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Endota Spa | Organics

Endota Spa | Organics Range | Live a Little

On my radar at the moment, is natural beauty. Nothing over the top, just really simple and really clean. Heavy makeup, contouring, dark heavy eyes… it’s getting a little repetitive. I am loving the barefaced look and a much more relaxed approach to beauty. As for beauty products, the same goes – simplicity is key. Products that are full of goodness, with no chemicals or nasties. At the end of the day, you want the product to do what it says on the label and know that the ingredients are really going to make a difference. If you’re on the same wavelength as me, then let me introduce you to the latest range from Australian spa brand, Endota Spa, their organics range.

From an aesthetic point of view, I am in love with their simple, yet beautiful packaging. Neutral, yet striking, the range would look stunning placed together in a bathroom. Nothing is overbearing and for once, the packaging isn’t in your face. But enough about what the range looks like.. what are the products like and do they work?

Endota Spa | Organics Range | Live a Little

Sugar & Seasalt Spa in a Jar | $50.00
You can never go wrong with a body scrub, it is the best way to reinvigorate your skin or prep up for spray tan. This scrub is a combination of sugar and sea salt to really maximise that exfoliation. There is a gorgeous scent of lemon, thanks to the lemon peel oil that is super uplifting whilst scrubbing away.

Coconut & Grapefruit Melting Body Balm | $55.00
I was taken aback when I tried this body balm. I was expecting more a cream/lotion texture, but actually it was more of a oil texture. This is normally something I would avoid, as I hate feeling sticky, but the balm soaked into my skin so quickly and it felt really soft. Very luxurious, so nice work Endota! 😉

Hydrate Me Mist | $30.00
This beautifully cooling mist is such a fabulous essential to have at your desk or tucked away in your handbag. By the time 3pm rolls around, my eyes are so tired from being glued to the computer screen. A few sprits all over your face, and you feel good as new!

Multi-Vitamin Treatment Oil | $45.00
My new best friend! Argan, rose hip and avocado.. pretty much a trifecta when it comes to maintaining that gorgeous glow. I have very sensitive skin that is prone to flaring when switching between products, but this treatment oil actually improved the overall texture of my skin. I apply it now every night before to bed and let me tell you it’s so nourishing!

Overall the Edota Spa organics range was a pleasure to use. Simple ingredients, simple packaging but outstanding results. The price point is a little high for some of the products, but if you’re going to spend, you might as well get top quality products.

Hopefully we’ll start to see more beauty brands taking a more stripped back approach when it comes to their offering and packaging! 😉

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Back from my unintentional hiatus..

It’s been a little while since I’ve had the opportunity to write. To be frank, life has been pretty darn busy. So busy, that is wasn’t making me feel good. It was getting to the point where I felt that time was flittering away by the seconds. I was waking up, working, coming home, going to bed, waking up again and repeating those steps over and over again. Guess what? When you do that, you’re not going to be happy! I have always lived by my mantra, what I base my whole blog off – living a little and I simply wasn’t doing it.

So what did I do? Well took drastic measures of course! Okay, that sounds quite dramatic, but I did take myself off the metaphorical hamster wheel. After great counsel from those close to me, it was decided that my health, relationships and general well-being were far too important. I worked out the pros and cons staying in my position and after completing the exercise realised that the cons were seriously outweighing the pros. Not good. I also thought back to how I was feeling January 2016. I promised myself that I would write more, photograph more, exercise more and enjoy life more. And here I was mid year feeling completely and utterly exhausted.

I sat down, took a breather and worked through what I actually wanted. Flexibility, space, time to finish my studies, but still be able to work in a creative and dynamic environment. I wanted some sort of capacity to visit my family, be with my partner more, and gain time to to see my friends. This worst feeling in the world is knowing that your relationships are getting neglected.

So where am I now? Well back finishing my studies – via correspondence, which gives me plenty of flexibility to fit my studies in and around my life. I have a new job, which is beyond exciting, I am finishing the renovations of my first home and slowly planning for a big trip in early 2017.

What about the blog? Well, I am back and ready to live a little.

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Be beauty ready for Autumn..

I am currently curled up with my cardigan on, cup of tea in hand at the ever so relaxing Gaia Retreat & Spa. I am 2 days in on a mother and daughter retreat, utterly relaxed and feeling much more re-energised. It’s given me a chance to unwind after a busy period, de-stress and chill out. With all the free time to relax, I’ve also had some time to try and test some beauty products – specifically targeted to combat the cooler months.

Whilst the sun is out, there is definitely an Autumn chill in the air. In the mornings, there’s dew on the grass and the air is much crisper. I am finding at night, the temperature is dropping and for the first time in months I need a jumper or a jacket.

