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The Reign of the Two Piece

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know that two pieces are the ‘in’ thing. No I am not talking about swimsuits- I am talking about the cute little skirts with cute little matching crop tops.

This summer, they appear to be ‘all the rage’, with their colour-coordinated glory being showcased by celebrities such as Sarah Hyland, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Working well on the petite bodies of these lovely ladies, the two piece, or co-ord, accentuates the waist and hips to compliment even the less curvaceous figures. However if itsy bitsy midriffs are not your thing, then fret not, as co-ords look fabulous with flowy tops and shirts which can be matched with shorts, pants, mini-skirts, pencil skirts or a-line skirts. The possibilities are almost endless, and can flatter any shape.

Naturally, I had to find my very own co-ord outfit and appreciate its harmonious view for myself with a T by Bettina Liano ensemble.

Two piece: T by Bettina Liano

Shoes: Lipstik

Clutch: Miss Shop

By the way, the colour is not blue, it is white mint in fact.

I see London, I see France

One of the most exciting things arrived in my mailbox the other day: they were stockings decorated with the silhouette of the Paris skyline. I can literally walk around with the sights of Paris daintily resting above my knee. How cool is that. So while adventuring around the city of Melbourne I flaunted the skyline of Paris, much to the bemused looks of wandering Melbournians. Honestly, these stockings caught the gaze of so many people that I almost started feeling self-conscious.

Asos had a sale on socks and stockings not that long ago which was when I came across these stockings, as well as many others with cute patterns just above the knee to give the appearance of over-the-knee socks. Only these keep your thighs warm too and they won’t fall down.

 

 Stockings – ASOS

Jumper- Minkpink

Skirt- Op shop

Shoes – Lipstick

Satchel- the Leather Satchel Co.

Hats aren’t Just for Bad Hair Days

I found a $6 hat in a shop the other day. I’m not typically a hat person because honestly I feel like they just don’t suit me, but the reduced price tag and the maroon colour was screaming out at me. This was the beginning of my fascination with hats-not so much on how they suit me-but other people’s magical abilities to pull them off. Nina Dobrev wears them religiously and looks fantastic. And with the amount of people rocking the wide-brimmed felt hats for winter it has become clear to me that hats are no longer confined to being worn for protection against the sun and for covering up a case of forgot-to-wash-my-hair-oops. I was inspired to wear it for non-beach and non-chaotic hair purposes on a day out. I actually enjoyed it, and I even felt lighter on my toes despite the extra head-weight which does not make sense. Unfortunately it meant that if I took it off when I was indoors I’d have to deal with some seriously static hair. Needless to say I rarely removed it from my head.

I must add that I am tremendously excited that it is now winter. Somehow the cold and grey skies make me want to get creative. And blog more. Which is something that I have neglected because education has been a large obstacle for time. Learning is great but it hasn’t left me much time to blog, or even get out of the house to be overly honest. Until next time, hopefully I’ll acquire more inexpensive and fun hats to play with!

Leotard- Forever New

Skirt- Forever New

Denim jacket- Op shop

Bag- Vintage

Shoes- Lipstik

Just Can’t Get Enough

I must confess that I have found a new obsession. It comes in the form of pretty coloured lipsticks, and I can no longer leave the house without a perky pink, blood orange or devilish red painted on my lips. It really has become a thing that is not only appreciated by me, as I can confirm that lipstick experimentation is most definitely on the rise as supported by my meticulous observations. I even saw somebody sporting moss green lipstick a few weeks back, but can’t say that it was all that impressive.

Now that I have discovered my newfound need to apply lipstick whenever an opportunity arises, I have also been exposed to the downsides of this cosmetic product, i.e. attempting to eat a burger while avoiding smudges and the whole lipstick-on-the-teeth scenario. In addition to those problematic obstacles, I am just starting to get used to using lip liner which is a necessary component of the process if you want to keep your lipstick all nice and contained. I swear one side of my lips is differently shaped to the other, therefore I struggle with this. As for the lipstick on the teeth, a decent trick is after you have applied your pretty stick to your lips, pop your finger in your mouth and then take it out, which hopefully removes the areas of your lipstick that could potentially colour your front teeth red. Just to avoid any further potential embarrassment, I lick my teeth before I smile or talk to someone. As for the hamburger hindrance, Mum made me aware of how ladies wearing lipstick should not be engaging in burger eating anyway. Hmm.

