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21
Aug
2014

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Outfit Post: When Two Worlds Collide

Photographer: Ramon

If you haven’t already seen it, the first collab shoot with Jessie from Fashion and Sounds featured us wearing something camo, today I show you how different we styled our boyfriend jeans.

Jess took us to a beautiful lookout overlooking the beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge and it’s surroundings. After what seemed to be a gloomy day, the clouds cleared up and the warm sun welcomed us.

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We went to the gazebo and was fortunate that no one was inside. You can imagine how busy this place would be during wedding season! Best place for out of town guests to enjoy and take in how beautiful Sydney really is.

Can you believe that the two photos above were taken with Ramon’s new Sony Xperia Z2? Technology has come so far and my Lumix digital camera from 2 years ago cannot even keep up with the amazing photo quality that the iPhone 5 gives me. The Sony Xperia Z2 is on a whole different level! We’ll be doing one outfit that will be shot entirely from his phone so stay tuned!

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We decided to stick to our “fun” theme for this shoot and went wild with our jazz hands and peace signs.

I actually had a blast and with every click of that button on the camera, Jess taught me to do a different pose each time. - she’s so cool!

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The sunglasses that I’m wearing are a gorgeous frosted pink colour and were designed by the gorgeous Jess herself! She had about 5 sunglasses in her bag! I was in love with the ones I had on and didn’t want to take them off. I’m usually an oversized sunnies type of girl but when these shapes and sizes started to come out, I’ve always wanted a pair! They will start stocking these soon so keep an eye out for them in stores soon!

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For more details on Jess’ outfit, check out her blog post about it here. She does layering right and I feel far too simple and basic compared to her.

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We got most of our ideas from those now famous bloggers who always seem to have a great time and travel the world and makes you wonder what you did wrong to not be living the same life as them. I’ve found that it’s very easy to manipulate situations and appear like you’re having the time of your life and wish they were a bit more personal and realistic about delayed flights, long customs clearance queues and how the heck they fit everything into their luggage bags.

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After being introduced to this place and rediscovering The Rocks and seeing how much it has changed over the 4 years, Ramon and I will definitely be back and maybe have a picnic or two. The view is just breathtaking! I can’t wait for summer to come back around. - Oh and yes, expect more collaborations with the beautiful Jess, we are already in talks for two more in the future.

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I know, I need to stop with my peace signs. As I’m still new to this collaboration business, I still feel quite awkward, don’t know how to compose myself and after Ramon takes the photos, rush over to the camera to see how stupid I looked. It’s a big change after 4 years of blogging and although I like the direction, my confidence is such a downer!

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As promised, here is a casual way of styling this stunning top from Ninety Ninety One in comparison to how I styled it for corporate work attire. I paired the top with patchwork boyfriend jeans from Glassons and “Work It” boots by Zu Shoes.

After walking for what seems like forever, I was puffed! The unfit girl inside of me was wanting to rest and that just reminds me how much I need to start kicking my butt into gear and getting more active again! Another trip to the blue mountains for a 4 hour walk would be a start so will definitely start planning for that when the weather stops forecasting rain.

More shenanigans planned for this weekend and can’t wait to show you guys what I get up to. Till next time my beautiful readers.




21
Aug
2014

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Feature: MINKPINK Wild Child

Looking for some more monochrome and florals or monochrome florals as part of your warbrobe? MINKPINK has just released their most recent campaign and look who the faces of the new campaign are; Chelsea Tyler, daughter of Steve Tyler and Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith Richards.

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MINKPINK continues to impress the globe with their ever evolving fashion styles and trends and I love how this campaign incorporates the 70s rock theme with bold prints and patterns.

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They include monochrome for the growing minimalists out there in nice bold stripes which is a nice change from the pinstripes we’ve all grown to love.

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This funky shoot for the campaign definitely speaks “wild” and fun. It shows that even without colour in your outfit, you can still be wild and fun. Add a bit of bright red lippy and you’re good to go.

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I love how MINKPINK have introduced florals for spring in monochrome so that you can add colour through accessories. I also love the fluffy cropped knit. The contrasting textures, colours and prints is very well thought out.

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Motto: MINKPINK. Designed and loved for who we are. Be brave and free.

