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?
- 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.
- Next Niki refreshed my skin with Chi Australia’s Rose Petal Spritz.
- Once the skin is prepared, the Bio-Enzyme Mask is applied (mine was made of pure pawpaw and pineapple enzymes).
- 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.
- With the mask still on, Niki used a steamer to moisten and relax the skin post exfoliation.
- Mask is removed with a hot towel.
- 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!
Summer season is festival season, especially in Adelaide.
That time of year everyone looks forward to when ice cream melted by the sun drips down your arm. When you can let your hair dry naturally in the sun. When you raid your mother’s, grandmother’s or best friends wardrobe for those holy grail pieces to complete your festival outfit. When the bonds of friendship between you and your gang tighten, and you lie in the grass watching the sun set. When you listen to your favourite band play in the balmy evening warmth, sipping cold ciders on your balcony.
Of course there’s more to it than this – and a big part is how to look (and feel) like a part of summer festival culture, but still maintain your own style.
I partnered with ASOS to style my own festival outfit – I took elements of quintessential festival style, and mixed in some elements (like luxe fabrics and deailing) that are true to my style.
Let me show you how to put together your own festival outfit:
- I think the best place to start is have a look at pieces and styles usually saved for festivals. Think kimonos, maxi dresses, fringing, bell bottomed pants and tops, denim mini shorts, slinky jewellery, oversized hats and all things beaded.
- Next think about what you might pair together. Some examples of great pairings are: crop top + bell bottomed pants, denim mini shorts + kimono, maxi dress + kimono, denim mini shorts + bell bottomed top. This is where you can start to introduce some of ‘you’ – love wearing maxi dresses or denim mini shorts in your day-to-day style? They would be good styles to pick.
- Now think about fabric, colours and syle of the garments you pick. I love the elegance of maxi dresses, and the crushed burgundy velvet gives the dress a luxe edge. However the crushed velvet and thin straps give it a vintage feel. The kimono I picked accentuates this, but still retains some luxe elements, such as the beading detail on the back. I also used colour (burgundy dress and beading on kimono) to pull the outfit together.
- Accesorise! I went with a body chain, a large hat and some strappy lace up heels. You could also look at gladiator sandals, fringed bags, feather necklaces or headdresses and silk scarves!
Now all you need are some festivals to attend!
Some local suggestions:
‘All white everything’ is one of the biggest trends (and way of life) in the fashion world. Seach #allwhiteeverything on Instagram and you’ll come across a plethora of stylish bloggers touting the look.
Fortunately #allwhiteeverything also applies to the Dîner en Blanc – a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Unsuprisingly, this enchanting event is originally from the fashion heartland Paris, and it is equal parts culinary feast, pop-up event and visual spectacle.
There’s nothing else quite like it – guests must dress elegantly in white, and also bring their own table settings, silverwear, white linen serviettes, wine, champagne and delicious menu items.
True to its Parisian legacy and traditions, the feast begins with a visually breathtaking napkin waving, and a collective lighting of sparklers signifies the time to mingle and dance. When the trumpet sounds at the end of the evening, guests pack up their sophisticated silverware, elaborate centrepieces, chairs and tables leaving behind no signs of their revelry.
Sounds cool, right? Here’s the key rules on joining:
- To participate, guests must be invited by a member from the previous year or get on the official website’s waiting list (Adelaide events on now and Melbourne event on 27th Feb 2016).
- Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as the event goes ahead rain or shine.
- The site chosen is typically in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, where diners can “see and be seen.”
- True to tradition, bystanders will witness groups of 100 to 300 people gather at specific rallying points across the city. These groups will then converge on one of the most beautiful settings in the city, either on foot or by other organised means of transportation.
Hope to see you there!
Part of Feast Festival 2015, ‘The Red Dress’ celebrated everyone’s favourite statement garmet: the red dress. A runway show featured many incredible red (or close to red!) dresses from some much loved local, interstate and international designers.
Pieces from Stephanie Chehade (more on her runway show here), couture+love+madness (check out her last show here), Matcho Suba and Simmone Standing were particular favourites – though even more so were the Queens who joined the Finesse Models to close the show!
Make sure to check out some shows at Feast Festival while you still can 🙂
See more below!
I am secretly a lazy dresser. There, I said it.
Even though I have a wardrobe full of beautiful evening dresses, if truth be told, I absolutely love to wear outfits that can effortlessly be worn from day to night.
