gallery tea lounge

For someone who's such a self-proclaimed sweet tooth, I've only been to a handful of high teas in my lifetime. While my list of places to check off reaches the floor, it just seems like there's never an occasion special enough for high tea because it's just so... extravagant. So naturally, it was pretty special when I visited the Gallery Tea Lounge at the Sheraton a few weeks ago for a friend's 21st! Throw in the buffet aspect of it, and oh my glob. To say that I was in sugary, cream-filled heaven would be an understatement...



There’s the option of a teapot for each person included in the price ($49 per head), but you can also get hot chocolate or coffee if you’re so inclined. True to form, I got plain old English breakfast tea, although they also had Earl Grey and green tea options.

      





There’s just no good way of photographing buffet food, but those cakes were SO good. Pistachio mousse, flourless orange cake and blueberry cheesecake, not to mention a nice selection of savouries. Did I mention there was a waffle station with various toppings and ice cream?! I definitely need one in my future home now.

      



My only regrets? Not taking a box of goodies home with me. To really get your money's worth you'd probably have to eat way more than I did, even I though I was practically rolling out the door when two hours were up. In fact, I was feeling the after effects of all that sugar for the rest of the day and well into the next morning, if that’s any indication of how much I ate... Anyone else out there a fan of high tea? Tell me about the best one you've been to!
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7 facts about me

And now, time for something completely different (and slightly self-indulgent). It's been awhile since I've done a good old blog tag, so thanks Audrey from Brunch at Audrey's for nominating me in the versatile blog award! The general gist is that you have to share seven things about yourself, which I always find interesting to read on other blogs. In fact, I made a post covering thirty facts about me awhile ago, but I'll try not to repeat things I've already mentioned. Without further adieu...



1. Whenever people ask what kind of music I like, I never know what to say. My library's an annoying mix of random songs that I become obsessed with, so I can't really say that I prefer a certain genre! Whether it's K-pop, 90s RnB, or mainstream, if I like the song I'll blast it until it's pretty much dead to me.

2. I'm a total hoarder. I'm pretty sure this one's hereditary, because my grandma literally has rooms of stuff stashed away in her home. Anyway, my hoarding extends to make up, stationery, random bits of paper... Needless to say, it's becoming a real epidemic.

3. It's almost impossible for me to fall asleep in public places. Call me paranoid, but I don't get how some people can sleep on the train! How the heck do they know when to wake up in time for their stop? Don't even get me started on people who shamelessly sleep at uni... Personally, I'd rather not become Facebook famous haha.

4. I've only ever travelled within Asia and Australia. I'm definitely not as well-travelled as I'd like to be, since life's always getting in the way. Nevertheless visiting Europe and America's on the top of my bucket list, even though I don't have plans for it in the foreseeable future.

5. I'm really squeamish. Whether someone tries to tickle me or touch my neck, I freak out. Just a word of warning – don't even try touching me. Not because I hate it, but because I might actually end up punching you in the face.

6. I'm obsessed with thrifting. In fact, I'm pretty sure my closet is made up of more thrifted clothes than new ones by now.

7. I’ve probably been learning Japanese for eight years now. And despite studying it for that long, I could hardly say I'm very fluent in it. That being said, continuing classes in uni was probably one of the best decisions I've made. It's always cool to be able to say you know another language, and I've definitely picked up some useful study tips as a result (would anyone be interested in a post about that, by the way?)

I'm tagging Philippa from Cocoskies, Tannya from Tanaditya... aaand anyone who happens to be reading and wants to do it, because I'm a cop out. Does anyone out there share one of my weird quirks? Let me know!
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diy daisy umbrella

     

For some bizarre reason, I really love umbrellas. What is it about them, anyway? Apart from keeping me warm and cosy on wet days, they just have that whimsical factor about them. Maybe I watched Mary Poppins too much as a child... Anyway, I also love that umbrellas are blank canvases that have so much potential for customisation. Sadly I tend to grab the nearest one (usually a freebie) when I'm rushing out the door, but some designs can be so intricate! It was pretty much inevitable that I eventually customise my own. I feel like I'm insulting your intelligence for even writing a tutorial on this, since it's so simple. All you'll need is a clear umbrella, white and yellow paint markers, and a looot of patience.





Everything I used is from Daiso. I've just discovered their paint markers and they're amazing, especially at only $2.80 a pop! They really do smell like paint, and come out super opaque. Be careful though, it takes a bit of shaking to get the ink running. If you're not careful it can leak all over your freshly painted manicure, which I learnt that the hard way...



So I went for a daisy design, but there's obviously no limit to what you can do. Just make sure you paint the inside of the umbrella, and layer your colours accordingly. I painted the yellow circles first so that it appears on top from the outside, then used white to paint the petals. Just make sure each layer dries to avoid the colours bleeding into each other. If it helps, draw a template to trace from so you can get a fairly consistent flower size throughout.



I probably could've painted the flowers all over, but decided to cluster them towards the edge for a gradual effect. Couldn't be easier! Now I just have to wait for the perfect day to use it, which shouldn't be too far off since it's currently pouring down in Sydney. I'm already itching to start another project, so any ideas for my next umbrella design would be most welcome!
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