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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

























































Shirt: H&M similar from Asos here |  Jacket: Ladakh on sale at The Iconic  |  Jeans: Asos |  Sandals: Birkenstock from The Iconic  |  Necklace: Lovisa

TAH-DAH!

I’ve styled my new do with a rebellious look, plus it’s only fitting since the dye I used was called Raspberry Rebel. My nearly all black outfit might have something to do with Melbourne getting the better of me, but it really sets off my new hair. You can see more cool hair on the Style Studio page.
I bought the Birkenstocks and jacket from The Iconic. I’ve seen so many bloggers and street style photos online of people wearing Birkenstocks and I’ve fallen in love – not to mention they’re pretty comfy! I’m usually a 38 in shoes but website said to order a size smaller and I’m glad I did, they fit like a glove. Plus, a nice leather jacket can do no wrong; I’m looking forward to teaming this jacket up with a cute dress later (maybe even in winter since it’s been so mild!)
I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative with your look – I feel like a different person with this awesome hair!

Hope you’re all doing well!
-Olivia. xx



































































PHOTO DIARY: GDANSK 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014




GDANSK

My parents and older sister left Poland while it was still a communist country and fled to Germany as asylum seekers and received refugee status. They applied to live in Canada and Australia, but it was Australia that took them in first. After the interview they had in Koln, a woman from the Australian consulate pinned a Kangaroo onto my sister's jumper when they left. Mum knew then that they had a good chance of starting a new life in Australia when that happened. My Mum said that after they had received and accepted their offer from Australia as political refugees, Canada had accepted them too (It's always interesting for me to think how different my life would have been if Mum and Dad lived in Canada). 
My parents and older sister came to Melbourne in February 1983 and Mum said that she had a cold and it was really hot when they got outside. Plus, it was a shock because they had just left a wintery Europe behind! Mum told me that she didn't like it and she wanted to go back. They lived in a migrant hostel and Dad soon found work and now we can fast forward 31 years and we are all still living in Melbourne today. I can't imagine what it would be like for my parents to leave their brothers and sisters behind and not really know when they could go back to see them again. Especially since you need to start a new life from scratch. My parents are troopers and I think they raised all of us to be troopers too - thanks Mum and Dad! 

Coming back to Gdansk (I was there when I was 6) was really exciting since I wasn't really old enough to remember everything and most of my memories come from the home movies Dad took and the conversations I've had with my twin sister about it. I hadn't seen my Grandpa or Aunties for 19 years and it was a whirlwind of emotions and happiness. Living in Australia and only having my parents around, I've never known how it feels to have aunties and cousins. I just never got to experience that type of family dynamic. When I went to Poland, I realised how huge my family is!































When we arrived in Gdansk, my cousin Nico picked us up from the airport and helped us settle in. 
On the first day, we went to an awesome lookout tower and then went to see the Dom do gory nogami, that just means the upside down house. I didn't think I would learn anything there, but I did. There was a whole section of the place that told the story of Polish people being sent to Siberia which I didn't know much about. After that, we headed to a bar mleczny which is now popular for university students, because the food is good and cheap. It was really good; just like home food and I had missed it! After that Adrian and I hung out and walked around the city and then caught up with Nico again for a night time view of Gdansk. 

The second day we went to the Molo in Sopot, which is the pier in a place called Sopot (not far from Gdansk). We had some Gofry there and walked around, then rushed back to meet my aunty where she took us from there. I went to see my Grandma's grave and that was pretty emotional. I remember when she died and my Mum went back to Poland when she was sick. It was a really sad day, I really loved her so much and I wished that she was around to see me again. My aunty then took me to my other aunties house where they overfed me soup and cakes and we talked and talked. I felt so comfortable around them, like I had known them for my whole life. I guess that's the beauty of family. 

The third day was a catch up day with my aunty again and she took me to the Galeria in Gdansk to have a look at some stores and buy some gifts. Later that night, Adrian and I had our six year anniversary dinner at a close by restaurant called Velevetka. We were staying on Organa, just near the Dulgi Targ which is the main street in Gdansk's old town (Air BNB place in Gdansk). After dinner, we met up with Nico and his fiancĂ© for a drink.  I also got to hangout with my cousins children, (I think that makes me a cousin once removed, thanks google!), see my cousins, aunts and uncles. It was fantastic although pretty short! 

The next day we flew out to Turkey. 

I still have that leg of my trip to share with you on my blog. In a couple of weeks I'm going away again for my twin sisters wedding in Spain! I'll be visiting the UK and Poland again so, stay tuned for more family photos and personal sharing! haha







These are all my Mum's sisters (except one who lives in Germany) and their husbands. Then the kids and my Grandpa!

