The Bondi to Coogee Walk – Sydney, Australia

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Bondi Icebergs

For a girl who has no car, barely any money, and the most bizarre work/sleep schedule around, I sure do a lot of activities! Today Cass and I caught the bus (two actually) to the eastern beaches of Sydney. The eastern suburbs have a bit of a bad rap, mainly due to the wealth and stature of the people who can actually afford to live there. It’s widely known in Sydney if you live in the eastern suburbs… you never really leave the eastern suburbs. Regardless, there’s some great eye candy (in both male, female and view-form).

Don’t be fooled the walk is not a casual stroll. There are hills, stairs, rocks and roads – at one point we even took a detour through a cemetery! But in the 26 degree heat, well equipped with a backpack of water and bandaids we had an awesome time. It took us an hour in total but we only went one way! You pass from Bondi, through Bronte beach, Clovelly, Gordons Bay and arrive in Coogee. I’m sure there are some other small bays between but I’m not completely sure of the name. If you’re looking for a shorter stroll Bronte also looked like a nice place to stop – maybe I will next time.

Once we got to Coogee we laid under a tree for a while (the post-walk lay-down is always so satisfying). In Coogee we were going to go to the Coogee Pavillion for a bite to eat but the prices weren’t exactly fitting our budget (given our recent Laneway escapades). Instead we went to a cute cafe called the Bell & Anchor for lunch. I got a prosciutto stack with two poached eggs, sourdough, feta, cherry tomatoes and rocket… it was incredible.

Jenna xxx

Laneway Festival Sydney – 2018

So here’s the story… I was walking home from work yesterday at 12 after my 3am alarm and eight hour shift when I spotted a poster advertising Laneway Festival 2018. At the top of the pink and blue gradient background written in big white writing said Odesza. Now I used to absolutely love Odesza but in recent years fell off the bandwagon a little bit. Recently I was at my friend Cass’s house for pre-drinks and she put on some of their new stuff. ANYWAY – as I see this poster I think to myself. Maybe I should go? I also realised both Cass and I didn’t start work until midday Monday AND she was finishing her shift at 6pm instead of the usual 8pm. I mean could the stars possible align more perfectly?

I messaged Cass saying ‘so Odesza is playing at Laneway today’ – next message – ‘Do we go?’ I’m not sure if I expected her to say yes or not but I thought I may as well take the punt. After a few more messages back and forth we came to an agreement that if we could score tickets for around $100 we would go to the festival as soon as she finished – and so we did.

The festival was held at Sydney College of the Arts in Lilyfield. I had never been before so it was interesting figuring out our way around the venue.

Now I would have like to have been more fake tanned and have been in a little better shape but whatever! I had so much fun! My shorts are Ksubi, boots are borrowed from my housemate (I think she said they’re from K-Mart!?), my bag is Coach and my top is Insight!

Odezsa’s set was actually out of this world, they had a group of live drummers come on stage which if you know their music fit’s perfectly. We also saw some Anderson Paak who I am obsessed with. The tickets were worth every single dollar! I love doing crazy things on a whim – I think people need to say yes more in life!

Jenna xx

I really like this T-shirt

It’s $14 Daisy Street from ASOS – and I quite literally cannot stop wearing it.

I’m well aware it kinda looks like pajamas.

Jenna xx

Healthy Overnight Oats Jars

IMG_1503Is anyone else the most ‘phasey’ breakfast-eater on the planet? seriously, one month i’ll religiously eat porridge and peanut butter, the next i’ll be having omelettes, then Weetbix, then yogurt and the one after that i’ll be back to my childhood scraping Vegemite over freshly buttered white bread. Anyway… I used to absolutely love overnight oats, made them every single night before bed and would dream about them instead of my current crush. The texture (and probably look for that matter) is definitely a little weird – but don’t knock it til’ you try it!

Making things in jars is so satisfying – and thus this project made me feel like a real ‘Pinterest Queen’. This recipe is enough to make one jars (I used the K-Mart ones which are $2 each) and are one serving per jar. Obviously this means just get our your calculator or do some mental maths if you want to bulk-make them.