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Check out all these new pieces and more on the MINKPINK Website today.

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Don’t forget to join their Instagram competition for your chance to win MINKPINK clothing and 2 return flights to Sydney with accommodation for you and a friend. Tag my blog @frillyskirts on your instagram entry and not only will you win the flights and accommodation, you will also increase the $500 MINKPINK clothing to $1000! Good luck!

PS: Will be posting more on another new exciting campaign from MINKPINK that will be on the blog this weekend! Stay tuned lovelies x




20
Aug
2014

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Outfit Post: Camouflage

Photographer: Ramon

I had plans on publishing this last night but after watching the touching movie; Fault In Our Stars, I needed sleep. (PS: the book is so much better!). Here are the details of my outfit during the collaboration shoot with Jessie from Fashion and Sounds

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I usually work really well under pressure when choosing outfits and just put on whatever I feel works well and out the door I go. Same went for this shoot. Jess had showed me a camo jacket that she was going to be wearing so I thought of wearing my camo pants and matching whatever I could get together and hope I made the right choices.

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This Cooper St bustier was the first thing I decided to pair with the camo pants. I needed something that was plain since the camo pattern is quite “out there”. I love the contrasting black and what I love even more is that the bustier fits me. I can’t stress enough how hard it is to find a bustier anything from a dress, top, bralet etc when you have nothing that can help hold it up.

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Yes, I’m a NZer who thinks that 10 degrees is cold. I’m so sorry! My body has climatised in an Aussie way. I had to keep warm wearing this gorgeous Lioness coat from St Frock.

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To balance out the colours, I decided to wear these gorgeous all-year-round “Work It” boots from Zu Shoes. TIP: fold up your pants so that you can see a bit of your ankle/shin so that you appear taller (in photos anyway and from afar).

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Recently, I have been listening to some music aka “Jamz” from back in my early high school days and have been reminiscing about what I thought I would be doing to what I’m currently doing, asking myself if I had made the right decisions and what I want for my future now. I must admit, I have been emotionally stable for the past year which has been a great feeling and hope it stays that way *knocks on wood* I recently read an article “15 Signs That You’re Leading A Successful Life”. It’s a beautiful read and makes you realise that you are very lucky and that you need to celebrate even the smallest success in life.

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For the first time in 8 years living in Sydney, I’m finally feeling a sense of belonging in this city and feel less like I’ve made a huge mistake of moving from home to a different country. Traffic makes me question my decision all the time but meeting new, kind and welcoming people have made me realise that Ramon and I made the best decision to pack up and leave our life behind. Although we still fall into the same “traps” and mistakes, we’re better people here. To be truthful, we’re much nicer, we’re much more social, we’re more accepting and give more and take less. It took a while to be at a position where we are and although we don’t have our own home (yet), are still in debt and some months have to life pay-check-to-pay-check, we’re happy in a sense. We’ve found so much beauty in Sydney and have found the most kind-hearted people.

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Jessie has got on the cutest outfit and if you want more details on what she wore, check out her blog post about it here. And, while you’re there, don’t forget to check out all her other amazing posts! She styles right down to the style of sunglasses! I’ve learned from her that sunglasses can be a necessity when it comes to styling certain looks.

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I have been trying to add coffee into my diet as it helps with low blood sugar and I feel like my whole body is awake and alert. I mix it up with hot chocolate so that the taste isn’t so strong. How do coffee drinkers do it?! I find it so hard to get used to the taste and feeling!

More to come with another collaboration post with Jess that will be published soon. Collabs are so much fun!

On a side note, I consider myself to be quite a straight up person and would just like to stress how important it is to credit other people’s work, whether it was them being a photographer, them sponsoring items or them assisting. Time, money or time and money are taken away from that person and it’s not that hard to link or acknowledge! It really sucks when you get taken advantage of because you’re too nice. I lose faith in humanity sometimes and it really sucks when you see the truth behind people. Even the dog trying to save the fish with water is more humane than us humans, it’s tragic!

Bustier: Cooper St
"Work It" Boots: Zu Shoes
Lioness Coat: St Frock
Camo Pants: Chicabooti




18
Aug
2014

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Outfit Post: Accessories Galore

Photographer: Ramon

As a style and fashion blogger, I’m guilty for incomplete looks by leaving out an important styling accessory which was jewellery.

