Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Favourites

For the last day of September, (now where did that time go??!) I have done a video to show you a few of my favourite things for this month.

So....I hope you enjoy!
Looking forward to seeing what October brings!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Montana West Handbag

I've been loving my new handbag.  But then who doesn't love a new handbag?!  I haven't had a new one in a while, although I'm not counting the gi-normous nappy bag I got for my birthday at the start of last year....which just isn't the same...something that is going to hold mountains of wipes and nappies and bottles and random toys is hardly glamorous.
This bag is very glamorous. 
I had no intention of buying it actually, and I wasn't sure about the whole fringe thing, but then it really grew on me.  I had wandered into my favourite country clothing store, Gippsland Country Outfitters, and there was this gorgeous bag plus another one that was way more 'blingy'.   Wandering around the store, admiring all the shirts and trying on a few gorgeous Wrangler jeans, I still kept being drawn back to these bags. 
I'm sorry...but I just couldn't help myself!  I ummed and ahhed between the two but decided that the 'bling' was just too much 'bling' for me (since I'm not very 'blingy' at all), and even though it was beautiful, I went the safer option and chose this one.  My logic was that I might end up being too scared to use the one with the 'bling' and it would live it's days out 'blinging' away quietly to itself in my wardrobe.  Can I say 'bling' one more time??  .....'bling'.
So, giving my new bag, and my new camera a run, I went out and took some shots....(and learned how to use the timer on my camera).
Why am I always so serious in selfies??
I think probably because I feel a little ridiculous taking photos of myself....
These are a pair of favourite jeans by Ariat by the way.  I love the red, cream and yellow stitching detail on the back pockets.  My shirt is one I've had for years and is by Wrangler.  I'm wearing it open over a white singlet I picked up for $3 from Kmart.  My cowboy boots are Ariats.  I love my boots and wear them almost every day. 
I think here I was checking that the kids hadn't run away.
I really like the silver details on the bag.  On the reverse it also has a handy zip pocket, plus it has a smaller pocket to fit your mobile phone.  This doesn't have a zip, but you want quick access to your phone anyway.  I know I do because I'm clumsy and have trouble answering a touch screen.  I'm such a doofus. 

You can visit Montana West here and drool over their range of gorgeous bags, wallets, accessories, home d├ęcor and apparel.  What a pity (for my husband) that I discovered this website......
Any hoo...  here is a close up of my makeup if you are interested..
Oooo...I look so grumpy!  I think I might have had to yell at the kids just before I took this one.  They were throwing their toys out the car window.  My eye shadow is from my lovely Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette that I have already mentioned in a previous post and my lipstick is by Cowgirl Dirt and is the colour 'Tea Rose'.

I took these photos just south of my town.  We took a drive around a few back roads to find a nice secluded quiet spot.  On the way home I took this shot.
This is the view North and the hazy mountains in the background are the Baw Baw's.  The town nestled in the groove there is where I live!  Pretty sweet hey?!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Welcome to Vlogging!

Ok!  So I never thought that I would try my hand at videos, but since attracting some positive attention (due to my Australian accent!!) because of a small video I did to announce my Moo Goo Giveaway, and since I also just got a snappy new camera this week that is a video recorder as well as a camera (who would have thunk it!), I have decided to give it a bit of a whirl.

This video is simply a Welcome Video to explain what I plan to do so I hope you enjoy it and please forgive my 'green-ness'....I'm new at this!
For my next video I plan on taking you out and about with me to show you some beautiful country scenery and introduce you to some of the lovely animals in my life!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Makeup Before & After

The other day I got to play guinea pig!  I have a friend who has been doing makeup for many years but has only fairly recently taken it to a whole other level, after doing a professional makeup course, and is now really launching her business.  So as a result she is setting up her new website and wanting Before and After shots to showcase her work.  You can see more of her work here at Caz Buckley Makeup Artist.
So here's where I came in.
I don't make a very good model really, because I'm a bit of an introvert and certainly prefer to be behind the camera instead of in front of it, but nonetheless, it was kind of fun to see the end result.
I took a shot before.  This is me not long out of bed, no makeup, nothing...
Phwoar!!  Why does my nose look so enormous!?!  It's actually not...but anyway.
So not long after Caz turned up with bags and boxes and suitcases on wheels and a whole great stack of makeup artist paraphernalia.  Wow.  There's no travelling light when you are a makeup artist!  This was just some of her makeup apparently. 
A lot different from my job!  I leave the house with my camera, tripod, Dictaphone, notebook and a pen.
Anyway, after almost three hours (I think it was), and while my children tore my house apart (because I was rendered helpless while I sat in the chair), I was turned from my normal plain puffy looking self into this....
I scrub up ok?  I thought so!  Although it is way more makeup than I would ever wear I did like how it accentuated my eyes and I loved what she did to my hair.
There were so many pins in my hair I could have tuned in to satellite TV!  I really liked it and later went out to town to buy my new camera and washing machine looking this glam.  I did, however, remove the makeup first because I looked more like I was set to go out to a nightclub so I did feel a little overdone for Warragul.
Here's a few more shots.
And the eyes...
I thought it looked amazing!  Caz did a brilliant job.  A very different me!!
What do you think?


Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly Retail Therapy

It is not very often that I indulge in a bit of retail therapy.  For some reason, this week, I have almost over indulged.  It's been heavenly!
There were a couple of long overdue MAJOR purchases that just had to be made.  The first of these is pretty boring really, but totally necessary.  I had to buy a new washing machine because my current washing machine damaged itself whilst trying to escape.  No really.  I came home one day to find my washing machine in the middle of the laundry room.  This is not where it started out when I left, leaving it doing a load for me while I was out.  Somehow it had managed to shuffle itself out from it's little niche next to the bench, it then turned a corner, and it walked itself literally half way across the room.  The only thing that stopped it from escaping (I am assuming it was trying to run away to join the circus), was the fact that it was plugged in at the wall.  One little minor detail and it's freedom was foiled.
Anyway, it is being delivered on Wednesday and I am very excited because I am sick of having to mop up the giant puddle of water after I do a load.
The other major MAJOR purchase which I am highly excited about is my new camera!! 
Now I have had my old DSLR for almost 10 years and it has served me well.  But it is getting a little dated, and if the truth be told, it's actually a little broken...
So I have updated and gone with this....
.....the Canon 70D.  (Clap hands with glee and jump up and down.)
I am sooooo excited about this because not only is it a whizz bang camera but it is also a VIDEO CAMERA!!  I'm freaking out!  And it has a huge LCD screen (my old one was teeny tiny, not LCD, and when I viewed my images I could hardly see them because a) they were so little and b) I'm long sighted and getting older and my eyes are no longer what they were.)  This LCD screen is also a TOUCH SCREEN!!!  Sorry for screaming but I'm a wee bit excited!!  Anyway, I finally got it after lusting after it for about 6 months after I decided that since I work as a photographer for a magazine I had better get me a better camera.
Ok, enough of the camera. 
This week I also ventured out (with the kids, which is brave) to Traralgon, which is a town a bit further East from where I live.  I have never 'done the shops' here.  I don't know why because there is an awful lot of shops and they are really quite good.  These were my purchases...
This T-shirt was from Jeans West, which is a fairly low priced kind of store, but I liked this happy floral print.  I'm not big on the geometric designs that are around at the moment.  In fact I hate them, but I am pleased to see that pretty floral bits are drifting in so I thought I would make the most of it.
My other purchase was a little more pricey...
These boots were $219 but as they were Winter stock I got them at half price!!  I plan on wearing these with skirts, and maybe dresses if I'm brave enough to put one on this Spring/Summer.
Earlier this week I also bought another pair of shoes....
Everybody collectively go "Awwww....."  Cute hey?!  These are my daughter's very first pair of shoes.  Just last week she has started walking everywhere properly, and even though she is pretty unsteady still, I decided that a pair of shoes is a good idea since we do go out to the farm a lot and now I can put her down outside.  She was so funny the first time we put them on her.  I really wished I had filmed it.  I guess now, with my new camera, I can!!  (sorry...I wasn't going to mention my new obsession again now was I.)
The final thing I got this week was actually another large purchase, although this was something I have had on layby for eons, so it was great to finally pick it up.
Yes...it's a blender.  But not just any blender....a KitchenAid blender!  A bit boring I know but it is sort of exciting.  I mean now I can make milkshakes and cocktails (just in case by some strange chance we ever happen to have a party), and come Winter I can do soups!  It has quite a few different functions, which I am still yet to try out, but I if I do happen to have that cocktail night I will share some of my creations. But in the meantime it will sit in my laundry (the only place there is room for it) and most likely gather a bit of dust (like all electrical appliances do!).
What exciting purchase did you make this week?


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Giveaway Winner!

