Aveda Salon Experience

Hey guys!! I’m not dead. I’m so sorry about the hiatus but I just got really really busy with the pile of work that I had to do and I was just really tired all the time and I decided that I needed a time off from my everyday hobby of blogging. But I am back now with a post!!! Haha. So today, I finally went to get my bangs done at the Aveda Salon (Luc Espace at Chatswood Chase in Sydney) and here’s how I felt about it. 

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I walked in and was immediately impressed with the layout and decor of the salon. With the warm colors and the wood furnishing (and scent), I could definitely feel the signature natural sensory vibe that Aveda carries. Not to mention the service! I was immediately greeted by their signature tea, water and magazines. My stylist, Lisa, came up to me with in a few seconds and we talked about how I wanted my hair, and immediately she understood. I was definitely impressed by how she then stepped me through the steps of cutting my hair (exactly how much she would take off and where and walked me through how she’d cut my bangs).

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I was then directed my a young man to the basins. Along the way he asked if I’d like a neck and shoulder massage, complimentary with every visit, and of course I said yes. He asked me to take 3 deep breaths, smelling in the natural essence he was holding and close my eyes. I’d definitely say that it was a relaxing experience. He then did his little massage and off we went with the hair wash. Of course, he only used Aveda products which I was really happy about because I know their mantras and mottos and I was delighted to try their products (amazing, my hair feels so soft and smooth). The only thing I hate about salons sometimes is the amount of products with harmful chemicals in them that they use, products that I would never ever use myself because of my love for natural products.

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So, away from the basin we went, and he combed my hair. AND THANK THE LORD he knows how to comb hair. He didn’t rip out my whole head like every other salon I’ve been to did. And then we go to the haircut. She snipped away, reminding me first to uncross my legs to maintain balance in the haircut (something that hairdressers never did before but I was thankful and delighted that she did). And can I say, when I said an inch (ONE inch) she ACTUALLY just cut off ONE ince, no more!!! That seriously impressed me. But the thing that put the icing on the cake was that she waited til the end to cut my fringe, to make sure I hadn’t changed my mind.

This whole package I was thoroughly pleased with. I’m surprised, and delighted, to say that I can not think of ONE bad thing to say about my experience, which is definitely a first. However, I will tell you that although my fringe looks good, it feels hella strange.

WHAT I WAS AIMING FOR:

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BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Guest Post: Adding A Pinch of Glamor To Your Life

Hey guys. I know I’ve been a little lost to the world over the past 4 days (I’m sorry! Ahhh!) But I basically finally had a day off to just chill out and not think about work, and all these days of stressful exam preparations that I just didn’t get time. Fear not, however, because today we have a very special post. 

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Today, we have a guest post from the lucky Jackie from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and she’s here to talk about something that moves me deeply. Sadly, unfortunately, some of us at some point may hear, or may have heard, the devastating sentence “you have cancer”. Us women often already struggle with feeling comfortable and beautiful in our own skin. But that should not hinder us from being confident and beautiful. So when Jackie contacted me about making this post, I was delighted and jumped at the thought of such a wonderful idea. So here it is:

Adding A Pinch Of Glamor To Your Life

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Women who are undergoing treatment after a cancer diagnosis know all too well that it can be difficult to feel beautiful or glamorous. With trips to chemotherapy clinics or mesothelioma doctors, it can be hard to take time to tend to your appearance or complete those little beauty rituals. However manicures and pedicures are a simple way to add a touch of elegance to your daily life. Keeping your fingers and toenails looking beautiful can be a real confidence booster and give you an extra reason to smile when you look down at your hands or feet. Here are some tips on maintaining confidence through manis and pedis.

Salon vs. Home

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The simplest way to maintain your manicure is obviously to visit a salon and leave the work to a professional. However, this can get expensive. Maintain your manicure or pedicure at home with just a few tools. For a basic manicure, invest in a bottle of polish remover, a nail file, a pair of clippers, and one or two polishes that you really love. Top and base coat polishes and cuticle-trimming tools may be helpful, but are not absolutely essential.

Selecting Colors

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There are obviously a wide array of nail colors to choose from. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, you probably do not have the time or energy for a high-maintenance manicure. Hence, avoid metallic or glittery nail polishes, as they can be difficult to remove and maintain. You may want to select a pale color or neutral French manicure as these colors require the least maintenance.

