In my Bathroom Cupboard….

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Top Shelf (from left to right)

  • Daisy Perfume – This is a special bottom which my nana got engraved for me for when I was moving to Australia. I cant bare to use it yet.
  • Vera Wang Princess Perfume – Christmas Present
  • CKIN2U Perfume – My favourite perfume for the past 6 years
  • DKNY My NY Perfume – Birthday Present
  • Daisy Perfume – Promotion at work Present
  • Colgate Neutrafluor 5000 plus Toothpaste
  • Acuvue Contact Lenses
  • Gillette Venus Snap Travel Razor – I got this on offer at Priceline for $5 off for being a Priceline Sister. It’s awesome to pack for a weekend away.
  • Christmas bag containing hand cream, body wash and body cream – Christmas present from my mum
  • Girly bits for Girly times

Middle Shelf (from left to right)

  • Make up removal pads from Woolworths
  • Cath Kidston Toiletry bag full of nail varnishes – There are literally about 40 nail varnishes, along with nail files, polish remover and other nail accessories.
  • Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter – My favourite Body Butter along with Grapefruit
  • Nivea Soft Moisturing Cream tub
  • Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask – Although it makes my skin look absolutely beautiful afterwards, it does make my skin break out a little
  • Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream tube
  • Pure Precious Ends Hair Moisturiser – I recently bought this from my hair dresser and I have used it every day since I bought it. I have noticed a huge improvement.
  • Key Shea Hair Oil
  • Body Shop Tea Tree Night Balm
  • Body Shop Tea Tree Toner
  • Mitchum Advance Control Deodorant – The best perfume I could ask for. It’s awesome for keeping dry but is also good for sensitive skin.

Bottom Shelf (from left to right)

  • Cath Kidston Makeup bag full of makeup
  • She Primer
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation – The first foundation I ever bought that wasn’t pressed powder. I love it.
  • Real Techniques Brush
  • Plasters
  • Cath Kidston toiletry bag full of tablets, razors, creams and a pumice stone
  • Cotton wool buds
  • Contraceptive Pill – Yasmin

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!

Help

I’m a hoarder.

Of clothes.

Particularly dresses.

Particularly floral dresses.

I’m also a bit of a neat freak. Everything has to be in order and in its place.

I’m currently having problems with my wardrobe. Obviously

It’s just too small! Since Dave moved into my room – we were housemates with separate rooms but then we decided to be in a relationship and I had the better room with an en suite and walk in  wardrobe – I’ve been noticing how little space I have.

To be fair, I’ve only given him a tiny section of the wardrobe and that’s it, but he doesn’t need much space. He actually took my ‘jumper section’ of the wardrobe. I regretted it immediately but didn’t want to look mean taking it away from him again.

My beautiful dresses are getting squished and squashed in the wardrobe and I am not happy.

The fact that my wardrobe does not feel tidy as of recent is actually causing me some concern. I feel I either need to upgrade my wardrobe to an actual room or try and go through everything and throw some things away.

I’ve been getting pretty good with eBay but then I feel sad that people don’t appreciate my clothes as much as me. Then I end up keeping everything out of sympathy.

I need a clothes-er-vention.

Non athletic girl vs Climbing

This weekend, Sunday to be precise, Dave told me we were going out for a surprise.

Now I’m not too good with surprises if I know it’s a surprise. I need to know what to wear, is it outside or inside, should I avoid wearing sandals, how should I have my hair, what type of people will be there etc.

I eventually got him to spill the beans and he told me we were going climbing.

Now, I am not an athletic person, in fact sometimes just walking tires me out to the point of wanting to get back in bed.

Recently though, I have been trying to get a bit healthier and we had bought a treadmill a couple weeks ago so we could do some exercise without having to pay for a gym.

We arrived at Clip N Climb in Richmond at around 4:30. The girl at the reception was really nice and explained where to sit to wait for the safety briefing.

A young lad called Adam who seemed bored with having to smile at under 12s all day explained how to put on the harness and how to clip yourself into the walls.

After putting on my harness and realising that I now felt like I could do anything with my cool new piece of equipment, we entered the climbing section.

Overall, I managed to climb to the very top of three walls, climb up 1/2 of 3 others and maybe climb 1/3 of a really hard one. I also climbed up a pole and jumped off (leap of faith) and also completed the vertical drop slide.

Overall it was awesome! Unfortunately I have woken today with the feeling that my arms are about to drop off.

Here are some photos!:

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Swonderful Boutique

Now instagram is mostly known for people taking selfies, fitness accounts with tiny girls in bikinis, and filters. All that aside, it can be used as a marketing strategy for stores and websites.

I’ve recently been finding some really cute boutiques and shop accounts from Australia and New Zealand which I’ve never heard of and probably never would have if it were not for the large amount of time I spend scrolling through the random and most popular photos section in the search tab.

I came across an account which is for a fashion boutique from New Zealand. Swonderful Boutique is a mother and daughter owned business who design and make their own vintage inspired clothing for women.

I have an interest and some would say obsession, with floral patterned dresses. If you’re a girl who loves girly, vintage style dresses, this is definitely a website to look at.

All orders over $50 have free shipping and they ship worldwide. Normal shipping prices are $7 to New Zealand and $15 to the rest of the world. They ship your purchase within 2 days and worldwide delivery should take around two weeks.

