daily essentials

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Here are a few of the products I use every day and basically can’t live without.

 

1. Chanel, Demaquillant Yeux Intense. ( Eye Makeup Remover.)

2. Aesop, Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. ( Face Moisturiser.)

3. Chanel, Mat Lumiere. ( Foundation.)

4. Chanel, Inimitable E Intense. ( Mascara – Black.)

5. Shu uemura, Painting Liner. ( Gel eye-liner – M Black.)

6. Nars, Blush. ( Orgasm.)

 

Jx

the week that has been

Hi.

I had the best week. I hope yours was also super. I decided to share it all in one post because I can never keep up with everything. How crazy.

The best part of the week was that Zoe Foster and I have become BFFL. (it’s not really true, but I wish it was). I posted about her and emailed her and did a watercolour illustration for her of her new book “The Wrong Girl” (which I actually also read this week and thought was a very good, relevant, fun, friendly and a very present day book) (Also at this point you’re probably thinking I am a crazy stalker girl and poor Zoe, but I’m not. I just like her. And think she’s nice. And that’s all.) and guess what she posted my illustration on her Instagram and made my whole life. Haha. It was actually so nice of her to do.

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This screenshot is to prove that what I said is actually all for real. And so you can see my illustration.

At uni, I learnt how to make lace using illustrator.

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At uni, we also were lucky enough to have a lecture by Simone Cipriani and Karen Walker.

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I went to Gelato Messina with my friend Kate. This time I had the Salted Caramel with White Chocolate. Yum. It seems a visit to Messina is a weekly ritual now. Awesome.

On Thursday night I fell asleep at 5:30pm and didn’t wake up until 9:30am on Friday.

Friday I went to Zumbo and had the Dr Dot cake with my friend Maxine. We shared it. It was perfect. That was all before we went to the RiverIsland x The Iconic Fashion Show at Prahran Town Hall. Which was actually so fun. The funnest fashion show. It starred Ajak Deng. There was a massive, perfectly round pink balloon. Live singing by Kiyomi Vella. And a sparkling confetti shower at the end.

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I got super excited when I realised APC had opened at QV and decided to not ever eat again so that I could have “APC Money”, aka money to shop at APC.

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And then last night I went to the National Graduates Showcase as part of VAMFF (virginaustraliamelbournefashionfestival) and was in awe, was inspired by the talent. Being in my second year of fashion design and watching those incredible pieces being walked down the runway was a very valuable experience as it’s pretty much the benchmark and I was basically thinking that is how good I need to be.

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Super cool right, i know.

I have been paying more attention to my beauty routine and have been noticing positive changes. With both my hair and face. Thanks to Zoe’s tips. I have used the L’oreal mousse which I sketched a few posts ago, and the dry shampoo and now i always have nice clean pretty hair. And somehow it’s actually healthier and shinier and softer than usual/ever. Maybe because I haven’t had to dry the crap out of it and also not having to constantly straighten it, maybe.

And my face, it’s also softer, my pores are not as visible and my makeup goes on better and my skin isn’t as dry or flaky as usual. So do yourself a favour and go on Zoe’s blog and read it, all of it because basically she has done all the hard work of finding and trying things out for you. It’s easy and also the products she recommends aren’t as expensive as the products that I thought I would need to use to have nice skin. I hope that makes sense.

I bought rosehip oil today to try and use as a serum and anti-eye-wrinkle. I bought it from David Jones, and the lovely Suzy was working there (I used to work with Suzy, she is supercool)  and told me it is amazing and incredible and she also recommends it too.

Thanks for hanging in there. Enjoy your Sunday.

Jx

Links

Zoe Foster – Fruity Beauty Blog

Simone Cipriani

Karen Walker

Zumbo

The Iconic x River Island

APC

VAMFF National Graduates Showcase

do you have a beauty guru?

I realised today that one thing lacking in my life was a beauty guru.

Basically, when I was younger, I’m talking around 15, 16, 17, I used to read magazines all the time. I used to actually read them cover to cover, I had files for beauty/health/fashion/hair, where I’d collect my favourite articles. And nearly every night I would practice all the hair/makeup tips in front of the mirror. It was so much fun. And these days all I do is purchase magazines, read them for five minutes and them add them to my collection of magazines.

So this morning when I accidentally found myself on Zoe Foster-Blake’s beauty blog ‘Fruity Beauty‘ it took me back to my young beauty loving days. I realised these days I have been lacking inspiration and have just been doing the same thing on repeat all the time. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad thing, but I find it is fun to change things up every now and then. Also Zoe’s article was talking about hair, and I want better hair, and lovelier hair so I really wanted to try out her suggestions.

I’ve picked Zoe as my beauty guru (And partly fashion guru, because I like her style too) because I actually trust her. I feel like if I had met her accidentally somewhere that we would have become friends. I feel like she is genuine and honest. And I think she is nice too because she even replied to my comment on her post. Not many people out there take the time to do that.

Here’s my illustration of the nice things I bought myself today ( two of which were suggested by Zoe) on my way home from uni. I was exhausted and these made me happy.

