Monday, 15 December 2014

Miss Ali wears...

Yesterday I went to the Gunners Barracks in Mosman for a beautiful high tea with beautiful friends!

Here's my outfit:

* Black skirt - Review
* White ruffle t-shirt - Review
* Yellow cardigan - SES
* Cobalt blue shoes - Unknown brand
* Necklace - Kate Spade 

Once again I ended up opting for those colours I've been wearing all week... Soon I'll give pink a go again! 

High tea was delicious. Anyone that knows me knows I'm partial to a well done high tea. What's not to love; loose leaf tea from fine bone china tea cups, warm scones, proper table service and food in perfect mini portions! Yesterday's did not disappoint and I'll definitely visit again! 

I'll leave you with a picture of our amazing view from our high tea table:

Friday, 12 December 2014

The downside of new hair

While I'm totally loving my new hair colour, I've certainly noticed a recurring issue over the last week.

My clothes just don't look the same. It's taking me far longer to choose clothes in the morning than usual. Normally I wear a lot of pink, but every time I put it on I find myself taking it straight back off again and opting for something safe. 

Hopefully I get used to it all soon and can start putting my normal colours back on. I miss pink! 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Goodbye blonde

For the last decade I've always done the same thing to my hair, varying lengths, but always blonde foils. I've been to scared to try anything new, opting instead for the thing I know works.

For the last couple of haircuts I've been wanting something different, but have always found a reason to go with my usual choice.

Today I bit the bullet. I said goodbye to my blonde hair. I went in to a salon with no appointment and asked for chocolate brown. For the first time ever, I've gone dark! It's certainly a shock every time I look in the mirror, but I love it! 



Monday, 24 November 2014

Happy Monday

Morning Mr Monday!

Mondays are definitely happy when they begin with deliveries from review! 



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

eau de parfum

I firmly believe that dressing up should be an every day occurrence (why save the pretty things for special occasions)? So it goes without saying that I also believe that every day should have perfume!

My daily spritz is Trésor In Love by Lancôme, it's such a lovely, fresh scent and I apply it liberally every morning! Getting ready with my special items is a daily ritual for me, even on the days I work from home. My every day items and my special items are one and the same! Every day is special and therefore every day deserves some sparkle.

Tomorrow morning as you're getting to lead your fabulous life, don't pick out your boring every day items. Wear the nice underwear, put your best shoes on, adorn yourself with your favourite piece of jewellery and most definitely spray that perfume, you'll feel lovely, I promise!



Monday, 17 November 2014

Family snaps


Last weekend I had a lovely catch up with my beautiful family as we attended my cousin's wedding.  While there, we managed to get this gorgeous snap of all the mothers and daughters. The last 'group cousin' photo I had was 12 years ago after my brother's funeral, this was a far more enjoyable experience! Isn't it shocking how little we see our families these days!


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The morning cup of tea



One of my most favourite times of day is the first hour after I wake up. Since leaving a job working for someone else and becoming my own boss entirely, my mornings start off in a much gentler way than they used to. I usually have that first hour to myself as Matt works later into the night than I do, he prefers sleep in of a morning, I prefer to go to bed early.

My day used to begin at 6 or 6:30 and was a rush to get everything done before leaving for work, I would get to work still feeling tired and feel stressed about the day ahead. Now, I still have stress, but at least I can begin my day calmly.

I wake up around 7 each morning now (a much nicer time), and as I work pretty close to home, I don't have to leave until 9 (on the days I'm not working from home). I use the first hour to ease into my day. I feed my gorgeous fur babies, make a cup of tea and sit in my sunny lounge room with my diary. The first cup of tea for the day is always the best one. I start with an English Breakfast or an Irish Breakfast tea and I have it in a lovely fine bone china tea cup (tea should always be enjoyed out of fine bone china).

As I sip my tea, I go through my diary and map out my day, scheduling important jobs that have priority and working out where other things can slot in as needed. I still use a physical paper and pen diary, and would be totally lost without it. I don't know how people can plan their life on their phone! After this is done, I sit on my comfy chair for some guided meditation or just some quiet time to think.

