Month: August 2016

5 Tips For The Career Woman In Her 30s


There’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am that I have a job that I absolutely love. I often wonder how many people can actually say they love their job. Maybe forty percent, twenty percent? It cant be that high right? Not only do I love my job but I equally love the amazing team of people I get to work with each day! Again, another thing I wonder about. There cant be many people who can honestly say they love every single one of their work mates. So the odds of having a job you love AND a team of people you love working with, are probably pretty small! Well thats me. Im in that little percentage of people who have both….wow.

In saying that, when I look back over the years there have been many bumps in the road, sessions in HR, new bosses, old bosses, woman drama, insecurities, fears to overcome and being thrown in the deep end, that culminated to pave the path that got me here. Each of these pavers have contributed to my career in their own way and I often look back and think about how my path may have been without them. I didn’t always make the best decisions in my previous jobs, but in this job I really think I have. So here are a few of my learning’s and things to think about.

Get a mentor. One of the most valuable people in the lasts few years of my career has been my mentor. I don’t rely on him quite as much as I did in in my first year, but the advice and tools he gave me I still use everyday. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone to mentor you. In many cases it will actually help build and develop their career just as much as it does yours. Be selective with who you choose. Try not to approach the easiest person or someone you already have a relationship with. Look for someone who can offer a breadth of advice, knowledge and insight into the wider business and someone who is not only well connected within the company, but also the industry. Build respect and a strong relationship with your mentor. Play your cards right and you can eventually piggy back off the respect they have built for themselves.

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Don’t be a kiss ass: Yeah yeah …. it could get you somewhere in the short term but not in the long term, and not without the risk of pissing people off along the way. You need a close team of people around you, contributing insight, support and sharing their knowledge so don’t sabotage it. Its not worth risking that foundation to skip a few steps. My motto has always been to put your head down, work hard, and those who you want to notice, will.

I have heard of people applying for other jobs to use as negotiating power. I’m not really a big fan of this and I honestly don’t believe that companies respond to this tactic. It could come across as a threat and no one responds well to a threat! I have been with my company for 3.5 years and have never asked for a promotion or a pay rise, its come unexpectedly and probably when I deserved it. I know every job is different, so this may not apply to everyone, but this is just my story and advice I based off it.

Its ok to challenge…. your peers, management and especially clients. That’s what we are there for right? The best ideas are usually ones that are outside of the box, challenge the norm and are risky. So don’t be afraid to stand up and question, but do it in the right way. Collaborate, and acknowledge the thinking behind what you are challenging so its received in a productive way.

Stick through the hard times. This is something that my mentor always told me. Stick it out and learn from every hurdle or hard time, you will reap the rewards when you need them. It’s a bit like relationships, where every heartbreak makes you stronger, in your career ever hurdle or challenge just adds to your experience, preparing you for the next hurdle which is likely to be harder than the previous one. So stick it out. Don’t think of it as a barrier, think of it as lesson, a test, an experience, that has its own role to play in your career.

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Say yes to every opportunity! Industry events, invites out with work colleagues, guest speaking opportunities and or to be part of a committee. I have always been so uncomfortable going to events where I didn’t know anyone, but since I’ve been single I’ve found myself really enjoying it. Every event I’ve attended alone I have walked away with new friends, new industry leads and Instagram accounts to follow.

There have been a few campaigns executed off the back of an idea or lead made during an event. Networking always has been, and always will be, key to a successful career so get amongst it. Who cares if you stand awkwardly at the door alone for the first few minutes, I still do.

What are your tips career tips?


Why Ive Chosen Natural Skincare


I am half way through my natural skin care month and it has been amazing, I wish I had started this earlier! The most noticeable change has been with my pores. They actually look and feel smaller. My skin went from looking dry and dull to moist and glowing. It’s only been a few weeks and I’m sure it sounds over exaggerated but people have actually noticed the change, so I know it’s not just me

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been feeling really unhappy with my skin and I knew I needed to try something new. I have a healthy balanced diet; I drink loads of water and get more than enough sleep so trying a natural based skincare regime was next on the list, to try beat this problem

My usual skincare regime pretty much consisted of any products that were on special at the supermarket, so there really was no consistency or thought in it at all. All the products I am using this month are products I have used and loved before, I just hadn’t used them exclusively with other natural based products. I couldn’t be happier with my choices, so here they are in all their natural beauty!



I try to support New Zealand business as much as I can and the natural based, organic, super lush products that come out of the Skinfood door make it very hard not to!

