02 February 2018

'Ello, Stranger!

Wow  where do I begin? It sure feels quite alien being back on the blog again. I could go on about how busy life has been and what's been happening etc but we all know why everyone takes a break from things. One things for sure, our house has kept me so busy, from home DIY's to meetings and regular visits (it's coming along so well and handover will be end of February, just in time for my birthday  YASSSS!). It's all been such a wonderful experience. I will definitely show a few snippets and updates once it's complete, but for now will continue to post regular updates on my private/personal instagram @bonjourjnfr.

I just wanted to pop in and to say "hi", if anyone is still interested in reading my blog. I'm still alive!

I recently came across this quote by Shakespeare which states:



    h a v e  m o r e  t h a n  y o u  s h o w ,
s p e a k  l e s s  t h a n  y o u  k n o w .

Something about this really resonates with me, so simple yet so much food for thought. I definitely can say I live by this quote.

I have many things planned for upcoming posts (lots of exciting PR/brand work) and I am so thrilled to be able to get back into the swing of things. Around the end of each year I always tend to take a small break from blogging and most of the time come back again in the new year. I can't wait to have my new workspace so I can expand and create more of what I love doing. I will update again further. I have such a great feeling 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for many, including myself. So much to be grateful and to look forward to.

09 October 2017

Bi-Weekly Notes — #6

A poem called "Thinking" I discovered by a photo posted by Elaine got me thinking, ironically. The way we train ourselves to think can be the actual outcome of what we keep telling ourselves, so perhaps if we changed the way we think we could be a better version of ourselves? Think, I can therefore I am. (A play on “I think, therefore I am”)

Thinking  ⎯
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost a certain - you won't.
For out in this world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you're outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can. 
Walter D. Wintle


 NEW IN ⎯  

Inspiration  –  Art galleries and museums, are one of my favourite places to visit. Though I wish I visited them more often it's nice to be able to explore one I have never been to before. I was so inspired by many of the quirky art pieces displayed at the Fremantle Art Centre and at MANY Projects, it has definitely motivated my creative side. A few of my favourite art pieces The Colonial Frame and Letters to the Sea
Oh, and this print of Rupi Kaur's poetry from her new book 
The Sun and Her Flowers is so beautiful and inspiring. (photo header)

Updates  –
  • Taking Anna around the best parts of Perth's CBD during the short time we had together last week was definitely the highlight of my week. We met up for dinner along Beaufort Street where she was staying and had dinner at Solo Pasta followed by dessert at Measure Bar where I treated Anna to a few immaculate dishes they had on their new Spring menu. I of, course had to get her their famous Beignet Donuts, they are to die for and I was so thrilled she loved them too. The following day we spent most of it around Northbridge and parts of CBD, we basically visited every place you can think of. A few I had on my "to visit list" and many of my favourite places I always love visiting, so it was really nice to be able to tick those places off with Anna. The new Perth City library, A zine vending machine, Flora & Fauna, Miyu, Pretzels, Teassential, Planet Books, Murals all around Northbridge just to name a few. 
  • Attending an art workshop with my niece on Thursday where we created some mini booklets of our artwork. Mine was of course home interior and indoor plant themed. I had so much fun and was nice to have some aunty and niece time together.
  • Saturday was well spent with Carina and Elaine where we went to check out the new launch of The Wild Stem at Stackwood followed by a nice tour of the hidden gems Fremantle had to offer. The girls took me to some places I had never even known of within Fremantle and we had such a beautiful day sipping lots of chai and exploring stunning art galleries, creative shops and bookstores.  

 CURRENTLY ⎯ 

Doing  –  watercolour painting, testing out my new palette from Kuretake.
Reading  –   The Book of Invisible Questions by Lala Bohang, I love her pure words and I adore this book so much. Anna gifted this to me, one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever received.
Working  –   on which type of blinds or curtains to get for our house. How can something like this be so tedious and hard to decide on?
Wanting  –   more hours in a day.


 TOP PICKS ⎯ 

Instagram / Blogger  –  My ever so wonderful friend Alexis, has incredible taste when it comes to basically everything and anything you can think of, I truly admire her. Recently, she launched a new business with her friend Libby called Launch Creative Co and I am so proud of her. Give her some love and follow @amgoorie / www.amgoorie.co
Lifestyle product  –  My typewriter, I've almost forgotten how much I love using this nifty machine. I've been typing a lot of quotes, poems and letters on this beauty. 
Beauty product  –  *Tatcha Silk Cream has seriously changed the texture of my skin. During winter my skin became extremely dry and flakey and thanks to this gem I have seen an incredible difference, it's become more supple, soft and overall texture of my skin is so smooth and hydrated. Now I just need to dig into my savings when I run out of this baby ⎯ eek! 

