Outfits

Outfit: Simplicity

July 7, 2016

At the beginning of winter, I did a big (scary!) wardrobe clean out. I took out all of my clothes and laid them out on the bed, then sorted them into summer and winter.

All of the summer clothes went back into my wardrobe, and I hung all of my winter clothes on clothes racks in the guest room. By actually seeing what I had, it was really easy to see which pieces to get rid of – which pieces didn’t match anything else, which were worn out etc.

I also noticed some trends – my favourite colours to wear are white, black, pastel pink and taupe. I also found that a lot of my pieces are trustry old favourites – well made, beautifully designed and timeless. The Ellery fluted ankle skirts, the Christopher Kane leopard jacket and the & Other Stories knit to name a few.

I recently read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion and it was a timely reminder why investing in a few beautiful, good quality and ethical (where possible) outfits is important.

My outfit below is a good example of a few of my favourite good quality pieces that I’m sure will be with me for a long time.

IMG_5028 (2) IMG_5105Wayne New York jacket (similar here)  // C/meo Collective dress (similar here) // Finders Keepers shoes (similar here and here)

Beauty, Collaborations

Beauty Favourites: Hair Secrets

June 27, 2016

In my opinion, hair is something that can make or break any look.

I’ve always believed that investing in (at least) a good shampoo, conditioner and regular trim by a good hairdresser are essentials for healthy hair – and recently, I’ve begun experimenting with a range of different tools and products.

These are my current favourites:

Fashion Adventurer Hair

1) La Biosthetique Edition de Luxe – Wow, what can I say? This is is my most favourite shampoo/conditioner formula ever. It’s so incredibly luxurious and has left my hair feeling better than any shampoo/conditioner I’ve used previously. The shampoo leaves hair feeling soft and clean, but not stripped of moisture (no need for more than a spray of the leave in conditioner afterwards). Also, a little goes a long way – you only need a small drop for an amazing amount of lather – which is just as well, when you look at the price.

2) Kevin Murphy Hydrate.Me.Wash & Hydrate.Me.Rinse – Coming in at a very close second place, I absolutely love everything about this shampoo/conditioner duo. This is what I use on a regular, day-to-day basis. The shampoo lathers so easily, and the conditioner is so hydrating (it also smells so sophisticated). It also gets my fiancé’s tick of approval – worked wonders on his long hair, which is naturally dry – and made it smoother and glossier.

3) Kevin Murphy Hydrate.Me.Masque – This is like the Hydrate.Me.Rinse on steroids! My fiancé and I love to use this once a month or so to pump our hair full of moisture and nourishment. It’s especially great in winter, when hair is more prone to drying out in the harsh weather.

4) Kevin Murphy Session.Spray – Definitely the best hairspray I’ve tried. It smells amazing and does a top job at keeping hair in place without making it crunchy.

5) Cloud Nine The Original Iron – I love how quickly this heats up, and how easy and effective it is at straightening, curling and making waves. The high quality ceramic plates are kind on hair, and leave a beautiful glossy finish.

6) Lush Big Solid Conditioner – It’s not very lathery, but Lush’s solid conditioner bars are so great for traveling (and smell so good)! No risk of exploding or confiscated shampoo bottles, and last for so long that it will be your companion on many an adventure.

7) Davroe Volume Senses Shampoo & Conditioner – My fiancé and I have recently been trialing a range of the Davroe duos, and so far have been liking the results. My favourite is their volumising duo, which leaves hair feeling squeeky clean after a double wash and conditioning.

8) Sebastian Trilliance Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve used Sebastian products for many years (they’re the staple at my hairdressers, Halo Hair) and they have a very high quality formula. Their Trilliance range is very impressive – it’s designed to cleanse and polish the surface of each hair folicle, removing residue/build up for greater light reflection. Their Hydre and Volupt ranges are also fantastic. Since Sebastian is mainly a salon brand, they can be a bit hard to get hold of, but definitely well worth the search. I’m sure I’ll continue to use Sebastian shampoo and conditioner for a long time!

9) Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo & Conditioner – I have to admit that this duo probably isn’t my first choice, but if there is nothing else available, and I don’t have time to order any of my favourites, this is a great inexpensive shampoo/conditioner readily available at Coles.

