Sydney based style & fashion blogger in love with her significant other, pretty pictures and chocolate

18
Sep
2014

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Feature: TTTattoo: The Temporary Tattoo Store

Photographer: Ramon

I had the pleasure of collaborating with TTTattoo who specialise in temporary tattoos, both of their own designs and your own designs. It’s very different to the original posts I publish on my blog but you know what? Temporary tattoos were bought into high fashion by Chanel and it’s the best form of “trial before you buy” ethics when it comes to permanently inking your skin. What’s so great about TTTattoo is that you can create your own design.

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Truth be told, I’m so indecisive. Because of this character trait, I have not wanted to get a tattoo for the fear of having to get it removed because of choosing the wrong graphic, word, language etc to permanently have on my skin. Also, my pain tolerance is not very high so I wouldn’t last after the first prick of the needle.

These temporary tattoos I had received are wonderful. I loved the “Skin Definition” tattoo, it made sense to get a tattoo that would highlight skin and it’s true beauty and was also gifted a cute diamond.

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Using temporary tattoos are easy. You rip off the protective plastic, place it on the skin, wet the back and slide the paper off and voila!

As a child, I used to wear temporary tattoos all the time. They came free with bubblegum! Also, they came out with tattoo bandages which were bandages in a form of a tattoo. Oh, I had so much fun with those!

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I decided to place the tattoo under my rib cage where it was subtle. I have no issues with anyone who has a tattoo, whether they are loud and are in your face or hidden. It’s your body, who am I to judge? For me, I kept it inside so it was hard to be seen. Tattoos are for yourself and if I were to get one, I would definitely consider this position.

It’s tough. I can only imagine a tattoo artist’s job to be really tough. Skin moves and finding the right position was difficult. Lucky for me, this was only temporary.

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The tattoo I had chosen:

skin/skin/n.
1. the thin layer of tissue forming the natural human creative skill and imagination
2. the mirror of your soul

How beautiful!

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I know this is one of the most popular places to put a tattoo and I went with the norm. I didn’t think anyone would notice since I would wear my hair down most days and my boss did! I know that some work places frown upon tattoos, however, it’s good to know that it doesn’t bother him.

As for the tattoos in the workplace issue, I do believe that skill, beauty, kindness and all traits that will make someone a good worker is only skin deep. It’s discriminating and wish that more people spoke up about the issue. Tattoos that are exposed on your body shouldn’t affect the quality of how the human being does their job. It’s like people want/need to create problems that shouldn’t be a problem to begin with.

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Don’t forget, you can get your own temporary tattoo at TTTattoo. Shipping was very fast and they last a little over a week. Always a good idea to test things before permanently branding your skin. I hear that the removal process is much more painful. Try expressing yourself in a different way.

I know, it’s more midnight madness blogging for me and I have yet another event to head to tomorrow night which will be so much fun! I also have The Bridge to Holy Cross by Paullina Simons to read which is part 2 of The Bronze Horseman. I couldn’t live my days properly without having to read the second book. The way the first book ended tore me apart!

Will post another post tomorrow! In the process of editing more photos so that I can get up to date with my posts and have officially got a “blogging diary” - yea, I’m that kind of freak! So will have scheduled posts for you all so that I stop making empty promises.




16
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Twister

Photographer: Ramon

I’m back with another collaboration, this time with local shoe store; Hurricane Manor who stock unique and stylish footwear and aren’t afraid for colour clashes, animal prints and lots of sparkles.

I’ve been meaning to post a beauty post but I’ve yet to import the photos so will have them up this week for you guys. I’ve just got to lighten the colours as we literally get no sun in the apartment.

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This is an outfit I wore to end my birthday weekend. It was so good to finally wear flats after wearing heels 7 days a week. Hurricane Manor stock the cutest Cleopatra Flats that helped relax my feet and free them for tippy-toeing for a day.

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I did find it hard to style silver shoes. My judgement has been clouded by nude and black shoes and when silver came into the picture, I didn’t know what to wear. At the end of the day, pulling the silver colours in details such as the studs on the skirt and jewellery helped a lot.

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I have finally finished The Bronze Horseman and I’m so glad that I there is a 2nd book in the series. I was not satisfied with the ending. I read hundreds of pages only for that to happen to the main characters! Oh, I’m turning into a little bookworm and have already scheduled time to visit the library this weekend.

