Healthy Living, YouTube Challenge

YouTube Exercise Video Challenge

I think the titles pretty self explanatory, however I will delve a little deeper and explain myself. I had this wacky idea to try out a new work out video each day for the month of October. But then being realistic I knew I soon would stumble, so I made the goal a bit more suitable to my disposition. I’ve; on this very day started a fit 24 challenge at work. This entails going sugar free, getting 7 hrs of sleep and doing at least 20 minute of exercise a day for 24 out of the 30 days. It’s a team effort so I really can’t let the side down. Therefor, for my 20 minutes of exercise I thought I would try a new YouTube exercise video for those 24 days. The only rules I’ve set out for myself is that the video needs to be no less than 20 minutes long (with the exception of repeating a shorter video) and no longer than an hour.

That massive explanation out of the way I’ll jump into today’s video.
*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

What You’ll Need:

A Mat (yoga one works perfect)

A Resistance Band

Skill Level: Beginner

Sweat Rating: 3 out of 5 ( More than a light glow)

Fun Rating: 4 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

I can’t lie this was my second time completing this video, mainly because it’s one of the first that pops up in the search. It’s a fun upbeat video. The instructor explains each move in the sequence clearly and there are a number of different moves to keep anyone with a short attention span motivated. She runs through everything one time and then you repeat the moves again with a little cardio burst at the end. You do need equipment for this video, but I got my band and mat both from Kmart and they were a real steal. I like to do a video that requires equipment as it mixes things up a little and means that you can focus on toning and sculpting, as they say.  This video got my heart rate pumping and I know I’ll definitely be feeling it in the morning. Cheesy music aside this is a pretty good stater video for those of you who have just purchased your first resistance band like moi.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Healthy Living, Recipe

Peanut Maple Granola Recipe

Since I haven’t done a recipe since my Heart Warming Chicken Soup post, I thought I would mix it up and show you one of my all time favourite breakfasts. This Granola is super easy to make, will last for around 3-4 weeks in an air tight jar (If it even lasts that long) and its pretty darn healthy. So with all that said and done here’s how to make it…
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  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Pic’s Peanut Butter Unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups of Wholegrain Oats
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Sprinkle in your favourite nuts and seeds, I use a mixture of Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts, Slivered Almonds, Sesame Seeds or feel free to pop some Goji Berries or Dried Cranberries.

Method

Preheat Oven to 180 Fan

  1. Mix the Honey, Maple Syrup and Peanut Butter in a microwavable bowl. Once mixed well microwave for 20 seconds and stir again.
  2. Add in the Chia Seeds, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and the salt and stir well.
  3. Place the wet ingredients into a larger bowl make sure to use a spatula to get as much of the mixture out into the new bowl. Add in the oats, make sure to add a little at a time, to ensure the oats are covered completely with the wet mixture.
  4. Next add in your desired extras. If you find it’s a little dry add in a little more Honey and Maple syrup to the mix.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly over a baking tray covered in baking paper.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 mins, turning the granola over half way through. Be sure to keep and eye on it as it tends to burn pretty fast.

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So there you have it! I like to have mine with unsweetened natural yoghurt, chopped pears, grapes and strawberries and a little drizzle of honey. It would also be amazing as a parfait, in a cute glass with lots of yummy berries in between. Enjoy with a glass of coconut water and you’re set for the day.

Let me know if you try this

Stay cool,

Bailey xox

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Beauty

August Monthly Beauty Favourites

Yes, Yes I know I haven’t blogged for a little while now, but life has unfortunately got in the way as it sometimes does. However, I’m back and as a new month has begun (I can not believe it’s September already) I thought I would begin with what I was loving in the past month.

Now this month I’ve managed to narrow it down to 6 items in total, 5 of which I absolutely adore, one that I am firmly on the fence about.

IMG_3133First up is the CHI CHI Fabulous and Flawless Foundation. I was all in a panic when I ran out of my all time fave L’oreal True Match, as here in NZ it is ridiculously over priced. So I thought it was time to move on and try something else. After watching a favourite foundation video from Shannon of  Shaaanxo fame, she recommend this foundation and I’m so glad I tried it. I got the shade No.7, which is great for me and my post winter skin. It’s medium to full coverage, with a sheen like finish to it. Price wise it is around $39 NZD, which I felt isn’t too bad and the container is glass, which for some reason I find really satisfying.

IMG_3129Next up is the Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15. I have been using this for around two months now and I obviously love it. It is, as it states very nourishing, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. It has a built in SPF which makes me feel better especially when you live in NZ. It also hasn’t caused me to break out which is a massive thumbs up. I just picked this up in the supermarket and I can’t wait to try out some more in the range very soon.

IMG_3135Thirdly in the top favourites of the month, comes and oldie but a goodie. Maybellines Great lash Mascara in the Lots of Lashes formula. I first tired this version of  the cult classic mascara about two and a half years ago, when I first moved to NZ, after needing a mascara that wasn’t going to break the bank and it was love at first application. It has a teardrop shaped tapered wand, which is excellent for creating both length and volume. It also means you can use the narrow end to get those pesky inner corner lashes. This is now back in my life after my Collection Mascara dried out, which is one massive downside of that amazing mascara (man how many times can you say mascara in one paragraph)

IMG_3137 To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if this was going to make the cut this month, but recently it’s been my eyeliner of choice. The Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, bar the really long name does just what it says on the tin. The funny shaped applicator really does pull your lashes up, allowing the gel liner to really get deep into the lashes, so that you are left with this beautiful opaque line. I also love the angle of the applicator, because it makes the dreaded feline flick a real doddle. The pigmentation is great with a true deep black shade and the longevity is awesome, no smudgy panda eyes up in here! All in all a pretty impressive gel liner, gimmicks aside.

