Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Feeling British in Boden

Bloomsbury bag: c/o Boden
Short Sleeve Breton tee: c/o Boden
Emilia biker jacket: c/o Boden
 Suede skirt: Chicabooti
Boots: Boohoo

Photography: my boyfriend

I feel like my wardrobe is so full of British brands (Missguided, Boohoo, ASOS and now Boden) that I might as well dress like a Brit! I find that often a British girl's fashion style is full of mixing prints, patterns and fun colours, yet still completely comfy and practical to accommodate for impending rain! This means chunky comfy Chelsea boots (which also originated from the 60s in Britain!), and I added slightly higher socks for added warmth. Little touches like contrasting suede and leather fabrics in this bag and skirt mean a simply put outfit can still be interesting and unique. Pops of bold primary colours and stripes were fun to mix together, and I definitely felt like it had some effect on brightening up a dull day!

This was my first time discovering Boden, an established British retailer that's been around since the 90s. They launched an Australian presence about a year ago and it's so exciting to add them to my list of regular haunts of British stores available to Australia. I was able to pick up some style basics (a striped tee, biker jacket, satchel bag) but they also offer a wide range of eclectic pieces and prints, staying true to that slightly quirky British element.

Kavi bracelet: c/o Chandrah

Recently I also received this lovely 'Kavi' bracelet from Chandrah, which was my first time wearing healing gemstones. It was so hard to pick just one bracelet from all their amazing collections, especially when all of them have beautiful different stones with different healing properties. I was however drawn to the 'Kavi' not just because of the gorgeous marble-like look of the howlite stones, but also the description on the website that howlite "is a stone of awareness. It can prepare the user or wearer to receive wisdom and attunement from the Higher Self and the Divine. It is a wonder stone for calming upset states of mind and emotion. Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, and anxiety, bringing calm and relaxation."

I'm not sure about everyone else, but I do consider myself quite a spiritual person (at least in development) so I don't take these things lightly, and on this particular day that I wore the bracelet for the first time I felt I was able to really maintain my calm and rational state of mind in certain situations. I'm not sure if that sounds ridiculous or fanciful, but I do feel like I believe in the power of healing stones :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Custom Made in Chartreuse

Top: Glassons
White ripped jeans: c/o Boohoo
Customised yellow envelope clutch: c/o Mon Purse
Crystal drop Necklace: c/o Arva
Lace up heels: Freelance Shoes
White 'Nolita' watch: c/o Wanderlust

photography: my boyfriend

I'm really feeling fresh bright yellows and white these warm days, and I wore this outfit for lunch with my boyfriend and my mum. My mum said my top looked like pyjamas though :( Luckily she hadn't noticed the rips in my jeans otherwise she would've made the same comment she makes on all my ripped jeans- which is can I not afford new clothes?!

I've seen Mon Purse around for a while with their cute little customised wallets and coin purses, but this was my first time seeing larger bags! I was so excited when they contacted me for a collab, and I chose this gorgeous summer-ready yellow for the colour, and a classic envelope clutch for the design. For the customised text, I decided to go with my full first name as it looks prettier than simply my initials, in my opinion.

It was so exciting adding my own unique touch of personalisation onto something without knowing how it was going to turn out exactly! The clutch ended up being gorgeous when I received it, with the letters embossed in gold hot stamp. Alternatively you can choose silver or rose gold stamp, or the bag itself in black, tan, blue and light pink! Have you guys ever personalised an item before?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Boohoo Fit

'Natalie sports zip through hoodie': c/o Boohoo FIT
Shorts: c/o Boohoo FIT (currently sold out)
Sports bra: Nike
Sneakers: Nike

Not sure if you knew this...but Boohoo also do fitness wear! True to the style of the rest of Boohoo's clothing brand, the fitness range is trendy as well as affordable. You could stock up on so many of their bras, leggings, jackets, and tank tops and make sure no workout is every boring. This hoodie is only $20 (and Boohoo currently have a 20% off sale on top of that!)

The shorts are a fun vibrant little number to take to yoga classes, and the hoodie is the best comfy little thing to throw on after a workout while you're heading out for some food. I keep on forgetting (or being lazy?) that summer bodies are made in the winter, and now it looks like Sydney has bypassed spring completely and I've landed in summer completely unprepared lol. Looks like it's time to hit the gym!



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