Saturday, 18 April 2015

lusting over: biker jackets

biker jackets

Do you ever get late at night, regret filled thoughts? I do.

My most recent? It's been filled with non-buyer's remorse; why didn't I buy that perfect pale pink biker jacket from sportsgirl last spring?

To help kerb this trainwreck of a thought process, I scoured the internet looking for a suitable replacement. While none of these are as perfect as the one that got away, they're all pretty delicious. 

So delicious, I think I'm going to buy that pale blue beauty to tide me over. Bonus: it's on super sale with free shipping. 

Enjoy xo

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

lush // grave barrier reef // life's a beach body scrub - 1 million women collaboration

One of the (many) reasons I love Lush is due to their commitment and involvement with topical, ethical issues. I've never seen another company so passionate about campaigning and making a difference, as Lush. Over the years I have seen various campaigns come and go - some relating to animal issues (ending shark finning/culling), some relating to ethical organisations (Sea Shepherd), and notably, some relating to same sex marriage (eg. the sign of love campaign).

Now it's time to make a difference to the Great Barrier Reef; or what the campaign is calling the Grave Barrier Reef.

From April 7th to April 15th, Lush is joining forces with 1 Million Women, to help protect the Great Barrier Reef. Lush is selling a limited edition, Australian only product - called Life's A Beach. Lush is also campaigning, with 1 Million Women, to call on UNESCO's World Heritage committee to list the Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger' at their meeting later this year, through active petitioning in store and online.

The Great Barrier Reef is known as being one of the seven natural wonders of the world; it is very precious - supporting a wide array of animals and ecosystems (14 different types of coastal ecosystems!) - which then support and inhabit freshwater ecosystems in surrounding lakes, rivers and streams. The Great Barrier Reef is home to one of the world's most important dugong populations, and six of the world's seven species of marine turtle. It is the largest living structure on the planet, and the world's largest coral reef ecosystem. It is fragile, and it is under threat. We need to act now.

The Queensland Government is acting with overseas mining companies (Adani + GVK) to allow massive industrialization of the adjacent coastline for coal and gas ports. This increased developmental pressure creates catastrophic damage through dredging and dumping to maintain, and create shipping lanes. Dredging involves cutting away large areas of the sea floor, through lifting or sucking, and dumping it elsewhere; which then allows large ships to pass in lanes. When an area is dredged, any seagrass or marine animals living on the sea floor are eradicated. It can also cause the death of larger marine life, who are drawn into the path of the dredgers. Dreading may also stir up toxic chemicals, such as heavy metals; these toxins are likely to further decimate marine life in surrounding areas. It is anticipated that shipping movements through the reef will be doubled. The Queensland Government is putting big business and 4,000 mining jobs ahead of the Australian economy, and ahead of our environment. The Great Barrier Reef is a $6 billion industry; losing our reef would have long lasting, wide spread, devastating economic impact than any short term business opportunities being offered by mining companies.

Combine dredging with global warming and the Great Barrier Reef is in danger. Global warming has decimated approximately half of the reef's coral cover over the last three decades (since being inscribed as World Heritage). It has suffered a 10% loss from heat driven coral bleaching in this time too - the images for this campaign show how lush and abundant the reef once was, how it appears now, and the grave future for the reef if action is not taken.

Directly or indirectly, much of the planet's flora is impacted by the health of our oceans. Keeping the ocean healthy allows us to protect a resource that produces more oxygen than all of the rainforests combined, removes half of the atmosphere's man made carbon monoxide, and controls our planets temperature and weather. Our oceans are the most essential and also the most under threat environment on the planet.

Lush is supporting 1 Million Women in this campaign. They are an organisation actively campaigning and working against climate change. Their fight for the Great Barrier Reef is to have it declared 'in danger' by UNESCO's world heritage committee. 1 Million Women was launched in 2009, with the belief that throughout many well off nations, everyday lifestyles can be wasteful and polluting, and that we are consuming too much for our planet to handle. Their solution is to consume less, and get more out of life. Women make up to 85% of the household purchases; they hold the majority of the buying power, and thus are able to make the biggest changes in their choices. If 1 million women made one better choice, however small that choice is, it can lead to real change.

Life's A Beach is a charity body scrub, smelling slightly sweet, summery and fresh. To me it smells like fresh cut watermelon on a hot summer's day. The fragrance is based on a Cosmetics To Go fragrance known as African Companion. You can use this scrub after you have washed with a soap or shower gel, or use it on its own. As mentioned before, this is an Australian exclusive product, that is in super limited release. I would suggest either buying it online, or heading in to your local Lush store as soon as possible to secure a pot for yourself. All proceeds (minus the Government enforced GST) goes directly to 1 Million Women's campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef. 

While in store, please stop to sign the petition. All it takes is a full name, contact email, and signature. If you can't make it in store, please sign the petition online here. The aim of the petition is to demonstrate the strength of public opinion. Time is of the essence, acting sooner will increase our chances of making real change. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

my new slice of heaven // kawaii $2.80

If you don't know me in real life, you may not know of my love affair with bargains, pink things, or cute and functional items A really exciting shop that ticks all those boxes has just opened in Adelaide  - Kawaii $2.80. Following in the same stream as Daiso, every item in the shop is the same price - and as the name suggests, it's all $2.80. If you're a bargain queen like myself, your heart rate may be raising slightly higher at the sound of such a heavenly place. Let it pump. It's totally worth it. 

The new shop (sister to an existing shop tucked away in the Central Markets) is located just around the corner from Charlesworth nuts at the end of Rundle Mall, on King William Street. I am now fearful for my bank account, because this is within walking distance from work... it's not like I've already visited three times in the past week or something...

As you can see by my subpar collage, they sell an assortment of adorable items in a beautiful little shop. It's light, bright, clean and organised and not as overwhelming as some similar shops can be.

This sea otter soap reminded me of my friend, and fellow blogger - nicoleburgers. Yep, they even sell cute novelty soaps. They have dedicated sections - eg, kitchen, storage, cleaning, makeup/beauty - throughout the shop, which makes it easier to pop in quickly if you're after something in particular. 

Yep. Pink lover over here. I have to admit... some of the items I picked up and couldn't put down and I haven't quite worked out where they will slot into my life. Butttttt items such as the baskets have already come in handy - the rectangle one in the top right hand corner is holding a bunch of Lush black pots in my bathroom.

And I used the adorable bunny loofah and pink microfibre hair turban in the best bath of my life, as well.

On my second dash into the shop, I walked through some of the aisles I rushed through previously, and picked up a few more goodies. Is there a Kawaii $2.80 shopaholics anonymous?

Do you have a similar shop where you're from? What bargains do you pick up? x