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TFJ TRAVEL JOURNAL: BRUSSELS / AMSTERDAM / ST. GOAR

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WINTER READY #2

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

PS I hope you guys like Game Of Thrones references…

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MUST HAVE: WINTER DRESSES

Being a student, my life at the moment is pretty hectic, and while I spend my nights doing assignments (at the last minute, of course) I catch up on sleep in the mornings (roughly an hour before class starts) so instead of rushing like a mad woman trying to come up with a decent outfit in the 15 minutes I give myself to get ready, I just put on a chic winter dress and run out the door.

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How to be a hat person in one easy step

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Chic and effortless hairstyles for short hair

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1. The over-part: Here we’re taking inspiration from the comb over, but this is much, much cooler. The trick is to part your hair on the opposite side to it’s natural part, therefore giving it a natural lift. Then, when I do this style I tease the fringe part so it has volume and doesn’t just fall lifeless in front of my face. Some people may need to get the hair dryer out and tease it with heat, otherwise the hair will fall back into it’s natural place.

You will need:

– Rats tail comb

– Strong hold hair spray

– Hair dryer

 

2. The half up top knot: I use this style when I’m running low on time and can’t straighten my hair properly, so I separate the top from the bottom, put the top in a knot, then straighten the bottom. It saves time and looks really boho-chic.

You will need:

– A hair tie

– Hair pins

 

3. The low-bun: Tying your hair up when your hair is short can be a nightmare, especially when you’re used to tying longer hair in a high pony or a trusty top knot. This low-bun not only is much easier, but also looks really elegant, but is adaptable to any style. I wore my hair like this with a simple crop top and a high waisted midi skirt, which looked really sophisticated, but then I’ve also done my hair like this when I wore a camel coloured turtle-neck knit and jeans, which was really casual and comfortable, which was a nice contrast to my hair.

You will need:

– A thin hair tie

– Hair pins (lots of them)

– Rats tail comb

– A really good contour

 

4. The wavy middle part: I personally have a lot of difficulty getting my hair to look wavy; it’s either straight or curly. But I think this look can be pulled off with a bit more effort than the other styles.

You will need:

– Rats tail comb (to part your hair down the middle)

– Hair spray

– Hair straightener (or curler without the clamp)

 

These looks are super easy to replicate and can easily give extra personality to even the simplest outfit.

If you’re reading this it’s too late

If you're reading this it's too late

I am so freaking happy that Drake has released a new album, and i’m even happier that so far it’s better than Nothing Was The Same. There’s no relation between this edit and the album other than the fact that I listened to it for the first time when I made it.

What I love about this look is that it’s all mixed high fashion, very textured, sophisticated, and very feminine, which just ticks off every girl’s outfit list! I especially love the detailing in the Hervé Léger skirt and the Jimmy Choo sandals, not to mention the dainty yet completely characteristic necklace, and the silver and black simple but statement arm jewellery! The small Chanel clutch costs more than the skirt and the top put together but it’s such a classic piece that you could wear it every day of your life and then pass onto your great grandkids who can also wear it every day of their lives.

(It’s not practical but its a nice little idea don’t you think?)

You can shop the items from ‘If you’re reading this it’s too late‘ below! 

STELLA McCARTNEY cutout top
1 770 AUD – stellamccartney.com

Hervé Léger floral print skirt
1 260 AUD – herveleger.com

Jimmy choo sandals
2 005 AUD – bergdorfgoodman.com

Chanel handbag
3 180 AUD – therealreal.com

Emporio Armani silver jewellery
350 AUD – lordandtaylor.com

David yurman bangle
1 015 AUD – therealreal.com

David Yurman onyx bracelet
1 050 AUD – therealreal.com

Style Crush: Kylie Jenner

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It’s been quite a while now that i’ve been keeping a close eye on KJ’s style, but there’s something about the cliché blue lob and over lined lips that has stopped me from sharing my observations. I think I was just worried that I would seem like another basic trend follower, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t care because… why should I?

Kylie can literally go from elegant and sassy to Coachella ready in 0.00 seconds and no matter what style she tries, she pulls it off. Not only are her outfits on point all the time, but so is her makeup and hair. It’s literally like she doesn’t put a foot wrong, which reminds me, Kylie could (and does) wear plain jeans and a singlet top, and always has the most incredible shoes which make the whole outfit. Here’s what I mean:

kjI think what I like most about Kylie’s style is that it reminds me that anyone with any means can look chic without breaking the budget. Say you invest in good, gorgeous pairs of shoes in neutral colours, you can easily add an air of effortless style to an otherwise plain outfit. Finish the look with unique jewellery and you’ve got yourself a super easy, super chic look with minimal effort!

