OOTD Post 18 by According To Ing

Hello lovelies,

How’s your weekend going? I hope everything has been well with you all! Life’s been great and busy for me as usual but recently I’ve been considered pursuing more studies on top of my full time work. The postgrad course I’m thinking of is far different from my teaching degree but it’s definitely something I’m passionate about. I’ll have to look into it and think really hard about it before committing! Isn’t it exciting how you never know where life takes you?!

Anyway here’s a quick OOTD post. I went out for brunch today and the weather in Perth has been crazy lately! Most weekdays have been sunny and hot but when it comes to the weekend it’s been rainy, windy and overcast. It’s totally not feeling like normal spring but I suppose I prefer this to the usual high 30s-40 degree heat that we have in summer (I love the sun but not that much!).

Anyway today definitely felt like sweater weather and I wore this super comfy oversized embroidered sweater from H&M.

I love how warm, comfortable and soft it is so it’s one of my favourite go to sweaters.

I paired it with my jeans from Primark (I loved Primark while I was in Europe and wish we had it here in Perth too!!). I noticed that jeans with ripped seams at the ankles was on trend in all the major fashion retailers in Europe and I loved the look and had to get some too. I paired the outfit with some brown ankle boots from Rubi Shoes .

I also wore some midi rings from Colette by Colette Hayman.

Anyway that was my look for the day – something sweet and simple. I hope you all have an amazing week ahead!! Thanks again for reading, much appreciated! Till next time lovelies.

xx Ing from According To Ing

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Seville, Spain Highlights ~ Travel Post by According To Ing

Helloooooo lovelies,

How is everyone?! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Work has been so incredibly busy that it almost feels as if I’ve worked double (more like triple) time to make up for the few weeks I had off! Anyway on to better things…finally here’s my first post on the blog about my trip!

Now because we got up to so much in each city with the sightseeing, eating out and stuff I thought of doing 5 of my favourite highlights or things we did in each city. As I type this I realise how hard it is going to be for me to narrow everything down. It sort of feels as if I’m trying to condense my favourite novel into a short story but I’ll try anyway! So first up…Seville!

Seville was our second stop in our trip however I chose to do this one first because it was easier for me to narrow down my top 5 things we did and places we saw.

So first of all if you haven’t been to Seville or haven’t even heard of it here’s a little background information about this lovely town in the south of Spain.

Seville (Spanish name Sevilla) is the capital city of the Andalusian region of Spain and is more than 2000 years old. Seville is so rich in history and was important in history as a cultural centre, as a capital of Muslim Spain, and as a centre for Spanish exploration of the New World. I couldn’t wait to learn more about the city! Here’s some of the highlights from my trip there:

Flamenco show at the Casa De La Memoria

Casa De La Memoria is a centrally located Flamenco museum in the heart of Seville city. The museum also has a small staged area where they hold numerous traditional flamenco shows each day. What I loved about this place was how intimate the show was. The room was big enough for only for a small crowd with seating upstairs on a balcony area and downstairs so close to the stage and the singers – the whole experience was really breathtaking.

Ok I admit I never knew much about flamenco before coming to Spain. In my head I thought it was a happy, celebratory dance where the dancers donned colourful costumes and danced the night away. Boy was I wrong!

From what I learned, flamenco is a storytelling dance. There are fiery, intense, and dramatic movements designed to convey emotion and the dancers bring to life the words of the songs.

Flamenco includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations and chorus clapping), palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping). At this show there were three singers, two dancers and one guitar player. For the entire one hour show I was so drawn into the music and I felt hypnotised by the two dancers’ lightning-fast footwork performed with absolute precision. The female dancer also did an amazing solo dance using a shawl as a prop. I have so much respect for all of them as artists and if you’re ever in Seville, I highly recommend coming here for a show.

Plaza De Espana

Plaza de Espana is a square located in Maria Luisa Park and was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and was designed by Aníbal González. The square is designed with a combination of 1920s Art Deco and Spanish Renaissance Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival and Neo-Mudéjar styles. The main structure is a half-circle building with a moat and bridges and a large fountain in the middle.

Along the walls of the plaza there are also tiled alcoves which have pictures of each province of Spain. These colourful alcoves are a popular backdrop to tourist pictures and it’s easy to see why! How pretty are they?!

My favourite was this one cause of the horses (I’ve always loved horses).

This place was such a pretty sight! It was such a nice day as well so people were out and about riding on horse carriages around the square and even rowing boats on the moat.

The Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) and Ronda Tour

On our second day in Seville we did a day trip with Naturanda Turismo Ambiental to visit the white villages of Andalusia and Ronda. The service from this tour group was excellent as the actual tour bus picks you up directly from your accommodation or a landmark close to you.

First up we went to the Castle of “Las Aguzaderas”, a medieval building located at the old border line among Catholic kingdom and Moorish kingdom.

Then we went to this beautiful picturesque white village called Zahara de la Sierra.

What I loved about this tour was that we also stopped over in other white villages like Grazalma and Ronda. We also went to an olive oil factory too which was really interesting. I never knew hard it was to make pure extra virgin olive oil! The only down side about this tour was that when we reached Ronda it started to pour with such heavy rain that we couldn’t explore as much as we wanted to but that couldn’t be helped. Overall I really enjoyed this tour and the services of the company.

If you want more information about this tour please click on the link here.

The Real Alcazar

One of the things that really drew me to Seville was the Real Alcazar. I’ve seen glimpses of this amazing palace in Game of Thrones where it was used for filming the scenes in Dorne. The Real Alcazar is the oldest and most complex royal residence in use in Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage site is impossible to miss when you go to Seville and thousands or visitors come to the palace daily.

Whilst planning for the trip my research showed that most people advised buying tickets early or skip the line passes due to the high volume of tourists wanting to visit. As a result of this I booked a 90 minute tour with Voyager Seville.

The tour with Voyager was really worth it! As promised we all got skip the line passes and each of us had a little Bluetooth earpiece to hear our guide clearly. I learnt so much from the tour and our guide was so professional, knowledgeable and friendly. The Real Alcazar (especially the second palace which was hands down my favourite) was indescribably beautiful. The interior architecture was so colourful and regal and I felt truly transported back in time. I wish my pictures could do it justice but you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Andalusian Cooking class at Cooking Ole

The last of my favourite experiences in Seville was a 2 and a half hour cooking class that we had at this culinary school called Cooking Ole. I discovered this on AirBNB and was listed as an AirBNB experience.

The class was in a clean and professional kitchen and it was small and intimate with just 5 of us. Maria lead the class and not only was she extremely friendly and easy to talk to but she was an excellent and patient teacher. For the experience we made three meals from scratch.

Our appetiser was ESPINACAS ESPARRAGUERAS a super easy and super delish spinach and chickpea dish along with some fried bread (mmmmmm fried bread).

Our main was Spanish meatballs in sauce. The sauce was so flavourful and I really enjoyed it!

For dessert we made (too many) ROSQUILLAS DE SAN BLAS. I think the only way I could really describe them are sweet/cinnamon biscuits shaped liked donuts. They were lovely too but we made WAY too many!

After everything was cooked, we all sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor over cold drinks as shared a bit about ourselves. Everyone was so lovely and we had an amazing time sharing good food amongst good company. If you would like to join this class the link is here.

To be honest if I could, I would go on forever about the other things I discovered in Seville. Seville was lovely. It wasn’t a big and bustling city like Madrid but it was special in its own way. I loved the architecture of the buildings around it, I liked the history behind the city and I loved visiting the outskirts of Seville too. The weather was extremely hot during our visit there however so if you’re planning on going, either lather up on the sunscreen or plan to go when it’s cooler!

Seville was a blast and I’d definitely come here again to explore further.

Thanks so much for reading lovelies! Stay tuned for Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Nice and London highlights!

xx Ing from According To Ing

OOTD Post 17 by According To Ing

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend. Here’s just a quick post about one of my latest looks which I wore out for brunch with a friend. This post is also a shout out to the online fashion retail store The Naked Collab for this dress I got from being one of their Brand Ambassadors. They’ve got some affordable but trendy outfits and sunnies so feel free to check them out!

Here I am wearing the Lotus Morning Dress from The Naked Collab. This dress is made out of a lightweight chiffon and since it’s a wrap dress you can adjust the fit of it. I love how versatile the dress is and how it can be dressed down or up to suit the occasion. For brunch today I went with a bit more of a casual look.

As the weather today in Fremantle was colder in the morning but warmed up in the afternoon I opted to wear my favourite oversized knitted cardigan from Dotti over the top of it.

My boots are from Target….

My bracelet is from Colette by Colette Hayman and my bag is from Monki.

My moon choker is from Lovisa and my sunnies are from Country Road.

So that’s my OOTD! If you liked my dress feel free to check out the Naked Collab website. Thanks for reading lovelies! Have an amazing end to your week.

xx Ing from According To Ing

On a side note I can’t believe it’s been a week since I flew back to Perth from London. I’ve been bitten by the travel bug!

