Hey There!

posted on: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

I’m still here.

Red floral maxi wrap dress.

Wearing: eShakti dress,* ASOS trainers*

Custom wrap dress at e-shakti.

I think it’s universal opinion that after you reach your mid late twenties that the illusion of time begins to run even faster.

A minute as a child can feel like an eternity. As an adult (only in the numbers sense) hours, days, months and even the years begin to blur together. Things I did a decade ago feel like the a few months ago and at the same time, they feel a universe away.

I didn’t really notice this until a few years ago. I suddenly realised what the oldies meant when they speak of time flying by. And as my dad’s friend used to say, “time flies, money flies and blow flies”. I didn’t get it as an eight year old terror, but I understand it now. I remember sitting in school assemblies at the end of the year in disbelief that a year had actually and finally come to pass. And here we are again, past mid way through the year.

Since it’s become more prevalent in my mind, it’s made me ask myself, am I spending the time I’ve been given, wisely?

If I’m being honest here, most probably not and I think the same can be said about a lot of others. We all have good intentions but time slips away like sand through our fingers and before you know it, that thing on your to-do list that has a +3 icon becomes one with +30 and you’re left wondering what the hell did you spend your time on.

Vegan fashion blogger.
French style wrap dress. Fashion blogger outfit.
Red floral wrap dress. Custom made to order dress.
Half Thai blogger. Fashion blogger in Perth.

As a result of this tiny seed that was planted in my mind, it eventually lead me to biting off more than I could (can, still) chew.

I can’t even remember the last time I even logged into my blog’s dashboard but it certainly wasn’t to post. It was probably just to check if Russian hackers had finally made their way past my ridiculous password and three step authentication firewall I had set up. They hadn’t.

In my final few units of university, I have been wondering if I really have the time to run a blog. Is it a wise choice of timely use?

In the months between now and the last post, I set up another instagram account (it’s still going), started posting regularly(ish) on my YouTube channel, studied my absolute brains out with a couple of the most brutal units I’ve encountered, and spent a month in Italy visiting family and eating my weight in pesto. It’s on a whole other level over there.

I renewed my domain services mainly in attachment to the fact I created this little space out of nothing but I’ve been trying to decide if I really wanted to carry on with it.

Blogging is very time consuming. It’s not as popular opinion would have it, as simple as snapping some photos and typing a few words to send out to the infinite webs every day. It can be but you’ll have to be pretty damn mesmerising with words for anyone to come visit you.

Red wrap dress with ruffles.
Australian fashion blogger. Half Thai fashion blogger.
Mandurah fashion blogger.
Fashion blogger wearing red maxi dress.
Red dress summer outfit.
Editorial fashion blogger.
Red maxi dress. Red wrap dress.

However, after a few glasses of shiraz cab and an impending sense of I’ve finally taken on too many things, I decided I will (try to) go back to posting regularly.

Sometimes a five month break is what you need to realise what you love.

And I’ve missed writing up ramblings completely irrelevant to the photos, reading your comments and weirdly, coding up blog posts.

But, while I’ve decided to stay, I want this to be a useful part of the web. I mean, if I’m gonna bite off more than I can chew, I might as well make it worthwhile right?

Please let me know what topics you’d like to read about, what you need help with and will try my best to write up some relevant ramblings about them. But I’m not a mind reader so you’ve gotta help me out a bit here.

In the meantime though, prepare for some guides on Italy and a ton of photos of pasta and mountains.

Gotta start somewhere right?

Sand dune patterns.
Red wrap dress with ruffle detail.

P.S. Sorry for the poorly structured brain dump.

It takes a while to get back into the flow of things. Well, for me anyway.

review on e-shakti dresses.
Red maxi dress outfit.

May 2019 Beauty Favourites

posted on: Friday, May 24, 2019

A roundup of some of my May 2019 beauty favourites. All tested rigorously by yours truly, so you don’t have to.

Supple Co hemp oil dew drops oil review.


Why You Need To Add Magnesium Oil To Your Night Routine

posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2019

The one mineral with over a thousand benefits. Read on to learn about why you need magnesium oil and how to use it.

