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Super Fast and Easy Makeup routine

Super Fast and Easy Makeup routine

A full face with nine products.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already noticed I don’t wear a lot of make-up.

I actually love make-up, and really enjoy sitting in the chair and having someone else do my face. I even own a fair bit, but I don’t spend a lot of time making myself up. Most days I might just put on some sunscreen and a powder to get rid of the shine, but occasionally I’ll throw a bit more on, especially if we’re going out somewhere special.

My husband says one of his favourite things about me is how quickly I can get ready. If we’ve only got a few minutes to get ready, I can always throw something on, do my hair and make-up and be out the door in under 20 minutes.

This week I was having a High Tea with some other Aussie expats in Palm Beach, so I thought I’d make a quick video of the products I use to get that minimalist, natural look that works so well down here in South Florida. If you put too much on, it will all melt in this humidity anyway.

This routine works really well for me when I travel too. I can carry a tiny cosmetic case, and some of these items do double duty. I you like to travel carry on only, and want to spend more time sightseeing and less time in front of the bathroom mirror, then this is a good one for you. I think I actually got most of these items in Duty Free too.

Hope you enjoy.

Here’s all the products I used.

La Mer Sunscreen
La Mer Foundation
Naked Concealer
Benefit Gimme Brow
Guerlain Terracotta I got this in Duty Free, but Sephora might also stock it.
Lancome Definils
Mineral Fusion powder suncreen
Guerlain lipstick

Wardrobe Staple – White Linen

Wardrobe Staple – White Linen

White linen. Is there anywhere that it looks out of place? You need a few white linen pieces in your wardrobe. I could have my entire capsule wardrobe with just white linen, and add in some colorful accessories. It’s soft, comfortable, and is effortlessly elegant. It always looks classy. You can wear it in Palm Beach, Italy, Sydney, India or Bermuda and everywhere in between. It never goes out of style and you’ll never look back at holiday snaps and ask yourself “what was I wearing?” I’ve got shorts, pants, shirts and dresses that I take everywhere. They match everything, and they’re great for hot places because they breathe, and you can hand wash and they’ll dry quickly in a breeze. This cute @islandcompany dress kept me cool and effortlessly chic for both sightseeing and going out to dinner in Bermuda. Well, it’s actually a tunic, but on petites like me, it’s a full dress. 👍🏽 . . #shrimpwears #islandcompany #whitelinen #resortwear #islandstyle #travelwardrobe #capsulewardrobe

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Yep, white linen is one of my favourite things. When I eventually create my own line, the first collection will be an all linen capsule, with all the essential pieces; shorts, pants, shirt, skirt, shift and blazer. You can then mix and match a few other pieces, and have the perfect summer wardrobe.

Some people are afraid of linen, because it wrinkles so easily, but honestly, that’s part of my love for it. I love that crushed look, just like I love eating messy tacos that leave stuff everywhere.

It’s classic, timeless, and always looks classy. When you see a man or woman in linen, you imagine they must travel to exotic locations, and probably spend time on a yacht. There’s just something old money about it.

I find my white linen shorts are probably one of my most worn items. They go with everything, they wash easily, and they just work. They’re also super comfy. Here’s a selection of pictures to show how versatile they are. Go classic nautical in white and navy, go all white, or add a splash of color. The really are the workhorse of my wardrobe.

Not into shorts? How about white linen pants. These are everywhere at the beginning on spring, and whether you prefer a baggy pair or something more structured, they are the quintessential linen item. If you only own one linen piece, this is probably it.

Tommy Bahama white linen pants and one piece swimsuit

I think a white linen shirt is also a must have. Above I let my bottom half be my neutral, but if you want to be a bit more festive on the bottom, or just want to look super crisp, a linen button down shirt is always a winner.

Linen dresses are comfy, flowy and effortlessly elegant. They go from pool side pina coladas to martinis at the yacht club. Whether you prefer a caftan, a button down dress, or just something breezy, you’ll always look fabulous.

Sometimes wearing white on white linen can make you look like you’re in a cult, so don’t go too bohemian with it, or talk to yourself….

One last pic, because I really do love the white and navy look. I guess it goes with me living on a boat.

Lilly Pulitzer Tunic and navy Lilly shorts

So now that the weather is getting warmer, have a look at linen.

Besides being beautiful, here a few fun internet facts for you.


“In hot weather those dressed in linen clothes are found to show the skin temperature 3°-4°C below that of their silk or cotton-wearing friends”. According to some studies, a person wearing linen clothes perspires 1.5 times less than when dressed in cotton clothes and twice less than when dressed in viscose clothes.”

Linen is a “stiff” fabric and is less likely to cling to the skin; when it billows away, it quickly dries out and becomes cool again. Summer clothes made of linen possess high air permeability, which allows air to flow through the fabric easily and allows the body to breathe.

Woven from the stems of flax, a vegetable fiber. Has twice the strength of cotton. Absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, thus allowing the fabric to “breathe”. Linen is one of the most breathable fabrics, making it especially cool and comfortable to wear in the heat.

Looking for some of your own pieces?
Try these: Amazon is so easy because you can order in your PJ’s late at night, they deliver to your door, and if they don’t fit, you can send them back. No weird fitting room lights!



Anatomie Summer Sale

Anatomie Summer Sale

Get 20% off Anatomie

Anatomie is having a 20% of summer sale. I got an email from them this morning about a sale on their clothing, which was funny, because my Facebook memory today was of our trip to Europe last year, where I packed almost all Anatomie clothes for my trip.

anatomie sale

Last year while on a trip to Miami, I went to the Anatomie warehouse store, and got to see ALL of their clothes. The place was pretty amazing. While they’re not petite specific, they did have a lot of petite friendly items. They also had a seamstress at that store, so that if you found a pair of pants you liked, they would hem them right there to make them fit properly. Now that’s customer service! I wanted a capsule wardrobe for Europe, because I was carrying a backpack only. I got two pair of pants, the Kate Skinny Cargo in Navy and the Andrea Contrast Panel Legging.  Neither one needed hemming for me. The leggings were so comfortable for the plane ride, but still looked dressy enough while sitting in Business class and the lounges.

I got three tops, all in white. The Trina, a Bailey Jacket and a blossom top, which is long lace mesh sleeves. Even though it was going to be hot, a lot of places we were going to be visiting required sleeves. The mesh is great, because you’re covered, but can stay cool.

Trina Racerback Tank and Bailey Mesh Jacket over top.
Trina Racerback Tank and Bailey Mesh Jacket over top in Tuscany, Italy.
Trina Racerback Tank in Santorini
Trina Racerback Tank in Santorini
Andrea Contrast Pants in Italy
Andrea Contrast Pants at the Colosseum.
Kate Skinny Cargo Pants in Germany
Kate Skinny Cargo Pants in Germany

The pants could be hand washed in a hotel sink and hung up at night, and we dry the next morning. Same with the tops. The mesh jacket dries in about an hour!

Great for travel. Call and ask them which are the more petite friendly styles. They’ve got great customer service.