FRIDA IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL

Dear Internets,

It’s my birthday and I’ll buy if I want to. Actually that’s a damn lie and I won’t have it on this blog!  “It’s my birthday and I’ll drop hints if I want to before people give up and get me something completely random which I have no space for and would have preferred they just gave me a hug” just seemed a little too long winded so I took some artistic license. Besides, I am utterly the easiest person to buy for. I am constantly wanting things, never waste them and can never justify spending the money on myself so you know I won’t already have it. Let’s face it, a good waterproof black liquid eyeliner and one less meal to cook will deliver you a happy girl.

Barring that, here’s whats on my wish list at the moment, in the order I desperately want it:

1.Fitspiration

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I do not know the meaning of this word lately but there’s nothing so motivational as new shoes or exercise gear to kick start my activity. After dropping my precariously propped pedometer on the floor one too many times, I gave up and have deluded myself into not thinking I’m being a lump ever since. I most often wear dresses to work so the Black Fitbit Charge in Medium $146 AUD is the perfect solution! To be honest, I can’t believe I didn’t invent it myself. That’ll teach me to settle for toppling pedometers

2. Colourful tips.


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If you are looking for tips of some kind, I appologise for the misconception, I refer of course to the ends of my hair! Corporate life doesn’t really allow for candy color hair but I could probably get away with ashy blue/green/purple mermaid tips discreetly tucked away in a chignon if the timing isn’t right for crazy. Now to find a hair dresser with the confidence and experience to do it.

3.Frida is my spirit animal.

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I’ve raved about Kitty Came Home bi folds before and here I go again. They are the best wallet of all time [or so I paraphrase from Kanye]. Perfect amount of card space, awesome fabrics, great quality and I always know how much money I have without ever having too much change. My favourite is this Frida Kahlo on at $52.15 USD. Totally worth it! Besides, my souvenir London one is sort of falling apart (sorry mum)

4. Everyone has baggage

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And these days an 8GB usb stick just isn’t cutting it. 2 external hard drives later, I think it’s time to invest in a terabyte or 3. The Seagate Expansion 3TB desktop hard drive $139 AUD seems like a bargain and might keep me going for a little longer. It doesn’t help that I am holding on to every kids movie I have ever had on the off chance I will have movie obsessed children. So far kidlet only has interest in sports and cars (thank goodness!). To be fair though, I do revisit a few of them myself.

5. Get It On!

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Perhaps my fitness resolutions are failing because I am dreaming of all this winter but as far as I’m concerned, outerwear is too essential to cast aside to merely 3-4 months a year. I’d love the Tokito check waterfall jacket $99.95 AUD for the warmer months and maybe this ASOS tall Midi Coat in Wool $183.00 AUD for when the cooler weather creeps in.

SLEEPING BEAUTY STUFF

Dear Internets,

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Most people have a beauty product lover in their lives. I had never understood spending so much time and effort on soaps and creams until a few years ago and since then, I’ve been hunting for products I can really get behind. Finally I have a team of things I enjoy and enjoy giving to friends and family over the holiday season.

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1. DermaSukin gentle body wash. I love Sukin and I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but when it comes to soap. I think everyone could do without all the harsh chemicals disguised under pretty names. You skin in your first form of defense, so stop destroying all that good bacteria but get rid of the grime. It has the added bonus of not getting up my nose and making me feel like I’ve just had too much wasabi but apparently that’s a problem unique to me.

2. Lush Batch bombs. Sure you don’t have baths but these babies are worth the break in routine. A little fragrant/gentle/sparkly “choose-your-own-adventure” decadent take on hygiene. Their approach tends to be earth friendly and if you only have a shower at your place, there are plenty of other things you could try and will love!

3. The Body Shop Shea Body Butter. I have notoriously dry skin so when Maggie gifted this to me, I had no idea my skin would love it more than sorbolene, all without that horrible sorbolene-ey smell.

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4. Demeter’s cologne from Molten Store. I’m not sure what marshmallow smells like off the top of my head but if you tell me you don’t want to smell like it, I’ll call you a liar.

5. Grown Alchemist Regenerating night cream. A little ex-ey but isn’t the future of your skin worth it? If your answer is no, that’s ok, you’re probably young, you have time. For those those outside of that boat, try out this life raft and drink a whole heap of water,

6. Boots No7. If anyone goes to the UK and asks what I want, my response in boots no7. Winner of many beauty awards and accolades, it’s one product I could feel working a few days after I used it. If you don’t know anyone travelling that way, Try Amcal, they stock some of the range.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

LAST MINUTE MUM

Dear Internets,

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Father’s day has always been a challenging one when it comes to gifts but this year spells double trouble with it being the first one for hubs. Add to that the fact that kidlet is sick and the standard response to the question “what would you like for father’s day?

