Green and Gold Leaf Earrings – a Collaboration With a Good Friend.

Recently I have had the pleasure to collaborate with Hughsie Sisters to design a pair of clay dangle earrings! This particular collaboration is a special one as the founder and creator of Hughsie Sisters is actually a close friend of mine, Nicole Hughes.


How did we meet?

I worked with Nicole during her time here in Melbourne, but she is now back in her hometown Toronto and running this business with her sister April Hughes.

What made you decide to collaborate?

We actually started our creative projects on Instagram at exactly the same time, and this was not planned either! We thought this would be a great opportunity to do something creative together, have fun and support each other’s work.


Tell me more about the earrings!

They are dangles and are handcrafted and made from clay. This particular pair, which I received below are clip-ons because I actually don’t have my ears pierced (of course this design is also available with the normal backing as well). The design is a blend of light green and a darker green, topped with gold leafing and a matching gold backing. Oh and we named it Carma!

What was the thinking behind the design?

We picked the colour green to use as a base because my name is Jade and we thought this would be quite fitting! To make it more unique, we decided to blend 2 different shades of green and adding gold leafing was a fun way to make them look more glam!


Why the name Carma?

It is a blend of my middle name Carmen and the word ‘karma’ – karma because Nicole, April and I are believers that good things will come if you have good intentions and we are all quite spiritual as well so thought it’d be fun to incorporate this aspect into the name!


Earrings Hughsie Sisters | Necklace Lovisa | Green blouse Dotti | Wide leg pants Glassons | Block heels SPURR Claudia Block Heels from The Iconic

Where can I go to check out other Hughsie Sisters earrings?

Hughsie Sisters – let a sister know.

This collaboration meant a lot to us. Nicole and I have both put in hard work into what we are passionate about and there certainly have been challenges while pursuing our creative projects. But we are learning that no matter what challenges you go through in life, the universe has your back and things will work out.

Always make time to explore your creativity and remember to trust in your ability to create the best life that you can live.

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My Top Skincare Products.


My skin type: Combination

If there’s one thing I’m willing to invest in, it’s skincare. Growing up, I gradually learnt that if I didn’t look after my skin, it didn’t matter how much makeup I used, I couldn’t hide unhealthy skin.

Although I love finding products I can stick to, I do also like testing and trying new things – there is so much variety out there and different brands. I thought it’d be fun to share with you my favourite skin care products at the moment and best finds.

At the moment, here are my top picks:


Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I remember hearing a lot of people raving about Garnier’s Micellar Water, so naturally, I had to try this out for myself, and I’m so glad I did! All I do is add a few drops onto a cotton pad and gently wipe the product across my face – it leaves my face feeling so clean and fresh and removes all makeup and residue. My skin feels soft and supple each time. It’s very easy to use because you don’t need to wet your face with water or rinse it beforehand. It actually works better than my Lancome cleanser! Just note that they have different ones for different skin types, so make sure to pick the right one for your skin.



Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

This was my first Mario Badescu product. My skin can get a bit dry and dull sometimes so I decided to give their facial spray a go, and I fell in love! When looking for new skincare products, anything that can be used with versatility is a big tick for me, and this one does just that – this hydrating mist can be used on your face, with your moisturiser creams and even on your hair! I also love how it can be used any time of the day for a quick pick-me-up. A bonus is it smells amazing!

Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner

I was looking for a good quality toner that wouldn’t cost me a fortune, and came across Mario Badescu! As I already loved their facial spray, I thought I might as well try the toner as well. This one is great if you also have sensitive skin as it’s alcohol-free, contains Aloe Vera and is not scented. I use this after cleansing my face to further remove any dirt or impurities in my skin and it works a charm!



Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser

I have used Lancome and Laneige moisturisers before, which were great, but just like when I was looking for a new toner, I wanted to see if I could find a good quality moisturiser with a more affordable price tag (compared to what I was paying before), and voila! This was my first Origins product and I love this gel moisturiser! It smells divine and is so lightweight. Also, love how it absorbs into my skin quite quickly and my face feels soft and plump afterwards.



Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

I have heard of argan oil many times but didn’t start using it until recently. I wanted to add an extra layer of nourishment to my skincare routine so thought I should try facial oils. I have bought the small sample bottle and love the new addition! Although it’s an oil product, it absorbs into my skin very quickly and leaves it feeling super soft! Again, another aspect that captured my attention was the multi-use feature – I also use this on my nails when I feel like they need a bit of a boost (a.k.a. after removing 4 weeks worth of SNS nails…).



Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Guuuurl if you watched my Instagram story a few days ago, you already know how much I love this sunscreen! Finally, I have found one that doesn’t make my face look super oily! I apply this as a base for my makeup and it is very lightweight and absorbent. I don’t even remember that I have a layer of sunscreen on my face every day. If you are struggling to find a good sunscreen, give this one a go! It also comes in SPF 30+, which I have tried and is also amazing (I just prefer more UV protection, therefore switched to this one).

If you end up giving any of these a try or are already using any of these products, I’m keen to hear what you think!

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How to Stay Motivated to Exercise Regularly.


The way I think about exercise has changed so much throughout these past few years. I started working out when I was in high school for the sole purpose of losing weight and toning up. I was quite self-conscious of my body and wanted to become fitter and feel more comfortable in my clothes every day. After high school, I joined a gym and continued with this ‘weight loss’ goal, hence why I pushed myself to my limits and worked out really hard during my uni years.

Then life happened – I was no longer in the bubble of uni life where I had 4 months off each year and working a part-time job. I started working full-time and adjusting to a full-time schedule was exhausting. I tried my best to work out consistently and had moments where I was completely motivated, then moments where my routines just didn’t feel sustainable. Sometimes the more I forced myself, the less I wanted to exercise.

It’s taken me some time, but I certainly incorporate physical activity into my life for more holistic reasons now, rather than simply losing weight, and I’ve finally figured out how to make exercise ‘sustainable’, so I’d like to share these tips with you!

Mindset – exercise is self-love, not a chore

Can’t stress this enough – realise that your body needs physical activity in order for you to be happy and healthy, but try not to view exercise as a chore, instead see it as an act of self-love. Treat it as some much-needed me-time or time with a good friend. Trust me, afterwards, your body and mind will thank you!

Aim for 20 mins, 3 – 4 times a week

20 minutes is that sweet spot – not too long and not too short. Totally achievable! 3 – 4 times a week is also a good balance to allow your body to rest and recover between your work out days.

Schedule exercise in like a non-negotiable meeting

Remember, this is time for you to look after your body and exercise has flow-on effects to your overall health and wellbeing – better sleep, better appetite, clears your mind and improves your mood. In order to operate at your best potential, looking after your body is non-negotiable so set aside that time for yourself!

Pick activities that you enjoy

Be open to exploring different ways of exercising, there are so many options out there! I’ve had so much fun trying out different things including reformer pilates, vinyasa yoga, HIIT classes, boxing, toning exercises, dance and heaps more! The key is to not make it feel like a chore, instead, it should be something that you look forward. I also highly recommend the following YouTube channels for endless free exercise videos:

  • POPSUGAR Fitness
  • Tone It Up
  • Yoga With Adriene
  • FitnessBlender

Understand your body and moods

What times of the day do you have more energy? When are you likely to feel motivated? This is like when I schedule in my work tasks – things that require creative/strategic thinking is done in the morning and auto-pilot tasks are done in the afternoon because I am exhausted by then. Understand what time of day suits you best and stick to it!

Make it a habit and don’t overthink it

Consistency is key. Don’t overthink it or else you will give yourself time to talk yourself out of it. Just organise your workout gear and everything you need in advance, and when the time comes, JUST DO IT! I used to dread walking to the gym after work, but just put on my music and went! Once I was at the gym I felt fine! Or in the morning when I take too long to get out of bed, I end up talking myself out of exercising. Don’t think, just do!

I really hope this helps and has given you some motivation to prioritise exercise in your routine – you won’t regret it!

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3 Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day (Or Simply a Night Out!)

3 Outfit Ideas For Valentine's Day

Oh hey there girl!

Time is going by so fast, I can’t believe we are in mid-Feb already, and Valentine’s Day is next week! Richard and I are real foodies, so we normally celebrate by booking a nice place to have dinner, but we aren’t too fussed either and are equally happy to do something low-key.

Whether you are spending a romantic evening with your man or seeing the girls, I’ve got you covered with these 3 outfit ideas.

