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It seems like the word of 2016 - 'hygge' - doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, and I finally had to jump on Google and find out what it's all about. It took about three seconds for me to realise that this concept was awesome but it also screamed ME, in every single way.

In a way, hygge is sort of like 'coziness'. After reading more about it though, you realise that you can't exactly define hygge - hence why the Danish have a word for it - it's hard to translate! The first thing I had to get my head around though was the pronunciation. I was calling it something like 'hi' and then just a 'g' sound and then I watched this video and I was like...oh. I still feel like I can't pronounce it.

Of course, I had to buy a book about this hygge concept, which in itself is quite hygge of me - yes, you will probably see this word used a LOT in this post! I am definitely a big book person, I just love buying a new book, smelling it (weird), holding it, reading it outside in the sun or in bed on a rainy night. I purchased Hygge: The Danish Art Of Happiness by Marie Tourell Söderberg mostly because it looked pretty, but also because the photos inside looked so warm and cosy. Naturally.



I absolutely loved reading this book, it actually genuinely made me really happy reading it. You absolutely do NOT need a book to tell you what 'hygge' is - most of us already do it, we just haven't made up a word for it. I just loved reading the book because the Danish have truly made this concept part of their culture, and it has been like that for hundreds of years, and it's that that I found really interesting.

What I loved about this book was that it was mostly made up of other peoples stories. The author talked to so many different people about what hygge meant to them, and it was just really interesting to read about their stories and how they've spanned over so many different generations. The idea of hygge really works so well in Scandinavian countries because of the weather, first and foremost. With winters that leave them in the cold and dark for so much of the year, it became so important for them to make the most of that time and find a way to get through it by putting a positive spin on it. That's why hygge is about comfort and cosiness and the small things that make you happy. It's amazing, and it's no wonder Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world!

Their sense of family, friends and community is strong and the book outlines the different ways in which they hygge - whether it be at home, at the pub or at work. It talks about their strong relationship with food (and the book has some really cute recipes I want to try out), traditions and the home, all of which are really important to me.

I've always wanted to visit the Scandinavia region, but this has just made me want to visit even more! Denmark is not only a beautiful country, but now I want to visit just to meet the locals, partake in their traditions and hygge big time. White Christmas, anyone?


This is what happens when you have a cat. 


WHAT HYGGE MEANS TO ME

Whilst 'hygge' is obviously a Danish word, it does not mean that it is not happening all around the world. Most of us have been doing it all our lives without actually realising it was a 'thing', and I think most of us bloggers are even more comfortable with the concept!
I thought it would be interesting to talk about what it means to us, especially being that people here come from all over the world, and I would genuinely love to know what it means to YOU.

For me, hygge is:


  • Drinking coffee in cosy coffee shops when it's cold outside.
  • Curling up on a big, plush sofa on a rainy night with all the lights dimmed and a cup of tea. Probably watching a chick flick.
  • Cold beers on sunny afternoons with friends.
  • Waking up early on weekends and cooking a good breakfast and being able to relax in the morning.
  • Candles, and lots of them.
  • The big Christmas lunch with family, where we eat too much and then spend all afternoon napping.
  • Sunset walks with a friend where the sun has gone down but it's still light. 
  • Sunday roasts. Need I say more?
  • Soft furnishings. I don't like cold, sterile environments. Perfect, creaseless bed linens weird me out! 
  • Polar opposites - the first cold, rainy day of Winter and the first warm, sunny day of Summer.

It's definitely a word we are hearing a LOT of lately, and particularly in this post (I'm sorry) but I'm okay with that - it's better than seeing the word 'yasss' or 'how bow dah' all around the internet, am I right? 
If this is the concept that's going to be the new thing, then I am all for it. Ready and waiting, tea in hand.

What does hygge mean to you? 


I'm on Week 2 of my two weeks off work and I'm not going to lie, lazing around home doing nothing has been good. Have I been super productive? Not really, but I kind of like being able to just do nothing and not feel super crappy about it! To have more than two days off a week is incredible, and as much as I would have loved to have been able to travel somewhere on my time off, it's also been nice to be able to relax and unwind!

