Top 4 Beauty Favorites

So i have been investing in my beauty routine a little bit more recently and i am finally lifting myself out of that post-baby pajama day e’ryday funk. I’ve been using some new products for a couple of months now and i love them and just had to share! I purchased from Sephora NZ using the new Afterpay option so i have listed prices in accordance to that. PS if you haven’t heard of AFTERPAY it is amazing, it’s a modern take on layby where you get your items straight away and its interest free and four easy fortnightly repayment (so i can afford to live a little more fancily hehehe). Without further ado, here are my top 4 in no particular order because they are all great:


  1. Herbivore Botanicals: Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner – $3
    This has been a godsend to my post-pregnancy dry and flakey lips! It also really enhances the natural colour of my lips which is great for days when i don’t feel like wearing any lip colour. Also it is vegan and animal friendly and free of all those nasty parabens and sulphates. Plus it’s gluten free. And it looks hella classy. WINNING.023A3265.jpg
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty: Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara – $39
    I have searched high and low for a mascara that will make my pathetic invisible eyelashes look long and full without the need for extensions or falsies and without making poor fragile eyes weep when i inevitably forget i am wearing mascara and rub my eyes to oblivion… and great scott i found it, finally. This mascara is by far the best i have ever used. I can add one layer for a bit of definition and a simple natural look or i can layer it up and build for a more dramatic longer effect. It’s buildable WITHOUT CLUMPING! Many many many plus points for this mascara. Thank you Marc Jacobs! And for a designer brand the price tag is pretty sweet, especially when you compare it with some highstreet beauty brand prices…its not that much more expensive.

  3. IT Cosmetics: No. 50 Anti-aging Collagen Veil Primer – $68
    Yes i am only 23 and yes i purchased an anti-aging products because MOM LIFE got me like woah where’d those wrinkles come from? I use this over my moisturizer every night before bed to make the most of that collagen when i sleep, and in the day i wear it over my moisturizer and under my makeup. I can already see a difference in my skin, it’s much more plump and a lot less tired looking and my eye area is looking less sunken too. It also makes for a great makeup base, and my foundation goes on effortlessly over the top.
  4. Last but by no means least, miracle water for your face! Caudalie: Beauty Elixir – $27
    A toning mist that sets makeup and can also be used as a priming base. It’s very refreshing and smells like peppermint, need i say more? No, but i will. I use this to set my makeup, it brightens up my complexion and makes my face look all fresh and glowy. I love this, i carry it with me in my handbag whenever i feel the need for some hydrating and a freshen up, or just to smell the peppermint!


Here are the links to the items listed at Sephora NZ, in case you want to check it out for yourself, which you should. And don’t forget that afterpay!

IT Cosmetics Primer
Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Conditioner
Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Alternative names for your ‘glasses’

Seen as my alternative ways to refer to your friends post went down so well, i have decided to offer you some more unique ways to refer to your glasses, because lets face it wearing glasses is far from a unique thing, what’s more unique is having 20/20 vision (those bastards! – shakes fist). So, here are some ways to colorize your boring blurry life, and also make life less confusing when you lose your glasses in a bar (“where’s my glasses” “go home Larry you’re drunk, your glass is right in front of you”):



Print Enlargers

Thick Boys (for those of you who require a thicker lens)

Big Viewers

Window Boxes

View Enhancers



Whiteboard Wonders (cos ya know, trying to read the whiteboard in school without them was a bitch)

Magic Eyes

Microscopes of the World

If you have anymore, please drop them in the comments. My vision-impaired compatriots, lets help one another widen our spectacular (see what i did there?) glasses vocabulary.


What have i been up to lately?

It’s so annoying when people are forever asking “what have you been up to?”, even when you haven’t seen people for years and they ask you, you literally cannot think what you have spent your past 5 years doing. And the line that usually follows “not a lot”. So i’m going to try and make some effort to post every month with a summary of what i have done, no matter how small, because it’s pretty discouraging to feel like you have been doing nothing and wasting your time.

What did i do in February?

  • Really honed my skills in photography, put myself out there more and started to make more progress in my business.
  • Mom’ed like a boss.
  • Clipped the rabbits’ nails, both of em.
  • Made a conscious effort to keep up with my correspondence. Instead of complaining about how friends never get in touch, i made the effort to get in touch and feel all the more happy and less isolated in doing so.
  • Made MAMMOTH deposits into our savings for our xmas 2018 England trip.
  • Finished watching Gossip Girl on Netflix.
  • Got invited to some weddings (the next few months are going to be so much fun and fanciness!)
  • Came off the pill (because hello it messes with your hormones on a level that so is not worth it – i’ll write a post about this when i start to see everything get back to how it should be!)
  • Made a huge wishlist on Asos, hehe.

A lot of these things are just small, but they are standing out to me right now as things i have achieved last month and so i have included them, they are all important on some level.

This month, i hope this list will have increased way more.

What I Would’ve Done Differently During the First 48 Hours With My Newborn

Welcoming your first baby into the world is a daunting experience, you can read everything and take every class but you honestly have no idea what to expect when the time comes given that EVERY labour is different.

That being said, here’s some reflections on my own experience which may help you when making some important decisions in the first 48 hours of life with your new baby.

