Things I Love Thursday 20/11/2014

Holy moly!  This week has been crazy busy for me.  I’ve had a weekend visit with one of my college besties and loads of time with my little cousins who are visiting from Perth.  I’ve been feeling the love for sure, and I’ve got a huge list of things I love this Thursday.

This week I love:

- Watching Frozen with my cousins Will and Abbey.  Also the fact that both of my little cousins are into wearing blue toenail polish and blowing bubbles in the backyard.  They are rad kids.

- Blue cheese.  It stinks and I don’t care, because it’s darn tasty.

- Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  My mate Tom bought a copy of this with him when he came to stay with  me last weekend.  I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to see this film.  It’s a total gem.  The story is thought-provoking, the soundtrack is jammin’ and it manages to be hilariously funny and heart-jerkingly poignant all at once.  Here’s the trailer if to convince you further:

 

- Singing loudly to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack.  In particular I love the tracks “Tear me Down”, “Wig in a Box”, “The Origin of Love” and “Angry Inch”.  And I also adore this particular version of “Sugar Daddy”, performed by Neil Patrick Harris.

 

- Breaking out shorts for the first time this year.  The weather is already heating up.

 

- Patting gorgeous Golden Retrievers at the bakery.

 

- Phone calls from friends just to check on me.

 

- Earl Grey tea

 

- Champagne in the afternoon.

 

- Sleeping with the windows open.

 

- Borrowing magazines from the library.  I love magazines but I can’t justify buying several each month.  So now I’ve been getting them from the library for free and it’s awesome.  They have so many titles so I’ve been able to try lots of new magazines that I’d never even heard of before.

 

- Cuddling with Jelly and Ringo each morning before I get out of bed.

 

- Cute boys with dazzling smiles.

 

- Knowing that Christmas is just around the corner.

 

- Spring cleaning my bedroom, washing the walls and turning the mattress.

 

- The smell of jasmine flowers on hot nights.

 

What do you love this week sweet-pea?  Jump in and leave a comment telling me all about the things that bring you joy.

Daily outfit 18/11/2014

I am one lucky little duck.  My parents went on a holiday to Sydney a couple of weeks ago and they brought me back a gorgeous new dress.  Lately, I’ve had quite  few new dresses, but this one was extra-special.  It’s the perfect Summer party dress.  Light and airy, fabric that feels beautiful against the skin and a soft wash of ocean colours.  I’m smitten.

 

I decided to take myself out to dinner to give myself a chance to wear this beautiful floral confection.  I went to Georgina’s, which is a very swanky restaurant in town.  The food was delicious, the service was brilliant and I was content to just chill out in a window seat and watch the world go by.

 

I am wearing:

- Dress By Vanessa Tong for Timeless.

- Pierre Fontaine sandals (thrifted)

- Gold heart ring (gift from my parents)

- Vintage lily brooch.

 

 

I felt so pretty in this dress.  The shape is so classic and the lightweight feel of the fabric was perfect for walking home on a balmy evening.  I felt like Audrey Hepburn, although I doubt Audrey would have stopped at the bottle-o to buy a cheeky bottle of moscato on her way home!

NYX Boudoir Provocateur Mascara review.

I’m extremely picky when it comes to mascara.  My eyes are my favourite facial feature, and I like to highlight them with sweeping lashes.  I’m also quite fickle about whether I want my lashes to look thicker or longer.  My lash desires change depending on my mood.  So how awesome would it be if I could get one mascara that could do both?

Luckily, I found the Provocateur mascara from NYX’s Boudoir collection.  This genius product allows you to choose thicker or longer lashes with the twist of the wrist.

This nifty design has two levels in the lid of the tube.  For thicker, fuller lashes, open the tube at level one. For longer, more defined lashes, open at level two.  The opening at the top of the tube narrows or widens depending on which level you twist, controlling the amount of product that’s deposited on the brush.

Level one leaves the top of the tube quite wide, so a lot of mascara appears on the brush when you take it out of the tube.  I use this level when I want thick, dramatic lashes.

In this photo, I’ve applied one coat of the Provocateur mascara at level 1.  As you can see, my lashes appear very thick, but there are a lot of clumps and the lashes tend to stick together.  However, I found that this setting is great for using before applying false lashes, to make my natural lashes blend into the falsies a bit better.

At level 2, the brush is wiped clean, so there are fewer clumps and globs of product.  This setting is perfect for achieving defined, sweeping lashes.

