Summer Holidays

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Just like that, 10 days have past and the yearly holiday that us 9-5ers all look forward to has sadly come to an end.. time to hit that snooze button and have multiple cups of coffees to get us through this thing called work-life.

I had one of the most laid back holidays ever. While everyone will be talking about their beachside getaways. I am so excited that I got to catch up on some ‘me’ time which I really needed as I have spent the last few years on my holidays working my second job and stamping people in a nightclub for a little extra cashola.

So what did I get up to?

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Cockolate

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I am just going to start this post and say it.  Who doesn’t love dick?

Benjamin from Cockolate and I have a lot in common. We love dick and both have similar personalities – and we’re not uptight at all. We’ve been having a little fun via emails (all in the name of good content, of course) and that’s how I ended up talking to you about Cockolate.

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Feeling hip with Cobs Hip Chips

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I have been obsessed with chips since I was a kid, and as an adult nothing has changed – just ask my mum. I can never stop at a handful or a small bowl – it’s always the entire packet! I’m an all or nothing kinda gal, which leads to massive food guilt. I am sure I am not alone here, ladies!

When I was asked if I would like to try Cobs Hip Chips, my tastebuds couldn’t wait for this collaboration.

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Tis the season for Kmart

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Over the last year I have become seriously obsessed with Kmart. The quality, the variety, the low prices – it’s literally heaven for me! Every payday I can’t seem to stop myself going in store or shopping online to pick up something new. Oh, and when I say ‘something new’ I mean a cart full.

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Q&A with Jacquie Mclean

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When Project Ten reached out to me, I thought someone from Channel 10 wanted to feature me! Sure, I thought to myself, until I actually Googled Project Ten. It’s actually an online retailer with some really fun products that I can’t wait to share with you! Especially with Christmas around the corner – if you’re after some last minute gift ideas, Project Ten is for you.

Project Ten was launched 4 years ago by Jacquie Mclean – a Geelong based mama. Jacquie designed her entire range after realising she needed a practical yet fashion forward beach tote. Say goodbye to the annoying straw bags, girls.

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Waffle Queen

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Not going to mention any names here, but there is a café near me that serves amazing waffles.  Everyone in the area goes there! You can’t even eat a waffle in peace without seeing half your school, and have awkward chats about what you’ve been doing over the last 10 years. Cringe!

I prefer to enjoy my waffles in the comfort of my own home with my friends and loved ones. I have never made waffles before, but when I was gifted a limited edition Waffle Bowl, I could not wait to get it out and create my own café style waffles in my own kitchen – without the bitchy high school acquaintance small talk! 

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Earring game strong with Boccai

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I used to buy jewellery on the weekly, but this has slowed down dramatically over the last few years. I started to hate buying junk/costume jewellery that would rust or irritate my skin. Then, I got a diamond and become a little jewellery snob that only wanted to wear my diamond and nothing else! That said, I recently started my small jewellery line – Confessions – and fell in love with ‘fun jewellery’ again.

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Ironing doesn’t have to be a b**ch

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If you follow my blog, you would know I have just moved into my new home. Prior to this move, I was living with my mum. Basically, she did everything for me for the last 28 years. I’m talking cleaning, cooking, picking my clothes up off my floor-drobe, and of course, the dreaded ironing.

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Aunty Zizi loves Alfaberry

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I might not be a mummy blogger, but I am a proud aunty to two little legends, Aydin and Leyla. When it comes to kids fashion, there is so much variety these days – compared to when I was a little youngster at least!

Kids are so expressive, from their clothing to their haircuts. Kids fashion is really on point now, and a lot of mothers I have spoken to have told me their kids are choosing their own style nowadays!

I love that kids are finding their own visual identity, and playing around with fashion from such a young age. Just recently, I was having a conversation with my mum about how I used to be so depressed (maybe a little dramatic) when she was still dressing me in grade 6 – I felt like such a loser walking around with a side part, velvet skirt and top and ‘party shoes’ with white socks. Thank goodness social media wasn’t around back then!

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Sexy shower cap selfie alert

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I have always been a big fan of shower caps – not even kidding, ladies! I even borrowed – okay, stole – my niece’s shower cap when using her bathroom. It was a cow print with yellow cow ears. How could I resist?!

