My New Years Resolutions

It’s so strange to think that an entire week of 2018 has passed already! And while I’ve never believed in the whole ‘new year, new me’ thing, I always try to make a decent list of resolutions. So here they are…

Run a half marathon

Starting with the tough one! About 6 months ago I was inspired by one of my friends who has now run multiple half marathons, and made a commitment that I would run one myself in 2018. Now that the year has begun, I am sticking with this resolution and I will run a half marathon this year. I have already mapped out a range of potential marathon festivals that I can register for; however, I’ll have to monitor my runs and see how I’m progressing to determine which one I want to tackle first. And who knows – maybe I will have run more than one half marathon by the end of 2018? I’m so excited!

Do some form of exercise every day

By exercise, I don’t mean a full-on workout: I actually include a quick 2-minute plank or a set of squats as a form of ‘exercise’. I hope that this resolution will help me to be more mindful of keeping my body moving, especially during busy periods of the year where I might catch myself being idle for days at a time (ahem, exams).

Get a summer internship

Just a little professional goal for myself! There isn’t much I can do right now to contribute to this goal, therefore I’ll have to be a little patient before I can start to find ways to tackle it.

Respect yourself more; drop people who treat you like shit

I have made too many excuses for toxic people to remain in my life who don’t actually make me happy. In 2017 I began putting my foot down when recognising these people and their bad behaviours, and my goal is to continue to stand up for myself in this way in 2018.

Do not put yourself down

Okay, it’s impossible for anyone to never put themselves down, but by including this in my resolutions I hope to be more aware when my thoughts, words and actions become self-depreciating so that I can stop them ASAP. Putting myself down doesn’t make me gain anything, it doesn’t make me happy, and it doesn’t positively affect the people around me. So why continue to do it??

Say that you love yourself every day

This little bit of self-love takes no time at all, yet I believe that it will do wonders for my confidence and self-esteem. I can’t wait to see how much my self-love has grown by the time 2019 comes around!

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So that’s my little list of things I hope to achieve this year. Although some of them may be challenging at times, I am committed to finishing this year with minimal slip-ups at most. This will be done by creating and maintaining good habits over the next few weeks until these new behaviours become a second nature. I know I can do it 🙂

What are your new years’ resolutions? How are they going so far?

Kat x

Finding my purpose

I love writing. I always have, and it’s always been so therapeutic for me. But since I’m a perfectionist, writing lengthy posts like this take a while to put together. I’ve been super busy at university all year, and now that summer holidays have finally come around I’ve decided to give this blogging thing another crack.

I started this blog because I wanted to get a lot of inner thoughts and feelings out anonymously. And I don’t care if no one reads my posts, because even just publishing something is so cathartic for me that I’ll be satisfied regardless of the views it receives. So from now on I hope to post much more regularly (it really has been a while haha), with more raw, personal, imperfectly written content.

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The past few days have been a confusing time for me. For the first time in a long time, I’m starting to question who I am as a person, and have been wondering what my true ‘purpose’ is. What should I be doing to ensure that I live a fulfilling life? Have I done all that I can to be a good friend, sister, daughter? How can I continue to be satisfied with my day-to-day life?

A month ago, I would have laughed at these questions and told myself to just let everything happen naturally. I would have told myself to only focus on the present, because the past has happened and the future needs to be trusted to happen well. 

So why aren’t I following this advice right now? It’s hard to say. I feel as though a significant chapter of my life has ended, and that everything has been put on a hold for the next three months. I’ve always felt this way during this time of the year, but more so now that this ‘chapter’ is coming to a close (in reality, it will officially ‘close’ in exactly one year’s time, but I just feel like next year will be so different). I have so much guilt for not visiting my family for the past four months, even though I have had ample opportunities to do so. I have so much guilt for overreacting to small and irrelevant things in such a way that I may have damaged my relationships with people I may not see again for a long time, or never even see again (how will I fix these friendships? Should I even try to fix them, or should I just let them go?).

Why do I feel so empty and dissatisfied with my life right now? Nothing is truly wrong with my life, and nothing has changed except my environment for the next three months.

I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to take the advice from my past, rational self, and focus on the present. This break is going to be incredible. I have the best friends in the world to share it with, and we are able to do whatever we want with our time. I am so incredibly gifted to have my life, and I’m going to take advantages of all these opportunities with the time that I have. I am not going to waste three months of my life by moping around and wondering what ‘would have, could have, should have’ happened, or worrying about the future, because everything that is supposed to happen, will happen. I love and respect myself too much to purposefully damage myself and waste my time with this unnecessary overthinking. I’m going to continue living my best life, and nothing is going to stop me. It’s time to start making some positive changes.

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Okay, I know that was a little jumbled and vague, but I didn’t want to start going into the boring details of the actual ‘problems’ I’m worrying about. So if you’re reading this, thank you so much for your time. Feel free to visit again if you’d like to hear more about my adventures, life and continued self-growth, because I promise I’ll actually be uploading regularly (at least once a week!) from now on.

