Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Baby buys

Again, I stress to you, I AM NOT PREGNANT ... just crazy.

For some reason I have been shopping up a storm for baby gear for S and I despite a. not having a baby and b. not being pregnant - apparently these are minor technicalities in my brilliant mind.

In fairness, all of them have been ridiculous bargains and I have been egged on by my sis, K, who has made the same purchases despite A. and B. above applying to her also - it must be a family gene thing?

Oroton signature baby tote in chocolate (it comes with bottle holder & change mat and if you read my blog you will know that I have a sizeable Oroton collection so its only fitting my future baby have Oroton too). The helpful shop assistant reassured me that it was not unusual to buy the baby bag without having a baby or being pregnant and that most of the baby bags they sold were for future babies (possibly she was just reassuring me given she was getting a sale and the fact that I am such a regular customer the girls in store know K and I by name).



DJs sheets - flat, fitted & 2 pillow cases ($17 for the lot!)



Love you Forever by Robert Munsch (after reading this book there is no way I could not not buy it to read to my future baby)



Have you bought anything for a baby, person or pet that is not yet in your life or are K and I crazy?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Weekend

It always goes too quickly, especially when I have lots on and lots to do and the weekend just gone was no exception.

The weather was a mixed bunch on the GC with Saturday being a miserable rainy day that only got worse as it wore on while Sunday was perfect, sunny and warm with clear blue skies.

With lots to achieve on Saturday I didn't let the rain keep me indoors and here are some pics of what I got up to:

Homemade BLT with a twist - add avo, sundried tomato mustard or fresh aioli and haloumi

Fresh Stanthorpe apple juice (cloudy & clear) from the farmer's markets

Little Red Riding Hood - my market bag brimming with fresh goodies (it was a gift from my inlaws and I love it)

New tulips from the markets - aren't they gorgeous? I woke up Sunday to find the buds all opening.

Daffodils in support of the Cancer Council's Daffodil Day - I also took some to my grandparents' grave early Saturday morning as is my tradition.

Heart attack on a plate - Montezuma's cheese/olive/capsicum enchilada and beef burrito. I never even get through half and the rice goes untouched.

I also had lunch with my sis, her husband Bil and my dad then K and I went shopping for M's birthday present but I can't share the details here as she sometimes reads the blog. I'm pretty confident it will be a hit though so fingers crossed.

Ever the bargain hunter, K directed me to the baby's section of DJs where they had cot sheets (flat & fitted) along with pillow cases for half price. Now I'm not pregnant but she convinced me that a set for $17 was too cheap to pass up - don't tell S I bought baby sheets.

As we were on a roll with baby stuff, I also bought a children's book I heard about during the week. Its called Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and is something I will definitely read to my child in the future.

Saturday night, C, l and baby s stayed over so we had delicious Ipoh Satay House takeaway (Chinese, Malay, Thai fusion) and watched Arthur with Russell Brandt. It was a disappointing movie and I think the boys both fell asleep 20 minutes into it.

Sunday I forgot to take any pics as usual but with S at work, I went to brunch with C, L and baby S then for a stroll around Pacific Fair before heading home to relax before we all went South to C's sister N's house for her daughter T's 5th birthday - a lovely afternoon spent with family and friends.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Friend's with benefits

I have never experienced one of these 'thoroughly modern' and apparently mutually beneficial relationships for many reasons but particularly because in my books, they're just too messy! Someone is always more invested, sex complicates things and everyone ends up hurt.

However, if the movies are to be believed, one of these relationships is also the perfect way to discover your true love... or not.

S took me to the movies last night and even allowed me to choose the movie. He was pushing Planet of the Apes which I actually wouldn't mind seeing but the lure of Friends with Benefits won (I'm a sucker for a romcom every time).

Well, I wasn't disappointed and neither was S. JT was great (which surprised me for some reason but perhaps cause I haven't seen a movie with him acting till now: nope, I didn't see The Social Network) and Mila was just brilliant (funny, sarcastic, a little bit crazy and very sweet). I also loved the rest of the cast including Jenna Elfman and Richard Jenkins but especially Woody Harrelson as the gay work colleague and Patricia Clarkson as Mila's mum.

