Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Thursday, 21 March 2019

How to Henna your Hair

My name is Natalie and I am a proud henna head. I have been dying my hair with henna for the past 5 years and I actually wrote a short "tutorial" about it in the past. However, the post was definitely due for an update with more information and better photos.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Life Lessons from Job Hunting

For the vast majority of people, job hunting is an inevitable process to be undertaken a few times in their life. Gone are the days of staying in an organisation for many years or even decades. The national average tenure in Australia for a job is currently 3.3 years. Unless you are one of the select few - executives / senior managers / someone with connections / industry where supply < demand - job hunting sucks. I believe that this is especially the case for people who are starting off in their career and just trying to get their foot into ANY door.

I have been through the job hunting process twice and there are a few lessons I have learnt along the way. A lot of these lessons aren't confined to the job hunting process itself but are applicable to life in general.

1. Expect Nothing

When I was a fresh-out-of-uni graduate, I applied for many roles and almost always got a auto-generated rejection. However in my second experience, it was incredibly rare to get a response from anyone. I would submit my application, it would end up in the ether and I would never hear about it again. Well that is until I saw the same job get relisted a month or two later. Eventually I discovered from colleagues that this was quite common (but why, isn't it simply common courtesy?) and I was being unrealistic in my expectations.

Perhaps it is a coping mechanism, but setting the bar really low means that something as simple as having HR send a generic email exceeds expectations. On the flip side, remember that they have to sift through a dozen to a few hundred applicants. Applying for a job may mean the world to you but at the end of the day, it simply doesn't have the same level of importance for the company.
Friday, 24 October 2014


But tonight I'm gonna give in one last time
Rock you strong in these arms of mine
Forget all the regrets that are bound to follow
We're like fire and gasoline
I'm no good for you
You're no good for me
We only bring each other tears and sorrow
But tonight, I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow

I love country music (George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, etc) and I am in love with Tomorrow by Chris Young.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
Friday, 3 October 2014

September Favourites

It is October! September was a pretty good month though I am sad to see the cooler weather go. Whilst most people seem to enjoy summer and like to skip winters (although Sydney winters are hardly a proper winter), I like to skip summers. I have sort of skipped the past two Australian summers which is awesome. In 2012/2013 I was in North America and Europe, and although I spent most of the 2013/2014 summer in Sydney, I did manage to miss the crazy heatwaves of the mid 40s because I was over in New Zealand which was significantly cooler. My favourite months in terms of weather are: May and September. I digress! This wasn't the point of this entry. This will be a collection of things that I have enjoyed this month.

#1 Thursday Plantation - Nurture Oil

For the past year, I've been more conscious of the products that I put on my face. Namely, I want to use more natural products. Although it is a bit odd since none of my makeup products are natural products. This has oils such as: calendula, mandarin, hypericum, rosehip, lavender, grapeseed, wheat germ and sweet almond. I use it at night after I have cleansed my face and before I put on my moisturiser. My face feel so much nicer ever since I've started to use it.

#2 Dr Lewinn's Hand and Nail Cream

I know it is marketed as a hand and nail cream and although it works fairly decently for that purpose, I use it as my facial moisturiser instead and it is amazing! My skin is so much softer and for some reason, it helps with my acne.

#3 Combat Boots

Back when I was in highschool, I wanted the mid calf lace up Doc Martins however couldn't fork out $150+ for boots. I still can't justify the cost however I have been in love with my boots. Although the warmer weather means that boot wearing season will soon be over, I have been half contemplating these Sandler boots.

#4 Reading
When it comes to reading, my interest in it comes and goes in waves. I might not touch a single book for months but when I am interested, I will read all day, everyday until I am bored of it. I have read 13 novels in the month of September (add me on GoodReads if you use it!). I have also discovered a new author, Liane Moriarty. I read her popular novel, The Husband's Secret, and wasn't a fan. However, I am in love with her latest novel, Big Little Lies and would highly recommend. The Hyponotist's Love Story would be my second recommendation. I have also continued my quest to read the entire Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. I'm not completely in love with the series, however it does provide for some easy, mindless reading. It is also nice that I can pick up any book  as each novel is standalone essentially. That is why I started back in June with novel 1 and 2, before skipping this month to the latest novel (No. 19) and I am currently working backwards. My interest in reading has now waned, especially since tv shows are all starting up again!

On the topic of tv shows, I am keen to pick up new shows to become invested in. My current lineup includes: Grey's Anatomy, Bones, 19 Kids and Counting and How to Get Away with Murder. 

Do you have any recommendations?
Thursday, 1 May 2014

Books of April

I can't believe that the month of April is over. Hello May. April has been a very stressful month. Perhaps I will talk about that in another post. Maybe. Nothing too much has happened this month however I did read a few books that I will briefly comment on.

I have always been an avid reader ever since I was a child. It started because my family was quite poor hence we spent a lot of time over the summer break and the weekend at home. I have always been a fast reader and over the course of my law degree, the speed that I read has dramatically increased. The downside is that I read very fast now because I skim; I can't not skim anymore which is actually quite bad. I am also quite particular about my novels and if a novel doesn't capture my interest within 5 chapters or so, I abandon it. I usually read around 40 new novels a year, although last year it was only 34.

These are actually the first books that I have read all year. Like most things, I am all-or-nothing. I will read half a dozen books within a week and then never open another one for a few months.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriaty
This novel was so disappointing! I picked it up because Amarixe had recently purchased it in her book haul, the cover was really pretty and the synopsis seemed very interesting. It was a very slow novel, predictable, the characters were so boring and around 3/4 in, I gave up and massively skimmed the rest.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Disclaimer. I am a major Veronica Mars fan and I love the show but hated the movie (why Veronica why?!). The book was pretty good and I loved the pace of it. Very impressed considering the let-down of the previous novel.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
This book's premise was quite interesting and I have to admit, it kept me engaged for most of the novel until the very end then it became very blah.

Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club #13) by James Patterson
I am a fan of James Patterson and the Women's Murder Club (still unhappy that the show got cancelled) and this novel was what I expected and I was quite pleased with it.

The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen
A yawn-fest.

Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships
Okay, most people laugh at me when I say this but I am a huge fan of 19 Kids and Counting. It is my guilty pleasure and I love that show. I actually get very excited when I find a new episode on YouTube. This book was what I expected, but it was quite enjoyable actually.

Vanished by Sheela Chari
Quite a good read although I think it is aimed at people considerably younger than me (around the age of the protagonist who is 11. Whoops).

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
I must be one of the few people who isn't a fan of HBO's Game of Thrones. I really thought I would enjoy it considering I do enjoy the fantasy genre, but the show makes me really sad and unhappy. I guess it's almost to the point where I am depressed about how cruel people can be to others. Perhaps I am overthinking it. I have watched 2.5 seasons but I stopped because it just wasn't worth it to me. But I do want to give the series a try and started with the first novel. It was alright; I've already seen the first season so nothing was new but I do enjoy the writing style.

I started using my GoodReads account again so add me if you have one! Do you have any book recommendations? One of my newly found favourites is The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman.