Sunday, 21 September 2014

Harvest Snack Review

I was intrigued about the concept of the Graze Box in the UK, a delivered box of healthy snacks? It would've been the perfect solution. I have long 3 hour seminars with only a 10 minute break to cram whatever you can into your mouth. Thus, it eliminated most lunch items and fruit wasn't exactly the most filling. At first I anguished that it was based in the UK but then I found the Australian equivalent.. Harvest Box! But at $8.95 .. it was quite a hefty price. Plot twist, they sold some of their snacks in Coles for $2.50 each so I decided to buy a few to see if it was worth the investment! I chose the most diverse for a more valid review. 

There's something a bit odd about dried berries, perhaps it's just hard to wrap my head around the concept. The main underlying issue with these snacks is that they're not exactly the healthiest despite the fact that they're marketed as such. I'm sure that they use oil in order to dry their fruits. Sure if you juxtapose it against a packet of chips but comparing anything to that is counter-intuitive. The yogurt balls? Definitely not healthy but sinfully delicious.  

I liked this for the dark chocolate and the chewiness of the goji berries and seeds. But the bananas had that extremely artificial taste yielded from esters and most certainly used oil. Other than that, it was fun enough to eat but again, not the healthiest snack. 

To prevent reiterating myself to the point of a broken record, how about we feign ignorance on the presence of the dried fruit? Other than that, it's healthier compared to the other two if less palatable. Rather bland but expected. 


As it doesn't accomplish what it advertises, I'm going to have to give Harvest Boxes a miss. They'll do in a pinch to delude yourself into being healthy and its a fraction of the price of most granola bars. However, it's quite costly as a regular fallback. So the only alternative is to create your own mixes and your own fruit through use of a food dehydrator. Ahh, and here I thought I was on the brink of a solution to my hunger woes. 




Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Adventures in Enmore

An extended sakura branch for my absence? I've been in a mood of sorts lately, it's difficult finding motivation to do anything at all. If breathing wasn't involuntary, I'd procrastinate existing as well. Thank goodness that there's no timestamp on them *ahem (was taken awhile ago). I'd forgotten how much I like exploring after confined to my room and assignments for so long. The kind where you jump from place to place, discovering new sights. In addition, it presented the perfect opportunity to practice using my new camera. Initially, we planned to be in Newtown as it possessed more exciting eats (and a vegan pizza I was most curious about) but my friend had a craving for waffles that begged to be satisfied, hence our proverbial X marks the spot was the Doughbox Diner on Enmore. Compared to Newtown, I say it's rougher and not as hipster but there are a few things to return back for, opshops and the Gallery Serpentine store to begin with. 

So our first stop was the Auburn Botanical Gardens for the blooming of the sakura blossoms. Last year, I befell upon the most tragic sight of coming too late, bare branches and decaying petals across the ground.. I made sure not to repeat that mistake! But then Sydney was plagued by a freak galestorm that lasted a good fortnight! Oh I languished and despaired, praying against an encore of last year. But then.. lo and behold! A clear day! Of course as I was waiting for the train, it began to sprinkle, but that's life for you. And I now know the secret behind couple photos! A tripod! Revolutionary! I always wondered if they roped some unfortunate soul into catching their romanticness in the act. I cringe at that image, experiencing third hand embarrassment. So it makes sense if a little temperamental. And whatever gets caught in a still image is a representation of reality right *sarcasm? Still, the couple that hogged the picturesque canopy of sakura took the loonnnggessttt of times using an immensely good camera to boot. Huh. I hope that it had more use in its contract than just couple photos!

To Enmore we headed for waffles. But before we stumbled upon it, we happened upon a curious display. At first glance, I thought it was a fetish store, until I saw a lolita dress. So, we ventured into the Gallery Serpentine store. At first blush, it appeared to be just that and steampunk inspired pieces (Corsets for $300?!?!) But, channeling Alice's intrigue garnered us this.




BAM! I think I died of delight. But to preserve my cool image, I squealed internally instead. How about I allow you to walk through this visual pleasure? 

Why must you tempt me Japan? It's remarkable how marked up the prices were. Originally from there, yet here, they have the gall to slap on an extra $50 at least. Insanity. I spotted a skirt I liked, the design was glorious, the price was not. So gulping, we continued our journey to the diner. 

I, myself, was lured to the prospect of Crepe Cones. 

Very retro decor. 

Upon leaving, we were allowed lollipops. Which I am saving for a rainy day. Or post exam, whichever comes first.

Dr. Maddox: Hey, how come all you have in there (his briefcase) is a smiley face button and a revolver?

Ted: Well, one's in case I get sad.. and the other is in case I get really sad. 

Ahh Scrubs, til this day you are so quotable. 

Admittedly, I got a bit shutter happy. 

I don't entirely remember what I ordered. But it contained a lottttt of whipped cream, tim tams, marshmallows and milo. Eh. It was okay. I left most of it behind. Kind of regret ordering it since it's something I could so easily replicate at home and factor in my own preferences. But I think the appeal lay greater in the savoury variety. And yep, spot the friend who has a phone for an extended appendage. 

