Apr 122012

This Thursday, I love… Bonds Roll Top Underpants.

It’s my personal belief that practical underwear is so boring it should be free, so I try to avoid buying it for as long as is humanly possible. While french knickers and lacy bits and g-strings all look just lovely when you’re flouncing around your bedroom, when you’re half way through a work day and you get called into a meeting only to stand up discover your french knickers have moved themselves from being perfectly positioned french knickers to being some kind of knicker-thong adaptation and have firmly wedged themselves up in your lady business, well, right about then practicality outdoes looks in the underwear stakes.

However I refuse to submit and end up wearing granny panties, despite the fact that if you wear hipster underwear with your hipster jeans it’s a combo likely to end up with you hoiking those pants up all day long, lest they migrate towards your ankles and you end up looking like you have the world’s saggiest ass. Continue reading »

Mar 082012

This Thursday, I love… Steam Cream

The wonderful people at  Steam Cream recently sent me some of their product to try.

I first saw this product on Chloe Butcher’s October Round Up and although they are a UK based company, they do ship around the world and can be found in Kit Cosmetics in Australia. The first thing that stood out to me about Steam Cream was the packaging, as I’m sure stands out to most people. Fun and bold, the packaging is reusable, recyclable and great for leaving out on your bathroom vanity.

But upon further investigation, their packaging suddenly faded into the background when I learnt about their natural ingredients, their ethical practices and the fact that every tin of steam cream is hand made, bound together with hot steam. Continue reading »

Jan 202012

An iPhone application has been created to help consumers make informed choices about what they food in their mouths. The FoodSwitch app, created by health researcher The George Institute for Global Health and insurance company Bupa uses a barcode scanner to bring up traffic light information.

Australian consumer watchdog Choice has been campaigning for the introduction of a “traffic light” labeling system since 2009 and although the government has been resistant to bring this in as legislation, it seems the idea has been grabbed with both hands and made into an application for iPhone uses, with Android versions to come.  Continue reading »

Jan 192012

Snow Queen Joan D Vinge Book CoverThis Thursday, I love… The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

They say never judge a book by its cover…

I was standing in the store, mindlessly shuffling through books. I saw it. It captivated me from the first moment, it wasn’t until 10 minutes later I even realised I had been carrying it around the store. The cover art was stunning, the description on the back intrigued me, and right from the first sentence I was hooked.

The Snow Queen is my favourite book of all time. Only eclipsed by its sequel, The Summer Queen, The Snow Queen kept me enthralled from cover to cover. Made me fall in love, envy, hate, completely believe and surrender myself to its world. Set in the fictional planet of Tiamat, the book follows a number of characters as their stories intertwine, connect, and determine each others’ lives. Continue reading »

Jan 122012

This Thursday, I love… Jurlique Rose Love Balm

I was given this balm for Christmas by one of most beautiful and wonderful friends (you know who you are) and I’ve been using it non stop since.

I love the delicate fragrance, the moisturising effect and it really does seem to make me use less product. One thing I’ve always hated about lip balms is that you’re always having to reapply, but I don’t get that with this balm, it seems to make my lips require less. Continue reading »

Nov 282011

Today’s guide is for the women in your life – your wife, sister, friend, mother, mother in law…

For last week’s guide on gifts for men, go here or for kids go here.

If you have anything to add to the list, leave it in the comments!

Under $50

Estee Lauder Gift Set – Estee Lauder do great gift sets this time of year. These are always a hit with my mother in law and I particularly love their miniature perfume packs. Generally I wouldn’t recommend buying skin care unless you know someone very well, but their makeup sets tend to suit everyone. Available at Myer, David Jones or at Amazon here. Price: $20 – $100 Continue reading »

Nov 242011

It’s true, I’m one of those annoying people who have present drawers (or in my case, a cupboard). I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping and it’s not even December! So you asked for it and here it is, my guides to the best gifts available this year.

Today’s guide is for the men in your life – your husband, brother, friend, father, father in law…

If I’m completely honest once I started on this project I found it hard to stop and there are so many more amazing products out there, these are just a few of my favourites.

Check my other posts for women and children.

If you have anything to add to the list, leave it in the comments! List is after the jump. Continue reading »

Mar 172011

This Thursday, I love… Easy A

On a recent Saturday night my husband and I watched Paranormal Activity. It was very good and very scary, so we then decided to watch something fun and light hearted afterwards to ensure we could sleep (OK, I did). Despite having watched it the day before, I felt Easy Awas the best idea as my husband hadn’t watched it yet.

Watching it once I loved it, and watching it twice I actually loved it even more. If you’re a fan of John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, et al) you will love the in jokes and subtle references, along with the more obvious references to his works.

The movie, to me, felt like a John Hughes movie. It had biting humour, actors aged way older than the characters they were playing and a touch of the absurd. That said, this could easily have been my high school, although perhaps not quite in this extreme.

I finished this movie laughing, amused, quoting it and obnoxiously singing “I got a pocket full of sunshine” at people (it’s true, you can ask my husband. I may or may not have accompanied this with a silly dance).

If you enjoy 80’s movies, in jokes, aren’t too sensitive about Christianity and have no objection to references to homosexuality I would highly recommend this movie. For her parents alone, it’s worth a watch. Trust me, the trailer doesn’t show you any of the good bits.


Feb 112011

I recently finished a book that my mother gave me for Christmas. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

The tagline reads “A romantic hymn to Barcelona” which in my head summoned images of Romeo & Juliet, Tristan & Isolde, Mr Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett. But no, they mean it in the traditional sense of the word. The kind of romance I relish. Blacks, reds, whites, murder, blood, demons, mystery. A true gothic novel, something hard to find these days when werewolves dance and vampires sparkle.

Zafon writes with a lyrical manner, conjuring images and taking the reader on a journey through time back to 1920s Barcelna and a glimpse into the human soul. To a place where it is still believed that a book forever holds a part of the soul of the person who wrote it, and every person who reads it. Full of dark twists and turns the story will keep you hooked until the end. I definitely recommend it.

Just in case the book isn’t beautiful enough on its own, there is music for each major event you can download from the author’s website.

For your reading pleasure, here is the first paragraph of the book.

A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood, and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day, and what he covets the most: his name printed on a miserable piece of paper that surely will outlive him. A writer is condemned to remember that moment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price.