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

30
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Sleeping Oceans

Photographer: Ramon

I had the honour of attending the launch of Runaway The Label who is a sister company of a brand that I’ve come to love; Premonition Designs. I also lucky enough to get catch a glimpse into the new collection of Premonition Designs.

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We were welcomed by a talented DJ, a media wall, photographer, special guests such as Will from Asia’s Next Top Model and Erin Holland, Miss Australia, general manager to Premonition Designs & Runaway the Label and gorgeous staff and got to finally meet someone amazing bloggers, PR connections and designer. It’s one thing to be emailling and commenting each other, it’s another to finally meet in person. I had such a great time! Good atmosphere, good food, good company. - Speaking of food, they offered sushi that was already made. After sushi lessons, my appreciation of sushi has increased and instead of scoffing them down quickly, I acknowledge the chef with each bite.

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Runaway the Label is so fun, very bold, colourful and playful. Premonition designs is very chic, sophisticated and edgy. I love how both labels can appeal to the one consumer.

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I had the opportunity to collaborate with Premonition Designs with this amazing skirt. The colour is perfect for spring through to summer and I love the fit. Premonition Designs is one company that I commend for being true to size. Every XS and AU6 garment I own from Premonition Designs fits me perfectly and I love how they do their whites. The material is nice and this with lining so that you will never have to worry about it going see-through.

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I decided on pairing the skirt with some texture and the first thing that sprung to mind was this gorgeous cropped fluffy knit from Missguided.

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As the skirt is a high-waisted midi skirt, if I didn’t pair it with heels or a cropped top/oversized knit, I would look short. To make myself appear taller, the cropped top helped a lot. Because the skirt is such a bold print, I didn’t want to take too much away from the outfit and made it the centre or attention. By doing that, pairing it with whites helped make it pop out.

I love spring! Not only is it my birthday month, it’s also the month of colour, pretty blooms and it’s not too hot and not too cold.

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I finished the look with sandal heels from Cipher Boutique. These gorgeous heels also come in a white with nude colour. They aren’t too high so it’s easy to walk in. I do own a similar pair without a stiletto heel but what a difference a stiletto heel makes!

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I’m off to Bondi tomorrow night (twice in one week is a new record for me!) for an event and can’t wait to see more familiar faces. After having a day off work yesterday, I had to fit in 2 days’ worth of work today and it just goes to show how much you can push yourself to get results.

Stay tuned for another outfit shot at the beautiful Pyrmont location and another collaboration! I’ve got so much more I want to post about and can’t wait to publish them all. I promise I’ll be back with another post tomorrow!

Skirt: Premonition Designs
Fluffy Knit: Missguided
Sandal Heels: Cipher Boutique




29
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Wandering Misfit

Photographer: Ramon

As noted in my previous post about this gorgeous Elliatt Chariot Skirt, I wasn’t able to get as many photos as I wanted to as the wind was eating my hair and blowing me over so the shoot was cut short so I donned the outfit again and shot it with Ramon as the photographer and scouted a location other than a carpark.

Again, when I was trying to mix and match this outfit at home and getting Ramon’s opinion, he compared my look to a modern day Mary Poppins. - Yes, so I carry a bag filled with anything and everything under the sun that I find useful that will fit in my bag AND wear blouses with maxi skirts. I love Mary Poppins and felt so giddy inside being compared to her. I decided that instead of pairing the gorgeous Elliatt skirt with a blouse, I wore a cropped top.

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We decided to head over to Pyrmont to shoot this outfit with the beautiful Sydney backdrop behind us. I wish we lived closer to the water but that just means that rent is much higher then the average preposterous rental prices. As long as traffic is bearable, we’re willing to trek the average travel time of an hour to get here.

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When I was younger, I would always be asked what my favourite colour was. My go to answer was either blue (because most girls said pink) and mauve (because I liked the way it sounded unique). As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to the realisation that I’ve never had a favourite colour. Blue has been a colour that works well with my complexion when it’s in royal blue and navy tones. I’ve learned to work around all different types of colours as seasons and trends tend to affect decisions on colours.

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I have taken a new strategy on life and have started to stop thinking so much. I’ve discovered that the only thing holding me back is myself and that I really need to loosen up. Although planning my life till retirement is still a good thing, I still shouldn’t forget to be spontaneous at times. I’ve decided not to stress out so much, to not take life so seriously and to not be overcautious. Writing a whole bunch of “how-to” guides for the home, cleaning, looking after Bella etc made me realise I have become worse than Monica off FRIENDS.

