Getting glowing, sun-kissed skin just got a lot simpler.
Summer’s almost here! But before you throw on a bikini and head to the beach you may want to invest in one summer essential that’s sure to solve those troublesome (and often embarrassing!) beauty problems that many of us are faced with once the mercury rises. Coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts Brynley King shares her top tips for tackling seven of your most cringe-worthy summertime dilemmas – and the best part? All you need is one jar of coconut oil!
Let’s get the most embarrassing out of the way first, shall we? Chafing is a common problem that many people experience during our steaming Aussie summer – and it’s not just the thigh area that can fall victim to the dreaded chafe. Fortunately, coconut oil can be used on any part of the body to not only prevent chafe from occurring but also to heal sore and inflamed skin. It’s also perfect to use on infants as an all-natural alternative to nappy rash cream.
Forgot to slip, slop, slap and now you’re looking less like a bronzed goddess and more like a tomato? The properties found in coconut oil are known to relieve the pain of a bad burn plus heal the skin and limit peeling at the same time. Try patting a washcloth splashed with a little apple cider vinegar on burnt skin to relieve stinging before generously applying coconut oil mixed with peppermint oil to the affected area. The peppermint oil helps to cool the skin while the coconut oil heals and protects.
A pop of colour on the lips can make any outfit go from good to great, but if your pout has been receiving a little too much sun, wind and salty air, even the most moisturising lipsticks aren’t going to glide on as they should. Coconut oil works as an incredibly nourishing 100% natural lip balm and Pacific Islanders have been using it for centuries. Feeling creative? Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and olive oil with ¾ teaspoon of honey for a sweeter, DIY lip treatment.
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs aren’t pretty but for many people they’re inevitable after any type of shaving, waxing or hair removal. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal which makes it a miracle pre and post hair-removal product. Replace shaving creams or soaps with coconut oil for your closest shave yet before rubbing a decent amount into the area after your shower; and you can say goodbye to painful, unsightly bumps – for good!
Unfortunately, humidity = frizz. Luckily your new beauty Holy Grail works wonders at smoothing and conditioning unruly tresses. Before bedtime, apply a good dollop of oil to your lengths and ends, tie in a topknot and leave in overnight for a super nourishing and inexpensive hair treatment or use as an anti-frizz hair serum by applying a pea size amount to dry hair. You can also protect blonde locks from chlorine damage (green hair is never in fashion) by wetting the hair and evenly distributing coconut oil from roots to tips, which seals in moisture and creates a barrier against harmful pool chemicals.
For many, this time of the year means outdoor barbeques, picnics and the occasional game of backyard cricket, however, it also means the mosquitos are out in full force. If these pesky little bloodsuckers make you itchy just thinking about them, then coconut oil may be your new best friend. When applied to an insect bite, the oil is known to work faster than calamine lotion at stopping the itch and reducing swelling. Plus, if you dab it on the area regularly it works to speed up the healing process too.
Winter can play havoc on our skin, as we often neglect our moisturising routine in favour of hiding our pins under jeans and tracksuit pants. Come summertime, why are we then surprised when we pull on a pair of shorts only to discover our limbs aren’t quite as smooth and supple as we’d like? Bid dry, flaky skin farewell by mixing coconut oil with raw sugar for a DIY body exfoliator, then use the oil on its own as an all-natural, paraben-free body moisturiser.
For more coconut oil tips grab your copy of ‘Going Coconuts’ plus Banaban Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at www.naturepacifc.com
With spring just around the corner you might be starting to think about that summer body. Chances are, if you’re anything like me, warming, winter comfort foods got the better of you over the last few months and extra kilos around the abdomen have been accrued.
While winter weight gain isn’t uncommon, it’s not particularly healthy – especially if you are storing it around your mid-section. And while you can exercise your butt off, the problem generally lies with your eating habits; this is where a diet high in protein can help.
“High protein foods are shown to prolong satiety, meaning that you feel more satisfied for longer and are less likely to over-eat,” dietician and nutritionist for IsoWhey, Belinda Reynolds, told SHESAID. “When on a weight loss program they are useful as they promote the maintenance of lean muscle mass and help to promote the loss of fat.
“High protein foods also tend to have a lower glycaemic index, meaning that any sugar from the meal is released into the blood at a more steady pace, reducing the risk of sugar cravings and energy slumps that see you reaching for the wrong type of food as a pick-me-up,” she added.
While you might associate a high-protein diet with eating beef mince for breakfast and chicken and broccoli for lunch, this is hardly the case. In fact, there are loads of creative and tasty ways that you can incorporate more protein into your day, without going OTT.
Belinda says: “Tins of tuna or salmon can be a good… while edamame beans, sacha inchi seeds and sunflower seeds can be ideal options also. You can also get creative and make chia seed puddings (e.g. chia seeds soaked in almond milk with a little vanilla extract and greek yoghurt, berries and other seeds added – this option is high in fibre also).
“Consider too, celery with nut butter or carrot/celery with hummus, and wholegrain crisp bread with avocado and smoked salmon.”
If you are trying to trim down in time for the summer months, keep in mind that high protein foods still contain calories and over indulging will compromise your goals, says Reynolds. You still need to take into account portion sizes – especially when eating foods such as nuts – and it’s important to “take into account your individual dietary needs.”
“Be sure to include a variety of different snacks and also aim for a majority of your diet to be made of plant-based foods,” she advises. “The reason for this is that a wide variety of different proteins provides a nice combination of different amino acids, essential fats, fibre, essential micro-nutrients and other beneficial compounds.
