Caught the white/ grey/ nude palette fever lately, and haven't stopped wearing a combination of these colours - exhibit A. The terrible Sydney weather is also not helping with my obsession over this ivory turtleneck knit. I find myself reaching for it whenever I get the morning chills, especially when scarfs just don't cut it. It's the perfect amount of "turtle", without being overly snug or too loose.
Of course, my creamy outfit would not be complete without black accessories like sunglasses and shoes to tie the whole outfit back together. When I make purchase decisions, I always choose black when it comes to accessories. I have all kinds of accessories in black - bags, belts, sunnies, shoes, scarves, watches, etc, so when it comes to dressing, it's mindless matching, really. All the hard work was already done at the shops!
However, I've got a mission for myself. This spring/summer, I'm going to venture out and start purchasing nude/ brown leather goods for a change and for the wardrobe update - watch this space!
I love changing things up (which is why I am having commitment problems with my 18-month Fitness First gym membership contract, but that's for another day), and I've just have an updated skin care routine so I thought I'd share it with you guys.
I've trialled a hugeeee number of cleansers ranging from unknown organic brands to household names like Neutrogena. However, if I don't write about them, I don't rate them. So when I say The Body Shop's Tea Tree cleansing range is the bomb dot com - you'd better believe it.
I was a rebel whilst in working and travelling Europe. I made a poor effort of taking care of my skin. I would party too hard all night (and day) and fall asleep with my makeup on - yes I know, I can hear you cringing right now! The truth is, I love putting makeup on, but absolutely HATEEEE removing makeup! Please tell me I'm not the only one!? As I'm typing this at midnight, I still have my make up on. I really need to make it a habit to remove my makeup as soon as I get home, but because I dread it so much, it's usually the last thing I do before I head to bed. So yes, I have my makeup on whilst eating dinner and watching TV. It's a terrible habit that I need to change.
The Body Shop however, makes this process bearable. I have actually started to enjoy this boring therapeutic activity which is removing makeup once I subscribed to this cleanser/toner/tea tree oil/moisturiser routine. The cleanser is a foaming, bubbly pump of goodness. Anything bubbly gets me excited, really. The toner is my favourite part. It stings a little when you wipe it on (I use it with Swipper's cleansing pads) so it makes me feel like it's actually doing its job of 'toning', if that makes sense.
Now to the most hyped up product of all - The Body Shop's signature tea tree oil. I first came across this product at my favourite brow-treading place. They always, always use tea tree oil on my brows after each threading session. My skin is super sensitive, so after any wax or brow threading session, it goes red like a baboon's bottom. I would know, from the multiple times I've walked out of Benefit's Brow Bar with raw, red skin all around my brows. Eek embarrassing! Tea tree oil was the magical cure to this - I've never had red brows ever again! One of the reasons why I keep going back to my brow-threader.
Little did I know that this little bottle of magical, Peter Pan, forever young* tea tree oil also works amazingly on pimples and break outs. I put it on any acne spots that pop up during the day, and they are usually gone over-night. It's $10 AUD for a tiny little bottle, but a little goes a long way and it's completely worth it!
I would then complete my routine with my Embroylisse Lait-Creme Concentre moisturiser I got in Paris (not pictured). I should've stocked up! It's amazing. And once a week, I'd use a mud masque by Skinfood. It's made out of natural rotorua mud with aloa vera and jojoba oil. Incredibly smooth and easy to put on, wait till it dries, usually takes about 20 minutes, before washing it off with a warm cloth. I would clean my room whilst waiting it out as it "hardens up" pretty quickly so it doesn't slide off your face whilst being in a vertical position, unlike some slippery masks I've tested (don't ask - let's just say my Victoria's Secret fuzzy blanket is well-travelled amongst Sydney's dry cleaning crowd).
Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned above? If so, what are your thoughts around them? Sound off below - I'm keen to know!
*no, it doesn't actually give you eternal youth, but keep dreaming - one day! I promise you!
I've teamed up with ASOS to bring you my version of Farah Fawcett's signature flared jeans style. As one of the seven ASOS 70's sisters, I'm so proud of what the other girls have come up with for their 70's look. You can check out their looks by clicking the widgets below, and shop all 51 styles of ASOS 70's flares in this specially edited section. :)
Wearing: Bronx and Banco red lace dress, (available for hire at GlamCorner), rings and earrings by Samantha Wills, Eylure lashes and Gorgeous Cosmetics lipstick in red.
Possibly my most loved set of images so far, missing the way red makes me feel. I used to wear heaps of bright colours until I've recently toned it down to black/white/grey/and shades of pastels and nudes. This little hood in the back alley of Paddington houses in Sydney is so surreal, I've shot here twice now. Wonder who the owner is still...
Only a week has past since I've gotten back from Europe and boy does time fly! To be honest, I did not want to come back. Returning to Sydney meant returning to all these [dreaded] responsibilities, and travel was my means of escape. However, there is no avoiding life forever, and sooner or later you'd have to face them, so why not now?
As soon as I stepped down on Australian soil, I have been on the go non-stop -- unpacking, jetlag, meetings, catch up's with friends and family, work, work, more work. I've recently just taken up a new job as well, so with two jobs on my plate, plus uni, fabsoc, freelance styling and this blog, I have been round the clock busy, from the moment I am awake till I fall asleep. I don't have the luxury of picking out my outfits in the morning anymore!
That's when closet staples come in handy. Black skinny jeans like this pair from Abrand has been on high rotation, paired with multiple other black items in my closet. Here I've paired this pair of jeans with my black sneakers (my sneaker obsession is still high from Europe... Can Australia please start being acceptable to girls clubbing in sneakers?). On colder days, I wear them with my knee high boots, and on business meeting days, I wear them with my staple leopard print stiletto's.
The key to looking chic in black, is to ensure you are aware of your proportions. Black skinny jeans? Pair it with a loose black tank top. Long, loose black pants? Try them on with a high neck tight crop top. Lastly, always, always accessorise! Here I have my sunglasses, ring, clutch, and a hat borrowed from my friend Camille. Keep them simple and understated -- after all, so is the rest of your outfit.
Spent all of yesterday at the amazing Versailles palace, about 45 minutes out of Paris. Mike's Travel Guide easy to follow and incredibly detailed guide of getting there. The only thing I would add is how to find out which platform to get on when you're at the RER station, which can be easily solved by asking at the information counter. And they're more than happy to help you if you greet them in French! Definitely a recommended place to visit when you're in France, however be prepared walk heaps as the palace and surrounding garden is massive! Comfortable sneakers are highly recommended.