Written by: Roxana Oliver

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You deserve a moment of respite. It’s fast work, fast food and fast media – at the turn of the millennium, people’s life has gyrated on an hourly basis, and just a quarter of a century later, we are compelled to take a single breath in minute-by-minute intervals.

Who then, in this whirlwind of a millennial life, can afford an entire day at the spa? Luckily for you, there are ways to circumvent this problem, and bring this moment of relaxation home.

Here’s how you can spare yourself the hassle of losing time and money and still treat yourself with your own day at the spa.

Pamper Your Soul

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Oh, there’s one crucial step you should absolutely not skip before you proceed with the more prolonged stretches of absolute relaxation –  set the right mood.

To turn your home into a makeshift spa, put the right beverages within your hand’s reach, add a smidge of soothing music and maybe, just maybe, buy a few scented candles for a full-on Zen atmosphere.

These are all the desirable prerequisites before you carry on spoiling yourself, preferably head to toe.

Pamper Your Face

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This one’s a long haul. The face mask is supposed to stay on for a while, so there are several ways you can approach this.

You can always start with a face steam, which should usually take around ten minutes.

However, a hot bath will do this for you efficiently and relax your entire body (more on that later).

A face mask or an exfoliating scrub is something that should usually come after a bath, when all your pores are opened nicely to receive nutrients.

Vitamin C masks are one of more popular facial remedies at the moment, so why not give them a try?

Pamper Your Hair

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Vitamin E is the nutrient for your hair. Now, you can’t exactly cold-press the oil out of almonds and rub spinach all over your scalp, but you can find some quality coconut oil, mix it with honey and peppermint oil and soak your strands in it.

Oil massages are very beneficial for the promotion of hair growth and its quality.

If you are so inclined, talk your companion into sparing the five minutes to do the massage for you.

After all, this is supposed to be your day. Just remember to wash it all out with a shampoo that suits you the most.

Pamper Your Body

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If you don’t have a bath tub, treat yourself with a long and steamy shower. However, if you are lucky enough to sport one of these lofty babies in your bathroom, boy are you in for a treat. You can lie down in hot water and truly spend hours relaxing as bath salts simmer around you.

These salts have been a go-to ingredient for queens and empresses throughout history, but thanks to our advanced knowledge of chemistry, some of these solution, like dipping yourself into Epsom salt baths can be an effective venue to genuinely rid your body of toxins.

However, baths are not the only opportunity to use bath salts.

Pamper Your Feet

It’s the part of your body that does most of the work, so it deserves extra care.

Soak your feet in a washbowl filled with hot water and (you’ve guessed it) bath salts.

You can add a foot wrap after the fact – put a foot cream on and wrap your feet up in a hot towel.

If you can, persuade your partner to give you a foot rub.

A day at the spa can be a day well spent at home. There’s not much that those spa centers can offer which you can’t acquire yourself and turn your household into your own relaxation haven for a night. Heaven knows you deserve it.

Do you do any DIY spa treatments at home? What one’s do you do and which one is your absolute favourite? I’d love to know in the comments below xoxo

Roxana xx  

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Watching a movie at times is like the best (and cheapest!) therapist!

5 UPLIFTING MOVIES THAT CAN TURN YOUR DAY AROUND Style & Life by Susana

There is nothing like a good movie to give a bad day a brand-new spin. The right film will grip you so tightly that you will forget all about the reasons for your foul mood. Instead, it will keep you glued to the screen for about two hours, which is long enough to help you unwind and get an entirely new perspective on things. For this article, I have chosen five of these uplifting movies that are good to have around whenever you’re feeling down.

1. An Education (2009)

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From its brilliant pace to the flawless attention to details, Lone Scherfig’s An Education is absolutely perfect for those days when you need a pick me up. Jenny is a high school senior who has been dreaming about getting into Oxford ever since she can remember. Moreover, her entire life is centered around achieving her academic goals.

But when she meets the mysterious David, an older man who offers to give her a ride home on a rainy day, she realizes that her hopes and dreams go much further than getting an A-level education.

As the two become closer and closer, her choice regarding going to Oxford becomes less and less clear.

An Education is a gripping story about love, but even more so about coming of age and taking responsibility for one’s actions. Jenny is a wonderfully gifted girl and throughout the film, you will get to see her becoming an impressively strong young woman.