“Amino acids provided by protein are essential for a plethora of functions in the body including muscle maintenance, hair, skin and nail health, detoxification, mood health, the production of enzymes, energy, metabolism…the list goes on!”
So what’s the ideal amount of protein to include in your diet? “Aiming to consume 0.8-1g protein per kilogram of body-weight is ideal,” recommends Belinda, however she also points out that this increases with more physical activity.
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Off the shoulder tops are undeniably one of the biggest trends of the summer season. They’re easy to wear, can be transitioned easily from day to night, and seemingly never go out of style.
We show you just a few of our favourite ways to style your own for the warmer weather!
Pair it with your favourite distressed denim shorts for an effortless day of brunching, relaxing, and hanging out with friends. A cross body bag is the best way to finish off this look.
Since suede is back in this season, pair it with a striped off the shoulder top for a refined, nighttime look. Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now shows us how to match the skirt with tan sandals and a black bag.
Blogger Vanessa Hong pairs her lavender off the shoulder top with matching palazzo pants for a breezy summer look. Wear some super-high stiletto heels, or flat comfy sandals to complete the entire ensemble.
Style your favourite off the shoulder dress with block-heels, a waist-belt and a faux glow for ultimate summer chic.
Skinny jeans and colourful heels are another great way to modernise the classic off the shoulder top.
Make the most of a cropped, off the shoulder top by pairing it with your favourite high-waisted skirt. Not only does it show off the figure tastefully, but is perfect for summer!
Finish off that perfect outfit (and keep the sun away) with a perfect fedora which is ideal for any summer getaway.
Images via The Haute Pursuit, Fashion Me Now, Tuula Vintage, Stockholm Street Style, Hello Fashion Blog, Lust For Life
Who doesn’t love jumping into the car and heading to the beach on a warm summers day? Pack the following seven essentials, which will make every trip to the beach feel fun and effortless – as it should be! Don’t forget to comment below with some of your best options, also.
Even if the sun isn’t shining, a hat is still a must-have for every single beach trip. Have you ever burnt your head or hair-line? Ouch! Choose a standard baseball cape if you prefer the structure or switch it up with a floppy hat which will also protect your shoulders and neck.
Protect your eyes from the glare of the water with a pair of sunglasses. Make sure they’re nothing fancy though, just in case they get lost or scratched by the sand!
This should be the number one item to pack in your beach bag since nobody wants to burn! Aim for an SPF that is higher than 30+ so that you won’t have to constantly re-apply it after entering the water.
Does anyone else find it so boring going to the beach alone? Rather than spending most of the day on Instagram or Facebook, bring along a book or magazine to occupy your time. Trust us, you won’t care about social media after a relaxing day at the beach.
Don’t forget to moisturise your lips! They can burn very easily, crack, and start to peel after just a few hours in the sun.
Hydrate your body from the inside-out by drinking water during your day at the beach. Keep a 1 litre bottle in your beach bag, and feel free to re-fill it throughout the day.
To avoid hair breakage from the sea water, lightly mist your ends with a leave-in conditioner. It will help to coat the hair until you get home and wash the salty water away!
Image via Lei Lei Clavey
There’s no denying that a good pair of shoes can take you places, especially during the summer. Pack away those heavy leather boots in favour of sturdy sandals, flip-flops and sneakers for exploring the summer in comfort and style. So whether you’re heading to the beach or going to a bar, here are five pairs of shoes you need for summer.
Want to wear heels without compromising the state of your feet? Wedges are a great option since they have so much more support than platform or stilettos and are completely weather appropriate.
A summer staple from the early 1960s, these unisex shoes are so quick and easy to style. Slip-ons, lace-up espadrilles and even a combination of the two are easy ways to take your look from beach to bar with minimal effort.
Comfy sandals are the best way to dress-up a fun summer tunic and keep cool all day long. Make sure the pair you’ve settled on has a thick and sturdy sole which won’t put pressure on your feet or toes.
If you’re exploring the city or making the most of the warm weather, sneakers are the best option. Why? Although they might make your feet feel rather sweaty, they offer so much more support than sandals and flip-flops which only put pressure on your foot!
While these might not be the most glamourous choice, they are definitely practical for the pool or beach. Choose a fun and fashionable pair which match the rest of your summer wardrobe, or pack them in your beach bag for easy access.
Images via Sincerely Jules, Who What Wear, Elin Kling, Song of Style
There’s no denying that gladiator sandals are a summer staple – they are so easy to style with almost any clothes, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be worn anywhere from the beach to the bar. Whether you’re going to a festival or simply catching up with friends for dinner, below are some easy ways to style gladiator sandals this summer.
A classic mini dress is a must-have during summer since it’s so effortless and keeps you cool. A pair of brown or black gladiator sandals add the finishing touches to this stylish look.
What better way to ease into summer weather than with a pair of denim shorts? Whether you like them long, frayed, distressed, or high-waisted, they are an easy way to transition your wardrobe from spring to summer.
If you’re planning to take your outfit from day to night, a smart shift dress is the perfect option. It will keep you cool without compromising your style – just pair with a clutch or small bag which fits the essentials for an evening of parties.
A pair of flat gladiator sandals is the best way to dress down an evening look. Gigi Hadid was spotted wearing a chic white jumpsuit with black and gold sandals in New York City recently – perfect!
If you prefer to show off your legs like Chrissy Teigen, then a short playsuit will be your BFF this summer. Finish off the outfit with a fedora to protect yourself against the sun and a pair of chic gladiator sandals.
Images via Nany’s Klozet, Shop Daily Chic, La Cool Et Chic, Daily Mail
Since summer break is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to re-vamp your wardrobe and try some new and funky styles for the beach.