Minimize Chemicals

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Cutting down on the exposure to toxic chemicals during treatment is a good idea. You can minimize your chemical exposure by using natural nail products. The main thing to remember is to invest in an acetone-free nail polish remover. Removing nail polish with an acetone-free remover may take a little longer, but is much safer and healthier in the long run.
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Some cancer patients may see their nails as the last things that they ought to be worrying about while undergoing treatment. However, a manicure can be a lovely diversion from the stresses of having cancer. It can even make you feel more confident and beautiful on a daily basis. Don’t feel bad about taking an hour or so a week to treat yourself; enjoy the opportunity to boost your confidence and happiness with this fun beauty ritual.

 

Again thank you Jackie for guest posting on my blog. If you would like to guest post, feel free to email me at the email in the information bar on the right hand side.

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Advice That I Never Take

You know how they say “drink water”. Yeah, well, I’m not very good at that at all. I drink no water, pretty much. It’s awful. I don’t even know how to motivate myself to drink water. I really don’t. Sigh. I’ll be working on this.

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8 Reasons to Drink Water:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Healthy heart
  3. More energy
  4. Headache cure
  5. Healthy skin
  6. Helps fix digestive problems
  7. Cleansing
  8. Better exercise results

The Advice: Drink half your weight (lb) in liquid ounces.

i.e. if you weight 120 lb, drink 60 ounces of water. 🙂

How to Follow This Advice:

  • Set a water routine: one cup when you wake up, one cup with each meal, one cup in between all meals, one cup before bed [if you’re exercising, one cup before exercise and one cup after]: note that you should divide ounces by how many times you’ll drink to figure out your cup [doesn’t have to be exact at all though!]
  • Carry a bottle around with you! Best reminder right?
  • Set yourself reminders either on your phone or on your computer.

I will be reporting back on this mission.

 

What is a piece of advice that you never follow? Tell me below.

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Hairstyle Question: Straight Fringe/Bangs

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So for the longest time (literally years upon years upon years), I’ve had a side-swept fringe (and for the sake of comprehension, I will be calling them bangs from now on because that’s what they are). But I’ve been considering a hairstyle change inspired by Carly Rae Jepsen.

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So many people are going for these!

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What do you guys think of the straight bang?

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Bikinis Just For You

The summer has come for those of us in the northern hemisphere so here is a guide to the perfect swimsuit for you.

If you’re not as embellished in the top:

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Try ruffles and fringes and embellishments because they will create the optical illusion of more volume up there.

Go for the obvious padding.

Try the triangle tops because they draw attention to that area.

Horizontal stripes will make it appear as if your are better adorned.

 

If you’re back end is bigger:

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Try for some bottoms with rings to keep them on your hips, hiding that extra you have.

Boy shorts will ward off any potential wedgies and will still show you off.

Try for a deeper neckline to draw attention upwards.

Go for a darker colored bottoms to slim you down and avoid small patterns on the bottom to avoid any extra attention that widen your hips.

 

If you’re rather busty:

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The v-neck will be very flattering, drawing the nice amount of attention chest-ward while elongating your figure and minimising the fullness.

Go for a thick halter neck as it will flatter and secure them.

If you’re well adorned, underwires are your new best friend, do not forget about them

Try one with a wide supportive band. For your busty girls, support is the most important thing!

 

So that is all for this post. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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Fun In the Sun: 7 Steps to Bikini Confidence

For those of us floating in the northern hemisphere, it’s annual break-out-the-bikini time but not all of us are cheering and I don’t blame the ones who moaned. I mean, prancing around in a bathing suit is pretty scary, especially with all those people “watching”, who wouldn’t feel a least a bit self conscious?

But come on, let’s get rid of that. Life’s too short and opportunities only come once right. I used to be so horrified of the bikini, I just always felt like there were people staring, judging. It made me feel uncomfortable, hell, I still feel a bit uncomfortable but I’ve learnt now to cope with it.

I hope you like this post because honestly, its just the 7 things that’s helped me over the years and don’t worry, I’m still getting there but they definitely help. Try to be uncynical 🙂 Please?