Hubby: Hugs and kisses (awwww but not helpful)
Dad: I have everything I need…don’t waste your money unless it’s on a new car for me

All that means on my end is a little last minute shopping on my end. In case you are in the same boat, here are some of the gifts the men in my life are getting this year and some they’ve received in the past, just in time for late night shopping.

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Kids bicycle seat: for the active dad who loves taking the kids along for the ride.
Puma work out grip bag: for the dad who wants to stay in shape.
Skagen Activ watch: for the man who hates jewellery but needs to be on time. Skagen is the perfect slimline non-bulky option
Tickets to Cricket/Soccer: for the sports fan dad…at least you’ll get some peace while they cheer on their team.
Peter Alexander robe: for the dad who gets up in the middle of the night to tend to the kids (however rarely it occurs)
Fitbit Flex wireless activity tracker: for the tech dad who likes to stay on top of things
Phillips Hairclippers: for the man who keeps asking you to cut his hair.
Johnnie Walker black: for the dad who likes to wind down on a friday night.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you with your last minute shopping. If you want to win some speakers for him, check out our easy giveaway here.

MY MUM

Dear Internets,

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It’s a special mother’s day this year, being the first as a Mother myself. Before today, my appreciation for my mum had been a mere shadow of it’s current self. To her I attribute my soft side, my fat lips, my hysterical laughter when I’m exhausted. She is an endless source of crazy pie that knows, in those moments where no one else does, just what I need. This year she needed an every day handbag. Let’s hope she likes this Basque Zoe tote that fits all her requirements:mday

  • Zipper closure
  • Versatile colour
  • Short handles as well as strap
  • About the size of her LV speedy

This is the bit where you ask why she doesn’t just use her speedy? The answer is she’s a mum and only uses her fancy pants handbags on “special occasions”. Love ya mum!

 

 

BIRTHDAY LIST

Dear Internets,

My birthday is coming up and I’ve decided to avoid the whole “you could have told me that earlier!” scenario by putting up a wishlist. Now I’m at the stuff accumulated stage in my life where I would prefer a hug or a call or even a little cupcake over a token random gift. Lets face it, kidlet is getting to that stage where putting everything in his mouth is really fun so the last thing I need is more stuff to hide, that I won’t be able to see for the next several years. Also, it’s been able 4 years since I’ve had a proper birthday thing so lets do this right. Here’s lucky 13 things I would buy myself if I had a disposable income, greater impulse and no self control.

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  1. Stolen girlfriends club grid lock crop top in black $96.00 NZD | Sporty, cute and great for the weather we’re having
  2. T2 Tea Lavender Lullaby $22  | A girls got to get as much sleep as she possibly can and I’m running out of tea which is not good at all.
  3. A smart phone upgrade or some sort. | Noone gets my phone lifeline to the world and quite frankly I’m sick of nothing being compatible with it, including it’s own upgrade
  4. Wacom pen & tablet $149 | I’m a gadget nerd and I’m enjoying getting back in touch with my creative side. Need I say more?
  5. Stolen girlfriends club forgiveness pineapple dress $195 NZD | How cute is this print? I’ll easily settle for the tee or anything else with this pineapple emblazoned on it
  6. HerPony daisy bralet L $35 | White, lacy, cute…how did stupid crazy love put it? “the perfect combination of sexy and cute
  7. La Renaissance Mousse Picasso cake Sz Small $34 | Because whats a birthday without cake, delicious delicious chocolate cake! I love home made and chocolate. Something you can put a candle in without garnering weird stares is a must!
  8. A new laptop | If it has internet and the capacity to operate my editing software, I’ll be happy. My current state of invisible laptop is making things very challenging indeed
  9. Gorman winter harvest dress $269 AUD | The puffy jacket is awesome too. Being one of the few people who look lustfully at the Asian greens at yum cha, it’s perfect match to my “I love vegetables” mantra
  10. Grown Alchemist white tea and phyto peptide cream $69.95 | Tea is good, cream is good. It’s basic face math
  11. Grown Alchemist regenerating night cream $84.95 | With all the mid sleep mummy runs to the crib, it’s about time I started giving my skin a fighting chance again and Grown Alchemist seems like the perfect place to start.
  12. Spurr Hetty OTK boots sz 9 from The Iconic $59.95 | A bargain and I think it might be the go to shoe of my winter dreams. Sportsgirl have an affordable option too
  13. Mimco MIM wallet in blush $149 | Feminine blush tones, card space and zip up coin section is definitely giving my old and withering wallet and run for it’s money (there’s a pun there somewhere)