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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.

2014: Nothing but a stepping stone to harsh realisation

“Yo, 2014, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but 2013 was one of the best years of all time!”

2013: Probably my favourite year of my life. Why? I was 16, abundantly confident in myself and my abilities, I went overseas, I was incredibly happy, and I had my whole life plan sorted, everything, from where I would go to university, and what I would do there, to having any resource I needed at my fingertips. I had the confidence to forget about my problems and I had the motivation to succeed, and nothing could stop me. I had made incredible friends and had strengthened the relationships with the friends I already had. I also found my passion: blogging.

2014 arrives and i’m still blogging. I turned 17 on the 6th of January, and celebrated with the people who meant the world to me. A very modest gathering, but nonetheless extremely reassuring and fulfilling. I started my final school year with goals and motivation, and tackled every task at hand with ease. Then, for an unknown reason, “tackling school with ease” became difficult. My stress levels were going through the roof and I noticed that it was having an extreme toll on my body and my mind. The only thing that could clear my mind was blogging. In March, my mum had an operation that wasn’t very serious, but obviously crucial to her health. This was fine and everything went well, but thats when I experienced my first panic attack. It was ruthless and made me feel like I had no control. I then realised that I had a crazy, annoying, and irrational fear of hospitals that needed attention. This episode scared me, because thats when I realised that I could very easily lose control of my emotions; something that had never happened before. In April one of my closest friends (who I had made in 2013) came to Australia and it was so lovely to feel that 2013 feeling again, and it brought me back down to Earth, which was something I really needed.

Then, just as I thought I was getting the hang of the whole “controlling your emotions so that they don’t control you” thing, I received news that really, really affected me. My Dad was diagnosed with cancer. It was a very low-grade cancer and we really should have been thankful that it wasn’t as bad as other cases, but still, the C-word is a very confronting concept to deal with. Meanwhile at school, the work was getting tougher and the competition was well and truly on. Academically, I wasn’t doing too bad, I was doing very well in tough subjects (hi History Revolutions) and I had acted in, designed and sourced costumes for, as well as contribute to putting together a production of “The Venetian Twins” with my theatre class. It was a really rewarding and exciting thing to be apart of, and it distracted me for quite some time. Still though, at the back of my mind, I was always worried about what might come next; could things dramatically change? Was I prepared for that to happen? The answers to those questions are yes and no. Yes, circumstances can change in an instant, and no, in the event that they did, I was definitely not prepared, not emotionally and not mentally.

Ask any year 12 student and they can tell you how difficult they found the year to be. Not only are classes full on and demand every second of your attention, but recess and lunch breaks were also becoming hard work. I don’t think I have spoken to anyone who finished year 12 last year who didn’t encounter trouble within their friendship groups, and I was definitely absorbed into a ridiculous mess. Decisions that I wasn’t prepared for needed to be made, and fires were ignited with a small drop of fuel. A serious domino effect happened and one problem followed another, no matter how hard I had tried to contain it. For a while I endured the tiring task of “staying in the middle” and “keeping the peace” which was an absolute waste of time. After a while I learned that you cannot make everyone happy, no matter how hard you try. You can try to stay out of a problem but expectations are placed upon you and making decisions becomes inevitable. Although it may seem like it, I do not regret one decision that I made, and for every person that I lost, I regained a sense of myself.

One thing that I realised was that I would rather have three incredible people around me, people who inspire and motivate me, people who encourage me to be a better person; rather than one hundred people who I have to pretend with. Saying goodbye to someone who you once had a history with is difficult, but ceasing communication with them without closure is a lot harder. It’s not because I wanted to go out with a bang, or have my two cents, but I feel like there were things that needed to be said, which that person will never know. Not once have I stopped respecting them, however, i’ve noticed that this lack of closure has made them stop respecting me. One of the most annoying situations you can be put in is trying to have a group conversation, when one person just ignores you completely. Another annoying situation is hearing that the same person is willing to talk about you to your best friend. Even worse than that is hearing from multiple people that this one person has made you seem like the wicked witch of the west. Sometimes, trying to avoid trouble can backfire, and even though you try your hardest to build an environment for yourself where you can prosper, it’s not enough.

