Thursday, January 19, 2017

Have Baby Will Travel : Byron Bay


Recently we had a little family road trip up to gorgeous Byron Bay. My sister was having her hens (bachelorette) party up there so we decided to have a little family vacate at the same time. Why not, eh? 

Here are our top picks from our stay...


Eat




This family friendly corner store / cafe has a focus on local & organic produce and also serves up fab coffee. We enjoyed some tropical acai bowls and coffee while our wild thing ran around on the front lawn with everyone else's tiny tots and dogs. 

Passed this cute tropical wall on our way there & back too!






All about nourishing foods, you'll find an organic, ethical, plant based menu at Folk Byron Bay. I indulged in a coconut latte and some poached eggs & smashed avo on sourdough. Lots of furry friends for our little guy to play with again. 




Mmmmm, turmeric lattes, gluten free breakfast tacos, and an organic kombucha for the road. So glad we stopped in here before our big drive home. Pretty sure this was my favourite cafe meal of our entire trip.




We surprised my sister with a decadent lunch at Rae's with all of her best girls. The food was lovely and the service was great. Side note: no, I didn't bring hubby and bub with me. They spent this rainy day at the Circus Arts School whilst us ladies wined and dined away.











We popped in up here a couple of times during our stay. The girls that is, sans baby. Delicious cocktails and some scrumptious share plates of food. We dined on oysters, soft shell crab tacos, duck fat chips, and prawns. 


Where we would stop for coffee on the fly. Their macadamia nut milk lattes were addictive! Plus they serve my favourite coffee, All Press. Yeehaa!



Shop




Spell & the Gypsy is a must for all bohemian goddesses.




For all your Australian-made, eco-friendly, clothing basics.




This store is like you've stepped into heaven on earth. The most amazing custom-made furniture. homewares and art with some fashion on the side ;-)



See


Byron has a number of gorgeous beaches to choose from. We stayed right on Main Beach and took advantage of the kids playground there. It was especially nice to walk along the beach and then watch our little guy play as the sun began to set and musicians started to play.









Home of the biggest and most beautiful crystals in the world, Shambhala Gardens, and rainforest. Crystal Castle has an enchantment that seems to cast a spell over you the moment you step inside. I felt like Alice in a Zen Wonderland. Very kid-friendly with a playground that also includes a giant dragon and there was even a face painter when we were there. 




Australia's most easterly lighthouse. If you're lucky you may catch dolphins, turtles, or humpback whales on their annual migration from up here. The ocean views are breathtaking.



Hoping for a longer stay next time so we can explore much more.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

How to Be Your Own Beauty Guru


Happy New Year, Soulful ones! How has the festive season been treating you? I've been taking it slow, spending time with my family, trying to be as present as possible. We've had some restorative beach-time as Sydney saw temps reach about 42 C for a couple of days - eek! I've had plenty of meditation time, done quite a bit of journaling, and have just been generally trying to ease my way into the new year, being as intuitive as possible instead of making a crazy list of resolutions that, let's be honest, may not even serve me whatsoever, and just waste my time and energy worrying about. 2017 will be all about letting go of that which does not serve me. I did my "year ahead spread" using my new gorgeous "Wild Unknown" tarot that my hubby gifted me for Christmas and the theme of this year was "stillness and mental power."

Anyway, moving along to today's post, How to Be Your Own Beauty Guru, brought to us by the lovely Sophia Smith.




Each woman has something unique which she should highlight in order to bring out her innate beauty. This brings us to the following question: Who is better for this job than you yourself? Absolutely no one, since you know best what you need and what you want.

So, in order to help you become your own beauty guru, we have prepared a list of practical suggestions you can apply.


Get to know your skin
The first step of skincare is to get to know your skin. Firstly, you must know whether it’s dry, oily, normal or sensitive, since this will help you realise what products and ingredients you should incorporate into your skincare routine.


For example, if your skin is oily, you should go for oil-free cleansers and moisturisers. On the other hand, women with dry skin should avoid foam based cleansers, which will additionally dry out their skin. Knowing your skin type and what it needs is also important when deciding how often you should go for a skin peel, since there isn’t a right answer you can blindly follow.



The importance of high-quality cosmetics
Choosing the best cosmetic products has become a demanding job, since there are thousands of different brands on the market. However, although they are present and probably quite affordable, that doesn’t mean they are all good.



For this reason, we strongly advise you to stick to the tested ones, like GERnetic and Alpha-H Skincare products. Don’t hesitate to spend money on this, since you deserve to have high-quality skincare, that will leave your face beautiful, balanced, and glowing. It’s worth the investment!



Adequate make-up
Analyse your face, its shape, features, skin texture, etc. Once you get to know it to the smallest detail, you will easily decide on the make-up which suits your skin type and the colours which accentuate your innate beauty.

 


You can go online and find some very useful make-up tutorials by top beauty gurus, who will show you practical tips and tricks that you can later incorporate in your routine. The most important thing is to be unique; so, feel free to experiment with different styles until you find the one that reflects who you really are.


