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The Best Perth Local Last-Minute Holiday Gifts in 2021!

♥ Last minute gift ideas from Perth businesses? We’ve got you sorted! Image by Boris Pavlikovsky.

Left your gift shopping to the last minute again? Don’t worry we’ve all been there! Christmas / holiday shopping can be super stressful, especially for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family who already seem to have everything!

Our solution? Gift cards! But not a boring old Coles / Myer gift card, we love giving our friends and family gift cards that help to support local Perth businesses – and in turn make THEIR holiday season even better too.

But where to buy from? Well, that’s why you are reading this article, right? Here is the ultimate list of our favorite Perth businesses you can purchase the perfect gift-card from – some wellness-y, others less so – to help you have a stress-free Christmas this year!

Fringe World

Probably the ultimate gift for Fringe fanatics, a Fringe voucher could mean a comedy show, a dramatic play, a musical spectacular, a scary sea-container experience, or whatever your giftee chooses to see for the upcoming 2022 Fringe season. You could even gift a Fringe Friends subscription voucher! Tickets & gift cards available to purchase here.

Image by @thenakedbarista_

Coffeefusion

Do you have a caffeine addict in your life? Coffeefusion is an Online Coffee roastery which places an emphasis on learning about coffee and how to get the best out of your coffee at home. Why not perk up their day with a Coffeefusion Barista 101 course so they can perfect making their own coffee at home?

If you are feeling super generous, you can also gift a prepaid coffee subscription that you can select for 3, 6, or 12 deliveries of delicious, locally roasted coffee. There’ll be plenty of caffeine-induced love from the recipient coming your way with this one!

♥ Dreamy Darcy, one of the fantastic instructors at Bike Bar!

Bike Bar

For the uninitiated, Bike Bar is a cardio party! These high-energy and fun classes would be perfect for those exercise addicts in your life who live for group fitness. For those who like to mix it up, Bike Bar now has 4 different styles of classes on offer, with the new BB Tone, BB Aerobics, BB Yoga and the OG BB Ride. They are located in Applecross and Claremont and you can grab gift vouchers for each studio here to help your friends get started on their 2022 resolutions: Claremont or Applecross!

♥The Empowered Centre

Empowered Centre

A gift card for the Empowered Centre in Midland is the ultimate treat for those who love to try new things! This fitness center has a great range of unique classes, many of which you can’t find anywhere else in perth. From aerial yoga, bungee fitness, fusion yoga, Kangoo fit, and aerial hoop classes to name a few, you’ll find the perfect class for the fitness enthusiast who is always craving a new thrill. You can buy gift cards for class passes or memberships in store or they can post them out to you, find their contact information here.

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Get Chunky

Get Chunky is the ultimate destination for those with a sweet tooth. New locations are popping up all over the place, so your lucky giftee won’t have to travel far to enjoy some sweet cookie goodness – they even have vegan options. You can buy gift cards in store at their Mount Lawley, Vic Park or their new Freo stores, and while you are there, why not enjoy a cheeky cookie yourself? View locations here.

♥ The Jungle Body Tribe

The Jungle Body Tribe

Jungle Body is probably the most fun you can have while getting fit! I mean, where else can you box to Beyonce, squat to Salt n Pepa or shake it to Shakira?!

All fitness levels are encouraged as just FOUR moves are used per track and they also give you lower intensity alternatives in case it’s a move that doesn’t work for you! Plus, the work-outs are in the dark, so no one can see if you accidentally go left instead of right (been there, done that!).

There are Jungle Body classes popping up all over the place, but the most central (and my personal fave) is The Jungle Body Tribe who run their sexy sessions out of Vic Park and Leederville. These classes would be perfect for anyone, I love going with my besties, mum, and sisters. You can buy class passes as a gift here.

