Friday, 31 August 2018

Beth's Top 3 Make Up Products

We all have those few makeup products that we cannot live without. Those few products that never fail to get a compliment and boost your confidence from a two to a ten even on the shabbiest of days. I have spent years trying many different makeup products and investing lots of dollars into trying to figure out which ones truly do the magic trick. So, in the spirit of helping us all live our most glamorous-self, here are the makeup products I have learned not to live without over the years.

1. INGLOT ILLUMINATING LOOSE POWDER
This product is everything to me. As soon as I put it on I feel like a shining unicorn. Take a fan brush and tap some of this amazing stuff on the top of your cheekbones and the tip of your nose. Then take a smaller brush and pop a small amount on your cupid’s bow, brow bones and corners of your eyes. 




2.HOURGLASS HYDRATING PRIMER SERUM
As many of us know, as we get older we need hydration and this primer serum does wonders to the skin. This is my favourite product to put on in the morning as it feels incredible and creates a fresh dewy glow to the skin. 

3.TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA 
Don’t worry about fake eyelashes, this mascara is so amazing it will have your natural lashes feeling twice as long as you are used to. Since finding this gem I have had multiple people ask me if I have got eyelash extensions. It doesn’t dry out quickly either, so a really good investment.



What are your go-to makeup products that you can’t live without?
Please, let me know!! I would love to hear your thoughts! Hit me up, @bethanygracelarsen on Instagram.
Beth xx


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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

You've got $100 left before pay day


You've got $100 left before pay day so why not treat yourself to a little last minute buy. Check out our picks from the Canberra Outlet Centre! 

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Winter Skin + Hair Tips


We only have a few weeks of winter left!! How quickly is the year going?!

While I enjoy the last of the cooler months (who else loves staying in with a cup of tea and a good book or Netflix?!) … I am looking forward to the warmer months. In particular, my skin is looking forward to the warmer months! If you’re like me, and your skin struggles in the cooler months, then keep reading!

If your skin and hair have been hating this weather, here are some tips to help you through to the warmer months.

In addition to keeping your usual skincare regime going – that’s cleansing morning and night, and making sure you don’t go to bed with any makeup on – incorporate some of these measures to ensure that your skin doesn’t suffer during the cooler months!

*I use WOTNOT baby wipes to clean my makeup off – these wipes are super gentle and have no nasty chemicals!


 1.      Hydrate!

SKIN

Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise. Even if you think your skin is too oily to moisturise, it needs to be moisturised!

If you are prone to dryness, try using an oil to supplement your night time routine. Or if you have a serum, making sure you use it. Oils and serums penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin, providing extra moisture. I like rosehip oil during the cooler months – massage a generous amount into your skin (face and neck). Let it sink in for a little bit, then use your moisturiser. If you have an evening face cream, use this, as it’s thicker so that your skin is moisturised all through the night!

Don’t forget to moisturise your body and your feet as well – dry feet are no fun!

HAIR

If conditioner isn’t doing the job through the cooler months, try using a hair oil or serum on the ends to prevent frizz and keep your ends moisturised.

Once a week (or every few weeks), try a hair mask! It can be as simple as using coconut oil – take a generous amount and massage it into your scalp and through your hair. Leave this on for at least 30 minutes, or overnight if you have the time, and then wash it out. You may need to shampoo a few times to get the oil out!


 2.      Limit heat

SKIN

While it’s super tempting to have really hot showers and sit in really heated rooms – this is really drying on our skin! Try to limit the time spent in really hot showers or try not having really hot showers at all. And rather than having the heating on full blast, add on some layers and keep the heating at a lower temperature.  

HAIR

Unfortunately, heat is not great on hair. Try to limit heat styling and heated blow drying, letting your hair air dry where possible!


.      3. Check your products

SKIN

Some ingredients used in products can be quite harsh and strip your skin of natural oils. Avoid any harsh peels or masks and alcohol-based toners. Opt for natural products where possible.