IMG_3139Lastly in my most loved items this month comes another old favourite. After having a huge clear out of my make up collection, I came across this little gem; the Nars Angelika Blush.I’m a huge blush person, I just feels like it gives my skin life and I love me a Nars blush, in fact I’ll even go as far as to say they are my holy grail when it comes to blush. This is a baby pink shade with flecks of silver glitter running through it, which doesn’t thankfully transfer onto the cheek, it just provides a beautiful sheen. If you’re looking for something peppy and perky then this may well be the match for you, layer it on top of a similar cream formula shade for a doll like fresh faced cheek.

IMG_3142Very finally I thought I would just add this baby into the mix as I’m very much on the fence about it. It’s the Body shop Instablur all in one perfecter. The reason that I’m on the fence about this is actually because I’m just waiting for it to fully break me out, I’ve noticed a few blemishes popping up. It has that silicone type texture akin to the likes of the SmashBox Photo Ready Primer, which doesn’t react well with my skin. It does however, mattify my skin and fill in the pores, which for me is a huge plus. Weather it actually does help my foundation last longer is still on trial and the jury is definitely still out on weather or not it’s giving me that blurred like effect that seems to be so popular at the moment.

So everyone there you have it, what I’ve been loving this month. I hope this has been helpful in same way for you all, let me know what it is you’ve been loving this month. Once again I apologise for being M.I.A.

Stay Cool

Bailey xox

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Sebastian helping me out with the photography!

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What’s That In My Bathroom Cabinet?

Ok, so I know it’s a little (well a lot) taboo, but I can’t lie, when I am in someone else’s bathroom this huge urge comes over me to take a sneaky peak in their bathroom cabinet. Now I was brought up better than that, so I usually refrain, but today I thought I would let you all see what’s in my bathroom cabinet, to satisfy any urges out there.

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L-R; Garnier Micellar Water, Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser, Nspa Hot cloth Cleanser, Nspa Deep Hydrating Facial Oil, Nspa 5 Minute Magic Mask, Nspa Repair Night Cream, Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask, Vaseline Spray Moisture Cocoa Butter, La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Face Wash, Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Lotion, Baby Shampoo, Sudocrem, Charles Worthington Intense Moisture Seal Balm, Boots Cotton Wool Rounds, Paracetamol, Strepsils, Nail Clippers

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Garnier Micellar Water

I’ve decided that I’m going to do a completely separate skincare routine post, so I won’t bore you with the details of each product until then. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet. Here we have step one in my make up removal process. Micellar water, what I did in the past without this stuff is beyond me. Put simply its pretty Awesome.

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Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

Then comes step two the Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is one of two I have on the go at the moment (oh my life is so exciting) I’ve spoken about this one in a previous post here. It’s by Ren and it’s fabulous. It feels so luxurious on the skin and really gets deep down into the nitty, gritty.

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NSPA Hot Cloth Polish

You’ll notice that this brand Nspa, features a lot in my skincare regime. That is because when I was over in the UK, I didn’t bring any skincare with me. I needed to find something cheap and convenient and lo and behold there it was sitting in the local supermarket. I picked up the Hot Cloth Cleanser, as I’d heard and read many great things and it is pretty good. Not quite as luxurious as the Ren but for the price it does a wonderful job.

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NSPA Deep Hydrating Facial Oil

See I told you there would be more from Nspa in here and just you wait there’s still two more products behind this one. This is my serum that I use nightly. As I’ve well and truly passed the 25 year milestone, I thought it was probably time I started using a serum. You’ll notice that I haven’t used too much of this product, that’ll be because I’m taking a little break, after stating all that. I notice that when I started using this product, I was began to break out pretty badly. I’m just doing a little test at the moment to see if this is the cause, so watch this space.
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NSPA 5 Minute Magic Mask

Nspa 5 minute mask. Can you tell there was a buy 2 for £8 deal going on here? this is a nice mask. Not the greatest but nice. I hate using the word nice to describe something but, that in this case is honestly the best word. It doesn’t rock my world but it’s enough that I notice a slight difference in my skin. Even if it is all in my head.

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NSPA Night Repair Cream

Now this I love. I’m so sad that its only available in the UK, but where theres a will there’s a way. I won’t delve into it too much but this stuff is incredible. It’s nourishing enough that my skin feels plump and hydrated but its not too hydrating that my skin feels greasy or oily. It sinks in super fast and smells like something they’d use in a facial in a posh spa.

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Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask

 This is definitely my go to face mask. This is the first Michael Todd product I’ve tried and I love it. Just a word to the wise, it looks a lot like poop when you put it on, so maybe do this one when you’ve got a night in on your own. Poop face aside, it has this amazing pumpkin pie scent going on and it leaves my skin feeling like its had a thorough deep clean.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser; Cocoa Glow

 My moisturiser of choice when fake tanning. Purely because it takes limited effort to apply, sinks in super fast and has a yummy cocoa butter smell to it. What more can I say really?.

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La Roche Posey Effaclar Foaming Gel

 Like the Moisturiser I’m keeping this short too. I’ve already bleated on and on until the cows come home about how much I love this product. This is one of my back ups, just sitting the the cupboard patiently waiting to be loved, don’t worry La Roche I’ll be loving you soon!

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Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion DARK

 Again I harped on about how much I love this fake tan here, so I’ll let you read that in your own time. I keep this waiting for me in the cupboard as a reminder that my pasty white/yellow skin needs a top up.

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Baby Shampoo

The next two products are baby related and whilst there is no baby in this household, these products are a must have for me. I always have a bottle of baby shampoo hanging around, why? you might ask. It is by far the best thing ever to deep clean my make up brushes. Not only is it a wonderfully cheap option, it gets them super duper clean with minimal effort and leaves them smelling like, well a baby’s bottom. I’m going to do a post soon on how I deep clean my brushes.