I think the key to this is structuring your outfit around one key piece – in my outfit here, that is my white Acler skirt. The skirt looks great dressed down with an easy-going long sleeved top (like mine from C/meo Collective), but looks just as good dressed up with a polished cropped bustier (like the one I’m wearing from Casper & Pearl). Literally all I did was swap one top for the other, yet both looks are quite different.
One more trick – choosing a pair of shoes that can be worn both during the day and at night. Something that’s comfortable, but still looks good. Personally, I tend to go for a chunky heeled sandal (like these from Senso), lace up booties or a pair of heeled ankle boots.
C/meo Collective Top (similar here) // Casper & Pearl Top // Acler Skirt // Senso Heels
Leather is one of my favourite luxe materials, particularly the most super soft, buttery kind.
I think every girl needs a go-to leather piece – whether it be a jacket, pair of pants, bag or boots. This pair of Camilla & Marc pants are my go-to piece. They are so comfortable (great for lounging), but can also be great for a lazy evening outfit. The trick to this is dressing them up.
I’m a firm believer that a pair of heels (sandals or boots) can dress anything up, but I think a crisp cotton shirt (like this one from Acler) does an even better job at making leather look smart.
Acler top // Camilla & Marc pants // Senso heels (buy here)
Ever had the problem when you’re going to an event and need a new dress, but don’t want to splurge on something you’ll probably only wear once or twice?
Cleverly named ONS Boutique (One Night Stand) is the answer to your problem. Hire one of their gorgeous dresses, from much loved designers like Sass & Bide, Zimmerman, Alice McCall, Maurie & Evie, Bec & Bridge and now Stephanie Chehade for a night at only a fraction of the cost of a new dress.
Designer Stephanie Chehade is one of Adelaide’s young talents, launching her label in 2014. Coming from a strong fashion family (her grandfather a tailor and grandmother a dressmaker, and her family running a successful drycleaning business), Stephanie has had great exposure to the industry from a young age.
She creates glamorous pieces with luxe fabrics such as leather, lace and sequins – and recently teamed up with ONS Boutique (where pieces are available) to showcase three of her latest collections: Resort 15/16, Eveningwear and Casual RTW.
See more Stephanie Chehade below!
Paolo Sebastian was the closing show of this year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival, and rightly so.
The twenty-seven year old designer, Paul Vasileff (known affectionately as Australia’s own Valentino) is unarguably one of Australia’s most talented couturiers. Just have a look at the sheer detail in each piece, then consider how huge this collection is (over 30 pieces) – no small feat.
His AW 2016 collection is fittingly entitled ‘The Snow Maiden’ and look like they have been created for the real-life Annas and Elsas out there. The sheer beaded dresses – in particular – look like they might have only been created using a bit of Elsa’s ice magic!
Seriously though, the entire collection is so completely amazing that no words can really do it justice. See for yourself:
More Paolo Sebastian below!
Tiff Manuell is one of Adelaide’s most unique designers, well-known mostly for her one-off bags and purses.
The bags and purses themselves are created using an interesting technique. Tiff hand paints canvases based on her mood that day (I assume she must be a very happy person, due to the bright and cheerful colours she mostly uses). Once the paint has dried, she then makes the canvas (covered in PVC) into a handful of different sized bags and purses.
With a recent expansion into clothing, Tiff’s Adelaide Fashion Festival installation event was anticipated with such enthusiasm that it was one of the first events at the festival to completely sell out.
Luckily for us, she also showcased at the Couture Culture event. Clothing was magnificent, and true to her signature style. Based on white or black fabric, pieces were all adorned with Tiff’s colourful designs. Let’s hope she makes them available to order soon!
See more Tiff Manuell below!
Jaimie Sortino is much beloved among Adelaide’s young fashion elite for his romantic yet modern designs.
Each piece is lovingly hand-crafted by Jaimie using the most luxurious French and Italian fabrics, embellished with painstaking handstitched beading. His vision and craftmanship is an incredible feat for someone so young – it’s no wonder Jaimie has such a loyal and engaged following.
He showed his newest collection ‘The Woodland Lights’ at the Adelaide Fashion Festival, to great applause from the audience. Each piece is true to his signature style – romantic and etheral, yet with a modern twist. One could imagine the pieces fitting nicely in the wardrobes of the Elves in The Lord of the Rings.
With pieces being worn by high profile people and at events like The Brownlows – keep your eyes on this one!
See more Jaimie Sortino below!