Save Or Splurge: Hand Cream

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16 August, 2016

Thankyou Vs. Aesop Hand Cream
When it comes to skincare and beauty products, it's always a tussle between whether to save on an item or splurge for a little bit of luxury. While there's always the saying you get what you pay for, you also want to be getting value for money. A lot of time you read about how when it comes to active ingredients there's not much of a difference between products and that a lot of what you pay for lies in the brand name or packaging. I'm not particularly loyal to any brands so am always on the lookout for new items to try. Due to the drier weather recently hand cream has been a must so I was keen to see how the new Thankyou Botanical Geranium & Rosewood hand cream stacked up up against my favourite Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand balm. 

I Spy: Slides For Spring

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09 August, 2016

Okay, so I'm going to jump the gun here with my spring style posts. Because winter has been pretty much non-existent and the weather is screaming for open-toed shoes. More specifically, spring slides. Now, I've seen a lot of them labelled as mules but I'm under the impression that mules are close-toed shoes. And I am not on board with those kind of mules. So I'm going to side with slides for now. Whatever you choose to call them, I'm loving the minimalist, low block-heeled styles. They're perfect for pairing with cropped jeans or boxy shift dresses. These are a few spring-ready slides that have taken my fancy.

1. Tan Slides by Seed
2. 'Sophie' Slides by Maryam Nassir Zadeh
3. Strappy Slides by Marais USA
4. Blue Suede Slides by Topshop
5. Blush Patent Slides by Jeffrey Campbell

Maison Balzac Mini Candles

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28 July, 2016

Maison Balzac Candles
Scented candles are really one of life's little luxuries. So much money spent on something that literally goes up in smoke. I was feeling a bit down the other week so decided a little pick-me-up was in order. I've been meaning to try Maison Balzac candles for a while now, but could never manage to track down their candles to check out in person. So I thought I'd take a punt and order their Ménage à Trois set featuring miniature versions of three of their best selling scents - La Rose, La Blanche and 1642. When I went to order them off the Maison Balzac site they had already sold out but I ended up buying them through The Design Hunter shop. Buying scented candles prior to smelling them is a bit risky (what if I don't like the smell? Or I'm sensitive to the scent? etc.) but after looking at the fragrance notes for each candle I decided that the chances of me liking them was pretty high. Luckily for me, my gamble paid off. These candles are a floral dream.

Bedside Table Inspiration

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13 July, 2016

Right now I'm on the hunt for some new bedside tables. While browsing some stores online, I read a description for one design that was "Scandinavian style with an Art Deco twist". At first I scoffed at the seemingly random mix of words but then I realised it was the ideal way to describe my take on styling at the moment - the perfect way to incorporate luxe vintage accents with a minimalist aesthetic. How did they know? So now I have decided that "Scandinavian style with an Art Deco twist" is going to be my jam. Whether this will make shopping for home decor harder or easier is yet to be seen. My bedside table checklist right now mainly consists of something in a timber finish with clean lines. Add some bedside greenery and boom: #decorgoals. These are some images that I've been looking to for inspiration. If you have any hot tips for similar bedside tables please let me know!

Top from left to right: Pop & Scott, Mr & Mrs White
Centre: West Elm
Bottom l-r: Lonny, DIY table by Burkatron

In Film: The Edge of Love

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09 July, 2016

When it comes to films, for me, the costume and cinematography is just as important as the story. Give me escapism and aesthetics any day. I can't resist the over the top glitz and glamour of a Baz Luhrmann musical or the beauty of a Joe Wright-directed period piece (seriously sometimes I watch Atonement or 2005's Pride & Prejudice for the aesthetics alone). One period film that's been on my mind lately is The Edge of Love. While the film itself is, in my opinion, forgettable, the costuming is pretty great. Perfectly coiffed curls and fitted vintage dresses feature prominently but my favourite outfits would be the more relaxed seaside fare - floral tea dresses and chunky knits topped off with wire-rimmed sunglasses, fedoras, and gumboots. Even though the film is set in the early forties, these outfits could easily be mistaken for nineties grunge or even noughties grunge revival. Either way, I'm really feeling these kinds of layered looks for the sunny winter days we've been experiencing here in Brisbane.