Thursday, November 5, 2015

My Fourth Piece (Second Round): Bardot Suede Skirt

So I have a story about this purchase... for Halloween I decided that Kylie Jenner was the ONLY costume for me and I don't like to do things by halves so it had to be perfect. I got fake nails, I got a long dark wig (and mate my coworkers vote on which one was most Kylie) and while I didn't get botox, my lip liner game was strong. But when it came to her clothing I hit a hurdle: I don't particularly like wearing tight clothing. After much Instagram research I settled on a King Kylie outfit I was 67% happy to wear and started the hunt...

But it wasn't as easy as I imagined to find a tan midi skirt! White crops aplenty, but no skirt. Then I was doing one last rounds of the shop before buying my backup option and found the Blondie Midi Skirt in Bardot. It was love at first sight! Of course I was super reluctant to spend so much on a costume but my sister talked me into it, pointing out I can wear it in winter too and my niece convinced by further by running her hands up and down it going "Wowwwwww". Neither of them will ever be my choice for an AA sponsor but I am so happy I bought something a little different than my usual style that makes me feel damn sexy!

Plus, it's 100% leather so I stuck to my material rules and that feels pretty good. It's currently marked down! Don't you hate it when that happens LITERALLY the week after you buy it full price?! Never mind, get yours right here.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Shoe Review: Dune Jaxon Heeled Sandals

A pair of tan heels is a wardrobe staple. And it's one that I'd somehow managed to overlook until recently. I always associate tan shoes with Summer so I think we can let it slide that I'd forgotten about them during Winter. Nonetheless, welcome the Dune Tan Jaxon Leather Heeled Sandals (what a mouthful) to my closet!

The best part about these shoes is that they're light! Most wooden shoes weigh a tonne and you're left feeling like a horse clip clopping around! I also LOVE the colour match between the wood and tan, spot on! The upper is leather and the straps are nice and supple. The foot bed is cushiony but kind of cheap plastic which is a shame. The bottom is also a weird plasticy material that I can already tell won't stand the test of time.

The parts I find most challenging about these shoes is the lack of adjustability. The main strap does up across but the matching cross strap for it doesn't change, nor the one across the toes and being between sizes... well I find them a bit big. I've already had a couple blisters from flopping about in them!

Overall, I'll give them a 6/10. I adore the way they look but they're not the greatest quality and they'll be a one Summer wear. On the plus side though, they're bringing out my 70's chick in the greatest way!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Back To Basics

Skirt: Missguided, Denim Jacket: Levis, Heels: Spurr, Shirt: ASOS

I'm alive! Why have I been M.I.A lately? I moved house! And anyone who has moved house will tell you that it is a huge, exhausting job. While I'm unpacking my life and adjusting to my new surroundings (Which is much closer to Sydney CBD) I've been struggling to post, take photos... breathe!

But my lovely coworker/photographer/Video Ninja Justin and I found time to run outside and take a couple happy snaps in the car park. #FashionBloggerLife

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Third Piece (Second Round): Botkier Soho Satchel

I know what you're thinking... "Oooh this chick be dropping 100's and fiddys like there's no tomorrow". But I was a month behind on the 5 Piece French Wardrobe and I saw this baby blue in Shopbop's (online) window and couldn't resist!

Technically accessories aren't supposed to be part of the 5 Piece but since this was a little on the exxy side and I didn't especially need a new handbag... the Botkier Soho Satchel goes on the list! I mean, if I was going to buy a staple I'd buy it in black right?!

This bag is everything I ever dreamed of, and this is actually my first proper designer handbag purchase! Self high five! I can see why women get addicted to bags now. The smell of the leather and it's softness... even the dust bag for it is adorable! Seriously considering adding another bag for my next 5 Piece item.

Unfortunately it is sold out now but I cannot recommend Botkier enough! They're at the lower end to so great for handbag collector newbies like me. Also, the colour... I can't explain how amazing it is. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

What To Wear From Work To Drinks

We all like to make the most of our time and one of the easiest ways to cut down 'time spent' is by not going home between events. The most common event being: Friday night drinks after work. But how are you going to look presentable after a hard day sitting in front of the computer or telling customers "No, sorry, there really are no size 12's left. Yes, I did check out the back."? Here are my top tips to get party ready from work.

