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WINTER READY #2

Winter has come, and you have no idea how happy I am that this season has arrived.

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How to be a hat person in one easy step

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Topshop Topman Student Lates

Don’t ask why it’s called “Student Lates”, because I’m not entirely sure… However I did have a good time at this Topshop event in Melbourne’s Emporium Topshop Topman store. Seriously, who would say no to 20% off everything, free popcorn and free drinks? Not me!

I’ve had my eye on Topshop’s capes for a really long time, and I tried them on a while ago, but couldn’t justify spending $78 on something that reminded me of a blanket. Technically, I liked the idea of wearing something that seemed like a blanket, especially since I was going to be at university and thought that it would be cool to sit in a cold lecture theatre with something that resembled a blanket but was acceptable to actually wear out in public.

I also tried on a pair of their black Joni jeans and I actually liked them! Every pair of jeans I have, and will ever own from Topshop are Jamie’s and I swear by them, but I think these will be my next jean purchase, they’re so comfortable and they don’t feel like jeans at all!

In the end, however, I did decide to get the black and white cape, and I can’t wait until Melbourne delivers a nice, cold autumn day and I can wear it without looking like an idiot.

Get the look: under $125

Get the look: under $125

Every time I think of an ideal outfit, one of the first things I think about is affordability. When I saw the top for $17AUD I almost did a double backflip (sort of… not really) but I was very shocked. Then, I went searching for an inexpensive skirt and found this one from Doublju and lost my mind when I noticed it had been on sale for $4.90 and was $15 full price!!!

Nothing beats a gorgeous outfit that makes you look a million dollars, but actually costs $124.20 in total!!!

I’m also really loving neutral colours and rose gold at the moment, so it’s really reassuring to see that you can achieve a certain look for a minimal amount!

Enjoy

xx DS

Stone top
17 AUD – newlook.com

Doublju beige skirt
4.90 AUD – amazon.com

H&M short black boots
46 AUD – hm.com

Structured handbag
colettehayman.com.au

Rose gold bar necklace
colettehayman.com.au

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All choked up

I know I haven’t posted in a long time, and i’m sorry! It’s been a very busy time for me with regard to school and family and every time I get a spare moment, I start writing but always get distracted with other things and so I have a whole heap of material drafted that I either haven’t finished or haven’t edited!

One of my goals, however, is to at least post once a week! and i’m going to finish of the articles i’ve begun, starting with this one!

 

Lately, I have become obsessed with chokers. There is something about their 90’s mystical vibe that has lured me in. I first joined the choker club with a delicate half moon choker from Seventh Sun which is really comfortable to wear and gives off a really relaxed, cool indie/hippy type of vibe. The quality is quite good from what I’ve noticed and really versatile to suit any style!

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I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for crystals… crystal necklaces, rings, and even have a little crystal collection which I’ve had since I was 5. The beauty of the enigmatic stones, and their ‘powers’ make them the perfect, unique accessory, as each stone is different and significant in some way. They are a very personal accessory which, although style and cut can be replicated, the stone itself can’t.

When I was in Italy, I purchased this gorgeous crystal necklace from a little market store at the base of these beautiful (and somewhat claustrophobic) krast caves in Marche, Italy, called “Le Grotte Di Frassasi” (The Frassasi caves) This necklace has been my staple every day necklace since April last year and still, to this day, I have no clue what type of a crystal it is! My closest guess is an amber stone, but I can’t be sure!

On Wednesday I also received this gorgeous Rose Quartz necklace from thelunarlabel, which is just so easy to wear and just gives me a really positive energy! For the amazing price of $8 NZD (with free postage!) I will definitely be purchasing more, next time with my favourite crystal, the amethyst!

This is the cheapest, chicest, and most unique way of changing up your style and giving it a bit of a naturally beautiful twist!

On Trend: Faux Leather Skirts!

One of the chicest skirts to ever grace the streets – Faux leather skirts!