-Olivia. xx

PHOTO DIARY: GERMANY 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014





























GERMANY

After leaving Leeds, Adrian and I landed in Dusseldorf, Germany. I have some family in Germany, but most are still living in Poland. This leg of our journey was now to visit my side of the family. Adrian and I visited my Grandma, two aunties and uncles. We've been to Germany before in 2010 when I was studying in Sweden, so it was great to see everyone a few years later. 

Although, we faced the inevitable challenge of driving on the opposite side of the road with our hire car, it was actually pretty easy. I got to drive on the autobahn (yes, I went fast and it was crazy, my top speed was 165 km/ph!). When Adrian first drove on the autobahn, I had the song Big Truck by Coal Chamber ready to play on the iPod, it's pretty funny if you know the song. The song kind of makes you feel like you own the road! But, whenever I thought we'd be getting into the fast lane, we couldn't, so the song was constantly being passed or started again. I think we listened to that Coal Chamber album wayyy too much in the car.

Germany was a whirlwind of seeing my family. So, we really didn't have much time to explore more of Dusseldorf or Koln. We managed to see the town where my Grandma lives and have ice-cream together. Even though I've been there so many times, I never really left her house to see where she lives. It was really nice to see my Grandma's local dentist and all those other mundane things that you never really get to see when you live so far away from your family. 

The image below if of an amazing magnolia tree in my Grandma's town centre. I was in awe of how beautiful it looked when we walked by it. The image doesn't really give it justice. Now, whenever I see a magnolia growing somewhere at home, I always think back to this really special moment with my Grandma.



Even though Adrian and I saw so much family, we managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Koln. We decided to visit the Ludwig Museum before going back to my Grandma's place to have dinner. The Ludwig museum was okay, it had great reviews online and we really thought it would be amazing. The security guards made our visit awkward, following us through the galleries and watching us (as if we'd do something wrong!) We ended up being cheeky and walking briskly to get them off our tails. 
When in Koln, you can't help but photograph The Kolner Dom. It's awe-inspiring and beautiful. We already made the trek up to the top during our previous visit so, we didn't this time, but if you're ever in Koln and have time to go up The Kolner Dom, I recommend it! 

On the last day in Germany, when we were driving home from Grandma's house, we decided to go through all the small towns instead of the autobahn. We came by this amazing field and had to take some photos, the light was amazing and the grass was so green. The next day we woke up early and went to catch a flight to Gdansk to see more family!



























-Olivia. xx

STAY WARM WITH A MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE

Wednesday, July 23, 2014



























OVER THE WEEKEND I MADE SOME MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATES.



Recently, my friend bought some Paleo chocolate and it was really delicious, really delicious. Every time I went to go buy some of this chocolate from a store near my house, it was always closed. I found a stockist near work, but didn't want to keep visiting that health food/fitness store to buy chocolate, so I figured I'd hit the local IGA on my way home and find something similar. I found Taza Chocolate and figured it would have to fix my craving. So when I got home, as all good girlfriends do, I hid the chocolate under Adrian's pillow and waited for him to get home, find the gifted chocolate so I could finally eat it.

He opened it and I watched like a hungry child, when it came to eating some of it I was pleasantly underwhelmed. It wasn't anything like what I had craved and I waited for him to get home for me to be disappointed, dammit! I put the chocolate in the lolly drawer and forgot that I had even bought it. Until, I was researching Mexican hot chocolates and google image showed me what looked strangely resembled the underwhelming chocolate discs I had previously stashed in the kitchen. I hadn't bought what I originally wanted, I had invested in my future cravings!

I visited the Taza Chocolate website and found the recipe I used to make these Mexican Hot Chocolates.


INGREDIENTS
1 2.7 oz package of Taza Chocolate Mexicano (any flavour)
2 cups of milk, soy milk, almond milk, or water
Salt to taste

METHOD

1. Roughly chop or grate he chocolate and set aside. (I just broke the discs into little pieces)
2. Heat two cups of milk or water in small saucepan over medium heat to just below a simmer.
3. Remove the milk from heat and add a pinch of salt. (I didn't do this, the salt part freaked me out. Let me know if you guys did and if it was salty milk?)
4. Slowly mix in the chocolate, string frequently until dissolved.
5. When chocolate is dissolved, return the mixture to the stove and re-warm over low heat.

That's pretty much it!
I whipped some cream and added it to the top and sprinkled some chocolate powder on top. I also used the Cacao Puro to make these but, look at all the flavours, all the possibilities!!

One word of warning, I felt pretty sick after drinking so much dairy/milk. Especially with the cream that I added on the top. It was good at the start but I had to take breaks! haha

-Olivia. xx