Spring/Summer To Do List Roundup

It’s probably quite unAustralian for me to say this, but I hate summer. I am not built for the heat, and I really do not enjoy that time of the year AT ALL. In early spring I decided to write up a list of all of the things I wanted to do to really make the most of my summer and to try and enjoy it for once. Here are the things that I wanted to try and do to bring a little bit of happiness to yet another awful summer –

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends
– Create a new cocktail recipe to drink on balmy summer evenings
– Swim as much as possible
– Go for walks along the beach
– Spend a weekend at Rottnest Island
– Go back down south to the family holiday home for a weekend

– Get a professional pedicure
– Perfect 3 new salad recipes
– Re-Read ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go for evening walks before (or after) dinner
– Work on perfecting a heat-free hairstyle for work
– Go to the royal show

As you can see, there were still a lot of items left unchecked off of this list. I managed to get all of the ‘big ticket’ items crossed off, so I’m happy about that at least. I’ll have a lot more free time next summer, as I’m taking 3 months off of work. Hopefully I’ll be able to achieve a bit more next year. Or I could just hide in the house enjoying the air conditioning for three months. I’ll keep you posted.

Spring/Summer To-Do List – Checking In

A couple of months ago, I wrote up a grand list of things that I wanted to try and do over the Spring/Summer period. I thought it might be a good idea to check in halfway through, not only to see what I’ve managed to achieve so far, but to remind myself of all of the things that I set out to do. Looking back at this list, I can already see a few that I’d completely forgotten about. This is why lists are awesome, people. Team lists! Here’s how I’ve done so far:

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends (I think I’ve done this once or twice, not nearly enough)
– Create a new cocktail recipe to drink on balmy summer evenings (I made some musk-infused vodka a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve yet to do much experimentation with what we can mix it with)
– Swim as much as possible (total swims so far: 0)
– Go for walks along the beach (total beach walks so far: 1)
{DONE} Spend a weekend at Rottnest Island
{DONE} Go back down south to the family holiday home for the weekend
– Get a professional pedicure
– Perfect 3 new salad recipes
– Re-Read ‘ All in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go for evening walks before (or after) dinner
– Work on perfecting a heat-free hairstyle for work
{DONE} Go to the Royal Show

As you can see, I’m not doing too well. Thankfully, the season is FAR from over. In fact, we haven’t even reached the peak of summer here in Perth. I think we’ve had maybe two 30+ degree days this month, which is absolutely crazy. Not that I’m complaining. I’d take an average of 26 degrees over an average of 36 degrees any day!

Spring/Summer Makeup Haul

As with my intention to ‘shop my stash’ for books, I failed dismally at my attempt to only shop my own beauty stash for the season. This is due in part to me being close to running out of a few of my beauty staples, so with that in mind I was able to justify placing a little Sephora order.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – This is my daily mascara and I absolutely must have a back up tube ready to go for when the one I’m using runs out. I’ve been using Hypnose almost exclusively for about five years now. It’s one of the best mascaras on the market, and I can’t see myself straying from it anytime soon.

Hourglass Brow Arch – I’ve nearly reached the end of the Maybelline brow pencil I’ve been using lately, so I decided to pick this up on the recommendation of ViviannaDoesMakeup.

Beauty Blender Sponge Duo – Another daily makeup necessity. I decided to try out the black sponges this time around, although I’m not sure what the difference will be. Having said that, the pink sponges do tend to get some dark marks along the edges when it’s time to get rid of them, so not having that visible reminder on the black sponges might not be a good thing.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion – I go through a bottle of this foundation every few months. It’s the one I wear daily, so I like to make sure I have at least one back up bottle available to me at all times. The Givenchy foundations ARE available for purchase in Australia, but when I take into consideration the price different between here and the US plus the rate of shipping split over any other items I order, it ends up being cheaper for me to order replacements from Sephora every few months or so.

Tarte Power Pigment in Tipsy – This is the only thing from this particular order that I’m a little bit disappointed in. Which is probably my own fault, as I didn’t bother to read any reviews or look at any swatches before ordering it. Oops.

Boscia Blotting Papers – I tend to pick up a packet of these every time I place a Sephora order, as they’re the best blotting papers I’ve come across.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy – EssieButton mentioned this a few times earlier in the year, and the colour looked like something I would really like (and I do), so I decided to pick one up for myself. The Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are up there with the best, in my opionion. This one is no exception.

additional samples: Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Lancome Definicils Mascara, and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

Spring/Summer Book Haul

Despite my best intentions to ‘shop my stash‘ and be satisfied with what I found on my own bookshelf instead of succumbing to the lure of the Book Depository… I failed, I hauled, and here we are again. I’m not too mad about it though, as one can never have too many books. Right? Although, I am running out of room in my bookshelf, so it’s probably a good thing that I signed back up to my local library a couple of weeks ago. Free books, and none of the storage issues. Yes. Before doing that, however, I scoured my Goodreads to-read list, and placed an order for these goodies late last month –

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C Morais
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
California by Edan Lepucki
Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro

Do you have any books that you’re planning to read this season? Let me know!

Spring/Summer To-Do List

The warm weather has been slowly creeping back over the past few weeks, and with Saturday’s temperature set to hit 30 degrees, I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about the things I want to achieve this summer. When I say the things I want to achieve, I don’t mean goals as such. These are more things that I want to make an effort to do, things I always think would be fun to do over the summer but never seem to get around to doing. So without further ado, here is a list of some of the fun things I want to try and do this summer –

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends
– Create a new cocktail recipe to drink on balmy summer evenings
– Swim as much as possible
– Go for walks along the beach
– Spend a weekend at Rottnest Island
– Go back down south to the family holiday home for a weekend
– Get a professional pedicure
– Perfect 3 new salad recipes
– Re-read ‘ All in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go for evening walks before (or after) dinner
– Work on perfecting a heat-free hairstyle for work
– Go to the Royal Show

Are there any traditions you try to do every summer, or any things you’d like to try and cross of a to-do list this year? Also, do you think Ben looks beach-fit in the above picture?