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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my favourite internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

\\  The smell of these DIY rosemary mint bath salts would be amazing!  //
\\  These heart shaped pop tarts are giving me all of the feels.  //
\\  This DIY pom pom scarf seems so simple to make, yet looks so chic.  //
\\  How cool would a (faux for me) DIY lucky butterfly cloche display look in your house?!  //
\\  Baked cinnamon crème brulee French toast with raspberry preserves. Need I say more?  //
\\  Where have champagne caramel rice krispie treats been all my life?  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

December 2017 Look Back and January 2018 Goals

Not to be confused with New Year's resolutions (you can see those here). I like to set myself small, attainable goals each month in addition to big honking resolutions. I feel that this process is far more effective in helping me to get shit done and maximising my year overall.

ALSO! New year, new graphic. Hooray!

A look back at December's goals:

Spend less money
"I've spent a lot of money that I shouldn't have over the past couple of months. Oops. With my Christmas shopping finished (I KNOW! I've never been so organized!), I have every intention of reining in my spending, even though there are SO MANY things that I want to buy for myself. #TreatYoself."
Cross: In hindsight, this probably wasn't the best goal to have over the festive season. This was a fail x1,000.

Get to the gym at least three times a week
"I keep setting fitness goals and I keep falling short. December is always the month that I fall off of the fitness train hard, with all the festivities and all. I want this month to be as healthy as it can be, giving me a head start on the new year. Hitting the gym three times a week isn't as often as the four times that I used to commit to, but I think three is realistic over the holiday season."
Cross: I did so well at the beginning of the month.. then along came the lead up to Christmas and it all fell apart.

Visit the city at night
"Perth city is quite magical on a December night; they've put up big, beautiful Christmas light installations, organize free entertainment and events, and of course, the night markets. It's so easy to get in to the Christmas spirit after a stroll through the city on a warm night."
Cross: We never got around (or could be bothered) to heading in to the city for the festivities. Sigh. Maybe this year.

"I never was one to really get in to the Christmas spirit. I like Christmas and all, but I've never bought in to the pre-Christmas hype. This year, being the first Christmas living out of home, I think that it's time we made out our little traditions. It might be fun to make a night of putting up the tree, decorating the house, wrapping presents and drinking eggnog. Throw a post-decorating Christmas movie (The Grinch, obviously) and you're set."
Tick: We put up a tree, I made eggnog, I wrapped presents, we watched The Grinch. It was the most Christmas-y that I have ever been.

Bake something sweet
"I have been craving baked apple for weeks now and in the name of cozy Christmas spirit, I think I'd like to make a baked apple-something myself. I'm thinking something like this, or this. Or I could get fancy with this one. I love the way the house smells when I bake, and it would be perfect to snack on as we're doing our Christmas decorating!"
Tick: This one was fun! I made an apple pie/tart/thing and Jesse and I gobbled it all up in about 3 minutes flat.

Goals for January:

Book a holiday
One of my New Year's resolutions was to travel so I'd like to get the ball rolling and ensure that it happens by booking flights and accommodation this month. Jesse and I didn't get a holiday last year, or the year before come to think of it, and I've been craving a holiday for so long now. The Plan is to visit The Whitsundays, which is actually an item (as is seeing The Great Barrier Reef) on my lifetime bucket list - ka-ching times three.

Use MyFitnessPal for all food input
Rewind a year-or-so ago, I was using MyFitnessPal religiously and guess what?! I saw results. Shocker. I eventually grew tired of the tedious process of entering every single thing I ate and lapsed in to not using it. Queue the weight gain... Re-gain? I'd definitely like to get back in to the habit of inputting my meals and snacks in to MyFitnessPal. It's annoying, but it works.

Get back to the gym
Another of my resolutions is to lose 10kg before January 2019. It's a slow process so I'm starting as early as possible. Easing back in to the gym after a week or two off is probably the best way to go. Aiming for my regular 4 times a week may be asking too much this month so if I can get there at least twice a week, three times ideally, I'll be happy.

Meet the neighbours
I'm one of those super awkward, super shy neighbours who will pretend that they don't see you until you call out "hi" to me (hello, social anxiety), and apparently, so is the rest of the street. We've been in our house close to 5 months now and I've not communicated with any of the people who live around me other than the nice old man across the road. Rather than keeping my head down and pretending that they don't exist when the neighbours just so happen to be outside when I am, I'm aiming to say hello every time. Shudder.