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There is a snake skin pattern on the Cleopatra flats. It’s gorgeous.

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I felt awkward wearing flats. It’s not often that I wear flats as I only stand a short height and can’t help but still tip-toe while in flats. 98% of my outfits on my blog have me in heels and it really was a good change. I have trained my feet well and in heels that stand 120cm high, I have to wear them to, from and during work so that my feet no longer hurt when wearing them (writing that and it makes me wonder why we suffer but then I remind myself how much more confident I feel in heels to help with my insecurities of my height).

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The pastel gradient knit is from BOO HOO. I figured that a blouse would have looked better with this outfit and Ramon agreed. He has a large input in my style and what I wear. His thoughts matter to me and I love that he gives me his honest opinion.

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We went back to our usual spot in Norwest to take photos. It feels like such a long time since we were last in the North West side of Sydney. I haven’t been visiting my parents as often as I used to as there has been a bit of family drama going on in the family and although I should deb visiting our family dog (who has diabetes), it’s been difficult stepping foot in a place I’m not comfortable in. I’ll be moving in that direction in October for work so maybe I can sneak in a little doggie time on my lunch breaks.

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Whenever I never have anything to wear, my go-to is a frilly skirt (hence why my blog is called “FrillySkirts”) and most of the time, it’s this leather skirt with studs. It does with almost anything I wear and it’s so easy to style. It also helps when wearing flats so that my legs look longer than they really are.

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I know what you’re thinking; “What’s with this pose she always does”. My signature-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other pose. I find that it helps make my legs look a little longer and makes me appear taller in photos. I know, it sounds too technical and that too much thought has been put into one photo but that’s not that case. Since I still find it hard to have photos taken in public (which I have been working on), it helps that you have your favourite eagles and poses as our outfit shots don’t take any longer than 5 minutes.

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I am still feeling overwhelmed over my birthday last week. Truth be told, each year after I turned 16 years old, I had not wanted to celebrate my birthday because when you do such drastic things as a teenager, like running away from home, you see who your true friends are, you are scarred and you hold grudges. When I say that I don’t want to do anything or celebrate, I mean it. I found it so difficult to trust people over the last 11 years of my life with so many fake friends surrounding you that finding genuine ones made me scared to lose them. I try not to be needy with my friends and have vowed to always be blunt and straight to the pony and receiving amazing and thoughtful gifts and personal messages from friends even though I didn’t have a gathering means so much to me. It’s different from the usual “Happy Birthday” that you feel obliged to say on Facebook when that notification comes along, it’s so much more special and I cherish these moments. I have such a great group of friends now and maybe next year, I’ll celebrate it properly without it having to be a surprise.

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I will have another post out tomorrow for you lovelies but may have to publish it around midnight as I have an amazing event to attend and can’t wait to see some wonderful familiar faces. I always look forward to events after work. Lately, work has been so busy and after wrapping up a tender at the last minute, I feel accomplished and ready to tackle more work tomorrow.

Gradient Knit: BOO HOO
Leather Skirt with Studs: Westfield
Cleopatra Flats: Hurricane Manor




15
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Twins

Photographer: Ramon

I have been meaning to post this late last week but after a meet up with Lamah and gifting me with The Bronze Horseman novel by Paullina Simons for my birthday, I have been hooked and have almost finished the book.

I wore this gorgeous twinset from St Frock to a Father’s Day lunch. We had gifted my dad a little something for when he plays golf since he’s become passionate about it. I can’t wait till I can wear it out again. It’s been getting warmer lately so I’ll be able to wear it out more often without shivering from the cold.

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The twinset has a gorgeous watercolour print with blue as the dominant colour. You can also get it in pink. What I love about it is that the split is int he front. I’ve been seeing this design used more often and as much as your first instincts tell you that you’re wearing the skirt back to front, I like how times are changing and it’s much easier to walk in.

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As it was cold, I paired the outfit with a denim jacket and because it’s a light washed denim, it helps to keep the soft look of the outfit. I also paired it with my vintage Chanel bag and shoes from Zu Shoes. It would have been perfect with thin strapped white heeled sandals but nudes with gold accents work just as well when pulling off the gold accents on my bracelets and from my bag.

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I’m in love with this ring from Opa Designs. Its not often that I wear statement jewellery but I’m appreciating how it all fits into an outfit and how it completes style.

