Wednesday, 16 August 2017

CROPPED

Hello, lovelies!
I hope you've been having a great August so far! I've been quite the busy bee with work and everything in between. It's so good to be busy, I kinda live for it.
For those of you who don't know what the heck I actually do for a living, I'm a journalist!
My blog is very different to write on because I am more myself and can do whatever I want - within reason. While you may think blogging and being a journalist is exactly the same, they're actually quite different! You'd be surprised!

Anyway, the reason I'm here is to bring another outfit post to yo' life. I've been really getting into activewear recently. There are so many cool styles and brands out there and I've really been loving it.
One place I highly recommend to go if you're looking for activewear at a discounted price is Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast. 

They have plenty of stores for you to browse through and, you are bound to find an absolute bargain!
I was really loving their Puma store. I found some really cool pieces, including the crop below. I love the gold puma on it, it just looks super cool and I just love gold anything! 
Since it's starting to get super hot here in Brisbane already, I am loving crops and bike pants. This means I'm keeping semi-cool while breaking a sweat under this Queensland sun!

Need some inspo? Check out my post below and don't forget to follow me on Instagram - @amberlowther







Crop: Puma at Harbour Town
Shoes: Adidas

Love,
Amber x

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Monday, 7 August 2017

PHANTOM

Hello, again!
This post is all about saying good-bye to winter and an early hello to spring. You see, I hate the cold more than anything in this world - it's true. But, I have to admit, I do like the fashion and the fact I can rug up in my bunny jumper without breaking into a pool of sweat.
But in saying that, nothing beats beach weather, cute little dresses and strappy high heels. 

So, consider this my final winter outfit for the year, as I am hanging up my boots (quite literally) and slowly transitioning into clothes that make me want to sing Summer Nights from Grease.
Since this is my good-bye to all things warm, I thought it might as well be a decent one.

I visited Harbour Town recently and went a bit crazy while I was there.  I saw this leather jacket and skirt and instantly thought of a cute af combo (sounds a bit like a Hungry Jacks meal). Funnily enough, I haven't owned a black faux-leather jacket in quite a few years. It's been something I've been wanting to get but just haven't gotten around to it, nor have I found one I really loved.
That was until I saw this one hanging beautifully on the rack and I grabbed it with both hands and haven't let go (yeah, I sleep with it. It's a serious relationship now). 
This skirt was hanging below it and I loved the wrap detailing - I had to have it. I know this will take me through to spring as well and it will look super cute with heels! 

On the same day, I came across these sexy thigh-high boots and my jaw dropped. They were exactly what I've been looking for and once again, I couldn't contain my excitement and ended up purchasing them within seconds. These also look amazing with jeans! 

So, there you have it. My farewell to all things winter and a wink to spring, which I can see just around the corner!

You can see the full outfit below. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram - @amberlowtherhttps://www.instagram.com/amberlowther/








T-shirt: Sportsgirl
Jacket & Skirt: Forever New
Shoes: Betts



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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

BACK TO BASICS

Why hello there!
It's been a little while since I've updated the good ol' blog. I am back on the bandwagon after having some massive changes happen to my routine and general life. I've decided to pick up from where I left off and jump straight back into it! 

So, this post is all about having that flashback to the 90s, where everyone was wearing those old school t-shirts. Whether they're branded across the front or, if they were just classic band tee's, pretty much EVERY person had one. Since the rise of the vintage Gucci t-shirt, brands have come out of the woodwork to do the exact same - bring.them.back! 

A couple of weeks ago I went on a shopping day to Harbour Town on the Gold Coast. For those of you who aren't familiar with Harbour Town (why aren't you?!), it's an outlet shopping centre stocking a variety of amazing brands at bargain prices. Which means it's heaven on earth for those avid shoppers out there! 

My first stop of the day was at their Levi's store and I couldn't walk away from this plain t-shirt I found. I just saw it as one of those staple pieces that can be pared back with just about anything and can be worn just about anywhere. While you may think it's just a boring old tee, to me it's magic - so take that! 

Check out how I styled it below and don't forget to follow me on Instagram - @amberlowther







Love,
Amber x



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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

WINTER SKIN Q&A WITH BEAUTY ON LATROBE

Happy Wednesday, lovers!
This week, I have a extremely insightful Q&A with Clare Lamberth, owner of award-winning Brisbane salon, Beauty on Latrobe. I visit Beauty on Latrobe every month for a facial and couldn't recommend Clare and her amazing team more. I have a fantastic skin regime using purely Ultraceuticals products and have seen such a positive change in my skin since I started receiving facials at the salon. Situated in Paddington, Beauty on Latrobe is an absolute must if you're looking to take control of your skin and achieve REAL results. 

Check below for my winter skin Q&A with Clare! 


Can you run us through a skin analysis for someone who is a first-timer? How does this help you customise a facial? 
 A skin analysis allows up to take a deeper look into your skin. It shows us aspects of your skin that we might not be able to see from the surface visually like deep pigment, true oil flow, water content, weak & sensitive areas. Once we’ve been able to get the full picture of the true health of your skin we are then able to create a skin treatment plan to address the main concern you have. We do that while respecting and strengthening the health and integrity of the skin.

