Sunday, August 6, 2017

42 Hours In Hobart

It's hardly news that I love travelling, so when Jetstar got all cute with their cheap flights around Australia I bit the bullet and booked a solo trip to Hobart. I'd always wanted to go to Tasmania because everyone says it's just like Scotland (it totally is, especially in winter haha) and I miss my old Edinburgh home often. Thanks to only just starting a new job though I couldn't exactly take a week off (plus I've heard you can see the entire island of Tasmania in a week so knew I wouldn't need it) so I ended up being there for exactly 42 hours and decided to make the most of it. So here we go, how to spend a weekend in Hobart and all the things you should see in the charming city!



1:00pm: Arrive (because you booked the cheapest flight possible)
2:00pm: Skip checking in at your hotel and head to the Salamanca Markets because they close in an hour.
2:15pm: Smash a couple oysters that are so fresh and fantastic you want to wear the shells as earrings.
2:30pm: Hop on the Mona Roma ferry to the museum.
3:00pm: Arrive at Mona and dive into the intenseness that is probably one of the best museums in the world. 

5:00pm: Hop on the ferry back and grab a wine from the on board bar because why not.
5:30pm: Finally check in.
6:30pm: Head out to find dinner and a drink.
7:00pm: Despair over lack of comfortable options for solo travellers.
7:15pm: Stumble upon bar of dreams (The Quartermasters Arms) with welcoming and cute bartender who promises you won't feel awkward being alone.
7:30pm: Relax in front of the fire with delicious local beer and eggplant chips (don't knock 'em until you've tried them!)
8:00pm: Consume more beer and consider moving in because this is the best bar you've ever been to.
9:00pm: Decide they probably don't want you to and head home.
9:15pm: Shower and set alarm because you're an adult.
10:00pm: Attempt to sleep through bogan couple fighting.
11:00pm: Finally fall asleep.



6:30am: Wake up and eat squeezey overnight oats that you're ashamed to find delicious because it's like eating baby food.
7:30am: Get picked up by Tours To Go for a day exploring Wine Glass Bay and Freycinet National Park (10/10 recommend these guys! Super chill, a lot of people around my age (no offence to kids but nah) and very knowledgeable... also cheapest hahaha) 
9:30am: Quick stop to play with Paddymelon wallabies which are the cutest things in the world.
11:00am: Dine on local speciality, curry and scallop pie and grab a coffee to go.
12:50pm: Start hiking to Wine Glass Bay and become pleasantly surprised by your fitness levels.
1:30pm: Photo op x 1000



2:00pm: Head to Honeymoon Bay and see seals SO close you could jump in and touch them if it wasn't the middle of winter.
2:30pm: Drive up to Cape Tourville and look at The Nuggets (lol) and more seals. 
3:00pm: Get one cheeky extra stop at Friendly's Beach and be blown away by how white the sand is and how magical Tasmania is.

4:00pm: Very important snack stop.
4:30pm: Start driving back to Hobart.
4:33pm: Fall asleep.
7:00pm: Arrive back in town and decide you can't go one more minute without dumplings.
7:30pm: Convince another girl on your trip this is imperative too and consume mass dumplings together.
8:30pm: Have a red wine at the hotel in front of the fire.
9:00pm: Shower and spot fighting couple. 
9:01pm: Give them side eye.
10:00pm: Bed time to the blissful silence of a couple who have either broken up or realise they're both idiots.



5:30am: Head to the airport.
6:30am: Arrive 90 minutes early for your flight and wonder how on earth that happened.
7:00am: Spot a Swiss guy from your tour yesterday and chat about shared wanderlust over coffee.
8:00am: Fly out of Hobart, promising you'll be back. 


Sunday, April 9, 2017

I Went Vegan For 30 Days And Here's What I Learned

Recently I decided to challenge myself to 30 days of vegan living. I got asked "why" A LOT, and truthfully, it's simply because I was curious! The health benefits are well known and I thought why not give myself a #cleaneating kick and maybe become a bit more woke in the process? Naturally I survived and now I want to share with y'all what I learned from it...

