GARMIN GIVEAWAY.

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{Featuring my new Garmin with Jonathan Adler band}

I like to think of myself as a moderately active person. I hit the gym at least three times a week, and enjoy the occasional yoga or pilates class, mainly to combat the fact that my favourite past time in the universe is eating. Honestly.

So when I was approached to try out the Garmin Vivofit 2, I was pretty excited because a) you can now get cute Jonathan Adler collaboration bands (like the pink one pictured) and b) because I do work a standard 9-5 desk job, and I suspected I’m still not getting enough exercise in my week… much to my disappointment.

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Having been wearing the Garmin for a week now, I can confirm with 100% confidence that I am both addicted to it, and also most definitely not stepping enough. With a goal of hitting 10,000 steps a day, it’s pretty horrifying to learn the only days that I do reach this target is when I specifically set out to do a 3km run after work.

So what are my take-outs from this?

1. Garmin’s are good for lazy people, because you only need to charge it once a year (!!!) and you never need to take it off – it’s waterproof and everything.

2. Garmin’s are also good for lazy people because you get addicted to improving your step count and your sleep quality, and I’m now super conscious of taking the stairs, parking my car a bit further, all those things deep down you know you should be doing, but sometimes conveniently ignore.

3. Garmin’s are good for fashionably-conscious folk, as you can change the band to suit your mood, at the moment I’ve switched to plain white.

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SO DO YOU TICK ALL THESE BOXES?

Because lucky for you, I have a Garmin Vivofit 2, plus a trio set of too-kewt Jonathan Adler bands to giveaway!

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me why you think sporting a fetching Vivofit 2 will change your life.

Giveaway open to Australian residents only, you got til midnight Monday 1st September. Good luck!

SPRING IS COMING.

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{Overalls – MRP}

I honestly can’t tell you how excited I am that spring is finally seeping it’s way into the air. As much as I adore heavy knits, layering and the simplicity of winter’s neutral colour palettes, it’s also so nice to see sunlight on my way to work and to see flowers beginning to bloom. When I spotted all of these beautiful cherry blossoms in my neighbourhood, I knew I had to snap a few pics.

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So here is one of my new favourite wardrobe staples, my overalls, and it was also a super cheap thrill… who doesn’t love a bargain? MRP is one of my new fave bookmarks – on-trend and purse-friendly, I managed to pick up a few cute pieces to spruce up my wardrobe, and if you’re looking for some budget mens’ fashion, I also got Nic a few sweet threads. (I always feel sorry for guys, I feel like their fast fashion options are so much more limited than ours!)

Here’s another outfit I managed to nab!

FRINGING.

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{Fringed Skirt – Dotti; Knit: Topshop; Boots – Wittner; Necklace & Clutch – Sportsgirl}

I can’t help myself when it comes to trends. As much as I know I need to keep it simple, keep it classic, when something super fun like a faux leather fringed skirt comes along, I simply have to have it – even if it’s just for the one season. Plus, when it’s the middle of a Melbourne winter and you’re constantly scrolling through an endless stream of sunny Northern Hemisphere pictures on Instagram, you have to have something fun to wear. Thank God for purse-friendly high street stores! So here I am in my made-for-twirling skirt, a sale bargain from Topshop and a serious lack of tan.

THE WINTER BOOT.

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{Boots – Wittner; Dress – Homemade; Jacket – Sportsgirl}

Introducing my favourite boots of the season (and also a tiny glimpse into the only currently tidy area of my home). Anyone who knows me would know I have a serious addiction to little black ankle boots. I have at least 12 pairs that all kind of look the same, but I know they’re different. After being the lucky winner of a Wittner Instagram comp, I was allowed to pick out a tall pair of boots, something different for me, and I couldn’t go past these bad boys.

In these pics, I have paired them with a dress I made and my fave winter jacket (fluffy, of course) from Sportsgirl. The great thing I have found about above-the-knee boots is a) they’re super warm! and b) they can look dressed up or you can just wear them over jeans or leather skinnies too.

PS. Hi Beatles!

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TOP 4 BUDGET LIPSTICKS FOR EVERY GIRL.

Top 4 Budget Lipsticks for Every Girl

One of the things about working in beauty marketing is that gradually, over time, one-new-product-in-the-cabinet-at-a-time, you begin to develop a slight obsession with make-up. Prior to starting this job, I had the same stock-standard beauty routine that I did day in, day out. If I was going out at night, I’d add false lashes, boom, done.

However now, I’m all about micellar water/strobing/graphic liner/highlighting/contouring, etc, etc. And having tried nearly all the drugstore/pharmacy brands of cosmetics, I wanted to share with you my top 4 budget lipsticks that I can’t get enough of.

I don’t wear lipstick every day, but I think everyone should have at least one great nude, pink, red and dark shade that always makes them feel good. One of my friends told me her secret to always looking fresh, even when she’s absolutely exhausted, is just popping on a bright lip – instant colour!

Here are my picks:

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Face of Australia Lip Quench in Lychee Crush

This is the perfect pale shade of peachy/pink. If you want something light, girly and that looks excellent on most skin tones, I think this is a winner. The formula is genuinely moisturising and feels great on. At under $10, it’s also one of the most purse-friendly beauty purchases you can make.

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Rimmel Apocalips Matte Velvet in Meteoric Matte

I can’t tell you how many compliments I get when I wear this shade. It’s extremely on-trend for this winter, with dark berries and plums being everywhere, but it’s not as intimidating as some of the extremely dark shades on the market. I love the consistency and the brush makes it super easy to apply. I also find this shade makes teeth look whiter, who doesn’t want that?

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Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious

Chubby sticks are so in this year and I can see why. Moisturising and smooth to glide on, the pigment isn’t as strong as some of the other formulas, but it lets you build it up to whatever you like. When it comes to reds, I like them to be more on the orange side – anything mandarin or tangerine is for me. I think orange-based reds are much cooler, younger and less serious.

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Maybelline NY Colour Sensational Vivid in Fuchsia Flash

You can probably tell I have a thing for bold and bright. So Maybelline’s “Vivids” range is definitely for me. Though this is more a summer shade, I think it works beautifully all-year round to add a pop of colour to a black outfit. Luma Cosmetics by Jess Hart also does a fantastic bright pink!