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They’re so good for people who like to prepare food on Sunday afternoon for the next few days. I say few days and not week because I literally cannot fathom how people meal-prep for that long… the food starts to creep me out after three days.

I had one of the pictured ones for breakfast this morning and they certainly keep you full from breakfast until lunch (mind you I had a coffee and tea-biscuit too). The whole jar is around 400 calories (but all good calories at that). They take all of about 20 minutes to make including set-up and pack-down and take all of about 5 SECONDS to grab from the fridge in the mad-rush to the train station.

Anyway here’s the recipe…


Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 15 dry roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yoghurt (0%) – I used Chobani
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1T Pepitas
  • 1–2T Honey
  • 1/2 cup Berries of your choice – I used frozen mixed

Method:

  1. Put the oats, chia seeds, water, honey and yoghurt into the jar and mix
  2. Optional: if you want your finished product to look pretty tap the jar a couple of times on the bench to flatten out the mixture and then wipe around the inside of the jar using your finger inside a damp clean cloth.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped almonds on top.
  4. Pour the berries in
  5. Sprinkle the pepita seeds on top.
  6. Add more honey to serve if you want (I’m really used to greek yoghurt and it’s lack of sweetness but if you’re used to a sweeter yoghurt more honey would be better for you)
  7. Leave in the fridge for 2-3 hours (preferably overnight)

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Let me know if you make them/like them! There’s a few other overnight oats recipe’s i’d like to try too (once I eat these ones!)

Jenna xx

 

Aesop – Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser

Lavender Stem – White Clay – Chamomile Bud

My first Aesop product! I can definitely see the obsession. There’s something so minimal and understated about the branding that it makes it so incredibly on–trend. Kinda like those people who are so un-cool, that they’re cool? All of Aesop’s products are completely uniform; they’re a light cream/beige colour, black, and in brown glass. Aesop is also cruelty free and vegan, I mean could you ask for much more? — side note, I heard someone describing a product the other day as ‘gluten free’? Like you’re going to bloody eat your cleanser?! But whatever.

Anyway – I digress… now I actually got this cleanser as part of my 24th birthday present from my best friend, so I guess it’s pretty rude to look up the price – but hey I gotta give the readers all the information don’t I?

IMG_1484.jpgIt retails for $37 AUDย for 100ml (Net wt 3.6oz). Despite being much more expensive than your average ‘Nivea’ or ‘Neutrogena’ cleanser, it’s really not too badly priced considering the quality (and this is coming from a girl who endeavours to live a luxury life on minimum wage).

The cleanser is packaged in something I can only describe as a sort of ultra-sturdy toothpaste tube. Like an extra large super-glue bottle? That sort of hard-but-bendy metal you can push shapes into and when it crinkles it never quite looks the same.

It’s a very strong lavender smell, which obviously can border on ‘grandma’s toiletries bag’ but it’s so gorgeous, fresh and expensive. It doesn’t have specific instructions but I just used it like you use any other cleanser. Wet my face thenย  massaged it in for a minute or two, then wash off with warm water.

I have combination skin. I don’t really get pimples all-too-often. So I guess this could be better-reviewed by someone who has skin problems. But it left my skin soft, hydrated and so smooth. I felt so fresh after using it – like one of those models that don’t wear any makeup (but just didn’t quite look like one!). Overall an awesome product and will definitely be buying more Aesop products when my budget allows it! (and oh, how cool I would feel to have a little Aesop collection on the bathroom sink!)

Jenna xx

24th Birthday

I wasn’t really scared to turn 24. I actually think i’d been referring to myself as 24 to people in the month leading up to my birthday. I’m not sure if that was to not feel like I was holding on to the youthful age of 23 or if it was to get used to saying I was 24. Either way, now I’m officially 24. For about a fortnight now. I always say to myself that I feel like a teenager still (or at least 21) but honestly… recently I went to a student night at The Golden Sheaf in Double Bay… and felt like a bit of a loser grandma. Regardless, I had a good time because I was in good company. But I’m definitely not ‘young‘ anymore.

