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30
Jul
2014

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Feature: Hair by Schwarzkopf and LSG Team

I finally did it! I finally got my hair and I didn’t do it myself this time. I got my hair cut by a professinal hair stylist! It’s been a long time and after writing about my reservations about going to a hair dresser to get my hair cut after an awful experience, I’ve found THE ONE.

Thanks to Schwarzkopf, I had the opportunity to get a hair makeover by the Lores Gglio and team (LSG Team).

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Although I had been thinking about going blonde again, I wanted something that was easier to maintain and most importantly, after all the damage I had caused to my hair in the past, I wanted my hair to be healthy. In order for that to happen, I had to get rid of my split ends. I had been using Schwarzkopf’s Ultime Repair range to help tackle my weak hair and it’s done wonders but existing split ends will only go away with a good proper cut.

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My hair was extremely long. When I curl it, I lose  couple of inches in length. It was very tedious to brush, I kept rolling over my hair and pulling my own hair by accident and it felt like straw at the ends. - Something photos don’t show you.

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I was scared that I would lose my balayage ends after my hair was cut but was ensured that highlights will be put through specific regions of my hair in order for a contrast and to form that new balayage.

After the trim was done a dye matching my natural hair colour was put through my roots to stretch the colour out, when this was done, a sutble balayage was added to sections of my hair that lost it with the length in order to help give my hair some dimension. We were also on the same page about not having my hair turn “morange”/copper and to tone it down to a cooler colour to get rid of the brass.

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I had a few inches chopped off my hair  and because my split ends were so bad, I wanted to get a lot taken off so that I can grow it in a more healthy way.

As for the colour, I was advised of a new technique called “root stretch” where the natural colour of your hair is taken out so that you don’t have that awful regrowth coming through in a form of a line, instead, you have the regrowth coming through in a more natural, less noticeable way that creates a nice contrast. I was hesitant at first but looking back now, it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made as my hair looks much more natural and easier to maintain as I no longer have to worry about my regrowth and instead just increase the height of my balayage.

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Lores Giglio is such a perfectionist and the way she cut my hair was in the most professional manner; by being a perfectionist. She achieved amazing layers so that my hair will have volume when it is straight and curly. She also created the layers so that my hair feels lighter but didn’t lose too much length. If you have asian hair like mine, you will find that most asian hair dressers assume layering equals a long mullet with your hair meeting at the back in a V shape. - This is not the case! Layering should be what it was back in the 90s when Jennifer Anistion debuted hers in FRIENDS. In my opinion, goods layers is when you can flick the ends with either a hair straightener or a hair dryer and create that volume at the ends.

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Although my hair looks similar to what I originally had it but a lot shorter, it’s much healthier, so much lighter and easier to maintain.

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None of this would have been possible without these two wonderful people from Schwarzkopf. Without them, I wouldn’t have discovered such a great product and my hair wouldn’t be healthy. It’s been a good change from using Head & Shoulders shampoo and Nice & Easy Colour conditioner for once!

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With the hardworking and entertaining Grant Grant Withell, Schwarzkopf National Technical Educator. He was so down to earth, very welcoming and it was a pleasure to meet him. Hearing his stories of launching new products, visions on how to showcase hairstyles at events and how much he enjoys his job was inspiring. He was also one of the judges of this years’ Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair competition. He taught me so much about the products and it was good to know that sometimes experimenting outside of the instructions at the back of the packaging isn’t always such a bad thing and you can learn new techniques that would suit you and your style.

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With the lovely Lauren Gooch, Digital Manager of Schwarzkopf. Without her, the Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair Competition wouldn’t have existed. She was so sweet and kind (reminded me of a young Meg Ryan pre-surgery). I’m so glad to have met her. I feel so blessed.

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With the woman who has been praised time and time again in beauty magazines; Lores Giglio. She is so amazing and very experienced, a trait you need in a hair stylist. She gave me advice, knew exactly what I was after and delivered, and she was so down to earth. Her portfolio consists of top celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Hawkins and Giselle Bundchen to name a few. She is also the hair stylist for Schwarzkopf events and X-Factor Australia live shows. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she is also a talented make up artist! She is so humble and I really admire that about her.

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Meet Liz Tieu with the most incredible pink hair! You will not be able to miss her on the streets! We’re both New Zealanders and knew exactly what kind of “ash” shade and non-morange hair for asian type hair. 

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With the Schwarzkopf and LSG Team. Lauren Walker (2nd to the left), a talented make up artist and hair apprentice. With all the excitement of a new hair cut (and sadly taking a lot of excited selfies), I forgot to have a photo with her! Keep an eye out for her because learning from Lores will mean she will be up there as a hair stylist and make up artist to the stars in no time! She taught me to braid your hair at night to keep it neat and away from being pulled at night time and it works a charm.

TIPS & TRICKS

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  1. The Tangle Teezer is the best brush on this planet!

    I had recently seen a video on YouTube claiming this to be true and after experiencing it first hand, I completely agree. Although it looks like a toy/horse hair brush, the way it was made is perfect for untangling hair both wet and dry. You can also use it in the shower and recommended this technique for those who have naturally curly hair.