A very entertaining movie to see with the girls or even with your boy as mine got plenty of laughs out of it.

Next on the list to see, One Day with my mum and sis - and Sam, I heard a rumour you read the blog so if you do and would like to join us to see this one let K know :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Spending and Saving...again

Bit of an oxymoron I know but I never fail to get suckered in by Country Road's Spend and Save. The sad thing is, I know I'm totally getting suckered - I am an advertiser and marketer's dream.

I had done the right thing and convinced myself there was nothing I needed when I first received my S & S, even going so far as to offer it to M so I couldn't be tempted to use it.

Well as the expiry drew closer and M failed to use it, I found myself reasoning that it shouldn't go to waste and I started browsing the Country Road internet site in earnest for practical clothes I could justify purchasing if S queried me on buying more clothes.

I ended up with the following:

in navy cotton - cannot tell you how much I love these!

the stripey green white and blue t shirt

My justification is that I NEED casual clothes (cause I won't wear jeans) that are still appropriate for the cooler weather but not heavy warm clothes. Also I figure the outfit will come in handy for playing tourist again in Japan in October where the weather will still be a little cool. Not sure if S will buy in to my reasoning but too bad, he bought 4 pairs of shoes so i don't think he's in a position to judge me :)

The Block

Did you follow suit with the rest of Australia last night and tune in the channel 9 for The Block finale followed by Razor?

I'm a joiner so I was glued to M's couch (spent the day in Brissie hanging out with my bestie) watching The Block despite having only seen an episode here and there. I had watched enough however over the series to know who the contestants were and my family was gripped to the show so I was also up on most of the goings on including the Jenna and Josh bickering etc.

Being in real estate, it was a given that the sale process would always interest me a lot more than the renovations (I leave that stuff to the men in my family) and last night I was a nail biting affair for me. At work, I run monthly in-room auctions for 5 to 10 properties so I know just what is involved in the process, what works and can almost always pick when I property is going to stall and fall well short of the reserve.

The best part of the show was of course The Proposal. I actually picked the Josh and Jenna proposal before it started and for the record, unlike most people who loved the show, I am not a Jenna hater so was absolutely thrilled for her - what a wonderful surprise and Tiffany to boot! I think Jenna was partly a victim of editing and was actually quite skilled with the design side of the process.
In my professional opinion, I found the auctioneers/agents extremely disappointing as did my colleagues when we rehashed the show at the water cooler this morning. A good auctioneer should 'play' with the crowd, warm them up a bit and drag the process out to obtain the best results, not jump in with a big opener, zip through the bids and close the auction within 3-5 minutes.

Our regular auctioneer is an absolute superstar! He involves the crowd, creates atmosphere and knows how to use the room to get a good result. We often get spectators come up after the auction to tell us how fantastic our auctioneer is.

Moving forwards, last night's auction results were a true indication of just how repressed the real estate market is. When you consider the publicity and marketing these homes had in addition to the 'celebrity' of buying one, they should have sold like hotcakes. Those reserves were far too high for a market that is completely lacking buyers and buyer confidence. I also have it on good authority that given the specific locations of the homes, the land value used to calculate the reserves was bordering on ridiculous. 3 out of 4 homes passed in is pretty standard in the current market and certainly on the Gold Coast which seems to be hardest hit of all in real estate decline.

Anyways, so I had really hoped that Josh and Jenna or Tania and Rod would win the show having not seen much of the series and loving those two renovations so I was very surprised when they were passed in (as was everyone else watching also) but ultimately I think its lovely that Polly and Waz won - I heard some lovely things about them last night and they sound very deserving of such a windfall.

Did you watch the Block? What did you think?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

S the Shoe Whore

I think I have mentioned here before that my husband S is a shoe whore... well here is some irrefutable proof.

S had a day off work and went shopping by himself (I know, bizarre in boyspeak). He came home with not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 pairs of shoes! That's right, 4 pairs!