Sydneysiders, well done on surviving the most bi-polar week of weather - some serious flooding to start the week off followed by three days of extreme heat and a power outage as a result. Not fun - thankfully there are kind people out there who are looking out for those who are the real victims of this heatwave, like this lady. Think of the animals!

WHERE: I've been hibernating a fair amount lately however Friday I decided to escape the 46 degree heat of where I live and chill out (literally) at Chinaman's Beach. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have noticed I've been frequenting this beach quite a lot, and documenting it in the most smug and boastful way. I can't help it, it's so beautiful! It's just a really nice quiet and calm beach, and I can go for a swim in the water without worrying about my belongings being stolen. What a luxury!

Whilst I opted to stay indoors for most of Saturday, accepting the fact that the heat may actually kill me, I did go out that evening for some dinner and drinks in the newly refurbished Barangaroo, which by the way is incredible. They should have re-done that area years ago! We ate at Bórn By Tapavino which was like a contemporary take on tapas. The Kingfish Cruda was SO good, in fact everything we ate was just incredibly fresh and light which was perfect on such a hot night! We also took a short walk to RivaReno Gelato which is probably the best gelato I've had in my life (sorry Messina). I had the 'Ricotta E Fichi' (Ricotta with Caramelised Fig) and now I don't think I can eat any other flavour. Ever.

Yesterday, I wearily got up early and made the trek to West Head Lookout with my brother. I'd never even heard of this place before and yet I literally grew up about twenty minutes away. It's right in the middle of the National Park and directly overlooks Palm Beach, with views out to the Central Coast. It was a beautiful day - hot, but not as uncomfortable as the previous days. We also had lunch at Cottage Point which I haven't been to since I was a kid, and it was really nice sitting by the water and feeling that cool change blow through. I had one of those moments where I remembered how much I loved Sydney, and how much it has to offer. I hate it sometimes, but if I ever had to move away I would miss it so much! I am so lucky to call this place home, it's just a shame I will probably never be able to afford to buy a house here.

WATCH: I'm not sure why, but I got the strongest urge to re-watch the entire series of Weeds when I started my holidays, and so I did. All 8 seasons. It's one of those shows that was really great in the beginning and then got really weird towards the end, but it always leaves you on the edge of your seat, so you keep watching. Has anyone else here watched the show?

As I'm typing this, I'm also about halfway into Santa Clarita Diet. I wasn't sure about this show when I first heard about it, but I have a massive fondness for Drew Barrymore so I decided to start watching it anyway. It's surprisingly pretty good - weird as hell, but good. It's very easy to watch, which I like. I can stick it on in the background, do other tasks, and still know what's happening. I also love Timothy Olyphant, and he isn't bad to look at!

Otherwise, I have been sucked into re-watching all those movies we grew up watching as teenagers - I'm talking late 90's/early 2000's chick flicks and comedies. My favourites were Jawbreaker, Never Been Kissed, The Craft, Scream and basically all of the Scary Movie franchise. I might even pull out my American Pie DVD's - I can't believe how cool those movies used to be! Whatever, I still think they're cool, let's be honest. Let me know what your favourite movies were, I'm still looking for new ones to watch again!

LISTEN: This is short and sweet because I actually haven't been listening to any new music lately, just bits and pieces here and there. This past month I've been really digging my old favourites, which never fail to take people by surprise. Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, The Pixies, Placebo and Pearl Jam are some of my favourites to turn up really loud in the car and just totally rock out to. Or in the case of Placebo, sing mournfully to. It's truly a throwback to my highschool days but every so often I just remember how awesome they are and I don't even care if I look like an idiot in the car!

On a totally unrelated note, I am obsessed with Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of You', even though it sounds exactly like this song to me. He just doesn't ever make a bad song, does he?

