Who Gives A Crap

25 October 2018

This post is not sponsored. I’ve been buying from Who Gives A Crap for close to a year now. I love it and just want to share!

I do have a $10 off referral link for you at the end, if you want to try it out for yourself.

Who Gives a Crap

About 18 months ago, my family went travelling and camping through central Australia.

It is very remote there, and there are not many facilities and services between the towns. So if you happen to stop at a remote location, you are encouraged to take your own litter away with you.

We made many stops… and saw first hand the disgusting, eye sore on the landscape – blinding white toilet paper everywhere!

Ribbons of it waving in trees and bushes, sticking up out of the ground, crumpled up and littered on the earth.

At that point, I decided to start buying biodegradable toilet paper – and I found Who Gives A Crap.

(I was introduced to the brand by 3 friends!)

Who Gives a Crap

Their toilet paper are made from 100% recycled paper, good for the environment, forest friendly, with no inks, no dyes, no scents.

They don’t wrap their toilet paper in plastic.

All the inner cores of the toilet paper and cardboard boxes are made from recycled paper too.

They donate 50% of all their profits to non-profit organisations working to help build toilets and to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries.

What’s the difference between Biodegradable Toilet Paper vs. Standard Toilet Paper?

Most standard toilet paper are made from virgin trees!

Standard toilet paper breaks down at a slower rate than biodegradable toilet paper and it needs more water to fully decompose.

Biodegradable toilet paper is usually made from a fast growing material, such as bamboo, which needs less water and matures faster. It also dissolves and breaks down faster (in less water) than standard toilet paper.

It can also be made from recycled paper, which means no trees are cut down.

Basically, biodegradable toilet paper is much better for the environment.

Who Gives a Crap

We buy the tissue boxes too!

My kids say it’s a little difficult to get the paper out, but omg I tell them to get over it, it’s a small price to pay.

What’s the Cost?

In terms of cost, YES it’s a little more expensive than buying it on sale from the supermarket.

But I feel… if I want to do something good for the environment (as opposed to just feeling all sad about it), I can support little businesses trying to be transparent and trying to do some good and make a difference to the world. My money is my vote!

I haven’t worked out how much more it costs me each year, but if it’s something like $50 more, I’m totally happy with that!

(Some people would prefer to have luxurious toilet paper and donate $50 to an environmental cause – which is perfectly fine as well haha!)

Who Gives A Crap has a subscription option and normal one-time purchase option.

For the subscription option, you can get a delivery every 4 weeks (for 5-6 people), 6 weeks (for 3-4 people) or 8 weeks (for 1-2 people). I don’t use the subscription option.

We are a family of five – 2 adults and 3 boys (aged 15, 13 and 9) and I’ve found that we finish a box of 24 rolls in about 8 weeks. Maybe because boys use less toilet paper?!

So I just make a one-time purchase every 7-8 weeks.

Who Gives a Crap

Special Discount Link

You can get $10 off your first order, if you use my referral link here.

I think you have to spend over $48 though, and it’s free shipping over $30.

If you do purchase, I get a reward of $10 put into my account, but seriously, I’m not doing it for money, I’m sharing the discount, hoping others try it out and make a switch to a more environmentally friendly option too!

Enjoy!

xxx

 


 

Wedding in the Family

22 October 2018

We haven’t had a wedding in the family in yeeeears – and now we have TWO in two months.

My brother in law got married on the weekend. It was such a beautiful, intimate and happy wedding – it was so touching that I cried.

Unfortunately I can’t share too many photos, as I don’t really have permission to share faces :)

RS Wedding

This is my husband and father in law getting dressed.

If you’re new here, my husband was born in Scotland, his family migrated to Australia (on a boat!) and they grew up in Perth.

They don’t own these kilts, they hired them from a hire shop. The pattern was chosen to be as close as possible to their family “clan”… however, it was also chosen based on what the hire shop had available that day haha.

Having said that, the pattern looked suspiciously like a tartan pencil case I once owned in primary school, so I do wonder how accurate it is as a single clan’s historic identity.

Oh and yes, that’s my son in the background with a gimbal and camera. He did an awesome job! Modern technology these days! Kids these days!

RS Wedding

Here’s a group photo of us and the bride and groom – it really is no fun without the faces!

From left to right: my oldest son, me, the groom, the bride, my husband and my second son.

(My youngest son is going to be so pissed off that he wasn’t included in this pic. The third child is always left out of everything right?! But he was just too short for my head crop.)

RS Wedding

This is the wedding cake made by my father in law and sister in law! Amazing!

So much talent, care and family love went into this cake.

RS Wedding

And lastly, here are some teeny tiny polaroids of us, taken at the end of the day, for the guest photo wall.

Can you believe we were all so busy and having so much fun, that I forgot to take a family photo of just 5 of us together??  Ah well. These little polaroids are perfectly fine as keepsakes!


 

What I Wore: Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

18 October 2018

Isabel Marant Boots and Hello Parry Dress

We’ve had some cold, wet, rainy days in Perth lately… but finally the sun is out!

