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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Handbags 101

Recently I was contacted by Rue La La, an online store offering desired brands at members only prices, to introduce their Handbag Style Guide which can be found here. It is a resource with a great deal of interesting and important information about handbags including a history of different styles through the decades, a description of iconic designer labels, tips on how to care for handbags and an outline of the different types of handbags. I definitely recommend you take a look at the site.

I thought I'd start off by showing you my handbag essentials. Inspired by the typical 'what's in your bag' post, I often find it interesting to see what others carry in their bags.

My Handbag Essentials
-Guess Wallet
-Frozen Coins
-Ted Baker Makeup Bag
-Hair Comb
-Security Pass for Building Access at Work
-Red Lipstick! (and clear gloss)
-Keys
-Earphones
-Phone 

The handbag guide also shows some of the designer label signatures. I find this particularly interesting given my recent interest in designer handbags following the time I borrowed a real Chanel handbag. 
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The handbag guide outlines the different styles of bags so I thought I'd show you my favourite types to get an idea of what works for me:

The Clutch 










I love clutch bags; they are so adorable and sweet. Of course they aren't the most practical of bags (I even have a couple that can't even fit in a iphone inside) but I try and make them work as much as possible. They are great for a night out and sometimes I take them into work in addition to another bag. I have so many clutch bags and here are some of them:


The Tote










I definitely believe the tote is the most popular type of bag out there; that's no surprise given it's so useful, practical, large and versatile. I especially love my tote bags by Guess and I can never resist adding a new one to my collection. I favour the tote bag over the hobo style bag because I like the structure of the tote.  Here are a few of my tote bags:


The Pouchette

This style of bag appears to be what I would call a flap bag. I was very interested to read that the shape is inspired by a loaf of bread tucked under a French girl's arm (how crazy is that?!) I don't have too many pouchettes but I do like the style and would definitely like to add more to my collection. I love that it reminds me of many of the classic Chanel bags. Here are a few of mine:


Check out Handbags 101 here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Outfit

Hi everyone. Unfortunately this is my last post with the gorgeous, beautiful, pretty, exciting and perfect Chanel bag. I would like to borrow her again but for now she is back with her rightful owner. The opportunity to borrow a real Chanel bag for a couple of weeks was very dangerous for my future bank account; it has  made me want my very own Chanel bag ore than ever before. I maintain hope that I will have my very own special treasure one day (even if it is extremely far into the future). My dress is another piece which my friend had custom made for me in Hong Kong. Like my yellow coat from my last post, this piece is perfect for me and holds the excitement of being designed exactly the way I wanted it. As I mentioned, I used the opportunity to have items made that I've searched for over the years but have never been able to find. I am a massive fan of velvet and always believe there isn't enough of it around. It is frustrating that velvet only ever seems to come in black, navy blue and burgundy (as much as I love my dresses in those shades, a little variety would be desirable too). I adore the elegant and regal feel of velvet and I believe those elements are intensified in emerald green. Wow. There are so many styling possibilities for this dress. I especially love the combination of Chanel and velvet; to me it seems very elegant and classy...There's not much else to report here. My life is about work, work and work right now. It's a good job I like  this place so much.

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Chanel Bag (borrowed!)
Custom Made- Emerald Velvet Dress
Wittner Queen Heels
Multi Colour Rosette Necklace c/o OASAP
Pandora Bracelet  

Linking to: More Pieces of Me, What I Wore Wednesday, Whatcha Wearing Wednesday,

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New In

Hi everyone! Today I'd like to show you my new yellow coat. While all additions to a wardrobe are generally pretty exciting, this piece is extra special since it is custom made. A few weeks ago my friend visited Hong Kong and, appreciating my love for clothes, she asked if I'd like any clothes made. I certainly couldn't let that sort of opportunity pass me by, it felt like a dream come true (almost like being a fashion designer for a day). There have been many pieces I've searched for in the shops for a number of years but have never been able to find so I used this as a starting point. The most notable piece in this category was certainly a yellow coat (you may remember my post here where I wrote about narrowly missing out on a yellow Alannah Hill coat in the sales). In total I had five pieces made (three dresses, a coat and a skirt). I wanted to get hundred of clothes made but I didn't want to go too crazy since my friend was already going to so much effort on my behalf. I also got all the dresses made in the same pattern for a similar reason (but I think they look different enough being in contrasting materials). The process involved selecting one of my existing dresses (for example), then I purchased material and asked for a dress in the exact same design. If I ever end up visiting Hong Kong, it could be dangerous in terms of the amount of clothes I'd want to get made. While I was certainly looking forward to receiving all my new clothes I didn't imagine them to quite as spectacular as they turned out to be. It was so fun seeing my ideas come to life. The part that impresses me the most is the extent to which each piece resembles the item it was modeled from. I have no idea how they get it so accurate but each piece is absolutely identical. This coat isn't exactly the most simplistic design with the gathered waist and the beautiful collar. I can't even explain how impressed I am by those skills. My new yellow coat was modeled on my Alannah Hill 'Secret of Secrets Coat' which I posted here. I must say I like the yellow version much more. My friend selected the pretty pearl buttons which are perfect. I couldn't possibly be happier with my new coat. It is one of the stand out pieces in my wardrobe.

