December 27, 2011

My 2012 Goals

HELLO! Long time no speak!


Well Christmas has officially been done and dusted and we are moving onto the new year. I hope you all had a lovely day, spending time with family and friends, getting loads of nice presents, and eating lots of yumminess.  I did exactly all of that, and quite frankly...I'm still eating all the yumminess around me! Christmas time is so hard to be good isn't it?! I have no self control, if we have chocolate or lollies in the house...I will eat them. That is why I do not buy any junk food in our house, if my boyfriend wants chocolate biscuits then I ask him to hide them, because like I said...I will eat them! No self control... 


Anyway! I got the most amazing Christmas presents. I was so shocked at the amount my parents and boyfriends parents bought me...so so lucky and grateful. I wasn't expecting much since this was the first year I was out of home living in my own place, now officially a 'grown up'. 


So we are officially coming into the new year and I always think its a great idea to write down goals of things you want to achieve throughout the year.  I'm quite excited for what 2012 will bring - I will officially graduate. FINALLY is all I can say!


2010 brought many exciting things...

- Visited the US for the first time.
- Turned 21. 
- My boyfriend and myself bought our first house together.
- We bought 2 amazing little girls, Ava & Minnie. We love them so much.
- I got an invitation to do my Honours at university.
- My boyfriend received an amazing promotion at work, he is the youngest person in his position in the whole company! So proud of him.
- I lost 6 kgs!


So my goals for 2012 are ~


- Officially reach my goal weight. I have been doing Weight Watchers for a few months now but this last month I have fluttered about a bit with my exercise. I have maintained my weight perfectly but just can't seem to lose those lost few kilos. 2012 is the year I will be the lightest I have been in a long time! No excuses, I have officially put this on my blog so I have to achieve it lol!


- I will work my butt of at university. This coming semester I will be doing 2 classes during the Summer holidays and then 5 classes in my last semester at university. It is going to be a tough/stressful last 6 months at university, but I know if I put my mind to it I will do it. 


- I will stop stressing the small stuff! I am a total worrier and stress head. I always want to please people and I care what people think of me. But in 2012 this will be out the window, WHO CARES is my new motto, this is my life.


- Live each day like its my last because you never know what might happen.


- HOPEFULLY, MAYBE, travel to a new country. We are thinking Hong Kong, I've always wanted to visit there.


- Continue working practically full time hours while I am studying. It can be done and I will do it...It will pay off, it will pay off!


- Hopefully start the processes of my business idea. We will see, it all depends on certain things! 


- Last but not least, get into some sort of blog schedule. Lets aim for 3-4 posts a week! 




So there we are! You all have to keep me to my goals since I have posted them on here :) TELL ME, what are your goals for 2012?

LOTS OF LOVE!











November 8, 2011

OUTFIT OF THE DAY


HELLO! I thought a quick Outfit of the Day video would start things off again! I just finished my last presentation + assignment for uni so things have been crazy town! Just one exam left to do, but I'm not worried about this one so YAY finally some free time for blogging!

Have a great day!!


TOP: DOTTI
JEANS: FOREVER NEW
FLATS: FOREVER NEW
BELT: FOREVER NEW
BRACELETS: HRH COLLECTION
EARRINGS: RIVER ISLAND
HANDBAG: LOUIS VUITTON NEVERFULL



October 18, 2011

OOTD


It was a rainy and cold uni day today! What happened to the hot weather we had on the weekend?! Decided to throw on this bright scarf I got recently (which I've just realised is extremely creased :/) ! to brighten up the entire outfit. Put my hair up in a quick messy bun and put on my new Tiffany and Co bracelet. Overall a nice and comfy outfit for study :)





TOP: Cotton On
SCARF: Dotti
JEANS: Dotti
FLATS: Tory Burch
EARRINGS: Diva
RING: Diva
BRACELET: Tiffany & Co




October 17, 2011

My Makeup Routine


I was recently asked to share what makeup I use on my YouTube channel so here they are!


Like I said in the video I made, when it comes to makeup I pretty much stick with the same items once I've found a goodie. If you have been reading my blog from the start, one of my very first posts was on my 5 Makeup Essentials , a year and a bit on and the products are pretty much still the same! I think us girls find it so hard to find the perfect foundation or concealer, the basic items we have in our makeup kits. There are so many colour choices and formulas out there, and once you've found that perfect brand and shade you want to stick with it because it has took you so long to find one that does the job.  

The foundation to any makeup look. I swear by these Sigma makeup brushes. I know every one is sick of hearing about them, but they are popular because they do the job at a very reasonable price! I bought these after hearing about them numerous time on YouTube and they really are as good as MAC but at a much more affordable price. Plus they come in pink which is always a good thing :)





For Foundation I have been using MUFE HD Foundation in #155 for the longest time! It gives you that camera-ready look and I love the coverage it gives. Only downside is the price $$. It is really expensive to buy here (in Australia) so occasionally for day makeup I will switch it up and use the Rimmel  Renew & Lift Foundation in #300 Sand.




Concealers:
Again, I have been using these three for years. If I need extra coverage I will apply the MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer in NW30 and then the YSL Touche Eclat #2 on top which just really brightens that eye area. For blemishes I will dab the MAC Studio Finish Concealer (cannot tell you the # because it has rubbed off!! Sorry!) around the blemish and never directly on it. By doing this it kinda camouflages the shadow. 













 Powder: I recently started using this when my MUFE HD Microfinish Powder ran out. It was new on the market and so I decided to try it. I bought it in #220 and so far so good however I much prefer my MUFE HD one, I can't wait till it arrives in the post!