I went out to lunch with my family and some friends (to eat deep fried fish heads + noodles to be precise!) and wore a few new items:

Hello Parry Benna Dress – Haha this was the perfect dress to wear for a big Chinese noodle lunch!

Black, to hide any soup splashes. Relaxed shape, so no need to suck in my tummy after the big lunch. Plus it’s super cute and needed no ironing. Throw on and go!

It’s a ONE SIZE dress – so because I’m quite short, I actually hemmed up the skirt by 1 inch, because I wanted it to be more of a “mini length” than a “mid thigh dress”.

I also lightened the photo so you can see the embroidered detail on the dress. It’s not see through at all in real life.

Isabel Marant Dicker Boots – I’ve actually worn my new boots quite a few times throughout winter – just with jeans of course. I didn’t need to break them in, because they were so soft, supple and they fit me perfectly.

But this was the first time I wore my boots with a dress and I loved it! They were light and comfortable enough for the warm weather.

I’m always at risk of looking EXTRA SHORT when wearing skirt + boots, so it’s a fine balance between finding the right skirt length and boot height.

I do love the hint of cowboy/boho style and if you’re looking for a studded version of the boot, the Dacken Bootie is a nice choice.

As for my handbag, it’s a Tory Burch Thea Saddle Handbag (old) and I’ve had it for over 4 years. Surprisingly, I still use it often, even though it’s not black!

Have a great week!

xxx


 

My Easy Nourish Bowl Salads

15 October 2018

I love buying nourish bowls in cafes – they are always so delicious and healthy.

But they can get quite expensive at $18 a bowl!

They are pretty easy to make and I make them all the time, especially when I do meal prep for the week for myself and my husband.

To make things EXTRA easy for myself, I like to make a roast lamb for  dinner (the night before), and I just bake extra potatoes, pumpkin, zucchini that I’ll use for my salad the next day.

Nourish Bowls

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My Picks: Resin Earrings

13 October 2018

Lots of fashion and visual trends come and go.

While most of them don’t catch my fancy (I’m not crazy about animal prints) – I really love statement earrings, because I can easily wear them with my usual outfits.

I’ve found a few gorgeous designs and sharing below (from various online stores):

Resin Earrings SS18

1) Lele Sadoughi Banded Hoop Earrings – White tee, jeans and I’m set.

2) Hello Parry Nadine Marble Circle Earrings – Perfect for an everyday monochrome look.

3) Elizabeth Cole Kalani Earrings – Absolutely love this colour combination of tortoiseshell with a hint of colour and sparkle.

Resin Earrings SS18

4) Lele Sadoughi Banded Hoop Earrings – These babies will go with everything in my wardrobe!

5) Cult Gaia Mira Earrings – This resin design makes me want to learn how to pour resin.

6) Rachel Comey Piper Earrings – Another perfect combination of colour and materials to go with my white tee and jeans!

Resin Earrings SS18

7) Valet Tamara Earrings – Love love that green.

8) Amber Sceats Porto Earrings – Those gold flecks!

9) Izoa Camila Earrings – I feel this is the classic tortoiseshell look and a must have for the new season :)

Hope you find something you love!

xxx


 

Recycling Computer Equipment in Perth

11 October 2018

Recycling Computer Parts

This is not a sponsored post :)

This is just something we’ve been doing for years and many people have asked me about it.

We collect all our old computer parts and regularly take them to Officeworks for their “Bring IT Back” Recycling Program – to keep all this waste out of landfill.

The equipment is sent to recyclers where up to 98% of the material recovered and recycled. Which is kind of amazing!

They accept desktops, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners, multifunction printers, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed circuit boards, motherboards, network cards, disks and CD drives.

You can also bring empty ink & toner cartridges, mobile phones, batteries and accessories.

All the materials are used to make roads, garden beds, pen, rulers, plastic pallets and steel products.

It’s a super easy process. We just throw all the items on a shopping trolley, wheel it into the store, the person greeting customers will call someone to receive it and takes it away, while you’re still standing at the door  – so good!

You can find out more information about the program here, and here is the list of Officeworks stores that accept the items.

Enjoy!

xxx


 

Holidaying Without The Firstborn

9 October 2018

Dunsbourough 2018

Aah, for every long weekend that comes along, it feels like the whole of Perth drives down to enjoy the chilled out vibes of Dunsbourough!

Even though it gets a bit crowded and busy down there, I really do love it and I wish we could buy a place near the beach :)

We joined 5 others families, stayed with friends and “camped” on their property for a few days.

This trip was slightly different for us.

My 15 year old remained back in Perth and stayed with my parents, because he had to go to work! He just works in a cafe, but has to give 2 weeks notice of leave.

Part of me felt a bit sad and filled with regret, that my first born son wasn’t joining us. He IS still a kid. He should be doing stuff with his family. He should be going on family holidays. He has his whole life to work. He’ll never get his childhood back.

