Marie Claire ‘The Parcel’ Spring Edit 2014

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Marie Claire’s new beauty box – The Parcel – has now been shipped and I was very excited to receive mine in the mail on Friday!

Overall, they have put together an impressive launch. Marie Claire obviously has the brand recognition, the cash and the clout to be able to hit their first box out of the ballpark, and its good to see that all of the promotion wasn’t just talk. I was impressed by the communication (letting everyone know when the boxes were being shipped, etc), the quality of the contents (valued at well over the $25 price tag) and the customer service (I queried a charge on my CC and they were quick and clear with their response).

So, what’s in the box?

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Bellabox September 2014

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I’ve been saying it for months now, but this time I finally mean it: I think it’s time to cancel my Bellabox subscription.

I received my September Bellabox yesterday and to say that I was underwhelmed by it has got to be the understatement of the century. I really thought that after last month’s box, things were on the up-and-up, but it must have been an anomaly. This month’s box, well, to put it bluntly… it sucks! Three of the products aren’t actually skincare or makeup (yes, THREE!) and nothing in it is super exciting or what I’d consider to be “luxe”, so I’m finally going to just give up and click the big ol’ [CANCEL] button.

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Things To Do Today (8th – 9th February)

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Listen back: Things To Do Today (8/2) | Things To Do Today (9/2)

I’m so pleased to have been asked to fill in for TTDT on 3RRR again this week! It’s a lot of fun researching, scripting, producing and editing the segment and great to get back into the studio as well.

Part of me was a bit worried that I had forgotten how to work it behind the console, but it seems that I’m comfortable enough in the studio now that it all comes to me quite naturally – which is a great feeling!

Shopping in Paris can be hazardous to your (wallet’s) health

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“I study my reflection: a casual woman, made in America, “dressed up” by a scarf made in Florence… which sells in Paris for 150 Euros — 225 dollars! I can not rationalize the expense. Yet, I can not remove this scarf, that I cannot afford, from my happy neck.”

Why French Women Wear Scarves

I don’t remember exactly how I came across this piece, although I think I may have stumbled upon it during a recent pinning frenzy. Regardless, it was a fun read and certainly something that any woman who has visited Paris can relate to.

French women at a cafe (1925)

French woman are so effortlessly stylish, after all!

(Image: AFP / Source: The Age)

A Eulogy for Trent the Cat (or, why I might believe in God)

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Today would have been my cat Trent’s 14th birthday.

Trent passed away on Monday night, so he never made it.

I won’t go into the details, but lets just say that it’s not the way I would have wanted him to go. Both my Dad and I are gutted, and we miss him terribly.

My dad bought him for my 18th birthday, and (being a typical 18 year old) I named him after Trent Reznor because I was all about Nine Inch Nails at the time and it just seemed like the thing to do.

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Bellabox January 2014

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My January Bellabox arrived in the mail today – YAY! It arrived two days after I received my initial tracking email, which is a huge improvement on previous months. Kudos to the Bellabox team for improving their communication about box delivery times and stepping up to meet their customers’ expectations.

While not quite as bad as last January’s box, I have to admit that this one was a little light on. There are definitely a few things I’ll enjoy using, but it really does feel like it’s just filled with leftovers from previous boxes.

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Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle

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I stumbled across Sarah Khandjian’s blog, Sarah Hearts, while I was searching for something completely unrelated. It’s gorgeous, and I absolutely love it! It’s the kind of blog I would never have come across if not by accident (as are most of the best ones I find!) and it has now been added to my list of leisurely weekend reading material.

What I love even more are the free wallpapers that she has designed – especially this inspirational quote for January. It really struck a chord with me, and I didn’t hesitate to set it as the wallpaper on my desktop.

Unhealthy comparisons are probably one of the biggest de-motivational tricks in our mind’s arsenal. There’s no point in starting a project and then looking at others who’ve long since started their own projects and thinking “oh, this is so crap compared to X, why isn’t it as good as theirs?”, then getting dejected and eventually just giving up altogether. I’m as guilty of this as everyone else, but I hope looking at this motivational quote whenever I turn on my computer will remind me that everyone has to start from scratch and work hard to build whatever they’re working on into something they can be proud of.

Download your own copy of Sarah’s awesome wallpaper here

(Image: Sarah Khandjian / Source: SarahHearts.com)

January graveyard shift

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Listen back: Graveyard Shift – 2 January 2014 | Download playlist

I’ll make no bones about it, I was completely exhausted during the show this morning. I tried to get some sleep beforehand but 2-3 restless hours probably made things worse, not better. Despite the handicap, I think I still managed to pull off a decent show and this was certainly helped by the fact that I was super-organised and had a great playlist of music ready to go.