Beauty, Events

How to Craft your Signature Scent

December 3, 2016

In my opinion, scent is often one of the most neglected out of the five senses. We find ourselves focusing on the aesthetics of an outfit or interior (sight), or how delicious the food is at our favourite local cafe (taste). However scent has a greater impact on our lives than we often think!

Did you know that by using the right scent, a department store can increase the amount of sales it makes? Or that being surrounded by the right scent can make us perform more highly at work?

What about the childhood nostalgia associated with a mother’s longstanding favourite perfume? Or the reminiscence of many warm and happy Christmases when we smell pine needles?

Scents bring each of us different feelings and experiences, so it makes sense for us to want to be able to customise our own favourite scents.

Recognised internationally as one of Australia’s leading perfume experts, Samantha Taylor has established The Powder Room, a boutique agency specialising in perfume education, production and events.

Samantha’s already been working on some cool projects with some well known brands like Tony Maticevski, Kerastace, Mecca Cosmetica and Bombay Sapphire, and is now bringing you the opportunity to create your own perfect scent through a series of master classes direct from France!

Each master class covers the history of perfume, how it’s created, as well as the opportunity to smell rare and unique materials. The most exciting part is using the Olfactorium (a mini perfumer’s organ) with raw materials direct from France to create your scent!

Saturday 10th December 2016, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

Get tickets for this amazing olfactory experience here and keep an eye out for future master classes here.

Photographed by Dominic Loneragan. Please Credit Dominic Loneragan.

Collaborations, Outfits

Styling Statement Hosiery: Natura Aura

November 25, 2016

I absolutely love discovering up-and-coming brands, and I’m really excited about an incredible New Zealand label called Natura Aura.

Based in Rotorua, New Zealand (one of my most beloved hometowns), designers Leilani and Anastasia Rickard take inspiration from their Maori heritage and blend the beauty of New Zealand’s natural landscapes into their ethereal natural designs.

The label has already met with critical success, having shown at New Zealand Fashion Week, Miromoda Fashion Competition and in Paris under the sponsorship of supermodel Jessica Minh Anh.

I’m super excited to share some images where I styled tights from Natura Aura‘s hosiery range, Iwi Creations. I wanted the tights to really speak for themselves, so I decided to kept the rest of the outfit fairly simple.

Natura Aura is definitely a label to keep an eye on, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Check out more of their incredible ready-to-wear collection here (think ethereal dresses and jackets), and stockists here.

tights1 tights2 tights3ASOS top // ASOS skirt // Natura Aura tights // Proenza Schouler boots // Sophie Bille Brahe earring

Business, Collaborations, Outfits

Moving to Canberra

November 9, 2016

Some of my readers might know that I’ve moved around a lot as a child, having lived in many cities across South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. So when I was offered an exciting opportunity in the last few weeks to transfer from Microsoft’s Adelaide to Canberra offices, it felt natural to accept.

I absolutely love Adelaide and South Australia, especially our family, friends, work team, our beautiful art deco home and the growing fashion and food culture, but Canberra will allow both my fiancé and I opportunities for growth.

Anyone who has ever moved house, will know that it’s one of the most exhausting adventures ever – so I’ve decided to share some tips that we found made our move easier:

1) Spring Cleaning Time

Our house in Adelaide is 4 bedrooms, and our apartment in Canberra is 1 bedroom… so unfortunately this meant a whole lot of spring cleaning. We started about a month before our move, and went through everything to decide what to take and what to leave.

This was probably the least fun part of moving, as it takes so much mental stamina to cull a large amount of items. Ultimately, I think this is one of the most important parts of moving to get right – you don’t want to pay for removalists to take stuff you don’t need! We found that most of the stuff we threw out was cheap and poor quality furniture, kitchen items and clothing. This has reminded me to aim only for investing in fewer better quality items in the future 🙂

2) Finding a Place to Live

In advance of our move, my fiancĂ© spent a week in Canberra familiarising himself with areas that suited us, and going to house inspections. In Canberra, mostly you can’t apply for rental properties without having physically inspected it first – so a pre-move visit is essential if you want to pre-organise a house before moving.

3) Enlist the Help of Removalists

Hiring Removalists is probably the most expensive part of moving – but if you are moving interstate or overseas, I think they’re well worth the investment. We used Kent Removalists via Toll, and they were great. They packed up all of our belongings into cardboard boxes in a day, and then moved all our furniture and boxes into a moving container. The best part is that we didn’t have to do any packing! It took a week for our container to arrive in Canberra, and everything was moved into our apartment for us.

When we move again in the future, one thing I would do differently is make sure all like items are grouped together in the house before packing. This way the removalists will pack them all in the same box, making it easy to find things when unpacking.

