Getting Fancy and Festive

Heading into December it’s Christmas party central.  Also we want to look good for Santa when he comes sliding down the ol’ chimney!

The awesome team at Shine On have let me trawl their virtual shelves to find some looks to fit every festive fashion need.

PARTY TIME

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-jumpsuits/products/sass-otis-split-front-jumpsuit-black

This jumpsuit is AMAZING! Jumpsuits quite intimidating if you’re not 5’10 and the size of a twig.  But the slits add flow so you’re less likely to get ol’ camel toe (a notorious jumpsuit issue)!!

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-dresses/products/sass-nolan-wrap-dress

Every gal need a pretty dress. This is it. Feminine and just down right pretty.

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-dresses/products/elm-silhouette-shift-dress-green-julypreorder

COLOUR! Want a dress that is a talking point?  This is it!

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-footwear/products/mollini-lolinas-black-stretch-satin

Holy Moses! These are come hither I am one sexy beast shoes!!

BANGING BOHO

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-dresses/products/madison-square-medusa-embroidered-dress-cobalt

I love this dress. Anything with tassels in my book is fun!

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-footwear/products/anacapri-tresse-sandal-cherry

You can’t beat a good summer sandal.  Dress up or dress down. Skirt, dress or shorts. Anything goes.

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/whats-new/products/fate-rafinne-jumpsuit

3 words. I need this!! The colour is stunning.

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/whats-new/products/miss-lilly-kimocape-tribal-purple

Kimonos are the new knickers.Every girl needs them! Wear them over a dress, jeans or shorts. They will be your best friend this summer!!

CASUAL AS

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/brands-silent-theory/products/silent-theory-twisted-tee-dress-grey-fleck

I have this dress in black and stripes and I get so many comments! Easy to wear, perfect for travelling very forgiving in the pooch department (my problem area!)

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-shorts/products/dricoper-drop-crotch-camo-shorts

Denim shorts. I staple every wardrobe must have. Perfect with that kimono!

 

 

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-footwear/products/leather-sandal-cheetah-amazing

I live in these Ancapari slides. So comfortable even being so flat. Perfect for when jandals are a bit too casual.

So ladies and gents get your glad rags on and have fun this holiday season!!

J x

 

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WIN WIN WIN with Jord Watches

There is nothing better than a good watch. If your like me I am not a huge watch wearer (because of my job) BUT if I wear one it has to look good!!

Jord Watches are a little bit different because they are made from wood. Yes, you heard me … wood.

There are SO many to choose from different woods, different sizes and coloured faces. I also love the fact they are unisex.

Beautifully presented in a stunning wooden box with little drawers full of waxes, wipes and goodies These watches sure make an impressive gift.

Jord Watches have given me a $100 voucher to give away to one lucky Dot Dash follower. All you need to do is click the link and follow the prompts.

https://www.woodwatches.com/g/dotdash

I am wearing the Frankie in Sandalwood and Emerald.

A pain in the GINA

Now we are going to get into the nitty gritty.

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If you don’t want to hear a woman talk about periods keep on scrolling.

As women we know what happens once a month.  When you are younger you want your little friend to visit you that 1st time because you want to feel grown up. It is a novelty. Your transition into womanhood.  Then reality hits and you realise that it doesn’t make you feel grown up, it feels like your vagine is going to fall out and someone is scraping your insides out with a blunt spoon. Well that is how I felt.

For 15-16 years I have dreaded each month. Those days where I want to crawl back to bed because I feel so awful.  The days where I debated shoving a nappy between my legs to stem the flow.  The days where I have debated inventing a vagina shelf that holds it up in a sling . The days where I’d be pain killered up to the eyeballs and still crying because it hurt so much. The months where I would go through a box of supers in a day.  The mornings I would ROLL out of bed with a towel between my legs and my husband yelling in the background “it’s OK, I will change the sheets”.

I think my lowest point was standing in a room FULL of men at work with it gushing down my legs and I didn’t know what to do but thank the baby Jesus for my work friend who rescued me and saved me from a VERY awkward situation/conversation.

I accepted this as “normal”. I was just unlucky.

I was the unfortunate one who just had terrible periods and I looked at those bitches using slim minis, who would say “oh I barely even realise I have it” with pure jealousy.

Heading into my 31st year, I had a life changing epiphany. Now in all honesty I wouldn’t have gone and bought organic tampons. So when BON sent me some to try I really didn’t have any expectations because a tampon, is a tampon right?

WRONG!

Oh my god how I was so wrong.

For the 1st time in 15 years I had a painfree period.

Coincidence says I, because how can a tampon make a difference?

Because it bloody does!!

4 months on I’m still pain free and it’s gone from the texas chainsaw massacre to really a period that really doesn’t affect my day to day life AND I used a mini ……… without having to run to the ladies 5 mins later!!

So I guess why I am oversharing is the fact that what I experienced for 15 years wasn’t normal. I mean yes this could be all coincidental and it might not even be related to the change in tammys BUT it’s the only thing I have changed and the impact on my life has been so drastic.  So life changing that I wanted to share my story and if I can help one person to have a pain free, non monthly gush fest I will.

