Lifestyle, TRAVEL, Uncategorized

ROSE AND CROWN


The Easter long weekend was a lot of fun! I was involved in an event, an Easter Egg Hunt  for “Give me five for Kids” at Apex Park in Merredin, and there were 310 children registered!! There were a few prizes, and not one kid left without chocolate in hand….

This year I thought I wouldn’t have as much chocolate, but someone bought me quite a few, so I couldn’t help but indulge!!! Chocolate is a favourite thing of mine, and is probably on my top 10 favourite foods list!

On Tuesday I headed to Perth for a nights stay at the 3 star Rose and Crown Hotel. It was a three hour drive as per usual, and was glad when we finally arrived! I have stayed there before, but this time was on the ground floor. It is located in Swan Street, Guildford, and is located in the Swan Valley region of Western Australia. It is quite a popular hotel and is cited as one of Perth’s Top 20 destinations by The Sunday Time’s Escape magazine. You can hold corporate functions there, and weddings, and Christmas events also. Check out the website for Events and What’s On – which includes things like LIVE Entertainment.

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The room I was in had FREE WI-FI, television, mini fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities. The best part for me was the free wifi so I could search the internet, AND work on my blog! There was NO LIMIT of hours – you can just log back in once your time is up! For lunch I caught up with some friends, and ordered garlic prawns, and had chocolate and vanilla gelato with honeycomb for dessert.

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I went back to the motel room, and that night I went to ACE Cinema in Midland with some friends and watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding Part Two”! MY, what a movie! I thought it was fantastic, and it was almost even better than the first! It was full of laughs, and fun, and more laughter!!! The next time I go I want to watch either “The lady in the van” OR “London is falling”…. anything to do with London, and I am there! Zootopia looks great too!!!

After that we headed back to the motel with hot chocolate in hand from a place called “Alfred’s Kitchen“, and it was perfect for the night.

The next day, which is today we had complimentary breakfast – Bacon and scrambled eggs. It was delicious!!!! and I had a look through the place, and took more photos!!!

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The Rose and Crown was established in the 1800’s so the building was exquisite, with dark floorboards, gorgeous chandeliers that I wanted!!!! and cream painted walls. It was beautiful to look around, and I enjoyed myself taking the photos!!

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It was the most fabulous day, and if you’re ever in the east of Perth, don’t forget to check it out! It also has a swimming pool, but I didn’t have time for a dip! I was enjoying the establishment and had fun looking around.

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Travelling here was fun, and it was nice to head back home though! It was paradise when we ate in the beer garden in a gazebo! It would be very fun to have a jazz band play in the background we thought!

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I went to Spotlight and bought a new bedspread which was actually called “Princess”!!! hehehe it is like a dark cream with an ivory filigree pattern on it. It came with 2 standard pillow covers so it felt luxurious when I made my bed when I got home!

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And when we were in Mundaring, I checked out “By the book” bookshop in the village, and bought “The Red Queen” by Phillipa Gregory – about an heiress to the Red Rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort – I am a sucker for historical romance! This shall keep me busy and entertained for the next couple of days! I love her writing….

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Travelling has been so fun, but now that I have this book, and a new quilt, I just want to snuggle up in bed with a cup of tea tonight, and just relax. It has been a wonderful couple of days! Full of adventure……….. and exciting things.

Exquisite Emmalisa

 

Have you been on a holiday at all this year?

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Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Gratitude Journal


ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE

One book I read as a teenager in 2004 was “Enjoying where you are on the way to where you are going” by Joyce Meyer. It is a spiritual christian book that digs deeper into the thoughts and joys of life.

We were given this life to enjoy every second, minute, hour, day, week and months and YEARS of life!!!!! Like I said, I am a spiritual kind of person as I did grow up in a church atmosphere all my life.

One question I would like to ask you, is, ….. Are you enjoying life?

That is something to think about, as I believe we were created to enjoy life to the fullest. I was once confused, as someone in a church said to me “Life’s not about enjoying it”, then when I went to another church, a friend quoted scripture to me and said that God said, “Therefore, I commend you the enjoyment of life”.

This got me thinking, how terrible would it be, to be known as someone that did NOT enjoy life!!!! You wouldn’t want that on your grave plaque!

If we can’t enjoy life, then there’s no hope for the future!!!! I believe we are called to ENJOY the journey that God has for us, or if you value a different belief system, a path of faith.