29 September 2017

Bi-Weekly Notes — #5


I think when there is a delay on my Bi-Weekly Notes due to unforeseen events, it takes a bit of time to get back on track again. I'm so far a week behind schedule, however for me I would like to post causally and not force myself to catch up and be on time each post. I know it's called bi-weekly notes, but I'm quite happy for it to be a bi-week starting from any time of the week. It's still a few weeks between each post. Also if you've been wondering why I've been quiet on my Instagram account @amourjnfr, it's because most of my time has been spent on my private account @bonjourjnfr ⎯ I've been enjoying posting more personalised content on there and if I am completely honest, I haven't been feeling motivated by my main account for a while now.

   NEW IN ⎯  


Inspiration  –  Honestly, nothing new has really been inspiring me lately. I have been feeling a little uninspired, though the regular things that inspire me still keeps me going. I've noticed since working on the other side of the city I've come to realise how beautiful nature is, even more so than I realised. You could say nature has been inspiring me a lot lately. I always feel so happy when I see birds, trees, beautiful parks, etc. I especially love the little Willie Wagtails that keep greeting me each time I'm around that area. I've snapped a few images of them. 1, 2, 3
Updates  –
  • Last week we received confirmation that the next stages of our home will be under construction this week. The foundation slab has been laid for our house (on Wednesday) and it is the most exciting thing to see each stage slowly form. We've been documenting every stage and I can't wait to see it continue to build up slowly. It makes it even more special to see your very first house get built one layer at a time. 
  • An old friend of mine from Melbourne has booked a long weekend trip to Perth to visit for the first time (it's long weekend over there for them this week). I'll be seeing Anna for dinner tonight and taking her around town tomorrow morning. I can't wait to see her again. 




 CURRENTLY ⎯  


Focusing  –  on what makes me happy and the things I enjoy doing the most. I've been taking a step back and re-evaluating the important things and prioritising those.
Working  –  on social media and PR work for a new company I've been working at. I am so excited and it's been a really great month. I'm loving every bit of it!
Wanting  –  to continue shopping my makeup and skincare stash without purchasing any new products until they are finished. I have a box filled with products I've been wanting to finish up and so far it's going great. I also have another bag filled with empties of which I am very proud of. That satisfying feeling of using up an entire tube ⎯ pure bliss.

 TOP PICKS ⎯  


Instagram / Blogger  –  Lavanya is such a beautiful soul, I love her content and I always look forward to her posts and chatting to her. We recently became pen pals and are currently putting together a little surprise in the mail for each other, yay! Show her some love and give her a follow @elle_files / www.ellefiles.com
Lifestyle product  –  My new black Circular Shoulder Bag from COS that the Mr surprised me with last week. It has been on my wish list since the store opened up here in Perth. I am so in love!
Beauty product  – This beautiful Rose Perfume Oil gifted to me from Imogen.


18 September 2017

My Go-To Makeup

I've worked within the beauty industry for several years now and although I have moved on from being a makeup artist to working within the beauty side of PR, I have noticed my routine for my makeup application has changed drastically. I use to wear a full face of makeup daily for work as it is of course a given that comes with the job and I was loving being creative with my looks each shift. However, since I've moved into the more office side of things I can't pull that same look each day, therefore my daily makeup routine has become much more minimal. In some ways I am loving this change as with makeup it doesn't matter how much or how less you wear, it’s whatever makes you feel confident and enhances the beauty you already have. Having a much more simpler makeup application is ideal for me as it suits my current lifestyle. Occasionally, I like to go back to being more creative with my makeup on night outs or special occasions but in terms of daily wear this is what I have reached for the most and my perfect application routine.


| Surprisingly I haven't been reaching for much highlight/illuminating products, bronzers or even eyeshadow.


 MY GO-TO MAKEUP 

 BASE ⎯ 

 CHEEKS ⎯ 

 BROWS ⎯ 

 EYES ⎯ 

 LIPS ⎯ 

 FRAGRANCE ⎯ 

FAVOURITE  MAKEUP TOOL ⎯   
 
Swatches L-R (Swatched + Blended T-B )  ⎯   Go-To Pinky Nudey Lips and RMS Lip2Cheek in Spell.



⎯ My Bi-Weekly Notes #5 will be up next Friday.

