Friday, 29 January 2016

Day Off.

Tshirt // Uniqlo
Skinny scarf // ASOS
Skirt // David Jones
Brogues // Landspeed Records

Thursday, 28 January 2016

How To: Build Up (Or Down) Your Minimalist Wardrobe.

Over the past six or so months I have taken very strongly to the style and lifestyle of minimal fashion. My wardrobe has always been filled with a lot of black, white and neutrals with tailored, clean pieces always taking my eye. Recently I did a huge overhaul of my wardrobe and got rid of 70% of my pieces, leaving behind pieces I know I love that are easily styled with what I already own and work in both dressy and comfortable environments. This was in part inspired by Youtuber Vivianna and her video series on Capsule Wardrobes.

Tips For Starting A Capsule Wardrobe

- Determine what your personal style is and the sort of colour palette you are going for. A big problem with people's wardrobes are that they can be filled with multiple different colours, prints and styles which can make it difficult to mix and match pieces together. This is not to say you shouldn't want to mix and match prints and colours, just try to determine what your set colour palette is so you can easily style multiple outfits with what you already own instead of needing to constantly revisit your wardrobe and buy new pieces to match one out of place piece.

- Determine what your basics are and what pieces you feel comfortable in. For me these are cigarette pants, black skinny jeans, oversized woolen coats, turtlenecks, a plain white tshirt, black pointed ankle boots, a black skirt and neutral dresses. I think every wardrobe should feature a couple of staple items that can be used to easily build a look you feel comfortable in.

For me these 15 staple items are:

1. Neutral-coloured collared shirt.
2. White tshirt.
3. Leather jacket.
4. Cigarette pants.
5. Black skinny jeans.
6. Woolen coat.
7. Grey turtleneck.
8. Oversized woollen scarf.
9. Black dress.
10. Playsuit.
11. Thick winter knit jumper.
12. Skinny scarf.
13. White midi skirt.
14. Pointed black ankle boots.
15. Black brogues.

- Cut down your wardrobe to 35 pieces. This does not include loungewear, shoes, swimwear, underwear or special occasion pieces. Cutting down my wardrobe has been such a freeing experience and also an exciting one. I've gone from owning hundreds of pieces and feeling like there's "nothing to wear" to absolutely loving my wardrobe again and being able to mix and match easily. Sometimes less definitely is more.

4 Minimalism Fashion Stores I Recommend 

MNG - Mango is a fantastic store for all of my Australian followers as it is stocked all over the country in places like David Jones and The Iconic which means it's (this is exciting for us Australians) easily accessible! The prices are affordable and the pieces are fantastic. I'm a big fan of their grey cropped cigarette pants.

CLOTH INC - Cloth Inc is based in Indonesia and prides itself on its high quality, beautifully curated pieces. Not only are their pieces expensive looking and brilliant for building up a minimalist wardrobe but they are affordable as well. I love their trousers and dresses.

OAK AND FORT - Oak and Fort based in Vancouver, Canada stocks beautifully classic and timeless pieces. Oak and Fort is all about the minimalistic wardrobe with their white, black and neutral pieces that make me groan in the desire to own them all. I cannot get enough of the pieces in this store. There's something so luxurious, yet comfortable about their style that draws me in.

COS - Cos recently opened its first store in Sydney and I couldn't be happier. I'm not sure if it's just because i'm a winter fashion bunny and it's currently summer or because it's simply a new store but I much prefer the pieces found on the website. Cos is an absolute must for any minimal style lover. I can't say any more. Just look and weep (and want to buy everything).

Friday, 22 January 2016

Moonassi / Daehyun Kim.

Daehyn Kim was born in Seoul and is widely known for his characteristic drawings under the name "The Moonassi Series". The series began in 2008 and explores Kim's inner feelings, anxieties, relationships and the people that surround him. I have been drawn to the Moonassi series for a few years now and am hoping to get some of his illustrations hung up on my wall in my studio. To check out more of the works visit the Moonassi Website.


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Jot It Down.

Recently I came across Jot It Down and was taken by their stylish, minimal stationery. They combine current trends such as marble prints with the romanticism of quill-like feathered pens. Their pieces are not only fantastic for keeping yourself organised but as decorative pieces around your home. I can't get enough of them. To take a closer glance at their products check out their Instagram.


Monday, 18 January 2016

Fictional Objects.

Fictional Objects is an Australian/Indonesian based brand that prides itself on its high quality, unique bedding. Their products are made from the highest quality yarn with a dense weave and a soft feel. The attention to detail of their products is second to none. Each piece, whether it be a sheet, doona cover or pillowcase is sent to you in its own travel bag made out of matching fabric for that extra little luxury. This is fantastic because it makes the set easy to store and transport if needed. Fictional Objects is all about combining different colours and shapes, allowing you to personalize your own bed set combinations to keep things interesting. I'm a total sucker for this black and white print doona and sheet set with toffee cloud pillows. To create your own exciting bedding combinations go to Fictional Objects or their Instagram to check out how other people are styling these beautiful products.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Saturday, 9 January 2016

I Should Live In Salt.

Linen Shirt // Uniqlo
Black Skinny Scarf // ASOS
Trousers // Topshop
Shoes // Landspeed Records


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

How To: My Everyday Makeup.

Recently on my Instagram i've been asked about what products I use in my everyday makeup routine and also to do a little talk-through of how I do my makeup, so today i'll be showing you the products i've been using recently! If you would be interested in seeing a video on how I do this look then let me know in the comments or on Instagram.

For my base I have been using Nars Sheer Glow in the shade Siberia. I absolutely love this foundation because it suits my skin tone perfectly (finally, a shade pale enough!) and has a light to medium coverage so it doesn't feel heavy. I use a damp Real Techniques Miracle Sponge to apply the foundation as I find it gives a nice even finish. I then apply the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly underneath my eyes and on my nose with my damp sponge to subtly highlight the areas. I did not feature this product in my list below as it is not a part of my everyday routine though sometimes I do like to use the NYX Taupe blush as a contour on my cheekbones to create a bit more depth to the look. I finish off my skin by applying The Balm's Mary Loumaniser (or Colourpop's Stole The Show highlight) on the tops of my cheekbones and nose.

I then start on my eyes. Firstly I use a neutral shade all over my eyelid to prime my eyes and make it easier to blend the following eyeshadows. I've been really enjoying using warm taupes, browns, golds and rose golds on my eyes lately. I simply blend in a warm toned eyeshadow (an example could be the 5th or 6th eyeshadow from the left in the Naked 2 Palette) and then blend that onto my lid. I then take a darker brown shade and apply to the outer V of my eye and onto the crease and blend (a lot!). I usually follow up with a very light colour (or even a highlight) in the inner corner of my eye to brighten up the look and finish by curling my lashes and applying a coat of mascara.

Following this I brush through my eyebrows with an eyebrow brush and apply the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony. I focus mainly on the ends of my eyebrows and the body, leaving the start of my eyebrows a lot more sparse and natural looking. I then brush through the brows to disperse the product and voila! Sometimes if I want my eyebrows to be a touch darker I will apply the black shade in the Naked 2 Palette to my eyebrows with a slanted eyebrow brush.

To finish my look i've been loving NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream in London.

Left to right - Top Row // Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, The Balm Mary Loumaniser, Urban Decay Naked Two Palette. 

Left to right - Bottom Row // Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Pencil, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony, Shu Umera Eyelash Curler, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London. 
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