Enjoy our edit of bikinis for summer which are fun, flirty and most of all – will look amazing by the water!
Kiini Swim Tasmin top and bottoms, $165 and $120
Looking for that perfect bikini you saw on Instagram the other day? It’s probably by Kiini Swim which offers stunning handmade sets which are perfect for catching waves, cartwheeling, day-dreaming or just laying out by the pool.
Zimmermann Hyper cutout stretch-cotton jersey swimsuit, $312
Looking for a sexy one-piece without showing too much skin? This classic swimsuit by Zimmermann is perfect since the grey marl shade is flattering on all skin tones, and can be worn as a body suit as well.
Triangl Chloe bikini, $92
If a classic triangle bikini is exactly what you’re looking for, look no further than Triangl! Their neoprene bikini’s are available in all fits and sizes, and will surely be a staple this summer.
ASOS Gingham Extreme bikini top, $33 and bottoms, $24
For those who are a little conscious of their tummy, try a pair of high waisted shorts which are inspired by the 50s and 60s. They help to suck in your stomach without looking out of place. Plus, they look so cute!
We Are Handsome Isosceles high-neck bikini, $198
And finally finish off with this stunning racer back bikini by much-loved Australian label, We Are Handsome. The high neck has a contrast trim which gives this athletic bikini a luxurious vibe.
Image via Hermione Olivia
It’s beginning to feel like Autumn: the leaves are turning rusty gold colours, the mornings have a crisp bite and that coffee before work has become more of a warm necessity than a choice.
As the months get cooler, we take a look at the 10 hottest travel destinations for sun seekers to escape the winter chill. From the dramatic mountainous bays of Budva in Montenegro to kite surfing on the glass-like Aegean Sea in Paros, there’s something for everyone’s travel taste. Be warned: this gallery will make you want to book flights, stat!
- The Algarve, Portugal
Boasting breathtaking cliffs and achingly beautiful stretches of sand, The Algarve in Portugal is an unbeatable summer escape. This southernmost region of mainland Portugal is a holidaymaker’s paradise. Relax on a gold sand beach, sip on cocktails at one of the many beach bars or try your hand at watersports.
- Budva, Montenegro
Ever since Australian travel blogger Jessica Stein (aka Tuula Vintage) uploaded snaps in Budva, Montenegro we’ve added this stop to our bucket list! Located below Croatia in Southeast Europe, Montenegro boasts jaw-dropping dramatic mountain peaks and stunning crystal clear water.
It’s much more than just a resort town though. Head inland to the rugged mountains and forests for a hike or hire a kayak and explore Montenegro from the water.
- Komiza, Croatia
Croatia is often featured on travel hit lists for its jewels Dubrovnik and Hvar. This summer, explore one of the lesser-known towns in Croatia, Komiza. This quaint fishing village sits on the western coast of the island of Vis.
Organised tours such as The Yacht Week do make stops to this Adriatic paradise, but you’ll easily find secluded beaches and quiet lookouts unrivaled by other Croatian towns.
- Paros, Greece
Imagine winding cobblestone alleys, exquisite seafood restaurants and azure beaches, and you’ve got a pretty clear picture of Paros. This Greek island sits in the central Aegean Sea, a hydrofoil ride from Athens.
Paros is the ultimate destination for sun seekers who want the restaurants of Mykonos without the crowds. The old town centre contains white washed boutiques and bougainvillea covered balconies. Grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, then quad bike across the island to try your hand at kite surfing or paddleboarding.
- Santa Barbara, USA
Dubbed as the ‘American Riviera’ by local Californians, Santa Barbara is the perfect coastal escape for families or loved-up couples. If it’s your first time exploring the West Coast of the United States, take the time to hire a Mustang and drive from San Francisco down the coast, stopping for slow sunsets with the top down!
When you reach Santa Barbara, drop the car off and explore the 20 square miles of boutiques and restaurants by foot. Stop for a wine and take in the surrounding mountains and beach – perfection!
- Palma De Mallorca, Spain
This slice of heaven is situated just off the coast of Spain, a short plane ride from Barcelona or Ibiza. Unlike its other famous Spanish counterparts, Mallorca operates on a slower pace.
Famous for its world-class resorts and white sand, turquoise beaches, Mallorca is truly the stuff of dreams. Be sure to book ahead and also hire a car – the island might be small but its transport system is basic and the best beaches are off the bus line.
- Upper Yasawa Islands, Fiji
Perfect for Australians fleeing the cooler months, Fiji is only a four-hour flight from Sydney. Don’t get caught in the usual tourist trap – book a boat transfer from Port Denarau to the Yasawa Islands. The upper islands take up to five hours to reach, but believe us, it’s worth it.
Choosing an island will be the hardest decision you’ll make on the trip. Accommodation ranges from locally run huts on the beach to five star resorts with jacuzzis and private beach access. Don’t miss a snorkeling trip to the Blue Lagoon and day trip to the floating bar with a cult Instagram following, Cloud 9.
- Positano, Italy
A list of iconic beach destinations wouldn’t be complete without the Italian coastal town of Positano. Nestled between Amalfi and Sorrento, you might recognize Positano’s famous beachfront of pastel-hued houses built at impossible angles into the mountainside. If you can’t get enough of the European boutiques and turquoise water, catch a boat to Capri and visit the legendary Blue Grotto.
- Budapest, Hungary
Budapest might seem like an odd addition to a sun seeker hit list, but this European gem boasts some of the best outdoor pools and thermal spas in the world. In summer, temperatures soar to 30 degrees Celsius and there’s no better way to enjoy the heat than to don a bikini and head straight to the thermal baths.
