Tuesday, 28 February 2017

THINGS I'M DIGGIN' AT THE MO #1

Hey y'all! Sorry for the sudden absence last week! I had a lot of stuff to catch up on, with work and shop orders etc. but I'm back on track (sorta lol) and ready to give you guys a new post! 

Today I was thinking about 'favourites' blog posts and how I was never good at the whole, 'Beauty Faves of July' or whatever. The reason being that I tend to stick with a couple of my favourite products for a while, and don't go switching up what I use a lot. 

One kind of favourites post I think I could get down with however, is one that consists of a mixture of things I've been loving, ranging from music to movies to cafes etc. In addition to the usual skincare and make up faves of course. I'm thinking of trialling this kind of post for a little while, to see whether it works or not, so please do leave me a comment telling me if you love/hate these posts! I wanna make sure that I'm not completely boring you!

Anyway, in todays "Things I'm Diggin' at the Mo" (TIDATM??..) I have 4 things I wanna share.

1. A Seat at the Table by Solange has been an album that i've been absolutely obsessed with at the moment. Every time I paint or work on some jewellery pieces, I always turn on Solange's tunes and away I go. If you haven't heard any of her new album, I'd definitely recommend you have a listen. It's got a kinda chill-funk sorta vibe to it, which I love! Also, Solange herself is an actual angel, so for that reason alone, I reckon you should have a look at her work.

2. This next one's a bit weird, but I'd have to say one of the things i've been diggin' at the mo. has definitely been the spinach and feta brioche from Countdown. $2 for a delicious, buttery, savoury brioche with chunks of salty feta?! Yes puh-lease!! Honestly, you can't go wrong with a good ol' brioche for lunch.

3. Being someone who is more than a little obsessed with water, it is no surprise that I am rather picky when it comes to water bottles. One that I have been loving lately though, is my Aluminium drink bottle that I got from The Storage Box in Dunedin. It's a knock off version of the S'well brand, but I imagine it works just the same. It keeps cold water cold and hot water hot, so it's great to take a hot chocolate to work in! Although, in this weather, i think I'd be more inclined to go for a colder beverage!

4. The last favourite I want to mention is ASOS.com! I've recently ordered a couple of things off their website, and they arrived in only a couple of days which is amazing! Plus, they have free shipping, which is my absolute kind of shipping! Their free returns policy is also great! I ordered a pair of pants, and a watch, but neither suited me, so I just packaged them back up, printed off a prepaid postage label from their website and took it up to the post office. Super simple!

I'd love to know what things you've been diggin' at the mo!



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

BEDSIDE PRODUCTS



If you've ever seen my bedside table, you would know that I have a little woven container filled with an array of lipbalms, empty panadol packets, an inhaler (I don't have asthma...) among a sea of bobby pins and usb sticks. Don't ask me why all those things are in there, I haven't the faintest idea either, they've just kind of popped up and have found themselves a little woven home.

For todays post I thought I would pick a couple of my favourite products from my bedside array and talk a little bit about each one. I hope it's not too boring of a blog post, but I personally love seeing what people keep on their bedside tables! (that sounded far creepier than intended..)

Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm | Being someone who creates stuff and uses their hands and fingers as tools, the skin on my hands and around my nails can get verrrryyy dry and cracked. My dad bought this Aēsop hand cream for me as a gift last year and I have been using it everyday since. It has quite a citrus-y/ earthy scent to it, which I really enjoy and it's balm-like texture means it's super hydrating, all the while not leaving a greasy residue.

This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less | I had heard that the pillow spray from the same brand really worked for getting a better nights sleep, but I had only heard about this roll on version recently. After reading a couple of reviews raving about how amazing this product was, I decided to buy it and try it out for myself. Besides, I figured if it doesn't help me sleep, then I can always just wear it as a light perfume during the day.

While I can't say it completely changed my sleeping habits (I've been a horribly light sleeper for 20yrs) I did notice a change in my state of mind after applying this before bed. The lavender scent is incredibly calming and really helps to slow down a racing mind and wind down before hitting the hay. It smells amazing too, so that's always a bonus.

Poly-Tears Dry Eye Drops | Okay, eyedrops seems like a weird thing to have on this list, but I honestly don't know what I'd do without them! Especially ones formulated for dry eyes. I love putting in eyedrops before I go to bed because after wearing eye make up all day, sometimes my eyes can feel a little gritty. Popping in some drops before bed really refreshens my eyes and stops me from rubbing at them too much.

Smith's Rosebud Salve | I go back and forth between a couple of lip balms, but recently I've really been enjoying using the Smith's Rosebud Salve, which comes in a little blue tin. It's a really smooth and hydrating formula that seems to last quite well on my lips, so I don't need to apply it too frequently. You might remember when I last mentioned this product, I wasn't a fan of the scent at all, and that hasn't really changed (ha!) but I've definitely gotten used to it and the actual product works so well, therefore it doesn't bother me much anymore. 



I would love to know what products you have on your bedside table! Have you tried any of the products I mentioned here?




Friday, 3 February 2017

FRIDAY INSPIRATION : ISABEL YELLIN



Born in 1987 in NYC, Isabel Yellin is an artist who works between London and New York, making sculptural artworks out of various types of fabrics and textiles.
In 2014, Yellin was named as one of Art Newspaper's 30 Artists to watch.

During my second year at art school, I was starting to work with fabric and textiles, so Yellin was someone I came across through my research, and I immediately fell in love with her work. I really enjoy the tension she creates in her works, particularly the ones where the material has been stretched before being attached to the wall.










What are your thoughts on these works?

images: 1, 2, 3, 4.





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