February Faves Time

February 2016 Faves
February 2016 Faves

It’s that time again – a.k.a., I made a faves video for the first time in forever. Funny story, I did film and almost entirely edit a 2015 faves video, but I was so terrible on camera that day that I couldn’t bear to actually finish it and definitely didn’t want it to be made public. You win some and you lose some!

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Notes #8

Notes #8

Notes #8

Last Monday I received my Erin Condren planner in the mail, so of course I’ve spent the last week nerding out over planner use and decorating. When I ordered it I had no idea that people actually decorated planners at all, but YouTube has shown me that there is a whole world of planner craft. Not gonna lie, it’s super-fun. I will say that beyond the planner itself, which is not cheap, the decorating can definitely end up costing you a lot of money if you’re not careful. I’ve mostly been using what I already have in my craft stash, but I could do a lot of damage on Etsy if I had the cashflow.

The other highlight of my week was reaching Day 60 of my Whole90 on Wednesday. I did weigh and measure myself, and found I’d lost almost 2kg since Day 31, and another 8cm off my body in total. My jeans are getting seriously loose and I’m still feeling pretty good, except for being a bit sick right now. I’m looking forward to seeing what Day 90 brings.

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Notes #7

Notes #7

Notes #7

As predicted, this week was pretty crazy. I had lots to do for family, including picking my nephew up from school. We had a good time checking out all the local parks and he has a good time collecting acorns, haha.

I also spent all week trying to learn how to use Lightworks to edit my videos. I’m finally getting there but have discovered that my phone’s camera doesn’t record video and audio at the same frame rate, which means that the audio slowly gets out of sync in Lightworks, as the video progresses. Que me freaking out after I exported a finished video only to find that out. So I edited the whole thing again, thinking I’d fixed the problem, but no! This morning I managed to figure out a somewhat straight-forward way to fix things and now the video is done, ready to be uploaded later. I’m pleased with it because I can do way more in Lightworks (like cut-aways). The top right photo is a hint at what the video is all about!

See that birdie up there? That’s a rosella, a type of Australian parrot that was introduced into New Zealand in the 1900s. We have a few that live around my area and this one was having a feast on one of the apples in my tree. It ate half of it, the pig! So cute, though, and really pretty. New Zealand mostly has wildlife that is boring, green and brown, so it’s nice to see some colour. Wink.

A couple of things you guys might be interested in:

Happy Sunday! xx

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Notes #6

Notes #6

Notes #6

Life: This past week has been insane. On Monday night my poor mama broke her wrist, so I’ve been filling in for her by looking after my grandma and picking up my youngest nephew from school (his picture is above-left). I’ve also had a bunch of other things to do on top of my usual commitments, so I’ve been a busy bunny! I don’t mind, and the week went by really quickly, but it has meant I didn’t have much time for blogging or job hunting. I’m gearing up for another busy week, but it’ll be good. My nephew is five and we have a thing where we try out a new park each day, weather permitting. I can’t wait to have kids, so this is good practice, right?

Food: Today is my Whole90 Day 50! Nearly 2/3 of the way there. I must say that this week I really could have used some cake, because Lady Things. I’ve been a little bored with food also, so I think I need to hunt for new meal ideas to amp things up. Also, Thing I Thought I Wouldn’t Eat But Did: sauerkraut. Will I eat it again? Probably, because I paid $4 for that can so I better use my money’s worth, ha!

Beauty: This week has been about quick and easy beauty routines, so BB cream and bare eyes. That is, if I bothered to wear makeup at all. I’m feeling a little bored with some of my current products, and I wish I could go for a shop. Sigh. Aside from that, I’m back into a pro nail polish phase. While I pretty much always have some on my toes, I go through periods of not wanting any on my fingernails. I think it’s because polish chips and I get sick of it lasting only a few days before it looks awful. I hate having chipped polish, it makes my eye twitch (Hello, my name is Monica from Friends, let me clean your life). Earlier in the week I put on some Coral Colors ‘Slate’ with my Orly Matte Top Coat. While I loved the look, it chipped really easily and peeled off. Twitch. This morning I chucked on my all-time fave Essie ‘Maximillian Strasse-her’ (also on my toes) to brighten things up. This polish lasts pretty well, too.

Wearing: Let me just talk for a mo’ about how even though it’s autumn, it’s still really flippin’ warm. I’m over it, quite frankly, especially because Auckland gets really humid, so I’m basically damp from 8am until 11pm, if not later. I’m sleeping with the fan on again. I literally have no clothing that is comfortable to wear in this heat, so I’ve spent the week being a damp and sweaty mess. Definitely not the most pleasant and feeling gross isn’t particularly great for the ol’ confidence/feeling nice/esteem. Hello, Autumn, please hurry. There aren’t enough breezy shorts and tanks in the world to help this.

