A Day In The Life (Of My Skincare)

Hey guys! So a little while ago I asked you if you had any questions for me, and a few of you asked ones that related to skincare, something I completely understand because as I get older it’s something I’m so so much more aware of. During Australian Fashion Week a little while ago my friends over at Dermalogica came and spent a day with me as part of their #myfacemystory project, getting ready for Fashion Week and hanging out at home (my friend’s home where I couch surf now and again that is) in Sydney. We talked skincare, crafting, Instagram filters and lots more in between in the video below. BTS we also talked so much about a day in the life of my skin (I got lots of great tips) which I wanted to share with you below.

Day in the life, of my skincare

Watch the video below to see the day I spent the Dermalogica!

As part of the #myfacestory campaign, I also wanted to share with you a day in the life of my skin – the things I do every day to improve my skin.

Something I learnt from my father very early on is that what you put inside your body is just as important as what you put on your skin if you want a clear and hopefully glowing face. I’ve leant that for me skin care isn’t just something you think about when you’re washing your face or putting on make up, it’s all day and is bundled together with overall health. But don’t worry it’s not going to take over your life!

A Day In The Life (Of My Skin)

6.30am First off, I start the day with two big glasses of water (and try to do 2 litres throughout the day), something that’s pretty obvious when it comes to wanting great skin. People talk about lemon water but tbh I always feel like it’s the water part that’s important, maybe I’ll throw some lemon in if I have it but more often that not it’s just the water. I also throw in a few vitamins and supplements which contribute to general health but are also useful in encouraging glowing skin – Vitamin C, E and some Zinc and Magnesium. I’ve just started taking this fermented supplement in the mornings too, not that cheap but it seems to last a long time.

8am Exercise! As soon as I have a few days off my usual routine of circuit training in the morning, I find my skin starts to look pretty sallow and dull. Have you noticed this too? I think for me it’s something to do with having a good sweat and promoting circulation that improves my skin so I always try to tick that off first thing.

9.30am After exercising I’ll prep my skin for the day cleansing with this and also applying this moisturiser and this zinc based SPF. After many years of not paying much attention to SPF the first signs of pigmentation have sent me running to the sunscreen, and if I go up the peak in the morning I’ll throw some on before I leave the house. I also only wear make up when I have to – something that I feel helps to promote clear skin. Leaving the corporate environment allows me to be a bit more relaxed about make up and if I want some coverage I’ll keep it minimal unless I have a big event or meeting – I’ll wear a very light tinted moisturiser and some concealer under my eyes (argh dark circles!).

1pm Lunch anyone? When it comes to food, in the last few years I’ve come to focus a lot on gut health, something that I’ve noticed has a big impact on how my skin looks. I try to eat at least one big plate of leafy green vegetables every day and some good fats (fish or avocados) as well as something fermented like kimchi or yogurt. Keeping the sugar and processed foods to a minimum always works to reduce redness and give me a glow.  Sounds intense and I guess it is in a way but it’s about whole health rather than any one part.

4pm I’ll usually pop on a face oil or a face spritz (like this one) if I’m feeling a bit tired from sitting in front of the computer or running around in the studio doing projects or shoots. If I’m out and about like at Fashion Week or sourcing, I’ll have some sort of moisturiser in my bag that I’ll apply, made easier if I’m not wearing too much make up (the spritz is easier if I have a full face on). And I always try to drink at during the afternoons when I get tired. Green tea gives me the pep up I need.

7pm Once the work day is over the biggest thing for me is avoiding the wine… If I can! It’s hard but over time I’ve tried to move away from during a glass of wine and instead have some sort of tea. A few days not drinking during the week seems to always helps reduce my dark circles (the bain of my existence!).

9pm Before I hit the hay I have a little routine I always (99% of the time regardless how many glasses of wine I’ve had… hopefully!) do. I cleanse with this gel cleanser, do a light exfoliation using this powder, and then apply tea tree oil or Golden seal ointment to any blemishes. I find this heals them overnight meaning my skin is more often than not nice and clear in the morning. Yay! I then try to hop into bed early because 8 hours always leaved my skin glowing. If I can.

Here’s to healthier skin every day. 🙂

A Day In the Life (of my skincare)

Meet my new favourite shoes, I’ve been looking for a great pair of booties for a very very long time. These Manning Cartell ones are just the ticket (although broke the bank just a little bit…).

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And this is the top I crafted in the video, you can see the full tutorial here. It’s such an easy staple, I wore it to the last day of fashion week.

DIY Silk Camisole

Do you guys have any tips for what you do to maintain healthy skin? I’d love to hear. 

This post is in collaboration with Dermalogica.

