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Koh Samui weekend: Via Instagram

Koh Samui trip through Instagram


I’m not dead! I’ve just been spending most of my time in my photography and lifestyle social media accounts (Straight, No Chaser Photography). If we haven’t connected there yet, find me at  and FB:  . My photography website is

We went to Koh Samui last week to attend our friend’s wedding. It was a blissful 4 days of hour long massages on the beach, coconut shakes, incredible street food, and hanging out with friends. I wish we had an extra few days there, but I’m saving my leave for our Spain trip later this year.

It’s actually painful coming back and realising that buying groceries to cook dinner costs more than buying a delicious Thai meal in Koh Samui. Le sigh.

Posted by on Jun 26th, 2017 in lifestyle and health, Photo Diary, Uncategorized | 1,524comments

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Winter Skincare: Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream Review

Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream

I was given a chance to try the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream (rrp $44.95/60mL) recently and it has become to be one of my favourites from Trilogy. It’s a medium weight night time formula that feels silky and absorbs well after a quick massage into the skin with no greasy residue.  It feels quite similar in texture to the Sukin Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream, although they are formulated with a different mix of plant oils. Compared with other Trilogy moisturisers- it is lighter than their Ultra Hydrating Cream (which is more like a balm), but richer than their Very Gentle Calming Fluid .

Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream is formulated with manuka honey, antioxidant rich plant oils such as rose hip, cranberra, acai, and skin loving extracts such as aloe and goji berry. As you would expect from Trilogy there are no unnecessary fillers (e.g. mineral oil), or known petrochemical irritants often found in skincare (e.g. propylene glycol).

It’s quite a dry winter in Canberra at the moment, so I’ve been using this during the day (sits well under makeup), and at night I’ve been using this under a couple of drops of the A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum – which I massage into the skin after giving the Rosapene Night Cream a few minutes to completely sink in. It’s a regime which is working really well for me at the moment. I’ll be testing more winter skincare products over the coming months, but I would otherwise have been happy to stick to this for the rest of winter.


Trilogy says…

Start a good day the night before. Enriched with our unique antioxidant-rich Rosapene™ oil blend, this high performance night recovery cream works with the skin’s own natural process for optimum regeneration. Wake up to a brighter, revitalised complexion.


Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream Ingredients:

Aqua (water)Prunus amygdalus dulcis oilCetearyl alcoholRosa Canina (rosehip) seed oilCetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivateCoco-caprylateLycium Barbarum Fruit ExtractRosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (and) Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Tocopherol, Lycopene, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil (and) Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract Euterpe oleracea fruit oil,Honey (mel)Aloe barbadenis leaf extractOenothera biennis seed oil,Sclerocarya birrea seed oilPersea gratissimaChamomilla recutita flower extractCalendula officinalis flower extract (and) glycine soja (soybean) oil,Theobroma cacao seed butter,Tocopheryl acetateParfumRosmarinus officinalis leaf extractCitric acid,Dehydroacetic acid (and) benzyl alcoholCitralGeraniolCitronellol,LimoneneLinalool

Posted by on Jun 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 43comments

Straight No Chaser: Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

Tasmania, and Hobart in particular, is a special place for us. We’ve lived in a few places in the last few years, with friends scattered in various states – so it made sense to have a (domestic) destination wedding. Having our wedding in Hobart was an easy decision to make.

A few weekends ago, Phil and I flew to Hobart to finalise the reception, church, and make a decision on the band that we wanted for our reception. We had done a lot of exploring in the city and surrounds so we decided to take it easy this time around and just visit a few favourite places and have as many scallop pies as our digestive systems would allow.

Some images from our weekend away…

Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)



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Posted by on Mar 31st, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Hair care favourites 2014: thrifty to luxe

I’ve tried quite a number of hair care products in the past year, and there have been a few products that have stood out for me.

MooGoo Milk Shampoo and Clear Scalp Therapy Conditioner: favourite cheap hair care


Clear Scalp And Hair Total Nourishing Care Conditioner $5.99

I picked up this drugstore wonder when I ran out of conditioner while travelling- and it surprised me by outperforming many of the more expensive conditioners I’ve tried. Very nice on dry, colour damaged hair. Not sure about the claims re. scalp care because I personally never use conditioner on my scalp.

I’ve tried the hair mask in their range- and I still prefer the regular daily conditioner.

Moogoo Milk Shampoo $17.50

A staple all year round for years. Scalp’s best friend.

EVO The Therapist Shampoo and Conditioner, EVO The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask


Mid range:

EVO The Great Hydrator mask  $29.95

I reviewed this earlier in the year- it’s a great mask that worked really well to keep my hair strong, frizz-free, and manageable over the super dry Canberra winter.

EVO The Therapist Calming Conditioner  $29.95

This is a great everyday conditioner for dry hair that hydrates and detangles without weighing the hair down. Like all EVO hair care products- it smells gorgeous.

EVO The Therapist Calming Shampoo  $29.95

A decent sulphate free shampoo for when I want a change from my usual MooGoo. Gentle and effective.

Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine Treatment Mask: favourite luxe hair product



Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine $60

Another hair product that I reviewed earlier- this hair mask should be accompanied by the sound of angels singing. My favourite 2014 Kerastase product in the last couple of years by far (and I’ve tried quite a few from them- not all Kerastase products can justify their high end price tag, but this one does).

note: EVO and Kerastase products were sent by PR for trial purposes. See PR tab for editorial policy.

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized | 166comments

Straight No Chaser Travel Diary: Chiang Mai Cooking School

When we first arrived in Chiang Mai I was a little bit disillusioned by the way that tourism has taken over the city- there seemed to be more foreigners than Thais in downtown Chiang Mai, their ‘Night Bazaar’ was a very large collection of stands selling plasticky souvenirs to tourists, and every second thing on wheels- tuk tuk or Songthaew (red passenger truck) had ‘Tiger Kingdom’ or ‘Elephant Camp’ on the side. Who wants a ticket to hug a sedated tiger? How about a sedated tiger cub? Any takers? Clearly there are enough to make a very profitable industry out of it.

I felt like we weren’t doing so well at getting to know the real Chiang Mai, and even though we walked for hours on foot I felt that it was a lot harder to get a sense of how the locals lived than it was in Bangkok.  Phil booked a Thai cooking class on the next morning that we spent in Chiang Mai, and I was thrilled with how brilliant it turned out to be.

Thai cooking class-3




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Posted by on Dec 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized | 155comments

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