Saturday, 19 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

On The Lust List:: Ziera Heels

I am always on the hunt for a good pair of heels. They are like some kind of Holy Grail. I've got one really great pair of neutral heels, but desperately need some more. 

Happily I think I've found them. I walked through a showing of Ziera's new collection of shoes for Summer, and have added some heels to my lust list. My covet list. My must-have list. 

Comfort fused with style, these have definitely got a place in my wardrobe.

Here's three of my favourites:

Pearl - $239 - Love the adjustable straps, the shape and the colour that draws inspiration from the spice market. These will work perfectly with jeans or floaty dresses - for work or play, and this design will work well with my narrow foot.
Paris - $239 This spotted mule has totally stolen my heart. I adore it! Like in ridiculous amounts. I can see these becoming firm favourites, the ponyskin adding an even cooler vibe. My goodness. I love them! 

The new Ziera Spring/Summer 2014 Collection arrives in store late July.

Which are your favourites?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

glarce Sunglasses:: An Interview with Simon Larcey

Way, way back my PR career all started with sunglasses. I did work experience with a company who had a huge sunglasses client. I was offered a role with the sunglasses company and became very good at spotting quality frames, lenses, and of course wearing them. 

I love sunglasses. They are the yin to my yang. The boom to my tish! The perfect way to finish an outfit. Plus they have the added benefit of protecting your eyes. 

Despite wearing sunglasses since forever (and I mean forever, when I was 15 I layby-ed my first pair of serious sunglasses for $240) I have a pterygium (surfer's eye). Yeah. It's pretty sexy. 

So when I spotted glarce - a new Australian designed, Australian made label - I almost had a conniption. And the range is being stocked in the UK's inimitable Harvey Nichols - cue double conniptions.

The quality is beyond what you can expect in most sunglasses. The materials are superior, and once you put them on, the lenses are incredible. And the cases? I am a sucker for a good case - and these feature Aussie beach scenes. Totally nailed it. 

Anything Australian made has my vote, and combine that with beautiful, quality sunglasses - I'm in. 

I took some time out with Simon Larcey, creator of glarce to find out what's the tick to his tock.

PMM: Talk to me about Glarce. How did it come about?

SL: I lived in London for 17 years and always looked for Australian made products. I could not believe Australia did not have its own brand of sunglasses as sunglasses from Australia made sense. It became a joke between me and my friends. So I started to investigate and found a small factory that could manufacture my frames. I spent ages coming up with the name, branding, designs and then produced my first run.

In 10 words - describe glarce.

Casual, relaxed, easy to wear, good quality, made for sun.

What's the design process for a pair of sunglasses? 

I normally take a variety of frames I like and try and create one design that combines all the elements of that collection. I make a lot of drawings. Sometimes it can take an hour as it is so clear what I want. A couple of my designs were works in progress for months! It just depends on how easily I can put everything together and the feedback I receive.

There's a definite visible and tactile difference to glarce sunglasses. They're beautifully made and feel great on. What's the secret?

I make something myself or my wife would want to wear. We are both quite fussy so it needs to look good and be of the highest quality. I also have a group of advisers who are the same and get their feedback before we take anything to market. If I get the green light from everyone, I’ve done a good job. If not, back to the drawing board! Secret is to do the best you can, they are frames that could be around a long time, so you want to make sure they are made well and look good.

In a time when some sunglasses are almost disposable, what makes glarce different?

As we develop the brand, you will not only be buying a product, but into a way of life. Our brand represents the Australian lifestyle of sun, sand and sea. We want people to think about that when they are wearing glarce. A great lifestyle, something all people around the world can relate to. Cheaper sunglasses serve a purpose, but are more focused on volume rather than quality and lifestyle.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I’ve got a sales and marketing background – I love coming up with ideas to develop the brand and creating cool designs that I think will sell. It gives me a creative outlet to do both sales and marketing which is such fun. I read one of the keys to success is to do what you enjoy and do it well. I am doing that so I hope glarce becomes a household name over the next five years.

Sun, surf. Why is it so important to wear sunglasses in Australia?

I think it is important to wear sunglasses anywhere that the sun is harsh. It protects your eyes and can also make you look pretty cool!. Being Australian made and using lenses manufactured in Australia, they meet the highest standards worldwide. Therefore to guarantee the best protection, sunglasses from Australia make sense.

Which frames do you wear? 

I obviously have a few of each design. I’m fond of the Lonsdale as that was the first frame I designed. I still wear the original prototype. We’re just about to launch two new frames, the Winkipop and the Sorrento. I have a pair of Winkipop’s being made for me now – can’t wait!

What's a normal day look like for you?