Unlike our concept of ‘spas’ or ‘baths,’ Budapest’s thermal baths consist of indoor and ourdoor heated pools infused with thermal waters that boast healing qualities. Our top pick is the Szechenyi Baths and Pool. Stay after dark for their world famous night Sparty, a giant club held in the baths!
- Port Douglas
Just because it’s winter in Australia doesn’t mean you need to jet set out of the country for a tropical escape. The best time to visit Northern Queensland to swim is between April and October, when the infamous Box Jellyfish doesn’t rule the water.
Soak up Australia’s most famous destinations with a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest and repeat after me: there’s no place like home.
Images via Wikipedia, Tuula Vintage, Greece Tourism, Santa Barbara Home and Lifestyle, Let’s Go Spain, Get Your Guide, Typischich, Szechenyifurdo Info, Diving Port Douglas
With Summer coming to an end a fruity strawberry cocktail is the best way to see it out. And with only three ingredients, this tasty recipe is an easy and cost effective drink to whip up over happy hour.
1 shot Vodka O
- Muddle strawberries and top with vodka and lemonade.
- Garnish with fresh strawberries and lime and enjoy!
Recipe via Vodka O
If you’re looking for something easy but delicious to whip up for dinner, this grilled peach salad will do the trick. Served with a vanilla, balsamic dressing, the recipe is a balance of sweet and salty and is perfect for when the warmer weather strikes.
½ vanilla pod
150ml balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
2 semi ripe peaches
pinch of ground cinnamon
2 lebanese cucumbers, sliced lengthwise with a peeler
1 bunch watercress, picked and soaked in cold water
2 small radicchio lettuce, washed
200g finely sliced prosciutto
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and cracked pepper
- For the dressing, combine ingredients into a small saucepan and reduce by a half. Set aside to cool.
- Halved the peaches and remove the seed.
- Drizzle with olive oil, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
- On a hot grill pan or BBQ, sear the peaches for 1-2 minutes.
- Tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces. Layer ingredients onto a board.
- Drizzle with vanilla balsamic, olive oil and cracked pepper.
- Serve with a crusty loaf of bread.
Recipe courtesy of Minchinbury
During the warmer months, keeping your skin soft and supple can be a challenge. A combination of dry warm days, swimming in chlorinated pools and a little too much UV can leave your skin feeling dry and dehydrated in no time.
Here’s a few simple key skincare tips to help you hold onto that dewy glow.
Keep your beauty routine simple
The cleaner your beauty and makeup routine, the better. Especially in the warmer months as your skin is already dealing with increased changes – being exposed to harsh sunlight which can lead to skin dehydration and warm days which means more sweating.
If you can afford to, keep your daytime makeup to a minimum. This is when heat is at its peak and you’re more likely to clog up your pores with makeup and perspiration. Leave your detailed makeup looks for the evening when you’re less likely to get hot and bothered.
Use a hydrating mask
This is a great way to plug back in that lost moisture after a long and hot day on the beach. Cloth face masks are especially good for thorough, instant moisturisation and hydration, as they are literally dripping with nutrients and sit right next to the dermal layer of skin. Try Skin Republic’s CoQ10 + Caviar Face Mask Sheet for intense hydration and improved skin elasticity.
Use an SPF
Use sunscreen and use it wisely. Starting the day with an SPF moisturiser should be the first step in your beauty routine. Opt for something that provides UVA and UVB protection to make sure you’ve got all bases covered.
If you’re out in the sunshine all day, remember a hat and be sure to reapply every few hours.
Use a spritzer
This is a handbag must-have especially for those long, hot summer days. When your skin is feeling down and dry, simply pump a few sprays onto your face, neck, arms and legs. Cool off and add back that lost hydration!
Easier said than done but you must drink water, and lots of it! There’s no point trying to keep your skin moisturised if you neglect nourishing your body from the inside out. We recommend eight glasses a day – and more if you’re out and about in the heat.
These summer skincare tips are brought to you by Skin Republic. For more on nourishing and hydrating skincare products visit www.theskinrepublic.com.au
Now that summer is well under way, travel expert and Sydney local Louise Ryan from leading travel and lifestyle site, lastminute.com.au, has put together her ‘must do’ list of things to do this summer in Sydney. Whether you are a local on ‘staycation’ or visiting from interstate, there are so many ways to live every last minute of summer in Sydney.
With incredible beaches, a thriving bar scene, arts, events and festivals, Summer in Sydney really is the best time of the year. Lastminute.com.au’s top 10 ways to love Sydney this summer:
Hit the beaches
Sydney is spoilt when it comes to beaches, from Bondi to Palm Beach, Manly and Cronulla. Our pick this Summer is to venture to Coogee in the Eastern Suburbs, often referred to as Bondi’s ‘little sister’. Make a weekend of it and stay at the Coogee Sands Hotel & Apartments which is conveniently located next to the latest ‘it’ spot in town, Justin Hemmes Coogee Pavilion (which is also the ultimate spot for a post swim beverage!).
Summer in Sydney wouldn’t be the same without Sydney Festival’s Symphony in The Domain. Pack a picnic, a blanket, gather your friends and get ready to settle in for a relaxing, free evening of music under the stars. Why not nab a Sydney Secret Hotel deal and make a real night of it?
As the sun sets
Hot, balmy beach days are the perfect excuse to relax with refreshing afternoon cocktails! Grab some friends and sip on mojitos, cosmos or daiquiris at any of Sydney’s water view outdoor bars such as Watsons Bay Hotel, The Glenmore Rooftop in The Rocks, or The Bucket List in Bondi.