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I must admit. I was literally holding my tummy in during this shoot. I had eaten so much during our Yum Cha lunch that I had a little food belly. Oh dear me, the summer is approaching and I have not worked out as much as I had hoped during spring. We have just over 2 months, let’s hope I can find some time to do this.

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I’m considering another investment (yes, investment) into another bag. I don’t have many light coloured bags, only 2. I’m not very good with white clothing so I’ll need to stop being so clumsy. People have called it peripheral vision where I don’t acknowledge all my surroundings and I walk into doors, coffee tables, chairs etc.

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Throughout my blogging life, only recently meeting Sydney bloggers, I’ve been learning so many new techniques, new advice and new everything. The world of blogging is so huge now and over ever expanding. There is so much more and with what you can do with the blogging world. It’s no longer on a personal level, it’s a business. It’s a brand.

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I have delayed booking my hairdressing appointment as I’m torn between maintenance and seasonal change. To go back to my natural dark born hair colour or to continue with my light brown hair or even go a dirty blonde.

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Cropped tops and high-waists are such a great combo and I wish this trend would stay. I love that as a short girl, I can wear longer skirts and not feel short as the cropped top balances it out.

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I have loads more to post and I’m behind 3 days of posts but I will have them all published this week for you all. I’ve been so busy with work, reading (I can’t believe this is actually on the list now and I’m really considering getting a library card) and other extra curricular activities. Bella has been hating me for being so preoccupied all the time but I will definitely make it up to her.

A week after my birthday and I’m still celebrating. Belated lunches, presents and dinners have been so overwhelming. I love my friends and don’t know where I would be without them.

Twinset: St Frock
Nude Shoes: Zu Shoes
Ring: Opa Designs
Denim Jacket: Jay Jays




10
Sep
2014

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Collaboration: Sugar and Spice

Photographer: Ramon

I’m back with more on Jessie and Camille time on my blog today. Sorry to reference myself in the third person but I always have a great time with Jessie from Fashion and Sounds and I really envy her confidence and efficiency. She’s so cool! - Oh gosh, I sound like a fangirl.

We discovered the inside of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens and it’s so pretty. Unfortunately, more and more people wanted to go and relax there with their adorable pups and the insecure person inside me needed to get out so that we can have photos elsewhere i.e. just outside the venue where no one was around.

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See more details on Jessie’s stunning and colourful outfit on her blog here. For more information about my look, check it out here.

She has been so supportive and has been there for me when I’ve been feeling down. It’s been comforting and I’m so glad I’ve got her in my life.

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We’ve decided on our next collaboration, we’ll style each other. That would be so much fun and it would be the first time I’ve ever styled anyone other than my cat or dog! Oh I really can’t wait for my godson and goddaughter arrive so that I have 2 littles ones I can play dress up with until they have a voice to say “no”.

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Spring weather has been unpredictable. It’s raining, it’s overcast, it’s sunny, it’s cold and it’s warm. I love how it’s the most unpredictable thing in my life right now. I’ve been feeling like I’ve been choking myself with all the plans I have set out and feel like I’m turning into someone I tried to escape when I was 16 years old. I have been loosening up slowly and have been trying to be spontaneous at least once every two weeks, whether it be to eat out instead of cooking like we usually do or agreeing to MC a wedding. I’m slowly coming out of my shell and it’s feeling really good.

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Although my birthday was last week, the celebrations are still continuing on for another week! Ramon is taking me to see The Flying Bach on Friday and a couple of friends are treating me for a brekky and lunch this weekend.

I feel so blessed and although my family hasn’t always been there for me (physically but never emotionally), I have such an amazing support system around me who do anything and everything they can for me and I’m so thankful and lucky to have found them. It’s better than receiving presents!

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This weekend, Brian and I will be attempting to view a beautiful sunrise. Last time was did this was before winter and I’m hoping the weather will cooperate. Since he’s a landscape photographer, most shots are taken by the beach and the winds are so strong around the area. I’ve read that we’re currently bracing ourselves for 110km/hr winds so it’ll definitely feel like home.

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Expect more from us in the future. We always have such a great time together and I can’t wait to see her again!

September is always such a busy time of year for me and with my godson arriving any minute now and new projects and jobs on board, it’s only going to get busier. I’ve locked in a few events, brunch dates, coffee meetings and collaborations throughout September and can’t wait to post it. 

We’ve finally past the middle of the week, not long till the weekend my lovely readers.