Look at that length!  I tend to prefer this setting for my day-to-day makeup.  It looks much cleaner and my lashes don’t stick together as much.

In terms of longevity, the NYX Provocateur mascara performs very well.  I apply one or two coats of this in the morning and it lasts all day.  I haven’t noticed any flaking or fading.  I have worn this product a number of times with my contact lenses and it hasn’t caused any irritation of my eyes.  Although it isn’t a waterproof mascara, it seems to hold up on days when I’ve got a touch of hayfever and my eyes are lightly watering.

In addition to the awesome performance of this product, I love the fact that it’s cruelty free.

The best bit about the NYX mascara?   It costs just $6.  Seriously.  I think that makes it the best budget mascara I’ve ever tried.  It is great value for money and out-performs some of the luxury brands I’ve used in the past.

I am totally addicted to this mascara and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Have you tried any of the NYX mascaras?  What did you think?

*This is not a sponsored post.  I purchased this item with my own money and my opinions are unbiased and genuine*

Things I Love Thursday 13/11/2014

Top ‘o the morning to you, gorgeous reader!  I’m am feeling great and ready to get into this week’s edition of Things I Love Thursday.  You too?  Awesome!  Let’s begin.

This week I Love:

- Feeling better in general.  My mood is picking up and I no longer feel like a misery slug.

- Paul Rudd.  I’ve had a crush on this dude for as long as I can remember, and one of my friends sent me this video last week to cheer me up.  And it worked no end.

 

- Wriggling my bare toes in the grass.

 

- Looking forward to a visit from my friend Tom this weekend.  I haven’t seen him in months and it’s going to be great.  We’re going to drink cocktails, watch movies and wear fabulous outfits.

 

- Visiting my grandmother.  We went out for lunch together, looked through old photo albums and then she gave me some stunning vintage jewellery.  She’s been so supportive of me these past few weeks, and I’m so happy when we get to catch up.

 

- Downton Abbey

 

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-Finishing this Lego Block scarf for my etsy store.  I had so much fun making these and  I love the pops of colour.  I am definitely keeping one for myself.

 

- Drinking an iced coffee in the sunshine.

 

- Making time for reading.

 

- Getting through an entire power yoga workout without needing a break.  I was sore afterwards, but it was so worth it.

 

- Embracing floaty fabrics and soft colours for summer.

 

- Having almost all of my Christmas shopping completed.

 

- Puppy licks and kitty cuddles.

 

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And last but certainly not least, I love Miss Jellylorum.  Today is her 7th birthday.  We’ve had so many hugs and lots of treats to celebrate her special day.

 

What do you love this week?

Lunette Cup giveaway

It’s no secret that I’m totally smitten with my menstrual cup.  I bought a Lunette Cup a few months ago and I’ve never looked back.  This handy contraption is discreet, hygienic and comfortable to wear.  It has changed the way I feel about my period and I’m keen to share this product with every woman I meet.

 

A little while ago, I wrote a review of the Lunette Cup and it really resonated with you guys.  I got so many comments and emails from readers who had never heard of a menstrual cup, but were keen to give it a go.

 

Well, it’s your lucky day, because the folks at Lunette have agreed to give away a free cup to one lucky reader.  One reader will receive a cup in their choice of colour.  How awesome is that?

 

 

Here are a few important facts about the Lunette Cup:

- The cup is made from medical grade silicone

- The cup is worn internally like a tampon.  Unlike a tampon, the cup collects your menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it.

- The cup is completely re-usable and one cup should last several years with proper care.

- As the Lunette doesn’t absorb your menstrual fluid, there is only a very low risk of TSS. This makes it a much safer option than pads or tampons.

- The Lunette is suitable for women of all ages.

- The cup is easy to clean and small enough to stash in your handbag.

 

Lunette are committed to making periods a little bit nicer.  So to enter this competition, all you have to do is leave a comment here telling me:

“What do you do to make your period nicer?”

 

Also, please make sure that you leave an email address with your comment. I need to be able to get in touch with you if you win.

 

The winner will be drawn on Monday the 17th of November.  I will notify the winner via email.

 

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about the Lunette Cup or my experience with this product.  I would be happy to answer your questions.

 

Good luck and best wishes!

 

 

 

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Style.

