His Scent: Match your boyfie’s personality with these best men’s fragrances

By (DDG$: 91963) , on 24.04.14 0 comments

His Scent: Match your boyfies personality with these best mens fragrances | galleries smell this feature beauty 2  pictures

Think about the last time you bought your dude a cologne. Chances are you bought it, not because you knew he loved the brand, but because it smelt so damn good on your wrist and you reaaaally wanted him to smell like that too. Selfish, much? Yeah a bit, but whatever.

A man's scent is not only a subtle nod to their character, but a potential attraction booster. Ever taken a whiff of a random babe and suddenly, they seem ten times more attractive? It's got something to do with pheromones but we won't get too much into that. All that matters right now is getting your man smelling as good as he looks!

In light of all things eau, we matched his personality type with a melange of aromas that are knee-buckling-awesome for him AND you to enjoyLet's hear it for the boys!



Which of these best men's fragrances will you be spoiling your boy with? Tell us in the comments below!

 

How we wear: Fashion week (day two) | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Day two of MBFWA I went for an all white look; style inspiration for this ensemble was fashion god/master/guru Nicole Richie (duh). It was such a fun outfit to wear (my feet were loving the super soft loafers too!).

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Starting from the bottom I'm wearing vintage loafers (thanks Nan), Just Jeans ripped jeans (similar here), sass&bide top (similar here) and Tess Brasier blazer.

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Accessories; I'm rocking a Colette by Colette Hayman clutch, House of Harlow necklace (first image), and a mixture of Colette jewellery!

Images courtesy of Yourensemble

What do you think of this how we wear look? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Just swatched: Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish  | nail it featured hp main feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Introducing ... Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish!

What better way to celebrate a slew of over 20 new Sally Hansen nail polishes than to test each and every one out? Hard day at the office, I say!

The new Triple Shine contains an ultimate shield formula that protects its precious lustre through everything from detergents to heat and the colour payoff is AWESOME. All this is topped off with chic new packaging that will look oh-so-cute on your beauty vanity.

To make the purchasing decision all the more easier, here's what each colour looks like on the actual nails:

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CANDY DELIGHTS

These delicious shades of pink contain speckled bits of glitter and shimmer and will make you feel fairy floss-fabulous. Perfect for an accent nail or layer over your neutrals.

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L-R: 1. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Pixie Slicks, 2. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Blow Bubbles, 3. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Reef-Raf, 4. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Twinkled Pink, 5. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Flame On

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POPSICLE POPS

The opacity of the first three shades is great for a pop of bright colour in your day, or try the subtle glittery colours for a cute alternative ... or try both together!

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L-R: 1. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Red Snapper, 2. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Play Koi, 3. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Lemon Shark, 4. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Scale Up, 5. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Pearly Whites

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MERMAID-ESQUE

Besides the fact that these blue-green tones are soooooo in this season, I can't ignore the happiness that these sea-goddess shades gave me. Varying levels of intensity allow you to select exactly the amount of mermaid you want to exude that day.

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L-R: 1. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Pool Party, 2. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Dive In, 3. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Hypnautical, 4. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Make Waves, 5. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Seanic

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SPOTLIGHT SHIMMERS

Perfect for that evening glamour look, these deeper shades of mysterious midnight hues are equally alluring and mystical for that special opalescent sheen under evening spotlights.

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L-R: 1. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Sparks Fly, 2. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Sparkling Water, 3. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Wavy Blue, 4. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Vanity Flare, 5. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Drama Sheen

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METAL MONOCHROMES

Metallic shades are oh-so-chic right now, non? The copper colour is a perfect partner for warmer tones of bronze and rose gold, while greys and steel are the new 'nude' of the season.

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L-R: 1. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Dream Sequins, 2. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Great White, 3. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Bait Me, 4. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Oyster Bar, 5. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Slick Black

So while I'm still considering leaving my nails multi-coloured like the above pic (at the risk of having children throw things at me on the streets), I can definitely say I'm in love with this new range. Happy painting, ladies!

