Blanket Coverage

Asos Grey Stripe Cape| Witchery Jeans (old) | Country Road T-Shirt | Country Road Shoes (old) | Chanel Pin | Ray Ban Sunglasses

It was a welcome change this morning here in Brisbane with the temperature dropping & bringing with it the opportunity to pull out this warm cosy grey & white cape to wear. I could have done without the wind though – seriously what was with that! (hence the pin to keep the cape from flying off!)  I picked up this Asos cape late last year  & knew it would be a versatile addition to transition into the cooler months.  I love the colours and tassel fringing detail.

Have a great week!  Love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve

Beauty Update

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Nars Copacabana Illuminator | Nars Coeur Sucre LipGloss | Nars Orgasm Blush | Shiseido Perfect Black Mascara | Chanel Rouge Lipstick | Chanel Chance Perfume | Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat  | Issada EyeLash Curler | Beauteazy Duo Brow Powder & brush available via Brooklyn Beauty Bar 

Happy Wednesday peeps. I haven’t done a beauty post for a little while, probably because my beauty regime is fairly low key these days and I usually don’t tend to stray away from the products I know and have been using for years. Nevertheless, I have introduced a few new products to my small but trusty beauty repertoire and thought I would share.

Eyes
Recently, I have had my eyebrows threaded rather than waxed. If you know me, then you will know I don’t deal well with change and this for me was major. I gave in (after having major eyebrow envy towards one of my friends who has her eyebrows threaded!) and took a visit to the Brooklyn Beauty Bar, Fortitude Valley. Loved it and completely obsessed, will never go back to waxing. I am not exactly sure threading hurts any less but the results are enough to keep me convinced. While there, I also invested in the eyebrow powder and an eyebrow brush to fill and shape my brows. I love this stuff. Once applied, unlike pencils, it does not smudge and you can create a lovely shape and line with the tapered brush. If you’re like me and want to achieve that thicker eyebrow look, I would recommend investing in these two items. They are much better than using a pencil and are actually pretty affordable.

Lips
In the search of a replacement for my empty Witchery lip gloss I looked into Nars for something different. I went for this pink colour in Coeur Sucre – unusual name but pretty colour – which is still subtle enough to wear everyday and feels luxurious on. I also like the applicator which allow for good precision of colour on the lips.

Cheeks
I have come to the conclusion that having blushed cheeks is my signature make-up look! I only do eyeliner & wear bold lip when I am heading out to special occasions. I do however, use blush every time I wear makeup. It just lifts my complexion and brightens my face. I love it. I have tried so many but saw in the latest Style mag that Nars Orgasm was the most popular blush out there. Rachel Zoe uses it and keeps plenty on hand in her kit – hey if it’s good enough for Rach its good enough for me 😉 I have been using it for a few months now and I do like it. It blends well and is pretty universal to mix with different lip & eye shadow colours. I have also started to introduce illuminator to my foundation.  I love the dewy finish it provides.

Whats new in your beauty bag? I would love to hear what your signature make up look is? Drop a comment below & let me know.

Love Barbara-George xo

All pics my own

About A Jacket

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 Zara Jacket | Top Shop Singlet | Sportsgirl Pants last seen here | Witchery Wedges (old) |

Karen Walker Sunglasses

A few weeks back I visited Zara at Robina and picked up this jacket.  I would definitely say that I have a weakness for an interesting jacket, whether it be sequin or patterned like this one.  As much as I agree that a black, grey or camel jacket is always a pragmatic choice in terms of a functional wardrobe investment, sometimes thinking outside the square and going with something you just love can also result in a serviceable option for your wardrobe.

So in life news, I am already wanting next weekend to be here to head over and try Coco Whip (coconut-soft serve).  Have you heard of it? I has just discovered it on Instagram and need to try NOW!!

