Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Christmas Wish List



 
I’m a little sad that I couldn’t get any Christmas craft posts up other than a manicure. I had planned to make a heap of cards and a new advent calendar before December hit but that just didn’t happen. Obviously.
This year has been pretty tough. I’ve spent most of it recovering from my trip to California while trying to manage constant (new) foot pain, bad headache/facial pain days, and the return of endometriosis pain.
As a result, blogging and crafting has become much more of a challenge for me this year but I am now slowly trying to get back into regular blogging and crafting.
To make up for my lack of Christmassy posts, I’m aiming to do Christmas in July, which should be fun! Hopefully I’ll have an early festive giveaway for you too.
But in the meantime you can check out what’s on my Christmas wish list this year.
Do you like looking at other people’s wish lists? I sure do.
 
 
Paper Couture Creative Ideas Book by Christina Re. Available from christinare.com
 
 
Pink waffle bath pillow from The Body Shop. I am currently without a bath pillow and desperately need one.
 
 
Ulta3 Watercolour Nail Art Kit. This. Looks. Awesome. A must have for a nail polish addict.
 
 
Dusk candle. I love their candles and I love having my bedroom and craft studio smelling delicious.
 
 
Spa wisdom Polynesia lotus & frangipani bathing milk from The Body Shop.
 
 
Bailey stripe tee in blue from Jeanswest.
 
 
The 80/20 Diet cookbook by Teresa Cutter. Available from thehealthychef.com.
 
 
Model Chocolate cookbook by Abigail O’Neill. Available from abigailoneill.net.
 
 
Wild argon oil bubbling bath from The Body Shop.
 
 
Hazel silk crochet print top from Jeanswest.
 
 
Hello Today paper pad from Kaisercraft.
 
 
The 20/20 Diet cookbook by Lola Berry.
 
 
Models Own ‘Northen Lights’ nail polish.
 
 
No Other Name by Hillsong. Available at Koorong.
 
 
Dusk electric oil burner.
 
 
Gelish mini basix kit. I want to do my own gel nails!
 
 
Vidal Sassoon Curl Secret. I’ve heard such good things about this hair curler and have been wanting it since it came out last year.
 
 
Vanilla brulee bath melt from The Body Shop.
 
 
Models Own ‘Southern Lights’ nail polish.
 
 
We Cry Out by Jesus Culture. Available at Koorong.
 
 
Ariella printed sundress from Jeanswest. The perfect casual summer dress.
 
 
Frosted cranberry bath melt from The Body Shop.
 
 
Ulta3 summer 14/15 nail polish collection.
 
 
Rustic Harmony paper pad from Kaisercraft.
 
 
I Quit Sugar For Life cookbook by Sarah Wilson. I’ve been doing really well with limiting refined sugar in my diet this year. I’m in need of more recipes though.
 
 
Bermuda necklace from Jeanswest.
 
 
Everything by Jesus Culture. Available at Koorong.
 
 
Honeymania bubble bath melt from The Body Shop.
ZOEVA classic face set. I’m currently using el cheapo makeup brushes so I really need some better quality ones. A lot of makeup addicts have been singing the praises of ZOEVA lately.
 
 
Tropical Punch paper pad from Kaisercraft.
Deborah Lippmann ‘Stairway to Heaven’ nail polish. I need this nail polish in my life.
 
 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Glam Fest Christmas Manicure


Change of plans, guys. I’m going to publish the posts that I’ve been working so hard on for the last few months after Christmas. I did want to have them up well before Christmas but they have taken me much longer to write than I originally expected. (Thanks, brain fog!)
I was going to try and push myself to have one up today but I decided that I wanted to take my time finishing it to avoid unnecessary stress. Also, it’s about time I put up a Christmassy post or two.
So it’s Christmas manicure sharing time!

Forgive me for I have committed a manicure sin - I forgot to push my cuticles back. Ooops.

I am feeling quite festive with these nails.

I would have loved to have done a more fancy nail-arty design, but brain fog (of course!) and a need for extra pain meds just didn’t allow it. So I had to settle for something really simple, and this manicure is exactly that – just slap on a base colour, go crazy with a glitter top coat, and you’ve got yourself some sparkly party nails that are perfect for Christmas.


 
I applied 2 coats of ulta3 ‘glamourpuss’ followed by a few coats of Sally Hansen’s ‘Glam Fest’ from the Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear line.
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OPI Teal The Cows Come Home


I had planned to have a blog post up for Invisible Illness Awareness Week in September but because of, oh you know, brain fog and chronic pain, that didn’t happen. But don’t worry, I haven’t given up. I’m still working hard on that blog post. So far I’ve filled up 9 pages in my notebook- and most of that is just dot points! It’s epic. Eventually, I will have something substantial (and very belated) up for Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2014.
While you’re waiting for my brain to get its act together though, you can admire a gorgeous nail polish I recently wore: OPI Teal The Cows Come Home.


I just love the playful and punny name, don’t you?
It’s part of the OPI Brights Collection and is labelled as a deep turquoise colour, which, in my opinion, is much more of an ocean blue than a greeny-blue. Let’s call it an ‘ocean teal.’

This colour is quite classy and is especially stunning on long nails. With subtle silver flecks, it gives nails a gorgeous aqua shimmer that’s perfect for spring/summer.


I purchased this polish in January this year while holidaying in California. Looking at the bottle I knew I would probably love this colour on my nails, and I was right; it was love at first wear. It’s a polish that looks just as lovely on nails as it does in the bottle.


