Category Archives: Living

Fashions New Wave.

June 9, 2015

So, obviously I am not a fashion blogger. No surprises there. I am a stay at home mother of 3.. (I laugh at this because I hardly ever stay at home) but I do try to stay in touch with what looks good and what doesn’t. Sometimes I have the time to put into my appearance, sometimes I don’t. Most mornings it depends on how fast my girls get ready as to whether I even get mascara on or not! I’m sure I’m not alone here.

Together with UK based fashion website Farfetch I am excited to bring you a series of gorgeous illustrations showing what’s next for all of us in the Southern Hemisphere. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I love a good illustration.. (especially Megan Hess). Of course those to our north are ahead of us in regard to fashion seasons , so we are getting the heads up for what’s on the way.

I’ve chosen the ones that I think are most suitable for us busy mums. First up we’re starting with how to do the “laid back” look well and what’s the next trend for make up.




I think we’re all pretty laid back right? A shirt tied around the waste should be easy enough without feeling like a teenage boy.make-up-minimalism




I’m loving the minimalist make up look. For the base a good BB cream (I love Garnier) would be great rather than a heavy foundation.  I’m quite partial to a good nude lipstick. My favourite at the moment is ModelCo Party Proof in Nearly Nude.




Online shopping for dummies… Beauty products

May 19, 2015


The category of online beauty products is a huge one and one you could spend hours and hours searching through. Anything you are after you will find it somewhere, I will guarantee it. Even a little sample of something you found years back when overseas that you’ve never been able to find over here, you will find it online. Most of them offer a huge array of products and most of them are cheaper than what you will find in the shops, particularly if you scour the sales tabs.

If you have used the same skincare or make up for ages and you know what you like and what you normally pay for it in the shops then it would be worth jumping online to see if you can save yourself some coin.

  • is the largest beauty online store in SouthEast Asia and has most brands we know plus also ones that we haven’t seen over here. I am excited to be trying some new products from these guys shortly. They are also having a 35% off storewide sale starting tonight (19/05/15) at 7pm for 24 hours so it might be worthwhile seeing what you can grab for a bargain!
  • is an absolute giant. They have absolutely everything including huge fragrances lines and also great stuff for the home like candles, diffusers etc.
  • Sephora is a mecca for everything you need. I know of people who have spent hours inside a Sephora store. I personally couldn’t think of anything worse than being in the same space as a million other women all trying to bag a bargain and I would much rather do it from home. It’s always worth a look for all the new products coming in as well.
  • Adorebeauty is one I’ve not actually used before but it looks great. Easy to navigate (as some of these sites can be a little overwhelming) and they have a great range of organic and ethical products as well.
  • Last but not least, if you are a Thalgo girl or you have tried their products and never purchased them for it being a little too pricey then you will find Beautyonlineaustralia to be exactly what you need. I haven’t used Thalgo for years but this has tempted be back I must say!

Obviously, keep an eye on your shopping cart should you decide to do a little retail online therapy to be sure you don’t have a complete budget blowout and check their policies regarding returns, shipping etc.  Enjoy ladies!!  :)

Restaurant Review… Paymasters Cafe Newcastle.

May 8, 2015


Last saturday night while it was absolutely flogging down outside, I was cosy and warm sitting with a glass of Pinot Noir inside Paymasters Cafe, and I won’t lie, I was pretty bloody happy. Paymasters is a Newcastle icon, perfectly situated at the end of Foreshore Park on the other side of Customs House.

I have been going to Paymasters for years and every time I go there it is always perfect. When it came time to organise my husband’s 40th birthday last year it was the only place we thought of. Perfect for group bookings, with either a set menu or A la Carte available. What is so good about this, is that unlike other places where it is obviously just too much trouble, Paymasters will split bills. Not only split them but will give you an individual number for yourself or as a couple so there is no need for calculators or that awkward moment at the end of the evening when that one friend packs the shits because he had one less drink than you. This system is fantastic and really should be implemented by other establishments, but for some reason isn’t.