♥ Pretzels as far as the eye can see…

Pretzel

For those that love a little snacky-snack – and lets be real, that’s pretty much all of us – look no further for gifts than Pretzel. These pretty-as-a-picture pastel pink stores have been popping up all over Perth and the crew make the pretzels by hand all day long so they’re fresh AF! Stores are located in Northbridge, Fremantle, Cannington, Joondalup, Mandurah so you should be able to find one close by. You can buy gift cards here, but be warned – they are SERIOUSLY addictive.

Planet Books

Perfect for the bookworm in your life, a giftcard for your local bookstore will make them do all the hard work by letting them choose their favourite summer read, while you get all the kudos for getting them the perfect gift! I love the selection at Planet Books and you can even buy their gift cards online, making this gift even easier! This is truly the perfect gift, as there is something for EVERYONE at Planet Books – buy here.

♥ Mickey J, Comedian

Comedy Lounge

There is nothing better than a good old laugh, and experiential gifts will leave your loved ones with less clutter, and more priceless memories. The perfect place to create some memories is at the Comedy Lounge! What more could they want than to experience a night of live stand-up comedy in the heart of the Perth CBD? Plus, not only are you supporting a local business, you are also supporting local comedians and performers. Gift cards for the Comedy Lounge can be used for tickets as well as food and drinks at the bar, to help someone enjoy the ultimate night out. Purchase gift cards here.

House of Hobby

For the creative people in your life, how about a fun workshop where they can finesse their skills or learn something new? House of Hobby offers a range of different workshops from pottery, painting, sewing, and heaps more. Guided by experts and with all equipment provided, these workshops are a great gift idea. Plus with every workshop participants will enjoy free-flowing sparkling, wine, mimosas, and bottomless OJ, tea and coffee for a non- alcoholic option, as well as a delish gourmet grazing platter.

Get your gift cards here!

The Purist Collection

We all have that person in our lives that loves all things natural and organic, and I have the perfect gift for them! Local gal, Emily Bathgate, started The Purist Collection after some health issues in her family and now puts her Naturopathy qualifications to good use by specialising in natural skincare, teas, and candles, as well as naturopathic therapies.

A gift card from The Purist Collection can be used on any of their gorgeous products, ebooks, naturopathy consults, or workshops. Purchase here.

Greenbunch

There is nothing better than receiving the gift of fresh flowers to add some colour and joy to your home. So obviously the next step up from that is letting someone choose their own favourite floral arrangement, potted plant or other gorgeous gift from the range at Greenbunch.

They have a stunning selection or floral arrangements to suit all tastes, as well as pot plants, vases, plant care products, seriously cute cookies, and heaps more!
Purchase a gift card for your flower fiend or green-thumbed friend here.

Your Local Cafe

There is nothing better on the weekend than going out for brunch at your favorite cafe, so why not gift someone that experience? Most cafes have gift cards or vouchers available, ask in store to find out what they can offer.

Or if you are seriously in a rush and you prefer to buy online, here are some of my fave spots (with direct links to purchase gift vouchers!):

Grouch and Co
The Little Bay
Bread in Common
Chinta
The Cat Cafe Puurth
The Wild Fig
Toast

While this list has some of my favourite Perth businesses to support, we each have our own favourite Perth spots, so why not ask your favourite local business if they offer gift cards that you can give to your loved ones this holiday season? I just know they will appreciate your support!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe festive season while supporting some fantastic local businesses!

Be well,

Leah

xoxo

The Ultimate Wellness-y Holiday Gift Guide for 2021.

Jasmine Alexa ‘Paint the Sky’ Shirt – $149 (details below!)

2021 is nearly over and what a year it has been. It’s definitely time to wind-down, relax, and spread some joy to our nearest and dearest friends & family.

One of the things many of us have learnt after this whirlwind of a year is how important self-care is for not only your physical health, but your mental health and wellbeing too. Self-care can come in many forms, from enjoying getting sweaty at that heart-pumping spin class with friends, to getting an extra 15 minutes of snoozing in the morning (my personal favourite), to buying yourself a special, little present that makes your heart happy.

