1. Being tropical in winter
'Tropicana knit': c/o Beginning Boutique (link here)
Tropical shorts: local boutique
Wishbone necklace: Boohoo
White flatform shoes: eBay
Backpack: Forever New
As the weather cools down in Sydney and we start heading into winter, the atmosphere outside is anything but tropical! But this super cute pineapple cropped sweater by Beginning Boutique takes the best parts of summer into winter, allowing to you wear fun yellow pineapple prints whilst keeping your arms warm.
I did cheat a little and wear it over summery drawstring shorts, but you can easily wear this sweater for winter outfits as well. The sweater is actually perfect for popping over a pair of high-waisted leggings or jeans, as a cropped torso combined with high-waisted bottoms creates the illusion of ultra long legs! Do you guys also like to wear summery prints and pieces in winter?
I'm sure a lot of you guys have heard of Beginning Boutique already- but if not, they stock an amazing range of fun, trendy pieces and they're all over their Instagram with their super popular page (http://instagram.com/beginningboutique). They're Brisbane-based and offer free express shipping Aus-wide, and ship internationally as well.
2. Local boutique bargains
Rompers: local boutique $20-$25 eachYes shopping makes me super happy so it's on the list for this week! I haven't bought anything from local shops a while (I live and breathe online shopping) but the other day I was shopping with my little sister and came across some super cheap rompers/playsuits. Yes they're all realllly summery and I don't think I'll be able to get much wear out of them for months, but how good is this deal? I got them for $20-$25 each. At full price they were about double the amounts. I don't think I really need any more rompers, but when I see cute prints and designs not already in my wardrobe, I need to own them! It was super typical of me to grab the two rompers on the left with the light pastel shades and florals, but I thought the orange/brown chevron one was so unique and cute that I had to get it as well.
3. Finding the confidence to take photos outside
Recently I've been asked, how do I manage to get so many photos taken in public without feeling self-conscious or embarrassed? Fashion blogging, as prevalent as it seems on the internet and on social media, is actually not so well-known or understood in the grand scheme of things and you don't often see people just posing in the middle of the street with an expensive camera or lens, or tripod set-up infront of them. I actually used to feel reallllly shy and self-aware, and in some pics for certain locations you could see it on my face as well. There were some shoots we did in Hyde Park (a really busy park in Sydney's central) and some beach shoots with heaps people around, where I really clammed up (especially wearing bikinis lol!) Nowadays I also take a lot of photos by myself infront of my house, with neighbours roaming down the street and cars passing by all the time.
To get past this issue, I looked at what was really causing me to feel self-conscious about all the photo-taking out in public and strangers passing by eyeballing my outfits. For myself, and I think for a lot of fashion bloggers out there, it comes down to a lack of self-confidence and getting yourself to believe you are worthy of having your photos taken. When people stared, I always thought that they were thinking why is this person who doesn't even look like a model or celebrity, getting a professional photo shoot taken? And I just wanted to explain to them that I'm actually a fashion blogger taking photos for my blog and that no, I don't think I'm some kind of star.
But honestly, you don't need to explain yourself to ANYONE who stares at you or wonders what the heck you're doing. They could be admiring your outfit, and even if they're thinking negative judgmental thoughts, who really cares about people looking down on something you're doing towards your passions and your hobbies? Random strangers can burst your bubble and ruin your whole day, only if you let them. And the same goes with your own internal thought process as to how you perceive yourself and how worthy you are to have photos taken of- this can kill your fashion blog and all progress and success you make of it, only if you let it. I hope that has inspired some of you guys who have felt self-conscious when taking outfit photos!