The Gold Coast Hidden Paradise

As someone who loves to take interesting Instagram photos (I mean, who doesn’t nowadays?) I am always on the lookout for some new places, especially places people haven’t been before. 

So when I first moved to the Gold Coast, my boyfriend and I decided to go and check out the Currumbin wildlife sanctuary, on our way there we spotted this beach right off the highway that had the clearest water and there were people jumping off the railings into the water! (I have found out though, that if you are caught doing this it can result in a ticket; so just a heads up)

We both decided that this was the next place to check out on our list. It was amazing, there were no waves and when we were there; no jellys! Which was a big bonus. It was so nice. They even had a little nature hike you could do through the forest. 

 

The last time I was there, there was a photo shoot going on so it was pretty awesome to see. The scenery here is amazing and absolutely breathtaking. 

So if you ever come to the Gold Coast or live here already, it’s definitely a great place to check out. 

 

 

Thanks for reading! If you have any places that I should check out around the Gold Coast, let me know in the comments below. 

 

  

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

I AM BACK! It has been a hectic week! Quite a few things have happened and with all the nice weather we were having, I have of course been spending it outside tanning. (Yes, I do feel for you all who are in colder temps – stay warm.) I hope everyone had a lovely valentines day! I decided to do a book review, I am not sure if this will be a consistent thing or not because I am extremely judgemental when it comes to books.

#GIRLBOSS written by Sophia Amoruso is the perfect book to read if you are feeling slightly unmotivated or just need some inspiration in your life. She talks about how at the age of 17 she decided that she didn’t want to be in school and she wanted to go on her own way of life, working for others she found wasn’t something that she enjoyed doing either. She talks about the highs and lows and what it took for her to start “one of the fastest growing companies” (Inc. Magazine, 2012) Nasty Gal. If you are not familiar with Nasty Gal, it is a company which sells clothing, accessories and shoes for young women. (Definitely take a peak at the website – one of my favourite online stores)

What stood out to me the most about this book? The fact that she defied social norms. I like that she did not attend any schools, get her masters or come from a wealthy family – she did this all on her own, because she had an idea and she worked her hardest to make that idea a reality.

GB

Favorite Quotes:

“If you believe that what you’re doing will have positive results, it will – even if it’s not immediately obvious”

“Constantly tweak & move on…if something didn’t work… I just tried something else.”

“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?’”

“I do think that you should put effort into what you wear. Clothing is ultimately the suit of armor in which we battle theworld. When you choose your clothing right, it feels good. And there’s nothing shallow about feeling good.”


Thought I would throw in some items that I personally love from the Nasty Gal website:

So do I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY. Go get it, it is honestly amazing.

Manda

Top 10 Travel Must Haves

Before I begin, I just want to say that these are some of the things that I found the most useful while I was travelling Europe, this is not a packing list. I have also listed all this in no particular order.

1) Bobble Water Bottle: If you have not heard of these or have been on the fence about getting one, I suggest you buy yourself one. Especially if you are going on an adventure. The water bottle comes with a filter which makes it easier to find water just about anywhere! It comes in a variety of colours as well.

2) Urban Decays Naked Palette: Not only are these the most important staple in my make up collection, but they are perfect to bring with you when travelling. I personally favour the 2 and 3 over the first one, but that is all about preference. The palettes all come with a brush and a mirror so you won’t need to really bring anything else! It is very easy to use and great for beginners or pros!!

3) Batiste Dry Shampoo: I probably would not have taken as many selfies if it wasn’t for this shampoo (because my hair would be a disaster). Dry shampoo is a MUST when travelling, unless you plan on wearing a hat the entire time or just rocking the greasy look. I have tried many different dry shampoos and Batiste has definitely been my top favourite.

4) Verbatim Power Bank: I probably would not have thought to bring this if I wasn’t gifted it. It was literally a life saver, especially when my phone was on its last bar and we were using it as our means of navigation. This one was good for up to 2 charges, worked very well and was extremely portable.

5) My Cheetah Print Neck Pillow: I had to bring up the fact that it was cheetah because why not. This was not only helpful on all of our train rides, flights and bus rides but also great in some of the places we stayed at. Some places had those really flat pillows that felt like you were sleeping on the mattress alone and this gave my neck the support it needed.

6) Straightener: This was important for me just because I prefer my straight hair over my curly hair. It also helped changing up my hair a bit when I felt like doing beachy waves.

7) Scarf: If you have done your research on backpacking or have done backpacking, you will know that you are limited on how many different items of clothing you can pack. A scarf is the best accessory and they are so light as well. I brought my colourful pashmina with me and wore it so often, it even worked well on the days I didn’t bring a jacket and used it as a shawl.

8) Nikon DSLR D5200:  I think that this is an obvious one, I decided to put this here just to show what type of camera I am using.

9) Favorite Lipstick: Do you know that one lipstick you own that just goes so well with no matter what other make up you have on or what you are wearing, BRING THAT ONE. I got this lipstick in one of my Ipsy bags and I use it SO much. The brand is Hikari and its in the colour cabernet, this is a long lasting lipstick and its just such a great colour.

10) Statement Necklace: This goes with #7, this can immediately change up a plain black or white t-shirt and make you look very put-together.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope this helped you out. If you have any questions, let me know below. Also let me know what were your travel must-haves?!

Manda

A Few Reasons Why Santorini Should Be On Your Bucket List