With that in mind, we have put together a lovely collection of ways to give the gift of self-care to your favourite people (or maybe yourself) this holiday season.

Lingerie set from Kat the Label

Lingerie Loving

Looking cute is a form of self-care. There, we said it – sometimes we feel our best when we are looking our best, and there is no shame in that.

We challenge you to not feel hot AF (or make your lover feel sizzlin’) in a gorgeous lingerie set from Kat The Label (and not just from the summer heat!).

These stunning sets range from sizes XS-XL (up to L in bottoms – which is around a size 14 Australian) and have a huge range of styles and colours to suit just about anyone. Locally designed in Byron Bay, Australia, Kat The Label pieces are designed to enhance your femininity, and boost your sensuality and confidence with their gorgeous designs.

We particularly love these festive options, the Dahlia and Maverick sets, perfect for gifting to your girlfriend, besties, or a cheeky gift for yourself!

The Base Collective Beauty Sleep Bundle. Photo by @fantabhome

Sweet Dreams

If you are like us, all you’ll really want these holidays after an intensely busy year is a good, long, restful sleep! That’s exactly what the Beauty Sleep Bundle from The Base Collective is designed for. This dreamy trio of products is designed specifically for restless sleepers and features the calming properties of Magnesium and Organic Lavender Oil to enhance relaxation and help you nod off to dreamland.

The Beauty Sleep Spray in particular is an absolute GAME CHANGER, and we recommend three spritzes onto your tummy or chest half an hour before bed – it’s been sending us into the sweetest of deep sleeps for the past few weeks now, and it’s already the latest product to be welcomed into our ongoing, never-want-to-be-without-it, routine.

It’s also suitable for all skin types and is vegan and cruelty free, so you can rest easy knowing that whoever you gift this to will be good to go.

The Muse S – from $549 AUD

For those that have a loved one that is super-sleep deprived, stressed or burnt out, and want to help them find a way to easily drop into the ultimate zen state, then we recommend the Muse S, which is a revolutionary sleep aid that utilises EEG technology (a fancy way of saying it tracks brainwave activity) to help you to understand and track how well you focus, sleep and recharge to improve concentration during the day, and enhance sleep at night.

The Muse S Headband also comes with their ‘Digital Sleeping Pills’ program, which sounds pretty cool and is even cooler in practice. This program helps you nod off to sleep, and also helps you quickly fall back to sleep if you wake up in the night. What more could you or your stressed-out gift-recipient need?

This is a pretty special pressie, and we can guarantee that if anyone on your gifting list received one of these – with regular use their stress levels will be decreased, and feelings of joy will be up-levelled.

Find out more and shop here. A full review will be coming soon!

We love these gift ideas for new mums, busy work-aholics and other sleep-deprived loved ones (which, let’s be honest, probably includes yourself!).

Photo of The Ritz Carlton Perth by @sullivang_

Gorgeous Getaways

While it is a bit tricky for those of us in WA to plan for holidays while we are waiting for the borders to officially open, the good news is that WA is a WA-y better spot for a holiday anyway! So why not gift your nearest and dearest with a luxe staycation at the stunning Ritz-Carlton at Elizabeth Quay, overlooking the sparkling Swan River.

The Ritz-Carlton has the perfect romantic staycation package available for that special person in your life who deserves the ultimate in pampering. Fingers crossed they choose to take you with them 😉 Lucky holiday-makers will enjoy a delicious breakfast at Hearth Restaurant for two daily, a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, late 12 noon checkout, as well as free-standing bathtubs and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city and river – bliss. From $669 per room, per night.

Learn more and book your holiday at home for the holidays here!

Inika’s stunning Rosy Glow Gift Set – $99

Glow Up Gifting

We love a gorgeous makeup set, particularly when they come in stunning packaging (who doesn’t get sucked in by a pretty box!) and this set from premium mineral makeup & cruelty-free/vegan brand Inika Organics has most certainly caught our packaging-loving eye.