I find that my beauty priorities change once the colder months come along. For many of us it’s the ‘d’ word – dehydration. I find that my skin gets so much drier and scalier because I am wearing pants and long-sleeved tops. Additionally most of us have our heaters cranked up and have hotter showers. Whilst those hot showers feel AMAZING – ultimately it is wreaking havoc on our skin. Rich body creams, thick hair treatments and hydrating masks are critical.

I have tried and tested some natural and organic products from my dear friends at Ry.com.au. They have just released an entire selection of products that are 100% natural and organic, so if you’re a eco-beauty user like myself, you know exactly what you’re getting.

DNA Elements – Organic Lemon Face Scrub & Naturally Ageless Moisturiser | $29.95 & $59.95

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As I mentioned before, dryness is the worst and these two delicious products are perfect for combating scaly skin on the face. Perfect for all skin types, the lemon face scrub and moisturiser from DnA Elements is a beautiful combination. Let’s start with the scrub – as soon as you open the lid, you’re met with the uplifting smell of lemons.The lemon oil is perfect for brightening up the skin’s tone. The scrub itself is quite course, so be very gentle when you use it on your face. I would only use it one or twice a week given its texture. When it’s cooler you need a richer moisturiser… The Naturally Ageless Moisturiser is amazing! Again, you’re hit with the most uplifting smell when you open the lid. With a tonne of botanical based ingredients including lemon myrtle extract, shea butter, jojoba oil and avocado oil. When you list them off you can imagine how nourished your skin is! I love it because it sinks in beautifully and doesn’t leave you greasy or slimy. I’ve never used the DnA range before and was super impressed. All their products are made up from 100% certified organic ingredients. A triumph and complete win in my book.. 😉

The Little Alchemist – Cacao & Banana Face Glow | $65.00

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You can’t go wrong with chocolate and bananas right? It’s like a desert in a jar! I must admit, it was really fun trying out this one. All you need to do is mix 1 teaspoon with purified water in a bowl and apply for 10 minutes. Recommended once or twice a week, this mask really gives a deep cleanse. I did find once it was set, it was really dry on my skin, but as soon as I rinsed it off, my skin felt softer and smoother. You do need to follow up with a rich moisturiser (cue the DnA range!). Packed full of the most delicious ingredients – your face is getting the ultimate treatment.. Just to be clear, check out what each of these ingredients bring to the party!

  • Raw Cacao: High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Nourishing and hydrating. Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Banana: Nourishing, softening and soothing. High in B vitamins and potassium
  • Acai Berry: High in antioxidants. Free radical scavenger. Fights the signs of aging
  • Green Papaya: non abrasive exfoliation, high in vitamins, smoothing and skin renewing
  • Zeolite: Powerful deep cleanser that draws toxins and impurities from the skin. High in minerals
  • Turmeric Root: Skin brightner, cleanser. Soothes and helps to reduce inflamation.

Between you and me, when I think of masks, I do envisage something liquidy, creamy and quite thick. I was actually quite shocked how supple my face felt after using the Face Glow. It’s a great one to travel with, as you can make it anywhere, anytime and you know it’s not going to explode in your suitcase being just powder. I also can’t help loving the branding and packaging – so gorgeous!

Jane Iredale – Moonglow Golden Bronzer | $73.80

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Bronzer is a girls best friend during winter. When you look at yourself in the mirror and realise that you haven’t seen the sun in a few months and are verging on vampish, having something that is going to inject a little bit of life back into you is handy. I am OBSESSED with this luxurious bronzer from Jane Iredale. Definitely on the pricier end of the scale, it’s a beauty investment (and did I mention completely vegan?) but basically is a summer vacation in a tin. Let me tell you why.. Aside from being a beautiful face bronzer, you can use each of the four quads as eyeshadow, a highlighter and a body bronzer! I am obsessed with golds and warm hues on the eyes and the shades are gorgeous blended together. Use the lighter quads to highlight your cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose, chin and decollete.  Worth the investment right?

Coast to Coast – Coastal Coconut Lip Balm | $12.95

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I love coconuts and I love lip balms. When you put them together you get a very happy Sophie. I have not stopped using this product. It’s by my bedside when I am asleep, in my handbag when I am out and on my desk at work and at $12.95, it’s a bargain. Another win? It smells like a Pina Colada and is 100% natural. No one likes dry, chapped and flaky lips, so use this as a preventative and remedy if your poor lips get to that state. It’s packed full of Vit E, which helps with skin repair and healing and the perfect companion during the wintery months.

