Thursday, 17 April 2014

Beauty Post: Coconut Oil

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Coconuts are definitely having a moment.  First with the whole low calorie, super rehydrating, delicious  drink kind of way and now it's all about the oil.  I've heard consuming a tablespoon each day can help you lose weight and lower cholesterol along with a whole long list of health benefits.   I haven't jumped on the consumption bandwagon, but am definitely obsessed with it as my current go to beauty product. I'm one of those people who moisturise obsessively, twice a day without fail.  I deep condition my hair and go through pots and bottles of face and body moisturisers.   I located a jar of organic, virgin coconut oil at the local health food store and have been using it on everything from my growing baby bump to my long bleached locks.  My hair and skin have never been softer despite using expensive conditioners and creams in the past.  The jar seems to be never ending, is ridiculously affordable, and smells absolutely incredible.  

Here are a few of my favourite ways to utilise the miracle moisturising product.

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask:  After showering and shampooing, I put a large dollop of coconut oil into my towel dried hair.  Apply a generous amount to the ends, and I tend to work it into my roots as well.   Avoid the ends if you are prone to flat or oily hair, but mine is super thick so doesn't affect it in a bad way.  I sleep with it in my hair or leave it in for as long as possible with a little bit of deep conditioner at the very ends. I now only need a pinch of deep conditioner rather than the huge squeeze I previously worked through all my tangles.  In the morning I shampoo out concentrating on the roots and skip conditioner.   Add a tiny bit of coconut oil to the ends, literally just a smudge, and blow dry.  My hair has never been smoother or softer, despite the fact I just bleached it two weeks ago.  

Body Moisturiser: I apply the oil directly onto my baby bump for maximum moisture.   I love sleeping with the smell on my skin.  For my arms and legs I mix with a little bit of cheap Nivea body lotion or my current fave is aqueous cream.  A little goes a long way and it's unscented so goes perfectly with coconut oil. Leaves skin perfectly soft and it soaks in so easily.  It's also great for deep moisturising hands and feet.  I don't find it sticky or too greasy and the boy loves the smell which is an added bonus.   In the day I can't help but feel summer is in the air with the delicious scent on my skin.

Lip Balm and Eye Cream:   I use this once or twice a week as a thicker alternative to my eye cream.  It's really gentle and makes the delicate skin very supple and moisturised.   I find it too oily for everyday use, but it's a great treat on a weekly basis.   You will also find it on my bedside table as an at home lip balm.  It's not glossy enough for me when I'm out and about, but I love its for before bed and in the morning.

Find coconut oil in any of your local health food stores.   Make sure to get the organic unrefined kind.   It's solid at times but heats up easily in your hands.  Let me know if you guys have found any other uses.  I can't get enough.  

xx

Monday, 14 April 2014

inner circle

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One week, two days, and a few hours until the boy and I step into the next daunting stage of our lives.  I've been anticipating this moment since we discovered we would be welcoming our baby girl this Spring and am churning with nervous excitement. Planning is never high on our list of priorities, so we didn't fully anticipate 2014 would be such a momentous year.   Despite tearful shock and elated surprise, we have found an easy stride into preparing for our new arrival.   Love sprouts so fully and easily, causing us to embrace her presence with every inch of our hearts.   Everyone says your life will change, in a forced way, but few tell you how much your own emotions will shift.  How much both of us would naturally sway our priorities without force, and so willingly give up former obsessions to ensure her safe and happy existence.   A carefree attitude will almost always infinitely define us, but so few know what goes on between the bond and relationship behind our closed doors. An easy feeling that nothing can come between today and forever, mutual praise and respect to always support the other's triumphs and pick up fallen pieces, gentle kindness and caring through day to day activities and even harder times, and just knowing it was meant to be this way.   You feel a million words can be spoken towards you but most of what you truly hear is just between you and him.   These facts make it easy for us to not only greatly anticipate her arrival, but the pitter patter of many more.  Big families, more love, and expanding our little inner circle.  

xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

sunkissed cravings




Some of our C. by Christing C. Spring favourites.

The weather is heating up and I'm definitely craving flimsy silk pieces, ridiculously tan legs, and sunkissed locks  while floating around the city.   So many festival, lunch date, beach vacation ready pieces for the next few months.  I know what I'm packing for our month in Europe this summer.

xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

a touch of ombre

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I've been toying with blonde locks for years, playing with different sets of lowlights and highlights  to suit my mood.  Although I loved my super blonde look of late, I wanted something with a slightly more manageable grow out process.  John and Andy, the amazing duo at QG Private I, helped me create a style that gave a more natural blonde, but still maintained the sun kissed summer look I craved.  We went over my dark roots with a warmer brown tone and kept the highlights at the ends ashy and blonde.  I loved the ombre result and even added choppy layers around my face which created a fuller, voluminous look.  Goes perfectly with my preferred wavy style and so much easier to maintain.  

Make sure to visit John and Andy at QG Private I, Four Seasons for cut and colour.   They always take in your opnions and help you create the style you crave.

Podium Level 6, Four Seasons Hotel
Central
2526 4488



xx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

unexplained truth



Some of us are lucky enough to discover love.   That kind of I can't breathe without you, be apart from you, type of high.   Where a few hours or days apart feels like an eternity, even after decades together.  The notion comes with soaring heights of ecstatic sensation and dipping, confusing lows.   Your moods sway together, losing parts of your identity while building a separate one as one.   Their burdens, sadness, or worries litter your everyday thoughts.   The only way to be fully happy is for both of you to be there in that moment.   You know without doubts, you will never threaten, you will never think of it because you will never leave.   Life can only be complete in this specific way, and for all that comes with the extreme attachment comes the most insane happiness you could imagine.  A security knowing whatever outside elements may upset you, you belong to a home that makes you want for nothing more.  Those months, hours, years, where both of you float in glorified contentment, revelling in that space and time are what drives your dreams.  Those smiles, laughs, kisses, nights make you realise what life is really all about.  Why you thrive and fight to live, to make your everyday a better place.  Why you work hard, support each other, find ways to never spend moments apart, is to bring a permanency to that happiness.    You know as soon as it happens and you will never turn back, and every breath, tear, and smile afterwards is all that will ever matter.

xx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

friends for life

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We all have a wardrobe best friend.  That piece which fits as if it was made for you, easily dresses up or  down, makes you magically skinnier than you feel, creates mile long legs, and are comfortable enough to live in.  For me it's all about the denim cutoff.  One Teaspoon would be my preference.   I've been missing them so much through this pregnancy and am hoping I'll be slipping these on before summer hits.  Sunny days would not be complete without sand drenched frayed denim paired with a barely there white tee.   

xx

Friday, 28 March 2014

pinkspiration

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 I've actually just realised I have never attended a baby shower. Tomorrow is my first and it's actually mine :-) I'm super excited to catch up with my favourite girls and yummy mummies, eat delicious cake, and talk bumps and babies.  The theme is pink in honor of our baby girl, so I sifted through my images for a few outfit thoughts.  Pink isn't a colour I usually wear...well not since I was 17, but fashion has named it as a colour of the season so it seems like perfect timing.  Such an ideal time for my spring girl to arrive. She'll celebrate every year with cherry blossoms, pastel eggs, fresh floral scents, breezy sunny days, and fields of wildflowers.

xx