When the lovely Sharona from Dilly’s Collection contacted me to try a shower cap, I could not wait to start this collaboration. I was so excited to see all the different varieties on her site.

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#happiness

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I have received my fair share of flowers from my fiancé over the last 5 years. He sure spoils me in the floral department! There is nothing more special than receiving a beautiful bunch of flowers – you’re the envy of all your office pals, and of course you get an epic Instagram shot.

I love sending my friends and mama a bunch of flowers on their birthdays, or just randomly to brighten their day. It’s the little things, y’know?

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Meet France

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Buying a designer bag on a minimum wage is hard work, ladies! I am very grateful to have some great investment pieces in my wardrobe. After all, they’re timeless. Cossette is a private, members-only shopping destination, founded two years ago by the lovely France. I caught up with her to find out all about how she began her online and pop-up designer bag stores.

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In love with George

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If you follow me on Instagram @insincerelyher, you will see most of my stories of late are cooking. It’s a whole new world for me and I am loving every minute of it! I sure am making a few mistakes along the way but that’s okay – trial and error will only improve my technique.

I have always wanted a George Foreman grill. I have seen the ads, seen them in catalogues and heard nothing but good things about the company.

I was excited to try the Family Grill as soon as it appeared in my blogger mail pile! It was a fantastic size and weight and still looked stylish on my kitchen bench!

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I love you like XO

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I love a DIY project (do it yourself, for the dummies). I find DIY quite relaxing, a little fun and a challenge. I moved into my new home a few weeks ago, and while we were waiting for the TV and couch to be delivered, my partner and I decided to try my kit from XOX Kit – an online subscription box that includes all materials, tools and instructions to make a creation of your own. They even send a video to your inbox, so you can follow and fail like I did! I hope my readers are a lot smarter than me!

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So you want to be a blogger?

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I get a lot of emails from lovely ladies asking me how I started my blog, how I get ‘free stuff’ and how I get invited to events.

A few in particular have come across quite bitchy, if I’m honest. Asking me why or how I am getting invited to events, or why I am getting sent items to promote isn’t really the way to go about it.

I think some people need to ask themselves why they’re not getting invited? Why they’re not getting sent products to review? An ugly attitude in this industry won’t get you far, unfortunately.

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Organise your linen cupboard

Even though I am not married yet, I’m currently living with my fiancé (such a bad wog child I am – always been a rebel). I like to call myself a real housewife of Melbourne. If it’s okay for Gina Liano, it’s okay for me, ladies!

So  I have never had to manage a linen cupboard before – that’s been mums job for the 28 years that I have been fortunate enough to live with her!

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Life is easier with Acer

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I am so excited to talk tech with you all – a little something new on my blog that I can’t wait to share.

I have always been more of a Windows kinda gal. Just recently I ditched my Apple Macbook and was gifted an Acer laptop from my fiancé, and, honestly, life has been simpler ever since!

The lovely people at Acer have gifted me a pretty awesome 2 in 1 Switch Alpha. It’s essentially a stylish tablet, but with so much more packed in.

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Kismet by Milka

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Hande Kurtulus who has just just brought Kismet by Milka to Australia for all you lucky ladies who are obsessed with statement jewellery, including myself. The likes of Madonna, Margot Robbie, Nikki Minaj, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bella Hadid (Just to name a few) have been seen in this amazing company’s jewellery. The line feature chokers, statement earrings, and necklaces along with my favourite, the initial ring. Secretly hoping Santa brings me a Z ring this Christmas! For now enjoy my interview with Hande and enjoy my favourite items from Kismet by Milka, below.
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Food Alert

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Over the weekend, I headed to the Taste of Melbourne event, in partnership with Electrolux, at Albert Park.

Let’s be real. I love to eat. I can never say no to a food festival, which may explain why I’m on the double digits in weight. Buuuut in saying that, life’s too short for calorie counting, right? You enjoy your weekends, ladies.

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Becoming a Famous Fashion Photographer

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Getting to the top of any industry is hard. And Australian fashion photographer Chris Polack knows it. He’s spent more than a decade perfecting his craft.

