Trilly is madly in love with her tea set she received for Christmas and if I ever can’t find her she will normally be hiding in a duvet kingdom sharing tea with her ‘friends’. I am in love with this kids imagination. She draws her technology curious older sister into her world of fairy tales all the time and to watch their childhood play unfold is magic in itself.
Trilly wanted a tea party in the woods so this week that’s what we did.
Last Tuesday I visited Kat from Katrina Williams Feather Touch Brow Design at her clinic to have my brows micro-bladed which is essentially tattooed. A blade of sorts is used and pigment is added into the skin. It is called semi-permanent and my understanding is it will grow and fade out over time requiring another touch up session eventually.
Many people have asked about the process since I mentioned I had had the procedure done so I’ve got pictures and a run down coming right up!
When I first arrived Kat sat me down and talked me through the process, from how she decides the brown shape and colour right down to how the actual blading works. Any questions I had she answered. She explained how she photographs your brows lying down with your eyes shut to show the symmetry because your face changes and moves with your eyes open and normal facial movement. She also told me not everyone is a good match for micro-blading and there is a few criteria that means it may not be the best option for you because of this you are required to fill in a medical form before your session. I liked that Kat was more focused on whether it was a fit for my skin than whether she went through with the session and she told me she has had to turn people away because it would not have been professional to proceed.
The brow design is very scientific, you can’t just show her a pinterest pic and expect to get it. Your natural face and brow shape needs to be carefully looked at and there are mini callipers involved, multiple measurements and numerous photos taken to ensure perfection. If there is one thing you can count on it is that Kat will never give anything more than her perfect best. If Kat is unhappy with anything she will not commit to it and will not let you either. Trust her with your colour choice, despite what colour you currently fill your brows in with Kat is working with your natural face and the brows looking natural is her biggest concern.
I did get to look at some of her starting patterns incase one of them appealed more to me than another for the beginning inner edge of my brows but I can honestly say I’ve never studied brows enough to realise peoples are different! I entrusted Kat with this decision wholeheartedly.
Kat DOES NOT use anaesthetic cream for the first blade strokes of your brows. You heard me, no numbing cream for the start. It is not horrendously painful but it also not a tickle. I rated it about a 5/10. When I asked Kat why she doesn’t numb the area like some others she told me that the anaesthetic cream can cause the area to swell and this means the blade strokes would not be as fine as they could be. Made sense. The finer the strokes the more hair like they appear because hair is very fine, right. It’s hard to describe how the blading feels, it sort of feels exactly how it sounds, like a blade. A stroke doesn’t take long and I can compare it to how it feels when you have your brows waxed and they pull it off. After the initial strokes Kat will apply the cream and you will not feel the rest of the filling in. It is completely painless.
Side note, my right brow seems to be a cluster of nerve endings that meant I sneezed with every stroke! Kat told me that isn’t uncommon which made me feel a wee bit better about the fact she had to stop in-between every stroke to allow me to sneeze! My right brow was also a touch more sensitive than my left meaning I felt the strokes a bit more before the area was numbed.
Kat is pedantic in her after care. The healing process has to be looked after. She sends you on your way with a tiny pot of aftercare cream and a sheet of instructions. She also handily includes a picture guide of what you can expect during the process which is handy when your brows start to get patchy and flake, and you have to double think what you’ve done to your face! She talks you through the importance of a finishing session and warns you of how your brows will change as they heal.
I am a week post session now and I *think* my brows are settling down again. I love them and definitely don’t regret the process so far.
The Bobux KID+ range is for kids taking the next step in their development. Whether they are running or jumping, climbing or chasing, kids need shoes that allow them to push the boundaries and get active – all while supporting their natural foot development. Enter KID+, the new Bobux range of sneakers, sandals and more for kids up to 8 years old.
A few weeks back the girls and I were privileged to be invited to the launch of Bobux’s new Kids+ Range. This range caters for children up to size 33 which they say is roughly 8 years however Miss is 10 in July and also fitted the biggest size.
The range is fresh and the designs are kid friendly while being fun and on trend. Miss was easily pleased with the metallic sneakers and Trilly being a bit younger was all over the adorable animal designs. Every pair of Bobux shoes are podiatrist endorsed meaning you can be confident you are doing the best by your kids feet.
