Cactus Spotting in Mexico in a Bit of Red

IMG_6884At around 5 in the afternoon, when the sun has not quite set but there is some breeze and a soft light surrounding us, it was the perfect time to take some awesome shots of our resort and the jumpsuit outfit I acquired before going away. What an awesome place this is! Los Cabos, Mexico, I think I’m in <3

IMG_6794 IMG_6796  IMG_6909 IMG_6881 IMG_6841 IMG_6822 IMG_6786 IMG_6766 IMG_6776  IMG_6849 IMG_6905 IMG_6907


Jumpsuit – Boohoo Boutique

Hat – San Diego Hat Co. (purchased in Hawaii)

Beach Bag – Industrie

Shoes – aquired in Kuala Lumpur


Location – Riu Santa Fe, Los Cabos, Mexico

Photos taken by my husband J


The Perfect Travel Case to Take on Holiday – Paklite Buddy

It has always been my number one aim to go light when travelling. I then go on an extreme and cull most clothing out of my packing, one time I flew to Melbourne for the weekend with a duffle bag. I was so proud that I packed so light. In the end it turned out I didn’t bring any pants, skirts or bottoms of any sort, just tops! So I had to shop and on the flight back my light packing was a nightmare. I literally boarded the plane with all my bags of shopping! Luckily it was only a 1 hour flight back to Sydney.

This time around I am thinking through what I am going to take and doing it responsibly! I wanted to make sure I did it on the blog as well, so that I have some evidence that I at least tried this time (lol).

Luckily for this trip I have a Paklite JET-LITE sutcase – its this awesome medium sized, hard case suitcase which is ideal to take for 9 days of holidaying, without much heavy stuff or winter clothes. I am also not really planning to shop in Mexico, just relaxing and soaking in the sun is on the agenda, so no heavy packing.


Paklite have an a great range of luggage in Australia and I recently saw this tweeted by @katejohnsonhq

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 3.46.47 PM

What a fun case to take on a trip. As if trips were not exciting already – now I am excited to have such awesome luggage with me!!!

And look at my super efficient packing :)


It fits everything in perfectly and I am happy with the colour because once you’re at a conveyor belt trying to pick up your luggage, it can be a never ending game of “Spot your bag”, with all of them looking practically the same.

IMG_6759My one was so easy to spot and pick up!

I fit all of my 9 day attire for a beach/pool holiday into it. The handy zip compartment which divides the two sides of the luggage is quite useful for storing smaller items so they don’t scatter around everywhere.

And here is a pic of me 24 hours later in the Cabo airport. (so tired)


It’s only full day 2 of our holiday and I am in love with Cabo.

Another post coming up shortly on outfit I wore in Mexico but for now Adios Amigos!

A quick update (post holiday):

This suitcase really was a gem to take travelling, not only it was easy to spot at baggage collection, it seemed to always be one of the first to come out! I am always the one waiting for my bag to rotate around, watching other bags appear time and time again in an anti clock wise maze of luggage.

From the Paklite people:

Bored of looking at ubiquitous black luggage on every airport carousel? Do you use the ‘ribbon’ tactic to identify your own, only to realise several others have similar ribbons and you’re back to square one? In three sizes, with a modern Carbon Grey, Gold Dust or Imperial Purple metallic finish, Jet-lite is available in a size and colour to match your travelling style – and makes a statement in every airport. In addition to its sleek contemporary design, Jet-lite comes with TSA security combination locks and is made from 100 per cent polycarbonate – used to make bulletproof glass – ensuring your contents will arrive safely and look great in the process.

 RRP: $299 (small) $329 (medium) $359 (large)

I agree that this really is an awesome case to take with you! xx

Beauty products to take to a sunny location

Bags are not packed yet, I am waiting for a special suitcase to start getting excited for my trip! yayayay!

But, I am starting to think about what beauty products best to take to a summer destination such as Mexico…


There will be lots of swimming in the pool and ocean and its quite hot, so there is a high need for thorough sun protection. After being exposed to the sun, your skin needs good hydration and moisture retention. Don’t forget about hair either, a leave in treatment is what your hair will need to stay hydrated in the sunny weather and exposure to salt and chlorine water. I’m also packing blotting paper for the day when it gets too hot and there’s sweat and oil showing up on your face. For the night I am packing my Nuxe Huile with shimmering particles to compliment the future tan and glow.

Here are the products I am getting ready to pack:
Good sunscreen for the body

Clarins SPF 30+


❥ Mask to help skin repair itself

Subtle Energies Dry Pitta Mud

This mask comes as a powder and has a mineral-rich formulation. Activated with a few drops of water, its an awesome product to take on holiday because powder is so much lighter than carting around a clay mask.


IMG_6666 Hydration for after sun

SugarBaby SunTanned Sweetie Skin Recovery Cream

This body butter cream smells like coconut cocktails and moisturises from head to toe.

