Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Grey Leaf

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Outfit details
Two Piece Set - Beginning Boutique
Sandals - Zu
Bracelets - from a street stall in Florence Italy
Necklace - Tiffany & Co.

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Recently I've been wearing a lot of matching two piece sets in many different styles and prints. I love how comfortable it is to wear two pieces whether a skirt and a top or shorts and a top. You can also get more wear out of them because you can mix it up and wear each piece separately. I find showing just a little bit of bare midriff breaks up the patterned look, which might be too much if it were a knee length dress.

Today I'm wearing this matching floral skirt and top set from Beginning Boutique in subtle grey, pink and mauve. As it was a very hot day I kept my accessories very minimal and paired it with white sandals and my navy Rebecca Minkoff bag which isn't featured because I had left it in my car from work. I took these photos myself using my camera self timer it was a lot more tricky to get the focus correct but I definitely surprised myself with the results ... there were a couple of unfocused shots for the most part they were in focus! 

I wore this outfit to catch up with my friend Hannah we went to this lovely modern Mexican Restaurant in Windsor. The food was awesome I forgot to take any photos of the food because we were both very hungry and we were also busy catching up since I haven't seen her in ages! 

What do you think of two piece sets? Do you love them as much as me? 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Life Update, reflecting and moving forward

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Happy new year guys! It's been a while since I have updated you on the happenings of my life and a lot has changed since I last gave you a proper update. 

So I'll start with the sad news. My beautiful rabbit passed away suddenly at the end of November and I was so upset. I miss her a lot and it's hard without someone running to meet you every day. I have my cat but it's not the same kind of affection that the bunny gave me. But that's okay I have lots of memories of her.

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never ending cocktail...

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birthday cake

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Date night outfit.

Now for some happy news ... I have started seeing a man. After a 2 year break from being in a relationship (and a lot of failed dates in between) it's definitely a big change in my life. Six months ago I had given up on dating and decided it was not for me. 
Then one day I was feeling a little down at work .... you know those times when it feels like every customer you serve is a jerk? It had been a particularly bad day so I took to Facebook just because I needed a hug. I updated my status saying exactly that. Then my friend Jason started chatting to me on Facebook, apparently he had been trying to find an excuse to talk to me (he had even been into my store to ask me out but I wasn't working the night he called in!). So he invited me out so that he could try cheer me up and also give me the hug he promised and from then on we have been seeing each other. I have been enjoying life again, things like eating out, going to the movies and doing random things like ice skating and an impromptu New Year's Eve party on the beach! It's still very early on in the relationship but right now I am over the moon! It is nice to have someone appreciate you for who you are and to feel wanted. This hasn't happened for me EVER in any relationship I've been in with a guy so it's a huge change. Thanks universe and thank you Jason.

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Iceskating with Jason

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New Years Eve celebrations.

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I have found there is kind of a flow on effect in my life from being happy and I am feeling a lot more confidant in everything I do.

I have also realised that sometimes I spread myself to thin, therefore some aspects of my life get neglected. I need to find that balance between work, dancing, blogging / online presence in general, my social life and alone time. Work has been my highest priority over the past few years. It still is my highest priority but I need to also make the times when I'm not at work more productive.
Last year I got in a really bad habit of not sleeping until 4 am either catching up on TV, blogging or just wasting time online then sleeping until I had to go to work. Which was very unproductive and I don't have a lot to show for it other than a really weird sleep schedule. 

Some changes have already been made, but I still need to work on a better balance and stick to it! I always say I'm going to post more frequently but never do which is sad because I love blogging its just that I wasn't prioritising the right things at the right time. I really want to change my blog layout at some point soon, I feel happier and refreshed so I think my blog should also reflect that. In terms of blog posts I have a million and one ideas written down in a note book (maybe not a million but there's a lot of ideas there!) I have a lot of different avenues and topics I wish to explore and want to share more personal things with you guys.

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Brunch at Jason's cafe (I forgot to mention he's a chef)


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In other news I have changed my hair colour completely. I love it so much. I do change my hair a lot but I think I'll be staying red for a while because I think it really brings out my eyes.

That's everything I wanted to share with you about my life recently. I'm excited and looking forward to how I implement these changes and create a balance between everything in life. I'm glad I have found some motivation and inspiration so I can post more frequently. But for now I am going to go enjoy the nice day today. See you guys in my next post.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thanks 2014

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Seriously can't believe how quickly the year of 2014 has flown by! 


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Looking back on the year so many great things have happened to me....