Amazing Oils magnesium oil Australia.
Facts about magnesium.

Amazing Magnesium

Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea what magnesium was (besides a mineral) and didn’t think I had any use for an element my high school science teacher gave no heed to when learning about the periodic table.

Boy was I wrong. This little powerhouse deposit has a role in over 1200 bodily functions and I can honestly say from experience has made such a difference from even just one use.

I’ve had shoulder pains ever since my last job which was over six years ago now. I tried physiotherapy, those super expensive massage places in the mall that charge something like a million dollars a second, acupuncture and yoga. I’ve was very close to keyhole surgery but a package of magnesium products from Amazing Oils showed up in the mail just in time for me to reconsider it. After an extra long day at the desk, I remembered the magnesium spray sitting on the coffee table and decided to try it out on just my shoulder.

The pain went away in 30 seconds.

This isn’t an exaggeration. I couldn’t believe it. So I tested it out on both my dad and mum who couldn’t believe it either. And just to be sure it wasn’t a placebo effect, I tried it out on my parter too. Without him knowing. I just hope he doesn’t secretly read this blog.

But there are a range of different ways to use it so I had a little chat to Shalm Harold, brand manager of Amazing Oils, to find out what’s so special about magnesium and how we can get the most out of it.

Read on to find out what role magnesium plays in our bodies and how you can maximise its benefits.

Magnesium flakes Australia.

Most people don’t seem to know much about the extensive benefits of magnesium or how important it is for our health. Can you tell us what sparked your interest in the mineral?

 Before Amazing Oils we were a family of Yoga Teachers. We knew about the benefits of magnesium and had been taking the powder form daily. It wasn’t until my grandfather was diagnosed with a serious illness that we discovered our first magnesium oil.

Your magnesium is all sourced from Australia which is amazing. Are there any other specific reasons besides “keeping it local” that you decided to use Australian magnesium?

Australian magnesium is sourced from salt lakes – which are in the middle of the desert. There’s no pollution, no run-off and the entire area is a protected environmental area. The resulting magnesium is a lot finer than other magnesium oils, its less sticky and stings less (for those that are deficient) than the magnesium we tested from Europe and Asia. That and of course it’s completely natural, underneath the salt lakes is a magnesium liquid brine that goes into the Natural Relief bottles. A lot of companies are importing flakes and mixing them with water to try and recreate this natural product, though the gritty result is usually easy to spot.

Can you tell us a bit about magnesium and its functions and benefits within the body?

This is probably one of the hardest questions given that magnesium is used in over 1000 bodily functions. I think that its easiest to understand magnesium’s function as the opposite of calcium. While calcium is used for contraction in the body, magnesium is responsible for the elasticising and releasing of that contraction. So each heartbeat uses calcium to contract and magnesium to open, every muscle extension uses calcium and magnesium, and so on. When the body is low on magnesium, it gives signals such as muscle contractions that don’t release (cramps). Using a magnesium supplement certainly combats these deficiency symptoms but it’s also the unseen things that magnesium is really useful for.

Roll on magnesium oil. Insomnia remedy.
Australian magnesium flakes. How to use magnesium.
Magnesium oil benefits and facts.

What are some little known facts about the mineral that people might not know?

One of magnesium’s primary functions is for heart health and cognitive functions.

What’s your favourite way to use magnesium?

Tops of the feet at night to help my sleep, simply the best!

How has magnesium and more specifically, the business, changed the lives of yourself and family members?

Working with family can simultaneously be the most difficult and most rewarding experience. We are each well aware of how fortunate we are that our work contributes so much to the easing of so many people’s suffering.

Benefits of magnesium.
How to use magnesium.
Natural remedy for sore muscles and bones.

Magnesium is actually not an oil but magnesium chloride mixed with water. Despite being easy to come by in a complete whole foods diet, a lot of us are magnesium deficient which can lead to cramps, migraines, fatigue, brain fog, mental illnesses amongst other problems.

Here’s a few quick benefits you can reap from this amazing mineral to help aquatint you with the earth’s eighth most abundant element.