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The cropped top is from Style Syndicate. The owner; Joyce, a cherished friend of mine jus recently gave birth to our Godson. He was born a week ago, a healthy 3kg baby boy named Keanu. Joyce constantly gives me inspiration, guidance and support and I learn so much from her. She’s someone I look up to, like having an older sister.

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With the weather reaching the 30 degree mark for the first time since February, I’m so excited for summer to come by. I do have o invest in another beach tent as ours was left behind in our written-off vehicle but am so excited to finally check out Wet n’ Wild!

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While exploring our way around the beautiful Pyrmont, we discovered a beautiful line of trees. Recently, Ramon and I invested in a new camera and lens so you will see a slight change from 10 posts onwards. We figured that because we use the camera at least twice a week, we thought that the cost per use would justify the price.

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We’re starting to see he importance of detail shots when it comes to doing shoots, especially shots of jewellery and textures. Before, we used to only care about the composition of a photo and angles however after being introduced to how fashion blogging has transformed into and the standards that are quickly coming into practice, a couple more photos of details doesn’t hurt. Bracelets from The Peach Box rings from Opa Designs and Curated Label, accessories really do help complete an outfit.

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Stay turned for another collaboration with Elliatt on the blog soon and trust me when I say that we were much more creative with the shoot this time round.

All throughout July I have been singing Christmas songs which has trickled down through September. My subconscious must want Christmas to come already! I should have really celebrated Christmas in July. Something that I will definitely do next year (if I can remember). I know one thing is for sure, this month I need to organise a Backstreet Boys karaoke night!

Cropped top: Style Syndicate
Skirt: Elliatt
Bracelets: The Peach Box
Rings: Opa Designs and Curated Label
Shoes: Miss Guided




25
Sep
2014

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Feature: The Makeup Factory (TMF)

I had the opportunity of reviewing a new makeup brand that has just hit the Australian shores; The Makeup Factory by Jill. Jill is a makeup artist and she know’s what she wants and needs in a product and has created an organic product designed in Australia, made in NYC.

I received 3 items

  1. Lip Liner
  2. Lip Gloss
  3. Powdered Foundation

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Lip Liner

I never used to use lip liner. My lips aren’t very voluptuous and I wouldn’t wear much lipstick. I’ve found that after I get ready to go out, we have lunch/dinner at home first so that we save money on food and don’t get tempted to eat while we are out and my the time I’m out the door, the lipstick had rubbed off on my glass, spoon, fork and napkin that I don’t bother reapplying it.

I used this lip liner and it’s a nice colour and comes out neutral on my lips with a tint of pink. I outline my lips and colour a bit inside to even it out. Because it’s not glossy or thick, the liner stays on my lips even after having a meal. I find that it can last me the whole day (from when I get ready in the morning for work) till after dinner.

I’ve also been using it as a base for the lip gloss or lip balm that I’m using as it still remains when the gloss/balm has faded. It’s really great and helps brighten my lips.

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Lip Gloss

Let’s be honest, whose has a boyfriend/girlfriend who is a fan of kissing you when you have glossy lips? Ramon definitely hates it! I wear lip gloss when we’re not together. This lip gloss is very thick and shiny and similar to most lip glosses out there but it’s organic and doesn’t require small specs of glitter to make your lips looks look shiny.

The pink comes on clear, there is no smell or taste and it feels light on your lips.

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Powdered Foundation

If you’re looking for light coverage, this foundation is for you. Unfortunately for me, I have dark under eyes and require concealer or BB cream to even out the skin tone. The powdered foundation sets the concealer perfectly and it stays on the whole day. I don’t know how well it will handle Australia’s heat in summer but it helps me tackle my oily skin and has a beautiful matte finish.

When compared to my Japanese powdered foundation, its much better coverage and it doesn’t leave my face looking too cakey. In comparison to Napolean and MAC, it’s very light and because it’s made with organic ingredients, I haven’t broken out. Every time I use MAC foundation, my skin doesn’t like it and although I have been told that MAC has the best colour range available, my skin says no.