As for the food, it doesn’t matter what you are after you won’t be disappointed. The Autumn A la Carte Menu fits the season perfectly. The Garlic Prawns are legendary and are a stand out on their own, however last Saturday night my choice was the Baked Goats Cheese for entree, the Braised Lamb for main and of course dessert is a must so I went with the Eton Mess and oh my god…… seriously, the nicest thing I have eaten in quite a while. It’s not a difficult dessert… it’s only meringue, berries and cream but wow… absolute perfection. I want to go back again just to eat that alone! If you were to take the children with you for some reason, they are looked after as well with their very own special little Children’s Menu.

Legendary Garlic Prawns

Legendary Garlic Prawns. Photo courtesy of Paymasters gallery.

If you are thinking more about breakfast, the Weekend Menu is divine and I can personally vouch for the deep pan buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Soooo good!!!

Paymasters is still as good as ever and is perfect for anything from date night to a hens night. To contact them head to their website. You won’t be disappointed… I promise!


Online shopping for the kiddies.

April 22, 2015


This week in my little series for online shopping for dummies we are visiting the kids stores. I find sizing in these ones pretty good as I know that can sometimes be a problem, make sure you do check their returns policy though. It can just be so hard with kids.

  • Charlie and Me. This is like Pumpkin Patch’s little sidekick. The website is the same layout and the clothes are the same quality but less expensive I find. They always have stuff on sale and if you’re organised enough, can pick up some great bargains for next season.
  • Next. I added Next to the women’s list last week and I will do it again for every other list I make as it is so good. Keep in mind they are a UK based company so their seasons are different to ours but you can still find great pieces.
  • Shred Groms. This one is for the little surfer groms out there. A local mum who has great quality pieces made with the distinct Shred logo. Very cute.
  • SurfStitch. Again for the little surfers of the world, or the ones who MUST have the brands. I’m not sure that it’s any cheaper than being in the actual stores but it is convenient and has a stack of brands.
  • Dollcake. I know this one because it’s only for the girls and I have 3 of them. Their stuff is divine. If you have a special occasion (think flower girl, baptism, special party) you MUST go have a look. Even if you don’t, go have a look anyway… It’s bloody beautiful.
  • River Island. You could be on this one for a while as it is for everyone but well worth the look.  Very on trend and I love the stuff aimed at the tweens. Awesome sales as well.
  • Two Little Kings is one for the littler kids, up to around size 6 for some things. It’s an American site so again there’s the season issue, but they have the most gorgeous harem pants that need to be looked at!

So there you have it, If you have any favourite ones make sure you post yours in the comments section below. Happy shopping my ladies. xx

Online Shopping for dummies.

April 13, 2015


So the other afternoon I was having a chat with a friend of mine and something came up about online shopping, to which she told me she had never done it before. She was an online virgin. To be honest I was shocked but it then got me thinking as to why not? What was holding her back? Her answer was quite simple… Where do I go? What shops are there? Again, I was shocked, but then I thought yep…. fair enough. A lot of us mums are so busy working and just getting all the other shit done that perhaps the whereabouts of all the best online shops are completely irrelevant to us when it is just so easy to grab what’s on sale at Target.

So, here comes my next mission. To bring you a little series of all the best places to head for online shopping. Womens clothing, mens clothing, stuff for the kids, home-wares, books, cosmetics, parties … anything!

First I’m starting with stuff for us… because… well,…we never do stuff for us. Womens clothing it is. Lets get to it.

