Mini Roadie

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Last week, I went down to Hawkes Bay to visit my bestie, Alana, and even though I had to work during the day, I still got out and about to different cafes and explored Napier, Hastings and Havelock North. We got to eat at yummy restaurants (with a few happy cocktails in between) and drove up to Te Mata Peak to look out at the wondrous views. It was so good to catch up and venture to a different part of New Zealand that I had only been to once before. So much sunshine and laughter!

It's always good to get out of your hometown and go on adventures. I have an itch for many more to come.


The Purps is back!

Friday, October 14, 2016

October 2015:

October 2016:

It's fun to change your hair! Lord knows I do it all the time (admittedly, it gets unhealthy due to the constant dying and/or bleaching - sorry to all those Hair Stylists that are reading this). I can say that it is back to good health again now. Hence why I went purple again, which I didn't realise until Facebook reminded me that I was the same colour 1 year ago.

Purple has always been one of my favourite colours to dye my hair and it will be awesome for the Armageddon Expo next weekend as I will geek out over all of the anime. I am dressing up in a Hello Kitty costume. I promise I will post it up for you as well as some highlights from the event.


Couple photoshoot

Friday, September 30, 2016

Photography by: Graphite Imaging; Wardrobe by: Crate (his) & Harper Inc ft. Nyne + Lela Jacobs (her); Location: Hamilton Gardens

Last weekend my boyfriend, Robbie, and I had the amazing opportunity to shoot for my friends up-and-coming & insanely talented photography business, Graphite Photography. It was a cold and rainy day but we still had so much fun. Thanks for making the trip down from Auckland, y'all. Also special thanks to our friends at Crate and Harper Inc for hooking us up with some sweet threads for the shoot!


How to Deal with Anxiety and Depression?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

First things first, I don’t normally write long blog posts supplying tips on topics such as this, but I wanted to be very open with my readers and share my coping mechanisms and strategies of dealing with mental health. I first-hand know what anxiety and depression feels like - from the tiniest inklings of it to its greatest extremity. I do not in anyway want to feel as if I’m preaching to you, and I don’t mind if you don’t continue reading from this point on, but I want to share with you some things that help me when I’m feeling low and anxy. I must add, I know everyone is different and experiences this in various ways, so it may or may not be useful to you. 

How to deal with anxiety and Depression?

Know your triggers: Rule #1, know your triggers. When you get anxiety over something - understand what exactly is causing you to feel anxious. Write it down so that you can help to avoid those situations. There will, however, be some situations that you just cannot avoid - whether it be conflict with a friend or plans changing on you - just be aware that these things can cause you anxiety and try to work through it as best you can. I know it’s easier said than done, believe me. 

Write a list: Think about the things that make you happy, the good times in your life, encouraging mantras you can repeat to yourself out loud, or whether it’s just quotes or videos that you enjoy (AKA cat videos, duh). Jot these things down, so that when you’re feeling low, you can look over them. It may not change your mood, but it will show you that there are a lot of things in your life that are great - even if you don’t see them yourself.

Get outside: This one is the hardest, especially when you just want to stay in bed all day. Trust me, this is not a good idea. Your thoughts will get the better of you and you’ll just end up worse off than you started. Be accountable to someone, text a friend, partner or a family member and ask them out for a nice long walk with you. Fresh air will actually do you the world of good.

Confide in someone: You’re not alone. Even though you may not see it in the state you’re in, people really do care for you. There will be some who don’t understand it, and that’s okay, but as long as you have someone to talk to, someone to confide in, to tell your deepest thoughts to - this is the best thing you can do. Vulnerability breeds vulnerability: if you open up to someone, chances are they will open up to you also. There are a lot of people going through similar situations as you, so it is vital for you to know that you’re not alone in this.

Seek external support: Sometimes your mental health can be too much for you, your friends and/or family members to handle. This is when you know that you need to seek external support - whether it be visiting the doctors or going to see a psychologist or homeopath. This does not in any way make you weak. If anything it makes you stronger because you are getting out of your comfort zone and seeing what other methods there are out there to benefit you. It may be the case of talking to an expert, taking anti-depressants or natural remedies to support your mental health. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about this. These options are there to help you. Don’t listen to the negative advice from other people, you do you. After all, the only real person you can truly depend on is yourself, therefore you need to do what is best in order for you to get better.

Understand your love language: Know what makes you tick when you’re sad - whether it’s hugs, gifts, someone doing something for you, quality time or compliments. Who know’s, when you’re feeling like sh*t, it could be all of them. Know this so that when you are feeling anxious or depressed, if other people ask you what they can do to support you, you already know what the answer will be. I will admit, there may be times where none of these work but even just a hug could go a long way.

Avoid Alcohol: I know that sometimes when you may be feeling really low, all you want to do is get unbelievably drunk and forget everything. This is NOT the answer. For some of you it could potentially help, but I know from my experiences it only amplifies it. I become unbelievably irrational and agitated. You know what they say, alcohol is a natural depressant.

Eat that comfort food: I know they say that there are foods that trigger or even amplify your anxiety - fatty foods, sugars, you name it. But unfortunately those are the things you really crave at the time. When I’m feeling low, takeaways can go a long way - even if it only cheers me up for the slightest while. That slightest while is definitely a starting point and you should be proud of that.

Do something you love: What makes you happy? Do it. If that doesn’t help much, at least it’s keeping you distracted from your thoughts - cause Lord knows they can be hella negative.

Listen to the advice of your loved ones: Listen to the advice of the people that love you when they say that you need to seek help or you need to get outta bed and fight this. I know sometimes it may come off as harsh, but they are trying to get you out of your funk and do what is truly best for you. I know that along the way you may lose friends due to your mental health - I’ve been there - but just know that if they aren’t there during your darkest times, then they don’t deserve to be there when you come out brighter than ever on the other side. Because you will. Believe that you will and believe in yourself cause WE got this! 

