Royal Croquet Club sets up in Melbourne for 2 weeks of delicious foods, live entertainment, Pimm’s Cups and of course croquet games. The Croquet club was more than your typical festival. It was a full on lifestyle event that catered to the hearts of many. If you are into trendy foods like myself then you would have been in heaven. The festival had every type of food you could imagine and the best of all was Gelato Messina with their Campbell’s soup inspired gelato. Their were four different flavours of gelato all with funky names and packaged in a different colour “soup can”. From a marketing and public relations stand point, Gelato Messina absolutely killed it with their branding. If you attended the Croquet Club, there is a guarantee you have a picture with their cool soup can. If you haven’t seen the craze yet, search the hashtag #royalcroquetclub or #gelatomessina on Instagram for tons of pictures from the festival.
To go along with the great food, the decorations, the lights and the music were very on point. It totally made you feel like you were transported to an old school festival with a modern twist. Pimm’s was also one of the main sponsors which made the cocktail lovers jump for joy as they got to have a perfect summer drink in hand. Festivals like these are so important as I believe because it takes you out of your everyday routine and shakes it up with imagination. It made me feel like I was 6 years old eating ice cream at a fair. The best part about things like the Croquet Club is that you are never too old to go out and enjoy yourself.
If you haven’t checked it out yet you still have today and tomorrow to go enjoy some Pimm’s and Gelato Messina!
Carly Jensen xo
Tucked away in the suburb of Fitzroy North is the relaxing yoga studio that goes by the name “Kundalini House.” With an atmosphere that screams de-stress and hot Yogi teas being served, you are welcome to unwind and find yourself. For those who don’t know what kundalini is all about, it is a system of meditation directed towards the release of kundalini energy. You awaken each chakra of the body which in return brings your spirit and peace of mind an overall happiness and new found energy. Those who are up for a challenge and a new way to wake up in the mornings, take the 6:30am class for a real calming and spiritual experience. You don’t have to be a spiritual person to reap the benefits of kundalini yoga. I can tell you from experience everyone I have taken to a kundalini session is always changed by the class and are always back for more. If you are looking for a new and exciting way to workout then kundalini yoga is your go to.
Carly Jensen xo
Photo Credit: yogateapot.com.au, kundalinihouse.com.au
Calling all ladies of Melbourne! This hidden gem just opened and it is sure to make your nails go crazy. Miss Nail Bar is located inside the South Melbourne Market and it is my absolute new favourite spot. With 450 + colours to choose from your nails will be summer ready in no time. Some nail salons can make you spend half your day their but at Miss Nail Bar they will have you in and out in half the time. The staff are all funny, talkative and make you feel welcome. The manicure I got was only $22 and it included a vanilla and coconut scrub. Once your arms were all soft you got to soak your hands in either a rose or lavender water that smelt delicious and felt luxurious. Not only do they do a great job you also get a nice massage included, who could say no to that? Open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm and on Fridays from 8am-5pm making a stop by here is the perfect way to spend your weekend and have some me time. If you need some relaxation then stop by “Miss Nail Bar” in the South Melbourne Market.
Carly Jensen xo
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Healthy food and drinks can be quite daunting to people when they have grown up on Kraft Dinner, chicken nuggets and cupcakes but for all those worried they won’t like a healthy organic smoothie let me reassure you, if I can drink one and enjoy it, so could you. Now let me first start by saying, yes there are a lot of crazy ingredients you will probably roll your eyes at but once everything is blended together it is quite a delicious and healthy alternative from your regular milkshake. Smoothies are good to have for breakfast, snacks, and they are packed with nutrients and they taste great! I have recently discovered a delicious little place called Combi that understands exactly what people want when looking for a smoothie. Not only do they look good, they are so healthy you wouldn’t believe it and everything they use is organic. I am always in search of cute places to eat and so for someone like myself Combi is the perfect place. For all those who are not lazy and could make these delicious smoothies themselves here is the recipe for my favourite smoothie called “Liquid Passion.”
Passion fruit, berries, mango, coconut
flesh, raw fermented protein powder,
house made nut mylk
Hope you enjoy,
Carly Jensen xo
Photo taken off Google – broadsheet.com.au
People are living more and more for the weekends and by that the saying “Friyay” has come about. When I first saw this play on words surfacing on the internet I thought it was quite silly. I then realized it was actually quite brilliant and more people should find little things to get excited about. It gives everyone something to look forward to and there is not one person on this planet that doesn’t look forward to the weekend. So with that being said, here are some fun ideas for things to do on Friday:
1) Eat a cuisine you normally wouldn’t-
Mix it up and try something new, if you always have Italian try Greek, if you are a burger person step outside your comfort zone and try Mongolian! For a real different cuisine try Ethiopian.
2) Go see a Drive In Movie – Stock up on snacks and find your nearest drive in movie theatre and enjoy the show under the stars. If it’s too cold out have a themed movie night in!
3) Opposite Night Out- This one is all about switching up what you would normally do. If you usually hang out sipping beers in grungy bars, go out, get dressed up and head out for a night of dancing! Same goes if you usually go out clubbing, try a unique bar and stay awhile.
4) Go into the city and stay at a hotel for a night- Live the high life for a night and stay at a hotel. This is a fun way to get out of the house and do something different.
5) Sports Night- Grab a group of friends and head to the field or court and play whatever sport you feel like! This is exercise and a way to spend time with friends.
6) DIY Night– For all the girls reading this, save your money this weekend and have a DIY night. There are tons of cool websites that show you different craft ideas for your home or even your own wardrobe! Pinterest has lots of cool ideas too.
Enjoy and Happy Friyay!
Carly Jensen xo
Melbourne has many fun sites and attractions but one of my favourite would have to be the Queen Victoria Market. If you think you have been to a big market before then you clearly haven’t been to this one. With clothes, funky things for your house and pretty much everything you can imagine, the Vic Market is the perfect place to spend your Saturday or Sunday. Now if you are a huge foodie like myself, you will fall in love with what the market has to offer. You can grocery shop for fresh fruits & vegetables as well as buy your meat for the week. For the wine & cheese lovers there is something for you as well, as there is a wide range of fresh cheeses and horderves. Finally, the best part of my day was eating a juicy and very spicy bratwurst smothered in fried onions. On top of that you must try the Spanish Churro’s, slushy organic lemonade and the candy coated nuts. The food list goes on but as long as you get those main staples you will be quite satisfied.
Carly Jensen xo
If you didn’t know it by now, you must be prepared because the best is yet to come. Fasten your seat belt and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Your life, yes I mean you is going to get better. No not just better, it is going to get great. You haven’t even lived the best days of your life yet so just know that it is going to get even more exciting. Let go of all fears, open your heart up to new experiences and new times and be ready for all the possibilities this world has to offer. Smile, wherever you are right now, smile. Each day that passes is going to be wonderful if you believe it will be. With an open mind and spirit get ready for the opportunities that are coming your way and know that without a doubt, the best is yet to come.
Namaste – Carly Jensen
Photo taken from Pinterest