  2. Root Stretch is an amazing technique!

    You can never run from your natural hair colour and it’s inevitable that one day my hair will be it’s natural hair colour again but this technique embraces your natural hair colour fusing with your desired hair colour so that regrowth is easier to manage and your hair is easier to maintain. Now, instead of having to do my roots, all I will need is for my balayage to go up higher. This is much healthier for my hair as not all my hair requires to be dyed. If you have an experienced hair colourist, they will be able to achieve the desired balayage effect with minimum damage to your hair.

  3. Volume Powder is a godsend!

    My hair couldn’t hold itself up even with hairspray and teasing/back combing my hair, my hair would still do down due to the weight and oils in my hair. They introduced me to volume powder that you apply to the roots of your hair, rub it in and voila! Your hair has volume lasting days and washes away in the shower. A little history into this is that Schwarzkopf was the frist company to introduce this product on the market before other companies decided to market their own version. I’ll stick to the original as I had tried Aveda and it didn’t help my hair as much as the Schwarzkopf range did.

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The team at LSG and Schwarzkopf are awesome! They truly know what they are doing and understand what the products are supposed to do and how to use them. They understand that having healthy hair is important and that the techniques used by them is to achieve your look with minimal damage to your hair. Don’t forget to check out the new Schwarzkopf range today! I had such a great day and am happy with the results from the treatment and how healthy my hair is. I used to live with the concept “I’ll deal with the consequences later” and thanks to Schwarzkopf and the LSG team, I’ve been given a 2nd chance to change my attitude and deal with the consequences now and prevent them from happening again.

More to come on my blog and looks like more midnight blogging goodness as I’ve become accustomed to sleeping past midnight. Hope everyone is having a lovely week so far!




28
Jul
2014

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Outfit Post: Beetle Juice

Photographer: Ramon

Again, I had the pleasure of working with Ninety Ninety One for this outfit post. I saw the skirt, loved it and had to have it. I knew that it would be difficult to style with a number of issues:

  • I’m short, standing at only 160cm
  • It’s highwaisted and flares out so a balance for the top is required
  • The stripes are thick, something you don’t see nowadays as pinstripes have become more favourable

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I had this skirt on for a good hour while I was shopping my closet to find tops that would match. Although a loose knit would have been perfect, however it would make me look a lot shorter and a bit too bogged down. To create the illusion of me looking taller, I needed a cropped top and this cropped top from Style Syndicate that you have seen me wear a bazillion times did the trick.

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It’s still winter in Sydney and wearing a cropped top in winter is not recommended. I paired the outfit with a white leather jacket (don’t look too closely as I’ve lost a couple of studs).

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To finish off with the monochrome theme, I paired it with my winter favourite “Mob” boots from Zu Shoes and my Prada tote.

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I hadn’t noticed till I looked through my instagram gallery, I have been shifting to a minimalist fashion blogger. I need to stop this so in the next coming outfit posts, you will see most colour.

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I have had the most amazing opportunity lately to attend some incredible events as well as organise my own. I had such a great time and can’t wait to post about them here! I have been so stressed out lately, suffered from a ruthless and severe infection and been having doubts in my life to the point that I break down and cry. Bloggers I have met have been amazing, I have made life long friends who I can confide in and they will always and forever be grateful for starting a blog and wish more people would jump onto the blogging bandwagon to help find themselves as that’s what I’m still doing to this day. It’s been my outlet and for people to read this and not judge me makes me feel a bit more at ease.

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I have been hooked watching X-Factor Australia! Australia definitely has so many talented people. I really hope my favourites get through! Some performances give you goosebumps!

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Unfortunately due to some rain, we have been delayed a weekend on shooting more outfit posts. We want to shoot something creative but haven’t had the chance to while trying to have a social life. Finding a balance is always so hard, I really don’t know how some bloggers do it! People question me but after 4 years of blogging and seeing a decrease of the number of posts I publish each week, it just goes to show how much time is so precious and how much times change. It would also help if we had a balcony with a view at our apartment and also nice lighting. It would save us a lot of time but to find that in Sydney will cost us an arm and a leg and maybe an organ or two since an arm and a leg just doesn’t cut it anymore. I read in the news the other day that the number of NZ migrants to Australia has decreased and the number of Australian’s moving to NZ has increased. Have we made the right decision moving to Sydney?

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The title of this outfit post “Beetle Juice” is a given. As a child, that movie used to scare me!

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As mentioned time and time again, I’m have “Mary Poppins Syndrome” where I carry anything and everything in my bag that I deem essential. It does get heavy and my walk and the way I am standing proves this. I believe you can never be too over prepared.

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I have been trying so hard on working on my posture. I feel so disappointed at myself as I used to have such great posture and hunching in a comfortable position has changed the way I stand. It’s so hard to change something that has become 2nd nature for you but for future health problems, I really need to start remembering to pull my shoulders back, elongate my neck and to stop slouching.

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I love outfits that creates movement. Its so playful and wearing this skirt makes me want to do twirls and slow dance with Ramon. You don’t see many people wearing midi skirts or dresses around and it makes me wonder why because they are stunning and timeless. Not too long and not short at all, it will make your dad’s happy.

