Sunday, 23 April 2017

Travel Capsue Wardrobe - Japan

In the past, I have been a notoriously bad over-packer. I would tend to pack a lot of "just in case" items. Things that I would never wear at home but somehow thought I'd love on holiday. Then I would end up wearing the same three outfits on repeat anyway. For my recent trip to Japan with Kate from The Minted Blog, I decided to give the capsule wardrobe a go. This was mainly inspired by the fact that we were only taking carry-on bags, so they had to be as light as possible.

The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that you pack a minimal number of items that you can mix and match to create a much larger number of outfits.

A little disclaimer; I used Polyvore to create this layout and they didn't have the exact items I have in my wardrobe BUT you get the general idea. I also haven't included the (hopefully) obvious things like undies and socks because who wants to see those? I also threw in a few singlets for warmth and layering.

My Travel Capsule Wardrobe

1 pair of khaki jeggings

1 pair of denim chambray joggers

2 long sleeve, turtle neck shirts (1 black, 1 striped)

1 long sleeve grey shirt

1 black knitted jumper

1 3/4 sleeve striped dress

1 navy blue duffel coat

1 pair of black trainers

1 pair of flat, brown ankle boots

1 striped cotton scarf

With this teeny tiny wardrobe, I had a pretty decent number of outfits I could pull together. I did end up picking up a few items of clothing over there to supplement my capsule wardrobe but I could have easily managed without them.

My top tips for packing a capsule wardrobe are:

1. Stick with a basic colour palette.

You're going to be mixing and matching everything so while your red jeans might be an absolute favourite and your green jumper a staple, you don't want to end up looking like a Christmas tree when you put the two together.

2. Pick durable items.

By this I mean that if you aren't able to get to a washing machine, is your wardrobe still going to work? You don't want to lose a huge chunk of wardrobe options because the jumper you picked needs to be dried on a medium heat for 45 minutes every second day. Pick things that are stain-resistant and easy to wash and dry.

3.Limit your number of shoes

This has been the downfall of so many travellers! I packed 2 pairs of shoes, and honestly, I could have gotten away with one. You free up so much space and realistically, one or two pairs of shoes is more than enough for pretty much any destination.

Here are a couple of shots of my travel capsule wardrobe in action:
Dani XO


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Blog Update - Where the Hell Have I Been?

Remember that girl who used to have that blog? Whatever happened to her? Here's an update on where I've been and what you can expect for this blog for the future. 

Last year was a scary, crazy, hot mess for me. Blogging just ended up taking a back seat. And then I kind of fell out of love with blogging. I always said that if I stopped enjoying blogging and it stopped being fun, I wouldn't push it so I didn't. Blogging, for me, was originally a way to connect when I was in a job that made me feel very isolated. It really helped me in a huge way and I will always be grateful that I found the friends and amazing community out there. 

After about a year or so of blogging, I started trying too hard. I noticed people were doing better than I was. They had more followers, their pictures were better, they posted more often than I did. I started losing some of my originality and my blogging voice became, let's face it, pretty boring. I'm not saying I went out and copied people, but I did let what I thought was more popular or what was going to get me more likes drive my content. Instagram became a chore and I freaked out if I missed a post because my whole theme fell apart. I decided that blogging was going to have to take a break. 

I took some time out for myself. I went to Japan with my bestie, Kate, from The Minted Blog. I moved house, I went back to uni, I did Shave for a Cure and I forgot to post on Instagram for weeks. And I felt a whole lot better about life. I love writing and I love having an online voice and presence but I don't want to go back to a place where being on social media constantly and the need for popularity drives me. So what am I planning for the future?

A few of you may remember that I originally started out as a 100% beauty focused blog called KaBOOM! Cosmetics. I then decided that I wanted to talk about more than just beauty and changed my blog name to Dani the Girl XO but I never seemed to quite find my groove and ended up focusing back on beauty again. From here on out, I'm planning on turning my blog into something else entirely. There are aspects of beauty that I enjoy and will still write about but you can expect everything from food to travel to random ramblings on life to my favourite to shows and everything in between. I want to write more about the things that make me happy and less about what I think people want to read

You might see less frequent posts, you might see more frequent posts, I'm just going to take things as they come and try to focus less on churning out content. Thanks to everyone who has stuck around through this roller-coaster ride, especially those who have been around since the beginning. 

