21 August 2014

Give her just about a month or two



Thrifted Dress | Belt from Sirens | Bag C/O Chicwish | Steve Madden Pumps

I've not usually one for jumper style dresses, but I absolutely love this one that I found at a thrift shop in Sidney. It has a tiny all-over paisley print, pockets (!), and was an utter bargain. I paired it with black pumps, a skinny belt, and a lovely fringed bag from Chicwish.

I think this may be one of my favourite outfits of the summer -- it felt very 'me', y' know what I mean?

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12 August 2014

Summertime Rose



Shirt C/O SheInside | Shorts C/O Chicwish | Material Girl Pumps

Since these rose print shorts from Chicwish are one of the most girly pieces I own, I decided to pair them with a classic button down shirt, intending to contrast the two somewhat. I never feel quite right if I dress too overly girly. For me, frills, pinks, florals, ruffles, and such need to be balanced out accordingly. Otherwise, I eschewed accessories, as I often do, and opted for a pair of simple black heels bought last autumn.

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10 August 2014

Jangling down the street, making bloodshot eyes at every woman that you meet


Top from Suzy Shier | Skirt C/O Chicwish | Earrings from Suzy Shier | Vintage Bag | Vintage Heels

 For another simple and sort of summery outfit, I paired a plain black top with a skirt from Chicwish. I just love this skirt and the weight of it is wonderful. It could easily be paired with tights and worn into the cooler months, but still isn't too heavy for the warmer weather. As for accessories, I opted for two pieces that used to be my mother's and a pair of junk jewellery gold earrings.

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08 August 2014

All That Glitters






Evening Gown C/O TBDress

In the past, the outfit posts on this blog were heavily focused on casual looks, but earlier this year I decided to branch out a bit and include some evening wear, as well. This is the third look in a little series I've been putting together, the two previous looks can be found here and here.
 
For this look, I styled a sequinned evening gown from TBDress. I arranged the straps across my chest, preferring this to the intended halter-strap style of the dress. And due to the length of the dress which, on someone of my height, drags on the floor a bit excessively without heels, I chose one of my higher pairs of heels (though they aren't visible in these photos). I decided to forgo accessories due to the attention grabbing nature of the sequins that cover the dress and opted for a classic red lip and nails.
 
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02 August 2014

I bet you say that to all of the girls

 

Top C/O SheInside | Vintage Handmade Skirt | Vintage Bag | Steve Madden Pumps

Another all black evening out look. For this one, I thought I'd go for something a little more feminine and so opted for a skirt rather than trousers. I paired a low-cut top from SheInside with a satin skirt that my mum made in the 1980s and a vintage bag.

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29 July 2014

Brigitte Bardot Hair & Makeup Tutorial



This Brigitte Bardot inspired hair and makeup tutorial was one of my most highly requested videos, so I hope you all like the completed look! As Brigitte has been, style-wise, a huge inspiration to me, I loved putting this one together.
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27 July 2014

Fashion Favourites | Accessory Obsession

It's been a few months since my last Fashion Favourites post and I thought it was time for a new instalment of my little 'series'. So, without further adieu, here are a few current favourites!


In case I've not yet made it obvious, I'm quite a fan of pointed toe pumps (and flats!).

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for leopard print, so it goes without saying that I have a bit of a crush on these leopard pumps. The d'Orsay cut is a favourite of mine and the print is perfectly defined. Dream shoes.

And although I've been a bit slow to warm to the metallic shoe trend, I do find myself loving these silver metallic flats. I usually prefer heels, but the fact that these are flat is a large part of what I like about them as I often find metallic heels a bit over the top. Not always, but often.

Finally, I couldn't write a post such as this and feature shoes without including a pair of black pumps. This particular pair is another pair of d'Orsay cut pumps featuring a scalloped heel cap and an ankle strap. Just love.
Christopher Kon Fringe Bag | Frye Leather Satchel | Tory Burch Quilted Bag

When it comes to bags, there are about three styles of bags that I tend to gravitate toward most.

One style is the fringed bag, such as this one. I always find this type of bag so easy to pair with a casual outfit for an effortless but stylish look. Toss in what you need, sling it over your shoulder, and off you go!