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Ramon recently gifted me with the most amazing wallet the other day that I can’t wait to share with you on the blog. Coincidentally, its black and made from saffiano leather so would go well with this look too. I do need to start adding more colour to my looks.

More to come and as much as I want to just post up everything in the one post, it would be extremely long and since my fingers like to go walkabouts on the keyboard compared to most fashion bloggers, you may feel a tad bit bored so I’ll end it here. Till next blog post <3

Midi skirt: Ninety Ninety One
Cropped top: Style Syndicate
"Mob" boots: Zu Shoes




27
Jul
2014

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Feature: Bistro Mint

Photography supplied by Simon Food Favourites and Bistro Mint

I had the honour of attending a media luncheon in honour of the newly opened French Bisto at the The Mint; Bistro Mint.

Address:
10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

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    Spicy Basque Boudin Noir, Apricot
    Crumbed Brie de Meaux 
    “Sot-l’y-laisse”, Burnt Butter, Shallot and Sage 
    Hunter Valley Snails, Wasabi, Lemon and Garlic
  • Entrée
    Shaved Calamari, White Fish Brandade, Squash, Ink Sauce 
    Scallop Meunière, Jerusalem Artichoke, Fermented Black Beans, Sorrel
    Beef Tartare with a hint of the Basque Region
  • Plat
    Hay Baked Celeriac, Wild Rocket, Kale, Tamari Almond Vinaigrette 
    Fish of the Day, Salt Steamed, Potato Gnocchi, Rapa, Beurre Blanc 
    Veal Tongue grenobloise, Grilled Lemon, Caramelised endive
  • Dessert
    Fromage Blanc Mousse, Rhubarb, Fennel, Sorrel 
    Rum Baba, Cardamom Chantilly 

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  • Spicy Basque Boudin Noir, Apricot
  • Crumbed Brie de Meaux 
  • “Sot-l’y-laisse”, Burnt Butter, Shallot and Sage 
  • Hunter Valley Snails, Wasabi, Lemon and Garlic

The black pudding was delicious and I loved the different take on it. In Philippine cuisines, the black pudding is in a form of a soup and I love that this was like a sausage that was very flavoursome. This was the first time I had ever tried snails and it won’t be the last time. I think the thought of eating a slug that you see outdoors on wet days slithering across the garden wall doesn’t look so appetizing but it was something I was glad I had tried. Not only were the flavours great, the texture didn’t feel sluggish. I’ve been told that snails are very chewy and taste like rubber with some seasoning but these Hunter Valley snails (which we had been told are smaller than the normal snails) had the same texture as well cooked calamari. It was easy to bite into and very tasty. - So tasty that I had two!

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  • Scallop Meunière, Jerusalem Artichoke, Fermented Black Beans, Sorrel
  • Beef Tartare with a hint of the Basque Region

I am a huge fan of scallops and if they are on the menu, I would almost always order them. I have a sensitive nose and don’t cook many things with a strong smell which includes seafood of all sorts. I try to order anything I can’t/don’t cook at home and scallops are one of them. The other is pork crackling which was served with the beef tartare. It was still sizzling out of the kitchen and it wasn’t even on a hot plate!

Not pictured is the Shaved Calamari, White Fish Brandade, Squash, Ink Sauce which was my favourite from the entrées. I loved the shaved calamari which was a different take on serving the dish. It was so delicious and I loved it so much that I was picking off everything on the dish and didn’t even get a photograph because it was so good!

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  • Hay Baked Celeriac, Wild Rocket, Kale, Tamari Almond Vinaigrette 
  • Fish of the Day, Salt Steamed, Potato Gnocchi, Rapa, Beurre Blanc 
  • Veal Tongue grenobloise, Grilled Lemon, Caramelised endive

The servings were alternate and I was lucky enough to have the Fish of the Day, Salt Steamed, Potato Gnocchi, Rapa, Beurre Blanc which was great which went so well with the sauce. I was too scared to try the Veal Tongue but I was so impressed that you get the whole tongue, not just a few pieces like you do in Japanese restaurants. It was also the first time I had tried Kale. I have been hearing about Kale chips and how there has been a Kale diet and it’s really nice and filling so I see why people are willing to eat Kale and nothing but Kale.

At this point, I was so full. I was staring at the menu seeing that dessert was next and I was excited as I saw that there was mousse on the menu! I needed to make room and I was able to see my tummy popping out. Luckily, I was hearing a high waisted skirt with bold stripes to cover it up.

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  • Rum Baba, Cardamom Chantilly 

When we were introduced to this amazing Rum Baba, Cardamom Chantilly, we saw them pour so much rum that it was literally soaked in it and thought that the rum flavour would overpower the cake. We were so wrong! It was amazing! I don’t usually eat cake as it’s mostly dry and the way that it separates in your mouth makes me want to gag. (A condition to do with textures in your mouth) I had one scoop and it was nice and moist and didn’t crumble in my mouth at all. The texture felt like fluffy bread and was easy for me to digest. The rum was nice and sweet and it tasted real nice with the cream. The serving was so generous too and after only eating cheesecakes and ice cream cakes to justify that I eat “cake”, it was really good to eat a delicious cake that didn’t want to climb it’s way out of my mouth.

