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.
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.
This time, last week we were driving down to Margaret River in the beautiful South West of Australia to check out the Gourmet Escape. This is the second year that this festival has returned to Margaret River and it was held at the Leeuwin Estate Winery. A warning before you read ahead, there is going to be a lot of tantalising photos of yummy food :)
What a perfect day it was, it rained a little on the drive in and then dried up as soon as we got there. It was set up amongst the beautiful green lawns of the Leeuwin Estate, I couldn’t believe how much there was going on in such a small space. The organisers did a great job of setting up and making it an easy place to get around. Parking was also a breeze.
When we entered we each received a small show bag with a back copy of Gourmet Traveller and Wine magazine. And at the entry I purchased some of the currency for the show called GEMs, one GEM equalled to $7 and could be swapped for a tasting plate dished up by many of the chefs on exhibition and other gourmet produce and sessions.
One of the big marques was the Breville Thought Lab that was situated at the front of the show. The coffee smell wafting from that place was amazing! They were offering coffee making lessons and a play on their machines.
The was an area to entertain the kids too, set up by The Maze. It was a neat idea to have something for the little people, because the show seemed more appropriate for the adults.
There were wine tasting areas, and even a Rekordlig tent selling delicious cider. I saw a Pimm’s seating area that were serving some delicious beverages and I spotted a cocktail area that were selling $7 long island ice teas. However, I had to abstain from the alcohol, but no doubt would return to my Rekordlig back at the beach house.
I bought a few plates to try with the family and finished it off with freshly made ice-cream by the two fat cows.
This was a steak and rough cut chips with garlic butter
Lamb kofta with mint salad on a flat bread
Green papaya salad with satay peanut chicken
A refreshing green smoothie to finish off
I was hoping to bump into some celebrity chefs, but there was just too many people. I did see Poh (from Masterchef) on stage and Rick Stein talking about fish. But I was secretly wishing to rub shoulders with Heston Blumenthal or Adriano Zumbo. They are my absolute idols! Their cooking skills are legendary!
We stayed there only for a couple of hours because the flies were annoying my kids. They are not used to the bugs bugging them. It was impossible to see very much with the little people. But I did manage to check out some stalls and have a few free tastings from individual brand stalls.
The main stage was very impressive! It really helped that things we up on the big screen. I could see the cooking demos from the picnic rug where I was sitting.
It was nice to return to the beach house with some foodie reading material and chocolate that we bought on our way out of Margaret River. The chocolate factory is infamous down there, a visit is always a must :)
This year was a little tricky for us to stick to the itinerary but I’m sure the next time we will be better prepared with items to entertain the kids. They may need more ‘kid-friendly’ meals down there too, because my kids palate are not mature enough to enjoy this type of gourmet food! Chips and sauce is what they kept asking for, and a hot dog lol.
Hope you’re all having a great Sunday!
Are you ready? Plastic in hand? I know this sounds all too scary and bad of me to think about spending more money and hitting the sales even before the crazy Christmas season begins. I think the idea behind the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales is to save shoppers money and get their present shopping done earlier. There is definitely some logic in that!
I’m too excited because some of my favourites are going to have some very tempting sales.
Here are a few names that I will be having my alarm clock set to…
Lime Crime is offering 30% off their entire online store and FREE Shipping within the US if you spend over $50. Use code LOVE30. Plus they will be releasing the NEW Pink Velvetine. The Velvetines are becoming a cult favourite, so will you be adding this one to your collection? Plus if you are shopping with Lime Crime Australia, they are offering FREE SHIPPING.
Blackmilk clothing is representing Australia and getting in on the Cyber Monday sales with a 30% off offer on selected items. We won’t find out until the actual sale starts. But I had a sneak peek of their reversible skater dresses on the Facebook page, and they are such great value!
Another Aussie store, Sambag Sydney is also offering 40% off selected items for 2 days only. They stock pretty footwear such as sandals and ballet flats made with quality and with classic styles. They also have apparel for those down-times where you just want to kick back and relax :)
And another makeup favourite, Lipstick Republic has started their Black Friday Sale already. Just use code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout to get 30% off your cart, this includes sale items too!
