Wednesday, 21 June 2017

MY BIRTHDAY STAYCATION AT GAMBARO HOTEL

Hello, fabulous!
Last week I had my first ever staycation here in Brisbane for my birthday! I packed my bunny jumper  and fluffy socks and off I went to Gambaro Hotel on Caxton Street. I had heard many good things about Gambaro over time and was excited to try it out and even more excited about heading to Gambaro Seafood Restaurant for a birthday feast! Fresh seafood = LIFE.

I was put up in their Petrie King Balcony room, which included my own private balcony, a pillow menu, a beautiful king bed, a huge shower and more. Plus, I can't forget the bath robes. Bath robes are the first thing I look for when I enter a hotel room! No joke.

There's something about staycation which is super relaxing. I knew the area, what weather to expect, I could drive there in my own car and when it's as easy as packing an overnight bag and not a huge suitcase, I'm sold!  

I arrived at Gambaro in the afternoon and went straight to the balcony in my room to check out the view (pictured below). Well, that's a lie...I checked for bath robes first #guilty.
After having a little wander around the room and checking everything out, I went next door to see where I would be dining later on that night at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
Gambaro also has their Black Hide Steakhouse across the road for convenience as well. You don't even have to walk far to get your hands on delicious food! Dreams.

Being located on Caxton Street definitely helps. The Barracks is just metres away and you're super close to Paddington and all of the action at Suncorp Stadium. If you're wanting to stay somewhere with access to just about everything, you can't look past this hotel.

After checking out what was around the hotel, I decided to go back up to my room, get in m PJ's and watch TV until dinner. I was so happy to relax and hear the rain outside. Plus, those silk pillows were everything! 7pm came around and before you know it I was devouring the most incredible seafood platter for 2 (thanks for the assistance, Mum!). To say I was full was an understatment. I think I even undid the top button on my jeans just so I could breathe - don't judge me. It's a common occurrence.
Make sure you have a look at the photo of my dinner below. You might just book yourself in to try it!

After dinner, I retired to my room and was so exhausted from all the excitement. I slept like a baby! I had a great sleep, made myself a cuppa (they stock T2 Tea in the room!), opened up the blinds and watched some TV before I jumped in the oversized shower and got ready to start my day!

Overall, my stay at Gambaro Hotel was extremely relaxing and enjoyable. I loved dinner, my room and the close proximity to everything. I would absolutely recommend staying here if you're up for some 5 star luxury! Check out my photos below - they might just tempt you.

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Love,
Amber x
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MY HAIR JOURNEY + INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

Hello there!
I thought I'd do something a little bit different for this post and tell you about my hair journey! Yes, hair journey. You see, I've been very appreciative of all the compliments I have received on my hair in the past and even now. It's so nice to know my mane is good enough to be complimented! My hair has always been EVERYTHING to me. I'm very protective of it, only allow hairdressers to do a "fairy trim" and I always ensure I use quality products so it's always looking and feeling its best.

Long story short: I had long blonde hair as a little girl and when I hit 10-11, it was a delghtful mousy-grey colour which I hated. It wasn't vibrant, it was dull and had no body or highlight to it. So, in year 6 my parents bought me what we thought was temporary dye. Turns out it was permanent blonde colour and since then, I was lightening my hair to blonde for 10 years. 

I'm extremely lucky in the sense that I did it so slowly that it didn't ruin or damage my hair. I've seen A LOT of horrible bleach jobs done by people who had no idea what they were doing. That was the good thing about being young and in a strict school, I was able to do it gradually without a lot of notice. 

But with the blonde hair came regrowth and LOTS of it. My hair grows so damn quickly and my friends and I used to start seeing regrowth within 2 weeks of getting my hair done. One thing I always hated about getting my regrowth done was for a week after, my hair was so bright that my eyebrows looked SO dark and weird in contrast to my hair. I would have people like, "woah, did you dye your eyebrows?" or "Did you make your hair lighter?!"
No, no I didn't. But the colour wouldn't settle until a week after and I would always immediately dread the week ahead because I knew how ridiculous I looked. I started getting really annoyed/self-conscious about how bright it was. 