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Excited to try the new Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail range? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG DIY: Ombre cutlery set DIY | home sweet home lifestyle featured hp main feature  pictures

DDG DIY: Ombre cutlery set DIY

You know we just can't get enough of ombre — whether it's on our nails or inside a cake — so it's no surprise that we jumped at the idea of making our very own ombre cutlery set. After seeing it pinned online we knew we had to give it a go, especially when we saw how easy it was (yes, we're fairly lazy).

WANT MORE? If you love this ombre cutlery set DIY, then check out these other ombre goodies.

This ombre cutlery set DIY can take a bit of time, and waiting for paint to dry is actually the most boring thing in the world, but the end result looks so fabulous you won't mind waiting. Get yourself some cutlery, a couple of paints (we mixed together a dark purple and a light purple to get the different shades) and you've got yourself the makings of a great crafternoon.

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Cutlery
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Enamel Paint (We got one dark colour and one very light colour – mixing them to create in between shades)
  • Paint brush or sponge
  • Acrylic paint sealer
 DDG DIY: Ombre cutlery set DIY | home sweet home lifestyle featured hp main feature  pictures

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

1. Tape off the tops of your cutlery to get a clean line and protect the parts that need to go in your mouth.
2. Mix your paints until you get the shades you want.
3. If you have enough paint you can dip the cutlery into it to transfer the colour. We wanted to still be able to see the fine details on the cutlery so we used a paintbrush to get into the cracks and brush away excess colour.
4. Allow the paint to dry. (You may need to do a couple of coats to achieve the colours you want.)
5. Once dry, spray with paint sealer.
Voila! A beautiful ombre cutlery set!

What are your thoughts on this ombre cutlery set DIY? Tell us in the comments below!

Cheap fashion: 10 wallet friendly style buys for under $50 | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

I'm a wee bit excited for this week's cheap fashion finds; with a skirt that rivals Dion Lee's sharp cuts, a nod to Bec & Bridge with a sexy sheer knit and the ultimate pair of Winter flatforms ... it's safe to say you can have your cake and eat it too.

Want more cheap fashion buys? Click here!

Meanwhile, these affordable finds couldn't be any more relevant after I cracked and splurged on my dream kicks (see: Adidas x Opening Ceremony). Let's just say that after the conversion rate and shipping costs took their cut I was left in the fetal position of the office, rocking back and forth ever so dramatically.



Image courtesy of lookbook.nu

What cheap fashion buy will you add to cart? Tell us in the comments below!

No need to count calories: Junk food inspired homewares | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

No need to count calories: Junk food inspired homewares to feed your eyes

As some of you may have picked up by this stage in our relationship, I am a junk food junkie. I have nothing against getting all your greens and all your daily eating requirements, but the second you slap the word 'diet' onto the front of it I suddenly don't want a bar of it. But it has been pointed out that my lack of control when it comes to the unhealthy stuff is a little bit troubling, so I'm making it my mission to cut junk food out of my menu as much as possible.

WANT MORE? If you loved these junk food inspired homewares, then you'll probably also want to wear your junk food on your sleeve.

Oh, and it is killing me. I used to be able to go ages without eating anything too terrible but the second I make the conscious point of eating healthier I start craving pizza like I'm having withdrawals. Luckily my new favourite trend is giving me a helping hand: junk food inspired homewares. They let me fill my junk food quota without actually passing a pretzel past my lips and for now that's good enough (I'll let you know how I feel once the chocolate shakes start setting in).



Image courtesy of Kip & Co

Which of these junk food inspired homewares were your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty Editors letter: My Dermalogica face mapping expedition | skincare make your mug glow feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Dermalogica Face Mapping

I won't lie when I say I was super nervous on the day of my Dermalogica face mapping appointment. Not only was I in the process of overcoming the flu, but my skin looked as though I'd been on a three day bender with Kesha and Paris Hilton. Thankfully, the staff were incredibly nice and completely non-judgmental so I was in the clear! Here's how it went.

