Month: January 2015

White Chalk On Houzz – Geometric Style

White Chalk On Houzz – Geometric Style

We love a geometrical accent…and so does this Houzz contributor who featured our White Chalk custom gate…

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Click here to see full article. http://bit.ly/1zFIzJB

…Sx

Airbrush MakeUp

Airbrush MakeUp

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of years ago I was convinced by a Napoleon Perdis sales assistant, to try their Boudoir Mist Spray foundation.  It would apparently create a flawless complexion, even my skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Kim Kardashian flawless ?

An Instagram filter in real time? Yes Please!

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At $69 for a small thin aerosol can I was hesitant, but decided to give it shot. Once at home I sprayed a fine spray evenly over my face and I was impressed. It certainly did have that ‘airbrushed’ look to it. I liked the results, so I used it daily. The down side is that regular use meant that after only one week, I had finished the can. This could have turned into a very expensive obsession, so I decided to quit cold turkey and go back to using my regular liquid foundations that last way longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 11.05.43 amThen when travelling to the US, I came across the Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation. Once again an airbrush foundation with an ultrafine mist for flawless makeup results at home. I tried it in store. Loved it and bought a basket load of bottles..at only $29 USD it was way better value, and the results were on par with the Napoleon version.

Unfortunately this foundation is not available in any Sephora worldwide other than the States, (to my knowledge, trust me I’ve tried a lot of places to find it, but happy to be proven wrong!) which is frustrating, so make sure you put your order in when a friend is heading over to America. My poor friend happened to check in on FB whilst in Sephora in Honolulu and I frantically messaged her before she could leave, begging for bottles of that face lift filter in a can! She obliged!

 

I now use my regular foundations on a daily basis, and if I’m heading out somewhere special, or at night, I use the Spray Mist for an extra dollop of flawless.

Check out my before and after pics below.

I used Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation. Colour Medium.

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…Sx

Click on Links for More info:

http://napoleonperdis.com/aus/makeup/face/foundation/boudoir-mist-spray-foundation.html

http://www.sephora.com/perfection-mist-airbrush-foundation-P381155

Istanbul Eat and Drinks Diary Part One

Istanbul Eat and Drinks Diary Part One

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We toured 4 countries in close to 4 weeks and the most anticipated destination on our European vay-cay for me was Turkey. Steeped in history and culture, this was the one stop I wanted to immerse myself completely in the surroundings. We flew Agean Airlines from Mykonos, a quickie layover in Athens and we were on our way to Istanbul. Flying in low over this magnificent land and once again I was pinching myself. I had arranged, for a local driver to collect us and take us to the hotel, The Hotel Arcadia Blue.  http://www.hotelarcadiablue.com

 

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This is one of many luxurious hotels situated directly opposite the famous Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet. And it did not disappoint. Upmarket hotel. Stunning outlook. I mainly chose this locale so we could see the Blue Mosque and hear the call to prayer from our rooms. We were visiting during Ramadan, this is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and every day during this month, over 1 billion Muslims worldwide spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.

No food, drink, smoking or any other pleasure from day break until dusk. They are allowed to eat at midnight, and pray 5 times in the 24 hour period. The prayer was loud and often. Even more surreal was the hauntingly beautiful sound of the prayers being broadcast over the city. A very spine tingly, rare and treasured experience. Even through triple glazed windows at 3am!

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When travelling to Istanbul, the biggest decision you will make is where to book your accommodation. The city is divided by the Bosphorus River into 2 sections. The European section and The Asian section. I opted to stay in the European side, and I think for first timers this was the best choice. Sultanahmet district is in the heart of historic Old Istanbul, some buildings dating back 300 thousand years, which in itself is just incredible. It is very easy to navigate your way around. After only a few hours, you feel comfortable, safe and confident to wander the steep streets and explore. There are many hotels, restaurants, bars, and some interesting shopping stalls in this area.