 The versatility with the simple, leather look skirt is incredible. This skirt can be anything that you want it to be. Elegant? check, Casual? check. 

The faux leather skirt is the biggest staple in street style at the moment, for anyone and any style!

I want everyone to stop considering the leather skirt as a risk, and befriend the amazing piece, as there are styles and cuts to suit everyone, every shape, and every mood!

Here are some more examples of how you can style a leather skirt for various occasions! (Excuse the poses, i’m a writer and stylist, not a model!)

Creepin’

Here’s a quick #OOTD post from a few weeks ago that I forgot to post, but still love!

Wearing:

Cotton On black anorak

H&M Navy skirt

Tempt Knitted Tee

H&M Bowler hat

Topshop White, black lace trim socks

Lipstik Shoes Creepers

Kardashian Kollection Studded bucket bag

Makeup by Gorgeous Cosmetics! 

Happy Birthday to The Fashion Journals!!!

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What a year it has been!

I cannot believe it has been a whole year since I started nervously writing about a pair of shoes that I couldn’t decide whether I liked or not! (see TFJ’s first ever post here) It’s been a year since I would put together quick edits and post them on a site that I thought no one would ever see!

A year later and I have 800+ amazing followers who contribute their comments and opinions, and help to motivate me to keep on doing what I love!

TFJ has made me grow so much as a person and I have learnt so much about professional blogging, and further, this crazy, intense, glamorous industry that requires a lot of work and dedication, but it is definitely worth every minute of creating, editing and promoting!

At the end of the day, I couldn’t have done it without the support of every single one of you who constantly read my posts and contribute where you can, so THANK YOU!

To celebrate, I’d like to announce an expansion to TFJ; introducing THE FASHION JURY:  a new YouTube concept where I, along with a panel of jury members will debate for or against the latest looks/trends/etc!

Stay tuned for THE FASHION JURY coming soon!

If you’re interested in being apart of The Fashion Jury, please email daniela@thefashionjournals.com for more information!

Alexander Wang: Schooling the world

Consumerism. Capitalism. Human Greed.

Alexander Wang explores the lengths to which we will go for personal gain. In an experiment with his New York fans, Wang invites his guests to a “one-time-only undisclosed event”, where once inside, he tells them that they are able to take anything from his collection, free of charge.

See the video here

When I first watched this video, the first thing that came to mind was “How amazing would that be?! What ever T by Alexander Wang piece I wanted… for free?!” but as the video continued and I watched the attitudes of the people at the event change from excitement to pure greed and rapacity, I realised how far people would actually go for material items.

It is a shocking insight to human nature, and when you really think about it, who would say no to luxuries that you don’t even have to work for? What motivates people to work in this day and age? It’s the thought of wealth, the idea of living the high life, the hope that we can provide everything that our families need and want. Alexander Wang has managed to provoke thought from people and make his audience think twice about what is truly important.

One man has proven his influence over a society in means that exceed our expectations of a designer. Not only has Alexander Wang impacted the fashion world, but he digs further into society and exposes our weaknesses. Acquisitiveness is a vulnerability that has ruined man kind in the past, look at the First and Second World Wars. How about every war that has erupted due to capitalistic and communistic clashes?  Consumerism is the exact reason why humans turn against each other. It’s not only a physical battle, but a battle of the mind. Overcoming pride and arrogance is something that many people haven’t been able to do. Once we do, then we’ll be truly happy and appreciative of our belongings.

Alexander Wang: Teaching us more than just next season’s trends. 

A Wang

Envelope Clutches!

Envelope Clutches, You won’t be able to leave the house without one!

My favourites are the leather envelope clutches, to me, they just scream elegance, sophistication as well as convenience. You can fit so much in them and they look great with any outfit!

Wanderlust: The Traveller’s guide

Some will swear that travelling is the best experience that they’ve ever had. I second that, strongly believing that the experience of travelling teaches you so much about life, the world, and over all, yourself, how you make decisions and how you act as a person.

