Enhance: Unusual ways to use BB Cream

Enhance: Unusual ways to use BB Cream

I actually sighed when I saw the second product in my Innovative Beauty challenge line up, Garnier BB cream. Shoooooot. BB Creams and I have a bit of a sketchy relationship. Mostly it goes like, I put it on, I love it, an hour passes and my skin has turned into an oily mess, and I’m not so keen any more. What the heck could I do with this one? I put it on the shelf and I thought about it. Hmmmm. It’s a challenge, right? So challenge accepted. I started to ask around, ask how people use their BB…

The Flawless Tee Lazy Weekend Outfit

The Flawless Tee Lazy Weekend Outfit

It had been a big weekend. I let my hair dry in a pony tail and waited for the time to come for us to leave the house. Popcorn for dinner with a movie would have been my preference, but there were places to go and people to see. I reached into my suitcase from the weekend and dragged on this denim a skirt and the flawless tee combination. I’m pretty sure I’d dropped pizza on the skirt but figured it was still good. That’s how tired I was. Those girls had worn me out. Apparently the idea of wearing…

People of the pool

People of the pool

In the pool, there is no perfect. There are arms for pulling, legs for kicking, lungs for breathing, hands for paddling, feet for walking, eyes for seeing. Some stronger than others, some with more laps under their belt, but all just doing their thing. Freckled skin, pale skin and tanned, side by side with water gliding over and around. In the pool, you feel everything work. You give your body the attention it needs. There’s no room for body shame in the pool. There’s work to be done. If you want to conquer your body shame you need to head…

How to sports luxe: Puma, 17 Sundays, ASOS & Me

How to sports luxe: Puma, 17 Sundays, ASOS & Me

When people describe my style as a little bit sports luxe I have to smile, really I’m just a girl who loves sneakers and jogger pants. I’m slouchy spice. But then an item or two comes along, and when I put them together, I think, ooh I get it. They were right. Today is one of those days. Nat from XL as Life! was having a wardrobe sale, and I popped over for a look. Blogger sales are a great resource for discounted, and sometimes hardly worn, clothes. It’s one of my go-to places for picking up a bargain and…

5 things your teen needs to know about being online

5 things your teen needs to know about being online

I’m pulling my Aunty Suger hat firmly on today after watching some friends and friends of friends struggle. How do you talk to your teenagers or pre-teens about being online? I want to give you something you can plonk in front of them, about social media, safety online and those things that might seem a wee bit foreign to you as their parent. Heck, maybe they’ll listen to me. I haven’t been a teenager in over a decade; there are things I am probably missing, but what I do know is that there’s a whole world of pressure out there…

A wee bit of analogue style

A wee bit of analogue style

Post contains raving about an item gifted for editorial consideration. It’s not often I hand over the entire post to one item of clothing outside of my sponsored post context. But the Analogue Print Dress is just too good not to. Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a raving 17 Sundays fan and have been for years now. I would buy, hunt down and stalk their pages for new items to get my hands on. Why? They fit me like a glove and suit my lifestyle. My style and my life, so literally my lifestyle. And this dress,…

Epiphany Coffee Gympie

Epiphany Coffee Gympie

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about passion after I watched the movie Chef. The passionate bunch you are, you agree that living with passion was great, awesome, spectacular even. But there is something about someone else live out their passion that’s addictive to watch. Yes? Well, I found a real life example! Nestled under the eaves of the Harvest Organic Food Store, Reef Street, opposite Memorial Park, in a little white van with timber windows, is a place to buy coffee. Epiphany Coffee, run by a husband and wife team and packed with passion, the coffee tastes…

Summer Sunday Session

Summer Sunday Session

As soon as the weather turns warm I can’t be trusted to do anything but lay¬†around and drink ice-cold beverages. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration but on weekends, it wouldn’t a stretch. So what do I wear for such occasions? What’s my summer session style? Well, it’s laaaaaaid back. Way back. Mostly it involves swimwear and thongs, today I dressed ‘up’ a little for an afternoon session and BBQ dinner. Denim, flats, light and easy layers, and something to carry my drinks in. Mr Suger by my side doesn’t hurt either, of course. I don’t need much. I’m a simple…

My teenage-self

My teenage-self

This weekend I’ve been writing an epic post about the internet and teenagers, my opinion of the things they need to know with a side order or reminiscing of all things me as a teen. Ahhh teenage Melissa, what a strange bird she was. A strange combination of insecure and over-confident, strong and weak, loving and hateful. My teenage-self made some mistakes, for sure. Ones that occasionally flashback as a reminder that when you know better, you do better. As I wrote that post, I forgave those mistakes I had made a little more. Being a teenager is hard work…

Stop being sorry for who you are

Stop being sorry for who you are

Do you say sorry, a lot? I was thinking about it, and I do. I like to be polite, but sometimes I say sorry and I think, what the heck was that for? My question in this all is when does it spot being about politeness and start being apologising for existing. Sorry to have taken up too much space, to have been opinionated, to have made you notice you’re not the only person in the world. I first became aware of how often I would apologise for myself, my ideas and my thoughts under the wing of an employer…

Stripes, stripes and a longline waistcoat

Stripes, stripes and a longline waistcoat

When it comes to stripes, I just can’t get enough of them. I’m team stripes and the stripe’ier the better. So on Saturday afternoon I donned my mismatched stripes and my new boohoo plus white vest, and we went driving. Mr Suger and I like to do that sometimes; have Hybrid, will travel and all that. We had nothing planned that night for the first time in ages and decided to just kill some time hanging out. With the windows down and ‘Shake It Off’ cranked on the car stereo (yes, we are those people) we drove the winding roads…

Change is as good as a holiday

Change is as good as a holiday

Post One #innovativebeauty challenge – Voices of 2014 As part of the challenge, Garnier gave us a few sample products and a list of prompt ideas around the theme of #innovativebeauty. I consider my blog more fashion and lifestyle than fashion and beauty so I sat and stared at those products for ages thinking, holy heck how do people make this stuff interesting. I use hair dye, so course I do, but then so do you. Well, maybe. What now? I’ve even shared my most disastrous home hair experience with you all… I frowned a little more and decided that it’s hair…

Switching gears: summer mode

Switching gears: summer mode

I have well and truly switched gears and entered my, meh who cares summer phase early this year. Kicked back and soaking in the heat, weekends by the pool, laughing and playing will do that to a girl. So when it comes time to get into summer mode all it really takes are some swimmers and a pair of shorts. But even I can’t wear them everywhere so the lightweight, the easy and this year, the bright come into play. This denim skirt I picked up from ASOS on Liv’s recommendation is the best. The cute line, the buttons, pockets…