The Year That Was- 2015

  Oh boy now that Christmas is well and truly over, the countdown is on to ring in 2016. This reflection post is primarily for me to read back at in the future, but I hope you find it somewhat interesting to read. ☺
I can honestly and confidently say that 2015 is one of the best years, if not the best year of my life thus far. Now, that's a bold statement but I really do mean it. I feel that this year I am the happiest I have ever been, I have grown a lot as a person, and I have achieved my goals that I have set in the beginning of the year. With that said, it wasn't always smooth sailing. I had my bad days (who doesn't?), and I also had to overcome some difficult challenges. Hey, that's life and I have learnt a lot of lessons. 
I'm not going to delve into the bad things that happened, cause that's unnecessary. I thought I'd share a few things that stood out the most for me this year. Here goes...
Moving out of home

I moved out of home for the first time in the beginning of this year. Previously I was commuting approximately two hours to get to Uni.. it was not a fun time. I wasn't getting many opportunities where I was living and I decided enough is enough, it was time for me to leave the nest. I now live in the beautiful city of Melbourne and I love it. 
I love the hustle and bustle of the city. I love there's always something going on and things to see. I live super close to Uni which is pretty handy. Of course, I have to learn to do a lot of things on my own and learn to budget. Yup, I'm an adult now but it's not too bad.☺
Pursuing my true passion

I have always said that I wanted to become a fashion designer. That isn't the case anymore. I come to realised that I cannot become a fashion designer because a) I dislike pattern making very much, b) I dislike sewing. I like designing and illustrating but I feel that I can offer much more. Long story short, I am now pursuing a career in fashion PR. I like that it's a mixture of both business and creativity. PR is a growing industry with a fast paced environment. It’s not your typical 9 to 5 office job, it’s different, it’s challenging, it's hard work, and I'm all about it. It allows the imagination, creativity and opportunities no other course does. I was worried that this might not be the right path for me because people tend to associate PR with extroverts. That's not true, introverts can be a PR pro. I learn that introverts like myself belong in PR and can succeed in the PR world too. I believe in myself and this is something I want to pursue. I can and I will!

New York

Getting to go to NYC is probably my highlight for this year. I bought myself a ticket to New York for my 21st birthday. Making this dream come true myself is something I'm very proud of, and this whole trip is a memory that I'll have with me forever. I also went to LA for a few days but NY definitely stolen my heart. I hope to go back again in the near future!

Work experience at fashion shows

With moving into the city, comes a lot of opportunities. One of my goals this year is to step out of my comfort zone and trying new things. Happy to say that I have achieved this goal. "Everything you wanted is on the other side of fear" is a quote that I live by this year. I was scared of getting rejected, not being good enough, but I didn't let fear get the better of me. 
I have volunteered for a few different fashion shows this year, with MSFW being the top/ best gig I ever worked at. Volunteering is fun, especially for something that you're passionate about. Through this whole experience of volunteering at fashion shows, I have met some incredible like-minded people who are now great friends of mine. Hip-hip hooray! Take that, fear!

Internships

Again, I didn't let fear win. I knew with what I want to pursue, I need to have a lot of experience and skills. I managed to earn two internships this year, which I'm so proud of. I'm still currently completing one of the internships. Both internships were different but both taught me so much. I am really enjoying the internship I am currently doing. It's a well-reputed company with high profile clients. Every week, I get to do something different which is exciting. The office is really cool, such a dynamic environment with heaps of media professionals so I'm quite lucky to have gotten the opportunity to intern there. I'm going to continue to do internships, and who knows, hopefully, I will land myself a job through one of them. Fingers crossed!!


Fitness

This is an area that needs constant improvement and work. I only joined the gym about six months ago and it's been an on and off relationship with it. I love how it makes me feel afterwards and I do enjoy going to the group fitness classes. I am definitely going to make an effort to regularly go to the gym in the new year. I'm going to stop making excuses because nothing negative will come out of going to the gym and exercising, only the positives.  
 
Exploring  
Something I want to do more of in the new year is to explore more. Not necessary going to another country, cause there's still so much to see in Australia- Victoria even. I went on a road trip a month ago and it was such a blast. I realised there's so much to see and so much the world has to offer. I look forward to going on more adventures and finding little gems of life.
  That's a wrap for 2015! What a big year it has been and I am beyond stoked about the next 365 days. 
 
  
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 
 
  What's one of your top memories for 2015? If you have written a reflection post, link me below. I'd love to read! ☺
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Marie Claire The Parcel | Summer Edit

Marie Claire The Parcel
Another season, another The Parcel. I haven't been disappointed with any of the parcels I have received from Marie Claire thus far, and the love affair continues. Hands down, this season's parcel is the best one yet! I was grinning when I was looking through the parcel and seeing all the amazing goodies that were included in the box. What a great early Christmas gift.

What makes this season's parcel so good? Oh, let me tell you...
LONVITALITE Face Mask
LONVITALITE Face Mask 
Funnily enough, as I'm typing this up I have the collagen firming moisturizing face mask on. It's quite a hot day today, so I put the mask in the fridge for a couple of hours. It feels super nice and refreshing. I have used Lonvitalite face masks before and I quite like their products. Although the face masks don't fit my face nicely, I do find that the masks really does wonders to my skin. 
MAYBELLINE The Colossal Pumped Up Volum' Express Mascara
MAYBELLINE The Colossal Pumped Up Volum' Express Mascara 

I'm a big fan of Maybelline mascaras, so I have high hopes for this mascara. I recently got a lash lift on my lashes (btw best thing ever). A good mascara makes my lashes look bigger and longer. I can't wait to try this mascara out!

