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  • SIMPLE SELF CARE

    Posted: Jan 30 2020

    It’s easy to get swept up by the day to day hustle we call life, but every now and then it’s important to pause and spend some time on yourself. Here are 10 ways you have prioritise self-care and looking after your personal wellbeing:

    1. Get up early: An early start will allow you to accomplish more during your day. Leave enough time to make your bed, have a shower, cook a nutritious breakfast and enjoy a warm coffee.  

    2. Bathe in salts and oils: Sprinkle epsom salt and drop lavender oil into a hot bath to help relax and soothe muscles. The steam will work wonders for your skin and leave you feeling calm as you mind unwinds.

    3. Connect with someone: A simple phone call on your way to work, or catch up over coffee can go a long way. The act of human connection is important for perspective and has the power to alter the course of your day.

    4. Read: Reading is good for the soul, it triggers your imagination in a way that blocks out the rest of the world.

    5. Move your body: Exercise releases endorphins that leaves you feeling positive. A simple activity that greatly benefits your physical health and supports you mentally, if you can opt to be outside; fresh air and the sun on your skin can help you feel grounded.

    6. Waste time: Neglect your responsibilities every now and then to seek clarity and relief, whether that be binge watching a netflix series or taking a nap. It’s okay to invest time into yourself.

    7. Write it down: Putting pen to paper will help acknowledge and let go of overwhelming and heavy thoughts. Translating them into a physical sense will leave you feeling unburdened.

    8. Say no: Listen to your body when it's telling you to slow down. Saying no to those little things that eat away at your time can be one of the most selfless things you could do for yourself.

    9. At home facial: Free of charge and will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.  

    10. Reward yourself: Celebrate all achievement, big and small and know that you deserve it.  

  • YOU GLOW GIRL

    Posted: Jan 23 2020

    Daily moisturising is an integral part of most of our morning or night routines. It’s a simple regime that feeds our skin all the vitamins and hydration it needs, to be healthy and protect it from harsh UV rays. With regular attention, moisturised skin maintains balance, reduces the appearance of blemishes, remains youthful and fights wrinkles.

    With the overwhelming amount of products out there we’ve tailored a list of 5 moisturisers that will help your skin glow!

    The Tatcha Water Cream

    The Tatcha Water Cream is a luxury moisturiser infused with Japanese botanicals, it’s lightweight, oil-free and absorbs into skin as though it’s drinking. Reducing the appearance of pores, evens out skin texture, eliminates breakouts and increases cell turnover.

    Sukin Facial Moisturiser

    In comparison to Tatcha, Sukin comes at a much more affordable and attainable price. Packed full of natural ingredients that work to soothe skin and boost cell turnover and reduces signs of aging.

    Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion

    It’s hard to talk skincare without mentioning Clinique, they are long time players in the game and have the backing of dermatologist who not only recommend their products but develop them too. The Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion smooths and softens skin while working to strengthen skins natural moisture barrier.

    Cetaphil Moisture Cream

    Cetaphil is another example of quality moisturiser that doesn’t break that bank. Developed by dermatologist for daily use the Cetaphil Moisture Cream is perfect for sensitive skin and clinically proven to provide long lasting hydration.

    Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream.

    Finally another high end moisturizer that’s worth the hype. The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream is a creamy, whipped facial moisturiser that instantly hydrates dry, dull skin, while strengthening skin's moisture barrier overtime. It’s rich with antioxidant African oils and infused with green tea to encourage firmness and elasticity that reduces ageing and inflammation.

  • THE 10 BEST BREAKFASTS IN BRISBANE CBD

    Posted: Jan 21 2020

    Looking for breakfast in the Brisbane CBD can be quite the challenge. Mediocre coffee options they have by the bucket load, but great spots for breakfast (and good coffee)? That's another story. Until recently, the CBD has been a largely neglected realm of the Brisbane breakfast scene, so we know you folks schelping it into the big smoke will appreciate a list of the best breakfast cafes in Brisbane's CBD.