In these photos I am wearing Revlon ColorStay Wine lip liner, and No. 006 Revlon ‘Really Red’ lipstick.

Top – Forever New

Pants – Forever New

Shoes – Lipstick

Bag – ?

 

 

 

Formalities

I recently attended school’s senior formal-the school’s night of nights where the boys and girls from the senior years dress up pretty, dine and dance in an exquisite venue and have a generally fabulous evening. After years of watching the Oscars and yearning to look as glamorous as Angelina Jolie, I seized this chance to become my own red carpet stylist. I am not going to lie, organising my outfit was serious business and thoroughly exciting. I even travelled interstate to find the dress (I was on holidays) and bought luxury brand shoes (on sale, of course) so clearly I was committed. The night rolled around sooner than expected and it was lovely. The gents looked handsome and the ladies were stunning. I really don’t mind formal events, dressing up was hands-down the best part.

 

Thanks to my inspiration…

Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Academy Awards thegloss.com

Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Academy Awards
thegloss.com

 

My b-e-a-utiful best friend and I

 Dress- Rose Noir

Shoes- Guess

Bag- Kate Hill

Jewelry- Lovisa

Women. Fashion. Power.

Last Saturday was International Women’s day, and despite the fact the women’s accomplishments should be celebrated any day, having a specific day devoted to women’s empowerment allows everyone to reflect on the truly amazing feats that women are capable of achieving. It is recognition of the political, economic and social achievements of women in the past and present and is looking ahead at potential opportunities for success. From all corners of the globe, women of different backgrounds who speak diverse languages congregate to celebrate the struggles that women have overcome as well as to raise awareness of the conflicts that remain in the lives of women today.

Inspiration is something which I don’t lack in my life, as I have my beautiful mother and older sister as my role models to help guide me. A woman who has become a role model overnight due to her rapid success in Hollywood is Lupita Nyong’o. At the seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, the Oscar winner delivered an inspirational speech on how she overcame her low self-esteem to follow her dreams. She described a letter that she had received from a young girl with dark skin who had considered buying skin-whitening cream- until she noticed a lady with the same dark complexion on the world’s stage. Unknowingly, Lupita’s success inspired this girl to change her view of herself as well as to imaginably thousands of others. She concluded her incredible speech with an important message to young girls:

“I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines will lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade in that beauty.”

Some people are capable of making a difference despite not anticipating the impact it can have on others. On top of being a young woman who has already made her mark in Hollywood and in the lives of many girls today, the lady knows how to dress to impress. Donning a heavenly pastel blue Prada gown which complimented her in every way, Lupita shone on the red carpet. I especially loved her addition of the headband, which is not something which can be easily pulled off. Perhaps it’s not so subtle but I may have a girl crush.

Oscars 2014 – eonline.com

..And now back to a less glamorous place. Weather in Melbourne has actually been consistent for the past week which is a rare event. The warm temperatures have meant that I could still leave my jeans behind and sport a pair of shorts. I do like bustier tops, however I find that it can occasionally look too- dare I say it- ‘teenybopper’ and cheap when worn simply with skimpy shorts or a skirt. Instead I like to match it up with a cardigan or in this case, a light white shirt!

Shirt- H&M

Top – Minkpink

Shorts- Glassons

Bag – Zara

Shoes- Novo

Yay to celebrating women’s empowerment!

It’s Black, It’s White

The classic monochrome is hard to pass up because it always works and manages to make you look stylish and effortless. This blog is a testament to my love of the two ‘shades’ or whatever people prefer to label them as. I’ve been a huge fan of maxi dresses and skirts and this particular dress was a bargain at $25 from a shop I haven’t entered since my pre teen days. It’s incredible what you may find when you’re not expecting it.

The clutch is Napoleon Perdis- part of a gift pack that included makeup. I didn’t care too much for the makeup, I just wanted the bag.

Dress – Jay Jays
Shoes – Steve Madden
Bag – Napoleon Perdis

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