Try DIY face masks and other products
Face masks should absolutely be part of your skincare. They are especially important in the winter time, when the skin is easily dried out because of the cold weather and harsh winds. The best thing is that you can easily make these masks on your own and adapt them to your skin type.

 
  

For example, a banana facial mask will leave your skin moisturised and soft. All you need to do is mash up a ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. After 10 to 20 minutes, you can rinse it off with cold water. The effects will leave you speechless. However, aside from face masks, you can also make other skincare products including natural sunscreen, green tea bath salts or a gentle hand wash.



Eat healthy
No matter how good and effective your products are, remember that beauty also comes from the inside. You have to feel well in order to be beautiful, and this is only possible if you have a healthy lifestyle, which primarily means having healthy eating habits.

 


Some of the essential beauty foods include: yoghurt, because it contains amino acids that help you get rid of dark circles under your eyes, oysters, which reduce acne since they control excess oil production, or red bell peppers, which have high antioxidant levels, and this is very important if you want your skin to be clean and look perfect.

As you can see, becoming your own beauty guru is not that hard after all. You only need to be creative and ready to experiment until you find what suits you perfectly.


Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based  fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, organic skincare and healthy food choices. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a style editor at High Style Life, but over the years she wrote pieces for many other beauty and lifestyle blogs and magazines.

You can find out more about her writing following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google + 



Monday, December 19, 2016

FLASH SALE on recycled activewear from "First Base" X


Today only, get 20% off all tanks & tees at First Base

Use Code: FIRSTBASECREW20




We're talking 80% recycled activewear, ethically produced, and check out their site to see just how transparent they are about where their clothes are made and the steps they take (and are taking) to be more sustainable. 

I know so many Mamas who get around in activewear all day every day because it's comfy and easy to chuck on and get around in from yoga/pilates/gym to running errands to school drop off/pickup (#mumlife). So what's better than a company that actually gives a shit about being ethical and sustainable?

xo

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: The Fitness Lover

Today I've gathered up my favourite finds for the fitness lover, from activewear to eco-friendly water bottles and more. I have many a friend who love to wear their activewear aaaall the time ;-) 


If you're gonna wear activewear all day everyday it may as well be 80% recycled fabric. This company is completely transparent about where their clothes are made and everything they do / are working towards to be as sustainable as possible. Love!




An insulated thermo-bottle that maintains the temperature of hot drinks for 12 hours & cold for 24 hours. Pretty designs and BPA Free!



Bellabeat Leaf Urban in Rose Gold
Uses smart technology, highly sensitive movement sensors, and secure data backup to allow you to monitor your health & fitness. Recording sleep patterns, activity levels, meditation, and your menstrual cycle so you can better understand your body.


Simply choose your protein base, choose your flavour, and pick a size. Did somebody say coconut??!!



Erica Brooke Natural Deodorant Creme
100% natural, handmade in Australia, fresh minty unisex scent. Available in regular or double strength.



Divine Goddess Eco Yoga Mat
Completely crafted from recycled plastics and biodegradable.



Kills 99.9% of germs without any nasty chemicals. Tasmanian Pepper & Lavender scent. Simply spray onto your mat and wipe down.




Also known as Smart & Sassy in Australia. This active blend of certified therapeutic grade essential oils is designed to help boost your metabolism and manage hunger cravings. Also calming for the stomach and lifts mood. A blend of grapefruit peel, lemon peel, peppermint plant, ginger root, and cinnamon bark essential oils.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: The Bookworm

Books are one of my favourite gifts to give for Christmas and birthdays. Even just passing on books that I have truly loved to someone I think would enjoy them just as much gives me those fuzzy feel-good vibes. So I've tried my best to just pick a few favourites for this Holiday Gift Guide.


Kids Books



Soulful Books



Fiction Books



Cookbooks




Classic Books



More Holiday Gift Guides to Come...

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: The Kids

Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite kids gifts for the holidays. I love scouring the globe & the net for the most unique things for my wildling. In fact I even have an instagram account dedicated just to kids finds so I can personally keep track of things I find and love.

Our little guy has become kitchen obsessed since I started taking him to these amazing play sessions each week at the local TAFE and they have the BEST kitchen set up there. So we decided to get him one for Christmas. I hadn't seen this one though - boo! How cute us this vintage style kitchen? Sign up to Zanui's mailing list to get $10 off!


You know, to go with the cute kitchen above. Comes with a wooden toy mixer set and a wooden toy coffee machine set. Adorable! Spend $250 at Hip Kids and you'll get a free toy patisserie set worth $79.95.


An Aussie company creating chemical free play makeup, face paint, hair chalk, and temporary tatts. The kits come in brown kraft boxes for recycling. 



An absolute favourite in our house!



Kids love a teepee. This gorgeous one is 100% cotton.


100% organic cotton, safe inks, Australian made, sweatshop free. 


Oh this book brings back memories. My Mum's personal favourite and now it's my favourite to read to my little one. An Aussie classic.

Ha! I love this so much! All our Aussie favourites on a jigsaw puzzle. Too cute.


So excited to get these for my little guy. He's only 2 right now but I'm excited for the time when I can read him Harry Potter! Add Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to that list too.


More gift guides to come