Monday, 1 September 2014

Paint The Town Ford:: I Never Want To Give It Back

My sister told me it suited me.

My parents approved. 
My kids love it.
My husband adores it. 
It must mean it's love. It must mean I should be allowed to keep it. 


On hearing that Ford actually wanted their car back :(

I have had blissful weeks driving to work. In peak hour traffic. 

This is all crazy talk. Except it isn't. I am SO into the Ford Territory I want to keep it. I want to exchange our cars for this car. It is so very ace. 

Why do I love it so? I don't know anything but engines, but I do know lots about convenience and all-round awesomeness. There are so many reasons, let me count the ways Shakespeare. 

1. The Safety: When you choose a car, safety is paramount. Even moreso as a parent. Hidden underneath that sleek exterior is host of safety features so you can feel comfortable knowing that the Territory has been engineered to help protect it's precious cargo. You.

2. Extra seating: My Mum and Dad were visiting - and being from the country they loathe driving in the city. I jumped at the chance to pick them up - and with the easy-access extra seating in the back, with plenty of cabin space it meant everyone fitted comfortably in. (And when the spare seating is not required, it has a super generous boot for you to load up.)

3. DVD player: Let's go back to the traffic thing. Sitting in traffic with children is one of my worst things. My kids were SO excited by the DVD player, on our way to school they watched a DVD. It was ambitious, unless we were going to sit in the car and be late for school, but it kept them occupied, and kept my eyes on the road. If we were going on a long road trip, I'd load them up with DVDs to avert any 'Are we there yet?' conversations. (Plus it comes with headphones and a remote control. The kids pretty well wanted to move into the car. I wish I was kidding.)

4. Fuel efficiency: This thing just doesn't empty. Ok it does, but for a big mother of a car, it's pretty lean on the whole petrol thing. I went about 10 days on one tank. That's driving to and from work, groceries, school pick ups, jaunts around the city - just for the heck of it, because heck. I am going to say it again. I really love this car.  

5. Blue-tooth: Driving to and from work is empty time for me. If I can ring a friend or my parents - this is a WIN! Sitting in peak hour traffic and being able to talk hands-free?! Yes! This ticks so many boxes for me. 

6. Sit High My Friends: Ain't nobody who doesn't love sitting up high in traffic. 

7. The Love Notes: Tiny wrote love notes on the windows on cold mornings, I loved them. 

8. The Bells. The Whistles: The simple-to-use navigation has won my heart. The stereo means I can host my own in-car karaoke on the way to and from work (to the amusement of some woman cacking herself at me - hey I was having fun). Those leather seats. Aye carumba. I am superficial. But those seats are super comfortable. Even the indicator makes a nice noise. 

9. It Looks Hot: Featuring a striking design, this car is hot. And I don't want to give it up. Not only that, it's beautiful to drive. 

To celebrate me falling truly, madly, deeply in love with the Ford Territory I have one $500 Freedom gift card to give away. Interested?

All you have to do is tell me:  

What’s the one place you'd like to take a road trip to in your car?

Terms and conditions: 

One entry per person only
Competition open only to residents of Australia
Entries open September 1st and close midnight 7th September
Winner will be announced on September 9th.
For full terms & conditions please click here

Photography by Esteban La Tessa

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bringing Exercise Back

Guys. It's been a while. I have been totally slack on the exercise front (I know, we have definitely been here before. A number of times. Here we go again.) and I am back. And I am going to stay on that horse.

Over the last few months I've noticed the love handles making a cameo appearance. Cameo? Because they are not going to stay around because I actually feel totally disgusted at myself. I don't feel good in my skin and I am going to do something about it. 

Stress is the biggest contributor to my weight. I make concessions and think: "Oh yes, I've been working hard, I totally deserve that chocolate" So I can have a heart attack?! NO thanks!

I went for a big walk with our family this afternoon, and I've already got my gear ready to get up early tomorrow morning. Boom! It's on like Donkey Kong.

When I think about the excuses I come up with to not exercise, well I am too kind on myself. Matt's working in the evenings, which means I can't go to the gym like I was, however it was like a petri dish for excuses for not getting out and moving. 

No more! 

Those days I need to race home for pick up are the days I need to pull my sorry ass out of bed an extra hour earlier so I can clock up some steps. 

Those days I don't have to race home - well I can fit in a half hour at the gym. 

I read a quote recently that said we should treat our gym/exercises sessions with the same respect we treat an appointment. Turn up, don't make excuses. Because it is that time for you to look after yourself (plus it's my time to turn over conversations, stress etc and get them out of my body).

I'm going to do it. I'm going to aim for four exercise sessions a week. Four GOOD exercise, and build up to more. It's really not that hard when you think - half an hour every day, so I am going to kick start - this is it. No more excuses.  

Bring back energetic, healthy, happy Lexi. Game on with my inner voice who tells me to go back to bed. This time I'm playing to win

And if you need motivation hit me up on Pinterest. Anyone would think I'm a buff gym babe. Sadly, no. But I am going to try and transform myself. Fit before 40. (That fit before 40 thing just sounded catchy, but if it takes me five years to get fit, someone - shake me.)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Best Beauty Buy:: A 100% Natural, Gluten Free, Vegan Lipstick? YES PLEASE!

If we go on packaging alone (yes I am that superficial) I am already in love. A sleek, silver bullet-like case contains a brilliant surprise. 

