Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Home.



A sneak peek into my studio. 
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Update and Outtakes.

Happy Holidays everyone! Firstly, apologies for the two and a half week break. For the past few weeks i've had the pleasure of moving into a beautiful new place and displeasure of being unwell - however i'm back to feeling like myself again right in time for the christmas break (thankfully!). Secondly, I've been incredibly blessed to be able to make blogging and instagramming my part-time job in 2015 and it wouldn't have happened without you all, so thank you. Writing, photographing, styling and curating has been something I have always been so passionate about and i'm so glad i've been able to explore it further this year with your support. With a new year comes a new year of doing my masters and hopefully many, many more blog posts and collaborations! Below are some outtakes from a couple of my favourite shoots I have done this year. Prepare for an onslaught of new posts in 2016!





Hope you all have a lovely holiday season x 

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

My Watch Collection.

As some of you may know, I love accessorising with a watch. There's something so beautifully classic about wearing a watch every day and god forbid, I actually do use it to tell the time instead of my Iphone. Crazy, I know.




From left to right: Marc Bale, Cluse, Christian Paul, Daniel Wellington.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Shattered Shine.



Today I went out for lunch and shot a quick little outfit of the day post for you all. Yesterday was 37 degrees and today was much the same. This usually means I want to lock myself away in my house  or work with air conditioning, but today I ventured out into the sunshine (much to my body's dismay), ate some bagels, explored a book and record store and happily walked home. I've been loving this linen shirt from Uniqlo so much recently, especially with the hot weather.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Things I'm Loving: Neck Ties/Skinny Scarves.


Recently I have been absolutely loving neck ties. Neck ties bring a sense of femininity and style to an otherwise minimal outfit. I've been teaming different styles of neck accessories with most of my outfits lately. What is so fantastic about this trend is that it is super easy to experiment with and very easy to get your hands on. In the first two photos i'm wearing a black and white polka-dotted skinny scarf by Zara. I love wearing this with black cigarette pants and white shirts.


This option is really fantastic for those who want to experiment with neck ties but don't want to spend too much money. This look can also be worn as a choker as seen here. This is simply a satin ribbon bought from a fabric store and cut to personal preference.


The two looks.

I've recently bought myself a pure black skinny scarf which I can't wait to team with lots of my outfits. This is a trend that certainly will be sticking with my style for a long time. Below are some options of neck ties that are available online. Hope you enjoy!

Black Sparkle Skinny Scarf // ASOS
Black Satin Skinny Scarf // Urban Outfitters
Paisley Skinny Scarf // Boohoo
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Smart Casual w/ A Parisian Twist.





Recently i've been loving minimal, tailored, Parisian-styled outfits. I've bee eyeing off cigarette pants for years now but have never found a pair i've truly liked. The other day I stumbled upon a pair in Topshop and finally that void has been filled! I feel I might go back and buy another pair because they're so easy to dress down or dress up. I teamed the pants with a simple white collared shirt, black blazer, heels and skinny scarf. I have been obsessed with skinny scarves worn as chokers for a while now and was thrilled when I found this polka dotted one in Zara recently. It's perfect for looks like this because it brings a bit of personality to the outfit. 





White Shirt // Minkpink
Neck Scarf // Zara 
Blazer // Tokyo City
Cigarette Pants // Topshop
Shoes // Nine West
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Monday, 2 November 2015

October Favourites / Makeup, Glasses, Music.

Hello! I'm so happy to be able to back into my normal blogging routine. As you may know I finally have 4 months off! The past two weeks have been quite possibly the busiest two weeks of my life, studying and writing around 10 hours a day. Safe to say that's finally all over and so with that, I want to share with you all some of my favourites this month. *Note: none of these picks are sponsored.


Firstly, the Urban Decay Naked Palette 2. Holy moly. Opening this palette was pretty note-worthy. There were a lot of excited noises and gasps because the quality of the inside of this palette is just incredible. If you're a lover of both warm and cool toned eyeshadows that can be worn on a daily basis, this is the palette for you. The golden, copper and brown tones are definitely a must-have for any makeup lover. The shadows themselves are of fantastic quality. They're buttery, creamy and highly pigmented. The only con I can see with this product is the look of the packaging on the outside. The tin makes the palette feel a little cheaper than it really is. However, because of the sturdiness of the palette I feel safe in taking this when travelling with me and that in itself is a big plus. 


I would highly recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a great quality everyday makeup palette.


Recently I picked myself up some Makeup Geek individual eyeshadows after hearing some very good things. I can easily say, these shadows are by far the best individual eyeshadows I have ever used. I have fallen in love with their collection of browns, taupes and copper/red shades. Peach Smoothie (the shade on the far left) has been my go to crease shade, which is perfect for creating a nice base for many eyeshadow looks.