Have a great weekend!

Kat x

My Carry-On Flight Essentials

Travelling has always been, and will always be, one of my greatest loves. Flying? not so much. Sure, I love the convenience that planes provide (especially since Australia is about as geographically isolated as it gets), but there are some factors associated with flying that continue to annoy me. There are the usual culprits: dry skin, terrible food, security screening, baggage allowances, delays… You know what I mean.

So that you can enjoy your next flight a little more, I’ve compiled a list of my carry-on essentials below. I know that a lot of other blogs have published their version of this exact list, however after reading a few I realised that most of these are way too over the top. And by this, I mean that some blog authors have actually recommended bringing a flat iron AND a curling iron on board every flight (just in case your luggage gets lost!). Here’s my take on the essentials…

A large sturdy bag. This is what you want to be investing in. Choose a neutral colour that will go with any outfit you wear to the airport, and in a style that is practical to carry around the terminal. Make sure your bag is strong enough to hold everything (and more) that you want to take on your flight, and not too precious/expensive that you’re going to cringe at the sight of seeing it on the aeroplane floor.

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Entertainment. Book, laptop, phone, tablet, notebook and pen, magazine, newspaper, Tamagotchi (they’ve been re-released??). Choose the forms of entertainment that you’d like to bring with you, and thank yourself later.

Headphones. Even if your chosen entertainment doesn’t require headphones, your seat’s TV may be offering a movie you’ve always wanted to see. Most airlines will have spare headphones, so it’s not a huge deal if you forget these.

A compact umbrella. An umbrella is one of those items that you usually forget about until it’s too late. Shove one into the bottom of your bag for peace of mind.

A jacket. No matter the time of year, I always like to carry a light jacket with me when I fly (planes can get cold!). This may take up a lot of space in your bag, so be wary of the size and thickness of yours.

A phone cord. Although I’ve only ever seen USB charging ports on the seats of international planes, you never know when you’ll get lucky and have your own port to charge your phone mid-flight.

Water. Some carriers are still charging for water onboard. Avoid wasting money by bringing your own filled bottle.

Food if your flight is long enough that you’ll get hungry. It’s not a big deal if you forget food, since most airports have a pretty decent food court.

The minor things. Hair ties, sunglasses, pens, concealer, moisturiser. Whatever makes you more comfortable.

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The contents of my carry-on bag differ from season to season, and location to location, but I’ve always made sure to carry these essentials with me. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and I promise to blog more often from now on (uni has been pretty hectic)!

What are your carry-on essentials?

Kat x

Avoiding weight gain at university

I was introduced to the term ‘fresher spread’ no more than 24 hours after I had first moved into college. This concept basically proposes that weight gain is common and expected in first year university students. Sure, your entire diet and exercise routine can be thrown out of the window when entering an entirely new environment fresh out of high school and your parents’ supervision. And living at college doesn’t make this transition much easier from a health perspective: vast choices of food, endless nights out and the freedom to do as much or as little physical activity as you want (sleep all day everyday? No problem).

While many people claim that fresher spread is legitimate, there are plenty of others who have not been physically affected at all by college. However, if you’re still a little worried, I’ve listed a few simple tips to help you along the way.

Disclaimer: Please do not overdo it. The following tips are to help you maintain your weight in a new environment, and not to lose any of it.

Don’t stop exercising

I was on four sporting teams during year 12, which was probably just above the average number compared to other girls in my grade. At school you were probably pestered by your parents or teachers until you were involved in regular sporting commitments; however, at university those forces are gone. This makes it too easy to become less physically active, or  even to stop exercising altogether.

The most common solution is to sign up for at least one sport that you’ve really enjoyed in the past (or try new one that looks interesting!). Other options include going for a run, swim, bike ride or to the gym, either alone or with friends. Whatever gets you motivated!

Limit sugary drinks

It’s definitely easier to limit liquid calories than solid calories, so let’s start from there. Alcoholic drinks are undoubtedly the biggest culprit in terms of weight gain from the liquids in your diet. And when you consider just how many drinks you finish before heading out on a given night, it’s easy to see why this is the case.

I wouldn’t tell you to stop drinking alcohol altogether, but just remember that there are unhealthy drinks, and then there are… slightly less unhealthy drinks. Everyone knows that pre-mixed and soft drinks are filled with sugar and blah blah blah, but seriously: just one can of Sprite contains eight teaspoons of sugar. Eight! And a Double Black contains more than six. It’s possible to make slight improvements with simple swaps such as soda water over soft drinks, spirits or beer over wine, and citrus over fruit juice.

Just stay away from ‘diet’ soft drinks. Besides stevia, artificial sweeteners are nothing but detrimental to your health (just Google it). And real sugar tastes better anyway!

Choose your treats

Try to snack, go out for meals and eat dessert as often as you would do if you were at home. It’s important to remember that food options are not going anywhere, so there’s no rush to eat all the treats whenever they are offered to you. Fast food, churros and bags of chips are always going to be there whenever you need a quick treat.

