Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Flight Essentials | American Holiday

I have a pretty relaxed view of flying I’m not one to get flustered or freak out about the whole experience. It’s just something that never really bothered me – I guess I’m one of the lucky ones. Fights can get boring and the longest flight I’ve ever been on was only for 4 hours, so a 14 hour flight to San Francisco from Brisbane is going to be hectic.  San Fran isn’t our only destination there are going to be many other internal America flights & bus trips we have to catch through out the three weeks were in America, so I need to pack enough items to keep me occupied & prepared through out the travel time. I've complied a few tips and thoughts about flying, to give anybody else jet setting off around the globe.

Dressing Down
When you’re in flight for 14 hours wearing something tight and restricting isn’t a good idea – no matter how good you look. It’s good to wear something comfy and loose, in the case you want to catch some Z’s you can get comfortable.  

Jumpers . Doc's & Converse . Loose T-shirts . Boy Friend Jeans . Minimal Jewellery & Makeup

In Flight Beauty
It’s seems to be among general consensus in the beauty blogging community that when it comes to in flight makeup 'less is more'. You see lots of beauty bloggers readily talking about the pain of makeup ‘up keep’ when flying.  Concealer or BB Cream is generally the most I’d wear on a plane and maybe a dust over of my Matter Maker Powder. Then towards the end of the flight (Last 30 minutes) a little mascara when were about to get off the plane.  
The Air Conditioning can cause your skin to become dry and sore, so for my face I use my Green Tea Proactiv Moisturiser. Hand & Arms are left to the job of The Body Shop Strawberry Body Puree Moisturiser which can be bought in a small size (good for travel) and smells divine!  Also from The Body Shop but this time for my lips The Born Lippy in Strawberry (this was the first lip gloss ever bought for me) or Burt's Bee's Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia which is fast becoming my favourite thing to wear on my lips. Tip - before applying any product to your lips rub a tissue firmly over your lips to remove dead skin cells thus exfoliating, this allows your lip product not to flake and retain it's colour for longer.

Garnier BB Cream in Combination to Oily Skin in Light . Maybelline Matte Maker Powder in 10 Classic Ivory . Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara . The Body Shop Strawberry Body Puree Moisturiser. Green Tea Proactiv Face Moisturiser . The Body Shop Born Lippy in Strawberry . Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahila .

Phone Apps 
I have a slight obsessions with game apps developed by King - Diamond Digger Saga, Candy Crush Soda, Bubble Witch 2 and good old Candy Crush. I've sat for hours at a time playing these games and just adore them! They only suck when your lives run out and then you have to wait sometimes 25 minutes for more! First world problems at there finest. Any other cool apps I should download? Preferably ones that will keep my occupied for hours.

Reading Material
I'm currently a quarter way through Chanel By Edmonde Charles-Roux. It's an amazing read, Charles-Roux goes to amazing lengths in the detail of her surroundings and early family life. Perhaps I'll still have some of it to read on my holiday. Otherwise Magazines like Frankie, Yen, Vogue Australia or Britain, Tidal Magazine and Peppermint Magazine - All fabulous reads, of course classics like Vogue never disappoint but I've really been getting into magazines that are written in my local area or have a unique artsy independent vibe. Everyone definitely should go check out Tidal Magazine its written by two great young ladies who graduated from my school a few years ago and are trying to do their part in the support of ocean conservation (an issue close to my heart) - Link to Webpage HERE - Link to Instagram HERE .

Personal Essential
iPod is a must have, to drown out the constant hum of the plane. You can see my latest music post HERE if you'd like to check out what I'm listening to. My entire family also bought a pair of Noise Cancelling Headphones from Officeworks for around 30.0, which is incredibly cheap when you view the others on the market.
My sketch pad and pencil case allows me to write down any ideas for my blog and new clothing pieces I'm designing. I use a watercolour book and a blender marker paper pad which helps with the use of my copic markers.
Mentos or gum in the flavour spearmint. Which it is the best flavour created. Ever.

Hope this gave you some sight into the flight and a few handy tips folks. Leave a comment below if you have any tips of your own or flighting essential you'd recommend.

. Stay Cool .

Friday, December 12, 2014

Adventure Is Out There! | A Gift Guide for the Spontaneous Traveller

'Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.'
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

On the 29th of December i'm heading off to America with the family for a holiday - although my father and myself have now started calling it our 'Big Adventure'.  With lots of other people setting off on travels of their own after the festive season I thought I'd put a little gift guide. Admittedly always after writing a gift guide post my savings seem to take a blow from shopping a little to much, however the impulse buying will have to wait till when I'm in the USA. Hope you enjoy!