Not the best pic I know (stupid iphone) but here is some of his haul:



2 pairs of Cons (he already has the same pairs in grey with suede trim and black and white), apparently he needed a 'stealth' pair (the all black) and another casual pair - right, to add to the 6 pairs of Cons, 2 pairs of Zoo Yorks, 3 pairs of Adidas you already have in your casual wardrobe?

He also ended up with another (that's right, ANOTHER) pair of Air Jordans (to add to his purple Kobes, Nike something or others and white Air Jordans) and a new pair of T90 laser soccer boots (to add to his perfectly fine existing pair).

His shoe wardrobe is starting to put mine to shame and mine is not to be sneezed at, how bad is that?

Side note: those T90 soccer boots are my nemesis! S and I had just started dating when I went to the US with some friends on holidays. S asked me to search out a pair of T90s as they weren't available in Oz then. No kidding, my gf and I tripped all around LA, Vegas, San Fran and the outer boroughs of NYC in search of these damn shoes to no avail. We ended up cabbing to the outskirts of NYC late one afternoon to a residential sports store that definitely had them in stock - half an hour later, we discovered they had them, just not the right size! F'ing T90s! Oh and had I bought them in the US, they would have cost me around $200... S paid $60 odd from our local Nike store.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ebaying

I am slowly getting around to cleaning out my wardrobes... yep, plural much to S' disgust but really quite standard in my books, especially if you frequent the Vogue forums (those girls work wonders in making my shopping/clothing/accessories/beauty product obsessions seem perfectly normal <3

I managed to sell a favourite black Cue peplum dress to a girl at work, give C a few bits, my mum scored a few Herringbone shirts (much to my sis' K's disgust as she tells me she wanted them) and now have the remaining items to list on ebay.
I love to shop on ebay but hate the hassle of selling on ebay.
You know, the photographing, downloading of photos, writing a description, monitoring the listing and answering questions, following up the buyer, waiting on payment, packaging and posting then feedback ... but I still can't deny its usefulness in raising cash for more shopping (plus I have my own paypal account which means I can use the money to shop without telling S lol).

So far I am selling a dress I bought from ASOS - love this dress but never wore it as it was slightly too big and I didn't return it in time:

This blue bandage dress from the UK in Herve Leger style with the genuine heavy fabric used - bought it to see if the bandage style actually flattered me and to check the sizing before investing in the real deal:

Now that they are listed, I am inspired to do more clearing when I get home.

My (ambitious) birthday list






Now I know most of the items on here are pretty ambitious requests but hey, its my 30th so I'm allowed to be a little bit bold if it helps relieve some of the trauma of hitting the big THREE OOOOOH.


1. Christian Louboutins: I'm not fussy, I will happily accept red, black or nude patent pigalles, pigalle platos, simples or decolletes





2. A crisp new quilt cover set in white


3. Prada baroque sunglasses


4. A trilby hat from Country Road or similar


5. A colourful Country Road cotton scarf


6. Personalised stationery



7. Diamond huggie earrings

8. Various Glasshouse candles: especially Bora Bora, Versaille and Miami

9. Delicate gold necklace

10. Pretty flats/sandals for Spring/Summer in neutrals and black

11. A Kitchen Aid: any colour but pink

12. A Seafolly beach coverup dress

13. Spring/Summer dresses and navy shorts - not too particular about these as I haven't seen any I love so vouchers would be safest

14. DKNY patterned tights

15. Loose fitting tees in black, white, navy and/or patterns

16. Black boyfriend blazer or Ralph Lauren crested blazer

17. Gossip Girl 3 dvd set

18. Books/magazines: Bossypants by Tina fey, Harry Potter 5 and 6, Donna Hay magazine subscription

19. OPI Blushingham Palace, Big Apple, Chicago champagne toast, Lincoln park after dark

20. Ruffled orange and lime lounge cushions (see old posts for pics)

21. A new bike - cruiser style (see old posts for pics)

22. A bottle of Chanel No. 5: still haven't replaced the bottle I lost to the quake in Japan

23. Bib necklaces - J Crew, Kate Spade style

24. This Alexander McQueen dress: I know, totally dreaming now
25. A cape in beige or navy: we're coming in to Spring but this will be useful for Japan in Oct

