12 April 2018

Checking In With Yourself | Quarter One

Instead of abandoning all hope of you original intention for the year, take this opportunity to do a first quarter check-in. I would imagine that this type of check-in would be good for businesses to make sure they’re taking the right steps to reach goals and targets, so why not adapt it towards your personal goals as well? 

January 1st serves as a symbolised gesture of promise as many of us set out to improve habits, achieve new goals and manifest out fullest potential in the hopes of the ‘best year ever’. As January fizzles into February and becomes the two slowest months of the year, it’s easy for many of us to let our best intentions get thrown out the window. That is, for me at least, until March comes around. March is a pivotal point in every new year. We finally shed any unrealistic expectations and we then have the opportunity to check back with our intentions while having experienced enough of the New Year to get a better sense of our purpose and direction. 

So, take this opportunity to do a first quarter check-in. It’s crucial for businesses to ensure they’re on track to meet their goals, this same practice can be easily adapted to your personal goals as well. Here are three questions to ask yourself as part of you first quarter check-in. 

Am I Happy? 
It seems like the right place to start, right? But identifying whether your happy or not can be daunting. Some of us seem to find a false sense of happy when we feel like we’re only of service to others. Like your relationship with your boss or making sure your friends and family always have support. But what about you? Are you happy? Asking yourself this will show you your truth pretty quickly. Your gut reaction to that question is the most important thing to figure out during this self check-in because at the end of the day, that’s the key to an abundant life. Once you’re happy, you get to discover the real contributions you can make towards your community, friends and family each and every day. That itself will help shape abundance and light into your daily life. 

Is Anything Holding Me Back? 
Roadblocks are super common when it comes to trying something new. But, they can actually help in more ways than you first thought. They serve as a tool of growth, an opportunity to declutter and an opportunity to prioritise. A good declutter of your physical and mental space allows us to feel free of the excess. The excess can often lead to chaos and the lack of ability to simplify a solution which could ultimately help with overall clarity. A declutter can also be good our emotional well-being. By determining the root issue of why we simply cannot follow through with something can then help us determine what it is when need to do first get the ball rolling. Prioritising is important because it allows us to know where we stand with our goals and which ones are the most important to us. Don’t stress if the goals you set yourself in January now need to be changed. Perhaps your goals wasn’t aligned with your true purpose or you’ve got some inner self to discover and complete before you can achieve specific goals. Either way, determining this will help your self check-in in more ways than one and is vital for overall betterment. 

Do I Have Space For What I Want? 
This one is really important because, as obvious as it is to have space in your life for something, we live in a modern world where we’re constantly busy and constantly connected with those all around us in various ways. Space can come in several different forms, whether that be physical room, mental clarity or the time to commit. You might have a goal to workout everyday but you have no where to do it, work has your brain capped and your schedule is already packed then it’s not wonder you can’t achieve it. It’s important to set goals that work with the space you currently have available and to not shame yourself if it’s not quite aligned yet. I’m a very visual person so checklists always come in handy when compiling everything I need to do to get to my end goal. Start small and find your rhythm. For example, go for a 5 minute walk during your lunch break and gradually add to it as you feel ready. The movement will then create the when, where and how of the goal. Once you start, you will soon find new and creative ways to keep up with your goals because your proving to yourself that it’s possible. 

Regardless of where you were in January with your goals, it’s never to late to check-in and reassess where you’re at and where you’re heading. What really matters is that you don’t lose sight go yourself. No one can redirect you better than you can. 

B x 

10 April 2018

Makeup & Outfit | Ed Sheeran Concert

Most of you will be well aware now that I had the privilege to see Ed Sheeran live while he was in New Zealand. I haven't been to many concerts but his by far was the best. His presence on stage was incredible and they way he interacted with his audience was something I'd never seen before. I'd highly recommend going to see him live if you're able to because it was definitely well worth it. With that all being said I thought I'd share with you what I wore clothing and makeup wise.