In October I finally got my eyes properly tested after struggling with frequent headaches and discovered I need reading glasses! These are the Leo frames from Oscar Wylee and I cannot speak of them highly enough. I have quite a small head and these fit perfectly. I love the rounder shape of the frames and the fact that I can see everything so much more clearly now! There were certainly a lot of excited gasps when I realised I could see the detail in my everyday life once again.


As for music, Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders have been on repeat consistently ever since I saw them live a few weeks ago. I've been a lover of theirs for a few years now but after finally getting to experience them live they've been nearly all i've been listening to. Their song Cold Feet is one of the best songs i've heard in a long time. Give them a listen.
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Saturday, 17 October 2015

How To: Survive Stress.


Thanks to Oscar Wylee for my fab new reading glasses.

As you may know, I currently only have two weeks left of my Masters for this year. Things are crazy. Absolutely. Crazy. I have never had this much work in my life and with that of course comes stress. Stress is a funny thing. We all need it in our lives, but to a manageable level. Sometimes I find that level going up and up and up until I feel like I want to curl up into a ball and binge on mars bars and naps. The key to staying in control of your stress levels is to know what works for you. Having spent this year dealing with more work than ever before, i've learnt some fantastic techniques I can't wait to share with you. I hope at least one of these can help you too. 

1. Cooking. Or as I call it, Procrastibaking.

There is nothing better than taking a little time off to work on something that tastes delicious. Whether it be cakes, homemade sweet potato wedges, a lasagna or even just a heck of a lot of eggs, sourdough, avocado and haloumi (guilty) there's something truly relaxing about cooking. The best part is, you get to eat your work.

2. 30 minute cardio exercises. 

I know, I know, exercise isn't the first thing that pops into a lot of people's minds when they think of lowering stress and believe me, I never used to be one of those "exercise is amaaaazing!" kinds of people but WOW OH WOW DOES THIS HELP. Funnily enough the video that truly motivated me to get up and out of bed when I am feeling down or unmotivated is a 30 minute cardio workout for mums. You don't have to be a mum to use the video, but I like to think of my previous night's food baby. The first time I did this video I felt terrible. I was wrapped up in bed in the middle of the day struggling to finish a paper and reading the same sentences over and over again. So I decided to give the video a try. 30 minutes later I was sweaty and tired but also wildly energetic and joyous and got that essay done an hour later. Exercise is so powerful when it comes to heightening your mood and lowering stress and I cannot highlight this point enough. Even if you only do half the video. I promise, it'll help. Watch it here.

3. Dog Watching. 

Sometimes things just get too much so I go for a nice relaxing walk outside, listen to music and sit in the park and look at dogs. Do it. Don't judge it. Thank me later.

4. Omvana.

I came across the app Omvana whilst working on a project for my masters. This app is absolutely incredible. There are over 500 audio guided meditations, motivational talks and soothing sounds and I just cannot get enough of it. I have a really hard time getting to sleep most nights so I decided to try this app. Within 5 minutes I was asleep. Not kidding. I am in love.

5. Taking a long hot shower with relaxing scents.

Whenever I start to feel that groggy feeling in my head from studying too long or from being unmotivated for the day I take a long, hot shower. I use a body wash with Ylang Ylang as the scent is unbelievably relaxing. I wash my hair, condition my hair, do a face mask, shave myself and then lather myself in body milk with a relaxing scent to it. I then climb into bed and spray lavender room/body mist onto my pillowcase and fall soundly to sleep. This also works in the morning minus the lavender part. Getting up and showered and dressed is the best way to start your morning right (aside from breakfast, my favourite part) as it gets you ready for the day and makes you feel just that bit more capable.

6. Watch a Thriller/Drama.

There's nothing better than watching someone else's stressful life and then feeling better about your own (this only applies to fictional lives, don't be a jerk).
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Monday, 12 October 2015

Au Revoir Les Filles // Dawn



Au Revoir Les Filles recently released their extraordinary SS15/6 collection ‘Dawn' and I am so excited to be able to share some of the pieces with you. Designer Teresa Tiong is dedicated to creating symbolic keepsakes that are both poetic yet haunting. Her designs draw upon the themes of love, longing and the shadows that fall with the beautiful. These pieces all tell a story and are designed to be handed down throughout the generations (and believe me, these babies will last a long time, they are exceptionally made). The new collection Dawn was inspired by early marine exploration, the inner revelation and the discovery of a new world. The mood is soft, yet has a feminine strength to it that really draws you in. These pieces are perfect for elegant women with a feminine yet powerful style, they certainly make me feel like I can take on the world whenever I wear them. I will definitely be handing these pieces down to my own family one day.


Pieces Shown:
Endless Stacked Rings in Silver
Hunters Choker in Silver

You can shop the new Dawn collection at Au Revoir Les Filles.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Smart casual.