The one I am most proud of is when I had the opportunity to perform with my Bollywood troupe in the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It was the best time, I also got to perform in flash mobs around Adelaide and briefly on stage at the Rhino Room. I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of talented and creative people as well.
Then comedy came to Melbourne and I performed alongside Bob Downe and some amazing dancers on stage at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. 
There have been many other dance events throughout the year, I performed at Fed Square, on the streets of Brunswick, Wyndham Diwali and on the Today Show to name a few. I've been able to make some amazing friends through dancing this year. 

As for travelling, apart from spending a week in Adelaide, I spent some time in beautiful Bali. It was actually amazing, I spent plenty of time just relaxing as well as seeing some of the local attractions and eating some delicious food.

I changed my style a little in 2014 for a start I went from brunette to blonde (with a touch of pink along the way)! My clothing style has changed a bit too, I feel that I have a more relaxed style. Even though I am a bit curvier now I know what suits me and I don't feel that I have to follow trends unless they look good on me.

A highlight of the year was when I got to see my favourite band, Placebo play live again! Such a good concert, I was happy for days afterwards!

This was the year that I ran in my first 5-10k race! I wasn't sure I could do it ... but I did!

So onto my favourite products (top 3) for this year:

Bobbi Brown Foundation 
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

I couldn't have made it through the year without these!


My wishes for 2015:

I hope to be happy. It sounds a bit obvious I know, but I think I am a happy person by nature and this past year a few things have happened to me that prevented me from being happy. Hopefully that will change in 2015!

The fact that I work most evenings and dance on the evenings that I'm not working often prevents me from catching up with friends that work during the daytime. So my wish for 2015 would be that I see the friends that matter the most to me far more often.

You all know how much I love to travel, but I don't feel like I've seen much of my own country so this year I hope to see more of Australia. I've been to Perth for a couple of days but I really really want to go back there and see more of Western Australia. I am planning to go back to Europe this year so hopefully that it all works out and I can go there for a few weeks in the middle of the year!


I hope you all have a great New Year's Eve and have plenty of exciting plans for 2015.  I would love to know what your highlights were for 2014 and your wishes for 2015, so feel free to leave a comment below.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014 #2 - For Her, For Him & For the Home

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So I was hoping to get this post out before the weekend, but every time I got on the computer it has been crashing after just a few minutes... very frustrating! Finally I think it is gonna work and I'm so happy.
This is the second part of my gift guide which is including gifts for guys, girls and home.

For Her


My gift guide for the ladies in your life starts with Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook Comfort Food. This book is filled with recipes to make you feel happy and comfortable, it covers all sorts of foods whether you are cooking for one or for a family and anything from entrees, main meals, sweets, snacks to celebration food.

Daniel Wellington watches are stylish timepieces that are functional and decorative accessories, I promise that if you buy the lady in your life one of these she will think you are pretty awesome.

A zodiac necklace is always a nice present to give, make sure you find out her star sign first!

It's summer here in Australia and a hat is a must, the wider the brim the better. I love this his one from Lack of Color 

Anything Beyonce related is a winner in my book, and I just love this Cake by the Pound sweater, check her website for the perfect gift for the Bey-lover in your life.

This one is on my own personal wish list, it's from a brand called Lonely. I follow their Instagram page and dying to get my hands on some! (just been too lazy to actually buy it myself) So many beautiful bras how can you not? If you know the lady well enough to know her size and her taste in bras, definitely go for it!

OK another Beyonce related product, I love this mug, but any slogan mug that fits with her interests will be a welcome present.

Pouches are a cool and practical present, they have a multitude of uses. They can be used to carry your credit cards, money, make up or phone chargers in. I love this  Rebecca Minkoff #besties one! Totes get it for your BFF ;)

This French Connection scarf is just gorgeous. A scarf is a present that is always appreciated, no matter what age you are giving to.

If you are like me and you like to sleep in but your bedroom is quite bright in the mornings try a sleep mask for a really restful lie in! Peter Alexander have a superhero themed collection and I love batman so. girl bye. 

Beach towels are an excellent present for any beach lover ... these round towels by The Beach People are perfection!

A pair of classy heels are a bit of an unusual present, but if you gift these Topshop ankle boots you are winning!

Amazing Face by Zoe Foster is a great present for any make up lover. It's a book on make up look how-tos and some make up hints and tips, but it is presented in a witty, laid back style.

If you know me you know I would love to receive any kind of Tifanny & Co. jewellery for a present and I just love the T square range of bracelets.

Handbags also make excellent gifts. At the moment the stylish must-have is the cross body bag, this one from ASOS is pretty awesome and very reasonably priced.

For the organised lady or even one that is trying to be, a planner will always be a welcome gift. My pick is from Paperchase but just about everywhere sells planners!

For Him



If your man is cultivating a beard or if he wants to, this Beard Book from asos is full of beard inspiration and will make an unusual gift.

