Tee Time

Hello gorgeous women of all shapes and sizes! I feel like it’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog post, but I have found something so fabulous I need to share it with you. It’s a tee. But it’s basically the best bloody tee I have ever put on my body.

So, back story. A few weeks ago, the gorgeous Rachael at Ruby & Lilli gifted me with some of her gorgeous product, 2 tees and 2 scarfs, to try out, take them for a spin around town. Now, as you may have noticed, I am very much a dress and skirt kinda gal. We’re coming out of winter and my baby elephant thighs (which I love, just fyi), are just not ready to be out on display yet. So in styling these t shirts, I wanted to put my thinking cap on.

The two shirts I’ve styled are 2 different sizes, an XL and a 2XL. Both tee’s fit me well (Note: If you’re looking for a size guide I have 110cm bust measurement), with the bigger style a much more relaxed and longer fit. I now have, in my ever expanding wardrobe, the Tout Va Bien and Sparkle and Sass tees and firstly the material is so soft and comfortable that they are perfect to wear for absolutely any occasion or activity. Secondly, the fit and cut of the shirt is such a nice style, it curves in the right places and even the XL is a great length to wear untucked over shorts or jeans. But my biggest realisation was how much I love the sleeves! The length of the sleeves are short enough to still be classified as a tee, but have just that little bit of extra length in them that means they don’t awkwardly cut into your arm.

I wanted to team my tee’s with something a little different, and style them in a way that I was hoping would appeal to you, gorgeous curvy women, as I know wearing shorts can be a confronting experience for many of us. So I stuck with my skirts! (I’m also obsessed with the whole skirt/sneaker trend right now so I ran with that). My first look was soft and feminine, colorful and flirty, and I adore this Modcloth skirt just as much as my new tee!

My second look was just a little bit edgier, with just the change of my skirt! I teamed my second tee (the larger one), with my City Chic pleather skit, and I loved this look too!! This tee was much more relaxed in a bigger size and you could do it tucked or un tucked, or even a sneaky half in/half out! I love this look for a concert or afternoon drink, comfortable but stylish! I’ve also taken to wearing this tee as part of my ‘activewear’ look, as its a perfect length to pair with tights! (Stay tuned on the IG for this look)

Overall, I’m definitely back on the tee train (choo choo!) and perhaps I’ll even try out a pair of shorts for a new look. I’m holding onto a few gorgeous Ruby & Lilli scarves as well that I cannot wait to team up with some new outfits! Either way, I’m definitely adding these gorgeous styles to my wardrobe staples for sure!

kate

REVIVE SPA & BEAUTY

For those of you who follow me on IG, you will have noticed that over the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Monique at Revive Spa and Beauty! A few weeks ago Monique approached me to visit her salon and treat myself to some of her beauty services; being the (novice) beauty addict I am, I couldn’t say no!

So Saturday afternoon I set off to Revive Spa & Beauty  located on Brisbane’s Northside in Joyner. Monique greeted me at her home salon and because I’m completely brow obsessed, we decided to jump right in with a complete Brow & Lash makeover! After settling into her beautiful salon room, Monique took me through the process that she would undertake to completely transform my overgrown brows and virgin lashes. (Note: I have never had any lash extensions, tines or lifts before, hence they were ‘untouched’)

To start the process we cleansed both the eye area and the lashes to make sure there was no excess oils or make up left over. To ensure every treatment is customised and suited to the client, Monique selects the correct size silicone rod for my eye/lashes during the treatment (no ‘one size fits all’). This rod gets glued (with water dis solvable glue), to the top of the eye lid and then each individual lash is separated, combed and glued onto the rod with the same dis solvable glue. This separation technique, Monique explained to me, is what achieves maximum lift in the lash and would give me fab looking lashes all day long for 6-8 weeks! From there we applied and removed 2 solutions, the first a ‘perming’ solution to lift the lashes and the next a ‘setting’ solution. Once this was done we removed the rods and Monique took the time to asses the results and make sure there was no irritation and the lift was successful. For that extra OOMPH! We did a standard lash tint to complete my eye opening new look.
For me, this was such a relaxing experience, while Monique was hard at work, I was lying comfortably in pampered bliss – it was a hard afternoon. Once the lash lift was complete we re-consulted about my brows. I LOVE a good strong brow! I spent 4 years working for a Brisbane cosmetics and wax manufacturer as my day job and this only fuelled my brow obsession. As I’m sure many of you know, trusting someone new with your brows can be nerve racking – remove 1 wrong hair and there is no saving them! But Monique made me feel super comfortable as we talked through what I liked and disliked about my brows, the shape, the colour, the final look. Again we did a tint (I requested a double tint, as I find that lasts longer for me), trim, wax and sculpt, leaving me with the perfect brow! Monique then finished off my brows with a final touch up (because nobody likes to go out in public with post wax redness) using selected Poni Cosmetics items which she stocks in her salon.

The final outcome was so perfect even my #instaboyfriend commented on how amazing my lashes looked! But not only did my brows andlashes look amazing, I felt amazing too! Taking the time to relax and unwind (while someone else was working hard), is something I think is really important to feeling good from the inside allll the way out. And treating yourself to these special ‘self care’ moments, whether it be getting your brows done, spending time at the hair salon, getting a manicure, any thing that gives you that ‘YOU’ time, is so important to building that self love and self confidence that so many of us are lacking. There is no reason why, at any size, we don’t deserve to have someone look after us or pamper us, and I’ve heard to many women’s stories already who just don’t feel like they deserve these moments or their self confidence is shattered. Which is exactly why we need to take time to ourselves to build it up! Getting my brows done is something that I enjoy during the treatment, and something that gives me a massive self confidence boost about my look. And if you have something that makes you feel THAT good, it is definitely worth investing in.

If you find yourself needing some me time on Brisbane’s northside, definitely do not hesitate to contact Monique at Revive Spa & Beauty and head to her IG ReviveSpaBeauty to stay constantly updated! Monique is passionate about all her treatments and aims to help every client “Feel beautiful from the inside out!”. Revive Spa and Beauty offers a huge range of services that will help you feel #prettyANDplussize

kate

Note: This treatment was gifted to me from Revive Spa & Beauty, this content in no way is paid or sponsored, merely a reflection and review of the services I received as part of this gift. No money has exchanged hands to alter my perception or view in any way, I am committed to sharing my experiences as honestly and openly as I can.