Be Prepared
I always keep a makeup purse in my desk draw. It doesn't have to be the whole shebang, just the essentials:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Bobby pins
  • Makeup wipes
  • Deodorant and roll on perfume (not a total must-have but it will make you feel fresh)
  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Hightlighter
  • Foundation (the sample pots from makeup counters are perfect here)
If you have the basics to re-do your face and spruce up your hair you'll be laughing all the way to the bar. And then all the way back to your seat with that wine in your hand.

Now the fun part, here are three outfits you can easily make quick changes to so you're out the door quicker than someone can say "Bar tab!"

Work to drinks

Work to drinks

Work to drinks 3

Thursday, September 17, 2015

My Second Piece (Round 2): Steele Adelita Skirt

You all thought I'd forgotten hadn't you! I have been crazy busy lately but that hasn't stopped me going after my 5 Piece French Wardrobe dream...and honestly, I really feel like I'm hitting my stride now. Those basics are starting to work seamlessly with my add ons and getting dressed in the morning is much easier (or maybe I'm just excited about the warmer weather!)

My latest piece is the Adelita Midi Skirt from the Romantica Collection. I first saw this gorgeous skirt on Steele's Instagram. They're an amazing Melbourne label that has Jesinta Campbell, Emma Lucey from Spin Dizzy Fall blog and Jasmin Howell from Friend in Fashion blog as fans, so you can pretty much guarantee they've got some cool items. 

I wanted something a little more boho and red is a colour I've always loved, plus I'd been searching for the perfect split skirt for aaaaaages. I loved this grown up floral print and once I found out the skirt actually had built in shorts I was sold. Yep, those are shorts underneath to protect your modesty in the breeze. How great is that?! This has already been worn with denim and a plain white tee. Can't wait to dress it up on a night out... I've got my eye on a pair of those red Aquazzura tassel heels. Might have to settle for a copy though since they're sold out!

Steele's stuff sells out SUPER quick and this skirt is already gone (I luckily bought it during pre-order). They do have the same style in a gorgeous black and white though that would literally go with everything. Grab it here before it's gone! 

Oh and to make you even more in love with their stuff. Here is Jesinta looking drop dead gorgeous in their off the shoulder dress version. Seriously, what a babe?!

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Monday, September 14, 2015

5 Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow Today

I am an Insta fiend! It's easily my favourite social platform because of it's beautiful images, the way you can discover something new so easily and it's lac of spammy crap (until recently when ads started getting rolled out on a bigger!). Needless to say, I spend a lot of time on there and it's the first thing I check when I wake up in the morning. If you're after some great accounts to follow then here are my top 5...

Patricia Chang (@patriciachangny)
Hailing from NY City, this mum/fashion designer is as cute as her son Chase. Follow her for sneak peeks into her adorable handbag range, green view in Central Park and the sweetest snaps of her family. Also, because she's a wonderful human being, she will reply to your comments and check out your page occasionally. I'm in lurveeeee!

Eloise Jaksic (@eloisejaksic)
She describes herself as a Social Media, PR, Digital Marketing Chick...and she's from Sydney! (Sydney represent!) She is buddies with the Shakuhachi crew and has the most lust worthy collections of shades you've ever seen.

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Doone Roisin (@dooneroisin)
I first found her account when she did the social media for The Iconic (because I am a total fangirl of theirs) and fell in love with her zest for life. Another Aussie, her outfits are always fun and she loves to travel. Are we soul mates? Probably.

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Style By Jules (@stylebyjules)
She runs her own blog, naturally named: Style By Jules (who would have thunk it?!) I love her natural, not overdone vibe and her pics are always bright and fresh. Her smile just makes you want to give her a big hug and beg her to let you live with her in Europe. Check out her blog for life changing fashion tips like this one here.

Kirsten Anderton (@kirstenanderton)
A recent find for me and an INSTAnt fave (see what I did there?) This girl knows how to work monochrome in the best ways and has textured dressing down to an art. She's based in Melbourne, so don't be jealous if you spot some amazing Shortstop Donuts on her feed (yummmmm).

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