09
Sep
2014

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Health & Beauty: Byron Body Teatox

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a huge fan of tea. I used to dislike the taste of tea and my appreciation stemmed from high tea where I was introduced to fruit tea and authentic tea. Since then, I have tried so many different teas and drink it on almost on a daily basis. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to try Byron Body Tea Teatox.

What are the benefits of a “Teatox”?

  • Enhances weight loss
  • Helps regulate your digestion
  • Maintains healthy blood sugar levels
  • Assists in the regulation of cholesterol
  • Removes toxins and cleanses your system
  • Improves your skins tone and appearance
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Suppresses appetite, leaving you feeling fuller for longer

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Byron Body have just released all new packaging and I love how simple it is. Their staff were so excited about it and they should be! It looks amazing and I love it’s simplicity.

What makes this tea different from other “dieting” teas out there? For starters, there are no laxatives involved and they only use organs african mango seeds with rosemary, lotus leaves, puerh tea, hibiscus, Chinese “Forget Me Nots”, mint, lemon, rosebud and jasmine. It’s a delicious combination.

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The tea is very colourful and there are 2 different packets you can buy; 14 days or 28 days. To make the most of the tea, you drink it 3 times a day, 30 minutes before a meal.

Personally, I was drinking it all throughout the day. As soon as I went to work, the first thing I get while I wait for my computer to boot is a cup of tea. When I get stressed out, I drink the tea. When I’m feeling cold, I drink the tea. Tea is just so delicious and so healthy for you and this combination is perfection. It’s nice and light, easy to drink and smells so sweet.

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Oh and did I mention that Byron Body have the cutest Infuser? It’s a little man, who baths in the delicious tea. I literally squealed when I first saw this.

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Byron Body Tea is so popular that you can currently order your own teatox on back order today and start your teatox journey to a healthier life.




08
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Ocean Rises

Photographer: Helen from Boho Chic NLT

I’m back with another style post and this time I was styled by the gorgeous girl; Jo who runs the company Backstage by Jo. The photos were taken by the talented and beautiful Helen from Boho Chic NLT who was able to capture amazing shots and make my skinny fat appear to look like abs. She has just published an insightful blog post about fashion blogging, influencers and followers vs engagement here. It’s worth a read and great to see a social media strategist’s view on this topic and it points out how new this platform of advertising is in today’s world.

This outfit wouldn’t be possible without the incredible Australian brands; Talulah, Dricoper and Opa Designs. It’s been a please being introduced to so many local brands. Coming from New Zealand, most people educate themselves and tend to move overseas (like I did) as there are many opportunities out there for us that we don’t get back home. The amount of talent New Zealand produces is a large amount and wish that the  government did more to encourage them to stay in New Zealand and help build a bigger economy instead of disbanding armed forces, selling off government enterprises and off-shoring jobs to save a buck here and there.

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I had originally wanted to wear a gorgeous Talulah playsuit that is in the pipeline to post on my blog soon but after some mixing and matching and idea swapping, we thought it would be fun to swap outfits and have it styled by someone else. - It worked!

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Personally, I would have never thought that I would look great in this stunning “Thundering Sea” Talulah top but Jo surprised me when she paired it together with the “Love Stare” Talulah skirt. The colours of the top are so beautiful and the texture is nice and soft. I love the water colour effect and how it is very flowy. It would look great on the beach and the movement from the wind would look amazing! - The sun is finally out and the days are becoming warmer. Beach time will come sooner than I thought!

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The Talulah skirt is gorgeous. I’m such a sucker for asymmetrical anything and again, keeping true to form with high quality designs, Talulah delivers a white skirt with thick and breathable material that would look great on anyone without the worry of having it be see through. For me, I find it such a big issue when designers can’t notice that white materials are easily see through and I find it such a joy when I find companies who understand it and do something about it so that their consumers will never have to face embarrassment. Talulah have such a great design team and each year, they deliver such a great concept, design and quality that never fails to impress me.

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To pull colours for the blues and greens from the top, Jo paired the top with a stunning green bag from Zara and denim from Dricoper. I love how you can make this look appear casual by adding the denim jacket or formal by going without it or pairing it with a blazer.

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Again, by pulling from the colours of the top, we matched it with accessories from Opa Designs. The statement ring is nice and large and the bracelets are nice and subtle. It’s a great balance between the two.

