Christmas GRWM | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I’m laying an old-school get ready with me on you all, as I had my annual family Christmas lunch a bit earlier than normal and so got to wear my Christmas outfit before Christmas day. This works well, because it might serve as inspiration for some of you!

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Earrings (both snowflake studs and baubles) are from Lovisa.

 

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Products Used:
-Sportsgirl Unicorn Drops Primer Serum
-Benefit Porefessional
-Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless, Shade 110
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder in Smooth Operator
-NYX Taupe Blush (as contour)
-Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
-Elf Blush
-Smashbox Highlighting Palette
-Sportsgirl Eyeshadow Palette
-ABH Brow Wiz
-Australis Makeup Setting Spray
-Etude House Play 101 Brown Eyeliner
-Benefit Roller Lash & Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Dress is from Cotton On, hair curled with GHD.
Lips are Maybelline x Gigi in Lani.

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Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

Zoe x

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Christmas GRWM | Blogmas 2017

Bake With Me | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today we’re baking sugar cookies! I make these every year on my blog so it seemed only fitting to continue the trend.

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Recipe:

1/4 + 1/8 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/4 cups flour (+ extra for rolling and kneading)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Beat the sugar and butter together until creamed, then add the egg and vanilla. Sift in dry ingredients and mix well. Cover mixture in cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour or overnight. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake on lined tray for 6 min at 180 C or until light golden.

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With the flash on these cookies look like they belong in the scene of a horror film lmao

 

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Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

Zoe x

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A Cosy Christmas Night In | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I want to share my perfect Christmas night in – there’s no reason you need to just be going out into your local town to feel festive, there’s so much Christmas fun to be had in the comfort of your own home!

Get Cosy
Put on your Christmas PJ’s, put on all the candles and fairy lights. Don’t forget your Christmas Tree!

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Make A Festive Drink
While you’re at it, have a snack too!

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Watch/Read/Listen to Something Festive

My favourite Christmas Movies are:

  • Arthur Christmas
  • Love Actually
  • Elf
  • Die Hard (lol)
  • Barbie in the Nutcracker
  • Anything else nutcracker related
  • The Santa Clauses
  • The Grinch
  • Polar Express
  • The Holiday

The Best Vlogmas Vloggers/Christmas Videos This Year are:

  • Zoella
  • Tanya Burr
  • Alisha Marie
  • Mia Stammer
  • Amanda Rach Lee
  • Kalyn Nicholson

My favourite Christmas Books & Music.

Smother Yourself In Festive Scents

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The best scents are:

  • Bath & Bodyworks Sugar Plum Swirl
  • Bath & Bodyworks Vanilla Bean Noel
  • Bath & Bodyworks Merry Cookie
  • Soap & Glory Body Buttercream

Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

Zoe x

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A Cosy Christmas Night In | Blogmas 2017

New Year Goals | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I wanted to throw together a quick post all about the new year and goal setting. I know everyone normally associates new year’s with failed (usually fitness related) resolutions but my type of goals are more about a state of mind than a thing happening! I like to split up my goals so they’re more manageable, and also create a pinterest board with inspiration pictures to solidify what I want visually.

Tasks

-move interstate: I’m doing this anyway in January and so I’m throwing this up here because I think it’s a pretty good achievement to cross off!
-get new job interstate
-solidify new routine

Health

-eat fresher: i.e. go and buy veg from fruit grocers instead of supermarket, keep refined carbs etc to a minimum
-meditate 3x week
-log 8,000 steps a day minimum
-journal in the evenings and do morning pages

Financial

-have $500 in savings for Christmas 2018
-create savings account for 2018 birthday
-create savings account for Korea 2018

Social

-join a martial arts club
-make some new friends interstate
-join writing group

Personal

-work on being more passionate, more compassionate and more open
-discover 5 new artists
-watch 5 movies in cinemas
-read minimum 40 new books
-finish second book for editing
-find publishers
-finish anthology of short stories for editing

I hope this inspired you/reminded you what’s important for the new year! What are your goals?

Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

Zoe x

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Escaping Christmas Stress | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

There is no doubt about it – Christmas can be an incredibly stressful time! From all the expenses to the travel, the cooking, baking, parties and everything in between, 24 days to fit in everything you need to do will definitely cause a bit of stress. So, I’ve put together a little list of things you can do which will help you minimise and escape that festive stress!

Set a Budget
Expenses are such a big deal around this time of year that I dedicated an entire post to saving money over Christmas. Check it out here, and learn how to set your budget so money isn’t something you’re worried about.

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Write Lists
It will be no surprise to any of you that I suggest writing a list, but taking some time out to physically put down everything it is you need to do/buy/make/whatever will get all those random thoughts out of your head and help you put plans into action. I have a list for gifts, money, what to do, what to watch, what to bake, the places I need to go and the people I need to see, as well as what I will wear to every Christmas event. Excessive? Sure. But am I stressed? Not at all.

