Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.
Oops the last post wasn’t my last post of the year…sorry to fib! But this will be :) It is Sew is Life’s most popular posts of the year, a great way to check out what post received the most traffic and what has our readers coming back.
Looks like we have a lot of beauty fans and DIYers visiting SiL. We hope to bring you more of what you love to read in 2014! Make sure to check out the new space The Simple Chic coming soon…
For now, please enjoy reading some of the popular posts of the year gone by.
1. Planning Kids Birthday Parties (1048 views)
2. Bioderma Review (707 views)
3. Etude House Golden Ratio Face Glam Review (471 views)
4. Review on Lime Crime Velvetines (346 views)
5. How to embellish clothing with rhinestones (261 views)
6. Vidal Sassoon Curl Secret Review (173 views)
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! And thanks for dropping by and supporting this little blog of mine. Look forward to more great times with my readers in 2014.
I can’t believe I am writing the final post of the year, it wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting in front of my laptop saying my goodbyes to 2012. How was 2013 for you? Was it everything you hoped for?
First of all, let me just say:
2013 was such a learning curve for me. I took on a few more projects, including starting my own organic bath & body range, and the focus of the blog slightly matured and I felt my skin thicken a little more. I learnt a lot about myself when put under pressure, so even though it was mostly stressful I gained so much.
So let me say my farewells:
1. I am a soft person at heart, and so I believe in the positiveness of things and have an optimistic outlook on every bad situation. But there were times this year, that I just wanted to turn that smile upside down and just let it out. Especially at the people that don’t count, those who discourage you, who say all the negative things when you are trying so hard. Also to those who aren’t happy with themselves and their attitude brings you down. I have learnt so much about myself and who are the people who deserve my time and those who don’t. So farewell Haters
2. Also good bye to my You Tube Channel. I haven’t been active on it for months and when I do I have been posting reviews on products. Which doesn’t make sense when I continue to write my reviews on my blog. And it is becoming trickier with three children running around in the background, so filming is usually done at night and I don’t really suit artificial night time lighting :)
3. Being so time restrictive in 2013, it has been difficult to find any time for myself. Therefore I have had to ignore my beloved sewing machine and from time to time I look at it lovingly from my desk. I do hope to pick it up again some day, it is my dream to sew beautiful garments to wear.
4. Hallelujah! See you later nappies, hopefully before school starts I will be down to just one child wearing diapers. I have left it this long, but hopefully my little man will be proud and confident to start pre-kindy with big-boy undies.
5. And a sort of semi-goodbye to this blog. A new space has been in the making to take over my regular posting. I have decided to change the branding of my blog to be a more focused on a couple of main topics rather than a list of things, which should be more helpful to my readers. Therefore Sew is Life shall remain my personal blogging space and my new blog on Wordpress ‘The Simple Chic’ will be about beauty, fashion and design. Three topics I am happy to go on and on about :)
6. Also good-bye to Emerald, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2013. And say welcome to Radiant Orchid, which is by the way…a stunning colour! Here is my tribute to the Emerald with an end of year party look. Spot the ‘radiant orchid’ in the photo :)
On the eyes, I used Lime Crime's 'Alchemy' Fantasy Palette - Lucky Charm. And their discontinued magic dust in Cupcake Thief.
Would you dare to wear an Emerald Lippie? This is Serpentina from Lime Crime.
And that’s a wrap for Sew is Life 2013, thank you to all the readers who stop by and give this site some love in a way of traffic, comments, words of support, tips and so on. Wishing each and every one of you a fantastic New Years Eve celebration where ever you are. And may 2014 bring you all the happiness, love, good health, prosperity and may all your hopes and dreams come alive for you.
I hope you will come and join me at my newest adventure at The Simple Chic, to be launched very shortly. There may even be a giveaway coming up soon to celebrate this new beginning :) Keep an eye out!
Be safe, drink and be merry on NYE.. So..what plans DO you have for NYE?
Shop Lime Crime goodness here:
My apologies for not updating for the past few days. I have been absolutely manic with Christmas preparation that I have trouble fitting anything else in!
