Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Annual Happy List: Reflecting On 2016

annual happy list

When I think about it, 2016 was fairly good to me & I can't really complain; I didn't have such a shitty year compared to others. I mean, sure, there was my skin cancer surgery & the subsequent aftermath to deal with + all the other horrible, awful stuff that went on in this crazy world of ours like too many iconic musicians & other celebs dying (especially in the last week), terrorism & political upheaval; but overall, I really see no reason to look at this year in a negative light....hence why this post is called The Annual Happy List!

Friday, 30 December 2016

My Biggest Beauty Discoveries of 2016

beauty, 2016
For me, 2016 was not only a year of discovering new products, but also a year of daring to venture outside of my comfort zone a little & stop being so afraid of using stuff that I had but was rarely using, like curling wands & eyeshadows for example.

Rather than featuring products that came onto the market this year & doing a standard end-of-year beauty round-up (which, let's be honest, would feature about 5000 nail polishes & nothing else), this post is all about the discoveries I made in the beauty realm in 2016. Let's see what made the cut:

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Empties Time! (December)

December 2016 empties


We interrupt this end-of-year round-up week to bring you the last empties post of 2016! Can't believe we're 2 days away from NYE - is it just me or has this year gone far too fast? 

I'm pretty happy with the amount of products used up this month, although I would've liked to have finished a couple more. They'll probably end up in the January 2017 post anyway.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

My Favourite Fashion Finds of 2016

2016 fashion favourites

Hola mi amigas!

Today I'm sharing with you my favourite fashion finds of 2016. Clothes, accessories, shoes - you name it, it's in this list. You're going to see a bit of a duochromatic theme here - for someone who loves colour so damn much, I'm surprised that all of my fashion faves for the year are either black or some kind of blue!

Some of these items you will have seen flatlayed/collaged in my Shopping Cart posts (which will be back next year, don't worry) & others you will have seen in other posts throughout 2016, but today....*inhale*....I'm actually going to be modelling these items for you! *exhale* Yep, that's right, you're finally going to see what I look like for realsies. Be gentle with me! I'm really fucking nervous (not to mention terrified!) about exposing myself, but I figure it's about time it happened.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

My Favourite Tunes of 2016

Favourite songs of 2016

For me, 2016 was a year where my opportunities to check out new music diminished somewhat. Having limited internet (and having to share that source with the 2 other people in the family home) since my previous service was cut off back in January meant that I haven't been able to listen to music/browse YouTube all that often as I've had to keep in mind the dwindling data balance. It's amazing how much data gets chewed up watching videos!

Regardless of that, I've still managed to rustle up a list of my favourite tunes of 2016. Just like last year, my favourite song of the year comes from an Australian....and that tune is the one I'm starting this post with (the rest of my faves are in random order):

Matt Corby - Sooth Lady Wine

This track from Matt's long overdue/long awaited debut album Telluric (aka my favourite album of 2016) was love at first listen. Sure, it sounds very much like he was smoking the herb a lot whilst creating it & the rest of the album, but there's something about this chilled out bit of psych that I just love. I mentioned back in April's Monthly Happy List that I was loving it at the time & that love affair continued right throughout the year, so naturally I'm declaring this my #1 song of 2016. The amount of times I've had this on repeat since April....I've lost count.

Friday, 23 December 2016

A Christmas NOTD

Christmas, NOTD, nail polish, Zoya, Essie

Hola mi amigas!

I'm sure this hasn't escaped you; but in case you've been living under a rock, we're 2 days away from Christmas! Hope you all have got your fridges & pantries stocked full of delicious food & drink + presents under the tree for your loved ones....or money at the ready in case you're like my family & don't really do presents. (We're not Scrooges, we just figure we'd rather give money & then that way we can buy what we want iinstead of ending up with something we neither like nor will use.)

Monday, 19 December 2016

TNL Takes a Trip: Honolulu/Waikiki/Oahu

travel, TNL Takes a Trip

Disclaimer: Just like New York, I've been to Honolulu/Waikiki/Oahu 3 times now and have also seen & done everything that there is to see. Again, this post won't be for you if you've never been there & want to know everything; but if you want some tips about shopping, what to do & other random tidbits, then continue reading. As with my New York post, I'll provide some extra tips from previous visits here as well.

Friday, 16 December 2016

TNL Takes a Trip: San Francisco

san francisco, travel

Oh San Francisco, you made me want to become a West Coast gal, despite a less than impressive re-introduction.

A later-than-expected arrival (no thanks to windy weather & a detour via Sacramento for 2 hours) + my grumbling stomach meant that my feelings towards this city were on the back foot from the very beginning. Having been there some 20 years prior, my memories of SF were scant & despite seeing proper greenery (in the form of mountains) for the first time in weeks, I admit that I had my doubts about whether I’d made the right choice in going there (as well as where I stayed) as my cab approached my hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf. However, I am happy – nay, delighted – to report that on both fronts the Bay Area delivered.

Monday, 12 December 2016

TNL Takes a Trip: Neeeeeew Yoooooooooork

new york, travel

Disclaimer: I went to London in between Berlin & New York but didn't get a chance to do touristy stuff whilst there, so I won't be publishing a post about it. Between meeting up with friends both in & out of London, my 32nd birthday, my cousin's wedding + pre & post-wedding shindigs, I barely had enough time during my 8-night stay to sit still!

I'll also add that this was my 3rd visit to New York, my 2nd in 2 years. (I know, how lucky am I?) Since I've done most of the touristy things there already, this post isn't for you if you're looking for any real tips about all the sights. However, if you're looking for places to shop, where to eat & how to get around, then this is the post for you. I will also let you in on a couple of touristy things I did whilst in NYC & add some extra tips that I remember from my previous visit...which means this post is gonna look different compared with my previous TNL Takes a Trip posts.

Friday, 9 December 2016

10 Things I Love and Hate About Summer

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, circa 2009
As a fan of warmer climes, it's only natural that summer is one of my favourite seasons (spring being the other favourite). If I had the dough, I'd chase an eternal summer & escape north once the weather turns chilly in Sydney. However, in the interests of balance & keeping bias to an even level, there are some things that I hate about it too & that's what today's post is all about.

Monday, 5 December 2016

My Polish Picks For Summer

In case you missed it, summer has arrived in Australia & I for one am excited. Bring on the warm & sultry days, pretty dresses & of course, more opportunities to get my mani/pedi game on.

This week on TNL, I'm going with a summer theme of sorts to celebrate the current season & today I'm going to share with you all what I reckon are great polish shades for summer.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Empties Time! (November)

empty beauty products

Another month down and time yet again to take out the beauty trash!

Compared with previous months, my tally for November wasn't too high; but there are some items in here that I'm soooooooooo glad I've finished as they were bugging me.