10) Kardashian Beauty K-Body Volume Foam – In all honesty I’m not an avid follower of the Kardashians, but have to admit that Kardashian Beauty is high quality due to the amount that has been invested in product development. This is my favourite volumiser by far – it provides amazing and long lasting lift, and also adds elasticity and staying power to curls and waves. Not to mention it smells absolutely gorgeous.

11) Sebastian Cellophane Clear – Not too many people are aware of cellophane treatments and the benefits they can bring to hair. I’ve had several of these over the years at Halo Hair – it’s a semi-permanent treatment which coats the hair and results in high protection and gloss (especially good in winter). They also come in a range of tints for those who want some colour, but the clear cellophane is suitable for all. The treatment works by heating up active ingredients – you coat your hair with the cellophane gel, plaster your hair against your head and wrap glad-wrap around it. Then you sit under a hooded dryer (or use a regular hair dryer if you’re at home) for about 20-30 mins.

12) Lush Solid Shampoo Bars – Along with the Big Solid Conditioner, I love these shampoos for travelling. They lather easily and leave hair squeeky clean (maybe a little too stripping without a conditioner following). The Karma bar smells amazing and it a great all-rounder, and the Ultimate Shine bar leaves hair glossy.

13) OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner – Again most likely not my first choice, but another excellent duo readily available from most drugstores and supermarkets. This is actually one of my sister’s favourite shampoo/conditioners.

14) Anna Sui Beauty Bristle Brush – I have three of these brushes, and they are sooooo good – I actually prefer these over Mason & Pearson brushes. So comfortable to use, and do an effective job at stimulating blood flow in the scalp without being scratchy. The boar bristles are wonderful at keeping hair glossy and in condition. Plus the Anna Sui design is so pretty.

15) Redken Diamond Oil – A fairly new discovery, I love to rub a drop or two on my fingers and run them through wet hair, before blow drying. The result is incredibly glossy and soft hair!

16) Parlux 385 Light – I’ve owned a Parlux for about 3-4 years now, and it’s been one of the best beauty investments I’ve made. It’s far superior to pretty much any other hairdryer out there – it’s high powered enough to dry thick and long hair quickly, and leaves very smooth and glossy results. Parlux hairdryers also have a relatively small form factor, so I take mine on every trip – no way I want to resort to hotel hairdryers (or any other for that matter) after experiencing a Parlux!

Business, Outfits

Outfit: Pastel Perfect

June 22, 2016

When I was a very small child, the colour pink was a crucial part of my life. As a 3 year old, everything had to be pink. Then one day, I woke up and found I had a burning hatred for pink. I couldn’t (and still don’t) understand why I had this feeling, but anyway tried my hardest to rid myself of every last pink posession I owned. From that point on, pink was no longer a go-to colour for me.

However, I feel like pastel colours (particularly pink) are really having a moment – and understandably so. They can be so elegant, particularly in more grown-up and tailored pieces like my C/meo Collective skirt.

My skirt is from a couple of seasons back, but Australian Fashion Labels have brought this skirt back a couple of times in different colours – but also always have some gorgeous tailored pieces in their collections.

I’m also particularly pleased that my skirt is a perfect match (colour-wise) for my Karla Spetic top. It’s from one of my all time favourite collections from any designer – who doesn’t love the gorgeous mother of pearl print?

IMG_4855 IMG_4864 IMG_4946 IMG_5001Top Karla Spetic // Skirt C/meo Collective // Shoes Senso

Collaborations, Outfits

How to Style Jade

April 18, 2016

Jade has been a bit of an ‘it’ colour for a little while now, however when I received this absolutely gorgeous jade Swarovski pearl necklace from Jet Empire, I was at first really stumped how to style it.

I really wanted the colour to stand out, and also accentuate the delicacy of the necklace on a bit of skin. I finally settled on a simple white silk blouse with a v-neck, with a gold skirt.

I think white is such a great backdrop for jade, but also think nudes and grey shades would also look fantastic! I’m really excited to style this necklace with some other pieces in my wardrobe!

