Thursday, 11 September 2014

HOME // And in our moments filled with joy, is where I live, where I am free


[Lyrics // Tim McMorris- "overwhelmed"]
Last week I shared photos of our the current state of our bathroom, or the space where a bathroom will be. And I’ll be honest, it’s kinda scary to see how bare the space is. And the fact that it doesn’t even look like a bathroom anymore is even more scary.
So since it’s far from being a functional space I’ve been collecting images of pretty bathrooms that I wish was mind. I'd love an all white bathroom, but with some warmer tones in there as well, like wood and black slate.
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I’m not sure how this space will turn out, it’s little overwhelming. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent looking at floor tiles. I keep changing my mind. I’m sure there are others out there that feel the same way when they get there first home. But overwhelming as it is, I am exciting and enjoying every bit of it.

Are you renovating your home? or know of anyone who is blogging about there renovating stories? I'd love to hear about it.

Jrae
xo xo

Monday, 8 September 2014

BEAUTY // Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art

[Quote // Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Lets talk about beauty, just for a moment. Everyone's skin is different, with different concerns/ needs. Today I wanted to share the current products that have been working for me. My skin is Normal/ Combination, but when it’s that time of the mouth my skin gets pretty dry. So with that in mind here is my current skincare routine;
I start my day with cleansing my face with Garnier micellar cleansing water to wake up my skin first thing in the morning, I also use it at the end of the end to take my make off. Next I use Sanctuary Fresh Faced Purifying wash, which I use this in the shower to really cleanse my face. After my shower I apply my toner, which is another sanctuary product (side note I love Sanctuary products and have been using them for many years) Pore Refining Toner, it’s a great pore minimising toner. Next I apply small amount of Indeed Labs Hydraluron moisture boosting facial serum, you honestly only need very small amount of this stuff and it keeps your skin hydrated and glowing all day long. Next is the moisturiser, at the moment I’ve been using the L’Oreal Paris skin perfection day moisturiser which is a new product for me but really loving. My favourite thing about this moisturiser is that it doubles as a eye cream, which is perfect for those days when I haven’t had must sleep and I wake up with black circles under my eyes (so not sexy).
A couple other products that I love and should mention, The Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask, I try and use this Mask a least once a week. It’s a great product, I’ve been using it for almost a year now and it’s made a huge difference to my skin. Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, when I first got this cream I honesty did not like it at all but after using it for a while I am complete in love with it now. I get really dry elbows and knees but since using this cream I have seen an impressive improvement to my skin. Indeed Labs make great affordable products, for those days where my eyes a little more puffy I love using there Eysilic Instant eye rescue. It reduces the look of fine lines and helps with my puffiness.

Do you use any of these products? If not, what beauty products are you loving right now?

Jrae
xo

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

HOME // the beginning of a bathroom

A few weeks ago I shared the exciting news that Matt and I have just brought our first home. And already we have made a lot of progress, But it’s far from a liveable house.  A room has needs alot of work is the bathroom. Here are the before photos.

I never  hate the colour green, but after seeing this bathroom I am 100% sure that we won't be keeping the green.  One of the first things we did was rip out the old bathroom. And rip it out we did indeed. Everything is gone, the bath, sink, floors, even the wall and door way has been removed.
Here's where we currently are with the bathroom, if you could call it a bathroom.
I’ll be honest, it’s kinda scary to see how bare the space is. And the fact that it doesn’t even look like a bathroom anymore is even more scary, I know my team of builders will do an amazing job. But it's still a scary processes to see our bathroom like this. How do you deal with the stress of seeing your first home being ripped apart? I am feeling a little over whelmed by this whole process so far. I'm sure with time I'll get use to all of this.

jrae
xo xo

Monday, 1 September 2014

BITS + PIECES // An overcoat Will take me anywhere

 
[Lyrics // Band of Horses - "The First Song"]
It's feels so strange to be writing this, but it's been a one year since I said goodbye to my family and friends in Australia and moved to England.
Everyday I miss them more than the last, and everyday I fall more in love with the Isle of Wight. Which isn't easy, having two things I love so much being on opposite sides from one another.

But today I'm going to be sad. Today is a great day. Today marks one year since I decided to finally follow my dreams. So let's look back at the things I've done over the 12 months.
I took my first plan flight by myself. I moved to the Isle of Wight. I went to my first camping festival (bestival). I meet Matthew (at bestival). Lived with my dear friend Luke for the first time. I went to my first west end theatre show (book of Mormon). I colours my hair orange and then it faded. Joined a bowling team. My first English Christmas. Had my first real Christmas tree. Bought a house.
Oh and list goes on and on. Let me just show you.

It's was a year of first. The best thing about first's is seconds, I getting to do them all over again. 
I'm excited for year two, and all the adventures Matt and I will be doing together. Like taking Matt to Australia for the first time in February, his never traveled that far before so that's exciting.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

HOME // New Beginnings

You might already know this, if you follow me on Facebook that is. But last week Matt and I closed on our first house.
Yep! OMG we brought a house indeed!!!!
At the beginning of every year I write a list of things I want to do for that year ahead. Last year I wrote that I wanted to move to England, and I did just that. This year my goal was a lot bigger. This year Matt and I sat down a talked about our dreams and goals for 2014. It turns out Matt's dream in life happen to be the same as mine. And top of the list for both of us was to be home owners.
As you can see there is ALOT of work to do. But Matt and I have an amazing team behind us. We have started some of the work, and already it's looking so different.
It’s so scary to think that a year ago I was packing my bags and moving to England, I never planned on starting a relationship, nor did I think I would be buying a house with someone. But I guess when you know, you know. You know what I mean!?

So that’s it, get ready for heaps of house related “things”. I'm sure I'll share more photos as each stage moves forward. Until then, keep safe my darlings.

Jrae
xo xo