Thursday, July 17, 2014

OVERALLS AND SNEAKERS







The Nike swoosh is trending hard on Instagram (and all social medias) right now, but I'm here rocking Sketchers and being like MEMORY FOAMS ARE SO COMFY OMG.

GET ON IT GUYS.  


I'm wearing: Charlotte Russe Overalls, vintage crop top, Sketchers shoes, Miu Miu sunnies, Triangl Swimwear packaging used as backpack

 Photos by Jessica Chee

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HAIR / SKIN / BODY CARE ROUTINE - TRAVEL EDITION




HAIR CARE

Nanokeratin System Shampoo & Conditioner 

Schwarzkopf Moisture Gloss Crystal Oil

Batiste Dry Shampoo


BODY CARE

Gilette Satin Care (with a touch of Olay)

Garnier Mineral Ultra Dry Optimal Protection Anti- Perspirant

Christian Dior J'Adore Body Perfume Lotion 

Gucci Flora Fragrance EDT

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 30

Focus Dailies All Day Comfort Contact Lens




SKIN CARE

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (used with square cotton pads)

Loreal Paris Toner and Makeup Remover in 1 (used with square cotton pads)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly 

Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm - I have been using this every single day and can personally vouch for how convenient it is to carry this small tub around wherever I go. 

Especially for those of you currently in Australia spending winter - if you're experiencing dry, chapped or cracked lips as I always do during the cold weather, Carmex is a WINTER MUST HAVE . It has this tingly feeling when I first apply it, and it makes me feel like it's actually working it's magic. 

Thanks to Carmex @CarmexAustralia I'm giving away the full Carmex range (see below)! To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is enter your email address in the comment section below.

Head to my Instagram account for some sneaky extra entries @bamitsjoanne ;)




Wednesday, July 09, 2014

DENIM ON DENIM IN HOLLYWOOD








I'm wearing: JYJZ top, Aeropostale DIY denim shorts, Charlotte Russe necklace, Miu Miu sunnies c/o Sunglass Hut, Billini bag, Nat's Ruegembon rings and Claire Aristides heart and star bracelets


Back in Los Angeles and this was my outfit visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Little Tokyo. Beat the scorching heat with this double denim ensemble and comfy sandals.

In other news, did some shopping at Sephora today. I am on the hunt for a high coverage foundation that has long staying power. I've got some samples for Stila and Giorgia Armani (went in to ask for Ellis Faas but the Hollywood Sephora did not seem to stock it), so hopefully I make up my mind soon! Any recommendations? I have combination skin and my main concern is redness. 

Also am totally happy I got to meet up with Natalie from NALIELI. We found out we have so many things in common that we decided we are long lost sisters and she is now officially my mei mei :) Can't wait till to do Europe Fashion Week next year together!


Photos by Natalie Liao



Tuesday, July 08, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO







I'm wearing: Cooper St Clothing cardigan, My Boutique top (super comfy), Billini shoes and bag, We the Hunter jeans, Miu Miu sunnies c/o Sunglass Hut, Her Fashion Box bracelet


I have finally landed in sunny America and this is my first post from the land of the free. I am currently based in Los Angeles for a Sydney Uni Exchange Program with UCLA, but last weekend I had the pleasure to visit all my high school friends in San Francisco. 

I also met up with Instagram photographer friend Ryan Chua. So glad to finally meet the amazing guy behind that account. He's super generous and such a sweetheart. Follow him on Instagram @ryanbyryanchua if you haven't already! 

You are probably wondering why I'm wearing a cardigan and jeans when it's all summery in America! San Francisco is a weird city with capricious weather - it's foggy and cold on one side of the bay, and warm and sunny on the other side - at the same time. You always need to have a jacket or scarf ready. I had a leopard shawl I stole from Anthony in my bag ready for whenever the wind decides to hurl right at me.

I'm currently back in LA and haven't had a proper shut-eye since two nights ago, so I'm heading off to bed now. Hope you enjoy this set of pictures and now that I've finally settled down in California, I'll be blogging more often/ more consistently! :)

Next up - Las Vegas and New York!!

Miss you guys xxxx



Photos by Ryan Chua




Sunday, June 22, 2014

I HEART CARMEX






I'm wearing: Mink Pink sweater, my mom's vintage zebra singlet, Claire Aristides fine bracelet

I'm so excited to finally be revealing what I'm doing with Carmex as an official Carmex blogger! For those of you who have been following me, you'd know that I studied high school in America. All throughout high school, I didn't really care much about my appearance and had really chapped lips. It was when I decided to use Carmex because it was medicated and has deep penetrating moisturising benefits. 