There are three main products that I just have to share first, their mud mask, coconut oil and exfoliator. I have tried so many facemasks but what I love about this one is its rich, thick and creamy. Its dries fairly quickly but I like to leave it on for about 20 minutes. Once washed off my skin is beyond soft, I cant stop touching it!

Coconut oil is actually one of the reasons I wanted to go natural. As I previously mentioned, my mum uses coconut oil every night and swears by it. After cleansing my skin I massage a few drops of their coconut oil on my face and rub into my lips. I have always had really dry lips and I am finding the oil much more effective than lip balm. I then rub in the leftover oil from my hands into the cuticles of my nails.

The exfoliator is honestly the best exfoliator I have tried. I have two exfoliators sitting in my bathroom that I just don’t use because when I apply it to my face and start to circulate with my fingers, I can’t feel any exfoliation happening, as there are so few grains! The Skinfood exfoliator actually exfoliators the skin easily, I love it!



Because I have issues with my skin, having a full coverage foundation that lasts is a must. I had this idea that natural based foundation wouldn’t give me the coverage I needed; I imagined it to be light without lasting the full day. Well that certainty is not the case when it comes to the Inika foundation. I have met my match; a natural, organic foundation that has better coverage than any foundation I have used before and lasts the full day.

Something that irritated me with my last foundation was my mascara would run under my eyes during the day. I tried using compressed or setting powder under my eye in hopes that this would help, but it just dried up the skin and my mascara would still run. I have absolutely no run now that I am using Inika! It also smells so fresh, I can smell it during the day, its amazing.

When selecting my foundation colour I realised I was right in the middle of two shades. So I got both, unknowingly solving one of my most annoying make up problems! I am an avid fake tanner, I go through shades of tan depending on the day of the week. So on tan day one my foundation matches my neck perfectly, but when it starts to fade I have to wear a scarf to work to cover up my white neck and hide the ridiculous mis-match between my face a neck. Now that I have two shades, I can blend the two to make the perfect match depending on my tan, brilliant!

I use their primer before applying the foundation. It helps even out my skin, the foundation lasts longer and it keeps my skin moist and feeling fresh under my make up. I am also using their bronzer, which is a loose powder with a slight shimmer that goes on flawlessly. I bought their vegan blush brush to apply the bronzer. I love how soft it is to the face and that it allows me to lightly apply the bronzer and control the application easily.


Eco Tan:

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I have always been the one at the beach that sits firmly under my parasoul umbrella. I never lay out in the sun as I refuse to be leather back jack when I am older and my health is way to important to me to take a risk with skin cancer. So I am a proud fake tanner.

I regularly use body tan on my face even though I knew it wouldn’t be the best for my skin. So I was immediately intrigued when I saw Eco Tans Face Tan Water appear in my Instagram feed, I just had to give it a go! They are all about clean and green beauty so it was an easy decision to switch to their products. After cleansing my skin I literally splash this on with my fingers and blend into my neck. I first applied this at night time before I went to bed and when I woke up my face was an even bronze colour, no streaks, no orange or yellow, just a gorgeous island tan! In addition to this, the Face Tan Water is anti aging and anti acne….. the dream.

Before & After one application

For my body I am using their Cacao Firming Mousse. Again, not just a tan! Made with coffee, blood orange, ginger and mandarin it helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. I really like using mousse as it tends to last longer and is easier to apply. I find that tan tends to develop on my skin better over night. So I apply before going to bed then wash off in the morning. It wasn’t orange, streaky or fake looking and developed into a gorgeous deep tan…. as you will see above!!



Ahhhh Trilogy I Love You!!! I think many can agree here. Hitting 30 you naturally start thinking about those anti aging products. I switched to the anti aging Eco Tan Water and now Im looking into other anti aging natural based products I can incorporate into my skin care regime. I have found Trilogys Eye Contour Cream which I apply in the morning and at night to help smooth and firm the eye area. With my busy lifestyle I feel this is the area that wears it the most so using the best products here is a must!

I am also using their Shampoo and Conditioner so I am natural based from head to toe! The Shampoo leaves my hair squeaky clean which is sometimes quite hard with the length of my hair, so this is a major selling point for me. I think I mentioned this earlier but in conjunction with their Botanical body wash I leave the shower smelling and feeling like I just left the Day Spa, worth every cent!

