Advent Calendars- My Top Picks for 2018

Advent calendars have come a long way since the time of the $3 cardboard-tasting chocolate ones- While those are still available, there are now also calendars for everything from jewellery to alcohol!

Here are my top advent calendars for 2018, whatever your budget.

There’s only a week of November left, so there’s still time to pick up your calendar before Dec 1! You will have to order the coffee one today, if you hope it arrives by December 1 (or around then), as it’s in the UK

Advent Calendars under $30

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Lindt Lindor Assorted Advent Calendar, $19 from Kmart (in store only)- My favourite type of chocolate ever, I was so excited to see a Lindor calendar this year.

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Lovisa Christmas Advent Calendar, $29.99 from Lovisa- As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to pick one up. I love that every window is a surprise because the list of what jewellery is inside isn’t super specific. There are 3 types available, the one above, a kids one and a ‘quirky’ one that has clip-on earrings in place of regular earrings (that the one above has)

Advent Calendars $50-$100

Beanies Christmas Advent Calendar- £20 ($37.49 AUD) from IWOOT or Beanies Flavour coffee- I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I’m a sucker for flavoured coffees, especially if they are holiday themed! I can’t wait to try the gingerbread flavour. The best part about is this calendar, is that not only do you get 2 coffee sachets each window (46), you also get a travel mug and travel size jar of coffee in a ‘mystery flavour’, I wish it was going to be Pumkin Spice, but I don’t like my chances                     

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12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, $39.95 from Sportsgirl  (Currently on sale for $31.96)- I have tried some of Sportsgirl’s makeup and I think they are great for the price, I love their lipsticks. This would be great as a gift for a teen or even for yourself. Click on the link above if you want to see what you get.

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Kiehl’s Holiday Limited Edition Advent Calendar, $95 from Myer– One of my favourite high end skin care brands, a perfect treat for someone special (or yourself) if your budget allows. It’s a great way to try a lot of different products from the brand before buying the full size products. No waste! advent calendars

 

Advent Calendars over $100

Kikki K Lovers Advent Calendar- $149.95 from Kikki K- One of my fave statonery stores! They are on the pricier side, but it’s reflected in the quality (plus they have awsome clearances after Christmas too!). This calender is no exception, it’s sleek and luxurious  without being boring. The items inside are too cute! 

Fairy Floss Advent Calendar, $140 from Fluffy Crunch (Pre-sale sold out, but date for a final batch will be announced soon)-  With one of my guilty pleasures being Fairy Floss (cotton candy), there was no way the first ever fairy floss advent calendar would be left off my list! Unfortunately it was way out of my budget this year, but maybe next year if Fluffy Crunch do them again. They do offer After-pay, but I don’t believe in using it. The pre-sale sold out completely, but they’re planning on releasing on more batch shortly. (I’ll share the release details on my instagram)

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Happy Friday to everyone in Australia and Happy Thanksgiving to my Pals in the US 

XO XO

Evelyn

5 Spooky Halloween Events in Melbourne

While Halloween is nowhere near as popular as it is in the US (Trick or Treating isn’t really a ‘thing’ here), it is getting more popular each year and there are some great Halloween events happening in Melbourne this year. (Candy giveaway at the end of this post 😉 )

My top 5 Spooky Halloween events in Melbourrne for 2018!

halloween events1 Spooktober Halloween Festival

Spooktober Halloween festival is perhaps the biggest of the Halloween events in Melbourne! Now in it’s 6th year, it’s back bigger and better with two terrifying haunted house experiences (Coven & Phobia), a Trick or Treat trail sponsored by Wizz Fizz for the kids, food truck village and Hunted Spirits bar for over 18s, serving up some Halloween themed drinks and much more!

Where: St Kilda Town Hall
When: October 31st-Nov 5th, 2018
Cost: Free entry to the festival grounds for young and old. Tickets for the Haunted House experiences and Escape the Swamp can be purchased here.

 

2 Soda Rock Diner’s Annual Halloween Dress-Up Day

If you are not up for a scare on Halloween, but still want to have fun dressing up, head to Soda Rock Diner for a meal and be served by the staff dressed in spooky costumes! Show off your costumes and you might just score yourself some candy! You could wear your spookiest costume or  wear your best Betty & Archie costumes and feel like you have stepped on to the set of Riverdale.

Where: Soda Rock Diner, Jam Factory on Chapel St, South Yarra
When: Wednesday October 31st, 2018
Cost: depends what you order haha…you can check out their menu here. Bookings are highly recommended as it is a popular Halloween event. Call to book- (03) 9827 3500

 

3 Luna Dark 2018

Once again St Kilda’s Luna Park gets transformed into Luna Dark for the biggest costume party for all ages! There are day sessions that are kid-friendly and night sessions, that up the spook factor for adults and bigger kids. There’s live music and an awesome photo studio presented by Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, in Cinemas from October 25, 2018. Pose in front of the spooky Goosebumps 2 backdrops, get a pic souvenir and be entered into the best-dressed competition for a chance to win cash prizes and movie merchandise packs.

Where: Luna Park, St Kilda
When: Friday October 26th- 31st
Cost: Day Sessions- $39.95 for 4 and up, Free for children 3 and under. $135 for a family of 4. Night sessions- $39.95 for 4 and up, Free for children 3 and under. (price includes unlimited rides and entry to the park) book tickets here.

Halloween events4 Séance, Geelong.

Séance, an experience like no other is coming to Geelong this Halloween. If you dare, you will be escorted into a 40ft Shipping container, where you will sit around a table, be given a set of noise cancelling headphones and be plunged into complete darkness for an unusual and spooky 20 minute, sensory deprivation experience

Where: Rear of Geelong Town Hall Stairs Performance Area
When: Various dates from Thursday October 25th-November 4th, 2018
Cost: $20 per adult + booking fee, book here.

halloween events5 Hauntville Halloween Festival

Hauntville is another great Halloween event in Melbourne that is suitable for all ages. Held over two weekends during October (last weekend and this weekend), Hauntville offers two haunted house attractions, food trucks, a Fright Night bar, lots of spooky games and entertainment.

Where: Burnley Circus Park, Swan Street, Burnley, Vic
When: Friday October 26th-28th
Cost: entry to the festival grounds is Free for all, tickets for the haunted houses can be purchased here.

Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great weekend!

XO XO
Evelyn