Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Melbourne Cup | Style Me Up

The big race week is coming in Australia. It's Melbourne Cup and it's known as the 'Race that stops the nation' and it really does. It falls around the last weekend of October. This year it will be from Sunday the 30th of October to Wednesday the 2nd of November.

 While Melbourne itself has a public holiday for the event, everywhere else in Australia takes the Tuesday (if work allows them)to go to events and functions to have cocktails and canapĂ© and dress up to the nines.

 Cup week involves 4 days of racing, and each day has its own theme for 'fashions on the field'. I have outlined the days below, with an example of an outfit that you could wear to the day!

Melbourne Cup

Derby Day (Sunday)
Traditionally a day for black and white outfits. Keep it classic with a little black dress in a conservative cut.

Oaks Day (Monday)
Often referred to as 'Ladies Day', it the day to go with lace, pastels and Florals.

Cup Day (Tuesday)
This is the day to go super trendy with bright colours, fun cuts and over the top fascinator. Make sure that you keep the cut below the knew for modesty sake and tradition.

Stakes Day (Wednesday)
Typically more of a family day, it's acceptable to wear more relaxed dresses. Opt for wedges and maybe a wide brimmed hat.

 What will you wear to the races?
 God Bless

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mummy Lessons | #Life

I've been a mum for nearly 10 months now. It's has been the most exciting, exhausting, emotional and all round BEST thing thing that I have ever done.

Along the way I have learnt many lessons about motherhood and pregnancy as well.

So I have compiled a list of things that I have learnt so far over the last year and half of carrying, meeting and living with my gorgeous daughter, Ava.

Here we go.......

● Don't Google anything. Just don't do it. Ask a doctor or pharmacist.

● Your parents/grandparents will be an encyclopaedia of info....get as much information from them as you can. My mum was on speed dial.

● Women have been having babies for thousands of years.... don't get caught up in all the rules and social conduct of pregnancy and motherhood. Just follow medical advice and then relax!

● Dressing a bump is so much fun!

● Don't bother planning your labour. It will NEVER go to plan.

● Plan a meal with everything you couldn't eat while pregnant, to have when you check out. (Note: I didn't breastfeed so I didn't have to avoid foods, so check with doctor first).

On that note....
● If you can't breastfeed, it's not the end of the world. As long as your baby is getting fed and growing well - then you are doing amazing. Sometimes breat isn't always best - it wasn't in my case!

● You won't put your baby down for maybe...ummm 3 weeks! I didn't want to leave her for a second. It's ok, enjoy the cuddles.

● You don't need all the gadgets. Baby probably won't like half of them anyway so don't waste the money.

● Target, Big W and even Ebay sell amazing and cheap baby clothes. Don't bother with expensive brands as they will dirty it and grow out of it really quickly anyway.

● Support local markets for baby clothes. Really affordable and one of kind clothes!

● Big packs of fabric nappies ate a MUST. From cleaning vomit to using as a play mat...amazing.

● Cuddles are more important than anything. Yes it's good to be strict with routine and nap times etc.... but cuddles won't be so common soon so enjoy them.

● Mess is ok- you will be Ok.

● Record all the milestones down and make lot of memories. Take alot of videos and photos

● Nothing else matters as long is bub is ok

● Do date nights....DO IT!!

● and while on date night, don't talk about the baby - act like a new couple again.

What things have you leant since being a mum or dad?

God Bless

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Current Skincare Routine | Glam Life

Skincare is so important. You cannot get your makeup looking right if your skin is not in the best condition. Ofcourse you can layer on the concealer and radiant primer but why do you want to fake it when you can get your skin looking like that naturally???

You've heard the rules about taking your makeup off properly and never going to bed with makeup on.  These are all so true and so important to live by. Sure you can wipe your makeup off with a makeup wipe and be done with it but it's time to start valuing your skin a little more.

{ Fresh faced and ready for makeup! }

It's your largest organ and with simple skincare you can really bring out the best it has to offer which leads to you looking healthy, fresh and ultimately glowing.

Over the years Ive stuck to a pretty basic routine of face wash, astringent & moisturiser. I'd use a scrub once a month maybe and a mask was left for girly sleepovers. Last year, while I was pregnant my skin dried up alot so I went VERY basic, with just a cleanser and a moisturiser. However, I knew I had to step it up a little as I am fast approaching my 30s and I need to care for my skin (and fine lines) a little more.

Recently I came across a lady by the name of Caroline Hirons. Her name was being splashed around a pro page that I am apart of, and everyone was raving that her skincare routine was their holy grail find on the Internet. Ofcourse, I had to get a piece of the action.

