Monday, March 31, 2014

What I'm Happy About Week 2

Good morning guys, here is the second post of my weekly 'Happiness' series! You can check out the first post in the series and read a bit about what it means, here.
 
1. My 'pretend' cats.
Lavender crop fluffy knit: Boohoo.com
Floral shorts: May the Label
Pink cat bag: c/o BangGood (link here)
 
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of cats! Unfortunately I've never kept one, not at my parents' house as my mum despises all forms of pets with a passion, nor at my apartment where I can't keep pets. So when I found this bag from BangGood that was cut into the exact shape of a cat, I knew I had to have it!
 
And yes, would you believe that it is a real bag and not some silly prop for show- there's a hidden pouch behind the cat which is spacious enough to fit keys, phone, and wallet and other esssentials! :) The bag comes with a long strap so you can perch your little feline friend against your hip, or you can simply hold it like a clutch bag which makes it feel more realistic!
 
My pink cat bag makes it to my collection of (pretend) cats! Here is my cat pillow I bought from Urban Outfitters last year, which has also been shaped into the design of a cat, haha. I sleep with it every night, as if it were real lol!
 
Even if I can't get a real cat, I still have loads of appreciation for the genius designers who can create cat replicas that make me almost feel like I have the real thing!

2. An almost-theft.
Chanel nail polish phone case: Etsy.com
 
Now why on earth would I be happy about an almost theft? During the week I had my phone stolen for about one minute. What happened was I had taken my new bag out but I couldn't close it properly because of my gigantic (but totally necessary) water bottle and the material and structure of the bag was so rigid, so the bag opening was quite large. Right before I stepped into the gym after work, I felt a slight movement at my hip where my bag was, and I turned around and saw this woman right behind me. She was standing so close and I could just tell that she did something. I asked her if she took something from my bag and she stammered that it wasn't her and was some other man, and pointed vaguely to the crowd behind. I'm not sure who came up but a man came up and said, 'check her pocket'! Then the woman quickly handed my my phone from her back jean pocket and scurried off.
 
I felt so lucky that she actually gave it back! I was so grateful that I was on the ball and confronted her straight away. I'm not a religious person but I do believe in guardian angels, and I think that was a gentle little lesson to me to stop leaving my bag open and unzipped! Honestly, no matter how safe you think your city or area is, pickpockets and other criminals exist everywhere. Always close your bags (and especially open backpacks, as you won't realise someone taking something behind you!)

3. YouTube event held by Google.
 
Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to a 'Blogger to Vlogger' event at the Google office, on how to make the transition from blogging to YouTube videos. I already have my YouTube channel here, but there were so many aspects to YouTube that I didn't know about, especially the monetisation side of things and also personal experiences that I found really eye-opening and interesting from the guest speaker, Wengie.
 
I enjoy making fashion videos and showcasing outfits for different occasions and themes, but I think I'm too shy and boring to actually become somewhat of a YouTube 'personality'! But that just means this can be a new challenge for me this year, where I start making more 'talking' videos and break out of my bubble. There will always be people who don't like your face, the way you speak, the opinions you have- but why should the comments of haters or immature young kids stop you from doing anything?
 
So anyway, I'm quite grateful for the opportunity to come by to this event! Even if I never planned to or envisioned growing my YouTube account to a grand, full-time scale, I may very well consider it in the future :)

 
(the Sydney Google office has bicycles and scooters to employees to zip around the building in!)
 




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Frill Seeker




'Frill seeker' playsuit: c/o St. Frock (black version here, white version here)
'Cross my heart hope to die' round sunnies: c/o Sunglass Spot (link here)
Studded black bag: Sportsgirl
'Stevie' wool hat: Nasty Gal
'Erotica' Black lace bustier: Nasty Gal
'Cielo' boots: Nasty Gal
 
About a week ago I was gifted this gorgeous floral playsuit from a local Australian fashion boutique, called St Frock! Florals can be worn all year round and this was this perfect transition piece from the end of our balmy summer days in Sydney, to cooler autumn weather.
 
The long sleeves will keep you warm and the dark hues are fantastic for complementing autumn accessories, such as a floppy hat, boots, or knee-high socks. I especially love the frills at the bottom of the playsuit- a really girly and modest touch! There's also a slight plunging V-neckline which makes this piece great for a sexy, party look, but I personally prefer it with my black lace Nasty Gal bustier inside!
 
Check out St Frock for an amazing range of modern designer labels (Finders Keepers, Elliatt, Keepsake) as well as heaps of other non-branded styles! They also offer express shipping of $5 Australia-wide. And if you still can't absolutely wait to receive St Frock products, Sydney-siders will be pleased to hear they also have a physical store on 18 Union St, Pyrmont!
 