  • My favourite is St. Frock. I love this stuff. Everything is on trend and very reasonably priced. They even give you the option to pre order items so you don’t miss out on there latest pieces.
  • Next is Next. Next is the High St. favourite from the UK. Their seasons are opposite to ours so you need to take that into consideration when shopping but still…. Their Spring.. Our Autumn… Meh.. Easily adaptable I think. Be warned though… the site is massive. You can lose yourself for a while here, especially if you wander over to the kids section. Pricing is great and it is all converted into AU dollars.
  • Then we have EzibuyThis one is great as they have regular sales and offer great discounts when you spend. The more you spend, the more you save. They also offer an awesome range of Plus Size clothing which is fantastic and what a load more of sites should be doing. You can also gain access to The Brand Store which offers you some of the bigger brands all on the one site.
  • The Iconic is fantastic and at the moment has a 50% off sale. They have new things added pretty much daily and I find is great for the tweens as well.
  • Then we’ve got Asos. Asos has everything. An awesome range of clothing from a million different brands but then there’s also a stack of accessories, even iPhone cases, little purses… heaps.  Again, this ones a biggy so make sure you’ve got some spare time.
  • I love Cocolatte. This one is super cheap and great for casual stuff. Also great for the tweens.
  • I also love Alibionline. This is another one that has great brands and great sales.
  • Or if you’ve got more money than sense me, you could head on over to Stylebop. It’s for the finer pieces for the fashionistas but seeing as though the majority of you are kind of like me… you’ll probably just scoff and giggle. But hey…. it’s nice to look at!

So there is a few of my favourites but here are a few things you need to check on first.  Check the shipping costs before you go nuts. Sometimes there’s a nasty little surprise at the end of the checkout process. Also, check on sizing and returns policies… Nothing worse than being stuck with something that doesn’t fit. Most places are pretty accommodating but it doesn’t hurt to just check first. And lastly, common sense should always prevail when using credit/debit cards.  If you have unlimited credit I would be a bit careful. I only ever use a debit card, but thats just me. Anywhere with Paypal is great. Just remember… If something looks dodgy… it probably is.

 So there you have it…. Go grab a coffee and a Tim Tam and have some fun. Next week I might tackle the world of the kiddies clothing stores.

Loving ModelCo. skin care

March 23, 2015

IMG_7803So last week I looked in the mirror and thought… Wow.. You look like shit. Given it was 7.00 at night and it had been bullshit hot through the day, but still…not good.  You know those moments when you think it might be time to shake up the skin care/makeup products. I was having one of those… but what to use? I have used the same stuff for so long I really have no clue. I need decent stuff but I can’t spend a fortune because then I will just end up feeling guilty, and I hate it when I feel guilty over spending money on myself…..It just pisses me off really.

So after consulting with my friend Madeleine from The Daily Mark, she suggested I give ModelCo. a try. And so I did. And… I am LOVING it. Yep, it’s not just tanning products and make up anymore, this awesome brand has moved into the world of skincare. Only twice in my life after trying something new have I ever noticed a visible improvement straight away. My skin looked brighter and felt like I had a new face!

I have only started out with the cleanser, exfoliant and a moisturiser just to try and see how I liked it but now I can’t wait to try the other products as well. They smell like a garden of essential oils and feel amazing. The cleanser is a foam which is super convenient for the shower. The exfoliant has just the right amount of “scrub factor”, enough to make you feel like it’s doing something but not like your using industrial sandpaper, and the moisturiser itself spreads really well and a little bit really goes a long way. Lesson learnt after night one… Really don’t need much at all!

What I love just as much as how my skin looks and feels now is how little this costs. All 3 of these products I bought for under $60, and you can get it form Target or Priceline, or if you are more of an online fan you can grab a number of ModelCo. products from Score!!! So if you think it is time to shake your regime up a little bit… Give this a try. It’s beautiful.

Pottery Barn Easter

March 3, 2015

AU_easter_th_pip_W15sp90AltPlushBunnies_bh_002So… I am a bit of a Pottery Barn Kids fan. I have just stumbled upon their new Easter products and I had to share.

It’s not all about chocolate, hot cross buns and seafood at Easter… It’s also about the decorations.. Just like Christmas!

Personalised Easter baskets, table decor, garlands, even a gorgeous Peter Rabbit range. All the colours are just beautiful. So cute for all the little ones…



Go grab a coffee and take 10 minutes out to have a look.

Click here to visit.

