Monday, 15 January 2018

6 Australia Day Essentials

Australia Day is fast approaching and it's one of my favourite days of the year!

I love joining in the festivities around Sydney Harbour, watching the iconic ferrython, tall ships and the Australia Day Harbour Parade of boats all decked out in their Aussie flags and decorations.

Then in the afternoon you can usually find me cooling off at the beach with my family and friends before we enjoy a casual relaxing BBQ dinner by the water.

Here are some of my Australia Day essentials:


Australia Day Essentials

1. Sunscreen

My number one Australia Day essential every single time is sunscreen!

Australia Day always seems to be scorching hot! As I spend the whole day outdoors I always slather on my sunscreen and take it along with me to reapply throughout the day.

Having previously experienced a malignant melanoma I always make sure I protect my skin when outdoors, especially in the burning Australian summer sun! 

My family and my personal favourite sunscreens are SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport. 


SunSense Ultra SPF50+ & SunSense Sport SPF50+

Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+, easy to apply and readily absorbed.

They are Australian made and tested for Australian families. What else would you wear on Australia Day!

Recently they have both been reformulated to create an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.

They were my family's favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more! 

SunSense products are available from pharmacies and Priceline.

SunSense Sunscreen Products

2. Hat

A broad brimmed hat is an essential for me whenever I'm enjoying the outdoors, especially in summer. 

The above pictured Kmart hat is lightweight, easy to wear and offers good protection from both the heat and the damaging rays of the sun.

3. Australia Day Outfit

On Australia Day I love to get into the spirit of the day by wearing an Australian coloured outfit designed by an Australian company.

Dark blue to me is the best Australian colour to wear.

It's the colour of the harbour and the oceans surrounding our wonderful country. 

This year I'm planning on wearing the White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi in Navy Gouache.


White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi
in Navy Gouache

I love the swishablility of this dress. It is loose fitting, cool to wear and super comfortable.

It also has pockets! 

It's an absolute Australia Day winner!


White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi 
in Navy Gouache

4. Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

As an eye catching additional Australiana feature to my outfit I'll be wearing the pretty pink Erstwilder Candy Callistemon brooch.

Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

Erstwilder have a range of Australiana brooches that are perfect to wear on Australia Day, or any other day to be honest! These brooches would also make fabulous gifts for overseas friends.

They have a wallaby, a golden wombat, a Rohan yellow tailed black cockatoo and a surf rescue brooch among many more. 

There is also an adorable pair of May Gibbs Snugglepot earrings and the cutest May Gibbs Nuttybub necklace.

The Candy Callistemon bottlebrush broochapart from being pink, which is my favourite colour, also contains glitter in the resin. 

The glitter sparkles so beautifully in the sunshine! 


Wearing the Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

5. Cheeki Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Another Australia Day essential for me is my Cheeki Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle.

I am so impressed with how icy cold it keeps my water ALL DAY! It's almost like being out and about with a mini fridge in your bag, that's how cold my water remains.

On the product's packaging it states it will keep liquids cold for 36 hours or hot for 24 hours. 


Cheeki Insulated Sunshine Grey Stainless Steel Water Bottle 

The other reason I love my Cheeki bottle is that it is eco friendly, helping me fulfill my new year's resolution of saying no to unnecessary plastic! 

I no longer have a need to buy disposable plastic bottles of water when I'm out and about as I always now take my Cheeki bottle.






I also love the fact that Cheeki is an Australian owned and run company that was founded on Sydney's Northern Beaches. 

6. Lamingtons

This last Australia Day essential was inserted into this post at my daughter's insistence. 

She read my draft post and advised me I'd left out the most important Australia Day essential of all - lamingtons!


Lamingtons

Our Australia Day BBQ is always finished off with a lamington or two so she definitely had a point!

Light and fluffy on the inside and wonderfully chocolate-y on the outside! These local bakery bought lamingtons are delicious!

Enjoy your Australia Day everyone!

What are your Australia Day plans and what are your Australia Day essentials?

Australia Day Essentials

xxx
Ingrid.

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* Some of the above Australia Day essentials were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration.
All opinions are my own.Full disclosure policy here.

46 comments:

  1. I love my stainless bottle. I now use it at my desk instead of a glass... just way too easy. Love you outfit. Have a wonderful Australia Day #teamIBOT

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    1. I use my insulated Cheeki bottle on my desk at work instead of a glass as well. It ensures my water stays cold!

      Happy Australia Day to you too Natalie!

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  2. I use sunscreen every day, can't be without it! Those brooches are darling, what a find!

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    1. Erstwilder also have the cutest pink flamingo brooch which I'm thinking of buying next! These brooches add so much personality to an outfit!

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  3. I love the dress, it looks so comfy yet stylish! And the brooch is the perfect decoration to add some pizzazz!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. Thanks Di! I totally love the dress and the brooch too!

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  4. Sunscreen is a must no matter what day it is! That brooch is kinda cute. I've only made lamingtons once, but I'd kinda like to do it again now that I have another recipe for it.

    Shell // The Novice Life

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    1. I totally agree with sunscreen being a must every day! Good luck with your new recipe for lamingtons!

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  5. I'm spending a few days with friends while my husband goes fishing with the boys, thanks for the reminder that I need to double our sunscreen supplies. Haha.

