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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ho Ho Ho!!! It's my Christmas Gift Guide!

Trying to think of what to buy your family and friends for Christmas? Don't fear, I've put together a fabulous gift guide that will help you make some hard decisions.

A gift from Tiffany's is always appreciated. The jeweller and design house have released a new fragrance, Tiffany & Co. The perfect present for those with impeccable taste. I'm sure Audrey Hepburn would have approved.

Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum is available at Myer, David Jones and the Tiffany & Co Boutiques nationally. For further information, please call 1800 812 663.

Bras N Things have a gorgeous Christmas collection. I'm particularly loving the new teal colour. Available now from Bras N Things stores Australia-wide or to shop online

ROC Eyewear have stunning sunglasses. I want a pair of these under my Christmas tree. To see more styles, head here.

Want to get your loved one something luxurious? The pillowcases from Shhh Silk pillowcases are so dreamy! Not only are they stylish they come with benefits whilst you get your beauty sleep - they extend the life of your blowout (yes!), hypoallergenic, no bed creases on your face and no split ends. You can purchase these Shhh Silk pillowcases and much more here.

My beautiful and talented friend, Shanna Moakler, has her own cosmetic label, called Smoak. Her lipsticks and lip glosses are amazing. 

You can purchase her products here

Australian made and owned skincare brand DU'IT have a fantastic hand cream called Tough Hands For Her. This cream is enriched with Urea, Vitamin E and Ahas to repair cracks and nourish the skin. This would be a great stocking stuffer. It's $9.95 and available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and independent pharmacies throughout Australia.


Don't forget the parents to be! I follow a lovely woman on Instagram and she posted a photo of her Baby Milestone Cards. I would have loved to have had these when my son was born over 10 years ago. The vintage designs are so adorable! You can find The Retro Mumma's shop here.

Kmart lovers (including me!), you'll love these gorgeous gifts. 

Kmart battery operated light-up lantern $10

Kmart ginger, lily and dark amber scent diffuser $9

Kmart abstract 2 pack wall art $15

Kmart inflatable pineapple float $15

Kmart tinsel flamingo light $29

Kmart personalised 400g Nutella Jar $8


Port-A-Ball features a specially patented valve which allows instant inflation and deflation. Play it anywhere – take it anywhere! RRP $10.95

SHIBAJUKU GIRLS - The coolest fashion dolls of 2017 inspired by Japanese Harajuku and Shibuya Street fashion. Mini $9.00, Large $20.00. Available at Kmart and Toyworld.

MOKURU tests your balance and concentration skills. It's as simple as tipping it over gently, letting it flip and catching it between your fingers. My son loves this toy. Available at Kmart for $6.00. Check out Mokuru in action here.

SHERLOCK HIDE AND SEEK - Sherlock encourages kids to keep active and is a great game that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Children simply hide Sherlock and press the remote for him to release a noise, creating a fun hide and seek game. Sherlock is available at Toys R Us, $49.99.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide - Books!

My big Christmas gift guide is coming out next week but I wanted to dedicate this post just to books.

So here it is!

Grace Kelly 
Jay Jorgensen and Douglas Century

This beautiful book is filled with over 400 photographs of the Hollywood actress and Princess of Monaco. I'm a huge Grace Kelly fan and I would love this under my Christmas tree. 

RRP - $59.99

Shine - 20 Secrets To A Happy Life
The Essentialists

Shine is a guide to learning what is essential to thrive - from clarity and mindfulness to declutter and sleep. Each chapter is inspiring. 

RRP - $19.99

Working Class Man 
Jimmy Barnes

Brutally honest autobiography from one of Australia's most loved singers. 

RRP - $49.99

Rick Stein - The Road To Mexico

Starting in San Francisco and Baja California, and working his way down to the southernmost tip of Mexico, Stein shares his experiences with Mexican food. 

RRP - $49.99

Guinness World Records 2018 Amazing Animals

Perfect for any animal-lover in your life. Fascinating facts about all creatures great and small. 

RRP $24.99

The Mummy Bloggers 
Holly Wainwright

The Mummy Bloggers is a novel that is a sharp and funny look at the power of social media, and the women behind the likes, shares, and filters. 

RRP $29.99

The French Art Of Not Giving a F*ck 
Fabrice Midal

This book grants us permission to stop doing things that don't make us happy, so we have room in our lives for the things that do. 

RRP $29.99

The Best Of The Best 
Australia's Greatest Surf Photographers

A beautifully designed collection of the best surfing photographers and their award-winning work. 

