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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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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

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

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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

My space: Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you most

The bedside table: Necessity central.

Everything you use daily is normally here. If you’re like me, my bedside table needs to be more practical than display-worthy, but I’ve tried to get the best of both worlds by making my essentials look somewhat presentable!

On my bedside table, I have:

  • Vintage beaded lamp (find similar here)
  • iPod dock and alarm clock (find similar here)
  • Jewellery stand from DIVA (find similar here)
  • ‘Italia’ snow globe that I picked up from a gift store just outside of the Vatican walls
  • Ring dish from Ceramiche Picadilly, which I got when I was travelling along the Amalfi Coast
  • Another ceramic dish from F.lli Calzuola in Deruta, Italy which was given to me from my brother, which holds a mini Glasshouse candle (Tahaa)
  • Crystals
  • My most used jewellery
  • Rachel Zoe’sStyle A to Zoe” and “Living in Style
  • Kardashian Konfidential by Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian
  • Ultimate Fashionista: The Young Hollywood Style Guide by Alana Wulff
  • Parisian Chic” By Ines de la Fressange
  • Taschen 365 day-by-day Fashion Ads of the 20th Century
  • Silver Jewellery box from Ishka
  • Be Careful What You Wish For” and “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” by Gemma Crisp
  • Italian/English copy of “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare which I purchased at Juliet’s House (La casa di Giulietta) in Verona.
  • My treasured “Lucky Us (For being such good friends)” book, given to me by Miss Emily C. (The book is also printed with soy inks… how cool, right?!)
  • Willowtree Angel figurine
  • Every copy of Elle and Vogue that I have collected so far!

The ‘I have one room to cram all of my things in’ shelf/shelves: This is literally as the title stated.

I am still living at home with my family, and therefore, I have one room that needs to act as a bedroom, study, bathroom, and lounge room.  So every little trinket, perfume bottle, book, or basically anything that belongs to me needs to be stored here. This can make for a very cluttered space. Unlike some people, I cannot tolerate clutter… I can’t focus and I do not enjoy the time that I spend in that space, therefore, I need to be incredibly selective with everything that I have around; this makes things a lot harder, especially if you’re sentimental like I am! However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that light comes in the form of storage! I’ve used this 6 square bookshelf to store my favourite little ornaments, and have also converted it to a display, which comes in handy when I’m getting ready to go out. Here I also have a canvas made by my two best friend’s sister, Jessica C.(You can take a look at, and purchase her other work here), with Paris, London, and New York snow globes displayed in front of it, which I picked up from a cute little gift shop in Greensborough. The rest of the shelves either have photo frames or magazines!

The mini Oval Office: Where all official business is taken care of.

My desk is probably one of my favourite parts of my room. Everything that inspires me is staring right at me, motivating me to continue my homework, blog posts, uni and job applications!

Just a side note, I do not enjoy having dead flowers on my desk… I just don’t want to throw them out until I replace them! My little orchid plant has lasted ages and the flowers should bloom again soon! Plus, dead/dying roses are really morbidly metaphorical and honestly, I kind of find them beautiful. 

I also have swarmed my desk with candles. why? you may ask: because it creates a really relaxing mood when I’m cramming last minute homework!

Included on my desk is…:

These parts are just some parts of my room, I haven’t even shown you guys the other side!  I will be posting a “de-clutter” post soon where I will show a before and after shot of my bookshelf and the other half of my room that isn’t featured here!

All of these things that make up my room, pretty much sum me up too. I’m just a fashion loving, family orientated, friend treasuring person who really likes magazines and owns way too many books!

Style steal: Kim Kardashian

There is something about Kim Kardashian’s style lately that I absolutely love, and I think it’s the gorgeous silhouettes that the outfits accentuate. It’s the use of colour in the most elegant way. It’s the simplicity of the look, and the effortless sophistication that radiates from her when she’s wearing them.

I know, i’ve used such floral language to describe Kim Kardashian and her outfits, but take a look and you’ll understand what I mean.

This is the epitome of effortless style.

Plus, you can steal this style so easily! These outfits are composed of basics in very neutral colours. Midi skirts, body suits, ankle jeans button up shirts and cropped knits, finished with staple heels or sneakers e voilá!

