CAMBRIDGE STREET

Iylia and I hit up Cambridge Street a couple of weeks ago to have brunch at Piccolo’s Corner in West Leederville. Ugh, I don’t know why we didn’t go to this place sooner but it’s hands down our favourite place to eat in Perth now … yes, even though we’ve only just been there once.

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I absolutely fell head over heels for the eclectic interior style. And I’m also a sucker for small cafes like this. Piccolo’s Corner is neatly tucked in a quiet and pretty residential area.

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Service is amazing as well! Iylia was interested to purchase another bowl of my avocado mix/salad … and Shanel, the owner, personally came to our table and gave him a quick guide on how to make it at home! How sweet, right?

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They even sell NERDS!!

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Bluebird Vintage was definitely in the itinerary after brunch. I’m usually good with directions and navigations but this time, I swear I had no idea the store was literally streets away from Piccolo! Score!! Bluebird Vintage is located on Cambridge Street, Wembley while Piccolo’s Corner is located on a road off Cambridge Street in West Leederville … hence the title of this post. Hehe.

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Isn’t the changing room pretty at Bluebird!?  A little small, but entirely lovely. Most of the mirrors up on the wall are for sale … but what I really wanted was that Tiffany blue wrought iron chair. I think that’s for Bluebird to keep! ): The store has all sorts of vintage goods that are reasonably priced! From toys to branded shoes.

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Words cannot describe how happy I feel when stores have chairs that customers can actually sit on! Whenever there’s somewhere for Iylia to stay comfortably and submerge himself in Scramble and Songpop (two of his favourite iPhone games), I feel at ease shopping! No pressure! Because men who are comfortable are men who won’t complain! HAHA. It’s true. Unless you take like 2 hours to shop … then that’s pushing it.

bluebird 3 Dress – flea market in Singapore, $3 // Necklace – Lovisa, $3 (on sale) // Bag – thrifted from Anglicare, $9 // Shoes – Big W, $15

I purchased a cute 1960s lace shift dress with a not-so-cute price tag so I won’t reveal the cost. Ha! It’s not as bad as you think, but as a bargain queen I am pretty embarrassed at the price I paid. Can’t wait to share it with you!

x hannah

PLUM IT UP

I have been obsessed with repinning images with this rich, dark purple hue. While traditionally suited for Fall, after seeing my friend Michelle wear it as part of her everyday look, I’m honestly convinced it’s made for all seasons! Plum is definitely something edgier and more interesting than your regular pinks, reds, and nude lippies.

With that said, I personally feel that for a woman to pull off this hue, she has to have a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s bold – but of a strong, quiet profile and I … am pretty certain I don’t fall into that category. I probably belong to the happy and bubbly department – plum lips won’t look as cool on me hence diminishing that edgy effect, yet I’m more than willing to give it a go! You just gotta make it work somehow, right!?

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Literally making a bold statement with the lips by having subtle makeup everywhere else.

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This is more of a dark wine shade – a safer option if you’re not as adventurous! Feathery lashes, strong brows and gold dusted on the eyelids make for a great night out!

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When wearing a dark bold lip like plum or burgundy, it’s best to keep your colour palette as neutral as possible. This means dressing in blacks, whites, or browns accented with gold or even pewter to keep it current and elegant … while you turn edgy and daring all at once! Just look at the picture above – it IS possible – without looking OTT either.

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If you’re itching for a change, definitely try a little dark lip to update your look! Here are some pretty amazing deals you can get to help kick things off:

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I actually own the exact lipsticks of #1 and #2, purchased during my experimental/adventurous phases. The Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain comes off as a dark wine/berry colour depending on how intense you want it to appear. It’s my go-to product for lazy days! Seriously, super easy wear. Not that long lasting, but crazily convenient to slide on your lips that you wouldn’t even mind touching up the whole day! I’m seen wearing it in this post.

1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush, available from Priceline at $17.95
2. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Plum Perfect, available from Priceline at $16.96
3. Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 004 (Little Black Dress), available from Priceline at $11.95
4. RiRi Hearts MAC Lipstick in Talk the Talk, available from MAC Counters at $36

Dare yourself to get a re-vamp today (get it? cause purple lips are so vampy) and let me know how it goes!! xx

Images taken from Pinterest, Google Images Search, Gary Pepper Girl and The Atlantic Wire.

ps. Reliable Youtube Beauty Guru Michelle Phan just released a tutorial on How To Wear A Dark Lip! Great timing, huh?

ACCORDING TO INSTAGRAM …

Oh dear. I’ve been naughty – neglecting this space.

To make up for it, this is my week (or two) in gist. Or in other words, according to Instagram.

#OOTD

outfit collageLeft to right:

1) Perth Glory vs Melbourne Hearts soccer match (1-0 score, fyi)
2) Perth Glory vs Sydney FC soccer match (exact score, if you’re interested)
3) Araluean Botanic Park

Places

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1) Toilet in Sayers Sister – one of my recent favourite cafes in Perth. Considering moving in.
2) This is where I have lunch on days that I do my internship – isn’t it charming!? I LOVE this space.
3) Took a much needed cooling down at San Churro Mandurah – it was SO hot that day!
4) The only vibrant flowers I saw at Araluean Botanic Park – the rain started to pour at this point.