IMG_6601 IMG_6875IMG_6676 IMG_6939 IMG_7361 Jet Empire ‘Here Comes The Rain’ Necklace *sponsored* // Zara Top // Alice McCaul Skirt // Acne Studios Boots

Events, Runway Shows

Adelaide Designer Runway: couture+love+madness

February 18, 2016

I’ve featured local Adelaide label couture+love+madness (one of my most admired couture labels) a few times now over the years (here and here), and was recently invited view designer Cristina Tridente’s latest collection at the Loreto Gardens.

The collection comprised a wide variety of ethereal fabrics – from embroidery on light silk, sumptuous sequin encrusted lace, to sparkly patterns almost disguised on vivid red sheer silk.

I can’t get enough of the white embroidered dresses, the pink-on-red gowns, and those incredible floral headpieces from Bizzar0.

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Collaborations, Outfits

Master Winter Layering with Paige Rowe

February 7, 2016

I recently had a priviledge to style and shoot Adelaide designer Paige Rowe‘s new Winter 16 collection in the underground tunnels at The Lion Hotel.

Many friends of mine have commented in the past how much they love winter fashion. There’s so much more they can do with a limited number of pieces – particularly with layering. Well, Paige Rowe is a master of layering! Almost all of her Winter 16 pieces have been designed to layer with each other, and can also fit seamlessly in with pieces you might already own.

There are many ways to do layering, but one way that I think looks great is to start with longer pieces as a base, and then add shorter and more cropped pieces over the top.

I’ve used this formula for both of my outfits! Starting with a long midi skirt, next adding a longer cami with tails at the back, and finishing with a fitted blouse which is shorter overall.

I also added some neck pieces in both for interest – Paige has some awesome neck pieces this season. I love her snoods (which come in all manner of fabrics) and furry collars.

Paige has a pop up shop open until 26th Feburary at 122 King William Road, Hyde Park – so treat yourself and book in for a styling session with her!

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Beauty, Collaborations

Beauty: Using Serums to Improve Your Skin

February 1, 2016

Following my post on enzyme treatments, I teamed up with the lovely ladies at Evolve Skin Rejuvenation Clinic to explain serums and how they can improve your skin.

Erin from Evolve made up my own custom serum ‘cocktail’ which was applied as part of an custom enzyme treatment – but you can just as easily include serums in your daily skin prep routune.

To start with, Erin preped my skin by double cleansing with Chi Australia’s Rose Mousse Cleanser. I actually love this cleaner so much (I bought my own to use at home!) – it’s very soft, and while it leaves you feeling very clean, it doesn’t strip too much of your natural barrier oils.

Next, Erin analysed my skin and found minor pore congestion and mild skin dehydration. To improve this, she decided continued with my enzyme treatment and exfoliation, followed with an ultrasonic infusion of serums.

To find out about the enzyme treatment, check out my earlier post.

For the ultrasonic infusion, Erin used three serums:

  • LYCD – oxygenates the skin, which accelerates healing of damaged skin
  • Green Tea – great for sensitive skin, and helps break down pigment and prevent aging
  • Natto – extremely hydrating, also calms dermatitis and exzcema

She then infused these into my skin using ultrasonic – heat and vibration technology, which helps push the serum into deeper layers of skin.

Afterwards, I had an Edelweiss Silk Mask layered over the top to futher hydrate and ‘seal’ the serums into the skin.

Finally, Erin applied sunscreen and moisturiser to protect my skin! Cosmedix Reflect suncreen is a great one – a non oily spray that you can wear under your foundation!

If you’re interested in trying out one of Evolve‘s treatments, I have a $50 voucher available below (one use per person) that can go towards your own treatment! Then, if you like Evolve’s Facebook page and leave a review based on your exprience, you could also win a $200 paper pack!

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Travel

Travel Diary: Salt Lake City

January 25, 2016

After my time in Florida, I decided to cash in on the time/effort/pain it takes getting to America from Australia – and visit my pal Yogi Bear in Yellowstone National Park.

I’ll detail this in a future post for those interested in travelling to Yellowstone – but it is not a particularly easy place to get to. One of the only routes there is via Salt Lake City, and I was fortunate to get some shots from above to showcase it’s beauty.

