Wednesday, 25 February 2015

My first Bella Box!

On Monday I received my first delivery from Bellabox (Happy Monday). It was like getting a little surprise gift in the mail because although I knew it was coming, I didn't know what was inside. Bellabox sends out this little treat monthly that has a selection of sample beauty products inside for trial. 

I'd been thinking about signing up for a while, as I figure its a perfect way to get to try new products (especially products that I might not have otherwise looked at). This months haul included:

1. Essie Nail Colour: I got the colour 'Fashion Playground' - a lovely soft green

2. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum: a hydrating moisturiser

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel: for hydrated, healthy skin

4. Chapstick Natural Pawpaw: One can never have enough lip balms and this is one I haven't tried before

5. Aveeno Daily Moisturiser: This month seems to have a bit of a focus on moisturiser (yay)

6. Kérastase Paris Nutritive Nectar Thermique: This is a leave in hair treatment to protect from heat. I plan on giving this baby a go before I straighten my hair next time!

I paid $10 for my subscription for Bellabox (though I think it is usually $15 as I took up a special offer) and it seems I have the option of opting out at any time. I'll give it a go for a few months and see what little treasures I get to test out!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Welcome Poppie Lane!

I've spent the last three days in Sydney visiting the trade fairs for new stock for my shop. What an exhausting, but fabulous time I've had. This year Matty chose to come down with me as he missed out last year, it was handy having a bag holder/driver/idea bouncer on hand.

I found a bunch of great new things for Dancestuff and I'm so excited to get them in store, but I also found a whole heap of other items that I just couldn't resist and I'm super keen to get in, too. So I've created Dancestuff's sister store: Poppie Lane.

Poppie Lane will house all the fabulous gift and home ware that doesn't relate to my Dancestuff customers, I can't wait for it to all come in!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Happy Monday

Happy Monday lovely friends!

This morning it was so very hard to get myself out of bed. I didn't have a particularly good sleep, so when the alarm told me to get up I contemplated staying in bed for an extra half hour. After reasoning with myself I just forced myself out of the covers and into the kitchen to make tea. What good was that extra half hour actually going to do for me anyway? -  I was already awake.

My tea was delicious, as always (Twinings Irish Breakfast) and I had some quiet time to sit and think about my busy week ahead. I took a moment to listen to my guided meditation and made a conscious decision to put my bad sleep behind me and make sure today is a Happy Monday (as all Mondays should be).

Mondays for me this year are insanely long. I do a full day alone at my shop, then head straight to my studio and teach several classes, effectively making it an 11 or 12 hour day. So this morning, instead of pressing snooze and laying in bed dwelling on all the things I have to do, I made myself get up.

I've blocked out a little bit of personal 'time off' during the week that I can look forward to and I'm choosing to ignore the fact that I left my lunch at home (I might just have to take myself to the yummy French Patisserie down the street).

How will you make your Monday happy?

Happy Monday!
Love, Ali xx

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Poolside afternoons.

It's Sunday afternoon. I'm finished work, there's beautiful sunshine and I'm enjoying a relaxing afternoon by the pool! 

It's certainly nice to be able to pause for a couple of hours. I have a crossword, some fluffy puppy company and my new favourite hat (which you may recognise from my January favourites). This is definitely a lovely lazy afternoon! 

Monday, 9 February 2015

Miss Ali's Favourites for January

This is a few days late in posting, but I thought I'd let you know of my favourite new products and things that I found myself loving and using in January.

1. Diary - So you know I'm big on using a physical paper diary. I simply couldn't function if I didn't have it. I get mine made each year through Personal Planner, who do a fantastic job. I changed the layout of the inside of my planner this year and I'm totally loving it. They have lots of pre-done designs, or you can upload your own design. I designed mine with all my little reminder words on the back.

2. The Vera Wang 'Lovestruck' perfume - which was given to me for Christmas by my beautiful friend, Mel. It's such a beautiful, feminine scent and I've been using it a lot. It also came with a body wash and moisturiser in the same delicious scent!

3. Twinings 'Prince of Wales' tea - Technically this isn't new, since I've had it before. But it's lately been given a new place in my tea schedule for the day. I'm loving this one at night time at the moment, I have it after dinner, when I'm sitting down with a book.

4. Forever New Summer Hat - I've wanted one of these hats for so long, and I'd just never found the right one... Until I stumbled upon this baby! It has the perfect amount of floppiness for lounging by the pool and I just love it. I also got it on sale (which makes it just that much more exciting).

5. 'Friends' boxset - This is one of those shows you can watch again and again. It never gets old and it's always funny. I'm currently on a Friends binge, working my way through the series. I got this boxset on sale for $89 and it has all 10 seasons in it!