A tribute to summer as we say adios!

So summer left us this weekend. I must admit, I was pretty devastated. It’s Monday, the second day of March and instantly feels cooler, strange how that always happens?

I thought a photographic tribute would suffice as we say adios to the warmer months. I featured in this editorial a couple of years ago and when ever I look through the images, it just screams Aussie summer. I am not sure if it’s the bikinis, the surfboard or the quintessential beach location (we shot it at Bronte Beach) but I can remember Ashleigh and I having an absolute ball. We got to sun bake, frolic in the water and eat icy poles – a typical beach day that I know everyone loves.

I hope you find some summer solace in these like I do..

Until next time summer! X

‘Colour for a Cause’ for Ovarian Cancer Australia..

Did you know that in Australia, 1400 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with more than 1000 sadly losing their battle with the disease? That’s one woman every eight hours. When I read this statistic, I was shocked. It pains me to think that ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer and unfortunately there has been no significant change in treatment options for women who are diagnosed since the 1970s.

However, ‘Ovarian Cancer Australia‘ have just launched a National Action Plan for ovarian cancer research, with a focus on setting out urgent priorities of this research. Additionally, between 2013 and 2016, the organisation wants to grow their support, awareness and advocacy.

So, how can you, I or anyone else make a difference? Well, it’s the small steps and  the power of many that can truly make a difference. As an anonymous author once said,“It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.”

 I am thrilled to be a part of the ‘Colour for a Cause’ campaign – something that you can be a part of too. Aussie beauty label, Designer Brands Cosmetics and Chemmart Pharmacy have joined forces to release a beautiful teal and snow white nail polish pack. Together, they have kindly decided that all proceeds will support the amazing work that ‘Ovarian Cancer Australia’ is doing to help women diagnosed with the disease. (On a another quick note, I am extremely pleased to say that Designer Brands Cosmetics do not test on animals, in fact, their products are vegan!)

Please show your support and purchase one of these packs for just $6.99 from any Chemmart Pharmacy across the country. Throughout the month of February, you can also purchase them online here - with free shipping too!

It may only feel like a small contribution, but giving a little certainly goes a long way.

The Relaunch of ‘Circa 1876′..

One of my favourite places in Australia without a shadow of a doubt is NSW’s Hunter Valley. Aside from having top-notch wineries every where you turn and beautiful accommodation options, it actually is a foodie’s delight. Boasting some of Australia’s award winning restaurants and fine dining eateries, the Hunter will tempt you with a range of dining options.

This weekend, I experienced no different at the revamped and renamed ‘Circa 1876′ (née Roberts Circa 1876). Matt and Karlie Cowley, CEOs of both Peppers Covent and Circa 1876 hosted a spectacular garden party to christen the newly named venue. It was a perfect opportunity to hear from Matt all about the renaming and a chance to hear from George Francisco, the internationally acclaimed executive chef about the future plans of the restaurant.

So why the new name? As Matt put it in his speech, the removal of Roberts is not meant to be rude in anyway towards the previous executive chef, Robert Molines. It has been eight years since Robert was in the kitchen and simply, it was time for a change.

Notoriously known for their fresh produce, Circa 1876 use only seasonal produce grown from the organic kitchen garden on site, as well as sourcing only the finest local produce. What I took from the menu was not only the freshness and taste, but beautiful presentation.

Many congratulations to both Matt and Karlie Cowley and George Francisco for hosting such a stunning event. Everything from the food, to the drink menu and service was spot on and from what I could see, guests were always smiling. A wonderful evening to mark the name a of a new era at ‘Circa 1876′.

New Resolution? Snap Away With Camera Chick!

I can’t believe that we are fast approaching February, is it me or has January just flown by? There are so many things about January that I love. It’s still summer and beautifully warm, people are slowly getting back into the swing of things and it seems that everyone is travelling, having weekends away and just enjoying the moment. We had News Years Eve, New Years Day and Australia Day weekend is just around the corner.

Modelling Camera Chick's "Mary Lou" Bag.

Modelling Camera Chick’s “Mary Lou” Bag. Copyright Natalie Winter.

I have loved hearing about everyones new years resolutions too – something I’ve promised myself is to start capturing more key moments in my life and not just on my smart phone, with my camera and actively get them printed. There is something so wonderful about photography and looking back on all the memories I have created with friends, family and love ones.

I am promising you, my readers, more photography based posts. Places I visit, things I love and fashion that inspires me, and I am asking you to do the same. Capture as many moments as possible. Create albums, collages and fill photo frames with memories. There is something so much more exciting when a photograph is tangible.