50 Shades of a Middle Age, Middle Class, Married Mans Experience.

February 18, 2015

UnknownLet me first preference this by making several points straight off the bat.
1. This is not a review of the film.  Well….. I guess it’s my review of how I felt after sitting through two plus hours of “cinematic excellence” that was 50 Shades of Grey.
2. I have not read the trilogy that the movie (and its apparent sequels) is based on. My wife, and partner in this movie going activity has read the series. I went in uneducated and with no background. Suffice to say I had heard the hype of “the greatest mummy porn ever written”. That’s all.
Let’s begin.
I took my wife to the gold lounge to see 50 Shades of Grey. Big leather recliners, 50 couples seats in the cinema. No expense spared. Tasting plate, drinks to open and half way through, coffee, hot chocolate and rocky road. I highly recommend the experience. My one hot tip. Stick to finger food. Eating burgers and nachos require you to see what you’re doing and if you are anything like me more food lands on your shirt than in your mouth. Eating in the dark is not easy for me.
But I digress.
The cinema was full
Not a single seat left.
98% of patrons had vaginas.
The only male other than myself was sat directly across the gap from me. We made eye contact and in that brief nanosecond we shared the same “I hope this gets me some with the missus” look that only a slight raise of the eyebrows from one bro to another can give. To any male reading this please be deathly aware from this moment on, this movie will not put her in the mood to re-enact any single scene except perhaps if she wants to fly a helicopter or glider… or take expensive gifts of iMacs and Sportscars. But hey, if that sexy bastard Mr Grey wanted to smack my arse and give me an Audi, I’d count to 6 (referenced to prove that I did in fact take full notice and didn’t nod off as expected).
I’m a middle aged man. I’ve seen the world. I’ve lived many different lives and a relatively full existence. I’m open to admit I’ve had good and bad relationships. Let’s be honest here, the movie isn’t your traditional love story. It’s got a dark side. Bondage, discipline, control and manipulation are what made this the phenomenon it’s become.  I’ve smacked an arse or two. Come on, who hasn’t. A friendly playful tap in our own “playrooms” “workshops” or “where the magic happens” have been going on in suburban bedrooms for centuries. Not everyone though has a four poster with huge brass rings capable of human suspension and knows how to tie more knots than a boy scout earning his next badge. Grey does. He also has more riding crops and whips than the Dungog rodeo and a few items that looked like he could hit a hot six runs off a bouncer from an Indian fast bowler at the MCG.
Back to the audience. Half of the 50 were in a single group. All had a bottle of wine in hand and most looked, sounded and acted like they had already had a bottle or two prior to arrival. For the first time EVER in the many many years I have been seeing movies, as the title of the movie came on there was a collective round of applause from said group. For a brief second I wished I was the leader of the packs husband. For one simple reason. He was back at home and she wasn’t.
Wolf calls and woot woots at the first sign of Christian. Yeah we’re on first name basis. I thought, yeah look he’s not a bad looking dude. I snuck a look at the wife, she had a slight smile on, I assumed she agreed in my summation.
Again I’m off on a tangent.
The thing that stood out and probably annoyed me most about the story was The Contract. I won’t explain it, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve seen it you heard it mentioned and saw it what seemed like every 3 minutes. Like what my father used to describe as “a broken fucking record” he went on and on and on and on about it. Dude! You’re supposed to be a successful gajillionaire. If she took that long and delayed it that many times, chances are she wasn’t ever going to sign it. Give it a break. Move on.
Men, here’s your part. And a definite positive in both story AND casting. Tits. Yeah I said it. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of them. I rate them. Ms Steele doesn’t mind showing them off either. I was not complaining. These little handfuls… could have hung a towel on one and engraved glass with the other.  They stood proud whenever called upon. And for that, we thank you.
The movie continued. And continued. And then it continued. BUT, just when you thought it was going to continue some more, like the proverbial slap on the arse… BOOM. It ended. Pretty much (I assume) like most of the rowdy cougars in the back of the cinemas love life. It built to a crescendo and abruptly ended without satisfaction. I heard 30 voices in perfect harmony moan “whaaaaat? Noooooooooo”…………….. and that made me smile.
As we walked from the darkened room, my wife asked me what I thought. “Be honest, how much did you hate it?” was what she actually said. I said I needed a minute to think about it. But I had more questions now than when I went in.
1. Does Mrs Jane Average really get off on this?
2. How would she react if tonight I whipped out a set of handcuffs, a ball gag and Indiana Jones’ favorite bullwhip and said “Mr Grey will see you now!”
3. Will my OCD force me to sit through 2 (knowing how Hollywood likes to stretch it out) possibly 3 more of these to get closure?
I have theories. And I have hunches. These are best left to another time though.
To summarize: The movie was not as bad as a certain channel 9 Today show reporters rant portrayed it as. There was chemistry between them. I won’t need to watch it again. If it comes on free to air tv in years to come and I’m flicking channels I might wait to see her nipples again, they were note worthy but I’ll continue flicking channels to a re-run of Dukes of Hazzard or Lost before I watch it in its entirety.  Drunk, horny middle aged housewives dream of out of the box naughty sex with abs of steel billionaires. Tonight I will pop in a copy of Bonnie Rotten’s Obedience School Volume 2 and see if this is a game of double standards.  You only have to watch it for 142 minutes, otherwise <insert sexy billionaire with a fetish voice> “You’ll need to be punished”.

