Today my brother and I woke up at 4am, picked up his friend + her Mum and attended the local Dawn Service for ANZAC Day.

A day for remembrance, thanks and gratitude for the Men + Women who have risked everything to protect our country and the freedom of our nation.

It is storming here today, during the service there was intense lightening and thunder.. which added to the poignancy of the ceremony. It was beautiful, moving and special. I loved standing there with over 100 fellow Australians as we listened to the readings, the ANZAC ode, bugle and singing our anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

I hope all my fellow Aussies take some time out today to reflect on the efforts of not only our ex service men and women but our current ones as well.
Happy ANZAC Day, how are you spending today?

Kooklah Xo


“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

The Ode from ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon

.:.:.:. KOOKLAH .:.:.:.

Songs to Increase Happiness

my own little mood elevator – songs that never fail to make me smile or tap my feet!

“Sometimes things find you when you need them to find you, I believe that… and for me it is usually song lyrics”           Peyton Sawyer {One Tree Hill}

She is the angst filled, memory ridden, and, by her own admission, ‘just a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a b*tch…’ music was her thing and it has long been mine. When I heard this line in a voiceover I really connected with it. Music has always resonated with me. From my upbringing – where my parents forever had music on {‘children’s’ songs or shows were put on in limited lots}, usually records and blared anything & everything from Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Pretenders, Blondie, ACDC, Bruce Springsteen, ABBA, The Doors, Creedance Clearwater, Elvis, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel & Jimmy Barnes and so on.. my own tastes have stemmed from here and I quickly gathered as much music as I could, I have often been friends with musicians and still have a deep love for alternative/indie rock.. My biggest memory from my childhood is actually that music was ALWAYS playing, and I still listen to music everyday.

Music can change how I feel in an instant or be a great comforter in hard times. I do believe that you should have a select few songs that you can turn to, that will instantly lift your mood, make you smile and make you want to dance. It is find {good even} if there are memories attached, but if you make a playlist of them they should be songs that you can listen to and not have to skip when memories become too much. They need to make you want to dance, celebrate and have a good time. They don’t necessarily have to be really up tempo, but make you happy!

I have chosen my top six songs that always do this for me, written about some associated memories or why I love them, including my favourite lyrics. These are the six songs that I have been playing in recent months when I have felt down or lonely, and they’ve kicked the spark back into my day.

Neopolitan Dreams – Lisa Mitchell
I absolutely love this song, it has this funny, quirky beat and is so much fun to listen to. The beat reminds me of love and the funny way your heart skips along when you see that person. The lyrics are fun and I always find myself dancing {atleast feet tapping} when I hear it.
Favourite lyric: “I turn my head up to the sky, I focus one thought at a time. I do not let the little thieves under my tightly buttoned sleeve” For me this reinforces a positive attitude and not to let anyone steal your happiness.

March into the Ocean – British India
This song is best played really loud! This Aussie band are sensational live and have an energy that comes across in the recordings also. I love playing this in my car on my way to and from work, keeps me focused and puts me in a great mood. Indie rock at its best!
Favourite lyric: “I’ve seen it all before, and I know it’s all the same, I see you walk towards me then I watch you walk away. Let them march into the ocean, let them peel off one by one, am I alone in this explosion? Is it just the same for everyone?”

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
Such a brilliant 90s song, love a bit of pop when it is like this! It is also on the soundtrack for one of my favourite movies ‘A lot Like Love’ and is so uplifting and fun. It reminds me of when I was younger and I would dance to this in my room.
Favourite lyric: “I believe in the sand beneath my toes the beach gives a feeling, an earthy feeling. I believe in the faith that grows and the four right chords could make me cry, when I’m with you I feel like I could die and that would be all right”

Virtiol or Broken Leg – Bluejuice
Bluejuice are amazing live – you just dance the entire time. I love how amazing the beat in these songs are and how quickly they can uplift your mood. They remind me of festivals, summers away and late nights talking to good friends over drinks, games, cards and dancing.
Favourite lyric: Virtiol “and if you can’t shape up, nobody wants you, f**k the whole world and what everybody’s sayin’ hey. Good luck and don’t dare give up” {inspires me to keep moving and keep trying despite the bad times}

Wannabe – Spice Girls
I love, love, loved the Spice Girls as a girl and still am slightly obsessed with Victoria Beckham. This is the song that will get me up on a dance floor each and every time. One year when everyone turned 21, a bunch of us girls played it at every 21st – by the end we had an almost choreographed dance to it. Makes me feel young and carefree again.
Favourite lyric: “If you want my future, forget my past, if you want to get with me – better make it fast. Now don’t go wasting my precious time, get your act together we could be just fine”

Song 2 – Blur
This is a ‘nothing song’ – not particularly about anything but is the fastest heart thumping song I know. I instantly start dancing or moving around… lasts two mins max but is fantastic! Wooohooo..
Favourite lyric: Don’t have one just love the beat and getting to belt out “Wooohooo!”