If you’re having trouble, try and replicate your usual frequency of eating treats at home when you’re at university. If you would normally eat ice cream on two nights per week, go for it if that’s what you want. But don’t expect to remain the same weight if you begin eating ice cream for five nights per week, plus additional snacks and doughnut purchases.

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Keep moving

Incidental exercise is something you may not have really thought about during school. As it turns out, the constant running between your classes was actually doing you good! Walking to, from and around university does the same thing; however, if you have minimal contact hours like I do, you’ll only get this ‘exercise’ on 2-3 days per week. To get some additional incidental exercise, you could consider doing things such as: walking to the library instead of studying in your room, or walking to the local shops instead of driving.

 

The overall message here is that your body is rarely going to change unless you do. If you maintain your current diet and exercise habits, whatever they may be, don’t expect to see any physical changes. Good luck to anyone starting university this year!

Kat x

 

My Top 5 Beauty Products of all Time

I’ve always liked to discover new things. But I also like to follow my routines. Researching and testing things such as new foods, running routes and travel options is something that I find really interesting. Once the search is over and I’ve settled on options that truly work for me, I tend to stick to my habits and selections for a long time (until I get bored of them or think I’ve found a better replacement). Then the hunt starts all over again.

Beauty products are one of the things that I still enjoy searching for, and I have accumulated some well-loved makeup, hair and skin products over the years. Some of these have made huge contributions to my beauty routines, while it is the simplicity of others that has earned them a place in my bag. Overall, I’ve definitely found some all-time favourite beauty products. Here are my top 5:

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Let’s start off with an Australian classic. This ointment truly is multi-purpose, and can be used to help solve problems such as chapped lips, insect bites, dry skin and small cuts. For years I have been using this product as a lip balm, a gloss over lipsticks, and even as an eyebrow gel (life hack alert).

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

I’ve never had a problem with large pores, but I decided to try this product after seeing a YouTuber rave about it. It instantly softens your skin (rub some into the back of your hand to see for yourself!), smells great, stays matte all day and makes your foundation look flawless. I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.

Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser

My face never feels completely clean after using makeup wipes, so it’s a good thing that this cleanser doubles-up as a face wash and makeup remover to do that job for me. I’m being serious. Heavy makeup and waterproof mascara is no match for this product, as it all gets removed quickly and always leaves my skin feeling super clean. If you do use this product, be sure to apply a thick moisturiser afterwards to restore your skin’s hydration.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

There’s no other way to put it: this mascara is INCREDIBLE. It truly delivers its promises to separate and lengthen every single lash. The formula delivers a clump-free application and is available in black, brown and blue (if you’re into that) colours, and has a waterproof option.

This particular mascara is perfect for everyday use since it looks so natural. However, I wouldn’t recommend using this product at night if volume is what you’re after (it almost looks as though you’re not wearing any mascara after applying eyeliner and dark eyeshadows).

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

These eye shadows are super cute, smell like chocolate and are definitely more pigmented than Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes. Tailoring your look to suit any occasion is made easy with the Chocolate Bar’s wide range of shades, meaning that you won’t need to purchase multiple eyeshadow palettes (except if you’re wanting to create a look using black-based eyeshadows, which this particular palette is lacking). I have also found that the original Chocolate Bar is a lot more versatile than its Semi-Sweet counterpart.

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I doubt that all of these will remain as favourites forever, but in the meantime I’m happy to have found such great products that I love and enjoy using. New technologies and formulas are developed all the time, and I don’t think I’ll ever close myself off from trying out exciting new beauty products. Thank you so much for reading and I’ll be sure to publish more posts soon!

What are your all time favourite beauty products?

Kat x

 

Number One

I’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Hey there, welcome to my first post on Details and Simplicity! I created this blog about a week ago and am excited to begin regularly posting soon. The topics I am currently planning to write about include exercise, travel, university, wellness and many others (I’m still trying to organise all of my ideas!).

Fun fact: this is actually the third blog I’ve started. My first was a beauty blog (lol), hosted on Tumblr of all places, that I updated very regularly from January to September in 2013. Since makeup and beauty are only my hobbies and not my passions, it’s understandable that I quickly became tired of posting on this particular blog. I created my second blog in May 2013, which was a lifestyle blog hosted on Blogger. Sadly, my motivation to post soon declined when I commenced year 11 (waaaay too much pressure to perform well at school), and stopped updating this second blog in June 2014.

I have since completed high school, been accepted into a degree that I love and have spent a year studying it full-time at university.

Since I’ve changed a lot since I was sixteen, I decided that a new blog would be a better option than to continue with an older one. And so Details and Simplicity was born! Since one of my best friends is also interested in blogging, she may end up writing a few posts for this page or even becoming a permanent contributor. Exciting stuff.

Thank you so much for visiting and stay tuned!

Kat x