Their blemish control gel has been my regular for about a month now. This lives on my chin area every night and helps to stop blemishes before they appear, sometimes Im quick enough! I also just bought their face cleanser which I am yet to try so will include that in my next blog post.


Day One Shots:

Here are my dreaded day one shots, as you can see I have large pores, imperfections and little blemishes. Two weeks in and I already feel my skin has changed so I cant wait to share some comparison shots after 4 weeks!!



I am absolutely thrilled with how my natural based skincare regime is going so far. Check back in for more updates on my changes.

Holly xxx

How To Stay Connected With Your Friends In Your Thirties

The last year has by far been one of the most valuable years of my life. I have learnt and grown so much, both in my personal life and in my career and I am so thankful for events that have lead me here. I have never been stronger, more independent or content with who I am and where I want to be and I feel like the past year has shaped me into the person I needed to be for my next chapter.

Most importantly I have learnt to be a better friend. We can all relate, when you get into a relationship you can quickly find yourself quite isolated from friendships that were once your everything. I have really taken a step back and realised how lucky I am to have such incredible friends. I am literally surrounded with the strongest, supportive and most stunningly beautiful woman and without them my life would be so empty.

It got me thinking, why do we place so much emphasis on having to get engaged and married to a guy? Really its our friends that we should be celebrating and committing to in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer. Realistically, you don’t divorce your friends, they are there through thick and thin and are the ones picking up the pieces when a relationships don’t work out.

So this year my friends have been my front and centre. They are all so different but here are a few easy ways I have maintained and enjoyed each one…



Distance is not an excuse!

Two of my best friends live overseas and its so hard to be so far away from them but with the likes of Whatsapp and Facetime we are still just as close and connected as ever. I call my bestie Jane during the week at 5:30pm Melbourne time while she walks home from work and I am cooking dinner. Its my favourite time of day as we share work stories, boy stories and general gossip from across the ditch. She knows absolutely everything about me and has been one of the easiest and most natural friendships to maintain, distance hasn’t remotely affected us.

Sami lives in London so the time difference is a bit hard, but in the weekends I wake up early and I love lying in bed on a Saturday morning and talking to her while she gets ready for her Friday night out. We Facetime so I can see all the pretty lights of London while she is on route to the bar or friends house, kinda feels like I am there with her. So make the most of all the apps available, gone are the days of high international calling rates so there is no excuse! Don’t let your long distance friendships fade.


Get creative with how and when you catch up.

My darling Esta has been my everything this year. With Jane and Sami overseas, this little love bug has filled as much of their empty space as humanly possible. Her constant words/emojis of wisdom regularly come through my DMs, making my day that much better. We try to see each other once a week. My favourite is parking up by the museum and watching the sunset, closely followed by some of the most lit nights out in the club like we are 20 again. Catching up with friends doesn’t have to be expensive dinners or coffee and cake, be creative, go for a drive, park up somewhere pretty … all you need is each others company anyway.




Get out of the house and date your room mate/bestie!

I live with Sophie who I have been friends with for over 10 years. We met randomly at a party and hit to off immediately and now we live together. Its so easy when you live with a friend to use your home time as time to catch up. But after work on a Friday at 6pm, Soph and I meet at our local bar and gossip as if we haven’t seen each other in years, I love it. Its kinda like I meet my friend Sophie at the bar then go home and hang with my room mate Sophie! If you live with your friends, make time outside of the house to catch up so you can keep the friendship special.



Lock in a tv or movie night each week

Kieran is literally the male version of me and our time together is pretty much spent catching up on our favourite reality shows and dissecting the lives of the cast members. He has recently moved over to the shore, so we take turns driving to each others house on a Friday or Saturday, its the best night in! So invite the girls round to watch movies on a Friday night or if there is a TV series on like The Bachelor, rotate nights to watch at each others house together…. easy!


Don’t blame the kids!

Find it difficult to maintain the same relationship with your friends once they have kids? Trust me, they want to see you as much as you want to see them! Again, find easy ways to catch up with them that doesn’t take away time from their children and family. My friend Amber and I catch up on our way home from work. Its give us 20mins or so before she picks up her son and begins the nightly baby routine. Sometimes Ill pop over after work once he’s asleep and we have a quick hour catch up while he is sleeping.


Give them a special symbol of your love and commitment

I have really made an effort to acknowledge and appreciate my friends this year and its made me realise how their friendships will also be equally if not more important than any romantic relationship. 