– It can help prevent diabetes, osteoporosis and control blood pressure.

– It’s amazing at relieving body pains and headaches. Definitely get your partner to massage some into your back for almost instant relief after a hard day’s work!

– You can use it to reduce inflammations such as arthritis.

– Used topically, it can help keep your skin clear from acne. Make sure you’re using a product specifically designed for the face though.

– If you can’t sleep, rub some magnesium into the lower half of your body, the tops of your feet or legs. Trust me on this one!

– Because it helps improve insulin resistance and can lower stress levels, it can aid in weight-loss.

If your interest about this multitasking miracle mineral is piqued, and you’re looking into getting some to experience the benefits for yourself, I recommend Amazing Oils as they have the purest magnesium products and are very high quality. As always, read the label and consult a physician. 

Amazing Oils Australia - magnesium oil benefits.
Magnesium roller. Natural remedy for sore muscles. Natural headache remedy.
Australian magnesium roll on.
Magnesium bath flakes.
Amazing Oils Australia - magnesium oil benefits.

Making The Most Of Your Time – Jord Watches Giveaway

posted on: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Everyone seems to be complaining of not having enough time. Myself included. But I’ve put my top five tips to making the most of your time so you can reclaim some of your productivity (and sanity) back.

Making the most of your time. Jord watches giveaway.


Living In Harmony With Technology

posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Technology has shaped the worldwe live in today. And in so many ways, for the better. But there's a price to pay for everything and the price it seems is that most of us have become slaves to it. Read on for some simples tips on living harmoniously with technology you can incorporate into your every day life with ease.

Double Edged Sword

EXYRA eyewear. How to live in harmony with technology.

Technology is such an amazing thing. It’s transformed our world in so many ways. It’s able to connect to the globe in an instant. Provide limbs for those without. Monitor anything and everything from the weather, to your steps, to your child sleeping in another room.

It’s also a double edged sword.

It can also bring bring the world to a halt with an internet crash. It can remove people’s limbs maliciously or by accident. And let’s not forget that while it can monitor your heart rate, it also monitors your browser history. Thus we are flooded with global disputes, people who have suffered accidents because of malfunctioning technology and ads in our instagram feeds that just won’t quit, no matter how many times you click “not relevant”.

It doesn’t have to be all bad though. Besides clearing your cache and installing some good ad-blocking software, there are some simple tips for living in healthy harmony with technology. Read on for my five tips on how to not let technology own you.

Living with technology. Tips on health and technology.

Cutting Down on Bad Habits

I know. What a thought. Is such a thing even possible?

I’m gonna be honest here. This isn’t the easiest one to implement, so I’ll start with the hardest.

Cutting down on technology is probably harder than quitting smoking cigarettes cold turkey.

It’s no secret that technology rules almost everyone’s lives. But it doesn’t have to.

We have a device for almost everything these days. Most of them which we take granted for.

And a lot of us have jobs which literally revolve around the internet. Which is great. But when you’re working with a screen all day, the best thing to do is limit the amount of time that you’re not working, on those screens.

Here’s a few things I’ve been implementing over the past few months to help me cut down:

– Keeping a schedule. This stops that endless scrolling which is a black hole for time. The satisfaction of checking everything (or most of it) off my to do list is enough to stop me from wasting time watching animal videos and being hypnotised by instagrams ever-changing feeds.

– Keeping electronic devices out of the bedroom. Or turning them off at a certain time. My phone is my alarm so I use the old trick of leaving it somewhere I can’t reach from my bed. And because I am lazy once I’m snuggled between the covers, this eradicates that problem.

– Assign certain tasks for certain devices. For example, I use my iMac for business, editing photos and videos and uni. I use my MacBook for uni (for days I want to lounge on the sofa) and for when I travel. I use an iPad for working out and for whenever I need to do something important in a pinch (and don’t want to start up my computer for it) and my phone for communications, social media and checking everyday things like bills, banking and online shopping orders. It seems excessive but it stops me from having heaps of different apps on each device which eliminates wasting time doing things on each one that I shouldn’t be. And I think most of us these days already own multiple devices.

