Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Higher Ground | Melbourne

I came across Higher Ground, when I liked Too Paddock Cafe on Instagram and Higher Ground showed up in the "suggestions for you" section. The description said it's run by the same crew, as Top Paddock. I looked on google maps and it was only 20 mins walk, from the hotel I was staying at and I planned heading near that way. 

I decided to stop at Higher Ground for lunch, so I used google maps to find Little Bourke Street. I couldn't see any numbers or higher ground, yet it was telling me to turn right and saying "you have reached your destination". I stopped and looked around and couldn't see any building saying Higher Ground, so I walked further up then it was telling to to turn right and right again. I ended up back on Little Bourke Street. I walked on the other side of the road, that I originally walked down and there was a small sign on the building saying Higher Ground. I actually walked by it first time round, as I couldn't see any sign across the building.

I walked in and was asked how many people for the table, I replied just me. Then I was given a table and menu. I did actually look at the menu online, so I knew what I wanted. I noticed a lot of places in Australia have sourdough in their meals, so I was curious what it was like.   

I ordered :

Mixed lamp fry up
Egg plant purée, fried eggs, barberries, smoked yogurt, pine nut dukkah, sourdough

And an iced chocolate.

I am one of those fussy meat eaters, but Higher Ground set the lamb presentable that it looked edible. All I can say about sourdough is dont try eat it on its own, but it's actually really nice mixed with the lamp and egg. The meal and drink came to $27. People said to me food and drink in Australia is expensive, but I honestly thought Top Paddock and Higher Ground was reasonable price.  

Monday, 30 July 2018

Top Paddock | Melbourne

I searched places to eat in Melbourne, before traveling. All I seem to find was a lot of dumping, sushi and burger places. Jasmine my friend messaged me to saying Top Paddock Cafe looked nice and Instagram type. It was like having a free tour guide, with the many ideas she was messaging. Jasmine said she felt like she was back in Australia searching things to do haha. I googled Top Paddock Cafe, to see what it was like. The food looked so perfectly set, in every photo. 

The Royal Botanical Gardens was on the way to Top Paddock, so I took a stroll through the bottom section of the gardens. Then headed across the bridge, to Top Paddock Cafe. I felt like I'd went from Australia, to Beverly Hills. The street reminded me of walking down Beverly Hills, with fancy shops and cafes. It looked very Americanised.   

Top Paddock Cafe is located on the corner of Church Street, in Richmond. I was walking up the street and spotted a small cafe, thinking it looked fancy. It was a glass building with benches outside and high plants around the cafe. I was about to cross the road when I looked back reading a small sign saying "Top Paddock" and realised that was the place I was heading to. I turned back and headed in. The waiter said how many ? I said "just me". She said ok follow me and took me to a long table, on my own. I sat down and looked at the menu and every meal seemed to contain porridge. I then got my phone out and looked up Top Paddock Instagram, to see if I can see try see what all the nice meals are in photos. I remember messaging Jasmine on Facebook saying "help me everything seems to have porridge, is it normal to sit and eat porridge at lunch ? She wasn't replying, so I ended up picking : 

Organic quinoa, brown rice, vanilla porridge, poached stone fruit & rhubarb, Melbourne rooftop honey & pistachios

And a bottle of cola  

Jasmine did reply after I left saying what I picked was fine, as most of the menu had porridge. It also didn't help I was sitting on my own, something I've only done a few times. So I didn't have anyone to compare food with. It is a lot easier to sit on your own in another country, than places local. The food was different and tasted nicer, than I imagined when you think about what ingredients are mixed. The bill came to $21.50, which I thought was good for a healthy food cafe.  

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Melbourne Gaol

My friend Jasmine was in Australia the month before me, so it was abit like having my own virtual tour guide. I took a few ideas from Jasmine whenever she checked into places or shared photos. She was also messaging me ideas where to go. Although Jasmine didn't stay in Melbourne she suggested seeing Melbourne Gaol, saying she saw one in Sydney I think ? I was thinking what is a Gaol ? But she did message after that, saying it's like an old jail. 

I headed along to the Goal, on Russell Street. There was a queue waiting to go in, but you had to buy the ticket at another building. I went and bought a ticket (costed $28) and waited in the queue. Then the Goal staff man and woman came out shouting to stand in a straight line and get your tickets out. Some people looked confused saying they didn't have a ticket and were told to go and buy their ticket, so that cut the queue down. We were then taken to a hall inside and the woman shouted "males to the right, females left. We all had to side along the wall facing each other and people were getting shouted to stop leaving against the wall. I stood thinking to myself is Jasmine really into this ? (although after speaking to her she did say she didn't realise it was acting, so I think the Goal she visited was different). I guess they want it, how it would have been in the Goal. The the woman gave out random role play cards to people. My mum was picked, instead my mum said she was June Mclean (her real name) and she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. The woman then shouted that's not your name, as she was suppose to say the name on the card haha. We were then sent into two separate room and the lights turned off. The lights went back and and she was shouting morning everyone get up. 