The girls put their new kicks through their paces thanks to the fun afternoon of Indoor Rock Climbing, I probably couldn’t think of a better way to test out new shoes.
Bobux has kindly given us TWO pairs of shoes to giveaway to two of you, and the best part is, it’s your choice!
I don’t envy anyone having to choose because after previewing the range I could have taken almost all of them home with us. There really is a pair to please anyone.
To ENTER simply jump onto the Bobux website, decide on your favourites and then fill in the form below.
Competition Terms and Conditions: By entering this competition you are giving permission to be added to the Bobux email newsletter. Prize is in the form of 2x $100 Bobux vouchers to be given to 2 separate winners. Prize will be sent directly to winner by Bobux. Competition is open to NZ residents only. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday 13th March
The internet tells me the definition of a Capsule Wardrobe is as follows;
‘….a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.’
I am seeing talks and discussions about capsule wardrobes and minimizing our lives in general all over social media at the moment. There are groups dedicated to the movement of minimalism. They offer insight and advice about thinking more about what we add to our lives and wardrobes, about buying less, and planning our purchases rather than buying impulsively.
A Capsule Wardrobe to me as an adult is about clothes in colours that compliment my complexion, flatter my body shape, work in with the ‘on trend’ pieces I will buy and only wear for a season but most importantly pieces I love and will continue to reach for year after year.
For my girls a Capsule Wardrobe is more basic. Long sleeves and pants for the cooler months, shorts and tees for the warmer months, a special occasion dress, a warm jacket for winter and a light cardi for summer nights etc. I don’t mind if they are ‘on trend’ or ‘classic’ because by next year we need to start again in new sizes anyway but for that reason alone I need the options to be affordable. I just want my girls to put on their clothing and love them. I want them to put them on and be confident. I want them to wear them and be happy.
I am far past the stage of laying my children’s clothes out for them the night before, they probably wouldn’t wear my choices anyway! My girls are at an age where what they choose to wear is a part of their personality. A way they display themselves to the world and let their inner selves shine through. I love how they are both so different yet so determined in their style so with my list of capsule basics, they refilled their Autumn wardrobe their way!
Hello Throwback to my childhood! Miss wears it with more spunk than I ever did though. Maybe she’ll start collecting iron on patches like I did? She definitely loves this get up! Jeans: Skinny Badge Jeans $25 Tee: Crew Neck Badge Tee $15.
And, I may have slipped in a little something for me because it ticked my points too.
If you have been following us for a while you will know that the struggle to dress my girls is real! I want affordable. I want age appropriate. I want my girls to feel good and explore their own sense of style but I want to be comfortable with their choices. Now Summer is just around the corner and with two kids that grow like a couple of weeds we decided to check out The Warehouse to see what they had on fashionable offer for the warmer months.
I can never argue with The Warehouse’s price and you can always guarantee you are going to get more bang for your buck. The Warehouse has always been my go to for the basics but more recently the girls have been spotting more and more things that they adore so for this trip I let them go for it, with the odd bit of guidance size wise and a bit of shoe direction from my Mum the clothing choices were all them.
The old faithful denim and tee: My girls spend most of their summer in shorts and tee’s. It’s their go to. Comfortable and easy to run around in. Miss beelined it straight to the denim cutoffs and settled on the cute lace trimmed pair and the cool black acid wash pair, paired with some breezy tank tees she’s good to go.
The floaty summer dress: Both my girls love a good dress but if it doesn’t spin it must float. These floaty chiffon dresses are perfect and the asymmetrical hemline is a favourite with my two.
The mini fashionista: Miss has her own idea of style. She’s not a little girl anymore but she’s not quite a ‘big girl’ either, she’s in between. I love that she chose this striped midi dress and chose to team it with this super cute lace crop top which to me makes it a stylish and appropriate outfit for her age.
The Sandal not Jandal: It has the slip on ease of a jandal but a bit more dressy. It’s easy to wear and perfectly on trend. A bargain at $10 these are a new go to and came in both the girls sizes.
A haul this size has Miss & Trilly’s summer wardrobe in a really good place and my wallet couldn’t be happier with the price. I don’t think it has to be expensive to dress our kids well we just have to be smart about it. All items pictured are from The Warehouse, where possible I have included the online links otherwise you can find them in stores today.
This post has been sponsored by The Warehouse. All opinions are my own.