 The second is a structured bag, such as a satchel or envelope bag. They can easily be paired with a casual outfit to add a little bit of structure to the overall look or paired with a dressier outfit to keep with the put-together feel of the look.

And the third style is a vintage or vintage-inspired bag, such as this quilted one which reminds me a little of a vintage Chanel bag. And while it is far out of my price range, I love window shopping online to gather some inspiration and ideas for what to look for in the upcoming season. And another thing about actual vintage bags, thrift shops are brilliant places to look for them. I've found quite a few neat and incredibly cheaply priced vintage handbags at thrift shops over the years.
clockwise l-r: Thierry Lasry Cat-Eye Sunglasses | Ray-Ban Oversized Wayfarers | Ray-Ban Vintage Inspired Wayfarers | DITA Tortoise Shell Sunglasses

And finally, sunglasses. I've always had a bit of an obsession with sunglasses, though as I've gotten older I've gotten a little pickier. It's not that I don't still bring out the bright red heart shaped ones occasionally, but I do gravitate towards black and tortoiseshell ones more so these days. Cat eye shapes and classic wayfarers are what I'm falling back on this summer more than anything else.

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21 July 2014

Marilyn Monroe Hair & Makeup Tutorial


This tutorial is both a request and remake of a sort as I'd done a Marilyn tutorial last summer, but took it down a few months ago as I didn't think it was really up to scratch. Much happier with how it's turned out the second time round. Hope you enjoy!

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20 July 2014

Lace and Denim




Top from Sirens | Thrifted Shorts | Thrifted Belt | Heels from Urban Behaviour | Necklace C/O Golden Eight

During the hot parts of summer, I tend to do two things in regards to fashion. On one hand, I experiment a bit more with different looks and outfits. On the other hand, I fall back on old staple looks that I wear nearly every summer. The lace top + denim shorts combination is one of those looks. I was looking through my old photos and found this look from June 2010 featuring, of course, a lace top and denim shorts. Although, I couldn't quite have gotten away with wearing tights during our little heatwave last week. 

So, for one of this summer's versions of this look, I opted for a lace tie-up top from Sirens and my old light wash denim shorts. For accessories, I wore a lovely crystal necklace from Golden Eight, a brown woven belt, and a pair of white pumps.

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14 July 2014

Paint It Black


Top from Urban Behaviour | Trousers from Urban Behaviour | Vintage Clutch | Heels C/O Mart of China

All black in the summertime? Why not.

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13 July 2014

Summer Thrift Haul


I haven't done one of these in ages but I always tend to thrift a bit more in the warmer months, so I thought I'd try filming a new thrift haul! I might do one more before the summer is over as this one went better than I'd anticipated. X

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04 July 2014

There She Goes



Top from Sirens | Thrifted Jeans | Heels C/O Mart of China

This outfit is a little different from anything I've posted lately, but I always feel keen to experiment a bit during the warmer months. For this outfit, I paired a little black crop top from Sirens with a pair of thrifted light blue jeans and some studded fabulous heels for a slightly nineties inspired look!

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30 June 2014

'Known as 'Pat Bay' to locals'



Not sure if you could really call this a ‘vlog’, but why don't we anyway. It’s really just a little video comprised of clips from a recent evening down at the beach. X

29 June 2014

Pin me up or put me down


Shirt C/O SheInside | Thrifted Shorts | Steve Madden Pumps

I don't have many 'rules' in regards to fashion. The one I do tend to stick to, however, is to dress for the weather. In the summer, that means not wearing overtly summery clothes on cold days (lest I spend the day feeling half-frozen) and trying to take advantage of the rare warm, summery days by wearing summery clothes (or at least things that can't be worn on those cool days).

For this outfit, I paired a black button down shirt from SheInside with a pair of denim shorts that I've had since I was in high school (though I styled them a bit differently back then!). I decided to forgo accessories and opted for simple black pumps to achieve the minimalistic that I was going for.