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  1. The Cliche Is True
    No one is perfect. It’s said so so much these days that we just get so skeptical and damn sick of hearing it but it is true. And before you roll your eyes, just think for a second what you think is “perfect”, what is that “ideal”, is it embodied by ONE person or multiple people, is it even a true image. No one is perfect. Don’t stress if your waist isn’t 10 inches from your bust and hips, what does it even matter? What difference does it make? Who will even notice? That brings me to my next point.
  2. The Secret Truth
    No one is looking at you. Honestly, the only reason someone would be checking you out is a) they’re a guy and find you attractive and requiring “attention” 😉 or b) it’s another insecure girl sizing herself up. Everyone’s inherently selfish. They’re not worried about whether you fit the mark. They’re worried about themselves. Why are their legs not as long as yours? Why this. Why that. Stop worrying. No one will even know those little “imperfections” you find drastically “problematic”.
  3. Fun!
    Just have fun. When you’re at the beach or pool, just have fun! Its only when you’re young you get to do this stuff, enjoy it. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, who you’ll have a great time with. You’ll forget all those unimportant “imperfections” when you’re having fun!
  4. When Respecting, It’s Yourself First 
    It’s hard to feel like you look good if you don’t feel good. Feel yourself well and treat yourself well. Filling your belly with guilt food or junk food will just make you feel unhappy and self-conscious. Eat healthy, not just for your body’s sake, but for your health’s. Remember that a balanced diet and exercise is essential. Don’t abolish all guilt foods from your life, you need those little treat right?
  5. Retail Time
    Look for the perfect pair of swimmers. And take your time. If you look good, you’ll feel good right?
  6. Steer Away From Them Coveted Bodies
    No one is to deny that those Victoria’s Secret Angels are gorgeous but using them as a “goal” is highly unrealistic. Hanging up those pictures of those hot girls with bodies you’ll never get is just a waste. Those celebs have everything at their fingertips and honestly if we were all to look like that we’d be in build with a full styling team and we’ll all end up like Barbie, and THAT would just not be fun. Comparing your body with others is made to be a losing battle. We’re all made to look differently and let me tell you, no matter how many lunges you do, you’ll never have JLo’s bum. And that’s more than okay. So work on your self-esteem. You don’t need to look like that. Everyone is different. And that’s okay. And it’s beautiful.
  7. One Step At a Time
    “Just do it.” “Practice makes perfect.” “Fake it ’til you make it.”
    Again, the cliches. I remember the first time I wore a bikini, and I’m not gonna lie, it was horrible. I felt awkward and overexposed. And even my bubble wrapped self-esteem was taking a bit of a hit. I mean, you might as well be naked. But I forced myself. And guess what? I noticed that everyone was doing their own thing. Yeah, people look, but it wasn’t like they were gagging at the sight of me. No one cared – people were getting on with their lives and didn’t have time to stare and criticize little me in my bikini. And now, I feel almost comfortable in a bikini.
    And even if you’re not comforable try a one piece, than a tankini and then a bikini. It’s normal to be uncomforable!

So that is the end of my bikini story. What is yours? Tell me in the comments below

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Healthy Diet Tip #3: How to Choose the RIGHT Beverage

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Hey hey hey! It’s been more than a week (I swear) since I last did my Healthy Diet Tip post (oops). Maybe not. It just feels like a really long time. Anyways. This week’s Healthy Diet Tip is about….. Drinks (if you couldn’t see that from the title, lol). Anyways, lets jump into it.

We know that the lovely H2O (water) is the best for us and the recommended intake is 8 cups of water a day (thats about 2 litres or maybe half a gallon, I really don’t know) and we all know how good it is for our skin, and for weight loss and just for better health.

BUT we all know even more how difficult it is to just drink water in the modern say with so many distractions like the SODA/SOFT DRINK/FIZZY DRINK and juices and sport drinks and… I could just go on naming them for the longest time but I won’t because that’s not the main point of this post.

Now I’m not going to be one of those people who just preach the “never drink anything but water” because a) that would be extremely hypocritical and b) totally impractical. Honestly speaking, I don’t think I know one person who can actually do that.

So here we come to the main part of our little post.