I’m trying to meet as many people as possible to build sales channels, develop marketing ideas and get the brand out there. I spend a lot of my time making calls and sending emails. I do road trips to Dubbo every couple of months and spend time in the factory. I’ve also started to do sales trips interstate to build our retail network around Australia.
What's next for glarce? 

We’ve just launched in the United Kingdom through Harvey Nichols. Next year we hope to enter the US market. We plan on working with our retailers and developing an online store in the future. We have some marketing initiatives launching in the run up to summer and a couple of potential collaborations in the pipeline. Definitely keeping busy and keep building the brand.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Holy Toledo!

Where has time gone? Just where exactly has it gone?

One minute we're in the thick of holidays (and loving it) and the next we're back to the grind. 

This is me in five points:

1. Matt and I are back into Breaking Bad - and loving it. Season 5 - yowsers!
2. I did a juice cleanse with Schkinny Maninny. More on that to come.
3. It's so freaking cold. So freaking cold in fact that when I wake up in the morning I can see my breath. And that's in our house. 
4. We went to the zoo. It was awesome. 
5. And we also went to the beach. It was cold, but probably one of the best days ever. EVER. Big call, but the Doctor flew a kite. He went from novice to awesome in about 15 minutes. And Tiny spelt out 'I love Mum' in pumice. Heart slayed. 

What about you? What have you been up to?

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Decompression Chamber

At night, when I get home from work, I am really tired. Sometimes it's just mediocre tired, but this week it's been bone tired. 

I've slogged off my workwear, crawled into bed, and become a sloth.

Tonight I did it again and wondered - is this my kind of decompression chamber? After a busy few weeks at work, I feel like I need to lie in bed and just be. I wander the internet, chat to my kids, I even eat dinner in bed. 

It may also because our house is bone chillingly cold. Bed is warm.
I feel bad, because I'd really rather be hanging with my little peeps (and Matt).
I don't do it all the time, but this week, my bones! 

But then I wondered, do other mothers seek this decompression chamber? 

Monday, 30 June 2014

TRACKS:: Review and Reader Giveaway

We don't get out much. But when we do, we try and see a movie. 

I saw the trailers for 'Tracks' a while back, but a shortage in babysitter supply meant we just never got there. 

Matt and I got to watch it on Friday night, tucked up in bed together (I know, so old, so fogey). It was well worth the wait. 

Starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver (my favourite!) and based on the story of Australian woman Robyn Davidson who set off on a nine month journey crossing the Australian desert, with only camels for company. 

The scenery and cinematography is completely breathtaking, the characters compelling. 

Directed by John Curran (The King's Speech) it's a story that will  have you glued to your screen, laughing, crying - and in complete awe. Mia plays the role beautifully, and Adam Driver - well I could never hate him. He's beautiful, gentle and intelligent as photographer Rick Smolan. 

Put in short, it's an inspiration to cram as much into your life, to believe you can, and to do it - even when there are doubters. 

To celebrate 'Tracks' going to DVD I've got three copies of the DVD and the book to giveaway to three lucky winners (each pack RRP $54.99). 

To enter all you have to do is tell me what's the most brave adventure you've ever taken on. And ensure I can easily contact you.

Entries close Friday 4th July at 5pm. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Beauty Review:: Evo The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask

My hair gets exceptionally dry. I'm talking snap off and die. Knot to mention the knot factor. Blergh. Dry hair. Do care. 

So I tried this hair moisture mask. I've tried masks in the past and not been fussed by them. All those other moisture treatments have given me the feeling that they've moisturised my hair, but it hasn't been a long lasting feeling. 

Enter Evo

Evo is one of my all-time favourite hair products. I first started off with Easy Tiger - many, many years ago. It's super good. When I had shorter hair I really, really loved Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray - it gave me more texture. Then I graduated to Haze Powder (honestly if you want texture in your hair, and volume, this is the goods), Builder's Paradise got me through Frocktober and my menagerie of random hairstyles, I use Love Perpetua on Tiny's hair. It really helps to get the knots out. 

So you could say I am a bit of an Evo devotee. Or junkie. But there's no rehab available. So onwards I must go. 

But on with The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask. I used it. My hair instantly felt smoother. Softer. Better. And it smelt pretty rad too. Once it was dry, my hair felt moisturised and easier to work with (less knots, less snapping, more awesome). It also gave my hair a bit of extra shine which I am a huge fan of! 

Sulphate and paraben free scores highly on my report card too - the less nasties, the better. 

I've started using it once a week and can absolutely feel the difference in my hair quality. It's detangling super powers are super brilliant. Be gone my dry Wintery hair! Hello soft, smooth hair! 

Evo The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask $29.95

Disclosure:: This product was sent to me for review and editorial consideration. I considered it. Tried it. And loved it. I thought you might like it too! This is not a sponsored post.