Good Eyebrows are Everything

Monday, August 04, 2014

Long before Cara Delevigne was the poster girl for power brows, it was the leading ladies circa 1980- think Brooke Shields and Mariel Hemingway- that catapulted thick eyebrows into the spotlight. Before that, women across the world turned to the burlesque beauties of the 1890's for inspiration. 

Good brows are everything. Not only do they frame your face but they help us express emotion.  If you take the time to craft well-defined, fuller brows you will also notice that you won't need to wear as much makeup. 

Personally, I've never really given my brows much TLC. However, all that changed last week when I visited the Eyebrow Queen. Brow Artists, Carmen and Diana, have established themselves as Melbourne's most sought after eyebrows artists- transforming the faces of models, actors and celebrities with their unique and personalised brow shaping techniques. After years of inconsistent, over waxed brow jobs I think I have finally placed my brows in good hands. If you're struggling to master the art of the perfect arch, make sure you pay a visit to the Queens- those HD Hollywood brows will be yours in no time! 

The Eyebrow Queen 
Suite N/ 1st Floor 
450 Chapel Street
South Yarra 3141 

(03) 9827 7164
0425 730 798


Monday, July 21, 2014

You know what they say: 'summer bodies are made in winter.' So, when Hot Bikram Yoga Melbourne asked me to join their 30 day challenge, of course I said YES. There's nothing quite like forced exercise to get you moving during the colder months. 

Rewind 29 days and you will see me standing at the back of a very humid Bikram studio.  I’d been warned: “don’t drink too much water before the class/ make sure you drink 2 litres of water otherwise you will become dehydrated/ eat/ don’t eat/ don’t go if you’re tired/ it’s the best thing for you when you’re tired/ bring lots of water/ take only small sips of water.”  Seriously.  Every single person that crossed my path preceding that very first yoga class had their own two cents to add. I was pleasantly surprised that no, I did not faint, nor did I need a stretcher to whisk me away out into the fresh air. I survived. And I even managed to master most of the moves first go!  From one Bikram beginner to another: if you’ve been toying with the idea, there’s no perfect time like tomorrow. 

After a month of yoga Ashli (from THE INFLUENCER) and I decided to take our newly acquired moves sans instructor. I ventured to the park decked out in my punchy Under Armour gear to brave the freezing cold. If you haven't heard of this chic sportswear brand I'll let it slide because they're just reaching our shores here in Australia.  Incorporating the latest technology, Under Armour's insulating base layers kept me toasty while outside.  Steal my exercise style cues by heading to Rebel Sport and purchasing an ensemble of your own.     

And just remember…

… Summer bodies are made in winter. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On location with Hairhouse Australia 

I often find myself explaining my hair regimen, sometimes on a daily basis. Well, let me tell you it hasn't been an easy feat. It's taken me 25 years to understand my hair. After years of chemically straightening, relaxed perms, blow-waves and about 1,000 products later I've finally found a routine that works. If your hair teeters on the edge of African-Ameican curls (seriously where did they come from?), or you're just looking for a new way to style your tresses, then feel free to steal a few pointers from my routine… 

Step 1: Purple shampoo, Hair mask (I almost always wash my hair with a mask). 
Step 2: Comb through the mask & rinse. 
Step 3: Wrap my locks inside a towel and twist to the side. This is the most important step and it keeps the natural curl intact. 
Step 4: Run Muk (Hairhouse Australia) from the roots of my hair to the ends with my fingers. 
Step 5: Air dry. If time doesn't permit however I will use the blowdryer, but it often stretches out the natural wave- so avoid if you can!  

It's. Actually. That. Simple. 

The Classic Camel Coat

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The classic camel coat will always have a place on the street come winter. 
It’s that time of year when purchasing a new winter coat sits ominously at the top of your to-do list. Until now you’ve been under a delusional spell: winter just isn’t coming this year. Well, it’s time to wake up and realise that your doona cover just won’t cut it as your choice of warmth inside the office (we’re actually saving you from public humiliation here). Cue to the camel coat. Perennially chic, this wardrobe staple will work wonders when teamed with navy, black or cream. For a classic everyday look, wear your camel coat with cigarette trousers and a white shirt, or to add  a modern edge try layering a denim shirt or leather jacket underneath.
Target Coat, Target dress, Rubi Shoes fedora, vintage boots.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Look Up, a short film by London writer Gary Turk, explores the real silence involved in the use of social media using a series of poetic versus. The brilliant clip went viral with nearly 20 million views in just over a week. Turk says that social media is actually making us less sociable and more isolated from the outside world. "I took a step back and opened my eyes that this media we call social, is anything but, when we open our computers it's our doors we shut," said Turk. 

I completely agree with Gary's observations. Each morning I'm going to predict your routine goes a little like this: snooze alarm, scroll through Instagram, check Facebook, refresh email, open Instagram again. We're all guilty of this. As a blogger, I do understand the power of social media. The platforms that we frequent daily hourly have catapulted everyday people into the spotlight. Furthermore, bloggers are now fronting campaigns and reportedly earning up to 100k a year (no kid!).  However, the poignant short film makes us think about the many occasions in our life where human interactions are lost due to looking down at our mobile phone. 

Last weekend, I ventured to the Dandenong mountains with Charmaine, the creator of Bias Supply and Jessie Brinkman, an exceptionally talented photographer who splits her time between Melbourne and exploring the rest of the world! We braved the sub zero temperatures (okay, maybe it wasn't that cold) to stand amidst the magical fog while the rest of Sunday were still shaking their hangover. Hopefully these images inspire you to switch off the TV, put down your phone and discover someplace new; a cafe, a park or maybe just the book that's been sitting on your bedside table for six months. 

And remember, don't forget to look up… 

Photographer: Jessie Brinkman 
All clothes by: Bias Supply 
Jewellery: Sucre Noir

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