2. It Could Happen to You (1994)

It Had To Be You 5 UPLIFTING MOVIES THAT CAN TURN YOUR DAY AROUND

What could be better than a fairy tale to turn a bad day around? It Could Happen to You is an iconic modern fairy tale about love and genuine generosity and kindness. When New York policeman Charlie realizes that he does not have enough money on him to leave his waitress a tip, he promises her half of any lottery winnings that his ticket would generate.

Yvonne, the waitress, immediately assumes that she will never see him again and goes on with her day. Much to her surprise, he comes back with a tip worth no less than $2 million. His unique gesture will bring the two together as they begin their lives as brand-new lottery winners. The bond between them comes naturally as they share the same moral values in a ruthless world. Their love story is somewhat unconventional, as Charlie is married to Muriel, an ambitious woman who sees winning the lottery as the chance of a lifetime to the future she has always dreamt of.

Find out if Charlie and Yvonne end up together in one of the most heartwarming stories in cinematic history. This 90’s film features amazing performances by Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda and it is guaranteed to melt even the iciest of hearts.

3. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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Beyond any shadow of a doubt, Moulin Rouge! is a masterpiece of modern cinema because Baz Luhrmann has succeeded in giving a modern spin to one of the most beloved stories of all time, that of Violetta and Alfredo from La Traviata.

While the films closely follows the story in Verdi’s opera, the cinematography is brilliantly Luhrmann-esque and the music is comprised of pop culture’s finest songs carefully chosen to fit every single scene.

Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor portrait the star-crossed lovers and both of their performances are absolutely breathtaking. Christian is a penniless writer who has come to Paris to follow his bohemian ambitions. When he gets to write a play for the Moulin Rouge, he meets Satine, the most beautiful courtesan in all of Paris. He falls in love with her at first sight, and he is prepared to go through anything to make her return his love.

To find out how Christian and Satine’s love story unravels, watch Moulin Rouge! You are in for a fabulous show, unlike anything you have ever seen before. Even a couple of minutes in, you will forget all about your troubles and you will be rooting for Christian all the way.

4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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The Shawshank Redemption has been IMDb’s no.1 film for many years now, precisely because it is unique.

It tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a successful banker who is sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

His innocence becomes completely irrelevant once Andy gets to prison, as life on the inside follows its very own strict rules.

The story follows him throughout the long years of his sentence, as he goes through all the stages of grief, up to the point where he accepts his fate.

But the element that makes Andy one of the most inspirational characters of all time is his belief that any situation can be improved with the right attitude.

Alongside Andy, you will get to know the other prisoners at Shawshank as well, and you will find out their fantastic stories.

5. Mary and Max (2009)

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Mary and Max is unlike any other animated film you have ever seen before.

Don’t be fooled by the adorable stop motion animation characters because there is a lot more to Mary and Max than meets the eye.

Mary is an 8-year-old Australian girl who decides to get a pen pal one day.

She finds Max’s address in the Yellow Pages and writes him a letter asking him to be her pen friend. As Max has difficulties with social interactions, he is unable to refuse her and replies to her letter.

This is how their friendship begins and it will turn into a powerful bond that truly passes the test of time.

This film will grip you from the very beginning and it will take you through a wide array of emotions up until its surprising ending.

With these movies by your side, there is no bad day that you cannot overcome! So, whenever you’ve got the blues, cozy up in bed and put on one of these movies because they will help you get a new start and give a positive spin to your day.

Do you have a movie that help’s you to feel better, that helps to inspire you and/or give you the motivation that you need? Tell me about it. I would really love to know about it.

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Get ready for Mother's Day with Katies

Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved special days like Mother’s Day, giving thanks and showing appreciation for the woman who gave birth to me but more importantly who has had to put up with my cheeky behaviour as a kid, my outspoken teenage years and having to put up with me in mu adulthood. Lord, give her strength! Haha!

My mum means the world to me, she is all the family the I have (apart from my gorgeous husband of course, the rest of my family lives in Portugal and France). Without this woman, I would not be able to do all that I can, she continually helps me and supports me even when I’m going through my darkest days, she looks after my fur babies every day when I’m at work and just literally, I would be lost seriously without my beautiful mama.