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I do apologise for the delay on this post. As I had noted in my previous posts, we don’t get very good lighting in our apartment and beauty blogging is something that is still new to me and having my face being so enlarged on a screen scares me (and probably a few others out there). I wanted to have a quality post and found a different way of showcasing her products through the art form of flatlays which I find difficult to do and I hope I was able to convey how great TMF is and how switching to organic materials on your face will help you in the long run as well as help the environment. I also wanted to give the product a real go, see how it would go in my everyday makeup routine and if I would actually use it after the first week of testing it and 2 months later, I’m still using it on a daily basis. I’m so impressed with the powdered foundation the most and really hope you all give it a go.

For more details about TMF and their range, check out their website here.

Stay pretty my fellow readers. I’ll be back with more outfit posts and more collaborations soon! <3




24
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: #Celfie

Photographer: Ramon

I jumped onto the #Celfie bandwagon, yes, I did. I got this adorable Celfie tank top from BOOHOO who was kind enough to want to collaborate on another style post. What can I say, I’m already collecting items for a summer wardrobe! I love the simplicity of a white tee and as much as I know it’s a rip-off of the Celine tee, let’s face it and be honest here, my bank account will completely hate me if I bought that tee and may even see it in the red.

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The options of styling this tank is endless and that’s what I love about fashion and styling. You can grab and item of clothing and embrace it as your own for that day or two or week or month that you wear it.

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Again, I was pressed for time and just grabbed the first few things that came to mind as soon as I saw that the weather was forecast to rain; hat (to keep my hair from getting wet), leather pants (to keep me warm), tartan jacket (to also keep me warm and add colour to the look) and flats (I really wanted to wear my Senso Benny boots).

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Speaking of boots, Senso had a sample sale where all their size 37’s were upto 80% off RRP. When I arrived, I was welcomed by a line from the storefront all the way to the alleyway next to it. Luckily, a friend of mine was already inside and was snapping up any shoes that resembled the Blakes for me and nabbed me a bargain on these gorgeous Benny boots.

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I had a comment on Instagram as to how my curls were able to stay in shape while it was raining. The felt hat and an umbrella helped keep my hair dry that day. My curls don’t stay at all when they get wet and I feel lost without curls in my hair.

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I had wanted to post this look earlier on in the day but after a full day at work, funny videos and heartfelt videos and a bunch of chick-flicks helped me get my mind off things. A long weekend is fast approaching so I’ll finally have another day to relax. We did have plans to visit Brisbane but with domestic flights costing more than a trip to Bali or Philippines, it doesn’t seem worth it.

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Everyone, meet Ethel from Fashiondiction. Stay turned for a collaboration with Ethel. We’ve been friends for a couple of years now and it was our first ever collaboration together. We had such a great time, lots of laughs, got super tired for literally dancing like we were in the clubs and pulling loads of different funny faces. I will post it up shortly.

Until next time my beautiful readers.

#Celfie Top: BOOHOO
Benny Boots: Senso
Leather Pants: Sass and Bide
Tartan Jacket: St Frock
Felt Hat: Cotton On
Watch: Daniel Wellington




22
Sep
2014

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Outfit Post: Rinse and Repeat

Photographer: Ramon

I admit, I’m one of those bloggers who tends to re-wear, re-style and repeat outfits. I feel that it’s just too much of a waste to wear something once and that some pieces of clothing can be styled differently time and time again. I had worn this stunning leather luxe leather dress in an outfit posts here that was shot by the gorgeous Helen from Boho Chic NLT.

I also just recently got my hands on a pair of Senso boots while they had their ever so awesome Sydney warehouse sale. I was so thankful that a friend of mine was already inside to grab me a pair of Benny boots. Oh the joys of being a size 37 (actually a size 36 but totally worth wearing them a tad bit bigger which remands me, I should change the name of this outfit to “oversized” since both the dress and shoes are to big on me).

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I know that leather dresses are usually supposed to be worn tight but mistakenly being given a size 8 was a godsend. My style has evolved to something that is more conservative over the years with the thought of my blog being accessible to family members and eventually future kids so I needed to change my style to suit my future audience. I always remember that whatever is put on the internet is there forever! Scary thought but it makes you think twice of what I put here. Being able to style this leather dress with a belt to create an illusion of a two piece set was a result of a successful trial and error.