So here comes a thought: maybe I'll give balayage a go? It might look a bit more natural and I love how it looks on other people. 
I always said I would NEVER go brown. I swore I wouldn't.
Then I did balayage just before my 21st birthday and let's just say, I will never go back to being fully blonde - I LOVE it. My hair has been darker in some months, lighter in some - depending on my mood and how I get it done. But I'm really loving the darker hair life, it's more me.

In saying all of that, the most important thing is ensuring I'm taking care of my hair the best I can at home. Going to the hairdresser only does so much! I've been getting my hair done with Nak this year and wow, my hair is so healthy & soft. It looks good, feels good and I have a huge amount of products to make sure I keep my hair routine going. I can honestly hand-on-heart say I won't use anything else but Nak. They have the most incredible products and they truly make my hair amazing. I'm always so excited to do my hair because I get to use great products and I know I will always get incredible results! I'll be doing a full blog post on all of my Nak products, how I use them and what they do soon - stay tuned! 

Since I love Nak so much, I've teamed up with them to do a giveaway on my Instagram! You can enter by clicking HERE. Entries close Monday June 26 at 5pm.


HAIR JOURNEY GALLERY EXTRAVAGANZA

Baby Amber rockin' a mullet

Long blonde hair - slowly turning darker

I had been dying my hair blonde since I was 12. I'm 15 here

Continued to dye my hair after high school

For my 21st in 2015, I decided to try balayage! A MASSIVE step for me

Currently! 

Love,
Amber x
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Monday, 12 June 2017

MY BIRTHDAY OUTFIT 2017

Hello, hello!
It's that time of year again where I whip my hair on the d-floor and sink too many cocktails. That's right, it's my birthday (June 13)! I had the most fabulous weekend with my best girl friends to celebrate. We started off the night at an amazing Italian restaurant (Italian is my FAVE) and then we kicked on to my favourite bar and so on...if you get what I mean. The night definitely got less classy, let's be real.

While this isn't a 'significant' birthday, I wanted to do something with my best girls and get dressed up all pretty 'n' stuff. I found the most perfect dress to wear and was over-the-moon with it. I really love unique pieces and as soon as I saw this dress, I had to get it! I also bought a belt from the same label to go with it and threw on some nude heels. 

I had my makeup done by the EXTREMELY talented Megan Williamson - she is a MAGICIAN! She did the most amazing job and made me feel like a queen. If you're in Brisbane and in need of incredible makeup, you need to chat to Megan!

Check below to see where I got my outfit and don't forget to follow me on Instagram @amberlowther

Enjoy!












Dress & Belt: Eliya The Label

Love,
Amber x



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Monday, 5 June 2017

SASSY

Hey, you!
Can you believe it's June already? I can't! The year is going so damn fast, I can barely keep up!
I do get excited when June rolls around, I'll admit. It's my birthday on the 13th and who doesn't love a birthday? Cake, cake and...more cake.
Since it's hit the middle of the year here in Australia, it means it's definitely cooling down. While I can't stand winter, I do enjoy the fashion and curling up on the couch with a cup of tea, Netflix and a Sara Lee chocolate cake (which you won't be sharing because you'll eat the whole cake yourself, obviously).

I picked up this dress not too long ago from Sass & Bide. I instantly loved the details and how thick the material was. If you saw my wardrobe, there's a plethora of summer clothes waiting to be loved. But on the winter side of things, I do struggle adding to my wardrobe - especially dresses to go out in. So, you could say this dress is right up my alley!

Sass & Bide is such an amazing brand and I always see something I love. They have such innovative designs and I can't say no to a bit of embellishment! I've worn this dress out a few times now and I'm so happy it can keep me warm - alongside a few cocktails, of course!

Check out the details below & see how you can get a similar look.
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Dress: Sass & Bide
Shoes: Tony Bianco

Love,
Amber x
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

DAYDREAMER



Hey hey!
I'm back with a new outfit to share with you - how exciting, right?
At times, I fully embrace the bohemian look. I mean, when you grew up being obsessed with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, it's kind of natural to explore this path.
I love dresses that can be casual with sandals or spiced up with a pair of heels. I've worn this dress both ways and can't choose which one I like better.

I'll admit, I can be picky with prints. I'm not 'big' on floral but I really liked the colours in this dress and how it's on a black background. I think that's what drew me to this style in the first place - and we all know I'm obsessed with wearing black. I love the sleeves and how they're a bigger fit - it's very 70s - I dig it. While the mullet cut in a skirt or dress has been something I've grown out of, I found it to work quite nicely with this dress. Also, I'm all for showing a bit of leg!

