September 16, 2014

WHEN LIFE IS A BEACH... SERIOUSLY.






It's been a nightmare the past couple of days and I was going to embrace my inner negative Nancy until I realised there was no point. Don't get me wrong, I think sometimes you need to vent and let it all out, but sometimes (especially when you aren't in control of the bad things going on in your life) you need to ride the wave. 

On that note (smooth segue huh!) I wanted to share photos of a recent trip I took to the beach. I took this on the last day of Winter as Dan and I decided to grab a sneaky milkshake, some dumplings (weird but delicious combination, I assure you) and go for a walk along the sand. The trip was short, but our conversations were long and it was perfect. 

How are you going at the moment? 

September 12, 2014

FRIDAY FIVE | HOW TO STAY HAPPY & INSPIRED


I get told that I am a very bubbly person and to an extent I suppose I am, although it is so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel like you're loosing your spark in the midst of life as it trudges by. Whether it be inspiration for my blog, my photography, work or general everyday life here are a few things that help me bring back my ‘spark’ and I hope it may help you too! 

1/ Mix it up. 
If you usually listen to the radio on your way to work in the morning, why don’t you download a ‘Learn to speak Spanish’ CD and listen to that, if you usually get takeaway on Friday nights why don’t you dress up and go out and eat at the restaurant. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering but changing the little things can make a big difference. 

2/ Organise. 
Anyone that knows me will know that I have no right suggesting anyone else be organised when I hardly am myself but when I am in one of those slumps- I clean, and it helps (even though I certainly don’t feel in the mood for it initially). Clean your makeup brushes, re-organise your bookshelf, re-organise your wardrobe. Then look back at how much better it looks… feels good huh? 

3/ Give it back. 
Even though you may be feeling in the rottenest of moods, treating your significant other or someone else like a prince/princess for an evening may actually make you feel better. I know there is nothing better than telling Dan to sit down while I cook him dinner, not because I enjoy cooking, but because seeing his happy face and his grateful “oh Em, you spoil me!” makes me feel instantly like a million dollars.  Similarly, volunteering or donating to charity is a way to give back to those less fortunate and make you feel valuable and happier! 

4/ Write it down. 
If you’ve read my last post you’ll know I recently bought a journal in the efforts to document my struggles, wins, clear my mind and serve as a canvas to spill my thoughts onto. It puts things into perspective and can be really addictive. Sometimes I’ll be having one of those days, you know the ones, and I’ll think “ah I just can’t wait to write it all down”. It provides clarity without judgement and inspiration without boundaries. Go on, you know you want to! 

5/ Let yourself feel. 
We are going to dig deep with this one so bear with me. A few years ago I went through a terrible break up and I was miserable. Being the person I am, I kept finding distractions from the unhappiness I was feeling, which people kept telling me were a good thing and I suppose they were to an extent. The problem was that even though I was genuinely depressed I didn’t let myself cry or feel sad (even though I was) because I felt like then I would be letting him win. Yeah I know, I could probably slap my past self on the face right about now. This resulted in over a year of depression and losing my best friend who said “I just can’t deal with you being so sad anymore! I have my own things to worry about” Yeah, solid friendship. So the lesson? First, make sure you have genuine friends. Second, let yourself feel. If you’re angry, sad, worried, anxious, nervous - be. Don’t let it overwhelm you and try not to let it carry on for too long but facing your emotions is the first step to being able to overcome them. 


What keeps you inspired and makes you happy? 

Let me know! 







P.S I’ve also reached 500 followers on Bloglovin which makes me a very happy lady! 

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September 10, 2014

LETS CATCH UP.

My new book / Saturday adventures over Sydney Harbour Bridge/ Ice-Cream dates/ Natural make-up/ Afternoon Tea with my parents/ to-do list at work/ new shoes/ traffic/ Art Gallery of NSW  (all images from my instagram @dearyouloveem) 
Recently I have been so busy I feel like a headless chicken - the worst part is that I end up being completely unproductive and frustrated because I still have so much to do. Naturally, I went shopping (Hello retail therapy!) and bought myself a journal. Since then I have started becoming quite the list maker. Here is a little sneak peak into my life recently...  

