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TFJ TRAVEL JOURNAL: SWITZERLAND

Toboggan down the Swiss Alps? check ✔️

Walk across the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe? Check ✔️

Bungee jump off of a cable car? check, check, and check ✔️

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TFJ TRAVEL JOURNAL: BRUSSELS / AMSTERDAM / ST. GOAR

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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

20 things they don’t tell you about Contiki tours

At the moment, I am travelling Europe and yesterday my Contiki tour came to an end, and from the start I had no idea what to expect. I had previously toured Italy when I was 16 with my school, and imagined it would be somewhat like that… I was wrong (but pleasantly surprised)

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V-DAY LUST LIST

Happy Valentines day lovers!
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about this very commercialised day, it’s that it’s no use for us single ladies to be resentful; I mean, why waste our energy on that when we can just treat ourselves to the things we really love, like a bit of Dolce and Valentino? (Especially Valentino because the name is just really suited to the cause)
This year though, I’ve gone the step further and actually got myself a hot date.
Yep, that’s right. This V-day I’ll be rolling in gifts and enjoying a nice meal with someone I love.
I mean, not romantically though.
Valentine’s day is a day to celebrate love, and although traditionally people celebrate courtly love, that doesn’t mean you can’t show your love for your family or friends, right?
So this year, my valentine is my niece. Throughout our whole lives we’ve lived so far away from each other, and once every year or so, one of us would make the trip interstate to see each other, and during those short few days, we’d have to re-connect and get to know each other again. Now, she has finally moved to Melbourne and we’re getting to know each other properly; she’s like my fourth sister and I love her.
So, if you’re like me and don’t normally give two shits about Valentine’s Day, maybe this year you should just embrace the day and show the people that you love how you feel.
Then again, though, there’s no shame in revelling in the material things you love too, so feel free to tick something off of my LUST LIST
LUST LIST

 

Tom ford shirt
mytheresa.com

Nudie Jeans Co. jeans
195 AUD – stuartslondon.com

Valentino ballerina flat
1 115 AUD – valentino.com

Yves saint laurent purse
5 565 AUD – barneys.com

Dolce Gabbana crystal jewellery
1 505 AUD – farfetch.com

Dolce Gabbana tech accessory
10 630 AUD – luisaviaroma.com

Dolce Gabbana tech accessory
1 100 AUD – luisaviaroma.com

Makeup blending brush
195 AUD – ahalife.com

Nars cosmetic
57 AUD – selfridges.com

Mac cosmetics lipstick
24 AUD – maccosmetics.com

Lip treatment
14 AUD – lushusa.com

Body cleanser
11 AUD – lushusa.com

Bath body product
13 AUD – lushusa.com

How to be a hat person in one easy step

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Thanks for a fab year, 2015

Where do I even begin to describe 2015?

2015 was the year that I met amazing people and made friends I know will be around for a long time.

2015 was the year that I worked my ass off and reached my goals.

2015 was the year that I got a taste of the real world and thrived from it.

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I’m back and I did some pretty cool things while I was gone part 1

Firstly, I started writing this on the 2nd of September on my way home from the Little Bourke St Runway, but, like my life right now, I got too busy to finish it and post at a decent, more recent time.

SO, let’s go back a month and pretend like my absence never happened…

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Yeah but can your bronzer do this?

Mine can.

Like I mentioned in my MAC Cream Colour Base review, I am obsessed with products that I can use multiple ways.

Rightfully named, the NARS Le Multiple makeup stick is possibly the coolest product i’ve purchased. It comes in 10 different colours, and I bought the shade Na Pali Coast, which is a beautiful copper colour with a shimmer. The best thing about it is that it’s intended that you use it on your lips, cheeks and eyes, even simultaneously.

NARS

 

The consistency of the product itself is a cream to powder formula, so when you apply, it blends really easily but still has the pigmentation and durability of a cream.

I use Na Pali Coast as a bronzer more than anything because I find the shade works really well in creating dimensions in my face under my cheekbone to contour, but also doubles as a blush if I build it up. That was actually what persuaded me to buy it, because I was looking at the shade Orgasm, which is gorgeous, but I already have the powder blush, and wanted something slightly more versatile.

NARS

I’ve used it on my eyes as well, and it’s really pretty, but I think it’s more suited to someone with brown or darker eyes, because my hazel eyes were too light for it. I also feel like it’s a colour that looks awesome with a dark crimson lip, which I did, but my skin is also a bit too pale for both products together.

With that being said though, I think Na Pali Coast is a great colour for anyone. It’s so unique and the contrast of the silver shimmer with the copper really doesn’t tailor it to a certain person.