4) Planning your Journey to your new Home

Moving from Adelaide to Canberra, we had two travel options – via plane or car. It’s much cheaper to drive (and also a good option if you have pets), but you can also have your vehicles shipped on a truck or train.

We also decided to road trip between Adelaide to Canberra, which took two days via Mildura. It’s a suprisingly pretty drive, with a great variety of landscapes – SA’s Mallee scrub and Riverland, Victorian farmland, and the lush green fields in NSW and ACT.

Driving for so long can get tiresome when you have constant background noise from the road, but fortunately I had my Sudio Vasa BlÄ headphones!

The studio quality really goes a long way against background noise in aircraft and on trains, and they last the best part of a long haul flight with 8 hours of freedom (and super easy to recharge on the plane with a USB connection).

They also come with adjustable ear bud sizes, which means you can customise each pair to fit perfectly. It’s also great if you want to share the headphones, and the other person has different sized ears!

When we drive back over Christmas, Sudio Vasa BlÄ will be at the top of my packing list!

Make Sudio Sweden style yours here, with an exclusive 15% discount code ‘fashionadventurer

sudio31 sudio32 sudio33 sudio34Sudio Vasa BlÄ headphones // Missguided skirt // Revolution top (via Azalia Boutique) // Coat (via Yoox) // Acne Studios boots (via La Garçonne) // Céline bag

Collaborations, Outfits, Travel

Traveling in Style: Vasa BlÄ

October 20, 2016

Hello from London, where I’m visiting for a few days before heading to Milan for business!

It’s no secret that the trip from Australia to Europe is a bit of a trek – almost 24 hours of flights. So it’s important to find ways to make the trip as comfortable as possible.

For me, a good pair of headphones is something I won’t compromise on – and my Sudio Vasa BlĂ„ pair have been a fantastic companion.

The studio quality really goes a long way against background noise in aircraft and on trains, and they last the best part of a long haul flight with 8 hours of freedom (and super easy to recharge on the plane with a USB connection).

Probably my favourite feature on the trip has been the adjustable ear bud sizes – which has really helped to maximise comfort when wearing the headphones for 8+ hours.

They’ve also been a dream wearing around London and on the Underground – once paired with a phone, they’re ready to go there onwards!

Make Sudio Sweden style yours here, with an exclusive 15% discount code ‘fashionadventurer‘

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Photos by Mitchell Chapman

Collaborations, Outfits

Dressing for Transeasonal Weather

September 15, 2016

I can’t get enough of the of the off-the-shoulder look at the moment, and am loving the boho vibes of this pretty Shein blouse!

Shein is one of my new favourite fast fashion online stores, and they have some great pieces to help update your spring/summer wardrobe.

Definitely check out their tops (my picks are here, here and here) – I find that for early spring transeasonal weather (like we’ve been having this week), pairing a lighter top with a winter skirt is a good way to stay warm, plus breath a bit of life into the winter wardrobe you’re probably sick of wearing on repeat by now.

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Photos by Abbie Keys

Collaborations, Outfits

The off-the-shoulder trend on a budget

September 14, 2016

The off-the-shoulder look is a must for the coming warmer months, and there’s nothing I love more than a good high-low mix’n’match outfit.

While I am a big advocate of building a wardrobe of a few, high quality pieces – I also think that fast fashion in moderation can be a great way to update your wardrobe.

I’ve paired this super stylish top from Romwe with some timeless favourites featured on the blog previously.

I love the look of the loose top with a fitted skirt, and I’m also looking forward to pairing this top with distressed denim!

roof1roof3 roof2Romwe off-the-shoulder blouse // Ellery skirt // Mode & Affaire bag (via Designer Exchange) // Acne Studios boots

Photos by Abbie Keys

Collaborations, Outfits

Styling Wearable Tech: Vasa BlÄ

September 7, 2016

Stylish wearable technology has become such a big trend recently, with Microsoft’s DuoSkin phone-controlling tattoos and Google x Levi’s Project Jacquard technology-rich jackets.

Enter Sudio Sweden Vasa BlĂ„, a new premium wireless headphone from Sweden. They have studio quality, an elegant design and 8 hours of freedom – so you can listen to your tunes in style and quality.

Sudio Vasa BlĂ„ are so easy to wear. At only 14 grams, they’re the lightest on the market so far, and have a perfectly developed “anti-tangle” cable which sits completely straight. They’re also customisable, and come with 4 different sized ear buds for maximum comfort.

With their elegant minimalist design, they look good with any outfit and are super easy to style. I think they look great with this season’s off the shoulder trend!