 

Style Crush: Maisie Williams

Not only does Maisie Williams portray one of my favourite characters in the HBO series Game of Thrones but lately I’ve noticed that she’s been “sticking em’ with the pointy end” with regard to her style!

What I really like about her looks are that they’re quite unique, and there are some combinations which she has made that you wouldn’t really think would go well together, but her confidence enables her to pull them off.

I really believe that Maisie’s confidence is a key player in her style, which is why I have crowned her this week’s style crush.

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

Top 10 stylish, thoughtful, last minute presents you can gift this Christmas!

If you say that you haven’t had a mental block about what to buy someone this Christmas, you’re probably lying. Whether it be a battle of the budget, a fussy giftee, or lack of inspiration, here is a list of 10 stylish last-minute ideas for those loved ones you might be stuck on!
Last minute Christmas gifts!

10. Mim Pouches $49.95 -$69.95

Nothing says “merry christmas” like a cute, versatile, little leather pouch that is perfect for the girl on-the-go who needs to quickly put her phone, keys, money and lipgloss in one perfectly sized pouch that comes in a range of different colours and styles!

See the whole range of Mimco Mim Pouches here

9. Personalised leather accessories from Mark and Graham

Yes, I did just say personalised leather. Check them out, you can customise a monogram that will be laser cut into the leather, perfect for the close friend or relative who loves custom, one of a kind accessories!

8. Glasshouse Christmas candles

Glasshouse candles are a little piece of candle luxury for anyone at any time of the year, but the limited edition Christmas candles are things that only come around during festive season, and only last so long, so take advantage of the beautiful scents “White Christmas” and “Night Before Christmas” before they’re gone!!!

(featured above and linked below)

7. Travel books and city guides of their dream destination

If there’s one thing I love, it’s giving a gift that you know the person will treasure for years to come. When it comes to travelling, people develop emotional attachments to the places that hold beautiful memories, such as the first new city they went to, the town that they grew up in, the building that they baffled them with it’s beauty, the culture that changed the way they saw the world and approached life… You can take them back on an emotional trip with collectable travel books, such as these ones from Taschen ($38.40 AUD) and Louis Vuitton ($65) (without actually leaving home or damaging the hip-pocket!)

Taschen books are featured in the edit above, but you can see the whole range here

You can also take a look at, and purchase the Louis Vuitton books here

6. Personalised metallic prints

Not only are they an awesome, incredibly inexpensive gift idea, but while you’re getting creative for you friends, you can make some for yourself too! All you need is heat reactant foil, a laminator, and some graphics ready to print with a toner printer.

First create/download the graphics, then print them with a printer that uses toner, not ink. Then place the foil on top of the printed sheet, and place another blank sheet of paper on top of that (think like a paper, foil, paper sandwich) then put it through the laminator. The heat from the laminator will make the foil adhere to the graphics. Peel the foil off e voilá!

You can purchase the foil from your local art supply store, and DIY the rest! It’s also a nice idea to frame them so they’re ready for use and so that they don’t get scratched!!!

5. Designer phone cases

Perfect for when you want to make a “I buy designer as presents” impression or for that person who absolutely loves the Kenzo tiger print, but you can’t afford to buy them the sweater! Here are some super cool ones from Kenzo, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Moschino here, herehere, and here!!!

4. Subscriptions to their favourite magazine

I would die (in a good way) if someone got me a subscription to Elle or Vogue… why? because that saves me from forking out precious $$$ every month plus it ensures that I never miss an issue for the whole year! It’s a gift that never stops giving!

3. Peter Alexander pyjamas

So we all are guilty of unintentionally (mostly completely intentionally) splurging at Peter Alexander for ourselves, but how nice would it be if you could share the PA love with someone else this Christmas?! You can go for the classic and jolly seasonal Christmas collection, or even get a little more personal with their new DisneyMarvel and Breakfast at Tiffany ranges! You can see the full range here

2. Assorted LUSH products

After the stress, preparation, hard work and dedication that goes into the festive season, why not make sure that your giftee can wind down while welcoming in the new year? LUSH have an incredible range of soaps, bath bombs and cosmetics, and what’s better is that they’ve conveniently packed and wrapped them just for you! I know I could spend quite some time in-store figuring out what to buy, so instead the pre-wrapped sets are perfect! You can see the full range here

1. Personalised candles from Candles by Alexa-Rose

Yes, I know, more personalised apparel, but seriously why wouldn’t anyone want a candle that fits perfectly into their space and not only soothes, but reminds them of the things that they love. You can send in photos, logos or choose from Mira, Bec, and Kate’s designs, and they can create a totally unique candle just for you! Now, I’m not being biased or anything, but seriously try and see what you think about the great work of these lovely ladies! I’ve collaborated with them and one lucky winner will receive two free candles which are pictured below! (Competition coming soon!!!)