After the first peaceful hour has passed, the usual things need to get done, like eating breakfast and dressing. This is the time that I can have a chat with my hubby about the day ahead and we can make any combined plans that are needed.

I definitely enjoy that first hour, it gives me a sense of control over the day and keeps my mind from stressing out at simple things.

How do you spend your first morning hour?
xx Miss Ali


Saturday, 1 November 2014

A decade after school

This evening I have my 10 year reunion. 10 years has passed since sitting my HSC and graduating year 12.

Since then I've travelled to Europe twice and America twice. I've cruised around the South Pacific and visited a friend in Canada. I've studied and graduated as a professional ballet teacher. I've worked in numerous jobs, some great, some not so great. 

I met and married my other half, gaining a second beautiful family in the process. We moved into a home of our own and got ourselves some gorgeous pets to love. 

I've run my dance school, teaching lots of beautiful children the love of dance and we expanded to a second premises after buying a warehouse. I've purchased another business which I love running and in which I've made many changes, putting my own stamp on it. 

I'm half way through finishing a business and arts degree through the University of New England. I love having a busy life and I'm excited to see what the next decade brings!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Younique Products

Excited to announce another facet of my business! I'm now supplying the Younique brand of fabulous makeup and skincare products. I've originally become involved to stock the items at Dancestuff, but will be providing them online too through www.youniqueproducts.com/alisamae


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Sailing Away

So this is happening!


I'm super excited. No work, no phone, no internet. Just me, my hubby and some amazing views (plus a cocktail or two) for a lovely 9 night cruise around the Pacific Islands.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Promises to myself

Lately I've been telling myself I'll do things. I say it in my head and that's as far as it goes. I know I'm better than that, so I'm forcing myself out of it!

Over the last few days I've been writing a few of these little promises to myself in my journal each day to give myself some personal accountability, and I've made a huge effort to follow through. Since personal accountability works well, I figure public accountability will work even better. So here are the promises I've made to myself over the last few days:

Promise #1: Do not check Facebook on my phone while still in bed after my alarm has gone off! This is a horrible habit I had fallen into and it's so unnecessary. There are so many more important things to fill my mornings with, so I've made the promise to stop this one cold turkey!

Promise #2: Say no to fast food. I've been OK with this lately. I find I tend to go on and off with it though. In order to keep it up, I'm formalised it in the ink and paper promises of my journal. I even had this one put to the test last night as Matt asked if I wanted KFC for dinner... I really wanted it, but I'd made the promise, so I said no! 

Promise #3: Meditation - I only made this promise yesterday. Meditation is something I've always struggled with. Whenever we did it at the end of a yoga class I couldn't clear my mind, I would just sit there with a million thoughts reminding me how much I had to do. A lot of the women I admire and follow swear by daily meditation, so I set myself a challenge to meditate [attempt] every morning before starting work for 10 minutes. My computer must stay switched off until I've completed this task. I promised to do this for a month to see what kind of effects it can have on my life.

This morning was my first attempt at mediation. I have to say I'm still no good at sitting in silence and not thinking about all the things I have to do, so I downloaded a guided meditation App to help me out. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to tomorrows attempt :)

There will definitely be more promises to come as I attempt to instill little improvements into my life and habits. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Random Facts

10 insignificant things you couldn't possibly want to know about me... but I'm going to tell you anyway:

1. I keep gloves in my glove box (after all, what is a glove box for)? They're pink and have bows and frills on them. I love them and they keep my hands warm from the freezing cold steering wheel in the morning :)

2. I collect and read etiquette books. This is a fact you will probably already know if you've read my blog before. It all started with a book I purchased called 'Why Manners Matter' - which isn't an etiquette book so much as an essay about the importance of manners in a modern world, but once I read it, I became hooked on etiquette books. My favourite ones are the old fashioned ones that instruct one 'how to be a lady' 

3. As a child I would eat lettuce and mayonnaise sandwiches, nothing else, just lettuce and mayo. Not just any mayonnaise though, it had to be Heinz salad cream. I've been known to still choose this sandwich filling as an adult from time to time.

