Friday, 20 December 2013

Marquay Restaurant in South Perth

On Wednesday, after a long session of Yoga (who knew one could sweat so much!) at a South Perth studio, we decided to go for a long, leisurely walk along the foreshore to relax a bit. As we walked in the cool breeze, we noticed that the Bellhouse Cafe was up and running again. We were intrigued by the refurbishment; lights were on, people were seated inside and it looked like the renovations were finally done! Then we noticed something new. What was formerly known as the Bellhouse Cafe was now Marquay.

I used to pop in to the Bellhouse cafe once in a while when I was feeling like a casual coffee and cake or sometimes I go there on a lazy Sunday morning for breakfast but the last few times I was there, they were closed. So suffice to say that on a Wednesday evening at 8:30pm, I was keen to sit down and have some dinner at this new restaurant.

We walked in feeling slightly self conscious in our gym gear but our discomfort quickly fled as we were greeted by a lovely lady who looked past our appearance and made us feel comfortable and ready to dine. As we waited for a table by the window we had a quick chat to the host. She said that it was only their second trading night and the Bellhouse had been closed for about 4 months now. They had made some great changes to the place and I was really liking their decor.

We were soon seated and presented with the menus. I was pretty excited. So far, so good. Service was great with all three waitstaff that we encountered, they had an extensive drinks menu (alcoholic alert) and their menu looked really good. First things first, we ordered a drink each and then took our time deciding what to order.

In the end, we decided to share an entree of scallops which were fantastic! Cooked well and not rubbery at all with no weird aftertaste that we sometimes experience with scallops.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Bad Apples, Applecross - Dog friendly

It's a Monday night and most of the decent places in Perth are closed. I want to eat something good but not drive out too far in search of a half decent restaurant. Why is it that so many restaurants close on Mondays? It's a little annoying.

Bad Apples Bar in Applecross is one of those places that you can go to on a weekday night and you're wanting something other than home cooked food. They're a really laid-back, slick kinda place that is dog friendly. When it's a warm night, try to get yourself onto one of the two daybeds (made by the very talented co-owner) and relax in the alfresco area with a cocktail or glass of wine. Their outdoor seating area is perfect for the Freo Doctor to blow in and cool you down. Ah, that is the life.

Monday, 2 December 2013

EOS New Adult Grey Lense Review - Sponsored

Diameter : 14.5 mm
Base Curve : 8.60mm
Water Content : 38~42%
Life Span : 1 Year

These lenses are so comfortable! I wore them many times to test out the comfort. Towards the end of the long day, though, they can become a bit dry.

I've been searching high and low for grey contact lenses that actually look light grey against the dark Asian pupil. I am so happy I have finally found it! I can't wait to try these lenses in the brown colour! 

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At 14.5mm, it's one of the smaller, natural sized lenses on the market and it's perfect for a sexy, sultry look.

I absolutely recommend these contact lenses to anyone looking for light grey contact lenses! They really match a sexy, mature look. Thanks again to Lensvillage for sponsoring these lenses for review.


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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Leigh Unleashed

Last Tuesday, I made a life changing decision. It's something that took months of deliberation, back and forth arguments with myself and nights spent mulling my decision over. By the time I handed in my resignation, though, I had already well and truly made up my mind.

Going to a job that I wasn't happy doing was really taking its toll on me. Every morning, I would wake up dreading the day ahead of me and every night before bed, it was all I could think about. I was at the point where I was complaining to everyone about how miserable I was and how much I hated my job. No one wants to hear that and I hated myself every time I heard it come out of my own mouth. It became an obsession, it was unhealthy and it was consuming my life! Now that it's done, I feel an immense relief and a weight has lifted off my shoulders.

Everyday that passes since Tuesday, I get more and more excited for the future ahead of me! My heart pounds in anticipation for the path I have chosen to take! The 9-5, slaving away for a big corporation that doesn't appreciate you, rat-race lifestyle just isn't for me. I have closed that door behind me and I never intend on going back.