Not photographed, Fromage Blanc Mousse, Rhubarb, Fennel, Sorrel which is a different take on your usual mousse. After trying the Rum Baba, Cardamom Chantilly, I was expecting a light, fluffy and sweet mousse. What we got was a light, fluffy, mild and cheesy mousse which was a really good contrast between the two dishes. I like my mousse sweet but I’m so glad that I was able to have something that would help with the sweet taste of the Rum Baba.

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Simon Food Favourites snapped me taking a photo of the food. Something I have been doing quite frequently as Ramon and I have been discovering new food outside of fast food chains.

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Sharing stories with a fellow blogger, the lovely Yan Yan Chan from Parfasseux who is one of the most kindest ladies I know with such a soft and gentle personality. I wish her luck over the next few months where she will be endeavouring in one of the most important and life changing experiences of her life.

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The Chef’s of the night who were so welcoming and loved what they do. It’s always inspiring to see people who love their jobs and are so passionate about their work. It makes me happy to know that eventually you’ll find your true calling. These chefs loved being behind the kitchen, were so happy to serve us and were so proud of all their hard work, effort and their end result. They were so confident and just hearing about their stories of learning different techniques in France was so inspiring.

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Joey Ingram

Joey Ingram’s culinary journey began at the age of sixteen where he started his working career as an apprentice at the Bathers Pavilion. After finishing his apprenticeship, his love of food took him to France where he worked at the Michelin starred restaurant La Dome Poisson Cafe, Paris.

Joey, with good friend and mentor Jeremy Bentley, opened The Devonshire as co-chef and was awarded one chef’s hat by SMH Good Food Guide. From there, he ran his own kitchen as head chef of the hugely popular Surry Hills Cafe and Roastery, Reuben Hills.

Joey’s journey continues as Head Chef at Restaurant Associates’ latest site, Bistro Mint at The Mint, where his creativity, passion and skills are at the forefront of menu design and delivery. 

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Sebastien Lutaud

Bistro Mint’s menu creation is led by Sebastien Lutaud, General Manager Cuisines for RA, whose achievements include The Ledbury, Tetsuya’s fine diner and the very successful hatted Felix Bistro.

The son of an accomplished Pastry Chef, Sebastien has spent many hours in his father’s kitchen watching, assisting and importantly tasting his delicious creations. Sebastien’s own culinary career commenced in 1996 working at Brasserie Cassis in Sydney under Liam Tomlin and later, Jeff Trunbull and Ross Eckersley.

In 2001 he made the decision to move to France and work at the famous two Michelin Starred Pyramid Restaurant before moving to the UK in 2004 to assist Brett Graham’s new project, The Ledbury, which achieved its first Michelin star within its initial nine months of operation. In 2005, he moved back to France as Sous Chef at Abbey De La Busserie which achieved one Michelin Star and became Relais & Chateaux within one year.

Moving back to Sydney in 2007 as Sous Chef to Sean Connolly at Astral Restaurant, Sebastien was quickly promoted to Head Chef at the age of 26. In 2010 Sebastian joined the Merivale Group at Felix Restaurant as Co-Head Chef with Lauren Murdoch prior to joining Compass Group’s fine dining division Restaurant Associates in October 2011. 

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I used to think that fine dining wasn’t worth it, the time it takes to get the food out and for the small portion you get, gets me angry. At this media launch, I learned to appreciate the techniques. I learned that there is a lot of time and preparation when creating these dishes, finding the right balance of flavours and the best technique in order to create a dish that would be memorable. Ever since I tried theses dishes, I am still raving on about it. I believe myself to be an honest person and for me to recommend Bistro Mint to my friends and family isn’t something I would do without believing that it was good. Although eating snails wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I enjoyed it. The place is so cosy with a great view of the city, the food has been well thought of and everyone was so welcoming and eager to tell you where they learned their techniques from, which part of France the dish came from and how they cam about with developing the menu. It was a great insight. 

I hope others will see that at The Mint, along the beautiful balcony, there is one amazing restaurant with an incredible menu that is waiting to whisk you away to experience a piece of France. It didn’t disappoint me at all and increased my expectations of French cuisine.

For details:
Bistro Mint
10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Tel: +61 2 9232 2293 
Email: Bistromint@restaurantassociates.com.au




25
Jul
2014

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Outfit Post: Quickie

Photographer: Ramon

A very quick outfit post while I’m watching The Expendables 3 in bed nursing an infection. This outfit is technically a part 2 of my Bear Hug outfit without the warm woollen coat.

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I have been such a huge fan of stripes lately. They are timeless and go well with bold colours as it helps break down the colours of the outfit. I love how I can wear this blouse in summer and winter. I did find a rip on the back of this blouse so will have to whip out the sewn kit and do some repair work on the tear. Nothing a bit of needle and thread can’t fix.

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Recently, I have been breaking out more than ever. My skin is feeling so clogged and I’m so scared to wear these leather pants till it’s healed. I recently placed an order with Frank body scrub in the hopes it will help so will post a review on my blog when I get it. I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews but my skin is tough in some cases and other cases it’s way too sensitive so I’ll review it as honestly as I possibly can.

