Thoughts of the week…

01) Some of my girlfriends are coming over for dinner tonight, so I finally have the change to to make this soup. I hope it turns out alright.

02) I’m already writing my spring/summer beauty wishlist (although I am by no means wishing this beautiful winter weather away), and it’s getting a bit too long. What’s at the top of my wishlist? This and this.

03) If you’re ever struggling to find inspiration for business-casual workwear, I highly recommend checking out the Outfit Posts blog. There are a LOT of inspiring outfits to browse through.

04) My boyfriend is away for work for a week, so I’ve been making the most of the opportunity to catch up on TV shows that he doesn’t have any interest in watching. In true form, I powered through a full season of Girls in two days (it helped that I’ve been home sick for half of the week – flu season sucks), and I’m now completely up to date.

05) Speaking of being home sick, does anyone else get bored when they stay home from work for more than one day? I have a really hard time sitting and doing nothing, which is a complete personality change from what I used to be like. How do you force yourself to relax?

06) I’ve started the mass cleanout of my makeup collection, and it’s really made me stop and think about how much makeup I buy that ends up going to waste. Mostly cream products, but still. There is a lot of stuff that is nearly full that I have to get rid of that I can’t even give away to people, because it’s well past it’s ‘ok to put on your face’ date. Something to think about.

07) This Game of Thrones 1986 Remix is awesome.

08) Guy uses swiffer to remove owl from his house.

09) If you’re in the mood for a sweet little movie to watch tonight, check out ‘Saving Mr Banks’. I watched it last night and it was a lovely little film. I really feel like watching Mary Poppins now…

10) Miley Cyrus is bringing her Bangerz tour to Australia at the end of the year. I convinced one of my BFFs to come with me, so my boyfriend is off the hook for this one.

My Day Planner

I just ordered myself a new day planner (I decided to go with another Lilly Pulitzer large agenda – the hard cover was the winning feature), and I thought it might be a good time to do a little post on how I use it. I’ve used a Lilly Pulitzer large agenda for 2 years in a row (so far), and I really like it. I carry it with me every day and the hard cover does a good job at making sure the whole thing doesn’t get totally destroyed. It’s rather chunky, so if you’re looking for something sleek and slimline, this will not be the agenda for you. The calendar runs along the US school year, which means it spans from August through to December of the following year. I don’t mind this, because I often plan things like holidays quite far in advance. Also, I find that around June/July is when I’m feeling refreshed and have more time to focus on working on a new agenda. I order my planners from Glitzy Glam, they’re $28, and shipping to perth costs $25, which is still cheaper than the Erin Condren life planner I was thinking about buying – and that’s before shipping.

The agenda comes in a few different cover designs each year. The one I’ve been using (and pictured above) has crabs and lobsters all over it, which I thought was pretty cute. This year I order the Loopy Lilly design, because I love the navy and pink together. Also, elephants. The agenda comes with two pockets at the front, which I use to story party invitations, bills/recipes that I’ve printed off while I’m at work and have yet to transfer out, my gym schedule, and a whole bunch of stickers. The agenda comes with one sheet of stickers that I use alongside the Martha Stewart home office reusable stickers (mine have more colour options because my Aunt kindly sent them to me from the US), and a variety of star stickers throughout the planner. There are full year calendar pages that I use to track when I’ve booked leave off of work, to ensure that I’m spacing out my time off throughout the year. I tend to use the month-at-a-glance page more than any other section of the planner. I colour code everything, which makes it easy for me to glance at the page and see what my plans are (eg: pink is social events, yellow is work related, blue is for exercise/gym stuff, etc), and I circle off each day as the weeks progress. I use the stars that I mentioned earlier to track my workouts, as part of the ‘gold star challenge’ that I partake in. This is a good way for me to glance at the month as a whole and see how I did, excercise-wise. The reusable Martha Stewart stickers are used to track things that I need to do monthly/once every couple of months. Once I’ve completed whatever the sticker says, I move it to the next month or further along in the year. For example, I try to deep clean the fridge once a month. Once I’ve gotten around to doing it, I’ll move the sticker to the to-do list on July’s month-at-a-glance page. Or, my other half gets paid once a month – so once he’s transferred his contribution to the mortgage/bills/food for the month, I move the ‘rent’ sticker across. This is a great way to keep track of things that otherwise might fall by the wayside. I find it particularly helpful when it comes to things like tracking when the cat needs her de-worming tablet, because this is something that happens every three months and it’s easy to forget. The week-at-a-glance is really just an extra section for me to re-iterate what my plans are and I don’t use it very much.

So that’s my day planner. I’d love to see what you’re using and how you’re using it, so if you follow up with a post like this, please let me know. I also have a whole other method of tracking my to-do list for the week and for life in general, so if you’re interested in seeing a post about that be sure to let me know!

