Month: March 2014

I’M MOVING TO AUSTRALIA

I thought it was time that I wrote an ‘official’ blog post for my ‘announcement’. There’s a lot of “s going on right now, it seems..
Anyway, getting to the point – I am going to be moving to Australia for 12 months and then travelling back to the UK for 6 months, whilst visiting other places like New Zealand, Fiji and America.
I am going to be going on a group flight this summer, all organised by a company. I will be able to stay in Australia for up to 12 months and can apply for 24 months, if I work for 3 months ‘on the land’ (farms, fields, fruit picking..)

I am going to be getting a job out there, obviously as I have a working visa. I just want to have a big change and to explore a completely new place! I cannot wait to meet new people and see some stunning places.

I will be taking my iPad with me and I will carry on to do a few blog posts every now and then, but they will be updates on what I’m currently doing. I am also going to carry on uploading vlogs to my YouTube channel whilst travelling around the place. I am going to be doing this mainly to keep close family and friends at mind, so they know that I’m still safe and what I’m getting up to! Obviously I will be speaking to family and friends via Facetime, but with the time difference, it’s easier to upload photos and videos to social media!

I will write another post with more details about my trip and if you have any questions, then feel free to ask them below! I will try to answer them (appropriate questions) in my next post!

Australia_Day
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Aputure Amaran Ring Light Review

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Here is a quick review on the Aputure Amaran Ring Light. I purchased this on Amazon when I was thinking of getting some sort of studio lights – I tend to become productive in the evenings and want to take lots of blog photos, but it’s always too dark! So I found this on Amazon HERE for £25ish, which is a lot cheaper than buying studio lights and much smaller – as I have no room in my university room!

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This is a really compact LED lighting system that clicks onto the top of your DSLR, or around the lens (with provided lens rings). You can also use this in your hand aswell, if you don’t have a DSLR – especially as it runs on AA batteries.ImageImageImageAs you can see, the lens rings come in a wide range of sizes.ImageThe great thing about this ring light, is that it comes with several settings. You can either light up half of the ring, (one or the other) or the whole thing. You can also use this as a flash when you synchronise it with your camera! You then can adjust the brightness on the LEDs aswell.ImageImageI will be posting photos that I have taken with this ring light shortly – as I am rammed with university work and sorting out my move to Australia (I will also be posting about this soon!).

But yes, I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants lighting, but has no room for it or don’t want to fork out a hefty price!

Liebster Award!

So, some lovely bblogger had nominated me for the Liebster Award on here! The only problem was that I was so busy at the time, that I am only now getting around to it and have completely forgot who nominated me – so I’d like to say: I’m sorry, but thank you for asking me to do this!
Here we go then..
What beauty product could you not live without?
I could not live without eyeliner, mainly for appearance-wise. I feel that eyeliner frames me face completely and can transform my ‘morning’ face and make me look slightly decent! My eyeliner of the moment is the KissMe Heroine Make Smooth eyeliner from Japan – it is literally like a sharpie to the eyes! I struggle to get it off with a miscellar water!

What beauty product could you live without?
I could definitely live without stuff like foundation, this is mainly because I only recently started to wear it – yes, it gives me coverage, but I don’t really mind if I don’t wear any! Although, my favourite one so far is definitely Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation!

What is your favourite inspirational quote?
I’m not really a person for quotes, but an inspiration of mine is Anne Frank and I always love her quote:
“Think of all the happiness still around you, and be happy”.

What is your dream job?
My dream job would be in a design studio, either working on pattern design, illustration or web design. I would also love it to be somewhere else other than the UK, I love to travel too much.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I really want to travel around America and Canada – I would also like to live out there swell. I would then like to explore the more ‘hidden’ places of the world!
Although from August onwards, I am going to be living in Australia for 12 months, then visiting NZ, Fiji and America!
If you could meet anyone one person who would it be?
This was a really hard question. I would probably say that I’d love to meet Vivienne Westwood one day – she is such an inspiration and a strong woman. I love her style and how she presents herself!

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging as I wanted to become more organised and schedule things out. I thought that blogging would really help with this. Also, I tend to talk and talk about things that my flatmates are really interested in, so I thought that I should show my opinions and thoughts with likeminded people, that have the same interests!

Where do you get most your inspiration for blog posts?
I mainly like to blog about whatever comes from my head. My blog started out as mainly a beauty blog at first, but I have ventured into writing book reviews, film reviews, travel posts, technology.. My blog has basically turned into an ‘all of Zoe’s interests’ kind of theme!

Do you have any other hobbies other than blogging?
I really enjoy reading, illustration and running. Other than them, I really like to travel, see new things and meet new people!

How would you describe your style in 3 words?
I would say that my style isn’t really a particular style – I tend to change a lot and mainly wear certain things for comfort and my body type. I never use to wear dresses or be adventurous with clothing, but now I am completely a dress, tights and boots girl!
I do enjoy wearing a pair of thick leggings with a long tshirt though – comfortable, but not too lazy looking!

What’s? your favourite clothing store?
I don’t think I really have a favourite clothing store, I don’t tend to buy that many clothes now because I have to sort my old clothes out first and being low on money, with no job in my third year! Although, I am starting to grow a rather big love for ASOS, it’s just so easy to return items and they present the clothes really well on the website. I would say that I do like to shop in places like New Look, Urban Outfitters, Topshop (rarely, due to the price, but they do have some nice things every now and then – although quality is sometimes pretty bad in their tshirts). and H&M for the rare basics that I need!
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Alice In Wonderland Themed Restaurant – Shibuya, Tokyo.

I thought that I would share a review on the Alice In Wonderland Themed Restaurant that we visited in Shibuya, Tokyo. It was amazing there!
Before we went to Tokyo, we decided to look up the crazy themed restaurants that are around Tokyo. There were Alcatraz themed, prisons, Thunderbirds, Under The Sea, Vampires and even a Robot Restaurant!
We decided to go to the Alice In Wonderland one, as it seemed the most impressive – and I must say, it certainly lived up to it’s hype online!
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The food was amazing, not that pricey but definitely brilliant quality and dedication on a plate! All of the dishes and drinks on the menu were themed around Alice In Wonderland, not only by name but by the little touches in appearance.
Not forgetting to mention the menu.. It was presented as a large storybook which was illustrated on each page, with the listings! It was gorgeous!
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I decided to get a cabonara pasta (of some sorts, can’t really remember what it was) – it was gorgeous, but they also created a playing card out of the ‘cracker’, or whatever it was! It was such an adorable touch! They even brought us a small starter in a teacup, that had a card which said ‘Eat Me’ on it!
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Desert was definitely the highlight of the night! I ordered something along the lines of the caterpillar – it was some sort of a swiss roll which was green to form the caterpillars body. He then had two blueberries for eyes, cream for the head and two chocolate twirl tube things for antennas! He also came with a miniature top hat, which was the most amazing chocolate mousse that I have ever tasted, with chocolate formed as a hat on the top! To top that off even more, they wrote ‘Eat Me’ on the plate in chocolate sauce which was extremely adorable!
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If anyone is going to Tokyo, I would very highly recommend this restaurant! Their uniforms were ridiculously cute too – I am sold, I totally want one! We all thoroughly enjoyed it here and would love to go back to this amazing restaurant!