Year Twenty Three Celebrations

27th October –  You finally made your way into my life this year! Did only take 366 days from the last time you showed up but I guess the saying goes “Better Late Than Never!” 😉

The weekend just past saw me celebrate my twenty-third year of living! 🙂 I did have to share it with my sibling of course, he is my twin and I don’t think I can be that selfish in saying it’s MY birthday only!

There were a couple of plans in order for the day and neither of them eventuated.  I was originally going to go with my Dad to Phillip Island for the Australian Moto GP.  I’d told him I’d only go if the weather was fine and warm but it was going to be cold and miserable and I didn’t fancy sitting on the back on a bike for 3 hours each way in the cold.  The second plan was going to be a fun-filled adventure day with one of my buddies; probably would have consisted of eating way to many lollies and me loosing at ten-pin-bowling.  He probably wouldn’t have even let me win on my birthday. Meanie! 😉 Unfortunately, he got called into work and we couldn’t chill.

So.. what did I end up doing?

I didn’t really sleep in.  I probably woke up at 8am and Mum came bounding in singing Happy Birthday.  Ohh.. Did I mention she bought me balloons?  They were in my room when I got home on Friday night (from Hot Chelle Rae).  It was an amazing surprise! LOOK! 😀 (At this stage, she was kinda sad because she has asked Dad if he wanted to wait until he was home to give me my present and he said yes.  HAHA Whoops!)

We decided that we should go shopping because she wanted to find something else small for my brother.  Talk about leaving it to the last minute Mum! Plus, we had to buy whatever I wanted for tea and the cake!

We ended up out at Westfield and were just browsing shops when we came across these amazing dresses!  I was like wow Mum, look at them. PRRREEEETTTTTYYYYY! She was like, go, try them on.  Well, I don’t need to be told twice.  While trying on all these beautiful dresses, she also found these mega cute denim shorts! Long story short, instead of me putting them on layby, she bought them for me. Awwww! Isn’t she a good Mummy!


After going grocery shopping and getting tea and cake sorted, we ventured home then up to my Aunty’s house to help her in the garden for a little while.  My Aunty was like you can’t make Candice help on her birthday!! Mum and I laughed and said we aren’t doing a create job at helping anyway!  What we were supposed to be doing was spreading scoria rock.  When mum asked me, I thought it would be easy because we have it at home and it’s really small and very spreadable.  Turns out, we have “crushed” scoria and the rocks at my Aunty’s house were about the size of golf balls.  Rakes don’t work, shovels and spades aren’t much help either.  Turned out to be a very eventful effort but we got there in the end.  After having a cuppa and yummy biscuits my Aunty has cooked, we went home to start organising tea 😀

What did I end up picking for tea?! Party pies and sausage rolls and mini hotdogs! OMG YUM!

Daddy’s home!! Present time!! Finally, Mum runs into her room and pulls out this big present, wrapped in a garbage bag.  Umm, cheers for the effort Mum! HA! She did have a big bow on it though. 🙂 Here is what it was.  (Josh, that’s my brother, got lots of fishing things! :))

It was the doona cover set I’d seen ages ago and really wanted but couldn’t afford to buy it because I’m still paying off my credit card. Yay! It even comes with those two cushions and a pink fitted sheet with white polka dots. MEGA CUTE! (Paris! Yes, I’ve been there! Earlier this year on my Contiki adventure.  I should really get around to posting about that!) 

My brother gave me money towards my new camera that I want to buy! 🙂 So kind!  I also got one other sneaky present that I wasn’t expecting.  It was from my dearest friend, Louise. 🙂 It was a beautiful black and pink clutch/bag.  She sneakily snuck some awesome bangles inside it too! Have a peek!

Time for the cake.  Of course I knew what it was because I picked it.  I had previously had the same one on Friday at work, because they put on a BBQ for my birthday.  It was so yummy that I wanted it again. 😉 Such a little piggy! It was a Cadbury’s ice-cream cake with small chocolate chips through it.  OMG! Delicious! Mum and dad sang Happy Birthday and we got to nomnomnomnomnom on cake!

After getting ready, we headed to the local pub for drinks and partying! I stayed there until it was almost closing time.   All of my brother’s mates where there and I didn’t pay for one drink all night. 🙂 Special thanks to Daniel (Rede) and Louise for coming even though their nights were already busy with other things.  My parents also came down and had a few beverages and I may have hijacked the jukebox and played a number of Keith Urban songs. HEHE!  JOY!  It was a great birthday and I could not have asked to share it with better people. 🙂 ❤

C. x

Family Outings

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and are no way formed to cause conflicts of interest in other readers. ;))

Last friday night (About a week ago now, sorry for the late update!) I took my baby cousin to see this band that was playing at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Her dad had bought her tickets for her birthday but unfortunately got sent away for work and couldn’t take her.  He asked me ages ago if I minded taking her and I said no worries, FREE TICKET!!!  I’d heard of the band, maybe listened to their songs on the radio, only because they were on but did I actually know the band? Nope! Turns out they are something like America’s answer to Britain’s One Direction.

Hot Chelle Rae.

After chowing down on Poppy’s homemade meat pie and chips, BeeJayy escorted us into the CBD. (Which was a mad house I might add! Traffic everywhere and I HATE traffic!) We found the $9 flat rate parking lot right near the hall.  Talk about a win.  I was more excited that it wasn’t full than actually going to see this band! 😉 Another sarcastic joke.  Whoops! 😛

Nanny had given me the tickets because I was the responsible adult and she didn’t want Lauren (that’s my baby cousin) to lose them.  TRUE STORY!