I remember a few years ago when I was having dinner with some old high school classmates. One of my good friends had quit his job because he was so unhappy and this one girl that I never really liked anyway was ranting on about how he was wrong to have quit his job, no one likes their job anyway and he should just "suck it up". I vehemently disagreed with her and an argument ensued.

No one should ever be miserable doing what they spend the majority of their day doing. It's not right and your soul suffers.

Follow your passions and your dreams and don't get stuck into doing something just because that's what everyone expects you to do. I have been asked so many times by so many people what I plan on doing now. They'll never understand that working the "conventional way" isn't for me and even when I tell them my dreams and passions, they shake their heads and tell me not to be impulsive. Don't listen to those people because only you know what will make you happy and what won't.

I have a dream and I'm willing to give it everything I have to make sure it succeeds, even quitting a well paying, secure, full time job. Not many people will agree with me but I know I made the right decision.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Marinda Leigh's Top Tens that a Woman should never Skimp On

Every girl is taught the dos and don'ts of womanhood from the early onset of puberty. Rules that our mothers taught us to adhere by lest we lose our virtue as women. We all know what I'm talking about. But no one ever taught me about the things I should and shouldn't spend good money on. Everything I know today came through trial and error.

As I sat in my car on the way to work, a discussion came on about Things we shouldn't skimp on which got me to thinking about the things I, as a woman, wouldn't skimp on. This post is inspired by 6PR's Breakfast with Steve Mills featuring Andrea Burns.

Marinda Leigh's Top Tens that a Woman should never Skimp on

There are some things in life that a woman should just never skimp on. We at Marinda Leigh have learned this the hard way through trial and error over the years. After a night of deliberation and discussion, we came up with a list of the Top Ten (in no particular order) that a woman shouldn't skimp on.

1) Skin Care
A woman's vanity is her face and you want to treat your skin with the utmost care. I believe it definitely pays to spend a bit more on skin care products and in the long run, especially when age takes its toll, you'll probably find yourself spending less money on anti-aging and other beauty treatments.

2) Make-up
No one wants to have premature lines and wrinkles and by using good quality products especially your eye make up, base/primers and foundations (the initial layer) you have less potential to damage your eyes and skin with badly made products. You want to treat your sensitive skin and eyes with the utmost care and good quality products.

3) Shoes
You can buy cheap shoes everywhere. Cute, cheap and bad for your feet. With Perth being so close to Asia, we had very easy access to some $10 to $20 cheap shoes. You can buy them online, in Asia and stores everywhere! The only problem? They are so bad for your feet. You'll end up with cracked heels, sore arches, the balls of your feet are constantly in pain and your feet probably won't be the prettiest things out there come summer. And chances are, the shoes will fall apart soon anyway. This is why Marinda Leigh recommends getting some good quality shoes. Mind you, good quality doesn't mean expensive. Sure, you'll have to spend slightly more but you can get some really good buys that aren't horrible to your feet and your wallet. It's worth having a look around.

4) Hosiery
A staple item in the colder months of any location. Through experience, I've found that it pays to pay a bit more for good quality, thick stockings (I believe the correct term is pantyhose but we generally call them stockings here). Cheap stockings just do not last. They stretch quickly and ladders form easily in them as opposed to the slightly more expensive ones. I find that I'm constantly buying new stockings when I buy the cheap ones but when I spend a bit more money, they tend to last so much longer! I've probably spent more money replacing bad quality ones than if I had just bought good ones to begin with.
5) Bra
A good bra is all about good support and comfort. A bra can affect your posture, the way your clothes look and how you feel. It doesn't have to be something that's sexy or super cute (although that always makes me feel good) but a well fitting bra supports and lifts the breast which reduces sagging and so much more. You don't want a bra that causes chafing or irritation either.

Marinda Leigh's advice for the day? Get a bra fitting as soon as you can, if you haven't already!