Thanks to BlueskyCurated Label, Ichi Knee and Mink Pink, I was able to complete a look from head to toe. This post will feature mainly on my accessories for this look and will be posting the full look later on my blog but scroll to the bottom for a little surprise! 

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8 Other Reasons double impact hand piece bought from Bluesky. Bluesky allows you to shop all your favourite brands on Bluesky in just one cart including all of my outfits I post on my blog plus more!

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The cutest lotus root earring that was gifted to us that helped perfectly promote Mink Pink’s latest range “Lost In Translation” that focuses on bringing to life Japanese culture in their latest collection.

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I finally found midi-rings from Curated Label that I paired with my Mink Pink Kimono midi skirt. I love how the red, silver and gold tones compliment each other so well.

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I know that my ring finger doesn’t look as modern as the index and middle fingers but that’s only because I believe that sentimental items triumph fashion and trends any day.

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The double impact hand piece is the cutest and I love the crystal detailing. I don’t usually wear statement pieces but I love how accessories compliment a look and I’ll be scouring stores for more accessories for future outfit posts. I still believe that less it more but if you do the right amount of layering and don’t over do it, it can be the best part of your look.

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Surprise!! I did a collaboration with Gloria from CHICACHIA. She has the most adorable personality and I can’t wait for you guys to see the photos and for me to tell you guys more about her. I’ll be posting it in about a week from now while I try to get through my backlog of posts but will be posting teasers on our instagram pages; @chicachia and @frillyskirts.

Don’t forget to follower me on Bluesky to shop not only my looks but all your favourite blogger’s looks too. Till next time my loverly readers!




16
Aug
2014

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Outfit Post: World Peace

Photographer: Ramon

After bumping into each other countless of times events, our collaboration was meant to be. Fate literally bought us together! I had the lovely opportunity to collaborate on an outfit shoot with Jessie from Fashion and Sounds for a couple of outfit posts.

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After waiting for the mailman to come along so we can determine what we’ll be wearing for the shoot, we decided to wing it and have a fun time and try have Ramon capture all that fun.

The sunnies I’m wearing have been designed by the gorgeous Jess herself. My blogger friends are so talented!

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I had a blast and was literally throwing peace signs in the air like a crazy woman! I guess my subconscious’ definition of “fun”is peace - Sounds about right.

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I decided to match Jess’ camo vest with camo pants I had lying in my wardrobe that I haven’t worn in almost a year. I love “shopping” my wardrobe and finding hidden gems. It’s exciting!

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I decided to pair it with a Cooper St Clothing bustier to break up all the greenery and wear my Zu Shoes “Work It” boots. I was also freezing that day and would not part from my St Frock tan coat. I really don’t want to get sick again so I have been styling as per the weather.

For details of Jess’ outfit, head on over to her blog at Fashion and Sounds.

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We also bumped into a man wearing a pirate costume! He has this awesome job of dressing up like a pirate and organising work team building events where you all dress up as pirates too! How cool is that?!

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We ventured out all the way to the rocks and after seeing Jess’ confidence just oozing out of her while she was having her solo outfits taken in Surry Hills, I was secretly pumping myself up in the car and telling myself to just build that confidence and have the photos taken. I think I did a pretty good job till it came to my solo outfit shots where I knew a lady who was reading the map was not really reading the map and staring with judgemental eyes. - I really don’t know what’s wrong with me!

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While reminiscing about the fun times we had at the rocks and Ramon discovering his passion for photography 4 years ago, it was a good reminder to never forget about your routes and to see how far you’ve come.

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I had such a great time shooting this. We weren’t too serious and we had authentic laughs. There was a lot of trial and error and can’t wait to do this again! More to come on my blog and will post the details of this outfit in a separate post.

I have a few more collaborations in the works and my heart is still pumping so hard right now after watching a very intense Bledisloe Cup game! SPOILER ALERT: The New Zealand All Blacks tied the game with The Australian Wallabies. Next week is going to be one intense game after this.

Lately it’s been pouring down with rain and has been forecasted to rain for the next 5 days so will try and get as much shot as we can. Tomorrow I have an exciting accessories post coming up so stay tuned!