THE APPOINTMENT

As a little background guide, face mapping is when a lovely lass puts a weird magnifying glass looking thingy against your skin and is pretty much able to prescribe the EXACT products best suited to your skin type in order to fix any complexion woes. Dermalogica's version combines both Western and Eastern approaches to this — the Western approach is to feel and see what's happening on the surface of the skin while the ancient Chinese Medicine approach is to look at what your organs are telling you through your skin. Pretty clever, eh?

To begin, my skin therapist made me fill out a questionnaire about the products I was currently using as well as any issues I had with my skin, plus my lifestyle habits (which at the moment entirely consist of watching back-to-back TV series — House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, anyone?).

Once this was done, she cleansed my skin so it was nice and clean for inspection (I was actually quite mortified — I'd worn about 5 layers of makeup to conceal my dull and drab skin and the poor gal had to pretty much go into battle in order to remove it!). 

Next, the aforementioned magnifying glass was used to assess the various areas on my face. As she went along viewing the different 'zones' of my face, she was able to explain exactly what she was seeing and what could be the concern. For example, she noticed I had quite a bit of pigmentation on one side of my face and not so much on the other. The affected side is the one that's usually exposed to sunlight when I'm driving. Isn't that crazy? It just goes to show how important wearing a daily SPF is, because those effects are completely irreversible.

She also noticed broken capillaries and breakouts on the right side of my face which points to lung stress (I'm an asthmatic and my recent bout of flu hasn't done me any favours!).

Interestingly enough, she said my skin was in relatively good condition and quite smooth, with a soft and supple texture and tone. Winning!

Beauty Editors letter: My Dermalogica face mapping expedition | skincare make your mug glow feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

WHAT I LEARNT

I think probably the most interesting thing I learnt in the session was that my skin type is not actually dry but oily! I'd been misdiagnosed by another therapist a couple of years earlier (from a different brand) who told me my skin was extremely dry and gave me a huge bundle of products I didn't actually need which did pretty much nothing for me. But oily skin tone? That would make more sense and would totally explain why my foundation always seems to slip off by the arvo and why there's always a slight sheen around the t-zone (which I always convinced myself looked 'dewy' ... er, no).

Another interesting pointer I picked up was that Dermalogica base their skin care recommendations on "zones", meaning that not all products need to be applied to the whole face but rather just specific sections based on individual needs. Pretty cool, hey?

Oh, and yet another interesting fact was that some of the breakouts were indicative of gum stress. I'm long overdue getting my teeth cleaned, so that definitely made sense!

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

Uh ... the most glorious 45 minutes of my life! I was taken into the training room and given a beautifully relaxing refining surface facial which combined a mini natural peel with a steam facial in conjunction with thorough cleansing and exfoliating techniques all topped off with a divine masque that seemed to suck out all the toxins and dirt from my pores marvelously.

I honestly expected my skin to go a bit crazy and break out over the subsequent days, but not one little bit! My skin became glowy and super soft and oh-so-healthy. As for the excess oil excretion, I'm still noticing a tiny bit in the centre of my eyebrows, but not as much as usual.

It's strange, after that little skin analysis I have been so inspired to get my skin back to picture perfect health. I've even cut out sugar ... right before Easter too, crazy huh?!

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PRODUCTS PRESCRIBED

After the analysis and facial wrapped up, I was then prescribed a Precleanser, perfect to help with oil excretion and blackheads as it removes impurities and congestions. Double cleansing is a thing, you know!

Next, I was recommended Dermalogica's Total Eye Care, a multi-functioning moisturiser that exfoliates, brightens and prevents further damage around the delicate eye area, plus treats pigmentation, which is just what I need.

I was also given samples of the Skin Refining Mask and Active Moist Moisturiser which is oil free and lightweight, perfect for my skin type. Finally, I was advised to up my SPF intake and apply daily which I am hellbent on following through with.