Stay in a swanky Sydney hotel
Make the most of the Summer deals by booking yourself or spoiling a loved one with a stay at one of the city’s lush five-star hotels. Beat the heat and stay at the ultra cool QT Sydney located in the heart of Sydney’s shopping district. With lastminute.com.au’s Summer in Sydney deal enjoy two welcome drinks, plus a late 12pm checkout from $295 per night. Bargain!
Hop on your bike
Explore the city by bike, either on your own or as part of a bike tour. Make sure you stop at one of the many cafes which cater to cyclists around town. Drop into Bespoke and Grind in Marrickville; Atelier in the city; Deus Café in Camperdown; and Town Bike Pitstop en route.
Get out on the beautiful harbour
Go all out this summer and experience Sydney via a luxury yacht! What better way to enjoy an evening than by cruising Sydney Harbour at sunset as you eat delicious King Island cheeses and sip on a glass of bubbles. Prices start from $120 per person.
There are so many awesome day trip destinations just outside of Sydney. Hire a car and road trip down the Grand Pacific Drive to the beautiful South Coast, visiting seaside towns such as Kiama, Gerringong and Wollongong. Or alternatively, ditch the car and enjoy a wine tasting tour to the Hunter Valley.
Pop to Popism
Check out the latest Art Gallery of NSW’s current exhibition which is on until 1 March 2015. With more than 200 pieces of work on show, Pop to Popism is colourful and fun, featuring the work of the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Hot tip – a visit to the Art Gallery is the perfect excuse to visit Matt Moran’s latest incredible restaurant, Chiswick at the Gallery.
Spend a weekend in Manly
Catch the iconic ferry from Circular Quay to beautiful Manly Beach, a world away from Sydney’s CBD. Why not stay the weekend and spend your days at the beach, or hike the incredible Manly to Spit Bridge walk.
Local foodie secrets
Explore Sydney’s little Vietnam and taste all of its culinary delights during a I ate my way through Cabramatta Vietnamese inspired tour. Enjoy the opportunity to sample lesser known Vietnamese delights at a colourful lunch banquet, plus shop like a local as your guide shows you all the best places for creating Vietnamese cuisine.
As the mercury rises and the days get longer, embrace the balmy summer weather by bringing friends and family together for chic get-togethers, long lazy lunches and fabulous dinner parties. Be inspired by the following food and décor ideas for entertaining this Summer. Here’s our top 5 entertaining ideas:
Take advantage of the beautiful weather and dine outdoors either on the patio or out in the garden. For evening events, add your favourite beautiful candles and fairy lights to create an enchanting atmosphere. Engage the timeless essence of the English countryside creating a clean, fresh and captivating atmosphere in your home with the Summerdown Mint Candle (RRP $59.95) andReed Diffuser (RRP $49.95) which features aromatic mint and lemongrass. All Summerdown Mint products are free from sulphates, parabens, PEGs, petrochemicals or artificial colourings. For more information and stockist enquiries please visit www.sunpots.com.au.
Family-style share platters
Perfect for get-togethers where everyone may not have met before, family style share platters are a great way to break the ice and get everyone mingling. A greater diversity of dishes can be served and guests can choose exactly what and how much they want of each dish, minimising the chance of food wastage and guests going home hungry. Make sure to display food in charming bowls and plates that add to your existing décor theme.
Pick a destination theme
Take yourself and your guests on a culinary journey throughout your favourite gourmet destinations. Invoke gastronomic hotspots like Spain and Italy by tailoring your menu and décor to reflect the chosen location. Be transported to the Spanish countryside with the authentic, hand painted Sun Pots Pintado collection and be inspired by the old world charm of Italy, with the Sun Pots Fascino Antico collection, which is crafted in a Southern Italian factory. With prices starting from RRP $12.00, the Sun Pots collection transforms your home into a colourful oasis while bringing the warmth and charm from Italy and Spain. For more information and stockist enquiries please visit www.sunpots.com.au.
Bright colours and patterns
Indulge in dining and serving ware that feature bright and cheerful colours and patterns that reflect your personal style and home décor. Neutral tones, such as white, grey and black may be versatile, but summer calls for inspiring shades that match the sunny weather and holiday vibe. Try pairing bold plates and bowls on top of a crisp white dining cloth to make the colours pop, or create a laid back, vintage aesthetic by ditching the table cloth and serving up on a rustic wooden table.
Avoid using matchy matchy dining and serving wear that can seem dated and overly formal, and instead opt for a mix of vibrant patterns and colours that bring a stylish but relaxed feel to your event. An added benefit is that it also resolves any potential dramas over not having enough matching sets for the number of guests you are inviting.
All you need this summer is a group of friends, the sun, and a jog of Aperol Spritz to cool down after a long day in the sunshine. Italy’s renowned drink is teaming up with some of the coolest venues in Sydney to give you a summer you’ll never forget.
In the lead up to the weekend, the Aperol Garden is the perfect post-work location to grab a drink and relax with friends and co-workers. Intricately detailed outdoor spaces adorned with fairy-lights and lanterns create a cosy atmosphere to relax with your $10 Aperol Spritz. Head down to the Goodwill Society, The Argyle, Campari House, and Merchant Osteria Veneta on the Terrazzo to make the most of your Friday afternoon in the sunshine.
On Saturday, enjoy some fun with friends and take part in the Aperol Barefoot Bowls which is also perfect for a first date! Both Paddington and Coogee Bowls are the perfect destination to perfect your aim and have some fun in the sun.