Make Sudio Sweden style yours here, with an exclusive 15% discount code ‘fashionadventurer

vasa bla 1 vasa bla 2 vasa bla 3 vasa bla 4ASOS WHITE Coulottes // ASOS Off-the-shoulder Top // Boohoo Heels

Photos by Mitchell Chapman

Beauty, Collaborations

The Perfect Hassle-Free Father’s Day Gift

August 31, 2016

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Father’s Day, for me, is a time of year that is sometimes pre-fixed with a sense of panic and anxiety – mainly because finding the perfect gift for my father can be an incredibly difficult task.

What do you get someone who already has everything they could possibly want? And how do you indulge that special father-figure without spending a small fortune?

Thankfully, I found Lush present a great solution with their limited edition Father’s Day collection.

The entire collection is scented with beautiful sandal wood essential oil, which is ethically and sustainably sourced with Indigenous communities in Kalgoorlie. It’s actually a beautiful story – Lush only harvest 600-700kgs of certified organic Australian sandalwood per year, an amount that ensures the trees aren’t over-harvested. The wealth created in the Indigenous communities through this partnership is shared around their people, as per their custom, and is helping new businesses to start.

There are some great items to choose from in the collection (or really spoil your dad, and get them all!), and my gorgeous Fiancé, Mitchell, was excited to test them out:

  • Smuggler’s Soul face and body scrub: With an intriguing and rich sandalwood scent, this scrub exfoliates with bamboo granules to brighten skin and fresh cucumber infusion cools. Perfect for keeping the skin between beards or stubble looking and feeling great!
  • Smuggler’s Soul multi-purpose cream: Use this following the Smuggler’s Soul face and body scrub to condition skin. The sandalwood scent will keep dad smelling great, while cucumer infusion cools the skin and argan oil softens the skin.
  • Smugler’s Soul shampoo bar: An especially luxurious hair treatment for dad! This shampoo bar has chuncks of Fair Trade organic cocoa butter scattered throughout this hydrating bar with cleansing lemongrass oil – all with a smoky sandalwood fragrance.
  • The Modfather bubble bar: Great for dads who like to unwind after work or gym in the water – this bar crumbles under running water to release a relaxing Brazilian orange oil experience.
  • Thanks Dad soap: Upgrade dad’s body cleansing experince with this super soft orange scented soap.
  • Superdad bath-bomb: For the superhero dad, this bath bomb is full of guaic wood, sandalwood and olibanum. Just drop into the bath and relax.

Shop Lush Father’s Day Collection here

Events

Adelaide Oyster Festival: Aug 5th – Sept 3rd

August 10, 2016

As a child during the 3 years I lived in Tasmania, I have happy memories of going with my mother and family friends to collect wild Oysters (and eating them fresh) growing on the rocks at a beach on Tassie’s north-east coast.

Fast forward to today, the company I work for (Microsoft) works in partnership with The Yield on an innovative Internet of Things technology, which at the moment helps protect Tasmanian Oyster harvests from environmental hazards which would otherwise ruin these harvests.

So when the lovely folks at 2KW bar & Restaurant invited me to their National Oyster Day celebration on August 5th to launch the inaugural Adelaide Oyster Festival, I needed no convincing!

Celebrations of this intriguing and delicious mollusc will continue at 2KW throughout August, culminating in the ultimate event on Saturday, September 3rd. You can expect to enjoy freshly shucked oysters from all over SA including Coffin Bay, Streaky Bay and American River – and paired with beverages from Arbeaumont Champagne, Sidewood wine & cider and Coopers beer.

Limited tickers are available for the Oyster Festival at $90 per person via Eventbrite, or by contacting 8212 5511 or events@2kwbar.com.au

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Collaborations, Events

Tiff Manuell at the Tate London

July 30, 2016

Artist and designer Tiff Manuell is well known in the South Australian fashion and design community for her beautiful and unique wearable art.

Tiff was one of the stand-out designers at the 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival, where her accessories and debut collection of wearable art were shown (see Tiff’s incredible couture collection here).

It’s no suprise that her pieces have been a big hit in London, with her first consignment of over 300 purses and totes selling out in just weeks at the Tate Modern gallery. The success has seen the Tate Modern place a second order four times larger than the first!

As a devoted South Australian, I love to see our local businesses succeeding, and Tiff’s label is certinally one that has enjoyed growth. Despite her recent international success, Tiff is committed to keeping her production in Adelaide, with a focus on creating well-considered, original products with appeal to various demographics.

What’s next for Tiff? “I would love to see my work stocked at the MoMA in New York too; my natural pitch for the brand is to be sold at contemporary art-based galleries.”

Her latest accessories and clothing range will also be presented at the 2016 Adelaide Fashion Festival!

Shop at the Tate Modern or www.tiffmanuell.com

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