NARS

Overall, I’ve got nothing but praises for this product, and would love to try out some of the other colours in NARS’ The Multiple range.

NARS

I am back and I am sorry

Winter #3

 

I am so sorry for not posting for over a week! In the mean time, I’ve been working on a sister blog called TFJ UNI STYLE. It originally started solely because I had an assignment where I had to create a unique blog based on a passion, and now I have heaps of things planned for it because I think it’s something that can really benefit my uni student reader demographic.

With that being said though, TFJ is my BAE and I just haven’t had a chance this past week to spend some quality time on it. Rest assured though, that as of this Thursday I will be on a two month break from uni so there will literally be a post every day.

This outfit idea came to me when I tried on the Max Mara Rialto hooded coat but wasn’t a massive fan of the sleeves. I loved the idea of a structured camel vest with statement leather pants, so I teamed this Theory trench with Yves Saint Laurent pants. I absolutely love the texture of the A Wang bag and how it gives the outfit a nice twist. I think my next major bag purchase will definitely be one of the Alexander Wang Rockie bags, I absolutely love them.

Shop the look in the links below!

Theory trench coat
960 AUD – matchesfashion.com

Yves Saint Laurent black pants
2 820 AUD – montaignemarket.com

Acne Studios black boots
725 AUD – openingceremony.us

Alexander Wang handbag
1 010 AUD – bergdorfgoodman.com

Big Bang Mid Neck
mimco.com.au

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

If I lived in London…

It’s no secret that if I found a briefcase with at least $15,000, the first thing I would do is go to the airport with an empty suitcase and move to London.

It’s okay, I’m not being completely unrealistic, I have family there and accommodation can be organised so it’s not a stupid idea, I assure you.

Lately, the wanderlust has been real and every time I shop, a motto runs through my head: “This would look awesome in London”.

With that being said, my “If I lived in London” shopping wishlist continues to grow every time I open a new internet tab.

PS: Don’t try to tell me that these items of clothing aren’t as cool as I think they are. I won’t listen.

I also have devised a list of 10 legitimate reasons why I should go to London.

1. I miss my family who live there.

2. I like cold weather.

3. I can experiment with fashion with desirable results.

4. I speak English.

5. British Pound Sterling. Have you seen how low the cost of living is there compared to Australia? (let’s forget about the crap exchange rates) MAC lipsticks are £16 compared to $36 AUD.

5. There are endless paid internships available in the fashion industry (I know this because I follow @fashionworkie on Twitter)

6. I love Shakespeare.

7. I’m studying probably the most versatile degree ever, London offers plenty of courses that co-inside with my degree (I have also looked into this with great detail)

8. I like British bands

9. I’m happy with the monarchal government (and it’s future leaders)

10. I can do the best British accent ever.

PS: This is all hypothetical, Mum…

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.

2,000 subs?!

JUST HIT 2,000 SUBSCRIBERS ON TFJ

I seriously cannot believe it! Almost two years and in such a short time we’ve come so far!

I know, 2,000 may not seem like a lot, but to someone who didn’t even think that anyone would see this blog, it’s a lot. Not to mention the fact that all I’ve ever wanted was to be able to influence people; to have a platform where I could be completely honest and opinionated, and people would listen. Now I have 2,000 people listening and I’m starting to think that I’m doing something right.

One thing’s for sure though, and it’s that The Fashion Journals has been a pretty solo ride. Everything that you see i’ve put together in hopes that it’s what people want to see, but I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to not only work for myself, but for you. At the end of the day, I can read and re-read the content that I put up but that won’t mean a thing if I’m the only person gaining from this. I want this blog to benefit every reader in the same way that writing it benefits me. I’ve found myself in a world where anything is possible, where the most unlikely of people can create something that can grow to be influential. Let’s be real, for anyone who knew me, you would never have thought that I of all people would be writing a fashion blog, yet here I am, and I’m loving every minute of it. To tell you the truth, since starting TFJ my mind has never stopped working, and it’s exhausting, but I’m so passionate about this that I don’t care, doing this gives me a reason to strive for things, to work hard so that one day I can dedicate myself solely to The Fashion Journals.

In order to do this, I want to encourage you to connect as much as possible. I want to write this for you, so I need you to tell me what you want to see. Is there a piece of clothing that you have an have no idea to style it? Is there an event you want me to cover? Curious about a beauty product? Just ask!

So, finally, I want to thank everyone for your support, without each and every one of you, I probably wouldn’t be so focused on building TFJ to be all that it can be. This site wouldn’t have the life and atmosphere that it does if it weren’t for you, so thank you.

xx DS