Thanks for all who just recently followed my blog! I know that I haven’t been as active on Tumblr (my blogging platform) as I used to be but I will start scouring through my followers base to stalk you guys soon! Don’t hesitate to drop by my Ask Page and message me.




15
Aug
2014

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Beauty: LACURA Skin Science Caviar Illumination

As I have mentioned on previous post, the immature and younger version of me used to live by the rule “I’ll deal with the consequences later”, it was my way of living, in Drake’s words, You Only Live Once aka YOLO. This was also true when it came to my skin.

For years, I wouldn’t use anything to help rejuvinate my skin and up until May of this year, I learned how to use primer, foundation, concealer and pressed powder properly. Yes, it took me 26 years to learn the makeup art form. My skin has had it’s good days and bad days and at one point last year was covered in little bumps from clogged pores that it’s resulted in using acne treatment, namely; Proactiv. Although I’ve heard positive and negative reviews about Proactiv, it’s been great on clearing up my acne but it did dry out my skin.

I have also noticed that at 26, I have crows feet. You can’t see it in my photos since I filter and photoshop most imperfections in my skin but they exist and look even deeper when my make up is thicker than usual. Due to the dry skin and the first signs of wrinkles and aging, I’ve tried many creams that have either been too harsh on my skin, too thick and clogs pores or don’t show any results.

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When I was invited to try the LACURA Skin Science Caviar Illumination range, I was eager to get rid of the puffiness of my eyebags, balance my skin and slow down the ageing process. The new range is available from ALDI from Wednesday, 3 September 2014 only while stocks last.

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Along with the help of beauty and health writer, stylist and beauty expert, Sarah Brooks-Wilson, I learned how to use the products properly, what they are good for and most importantly the chemicals you will be absorbing into your face.

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We enjoyed a nice sit-down lunch at Cafe Del Mar overlooking Darling Harbour to launch the skin care line and I enjoyed how intimate and hands-on it was. We were able to open up the containers, smell and try the products out before going home and drawing our final conclusion.

I wanted to give an honest opinion and to do that, I used the LACURA Skin Science Caviar Illumination range over 2 weeks on top of my normal routine. Given that I’ve never used a day and night cream, this was all new to me and I didn’t know what to expect.

The LACURA Skin Science Caviar Illumination range comes with 4 elements:

  1. Day Cream
  2. Night Cream
  3. 3-minute Peel
  4. 7 days intensive treatment

First of all, you will notice how generous the size of the container is. They are not small portions and will last a while. Secondly, when you open up the container, the smell of the creams are beautiful.

3-Minute Peel Cell Renewal Peel Mask; luxury Anti Aging care to help refine pores and smooth skin surface with Caviar Extract, Papaya Enzyme Complex and AHA’s.
RRP $19.99

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Because it was all so new to me, I started off with the 3-minute peel before bed time. I wanted to start fresh and after consulting with Sarah Brooks-Wilson (I swear, you can’t say just the first name as her name is one of those names that runs so well together), she advises that you should use the peel at least once a week to clear any impurities. She did note that you will feel a tingly sensation. To me, this was both good and bad. Good because you can feel it working, bad because it could feel like an allergic reaction.

Skin masks and peels never sit well with me in the past. I have so many sample masks and peels that I have refused to use because it would rip my skin of everything I needed and I would break out. This was what I had in mind when I first tried the 3-minute peel.

It comes with a brush and you use this to apply it to the skin. I followed the instructions and after cleansing my face, I used the 3-minute peel.

Sarah Brooks-Wilson was right, you can feel it working it’s magic. It felt tingly and very cool. You can also feel the peel tightening as it was drying on your face.

I didn’t time it exactly to 3 minutes but it was close enough, give or take a few seconds. I washed it off with warm water as recommended and my face felt really good and clean but not too clean that it was stripped of it’s nutrients and moisture.

Since I used this at night time, I used the Night Cream straight after to end the night.