RRP $39.99

Burn City 
Melbourne's Painted Streets
Lou Chamberlain

Melbourne leads the way in Australian street art. It is constantly changing so a way to keep record is through photographs. This book features and celebrates the last 8 years in Melbourne street art. 

RRP $29.99

At My Table 
Nigella Lawson

Nigella shares what she likes to make for her family and friends in her home. 

RRP $49.99

Friday, November 17, 2017

Stuck in a Rut? Here's How to Think Yourself Out

There comes a point in every person’s life when they feel like they have gotten stuck in a rut. And when this happens, it can be extremely challenging to lift yourself out of it again. Many people think that the way to go is to make a series of physical changes to their life. In fact, it is the mental changes that will all stack up as well. These are the things that we are going to focus on in this blog post, and the beauty of them is that you can try them out as soon as you finish reading!

Realise There is No Happiness Formula

Both wonderful and frustrating in equal measures, there is no single formula for human happiness, no matter what other people may try to tell you. So, you need to take the time to discover exactly what it is that makes you happy. Try looking at your life objectively, and analyse what gives you the most pleasure. You may find that this article about self-improvement books helps to steer you onto a better path. Once you have established this, you can then start to re-prioritise so you can do more of these things.

Don’t Define Yourself Solely Through Your Career

Of course, it is a great thing to have a job you love. But that is not the be all and end all of your life. Even if you are not 100 percent happy in your career right now, that doesn’t mean that your life is a failure. In our society, we are very much taught to define ourselves through our jobs. Breaking this way of thinking can be extremely challenging, but it is always something that is going to be worthwhile so you can increase your sense of fulfillment is the other aspects of your existence.

Analyse Your Relationship Expectations  

We have all sorts of relationships in our lives, and a lot of the time, we are expecting too much out of them. Of course, the people in your life play a big part in whether or not you are happy, but you can’t expect them to be solely responsible for this. After all, they will be expecting exactly the same thing from you. Remember, all types of relationships need maintenance, so take the time for the people who mean the most to you.

Put Anxiety into Perspective

Human beings have been programmed to watch out for danger in life, but a lot of the so-called ‘danger’ that we are facing is no longer life-threatening. For example, getting a telling off from your boss. A lot of the time, the things that we are anxious about don’t tend to be as serious as we imagined. In fact, many of them end up not coming true at all!

These are just four of the ways that you can shift your mental perspective on life, helping you to get out of your rut and think your way to a more fulfilling existence.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tips On Getting Your Feet Ready For Summer

It is almost summer here in Australia. It’s time to start thinking about the appearance of our feet.

You may have the most fabulous pair of sandals or heels, but if you have dry skin flaking off your feet, it isn’t going to be a good look.

Heels are prone to having dry, cracked and flaky skin so here are a few tips to get your feet looking and feeling silky smooth. 

Firstly, I prefer to use Scholl products (easy to find in pharmacies and leading retailers).

Scholl's Velvet Smooth Wet & Dry File is simple to use. Switch it on and glide the foot file all over your feet, paying close attention to the dry areas like the heel. 

Dry your feet, but while they are still warm from the water, rub some cracked heel balm on the whole area of your foot. 

Put your feet in socks and leave them on overnight.

That's all there is to it! In the morning, you will feel the difference!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Get Out of My Room: Decoration Ideas for Small Bedrooms

Your child’s bedroom is the first place they get to call their own. It’s where they get to feel like they’re in charge, commanding their siblings to get out, and eventually finding a certain pride in keeping it neat and tidy.

Small bedrooms look chaotic quickly, though, and it’s difficult to get the tidy and comfy look when you have so little space to work with - especially if there are two kids in one room.

Use this quick guide to clear up some space and get the charming look you’ve been looking for. It requires a different approach than when you decorated the rest of your house, so it’s a good idea to have an expert to consult throughout the process - your child, that is.

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Multifunctional furniture

The more furniture you get that doubles-up as storage, the easier it will be to get their toys off the floor and out of sight. Storage solutions come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few alternatives you can’t go wrong with. Classic bunk-beds for two, kids mid sleeper bed for one to free up some space underneath as well as regular single beds with drawer underneath are examples of this.

A bed is a must in a bedroom and it’s the first furniture you get to work with, so make sure you get a multifunctional type. It really saves a lot of space. If you have some time on your hands and love a good challenge, you can try something more intricate such as a platform bed suspended by ropes. It looks really cool but may take a bit of time to set up.

Think upwards

While going for bunk-beds or platform beds seems to be upward-thinking enough as it is, you should design the rest of the room the same way. Children tend to be left with the smallest rooms in the house even though they’re the ones with the most toys - and even the chief mess-makers of the house, so make sure you utilise the space they have.