 Basically she sets out a very basic, all skin types skin care routine that anyone can follow. It tells what you need, what's rubbish and what order to use. She doesn't really go into details on specific brands (although she sometimes does a top 5 recommendations if requested) but instead goes into ingredients to look for.
The link to her blog post is here and I highly recommend having a read.

I decided to base my routine on her recommendations and have come up my current skincare routine.

1. Using Simple Micellar Water on a makeup pad, I hold the pads over my lids for a little and then quickly over the rest of my face.

2. I give a second cleanse of my face with CROP Gentle Cleansing Gel and rinse.

3. I then soak a makeup pad with Woolworths Select Daily Balance Soothing Toner and wipe over my whole face except the eyes.

4. I spritz my face with Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner for some hydration.

5. I apply some Lacura Aqua Complete Eye Gel under my eyes and outter corners.

6. Then I drop some Yuva H2o serum all over my face and let it dry. If I'm feeling really dry, I'll use the Sukin Facial Treatment Oil as well.

7. Lastly I use Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion to lock in all the goodness.

Once or twice a week I will use my Sanctuary Spa Warming Microbrasion Polish and my Swisse Manuka Honey mask.

Why do I use body moisture?  - well, when I was pregnant I got so dry that eczema started to appear on my face. I have found, after years of trying creams, ointments lotions, that this Aveeno moisturiser is the only thing that calms and heals my eczema almost immediately. It contains Collidal Oatmeal which soothes skin conditions. It also worked on my face, and my skin looked and felt I kept doing and having looked back!!

What does your skincare routine look like?
God Bless

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Smoothie bowl | In The Kitchen

Smoothie bowls are such a huge trend at the moment. You can find them in pretty much every breakfast cafe that you walk into - and for good reason too!

They are so nutritious and full of vitamins and minerals. You can create so many different flavour combinations in the smoothie and then as well with the toppings.

Acai is very popular with smoothie bowls but I unfortunately don't like them. I find them too tart for my liking, so I decided to make myself a peanut butter & chocolate smoothie bowl to full me up for breaky with healthy goodness aswell as hitting my sweet tooth.

My recipe is vegan as as I am trying out a plant based diet for a couple weeks. You can substitute in some dairy products if you wish and it still taste amazing.

Choc Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl 

1 Frozen Banana
Small handful of frozen berries
1 TBSP natural peanut butter
1 TBSP Pea Protein  (unflavoured)
1 TBSP Sugar free drinking chocolate
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 TSP Vanilla Essence
Handful of granola or muesli
1 TBSP of Shredded Coconut
Handful of Blueberries
Half a fresh banana
(Optional: Baby Spinach)


1. In a cafe style blender, add in the milk, frozen banana, pea protein, peanut butter , vanilla and drinking chocolate. I also added a small amount of frozen berries for extra fruit but not enough to detract from the choc peanut flavour. I blend this up using the pulse button. It needs to be rather thick.
(You can add baby spinach or kale for extra goodness)

2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings. I chose fresh banana, fresh Blueberries, toasted muesli & shredded coconut.

3. Enjoy the yuminess!

What is your favourite flavour smoothie bowl?


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cold Shoulder | Style Me Up

So we all know and see the cold shoulder trend. It's everywhere!

There a few ways that it's being presented, mainly as completely off the shoulder or with a strap still present to hold the top up. For those with a bigger bust, the latter may be better as you can still wear a decent bra to hold them ladies up!

Many wonder, how do I rock up this look for different occasions. So, I have put together four outfits to give you an idea on how you wear this trend to any event this season!

Cold Shoulder

Are you going to jump onto this trend?

God Bless

Monday, October 10, 2016

Decorating Inspiration | #Life

Moving house is the worse.

Like really, it sucks big time. I hate packing, and hate living in that limbo state and I hate the reminants of moving boxes around the house.

We moved house about a month ago now. We were very excited to buy our first home and I was looking forward to having kit own place to make changes to and decorate.
My style up until recently was very cozy and rustic feeling. Lots of creams, greys and greenery. I had wicker accents around the house as well as vintage style items that I had collected over the years. It was a style that I had implemented back in early 2014 and had finally mastered by the end of 2015.......

but earlier this I grew sick of the drab scheme. Scrolling through Pinterest (as I did alot while bub slept on me) I became very intrigued by the electric style that kept coming up on my feed. It was so different and bright and I just fell in love.

