Friday, August 22, 2014

baking couture | WEET BIX TRUFFLES

Nearly every family in Australia have Weet Bix in their pantry. My daughters are not big fans of Weet Bix, so I had to think of something to make that they would enjoy that was healthy and tasty. These are delicious.


2 1/2 cups Weet-Bix, crushed
1 x 396 g can of condensed milk
6 tablepoons of dark chocolate
1/2 cup desiccated coconut


1. Mix together Weet-Bix and condensed milk. Mix well. 
2. Add melted chocolate and mix so the chocolate is throughout the mix.
3. Roll mixture into ball and then roll in coconut.

celebrity BEAUTY TIPS

Smile Often
'A woman is most beautiful when she smiles'. 'The most valuable tip I have learned is always use a skin moisturiser.' - Beyonce.

Invest in eye cream
'A good eye cream is really important when you are travelling, busy and stressed - that is when the dark puffy circles can get you.' - Kate Winslet

Wash you face even if you are tired
'Don't go a full day or night without washing your face. You have to get all the dirt and makeup out of your pores.' - Mary J. Blige

Reconsider oil
'I use omega 3 oil. I love light oil on my skin. It's one of my favourite feelings in the world.' - Gwyneth Paltrow

Be a water baby
'Once I started drinking more water, my skin, hair and nails all flourished.' - America Ferrera

Get Rosy
'After applying foundation and a little blush, dust your face with translucent powder, then mist skin with a rosewater spray and lay a Kleenex over for a second. It makes your face seem flawless in a way that looks as if you aren't wearing any makeup.' - Liv Tyler

Prep your eyelids
'For a smoky eye, moisturise the area first, so when you line the lid with a pencil it will smudge naturally.' - Ellen Pompeo

Fix smudges easily
'Apply loose powder on top of the foundation under your eyes, so if a little shadow spills, it's easier to wipe off.' -Katherine McPhee

Blow dry your eyelashes
'To make lashes curl better, take a hair dryer to your eyelash curler for one or two seconds before using it.' - Isla Fisher

Get dewy lids
'If you use petroleum jelly on your lids, it gives you a dewy, angelic look.' - Freida Pinto

Blend your own shades
'I love to layer tons of different shades to create new colors. I start with matte lipstick that's really dry then I put a more creamy, moist lipstick on my top. And my trick for not getting it on my teeth? Be really careful!' - Gwen Stefani

Wipe off your lips
'To make lips look naturally pink, I put on red lipstick, wipe it off, and then apply clear gloss.' - Halle Berry

Spritz your outfit
'I love walking into a closet and smelling lingering perfume, so I always spray my clothes. And at the end of the bottle, when the atomiser no longer reaches the tiny little dribble that is left, I unscrew the top and pour the remainder onto a t-shirt or dress.' - Sarah Jessica Parker

Master the art of smiling
'An actress friend of mine shared a great trick. She told me to stick my tongue behind my teeth when I smile to keep from over-smiling. If you smile without doing it, sometimes your gums show a little too much. It's an actor's trick!' - Jessica Chastain

Tone down your concealer
'Use concealer that's two shades lighter than your actual skin tone and dot it under your eyes. It draws attention to your eyes and makes you look refreshed—which is great when you're extra tired or have traveled a lot.' - AnnaLynne McCord

Use a light hand
'My best beauty secret is simple: Have the right palette and the right colors and remember, you need so much less makeup than you think.' - Jessalyn Gilsig

Be yourself
I'm a really smiley person, so I've just learned when I'm doing my own makeup, I have to make sure it's smile ready and not too heavy. - Rosario Dawson

InStyle | pic - pinterest

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Do you lack energy in the afternoon? I know I do every now and again and I need a huge energy boost.