26. Mimco Kimono headband

27. An Alannah Hill I Love You frock in red or navy: unlikely as its from forever ago but I just had to retire my existing one :(

28. Some macarons: I still can't find anywhere locally that sells them

29. DVDs: Harry Potter 1,2,3 &4, The Blind Side, Just Go With It, Heathers

30. A Missoni cardi, beach towel, throw rug... I'm not fussy, really

So, that about sums it up.
If you know anybody who knows me IRL and has been invited to my party, direct them to this blog before September 24 :)

Seriously though, I love to make lists (and dream obviously as per the above) but in these hard economic times and with all the awful news around the World, I would be happy to just celebrate with the company of all my loved ones on my birthday and keep saving to buy these things myself!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Shopping Tribulations

Shopping with a two year old is trying at the best of times I learnt on Sunday, especially when the two year old's mummy is not in attendance so its up to me to supervise.

Actually, getting a two year old ready for shopping is also trying.

I babysat baby S on Saturday and Sunday so that C and L could have a night out and some time to themselves. Baby S was wonderfully behaved, very entertaining and an absolute delight to look after apart from one small spat on Sunday morning when we were getting ready to go shopping.

She is a very clever child and quite strong willed so I laid out her day's outfit before showering her knowing this would limit her input thus any conflict. Wrong! She decided she only wanted to wear the pink top she had worn and played in all day Saturday while I had chosen a different coral coloured top for her to wear. After trying to reason with her I finally had to put the pink top on top of our fridge (out of sight out of mind) and let her choose from the 3 in her bag and she came up with her outdoor playclothes/painting top that I thought made her look like a prisoner.

This is her in her prison top wearing S' Air Jordans (dont you love the pose?). I think she looks like Shiloh Jolie-Pitt here:


So we headed off to the shops and I bought her her favourite item, a pack of lip smackers for being such a good girl (to which she stroked my face and replied that I was a good girl too awwwwww). After that, feeling especially loved, I also spotted some children's t-shirts and picked out a pink and white striped one for her too which she went crazy over and proceeded to try and strip immediately so she could wear it - too cute.

After getting her goodies, she just wanted to leave (and also be carried exhausting) so I had time to grab this top from Country Road (baby S in the change room pulling the curtain open meant I wasn't game enough to try anything else) and some french pear Ecoya melts from DJs before my shopping came to an abrupt end:


Great Gatsby style

I'm not really a huge Kate Moss fan and this isn't really my style but these pics of her wedding are stunning - especially the group shot, they look so dreamy & ethereal, like fairies in a garden setting.


16 flower girls, custom blue soled Manolos and a John Galliano gown... talk about your dream day!

I guess it also helps having one of the world's best photographer to shoot your day.

Friday, August 12, 2011

History Lesson

Most people have probably seen this before but I'm sharing it again :)

Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.


Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.


Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.


Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.


Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.


Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.


Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.


John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.


Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.


Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called ' Lincoln' made by 'Ford.'


Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.


Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker...

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.


Creepy huh?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Can I or can't I, that is the question

I'm talking about leather shorts here. Not just any leather shorts, I do have a specific pair in mind...

I have recently fallen in love with a gorgeous style blog, http://thehsucloset.com/. The blogger, Carolyn Hsu is a Manhattanite with a great sense of classic style that really appeals to me. If you haven't visited her blog before, I highly recommend it!

So moving forwards, she posted a while back about leather shorts, Juicy Couture perforated leather shorts to be exact and now I am hooked with the idea and styling but just not sure if I can quite pull them off.

I emailed a picture and the question to bestie M and am now waiting on feedback as to whether or not I can pull them off.

What do you think and how would you recommend styling them?

Monday, August 8, 2011

My tried and true

FACE

1: Cleanser: Having tried everything from Dermalogica, Chanel, Clinique, Neutrogena and everything in between, I have found nothing works as well for me as good old Cetaphil.
2:
Toner: Lush Tea Tree toner.
3:
Moisturizer: see ‘cleanser ‘ above - I now use the Derma Q10 day, night and eye creams and the results are as good as EL, Chanel and Dermalogica. My big splurge is EL Advanced Night Repair.
4:
Facial mask: Too lazy/ always forget but I have a Lush berry one.
5:
Exfoliator: A Garnier spot/blackhead one that I use once a week.
6:
Make-up remover: Always just Cetaphil.