Wahhhh….so many awesome deals to behold and so little cash. I have lots of pressies to buy family and friends, but I wonder if I would pick up any worthy bargains during the sales. I may just set the alarm to allow browsing time…but will have to indeed implore some restraint with the credit card!
What sales do you have your eye on? Like any of my choices here?
Let me know if you do shop any of these picks…I’m nosey when it comes to hauls and bargain hunting :) Because I won’t be able to shop :/ Can I live vicariously through you??
HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY everyone (even though it isn’t technically a black Friday - 13th…although one is coming up in December)!!! Have fun shopping the sales.
PS/ HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my lovely readers. I am thankful for your support for following me thus far!
Hey guys, I just got back after a four day road trip to the South West of Western Australia (W.A). Hence the quietness on my end. I had been looking forward to getting away because I haven’t been able to focus lately and often becoming too stressed out. It was time to escape to nature and spend more quality time with the fam.
The majority of the stay was at Preston Beach, which is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in W.A. Those who visit Preston Beach are most likely to stay at the self-contained beach shacks and townhouses at Footprints Preston Point. And that was our home for the last four days.
We have been here before, and it has become the family’s favourite holiday house. The last time we were in this part of the state was when I was 6 month pregnant with Luna. It is nice to finally have her join us on our roadtrip. This is Lil Moon’s first and she was very well behaved during the 1.5 hour drive down…being in the back seat is the best way to fall asleep.
With three children under 6, it can get a little tricky to pack items. There is just so many personal belongings that need to be considered. It was not until we reached our destination that I realised I forgot to pack my 6yo blankie. These are her baby blankets and she cannot sleep without them! Not sure how they got missed…but we know next time they will be the first to go into the bags!
I was able to cook most of the meals at the beach shack because it had a kitchen (fully stocked with utensils, cutlery and crockery) with stove top, microwave and even a dishwasher. So it really felt like a home away from home. One of the nights we ate at the Footprints cafe and the items there were cafe style food, such as pizza, fish and chips and steak. We ordered the Hawaiian pizza because it was the kids’ favourite and a bowl of chips. All up it was $22. That was pretty pricey but it tasted good….and we’re on holiday :)
Most of the time, the kids were in the pool or playing games. It all passed by so quickly, I wished we had stayed one more day. It would have been nice to hire bikes or play basketball/tennis at the courts that they had. Though I won’t miss the flies or mozzies! The last time we came, it was Autumn and it was cooler minus the bugs. This time they were everywhere! And I even found a dead fly in lil Moon’s mouth. It was extremely GROSS, she was too innocent to realise..
I would have liked to spend more time at the beach too. It was such perfect weather, but this time round my lil man was scared of the waves. We had to cut the beach visit short because he was too frightened to go near the water. I’m sure the next time we come back here, when the kids are a little bit older and richer in experiences that they will enjoy the outdoors more. Flies and all.
After this holiday, I’m not so sure whether I’m feeling more recharged or ready to retire. However, I must admit we did have a great time being shacked up together and captured lots of memories with the camera. How was your weekend?
We also made a short detour to Margaret River, I shall return with a recap on the Gourmet escape later in the week. Enjoy your Tuesday!
You may be interested in reading the last time we were down at Preston point here
I catch myself saying this a lot, but this year has definitely been a test of strength and patience. 2013 has been one that has passed by too quickly with more worry and stress than anything else.
It may have something to do with taking on the newsagency business and seeing that it isn’t exactly how I thought it would be when my family first bought it. I was new, inexperienced and had no guidance. My naive and opportunistic view can cloud my ability to see how the previous owner was running this business and well….small shops are often forgotten about.
It’s a little disheartening because everyday it isn’t unusual to hear from customers, but "Woolies sells this cheaper", "I could get 2 of these from Officeworks with the price you are charging me". "You don’t do lotto?".
It has definitely been a challenge to transform this small shop into something my customers can see as a service driven, family-owned and community conscious newsagency. We could never EVER compete with the giants like Officeworks and Woolworths. The store’s motto is ‘serving the community’. Our wish to get our lotto license is still sitting upon the decision of Lottery West and we will hear the outcome in December. Foot traffic is the main criteria they are looking at, and if more shoppers went local we could show them this.