COFFEE

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I am an avid Flat White drinker … though it doesn’t necessarily mean I am a coffee connoisseur. That’s also because I usually have about 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of sugar with my coffee. Yeapp, I know. I have a sweeth tooth.

1) I tried the Adventure Blend at Sayers Sister which apparently has a mix of floral and fruity notes.
2) Casa Bianchi Flat White matches my iPhone cover – heck yes!

LOML

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I don’t know if you are interested in this (ha!) but Iylia and I have been spending our weekends watching soccer matches supporting Perth Glory (of course), as well as ticking off places on his WA bucket list before he goes back to Singapore for good </3. While I’m very happy that he’s finally completed his honours dissertation, I am doubly sad because I will no longer have my favourite buddy. Tears aside, I thought this will be the best time to maximise his WA experience.

We’re always keen to try new places to discover. I’m thinking of going for dinner at KiRi Japanese in Shenton Park over the weekend as well as a day trip to Rottnest Island (can you believe I’ve never been?! Apparently it’s one of the BEST things about WA!!).
If you are a Perthie, share with me your favourites!

Follow me on Instagram @thepocketissue!

x Hannah

GARAGE SALE TRAIL

I’m having a garage sale this Saturday, 26 October and would love for you to come!

Details are on this poster:

garage sale trailco-designed by my friend Amanda

I’m also taking part in their poster competition … check it out here: http://bit.ly/pocketsale and like my entry!

x Hannah

BEAUFORT STREET MERCHANT X VANS CAFE

The Beaufort Street Merchantbeaufort st 1Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetbeaufort st 3Potato gnocchi with truffled swiss brown mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts and comté cheese, $29beaufort s merchant 4Hand cut chips with garlic aioli ($9.50)

Every week, I try to make it a point to try a different eatery. On the Saturday of my birthday weekend, I suggested we go to The Beaufort Street Merchant after hearing so many people rave about this (actually, I kept seeing this place pop up on my Facebook feed … so there’s got to be a reason for that right?)

I liked the feel of the place. It definitely offers something a little different from the modern, contemporary fittings of the other Perth diners. There’s a mix of rustic charm and luxury to the space.

We were served by an Italian waitress which I am perfectly fine with, having frequented a few authentic Italian restaurants (okay, normally just one: Ciao Italia) … but this time, her accent was so thick, I could barely understand anything she said. Also, I’m actually a little hearing impaired – not medically certified but family and friends-approved, most definitely. So I kinda left the ordering to Iylia. In addition, I also felt that she could’ve talked to us in a nicer manner … she had an almost rude, as-a-matter-of-fact tone in her voice. This is one thing I really don’t understand about people working in the service industry. It really irks me when they treat customers (who have not provoked them in any way, I might add) in an unpleasant manner – if you hate your job so much, quit! Go find something else that allows you to sulk all day. Grr!! And I’m saying this from a perspective of someone who’s been in the service industry for a few years, and still am. Well, anyway back to the food …

I actually don’t really like gnocchi so I don’t know why I picked that out of the menu – oh wait, it’s because I’ve heard it was a great dish! Well, to be fair, I don’t eat gnocchis so I can’t really judge it but according to Iylia, it actually kind of sucked. The hand cut chips were people’s recommendation as well … and honestly, I have tasted better.

I tried to like the place, I really did. I mean, it was my birthday weekend … I wanted things to go smoothly! If it weren’t for this cute boy and his mom sitting next to us dreaming up plans on opening a business (he looks all but 9 but sounded so ridiculously sure of himself that it was endearing!) I bet we would’ve scrambled out of the place faster than you can say “Gnocchi!” Okay, okay. I know. I make it sound horrible. I should be nicer … I really liked that metal sieve thing that comes with the chips!

Next came the bill. I knew the place was a little bit more on the pricey point, but I wasn’t expecting to pay about $60 for brunch and two hot drinks! *Gulps* Also, the manager or whoever the person was at the till barely made eye contact with us. Rude.

So in all, we found this place to be pretentiousI wanted to suggest coming back here for dinner because maybe that’s when it shines but Iylia said that The Beaufort Street Merchant is a definite F&L for us (first & last). Pity. It really did look like a nice venue for dinner.

The Beaufort Street Merchant
488 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003
Open Daily
Breakfast: 7am – 11:30am
Lunch & Dinner: 12pm – late

Speaking of pretentious places …

Vans Cafe vans cafe 1Homemade onion rings with lemon-infused vinegar, $8 x Stir fry Asian greens with crispy shallots, $10

I actually had a little trouble planning for my birthday brunch place only because my birthday fell on a Monday and God knows most restaurants don’t like being open for business on a Monday! It was tricky, to say the least. Also, because Iylia has very odd sleeping hours so he wakes up at a time where the remaining cafes are about to close for the day. I know! Well in any case, I did think it was a brilliant excuse to just head to Marie Antoinette in Cottesloe for some waffles or crepes since we were going to have a proper dinner afterwards. According to their Facebook page and Urbanspoon (I read Urbanspoon like my life depended on it), they’re open 7 days a week – YIPPEE! So we travelled about 30 mins to get to Cottesloe … only to find out … they were closed! WHAT! No way! You mean I can’t trust Urbanspoon anymore!?