Then, after going through all that because you genuinely feel that you can no longer fake a friendship, people who you really care about begin to question your genuineness. The most ridiculous thing I experienced in 2014 was that I desperately tried to peacefully resolve things, but no one else did. I lost people that I didn’t want to lose. I have never been so disappointed in how things turned out. Regardless, I let everything slide because I just didn’t have the energy to fight for things anymore. My priorities had changed, and I preferred to focus my energy on my family, and didn’t bother justifying anything to anyone else. If there’s one thing about me that hasn’t ever changed in my entire life, it’s that my family is and always will be my number one priority, and anyone that can’t understand that doesn’t have a place in my life.

I told one person outside of my family that my Dad has cancer because I believed that no one has a right to place a justification on my motives. More than that, though, was that I didn’t want any sympathy from anyone, and the last thing I wanted was people to feel obligated to continue a friendship with me because they felt bad. I don’t regret not telling anyone, and I also don’t regret my actions, because now I see who is really there for me regardless. I didn’t know how easy it was for people to just forget about other people, but i’m glad that I know. I am, and will continue to be a very sentimental person; if I consider you to be one of my friends, my expectation is that we will be friends for life. I’m willing to go the distance, and i’m glad that I can see who else is too.

I’ve learned so much from 2014, and as difficult as it was, and as much as I hated it, I needed the kick in the ass. I needed to be shocked out of the dream that was 2013. I needed to learn that if you want to be happy, you need to make your own happiness, and drive your life. You can’t depend on anyone to make you content, it’s all up to you. You need to take initiative to surround yourself with the people who are going to help you bloom, and with people who you can in-turn support as well. I will not say that any of this was worth it, because I really hated going through all of it, but I do appreciate what i’ve learned.

I’ve devised my own list of commandments, and I want to share them with you. You, my lovely readers, have been with me through it all, supporting The Fashion Journals in every way that you can. My following has increased by an overwhelming amount in 2014, and I’m so grateful for each and every person who is subscribed, so thank you! 

1. Thou shall prioritise their own wellbeing, and make decisions that will make you a better person.

2. Make sure that thou won’t regret any decisions that thou makes. Ensure that it’s a life goal, that you will have the ability to reflect on your life and be proud of the decisions you made.

3. Find closure. Whether its with relationships, a bad test score, or a mistake you think you will never let down. Remember that you will never feel at peace with it until you talk it through, or at least establish an understanding between yourself and who ever else involved.

4. Appreciate everything and everyone you have around you. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and a large majority of that time it’s so that you can learn. Make the most of those fun summer nights, make the most of times with your friends, and cherish the quality time with your family, and be grateful that you’ve had a chance at life. Things can change in an instant, and the last thing you want is to look back and shudder at the thought of a missed opportunity.

5. The most cliché of them all: Learn from your past, and ensure that you are well equipped to handle things that may arise in your future.  I know, it’s a lot easier said than done, but why would you go down the same way twice if you realised the first time it was the wrong road to take?

So my list of commandments is half the size of original one, but I think this covers some things that stray from basic human rights and laws.

So, now it’s 2015, welcome to the new year, everyone!  I hope that you can begin the new year prepared for, and welcoming changes. I hope that you can learn from me and understand that life can be difficult, but once you hit what you think is rock bottom, there is no where to go but up! That’s my plan for the new year: to make 2015 better in every way than 2014 was! To find a strength in a weakness, and to persevere a negative to make it a positive!

Now, I have just turned 18 years old, I have finished school, and feel a lot wiser than I did in 2014 (and age has nothing to do with it!) I don’t have my whole life planned out, and I don’t know where I’m going to go to university, or what i’m going to study. At times I feel really overwhelmed and I can’t pin point why, but one thing is for sure, and that is that the same confidence I had in 2013 is still with me, and I know that one way or another, 2015 will be good to me. How? you may ask. I’m going to make it good, no matter what.

Happy 2015! Sorry to overwhelm you with a massive 1800+ worded article!!! Congratulations on getting through it!

xx DS

As one door closes, another one opens

I can finally say that I graduated high school! 

What a journey it has been! There have been a lot of ups and i’ve had my fair share of downs, but I am more than ready to move on and start a new chapter of my life.

