The Importance of Challenging Yourself.

I’ve been feeling so existential lately. It’s every time I think of death. Every time I realise that in the blink of an eye, everything i’ve worked towards, own, achieved, stress about and love, will just vanish. It sounds morbid, but that’s because it is.

But I don’t think these things and wallow in a pit of sadness thinking ‘what’s the point in living?’. I think, ‘s**t I may as well do literally everything I want to do‘ – just in case. I don’t think this is a bad thing. I actually think it’s something people all-too-often forget to do. I see too many people being caught up in a small perils of everyday living (myself included) These days 80% of the time my head is in a good place and I can look past the little things (but i’m only human right?).

I think the best way to do everything you want to do in life is to take on little challenges. Whether they’re emotional, physical or academic, every day you should try and push yourself a tiny bit further. It’s like how my Mum used to explain running to me. “Jen, if you just run even one metre further than you did in the last run, then you’re making progress.” It may have been the broken record of my childhood, but there’s no denying it’s truth.Β When I journal I like to write three three things I’m grateful for, three things I need to do, and three little ‘win’s’ of the day. Even if the ‘win’ is ‘ate more vegetables than usual‘ or ‘cooked a home meal‘. It’s a chance to remember that my day was meaningful and that I lived it in line with your own set of morals and values. The win’s become even more meaningful if they are your ‘to do’s‘ from the previous day.. week.. or month. Achieving things you plan to do really are the little wins of life.

It’s your goals, your personal achievement, and your journey. Nobody else’s – so stop looking at them.

Jenna xxx


Late to the party… once again! But hey, better late than never – and in this case it’s so true.

At $75 AUD it’s actually taken me about two months, about 50 YouTube tutorials and some lengthy girly-conversations to convince me whether or not it would be worth purchasing this eyeshadow palette. But yesterday, in a complete flurry of Christmas shopping (evidently unsuccessful) I entered Sephora. Honestly I just feel like SUCH a stereotypical girl every single time I enter that shop. The music gets me all excited, my level of vanity skyrockets and I decide that none of my make-up is good enough – it’s both heinous and exhilarating. I also find it funny that every single surface in the entire store is reflective… go figure.

Aren’t the colours insane!? Instead of doing a full review because I’m not exactly an expert, I’ll give you a few dot-points as a personal overview and then link my favourite YouTube looks (for a variety of occasions) using the palette.


  • Seriously pigmented
  • Literally every single colour is use-able
  • Orange ‘looks’ really bring out blue eyes.’
  • The fuzzy purple packaging is so cute (but gets dirty too easily)
  • The brush is actually useable (unlike most that are included with palettes)


Jenna xx


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

When I was younger, Christmas was a feeling

Throughout the month of December I would feel so ‘Christmassy,’ there was an excitement that built throughout the month, peaking on my sleepless Christmas eves and 6am wake-ups. But now being 23, I find have to MAKE it feel like Christmas – or those 24 days will just fly by so fast that I blink and I’ve already have opened that pair of socks and K-mart bath-and-shower kit, and i’m in a food coma on the couch with a paper Christmas Cracker hat on my head.

This year, chasing that Christmas feeling has never been so true. It’s the first Christmas I’ll be spending away from my family – as I have to work. Yep thats right, on Christmas Day. But i’ve kinda come to terms with it now. So anyway, I’ve been trying to engage in as many Christmas activities as I can and listen to carols and eat advent chocolates (don’t really have to try with this one) and anything else that is remotely reminiscent of the festive seeeaaaason.

SO yesterday we did Christmas baking! We made [FROM SCRATCH] gingerbread people, and Christmas tree brownies! I don’t think either of us actually expected them to turn out as well as they did. But we absolutely aced it, and it was such a fun day.

Recipe for Gingerbread people

NB: We used black treacle instead of Molasses (because where the f**k do you find molasses at your local IGA). Also our icing was literally icing sugar and a tiny bit of milk.

Recipe for Christmas tree brownies

NB: This brownie recipe is next level.

Tell me what you think!!

Jenna xx

Defining: Home

“Home” for me has never been the traditional sense of the word.

I have lived in 15+ houses, in three cities on two continents. I can’t exactly say that the back of my bedroom door has my height measured on it, or the cement pavement outside has an imprint of my hand, or that my childhood pet is buried in the yard. But one thing’s for sure, i’ve always had a knack at adapting, at making myself feel ‘at home‘ wherever I may be. Whether that means spreading my clothes out on your floor, or laying on your couch with my shoes only just hanging off the edge like Mum’s about to tell me to ‘GET YOUR BLOODY SHOES OFF THE FURNITURE’. Anyway, I’m pretty freakin good at making myself feel welcome whether that’s a good or a bad thing – who knows. I’ve realised there’s only three things I need to feel at home in a city; my own bedroom, one very close friend, and a job. These things may not be the same for everyone – and I’m not entirely sure why it is that trio in particular for me – but it just is.

My bedroom. A space that is mine; an area where I have personally selected every item that goes in it, and made my own mess, on my own terms. I think this one has something to do with moving out of home at such a young age. My room became my home – seeing as every other space is communal (and TRUST ME in some of my first share-homes you wouldn’t want to be caught dead in any of the communal areas – yes I’m talking to you guys with the duck in the bathtub). My room is like my little sanctuary. And if I let you in it – you must be pretty cool!