A single malt whisky that's silky smooth? Yes please Glenfiddich! (He might even share it with you ;) !)

If he's not growing a beard this Aesop shaving kit will look after his face and help stop shaving rash.

Looking for something for a muso? A Pickmaster guitar pick maker would be a good pick .... see what I did there?

If you want to make him smell nice go for men's fragrance, this Tom Ford Extreme is sensual yet manly.

These Giorgio Armani sunglasses are simple but stylish and would suit most men, but look around for some designer sunglasses that are to your man's taste.

I love this St Goliath shirt! You know that most guys hate clothes shopping but will love it if you pick out a shirt for them!

Guys like wearing brand names and Nike is a favourite with most. Try these Nike trainers for comfortable casual shoes that still look cool for the man in your life.

Who doesn't love a bow tie? I certainly do ... so if the guy likes to dress up occasionally you can't go past this ASOS bow tie! Because Bow ties are cool!

For the traveller, try a Herschel Wash bag, it's the perfect size, it's practical and everyone wants the Herschel brand right now!

A fun present for that uncle, cousin or friend that you have no idea what to buy for? A Happy Socks gift pack could be the answer!

Looking for a Kris Kringle for a male? Juggling Balls provide hours of fun and might even give him a new skill ;)

A stylish watch is an awesome present for a guy. Pick one that suits your budget as well as his style!

For the Home



Doorbell is ringing and you don't want to get out of bed? Now you can see who is at your door with this SkyBell doorbell, it connects to your smartphone!

For the travellers' household this Scratch off Map wall map is an awesome present, you can keep track of places you have visited and also plan your next trip.

One for the cooks ... this set of measuring cups from Urban Outfitters is pretty and practical.

This classy gold Cheers! cocktail shaker is an elegant addition to any bar, it has Cheers! engraved on it in several different languages.

Garance Dore is a blogger, photographer, illustrator and writer, this Garance Dore calendar featuring her designs is a wonderful present for a fashion lover or an art lover.

This Domayne cushion would bring a touch of glamour to any living room or bedroom. Look for other designs to fit any decor at homeware stores.

I just love this awesome clear cup and saucer set with a touch of blue from T2 !!

For any coffee lover a coffee machine is a must! This Nespresso Breville coffee machine is slim line and looks so good in any kitchen.

Oh my goodness! How awesome are these bear snow globe salt and pepper shakers? I can't even...

Why have a boring rectangular door mat? When you can have a moustache door mat!

This portable wardrobe is functional and minimalist but somehow it is still full of warmth and character. I love it!

That concludes my lists of Holiday gift suggestions. I hope you find some inspiration when buying for loved ones. Let me know if I have given you any ideas for Christmas gifts. I need to start shopping soon, I'm just so tired from working in retail over the silly season!
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014 #1 - Beauty & Tech

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So December is right around the corner! It's so close, the store where I work is getting more and more busy by the day! December is my favourite month not only because of Christmas but also my birthday is only 4 days before! Since I work in retail I get limited time to spend with my family and friends but thats okay, I still love everything about this time of year.

I have put together a series of Christmas gift guides that I will publish over the next two weeks to hopefully give you some ideas and make your shopping easier! My first guides are for the Beauty lovers and the Tech lovers in your life!

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My beauty selection was really hard to narrow down! I think my favourite on this list would have to be the Too Faced Everything Nice Set because it is a full face palette with 20 eyeshadows and 2 blushes, 2 bronzers, a mascara and two cruelty free brushes! It would be a great set to give to anyone who loves makeup as well as a great gift for travellers (everything you need to take with you all in the one palette). Another great palette for make up lovers and travellers alike is the Naked 3 palette which is a pinky purple-y toned palette (any of the Naked palettes would also be good).

Makeup brushes are a definite must have for anyone who loves makeup so why not give the Best of Sigma brush kit? It contains a good selection of all the brushes you need.

My top picks for makeup would be the Benefit They're Real mascara (this mascara has received great reviews) and the Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in the colour 07 Chalys (a good colour to pair with anything).

Shopping for someone who has all the makeup in the world? Why not give them a really beautiful makeup bag which can be used everyday in the handbag and also be used for travelling. I have included a makeup bag duo, that way you have two sizes to choose from depending on the purpose.

For skincare I like the Foreo Luna is a silicone facial cleansing tool (also with an anti-ageing side) I haven't actually tried this product myself but its on my wishlist because I have only heard great things about it. One charge lasts about 4 - 6 months which is absolutely fantastic!

Also a major favourite on this list is the Ren skincare kit for sensitive skin (also comes in normal skin and combination skin) I've been eyeing off this skincare range everytime I step into my local Mecca store and this is a great way to try out the range in my opinion.

