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Spring/Summer Style Forecast: Warm-Weather Wonders To Buy Now!

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Spring is here, and it’s time to ditch the winter coats and heavy knits. If your wardrobe is in need of a warm-weather revamp, you’ve come to the right place. With blue skies and sun-drenched days on the horizon, it’s time to embrace spring/summer style. Here are some of the hottest trends to try now!

Sheer beauty
When it’s warm outside, the last thing you want is to wear tops or blouses made from thick, clingy fabrics. The good news is that this spring/summer, lightweight sheer designs are everywhere. Think loose-fitting shirts and floaty, feminine dresses. Opt for a maxi for daytime drinks, a trip to the races or a spring wedding or go for a Bardot top and cut-off denim shorts if you’re chilling out at the park or hitting the shops. If you’re not a fan of the girly look, you can toughen up your outfit with an oversized denim shirt, a backpack from Designer Online or some flatform trainers. Take care when you’re copying the sheer trend to protect your modesty. If you’ve got a completely transparent dress, for example, invest in a nude slip to wear underneath.

Megan Washington

Power shoulders
If you’re a fan of the 80’s, the catwalks bring good news! Power shoulders are back in a big way, so now is the time to embrace your inner diva. You can go all-out with metallics or velvet for a dramatic look, or you can keep things slightly more understated and subtle with an LBD with shoulder pads.

fluffy shoulders

Florals
Florals work all year-round, and they’re a great addition to any wardrobe. Now that lighter days and warmer climes are on the way, replace dark colours and bold prints with pastel shades, bright tones, and more intricate prints. You can wear florals in so many ways. Celebrate the trend in a patterned dress or a chic blouse or use floral accessories, such as a printed clutch or embroidered pumps, to liven up your spring basics.

Brown Leather Bag: Bricks and Bags

Ahoy there!
Nautical stripes are back again this spring. A perennial winner in the warm-weather style stakes, stripes are easy to wear, and they add an instant touch of sophistication to any outfit. Opt for striped cigarette pants for a formal occasion or a nautical top with skinny jeans, a cross-body bag and leather sandals for an effortlessly trendy daytime look. Stripes are often feared because people worry that they are unflattering. If you’re petite or you’re eager to look slimmer, stick to vertical stripes.

blue white stripes romper

Spring has arrived, and before we know it, summer will be here, and it’ll be time to hit the beach, fire up the barbeque, and spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. In the warmer months, it’s all about looking great and being comfortable. Avoid heavy fabrics and clingy styles and go for items that you can throw on with minimal hassle. Take a look at new trends online, get some styling tips, and have fun with spring/summer fashion! You don’t have to tick off every trend with every outfit. Combine elements, mix and match and choose styles, colours, and prints that you love.

My First Kombucha

Bushfires near me
Watch the world (well state) burn at Fires Near Me. Thanks for all your great work, RFS!!!

So, it was 35 degrees here today, there were fires all around the lake and Cessnock area, and I was a little hot under the collar so finally decided to try one of the bottles of Kombucha based drink I’d won a month or so back but was yet to brave because WTF is this stuff??

Kombucha

And you know what? It may be the heatstroke, but this stuff was tasty! I can’t ever bring myself to buy anything with all the claims it has on the label, but I’m certainly going to try the other Tea Gardens Kombucha flavours I have at the back of the fridge!

Best thing? It’s a local hunter company, yup in Tea Gardens!

… as long as the fires don’t scare them away!

I know what you ate last month – November 2015

I ate so much in November…. Here’s a few things you missed!

Funghi pizza crust

The from The Porcini Funghi Pizza from Crust (gifted). Amazingly tasty mushrooms, cheeeeeeesy sauces, and you can win a Vespa when you order until Dec 21!

salmon

Salmon from Costi’s. Because it’s always Friday.

salad

Salad bowls with feta, tuna, olives and or whatever I find in the fridge!

lemon chicken

Chicken with McKenzies flavoured salts (salts were gifted) and a lemon up its butt.

McKenzies Salt

(The garlic salt is great on chippies)

Vegetarian Burger Newy Burger Co

Vegetarian burgers at Newy Burger Co

pineapple juice  poppers

and frozen pineapple juice poppers.

What’s been on your menu?

Heat Wave Hacks for the Long Hot Summer Ahead

So, the last three days were over 35 degrees, and so, we’ve hit summer head-on.