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As this was my 2nd outfit we shot that day, I was impressed with how my hair stayed in form. When we were shooting my white on white look, the rain was drizzling on me and I feared that my curls would be gone and I’d have to do the next outfit with my hair up (which I don’t find very flattering on me). Luckily, the beauty Gods were on my side and kept my curls intact for this look.

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As mentioned at the beginning of this post, I do have skinny fat. I was hoping that during winter, I would work out and get my summer body ready but my lazy alter ego takes over and stops me. I’m fortunate that when I sit down, my rolls of fat (yes, this does exist for skinny people) are rolled in the same lines as abs. The shadows and the creases this creates makes my stomach appear to have abs. If you were to touch my tummy, it’s very soft and I do need to get myself fit, not just for summer but also for my health. I think I’ll be taking out the hoola hoop tonight and start again.

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Every time I see these photos, the colours make me happy and wake me up from my tiresome day as it was a reminder of such a great day. I have literally just woken up from an unexpected nap where my loving boyfriend allowed me to drift off for a couple of hours to reenergise after a weekend of celebrating my birthday.

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Sydney is such a beautiful city and I’m so glad that I we are constantly discovering new places. It’s not often that I’m in Pyrmont but the city view is breathtaking and it’s so peaceful.

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Summer is just around the corner and in traditional summer fashion, I have been contemplating the usual lighter hair for Sydney’s summer. I’ll be booking in an appointment with my hairdresser (yes, I have a hairdresser now) and will be either taking the step into a new hair colour that I will find hard to maintain or continue growing out my colour naturally and stay content with what I have. Should I go lighter? The last time I was lighter was a few years ago, loved it, had a lot of fun with it but the regrowth was hard to bare.

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I’m finally becoming more motivated to get my summer body in less than 3 months, but first, I need to catch up on sleep. I’ve been feeling so sleep deprived lately and as much as I want to exhaust myself with loads of exercise and get active (especially getting outdoors more and prepare our lifestyle for a puppy), I need to have energy first. Looking through Talulah’s lookbook again and seeing cropped tops is a great start with motivation. Looking at cute adorable puppies that need lots of exercise, walks and the outdoors is helping a lot too. I can’t get one on impulse and you need to really prepare yourself for a puppy, it’s a mistake most owners make and looking for the “Free to a good home” section on Gumtree and Trading Post breaks my heart.

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Jo kindly lent me her shoes for this look. Personally, I haven’t owned a pair of white heeled sandals before. I’ve been going the nude look for a while but since this shoot, I have placed 2 orders for white shoes and can’t wait to start wearing them! I’m terrible when it comes to wearing anything white and I’m a very clumsy person and tend to spill anything and everything on me but it’s good practice! Especially when I wear white on white, which I actually tried to wear over the weekend and ended up having sauce on my pants by the end of lunch. My boyfriend helped me get the stains out but it’s such a mission getting through a day without getting a stain on something white.

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I can’t express it enough but I had such a blast with Helen and Jo. They are two adorable souls, so down to earth and such great friends of mine. It’s so great meeting people that get you. That understand why you stand to take photos of food, they understand that angles, location and details matter and how blogging isn’t very easy and there’s a lot more involved then just posting photos. It’s been a pleasure and hope you guys have had the chance to check out more of Jo’s work on her Website; Backstage by Jo and check out Helen’s impeccable style on Boho Chic NLT and her amazing feed on instagram @bohochi_ntl - When I say amazing, I mean it’s amazing, visually appealing with a lot of thought put into it and it makes me want to start mine all over again.

Off to be as soon as I finish off another episode of the epic series; Suits. It’s such great corporate wear style inspiration for me right now.

Till next time my beautiful readers.

PS: I need to stop blogging when I’m half asleep but I’m glad people are reading my blog and messaging me discreetly to tell me about grammar and spelling mistakes. Thank you! I really don’t mind if you publicly shame me for that. I really should be more careful and ensure that I always proof-read before I publish a post.

"Thundering Sea" top and "Loving Stare" Skirt: Talulah
Denim Jacket: Dricoper
Jewellery: Opa Designs




07
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Oh Honey

Photographer: Helen from Boho Chic NLT

Hello Readers. I’m back with another bout of midnight blogging with an exciting collaboration with Honey & Beau which was shot by the amazingly talented blogger, photographer and stylish girl; Helen from Boho Chic NLT.

