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My Bronzed and Natural Bridal Makeup Trial

It’s finally 2018, the year of our wedding!! I can’t believe how fast it all went, now with less than 4 months until the big day it’s time to start thinking about all the finer details like my makeup. Luckily, my favourite Australian beauty blogger Chloe Morello is also getting married in 2018. I love to follow her beauty routine, makeup trials and wedding prep and thought I’d try it out myself. Her Wedding Makeup video tutorial inspired me to...

3 resolutions that will change your life

New Year’s resolutions are typically about getting fit, eating clean, saving money or ticking a few things off the bucket list. These are great and if you stick to them, they can form amazing, life-changing new habits. This year, I am trying something different and focusing more about appreciating what I have instead of constantly reaching for something better. In this social media driven world, we are constantly comparing our lives to others. Doing what I do, I have experienced...

2018 Fashion Forecast

With a brand new year comes new era in fashion. In 2017 we saw the rise and fall of chokers and fishnets. Other trends like 90’s denim and peep shoulder tops continue to grace the streets and runways across the world. With that, what would 2018 bring us? Will 90’s fashion continue to flourish or will we see a return of the 80s? I’ll be keeping a close eye on the turn of events but in the meantime see my...

Christmas food guide: starters, snacks and storage

Christmas time to me means family gatherings, food, good wine and great conversations. When it comes to food, the classics like cold ham, freshly roasted turkey and seafood will always be part of our table. There is of course always room for something new! Here, I put together a guide on great foodie finds, snacks and storage. Everything from breakfast options to leftovers storage solutions that will make Christmas time even better! The Musli The ultimate start to a busy...

Summer 2017 Wine Guide

Christmas time is all about spending time with family, summer barbeques and great conversations over a refreshing drink. We all have our preference when it comes to wine. Until recently I stuck to my reds – a good Shiraz in the afternoon never went astray. Slowly I expanded my horizons and discovered delicious white wine and Rosé … perfect to kick off the summer season. To become a true wine connoisseur, it’s important to try many varieties! What we don’t...

Gift Guide For Him

Stuck on what to get the men in your life this holiday season? Allow me to help! I have compiled a gift guide suited to all kinds of tastes and personalities. See my picks for Christmas 2017 below and get inspired! Otterbox Looking for a tough phone case? OtterBox is one of the most renowned case-makers in the smartphone industry. Having a reputation for making cases that can withstand even the greatest of abuse like impact and water. Their most...

Hello Fresh Review

I love to cook! There’s something about being in the kitchen, chopping up fresh ingredients and smelling the sizzling spices that brings a smile to my face. Better yet, I love to cook with my partner, family and friends. For me it’s a social activity, more so than a chore, and I’d happily cook every night. One thing that can be frustrating is cooking when you’re short on time, planning meals and grocery shopping. Hello Fresh is a service that...

Gifts for her under $100

Looking for some fabulous Christmas gift ideas for all the ladies in your life? Check out my top picks for friends, mums or girlfriends whether they love beauty, travel or fitness! The Traveller Vivra – starting at $42.95 A fashionable fanny pack now exists! If you’ve got an active, on-the-go lifestyle or are travelling the Vivra beltless pouch could be the bag for you. Simply choose your favourite design and slot it over your waistline – whether it be leggings,...

At home HIIT workout

Do you want to burn body fat, improve your endurance and tone your muscle without going to the gym? Then high intensity interval training or HIIT workouts may be the pick for you. High-intensity interval training is proven to be one of the most efficient type of cardio training. I honestly love it and truly believe it’s not just another fad. HIIT is a combination of high-intensity exercises such as mountain climbers, tuck jumps and low-intensity activities like walking or...

How To Manage Your Finances This Christmas

Christmas is sneaking up quick and if you’re like me, you’re probably not mentally prepared. This can be a tough time to stay on track with your budget.  Not only are there tons of gifts to buy, but you might be travelling for the holiday season so you’ll be purchasing plane tickets, petrol and food.  These costs can quickly add up and disrupt your financial goals. However, the festive season shouldn’t be stressful but a time to enjoy with your...