I also received these amazing sunnies from Sunglass Spot which are at a ridiculous bargain- only $5! Round sunnies designs have a great retro 90s feel, and these ones are extra unique with the writing around them. Check out Sunglass Spot for more super chic and cheap sunnies- $5 for every pair!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jewellery Organisation with Wonderelle

Swan tray in blue: c/o Wonderelle (link here)
Love bunnies ring holder: c/o Wonderelle (link here)

Jewellery from L-R: Black heart necklace c/o Rings and Tings (link here), Star ring from Tobi.com, silver ring by Low Luv, Alicia blue ring by Alice and Leon

Hey guys! Today I'm featuring some beautiful decor options from Wonderelle, a Portugal-based online website selling the loveliest home decorating items. I was absolutely in love with the pastel and feminine aesthetic of the whole store, with amazing decor pieces for both the vanity table as well as the kitchen.

As much as I would love to indulge in the entire cooking range (glitter knives and star-shaped bowls included!) I instead decided to welcome this lovely swan tray and bunnies ring holder to my jewellery organisation.

Love bunnies ring holder: c/o Wonderelle  (link here)
Jewellery from L-R: Ring from Disney Couture, double finger rose gold birds ring from ASOS

The first item is this double bunny ring holder! Not only is it undeniably adorable, but the presence of four bunny ears makes it really practical and you can end up stacking a decent number of rings. This is especially the case if you tend to collect non-bulky, delicate and thin rings but even with my ones you can just twist and turn them to fit.

I'm a size 6 in rings, and you can see that with the one on the left, there's still a bit of gap meaning that size 5 will also fit! :)

Swan tray in blue: c/o Wonderelle  (link here)
Jewellery from L-R: Cuff from Low Luv, skull/peace/cross bracelet c/o Rings and Tings (link here), tooth bracelet c/o Rings and Tings (link here)

If you prefer greater versatility, or something easier, a simple tray can be amazing for any type of jewellery or other bits and bobs. This swan tray is about the size of a soap holder, and is great for rigid jewellery items that tend to stick out, such as this cuff.

Sitting inside are two new bracelets gifted to me from Rings and Tings. Here they are when worn:

skull/peace/cross bracelet c/o Rings and Tings (link here), tooth bracelet c/o Rings and Tings (link here)

Don't forget to check out Wonderelle for more amazing decor pieces like these! It's always fun to jazz up your bedside or vanity table with lovely props, especially when they actually serve a purpose such as holding your jewellery haha. I absolutely adore their Instagram, which shows beautiful and inspirational ways of decorating with the stuff from their store!

Wonderelle Instagram page

Monday, March 24, 2014

What I'm Happy About Week 1

Hey everyone! I've decided to start a weekly "Happiness" blog post series, where I blog about the things I've been happy and grateful for throughout the week. The idea was sort of born from a number of different factors. One was that I've been seeing Rochelle Fox (an Australian blogger) do a similar Happiness series on her blog, and it sort of inspired me that someone so gorgeous, talented and powerful might possibly have struggled with finding or maintaining happiness before.

Another factor was my poor attitude and mindset these past few weeks, where it got to the point where I almost had a panic attack and found it hard to breathe, over a number of things that accumulated and made me feel so stressed, anxious and out of control. A lot of these things were trivial now in hindsight, but I completely lost the ability to see the bigger picture and muster the strength to face the challenges with confidence. So by doing a series of blog posts on a weekly basis, where I blog about the things I have felt happy about, could be a great personal exercise. It's important to never forget the things that bring joy to your life, no matter how silly or simple they are! I hope this series of posts can inspire you guys as well! :)

1. My new favourite colour: periwinkle.

Crochet top: c/o Lookbookstore (link here)
Periwinkle flutter shorts: c/o Steal her Look (link here currently sold out)
Scalloped satchel: ASOS
 
New nail polishes by Essie - currently obsessed with the periwinkle polish second from the left 'Bikini So Teeny'


So every weekly Happiness post will include something fashion-related, as this is a fashion blog and fashion genuinely does make me happy! Haha periwinkle is a colour that I have been obsessed with as of late, and it's proven to be a great topic of conversation when people observe my nails (in Essie's 'Bikini So Teeny') and are unsure of what shade you would call it.

This colour has been making me super happy this week and besides the periwinkle coat on my nails, I've acquired a number of periwinkle-coloured clothing items for my wardrobe.

One of them is these shorts gifted to me from Steal Her Look, aptly titled the 'flutter' shorts because of the cute ruffles at the hem, making it resemble more of a flirty mini skirt. The shade is so pretty and the shorts themselves are ultra comfy.


Periwinkle silk tee: Forever New

I also bought this 100% silk tee from Forever New, which is sort of two things to be happy about rolled in one- the luxuriously comfy feeling of silk against your skin and of course my new favourite colour! It was a bit pricey at $80 but I got a 20% discount making it $64...and to me it's a staple item that I can wear both on the weekends, and to work. I wore it over black jeggings to the doctor's, for a really, really comfy yet decent-looking ensemble.

2. My sickness.

 
Seems like a bizarre thing to be grateful for, doesn't it? I have spent most of the past week at home, trying to rest and get better. I hate being unwell, finding it hard to concentrate, and hence being completely unproductive. But it's actually wake-up calls like this that made me realise, it's ok to have days where I don't do anything but enjoy life. Being forced to stay at home and not feeling well enough to reasonably complete many tasks, made me appreciate the importance of rest, the fact I can even take sick days, and just being alive in general.

