Adora Store's Grand Opening

Adora store's official grand opening was held a couple of weeks ago. The celebration filled City Cross Arcade with the disgusting smell of freshly popped buttery popcorn, and don't get me started on the horrible candy bar (sarcasm of course). Like I said on Facebook, candy bars in Fashion stores are dangerous. As a indecisive girl, it takes me 200X the time it takes the average girl to make a decision: so fuel me with sugar and I'll have enough energy to try on the whole store!

The clothes are mostly aimed at young women, ranging from flattering A-line midi skirts for work, to bodycon dresses for nights out in town.

The sweetest manager, Quin was so helpful. Since it's now autumn, I wanted something that I can layer but also be suitable for teaching. She helped me make a decision between the black and the grey sweater.

What do you think? A word of caution, if you see me wearing this you'll get an itching urge to dance. I'm a shiny discoball!

If you're ever in Rundle Mall, pop into Adora in City Cross Arcade. If you can't find something your size, don't hesitate to ask the sales girls.

Anne x


My Teacher's Trolley Bag

Hedgren Cindy Trolley
The older I get the more I'd rather prevent injuries and if this means pulling along a trolley instead of using a tote then I'm in. I'm no body builder so my arms and shoulders turn into jelly after lugging stacks of books around school.

A couple of weeks ago I was extremely lucky to recieve a Cindy trolley by Hedgren in the new season colour Mouse Grey to review. Who would have thought that I have been desperately re/searching for my perfect teacher's bag for months prior. Talk about coincidence!

The Cindy trolley is part of Hedgren's Diamond Touch collection; a business bag collection for a busy girl like me. 

Look + My Outfit
The new season Mouse Grey is a much needed addition to the classic black or red options. Personally I love the colour (shade). Grey is the ultimate neutral; it can be worn dressed up or down. As you can see from my (teacher) outfit (minus sleeves), wearing all grey doesn't have to mean you'll be mistaken for a statue street artist. The key is to play around with the textures and shades all 50 Shades thanks to my scarf. OK I take that back. The lining is Hedgren's signature red which makes things more interesting and most importantly, faster! If you see a grey and red blurr wizz past, that'll be Ms Bahn.

The bag pulls along so darn smoothly yet like with all trolley bags I sound like I'm off to a holiday (in the staff room). The sturdy double telescopic handle locks at maximum and when pulled along, is perfect for me; (what is the perfect angle you ask? Find the length between my hand and heel (while walking), height of bag, length of heel to bag, use SOH, This is wrong and I'm tired)  which means no more heel-to-bag contact. It also locks into place and is released with a button, so I have control over when it collapses, not the other way around!

I can fit a thick folder and my large pencil case into the main back compartment, which zips all the way down for easy access. It also has a padded compartment for my iPad. In the middle compartment, I keep things like my lunch (that's my emergency can), hat, snacks/lollies and wipes.

The handy organiser at the front is perfect for storing frequently used things that I need quick access to such as pens, gum, lipstick and keys. It also has a mobile phone pocket that is just (hooray!) big enough for my iPhone 6. The bag also comes with 2 years warranty and is apparently water repellent; which deserves a tick and a sticker!

For product specifications see Hedgren's website.

Hedgren's Cindy trolley is a great business bag that I can confidently say will join me on adventures across school grounds for a very very long time. The only downfall is that there is only enough space for what I've mentioned above so far. As a teacher I carry around a extra things such as a diary, school laptop etc; funnily enough though, I'm lazy so I hardly ever fully zip up my bags anyway, so that's not a big problem.
Of course the Cindy trolley will suit anyone with any occupation (oh where was she when I lugging around all those text books as a student), but since she is a teacher's bag, I'm calling her Ms Cindy from now on.

Thank you for saving me from (fingers crossed) any unnecessary trips to the physio Hedgren!

To teachers/ business people/ shopaholics out there, what trolley bags do you use/recommend?


Photos taken by Christian Polychronis.


I Graduated

I did it! I have a BA Education (Primary & Middle) from UniSA.

Everyone keeps asking how it feels to finally graduate, so to explain myself again it felt good to get my 5 minutes of fame; it's another birthday for the year I guess. In terms of finally finishing University, I felt relieved and excited in October last year when I finished my last course, got my Teachers Registration and could finally earn some decent cash.

Oh, don't you worry; I'll keep sharing my cheap eat hacks and budget friendly anything. Of course relief teaching isn't constant but I'm happy so far. Yes, there are days when I want to slap a student (haha) but it's so rewarding. I love my job!