But with blood, sweat and tears comes progress. Earlier this year, Chris was chosen from more than 800 applicants from around the globe to fill one of 26 mentorships with legendary UK fashion photographer Nick Knight (who, by the way, charges $1million a day!). Chris has since had his portfolio featured by Italian Vogue and is currently jet-setting between Australia, London and New York on a range of exciting projects.

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My Secret is Your Secret

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Guys, I gotta admit. I have been a little lazy when it comes to posting book reviews on my blog. It’s a shame, really, as I read quite a lot. I’m a bit of a bookworm, y’see! Bookworm and proud, girls.

I was delighted when Kerrie Denton, author of My Secret is Your Secret, reached out to me to review her book. After a little Googling, I was interested to find out more and read the book –  which I finished in 30 minutes, just sayin’.

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Le Petit Rosé by Jacob’s Creek

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Rosé lovers you are in for a treat with this post. The good people at Jacobs Creek Wines sent me 6 bottles of Le Petit Rosé, and within three days we were out! (Of course). We went and bought more it was just that delicious or ‘crisp’ as the connoisseurs may say hehe.. All four ladies who tasted Jacobs Creek Le Petit Rosé loved it. I’m talking moscato and red wine drinkers.. enough said huh. 

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My Derby day look

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Derby Day is the start of the four day race days that make The Melbourne Cup Carnival. I unfortunately can’t attend this year as I am moving into our new home, but to all you ladies who are attending and need some outfit inspiration from a amateur fashion blogger, (moi) you have come to the right place.
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GIRLS NIGHT IN

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Over the weekend, my sister in law and I hosted our first ‘Girls Night In’ raising funds and awareness for women’s cancer with 100% of proceeds going towards the Cancer Council. We wanted to create a fun, relaxed environment for all our guests which is why we went for PJ attire. All the girls looked super cute in their robes and slippers including Mads and I, but you be the judge hehe. 

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Portugal is the new black…

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I had my first taste of Oporto a few years back and I honestly loved the taste. The Bondi Burger is my favourite, along with their selection of dipping sauces. But I have a little confession to make… I thought Oporto was based on Bondi Beach! (blushing in shame)

 After a little research on the company (and constant cravings after seeing the new commercials on the telly), I now know that Oporto is all about PORTUGUESE CHICKEN! The Oporto team travelled back to the motherland capital of Lisbon to put this sexy commercial together… (check it out here) believe me, you’ll be racing to Oporto after you see this! (or booking the next flight to Portugal!)  

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Hostess with the mostess

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I recently attended a styling workshop at Northland Shopping Centre hosted by The Three Piece Suit. I have seen their work via Instagram and ladies it’s to die for! From the weddings to events, Belinda and her team are incredible.

Jess, the owner of @abrokegirlwithexpensivetaste and I could not wait to get started. What I loved about this event was that it was hands on. Belinda took us through all the essential steps needed to make a great dinner party. Now you may think you already know all this but I am new to entertaining, especially with moving into my new home, so this workshop was needed for an amateur housewife in the making, me.

Tips I picked up when entertaining and styling a dinner table

  •    Have background music
  •    Light a candle or incense stick
  •    Have a conversation starter for guests; a beautiful centrepiece does the work
  •    In the bathroom add a little candle or flower in a vase that matches your table setting.
  •    Get creative with your table setting; think placemats over tablecloth, arrange your serviettes in more creative ways (add a flower, tie up some thread, let the serviette drop off the table a little)
  •    Purchase random dishes, not everything needs to come in a set
  •    Don’t ruin a beautiful dinner set by adding a white dish for your starters.
  •    Linen spray is totally a thing, shop here

We also got to put together a flower arrangement and keep the entire thing (spoilt as always). I had the most amazing vase … wait for it ladies, it’s called a vessel, not a vase … always learning hey?

How often do we all buy flowers and just throw them in a vessel? Belinda advised us to lay all the flowers out, cut flowers when required, and pull a few leaves off if needed to create a beautiful arrangement.

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Jess & I arrangement
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I loved all the little tricks she showed us and both tables looked amazing! For only $20 we received a wonderful gift bag, voucher and got to keep our arrangement, the best $20 I have spent in a long time.

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I can’t wait to have my family and friends over and show off the new skills I picked up.

Check out The Three Piece Suit here, I’m sure I will be using the tips for my wedding when I get off my lazy ass and actually plan it.

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