Big love and talk to you all very soon. 

Dani XO

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Beauty Roadtest - Cosmetic Injectables

If you'd asked me a year ago whether I would ever consider Botox, my answer would have been a resounding "hell, no!". Visions of old ladies with too-tight faces would swim before my eyes. Flash forward to today's blog post and here I am to tell you all about my experiences with cosmetic injectables. 

First of all, a little disclaimer. I understand that cosmetic injectables aren't for everyone and that's fine. As always, this is just my personal experience. I completely get that some people don't want to change the way they look, and that's also fine. I'm not saying you have to use cosmetic injectables to look beautiful or age well or whatever. So please don't think I'm trying to push my values on you, I'm not. I'm just letting you know what my experiences have been. 

Now, onto the important stuff! I've now had anti-wrinkle injections twice, to counteract the annoying wrinkles I get on my forehead. I've had them for years and they always annoyed me during the day when makeup would settle into them. They weren't pronounced but I noticed them and I wanted to see what I could do to get rid of them. 

My first experience with anti-wrinkle treatments was at Injex Skin Clinics. The ladies there were lovely and happily explained every little step. I had also been a tiny bit afraid of the pain but it was really just a tiny little pin prick each time. My initial results lasted around 4 months, which is apparently pretty normal. 

My second, most recent, experience was at Evolve MediSpa in New Farm with the lovely Carlie. I was lucky enough to win a voucher at the spa opening and decided to put it towards some anti-wrinkle injections as my last results were almost gone. The experience was very similar, but also involved a Skype session with the doctor to make sure everything was fine before moving ahead. You have to remember that this is still a medical procedure and the injections are always prescribed by a doctor and administered by a nurse. 

So what do anti-wrinkle injections feel like? As I mentioned, the initial injecting feels like a tiny pin prick. There's pretty much no down time afterwards, my skin looked and felt completely normal. Some people may experience redness or bruising but I didn't experience either. You're advised not to massage your face, wear makeup for the next 12 hours or sleep on your front. After a day or so, the freezing effect comes along. It does feel odd and depending on how much you get injected, brow movement might become non-existent! 

I personally think that my face still looks very natural, just without those lines I've always hated. To me, it's worth every penny to be able to wear makeup and not have it crease up on my forehead during the day. I look and feel fresh and I don't regret taking the plunge and trying out anti-wrinkle injections at all. 

Have you ever thought about or tried cosmetic injectables?

Dani XO

Thursday, 8 December 2016

World's Greatest Shave

As some of you might know, I'll be taking part in the World's Greatest Shave next year.
World's Greatest Shave is a charity event that raises money for The Leukaemia Foundation. Leukaemia (or blood cancer) is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia. The funds that I'm raising will provide "emotional and practical support to families facing blood cancer and fund vital research that will mean more people survive, while improving their quality of life".

Obviously, the primary goal is to raise as much money as possible to help people who have been affected by blood cancer. However, I also want to prove to myself that my hair doesn't define who I am. Throughout the years, I've invested so much time and money on my hair. I've let it define how good or bad I look and feel on a particular day. I want to prove to myself that I can look and feel beautiful without my hair AND raise very important funds to help The Leukaemia Foundation.

The shave itself will take place in March next year and I'll be working as hard as I can to raise as much money as I can between now and then.

If you would like to donate, please head to >> http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/danismith

Every little helps! I am accepting any and all donations.

Dani XO

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Harbour Skin Clinic

I feel like a pretty terrible beauty blogger for admitting this but I've never really had a proper facial. I've had a couple of the generic spa type facials (which are lovely) but I've never ventured into the world of high teach skincare before. The team at Harbour Day Spa have just launched Harbour Skin Clinic and when they invited me down to try everything out, I jumped at the chance.
I've been to Harbour Day Spa before (check out my review here) and I love how comfortable the staff make you feel. The whole experience is really all about making you feel good. I was a little apprehensive about letting all those high tech gadgets near my face but the entire experience was amazing.