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24 June 2014

Velvet and Tulle



Dress C/O Chicwish | Steve Madden Pumps

Unlike the dress in my last evening wear post, I've not yet had a chance to wear this dress outside of my house. Well, except for the time spent running around out in my garden one evening trying to convince my cat to come in for the night. The things my neighbours have seen and heard. Having lived in the countryside for years, I'm not entirely used to having next door neighbours and have somewhat carelessly continued to behave as though I still haven't. That aside, a girlfriend jokingly asked upon seeing this dress whether it made me feel like a princess. A princess with a massive unexplained bruise on her thigh, maybe.

This is the first in a series of two evening wear posts in collaboration with Chicwish.

17 June 2014

168/365

Reading on recommendation of my mother.

Rearranged one end of my dresser. The glassware, vase, and old perfume bottle are all second hand finds, I looove thrift shops!

Nerdy.

A recent thrift shop find. An old cigarette tin (apparently the kind my late grandfather smoked way back when!).

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15 June 2014

Honey, put on that party dress



Dress C/O Chicwish | Belt from Sirens | Coat from Dots | DIY Pumps

I may wear a lot of black, but that shouldn't be taken as a fear of bright colours! I'm just picky about bright colours. Red has been a favourite since I was little. I paired this gorgeous red party dress from Chicwish with a pair of heels that I glittered last December. I wore them for the first time to a political event the week before Christmas last year and a nice older lady complimented me on my 'sparkly Christmas, or Liberal, shoes'. Both, maybe. I debated whether or not to belt this dress for about twenty minutes and ultimately decided that I should. Trying to spend less time obsessing over minuscule things, not having much success yet. And because the nights are still chilly (despite it bloody nearly being summertime!), I opted for a little faux fur leopard print coat that I bought on sale for $5 earlier this year.

This is the first in a series of two evening wear posts in collaboration with Chicwish.

14 June 2014

Recipe | Coconut-Raspberry Squares


A few days ago, I felt like baking something that I hadn't made for a while and these coconut-raspberry squares came to mind quickly. This recipe is one of my old favourites, simple ingredients and simple to make! The original recipe, by Dreena Burton, can be found here. My ingredients and measurements are slightly different.

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer:

1¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ cup almond milk
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp coconut extract
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp canola oil

Filling:

1/2 cup raspberry jam

Topping:
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup all-purpose flour
a couple of sprinkles of sea salt
1½ tbsp canola oil

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then combine the milk, maple syrup, coconut and vanilla extracts in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the larger bowl and add the canola oil, stirring until all the ingredients are well combined. The mixture will be fairly thick. Transfer this mixture to a lightly oiled 8" x 8" pan and spread it out evenly. Spread raspberry jam over the mixture. Now combine the topping ingredients, mixing with a spoon or fork and then working it into a crumbly mixture with your hands. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until the topping appears golden-brown and the jam is bubbling a little bit. Once removed from the oven, allow to cool properly before cutting into pieces. I always cut this recipe into 16 small squares, but how you choose to divide it is up to you!

I've made these quite a few times when having girlfriends over for tea (they're brilliant for making on short notice as the recipe is so easy!) and they've always been well received. I always store whatever is left in the fridge or freezer, depending on how many squares are left and for how long I want to keep them.

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13 June 2014

Little Black Dress


Just a little OOTD featuring one of my favourite summer-appropriate little black dresses!

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12 June 2014

We Could Go Back to New York






Top from Urban Behaviour | Trousers from Sirens | Heels from Urban Behaviour | Vintage Clutch
Earrings C/O Chicwish | China Glaze Nail Polish in For Audrey | Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kiss of Life

Not long ago my outfits for nights out consisted of sequins, short skirts, and platform heels (which may or may not have been covered in glitter). Smear on some long-wearing foundation, Amy Winehouse inspired eyeliner, maybe some pink lipstick and off we go. Nowadays, I tend to go for something a little more chic than showy.  

 I was browsing at a mall shop a few months ago and had found a top I loved only to find out it was the only one left and was about four sizes too large. Undeterred, I decided to purchase it anyway and resolved to find a way to style it. For this outfit, I paired it with a pair of simple black trousers and glittery black heels. I made use of a thrifted vintage clutch and a pair of sparkly little starburst-like earrings from Chicwish. As for lipstick and nail polish, I opted for two favourites -- Rimmel's Kiss of Life and China Glaze's For Audrey.

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