HAIR

A common ingredient found in shampoos and soaps is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), this makes it super soapy. This can also be very drying on your skin and scalp, and even cause itchiness and dandruff for some people! Try swapping to a product that doesn’t contain SLS. 

 4. Nourishing from the inside out

Get in your nutrients for healthy skin and hair by incorporating more healthy fats into your diet and ensuring that you are drinking enough water! 2L should be a minimum, not a maximum! I like to start my day with 1L of water first thing in the morning, adding in some lemon, lime or apple cider vinegar for flavour and detoxification.

Also, while super tempting, try not to consume too much caffeine or alcohol, it’s dehydrating, and will affect your skin and body!

*If I don’t have lemons and limes at home, I use a couple of drops of doTERRA lemon or lime essential oil as a substitute!



What tips and tricks do you have for taking care of your skin and hair during the cooler months?

Evie xo

Words and photography by @eviekay

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Friday, 17 August 2018

Mo’ of Momoda!

Funky interior, delicious food, mouth-watering cocktails - check, check, check! Located on Northbourne Avenue is a brand new Chinese restaurant which is bound to be your fave go-to place! Adorned with red lanterns and fans, the restaurant is spacious and boasts a welcoming but luxe environment. The staff are so friendly and attentive, customer service is an 11 out of 10!




Lemongrass and Coriander Cured Salmon

This dish was so fresh! The salmon was plentiful with thick, generous servings. The lemongrass and coriander balance each other perfectly giving a nice burst of flavour. 



Dragon Cut Cucumber

Again, this dish was fresh! The cucumber and strawberries provided a sweet and light feel to the dish. It was lightly sauced to allow the natural flavours come through. A bit tricky to eat with chopsticks but it’s part of the fun. 


Pork Dumplings

This is sure to be a crowd favourite. Already loved by many, fans of dumplings will not be disappointed with this dish. The pork is so, so tasty, I am salivating at the thought. 




Cheeseburger Dumplings

Stop the bus. Drop the mic. No words can describe this beautiful creation. Combining my two fave loves, burgers and dumplings, this is hands down my favourite dish. Innovative, delicious and creative - this has my vote. 


Croquettes

This cute balls of fun are stuffed to perfection and make for an entree which is sure to please all! 

Eggplant

Soft, flavoursome and filling, this dish is a winner! Can never really go wrong with eggplant and this is perfect comfort food for a cold winter’s night. 


Spring Rolls

Stuffed with Mongolian Kangaroo and flavoured with chilli salt, Momoda have added their own unique twist which I loved! I wish the servings were more more but oh well, guess you just have to order more! 




They launched today! Thank you so much for having me - be back soon!

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx
@maryanneirhia

Details:

Location: 39-47 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
Times: 12 - 2:30pm, 5 - 10pm
Socials: https://www.instagram.com/momodacbr/?hl=en



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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Editorial || She dreams in shades of blue

We are coming to the end of winter but before we get too excited for the new season, let's reminisce on the cool and calm aesthetic that each Winter brings...











"She dreams in shades of blue"

Photography and editing by: DJ @wearefoundau
Styling and concept by: @sofiapolakstyle
Models: Courtney Martin and Eloise Osinga
Wearing: Bardot

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A weekend to remember - #MyHyattMemory

Before last weekend, I had never considered taking a staycation as I’ve always thought the whole point of booking accommodation is to getaway and have a break from the city you live in.

However, as life has been hectic and spending uninterrupted time with my little family has lately been somewhat of a rarity, the timeliness of a staycation was frankly just what we needed and as fate would have it, we were invited for a weekend’s stay at one of Canberra’s most luxurious destinations – the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Now I am not going to lie, there was a part of me that worried about bringing along a (very loud and energetic) 2-year-old and wondering whether 5 star accommodation was the right place to try and spend some much-needed quality time but Hyatt Canberra was truly the perfect host.

Checking in, our room was spacious and lit with natural light coming in from the balcony, we didn’t feel the stuffiness you can sometimes feel in a hotel room. There was plenty of room for my little one to run around but also a nice sitting area where we could sit and read books or watch a movie. The bed was plush and comfortable and the bathroom was grand with a huge tub which was quite popular with Mr 2.
 
