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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

KAT VON D LOCK IT TATTOO FOUNDATION REVIEW

Since I was 16 I have been loyal to one foundation, and that is the MAC studio fix fluid. Lately, I haven’t really been liking the consistency and coverage that it was giving me, so I made an irrational decision to try something new. In those uncontrollable moments when you realise it’s pay day and you haven’t bought yourself anything exciting in a week, sometimes you make irrational decisions. I however, did not.

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So simple but so chic

//Winter//

 

Okay, let’s just appreciate how easy this outfit is to
A) replicate
and
B) wear in general
You can literally wear this outfit during the day (granted that your lifestyle allows it) and then wear it during the evening, and it’s still comfortable and adaptable.

Turtle neck crop top
17 AUD – chiarafashion.co.uk

White top
mimco.com.au

Skirt
bardot.com.au

CÉLINE pre owned handbag
2 945 AUD – tradesy.com

EDIE MARY JANE
mimco.com.au

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.

I just want to see the world

I just want to get away

I have a serious case of wanderlust and it’s not going away!

Knowing that Coachella is happening and i’m not there is making it worse, and so is watching any TV show that’s based in New York. Let’s not even get me started on my desperate need to go to London.

I just really want to travel the world and feel those emotions that I felt when I was away exactly two years ago. It’s been two years too long.

Due to my wanderlust I created this edit. It’s just one of those “if I were getting on a plane right now what would I wear?” edits. Yes, I would wear jeans, I could sleep in jeans if I wanted to.

Here’s to staying in school and the thought of dancing at Coachella.

gatsby

by thefashionjournals featuring

Miss Selfridge gray t shirt
32 AUD – missselfridge.com

Slim jeans
urbanoutfitters.com

Big Bang Mid Neck
mimco.com.au

Alexander Wang leather crossbody handbag
1 070 AUD – thecorner.com

Royce Leather leather travel wallet
65 AUD – bluefly.com

Bangle jewelry
mimco.com.au

Stella Dot gold scarve
89 AUD – stelladot.com

Le Specs hippie sunglasses
97 AUD – veryexclusive.co.uk

Victoria s Secret toiletry kit
41 AUD – victoriassecret.com

NARS Cosmetics travel toiletry bag
185 AUD – selfridges.com

World Travel Journal by Hayden Leather
125 AUD – roztayger.com

The guy’s guide to the coolest, easiest outfits ever

I’ve said this before and I will forever say it again: guys are so lucky.

I mean, not every girl can get away with wearing black skinny jeans and a grey t-shirt and still look great.  Guys however, most definitely can.

So you have the guys who just wear the simplest things and we’re all like “wow”. Then some guys decide to shock you and step up the game a bit with a shirt, or a shirt with a sweater over the top, or a printed tee with a leather jacket; let’s not even talk about those lucky bastards who wear jeans, a t-shirt and sneakers and radiate cool. How do they do it?! 

The answer is simple; self confidence. You could literally wear a tailored sack and as long as you feel great in it, the people around you sense it and start believing in your tailored sack too. How do you think models make everything that comes down a runway look good? It’s not because every piece in every collection is incredible, it’s because the designer’s enthusiasm encourages the model to feel their best regardless of what they’re wearing for that instant that the world sees them. The same principle applies with guys. The best dressed men I know don’t wear couture suits, but wear the simplest things and unintentionally use their confidence to make the whole outfit work.

Alternatively, guys can also accessorise a super simple outfit with beanies, scarves, and statement sneakers or classically elegant brogues or loafers. The opportunities are endless, affordable and achievable for anyone. Just look at these photos and try to tell me that any one of these outfits is hard to replicate.

Be original and think about what’s going to be the easiest style for you. All you have to do is stock up on the basics and mix it up with some cool statement pieces, trust me, it’s easy!

Also, in case you haven’t noticed by my constant lack of men’s fashion posts, I am stuck for ideas! What would you guys like to see more of? Scroll right to the bottom of the page and comment any ideas you may have and i’ll get right on it!

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.

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?!

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

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

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

“I love you.” “…So what?” “…So what? So plenty!”

There are many things that I love about Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Firstly, the novel was written by one of my favourite authors, Truman Capote. Secondly I feel like Ms Golightly, although beautiful in appearance, and alluring in aura, is very very emotionally damaged. I feel like it’s a trait that anyone who has dreams goes through. Anyone who has been hurt can understand where Ms Golightly is coming from.

Not only that, there’s something about Breakfast at Tiffany’s that makes me nostalgic of places I’ve never been to, and people that I’ve never met (or exist… book characters…) and also makes me fall in love with the idea of New York even more than usual!

However, it is also so beautifully classic with regard to the fashion seen in the film, worn by the elegant, free spirited Holly Golightly. Even the idea of keeping a stray ginger cat and taking daily strolls through Tiffany & Co. is so much more appealing when you’re dressed like so.

Honestly, since watching Breakfast At Tiffany’s at this age, I’ve developed a yearning to dress in gorgeous black Givenchy dresses everyday, with over sized hats, hiding behind the classic “Audrey” sunglasses.

Topshop appreciation!

Topshop appreciation!

This is nothing but an appreciation post for the great pieces that Topshop has to offer lately! Since purchasing these black ripped jeans, I’ve endlessly been looking for other outfit possibilities, and have made quite a few edits using the jeans as a starting point! I have also combined my love for grey coats, my need for this ribbed crop top (which I found in-store for the great price of $17 AUD) and my desperate need for another pair of boots!

I guess at the end of the day, this edit is another wishlist, but hey, feel free to add to yours too!

Get the items from Topshop appreciation! by thefashionjournals featuring black eye makeup below:

Topshop grey coat
topshop.com

Topshop bag
nordstrom.com

Topshop buckle watch
$125 – topshop.com

Topshop porkpie hat
topshop.com

Topshop accessory
$6.85 – topshop.com

Topshop pink blush
topshop.com

Topshop lips makeup
nordstrom.com

Topshop bright eye makeup
$20 – colette.fr

Topshop long wearing lipstick
$9.59 – johnlewis.com

Topshop nail care
$10 – johnlewis.com

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.