What are some ways to survive the Australian summer ahead with your sanity intact?

$25 Big W pool

Invest in a backyard pool. $25 from Big W.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Only go out at night.

EastCoast Juice

Drink locally produced East Coast juice.

Peppermint Drumstick

Take advantage of icecream specials at your local shop.

train selfie

Catch a train. It’s totally more relaxing than driving to Sydney.

Best n Less thongs

Invest in a range of thongs and sandals.

Crust seafood Pizza

Order takeaway or home delivery rather than heating up your own kitchen.

Drink Cider

Drink cold beverages. Refrigerated your wine. Don’t be scared to add ice.

What are your key tips for surviving summer?

Swim-Season Essentials

This post contains a variety of gifted and purchased items

speers point pool

Finally talked myself into joining the council swimming pool that I can see from my backyard. Summer is SO here already and it’s time to get swimming! I did 20 laps (1km) with the kickboard both today and yesterday, and plan to keep building that up over the two short months until Christmas! I got a month-long pass ($36 for pensioners or $3 a visit) so I can go any time the pool is open! I’m really lloking forward to next month when it opens 6am-6pm weekdays so I can avoid the sun more.

In the meantime, what does a girl need to get her swim on?

Swimming and Library Cards

Pool membership? Tick! (Say NO to Council Mergers in NSW!!!)

Surania Swimmers kickboard swimming cap banana boat sunscreen

After that, my two essentials are: Something to wear, and sunscreen! I’d happily swim in shorts and a tshirt, or like when I go to the beach a quick drying dress and undies, but a good sunscreen is a must, and I’ve been loving the “Sport CoolZone 50+” from Banana Boat (received as sample). It ticks the boxes for me – Broad Spectrum, 50+ (the highest rating for Australia) and 4 hour water resistant – which for me means reapplying every hour instead of every 20 mins :/ *whitest girl alive*

The CoolZone sunscreen does actually feel quite cool on the skin, so refreshing on a hot day, and is not at all greasy so I’ll coat myself in it gladly!

ready to swim!

The next thing is swimwear, and I’ve been very comfortably splashing around in my made to measure (!!!) cossie from Surania (received for review). I know I know, why bother with made to measure? Well, as a “pear shape” (who is a little more appley than she’d like at the moment) I’ve had plenty of issues all my life where items of clothing such as dresses and one-piece swimmers, while I have to buy them to fit my butt, they end up baggy around the chest, or slipping off my shoulders. So, I leapt at the chance to try ordering a cossie online that was made to MY measurements.

I picked out the colours and fabric for my “full suit” (from AU$79.95) which has a tie back, and had the option of entering my “top” (chest and cupsize) and “bottom sizing, or entering in detail my height, waist, hip, bust and lower chest measurements, which I went with!

Surania Measurements

So, this cossie fits me wonderfully, doesn’t ride up my butt, and doesn’t fall off my shoulders. I’ll call that a win!

Surania Cossie

Next up are the swim cap and kick board. I personally hate wearing swim caps, but I got a new PINK one because I might just wear it, or might be irritated with my hair one day, or not want it as wet… like when I next colour it! I don’t want to to trailing purple behind me. I’m not a unicorn!

The kickboard is a MUST for me. Picked this sweetie up on ebay for $5. I’m re-learning to use my arms for frestyle and to put my face in the water (yeah, goggles might help, but I also dislike them! Too restrictive on my face…. do they make prescription ones? because I can’t see the clock from the pool with my glasses off). Kick kick kick. I have pretty strongs legs too, so it’s a little bit cheaty ;)

schick hydro justice smooth and groom

A good razor (gifted). I actually prefer my girl’s Schick to this one here, but B has been using it on his face and loving it. The Schick Hydro Gel (gifted) comes in handy when I’ve been slack in maintaining my bikini line (I know I know, don’t shave it, I know waxing is better, but I get slack and aren’t that great at thinking ahead)… so to be a little less fuzzy I’m happy for a quick shave. I also realise that while doing laps at the pool it REALLY doesn’t matter if I’m a little fuzzy or not, but I notice it on myself.

cetaphil

Moisturisers and conditioners are a must in summer. Once I wash off that chlorine, I need to re-hydrate my hair in some way!!

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Are you ready for swim season? Is there anything I’ve missed?

(Aside from painted toenails. A must in Summer)

20 laps! Kickboard enabled butbits been awaile!

Look how happy it makes me!!!

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