Floating shelves are a great way to get some of their nicest stuff off the floor and away from the other toys, or just as an alternative to a standing bookshelf. Try to work with vertically striped wallpaper to make the room appear a bit taller if it looks a bit overwhelming.

Choose horizontal stripes instead if you’d like to widen the room, by the way, and make it work with the existing layout.

To desk or not to desk?

When you have so little space to work with, it may be tempting to forget about the desk altogether. It’s still great for your kid to have somewhere to work on their genius art projects, though, so try to find space for a hinged tabletop that can be raised for homework and lowered again when it’s not in use.

Keep the colour theme simple and work with the fabrics of the carpet and bed sheet to introduce a bit more colours without making it look messy.

Small rooms should be kept neat with mostly white, and it will look a lot cleaner, so to speak, if you stick to a few shades rather than many.  

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Soul Movers :: Album Giveaway!!!

The Soul Movers are thrilled to announce the release their new album Testify!, fourteen tracks that travel across the musical spectrum, from modern soul, to old school rhythm and blues, and retro rock ‘n ‘roll alongside power ballads sung straight from the heart.

Led by charismatic frontwoman and primary songwriter Lizzie Mack, The Soul Movers are a supergroup of sorts, featuring two ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, guitarist Murray Cook (The Wiggles) and keyboardist Pip Hoyle (Radio Birdman).

Originally formed by Lizzie in conjunction with Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), the group has evolved over the years, with the line-up including original bass player Andy Newman and drummer Darren Ryan, coming together to record Testify!

Keeping it in the family, the album was recorded at the legendary Hot Potato Studios, and features cameos other luminaries including Jeff Fatt (The Wiggles, The Cockroaches) and Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens).

The band’s sound encapsulates the essence of retro soul, filtered through a contemporary lens, in the vein of iconic contemporary artists such as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Amy Winehouse.

Lead single ‘Fool I Am’, is a classic 60’s-inspired pop tune about the lure of love with a reflective bridge and resolution.

“To testify means to show evidence of something you believe in and hold to be true. So here is our experience; how we live, we love, we wonder, we question and we survive. Testify! is indeed our musical proof,” – Lizzie Mack.

Having toured internationally earlier in the year to North America, including performances at SXSW, the band will be returning to play in Europe in 2018. More recently they have been performing sold-out shows in Sydney and now unveil a series of new live show dates. 

Finding Love in Twenty-Seventeen, It's Easier Than It May Seem

Finding love in 2017 is easier and not as scary as it may first seem, seriously! Yes, it’s still hard, simply because finding love is one of the most important tasks that we humans face. But, modern day dating improvements have made it so, so easy at the same time. Read on to find out how.
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Go out there and try something new

If you're either attracting all the wrong people, or just not attracting anybody at all, then maybe it’s time to try something new. And, in 2017, there are many opportunities for you to try something new. Take the ‘night out’ scene, for instance. No longer is there just once scene, as there has been in the past, that you're either in or out of. Today, there are loads of scenes to try out. And, by trying one you've ever tried before, you might just find the boy or girl of your dreams. To do this, you’d going to have to be brave enough to give something new a go!

It can be as easy as the right swipe, specifically swiping right

Online dating sites and specifically dating apps get results in 2017, that much is for certain. Since 2016, online dating services such as Tinder and Badoo have racked up 25 million and 60 million users respectively — a comprehensive breakdown of the stats can be found here. So, if you were to sign yourself up to both of these services, for instance, you'd have at least 42.5 million potential suitors (or 85 million, if you were interested in everybody) out there waiting for you to swipe right for them and then message them.

No matter what you might think about online dating services, you can't deny that this makes dating a whole lot easier, especially because you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to do it!

You can leave it to chance

Of course, you could just let nature run its course and let chance take the wheel. You could just carry on living your life, just doing you, not really bothering about finding a potential other half. You could just wait for the perfect suitor to fall into your life and sweep you off of your feet. But, by doing so, you could find that this perfect suitor comes along tomorrow, or you could find that they come along in ten years time.

When you leave love to chance, there really is no telling when it will appear. But, if you did want to try and speed this process up a bit then why not try heading to astrostyle.com/love/, checking your sign’s love horoscope and then taking the advice provided within it. For instance, if your horoscope says ‘you will meet the love of your life next to a photocopier at work’, then why not spend more time than usual next to the work’s photocopier? This might just be rubbish, or it might just speed up that chance meeting with Mr. or Miss. Right!

At some point in your life, love will make your world go round. Make no mistake about it, love will come your way some day and you will either propose or be proposed to! Whether it’s today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or in ten years’ time, love will find you. Just know, finding love is now easier than it may seem.