Monday, July 6, 2015

Quirky Jewelry Finds From Etsy

Trawling the internet is a guilty past-time we all enjoy. In fact, it's probably how you ended up here!
One of my favourite places to while away the dull hours is Etsy. I love looking at what passionate people can make with their own two hands. My Sunday evening was spent looking for something unique to add to my jewellery box and here are some of my favourite finds that have a little something extra...












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Thursday, July 2, 2015

5 Things To Invest In and 5 To Save On

It's hard to know what to spend your hard earned cash on these days (damn you advertising!). Everything is a must-have, and the new Dion Lee collection at Target is staring you in the eye and you know a designer silk shirt for $80 is a good buy, but what if it's not a good cut, and omg there's only one left in your size!
Sorry, my bad.
You see how easy it is to get overwhelmed?
As a reformed shopaholic, I am here to tell you what is worth investing in and where you can cut corners.

SPLURGE


Perfume

Cheap perfume is one of the biggest crimes against humanity. It won't last the day and it won't last on your shelf. Skip the latest Katy Perry scent and buy Chanel.


Exercise Clothing

Saving on workout gear may seem like a good idea but just think about how much sweating you're doing in them! The wear and tear is far more than normal clothing and it will show quickly. Also, those $10 tights are see through.


Boots

A wardrobe staple across all seasons (Yep, I'd wear boots in Summer because I am a bad ass) so it's worth investing in a good, leather pair in a style that won't date. I recommend black Chelsea boots.


Lipstick

It might be nice owning 50 shades of pink but the one quality lipstick in that bunch is the one you'll always reach for. I'll be the first to admit that not all make-up was created equal, but I've found the higher end lipsticks to always last longer and feel more hydrating.


Bras

This goes for sports bras, sexy numbers and everyday affairs. A good quality, well fitted bra is great for your lady lumps, your posture, it looks better under clothes and will make you feel more confident. Spend the money and time getting fitted. Better to own 5 bras that are perfect than 50 that suck.


5 to Spend



SAVE


Face wash

Fancy face washes that claim to have diamond extract and Harry Potter magic can go back on the shelf please. Don't just believe the label at face value, you'll find the ingredients don't actually vary that much. One of the most popular face scrubs ever made is the St Ives Apricot Scrub. Chloe Morello uses it. And it's $8.


Stockings

You're going to put a run in your tights no matter what you do. Once you accept this, you'll see it makes no monetary sense to buy a pair for $40 when you can get those 'purse packs' of disposable ones for $3 a pop. Wasteful? No way! Use your pairs that are riddled with ladders to hold up stakes in the garden or to create a hilarious spider costume.


PJ's

Anyone who wants to see them won't care what they look like on (or off) and anyone who doesn't want to see them won't care full stop. Pyjamas are cute no matter the price point and a $200 silk nightie is not good watching TV with a bowl of popcorn attire.


Hats

Hats are so expensive. So expensive. Just go look on Net-A-Porter. I am such a hat fan but even I can't justify spending $300+ on a chapeau. It could never get wet, squashed in a suitcase or stored anywhere but it's special (but large) box. The care they would require is too much for us modern gals.


Razors

A no brainer really, but some people still insist dropping $15 every week on a new Gilette Venus blade. You don't need to. All you're paying for is a weak 'moisturising' strip. This is a public service announcement letting you off the hook. Buy the bulk pack of 3 blade razors next time, you won't regret it. 

5 to Save




Monday, June 29, 2015

Shoe Review: Mox Twist Flats


Mox recently contacted me and asked if I'd be so kind to review a pair of their Twist rubber flats. Being the nice lady I am, I obviously jumped at the chance.
I'd seen rubber shoes here, there and everywhere and wondered what their sudden surge in popularity was all about. I'd been burned during the jelly sandal fad and wanted to know why people were more than willing to pay $100 for a pair of water proof ballet flats (although let's face it, that is kind of amazing). So when I opened the cute drawstring bag these babies came in, I was ready for some serious reviewing.
My first thought was "Woah, these are light!". According to my scales they weigh 300 grams. This is not a typo. They are nothing like the thick plastic jelly sandals and I quickly filed them away as a travel must-have. I find shoes the most cumbersome thing when travelling and if this pair can get wet AND not break my back, then we're in business.
But how did they feel you ask? I set out for a full days shopping and errand running with the latte shade on my feet (as pictured above, but there are loads of other colours here) ready to sweat, stroll, saunter and skip. I didn't take a spare pair of shoes just in case, because I like to live dangerously. They felt like little, rubber clouds. The fit was spot on (I got a 39) and they didn't gape at the sides or rub on my heels. They are much softer than thongs (rubber flip flops to clarify) and the sole is about an inch thick and contoured to feet, unlike thongs.
They felt amazing ALL DAY! I was out from 10am- 4pm and not once did they feel uncomfortable or like they were giving me blisters. I was imagining all sorts of suffering once my feet got sweaty, but nothing happened! Rubber is clearly different to plastic #ScienceFact.
All in all, I would give my new go-to flats a 9/10.
The only drawback is that the sole is textured for grip and picked up a lot of dirt (totally not my fault for running around muddy grounds and being too lazy to clean them. Nope.).
Also worth mentioning: these are not the over-priced $100 variety! You can pick them up on sale right here for $40!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

6 Ways To Add Fur Into Your Wardrobe

Firstly, faux fur for the win guys! You'll probably figure out that's what I favour once you see all the bright colours I am loving but let's just be honest about how real fur is icky. Totes don't want to wear a clubbed seal. Seals are cute.

Moving on! A while ago I put up a trend forecast for coloured fur and I like to practice what I preach so I may have gone a tad loco with the fur. I now own two adorable furry key chains (one of which I affectionately call my furry blue ball), a gorgeous Zara coat with a fur hood big enough to fit several boxes of donuts and the prettiest white throw rug for my bed (and a matching cushion!).
This naturally makes me the authority on the #FurLife and I want to help you make your furry dreams come true! Here are 6 things you can buy that will make winter bearable:

1. Key Chains


2. A Gilet/Vest


3. Cute Bag



4. Detachable Collar



5. Fun Heels


6. Headband or Hat






WANT MORE?
Trend Forecast NYFW Edition: Coloured Fur

Monday, June 22, 2015

Trend Forecast: Crowns

Lately I have noticed the emergence of a new kind of accessory. Perhaps one all of us who grew up watching Disney movies were secretly hoping for. Yes, the crown is happening.
Gone is the whimsical flower variety. It's been modernised in burnished golds and semi-precious stones. And somehow been made more wearable by the chunky, over the top settings. The not-so-humble hair pieces started catching my eye everywhere and I for one am dying to get on board!

Exhibit A. 

Dolce and Gabbana debuted their ornate crown headphones at their Fall-Winter 2015. And only $8,000! (lol)


Exhibit B.

The gorgeous Nadia Fairfax, the new it-girl in Aussie fashion blogging, stopped me in my tracks on my instagram feed wearing this Christie Nicolaides crown and earrings set. Exhibit B.1 here.



Exhibit C.

Rita Ora has been spotted casually accessorising with a golden crown in daylight hours. #BABE



Exhibit D.

If ASOS is stocking it. It is happening. Jump on the train now before you miss your chance to be a princess for a day!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

3 Outfits To Dance The Night Away In

Ever been out drinking with me? NO?!
Ok well if you have then you know I love dancing. When the moment is right, I'm that annoying (but endearing!) friend who is saying "Dance time? Dancing? D-floor? Dance???"
Obviously I need to have achieved a good level of alcoholic lubrication.
Ha! No I don't I'm fucking awesome and shit (Jenna Marbles quote...nevermind)
But seriously, I can be stone cold sober and still want to bump and grind.
Which leads me to what this article is about! As Lord of the Dance, I am here to show you what I like to wear on a night out that allows me the comfort and space to get my freak on without breaking an ankle or having a wardrobe malfunction.

1. Heeled Boots and Dresses

Not the stiletto or pointed toe kind of boots. Go for the chunky, rubber Chelsea boot style EVERY 16 year old girl in Australia is wearing. Which totally means you can too because teenagers do lots of walking so your feet can survive 5 hours of grooving. Then wear a comfortable dress! It can be a tight or loose dress, the only rule is you have to be able to lift up your arms (so you can wave them in the air like you just don't care) without it riding up over your buttocks.


Dance Outfit 1



2. T-Shirts and Jewellery

Dress up a simple tee and tuck it into a fun skirt then layer loads of sparkly jewels. Simple. It's relaxed outfit, that you're not going to sweat like crazy in and you won't be jiggling your lady lumps in anyone's face, so you won't be interrupted by a fellow looking for another type of dance*.
I want to say this is based on no facts whatsoever because your kick ass dance moves will probably have the lads kneeling before you.


Dance Outfit 2



3. Leather Pants and Baggy Singlet

A relaxed tank top (preferably with a quirky slogan) and some sexy leather pants that fit you like a glove are perfect for booty shaking. Not only will your rear feel magnificent in the night appropriate leather pants but nothing will ride up or go astray as you booty drop. Pants just really open up a whole new world of dance moves. The tank is just so you can breathe.

Dance Outfit 3


BONUS TIP: The best bag is a side bag you can sling across you with a good zip in case you decide to chuck it on the floor in a pile. Accessories? Bangles are fun for shaking those arms. And keep your shoes to the thick heeled variety and open toe to ease the squash from tired footsies.

Monday, June 15, 2015

7 Nail Polish Shades Every Girl Should Own

I am a classic gal at heart. I like to try a mint green polish every now and then but it's the same as wearing tights as pants: I was just looking to shock and awe. I'm really at my nail-best (totally a thing) when I'm rocking my staples. Leave the wilder colours for your next manicure (I highly recommend forest green), because these are all you need on your beauty shelf:

1. Bright Red

Always a fun choice and the obvious fall back for when you can't decide.

2. Nude

A shade that matches your skin tone works wonders on hands and feet. And the best part is it's harder to tell when it starts chipping!

3. Black

Moody and oh so chic. Just keep your nails short!

4. Coral

The best shade for summer in my opinion. It's an instant cocktail on the beach for your hands.

5. Dark Red 

Something vampy is a must-have for when you're feeling sultry.

6. Baby Pink

Those blush colours are perfect for work and look amazing on your feet (trust me, instant tan!).

7. Gunmetal Grey

A sharp metallic nail is a winner for tonight and is perfectly paired with stacks of delicate rings.


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