NEUTRAL DAYS

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I have been leaning (maybe even awkward leaning) toward neutral fashion pieces when I am picking out an outfit from my wardrobe or out at the shops buying of late. I go through different style & mood phases all the time so my mood really plays a big part in what I wear on certain days. I feel neutral outfits can be quite classy and work very well on steamy hot days aswell to keep cool from the summer sunshines warmth.

I styled this outfit with a teeny bit of inspiration from Kim Kardashian's fashion shoot in the most recent Vogue Australia magazine. Hmm I can hear some of you saying Kim K.. really.. Listen I am no huge Kim K fan, but I do love some of the outfits she produces & really love the neutral feel of the styled shoot in Vogue she features in.. the lighting is spectacular in my photographer-esque eyes!
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LE SPECS SUNGLASSES, LOVISA NECKLACE, MOSSMAN TOP, MOSSMAN SKIRT & BILLINI SHOES

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PALM HEAVEN

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"WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE BUT FOR LIFE TO NOT ESCAPE US". – ANON


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I am baccck and holy moly Port Douglas has some breath taking views just about every way you look! In today's post I wanted to share a few images from one of our days of exploration. I was mesmerised by a symmetrical maze of palm trees just off the highway on the drive into Port Douglas. I quite literally am obsessed with anything tropical, so to come across this field I was literally jumping & running around with joy! The most incredible tall palms with leaves glistening in the sunshine & coconuts!

We also set out on a road trip to check out a few places including a crocodile farm on this day as we were lucky to get a full day of sunshine. Driving along the highway from Cairns to Port Douglas is endless ocean views on one side & mountains on the other.. I couldn't take my eyes off the beautiful turquoise water.. I really don't feel the pictures do it justice; you have to physcially be there, in the moment to view it & experience it yourself but the images definitely give you an idea of some of the views we took in on our trip. 

We were also very, very lucky as the weather report for our time away was pretty much 80% chance of rain every single day as it is actually Port Douglas' wet season.. Uh! But we had a sprinkle on the day we arrived and then lucked out with a few days of sunshine.. thank you mother nature! The locals told us a huge lot of rain and storms had just been through town a couple of days earlier!

We had so much fun exploring & taking the time to relax and enjoy each others company for our anniversary. We also enjoyed eating copious amounts of delicious food & a few cocktails too.. We are definitely planning to head back up that way in the near future. Once I go through more photos I will be sure to post more here on the blog.

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SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
We were so excited to check out The Great Barrier Reef with out own eyes.. even more excited that it is one of the great natural wonders of the world. We went on a day tour with Quicksilver Cruises. We snorkelled & went in a semi-submersible boat to view the coral & all of i's beautiful creatures with a delicious seafood lunch included. 

WATERGATE 
The Watergate restaurant was one of our favorite places to wine & dine at. The food was delicious, they catered for gluten & diary intolerances & the staff were super friendly. It was also surround by palms.. how could I not like it haha.

PORT DOUGLAS LOOKOUT
The walk up the hill to the lookout gave us some cardio a couple of mornings to burn off our delicious meals but the view at the top is a stunning view of local Four Mile Beach & it also looks like an Iron Man man  fan lives in the house at the top too!

PALM TREE FIELD
As you know from up above I was amazed by this and it wasn't even a tour, it was free for all! If you love palm tree's as much as I do this is a must stop.

ROSE & BOY BOUTIQUE
When I arrived in Port Douglas I posted a photo & the girls at Rose & Boy Boutique saw I was in town & posted some cute instagram photos trying to spot me in town. They have some really beautiful brands in store & gorgeous on trend pieces. I headed into the store on our last day in town and met the lovely Karlie and bought myself a pair of Le Specs sunnies. Thanks girls! x

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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO PORT DOUGLAS?
WHAT DID YOU LOVE?


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FRESH SKIN

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"NEXT TIME YOU THINK OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS DON'T FORGET TO COUNT YOURSELF IN".


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I am off on my anniversary trip today! I just wanted to let you know I'll be off the blog for a little bit but don't worry I'll be back soon & while I'm away you can catch me over on my Insta for holiday snaps!

On another note can you believe Christmas was three weeks ago & it is officially 2015!! ahh the days go by so quickly! I feel It is so important to just stop and take in the moment sometimes when life feels busy.. Whatever that moment may be cherish it, bask in it & soak it in!

On Xmas day I was excited to receive some really beautiful skin care products as gifts of a new brand to for me try out called Sanctuary Spa. I had never tried these products before & I didn't know too much about the brand but read up on the products I received & I am loving the way they make my skin feel during & after I am still amused by the heating affect of the Warming Microbrasion Polish & Thermal Detox Mask I've been using..it feels so cool.. or hot! haha

I also love the way my skin feels when using the Salt Scrub.. I've tried sugar scrubs & coffee scrubs before & don't get me wrong I still love them but I think its nice to try different products to see what results work best. I also think it's pretty rad (yep thats right, rad!) that the salt in the scrub is drained from the actual Dead Sea to create this beautiful product.. holiday skin in a jar! I am totally addicted to how fresh they make my skin feel and now want to go and buy more of their products to try out..uh oh sorry bank account!!

PS. In other news I was very excited to receive my Lorna Jane 2015 diary in the mail a few days ago full of all kinds of inspirational goodness – have you got yours? Oh and you might even see a couple of images of me inside.. Yipee!

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WHITE OUT

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"WE ACCEPT THE LOVE WE THINK WE DESERVE". – S. CHBOSKY


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How beautiful is love.. I love, love! Love can be seen, felt & shown in so many beautiful ways I couldn't begin even count. It is something so truly special shared between humans & animals alike in their own special ways. 