A hydrating mask is also on my list because I seem to buy serums and moisturisers for myself but masks .... I always forget they exist. This one from Kiehl's would be perfect for anyone who has uber dry skin like myself, also great for keeping skin hydrated in both summer and winter!

Another product for dry skin and an alternative to serums are the facial oils, I recently discovered this Josie Maran Argan Oil which hydrates your skin perfectly!

Fragrance is really dependent on the person you are shopping for but to make it easier there are four main fragrance families (woody, floral, oriental and fresh). So once you narrow down what scents they usually wear it will help you decide what to buy, I picked this Giorgio Armani Si perfume because I've been testing it in stores lately and it smells so florally without being sweet which is what I like.

Candles make a fantastic gift because one can never have too many candles! I have a thing for Diptique candles but the trouble is the massive price tag! But this christmas set isn't actually too bad price wise!

What beauty guide would be complete without nail polish? My favourite brand over the past year has been Ciate mostly because of the cute as packaging! If you buy a set like this one you get a good variety of colours.


Now on to tech gifts....

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3 Kobo Aura H2O $179.99
4 Space Bar $99.99
5 GoPro Hero 4 $499
7 Motorola Moto Hint $149.99
8 Ringly $195
9 Glif $30
10 Chromecast $49
13 iPhone 6 $869
15 Canon S200 $269

I must admit I get really excited when it comes to new technology and gadgets to try out.  My dad thinks I'm actually insane because of the amount of cameras that I own! Some of these products aren't available in Australia yet, but you should be able to get them online.

My top pick for the technology gift would have to be the Ringly which isn't even out yet but the concept its truly amazing! Wearable technology has been coming out in all sorts of forms but this one tops it for me. The ring allows you receive notifications from selected apps by vibration and colour so you can put your phone away yet stay connected.

Another top pick for me is this bluetooth headset until I saw this one I only saw hands free as a really ugly device and would just use loudspeaker in my car. But this Moto Hint bluetooth headset is small and discreet and not some weird ear piece that sticks out and is annoying!

In terms of smart phones the iPhone 6 is definitely my cup of tea, I recently got a upgrade and I am loving it the battery life is so much better than my iPhone 5!!

The only game I have picked out is Assassin's Creed Unity, I really like playing Assassins Creed and I can't wait to check out this one. I might buy it for my best friend so I can play it too ;)

Another entertainment gift is the Chromecast which is a way for you to watch YouTube videos on your TV. A great idea at gatherings is playing music via YouTube with your phones but with the Chromecast you can create a list of queued music which has excellent sound. There are many uses for it but that would be my number one use.

This Bose bluetooth speaker is also excellent because it is not too big so it is portable, has excellent sound and would look good on your shelf.

An eReader is something which has never really caught my eye, until I saw this Kobo eReader which is waterproof (shut up and take my money). I have a thing for reading while I'm in the bath and usually if tech things get wet they are ruined for life. It can also be useful in the pool in the summer. Such a good invention!

For cameras as gifts I have chosen the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, the GoPro Hero 4 and the Canon s200. I won't go into too much depth about each camera because I will be literally typing for hours! For me the Instax is a great novelty camera, it looks cute but takes good quality photos. The GoPro is excellent for filming literally everything, great for travel (the sound quality is better without the case on). Canon cameras are hard to not feature... I really love the picture quality that Canon has and this one is compact and easy to use.

In terms of camera accessories I chose two iPhone camera accessories... first this macro lens and secondly the Glif smartphone tripod mount (which also doubles as a phone stand). I chose iPhone camera accessories because we are often using our smartphones to take all our photos because the quality is good and we always have our phones on us... or is that just me with almost 5000 photos on her phone!!?

Now for some random tech items.... firstly I love this monitor stand called Space Bar! If you are anything like me you have many cables going in and out of your computer, this gives you extra ports and you don't have to reach around to the back of your computer to get the cords in and out...

Backing up your files in case of computer crashes is a must! I must admit that I hardly ever back up all my things but the one thing I do make sure I back up is all my photos/video files. The WD passport is an excellent, external hard drive to use for backing up.

The last item of the day is a scale or a Smart Body Analyser by Withings. I like that it doesn't just tell you your weight but can also calculate your body fat percentage. Other features include air quality and checking your heart rate.


I definitely am excited for December to begin. We are popping up our Christmas Decorations a day early but only because the December 1st is a Monday!! But I'll be attempting Vlogmas over on my YouTube channel where I'll be vlogging everyday until Christmas. I have told my friends and they all say I should vlog but often I film stuff but never post it online ... so I'll see how my vlogmas goes haha!

Hopefully you enjoyed my first part of my gift guide series! Let me know your gift ideas and also if I've inspired you to buy a gift for someone!

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