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Left: Post treatment selfie | Right: 4 days later #nofilter

Have I been following this plan? Yes, indeedy. Has it worked? Yes, indeedy. I stopped using other products for a week and stuck to these skin staples, and I've noticed my skin isn't sprouting random singular pimples and that 'dull and drab' effect has been replaced by a soft glow (see above). Winning yet again!

SHOULD YOU GO AND GET FACE MAPPED?

Um, yeah sister! Not only will you receive an in-depth consultation and skin analysis, but you don't need to be the confused lass who uses products which aren't even suited to her skin type anymore (ahem ... not naming names). Rather, you'll be professionally prescribed the most accurate skin care, and I really don't think there's anything more awesome than that, except maybe if Jared Leto lent me his hair for a day.

Have you tried Dermalogica face mapping before? Is this something you'd be interested in trialling? Tell us in the comments below!

What to wear (Curve edition): Girls Night Out | what to wear fashion daily night owl feature fashion daily curvy casual friday  pictures

Get glam with your girls this weekend and try out this gorgeous monochrome ensemble. For a GNO you can go big with your look — try bold makeup and bangin’ hair.

And the best part about hanging out with your lovely ladies? There is no need to dress yourself down. We're not trying to impress "the one" who loves natural beauty (ugh!), our gal pals appreciate hair and makeup and all things beauty! So don’t be shy to go a little OTT in the glam department.

What to wear (Curve edition): Girls Night Out | what to wear fashion daily night owl feature fashion daily curvy casual friday  pictures

SHOP IT: Girl about town lipstick, $36.00, maccosmetics.com.au, Inspire Black Crepe Short Sleeve Wide Leg Jumpsuit, £27.99, newlook.com, Plate And Multi Chain Waist Belt, $29.17, asos.com, Crop Leather Look Biker Jacket, $93.34, Junarose, asos.com, Robyn I Heels, $265.00, senso.com.au

Image courtesy of GABIFRESH, words by Kate Harper

Fashion week: The trend breakdown and killer outfits we loved! | uncategorized how to wear hot 10 galleries finds feature fashion news fashion daily  pictures

Ahhh, fashion week. A time for OTT outfits, captivating collections and a seriously insane amount of Instagram snaps (guilty ...). Sydney fashion week definitely lived up to the hype, with local talent showing off on their home turf with labels such as Ellery bringing it home after Paris with ooh la la designs.

Expect to see more prints, more floral and more sorbet colour schemes (like pastel but more gelato). If you're not about to throw on a soft ethereal number, then take your pick from the tailored silhouettes and chic silk blacks (it was enough to bring a tear to my eye) — thank you MBFWA, until next year!



Image courtesy of Bespoke Public Relations

What do you think of the fashion week trends? Tell us in the comments below!

5 of the best: Organic and natural lipsticks for almost edible kissers | lip service galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Natural lipsticks for a healthy pout

I've been striving to be as eco-conscious with my beauty choices as possible lately, purely because I'm a bit iffy about what kind of chemicals are making their way into my body, given that I trial so many on a weekly basis.

This doesn't mean I'm kicking my non-natural products to the curb for good, simply trying to find a balance between certified organic, toxin-free prods and more mainstream brands.

This has been especially the case with lipstick lately. While I absolutely love rocking a mighty fine statement lip, the aforementioned chemical consumption worry has made me reach for more natural alternatives. While I'm no eco warrior, it's meant that I've discovered a bunch of decidedly delicious (and almost edible!) natural and organic lip products that have fast become my fool-proof shortcuts to a smooth and healthy pout.

Below, I unveil 5 certified favourites that are almost as good as a makeout session with Jared Leto (I said almost).



Which natural lipstick are you loving at the moment? Have you tried any of these brands? Tell us in the comments below!