08 September 2017

Bi-Weekly Notes — #4

If there is one thing that can always brighten my day it is in the form of a plant, a bouquet of blooms to be precise. Each time I fill my entire house with all kinds of flowers and plants it just makes all the difference. I've been feeling under the weather lately hence my absence on social media and blog which also explains the delay of my bi-weekly notes. That is why I've decided although I am late I will post one regardless of the timing. As I was saying, I've been feeling sick so having flowers around have definitely kept my spirits up.

What I've been doing a lot lately is drying out a few of the flowers I want to preserve or pressing them in old books. My idea is to later frame them in our house one day as art, so no flower goes to waste. I am still yet to master the way to keeping plants alive and for them to not die on me, so far many of my plants and flowers are going strong but I do notice many of my flowers don't last as long as I think it should.

I must admit I am not someone who often visits local florists as much as I want to here in Perth, mainly because of time, distance and that there are so many options. Though, it is always so lovely to be able to visit a florist in person a lot of the time it isn't realistic to do so. This stunning arrangement of flowers placed in this cutesy mason jar was kindly delivered for me from the folks at *Flower Bros last week. I love the story on how James and Jay started their little business. With no clue about flowers or what type of blooms to get for their wives, they wanted to build something special out of it by providing quality and value to their services. They supply and deliver the most stunning blooms in different forms, from a mason jar (my fav) to a bouquet or box ⎯ I'm guessing with the help of the women in their lives they've aced it. It's always nice to know there is an actual flower delivery service within Perth that is of fun and quality I can now use if I am ever in need of more blooms, without having to visit a store if I am lost for time.

There's nothing quite like a vase filled with the most prettiest blooms. It's always great discovering local Perth florists that specialise in flower delivery services within Perth. Flowers Bros is located in the nooks of Claremont and deliver all your floral needs. I am in love with my beautiful jar that's filled with a variety of my favourite blooms. Now I'm just waiting for Peony season to arrive.

When I take photography having some form of plant/flower in the background or as a prop always makes all the difference to each photo. Even our home, it brings so much life into it and if I could I would have a bouquet of flowers in a vase every single day. I could take photos or create paintings of plants and flowers all the time and never get bored of it, the vibrant colours of each petal is just mesmerising.


  NEW IN ⎯  

Inspiration  –  My saved collection tab on my Instagram. Mixture of home interior, stationery and art and plants giving me all the inspo I need right now. 
Updates  –
  • I created a new personal account on Instagram @bonjourjnfr where I posts more behind the scenes type of photos of my life that I don't share else where. (I won't be accepting all follow requests, this is only for those who interact with a lot and are close to me.) 
  • Stationery, ah my pure addiction ⎯ MiGoals newest launch of their *Get Shit Done (GSD) Notebooks/Notepads have launched and they're amazing. I was kindly gifted a few of their launch to try out and I am diggin' the craft and khaki tones and the added pocket at the back of their notebook is always a bonus. These have been keeping me organised and on top of my to-do lists. 
  • The Mr and I have been jotting down all the types of plants we want to have within our home as well as a vege patch and fruit tree. I also need a flower garden too. 


 CURRENTLY ⎯  

Doing  –  the index and layout to my new journal ⎯ I just finished my current journal and now it's time to crack open a new one,  best feeling ever. I found these A6 notebooks that are ink friendly and with French made smooth high quality paper from Clairefontaine at a bookstore.
Reading  –  Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba ⎯ needing all the advice I can get!
Working  –  on some exciting new adventures I've just started and I can't wait to learn and experience this new path.
Wanting  –  to keep donating my unused/unwanted belongings and just continue living with less. I've made over 5 trips to the donations boxes and plan to continue.


 TOP PICKS ⎯  

Instagram / Blogger  –  Kate is another fellow Perthian and I just adore her posts on Instagram and all the little shopping hauls and places she visits, not to mention the delicious foods pics she is always capturing. Go show some love and follow her @kateemay / www.kateelizabethmay.blogspot.com
Music  –  Nothing beats old school R&B from the 90's to 2000's, that's what I've been listening to non-stop on my playlist. Monica's Angel of Mine, anyone?
Beauty product  –  Tatcha Exfoliating Rice Enzyme Powder has been my go-to cleanser daily (sometimes paired with my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser) and I just love how it thoroughly cleanses and exfoliates so gently without stripping my skin of any natural oils. 


