Sunday, 27 May 2018

How I Take Travel Photos Alone & Bento Cooking Class! // Solo Travel Japan

UM. Those Totoro bento boxes were almost too cute to eat!!

Adorable themed bento lunches are super common in Japan for elementary / primary school age students, and in today's vlog I learned how to make my own! Because I'm a kid at heart πŸ’– 

If you have a spare two hours in Tokyo, I highly recommend booking a local cooking class! This one was all in English, and it was so much fun using a tonne of new-to-me ingredients and learning some new cooking techniques. 

Afterwards, I headed into Shibuya to do some shopping and I explain how I take my Instagram photos while travelling alone! Spoiler - I have no shame 🀣

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Countryside That Inspired My Neighbour Totoro 🌱 // Solo Travel Japan

If you're a Studio Ghibli fan... you NEED to go here! 🌱

Because I'm travelling solo in Japan, I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to join an Airbnb Experience tour! 

I spent the day hiking through Tokorozawa in Saitama, which is the country town and forest area that inspired Hayao Miyazaki (i.e. the KING of Studio Ghibli!) to make the famous film, My Neighbour Totoro - which is one of my all time favourites! 

The guided walking tour included hiking through the 'Totoro Forest' (literally), visiting Korosuke's House - which the house in My Neighbour Totoro was modelled after! - and sampling the best green tea I've ever tasted at a traditional Japanese tea plantation. 🍡 

It was a total dream, and if you have a day spare in Tokyo and want to experience the countryside, Tokorozawa is a one hour trip from the city and WELL WORTH the visit!

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Tokyo Apartment Tour & Exploring Harajuku Backstreets // Solo Travel Japan

You guys requested it! My Tokyo Airbnb apartment tour is here, and lemme tell you, this πŸ‘πŸ» place πŸ‘πŸ» is πŸ‘πŸ» gorgeous!

For my fifth visit to Japan, but first trip travelling solo, I really wanted to find an apartment that was in central Tokyo that could feel like home for my two week stay. This place exceeded expectations - it really was my dream Tokyo apartment! 🏠🌡

Hope you guys enjoy the apartment tour - I HIGHLY recommend staying in Airbnbs instead of hotels in Japan (they’re usually a lot bigger, a lot cheaper, and WAY cuter!) and a BIG thank you to my hosts for making my stay such a fabulous one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stay tuned to the end of the video too - I visited some of the cutest cafes in the backstreets Harajuku (think PIKACHU lattes and animal icecream cones! 😍) that you should definitely add to your itinerary if you’re heading to Tokyo.

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Cutting My Hair In Tokyo, Cute Cafes & Kiddyland! // Solo Travel Japan

It's day two in Tokyo!

In today's vlog, I decided to get my hair cut and coloured at ASSORT Tokyo (a.k.a. one of the trendiest, English-speaking salons in Tokyo!) and revisit one of my favourite cafes, Cafe Kitsune - yes, owned by design house Maison Kitsune! 

Then in the afternoon, I went to some super cute cafes, including one that sold cakes INSIDE BALLOONS (wut) and made a stop at Kiddyland to pick up some adorable Pokemon merch - because OF COURSE! 

Hope you guys enjoy this vlog, and stay tuned for the next episode of hijessicaanne in japan... hint hint... an apartment tour is involved!

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

First Time Seeing Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo! // Solo Travel Japan

I’m back in Japan!! And back for the FIFTH time, because I clearly can’t get enough of the place πŸ’–

Japan is my home away from home, and after visiting multiple times with school, friends and family, this was my very first time travelling overseas alone (!!).

And after receiving so many requests to do a second series of HIJESSICAANNE IN JAPAN, I decided to daily vlog this trip for you guys, so I have a tonne of videos coming your way - this is just the beginning!

I hope you guys enjoy episode one of season two, of HIJESSICAANNE IN JAPAN! I got up to a LOT - including seeing cherry blossoms for the first time πŸŒΈπŸ˜­πŸ’•

If you have any questions about Japan, solo travelling, solo travelling IN JAPAN, leave me a comment below as I’d be happy to answer them!

Watch episode one below:


Thursday, 29 March 2018

Skincare Routine & Makeup Look ONLY USING FREE SAMPLES?! // VIDEO

I always keep all of my beauty samples and minis aside for travelling, and then I thought, what if I challenged myself to put together an entire skincare routine and makeup look ONLY using samples?