These are my picks for a casual, comfortable but yet chic look from Katies. It’s just so perfect for the fashionable mum out there. Head on over to Katies and check out what you can buy for your amazing mama.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the human and furbaby mothers out there!! xoxo

Katies Fashion

Printed Peplum Top 

An on-trend piece that’s both chic and relaxed, the printed peplum top will be the perfect Mother’s Day outfit or gift. Pair with smart pants or a pencil skirt to work and your favourite denim for off-duty style.

On-sale for $29.97  (was $49.95) click here to see the item.

Katies Fashion

Tan Suedette Bag

Get this season’s must-have texture trend with this timeless suede-look bag.

In a wear-with-anything tan colour, this essential bag will complement any work to weekend look.

On-sale $29.97 (was $49.95) click here to see the item.

Katies Fashion

Pull on Coated Denim

Give your denim wardrobe a luxe edit with the pull on coated denim. The perfect blend of style and comfort with just the right amount of stretch, it’s a versatile style that can be paired with shirts, tops and tunics alike.

On-sale $35.97 (was $59.95) click here to see the item.

SOME MOTHER'S DAY IDEAS TO SHOP FROM AT KATIES


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Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016 RIP

April 21, 2016 will forever go down for myself and millions of Prince fans around the world, as the most darkest, confusing and most surreal day ever  – it was like a massive jolt in the atmospheric universe. How could all of that energy, that pure brilliance and eccentricity exist one moment and then suddenly just abruptly disappear? Where did it all go? How was it all so possible? That was a major shock to the system, so uncomprehensible.

It still brings me to tears when I think about that day, seeing two text messages style-and-life-by-susana-prince(one at 5.41am, the other at 5.53am) from my husband telling me the awful news.. I broke down crying. Sorry, I broke down howling in tears, yelling out, ‘not my Prince, not my Prince!!’ … the heartache pain was unpalatable… and the following days afterwards, and even the weeks, where I still broke down in a flood of tears, in disbelief of my Prince. Our Prince.

Prince was like family to me. I know seriously weird to people outside but it’s true, thats why his death hit me more harder than I ever expected it to. I grew up listening to Prince since I was 10 years old and every song, every performance, every interview, every album was like a soundtrack to every single moment in my life that happened.

Even still until this today, I find it so painful and heartbreaking to believe that Prince is really gone. I desperately want to think he’s played a really sick joke on all of us (since he was a huge fan of playing pranks) and that he’s really hiding away on some remote island somewhere in the world, recording music, away from all of the glare and scrutiny of the media world.

But I know that it’s not true.

Strange as it may seem but his death, in the most unbelievable (and confusing) way made me realise that life is truly short and that it can just go (snap snap!! …of the finger!!) just like that! I, like so many others believed that Prince would still be recording and performing live until his old age, perhaps into his 80’s, just like Tony Bennett.

I grew up listening to 80’s music and being obsessed with Prince and Madonna, followed by Michael Jackson, George Michael and Kylie Minogue (those were my chosen artists).

Prince has always been my ultimate: my love, my salvation, my Prince. His music spoke to me like no other. I saw beyond the controversy, the shock, I saw the hidden messages of hope, faith, belief, spirit, individuality, God and love.

I am forever grateful to my one of good friend’s, Liliana, for tagging me in on Facebook of the announcement of Prince bringing his Piano & A Microphone Tour to Australia in February 2016. And I am forever grateful to my husband for paying for my ticket and saying to me, “Get the most expensive ticket to see him, he’s like the Yankee’s. Gods – I would pay anything to see them”.

Even as I write this, I’m tearing up and tears are welling up in my eyes. Prince was one of the greatest musicians of the 21st Century that has ever seen and how fucking amazing is it, that I – we – all got to live in the same life time as Prince, and be blessed with his music, his performances, his artistry.

He may be physically gone, but his spirit, his legacy, his music will forever live on and inspire artists to come.  Like Prince said at his last concert in Melbourne, February 2016, ‘Can’t nobody do it like Prince!’ .

You got that right and there never will be. Relieve through my posts of Prince and let’s rejoice and celebrate the brilliance of this artist, sing his spirit and seek salvation in his words.

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in this thing called life…

Are you a Prince fan? What is your favourite Prince song and did you ever get to see him perform live in concert?

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There are six billion people in the world but remember there is only one YOU

Ever since I can remember I have always tried to keep up with the “cool kids” and dreamt about being the popular girl in school. I know that I’m not the only one who struggled with the same thing but ever since I was a kid in primary school, and even more so in high school, I was heavily picked on and bullied for being weird, a loner, obsessed with Prince and Madonna, a witch (apparently I had a witches laugh… SMH) and also because I had no tits (as flat chested as an ironing board I was in high school. LOL!). I tried for so very long to try to fit in and dress like the cool kids.

