Sunday, 7 February 2016

3 Ways to Keep Crop Tops Current in 2016

Now fashion this summer seems to be all about the bright colours, bold prints and denim. I feel like denim is back in such a big way. So are corporate cuts. Think culottes, sleeveless coats and shirts. You can absolutely keep crop tops in your wardrobe and this is how you do it.

Photo from Song of Style

Go bold. I dare you. Pick up something unusual and pair it with something that doesn't adhere to the traditional rules. Go bold, go loud and rock it. 

But I get it, bold prints are scary. So maybe go for a super bold crop top and some mom jeans (a la the late 80's) if you're a little afraid of pairing prints.

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Photo from Gary Pepper

Black and white is always in style and gingham has made a total comeback. Give your crop top an update by throwing back to the classic, retro style. Nicole from Gary Pepper nails it with this adorable combo. Keep your look classy by pairing with simple accessories and a longer skirt.

Photo from Samantha Maria

Hello culottes! If you haven't heard the term before, it refers to a cropped, wide leg trouser that is generally higher waisted. They are also perfect for crop tops. Particularly if you don't want to show too much skin. Samantha does this look amazing as a casual day outfit but change up the shoes and bag and you have a night out outfit. Or swap the leather jacket for a blazer and wear it to work. 

What's your favourite way to wear a crop top? 
Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Top 3 Blushes




Hello Lovelies! 

I thought that I would share my favourite blushes of the moment. So from top to bottom, here we go! 

1. Physicians Formula - Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose

I'm not sure about the mood boosting claims of this but it does give a soft subtle glow that gives you a beautiful, naturally flushed appearance. I really like this for days when I don't want to wear much makeup.

2. Kiko - Sun Bronzing Blush in 103 Mariachi Pink

I love this so much. It is perfect for travel as it can be used separately as a blush, highlight and bronzer. You can also mix up the shade you use, making it darker, lighter or pinker. When all three are mixed together this is a warm, summery blush.

3. Sleek - Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Light

This is actually the blush I wear most days. It is so similar to NARS Orgasm, but much more affordable. It's beautiful and quite shimmery. Such a perfect colour, in my opinion, because of the warm, gold flecks.

Please let me know what your favourite blushes are! 
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sugar-free and Dairy-free Chocolate!


 Hello lovelies!

This is my favourite 'naughty' treat. It's easy to make, it's relatively healthy and it is delicious! I based this off of this Lorna Jane MNB recipe and to be honest, it's still really similar, just with some tweaks. I also double their recipe as we eat it so fast! This is a very dark tasting chocolate, so I warn you that if you're used to Cadbury's Dairy Milk, you might find this difficult to get used to. It's really rich and you can't eat a lot of it. However, it's such a good chocolately hit that gives you a good burst of good fats and nutrients! It's perfect as a little treat that you do not have to feel guilty about.

It's also a really adaptable recipe, and from my experience, lends well to experimentation. You can add in more nuts or dried fruits or anything you like to make it more of a chocolatey snack bar or leave ingredients out (or increase the chocolately part!) to make it more like a sumptuous chocolate.

The recipe calls for coconut butter and I make my own in my food processor but I have to say that the process is tedious. It's a lot less expensive but it takes a really long time and doesn't get nearly as smooth either. So I'll leave this part up to your choice, keep in mind that it costs about $12 a jar or about $6kg for desiccated coconut!


What you need:


  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Butter 
  • 2 cups Cacao Powder
  • 2 tbsp Rice Malt Syrup (I use this as it's fructose free but any sticky sweet syrup will do) 
  • 2 cups puffed grains (MNB recipe calls for quinoa puffs but these are pricy, so I use whatever I find. I really like mixed puff grains for the variety but I couldn't find them this time. Puffed rice is the easiest, and cheapest to find) 
  • 1 cup Pistachios 
  • Pinch of salt


Now this is the easiest recipe ever. Put a pot on low heat and add the coconut oil and coconut butter. Mix until they are melty and combined. Be careful not to overheat the mixture as it can go weird. If you're finding the pot is getting too hot just turn off the heat off. Sift in the cacao powder in smallish batches, mixing to combine before adding more. Once all is added and combined, turn the heat off (if you haven't already). Mix through the Rice malt syrup well and then stir through the remaining ingredients. 

