Thursday 18 December 2014

So with only a week till Christmas, I thought it was about time to share my 2014 Christmas Gift Guide!

I know I'm cutting it a little close, but I still have a heap of Christmas shopping to get through! I’ve probably gotten about half my gift list sorted, so it looks like I’ll be in amongst the mad throng of shoppers this weekend. If you’re like me and are still looking for last-minute ideas, I hope this helps you out!

I'm particularly loving the new 'Personally Yours' range at Samantha Wills - the Love Letter and Hidden Message Necklaces would make perfect sentimental gifts for mums, girlfriends, sisters or daughters!
Bohemian Dreaming Clutch, Love Letter Necklace, Live Laugh Love Necklace and Bohemian Bardot Mood Ring - shop hereherehere and here.

Benefit Pretty Parfait Set - In my opinion, Benefit is way up there with adorable gift sets - browse more here.

Hand designed phone cases from Nunuco - check out their Christmas Collection too!

For that one too-cool-for-plain-socks hipster friend we all have... basics couldn't get any happier.

Once again professing my love for Unbirthday Bakery - these Cookies & Cream flavoured Chocolate Gems will be sure to brighten up any Christmas or New Year party. And if you haven't yet decided on a celebratory cake for this festive season, you've definitely come to the right place!

For the prettiest finishing touch on your gifts, you can't go past these elegant cards and tags from Jess at Studio Silva - shop here.

White and gold. Polka dots. Enough said; Thank you, Robert Gordon!

Some of the prettiest lingerie you will probably ever see - shop Silent Assembly by Kay Cohen.

The Mode Collective's Black Croc Clutch - keep an eye out for restocks of their monogrammed purses and clutches!

Finally, my most recent fascination: Bellabox.
I'm not sure which I love more - receiving a surprise package every month, or the chance to keep trying out a stack of mini-sized beauty faves...
If you feel like treating yourself, take $5 off your first box here - or treat one of your girlfriends (or guy friends, for that matter) here!

So that's it for now -
Happy shopping, and have a very blessed Christmas & New Year :)

Love you all!



Wednesday 10 December 2014

Oh, hello!!

Yes, I know, it's been way too long!
Somewhere in between final exams, working, Christmas parties, 21st birthdays and attempting to revamp my room in time for the new year, six weeks of bloglessness have just whizzed past!

So let's catch up, shall we?

First things first, I'm finished with uni!
As some of you would already know, I studied Commerce, which is typically a 3-year degree. I've had some of you ask if I enjoyed my degree, and to be honest, I really did! Sure, there were days where I would've given anything for a sitcom marathon in place of CAPM derivations and the workings of Mr. Fama and Mr. French, but at the end of the day, I did love the course I chose and I wouldn't go back and do anything differently.

I know some of you have just finished Year 12 and may still be feeling undecided about your next steps from here - but take it from an older sister figure: Don't worry! As hard as it may be to believe (and I do remember being 18 and feeling like I had to have my whole life plan mapped out), you still do have plenty of time to figure out what it is you want to do. If there's anything I've discovered over the past few years, it's that career paths (and really, life plans in general) are never really as straightforward as I used to think. The important thing, in my books, is that you put yourself out there, try different things to get as much experience as you possibly can - and always bring your best in anything you do. Between figuring out what you want in life and discovering what actually makes you tick, I'm sure you'll find your way :)

So this brings me to my next point, which is that the main reason for my lack of updates is that I've just started a new full-time summer job! I'm so thankful to have landed something that involves a good combination of both my Commerce background and my fascination with the interwebs and social media land. Absolutely loving it so far, and will hopefully share a little more in the months to come - but in the meantime, please put up with me as I get into a new rhythm of shooting and posting!

Last but not least, as 2014 is soon coming to a close, I've been spending a bit of time thinking of new and fresh content for you guys next year. I'm so appreciative of all of you - you've all been so supportive of what I've been doing thus far, but I think it's time to step up my game and venture into new ground! I might start with getting on this Twitter thing... been procrastinating for way too long. So keep those eyes peeled, and if you have any requests or ideas of what you'd like to see on CHICACHIA, @chicachia is the way to go!

Oh, and I got my green P's today. Hello, 100km/h.
I've also been craving Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies. Another round of therapeutic baking tomorrow night, perhaps?

I think that's everything on the list!
Checking in again very soon for something special and Christmas-y. Until then, take care, loves!


Wearing: ALL ABOUT EVE Tea Party Cropped Cami and ALL ABOUT EVE Tea Party Pull-On Shorts via Glue Store's Twosies Collection