Ok, so here is my very first video I have ever attempted...so forgive how daggy I am, but I have drawn the winner for my Moo Goo Giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered and to all my lovely followers for reading!  I shall do another giveaway of some sort at some stage so stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Riding With My Bestie

It was another glorious day yesterday, so taking advantage of the perfect Spring weather I invited my bestest best friend from school down for a ride. 
Megs and I have one of those lovely friendships where even if we don't see each other for awhile when we do manage to catch up it's like we've never been apart.  Which is kind of handy since she spent the best part of about 10 years working on yachts overseas.  Lucky girl!  This is her on Sabre, my husband's horse...which he actually refers to now as 'Meaghan's horse', since this is the third time we have gone out for a ride like this. 
She lives an hour and a half away so it's a semi-regular sort of thing.  I dropped the kids off at my Mum's and escaped for a good three hours!
For the first time I got a couple of photos of me actually on my horse!  See...I'm not just a shadowy figure as I was here. 
We had a marvellous time.  We clip clopped up and down the roads.  We stopped and let ourselves through the top gate into the far back paddock.  Then we wandered on through our sheep with all their sweet lambs, scattering them as we went (unintentionally), and had a good canter up and over the hills.  We also trudged through a few good boggy bits, slushed through a big bit of water and had to convince the horses to navigate a narrow bridge. (Ok..so Megs had to get off Sabre to convince him first and then Ruby followed)
All in all a great ride.  And no one was thrown off!  Not like me the last time we went out together!  Now that was a fun day.....
This was taken as we were coming into the front gate on the way home.  Here I am going down the driveway...
This is, of course, always the horse's favourite part of the ride. 
After getting all their gear off, and a quick brush down, we loaded ourselves up with carrots (which I have a massive bag of in the back of my car for such 'horse related emergencies') and we let them go in the paddock.
I always love their first reaction...
Silly horse!  Not really her best angle...
Here I think she is either trying to gain her balance back or she is wondering if she completely mucked up her mane and does she need to fix her 'do'.
Maybe not.  She then went to check on Sabre....

"I reckon I'm right buggered Ruby..."




Monday, September 22, 2014

The Best Spring Day

I follow a lot of lovely blogs where the bloggers are currently enjoying that spectacular time of year where the weather starts to cool, the leaves turn a myriad of reds, oranges and browns, and they can pull out the dark lipstick again!  I, on the other hand, reside in the Southern Hemisphere, and Spring has well and truly made an appearance.  This is one of my favourite views, which our sheep and newborn lambs are currently enjoying.
For some reason I am always surprised (and even a little alarmed) when the first buds of blossom come out, as well as the daffodils that pop up all along the roadside.  They never wait for the official start of Spring, and start to show their faces when there is still quite a few weeks of Winter left.  I'm always left feeling a bit..."What the??"  But nevertheless, it is lovely and extremely cheerful!
This gorgeous tree is in my mother in-law's garden at their farm.  It's quite spectacular because it has blooms in two different colours!  Like it can't quite make up it's mind.
Yesterday turned into a perfect Sunday.  We had another set of triplets (our ewes that is...not me!)...so now we have a total of six sets!  Considering we have never had triplets this is crazy!  We are getting towards the end of our lambing now and it will be interesting to see what the final head count is.
I took out my horse, and surprisingly, she behaved herself.  Although she did tease my brother in-law's horse somewhat while we were wandering past his paddock, and next minute Jack is trying to climb over the fence...then he has his leg stuck in the fence...then he's pulling on it and next thing the fence is down and Jack is jogging along beside us down the road.  A quick phone call to my brother in-law and we pushed Jack up into his driveway, but still...I don't like too much excitement when I'm on my not-so-trustworthy stead.
This is my shadow riding up the road...
So far the only photos I have of myself on my horse are those taken by me...and it seems I only consist of a shadowy figure whilst riding.  Perhaps I'm breaking into new Superhero territory here?  Tomorrow (which is Tuesday) my best mate is coming down and we are taking the horses out together so I will get a photo taken of myself I think.  Just to prove I really did it.  And that I actually exist.  Note...I'm always the one with the camera at family functions so I am hardly ever in photos.  I know my kids are going to look back on our lives and wonder where the hell I was and what I looked like!
So far I am yet to get a good photo of my horse, which is terrible really since I work as a photographer for a living, but one day. 
I hope everyone had lovely weekends and managed to be photographed!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