21 August 2017

Bi-Weekly Notes — #3

Do you ever get that feeling of wanting to just book a small trip somewhere far away pronto? I am currently feeling that at the moment ⎯ having a few thoughts on doing a little getaway soon. I've spent a lot of my days off exploring and doing different things. A few things I use to do years ago that I had forgotten I found so much pleasure in doing, things such as visiting the markets on a Sunday morning has been on the occasion every so months and flower picking. I would love to do a little road trip down to beautiful Albany again ⎯ it's been years. I love the country side and miss the horses, paddocks and beautiful hills. I'm at that point of needing a good digital/city life detox.

I've been really into watercolour painting and have bought quite a few sets to do a little bit of work on ⎯ my favourite is painting anything nature themed. Visiting art supply stores has been on the regular these last few weeks, goodbye money, hello colour palettes. The only thing I need to do now is find a good storage system for it all.

I also added a new sidebar header to my blog called "Categories" (thanks to the original designer herself Alexis for creating another sub-header for my blog). This is a way for you to be able to navigate around my posts with ease. I've categorise each of my posts with certain labels so you can find what type of post you're looking for. ie. Bi-Weekly Notes and previous Let's Catch Up has its own label so if you would like to catch up on any past posts you can simply click on the label.


 NEW IN ⎯  

Inspiration  –  Jordan Clark is such a wonderful creator. Her content is by far one of my favourites and I find her YouTube videos so therapeutic and aesthetically pleasing. Her art and journalling videos are so creative and I gain a lot of inspiration to do more with my art and stationery supplies. 
Updates  –
  • On Thursday the 10/8, we attended our final pre-start meeting with our home builder to get all our submissions of each colour selection for our home interior and exterior finalised. FINITO! 
  • My Dylan Kain tote bag was recently damaged, the seams of the handles were coming apart and I had only own it since March this year (it was a birthday gift from my beautiful sister). Thankfully, they have a good warranty replacement system and I sent it off to get it replaced. It arrived a few weeks ago and I am so happy to be reunited with it again. It is my day/work bag and fits my MacBook and journals perfectly.
  • I made a custom order of my Amour JNFR logo in the form of a miniature stamp and it arrived just this last week. It is so cute and the perfect size for my pencil case. I am planning to use this for quite a few projects I'm working on. It makes for the perfect signature stamp. See it in action here.  
  • On Saturday the 19/8, the Mr and I dropped by our block of land to take some photographs on the tripod together to document each stage of our home building journey. It was such a lovely moment and with plenty of hilarious and failed moments. 
  • The Mr and I spent our Saturday night at my sister's place with our niece for dinner (a marvellous Italian feast we had). My sister and I did some flower/leaf pressing/drying and she gave me this beautiful Polka dot plant ⎯ how stunning are the pink and green leaves? Her house/garden is filled with so many beautiful plants, she also gave me a bouquet of Lavender which I am planning on drying out as well. I love pressing flowers and leaves in old books ⎯ the results are always so beautiful. I am creating a collage to frame as art work within our new home.   

PR mail  –  
  • MiGoals Get Shit Done Notebook Launch (Mid August) 
  • Lady Burgundy Matte Lip Creams (Mid August)


 CURRENTLY ⎯  

Doing  –  furniture and appliance window shopping for our home. Scrapbooking every cut-out I find in magazines for ideas.
Reading  –  back issues of Fete Magazine. It's so lovely to be able to borrow these back issues from the library and gain more inspiration for our home.
Working  –  on putting together letters to pen pals. I love writing letters and putting together snail mail packages. 
Wanting  –  to catch up on my never ending to-do list. I have so much to do, but I am so happy to be organising my time efficiently. I'm determined to get the important things done and leave some leisure time for myself too.


 TOP PICKS ⎯  

Instagram / Blogger  –  Tina Sosna has this magical touch when it comes to everything she creates. I adore her style and how peaceful she comes across as. She makes YouTube videos, blogs, has an Instagram as well as a beautiful little handmade shop which I've been buying a few of her handmade goods from. I highly recommend her work. 
Music  –  Bon Iver is a major throw back for me, I've always loved his music. If I was to choose a favourite singer it would most definitely be Bon Iver. I can listen to his tunes forever.
Beauty product  –  Go-To Pinky-Nudey Lips is divine, it is perfect for those winter chapped lips and gives an overall sheer tint of pink to your lips and smells delicious. I always have it in the pocket of my coat.


The other week I did some bookbinding and handmade my very first notebook with card stock paper (and a pencil case/pouch, not pictured). I hand sewed each signature and covered it with this floral fabric. It's a little on the rough side, of course being my first time actually making a book ⎯ but I'm loving how it turned out.