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Mother’s Day Shopping with OPENPAY

I feel like as with most special holidays (or Birthdays), Mother’s Day always creeps up on us and all of a sudden we need to pull together our funds so we can spoil out Mum’s – which is exactly what they deserve! Little did I know, until recently, that Openpay lets you shop in stores and use interest free payment plans, so you won’t be out of pocket! And the best part is, is that you can use Openpay on not just clothes and shoes, but services as well. So you’ll be able to use it when you buy Mum a lovely spa package for Sunday. Not only, is Openpay a fantastic was to be financially savvy, but you can even pay for your items directly from you phone using the Openpay app. So easy! So get shopping, and find your Mum the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Learn more and find all Openpay stores here. Advertisements

Why Sunescape is my MVP tanning product this winter…

I’ve basically tried every single fake tanning product out there, so you can really take my word for it when I say that Sunescape is a fantastic product. I’m such a fake tan connoisseur that I even compartmentalise my tanning products into subcategories – because you know…some are better depending on the circumstances…it’s a thing okay. Anyway, Sunescape is truly my favourite for winter because: – It’s not too dark. Sunescape offers two shades in their mousse range; a Week in Fiji and Month in Maui. Even their darkest shade promises a natural looking tan. Now I am all for a dark tan, but definitely not in winter. I steer clear of many of my favourite brands in winter because it looks so unnatural. – It works quickly. Whilst I will often sleep in my tan to let it develop overnight, I have used Sunescape in the morning and washed it off 4-5 hours later, to still find I have a really decent colour. It’s perfect for when I have events on in the evening, because sleeping in tan is never ideal. I mean, …

Listen Up: A Bit About Me

  Recently I caught up with James O’Connor who created the podcast series JocX. Each episode (and there are now over 50 eps!), James chats to individuals about their areas of expertise, personal achievements and beliefs around success and life in general. In my interview with James, we talk about my professional career, blogging and everything else in between. I also talk about what I do each day to make sure I’m always on top of things (not really, but I try!) and give some further insight into my life, both professional and personal. Give it a listen! I hope you enjoy it! Listen on iPhone Listen on Andriod

Get Healthy Hair with Davroe for Summer

So I’m a firm believer that maintaining healthy hair makes you feel and look better. Naturally, my hair is a rare colour of auburn – so basically a shade of red. Yes I’m a red head! I love my natural hair colour because it suits my complexion, and it’s very unique. However I’ve also experimented with countless shades; black, blonde, dark brown, red-red, deep purple (yeah don’t ask…). Anyway, recently, I made the decision to give blonde another go. My previous experience with becoming a blonde was a disaster, so I was very nervous about it. This time round, I LOVE my colour, and intend on staying this way for a while, so it’s been really important for me to look after the health of my hair with the help of quality products.  I’m finding that using the Davroe range has helped my blonde colour stay nice and ashy (rather than becoming yellow) and the conditioning treatments help my hair to stay sleek and soft. Here’s a breakdown on what I’ve been using and why …

Super Quick, Super Delicious White Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins

These muffins are first and foremost, SO delicious. But second to that, they are so easy to cook – prep time is genuinely under 5 minutes unless you are seriously challenged when it comes to baking. Please note, they only make about 8 decent sized servings, so if you’re planning to bake for your a group I would double the recipe. So here you go… Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups self raising flour 2/3 cup caster sugar 200g white chocolate, roughly chopped 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup sour cream 1/3 cup milk 100g butter, melted 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries Method: Preheat oven to 180 degree (fan forced, slightly higher if not). Line an 8-cup muffin pan with large paper muffin cases. Sift flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar and chopped chocolate. Whisk together egg, sour cream, milk and melted butter. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined (make sure you don’t go over the top with the mixing or they won’t be fluffy!). Gently fold in …

Kelapa Skincare

So I know I’ve written a post previously about a good routine skin care regime, but I acknowledge that the products were very expensive. Obviously that lifestyle is not maintainable for everyone (including myself at times) so I wanted to share a new range that has kept my skin clear and soft and won’t break the bank. Again, I want to reiterate how important skin care is for women (and men). Why? Our face is the most exposed part of our bodies, exposed to wind, sun, dust and dirt; all day, every day. The facial visage is where you’ll first start to notice signs of aging. Wrinkles anyone? I’ve been brought up by a mother and grandmother, who have indoctrinated good skin care into my mind from a young age, and I’m so grateful for that – god bless those who genuinely mistake me for being ‘around’ 20 years old! I’ve also been blessed with naturally clear skin, so please don’t think that starting a skin care regime will transform you overnight. It won’t. And …

The Chewiest Choc-Chip Cookies Goin’ Round

I used to make these cookies far too often. Now, they’re a serious treat. These are always my go-to choc-chip cookies because they are amazingly soft, chewy and moist (yes I know you’re cringing at me using the word moist but it IS the best adjective in baking speak). I’m not one to share my top secret recipes, but I’m feeling extra generous, so here’s both the best AND the easiest choc-chip cookie recipe you’ll find. Oh and yes, the dough is to die for and I generally eat half the mixture before it goes in the oven.    Ingredients Checklist: 1 cup self raising flour 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup butter (softened) 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon golden syrup (the key to chewy cookie success!) Choc chips (any kind, I usually like to use a mix of white and milk) Macadamia nuts, chopped (optional) Method: Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Celsius for fan forced). In a food processor, beat butter, sugar and vanilla essence until fluffy. Add flour and …

New Kids On The Block: Brunch Spots

Not a week goes by that I don’t venture out into the burbs’ to get my breakfast/brunch fix. I live for those weekend days that I get to catch up with friends and eat good food and drink good coffee. Isn’t that what life is about? Melbourne IS the café capital of Australia (even if I do say so myself. But it is okay) and competition is getting intense with new spots popping up every weekend, or so it seems! Of course I take it upon myself to try each and every one – that’s right, taking one for the team guys! Here are my top three recent discoveries. ONE: Walk Don’t Run, 17 Morey Street, Armadale  For those who know me, you will be well versed in my obsession with Merchants Guild – a café in Melbourne’s Bentleigh East area. I’m still yet to find a breakfast, brunch or lunch spot that satiates my cravings the way Merchants does. I love everything about it; the vibe, the coffee, the food and the service. So, …

Greetings from Vietnam!

As I type this, I’m sitting in the Siagon Plaza Sofitel hotel enjoying my morning coffee and breakfast. I’ve been in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for the past week for work, but luckily for me I have also had a few days of leisure. I’ll be heading home to Melbourne tomorrow. I cannot even fathom that it’s April already. My last post was almost four months ago – that is not okay! Despite posting most of my content on Instagram (@margotmoore), I’m going to commit to at least one blog post a fortnight. One may sound like a relatively pathetic commitment, but it’s a genuine struggle for me to find the time to write a good piece in between work and university plus ‘life’ itself. But that’s my commitment for now!  I’m looking forward to sharing many more products, food adventures and personal stories with you.