The RIGHT Kind Of Beverage

  • To spice up water (if you find it boring, like me): add some lemon pieces, I know it may sound uber cliched but honestly it makes it that little bit better. If you still can’t bring yourself to love it than add some honey. I know what you’re thinking, “but honey is a type of sugar” and it is true that sugar, no matter what sugar, is the same but honey brings that nice taste into your water and will be MILES better than drinking other types of soft drink, juices and other drinks on the market, trust me.
  • Tea. Tea. Tea. Tea. I cannot emphasize ENOUGH how amazing tea is. It is the perfect beverage. You can have it hot or cold (home made iced tea is just divine). Plain tea is so so good for you. Have a cup of green tea AFTER dinner (and lunch if you want) and it has the best detoxing effect. It will help flush out the oils that you have on you digestive tracts. Tea is the wonder drug people, it really is.
  • Homemade coffee: the ones in coffee shops may have too much sugar in them but you could choose to get the expresso or something that contains no syrup.
  • If it wasn’t obvious enough in my first Healthy Diet Tip post, I like my home made smoothies. They’re ridiculously healthy and yummy. Go for that!
  • And finally, a good beverage choice would be vegetable juice and coconut water. They’re very light and you can keep up the vegetable servings with the vegie juice.

The Beverages to AVOID

  • Carrying on with the juice theme from the end of that last section, juice (especially bottled juice) is something to avoid. There is more sugar in those bottle juices than soft drinks like Coke!!!!! You can see why you’d want to avoid that. In addition, although the recommended dietary intake for fruit is 3 servings a day, a bottle of juice usually has A LOT more than that meaning that you’re exceeding the natural sugar intake that you should be having.
  • Avoid “diet” and “zero” sodas. I know because it has the word “diet” or “zero” plastered across it, people are automatically drawn to it. But don’t be fooled. The chemicals they have in them are not good for you at all. Some companies use chemicals to get rid of the sugar that was in the mixture form the original formular and then add more chemicals to make up for the lack of nice taste in the soda after the anti-sugar agents in it.
  • Normal sodas (or soft drinks) as a whole should be avoided along with sports drinks and energy drinks (ick!).
  • Alcohol! We all know that alcohol is not very good for your liver at all, but not many people know that it’s not good for your scales either. There are so so SO many hidden calories in them. For example, a glass of wine or a pint of beer has around 150 calories in them (!!!) and if you’re having a mixed drink that’s a lot lot more. Research has also shown that alcohol in higher amounts can  contribute to cancers of the breast, esophagus, stomach, and colon. So definitely use judgment and moderation when fitting alcohol into your meal plan.
  • Finally, there is the mixed coffee drinks. I know that this is something that’s so so difficult for me to follow (and will probably be the same for you guys). I love my coffee drinks and my hot chocolates etc from Starbucks and other coffee franchises but Oh My God they’re scary. I will not expand on that because the guilt factor lays on really thick for that one. BUT. I use it as a treat. I won’t have it every single day but if I do, I make sure I have been eating really well.

So that is the end of this healthy diet post. I hope it helped and I hope you liked it. Please tell me what your guilty pleasure drinks are in the comments section below.

So thank you for reading and see you tomorrow.

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Healthy Diet Tip #2: Get Those Muscles A-movin’

It’s time of the week for the HEALTHY DIET TIP post! Yay! Haha. Now I have no idea how many weeks these Healthy Diet Tips will be appearing for but let’s just jump into this week’s: All About That Workout.

Now I know better than anyone what it’s like to absolutely not be bothered to do that workout/exercise that I know is so good for me (and good for losing some pounds/kgs) and over the years I’ve gained some really amazing tips. 

1) Join an exercise class of something you like!

Exercising with other people, and in a class, is so effective in keeping you motivated. You can’t just not turn up to a weekly class, people notice, and you’re wasting your money (don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a lot of money). And choose a class you like! If you know that you hate cycling, don’t take the spin class, you’ll just hate waking up on that morning with the thought “urgh I have spin today!” Rather take something like Zumba or Yoga or Pilates or Dancercise or Boxercise or…. The choices honestly never end. If you don’t want to pay to join a class, not a problem! Just find a friend and just exercise with them, every week for a set amount of time. It’d be so much fun.

2) Sustainable rather than bursts!