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Sudocrem

The second of my baby related products is Sudocrem. This is something in my humble opinion that should be in everyones bathroom cabinet. Not only is it amazing for attacking pesky pimples, its also great to apply to any areas of unfortunate chaffing (yes, i did just admit to chaffing) or any other rashes that might appear on ones body. It’s so cheap and can be found in the baby aisle in most supermarkets.
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Charles Worthington Salon At Home Instense Rescue Melting Balm

My bathroom cabinet wouldn’t be complete without some form of hair item. This heavy weight hails all the way form Old Blighty unfortunately and sadly for me I’ve fallen head over heels in love. This hair mask starts off as a balm, but once you rub about a walnut size piece in your hand it melts into an oil (a little like coconut oil), which is super nourishing and hydrating, you’re hair will truly thank you. It also smells so luxurious. As I said sadly this is from my trip to the UK, and is a little hard to get your mitts on here, so I’m trying to go easy when using this.
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And finally the miscellaneous items, everyone has lurking in their cupboards. I’m not going to go into much detail, but here you’ll find cotton wool, nail clippers, paracetamol and strepsils.

Well that’s it! I hope this has cured some of the curiosity I know lies deep within you all and might just stop you from snooping in the next bathroom cabinet you happen to see before you.

As always thanks for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Mid Week Update

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So, I know there hasn’t been a Sunday Summary for 2 weeks now and for that I apologise (even though I’m sure it’s only my mum that’s interested). However, I thought I would do a mid week, hopefully quick catch up of the events that have taken place.

You know by now how much I love my binge telly watching and the past two weeks have been no expectation to the rule. I’ve, as bad as it is to admit, finished the most recent season of the Real Housewives of New York and am on the penultimate episode of the original, Orange County season. Chris reckons all they do is argue and it kind of stresses him out, but I kinda love it, it’s really addictive car crash tv. I’ve also been watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning. My tv watching was monitored when I was younger and this was a programme that 10 year old me was banned from watching, along with Power Rangers and Shorthand Street. I’m really enjoying reliving the 90s and the teen angst. However, I can very much see why I wasn’t allowed to watch, thanks Ma.

One thing I did want to mention was a play that Chris and I went to on date night about two weeks ago. It was at the Court Theatre here in Christchurch, called Ache. It was really good. Both Chris and I are play newbs, so really didn’t know what to expect. It was very intimate, with a great soundtrack, beautiful acting and a storyline that was both engaging and relatable. The intimate setting was a little awkward to start but once the story started to unfold you found yourself forgetting that it wasn’t real, well I did anyway. It really got us thinking it was something we should do more often.

On that very same date night we also went to Tequila Mocking Bird, on Victoria St. It is a, I guess Latin type restaurant, where you share tapas type dishes, which is my favourite, that way you get to try a little bit of everything. The two highlights, were the jug of sangria, so good in fact we had two and the ice cream sandwich dessert. Definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already. The staff were really friendly and it had a cool interior. I’d recommend going on a week night. We went on a Tuesday and it was lovely and quiet.

I also took a little trip up to Auckland to visit my parents last week. Mum and I decided to go for a wine tasting at the Villa Maria Winery, whilst Dad and my brother played golf, well actually mini golf. I’d never done a wine tasting before, but had always wanted to try one. For a mere $5 per person, which is redeemable on any purchase, you got to try 5 different wines. We went from a bubbly to a beautiful Pinot Noir. My palette isn’t very mature, but the lovely girl that did the tasting for us was so informative that she had me smelling and tasting different flavours within the wine that I never knew were there. I left with a sparkling rose and a pinot noir, which are now sitting in my pantry waiting to be devoured. Next time I’m up in Auckland, I’ll definitely be making mum take us back for one of their delicious looking platters.

So I think I’ll leave it there for my mid week update. I’ve finally got the weekend off this week, so there will most certainly be a Sunday Summary and selfie on its way.
Peace out
Bailey xox

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Beauty, Makeup Monday

Goodie, Goodie Box

I know its been a million years since I wrote a post… well not a million but a week. This isn’t going to be an essay of a post, more of a short story (I hope).

Back when I lived in the UK, I was a keen subscriber to the monthly beauty boxes that are available over there, my favourite being Glossy Box. I was a little slow off the mark here in NZ and have only recently subscribed to The NZ version, Goodie Box. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a beauty box, basically its a monthly subscription service. A bit like when you were little and if you were like me, managed to con your dad into paying for a monthly subscription of Dolly Magazine. So every month you receive a box of 5 beauty items, some sample and some full sized, all for $29+p&p. Which you can cancel at any time. This box was their birthday box, so I actually received 6 items.

To keep this short and sweet here’s what I got;

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IMG_3062 Dr Lewinn’s, Essentials Hand and Nail Cream, Full Size, RRP $19.99 NZD

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Jemma Kidd, Crushed Jewel Creme Duo, Full Size RRP $22.00 NZD

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In the shade; 02 Tourmaline

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Linden Leaves, Eye Rescue Serum, Full Size RRP $49.99 NZD

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Carmex, Moisturising Lip Balm, Full Size RRP $6.99 NZD

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Benefit, They’re Real! Push Up Gel Liner, Sample Size, RRP $45.00 NZD (Full Size)

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Schwarzkopf Professional, Bounce Repair Rescue Instant Repair Shot, Full Size RRP $8.00NZD

  Quick Thoughts;

I have to say that I was fairly impressed with this box. Being my first box, I was so happy it came with a bonus 6th product. I also love the quality of the packaging, the colour scheme and how promptly it arrived. The products are a little hit and miss. This is something, that is always bound to happen with a product like this. Not everything will be to your taste. My real stand out product has to be the Benefit, They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner (that’s a mouthful) it is amazing, so opaque, so easy to use, I’m going to purchase myself the full size when I head up to Auckland later in the week. The disappointing product for me, has to be the Carmex Lip Balm, purely because I can not stand the smell or taste. It’s a product that, over the years I’ve tried over and over again to get on with but we just can’t.

