Wednesday, 17 December 2014


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As much as I've tried, December in the sun eliminates any possibility of that 'festive' feeling.
Harking back to some shots I took backstage at J. JS Lee and the beautiful knits and wrapped
up winter looks (turtlenecks, big coats) to remind me of what December is usually about.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014


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You can't go wrong with these GIFts. They're the cult classics of the skincare world
and on everyone's wishlist.

Creme de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream
Alpha H Instant Facial
Elemis Absolute Eye Mask

Dr Hauschka Revitalizing Feel Good Ritual
(just the name makes you feel relaxed!)

Olay Regenerist Tone Perfecting Cream
L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
Medik8 Hydr8 Night
L'Occitane Precious Serum

(just an fyi, as a rule i put au links in the text above and us/uk links below) 


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Taking time out. It's often seen as a weakness - that you can't handle the fast pace of modern 
life. Being 'busy' has become a badge of honour, that people wear as if their busy-ness/
busi-ness proves that they are doing something in life and makes them feel like they are 
important because there is also something 'to do'.

Whilst having a busy schedule can be great for a while, and can mean you're doing well in 
your career. I think it's always important to take time out for yourself, not think about work, 
and spend a day or two (or a month or two if you can) reminding yourself who you are without 
all the daily distractions of work, emails, partners, tv series... 

Today I'm doing just that, taking a day for myself. I feel like since we got to Sydney and 
stopped travelling, I've had so much to do (#busybrag) and have lost touch with myself 
somewhat. I'm going to go and swim in the ocean and feel the sun on my skin, read, write 
and think.

What do you do when you take a time out?

Monday, 15 December 2014


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Part 3 of my Christmas GIFt Guide.

I often find that typical 'Christmas Gift Sets' are a bit of a fad, an often have minuscule sizes of 
things you can't and probably won't ever use, thrown in a draw and forgotten about. However, 
some brands have got it just right, especially Jo Malone whose Christmas offerings are always 
above and beyond, with beautiful packaging - that cracker! - and so thought out.

Having said that, I'm really impressed with the festive packaging from REN and Alpha H and 
the little boxes of goodness within them. A really great way for someone to discover a brand
and try cult classics such as the Glycolactic Mask and Liquid Gold. I've also popped in the Wild
Rose Beauty Balm from Neal's Yard, as the 10th Year Anniversary packaging makes the pot a
really special gift.