How’s your week been? Tell me all the things! xx

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Notes #5

Notes #5

Notes #5

Well hello again! It has been a while, I know. Fortunately, I now have a wee bit more free time on my hands to blog and film videos, so you should be seeing me on the regular. I must say I am very happy about that because it means I have finished university. Woohoo!

Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

Life: I had my last exam on the 16th and got my results back this week, which means yesterday I was able to apply for graduation. That won’t take place until May 4th, but I may already be planning my makeup for the occasion. To say I’m looking forward to it is kind of the biggest understatement I’ve made in some time. It feels good to be done and to be looking for proper employment. Hi, adult world, nice to meet you! I must say, it does feel odd not preparing for a new semester of university, though. Usually, at this time of year, I would be sorting out textbooks, bus passes and all that. Now I’m sorting out my CV (it’s like a resume) and an appropriate interviewing/work wardrobe (on a mega-budget).

The other exciting thing that’s happened recently is that my parents’ female Alpaca, Olive, had a little girl, Poppy-Anne. Isn’t she the cutest?!?

Food: In my last Notes post, I mentioned how I had begun doing the Whole30 program to help with my health and weight loss. Well, I found it such an amazing experience that I’ve extended it into a Whole90, and I’m currently on Day 43. You can see the first 30 days documented on my Instagram (I try to use #Whole30NZ for any posts I make about it). I still post occasional updates there, but it’s not every day. I don’t really get a lot of visitors here, but if anyone is interested, I could write a post about it to share my experience in more depth. Let me know!

Beauty: Lately I’ve been about no makeup days whenever I can. Letting my skin breathe and do its thing is something I’m a firm believer in, so I try to do as much as possible. When I do have – or want – to wear makeup, I’m sticking to BB creams, concealer if needed, bare eyelids, a dash of mascara, maybe some blush, and lip balm. I’ve also been trying out some new products, and I will definitely share how I like them soon. At least a few will feature in my February Favourites video, so keep an eye out for that next week.

Wearing: As I mentioned above, I’ve had to purchase some interview/work appropriate clothing this week. I spent about 4 hours last Sunday out shopping for pieces that I could mix and match. My personal style is much more casual than may be appropriate for some work environments – jeans and t-shirts or casual tops, Birkenstocks, boots or trainers are really my things. I managed to grab a pair of trousers, two tops, a dress and some ankle boots, all from cheaper chain stores (including my beloved Kmart). While I would prefer to purchase higher quality and longer lasting pieces, I can’t because I’m unemployed and there’s no point given that I am slowly shrinking in size. When I have some savings and I’m at a size I’m happy with, I will splurge!

What have you been up to this week
Happy Sunday, everyone! x

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Notes #4: Special Appearrance By Bunnies

Notes #4

Notes #4

Life: Another hectic week has come to a close. It included beginning my first Whole30 – which, while it’s definitely had it’s hard parts, has actually been okay so far. There was also the test I had on Thursday – it was okay? I never can tell, ha! On Friday, I spent a bit of time with my mum and three out of six of my nieces and nephews; we did some exploring in the bush on the family farm. We also ended up having to rescue three baby bunnies (I’m holding ’em all in the photo above – in one hand!), which you can read more about below. Then, yesterday, I finally took the plunge and got a hair cut. Not just a trim, this time!

Hair cut January 2015

Nope, this time I got it cut cut. It’s now shoulder length and fabulous! Although I adored my long hair, it was getting to be too much in the heat and I was ready for a bit of a change.

Food: This week I began my Whole30 journey, which you can follow along via my Instagram – I update about once a day on how the day has gone. So far it’s been pretty good, though I’ve definitely experienced some hardcore cravings and my fair share of bad moods as my body adjust to ZERO added sugar and junk. I’m on day eight and I’m so proud of myself for making it this far.

Beauty: Hands down my favourite beauty thing this week is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette that I received from one of my best friends for Christmas (it took a while to arrive, we thought it was lost!). I have no words. The colours are beautiful and the quality is fantastic!

Bunnies: For those interested, the baby bunnies were in a burrow made in a pile of bark – not a particularly suitable area given it’s susceptibility to collapsing, and also being extremely easy for predators to access. Speaking of predators, one of my parents’ dogs and cats found the nest, and, well, you know (yeah, sorry!). Generally, if you ever come across a nest of baby rabbits, you should always leave them alone, or remake the nest if it’s been disturbed. Rabbit mums only come back to the nest at night, when it’s safer, so even if it seems like she’s not around, she probably is. Unless you know for sure she’s dead, just leave them be. Despite my mum trying to make the burrow more hidden and safe, the cat still managed to get to them, so at that point Mum decided to remove theĀ  remaining three bunnies.