Night Cream; luxury anti ageing care to help regenerate skin during the night with Caviar Extract, Snow Algae Extract and Regenerating Complex.
RRP $19.99

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Again, this cream smells incredible. The night cream is a thick white cream with a good consistency that was easy to put on my face and neck. The first time I used it was after washing off the peel. The next time I used it was after exfoliating my skin in the shower and cleansing it after a shower. I also use the Proactiv Repair Treatment to avoid acne after cleansing my face.

I have read in multiple articles that it’s good to put creams on at night time while you sleep as you skin is relaxing and not producing certain toxins and oils as it would if you were awake. I don’t know how accurate that is but when I wake up, I do feel that my skin it much softer. I also like how it hasn’t affected my acne treatment regimine and it allows me to continue using both probucts in conjuction with one another with no side effects but getting the best of both worlds.

Day Cream SPF 15; luxury anti aging care for radiant and luminous skin with Caviar Extract, Snow Algae Extract and Hyaluronic Acid.
RRP $19.99

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After exfoliating and cleansing my skin in the morning, I applied the day cream. Similar to the night cream, it is very thick in consistency. Even thicker than the night cream in my opinon which worried me as I felt as though it may block my pores.

You can use this as a base for your make up and because of it’s thick consistency, I really did think that it was too much for my skin to handle but I wanted to use it properly and according to the instructions so on went my make up after applying the day cream.

Lo and behold, my skin was fine. It didn’t clog my pores and it was breathable even with using foundation or BB cream. I also felt that the moisture in the cream lasted me the whole day compared to other skin moistursers I have used. I even tried using a primer on top of the day cream and my skin is still breathable. At this point, I’m usually breaking out the following day but it helps that the BB cream and foundation I use compliments my skin.

After a couple of days, you do notice a difference and my few but still noticeable wrinkles were ironing themselves out nicely. I haven’t experienced a breakout and I love how it already contains SPF 15.

7 Days Intensive Treatment; luxury anti aging care fore radiant and luminour skin with Caviar Extract, Snow Algae Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Anti-Wrinkle Complex.
$24.99

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After a fews days of using the day and night creams, and feeling positive about the results, I decided to try the 7 days Intensive Treatment. I wanted to make sure that my skin was taking a liking to the day and night creams before starting an intense treatment on my skin.

There are 2 sets of ampoules; 7 for the day, 7 for the night. With Asian parents, they have taken a liking to the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules. Being an expert in beauty, I asked Sarah Brooks-Wilson what she thought in comparison and she advised that it should work just as good as the capsules.

My mum used to always ask me to keep an eye out on a sale of the capsules as they cost a lot and since I was living in my YOLO phase, I didn’t give a care in the world why she would spend so much money on small capsules. The 7 days intensive treatment is supposed to work exactly the same for a fraction of the cost. The first time I saw the ampoules, I thought it was going to be very diluted liquid but it was very dense and you really have to tap it onto your palm to get it all out.

I started off with the night time ampoules. The instructions say that you have to distribute it evenly on your face, neck and neckline which I did and I had so much solution, I just kept on massaging it into my face. It is a lot of treatment and you will need to massage it in for a good couple of minutes for it to absorb in the skin. As this was all new to me. My face felt very tight, the solution was very sticky and I didn’t know if it was normal or not that I started to research about ampoules and how they are supposed to feel. You will also need to keep your hair out of your face as your hair will stick to your skin.

I couldnt wait any longer and after 30 minutes, I put the night cream over my face in the hopes that it would dilute and help the treatment absorb into my skin faster. When I woke up, my face was still very sticky. I decided to wash it off in the morning, do my routine cleanse and then apply the morning treatment. It’s not as thick as the night time treatment but you have the same results. After distributing on my face evenly, I waited for it to dry but it just became sticky. After 10 minutes, I put the day cream over top.

According to the instructions, you can use it as a base for your makeup so trusting this advise, I continued on with using my make up. My skin felt so tight during the day, moist and you can see my fine lines being ironed out. I did however, still feel sticky and wanted to wash my face and neck but I was determined to finish the treatment. Because of this, I only used half of the amouples the following day and it felt much nicer and my skin absorbed it much faster. I did have to decrease this to a third the following day as my skin started to break out around my forehead. I found that it still did the job doing this but a much longer intensive program than the 7 days.