BITS & PIECES:

  • I am more and more leaning towards moving my blog over to Wordpress. Squarespace sounds amazing too, but something about Wordpress feels more comfortable with me. I would love your opinions if you have swapped from Blogger to either platform - good and bad! The interface of Squarespace looks so inviting, but I like the customisation of Wordpress more so definitely interested on hearing peoples thoughts on that topic specifically. 
  • Can Kmart stop getting better and better because my bank account is getting less and less and now it's getting ridiculous.
  • I know it doesn't look the greatest, but this corn and eggplant based recipe was SO delicious. If you are vegetarian and looking for something different, you should try this!
  • I am seriously obsessed with Grocery Hauls and What I Eat In A Day videos, like seriously obsessed. I kind of want to film one but I also don't know if anyone else would want to watch that? 
  • Low key in love with everything Gucci right now. Rather unfortunate as I am also low key broke. I'm not embarassed to admit I love that Gucci t-shirt and belt that everyone is wearing/showing off. I don't care - it's cool and I want it. I also want this bag.
  • West Elm have released new sofas and I love them all and yes, I get excited about sofas now. They would fit perfectly into my non-existent mid century modern apartment. 

I've been loving skincare lately (more so than normal) and in the past maybe six months or so I've actually changed a few things up after using almost the same products everyday for years! Crazy, I know. I will talk peoples ears off about skincare, but when it came to my own I was a creature of habit.

I've always been fairly lucky in the skin department, but in a job that requires you to wear makeup every day, I've learnt that it's so important to take care of your skin regardless. If I'm not treating specific concerns like blemishes, I'm looking out for future me - future me is going to love past me. Approaching 30 means I am definitely starting to invest in those anti-ageing serums!

I've never had an extensive skincare regime - I do like to keep it pretty simple, and no I don't double cleanse! I do however like to have a couple of alternating serums, depending on my skin/concern/lazyness. As for eye creams? I know I should be using one, I even own a couple, but I always forget! An added 2017 resolution?

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil - You all know my love for the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm knows no limits, but when I ran out I reached for this oil cleanser to tide me over and accidentally fell in love. It's been sitting on the top shelf for (probably) too long, and I'm so glad I finally reached for it. Incredible for removing eye makeup, even the stubbornest of mascaras, and leaves my skin feeling clean and clear. No tightness after cleansing, no oily residue and it has a really nice calming scent. I'm sorry I left you on the shelf for so long, friend.

NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme - For the nights I'm feeling a bit lazy, I'll use one of these guys. It's not the most active of peel pads, but it's still a little added exfoliation and is always a nice extra step following a cleanse. Glycolic Acid is a fantastic ingredient for so many different concerns, so I usually add it into my routine at least 4 times a week. These peel pads are easy to use, they smell amazing (like grapefruit!) and they're relatively cheap!

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum - For added punch, I'll go for a dedicated serum like this one. This is a little stronger than the peel pads, but not the strongest on the market which I like as I feel like I can use it more often. If you were just getting into acids, or had more sensitive skin, this would be a really fantastic product to invest in. It's got a great mix of acids to really help buff and polish your skin for a brighter and more youthful appearance!

Ren Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial - This is an amazing alternative to Sunday Riley's Good Genes, if you are familiar. They both contain high percentages of Lactic Acid which is fantastic for all round benefits, just like Glycolic Acid, but with longer lasting results and generally less irritation. Probably not one for sensitive skin types, but for my concrete skin it's amazing. I'll use this maybe 3-4 times a week and you see results the next day. It is excellent, and if you want to have the full facial experience, I like to combine this with one of my other serums (either AHA based, or Retinol based).



Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Night Oil - This has easily become one of my favourite products ever. I am trying to convert every over 25yr old I know to start using this. I know in this blogging community that hyped products can often be disappointing and I am here to say that this is not one of them! Retinol is the king of anti-ageing ingredients and again, this is a product you will see results with quite quickly. I find this reduces my pore size AND smooths away any fine lines. I've always hated when makeup gets trapped in my smile lines and since using Luna, those smile lines have vanished. This is a particularly great product for those who have found other Vitamin A based products to be too irritating on their skin as Luna contains a trans-retinol esther which is basically a fancy derivative of retinol that can be used at higher percentages with less irritation to the skin. Win! The powerhouse combination is retinol and lactic acid, which is why the Ren Wake Wonderful and Luna is my new favourite lineup for nights when my skin needs a little pick me up. This was very much love at first sight!

Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream - I've been using Origins for years and I just love all their products. I'd been using Night A Mins as my evening moisturiser for years, and only changed this up recently just to try something new, which is how I've come to fall in love with the Mega Mushroom Face Cream! I'm not one to rave about moisturisers - unless you have very parched skin I do find that most moisturisers do their job very well and therefore I don't tend to find better/worse ones. I do really love this one though, even though it might just be because it smells so, so good! Think natural, earthy, and Aesop. It's texture is rich, but not heavy. It feels soothing and calming and like a soft blanket at the end of the day, and it helps keep my redness at bay.

There you have it - I can't believe I had to edit this down, and I've still written so much! I love talking skin and ingredients and smells - I'm not an expert but it's definitely a bit of a passion of mine!

Have you guys tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know if you've tried anything recently that's blown your mind!


I'm a sucker for good packaging. Always have been, always will be. When my lovely friend gifted me this Grown Alchemist Manicure Set, I was impressed.

I'm not actually sure what the set was called, but it contains the Sweet Orange, Cedarwood & Sage Hand Wash, Hypericum Extract, Neem, Borage Cuticle Oil, and the Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream. It couldn't have been more timely, as my hands and nails were completely battered after a Christmas season in retail!

Grown Alchemist has been one of those brands us Aussies have seen countless times in Priceline or Department Stores, and it has only gotten better and better with time. With a vast array of botanicals available to us locally, it's no surprise that we excel in creating natural, botanical based skin care that works. I've only tried a few of their products before (I'm a big fan of the hand cream) but I'm here to tell you that they have been exceptional.

WHAT'S TO LOVE:

  • Australian made and manufactured. They source locally wherever possible and I wholly support home grown brands.
  • The packaging isn't just incredible to look at, it's also made of recyclable materials and premium PET plastic!
  • Made from natural ingredients that your skin is familiar with in order to best keep adverse reactions and ageing at bay.
  • It's 100% Organic
  • It's cruelty free, yay!
  • IT SMELLS SO GOOD
I'm not going to lie, I am obsessed with smelling my hands after I use the hand wash. I'm such a sucker for anything containing cedarwood - I just find that scent so comforting and fresh and calming! My hands have been absolutely loving this trio, my nails feel stronger and less brittle, and my hands haven't had that horrible parched feeling I've been experiencing in this dry heat! I also love that the hand cream doesn't sit on your hands and feel greasy - it sinks in quickly, but hydrates so well!

If you're a lover of Aesop, you will love Grown Alchemist. The hand wash looks soooo pretty in my bathroom, and you just know you're going to see that hand cream lingering in the background of all my photos!
When a brand with great packaging also happens to have incredible products, it's a win in my book.

Have you tried anything from Grown Alchemist? 

I don't know how I went nearly two months without a post here - must have something to do with the fact the end of 2016 flew by in a blink of an eye! It felt like I had such a crazy end to the year, which I guess comes with the nature of working in retail during Christmas trade! I also seemed to come down with quite a lot of sickness, which is not like me at all, and it kind of bummed me out a little!

I still had a nice Christmas though - it was just my Dad and I this year and although I did miss the buzz of having Christmas morning with all my family and my young nieces and nephews tearing through the presents under the tree, I have to admit it was nice to just chill out, eat some good food, and not have to worry about driving anywhere!
I am a HUGE Christmas person, I just love everything about it, and whilst it did feel very quiet around here (literally my blog AND my house) I just have to remember I have plenty more ahead of me!