Viva! life Photography Review by According To Ing

Hi lovelies,

I’m finally back in Perth after all my holiday-ing and after three weeks of non-stop adventures (which I will write about soon) it’s time to get back to the daily grind!

Shortly before I started my holiday in early September this year I found out I won a contest for a free glamour photography shoot at Viva! Photography in Fremantle. The prize included a voucher to spend on any products or artwork after.

From the start of my experience with the Viva team (when they first called to let me know I won) all the staff were always so professional, polite, friendly and were easy to communicate with.

My photographer was Mitch and a few days before my shoot he called me to get an idea of what kind of photoshoot I wanted. From the start Mitch was always friendly, enthusiastic and open to my ideas. For this shoot I wanted to do a floral themed one as a play on the growth, self love and improvement I’ve had over this past year (#selfloveisthebestlove). Not only was Mitch on board with my ideas but he was so creative and enthusiastic about it that even I got more confident and excited about it. Instead of feeling all shy and self conscious I ended up coming out of my shell and having a blast!

As a result of the amazing service by the whole team (especially Mitch) I had a really fun and creative photo shoot. I can’t recommend this place highly enough and I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks!

Thanks so much to the Viva Photography team at Fremantle. Much love to them and here’s a few pics from the shoot (I’ll be using most of them for the blog and Insta etc)..

Viva Photography Fremantle

1/11 Cantonment St, Fremantle WA 6160

(08) 9336 6366

Thanks so much for reading lovelies! If you are in any need of a portrait or wedding photographer in Perth, WA consider the Viva team in Fremantle. They won’t let you down!

Also my amazing flower crown is by Quirky Stylin on Etsy. Check out her amazing wearable art work!

Till next time lovelies!

xx Ing from According To Ing

OOTD POST 16 (Seville) by According To Ing

Ola lovelies,

How is everyone going? I’m heading towards the end of week two of my Eurotrip with my friends and we’re currently in Barcelona!

This however is a quick OOTD post for one of the days we were exploring around the South of Spain in Seville.

Here it is!

Here I am on top of the famous Metropol Parasol with some stunning panoramic views of Sevilla! Seville was extremely hot and we did a lot of walking around so there was no way I was donning anything long sleeved.

My little clutch was from my new favourite shop Ale – Hop.

My crop top was from Sportsgirl (one of my regular go to Australian fashion brands) – I especially love the embroidered details around the collar.

My sunnies are from Country Road and my black and gold bracelet is from Mimco. This is me here at the Casa de Pilatos which we also visited.

My camel/mustard colours hot pants or shorts are from H&M. Shoes are from Birkenstock. I’ve always known how comfy they are but seriously they have been my go to shoes this holiday so far! The shoes are so versatile cause they match with so many different outfits BUT most importantly, my feet don’t hurt even though I’ve been walking about an average of 15,000 – 18,000 steps per day in them!

I actually planned this outfit because I knew we’d be visiting the Plaza Del Toro, the bullfighting arena of Seville which it is renowned for. I thought this outfit matched the colours of the bullfighting ring…did it work? 😂

Anyway that’s all for now lovelies! I’ll be back with more posts when I have the time. It’s been crazy busy but it’s been so amazing! I am so in love with Spain it’s not even funny!

Till next time lovelies!

xx Ing from According To Ing

Foodie Post Madrid: Restaurant Palacio de Cibeles ~ by According To Ing

Ola from Seville lovelies!

We’ve started leg 2 of our journey and now we’re in the stunning and beautiful Sevilla. Before I do any other posts I really wanted to do a quick write up about this fantastic restaurant that us girls visited for dinner yesterday for our last night in Madrid called Restaurant Palacio De Cibeles.

So since we’ve had an amazing time eating out and about in Madrid (I’ll write up a post later on about some of our fav eats in Madrid) from markets to small bars and taverns, for our last night in Madrid we wanted to spoil ourselves a bit.

We stumbled upon the Restaurant Palacio De Cibeles when we went to visit the Cybele Palace (Palacio de Cibeles), formerly the Palace of Communication. We flipped through the menu and were impressed by their Summer Dinner menu so we made a booking for our last night.

First things first, the restaurant is located on the 5th floor of the palace with an AMAZING VIEW of the Plaza de Cibeles, Banco de Espana and the Fuente de Cibeles. Being on the fifth floor (one level below the observation deck) meant that we had a pretty panoramic view of the city!

Cheeky selfie 🙈

Here we are enjoying the sunset!

