I CAN SEE THE BELLS

Wednesday, 31 May 2017





If there's one trend I'm loving (and seeing everywhere) this season, it's big bold statement sleeves. I've gotta admit I've started quite a collection myself - flared, tasseled, the whole works!

Naturally, when I found this classic piece with accents just on the sleeves, I had to have it. The minimalist look and satin feel render it just perfect for work - either tucked into a pencil skirt, or worn loose and dressed down for Casual Friday.

Speaking of work attire, this may be one of my favourite work bags to date - although spacious enough to hold all my essentials, it's compact enough to keep me from lugging extra 'just in case' weight around. I'm talking notepads and pens I never use (it's like I haven't realised there are things called Note apps), a change of shoes, AND my whole make up bag on the off chance I decide I need a makeover halfway through the day. This bag has got me living on the edge, but I'm willing to take some risks for farrrrshun ;)


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Wearing: FORCAST Anne Bell Sleeve Blouse, TOPSHOP Jamie Jeans, WINDSOR SMITH Ricky Boots, FORCAST Sara Handbag

KOALA MATTRESS REVIEW

Monday, 22 May 2017













Hello hello!

One of the most exciting things about my move out of home was trading my King Single (that I've had for as long as I can remember) for my very first Queen-sized bed. Hello, starfish sleeping mode!
My friends at Koala were lovely enough to send me a brand new mattress for the new place. It arrived all packed in the tiniest cardboard box that had me wondering if they'd decided I could sleep on a Child Single...


Thankfully this wasn't the case as the mattress somehow magically unpacked and grew to a queen size. It also came with a surprise stuffed koala - the cutest finishing touch ever!

My first thoughts were that I liked how the mattress was a little thicker than most, in a nice deep blue keeping with the Koala branding. After putting the mattress into my new IKEA bed frame, it was time to put it to the test. I'm happy to report that yes, the wine glass jumping no spilling thing they do on the commercials really works. Perhaps just as importantly, the mattress itself was really comfortable albeit a tad soft for my liking*, which I quickly solved by flipping it upside down - now it's perfect! I was a little worried that the Ecofoam material would cause me to sleep hot, but I'm happy to report I had no issues with this at all.

As you may have guessed from the photos above, overall the mattress is super comfy and I absolutely love it. My perfect first queen bed. Thanks Koala team! Oh and the box also had some adorable puns on it which I loved. KOAL-TY SLEEP? Come on guys. Amazing.



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*My personal preference is to sleep on almost rock-hard beds...so this mattress shouldn't be too soft for most, normal people. And even if is, the Koala peeps have a 'no-questions-asked' 120 day refund/return policy :)

**it doesn't come with bed sheets, in fact it doesn't come with anything. you could say... it comes... bear. HEH.

My mattress: Koala Queen Mattress

APARTMENT TOUR

Sunday, 7 May 2017


As promised, I've filmed an apartment tour to introduce all of you to my new place!

Watch it right here and be sure to check the description box for the deets on where I got my bits and bobs.
AND if you have any additional questions you'd like to ask about the place or the move, shoot me a DM and I'll film a Q&A video shortly :) 

Enjoy!


Special touches and thank you's:

Flowers Across Australia for making sure I always have beautiful fresh bedside arrangements- Wildflower Posy Box
ESZ Cake Design & the getFoodi team for an amazing celebratory cake- Rose Cheesecake 
Salt & Pepper for this vintage serving tray to have all my cake, crackers and cheese on- ECLECTIC Tray 



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LIFE UPDATE

Friday, 7 April 2017



Yep, it's happening. Some of you have already guessed on Instagram today (I'm bad at giving subtle clues) but here it is, an official life update: CHICACHIA is leaving the nest!

First up I have to apologise for being MIA on the blog front lately. The past month has been a whirlwind of planning, inspecting properties, re-planning, re-inspecting and finally celebrating... and then packing, confronting my hoarding tendencies and packing some more! It took a bit of hunting around but paid off in the end with a cute little pad. I won't give too much away just yet as I'd love to take you all on the journey with me via vlogs and of course, a home tour (you don't even have to ask!)

Long story short, I'll be moving closer to the city  to 1) be closer to work and social circles and 2) to be not just an adult... but an adult-adult. Ya feel?

The other day someone asked what I'm most not looking forward to... and I would have to say:

1) Conquering bugs/spiders/miscellaneous creepy-crawlies on my own. Brb, buying 10 cans of Mortein.
2) Not being able to come home and plonk down at the dinner table. Now there's this thing called meal planning, prepping and cooking! Side note: I've recently become obsessed with watching cooking videos/tutorials. Maybe this will be an opportunity to branch out from #chicachialikestoeat to #chicachialikestocook.
3) Bills for days. Not too many days hopefully.

On the other hand, I really am looking forward to the change of scenery, living amidst the buzz of city life and being a proper adult. I should be all settled within the next few weeks and ready to share the space with you guys.

Until then, keep an eye on my Insta Stories and I'll update as much as I can!

Much love.


Wearing: TOBI Khloe Distressed Hoodie Sweatshirt

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