How to Make Up Like a Busy Mum

Makeup and I go through phases.  I wear it for a while and then I don't wear it for ages.  It gets all too hard because I'm last in the line when it comes to getting ready in the morning.  You know how it is...making sure the four year old is wearing pants, dressing the three year old because he's too stubborn to do it himself, checking the eleven year old has brushed his teeth, organising my little girl....the list goes on.
Lately, however, I've tried to put a bit more effort into myself, because...well...I've reached middle-age (which is alarming...where did that time go?) and having a much younger husband I want to stay looking as nice as I can for as long as humanly possible. 
So....this has lead to me being able to slap on a bit of makeup in the minimal amount of time, AND in such a way that I'm pretty sure my husband doesn't think I'm wearing it.  Then of course, maybe he just never really notices what I look like anyway (?!!)  (I certainly hope not.)
Probably one of the biggest tips my Mum ever passed on to me was to moisturise my face everyday.  This is a habit she instilled in me when I was fourteen and I have been doing it everyday ever since.  So this is always the start of my routine.  The other thing that has been a habit more recently is my love affair with eye creams and the old 'anti-wrinkle'.  For those of you who are in your 20s and hate the odd spot and blemish just focus for a second on the lovely smooth skin under your eyes and savour this loveliness.  Wrinkles under your eyes are such a bummer.  Slightly unavoidable, but nevertheless the bane of my existence.  My advice...wear sunscreen everyday without fail and wear sunglasses!! (I need to listen to this second piece of advice!)
Anyway, so here goes with my 'Busy Mum Makeup Routine'. 
So, here's my trusty Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream.  On the packaging it stated that if my wrinkles hadn't improved in four weeks I get my money back.  I've been using this for about a week, along with the Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, and I tell you what...I've noticed a big difference.  I'm in love with these two products.  I am also back using this one...
The Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream with SPF 30+.  Two big 'Hip-Hoorays' for me here..the Anti-Wrinkle bit again (sounds like a favourite relative...my old Auntie Wrinkle), and the sun protection.  I was using this when I first met my husband about 6 years ago.  (Maybe this was why he thought I was 25 when I was in fact 34?)  Don't know why I stopped really.  It's the bomb.
I'm not really a fan of foundation.  I think the whole pancake thick, slap-on-with-a-shovel look is pretty ghastly.  I hardly ever wear it..only when I go out somewhere flash, which is once in a blue moon, so basically never.  Then they invented BB creams!  I started using this one a couple of years ago, then stopped because I forgot to, and now I'm back on it.  This L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream comes out sort of a grainy white, but turns to a foundation colour on your skin.  It's so light and I don't apply a thick layer at all.  I just use it to conceal the extra nasty bits.
Ooo..then I discovered that they did a blush too.  This L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Blush in Universal Rosy blobs out like a bright pink gel...and you go "Whoa...I'm not wearing my clown outfit today.." but then when you dab it on and rub it in the after effect is very natural.  It was expensive for such a little tube ($25) but you only need the tiniest little amount, which I smear between two fingers and use on both cheeks.
Note...I was actually doing my makeup while I was taking these photos...pausing between each step to snap a picture.  Then suddenly this starts going on.

This is pretty standard when you are a Mum...
Then I pull out the big guns and have a play with the new eye shadow palette that I bought, the Two Faced Chocolate Bar, which I reviewed here.  I use three colours, the White Chocolate all over my lid up to the brow bone, the Marzipan over my lid and blend in a bit of darker Haute Chocolate on the rim of my lid and in the corners.  The left side of this palette are all day time shades, whereas the right side has a bit of brighter pink (Strawberry Bon Bon) and mauve (Candied Violet) for night time looks.  Hopefully I will get taken out on a 'date night' sometime soon and I can try these out!
Then it's mascara...
I've been using the Maybelline Great Lash mascara for years.  A bit boring and there are probably some fantastic ones out there but this is cheap, I can get it when I'm shopping for nappies and other boring bits, and if it 'ain't broke why fix it?'  It works fine.
Then it's one more sneaky secret squirrel product...
This Nanoblur stuff is great.  It goes on top of everything else to help correct those eye wrinkles.  My sister in-law put me on to this.  It's fabulous. 
Today I gave my new Dusty Girls Lip Shine a go, (see the review here.)  I'm really happy with this. Nice and natural looking and a hint of pink which is lovely for Spring.

Errghh..ignore my horrible thumb nail.  Pretty sure it's farm dirt or sheep or horse...
So this is my finished look (and please don't laugh...I take a terrible selfie)
Not sure what I was looking at here.... out the window and hoping to escape??
Of course while I was taking the 5 minutes to put all that on (yes, you have to be quick)...my boys were doing this....

Excellent..... They're like the ocean.  Never turn your back on them.