I have, however, saved the best till last. This is my all time favourite look

After much style stalking, Kim is wearing

  • American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey tank bodysuit in summer peach
  • Ermanno Scervino skirt
  • Gianvito Rossi shoes
  • Saint Laurent sunglasses

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week!

Wednesday September 3rd was one of the most stressful night of my life!

Picture this: A stress-prone fashion blogger/budding high fashion magazine editor sitting front row at a designer runway.

Kind of like what you see in movies and on The Rachel Zoe Project, right?

Well I wish I could say that things went that smoothly.

There I was, sitting in my cute little Volkswagen Beetle, with my knees tucked under my chin while wearing my (very high) Windsor Smith ‘Powwer’ heels, draped in this gorgeous printed kimono from Mink Pink, while tugging at my leather top from Mossman, and trying not to make the rips in my Topshop ripped jeans any bigger than they should be. It was 6:00pm and the MSFW Designer Runway 2 was going to start at 6:30. We thought that surely, parking would be easy to find… It wasn’t.

My poor mother and I drove around for one hour trying to find parking! By the time we parked and walked down to Melbourne Town Hall, Designer Runway 2 has approximately 7 minutes until it was over.

Stressed, depressed (but well dressed) and absolutely desperate to see the show, we went to the box office, explained our situation and asked if it would be possible to see the 8:00pm show. After being told that we needed to purchase new tickets, my mum and I turned and left the box office in defeat. Then, we hear the words “guys, hold on”

After the emotional roller coaster that was missing the first show, stressing to find parking, and not being able to get tickets for the 8pm show, a wave of relief rushed over us thanks to this one incredibly kind woman. As we turn around, the MSFW volunteer comes over to us with two tickets to the 8pm show, free of charge. “Take these and enjoy the show” she said. In shock, I replied “are you serious?!” 

So, from then, what I liked to call my night begun, and I got to see the amazing work of Manning Cartell, LIFEwithBIRD, Khalo, Carly Hunter, Alice Mccall, Lui Hon, YB J’AMIE, Neo Dia, and finally, Willow.

Although every collection was great, I did have my favourites, which were Lui Hon, Neo Dia, Manning Cartel and Khalo. (pictured above)

I must admit though that although I loved majority of the collections, there were some pieces that didn’t appeal to me. For example, Carly Hunter’s collection which consisted of a lot of draping and 80’s prom dress silk/satin puffy tops didn’t excite me.

Another thing that I didn’t particularly like was that a lot of the collections used Birkinstock styled shoes from MSFW official partner, Windsor Smith (Slip and Cara sandals) which, for someone who absolutely loathes that type of sandal, really pulled my attention away from the pieces which I was meant to be focusing on.

Windsor Smith, however, did have other pairs of gorgeous shoes on display, specifically their 60’s inspired ‘Largo’ shoe which I have fallen for!

 Looking back, I am so grateful that I got to be apart of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, and I know that Designer Runway 2 was only the first of many fashion shows that I will go to see, and hopefully this time next year I can be writing to you from London, Milan, Paris, or New York!

I would also like to say a big thank you to that MSFW volunteer – I don’t know who you are but I’m sending every positive vibe your way!

Stay tuned: Next week I will be posting videos from MSFW Designer Runway 2 on YouTube!

 

 

 

I was aiming for that ‘vintage parisian chic’ look with a modern twist…

Sometimes, you just have to love having a mother who saves some of her best pieces.

My mum purchased this skirt from Paris well over 20 years ago, and I get this vintage Kenzo printed silk skirt vibe from it, but, in all honesty, I like this skirt better!

The top is a very comfortable, but stylish neoprene material with mesh inserts.

The shoes are Windsor Smith Dion Wedges, the choker is from Seventh Sun, and the silver cuff is from Sportsgirl!

I wore this to my friend’s 18th birthday party, and I absolutely love this fun yet chic parisienne look!

Latest beauty haul: The best for (a lot) less!

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Nude

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black

NARS Pencil Sharpener

Essence Kajal Pencil in 04 White

So I haven’t really dabbled in the area of contouring until recently, when I went into Mecca Maxima and enquired about blush, and the makeup artist transformed me into a swan using the Bobbi Brown Nectar Blush, NARS Albatross Highlighter and NARS Laguna Bronzer. In a matter of 3 minutes my complexion looked so great and the shape of my face was well defined and flattering!

