August 21, 2014

Spring/Summer Book Haul (shop my stash edition)

So I seem to have developed a nasty habit of buying a whole lot of books and never actually reading them. The ‘to-read’ section is fast overtaking the shelves of my bookcase that house the books I’ve actually read. In light of this (and to help with my current no-buy situation), I’ve decided to pick my Spring/Summer books from my existing collection. These are the books I intend to read when the warm weather kicks in:

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
The Raft by S A Bodeen
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The Returned by Jason Mott

Do you have a particular book that you love to re-read over the summer? I do, and it’s one that I’ve had since I was a kid. It’s ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein, and every time I read it I get transported to summer. It’s a children’s book but I love it.

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August 19, 2014

What I Bought…

I’ve had a very strong urge to buy things recently. It drove me to the edge, I caved, and I spent some money. But it’s all good, I’m back on the wagon now and saving my pennies once more. I didn’t go too crazy, but while I was at the shops buying a gift for my nephew on the weekend I stumbled across a couple of things that I couldn’t resist picking up for myself.

I’ve been looking for a lightweight jacket to wear during the transition to the warmer months, and this one from Peter Morrissey for Big W is perfect. It’s a loose boyfriend fit, the sleeves can be easily rolled or pushed back because the lining is black, and it’s a lightweight material that should be comfortable to wear when the warm weather kicks in. The second item I wasn’t really planning on, but as it turns out I can’t walk past a Sussan store without going in to have a look. I feel like a lot of people overlook Sussan, but they have some really beautiful pieces. They’re pricey so I always check out the sale rack first. This pretty little split-back blouse was on sale, and I picked it up because it’s 100% my style and now I can’t wait to wear it. While I was in the store I spotted these linen blend t-shirts that looked like a nifty little tee, so I ordered myself after coming home and thinking about it for a bit. The necklace I saw in store and couldn’t get the idea of a ‘pop’ of yellow for spring/summer. I think it will bring a lot of life to some of my darker outfits next season.
August 17, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) I finally finished clearing out my makeup collection! The best part was finding makeup that I had completely forgotten I owned. Jackpot. Now I need to start thinking about the walk in wardrobe organization. Ugh.

02) If you’ve ever done the Myers-Briggs personality test and are interested to see what personality type your blog says you are (at if it aligns with your regular personality – surprisingly enough, mine doesn’t), work it out here.

03) HEY GUYS, there are only 129 days until Christmas!

04) I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about the sad passing of Robin Williams. We celebrated his life by watching both Mrs Doubtfire and The Birdcage this weekend. Two of my all-time favourite movies. I think an Aladdin/Jumanji re-watch could be on the cards sometime soon.

05) Daniel Radcliffe did the Vogue 73 questions interview. He also surprised some of his fans after a screening of his new movie in New York. I adore Daniel Radcliffe.

06) I decided to put ‘The Shining’ down for a little bit, and have picked up ‘In The Blood’ by Lisa Unger instead. I’m really liking it so far, and I’m making way more progress on it than I did with The Shining. 50 Book Challenge, I’m coming for you!

07) How the sun sees you.

08) This was by far my favourite news story of the week.

09) WTF Renaissance is definitely my favourite twitter account at the moment.

10) I mentioned pizza on twitter last week, and Dominos Australia contacted me to send me a voucher for a free pizza. Which they seem to do a lot. A+ social media work if you ask me!

August 17, 2014

Favourite Youtubers

MyHouseWifeLife (also TheBusyBeeBuzz & OrganizedLikeJen) – Jen was the first youtuber I ever really followed and I still get excited when I see her videos popping up in my subscription box. My favourite of her channels is ‘My Housewife Life’, because I love seeing how she spends her days. I’ve never really wanted to be a housewife, but she sure does make it seem fun. She doesn’t do vlogs as regularly as she used to, due to a troll infestation in the comments section of every video. This is a real shame, because I miss the way that her videos used to be, but I still go back and watch her old vlog series, because I’m a loser like that.

EssieButtonVlogs (also EssieButton) – Watching Estee’s vlogs is one of my favourite ways to waste time. I think she’s absolutely stunning, but she has a very laid back attitude, and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself, so I can bear how pretty she is without getting too jealous. Her dog Reggie has become one of the animals that I (creepily) obsess over from afar, and she has inspired me to switch up my daily coffee for a nice big cup of tea. I tend to watch her Vlogs more than the videos on her regular channel, but those are always top quality when I tune into EssieButton.