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I have so many outfits to shoot for you guys, so may outfits I have styled but haven’t had the opportunity to shoot on the day I wore it due to time constraints but will get them up here soon. I can’t wait till daylight savings so that we get light till 9pm again.

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This weekend is going to be full on! I have been pushing myself almost to my limits to the point of falling sick and weak and I’m just playing catch up. I’m so excited for the next 5 weeks that I have planned out with every weekend booked out with things to do.

The rain has cleared up and the sun will be out tomorrow. I have a full day tomorrow with a birthday and prep to do so will try and get as much rest as I can. I haven’t been sleeping well lately with only having a few hours of sleep each night for the past 2 weeks. My eye bags are permanent and after seeing how great Kelly Ripa looks, botox seems like a good idea in the future! Now to finish off my chocolate sundae and go to sleep. I know that I’m supposed to be laying off the sugars but it’s so hard when it helps with the faint feeling but feeds the infection, there is a no win-win situation! Dr’s need to trust more people when it comes to medication. It’s annoying when one person ruins it for the rest of us.

I’ll have another post out for you guys tomorrow!

Striped blouse: Blue Jade
Leather pants: Sass and Bide
"Mob" boots: Zu Shoes
Prada saffiano tote: Prada




24
Jul
2014

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Feature: Flower Power with Bloombox Co

Many of you know that I’m a sucker for flowers. Flowers make the house feel more welcoming, more bright and alive. Bloombox Co have a great idea of offering a floral subscription service where fresh flowers are delivered straight to your door. What I love about this idea is that with this service, you no longer have to do 5am mornings at the Flowers Markets to get pretty blooms. They will be launching in Spring so sign up to their newsletter and stay tuned on how you can get your own floral subscription.

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The girls behind Bloombox Co have a vision of creating something beautiful and fun.

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This hashtag; #OMGFLOWERS was my exact reaction when I opened the box. I love my flowers that I’m even willing to wake up early on Saturdays for them. I love putting together flowers and have been collecting so many jars and bottles to use as vases.

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How amazing is this selection of flowers? What I love most is that they included flowers I have never seen before and ones I will be looking out for in the future.

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They included the sweetest personalised letter. I felt so touched.

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Their packaging and branding is so great. It’s the best for those who love minimalism and for those who love pretty stationary and branding. You can tell the girls had put a lot of effort and invested so much in what they believe in, it’s so inspiring.

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Instead of taking photos of my flowers in my recycled vases, I thought I would showcase them in flatlays. Believe it or not, these are so hard to do! Getting the right angle, lighting and distribution of products and colours is tough. Practice makes perfect!

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My best friend, Brian is such a talented landscape photographer. I have been encouraging him to sell his work in prints so if anyone is interested, let me know!

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The selection of flowers is a great range and I love how there are so many different colours to play around with.

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The beauty of how individual pieces go so well together.

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Don’t be fooled with the amount of Chanel items I have in these photos. The boxes are props and used for the photos. While my parents were travelling Europe, for my birthday, they gifted me with Chanel makeup. They were packed in their individual boxes, combined with tissues inside another box and placed inside a bigger box with lots of ribbons.

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Another of Brian’s amazing work. Isn’t he the best? I also reuse diffuser containers as vases. It can only fit 1-3 flowers so it’s great for larger flowers like the white one above.

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Don’t forget to sign up to Bloombox Co’s mail subscription to be one of the first to know when their floral subscription services will be live and ready for you to have delivered to your door.

Flowers always brighten up my day, they help you get creative and I love how passionate I have become with this new found hobby. I can finally sleep in on Saturday mornings!




23
Jul
2014

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Outfit Post: Bear Hug

Photographer: Ramon

Staple pieces are starting to be easier to come by. Last year it was all about the printed leggings, flouro and colour blocking. This year has become all about taking away from these pieces and finding ones that will withstand the test of time. - Kidding! Not that long but you catch my drift.

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On cold winter days, it means you can start bringing out the coats to keep you warm. This long woolen coat from St Frock is one of the best I have sitting in my closet. It comes in Grey and Tan and although grey is a great colour, I chose Tan as you can wear this colour on cold days in Autumn and cold days in Spring - I’m all for versatility and this coat it staple piece that will last over seasons.

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I decided to pair it with my other staple pieces; a timeless bag, leather pants (as long as it’s breathable or you will turn into Ross from FRIENDS and his issues with his leather pants), a striped blouse and my favourite boots from Zu Shoes.

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Winter this year has been amazing and is exactly what Summer in Wellington, NZ feels like. it’s warm in the sun with a nice cool breeze.

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This outfit served me well for my casual friday work attire as it kept me nice and warm. Since I work for a company who also tests and calibrate equipment, it’s essential that the room temperature is as a certain degree i.e. cold, in order for the technicians to test and service the equipment properly.

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Recently, I have come down with a severe infection and has resulted in me having to change my diet while I’m on medication. Do you know how hard it is to not eat anything with sugars?! It’s so difficult!

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My days are starting to feel much shorter than before, I come into work with the sun blazing out of my window and it’s so hard to see anything on my screen and then look up after writing a few notes and the sun has gone down. After seeing awful news stories and the world on the verge of a World War III, it makes me wonder if I have given up and wasted too much time trying to perfect a plan for the next 50 years of my life instead of doing it. Time is so precious.

