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Beauty Redefined – Canberra Centre Launches Beauty and Wellness Precinct

A weekend-long launch for the Canberra Centre brings beauty and wellness to the revitalised Monaro Mall precinct.

 

Over the past weekend the Canberra Centre opened the doors of the newly refurbished Monaro Mall to unveil a world-class beauty and wellness precinct to scores of eager shoppers, with a series of masterclasses and a litany of opening-specials.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the opening festivities, and so on Thursday morning when my alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 5:00am; sleep-muddled and more than a little cranky I rolled out of my warm bed in order to get myself to there.

At 32 years of age, there isn’t actually a lot that I will get myself out of bed this early for anymore.

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Vinnies Gungahlin Store Opening

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This morning I was lucky enough to attend a Bloggers preview of the brand new Vinnies Gungahlin before the store opened to the public for the very first time at 9:00 AM

The new store is on Hibberson Street, part of a new commercial development space to the town center, and boasts a brand new store fit out and an insane amount of undercover parking. I’ve spoken on here many times about my love of op shopping and adding bits and pieces to my wardrobe that come from a variety of second hand places, (more…)

The Cabana Collection – a review

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The Cabana Collection was a limited edition pack for Christmas 2015 from Mecca Cosmetica, combining their two sunscreens: To Save Face SPF 30 100ml ($38), and To Save Body SPF 50 200ml ($38). The Cabana Collection retailed for $69 which represented a nice saving, and justified my decision to buy this for myself as a Christmas present.

Despite the fact that I am literally terrified of the sun and/or getting skin cancer, and that I am more and more covered in tattoos that I have spent a lot of money on and dread getting sun-damaged; I am really bad at being proactive about protecting my skin. I try to avoid the sun, but I am really bad at wearing sunscreen because it is just so gross. I hate the feeling of sunscreen on my skin more than I hate the feeling of being sunburned, crazily enough, and so often I find myself risking it and trying to hop from shady patch to shady patch like a demented kangaroo. (more…)

Hustle & Scout Final Market for 2015

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It seems that I will get back to Canberra from three weeks of holidays just in time for the final Hustle & Scout Markets for 2015!

Hustle & Scout Twilight Fashion Market and The Forage will host their final event of the year on December 5 at a new location never before used for an event – a multi-level car park!

The car park, which will be the event’s third venue for the year, forms part of the recently opened Little National Hotel in Barton. The hotel is situated on the doorstep of Parliament House, boasting spectacular views over iconic landmarks of Canberra. Market organisers Tegan McAuley and Belinda Neame, were approached by the Doma Group earlier this year with an idea to inject more cultural activity into the precinct and celebrate the opening of the new hotel.

After attracting close to 10,000 visitors to their last event, held at the Old Bus Depot Building in Kingston, Ms McAuley and Ms Neame are ready for a new challenge and hope this new, unconventional market venue will capture the curiosity of locals.

“Holding a food and fashion event in a multi-level car park is a whole new ball game for us, but we’re excited because we like to do things differently – this suits our brands perfectly”, says Ms McAuley.

The Forage, who will be presenting their largest food and drink line-up to date, will be located in the outdoor car park of the hotel. Featuring close to 40 vendors, The Forage will welcome a suite of new vendors such as Bush Taco Girls, Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck and Smoothie & Co. The outdoor live music lounge, which will feature local talent such as Kaleid, The Feraude Trio and GhostNoises, will lead into the multi-level, above-ground car park where Hustle & Scout will showcase over 60 fashion designers across two levels.

Staying true to their mission to provide people with an immersive and unique Canberra experience unlike other markets, visitors can expect an entertainment program that showcases a colourful mix of local creative businesses.

The Details:

Date 5 December 2015

Where Little National Hotel, Barton

When 3-8pm

Entry to the event is free.

Monthly Favourites Vlog – August

I have been a big fan of Monthly Favourites videos on Youtube for a while now, and I follow a lot of great Youtubers who produce this video every month. I think that they’re a really great way to learn more about your favourite Youtubers; but also to discover new products/gadgets/brands to try, or to confirm your thoughts about something you have been thinking of trying for a while. It seems only natural then that I would want to start sharing my own monthly favourites with you in Video format. (more…)

Daily Outfit: National Op Shop Week – Day 2

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It is day two of National Op Shop Week, and today I am wearing a really interesting piece that I thrifted late last year from the Lyneham Uniting Church fete. I was really unsure of this piece to begin with because it feels like it is made out of a really heavy synthetic fabric, and it has a very thick ridged pattern. The jacket was unwashed, and it even felt a little… grimy to the touch. (more…)

30 Before 30: Stop Buying Impulsively

Woohoo! This 10th entry of my 30 Before 30 videos marks us being 1 third of the way through my list!

As I’m sure that you’re aware now, I’m turning 30 in under 30 weeks. As such, I have compiled a list of 30 things that I am supposed to have done or to have stopped doing BEFORE I turn 30.

Each week until I actually turn 30 I will be discussing/ranting about one of the items on the list, and deciding whether I agree with it or not.

This is week ten of the list, and the topic is Number 9: You should have stopped buying impulsively!

Today, I’m sharing some of my tips for how to talk yourself out of impulse purchases! As someone who is very impulsive when it comes to his vices, this one is probably a little rich for me to be waxing lyrical about. However, it is something that I have actively worked on getting better at in the past couple of years, so maybe some of my tricks will help you too?

ENJOY! And thanks for watching 🙂