Sure, to dateI have only travelled overseas once, but the principle is still the same. You are exposed to some of the most amazing and different sights that you will ever see. You are thrust into a new world, forced to listen to and try to understand a different language, left to fend for yourself in an unfamiliar place. All of this sounds a bit confronting for some, but I personally crave the independence, lust after the experience and now have what seems like a permanent post-travel depression.

One thing that I did learn though, is that travelling can be extremely uncomfortable. If you’re anything like me who can barely sit still through a movie, let alone a 14 hour direct flight to your stop over before another 8 hour flight to reach your destination, then you’re going to want to prepare yourself.

On my flight to Italy, I was so uncomfortable because I couldn’t rest my head anywhere. They supplied small pillows and warm blankets but I just couldn’t get comfortable. So, from that I realised that a travel pillow would be my last Italian purchase. On my way home, I slept the whole 14 hours from Rome to Dubai, I slept 5.5/6 hours from Dubai to Singapore and the whole 7 hours from Singapore to Melbourne. Why? I was too comfortable not too.

One thing I did learn as well is that hand luggage has to be easy, manoeuvrable and as big as the hand luggage allowance. On my way there, I used a country road duffel bag and a medium sized hand bag. The hand bag was perfect for my iPad, a book, my phone, my iPod, my passport and tickets. The country road duffel bag had my Dr. Martens (to save space and weight in my suitcase), another two books, a jacket, two cosmetic bags (A fairly large one and a smaller one) and my hair straightener. To carry this on my shoulder and arm for the two hour stop over was hell. It was so heavy, so bulky and so uncomfortable that I actually made myself angry. Either pack better than I did or use one smaller bag that forces you to leave some unnecessary items behind. Which brings me to my next point…

Do not over pack. This was my crucial mistake that drove me insane and put a hold on my shopping dramatically! I packed so much that out of my 30kg luggage allowance, I could only bring back 10kg worth of stuff! Do not make this mistake. I did not need three books, two jackets, two hoodies, four scarves, seven t-shirts or four different pairs of jeans. Washing machines exist, so do sinks and soap if you are really desperate.

You need to pack the essentials. So, for my stylish readers, here is a personalised list of essentials that you should bring with you when travelling:

  1. Before you can pack, you need the perfect suitcase: I recommend a hard case four wheeler. These types of suitcases give you optimum space, is lightweight, compartmentalised, manoeuvrable, and very safe.
  2. Toiletries. What ever you use at home, bring with you. Your local supermarket should sell travel bottles that can be filled to the amount requirements of your country. In these travel bottles put your face wash, moisturiser and toner. Buy the travel sized hair products, toothpaste and don’t forget that deodorant is a must!
  3. You need an essential jacket. No matter the climate you are travelling to, a jacket is a must. Whether it be a classy leather jacket, an adaptable denim jacket or a warm anorak, be sure to remember to pack one.
  4. Jeans! Jeans are timeless and most never go out of style; an international style statement for the ages. They’re comfortable and versatile, making them perfect for your next adventure.
  5. Basic Tees. You need at least two basic t-shirts as they are the perfect supporting piece to any outfit. To play it safe, always pack either a white, grey or black tee. They enable you to layer up at night and are easily accessorised during the day.
  6. Your best friend: The Little Black Dress. Make sure to pack one that fits you well and always looks suitable on you, no matter where you go.
  7. A staple blazer. Look at the blazer this way; it can be worn over anything and can be dressed up or down depending on where you’re going.
  8. Always, always pack flat shoes. The best shoes you will ever travel in are Converse. I bought two pairs with me, a white pair and a purple pair. They will easily, comfortably and stylishly get you through your long day and into the night. For more dressy events, a pair of slip on flats or sandals will do the trick.
  9. Accessories: When I travelled I bought with me heaps of long necklaces, bangles, and statement collar bone length necklaces. No matter where you go, accessories always put the perfect finishing touch on an outfit and no one deserves to be left without.
  10. Last, not least but definitely a travelling must: Comfortable leggings. You can fly in them, walk in them and participate in what ever you have planned while wearing them. Make sure they’re good quality and are in no way see-through. Leggings can come across as trashy and can easily become a fashion mistake if you can see your underwear underneath.