Just doing a very quick add up and with the amount of full sized products in the lot, you end up with $106 NZD worth of products for a mere $29+p&p. So to me that’s a pretty good deal. Am I impressed over all? I’d probably give the box a 6 out of 10. The ideas there, and I love the fact that you get great value for money, with the amount of full sized items. However, I don’t feel like it stands up to the UK versions. Although I’d probably feel differently if I’d never had the Glossy Box experience. I was also doing a little research and realised that some of the products I received were from last months box. I’m all about recycling but, that to me was a little disappointing. Let’s just say the jury is still out on this one and maybe I’ll give Good Box another chance to impress.

Thanks for reading

Bailey xox

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D.I.Y Fridays

D.I.Y Friday; Let There Be Light

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Yay! I actually have a D.I.Y for this Friday, this one was much harder than anticipated. I’m trying to slowly add new D.I.Y pieces for our bedroom and the first on the agenda was this lamp. We purchased the lamp from The Warehouse, over a year ago when we moved into our first place. I liked it at the time, but like a lot of things for me I became a little bored of it. It’s been on my mind for a while now to update it, firstly I was going to get faux flowers and cover the whole shade, but after pondering it, I thought that this idea could end up being a little costly and time consuming. Then I was at work and one of the beautiful ladies Belinda was telling me how she’d just finished making lampshades with fabric from Bolt of Cloth (any excuse for me to go into that shop). She had made her lampshade from scratch however, to keep costs down I wanted to reuse my lampshade and just cover it with fabric. I would recommend  getting an extra pair of hands to help you with this D.I.Y as it can get very fiddly and I’m not going to lie, I had to out of frustration but it down and come back to it.

Anyway lets get started,

Here’s what you’ll need:

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An old lamp, this ones from The Warehouse here

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Glossy Spray Paint of your choice, we went for black available here at Mitre 10. Fine Sandpaper again Mitre10

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Calaveras Algeres in natural and Calaveras se mi Qeerida in natural; Bolt of Cloth Fabric here and here

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Mod Podge from spotlight, Double sided tape also from spotlight and a sewing kit, which we didn’t end up using

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You’ll also need;

Masking Tape, Scissors, an Iron, Pencil or Fabric Chalk and a Laquer Coat (optional)

*So, once you’ve got all your required items, you can get stuck in. Firstly you need to pull the lamp apart and then you sadly need to get sanding (we all know how much I love this). Thankfully not too much sanding is needed. When we popped into Mitre 10 to get the spray paint and sandpaper the guy in the Paint Department, who also helped us last time, gave us some great advice. He suggested to sand the lamp with a really fine sandpaper, and then grab a clean cloth and wipe the dust up and away from the lamp. To ensure that we weren’t rubbing it back into the lamp and creating an uneven texture. So that’s what I did.

IMG_2555IMG_2559*You then need to take some vinegar, we only had apple cider. Just to clean the lamp shade really well. This is to ensure all the dust is gone and you have an even base for your spray paint to adhere to.

IMG_2571*Next requires masking tape. Take your tape and cover any parts of the lamp you do not wish to be covered in black spray paint. I went ahead and covered the top part where the lightbulb sits, the bottom and the cord with the switch.

IMG_2580IMG_2577*Once you’re satisfied with your tape placement, the fun can begin. Grab your spray paint and spray away. Make sure to read the instructions on the can before applying, for example; at what distance you need to hold the can. I would also advise wearing gloves and either doing this outdoors or in your garage or shed if its too cold out. I got Chris to hold and turn the lamp whilst I sprayed, to ensure and even coat. The lamp needed two coats, for a glossy opaque look. We also added a lacquer coat on top to maintain the colour and protect against wear and tear. This is optional as it did take away a lot of the original gloss from the spray paint.

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*Now to move on to the lampshade. As I said, next time I do a project like this I’m going to make the lampshade from scratch. But to keep costs down I decided to go ahead and use the original shade. The only downside to this was that because the fabric I chose is so light there is a green tinge when the light is on, which I actually don’t mind too much.

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 * Once you’ve got your chosen fabric. I went for this really cool Mexican, Sugar Skull fabric, again from Bolt of Cloth. I just loved the bright colours and the birds mixed in with the skulls. You then need to measure out the amount you will need. I’d recommend getting a larger piece cut at the store, my philosophy is ‘better too much, than not enough’. You can alway use the left over fabric for other projects. The easiest way to measure this is to get someone else to roll the lampshade across the fabric, whilst you trace the line with a pencil. Make sure you have a reference point on the lampshade as to where you started tracing from.

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Just trying to figure out how to attack this. Excuse my pjs.

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*Next is pretty self explanatory, get those scissors out and start cutting away. Ensure to leave enough of a gap, so that you can fold the fabric over the lampshade, at least 1cm. Same for both ends, so you are able to make a neat fold.

IMG_2925*Once you’ve cut out your fabric, you then need to make a crisp fold at one end of the fabric. This will require a iron. The line needs to be nice and neat as it will be on show.

IMG_2932*Now’s the time to get your double sided tape out. Is it just me or does anyone else find this stuff really frustrating?? I can never ever get my nails underneath the corners to pull the tape away. It really gets my knickers in a twist. Anyway take your tape and place it around the top and bottom edge. The tape I’d purchased was a little small so I had to go back in and put more take on the inside of the shade. You then just need to make small cuts in the tape, in order for you to fold the tape over. Repeat the process on the other end.