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I have so many posts to get out this week and will have another one out tomorrow for you guys. I have drafted them all but need to organise and source the photos before I can publish them and you will be relived to know that they won’t all contain photos of me! YAY!

Till next time my lovely readers! If I don’t see you on my blog, I’ll see you on Instagram.

Tan woollen coat: St Frock
Striped blouse: Blue Jade
Leather pants: Sass and Bide
"Mob" boots: Zu Shoes
Prada saffiano tote: Prada




21
Jul
2014

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Outfit Post: Off Duty

Photographer: Ramon

Recently, Ramon and I did a collaboration with the gorgeous girls; Michelle and Brigette from Carousel of Colour. The theme we agreed on was boyfriend jeans and without consulting each other as to what we should wear so that we wouldn’t clash, we all turned up looking different and I love how it just shows how different people are and how they can express that in the beauty of styling and fashion.

This outfit is also my entry for the Somedays Lovin ” Off Duty” Style Challenge thanks to Somedays Lovin, Arrow Divine and Shambhala.

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I opted a different route, I wanted something that was more relaxed as boyfriend jeans are extremely comfortable to the point that I just want to sleep in them and lounge around in them all day! Usually I would style them in a more chic, sleek, feminine and the most girly way imaginable but I thought I’d adopt a rocker/grunge-chic x relaxed vibe today.

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I’m loving this change of style and it’s so comfortable and very different to what I would usually wear that I even surprised myself that I was able to pull a look off (I like to hope I did).

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Surry Hills is such a great location to take photos, I love the historical apartments, different colours and how many brunching places you can try! We’re starting to discover Sydney more and after we’ve ticked off our boxes with Surry Hills, next stop will be Newtown. - I’ve heard that there is a place that sells the best cronuts.

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We tried to capture as much light as we could to take these photos. Unfortunately, the sun was hiding behind clouds and apartment buildings and only came out to say “hi” every few minutes and Ramon was able to capture what he could. I love this photo he’s taken.

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The girls were awesome and unlike myself, were so confident in front of the camera on the very public streets of Surry Hills (yes, the place I was mugged a few years ago). I love their confidence!

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We had a great time walking back and forth to get the right shot. I love how we’re so different in style.

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The collaboration came about when Ramon had been asking me to be more adventurous and adopt more confidence and shoot in city areas instead of suburban, empty and abandoned places. I lack confidence. You seem me on my blog posting photos that I still hesitate to push the “publish” button on and I still hide behind someone if someone sees me having my photo taken. It’s tough being a blogger, especially when you need to get that full body shot. I’m so glad that Ramon was able to experience and branch out of the nature, bushland and empty parking buildings to shoot in an area that was more colourful, with people around and with 2 confident and beautiful girls.

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Michelle styled her boyfriend jeans in a very sweet and delicate way. Very sleek with her vest and matching the colour with her shoes. Her vintage Chanel clutch with timeless golden hardware was a great touch and it helped bring out the look to be more classy. More photos to come in another post! I couldn’t hold off posting them.

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Brigette styled her boyfriend jeans with the double denim trend. A tend she executed perfectly with the cutest connect the dots tee and Mickey Mouse denim jacket.

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I had such a good time collaborating that Ramon and I have got a couple more in the works for both our blogs so stay tuned and more photos of this shoot will be coming soon.

Ice blue boyfriend jeans with rips: Somedays Loving
Sheer Blouse: 6ks
"Mob" boots: Zu Shoes
Felt hat: Cotton On
Leather jacket with studs: Jay Jays




20
Jul
2014

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Outfit Post: Better Days

Photographer: Ramon

I didn’t realise till I looked through my Instagram gallery that I have been wearing monochrome a lot lately and today’s outfit post is no different. During winter I try to stay clear of black clothing and add colour. My preferred and unintentional colour choice to brighten up black is white. It’s funny how subconsciously you pick up on trends and not notice till you look back.

I had the honour of collaborating with Ninety Ninety One on a few outfits and this is the first of many to come. They stock this amazing geometric knit skirt that you can wear for all seasons. They have a large range of stock and are continuously releasing new stock weekly.

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I decided to style the skirt with an off-shoulder knit from St Frock. it’s winter and although you can do a lot with this skirt, it’s still winter and pairing it with a knit on a warm winter’s day seems the right way to go. I also bought out my military blazer to keep me warm. The skirt is nice and thick and I love how it’s well structured that even in the wind, it doesn’t blow up (tried and tested during a windy day).

After 4 years, this blazer has really served it’s purpose and although the military trends seems to have been done and dusted, I like to bring it out to remind me of my $10 finds in Chinatown. - The pastel coats that are currently on trend this winter can be what I wear next winter.

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My hair is shorter! I had my hair cut by such an amazing team and after writing of my concerns over finding a good hairdresser in Sydney, I have finally found one and can’t wait to post about it on my blog soon. My hair feels so much lighter, healthier and takes only 5 minutes to do my hair.