Honey & Beau have done a complete overhaul, took a step back and came back onto the scene with 2 fashion forward campaigns for their spring/summer collections. One that is so sweet and romantic, perfect for a day on the beach conveniently titled “Romance” and another that is more playful, incorporating both textures and prints for their main line.

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I love how Honey & Beau have evolved to a more sophisticated brand and I had the pleasure of styling their luxe leather dress in camel colour.

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I usually wear a size AU6 or XS and received a size AU8. As much as a part of me wanted to return the garment for a smaller size, I love the loose look on me. I used a metallic with elastic waistband belt to shape the look and because it was too long for me, I folded over the top so that the dress looks shorter - another technique I use so that I appear taller.

This experiment was a success and I love how the dress looks like its a twin-set. The size 6 would have looked like a really great dress but with a belt, I created a gorgeous dress that looks like there were more elements involved. I surprise myself with tailoring outfits to suit. - I really should believe in myself more.

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I love the rings. They are from Curated Label and I had been looking for statement rings to accessorise an outfit and the silver goes well with most, if not all outfits I wear. They come in a set of 3 at a bargain price.

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The dress comes in black but I wanted to try something different and decided on the camel colour. I also felt quite short that day so I wore the highest open toe platform heels I could find which were my spiked Jeffrey Campbell Foxy’s.

Again, it was cold in Sydney so out came my denim jacket to complete the look. Denim and camel go so well together.

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It’s official, I’m finally 27! All of last year, I had thought that I had turned 27 and only realised in January this year that I had actually turned 26. Inside I feel like I’m 50 years old, I listen to classic music from the 70s and 80s, I have a plan for superannuation and retirement and I’ve already planned out the next 5 years of my life with many contingency plans in place to avoid disappointment. I’ve been trying to let loose and this year, I feel like I’ve started to do that. It’s a good feeling when you start to act your age and realise that living in the moment is sometimes what life is about. Sometimes, you realise that you can plan for things and work towards a goal but you can never forget what’s happening now, what’s right in front you and remember that life is short.

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The bracelets are from local online store; Peach Box who have just restocked them in all colours. The silver and gold tones help tie in together the metallic belt, accessories and the gold accents from my bag.

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For more on their new line and to get ideas on how you can style your Honey & Beau pieces, check out Instagram @honeyandbeau! I love how one piece from a line can look so beautiful and effortless when styled the right way and that is exactly what other bloggers have done.

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I had such a lovely brunch with some talented and stylish Sydney bloggers; Helen from Bohochic NLT (who as mentioned is such a talented photographer and took these amazing shots of my outfit), Alisha from Alishayi, Maddie from Page 84 (in love with that blog name) and Rachel from Rachel Bambi. Please excuse the blurry photo, most brunch places are quite dark inside and the iPhone 5 can only capture so much when moving at a fast pace.

I’ll be publishing another post tomorrow and shooting another 2 more exciting looks for you. Spring hasn’t officially begun in Sydney yet with rain, rain and more rain. The 2 weeks of “rainmaggeddon” has lasted a good 3 weeks with a 4th being forecasted. Father’s Day is tomorrow (technically as of today) and I hope everyone has bought, made or will be doing something special for your Dad. Although I have had some ups and a lot of downs with my Dad, it’s been good to have him in my life again. Hope everyone stayed dry and warm today. Let’s hope for better weather tomorrow.

Till next time my lovely readers.

Honey & Beau Lux Leather Dress in Camel: Honey & Beau
Denim Jacket: Jay Jays
Bracelets: The Peach Box
Blogger Ring Set: Curated Label
Jeffrey Campbell Foxy Spikes: Shoe Connection
Metallic Belt: Crazy Horse Clothing
Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch: Louis Vuitton




04
Sep
2014

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Beauty: Frank Body Coffee Scrub

After reading some great reviews and seeing some amazing before and after results, I decided to try Frank Coffee Body Scrub. I bought this online for $16.95 and they offer free shipping in Australia.

I suffer from lots of white bumps on my arms and thighs and also some stretchmarkes around my buttocks. I knew that it would get messy and knowing the clean freak in me, I was going to try apply it in the least messy way possible.