Have a great week! Love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve

Cardi’s & Hats

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWitchery Cardigan (sold out) similar here | Witchery White Tee | Frame Jeans | Sportsgirl Hat (old) | Sussan Bag (old)

I hope you all had a relaxing & happy easter!  Ours was spent wandering around Brisbane and catching up on some of our fav tv shows.  On Saturday, my smart phone decided it did not want to be so smart & would not reset itself so my weekend also turned out to be a social media free one…and I survived!  (pretty sure my brain was thankful!)  However, not so great as I was not able to be contacted!  #champagne problems 😉

Anyhow,  I picked up this cute pink hat last year sometime & think its a bit more fun than the traditional black or grey.  I like that it gives an otherwise neutral outfit a bit of a pop of colour.  Its also time to start pulling out the cardi’s to layer up & I am loving the longer lengths that are coming through this season.   They add a stylish proportion to a simple silhouette of jeans & a tee.

Love Barbara-George

Pics by Steve

A Few Of My Favourite Food Spots In Brisbane


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Nodo Donuts – follow Nodo Donuts on Insta to find out which Brisbane outlet you can pick some of this deliciousness up from

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Breakfast at Chester Street Bakery 

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Pimms at Sixes & Sevens 

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Brunch at Hopscotch & Beans

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Juice stop at Liquefy Juice Co

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Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner at Harveys

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Pitt stops at Artie & Mai

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The best pizza ever at Hatch & Co  – YUM

IMG_4788Sweet treat at French Twist

A wrap up of my favourite places to eat & drink here in Brisbane just in time of the long weekend.  Steve & I are planning to stay in town to chill for the four days and it is safe to say that one of these spots will be on the agenda.  What are you up to?

Love Barbara-George

All pics from Barbara-George Instagram

The Flare & The Husband

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACue Flared Pants | Sequin Top (old) | Windsor Smith Heels | Peep Toe Clutch (old) | Mimco Cuff (old)

Each week when I prepare my posts I wonder to myself, what am I going to write about this time?  I mean I can easily rave on about the clothing (obvs) but every now & then I get bored doing that! So today I have decided to mention the man behind all of my pics, my husband Steve.

For those who don’t know, my very patient husband takes all of my pictures for my blog. It was out of necessity really.  As much as I would love to have professional photos for each post, I would have no money left!  Maybe one day I will be at a point where I could do that (dreams!) but for now its me, Steve & our Olympus.  In saying that, I look back at my pictures and there are so many in there taken by Steve that truly blow me away.  This week especially.  This photo above is one of my very favourites.  I usually do most of the directing when we shoot, but every now & then Steve will not listen to me & just do his own thing & I think that is when the best pis happen! All I asked this week was to do these pants justice & I think he does that perfectly in this shot.

Now don’t be fooled, even though its my husband who takes my pics, it is definitely not all smiles & laughs.  Most shoots involve both us getting frustrated & arguing when we realise that the location is a disaster or me having an idea in my head & trying to explain it so Steve (a novice photographer who only picked up a camera a year a go) can bring it to life for me. It is not easy or fun sometimes! But somehow at the end we always come out laughing & I manage to convince him to do it all the following weekend.

Also, I don’t make much or hardly any money from my blog, (I am lucky enough to get a few freebies now & then) I simply do this because I love it. And at the end of the day it comes down to me being lucky enough to have a selfless husband that supports me in every way to let me fulfil my dreams.

In saying that, I think as much as I am growing as a blogger, Steve is growing as a photographer and for me this is so exciting.  I hope that I will be blogging for many years to come & that the blog gets bigger & better &  if I can have Steve there with me for the ride then that just makes it all that much worthwhile.

While this post is dedicated to thanking my husband for taking my pics for me, I do have to quickly mention these pants. How delicious are they though?  I cannot lie I am a huge cheerleader for the current 70’s revival & the flared pants is the perfect way to jump on board – for so many reasons.  They are flattering, make your legs look longer, do all of the talking so you don’t have to put much effort into what your wear on top, they can be dressed up of down – you get the drift.  Next time I wear these, I will be adding a plain white tee & leather jacket.

