Eyebrow Styling

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I was gifted these awesome beauty products, from QVS, to style my eyebrows with the help of this fantastic video tutorial by QVS and UBU!

Eyebrows done well can really bring out your features. Keep them close to natural as possible, with a nice shape. My advice is to not over-tweeze and don’t overstate the shape of the brow.

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Once or twice a year I’ll go to a beautician to get my eyebrows shaped, and the rest of the year I do them myself. To get the perfect brow, with my own little tiny eyebrow scissors, I trim the longer hairs up the top, and pluck the rest. No wax involved. It’s actually not that hard to do, and this video provides some great tips and tricks, that are really helpful.

Most recently I followed the instructions in the video, using the In-Style tweezers, and they are seriously really good! Easy to use and far more accurate when aiming!

Thanks to the video tutorial, and the QVS angled brush, I now use brown eye shadow to fill in my eyebrows, and it lasts all day.

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The items mentioned were a gift from QVS. As always, the content & opinions expressed here are entirely my own and I bring to you only the best products and experiences.

Curl Curl, Northern Sydney

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Tim and I like to explore and find dog friendly areas for Alby where he can play and socialise with other dogs, and where we can also enjoy the surrounding scenery and atmosphere. The Warringah area has quite a few off leash spots for dogs, which is really great to see. 🐶 Click here to find out more.

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A beautiful doggie park just off Curl Curl Lagoon. Such amazing views of the surrounding residential areas. This park is really green and natural, with tiny little hills. Alby had a blast!

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Curl Curl Lagoon where doggies are allowed off the leash.  Not sure I’d let Alby into the water though, as it may be contaminated. But it’s a nice spot to run on the sand, throw the ball around and socialise.

The Sydney Girl Guide to Greece!

Mykonos

I’ve been to Mykonos twice, and it’s my absolute favourite island in Greece. The best part about it, is that you can explore so many beautiful parts of the island on a quad bike. It is such a wonderful adventure. The beaches are spectacular. The view of the sea. The rocky, brown, sandy mountains. You can visit a secluded beach, for some peace and solitude, or a lively one for a party atmosphere. Read and see more about my time at the awesome island of Mykonos.

Santorini

Santorini is a breath of fresh air. Bright, luminous, beautiful. It fills your heart up with warmth. In every glimpse, you’ll find a picture perfect moment. I could not stop snapping away with my camera. Read and see more about my trip to Santorini.

Nafplio

I’ve been to this gorgeous place twice. And each time, it was filled with surprises. There are so many places to visit. I was lucky to have some wonderful people, my exes parents, take me around to explore this wonderful place. Read and see more about my adventures in Nafplio.

Spetses

I’ve also been here twice. I feel so grateful to have spent so much time in such magical places. Princess Diana loved Spetses, and so did I. This place makes you feel like a princess. There are no cars on this small island. Just horse and carriages, and buses to take people on tours of the island. Read and see more on my time in Spetses.

Kefalonia

It was exciting to explore this island, because I read the book ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, which was set in the island of Kefalonia. What I love about Greece, is each of it’s islands are unique. This island was very green compared to the others I’ve been to. Gorgeous flowers, amongst huge, pretty homes. There was a beach which reminded me of the beaches here in Sydney. It had waves, unlike many of the beaches in Greece. Read and see more of the beautiful island Kefalonia.

Hydra

I didn’t spend much time on this island. It was a stop off just before Spetses. I still managed to take lots of photos. Again, this island felt very different to the others I’ve been to. Read and see more about Hydra.

Thin Tea!

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How cute is this tea strainer!!! It really makes drinking tea a pleasure. 🌺

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I’ve just started using Thin Tea’s 28 Day Detox and Fat Burning blends of tea, which are full of natural ingredients! 💖 In 28 days I’ll give you an update on how it made me feel!

You can order the strainer and variety of tea blends online at thintea.com.au, which includes free shipping to Sydney, Australia and world wide! #gifted #tea #digestion #health

 

Work Outfit

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🌸 After decluttering my wardrobe, which I spoke about here, I pick out and purchase new clothes and accessories very carefully. I’ve chosen to stick to neutral colours, as they usually get the most wear. I’m coveting long skirts at the moment, and found this awesome skirt for $40 only at a cute clothing store in Central, Sydney (where the tunnel is, next to oportos). These heels arrived yesterday, I purchased them off ASOS au, and I’m really loving them! ❤ I’ve never been let down by shoes from ASOS. I find they are always true to size. Nope, this is not a sponsored post. I just love ASOS. Heels which tie up around my ankle, I find,  give me the best support. So comfortable! And you can’t go wrong with block heels. They don’t get annoyingly stuck in holes and ruined like stilettos. Although, that won’t ever stop me from buying stilettos! For those of you who are curious, I work in an office environment! Which I’m grateful for, because I get to dress up every day! 😄

Fresh Flowers

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If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know just how much I adore flowers! Aren’t these flowers absolutely gorgeous? They were a surprise thanks to Fresh Flowers at FreshFlowers.com.au! I ordered the ‘Florist Pick‘ on their website, to be delivered yesterday (they have a same day delivery service), and I was very impressed. A lovely florist creates a unique bouquet inspired by the season’s best flowers, which makes up the ‘Florist Pick’.