Ms Anne 

Outfit: a $15 H&M dress, an old Witchery glass necklace and classic Chanel heels.


Business Card Design

Vistaprint is the Costco of the online digital printing world. I recommend having a thorough Google search for the best deals as there are dozens of them going on at one time. Don't settle for the first one you see.

A couple of years ago I purchased some business cards from them. From memory they were $10 plus postage for 250. I roughly designed the network cards for our trip to Sydney Fashion Week. And when I say "roughly" I mean so last-minute that I had to stop myself from always apologising to Social media Celebrities about the misspelling of "photgoraphy". Lesson of the day: proof read, edit, sleep on it, then proof read again! It's no wonder it looks like I still have a full box of cards.

Two years later, I now need business cards for relief teaching. I've been advised to leave cards at schools (with permission) and one along with the feedback you leave for the classroom teacher. I've been meaning to make one for months, but since the deals are always for a limited time only, I've never been able decide on a design on time.

I wanted more than just a disposable business card, so creating a quote on one side means it can be displayed. The turn-over symbol hopefully reminds them that there is something at the back. I used an app called ArtStudio (Purchased for around $5.99?). It's a simple "Photoshop" like app. After finally deciding on a quote, I used a photo Christian took of the night sky in Balmoral. How cool is it? I then played around with fonts to make it a bit more funky. I hope it's not too hipster.

On the info side I put my picture, usual contact details, availability and ID numbers.

So what do you think of the design? Where do you print business cards?


My 2015 Diary

Are you (or were you) looking for the best 2015 diary? Are you, or do you know  someone who is particularly picky about stationary? 

Its no doubt that we are living in a digital age but having an "old school" physical diary can still have a place in our busy lives. I see it as a notebook for general notes, journal entries (even Dear Diary type ones), and daily organisation. It's also nice to have a keepsake, to look back on the year once had.

When you go diary hunting what do you look for?

There are 3 main things that I want from a diary;
- Grided paper for notes and my design sketches
- Must be larger than A5, and smaller than A4 (let's call it A4.5)
- A weekly 2015 calendar with enough room to help me be organised

I came across the Japanese brand Delfonics at David Jones while searching for my 2013 diary. At the time I decided for another, though I loved it for its grey linen cover (and it already had a protective cover) unfortunately it was too small.

So behold another year, in October 2014 I found the Delfonics Rollbahn 2015 diary. I've been using it for close to 2 months so I'm going to share my opinion on it so far. I'll then compare it to my 2014 diary, the Moleskine Extra Large Weekly 2013-14 Soft Cover.

Rollbahn 2015 Diary Monthly by Delfonics (purchased at Notemaker.com.au.)

-comes in a wide variety of colours, even a pearlescent one 
-plenty of gridded note paper
-a perfect size (A5.5?)
-hard cover
-elastic closure to keep it closed

-the paper is too yellow
-the front cover marks easily, and the back is cardboard. It should be durable for everyday use
-no protective cover
-the binder is annoying. It gets in the way when I write

(To teachers) As a teacher I know how hard it is to juggle commitments and everyday planning. Even though these diaries aren't specifically for teachers, I've been able to modify it to suit my needs. You could do the same - if you can find time in your chocablock schedule. Since its bindered, I split the clear sleeves found at the back of the book and moved them to separate note sections. You'll need a lot of patience though.

I also made a clear sleeve cover for it. I bought a clear cover for an A4 book (at Office works for less than $1), cut it to size and melted the open edge to seal it.

Moleskine Extra large Weekly softcover diary (18 month version):

-"A5.5" size
- opens up flat
- has a ribbon book mark
- weekly calendar on left side and ruled notes on right 

Verdict (so far):
Unless Delfonics makes a large weekly  gridded diary (preferably with at least a couple of pages of notes between weeks) I won't be repurchasing a Delfonics as a diary...

What diary do you use? If you come across a diary that you think I may like please let know. Also, specific teacher diaries are more than welcome. 

Happy organising!

Miss Anne


South Australia Designer Showcase 2014

Last week the Adelaide Gaol was transformed into a runway and party area. Who knew my first time at the goal would be for a fashion show? Honestly it was the perfect setting for such a glamourous event. It was so good to see how far Adelaide's fashion industry has grown. We have some great talent - especially in the formal, bridal and gown area. 