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5 NZ Natural Beauty Brands :: Review

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1. Bees Brilliance

Skin Brightening Moisturising Cream | 30g | $40
This cream is soft and light, perfect for any skin type. It is used to help improve skin radiance and it provides a wonderful scent. Ingredients include: Bee Venom, Manuka Honey and Kiwifruit Seed Oil.
Skin Brightening Corrective Serum | 30g | $59
Just like the moisturising cream, this serum also provides a fresh and natural smell. I had three noticeably dry patches on my skin and I used this serum to help replenish it. It is perfect for blotchy, hyper pigmented or sun damaged skin. Ingredients include: Mamaku Black Fern, Manuka Honey and Bee Venom.

2. Oo la la Oils

Pacific Pamper Oil and Salt Scrub | 200g | $20
First things first - these salt scrubs smell absolutely divine. Just as other exfoliants lift away dead skin cells, this scrub also contains Tamanu oil which helps to heal and aid skin conditions. I have dry skin so this is perfect for me. It left my skin feeling silky smooth. Ingredients include: Coconut oil, Macadamia Nut oil, Argan oil, Safflower oil, Sweet Almond oil, Pomegranate oil, Olive oil, Papaya oil, and Coconut Lime fragrance oil.
Sweetly Strawberry Oil and Salt Scrub | 150g | $15
This salt scrub does exactly the same as the above but has a delicious strawberry scent. Ingredients contain: Strawberry oil, Coconut oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Safflower oil, Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil, Olive oil and salt.
Luxurious Skin Body Glaze | $25
This oil is perfect for applying to your skin to make it soft and remove dryness. Moreso I like to put it in my hair as it has got all the essential oils to strengthen, repair and add shine to my hair. Ingredients include: Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Patchouli oil, Jojoba oil, Safflower oil, Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil, Olive oil, Papaya oil, Green Aplle fragrance oil and salt.

3. Skin Clinic

Skin Vitamin Cream | 100g | $27
Helps to aid and strengthen dry skin. This cream is good for regenerating skin tissue. It's hypoallergenic and Paraben free and contains a great deal of Vitamin E.
Watercreme | 200g | $9.50
This skin clinic range is very affordable, with this cleanser and moisturiser, it is soap free and doesn't contain all of the nasties. If you get fungal infections or rash-like eczema skin, this is perfect for you as it contains an extra barrier against infections.
Vitamin B-5 Cream | 100g | $22
This cream is best for those who get very sensitive and bruised skin such as myself. It also helps soothe and strengthen against sunburn. These products are used in hospitals and medical centres throughout New Zealand.

4. Divine Wonders

Wonder Hydrating Cleanser | 100g | $21
This moisturiser is nice and thick so you don't need much of it - has a beautiful scent and is very soft on the skin - suitable for all skin types. Main ingredients include: Argan Oil, Jojoba Seed oil and Macadamia seed oil.
Wonder Snail Treatment Cream | 100g | $40
I gave these products for my mum to try as I knew she would make better use out of them - this helps to restore and replenish your skin so it looks nourished and young-looking.
Wonder Collagen Firming Cream | 100g | $35
Again I gave this product to my mum - this helps to reduce signs of ageing and fatigue. It spreads nicely, you don't have to use to much of it and the scent is fresh and light.

5. World Organics c/o Mary-Anne Gillies

Everyday Toner | 100ml | $43
This toner is fresh with a relaxing fragrance. Perfect for applying at night before moisturiser.
Everyday Face Wash | 80ml | $41
The same fragrance as the previous one, it leaves your face feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Luminous Foundation | 30ml | $56
Light and easy to apply. Perfect for my dry skin complexion also.
Sable Eyeshadow | 4g | $34
This colour eyeshadow is warm, dark and perfect for creating a smokey eye look.
Lipstick - Harvest Moon, & Galaxy | 4.3g | $34
Two of my all-time favourite lipstick colours, Harvest Moon is a beautifully bright orange colour whereas Galaxy is a deep plum. These lipsticks are soft and glide on nice and thick to get an all over lip coverage.

About a month or so ago, I attended the Women's Lifestyle Expo which was held at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton. I loved getting to introduce myself and talk to the wonderful ladies from these different NZ natural beauty brands. Definitely head to their websites to find out more information of what cleansers/moisturisers, scrubs and makeup work best for you.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hi all,

I am very excited to announce my new role as Personal Assistant to the Founder of GoodieBox. GoodieBox is a creative business that lets you pick a subscription from as little as $29 a month and delivers 4-5 beauty products (NZ and international brands) to your door each month. It is also so much more than that, but I'll let you tune into my work adventures along the way. I am looking forward to reaching out to like minded people through communications with GoodieBox and also with my personal blog.


Birthday Wishlist

Sunday, June 5, 2016

1. Passage Cape Collection / Black from Moochi | $299.99
2. Chanel Coco Noir by Chanel | $200.00
3. Alluring Small Brilliant Cut Ring by Pandora | $89.00
4. Infinite Love Ring Band by Pandora | $59.00
5. Some Secret Place / Black by Status Anxiety | $319.00
6. Laurel Wreath Silver Ring by Pandora | $79.00
7. Macrame Plant Hangers / Shop Etsy | $32.26
8. Adena Rib Sleeve Assym Coat from Decjuba | $229.95
9. Giorgia Armani GA 789 Round Glasses by Armani | $250-$500
10. I love gift vouchers for tattoos, clothes, music etc

It's my birthday month, June the 29th. Yes I'm a cancer baby!
Looking forward to turning 26 and spending some good quality time with close friends and family.