Don’t forget that all the products I’ve discussed are natural, vegan or organic. So there is no guilt there using them. The team at ry.com.au, have hand picked all the natural brands and put them together so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

As for me? Well I am embracing the cooler months and keeping myself in tip top shape. Armed with a beauty tool kit to boot I am actually excited! I can assure you if you loaded with these products, you will be ready to combat the wintery months like a pro.

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How to spend a Hens weekend..

So just over a week ago I travelled to beautiful Byron Bay for a hens weekend. My friend Sarah, is a week out from getting married and I thought it would be timely to share what we got up to. We stayed in a beautiful part of Byron Bay called Newrybar, in the Byron Hinterland. Newrybar was formed in the late 19th century and is just the most gorgeous little village, with shops and beautiful cafes lining the street.

Our house was absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful architectural features. There was art everywhere, with stylish furnishings and details. I was told that it was originally a General Store and had been converted to a gorgeous holiday home – it was large enough to house 13 females and I felt there was enough space. Aside from a giant gourmet kitchen, there was multiple bathrooms, 2 spas and the most divine salt walter pool.

As part of our hens weekend activities, my friend Gabrielle, the brains behind Style My Soiree, held a floral crown making workshop. I must admit, I thought floral crown making would be extremely difficult, but I was pleasantly surprised how well I managed to put mine together. I found the entire process extremely calming and it was one of my favourite parts of the weekend.

What was lovely, despite everyone having access to a limited range of flowers (I am pretty sure Gabs and I cleared out each and every florist in the Byron area!), each crown made was completely unique. Naturally, the beautiful bride-to-be’s crown was all white. It was the perfect opportunity to snap away and get some gorgeous photos.

Aside from getting to know everyone at the hens a little better, the floral crown workshop was a necessity – after all, donning our crowns was part of our hens uniform! As we hit the town on the Saturday evening, it was what tied everyone together – and what a sight we were! We received so many compliments, comments and a few looks of bemusement. I do recall even having photos with a number of tourists! So what was the end result?

I thought it was such a wonderful idea for a hens party and I had an absolute ball. Byron was just the most magical place to spend some quality time together. All though we were only there for the weekend, I came home feeling like I had enjoyed a week long holiday!

Now I’ve got the wedding to look forward to. The countdown is now on!

Valencia Dreaming..

Well we are well and truly into the year of 2016 and I am feeling really excited by the endless possibilities and all the wonderful moments that lay ahead. I know we all have those day-to-day commitments which often can get in the way of mapping where we want to go and how we want to get there, but it’s so important to have those plans tucked away, even if you’re not intending to visit them anytime soon.. For me there are career goals, personal plans and the capacity to see new places.

..and, on that note, travel is most certainly on the cards. I am definitely ticking some new locations off the bucket list! I got the opportunity to visit some amazing places last year and never shared them with you on Live a Little, so taking a trip down memory lane, I thought it might be nice to be visually taken to the Spanish city of Valencia..


Over the next few posts, there will be some of my favourite snaps from my travels in 2015.. It was wonderful going through all my albums taking in all the places that I went to. Hopefully looking through some of my photo blogs will get you thinking about taking that trip you’ve always dreamed of. After all, it’s always important to live a little.

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We dined en blanc..

Diner en Blanc is one of the most spectacular events I have ever attended. Ever year it blows me away. Visually, it’s unbelievable and logistically, unbelievable too.

To set the scene for you – thousands of people (all dressed in white) get together in a secret location (only revealed the day of the event), set up their own table and chairs, bring their own food and manage to sit in a grid like system. There are very strict rules of what we can and cannot bring – paper napkins are most certainly a no-no and everything must be white. We drape our own tables with fresh flowers, fairy lights or any creative way in which we see fit, drink wine and enjoy each others company. To start our dinner, we wave our linen napkins in the air and to cease our dinner, light giant sparklers. It’s elegant, chic and visually looks stunning.

This year was incredible. Despite heightened security and a bit of a wait to get into the venue, setting up our tables on the Opera House Steps was very special. Surrounded by the beauty of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and a cruise ship that had docked temporarily, it was one heck of a backdrop.

We dined on a cheese and salami plate, with fresh figs, dips and olives, followed by a gourmet quiche, handmade sausage rolls with salad and finished with a beautiful chocolate cake with caramel sauce. The table was designed and put together by my extraordinarily talented friend Gabrielle, the brains behind Style by Soiree.

What I love the most about Diner en Blanc, aside from being in friends company, is how happy everyone is – everywhere you look people are laughing, smiling and generally just having a wonderful time. I feel very special to be part of something so incredible. Until next year Diner en Blanc! Santé!