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IMG_2944IMG_2946*Now comes the glue. I went for this Multi Purpose glue by Modge Podge. You could also use a spray adhesive. You firstly need to glue the fold that you created earlier together. The next part needs two pairs of hands. The basic technique for this is that one person glues, whilst the other one places the fabric on top of the glue, making sure to rub out any bubbles. You do have to work quite fast with this as the glue sets quickly. Once you get to the end you just need to over lap the fabric and ensure that fold you created is visible on the outside.

 IMG_2953 IMG_2954 IMG_2956 IMG_2960 IMG_2962 IMG_2963*Now you need to fold over the fabric and tuck it under. However, before you can do this you need to trim the edges. I folded the fabric over and marked with a pencil, where I would need to cut. Trim the edges away. Next fold the fabric over onto the tape that you’d earlier placed down and push the fabric under the edge. Repeat this on the other end. I then went in with a card and push the fabric under further, just to neaten it up.

IMG_2965 IMG_2969 IMG_2972 IMG_2973*Once you’re satisfied and trimmed any stray ends, all you need to do is put everything back together, place a lightbulb in there and you’re done.

IMG_2985So there you have it. The finished product. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I love the black against the bright colours. I once again have to give a huge massive thank you to my right hand man and partner in the D.I.Y project Christopher, for putting up with my little frustrated strop. Also thanks to the unnamed man in the paint department at Mitre 10, you’re awesome and to lovely Belinda from work for giving me this bright idea (no pun intended). This piece has brightened up, what is quite a bland room and I can’t wait to get started with another one.

Thanks again for reading!

Bailey xox

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Beauty

Pole Dancing The Night Away

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This is Alyx. Alyx and I first met when we were five, at a mutual friends birthday party. I mostly remember it because we got to share a tin of biscuits. We didn’t become proper friends until we were about ten or eleven and although for the majority of our friendship we’ve lived oceans apart she’s always been there. I could go on and on about how awesome and amazing she is and how she’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had but I’ll save that for another day.

Alyx has been doing Pole dancing for a couple of years now on and off and since moving to Christchurch (we finally are in the same city) she’s taken it up again. A few months back she said she was competing in The NZAPP competition and would I do her make up. I happily obliged.

After months of hard work and dedication the big day finally arrived. I got Chris to take pictures so that I could talk you all through what we did. Alyx had sent me a few inspiration photo’s and knew she wanted to create a bronze smokey eye and incorporate crystals, the latter a medium I’ve never dabbled in. She also asked me to do her hair too. The hair part we sort of winged, Alyx wanted a hairstyle with curls and something that was pinned back out of her face.

I was really happy with how the end product turned out, especially the hair as it ended up being super easy. But mostly Alyx was happy with what I’d created and she did amazing, I was so proud of her and how far she’d come! Well done Babe!

So, go get yourself a cuppa, and a comfy seat while I try and explain what I did;

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The Base

For Alyx’s base, I prepped the skin with Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer here. Her skin is on the dry side, so this primer is perfect for laying down an even base and keeping the skin hydrated. I then decided to use the L’oreal true match, as it’s a foundation that can be built up to a full coverage and one that I know lasts all night. Although naturally Alyx is fairer than I, she had, had a spray tan which meant that my shade in W4 Golden Natural suited perfectly. I went in with one light layer, using the Real Techniques Buffing brush. I then decided that as Alyx was going to be on stage, under bright lights, to go in with another layer, with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, mainly focusing on areas that needed a little more coverage.  Alyx has pretty flawless skin as it is so I didn’t need to use much concealer at all, just a little under the eyes. I then powdered with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, just to lock it all in place.

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The Eyeshadow and The Eyeliner

As I mentioned earlier, Alyx had already said that she wanted a Bronze smokey eye. We decided together, to keep the eye as light and natural looking as you possibly can with a smokey eye. First I put down the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer as a base for the eyeshadow to stick to, to ensure it would last all night. I then went over this with a translucent powder. For the shadow; I placed the shade ‘Half Baked’ from Urban Decays Naked Palette, which is a true gold shade, all over the lid. I then defined the crease with a mixture of ‘Hustle’ and ‘Darkhorse’ from the same palette which created a shimmery dark brown shade, using a MAC 219 pencil brush to carve out a ‘V’ shape in the outer corner and up into the crease. Once I’d got the opacity that I wanted, I went in with a clean MAC 217 fluffy blending brush (my all time essential brush if you want to create a smokey eye) and blended everything out. Once I’d blended to my hearts content, I then went back in with more of the Half Baked shade. At this point I felt that the gold wasn’t at the intensity that I wanted, so I went in with a Barry M Dazzle Dust in Tan and a slightly damp flat eyeshadow brush (I used a make up wipe to dampen the brush). I patted this on the centre of the eye to add more dimension. I then added a brow bone highlight, using an pearly opal shade from a Victoria Secrets Nakeds palette. I also placed this shade on the inner corner of the eye to brighten it up.

Then came eyeliner. For this look we were using really heavy Ardell Lashes, I therefore decided to add a black winged eyeliner, so that the band of the lashes blended in. I used the E.L.F Black Liquid Eyeliner to create a feline flick on both eyes. I tried to follow the natural flick of Alyx’s lashes and keep the line as  thin as possible.