So what’s my theory on this whole organic tampon shenanigians?

It could be the fact that the bleaches, dyes and chemicals used in regular tampons could trigger an immune/pain response and that is what I was experiencing.


Who knows, I am in no way a tampon/body/period expert!!

Something as simple as switching up your regular tampons to organic can possibly make a difference. It did for me.

If it makes a difference then why the hell not!

P.S – this is not a sponsored post. It’s just me talking about something that has actually changed my life.

How To …… Pastel Power.

I love a good hack.
I also love going to the hairdresser.
But I’ve found a way to add a lil bit of excitement to your hair without spending hundreds.
Now I’m pretty sure this will only work if you have blonde hair or blonde highlights.
Over the last few weeks I’ve tried the Schwartzkopf LIVE colour. This is a FREAKING bargain at $6 per box (if you have long or thick hair you will probably need 2 or 3 boxes). I picked up mine from Kmart but I’m sure supermarkets and pharmacies will stock it. 
It’s so easy to use its ridiculous. 
Wet your hair.
Mush the colour through from root to tip.
Leave it on for ……… well the box says 2-15 minutes. 
Rinse.
Lasts 8 washes.
Lilac Blush –
I left ol’ Lilac on for an hour and a half to achieve this look.
Silver Toner –
I left the silver fox on for 3 hours to achieve this look.
Schwartzkopft LIVE colour is ammonia free so it won’t wreck your hair and I have found it hasn’t stained my blonde locks as some semi permanent hair colours can.
Definitely worth a go if you want to jazz up your colour. I think I’ll be a mermaid next time and go blue!! 

SUMMER IS IN THE AIR

GUESS WHAT ?!?

Today is the first day of spring, which means summer is not that far away.

Here are a few of my favourite summer essentials.

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HATS:

Hats are my thing. There are two kinds of people in the world. People who can wear hats and people who can’t. Take my Grandfather for example, he was one of those individuals who could NOT wear a hat. Be it fedora, baker boy or cap it was just a big fat NO! Luckily I didn’t inherit that gene. Hat’s  for me add a little “something something” to an outfit and summer is the best time to play around with all manner of head wear (without fear of it blowing off).  Let’s also remember a good hat protects out faces from the old UV rays that can crisp up our skin. So hats are practical and stylish. It’s a win win.


BAGS:

If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook you would have seen my Tilly from Saben EVERYWHERE! I love her. I eyed her up in-store and wanted to give her a home. She finally became part of our family on my birthday (thank you husband, all those hints worked!). Tilly will change your life. I actually mean it. As Shakespeare said “she may be little but she is fierce” Tilly is this. Little but will fit your WHOLE life in her pockets. As a mum of two little ones we still have to take our “baby bag” with us and to be honest I ain’t got time for a baby bag, big ass hand bag and the kitchen sink. Tilly fits inside our baby bag or whatever we have with us. Yes Tilly is an investment but it’s one I would make again as I think Tilly is getting lonely and needs a new friend.

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Saben Tilly in Ink

SHOES:

I don’t know about you but in summer I tend to always live in my black haviana jandels. Comfortable but a little bit boring. Last year I found Lulu Avarcas on Instagram and instantly wanted them. Beautiful handcrafted leather sandals which are so bloody comfy you won’t want to take them off. The only problem I have with them is that there are so many colours to choose from and I want one in every colour! Even better they have just released a kids range. Matchy Matchy!

Lulu Avarcas in Gold
Lulu Avarcas in Gold

CLOTHES:

I am a comfort kinda gal. I love a good pair of denim shorts and a tee. Last year I lived in my Factorie rolled cuffed denim shorts – To be honest I am probably a bit old for this shop BUT I went for a bigger size so they were a bit longer so my kooch wasn’t hanging out!! My go to tees are a basic tee from Glassons or Gypsy Pirate who always do a great range of tees and singlets for summer.


SUN PROTECTION:

Living in New Zealand regardless of skin tone we MUST look after it in the summer months. I’m a burner, like crispy bacon burnt if I don’t wear sunscreen. Frankie Apothecary does an amazing all natural sunscreen and bug repellent. Great for me, great for the kids and I love the fact it doesn’t leave that horrid greasy feeling on your skin and it moisturises  it too. One less thing for me to do over summer!

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TANNING:

I am potentially the palest person you will ever meet. I don’t go brown, I don’t tan, I just go red, then white again. If I could change one thing about myself it wouldn’t be my boobs or my jiggly mummy tummy, it would be my ability to tan. I know this probably sounds bloody ridiculous but them pale person problems! I love a tan that is instant, I don’t have the time to wait around for a tan to develop because 90% of the time I choose an outfit then think “F**K! I need to tan my legs!” Eco Tan have just launched their new Cacao Firming Mousse, this bad boy takes an hour to develop a beautiful caramel colour and if your like me I leave it on overnight without washing it of you will be one bronzed babe.  In the next week or so I will post some before and after shots so you can see the results. Eco Tan is nasty stuff free, vegan friendly and cruelty free.

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These are my summer essentials. All I need to do now is work on my bikini body …..

yeah right !?!

Jess x