To get you photographically inspired, I wanted to share with you a photo and video shoot I did last year with a very special business called Camera Chick. It has been one of my favourite collaborations and was super happy with how everything turned out. Owned by photographer, Natalie Winter, Camera Chick provides unique and beautiful bags that can safely store all your photographic and camera gear.

Our shoot took place in the beautiful Southern Highlands and we were blessed with stunning weather. After filming the videos for Camera Chick (which you can view here), Natalie and I had a wonderful time driving around the area scouting perfect shooting spots. My favourite location? The famous Lolly Swagman Lolly Shop, which is heaven on earth if you have a sweet tooth! I thought it would be nice to share with you some of my favourite snaps from our photo shoot.

What I loved the most about the photo shoot was the fact that there was no specific creative direction – it was super relaxed and all the photos candid. And the result? Perfect! It’s this particular photo shoot that has inspired me to be a little bit more proactive with the camera, and I hope it has for you too. Don’t be shy, grab that camera and start snapping away! You’ll never know what you’ll capture.

Until next time! X

Christmas isn’t far away, but I’ve got you sorted!

So it’s officially one week until Christmas and my oh my.. it’s certainly crept up on me. Usually I am in control, months in advance with my Christmas plans. But not this year. In a whirlwind of a week I have managed to put up my tree, decorate my house and attempt (yes attempt) my Christmas shopping. A word of warning – get to your local shopping centres at least half an hour before it opens to even have a smidgen attempt of getting a car park. Or… do all your Christmas shopping online! Easy peasy.

One of the biggest panics we all face (aside from tackling a turkey on Christmas Day) is that confusing and often very stressful moment of deciding on gifts for family. Or having to purchase presents for someone, well that has everything. Or perhaps, a Secret Santa gift for someone that you sorta-kinda-only-speak-once-or-twice at work. I know most people turn to gift vouchers, but there is something very special about physically opening up a present. Putting thought into a gift makes it even more worthwhile.

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So, what’s with this post? Well I thought I’d whip you at a last minute Christmas guide! My wonderful friends at Ry.com.au and I, have personally handpicked some perfect gifts for that special someone. What is so fabulous about these gift ideas, is that they are all under $50.00 and have a festive and Christmassy feel.

If you’re loving any of the products I’ve listed above, then you can head straight to their links now. Or if I have got your Christmas present inspiration going, feel free to browse the website. Ry.com.au have hundreds of potential gifts.

1. ECOYA ‘JACARANDA & PLUM BOTANICALS’ MINI METRO JAR

2. OPI ‘DS BOLD’ NAIL POLISH AND OPI ‘ ‘GREEN ON THE RUNWAY’ NAIL POLISH

3. ALPHA-H ‘PETITE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION’

4. MOR ‘LUCKY STAR’ CHRISTMAS CRACKER

Oh, and don’t worry about shipping, because Ry.com.au have filled me in and guess what? Thursday (tomorrow) is the cut off date for guaranteed express shipping (order by 3pm AEST) and Monday is the cut off date for guaranteed overnight (by 3pm AEST). So if you’re quick and get your act together, you can do a big chunk of your Christmas shopping without leaving your laptop. Perfecto!

Wishing all my friends and followers a wonderful Christmas, full of love and happiness Xx

Happy Birthday Adam Dixon!

I am a female that can certainly appreciate a little touch of luxury (I am sure you can too!). So when you combine beautiful couture gowns, with French champagne, silverwares and luxurious home pieces, it’s pretty hard to resist.

Last week, Woollahra based fashion, bridal and couture designer Adam Dixon celebrated his Queen St flagship stores first birthday. Undeterred by the Sydney storms, Adam’s guests were treated to a luxurious and intimate party to celebrate all his achievements over the past year.

Aside from developing a very strong reputation in the designer world, he has been in the industry for over 20 years, creating beautiful bridal pieces and ready-to-wear gowns. His off the rack dresses, ideal for a special occasion, bridesmaids or cocktail parties range from $400 to $1000 and his Couture wedding gowns from $3000 to $7000.

It’s the silly season and of course you’ll be attending parties galore. If you’re looking for a luxury piece to wear to your next Christmas function, then definitely consider Adam Dixon. Or perhaps you’re a bride and looking for a unique designer? Maybe you’re wanting to add a touch of luxury to your home or needing beautiful Christmas presents? Either way, the ever fabulous Adam will have you sorted for all your luxury needs.

Where can you find him?
90 Queen St, Woollahra, NSW 2025
02 8084 4455
www.adamdixon.com.au
@adamdixonbridal

Summer Hair, Don’t Care!

I have had a number of requests for some beauty and hair posts recently, so I thought it would be fabulous to share with you all two of my favourite summer styles – the French Chignon and my take on the Beach Wave.