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The Lashes

To ensure the band of the lashes blended in seamlessly, I went over the liquid eyeliner with a black matte shadow, and an angled eyeliner brush, blending upwards towards the gold. Alyx had gone out and picked up these dramatic Ardell no.403 Lashes and thankfully they did fit her eye perfectly, so there was no need to adjust them. Using Ardell eyelash glue, I placed a blob on the back of my hand in order for it to get tacky, this usually takes anywhere from 30-40 seconds. Whilst I’m waiting for the glue, I bend the lashes around my eyeshadow brush, this helps to shape them, making application easier. I then use the end of the eyeshadow brush to apply the glue to the lashes. When I’m applying lashes on someone else I get them to close their eyes completely and using tweezers I place the lashes on to the eye, securing from the middle and then on both outer corners. When they open their eye, gently pull down under the eye to release any glue that may be stuck. I’d asked Alyx to apply a coat of mascara before we did the lashes, just so that she had the possibility of wearing them again. Placing Mascara on top of your falsies, does help with blending them together, but it also makes it much harder to reuse them.

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The Sparkles

This was definitely the most time consuming part of the look, and if I had my time to do it again, I would’ve allowed another 45 minutes for this part alone. Alyx purchased different sized gems from here including these really cool teardrop style ones. I used a few pictures as a reference, but to be completely honest, I pretty much went with it. We knew we wanted to place some on the outer part of her face and Alyx also thought it would be a great idea to have the teardrop ones, cascading from one eye, to look like actual tears. The application was very, very fiddly and I used a mixture of tweezers and the top of a make up brush to lay them down. The other part I found hard was making both sides symmetrical, especially under time constraints. To adhere them to her face I used eyelash glue, which worked a charm, with the loss of only one gem on the night.

To finish the face off I added a little white eyeliner to the lower waterline of the eye, to really open them up and brighten. I then added a little Benefit hoola bronzer to contour her face and then added a peachy blush to the apples of her cheek, just for a flush of colour.

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The Lips

As this was for a performance, we went all out with the lips too. Alyx had an idea of the colours she wanted to use on her lips, so I went with a Chi Chi lip liner  in bright orange shade. I decided it was a little too much on the orange side, so then went in with a true red colour from MAC called ‘Ruby Woo‘ to create more of a vintage red look. I then layered a deep red gloss, just to give a little shine.

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The Hair

 I won’t spend too long explaining how I created this look, because quite frankly it was pretty basic. I used my Curl Secret hair tool (It’s that outer space looking contraption that sucks the hair up into it and curls with steam)  to create ringlets. I did this prior to doing Alyx’s make up, as I wanted them to drop a little. Alyx naturally has curly hair, so luckily for us her hair holds a curl really well. If you’re using a standard curling wand, I would recommend curling pieces in opposite directions i.e; One section towards your face, the next away from your face. This just helps the curl to sit more naturally. Once I’d curled the whole head, I sprayed all over with hair spray and then let it sit. Once I’d finished with the make up, I came back to the curls. Using a Tangle Teezer to gently brush through the curls, to loosen them up.  I also went in with a root boosting, and texturising spray, to create some definition. The front was really simple, Alyx already had a side parting in place  so working with this, I grabbed about a 2 and 1/2 inch section from the front of the hair and looped it around and pushed it forward to create a mini victory roll, with the same on the other side. Once they were secure with bobby pins, I sprayed the heck out of it with hairspray and a little shine spray and that was that. See easy!

Well, here we are at the very end. I hope this made sense. I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Alyx for letting me share this with the internet world and trusting me with her face on her big day. Also have to say a massive thank you to Chris for sitting there for the 3 hrs it took, patiently taking photo’s for me, You did an awesome job babe. Anyway I’ve added a few extra pictures below for you to take a little look at. Also if you’re in the Christchurch area and interested in getting into Pole, Alyx goes to Altitude Pole (No stalkers please hehe) they not only do pole, but also Anti Gravity Yoga, Contortion, Aerial Hoop and Aerial Skills, go check them out!

Thanks for reading

Bailey xox

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Monthly Beauty Favourites

Monthly Beauty Favourites; July 2014

It’s nearing the end of the month so I thought it would be the perfect time to put together all the items I’ve been loving in the past month. This is something I used to do when I made YouTube videos, so thought it would be nice to do a blog version. There have been a few products that I’ve been loving, not only this month but for a little while now and it would not be fair of me to keep them all to myself.

So I’ll jump right into it.

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Jo Malone ‘Peony & Blush Suede’ Cologne RRP £81.00

I’m going to start with perfume, because this is my absolute favourite of the whole entire month. I feel as if Jo Malone took everything I love and I’d ever dreamt of in a perfume and blended it together and come up with this fragrance ‘Peony Blush Suede’. If you couldn’t already tell, I love this stuff. Mum recently got a sample of this with some products Dad got her and she said it was a little too sweet for her and I guess it is on the sweeter side. It’s a definite floral fragrance, but with sophistication. If you loved Fragrances like, Paul Smith ‘Rose’ or Vera Wang ‘Princess’, then I’m fairly certain you’ll like this one. I’m not great a describing fragrances so I’ll let Jo do the describing; ‘The essence of charm.  Peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile.  Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower.  Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede.  Luxurious and seductive’. So if that doesn’t make you want to try it I don’t know what will. I got mine from the Jo Malone department of John Lewis in the UK here. But it is available in NZ if you are in the Auckland area here. It is rather on the pricey side but definitely worth the splash out.

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Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray RRP £4.99

Next up I thought I would mention this little haircare beauty product. One that I’m going to be super, super sad to let go of (Thankfully my kind and generous father bought me a few back ups). It’s the Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray. I once again purchased this at Boots in the UK. It is one product that is quite difficult to get in NZ, but keep and eye on this blog if you’re interested as I’m currently testing out a few products available in NZ as substitutes. Back to the product, I first heard of this stuff from AmeliaLiana blog and youtube. She said it was very comparable to the Oribe Dry Texture Spray, that everyone was going crazy for in the beauty world. I have been unable to get my little monkey hands on this product, mostly because its just so darn expensive, so I can’t really say if the CW, that I’m loving is a dupe. But what I can say is this stuff is awesome. It really is like backcombing in a bottle, without the hassle the  next day of getting it out. It gives you both height and volume but also gives your hair some texture and separation. I love using this with my Remmington Big Hair Styler, which gives me that big 1960’s era hair that I love.