Spoiler alert, the result was a total disaster, but it made for a fun video πŸ˜…

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

I Tried a PERIOD Subscription Box?! // ModiBodi X Bellabox Unboxing Review

Ladies, I took one for the team and tried a PERIOD subscription box! Aaaaand I filmed it, because I knew you’d all be curious!

I’m all about self-care, and ESPECIALLY when it’s that time of the month. So I was really excited to try out the limited edition collab box from Bellabox X Modibodi, which was FULL of period-friendly goodies to make that time of the month a little more bearable - want to find out what was inside? πŸ’ƒπŸ»

(Spoiler alert… including a pair of period underwear. As in, you don’t need to wear a pad or tampon! #wut

Disclaimer: Bellabox sent me this box to review. This video is not sponsored.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Get Ready With Me for a Summer Date Night // VIDEO

I know it's technically the beginning of autumn (or 'fall' for all of my Northern Hemisphere friends) right now in Australia, but this glowy, fresh makeup look works for all season too! 

My boyfriend and I decided to go out for date night (we're Netflix people, so this is kind of a big deal), so I figured I'd do a bit of a glow up and film my makeup look! 

Stay tuned to the end to see where we went - the restaurant is Japanese fusion, and we literally ate SUSHI. PIZZA. Weird, I know. 

Hope you guys enjoy the vid!

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Saying Goodbye to Bii & I'm Going to Japan?! // WEEKLY VLOG

Watching today’s video back, I definitely feel like I’m getting more confident and comfortable on camera πŸ™ˆ

Hope you guys enjoy this weekly vlog! This week was Bii’s farewell before she goes back to Canada - I’m going to miss you gal! - so Ken, Bii and I went for one last Korean BBQ dinner together to say goodbye.

Plus I make an exciting announcement… am I finally going back to Japan?!

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Friday, 2 February 2018

My Birthday Weekend! NGV Triennial, Bday Freebies & Dinner at Rockpool // VLOG

Another year older and hopefully a little wiser!

I had such a great birthday weekend (because if your bday falls on - or let’s face it, NEAR - a weekend, why not extend the celebrations?!) with my friends and family and I was totally spoiled. 

Day one, my boyfriend and I went to NGV’s Triennial, which is a huge FREE art exhibition in Melbourne with some ridiculously cool works to see. HIGHLY recommend, plus it’s on til April, so get your tooshies over there! 

Day two was my actual birthday and I made use of all the bday freebies in my inbox, like a free makeup application at Mecca Cosmetica and a Boost juice. Such a steal. Sign up to those newsletters friends! #perks 

In the evening I headed to Arbory for a pre-birthday-dinner drink and then it was off to a total treat of a dinner at Rockpool Bar & Grill for one of the BEST family meals I’ve had in a long time. 

Hope you guys enjoy coming along on my birthday weekend with me! I had a fab time πŸ’–

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

What's Inside The Beautylish Lucky Bag 2018?! // UNBOXING

What was inside the Beautylish 2018 Lucky Bag?! Watch and find out! 

This was my very first Lucky Bag (also known as ‘Fukubukuro’ in Japan) and it had a bunch of HIGH END beauty products inside! Um, Beautylish really delivered πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Trying Sushi Train Style Hot Pot & Catching Up with Friends! // VLOG

Today's vlog is just a little one! Adriana, Bii, Ken and I tried the most unique sushi train-style hot pot restaurant (which while it was fun, the food was just so-so), then we somehow ended up at Chadstone πŸ˜‚

I didn’t actually film a whole lot as we had such a great time catching up, so it’s a shorter vlog than usual - I still wanted to put it up though, so I hope you guys enjoy!

Plus I still feel like an airhead for saying ‘Ben’ when I meant KEN, I somehow combined ‘Bii’ + ‘Ken’ in my brain and said ‘Ben’ by mistake πŸ˜… Does anyone else do that?? Love you Ken πŸ’–πŸ’–


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

My New GLASSES, Manicures & A Priceline Haul! // VLOG

After 5 years with the same glasses, this blind as a bat lil lady decided to splurge on a new pair of specs! #finally

In today’s vlog, I also treated myself to a manicure with the C-U-T-E-S-T, minimalistic star nail art at Tam’s Beauty Shop and visited Lincraft to buy some supplies for an upcoming DIY video (keep an eye out, it’s going to be a goodie!). 

Plus, stay tuned to the end of the video for a Priceline beauty haul!

Watch the video below:

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