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Sunday, 14 May 2017

TDE / The Daily Edited loot

If you're exceptionally good at losing your belongings or just yearn for the days when your mother would iron personalised labels onto your jumpers, this one's for you.

A well-seasoned cameo star on almost every Insta feed, I'm sure The Daily Edited are in no need of an introduction.

These monogram maniacs essentially emboss a variety of their leather goods with your very own initials, name, dog's name, or any combination of letters that your heart desires.

Seeping with pastel and floral fanfare, it's tough to waltz into a TDE store and not turn all starry-eyed and impulsive. The stock includes key rings, handbags, clutches, phone cases - the list goes ON.

I am going to turn into a broke narcissist who has every accessory engraved with their own initials if someone does not permanently block their website from my browser. Seriously, I am plotting my next purchase as I type this.

In a recent turn of events, I came into the possession of a new phone. With the weight of such an exy purchase in my hands, I decided that a heavy duty protective case would be in order. That's why I invested in a purely aesthetically-motivated TDE mock crock offering. Ha. Weighing up shock absorption vs rose gold accents sure was a tough one.

Coming in at $49.95, with a plethora of colours, textures, fonts and metallic monogram styles on offer, you'd be mad not to pay your nearest counter or store a visit and show your handheld device some love. Plus, LOOK AT THE PACKAGING. Who knew a pink-dipped cardboard box could bring one so much joy. My hat goes off to your ingenious graphic designers and the clever cats behind your marketing team.

Have a peek and I'll take the blame for your reckless expenditure:


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Strawberry Picking

 /  Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

My Nana always used to sprinkle sugar on a bowl of strawberries. It was her dessert specialty. A snack that if you're good enough at self-deception, you can claim to be healthy. I eventually got into the habit of only eating strawberries doused in sucrose or sitting snug next to a heap of ice cream. If only I'd visited a strawberry farm sooner. Fresh off the vine, these strawbs taste better than any sugary-smothered diabetes-provoking dessert I have ever conjured. Sorry Nan.

Monday, 17 April 2017

A Day On the Vineyards

It's easy to get so caught up in the clamour and commotion of Melbourne city life that we forget what lies behind it all. Although it feels a little foreign at first being somewhere that isn't within a 10km radius of a particular set of golden arches, getting 'away' from the hustle can be exactly what the doctor ordered. That is, especially when hills are plentiful and you have eaten 82 too many easter eggs over the past few days. Flats at the ready.

Friday, 7 April 2017

The DKNY Cross Body that Stole my Heart

I've found the one. He's tall, dark and handsome. Absolutely strapping. 10/10 would throw over my shoulder.

I don't know what it is about handbags that can make sensible people have disastrous lapses in self control. This happened to me just the other day when I was strolling through the MYER accessories section on the hunt for some earrings. EARRINGS, dammit. However, in true Me fashion, I failed to enter the shopping centre and come out the other side with something that I actually intended to purchase.

Instead of accepting earring-shopping defeat and strolling on home to the pile of unappetising Uni work that awaited me, I saw a glimmer of black and gold. I pivoted, clenched my teeth and worked up the courage to head over there. My wallet was seriously screaming no, but my heart - YES. SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUS AND UNPLANNED TO SPLURGE ON. Giddy up.

This is where your Shopaholics Anonymous counsellor would pull you away and reprimand you for having breached your spending sobriety. I, however, was with no such company and decided to 'just have a look' at this charming cross body.

In my defence, I have been scouting just about everywhere for a new, medium-sized bag to throw on and house my everyday essentials. Something big enough for a glasses case but too small to fit a laptop. Whilst I care a lot about personality, it also had to have shedloads of SEX APPEAL. Tick.

The gold hardware is minimal and timeless, free from any oversized or garish branding. Whilst I'll admit to having pined over the Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag among a few of their other offerings, I was far more besotted with the subtly and uniqueness of this wardrobe staple. I mean just look at it. Agh. I couldn't be happier with the investment, even if it was made on a ridiculous whim.

Aaaand, that's about it. We've been virtually inseparable since. The couple photos will come flooding in shortly so be patient.

 In sickness and in health, until death do us part.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer Light

"An award-winning oil-free primer that controls the look of shine and oil whilst extending the wear of your makeup. The revolutionary formula is infused with a blend of vitamins, peptides and antioxidants to absorb oil and mattify skin, whilst light diffusers minimise the appearance of imperfections." 

Is it a crime not to prime?

According to beauty extraordinaire, Napoleon Perdis, skipping the step of primer is akin to felony. If that's the case, I should have been locked up years ago. I'm not entirely sure if it's plain old laziness or a genuine disbelief in the results of priming. Maybe I just enjoy living life on the edge. Call me a fugitive, because I've been evading primer for as long as I can remember. 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

An Ode to Zoë Foster Blake | Amazinger Face

Ever scrunched your face up when trying to follow a smokey eye tutorial? Or maybe you've reached for a $3 packet of SmartSkin makeup remover wipes in lieu of a skincare routine?

Does the idea of a regimented production line of creams going on your face every morning and night make your head a little achey? 

Do you wear SPF in Winter?

What in the hell does 'spoolie' mean? 