Packing 3 Ways: City, Adventure and Beachside

Hey guys! I’m back in Hong Kong and it’s so nice to have a little down time. But, no rest for the wicked! I’m off to Tokyo to celebrate Ben’s birthday this weekend, a quick trip that necessitates nothing more than a not-even-full carry on bag. That’s what I’m all about guys, something I’m sure you’re well aware of. On that note, Witchery recently asked me to dish some tips on packing for three very different destinations – a city escape, a wilderness weekend and a seaside trip. Click here to read more and see outfit details.

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Packing Tips

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DIY Floor Cushion

Can you tell I’m getting slightly obsessed with all things cushion related? This time it’s all about the floor cushions, essential for serious lounging. Naturally we used mud cloth which is a fabric I’ve been using a lot lately (you guys know that right?) but you can use just about any heavy duty fabric for this one. Enjoy!

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You need:

  • Mud cloth (I used a rug measuring about 2m long)
  • Hessian (1m)
  • Bean bag beans
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Tailor’s pencil
  • Sewing machine and thread

DIY Ottoman Cushion

How to:

  1. Using the tailor’s pencil, draw on the mud cloth, 1 x square piece for the top and 4 x side pieces. I used a square piece of plywood as a template.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

2. Cut the pieces out.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

3. Cut a square piece out of the hessian for the base of the ottoman.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

4. Pin the sides to the top square and to each other at the corners.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

5. Pin the hessian to the bottom of the ottoman, leaving a gap on one side open to insert the beans.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

6. Sew all the sides together.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

7. This is what the ottoman will look like before it is filled.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

8. Fill the ottoman with beans until you are happy with how firm it is then sew the opening closed.

DIY Ottoman Cushion

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A Quick Guide to Toledo, Spain (Take a Day Trip From Madrid)

I love ticking as many boxes as I can when I travel, and so when we had a spare day in which to explore outside of Madrid, I was looking for something a little different…. Luckily the walled town of Toledo isn’t far away, and given that it’s famous for the influences of the very different three cultures – Moorish, Jewish and Christian – I thought it would be a great place to see another side of Spain. Toledo turned out to be a lovely little trip into the countryside, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with small squares, cobblesd streets and historic gates at every turn. I definitely recommend.

Guide to Toledo

The doorways of Toledo are a thing of dreams

Toledo is dubbed the city of three cultures because of the successive empires that have ruled it over time – Romans, Visigoths, Moors and the Spanish. That has made for a mix of Jewish, Arabic and Christian influences that can be seen still in the architecture, food and people.

Get there

We took the train from Atocha Station in Madrid, it took about 30 minutes and through warm toned Spanish countryside. You’ll get off the train at the bottom of the hill, from which you’ll need to journey up to top of the hill where the walled town sits. If you can, skip the bus or a taxi and walk, you’ll go over ancient bridges, under ramparts and through big Moorish gates. You’ll earn those sweets!

See/Do

Visit the historic fort of Alcazar, we skipped the army museum and wen straight up to the courtyards.

Check out the incredible Gothic Cathedral, we took a moment to get out of the heat, sit in the pews and crane our necks at the soaring buttresses.

Wander over to Mirador Del Valle (it’s an hours walk) to see the city from the other side. Amazing!

Visit one of the ancient Synagogues in the town.

Wander the streets of the old town, taking your time to drink in all the lanes and doorways. The best way to see Toledo is to walk its narrow cobblestoned streets and get lost.

Eat/Drink

Take a break off at Moorish tea house Teteria Dar-Al Chai, my fave!

For a more fancy meal, try Adolpho, it’s been around for 25 years and it somewhat of an establishment.

For a quick lunch, get marketside at either the newly refurbished Mercado San Agustin.

Try the local sweets, made from Marzipan. Traditionally made by cloistered nuns, you can still get the original ones from one or two of the convents.

Good to Know

The town is small and relaxed, so is perfect for a day trip. If you wanted to settle in to a laid back few days it would be a good weekender too.

Guide to Toledo

The view from Alcantarra Bridge, wandering up to the city from the train station

Guide to Toledo

You won’t be able to (or want to!) miss the local sweets.

Guide to Toledo

A quiet moment in the town centre. Feeeeeel the romance.

Guide to Toledo

The Courtyard within Alcazar

Guide to Toledo

So many textures and patterns in Toledo!

Guide to Toledo

Isn’t the internet a glorious thing? No sooner do you have a question, i.e. ‘where should we go on a day trip from Madrid?’, but then you have the answer, in the form on dozens of informed, detailed and completely genuine recommendations. You guys were once again so useful in as guides for us to decide where to day trip too. Thank you thank you!

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