Monday, 26 October 2015

My current favourites

My favourite things and obsessions of the moment...

1. The delicious sugar rose candle from the MOR essentials collection. I stock it in my store (shameless plug) and on our last shipment I brought one home. It's on my desk at the moment and it gets lit every time I'm working in my office. Subtle and sweet, it's my new desk essential.

2. Chella ivory lace highlighter - I got this in a Bellabox several months ago and have used it every single day since! It's such an amazing product and I will totally purchase another when mine runs out (my current one is definitely running low). I use it under my eyes after I've put foundation on and it completely covers up any bags or shadows. It's a really soft pencil, so it goes on very easily, then I just blend in with my finger, it only takes a couple of seconds to do, and I've stopped using concealer, opting for the Chella highlighter instead. It's definitely my new favourite beauty product! 

3. Gold accents - I'm so in love with gold things at the moment and two of my lovely friends added to my little gold collection for my birthday recently.  A new Kate Spade stationery kit and lovely gold bowls from Kikki-K were very welcome birthday gifts. They currently have pride of place in my office!

4. New face cleanser and face scrub by True Essentials. I picked these up a few weeks ago after my last lot (which I wasn't 100% happy with) ran out. Originally I chose them as they are Australian made and don't test on animals. After just one use I was thoroughly impressed. I really like the light feeling of it when I'm using it and the fresh feeling of my face afterwards. It's quickly become a staple in my skin care routine and I will definitely purchase again!

5. My Fitness Pal App - My friend Emma has been using this app and she told me about it over breakfast one morning. I downloaded it to have a play and it very quickly became a daily obsession! You enter in some basic details about yourself and your goals and you're given a calorie/ kilojoule limit for the day. As you enter in your meals and exercise it tracks and compares to your quota to help you keep on track :) The app does a range of other things and can be incorporated with things like Apple Watches and Fitbits, but I just use the basic exercise and food tracking.

I'd love to know your favourite things of the moment... leave me a comment and let me know!

xx Miss Ali

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Fresh sheets

There are few things in life more glorious than the feeling of fresh bedding! Sunday is my fresh bedding day and this evening I'm beyond excited about it as I have a brand new bedspread from Morgan & Finch that my beautiful mother bought me for my birthday.

We changed it all this morning after we got up and I've been looking forward to climbing into it all day!

White covers are always my preference as they make our bedroom look lovely and light. This cover has a gorgeous textured pattern all over and I'm totally in love with it!

It's finally time for me to head off to bed with a book! Goodnight lovely readers! 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Happy Monday. Sunshine and tea.

Happy Monday lovely readers, 

The sun in shining, the morning is beautiful and I get to spend a short but peaceful time sitting in my sun-filled dining room enjoying some fabulous tea before work. Here's to a gorgeous week ahead! 

xx Miss Ali 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Beautiful Tuesdays

Today I gave myself half the day off and with it a couple of treats.

This morning I had a beautiful breakfast with a friend, we sat and talked for hours, consuming multiple cups of tea and chai lattes. It's been a while since I've had a catch up with her, so it was nice to just sit and be with her for a while. It's amazing how old friends just fall back into place and pick up from the moment we left off. We don't see each other nearly as much as we'd like as jobs and life in general gets in the way.

I've had some time to sit and read. I usually have a combination of books on the go at any one time, I try to make sure there is a bit of variety in what I'm reading and usually have a novel and a business/improvement book going together. My current business book is Work Smarter: Live Better by Cyril Peupion, which Matt gave me for Christmas last year. I've only just managed to start it, but I'm definitely enjoying it so far!

After breakfast I took myself to the shops for a little stroll. I didn't have anything in particular I needed, but I'm a sucker for a bit of window shopping. While I was there I picked up this fabulous water bottle from Kikki K. The gold detail in it fits perfectly with the other gold things I have on my desk, so it found a new home very easily!

I also popped in to the ABC shop to get the new season of Downton Abbey! I don't watch this (or any) show on TV as they are released as I'm never home when things air so I always wait until the season is released on DVD to binge watch every episode in one sitting! This little gem is out waiting by my TV so I'm not tempted to put it on until the weekend!

Over all, it's been such a fabulous Tuesday I almost want to take the rest of it off too! Alas, work is calling!

Wishing you all beautiful Tuesdays!

xx Ali

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Winter sun and birthday parties

Today we've got the most beautiful sunshine. It's such a nice change from the cold weather we've been hit with since winter began. Winter sun is the best, everything glows, the flowers in our backyard lift their heads and warmth spills over you when you find a sunny patch to rest in!

We spent the day at our friend's place to celebrate the first birthday of her adorable son. We ate delicious food, met some lovely new people and had fun with the kids. 

Now we're back home and I plan to spend the rest of the afternoon in a sunny corner with a cup of tea and a book. No work for me today. 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

The things you notice...

I'm sick... again! I'd been on a good streak for a while, but alas, my lungs have disappointed me again and I'm back in bed waiting impatiently to get better.

There's something about spending the entire day sitting in bed that gets you noticing the things in your bedroom. I totally love our bedroom, we have a gorgeous bay window that gives me a great view outside, a super comfy bed that I adore and a walk-in wardrobe that has lots of shoe space. But after looking at it all day I keep seeing little things that I'd like to change. I think a little redecoration is in order once I'm better!

Stay tuned!

xx Miss Ali

Friday, 22 May 2015

May Bellabox goodies


Yesterday my Bellabox for May arrived! I'm loving having this little box of goodies delivered to my door each month, it's always exciting to get packages in the mail and it's even better when the contents is a surprise!

The above photo shows this month's box of samples, my favourite being the highlighter pencil from Chella. It's been super easy to use and takes no time at all!

I got another sample of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula cream - not a huge fan of this brand. I like my face creams unscented and I didn't like the feeling of the day cream the last time they gave us a sample.

The Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil has been great (I used it this morning) and I will definitely be using it again.

Time to spritz some of that Impulse perfume sample and get to work!

xx Ali