HOW ON EARTH does one master the oxymoronic notion of a 'No Makeup, Makeup Look'?!

Phewph. Through the talisman of her peachy Beauty Bible, Amazinger Face, Zoë Foster Blake is here to help. I've had a pretty hefty and unapologetic Girl Crush on Zoë for a number of years now, and still remember devouring the OG Amazing Face on a Summer staycay devoid of wifi or television. I sat on the couch with that veritable beauty encyclopedia and a tub of ice cream. Within a wickedly funny sentence or two, I was besotted with this woman and how she made the hard and boring stuff (like sun protection and skin types) sound so fun and simple. What I lost in cardio fitness over those few days, I gained in juicy, honest, real-life advice. It felt like the most exclusive yet relatable insight into the minds of the beauty biz's elite. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Crème de la Crème

"This is your cream dream-team reporting for duty."

Today we're talking creamy, dreamy cosmetics. A handful of the crème de la crème (otherwise known as the cream of the crop for those non-baguette-speeking duffers) are pictured in all of their sheeny glory above. Unlike powder products, anything with a cream texture will add some plumpness, dimension and va va voom to otherwise flat-looking skin. When you generally just can't be arsed with a windscreen wiper motion or are running hideously late to that monday morning meeting, it's time to call on these happy pots of goodness. This is your cream dream-team reporting for duty.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

A January Roundup

January. With it comes this intangible air of revival and rejuvenation. Not really in the trite 'new year, new you' sense, but more or less in this unanimous deep sigh that every holidayer releases as they dig out their deckchairs and daiquiris. What's more, the social calendar is bursting at the seems with summery staycations and sun-soaked events. It's been gruelling on the economic front. Just about every cent has been pried off me (see, this implies that it was against my own will - aka a really good way at disassociating yourself from all blame) by ridiculously good looking bartenders and ridiculously bad looking bouncers. Naturally, I'd join you in thinking 'how dare they!', but I've decided to deem January a 4-week-long free pass before the reality of the year ahead really kicks in.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

There's something about Byron Bay

Byron Bay; the place for boozy post-schooling stints, endless exploring and a lotta kebabs. Before you know it, you're ditching clothing for bikinis and shampoo for saltwater. You tell yourself that you are now a certified local after hiring a kitsch bike from the info centre and chucking your latest vintage clothing haul in the front basket. Can now confirm that all of the glorious stereotypes regarding this hippie haven are in fact true.

Byron has the propensity to convert the most urbane city-dwellers into crochet-clad nomads. I think that's what struck me the most. Salty shorelines, balcony bars and palm-tree pandemonium make it the perfect fuse between beach and social-scene. Waves from the main beach crawl up onto the nightlife of the bustling Hotel, the sand is sparsely illuminated by a panning beam from the nearby lighthouse, and the footpath spills onto the road to create a free-for-all walkway on the hazy pilgrimage home.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Gotta Glow | Hourglass, Becca & More

Winter is all about the faux glow. Skin tends to take a turn for the insipid, dull and dry. That killer tan you'd achieved over January is long gone, and everything's starting to look a bit transparent and veiny. But don't you worry - here's a crop of sparkly things that will help you in the August pursuit of skin resurrection...

Friday, 22 July 2016

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel

What do I love most in my peachy pink Mecca bag? A peachy pick lipstick purchase of course...

Sunday, 10 July 2016

About 18

It's one of the few nights of your life that silky sashes are a rite of passage, champagne is in absolute abundance and McDonald's is a mandatory menu component. 18. There's laughter, there's tears, and there's even new friendships made with your various uber drivers throughout the night (shoutout to Rob from the Netherlands and his ridiculous bass system). You're not even sure if it actually is night anymore. One glance at your phone through blurred double vision to just make out that it is in fact no longer your day of birth. Nevertheless, you keep dancing on that podium like you are  a backup for  JLO in a music video circa the early 00s. You scream 'I LOVE THIS SONG' at the commencement of

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Once You Go Scotch Tape, You'll Never Go Back

The cult winged liner can seem as easy as ABC until that second eye just doesn't seem to match up with the first one, and oh god no, did you just sneeze? You're dousing your eyes with copious amounts of Bioderma and mustering the patience to take it from the top. We've all been there. That's why I've got the oldest beauty hack in the book for you to have under your belt to achieve a clean flick, minus the mess.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Two New Additions

These two beauty bits are my select picks from a recent Priceline spend-lots-of-money-and-get-a-free-loot-bag deal. Aka the best kind of Priceline deals, the ones that allow you to justify your splurging more so than usual. It's almost worth going on a spending ban for a while and holding out for these freebie specials. You'll need to rein in that limited supply of self control and employ a friend to check in on you each day to see if you've cracked. Even though the allure of those pink and white lights is hard to resist, it'll be worth it in the long run to test out some products that you wouldn't normally reach for.

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Beauty Blender dupe

When I was younger, I used to wriggle my little hands into my Mum's makeup bag and pull out her quintessential Covergirl Aquasmooth Compact Foundation. To this day, she religiously applies it every morning, with a sponge. She is a faithful devotee to the sponge application method, and refuses to even glance at a brush...
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