This reminds me of the scripture – “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to give you a hope and a future, plans to prosper you, not to hurt you” – Jeremiah 29:11 (Quoted from the Holy Bible)

This gives us affirmation into the destiny that is set before us!

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A friend of mine, Diana Bordean, tagged me on Facebook to do a Gratitiude Journal.

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I AM GRATEFUL FOR……

A gratitude journal is something that will enrich your life and bring joy to your soul, by bringing out one thing: an attitude of gratitude.
It has been said that a new habit can be formed in 21 days.

Today I wrote down 3 things that I am most grateful for,

  1. My parents
  2. A roof over my head
  3. Mum’s cooking!!!

and will do it for the next 21 days.

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I hope to begin to see changes in the way I think, by noticing those things around me that are purposefully bringing attention to, I want to recreate my mental patterns and hopefully this will change my life. It said, ‘You will begin to feel joy more and more and it will be contagious to those around you!’ Last night I actually went to sleep with a smile on my face!

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Why don’t you start a gratitude journal and tell your friends to do the same thing, and let’s see just how much we can make the world a better place!

Get out your pen and favourite notebook, and start writing about what you are grateful about. This will help you in your journey in life, I believe.

Here is a more in depth article on Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal that will help you more with journalling.

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I am looking forward to writing down what I am grateful for for the next 21 days. It will be hard, …. to think of more things, but I suppose, that it stretches your mind to think, and ponder on the most important things in life!

 

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Exquisite Emmalisa

What are you most grateful for today?

Are you going to start a Gratitude Journal?

Is there anything that your grateful about that you’d like to share?

Lifestyle, TRAVEL

When at the Dome……


I recently went on a trip to Perth, and on the way back to Merredin, we stopped off at Mundaring.

I was with my parents and we decided to go to the Dome. We ordered tea only, and the quality of service was exceptional.

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We enjoyed a sip of English breakfast tea, and lounged in there, and chatted away whilst I also had a look at some magazines which, “The Lady” caught my eye!!

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I really wanted to read it, but we had finished when I noticed them…… Dome is all over Australia and has excellent customer service and GOOD coffee! I, interestingly, adore the buildings, as when you walk in you can see the intricate artwork. I especially like the cherubs on the ceiling.

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It has a comfortable setting and you can enjoy breakfast, and lunch or a spot of tea when travelling through Mundaring…..

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I think it is the best place for stopping by and getting coffee or tea whilst on the road! It is like a cafe, but also a restaurant, where you can eat….. I’m not sure what they call it, but it’s a good establishment to see….. I hope you enjoy the pictures !!!!

❤️

Exquisite Emmalisa

BOOKS, Uncategorized

Books & Blogging


COFFEE AND BOOK AND FLOWER

I admire people who write books!!!

It’s not an easy task….. Storylines, plots, characters, settings, there is sooooo much you need to invest in to get a great story happening.

As I have mentioned before, my favourite book so far is “The Governess of Highland Hall” by Carrie Turansky. She is an eloquent writer and I JUST finished “A Refuge at Highland Hall“, where the main characters were different to the first! I eagerly read on to find out how the friendship between Penny and Alex unfolded. I loved how they wrote to each other with such warm regards. It was a very heart warming kind of read and the picture of it is on the blog, My Book Collection. The ending was satisfying and it just finished off so well and exactly how I liked it! It left me feeling giddy and romantic on the inside!!!

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I have decided to move onto “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte which is also mentioned in my previous blog on books.

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I always remember the start how she curled up behind the curtain sitting by the window reading a book because I can so relate to that! Hiding away from the world and getting caught up in a world of fantasy and intrigue. It is what I do mostly with my time. Apart from shopping and drinking coffee, book reading is my first love!

I have so much more I want to add to the list but I think 20 books a year is enough to keep you going. What I have listed are a great collection and I think it will keep me busy which is what I want. I love keeping busy, and reading and writing are on TOP of the list. I’m a lover of the Good Reads app which keeps everything shelved and in the right piles. My granny was a writer, so if I could follow in her footsteps and be anything like her I would feel successful. She married a Western Australian author, Donald Stuart and he wrote a number of books which were mainly to do with farms, aboriginal heritage and such. It is very Australian!

I am enjoying Season Six of Downton Abbey and am stoked about a few of the scenes so far! Because I am in Australia I am up to Episode 5 and won’t see it till next Monday!!!