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The first one is L’oreal Professional Tecni art Volume lift. It’s a light spray mist.

The second; Batiste dry shampoo. I haven’t used this brand before. Dry shampoo is the shit.

Thirdly; Peppermint Magazine. My teacher suggested I read this. So I’m going to see what it’s all about.

Jx

Links

- Fruity Beauty

- Peppermint Mag

time to think about it

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I have decided to be more mindful of what food I am putting into my body. Most of the time I am so busy that I end up not really paying enough attention to the food I eat. I am no longer happy to be like this. I really want to actively attempt to think about what I am actually eating and make better choices every day.

My friends have been teaching and telling me a lot about health and food lately. There are so many things that I am just used to having and not thinking twice about it. I’m not talking about fast food like McDonald’s and the like. We all know those foods aren’t good for us. But I’m talking about anything that is processed, anything with an ingredient as a number, or preservative or something artificial. Even simple and ordinary things like say an ice-cream. I just assume that things are food, they’re being sold, and they wont kill me today so it’s ok. But actually it shouldn’t be ok, because these foods aren’t natural and they aren’t doing me any good.

Anyway, I am sure I will talk more about these things as I learn more, for today though I want to tell you my first step toward thinking about it. I’m going to make some delicious brownies that my friend had made the other day. These brownies were Raw Chocolate Brownies. They were actually so good that I would choose them over any other brownie.

The recipe comes from The Healthy Chef, and I purchased the Raw Cacao from The Spring Street Grocer.

Jx

Links

The Healthy Chef

Brownie Recipe

The Spring Street Grocer

Loving Earth

read in january

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I have been reading so much lately. It is one of my most favourite things to do. I have illustrated above all the books I read in January. I’ll try and do this at the end of each month.

I have challenged myself to read fifty books this year and I have read nine so far.

The Goodreads app is a good way to record what you’re reading and what you want to read. I also make lots of handwritten lists of books to read.

 

1. Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. My friend V leant me last year the book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. It actually inspired my life, so I picked up this book just as  a refresher. It was helpful. I agree with all the lessons.

2. Stardust. My lecturer Sue leant me this book last year. Not something I would normally read, however surprisingly I really enjoyed the story. I also realised I like Neil Gaiman as a writer.

3. Northanger Abbey. My friend Elena let me borrow this book about three years ago. I tried reading it back then and I couldn’t. It was just slow and boring. I thought it was about time I read it and gave it back to her. I struggled with it to begin with and then toward the end it just got so good. I started getting into the story and really understanding the character. Funnily enough I rate this book.

 

Jx

1. The world is in my head. My body is in the world.
2. The world is my idea. I am the world. The world is your idea. You are the world. My world and your world are not the same …

(A quote by some philosopher or psychologist, I tried to find out for you but my google and I aren’t really friends right now. It’s a cool quote right? Makes you think?)

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My Merleau-Ponty book arrived in the mail today. It is a philosophy book I ordered online a while ago. My copy of Vogue arrived in the mail yesterday (my sister bought me a subscription for my birthday, so excellent). I bought the latest Harpers Bazaar today because I read it at the hairdresser yesterday and it had some really good bits on models and Karl Lagerfeld. Also a shoot Karl photographed and Carine styled. And also a bit about Dolce and Gabbana, the designers and their daily routines. It also had a snapshot and bio of all the current models and so that’s why I bought the magazine so I could have these articles to keep forever. Then I also bought a copy of he latest Time magazine, because I think it’s important to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world.

Also just so you know, I have this tendency to call these famous people that I admire by their first names. I don’t say Karl Lagerfeld, or Carine Roitfeld, or Anna Wintour, or Jay Z. I say, Karl, Carine, Anna, Jay. All my friends know who I’m talking about most of the time without me having to say their full names. It’s really funny when I’ll say to someone, “oh, yeh, I’ve also seen Anna wear the same necklaces over and over again. It’s worthwhile investing in good jewellery.” And then my friends are like “Anna? Who is Anna.” And then I’ll have to say “Anna Wintour, duh!”. Haha, and then my friends will be like, “Of course Anna Wintour.” Haha,  am I the only person who does this? Is it normal? What is normal anyway?

So, basically, I have all these things to read. And also my current book; some short stories by Alice Munro. I WANT TO READ THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME, BUT I CAN’T. So for now I flipped through the magazines and looked at the pictures. Vogue is actually excellent because the inspiration is art and they have a feature on Kathryn Del Barton. I LOVE KATHRYN DEL BARTON.  She has actually helped to create the covers, and possibly some of the other features in the magazine. And I read the intro to the Merleau-Ponty book, but I had to stop because I want to read the Munro book. But I don’t have time to read TIME. lol.

 

 

Jx

fran lebowitz

I keep posting youtube videos, they’re interesting ok.

This is a documentary made by Martin Scorsese ( Director, also director of The Wolf Of Wall Street). The documentary is on Fran Lebowitz, she is a New Yorker, Author, Activist and Pubic Speaker. Maybe you noticed her playing the judge in The Wolf of Wall Street.

(It looks like it’s not in English, but it is, there are just foreign subtitles.)

 

 

Jx