That’s why I am here writing to you about the Shop Small campaign promoted by the Liberal Party. I’m glad that Tony Abbott is supporting this movement and encouraging shoppers to support their local shops during the lead up to Christmas.
We small shops are more often than not - families who put in the long hours and hard work, we provide the quality service because we care about our customers and their loyalty. We treat them as friends, as they learn a bit about us and we learn about them and their families. Even though we work ourselves ‘silly’ the profit margin is significantly less than the big guys but the satisfaction of providing a service and running a business is pretty fantastic. And profits…well they are really a dream, and if they are earnt they are a family’s livelihood.
Here is what my family’s shop looks like. It is my place of ‘peace’ away from domesticity. (It is located at Rostrata 7-Day Centre Shop 6, 2-4 Glenmoy Avenue, Willetton if you wish to drop in and say hi) or on our Facebook Page here.
Small businesses make up 95% of the Australian businesses and they are the ones that keep the money moving within Australia. Most of the larger companies are owned overseas, therefore money is not being recycled in our economy.
If you wish to support the Shop Small campaign this November, just shop at your local store. Get to know your local shop keeper and let them know you support them. You can also Tweet about it by using #shopsmallau
So please, get behind the Shop Small movement and behind fellow Australians! I’m sure you will put a smile on your local businessperson’s dial for Christmas :)
I certainly did not want this to be a promotion for the newsagency, I really want others to know what small business owners are like, and how they feel about this campaign.
You can also read more about ‘Shop Small here (the official page)
Have a fab Monday lovelies! And if you think a small business does something great, share it on social media and in the comments section :)
*I’m writing this post to share my experience. This is not a sponsored.
It’s back! The Vogue Online Shopping night is on again, it all starts today at noon. Have you been checking out the Vogue website to keep an eye on your favourites and book marked your top shopping sites?
Sadly I will be at my work desk, but hopefully during my lunch break I can squizz out the specials on my smart phone. Or by the time I knock off I’ll be plonking myself in front of the laptop with a warm cuppa ahh…. The event runs from 12pm to 12am, so there is ample time to look and pick up some early Christmas bargains for friends, family or yourself!
You may also want to keep updated with what’s happening on social media by using the hashtag #VOSN and share the purchases you have made via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I would love to hear about your buys!
This is a great way to support Aussie brands too and I’m so happy that Etsy Australia has also jumped on board…because you too can support handmade from our local creatives!
And here are some offers that I shall be spying on today:
RY.com.au - spend $59 get a $10 voucher, free shipping, Plus One redken duo gift per customer for the first 50 customers only. Use code 'VOSN'
Activeskin - get 10% off, use code ‘VOSN13’ and receive a dermalogica gift pack if you spend over $100 (but use code ‘free VOSN gift’)!
Nourished Life (Organic beauty store) - 10% off storewide with code 'VOGUE'
milkandco.com.au - 50% off (excludes shipping) use code ‘VOGUE13’
Eclektica.com - 30% off with the promo code 'VOGUETTE' and free shipping
missmoncur.com - 25% off with promo code ‘VOGUE’, first 50 shoppers will receive 15% off all purchases
Etsy.com - 20% off all VOSN retailers, use promo code ‘VOGUE’. Look out for Loliette who is owned by one of my mates from high school. She makes killer ballet flats.
Ambrosia Candles - 15% off all items and a free candle for the first 15 orders over $30 and use the code ‘VOSN13’
- A complimentary Wishbone bangle, valued at $55 will be given to every customer who spends $200 or more in one transaction.
- Spend $500 or more in one transaction and receive a complimentary set of three Wishbone bangles valued at $165.
It’s such a great line up this Summer, so many new and upcoming retailers joining in. Oh-no watch out wallet!
Will you be buying anything during VOSN? What have you got on your list?
Have fun lovelies and login and have a say on social media by using the hashtag #VOSN. Everytime VOSN buzzes like a huge virtual marketplace and trens on twitter. I’ve always have fond memories of my time on VOSN.
I’ll see you there or maybe at ‘Shoppaholics Anonymous’ ;)