DOT DASH + SABEN GIVEAWAY

I love Saben.

Silly as it may sound my Tilly has changed my life.

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Saben Tilly in Ink

What is even funnier, is that when I have been prattling on about how much I love her people have got one and found the same sort of life changing love.

My love grew when Camden came into my life.

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Now Tilly gets to rides shotgun in Camden for the big jobs like our latest trip to Melbourne.

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It is a win win situation.

Talking of winning ………

Saben have VERY kindly given me a Camden to giveaway to one lucky Dot Dash follower.

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All you need to do is click the link below and your in to WIN!

http://dgo.nz/bzZjsLuG4422

Don’t forget to tag your friends on our Facebook page so you can share the love!!

BIG, HUGE and McMASSIVE thank you to the Saben team for making this possible.

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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.

Saben Tilly in Ink
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

 

 

 

LOCAL IS THE NEW BLACK

It is very “on trend” to shop small and invest in the local businesses around you.   As a small business owner myself I love buying from fellow small business hustlers.  There is a great quote about shopping small and buying local.

When buying from a small business you are not helping a CEO buy their 3rd holiday home.  You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy to play his favourite sport, you are putting food on the table for a family and paying a mortgage.  Customers for small businesses are the shareholders and they are the ones who they strive to make happy.

This is 100% TRUE.

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The other side of the coin is the ethical reasoning behind the notion of shopping small.

Now don’t get me wrong, I shop at the big chain stores as much as the next person.  However I always think when I eye up that $4 tee or the $15 shorts, how can they be made so cheap and make a profit?

I am not writing this to embark on a ethical clothing debate or slack off large companies. My purpose is that of awareness.

The Baptists World Aid 2015 Fashion Report released data stating that only 5% of the 128 brand surveyed, paid their workers a living wage that met their BASIC needs.  The good news is that they did see a 90% improvement in brands making the conscious decision to be ethically responsible since the 2013 survey.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that we can always get something cheaper somewhere else but at what ethical cost?

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Food for thought, don’t you think?