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minutes with Queen B Tea founder Brittany Carruthers Clements | feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Today in the hot seat, we're chatting to founder of Queen B Tea (a natural tea-tox brand) Brittany Carruthers-Clements, who shares her product loves and how she keeps her skin glowing.

1. What are your top 5 can’t-live-without beauty products? 

- Queen B’s Beauty Queen Tea: I drink Queen B’s organic and natural Beauty Queen Tea. The tea’s powerful ingredients help to replenish collagen and elastin back into the skin to aid in the elimination of pimples, acne, blemishes, scars or dry skin. One cup of the tea a day helps to keep my skin clear. Its delicious lemony flavour makes this certainly one of the easiest beauty treatments I have experienced.

- Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream: It's my pick-me-up eye moisturiser — it lifts me when I’m feeling sluggish or dull. I use it every single day and my eyes do not feel awake until I put it on.

- Sephora PRO Airbrush 55: My Sephora foundation brush is my ultimate beauty secret! Unlike regular flat foundation brushes, it gives your skin a matte airbrushed flawless finish. I use it to apply everyday tinted moisturiser as well as when I am heading out with a thicker foundation.

- Givenchy Croisiere Healthy Glow Powder 3: My Givenchy powder brings colour to my complexion to give me a sun-kissed look all year round! I use this on top of my daily tinted moisturiser or foundation, and blend it to the look I want to achieve that day.

- Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick: As I often wear monochrome clothes, I absolutely love a bright lip to brighten up any outfit. My choice is YSL. I am very adventurous when it comes to lip colour and, although orange suits me best, I have been venturing all sorts of colours lately including: subtle pink (49), bright hot pink (8), bold red (201), and bright purple (19).

2. Tell us a bit about Queen B and how you got started?

Sick of the lack of natural and organic health solutions, I decided it was time some natural solutions to many female issues were discovered. With a lot of time, research and hard work, the Queen B team and myself now launched a range of both natural and organic tea, coffee and hot cocoa that aid in all sorts of health issues including: weight loss, skin revival, menopause, period pain, and restful sleep.

3. What’s your favourite hairstyle to rock during the week?

During the week I am running from work to meeting, from yoga to gym, and from walking my dog to brunch with my girlfriends. With my long brown hair, I cannot go past a slicked back ponytail. It is easy to manage and always looks classy.

4. How do you keep your skin in shape?

Along with drinking our Beauty Queen Tea once daily, I aim to eat naturally 80% of the time, and indulge the other 20%. I can definitely tell the difference in my skin if I have had an indulgent weekend. You cannot beat natural foods for skin health.

5. Which beauty secret do you swear by?

Do not fall asleep with your makeup on! No matter how tired you are always, always make the effort to clean your skin before you sleep.

6. What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?

Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face morning and night! Your skin gets put through so much stress and strain each day it faces the weather and dirt in the air — it is so important to clean all of that dirt off your face each day so your pores do not absorb it.

7. How do you unwind on the weekends?

I begin my weekend each Friday night with a 6:30pm yoga class to wind down from a busy week. My Saturdays usually involve a sleep in, brunch with my girlfriends and a dinner at one of Melbourne delicious restaurants with my boyfriend. Sundays are my favourite day — I take my 5-month-old French Bulldog, Handsome, to the beach or dog park, and then head to the South Melbourne market to stock up on yummy fresh food for the week ahead. Sunday nights are spent baking or cooking any of the divine ingredients I picked up at the market that day.

8. Describe a typical working day.

My working day starts at 6:30am where I take my puppy for a walk around our local community. I come home to shower and freshen up for the day ahead. To get my brain functioning I have a big glass of warm water infused with lemon, and a cup of Queen B’s Green Coffee to help increase my metabolism and suppress my appetite. The working day is filled with morning email replies, 10am green juices, daily social media posts, 1pm chicken salad, and afternoon order packing, and afternoon raspberry punnets. My afternoons contain a pilates, yoga or weight session (alternate between days), and the nights are all mine to enjoy with friends and family.

