Not only does Winter bring the dreaded lurgy, shorter and colder days, and nasty winter wobbles, but the icy cold winds combined with the heavy duty heating cause my lips to chap and peel which is not an attractive look! Because I am sure I’m not the only one suffering, here’s my trick to keeping lips plump and pretty all winter long!
I discovered these DIY lip scrubs on Lauren Conrad’s blog a little while back and must admit I was pleasantly surprised. These are so simple to make and cost next to nothing to produce – in fact you will probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry!
After applying the scrub, I like to follow it up with a thick layer of Lucas’ Pawpaw ointment. I have been using this stuff since before it was cool and I completely stand by it. I always slather it on before going for a run in the colder, windier months to keep chapping at bay.
Now you are pout perfect, what lipstick shade will you be rocking this Winter?
I am currently on the hunt for the perfect casual yet polished pair of sunglasses to add my prescription to. Adding the prescription really narrows down the field in terms of styles. The more the lens curves, the more expensive and the more difficult it is to insert the prescription into the frames seamlessly. The other issue I face is my prescription keeps getting stronger, which means my lenses keep getting thicker.
With all this in mind I have decided to narrow my search down to a classic wayfarer/square like style that’s not too oversized. I tend to be a sucker for a navy or tortoise shell frame, there is something about black that is too harsh against my pale skin. I have made a short list of prescription friendly styles – now I just need to make a decision!
Top: Prada, Marc by Marc Jacobs Middle: Dita, Thierry Lasry, Ray Ban, Kate Spade Bottom: Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Sherrif&Cherry, Cheap Monday
Fun Fact Friday is a new weekly post I am going to be doing where I divulge a fun fact on a certain topic. This idea was leant to me by my husband last week when enlisted him as my official taste tester. I was frantically cooking up a storm in my tiny kitchen prior to my party when I asked him to critique on my caramelised onions. He we smiling from ear to ear and enthusiastically asked me what I had added to the onions to give them that flavour. The answer, my friends, is a clever little trick I have borrowed from my mentor, Mr Heston Blumenthal. In his cookbook “Heston Blumenthal at home” he reveals the secret to amazing flavoured onions is adding star anise. Since reading this little nugget, it has changed my life! It honestly takes onions in form from regular onions to onionlicious (yes I borrowed that from Destiny’s Child – I like to borrow)!
And this is how Fun Fact Friday was conceived. I have many a random trick or tip when it comes to cooking, decorating, beauty and more. They never seem relevant enough to warrant an entire post so this is the perfect forum to share all my quirky facts!
I have decided to start a weekly post on my blog called “My Five Favourite…” where I will choose a subject and share with you my five favourite items in that particular category. This week I am sharing my five favourite blogs with you. I am a sucker for a fashion/lifestyle blog, especially if they showcase cocktails! In no particular order, here are five of my favourite blogs that I regularly draw inspiration from, both for my blog and my personal style:
I love finding new blogs, but these seem to be my “old faithfuls” that I always seem to get drawn to. In fact, it was Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere’s warm and welcoming blog that made me want to start my own space. My best friend, Clair, introduced me to her blog about this time last year and I immediately fell in love with her space.
This past weekend was a long weekend in Sydney – we were celebrating the Queen’s Birthday and my Thirtieth birthday! On Saturday evening, I had a little soiree of sorts with a Gatsby Glamour theme. I had the best night and was so touched with the turnout and the effort everyone put into their outfits for the evening. Everyone looked amazing! Sunday was spent cleaning up and Monday was spent enjoying a light lunch with my Husband followed by an afternoon watching DVDs, snuggled up on the couch – perfection on a cold winter’s day!
Here is an Insta-update from my week that was. Enjoy:
With Autumn now in full swing I can really notice the change in weather. The days are cooler and darker in the morning. Whilst most days are still warm the evenings have a slight chill to the air. I love this time of year, even though I do miss the warmth of Summer and daylight savings, there is something extremely romantic about this cooler, moodier time of year.
For me, Autumn means the addition of a scarf to everyday outfits, warming glasses of red wine enjoyed with slow cooked meals, blankets on the couch and the turning of the leaves. I am really hoping to make it the Mt Tohma gardens in the New South Wales Blue Mountain region. I have wanted to go for years at the beginning of Autumn when the leave start to turn because I hear it’s a spectacular view.
Summer is my lover but Winter holds my heart. Autumn and Spring are always an exciting time, they offer a glimpse of what’s to come. In Spring the days slowly start to get longer, warmer and the smell of freshly cut grass and jasmine perfume the air.
In Autumn the days fade earlier, you start layering up as a crisp air tickles your cheeks. Cool white wine is replaced with a bold warming glass of shiraz and a walk through the park in the dying afternoon sun must be accompanied with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Another bonus to Autumn/Winter is the fashion, there is something so chic with cooler weather clothes – boots, gloves, scarves and a cute little hat. There is nothing like a change of weather to justify the purchase of new wardrobe essentials and a few trend items.
So on that note, I’m off to trawl a few of my favourite online shopping sites!