The Week #135
12/19/2014

The Week #135




The best present ever-For the longest time I have wanted a subscription to Frankie. I feel like magazine subscriptions are one of those things we tend to not buy ourselves and I am always so happy when I am gifted one. My lovely family got me a subscription to Frankie this Christmas and the first issue came earlier in the week and I was so excited. This issue also comes with an awesome wall calendar for 2015 and some illustrated Australian postcards. It's loaded with a lot of extra content too and I can't wait to read it on my mini-breaks.

Hydrangea Ranger Pop Up-One of my favourite local designers, Hydrangea Ranger has a pop-up store open at the moment at Widdess in Ponsonby. If you're a bit behind with your Christmas shopping for your girlfriends, Mum, Nan and the other important ladies in your life then I suggest you head here. There's rad prints, jewellery, vases and more. I wish I could go there in person but instead I'll have to look at the beautiful 'grams of the setup.

A word for 2015-I'm not sure about you, but I don't really like the idea of New Years Resolutions. They're great in theory, but I find it lame when I don't meet them. Instead I prefer to make short term goals within the month or across a couple of months. I really like Shauna's approach though. She's chosen a word for the year and is making goals around that. Her word was create, and I'm still thinking of one for myself. Would you like me to do a post when I decide?

Lindsay Lohan's Top Shelf-Lindsay Lohan was my idol for the longest time. Her movies were a huge part of my childhood+teen years and I still watch them now. I was excited to see her Top Shelf featured on Into The Gloss this week along with her beauty secrets+loves. She's a Charlotte Tilbury fan, Mac makeup maven and isn't afraid to mix and match fragrances. Fellow fans or beauty lovers, go have a read.

An easy+delicious Christmas treat-Peppermint+chocolate are one of my favourite pairings. Throw Oreos into the mix and you have something rather delectable. Last week I made this Peppermint Chocolate Bark and it was amazing. Aside from being ridiculously simple to make, it's perfect to whip up last minute for a Christmas party or if you have unexpected guests turning up for drinks and gift exchanges. 

*Have an amazing weekend everyone, and good luck if you're out doing your Christmas shopping this weekend. I have one present left to buy but I think I'm just going to get it online. I don't fancy going near another shopping mall for a while. Tonight I am off to Katy Perry with a family friend. I'm so excited to finally be getting to see Katy live. Tomorrow we have a pre-Christmas party of sorts at our place and other than that I'll just be chilling and attempting to start packing my bags before I head away early next week. 

Also, you may notice Blogmas halting. I didn't really realise how full on I was going to find that and maintaining my regular blog schedule+everyday life. This week has honestly been so crazy and I'm knackered. There'll be another post up tonight but there may not be any others. Sorry guys! I now have way more respect for people who daily blog and vlog because it's a lot of work. 
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Peppermint Chocolate Bark
12/18/2014

Peppermint Chocolate Bark




I wish this photo had a scratch and sniff function because you'd be wanting to devour the chocolate bark you see. It's Day 6 of Blogmas and we're all heading to the kitchen and cooking up something tasty and festive for you all. I opted to make Peppermint Chocolate Bark which I'd seen on Pinterest a few times. This seems to be quite the American thing. It's super easy to whip up and requires next to no effort but it still looks great and tastes delicious. If you want to find out how to make this then keep reading..

What You'll Need:

1 cup of Oreo cookies (chopped). *For reference, I got the box in NZ supermarkets which has several tubes and I think I ended up using all except one or two of the tubes inside it.

1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips. *I used the Cadbury ones because they're the best in my opinion.

1 1/2 Cups White Chocolate Chips. *These seemed harder to find so I just bought some Cadbury white chocolate buttons.

10 Mini Candy Canes (crushed), about 1/2 cup.

A cake tin. *These may not be called cake tins but y'know the things you cook brownies or slices in? Them. 

A sheet of cooking paper.


Steps:

-Melt your milk chocolate chips until smooth and pour over the baking paper. Sprinkle with the chopped Oreos and place in the fridge to chill for ten minutes.

-Melt your white chocolate until smooth and pour over your oreos and milk chocolate layer. Side note: White chocolate seems to melt a lot faster so keep it on a lower temperature if you want to slow the process slightly. Add the chopped candy cane pieces on top and place in the fridge to chill until set. I found about 10-15 minutes was fine.

-Break up your bark, eat, serve, gift and enjoy! This is really so simple, it's probably not right to even call it a recipe but it honestly tastes so good I just had to mention it.

*Do you have any Christmas recipes you love?

-Original recipe sourced here


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Life Lately #3
12/18/2014

Life Lately #3



It's time for another little life in pictures style update. I feel like this post is food heavy. That was unintentional. I just happen to have eaten a bit of aesthetically pleasing food recently. That's all there is to it really. I'm a tad tired from writing Christmas posts all week so apologies for the lack of chatty banter! 


-Delicious waffles at The Chocolate Boutique in Parnell with Tara and Ellen. They were amazing!
-Reading Frankie magazine on the train. A regular occurrence. 