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November 2015: Best of Beauty

I’ve been reviewing some amazing products the past month with two originating from other countries! We in Australia, are so lucky to have access to some of the worlds best beauty brands and it’s getting easier than ever with fast and reasonably priced shipping options. So what are my thoughts? Well read below…

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 hr Tan Mousse | $19.95
I have certainly tried a range of tanning products over the years and have developed my firm favourites. However, when something new comes along I am always keen to see the results. Now, Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter (an Irish beauty entrepreneur) is a beautiful tan – not just the colour, but to use! And, is so reasonably priced. Some tanning products are super pricey and can set you back $50, $60 or even more. You can have a beautiful tan for under $20! So how does it work? Well the mousse is really easy to apply and has a different texture to most other tanning mousses. Do you remember your mum using Wella hair mousse? Well Cocoa Brown is just like that! It’s light, airy and glides straight on the skin. Plus the tan itself develops in just 1 hour, so you’ll never have to worry about your stained sheets or clothes. If you like your tan a little deeper, then you can leave it on for longer, but no more than 3 hours (you just won’t need to!). Colourwise, you’ll end up with a beautiful brown nothing too over the top and certainly not orange. If you like your tan reaaally deep, then Cocoa Brown do have the same formula that is slightly darker. A few little bonuses – it’s paraben free and perfect for sensitive skin, it smells like a tropical holiday with its Tahitian Gardenia Floral Scent and always a firm favourite for me, Cocoa Brown is not tested on animals!

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Jamberry Nail Wraps
 | $22.00

We have seen a huge jump in new techniques when it comes to your nails. With the rise of gel polishes and shellac, wait time for colour to dry is now non-existent. One step up from shellac, nail wraps are fast becoming the manicure choice of many. Jamberry, a US based company started by sisters Lyndsey, Christy, and Keri had an a-ha moment after an expensive trip to the nail salon and decided to create a line of do-it-yourself nail wraps. With hundreds of designs, colours and options available, there will be a nail wrap to suit anyones personality. I was always thrown by the application process as it looked really complex but to be honest it’s super easy:

  1. Clean unpolished nails with alcohol wipe and push back the cuticles.
  2. Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits.
  3. Peel off nail wrap and warm with a hair dryer for 3-5 seconds or until soft and flexible.
  4. When warm, press the wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle.
  5. Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion to remove excess.
  6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail.

I’ve also noticed if applied properly, nail wraps will last much longer than painted nails AND doesn’t damage your nails like shellac can do. If you’re all about showing off your personality, then Jamberry should be on your purchasing list.

These are my favourite styles from Jamberry (Champagne Frost, Gatsby & Jewelry Box):
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Natural Pearl Skin Care – ‘Golden Youth’ | $225.00
One aspect of skin care that is really starting to play on my mind is that of anti-ageing. As I approach the latter half of my twenties, suddenly looking after the overall appearance of my skin is becoming a priority for me. Natural Pearl Skincare is the perfect solution. This effective and powerful anti-ageing skin system is made up of marine extracts for the deepest of skin penetration. I was given the opportunity to try ‘Golden Youth’ and so far I am really quite shocked by how well it’s working. Golden Youth’s main active ingredient is Marinoplex™, a natural mixture of powerful marine extracts. Marinoplex™ has potent antioxidant properties due to its rich polyphenol content, reduces sun damage, reduces hyper-pigmentation and clarifies the skin’s colour. In essence, it’s a skin serum,vitamin cream, a moisturiser and a skin lifting cream all in one. You can apply ‘Golden Youth’ before applying makeup and can even use it on the back of your hands – it’s very soft and luxurious to use. A truly beautiful product.

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Appelles Vitamin B5 Skin Lotion (500ml) | $44.95
Do you know what smells amazing? Mandarin Peel, Rosemary & Cinnamon… and this zingy, invigorating and delicious combination comes in a bottle. I love skin lotion, applying it every day, morning and night. I just had a weekend away in the Hunter Valley and stayed at the gorgeous Chateau Elan. Appelles was the bathroom products that the hotel used and I completely and utterly fell in love with their skin lotion. Apart from its unbelievable scent, the Appelles Vitamin B5 Skin Lotion packs a punch too. The mandarin peel assists circulation and may promote new cell growth, improving skin appearance, the rosemary has antimicrobial properties that can assist with skin conditions, whilst helping tone and moisturise and finally, the cinnamon bark has powerful antiseptic properties that help maintain skin health. With added vitamin B5, this lotion is the perfect option for maintaining clear and healthy skin.
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So there you have it – my beauty picks for the month of November. And dare I say it, these aren’t bad gift ideas either. After all, we’re only seven weeks away from Christmas!

Stay beautiful & always live a little x

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New, natural and truly beautiful..Tania Louise.

