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VALENTINES DAY

Irena Masters


GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and every year I always get stuck when thinking of what sort of gift I can surprise Will with. Guys can be pretty damn tricky to shop for. So I thought I would do a little research and jot down a few options. So If you’re coming up short in the idea department, you’re in luck, cupid gave me a little help and I was able to select 7 V-Day gifts for your one and only, or your two, or three, whatever floats your boat. So scroll down and check out the love list, I have written links below for each little idea. 

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1. Willie May's Necktie, $77
Every man needs a tie in his life, this red, ivory purple and orange ikat tie is made of 100% Organic Cotton. Perfect gift for your man.

2. Byron Bay Gifts - The Relaxation Remedy, $99
All men need to feel pampered sometimes! I know for a fact Will would LOVE this. Such a cute gift hamper that includes a variety of different premium shaving products. All Valor products are made from natural ingredients, free from palm oil, synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulphates and preservatives, which is a big tick in my books. Also included in this bag of goodies is a few Sanctum products, moisturiser and face & body scrub. Out of everything though I think Will and the majority of men out there would probably appreciate the Byron Bay Cookies the most! 

3. MONTBLANC Meisterstück Cufflinks with Montblanc Emblem, $300
These cuff links are just so damn beautiful. They timeless and can be worn with absolutely any suit. Made out of stainless steel so you can be assured that they will be around for a long time. 

4. Calvin Klein Cotton Stretch Trunk Pack of 3, $99.95
You can't go wrong with some underwear! I swear Will goes through 10 pairs of underwear every month!  All girls love a bit of Calvin Klein on their man so this pack of three is the way to go - Finished with the brands iconic waistband in 3 different colours, Calvin Klein's cotton-blend trunks will instantly update your mans essentials.

5. Happy Socks - Key to My Heart, $16.95
The name says it all! These are just way too cute for Valentine's Day. Plus side too is they have unisex sizes, so I'm seriously considering getting myself a pair! Not sure how Will is going to feel about figuring out who's is who. We currently have one shirt that is the same and oh gosh it's rough sometimes - there was one time where we both turned and noticed we had worn the same shirt for the same event on accident. It was hard to convince him that I had chosen to wear it first! 

6. Ben Sherman - Booklet Trifold Leather Wallet, $89.95
I love this wallet so much not only does it have a coin pouch but it also features an i.d window sleeve. This wallet won't break the bank (another pun intended).

7. Otto Brisbane Six Course Seafood Degustation for Two, $195
You know what they say, the key to a mans heart is through the stomach. Feed him silly. Treat your taste buds as well as his to an unforgettable dining experience. This would of been a MUST HAVE for Valentines Day with Will, but because of his strict diet at the moment he won't be able to do this, I guess I will just have to take my mum!

What are you gifting the man in your life this Valentine’s Day?!

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NEW YEARS REFLECTION

Irena Masters

The New Year is a time where I normally like to internally reflect on the year that's just passed. It is more or less arbitrary when the end of the year starts or finishes but because this is the most common rhythm marked by the calendar, I always find it a good time to assess parts of my life. This year I thought I would do something different by typing my reflection down and sharing with you all instead. I like to think about all of the positive gains that I should appreciate and feel grateful for and about the missed opportunities or down times that occurred. Basically I like to recount the good and the bad of the past year. By reflecting on the past I feel like it helps me learn from my experiences and allows personal growth.

It's actually so hard to believe that twenty-seventeen is over. 2017 was an extremely eventful year for William and I. Not only did we purchase our first home together but we also got married! These two milestones brought us so much happiness! Although, if I'm honest it also created a lot of stress throughout the year. Not stress in our relationship but more so stress from the planning and organisation parts.

It has all been hectic to say the least! Everything from signing legal contracts, buying a house on the same street as our closest friends, moving out, moving in, purchasing furniture, building furniture, decorating, changing address, visiting my dad in New Zealand, multiple camping trips throughout the year (Mount Barney, Mount Tambourine, Big Riggen Park, Flanagan Reserve, Camp Somerset, Bluff Creek, and Noosa Everglades), going on our first cruise, attending our close friends wedding in New Castle, going to our first concert together, attending my mums annual Chamber of Commerce function in Melbourne & Sydney, having our Hens & Bucks Parties, having a bridal shower (no, that's not when everyone helps me shower), planning a wedding, learning to dance (for the wedding), getting married, planning a honeymoon, going on our honeymoon to the Maldives & Dubai, slowly changing everything I own with my new surname, going to Los Angeles and Vegas to work with my best friend (and managing to miss our returning flight), losing friendships, gaining friendships, after 5 or so years of visiting multiple doctors, specialists, naturopaths, and dietitians we finally got a diagnosis/results back for Wills stomach issue and can finally begin his treatment, multiple Byron Bay trips to spend time with family, and all the chaos in between, has been craaazy. 

I wonder if this year will be anywhere as insane. Either way I am up for the challenge and so excited, but before I start planning and scheduling this years events I wanted to come up with some goals for Twenty-Eighteen. 

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Continue library nights. William and I decided to start little library nights at home. Before we go to bed we turn off all electronics and read for 30-40mins then discuss what we just read/learnt. I'm really enjoying this not only because of the knowledge gained but also cause it allows me to switch off before bed. 


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Start this Blog and continue it. I love sharing experiences with others especially if it can provide little bits of knowledge to someone else. So many blogs have helped me with our adventures, situations, and projects so I thought it may come in handy to someone who also is doing or wanting to do similar things. I also love the idea of being able to re-read memories and moments.


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Be active at least 4 times a week. I started working out roughly 5 times a week a couple of months before our wedding, and not only did I see changes in my body, but I also felt like I had ten times the energy both mentally and physically. Good health is important and I want to move my body more and nourish it with fresh food but I also don't want to obsess over it and just want to have a good balance. 


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Be more patient and slow down. I'm so bad at this. I am literally on the go 5AM - 9:00PM and as soon as something at work or at home slows me down, I tend to get a little snappy. I hate sitting at home on the couch even if it's for 5mins. I am always wanting to do something. I need to stop and take a breath, sit and relax without thinking about what I should be doing, and allow things to happen more naturally.


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Don't worry and think positively. I’m a pretty positive person already and tend to always see the good in a bad situation, but when it comes to what people say or think about me, I sometimes let it worry me too much. I need to learn to accept their opinion but not let it change or get to me. 


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Stress less. This sort of links to number four. When I get busy with work or at home I need to take a step back and see the bigger picture.


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Work hard. I still want to continue to progress and do more projects and work with more clients but manage and balance it better.


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Travel and backpack around Europe. I absolutely LOVE travelling. I haven't been back to Europe since I was in primary school. So I am so excited to tick this off my list, William and I have already booked our flights we just need to go!


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Say "I love you" every single damn day. I already say this to William every day without fail, and I definitely won't be stopping anytime soon. A lot of the time it's easy to assume that your loved ones know that you love them, but I think it's important that they hear it. 

I’m sure I could think of loads more goals, but then I would not be following points number four or six! So I will leave it there. I love the new year it's the time to bring balance into our lives and look at all the positives that override the negatives. Happy New Year to you! Please let me know your goals in the comments or via Instagram msg @irenaclare I would love to know what everyones are.

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