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The Body Shop Body Butter in Japanese Cherry Blossom

In my humble opinion The Body Shop do one of, if not the best body butters EVER. Now I know that’s a very big statement to make, but trust me I’ve tried many a body butter in my time and every time I find myself wandering back into my local Body Shop to try out another Fragrance. The one I’ve been loving all month and pretty much since Mum and Dad got it for me for my birthday is this, Japanese Cherry Blossom. This smell might not be for everyone as it is once again very floral but for me it’s just perfect. It was wonderful to layer under my Jo Malone Fragrance, to give it that extra floral boost. The texture is creamy and thick enough to make me feel like it’s really working but it doesn’t leave your skin felling all greasy or sticky. Pop into your local Body Shop and give this one a wiff its divine. I’ve sadly just finished mine, so I’m going to have to make another visit. But Body shop if you ever stumble across this post, pretty please make Vineyard Peach a product in the permanent line, so I don’t have to have a panic attack every time you bring it back.

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Bondi Sands Tanning Lotion ‘DARK’ RRP $21.06 NZD

Having naturally olive skin and dark hair, in the winter months I tend to turn a pale shade of yellow and the darkness of my hair washes out my complexion, therefore I’m a sucker for fake tan. This is the greatest fake tan I’ve ever used and I believe this is my 4th or maybe 5th bottle of the stuff. It’s dark enough that it actually shows up on my skin. It also has a great guide colour so you can see exactly where you’ve applied the product. Not once have I had a streaky arm or an ompa lumpa, orange moment with this one. But the big winner for this one is that, it has a tropical coconut scent, which if you close your eyes for a wee moment, you can pretend you’re on a tropical Island somewhere, not in the freezing cold South Island of New Zealand. I pick mine up here as it works out much cheaper.

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Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser 30ml Sample size, Free with UK Instyle Magazine

Not going to lie, most of the time I use my own hard earned cash to buy a magazine, I’m not swayed by who’s on the cover or who’s kissing who, what really gets me hook line and sinker is a freebie. When I was in Heathrow Airport stocking up on magazines to get me through the 36hr journey home, I noticed Instyle Magazine had included this little gem from Ren with a face cloth along with it. I could hardly contain my excitement, that I had to give it a whirl in the aircraft toilets. Boy was I really impressed. Its so gentle, that it hasn’t irritated my skin. There’s hardly any scent, which I love as it was something that really bothered me in the past with other hot cloth cleansers. It’s also hardy enough to get the bulk of my make up off. It’s quickly become a stable, however recently I’ve been trying to use it sparingly as I don’t want it to come to an end. I think I’m definitely going to have to purchase the full size one. If you wish to give it a go, you can pick one up here from Mecca Cosmetica.

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Real Techniques The Buffing Brush

I’m just going to come right out and admit it, I have an awful addiction to Make up Brushes. I’m really fussy and I know in about the first five seconds if I’m going to like a brush or not. Having a great brush for your base can really make a world of difference. This brush by the famous Pixiwoo sisters Sam and Nic Chapman is not only my favourite of the month but for the past three to four years that it has been in my possession. Liquid foundation, powder foundation, mineral foundation, nothings too much for this amazing brush. I love using it with my trusty L’oreal True Match, it buffs the product beautifully into the skin, leaving it flawless and airbrushed looking. What I also love is that you don’t have to use much effort at all. The only little complication is, to get your hands on this brush you have to purchase the core collection. It’s a set of four brushes, all of which are great and I still use to this day, however it does mean you have to fork out $49.99 NZD. If you live in the UK these are available in Boots, if you’re reading this in NZ then you can pick it up here or I did see them in Life Pharmacy Sylvia Park in Auckland.

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L’oreal Infallible Waterproof Eyeshadow ‘Bronzed Taupe’ RRP approx. $10NZD

It wouldn’t be a true post on this blog without mentioning Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup. I feel a little like a stalker, but I do love her style. This purchase again was because of watching one of her videos. It was also one of those, ‘really hard to track down’ items that makes you want it even more. I got this elusive shadow from Ebay here and with postage it was a pretty good deal. I believe this colour is much easier to get if you live in the US. Its the perfect cool, neutral, bronze shade, that looks great on most skin tones. What I really love about this eyeshadow is two things; Firstly its stays put all day and doesn’t crease, which is an absolute must when you have oily lids like me. Secondly it’s got a multidimensional tone to it that means its so easy to pop on without the need for any other eyeshadows to add dimension. If I’ve been sporting eyeshadow this month, this will be the little baby.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet ‘Ole Flamingo’ RRP$20 NZD Tanya Burr Lipgloss ‘Chic’ RRP£6.99

I thought I’d cover both bright and nude lip options this month. And actually it was really hard to narrow down because there have been a number of lip products I’ve been enjoying this month. But here are the two that beat the others and won the award. I’ll start with the bright and the winner this month was the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Ole Flamingo. I picked this one up again in Boots when I was back in the UK. Since I purchased this lipstick, it’s become my go to product when I want to look like I made an effort without making much of one at all. It’s a beautiful hot pink colour that will no doubt see me through both Summer and Winter. I’ve worn this out on a couple of evenings and had lots of compliments, so it must be good. This ultimate winning component for this product is it’s staying power, its so awesome that there’s still remnants of this left on my lips the next morning. It’s also not drying at all. I really wish I’d known about this at my previous job where I had to wear red lipstick all day long. You can easily pick one up from ASOS.  Secondly comes this lipgloss by Tanya Burr. I mentioned them in my recent Sunday Summary. I love me a nude lipgloss and this is one of those nudes that can transform any boring pink lipgloss you maybe wearing. It also tastes like strawberries and isn’t overly sticky and doesn’t get stuck in your hair which is always a massive plus in my books. I got mine from Superdrug in the UK here, But Feelunqiue.com also stock these.