9. Favourite fragrance? 

Chanel Chance: It reminds me of my trip to New York City, my favourite place on earth, where I purchased the fragrance.

10. Favourite beauty brand and why?

I cannot look past Aesop. Made of natural ingredients, it is my go-to for beauty basics. My skin is combination: dry around the cheeks and forehead but prone to blemish on the chin. They are there at every single stage of my routine.

11. If you could wear one colour of polish for the rest of your life which would it be and why?

OPI Over The Taupe: It goes with everything and looks classy.

12. Walk us through your daily makeup application.

My makeup routine begins in the shower where I will cleanse my face using Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser, and exfoliate with Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Face Exfoliant. I will then tone my face with Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, moisturise my face with Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, and moisturise my eyes with Parsley Seed Antioxidant Cream. I then wait for my face to absorb all of that before I begin makeup. I use Hourglass Mineral Primer as a base and use my Sephora PRO Airbrush to add either Cosmedics Mineral Pro Triple Defence Protection for day, or Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation for night. I then use my Sephora PRO Airbrush Concealer Brush to add Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch around my eyes, down the top of my nose, and the centre of my chin. I then use my Sephora PRO Precision Powder Brush to add my Givenchy Croisiere Healthy Glow Powder to my cheek bones for a sun kissed look. I top up my look with Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powder to brighten my complexion. I then add the colour! Whatever look I am channeling that day, it always consists of YSL mascara, eyeliner and lipstick. For a day look I lean towards peaches, and for night I go for bold colours.

13. Who inspires you?

My beauty inspiration is Lara Bingle — she is effortlessly flawless and naturally beautiful.

14. What’s the best thing about owning your own tea business?

Giving everyday women organic and natural health solutions to common problems. The thrill the team and I get when receiving an email full of positive feedback about how our products have changed someone’s life is indescribable and makes each day worth it!

15. Favourite celebrity hunk?

Chuck Bass — enough said.

16. If you could be any superhero who would it be and why?

I would love to be Cat Woman: she’s sassy, sneaky, and utterly gorgeous!

Got a question for Brittany? Ask away in the comments below!

Thai after Thai: The best Thai recipes to make you forget about your usual order | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

The best Thai recipes to make you forget about your usual order

Thai food is one of my favourite types of food to eat but for some reason I hardly ever seem to make it. And when I say 'hardly ever' I mean pretty much never. I always order Thai take away when I'm home alone (because my boyfriend doesn't like it and I'm a massive pushover so I use my alone time to indulge in the things he hates) but could count the number of times I've cooked Thai recipes on one hand.

WANT MORE? If you loved these Thai recipes then we've got even more for you here!

Thai recipes are always delicious and completely chock full of flavour, plus they're generally fairly easy to incorporate into non-traditional recipes like thai burgers or meatballs. These recipes put all of the thousands of green curries I've ordered over the years to shame. I'm seriously considering trying different Thai recipes every day of the week.



Image courtesy of The Wanderlust Kitchen

What are some of your favourite Thai recipes? Sound off in the comments below!

Walk the line: Striped homewares in all the colours of the rainbow | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Striped homewares in all the colours of the rainbow

Generally speaking, I'm a polka dot kinda girl. I am one of those people who is just naturally drawn to spots and have been for so long that whenever my mum sees anything (and I mean ANYTHING) with spots she says it reminds her of me. But lately I've been cheating on my old standby with its stripier counterpart.

WANT MORE? If you liked these striped homewares, then you'll love the chevron kind.

Blame it on the classic breton stripe tops that have invaded my wardrobe, but lately instead of seeing spots I'm seeing stripes wherever I look. Towels, clocks, boxes, cushions. Literally everything that can be striped has had a serious makeover. It feels like a dream I had once about a zebra in a pinstripe suit. Okay, so there's a chance these stripes are actually going to my head now.



Image courtesy of Aura by Tracie Ellis

Which of these striped homewares was your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!

