Thursday, 13 March 2014

Review: Sal's Pizza Hamilton

Get ready pizza lovers, Hamilton has a new slice in town.

Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza, located on Victoria St, opened Wednesday afternoon.

Known for their enormous 18 inch [almost 46cm] sized pizzas, with cheese imported from Wisconsin, USA, the opening of their Hamilton store has been highly anticipated by pizza lovers in the Waikato region.

Sal’s Hamilton had a rocky start when they leased the 213 Victoria St shop, which use to be Burger Fuel, in early 2012.

Initially planning to open a new branch in 2012 a “number of internal factors” let them to list the building and franchising opportunity on TradeMe.

In December 2013 signs appeared in the vacant shops windows that read “Coming Soon Summer 2014” and started a buzz on social media.

Within a month Sal’s started recruiting online for staff and on March 5 they confirmed an opening date for the following week.

Since the announcement stomachs have been rumbling and anticipating the big day.

“I've been counting down the days! It was better than I imagined” said Olivia Tingey-Graham, who dined at Sal’s last night. “I really enjoyed it, it was very filling.”

All the tables were filled and a small queue had formed when I went into grab my pre-ordered cheese pizza. 

A group of four teenagers were sitting by the front door, three giant pizzas crammed on the table. “We had never had it before but we were so excited when we heard it was coming” said Sam, who along with three of her friends were dining in the store tonight.

Although not keen on having their photos taken after gorging on several pizzas they didn’t mind having a quick chat.  “It is so good and the pizzas are so big, we are all stuffed!” said another girl in the group, named Jade.

After collecting my pizza, which weighed a lot more than I expected, I walked to my car.  On the short walk there I heard people whispering about Sal’s and a group of women pointed at the box with one saying “Oh that’s Sal’s pizza, I’ve heard they are so good, look how big it is!”

It felt like all the eyes were on me and this giant box of pizza.  My car was filled with the aroma of cheese, tomatoes, and garlic.

I don’t think you are prepared for the actual size of the pizza until you open the box.  One slice of pizza took up almost a standard dinner plate. 

Sal’s pizza is more expensive than their competitors but they have is at least five inches more than the other pizzerias in Hamilton.

I ate one piece.  It was divine.  It had a nice balance between a crisp base, fresh tomato flavour, and the salty cheese.
In my opinion, none of the other pizza places in Hamilton could compare to this taste.  I was pretty full after just once slice.

Which is good because Sal’s also sells pizza by the slice, so anyone who finds themselves downtown and hungry for pizza can head to Sal’s.

They are hoping to get their online ordering and delivery services work shortly, but in the mean time you can order in store or on the phone.

I will defiantly be back, more times than I probably should, because that really was a slice of heaven.

Friday, 21 February 2014


So I'm rather smitten with Mod Cloth's latest releases.. Here are my top three outfits for the upcoming cooler days..  I really like the youthful look of all these dresses, but not too youthful and could be paired easily with a blazer or knit to look a tad more mature or work ready.


Staple of Your Style Dress

Decisively Dramatic Wedge


Good Enough to Eat Dress


Sailboat-load of Fun Dress

Hope you are finding some favorites to add to your upcoming seasons wardrobe. xxo

None 2 Stun

So tonight, my lady love Courtney had a little play with makeup one me.  Since I'm pretty new to the makeup scene- I really wear tinted lotion and mascara 99% of the time, this little gem is getting me use to makeup and teaching me some tips.  Plus I'm mega lucky that she is doing my makeup for my engagement party and my wedding (next year)!!!  And also mega lucky that she is one of my best friends, that is so much more important than the whole makeup thing.

Anyways here are the results, 1.) Body Base Zero (ten points if you get the reference) 2.) and nice summery look.  3.) might be the best look of the night, this was definitely my favorite look- Lisa Simpson Lizzard Queen look- love that lipstick.  

She has gotten me rather into makeup and we are devising a list of items we need to order and have my mom send to us from the USA.  

Tonight was rad!  Love this girl! xxo.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Hair Care Routine.

I have been blessed with a super annoying, thick, frizzy-curly bomb of hair.  I never say it's appeal growing up, but I have always had a lot of compliments regarding my hair.  It's overwhelming at times but I wouldn't want it any other way.  I take heaps of pride in hair care- mainly because my entire childhood I was forced to have super short hair, I felt like a boy all throughout elementary and middle school, so once I was "allowed" to pick my hair style I just started to grow it and never stopped. 

It's a lot to take care of, because it's frizzy and at times un-tame-able, this means I own more hair care products.  I finally (in the last year or two) have found different ways of styling it so I don't always look like a massive ball of hair wearing glasses.  I'm lucky that my hair is pretty balanced, not oily (only a tad dry during summer) and because there is so much of it, I only wash it two to three times a week (hair dressers recommendation!)
There is a graph at the bottom, with pictures and stuff- :)

Everytime I wash my hair - I use Dove Nourishing Oil shampoo and conditioner, followed by their moisturizer (which I use while washing and then use a little pea size drop after towel drying my hair to leave it throughout the day.) I'm a big fan of Dove products, for me it's the best supermarket shampoo I have tried. I follow that up with Davines' all-in-one milk gets sprayed on before I put a towel on it and I leave the towel on it for as long as possible, so my hair is stewing in good oils.
Once a week - I use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and Lush Snake Oil bar (not on the same wash day) to help with dry scalp and split ends.

Natural/Normal look - I use (when wet) Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion (along with the other "every wash" products), wrap my hair in a silk scarf (trust me, it polishes your hair up nice) and the once dried use some Loreal Paris Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum (I actually use this daily, whenever my hair looks frazzled.)

For a more polished ringlet look - I dry my hair naturally, followed by Evo Iron Welder heat protector, I give it a quick straighten, then use a Vidal Sassoon hair straightener, it goes up to 300+ degrees, which is hotter than a GHD and means the hold will last longer- I wrap my hair around the tongs and curl it in sections (spraying each curled section with Herbal Essence Mega Hold (it's the best I've found)

For a complete straight look - I tend to blow dry the hair first, I sometimes towel/air dry, but it causes the roots to be rather tightly curled and my hair is never as smoothed at the end result.  I use Loreal Paris Xtreme Straight cream and Fudge Urban Straight Stuff Hair protector before I apply the straightener.  I actually put this on about 5-10 minutes before I start straightening so it sinks in a bit.  I use a GHD eclipse for straight looks, I have never had better results with any other straightener that I get with the eclipse.  It's designed for "the perfect temperature" and it really hold, even in light rain.  Once I've finished straightening, I give it a quick spray with Fudge Instant Smoothie, and (although not pictured) I put the  Loreal Paris Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum on at the end to calm any strays.

Well, that's that!  Happy good hair days!! xxo.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

a little bit bored

Ah, school is back on next week and I have been rather bored this last week.  Work has slowed down and I'm settling into more of a relaxed routine.  Tonight I was touched by the boredom bug and covered one of my favourite Elliott Smith songs.  It's a rough cut and nothing flash, but if you also are bored then have a listen.

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