I bring up the topic of love as today I am feeling loved up and celebrating 5 years together with my best friend & soul mate Jays! We have had many beautiful times, we have had sad times, we have had a lot of fun times, we have spent time together exploring & all the other crazy times in-between that bring us here today, 5 years together sharing love! 

Another thing I love is white on white fashion in Summer it's super fresh & keeps you cool in the heat too.. big plus! Whatever you do when you wear white just be sure not to eat anything too saucy and maybe steer clear of beetroot juice! haha or if you do make a mess of yourself just say you were getting creative & creating your own fashion!

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RIVER ISLAND SUNGLASSES, BOO HOO VEST, WITCHERY TOP, THE HORSE WATCH, WHITE CLOSET PANTS & LONDON REBEL SHOES 


TODAY MAKE SURE YOU TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM!


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SUMMER COORDINATES

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It is less than a week until Christmas.. wait what! ..where did the time go!! The days are flying by in the lead up to Christmas & the end of the year!

For me it has been a year full of all sorts of achievements, exciting collaborations, interviews, adventures, learning, ups & downs but all great experiences to learn & grow from. This past year I have learnt a lot about myself and have learnt that if something isn't making me happy, causing me stress or not benefiting my wellness than it is necessary to take a step back & reevaluate.

My advice to myself & to you is looking ahead into the new year and many years to come it will be a necessity to do the things that will benefit our health, happiness & wellbeing. Do more of what makes you happy!

ON A FASHION  NOTE I STYLED THIS FOREVER NEW OUTFIT AS INSPIRATION FOR A CHRISTMAS LUNCH OUT AT A RESTAURANT OR A STYLED HOME EVENT. IT'S A BIT OF A DIFFERENT LOOK FOR ME, BUT YOU KNOW ME I LOVE TRYING NEW FASHION TRENDS & WAS EXCITED THAT FOREVER NEW HAVE JUST OPENED A FLAGSHIP STORE IN BRISBANE TOO! KIM AND I SHOT THIS LOOK IN BRISBANE ON A BOILING HOT DAY THIS WEEK, THIS SKIRT WAS PERFECT TO KEEP COOL!
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FOREVER NEW SUNGLASSES, TOP & SKIRT, SAMANTHA WILLS NECKLACE, KMART CUFFS + SPURR SHOES

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MY TOP 3 AUSTRALIAN XMAS DAY STYLING TIPS

CHRISTMAS IN AUSTRALIA IS ALWAYS QUITE HUMID & HOT..BUT I ALWAYS LIKE TO THINK OF IT AS A SPECIAL OCCASION & WANT TO WEAR SOMETHING NICE OUT TO CHRISTMAS LUNCH!

#1 WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING: TRY TO WEAR A LOOSE DRESS, OR FLOWING SKIRT & TOP TO ALLOW YOUR BODY TO BREATHE. THERE ARE SO MANY CUTE MAXI DRESSES, BOXY SHORTER DRESSES & FLOWING SKIRTS AT THE SHOPS AT THE MOMENT.

#2 HAIR UP: IF YOU HAVE HAIR ANYTHING LIKE MINE IT WILL BE LIKE HAVING A BLANKET OVER YOUR NECK ALL SUMMER LONG..WHEN YOU KNOW YOU AREN'T GOING TO BE IN AIR-CONDITIONING TRY WEARING YOUR HAIR IN A PONY OR MESSY BUN. IF YOU STILL WANT TO WEAR YOUR HAIR OUT TRY TYING HALF OF IT UP SO IT IS NOT SO THICK.

#3 LIMIT MAKEUP: MAKEUP AND HUMIDITY JUST DONT SEEM TO MESH WELL, EVER. TRY A LIGHTER FOUNDATION OR BB CREAM THAT WONT CLOG UP YOUR PORES AND LET YOUR SKIN BREATHE. I SAY WEAR RED LIPSTICK TO GET A LITTLE FESTIVE TOO!


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"DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!"


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THE JOY OF GIVING, THE JOY OF GETTING

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Since my last gift guide I posted last week I've had some great feedback from everyone on the post & the beautiful Australian made products featured..I bet your loved ones are going to enjoy the beautiful gifts you spoil them with this Christmas day!

I am still yet to complete all of my Christmas shopping..it's nearly there! I've found some beautiful pressies I am excited to give my loved ones though. I have teamed up with Hairhouse Warehouse to share a few of my fave items I'll be gifting to my loved ones from their catalouge this silly season!


XMAS GIFT PICKS FOR MY LOVED ONES


MY BEAUTIFUL MUM
Mum always deserves some pampering & she loves looking after her hair.
GIFT: KMS Color Protect Quad Pack – $49.95
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MY PARTNER
Keeping his facial hair well groomed & maintained with some manly hair care.
GIFT: Ned Beard Duo Pack – $34.95
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MY GAL PAL
Helping a sister out with 10 trendy nail polishes to have the perfect manicure this Summer!
GIFT: O.P.I Trend On Ten Pack – $39.95
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SELF LOVE INDULGENCE
We can't forget to treat ourselves every now & then!
GIFT: Paul Mitchell Trio Pack – $34.95
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GIVING IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.. WHETHER IT BE SOMETHING MATERIAL, A HUG, A PHONE CALL OR AN EXPERIENCE.. WHATEVER WAY YOU LIKE TO GIVE IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING!


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MY WRAPPING TIP

Instead of using 'Christmas' printed wrapping pick out something a bit different and create a theme for all of your presents!


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