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.