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First of all, everyone comments on how amazing the coffee scrub smells. I’m not a big coffee drinker and after a regretful evening of sculling brandy and having the worst hangover of my life where my mum tried to help by serving me coffee the following morning. Coffee has never sit well with me and the taste reminds me of vomiting uncontrollably during a very dark period of my life. I have been trying to get back onto the coffee bandwagon, having a few sips every 2 weeks or so to help with my low blood pressure, but apart from that, I haven’t learned to love it yet. But yes, it does have a very strong coffee smell that didn’t put me off.

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First off, to ensure that I wouldn’t have to clean up a huge mess, I decided on doing everything in the shower. I quickly gave my body a rinse and applied one handful of the coffee scrub all over my body. It was all I needed but you can use more if you want.

Most people while waiting have taken selfies which I wasn’t willing to do since you’re in a very vulnerable state. I really don’t know what to do in a shower, covered in coffee and literally having to wait for the minutes to go by before you can rinse it off.

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As this was my first time using it, I started to feel itchy and tingly on some parts of my body 5 minutes in and got scared so I quickly turned on the shower and rinsed it off.

My skin felt so amazing and very moist and I had less bumps on my thighs and arms. I used it every week for a month and love it! I do find that I get a better result having taken a shower first, soaping myself, rinsing it off thoroughly and then using the body scrub to work more efficiently.

Stay turned for another post I’ll be publishing soon! I’ve been bogged down with so much work lately and I have been finding it so hard to find the strength and motivation to get myself out of bed on weekday mornings. Let’s hope tomorrow will be a better day. But hey, at least my skin is nice and smooth while stressing over work right? Hope everyone had a great time at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. My body needed some rest so I wasn’t able to get out. Can’t wait to see everyone’s photos of all their bargains and events happening tonight. 




01
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Oriental

I was too excited to post my collaboration with Gloria from CHICACHIA that I posted it instead of posting about the MINKPINK Lost in Translation launch and their latest campaign. Here are details of my outfit I wore for the collaboration with both pieces from the MINKPINK range.

They have introduced some great prints, vibrant colours, awesome kimonos and some pretty cool twin-sets! To celebrate the launch, The Rumour Mill had the best idea of having a Japanese-themed everything where we made our own sushi, listened to Japanese music, took home bento boxes and cranes and was surrounded by fans and lanterns.

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I have only ever attempted to make sushi once in my entire life for cooking class at school. It didn’t go so well and my 2nd attempt at this event didn’t go so well either. I thought I was on a roll with having my sushi looking decent but when it came to cutting the sushi, all the filling went on either side and I ate a deconstructed sushi that night. Was still yummy! It’s an event I will definitely remember throughout my time and was such a great experience. We finished off with some green tea ice cream. - Delicious!

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After scouring through their range and finding so many pieces I wanted to get, I came home with 2 amazing pieces. I’m all about looking for items of clothing that could become staple pieces or items that can be used all-year-round. The tee is a great example where you can wear it all-year-round. The shirt is so cute and the writing is very quirky and very Japanese. I also came home with a gorgeous oriental print midi skirt that I can use for work too! Trying to add some colour into my work wardrobe.

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I did have to tuck in the tee into the midi skirt but it still looked great with adding mystery to people who see “Sushi and…”. It was also quite cold and pulling from the black colours from the tee, I wore black sandals so that I appear taller than I am and elongate my legs and a leather jacket to keep warm. - Yes, I always try to appear taller in my photos. Wearing heels, positioning myself in a certain angle etc are all tricks I play on you guys! I also need to find a new affordable leather jacket as my Jay Jays jacket is starting to crack around the neckline. It’s fared so well so far but alas, not everything lasts forever.

I have posted details of my accessories in a separate post here. Don’t forget that you can shop all my looks through Bluesky. Sign up today and follow me and other bloggers!

Far back a few years ago, I mentioned in a post that I was never a fan of the colour red as it would remind me of blood and my frequent nosebleeds and people telling me to tilt my head back only to swallow the blood. Now, I love the colour. It goes well with anyone’s complexion and you can really stand out from the crowd. It also goes well with all tones of jewellery.

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This week is going to zoom past and I officially turn 27 in a few days time. Silly me had thought I turned 27 last year and only realised 4 months later that I actually turned 26. It’s what happens when my mature minds works older than I really am. Hope everyone survived Monday! The first day of Spring welcomed us with amazing weather today.