Skinfood Aloe Moisture Ampule

We know that Aloe is good for your skin as it locks in moisture and is a recommended product to use after sun exposure.


  Sun Protection for the face

Clarins SPF 30+

Perfect product to take on a beach holiday with high SPF and unique formulation for sensitive skin to prevent redness. Broad spectrum also protects from UVA and UVB rays.

Neutrogena Healthy Defence

This is my go to product for easy sun protection for the face. Acts like a moisturiser and a sunscreen and can be used as a primer.

La Roche-Posay BB Cream

Not a fan of wearing foundation any more, so this is my every day sun protection, cover and moisturiser. This French brand makes beautiful skincare and this BB cream is no exception. I am taking this baby with me everywhere, particularly somewhere hot for light feel but decent coverage.


 Sun protection make up for the days out and about

Innisfree Makeup Primer with SPF

This product helps soothe skin when you’ve been out in the sun all day and paired with a great mineral powder, is all you need to have for make up at a resort or out and about.

Antipodes Mineral Powder with SPF

Have been using this new make up essential from Antipodes. The mineral powder is so light but protects the skin quite well. I am thrilled that this product also has SPF. It’s unbelievable how hard it is to find makeup with SPF, particularly loose powder. The soft luminous particles help highlight your complexion. Thanks Antipodes for another gem of a product!


 Everyday essentials

Blotting tissue

For when its too hot and the old T-zone gets a bit of a workout, theres nothing easier than using these blotting tissues to give your skin a clean, matte feel again.

Little Bird Paw Paw Balm in Tangerine

I can’t get over how amazing these little balms are. The tangerine scent goes well with holiday mode and I’ll keep using this baby on the plane ride and while soaking up the sun.

Guerlain Meteorites Travel Touch Powder

This travel touch powder from Guerlain comes with me every time I travel. Small enough to fit into a cosmetics purse, great for freshening up your complexion and adds that spark to a tired looking face after a long haul flight or a big night out.


 For the night out/dinner:

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse with Shimmering particles

Just what the Guerlain Meteorites Touch Powder does for my face, this magical oil gives your whole body a glow. With a powder of gold particles and the beautiful fragrance, a drop of this oil is enough to make anyone feel like a goddess.


IMG_6719 For the hair:

Leave in treatment/ masque

Color WOW One Minute Transformation Styling Creme

When applied to dry hair, this treatment creme can style any type of damaged hair. Transforms damaged-looking, distressed hair into liquidy-smooth, silky hair with healthy-looking shine. Great for a quick fix to hydrate hair in no time.


What products would you recommend to take to a sunny location?




Can We Help Stop War?


I am reposting a lot of this information from the So Nailicious blog. With a peaceful protest we help to spread the message of stopping violence related to war. #stopthewar

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” – Thomas A. Edison.

From Maria (Editor, So Nailicious)

Ok, guys, this post will be different. So if you feel like it’s not your thing, please come back tomorrow – we’ll talk about nails, ombre lips and other cool staff. But if you’re feeling dispirited by recent world events and you’d like to make a difference, please read on.

One more thing before we begin… please note that this post is not written to blame anyone or discuss who is right and who is wrong. This post is here simply to appeal to humanity as a whole, to all nationalities, religions and beliefs, to unite and protest peacefully against war. To ask all parties participating in current military actions in Ukraine and Palestine-Israel to cease the fire. To stop the war.

As a mother, as a writer, as a citizen of this world and simply as a human being I feel it is necessary to do whatever we can to stop it. So many popular bloggers support and write about various charities, which is fantastic. But unfortunately I have not seen any bloggers or celebrities trying to raise awareness about the tragedies in Ukraine, Russia, Palestine and Israel. Why? Is it too controversial? I was talking to some charities, here in Australia and none of them are helping children in these countries.

So I’ve been wondering what we ordinary people can do in this situation. Well, it appears we are capable to make things better! There are plenty of examples in history when people (people, not governments) changed the tide of the history without any violence by acting as one. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela all brought about significant changes for the greater good.

The impact of peaceful, non-violent protest cannot be underestimated. If as a result of us taking action at least one life can be saved, we have spent out time wisely. Perhaps we can save even more! It all depends on how many of us participate. Without any further blaming or seeking revenge let us simply say “Stop the war!”. Enough is enough. There is nothing more precious in this world than the future of our children. So let’s stand up as a community and protest against the war. Not against other people, nations or beliefs but against war.

HOW YOU CAN JOIN: Join the action by posting on your social media, because that’s one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal. That’s where we can be influential. Post an image with a simple message “Stop the War!”on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or blog. If you can share this post (via email or any other way) with people who also care, that would be fantastic! The more people involved the better!

WHAT: It can be a poster (like mine) or any other image of something light blue to symbolise a clear, peaceful sky (nail art, collage, flat lay) that includes the phrase “Stop the War!”. If you need to learn how to add a text to an image, here are some great apps. You’re more than welcome to use my image, there’s no watermark on it. Whatever you think is best suited to carry our message.