. Stay Cool .

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's The Sound Track to My Life | A Blogger's Playlist

Some old and new tracks for you to check out. If I had to have one playlist to listen to for the rest of my life this would be it.

.Circles . By Vanic X Machineheart

. Break The Rules . By Charli XCX

. Last Night . By The Strokes

. Nightmares By The Sea . By Jeff Buckley

. Ways To Go . By Grouplove

. Titanium ft. Sia . By David Guetta

. Budapest . By George Ezra

. If I Die Young . By The Band Perry

. Yesterday . By The Beatles

. Viva La Vida . By Coldplay

. Romeo and Juliet (Live from Abbey Road) . By The Killers

. Take Me Over . By Peking Duk

. Thinking Out Loud . By Ed Sheeran

. Young & Beautiful . By Lana Del Rey 

. Bones . By The Killers

. Uprising . By Muse

. Cecilia . By Simon and Garfunkel

. Stay Cool .

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Blogger's Gift Giving Guide | Trending & Unique Online Finds

The success of every women is the inspiration for another.
.  DVF .

.Gold Feather Charm Choker Necklace . By Between Dreams Designs  | . Teary Phone Case . By Isabella Smith Art |. Dark Floral Phone Case . By Khristian A. Howell | . Lips in Black Widow . By TOPSHOP | . Caviar Sparkle Make-Up Bag  . By TOPSHOP. Lace Balconette Bra . By TOPSHOP | . Dot Mesh Cheeky Panty . By Victoria Secret | . SOHO Sunglasses . By Dissh | . Stardust Earrings . By Bowie Accessories from Dissh | . Chanel No. 5 Eau De Parfume in 50ml . By Chanel | . Green Leaf Hair Pins . By Dreams By The Sea | . Black & Floral Slippers . By The Knitting Sea 
|. Desert Boot in Black Box .  By Vanishing Elephant

This Christmas I wanted to put together a wish list that many bloggers could relate to. I tried to show a mixture a classic gifts and smaller brands including Between Dreams Design and By The Knitting Sea (From Etsy), I also included classic pieces like Chanel No. 5 and some Victoria Secret underwear - which I challenge you to find a girl who doesn't love them! 
I would be genuinely happy with receiving any of these gifts.

. Stay Cool . 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vintage & Op Shopping | Thoughts

Melbourne Alley October 2013 


 I feel as though more & more people are beginning to love vintage clothing, with the current revival of some 90's trends I think that discussing peoples views on second hand and Vintage (please excuse if the term is used a little loosely through out the following) clothing is really interesting.

I think that buying second hand clothing is such a good thing for the environment, by building nations of consumers who will purchase there clothes constantly and throw away there clothes constantly we put so much waste into landfill. It's really just not a sustainable practice to continue, however when op shopping your able to give money to a good cause and help the environment. I also love the freedom of buying clothes at a thrift store. The item you purchase may cost very little, making you feel less guilty if you alter and change it to personalise the garment. Then when its no longer what your after it's not a big financial loss to donate again (can't say it won't be an emotional loss).

I have had quite a few people say that it's disgusting to be wearing someone else's clothing and purchasing clothes that other people have worn before is for poor people. To those people I say this - On holiday you would stay in a hotel and sleep on a bed with sheets that potentially hundreds of other people have slept or you eat at a restaurant where hundreds of people have used the cutlery your about to put into your mouth and yet you won't buy washed and cleaned clothing, that in most cases is relatively new? However I probably wouldn't usually word it like that (haha!) I would like to look at it as every piece of clothing having a 'story' or past life with someone else and now it has a home with me. I guess it just kind of put's things into perspective a little when you talk about it like that.

A really interesting TED talk video that I loved watching takes a look at Jessi Arrington a Brooklyn based designer who went off to TEDActive (March 2011) with nothing but several pairs of underwear in her luggage. In this talk she shares what she found in Op Shop to purchase and wear sourcing only second hand clothing for an entire week -  Linked HERE.

Also if you're keen to shop vintage blogger Zoe London (possibly author of my fave blog to read) has just recently posted on her blog 'Tips on Shopping for Vintage' it's a good read you should go check it out. It touches on accessories and vinyl records not just clothing - really good for a novice.

I would love to start a conversation regarding this topic, so if you have any thoughts, comments on points I've tried to make or points of your own you'd like to share drop a comment below and I'll check it out.

. Stay cool . 