31
Aug
2014

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Outfit Post: Ombre Candy

Photographer: Ramon

I had the opportunity to collaborate with the ever-so-popular online store, BOOHOO who I commend for an amazing campaign recently launched. They are always showing their items as being so much fun and playful! It makes you feel happy when you wear their clothes and this wasn’t any exception. I saw the ombre knit and my face lit up. As James White will say, “It’s so cute, very swag, I like it”.

It’s officially the first day of Spring tomorrow, Winter seems to always linger around a little longer so it was so great to know that I was in good hands with this knit to keep me warm. I had plans to wear the knit with white shorts but because it’s been too cold and wet to wear a pair of white bottoms, I decided on the safest option; ripped boyfriend jeans from Somedays Lovin.

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We were fortunate that one day of the week, the rain stops for a full day before “rainmaggeddon” continues on it’s warpath across Sydney. I paired the outfit with the “Work It” boots from Zu Shoes and a vintage Chanel backpack.

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It’s not everyday that you see me with my hair up. While getting ready, my hair was very uncooperative so I decided to tie it up in a high ponytail. - Something that people have noted that I should do more often. I just feel like my face is just a bit too round to pull off a ponytail. I usually use my hair to shape my face to look a lot more narrower than it really is.

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We found the cutest house in Paddington with the cutest bikes outside. Walking around the beautiful shrub of Paddington made me feel nostalgic. Bike riding was a huge part of my childhood and it was zoo good to see that people still do it now and not just for recreational purposes but to help the environment.

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After this shoot, we had to quickly head over to The Rocks for a quite errand before the long drive up to Penrith Panthers for my brother’s birthday lunch which ended up being a huge disappointment as the ribs and steakhouse had run out of ribs and most of the steak cuts! - I know, it sounds unbelievable but the other day we went through the KFC drive-through only to be advised they had run out of chicken and the wait was 20 minutes for a new batch.

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This knit has definitely become one of my all time favourites and I love how it’s not too thick so I can wear it throughout the cool days of Spring. I’ve been slowly loosening up and taking out the vintage Chanel to play, even in the rain! The backpack is a classic look that they recently relaunched for a limited time. The bag is older than I am and hope I’ll be able to pass it onto someone who will be able to keep it in great condition for it’s age.

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I had been meaning to post this look up yesterday but got preoccupied with some wedding talk as I’m MCing for a wedding in January. I’m excited and nervous at the same time as I’ve only ever MC’d once for charity and have only attended a handful of weddings. I’m going to be trying my best to not ruin a once in a lifetime experience for two of my wonderful friends.

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Recently, I have been counting down the days till I finally get to see my godson who is due to welcomed into this world this week. I’m so excited to see the little one and can’t wait to introduce you guys to him!

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Isn’t the colour just perfect? I love how there is a small tint of purple and white in the middle and it blends perfectly together and because of this, you can pull from any of the colours to mix and match with and the possibilities of styling this knit is endless.

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Now that spring and summer has arrived, it’s time to start lightening up my wardrobe and adding colours and florals. I’ve been waiting for summer since winter started! I must admit that this year’s winter was bearable and I didn’t have to bring out a pair of tights once!

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As someone who love her skinny jeans, I’ve been introduced to comfort through boyfriend jeans. If I could wear them everyday, I most likely would! I’m also looking for a pair of bootleg jeans. I remember being in high school and loving bootleg jeans so much as the flares covered my high platform heels and I looked super tall!

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A few years back, Ramon and I had done a shoot all the way out in Bulpin where I literally sat in the middle of the street but instead of a row of cars, it was a row of trees with gold and red leaves fallen n either side. I was after a similar photo and although it wasn’t as magical, I was happy with this quirky shot.

Surprisingly, no cars drove past while I sat in the middle of the road. I don’t encourage anyone to do this, we did have a scout who was going to yell “CAR”.

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I have loads more outfit posts to post for you guys, a backlog of beauty posts and another collaboration for you. Time is still my enemy and it doesn’t look like we’ll be making friends any time soon. I have been burying my head into books lately and my current bedtime read is The Diary of a Young Girl; Anne Frank. It makes you appreciate life and that your struggles are bearable.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I’m going to tuck into the rest of the book before bed and prepare for a very busy week next week. Events, birthdays, dinners and lots of work to do with a tender I have to prepare for and end of month accounts to finalise for the financial controller. Oh boy!

Ombre Knit: BOOHOO
Boyfriend Jeans: Somedays Lovin
"Work It" Shoes: Zu Shoes











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