December might be well known as the silly busy or the month where you're running around frantic, but I did manage to find some time to do some pretty neat things, here are a few pics from Instagram account that show what I've been up to over the past week...
Hello warmer weather, longer days and moments with close family and friends, it's summer time! Summer is a great time to tone things down and to relax. For me beauty wise it means keeping things simple and natural, whilst still protecting my skin, hair and nails. Here
of my favourite beauty must haves for summer.
Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15
What's not to adore about a light, all-in-one multi tasker that moisturises and protects like a cream and covers like a foundation. The Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15 provides lasting hydration, SPF 15 protection and skin tone correction while concealing imperfections and soothing redness for even natural coverage and a healthy glow. It really is a key product to use when it comes to creating a natural look. Available at Natio.
Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle
I use my hands all the time, whether it be at work typing up emails, to painting a new artwork and everything else in between. As a result my hands, including my nails get a bit of a beating. This salon strength formula doesn't just supports fast nail growth, but it protects nails so they can grow out longer, stronger and more beautiful. Available at Sally Hansen.
Whilst this is not one articular product, but a selection of products sent to you each month I still find it summer beauty must have. Each month you receive a gorgeously wrapped box of beauty samples specially tailored to your beauty profile. There is a mix of seasonal products in sample sizes and full sizes, the sample sizes are perfect for throwing into your overnight bag for those summer road-trips! Available at Bellabox.
I like to give gifts at Christmas time that have either a personal or creative touch to them. So when I was asked by Officeworks to create some meaningful gifts using their Kodak Picture Kiosk this festive season I couldn't resist, I just had to say yes.
I created a small range of gifts to put under the Christmas tree using the Kodak Picture Kiosk both in store and online. Both ways were super easy, though I'll be honest I did enjoy doing it in the comfort of my own home with a cup of coffee within reach more so.
In store, using the Kodak Connect App on my phone I printed off some photos for a family member so they can fill their picture frames at home. This particular family member rotates photos on a regular basis. Also whilst in store I picked up some photo frames for them to add to their collection too. Each 4"x6" Kodak quality print is only 10c, and when Officeworks have such a great assortment of frames, what a nice personal gift a framed photo makes for anytime of year.
For one very proud dog owner I couldn't resist but get a 6"x8" Calendar featuring their beloved pooch, as a little something extra. It was only $1.89 to have printed, which really is nothing.
Ordering online is a little different because you don't get it straight away, but with most items outside of being a normal print you do have to wait a few days until it's either delivered or available for you to pick up in store.
I wanted to create something for an arty friend of mine who walks all over Melbourne. So I asked for one of their designs, which they sent me. I think they think I'm cutting a stencil for them, little do they know it's something I hope they'll find a little more practical. I've placed their design onto an Aluminum Drink Bottle ($29.95), which I'm sure will come in handy over summer when exploring Melbourne.
I also wanted to make something with one of my own artwork designs too. So for one special child this Christmas I've made a Jigsaw Puzzle ($27.95) featuring my Tree Kangaroo illustration I drew a few years ago.
I loved creating these personalised gifts through Officeworks using the Kodak Picture Kiosk. I did have to hold back, it did cross my mind to create a personalised mug for everyone I work with or give everyone in my family an apron with their pet(s) on it. The thing I enjoyed most was that I was not just limited to cheesy family photos; I could make things using my own artwork too.
For inspiration on creative and personalised gift-giving, check out Officeworks ‘How To’ videos or join in the conversation on social media via #creativechristmas
For a longtime I've believed that you can learn something new from everybody you met. Whether it be a greater understanding about a topic you knew very little about, something more life changing such as an idea on how to live, or something completely different.
I've found that more so than ever I'm learning more from other people. Probably due to the fact that I suddenly found myself single, and as a result I've been meeting new and interesting people lately.
So what are some things that I've learned...
There was one guy who only in just a few weeks made me see just how much I was living to work and not working to live. Though he himself doesn't play a massive role in my life I've found that through meeting him that my take on things has changed and that I'm more conscious of wanting to work so I can live. That in it self is a pretty massive thing to acknowledge and do something about.
If you haven't heard the saying you're probably wondering what I'm talking about. In short it's an idea around a work life balance that fits around your lifestyle.
This one might sound odd, but learning to smile. I met a lovely young lady whose smile is infectious. As a result she oozes fun and confidence. I only got to meet her once but since that chance meeting I've most certainly been more aware of the power of simply smiling. Seriously try it. Make an effort to smile during an entire day and you'll notice the difference not just in yourself but how people interact with you.
More recently there was a guy who only after meeting with a few times has inspired me to be more human with my writing. This I've found isn't just about my blog but also in my work. I feel that I've been inspired by him to be more a story teller than a fact giver. Without his influence I doubt I would of ever of written this post. I'm seeing the results and I'm noticing a positive difference both personally and professionally.
Whilst each person I've met has been under different circumstances, there is no denying that I've not learned something from each that has improved my way of life and how I live each day.
Another way of looking at it is as if each person were a blog you were flicking through for the first time, there has to be at least one article (in most cases, but not all) that you learn something from, just that meeting a person allows you to engage with them in a real life and not online. So get out there, meet people and learn something new, and who knows maybe you might teach someone something too.
Last Saturday I went for a surf with the lovely Jean and Tim down at Torquay. After being in the water for a good two hours or so, something happened that kind of put an end to my time in the water for the day.
I took off on a relatively small wave in the shore break on my surfboard (shaped by Scott at Outereef and painted by Guz, the chick with the gun) and made a turn around Tim, who was in the water with a camera. Well... as I made my turn, supposedly the look on my face said it all. As I felt my board run over some rocks the look on my face had changed from happy to concerned, or so I've been told. I knew I had done one of three things, either guttered the bottom out, ripped out a fin or two or three, or just scratched the fins. I was hoping for the latter. Though this was not the case. I had successfully ripped out the middle fin, causing damage to the fin and board. This was the end of the surfing session for the day.
Fast forward a few days... it dawned on me that why not turn this negative into a positive. So I've painted the fin set that was in the surfboard at the time (including the broken one) and am auctioning them off on eBay.The funds raised will go towards repairing the surfboard, replacing the fins and anything left over will be donated to Fin Free Melbourne, a cause I'm passionate about.
Fin Free Melbourne create awareness and advocate towards creating a shark fin free Melbourne.
All three fins are now available to be bid on; Great White (the fin that broke), Flamingo and Sea Turtle. All three auctions are due to close Sunday afternoon.
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