How often should a facial be a part of your skincare regime?  
 Just like going to the gym, frequency is key. If a client is serious about getting results with their skin and correcting their skin concerns, fortnightly treatments are recommended. Monthly treatments are great for maintenance once the skin health has been optimised.

What Ultraceuticals product is a stand-out for you? What product would you recommend universally?
When you work with such an amazing Australian skincare company, it’s hard to just pick one. I’m in love with the new Ultra Dual Microfoliant. It contains an enzymatic exfoliant, jojoba beads and vitamin c granules to gently, yet effectively, exfoliate the skin while flooding it with powerful antioxidants. The skin looks and feels luminous afterwards.
 While incorporating skin care is important, what can we be doing to nourish our skin from the inside too? Such as supplements, drinking more water etc.
The skin is a mirror for our insides. As Skin Technicians, we can see straight away with a client’s skin, if something isn’t right on the inside. Studies now show there is a direct link to skin and gut health especially. Water intake is important to flush away toxins and improve lymphatic flow, as does reducing refined carbohydrates, sugar and gluten. One quick and easy way to improve skin health is to add a high quality skin-focused EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) into your morning routine. We love Bestow Beauty Plus Oil which is a highly-effective organic & vegan EFA designed to flush pores of debris and restore skin hydration from within. The rest is a healthier skin that’s able to respond to treatment much more effectively.
 What is your current favourite treatment at Beauty on Latrobe?

Cosmelan pigmentation peel would by far be my most favourite treatment right now. Treating dark spots & hyperpigmentation with regular facials, and even lasers, can be hard. You often need many treatments, they hurt and don’t always work. In some cases, client's skin tones may prevent them from having any treatments at all due to risk of burns or not being able to achieve results. Cosmelan changes all of that. It’s a once-off treatment which is guaranteed to treat even the deepest, most stubborn pigmentation in all skin tones. Even where other treatments have failed to work, Cosmelan delivers. It’s an investment and requires strict dedication to caring for your skin daily, but the result is beautiful, smooth, glowing, even-toned skin.

What are you tips for taking care of skin during winter? Do our skin needs change during the colder months? 
My top 3 tips for caring for your skin in winter are: 
1. Changing up your skin routine is essential in winter. As the weather cools down, our oil flow slows down too. Team that with temperature changes from warm heating to cold winds and it’s a sure-fire recipe for dehydration and sensitivity in the skin. Summer skincare isn’t made for winter. I recommend moving down a cleanser to a lighter foam or milk cleaner, and up a moisturiser to something with more hydration & protection against the elements. If you’re not sure or find guessing online overwhelming, pop into your local Skin Technician for a Skin Health Check. 
2. Just add water. A quick and easy change you can make to see visible improvements in your skin over winter is adding a hydration serum into your skincare routine. These are applied under your moisturiser once or twice daily to help boost the water content in the skin. They often contain calming ingredients to help with any sensitivity in the skin. Increasing oral water intake can help, but is pointless if water is being lost through improper external hydration. 
3. Down Exfoliant. I see a lot of over-exfoliated skin. Mostly, it's clients in their 20’s trying to clear their skin, but instead, they are stripping precious hydration and causing long-term damage & sensitivity. If your skin feels tight and squeaky clean, you’ve over-done it. Your skin’s exfoliation needs are dependant on your oil flow. Greasy skin needs more (up to 3 times weekly), whereas normal and dry skin needs less (1-2 per fortnight). If you feel like you need to put moisturiser on straight away, or have dehydration & breakouts at the same time, there’s a good chance you’re over-doing it. This includes AHA’s, scrubs and sonic cleansing brushes. Keep them for daily use for AHA’s or 1 x per week for scrubs and sonic brushes.
What is your #1 skin tip?
Sunscreen. Learn it, live it, love it. Sunscreen is your insurance policy for all things anti-ageing in the skin, especially in Queensland (the skin cancer capital of the world!). The most frustrating statement we hear as Skin Technicians in salon is “I don’t need sunscreen, I don’t go out in the sun." - THEN HOW DID YOU GET HERE TODAY?! 5 minutes of unprotected sun exposure every day equals a week of full-on sun bathing over the course of 1 year. I think we can all agree that we get more than 5 minutes walking around on lunch, travelling to work or driving each day.
Sunscreen is no longer the thick and skin-clogging creams they used to be. The sun is responsible for up for 90% of all ageing within the skin. Sunscreen is the best anti-ageing skincare product you will ever use. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 50+ that also incorporates moisturisers and doubles as your daily moisturiser. This will make protecting your skin and helping your skincare work smarter. Not harder, easier. 
 What steps (in your opinion) are VITAL in a skin care routine? 
You don’t need a complicated skincare routine to get great results with your skin. The foundations do matter though. Getting the right cleanser & moisturiser especially suited to your skin is key to everything else you do in the skin. Then daily SPF moisturiser, a treatment serum & eye cream that address your main skin concerns is a great start. Exfoliation (if not in your treatment serum) will also help your other products to penetrate effectively and help keep your skin clean. 

Thank you to Clare Lamberth from Beauty on Latrobe for the insightful information!  
Love,
Amber x 

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