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THINGS I'VE BEEN LOVING / SEPT 2015

September has been a hectic month. It is now week 8 of the semester and I'm getting slightly nervous. That can only mean many hours spent in the photography studio at university working on assignments. I threw up at an engagement party I attended and was out of action for an entire week sick following that. Thank goodness I made it to the bathroom in time! On that note, here's some of my favourite moments this month amidst the craziness.

1. BIRKENSTOCKS! I don't even know if they're cool anymore, or if they've ever been cool, but I have a new found love for Birkenstocks. They look a bit more presentable than thongs (or flip-flops) and make the perfect footwear to dress down an outfit. I have the plain black pair with a single strap across and I've been pairing them with both skinny jeans rolled up and with dresses. ASOS carries a small selection of designs, but I think you're better off going into your local store or go onto the official website. Also, Bruce the bruise happened just two days ago. I tripped over my own feet while jogging. End of story. 

Birkenstock MADRID BLACK

2. I have been browsing and contemplating a pair of Shevoke sunnies for a good couple months, and this month I finally caved and purchased a pair. I opted for this rose gold pair and I am absolutely in love! Everything about this pair of sunnies is just perfect, from the color, to the fit and the shape. I have a pretty average-slightly larger than average sized head so I generally do not have too much trouble with the size of sunglasses. Before taking the plunge and purchasing a pair, I suggest having a look on their Instagram page for photos of real people wearing the product to get an idea of how it will look like on yourself.

Shevoke  LUXE - Gold 

3. Speaking of rose, I have a new rose scented skincare discovery. It is a facial spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater. It is great for a boost of hydration throughout the day, or for use before/after make up. I have been using this as a makeup setting spray and I find that it really helps keep everything in place much longer. If I have an extra long day, I'll pop this in my bag/car and use it throughout the day when I get a bit tired. I've seen many other facial sprays but they cost so much money! This is by far the most affordable one I've come across - and it works wonders!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater

4. I saved the best for last: This is potentially the BIGGEST highlight of this year so far. I am officially an Australian permanent resident!!!! Only took SIX YEARS from the day the visa application was first lodged and the day it was approved. I AM STOKED BEYOND WORDS. Australia, You're stuck with me forever. I am here to stay!

Apologies for the lack of updates on here recently, I'll be back here on a regular basis once things at uni settles down a little bit. Follow me on Instagram @zooetan to see what I'm up to while I'm not blogging. HELLO OCTOBER. x

ADDICTED TO SUNGLASSES

I love buying sunglasses, I love wearing them, I love collecting them. Because I don't wear a lot of jewellery, sunglasses are the easiest way for me to change up the look of an outfit. Plus, it's always sunny in Perth so we're hardly ever without a pair! My favourites are definitely my Quay Australia ones. I hunted down the clear pair on the Internet for weeks while it was out of stock on their website. 

L - R

KOMONO Urkel | Ray Ban Clubmaster Aluminum Polarised | Princess Polly Hot Stone (Black) | Quay Australia My Girl | 

Quay Australia Isabell (Pink) | Quay Australia Kosha (Clear) | ASOS Round Sunglasses With Metal Bridge High Bar & Flash Lens

 

The Princess Polly pair (p/s: dupe for the Karen Walker Harvest) and/or my Ray Bans live in my car (yes, as a back up) since they go with pretty much any outfit. A free tip: Ray Bans are so much cheaper on Amazon! The ASOS pair is my most recent purchase. I really like the design but it's just not sitting quite right. This is my second ASOS (sunglasses) purchase and I have come to the conclusion that they suit people with smaller heads/faces much better.

And there we go, my sunglasses collection. Now get shopping!! ;)

THINGS I'VE BEEN LOVING / JULY 2015

July - what a month it has been! Winter finally decided to kick in, I've started a website, I had bright pink hair (chalk) for a night, I have a new house mate coming in a an hour or so... Anyway, a few highlights below.

1. My new bed was a very lucky find on gumtree - $330 for the frame and mattress. It was three months old but in great condition. I had the mattress steam cleaned before I slept in it just for hygiene reasons. My bedside table is a kitchen trolley from IKEA. It was my beauty trolley before but after some rearranging, it now holds all my bedside essentials and make up. Cushions are from IKEA too but are from the recent limited edition collection.

IKEA TARVA Bed frame | IKEA OFELIA VASS Quilt cover and 2 pillowcases |IKEA RÅSKOG Trolley

2. This months beauty bits I've been loving are now my winter essentials. My face has been exceptionally dry and quite spotty this winter so my skincare/makeup needed an update. I've been using the Aesop cleansing masque once a week for a deep cleanse and oomph of hydration. On a daily basis, I use The Body Shop's sorbet in the mornings under makeup and (if I'm heading out) the Mecca tinted moisturiser over the top. Hydration, SPF and a decent coverage - can't go wrong!

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque | The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet | Mecca Cosmetica In A Good Light (Medium

3. I'm not a huge wearer of jewellery unless they are dainty pieces or have some sort of cool geometric shape. I bought this on ASOS as a 'filler item' so I could qualify for free shipping. Contrary to the image, I actually have quite skinny fingers so I wasn't sure if these ring would fit. One of them fits better than the other, but I love them just the same.

ASOS Geo Ring Pack

4. I have to admit that this was not an original idea, but rather was inspired by an image I saw on Instagram awhile ago. This is the perfect necklace/headband storage and display. I bought Cookie Monster as a souvenir when I visited Universal Studios Singapore in Jan 2014. The other bits are gifts, DIY from friends or purchased from the shops.

IKEA FINTORP Cutlery Stand | IKEA FINTORP Hook | IKEA FINTORP Rail

5. I have an obsession with glass jars!!! Admittedly, I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to glass jars. I threw out so many of them when I moved about a year ago and now I have a new collection. Oops. The deer jar filled with potpourri was a leftover decoration from Naomi + Alan's wedding. I also spray painted (metallic gold) some leftover baby's breath from the wedding and they are one of my favourite things in the house.

Yes, I love IKEA and glass jars. I just can't help myself. Bring on August! x