HASHTAG: we’ll use the same hashtag #stopthewarPlease note, with our message we’re not making distinction, we appeal to all sides and all nations.

CAPTION: please add a caption to your image with a reason why you think the war must stop. Please, avoid blaming anyone or making any statements that potentially can be seen as negative or directed against a particular side. Our aim is a peaceful protest against the war, not another swirl of hateful debates.  If you speak any other language, please explain in your native language the purpose of our action.

WHEN: 20 – 26 July 2014.

ADDITIONAL: On next Sunday, 27 July 2014, I’ll post a round up of our activity and re-post some of the best messages/images on @So_Nailicious Instagram too.

Guys, remember that every voice counts – the more of us take action, the more likely we’ll make an impact! Let’s do it!

Please join the cause and spread the message!





What and how to pack for a beach holiday :) Tips from experts!

It’s that time again! Holidays! Quite timely actually as Sydney is getting cold, we’re off to sunny Cabo, Mexico in a few weeks. I am uber excited and I’m looking at beach holiday packing inspirations from my favourite celeb blogs.

1st of all because the projected weather forecast for August is SUN and 30-40 degree heat, its important not to overpack. The hotel we’re staying at also talks about dress code and apparently at dinnertime you have to wear smart casual wear, that is guys can’t wear sleeveless tops or shorts.

Here is what GOOP recommends:

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 12.02.37 PM

I love this! SO simple and the white colour for the beach is perfect. I need to dig up all of my white dresses!

What to wear on the plane is important and again the white theme prevails.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 12.09.08 PM
It is a bit different for us thought than for those flying from America to Mexico because my plane trip is 13 hours to San Francisco with a layover in Los Angeles and we don’t get into Cabo till night time. So for that I prefer another plane riding outfit.

It’s important to layer as there are changes in temperature on and off the plane.

my plane outfit as part of the entire look for the trip, so I wear comfy clothes that I can easily incorporate into other outfits.

(Gwyneth Paltrow)

1. Leggings – warm and comfortable – you need a stretchy fabric on the plane.

2. T-shirt and a long sleeve shirt – you can easily go from tee to long sleeve and the other way around, depending on changes in temperature.

3. Blazer – look smart casual no matter where you go. The Blazer will smarten up any outfit and also help with layering

4. Scarf – for some colour and big enough to cover you up when it gets chilly in the air. I usually bring my big pashmina blanket scarf acquired in Paris. It defo doubles as a blanket on the plane.

5. Flats and Boots – Flats for the plane and boots when you land. Make sure these are comfy. In this instance I’m going to pack sandals or thongs so when I land in Mexico, I can change into those off the plane (beach ready!)

Here are some top travel tips from fashion and style experts:

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 12.08.04 PM

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 12.06.59 PM
Share your packing holiday tips with me in the comment section :)



It’s time to go “home” for now

As we prepare for just one more day in Korea I’m a bit sad by the fact that these two weeks have flown by so quickly and it’s “home” time again. We had a fantastic time here and it’s a bit of a breather for me to travel to a bigger city where people still manage to be friendly and helpful.

I wrote HOME in question marks because Sydney is where I live now but at the moment it doesn’t feel like my home. I am not quite sure why. My immediate family lives there and also my friends. My cat Cleo is waiting for us in our apartment and we live in the heart of the city so there are things happening all the time. I guess I’ve been finding it hard to find my feet a bit in Sydney in the last few months. I have lives there for 9 years combined and used to be in love with it! I decided not to stay in San Francisco, when I had a chance, to come to Sydney and start my career there.

On our exploring around the Gangnam district today in busy Seoul I went into Skin Food (Korean make up/skincare store which I’ll blog about shortly!) and the girls in there were so sweet and excited about the fact I was from Sydney. It’s so far to travel, they exclaimed. Yes girls, it is far. I feel like I am too far from the rest of the world and somehow maybe missing out on a few things? Fast internet, nighttime activity that isn’t limited to drinking at pubs, late night shopping every night, no loud drunken noises and neatly dressed people, feeling safe walking around by myself at night. Another reason I don’t feel at home in Sydney at the moment is because I am a night owl. If you’re a night owl in a coastal Australian city, forget it! You’ll feel like half your life has gone by by the time you wake up. But maybe that’s just me.

We also work a lot in Sydney just like any big city in the world but our night time activity is quite limited and sometimes weekends are not enough to get everything done.

I know this sounds a bit negative, don’t get me wrong, there are so many things I love about Sydney and I have made a life there. That life has now got green leaves and some blooms. Only I keep picturing something my husband told me once about tornadoes – it’s like a tree in a tornado, those that have no deep, abundant roots can easily get blown over and taken away by string winds. My tree has no roots yet, it’s green and blooming for now and maybe that’s what’s making me feel like something is missing.

And until I find my true home, the city of Seoul will have mine.