I love it when a brand I know well & trust approaches me to do something, because I've already pre-established a relationship with them, case in point above. The theme is to display my perfect date night look. 

I know a lot of you will disagree with me on this, but personally, I would not go all out on makeup on date night, just because I want the guy to see me as who I really am, and not what brand of makeup I'm wearing. So the makeup I've opted for today is a MFBB ('My Face But Better') look, with dewy skin, light bronze eyes and natural hair. 

As for the lips, since we all know there will (hopefully) be some lip action going on, I usually would not even bother with lipstick because trust me, things can get messy. Lipgloss is also out because they're sticky and tastes awful. So I've found the perfect balance - Carmex lip balm. They make sure your lips are moisturised, and yet still perfectly kissable. And then I'll add Carmex Moisture Plus in Peach for a little lip colour - it's super sheer so you don't get stains on your teeth! (One of my biggest pet peeves & the reason why I hardly use lipsticks!)

This time, Carmex, the World's Most Loved Lip Balm comes in a cute I Heart Carmex Jar packaging that's now available in stores for $5.99. 


Here are their social media links if you are interested to know more about Carmex:

Facebook: www.facebook.com.au/CarmexAustralia 

Website: www.mycarmex.com.au


NEXT MONTH I'LL BE DOING A CARMEX GIVEAWAY OF THEIR ENTIRE PRODUCT RANGE, SO MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW ME & CHECK BACK!


Make up and Photo by Tina Yong  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

MYSTUFF.SK - WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

I'm so happy to announce that I have a winner for my On The Go competition with Mystuff.sk....

So are you guys ready?

DRUMROLLLL.......

CONGRATULATIONS TO BARBARA of The Barbara Stories!! I love the outfit you put together, and most of all, love the unique aesthetics/ vibe you give off. Here is her winning entry: 



I also wanted to give a special mention to Renika.  Her sailor outfit is so Parisian chic and casual, and all her accessories worked so well and put together. View her entry here for more photos.


Thank you so much to everyone who joined - was so overwhelmed with entries and it was difficult to choose! Congratulations to Barbara once again, and hope you enjoy your Deaf Messanger book! 



Saturday, June 07, 2014

DISTRESSED DENIM & NIKE SNEAKERS







 I'm wearing: Icon Brand hat, My Boutique cuff, My Boutique dress worn as top, Lioness distressed denim, Nike runners, Upixel backpack, Miu Miu sunnies


Wednesday was officially the last day of Uni for me for this semester, before I jet off to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in two weeks!!! I'm soo excited guys :) I'll definitely be Instagramming the shit out of L.A., oh dont you worry! And for my American readers- if you can please point me in the direction of what to see/eat/do/feel/dance to in LA, please comment below to let me know! Someone told me to order an L.A. water at the bars there (For Australians, it's like the Long Island but instead of 5 shots it has 10 shots!!) ;-) Any other tips?

But back to the outfit though, it was the last day of Uni so I decided to go full streetwear and all gangsta and shit with my cap and baggy jeans. And can we please talk about my bag pack? It says "Bam It's Joanne" on it!!! GAHHH I love it so much :-) Such a pleasant surprise - Thanks Upixel!!! :*


Photos by Vienna Che

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

SCHWARZKOPF AUSTRALIA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL HAIR






Make up by Tina Yong, Hair pieces by Viktoria Novak

If you're an avid Instagram follower you would've known that I was in the works of collaborating with Schwarzkopf, and I'm happy to announce that I can now finally reveal what we've done! 

I've been approached to create a hair pictorial using Schwarzkopf's product, and I went with the easiest way I know how- curls! I think a lot of non-hair savvy people like me can easily replicate this at home just with two readily available tools - some incredibly strong mousse (like Schwarzkopf's Rise and Shine Mousse ;-) & a curling iron. 

Don't forget to enter Schwarzkopf's Australia's Most Beautiful Hair search, and you could win a photo shoot session with Tash and Elle from They All Hate Us AND $2000 CASH! It seriously only takes a second- just do your hair & take a selfie! Hehe.  See my pictorial on Schwarzkopf's Style Studio here.




In good company with Tash & Elle from They All Hate Us

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MATCHING SUITS & LOUIS VUITTON PUMPS




Please excuse the unsightly band-aid on my right ankle, bruised last Friday when I was running between events- from the Happy Socks launch at Waterloo to KOMONO launch at Surry Hills. I considered photoshopping the band-aid out, but then went against it. 

