Bathroom Cabinet Vibes

10.05.17

Since weaning Raff last week, I realise now we are well and truly out of the baby stage (cry). I’ve decided it’s time to claim back some time for me. God knows I need it –  I feel like I’ve aged about 15 years since having kids, so my new regime has had me pick up more regular gym classes (LOVING the variety of classes my local gym Luxe offers), drinking a daily WelleCo Super Elixir while upping my water intake, and actually spending longer than 2 minutes on my hair and make up. It’s fun, you should try it!

Some things I’ve been loving lately:

1. A new addition to the bathroom cabinet is the Hairstyla pictured above (which you can buy from places like Myer, David Jones and Harvey Norman). The handy little appliance allows me to BRUSH my hair straight…which is perfect for my strong lack of hairstyling skills, I’ve never been able to master something like the classic hair iron. This little guy makes it so easy. For a woman with curly hair, I really like to use it to smooth out the frizz even when I’m rocking the simple Mum bun when out and about.

2. My sister introduced me to the Napolean Perdis Pre-Foundation primer recently, and I’m never going to look back. This gel-like lotion in the fancy gold tube glides on my skin creating a perfect surface for foundation. Something so simple, and I love it!

3. I haven’t purchased anything Clinique since 1996 when I was a devotee to their 3 step skin regime (remember that obsession in high school or was it just me)? However, I recently bought a Crayola Chubby stick in Melon and I’m a big fan of the lipstick/lipgloss hybrid. The perfect colour if you ask me!

3. Since becoming a Pre-Foundation primer user, I’ve decided to up my game in the powder stakes too, so I purchased a lovely brush from Napoleon Perdis. To be honest though, I feel like my make up application skills could really be improved –  I’m super keen to complete this short course, I hear it’s a fantastic one.

4. After pregnancy, my hair went all types of dry and unruly, so my hairdresser recommend the BC Fibre Force Fortifying Sealer from Schwarzkopf. The leave in milk seals the cuticles and creates a protective shield around the fibre, and also leaves a really nice ‘polished’ feel to my hair. I’m addicted to it!

5. I’ve sung the praises of Dermalogica on here before, I really find it works for my skin. I recently swapped from the Daily Microfoliant which I’ve been using for years, to the Daily Superfoliant – which is for older skin (cry again). I use it every day in the shower as the resurfacing/ smooth feeling it leaves on my face is really lovely.

6. A gift from my little sister on my birthday, this fancy pants shampoo is like none other that I’ve used. Oribe not only have the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen, it is so luxurious on your hair – washing it is no longer a chore. I only need a small amount too, so the bottle is really lasting the distance.

Briar x

Bondi Wash Baby

28.04.17

I first used BONDI WASH in 2013 when it launched, and I’ve been hooked on the hand wash and counter spray ever since. Owner Belinda gifted me with the baby range soon after Raff was born, so the scents take me immediately back to those early days of beautiful and fresh newborn cuddles after his nightly bath.

All BONDI WASH products are 99-100% plant-based. Nothing nasty – the only non plant-derived ingredients are food grade preservatives used to ensure the products are shelf-stable. Products are non-toxic and bio-degradable, making it a perfect choice for baby.

I couldn’t say no when Belinda asked me if Raff and I could be part of a BONDI WASH video series. I’m probably biased but Rafferty’s temperament is made for a job like that. He is just so happy all the time. I’m in love with the clip that was created and feel so fortunate that I’ll have this as a keepsake from the ‘good old days’, when Raff was just a little fella.

Briar x

DIY Easter Hat

04.04.17

We are pretty proud of our first home made Easter hat. We had a little spray painting/craft session using the amazing White Knight Paints and the easy to follow pattern designed by Bear and Sparrow. You can see the easy to follow instructions/pattern on their blog.

Briar x

ETSY

28.03.17

I’ve long been a fan of the online marketplace Etsy. Chances are that you are too, but I swear the range of  handmade and vintage goods available is just getting better and better. If you haven’t checked Etsy out recently, I think you should – it’s a gigantic wonder world of treasures. I thought this week was a good chance to share a little round up of three makers I’m loving lately:

Sarah Murray Ceramics
Sarah made the stoneware mug and bowl you see above. The level of detail and contemporary colours used in her handmade work is really beautiful. My photo might not do the pieces justice, but her ceramics made in her home studio on NSW far south coast really are a lovely thing to hold, more like a little piece of art.

Mr Draper
A Melbourne based business that crafts fine linen bedding and napery. The products are thoughtfully designed and carefully hand made. Soft and luxurious to touch, I’m loving using the inky blue linen tea towel in the kitchen (it goes so well with my grey cabinets).

Susan Simonini
There is something really special about using a handmade everyday item. I adore the range of organic clay bowls and plates made by Susan, a talented Gold Coast artist. Pictured above is a speckled blue plate that is a completely unique one-off. I love that!

Briar x

PS. In checking out Etsy today, I discovered this adorable range of kids dress ups. Now all I want to do is dress Raff up in a a cape and little super hero wrist bands! Can’t handle the cute!

Sunday Collector Renovation: The Laundry

28.03.17

It’s hard to imagine now, but this room was originally a mix of damaged pebblecrete and flimsy gyprock walls. Missing an entry door, one had to access the very basic and decrepit laundry from the original back patio. A small change, but one of the biggest in our renovation – was that we were able to incorporate this small space in to the ‘inside’ of the house and the real bonus was that we were able to add a second shower (framless glass) and a toilet.

The first element I decided on for our laundry/bathroom update was to match the cabinetry that I’d chosen in the kitchen from Freedom Kitchens. The two areas are positioned close together, so I was keen for a link between the two spaces. I chose the door profile ‘Sierra’ in white. I love the simple ‘Shaker’ profile that sits well with the grey hexagonal encaustic floor tiles from Tiles By Kate. The floor to ceiling wall tiles and the grey grout match what is happening in the kitchen too. White walls brighten up the fairly dark space.

Visitors often comment on our new washer and dryer, and I have to admit – the designer duo from Smeg are seriously special. Good looks aside (that Smeg nail with their whole appliance range), I love the big 10kg capacity of the front loading washer and the fancy dryer has a sensor controlled drying function. The 8kg capacity is generous in size and the dryer is nice and quiet. I just love how I can close the door on the laundry now, no overheating and annoying condensation etc that I’m used to with my old dryer.

The neat and compact round undermount sink from Clark is perfect for the small space, and the Poseidon sink mixer in chrome from Dorf has been positioned neatly in the corner. I often find laundry bench tops don’t get the same love as kitchen benches, but budget aside, I was determined to use the same classic finish I used in the kitchen – the beautiful Caesarstone ‘Noble Grey’ in 20mm.

I’m finding the extra wall storage in the laundry really handy. Beach, bath and hand towels are accessed easily, and the kids swimming gear also all has a home now. I love our little laundry!

Briar x

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