I started pinning like crazy and started planning  the decor for when we bought a house. I loved Moroccon decor, bright colours, Indian fabrics, palm trees and ferns and metallic accents. We kept an eye out for items whenever we went shopping and kept a stockpile in the cupboard in anticipation for the big move.
Home Inspo

Over the next few #Life post I'm going share our decorating journey and any stores I suggest or tips I've picked up along the way.

Here is a list of what we found to be the best stores for decorating your house on a budget.

● Kmart, Target & Big W - You can find some amazing items in these stores at fantastic prices. They are so on trend with their items so you are bound  to find what you are looking for.
BEST FOR: Side tables, mirrors, towels, art works & utensils

● Pillowtalk Home (formerly MUSE) - this place is a goldmine especially when the sales are on. They also have a great loyalty program.
BEST FOR: Vases, photo frames, cushions & rugs.

● Earthborn- We have a clearance store near us so we find so many great bargains here.
BEST FOR: Interesting shelf pieces, table runners & photo frames.

● Bed, Bath & Table - Again we have a clearance store nearby so we get items at great discounts.
GREAT FOR: Placemats, dinnerware & Christmas decor.

● Ebay - Needless to say, so an avid Ebay-er, I kept my eye out for some decor items and it certainly delivered.
BEST FOR: Bright cushion covers

● Spotlight - This a place you want to head to if they are having a sale as they can be a little pricey normally.
BEST FOR: Manchester & candles

● Tree Of Life- If you are after eclectic decor then this is an amazing mecca.
BEST FOR: Rugs, throws and cushions

● Typo - We found quirky pieces for around the house with fun prints and quotes in them.
BEST FOR: Wooden letters, quirky prints, calendars, items with fun quotes.

● Discount Stores (Stacks, Choice, Reject Store etc) - alot of these stores stock fun art works, bright frames and bright furniture items. We even found some turkish towels in bright colours!!
BEST FOR: Artworks, frames & vases.

What are some of your favourite decor stores?

God Bless

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Everyday Spring Makeup Routine | Glam Life

Today I wanted to share my general every day makeup routine.
There are some thing to know about me before I get started.

1. I am a makeup artist so I tend to use more products than you would generally need to use on a day to day basis - but that's because I find!

2. Whilst I use pro products in my professional kit, I stick to drugstore/affordable makeup on myself. The reason for this is firstly because I can't bring myself to spend alot of money on myself, especially now that I'm a mum; and secondly because I find I can get amazing quality products in the drugstore.

3. I have combination skin type.

So before I begin I apply some mattifying primer to my nose. I get quite oily and have large pores in that area. I use Maybelline Baby Skin instant Pore Eraser for this. I dont really use an all over primer for every day wear. I just make sure I have moisturised with daily moisturiser first. 
For foundation I have recently been using Models Prefer Argan Natural Foundation (Nude). As its labelled it's a natural finish, meaning not matte and not too dewy either. To apply this, I use the Real Techniques Sponge. I then conceal with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer  (Shade 10), under me eyes and on any spots. I set this all with Australis Fresh & Flawless powder (Natural).

I then move onto cheeks by contouring my cheekbones with the brown shade in my BYS Contour Trio (01 Sassy). I then add a pink shade to my cheeks with the Mode Blush (Sweetheart).  For a summery glow I lightly brush a little of the Red Earth Endless Summer Bronzer (3 Tropical Night) on the top of my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.

For eyes I generally take my bronzer again and with a  fluffy brush I sweep it over my lids and up into my crease and brow bone towards temple (to create a soft wing). I keep it very light and blended out alot. I will often alternate my days with a more defined eye and crease by using my Stila 'Eyes Are The Windows To the Soul' Palette (Mind) im feeling more adventurous I will use my I then sweep some on my lower lashline as well. I apply several coats of my Essence Lash Princess Mascara and once dry I will blend a small amount of the ivory shade from my Santee Shimmer Palette.

At this point if I feel my skin looks too matte, I will use a setting spray - right now I alternate between MAC Fix+ & Sukin Toning spray.

I move onto brows and with the NYX Micro brow pencil (05 Ash Brown) I use a feathering motion to dark and fill in my brows; making the darker and more defined towards to tail. I set this with Essence 'Make Me Brow' gel (01 Blondy Brows).

At this point I use a dense fan brush to sweep a little of the Santee ivory shimmer on top my cheek bones and cupid bow and throw on a pinky shade of lipstick. At the moment I'm like Essence long-lasting lipsticks (06 Barely There & 13 Love Me) and Essence Refreshing Lipstick  (01 Pink Parrot).

What are you favorite products to use for your everyday makeup routine?

God Bless