Check below for details of the dress and don't forget to follow me on Instagram @amberlowther







Dress: Mombasa Rose
Heels: Tony Bianco

Love,
Amber x
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Thursday, 4 May 2017

REAL TECHNIQUES HAVE DONE IT AGAIN

Hello!
How crazy is it that it's already May? I felt like Christmas was yesterday! I can't believe how quickly the year is going. But in saying that, it's always exciting seeing the new products from brands and keeping up-to-date on everything fashion & beauty. Although these products I'm about to talk about aren't extremely new, they're still innovative and exciting enough to put a spotlight on!

So, I love makeup. Makeup is life, makeup is love. But what would makeup be without the right tools? Nothing, right? That's where Real Techniques comes in. I've bought my first Real Techniques brushes in 2012 after the amount of hype they received in the YouTube community. Which was natural, considering they were created by YouTuber's. I still use the brushes every.single.day I use makeup and they've lasted SO well. So when the brushes pictured below came across my desk, I was over-the-moon and super excited to try them out!

If you're well-educated on the makeup world, you'd be aware of the excitement that surrounds beauty sponges. They're everywhere! A lot of people are preferring these over your ordinary brushes due to the natural finish you can achieve and how much product you can save when applying foundation. 

Here's some information on each product, including what they do and how much they retail for:

This is a dream for buffing in liquid foundation. It gives a flawless finish and the bristles are so soft!

The bristles on this brush are dense and rounded so that they can get into the crevices of the eyes. Perfect for blending and focusing on smaller details.

This brush does everything! The round side is great for blending liquids on larger areas of the face, whereas the flat edge helps to contour around the nose and eyes. The tip is ideal when it comes to covering small imperfections.

You can buy the three together in the Ultimate Base Set for $33.75 (price on publication)

This sponge has six surfaces to help you sculpt your face to perfection! The smaller side of the sponge is the best for highlighting and the large side for contouring. You can use this wet or dry, depending on whether you like a dewy or full-coverage look. This can be used for creams, liquids and powders.

You can purchase the Miracle Sculpting Sponge for $16.99 (price on publication)

Miracle Complexion Mini Sponge 2PC 
These have to be the cutest sponges on the planet! Gone are the days when eyeshadow fallout ruins your look or jabbing yourself in the face with a mascara wand with no return! These little miracles sweep away your makeup mishaps. They also help you blend harsh lines when you dampen it! They're my personal favourite. 

These Miracle Complexion Mini Sponges retail for $16.99 (price on publication) 

Check out my photos of my new favourite Real Techniques tools below! 
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Love,
Amber x

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Monday, 24 April 2017

COLD SHOULDER

Hello, lovelies!
It's a new week which means I have a new outfit to share with you! I am absolutely loving this look I came up with. It's sexy, cool and it includes a statement piece which will grab attention! I've always had a thing for unique pieces. I feel like you can never go wrong with something out-of-the-box if you style it correctly and this shirt is no different! 

But when it comes to purchasing clothes, sometimes you can feel guilty when you're splurging on a new outfit. Luckily, there are some amazing retailers out there who have great quality pieces for amazing prices - thank you, retail god's! Also, if you're a university student, you can actually be getting EXTRA off your purchases if you sign up to UNiDAYS. I used my account to receive 10% off Dissh for my top and skirt pictured below - which is too good not to take advantage of.

UNiDAYS is 100% free. There's no joining fees, no hidden catches. It's honestly just to ensure you have amazing access to discounts as a uni student. The sign up is simple and proving you're a student is an easy process.

Since it's getting cooler, I love the look of a faux leather skirt in winter and how it feels. It's thicker and it looks amazing with boots and even with tights underneath for the cooler evenings. This top is the perfect combination of everything I love - it's a unique style, it shows skin, I love stripes and it fits well. I styled this outfit with some high heel boots (my go-to to for those chilly nights).

So what are you waiting for? Go sign up to UNiDAYS and score on incredible deals!

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram - @amberlowther
See all outfit details & links below. 








Top & Skirt: Dissh
Shoes: Tony Bianco


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Love, 
Amber x

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