Acai Bowls for Breakfast: Muesli is one of my favourite breakfast foods. I'd probably eat it for lunch too if I could. Acai Bowls however take breakfast cereal to the next level. How delicious do they look!? I'm yet to try one but will be scouring the web for recipes. If you have any recommendations, leave 'em below.
A New Read: I'm always on the hunt for new things to read and I recently spotted Kiera Cass' books over on Maria's Instagram. She recommends them highly, and you can guarantee once I have Book #1 in my hands, I'll be unreachable for the next few days. Not really, but I do zone out to the next lev with a book.
Alexa Chung for AG: A denim piece of clothing, no less a denim dress!? I have to say my lack of enthusiasm for denim has been missing this Summer. I basically live in denim cutoffs right now. Anyway, my favourite style queen Alexa has recently collaborated with AG. I won't link the collection, as most of it's long sold-out. Britney did some pretty rad illustrations of the pieces though which you should check out.
I Got Spendy (ish): I'm going to blame YouTube, Pinterest, current decor trends etc for my ongoing obsession with rose-gold themed everything. I spotted this gorgeous rose gold bowl in a shop in Ponsonby Central. I've been looking for something like this for a while to store my palettes so they're not all over the place in my makeup drawer. It fits all the ones I have fine, I can actually lay my Mac one flat in it and I love having them all out in full view.
Simple's Micellar Water: It seems like here in NZ we've gone from not being able to access micellar waters at all to having two arriving on the market in March. On Tuesday I went to the launch for Simple's Micellar Water at the Sofitel. Side note: the Sofitel is the most beautiful hotel in Auckland. I'm looking for excuses to stay there. I've been really impressed by this micellar water but more on that next week..
*Have utterly rad weekends everybody! In between hiding from the crazy heat I'll be going along to #BloggersBrunchClub with Ellen and an engagement party for one of my friends. Oh and blogging of course. x
Summer is one of my favourite seasons and whilst I whinge a little bit about the heat, I secretly love it. January's been a somewhat busy month, and while I didn't take my camera with me everywhere, I tried to document some of my adventures+activities where I could. If you enjoy this I might try to make it a seasonal thing. Anyway, here's some of what I've snapped in Summer..
*I've started using my visual journal to document my inspiration again. I've really enjoyed doing this so I might make a post about it if you're interested.
*Gingerella on the side of a building in Wellington. I tried finding a bottle of it whilst I was down there but couldn't. The packaging is pretty darn rad though.
I had a little Golden Globes viewing party for one. Basically all of my picks to win left award-less but it was fun watching it anyway. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler's monologue was worth the two/three hours alone.
A window display that I loved in Wellington and a card from my Kikki K set.
A little snippet inside my 2015 diary. Those shadows are from my hair (I think) which looks insane! Bed head ftw.
The gorgeous sunset outside my bedroom window one night last week. I've always loved shadows and silhouettes so I had to include the bushes in this picture too.
Unity Books in Wellington. One of my favourite bookstores in New Zealand. There's also one in Auckland too. While I don't always buy books when I'm there, I always visit it for a browse if I am near one.
Inside the Yvonne Todd exhibition at City Gallery Wellington. Loved those beaded gowns! She also had her collection of Sweet Valley High books on display and journals which I loved seeing.
*I hope you've enjoyed this little look at what my lens has been documenting over the last month or so. This week's been loverly so far. Yesterday I went to a launch for a new micellar water from Simple. I'll report back in a post next month. Today I'm heading out to mini golf and one of my besties gets back to NZ today! She's been gone for six months and I have missed her a ridiculous amount so I am looking forward to seeing her at the airport. I hope your week's are going awesome. x
I'm sounding the monthly favourites whistle for the first time in 2015. There's a surprisingly minimal amount of makeup in here for once which can be attributed to the humidity. Who has time for makeup when it's just going to slide off your face anyway? There's also some reading material and an organisational favourite for the
month year. Enjoy!
PS-I always try to put links to everything in the description box of my video so if you're interested in anything you can click those.