And just like that, we welcomed 2017 and I really, genuinely felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I didn't particularly enjoy 2017 - I don't think I came close to achieving any of my 2016 goals, and that upset me probably a lot more than it should have! I feel like I have yet another fresh start, and I'm starting to realise (after 27 years of living - yes, I just turned 27 ughhhh) that I really need to face things with a lot more positivity, rather than hammering myself over and over again for 'failing'.

There's a lot of these posts floating around, because we all love a good cliche post, right? I like it though, it's good for me to write it all down and have it there as a record, and I'm not going to lie - I love having at look at everyone else's to see what everybody else has decided to work towards in the new year! I've rambled on enough though, so here are my goals and resolutions for 2017!

1. HEALTH

Last year I was determined to lose weight and decided that 2016 was the last year I was going to spend being unhappy with myself, physically and mentally. Unfortunately, I had quite a few road barriers that led to me being unable to even remotely get near completing this goal and it definitely had me feeling pretty disappointed. So this year, it has to be the absolute last year. I'm actually getting sick of hearing myself say it!

2. YOUTUBE

I'm starting to become a little bit addicted to making Youtube videos, and it's something I really want to focus on this year. I just love coming home from work and watching videos while I cook dinner, or when I get ready in the morning. I find it relaxing and enjoyable and so easy to watch, but I definitely still feel like there is SUCH a hole in the 'market' here in Australia. I would say I watch almost exclusively UK vloggers only, as I love their style and personalities and lifestyles, however the vloggers we have here in Australia are just not the same. I absolutely respect them for what they do - some are incredible makeup artists, it's just not my style and I wish we had some more relaxed Youtubers here in Oz! That's what got me started in the first place, and I really hope that people are enjoying what I put out! I'm still learning, but I'm loving the experience so far!

3. FINANCE

I have no problems admitting I stumbled across some financial problems in 2016 - I made a few mistakes and I have certainly been paying for them. To put it simply, I've put myself in a bit of debt and it's more than depressing. It's quite selfish - I just miss being able to buy a few treats every so often, and not feel guilty about it. I miss saving money...and going on amazing overseas trips. I miss having savings, full stop! I don't regret having a credit card - I do find it quite annoying when people boast about never having one and never being in debt blah blah blah. Good for you, but I love my credit card, and I'm sure the banks love me ha ha ha. I've done some amazing things the past two years like go on overseas trips and I bought myself a brand new car, but I really need to buckle down and just get it all paid off. Having it hang over your head is awful! I could possibly be making a move to Melbourne in the future, and I am really going to need some savings to purchase things like furniture and appliances!

4. HAVE A WHITE CHRISTMAS

This is all sort of depending on what happens with my job this year, but it's always been my DREAM to have a white Christmas. I blame Home Alone 2 for making it all look so pretty. As I work in retail, there is absolutely no way I can take time off at Christmas. However, this year might be the year I do something drastic and finally fulfill my dream! Of course, I'll need those savings to allow me to do this...and you know, I'd have to quit my job. We shall see what happens though - I'm thinking Sweden AND New York?! Crazy, I know.

5. GO OUT MORE AND BRING MY CAMERA

I am definitely inspired by Tamira at The Guilty Girl with her 'Things To Do' posts. I love that when she goes places, she notes down all the nice little things to see there, what to do, what to buy and most importantly...what to eat! So interesting! I'm going to try and do something similar myself, as I do go out to eat fairly often already...but I would love to make it a more solid thing, and expand it to places to visit too! I also don't get my camera out enough, or even reach for my iPhone that much. I used to take so many photos and now I feel like I barely do! I feel like this is something I would definitely love to work on this year as a little regular feature on here!

So, some pretty big goals there, but I feel like there's a good mix of 'challenging' and '100% doable' so I've got no excuses to feel productive and inspired this year! I like a good mix of big and small resolutions, so you at least feel like you can achieve something, and that keeps you going!

What about you guys, have you got anything you're going to work towards in 2017? Tell me everything. 
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