When I was in third form I used to favour wearing my hair a particular way. It was center parted and then tied back into half pony tails. I did this for a couple of reasons; my mum had always done my hair this way, I was growing out a fringe and this meant I could tie the shorter bits back and someone had once commented I had a long skinny neck and wearing the back of my hair out helped with my self consciousness on that issue.
One day a friend and I got into a disagreement. I’m not sure who threw the first ‘punch’ but as 13 year olds our Arsenal was limited and I told her her fringe was stupid and she told me my hair made me look like baby spice. You’ll have to rewind to being a 13 yr old in the year 2000 to understand this was highly insulting. The spice girls were no longer cool. I was mortified and I never wore my hair that way again.
The feeling of that one comment as trivial as it was is something you don’t forget. It was essentially a strike at my appearance and in hindsight my comment to my friend had similar repercussions because I can recall she wore her fringe clipped to the side for the few weeks to follow. We never admitted to one another the hurt we had caused each other and as girls do our fight was quickly forgotten however the fall out was not because whether it was a conscious decision or not we both proceeded to change our appearance after that.
This morning Miss asked me to tie her hair up in two pigtails, infact she also wore her hair that way yesterday. This morning when I walked her to class however a girl from another class commented that ‘pigtails are so dumb’ as we walked passed. The comment was not said directly to Miss but there was no one else with pigtails around in that moment, the direction was obvious to Miss and myself. I had to contain my potty mouth as I was taken back to my hurt 13 yr old self and felt my heart plunge as Miss looked up at me. Once in class Miss asked me to take her hair out and change it to a pony tail. This was not a time to argue that she stand her ground and that her pig tails were fine, this was a time of silent commiseration as I took her hair out of the hair ties and redid it into one. This was a time for me to hug her and reply ok as she told me she will never wear pigtails again.
The point of my ramblings and the question I ask is this, why is it so ingrained in girls even at such a young age to comment on and attack another’s appearance? Why is it so easy for us at any age to pass judgement on another for how they look, dress or present themselves with no thought of the impact of our commentary?
I was raised not to be so callous yet as a 13 yr old girl it was my first call of defense despite having been subjected to it personally myself. How can we teach our girls to see past the outside and to encourage them to support and love the inner beauty of a fellow sister?
You know when you’re at school and the kid beside you has a pencil case with their name printed on? Or there’s the girl who just got her first car and her key ring has her name printed on it? Lucky for me I could buy the pencil case or the key ring no problem, my girls however may not. As is the ‘curse’ of the less common names.
And that’s where George Henry Clothing comes in. George Henry Clothing specialise in monogram custom made clothing for kids and adults so no one will miss out. It’s as easy as a visit to their website and picking out the letter you’re after. Offering tees, hoodies, sweatshirts and much more the hardest part is deciding what to buy first. George Henry Clothing popped up on my Instagram months ago and have been on my wish list since.
We were lucky enough to receive a sneak peak of the long sleeve tee’s available for winter and after a wee test run on a Saturday I was more than impressed. The girls both loved the comfortable fit and longer length meaning they weren’t tugging them down. They are made from 100% cotton and the weight is perfect heading into the cooler months. We have the black colour and they have washed up well with no run and ready to be worn again and again.
Jana is the lovely lady behind the business based in Wellington and with her new winter threads dropping recently I nabbed a bit of her time to ‘chat’ about George Henry the business, the lady and plans for the future.
Everyone loves to know the story behind the name. Is there a reason behind yours?
My company is named George Henry after my brother its a nickname my mum gave him as a kid. I’m all about family so I wanted my company to have a name that is close to me and my family.
What is your inspiration behind the business?
My son is who inspired me to start GH. When he was turning 2 last year in April I wanted a birthday outfit for him that was original and had style. I printed him a H sweatshirt and tee, all our friends asked where the tops were from and when I said I had made them, they all loved the idea of custom making monogrammed tops and the orders started flooding in. I’ve always wanted to have my own business so I thought what the hell I’ll give it a crack and it seems to be working so far and I’m totally loving being my own boss.
What is your background before launching George Henry Clothing?
I had been working in the fitness industry for 11.5 years as a Club Manager and National Customer Service Manager for Habit Health and Fitness which I just finished up at the end of 2015 to give GH a good crack.
I’m also a part time photographer which I still do on the side with GH.
If you weren’t doing this right now, what would you be doing instead?
