Sunday, 19 November 2017

Adelaide Christmas Pageant

South Australia is known as the 'Festival State' and it is said that around 500 festivals and events happen here yearly! It includes all big and small events. Yesterday, we attended Christmas Pageant which is a parade held annually in South Australia since 1933 on every second Saturday of November. I did not know how big a deal it is! Colourful and vibrant (almost never-ending) procession of floats, clowns, performers and volunteers walk a 3.35km route in Adelaide's city centre.  People start gathering since 7am to find best spots to view the parade which starts around 9:30 am. It is like a giant picnic where everyone's invited.

When we reached around 9, all the spots were already taken! There was an atmosphere of happiness and festivity and a smile on everyone's face. Children were having a ball as they got to draw and scribble on the road with coloured chalks while they waited. 

I went live on the blog's Facebook page here or you can enjoy some of my favourite photographs in this post. All photographs are taken by Ahsan Qureshi Photography

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Day Trip To Barossa Valley - Exploring South Australia

After a long time, I am back with a travel post on the blog. Hubby and I were so busy with settling in and getting adjusted that we forgot how important it is to break the monotony of everyday life and treat yourself to a small getaway. So last weekend we ticked off Barossa Valley from the bucket list of places we want to visit in South Australia. There is a lot more to do in the gorgeous valley and we will go back again for sure!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Modest Look With

One thing that often makes me miss home is the shopping! You know how it is when you shop back in your hometown - the fashions and trends are according to your liking and you have your pet shops. Moving to a new country and especially when you choose not to live in a major metropolitan city, shopping for clothes that you used to love becomes really boring and unfulfilling if I may say that ;).

I dress up modestly - loose and comfortable clothes that cover me fully but still be stylish with a dash of colour. Actually for me a splash of colour. So, I decided to create a look would be my style of dressing using Shein clothes and accessories, an online store which has LOTS of good stuff to choose from.

Here is a glimpse of my wishlist. Please read why I made these choices:

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Blogiversary Giveaway - 2 Years Old!

The Ordinary Girl is Turning TWO! 

And on this anniversary, I'm partnering with my most favourite Enigma House of Fashion & Design from Pakistan to give away something I absolutely love. 

A truck Art Clutch!!! 

I own many things from Enigma but this clutch is my most favourite possession. It is always a centre of attention at any party! I am really excited that someone will get a chance to win this beautiful piece of art by just entering this easy peasy giveaway!

Giveaway starts 5th November 2017 to 19th November 2017. The winner will be announced on the 21st November 2017 which is the day I wrote my first blog post! 

Rules are really simple! please read them carefully. 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Monthly Journal

Monthly series which is round-up of activities of the month. Casual, brief and very random.

I spent almost the whole month without hubby who was away on an official trip to Malaysia. It was my first time alone in Adelaide. I was slightly nervous in the beginning but it became better after a while. I do have friends in Adelaide but when he is away, the loner side of my personality wakes up and I like to spend time in the comfort of my own home with myself.

He came back on the weekend thank God and filled the house with his snoring!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Drugstore Favourites

Pharmacies and drugstores in Australia are amazing. I am a member of only one pharmacy, Priceline, and I receive emails every other day about different deals and promotions. I have become addicted to these sales and have actually started buying and trying more drugstore cosmetics and products. I am always in search of good products for everyday office wear as without makeup I look like a tired zombie! Also, I need constant replenishment of these products because of daily use, so options that are not really heavy on the pocket are ideal.

Here are some of my current favourites and must-haves from drugstores!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

.... it is Me time!

My hubby's work involves a bit of traveling and sometimes for quite a long stretch. He has traveled for months too at times for his projects. In all these years, I have only traveled with him once on his official trip as with a full-time job, it is not possible for me to be with him every time. Of course, I miss him when he is away but I know the importance of his trips. I actually take it as a break too and catch up on things I have not done for a long time. Although, he never stops me from doing anything nor does he make me follow any routine but, when is away, I feel I have more free time on hands. In the beginning, I used to plan solo shopping trips, girls' day out, trips to a spa, but, I always found myself enjoying the comfort of my own home more than any of my plans. Going out or even stopping to buy something on my way back from work seems like a chore to me. Though, some lunches and essential grocery shopping do occur but, mainly it is a long PJ party.

I have finally stopped planning and have started to take it as a mini vacation in my own house. It is the mandatory "Me" time that we all crave for but do not get time. Though it may sound awfully boring for some, here are some of the things I do when I get this me time!