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Monday, December 5, 2016

Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman


Hey Girls,

Long time, no post, but I'm back today with a very special one for you all. I was recently provided with a copy of Naomi Katz's book, 'Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman', and wanted to share with you, the amazing lessons and advice I took away from reading it.

Naomi Katz is the founder and director of the 'Beautiful Project', which works to enhance the self-confidence of women and girls. She is also a teacher and writer, who has had over 15 years of experience in working with girls, and thus holds many pearls of wisdom which she imparts to young women through 'Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman'. Katz discusses the different issues young women encounter during adolescence, and seeks to empower girls in dealing with these problems. Such problems include issues with body image, the media, relationships, and peer pressure, to name a few. Each chapter covers a different issue and is accompanied by excerpts by real young women, who share their opinions and experiences navigating the adolescent world. Such excerpts and Katz's invaluable advice, illustrate to teenage girls that they are not alone in dealing with these problems, and that there are ways to manage them.



One of my favourite chapters in 'Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman' is Chapter One, titled 'That Crazy Teenage World'. Katz's anecdotes about her adolescent experience, and her exploration of the different problems teenagers face, such as stress and seeking to fit in, really align with some of the experiences I encountered during high school, and are still relevant to my life today. Her tips for managing these issues, such as dealing with stress, are extremely useful for all young girls who are attempting to make sense of the teenage world and their place in it. 'Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman', is therefore the perfect guide for adolescents.



Reading the various excerpts from teenage girls and learning about their own experiences as young females, really helps in understanding that all people have their insecurities and can struggle with fitting in or developing their own sense of identity. This really helps in realising that these difficulties are experienced by so many others, thus you are not alone. No one is perfect, and everyone is going through their own struggles.



A piece of advice that really stuck with me from the book is that to really get through hard times and to combat all the influences which seek to change you, like the media, friends, and others, you must be "true to the self in your heart" (pg 25). I know this sounds a bit cliché, but I think it is so important, and it is a theme which is recurring throughout the book. Whether you are faced with the problems of peer pressure or seeking to fit into a friendship group, the most important thing you can do is listen to yourself and your heart, and do what you think is right.

'Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman' is such a powerful and inspiring book, which really helped shape my perspective on my self and the way I see the world and the different issues that confront me. I would definitely recommend it to you guys and I hope that you can take from it what I did. Make sure to also check out the 'Beautiful Project' website, to discover how YOU can help other girls empower and strengthen themselves.

'Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman' can be purchased on Amazon, but you can also preview the first chapter on the 'Beautiful Project' website!

Thanks for Reading,

Carissa


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Simplicity is Chic: Halley Watches Review!


We live and breathe simplicity. At Halley, we have a single goal:To offer you a single-handed watch designed for the modern day minimalist. 

- Halley Watches


Hi Girls,

I love simplicity in fashion, and how a small piece can look sophisticated and effortless at the same time. Plain t-shirts, blue jeans, and ankle boots are staples in my closet, and I love pairing  them with delicate bracelets and elegant chain handbags. To me, simplicity is chic. 

With this similar concept in mind, Halley Watches, a brand that lives and breathes simplicity and minimalism, was the perfect fit for me. When founder, Josh, contacted me to collaborate with the brand, I couldn't wait! The timeless elegance of each watch, lured me in from the second the stunning webpage opened. The gorgeous leather band and sleek stainless steel border of each piece, creating an aura of sophistication and style. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful 'Da Vinci' watch with its classic brown leather band and gold rim. The piece emitted style. 





When arriving at my doorstep on a sunny autumn afternoon, I couldn't help but feel giddy with the anticipation of the treasures that awaited me within the parcel. I quickly ripped it open, and a beautiful brown box was revealed, inscribed with the word 'Halley'. I slowly opened it, and was in awe of the stunning piece. The simplicity of the design and the detail that went into ensuring that it was of the highest quality, made it an instant essential in my daily look.


I must admit, I was at first confused with how a single-handed watch would work, however, Halley Watches' philosophy is inspiring. When reading the time, if the hand is on the 5 o'clock mark, it means that it is 5 o'clock, however, if it is in between the 5 and 6, it is 5:30. The purpose of this is to provide a sense of the time, so that one is not a slave to the ticking away of moments. One is encouraged to live in the present and take every chance they get, to feel alive. The watch is not simply for practicality, it is for style, and acts as a symbol to live life to the fullest.