My treatment started off with a cosy robe and a cup of raspberry and lime tea. My therapist, Jordan, started by taking some pictures of my skin to take a close look at any potential issues. They looked terrifying up close and under different filters but she assured me everything looked normal. My main issues were some congestion and just generally wanting a brighter skin tone. We decided to go for the Specialty Skin Treatment for Age Defense. We also added in some LED light therapy and microdermabrasion as well as an enzyme peel and a sonophoresis cleanse to tackle my congestion.
I was worried that the treatments might be painful but it was a very relaxing experience. I really enjoyed the LED light therapy which Jordan explained as basically being like a little cellular recharge for your skin cells. The microdermabrasion definitely felt the strangest, like having your face vaccuumed, but my skin felt amazing afterwards. The sonoporesis was also a really interesting one. It uses low frequency sound waves to help treatments penetrate the skin better. 

Now here is a very flattering before and after shot of my delightful face for you. I definitely felt like my skin felt clearer and brighter afterwards as well as being very plump and glowy. These photos are unfiltered and unedited, just so you can see how nice my skin actually looks post-treatment.
I would highly recommend checking out the new Harbour Skin Clinic. They also do vouchers and with Christmas coming up, a day at Harbour Skin Clinic sounds like a pretty good gift to me.

Have you tried any high tech skin solutions?

Dani the Girl XO

This experience was provided free of charge but, as always, my opinion is my own.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Jord Wood Watches for Him

If you cast your mind back many moons, you might remember a post I did on my own JORD Wood Watch. Boyfriend was feeling a little bit jealous so the lovely team at JORD decided to send him out his very own watch.

I really love my JORD watch because it's a little unusual and always scores me some compliments. Boyfriend feels exactly the same way about his. While I chose to go for a light coloured, unfinsihed wood for my watch, boyfriend decided to go for a dark, polished one. I think the darker wood is definitely more masculine. The square watch face on the Delmar Dark Sandalwood and Obsidian combined with the darker wood gives the watch a very James Bond feel.
With Christmas just around the corner, JORD Wood Watches make an ideal gift, for men or ladies (hint hint). If you'd like to take a look at the collection, please use the link below. Trust me, you're going to want to look at the collection!
Is a JORD Wood Watch on your Christmas list?

Dani the Girl XO

Wooden Watches For Sale

Products in this post were provided as PR samples but, as always, my opinion is my own.  

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Top 3 Non-Foundation Bases

I'm not sure if it's the change in weather or a change in my skin but I've been loving lighter bases lately. They're perfect for days that I don't want a full beat face but still want some coverage. Here are the three I have been reaching for the most.

I've been reaching for Dusty Girls products all the time since they were kind enough to invite me a blogger lunch a few months back. The Tinted Earth Cream is one of their most popular products. It's amazing for acne-prone skin and has lots of lovely healing ingredients. It's really buildable, you can get up to medium coverage with it. The best thing is that it doesn't even feel like you're wearing anything. It really, truly feels like its just a moisturiser but it makes skin look a million times better. 


This is a new release from Bioderma and it's been all over Instagram. It's easily the best coverage BB cream I've ever used. It also wears amazingly through the day and looks fresh all day long. The only downsides are that it currently only comes in one shade (it's a bit dark for me but I can make it work) and it requires some blending to get it to sit nicely on the skin. 


The lovely Brii was kind enough to give me a little sample of this to try out and I was immediately in love. It's perfect for my normal to slight combo skin. The coverage is matte and flawless and just sits so nicely on the skin. I ended up going out to buy the full size (of course) and I haven't looked back. It's become my summer going out base just because of how amazing it makes my skin look.

What are your favourite non-foundation bases?

Dani XO

Products in this post were provided as PR samples but, as always, my opinions are my own.
 

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