So we thought, Ah heck it. It’s not meant to be! Let’s just go fill up our empty stomachs. Napoleon Street over in Cottesloe is abundant with cafes, so that was a good thing! We walked right up to the end of the street … I saw the monochromatic, French villa-inspired interiors and said to Iylia, “Okay, let’s eat here.” So Vans Cafe it was!

A cafe in an old money suburb … I guess I really should have seen it coming – to be served by a grumpy waitress. She is an American, and boy was she unhappy about something! Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, is it cause we’re Asians? As much as I’d like to think that people are becoming more accepting of racial differences, discrimination actually still holds true. I’ve learnt to accept it, of course, having lived in a Western dominated country for 5 years now … but you know, we’re still customers after all. And I promise you, I’m a really nice one … unless I feel you’ve really crossed the line (like this one time, a ticketing counter girl spoke to my mom in a way that I thought was unacceptable when my mom had been nothing but cooperative, and I actually raised my voice at her! Everyone around me got quiet and probably thought what devil of a creature managed to possess into me…). That said, service-wise, bleh. Though I fully understand that waiters are humans too, and humans have feelings. She might be having a bad day … and had too much on her plate (or vice versa, because you know, she’s a waitress! Ha ha.)

Food was ordinary, nothing special. Iylia had ordered the Stir Fry Asian Greens because on that day he had this idea of experimenting what it’ll be like to turn vegetarian (crazily short-lived, of course) … and he wanted to know what was their interpretation of this dish. It was not too bad, honestly. Pretty good, if I may say so myself – though a dash of chilli would have made it perfect. The onion rings were alll right~ as well. Without trying to sound pompous, again I’ve honestly had better. Maybe it’s because I found it a tad too oily for my liking.

The one thing that reigned champion for me at Vans though was the coffee! Ahh, thank goodness! I order Flat White everywhere I go – with “2 sugar” if it’s a regular cup. Hey! No judging. On this particular visit, I was only given 1 packet of sugar and because the waitress already had her sour face on I didn’t want to irk her any more by asking for an extra packet of sugar. Too menial. So I had just 1 sugar (miracle, by my standards) in my regular cup of Flat White. And you know what, it was still really good! I was amazed!! I shared this with Iylia because he knows how I always have to have (at least, oops) 2 packets of sugar! So yes, all is not loss! The coffee is pretty awesome! I’ll go back just to have my cup of flat white if I’m in that area.

Vans Sidewalk Cafe
1 Napolean Street, Cottesloe WA 6011
Daily, 7am – 10pm

This wraps up my first of 2 posts on the places I went to over my birthday weekend! I know it’s not your typical food review, but I just thought of sharing my experiences with you. Hope you’ve gained something from this, and if you had a similar experience or disagree with anything I’ve said, let me know! I might just be convinced to give it another try (:

x Hannah

ROAD TRIP: SOUTH WESTERN-AUSTRALIA

Last month, my cousin and our partners took a spontaneous trip down south. By spontaneous we really mean covering 1100km under 36 hours – with an approximate total of 15h non-stop driving. It was madness!! But also really fun … the things you should do when you’re still young, huh? C’est la vie!

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You can see what I mean by packing minimally – I wore the same lightweight coat and jeans for 2 days. We visited places like Margaret River, where we also tasted great home-made scones with lavender jam and cream, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse over in Augusta which was crazily windy, the Gap and Natural Bridge over in Albany followed by a scrumptious lunch and chocolate cake at 14 Peels Place before we drove back to metropolitan Perth – stopping by the vast fields of canola crop along Albany Highway for a Kodak moment. What I would give for another trip like this again!

BANDUNG

lovisa diamond simulant necklace 1lovisa diamond simulant 3shilla pants 1shilla pants 2 shilla pants 3Pants – Shilla, $45 (on sale) // Tshirt – Sportsgirl // Necklace – Lovisa, $50 (though I paid half price as part of staff privileges) // Accesories – Lovisa // Clutch – Kmart, $12

If you are familiar with Singapore/Malaysian delicacies, you would know the bandung (bahn-doong) drink – rose cordial syrup mixed with milk. It is equivalent to Indonesia’s Happy Soda sans the fizz.

These pants remind me of bandung because of its milky rose colour. It was my first time wearing it out even though I’ve had it for about 2 weeks now (a case of short legs needing a little hem up) and I am just SO happy with it! Though it doesn’t fall as comfortably within my spending budget, it is however incredibly comfortable. A must pair for spring/summer I reckon!

The bright colour also makes it a fun and easy pairing! I have offset the glamorous feel of the diamanté necklace with a boyfriend tee, comfy wide leg pants and some platform heels – such an easy outfit … especially for a Friday! I foresee myself wearing this pants A LOT so I might just scoot over to Shilla and get myself another pair … “just in case” something happens to it – you never know!!

All images taken by Iylia

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