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SHOPPING CONFESSIONS Issue 11 May 2018

HAPPY 60

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HUSH PUPPIES WINTER WHITE KNITS

UNDER $80

THE BEAUTY PRODUCT

I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT


CONTENTS ON THE COV

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STYLE

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HAPPY 60TH B’DAY HUSH PUPPIES

SCLOVES

KIDS

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CARDLY CARDS ONLINE

GIFTS FOR KIDS: MY TOP PICKS

SHOP

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WINTER WHITE KNITS UNDER $80

BRAND LOVE: JIMMY BROWNS

TRIED & TESTED

HOME

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FONTANELLA: MEMORY BOOST

METHOD HOME: CLEANING VERDICT

BEAUTY

ON THE BACK

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MY PERFECT COSMETICS

MAUI IS BACK Check out her latest Pooch Report & Winter must-haves on page 34

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H U S H PU PP IE S

SWEET TOOTH Allen’s launches sweet new lolly range inspired by Peters on page 32

LETS GET SOCIAL! CONTACT KATHY

EXCITING TIMES AHEAD Be part of our online directory launching in July! page 33


/ EDITORS LETTER

Dear Mikey,

please forgive me, for I have shopped again... Happy May! It’s become cold and as you know, I don’t do winter very well. In the coming months I’ll be sharing some winter warmers starting with some cream knits I have found all for under $80. I headed to Melbourne and spent the day at Hush Puppies HQ, let me tell you what an amazing company. We laughed, we played dress ups and I sat down with their GM Charlene who you might know from the recent season of MAFS and chatted about their 60th Birthday and how her and her team have disrupted the brand in a great way. Maui is back, and she too is feeling the cold. She has picked some of her best coats, I share with you my favourite cleaning products, the affordable facelift I can’t live without and stuff for kids and men too. Stay warm & Happy shopping

Kath x

*prices and availability correct as at 30th April 2018*

LETS GET SOCIAL QUEEN SHOPPER @SHOPCONFESSIONS @SHOPPINGCONFESSIONS SHOPPING CONFESSIONS

DUCHESS OF DESIGN @DESIGNBYCV

TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT #SCLOVES THIS MONTH!

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HAPPY 60 BIRTHD TH

HUSH PUPPIES Did you know that Hush Puppies have been around for 60 years, & 55 of those years here in Australia? My initial perception of Hush Puppies was they were for the older end of the spectrum; the ‘working’ shoe. Boy, was I wrong. I mentioned in an earlier issue that when I was first asked to work with Hush Puppies I said no, as I didn’t feel it was a brand that I would wear, not my style, it was my perception. They insisted on sending me the look book and I fell in love. I flew to Melbourne and spent a day in their HQ and the office. They have such a young team and so talented. I had a chat to their GM of 3 years Charlene Perera, you may know this pocket rocket from Married at First Sight. Being on MAFS created a huge social currency for Charlene, it has allowed her to be-

come a visible voice for the brand and that together with her drive, knowledge, work ethic and passion makes her a force to be reckoned with. Charlene, as the brand head has spent a lot of time, not just in the way the brand looks and feels to consumers, but also embedding a cultural shift within the team; work is hard but as they say if you love what you do and see results it’s not like work. Creating a perceptual change is hard work and to be able to do that successfully is a real credit to the team. Charlene and her team have done a remarkable job, and what Charlene has been able to with all her assets to disrupt a brand in such a positive way without affecting their loyal customer base is amazing. Something I found interesting on my visit was the Aussie team only purchase 10% of their product from the US arm and design & manufacture 90% of the shoes themselves to suit our market, I just love learning about a brand. Some other fun things I learned was Hush Puppies have been worn by Royalty to Rock Stars. Prince Phillip of Great Britain, Warren Beatty, The Rat Pack and in the 60’s it was reported that Hush Puppies rubber soles saved the life of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards when he accidentally touched his guitar against an ungrounded microphone at a 1965 concert in Sacramento, California. Knocked unconscious, medics believed that the crepe soled Hush Puppies shoes that Richards was wearing insulated him – and saved the future of rock `n roll. Hush Puppies has such a great history and they are celebrating their 60th Birthday in a big way with instore activations and a HUGE street activation plan, I don’t know the details yet, they’re keeping it hush, hush but as soon as I know, you’ll know. To read more about their history and to have a shop head to www.hushpuppies.com.au Trust me, your feet will love you.