Thanks for visiting, love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve

Bed Dress

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When it comes to bed linen talk, I only ever have two words – black & white. I have experimented with colour in the past but it never felt or looked right. (Even my husband thought it looked a bit strange, when I lay a colourful doona at the end of the bed!)   Thankfully, black & white are generally easy colours to buy & keep the look fresh & simple but modern.  I also follow a few basic rules when it comes to dressing my bed:

  • If you have an ensemble, then a valance or bed skirt is a must
  • Good pillows & at least two of each per person.
  • Layer it up at the end of the bed – in summer I layer with a light blanket & winter use something heavier or more of them
  • You only need a few decorative cushions – seriously who has time to fluff around with a thousand cushions when making the bed. It can also look over the top.
  • Simplicity is best when it comes to colour palette – I like neutral colours for linen – it doesn’t fade & will always look fresh. Bring colour through with decorative items.

Thanks for stopping by! Love Barbara-George xo

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Blue Coat

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Mimco Clutch & Necklace

I love how introducing blue to nude pieces refreshes the look, all while keeping a refined and polished feel.

This one is a bargain being priced at under $42!  It is from Choies, an online store I recently discovered (through a blogger I follow here) & it provides an affordable option for clothing –  it has some really great jackets. I had my eye on a grey jacket & when I decided to buy a few days later it sold out. I am thinking you need to get in quick if you see something you love.

Thanks for visiting, love Barbara-George xo

Grey & Camel

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Misguided Camel Coat | Witchery Sweater Dress | Windsor Smith Heels

So I am not exactly sure if I will get a lot of wear out of this coat during a Brisbane winter but I am hopeful for some really cold days to bust it out…..! The dress however, is a totally different story – this grey number will be hot for when the weather really cools down. It will be on high rotation probably with a black leather jacket & boots.

In other news, after a week battling a virus, I am starting to feel a little human again and looking forward to the coming weekend.  Husband and I are heading away for some r&r. I can’t wait. Hope you have a great week & thanks for stopping by. Love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve

Favourite Oscar Beauty Looks

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Look 1  – Warm Bronze Eyes

Reece’s bronze eyes create a natural beachy look, perfect for our warmer climate here in Qld.

Recreate with Nars EyeShadow Due in Key LargoNars Blending Eye Brush

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Look 2 – Glamorous Waves

Always a hit on the red carpet Emma Stone aces those waves with a chic side part.

Recreate with GHD Creative Curl Wand & KMS HairPlay

 

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Look 3 – Bold Lip

Margot is seriously the most beautiful woman. This look is totally flawless & you know how much I love a bold lip :)

Recreate with Model Co Party Proof Lipstick

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Look 4 – All About The Lashes

I am so blessed to have naturally long lashes so I can get away with a few coats of good mascara. However,  that hasn’t stopped me from giving false’ies a go. They are surprisingly easy to wear & are perfect to create Rita’s look where eyes dominate.

Recreate with Benefit They’re Real Mascara & Issada Luxe Lash

Whats your favourite?   Love Barbara-George xo

Khaki Shades

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASussan Washer Pant c/o| Sussan Utility Shirt | Sussan Stripe Gilet c/o | Sussan Knotted Bangle 

Autumn is here and Sussan has made it easy to take the leap into the the cooler months with their Autumn 15  collection – it does not disappoint.  The collection features plenty of Khaki, chunky knits, dressy coats and cuddly blanket throws, all quality & fail safe additions for the wardrobe to transition into the new season.

As you all know, I love to layer and have taken it to the next level here with some of my favourite Sussan khaki pieces. Although I love the block look of all khaki, I thought it an idea to add colour & texture with this striped gilet.  I am a little obsessed with oversized throws like this one that are easy to throw on over a tee and jeans – cozy enough to wear on the street or at home snuggled on the couch. You could team this one with practically any colour – denim, white, black – a versatile piece if your looking for one item to add to the repertoire.

Be sure to pop into your local Sussan store or online to check out the full collection for yourself – a warning though- you may leave with more than just one bag full 😉 Pants & Shirt available from Sussan at the Myer Centre & Stripe Gilet from Sussan Westfield Chermside for my Brisbane friends.  Otherwise all items available on line here.

A big thank you to Sussan for partnering with me for this post xo

Love Barbara-George

Pics By Steve