Recently I added some new additions to my fragrance collection and thought I would share them all with you. I certainly have a perfume addiction, but who doesn’t love to smell great, right?

I’m the type of person who wears a fragrance to suit my mood, or the mood I would like for the day. If I’m feeling all bright and girly I may choose something sweet and fruity. When it’s a cold night out, I might gravitate towards something spicier or more unisex.

As you know from my wedding series, I got engaged in Melbourne. Well, when going through duty free I was not going to miss the opportunity to add some new perfumes into my collection, so I picked up two new Jo Malone scents.

 


Jo Malone: Wood Sage & Sea Salt

I’ve been wanting to add Wood Sage & Sea Salt to my collection for a while, and I am so glad I finally did. Although it is not outstanding when simply tested on a fragrance card, when spritzed on yourself, the scent begins to develop and change, and the outcome is wonderful. I find Wood Sage & Sea Salt to be quite a sophisticated and clean scent, with its notes of Ambrette Seed, Sea Salt, Sage, Grapefruit and Red Algae.

“Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful.” – Jo Malone

 

Jo Malone: Myrrh & Tonka

This fragrance purchase was quite an impulsive one. Whilst buying the Wood Sage & Sea Salt, the sales assistant asked if I had tried their new Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense. Of course I had to try it and immediately told her to add it to the bag. In my case, because I was shopping duty free, I was able to purchase the fragrance in 50ml, something Jo Malone has not done before. Usually, the Jo Malone Colognes come in 30ml and 100ml. The Cologne Intense, comes in 100ml however, it seems they are changing it up by offering the 50ml now, which I am very pleased about.

The scent itself is quite oriental and warm. It has a slight smoky undertone, with a touch of sweet Tonka Bean and Vanilla. This would be a great fragrance for both men and women.

“Rich, hand-harvested sap of the Namibian myrrh tree, mingling with the warm almond and lush vanilla notes of the tonka bean. Noble and intoxicating.” – Jo Malone

 

Aesop: Tacit 

I fell in love with Tacit, when visiting the Aesop store in Melbourne. I had just purchased some hand cream and returned back to the hotel, when I could smell this amazing clean, yet fresh scent. I smelt the fabric bag that my hand cream and samples came in and knew immediately, they had spritzed one of their fragrances on the bag, as a finishing touch. If you have not been into an Aesop store, I highly recommend it, its such a beautiful and relaxing experience. We soon came across another store, where I asked the sales assistant what fragrances they had. Aesop have two signature scents, Marrakech and Tacit. I loved both scents, with Marrakech being very warm and spicy, although I had already purchased Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka, so I decided it was unnecessary to have both. Tacit was very citrus and fresh when immediately sprayed, however the scent soon developed into something cleaner and more rounded. I enjoy wearing this scent when my outfit is quite simple and I’m wanting to have a fresh and uplifted day.

“Tacit is at once familiar in its citrus notes and distinctly contemporary in liberal use of Basil Grand Vert. The formulation was born of two key inspirations: the fresh notes found in traditional colognes; and the culture, topography, and fragile, perfumed vegetation of the Mediterranean coast.”  – Aesop

Giorgio Armani: Si 

If you haven’t tried Giorgio Armani Si, you need to, now. I am in love with this scent and have lusted after it for a while. When my fiancee recently went overseas, he brought it back via duty free, and I am so glad he did. This fragrance is a lot sweeter than what I usually go for, but I can’t help myself wanting to smell it throughout the day. I shouldn’t say I’m surprised, considering it has notes of Rose de Mai, Neroli and Egyptian Jasmine. There is also some Amber present in the fragrance, so this explains why I love it so much. Within the Si range, there are a few different versions such as; Si Intense and a limited edition Si Rose. I definitely recommend checking this out, if this sounds like a bit of you.

“Sì has a top note of blackcurrant nectar, a heart of freesia and Rose of Mai, with a musky blond wood base. This fragrance was created for the modern woman who’s strong yet feminine, sophisticated yet charismatic. She embodies the very essence of chic Italian elegance and style.” – Giorgio Armani

I hope you enjoyed this fragrance haul and it inspires you to add some more perfumes to your own collection.

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Looking back, it’s quite interesting how much my taste has changed, since first beginning to look at different wedding themes. And I am so glad for it. 

I think choosing a wedding venue can be quite stressful. Especially in today’s society if you’re living in Auckland. Housing prices are at an all time high so you need to prioritise your money pretty well. I’m definitely no expert, but I can see the strain between having your perfect venue, and being able to afford to live. 

As mentioned in my Wedding Series One | Engagement Ring post, I suggested creating screenshots of ideas and a separate album on your phone, to collect ideas. Do this with your wedding venue too, as you again will see an overall pattern of the theme you’re after.

After a few weeks of being engaged, I had booked my wedding venue and date. Because I knew the time was coming, I was quite organised and prepared. It is important to have what you want in mind, as many venues get booked up 12-18months in advance. I think it’s also important to be quite flexible, especially if you’re set on a particular venue. 

The best thing I found was searching wedding venues online, but also searching venues that had been tagged on Instagram through posts I had liked. This gave me an idea about what our professional photos could look like as well. 

