There is a day Australia remembers called Ash Wednesday. In 1983, 47 Victorians lost their lives due to bushfires. This weekend, Australia has a new and very sad memory – Black Saturday. I wrote last week that Victoria was having a heatwave. Saturday was the hottest day for Victoria on record. It also has led to one of the biggest tragedies Australia has seen. Massive bushfires covered the state and at last count over 750 homes have been lost and 128 people confirmed dead. Entire towns such as Kinglake and the beautiful historic Marysville have been wiped out. The count is still just beginning (many areas are still under threat or are too unsafe to access) and the true toll of the fires will not be realised for days. If you would like to donate to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal you can visit the Red Cross website (be patient, the site is getting overloaded) here. If you’re in Australia you can also give blood. For mores ways to help visit the ABC Website. On Twitter, 774melbourne is providing live updates. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Normal posting will resume tomorrow.
Photo by Cliff Mautner
It’s Saturday! I’m inside braving another heatwave so I thought I’d spill the beans on my new favourite skincare range! I’m a bit of a natural skincare girl- I have fun with makeup but like to put natural products on my skin.
I recently trialled some products from New Zealand skincare company Trilogy (who I interviewed last year) started by sisters Sarah and Catherine. There are so many tips on skincare on the lead up to your wedding- don’t tan the day before, don’t get your first facial the week before, manicures, pedicures, waxing and don’t forget to colour your roots!
But apart from the don’ts and the “visit a salon constantly so you look all glowy” there aren’t many tips on how to just look great!
Enter The Everything Balm! I have been through three tubs since I first tried this because nothing else is simply as good on my skin as this product! After a long and cold Australian winter my skin needed nourishment before I braved summer (and after Melbourne’s recent heatwave it needs nourishment from the air conditioning!). I use this product everyday!
Trilogy Everything Balm is a multi functional product designed to act as a
- Body moisturiser
- Cuticle treatment
- Massage oil
- Hair treatment
- After sun care
- Baby moisturiser
- Frizz buster
- Lip balm
- Eyebrow tamer
It contains all the good stuff too- Marula Oil, Rosehip Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Honey and Vitamin E. The tub comes in two sizes 95ml and 45ml. It comes with a little spatula to ensure you can keep your stash clean and is packed in a sweet little bag too, so it’s easy to take away with you!
I also tried out Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil. I’ve been using rosehip oil for a few years (it’s fantastic for scars, damaged skin, wrinkles and aging skin. Trilogy’s rosehip oil is certified organic (most of the Trilogy range is built on organic and sustainable principles) and the Trilogy oil is my favourite choice, It’s easy to apply with a dropper and sinks into the skin quickly.
Trilogy products are free of mineral oils and synthetics and are not animal tested. The company itself is the first carbon neutral skincare company in New Zealand, use eco friendly packaging, fair trade supplies and are committed to being environmentally friendly. It also means you get the best ingredients in the products which go directly on your skin!
You can find Trilogy stockists on their website.
What skincare products are you in love with?
Parts of Australia are in the middle of the hottest heatwave in 100 years right now so I can’t help thinking of more ideas to keep guests cool at summer weddings. I wrote 10 Tips To Keep Guests Cool in 2007
- Provide icy cold drinks for guests
- Give guests a parasol
- Hire a slushee machine
- Provide thongs (flip flops)
- Make fan shaped ceremony programs
- Serve mini icecreams
- Create shaded lounge areas
- Serve seafood on ice
- Serve ice cold fruit
- Have a sunset wedding
Here are a few more ideas!
Make icy cold iceblocks out of fruit.
Having a yellow wedding? Or perhaps your wedding has cherries everywhere? How about making gourmet ice blocks (popsicles) for guests? Pineapple mixed with coconut juice and lime is delicious.
Scout around for mini tubes of sunscreen. Some companies even provide personalisation! Place in baskets for guests to use. If you’re the bride don’t forget to put sunscreen on yourself!
Provide shade for guests
Photo from Brides
It sound’s obvious but it so often forgotten. if you’re marrying outdoors and the temperature is set to soar, provide shade for your guests! Use market umbrellas to shelter all of your guests or consider moving the ceremony to underneath a beautiful tree.
Compress The Cool
One of the best ways to cool down is to apply a cold compress to your neck and wrists. Pack eskys full of ice and full of cold compresses for guests to quickly and easily cool down. Once they’re done they can place them back to refreeze ready for more guests. Another alternative to this is to provide small towels soaked in herb infused icy water.
If you’re planning on bathroom baskets, include lots of blotting paper in the restrooms. Guests will want to get rid of their sweaty shine! You could also provide tissue pouches to guests to help them keep dry.
Fan It Away
Fan by Angels Dreaming
I already wrote about making your programs fans to help guests, but if you’d like something gorgeous that would double as a favor, consider beautiful fans made from bamboo, rattan or other materials that are a little more of a keepsake for guests.
Although the noise isn’t ideal (nor are they overly attractive!) consider using electric fans and misters if the weather is incredibly warm. The movement of air will help guests maintain a cool temperature. Do ensure your reception venue has working air conditioning too.
How are you keeping cool at your summer wedding?