What are you hoping to achieve this month (or year)?

Monday, January 8, 2018

December 2017 Beauty Favourites

I've had time to play around with this and although it's marketed as being able to be used as a setting spray, I probably wouldn't recommend using it as such. It leaves behind a tacky feel to the skin which isn't really what you want on top of your make-up. It is because of this tacky finish that this makes an awesome primer. A couple of spritzes and my dry skin feels smooth, soft and hydrated and my make-up glides over this base wonderfully. Because it is full of skin loving and repairing ingredients, I also enjoy a light misting as a mid-day pick-me-up on no, or barely any, make-up days. Plus, the smell! Light, coconut-ty goodness.

Two: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in 'Dim Infusion'
The quality of Hourglass blushes are amazing! The powder is very finely milled - I love how smooth and silky it feels, while still remaining incredibly pigmented. I already had 'Diffused Heat' (a more pink hue) in my collection but I was after something a little more subtle, so I picked up 'Dim Infusion' in a recent haul. It is a lovely muted coral colour that compliments my blue eyes beautifully. It also has a luminescent finish, giving off a beautifully soft, gentle glow without being glittery.

I loved using these over the holiday season! Their sparkly goodness were perfect for festive eye looks. I have 'Kitten Karma' (a warm champagne with silver copper sparkle) and 'Molten Midnight' (black with gold and silver sparkle)  and I've put a handful of other colours in my cart for my next MECCA shop. It's so easy to create beautiful glittery eye looks with these babies - the formula glides on with minimal effort, blends and spreads easily and does not transfer or have any fallout when dry. The colour payoff and overall effect is absolutely stunning.

The Gigi Hadid collection launched here in Australia at the start of December and although I'm not such a fan of a liquid eyeliner, it was love at first swipe. In all honesty, all liquid eyeliners basically seemed pretty much the same to me.. until I tried this one. It's so pigmented and dark. The applicator shape makes it very easy to apply and create a nice, sharp wing, especially if you're a bit of a noob like myself - it's quite thin and flexible. The rest of the collection is a bit of a "meh" if you ask me but this eye liner is a damn good one.

Five: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in 'Flirtation'
I have a few shades in my collection but I've really been reaching for 'Flirtation' lately. It's a gorgeous coral-y pink that is super flattering on me. The formula of this "lipcolor" is more like a lip gloss in my opinion (although they don't technically say that this is a lipstick so maybe it's my bad for assuming it was). Despite the name, it definitely is not matte but it is very pigmented and smells amazing. It is also so comfortable to wear! I honestly feel as though it hydrates my lips even though it doesn't claim to. The tube is huge, too, which is always a good thing.

What products have you been loving lately?

As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

\\ I need me a red wine hot chocolate.. with homemade whipped cream, too!  //
\\  How pretty is this DIY floral gold leaf backdrop?!  //
\\  These disco ball cupcakes are so funky. Was that technically a pun? Soznotsoz.  //
\\  My weekend brunch menu is decided with this blueberry doughnut French toast bake.  //
\\  I can't get over how cute this DIY sushi roll pillow is.  //
\\  I need to fill my house with all the DIY snowy mason jar fairy lights.  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

This Time Next Year..

Happy new year, all!

I'm all for a fresh start, but I've never really been one for the New Year's resolution thing. I've always been a firm believer in setting small, attainable goals. I feel it is far more effective than setting big, honking resolutions. Nonetheless, I enjoy taking a step back at this time of year and reflecting on the months that have passed, using the quiet time between Boxing Day and New Years Eve to make plans for the year ahead.

Last year was a bit of a strange one. If I'm honest, I feel as though it was a sort of "filler" year for me. I mean, did I really even achieve anything? Sure, there was that one pretty cool thing that happened, but I guess that 2017 just didn't end up being what I thought it would be. I don't know, I guess I just feel like the year just flew by and I didn't stop to take it all in, or make it worthwhile.. I didn't find my dream job after completing my course, I sure as hell didn't lose those kilos I'd gained; I just don't think that I worked towards anything.

