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Swim-Season Essentials

This post contains a variety of gifted and purchased items

speers point pool

Finally talked myself into joining the council swimming pool that I can see from my backyard. Summer is SO here already and it’s time to get swimming! I did 20 laps (1km) with the kickboard both today and yesterday, and plan to keep building that up over the two short months until Christmas! I got a month-long pass ($36 for pensioners or $3 a visit) so I can go any time the pool is open! I’m really lloking forward to next month when it opens 6am-6pm weekdays so I can avoid the sun more.

In the meantime, what does a girl need to get her swim on?

Swimming and Library Cards

Pool membership? Tick! (Say NO to Council Mergers in NSW!!!)

Surania Swimmers kickboard swimming cap banana boat sunscreen

After that, my two essentials are: Something to wear, and sunscreen! I’d happily swim in shorts and a tshirt, or like when I go to the beach a quick drying dress and undies, but a good sunscreen is a must, and I’ve been loving the “Sport CoolZone 50+” from Banana Boat (received as sample). It ticks the boxes for me – Broad Spectrum, 50+ (the highest rating for Australia) and 4 hour water resistant – which for me means reapplying every hour instead of every 20 mins :/ *whitest girl alive*

The CoolZone sunscreen does actually feel quite cool on the skin, so refreshing on a hot day, and is not at all greasy so I’ll coat myself in it gladly!

ready to swim!

The next thing is swimwear, and I’ve been very comfortably splashing around in my made to measure (!!!) cossie from Surania (received for review). I know I know, why bother with made to measure? Well, as a “pear shape” (who is a little more appley than she’d like at the moment) I’ve had plenty of issues all my life where items of clothing such as dresses and one-piece swimmers, while I have to buy them to fit my butt, they end up baggy around the chest, or slipping off my shoulders. So, I leapt at the chance to try ordering a cossie online that was made to MY measurements.

I picked out the colours and fabric for my “full suit” (from AU$79.95) which has a tie back, and had the option of entering my “top” (chest and cupsize) and “bottom sizing, or entering in detail my height, waist, hip, bust and lower chest measurements, which I went with!

Surania Measurements

So, this cossie fits me wonderfully, doesn’t ride up my butt, and doesn’t fall off my shoulders. I’ll call that a win!

Surania Cossie

Next up are the swim cap and kick board. I personally hate wearing swim caps, but I got a new PINK one because I might just wear it, or might be irritated with my hair one day, or not want it as wet… like when I next colour it! I don’t want to to trailing purple behind me. I’m not a unicorn!

The kickboard is a MUST for me. Picked this sweetie up on ebay for $5. I’m re-learning to use my arms for frestyle and to put my face in the water (yeah, goggles might help, but I also dislike them! Too restrictive on my face…. do they make prescription ones? because I can’t see the clock from the pool with my glasses off). Kick kick kick. I have pretty strongs legs too, so it’s a little bit cheaty ;)

schick hydro justice smooth and groom

A good razor (gifted). I actually prefer my girl’s Schick to this one here, but B has been using it on his face and loving it. The Schick Hydro Gel (gifted) comes in handy when I’ve been slack in maintaining my bikini line (I know I know, don’t shave it, I know waxing is better, but I get slack and aren’t that great at thinking ahead)… so to be a little less fuzzy I’m happy for a quick shave. I also realise that while doing laps at the pool it REALLY doesn’t matter if I’m a little fuzzy or not, but I notice it on myself.

cetaphil

Moisturisers and conditioners are a must in summer. Once I wash off that chlorine, I need to re-hydrate my hair in some way!!

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Are you ready for swim season? Is there anything I’ve missed?

(Aside from painted toenails. A must in Summer)

20 laps! Kickboard enabled butbits been awaile!

Look how happy it makes me!!!

Amazing Weekend at the QT Gold Coast – So retro, much hipster, so fun

So, I won a trip to the QT Gold Coast, with air fares and stays in the “Hinterland View” (not beach) room with a awesome King bed from a “Mardi Gras recovery” weekend comp from Star Observer – obviously I’m queer enough and gave the right answer as to my NEED for such a trip!!

Where do I start?