3. Comedy shows.
Because laughter is the best medicine! How many times have you been caught off-guard when you were in a down mood and something funny happens, and you just let out a little snort or guffaw out loud? When I was sick I spent a looot of time on the couch, watching shows like The Project and Modern Family and cracking up at all the silly humour. To have a smile break out on your face, is enough to distance yourself mentally from all the niggling little worries on your brain. Even if it's just for a moment- to feel happy for a brief second can remind yourself of all the positive things in life.

Hope you guys enjoyed the first post of my weekly Happiness blog series!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Day in the City

'Harlow' dress: c/o Hunted Dreams (link here)
Blue scalloped clutch: c/o Oasap
Gold cuff: Colette Accessories
Heart necklace: c/o Rings and Tings (link here)

A couple of weeks ago the boyfriend and I went to the city for the first time in a while- the reason being we both already work there from Monday to Friday, and also because it's a bit of a long drive from our homes. However it was really lovely to have a change of scenery for our regular weekend dates, which these photos also quite literally reflect!

For out little date, I wore my new 'Harlow' dress from the wonderful guys at Hunted Dreams, a new boutique I discovered that stocks the best range of party and weekend clothes, that are so on-trend and affordable. Just check out the incredibly shot Lookbook on their front page, and you'll see what I mean! They ship worldwide as well!  Don't forget to check out Hunted Dream's Facebook and Instagram :)

Regular blog readers will probably be sick of me in florals by now...but this amazing dress was totally calling to me with the gorgeous digital printed blue and pink flowers! We shot this at Hyde Park and my boyfriend did a great job at capturing the little garden behind us, for a magical and ethereal backdrop! And I know, I know I always pull out the floral head pieces- blame the inner little girl in me who never got to dress up as a fairy when she was young lol! 


We also took a few candid shots around the city- there are so many lovely little different areas to take photos in!

It's also 'International Happiness Day' today! Coincidentally, last night I started writing a draft blog post for a new series I'm about to put on this blog- on the things that I've been happy about in the week gone past. It will incorporate some fashion (because believe it or not, fashion does make me happy lol!) but it will essentially be a way to feel grateful about the positive things we have in life, and hopefully inspire you guys to do the same. These past few weeks I've found a lot of difficulty in managing stress, new and complex situations, and basically could not seem to access a state of contentment and happiness. So I'm going to turn that negative little blip into a positive new idea- a new weekly blog post series on Happiness and what I've been happy about! I hope to make the first post on Sunday, hope you guys like it! :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Styling Hats in Four Ways

Hey everyone! I'm currently sick at the moment and I should be resting, but couldn't help but churn out a new blog post in the meantime! You can't make me do nothing for the whole day *pouty face*. I've started really embracing hats in outfits, especially those of the wide-brimmed kind! I guess hats of different shapes and sorts have always been on trend for a long time, and there are many different styles you can incorporate them in. I've picked four hats from my little collection, and styled them up for a few different looks/occasions!

Look #1: Country Girl
Hat: 'Stevie Wool Hat' from Nasty Gal
Dress: Chaceylove
Boots: Nine West
Jacket: Jeanswest

Someone on Instagram asked me what style of hat this was, and truth be told I had no idea! It's different to my other wide-brimmed, floppy hats and I don't think it's quite a fedora...I am definitely no hat expert so please educate me if you have the correct term for it!

Haha in any case, I have definitely incorporated this hat in several different outfits, and for this one I have chosen a country-inspired look. I paired it with a black and white floral dress from Chacey Love, taupe ankle boots, and completed it with a loose side braid and a bunch of lavender flowers! I saw a similar look by Jenny from Neon Blush here so I added a denim jacket on the shoulder like she did. While she geared more towards a Coachella, bohemian look I put my own spin on it and the result was more country-inspired.

more under the link!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jets Swimwear at Jervis Bay


Triangle bikini top from 'Iridescent' range: c/o Jets Swimwear (link here)
Gather bikini bottom from 'Iridescent' range: c/o Jets Swimwear (link here)

Hey everyone! A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I took a trip down to Jervis Bay, a lovely little spot on the south coast with a cluster of beautiful beaches with white sands. The water here was really, really clear as well, and as you can see it had a beautiful ombre effect from the shore line to deeper into the horizon. It's a bit annoying to go to with the long drive, but once you get there it's definitely wonderful to sit amongst soft, white sand and enjoy such beautiful waters!

I took my new bikini from Jets out that day! The floral print is different to the usual light, pastel florals I tend to have, with this one being more wild and foliage-focused. However the vivid print seemed to fit the location, with the beach being encased by dense bush! The black lace trim was an unexpected addition to the bikini pieces, but it somehow works, as well giving it that touch of femininity I love.

Also a tip to looking more toned in photos: spray tan! I forgot to lather myself up in tan for these photos and I ended up not really liking them for the blinding paleness and appearance of no definition haha. Darker skin definitely makes a big difference when it comes to ab lines and shadows, and for the appearance of overall 'hardness' of the muscles. So next time you girls are looking to upload photos at the beach, spray tan is a huge help! :) Hope everyone has been well!

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