Now, I have created a “What to buy list” and NUMBER ONE is a book called “Not by Sight” by Kate Breslin. It is apparently set in World War II and was inspired by Season 2 of Downton Abbey. I can’t WAIT to buy this book!!!! I came across it on Carrie Turansky’s website. She has a blog as well and recommends books that are similar to hers and in the same time period. You can sign up to her newsletter and get updated with what she is doing regarding her blog, and novel writing. Well, you can do that with BOTH authors!!

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So, I decided to google the word “blog” and there was an informative definition on Wikipedia, but what got me the most was that it can be seen as a social networking service. When I think about it, I love the idea that I can build social relations with my readers and even other bloggers!!! Such as my favourite bloggers that I mentioned on “My TOP 10 Favourite Bloggers“.

I could not believe my eyes when I saw “937” followers and I still can not believe it TODAY. I never thought I would be doing something as fulfilling as this. Even if I don’t get comments, 937 people are “special” to me and I hope I can produce even BETTER content in the NEXT post!!! I hope YOU are enjoying reading my blog! YOU are why I keep on going, and I have not had as much fun in my life!!! I see my blog posts as more personal rather than business minded. Although, I would LOVE the idea of creating it as a business! Who’s to know what will eventually happen!!!! Writing for a magazine would be fun! and there are plenty of dream jobs out there. I like the idea of branding and creating something out of my name, ‘Exquisite Emmalisa’. I’m full of creative ideas and want to put it into good use. Whether I have a lot of followers or not, my goal is to create a space where I can convey my thoughts and ideas or creations into one whole diary.

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When I was a teenager I was BIG on journaling and I feel as an adult now, that this is in replacement for that! I can share with you my creative ideas and thoughts on fashion, travel, beauty and everything else about life!!!! I love conversing about motivational books as well, and motivational quotes speak to me to help me in certain times.

With this blog I did something different to every other blog I posted. I handwrote it. When typing, things come flooding to me but it feels that when you hand write it, it is more intimate when writing it by pen. I am sure a lot of people would agree with me, that writing it down yourself makes it more personal. I could go on and on, but the main thing is that I wanted to post something more on an intimate level now that I know how many people are following.

I think it can be a big responsibility and that you have to be accountable for what you say and do when you have a big following, but like I said “how many followers is not important“, it is what you do for yourself that counts, and I take responsibility to everything that I write on here.

I have borrowed two books from the library, “How to be a writer” – Building your creative skills through practice and play” by Barabaa Baig and “Creative Web Writing” by Jane Dorner. If you are new to blogging, I suggest that you go to the library, – what better place to start!! and go through the “Arts” section. You never know, you could be well on your way to writing a bestseller. I went to do a Proofreading and Editing course in Melbourne with Australian Colleges, and completed all tutorials, but lost the last assignment in the post, so never got the qualification. I have all the tutorials, and know exactly what I did. So maybe a course like that is for you! Now that I have done it, I have more of an eye for editing, and grammar. I love correcting work, but not sure about having it as an actual job!! It used to be a dream job to me…. but my pathway is probably going in a different direction now.

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Find a book in the library that you like. I know that they say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but I am a sucker for covers, if something is really pretty and has an excellent title to go with it, I grab it!!!! My eyes light up like a Christmas tree when I see a new Sophie Kinsella book come out!

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So, happy reading, and enjoy life as a blogger/writer…. Or whatever YOU do.

I’ll tell you now, this is on my list now, “London’s Afternoon Teas”. It looks exquisite and an excellent guide to venues in the heart of London. I want to get this for when I GO there!!! and I still CAN NOT wait!!!!

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What was the last book you read?

How many books are you reading this year?

Can you share a favourite book of yours?

 

 

Beauty, Lifestyle

A few favourites……


I am a magazine junkie….. Every time a new Royal Life magazine comes out I am off to the newsagency with excitement that they have put one aside for me…. I should probably subscribe for a year or so, but I like the idea that one is held for me at the newsagency so I can just walk down and grab my copy!

I always eagerly scout out the rest that are on display such as Cosmopolitan or Cleo even Women’s Health. I used to love Grazia, because it was very informative and always has really good pictures to look at. Unfortunately, the magazine selection at Merredin isn’t as good as the ones in Kellerberrin. They have “Majesty” and “Royalty” which I would have loved to have as well.

I recently bought the latest “In Style” magazine with Jennifer Hawkins on the front. It is the March issue and it has fabulous sections on “Shopping for the new season” and “10 Top Beauty Looks”.