7 must-have Sephora products 2017

Get your Christmas shopping done early and avoid the shopping centre rush with gifts from Sephora! See my game-changing products for the beauty junkies with the Chic on the Run 7 days of Christmas gift guide! Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer -$53 My ultimate primer! This lightweight balm quickly minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines for stunningly smooth skin. The primer works by mattifying shine and minimises the appearance of pores when worn alone or under makeup....

My festive season essentials

Festive season is nearly upon us! That means Christmas parties, races and end of year celebrations are near. Going from one event to another can be overwhelming, so it’s important to be prepared with the right accessories and must-have products. I’ve listed out the essentials, my top picks for the festive season. HINT: They also make great gift ideas and stocking stuffers! Blister Balm If you’re worried about getting a blister from your new heels, Blister Balm might be your...

The wedding series: Destination wedding tips

Getting married? Did you know destination weddings can be a unforgettable, exotic and often cheaper option? With a Thailand wedding just six months away, I have collected a few tips and tricks along the way to make planning a breeze. Pick a place The first and most obvious thing you need is your destination! Choose a spot you’ve been to previously, or at least plan to go to prior to the big day. Going there is a good way to get...

Style Series: Summer Work Outfits

Get ready, it’s almost summer! Pack away the coats and monochrome ensembles and bring out the vibrant colours to flirt with beaming sunlight. If you haven’t done your spring clean yet, now is the time. De-clutter your wardrobe because summer dressing is all about comfort and easy-going style. Here are my go-to looks for the office. Monday Start your week with clarity, happiness  and creativity in yellow. Yellow has even been proven to increase mood and energy levels so it’s...

Too Faced Sweet Peach tutorial

The Sweet Peach palette has been a definite favourite of mine. Not only does it smell INCREDIBLE but the colours are super pigmented and blend like a dream.I bought the palette from Sephora and created this simple daytime makeup look, perfect for spring and summer. ENJOY!   Products used (in order): Modere primer with organic aloe Loreal True Match in 4.D/4.W Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light Real Techniques Face Brush Face of Australia Precision Brow Pencil in Taupe...

Product of the week: CoolXChange

Do you exercise, play sport or lift weights? Then you’ve probably experienced muscle soreness! To help you recover, my product of the week is the CoolXChange 2-in-1 Compression & Cooling Gel Bandage. When you hear the term R.I,C,E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) you probably think of an injury but did you know it’s an effective method for injury prevention as well as recovery? CoolXChange bandage assists with healing and prevention by reducing swelling and inflammation with cooling and compression therapy. Plus –...

DIY salon nails with Opallac

Do you want salon quality gel polish nails at home? If so, I have found my new manicure must have! Nail salons are expensive! However, normal polish just doesn’t always cut it – especially if your nails are prone to breaking and peeling. Getting regular nail extensions was adding to my nail breakage so I was a bit stuck. That is until I was contacted by Opallac to try their Gel Polish Kit. I’m not going to lie, I was...

Simple storage hacks to de-clutter your life

Storage – it’s the obsession no one understands until they experience it. I certainly could never comprehend how people can get so excited over plastic boxes and hidden draws until I became one of those people. I’ve literally been up past 2am carefully placing hair products into little white containers to the disgust of my fiancé. That was a Saturday night to remember. Now that I have my new obsession under control and my cupboards are a satisfying masterpiece, I...

Product of the week: The Knight Guard

Are you sharing a bed with a person who grinds their teeth in their sleep? Has someone told you that you do? Both of these scenarios can be extremely frustrating, damaging and cause you or your partner to lose sleep. I’ve definitely experienced both sides of this issue. As a former teeth grinder, I stopped after getting braces and receiving a nightly retainer.  When my partner started grinding his teeth, it never occurred to me that he could get help...

Lil and Emm talk fashion, friendship and Fashfest

Designers Sheree and Emma from Lil and Emm have endured the ups and downs of launching a swimwear line in Australia. But it was all worth it. The besties went to showcase their amazing swimwear collection at New York Fashion Week in 2016. Now, Canberra is treated to a brand new lingerie collection by the two Aussies which is revealed at Fashfest as part of the Miss Winks collection (read my interview with Miss Winks here!).  The lingerie collection is already...