Buuut part of me knows that we have had many, MANY great family holidays together and we did just come back from a 4 week overseas family trip. Also he is a teenager… and although he wanted to stay home alone for 3 days (to which we said NO) staying with his grandparents gave him a nice taste of “freedom”. Kinda.

He survived. We survived. There were no parties. And our house didn’t burn down.

An excellent outcome!


 

Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt Review

8 October 2018

Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt

I’ve had a designer crush on Isabel Marant for years! I love her brand’s effortless boho vibe and Parisian chic style. It’s a little eclectic, a little arty and a little rough around the edges.

But let’s be honest, her pieces are expensive and the only time I’ve bought her items are from clearance sales, outlet sites, private groups, or eBay.

I do have a few of her pieces that I’ve collected over the years, namely, a black silk shirt, a black mini skirt, a grey wool coat, a black dress, black flats and tan boots. All bought on sale. All worn many times over. All amazing quality that will no doubt last me many, many more years.

Courtesy of Shopbop, I was able to try out this gorgeous Naomi Skirt, from Isabel Marant’s Fall Winter 2018 Collection released around June 2018, which is described as a “clash of leather, print, embroidery and retro-sporty that glides into Fall.”

It is a ruffled mini skirt, with smocked waist and embroidered detail in a Broderie Anglaise style.

It is 100% cotton, and is voile (French for veil) which is a super soft, light, delicate cotton and slightly sheer.

It’s less of a wardrobe essential (like my other pieces) and I see it to be more of a statement piece to be worn with basics like a tee or plain shirt.

Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt

I love the deep red colour and the floral pattern. It has an arty and vintage feel to it. And I think that’s what Isabel Marant was going for with this fabric.

In the photo on the website, the red looks a little washed out, but it’s very vibrant in real life.

I also love the shirred waist, which means I can wear it high or low on my waist and hips. I prefer to wear my skirts slightly higher than usual, so my legs look longer. And that option is not usually available for normal skirts – can’t exactly roll up a denim skirt at the waist!

I’m wearing a Size 34 (all my IM clothes are size 34) and it fits perfectly and comfortably for me.

It is flouncy, unique, and it is a gorgeous addition to my wardrobe!

Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt

A few people asked me whether I could wear it as a top?

The answer is yes, it fits me as a top!

But in this photo, I feel like a 20 year old girl going clubbing haha. A bit awkward, cute and not very elegant. Maybe it’d look ok with a blazer. Anyway I won’t be wearing it like this. Plus it could stretch out all the smocking.

Can’t wait to wear it more once the weather warms up!

xxx


 

Petite Watch from Daniel Wellington

4 October 2018

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

In collaboration with Daniel Wellington, I’m sharing my pick of petite sized watches from their collection and what I love to do in my free time.

I actually shared this a few weeks ago on my Instagram account, but since the code is still valid for this month, I thought I’d share it again on my blog, in case you don’t follow me on social media.

I’ve been doing lots of sketching! I love it!

I cracked open my charcoal box, found a whole lot of little bits of drawing mediums and started experimenting again. It was so much fun and so relaxing. I wish I could set aside time (and space) to do more of it.

As for the watch, this is a Classic Petite Size (28mm) and it is perfect if your wrist is on the small side (like mine) and if you want a watch that is LESS chunky.

Daniel Wellington Discount Code

If you’re keen to buy yourself a Daniel Wellington watch (or as a gift to someone else), please use my exclusive code “KCXCW” for 15% off your whole order, valid until 30 October.

A Classic Petite watch with a 28mm case size, with a leather strap are a little more affordable than the other sizes (32mm, 36mm and 40mm), so this watch would be AUD $169 – which is excellent value for a good quality watch.

Enjoy!


 

Finished Reading: The Brothers Karamazov

3 October 2018

The Brothers Karamazov

Earlier this year, I read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – and I loved it.

The plot rocked, the language was lush, the drama was intense and the characters were crazy!

It was also peppered with philosophical ramblings about society, theology and morality, which I kind of liked too.

So I bought Dostoyevsky’s other well-known book, The Brothers Karamazov. I did a bit of research and found an award winning translation of the book too haha!

It’s basically a murder mystery, with the story revolving around a despicable man, his three grown-up sons  and a love triangle and a murder trial.

What did I think?

Interesting story. But damn, it was a bit drawn out.

So much religious and philosophical ranting. All the characters were dysfunctional and horrible, all the relationships were messy. And I speed-read through the conversations with the devil.

Yes parts of it was pretty amazing, in particular, the language and depth of characters. You don’t read text like this anymore!

It is often rated as one of the greatest stories ever written. But I struggled to get through it. It’s not light reading.

Honestly, I don’t recommend it, unless you have a sudden burning curiosity about the book (which I had). And have 2 months of spare reading time in the evenings up your sleeve (which I had).

I do feel like I have a new level of bragging rights now, but given how I feel about the book, I might not be so quick to chime into dinner party conversations about 19th century Russian literature – haha!


 

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