Perhaps the house (rightfully) took all of my focus in 2017. I do have the tendency to be far too hard on myself, which is no mindset to be in if you're looking for a "fresh start" which, I guess, I am. It's time for a positive mindset coming in to 2018:

Photo features of a handful of my favourite instagram posts last year.

This time next year.. I want to be 10kg lighter

Self control when it comes to my diet and lack of motivation to properly work out have been my two demons for as long as I can remember. I started taking my fitness seriously back in 2015 - I had a routine, I watched my food intake and I saw results.. I've more than lapsed since then. 2017 was possibly the worst year for me health and fitness wise and guess what? My body shows it (surprise, surprise). This year, I want to stick to my set gym days as best as I can. I'm determined to show better self-control when it comes to junky foods and monitor what I eat a bit more strictly. I've done it before, I can do it again.

This time next year.. I want the house to feel like home
Okay, it's not that our house doesn't feel like "home", as such, it just feels so.. impersonal. There are no kick-knacks displayed or photos on the wall or décor pieces to give it that warm touch; It's just... furniture. These things take time, especially considering we started from scratch but I'm excited slowly put more and more of a personal touch on the house throughout the year.

This time next year.. I want to be employed in an events coordination space
I'm going to make 2018 the year that I properly focus on pursing my event planning dreams. I've been stuck in this same routine for the same seven years and after obtaining my Diploma of Events, I am sooo ready for a (dream) career change. This year I want to really work towards a career in event management.

This time next year.. I want to travel
Jesse and I didn't get a holiday last year, or the year before come to think of it. This year, I'd like to make plans to get away, just the two of us. Interstate at the least. Taking the time to relax together and have the stresses of work melt away would be more than wonderful and I think it's just what we need.

I have 12 months to make something of this year. A few small steps each day is all I need to make things happen. If I just stay inspired, remember my "why" and not lose heart, there's no reason why 2018 can't be everything I want it to be.

What are you hoping for in 2018?

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Huge, Christmas-sy Friday Finds

Here are a few (more than usual) of my (Christmas-sy) finds (and loves) from over the past week (brackets high score):

\\  How fresh would this mandarin wreath look hanging on your door?  //
\\  Make-your-own swan stocking: Queue Billy Madison "STOP LOOKING AT ME, SWAN!"  //
\\  I really, really like this upcycled eos lip balm ornament.  //
\\  SO much yes to these eggnog jell-o shots!  //
\\  This giant peppermint candy cake would be a perfect Christmas dinner dessert.  //
\\  How cute is this no sew DIY glitter star tree skirt?!  //

\\  Can we please talk about how cute these funfetti reindeer cookie sandwiches are?  //
\\  These gingerbread snowglobe place settings are so cool!  //
\\  I'm too unco to make something this good, but look at these DIY holiday light pillows!  //
\\  My mum would appreciate these DIY reindeer wine labels.  //
\\  Ooooh, I could eat all of the eggnog frosted chai snickerdoodle snowmen.  //
\\  A gingerbread present stack would be so cute as an edible table centrepiece.  //

Happy Friday! I that hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

How to Unwind on Christmas Eve

As magical as the lead up to Christmas is, December is also a stressful month. Probably the most stressful. By the time Christmas Eve comes around, I'm pretty much spent. That's why I savour the night of the 23rd: It's my chance to let go of all the stresses of the month and relax before all of my preparations come to the glorious head that is Christmas day.

Guys. Hands up who is over the age of 21 and still gets so excited for Christmas that they can't get to sleep the night before? You can bet your ass that my 24 year old hand is raised high. I think about all of the food and the presents and I toss and I turn and I make myself sick with excitement. These are a few of my tried and true methods that I've adapted and perfected over the years to help me relax, unwind and get to sleep that little bit easier on Christmas Eve:

Take A Bath
A little bit of festive pampering is an absolute must and the number one way to have a pamper session, is in the bath. I love to melt in to the warm water and feel all of the stress and tension leech out of me. Light some candles, drop a bath bomb, pour in some bubble bath - go crazy. I absolutely love LUSH bath bombs, especially for Christmas time. Anything with a sweet, yet somewhat spicy scent is perfect for this time of year. Luxury Lush Pud and Golden Wonder are both great Christmassy bombs and the spicy Magic of Christmas is a must for bubbles. Your bathroom is going to smell all kinds of festive.