I spent ages researching online about baby bunny care and found that the chances of survival are extremely slim for a variety of reasons; they’re very delicate wee things. We were unable to source any milk formula that would be suitable, but after speaking to an expert she suggested Critical Care herbivore liquid as an option, and offering blades of grass and clover. We knew they were about two weeks old base on their weights. Despite mum’s best efforts, the poor wee things didn’t make it. Ugly-cry. At least we tried, I guess. The photo below is of the one my niece named Strawberry, asleep in her hand, awaiting the emergency bunny bed.

Strawberry bunny

Even though they are no longer with us, at least we have these photos to remind us that baby bunnies are probably the cutest kind of babies around, right? I mean…?

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Notes #3

Notes #3

Notes #3

Life: Life this week has been rather hectic! You may have noticed I didn’t post on Thursday as per usual, and my crazy university work-load is to blame. That being said, I did manage a moment to try out the new Salted Caramel Magnum (pictured) – it’s silver on the outside, then has a layer of chocolate and then the ice cream inside with caramel swirls. I must say it wasn’t as salted as I like my salted caramel to be, but the pretty silver was a novelty. On Tuesday is was my nephew’s 5th birthday, and Saturday was his party. We had a great time and you can see a photo from that below (classic Tyler!). The other birthday this week belongs to Phoebe, my sweet cat. She was born around mid-January 2014, so I picked the 16th to celebrate. The middle and right photos above are from the day I adopted her in April last year, and the one on the left is from Friday. Love that cutesicle!

Tyler's birthday 2015

Food: On Wednesday I went to lunch with a dear friend at one my favourite restaurants, Orleans. It’s on Customs St East in Auckland city and serves delish southern American cuisine. We both decided to get a main, one side each, and split two sides. Well, we will not be doing that again because we were basically stuffed to the max after. Except that we, of course, had to get some desert from Milse, because tradition. Yeah, needless to say, our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs and we have learned our lesson. Probably…

Beauty: I splurged on the Sigma E40 brush from here, and, man, it is good! It really is an amazing blending brush and I highly recommend it (or one like it) to get beautifully diffused shadow. Game changer, for sure.

Happy Sunday! x

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Notes #2

Notes #2

Notes #2

Life: Uni started back this week. I have six weeks of summer school until I am officially done with my BA degree! I’m very excited to be finished, but I’m also rather nervous about what comes after that. Mostly, right now, I’m trying to find some balance between school, a bit of work, and my hobbies – this blog and making videos. This week was also my Mum’s birthday, so on Thursday we had a lovely family dinner to celebrate her and I managed to get all of us except one nephew in a family photo. That is an accomplishment, indeed. Also, next week is my youngest nephew’s 5th birthday! How on earth?!

Food: I went grocery shopping on Tuesday and stocked up on lots of fresh veg, fruit and meat, and I’m basically eating just that, apart from the odd treat (like Brookies). I also picked up a jar of almond butter and it is actual food heaven, I think? I can’t believe I haven’t tried it before, how insane!

Listening: Lots of The 1975, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Hozier and Ben Howard. I’m still extremely sore about missing out on a ticket to see The 1975 at the Logan Campbell Centre here in Auckland. It’s a small, less-than-amazing venue and I would have thought they would draw large enough ticket sales for a bigger venue. Maybe they like to keep it small though? Either way, I am pipped. Better luck next time, I guess.

Beauty: I picked up Essie’s Maximillian Strasse-her nail polish, which is an amazing grey-green and I can already tell it’s going in my January faves! Also, yesterday I picked up the Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner, which I’m loving already. It’s really refreshing in this heat.

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Notes #1

Notes #1

Notes #1

Life: This week has been fairly relaxed as I enjoy my last days of freedom before university is back in session tomorrow (fortunately I don’t have classes until Wednesday, yippee!). I’ve been spending time with family and helping my parents out a little bit on their farm. I’m not a big New Year celebrator so I stayed in and watched movies. I must also admit that I’ve been indulging in some post-Christmas and New Year sales, oh dear! There have been some good books read too, and I began my very first Project Life scrapbook.

The Painter’s Apprentice | The Poet’s Wife | Project Life

Food: I’m still suffering from holiday season indulgence. I’m slowly getting back into eating a more balanced, less sugar-laden diet, though. Top foodie pics from the week have been:

Mexican hot chocolate with marshmallows | Blueberries and nectarines | Salads with a lot of avocado

Wearing: Summer appears to have hit New Zealand, finally, and the past week has been hot to boot. I’ve been living in shorts from Kmart. I picked up two pairs, one a floaty printed pair and the other a more classic black. They’ve been great for when I’m out and about, as well as at home, although to be honest you might be more likely to find me wearing underwear and tank at home! Sitting in front of the fan with a bucket of ice blocks next to me…

Hope your Sunday is just as you like it. x

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