Stay inspired: At the start of the year, I feel like it's easy to fall into a bit of a funk if you've not achieved everything you wanted the previous year. Although, tbh, I am my own harshest critic. Well I found these cards in Kikki K the other day and if you need a little visual motivating then I suggest you get them. This one above is one of my favourites at the moment. I do get distracted by things that happened in the past and can zone out so being more present is something I'm mindful of.
Tavi meets The Coveteur: You're probably well aware that I'm a cheerleader for Tavi Gevinson. This isn't an official nor payable job title. Well now one of my favourite blogs on the internet has gone and interviewed her and photographed her space and worldly possessions. I was really happy when the images of this story started appearing on my Instagram. If the idea of these two worlds colliding excites you too then head on over here.
Blogger Success: What makes a successful blog? It's the ten million dollar question really. Well, some of the raddest British bloggers including Anna (above), Kat, Suzie and more have shared what they think is behind it all. Bloggers, if you want some inspiration then give it a read.
Inject Colour into your Makeup: When it comes to colour, I only get a bit daring in the lip department. I'm not gonna lie, I am often umming and ahhing over red eyeshadow and navy liners. How bold haha. While I may not be rocking yellow eyeshadow any time soon, Anna's certainly had me inspired to play with colour a bit more after her fun beauty video.
Miley Cyrus for MAC Viva Glam: Ahh Viva Glam. The one and only purchases I have made from this range were Lady Gaga's baby pink numbers of 2010. Oh gosh they looked terrible on me but I loved Lady Gaga and Mac at that time and it supported charity so it wasn't a total loss. Well now they've got Miley on board to front their campaign and I am obsessed with the lipstick she's put her name to. It's a bright, amplified pink, one of my favourite Mac finishes and I am looking forward to grabbing it. NZ readers, pencil February 12th in your diary if you're after this.
*Have the most radtastic weekend everyone! It's Auckland Anniversary weekend and while I didn't nab Laneway tickets *sad face*, I'm hoping it'll still be a fun one. A beach trip looks set to be on the cards, and perhaps a movie sesh. Have a good one xo.
For those of you who want to see what colours look like on, I am wearing Anna in the photo on the left and Soar in the photo on the right.
Whether you like the Jenner+Kardashian clan, or loathe them, you cannot deny that their makeup is always on point. Yes they have a team of makeup artists to help make them look beautiful but throughout the show* Kylie has often been the one to get daring with her makeup. The girl knows her stuff! Unless you've been under a rock you'll have seen her nude, nineties-esque lip online and in the beauty pages of our favourite glossies. Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite products for achieving the Kylie Jenner lip-look. Luscious pouts are where it's at..
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pink Venus-Okay so this is not strictly a brown-nude, in fact it leans a little bit lighter than Soar but if you don't want to go overboard, this is the lipliner for you. If you overdraw your lips with this one it looks a lot subtler in my opinion. Pink Venus also sits nicely under most nude lipsticks as well which makes it a winner in my eyes. It can be a tad drying so be sure to use a conditioning lip balm first if your lips aren't looking their best.
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna-The one and only. I won't rave on about this too much today but to me this is the signature Kylie lip colour. It may not be as matte as the colours she tends to favour but it's pretty close. This lipstick has amazing lasting power too. I've worn it at lunches and it doesn't fade. I love the luxe, magnetic packaging too.
Mac Lip Pencil in Soar-Now according to Kim K, this is the lipliner Kylie uses and loves. As a result it is notoriously difficult to come by these days. I managed to find mine in Wellington which I think was a stroke of luck and the fact the Mac counters had just reopened after the public holidays. You can see above it makes my lips look fuller, even without overdrawing them. For reference, I did try this on overdrawn and liked how it looked. It'd be easy to get carried away though so be careful!
Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian-These lip creams are designed to have a plumping effect. I wouldn't say it makes a drastic difference but it definitely is a lot more noticeable than some other lip plumping products I have tried previously. Again, if you're wanting something a bit more on the subtler side then you should check these out.
-Have you tried any products to achieve Kylie Jenner's signature lip? Which are your favourites?
*Yes I watch the Kardashians and I have no shame nor regrets about this admission.