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Leathers are usually associated with tight, body hugging outfits like a cat woman costume or bondage. Even googling “leather dress” shows what I mean. Being able to get away from the norm was a great achievement for me. The soft leather of the Honey & Beau dress made it easier to style. It also comes in black but the camel colour looks amazing. It also has a nice silk lining so you don’t get stuck in the dress when you perspire (I know it’s happened to at least one of you when you’ve worn leather. Wet skin + leather is not a very nice combination at all).

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The streets of Paddington are so beautiful. Having grown up in a suburban lifestyle all my life, it would be a dream to live in a heritage style town houses like these in the background. There are parks nearby, everything is walking distance, you can cycle to the CBD and the look of your home is timeless. They are gorgeous and can you believe that some of them even have swamping pools inside?! How they manage to fit one in there is beyond me, they look so tiny from the street but when you catch a glimpse inside, they are very generous in size. If only I was able to save over $2 million dollars to own the smallest one on the street ($3-$5 million soon if the house prices continue to geo at such a rapid rate). Dreams are free.

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Aren’t the Benny boots just gorgeous? I have been eyeing out a pair of Blake boots but they are almost always out of stock as they are so popular. They are so easy to style and the studded details aren’t too overpowering on the look. They are very comfortable and flat! Oh, my feet have been rejoicing every time I wear them. I know that heels are bad for your posture but to miraculously grow a few inches each night is impossible.

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Sydney weather is finally getting warmer and we’ve almost had a week where it hasn’t rained (let’s hope I don’t jinx it). I don’t know if allergies are kicking in or I was bitten by something but I have been suffering from eczema and rashes and have been on antihistamines and steroids to help combat whatever is happening to me. Luckily, I have part 2 of The Bronze Horseman to keep me occupied and I’m over half-way through it and it’s getting so exciting! If anyone else has anything other books to recommend, please let me know! (Not The Maze Runner, I have just finished watching the movie and I’m still confused and cannot make sense of the ending of the movie which I’ve herd is completely different to the ending of the book. I’m hoping that when The Bronze Horsemen film is released, they don’t ruin the story.)

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And yes, Jessie from Fashion and Sounds is back in one of my outfit posts. She is off to my home country, New Zealand and I wish her safe travels and will see her when she comes back. It’s been 8 months since I was last in New Zealand and wish they had more New Zealand sections at the grocery store so that I can have a taste of home again.

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Coincidentally, we did match with our tan/camel outfit that day. I love how bright her hair is and how much she stands out. We did a bit of a shoe swap and she’s wearing my “Work It” boots from Zu Shoes. Seeing how toned her legs are makes me want to work out. I am one of those girls who have cellulite! Yes, skinny girls have cellulite too. I know that when you start to become more active and target the thigh areas, you can get rid of it but until I can get my lazy bottom off my bed and put my book down for 20 minutes, I don’t see myself going for a run any time soon. I know! I’m terrible! Maybe I should reconsider getting audiobooks.

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I will have another post on my blog tomorrow! I was hoping to post a nail post today but before I was able to do my nails, I had broken one and am waiting impatiently to have it grow out a little bit longer before panting them again. I have been trying to figure out how to do nail art with Gel nail polish as it dries almost instantly and there is no top coat to smoothen out any bumps but I’m liking the challenge and it’s helping me become more creative again.

I have so many collaborations in the works, some meetings scheduled, another event next week and a pretty exciting project I’m working on. It’s been so good being busy and am so overwhelmed (in a good way). I’m so thankful for all the opportunities and now have a personal journal with me thanks to Lamah gifting it to me for my birthday. I try to always write positive thoughts in there and it’s a constant reminder of all the things I should be thankful of, my achievements (whether big of small) and to remember to be myself.

Till next time my beautiful readers.

Leather Luxe Dress: Honey & Beau
Benny Boots: Seno




19
Sep
2014

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Feature: Gel Nails

I used to love doing my nails that I even had a section on my blog titled "Nails of the Week" where I showcased nail art once a week. I felt very creative and have collected hundreds of nail polish over the last 4 years that I could start up a part-time nail salon at home.

Unfortunately, as you get older, you get busier with adult life and finding the time to do your nails and waiting for them to dry takes at least an hour to complete the whole processes without wrecking your nails after application (which isn’t a very good feeling after sending a 10 minutes on one nail, only to have it smudged).