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  6. I love your Australia Day outfit! That dress is so beautiful! And that broach!! You can’t go past lamingtons any time of year!

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. Thanks Laura. This dress and brooch are on high rotation for me at the moment!

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  7. Honestly the perfect selection of Australia Day goodies! I love Cheeki water bottles too!
    Isabella | www.digyhu.com

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    1. Thanks Isabella! I use my Cheeki bottle every single day! I am so impressed with how cold it keeps my water. Ice cubes remain in a frozen state all day in this bottle! I'll be buying my kids these bottles to use as their school/uni drink bottles instead of the plastic bottles I used to buy them! I wish I had discovered Cheeki insulated bottles years earlier!

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  8. Im glad you put the Lamingtons in there :)

    Amy | http://www.herquarters.com/

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    1. So is my daughter! It meant I bought an extra batch to photograph! She was very happy! She may try convincing me to add sweet treats into more of my blog posts! Lol!

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  9. It wouldn't be Australia Day without lamingtons! You have included so many essentials, I hope you have an amazing day x

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    1. Australia Day is always a fun and relaxing day outdoors for me! I hope you have an amazing Australia Day too!

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  10. Your daughter is right - how can you have an Australia Day post without the lamingtons? I love love love love that dress. Absolutely to pieces. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. This is one of my favourite dresses too! I've actually bought two dresses from White Haven Emporium in this style but in different prints!

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  11. Excellent list and I have them all on my own list except for that beautiful brooch....

    SSG xxx

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    1. The brooch is the finishing touch to my outfit!

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  12. Wow - you are organised for Australia Day Ingrid! 26 January is actually our wedding anniversary day. This year it will be 33 years (OMG). I was a child bride of course. I love your navy and white dress! I have to say - I am very interested in that insulated water bottle! Going to follow your links straight after I send this comment. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Happy anniversary Min!

      The insulated Cheeki bottles are brilliant! I just bought the next size up in a Chanmpagne colour for my daughter to take to uni with her to help ensure she stays hydrated throughout the day!

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  13. I love the dress you're wearing. Just right for a hot day and gives a nice amount of 'cover up' too. Totally agree about the sunscreen - I'm also into a nice 30 cover up tinted moisturiser.

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    1. The dress is one of my current favourites!

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  14. I'm sure glad to see those Lamingtons included! I've never been one to celebrate Australia Day so I daresay it'll be a normal day at home!
    Ebony x

    www.theblackandwhiteguide.com

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    1. Even if you're not celebrating it's good to have a public holiday off work!

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  15. Great roundup. Glad to see sunscreen on top!

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    1. Sunscreen is always an essential for me with my history of malignant melanoma!

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  16. Definite essentials you've listed here! We are probably going to have a quiet Aus Day this year, Dave is working so I think the girls and I might have a movie day, especially if it's going to be stinking hot!
    #teamIBOT

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    1. The movie theatre's air conditioning is such a cool relief! I'm sure their patronage must increase during heatwaves!

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  17. Suncream is my #1! I keep a bottle by the door where bags and cameras etc are (the dumping ground) and a bottle in my car.

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    1. I keep a bottle of sunscreen near our front and back doors too!

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  18. Great list Ingrid! I love the dress! We haven't got much planned for Australia day, but I would love to take the girls in to the city to enjoy the celebrations :) Our essentials is a hat, sunscreen, water, camera, sunglasses and if we're not going anywhere, maybe a BBQ lunch on the deck :)

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    1. Thanks Julie! A camera (my phone camera) is an essential for me too to capture all the festivities!

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  19. That dress and brooch are gorgeous! We'll be having a BBQ for Australia Day and probably a cheeky lamington or two!

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    1. Sounds good! I hope you have a great Australia Day!

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  20. You are destined to be one of the most stylish women in Sydney on Australia Day. Love the dress and the jewellery :-)

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    1. Thank you Jan! What a lovely compliment!

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  21. Love this! These are so similar to the items I will be carrying around with me on Australia Day! I am off to an open air concert, it's going to be hot, so loads of sunscreen and water!

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    1. Enjoy the open air concert! Sounds like a great way to spend Australia Day!

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  22. those brooches are amazing, I'm watching for the yellow tailed black cockatoo to come back... meanwhile I'm not sure what I'm doing for Australia Day, we don't usually celebrate but I'm feeling it might be time to do something with the kids.

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    1. I totally agree Erstwilder brooches are amazing! I was tossing up for ages between choosing the yellow tailed black cockatoo brooch and the candy callistemon brooch! I love both of them but in the end I thought I would get more use out of the candy callistemon brooch.

      Enjoy Australia Day with your children!

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  23. SunSense is my fave sunscreen too. It's the only one I've found that protects my son skin and doesn't make him itch or give him a rash. Great choice!

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  24. What a lovely post. When we lived in Sydney and our family was still at home we would often have an Aussie Barbie for lunch. Never went into the city except for one time when we watched the fireworks at Darling Harbour as my parents stayed in a hotel there and the traffic to leave was horrendous. I will probably go to the early evening/arvo celebrations along the lake up here on the 25th. Happy Australia Day! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 4/52. Next Week is the FIRST photo-centred prompt (no topic!) called #ShareYourSnaps. Looking forward to seeing everyone's photos every 5th week this year!

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