Salon: Alysium Spa by the Hilton
Sydney is one of the most well-known cities in Australia. It combines the relaxed beach life with bustling streets, and it has an array of things to do. If you’re a student, considering a university placement in Sydney could be your true calling. Below are some great reasons why you can’t go past this dynamic location for your degree.
1. Luxury Living
For most people, when you picture student accommodation you think about images of box-style dorm rooms, uninsulated walls, and mouldy bathrooms. Studying and living in Sydney offers so much more! Companies such as Iglu (who offer student accommodation in Sydney) provide modern facilities that make you feel more like you’re in a nice retreat or hotel. These types of accommodation are also built specifically for student living, meaning you can move in as soon as you’re ready. On top of that, they also have friendly staff helping out and even regularly organise events for students.
2. The Lifestyle
The big city means it is always bustling, but the juxtaposition with the beach creates this almost ‘mellow’ atmosphere that you can’t help but be affected by. Mostly sunny year-round, the beach lifestyle never gets old. Also, Sydney in particular promotes a healthy lifestyle. You will find people enjoying the outdoors every day, whether it’s running, yoga on the beach, boot camp or going for a swim. Being around people who enjoy living their lives like this is infectious, as healthy leads to happy, and who doesn’t want to be surrounded by happy people—it will help to keep you in the best frame of mind for studying.
3. Location, Location
Sydney is perfectly situated along the east coast of Australia, and is in driving distance to a number of other beautiful locations. Practically in its backyard is the stunning Blue Mountains, which for those people that like a bit of nature with their city-living, is something you can’t pass up. Every student needs to know when to take a break, and driving north—or south—will also mean spectacular coastlines as you hit places like Wollongong, Kiama, Ulladulla, or further up to the Central Coast; and it could all be done on a weekend or day trip, so classes won’t be missed.
4. Social Centre
To live the life of a university student, you have to remember it’s not just about sitting in the library until all hours of the night; it’s also about meeting lifelong friends, gaining life experience, and simply having a life—and Sydney is the perfect place to do this with its buzzing nightlife. This city offers a variety of clubs and bars, whether you’re after underground or rooftop. Boat cruising through the harbour with friends is also a popular choice, as are the never ending number of festivals and events all year long.
Sydney is a vibrant mix of people and personalities, and is welcoming to anyone and everyone who wants to become part of this community. So if you’re looking for somewhere to study that is fun and filled with endless opportunities both during and after your degree, then you can’t go past this beautiful city.
What is it about the idea of Sydney that you love the most? Leave your answers below.
If you’ve been interested in Periscope I recommend you try it, even if just as viewer. I found it really fun interacting with people in a new way via live broadcasting. The good thing is your broadcasts can live on and not perish like on Snapchat so you can see how many people revisited your channel to tune in. Basically from my current knowledge of Periscope, you can create a live broadcast based on an account from your Twitter. Then you can chat to people on any topic, news personas, politicians and celebrities (of course!) do this well. Even a ride in the car for Gigi Hadid receives thousands of live tune ins, but it really feels like you’re there with Gigi and that’s what’s fun. There is a cutoff at a few thousand users who can comment however. The whole purpose is to get as many live viewers and while broadcasting you can receive likes in “hearts”. Your total hearts then appear on your profile.
Recently I’ve broadcast our trip to Singapore and movie reviews for The Martian and Bridge of Spies.
It’s a fun platform to use and you just need your phone and preferrably a twitter account to set it up. I use my @liveshoptravel handle and you can promote your broadcasts directly to your twitter followers which is a great way to start getting tune ins.
Here are some accessories which I highly recommend to make using Periscope easy. I use an iPhone 6s so here are my top accessories:
I got both of these from the MobileZap website. You can find lots of cool accessories on the site. I chose the phone case and tripod because I can use both these items for blogging and specifically when recording videos + using Periscope.
The phone case is a beautiful rose gold. Spigen make some amazing phone accessories. I love how sturdy this case is. It’s got air cushion technology to protect from bumps and drops ( I certainly learnt my lesson when I dropped my last phone, cracking the screen within a split second it hit the ground). From now on I know I need to protect my iPhone as the 6 version is even more delicate.
Despite the tough protection this case offers for the phone, it is still very slim. That’s one thing I can’t accept with iPhone cases – the bulkiness most of them add which kills all elements of style and you end up looking like a 5 year old with your toy phone.
I also love this additional feature: The kickstand for handsfree viewing! How awesome is that? Think to when you wanted to watch youtube videos on your phone..now you can, anywhere!
Bottom line is I love this case! Fits the iPhone perfectly too because Spigen made this case exclusively for Iphone 6s for Best Fit.
My number 2 accessory for Periscope and Video is this Stance tripod from Kenu.