Looking back, I am quite proud of the person that i’ve grown into since 2009. Since then I learnt how to straighten my hair (thank every higher being), I no longer wear Dunlop Volleys (I re-purchased them one too many times) and I finally got around to throwing out my Noexss tracksuit pants that I bought when I was 11. Now aesthetically, these are all great achievements, but I’ve also managed to become the person that I want to be. Yes, this person is flawed, I know it, but I’ve been able to recognise my flaws and therefore work on them. I can’t guarantee that I won’t sleep in on Sundays or that I’m not going to pretend to text someone while i’m in an awkward situation, but I can try!

This year has been an insane emotional roller coaster, and I can honestly say that the bad has outweighed the good, but at times the good did succumb the sad realities of the bad. All of that aside, the pressures of VCE are extremely high, and at times I forget why and think “this is ridiculous”. The way I see it is that if you really are determined to have a certain career, you can do it what ever the circumstances, because if it’s a dream and something that you’re passionate about, you’ll have the motivation to achieve it, no matter what. Yes, exams are very important, and you have endured 13 years of school, so why give up when you only have a few weeks left? No one knows what will happen in 3 months time, so what happens if you stopped trying and in a few months decide to do something that requires an ATAR score, and then can’t do it because at the time you couldn’t be bothered? This is something that runs through my head every.single.day and i’m getting frustrated because i’ve become numb to all feelings about exams. The good thing about that is that i’m not stressed, the bad thing is that the importance of  these exams hasn’t hit me yet and my first exam is in 7 days from today…

On a different note, though; I graduated, and I couldn’t be more proud knowing that even through the toughest of times, I’ve made it. Regardless of the struggles, I persevered through and finished school. Another (small) benefit of graduating was that I needed to get a new outfit… It was a formal occasion, graduation gowns and everything. It was held in Melbourne’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and the location itself was quite architecturally beautiful. There was a mass followed by a ceremony and although it was very long, at most times, it was engaging and felt very surreal – I still remember walking into my prep class for the first time!

As crazy as it sounds, I felt more stressed trying to find a last minute outfit for graduation than I do preparing for exams! I was quite set on getting a white skirt because I really wanted something to contrast the black compulsory gown. Here’s what I ended up with, wearing:

Top: Topshop

Skirt: Bardot

Shoes: Windsor Smith

Clutch: Equip

Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, in 37 L’exubérante

Necklace: Tiffany & Co.

Watch: Vintage Seiko

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

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

Spring chic

Untitled #168

There is nothing about this look that I wouldn’t wear. I was actually quite proud of the sophistication that radiates from this edit! I’m going to try to bring this look to life in the near future, and I cannot wait for the day to come! This neutral look literally has me yearning to purchase every piece and wear it every day for the next two years (all practicality aside, of course)

As a side note, I’m also looking for every excuse to purchase the Urban Decay Naked2 palette, and the idea of this gorgeous form fitting, city chic look is making the temptation really really hard to resist!

You too can get this look below!

Altuzarra brown skirt
net-a-porter.com

Wonderland Shape Thong Body
$29 – nelly.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather purse
$500 – vanmildert.com

MARC BY MARC JACOBS watch
$265 – johnlewis.com

ChloBo star necklace
$565 – the-dressingroom.com

Michael kors cosmetic
$55 – escentual.com

Beauty product
charlottetilbury.com

Fifty shades of #CCCCCC

Fifty shades of #CCCCCC

Hi everyone, I am so so sorry for not posting in a very long time! It’s been such a busy, stressful time for me; between graduating from high school and studying for exams i’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone dedicate myself to The Fashion Journals! 

I have tried, though! I have two articles (and a half) which are still in drafting, and many photos I need to post!

When it comes to writing, I try to provide you with the best quality of writing that I can possibly produce, and therefore am very fussy with what I post, hence why nothing has been published! I don’t like having quick, rushed posts and prefer to be committed to the piece before I show it to you all!

With that being said, during my (frequent) study breaks, I did make some edits and they will all be up soon, also, as from November 21st, I will be 100% focused on TFJ and will be doing everything possible to bring you guys great content!

