash Berlin. I only discovered this song yesterday but added it to the playlist when I'd only heard a few seconds, I love it!

Blackout- Tritonal.

Love On Me- Galantis. This is so damn catchy! I've had it on repeat for the last few days!

By Your Side- Jonas Blue.

Someone Who Needs Me- Bob Sinclar.

Kiss It Better- Rihanna.

Give It To Me Twice- Sean Kingston. 

You can find the playlist on Spotify here. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what songs you've been loving lately in the comments!
Kate x

November Favourites

Monday, 28 November 2016

Hi guys! Well, here we are at the end of another month that's gone so incredibly fast-I say it every month but it's always just as true! My November started quite stressfully with my Uni exams but has improved significantly now that I'm on holidays... I've been doing lots of reading, swimming and general relaxing over the last couple of weeks which I really can't complain about! My favourites this month are a bit of an eclectic mix but I've been seriously loving them all, so let's get into it!

My first favourite for the month is the Maybelline MasterContour palette. This is my first proper contour kit and I'm loving it! It's really easy to use and the colours are lovely, especially the highlight which is totally amazeballs. The contour shade can tend to be a little bit muddy but this can be fixed with a little bit of all in all my face has never looked so on point!

My next favourite is this gorgeous 2017 planner and pen. I purchased these in Japan separately, but look how well they go together! The pen says 'step outside and get some air' in gold lettering which I think is absolutely adorable. Also, isn't it the most frustrating thing when you only have a calendar up until December and need to plan for the next year? I'm currently doing a lot of planning for travel over Christmas, Uni placements and organising moving next year so the planner has been the best purchase to help keep me organised!

Another slightly random favourite is this Happy Sol Cacao Maca + Chia powder. It's basically a healthy smoothie additive to add taste and nutrients- the packaging is so cute and it tastes amazing! *Insert heart eyes emoji here* It's made by an Australian company so I'm not sure if you can get it elsewhere in the world but I'd fully recommend it if you can! I also have the coconut water and superfruit one which is nice but not quite at the level of this one-I've been blending this with a frozen banana and milk and it honestly tastes like a chocolate smoothie whilst still being super healthy!

My last favourite for the month is The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez. I read this in Japan and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since! I've been reading lots of fluffy romance novels lately so this was a great change in the form of a mix of more serious issues and lighthearted wonderful characters. I won't give away all it's secrets as I do intend to write a full review of it at some point, but I couldn't leave it out of this post as I loved it so much!

So that's some of the things I've been loving this month-have you tried any of these? What have you been loving lately?
Here's to an incredibly happy, festive and stress-free December for us all!
Kate x

Thrift Store Finds

Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Hi guys! I'm back with another thrift store haul for you all! As I mentioned in my last one, I'm the biggest fan of 'op shopping' as we call it here in Aussie. I like to pop in to my favourite thrift stores every week or two and have a rummage, and I almost never leave empty handed! Here's a few of my favourite finds from the last couple of months. 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Hi guys! The lovely Rai over at Utter Ardour tagged me in the Versatile Blogger Award recently which I am very excited about! The aim of this tag is to share seven facts about yourself...the timing of this is perfect as I had actually been thinking about doing another of these posts as my last '10 Facts About Me' post did so well. Thanks so much to Rai for tagging me-she has a wonderful lifestyle blog and you should definitely check her out. Without further ado, let's get into it! 

1. I have green eyes with brown spots in them-I've had all kinds of people comment and take photos of my eyes when they notice them, it's quite funny!

2. I'm half a doctor! I just finished my 3rd year of my 6 year degree, I'd love to be a GP in a cute little town one day. 

3. I'm a qualified sailing instructor, although I haven't taught for quite a long time now! I love sailing for the peace and escape it gives me, as well as the adrenaline rush when you get going fast (trust me, sailing might sound calm and boring but it definitely isn't!)

4. When I was younger I wanted to be a palaeontologist when I grew up and was very proud of the fact that I could spell it. However I gave up that dream when I realised I wouldn't be getting a dinosaur named after me anytime soon!

5. I'm fairly fluent in German- I went to Germany on exchange for 6 months and learnt German for 7 years total. I'm a bit rusty now though, as I haven't spoken it frequently since high school!

6. My favourite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast, I just relate to Belle so much. 'I want adventure in the great wide somewhere!' Tell me I'm not the only one who is incredibly excited for the new movie?!

7. I have a huge affinity for mountains-nothing makes me happier than putting on my boots and going hiking. I really love hiking in general, but definitely prefer it in places like New Zealand that aren't as hot as here in Aussie! 

I tag:

Can you guys relate to any of these? What's something that not many people know about you?
Kate x

Japan Adventures

Thursday, 17 November 2016
Hi guys! So something pretty crazy happened a couple of months ago-my family won a trip to Japan! We had a limited time that we could take the trip so we went at the start of October. After all the fun (ha) of exams in the last few weeks, the trip feels years ago already! However I have some lovely photos that I thought it was about time I shared. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse of what we got up to! 

The flight from Cairns to Osaka was about 7 and a half hours, and we arrived fairly late in the evening. This view was something pretty special to wake up to on the first morning! We stayed at the Parkfront Hotel which is right next to the entrance to Universal which was pretty exciting, to say the least. Our first day was spent attempting to navigate the train system despite speaking absolutely no Japanese and exploring the Osaka Castle. We did pretty well finding our way around, and I really enjoyed the Osaka Castle despite the crowds and heat, which took some getting used to. I'm a huge history fan and would totally recommend getting an audio guide, as there was very little English translation on the displays inside and I was a bit disappointed not to learn more about the story of the castle!

I'm Back!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Have you ever taken a break from blogging for a couple of weeks and felt like you've completely forgotten how to do it when you get back? Typing words on a blank page shouldn't be this hard but right now it seriously is!