Unfortunately, these three incredible products are quite costly, so, as per usual, an obsession took over and I had to find a cheaper alternative!

To do so, I ventured into Priceline and spoke to one of the employees, who gave me honest advice regarding the products. She said that a highlighter isn’t necessary, it’s just something to emphasise certain areas of the face, but since we never needed it before, why do we need it now?

So she showed me to the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer, which would compliment my tone, but also the Maybelline Fit Me Blush which I purchased beforehand (Princeline were having a massive cosmetic sale!) The two together are great! Granted, the effect isn’t as prominent as it was with the NARS and Bobbi Brown products, but for now it’s just as good, especially for someone still learning to contour properly! To apply the Bronzer, I use a Real Techniques Contour Brush and I am still looking for a decently priced, quality blush brush (the brush that came with the blush was very rough on the skin and didn’t apply the product properly)

Then, as previously stated in my June Beauty Wishlist, I was very interested in purchasing either a Bobbi Brown or Gorgeous Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner, but yet again, at the moment, spending over $20 on an eyeliner is unjustifiable. Instead, I found my solution in a Maybelline Gel Eyeliner, which is retailed at $16.95 AUD, but I purchased at $15 at Priceline.

I also wanted to try lining my waterline to accentuate my eyes and give the illusion that they are bigger, and so I purchased the Essence Kajal eye pencil in 04 white. At the inexpensive cost of  $2.00, I was surprised by the quality and the easy, smooth application, especially for the price!

Finally, my favourite beauty tool that I have bought is the NARS pencil sharpener! My mum purchased a Manicare sharpener a few weeks before I purchased the NARS one, and I just wasn’t sold. The NARS sharpener is so perfect! I never thought I would love a pencil sharpener! It is a dual sharpener, so it can sharpen different sized pencils, and a cute little pick that you can use when you open up the little removable compartment that catches the shavings so you can clean the blades! I went crazy sharpening all of my cosmetic pencils and was so surprised at how with two turns, you get a fully sharpened pencil with no faults!

Also, because Mecca is so lovely, I was given a sample pot of the Too Faced Primer which is quite good, but I prefer my MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Primer.

These few little products have changed how I apply and think of makeup. It can do a lot more than conceal, and emphasise, but also shapes and contours, and it’s so easy to do!

Let me know in the comments section whether you would like to see a tutorial on contouring or know more about my updated makeup routine! 

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!

photo 2

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!

Beyonce’s On The Run Tour Costumes

Beyoncé and Jay have been hitting headlines with rumours about their relationship, following the “elevator incident” and then with some woman coming out saying that she was Jay’s lover, even releasing a music video called “Sorry Mrs Carter”, and yet, through all of it, Bey and Jay were performing on their On The Run Tour, a tour which probably couldn’t have been as successful or wouldn’t even exist if the couple were in such trouble as the media is making them out to be.

Maybe when Beyoncé and Jay Z stop making songs about and featuring each other, will I believe the rumours, and maybe when their on stage chemistry isn’t smokin‘ I might just accept the fact that their relationship is coming to an end, but until that happens, I’m not gon’ give up on them.

Plus, even Queen Bey says “Who wants that perfect love story anyway?” 

Let’s be real here, Bey and Jay are “down to ride till the very end”

Now, enough with the Beyoncé/Jay Z lyrical puns, Her OTR tour costumes are some of the most incredible and bad ass costumes that we’ve seen her in!

Designers like Vogue’s ‘The Fashion Fund’ winner of 2008 Alexander Wang, Project Runway’s Michael Costello, Givenchy, Vrettos Vrettakos, Diesel, and Versace have designed costumes specifically for Beyoncé for the tour, and they’re blowing us away!

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The Fashion Journals at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week!

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September 3rd will be the night!

I will be seeing amazing designers and brands like Manning Cartel, LIFEwithBIRD, Khalo, Carly Hunter, Alice Mccall, Lui Hon, YB J’AMIE, Neo Dia, and finally, Willow.

Expect a lot of photos and a lot of excitement, because this will undoubtedly be the highlight of my life in the next few incredibly busy weeks!!!

A quick side note: I know my feed is becoming slower day by day, but my final year of VCE is demanding my full attention, but I will always try to post where possible!

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!)