It’s incredibly light and therefore portable:
I like the fact that you can use one tripod for Landscape and Portrait and go between the two modes effortlessly and without requiring a separate case or any other device.
Aparently you can also use your tripod as a bottle opener – I guess perfect for when you’re on holidays! Imagine yourself broadcasting from one of the beaches on a remote tropical island. Yes, this tripod will definitely fit in your pocket.
So there you have it, my 2 accessories used for Periscope, video and photography for the blog and for simply consuming content like everyone else!
Chekout Mobile Zap product range for both Spigen and Kenu products. They’re an Australian business operating out of Sydney and have a pretty impressive range of mobile and tablet accessories.
If you’re on Periscope, please add your handles in the comment section so I can follow you! See you on the live broadcasts!
I was gifted the products but was not paid to endorse or advertise the brands or store mentioned on the blog.
All opinions are my own and this is a genuine review.
If you’re thinking about saving money – living in Sydney can be particularly tough, here are some tips I learnt while trying to save. I like to shop, so this is not going to be a post about never shopping again and limiting yourself on lots of things. We want to make sure saving money is not a chore and it’s a sustainable activity.
Once you get your first job, you’ll start to understand how hard it can be to save money, especially with all the excitement of having a paycheck. Somehow demands increase exponentially and you’ll find you’re actually spending more rather than saving, so here are some tips from my days of saving:
1. Keep a budget
The easiest thing I found was to start an excel spreadsheet and over approximately a month, record your spendings. This doesn’t have to be extremely accurate, but you’ll mostly know what you’d spent your money on. I used to sit down at the end of the week and record all of my expenses. You’ll start to get a pretty clear idea on where you’re spending most of your hard earned cash. Then think whether you can cut back of some of that spending or whether you need that cost at all. You might even discover that what you think is costing a lot is actually not so bad.
I was surprised that if I bought lunch every day versus purchasing groceries at a supermarket and making it, the savings were not as significant as I might have liked, minus all the extra effort. So that was a good to know and I stopped worrying about buying lunch every day since groceries are more expensive most times.
2. Shop the sales
Sign up to shopper notification lists such as Missy Confidential and make a note on when your favourite brands are having warehouse sales. I usually don’t shop all the time but when a warehouse sale comes along, I end up spending close to $600-$700 especially on winter clothes like coats, jackets and boots. You know those items of clothing are the most expensive when you need them (in the middle of winter), so pre-empt those spendings and purchase these items at a warehouse sale in the summer months. For about $600 I can purchase up to 10 items of clothing which would otherwise cost me hundreds of dollars more.
3. Unsubscribe from a lot of the newsletters from online shops
I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of emails from all these stores I signed up to (don’t remember when), potentially when there was some sort of competition or giveaway. Well these emails are all pushing for purchases. “NEW stock”, “20% off SALE”, “You have a voucher that will expire in the next 24 hours”. As systems are getting smarter, you’ll be tempted to buy things a lot! Do you notice those un-bought items stalking you online through re-targetting ads? Precisely! You can’t escape from them online, so don’t also become lured through your emails. Start unsubscribing from the lists and try to limit online shopping to incredible sales, perhaps once every 6 months or even less.
4. Tell your friends
If you’re finding a particular week harder than others in terms of savings, tell your friends that you can’t do a more expensive restaurant or cocktails and be honest. You don’t have to splurge on stuff all the time but also don’t feel bad that you’re trying to manage your finances. There can be a lot of pressure on us to ‘keep up’ with mates on going to expensive dinners or buying rounds of drinks. There will be times your friends will get upset at you or you’ll have to miss out on a group holiday, but make a priority list of what you want and need and how you would like to spend your money. In the end, your friends are not going to contribute to your savings account.
5. Go on mini holidays
Instead of taking a 3 week holiday, pick a location close to you and do a long weekend away, better yet a road trip. Road trips can be very fun and don’t have to cost a lot. Now with the availability of AirBnB, booking an affordable property is very easy and most places in Australia are near the beach. This makes a really cost efficient activity in the summer – get a few friends together and pitch in for a beach house. A long weekend away 2-3 hours away from home can feel like an awesome break and doesn’t have to be expensive.
Some of my favourite spots in NSW:
- Hawks Nest (Find the beautiful white sand beach- Jimmy’s Beach and enjoy some local fish and chips)
- Jervis Bay (Really close to Sydney and feels like you’re in a resort town)
- Blue Mountains (Not beachy, but you’re surrounded by beautiful nature – go on a bush walk and relax in a cottage with a fireplace)
6. Buy stuff in bulk when you can
If you see something on sale that you know you’ll definitely need, this includes household items like toothpaste, shampoo, make up remover wipes , my advice is – get a few packs. You know you’ll use them eventually and when you need something ASAP it’s easy to run over to the convenience store and purchase it at 2x the original price. Who had done that before? Most of us! Me included. I like online stores like Ozsale for buying things in bulk. Yes people will probably laugh at you for purchasing a 20x box of toothbrushes, but it’s waaay cheaper than buying them individually in store, trust me.