4. I hate unstacking the dishwasher. It's one household job I will always leave for my husband to do whenever possible!

5. I get so absorbed with fictional character in my favourite books that I actually cry tears while reading. I maintain that this is normal and anyone that doesn't do it simply isn't enjoying the book the way it was meant to be enjoyed. If you weren't emotionally drained at the end of a novel, it either wasn't well written or wasn't well read.

6. I'm very fussy with cleaning. I can't stand our house not being tidy and have been caught in the past (while ordered on bed rest for lung infections) to drag myself out of bed just to tidy something. I can't help myself.

7. When I was in primary school, my brother taught me how to spell 'because' by saying 'Betty Eats Cakes And Uncle Sells Eggs' It's totally ridiculous, but I loved it. I still do it in my head when I write it. Not because I need to, but because it reminds me of him.

8. I am happy to watch the same movies and tv shows over and over again. I don't tire of them and it is rare for me to go a select something new to watch.

9. Sometimes I wish I could hire a personal assistant, to do all the time consuming and boring tasks in my business, but I don't because I know that I wouldn't be able to give them the jobs to do without first doing them myself.

10. I hate most food. I am a particularly fussy eater and could live off the same 5 meals over and over. Included in the list of foods I don't eat are:
* Most meat (chicken and mince are OK)
* Seafood
* Cooked mushroom
* Raw tomato
* Anything spicy
* Mandarins
* Brown rice, brown pasta or brown bread
* Olives
* Thai food
* Noodles
* Coffee flavoured things (although I'm OK with coffee itself)
* Marshmallows
* Basil
* Ginger
* Fried eggs (although I will eat them poached, boiled or scrambled)




Sunday, 3 August 2014

A week of Gratitude... Sunday

Today I am grateful for my amazing husband. We've spent the day being very grown up and looking at kitchen and bathroom things as we're hoping to renovate soon. I am very much aware that this would not have been the most exciting way for Matt to spend his Sunday, but he came with me, didn't complain, and provided lots of valuable input!

So this is the end of the 'week of gratitude.' Many of the things I feel grateful for throughout the day seem so trivial at the time. But by the end of the week, you really notice that taking the time to feel some gratitude for all the beautiful things that make up your life makes you look at things a little less critically and judgmentally.

xx Miss Ali

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A week of Gratitude... Saturday

Today I am grateful for my lovely friends. I had a beautiful and entertaining dinner with Katy and Matt tonight at Katy's uncle's new restaurant Bam Vino in Erina Heights. It was great food, great wine and great company! Thanks for a beautiful night!

xx Miss Ali

Friday, 1 August 2014

A week of Gratitude... Friday

My teaching week is over, and today I am grateful for the nights I get to spend at home and not at the studio. As much as I absolutely love teaching dance, it's so nice to finish up work on a Friday evening and not go to the studio. Instead, I stopped off at Erina Fair, purchased another Poirot DVD and am hanging out on the couch pretending to do uni work!

xx Miss Ali

Thursday, 31 July 2014

A week of gratitude... Thursday

Today I am thankful for the beautiful weather. As I was driving to the studio this morning, to teach my beautiful preschool class, I got to admire the fabulous sunshine that we've been so lucky to have this winter. It certainly put a smile on my face!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A week of gratitude... Wednesday

Today I am grateful for my gorgeous junior jazz class that I taught today at Elite Dance. They are the most enthusiastic little dancers, and they always greet me with such excitement at the beginning of class. There's nothing that makes a dance teacher smile as much as students who really love coming to dance!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A week of gratitude... Tuesday

Today I'm grateful that I own my own businesses and work for myself. It gives me the opportunity to have time to myself when I need it, and allowed me time for an amazing facial at Endota Spa this morning. It was blissful relaxation, and totally worth every cent. I feel rejuvenated and ready to work!