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Yes, I’m wearing my trusty sunglasses that I keep forgetting I have. Ramon did remind me that I should get 2 pairs; one to keep in the car for when I’m driving and another to keep in my bag. I must admit that it took me together to find good sunglasses. I wanted sunglasses that were large that had a thin frame. I found these at Tiffany & Co and I didn’t even know they did sunglasses at the time. I was lusting for a pair of Chanel’s but the style I wanted was an older season and I was too scared to buy online as I’ve heard some horror stories of receiving fake pairs.

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The print on the skirt is amazing. I love the flare and yes, I’m wearing the cutest “Mob” boots by Zu Shoes and the Prada Tote. 2 items that have become staple pieces in my wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with them!

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I have more collaborations with Ninety Ninety One that will be coming on the blog soon! You can see previews on my Instagram where I post a lot more frequently as I’ve been suffering from a bit of “blogger’s block”.

After a very busy week at work, I’m glad I survived it. I have been inspired by calligraphy and want to pursue it as a hobby and create my own prints for the home. I have no idea where to begin but the internet is filled with an endless supply of knowledge so will start researching when I find a pen to use.

I know that I have mentioned that I will get back onto LookBook.nu again but finding the time has been hard for me. I will attempt to create some looks tonight and get myself up to date with those who I have missed these past couple of months. I have missed the interaction and although I find you on Instagram, it’s not that same as the messages and conversations we have on that platform so I’ll be back soon! I just need to find the time to dedicate on there again. All the changes to the site make me feel like I’m using it for the first time again having to relearn changed features and using new features.

Till next time my amazing readers.

Off-shoulder knit: St Frock
Geometric print knitted skirt: Ninety Ninety One
"Mob" boots: Zu Shoes
Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co
Prada Saffiano Tote: Prada




16
Jul
2014

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Outfit Post: Trouble

Photographer: Ramon

I had been meaning to post this outfit last night but after an intense season finale of 24, I thought it was best to get over it before spewing the details on my blog. This blog post will be the 2nd to last post with my hair at this length. Recently, I had an amazing team work on transforming my hair so that it’s much healthier and I can grow it longer in a much healthier way.

I had a wonderful brunch with the girls from Carousel of Colour and Fashiondiction earlier and was so full from the delicious feast we just had but needed to snap a quick shot of my outfit before heading home.

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It wasn’t intentional to wear all blue that day but it just happened. I was in such a rush and literally threw whatever thought would work together and and rushed out the door. 

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I’m a huge fan of the double denim look when you can pull it off with the right shades of denim. I’ve found that wearing one lighter than the other is a great start and to make sure that they are in the same colour family make it even better i.e blue tones with blue tones, green tones with green tones.

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I decided to loosen the denim shirt as it was a warm day under the sun and to give balance to the look as the denim pants were a tad bit too big on me.  On a side note, these pants are from Glassons who fi one size bigger than normal sizing.

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I’m really liking the red lippy and after seeing so many people pulling off the orange lip colour/tint, I’m wanting to give it a try too. I’m a little scared that it won’t suit my skin colour as most people who have orange lippy have a fairer complexion but there’s no harm in trying. It’s one step out of my comfort zone.

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This is the longest my hair as ever been. When I look through photos I started to have that feeling of regret for cutting it but then I look down at the ends of my hair now and see how healthy they are and I love the difference. I love that it doesn’t break and I can grow it to this length in a much more healthier way.

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I know that you see this bag in pretty much every single outfit post I’ve been wearing lately but if you owned this bag and forked out the payment with hard earned money, you’d use it as much you can too. It’s such a great bag and I’m so glad I got it in black instead of marble. The compartments is what had me buy it and I’m the organisational freak so this was a huge reason why I bought the bag.

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The sun was quickly going down that day and we tried to capture as much glow as we could. We’ve been staying clear of rooftops and decided to go to more green. It’s still in a car park but there’s not really a place for bloggers to take photos without having nosy people come round asking why you’re taking photos.

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These shoes are one of my faves. Unbelievably comfortable for the height and easy to walk in despite being a stiletto heel.

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On the personal side of things, have you ever been at the point in your life where you thought you had everything figured out, a major plan, a goal, then all of a sudden it seems so out of reach for you but easier to reach for others who never even had a plan in place to begin with? I’m in a “how did you do that” situation where I had expectations and want to know how people achieved their goals without having to sacrifice. You read about how people sacrificed everything to get to where they are but I want to know about those people who had stepping stones to reach their dreams. Not completely shatter their lives to build a new one. It seems like working to the top doesn’t even exist anymore and it’s about rebuilding yourself till you reach your goals or die trying. I had always thought that hard work pays off, that you move up with experience but it doesn’t seem that way. It’s seems like it’s about luck and who you know. - Ouch!

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I’ll be doing a beauty post soon and I’m finding it so hard to even capture. We can only get indoor fluorescent lighting inside our apartment and my eye bags are terrible. As much as I want to post that make up tutorial and make up reviews, to get a quality post for those who have been requesting it will take some time so I apologise for the delay. If I could do my make up outside, I would. - It’s actually a good idea so I may take this route.

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Since trimming inches off my hair, my curls take me 5 minutes to do instead of 15 minutes! My hair has much more volume and really can’t wait to post about it. I’m just trying to find the time to upload and write the post and it’ll be up on the blog with some before and after photos.

