October 31, 2011

Under Construction

Some of you may wonder what is going on over here.... 
a few things have changed. I am taking an e-course, my first, over at Blogging My Way
I really should say that I am frantically trying to catch up with the e-course. 
Either way...I am having fun.

In the meantime, as the song goes... 'The Times...they are a changing'.
It is a bit of a mind trip, this course...and it was just what I needed. I started blogging 
 two years ago to help me make the transition in the move from New Zealand to England.
One blog turned into five and for lots of reasons I need to get back to basics.
I really need to take it back to one...but letting go, is so hard to do.

Rethinking your blog is like putting together the pieces of a puzzle.
I thought the same thing when I took the photo above in Delhi at the Qutab Minar.
The stones are the ruins of ancient Hindu temples which were used to create the world's
tallest brick minaret and other monuments. It was an amazing sight to behold.

So maybe, consolidating five blogs into one will not be that hard. 
It will take time...but until then...

For those of you who follow me at Finding My Way in England...
you can still do so by clicking the 'MY ENGLISH LIFE' link at the top of the page. 
For those of you who like to follow my style blog, Cashmerejeans...style
you can do that by clicking the 'STYLE NOTES' link at the top of the page. 
I am also busy writing the next stages, bringing my experiences
into a format that readers can use. EXPAT LIFE and TRAVEL NOTES are soon to follow.

I leave you with my very first post...two years ago, featuring my first attempt at painting.
 Step one in my Collage of Life.
Appropriately entitled....Shaping the thought that stirs within.

Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead and as always..
thank you for reading along!!

If you have any suggestions for me, I would be happy to read them!
You can leave a comment or write to me at jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

Jeanne @ Collage of Life

October 28, 2011

Travelling beauty tips....

I love great posts, filled with tidbits of information. Vicki @ French Essence has one after another.  We think alike and her recent post on 'tips and tricks of the make-up kind'....started me thinking about a few of my favourites travel companions and the ones I can not leave home without.

If you are looking for a few travel tips, of the beauty kind, you might find them here and over at Vicki's....

Fresh Fragrance.....
I am very fickle about fragrance on airplane flights. Rule number one is that it should be light. There is nothing worse than sitting next to someone who has just fully immersed themself in a heavy perfume, especially if you have 16 hours to go and are prone to motion sickness. :(

The Jo Malone Fragrance Combining Set... is perfect. The small spray bottles offer the best of both worlds. I like to use the Orange Blossom and or Grapefruit fragrances on a flight. They are a light and lovely pick me up. By day....I just love Blue Agava and Cacao. It is my signature scent.  Vicki's tip.. "spray a mist ahead and walk through...it is the French girl's secret." Absolutely!

Hydrate, hydrate hydrate.....

Rule #1 on a flight is to drink plenty of water... then I reach for one of these....

Aesop... I love Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. It is a combination of mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedar atlas and works a treat on dry hands and cuticles. It is also nice to pull out when you are in a tight squeeze and the travel aromas around you are less than desirable. I dab it on my hands, my neck and then a quick tap under my nose. Orange heaven.

I am with Vicki on this one, Lucas Papaw Ointment..... I discovered this ointment in Australia when it was suggested by a doctor for my son's dry skin. It quickly became an all time family favourite and and has managed to be a staple in my daughters Christmas Stockings ever since. Travel tip: Buy the small tube size for your carry on and use it where needed.

Skinceuticals...  I am a devotee of this brand, in particular, the Hydrating B5 Masque. It is clear, rich and can be worn overnight. Travel tip: make the most of your travel time and masque away!

Airplane Hair...

Dry shampoo.... People have mixed views on this one but some days it is a little life saver for me. I like Batiste Fresh Scent. A little goes a long way and it has a great scent. :) It comes in a non-aerosol version as well (NUDE).  Travel tip: Use it before your flight....this product lasts a long time!

Hair conditioning... If you hair has a tendency to run on the dry side, I recommend Kerastase Elixr Ultime... it is heaven in a bottle. Travel tip: Squirt a few drops into a small ziploc bag and tuck into your carry on. It's all you need and you will be so much happier when you see the results.

It's all in the brush....I find this little compact brush and mirror by Sephora works a treat.  Perfect for
little evening bags too. :)

Last minute beauty fix.....
For me, the last step before the seat belt sign goes on, is a quick flick to the eyes, lips and cheeks.

Lips and cheeks... Life does not get any easier than this all in one Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks by Bobbi Brown. Very natural...you will have a healthy glow in no time. My choice: Blushed Rose

Bit of lip gloss... Dry parched lips are a drag on a long flight.  I love Laura Mercier Lip Glace. It feel rich, emollient, lasts a long time and it comes in great shades of colours. My choice: Baby Doll

Eyebrows... I have been using Bobbie Brown Natural Brow Shaper for years. It comes in a cream-gel formula and is easy to use. My choice: Clear...it does not get any easier than that.