I had tried Gel nail polish once before in my entire life and was put off when my nails became so weak when they were removed. I had to go on a nail strengthening program for my nails to be healthy again.

UNAIL offer a great solution for Gel nails and promises it’s only a one step polish that has a great finish and won’t damage the nails. I was willing to give it a go and see how it turns out.

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UNAIL have a great colour selection and with the popularity of Gel nails growing, there are always new colours coming out.

If you have never tried Gel nails before, it is a different method of nail polish application where you place your fingers under a UV light and your nails come out dry instantly afterwards. Literally dry afterwards. No waiting around for your nails to dry, you’re ready to stuff your hand into your bag and they won’t get smudged or damaged in any way. They use a social type of polish to make this happen. Here is a quick Salon Gel Nails vs UNAIL nails breakdown that I have found:

  1. Steps
    Salon: 3 Steps - Base Coat, Polish, Top Coat
    UNAIL: 1 Step - Polish
  2. Colour Selection
    Salon: Mostly bright and red colours, not a very large selection, it’s very limited to the stock availability of your salon.
    UNAIL: Great selection of colours and always coming out with new ones.
  3. Removal - Regardless which way you go about getting Gel nails, the removal process will always take longer than the application of the Gel nails.
    Salon: The OPI polish used at the salon was very strong and my nails were very unhealthy, brittle and spitting apart.
    UNAIL: My nails are still healthy and aren’t weak. This was a fear that I had going into this as I’ve been trying very hard to have healthy looking nails.
  4. UV light - After each step, you are required to place your nails under a UV lamp so that the nail polish sets and dries quickly.
    Salon: Large and had multiple so I was able to dry both my hands at the same time. There is a timer which goes off after the set time.
    UNAIL: The UNAIL UV light they stock is very large and similar to the salon UV lights. What I like about their UV light is that is turns off automatically when you pull your fingers out as well as turning off when the timer is set off. Also, it will turn back on when you place your nails underneath.
  5. How long does it last?
    Salon: The salon nails lasted 2 weeks before a nail finally chipped ever so slightly on one of my nails.
    UNAIL: The results are similar to the salon nails where it lasted me 2 weeks and would have lasted longer if I wasn’t doing so much filing at work. Also, I was quite eager to try another colour.

I chose 3 colours: Petal (pink tone), Whisper (purple tone) and Kingfisher (blue tone).

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I love the Gel nail polish and it saves me money and time doing it at home as it is only one step polish. All you have to do is paint your nail, place it under the UV light for 60 seconds and repeat until you get the opaqueness of the colour you desire.

I know that people are concerned about the finish of polishes as it is only the one step application and it’s a very true and authentic product. In saying this, after 3 coats of polish, my nails were done and completely shiny. The shine did not become dull over the 2 weeks it was on my fingers. I was so excited to try it that a friend came over to have a go too. She gets her done at a salon and after helping me review UNAIL, she agrees that it’s a very good alternative, if not, better.

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In order to remove any Gel nail polish, it takes 15-20 minutes. You need quote a few cotton balls and tin foil. You have the cotton balls absorb the 100% acetone, place them over your nails and wrap it with foil and wait 15 minutes. Once this is completed, the nail polish should slide off.

When I’m in a hurry, I peel off the polish. I wouldn’t recommend this if you use OPI as my nails did break and became brittle.

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The UV light is very light and easy to use. One you have powered it up, all you have to do is set the timer and you’re goo to go. The UV light has a sensor on the top to switch off when no fingers are detected underneath.

As the Gel nails takes an average of over 2 weeks before you start even considering taking them off, I wasn’t able to take photos of the swatches.

As a warning, ensure that all the polish is off any of your skin as this does not come off once you have fried your nails under UV. Ensure that any mistakes around the nails are corrected before it goes under the UV light, otherwise it’s there for good until your nail grow out or you remove it yourself. I’ve found it helpful to try and get as close to the skin as possible but not getting onto the skin.

I’m so thankful for being able to have the opportunity to collaborate with UNAIL on this post as I’m obsessed with Gel nails now and because it literally takes less than 10 minutes to apply to both hands, it’s truly an amazing product.

It’s been so useful having Gel nails as the main selling point is that it dries instantly and it’s longer lasting and it lives up to it’s reputation and hype. I’m going to be experimenting with designs and see how it would work out with Gel nails so stay tuned!




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 tattoos 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.











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