I used 5 out of the 7 treatments over the course of 2 weeks and asked my mum to try 2 full day’s supply to see what she thought of it. Being experienced in many creams to avoid anti ageing, I felt as though her opinion on these amouples would be more beneficial to my readers than mine. When I first introduced her to the range, she was surprised that you can get it from ALDI and was surprised that I had young wrinkles as my age (yes, I’m dealing with my awful choices now and wish I had known better earlier in life).

After using the 2 day treatment, my mum said that she saw it working however, because her skin was much more mature than mine, she did need the full 7 day treatment but was happy with the results. Her skin, which is much different to mine had absorbed the treatment much faster but did mention that she did have to half the ampoule like I did and stretched the 2 day treatment over 4 days.

After using LACURA Skin Science Caviar Illumination, my skin has felt much softer and my lines have ironed out but not completely. They are not as deep as I will continue the routine. I still have “crows feet” aka line dimples when I force eye smiles around my eyes and this was a step in the right direction in slowing the skin ageing.

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As much as I would have loved to show you before and after photos, I’m very self conscious about my skin. It’s not perfect and yes, at 26, I have got some lines around my eyes that looks even worse with make up on as the lines look much deeper. In conclusion, I will continue to use this. It’s better to start now than never and to prevent wrinkles using creams and cosmetic surgery would be an option I’m willing to take.

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I do believe the LACURA Skin Science Caviar Illumination range works well and for such a bargain price, why wait? It’s best to start early and it was a great introduction for me to start the anti-aging process. The LACURA Skin Science Caviar Illumination range is available exclusively at ALDI from Wednesday, 3 September 2014 only while stocks last! Get in quick because it sells out.




14
Aug
2014

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Event: Brando Collective Launch

I was honoured to be invited to the launch of the new Brando Collective shoe line in stores and stepped foot into the most luxurious penthouse I have ever stepped foot in (on the contrary, I have only ever been to 2 in my life). This penthouse was at the Ivy; one of Sydney’s most elite night clubs.

The models behind the shoes are 3 of Australia’s greatest sports stars today. They were very well presented, very well styled and were confident in the success of the Brando Collective launch. That confidence in the brand and the launch makes me think “Brando” if ever recommending dress shoes for men.

The faces of Brando Collective are Adam Goodes, Jimmy Bartel and Beau Ryan.

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One of Australia’s most funniest sports stars and known to the world as the man who hosted a Footy Show literally butt-naked, Beau Ryan.

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AFL starts; Jimmy Bartel and Adam Goodes (who took the highly honourable award of Australian of the year this year) looking sharp.

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As some of Australia’s best athletes in the footy world, we need to remember that although they are working on the field, they are also working off the field doing countless interviews, endorsements and general publicity. Wearing stylish and comfortable footwear is essential to them and for these 3 to endorse such an iconic brand instead of any other speaks a lot about the quality of the shoes.

A friend of mine has recently accepted a contract offer to play rugby overseas and you don’t realise how strict these guys are from their training, their mental state and their diets. They physically endure so much and are mentally prepared for that and I commend their efforts and determination.

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They have such a great range and I’m sure that any guy looking for a new pair of dress shoes will be able to find one in the Brando Collective line. - Which reminds me that although Ramon has over 100 pairs of shoes, literally, he does not have one decent pair of dress shoes so will definitely get him onto the Brando Collective bandwagon soon!

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I enjoyed the night, it was very casual yet sophisticated, you were able to walk about freely, see the collection I met so many wonderful people. I did bring out the Zimmerman dress and Miss Shop blazer out to play for the night and wish there were more reasons to wear this dress. Currently, after owning the dress for almost 2 years, this is the 3rd time I’ve ever worn it.

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I was lucky enough to bump into insta-friends; Andrea from Leather and Lattes (2nd from the right) and Helen from Bohochic NTL (on the far right) after a long gaze wondering if it really was them or not (you see photos, you like them and have mini-conversations but it’s so different when you see them out of nowhere and you don’t want to be like “Hi, I stalk you on Instagram”). We had such a blast catching up properly with the beautiful girls from Portobello PR! Was such a great event and with over 100 people turning up, it was definitely a success.




13
Aug
2014

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Outfit Post: Teal with Envy

Photographer: Ramon

I love cropped sweaters and they are quite hard to find considering that winter wear is no longer being sold in the stores due to the weather being spectacular this year.