I had to cap the list somewhere, so these are my six uplifiting songs. I would love to know what yours are, send me a comment or find me on instagram @saregiak …

Sarah/Kooklah Xo


Revlon Nail Enamel Trial…

Last week, a friend who I work with and I decided we would try the new addition to Revlon ‘s nail polish line called Revlon ColourStay Longwear Nail Enamel. This nail polish is a gel based type of enamel designed to last longer with less chips and cracks then regular nail polish. The creators have adapted the concept of Shellac (a gel like nail polish) which lasts for 2-3 weeks and created a retail version that can be done at home. I first saw the enamel advertised in Australian Cleo.

When applying the enamel it was quite thick and gluggy and was actually more difficult to apply then what I had first anticipated. I felt almost like I did the first time I had applied nail polish as a little girl, clumsy and awkward… It was due to the consistency of the enamel and how you not only had to use strokes to apply it but also to smooth it before it began to dry. I found using a base coat created a smoother surface to apply to, I then applied 2-3 coats of enamel and finished with a top coat to protect and increase shine.

Waiting for it to dry it was quite thick, looking like gel or acrylic nails, but once it dried it was flat, the colour deep and perfectly painted-plus great shine! Here is how they looked day one:

Bold Sangria (#260)

So the first day was pretty chilled, I had a day off round home, the next two days I worked 12hour shifts at work as an emergency nurse, both were full on and hectic, I certainly wasn’t gentle or protective of my hands and nails. The next day I was spring cleaning and moving furniture around, followed by 2-3 days of days off with little manual labour and lots of hanging out at my friend’s.
Here is how they looked after all of that:

Result: Pretty happy, they lasted perfectly (no chips, cracks, scratches) through two full on 12hour nursing shifts, moving furniture the next day (one or two chips happened) and a further three days. The Revlon Colourstay Longwear Nail Enamel lasted three times longer than regular nail polish. Verdict: Keeper. Worth the money, especially if you don’t have alot of wear and tear to your nails.

Two friends of mine have also trialled the nail enamel and here is what they had to say:
A used Saucy (a red/gold colour) and said-
“I just got the brand new ‘Saucy’, and it’s lasted a week… even with me at work for four days, ripping open boxes and stuff and getting my hands jammed in a really really strong magnet, they lasted and barely chipped at all. I’m really impressed. 🙂 “

J used Passionate Pink (bright/hot pink) and said-
“I found it interesting to apply, really gluggy. Nice finish. They have lasted pretty well for 5-6 days. They were all good until I used exit mould [day 5] followed by another 12hour shift. Not too bad”

Have you used this enamel? If so, what are your thoughts?

Kooklah Xx
(If there are any other topics, aspects, products of beauty/accessories/styling that you would like me to review, please leave a comment or email me: )

Inspire me Monday

Inspire me Monday, because sometimes you need something to make Monday not so blue. Five things that have grabbed my interest and are sparking the start of my week….
(This is a ‘co-post’ with my personal blog- Kooklah Check it out!!)

Get Lost in the Music- Trial Kennedy, the Final Tour
(One of my favourite indie bands on the Australian Scene, saying goodbye at one last show)
Hairspiration- Braided Topknots
(Such a cute, fun and original take on one of my favourite hairstyle the topknot.
Check out my post on topknots: The Carrie Bradshaw Bun)

Wanderlust- New York City Calling
(Have a trip booked for September in New York City is one of the destinations!
So excited, cannot wait to explore the city I’ve been dreaming of all these years. Getting butterflies everytime it’s mentioned! See this post on NYC as my money saving inspiration)

Look at ME Legs- Embellished Stockings
(A trend full of style, individuality and Sparkle… Click here for more)

Guilty Pleasure Read- Sugar and Spice
(Third novel in the L.A Candy Series by Lauren Conrad)

What is your favourite OR what is giving you inspiration at the start of the week? Check out my personal blog Kooklah, or look me up and follow me on Pinterest. Hope your week started well!

Kooklah Xx