    (Via Urban List)

    Image Source: Frankie and George

    Greenglass

    George Street

    A cross between the elegant wine bars of old and an NYC loft apartment, Greenglass is a literal hidden gem serving up a small but oh-so elegant French menu, paired with some of the best dmn coffee in town. Their menu changes regularly, but one main stayer is the dippy eggs. You MUST order the dippy eggs!

    Cawfee

    Queen Street

    Serving up an impeccable cup of joe using an organic blend from The Byron Bay Coffee Company, Cawfee is the perfect breakfast in Brisbane's CBD. With scrumptious foodstuffs ranging from classic avo smash, to eggs benny, to a hefty breakfast burger, this is one joint that'll revive your faith in the CBD.

    Coffee Iconic

    George Street

    Notable for their grungy laneway seating, Coffee Iconic more than lives up to their name with a rotation of the latest and greatest blends in specialty coffee. Their all day breakfast features raspberry and vanilla Belgian waffles as well as some comforting classics like granola or avo toast for those days when you're in a mad rush.

    Death Star Canteen

    Queen Street

    Needless to say, any Brisbane cafe that reps as an ode to one of the most iconic comedy sketches of ALL time, gets our vote. Death Star Canteen is littered with Star Wars decor (yes, the Darth Vader cookies are delicious. Eat 10), but importantly, they do a mean-ass coffee and some great classic brekfast dishes (scrambled eggs, avo on toast, big brekky—you catch our drift). And, yes, there is penne arrabbiatta on the menu.

    Nodo

    Elizabeth Street

    Famous for the 'baked not fried' donuts that turned the clean-eating movement on its head by letting us have our cake and a six pack too, Nodo is a hub of ultra-healthy, ultra-tasty breakfasts. For something hefty and left of field, check out their kimchi waffle benedict with black sesame hollandaise, or the brisket cheeseburger with kombucha mustard. If you're after something a bit quicker, grab one of Nodo's super natural shakes, packed with nutrient dense superfoods. They also do a stellar caffeinated brew.

    Strauss

    Elizabeth Street

    This specialty coffee café serves one of the city's best breakfast menus from Monday to Friday. Sure it's simple, but simple, honest chow is what you need before your daily grind gets going. Think avocado and sourdough toast with dukkah, mixed grain bircher with berries and cacao nibs, and brioche French toast. Strauss also have green smoothies and a good range of teas to get your day started right, or exceptional coffee to get your day started even better.

    The Gresham

    Queen Street

    Love toast? Us too. But finding the perfect slice in the Brisbane City is not easy. You might know The Gresham as a great spot for an after-work drink or three, but this Brisbane CBD bar also do breakfast and a cracking cup of joe. Their breakfast menu celebrates all that is good about toasties, including a Reuben, classic ham and cheese, and a beef brisket toastie with jahlsberg, caramelised onion, roasted peppers and Walter's steak sauce. They also serve delish' croissants, faithful avo smash, and 'the Colonel's blend' of Silipo coffee.

    Botero

    Creek Street

    Take a trip to Botero on Creek Street for exceptional coffee and fantastic breaky options. I have literally never had a bad experience with their coffee and that is an all but impossible strike rate so trust me when I say the coffee is good. As for brekky, try the truffled mushrooms with garlic butter and poached egg on sourdough, or their amazing maple bacon French toast. Even their idea of avo toast is suitably extra with goat's cheese, beetroot, zucchini and cress.

    Felix For Goodness

    Burnett Lane

    Looking for organic, locally sourced breakfast that's lovingly made from scratch in the Brisbane CBD? Look no further than Felix Espresso and Wine Bar. This Burnett Lane café is a hidden gem that offers up the perfect all-day breakfast menu, including housemade crumpets, classic avo smash, and daily specials alongside fresh smoothies and specialty coffee. They even make their own jam.

    Frankie & George

    George Street

    We bloody love Frankie & George, and not just because they pour some of the best brews on the block, but because they are one of the few places in the city centre that serve an absolutely cracking breakfast all day long. Baked eggs, hot smoked trout, and a bacon and egg wrap are just a couple of standouts from their menu, and go down great with a cup of whatever blend is in the grinder. Frankie & George also boasts a cabinet full of fresh baked muffins, cakes, and cookies, making them perfect for snacking on the go.