Cooking: banana bread (recipe here). 
Drinking: hot chocolate. 
Reading: 'Paper Towns' by John Green. 
Wanting: a holiday somewhere tropical.
Looking: at the grey clouds outside (and its meant to be spring?)
Wasting: my lunch break online shopping... you know you do it! 
Wishing: I'll wake up one day and be organised. 
Enjoying: Dan's smile when I get to the front door after a long day at work 
Waiting: on the bunny adoption agency to get back to us about a rabbit we are after! Exciting! 
Loving: dumplings... get in my belly. 
Watching: the Bachelor. its so bad that its actually freaking amazing!
Hoping: the hospital won't be as lonely as I imagine 
Needing: time 
Smelling: 'Alien' - Thierry Mugler
Wearing: superhero leggings and Dan's jumper
Noticing: how the weather has improved whilst I've been writing this post. Very cool! 

What are you up to this week? 

Let me know! 

September 8, 2014

AUTUMN NAILS




I will be the first one to say I don't follow seasonal trends when it comes to nail polishes- I feel that when the weather is cold and miserable it is even more of a reason to wear bright nail polish. Although recently I have really loved wearing darker red tones especially these two. Even though its now Spring in Australia (although the weather refuses to pick up its game- I'm honestly thinking of investing in rain boots soon!) I have found myself edging towards autumnal colours (I think I'm destined to be in the Northern Hemisphere right now... Paris, Rome, Greece anyone?). These ones have been on repeat for the past month and I love them!

Mecca Cosmetica 'Boadicea' : There is just something about a deep plum (whether it be on your lips or nails) that says 'look how effortlessly sophisticated I am!'. More understated than a fire engine red colour but just as powerful. I've never tried the Mecca Cosmetica range before but I am really impressed, they also have a ton of really beautiful colours in their range (this is where my non-existent will power kicks in). My current favourites in their collection are: Miranda and Audrey. swoooon. 

Revlon Parfumerie 'Bordeaux': This is the first scented nail polish I have ever used and I can honestly say I liked it. weird, because I never like these things. I imagined it to be a very overwhelming scent that travelled with you wherever you went (unless you planned on leaving your hands behind one day... yes, thanks captain obvious). I did find that the formula can get a bit gluggy if you go too hard too fast, so thin coat and then another one on top maybe 20 minutes later will do. 

What are your favourite nail polish colours or brands at the moment? 

Let me know! 

September 5, 2014

PRODUCTS WORTH THE MONEY | SKINCARE



I have always dabbled in my skincare routine - never to be someone that stuck to the same products, I would be constantly switching brands on the look for ones that responded best with my skin. In all honesty sometimes I would go for months at a time just using hand soap on my face because it seemed to do the job. It was actually the morning after having washed my face with soap that my skin decided to take a stand. My face (which usually isn't sensitive) stung, it felt dry and no amount of moisturiser would make it feel any better, it was horrible. I went to my local Mecca Cosmetica and the assistant handed me this Malin + Goetz cleanser and moisturiser with the words “Trust me, you’ll never go back to anything else”. Big call  - but he was right. 

Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser: 
This really is nothing fancy, but it works better than anything I’ve tried. It is a clear gel formula that lathers perfectly in the shower to give your skin a really deep clean. It isn’t drying, it’s suitable for all skin types and it has antibacterial grapefruit agent which helps to prevent breakouts. Its that easy! 

 Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturiser
I apply a small amount of this (and you really only need a small amount) over my face once I am out of the shower. It hydrates the skin without blocking pores and has chamomile along with absorbent fatty acids that reduce any irritation or dryness. I find it a slightly cheaper version of the This Works: Perfect Look Skin Miracle but both work well on my skin. 


Whats your skincare story? 

Let me know!