1. Romantic Red

Here I paired a red floral blouse with basic black shorts. The blouse is quite patterned and busy, so I decided to pair it with something more minimal. Red and black are a classic match, and yes, this outfit is totally inspired by my beautiful Kate Spade wallet! I am also all about the block heels this summer – so comfy, but classy at the same time. These nude coloured heels seriously make any outfit look more chic!

Blouse Dotti | Shorts Dotti | Wallet Kate Spade – Hyde Lane Poppy Stacy | Block heels Therapy from the Iconic | Lipstick bareMinerals – Marvelous Moxie (Risk It All)

2. Neutral and Feminine

Some of you guys may have already seen this outfit on my Instagram story a few weeks ago, but I just love it! I am in love with my black and white chequered skirt – the bow on the front makes it even more stylish. These style of skirts are really coming in this season. Such a nice shape and a bit more adventurous than your standard A-line skirt. An easy pairing with a basic white singlet.

White singlet Cotton On | Chequered skirt Ava | Block heels Therapy from the Iconic | Wallet Kate Spade – Hyde Lane Poppy Stacy | Lipstick Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Pur Couture (No. 50)

3. Pink, Purple and Denim

I remember I was on the hunt for a nice denim skirt and was looking for something not too short and not super tight. Found this one and thought I’d go for something a bit quirkier – love the rose stitching! Of course, you can’t go wrong pairing denim with a white singlet, but to add a bit of edge, I threw on this pastel pink leather jacket from Dotti. This jacket also matched my shoes, which was a bonus! A bit of a girly theme going on here – pink, red, white, denim…so I thought, why not add purple in there as well? The wallet featured here is another one of my Kate Spade splurges…how could I resist?!

Leather jacket Dotti | White singlet Cotton On | Denim skirt Rumor Boutique | Wallet Kate Spade – Hawthorne Lane Pinwheel Stacy | Block heels Therapy from the Iconic

Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a special Valentine’s!

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6 Tips to Create an Easy Flat Lay.


Over this past month I have been working on building my online brand, and creating fun and inspiring content. Part of this also means I have been getting creative and finally ventured out to ‘flat lay’ territory…

If you aren’t sure what a flat lay is, it’s basically a beautiful photo that captures a range of your personal belongings, organised in a creative and engaging way. This could range from books, to makeup, to clothes to anything really.

I struggled with flat lays for a little while and decided to keep practicing, and I’m proud to say that I am quite happy with some simple ones that I’ve put together (check out these ones I’ve included in this post)! There are many different ways to flat lay, but check out the 6 tips below that I use to create easy, clean flat lays!

1. Set the background – colour and textures

Set up a nice clean background to put your items on – I normally like a white-coloured background, but it’s also nice to incorporate some different textures (e.g. a marble board, clean white bedsheets, an opened book or even a fluffy rug).

2. Natural lighting

This is so important for any photo! Make sure you have natural light hitting the photo – open all the blinds or just make sure you are close to a window. Otherwise, I like to increase the exposure just a tad with the VSCO app.

3. Choose one ‘main’ item or focal point and work other items into the photo around this

Not sure if anyone else does this, but I find this really helpful, especially when starting out! I like to use the following as my ‘main’ items:

  • A cosy winter jumper
  • A magazine/book
  • A bag
  • A laptop
  • A bowl of food


4. Decide on a colour theme/ambience and add other items

Decide on the colour theme for your flat lay and from this, find and add other items – e.g. if you have chosen a magazine as your main item, try to pick other smaller items around you that are the same colours as the magazine. Thinking about the ‘ambience’ you want to create is also helpful, such as dainty, colourful, rustic, urban, edgy, simplistic, etc.

You could do a crowded photo with lots of items or a simple one. I personally believe it’s easier to start with less as you can move things around quickly to see how the photo looks and packing up won’t be annoying afterwards!

5. Move the items around to see how it makes the photo look different

I personally like the less rigid look, so I’ll put things on a slant, layer different items and have part of some items peeking into the photo (e.g. the corner of a book or the petals of a flower). Don’t be afraid to experiment!

6. Stand up on a stool or chair to take your photo!

Oh yeah gurl, gotta be seriously about the whole set up! Stand up on a stool or chair and take the photo from a high angle so that it looks nice and flat. I also like to take photos from both my iPhone and DSLR camera so that I can use them for my Instagram and also my blog.


Go and give this a shot! It’s a fun way to experiment and get creative, also to promote your products/services!