A close friend. Now look, I’m well aware people have said I switch friends a bit. But I will certainly contest that. I think my ability to connect with people and create close, deep friendships is actually a gift. So what if we drift? if i move houses, areas, jobs? I do not believe that friendship needs to be obsessive, or that if you don’t talk every day, week or even month that a friendship will fade. If I take my precious time to get to genuinely know you, to share my secrets, dreams and fears with you – you have a really special place in my heart. So what I’m saying is that to feel truly at home I like to have at least one (but one is all I actually need) close close friend, that I can 100% rely on.

A job. Anyone who knows me knows that ever since my first job at Cold Rock Ice-Creamery at Perth’s Hillary’s Boat Harbour, my job has always played a major role in my friendship, schedule and sanity. A raft of my best friends have come from my job. I love to make work a place that I can feel happy, loved and successful. I’ve lived with two of my work friends and travelled the world with another two. We’ve had sleepovers, drunken nights out, and too many laughing fits to count. I find that having a job just pushes you into making friends. I’ve never really judged a person on their social standing, how many ‘cool’ people they know or what they’re into. So I find it pretty easy to bond with down to earth, ambitious and fun individuals.

So to quote a blog-post I read by alexandrakirsch

“I’m not sure that β€œhome” is defined by a physical place on a map, so much as it is a place where you feel something between content and safe.”

Where I am right now, sitting under my doona (that the cover has come off while I was sleeping) and my pink fluffy K-mart blanket, drinking a coffee with two teddy bear biscuits and an advent calendar chocolate, in my double bed, in my house in Sydney… This feels like home.

Jenna xx

REVIEW: 3INA – Concealer and Mascara

So my friend Caitlin and I recently took a little trip to Melbourne. Granted we probably spent more time in the bars and clubs than we did in the shopping centres. But my budget didn’t exactly warrant both so we had to make an educated choice πŸ˜‰ Anyway, one day we did go shopping because in Melbourne – how can you bloody resist!? I was having one of ‘those days’ come on girls, you know the ones. Where every single thing you try on looks crap, you’re 20kg heavier in the mirror than you are in real life – and no colours seem to suit you (even though last week you felt like a Victoria Secret model).

Top tip – when you are having one of ‘those days‘ but still need to join in on the retail therapy – MAKE-UP is the way to go. First off we went to Sephora – forgetting it was Black Friday. Everything store-wide was 15% off. Trust me when I say I have NEVER seen a longer line to a cash register as long as i’ve lived. All Caitlin wanted was a lip liner?! So we kept walking.

Sorry sorry, I’ll get to the crux of this post now. While we were strolling, somewhat disheartened through Melbourne Central, we spotted a really cool looking make-up shop.

At first I thought it was called ‘MINA’ but upon further research I realised it’s actually called 3INA – BUT is pronounced Mina…. Con-FUUUUS-ing! It’s all paraben-free (not sure what that is but it sounds bad), cruelty free, and made in Italy. Oh and the prices are so affordable.

Despite the insane array of colour gradation and beautiful shades calling my weak retail-therapy-driven mind I did manage to whittle my basket down to two items that I actually did need.

  1. The Definition Mascara ($13.95 AUD) –Β buy here
  2. The Liquid Concealer 101 ($12.95 AUD) –Β buy here
  1. This mascara is awesome! I find that you can’t often tell the difference between good mascaras – but you always know a bad one! If this mascara was $30 more expensive and disguised as a high-end product it would most certainly pass. 100% will buy again.
  2. The concealer is ALRIGHT. It blends well, has alright coverage – for the price it’s great. But i’m still on the look-out for the BEST affordable concealer. My Kat Von D one is AMAZING but it lasted all of about 2 weeks and for the price – it’s not worth it.

Anyway – haven’t done a make-up review in ages – hope it was some-what informative. Definitely head into 3INA if you ever see it – it’s a real experience (and the staff are bloody lovely!)

Jenna xx

My Happy Place

Black Wattle Bay / The Anzac Bridge – Sydney, NSW

It may not be the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Blue Mountains, botanical gardens, or Bondi Beach. But this area of Sydney is easily my favourite. It’s right at the end of Glebe Point Road, Glebe, 2037. Every time I go on a walk, I just cannot go past it. Every time I think about exercising, I sit at home considering whether I should try a new route (after all I live in one of the most picturesque cities on the planet). But no, I love this route. It’s open, airy, not overly populated and my god is it pretty. The Anzac bridge, the city skyline and the ripples moving through the calm water. Granted I’m certainly known to cry a lot. But no place has ever given me more happy tears than this walk on a nice day. All you need is a good pair of earphones, a great playlist of music, suncream (if you’re me) and a cute little exercise outfit and you’re absolutely set for the most rewarding exercise you’ve ever done!

From here you can walk to the Sydney Fish Market, the new and freakin’ awesome Tramsheds complex in Forest Lodge, stroll down the Glebe point road cafes and restaurants, or just bring a rug, some hummus and crackers and sit with your best bud and chat about life.

Love Jen xxx