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Thank you! Happy Saving!
Do you ever wonder whether you’ve made the right career choice? Or are you in the decision stages now?
There are so many jobs out there and I personally was so lost for so long. I wanted to try different professions but had to choose one university degree. I decide to do Commerce because I figured it was a broader industry than some which can be very niche. I have been meeting a lot of people recently who have completed degrees in Science but work in PR or finished with a degree in Law and now in finance careers.
So you don’t always have to decide right away on what you want to do. I personally love doing different tests and quizzes online because even though you might not get the result you’re after (Once I got “tradie” as a profession choice! (lol) , you can see what questions you should ask yourself about what you like/dislike, where you see yourself, what preferences you have for work types etc
Those questions are enough to perhaps lead you to an industry/career of choice. You just have to start asking the right questions and go with what you have a passion for.
I can honestly say that choosing monetary rewards over enjoyment and work you will actually care about and be proud of, is not a great long term career option. Stick to what you enjoy doing and have a plan of attack and in enough time things are bound to pay off.
Complete this “Discover Your Dream Industry” Careers Australia Quiz if you want to see what suggestions are out there for you. Even if it is just for fun!
If you discovered that you want to see what courses are available or how you could perhaps change careers, checkout all the courses Careers Australia offer on their website.
Photography by Two Tales Media
Going to the gym is a good exercise (pun intended). I’ve recently started at least attempting to make a regular appearance at mine and spend most of the time I am there on a treadmill for cardio and later in the showers grooming myself back to a normal non-red-faced-puffy-state.
All of those minutes spent sweating do great things for your body and mind. Endorphin release is one of the key benefits for me as I feel like nothing can phase me after my workout – I am a stress fighting fortress! For the skin however, the extra sweat means more breakouts. At least that is what I’ve observed in my recent post-gym observations of the face.
Why? Why can’t we just have it all on a silver platter? The more I ask myself that question the more I realise how life can be unfair. (1st world problems) Can I please not breakout after my gym workout?
It is not all lost, some of it is in your control. I realised that by taking the right beauty products to the gym with me I could avoid the breakouts and other skin issues like dryness.
Yes it may seem like a lot at first glance, but I can assure you I can fit all of these into my free David Jones, bag illustrated by Megan Hess. I’ve had this bag for a number of years and will be deeply disappointed when it starts to approach retirement. I should really buy a proper gym bag!
In order to avoid breakouts, you need to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Preferably with products containing salicylic acid or other breakthrough and oil fighting ingredients.
1. I first use Johnson’s Face Care Make Up Remover Wipes to remove ALL makeup.
2.Then The Biore Charcoal Pore Minimiser Cleanser , which comes in a pump bottle and has activated charcoal. Charcoal has a number of benefits, but the one we are after is its absorbing property with all the dirt and gunk being sucked out via magnetic power(!) and helps achieve a deep clean.
While taking a shower at the gym, just put a small amount of cleanser on your palm and massage gently around your face. I sometimes use this cleanser on the back and chest as well, just to prevent any breakouts in those areas too.
3. For all hair needs, I use Scunci hair accessories. Their hairties without the metal clamp are genius and super comfortable and recently I’ve discovered this Bendy headband that you can just shape yourself to the outline of your head. Gold! I believe that my head is shaped in it’s own unique way so when I can customise a headband, it’s always a bonus.
Scunci is a super fun hair brand and now they have a Comfy range
4. One of the best shavers I’ve used is the Schick Intuition with coconut milk and almond oil.
New Schick Intuition with ‘Ribbons’ of moisture
5. The Hair Care Products I use are by two different brands. One might argue that it should be the same brand of shampoo and conditioner but I like to mix it up. My hair is colour treated so I use the Color WoW Shampoo and Frizz Ease Conditioner by John Frieda. I’ve also got a sample of Moroccan Oil to use on hair ends to avoid dryness and frizz.
6. After you’ve cleansed your face, it’s important to add moisture to the skin because it’s been dehydrated while exercising. I use Weleda Hydrating Day Cream. I have dehydrated skin in the best of times so this moisturiser suits me. It’s very creamy and hydrates skin for hours. If you have very oily skin, best to use an oil free moisturiser or a gel base moisturiser.
7. I also usually keep a travel size body wash and body lotion in my bag as essentials when going to the gym.
What beauty products do you take to the gym?
Disclaimer: I have been gifted some of these products for a potential review. All opinions are my honest, personal opinions and have in no way been endorsed or sponsored by the respective brands. I did not get sponsored to write this review.