As you’ve probably started to gather (if you read my blog regularly), I am definitely a beauty junkie. A natural beauty junkie. What excites me is that so many independent brands, small businesses and boutique companies are taking the plunge and offering us more options than ever before. Whilst us ladies are always going to go back to our key products, it’s always nice to shake things up and consider something new. So if you’re looking to try something beautiful, that’s most certainly natural and independently owned, then meet Tania Louise.

What makes Tania Louise as a brand even more amazing, is the story of how the company started. Tania Wilson, the owner of her self-titled range was devastatingly diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but saw an opportunity to start something beautiful. It was during her 4 days of isolation in the Alfred Centre, Melbourne during her Radioactive Therapy where she had her ‘a-ha’ moment and started her very own skincare and Botanic beauty range. So what are my thoughts? Well read below..

Body Scrub – Certified Organic Argan & Fair Trade Arabica | $16.95
Are you a coffee lover? Can’t get going in the morning with out your cap or latte? Well to give you that coffee fix in the bathroom, then you need to use this scrub! Subtly scented with coconut oil, it is gentle enough that you can use it on sensitive skin. So how do you get the most out the scrub? Well firstly massage in a circular motion into body, hands and feet. I like to put a towel down before I jump in the shower and almost do a dry rub. It’s super important to concentrate on those problem areas – dry skin, cellulite, stretch marks or scarring. Then all you need to do is hang out for 2-3 minutes allow the caffeine to work it’s magic, hop into the shower and rinse off. According to Tania, “A percentage of the caffeine is absorbed into the top layers of skin and helps to stimulate circulation and shift toxins which are responsible for building up and creating cellulite”.

Argan Oil 100% Pure Certified Organic and Fair Trade | $39.95
Beauty with a purpose? Well this is it. This AMAZING Argan Oil is picked and hand processed by the South Western Womens co-op with proceeds going towards health and education for Moroccan women and their children. How satisfying is that? So what are the benefits of Argan Oil? Well firstly, Argan packed with anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. So it makes it the perfect anti-ageing product out there. No need to rely on preservatives and hefty scientific ingredients we can barely pronounce! If you suffer from acne, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea and/or stretch marks, then this will certainly be your best friend. Slightly too oily for me to use as a hair product, I am currently applying my Argan Oil at night. I wake up in the morning with my skin feeling softer and looking significantly brighter and clearer.


Rose Water Spray 100ml
| $39.95
It’s getting so much more humid and hotter. So to combat the issue, I always like to carry something in my purse to cool my skin. Tania Louise’s Rose Water Spray has been a Godsend. Created with steam distilled oil from freshly picked petals from the Damascus Rose –  Rosa Damascena, this oil has been blended with purified water, for a cooling and refreshing quick-fix. A few pumps of the spray and voila! Instantly cooler. Works beautifully before you apply the Tania Louise Argan Oil.

Mascara in Black | $24.95
I have a love-hate relationship with mascara. Whilst it is a makeup bag must have and I looooove having long, luscious lashes, I find when I use most mascaras, I find that my eyes get irritated and sore. If I ever occasionally commit the cardinal beauty sin of accidentally-going-to-bed-with-my-makeup-face-still-on (which we’re all guilty of.. Don’t deny it!), then I find my eyes are so much worse. I also can’t stand thick, gloopy and chunky mascara. It feels heavy on my eyes and just adds to the irritation. Tania Louise’s Mascara is made in Australia with Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Certified Organic Castor Oil, and Certified Organic Carnuaba Wax with mineral pigments. Not only are your lashes going to look divine, you’re actually treating them! 2-in-1 bonus wouldn’t you say?


I have had the pleasure of trying four products from the range with great success. What I love about Tania’s range is that the range is developed and created in Australia, made up of natural, organic, fair-trade, botanic and mineral ingredients. Plus her packaging is just beautiful – from the logo to the labelling.

Please, please, please give Tania Louise’s range a try if you are on the hunt for something new. You’ll feel the benefits, see the benefits whilst supporting a company that has their morals in the right place. Live a little and be a part of a brand that really does echo beauty with a purpose.

*The images were taken in the lily ponds of the QT Hotel Port Douglas. 

A postcard from Port Douglas..

I recently came back from a week-long break from beautiful Port Douglas. For those that aren’t aware, Port Douglas is about an hour north from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Visitors are a mix – you’ve got Australians requiring much needed sun, backpackers from all over the world and plenty of international tourists. If you’re looking for sunshine, great food, luxury hotel options, the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest then Port Douglas is perfect.

When you arrive, you’ll be amazed at all the tours, activities and trips you can do. There is so much to see and do in that area, but for us (Mum and I) we just wanted to pan out, relax and not do too much at all.