Creamy, rich and a great colour, I've been really enjoying wearing 100% Pure Lip Vegan Lipstick. It's great wearing and the formulation feels hydrating and moisturising. I've been trying out Lychee and I have to attest, it is the perfect neutral pink, great for those times when you want a bit of lip colour, but you don't want to go all out with a statement lip colour.

A range of organic lipsticks that are coloured from the same fruit pigments that make strawberries red - and blueberries blue, they are healthy and rich in antioxidants and vitamins. 

So they're 100% natural, vegan, they're organic, and the pigments are perfect. But that's not all! The base contains avocado and cocoa butters (making them super moisturising) - they're also gluten free. 

Why gluten free? If you're looking to avoid gluten, many lip colours contain Vitamin E which can contain gluten. However the Vitamin E in these lip glazes is derived from cold pressing rice bran.

Pretty cool, huh? Next on my list is Watermelon - the best-seller, a sheer soft red. Sounds like it should be a staple in my beauty bag.

Monday, 25 August 2014

MTV VMAs:: Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Chloe Moretz, Rita Ora

Demi Lovato. Proudly sponsored by Hollywood Tape. And Supa Glue. And anything sticky. Those suckers can not get out, we repeat, do not let those puppies out.
Recently I was saddened by the fact that Tiny told me she doesn't like Barbie. I had spent much of my childhood playing with Barbie, styling her outfits, her hair, her everything, and wondering how she got so flexible. 

I am pretty sure Kanye can relate. 
Chanel Iman looks like she's been part digested by the very hungry crocodile. 

I kind of like this look. It's cute and a little quirky - however I'm not convinced it's altogether red carpet worthy. If this was the Nickelodeon awards I would dunk her with slime for looking a bit too Golden Girls when she's meant to be making a splash. 
My case in point? Rita Ora. Game. Set. Match. 

MTV VMAs:: Katy Perry, Jenny from the block, Laverne Cox, Hannah Montana

Is Katy Perry taking the piss? Is this paying homage to Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears? Someone LET ME IN ON THE JOKE! This is hurting my eyeballs. PS - aren't grills so 2002?

How much denim is too much denim? This post is basically a denim orgy. Proof that this is definitely too much denim. 

She's still, she's still Jenny from the block, don't be fooled by the criss-cross frock that she's got, she's still, she's still Jenny from the block. Someone needs to give all the extra fabric back to the designers. This look is not funny. Give them some damn fabric before I get all Hulk-irate. 
Leggy, lovely, sparkly, beautiful Laverne Cox. It's just a shame she didn't visit the bathroom before heading onto the red carpet. 
So here I am madly decluttering my house in prep for the real estate agent, and I can't find a damn garbage bag anywhere, when I switch on my computer and low and behold Miley has stolen not only the garbage bags but also the gaffa tape. And it would appear she has a cramp in her foot too. 

MTV VMAs:: Ariana Grande, It's a Pantsuit, Fonzie, Banana Man.

 Big mistake. Huge mistake. 
I feel like this is something one of the mum's from school would wear to trivia night. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Fonzie is back! Actually, no, it's Adam Levine. And do I have a funny story for you or what?! 

One night I was looking for a song to cheer me up. It had been a long, sad day, it was the day Robin Williams had died, and I heard this song playing in the 'Begin Again' trailer. It was EXACTLY the song I needed to hear right then and there. So I googled. Came up empty. I looked through the soundtrack, but what I heard was a powerful, soulful amazing black female voice. I went through the playlist, nope, nope, nope. I finally resigned myself to listening to the entire soundtrack (not really a chore) thinking that this incredible voice was perhaps not the frontrunner, but maybe someone guesting on the soundtrack. I thought I was going to fall down some rabbit hole and find this amazing new female talent that I could fall in love. Someone all Aretha Franklin, belting out beautiful music. 

Fast forward to 2:42 in this song - and you'll discover. It wasn't a female voice, it was Adam Levine falsetto stylie. Crumbs. I am bonkers. 

Did someone order a Banana-gram? 

MTV VMAs 2014:: Solange, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Amber Rose, Jessie J

So much yes right here. Don't even dare say anything bad about Solange. Not one peep. For me, she just always nails it, never puts a fashion foot wrong (perfect segue to look at her midnight blue pedi). I just love this oversized glittering black suit and Diana Ross-esque hair. Simple, stylish, ridiculously cool. (PS it's from H&M.)
As far as Minaj and red carpets go - I think we came off pretty well this year. She's actually not revealing 99% of her skin. Instead she is showing off some snake skin instead. Pretty tasteful if you've seen the Anaconda film clip 0_o which is now burnt into my retinas. Plus her hairs are looking pretty glam. I rate it! 

Whoever pulled this swifty on Swifty should be given a firm talking to. Girlfriend better not squat down or she's going to have a major wedgie and the aftermath of a camel toe to contend with. Ain't nobody's business getting into her business. 
FYI - this is not Darryl Hannah. It's Iggy Azalea in metallic Versace. I love the cut of her jib, the line of her hips, pretty well everything. Hot.

What is that thing in the US where they're not meant to wear white until after Labor Day? Or vice versa? Jordin Sparks (who is this?) is moonlighting on The Love Boat and CSI Miami as a croupier. She took Captain Stubing AND Horatio Caine as her dates. Talk about working the red carpet. 
Amber Rose is a beautiful, smart woman. Sadly I can not say the same for this dress. Or lack of. 
I just realised I haven't put the celery back in the fridge. It's going to be wilted and no one likes wilty celery.