-A little pamper night with Golden Wonder, my favourite Lush bath bomb and a read of Girl Online. 
-Peonies! They were good while they lasted.



-Christmas Crackers I grabbed at Kmart to take down to my family when I stay there next week.
-My previous pinboard which was inspired by wanderlust and adventure.
-Another snap at the Chocolate Boutique. Look at all those lollies!
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Christmas Decor
12/17/2014

Christmas Decor




Hello and welcome back to another Blogmas post! It's Day 5 and myself, Caelan and Jess are all writing and documenting one of my favourite things, Christmas decorations. It's probably no secret that I love Christmas decor so the fact we have a real Christmas tree this year really excites me. I also seem to have a habit for collecting new decorations and I love setting up all the decorations around the house. If you want to have a lil' nosy at how we decorated our house and how I've made my room look a little more festive then keep reading..



-A little close-up of one of my favourite sections of our Christmas tree. That rose-covered bauble is one of the decorations I chose last year and it was from Smith & Caughey's I believe.
-My room's inspiration board looking a touch more festive. I was trying to channel Jenna Rink when she makes editorial mood boards in 13 Going On 30. The Christmas cards are from Kikki K and Typo. The star was from Bed Bath'N Table



-Some of the decorations along the bottom of my pinboard and also on my wall. I don't have a big enough bedroom for a Christmas tree although I do want a mini one, next year! The two on my board were picked up last year and they're both from Smith & Caughey's I believe. The snowflake was from Bed Bath'N Table.
-Some bunting Mum made last year. We have this hanging above the ceiling in our kitchen/dining area.

-Some faux berries on our table. You may have seen these in the background of my YouTube videos recently and I'm not gonna lie, I kinda wish they could be out on display all year.


*I hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know what you're loving for Christmas decor this year in the comments and be sure to check out Caelan and Jess' posts too.
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A Lip Product Update
12/17/2014

A Lip Product Update




I do love me a good lip product, that's certainly not a secret. Over the last three or four months these six have made their way into the depths of my handbags. Whoops, #sorrynotsorry and all that jazz. There's balms, gloss, lipsticks and even a pencil in the mix. There's also a reality TV inspired purchase in there because I'm a marketer's dream. So what did I pick up? Read on...

L'Oreal Colour Riche Liquid Lipstick in Nude Ballet-The reality TV inspired buy in question. This is supposed to be the lip colour Kim Kardashian wore on her wedding day earlier in the year. These remind me a lot of the YSL Glossy Stains in terms of their formula. They also have a very YSL-esque scent to them. Nude Ballet is basically Mac's Peach Blossom but in gloss form. As it does have a more glossy finish, the lasting power's not as great as some of these other lip products but it does leave a slight stain on your lips which is never a bad thing. Ain't nobody got time for touchups..

Mac Ruby Woo, part of a limited edition set*-I used to own Ruby Woo a couple of years back but sold it on last year. I'm not really too sure why that was but since having this back in my life I've regretted that decision. Ruby Woo is a classic, staple red that every girl needs in her collection. Yes it's a little bit drying but if you apply a lip balm to your lips first and something like a gloss over the top it becomes more bearable. It's my go to red this festive season.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna-This lipstick seems to have been out of stock in NZ for a while so during a #feelingspendy moment I picked this up from Nordstrom online. It does not disappoint. The Audacious lipsticks seem to have a semi-matte finish. The shade Anna is just beautiful and if I could wear it on my lips every day I would. If you want to see what it looks like on, check out Anna's post

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Sparkling Dewdrops-I feel like this will be a bold claim but Tanya Burr's lip glosses have to be among my favourites that I have tried this year. Gorgeous colours, beautiful finishes and comfortable on the lips. Sparkling Dewdrops is one of her newly launched shades. It's peachy pink with the subtlest hint of sparkle. These are such great glosses and they don't break the budget. I Found Nemo is next on my wishlist.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Lip Balm, limited edition*-The Glazed Apple range is my favourite from The Body Shop this year. It's such a shame it's limited edition because these products honestly smell so amazing. They remind me of lollies and Granny Smith apples. Nom! This lip balm doesn't feel too heavy on the lips so it's perfect to apply before lipstick. As it's limited edition I'd suggest you get your hands on this now before they're all snapped up as Christmas gifts.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pink Venus-This has been on my wishlist for a while now and after seeing it look stunning on Alix, it just had to be added to my basket. I've still not used this yet as I'm saving it for Christmas Day but no doubt you'll see a selfie or something when it makes its debut.

*Have you picked up any lip products recently?

-I hope everyone's having a nice week so far! This week's been a bit less chaotic than the last. I went to check out some Christmas lights on Monday night and they were so awesome! I wish I'd bought my camera but I think we are going back to them. Oh and if you're wondering how my audition went, I sadly didn't get in to the show. There was so many talented people there, way more talented than I am so I wasn't too surprised. I'm disappointed not gonna lie but I'm just glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and gave it a go.

*PR Sample
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