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BRAGO $159.95

CARTER $169.95

BARCELONA $179.95

BENFICA $179.95

CHRIS $169.95

MACK $169.95


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RIDGEBACK $199.95

ASPIRE $199.95

MAJOR $179.95

DELUXE $159.95

VERIFIED $179.95

CONSTANT $179.95

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SHOPPING CONFE CARDLY What has happened to us? I use love receiving cards whether it was for my Birthday, Get Well or a Thank you. With messaging and social media, we have become lazy and we send a text with a couple of emojis or write a happy birthday on Facebook. It must stop, I’m guilty, but I’m going to make a huge effort and start sending cards. Thanks to Cardly you can purchase a card online, it will even look like it’s been hand written and they will post it for you, for $6.45. All you have to do is choose from 1 of the hundreds of designs from amazing artist from all over the world. Love supporting artist and 20% of each sale goes to the artist. Use the editor to start writing inside. If your lost for words don’t panic, you can drag and drop from a selection of verses into your card. If words don’t cut it, add a doodle for extra personality! Cardly will print and post your card from either Sydney, New York or London. No excuses anymore, you can even schedule cards up to 12 months in advance. All for $6.45 each.

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ESSIONS LOVES

#SCLOVES www.cardly.net

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WINTER WHITE KNITS FOR UN

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$79.95 www.petalandpup.com.au

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RAYSA OVERSIZED JUMPER $48.40 www.prettylittlething.com.au

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TOBIE KNIT


PURE COTTON CABLE KNIT

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$37 www.marksandspencer.com

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STONE HIGH NECK OVERSIZED $33 www.prettylittlething.com.au

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SUNDAY MORNING KNIT

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HORIZONTAL KNITTED SWEATER $59.95 www.zara.com.au

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$79 www.sndys.com.au


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GABRIELLA JUMPER $60 www.princesspolly.com

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CURVE CREAM OFF SHOULDER

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$36 www.missguided.com

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MEMORY BOOST

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/ TRIED & TESTED

MAKE THESE MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION BOOSTING TIPS PART OF YOUR LIFESTYLE Lately my head has been so foggy, finding it hard to concentrate and focus. My head is so full and I’m forgetting silly things. Mikey jokes and reckons I just don’t listen to him, there may be some truth in that but seriously I thought I had a great memory but lately not so good. I do have a lot on my plate and I’m going to bed tossing and turning. I was sent a bottle of Fontanella™ Memory Boost supplement. I was prepared to try anything. I started taking them and not straight away but within a week I did notice a difference. What I noticed the most was my concentration, I wasn’t easily distracted, and I was powering through work. My head seemed clearer.

2. INCLUDE THE FONTANELLA MEMORY BOOST SUPPLEMENT IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE Fontanella’s Memory Boost formula contains the unique ingredient of Gingko Biloba, which supports healthy circulation to the blood vessels of the brain. The founder of Fontanella, Dr Mike Pukanic, who has over 40 years’ experience treating illnesses says, “This supplement contains seven powerful natural ingredients which work together in perfect harmony to support healthy cognitive function, memory and concentration. It additionally relieves the symptoms of mild stress and anxiety.” The benefits of this formula make it the ideal addition to every student’s daily routine.

WHAT IS MEMORY BOOST?

3. GET ENOUGH SLEEP Adults require 7.5-9 hours of sleep to function at their best. Sleep deprivation can inhibit memory, critical thinking and problem-solving skills which are skills that all students need to work effectively.

Memory Boost is a complete memory and concentration supplement consisting of 7 powerful natural ingredients which work together in perfect harmony. These ingredients support healthy cognitive function, memory and concentration. They also relive the symptoms of mild stress and anxiety. These 7 natural ingredients support circulation of blood in the blood vessels in the brain, encouraging better energy and vitality in the brain. This results in better long and short-term memory and improved concentration.

