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March 5, 2015

Crisp


I thought this was the perfect outfit to welcome the Autumn/ Fall season here on the blog. Alas, those three, awesome Summer months have finally reached its ending and eventually, I won't be seeing many bare legs out in public. 

I always tend to think quite ahead, not just in terms of fashion or my personal style, but everything. However staying on topic, I knew I had to occasionally scout for new, staple pieces to add to my seasonal wardrobe throughout the Summer. I fell head over heals over these cropped, tapered trousers. There are so many options of outerwear and tops that could look great with these effortlessly- chic looking pants: jumpers, sweaters, crop tops - you name it. If you're after something that would complement your minimal, and relaxed style, this is the answer. 

I am actually trying to find a flattering black pair to have more pant options once Winter hits. (Can't be seen wearing jeans everyday now can I)? Even so, I wouldn't be surprised if you catch me mid- Winter wearing a short skirt or a pair of shorts. I've never really listened to what the weatherman had to say anyway...
Karen Walker sunglasses, The Fifth top c/o The_Edit Online, Tapered trousers (similar here or here), Asos heels (similar here or here), Clutch (similar here or here)
Photos by Karen Nguyen

Whilst shooting these photos, I have came to the conclusion that sunglasses are a blogger's best friend. Trying to take photos on a busy schedule can be quite difficult, especially if you're out for the entire day and do not have the time to reapply your make up. The process of make up reapplication is quite pivotal since the digital camera is able to capture extremely clear images, and therefore highlight unwanted flaws, if there is any. For example, imagine having that random pimple pop up one morning on the day of a shoot. And for your information, that scenario happens very frequently for me... Another occasion where sunglasses are helpful is if you're actually tired and it is physically evident through the photos. For such case, it'll be something along the lines of having minimal sleep the previous night. Thus, putting on a good pair of sunglasses will prevent and solve all these minor problems, whilst still act as a great accessory to any outfit. What an excellent inventory - and yes, I am wholly aware that there are numerous other, positive reasons as to why sunglasses could be your next best friend.

On a personal note, this week marks the first week back at Uni and I'm actually enjoying it. One of the perks of starting school again is buying new stationery. Yep, forever a student at heart. Annual trips to Officeworks will always be a fond primary/ high school memory. In saying so, the amount of stationary bought each year does reduce significantly. I still remember how I stopped using a pencil case last year because at some point, someone stole mine - tragic by the way. I resulted in just putting the pens and highlighters into the bottom of my bag, and trying to find whatever one I could when I needed to write something. However it's alright, I am more organised this year (inb4 someone steals it again).

I feel that this year will be an interesting one (in a positive way of course). I can't wait to see what will actually unfold, and what opportunities will arise before me. Regardless, I'll definitely be putting 110% into all my assessments, even if that means I will be at uni past midnight on a regular basis again.

Thanks for reading,
Jody x

February 24, 2015

Rooftop Vibes

When I found this aesthetic rooftop view, I couldn't help but prance around with high levels of enthusiasm. I love overlooking the cityscape, and sighting such a scene during the evening was even more beautiful, as I got to witness the picturesque sunset.

On the other hand, my sister, (the photographer), could not care less, and just wanted the shoot to be over as soon as possible. I don't blame her. I mean, in essence, she could be shooting more interesting things than her sister, right? Soz lil' one. Yet being the kind sister that I am, a large sized Chatime, filled with peach black tea was sufficient enough for her to not complain whilst we tried to capture decent images for this post. Jokes aside, I am sure she loves our intimate, sister bonding time...
The Fifth playsuit c/o The_Edit Online, Huf bucket hat (similar here or here), Vans Old Skools
Photos by Karen Nguyen

Seeing as though it was approximately 35 degrees that day, wearing this playsuit with a pair of sneakers was the only way to go. This is definitely my go- to type of outfit on warm days where I don't want to focus too much on what I'm wearing, as I'm walking down the streets trying to brave the heat. Moreover, the playsuit's loose- fitting cut made everything a hell lot comfier.

And how cute is my bucket hat? I've had it for months and the only time that I managed to publicly wear it was on the second day of Perth's Stereosonic last December. It was about time that it made an appearance on the blog.

On a different note, how is uni already starting next week? Somehow my (awesome) summer holidays, which were three/ four months long have almost reached its ending... Alas, I'll have under a week to procrastinate as much as I want without feeling guilty that I have an assignment waiting to be completed. I will be entering into third year, which means that I am now half way through this five year course. It's about time that I go hunting for more internships and clerkships because before you know it, this year will fly by and I'll be a fourth year. I just know it... I mean, it's slightly terrifying that March is just around the corner. Time, please slow down a little.

Jody x

February 19, 2015

Dining at Ginza Miyako

I was recently invited by the owners of Ginza Miyako, a Japanese/ French fusion restaurant to try their exquisite dishes for dinner one night. Despite the location being rather tucked away, there are two entrances that you can enter from, one via North Terrace, and the other is through the Stamford Plaza Hotel. 

The interior is very traditional, and diners get the chance to overlook North Tce whilst eating. You  can stare and gaze all you want, as the pedestrians outside can't see you through the elevated floor, and tinted windows. Cute place for a date, don't you think?

My sister and I got to sit in the 'special' area where you have to remove your shoes before entering the room. It certainly made the overall dining experience more enticing. 

Every time I visit a new restaurant, instead of concentrating too hard on reading the menu, I always end up asking the staff what they would recommend. We're all often more content if we know that our meal will most likely taste delicious, right? As such, we ended up selecting four popular entrees, and three mains. As for dessert, we were fortunate enough to personally have Head Chef, Kabuki Ushiro San, not only come to our table for a chat, but to also surprise us with two dessert dishes that he thought we would love. How sweet of him. 
Entree
(Orange cured ocean trout 55°C confit with fennel wake salad, carrot puree, and wasabi sour cream - $16)
(Assorted sushi)
(Assorted sashimi including Houn Tasmanian Salmon and South Australian Tuna - $19)

(Lightly seared venison served with rocket, beetroot pickles, avocado puree, homemade balsamic soy and ume (Japanese plum) sauce - $19)
Mains
(Lamb rack topped with herb persillade, served with potato mush, seasonable vegetables, and black olive sauce - $38)
(Charcoal grilled wagyu scotch fillet with potato mash, seasonal vegetables, carrot puree, and red wine yuzu (Japanese citrus) chill sauce - $49)
(Slow cooked duck breast with potato mash, glazed witlof, beetroot puree and citrus teriyaki sauce - $34)
Dessert
(Mille- feuille served with rhubarb ice cream and Japanese plum wine sauce - $12)
(Creme Brûlée served with tea panna cotta, and baby rice cakes - $12)
(Photos by yours truly)
It was my absolute pleasure to be able to indulge in such a feasting, and interestingly enough, my sister and I managed to demolish every ordered dish in a satisfying manner. Additionally, all floor members were extremely courteous. For example, the friendly chefs thoroughly explained how each dish was cooked every time they presented the meals to our table. On the other hand, the general staff were highly attentive and looked after us in a very welcoming way during our visit. I must say I had an exceptional experience and left the restaurant with a fulfilling food coma...  

Thanks for having us! 

150 North Terrace
Adelaide 5000

Jody x