Thursday, 29 October 2015

Day Diary; Friday Date Night

Nothing too exciting about Fridays any more, especially as I'm taking a break from working altogether, every day is a weekend for me! Having worked in Ops for a fashion company, by the end of my two-and-a-half year run, I was exhausted and in need of a break. Of course I had taken a week off with annual leave prior to my resignation, but this only further instilled in me that it was time for a change (with a lot of free time in the middle!). Not only do I have no regrets, but I feel like I was able to make some positive changes to live a more healthy and productive lifestyle. More sleep, less caffeine, better meals, more time for exercise, less stress - all contribute to a stronger, healthier me!

So with that little background story aside, on to my day. With no set time to wake up, and a lot of free time during the day (before any working person is available for dinner hehe), I mostly take it easy without any strenuous activities or plans for the day. After breakfast I changed into my activewear to take the dogs for a walk, do some errands, and squeeze in a gym session later on.


A mug of green tea before the gym

I read somewhere that having green tea before a workout increases the calories burned by 17%. It's a well known fact that green tea aids weight loss as it increases the metabolism, and I suppose the caffeine helps as well? Just a little extra kick before putting in the hard yards for an efficient workout! But aside from helping with burning calories, there are bountiful benefits of this tea. Lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, oral cancer - and helps in skin care too! Obviously it is not a miracle cure, and no one should be solely reliant on green tea, but I think these benefits are good enough to drink it regularly. After all the taste is not too bad (this is coming from someone who had serious issues consuming it at a younger age). And I try. Sometimes I might go days without drinking it at all, but most of the time I try and fit in 2 cups a day.


Gym clothes; all Lorna Jane / nike roshe sneakers

The active wear trend is completely booming right now, with a lot of retailers coming out with a sportswear line to join in on the phenomenon and target consumers who are starting to make more health conscious choices. Lorna Jane is a brand who specialise in active wear, and I have been a fan for about two years (from the beginning when I just started developing an interest in working out). Probably 90% of my gym clothes are from LJ, just because the designs are cute and versatile and most tights have little pockets for convenience and accessibility. Even with this lime green knit - I could easily wear it for other occasions than the gym. Win-Win. 


Equipment leopard print silk shirt / TEMT forest green sweater / MARCS leather-look leggings / OROTON peach clutch cross-body bag / Mimco black heels

We are definitely well into Spring in Australia. Meant to be anyway. There have been a few chilly days here and there where a warm knit and pants are warranted. I'm all for cool weather so don't mind the mix of hot and cold. I get to bring out my sweaters so a huge bonus in my eyes!


Korean BBQ @ Jonga Jip

This restaurant is in Eastwood and is pretty much always bustling with people. So much so, that there are actually two of them! Literally meaning Jonga's House, this place offers up a huge variety of side dishes, making it a popular and highly valued authentic Korean restaurant. Not only is the food delicious, the service is fast and efficient, making this place a true winner. Most Korean places have unlimited refills on the side dishes, so with the numerous options Jonga Jip have on offer, you can have a hearty meal with different taste combinations for every bite!

48 comments:

  1. I love green tea and I think it really works but I dunno for sure. Loving you sports wear and the outfit - the picture of you drinking tea is really cute btw!

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  2. Hello from Spain: I really like your plans. Great pics. Keep in touch

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  3. Love your date night outfit, I'd be definitely wear that too (;
    Nati xx
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  4. Lovely post!! <3

    x Olivia
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  5. Ah, I worked seasonally in retail last year, so I know exactly how exhausting it is! I developed so much respect for the people who do it as a career--working on the floor fun, but physically draining. And I'm sure operations is just as hectic! I hope you enjoy that break :)

    I love your mug and that leopard print button down. And that food makes me so hungry!

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  6. But TGIF for me! tehehe... Cool gym outfit ~ ^ ω ^
    owh, I have try Korean BBQ here in Malaysia, but I don't really like it. I do love their grilled chicken tho. ^^

    Have a great weekend Anna! ←~(o `▽´ )oΨ And Happy Creepy Halloween!