I applied 3 coats and noticed that wearing this shade helped me feel a little calmer. The formula made for a really smooth application and the pro wide brush allowed for easy, even coverage. I found this polish started to chip after a week of wear, which I think is quite good without using any gel product.

 
I am very impressed with this polish. It’s definitely a shade worth having. Stay tuned for upcoming manicures/nail art featuring this polish.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I didn't go to Lady Gaga's ARTPOP Ball. And I'm sad. Really, really sad.


Mother Monster, aka Lady Gaga, performed in Melbourne on the weekend. And I’m upset that I missed out on seeing her in all of her extravagant costumes and sparkler bra glory {cries}. I’m really sad, you guys.
When tickets went on sale for ‘artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball,’ I made the tough decision not to purchase any so I could save some much needed money. While this has turned out to be a wise choice given that medical expenses and natural therapies have been costing me a small fortune this year, missing out on a Gaga concert still hurts. A lot.
Having been to her ‘Monster Ball’ in 2010 and ‘Born This Way Ball’ in 2012, I know how awesome ‘The ARTPOP Ball' would have been.
There is no concert quite like a Lady Gaga concert. She’s extremely entertaining and she puts on an incredible show. Her beautiful live piano ballads are goose-bump-educing, and her catchy pop anthems always get me excited. To sum things up, her concerts are energetic, theatrical, and electric.
As a Christian, chucking on a Lady Gaga album is my guilty pleasure. I just can’t help but love her. She’s kooky, crazy, creative, and talented. I find her music oddly motivating. Things get done when there’s Gaga in the background. Blaring ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Telephone’ always brings me a bit of happiness on a bad day. Her music just helps.
After walking out of a doctor’s appointment feeling very down the other day, I found myself in need of a Gaga concert fix. To try and fill this void I’ve been binge watching YouTube clips. It’s not the same but it is the next best thing. Here are my favourites:
 
 Bad Romance


Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah! Roma-roma-mamaa! Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!


Telephone



Best. Song. Ever. Lady Gaga AND BeyoncĂ©? It doesn’t get any better than that.


Just Dance



It’s gonna be okay.


LoveGame



Lady Gaga and her cheeky metaphors! Pelvic thrusting and crotch grabbing aside, I can’t help but like it. Why must dirty songs be so damn catchy?!

Paparazzi



Looooove this acoustic version.


Poker Face



The stripped back arrangement at the beginning of this performance is stunning.


Marry The Night



My all-time favourite, kick-ass song. I just love the meaning and the inspiration behind it.



It has become my chronic illness anthem and is my go-to song whenever I feel like giving up. Singing “I’m gonna marry the night, I won’t give up on my life, I’m a warrior queen…” is kind of empowering. For me “marrying the night” is all about embracing chronic illness while still continuing to dream big.


Born This Way



I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.


Judas



I'm kind of digging the green hair.

I really, REALLY shouldn’t like this song, but I do. It’s pretty awesome live. I’m much more a fan of the tune than I am of the lyrics though, just FYI.


You and I



My favourite Gaga ballad. Just gorgeous.


Do What U Want



I keep getting this song stuck in my head. It’s not good.

Dope



I have boot envy.

“I do not have to be high to be great. I do not have to be drunk to have a good idea. I can sit with my thoughts and not feel crazy. I can do it. I can do it without the dope.”
And this, my friends, is exactly why I love Lady Gaga. I find her honesty in this song refreshing and I really respect her as an artist.

Fangirling at The Born This Way Ball.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I've been a bad blogger. So here's the most popular posts of 2013.


I have been such a terrible blogger lately. Ever since I’ve returned from my holiday in California things have been such a struggle and I have been finding it really hard to keep up with regular blogging. My writing has been suffering a lot because of brain fog and quite often it takes me 3 hours (even longer) just to write a paragraph. It’s frustrating and exhausting.
I’m finding the cognitive side of CFS more challenging this year. My brain just isn’t functioning like it used to. Writing can deplete me of all my mental energy quite quickly and I need to be very careful that it doesn’t prevent me from doing other things that nourish my soul, which is also why my posting can be very sporadic at times.
With that said, I am slowly trying to get back into this blogging thing. I need to write. I have to keep pushing through. I have to keep going.
So thank you, dear readers, for sticking around and being patient. Thank you for encouraging me to keep going when I’ve wanted to give up on blogging. Thank you for believing in me and this blog and what it can be. I have big plans for this blog and I know that God does too. I’m glad there are so many people who can see its potential.
To make up for the lack of posts lately, I give you the 10 most popular posts of 2013:

From the rambling archives…
 

Because chronic illness is hard. Really, really hard. It just isn’t fair and it’s okay to admit so every now and then.

#2. Whatever.
 
That moment when chronic pain makes you depressed and all you want to do is stay in bed, curl up in a ball and be like: “YEAH, WHATEVER!” So. Over. It.

Prednisolone moon face, I do not miss you.
Some sunshine and happiness for a change. See! It’s not all doom and gloom around here.
 

 
Trying to get things done without any energy is like trying to start a car without any gas; it just doesn’t work. UGH.


 
You guys just love my angsty rants with colourful language. Such a drama queen, I am.
 
From the creative archives…

 
A wickedly rich chocolate cake.

My favourite spring mani to date. Although, I’ll admit, my grass looks much more like mangled seaweed.

 
It’s popular because it is so very bad.

 
You guys also enjoy my cake disasters.

 
Thickers + embossing = love.
 

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