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Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Enamel Caramel Cupcake RRP $8.23

Last but by no means least is this Nail Polish by Rimmel in Caramel Cupcake. This shade is the gorgeous natural looking taupe, that’s always on trend. I think that this looks so sophisticated and fabulous on both short and long nails. I actually wear this as my work nail polish and have also had lots of compliments on the colour. It stays pretty chip free for around four days and that’s with no top coat, which I personally think is great. It also dries like it says it will, in 60 seconds, which is awesome for someone like me who is so impatient and hates waiting for nail polish to dry. I picked mine up in store at Farmers, but you can also do a little online shopping and grab one of these from ASOS here.

So everybody if you made it to the end, a huge round of applause for you. I know this was again one of my longer post, so thanks for sticking with it. Of course there are lots of other products I’ve been loving this month, but this would’ve been the length of a dissertation if I included them all. What have you been loving beauty wise lately?

Once again thanks for reading and all your support!

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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So here we are again. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, you creep up on me like a champion ‘what’s the time Mr wolf’ player. Yet I feel as if I haven’t really achieved much this week.

This has certainly been the week of work and blogging. I’ve been feeling so inspired, with loads of ideas buzzing around my head , that I almost feel as if there’s not enough days to fit it all in. I’ve also been hugely overwhelmed by the support I’ve been getting. I know I’ve said this previously, but it was so daunting putting myself out there. Not to get into a thing , but I’m actually quite shy, especially when it comes to expressing my thoughts and feelings.So I’d just like to quickly say a huge, massive thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read this and put up with me waffling on and on.

In the spare few hours I’ve had where I haven’t had to work on this blog or my day job, I have turned to the tv. We started watching ‘The Returned’ and although we’re only a few episodes in, we are both already hooked. I know in my last Sunday Summary I said I loved the American version called ‘Resurrection’ I have to sadly eat my words, as the French have done it far far better. It’s much darker and way more sinister than its American counterpart and that in large part is why we both prefer it. It is subtitled and that may put some off but don’t let it, because to be honest it’s pretty darn awesome.

This week my baby brother and his girlfriend have come to stay, which is always lovely. Although it was a whirlwind of a visit its always a joy seeing them both and catching up. Laura my brothers girlfriend, bought me some new beauty goodies, that I can not wait to try.

Speaking of beauty, my big shout out for the week needs to go to Tanya Burr and her absolutely, friggin amazing lip glosses. I have 4 or maybe 5 of these beautys and they never EVER fail to impress me. I don’t want to speak about them too much as a future post is most definitely on its way but I would like to say that they are most probably what is on my lips all the time.

If I have a Saturday morning where I’m not at work, Chris and I will usually try somewhere new for brunch. This weekend was no expection to the rule and we went and checked out a little cafe called ‘Hello Sunday’. It’s located on Elgin St near the Colombo st mall. I’m so pleased that we tried it out. Again we both opted for a chai latte and it was pretty up to standard. Chris had the hash stack, which must have been amazing as he didn’t even come up for air once it arrived. I went for the fried brioche with mascarpone, stewed apples and maple syrup (as pictured below). It was divine, but so filling I couldn’t finish it all. The staff were really friendly and service was pretty prompt. What I did love about other than the great food was the decor. They’ve gone for a shabby chic kind of vibe, that I was very much feeling. Also the cabinet food looked incredible, especially the cakes. The only downside was that it’s pretty small inside, which would be fine if it wasn’t the middle of winter, as they have plenty of outdoor seating. I’d recommend either going really early to ensure you get a table or if you don’t mind sharing you can always pull up a pew with someone else.

I’ve also made a few pay day purchases this week (as pictured) all from Countdown. I’m super excited to give these a try over the week and see if they all live up to the hype and expectations. Talking of purchases I’ve also been into my local bolt of cloth again, along with spotlight and mitre 10, gathering bits and bobs for a current D.I.Y project. I’m really excited to get it completed and up here!

Sebastians weeks been pretty same old. Once again he’s mostly been snoozing, eating and attacking us, out of love we hope. Although he has been venturing outside a little more, we think he’s slowly becoming not so scared of the giant grey cat next door.


And finally our week ended last night with a trip to see my oldest and bestest friend Alyx compete in a pole competition. I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she put in. I had only been to one event like this in the past and again I was blown away with the skill and ability that the girls and 1 boy showed on the night. Chris was pretty excited too when I asked him to come along with me ( I think he thought it was going to be a different kind of show). My hightlight of the evening had to be, when one of the competitors took her jacket off and tossed it into the crowd landing in Chris’ face, I really wish I’d filmed that it certainly was priceless. I also did Alyx’s hair and make up for the event and had Chris take pictures so a post on this will be up shortly.
To sum up the weeks events it’s not been all that eventful but it’s definitely had a few highlights here and there. As I write this I’m actually away for work. So I’m really sorry if it’s a little disjointed and muddled. Also our Sunday Selfie was a little bit rushed as it was literally taken just before I rushed out the door for work (the joys of doing shift work). So thanks for sticking with me if you’ve made it this far.
The week ahead again is pretty busy, I’ve got a few D.I.Y projects on the go and a few beauty posts that I can’t wait to get up. We’ve also got friends coming for dinner and my dad is here from the UK. Once again thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy days to read these little post, it honestly means so much!
Stay cool and keep reading,
Bailey xox

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