The story of how such a brand came into fruition, is inspiring in itself, and this definitely translates to the final product. Josh, who is only 19, invested all his time and money into developing his dream, and it has been a huge success. This is such an amazing feat for someone so young, and is at the core of the message of my blog. Young people can do anything, and there is no age to determine when someone can achieve their dreams. I am constantly inspired by my friends, who work hard and are determined to achieve their life's desires. There is so much potential amongst youth, that is being realised, which provides me with a sense of optimism about what the future holds. I admire everyone who takes action to fulfill their dreams, as they inspire everyone else to feel empowered and work towards what they desire to contribute to this world.



Inspired by the beautiful Halley's comet, the brand draws on such beauty for its design, especially in the delicate watch hand. When observing the time, one can feel a connection to the Universe, and realise that earthly worries are miniscule when compared to the vastness of the world in which we live. The watch is more than a time-teller, it is a reminder to enjoy the life each person has been gifted.




Formed in the beautiful location of Noosa, Australia, where soft ocean waves wash worries away, the watch carries with it that carefree vibe. Perfect for any occasion, it  can be worn to a Sunday brunch, a stroll through the city, or even to a more formal event.  It can also be worn by both men and women. Its versatility makes it the perfect piece for anyone.




Halley Watches is perfect for lovers of simplicity and style, and at its core is a message that we can all live by:

 Live in the moment 

Thanks for Reading,

Carissa


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Get the Look: Coachella 2016!



Hey Girls,

I have been super busy with school this year, so I have hardly had any time to blog, but since I have school holidays right now, I have a bit more time on my hands. That means I am able to bring you new content! Yay!

If you are anything like me and love to scroll through your Insta feed to see what's going on in the glamorous lives of celebrities, you would have noticed that for the past few days, everyone has been partying at musical festival Coachella. For most of us, getting to Indio, California (where the festival is held) is a bit of a trek, so instead, we can only admire from afar, and imagine that we're dancing in the warm weather and are surrounded by the carefree vibe. While the music line-up is amazing - James Bay, Lost Frequencies, and Halsey, to name a few - the fashion is even better! I have compiled my favourite looks from Coachella and found some stylish pieces, to help you re-create the stylish laid-back looks. Enjoy!

Shay Mitchell

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Lea Michele


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Kylie Jenner

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Nina Dobrev


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Olivia Holt


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Peyton List


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Thanks for reading,

Carissa
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

What I'm Loving Right Now! December 2015





Hey Girls,

I thought that I would share with you some of the things that I am loving right now so that you can check them out and find new faves in the world of beauty, fashion, and entertainment!
Let me know in the comments, if you have any faves at the moment!

1. EOS Lip Balm in 'Sweet Mint'

I have recently rediscovered this little gem, and have been using it non-stop this past month. I love how it makes my lips look soft and dewy, and the tingling feeling it creates leaves my lips feeling refreshed. I like to layer it over my Revlon Lip Tint in 'Honey' as it creates a nice, natural lip look which is appropriate for everyday wear.


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2. Natio Young Oil-Free Moisturiser

This moisturiser has been a favourite of mine these past few months as it leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth. I have oily skin, but it feels lightweight and absorbs quickly. Also, it smells so nice and fresh, and is oil-free which is a massive plus! I have been using it every morning and night as part of my skincare routine, and I've really been liking it.




3. CKIN2U for Her Perfume

I have had this perfume for ages, but recently started using it again. I have really been loving woodier scents, and this perfume has that with a really nice feminine touch, which is perfect. It's a great everyday scent!



4. Supré's Anti-Bullying Initiatives

Recently, Jodie from Two Birds Talking PR, let me know about Supré’s anti-bullying initiatives, and I really liked that a retail brand would get behind such an important cause. So, I thought that I would share it with you as it has been something that I have really liked hearing about. I really like that Supré is taking a stand against bullying with their investment in Headspace (a youth mental health organisation). They are going to implement anti-bullying initiatives in schools, at Headspace centres, and within the community. They are planning to implement The Supré Foundation Bullying Education and Prevention Resource Kit in 5 schools and 4 Headspace centres in Western Australia as a trial, and then go national later this year. It plans to help support those affected by bullying and create practices which prevent bullying amongst youth in schools. 




According to the press release, “A recent survey of over 2000 Supré customers has revealed that almost two-thirds of teenage girls admitted they have been a victim of bullying, while a staggering 80 per cent knew someone who had been affected by it.”. This is a crazy number, so I think that as girls, we all need to back each other up and show support for one another. Supré are spreading this message with their anti-bullying initiative, the Always by Your Side campaign. You guys can get behind this cause by visiting Supré and purchasing a number of super cute charity products, of which all proceeds go directly to the Supré Foundation. These products include a gorgeous Always By Your Side friendship basement, nail files, candy pink mints, and water bottles. 