Instead of deciding that you want to do a 4 hr long workout every week and then doing the first one and never want to workout ever ever again, think realistic! Maybe say to yourself: “I’ll work out 2 or 3 times every week for 15 minutes each for this month, and then increase the time every month.” This will keep you motivated and achieve a much better long time result. 

3) The only better than H20 is H20 and Exercise

Drink. The. Water. Enough said.

So those are my short little tips. Now a little workout thing that I found on the internet is the 4×4 workout. For those who haven’t heard of it, its just a workout comprised of 4×4 things that will workout everything you want. 

THE 4X4 WORKOUT

1) Cardio

– jumprope

– front kicks

– burpees

– jumping jacks

2) Strength

– 10 pushups/10 dips

– Alternating lunges

– squat press

– back row

3) Cardio

– flying lunges

– side shuffle

– mountain clumbers

– squat pulses/squat jumps

4) Abs

– plank

– bicycle crunches

– v-sit hold

– reverse crunches

 

Beginners: 30 seconds per exercise, once through

Intermediate: 45 seconds per exercise, twice through

Advances: 60 seconds per exercise, three times through

(Remember to take breaks as you need them and DRINK WATER)

 

Now I like to do this on nights where I don’t have an exercise class or sport already so keep that in mind.

I hope this post helped.

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Healthy Diet Tip #1

Hey everybody! So I thought that I might start a “series” of posts (maybe once a week) called Healthy Diet Rules because I’m absolutely passionate about eating healthy, and being healthy, and blah blah blah and I know that there are SO SO SO many people out there who want to be healthier but just don’t know how or just haven’t found anything good. So if you think this is a wonderful idea than please comment below and like this post 🙂 or maybe share it around with your friends because we’re all here to help each other out 🙂

Sometimes I think I’m a little crazy though because I just talk about all these random facts to my friends and they’re just like “i don’t really care, cool story, next topic”. I can honestly talk about food for hours, just on and on and on. Long story short, I ramble! A lot!

Okay, my healthy diet tip NUMERO UNO! is about breakfast. And before you roll your eyes and click away, hear me out. If you eat breakfast every morning, or mornings when you actually wake up early enough to eat breakfast, you are already happily strolling down the happy road to healthiness. But if you don’t, than maybe consider it? Most dieticians and nutritionists say it’s good for your health (which I think it is) and it’s amazing way to start off your metabolism for the day and it’d curb any cravings before lunch or morning tea or whichever.

So: Have a healthy, balanced breakfast. And I’m not going to leave it at that, because what is the point of me sitting here and telling you that you should do something without giving anything to help you?! I am not an amazing chef or food guru but I do know that what I eat everyday for breakfast is healthy, balanced and 100% delicious.

What do I have for breakfast? I have a Mixed Berry Smoothie! It’s so quick and so easy because who can be bothered to get up at 7 am or 7:30 am and sit there making breakfast for half an hour when you’re trying to get ready and leave for school or work or whatever! So here is a short recipe for my smoothie and this usually takes 5-10 minutes but when it’s blending, I just go and wash my face and do my makeup and etc etc etc. So my whole morning routine takes at most 15 minutes before I’m out the door!

MIXED BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

– 2 cups of frozen mixed berried (because we all know how expensive “fresh” fruit is! and honestly, I haven’t read anything that makes frozen berries awful or lacking in nutrition but if you have, PLEASE tell me!)

– 1 banana (maybe use some older ones because you don’t want to “waste” perfectly good bananas!)

– 1 cup of natural low fat yoghurt (I like to get the organic ones because I know they’re not overly processed)

– 1/2 cup of milk

– 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil (really good for you)

– 1 cup of rolled oats/museli/whichever bran you like

– and some honey if needed

Note: This serves more than 1 person so maybe fiddle with the numbers to get the quantity you like.

I guess there’s not much “method” I can give you other than chuck them all in your brender, pour it into your container to go on the way to school/work or have at home, and that is your breakfast done!

And you’ve gotten all the amazing things you could POSSIBLY need to start your day. You’ve got your Omega 3, your probiotics, your fibre, your protein and your antioxidants ALL in your breakfast (one meal!!!) in around 250 calories (for those who count) and this will last you all morning! Pretty good eh?

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An amazing food website that I found with AMAZING recipes is: The Healthy Chef (Teresa Cutter)