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TFJ TRAVEL JOURNALS: LONDON/WINDSOR/OXFORD

Before even seeing London, I always knew I would love it. This city not only lived up to my expectations, but exceeded them.

The best part for me was definitely spending time with much loved family who live there, but it wasn’t only that which confirmed my idea to move there some day.

London is a city filled with hundreds of years of history. Monuments can be found around the corner, and the atmosphere is indescribable. I found London to be a welcoming place, maybe because I was completely open to everything that it had to offer as well. In London, we saw the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden (which isn’t actually a garden) Shakespeare’s Globe, South Bank, The Shard, The Cheese-grater, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and Oxford Street. I felt like I was playing real life Monopoly.

During our time we also saw two Shakespeare productions at the Globe Theatre. We watched one of my favourite plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as Macbeth. If you are interested in theatre or literature, or are just curious about The Globe, I definitely recommend going to see one of the productions, it was easily one of the highlights of our time in London.

We also went to Oxford and Windsor. Oxford was nothing like I expected, probably because I didn’t actually know anything about it other than it was home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities. As for Windsor, I got quite jealous when I saw how well the Queen lives. By luck, the flag on the castle was raised whilst we were there, which meant that Queen Lizzie was in the building.

For summertime, the weather in London wasn’t the best, it was always jacket weather, except for the one day that we were in Oxford, but regardless I think it added to the atmosphere of each place we went to. I definitely recommend London to anyone who enjoys the city lifestyle and wants a trip that they can fill with historical sightseeing, culture immersion, and shopping.

Have you guys been to London? What were your favourite places?

xx

Uni Chic

So tomorrow I have my first day of university orientation, or as everyone except me seems to call it “O-Week”. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little nervous, but then every time I think I’m nervous I remember that I don’t actually have any classes, and just have a “welcome lecture” and then I’m finished by 11am…

One thing that has been on my mind since I got into university is that I need to buy things specifically for uni, such as basic tops, another pair of jeans/pants, and maybe another jacket or two, not to mention a pair of black converse and flat boots…

So far, out of that whole list I have purchased a black Agent Ninteynine tote bag from General Pants, and a Marc by Marc Jacobs cosmetics case… I obviously needed a plain tote bag for school considering i’ll need a bag that’s big enough to carry books, my laptop and an iPad, while also versatile enough to use every day with any outfit. The cosmetics case on the other hand was an impulse buy after deciding that I needed a case to carry essentials in the event that I needed to touch up after a long day or if I was in a rush and didn’t get a chance to put on/finish my makeup routine. I work at David Jones for Mimco and therefore am located in the contemporary handbags department, and various Marc by Marc Jacobs items were on the counter and after a long shift, I couldn’t help myself!

In the edit above I have tried to be a little creative with potential outfits that I can wear to uni; who says that school attire has to be boringly casual? Did we learn nothing from NYFW street style?!

Now I’ve got you in my space, I won’t let go of you

Now I've got you in my space, I won't let go of you

I absolutely love this casual look, it’s stylish, comfortable and practical, and what’s better than an easy go-to outfit for a day out with friends?

I’ve also had a little play with prints, both on t-shirts and wall art, and I think that regardless of the text, it can be cool, calm and á la mode at the same time, especially if it’s something that’s personalised to your personality, so in this instance, a Beyoncé reference is on point.

I’d also like to mention that if you haven’t already, listen to Sam Smith‘s acoustic version of Latch… Just trust me on this.

You can get the items from the edit below!

White t shirt
etsy.com

7 For All Mankind black skinny jeans
$305 – zalando.co.uk

Converse canvas sneaker
$72 – coggles.com

Chloé black tote
$1,955 – farfetch.com

Kenzo tech accessory
forwardforward.com

The Row acetate glasses
$445 – net-a-porter.com

Window wall art
$24 – chapters.indigo.ca

Framed wall art
$260 – superette.co.nz

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Crawling back to you

Crawling back to you

Casual and cool is the way to go in this temperamental “it’s not summer but it’s not winter” weather that is otherwise known as Autumn.

Simple tees, jeans, converse and rad accessories will get you a really long way.

I’ve never used the word rad before and it feels a bit weird.

I’m not basic, I promise.

I also decided to post this because my dear friends who introduced me to the Arctic Monkeys celebrated their birthdays yesterday. So, Happy Birthday my favourite girls!