It arrives with an envelope attached, enclosed is the chosen card, and flower food to pour into the water and make your gorgeous bouquet of flowers last longer. Isn’t the wrapping pretty?!

Ordering online is pretty easy. I found it was very simple, which makes the transaction straightforward, especially for those who might be in a rush! I used my PayPal, which always makes purchasing online easier. I’m never able to remember my card numbers! Fresh Flowers delivers flowers to Sydney and most areas in Australia – capital cities, territories, metropolitan and regional areas. The delivery guy was very nice on the phone and he called before approaching my place to check I was home. What I think is great, is if the person you buy flowers for is not home, you can elect for them to come back again the next day (with additional cost), or leave the flowers at the door.

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Flowers range from $29.95, and there are a variety of types to choose from. I believe it’s affordable for someone like me who has a mortgage and needs to keep a budget.

I will definitely order from Fresh Flowers in future, as I was impressed with the service and the quality of flowers.

I was sponsored by Fresh Flowers to share my experience ordering these flowers. As always, the content & opinions expressed here are entirely my own and I bring to you only the best products and experiences.

Updated: The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney

This place is a must go! #beautiful #Sydney

APRIL 2015

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Just amazed at the layout of this place. I’m sure they must employ a full time gardener. The plants are pristine and so well placed. There’s an animal penn, with a pig, goat, chickens and ducks. On the weekends, small stands with things like fresh cinnamon donuts and fresh flowers. There’s a roast coffee section, and restaurant section. It was so busy but we got a table quite quickly.

The food was delicious, both times I’ve been and reasonably priced. Drinks are yummy too.

If you enjoy well designed, beautifully set out cafés and restaurants, you definitely need to check out the Grounds of Alexandria.

AUGUST 2015

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Here we are again at The Grounds. We always enjoy the beautiful atmosphere, great food and cocktails.

NOV 2015

 

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FEB 2016

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Carnival Cruise to New Caledonia

Cruises. I had never been on one before, but was always curious. Those large ships pulling into Circular Quay, Sydney, always fascinated me. And finally this time, the one I saw sitting so beautifully next to the Harbour Bridge, I would be taking a wonderful adventure on.

The Carnival Spirit. The feeling of excitement, I can’t explain. Leading up to a trip always feels so surreal, but on the day, it suddenly hits home, and I’m filled with exhilaration. Tim and I took a train in with our luggage, which was so easy once we got there, we just walked to the overseas passenger terminal. The weather was glorious. Circular Quay was buzzing. Our city is magnificent.

Excited much? ;P Obligatory selfies to capture the moment of excitement on the balcony of our room, which we were very impressed with!

 

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Not the best photo, but gliding out from Circular Quay, out of the Harbour, was exactly that – magnificent. The view I saw of the city, one I’d never seen before at night, blew me away. Wow. Wish I had a photo, but was so caught in the moment.

After 2 days of cruising we arrived at the very pretty Isle of Pines.

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The water was many shades of blue, which I always find inviting. And despite the chill of the water, I had to take a dip. It took me a while to build the courage, but once I was in it was absolutely refreshing. It reminded me of my time in the Mediterranean Sea. So tranquil. We also went to Noumea, but that wasn’t my cup of tea, and we were unlucky with the weather, so I was really glad we got to spend a day enjoying the sunshine at the Isle of Pines.

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We were very impressed with our room, and balcony on Deck 8 of the ship. Enough room fora lounge, king size bed which was so incredibly comfortable that upon our return we’ve bought a new king size bed, hoping to replicate the one on board. The room also had lots of closet space, a reasonably sized bathroom, a mini fridge with refreshments and a TV. Our room was cleaned twice a day, which I also thought was pretty impressive.

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Food overload! It was absolutely amazing food. Most of these shots were taken in the Empire Room. Such fantastic service, and delicious food to choose from.

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We often had our breakfast and lunch in the Adults Only area, Serenity. No kiddies running around, for those of us who love our peace and quiet 😉 What I enjoyed most about the cruise, is that the food, entertainment and accommodation is all inclusive. We mostly paid for cocktails ($10.50) and special dates at the Noveau restaurant. Tim enjoyed duty free shopping and scored himself a really nice watch.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. The staff on the cruise were so friendly and welcoming, which truly makes a difference. I would definitely go on another cruise again!

The holiday begins!

20150727_091150Here I am sitting in the adults only area, rightly named ‘Serenity’, enjoying the sunshine by the pool, and sipping on a cocktail. Bliss. On a holiday, give me a book, peace and quiet, good food, cocktails and if possible, some sunshine, and I’ll be a happy little vegemite. Solitude.

The cruise to New Caledonia was a new adventure. I had never been on a cruise before. It was out of my comfort zone and different to the holiday experience I’m used to. I welcome new experiences, and this one was exciting. Cruising across the sea to a new country in a huge cruise ship. Ticked that one off the list, and would definitely do it again.