Once we settled in, our first stop was The Tea Lounge for high tea. I personally love the Hyatt Canberra’s classic high tea and was excited about taking Mr 2 to experience it for the first time. I have often attended for baby showers and birthdays but I can tell you indulging in the delicious mini cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches was just as nice on a regular Saturday afternoon. The bite-sized servings were perfect for little fingers and the teddy bear babycino was a big hit. 


My husband and I enjoyed the sweet and savoury treats just as much as Mr 2 but with the added indulgence of a sparkling rose (or two) and perfectly brewed coffee.
  


We then made our way outside to the lake near the Nara Gardens which was a 5 minute walk from the Hyatt. We ventured down whilst the afternoon sun was still out and with enough time to sit on the grass, get some fresh air and let the little one run around and climb trees (hello sugar high!). 


After a relax in our room we headed to the Ambassadors Lounge for drinks and canapes with a little hesitation as to whether or not the experience would be more stressful than enjoyable with a 2-year-old in tow but to our delight we had a lovely evening. The staff were warm and friendly and had a high chair and an activity pack on the ready which kept the little one entertained, along with several servings of his favourite snack - sushi, while we enjoyed lounging over a few quiet drinks and delicious canapes.


The next morning we had a choice of further indulging in a decadent buffet breakfast at the Promenade Cafe but we opted for a relaxing continental breakfast at the Ambassadors Lounge where we enjoyed fresh fruits, yoghourt, warm scrambled eggs and fresh pastries by the fire. 


This was one of our favourite moments of our staycation as it was so relaxing and cosy and such a nice way to start the day instead of our regular morning rush.

The entire weekend was one to remember and will be a lovely memory for years to come. Thank you so much to the staff who made us feel so welcomed even with a loud 2-year-old in tow. We can’t wait to book our next family staycation.


Are you in need of a getaway? Head to @Hyattcanberra on Instagram to find out how you can win a weekend away in Sydney including flights and accommodation. 

Find out more at: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/australia/hyatt-hotel-canberra-a-park-hyatt-hotel/canbe/news-events









@sofiapolakstyle
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Monday, 13 August 2018

Style Stalker - More than numbers


When I met Hairul and Ricky I was surprised to find out that they were accountants. Yes, it’s a broad generalisation but for accountants I pictured real straighty 180 types but these guys were a little bit quirky and full of personality.

Totally my kind of people!


Hariul and Ricky from Benchmarc Financial Group


Hariul, or Harry/H as most people would call him is a fan of suits but doesn’t wear one every day.

‘Generally speaking I will suit up when I’m meeting key stakeholders or clients, but normally we dress down for a more casual look’.

Chinos are a good go to item, and it’s something Harry can’t live without in his wardrobe.
Harry’s look is from sourced from MJ Bale as he likes the style and cuts that this brand offers.

‘MJ Bale works for me because it is modern and contemporary and it’s aimed at the younger man.’

Harry’s looks up to the OG Tyson Beckford as a style icon, as his look is timeless.




Like Harry, Ricky’s three piece suit is also from MJ Bale.

‘I’m with Harry I like shopping there because it’s made for the younger man, as opposed to other stores. MJ suits are cut for a slimmer figure and gives you that finer look,’ said Ricky.

‘In our profession it’s nice to meet clients and look nice without looking too pretentious. I really like the younger style suits, that’s the sort of client we are also trying to attract so they like seeing that.’



Other thank MJ Bale Ricky recommends shopping at CountryRoad for causal looks and Hugo Boss for a special occasion.


Ricky’s fashion advice that has stuck with him over the years is don’t wear jeans and sneakers, you are not Jerry Seinfeld.





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Friday, 10 August 2018

Byron Bay-be: Not Your General Cafe

Byron Bay General Store, is not a general store -  it’s a cafe, and there’s nothing ordinary about it! 

