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4.3 Just a Moment of Truth by Ilsa Melchiori

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I will never be the perfectly put together fashionista.  The immaculate beauty guru.  I will always have a stain somewhere on my clothes, I will never have perfect makeup and my hair will rarely be 'done'. There will probably always be at least one dirty dish in my sink. Most importantly, I'm not going to hide this.  I like it when things are just a little bit 'off'.

I am working on juggling everything in life right now.  I choose to do this blog and I will keep choosing it.  Just give me a moment to re-balance my spinning plates.

Share your new endeavours in the comments below.

 

17.2 Friday Favourites: 6 of my Favourite TV Throw Backs by Ilsa Melchiori

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The other day, in a solid effort to procrastinate from what I really had to do I found myself re-watching an old favourite TV program, Gilmore Girls. This got me thinking about other great TV throw backs. Below is my top 6 (in no particular order)

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1.  Gilmore Girls

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2.  Sex and the City

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3.  Bones

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4.  Charmed

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5.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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6.  Friends

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The best thing is that all these shows run for at least 6 seasons each. SO MUCH procrastination material!

What are some of your favourite throw back TV shows?

10.2 Friday Favourites: Things I've Learnt about Dressing for my Body by Ilsa Melchiori

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Since last weeks Friday Favourites: Things I've learnt about make up post was so well received I've decided to do another along the same line. Things I've learnt about dressing for my body type. Firstly some context for you. I'm in my late 20's, 170cm tall, a size 12 (AUD), 32E. But more importantly to this post, I have very short legs and a very long torso. My friends never fully believe me until I prove it. I've clearly learnt to hide it over the years with the way that I dress.

So here are the things I've learnt, in case there are any other short-legged, long torso girls out there who want some tips and tricks.

1.  Skirts and dresses become your best friend. Basically if they can't see where your legs start then you can trick people into thinking they are long.

2.  High waisted skirts in particular have been kind to me. If people are focusing on your waist then they just assume you legs  aren't far away. They'll never know there's this 'extra' bit of torso hanging out.

3.  'Mini' anything probably wont work for you, unless you like showing your vagina off in public. Remember that 'extra' bit of torso, well that makes mini dresses shirts on you.

4.  Pants will be hard to find but not impossible. I totally still wear pants and jeans. Good hint, if something is labeled 'cropped' or leg 30' it will probably be the perfect length on you.

5.  Speaking of pants, I find that having a touch of exposed ankle between my jeans and my shoes makes my legs seem longer.

Most importantly though, please wear things that make you feel great!

6.2 What it's REALLY like living on a construction site... by Ilsa Melchiori

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I've been sharing photos of our home renovations on this blog. All of the exciting new things that are happening. But on the flip side is the less fun, WAY less glamorous reality of how we have been living for the past 8 months or so. What's the truth? Well...

Honestly it's hard. I'm not going to sugar coat it. It's disruptive, and messy, and draining.

This post is inspired by  Helen Anderson, who did a great video on her YouTube channel called A Real House Tour.

It's easy to get caught up in these seemingly perfect worlds people present to us online, but the real life behind that, complete with dirty dishes, pimples and bad hair days, can sometimes be far more interesting. Or at least, more relatable.

Below are some truths, along with some real, unedited, un-staged, images of what it is really like to live on a construction site.

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1.  There will constantly be a layer of dirt/dust on everything. You can clean all you want, it will always be there.

2.  You will potentially be completely or partially exposed to the elements on more than one occasion. It's been raining inside my house several times. I'm not talking about a drip or leak that you can put a bucket underneath, but full-blown rain.

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3.  You will probably gain weight. You kitchen facilities may be 'creative' or non-existent. You will start eating convenient food. I have gained around 5kg since we started.

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4.  Not a morning person? You will learn to be. Builders can start at 7am on weekdays and for the sake of productivity, you will want them to.

5.  You have to be very organised, but at the same time understand that your organisation is likely to constantly fall apart.

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6.  If you have a romantic partner with you on this journey it will, at times, cause a strain.

7.  90% of what you own will be in storage. Which as a self-employed creative can really suck.

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8.  There is nowhere that is clean, well lit and pretty to take Instagram/blog photos. Get creative.

9.  If you work from home, you will get cabin fever, bad!

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10.  At any given time you may be without water, power, gas, walls, and for us, a section of our bedroom ceiling.

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11.  Things merge. Lines get blurred. My bed is currently also my dinning table, my lounge room and at times my office. It is not ideal, but cannot be helped.

12.  By staying you can save money.

13.  But by staying you might be making it take longer as the builders have to work around you.

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14.  It's not glamorous.

15.  It's not for everyone.

I'd love for you to share your experiences with home renovations below.

17.1 Summer Saviours: Products to Get You Through Summer by Ilsa Melchiori

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I, like many other women in the world, get sweaty! And I'm not talking a ladylike glisten. Me and extreme heat DO NOT get along.

Over the years I've developed a list a products/tricks to help me get through Australian summers whilst still looking vaguely presentable.

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1. Bike Shorts To be worn underneath skirts and dresses to combat leg chafing (or 'chub rub'). This has been a constant problem for me because of the shape of my body, whether I'm a size 8 or 14, it doesn't matter.

2. Body Glide Anti-Chafing Stick Basically a Lady Speed stick deodorant for your inner thighs. Not a bad product, although I found that it wore off very quickly if you were sweaty...

3. Jurlique Rose Water This is my favourite refreshing facial mist on the market. It was also the first Jurlique product I ever owned. A classic that I carry in my handbag for when my need a little freshening up.

4. Spray Sunscreens I'm currently using the Mecca Cosmetica Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF 50+ which is a clear, spray, water resistant, broad spectrum face and body sunscreen. This is great because you can spray it on over your make up throughout the day without messing up your carefully applied face. Supergoop also do a great one called the Defence Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50+.

5. Benefit Fake Up Concealer This is one of the few concealers that will stay put under my eyes in the hot weather. I have very dry/dehydrated skin and my normal concealers just can't cut it when you introduce sweat to the equation.

TIP: Use a water proof mascara on your bottom lashes, or forego mascara on your bottom lashes entirely. I do find that I get mascara transfer.

6. Water Lastly, but most importantly, water! It is so important to stay hydrated in the hot months. I always carry a bottle of water around with me and aim to drink at least 1-2 litres a day.

So there are a few of my Summer Saviours.

Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and stay hydrated!

What are some of you Summer Saviours?

11.12 What have I been doing...? by Ilsa Melchiori

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Mainly?

Failing to blog... sorry internet people. I really am off to another great start.

But let me explain what has been taking up all my time.
  1. End of year assessments for University. I'm currently 2 years into a 4 year interior design degree. This is my second degree.
  2. House renovations. I've had to commit any extra time to working on the house renovation. We now have windows! House update post coming soon.
  3. Work. Unfortunately I've still got to make those $$$ in order to live.

So I do apologise and I hope you will all forgive me. I will be aiming to post every Tuesday from now on.

What has been consuming your time recently?