Jade xx

Long Weekend Plans.

Black jumper Luvalot | Red top Dotti | Jeans Topshop | Cross body bag & Boots MARCS | Sunnies ANCA

I am lucky to have a four day weekend over the Melbourne Cup period and my plans consist of doing lots of exploring to get my creative juices flowing. I also hope to re-focus my energy on my health and wellness as I have somewhat been neglecting this recently due to a busy schedule. Here is what’s in my weekend diary so far:

  • Purchase a good quality yoga mat – I finally bought one from Lululemon yesterday and I love it! I find that recently I really value yoga and meditation and try to practice as often as I can to keep my mind and body healthy. Loving Yoga by Adrienne on YouTube!
  • Visit the market and cook a nice hearty meal – I want to cook using some fresh, delicious local produce and maybe try my hand at a new recipe?
  • Re-organise my blog – you may have noticed that my blog theme has changed. I’m quite happy with where it is now. Trying to aim for easy navigation, and something clean and simple. I’m working real hard to improve the quality of my content so hopefully you guys are enjoying what you see so far, and of course, thanks for all the support!
  • Do some Europe planning – my gosh only 4 months and a bit until Richard (my partner) and I are off to
    Europe for the first time! We have been meaning to go for ages and finally booked it in. Flights are done but we really need to finish the accommodation and lock in some tours! We will be going to Rome, Florence, Prague, London and Paris so if you have any good suggestions, please let me know. We are foodies and love wine, art, history, culture and shopping – so basically everything! (However, I am secretly also obsessed with Harry Potter).
  • Have some quality family time – I plan on visiting my parents and brother, Jesse. I think I’ll ask my mum to cook my favourite food again and we can sit down, have a cheeky gossip session and watch some good asian drama together as a family!
  • Get into the Melbourne Cup spirit – I’m not that into horse racing, but I always love the fashion side of the races, so will keep an eye out for some fashion inspo!

I hope you guys are enjoying your long weekend (or normal weekend) wherever you are, whatever you are doing. Remember to try and get in some me-time where you can!

Jade xx



Sunnies Country Road | T-shirt into | Shorts Dotti | Shoes Wittner

Hello and welcome! My name is Jade, I’ve just turned 25 and I’m based in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is born from my recent quarter life crisis…

I hope that doesn’t sound very negative, because it isn’t supposed to be! So let me explain.

Upon reflection, I feel like since I graduated from high school, things have just been non-stop – get into uni, study hard, smash through exams, apply for jobs, network, job interviews, move up the ‘career’ ladder, network, gain experience and knowledge, network, figure out if this is what I want to do, figure out my passions…

For the first time in a long time, I am starting to slow down in life, live mindfully, be present and in the moment and practice gratitude more often. In slowing down, I have come to realise that I have been neglecting a part of myself for a very long time – the creative part of me.

When I was in uni, my biggest passions were health and wellbeing, photography and fashion. Back then, I had all the time in the world to explore my surroundings, take lots of photos and create a blog, which I updated quite frequently. However, since working full-time, this has completely stopped – I’ve been too tired, haven’t had time, didn’t feel like I was creative anymore and just had general self-doubt.

Through my current job and conversations with loved ones, I realise that I am a creative person, and I need to express this. I need to listen to my gut instinct about what my passions are, and acknowledge that these haven’t changed, no matter what I have experienced in life so far. If I work hard enough, I can pursue these passions and create a space where I can help others in the future.

I feel that in your twenties, you are still growing and learning about who you are as a person and what makes you happy and unhappy. You also go through a lot of self-doubt, trying to fit in with everyone and can feel like you’re losing yourself in the process.

All I know is that for the first time, I want to make a change in my career – I want to do something even more meaningful and focus on more things that I am passionate about. I believe that I have a bigger purpose on this earth and I will continue to try and discover what that is. Instead of following a traditional, corporate career path (nothing wrong with this by the way! Just that I don’t feel that it’s right for me personally), I want to challenge myself to do something different, become a better person and to live a life full of unique and special experiences; and it all begins with this blog.

I am going to keep an open mind and see where this journey takes me – it is thrilling and exciting and I feel like I am just at the beginning. The best part is being able to share this with you all and maybe, just maybe, one day I can inspire someone or brighten someone’s day through doing work that I truly love.

Jade x