I thought it'd be a good way to showcase the truth about being a fashion blogger- no, we do not always have the perfect body, perfect make up and perfectly unbruised ankles for goodness sake. We are just like anyone else. Our feet hurt just as much from too much high-heeling and guess what, towards the end of the day, I took my heels off and changed into my Nike Free Runs* to visit a PR showroom because #YOHAAO (YouOnlyHaveAnAnkleOnce), and I suddenly realised I don't have to be mindful of every step anymore! Wished I'd photographed that too! 


*A bit of context in case you think I have a Mary Poppins bag that whips out Nikes front left center: I was going to the gym that day before heading home, so I just happened to have my runners with me! Yay :-)



I'm wearing: My Boutique top, jacket, pants and necklace, Miu Miu sunnies, Louis Vuitton 'Oh Really' pumps

I have an obsession with matching suits for what seems like, forever, but weirdly enough, I've never actually owned one until now. I wore this exact ensemble to work the day after it came in the mail, and a work colleague commented that she wouldn't have chosen the pieces separately, but put together, they look amazing! I'd like to agree with her on this!

What drew me to this outfit was the print. If you follow my blog you'd know I'm not a huge fan of prints, but when I occasionally come across one, it's MAD LOVE. The designer behind this incredible collection is Danielle Faulkner, founder of My Boutique. As a successful fashion business owner (I'm 22 now, and when she was my age she's already started her on online store!), she's someone I look up to and I'm lucky enough to have a chat with her. Read on to find out more about her unconventional path into the fashion industry, and how she remained relevant and competitive in this dog-eat-dog world.


1. Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m 25, I love fashion, travel, food and a bargain! If I’m not doing something My Boutique related I’m gossiping with my girlfriends or watching a ridiculous movie and laughing with my boyfriend.


2. How did you initially get into designing? 

It all started on a trip to Bali about 6 years ago. I was always interested in fashion but never thought I would ever get into the fashion industry. After getting a dress made in Bali for the races, I fell in love with it and with the people that made it. Every trip for the next couple of years I’d get things made – dresses, pants, tops & shoes (basically everything). All of my friends were loving all my new pieces that I’d designed so I opened my online store. And 3 and a half years later, here I am. I never had any training in design, it’s all self-taught with a lot of trial and error.


3. What advice do you have for fashion design students or someone trying to start their own label? 

Never give up. It’s always going to be difficult, time consuming and exhausting but it’s all worth it once you get there.


4. What's the inspiration behind your latest collection? 

Hopeless Romantic is all about me being a romantic at heart. As lame as that may sound it’s true haha. Looking at the catwalk shows from Myer, David Jones and both Melbourne & Sydney Fashion Weeks, these prints in Hopeless Romantic & colours are bang on trend.


5. What's your plan for My Boutique in the next 5 years? 

To have my clothing in more stores across Australia, I’d love one in every state. We currently have one in my home town Geelong (since November) and it’s been a massive hit here!


6. What's the best and worst thing about designing and having your own fashion business? 

Best – being your own boss. Being able to do what you want with your designs and not having someone make decisions & dictate everything for you.

Worst – the amount of time you have to put into everything. Starting out was hard putting a lot of time and energy to get everything going. Things haven’t slowed down much at all, with social media, emails, orders and everything else that comes with it – it’s a full time job in itself (even though I also have a day job!).


7. Have you ever faced criticisms about your designs? If so, how do you deal with it? 


To be honest I haven’t! Which is great! Most people would think that you would have a lot of returns for ill-fitting items or change of mind however I’ve probably only had about 10 of those in my 3 and a half years since starting My Boutique. I’m sure I have some people that don’t like my designs or fabrics however I’d never take anything to heart if they did, it’s all a part of the learning process of having your own business.






Sunday, May 25, 2014

LEOPARD & LACE








I’m wearing: Popcherry Playsuit, Knee high boots from Parklea markets, Miu Miu sunnies, The Peach Box earrings, necklace and ring, SABA Clutch 


I am in love with lace, have been and always will. However, lace and playsuits tend to be associated with summer, so what does a girl do when she wants her winter lace? 

Enter: knee high boots.

I think Australian autumn/winter is very forgiving to hems that fall (way) above the knees, and to save your legs from the brutalities of 13 Celcius morning greetings, knee high boots (and stockings if necessary) are always a possible answer. 

Infusing this monochrome ensemble is some double leopard love & your Sunday morning post-hungover (notice how the boots have no heels?) outfit is set.  


Photos by Fiona Lok

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