FONTANELLA™, HAS SHARED THEIR TOP 5 MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION BOOSTING TIPS BELOW: 1. CONSUME BRAIN-BOOSTING FOODS Your brain needs fuel to function at an optimal level and a diet rich in wholefoods is a fantastic way to avoid memory loss. Consuming a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, avocado and broccoli as well as wholegrains will have a positive effect on your ability to focus and retain information.

4. GET SWEATY Any type of exercise that pumps blood throughout your whole body is great for brain function. An early morning workout can increase your concentration throughout the day while doing wonders for your cognitive function. 5. TRAIN YOUR BRAIN Ensuring that your brain is stimulated daily will help improve memory. If you are learning new skills often and constantly challenging yourself, your brain function will benefit. Student’s studying any profession will be learning new skills and challenging themselves often but for those who are not students, there are other ways to train your brain such as learning a new language and/or playing musical instruments. Available for $29.95 at www.fontanella.com.au

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THE BEAUTY PRODUCT MY PERFECT EYES $99.95

One of the perks of my job is that I get sent a lot of products, it’s very generous but as you know it won’t always get you a good review. It would have to be at least 2 years ago I was sent My Perfect Facial, if it says lift, tuck or suck I’m going to give it a go. Two years later I’m still buying the product and use it one to two times a week. I swear by it. There are few products that do what they claim to do, My Perfect Facial does everything is claims. My Perfect Facial is a complete age correcting facial lifting system that delivers incredible results to the face, neck and décolletage area. Applied like a facemask, it is designed to tone, tighten and visibly firm the skin. Ticks all the boxes. Best thing is it doesn’t cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If you buy the 20 pack, which is what I buy, each treatment is only $11.80 (currently on sale). Designed as a weekly treatment, they do recommend 2 treatments in the first week to kick start the age correction program, then once a week. It does deliver instant results. I’ve been watching the growth of My Perfect Cosmetics over the past few years and have got to know Penny Lane, the owner quite well. Seeing this company grow from strength to strength here in Australia and the UK in a market that is flooded with beauty products is a real credit to Penny and her team, makes me so happy, I love seeing people succeed. There are other products in the range which I haven’t tried yet, and as soon as I do you will be the first to know. www.myperfectfacial.com.au

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MY PERFECT WASH $29.95


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T I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY PERFECT DAY $49.95

MY PERFECT NIGHT $49.95

20 TREATMENT PACK WITH FREE GIFTS ON SALE $235.95

“ALL MY PERFECT COSMETICS COMPANY PRODUCTS IN THE SKINCARE RANGE SHOWCASE REAL EVERYDAY RESULTS THAT ARE TRIED, TESTED AND TRUE” - PENNY L ANE 19


GIFTS FOR KIDS With so many nieces and nephews I am always on the hunt for great kid’s gifts. It’s often hard to find the right gift; something fun and quirky instead of video games. I have found a cracking business based in New Zealand called www.goodthingsforkids.com offering fun and unique gifts. They have all been bookmarked as my go to for birthdays and Christmas presents. Most of the gifts are DIY, which I really love. You can shop by age (2-12) or price which makes searching for the right gift so much easier. This website is based in New Zealand so make sure you click on AUD in currency when shopping. Shipping is calculated at checkout. Here are some of my top picks, you can shop at www.goodthingsforkids.com

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Mikey and I are big fans of Jimmy Browns, we have quite the collection. Although JB’s is a men’s sleepwear brand, women are loving them too. I’ve worn the long pants out with a silk shirt and heels; too cool to be just worn to bed. Quality is beautiful, and the latest Sunday Collection is one of my favorites, especially the khaki palms. www.jimmybrowns.com.au