6) Sports Bra
Which brings me to my next top 10 item! A sports bra! Never, ever, ever skimp on a sports bra! If you're doing physical activity, especially intensive, you need a sports bra that reduces bouncing which can lead to permanent breast damage. It's undeniable that a woman's breasts will sag over time, such is the way of life, but exercising without a sports bra can stretch the breast tissue even more!

7) Hair care
I have searched high and low in Perth to find a good hairdresser. I've been to bad ones, OK ones and I've been to good ones. The bad ones have left some scars on me and ruined my hair but last year, I finally found a hairdresser that can give me a good cut and listen to what I have to say about how I want my hair. Afterall, I know my own hair best. So now that I've found the perfect hairdresser, I go to him every 4-6 weeks to get a trim and treatment. I don't mind paying a bit of money to come out of the salon feeling amazing and refreshed, not to mention that extra special treatment my hair gets!

8) Beauty therapist
And the same goes for beauty as it does for hair care. You have to find yourself a good beauty therapist that makes you feel comfortable and when you walk out the door, you're happy with the service that you paid for. Go to someone with a good reputation and that may mean you have to pay a bit more but let's face it ladies, you don't want to have ingrown hairs in your most intimate areas. It's not a nice feeling and it's embarrassing if you want to get a bit intimate with a special someone. There are so many horror stories that I have when it comes to beauty therapists but I think that I've now found some decent ones.

9) Perfume
A woman's scent can allure, entice and seduce a man. But we all know that those knock-off scents will end up "smelling like toilet water" as Andrea Burns so eloquently put it. A genuine bottle of perfume will cost you around $100-150AUD and are designed for the scent to last much longer than the cheap or knock off perfumes. A signature scent means you can buy one bottle that can last you a fair while depending on how often you use it.
 Credits to google image.
10) Lip related goods
When winter comes around, my lips get dry and chapped and just so gross. I've always had a bit of an issue with dry lips so I very much try to invest in good quality lip balms and lip sticks. The cheap ones always leave a bad taste in my mouth and they don't moisturise which leave your lips flaky and dry and isn't a good look at all.

Marinda Leigh's second piece of adivce for the day! Lightly exfoliate your lips with your toothbrush when you're brushing your teeth. Over time, this will leave them feeling smooth and take that layer of dry skin off the top.

Do you agree with Marinda Leigh's list or are there some things you would never skimp on that isn't on the list? Drop us a comment below!

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Lens Village Giveaway Winners

And the three winners of the LensVillage giveaway are...

Congratulations! An email has been sent out to the winners. Thank you to everyone that has participated!

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Bib on & Tuck in!

And last but not least is my personal favourite in Marinda Leigh's Top 5, Bib & Tucker in North Fremantle. Great ambiance and food with good table service.

I've been here more than any of the other cafes, around the same amount of visits Leigh has made to Gusto Food, and I've tried both their breakfast and lunch menu.

Breakfast finishes at 11am so you have to get there early to make it for their breakfast menu. When it rains, the outside sitting area will be closed which halves their seating capacity. I happen to always go to Bib & Tucker on a Sunday and I find that there is always a huge queue every time I go. To ensure you get seated for the breakfast menu, try to get there by 9am or aim for earlier.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Contact Lenses Giveaway sponsored by LensVillage

Lens Village has kindly sponsored Marinda Leigh three pairs of contact lenses to give away!

Three winners will be drawn and each will win a pair of contact lenses of their choice (excluding the brand Colourvue).

Just follow the widget for instructions on how to enter!

Good luck everyone!

Giveaway ends on the 19th Oct 2013.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

London. Amsterdam. Berlin. Paris. See you soon!

Marinda Leigh is going to Europe in 5 days! To get us into the mood, I started googling photos of the four amazing cities we'll be visiting. It'll be the first time we visit these cities and I am so excited! The count down is officially on! All images are from Google Image.





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