UPDATE: NEW BLOG

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.47.43 pmHi everyone,

I’d like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, commented on and responded to my blog in the past couple of months. It has meant so much to me – I’ve always wanted to start one but until the start of this year, I was too scared. FINALLY I took the plunge and it has been oh-so rewarding. So much so, that I have decided to upgrade:

Introducing…

TWENTY & CO

My new blog. Yep, I officially own my own .com. And it feels fabulous. Why TWENTY & CO? Well, as you may have noticed, The World by J doesn’t really have a “niche”. I’ve written about fashion, done reviews about books, random rants about topics in the news, and so on. So I decided, in order to make the name and my blog relevant to readers, I’m still going to write about all that stuff and more – BUT – TWENTY & CO is dedicated to all of us who are close to becoming, or are already, a “twenty-something.” In Australia, 18 is considered being an adult, but I still don’t really feel like a “real” adult. Will I ever feel like a real adult? I don’t know. But I’m looking forward to writing about a whole bunch of different topics as I begin my journey into the twenties. Over the next week I will be uploading some of my favourite/most popular posts from The World by J before I begin posting new content. First up is my career profile on Chloe Clark from Beginning Boutique. I hope those of you reading this decide to come along for the ride. If not, thank you for being so supportive and interested in my work here.

Lots of love,

xxxxx

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J

xxxxxxx

July Favourites

This month I’m happy to have finally gotten around to buying and trying some things I’ve wanted for a while. Therefore, I thought I’d compile them into a neat, little post dedicated to my favourite things from the month of July.

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Curly hair problems

Carrie-Bradshaw-Hair-WavesYou won’t find my hair in tight ringlets or an afro. It’s a far more relaxed curl – the closest comparison I can give is to Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Last night, as I lay in bed regretting my decision to book a 9:00am hair appointment, I began to think of all the problems associated with having very wavy/curly hair.

So I decided to compile a little list of the experiences and issues associated with having such unruly tresses, in the hope that some fellow curly-headed sisters and misters would be able to empathise.

1. The pain of trying to detangle your hair
Almost everyone gets knots in their hair – but none are as hard to diminish as the tightly tangled knots of curly hair. I remember when I was younger and had my hair combed/brushed by my mum, I would scream and yell because of the pain. Maybe I was being dramatic, but hey, it really hurt – especially back when I had a real fro’. Eventually I developed my own tactics for getting the knots out, minus the feeling of pulling my hair out!

2. Hiding the pain in front of the hairdresser
Despite the hairdresser being far more painful than my mother – I simply refused to show a stranger the pain I was in.

3. I was never able to get a side fringe
At a time when bangs were the big trend and everyone had a side fringe, I could never get one. Curls aren’t very good fringe material. Although I’m glad now that I never made the chop – back then I was wishing for straight hair purely to be able to get a fringe.

4. No two days are the same
I can never guarantee that my hair will behave the way I want it to. One day it’s beautifully curly, then flat, wavy, a ball of fuzz or simply refuses to create any form of decent hairstyle.

5. Remembering the potential for it to ‘bounce up’
For years I was too scared to cut my hair any shorter than mid-length due to the fear that my hair would return to it’s childhood state – super tight curls. Sometimes a hair length looks great with straight hair, but with curly hair it may be way shorter. I’m yet to see the results of this morning’s haircut in my hair’s natural state.

6. The time and effort required to straighten your hair
I know some curly headed girls who religiously straighten their hair, but I am someone who prefers to do it as little as possible to keep it healthy and to embrace my natural tresses. When I do straighten my hair, it takes forever – not only due to the amount of hair but also the fact that it doesn’t always bow to the power of the heat plate instantly.

These are just a few problems I’ve had over the years, I found a more comprehensive and funny list here. It seems that those with curly hair always wish for straight, and those with straight hair wish for curly! Despite the occasional annoyance, I do love my hair the way it is. It’s unique and interesting, and I don’t see any point in hiding the nature of the locks I’ve been given.

I’d love to hear about your hair-related hassles!
xxxxxxx

Adoring Anatomicals


photo“if you’re on this planet for 
80 years, do you know how many days you’ll spend showering? we do. and it’s a lot. we do. in fact, if you shower for 10 minutes a day, every day, you’ll spend an incredible 195.5 days getting your body clean. if it takes you 20 seconds to wash your hands, you’ll also spend an amazing 39 days helping prevent germs. personal hygiene is tedious and time consuming enough, which is why you need anatomicals to make your daily ablutions a little more exciting and fun. we’re bold, we’re British, we’re ballsy and we only want you for your body. “

In today’s society, we are constantly being told that we should:

a) have the perfect healthy body – thigh gap included and…
b) embrace our bodies, whatever their size, and know that personality is more important.

It’s a little confusing, having both of these ideals thrown at us day in day out, but a body care company beginning to hit the shelves in Australia is happy to admit that it doesn’t care about who you are on the inside – it “only wants you for your body.”

Anatomicals is a British company that has only recently debuted in Australia. As soon as I laid my eyes on their range of products at work, I had to try them out.  Today I went ahead and took my time smelling and deciding what to buy. Let me tell you, it was hard, and not just because they all smell freakin’ amazing. As I am currently studying for my university marketing exam, I was in awe of the genius that created the names and descriptions of each product. “100% Not Chanel, But Cocoa All The Same” “Silly Twits Ignore Their Mits” “Be Good With Your Hands in Bed” and “There Won’t Be A Dry Thigh In The House” are just a few examples. I think it’s great how Anatomicals is promoting its products to young women in a fun (albeit rhyming) and humorous way.

I chose “New York, London, Paris and Foam”, a fruity body cleanser, and “The Seven Deadly Skins” melon body scrub. I just got out of the shower after using both products for the first time and it’s safe to say my skin feels softer and cleaner than ever – plus the smell of the products in the shower and on my skin is ahhhh-mazing! Each cleaner/scrub/lotion costs $8 – very reasonable for something that smells so great, is aesthetically pleasing, paraben free and doesn’t test on animals. I am so glad I went ahead and embraced anatomicals and you should too!

Anatomicals can be found at Target, Priceline and Chemist Warehouse stores.

Enjoy and let me know what you think

xxxxx