Mascara...I like Vicki's tip for applying mascara and her suggestion to try Shu Uemera
"When applying mascara...coat the top of the lashes first....then use the eyelash curler before applying the next coat from the underneath and upwards...(Shu Uemera's is best)...For really thick batting babies dust a little light powder over lashes between coats.."

There you have it...a few thoughts on travelling beauty...at least my version of it. There are many more wonderful suggestions back at Vicki's here...be sure to check out SHOP FRENCH ESSENCE when you get there. Lots of great ideas!

Best wishes to one and all for a lovely weekend!
Jeanne xx

October 26, 2011

The Small Things....

Mother Teresa once said....
"Be faithful in small things, 
because it is in them that your strength lies"

The small things for me are the 
moments captured thru photography.
Trying to make it my own and make it personal.

Small things on my recent trip to India...
and the images below... observing men, brothers, 
fathers and sons in the heat of the day...
followed by a little boy who made me smile.

Each photo happened quickly and without hesitation...
I just hoped for the best. :)

When and how do you connect with that special moment?

Lastly....this young boy came up to me on my last night in Jaipur. 
He was positively beaming as he asked if he could take my photo.
It still makes me smile to think that he wanted a picture of me. I said yes, 
but only if I could take a picture of him as well. We had a deal. 

Here he stands, with his little camera bag strapped to his waist, 
 his little striped shirt neatly tucked in as he gave me his full attention 
with his beautiful brown eyes.

Mother Teresa was right....it's the small things. :)

Jeanne@ Collage of Life

October 24, 2011

Proud Moments in the Southern Hemisphere

It's all happening in the Southern Hemisphere.
This is a shout out to my son, Patrick, 
who is due to graduate from the Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC)
in Australia in a few weeks time. For those not familiar with RMC,
it is Australia's equivalent of Sandhurst in Britain and West Point in the US,
training army officer cadets who graduate as Lieutenants.

I am sending congratulations to him for being selected for his first choice
assignment into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CAV).
He will be based in the Northern Territory (Darwin) for a few years ( I hope).
I am secretly delighted about this as I have yet to see that part
of Australia and am keen to explore. :)


Patrick was in formation yesterday, as The Queen 
reviewed Duntroon's army officer cadets.
(Patrick is behind her right shoulder in the photo below.)

Photo and Video ABC News

The Queen presented new royal colours to RMC to celebrate its 100th anniversary year.
It was the fourth time she has presented RMC with a new colour.
'Colours' refer to a flag, made of silk, which is prominent in a military unit.

Patrick marching on left.

I think of where he is now and his dreams as a young boy.
When he mentioned Cavalry, I thought of soldiers on horseback and 
his first experience riding a horse. He was quick to remind me that
he would not be riding horses but it was still fun to remember...

When he mentioned armoured reconnaissance, 
I thought of his army drawings at the age of five.

He was always a boy on a mission 
and one who liked to give orders...even from his batmobile.

As you can see, some things never change. 
Patrick sent me the following photos 
for this post...the latest for Mom's photo album. :)

Mom and Dad are very proud
and look forward to sharing in the next chapter
of his journey. May he stay safe and our of harms way.

I mentioned that it was all happening in the Southern Hemisphere...

I would like to send another shout out to my Kiwi friends
in congratulations for  the New Zealand All Blacks 
winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
I was thrilled to watch them finally capture the Webb Ellis Cup.

PHOTO: Getty Images

Best wishes to one and all for a wonderful week ahead, 
whatever hemisphere you happen to live in.

October 19, 2011

A Woman's World..in India

Travelling with me is not easy. My family is well aware of that fact.
I try my hardest but sometimes I just can't help it.

I wonder....

At first it was the fashions of the women in India that caught my eye.
The fabric, the colours, the style, I wondered how
 they all managed to pull it off with such grace.
I was secretly envious too...it looked so comfortable.

and then I wondered what they were thinking
as they worked...

and what they were thinking as they travelled...

They travelled in groups...

and they travelled in pairs...

They travelled alone

and with each step, I wondered who they were,
where they were going, if they
had a family, if they were living a life of their own. 

My pictures were taken quickly,
often times thru a car window as we passed by.

Every once and a while, I was lucky enough to make a connection
which started me thinking....

Images taken in my travels 
thru the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Apologies for the qualitiy of the images,
I am trying to move off the 'Auto' format
on my camera and into 'Manual'....not an easy transition!