So there you have it! Last minute gift ideas that can adapt to everyone’s budgets, needs and giftee’s!!!

Yes, I ‘created’ a word. No, I do not care if it doesn’t happen. Did Gretchen care that “fetch” didn’t happen??? Well, yes, but that doesn’t matter!

Merry Christmas and happy shopping!!!

xx DS

Beauty Haul & Wish List!

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There isn’t much that makes me feel like it’s christmas and i’m five years old anymore, which is a bit sad, but nonetheless, a makeup haul sure induced that feeling!

Between my makeup application at Mecca Maxima Highpoint, Priceline’s 40% off sale, and email notifications about Smashbox’s limited edition lipsticks all in one week, it was safe to say that maybe I over-splurged on cosmetics…

I must admit, I have no regrets what so ever! So what I was short $0.25 to buy a friend’s birthday present this week?! Who cares that my purse is left with a very lonely $0.10 piece? not me! 

Smashbox Be Legendary Limited Edition Lipstick Trio – $25

Umm who wouldn’t buy three perfectly sized mini lipsticks in a pack with gorgeous, vibrant colours?! Did I mention that they’re limited edition?

Maybelline New York Color Elixir lip gloss – RRP $17.95

Did someone just say 40% off at Priceline? Not only that, but I had a $10 reward voucher, so technically, I bought two for the price of half of one… winning.

NARS Albatross Highlighter – $39

I caved. It’s been on my wish list for too long and contouring without highlighter just doesn’t seem right! I’ve literally used this highlighter non stop since purchasing it! Originally, I couldn’t justify spending $39 on a highlighter, but since I did, I do not regret it one bit!!!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – $35

There is literally nothing better than being able to hide imperfections without caking your makeup. Thanks, NARS.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick – $35

Every body needs a quality nude lipstick, okay?!

Kit Cosmetics False Eyelashes – $17

What’s a makeover without false eyelashes? Go hard or go home!

Now, I don’t know why I felt I needed to justify my purchases, but it seems like my hip pocket nerve feels a little better now…

However, my beauty wish list is rather long, and instead of listing the items, i’ll link you! I like to call this the “if I could, I would” wish list!

beauty wishlist

casual OOTD

casual OOTD

Not only does this look form part of my summer wishlist, but I think this is the perfect casual sports-luxe look!

Get the items in the edit below!

Nike shirt
$35 – zalando.co.uk

Topshop white jeans
$73 – nordstrom.com

Windsor Smith platform sandals
$76 – styletread.com.au

STELLA McCARTNEY over the shoulder purse
$1,105 – nordstrom.com

Speck laptop bag
$52 – nordstrom.com

Tech accessory
nylon.com

Garrett Leight sunglasses
$430 – liberty.co.uk

Nars cosmetic
barneys.com

Gucci mascara
gucci.com

Mac cosmetic
$24 – selfridges.com

Nail polish
$10 – americanapparel.com.au

Essie nail polish
jcpenney.com
DS xx

Quite the formal occasion…

I have been incredibly delayed in posting these past few weeks. With the conclusion of my final exams, my year 12 formal, training for work, and finally, actually working, I have had little to no time to properly edit all of my drafts!

With that being said, however, here I am, finishing what I started and meant to do almost two weeks ago!

On November 19, at 2:00pm, I was free from the burden that was exams. After (accidentally)  swearing on my Italian exam, and stressing about my formal dress for weeks, the day had finally come; the day that I had planned to do none other than prepare solely for that night. I booked a makeup application appointment with Mecca Maxima at Highpoint, and then a hair styling appointment at my favourite local salon, Linear in Caroline Springs.

The makeup artist, I believe her name was Jess, was incredibly sweet, and so talented. I felt like crying when I had to wash off my eye makeup! They don’t call them makeup ‘artists’ for nothing!

As a result of the makeup application, I could redeem $90 worth of products!!! I was so excited because I had been planning and waiting for this for months!

I redeemed:

 Kit. Cosmetics False Eyelashes (paparazzi)

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (In Custard)

 Nars Albatross Highlighter 

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok

Yes, I know, Nars overload, but boy was it worth it!!! 

My formal dress was from a boutique called Seagulls of St. Kilda on Acland Street, and after a lot of deliberation, I fell in love with this dress!

The only complaint that I can make is that my ridiculously un-photogenic self doesn’t have one decent full length photo from the night! Regardless, here are my attempts!

Beauty haul and November Favourites will be up soon!

DS xx