  • STYLING THE GRAPHIC TEE

    Posted: Jan 17 2020

    As versatile as your favourite pair of jeans, graphic tees now take center place in the modern girl’s wardrobe. From vintage and band to photo real and heritage logos, there’s nothing you can get printed on a tee.

    Here are our top 5 ways to style the latest MINKPINK arrivals:

    ON DENIM

    Style Note: For an easy look team your tee with that pair of highwaisted jeans you’ve had forever.

    FEMININE SKIRTS

    Style Note: For a contrasting yet put together look, the graphic tee couples seamlessly with full skirts and feminine lace.

    CLASH WITH ANIMAL PRINT

    IMAGE SOURCE: STYLIGHT

    Style Note: A touch of animal print will take your tee to the next level. Perfectly appropriate for those warmer summer days and can easily transition into a nighttime look.

    BLAZER VIBES

    Style Note: Nothing says chic like a blazer. Pair your tee with a well-fitted blazer for all those girl boss vibes.

    TAILORED SUIT PANTS

    IMAGE SOURCE: Pinterest

    Style Note: Elevate your fave tee with a pair of tailored suit pants, perfect for work

  • HOW TO WEAR THE PRAIRIE DRESS TREND

    Posted: Jan 16 2020

    The last few seasons has seen a growing trend in designers favouring vintage-inspired designs, with demure, ladylike dresses now regular runway fixtures.

    The last few seasons has seen a growing trend in designers favouring vintage-inspired designs, with demure, ladylike dresses now regular runway fixtures.

    One of fashion's most wearable trends of late (just ask the street style set), the prairie dress has proved its staying power. The popularity of the trend lies in its versatility; styles can be accessorised for both day and night, and thanks to their lighter fabrics, can be layered over and under pieces giving them a transeasonal appeal.

    Think of it as the ultimate holiday-wardrobe piece with wear-to-the-office potential and stock up accordingly.

    Below, the BAZAAR guide to making the prairie dress trend your own.

    Main image credit: @sophietta


    FLORALS

    Embrace the trend in its most traditional form and opt for florals (think flowerbomb prints and micro cornflowers). Allow your printed dress to do the talking and keep accessories to a minimum.

    Mix and match the dress with different footwear to achieve a fresh look each time: chunky boots will toughen-up hyper-feminine designs and lend the look a girly-grunge finish, while a pair of crisp white sneakers will add a Scandi-style, retro cool to vintage-inspired designs.

    The floral prairie dress will be your hardest-working wardrobe piece this spring and summer.

    Image credit: THESTYLESTALKER

    SOFT COLOURS

    For a minimalist approach to the trend, look to block-coloured dresses in soft romantic shades such as pale pinks and off-whites. Floaty and delicate, these styles come embedded with a natural spring/summer-readiness.

    Whether worn in floor-sweeping hems or a thigh-scraping mini lengths, the one-toned prairie dress evokes a carefree, confident mood. Amp-up the drama with ruffles, oversized silhouettes and pleated details.

    Balance out the prim element with a pair of barely-there sandals in a contrasting colour and flashy pendant earrings, or in cooler temperatures; an embellished belt and knee-high boots.

    MINIMALIST

    Take the essence of the prairie trend (high necklines, soft colours, loose silhouettes) and blend it with modern prints and accessories for a city-appropriate style that still maintains the trend's quintessential whimsy.

    Quirky prints in pared-back colours lend the look a tongue-in-cheek freshness. Wear the style with boots and a plaid fitted blazer in spring. Come summer, team it with a pair of simple slides. The key to working the trend is to ensure your accessories complement your dress, rather than outshine it.

    Image Source: VOGUE 

    AFTER-HOURS

    Don't be fooled into thinking this trend is reserved for daytime only: seek out styles in graphic prints, shimmer and sheer fabrics to lend the aesthetic a party-ready feel.

    For an insouciant take on after-dark style, opt for streamlined silhouettes and shorter hemlines, and wear your dress with a pair of strappy stilettos and statement earrings. The perfect look for summer day drinks.

    Image Credit: JOSLIN