Live a little and enjoy my virtual post card! X

Where did we stay | The QT Port Douglas 
Where did we dine | Harrisons, Nautlius, On the Inlet & Sassi Cucina e Bar  
Where did we get pampered | SpaQ
What did we do? | Port Douglas Cruises

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Spa of the World.. What’s your Ritual?

How wonderful do you feel after a bit of pampering at a spa? Relaxing massages, luxurious body wraps, indulgent hair and face treatments? That feeling of escapism and ultimate relaxation. It’s a beautiful feeling. Once you’ve indulged yourself, you get hooked, well I have! But since I don’t have a limitless bank account, these sorts of trips to spas are for special occasions and when I’m holidaying.

In saying this, it’s still important to treat yourself at home. So what if I told you that you could bring the essence of holiday spa treatments home with you? Are you inspired by Tahiti, Morocco or maybe Japan?

I am so excited to share with you the brand new Spa of the World range by The Body Shop. Their luxurious range of products are inspired by stunning places all over the world and are designed to be used together as a complete ritual. The range is split into three styles of rituals (Blissful – yellow, Revitalising – blue and Relaxation – purple), so if you’re looking to indulge yourself, invigorate your senses or de-stress and calm, there are scrubs, masks, oils and body cremes to feel like you’ve just stepped out of a five-star spa!

I thought I’d share with you my picks from the range, give you a bit of an insight into the ingredients and then give you a sense how to best use them.

Dead Sea Salt Scrub | Revitalising Ritual | $42.95
The scrub is the perfect texture to scrub away dead skin cells, stimulate circulation and invigorate your skin. With its main ingredient being salts from the Dead Sea and plant based oils, it leaves your skin feeling smoother and softer. All you need to do, is apply over wet skin – paying particular attention to drier areas like the elbows and knees and rise off. It has a lovely marine smell.. the perfect pick-me-up!

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Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay | Revitalising Ritual | $32.95
I love this product so much – if you’re needing to tighten and firm up certain areas, then this body clay is perfect for you. All you do is apply to the body, leave on the skin for 10 minutes, or when the clay has gone hard and then rinse off in the shower using circular motions. Made from Rhassoul clay from The Atlas Mountains in Morocco and is a favourite of Moroccan women for its tightening and firming qualities.

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Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil | Blissful Ritual | $32.95 
Feel like heading off to the Pacific Islands momentarily? Well when you can come back from your day dream, I can promise radiate skin and shiny hair. The Polynesian Monoi Radiance oil is a beautiful product to use. Used by women of the Pacific Islands for thousands of years, ‘Monoi’ is a blend of coconut oil (ethically sourced from Samoa) and tiare flowers. This multi-purpose oil is a gorgeous body  moisturiser for skin that is absorbed quickly without leaving your skin greasy. If you suffer from dry, brittle or even over coloured hair, then this oil can be used as daily treatment – simply add product to the ends of your hair, like you would a leave-in conditioner – or overnight treatment. After washing your hair, lightly blow dry and add a few drops and sleep with it in.

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Japanese Camellia Cream | Relaxation Ritual | $52.95
I love body butters, cremes and moisturisers and this velvety cream is utterly decadent. Subtly scented of the elegant Camellia flower, you’ll find after applying this luxurious cream, your skin will feel softer, smoother and hydrated. Camellia oil has been used by women of Japan since the eighth century to moisturise their skin and find their inner peace. Relax your soul and find your zen with this beautiful product.

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So I can’t quite give you the tropical getaway or luxury spa treatment that you might’ve been dreaming about recently, but I can assure you The Body Shop’s new Spa of the World Ritual range can help. So live a little and treat yourself to a little DIY spa therapy!

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Also – another reason to purchase from The Body Shop.. For those that aren’t aware, The Body Shop stand by some incredible values. First and foremost, they are against animal testing, always have been since they were founded by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976. Plus, all their products suitable for vegetarians. Additionally The Body Shop supports a range of community fair trade projects. The company currently has more than 1,200 products, 80% of which contain at least one Community Fair Trade ingredient. Self Esteem campaigns, defending human rights and protection of our planet are all instilled in The Body Shop values. Now, who wouldn’t want to support that?

STYLE

Be ‘geek chic’ with Firmoo!

I love fashion. But then again, which girl doesn’t? As the ever classic Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening..” What is wonderful, is that anyone can interpret the term ‘fashion’ how they wish. It’s interchangeable, fluid and completely subjective. With fashion comes accessories – the pièce de résistance and the final touch to an outfit.