They also offer a bridesmaid dress service and have photos from a number of weddings which their dresses have been used for. I must say, bridesmaids dresses have never looked so good and unique.

If you haven’t already fallen in love with the idea of this business, here’s a quote from the owners “Swonderful is a clothing & gift store, a nostalgic treasure trove, a family of like minded folk with smart ideas & a good place to lose yourself.”

I fell in love with two dresses in particular which I have screen shot from the website:

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Swonderful 2

The prices may seem a little high to some, but considering all of the products are hand made in New Zealand and the fabric is only ever the best, what can you expect? You’re buying quality products and to do that you need to pay a little more than Primark or Target prices.

I would recommend this store to everyone. I emailed regarding sizing and was given a response efficiently which was extremely helpful.

Definitely one of my new favourite finds.

Disclosure: All photos, information and quote have been taken from the Swonderful Boutique website (www.swonderful.co.nz). This post is 100% my opinion and I am in no way part of the company. I just love the clothes so much!

Good year so far

Whenever New Year comes along, we all make resolutions of things we want to accomplish or  changes we want to make. For me, I decided to make little resolutions so they’d be easier to achieve. After what was not really the best year I’ve ever had, 2014 was still ok. However. 2015 looks like its going to be a good year, mostly as it’s already started!

Myself and Dave have been looking at houses! We’re interested in a house and land package and found out that were in a pretty good financial situation where this is affordable. All we need to do is save the deposit. This has really pushed us both to start saving properly. We’ve been budgeting a lot more and instead of going out for dinner all the time, we’ve been eating in and just generally not wasting money on things we don’t need.

I also heard back from my interview. Nerve wrecking I know! My manager pulled me into his office on Tuesday and asked me how I thought my interview went. I told him I thought it went ok but was aware I didn’t mention some of the things which I should have.

He told me that he did notice the things I hadn’t talked about but putting that aside, the interview went really well. He told me that the hospital site manager was extremely impressed with me and as a result, I had got the job!!!

I am now an Associate Nurse Unit Manager!

Not only does this give me an amazing sense of achievement and give me some recognition for everything I’ve done so far, it means that I will be supervising staff, implementing new strategies, working closely with management not to mention the extremely big pay increase!

So, so far in 2015, I think the ball is in my court. It’s going well and I hope it keeps getting better!

Interview

For the past three years, I’ve had an interview every January. I’m thinking I may turn it into a tradition.

Today I had my interview for the ANUM position on the ward. You’re probably thinking what the heck is an ANUM. Dave misheard his position title the first time I explained it, as anal position, he was as confused as I was when we were both talking about something completely different. It stands for “Associate Nurse Unit Manager” – just a fancy way of saying assistant manager.

So I got dressed up into some clothes other than my night shift attire – old dresses that I feel comfy in – and my pjs and wore a nice tartan skirt and cute black top with a collar.

I was early. Good start.

I decided then that it was time to remind my mum that I was having and interview as I had not received a good luck text and decided that it was bad luck if I didn’t. Text came. Excellent.

A lovely lady comes out of the lift and introduces herself and one of my interviewers – she was wearing a bright yellow floral dress and I decided I liked her. We chatted about nonsense for a couple minutes before my manager arrived. Everyone present and correct. Brilliant.

So they started asking me questions and I’m thinking “hmm this is going ok, nothing too hard, I think I’ve answered them right” when Bam!, I realize I’m starting to struggle on this one. I’m thinking of everything I can and just decide a smile will make everything better. We move on. Keep cool.

So overall it went ok. They ask me if I have any questions so I ask when I’ll find out – as you do – and I decide “oh let’s be adventurous”.

Jo: I think that’s all I need to know, is there anything that you’d like to ask me?

Woah. Where did this come from. Shit! What if they ask me something hard and it messes it all up?!

Jo: Only easy ones though!

Yes! Now they have to be nice!

They ask me some pretty good questions and I notice that from my extra answers they’ve written some extra notes! Oh god this might push me ahead!

Anyway, it’s over. I thank them and set off home.

I get into bed – I’m not crazy lazy, I have a night shift that night and it would be ridiculous to stay up for over 24 hours if I don’t need to – and then start reflecting.

I end up in a mass panic that I didn’t mention certain things and have to force myself to sleep.

I find out on Friday.

Wish me luck!

Please.

Life Goals

I want to use this page as a place where I can set myself short and long term goals. I find it extremely easy to understand things and see hints clearer if they are shown in lists.

I love lists.

Short Term

🔹To go through my wardrobe and be ruthless. I need to sell that dress I’ve kept for nearly 5 years because I wore it once and felt awesome. It doesn’t fit and I can’t keep everything as motivation to lose weight.

🔹 Go back to the gym and try and last longer than 5 months this time.

🔹 Drink more water!

🔹 Remember to send birthday cards. Handwritten ones, not something off the internet

🔹 Join and art class or sewing class

🔹 Take up yoga

🔹Reflect on things more, whether that be work or personal life

Long Term

🔹 Buy a house

🔹Pay off my car

🔹 Have Children

🔹 Possibly go back to university and train as a teacher

🔹 Visit my family at least once every year and not struggle with the price