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I will be poring over this on the long weekend. This weekend will probably be a lazy one for me! Much to my excitement I realised there is going to be a new season of “The Real Housewives of Melbourne”!! Because I am so far away from Melbourne it keeps me feeling closer to home when I watch things like this. 💙

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I came across a new mascara by “Estee Lauder”. Would love any feedback if you have used it. It is very NEW and called the Sumptuous Knockout Mascara which has maximum lash impact and is blacker than black. Apparently it fannes out, lifts and defines!! This I would LOVE to try!!!! Unfortunately at the moment I can not add links to text, so it can be found on http://www.esteelauder.com.au 💄🎀❤️

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On page 134 there are some Beauty Hot Spots with International Editors where they have chosen some of their beauty favourites. This section you will LOVE…. Editor, Cassie Steer from the United Kingdom suggested the Garnier Perfector BB Cream…. Not too long ago I was using BB Creams as they were a moisturiser and foundation in ONE!! This cream is $14.95. They are normally not expensive, pretty cheap and are a tinted base with SPF. You can call 1300 659 359 to place your order.

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I want to try the Josie Maran Cosmetics Pure Argan Oil. Apparently it nourishes your face, hair, nails or anywhere where you need extra hydration! It is $66 and is found on http://www.mecca.com.au.

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I have posted about my MAC Face Mist on my Instagram, so when I run out I would like to do a swap and try out the Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist. It is $85, which is an average price considering it’s Chanel! It is an instant hydrator and moisturises your skin at the same time!

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So these are a few favourites that are on my beauty list at the moment! This weekend I might find some more to add to my list as I continue to read on. Yes! I have already found a L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise UltraRich Precious Oil Mist! Would be great for voluminous hair!!!! And styling……… These products mentioned will help to replenish the skin on the face and make you looking as fresh as ever!!!! Browse on Mecca.com.au….. You’re bound to find something you like!!!

Happy beauty product shopping!!

Now, need to catch up on Downton Abbey………

❤️

Exquisite Emmalisa

Fashion, Lady

REAL REPLIKATE


This past week I have been searching for some “RepliKates”, as you know I have become a huge fan of Kate Middleton, hence my blog on Coats. Her style, her hair, her aura, she seems to have it all!!! The “Princess Personality” is what every girl desires to be. She holds herself with such grace, poise and character – I think I have said this before – but those qualities are what is definitely to be found in a Princess!!

To replicate her looks, I have found one of the best websites which is called “Kates Closet”. You can shop her style and different dresses to accessories.

My favourite dress is the “Alexander McQueen Champagne Lace Dress”. It is just feminine with a soft touch!

http://www.katescloset.com.au/alexander-mcqueen-champagne-lace-dress.html

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I think the dress that comes closest to Kate’s is the Tadashi Shoji Two-Tone Lace Sheath Dress as it has Ivory lace just like Kates and also the waistband, but is with a bow as none of the other dresses have the belt. It is fully lined and is approximately $480AU. It can be found on the Nordstrom website.

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There are so many dresses to choose from, but I wanted to focus on this particular dress as it exemplifies elegance, femininity and ladies fashion all in one. I like how it is a straight look and that it doesn’t look too messy with all the lace over the whole dress. I think it screams female attributes all in one dress and adds a touch of class, which is the kind of thing every woman wants!! It is not all the same colour though, as it is TWO TONED.

I ADORE lace, and this is on my “TO BUY” list!!!! Yes, it just keeps piling up, but this is ON TOP of the list for now, even though I have laybyed a few things with Edgecombes Jewellers.
In particular, a Victoria and Albert Museum Collection Cupid Necklace. I will post a photo of it one day!!

Having a list keeps me exhilarated for now, including My Britain magazine that I just bought today!!

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The front picture just looks stunning and the tulips look magnificent. Anything to do with castles or palaces, I am intrigued!! This new interest has kept me busy, and also including the rich history of my family, the Egerton-Warburtons, which I mentioned in “Travels in Australia“. Once I have read my granny’s book I may have a story to tell!!

London, or England I should say is on the cards this year and I am OVER THE MOON!!!! The history is not like Australia at all……. I plan on going either after I complete my studies, or SOON!!! Well, writing and reading will help keep me occupied till then, and I will have things to do beforehand. Until then, I will just keep collecting more and more information!!!!

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Exquisite Emmalisa

What is your favourite RepliKate?