Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Going Grey..

So a little back story on my history with hair colour..

I have been colouring my hair since I was 18 but the kicker in this scenario is that I have been colouring it my natural colour.. nothing wow, nothing trendy and certainly nothing new.

My hair is pretty much jet black and just as I have only ever known my father as a Silver Fox it appears I took his genetics on that front and started my 'silver streaks' at about 16 years of age.

If any of you get your hair professionally coloured you will know that there is no change from $100 and possibly $200 depending on your salon.. as a result I did it at home myself and as my hair grows fast it was a twice a month gig.

So call it a mid life crisis, call it getting so bloody fed up with the routine or call it feeling empowered at 40 (I claim the later), I decided to stop and just go grey.

I was inspired by Annika Von Holdt but Kitty was worried I would look old. Just quietly this spurred me on to show her that its not right to judge someone that way and that I could rock anything I wanted too!

The reason for my post is that loads of people have asked me how I went about it.. so here it is.

1.  I started to colour my hair in lighter brown and plum colours so that I would have less build up of heavy dark colour..
2. When I was ready to take the leap I got a product that strips colour from your hair but doesn't use bleach so won't dry it out hideously.. 
3. I was left with funky two tone hair so I chopped it into a bob and it now is 3 tone :)
4. I just let it grow.. 

I have done one conditioning treatment but the grey is softer and healthier than the rest so once it has grown more I will go to a pro to make the grey look even sexier with maybe some blonde tones or to even it out and also get a another haircut so shape it up and let it grow out with form.

Curious what I look like now?

Kitty likes my 3 tone hair and a few people have asked who does my colour!!

How so I feel? I feel empowere.
I get a little insecure when I bump into my much younger friends and their eyes keep flicking to my new halo as they talk to me but truly I feel like I am making a statement.
I feel like my statement is that I just don't feel the need to be perfect and that is a good thing.

Are you grey? 
Do you want to be?
What age did yours start? 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

This weeks Giveaway on Instagram..


We love to share the love.. its just a thing we have done since day one and like to feel it shows how much we value our customers and the community we are surrounded by.. this weeks giveaway on

Insta is live and you can see it here..

To win this beautiful bed cover from Sanctuary Studio, follow @downthatlittlelaneshop . Regram this image and tag it with#DTLLSanctuaryStudio. Comp is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be announced Monday. This competition is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

19 Years... F*%K..


Yep that was my husbands response yesterday when he realised it was our anniversary today and I said yep it will be 19 years tomorrow..


Well I would have to agree..

After quickly seeing the tail end of Seven Year Switch on TV and they had peeps that were, well 7 years in, and hadn't had sex for 11 months and 17 months respectively I figured us still shagging at 19 years gone means we must be magical.. right?! (Sorry kids if you read this in the future).

I would hate to add up how many weeks my boy has been away this year as in our 19th year he has travelled more than in the previous 18 and this Mum don't like it but he does it for us just like he always has (Well the Marathon De Sables was totally for him but who wouldn't want their partner to go and do such an amazing thing).

My husband is an absolute 'keeper'.
Marcus is hot and sexy and doesn't act like it... I love that.
As a Dad he is their idol, he shows them how all Dads should be.
He knows all the things I love and supports me in doing each and every new thing I dive into.
He is my all, my everything and that one person I truly know I could live in a shack with and still be happy.

19 Years.. fuck!!

That is nearly half my life and he has been with me for the ones that have challenged all emotions, pushed me to the edge, made me dig deeper than ever knew was possible and the best bit is he is STILL here..

Happy Anniversary Marcus White.. I LOVE YOU..

P.S Bronze wasn't easy for a gift.. lets hope 20 years is an easier tradition!! ..

Do you buy traditional yearly gifts for your anniversaries? 
How long have you been playing the game of love? 
He's a keeper huh?! 

Monday, 4 April 2016

The Long Road


On the 10th April my husband will find out if the 'Marathon of the Sands' is truly is the toughest footrace on earth...

He leaves Sydney tomorrow with his final destination being Marrakesh in the northern Sahara region in Africa.

Here are a few stats on his journey so far
  • Run and cycled 2646 km since November 2015, on three different continents
  • Lost 6.4 kg (apparently might loose another 5 kg during the race itself). Just calling it out that hot cross buns do not help his waist line :-(
  • Run through 4 pairs of trainers
  • 7 Osteopath sessions
  • 26 acupuncture sessions
  • Rabies, Typhoid, HepA, Polio and Tetnus injections - ouch
  • Raised $4,753 for BeyondBlue.... heartfelt thank you
  • Raised awareness for BeyondBlue....... again a heartfelt thank you
These are the stats on what he will have to look forward to
  • Run (crawl) 257 km over 6 days, with one 90 km multi stage run
  • Self sufficient for the trip, to carry all his food, clothes, sleeping bag, mat etc etc (debating whether I should pack him the Nespresso machine..!!?)
  • Water ration to 10 litres per day
WHY, WHY, WHY ....... 

It is personal and it is for a cause he is hugely passionate about and vested in beyondblue.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to reach out to family, friends and colleagues and ask them if they are okay. It is such a small thing to say but has huge ramifications.. 

I am so proud of what he has acheived even before he makes his first steps in the race. You can continue to follow the adventure and support BeyondBlue via his Charity Page. The 5 boys are on Instagram too under @6days5whites.

Want to see the lunacy? Here is a preview..

If you did want to track him live during the race, you can join my kids and I by jumping on the following link MDS Live subscribe and then enter his race number 517. You'll then be able to watch via satellite as he navigates his way through the sand dunes, and hopefully not in the wrong direction..

Has your partner ever done anything you thought was a little bit OTT? Trained for an event and left you holding the reigns? Have you ever done MDS?

Monday, 7 March 2016

Suck it up Sista!!

Last week I shared an image on my Instagram where I captioned how I am not in the best place I have ever been..

 I quote ..

'Today I attacked it. I currently weigh 1kg more than I have ever (outside of pregnancy) and 4kg more than in the last 4 years.. Life is not all that easy at the mo and I am feeling really crap about myself, enough to have a cry about it.. so today started with a killer bush run with Dex. Exercise does wonders for your mental attitude, don't forget that.. Just over a month and I will claim back some serious training time from my mad @6days5whites husband!! Your day is what you make it.. So make it good'

I am fine.. I do these posts as I feel the need to be honest.. it is as much for others as me. I just know so many people who don't talk about it and suffer thier stupid thoughts and feelings thinking no one else has them..

My mental health is so good these days in that even when I am down I know its for a reason and I can rationalise my emotions. I know that crying can be cleansing and I go for it. I feel like a prat after as crying seemed way over the top given the situation but who gives a crap I feel better and no one else even knew!

Yes my work is hard at the moment, my husband is travelling and training a lot and life is 'FULL'.. futures are up in the air and it all takes a toll

BUT in the grand schemes of things my life is bloody awesome. I have so little to worry about compared to 90% of the world and I just have to remind myself that sometimes :)

My brother arrives to Aus in 7 days!!..WTF.. how can life be bad !! I won't have to discuss my irrational thoughts out loud to myself I will be able to call him!

The reality is all of us find it tough not to feel 'woe is me' when we are having a shitty week or seem to be getting the raw deal of a scenario, yet in the bigger picture I am like suck it up sista!!

your reality is still your reality..... and its still hard....

I am just sharing this here again to say share it out loud, share it, own it and don't be ashamed. You will be amazed at how many others are right by your side and right there ready to help.