Our guest of the moment. Again, it was meh. The waffle was exceedingly eggy in taste so not my cup of tea. But being here was a great way to tie up the day in a neat little bow. 

Gallery Serpentine 

Shop 2, 112 Enmore Road, Enmore, NSW

Ph: +61 2 9557 5821.

Mon to Friday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday 12noon until 5pm

Doughbox Diner

137 Enmore Rd, Enmore, NSW
Tel: +61 (02) 9565 1995
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm-11pm
Friday and Saturday 6pm-12am
Sunday 6pm-10pm
Closed Mondays

Till next time! More adventures lurk on the horizon!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Outfit Algorithm: Skirt

MNG Dusty Rose Striped Skirt (Anglicare Opshop $8)
Why hello, hasn't this been awhile? As fun as these posts are to conceptualise, they are the biggest pain to accomplish. My room always looks like a bomb has hit it following this, and I don't know about you, but cleaning your room is one of the most mind-numbingly tedious tasks to endeavour.. which only wins you a few days of squeaky clean before it's a mess again - in my case at least. But after much reluctance, I bring you another post in the series, featuring this 'oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-I-stumbled-upon-this-beauty' skirt! I had already waxed poetic about this in an earlier post, so I'll spare you my fractured attempts of magic with words.

Level 1: Shoes 

Cream Converse ($25, eBay), Dusty Rose Helga Deandris (eBay), Black Suede Litas Jeffrey Campbells (eBay)
So shall we play up every factor made tangible by this skirt? With the rose tones, to elevate its dreamy quality. With black to play up its classic colour. For awhile I had been experimenting with subtle changes that alter the aesthetics completely, here, against the black, the rainbow looks evermore striking. Whilst white or even the dusty rose would've been the more obvious choice to tie in with the timelessness, the rainbow adds a slight playful and quirky edge. The converse on the other hand, brings it to other end of the spectrum, relaxed and comfortable. The suede more so softens the look despite its colour so even just leather shoes would introduce the edgy look.

Level 2: Socks/Tights

Striped Socks (Daiso, $2.80), Mid Thigh Length Cream Socks (Liz Lisa), Black Patterned Socks, Grey Dangerfield Over the Knee Socks ($15)


Alright so obviously I have a problem. After finishing therapy for collars, I would be shipped post haste to the hosiery one. But how can something so simple provide such a understated, tasteful, risqué edge? How? In addition, they are the perfect security blanket if you're insecure about the appearance of your legs. My sister, bought me the Liz Lisa socks from her recent trip to Japan, it is crazily so elaborate and intricately detailed. Ah! I so can not wait to dawdle listless hours away in Harajuku. 

Level 3: Shirts

Checked Dangerfield shirt ($13, eBay), Bardot Contrast Collar Sheer Shirt (eBay), Cue White Shirt ($8, Opshop)
With the long sleeved shirt, you emphasise the prim and proper quality of the skirt. Of course, to tone that down, unusual or cuter prints like polka dots are utilised. The displayed shirt is a paradox upon itself. An almost dragon overlord like collar? Balance that with a tie! Checked pattern? Wrong! Neutral colour! And I particularly like how the tie is doubled, with a shorter length atop. It makes layering with jumpers an absolute dream. But of course, traditionally, white shirts are often preferred. A solid shirt rather than a sheer one, accomplishes the elegance far better.

Level 4: Tops

Graphic Shirt ($1.45, Opshop), Dusty Rose Sheer Top ($8, eBay), SES Mint Collar Sheer Top 
Now this, dances upon the skirt's versatility. Whilst long sleeves add an elegance, short sleeves lend a casualness. Pair it with converse or docs and you're golden. So here we have mild pastel colour blocking with the mint against rose. And of course, colour matching. 

Level 5: Outerwear

Zara Navy Double Breasted Blazer (eBay)
I'm very particular about clothes. It has to fit the mould that my mind has envisioned and even one minor flaw would detract its entirety from me in its absolute. Unfortunately. But I figure, if I'm going to be spending money on it, it had better be, perfection. Why settle for anything less? With navy blazers, it must be double breasted, a structured lapel, preferably functional pockets (But let's not get away with ourselves here) but it must be around mid thigh in length. I am rather partial to that length, perhaps because it looks more formal in my mind? Emphasise that with a long sleeved shirt, and the outfit is set. Trench coats would lend itself to a more elegantness whilst cardigans for a lazy, casualness.

Level 6: Jumpers
Umbrella Jumper (eBay), Red Plaid Liz Lisa Shirt ($5, Opshop), Black Contrasting Sleeves Grey Jumper (Opshop, $8)
And here we come full circle to my favourite things to wear in the world. Jumpers. Collars. Sigh. The simplistic casual ease is its main draw and to cover all grounds I provided the more simple counterbalance to the kitschy umbrella print. The jarring colour and patterns call to me, but to make it more wearable, they are offset by the black.

Whew, and we are done! I apologise if this post appears rushed. now off to clean the mess that I call my room! Until next time!