Winter scarves: Rug up with the seasons most stylish accessory! | galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Scarves are my go-to Winter accessory (minus the large hot choc glued to my hand). This simple add-on can spruce up boring old black, double the warmth and give you a pretend bob — what is this gypsy magic?

Whether your knees give way to a chunky cable knit or you double over at the sight of animal print, you can't go past this season's essential. This Winter try doubling up on styles for a more layered look (why not clash an animal print and stripe?); think of each scarf as an entire new outfit because that is what it will do to your wardrobe.



Image courtesy of lookbook.nu

Which Winter scarves would you cuddle up to? Tell us in the comments below!

New & Noteworthy: Whats on our beauty wish list this week | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

We've been having a play amongst the beauty shelves and have sniffed out the creme de la creme in new beauty buys this week. From a face cleanser that smells exactly like chocolate to a nail kit that will make your nails glimmer and gleam like an 80s disco ball, it's safe to say this mountain of primping loot is going to definitely satisfy your beauty addiction. Just beware, though, you'll want to buy the lot!



Which beauty newbie are you buying this week? Tell us in the comments below!

Baby steps: Baby shower gifts that will make you wish you had a bun in the oven | shopping daily home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Baby shower gifts that will make you wish you had a bun in the oven

While there have been a few people just outside my social circle who got right into the baby making once we left high school, for the most part my life has been entirely baby free. Which is a shame because baby clothes are just so damn cute! I've been trying to talk my older sister into having a baby for years but she keeps refusing (our current baby pool has her getting pregnant within the year though!), which is a shame because it would be the best dressed baby of all — excluding Harper Beckham. With that said, I was invited to my first baby shower the other day and to my horror the mum-to-be didn't provide a gift registry! So what are you to get expectant parents when you have no idea about their baby's gender, decorating plans, or if you really just want to avoid Toys R Us at all costs? Well never fear because after some thorough research I am here to help!

WANT MORE? Get the mumma-to-be a little something to wear to her baby shower to be the number 1 friend!

Nappies (or diapers for our American friends) are always a much appreciated option, but if you don't know how they plan on wrapping their tot's tush it can be risky. I mean what are they going to do with 100 disposable nappies if they're all stocked up on the reusable kind? Also keep in mind that babies grow so fast you can almost see it happening, so if you're going the onesie/clothing route, get them a couple of extra sizes so that they can grow into them (they will!). And finally, can I just take a moment to mention the amazing brand that is Mini Rodini? They make the clothes all the cool kids are wearing (with parents like Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Jessica Alba & Miranda Kerr calling the clothing shots you know they must be cool!) and that I wish came in adult sizes because I'd wear them all. Seriously, if ever there was a clothing brand that could make me pull the trigger on having a baby of my own it would be Mini Rodini.



Which of these baby shower gifts was your favourite? Was there anything crucial you think we missed? Tell us in the comments below!

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A very wise (and very healthy) friend once said to me that you shouldn't put anything on your skin you wouldn't be happy to also put in your mouth. Because up to 60% of what you put on your mug, arms, legs, hands etc.. may absorb through into your system almost like you had actually eaten it. Yikes!

And while I get all super excited about any new-fangled beauty development that will nix my wrinkles, plump my skin, and generally make me wake up looking more like Miranda Kerr than I did previously, the idea of actually chowing down on any of the unpronounceable ingredients in the latest wonder cream was pretty unappetising.

So I have been on a bit of a quest lately to start (slowly) replacing my not-so-natural beauty loot for products that are more natural. And while I am not quite ready to give up my favourite eye cream or night serum just yet (baby steps), I am more than happy to start swapping my other day-to-day prodz around.

And that’s where Burt’s Bees comes in.

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You see Burt’s Bees and their cult status beeswax lip balm (above) has been a handbag staple of mine for years (there really is nothing better for a dry, chapped pout!), and I didn't even realise it was 100% natural.

So naturally (see what I did there), this was my first stop when I started my harsh-chemical phase out, and they did not let me down!