Salt Lake City is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – surely there can’t be many cities with such etheral beauty? I would love to get the chance to go back one day and properly explore!

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Travel

Travel Diary: Florida

January 21, 2016

In 2015 I went to America, and I can’t believe it’s taken until now to get around sharing some travel diaries! (Let’s just put the delay down to all the thousands of emails I had to deal with post travel…).

I actually went for business purposes – my company holds a large internal conference in America every year, this time being in Orlando, Florida.

So while the majority of my time was spent at the conference (not a bad thing when it includes pyrolytics, an afternoon in Disneyland studying customer obsession and building lightsabers, a private Katy Perry concert and fireworks), I did get a bit of free time. I visited Universal Studios, Downtown Disney, Disney Hollywood Studios and … a quintessential American shopping mall where I stocked up big time at Sephora and visited a Microsoft store.

Universal Studios was by far the best theme park that I visited – how can you not be obsessed with all the Jurassic Park and Harry Potter areas and pretty merchandise?

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Beauty, Collaborations

Beauty: The Enzyme Mask Treatment

January 20, 2016

I’m a firm believer in taking the best care of my skin as possible. What I do for my skin now can really make a difference to it’s condition in the future when I’m older, helping me to look younger for longer!

Drinking plenty of water, keeping moisturised, wearing sunscreen, and covering up with a long sleeved shirt/midi skirt are some key parts of my (somewhat conservative) beauty regime. However I recently had an Enzyme Mask Treatment with the fab ladies at Evolve Skin Rejuvenation Clinic – it and my new beauty regime have resulted in my skin being super smooth, hydrated and bright. It makes applying make-up a breeze!

There are two kinds of beauty salons: those which do purely relaxing/cosmetic treatments (your traditional salons) and those which are para-medical. Evolve is one of the latter, and focuses on diagnosing your skin’s condition and finding a solution to work towards it being the best it can be.

At the beginning of my treatment, my beautician Niki appraised my skin using a Woods Lamp and a magnifying lamp. The Woods Lamp is pretty neat, as through it, the skin appears different shades of ultraviolet according to its condition. This gave Niki all the info she needed to customise a treatment according to my skin’s needs.

So what do you get in an Enzyme Mask Treatment?

  1. First Niki cleansed twice with Chi Australia’s Green Tea Cleanser. Cleansing twice is importance, as the first time removes the surface layer of dirt, and the second time cleanses more deeply.
  2. Next Niki refreshed my skin with Chi Australia’s Rose Petal Spritz.
  3. Once the skin is prepared, the Bio-Enzyme Mask is applied (mine was made of pure pawpaw and pineapple enzymes).
  4. Exfoliation! The most effective way to exfoliate is using a automatic brush (think Clarisonic). 5 minutes with the brush can get rid of more dead surface cells than a 20 minute exfoliating facial! While the mask was on, Niki exfoliated my skin, which also infused the mask into my skin.
  5. With the mask still on, Niki used a steamer to moisten and relax the skin post exfoliation.
  6. Mask is removed with a hot towel.
  7. Application of:
    • Chi Australia’s B3 Serum (this contains Niacinamide, which is truly amazing for the skin – not only hydrating but increases collagen and calms any redness).
    • Chi Australia H20 Moisturiser (made from marine extracts which hydrate the skin without feeling greasy)
    • Reflect SPF15 (a mineral sunscreen which is easily sprayed into any moisturiser)

I’ve continued to use the Chi Australia’s B3 Serum and Kakadu Plum Serum since the Treatment, and they are amazing! They feel so good on the skin, and have helped maintain its condition, while also even out the skin tone. Wendii (who owns Evolve and Chi Australia) developed the Chi Para-Medical Skin Care line with leading Bio Chemists, and all of the products are simple, affordable and produce amazing results.

If you’re interested in trying out one of Evolve’s treatments, I have a $50 voucher available below (one use per person) that can go towards your own treatment! Then, if you like Evolve’s Facebook page and leave a review based on your exprience, you could also win a $200 paper pack!

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