School holidays has begun and I’m thinking of ways to keep the 3 little monkeys busy and away from the Christmas presents sitting under the tree. Last week, I had the presents sitting under the tree for a day and not too long after I hid them away in the cupboard because my 3 yo was asking me every 10 mins “Mama can we open the presents?”.It is very difficult to explain to a 3 yo that Christmas is like 8 days away and he has to wait till then to open them. When they are so tempting and teasing him from under the tree!
One of my most biggest worries is how to pull off the whole ‘Santa’ thing. I never really wanted to be a part of this, but now that I have children and it is marketed through every channel and into their pores that I have to play along. I gather information from other parents who have done it before. Such as creating reindeer poop from damp brown crepe paper and faux muddy boot prints with my husband’s work boots. And of course laying out the cookies and milk for good ol Santa.
I don’t want Santa to overshadow the real meaning of Christmas though, and I hope to take them to church on Christmas morning. I have been telling them about the story of Christmas, but I will have to look at buying a nativity scene though to strengthen my stories with a visual. The kids would love that and recreating the scene themselves.
I have also been working on my new blog space in the mean time and creating fresh soap and balms for SELF Organics. There are some labelling issues with my new balm range and therefore I have had to hold back on the release till the new year. So much to do before 2013 comes to an end. My to-do-list is growing by the day!
But please do keep in touch and send messages and comments through on Sew is Life Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I am still actively going on about my Christmas chaos on these channels and hope to hear about how you are coping with yours too ;) I’m never too busy to chat to my readers.
Have a merry weekend! It’s not too long now…
And here is a little message to You my gorgeous readers
(SiL - my new abbreviated name for Sew is Life)
Eat, drink, sing and be merry! :)
Summer days are long ahead, for it has only just BEGUN! 3 days in and I am looking very much the part thanks to the self tanning product Tuscan Tan. I have not heard of this brand before I started using it, never even spotted in in the shops. I must admit the packaging is quite plain and it doesn’t really scream out to me.
I was given 3 items to try, the Wash off Bronzing Mousse, a Facial Tanning Serum and Full Self Tan Mousse.
However, that being said, outer layers are so superficial for it is what inside that really counts. I have been using Tuscan Tan for around 2 weeks now, and only had to apply the Full Self Tan Mousse twice. It gives me a long lasting bronze that doesn’t fade too noticeably.
My skin started out being very pale and white! I could outshine a mirror with my legs. And I was quite impressed with the Tuscan Tan instant bronze, and it didn’t look orange or artificial either. It just gave me a natural and even tan look.
The trick is probably in the application mitt, if I didn’t have this it would turn out to be pretty messy. The mousse is light weight, but when you apply it to your legs and arms make sure you blend as you go otherwise there will be noticeable streaks. My first time, I think I forgot to blend and resulted in looking like a tiger with stripes!
Also I exfoliated and showered before every application, and then when the skin is dry I applied the mousse. The very next morning, after my morning cuppa tea I jump in the shower and wash off the excess. Then Voila instant Malibu Barbie Tan!
This is me looking nice and tan and in my new Blackmilk galaxy swims. Tuscan tan has given me the confidence to pose like this :)
I’m not the biggest tan fan, and therefore I am fairly new to the whole process. I’m loving my new bronze look though, and happy to have found a self-tanning lotion for the face too. The colour change is subtle and looks very natural.
The smell of the products is very nice too, the smell reminds me of chocolate or cocoa butter.
The tan just lasts and lasts… I don’t really like the whole application process, but with it lasting so long I don’t have to think about reapplying so soon. It was great when I took it on my trip down to the South West, I was able to don a swim suit with confidence!
It’s a miracle what a great tan can do to the appearance of ‘dimpling’ of the skin, imperfections, spider veins and alike. I’m ready for those Summer days of wearing short shorts and ‘lazing by the pool’ days.
Tuscan Tan Facial Tanning Serum 30ml retails for $30
Tuscan Tan Wash Off Bronzing Mousse 150ml retails for $35
Tuscan Tan Full Self Tan Mousse 150ml retails for $45.
The application mitt retails for $12
To find a Tuscan Tan stockist, head over to their website www.tuscantan.com.au.
Have you tried any of Tuscan Tan products?
*This product was sent to me for consideration. It has not affected my opinion in any way. All views are honest.