One accessory that is often underrated or sometimes overlooked is eyewear – not necessarily sunglasses, but reading glasses! Once considered bland and geeky (especially when I was at school) eyewear is now a perfectly acceptable fashion accessory. Global brands, designers and celebrities have all rushed to be a part of the optical industry. Take Australian designers Alex Perry and Collette Dinnigan. Both have paired up with Specsavers, releasing their own beautiful line of eyewear. But, with these designer brands, come the designer prices. So often shopping for fashionable eyewear can become quite expensive.

I wanted to share with you my experience with Firmoo, the worlds most popular optical online store. What I love about Firmoo, aside from being able to order your lenses online is the fact that you can get that designer look for a fraction of the cost!

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I’m wearing #F1018, a vintage style of lenses in black. These retail for $40.99 (Australian). 

Shopping Process
Shopping with Firmoo is super easy – all the styles are on site, so you can just browse through at your own pace. You can search by colour type, material, size, shape and price. Additionally you can shop in a range of currencies. There is even a super neat feature where you can upload your own picture and ‘try’ the glasses on.

Ordering Process
Purchasing your glasses is like purchasing anything online. It’s really simple and easy to use. In regards to your prescription you can either upload it or manually enter your prescription details. Payment is via credit card or your Paypal account. My glasses arrived within 2 weeks.

I know it seems odd purchasing glasses online, but there are so many styles and options on Firmoo you’re completely spoilt for choice. Plus, all the glasses are under $70, so you’re bagging yourself a bargain. You can keep changing your look as and when it suits!

I am loving my Firmoo glasses and if you’re a specs wearer, then I thoroughly recommend you have a look next time you’re wanting to update your eyewear. For those who don’t wear glasses, you can still shop their awesome sunglasses range.

Live a little and embrace your inner ‘chic geek’!

BEAUTY + WELLBEING

The Best of Beauty – The July Edition!

So over the past month or so, I’ve been trialing and testing a range of unique beauty products, and I can assure you they’re perfect to get you through the last remaining weeks of winter. I’ve put these picks together as they’ll keep you in tip-top condition from head to toe and inside out. Enjoy!

For the face? Skin B5 Range | @skinb5
So for many of us out there dealing with skin problems is a regular Whether it’s stress, hormones or wearing makeup all day, most of us are prone to breakouts. But for some people, it can be more severe. Some adults have to deal with acne well into their 20s and 30s and some can suffer with body acne, which I can imagine would be so irratating. Whether you occasionally break out or suffer regularly with acne dramas, one of the hardest things is finding products that are natural and still gentle enough for your face/body. As a teen I tried a very well-known acne clearing product that literally burnt top layer off my skin, it was so acidic! I can remember the aftermath was a red, scaly and very sore face. It scarred me for life. The Skin B5 range will certainly not do this to your skin. It’s completely free from benzoyl peroxide, parabens, synthetic fragrances and animal products, is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is proudly Australian. The Skin B5 range is a four step program made up of acne control tablets (in either normal or extra strength), a cleansing mousse, purifying mask and controlling moisturizer. How you use the program is dependent on how severe your skin problems are. I suffer from standard skin issues, blackheads, occasional breakouts and have quite large pores on my cheeks. After just 3 days, I am starting to see my pores get smaller, any pimples that were there are now drying up and my skins texture is so much more smoother.

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For the hair? Hair and Me Treatment | @hairandme_
I am loving Hair and Me – it’s 100% organic and completely natural. Perfect for combatting frizz, split ends and breakage, it works to repair, strengthen and moisturise your hair whilst also stimulating the scalp for hair growth. I have super thick hair and when it’s time for that mid week wash, I get so frustrated because I have to allow at least an hour to just dry and style my hair. But, the best the thing about Hair and Me, is that helps reduce that tedious blow drying time by 30-50%! The consistency of the treatment is quite oily (because it is so natural), so I wouldn’t recommend using the whole lot in one go – you’ll get a few treatments out of one pack. Hair and Me can be used on coloured and highlighted hair as well as hair extensions.

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For the body? StayLean Tea’s 14 and 28 Day Detox | @stayleantea
There are many forms of ‘detox teas’ out there on the market at the moment. What is scary, is that many contain laxatives. This can be extremely trying on your body often leading to stomach pains, frequent trips to the ladies and dehydration. I must stress that these sort of detox’s should not be used for weight loss purposes, which I see so many young girls do. However, if you’re looking at doing a detox or a tea cleanse, then consider StayLean. All the ingredients are 100% natural and contain no laxatives what so ever. I am currently in the process of completing my 14 day detox and starting to see results. I am looking less bloated and feeling slightly more cleansed. Staylean recommend that you drink 2-3 litres of water during the detox and maintain a healthy and balanced diet throughout the process. I must stress again, that everyone’s results are different, so bear this is mind if you choose to commence one.