Depending on where you are travelling to, make sure you’re accustomed to their expectations of travellers and tourists. You do not want to offend the locals or get yourself into any unwanted and unnecessary trouble. 

Most of all, don’t get caught up; you want to remember everything you do, everywhere you go and everyone you meet. Make sure to enjoy yourself, stay safe and trust your instincts. It is up to you to make sure that you are in the best position possible to make the right decisions in a foreign country so look after yourself and have fun!

For more information on how to be smart traveller, for further travel advice and for traveller’s information, please check out http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

For international readers please find out your version of the smart traveller guide provided by your government and department of foreign affairs.

 

Looking Mint

mint and skorts

 

Mint shoes, mint bags, mint nails and mint ice cream – You can’t go wrong.

Don’t forget, skirts and shorts are overrated and now, you should be investing in a skort for this spring/summer season.

Of course, I am kidding, however, skorts really are big this season and are not only versatile, but are incredibly comfortable as well.

Here are some of my favourite looks that revolve around skorts!

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It’s not a purse, it’s a satchel.

It's not a purse, it's a satchel.

 

This satchel… Well, whats not to love about this satchel? The shape is perfect, the style is simplistic and the colours are so versatile that you will be able to utilise it for years. I introduce you to; The Mulberry Effie Satchel.
The key thing to remember with this accessory is that
It’s not a purse, It’s a satchel… and Indiana Jones wears one.

“Imitation is the highest form of flattery”

We all know that when it comes to fashion, designers all over the world draw inspiration from each other, further exposing amazing pieces of clothing, jewellery and accessories to the fashion moguls of the world. Although some pieces are dramatically changed and adapted into the iconic signatures of each designer and fashion house, some stay very true to their original concept and design. This type of imitation within the fashion industry is completely acceptable is recognised as a smart marketing scheme, making high statement fashion pieces affordable for all different types of people.

Imitation within the fashion industry is absolutely adequate. However, there are many times where copying is not reasonable, making imitation not only annoying but extremely generic and potentially destructive to trends and style. To gain inspiration from someone’s outfit is fine. To completely take their whole look and use it as your own, is not.

At the moment, this form of imitation has been causing me much distress (this is not an overreaction) only for the reason that you cannot go out without looking the same as everyone else. My favourite quote, which is clearly stated at the top of my blog is “People shouldn’t succumb to trend, they should interpret trend”. To put it simply, just because an accessory, type of jacket, pant or shoe is popular or “in style” it doesn’t mean that you should go out of your way to have it. Fashion is all about standing out and expressing who you are through your outfit. It is a way to express your passions, your emotions and your personal outlook on things without having to say a word. Take a printed top as an example; Is the top printed with the name and logo of your favourite band? Or have you bought a Nirvana t-shirt without knowing who Kurt Cobain is? Are you wearing the same pair of jeans as the three other girls (or boys) standing in front of you in the line to the counter while purchasing the leather sleeved cardigan that every Cara, Miranda and Poppy are wearing?

Naturally, I shouldn’t be the person making decisions for you, and if you love those jeans, who am I to stop you from purchasing them? The point is, do not buy them just because everyone else has them. Imitating someone’s style is almost as bad as cutting and pasting your essay and trying to pass it off as your own. Not only is it tacky, but it is also annoying for the people who genuinely love that item of clothing or accessory!

I do not know if it is just me, but I like to go out wearing my favourite outfit, knowing that I put it together and that I was able to choose every piece that I am wearing in order to create the look that I am going for. Individuality is key to making fashion work for you, and succumbing to trend is the perfect way to hide who you are and your singularity.