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Guess what I did?

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Hey everyone! come see what I did!…

I launched my own YouTube channel!

Over there I’ll be uploading videos on my interpretation on beauty / style / lifestyle things…
If you are that way inclined, have a look see!
If there is anything in particular you’d like me to upload, let me know! 🙂

Have a lovely weekend! xx

Liz

‘Me’ time

I was so elated to have been given a whole day to myself on Monday. What a way to punch my week in the face!

I started my day like anyone else would – drawing eyebrows on my dog..

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Snapping solo photobooth pics..

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And of course Thrifting..

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The sequinned top is one of my best thrifting purchases – except for the fact that it smells like it has been used for thirty years as a rag to sop up stale beer from the floor of the Tikipunga Tavern.

Wearing:

-Sequinned top thrown over random black shift dress (Paddys Markets – Sydney)

Gloves (Max Fashions)

Head piece and bracelet (Diva)

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I couldn’t believe my luck finding such a cheap woodland creature vase and small porcelain sparrow – the things you can walk past without giving them much consideration!

(Temporarily using vase as a makeup brush holder)

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A ‘Dumb and Dumber’ scene came to mind when I realised I found myself a ‘Samsonite’ case

A similar one on Trade Me is going for $45.00

*Winning like Charlie Sheen!*

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Cute little minty (munted) typewriter

I’m in the middle of painting Evas drawers a similar shade  – so this will sit on top

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A beautiful day.

I opshopped to my hearts content
I saw a movie
I bought a bunch of new, interesting and tasty things from the local healthstore
I went to the library and borrowed books
I sipped on peppermint tea
I bought myself flowers

I feel re-energised just taking some me-time. It makes me get back in touch with who I am, remembering who I am, remembering my beliefs, passions and loves and knowing that by helping myself like this, I’m enabling myself to help and inspire the others in my life (and of course those who pass through the wake)

So be inspired! Take some time for yourself, here’s a little something to get you started,

LIZ’S ‘ME TIME’ IDEAS LIST:

  • Get up early and watch the sunrise… it’s worth it
  • Get dressed up for no reason, set your camera on self timer and have an impromptu photoshoot
  • Eat dark chocolate in a full bath
  • Indulge in your guilty pleasure (for me that is drawing the curtains, taking the phone off the hook and curling up watching back to back Greys Anatomy)
  • Get around to actually attempting some of those D.I.Y projects you’ve pinned on Pinterest
  • Watch movies you loved as a child
  • Take a day for yourself in the big ‘city’. Explore.
  • Rearrange your personal space
  • Give yourself a $20 budget and let yourself loose in a cheap store of your choice
  • Pack a picnic and drive
  • Cook yourself a decadent meal that you would only pull out for special guests
  • Throw a blanket on the grass, watch the clouds and daydream
  • Write a letter to someone that has inspired or inspires you, tell them why they do
  • Make a video and put it on Youtube
  • Get a supermarket hair dye, a drugstore face mask, your favourite nail colour and have a spa date while watching a terribly romantic movie
  • Write a list on all the things you like about yourself, bodywise, soulwise, mindwise – journal or frame it
  • Go to a garden centre and buy some greenery for your home, bring nature indoors
  • Invest in a massage!
  • Get familiar with Etsy, buy something you don’t think you can pull off – and wear it anyway
  • Write an affirmation eg. ‘I am happy, I am blessed, I am healthy, I am joyful, I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I am free…’ and recite it daily
  • Turn off all forms of social media, find a book you can barely put down, put on a pair of comfy pants, make a caramel latte and spend the day on the couch
  • Make a time capsule
  • Find a supermarket offering ‘taste tests’ and score some freebies, then go to the chemist, try the perfume and moisturising testers and walk out giggling
  • Rent a paddleboat
  • Ride a bike with a basket on the front, pick some wildflowers
  • Flick on some Michael Buble, pour a glass of red and attempt a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Explore crowded places and seek out the solitary nooks and crannies, back rooms of libraries, climbing a tree to watch the crowd below…
  • Teach yourself the thriller dance
  • Learn the ins and outs of your digital camera
  • Clean out your wardrobe and donate the stuff you haven’t worn in a year to charity
  • Wake up early and go to a farmers market, listen to the live music over a hot cup of joe
  • Throw on some cat ears and make a hair beard

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Take some time to make yourself a priority – you are a walking love letter that is treasured, and like all treasured things, you have to look after them!

xx

Thrifting tips & latest thrift haul

Hello, is it me you’re looking for? See what I did there? I made a Lionel Richie reference because for goodness sake, THIS IS NEW ZEALAND – LAND OF THE FREE!. *Insert Bald Eagle picture with American flag as the background*.

This week has definitely been an exciting one for the Haus of “Van”. We’ve got some pretty exciting and scary things being thrown into the pipelines, so until then – I’ll update your pretty faces with my latest thrifting haul and of course, my well used thrifting tips 🙂

THRIFTING TIPS – By Liz

* Leave the kids at home – Lets face it, thrifting takes time, energy and patience. Taking my mini tornado into a thrift store is like taking a bull into a China shop. Not only do I miss out on the things I usually need to spend time scouring through, I find myself apologising to people, picking displays up off the floor, or actually losing her in clothing racks.

* Wear a “Thrifting Uniform”. For me, this either means an easy slip on dress, slip on shoes, or leggings and an oversized shirt. Anything you can easily change out of… but only if you’re trying on clothes. It’d just be weird if you weren’t…

* Set a budget – Depending on what I’m looking for, I’ll set myself a budget and I’ll stick to it. It’s so easy to get a basket full of loot, only to reach the counter and find yourself $50 out of pocket. Unless you’ve scored some amazingly underpriced silver bounty – for me it just takes the thrill out of thrifting. It’s supposed to be cheap right?!

* Have a running list of things you want or need – I’ve done this for years now. If I’m wanting a vintage leather tooled bag, every thrift store I go into – I know that the first place I need to check is the bag section.
Write it down or make a mental note – IT REALLY DOES PAY OFF!

* Buy only what you love and be realistic about making alterations or doing a D.I.Y project. You don’t want to end up as “that person” on the front page of the local newspaper that everyone writes to the council about because your yard is so full of abandoned projects and unwanted things that it is literally moving and rippling with local critters and bacterial colonies. Ecosystems become built. Mayors get elected. Feuds between rival gangs breakout, innocent bacterial and critter-like bystanders get caught in the crossfire. Your home then becomes a crime scene and you will feature on COPS. Messy. It’s just messy. You don’t want to be “that” person.

* Be open minded. Try to match things with what you already have in your house / wardrobe. Shop for quality. Frequent the shops on a regular basis – more often than not, new stock is added daily.

* Donate. I go through my stuff at least once every 6 months and ‘give back’ the things I didn’t end up using. Not only does it feel good making room, it means room for MORE STUFF!! woo! 😛 *”It’s the cirrrrcle of liiiiiife….”*

xx