The first week (nay, day) I quickly realised that real key to being vegan is simply being prepared. Finding food in a pinch or on the go that you know contains no animal products is pretty limited and maybe I'm a baby, but it's stressful.

Food prep is seriously worth it's weight in gold and by week 2 I had pans of flavoured nuts roasting, mushrooms and tomatoes sauteed for brekky and a number of different vegan cuisines bookmarked.

The other thing I learned pretty early on is that vegan does not equal healthy. I ate double, sometimes triple, the amount of carbs I normally eat just because they were easy to come by and I knew I wasn't going to mess it all up by having it (which I did on auto-pilot in week 1 by pouring cow's milk onto my cereal).

I am a BIG meat eater, so it surprised me that I didn't really miss it all that much. It was more of a convenience thing to eat a chicken dish I realised. I did miss coffee though! I still had it, but with almond milk and while I'm hardly a big coffee drinker but it just wasn't the same *sad face*.

The biggest downside because of my oh-so-popular lifestyle was eating out. It was ruined. Nowhere caters for vegans and I often got stuck eating fries. I did make a point to go to a dedicated vegan restaurant, the Nourishing Quarter in Sydney, though and try their cuisine and it was delicious! It's just such a shame that many places don't even bother having ONE vegan option. So yeah, dining out left me feeling like I was missing out, but I couldn't deny how flat my stomach was so I persevered!

By week 3 I was cruising and I had SO much energy (plus was looking slim AF). The 30 days were up quicker than I'd thought and I was actually shocked by how simple it was in the end. Is it the lifestyle for me? I don't think so BUT I do plan to follow a vegan diet more often, making my breakfasts and lunches all vegan. They were the simplest meals to swap out for me and while I realise it's not for everyone (heck, I didn't even think it was for me!) I do think it's worth a try.


So what did I eat you ask?

Breakfast was usually peanut butter on toast with bananas or strawberries. If I was after savoury I'd dig into avocado on toast with vegies, but my personal fave quickly became baked beans and avo. HOLY SMOKES IT IS GOOD. I also had some honey free cereal (always read the ingredients well, they're few and far between) and almond milk in reserve in case I was running late.

My personal lunch time favourites were this Moroccan tagine (all those chickpeas are ideal for getting your protein) and this veggie noodle bowl (pretty much everything from Oh She Glows is suitable for vegans or can easily be subbed). I'd just make up big batches and live off it all week. I'm too busy usually to worry about getting bored with lunch.

For dinner I tried to mix it up a bit though. I tried lentil burgers (you can find these in the cold section of most supermarkets or make your own if you prefer), I made up my own recipe for vegan burritos using taco seasoning, but sometimes I'd go for comfort and whip up a batch of roast potatoes, pumpkin and carrot.

I'm a HUGE snacker so having stuff on hand to satisfy every craving was important. I would make up batches of maple roasted nuts every week or these vegan muesli bars for sweet cravings. Savoury munchies were sorted with air popped popcorn, Vegemite on Ryvitas or hummus on crackers (again, check the label, not all hummus' are created equal).

With a bit of planning it's easily doable. Plus you get to eat ALL the acai 👇


There you have it! The story of how one meat-loving lady stepped outside her comfort zone and lived to tell the tale! After reading this would you try vegan?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

3 Ways To Get More Wear Out Of Your Bikini

 

Let's be real: swimwear can be very expensive. It's not like a t-shirt where any old woven cotton will do, swimmers get a battering in the ocean and pool. They have to hold their shape (no one wants to come out of the surf sans pants) and they can't go see-through (better to just lose the top maybe). So you can see why a decent bikini set can eat into your budget.

But what if I told you I'd figured out a few sneaky ways to make it your favourite two-piece go the distance? Using my fave bralette 'kini from Zulu and Zephyr (which has the BEST in built support!) I'll show you 3 styling tricks to get more wear out of your beach attire...


1. As a yoga top





2. Over a t-shirt





3. Under a low-cut dress




If you are in the market for a new set of bathers, and don't want to spend a fortune just to see the pretty design gather sand, head over to Surf Stitch. They are literally ALWAYS on sale and have the best range from the best brands.



Surf Stitch provided me with the bikini pictured in this post but all opinions are my own.