BODY
1:
Shower gels/soaps: At the moment I’m loving Lux Tahitian Escape, Johnsons Dreamy Skin and Radox Pomegranate & rosehip oil body washes.
2:
Body lotions/creams: I always stick to Vaseline Intensive Care with Aloe and sometimes add in some Palmers for knees, elbows and feet.

3. Anticellulite/firming treatment: Don’t use it.
4:
Body exfoliator: Johnsons exfoliating wash – love the scent.
5:
Hand Cream: a Body Shop cream with almond oil or Palmers hand cream.
6:
Lip balm or lip treatment: MOR lip delight Cassis Noir or Perfumeria Gal Madrid in redcurrant.
7:
Perfume: anything by Chanel (especially No. 5, Chance & Mademoiselle) or Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb plus I have 10 other everyday ones (RL Glamorous, DKNY, Dior Addict etc).

HAIR

1: Shampoo/conditioner: Nothing works as well for me as Pantene… even my hairdresser cant believe the results and lack of buildup I get. The expensive stuff is a waste of money for me.
2:
Mask or other treatments: Garnier Butter mask.

MAKE-UP
1:
Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole for events or a night out, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation or EL Double Wear Mineral Powder for everday.
2:
Powder: I set with a brushed on MAC Studiofix finish for liquids or Chanel Universal Loose Poudre.
3:
Blush: Everyday I use NARS orgasm, oasis or dolce vita. I also mix it up with Sin and Super Orgasm.
4:
Mascara: Diorshow or Chanel Initmitable are my favourites.
5:
Lipstick/lip gloss: Clinique kissyfit, mimosa & black honey glosses, Chanel Coco Rouge #5 or NARS Dolce Vita for lipstick.
6:
Eye shadow: Clinique Strawberry Sundae duo for everyday and NARS in Cairo and Bali for night.
7:
Eye liner: Anna Sui liquid liner, Rimmel liquid pen or Chanel pencil – all in black.

The little necessities

On Saturday morning, S and I set out for a yummy breakfast date with his bestie, also S. I have been wanting to try Piccolos at Miami for a while now however it was full to bursting with people so we headed to Nobby Beach instead and found ourselves trying ouT little Beans. I had the bircher muesli and S had the french toast with bacon, maple syrup and banana.


Following brekky with the boys, I headed to Harbourtown with my friend N and her baby girl for some shopping and to exchange my faulty Oroton bag.

The mission to Harbourtown was a big success for me (I say mission cause its at the other end of the Gold coast for me) and I was thrilled to see the addition of new stores including Alannah Hill and Peter Alexander!

Here are my day's purchases:

Ralph Lauren super slim fit white shirt - $109 down to $39 (these are the best cut shirt you can buy, easy to iron and a light comfortable fabric)


Two Mimco headbands - the red was $19.95 and the black was $24.95 (N also bought me a red hairclip but has stashed for my upcoming birthday)


My new Oroton bag - It cost me $45! ($795 reduced to $495 with 50% off and my credit exchange applied)

New card wallet/money clip for S from Oroton - $45
S also bought me a cobalt blue long line rouched Asana yoga top but I don't have a pic unfortunately

Still didn't get around to getting my Glasshouse candle or any of my Country Road items but still, I guess I need something to keep me busy next weekend.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Everyday I'm Shuffling

Like most people, I love all the songs on my ipod (enough to have downloaded them in the first place) until its on shuffle and suddenly I have to skip at least 10 songs in a row.