My favourite looks from New York Fashion Week 2017

This September, New York Fashion Week demonstrated yet again that designers mean business. Collections range from raw and gothic to minimal and beachy. With an array of fashions, I picked out my favourite looks to keep an eye out for summer 2017/18. Zimmerman Nicky Zimmermann went back to her Gold Coast roots for this beach-boho collection. Lots of flowing fabrics, light prints and romantic embellishments. If this collection is a forecast for summer 2017/2018 in Australia  – I’m all for...

Interview with Miss Winks boutique

How do you feel when you think about lingerie? Do you feel sexy, excited or self-conscious and mortified? What if I was to tell you lingerie is made to make us ALL feel sexy, no matter the size or shape? To get the best tips on finding pieces to suit each body type I chatted to Annie, fashion stylist and owner of Miss Winks – a Canberra based boutique specialising in Australian brands of lingerie. These brands include Kat the label,...

Roast lamb in Cockburn’s port recipe

Looking for a mouth-watering lamb recipe? If you haven’t already drooled over my Father’s Day Instagram post (you’re welcome Dad!) you may be interested to know I discovered something delicious! This recipe is a new venture, as I cooked the lamb in Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage Port. As a lover of spices, herbs and lots of chilli in my dishes, this is something I’ve never tried before. But damn did I enjoy it! This delicious port gave the lamb a...

My skincare routine 2017

Never underestimate the importance of a good skincare routine. Ensuring your skin is well cleansed, nourished and moisturised slows down the process of ageing, keeps your skin healthy and hydrated. Not only does it make you healthy from the inside, a smooth and fresh base makes for great make up! Over the years I have tried and tested many products and fads but I can now confidently say that I’m super happy with my skin care routine. Every one is...

A chat with … Gabrielle Spencer Bridal

Canberra’s leading red carpet event is fast approaching. FASHFEST will once again return for three fashion-filled nights September 28-30. With six shows over three nights, Canberra can expect a variety of looks for all occasions. This year, having all my focus on my upcoming wedding I was particularly intrigued by the bridal collections. So, I caught up with Gabrielle from Gabrielle Spencer Bridal and asked her a few questions about her stunning gowns and her anticipated trends for 2018. What...

Wedding series: Flowers and destination weddings

Destination weddings are a hot trend! Aussies are jet-setting to exotic places like Bali, Thailand and Fiji to exchange vows and have a holiday with family and friends at the same time. With amazing hotels offering all-inclusive wedding packages, there’s often little work left to do. However, it’s a great opportunity to focus on all the finer, fun details like flowers and decoration! One important question is – Which flowers should you go with on your tropical wedding? This will...

Makeup to make your eyes pop

Looking for a way to make your eye colour pop? Finding a shade to match your eyes for every day or evening wear can be tough! Brown, blue, green, hazel, or grey eyes – whatever you’ve got –  find your most flattering colour with this Chic on the Run eyeshadow guide: Brown Eyes Brown is the most common eye colour which means you also have the most choice! The versatility of brown eyes means that most shades work but be...

Why you need a creative outlet

When was the last time you did something creative just for fun? With super busy lives at home and work, it seems impossible to just take time to get lost amongst your thoughts and imagination. When was the last time you took time to create, to paint, write or even play around with artistic photography? While it may seem like a waste of time, several studies have linked creativity to your mental and physical health.  And I can’t agree with...

Summer 2018 fashion forecast with The Luxe Link

Spring is nearly here! With just weeks of ‘winter’ to go,  it’s almost time to pack away the coats and cardigans. Shadowing the current styles from US and Europe, we’re in for a vibrant season. Plenty of florals, feminine silhouettes, off the shoulder cuts and comfortable t-shirt dresses clinged perfectly around the waist. Whilst Australia struggles to keep up with all the latest brands and availability of pieces there are now more options than ever to bypass these obstacles. One...

WIN a VIP experience with Lanson and Tina Arena!

Attention all champagne and music lovers! ARE YOU READY FOR A COMPETITION?!? Tina Arena is soon to be kicking off her Innocence to Understanding tour and Champagne Lanson is the perfect start to get the tour going. Tina has been part of the fabric of Australian music and pop culture for the past 40 years producing many unforgettable songs. She sold just as many albums in France as she has in Australia which is pretty impressive! Likewise, Champagne Lanson is...

My top 5 cheap travel sites

Travelling is expensive! But for many people (including myself) it’s simply a life necessity. But did you know there are a handful of travel sites for cheap flights that will save the day? Check these out next time you’re planning a trip! Jetabroad An award winning, Australian online travel agent! One of my favourite ways to book an international flight is to find the cheapest fare myself and head to Flight Centre who book your ticket and beat your price...

4 fun groomsmen proposal ideas

It’s a cute idea to ask your bridesmaids with a ‘proposal’ gift (link). But what about the groomsmen? Men deserve just as much love and attention so here are some creative ways to ask ‘Will you be my grooms-man?’ A card Simple and straight to the point is often the best. Purchase a pre-designed card and hand-write a meaningful message. There’s plenty of online stores, like Etsy, that sell these, with a huge range of designs and whitty quotes to...

What to wear to a concert

Concerts were once the go-to music, entertainment and fashion past time for teenagers of the 80’s and 90’s. While the number of concerts has probably increased due to the growing focus on pop culture, our fashion eyes have turned to festivals. Flower crowns, mesh body suits and relaxed hippy vibes. We understand the fundamentals of perfect festival attire – whether we choose to participate or not. Concerts on the other hand, don’t receive as much fashion attention as before. What ever happened to the patched denim vests, studded belts and...

How to ‘propose’ to your bridesmaids

You’ve found the man, you might even already found the dress. Is it your turn to pop the question and find your bridesmaids? You probably already know the ladies you plan to ask. Your best friend, the girl that’s been there from the start, sister or family members… there’s plenty of incredible women out there! Narrowing this list down is not an easy task but at the end of the day it’s important to stick to your gut and ask...

My top beauty hacks

Love a good beauty hack ? Check out my favourite tips and tricks below! Quickly get rid of under-eye bags If you are in a hurry and don’t want to go out with droopy eyes then teabags are the way to go. Moisten two tea bags in cold water and throw them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Then place them over your eyes and lie back and relax for about half an hour. Finish by washing your eyes and...

Europe’s hidden gems

Europe is a beautiful continent full of beautiful new places to discover. While many of us go and see the popular sights of Paris, Rome and Berlin the beauty often lies within hidden country towns and remote coastlines. If you’re planning a trip check out my top places to visit. I did the research so all you need to do is book a ticket, a van to sleep in and a couple of friends to keep you company as you...

2017 Fashion: Girls Weekend Outfit Ideas

Planning a big girls weekend? While the sun continues to shine, spend some time out and about with the ladies. I’ve put together three outfits, perfect for casual outings, day-time parties to evening escapades. Keep scrolling to see the weekend uniform and to shop the outfits for your own off-duty wardrobe! DENIM COOLCasual, comfy and cool. A denim jacket is perfect for a day out shopping and chilled out lunches. Style it with some comfy kicks, a cap, a crop and a...

Morning sesh: What’s in my gym bag? 

Do you struggle to find time for the gym? With work, family, hobbies and other commitments it’s easy to forget about your health. On the other hand, did you know that working out can really help you keep a mental balance between all the things going on in your life. So, it’s super important to find some ‘you time’. Before you cringe at the thought of trying out a morning sesh, hear me out. Working out first thing in the...

The ultimate foundation guide

Finding the right foundation for your skin is important for your overall look. Every skin tone, texture and composition is different so you may need to try a few products until you find the right one. When buying foundation, I usually look for a yellow tone based colour, medium to high coverage and long lasting wear. Because I frequently fake tan, my foundation colours can vary from light/medium to honey/beige. I also love my dewy, glowy foundations for day wear...

Single? Here’s 5 ways to have an awesome Valentine’s Day!