Place baking paper of your container of choice, I usually use some kind of baking tray if I feel like thinner slices but it works really well as a thick bar if you use something like a cake tin or a plastic container. Place in the fridge or freezer and let set hard, usually overnight. Once hard, cut up the chocolate into little squares, it usually starts to split apart once you start slicing. 




I usually keep ours in the freezer and I can't tell you how long it lasts because it honestly doesn't last long in our house at all! It does melt very quickly so if you are considering taking to serve somewhere, make sure you can keep it as cold as possible. 


I love this recipe! It's so yummy and I think it just looks amazing. I love the pop of colour from the pistachios. Let me know what you think if you make it and if you altered this recipe at all!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

5 House Hunting Tips

I've moved a lot in my life. I can't say that I enjoyed it either. You get settled into a place, buy furniture that works perfectly in the space your in, and you get used to the local conveniences. Sometimes you can't do much about it though and when you gotta go, you gotta go. So here's my top tips on making the big move.



1. Write lists. What areas would you like to live in? What do you consider as the most important things to have in your local area? What are your priorities for your new place? Pros and cons of your last place? Have a clear picture of what you want and what you need and prioritise. Is it worth having a ginormous bath when it takes you over an hour to get to work? Would you rather have a large park nearby or a short walk to the local supermarket? You aren't going to get absolutely everything you want so make sure you get the most important things, and everything else is a bonus!

2. Budget! Just as it's important not to overspend, it's important not to underspend. There's no point moving into a place you don't enjoy being in just so you can buy a couple extra beers out with your friends.

3. Explore the area. When you go see a place, have a wander around. If you take public transport regularly, see how long it takes you to get to the closest stop. Have a look at what your local shops are like. If you don't like your local area, you aren't going to be happy in your new place.

4. Consider down sizing. Take this opportunity to get rid of extra stuff and consider the space you're moving into. If you move into a bigger space, you will accumulate more. Is this something that you do or do not want?

5. Trust your feels. It doesn't matter how much a place ticks your boxes, if you don't get the happy feels from it, you won't enjoy living there. You have got to love the space you're in.

I'm sure this is pretty obvious advice but hopefully I've helped somewhat. What advice did I miss out on?
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

ShopSpring Summer Wishlist!

Hello Lovelies!!

As I mentioned in this post I've been curating a little summer wishlist. I'm really trying to keep my wardrobe to a minimum and choose pieces that are versatile. Shopspring.com are an online retailer who are planning to expand to Australia soon! I'm not kidding when I say that I spent hours scrolling through their website. They have an incredible range of products from loads of different brands and recently launched a cool accessories section.




Love this top! It seems so comfy and easy to wear. Something you can dress up or down and for summer or winter. 



2. Urban Outfitters - Out From Under Strappy Back Halter Bra

These types of bras are so good! I love this one as it has just a really simple thin back strap and three thin straps through the middle. I would definitely get this in both black and white.



3.ADIDAS Originals - Low-tops

We all know that the classic ADIDAS sneakers are in again. Well, I want a pair. I love them, particularly when paired with mom jeans!



4. Vitamin A - 007 Scuba Wrap Top in Black NeoLux™ + Tatiana Hipster in Black NeoLux™

This bikini is simple, cute and just a little bit different.



5. Kempton & Co. - White and Silver Pouch

I love this cute little pouch. I love using them as clutch bags on nights out or casual days.



6. Urban Outfitters - Silence + Noise Tie Waist Short

This shorts are adorable!! They seem so versatile and just a great wardrobe basic.



7. Matisse - FRESHMAN | NATURAL

Now, it's taken me a long time for me to warm up to this style of shoes. I still have some doubts about them but these shoes are just really cute! I love the colour and I'm not a big sandal wearer, so these are a good alternative.