50 Book Challenge (part 5)

On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (3/10) – I can’t remember what inspired me to purchase this, I think I might have been browsing Goodreads for island themed books before my holiday last month and this looked interesting. It was a typical ‘beach’ read – fluffy and easy to get through. It’s not really something that I’d recommend to other people to read. Unless you’re drawn in based on the premise of two people getting stuck on a desert island (Yes, I am a sucker for that). #wilson #neverforget

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (9/10) – This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year, and I’m so glad I finally decided to pick it up. I knew that this was a firm favourite of many of my friends, so I had high expectations that thankfully weren’t let down. This is one of those books with a firm start-middle-finish, and although it is reasonably long, it was never a chore to read. I love books that have strong character development, and this book had wonderfully vivid characters throughout.

Cell by Stephen King (7/10) – I’ve read this before, but when I heard that it was being made into a film I decided to download the audiobook and have a listen. I spent the whole time imagining the actors cast in the film playing the characters in the book, and I am so happy that John Cusak is set to play Clay. He is perfect for the role. Samuel L Jackson as Tom is a bit questionable though. If you’re not already aware, ‘Cell’ is the story of the aftermath of a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network that turns the majority humans into mindless vicious animals. It will make an awesome movie.

The Three by Sarah Lotz (5/10) – I had such high hopes for this book. You probably know my taste by now, and this is definitely it: “Lost meets The Passage in this incredible new thriller, for all fans of The Shining Girls and Stephen King. They’re here …The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many …They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to—- The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012) Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe. There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world. The message is a warning.” I enjoyed this book for the most part, and raced through it in a couple of days. The ending, however, left me slightly baffled. I’d love for someone else to read it, just so we can discuss the ending!

Thoughts of the week…

01) I rediscovered my love for Firebird’s sugar perfume oil this week. I’ve lost count of the times people have stopped to compliment me on this scent. If you’re a fan of sweet vanilla fragrances, you’re sure to like this.

02) All of the mid-year planners will start to be released in the US soon, and I’m tossing up whether to get a Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda (for the third year in a row), or one of the Erin Condren Life Planners. Hmm.

03) I really want to see ‘The Edge of Tomorrow’. I’m not a big fan of Tom Cruise, but for some reason I don’t mind him that much when I see him in a film. Emily Blunt stole my husband, but I’ll forgive her.

04) If you’re wondering what I ended up spending my Sussan voucher on…

05) Orange is the new Black is back! Just in time for Game of Thrones to finish. Perfect timing.

06) Speaking of television, Liv Tyler’s new TV show ‘The Leftovers’ will be starting soon. Be sure to pencil it into your TV schedule if you like end-of-the-world stuff as much as I do. I’m keen to see Liv on my screen every week, and I hope her character has a good wardrobe that I can ogle/draw inspiration from.

07) Kate Bosworth’s beauty routine.

08) I discovered this week that a couple of plants I’ve potted in the back yard can be toxic to cats and dogs (I’m looking at you, dahlias and chrysanthemums), so I need to get rid of those and find some more animal-friendly options.

09) I downloaded the new Lana Del Rey and Arctic Monkeys albums this week, and have had both on repeat. There has been a lot of good music coming out lately, perfectly timed to coincide with a new stereo and speakers being put into my car.

10) I’m on the hunt for some leopard print ballet flats. I got the idea in my head this week and now I can’t escape it. If you have any suggestions, please send them through.

Autumn Makeup Haul (pt. 2)

01. Benefit The Porefessional – I’ve nearly finished my AB primer, so I decided to pick this one up as a replacement. I was really excited to order this because I’d heard Ingrid raving about it over and over again. Unfortunately for my face, turns out my skin hates this primer. I broke out within days of using it, and once I stopped my skin went back to normal. Bummer.

02. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – I missed the boat on the initial run of lemming purchases of this, but I have it now and it’s lovely. Fun fact: I dropped this during the week and shattered both the product and my dreams.

03. Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation (in Perfect Ivory) – I completely understand if you’re sick of hearing me talk about this foundation. Yes, it’s still my favourite. Yes, I still wear it every day. Yes, I pick up a bottle of this whenever I place an order at Sephora.

04. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (Translucent) – I still have two nearly-full tubs of the Maybelline Loose Powder sitting in my makeup collection, but after using that exclusively for a year or so now I felt like a change. And this is it!

05. Bobbi Brown Corrector (in Porcelain Bisque) – I’m getting close to finishing up my Arbonne cream concealer, so I thought I would give this one from Bobbi Brown a try. I haven’t opened it yet, so I’m not sure what it’s like but I’ve heard good things about it so I have high hopes.

06. Lancome Hypnose Mascara (in Black) – I can’t live without this mascara. It’s my favourite, and I can’t remember a time in (at least) the past 4 years where I didn’t own a tube of this. It’s actually cheaper for me to chuck a tube of this into my cart when I order things from Sephora than it is to buy most ‘drug store’ brand mascaras here in Australia.

07. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner (in Hustle) – This is fast becoming my favourite eyeliner. I was getting sick of wearing the same thing over and over again, and wanted to try something in a brown or bronze shade rather than black. This is an amazing product (long lasting/doesn’t smudge on the lids), and I can’t wait to try some more shades from the range.