If you’ve never heard of escape rooms, you’ve never either been on a) TripAdvisor or b) the Internet in general. They are huge, huge in Europe and Asia and have slowly started to make their way Down Under.
How it works is you and your friends/colleagues/family members get trapped in a room and have 60 minutes to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and find your way out before the time runs out.
The Mystery Puzzle is one such example of the real-life room escape. Over the weekend my friends and I put our smarts to the test. We thought surely – we’re all somewhat logical people and this would be cake. How wrong we were.
It’s been almost five months since I moved into this apartment and until now I’ve put off decorating my workspace because: a) I can’t be bothered and b) thought it would cost me too much money.
When Officeworks approached me with the idea of pimping my study space I thought nah – refer to points A and B. But once I was in the store I was so surprised by just how affordable it ended up being. I love stationery shopping – it’s up there with clothes shopping and grocery shopping. There’s an Officeworks just up my road and I swear, from pens to binders to office chairs, my boyfriend and I were in there for about two hours umm-ing and ahh-ing over everything.
Here are some ways I’ve styled my space with options ranging from under $50, under $100 and under $200.
Cuckoo Callay, Newtown Railway station, Shop 324B Erskineville Road, Newtown
One of my locals! I only really tried it the other month when it started to appear constantly on my Instagram feed (isn’t that always the way?). Yum!
But it seems social media users all around Sydney thought the same. The place was packed and it continues to be packed.
I had terrible skin growing up. Just terrible. I started breaking out from about when I was 11 with zits of various sizes popping up all over my face. I was already a tall child (hello puberty!) so this just made me feel that much more uncomfortably awkward. Then throughout high school it evolved into acne. I tried a bunch of facials, coloured lights and skincare routines but not to much success. Roacutane was the only thing that seemed to work. It calmed my skin down and made it much more manageable.
Since then I’ve been very cautious as to what I put on my face. I’ve learned that less is more and to not fix what ain’t broken.