We got told we could get our mugshot photo, but no photoshoots. I took my jacket and bag off and quickly redone my lipstick for my photos haha. 

It's actually a not bad view in the Goal, seeing the high buildings.  

Then we got to walk around on our own seeing the cells. I found it more interesting, walking in and out the different rooms on each floor. Some rooms were empty and some rooms looked scary. 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Sephora Australia Haul

Products I bought :

Alphah Moisture : boosting facial mist
Alphah : liquid gold
Benefit : Blush bar
ABH : Moonchild glow kit 
Huda Beauty : Lip contour set
Huda Beauty 3D highlighter palette 
Sephora lip stories : No cell service 
Sephora lip stories : Love love
Sephora exfoliating cleansing cream : Charcoal 
Sephora Grey clay mask
Sephora acai hair sleeping mask
Sephora shea lip mask
Sephora tangerine hand balm
Sephora Vanilla cube
Sephora vanilla eau de toilet 
Sephora beauty on the fly bag

Am just looking at the Sephora Australia website store locator. I think I visited nearly every store in Australia and I've kept my receipts as souvenirs haha. I visited Melbourne Central, Chadstone shopping centre, Sydney Pitt Street, Sydney Macquarie, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina. I traveled Australia visiting Melbourne, Sydney, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane and Sephora stores are central, that I went in every Sephora I saw. I bought a few things here and there in each store. Then when I flew to the Gold Coast my Australian family drove me to Robina Town Centre , where we done some makeup shopping.

I also signed up to Sephora Beauty Pass and upgraded from white to black status. Am not sure if that's something to be proud of, becoming a black member in 2 weeks (you have to spend $300 in a year to become black status). Oh well it was my birthday. I did get a few free mini's being a Beauty Pass member (Marc Jacobs highliner and Boscia hydration moisturiser). Also after becoming a black status member I got an email offering black members 20% off over 4 days, so I made use of it and got the ABH  moonchild glow kit.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

A Toilet With A View

When I searched on google "things to do in Melbourne", one of the things that kept showing up was visiting the Sofitel Hotel toilet. I laughed to myself, but to be honest the view in people's photos looked amazing. There's loads of photos online, saying it's one of the best views in Melbourne. So I decided to go up to see the view.

One of the days I was passing the Sofitel Hotel, so I headed up. I took the lift to the 35th floor and followed the signs to the toilet. The second I pushed the door opened and turned into the toilet, I was kind of like wow the view. It's all large windows, with views looking over Melbourne.

It's definitely worth a visit if you are passing nearby, even if you aren't needing the toilet. I didn't actually stay at the Sofitel hotel, I stayed at the Crown Promenade. There is a bar on the 35th floor of the Sofitel Hotel, so you could always stop for a drink.    

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Crown Promenade | Melbourne

I stayed in the Crown Promenade, in Melbourne while traveling Australia. We arrived at half past 5 in the morning and check in isn't till 3pm, so we dropped out suitcases off at the reception. I then headed to the hotel public toilet to change clothes, wash my face, brush my teeth and redo my makeup. My mum booked us to go to the Neighbours Tour, till we could check in. My advice is only go to the Neighbours Tour if you've not watched Neighbours. To this day I don't know who the Kennedy's are, but I was shown where they live on Ramsay Street.

We checked in at the reception and the woman said "oh it's your birthday" (I was wearing a birthday tiara and sash), then we were given room keys to the 22nd floor. I have heard hotels do things for your birthday, so I have no idea if we were given that room because I was wearing the birthday tiara and sash or if that was the room we were getting.  

The room was a twin room, with views looking onto the river and the high buildings. It was spacious , with a tv, long desk, sofa chair by the window and a shower room. It also helped the radio has USB ports, especially when you have many things to charge on holiday.     

The swimming pool - (not that I used it, but I put my feet in haha). 

These are photos I took, from the hotel room at night.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Google Digital Garage | Get Your Business Visible On Google

My friend was telling me about Google Digital Garage, that's opened in Edinburgh. If you've not heard about Google Digital Garage, it's a workshop that does programes on learning how to use the internet. I looked online, to see what programmes they had available. Am always curious, checking my blog statistics and the referring website. I find it really interesting how many views Google brings. I thought "Getting your business visible on Google" seemed the perfect programe to attend and learn more about. In the last month I've had 57 views from Google.com and 16 views from Google.co.uk.  

I headed along to Google Digital Garage, on Shandwick Place. I went in and said the programe I was attending, then I was told to take a seat. I was expectin the group to be really big, as it's new opened. The coach said there was meant to be 8 in our group, but it ended up just me and 2 others. 

It was interesting to find out about "test my site". Google can check the mobile speed, of your website. Also using the correct words and phrases, that's something I've become better at. When I first started of writing online I'd write "so this is this", now I try write more detail. I can say from watching my blog statistics I have seen the views from google double.