Things have been crazy lately. I've been working on my masters and basically... well, yeah, working on my masters. That's it. I've been very consumed by my work so I apologise for the lack of posts the past 5 or so days. I've been really enjoying minimal black and white smart casual outfits so this was a must for today's post. This morning I received a package from the lovely Au Revoir Les Filles containing a beautiful silver plated bronze choker and silver double stacked rings. Both of which i'm wearing in this post today. I'm planning on doing a more in-depth post on their new spring/summer collection and the pieces I now own in the coming week so please look out for that. I have one month until i've finished university for the year and then have four months off. I cannot wait to put my blog into the forefront of my priorities (finally my first priority instead of second behind my masters) during this time and create a lot more content for you all. Hope you all had a lovely long weekend if you're from Australia and a lovely normal one if you're from the rest of the world! 



Shirt // Uniqlo
Jeans // American Apparel 
Shoes // Nine West
Jewellery // Au Revoir Les Filles
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Madeleine Issing Jewellery.



I recently came across a stunning minimalist Instagram with the name madeleine_issing and was so excited to realise that the pieces featured were of Issing's own design. Madeleine is a German Jewellery designer with a very distinctive look. It is obvious from the second you see her Instagram that this woman has an eye for creativity and romantic minimal jewellery. Each piece truly tells a story and brings with it a sense of romanticism, lust and nostalgia. It is easy to tell that the environment around her inspires her work with images of the ocean and clouds filling the squares of her Instagram. There's something eerily calm and beautiful about the energy that fills her creative space and the content she posts and I love it. The minimal design of her pieces is what initially drew me in, with the sheer quality and beauty of them as they rest on my skin being what has made me a true loyal customer. These pieces are truly beautiful and timeless, a gift to be handed down to my own daughter (if I ever have one) or to someone special one day, whoever that lucky person may be.



You can purchase Madeleine Issing's Jewellery from her website here. 
You can also check out her Instagram.
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Monday, 28 September 2015

To Here Knows When.


Recently I received a wonderful package of goodies from Ark in the UK and was super excited when I opened the parcel to see this glorious grid dress. The great thing about this dress is that it can be dressed up or dressed down easily, so it can easily take you from a day at work to a night out. I like cinching it in at the waist with a thin belt and pairing it with a nice coat with lapels. However, spring has now certainly sprung in Sydney so a rolled sleeve and bare legs with a pair of cute Mona Lisa socks was all I needed today.

Shop Ark Kennedy Grid Dress 

View Ark Instagram

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Monday Funday // Personal Update.



I also met this adorably shy dog on the street today and we shared a little pat. If there's one thing that has grown over the past couple of years, it is my desire to desperately own a dog. My eyes are always on dog-scan. If there's a dog in the general vicinity - you know i'll see it. Dog watching is by far one of the best things to do around where I live and it's a past time I will never cease to enjoy. Especially over the ones that look like mashed potato. 


If anyone knows me, they know I love food. I get excited over breakfast as I tuck myself into bed at night. I think about my next meal as i'm having the last bite of the one before. Food is always on my mind. Cooking is also something I really love doing and i've been really enjoying learning new healthy meals to make that not only taste amazing but are surprisingly good for you. Though some days you just want to get out of the house and have someone do the dirty work for you and when that happens I usually find myself down at this cafe. The walls and the decor are pleasantly instagram-able (which in my eyes is a total winner and very important. Okay not that important, but still, they're nice to look at) and the food is... phwoar. I think you just need to look at the photo above to know what i'm saying. I've been on the search for somewhere in Sydney that does a killer all-day breakfast that doesn't make me look at my wallet and weep and i've finally found it (if you're jealous and also want to eat this then go to Fernside Coffee Shoppe in Surry Hills, thank me later). Not only that but the owner always wears fantastic tshirts and is a lovely person. I don't know about you, but going to a cafe where you can built a rapport with the owner matters to me. Food, and most importantly breakfast, is serious business! 

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Hanas Designs // Jewellery.



Recently I discovered Hanas Designs Jewellery through Instagram and was blown away by the sheer number of products that I found myself wanting to put in my cart. There are a lot of homemade jewellers out there online these days so it's easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. If you're looking for minimal, stylish and affordable pieces then this store is perfect. Scrolling through the pages of items available was exciting and refreshing. The prices were good, the pieces were of nice quality, the photography of the pieces was well done and the range was exceptional.

I interviewed Hana about her jewellery and inspirations. 

What inspires you and your designs?

 I am very inspired my bohemian trends, including use of feathers, crystals and spiritual symbols. I am also a big animal lover so I have included lots of animals in my products such as elephant and turtles. Studying Fashion at uni I learnt the importance of portraying your own personality and loves into your own brand, but still following current fashion trends.

How would you describe the aesthetic of Hana Designs? 

I would describe myself as a black and white hippie. Everything on HanasDesigns is basically jewellery I wanted to wear myself. I think everything is very wearable and I encourage my customers to mix and match items to make their own personal collection. I have many items designed to wear at festivals or travelling which many of my customers have embraced.



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