I  work in an Airport and I am always seeing passengers come through with super rad boots and I have been looking for ages to try and find what they are called. Typing in ‘cool hiking boots’ to google didn’t give me many positive hits, so I persisted with many other search keywords and eventually found them from an image search.

Palladium boots are the pinnacle of street boots. They far exceed converse in comfort and I feel like I could wear them anywhere. I opted for the ‘baggy’ style, which can be worn high or low and dressed up or down. They come in all different colours and are very reasonably priced, especially if you grab them on sale.

I bought mine from the Iconic and they cost $103 AUD, which converts to about $108 NZD. They were on special and normally retail for about $170 in retail stores. I went into Platypus shoes in the weekend and they have a massive range of colours and even some in leather which would be ideal for keeping your feet dry in winter if you wear them out and about a lot. I’d also like a pair of khaki or grey ones for summer (Christmas present to myself?).

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What I love about them:

  • Palladium boots are seriously comfy, they are nice and wide to fit your toes and have a really cushiony sole.

  • The tread is wicked- you can go for a bush walk and get some traction on the leaf littered ground.

  • The laces are nice and long so you can tie it however you like; a double knot or I like to wrap the lace around the part that folds down so the laces arent flapping all over the place.

  • These shoes are made really well- they feel expensive!

  • You can wear them folded down or fold them up for a high top look. Really versatile and pretty much go with anything.

  • I get the feeling when I wear them that I could travel the world and wear them everyday for a year. Maybe I’ll challenge myself to that when I do my OE! Actually I think I read somewhere that a dude was wearing Palladium boots for a year to raise money for charity.

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Anyway, go grab yourselves a pair, they’re exceptional.

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I’ve been feeling guilty about using products that are not cruelty free so I cleaned out my bathroom cupboard and chucked out anything that was tested on animals. I realized that I have a lot of stuff that I don’t need so anything that didn’t get used on a daily basis also ended up in the bin.

My next mission was to find some replacement products- I needed foundation, powder, mascara and liquid eyeliner but already had some blush and bronzer that were cruelty free (So Susan and Jelly Pong Pong). I loaded an app called ‘Bunny Free’ onto my iPhone and used that to check whether the products I wanted to buy were indeed being kind to animals.

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I chose NYX for my makeup needs, and Butter London as my nail polish choice. NYX isn’t very widely available in NZ so I get mine from Asos.com (it takes about a week to arrive but if you spend over $50 you get free shipping). I believe Farmers has a small range that you can purchase online but it isn’t in store yet.

A website called onceit often has Butter London on special so I grab two or three at once for $8.95 a bottle as opposed to $22.95 regular price. I love a god bargain! I find having a grey, navy blue or black and one or two bright colours gets me through the seasons.

I also found a gorgeous body wash at Countdown called ‘Only Good’ and it retails for $6.99 a bottle (445ml). Check it out and grab a bottle next time you are at the supermarket. It’s vegan, cruelty free and doesn’t contain any palm oil. The packaging is recyclable too! I reckon it would make a lovely addition to a gift basket.

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I’ll continue to add more brands to the list as I find them! I challenge you to have a look at your beauty products and replace them if they are tested on animals. Let me know how you get on- give ‘Bunny Free’ a go!

Take care,


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February Faves

So I’ve been cleaning out  lately (wardrobe/under the bed/shoe collection) and dropping the things I no longer need or want to local op shops. I came across some of the things that I really love so I thought I would share with you the products I enjoy using!

– First off, for Christmas 2015 my mum gave me a really cool face sponge. Made by Kuu Konjac, the sponges are biodegradable and chemical free. They are a hard sponge until immersed in water and as long as you hang it up (outside the shower) it can last 2-3 months. I use mine with a cleanser or just to give my skin a boost as it is good for generating new skin cells and stimulating blood circulation. There are different types of sponges for different types of skin types and they are really affordable.
You can read more about it here 

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-I used to have long, thick hair but November last year I cut it all off! I decided a ‘Lob’ (long bob) was for me, and I have never regretted it! I decided to get some decent hair products to make sure I kept it nice and healthy so I grabbed some Eleven Hair Miracle. You use it on wet hair, like a leave in conditioner and boy does it make a difference! My hair is so much easier to manage now, and seems to be really healthy. The absolute best thing about Eleven products is that they aren’t tested on animals! Check it out here 

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-Wendyl’s Citrus rub on deoderant is a product that I have only just started using and so far I love it. It is an all natural deoderant made with coconut oil, baking soda, Arrowroot and essential oils. It smells really nice and it is nice to know that there isn’t any aluminium or other nasty chemicals going onto my body. Try it! 

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-In my January Goodie Box (http://goodiebox.co.nz/) I got a So Susan Light Diffuser compact. I love that it is cruelty free and it gives my face a gorgeous glow. The darker half is great for contouring and the lighter half is good for an all over illumiator. I dont have to feel guilty about wearing make up if it is from So Susan 🙂 Find it out here  or look it up on Fishpond.co.nz to buy it in NZ.

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-Lastly I’d like to make a shout out to my skin-saving cleanser from Lush called Ultrabland. It is really oily but it gets off make up and keeps my dry skin moisturised. It is recommended for any skin types and it normally takes about a month for the cleanser to do it’s thang. I’ve been using it for about 2 years now and my skin has never looked better. You can buy it from any Lush stores or online here

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Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them!


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