8. Daniel Wellington - 'Classic Sheffield' Rose Gold Watch, 36 mm

I don't think this needs explaining. This watch is simply beautiful.



9. StyleSaint - Silk Sophie Shell- Black

Again, simply beautiful and very versatile.



10. Urban Outfitters - Kimchi Blue Francesca Fit + Flare Dress

I think we can now establish that I really like products from Urban Outfitters. This dress just seems so comfy and easy to wear. However, I do feel like I could get a lot of use out of this dress as I can style it to suit different occasions.


What's on your summer wishlist?
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Smashbox - Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Smashbox - Photo Op Under Eye Brightener - $28/7ml
Hello! 

Do you have big, baggy, tired and dark under eye areas? Than this is the one for you! Haha, enough with the cheese, but seriously this works so well! However, and there is a but here, I am a little disappointed with this product. Only because I bought it on recommendation to help combat creasing, and it doesn't really do that. I have done my make up with this on only one eye to see the difference and results were favourable overall though (and I should have photographed it for proof!). It definitely brightens up the under eye area and helps concealer/foundation stay put for longer, but there's minimal difference to creasing under the eyes. 




The formula is kind of like a really lightweight concealer. It's not overly noticeable on it's own which also makes it perfect for no make up days. Through my experimentation with the product I find it works the best over primer but under foundation. Just try not to swipe your foundation over the eye area as you will disperse the product, rendering it less effective. Tap the foundation over the top (I find fingers/beauty blender works wonders for blending but a brush works well too), and if you need extra help, tap your concealer on over the top of that too. If you have particularly dark under eyes, you may need more of an orange based concealer to neutralise the blue tint further.

In my opinion, the $28 price tag is pretty reasonable. There's still loads of product left and I bought this maybe 2-3 months ago. I don't wear it everyday but I do wear it most days of the week. You only need the smallest amount! I really like this product and definitely would purchase again. Still, I would like to try some different products as I'm really on the hunt to find something to stop my concealer creasing! Any suggestions?

In terms of Smashbox's cruelty free stance, they are against animal testing and don't sell in China. However, they are owned by Estée Lauder who do test on animals, it's a difficult line to draw. My stance is that I will purchase from them occasionally, but not on the regular.

What's your best trick to hide dark circles?

Thanks for Reading!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Top 3 Teas



If you know me, you know I love my hot drinks. Coffee will always be #1 in my life but tea is just so good. I recently bought some new canisters from T2 as they had these beautiful limited edition patterns in just before Christmas. They are just so beautiful that I had to focus on them in a blog post at some point! So, here are my top 3 teas!



Melbourne Breakfast from T2 is my all time favourite. It has to be present in the house at all times. It’s like a classic English Breakfast but with a hint of vanilla and honey. It’s sweet but refreshing and is just delicious! I drink my tea black usually but if you feel like a sweet treat, this is delicious with vanilla almond milk too!



Any kind of rose flavoured tea tickles my fancy. The T2 Just Rose is literally just rose buds. It’s amazing! However, my ultimate rose tea over the last few years has actually been Dilmah’s Rose with French Vanilla. It has a black tea base and is deliciously sweet! It definitely can be a replacement for dessert. Again, I love it just black but it’s amazingly rich and flavourful with some vanilla or plain almond milk.



Green teas are something I don’t always reach for but absolutely love to drink. My favourite is just a simple jasmine green tea. They are just so fragrant and warming. I do have to give T2’s Sencha Mango a massive shout out here though. It is a delicious summer tea as it’s fruity, fresh and can be served hot or cold.

If you noticed a theme, I love vanilla. I know that’s kind of basic, but I just think its delicious! I don’t always reach for these sweeter teas either. I love a good old Earl Grey, and it would probably be fourth on my list, had I extended it to four. I just wanted to showcase the absolute show stoppers. The ones that had me from first sip.

Now, all this talk of tea has made me want one. What’s your favourite tea?


Thanks for reading!