Mascara: Without a doubt, Covergirl Lash Blast! Best cheapie mascara on the market. I have tried numerous expensive/designer type mascaras and nothing compares. It does exactly what it is designed to do and never clumps!

Eyelash Curler: I've had this Shu Uemuru curler for  years and again it does exactly what it is meant to do. I haven't really tried many other ones so I couldn't give you an exact review on the quality. All I can say is that it has lasted for many years!




Bronzer:
Smashbox in Suntan Matte. AMAZING! Perfect matte bronzer without all the shimmery bits!

Blush: I have been using Nars in Deep Throat for ages but recently bought the Maybelline Fit Me range of Blush in Medium Pink and it is working great as a combination. I love how the Maybelline one contains none of the shimmer, it's a perfect blush for during the day. 


MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
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I forgot to mention this product in my video, but I use it as a base for my eyeshadow every day. The colour is the exact same as my skin tone and it really makes my eyeshadow stay on for longer, especially when the hotter months are around!




I picked these up recently and have been using them quite a lot. They are the Maybelline Eyestudio palletes in Pink Persuasion and Give Me Gold. I have many different MAC shadows but decided to give these a try and I really like the combinations plus the quality of them is really good.


Liquid Eyeliner
: I recently bought this Models Prefer eyeliner after wanting a change from my usual MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. I've always preferred liquid eyeliner as  I just find it so much easier to apply, especially when you wing it out at the edges of your eye. This was insanely cheap, and does a very good job. I got it in the blackest of blacks #JetBlack


I hope you all found this interesting! Have a great day and a great start to the week! XO

October 16, 2011

The Jewels


If you saw my latest YouTube video then you would of already seen the latest pieces to my jewellery collection, here are the better images I promised! For me, jewellery makes me happy. I have never been a girl who only wears the 'real' stuff even though I was brought up in a household where my mum only wears her real gold and diamonds.  I just loved how costume jewellery could easily transform an outfit for next to nothing. I loved how a single piece could 'make' the entire outfit. I get bored of things easily, and costume jewellery fits me perfectly because if I fall out of love with it, then it's not a huge waste. Don't get me wrong, I do love the real stuff and would never turn down a real pair of diamond earrings, but for versatility and being able to add an extra dimension into my outfits, for me costume jewellery is the way to go. 

Here are my latest pieces!

All items are from Diva.


This is my favourite piece. Like I said in the video, I would totally wear this during the day. There is absolutely no need to wait for that 'special occassion' to bring out the bling. If it makes you happy and you want to wear it, then wear it! Just make it the focus of your entire outfit and play down everything else.


Even though this is quite a statement piece, it is one of my more casual ones. I pretty much can wear it with everything and love how it can work both ways, dressing an outfit up or dressing it down a little. 


You all would of seen this in my latest outfit post! It is beautiful in real life, very OTT!


The earrings and my Thomas Sabo lookalike ring! Love these two together and have pretty much worked them into my outfits all week! 



Watch my YouTube video if you haven't already seen it!



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October 9, 2011

OOTD + AVA & MINNIE


Good morning! Yesterday started off like it was going to be a cloudy & rainy Spring day but as always the sun decided to come out and I was so happy because I have been wanting to wear these Forever New shorts for the longest time. I can't even remember when I got them, it must of been at least a few months ago but it has never warmed up enough for me to wear them. Yesterday was an exception!

I paired it with a faux-fur vest and the most comfiest wedges ever for a fun Spring look. To top it off I wore some new jewellery I bought recently, talk about a statement necklace! Might be too much for some, not for me :) 


*Top: H&M, *Vest: Valleygirl, *Shorts: Forever New, *Wedges: Forever New, *Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, *Jewellery: Diva/Equip, *Watch: Michael Kors.







Can you spot the little black fur ball in the photo above? We got another little Pom!! We thought the name Minnie was appropriate :)



Already the best of friends ♥



New earrings too! Thinking about doing a little jewellery haul in my next video so watch out for it!

 

I had to share this. Couldn't find Minnie anywhere yesterday, searched high and low, under the beds, under the couch, maybe we had accidentally locked her in a room by mistake, nope, she had managed to climb up to where my bags are in the wardrobe and fell asleep, lol so cute. 




P.s - If you didn't already know, I have a YouTube Channel now!!! I have a few videos lined up, Makeup I use (requested), Fall Loves Tag, & hopefully new Jewellery video today if I get my homework done, hehe! Will be posting them soon.


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http://www.youtube.com/InstinctofStyle







September 27, 2011

UPDATED: Jewellery Organisation

One of the most popular posts on my blog is the way I organise my jewellery. You can see my previous post here. I thought I would do an updated version because I have totally stopped using the cork board, that silly thing kept falling down as I bought more necklaces and since moving into a new home I wanted a more grown up version.

On the Left: Long Gold Necklaces
On the Right: Long Silver Necklaces

On the Left: Short Gold Necklaces
On the Right: Short Silver Necklaces


Ta-da!! This is my new way of hanging my necklaces. It may not be the fanciest/prettiest technique but I honestly just needed something that could withstand the weight of my growing collection. I was in Bunnings with my boyfriend one weekend and spotted these metal hooks and I instantly knew they would be perfect for my necklace collection.




 I'm still using the jewellery tree and the jewellery box I had shown in my previous post



But I've started using a little crystal plate and extra jewellery stand to place more delicate things and items I use most often.


So there we go! Like I said, not the fanciest way to organise but it definitely has helped me keep my jewellery organised. I love having all my necklaces there in my closet near all my clothes, it makes getting ready so easy and fun!


September 26, 2011

Shoe Fairy Please Come Visit Me

Need I say more? I die!!!

 These were made for me, weren't they?



Miu Miu 2011 Fall Collection. Priced at $650. 









 
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