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monthly favourites: july

July 31, 2014 in beauty, fashion, food and drink, movies by Lauren

July Favourites

Fashion: I hit the sales hard this month but my favourite purchase is actually something I bought full-price (quelle horreur!) I am completely smitten with Anthropologie’s Tenaya Jumpsuit (1). It’s so cute and comfortable, perfect with flat sandals during the day or with heels for dinner. This one is going to be in high rotation over the summer!

Face: I may have gone a little overboard on beauty products while I was in New York and Paris this month (in truth, I could probably set up my own mini Sephora now) but my number one purchase has to be the GlamGlow YouthMud Mask (2). I know I’m incredibly late to the party on this and the entire rest of the blogosphere has already put it into the category of cult favourite – but there’s a reason! It exfoliates, tightens the skin and makes pores completely invisible. Your boyfriend might complain that you look like a swamp monster for 20 minutes (or at least mine does) but it’s worth it!

Food: You wouldn’t think I’d go hunting for Australians when I was on holidays in the US, but somehow it always seems to happen. Why, you ask? I need good coffee! Fortunately the team at Bluestone Lane Coffee (3) know their brew AND have three locations in Manhattan. Give them a go – although I take no responsibility if you can never face a cup of drip again!

Film: Yes, I was one of the people who Kickstarted Zac Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here (4). Make my investment worthwhile and go see it!

Flashback: As I’ve kicked back into blogging more frequently again, I’ve enjoyed re-reading this post from 2010 about whether a person can be intelligent and still like fashion (5).

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work out: sleek technique

July 30, 2014 in beauty by Lauren

Flick Swan and Victoria Marr of Sleek Technique (Photo: Drew Tommons)Confession time: I’ve never been one for working out. But last year, I was involved in a nasty crash on the slopes that saw me blow out my knee. In the months of recovery that followed, I found that one of the best things for both relieving the pain AND rebuilding my strength was… ballet!

I danced all throughout my childhood and teenage years so it seemed a natural fit that I should come back to it. But the biggest problem I encountered was the lack of adult classes available in Switzerland. I was about to resign myself to plié-ing alone when I discovered Sleek Technique.

The brainchild of dancers Flick Swan and Victoria Marr, Sleek Technique offers a range of pre-recorded ballet workouts as well as live classes that you can join from the comfort of your own home.

The workouts are short enough that you have no excuse for not squeezing in at least one day, and often I’ll combine one of the pre-recorded toning workouts with one of the cardio ones (the times for live classes were previously not amazing for me but now that they’ve added some extra offerings, I’ll have to get onto those too!)

This is the only exercise I’ve ever stuck with so something is obviously working! If you’re into dance, I’d recommend you give Sleek Technique a go!

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lusting for: mayacamas maxi dress

July 27, 2014 in fashion by Lauren

Mayacama Maxi Dress (Photo: Anthropologie)I’ve just come back from a week in New York and while I manage to considerably grow my closet while I was there, one item continued to elude me.

Anthropologie’s Mayacamas Maxi Dress was sold out in my size in every store in town and because I was only there for a few days, there wasn’t time to order one in for me. Fortunately I’ve noticed it’s still available online so hopefully we will be united very soon!

This is one of those items that didn’t grab me on the website but it is absolutely divine in person. The colours are stunning, and the style and beaded neckline mean that it can be smart casual for the day and then dialed up for the evening.

If you also want to make Mayacamas acquaintance, you should be aware that the sizing is large so make sure you go at least one size down (particularly if you’re smaller on top!)

The Mayacamas Maxi Dress is currently available for $198.

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beauty spot: french pharmacy favourites

July 6, 2014 in beauty by Lauren

French Pharmacy Favourites

I love French pharmacies and when I was in Paris this week, I couldn’t resist stocking up on all my favourite products. While I prefer browsing charming corner pharmacies, this time I was on a mission so I went to the big CityPharma in Saint-Germain. I should warn you that it’s crowded and not at all charismatic, but it has everything you could possibly want!

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in the news: barbie joins linkedin

July 2, 2014 in news by Lauren

Barbie has joined LinkedIn

It seems Barbie is not content with ruling the toy boxes of girls the world over – now she wants to take over the corporate world!

As part of her newest career, Entrepreneur Barbie has joined career networking site LinkedIn. It seems she’s just launched a new company – Dream Incubator – where she is a consultant, “helping girls around the world play out their imagination, try on different careers, and explore the world around them”. Sounds like a great job to me!

Barbie’s LinkedIn page also highlights a range of female entrepreneurs, including Reshma Saujani from Girls Who Code, Jennifer Hyman & Jenny Fleiss from Rent The Runway, and Deborah Jackson from Plum Alley, to inspire girls to break through the “plastic ceiling”.

Barbie’s page doesn’t include a resume listing all of her previous careers (perhaps she’s worried she’ll be judged for being a job-changing, Gen-Y at heart!) but if you want to see the full list of her past exploits, Buzzfeed can help you out.