Regular facials are something I would totally recommend. Not just for the fabulous skin benefits, but for the down time. For an hour, I get to lay there with no emails coming through, no phone calls, no customers and no conversation. I get to be with my own thoughts in a quiet and dark room. Often these thoughts do revolve around work, but usually the parts of work that I don't get time for on a day to day basis. Like new marketing ideas to play with. They might not be the best of ideas, but they certainly get the ball rolling!

Go and have a facial. You'll love it!

xx Miss Ali

Monday, 28 July 2014

A week of gratitude... Happy Monday

There has been so much awfulness in the news lately, it seems that the world has forgotten it's humanity. It's terribly depressing to hear that in our world, people kill with such little care about the lives they're snuffing out. So rather than focus on all the grief, I shall spend this week letting you know of something I am grateful for each day. In the immortal words of that fabulous fictional character, Albus Dumbledore: 'Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.' 


Day 1:
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to work from home. To spend the day in the company of my fur babies, who always show me unconditional love. I have my laptop set up on the table in our sun filled dining room, with a delicious cup of English breakfast tea. I have some lectures to listen to for uni and some dance accounts to get done, but the fact that I get to do it from the comfort of my home is bliss :)

Happy Monday, beautiful readers!
xx Miss Ali

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Elite Dancers on Tour

These past two weeks have been spent in USA with my performance team from Elite Dance. The girls came over to take classes and workshops and to perform in Disneyland and Universal Studios. It's been a crazy busy fortnight and I'm so ready to go home.



We spent our first week in LA, visiting the Disney parks, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Universal Studios. It was a very full-on week, with early mornings, late nights and overall tiring days. The girls performed on the stages in Disneyland and in Universal studios and had workshops at Disneyland with the resident choreographer. They also got to take a workshop at The Edge studio as well.

The girls after class at The Edge (LA)

Hollywood



Mum found Elton John's star     ~     And we enjoyed a delicious pizza at 10am




The Dance Door


Rides in Disneyland are funnier when other people on them are scared!

Free fairy floss with dinner



The Elite Dancers ready to perform at Universal Studios


Delicious cocktails

 
Breakfast with the Disney characters



After LA, we had a very early morning (woke up at 4am) to catch an early plane to New York. The plane ended up being delayed until midday, which was rather annoying as we could have slept in for a few more hours. In New York the girls haven't had any performances, but there has been several classes and workshops for them to take and lots of free time. We also watched the Matilda musical and the Newsies musical, which were both amazing!

While I was here in New York, my beautiful Matty told me to go and meet with the lady at Tiffany's who organised my engagement ring and he emailed her to ask her to give me the Tiffany experience. So I visited her with mum and we had such a good time. They gave us champagne, made us feel special and cleaned our rings for us, now they're all beautiful and shiny again!

At Broadway Dance Center where my girls had classes this week. They also got to have a private workshop to learn one of the routines from the Matilda musical.

 





 Times Square... as busy as ever!


Where I got engaged last time I was here!





A very naughty but oh so tasty New York hot dog.... of which I ate 4 (don't judge me)!

The beautiful crab apple trees that are dotted around the city 

The 'Tiffany Experience' with mum. Thanks Matty!

  
...and my gorgeous new bow ring

While I was here I made a point of visiting the lovely people at Gaynor Minden. One of the brands I stock at Dancestuff. I had some new pointe fitting training, met the head of the brand and got to put some faces to names. I'm glad I had time to fit this meeting in.

 







Anxiously awaiting the musical entertainment of the evening

Some more very naughty food. New York pizza!

 
Alvin Ailey, another fabulous class for my girls in another fabulous dance centre!



I will certainly continue doing the dance tours with my girls as they've all had a great time and have been given such unique experiences that they don't get at home. But I wont lie, traveling with Matt is way more enjoyable and relaxing! Tomorrow we're heading home. I can't wait to sleep in my own bed and finally be back with my husband!