If you prefer to unwind on a Sunday evening instead, the famous Aperol Sunday Sessions are back by popular demand. Enjoy some music by your favourite local DJ’s one of these popular locations:
- Bondi Icebergs
- Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
- Café Del Mar
- Royal Saxon
- Fatto Bar & Cantina
Summer is an amazing time of the year – the long days, beach, sunshine and holidays, we all love it! But it’s not the best time for fashion, with most of us opting to slip into cut-off denims, swimwear, a pair of thongs, a maxi dress for night-time and an old cardigan when the chill picks up.
Well, take it back to basics and show your true style with a selection of relaxed dresses, cute slides and the accessories that every girl needs.
Here is our edit of fave playsuits for day and night. Just click through to purchase direct from our friends at THE ICONIC.
We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.
When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!
Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.
Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.
Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.
Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.
The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.
The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.
The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.
You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.
The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.
Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.
Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.
You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.
You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!
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Want lustrous locks with beautiful balayage ala Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen (pictured)? Or what about funky fishtail braids like those of top fashionista, actor Diane Kruger (pictured below)?
Never fear SHESAID readers – hair guru, Schwarzkopf’s national technical educator, Grant Withnell (pictured below), has expert tips here to make summer styling a breeze.
What are your top three tips on how to care for summer hair?
1. Firstly, it’s essential to have a good hair care regime. That means using a good quality shampoo and conditioner, as well as a leave-in product or treatment mask. You also need to think of treatments as a preventative, rather than a cure, to protect hair. So many women make the mistake of using treatments after the damage is done – treatments keep the hair healthy and not only repair existing damage, but also help prevent future damage.
2. If you have coloured hair, always use a colour-protect product with a UV filter and try not to wash the hair too much. But as long as you use a good shampoo you can wash your hair as often as it needs it, there is no thing as too much – it’s a personal choice.
3. If you’ve got very knotty hair from a day at the beach, the best way to tame it without causing too much breakage is to use either a leave-in conditioner, or an oil-mist spray to smoothen the cuticle (this is the bit which causes the knotting of hair), and use a wide-tooth comb or Denman brush because these won’t pull though knots and will reduce damage to the hair. Also, do not tie hair up when it’s wet because hair dries and shrinks and therefore pulls more tightly on the hairline.
What are your top three must-have summer products?
1. The beauty must-have this summer is the latest innovation from Schwarzkopf – Extra Care BB Cream. It provides 11 benefits in 1 product, including softness, shine, frizz control, deep nourishment and repair; this is the beach bag essential for any girl on the go this summer!
2. Schwarzkopf Extra Care Normal Balance Leave-In Treatment: this is perfect for everyday use and you can spray on wet or dry hair to maintain the health of hair.
3. Schwarzkopf Dry Shampoo: this is always great to have on hand to instantly freshen up your look, especially after a day on the beach!
What are your top three summer styling tips?
1. Summer season is party season so to ensure you always have beautiful, voluminous hair my favourite product for styling flat hair is Schwarzkopf Extra Care Volume Powder, which you apply to the roots when stying to create long-lasting volume.
2. Keep the new Extra Care BB Cream in your bag. It is the immediate hair smoother.
3. It’s all about textures in the hair form – high gloss to matt or combinations of both – mix and match products to suit the look you are trying to create.
What are some hot, new catwalk looks applicable to summer in Australia?
1. Hair gathered into updos or ponytails where wispy flyaways frame the face are hot right now, as are unstructured and loose ponies.
2. Braided hair is big – think style inspiration, actor Diane Kruger (pictured above). I’m talking double braiding hanging loosely on either side of the head, or braided against the scalp starting from the temples. Also, thick, single plaits in a wispy texture and fishtail braids that are loose and texturised are also a stylish look.
3. Heavily textured looks – long hair backcombed at the roots and through the lengths to create big volume. The finish should have a matte and dry appearance.
What are the hot, new summer colour trends?
1. Hair with luminous metallic tints in bronze and soft gold was the standout colours on the New York Fashion Week catwalks.
2. Colour-on-colour will be key, i.e, a variety of colours running through the hair, but all in a similar hue.
3. In brunettes, look for combinations of chocolate, mocha and caramel.
4. Dip dye was a trend, but we now see more balayage – think supermodel Gisele for style inspiration. The strength is at the bottom of the hair and there has to be softness to it.
Main image via hiji.co.uk and secondary image via mediumhairstylesideas.com.
Want luminous, glowing skin this summer, with barely-there, understated make-up just like the latest runway beauty looks from New York Fashion Week? Honey, you’re going to need a good concealer. Being fair-skinned and prone to the dreaded dark circles, I can never leave the house without first applying concealer. Here are some of the latest and greatest ones to try, beauties. Shop to it!
Three times a lady: Brisbane-based natural cosmetics and mineral make-up brand, Bare Blossom, is a small but mighty one to watch. Formulated for use by most skin types (including allergy prone), this organic skincare and make-up range doesn’t contain any of the common “nasties” found in some big-name beauty brands. I’m a big fan of Bare Blossom’s Mineral Cream Concealers, $25 each, which you apply after foundation, to banish blemishes, spots and dark circles. Pictured here in natural beige, true tan and green, this hard-working trio will do the trick, trust me. I love the products’ creamy texture and good coverage. Natural beige is perfect for light skin tones, the darker true tan is good for covering pigmentation and the funky green one, believe it or not, corrects red blemishes including rosacea, pimples and acne (pictured below, left to right). Magic! To order, visit www.bareblossom.com.au.