Every now and then we all experience an energy slump. Here are 10 natural, simple and free ways to boost your energy levels and increase your productivity:
1. Open a window. 
Get some fresh air, if this is not possible, turn on a fan or take a quick 5 minute walk outside your office.
2. Stay organised. 
Cluttered environments zap our energy and create frustration when we can’t find things. Clean it up and clear your mind. 
3. Take two minutes to sit and breathe. 
Deep breathing helps to reduce stress and therefore fatigue. Increase the level of oxygen in your blood and calm your mind for just a few minutes and you will notice the positive effects immediately.
4. Put the sugar in your bin. 
Increased sugar levels will lead to fluctuations in energy and ultimately have a negative effect. Bin it!
5. Eat regularly throughout the day. 
East consistently, and choose whole grains and natural energy foods.
6. Prioritise your day. 
Schedule a ‘to-do’ list the evening before, and start the day with the hardest or most important task first. The rest of the day will be easier and enjoyable.
7. Exercise. 
Most research suggests it is best to exercise in the morning, but I find this almost impossible with my schedule and I prefer to exercise at night. As long as you are fitting in at least 20 minutes per day your body and mind will thank you for it.
8. Sleep! 
We generally need 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to function at our best. 

how to have MORE STYLE AT HOME


I have vowed to not wear tracksuits unless I am not well or exercising (even then I will probably wear leggings). I have kept to my promise over the last few years and I rarely have days where I feel frumpy. It can be hard to break away from the tracksuit. The cold weather calls for comfort and warmth. Wearing a tracksuit can leave you feeling miserable, as I occasionally felt. Putting in the effort and choosing clothes you love will put a smile on your face and then you will feel happy.

The idea is to be happy, look and feel great as well as comfortable.

- Buy basics in a few different colours and variations. Do not forget singlets or camis for extra warmth and layers.

- Leggings are so now and look great on everybody as long as the tops are worn long enough to cover bits you do not want to show.

- Tops with v-necks, round necks in a variety of colours to alternate your look. Try the basic block colours in neutral hues as well as few happy and bright colours. Do not forget the flattering horizontal stripe.

- Knits of all kinds, long line cardigans and chunky jumpers, in a few different colours and with embellishments as well. Anything that makes you feel happy and looking your best. Try and stick with natural fibres as they last longer and look and feel great.

- Jeans that are flattering for your figure and hat you feel comfortable in. Go for a dark denim, classic black and a colour.

- A button up shirt which is ideal for layering and you can wear it unbuttoned as well. Go for a neutral shade in white, cream as well as a chambray and a navy. Oh and do not forget a print as well.

- Wear your going out clothes at home. Wear the dress or top and skirt with tights and add a few bits of jewellery. spray on you favourite fragrance, put on some gloss and a little mascara. Anything to make you feel your best.

- Add a scarf and woo hoo! sexy you is ready to take on the day happier and ready no matter what tasks come your way.

This is what I do and I rarely feel frumpy or unhappy because of what I am wearing. Just because you are staying in this does not mean you cannot be stylish and look your best......does it?

polka dots and denim | sincerely jules
What are your thoughts? 

Are you a tracksuit lover? 

images can be found on pinterest

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This is a major concern to me as I am a mother to two daughters and it can be hard with positive body image considering how much the media and literature portrays body image perfection is to be slim and slender. But everyone is different and we all need to embrace each and every individual. The most important body image is to be healthy and happy. Don't you think?

Tips on how to talk to your daughter about her body:

Don’t talk to your daughter about her body except to teach her how it works.

Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight. If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:“You look so healthy!” is a great one, or how about, “you’re looking so strong.” “I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.

”Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.

Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one. Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards herself.

Don’t you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don’t go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don’t say “I’m not eating carbs right now.” Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.

Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and sometimes that’s a good thing.

Help your daughter love soccer or rowing or hockey or netball or basketball because sports make her a better leader and a more confident woman. Explain that no matter how old you get, you’ll never stop needing good teamwork. Never make her play a sport she isn’t absolutely in love with.

Prove to your daughter that women don’t need men to move their furniture.

Teach your daughter how to cook kale and how to bake chocolate cake made with half a block of butter.

Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilise her fantastic mind and beautiful soul.

    Thank you Hope Avenue | Image - The Glow

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