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I’m currently watching They Came Together while my body tries to recuperate from some damage I had caused due to a poor diet. Hope everyone is healthy and warm during this winter! It’s been a chilly one and with the cool winds, rain and temperatures finally below 10 degrees, 2 months in and it finally feels like winter in Sydney. Wow, either Winter is going to overstay through spring or this summer is going to be a scorcher!

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I have got so much more to blog about and should have them drafted by the end of the week. I have a mini road trip planned to the countryside this weekend with a friend and am hoping that the rain goes away by then.

I’ve been needing some time for myself and a friend was right when he said that it will really help. Recently, he reminded me that my holidays haven’t been holidays. I’m either working while I’m on holiday, attending to a friend for their wedding or birthday and I haven’t really taken time off for me to relax and take everything in. He reminded me that sometimes you need to be selfish in order to better yourself.

More to come on my blog! If you don’t see me on here, I’ll be on Instagram or Facebook. Don’t by a stranger and say “hi”!

Denim Shirt: OASAP
Boyfriend Jeans: Glassons
Petra lace up sandals: Missguided




14
Jul
2014

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Outfit Post: Time After Time

Photographer: Ramon

Recently a new store had launched in Coogee that boasts a range of upscale and high-end clothing for both men and women. The store is called Ambition Fashion and I was honoured to attend their VIP preview night. This gorgeous Lucid dress is just one of the many brands they stock.

I had so much fun shooting this dress. I got to twirl around and flicking my hair. You can never go wrong with a pretty dress and it’s something that I find very basic, easy to wear and you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching too much. - This was my trick when starting out and if you look back at my archives 4 years ago when I started this blog, you’ll see that I took the easy route; hair, dress, shoes and out the door I went. There was not much styling involved but I like to keep it simple. Less is more.

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I have been looking forward to this coming weekend for a little day tripper a friend and I have been planning. After postponing it by a week, the time is getting closer and I can’t hold in the excitement. I love the countryside! Even if I have to drive a couple of hours to get there.

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Recently, I have been so busy that it’s been so great. I’m loving this fast paced life and it helps me appreciate time with my loved ones and time for myself. I have also realised that taking time out for yourself is necessary and something that really helps you find yourself.

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I have been wearing red moisturising lipstick lately after discovering Colour by TFN in a Her Fashion Box delivery. They have such a great colour range and although I only have the one now, it really helps brighten up a plain look.

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The dress is so playful and although it’s white tones with gold, it’s a stunning piece on it’s own. I love the shape of the dress and how it it curves on the bottom in a shape of a rainbow.

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The light is always so beautiful at Olympic Park. We’ve been in luck with the weather lately and although it’s been raining throughout the week, we have been gifted with incredible weather during the weekends.

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Ramon has been getting more and more passionate about photography again and it’s been so great that he’s found his passion again. I know that when you do something over and over again and when it starts to feel forced, you lose your passion. He’s got such a great eye for photography and such great composition, he’s always so hard on himself and always trying better each time. Although it’s just a hobby, he’s doing so well and I’m so proud of him. My blog wouldn’t be here without him.

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The pattern is stunning and it has a gorgeous sheen. Perfect to wear on my mini day-tripper coming up.

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Looking through these photos after my haircut makes me wonder why I waited so long to have it cut. Others will see how long my hair is whereas I see how hard it was to maintain, how annoying it was to constantly see split ends and how hurt I was every time I rolled over onto my hair. I’ll be posting about my hair transformation on the blog soon so stay tuned! I can’t wait to introduce you guys to the team and how happy I am to have finally found a hairdresser in Sydney who I can trust with  my hair.

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This necklace was a gift from Bowerhaus. They have such amazing jewellery and I love how in-between every bead, there is a knot. It just shows how well made they are. The beads are sourced all around the world and they are hand made. After the intimate experience I had with Bowerhaus, I would cherish this necklace.

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Recently, I have discovered that I have got a a bit of a hunchback. While dancing ballet when I was younger, I had a really good handle on my posture. In photos, I’ve seen that I have a small hunchback that I need to fix. It’s so hard to remember to keep my shoulders back and stop slouching. It’s so comfortable to slouch.

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When your boyfriend/photographer tells you to sniff the necklace for the photos, you sniff the necklace. I thought it was weird and was questioning it till he showed me what it looked like and I loved the photo.

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One of my favourites from Zu Shoes. They have such a great range and release new shoes every month! I’ve been so fortunate to discover and work with such a great Australian company. I feel so blessed. 

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I can’t get over how cute these bracelets are from The Peach Box. The 2 different tones of gold compliment any golden and silver tones you wear.

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I have been hooked on a pilot episode of Extant with Halle Berry and am eagerly awaiting for episode 2. While I’m waiting, more posts will be up on my blog soon! I have a backlog of blog posts to write out and I’m so excited to show what I’ve been up to!

Thanks again for all the support! You guys are truly the best readers a blogger could ever ask for.

Lucid Dress: Ambition Fashion
Yolo Heels: Zu Shoes
Necklace: Bowerhaus
Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch: Louis Vuitton
Bracelets: The Peach Box
Karl Lagerfeld Watch: WSI











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