Their Rosy Glow set comes with Radiant Glow Veil which can double as a hydrating primer and finishing illuminisor – and will have your recipient receiving compliments galore – and their gorgeous and highly-pigmented Mineral Baked Blush Duo in Burnt Peach. This set suits a range of different skin types and is the perfect gift for your beauty loving friend to help them enhance their holiday glow naturally & ethically.

ASPAR Body Spa Rituals Gift Pack – $49.95

Serene Spa Days

The gift for those who love a relaxing ritual during their down time, why not try a gorgeous set from Aurora Spa Rituals? Their range of botanically active products have been created with care and expertise by therapists at the award-winning Aurora spas.

We particularly love these two sets, the Relax Home Spa Kit and Body Spa Rituals which will turn any bathroom into an ultra relaxing, luxurious, at-home oasis.

Ritz-Carlton Robe Hamper – $280

The Ritz-Carlton has also come to the spa-party with some great products to complete your loves staycation (see above!). The Ritz-Carlton Spa Travel Hamper features skincare and beauty products by LaGaia Unedited, or complete the spa experience with the bespoke Robe Hamper featuring a luxurious Ritz-Carlton bathrobe, People4Ocean sun-care products, and calming lavender drops. View these luxe gifts and more ideas from Ritz Carlton here.

Skin to Skin, Mum & Bub Box from Vatea – $98

Bundles of Joy

For those with loved ones who have new little loves in their lives why not a gift that is both for them and their new addition? The Skin to Skin, Mum and Bub Box – all natural and organic of course – from VATÉA is the perfect gift during pregnancy and for new mothers. Featuring Loving Baby Massage Oil, infused with key oils of chamomile and lavender; Gentle Baby Balm which is a essential multi-use product for new mums and bubs and can be used as bottom balm, nipple balm and healing balm; Pure Body Oil designed for supple skin and helps prevent stretch marks; and Soothing Oil Wash to soften and support any dry skin.

Jasmine Alexa ‘Embrace’ Bike Shorts – $89.99

Self-care in Yr Activewear

Ok, so this one may be the PERFECT “self-gift”, because there is nothing better than brand-new activewear, especially to help you get motivated to exercise after a bit of overindulgence over the festive season.

Local Australian activewear brand Jasmine Alexa focuses on sustainably designed and created pieces, the majority of which are made locally in Melbourne. We have our eyes on a few pieces from their range, namely the Embrace Bike Shorts and the Comeback Crop for a cute matchy-matchy look that would suit a wide range of workouts.

Plus, you can combine these with their Paint the Sky oversized shirt (pictured at the top of the article) for a fun post-workout class brunch look. It’s also the perfect throwover to protect your skin while basking at the beach (and make you feel like a fashionista while you’re at it).

Giving someone a thoughtful gift that will help them prioritise their well-being lets them know that you care. Plus, there’s nothing stopping you from giving yourself one of these gifts, either. (We won’t tell!)

The festive season is fast-approaching, so we hope this list has helped spark some gift ideas for the ones you love, to help everyone on your list relax and recharge this festive season, and put their well-being first.

Article by Leah Worthington & Annette Gohl.

This Wellness-Retreat Worthy Pineapple & Coconut Smoothie Are What Your Glowing Skin Dreams Are Made Of!

♥ Creamy, dreamy & delicious!

Let’s face it, while we’d all love to take a trip to a wellness retreat once a month (just me?), sometimes funds, work, day-to-day life or Coronavirus just wont allow us the regularity of retreating that we definitely deserve.

That’s why building retreat-style rituals into your week is the perfect way to dial up your zen, infuse your body with much needed nutrients and give yourself a couple of minutes time out.

Today we chatted to the gorgeous Shelley Pryor, organic gardener & smoothie expert at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, to find out her top glowing smoothie recommendation that will get you glowing.