So having recently partnered with Michael Hill Jeweler I decided I wanted to start celebrating my friendships and focus on my commitment to them. Starting with my best friend Jane, by giving her something that represents how much she means to me and how committed I am to her through sickness and in health, richer or more commonly poorer (he he he).



We each have a song that reminds us of each other. Mine is ‘All That’ by The Game and hers is ‘By My Side’ by Sade. I chose two gold bar necklaces which I engraved with each others songs. Now we both have a symbol of our friendship close to our hearts and wear them everyday. Over the next few years I want to give all my friends something special, a commitment to be there, support, motivate, value and continue to love them till ‘death do us part’.

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Celebrate your friendships, these are forever and deserve your commitment. Browse through the endless range of amazing pieces at Michael Hill, they have so many gorgeous things you will be sure to find something unique, that symbolising what your friends mean to you. Here are a few that will soon show up on my friends, I hope these inspire you to do the same!


True friendship is when friends can walk in opposite directions and remain side by side.I have so many more beautiful friends that will show up in my blog posts over the next few months, this is just a start.


My Favourite Natural Skincare Products For Spring



Hello Spring! The season for change and the perfect time to try a natural skincare regime! If you haven’t used natural products before, start with a trial month and see how your skin feels. I’ve been using natural skincare products for a month now, literally head to toe, and I’m weirdly addicted… to the point where I gave away all my products that weren’t natural!

I had planned to post my natural skincare four week update, but with all the work events and activities over the last ten days, I literally had no time with the natural day light to take any decent pics, so this is coming this weekend!

Since it is now officially spring, I thought it would be a great time to share some new natural skincare products Im loving from Trilogy, Saver, Adashiko and EcoTan.




I fell in love with Saver as soon as I saw their packaging. I knew I had to try it if the actually product was as luxurious as it looked on the outside! It was every bit as lush as I had hoped. I need a good face wash that lathers on and ensures that every last spot of make up is well and truly gone. Savar does just that. It smells divine and leaves my skin feeling nourished and alive. Its ingredients include organic cucumber which hydrates and tones, manuka honey which protects and promotes heathy skin, and lemon which softens, cleanses and brightens. Savar you really are doing NZ proud with this one. Keep posed for more form Savar on the blog in the next week!




I was lucky enough to be invited to the most exquisite lunch at Cibo last week to celebrate the launch of Trilogy’s new spring collection. I will be sharing this range in further detail soon, along with all the gorgeous photos of the day but for now I wanted to share their new Rosapene Radiance Serum as if never used anything like it!  It’s a lightweight serum that glides on and has a silky smooth texture. What I love about this serum is that it is lightweight enough to go under make up, at night under an oil or just on its own. It promotes a glowing complexion (exactly what every woman in their thirties needs) with Rosapene, Sea Algae and Aloe Vera. The Rosapene, Trilogy’s unique antioxidant complex, helps to repair skin and protect against radical damage, Sea Algae combines to fight the effects of environmental pollution (perfect for us inner city lovers) and Aloe Vera which maintains the moisture balance while soothing the skin. This is just a snippet of the power of this serum so for more details I urge you to have a browse through their site!




I had absolutely NO idea that I could so easily add collagen to my coffee, cereal or sprinkle on my salad. But this is exactly what I have been doing everyday now for just over a week. Im now in my early thirties, so any product that could add a few more botox free years on for me I am 100% in on!

Adashiko peptide collagen is manufactured in Japan (the home of flawless youthful skin) and is 100% natural. There are so many benefits to taking Adashiko daily, it supports lean muscle gain, muscle tone, joint rebuilding, thicker healthier hair and nails, strengthens bones joints and cartilage, heals the gut and reduces inflammation .. I mean the list goes on and on … BUT the number ones, the “heavy hitters” and why we are all here, is Adashikos benefits to our face! Firmer, smoother, subtle and younger looking skin reducing fine lines and wrinkles! Why thank you Adashiko, I very much look forward to this. I have read all their testimonials with customers and look forward to sharing mine too.




My mum has always  worried about blocking up my sweat glands with deodorants when I was younger, she wouldn’t even buy me one that had scent! So Im off to Singapore next week to visit her and I know exactly whats on the list of pressies for her! Eco Tan have released their organic, coconut deodorant with no aluminium and no parabens. Its 100% natural allowing your body to release the toxins, as it should, while smelling like fresh coconut! I love that it rolls on so easily, with my old deodorant it was powdery and difficult to roll on. This doesn’t feel gluggy, its fresh, clean and light. Eco Tan on their winning streak again!

