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Best Websites To Book Travel

I’m a keen traveller but half the fun for me is deciding where to go, how to get there and what to do once I’m there. I like 5-star, luxury travel all the way but I’m also a bargain hunter by nature. These two personality traits combined can be a nightmare when booking a trip but doing it myself mens I have full control over what I select, and I can make sure I get the best possible price. I’m a travel agents worst nightmare. I want the very best of everything while saving every penny I can, so how do I get the vacation I want? I utilise a bunch of websites to find the best deals for flights, accomodation and activities. I’m sharing them with you in hopes it helps you to get out there and experience the world a little more.

There is so much to see and do in our short lifetime. Step out of your comfort zone and you’ll be amazed what you discover.  Continue Reading

The Argus Dining Room

When I took a recent day trip to Daylesford I indulged in a few hours at The Mineral Spa, but all that relaxation worked up a serious appetite. Luckily the spa is situated on beautiful grounds that also houses The Argus Dining Room, a fine dining restaurant, that is offers package deals with the spa for indulgent days away. I gave their Spa Lunch package a try which partnered my spa session with a two course lunch.

In this review I share my take on the country dining experience and what was served, of course which incorporated my vegan dietary requirements.  Continue Reading

Sheraton Melbourne Review

I recently moved from Sydney, my hometown and Australia’s biggest city, to Melbourne, Australia’s second biggest city. For most people who know very little about Australia you’ve probably only heard of Sydney and Melbourne – I won’t get into the battle over which is better but I will say if you are coming all this way you have to see both. I’ve lived in Melbourne previously but under very different circumstances. This move signified a fresh, new chapter in my life and I’m happy to say that it’s been a welcome change. However, even when you move somewhere you love there can still be a need to ‘escape’, especially if you have itchy travellers feet like I do.

The best thing you can do when you can’t get away is a staycation – a couple of nights in a hotel in your own city. I do this as often as I can because a goodnight’s sleep in a private hideaway is like pressing reboot for your system. It refreshes you, it energises you and you leave feeling better than when you entered. For my first Melbourne staycation I chose the brand new Sheraton Melbourne Hotel.  Continue Reading

Grafton on Sunset Hotel

The first part of my recent trip to the USA was spent in Dallas, Texas for a conference, which was great but entirely work. I wanted to get away for some me time afterwards so I booked an extra week in Los Angeles for a little shopping and to visit some friends. My budget was limited but I wanted to stay in the fabulous neighbourhood of West Hollywood. I decided to try somewhere new on this trip so I booked in at Grafton Hotel on Sunset after a recommendation from some travel industry people.

I spent 6 nights, 7 days at Grafton on Sunset and I’m happy to now share with you my review.  Continue Reading

Sun Sets Behind Tree at Tanah Lot Bali

Deciding to take a holiday was not an easy decision for me. I knew I wanted one, I knew I needed one but actually taking one and committing to relaxing was a whole different story. In my pre-holiday post I told you about why I had chosen Bali and where I was going to stay. Upon my return I wasn’t sure I even wanted to write about my experience. I’m not sure why, perhaps because I thought I wanted to have just one thing to myself instead of revealing it all on the blog as I always do, but naturally I had the revelation that I created this blog for women just like me who have trouble taking time for themselves and need to be motivated to do it. So for you, I write this post.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout advice and tips.

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was blown apart. In Part 2, I shared with you the work I put in to learning some big lessons. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to share what happened as a result of my blogger burnout and absence, and what the future may hold for The Plastic Diaries. I have some important blogger burnout advice and let’s not forget, like all trilogies, the third instalment is the best, right?  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout recovery story and experience

This articles is Part 1 of a three part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was run into the ground. In this post, Part 2, I’m going share with you what took place after burning out. I’ll share the journey of my blogger burnout recovery and how rebuilding a life meant destroying it a little more first.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout story and experience

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

I started The Plastic Diaries in 2008, became a full-time blogger in 2010 and vanished from the blogging universe in 2015. Where did I go? Why? What happened to me? These are questions that have been asked of me during my 18+ month disappearance. The short answer was blogger burnout – a rarely spoken of condition that is fast becoming a serious concern amongst the influencer industry. Have you ever followed a blogger and notice that one day they have just disappeared? Their blog stopped posting new content, their social media went untouched – it happens often. In my almost 9 years of blogging I have lost count of the bloggers that have come and gone, most of which I have no idea why or where they went.

Upon my return to blogging at the end of last year I’ve put off explaining what exactly occurred in my life. I confided in a few select friends and trusted individuals about my story but I’ve brushed over it with the wider community by saying the cause was “personal stuff”. I don’t believe bloggers owe anyone an explanation when they disappear but I know that when my favourites have gone AWOL I’ve missed them and been concerned for their wellbeing. I didn’t want to be another blogger who vanished without a trace and leave you wondering. I also believe Continue Reading

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