Monday, 13 January 2020

A Note On The Australian Wildfires

Monday, 13 January 2020
A Note On The Australian Wildfires | Jackie O My

     Perhaps you haven't been following the devastating brush fires that are blazing across Australia at the moment; perhaps you have. I'm certainly no journalist, and I feel ill prepared to pass on any knowledge about something that is so important. But currently, from what I understand, New South Wales and Victoria (among other states) are fighting some of the worst brush fires in recent history. Of course, Australia is no stranger to wildfires, but there seems something different about this one to me; this fire brings up feelings of impending doom for the earth. As Greta Thunberg said, "Our house is on fire".

Currently, 27 people have been killed and 15.6 million acres of forest has been burned. I cannot imagine the number of animals, from mammals to insects, that have been lost, not to mention the impact of smoke on the environment. I've been keenly interested in footage of efforts to save the animals, and I've seen some truly beautiful acts of bravery, selflessness, and trust that surpassed the language of species. But it seems there needs to be more; Australia and its inhabitants still need help.

What you can do

Please, if you're able, consider donating to WWF Australia, one of my particular favourite charities. You could also help by donating to the Australian Red Cross or the New South Wales Rural Fire Brigade, who are risking their lives to fight to blaze and rescue injured animals.

Together we can make a difference.
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Farewell To 2019 & My Favorites Of The Year

Wednesday, 8 January 2020
Farewell To 2019 & My Favorites Of The Year | Jackie O My
Photo from my Valley Girl outfit post.

     I'm a little late in bidding the old year farewell, but finally getting used to ushering in the new. First, a little recap: My health and happiness levels were not at their best in 2019, so my main focus this year is to become a healthier person and enjoy a fuller life (see my upcoming wellness diary next week for those details). Blogwise, last year was filled with missed deadlines, lazy marketing, and a lack of clear intention. Although I've learned a lot about what kind of content I like to create, I'm still figuring out exactly what I want my blog to be. All that being said, let's delve into the past year of Jackie O My and explore my favourite products and posts of 2019.

What Jackie O My did in 2019:

Farewell To 2019 & My Favorites Of The Year | Jackie O My

Post pictured: A Perfect Teddy Coat.

I've really been enjoying stepping out of my comfort zone in terms of style, especially during the fall and winter months. I've been embracing my everyday clothing more, which makes fashion blogging a lot more fun; I enjoy filming so much more when I'm comfortable and not trying too hard to make every latest trend work for me.

One of the most fun things I did this year, though, was starting a YouTube channel. So far I've only made a few videos (which you can find here, just saying), but I really enjoy having a new way to communicate with you guys. I feel like it allows me to be so much more candid.

I published a grand total of 45 posts in 2019, well short of my goals. This year I'd definitely like to publish a lot more consistently, and I have tons of ideas for content in 2020.

Favourite product discoveries

Summer Fridays Jetlagged Mask
Photo: Summer Fridays. 
I tried and tested a lot of makeup and skincare products last year. Unfortunately, I never got around to writing most of my review posts, despite that type of content being some of my most popular. So let me just tell you right now which three products went above and beyond for me:

1. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

You can find my full review on the Jet Lag Mask here, but the basic details: its thick, creamy formula leaves my skin feeling hydrated, smooth, and I could swear more even-textured. I've found usingit multiple times per week causes come closed pores, so I don't recommend using it more than that. The occasional or even weekly application, though, will leave you looking bright-eyed and awake, even if you don't feel that way.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

I never got around to writing a review of one of my all-time favourite eyeshadow palettes, but I promise to in the coming year. The Modern Renaissance Palette is a makeup fan favourite, for obvious reasons: beautiful packaging and gorgeous shades with a lovely formula... what more could anyone ask for?

3. Herbivore Jade Facial Roller

Another product I'll be writing a full review of soon, the Herbivore Jade Facial Roller is definitely one of my favourite discoveries of 2019. Although the science is still out on whether or not facial rollers live up to their ancient reputation for reducing puffiness and preventing signs of aging, their relaxing properties just can't be denied.

Lookbooks I loved

Every year I discover a plethora of beautiful lookbooks and small brands, and it's often difficult to choose who makes the cut and gets featured on my little blog. A handful of collections caught my attention this year; 2019 was a great year for small brands making their way up and new brand discoveries on Instagram, in my opinion. For me, the three that really stood out were Vanessa MooneySelkie, and Art Dealer. Each of these brands are so unique and have carved such a niche for themselves in the fashion market and I adore them. Do check them out, you won't be disappointed.

Art Dealer lookbook 2019
Photo: Art Dealer.

 What's next for Jackie O My?

I sort of answered this question in the beginning of my post, but this year I'd really like to get out with my camera and film more original content, as well as just producing more content in general. I'd love to share more of my life with you, and get to know fellow bloggers and readers as well.

Do you have any New Year's blogging goals? I'd love to hear them!