We all ordered the Summer menu for €55 and we also had Sangrias to drink.

For our pre appetiser we had olive juice “Adolfo” and fresh bread from our favourite place out of Madrid, Toledo. For our appetiser shown above, my favourite was the cockles with sea air (the one in the middle).

Countryside courgette flowers with Manchego ratatouille.

This one is called “It’s like the sea in a plate” and it had mussels, cockles, salmon, tuna, sea bass and shrimp. This one was definitely my favourite!

Steamed cod with roasted peppers juice and tobiko eggs.

Marinated venison with crunchy fig bread. So tender and cooked just right!

Orange “Cedric grolet” with bitter orange ice cream and small sweets.

And we also got a platter of dark chocolate and marzipan (I think?).

The staff there were all amazing! They were all really attentive and friendly as we chatted to them about the places we’d been to so far and more. We even had the chance to befriend the head chef Javier and shared a drink with him at the bar section of the restaurant.

Overall dining here was an experience to remember…from the breathtaking view, the amazing food and the hospitality of all staff that made us feel so welcomed and at home there. How often can do you see a head chef who is kind enough to take the time to get to know his customers and share a drink with them?

I couldn’t recommend this place highly enough.

Check out their website for more details:

Palacio De Cibeles

That’s all for now! Take care lovelies!

xx Ing from According To Ing

OOTD Post 15 (Madrid) by According To Ing

Ola lovelies,

How are all of you?! Once again I’d like to thank you all for reading the blog and to my followers, thanks so much for your support!

Anyway last weekend was the start of a whirlwind Euro trip with two of my friends. I’ve been so excited for this trip all year! For most of my young adult life I focused first on my studies and work rather than travel. Even when I did travel it was more of doing little trips around Australia, Malaysia and Thailand rather than big ones overseas. Finally I bit the bullet and did it and I’m so proud that I did!

So far each day has been packed with sightseeing, day trips out of Madrid and more. I’ll definitely do a whole post on the highlights of each city when I can but for now, here’s an OOTD post of what I donned for our first stop on the trip, Madrid…

The weather here has been AMAZING, pretty warm all day and it only gets really hot towards early evening. My porcelain print play suit is from Boohoo, cardigan is from Kmart Australia, choker from Lovisa, shoes from Birkenstock and bag from Longchamp.

Here’s a closer look at the choker and my sunnies which are from Country Road. Also here’s me and the bestie Emma!

It’s only been day 3 in Madrid but I’m so in love with this city already! I love the cheap food, the architecture, the history, the shopping and all the friendly people! So much more to see and I’m so looking forward to it!

Anyway that’s all for now lovelies, thanks again for reading! More posts to come…

xx Ing from According To Ing

Nest Cafe ~ Foodie Post By According To Ing

Hi everyone,

I hope everything is well with you all! Today I’m just writing a quick review post on a relatively newbie cafe in East Victoria Park, WA called Nest Cafe. Vic Park boasts a number of popular cafes and brunch spots so here’s my review of the Nest Cafe, the new kid of brunch spots on the block.

I first discovered Nest Cafe through Instagram when I was browsing and came across their very colourful and pretty pictures of their dishes, drinks and tasty treats. It opened in late May and I’ve been meaning to try it for ages BUT finally had the chance to a few weeks ago on two separate occasions.

The cafe is conveniently located along the main food eatery and shopping strip in East Vic Park. Although it’s decor is pretty minimal, I really love the colour scheme of the cafe and it’s signature wall. Makes a gorgeous backdrop for pictures!

During my visits there I ordered a few different things…

For the first visit I ordered the Bacon and Egg Gua Bao. The dish consisted of crispy bacon, light and fluffy scrambled eggs with kimchi pickles and cos lettuce drizzled with soy sauce gravy in a Chinese steamed bun. This dish was pretty damn tasty – only thing is it can get a little messy to eat but that’s the fun part of it!

To drink I had a matcha latte – their coffee art is on point!

The next time I went there I had their potato gem omelette. The dish consisted of crispy potato gems in an omelette with smoked barbecue sauce, zucchini pickles, kale greens, Parmesan cheese, dukkah, shischimi spice and toast. This dish was really good as well – I loved the extra crunchy texture from the potato gems and dukkah. It was a pretty big dish as well and it really filled me up!

On the second visit there I went with my sis and she ordered the chicken and hash dish. It was chicken breast with cumin salsa verde, homemade potato hash, mayo dressing, slow cooked egg, kale, radicchio, coriander and toast. Her verdict was that it was pretty good but it wasn’t that filling. Lucky for her though we ordered their signature strawberry watermelon cake after to try!