Even a couple of years ago, even still as an adult I would try to be like everyone else and be looking at all of the gorgeous bloggers and models, and try to copy the way they did their Instagram posts: the poses, the styling of the clothes, the flat lays… it all got to a point where I crashed and had to go off social media for a month to really look into my soul and finally face who I am, what is my style and love & accept my personality.

We now live in a world where more and more we are bombared with gorgeous images of celebrities and super models with the seemingly perfect life: fancy cars and clothes, money to through away and where apparently that is the goal to achieve in life. And if you’re not like that, well you’re nobody really.

It’s no wonder why so many people get more depressed and experience anxiety and mental health issues. I still go through moments where I still (unfortunately but not as much) compare myself to another blogger who is getting more likes, comments on every social media platform than me (seriously how can you not?), that I end up questioning myself and become my own worst critic.

I started to wish I was drop dead gorgeous, with a body to die for, with perfect teeth – basically just somebody everyone would want to know and hang out with…. I have stood in front of the mirror more times than I would like to admit, hating what I look like and just desperately wishing I was someone else.

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When I took that month of social media, I sat back, looked at my clothes in my wardrobe, looked at all of the books, CD’s, DVD’s I have collected over the years, went over old photographs and had a deep look at who I am and realised, yes I am weird and eccentric, a tad out there with what I’m into but all in all, I think I’m a pretty cool awesome chick, with a unique style.

Sure I got into the blogging business a little later than others but I believe I have a unique voice and vision, and there is NO set age or time limit to have to achieve and follow your dreams.

I look at all the bloggers that I follow on Instagram and so many of them (no disrespect whatsoever to them – it works for them) are very similar in the way they post their photos, style and wear their clothes, the presentation of flat lays, the colour schemes of their feeds etc …basically they all (are a reflection) and resemble each other. And there is no way that I for one, can compete with that or even want to mirror the same style, it just doesn’t work in with my personality and nor do I want to lose who I am and be inside someone else’s vision.

Once I took that time off social media, I took away the pressure to have to compete to be like the popular gorgeous bloggers and decided to be me. It was like a weight had lifted off of my shoulders and the heaviness of the pressure (on myself) to want to be like someone else went away. I embraced… ME. Sure I don’t get excessive likes and comments like most of the bloggers do but I am proud to be different, slightly off centre as they say.

It is all me: all of the quirky, arty farty, creative, pop culture, 90’s supermodel poser wanna-be, raw story telling from my heart posts, are ME. I allowed my artistic vision and integrity to be incorporated into what I wanted to show on my posts on Instagram and on my blog.

I don’t want to be like every other fish in the sea, floating by in their large school group. I want to be that one fish, who probably has a bug eye popping out, with a spiky fin shorter than the other, looking abnormal but happy to be left behind the other fish while shaking my tail and singing out loud to Nsync’s classic song, ‘Bye Bye Bye’ instead of the latest generic Justin Bieber (sorry to all of the Beliebers out there!) song. I know a weird analogy, again that is me but I hope you get what I mean.

Why would I want to be another version of the same person, who is like that other person, who they are also like that other person and so and so on. Why be a duplicator, when you are an original?!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying at all you cannot be inspired by anyone. Of course you can! I know I am!! You will always be inspired by someone or something, that it will resonate within your spirit and soul, it will help to discover further more about ourselves and open our eyes to the world on another level. But let me just say that there is a difference to being inspired than replicating (copying) another person.

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Be proud of the person who you are.

Own it!

Stand proud!

Be authentic and use that to grow and move ahead in life. Less time wishing to look like Kylie Jenner and more time on embracing the amazing and awesome you!

At the end of the day, in time people will respect, appreciate and respond more to you for being you’re own authentic self, staying true to who you are. So embrace it and use it to your advantage. You are beautiful and there is no one like you.

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OUTFIT I'M WEARING

Lace sleeveless top by H&M, boyfriend ripped jeans & lace-up heels by Zara, sunglasses by Mango and jewellery by Bijou Brigette

[ all pieces bought in Portugal]

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                        Photography by Michelle Tulemija / location: Johnstone’s Park, GeelongAustralia
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