SWISSE Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner
SWISSE Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner

The only Swisse product I have used/ still using is their fish oil, Got to have that omega 3, you know. I'm quite intrigued to try this mist toner out. This is perfect for those hot summer days. I love the small sample size which I can pop into my bag, so I can refresh my skin throughout the day.

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner
OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner 

I have heard a few Youtubers mentioned OGX and it seem like it is a good brand. Argan oil is great for the hair. I'm looking forward to trying out this duo.

MAYBELLINE Color Elixir by Color Sensational in Fuchsia Flourish
MAYBELLINE Color Elixir by Color Sensational in Fuchsia Flourish
Again, a product that I have heard several beauty enthusiasts raved about when Color Elixir first came out. I have never really been a liquid lipstick kind of girl, but I'm keen to try this. Although, this hot fuschia pink shade is not a colour I'd usually wear. Eh, sometimes is good to get out my own comfort zone and try something new. ☺
TRILOGY Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm
TRILOGY Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm

Ooh, I think this is a very neat product and I'm excited to try it out. I've never tried a cleansing balm before. This product is made from a blend of pure plant oils such as rosehip, coconut, and sunflower oils. I think my face would love that goodness. Oh yes, it would. 
PAULA'S CHOICE Vitamin C Spot Treatment
PAULA'S CHOICE Vitamin C Spot Treatment 
I haven't heard about this brand before. It claims to be "ideal for spot-treating wrinkles, stubborn brown spots, and post-acne discolorations." I do have hyper-pigmentations on my face, so I'm interested to see if this product works. 
 
MICHAEL KORS Gold Collection
MICHAEL KORS Gold Collection

Oh la la, a luxury gem. This MK perfume smells so good! Don't even know how to really describe the scent. Three words: sexy, elegant, classy.

ELIZABETH AEDEN Superstart Skin Renewal Booster
ELIZABETH ARDEN Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

"Clinically proven to restore the appearance of the skin's surface layer for supple, smooth, more radiant looking skin." Um, yes please!

SALLY HANSEN Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda
SALLY HANSEN Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda
I love Sally Hansen's nail polishes. I think they're great quality and offers a range of beautiful colours. I'm a big fan of their OMGel range. So happy to have gotten this pretty pastel blue shade, as I don't have it in my collection yet. Happy days!

ZOEVA 228 Luxe Crease Eye Brush
ZOEVA 228 Luxe Crease Eye Brush
Last but certainly not least, I may or may not have squealed when I saw this was included. I have heard nothing but amazing things about ZOEVA brushes. This brush feels so incredibly soft. I have been wanting to get my hands on the ZOEVA rose gold set for so long. Should I do it? I think a cheeky purchase is in order!
As you can see, amazing goodies in this season's parcel. So happy with each and every item in this box!

Have you used any of those products mentioned before?
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Blogger Swap with Diaries of a Bride 2015

A couple months back, I took part in a Halloween Swap that was organised by the lovely ladies over at Bloggers United AU. Yep, you read that right- "Halloween". We are now getting in the Christmas spirit...better late than never right?! I still wanted to share the goodies that I received from my partner, Gabby from Diaries of a Bride
Before getting paired up with a buddy, we had to fill out a little questionnaire with our likes and dislikes. With those little hints, Gabby did extremely well and I'm so happy I got paired up with her! 
As you can probably guess, Gabby is a bride-to-be. She's from Western Australia and she works in a field which I'm also interested in. Gabby works at a company which I'm familiar with and I'm currently interning for the company's sub-branch. Because of that, Gabby have been extremely nice and answered the questions that I may have and giving me advice. If you're reading this Gabs, thank you a million! 
Okay, here are the goodies that Gabby gifted me:
Panda notenook
Kikki.K pen
Mouse pad

Oh yes, I do love my stationary and I love inspirational quotes too. Did I mention I love pandas as well?! All my favourite things in one picture! I adore the mousepad with one of my favourites quotes. I think I might save the notepad and use it in the new year...if I can wait, that is.

Panda sleeping mask
Pyjamas shorts

When I saw the panda sleeping mask, I died a little from happiness. How adorable is it?! It's like don't disturb me, imma panda. 
Those pyjamas shorts are super cute too! I love the colour combination and perfect for those hot summer nights.
Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in 091
Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow in Peach Lollipop
Cute Gold Necklace

I love me some glitter on my nails. The glitter nail polish is so pretty!
If you know me, which Gabby does then you'd know that I love dainty things and this necklace is right up my street. Can we just talk about the packaging for a sec? Love the quote on the packaging (" she leaves a little confetti wherever she goes") and the necklace itself is so cute. The perfect piece to layer with other necklaces for that boho look!
I actually haven't seen the Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow version before, so I was super excited when I saw it. It smells so good, which makes me constantly re-applying it!

Honeycomb Chocolate
Oh boy oh boy! Get in my belly right now! One of my favourites chocolates is the Crunchie Chocolate Bars. This is just as equally delicious and I love the honeycomb bits!

Mad for Coconut Body Butter
Coconut Face Mask
I'm sure it's no surprise that I'm a big fan of all things coconut. I have yet to use the face mask and body butter but I can't wait to smother myself with this coconut goodness!
Ahh Gabby, thank you so much for these goodies! I absolutely love everything!!
Be sure to head over to Gabby's blog and show her some love. Pssst! Gabby is currently running a giveaway. Go go go and enter!!
Have you been a part of a blog swap before?
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