Shoes and Nail Polish Combinations

Nail Polish Combo

As a young girl, I remember accompanying my mom to a beauty salon which was the equivalent of a modern day spa. It was affordable, with a full head-to-toe beauty service provided in one spot. As any other girl, I was fascinated by the place and would often end up having my nails painted to match my mom’s finger tips. Now, as an adult, I have accumulated a big collection of nail polishes. Whenever I buy open shoes or sandals, one of my first thoughts is about a colour of a nail polish I could wear them with. Here is my take on high heels and flats paired with complementary nail polishes.

Nail Polish Combo flats

Wedding Inspiration

wedding inspo board
I’ve found that when planning a wedding, things come in three phases. The first few months can get extremely busy with choosing a venue, decor, flowers, making the guest list, deciding on a wedding dress, just to name a few. Once the initial phase is over and everything is pre-booked and ordered, there is a quiet phase which gives you just enough time to recuperate.

Last week, after I received a call to say that my bridal gown had arrived and is ready for fitting, I realised that we are transitioning into the final phase of this journey. While feeling this excited, I decided to create a board which would bring together a few details that inspired us during this process. Just seeing this board makes me wish April wasn’t so far away.

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My Beach Essentials

beach essentials
Here, in Australia, we are blessed with sunshine and picturesque beaches. Many people spend their weekends or even summer vacations on the beach which can be a short stroll away from home. Packing a beach bag is an in-built habit and something that everyone does without too much thought. When I came to Australia, it took me some time to figure out the key things I had to have in my beach bag. On a few occasions, I would either forget to take my sunscreen or buy a bottle of water. Now, after nine years, I feel more or less comfortable in packing up for the beach.

1. Sunscreen – There is no better way to protect your skin from sun damage and premature ageing. I normally apply sunscreen beforehand to give it enough time to absorb and to create a protective layer. I try to reapply it every hour or so. As the sun in Australia is extremely strong, the sunscreen I use is at least 30+ and broad-spectrum (UVA+UVB)

2. Beach towel – I found the wider a towel is the cleaner it stays throughout your stay at the beach. Small or narrow towels end up being covered with sand after a short period of time. Also I wouldn’t suggest a thick towel as it doesn’t dry out quickly

3. Hat – I used to underestimate how badly the sun damages hair. These days, when I go to the beach I don’t leave the house without a hat. It also protects my face and eyes

4. Sunglasses – I wear a pair of sunglasses at all times and normally take a relatively inexpensive pair (in case I drop it in the water) but with good UV protection

5. Bottle of water – I constantly feel dehydrated at the beach so a bottle of water is my absolute saviour

6. Light snack / fruits – being next to the water makes me hungry so I always make sure that I have a light snack packed in my bag

7. Headache tablets – lengthy sun exposure and dehydration can cause headaches so I always have some tablets with me in case of emergency

8. Magazine / book – a good read makes my time at the beach more relaxing

9. Face towel – I like to wash my face after a swim so a little towel comes in handy

10. Spare underwear – while it’s almost impossible to forget a bathing suit, a pair of underwear can be difficult to remember. I try to always take it with, in case I need to quickly change from my bathing suit to head out somewhere else after the beach

Go Nuts and Learn The Benefits

nuts mixed
There are so many ways to get more nuts in your diet, but until now I haven’t known how beneficial they are. This round-up summarises the qualities and advantages of nuts which I sourced from Women’s Fitness Magazine.
nuts

Eat Your Vitamins

Eat your vitamins
In the past three to four years I’ve become more interested in nutrition. However, the availability and amount of information can be overwhelming so it is important to filter through it to suit my personal needs. I love fruits and vegetables, and hence I wanted to better understand the benefits of food I regularly eat. I also wanted to know the importance of a balanced diet and how it enriches my body with esstential vitamins. While sourcing the informaiton from my favourite Women’s Fitness Magazine, I came up with this summary of essential vitamins and where to find them the natural way.

Vitamins

Little Things

cup of coffee
[Coffee art which I admire]

This week was a whirlwind. Between meetings at work, training, a work trip and little time at home, I’m glad it’s finally weekend. With unusually warm weather in Sydney, tonight we are very excited to go out and finally see this year’s Vivid Festival. I’m also looking forward to catching up on a few episodes of Game of Thrones and having some quality time at home. Have a nice weekend!

flowers
[Beautiful flowers we unexpectedly received for our engagement]
Mandarin
[Favourite centrepiece: mandarins in a straw basket]
boatshed
[Being spoilt by Sydney’s warm weather: morning by the beach]
miniMiam
[I’m a big fan of MINIMIAM – A Miniatures + Food Photography project by Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida]

Little Things

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[Celebrating the weekend]

This has been one exciting week! When we were in Port Stephens, on Sunday morning my boyfriend proposed to me. It was very romantic and sweet, with just me and him as we were walking on the beach and enjoying the sunrise. We could barely wait to share the news with our families and friends but had to wait till the evening because of the different time zones. This allowed us to savour the moment on our own. After all of the festivities this week, I can’t wait to spend a weekend at home with my now fiancé.

IMG_4673[Hazy Sunday afternoon in Sydney]
Waratah[New addition to our home – Waratah flower, NSW Floral Emblem]
DSC_0095[My engagement ring]

[I’ve been blown away by the choice my boyfriend made when choosing the ring. Happy I’m not Carrie…]