Technology and health tips.
No technology at night.
How to use technology for health.
Health and technology. Using technology in harmony with health.

Use it to Your Advantage

One of my favourite things so do with technology, besides wasting time watching alpacas trying to eat apples, is to use apps for productivity and health.

There are so many great and useful apps out there but most of us aren’t utilising our devices to their full potential.

I love tracking my steps and I love using my iPad for yoga. My favourite one is Down Dog. I’ve been doing it for a year now and have saved a tonne of money from being able to do it in my own home. Not to mention the time saved from the would-be commute to a studio.

Another great app (if you’re female) is one that tracks your period. It’s such a simple concept but everyone I know who uses one say it’s changed their life.

I also use my phone for meditation. There are so many great apps out there for it and most of them are free. Some of them send your mindfulness notification throughout the day which like an extra reminder to be conscious about your technology consumption.

My favourite app though would have to be aNote which is basically a planner, diary, alarm and calendar all in one. I was trying to use physical planner for a few years but having notifications sent to you when things need to be done has been the biggest game changer for me and my organisation.

There are so many apps out there for the same things, that you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. Just make sure you’re using it and not letting it use you!

Crystals and technology. Using crystals to absorb radiation from technology.

Electric Crystals

This one is kind of whack (if you’re not into the esoteric) but I have read some articles on the effectiveness of it so it can’t hurt to try it.

Place crystals around your electronics. I’ve always loved crystals. Simply because they’re pretty to look at. And when I was a child I would always go for the crystal and metaphysical books on library day at school. As I grew up though, I just saw crystals as pretty rocks. Until my dad was talking about his cousin who had a crystal radio when they were teenagers. He said it didn’t need batteries and would always just work. Then I thought of the quartz clocks we used to have in the classrooms (crystals literally are energy) and how I read an article (when I was about ten years old) on how placing crystals around electronics could absorb radiation and negative energy. And for the past 10 years or so, I’ve always had crystals placed around my computer to not only absorb whatever undesirables there might be hanging around there, but also to stop my computer from breaking down.

Like I said, crystals and their non-mineral properties aren’t a very well developed area in regard to science but if you have a quick google, the internet will provide thousands upon thousands of people’s experiences swearing by simply placing crystals around their computer.

And if you don’t believe in it, they’ll still make your desk look pretty.

Extra eyewear review. Living with technology.

Night Vision

And what if you just can’t quit those electronics at night?

If you absolutely must be looking at a screen in the evening then I highly recommend you invest in a good pair of blue light filtering glasses.

I have been using this pair by EXYRA for the past few months and I am weirdly obsessed with them.

Blue light is responsible for so many different health issues such as back and neck pain, insomnia, increased blood sugar levels and decrease hunger hormone levels. And that’s not even all of it. If macular generation isn’t to encourage you to order a pair of blue light filtering glasses, then I don’t know what would be.

The shift in the body’s circadian rhythm is responsible for so many peoples’ sleepless nights and tired days.

After wearing the glasses just once, I fell asleep so quickly I didn’t even realise it. Which is a big deal to me because I take forever to fall asleep and am usually laying in bed waiting for the slumber to arrive.

After a few weeks, I was so well rested that I tried a couple of weeks without using the glasses at all and I can only attribute the amazing sleep to EXYRA.

I actually haven’t been wearing them for a couple of weeks again and my sleep is definitely not the quality it was with the glasses.

There are so many places to order these types of glasses now but I highly recommend EXYRA because their glasses and frame are mazing quality, they don’t feel cheap but they’re still light and they’re the only glasses I’ve ever worn that don’t give me a headache.

EXYRA eyewear review.

Let me know if you’ve ever tried blue light filtering glasses or any of these tips or if you have your own and share your thoughts below. As technology grows, so will our need for uses on living in harmony with it. We might as well make the most of it before AI takes over and we’re living in spaceships.*

*Which reminds me, who’s watched Black Mirror and Love, Death + Robots? If you’re gonna stare at a screen at night, it might as well be Netflix with your filtering glasses on, right?