5. Shawn Mendes

I love Shawn Mendes! He's a Canadian singer who started posting videos of himself singing on Vine, but has become a major celebrity. He has now released his own album called 'Handwritten'. I only discovered him a few months ago, but I have been obsessed with his songs. He has such a nice, unique voice, and his songs are so sweet. I love 'Stitches', 'Aftertaste', 'Strings', and 'The Weight'.


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6. The Vampire Diaries Season 7

It's the first season of The Vampire Diaries without Elena (Nina Dobrev), and it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I actually really like this season as it's full of so much suspense and shows a nice friendship between the main characters. I do miss Delena, but Steroline is so cute! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, start watching the show! You won't regret it!


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Thanks for Reading,

Carissa 
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Friday, December 11, 2015

17 Girly Christmas Knick-Knacks under $20!

Hey Girls,

I have put together 17 adorable knick-knacks which can be used as stocking stuffers, secret santa gifts for your BFFs, or a few can be combined as an awesome present that your girls will adore! Also, all of these items can be bought in Australia from trendy stores like Forever New, Cotton On, Colette, & more! That way, it is way easier for my Australian readers to pick up some cute gifts without hefty shipping fees if buying online from overseas. Each item in this collage is under $20, that way, you can pick up a gorge gift, without breaking the bank! Perfect for a girl on a budget!
Let me know which knick-knack is your fave in the comments!







1. Plate Purse Wristlet, $19.99, Colette Hayman
2. Hanging Teardrop Stone Earrings, $14.99, Colette Hayman
3. Lisa T I Woke Up Like This Mug, $12, Target Australia
4. Fluro Pom Pom Beauty Bag, $16.95, Sportsgirl
5. Pout About It Sweet Escape Lipstick, $9.95, Sportsgirl 
6. Fur Pom Pom Keyring, $12.95, Sportsgirl
7. Wall Words "Dream", $15, Target Australia
8. Scented Candle with Marbled Holder - Sandalwood & Cedar, $6, Kmart Australia
9. NYX Soft Matte Lipcream in 'Amsterdam', $9.06, Target Australia
10. Nix Soft Matte Lipcream Lipstick in 'Sydney', $9.06, Target Australia
11. Poster 40 x 50, $14.99, Typo
12. Small Metal Round Sunglasses in 'Gold/Brown Grad', $5, Cotton On
13. Copper Glass with Scented Candle - Fig Vanilla, $6, Kmart Australia
14. Headphones - Luna Rose, $15, Kmart Australia
15. iPhone 6 Case, $6, H&M
16. Sweet Treats Petit Parfum Cotton Candy, $13.99, Forever New
17. Tropical Cosmetic Case, $16.99, Forever New


Thanks for Reading,

Carissa 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

I'm back! + Where Have I Been?


Hey Girls,

You may have realised that I haven't posted in ages, and I feel really bad about that, so I thought that I would explain where I have been.
Basically, I started year 12 this term and have been really dedicated to my studies, so much so, that I have had hardly any time to create quality content for you to read. Next year, 2016, is also going to be very busy for me, so I may not be posting very often, however, I promise that whenever I get a chance, I will get a post up.
But, there is good news! My school holidays have just begun, so that means I will have heaps of time to dedicate to blogging over the break! Yay! Make sure you stay tuned for some fun new summer-y fashion, beauty, and lifestyle posts!
Also, I have decided that I won't be doing Blogmas this year, and instead, focusing on just a few Christmas themed posts throughout the month. That way, there will be a bit more variety on the blog.
Thank you to those who are still reading, even though I've been really slack with posting these past few months, and I hope you will enjoy the posts to come!

Thanks for Reading,

Carissa

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Inspirational Quotes To Motivate You!



Hey Girls,

With school starting tomorrow for most of us in Australia, I thought that I would share with you some inspirational quotes to get you through the first week back after break (I know, it's hard). Hopefully these quotes will help you to start of the new term on a good foot and feel inspired to work harder and be a better person. You can look back at them throughout the next few months to continually motivate yourself, and maybe even print them out and stick them on your wall or your mirror so you constantly see them and remind yourself to stay in good spirits. Wherever you are in the world, even if you are halfway through the term or you just want to feel inspired, these quotes are for you!

Good luck to all those starting school tomorrow or later this week! Make this term yours!



















Thanks for Reading,

Carissa

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