My friends at ry.com.au hooked me up with some amazing hair products from Original Mineral, perfect for the two styles that I wanted to create. O&M have an amazing range of products – both for colour and styling. Aside from the very slick packaging, O&M are against animal testing, which Leo and I both give the tick of approval.

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Know Knott Detangling Spray
The perfect summer have for when you’re at the beach or near the pool. Saltwater and chlorine can really dry out your hair and for a blondie like me, can make your hair feel so icky. Full of Argan and Macadamia oil, Know Knott won’t just smooth your hair, it will recondition it too. Just spritz all over and then run through with a comb or brush. DSC_0996

Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray
This product is your partner-in-crime for when you want to oomph your hair. As you’ll see in my how-to videos, Surf Bomb, will just give you that extra bit of lift and texture without leaving your hair dry and crispy.
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Frizzy Logic Shine Serum

I cannot share with you all how important it is to have a shine serum in reach. For a slick hair style, it can just polish the whole look off. There’s nothing worse than styling your hair to then step outside into the Aussie heat for your fly aways to suddenly stand on end and for the frizz to kick in. Frizzy Logic is the 3-in-1. It smoothes your hair, protects it from humidity, and adds shine to give a silky, yes-I’ve-just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look.

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Original Queenie Firm Hold Hair Spray
So you’ve done all your hard work, so you need to set your style right? Grab the Original Queenie, she will hold your style in place, but without leaving that tacky, sticky, ‘urgh’ feeling that some hair sprays leave behind. Some of the ingredients include Australian native Lilly Pilly, which manages to  extend the hold by reducing unwanted oil and Quandong adds weightless protection to nourish the hair.
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So let me guess, you want to see the products in action right? Well look no further..

Live a Little TV: Original Mineral from Sophie Crenigan (Livealittle.TV) on Vimeo.

Since the summer months are here, I do encourage you to live a little, and to be a bit adventurous with your styling. Try the wave or a fancy up-do. There are plenty of occasions, so technically you haven’t got much of an excuse. Plus, and I don’t know how to explain it, but a girl carries herself a little taller and walks with a little more confidence once she’s has her hair styled.. ;-)

You need to know Celia Kate & Co.

On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of being the official MC for the launch of one of Sydney’s most beautiful designers, Celia Kate & Co. Held at the beautiful Henry Corbett & Co, in Woollahra, the intimate launch was the perfect opportunity to preview Celia’s collection.

Celia’s collection is one that is light, fresh and effortless. She has designed gorgeous pieces that can be transformed from day to night. Using raw tactile fabrics such as sustainable silk, cotton and linen, Celia’s collection is made up of little dresses, jump suits and beautiful kimonos.

Perfect for a hot and balmy day in the tropics, Celia’s pieces are designed to make you look and feel fabulous with minimal thought and expense. Aside from her clothing range, Celia also designs leather belts, wallets and key rings and also offers a unique jewellery line.

The fashion parade was relaxed and the perfect way to check out Celia’s collection. The models from the Sydney School of Protocol walked to a Stevie Nicks remix (Celia told me earlier that many people think she looks like Stevie Nicks!). Whilst enjoying the show, guests sipped wine from Mt. Ashby Estate in the beautiful Southern Highlands of Sydney and were treated to Henry Corbett & Co goodie bags. The show was an absolute success, with everyone singing praises for Celia.

It was a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Celia’s launch and she has a stunning collection, perfect for the up-and-coming summer months. So if you’re thinking of updating your summer wardrobe or adding some new jewellery to your collection, live a little and consider Celia Kate & Co.

My ‘Southern Highlands’ fling..

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 24th birthday in the beautiful Souther Highlands of NSW. What a magical place it was to visit – so lush and green! I am originally from the UK and so many parts of the Highlands distinctly reminded me of the English countryside.

To give you an insight into my trip, I thought it best to do a photo blog for you to enjoy..

The Southern Highlands is approximately an hour and a half outside of Sydney and is perfect for a weekend getaway. In a couple of days we managed to fit in wine tasting, shopping, a visit to Historic Berrima, a spa treatment at Milton Park and dined at some beautiful restaurants.

It’s such a peaceful place and you truly feel like you escape the Metro area. However, there is plenty of things to do, visit and see. So if you’re a little more adventurous you will certainly be spoilt for choice.

Go on, live a little and book a break – you deserve it!

Where did we stay? – Peppers Manor House and Milton Park.
Where did we dine? – Katers, Peppers Manor House and Hordens Restaurant, Milton Park.

Add some spring to your makeup bag!