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  7. Loving your mug :)
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  8. Lovely post!
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  9. Great post dear!

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  10. I'm glad you are taking a break; I would like to have one, too. I never drink tea but have heard wonderful things about green tea. I ate Korean food once and loved it. Have a nice weekend!

    Danielle
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  11. I just love the forest green sweater with the leopard print blouse underneath!

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  12. Oh wow all the food looks very yummy
    xx

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  13. Love that cute cup. Looks like you had a great Friday night date. Beautiful outfit, the leo print shirt is gorgeous. And the dishes look darn tasty. Lovely blog here btw! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know on my blog so I can follow back. Thank you.
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  14. Great post - that meal looks absolutely delicious as well. So hungry now...

    Rae of Love from Berlin

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  15. The food you posted looks so delicious u___u I adore korean BBQ and food, theyre just so delicious, but the spices haha >< I absolutely adore your cute mug btw <3
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  16. It's good to take a break to take care of yourself from time to time!
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  17. I've heard green tea is great aid to weight loss (5 cups a day) helps the stomach go flat
    but great post altogether I really enjoyed this and nice food
    xxx

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  18. Ah you're a Lorna Jane girl. I still need to get a pair of leggings from them but they're so darn expensive haha.
    And Eastwood! OMG I haven't been there in ages but I do love some Korean BBQ thanks for the rec hun.
    Hope your weekend was spooktacular or at least a treat ;)
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  19. love your workout outfits <3
    the korean bbq looks so tempting !

    xx,
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  20. Thanks a lot, darling :D

    OMG, I really love this kind of posts :D

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  21. Such a great post and I love the whole outfit you took! Great!



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  22. I really love you :)

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  23. lovely inspo!! <3
    xoxo
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  24. Glad you are enjoying some time off. These outfits looks great!

    Amy Ann
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  25. OMG! I really really love my Korean/Bulgogi nights. I love being in a food coma stuffed with such yummy food. good choices on the clothes by the way.loose and comfy on the tummy ;)

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  26. Such a charming picture!You have a great blog:)

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  27. Sounded like the perfect day, I love the mug, workout is something I should be doing again and Korean BBQ ;)
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  28. Love these options, and that food looks amazing!
    xo
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  29. I love the emerald green sweater, it's super cute~! I am addicted to green tea too <33

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  30. Oh, this Korean restaurant has great dishes, which look so delicious! What's more, sounds that you made good decision - every change is scary at the begging, but sometimes we have to move on! :)

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  31. I love the second look!
    xoxo Gi.

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  32. Loved the green tea tip, I think I'm gonna try it! <3
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  33. Wow, good for u! hope u take ur time to relax! love the leopard shirt mix! Glad i have discovered your blog!

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  34. Your mug is so cute!

    It is nice having that time for yourself isn't it, especially after such a long stint at that workplace. It must have felt quite strange initially to not have to follow that schedule anymore!

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  35. Stunning post!
    Have a nice day!
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  36. This looks amazing! I am drooling at your meal
    your exercise gear is so cute too
    xx
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  37. That second outfit you put together is great! Love the shoes especially.

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  38. That food looks amazing! And I love the workout outfit. I knew green tea boosted metabolism, but I didn't know that drinking it before a workout increased the calories burned. That's a great tip- I'll have to try that!
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  39. Great snaps! Love your workout wear.

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  40. I really enjoyed this post, beautiful! You definitely made me crave some Green Tea, thankfully I have some on hand I can make :) I love your outfit you put together with the leopard accents, so chic! I hope you have a wonderful day and start to your week, girlie!

    XO,

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  41. Seems like a perfect day! Great photos :)

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  42. Beautiful Girl :-*

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  43. I love your mug :) Glad you're finding some time to relax.

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