I was able to cross another goal off of my list this week, and it was Goal #69 – to go to church. I know this seems like an odd goal (or would for some at least), but for me it was one of the more personal goals of the 101 that I aim to achieve. On Friday night I attended Christmas Eve mass with my family, and although it was sweltering hot it was a pleasant experience.
This will be my last post until after Christmas, so I am wishing those who celebrate it a very Merry Christmas, and everyone a very happy holidays! Have a great time, stay safe and do your best to live in the moment. I am already looking forward to 2011 and everything it will bring. My mindset is positive, and my #1 priority for the year ahead is budgeting. (cue screaming) Seriously though, 2010 has been a blast, but it’s also been rather excessive and I am looking to cull down frivolous spending a lot in my life next year. I will go into this in further detail in another blog post, but for now – have a great weekend everyone, and I’ll be back next week!
This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday is dedicated to a fictional television character that I am gaining a wealth of inspiration from. This character happens to be Emma Pillsbury, the guidance counsellor on Glee. Everytime she would come onto the screen I would die a little bit inside from jealousy. Not just because of her on-screen chemistry with the adorable Mr Schue, but because of her her enviable wardrobe.
I need me some twin sets and adorable jewelry asap. I am not the only one with an admiration for Emma’s wardrobe, there is a site dedicated to it called What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear? and I spent way too much time browsing through it last night (while shopping online for Mary Jane pumps, twin sets and J Crew accessories). Now excuse me while I go and browse Etsy for some vintage sweater pins…
My haul package arrived from Stila (via Hopshopgo) today, and my feelings towards everything are kind of “meh”. I’m putting it down to the fact that I’m sick and unable to muster up much enthusiasm for anything right now, including Christmas. Yes, I said it. I’m hoping this summer cold leaves the building (aka my body) stat so I can start feeling like myself again. In the meantime, here is what I ordered from Stila: Illuminating Finishing Powder in Gold, Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser in Bare (yet received the shade “light”, grr), Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser in 01, Empty 6 Pan Palette, Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, Stila Eyeshadow Trio in Goddess, Stila Eyeshadow Trio in Anya, Stila Lip Glaze in Grapefruit, Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten and Stila Lip Glaze in Mayberry. I also ordered a lip glaze in Papaya, but as they sent me Lemongrass, which is not my sort of shade at all I think I’ll give it to my co-worker tomorrow.
My first exposure to the haircare brand Alterna came many years ago when Kate Bosworth mentioned using their caviar range in an interview with InStyle magazine. So my interest was piqued and of course, despite my searching I could not find the brand available for purchase anywhere in Australia. The years passed and to be honest the brand slipped my mind – until I recently received an email regarding the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Post Party Hair Rehab. My hair has been frazzled lately, which I am putting down to the fact that in my rushed pre-Christmas state, I’m not spending enough time nurturing it as I should. So this post party hair rehab sounded like something I urgently needed in my life. I’ve been using the shampoo & conditioner since receiving it a couple of weeks ago, and I am somehow still not finished the bottles (despite washing my hair every day) but I thought I would put my review up anyway. Firstly, the shampoo and conditioner both have a lovely citrus smell that is nice and invigorating during my 5am shower time. Also, the shampoo lathers up a LOT so you only need a small amount of product to go a long way. Now, after using the product for a few weeks now I have to admit that I do not think it is ideal for my hair type. I have thin hair (a lot of it) that is prone to oiliness that I wash every day because I am yet to master the art of taming it to be washed every couple of days. I noticed that after a couple of days of using this product in a row my hair seemed quite weighed down by product. The Alterna range uses caviar extract that contains omega 3 fatty acids that help to smooth down the hair shaft and promote shine. I’m not sure if this is the reason why my hair seemed ‘thicker’ than usual, but it’s my guess. Don’t get me wrong, my hair looked great, but it felt kind of strange and heavy to me. I think the shampoo & conditioner would be better suited to people who have thicker hair than I, or who wash their hair on a less frequently than I do. I will post a review soon on the Overnight Hair Rescue – which I absolutely LOVE. The Alterna range is free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates and other nasty things. The Alterna Caviar Moisture Shampoo retails for $37.95 AUD and the Caviar Moisture Conditioner for $39.95 AUD. Both products are available for purchase at high end boutiques and salons. For stockist information check the website. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)