Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Well, well, well


... it's been awhile, Happy New Year :)

Two thoughts crossed my mind when I logged into my account this evening:
1. Do people still read blogs?
2. Is this even worth blogging?

It seems in a world of insta-social media, blogging has taken a bit of a backseat. Why read through a blog post when you can simply scroll through a handful of pictures with one-line captions and a few hashtags thrown in?

As outdated as blogging seems to be, I still love reading them - and clearly, I've missed it because why else would I be back after two years of letting dust and cobwebs gather in this tiny corner of the web ... Oops! :)

Truthfully, I've found myself trawling through blogs in the past few months. In between breaks at work, on my morning and evening commute, when I'm looking for reviews on products, before I consider purchasing items online ... I always end up on one blog or another. There's something different about reading entries and knowing the time, thought and effort a person has put into it. I've noticed that blogging still has a personal element to it and I appreciate reading material that doesn't involve advertisements so often associated with other social media platforms.

I'm hoping that 2019 will see me logging on more often as I really do miss the creativity behind blogging and regardless of whether people still read blogs, I enjoy it and I am grateful for the friendships I've made in the blogging community in the short time that I've been online.

In addition to setting aside more time for A-Z | Life & Style, I'm aiming for the following in the year ahead.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Lunch at Culinary Boutique, Dubai


Earlier this year, I visited family and friends in Dubai. It had been three years since I had last been to the UAE and I knew to expect some changes to the country, particularly to Dubai. However, I did not expect to see so many changes.

There are no words to describe just how fast Dubai has grown during the last couple of decades. Each time I am back in the city, I am almost overwhelmed by the latest developments and the number of new places to see. I find myself on the lookout for new shopping centres to explore, new hotels to visit and of course, exciting, new restaurants and cafes to dine at. The city is innovative, extravagant, and quite simply, larger than life.

One of my favourite things about Dubai is that it's rare, if not, impossible, to find two places that are similar. Every mall and hotel has it's own charm and style, and the same rings true for the city's dining scene. Culinary Boutique is one such place. After seeing a few pictures on social media, I knew that I had to visit this cafe in Jumeirah, a coastal residential area of Dubai.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Spring nail polish favourites


I love nail polish.

I love collecting nail polish, I love having my nails done, and I can't leave a beauty supply store without having a quick look at their nail polish selection.

Surely, I'm not the only one ... :)

It's currently spring in Australia and that means I tend to reach more towards bright, pastel shades during this time of the year.

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Essie shades for the season.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Weekend ramble


It's hard to believe that, just a week ago, I was doing the Bondi to Bronte walk and viewing the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea.

This weekend is rather gloomy with a forecast of storms and cloudy weather for the most part. Thankfully, it seems like these grey skies are a one-off and we are set for some gorgeous weather this coming week.

I had initially intended to post about my favourite Spring nail polish shades, but I think I will save that post for another time when I am more inclined to reach for brights and pastel colours. This time, you are getting a weekend ramble - enjoy!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Used, loved, repurchased


Products with partly faded packaging and a lipstick that has seen better days can only mean one thing ... this is a product empties post!

I have to admit, it's always a little strange when Youtubers and bloggers hold onto bags of empty products. From empty cans of dry shampoo to packets of make-up remover wipes, it's all essentially trash, right? However, I can see the appeal of it. An empty product generally provides for a true "tried and tested" review of the product and whether a product is worth repurchasing.

I recently found myself finishing a few beauty favourites and I am so excited to share these with you, especially considering that three of these products are key staples in my collection.

By way of disclaimer, all products featured in this post have been purchased by me. My loyalty is with the readers of this blog and so I aim to offer honest opinions at all times.

With that said, shall we get started?

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