I would be doing Photography full-time. I love working with people and I’m obsessed with taking photos. But GH allows me to do this on the side which is pretty sweat deal.
What tips can you offer to anyone considering launching their own business?
Do your research
Don’t be put off by one persons opinion.
All advice is good advice but take it with a grain of salt.
Will you be passionate about what you are doing in 6 – 12months even 5 years later.
Business life and home life can be a juggling act, how do you take time to relax?
I do cross fit 3 times a week but I wouldn’t say that’s relaxing but I do love it and its part of my “Me time” but taking time out to relax would be dinner and drinks with the girls or a girly spa date.
Where do you see George Henry in 5 years time?
I hope the GH has grown into a successful business with lots of new products and exciting things for all ages. I love the adventure I’m on at the moment so lets hope the next five years is as fun.
I was recently invited to experience the Tailor Holistic Facial at The Beauty Therapy Cabin run by Janice. This facial was kicked off with a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage and before I get into too much detail on the experience I’d like to point out that I had never had a massage or facial before. To be honest, I was almost hesitant. I have this weird aversion to trusting a stranger to touch me so a massage has never enticed me at all. I’d also like to add, I am now a massage/facial convert.
Janice and The Beauty Therapy Cabin
Janice is an Internationally Qualified Beauty Therapist and has 14 years’ experience under her belt. While in her lush wee cabin of relaxation I also notice she has a certificate that proudly states her as the People’s choice Beauty Therapist of the year by Tempo Magazine. She’s worked in some of the top Day Spas in Sydney, Gold Coast and Hamilton.
‘ I find my job very rewarding, the fact I make people feel more beautiful, more relaxed, less stressed and enjoying their “time out” from busy lives. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like work.’
6 years ago she took the plunge of self-employment and started off in the spare bedroom at home before her fiancé built her lush wee cabin, and The Beauty Therapy Cabin was born. Priding herself on her high standard of working and delivering on a luxurious experience, Janice has clients that travel as far as Auckland to visit her.
The Tailor Holistic Facial
This 45 minute facial begins with a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage with a beautiful blend of essential oils to give you a sense of calmness and well being. You will then drift into the facial treatment which includes cleansing, exfoliation, mask and scalp massage before finishing with serum and cream.
The facial focuses on
Purification of the skin
Relaxation of the mind, body and soul
Daily stress often results in tension build-up in the muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between the brows and along the lip line. Gentle, routine facial massage can help relax these tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form.
Massaging the face stimulates the lymphatic vessels and facilitates toxin elimination from the facial area. The lymphatic system plays a key role in health. Lymph is a clear fluid that removes toxins from the body. It’s filtered through the lymph nodes and moves into the bloodstream, where toxins can be eliminated. Muscle movement is needed to push lymph fluid through the body. A lack of movement can result in a sluggish lymphatic system and a buildup of toxins. Many lymph nodes are scattered throughout the facial area, especially along the edge of chin and jawline. Massage also decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood and reduce stress.
My first impression of Janice is that she was kind, welcoming and accommodating. It is obvious that she takes pride in making people feel comfortable and despite my massage inexperience and minor hesitance she was quick to put me at ease. Her cabin is beautiful. It is cosy and inviting. It has a sense of calmness and once inside the outside world slipped peacefully away. I took time out. I turned my phone off. It was all about me and guess what! It was amazing and despite my lack of presence in the outside world nothing catastrophic happened.
The starting massage was just what I needed to relax and clear my mind of thoughts, so good at one point I thought I was going to fall asleep. Lucky for me it was time to turn over for the facial part so I saved myself the embarrassment of snoring. The facial itself had me wondering why I’d never done it before, I will never be able to do my face justice by myself again. As someone with extremely dry and sensitive skin I was pleased to find the products used soothing and did not experience any redness or adverse effects something unusual for me. A bonus is that Janice sells the Tailor products right there in the Cabin so taking it home with you to continue using is an easy option.
I may not have actually looked 10 years younger at the end but I sure felt it. A lot can be said about allowing yourself the time to be completely calm and relaxed. Would I recommend this experience to someone? YES! Would I recommend Janice and The Beauty Therapy Cabin to people? YES! Would I drive the 40 minutes back there to have this experience again? YES!
