Pops of Lip Colour!

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick

I don’t know about you, but every 2 or 3 months, I get soon sick of my lip colours.

Whether it’s lip gloss, lip balm, lip crayons, lip stain… I just get so bored with cycling through them.

So I start to stalk other girls with my skin colour. To see what colour they are wearing and whether I can imagine myself wearing it. But that’s a bit creepy right? Staring at someone’s lips?

Anyway the lovely team at Rimmel, sent over some new lip colours, Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks, for me to try out and they are fantastic!

They are SO hydrating, full of colour, great lip coverage and they “taste” nice. Plus they are affordable.

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick

My favourite shade is this perfect everyday nude colour called, Naughty Nude 700.

Second favourite is a slightly pink nude called, It’s a Keeper 200. (Pictured second from the left)


Framing The Great Wave

Schutz Sandals and Picture Frame

I have been a lover of Japanese woodblock prints since I studied it in art school (high school).

When I started working, I managed to save up to buy a proper reproduction of The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, printed on beautiful Japanese paper. I bought it through the state art gallery, so it must be somewhat official.

Anyway, I finally managed to find some time to frame my beloved picture. Yay to getting jobs done!

Wearing my Suede Sandals by Schutz from Shopbop.

Roses from my garden, just because.


I’m into a lot of things.

I believe that’s a key to happiness… my happiness anyway!

There are so many things in this world that bring me so much toe-wiggling, eye-sparkling, ear-to-ear grinning joy.

They are kind of “simple” things though.

They are probably a little uncool too, but hey, it makes things easier for me. Simple pleasures are often the best kind right?

Yes I love clothes, shoes and online shopping.

I love sunsets, beaches, walking, running.

But I also like gardening. I like composting. I like growing things.

I like researching about manures, building worm farms, finding out about soil acidity, tending roses and pruning them. I’m totally going to be that little old lady with a garden full of roses one day.

I love having happy, healthy roses. They are like my pets. They give me flowers. They are like the gift that keeps on giving.

Sure having the fruits of my labour is nice, but really, nothing beats the excitement of my baby rosebuds about to burst into bloom in the sunset. That’s where the joy is at.


Wardrobe Staples to Wear Year-Round

Frame jeans, Anine Bing Tee and Raye Sandals

Raye slides | Anine Bing T-shirt | Le Color Skinny Jeans by Frame

With March just around the corner and a slight change of season in the air, something interesting has happened on a sartorial front.

For the first time in years, I looked at my wardrobe and I didn’t have that dreaded “I have nothing to wear” feeling. It seems that many of the items in my wardrobe are year round staples, slipping me easily into the new season.

I bought this Anine Bing T-shirt about 8 months ago, during winter, and it’s still being cycled through my outfits once a week. It has a very cool, relaxed, worn-look to it. And the more I wear it and wash it, the better it looks!

These Le Color Skinny Jeans by Frame are quite possibly my perfect black jeans. They have an amazing stretch, they hug beautifully around my waist, hips, bottom and crotch, and they don’t pinch when I sit. I had to get them altered, taking them up a bit at the legs, but I do that to all my jeans, since I’m so short. They are so so good.

These Raye slides have absolutely grown on me. I have tossed out my rubber flip-flops and never lookied back.

With such high wearability ratings, they’ve definitely been worthwhile purchases!


A Change of Scene

The weekends can get pretty busy for us.

All our kids play sport, my husband and I go for a run or cycle, we go out to visit friends, we organise sleepovers and dinner parties, we do lots of jobs and chores around the house, and then there’s homework and assignments to be done too.

Although it’s a bit hectic, life is grand and life is stable.

Book and Cafe

Anyway as a change of pace, I took one of my boys out to a cafe to do his homework. I didn’t think he would do very well, with all the people, distractions and smells of food, but he was great.

He had a milkshake, enjoyed the change of scene and ploughed through his work.

My coffee was terrible, but I managed to read a few chapters of my book.

What bliss!

Currently reading the gorgeously written, 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner :

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I didn’t like the writing style at first. I found it irritatingly pretentious (ha!). But it grew on me. And now I completely adore it. And it’s all flowing and moving at a wonderful pace and slowly gripping at my heart,  because I can tell there will be a sad ending.

It’s also inspiring me to brush up a little on my WW2 history and French and German history too. Which is always a good thing for my brain!