Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December Favourites

Sneaking in a December Favourites before 2015 comes to a close because I've found some favourites worthy of mention. December's been pretty crazy- work was extremely stressful and hectic in the lead-up to the Christmas season but the holiday period has been great to take a breather and relax. I've been feeling spendy and buying presents for others and presents for myself and I'm looking forward to ringing in the new year in a couple of days! I've found some great products that I can highly recommend because they've impressed me greatly in some form during the month of December!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

X | New Years Resolutions

With 2015 coming to an end, I decided to post about my resolutions for 2016. I've already made some preparations for the new year, including a planner and a new bag (shoutout to my brand spanking new beige Longchamp Le Pliage!) and I think that making goals for the new year, especially when they're related to the content on my blog, is a good thing to post about.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

IX | A Food Lover's Guide

Brisbane's a small town, and a big city, with dreadful or delightful weather depending on how you're feeling and the food scene can be viewed as 'cute' and small-time or big and booming depending on your expectations. I've found some delicious gems among a myriad of new names cropping up everyday and I'm a repeat visitor because most of the time I'd rather go back to places that I know and love instead of taking a risk that it might be a subpar experience everytime I want food. In this post I've compiled my favourite places to eat in 3 categories so whether you're in the mood for coffee, casual or classy, I hope you find something you'll want to try!

Custom burgers at Miel Container, CBD

Monday, December 21, 2015

VIII | Interior Design and Tidying

For day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas I'll be posting about tidying, rearranging and personalising space because it's a topic close to my heart. I've loved having my own room and the space it gives me to make it my own. I recently finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, world-renowned tidying guru and to be completely honest I have not yet undergone the process of tidying which she advises, but I did enjoy reading the book and taking everything with a grain of salt. 

Gorgeous watercolour cover for the kikki.K edition!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

VII | 2015 Highlights

2015 has been a great year and I feel like I've grown a lot and have begun the transition into adulthood. I'm graduating University in a semester, working and learning more everyday. I'm thoroughly looking forward to what the new year holds, as well as missing simpler times when I didn't have to make real world decisions and life was carefree.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

VI | Had Me A Blast

Since finishing school for the year, I've been busy planning 12 Days of Christmas blogposts, working and enjoying date nights with my boyfriend- we've been treating ourselves to visiting new and favourite restaurants on Friday nights. I'm hurriedly getting this post in because I've been extremely stressed at work with everybody going on holiday, and unfortunately I haven't had time to take photos I'm happy with for my content. Hope you enjoy these photos and seeing a bit of what I've been up to in my down time!

Saw the Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour with 4 awesome Swifties and had the best time! Our seats were really good and that helped a lot. She's so cute and adorable and such a showman. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

V | Present Wrapping

I love presenting gifts in interesting ways, like in an upcycled box or a pretty ornament. This post combines my love for gifting and decorative elements (pretty much exclusively kikki.K) in a few ideas of gift presentation. I love swaddling presents in boxes, paper, ribbons and gift tags and just like how Masterchef has taught us about presentation being key to good food, the wow-factor presents can be attributed not just to the thoughtful and lovingly prepared gift, but also to the presentation.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

IV | Beachy Bronze

I've wanted to try Josie Maran's product line since I heard about it from Vivianna years ago, but I wasn't drawn to any of the products enough to take the plunge - the Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise was very tempting - but when I swatched the Coconut Watercolour Eye Shadow in Beach Sand, I knew it was coming home with me.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

III | Gifting Tips

If you've read, heard of or completed the test for the 5 Love Languages, you'll know that for some people, gift-giving is a major way for them to express love and appreciation emotionally and I am one of those people. I love giving gifts to loved ones and no gift makes me more satisfied than 'the perfect, thoughtful, useful yet often elusive present'. I know that present ideas can be quite a challenge and in this post I'm going to share some of my tips for gift giving and ideas.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

II | S/S Lips and Cheeks Edit

The thing I love most about spring and summer makeup are the gorgeous corals, pinks and peaches for lips and cheeks. I pulled some of my favourites out of my stash and decided I would make an attempt to get more wear out of these gorgeous shades.

Monday, December 14, 2015

I | Unboxing my kikki.K 2016 Planner

For Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas blogposts, I'm unboxing my planner for 2016! Not only is it a motivating initiative for the new year, but planners can also double as a pretty and functional Christmas present. I've been using diaries for many years and I started using kikki.K diaries a few years ago when my best friend gifted me one for my birthday. I've loved using them ever since and I've been buying diaries annually from kikki.K and Typo, experimenting with the daily, weekly and monthly view diaries. In anticipation of 2016, I decided to take the plunge and try a kikki.K leather planner (link to their range here!).

Thursday, December 3, 2015

November Favourites

The past month has been one of treating my hair well, taking care of my skin, and getting my health and fitness on track. November was stinking hot, and it's only going to get hotter. I had a good November in other aspects too- my internship turned into paid work and the 2015 academic year came to an end, so I only have one semester of University left before graduation! I don't have any grand plans for the summer break- I'm just working full-time and taking a week off to go to an annual Bible Training Conference in January. I'm planning on doing 12 Days of Christmas blogposts in the lead-up to the 25th, as I'm a bit too busy to do 25 consecutive days of blogging.