December Favourites | Beauty, Style & Much More


I haven't been blogging over that last month through exams and then my internet dying on me so here's a little something to hopefully give you insight into what I've been into and products I can't get enough of.

 . Style . 

Lovisa Drop Earrings – 18.0
Mum - "Drop Earrings"
Me -*Cringes*
~ A Day Later ~
Me - Wow! These are pretty. 
Yeah... so up until recently drop earrings haven't been an item that I've really been drawn to - in fact they used to make me wince at the thought. I think that my deep seeded fear of having a dangly object strung from my ear lobe originated in the fact that I didn't want something weighty making my ear lobes hang down around my chin. In reality I was just being silly, these earrings are gorgeous and I try to wear them at every opportunity - surprisingly really light! Lovisa always has amazing jewellery and most of my earring have been bought there over the last few years.

Burans Monochrome Mosaic Skirt – 45.0 - Purchased from Dissh Boutique
I'm not usually one to jump on the "This is trending so I'll buy it" band wagon, HOWEVER how can one not fall in love with this skirt! It says fun and flirty & the monochrome colour palette gives a more grown up tone to the piece. The fabric has a really 90's feel, which I love! I could honestly wear this with anything - layered with some winter tights & doc's or some cute bright coloured sandals and an airy blouse in the summer months. Check out the Dissh online store HERE and help support some other small boutique designers. 

Cotton On Black Halter Dress – 30.0
Sometimes when I'm bored I'll go online and add things to my shopping cart - rarely do I ever then go out and purchase an item in store that I've added to my cart for fun. This dress was just so cute it reminded me of a real 90's vibe and then after watching Charli XCX's video clip Break the Rules I was like 

"THE 90's ARE BACK!" *Screams from rooftop of very high building*

I bought it. I wore it. I want more of them in millions of different colours! 

Link HERE to the same dress only in grey.

 . Beauty .

Original Source Lime Shower Gel
This stuff is ridiculously addictive! I originally started with using the Mint scent and then they ran out at the supermarket so I went with Lime. Oh my, it is amazing! The natural fragrance is so refreshing and it really does wake you up in the morning, definitely a great summer scent. Plus tested on humans, so none of our adorable furry friends were hurt in the process of it's making!

Est. Virgin Olive Oil Mint Foot Butter – 39.95
With mint being my favourite scent I was automatically drawn to this. My Aunty and I went on a little birthday shopping trip (back in June) & stumbled across this really cute little organic beauty store. I wouldn’t usually go for products like this (creams for my feet) however I love the scent and now I use it almost every weekend as a bit of a relaxer after a hectic week.

Miracle Hair Treatment  from Eleven Australia – 24.95 Online Store

When I first saw this at my Hairdressers (Bianca's Hair & Beauty Caloundra) I thought it looked like something a peddler would be selling "Come here folks and sample the wonders of the Miracle Hair Treatment. If you have dry unruly hair than this is the product for you!". This stuff smells divine (a kind of rich coconut smell) and promises to add shine, control frizz, protect against heat styling, repair dry and damaged hair (which I desperately needed) and lots of other wonderful stuff. It seriously works wonders!

. Yummy Bits .

Higher Living Cocoa & Chili Organic Herbal Tea
If you’ve read my other posts you’ll know I love trying new teas and with us going into the festive season I picked up one that can only be described as smelling like Christmas! I’ve given a few tea bags to friends and several have then gone out and bought it. I’d also recommend the Cinnamon flavour, which is my usual ‘go to’ tea. I can definitely picture myself drinking this while sitting next to a fire in Colorado after a long day of skiing during my holiday in January.
. Contains . 
Cocoa (33%), Liquorice, Chili (15%), Ginger, Cinnamon, Fennel, Anise, Black Pepper, Bourbon Vanilla, Cardamom, Cloves.

. Reads .

Yen Magazine Issue 71
On a plane back from Sydney recently I spotted this little gem! I'm all for cool alternative mags (some that remind me of reading blogs). A lot of the articles that caught my eye were photography related - Possibly because I'm trying to improve the quality of images I'm posting on my blog. There were some cool fashion look books, with clothing that I now really want in my wardrobe! Although Issue 71 is not the latest instalment of this amazing piece of creative literature, I felt an overwhelming urge to share. 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

. Stay cool .

 NOTE: A new instalment of of Whats In My Closet? the interviews where I talk to bloggers & creative people about there wardrobes and other interests is coming again soon - if you'd like to take part in the next one 'click' on the Whats in my closet? tab to find more information about how to get involved. If you'd like to check out the last one click HERE.