There are plenty of advantages of having a partner. You always have a plus one for a wedding and a date for Friday night pizza. Whilst I wouldn’t trade my partner in for anything, being single also has plenty of advantages. Making your own decisions without having to consult someone else, a never ending supply of girls nights, rom-coms and independence. If you’re single this Valentines Day, dedicate the day to the things you love. Whether it be friends, family or...

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Her

Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentines Day by gifting your partner something she won’t forget. I know us girls often say we don’t want anything but let’s be honest, it’s great to feel loved (insert hint here)… Here are my top picks for Valentines Day 2017: Homebodii robes and lingerie Make her feel glamorous, sexy and elegant with a stunning robe, pajamas or lingerie!  This collection is feminine and romantic and specialises in bridal and bridal party ensembles. Since I’m...

3 Day Breakfast + Lunch Meal Prep

If you’ve ever thought about starting to meal prep, there’s never been a better time than now! For the longest time – and I’m not even going to mention how long because it’s super embarrassing –  I’ve eaten the same old salad for lunch. For breakfast, I stuck to oats. I thought I was healthy but I never saw results. I felt bloated and never truely satisfied after a meal, often reaching for unhealthy snacks. In the last few weeks...

Fibre Lash Mascara Tutorial

I am SO obsessed with the Cherry Blooms Fiber Lash two-step mascara! ?  for a person who basically has no lashes this product is a god send as it applies delicate little fibres to create volume and length! Perfect for a quick makeup look for work. This one took me less than 5 minutes! Watch the video below and stay tuned for more tutorials.  ...

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for HIM

This year, treat your man to a Valentines Day gift he won’t forget. I’ve collected and tested a selection of beautiful (male-approved!) products that are a perfect gift idea! From techy gadgets to quality whisky there’s something here for every kind of guy. Read on and get inspired! Whisky For the suave guy that likes to drink quality spirits, grab him a bottle of delicious Whisky. My pick is Amfora’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky. Not only is this an extraordinary blend that’s...

My skincare routine

I am a self-confessed skincare addict. I tried everything from those peeling black-head masks to lemon juice on my freckles. I have been to every Priceline sale to buy the newest creams and cleansers and tried just about every ‘it’ product. While I’m constantly on the look out for the next big thing, I have some holy grail products that made a huge difference in my skin care routine. See below for some of my favourites!   1. Exfoliate I begin my weekly beauty...

Unique Valentine’s Day date ideas

With Valentine’s Day just three weeks away, it’s time to start planning your romantic evening! This year, forget dinner and a movie and do something unique! Here’s seven ideas to get you started: 1. Full-service picnic and ride Surprise your partner by packing a picnic and getting the bikes ready! It doesn’t have to be a big ride, just ride to a beautiful spot where you can cuddle up and watch the sunset. Take the extra step and pack a delicious picnic...

Fashion trends for 2017

Fashion changes fast. In 2016 we experienced the comeback of chockers, wide trousers and shoulderless tops. While this was a tonne of fun, it’s time to move on and see what the new year has in store! I am completely in denial thinking about autumn coming around but I also can’t help being excited! Every season brings us emerging trends and another reason to go shopping! As the sundresses and sandals come out of style, cosy fabrics and layers come...

My travel life savers

After my incredible holiday I learnt many new things about travelling. One in particular is the best things to pack. As we were travelling in winter, across many temperatures, packing all the essentials seemed a little daunting. From skiing Canada at -16 to bike riding in San Francisco in t-shirts the weather was all over the place! While I couldn’t predict exactly what I needed, here is a list of items that were lifesavers  during our trip. DIY toiletries bag  Travelling...

Travel blog: Our winter escape

Hello! Happy New Year everyone! After a five week break I am back and more excited than ever to continue writing and growing Chic on the Run. For me, holidays are extremely motivating and eye-opening and my trip to Canada and USA was no different! Me and my partner decided that it was about time to have a white Christmas and whilst we didn’t get actual snow on Christmas Day, there wasn’t a shortage of fun in a white wonderland! Arriving into...