Something to share: the iso edit

Something to share: the iso edit

COVID lockdown continues in my part of Australia, and will continue to do so for another couple of weeks at least. It means, apart from work and my once a week trip to the supermarket for groceries, life is centred on home and our immediate surroundings: the park in our suburb and the nearby walking tracks we use for exercise and fresh air.

It’s a strange and surreal time, so I thought for this latest edition of ‘something to share’, I’d focus on things that are helping during this period of isolation: comfy clothes, a tipple of something delicious, and a fun social media account to get lost in…

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Something to share: the face edit

Something to share: the face edit

Over the last month or so it feels like just about all my skincare/make-up products have run out. I’m normally a creature of habit and when I find something that works I stick with it, but sometimes it’s nice to change it up a little.

I stumbled across the Beautypedia website years ago when my skin was going through a particularly turbulent period. It not only offered an education on ingredients and skin types, but also helped me find products that after several months use, provided very visible results. I now consult it for most face/skin product purchases and to date, it’s always provided solid recommendations. Recently I’ve also stumbled down the rabbit hole that is Reddit and its beauty and skincare threads – specifically ones catering to an Australian market. They’re full of honest reviews of low, medium and high end products, from a variety of people with varying skin types and concerns.

If I’ve learnt anything through this time, it’s that everyone is different, so a holy-grail product for one person may not provide the same results for somebody else – but sometimes when you find something you like, it’s nice to share…

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What’s been making me happy: May

What’s been making me happy: May

May seems to have absolutely flown by and I can’t quite believe that we’ll be half way through the year in a matter of days. It’s been a busy month workwise for both Adam and I, and also a month of seeing people I care about go through the lowest of lows and highest and highs. We’ve had our first mornings frosts of the year and the darkness seems to close in quicker and quicker each evening now too.

Here’s what’s been making me smile this month…

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What’s making me happy: November

What’s making me happy: November

November has felt particularly long. It’s been a combination of factors, namely Adam working out of town for an extended period; and a bout of sickness that saw Paul, myself and then Adam collapse in a heap all within about 24 hours of each other (I won’t elaborate, except to say family gastro is not fun!) So while I never like to wish away time, I’m rather glad to see the end of November.

Despite the challenging days, like always, there have been moments of joy – this is what’s been making me smile this month…

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Lounge pant love

Lounge pant love

The further my pregnancy has progressed, the more my outfit choices have reflected comfort. Dresses and stretchy waistbands are now everyday staples, as anything that pulls too tightly across my bump has felt constricting and itchy.   A couple of months ago  I started looking for a few items that I could wear both during my hospital stay and in those first postpartum weeks, when I’ll no doubt be a little sore and tender and spending most of time at home.

After overwhelming success with Ripe branded maternity wear in the early part of my pregnancy, I turned to them again and in the process I think I’ve found the world’s comfiest lounge pants…

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My maternity wardrobe

My maternity wardrobe

I’m almost halfway through my pregnancy now and I really can’t believe how quickly the weeks are flying by.  My morning sickness seems to have subsided (hooray!) and although I still indulge in a day-time nap whenever I can, that overwhelming exhaustion of the first trimester has passed.  I’ve also now developed a little bump and after weeks of making my existing wardrobe work, I’ve finally picked up a couple of maternity specific pieces…

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The Inspiration Files: Kindly, Darling

The Inspiration Files: Kindly, Darling

I feel exceptionally lucky that I live in an area that’s thriving with independent small businesses.  While I don’t claim to make all my purchases from stand-alone shops, I do try to support entrepreneurs that take the risk to create something unique, all of their own.

Today on The Inspiration Files, I’d like to introduce you to two budding business ladies who are taking the plunge and launching Kindly, Darling – a Temora based fashion business with a twist…

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The suitcase guide: Brisbane

The suitcase guide: Brisbane

Adam and I are off on a little holiday to Brisbane, Queensland in a few days time and we both can’t wait.   It’s only for a few days, but we’re very much looking forward to some downtime by a pool and catching up with friends and family – some of whom we haven’t seen since we set off for England in 2016.

As with all my mini-breaks, I’ll be keeping my luggage to a minimum…

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