Of course, no bath is complete without a face mask. My favourite face masks at the moment all also happen to be from LUSH (I swear this post isn't sponsored) I have dry skin so I use Oatifix the most often to add some much needed moisture to my face. Mask of Magnaminty is my favourite to use on congested skin and I just love Cup O' Coffee to exfoliate and brighten.

After a bath, I love to slather on a body lotion before slipping into a fresh pair of (Christmassy) PJ's. LUSH's Sleepy is my absolute favourite lotion as the subtle lavender scent helps to further relax me and help me to drift off to sleep.

Spritz Some Pillow Spray
Pillow, bedding and sleep sprays have risen to popularity seemingly out of nowhere this year. They're so extra if you ask me, but it's always fun to be a little extra every now and then (read: always). The brand This Works does a Deep Sleep Pillow Spray which is lovely. The lavender scent really helps to calm my mind, relax my body and ease my anxiety, helping me to get to sleep faster and more peacefully.

Switch Off
We all have that one overly excited friend or family member who will send out a group "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" message to all of their contacts at a ridiculous time in the morning. It's always either right as you've managed to drift off, or well before the sun is even close to coming up. I don't know about you, but once I've woken in up, it's difficult for me to fall back to sleep. Especially when you've just been reminded that hey! It's Christmas! Turn off your phone, or at least put it on silent an hour or so before bed. Not only will not burning your retinas with the harsh light of your screen help you to get to sleep more peacefully, but it also ensures that you will get a night of uninterrupted sleep.

Love, Actually
This could be any Christmas movie, yes, but Love Actually is my #1 Christmas movie of all time (and should be yours, too. Closely followed by The Grinch). Whatever you end up watching, a funny, heartwarming Christmas themed movie with a cup of (boozy) hot chocolate in hand before bed is always a good thing.

Utilize The Out of Office Feature
There’s a reason that the out-of-office auto-reply feature exists. Use it! I understand that this isn't feasible for all jobs, but for the most case, the work (or blog) related emails can be put on the backburner for at least a couple of days. Most requests can wait and most senders will understand. I don't even check my blog's email account over the holidays; I find that it's practically impossible for me to relax if I do.

Treat Yo'self to a Festive Mani
I adore painting my nails with sparkles over Christmas; I actually like to do it whilst watching Love Actually. I've been using F.U.N. Lacquer's polishes a whole lot lately (how cute is Jingle Bells?!) and this year, I'm thinking of painting my nails a sparkly rose gold/copper shade.

I hope that you all have a very merry Christmas, whatever you do.

As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the products mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I.

Monday, December 18, 2017

An Instagram Round-up

In case you hadn't noticed, it's been a hot minute (read: 6 months!) since I've published a "My Month on Instagram" post and the reason for that would be because I HAVEN'T TAKEN ANY PHOTOS IN ABOUT THAT LONG, which is absolutely shameful. I even ended up setting myself a "post to Instagram" goal last month. Hint: I failed.

Don't get me wrong, I use Instagram every single day. I scroll through my feed religiously. I like photos, I watch stories and I stalk comment but I just don't have any content to publish anymore.

So, I thought I would post the pitiful amount of photos that I did publish over the past 6 months as a last ditch effort to motivate me to get back in to the swing of posting, or even just taking photos to begin with, at least semi-regularly:

 My daily, "work face" products. You can read the full post, tallying up the cost of said face here.

I also did the same with my "night out" (higher end) make-up and skincare too. Full post here for you to judge read.

I was so excited to get this kitchen décor up on the wall when we first moved in to our new house. It added a much needed hit of "life" to our then impersonal house. To this day, I still get a whiff of the coffee beans as I was past.

Perth has an annual event called Kaleidoscope, in which a bunch of light installations and features are set up and free for the public to peruse. This is my favourite shot from the event and it wasn't even a display piece, just an arty lantern, lighting the path.

If you didn't know that I think turmeric lattes are the bees knees, did you even know me at all?

I do enjoy me a good flatlay or two. This particular one showcases all I got in my collective birthday beauty haul.

I'm not one for New Year resolutions, but I'd definitely like to make the effort to be more active on Instagram in 2018.

I love finding pretty new feeds to follow on Instagram; leave your account deets in the comments, or come find me: @christieee__x