“I’m going on an adventure!” Getting back to basics

The wonders of the world

 “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

Sometimes, looking for something specific can blind you from seeing what is around you. It can be anything, but one thing that we easily overlook is that while working towards one goal, we don’t always look back and reflect on what we learnt whilst trying to achieve our goal.

Adventures drive people to new lengths, they inspire and motivate. A new adventure stimulates the senses and encourages new relationships and experiences. While it seems that I am going off on a tangent, recent events have brought me to realise that while material things are important to life now-days, family and morals come above all.

These holidays, make an effort to find your own adventure. Celebrate what you have because you never know when it might be gone. Enjoy the company of the people around you and over all make the most of everything.

Every adventure needs a noble steed! and by steed I mean outfit. Find your adventure, find your steed and stick to it. Last, but not least;

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”

bilbo

Coach leather zipper pouch
$525 – johnlewis.com

OTTE wool hat
otteny.com

Acne Studios sunglasses
acnestudios.com

Flower crown
$14 – diva.net.au

Cavallini World Map Weekly Diary 2014
$20 – oliverbonas.com

Home decor
invitinghome.com

Skull candle
arhaus.com

Kick back in style

Kick back in style
Stripes? Fedoras? Converse? Yes Please!!!
A simple, stylish and utterly comfortable look for those colder Melbourne Spring days! Leggings and knitted jumpers will keep you warm while radiating an effortlessly cool, chic look!
Add a coloured fedora and matching converse and you’re prepped for the dramatically and ever changing weather you find yourself in!

 

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.

 

Prints and Rides

The sun was shining, shining so bright. The atmosphere made us all smile.
Sounds of laughter and screams of excitement ran through the wind.
“Welcome to the show!” He said. 
I looked at him and smiled
Then, when he looked away, I took his cotton candy and ran…
Prints and Rides

This is a similar outfit to the one I wore to the Royal Melbourne Show on Monday. You can’t go wrong with a good pair of blue jeans, Converse and a Kimono!

The prints on Kimonos give a fun, energetic feel to any simple outfit and make it easy to stay casual and cool.

Kimonos also have a very lengthening effect on the wearer, especially from the back due to their unique draped shape and bat-winged sleeves.

So, when you’re looking for a flattering, casual cardigan to wear in the warm Spring weather, look no further than the pretty prints on a kimono!

Zadig Voltaire short sleeve collared shirt
$190 – zadig-et-voltaire.com

Blue kimono
$64 – inlovewithfashion.com

Topshop
topshop.com

Light wash skinny jeans
allyfashion.com

Converse sneaker
karmaloop.com

Brown leather messenger bag
$390 – kjbeckett.com

Linda Farrow sunglasses
$450 – liberty.co.uk

Voluminous mascara
eyeslipsface.co.uk

Le labo fragrance
$240 – liberty.co.uk

Le Labo fragrance
$240 – liberty.co.uk

Le labo fragrance
$83 – liberty.co.uk

Nivea lip care
$2.87 – chemistdirect.co.uk

Louis Vuitton bags case
bagborroworsteal.com

Favourite sets to date

This collection is based solely on what I have put together from either experience or based on something that I would love to wear and want to persevere to buy for myself! These are probably some of my best sets to date!

Can you dress with all the colours of the wind?

Can you dress with all the colours of the wind?

 

Comfortable and Trendy? You can do that?!

T-shirt body-cons and denim!

Turn super casual into super chic with t-shirt dresses and denim jackets!

I actually love this look, this is something you can wear out on a lunch date and even turn it into a ‘i’m going to work but i’m going to look fabulous’ type of outfit!

Mixing things like the dresse’s jersey material with a denim jacket, with classy sunglasses, bags and jewellery, you can make a statement, which would probably be ‘I look fab and i’m really comfortable, you mad?’

Finish off the look with a expounding shade of lipstick and a show-stopper necklace and ta-da! You have turned something so simple into something incredibly stylish!

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H M short dress
$12 – hm.com

Fat Face jean jacket
$74 – fatface.com

Converse shoes
$70 – office.co.uk

Toms shoes
$54 – office.co.uk

Emporio armani
forzieri.com

Bangle bracelet
$22 – oliverbonas.com

H M chain necklace
$12 – hm.com

Brown glasses
sarahaghili.com

Tom ford
bloomingdales.com

Ready to Avenge

Ready to Avenge

Converse sport shoes
finishline.com

Straw hat
swell.com

Nature Girl body moisturizer
$54 – superette.co.nz

Carmex beauty product
$7.73 – colette.fr

Charlotte russe
charlotterusse.com