Thanks for bearing with me, love you guys! x

Dion Lee gray crop top
$805 – net-a-porter.com

Chanel shoes
$560 – vestiairecollective.com

Nikon accessory
amazon.com

Henri Bendel iphone case
henribendel.com

Quay sunglasses
nastygal.com

Burberry mascara
saksfifthavenue.com

Lips makeup
marcjacobs.com

Calvin Klein fragrance
escentual.com

Byredo toiletry bag
neimanmarcus.com

Tory Burch make up bag
toryburch.com

NARS Cosmetics nail polish
$24 – liberty.co.uk

Holiday decoration
abchome.com

Kilner mason jelly jar
$7.25 – selfridges.com

Must have: Mesh tops

Mesh and gold

Not only are mesh tops so so so chic, but they’re so easy to wear!

Regardless of your style, whether you prefer boho chic, casual or sports-luxe, mesh is easily adaptable to suit every occasion for every style.

In the edit above, i’ve gone for the Parisian chic type of look that has been sported a lot recently during Paris Fashion Week.

Personally, I love mesh and I can see mesh pieces becoming classic items which can be worn for quite some time, almost as versatile as the LBD!

(Bonus points if your LBD is mesh!)

Topshop mesh top
$49 – topshop.com

Schutz shoes
nastygal.com

Skagen rose gold mesh bracelet
$250 – johnlewis.com

Chanel makeup
izzysbeautyshoppe.com

Nars cosmetic
narscosmetics.com

Nars cosmetic
narscosmetics.com

MAC Cosmetics lips makeup
$25 – johnlewis.com

Butter london nail polish
revolveclothing.com

A compilation of every material thing that I’m loving right now

A compilation of every material thing that I want

Materialistic? Probably.

Motivating? Oh yeah.

I’m just happy that I can tick off the Topshop Jeans, the Tiffany necklace and the Real Techniques cosmetic brushes!

Estradeur crop shirt
$24 – nelly.de

Alexander Wang short boots
net-a-porter.com

Pieces mesh zipper bag
$55 – pieces.com

Yves Saint Laurent black ring
$300 – selfridges.com

Kenzo stackable ring
farfetch.com

Yves Saint Laurent black ring
$335 – ekseption.es

Kenzo tech accessory
openingceremony.us

CÉLINE celine sunglasses
$360 – harveynichols.com

Shiseido makeup
lordandtaylor.com

Nars cosmetic
narscosmetics.com

Giorgio Armani mascara
$44 – selfridges.com

Benefit makeup
bloomingdales.com

PUR lips makeup
yslbeautyus.com

Rimmel concealer
$9.41 – boots.com

Japonesque eyelash curler
$29 – meccacosmetica.com.au

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics eyeliner
$33 – meccacosmetica.com.au

Urban Decay face powder
urbandecay.com

Makeup brush
$28 – meccacosmetica.com.au

Face toner
etsy.com

Clinique face care
bloomingdales.com

Givenchy cosmetic bag
$395 – brownsfashion.com

Beauty product
$36 – thehut.com

NOMADIC Little Black Book’ – Lined Notebook
$18 – thegrandsocial.com.au

Lust/must: Deep V sweater

This ‘cricket sweater’ inspired Rag & Bone V-neck has hit trend radars everywhere, and I personally love the exaggerated deep V, but I can’t really justify spending $436 on a sweater that has the potential to be a bit illogical at times…
Either way, I have founder a (dramatically) cheaper solution!    Lust/must deep V black and white sweater

 

Get the sweater here: Lust/must deep V black and white sweater by thefashionjournals featuring a striped top

DEEP V PULLOVER KNIT
$38 – supre.com.au

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!

One skirt, one bag, many different possibilities

One skirt, one bag, many different possibilities

This Topshop skirt will take you from summer to winter, from Paris to Hong Kong. Universal to any style, this skirt can be elegant, grunge, casual, dressy… what ever you like! It is just a matter of how you accessorise it!

In this set, i’ve used the same skirt and same bag, both potent items to an outfit and made two different looks that revolve around the skirt and the bag.

one skirt

Here we see the skirt for the classy girl, the grunge/indie girl, the floral girl and the retro girl. Like I said, this skirt is adaptable to absolutely anything!