While double checking on the door we had to be at, we were just chilling, waiting and it wasn’t long before I was surrounded by a sea of bouncing and screaming 16/17 year olds. Seriously FML!  Look, I shouldn’t have been surprised, in this current day and age, but I swear more than half these girls were in shorter dresses than I own (for the record, I have a few extremely short ones) and heels probably about 3 to 4 inches tall.  I was thinking, “Wow honey, you are standing there with no jacket, shivering and freezing your butt off while wearing shoes that are already hurting your feet.  Put some bloody clothes on! Be sensible”  Then I thought, “Oh no, what a mum thought! I don’t want to be old!” I had even opted for flat shoes, jeans and my sports jacket I bought at Anfield, Liverpool. WOW! Flat shoes and no dress and I was out. Ahhh geeezzz!! A day before I was 23 and I felt like the oldest person in the room.

After spending about half an hour waiting for the first act to start, I pulled out my camera and started taking selfies! HAHA! They are always fun.  Check us out!

So I’ll cut out the boring souvenir buying and get to the first act. The support act for the support act. 5 Seconds of Summer. 5SOS or some “cool” abbreviation like that.  I must say, they weren’t too bad.  A home grown band from Sydney.  Ha, Lauren was a tad annoyed at the girls that were there just to see this band and not HCR. I said to her, they wasted their monies to see them, not yours.  Stress less.

Here is what the 5SOS fuss was about.  All photos can be found here.

(I apologize in advance and I have no musical background to back this up but it is my own opinon and I am entitled to it! So *blurt* ;)) Who’s up next. Ah yes, Cher Lloyd, the actual support act. Cher finished in the top 4 in the UK’s 2011 X Factor so Lauren and I were excited interested to see what all the fuss was about.  There were girls screaming and crying everywhere, saying O.M.G Cher Lloyd, she is so amazing.   WELL… We both thought she was average.  I was sitting there, listening, trying to think maybe the next song will get better but I continued to think all she was doing was trying to be another Missy Elliot or Lil’ Kim.  She is obviously a well known artist in the UK and now in Australia, but unfortunately, she just did not cut it for me. Photo found here.

Now on to the main act! Hot Chelle Rae.

I’m not going to go into a huge explanation session about how amazing they were or weren’t.  I only knew 2 of their songs, as they are played on the radio here in Australia.  They were pretty good.  Not going complain at all about them.  There was a lot of talk from other’s around us that they were better than One Direction.  I disagree. Maybe that’s because I listened to all of 1D’s record first, I dunno.  Lauren was in hysterics by this time but I had made her promise she wasn’t going to cry.  The amount of screaming that was filling the hall was insane and I am surprised my hearing hasn’t been affected!  They probably played about 10-12 songs and each time, the roar of the fans was incredible.  Those ‘Beautiful Freaks” (that’s apparently what they call themselves, kinda like Directioners’s for 1D I guess) wanted a party and HCR certainly bought one to the table.

Lauren tells me they are so beautiful.. Have a peek and let me know what you think. P.s. I want that bow tie! Images here.

Now I have posted all about the bands, I want to focus on the crowd for two seconds.  Is that alright? Sweet! 🙂

I believe it wouldn’t have even been half way through 5 Seconds of Summer (just a reminder, this was the first support act) and I had wittnessed half a dozen girls go to first aid.  Passed out or so overwelmed that they has to be carried out by security from the floor to taken to first aid.  Anyone who has been to Festival Hall in Melbourne would know it’s a very old hall and there is no real space for a first aid room, so they has a small area sectioned off beside the stage.  Unforuntely for the girls that got attended to, this doesn’t make is very private and everyone and I mean everyone can see you. The number’s increased as the night went on.  Even one girl has to be taken away on a stretcher and into an ambulance because she was having a seizure.  Talk about a night spolier.  She’s paid what, $100-$150 for her ticket and she was wheeled away before the end of the second act.  Security were throwing bottles of water into the crowd just to keep people hydrated as they did not want to leave their front row positions.  Is this band worth so much to you that it may affect your health and well being.  Obviously the answer is yes.

I think the excitement of HCR pumped copious amounts of adrenaline through a lot of the girls as I didn’t see many more go to first aid once they took the stage.

All in all, even though I didn’t know any of the bands, I had a great night.  What was more important was that Lauren has an even better night, which was the main aim.  We even finished it off with $1 lollies from Kmart.  So yum.


C. x

A Bright Night Out

This weekend saw me attend the Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club presentation night.

Disobeying physio’s orders, I wore my belovered Kurt Geiger, Emse heels, I bought in London.  It made my night so much better.  I didn’t win any awards but am proud of the girls who did.  They are my team mates and I was stoked to see the new girls up there accepting awards like true champions.  A special mention to my home girl, Louise, who won the “Golden Boot” for a second year running.  A very deserving champion.

Take a look.

C. x

My Stunning Girl, Louise ❤

Shoes by Kurt Geiger | Earrings & Bangle by Lovisa | Clutch by Forever New | Dress (pre-owned in 2010) by Temt | Hair done by Bianca at Hairhouse Warehouse Epping | Makeup bought at Inglot