Yellow Floral Blouse at Glassons
Black Skinny Jeans at Glassons
Black Ankle Boots at Hannahs

Maybelline Master Conceal: Light
Maybelline Matte Maker Powder
Maybelline Brow Drama: Dark Brown
Natio Brow Kit
Chichi Brow Pomade: Dark Brown
Revlon Highlight and Sculpt Kit: Light
Too Faced Waterproof Better Than Sex Mascara
Chichi Nude Lip Liner: Centrefold
The Body Shop Matte Liquid Lip: 032 Windsor Rose

** Note that I couldn't find the Yellow Floral Blouse online however I've linked something that is the exact same style and is just as gorgeous.

B x

8 April 2018

Plane & Simple | Looking After Your Skin While Flying


I don't do long haul flights but regardless my skin still likes to play up when flying. I wish it didn't, that'd be a dream but it's all to good to be true. Getting off the plane, my skin in always super dehydrated, lips cracked and  I always seem to again a few extra blemishes along the way somewhere. I've complied a list of things I like to do before, during and after a flight to ensure that my skin keeps as hydrated as possible with as minimal blemishes as possible. 

Drink A Shit Load Of Water
A lot of us underestimate the benefits water has for our skin. I'm always drinking water, but not only because it's good for my body but also because it's good for my skin too. Water helps rid the body and skin of toxins while helping keep the skin cell hydrated. Most people who increase their water intake notice a more radiant appearance in there skin.

Take Off Your Makeup
It's a given, I never fly with makeup on. If you're lucky, you might see me with brows and mascara on but that's it. Naturally, makeup can clog pores and cause blemishes so ideally we want to be wearing as minimal makeup as possible. Flying already tends to dehydrate and cause blemishes so limiting the amount of makeup I'm wearing while flying is just a small benefit to helping keep my skin healthy while flying.

Hydrate Your Skin
It doesn't really matter too much with what you choose to hydrate your skin with but again, I'd recommend something that isn't going to clog your pores. One of my favourite facial moisturisers at the moment is Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. Like the name suggests, it's a super hydrating and light product but also has a bunch of hydrating goodness that'll help moisturise and soften the skin.

Don't Forget Lip Balm 
I've lost count on how many lip balms I actually own but I'll generally have one on me wherever I go. My lips are the first to show signs of dehydration so keeping them well nourished is important to me. Nothing feels worse than chapped and dehydrated lips. My favourite has is definitely Chapstick's Natural Papaw Lip Balm. Nivea also has a great selection on lip care products as well which I love just as much.

B x 

3 April 2018

Autumn Minimal Makeup


It's coming into Autumn and I'm excited for the colder weather. Over the colder months I like to keep my base fresh with a natural glow and a basic warm smokey eye. These are the products I've been reaching for recently. Some long time favourites but also a few new favourites. I'll leave everything linked and easy to find if you're interested in any of the following products. 

1 April 2018

Christchurch, Concerts & Chaos

The last six weeks have been unbelievably busy and if you follow me on either my Twitter or Instagram you may know why. It was was something we'd thought about doing for awhile but over the last six weeks we decided to make it happen. It wasn't an easy decision but it was something both Mum and I felt like we needed do especially after the year we've had. We wanted to be closer to family and be closer to support one other while we can. So, we've moved back to Christchurch. 

Before moving to Nelson three years ago, I had lived in Christchurch for fourteen years. It's where the majority of my childhood was spent and I have so many memories there. Not only that, but nearly all my closest friends and family live back in Christchurch. After losing my Grandparents last year I realised I need my family now more than anything. 

When I first moved to Nelson three years ago I wasn't the person I am today, in fact I was the exact opposite. I've grown so much as a person over the last three years and moving to Nelson was the shift I needed. I'm excited to be back in Christchurch. 

As you're reading this, I've actually already moved! Last Thursday and Friday I was in Dunedin for one of Ed Sheeran's concerts with family which was beyond incredible. My love for Ed has only grown bigger. I'm sure I'm going to be spending the next week or two settling into being back in Christchurch and I couldn't be more excited for what the future holds. 

Everything will remain routine here on my website so make sure you're following me on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook for regular updates!

PS: The picture above is an accurate representation of where I'll be over the next few days, in bed. Moving is exhausting, I don't recommend. Avoid if you can. 

B x