Animal instincts: Grrr like a tiger this spring/summer with this divine, new limited edition leopard-print Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Collector, $57. This baby also comes in a bejewelled version, just to liven up your make-up kit. The original, and still arguably one of the best, high-end, luxury pen concealers, this moisturising and ultra-fluid emulsion promises to eliminate shadows from the side of the nose, the corners of the mouth and the hollow of the chin and expression lines. In just one click, it embellishes the eye area, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even if you’ve been up all night, dancing on tables until 3am (half your luck). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Mineral magic: I’m a huge Issada fan and I adore the Brisbane beauty brand’s new Mineral Heal And Conceal Anti-Aging Skin Perfecting Concealer, $45. It’s a big product name with results to match – it’s like a secret weapon for a flawless complexion! This baby is the ultimate blemish-blitzing, scar-healing, redness-reducing, line-diffusing, eye-brightening skin treatment. It comes in a creamy, self-adjusting mineral pigment which easily melts into the skin. And there’s nothing better than a concealer that’s invisible. What’s more, it’s enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, rosemary, shea butter and more goodness. Use a lighter shade under eyes, a deeper shade for facial blemishes, and blend shades for in-between tans or on trans-seasonal skin tones. Find Issada at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com.
Walk the line: If you’re looking for good bang for your buck, and don’t like spending a fortune on make-up basics, the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $36, is a good mid-budget option. This concealer minimises the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the eye area, and can be used anywhere on the face that needs concealing: eyes, your outer lip line and spot areas on the face. A liquid concealer with moderate coverage, it can be used over or under make-up. I find this one is very effective on my dark circles and a little goes a long way. Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Make like a pro: The Lancome Le Eye Corrector Pro, $55, will conceal dark circles and dullness faster than the speed of light (OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). I like the professional feel of this concealer palette which brightens the eyes, leaving skin more supple and radiant. You can also use it to conceal all manner of skin imperfections such as my slight skin pigmentation which I’m still sporting thanks to my recent pregnancies (damn children). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
We all want our bodies to be tight n’ toned for summer, but this can sometimes be a serious effort. Hitting the snooze button is far too easy in the morning, and after work many of us choose the couch over the treadmill.
But as they say, summer bodies aren’t made in a day, and we’re determined to beat the inertia and get our bodies moving in time for the warmer weather. Sportsluxe is ‘in’, so here’s some tips to help you inch closer to your dream fitness and body goals:
Do you sometimes feel like you’re on top of the world when you put a new pair of runners on for the first time? What you wear when you exercise can determine your level of motivation. If you look the part, you’ll feel the part. New leggings, a sports bra and some colourful kicks will definitely make you feel more Cathy Freeman-esque, rather than Olivia Newton John in her “Let’s Get Physical” days.
When working out having runners that are correct for your feet and type of exercise is integral. The right footwear will prevent injury, ensure you are doing exercises with the correct technique and also support your feet and ankles when they are under stress.
Straight after a workout all you crave is a hit of H20. Don’t forget a sturdy water bottle that can hold at least 1L of water to maintain hydration. Also we must not forget gym etiquette, a towel is always handy to wipe down the equipment after using equipment. No-one likes picking up your sweaty weights!
You can’t deny the power that music has on our motivation to work out, whether it’s fast beats to make you run quicker or slow tunes to help you zone out and relax during a yoga sesh. To ensure your device doesn’t get in the way use an iPod or iPhone holder to keep the cords at bay, and your hands free. Simple!
This article is courtesy of select sporting retailers at Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne. For more information visit www.uhfo.com.au or follow us on Facebook.com/UniHillFO and Instagram @UniHillFO
Are you stuck in a skincare rut? If you’re a fan of natural skincare, the Ayurda Ayurvedic Skin Care range is definitely worth a try. I’m a hard taskmaster when it comes to my skin – I’m very choosy about my skincare regime given I have very fine, pale “English” type sensitive skin prone to redness and the odd blemish.
I favour a big-brand beauty range, but had just run out of my favourite, expensive moisturiser when I was kindly offered the chance to try Ayurda. It was perfect timing and I thought: “Live a little, Carrington – try something new.” And I’m really glad I did – I’m loving Ayurda’s pure skincare products which are formulated with all-natural and organic ingredients to create “nutrition for the skin”.
Ayurda is a Sanskrit name which translates to “bestower of longevity” – this resonates perfectly with the brand’s holistic approach to beauty. Incorporating the wisdom of the ayurvedic philosophy – an ancient system of life (ayur) knowledge (veda) arising in India thousands of years ago – Ayurda recognises that everyone is unique; what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.
So, the first step is take a skin quiz here: http://au.ayurda.com/au/know-your-skin.htm to see what type of skin you have and how the Ayurveda principles can help fix any pesky problems. Ayurda links its beauty to well-being. Its customised approach ensures your skin care has a balancing effect on your face and skin.
I’m a Pitta skin type, governed by a fire and water element. Pitta is said to control digestion, metabolism and transformation. Those with a predominance of the Pitta dosha have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind. In perfect health or in balance, I will have lustrous complexion with soft, fair skin, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, my skin may be oily or become prone to skin rashes, eczema, acne, rosacea, skin sensitivity and redness, or I may develop burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn and/or indigestion. Guilty as charged! This is unbelievably accurate for a five-minute quiz.
But back to the skincare, I’m trialling the 21-day Pitta Balance program, $199 (pictured above). This includes four x 30ml bottles, including a customised cleanser, toner, moisturizer and night cream.
“Our Balance skincare programme will leave your skin feeling refined and repaired while enhancing your natural beauty from within,” says the blurb.