The Mission: New naturally-nice hand cream

I detest the feeling of dry hands. It’s like fingers down a chalkboard, but on everything you touch. So I am mega fussy on what I use to give my digits a moisture boost.

Overly scented hand products are also a pet hate of mine (who goes around sniffing people’s hands?), as is anything that leaves your hands feeling really greasy, sticky or like they've been dipped in silicone.

Yep, I am a tough customer (so sue me!), but what better place to start my handbag detox?

The contenders:

-        Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream ($29.95)

-        Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream ($19.95)

-        Burt’s Bees Hand Salve ($24.95)

 

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The winner:

This was a tough one, but I have to go for the Hand Salve; which I didn’t think I would like at all because it’s actually a wax and not a cream. But this adorable little tin doesn't just look fantastic in my tote, but it also gives your hands (or any body part really) baby-soft skin, minus any grease or stickiness. And it’s almost odorless too, so that’s a big tick from me!

Phew, so that’s one product down, about 130 to go, but I think I feel better already, don’t you?

And if you’d like to know more about the Burt’s Bees range then head over to the Burt's Bees Australia Facebook page, enter the competition and you'll be in the running to win 1 of 10,000 samples: https://www.facebook.com/BurtsBeesAus?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Are you a Burt’s Bees fan? Got any fave prodz? Tell us in the comments below!

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In case we’ve never met, I thought you probably should know that I am tall. As in, really, really most-people-make-eye-contact-with-my-boobs kind of tall (six foot one and a bit to be precise!).

And because of this, and the danger of smacking my head on low hanging branches or door frames, I tend to wear a lot of flats. It just makes life easier.

But despite rarely ever wearing heels, that doesn’t mean that my heart doesn’t beat that little bit faster whenever I encounter a particularly spectacular pair. And every season (at least once), I block out that little voice that chants “but you’ll never, ever, ever wear them” (in a kind of Taylor Swift-ish way), and I treat myself to a pair of purely decorative feet treats, and this season I am pretty sure it is going to be these!

SHOP IT:  Pom-pom heels, $128.73, asos.com.au

  

WIN WIN WIN!

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What do you think of the outrageous heels? Love them or loathe them? Tell me in the comments below x

 

Web want: Elegant Touch x House of Holland Nail Wraps | nail it feature beauty news beauty 2  picturesNail art has always been a great outfit accessory and never fails to add that cheeky lil’ something to your style get-up. I mean, how can your entire mood not be lifted when there’s a teeny tiny party happening on the ends of your fingers?! 

So it's safe to say that the fun and playful new designer nail stickers by House of Holland for Elegant Touch are the bomb-diggity! Inspired by Henry Holland’s London Fashion Week collections, you can now experience the pops of colour, graphic prints and even textures as seen on the runways for yourself (and for a fraction of the price, I might add).

With some 18 different designs, it’s gotta be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to razz up your look for the weekend. Massive rad overload!

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SHOP IT

Elegant Touch Henry Holland Collection, asos.com

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How do you feel about these new nail stickers? Tell us in the comments below

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DDG's Shopping List: More printables to finally get your shopping trips organised

Okay, so you might not be big on going full OCD and planning all your meals out in advance — after all, life is full of unexpected surprises and sometimes they involve your partner ordering pizza on a night when you really can't be bothered cooking and sometimes they involve a quick after-work drink evolving into a boozy dinner. Either way, sticking to a set meal plan can be difficult if you plan on leaving the house at all.

WANT MORE? If you loved this shopping list printable then check out the DDG Meal Planner.

But that's no reason to go into a supermarket without a plan. Wandering aimlessly around a supermarket is the main reason you get a full trolley of stuff you don't need, then get home to realise you forgot the milk. By keeping one of our handy shopping lists on the fridge you can make sure you never forget the important things and can also help you curb your impulse purchases — although if you happen to wander into the confectionery aisle you're on your own!

Download the DDG printable shopping lists here:

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