Cowabunga dudes!  Today I’m taking a bit of style inspiration from my favourite crime-fighting quartet: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  These four rad guys were dramatically different, from their personalities to their training styles.  In spite of their differences, they also had a lot in common: they all adored pizza, they all liked hanging out with ladies in yellow jumpsuits and they all banded together as a family.

I was inspired to put together an outfit for each of the turtles, which all had common elements running through them.  I tried hard to capture each turtles’ personality while still keeping a sense of continuity in this collection of outfits.  Each outfit features the colour green, as well as a hidden turtle.

Leonardo

Leonardo leads.

 

Leonardo is the leader, so I wanted an outfit that exuded power.  I decided to look to the 80′s for ideas, as this was the era when the Turtles were created.  The 80′s Power Dressing trend seemed the perfect way to capture Leo’s strength and poise.  Deep shades of blue and classic accessories are accented with a crisp blazer and perfectly manicured fingernails.  You’d certainly look like a leader in this ensemble.

Donatello

Donatello Does Machines.

 

Donatello’s outfit is pure geek chic.  Futuristic fabrics hint at his love of science fiction, but are tempered with chunky knitwear and casual shoes.  A big backpack is a must for lugging around all your nerdy gadgets.  No nerd should be without a pair of funky glasses, and I think that Donatello would approve of this purple pair.  Finish off the outfit with some knit socks and a cyber-style watch.

Raphael.

Cool but rude

 

Rough and tough, Raphael’s outfit has a punky edge to it.  The ripped tights, Dr Martens boots and bold tartan add a rebellious flavour to this ensemble.  Accessorise with tough studs and knuckle rings for maximum impact.  Don’t forget to add a slogan tee with a biting message: you may be cool, but you’re also rude.

Michaelangelo.

 

Party Dude

 

Mikey’s laid-back attitude comes across in this outfit.  From the flowy fabrics to the bohemian accessories, this ensemble has a super-chilled vibe to it.  The surfer beannie and bright sunglasses are perfect for masking bed-hair and droopy eyes when you’ve had a big night out, while the sandals add a sprinkling of surfer-chic style.
Who is your favourite turtle?  Which one of these outfits do you think suits your personality?

Things I Love Thursday 6/11/2014

Um, hang on a minute.  Before we jump into Things I Love Thursday, can we just pause for a moment.  How on earth is it November already? !  Where has 2014 gone.  I feel like I just took my Christmas tree down and now we’re already in the thick of November.  What the what?!

OK, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, lets move on.

This week I love:

- Steering into the skid.  I’ve just started taken anti-depressants again and I’ve been quite unwell with some side effects.  I know that things will settle down, but this week I’ve felt terrible.  So instead of trying to push myself to work hard and be super productive I gave myself a couple of days off to recover.  I indulged in some reading, watched some of my favourite feel-good films and napped a whole lot.  Now I’m feeling so much better for it.

- This post from Mia about her experience with anti-depressants.  So often, the only information about anti-depressants is overwhelmingly negative.  In reality, anti-depressants can be a very valuable tool to help people suffering from mental illness to recover and cope with their condition.  This post is well-written and it was so brave of Mia to share here experience so openly.

-Dog-sitting for my parents.  My mum and dad went away to Sydney for a week and I looked after their gorgeous dog Brodie while they were gone.  Mr Brodie is such a special creature.  He is so loving and happy and he was incredibly well-behaved while my parents were away.  It was a pleasure to take care of him.

It is also very difficult to get photos of Brodie because he doesn’t like to sit still!

- Our new library.  Benalla has a brand new library building and it looks incredible.  It’s so beautifully laid-out and there are loads of new materials to check out.  I love it.

- Watching Amelie.

- Scented candles that smell like cake.

-Adding new items to my etsy store, like this Cunning Hat, inspired by the TV series Firefly.  “A man walks down the street in that hat, and you know he’s not afraid of anything”.

- The Walking Dead.  I’ve been OD-ing on it lately.

- Phone calls and texts from friends to check that I’m OK.  I feel so blessed to have such amazing friends who support me and pull me through when I’m struggling.  There are no words to express how much those little messages and calls lift my spirits.

- Finding and applying for jobs that would be great for me.

- Melbourne Cup Day.  It’s the one day of the year when I gamble and it’s always good fun.

- Listening to the rain while I’m on the couch with my book.

What do you love, sweetheart?  Leave your list in the comments and enjoy the rest of your week.