It’s quite spacious with the cutest outdoor seats complete with comfy seats as well as indoor. Did I forget to mention an Insta worthy wall? This sought after wall has customers lining up from as early as 6:30am in the morning! The customer service is incredible and quick; with jokes being cracked left and right, providing an atmosphere which is laid back and pleasant. 

Let’s get straight to the dishes:

The Aussie Burger
House made beef pattie, fresh grilled pineapple ring, fried free range egg sunny side-up, beetroot Relish, cheddar cheese and aioli on an organic bread social bun.
I need a moment to talk about these buns, hun. Two words: so soft. Ok moving on. This burger is filling. The pattie is juicy, the servings of the pineapple and beetroot are large; and the aioli is the topping on the cake to complete a burger which needs to be tried by every Australian. 





Pitaya Bowl & Smoothie
Organic dragon-fruit, banana and mango blended with coconut water
This is summer in a bowl. I was transported to tropical, warm and sunny days whilst eating this. I loved the combination of these fruits is intoxicating, it’s hard to go wrong with mango in anything! The size is deceivingly large and you are left feeling very content afterwards. 



Beef Brisket Burger 
This was a new item on their menu and should definitely stay. It was so tender, flavoursome & soft. There was also the right amount of brisket, enough to fill the buns without it spilling messily on the sides. 


Classic Acai Smoothie 
Organic Acai, blueberries and banana blended with coconut water
If you’re on the go or want the freshness and sweetness of the acai whilst also getting something savoury, then this is the perfect drink for you. The size is generous and definitely worth the money. The ratio of the ingredients is just right, creating a smooth and delicious blend. 



Put this at the top of your bucket list if you’re ever in Byron! The vibes, the people & most importantly the food encompasses everything that you can expect and much more! 


Chelsea, thank you so much for having me!

Details: 

Address: The General Store, 26 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, Australia
Phone: (02) 6680 9236
IG: https://www.instagram.com/byron_general_store/ 

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 
@maryanneirhia 
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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Canberra meets Neon Tokyo at the Luton Charity Ball

The annual Luton Charity Ball: it’s one of the most prestigious events on the Canberra calendar. It’s an opportunity to
network with fellow business peers, meet your future husband, raise money for very important local charities, and let’s
not forget… dress to impress! This year’s affair was held at the AIS Arena, Saturday 4 August, with the theme NEON
TOKYO. It was a stylish night, with over 550 guests in attendance, and some jaw-dropping entertainment. International
acclaimed actor and singer Matt Hetherington did a fantastic job as the MC, helping guests warm up their pockets and
donate after a few sparking wines later in the night. With a huge amount raised for Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House, it’s safe to say the night was a huge success!
Here are some of the most outstanding looks from the night…
Let’s start with the Founder of Luton properties himself. Richard Luton wowed everyone with this Tokyo inspired Gucci
suit. Canberra fashion queen and former Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field winner Sarah Kelly dressed it up in a bright pink
number from Solace London and a lemon ASOS clutch to contrast.
The gorgeous Kate wins the award for my pick of best dressed on the night. She complimented this Nookie brand dress from Mussen with a pink and gold oriental clutch and chopsticks in her hair to wrap up the Tokyo inspired look.
These fellow Canberra models collaborated with blue on the night. Jesse wore a smart tuxedo from Morganson’s Finery and Sinead wowed in this ball gown from local designer Naomi Peris Bridal.
My fellow Fashion Vault editor Janette nailed the elegant look. The tight-fitted red dress from Mussen was paired with the most amazing pair of gold, Fendi shoes. Paul's suit complemented her look, his gold, pocket square easily nailed the Japanese theme.
And finally, I chose to wear my favourite colour of the season right now ‘red’, in a high-slit, low-cut dress.
I channelled the Neon Tokyo theme with a Japanese fan and some gold earrings. The gorgeous Lauren
wore a silver Delilah Gown proving that with a dress like this, you are the statement of the night!
Thanks to @inajphotography for these amazing pictures on the night.
For more fashion inspo, follow me on insta @bethanygracelarsen

Beth xx
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