I emailed a number of venues to get quotes of their pricing, and this really helped to give me an idea of what I could and couldn’t afford. I was quite realistic and knew that my dream venue would be way out of reach, so had searched for an alternative that had a similar style and feel. 

Thankfully the alternative was actually the most affordable and so all we needed to do was visit in person, to confirm our ideas. The whole process was very quick for us, as we knew what we wanted. After visiting, we looked at the dates they had available and they matched with what we were wanting. We fell in love with the structure of the venue and features they had. I could envision the overall look and they were very accommodating about hiring items, from outside vendors. 

If you’re not too sure of what you want, it might pay to arrange appointments at a number of venues. That way you are also able to compare, based on value for money and what they are able to offer you. 

I would also suggest writing a number of questions down to ask, ensure that these aren’t already answered on their website though. I found this was very helpful so we could clarify anything we needed to. 

Definitely do your research and don’t feel like you have to rush into anything. There are always options and you could always have a midweek wedding as opposed to a weekend, if necessary. Some venues offer this at a much more affordable rate, so it can be a way of cutting costs. Off-peak weddings are usually discounted too, as these are the venues quieter times. Enquire about these so you can weigh up your options wisely. 

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While everyone has a different idea about what they want to wear to their engagement, I’ve complied a selection of outfits I though would inspire some of you. 

Remember, you don’t always have to buy an outfit. These days there are a number of sites that offer rental, so it’s a great alternative, especially if you’re saving for that special day.

Rental websites: Designer Wardrobe, Lend the Label & Oh Rent Me have some great options.

Seed Heritage $249

 Alice McCall $225

Kookai $260

Kookai $160

Kookai $180

Sabo Skirt $68

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My Food Bag Meal | Honey Soy Turkey Wraps with Japanese Slaw

Now that I’m engaged and have a wedding to prep for, I have even more reason to get my butt into gear and lose that pesky weight that’s been bothering me. 

I’ve decided to try and make some small changes to start with, and hopefully I’ll gradually start to break those bad habits. 

HYDRATE

I already drink 2L a day but I want to try and up this to 3L and keep more hydrated. 

SLEEP

At the moment I sleep around 7-8hrs a night. However I know I function much better on 9hrs. Studies have proven that our bodies need sleep to recover and regenerate. It’s important to get enough sleep as this will also aide in weight loss and help with stress management. 

PORTIONS

Slowly but surely I’ve begun to cut down my portions. I’m not perfect but I’m getting there. When I was smaller I noticed I ate small portions every 3-4hrs a day. This has been known to speed up your metabolism and help you to burn fat more efficiently, but of course what you’re eating contributes to this as well. I found I was eating larger portions and sometimes going in for seconds. Not a good habit to have! 

SATISFACTION

Linking into the previous point, I’m re-training myself to stop eating when I’m satisfied apposed to when I’m so full I want to be sick. For some reason I got into this major habit of food FOMO. I had to have everything and lots of it. So I began to eat far too much at every meal, so much that I felt physically ill. This would sometimes last till the next day. I’ve stopped doing this now and have become more aware of what I’m doing. Sometimes you need to question yourself “Do I really need this?” 

OPTIONS

Choosing healthier options to eat is going to be a biggie when wanting to lose weight. I’ve started to say to myself “Does this nourish my body in any way?”. Now I’m no expert, and as I mentioned before I’m not perfect. But I figured if I get into the habit of this and made it more about whether something was good for my body and nourishment etc, that it was more of a positive mindset as opposed to “This will make me fat”. Since reading Dr Libby’s Women’s Wellness Wisdom, I’ve also started to try and think about how certain foods put stress and strain on our organs. I want to be kinder to my body, so I’m starting to second guess eating that cake or biscuit. Do I need it or do I just want it because I’m stressed out etc. 

So these are just a few things I’m beginning to implement in my life again. I think when I was smaller it seemed to just click for me and I didn’t really have to think about it. So I’m hoping to restart that kind of mindset again. I want to be able to look back, and feel positive and confident about the choices I made.

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At the end of January I got engaged. So I decided since I have this blog, why not start a mini wedding series, discussing the events along the way. 

I thought I would start off with the engagement process and our experience. 

I had been looking at engagement rings for a long time, and I mean a LONG TIME. Whenever I saw a picture on Instagram or on a website, I screenshot the image and saved it. I suggest doing this and making an album for it on your phone. This way when you go to have a look you’ll begin to see a pattern, of the different styles you prefer. 

Once you’ve got an idea or few, of what you want, it’s time to try on some rings. This is the part I found most difficult, as I only wear yellow gold and found most engagement rings were white gold. Depending on the style, it was a bit hard to envision what the ring would look like, in yellow gold, but I persevered! 

When trying rings on, you need to know what you want, but at the same time be a little open to suggestion. What you want might not always be the best choice or it might just not be available within your budget. These are all things to keep in mind. 

Once I tried on a few different styles, I ensured I took pictures, so I could reflect back on the ring. Over time my preferences did change, this is something that happens with age and trends. During this time, I continued to follow a range of designers, so I was constantly updated on their designs. It was during this, in which a particular design popped up, that hadn’t even been on my radar. I decided to drag my other half along with me, and go try rings on at this designers store. 

I can’t recommend Naveya and Sloane enough. From the get go, the communication and experience was amazing, they are definitely a brand I would work with again. 

 

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