Ninety Ninety One had this stunning cropped sweater in stock and I loved the colour. Although it definitely won’t keep you warm, it’s the perfect kind of sweater for spring/autumn as it’s not too hot and not too cold.

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I did find it hard to style in winter as it’s cold outside and I refuse to be my 22 year old self who never dressed according to the weather so I waited till it was a bit warmer to wear it.

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I decided to pair the sweater with leather pants. It was a warm winter’s day (you don’t really hear this in the Northern Hemisphere) and we were off location scouting for future places to shoot.

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We decided to trace back our steps from when we first started the blog and went back to Chipping Norton and The Rocks only to find that these places have changed so much over the past 4 years. It’s upsetting as nature has been replaced with residential areas and textured buildings have been replaced with non-vintage cafes that don’t have any history, owned by people who were born in the 80s.

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When we did finally manage to find the location and draining about a quarter of our petrol, we can’t wait to go back and do a proper shoot. The sun way going down quickly so these are some quick snaps taken that day of my outfit.

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I’ve pledged that I would be more authentic when it comes to blogging, show more of me and less of what I think people want to see. Most of the outfit posts I post on my blog are outfits I have worn out and about. More formal outfits are ones I would genuinely wear and have styled it the way I would wear it. I know many who change into heels just for a shot and I’m trying to move away from this now that I’m meeting more of my readers. You become transparent and I’ve realised that I need to stay true to myself.

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The lighting was perfect and my skin looked amazing that these photos are not even edited! I repeat, not edited! These came straight off the camera, imported into lightroom only for me to export it again in a smaller file size. Lighting does wonders!

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How amazing is this braided back? It’s what lured me to get this top! Sometimes its all about the details and you have to tone things down in order for the highlight piece to shine, hence why I opted to pair the teal with black (also, it was very hard to style teal with any other colour apart from nude).

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I’ve heard nothing but compliments with this top and have been making as much use of it as I possibly can.

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I’ve been trying to find the time to cull my wardrobe properly. The pole that holds up any items of clothing I wish to hang is literally bending and I need to lighten the load before it snaps. The hoarder in me is finding sentimental value in everything and as a blogger, I don’t know about other bloggers out there but for me, I find it so hard to part with items that brands have gifted me because for that moment in time, they thought I was marketable and it made me feel really good. I have developed many great relationships with companies over the years and thank them all for the opportunities and I’m so excited to show you all more things I have been working on.

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For those of you wondering why I’m wearing my glasses, it’s because it takes away from the fact that I’m not wearing false lashes to define my eyes. I find that wearing glasses takes away from the face and in this case, I needed to do this as my face was incomplete. Some days, I need to give my eyelashes a rest and hope that one day my lashes will grow long and thick. No matter how much elixir, oils, treatment and at-home tricks, my eyelashes still look non-existent.

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The sun setting at this location is perfect and I’m hoping this weekend’s weather will allow us to enjoy this beautiful lighting once again.

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I have just come home from an amazing night out for a launch of a new label. I can’t wait to publish a post about it!

In other news, Ramon just upgraded his Sony Xperia Z to the Sony Xperia Z2 and it’s the first every phone that made me question why I’m still an iPhone user - C’mon iPhone 6, give me something to work with here or I may have to convert!

More to come on the blog, posts have been drafted and I just have to kick my butt into gear and get on with shooting the photos. It’s been difficult for me to be creative and some things take me hours for one good photo. Hoping that soon I’ll get the hang of it like most bloggers out there. I’m slowly trying to unleash my inner creative monster.

Cropped sweater: Ninety Ninety One
"Mob" boots: Zu Shoes
Leather skirt: Choies
Felt Hat: Cotton On
Karl Lagerfeld Watch: WSI QVB
Louis Vuitton Speedy 30: Louis Vuitton




11
Aug
2014

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Charity: #LACEITUP for Youth Off The Streets

DID YOU KNOW?
More than 47,000 young people under the age of 25 are homeless in Australia.

Last week was Homeless Persons’ Week. I had intentions to post this yesterday but due to falling ill and behind on blogging, I wasn’t able to publish it on time however, this campaign is ongoing and need your help spreading the word.

