Friday, 9 January 2015

Deshabillé: What it means to be casually luxe

Let me share with you what I got for Christmas... these adorable sleep shorts from Deshabille

I am very grateful that my family has such good taste in brands because I never would have come across Deshabille otherwise. The brand collaborates with artists to design unique pieces inspired by whatever things the founder (Roslyn Gleave) falls in love with.

Each garment has delicate trimmings and details to give it that relaxed luxury feel. The colours are beautiful, the styles are elegant and if I had one criticism it would be that I would prefer the elastic on the waist to go right the way round with the ribbon just being decorative as it is more practical. But regardless I love these shorts and am keen to explore more of their products.

Initially inspired by sleepwear the brand now has some truly breathtaking items ranging from beachwear to knitwear and even homewares.

Here are my lust-have items:
Anywhere dress

The Erin Cardi Black

Melange Robe Silver Marle
How cosy do these look!!! I could seriously spend an entire Winter season wrapped up in one of these cardi's.

Take a look at their website and let me know what you think? Or maybe you have heard of Deshabille before?

Love and gratitude. Xx

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Breathe and Reboot; Whenever You Choose

Another year and another chance to make your mark on this beautiful wide world and spread your inner beauty.

You already know who you really are so do not get weighed down worrying about New Year's resolutions and whether you are on track to maintaining them or not. The idea of a resolution is a bit ludicrous to me now because you do not have to wait a whole year to do something you want. You can start whenever you choose and if it doesn't work out then you can start again.

I heard something the other day on Hay House Radio and the teacher (I cannot remember her name) was talking about if you do one thing it can simply be to love yourself more and choose to spend this year focused on who you are and looking after yourself better. That can be done in many many ways from cooking more at home, to buying flowers for yourself, and meditating to look after your complete body, mind and soul.

Or it can be as easy as looking in the mirror and deciding to really love yourself this day (and then each day after that).

So go ahead beautiful people and simply:

Monday, 12 November 2012

I believe in Positivity

I am a huge believer in positive thinking and I like to consider myself a positive person. Why surround yourself with negative thoughts and feelings when you do not have to?

If you have not already discovered Jessica Ainscough's website The Wellness Warrior check it out as it is a great source of various information from healthy lifestyle choices, to natural diet and juice options, to detox in mind, body and spirit. She has a great website which I encourage you all to have a look through.

This morning she shared on her facebook and twitter page's exciting news about a new transformational film called The Cure Is. Now while some of you sceptics may not believe in all this new age information such as The Secret and other films alike. I urge you to just watch it because no matter what you believe, you can still receive valuable information about the power of your own self and what you think.

The hour long film shares real life stories of people who have healed themselves of illness and are now living healthy and happy lifestyles. You do not have to be sick to understand the messages however. It does not have to get to that stage. If you change yourself now you will live long fulfilled lives that burst with happiness and health.

I know I might sound a bit like a broken record or a whack but an open mind can do wonders. Things that jumped out at me when I was watching the film were;

Love yourself. The most important thing to me. I believe everyone should LOVE who they are.
Do what makes you happy. Whether that may be bushwalking, going to the beach, yoga or other things.
Eat items that you enjoy. Don't make a healthy diet be a chore but a learning and experiencing process.
Forgive. Do not hold on to any past anger.

The video goes through a number of other things so if you want to know more I strongly urge you to make the time to sit down, relax and really watch this video.

Believe in yourself!
Sending out positive vibes to you all today lovelies,

Thursday, 8 November 2012

What is more important?

Over at my little blog, the sound of crickets chirping has become a regular occurrence these past few months. Something I am not proud of but have not had the chance to correct.

The question of the day stands; How do you maintain a balance in your life and manage your affairs equally?

It is often a common goal for us to strive for some kind of balance between all aspects of our life. Whether that may include; work life, personal life, blogging life, social calendar, personal research and health & fitness.
The career side of my life has gotten a serious workout these past few months hence the lack of blog posts and all-round lack of time spent socialising on beauty sites etc. I am not complaining because as I am a third year university student I am coming up to major components within my entire degree and things are just starting to get seriously interesting. Also I have a brand new casual job (which I love) to earn a little extra cash and I am about to start a summer internship that directly relates to my uni degree. All of this has kept me quite the busy little bee.

I wish I had more time and structure in my life but I am slowly learning what to put first and not to attempt to do everything myself otherwise I will crash and burn.

So a few little tips to help you manage your calender:

- It is okay to have a day off where you literally do nothing but laundry and watch bad tv. You will never stay sane trying to have busy schedules every single day.

- Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter how busy you are, you still need to eat otherwise you will lose all your energy and feel tired.

- Relax before bed time. Calm your mind by doing meditation for 30 minutes prior to going to bed. You will sleep better and not be cluttered with too many thoughts.

- Do not alienate the people that matter to you. Go out after work and have one or two drinks with your friends away from work and your house and don't focus the talk too much on work life.

It is sometimes very difficult to keep a balance in your life but you will learn your own strengths and weaknesses as you go along. Eventually you will feel more confident with your structure and your goals.

Do not give up and try to maintain a level head at all times.

Life is what you make it, so do what makes you happy.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Foundation Exchange

Last week Elizabeth Arden was hosting a foundation exchange program where you could bring any brand of old foundation in the an Elizabeth Arden counter and receive a personalised skin consultation and 30% your new Elizabeth Arden foundation.

I decided to take advantage of this offer on the very last day and trade in one very mismatched L'Oreal infallible foundation and get a new perfectly matched liquid foundation.

Firstly, I have to mention that I walked into David Jones initially and there was no one in sight of the Elizabeth Arden counter and after waiting around foolishly for five minutes I left and went to the Myer counter where the lady greeted me straight away with a friendly smile. It really plays a big difference when the sales assistants are, present for one thing, but friendly as well.
The David Jones sales assistant sat me down and talked about what I wanted in my foundation and what my skin concerns were.

What I look for: full coverage to hide any acne scars yet foundation that still breathes.
She then took all my previous makeup off and applied a thin coverage of EA Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Makeup (colour; vanilla shell 51). It was a perfect colour match yet when I looked at the bottle it threw me a little. It comes in a tub and I honestly prefer a pump bottle as it seems more hygienic. So I ended up purchasing the EA Flawless Finish Bare Perfection Makeup (vanilla shell 51) which is the exact same colour yet comes in a pump bottle and has medium-full coverage.

With trading in my old foundation I received it for $42, which is what I would pay normally for my Max Factor foundation. All-in-all, a great deal!

What exactly do they do with the old foundations; well its a marketing strategy so Elizabeth Arden can get a sense of their competitors and what their target audience is purchasing and using.

These types of offer are a great way to get a new foundation for your daily routine as you get to rid yourself of any mismatched tubes you have lying around and you try a great brand at a fraction of the retail price.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island

Once again I have neglected my little blog as I was away on a university field trip to Heron Island without any phone or internet access.

Heron Island is a small coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef about a 2 hour boat trip off the port of Gladstone. I just thought I would share a few of my photos with you all as it is just the most beautiful place with amazing snorkelling and if you ever get the chance to visit this unique island then I would highly recommend it.

I was there for a week staying at the research station on the island which is owned by the university of Queensland. It is just the most beautiful place and there is so much to see and do there.

 Shipwreck on the reef. Snorkelling around here is pretty cool.

Jetty and shipwreck. 

 Resort rooms. We stayed at the research station however.


 Just the most spectacular colours in the water.

 Beautiful sunsets everyday.

There are tens of thousands of these Black Noddy's on the island.

 The resort takes guests on a guided tour of the reef flats at low tide.

You will see heaps of cool things on the reef, this starfish was just one of the hundreds of species you encounter.

 You will not be disappointed with your trip to Heron.

I had such a great time on Heron and I will for sure go back some time soon!

Are you planning a holiday anywhere?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Beautorium Beauty Haul

If we didn't absolutely love beautyheaven before, then with their grand efforts in the second ever beautorium event we are guaranteed to love love LOVE them for many more years to come.

I missed out on the first beautorium event so I decided to cash in big in the next one. For just $9.95 P&H I got all this, I would say that's reason enough to jump for joy. :)

- TIGI Salt Spray RRP$29.95
- John Frieda Precision Foam Colour RRP$22.99
- La Biosthetique Volume Powder RRP$34.50

- Clearasil Ultra pimples + marks lotion RRP$13.99
- Dove Invisible Dry anti-white marks roll-on RRP$5.47

- Maybelline Fit me foundation RRP$18.95
- Maybelline Fit me concealer RRP$14.95
- SAX sheer lipstick RRP$14.95
- Revlon colour burst lipgloss RRP$21.95
- Revlon colour stay eyeshadow RRP$24.95
- Physicians Formula eyeliner trio for green eyes RRP$24.95
And plenty of samples too!!

Beautyheaven, you have out-done yourselves this time. Thank you so much.