ViviannaDoesMakeup – Anna recently started doing vlogs, and they’ve become one of my favourite videos to watch each week. I find her utterly gorgeous, and therefore lemming any beauty product she puts on her face (because obviously they’ll make ME just as gorgeous, right?!). I really love watching Anna’s videos, I think she seems like one of the loveliest people on youtube. Also, I want her hair. And wardrobe. And face.

Michele1218 – Michele was one of the first Youtube “gurus” I subscribed to, and I still watch her videos on a regular basis. Her vibe has changed quite a bit over the past couple of years, as she’s become a new mom and has a different focus now. Regardless of this change, I still love the content of her videos, and she remains one of my youtube style icons. Yet another youtube who I have massive hair envy for. Sigh.

Kimmmberleyy (also KimberleyReads) – Kimberley is one of the few Australian Youtubers that I watch. She has two channels, and I watch both pretty religiously. Her dog Luca is another animal that I obsess over from afar, and his cameos in Kimberley’s videos never fail to make me laugh. If you need some inspiration to read a book, her book channel is one of the things I watch to motivate myself to pick something up and READ.
August 12, 2014

July Empties

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser (repurchased) – I honestly can’t believe I managed to finish a JUMBO sized bottle of this cleanser. That’s pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. This is the only cleanser I’ve come across in the past couple of years that hasn’t aggravated my skin and somehow manages to keep my breakouts at bay. I use it exclusively (and daily), and have done so for quite a while now. I’m currently working my way through yet another jumbo sized bottle, and will no doubt repurchase this bad boy once I’ve finished that up.

Nivea Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes (repurchased) – Surprise surprise. Yet another packet of the Nivea fragrance-free face wipes. Sick of seeing these in my empties posts? Yeah, me too. Moving on.

Maybelline Instant Age-Rewind Concealer (repurchased) – I go through one of these tubes roughly once a month. I use this concealer as part of my daily makeup look, and have done so for well over a year now. If you’re not looking for a lot of coverage and prefer a more lightweight concealer, this could be a product to keep an eye out for next time you’re at Priceline.

Haus of Gloi ‘Ghost Puffs’ Soft Bubbling Scrub (would repurchase) – I’ve tried the body lotion in this scent range from Haus of Gloi before, and it remains one of my all time favourites. I went through this little pot quite quickly (I think my boyfriend might have given me a helping hand – he loves the scent too), and I’m kicking myself for only getting the small sized pot when the Halloween scents were released last year. Luckily, it’s nearly Halloween again! Fingers crossed that the Ghost Puffs range makes a reappearance sometime soon.

(sample) Herban Essentials Lavender Towelette – I received this as a sample from MiniBarCo, last month and used it on my mini holiday down south. This was STRONGLY fragranced, which was somewhat overwhelming to begin with, but eventually faded and left the car (I used it to clean my hands before a small twisties binge on the drive home) smelling lovely. I’m keen to try the Lemon Towelettes from this range, because I think the scent might be more up my alley.

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August 9, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) Of course Country Road have their spend and save deal now that I’m on a no-buy. Typical.

02) Kimberley mentioned ‘Booko‘ in her recent Q&A video, and as I’d never heard of it I thought I’d share it with you all. You can type in the title of a book you’re looking to purchase, and it scours online stores to find the best price available. If you’re like me and buy the majority of your books online, this site will no doubt come in handy.

03) So apparently the new Ghostbusters movie will have an all-female lead cast? I’m ok with this.

04) Pepsi says hi.

05) I really want one of these cute monogrammed iphone covers.

06) I’m back in my thrifty state of mind (thanks to a rather large rates bill that showed up earlier in this week), and have been thinking about doing my spring/summer hauls as ‘shop my stash’ features. Lord knows I have enough unread books and unused makeup to pick through.

07) This month-long workout plan by PopSugar looks interesting. Is anyone up for a challenge?

08) We finally finished watching both The Office and LOST during the week. It was bittersweet and quote emotional, watching both finales on the same evening. We’re now making our way through the first season of House of Cards, which is fast becoming one of my new favourite TV shows.

09) Speaking of TV, the new (and final) season of the Killing is finally out!

10) I’m not doing so well in my 50 Book Challenge. I’m really stuck with The Shining, and am finding it quite hard to get into. I find it even harder to put aside a book once I’ve started reading it, so I shall persevere. I might slip in a couple of ‘easy’ books after this one. Shhh…

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