I have a pretty eclectic mix (as i imagine most people do) and just to demonstrate, these are the 10 songs my ipod just played while on shuffle:

  1. All for love - Color me badd (remember these guys? the original matchy matchy boy band with fluro suits)
  2. Fall for anything - The Script (love them, that is all)
  3. This ain't a love song - Bon Jovi (the ultimate breakup ballad to cry to)
  4. Circus - Britney Spears (was beyond excited at her comeback with this song)
  5. Keep on loving you - Reo Speedwagon (was reminded of this song watching Jennifer Garner & Matthew McConnaghey in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past)
  6. Suddenly - Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richards ( one of my fave love songs from one of my fave movies Xanadu)
  7. Meet me halfway - BEP
  8. Burn your name - Powderfinger
  9. Vow - Garbage (my ultimate angry song)
  10. Sad but true - Metallica with orchestra (who could believe metal could be so beautiful0
What are the next ten songs your ipod plays on shuffle? Is it as random a mix as mine?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Taking all the help we can get

So as previously mentioned, S and I are feeling super clucky and would be thrilled to be blessed with a bubba anytime in the near future.

We are not actively 'trying' as such just yet because we do have quite a lot on between now and the end of the year (S' sister's wedding that we are both in, a return to Japan, my 30th amongst other things) but we are taking the recommended vitamins/supplements and no precautions against me falling pregnant.

Some of my close girlfriends are aware of our 'non trying' and are quite desperate for me to join their ranks of motherhood. So much so that one gorgeous girlfriend who struggled through 6 years of IVF before resigning herself to not having children, gifted me with her special weapon over the weekend.

This is a hand carved stone fertility God that was made in the Solomon Islands and blessed by the local spiritual/tribe leader. It was gifted to her by a native Solomon Islander friend of theirs and believe it or not, she and her husband now have two beautiful children with doctors still trying to figure out how she even fell pregnant once.

Its not the prettiest statue but I'm willing to give it a go considering its track record (plus how thoughtful of my friend to gift it to us now she has her matched set).

It now has pride of place on my bedside table.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I love Australia Post most of the time

Because they brings me new things :)

Its only Wednesday and so far I have had 3 deliveries:


2 pairs of shoes from Novo compliments of S - they were only $20 each!


pink suede heels


black patent leather booties (sadly these might be just too small)


Country Road skinny stretch 'jegging' pants (they look a bit leather like on)
discounted to just $70 with my $30 loyalty voucher

A long line wraparound Dotti waterfall cardi from ebay for $10
forgot to take a pic of this one but its in a lovely blue grey shade

More shopping to do this weekend thanks to my email regarding the CR spend and save (which is great timing as there is a fair bit on my list including the items below) along with the need for a Bora Bora Glasshouse candle, a new manicure utensils set, some herbal tea to drink in the office and a hammock for our front courtyard.


Sadly, I also had one of my favourite Oroton bags break today - my brown Ethereal Tote handle came clean apart. A quick call to my local store though and Oroton has very kindly (and promptly) offered to gift me with a refund or exchange at the valued I paid for it despite it being out of warranty. Great customer service from Cleo at Pacific Fair!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hypnotised by Hpnotiq?

Reporting back on my Friday afternoon post relating to the Hpnotiq mission, I hightailed it to Dan Murphy's at 5pm and there it was, the original Hpnotiq sitting on the shelf under the liqueur sign. No trace of the Harmonie version but considering its only just been released in the US, these things take time... like movies, S is dying to see Horrible Bosses that has been open in the US for a while now but still not released here ... anyway, that's another story and I'm getting off topic.

So, there was Hpnotiq sitting on the shelf surrounded by surprisingly low stocks - according to the girl who served me at the register, its pretty popular stuff. If that's the case though, how on earth did it escape my notice?

After doing my research on the Hpnotiq website, I also snapped up a bottle of Yellowglen Pinot Noir Chardonnay as a mixer.

Saturday afternoon came the test when C called over and we settled on the back deck in the sunshine to sample the goods.



I quite enjoyed the tropical fruity flavour of Hpnotiq and the Pinot bubbles were a good balance for the sweetness of the liqueur (not sickly sweet but still a little sweeter than I usually like). C and I agreed it was nothing super special I guess but a pleasant change to my usual drinks... I think it would work particularly well in summer to flavour alcoholic slushies.

On the flip side, my mum was not a fan at all and she has a much sweeter palate than me.