georgeandbear turned 1 today! Thank you all for your support over the last year - we’ll be back in action properly next year ;)
Gosh seems like a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog - and Catharine’s been crazy busy with school so apologies on her behalf as well… I just wanted to pop in quickly and give you all a bit of an update on what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been. In case my personal tumblr and Instagram haven’t been an indication…
Just wanted to let you all know that on Friday afternoon UK time, Vic and I will officially be on our 5 month holiday. We’re going all around Europe, and seeing a bit of Indonesia, Malaysia and China on our way home. We’ll be in Sydney just in time to not have any money for Christmas presents hahaha.
If you want to keep up with my adventures, Instagram is probably the best place. Links are below.
And… Enjoy Catharine’s posts until then :)
Sydney, I Love You
I seem to be in a state of perpetually having itchy feet syndrome. I dream all day about all the places I want to live in one day. It’s really nice sometimes though to remember how awesome the place you are is. Playing tourist in my own town is a game I like to play when the feet are particularly itchy. I’ve lived in cities and small podunk towns and I’ve never been anywhere that didn’t have at least one cool thing to do.
Sunday Video Day: A Traditional Indonesian wedding
… I stumbled on this video on Friday afternoon and basically started crying from the first few seconds. I hope you enjoy it.
ps: Vic and I moved out of our flat yesterday! Europe trip starts officially on Friday. Yay!
Bear with me - this isn’t my almost-30 year old self being smug, I swear. It really is a brilliant article. My favourite part was this:
You’re Talented, But Talent is Overrated - Congratulations, you may be the most capable, creative, knowledgeable & multi-tasking generation yet. As my father says, “I’ll Give You a Sh-t Medal.” Unrefined raw materials (no matter how valuable) are simply wasted potential. There’s no prize for talent, just results. Even the most seemingly gifted folks methodically and painfully worked their way to success.
The Rainbow Under Eye on a Budget
This is a look inspired by a look I saw on Makeup by Alli recently - I really liked the idea of having a lower lashline party. I had plans to meet friends on Saturday, but when I was getting dressed and planning my makeup, Vic dropped a bomb on me. He dared me to do my makeup using the cheapest products I had in my stash.
Challenge accepted, little man.
Summer Obsession: Gypsea Swimwear Wearable Art
Summer in Europe to me means gorgeous swimwear but it can be find something that’s different but still really gorgeous.
I stumbled on Gypsea Swimwear on Instagram I think recently when they were hosting a competition, and instantly I was hooked. The pieces are so damn interesting and unlike anything I’ve seen before so I wanted to show you all in case you’re also shopping this summer…
Australian Baby Gifts from Jurlique
It is a known fact that usually when someone I know is pregnant, they can pretty much count on getting something from Jurlique as a present from me. It’s mostly because buying baby clothes freaks me out and I know people have their own personal taste. But another big part of it is because beauty brands are my thing and most people don’t even know Jurlique make baby stuff. So I think of myself as a high-end baby product enabler.
I’m leaving my job shortly but a girl I work with is newly-pregnant so I wanted to buy her and the new baby something from Australia. Enter… Jurlique.
The Review: D.J.V. Beautenizer Fiberwig LX Mascara
Cult Beauty call this the top selling mascara - in Japan - and then on their website they also say “If this mascara was a man, Cult Beauty would marry it!” Well gosh, that’s a big call.
I had actually ordered a different mascara from Cult Beauty (Sunday Riley Influencer, if you really need to know) but they had a deal at the time where a big goodie bag was included if you placed an order over a certain amount. Included in the pack was this mascara from D.J.V. Beautenizer so I’ve been giving it a go.
My review is after the jump - but the pictures above should be helpful as well.
Sunday Video Day: Zoe Saldana x The Conversation
The Conversation is a blog I discovered recently via Jessica Gomes, and I love this video with Zoe Saldana, above. All of it. Gotta say - I’m jealous of the relationship she has with her sisters. I wish I had that.
Anyway… let me know what you think.
Saturday Link Love today is above. I just can’t even… Like… What? I’m dying with laughter and incredulity.
Raising Support: My Friends, the Manns in Manokwari
One of my oldest childhood friends, Kacie, her husband Isaac, their baby Judah and their recent in-utero addition have plans later this year to travel to West Papua in Indonesia to teach at a theological college in Manokwari which isn’t far where I grew up. In order to do that, they’re currently on their own personal mission to raise money.
If you’re interested in how you can help, please read on.
Note: If you’re not a Christian, this post isn’t for you. But if you are, keep reading because I think it’s right up your alley.
If You’re Ever In… Spain
You have to stay at Nuestra Posada. I’m not just telling you guys - when I came back from this rural Spanish B&B I told everyone in my office that I could think of, I told backpacker friends I knew were travelling around Europe and so it is incredibly overdue that I tell you.
Nuestra Posada is a few hours drive from Zaragosa or Reus, and is run by the adorable Hans and Loes who Dutch. I know, I know - it’s a bit weird to stay in a Spanish B&B run by Dutch people who serve pizza.
Having stayed there though and I don’t say this lightly, it really is the best accommodation I’ve stayed at in Europe. IN EUROPE. If you have champagne tastes on a beer budget, this luxury b and b is good value and honestly - it’s the best there is.
Here’s my review of the digs, and comments:
Nail of the Day: Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate
I’m predictable, I know. I think it’s summer, I break out the brights. But bear with me - there’s a reason! Kind of.
Since the Shiny, I’ve been curious to know if any particular nail polish shades clashes with diamonds and platinum. The obvious choice is something neutral, but as you can see from my swatch of Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate, it’s clashy-gorgeous!
It’s a a neon pink - not as eye-hurty as some neons I’ve seen - but I think the fact that it’s borderline muted makes it borderline work appropriate.