I had a lot of difficulty with breastfeeding with Loretta, and there’s a few factors which i put it down to. One, was being a little bit forgotten about as we sat in the delivery room for hours waiting for a room to become available. I, a new mum not knowing what the hell to do and have no idea how to feed my baby, didn’t get off to a great start as i didn’t get that help that i needed to establish feeding right away. So my first tip, PESTER WHOEVER YOU HAVE TO AS MUCH AS YOU HAVE TO TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE REMEMBERED AND HELPED! 

Seriously, get on that phone. MAKE someone come and help you get your baby latched on. It’s their job and establishing breast feeding within the first few hours of birth is VITAL.

Secondly, FIERCELY enforce your boundaries. I was so worried of offending people that i had all the family come visit within the first 24 hours, and it was tiring and full on. If i could do it all over, i wouldn’t have had ANY visitors for those first few days in the birthing unit, for longer than 15 minutes and been more strict with times. And even for the first few days at home, so that i could fully settle in. Again it was hard to establish feeding when surrounded by people you don’t feel comfortable whipping ya boobies out in front of. Also, when your maternal instincts are so strong it’s hard to pass your baby around to people when all you want to do is get all the snuggles you can. I had a LONNNNG labour and hardly slept, but when my baby arrived i was wired and didn’t want to sleep, until tea time – when all the visitors decided to visit, NOT GOOD. Also everyone happened to turn up while i was eating or trying to feed and all sorts of inconvenient times, it was just too much and added all this unnecessary worry and angst. My husband had to work so i had my mum with me during the day, she was a God send and totally not included in this no visitor rule, which brings me to my next point:

Your mum knows how this all goes and will be a huge support, so let her support you. No more elaboration needed.

Have way more snuggles. Now Loretta is at a super un-snuggley age and just wants to explore, i really wish i had spent more time having cuddles while i could. Make the most of those new born snuggles.

Of course all people are different, you may well thrive by being surrounded by your loved ones at this special time. But just remember, make sure YOUR boundaries and being enforced. If people are offended it’s their problem not yours. If you feel too fragile and don’t want to speak out, make sure your partner knows what you are and aren’t okay with and let them speak for you.

Happy bonding mamas


That unbearable UGH feeling…

You probably know what i’m talking about just from reading the title. Ya know, when your heart is feeling so heavy that you can literally feel the UGH.

I’ve found myself so very nostalgic lately. Life moves by so fast, and the people who were once your entire world are now just little them-shaped holes in your life. I find that more and more the older i get and more responsibilities i have, the more i find myself missing the “good old day” being 16 and surrounded by friends.

I moved to New Zealand at 18 and have found myself increasingly isolated ever since. It’s a shitty time of life to be moving to another country. You’re long passed those school years when making friends is super easy. It’s a transition phase for everyone. Most of my friends back home went off to uni or started jobs and they too lost touch with each other, but they still had the familiarity of their home and the chance to catch up with the old crew on the weekends and holidays. Now add in motherhood to the mix, and while i have an amazing group of friends who are also mothers, i still feel lonelier than ever because i’m so far estranged from the people i grew up with and the people who made me who i am today. Even if i were still in England, i know we wouldn’t see each other day in day out like we did at school, but at least they would only be a bus/train ride away for a rowdy weekend and a chin wag.

So, this is why i’m UGH at the moment. There’s no fix to this really and i suppose it’s a feeling that will never truly go away.

Alternative ways to refer to your friends

Friends – such a boring way to refer to the greatest people in your life, whom you choose to surround yourself with and do life with. But lets look at this in a bit more of a creative way than referring to these persons than “squad” or “crew”. Here are some references you may choose to use when #hashtagging your next group shot:


Bosom Buddies





















Keep these in mind next time you whip out your hashtags and selfie-sticks.

Happy gathering!

An introduction to my not so fancy self

So i started a blog  while ago, with the soul purpose of sharing my birth story. I got a little carried away and ended up adding multiple menus and dreaming about all the flashy content i could produce. There were travel, beauty, style, entertainment sections. Safe to say that it was $140 wasted, as i made a grand total of 3 posts, then realized it was too hard to upkeep with my overachieving plans for it.

Which bring me here. A blog that is more me. Where i can write freely and not feel pressured by myself to write “readable” content, or posts about trending bs.

The original blog i planned was just too fancy. Don’t get me wrong, i love fancy things. I am drawn to the shiny and the glamorous like a magpie. However the reality is, no matter how much i dream of the fancy life, it just isn’t my life and never will be. I can covert those $1000 red carpet gowns and expensive as heck goop that makes your face look plushy, but in reality i would have no where to wear that gown other than around the house where it would be vomited upon frequently by my lovely daughter, snagged on fences as i run through the paddock to say hi to my pet sheep, clicked by cats that i insist on carrying around despite their efforts to resist and molted upon by my cuddly pooch. And to be perfectly honest, i wouldn’t have my life any other way.

If i believed in reincarnation, i’d say my pull to the fancy and frivolous was down to my past life as some sort of empress, who had handmaidens and sat around in the nude covered in glitter and jewels while my minions fed me grapes and did my bidding. Now i’m here in 2018, my minions are gone and i am left to fend for myself, and there is no room for the fancy. Or maybe i was some sort of god, like Glory from BTVS (yes i am a HUGE Buffy fan), it would explain my craziness and shoe obsession.

Anyway, this is me. Just a girl, born in Yorkshire, brought up on a council estate, moved to New Zealand (moved up in the world with my fanciness just a tad) and now i am here. A mother, a wife, an admirer of the finer things in life which will never practically fit into my life. And this is my blog, where i will write whatever pops in my muddled baby brain.