• Fashion and Personal Style

    5 Signs It’s Time To Update Your Skincare

    My mid-thirties was the point of my skin epiphany! It crept up on me without my noticing, then one day I had neck wrinkles and pigmentation! As I stared at my face and neck in the mirror, I realised that my skin was aging a lot faster than my mind – and I wasn’t ready for it – no way, no how! Were there solutions? Of course there were, many of them way beyond my budget – but it was clear something had to be done! It took me a few more years to find the perfect remedy for my skin. It took some research and an understanding of what…

  • Interior Styling

    Macrame decor – creating a pot-hanger

    Yes, I know, it has been around before, but the new and improved version of that boho chic craft of macrame, is well worth considering for your indoor decor. It is the kind of design piece that is stylish, practical and, believe it or not, easy to DIY! I admit that when I decided I needed a couple of macrame pot-hangers to add to my living space, I immediately looked to buy them. I searched, I couldn’t find what I was looking for and so I bought the materials I needed and made my own! Let me say, I’m hooked! There was a time in my childhood where we made…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    Look Leaner with Accessories

    As we age, we tend to be graced with more curves – some of the curves enhance and support our appearance, others – well they just create bumps in the visual line of our bodies. Although the long-term solution takes a considerable amount of effort and committment to diet and exercise, there are quick styling tips that will support a leaner looking visage. Most of us have the required accessories in our existing wardrobe to create a leaner look in seconds. The following list are my go to pieces: A long necklace that sits below the bust – this creates a visual V-that breaks the line of the bust shelf…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Blending Planting and Art

    Indoor and outdoor spaces benefit not only by adding the green element of plants but also considered pots and planters to hold them. Sculptural, organic or coloured options add the extra depth or excitement to the decor of the space. Whether it is an expression of style or a pop of colour, a planter or pot can add the extra something. For a greater sense of styling, collect pots and planters of different sizes and scales. Position them together in groups of 3 or 5 for a pleasing vignette that draws the eye and enhances the space. Look for pots and planters that have a relationship through either colour family…

  • Interior Styling

    Do Indoor Plants Really Clean the Air?

    I had a university botany lecturer warn our class of the dangers of having too many plants in our college rooms back in the 90s. At that time, our understanding of the impact of plants on air quality was limited by the technology available and the motivations of society. It was a more simple study in the oxygen-carbon dioxide ratio of plants and the relationship between photosynthesis (oxygen production) and respiration (oxygen consumption) by plants. Most people remember that plants produce oxygen in light, what they forget is that plants use oxygen all day and night – hence the warning from my lecturer. At night, we were warned, plants can…

  • Outdoor Living

    What is Horticultural Therapy?

    Horticultural therapy is the use of plant-based skills and practices to improve the physical and mental health of participants. It provides opportunities to build physical strength, improve well-being and gain skills in gardening.  Traditionally, it has been used in health-care facilities to support the well-being of residents, however, the recognition of the benefits of horticultural therapy are becoming more widely known and its applications are growing to include an ever-widening group of applications. In Japan, forest bathing has been a well recognised treatment to restore well-being and find balance. Tasmania too offers opportunities for forest bathing where participants can immerse themselves in the natural world. Participants of forest bathing seek…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Bring them Indoors

    Overnight temperatures are now consistently dropping into the cold zone – a key indicator for this that my husband has switched our reverse-cycle airconditioning to the warm setting. If it is too cold for us, it is way too cold for our indoor (typically tropical) plants to stay outside. If we hope to keep those plants alive over winter, they need to be put some where a bit more consistently warm until mid-spring when the temperatures rise again. Whilst many indoor plants can survive well outdoors in Tasmania with the right micro-climate, there are a whole bunch more that need to be inside. When they do come inside, be mindful…

  • General

    Goals for 2021 – changes afoot!

    Although 2020 was a surprising year for the world, sometimes filled with grief and sorrow, but also governed by a fundamental appreciation of what used to be ‘normal’, for me, it was a year of growth. In one of my posts I discussed the value in investing in among other things, your skin and your education – and 2020 was a year I took new steps in both of these aspects. For my skin, and thanks to becoming an R+F consultant, I upgraded my skincare routine and reduced the plethora of products I was using to a simple few, high quality ones. I reduced and simplified my routines and make…

  • General

    Merry Christmas – Happy 2021!

    It’s time to let go and embrace this Christmas season. The year has been long and full of surprises – not all of them well received, but it is time to reflect and move on to brighter opportunities in 2021. This is the time for connecting with friends and family, a time to get a bit silly, and a time to spring clean our lives ready for those new year resolutions that we just might keep this time around. I’ll be switching off on the blogging front for the next few weeks to put more time and effort into other pursuits. This does not mean there will be nothing, it…