In order to help the community, Youth Off the Streets are hoping to raise $50,000 to help you people who are in trouble. We are reminded that young people, like yourselves, are doing it tough on their own. 

It’s so easy! Purchase a pair of laces and share it on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) with the hashtag #laceitup. Be creative and spread the word.

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As I was pressed for time, I tried to be as creative as I could with this campaign to spread awareness till I was able to get them onto a pair of sneakers to proudly and publicly support this cause.

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We are fortunate to have such a great support group around us that we usually end up taking for granted. These youths aren’t as fortunate and need them during tough times. This is where Youth off the streets comes in. They came up with an awesome awareness campaign #laceitup where laces can be purchased here and are $5 a pair. The funds raised will make a difference to a homeless youth.

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For more information, visit #laceitup for Youth Off the Streets Facebook and their Everyday Heroes campaign page.

Get your pair today and start getting creative to spread the awareness.

Buy Laces: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/laceitup
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laceitupyouthoffthestreets




09
Aug
2014

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Outift Post: 50 Shades of Blue

Photographer: Ramon

I had so many photos from the collaboration with the beautiful girls from Carousel of Colour that I wanted to do a part 2. I had such a blast (and a bit of exercise walking from one side of Surry Hills to the other) and can’t wait to catch up with the girls again on another collaboration we’re in talks to do when we can find a spare day in our busy schedules.

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I have been battling against wearing boyfriend jeans in a boyish way and after styling most of my boyfriend jeans in a more dainty way, I decided to stick to the “Off Duty” brief set out and go completely different to how I would normally style boyfriend jeans.

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As mentioned in my previous post, these two girls were so fun to work with, they helped me boost my confidence walking up and down in such a busy suburb! After blogging for 4 years, I know that my confidence level should be at the “IDGAF” phase but I’m nowhere near that and really commend those who just do it.

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It was very cold that day and the leather jacket really helped. Sticking to her sleek and chic theme, Michelle wore the cutest vest and braved the cold. She looked incredible! Brigette on the otherhand, have you noticed her top? It’s connect the dots! How awesome! She always has such a quirky style and her clutch collection is adorable. These two besties are well rounded individuals and have such a passion. I’m so glad I’ve met them.

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Unbelievably, we wore different shades of denim that day.

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Aren’t they just the cutest? I’m so jealous of their closeness and miss having a girlfriend I was so close to. I have been so reserved when it came to reconnecting and becoming friends with girls again. You must admit, girls are very catty. I’ve had many downs but now that I’m in my mid-twenties, we’ve all matured and thankfully not as bitchy. Although I still hold my distance when it comes to my friendship with girls, I’ve happily shaped my bestie to think like a girl in times I need him the most. Isn’t that right Brian?

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These series of photos was hilarious and reminded us of an all-girl rockband cover!

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We must have walked up and down 5 times trying to get the pace right, trying to make sure we were all as natural as we possible could be, talking to each other through smiles while looking away “naturally” - It’s quite hard!

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A sneaky photo my Ramon of our attempt of taking some photos for instagram. Oh, the joys of instagram and it’s powerful ways of helping you find new friends.

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As we weren’t starving for brunch just yet, we decided to do the switch-a-roo and have desert before our meal. Yes, this was my awful suggestion and something that I have stopped doing due to health reasons. We decided to check out Stix Desserts that was only a couple of blocks down.

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Ramon and I tried the pistachio, dipped in white chocolate, covered with cookies and cream biscuit and drizzled with more white chocolate. It was heavenly.

The cost is $4.50 (similar to a Magnum), no line and tasted delicious.

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We finished the day off with brunch at Kawa (yes, that is me with the Big Breakfast, I was starving after the gelato).

Ramon had a great time and although his precious shoes almost cracked (yes, this is a problem that only sneakherheads would understand) walking back and forth to find a brunch place to finish the day, he’d love to do it again - slowly converting him to a hipster/style-blogger/sydney lifestyle.

More collaborations coming to the blog so stay tuned. I apologise for the late postings. Ramon has discovered the Wii U so that means I learned how to edit photos! Win-win! Till next time my lovely readers! Now to get back to reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I’m hooked!











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