The good thing is, I feel like i’m on a good path…

I said to someone the other day, why is every rushing? What are they rushing toward? Death? Success? Marriage? Because I mean… it can’t be death… and if you’re rushing to success, then what happens after that? Oh and rushing to marriage is just bizarre to me (don’t get me started).

Ever since I started treating life like it’s less of a RUSH to get into the next job, to get that promotion, to become the best at everything – I have been a much happier person. Rushing to me feels so weird, since we don’t really know what the purpose of life is (and never will) then there’s no point in rushing. Just enjoy it.

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Now i’ve got that out the way – MY BIRTHDAY! It was so wonderful! In the morning my best friend came and picked me up, and we went and picked up another bud and went to a really great brunch spot in the fancy suburb of Woollahra (had to Google the spelling just then haha!). The place was called LUXE. I wish I was an Instagram queen because the venue was just so picturesque. The light pink and the tiffany blue and the white flowers – it really was SO cute. But alas, just got the ol’ generic friend pic where I try to make myself look slim and tanned.

IMG_8545I might add – this birthday I was still on my ‘no drinking in 2018’ train (which lastedย  3 weeks – but who can blame me really). Also – the pancakes I got at LUXE were quite literally incredible. They were buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, pistachios, berries, berry compote and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. so buttery and just amazing. Definitely rivalled the homemade crumpets, honey greek yoghurt and peanut butter crumb from Gusto Food in South Perth (Western Australia).

Once we were sufficiently full, one of my friends had to head off because she was packing to go to Italy and London with her boyfriend. But me and Cass headed to Darling Harbour to go on some pedal boats! It was simultaneously cringeworthy, embarrassing and really fun.

In the afternoon I quite literally chilled at home and cooked. It wasn’t the typical ‘Jenna’ birthday. But it was lovely, and made me so happy and proud of how far i’ve come in Sydney. I’m 24 and i’ve graduated school, university, moved states, become a full-time radio journalist, have beautiful friends, incredible family and smile every. single. day.

In other news, tonight me and Cass are going out for her birthday… and I’m sure the vibe will be a whole lot different to mine!

Jenna xx

Why I completely re-vamped my blog.

Lately i’ve been lacking a bit of blog inspiration. Every time I went on my blog I found it mis-matched, rushed and confusing. It’s like all I was proud of were the words. I envied the ‘look’ of other people’s blogs and felt like I just rushed to make ‘featured images’ and general graphics just to get posts up. So after some careful consideration – and deciding whether I could be bothered – I decided to strip my blog bare and re-design. I put every last post (all 130 of them INDIVIDUALLY) on private, removed my header image, theme, background colour, I even almost changed my domain. I’ve decided to stay jennarosethomas.com for NOW, however i’d like to change it to jenandtonicc.com (yes the double ‘C’ because jenandtonic.com is taken.

Now my Instagram name has been @jenandtonic___ for about three years (feel free to follow). In this day and age you – as a person – are your own brand. With the amount of social media and online activity we engage with, you have to sell yourself. And hey, I get quite a few compliments on my instagram name, so I thought I’d run with it. I feel like it’s casual, but friendly and not overly wanky. Just makes you feel like we’re two mates, having a chat over a G&T – about beauty, fashion, travel, food etc.

My new blogging style is likely to be very word-focussed. I genuinely have a love and passion for writing but have felt trapped by having to make my posts aesthetically pleasing. I would like to branch out into doing more of my own pictures, and going out and getting good photos of outfits etcetera, but for now I want to take it slow.

I’ve whittled my categories down to ones I genuinely like to write about – and hope to add an ‘advice’ category soon when I get some more posts out.

So anyway – just wanted to provide a general update on why my blog looks so insanely different, and hopefully you will keep reading!

Jenna xx