Oh, the trip there!

rain rain go away

Did you know that Virgin Australia now gives you a little snack and drink on their flights? (you can still buy booze and cheese if you choose to of course!). They also have an app to download before your flight so you can access “free” entertainment. Warning : Take VERY good headphones, because the drone of the 737 is insane and will drown out anything you try to listen to.

holiday grin

So what were the snacks there and back?

OJ
OJ or water was offered both ways – tea and coffee is dependant on turbulence, which that was a crapload of on the way up

macadamia short bread
Yummy bikkies at morning tea

almonds and soy rice crackers
Not so yummy crackers and nuts in the evening.

Alright so we got there, with a bumpy landing due to the storms….

storm landing gold coast

Got the bus and the (very new) tram, and arrived to check in at the QT Gold Coast.

lemonade qt gold coast
Lemonade in the lobby on arrival

cute girls in the lift
Cute swimsuit girls in the lifts.

1106 gt gold coast
1106 – Hinterland views, King bed

So, the room…..

WAS AMAZING!!!!

Let’s start with the bed. The bed that sucked us in for early nights….

king bed qt gold coast

Oh my, what a comfy bed. No wonder Bruce was out by 8pm after good food and drinks! King Bed (two singles together, so that ridge in the middle) with hard and soft pillows, a bolster and a perfectly weighted cover for sleeping under an air conditioned sky.

They made it up the second day and placed my bunny, Costy, right in the middle for me :D

So… the rest of the furnishings…

There was a lot of keeping with the 60s beach theme

beach door bathroom
beach towels and bathroom doors

cane chairs
cane chairs

pinapple candles
Pineapple Candles and tealights

hello cocky light
hmmm the nightlight is a cocky, that I can buy for $100 from the gift shop!

mirrors qt gold coast

Mirrors are a theme, I’m told. Mirrors and glass are abundant, and there was a lighting guy associated with the original design of the building. It really shows throughout – the space seems expansive… in an enjoyable way!

minibar

The minibar is stocked with essentials…. vodka, gin, underwater camera, condoms…

minibar

and thongs!

thongs in string bags

hair bands

AND a hairband with your shower cap!!!

For sure.

Everything came with a price if you wanted to take it home. $110 for the robes, $10 for the hair dryer’s bag…

beach shower room

tied up doorhangert
Much loved DND hanger

So, we spent much time listening and watching MAX, discussing religion and politics, and having sexy times…

cossie

We managed to make it to the pool once, though we stayed for not so long

pool bar QT

Didn’t drink in the swim up bar though…

But what about the food, Fiona??????

OMG we had some AWESOME food while there

First up? Cocktails and pizza at the Stingray Bar

stingray rain

So, while we were rained in on the first day, we went for some cocktails, wine and beer at the Stingray bar. We were sheltered, and watching the rain as you see above, which only got worse, to the point of calling off international rugby league games…

cocktail

cocktail

margarita!

pollo chicken pizza qt stingray

And a delish chicken pizza

So, What about the included breakfast?

The breakfast at Bazaar is $29/head and SOOOOOO worth it!!!

There are selections from all over the world: Congee and rice for Asian palates, cold meats and cheese for Euros, cereal, yoghurt and so forth, an bacon, eggs, and MADE TO ORDER omelletes for those wanting to endulges.

There is also coffee, tee, and a selection of juices, smoothies, milks and so forth!

tea

JUICE!

european breakfast QT hotel

my selection

yoghurt, bircher muesli, cranberry juice

euro selection

yoghurt, croissant

DIY omelette
My made to order omelette

What else did we do?

well, we drank a lot, made use of the HOT water in the shower,

Got Room Service:

fish taco $7
$7 fish taco

caesar salar

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And had this amazing cheese platter

cheese platter QT

bruce octopussy

Gawd I love getting away!!!

Pool in the Rain

For some reason, Rish’s mum didn’t quite get that when we said we were plaing pool in the rain on grand final night… we were actually playing pool in the rain.

Outdoor Pool Table

The Albion Hotel at Wickham has an all-weather pool table. Plus a yummy menu. (Yes, I went to school with the chef ;) Doesn’t change a thing!) Shame for all the Parramatta supporters whose team failed at the night!

NRL Grand FInal

At least I picked the right side! :p (Wine in hand, too cool for school)

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