'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

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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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The day's movin' just too fast for me


Jacket C/O ChicWish | Thrifted Blouse | Skirt from Forever 21 | Pumps from Urban Behaviour

 For this outfit, I paired a loose fitting army-style jacket with a pretty blouse that I tied at the waist, a fitted skirt and heels. I've always thought that mixing masculine and feminine pieces creates an interesting contrast and it's become one of my favourite things to do, fashion-wise!

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Twiggy Makeup Tutorial


As requested by a subscriber on Youtube, my Twiggy inspired makeup tutorial! I've been catching up on makeup tutorial requests lately and I had been asked about doing a Twiggy inspired one, so I thought I'd give it a shot! Above is the finished product, hope you all like how it turned out.

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Red and Black


A few years ago, I wore '50s inspired outfits quite often and while my personal style has changed over the years, I still really love that decade fashion-wise! From time to time, I still feel the desire to put together something inspired by that era, especially when the nicer weather comes. I had originally put this look together with a high waisted skirt, but changed my mind and opted for pedal pusher style trousers instead. I thought it helped to give the overall outfit a bit more of a casual feel.

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