Take Time For Yourself
Again, this one may seem a little arbitrary, but taking a bit of time out for yourself, to put a candle on, chuck a face mask on and watch a Christmas film will definitely help get your priorities in order. Whatever you’re stressing about will fade into the background for at least a moment, and help you get set to tackle it all again.

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Practice Gratitude
Christmas, although a stressful time, is also when you need to be practicing gratitude the most. So many people out there are celebrating Christmas in poverty, hunger or war, and we need to remember our blessings over this time. Although your family may be annoying you, travel may be tiresome and you might not get the exact present you want, remember that everyone is just doing their best and they are all deserving of your love. Tis the season, after all!

Check out my most recent posts; Christmas In AustraliaZoe’s Bookshelf #2!

Zoe x

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Escaping Christmas Stress | Blogmas 2017

Evening Routine

My evenings are the time I take for myself. Of course, my evenings aren’t always the same. Sometimes I come home straight from a long day at work and crash, sometimes I go to my second job as a school tutor. I hang out with friends, go to dinner, hit up Thursday night shopping or go for a walk.

For the most part, however, I like to use my time to reenergize myself for the day to come, and these are the steps I take to make that happen.

The first things I do when I walk in the door are essential for me; I turn on my salt lamp, play some music through my bluetooth speaker, and take my makeup off. If I’m not working out, I’ll immediately put on some comfy clothes too.

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I’ll then set up my clothes for the following day. I do this every night and it honestly takes the stress out of mornings for me! I grab my workout clothes and do a workout after a doing this and a bit of tidying if my flat needs it. I try and tidy for 15-20 mins a day to make sure it’s always beautiful. Tidy house = tidy mind.

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Weights, resistance bands & shorts, Kmart | Sports bra, Forever21 | yoga mat, Cotton On Body

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After I finish a workout, I’ll eat something. I tend to meal prep or food prep, so this takes me 5 minutes to whip up. I’ll also tend to make a bit extra of whatever I’m having so I can take it to work the next day for lunch. Tonight, I had a salad with chicken, rocket, sweet potato, ricotta, pine nuts, parmesan and balsamic glaze. Sometimes I’ll have a protein shake after a workout, and if I do it’s a LUXE Fitness vanilla shake.

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I’ll take my time eating my dinner to chill out, watch some TV or YouTube, and make sure I’m drinking enough water.

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I’ll then pop into the shower before doing my skincare and brushing my hair. I’ll definitely be doing an updated skincare routine sometime soon!

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After this, I’ll turn off all electronics and read something, or write in my bullet journal. A blog post all about my bullet journal is coming super soon 🙂 I’ll also tend to make a cup of calming tea. This night it was chamomile, in this gorgeous one-cup teapot from T2.

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When I’ve properly chilled out, I’ll brush my teeth and go to bed. Some nights I meditate, some nights I stay up till 1am on my phone even though I said I turned off my electronics… life is about balance, haha.

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Sweet dreams!

Zoe x

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My Festive Relaxation Routine • Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

The silly season is named so for a good reason, and it is only natural that it is a high stress period in terms of family, finance and just general business. Due to this, it is more important during this time than ever to give yourself an opportunity to relax. So when times are getting a bit overwhelming, this is the relaxation routine I will do to reset and give myself pause in a busy day. If you want to see more like this, My Relaxation Routine went down very well, so go check that out too!

The first thing I’ll do is put on some comfy clothes and turn my phone off. This doesn’t mean silent, it means completely off. I don’t want anyone to contact me, and I don’t want any of my social media to distract me when I’m trying to be mindful.

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If I’m feeling particularly angry, I’ll have a hard workout and sweat it all away. If not, I’ll go for a long walk. Either way, exercise during the festive season is paramount as we aren’t exactly our healthiest, are we?

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After this, I might take a long shower or bath, and really take time to look after my body, by exfoliating or washing my hair. Being in the water does wonders.

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Lighting a relaxing candle that smells fresh and not too sweet can immediately put me in a calmer state of mind.

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Alongside this, using an essential oil in lavender on my pulse points (wrists, behind my ears, temples) gets the relaxing scents going and makes relaxing practically impossible.

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Brewing a herbal tea is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the moment. I try and take my time drinking it, being grateful for every sip. I like to do this outside, as sometimes what is making us stressed is being cooped up inside. Fresh air can work miracles, and people watching or simply observing nature at work in your own yard can really put your stress in perspective. A good way to help sort out your mind is journalling, so while I’m drinking my tea, I try and figure out the exact cause of my stress, and work on ways I can help resolve it. Just writing it all out – or drawing it if you’re that way inclined – has some kind of magic powers, I swear.

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Is there anything else that you do to relax over the silly season? Let me know!

Merry Christmas, come chat!

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My Festive Relaxation Routine • Blogmas