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For the feet? Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter by Lush | @lush_ausnz
I am the ultimate Lush fan and have been for many years. They are so ethically conscious about their products in every way from the packaging to the ingredients. Lemony Flutter is one the thickest creams I have ever come across – it’s almost the same consistency as paste. Although advertised as ‘cuticle butter’, Lemony Flutter also works wonders on dry and cracked feet. Just before bed, I slather my feet in the stuff and then put a pair of socks on straight away. When I wake in the morning, my feet feel soft, supple and as a bonus smell like limoncello!

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I am all for supporting natural, eco-friendly and Australian health and beauty brands and I know after reading this, you’ll be super keen to try some of these out. Perhaps you’re already using some of these products and I would love to hear from you! Or maybe you’re an up and coming brand? I would love to try your range! Either way, I love to hear from my readers.

As always, live a little! x

SOCIAL

A Quintessential English Wedding..

How wonderful are weddings? Aside from the suits, dresses, delicious wedding cake and fabulous food, I love the atmosphere – there is always so much positivity in the air. It’s so lovely to see friends, family and loved ones all come together with one cause of celebration in mind.

I don’t often post personal events on my blog, but this was so worth sharing. Part of my travels earlier in the year was to celebrate my partners’ cousin, Emily and her marriage to her now husband Russ. They were married at St Peters, with her reception at the very grand Dumbleton Hall. Em looked absolutely phenomenal and everything about the day was perfect. From the horse drawn carriage, to the Worcestershire countryside setting, the beautiful wedding cake to the very emotional speeches.

It was a very special day and judging by the photos you can certainly see why.. Enjoy! X

GIVE A LITTLE

Give a little – CEO Sleepout 2015.

Media today is so accessible, and with that accessibility often comes information overload. Naturally charitable organisations can use social media and the internet platform to create awareness and drive donations and it can often all just be all too much. But on this occasion, I would really appreciate if you could read through this post.. I know this may come across as another ‘charity’ pull, but this particular cause is very close to my heart.

For those that know me and my family, most of you would be aware that my father, Philip Crenigan contributes to the Vinnies’ CEO Sleepout every year. For those that aren’t aware of what this entails, it is one night a year where managing directors, CEOs and key business players come together and experience sleeping out on the streets. Over the past decade, they have managed to raise over 10 million dollars to assist St Vincent De Paul and there fight to stop homelessness in this country. In it’s tenth year, Vinnies’ are aiming to raise 10 million dollars.

If you’re new to this whole concept, I thought it might be interesting for you to hear my father’s thoughts and insights from his experience of the CEO Sleepout 2014.


Still a taboo issue, it’s important to be very clear that homelessness exists in this country, with over 100,000 people sleeping on the streets every night. Faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis, many of Australia’s homeless have choices to make. Will they forego food tonight for shelter? Should they purchase a blanket or new clothes this week? Where can they sleep where they don’t have to incur travel costs, but feel safe and warm?

For us, these aren’t decisions, we have our home, our dinner tonight and clothes to wear tomorrow. What is fantastic and really homing in on this issue, is at this years CEO Sleepout, all participants will receive Vinnies CEO Sleepout Dollars. They then will have the opportunity to speak to caseworkers to hear about some of the real choices that many of Australia’s homeless face.

All participants will not receive enough dollars to access all the small comforts like food, cardboard and sleeping bags, so they will have to think long and hard about what is important to get them through the night. Perhaps they will have to sacrifice their meal? We’ll see.

Once again, I understand that you are bombarded with messaging and imagery from many organisations, but I ask that on this occasion you might be able to spare a few dollars and assist my dad in his endeavours at this years CEO Sleepout.

Given that he the sole owner and representative of his business Executive Turning Point, every year he reaches his target. At this moment in time, he is $600 off his $10,000 goal, so if you wish to show your support, please do so by clicking here. Please help him and all the other participants as they all come together to stamp out homelessness in this country.

Don’t forget, giving a little will contribute to living a little.

I am so proud of him and hopefully you are too.

My London Love Affair!

I am so proud to call London my hometown. It’s a city that just has got it right. Between the hundreds of dining options, beautiful shops, cultural stops, architecture and history everything about the city works. It was wonderful to spend a long weekend there, so here’s what we got up to.

It was a short but sweet encounter with the city. I was so devastated that I had to leave. Especially when I know there are so many other places to explore, to see and to try. London speaks for itself and I recommend it entirely.

It will certainly not be my last affair with London. After all, it is my hometown and that in itself is a perfect reason to go back.

Happy travels! X