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On our first day, once settled into the hotel, we headed straight out towards the Blue Mosque, and stumbled across a market full of exotic foods and traditional arts and crafts. Turkish Delight, fez hats, brightly coloured ceramics, hookah pipes…so stereotypically perfectly Turkey! The sights and sounds are just as you can imagine, and it is very crowded. Unfortunately we were unable to enter the Blue Mosque at this time, as it was prayer and only Muslims were allowed to enter. We were told, “Come back tomorrow”…So we headed off to find a local restaurant and try out the traditional cuisine.

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Back at the hotel, away from the crowded streets and with a belly full of lamb and Turkish hot bread, I was fully entrenched in the Islamic Middle Eastern vibe. I sipped Turkish Tea…ate Turkish delight…held my newly purchased green prayer beads and closed my eyes and embraced the Ramadan midnight call to prayer.

Day one done and done.

 

…Sx

Mirror Mirror on the Wall | The Mirror of the Future

Mirror Mirror on the Wall | The Mirror of the Future

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I saw this post on MotherBoard and thought it was quite fascinating…the way of our future…Enjoy.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-mirrors-of-the-future-will-point-out-all-your-flaws-to-sell-you-products

 

…Sx

Hobart Eat and Drinks Diary Part Two | MONA

Hobart Eat and Drinks Diary Part Two | MONA

MONA

 

 

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MONA. (Museum of Old and New Art)

The must do when going to Hobart is to visit Mona. Built into a cliff on the Berriedale Peninsula, (approx 30 minutes from the CBD),  it was opened in 2011 and is the brainchild of owner David Walsh, a multimillionaire gambler and art collector. Walsh has described his MONA as a “subversive adult Disneyland” and he’s not far off.

 

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Even before you enter the museum, you realise that this guy means business. His reserved car space is loud and obnoxious. I find it intriguing and kind of cool. He probably doesn’t have a lot of friends.

 

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You enter the museum on the top floor and descend via a spiral staircase deep into the earth. From there, visitors slowly work their way back up towards the light, as there are no windows in the galleries. Walsh’s vision is almost wacky in its ability to entertain. This is not a traditional museum, but one that is designed to sometimes shock, sometimes disturb, but overall initiate discussion.

 

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Each visitor is given the equivalent of an iPhone on a lanyard- there aren’t any signs or labels next to the exhibits. Push a button on your electronic device and all the nearby art exhibits are displayed. Press the button for your exhibit of choice to learn about it. Hit “Gonzo” and get a summary; press “Art Wank” and receive greater detail about the piece. You may learn more about the art, the artist or even details on how the curator obtained the piece.

 

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The sheer volume of the rock face around you is amazing. The art work is provocative and very sexual, it is still ok for kids as it is easy to by pass the super weird gallery section. But parental discretion is advised. Plaster cast vaginas line one wall, and the ‘poo machine’ is hard to miss. This section has working machinery mimicking our digestive system. It smells wretched. I feel sorry for the security guy who drew the short straw on that look out. And they call it art!

 

 

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Then that part of the day when you head out to the open ‘cellar door’ grassed area. Grab a bottle of the local wine, a platter of food and relax in over sized beanbags while listening to the musical talent of the alternative band performing. I felt like I was at a rad music festival. And I was 21…It was fine.

 

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MONA is a full on brand and business. Transport options are numerous. The Mona ferry can take you from Salamanca to the museum, the Mona Hummer can pick you up bring you to the museum and deliver you safety back to your hotel, The Mona bike hire is available from the Brook St ferry, The Mona seaplane…well, you would if you could…

 

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Plus you can book your wedding, Christmas lunch, a function, a birthday…a conference…or hang out alone in the venue centre or restaurant. Spoilt for choice.

 

So next time you are in Tassie…. go to MONA…it is an intensely visceral, thoroughly engaging, conversation starter. (Oh..and if you visit the rest room…sit down and relax…then look overhead..and enjoy the image…if you dare)

 

 

…Sx

 

Links:

https://www.mona.net.au