LONG PANTS: $69.95 SHORTS: $54.95 MID SHORT: $49.95

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METHOD HOME I’m a bit OCD when it comes to cleaning. I have tried numerous Eco-friendly cleaning products, but they didn’t quite cut it. I continued to use products that weren’t that friendly but the house sparkled. One day in Woolworths I was looking for a floor cleaner, and I saw Method Almond floor cleaner ($6.49), what got my attention was the squirt and mop no buckets and no water. I had to give this a go. I’ve never been so keen to mop until now. The smell was amazing and to clean the floors was an absolute breeze. Our white floor boards were sparkling and surprisingly NOT sticky which I thought they may have been. I had to try their other products; our local Woollies doesn’t stock everything, so I jumped online and bought up. A big box arrived, and this is what I bought and this is what I thought... DAILY SHOWER SPRAY $6.49 I can’t live without it. I use it every day. No more scrubbing the glass once a week BATHROOM CLEANER $6.49 Love it, no sticky residue TOILET BOWL CLEANER $8.99 Keeps our toilets fresh and sparkly GLASS & SURFACE CLEANER $5.99 Mmmm not a huge fan, I’ve used better HEAVY DUTY KITCHEN DEGREASER $6.49 Not a fan, didn’t work as well as I’d hoped ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER (CUCUMBER) $5.99 Love it and the smell is so fresh LAUNDRY DETERGENT 50 LOADS (FRESH AIR) $19.99 Love Love Love! Fantastic liquid laundry detergent

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The verdict, I love 6 from the 8 products I bought. Pretty good and they are kind to our environment. www.methodhome.com.au


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/ POOCH REPORT

POOCH REPORT Hi everyone, I’m back and thank you for all your getwell messages. Don’t tell Mum but I did milk it for a bit longer than I probably should of. Mum spoilt me rotten, she loves me so much and the extra cuddles were so good. I’m back on the job and first up I need a new coat, so I’ve been on the hunt, like seriously what’s happened in the last week, we have been spoilt with the long summer, but boy did it change in a hurry. It’s freezing, especially when that sun goes down. So, I’ve picked some coats & jumpers that will keep you all warm and snug. I’ve got my eye on the Driza Bone and the Alpaca jumpers, I’ll have to drop a few hints to mum. Maui x

ALPACA JUMPERS FROM $66.95 www.dogue.com.au

$109.99

FROM $49.95

EARTH SPOTS CHOCOLATE www.worldofpets.com.au

FROM $36.99

BROWN DOG COAT www.hamishmcbeth.com

DRIZA BONE SMALL www.mypetwarehouse.com.au

$29.95

WRAP VEST MONKEY MANIA www.petcircle.com.au

$43.99

KAZOO BRETON DOG JUMPER www.mypetwarehouse.com.au

FROM $36.99

WRAP VEST MONKEY MANIA www.hamishmcbeth.com

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ALLEN’S LAUNCHES SWEET NEW LOLLY RANGE INSPIRED BY PETERS I love a good lolly and Allen’s is an old favorite. Allen’s have teamed up with Peters in it’s first ever lolly collaboration to launch a new range of ice-cream flavored jellies, inspired by Frosty Fruits and one of my all-time favorite ice-creams Drumstick. Both brands are iconic, and I have so many happy childhood memories and now I can create new memories combining the two. Trust me these are Yum Yum Yum.

Allen’s keeps the summer vibes alive with new Frosty Fruits and Drumstick lollies Allen’s inspired by Peters Frosty Fruits (170g) and Allen’s inspired by Peters Drumstick (170g), RRP $2.99, are available in the lolly aisle, in supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.

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BE PART OF OUR ONLINE DIRECTORY LAUNCHING JULY ONLY $17 A MONTH

Email: directory@shoppingconfessions.com.au for more details The directory will be featured at the back of our mag every month 33


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LETS GET SOCIAL QUEEN SHOPPER kathy@shoppingconfessions.com.au DUCHESS OF DESIGN www.christyvandenberg.com FOR ADVERTISING, TO BE FEATURED OR COMPETITIONS enquiries@shoppingconfessions.com.au POOCH REPORT maui@shoppingconfessions.com.au COLLABORATIONS kathy@shoppingconfessions.com.au ADDRESS PO BOX 136, NEWPORT BEACH NSW 2106 PH: 61 9974 3000

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Shopping Confessions Issue 11 - May  

If you love to shop you will love our monthly publication. We cover men's and women's fashion, health & beauty, the home, kids and pets. Wha...

Shopping Confessions Issue 11 - May  

If you love to shop you will love our monthly publication. We cover men's and women's fashion, health & beauty, the home, kids and pets. Wha...