My boyfriend James and I don’t get many opportunities to get away from our everyday routines together, so whenever we’re asked to house sit somewhere that is of a different location to our home we’ll go for it. Our most recent house-sitting trip away was down to my dad’s place in McCrae, a small town located at the base of Arthurs Seat towards the end of the Mornington Peninsula. We were only down there for two nights, it was lovely to have a change of scenery for a little while. I decided to document some of the things that I like to do for weekends away as a way of capturing memories.
Each evening I’ll always take care removing any makeup I was wearing that day and cleansing my face, as skincare is super important to me (comment below if you’d like to see a post on my skincare routine!). I’m currently loving the Pixi Beauty Double Cleanser to remove and cleanse makeup as it’s an absolute dream for melting down eye makeup and makes my skin feel fresh and able to breathe again. Then, I’ll follow up with my Angels on Bare Skin cleanser from Lush, which is a ride or die product for me – it’s great for sensitive, combo skin and really good for my red patches too!
After cleansing, I decided to go in with a face mask as I was in the mood for a full pamper – one of the masks I’m currently rotating in my routine is Cupcake by Lush. This mask is a fresh face mask so it only comes in a little tub and doesn’t last too long, so I like to use it whenever my skin is feeling a little oily.
If you’ve known me for a while you’ll know how much I love baths, and bath products. You’ll also know the level of sadness that I feel everyday living in a townhouse that doesn’t have a bath (a moment of silence please). While this is good for the bank, it also means that I experience a lot of with bath related withdrawals – so whenever I house sit a place that has a bath I make sure to stop by Lush (I swear this post isn’t an ad for Lush BTW, I’m just obsessed) and grab a few bits.
For this weekend’s personal pamper sesh I picked up the Think Pink bath bomb, Butterball bath bomb, Rose Jam bubbleroon, Scrubee body scrub for myself, and the Lava Lamp bath bomb for James. I had two baths over the weekend one being a magical cocktail of a few different products, and the other being a classic bubble bath. These baths were much needed for some TLC and quality time catching up on my Youtube subscription box.
Of course it wouldn’t be a weekend if it didn’t include a few brunches! If there’s one thing that’s great about living in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs it’s that we have a huge selection of brunch spots at our disposal. Finding legitimate good coffee shops down on the peninsula is not the easiest task, but we did manage to find a few spots that provided us with our caffeine hit each day.
It was truly lovely starting each day taking my sister (who we were looking after), and our greyhound Sydney somewhere for coffee and a leafy green bite to eat before going for a stroll either along the beach and pier or around the cliff faces of Mt Martha. As I spent the first half of my childhood growing up on the Peninsula I always get nostalgic whenever I visit and never seem to get tired of driving along the bay and getting snippets of the sea as I come around a corner.
As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, I’m really not the biggest reader. No matter how much I try to love novels and be invested in finishing chapter after chapter, I just find it too difficult. I think it’s got something to do with the fact that my anxiety-driven mind is constantly racing and worrying that I find it tricky to indulge in fictional characters and plot lines. I’ve found that I quite like non-fiction as I like to learn more about real experiences and stories, so when I found Sarah Wilson’s book ‘First, We Make the Beast Beautiful’ and saw at the bottom of the cover that it was ‘a story about anxiety’ I thought I’d give it a go.
Whilst I haven’t spoken about it much here on my blog, my anxiety is a big part of my life (I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, by the way), and I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to act like it didn’t exist which does more harm than good. So instead I changed my outlook on my GAD by learning about other people’s experiences with anxiety, and how they like to go about their anxious life. I’ve read quite a few autobiographies on some people who have influenced me that have anxiety disorders and find that it’s a good way to work on my reading, whilst also learning more about my condition in ways that will help me.
I’m currently about a third of the way through Wilson’s book and am loving it so far. It’s very intriguing to read about the experiences and life journey of a highly successful Australian woman that has struggled and tackled her anxiety head on her whole life, but still managed to push through and build a career for herself that makes her happy and keeps her motivated (woman goals!).
I thought I’d close this post about my weekend getaway with this stunning sunset that envelopes my dad’s house on the peninsula every night. No matter how many times I visit, I still never get over this view of the bay and the serenity that the location brings to the mind (and I don’t think my dad or step mum are over it either). It was so lovely to be able to get away from my usual routine and take a little time for myself. I left after the weekend feeling refreshed, regrouped and ready to go fourth with my daily life with 110%.
Let me know where your favourite place to visit is, even if it’s just for the weekend!
Much Love, Ebony xo
**all photographs in this post were taken and edited by myself**