The Emerging Designer Competition was first up with Simmone Standing the Label winning the 2014 award. I'm sure it was a hard decision for the judges but I was hoping the designer of my favourite outfit would win. Unfortunately Christian nor I got decent photo of the column dress, but here is mine. 

Obviously the photo doesn't give it justice. For some reason (it may be because I'm now a teacher so I have to look presentable) I'm preferring more polished looks - so I have been eyeing anything white. Sadly, wearing it is another issue. Knowing how clumsy I am, the only time I would be able to wear white is if it were coated in some dirt/water resistant coating - a white raincoat seems to rock the boxes, let's make it a white Burberry one. Kidding.

Below are a few more photos from the 2nd half of the show - Adelaide's own existing designer that we are very proud of. More professional photos can be seen on Christian's page: christianpolychronis.com 

Malachi Empire - Sok's designs are so beautifully detailed. 

Couture Love Madness - my sort of dress and colour. Its texture makes it far from boring.

Jaimie Sortino - Oh this dress!

Thank you for having us AFF team - You know who you are. All your hard work certainly paid off! X


Current Sunscreen Love

*Dec 2014 update* Sadly the CC Sensitive sunscreen broke us out. Its thick formula is too rich, even for people who don't break out easily. We're currently using the Cancer Council Everyday sunscreen in a orange bottle. The formula is lighter and unlike the Sensitive, is more comfortable to wear.

I've only recently been strict with mydaily  sunscreen protection. It came about after a sales assistant from Mecca (City Cross in Rundle Mall) found it difficult to colour match me for some Nars foundation. 

My casual sun protection = different skin shades on neck, forhead (with new freckles), arms, chin, chest and checks.  

So yes, here I am talking about sunscreen because since then (and my first laser hair removal treatment, which I'll talk about later), I've been researching  anything hyperpigmentation related. For the past 4 months (when I've been bothered) I've been using the QV Moisteriser Day Cream spf30. Since both Christian and I have been using Tretinoin for this period (and continuing it) I wanted a gentle sunscreen that wouldn't break me out again. A lovely sales assistant from Priceline Gawler Place told me she swears by the QV, and she was right. 

It's not until yesterday, I went back to Priceline in Gawler Place to purchase a Natural Instinct branded one but randomly found the Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen. It was on sale for $11.99, so I thought why not! It's funny, I was actually after a "chemical" free, mineral based sunscreen, thus the Natural Instinct, but I was curious.

On a side note, before yesterday's purchase and after a load of research, I purchased Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 online. Apparently it does leave a white cast but considering the high amount of zinc oxide it's not so bad, and at $40, it's quite pricey. Unfortunately I can't review it  since I'm still eagerly waiting for it to arrive.

Below I will compare my new purchase with the QV Face Moisterising Day Cream.

Sunscreen Comparison 

QV Face Moisturising Day Cream spf30 75ml :
rrp $14.99, purchase here,  

- a favourite for the last 4 months (between C and I, we have 3 of bottles - all are half empty)
-  thicker than CC, and it heavier, so it feels like you're wearing sunscreen but this never bothered me
- didn't break me out
- no white cast
- dries to a natural matte finish
- 4% zinc oxide

Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen spf50 150ml: rrp $14.99, purchase here, https://www.priceline.com.au/index.php/skincare/sun-and-tanning/sun-protection/sensitive-sunscreen-spf50-110.0-ml

*note, I've only used this for a day and I love it already! Fingers crossed it won't break me out. I'll keep you updated.

- more fluid like. I feel like I need to shake it before use.
- for the same price as the QV, you get double the amount
- dries matte, feels lighter to wear and isn't as sticky.*update* its actually opposite - sadly it's very thick and broke me out. 
- supports the Cancer Council.
- for body and face - though I was using the QV on my body anyway. I don't have to be stingy with this as there's more
- both a physical and chemical sunscreen like the QV but with 5% zinc oxide.
-*update* this is very hard to take off. I should be using an oil based cleanser/makeup remover before a cleansing but I've been using an Aveeno scrub and repeating it. 
*see top of page for newest update, sadly in the long run it broke me out*

So.. as you can see, I'm already loving the new Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen. It's apparently a new formula. I've never used the old one so I can't compare the improvement.

What sunscreen do you use?

What can you recommend for someone with breakout prone skin and after a physical based formula?

<3 Anne x

*Please note, I'm no expert! This is my personal opinion based on my skin.