If you are thinking of trying a natural skincare regime, spring is the perfect time to get started! Summers is just around the corner and no doubt we will all be in the ocean or poolside make up free, so we want our skin to be glowing right!

Ill be giving away a few trial packs on my Instagram next week too so keep an eye out!

Holly xxx

A Date Night in Auckland …

I absolutely love Ponsonby, I could easily never leave my burb. With all the new cafes, restaurants, bars and pop-ups offering new and unique experiences, I’m honestly struggling to keep up! If you are planning a date this weekend whether it be a new one, or with your hubby, then I can confidently say that the following will be a unique dating experience:

The Gypsy Caravan

I have always loved the pop up dining experience offered at The Street Food Collective. The latest reno has seen the area transform into the magical ‘Gypsy Caravan’. Offering something new to the area with their  Greek Gyros, pink lanterns, beaded walls and deliciously unique cocktails it’s an easy relaxed environment with a magical twist.

The classic caravan bar is still the feature and is looking very much part of the look and feel. Their cocktails are possibly my favourite in Ponsonsby and their drink specials are incredible! On Thursdays they have $20 sharing cocktails, on Fridays if you buy a bottle of Mumm they will upgrade you to a magnum for free, ummmm the cost per drink on that deal!! And on Saturdays, buy a cocktail they will shout you the next one. Possibly the best drink specials in the area.

Gypsy Caravan is my new favourite and offers a completely new and unique dining experience …. an absolute must! Oh you must must must try the flaming cheese dish its incredible!



My switch to natural skincare

My mum has been trying to get me to use more natural based skin care products for years. I must admit her skin is flawless and always glowing so her regime must be working. Mum uses a natural bar soap that she buys from an Indian woman in Kuala Lumpur who makes them herself using natural plants and ingredients (mum lives in Singapore). She washes her face until its “squeeky clean”, a vital part of the process. She then rinses with water, dabs dry and applies organic cold pressed coconut oil. She sent me a supply of her products to try a year ago but I struggled with smelling like baking (coconut reminds me of mums baking when I was a kid) so it was just a bit weird.

So I have finally agreed to meet her half way and switch up my complete skin care regime for natural based products. I have been increasingly unhappy with my skin lately. I have a healthy, relatively clean diet and I rarely shop down the aisle of the supermarket. I stick to the vege aisle which wraps into the meat section, dairy section and then I’m out the door. BUT it doesn’t show on my face. So I’m wondering if natural based skin care products is kinda like shopping out of the aisles? Many woman in their thirties have issue with their skin and I know between my group of girls, this is a common complaint and frustration.

So, for the month of August I will be swapping out my current make up, skin care, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and even fake tan and replacing them with a range of natural based products. I’m excited to see what the changes are and if I notice any positive changes in my skins complexion given I’ve been using my current products for years!

I have chosen to use a range of selected products over the month including Inika Make Up, Skinfood, Trilogy and Eco Tan which I will review and share with you as I go. All are products I love and have used over the years so Im excited to give them some exclusivity on my face for the next four weeks. Come on guys… me what you got so I can keep you on!

I am so excited to show you all the yummy goodies Ill be using from Skinfood, the beautiful oils and cleansers smell incredible. I started off this morning (day one) with their mud mask, it was divine! Their soaps are absolutely gorgeous too:


I must admit, changing make up brands is scary. Its taken me years to find the right products, coverage, colour and texture and now to completely change it all up … eeek! I walked into work worried that maybe I looked a little funny, that people would notice, but all I had were compliments on how good I looked! My make up bag has down sized by half and I love that, keeping it simple. Ill share all these Inikia products soon, but I  can tell you I am already in love.

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Everyone knows I am a self-confessed tan-a-holic! I have tried them all folks. Eco Tan has always been up there as one of my favs, so when I saw they had launched the new Cacao Firming Mousse and Face Tan Water I knew these absolutely had to be a part of my month. I am dying to try these tonight and will soon share my review and some before and after pics so you can see for yourself.

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I’ve always been a fan of Trilogy and have been using the Blemish Gel in excess over the last few months! I’ve decided to try their shampoo, conditioner and body wash this month and I am in love already and its only day one!


I am excited to see how my skin feels week after week with the natural switch. Ill share all the products I have chosen to use and how they feel on my skin in my up coming posts so be sure to check back in!

Hello natural … I love you already!