I personally loved this cake! It was light and so refreshing from the strawberries and watermelon. I honestly would have eaten 5 slices if I could have!

I also tried their watermelon fruit tea and their orange fruit tea too. I loved the watermelon fruit tea! It was really refreshing. I felt the orange one tasted quite sweet so after awhile the sugar got too much for me. I suggest making a request in next time for less sugar so you can enjoy the whole drink without a potential sugar high after!

The service here was amazing! The staff were all very attentive checking up on us and service was quick. I’m definitely going to be back for the food, fruit tea and desserts!

Nest Cafe

861 Albany Highway

East Victoria Park WA 6101

Thanks for reading! Till next time!

xx Ing from According To Ing

OOTD Post 14 by According To Ing

Hi lovelies,

How’s everyone been? Today’s post is an OOTD of what I wore out for brunch and dessert with my friend Darren in Victoria Park, Perth.

The weather in Perth this weekend has been erratic – patches of sunny weather one minute followed by dark storm clouds, heavy rain and wind within a matter of minutes!

I layered up for today with a chiffon cat collared top from SHEIN under a mustard coloured sweater from Seed Heritage. I’ve been inspired to pair more patterns, print and colours in my winter outfits from the different Korean and Chinese dramas I’ve been binging on lately. Absolutely love the fashion and costumes in them. Also my recent favourite binge has been the new remake of Meteor Garden!

Here’s a closer look at the cat collar on the shirt!

My ripped jeans are from Dotti and my coat is from H & M. I’m pretty short so I was so stoked to finally find a long coat that fit and didn’t make me look even shorter than I already am! My satchel bag is from Monki and my shoes are from Novo.

Anyways that’s all for now. Thanks so much for reading this post and checking out the blog!

I’ll leave you with a drool worthy picture of dessert from today! Darren and I had a s’mores dip with crackers from Brown Spoon Cafe.

Till next time lovelies!

xx Ing from According To Ing

Little Matcha Girl ~ Foodie Post by According To Ing

Hi lovelies,

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all having an amazing weekend so far! Today I’m writing about my recent experience at a popular dessert spot in Perth – Little Matcha Girl.

So Little Matcha Girl is renowned for their cakes and pastries (which combines a fusion between Japanese flavours and classic French pastry technique) and you guessed it…their matcha tea. Their matcha is sourced from an independent family farm in Kyoto. If you can’t get enough of it, they also sell their matcha and tea accessories too so you can take some of that matcha goodness home with you!

Recently they introduced a matcha fondue at the store, a special which they have on some Saturday and Sunday nights and for limited spots which you can book. If you’re unable to make a booking for it (like we were as the spots sold out fast), you might be able to get a walk in spot but they too are limited. Moral of the story is find out when they have the specials (stay updated via their Instagram page) and just book it in advance!

Darren, Wellic and I got lucky as we weren’t able to make a booking BUT we got the last walk in spot for the night. So here it is…

So the Matcha Fondue was for 3 people and all up for three people it cost $45.00. The matcha was warmed up by a tea candle and the items for dipping in were fresh fruit like strawberries and bananas, savoury items like pretzels and black sesame biscuits and sweet items like marshmallows, brioche and brownies.

So when I first heard about this matcha fondue I’ll admit I was concerned that it’d be sickeningly sweet (I’ve had my fair share of nasty matcha lattes and ice creams that ended up being really sweet) but I was really surprised (and thankful) that this wasn’t the case with the fondue. All the flavours of the dipping items just blended so well together with that beautiful matcha and while I felt I was about to go into a food coma at the end of it, I never felt a matcha overload!

In addition to that we also ordered hot drinks and a cake!

I ordered a Goma Latte made out of black sesame paste, Darren ordered the Genmaicha Latte and Wellic ordered a Matcha Latte. That Goma Latte is legitly one of my new favourite hot drinks for winter this year.

We actually finished all of it except for a tiny part of the black sesame cheesecake which I wasn’t too much of a fan of. Overall everything from the matcha fondue to the drinks was so well balanced – the flavours were never too subtle or too overpowering and it was amazing! I’d highly recommend checking it out because a warm dessert fondue on a cold winter night is pretty perfect. You can book a spot by emailing or calling them.

LITTLE MATCHA GIRL

4/10 Preston Street,

Como WA 6152

Phone: 08 6161 1205

Email:  info@littlematchagirl.com.au

That’s all for now! Thanks so much for reading lovelies. Till next time!

xx Ing from According To Ing