My thoughts on 50 Shades……….

February 16, 2015

7f789b276859741be5d977db5407b672So I have been to see the 50 Shades of Grey movie along with all the other women out there. If you haven’t read the book here is a quick rundown..

Quite plain girl meets hot young billionaire business man who is both physically and mentally scared from his early days. Said billionaire is a control freak and has a “playroom” full of S&M paraphernalia and sets out to make quite plain girl his submissive. That’s pretty much it.

When a book has been so successful, it is always going to be a bit risky to go ahead and make it into a movie. Will they get all the key parts in there? Will the characters be what we want them to be? Will they change anything that people love/hate about the book? Will it be as popular as the book?

So… what did I think of it? I feel it may be easier if I put this down in point form.

  • It took me a very long time to read the book so when it finishes in 2 hours 5 minutes I felt slightly ripped off. (This is entirely my problem yes, I should read faster than a 5 year old)
  • Everyone has their own version of what Christian Grey will look like…….Yes? This is where I kind of feel a bit for the actor playing him (Jamie Dornan). He is probably not everyones choice to play the part but would there be anyone who would have made everyone happy? I think not…I actually think he did ok… I mean… there are worse things to look at.
  • I think Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson…. both of which would probably not want to see her in this particular movie I would imagine) plays an awesome Anastasia Steele. It is exactly what I would have pictured her to look like anyway.
  • If you have read the book, you will already know how it ends….. Don’t complain. If you haven’t read it… you are probably not going to be happy.
  • If you have read all 3 books you may get a little mixed up as to what happens in which book.  Having thought about it I’m pretty sure I will fancy the second movie better.
  • It is nowhere near as raunchy as the book.

Honestly, I expected it to be a little bit more. I don’t think it was bad, but I don’t think it was outstanding either. However.. I am LOVING the slowed down version of Beyoncè’s Crazy in Love. It’s worth seeing the movie for this alone.

All in all, I think it is worth seeing with a girlfriend or two… It was just a little bit too Days of our Lives for me. If a kinky soap opera is your kind of thing… go ahead.


Dusk Artisan Collection

February 11, 2015

duskForget your cheap shop “vanilla” candles, this range form Dusk is something else. We all know Dusk do candles. Every kind of candle and fragrance you can think of they have it covered. Over the last few months I have been stocking up on the Artisan Collection of products. They are just divine. It started when I bought the single wick candle in the Midnight Orchid fragrance  (orchid, orris and sandalwood) and quickly decided this was “my” smell.

You know how some people have a particular smell about their home? This was going to be mine. Candles, room sprays and mood reeds for the home and then I realised they actually have a body range as well. Hand creams, body washes and lotions. Perfect

Quite often when you buy candles you might find they are either really over powering or the complete opposite. You have to pretty much be hanging over the top of it to be able to smell anything!  Of course everyone has their preference in regard to smells and if this Midnight Orchid isn’t for you there are 4 others.

  • Black Gold is black pepper and bergamot
  • White Breeze is juniper berries and geranium
  • Spiced Vanilla Noir is Vanilla and wild Angelica
  • Evening Rose is rose and chypre

So, next time you think it is time you bought yourself something nice, I’d head to Dusk.