About Tailor Products
Tailor has Three Founding Principals as follows;
Ingredients: Ingredient quality will be held as our top priority. Tailor Skincare formulas will be made with natural ingredients for healthy looking skin. Ingredients will be sourced locally where possible and from suppliers with fair working conditions when sourced further afield. Tailor Skincare will ensure every single batch is made at a high quality manufacturing standard.
Earth: Tailor will strive to make environmentally responsible business decisions. Packaging materials will be recycled, recyclable or reusable. All online orders will be sent out in recycled cardboard packages and boxes. Ingredients will be sourced from local suppliers where possible.
Animals: No animals will be harmed in the making of Tailor Skincare products. Tailor products will only be tested on humans. Tailor will only use vegan ingredients, with the exception of locally sourced bees wax.
The Tailor Products used in the facial includes the Oil Cleanse, Dry Cleanse, Masque, Mist, Serum, Moisture or Hydration.
I discovered Love From Seventeen almost 12 months ago via their Instagram feed. I was drawn to the simplistic and beautifully crafted home décor pieces they offered and was even more excited when I discovered this to be a homegrown business. Supporting NZ business is always something I will do when possible and supporting Love From Seventeen is too easy when the product is so easy to love.
The affordability of their pieces means that everyone can have a little piece of the latest Scandi inspired plywood trend in their homes. My house is by no means ‘Scandi’ but that doesn’t mean a Love From Seventeen piece isn’t right at home in it. I had the idea of the one off following pieces that we are giving away and Kylie was a dream in making them reality but before we get to the giveaway part I’d love to introduce Kylie in her own words. She has also politely answered my questions that may be of some interest to anyone else considering turning their ideas into a business.
What is your background before launching Love From Seventeen? Not much has changed since before LF17 except that I very quickly became insanely busy 24/7, but I still work part time as Office Manager in the family company. I love my day job to bits and feel pretty blessed that I get to do both things I love, plus be Mum & Wife to best wee crew I could have ever asked for. So before LF17 I watched a lot more Netflix I guess you could say haha. Oh and had a lot less style, Instagram is amazing! And by trade I’m actually a qualified Journalist!
Everyone loves to know the story behind the name. Is there a reason behind yours? It actually came to me really quickly when I was playing with words, both girls were born on the seventeenth and it’s my love for them that got me off my butt to do this and there it was: Love from Seventeen.
Where does you inspiration come from? My inspiration comes from everywhere, I sleep with a notepad next to my bed as the best ideas always hit me just before I’m going to sleep and my minds going a million miles a minute, usually it’s some sort saying that I’ve fallen in love with, or a hole on my wall at home that needs something on lol. Sometimes even custom work from customers get the mind going too!
It is a competitive market that you’re in, how do you strive for originality and stay ahead? I have learnt very very quickly since starting that you can’t compete with anyone but yourself, do yourself, do what you love and do it bloody good. Each and everyone of my beautiful customers help to build this wee pipe dream and keep it real; if they keep coming back I must be doing something right haha. I honestly hope I’m doing this forever, I am having the best time and meeting the most incredible people X did I actually even answer that question? To be honest I’m just me!
If you could offer any tips and advice to anyone considering launching their own business, what would they be?If you’re thinking/planning/dreaming of starting your own business – just DO it! Do your research etc and get yourself set up, but most importantly just be you. I asked so many questions starting up and approached quite a few big Insta names in NZ to help me get my feet off the ground and while a lot never even replied, those that did have helped get me to where I am today and some I even call friends now! There is so many gorgeous and down to earth mummymakers out here that are willing to give a helping hand, so just start, make it happen!
Business life and home life can be a juggling act, how do you take time to relax?My husband quite often tells me I don’t know how to relax, I’m always doing something but I love wine, and putting my feet up watching crap I’ve mysky’d (in peace too please). And online shopping is also strangely relaxing haha. Social media preference, Instagram or Facebook, and why?Hmmmmmm, Facebook vs. Insta. Facebook is so, so hard at times to get your posts actually seen, yet is a lot easier way to grow your following from a business perspective, but Insta just seems easier, and I love scrolling through photos! You also kind of have a small window for your post to be seen before it’s lost in a feed. So, 50/50. Lastly, where do you hope to see Love From Seventeen in 5 years time?In 5 years time I hope we’ve grown, new designs and new adventures and just still enjoying it! I don’t really know where it’ll be and I kinda love that!