Check it out and leave a comment below if you try the recipe! x

Shelley’s Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

♥ 1 x young coconut, juice (approx. 400ml) and flesh (if you can’t find a fresh young coconut, regular coconut water can be substituted, and Amazonia do a frozen coconut meat sachet)
♥ 3 x oranges, peeled and chopped, seeds removed
♥ 2 x cups ripe pineapple, diced
♥ 2 x limes, juiced
♥ 1 x piece of fresh ginger, approx. 4cm, sliced
♥ 20 x mint leaves or lemon balm/lemon verbena
♥ 1/2 x avocado, flesh scooped out

Optional extra: Add a 5cm piece of Aloe Vera, well drained and rinsed to add amazing benefits for your digestive system and help make your skin glow.

Place all ingredients except the avocado in a blender and process until smooth. Add the diced avocado and blend again.

Serves 4 (approx. 150ml per serve)

Health Benefits

Pineapple is particularly great as an anti-inflammatory. It is rich in vitamin C, supports the immune system and aids in the production of collagen.

Coconut water is a delicious source of hydration and mint is great for digestion. Coconut is a good source of medium chain triglycerides, known to be important for liver and bowel health.

Note: During Summer switch the pineapple for mango!

Are you keen to try this glow-inducing smoothie? Let us know below!

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Beauty Cabinet Organised.

From primers and BB creams, through the latest eyeshadow palettes and vegan lipsticks, to a huge variety of makeup brushes and dewy mists – figuring out how to organize your beauty cabinet can be a difficult, time-consuming, and not-very-fun task.

We’re here to help! There are a few effective ways to limit the beauty product mess to a minimum. Follow our top tips on how to keep your beauty cabinet organised and save a ton of time on your morning routine.

Clean out Your Beauty Collection

The first and most important thing is to clean all of your beauty products and to get rid of the ones that have expired. Take every product you own out of its drawer, cabinet, etc. Yes, that means even the ones you keep in the shower. Spread them out and get rid of all the ones that have expired or have duplicates. After all, you probably don’t need to have five brown mascaras. Also, get rid of everything that you’ve bought impulsively and you’re never going to use. For anything that’s still in date and unused, consider gifting to friends or even your local women’s shelter.

Everyday/Special Occasions

Аfter you’ve gotten rid of everything you don’t need, it’s time to sort everyday items from speciality items. Organise your products into two categories – things that you use daily and items that are a bit more luxe that you save for special occasions.

We recommend storing these top-notch products (think your LA Mer foundation & Rae Morris brushes) which you save for date nights, New Year’s celebrations and special events, in a dedicated makeup pouch and keep it away from all the rest. Gorman have some really cute options. In addition, it’s a good idea to have another pouch for all of your travel toiletries, so the next time you’re going on a trip you won’t spend hours packing!

Evaluate Your Space

Take a hard, honest look at how much space you’ve got. Do you share a small space in the bathroom with your roommates, or have a huge vanity just to yourself? This step is extremely important because you may need to adjust how many products you can keep out in the open (we know, it sucks). If you have a little space, keep only the most important daily items on your shelf. The rest of them you can find some creative ways to organise. For example, you can buy transparent containers from K-Mart, IKEA, or Howards Storage World if you want to get fancy.

Use Containers and Labels

The availability to see your entire collection and easily access it is essential. This will help you keep your beauty cabinet organised since you won’t have to go through the entire assortment to find something. Makeup organizers that have adjustable dividers can be your new best friend. They’ll help you better organise your makeup collection as it grows or shrinks. You can put different labels and decorations on each compartment.

Divide and Conquer

You can use the same organizer for all your beauty products. However, we would recommend you to use separate ones to ensure everything has its own place and stays super easy to find.

For example, you can use one container for your brushes and divide them into the following categories: face, eyes and lips. Another one for all your skin-care products, a third one got your lipstick and lip gloss collection. The main container with your everyday makeup you can keep on top of your beauty cabinet and the other ones inside the cabinet drawers.

