Snapshots From The Sunshine Coast And Brisbane

A couple of weeks ago Celina, Toby, James and I visited the Sunshine Coast!

We had a mad dash to the airport because of James’ stupid McDuff luck >_< I bet I wouldn’t be as stressed out at airports if he didn’t have such bad luck!!! Below with my new Hideo Wakamatsu suitcase. I’ve decided that it’s officially pretty enough to counteract James’ terrible airport luck.

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Anyway we made it to Brisbane late on Thursday night and had late birthday dinner with James’ parents and brother. Then we made the drive up to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast… James and I had a bet on exactly how long it would take to get there. Teeeeechnically he won but I’m still disputing that though >_>

We crashed early that night at the Zanzibar unit and woke up to this in the morning:

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10 Packing Tips – Win A Beauty Travel Case From Hideo Wakamatsu

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Omg 2 competitions in a week? That’s pretty awesome! This week is giveaway week and next week is craft tutorial week, I have a lot of sewing things coming up now that I’m home for a little bit 😀

Before we get to the winning part, I wanted to show you guys some packing tips using my new Hideo Wakamatsu luggage set because I often get questions about this kind of thing.

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Here’s the video I made about it while we were away!

I have been lusting after Hideo Wakamatsu suitcases for far too long as I first saw them in 2007 when I researched luggage for a trip to Japan. I was basically over the moon when they offered to send me a suitcase and the matching beauty case for review!

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As you guys know, we recently took a trip to The Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The Snapshot posts and vlogs are coming but I couldn’t wait to post about this! One of the highlights of the trip was visiting The Big Pineapple to see their new markets and meet Jo from Earth Jewel Creations. The Big Pineapple has really changed a lot since I was a kid but I’ll post more on the when I write up my Snapshots!

Earth Jewel Creations is one of the permanent stalls at the markets and having seen Jo’s handmade jewellery online before I was quite excited to try some on.

Jo was lovely enough to allow me to do a giveaway with some of her jewellery so you guys can enjoy it too, the details are at the bottom of the post!

Here I am with Jo trying on one of the jewellery wraps.

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The store specialises in jewellery made from beautiful gems as well as hand stamped customised charms.

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The pieces I was most interested to see on our visit were the suede jewellery wraps. They are adjustable so you can wear them a lot of different ways (one of my favorite things ever!) and they come in a lot of different colours and with different charms.

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The big ball charms are detachable too so you can move them around.

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Jo was nice enough to give me a White Magnesite/Pyrite wrap and I made a video on all of the different ways to wear it:

Visiting Canberra for #humanbrochure Day 3 – Snapshots

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Hello! Time for Day 3 of our trip to Canberra 😀

Read about Day 1 here!

Read about Day 2 here!

Read about Day 3 here!

Day 3 was the last day of our Human Brochure trip and it was both happy and sad. I was really looking forward to collapsing in a heap at home but I was also having so much fun in Canberra that I would have liked to stay a couple of extra days to do the things we missed out on like going to the Zoo etc.

We were up bright and early to check out of East Hotel, James went down for breakfast but I opted for a few extra minutes sleep XD

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And the vlog from the day, my favorite part is Lottie’s reaction to us coming home at the end!

 

Bye beautiful hotel room that was bigger than my apartment, I’ll miss you ;_;

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Visiting Canberra For #humanbrochure Day2 Snapshots

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Hello! Time for Day 2 of our trip to Canberra 😀

Read about Day 1 here!

Read about Day 2 here!

Read about Day 3 here!

This was a pretty action packed day and probably my favorite of the three.

We started off the morning with breakfast at the OX eatery in the East Hotel. It was a buffet of pastries and fruits. I managed to snag a soft boiled egg too which was delicious. Apparently even the gigantic mirrors couldn’t stop me from looking like a bit of a tool when applying my make up XD

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And here’s the day’s vlog:

After breakfast we were split into two groups and headed to the buses. One group went to Parliament House while our group went to the National Library. I was really glad to be in the library group… because you know, books>politicians.

Visiting Canberra For #HumanBrochure Day 1 – Snapshots

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It’s been a long time since I put up a snapshots post! Mostly it’s been because I haven’t really done anything interesting, this year so far has seen me sitting behind my computer a lot. That’s going to change soon though because we have a lot of trips coming up which I’m very excited about. It’s nice to get out of the house once in a while and when you’re being invited all over Australia that’s even better!

Recently we were asked by Canberra Tourism to take part in their Human Brochure campaign. Basically what that involved was being flown to Canberra and shown the sights to prove that it really doesn’t suck as much as everyone thinks it does. No seriously. I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I’d never been to Canberra before so I had the same impression of the city as most people I know: pretty small and not much there other than public servants and politicians. James remembered it from his last trip there: the only place in Australia where you can buy fireworks. We were both actually pretty wrong as we didn’t see 1 politician and you can no longer buy fireworks XD So with those misconceptions out of the way how was it??

Read about Day 1 here!

Read about Day 2 here!

Read about Day 3 here!

Well we were on the “Arts” leg of the tour and the weekend was so packed with interesting things that I’m going to have to break it up into each day *_* So let’s get started!

Canberra-Tourism-Human-Brochure-7912   Here is our first day’s Vlog:

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