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Where to from here? An update on 6 years of blogging

When I started this blog (originally ‘Teacups + Tantrums’) in 2012, I did it for creativity. I was going through my worst time with anxiety and the tell-tale signs of depression, was incredibly frail, and had lost the creative outlet I had throughout my studying years. My blog didn’t save me, but it helped to get me out of the hole I was in. 6 years have passed from there, and I wouldn’t throw away the opportunities, friendships, long long hours and many tears for anything else. I feel so incredibly fortunate for the life I have built for myself, but for now it hasn’t been enough. I’ve felt inadequate. You see, 6, 5, 4, and even 3 years ago it was totally okay to be a fashion and beauty blogger in New Zealand. You didn’t need to have an angle, or an edge because you already were niche, one of…

6 Easy lifestyle changes for a happier YOU this winter

Oh I hear ya! Making big lifestyle changes, especially over winter? Bleh!! That’s why I’m here to give you six EASY and quick lifestyle changes that all work together to ensure you stay happy this winter. I’m not here to muck you around and insist you take up a yoga class in order to find true happiness, oh no! But with the below, you may find peace and clarity to rock every day with your best boots on!! I’ve teamed up with the fantastic team at Nutters (available from Countdown nationwide) to deliver… 6 easy lifestyle changes for a happier YOU this winter [ Scroll below for an amazing Nutters giveaway for you to WIN] 1. Start your day off with a stretch: Ever find it really hard to wake up in the morning? Oh, you are preaching to the choir!!! Well, add a super chilly Monday morning to…

How to binge consciously this Easter

A true friend would never tell you not to eat that chocolate, and today I am a true friend. Plus, if I were to tell you to slow down I would be a hypocrite, because that shit will be coming out of my veins this Easter… I’m just making sure to be 1. Aware of it, and 2. Balancing it out with all the good stuff my body still needs. So how do you binge ‘consciously’ over Easter? I have three quick and easy steps that won’t have you paying for it by ways of gym gear and running… Bleh! Up your fluid intake I’m serious, you will need to drink more water in order for your body to stay happy over this time. Sugar dehydrates you, and you will be consuming a lot of it. The way I see it? If you plan on getting through a whole Easter…

Losing concentration easily? 3 tricks to get it back

“What was I talking about?” A sentence I’ll easily say at least 5 times on the daily, and I know I’m not the only one. Losing concentration is easy to do, whether you’re at work, uni or simply trying to multitask a very important gossip sesh.  … But it doesn’t need to be such a reoccurring thing. And really, it can’t be in such a fast-paced, get-it-before-it-goes world. We’ve got to be on our game, so here are 3 tricks to get that concentration back. Create a Weekly Worksheet If you’re like me, no two days are the same at work. This is definitely something I wouldn’t change for the world, but it can lead to disaster when things get so easily missed and forgotten. Stay on track with a weekly worksheet you can colour coordinate. I did one up in Google Sheets a few months back and to…