I have a Cucumber and Basil Cleanser to gently remove impurities while cooling the skin; Blackberry Astringent Lotion to soothe inflammation and help absorption; Almond and Saffron Moisturiser to soften skin; and Magic Touch, a skin beautifying formula which can be used as a spot cream or night treatment to calm and clear skin blemishes.
I’m also fortunate enough to have a sample-size Sparkle Eye Cream, which is a moisturiser for skin around the eyes, with cooling rose and red sandalwood to add sparkle, while turmeric and sariva are said to brighten the skin. In addition, I have a sample size Gel Scrub which gently exfoliates dead skin cells.
I like all the products a lot; it’s almost a week since I’ve started using them and my skin feels soft and dewy, with no breakouts. My favourites are the Sparkle Eye Cream and the Almond and Saffron Moisturiser (pictured below). The latter is loaded with nature’s best skin food – almonds – and the enriched moisturiser is said to soften and rejuvenate the skin by increasing blood circulation to the capillaries.
So, what’s best about Ayurda? Each and every blend is said to be handcrafted in small batches to maintain integrity and freshness. All essential oils and raw materials are the highest grade possible. There’s no artificial colours, phthalates, parabens, or synthetic fillers (like fragrance), which means no harsh ingredients that strip the skin. Check it out! Visit http://au.ayurda.com.
Who doesn’t love the idea of summer? Days get longer, nights are warmer and the sun is almost always out to play. But a change of season also means a new wardrobe revamp, with some of the hottest trends making their ways to our shores. We share with you our top five trends for summer, which you can quickly stock-up on!
An off the shoulder peasant top is the epitome of summer-chic, especially when paired with denim cut-offs and beach waves. The nineties are calling once again, with stores already stocking a variety of designs (some which are cropped), to complete your summer wardrobe.
We recommend: Tularosa Huxley Top, $148.30
An easy way to channel the minimalist aesthetic is by wearing a slip dress. Wear with flat sandals to beat the heat during the day, or simply match with a pair of strappy stilettos for an evening out. A bold lip is a great way to spice up this look without going overboard.
We recommend: River Island Midi Cami Dress, $69.18
Channel sport-luxe vibes by wearing a chunky v-neck sweater when the weather slightly drops. Not only will the white knit highlight a great summer tan, but it can make any outfit look laid-back and casual.
We recommend: Uniqlo Cashmere V Neck Sweater, $79.90
Looking for a statement accessory which matches every single outfit in your wardrobe? Pearls are back and in a big way – pair your outfit with a pearl choker which is both statement and minimalist at the same time. Brings a touch of sophistication to a trendy outfit.
We recommend: Topshop Plain Ball Open Collar, $16
Taking inspiration from the 1950’s, embrace a full midi skirt which cuts off below the knee but above the ankle. These skirts are amazing for girls looking to hide their problem areas such as a tummy or thighs, without looking too covered up. Pair with a crop top and a statement clutch for instant glam.
We recommend: Sportsgirl Lady Skirt, $89.95
Image via Hannah Weil
Nothing says summer more than a bold, glamorous splash of colour. Brighten your world with these amazing, new hot make-up hues of the season. Wall flowers need not apply. All items are available at www.davidjones.com.au, David Jones stores and other leading stockists. Phone 133 357 for more details.
The colour purple: Make like super-cool New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, who loves a good purple lip, and who collaborated with M.A.C to produce this beauty: Pure Heroine Lipstick, $36. This limited edition, powerful purple number is vibrant and matte in a deep, rich shade of plum with an amplified finish – definitely one to wear when feeling sexy and confident as you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. Prince would SO approve, too.
Eyes on the prize: I adore the new YSL Couture Palette, $98, in #11 Ballets Russes. There’s something a little bit 80s about the electric blue, pink and purple – it’s pure, intense colour bound to make your eyes pop! Each palette contains a base colour and a highlighter colour to sculpt and illuminate the eyes, plus three signature colours to create your own unique YSL look. It’s a luxury spend, but YSL eye shadows are long-lasting, crease-proof and contain both matte and satin shades. Love!
Totally nailing it: This super pretty nail shade reminds me of Tiffany & Co., plus springtime – NAILS INC Nail Lacquer, $19.95, in Royal Botanic. Playful and pretty, it’s the perfect pop of pastel to add to a feminine ensemble. The new on-trend shade also has a gloss finish.
Lipstick, with a twist: Add this one to your wish list, ladies – it’s lipstick, but not as you know it – the SISLEY Phyto Lip Twist, $50, in Cherry. A concentrated lip colour, this baby is tinted like a lipstick, cocooning like a balm and shiny like a gloss. The holy trinity! What’s more, it’s non-sticky, twists up easily and no sharpener is required. Suitable for buildable coverage, it’s a great summer go-to to add to your make-up bag.
Red hot chilli woman: I love a hard-working product and this one delivers: The Balm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush, $27.95. It will earn its keep in your make-up bag as a sexy eye shadow, striking blush, subtle highlighter, or light-reflective lip finisher – all in a pretty peachy-pink hue which will flatter most skin tones. And, if you’re a busy businesswoman or mum on the go, ain’t nobody got time to apply 20 different products. This is genius!
From Brazil, with love: This baby is a dead-set party for your nails, this summer: OPI Nail Lacquer, $19.95, in Live.Love.Carnaval. Part of the Brazil collection, this classic polish – like all OPI beauties, glides on perfectly. I love this gorgeously bright coral hue that brings a touch of a Brazilian summer to your hands. Don’t be shy – rock it at high volume and intensity.