Final Steps

It’s time to put everything together. Arrange the containers with your everyday products front and centre. If any of your everyday beauty products comes in an enormous bottle, you can transfer some of it into a pretty little bottle that will look much better of your shelf. The same goes for cotton swabs and cotton balls. They can go into chic, small boxes that can pass as decor.

Following all these tips will get you well & truly on your way to a nicely organised beauty cabinet. It will not only ensure that your countertop won’t become a huge cluttered mess but also it will save you a ton of time when you’re getting ready to go out!


Jane Wilson is a marketing and social manager, a mom and a blogger from Melbourne. Her interests in home improvement come from an earliest age, she loves engaging in different remodeling projects, as well as creating her own natural cleaning solutions. She manages the local brand of Fantastic Cleaners, and she owns a small blog called Modern Housewives, where she shares all kinds of tips and recipes.

7 Tips to Wake up to Better Skin

Every new day is like turning the page on life and having a chance to refresh, re-set and start again! So, if we’re refreshing ourself, it makes sense for us to be able to refresh our skin too. Is it even possible to wake up with better skin? Well, I’m hoping my seven top tips might help you do just that!


Always Be a Barefaced Beauty

It’s the absolute golden rule that you should always, always, ALWAYS, remove your makeup before bed, yes, even after a late night out. This is with good reason. Hopping into bed without taking your full face off is a surefire way to clog up your pores and boost free radicals. This speeds up the ageing process , which is certainly NOT what you want if you’re looking for a dewy morning glow.

Pamper Yourself Ready for Beauty Sleep

Although I’ve told you above to be a barefaced beauty when you slip between the sheets, once you take off your makeup, there are a few more layers of the good stuff you should think about popping on to your face, to help you wake up with glowing skin. A nice cleanse, tone and moisturise should do the trick!

Think Smartly About What you Drink

If you do happen to be out socialising ahead of hitting the sack, make sure you’re not crawling into the sheets parched! Try soda water with fresh lime or coconut water as a mixer if you’re having alcohol, to counteract its dehydrating effects. Definitely avoid sugary, caffeinated drinks too, such as cola, fruit juices and energy drinks, as they can unsettle your sleep and leave your skin thirsty.

Nail Your Pillow Position

Did you know, your beauty sleep may actually be contributing to your wrinkles!? No word of a lie, sleep wrinkles can actually form by what is believed to be the result of the skin being pushed and pulled against the pillow, damaging skin-smoothing collagen over time. Future-proof your face by sleeping on your back – lying face down or sideways on your pillow can help cause lines to form.

Slip On a Silky Eye-Mask

Another nifty trick to avoid those dreaded face creases, while you unwittingly catch your zzzzs, is to invest in a silk eye mask! It not only blocks out the light to help you drift off, but it can also help with your skin staying crease-free by helping to prevent the pillow from being pushed into the side of the face. Plus, the silk can also soothe the skin, helping to lock in moisture and prevent visible dehydration. Amazing!

Pile the Pillows Up High

Aim to sleep with your head elevated on two pillows, as if you lie flat during your slumber fluids can pool around your eyes causing you to wake up with puffy peepers! Keeping your head elevated during the night means the fluids don’t have the opportunity to gather up, so you wake bright eyed and beautiful!

Bank Those ZZZZZZ’s

Perhaps the most obvious tip, but certainly the most crucial, is to actually get enough sleep to quantify the phrase beauty sleep in the first place. Go to bed at a decent time to ensure you lock in a good eight hours. Those that get the recommended dose of shut eye wake up with smoother, clearer skin. If you are sleep deprived, there’s a chance you’ll look pale, worn-out, and have bags under your eyes. So get into a relaxing bedtime routine, avoid screens and get ready to reap the rewards when you wake!

Contributor: Katy Rachel Moore is into all things wellness and loves to get her teeth stuck into into the latest health trends.