As I sit here and type, I keep stopping and can’t help looking out the window. I have a cool breeze blowing through the house, the sun is shining, Beyonce is playing and I’ve noticed everything and everyone has a little bit more of ‘spring’ in them. People are out walking their dogs, taking a stroll across the water front and there are plenty of people down the road enjoying the sunshine with a coffee in hand. Our flowers in the front courtyard are blooming and I am starting to see more green than brown. After careful observation, what I can deduce, is that spring is finally here.

Once the spring months start to make an appearance, we begin to make a few wardrobe changes. We swap our boots for sandals, our jeans for shorts, beanies for straw fedoras and long sleeve tops for tee shirts. I’ve also noticed that the colour palette of my wardrobe starts to change as well. I begin to wear less black and naturally draw myself to pastels, prints and colour. I am not sure why, but I always feel better in colour?

Naturally when you refresh your wardrobe, you’ve got to refresh your makeup too. Think dewy skin, pastel eye colour and corals and nudes for the lips. I say goodbye to heavy eyeliner, pale skin and darker lip tones. My friends at ry.com.au, sent me some of latest products to add a little bit of spring to your makeup bag.

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The Balm Shady Lady Eyeshadow Palette Volume Three – $49.95
What I love so much about spring is the ability to experiment with colours! This particular palette gives you some great colour options that you can mix and match with (See how I did this later in the post). Plus I think eye shadow palettes are great value and so much easier to have in your makeup bag, because they are all in one place!

The Balm’s name for their eyeshadows are just fabulous – with names like Lusty Lee and Come-Hither Heather! I love the Balm’s retro packaging too – really feminine and really cute! 
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The Balm Instain Blush Argyle – $26.95
Once again I am obsessed with the packaging – it’s like a mini Vogue magazine on the outside. Inside, they’ve even included a girls best friend, a compact mirror along with a little gentle reminder to, ‘Vous va bein’ or ‘wear it well!’.

It’s the perfect blush colour for spring – a nice rosy pink, perfect for putting on the apple of your cheeks with a soft brush to give you that slightly ‘flushed’ look. Don’t go too overboard though, we don’t want you looking like a clown!

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Napoleon Perdis Limited Edition Slim Aarons Poolside Gift Pack – $134.95 (Free Delivery)
For the ladies that appreciate a little luxury in their life, then this pack is perfect for you. You’ll need all three of the products in the pack to finish off your spring look.

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We all need a little bronzer in our life. I haven’t met a female yet that doesn’t say a bronzer is a must in their makeup bag. The ‘Matte Bronzer’ is a perfect addition. With a matte finish, it’s the perfect product to shape and contour your face and give you a warm glow. Always use sparingly though – think where the sun might hit you – a little on your forehead, the side of your face, chin and nose.

Then you need the ‘Champagne Days’ highlighter. It’s a beautifully soft and velvety highlighter that just tops off the overall look, giving you that dewy finish. With highlighters, I always go along my cheekbones and blend in (Highlighter needs to sit higher than blush to give you a guide). I also dab a little down the bridge of my nose, a little on my chin and then just above my cupids bow on my lips to really accentuate the shape.

To finish off the look, whip out the ‘Creme Lipstick’ in ‘Entitled’ and go over your lips. A nude shade is a must for your makeup bag. Perfect for any occasion, nude works well on all complexions. I always say if you go heavy with colour on the eyes, stay subtle on the lips.

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With the three products, you will also receive a beautiful makeup bag. For those that aren’t familiar with Slim Aaron (who inspired the collection), he was an American photographer that worked for society publications and regularly captured socialites and celebrities. One of Slim Aarons’ biggest successes is the iconic snap ‘Poolside Gossip,’ which was shot at a Palm Springs home in 1970 designed by famous modernist architect Richard Neutra. This particular image sits in Napoleon’s Sydney home, and inspired him to create a collection that celebrates the sun-kissed skin and optimistic color palette of the Seventies jet-set, captured in Aarons’ work.

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So I thought it would a good idea to give you guys an idea of how I used all of the products. I decided to go for two different looks. I’ve never been one to go too heavy with makeup, so these looks are great for day or night! Hopefully though, you’ll get a sense of how I best utilised the products!

Look One: Subtle Glamour

Look Two: Pretty in Pink


I hope you’re a little more inspired to add some spring to your makeup bag and try some new makeup looks. I bet you’re now asking how can you get the products? Easy peasy! All you need to do is head to ry.com.au and browse through their amazing range (Remember The Balm and Napoleon Perdis!). If you’re good for makeup, ry.com.au stock plenty of other products! ry.com.au is Australia’s largest online skincare, haircare and cosmetics store and right now, if you spend over $99.00 (which isn’t hard to do!) you’ll receive complimentary shipping.

Go on live a little and update your look! X