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Soon I will show you the other clothes I had custom made.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Admission as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

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On Friday 10 October 2014 I was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I still can't believe it: I never thought this could ever possibly happen. It means so much to me because of all the struggles along the way. I never felt good enough to be in this career and experienced indescribable anxiety and depression along the way. I almost quit university on numerous occasions because I was so incredibly miserable there. I also never expected to go undertake post graduate study which is also necessary to become a lawyer; that was the big decision I made this year to study at The College of Law. Friday was a very lovely day. The weather was warm and sunny. The admission ceremony was interesting. The formalities were a great experience; I loved it when the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court read out my name and officially admitted me as an officer of the court. I had lots of family there to celebrate. I wish the day wasn't over.

In terms of my outfit, I selected this dress for the occasion many months ago. It's from Kitten D'Amour and as soon as I saw it in the store I knew it would be the dress for my admission (not that I by any means needed a new dress but becoming a lawyer is a pretty good justification). The dress code for the event was business attire but for me that simply wasn't going to happen (I hate business clothes and don't even wear them to my actual job). I thought this dress was a good compromise between business attire and what I would have worn had there been no dress code). In my mind I certainly justified it as the perfect dress. As it turns out business clothes is often interpreted rather broadly. I love this dress so much I believe it's very elegant and classy. The velvet ribbon detailing (which is present on so many Kitten D'Amour pieces), the stripe design, the cameo, the lace and the neckline are all such gorgeous details.

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Kitten D'Amour High Society Opera Dress
Chanel Bag (borrowed!)
Wittner Queen Heels
Prouds Pearls 
Pandora Bracelet 

Linking to: Fashion Item Friday, Watcha Wearing Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, More Pieces of Me

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Outfit

There are two very notable and exciting parts to my outfit today. The first is that, yes, I am holding a real CHANEL bag. Unfortunately I do not own it; my life long goal is that one day I may own my very own Chanel bag. It belongs to my mother in law and she's allowed me to borrow if for my admission as a lawyer tomorrow. She mentioned this near the beginning of the year and it's an aspect of admission I've looked forward to ever since. Because I am so in love with it and I don't know when the next time I hold a Chanel bag will be, I decided to take some pictures with it. Can you tell how much I love it from the pictures where I'm hugging this treasure? I am super in love with her (this bag needs a name); the perfect quilting, the beautifully crafted hardware, the perfectly structured logos and the classy deep red lining are all stand out features. It's so classy and the ultimate fashion piece. I also believe it would make a wonderful decoration for the house.

Next I have my new skirt by Pho Sizzle Threads. I've written a few times about this fun and creative emerging label. After owning my namesake skirt, 'The Imogen Skirt', I decided it was time to add the Berry Pencil Skirt to my wardrobe.  The print  is just the best. I adore the scalloped hem and the blue pocket/trim detailing. It's lovely quality; a structured design while maintaining flexibility. There sure is a lot going on in this outfit and I can't quite believe that of all the items in my wardrobe I chose to pair chevron with this skirt. But I love creating combinations which are unique. I wanted a thin top so it wouldn't look bulky under a pencil skirt and this chevron design just happens to be very slim lined. Chevron is a great print, I should really wear more of it.
As soon as I paired the two together I knew this would be the winning combination. 

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Chanel Bag (Borrowed!)
Pho Sizzle Threads Berry Pencil Skirt
Kmart Chevron Top
Pin Up Couture Heels via Kitten D'Amour (The Countess Kitten Shoe)
Prouds Pearls  

Linking to: Watcha Wearing Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, More Pieces of Me, Fashion Item Friday, Throw Back Thursday,

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Outfit

I adore this pink shirt right now. I love the vibrant pink shade, the polka dot design and the pretty velvet bow detailing. This is the same shirt I have in black which is the 'God Save the Kitten Blouse' from Kitten D'Amour. I posted it here although you couldn't really see much of it with a cardigan over the top. I much prefer it in pink but it's good to have the black version too because there will always be use for a black shirt. This particular shade of pink is probably my favourite ever colour but it's hard to find colours which are quite this bright. This is the outfit I wore to work last Monday and it was great to add some colour to the beginning of the week. I'm not too sure why I paired it with my teal skirt, it just randomly stood out to me as thought it was just asking to be a part of this look. The outfit possibilities for this shirt are endless and I especially have so many pattern mixing combinations in mind. I opted for the double polka dots with the shoes. I haven't worn these shoes in ages. I love wearing double of the same pattern in an outfit especially when broken up by a solid colour. 

In other news, on Friday I have my admission ceremony to become a lawyer. I am so excited and I wish it was Friday right now. There are very few things in life for which I ever get this excited.  I will write a blog post on it afterwards.

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Kitten D'Amour God Save The Kitten Blouse in Pink
Portmans Skater Skirt
Peep Toe Shoes Polka Dot Flats
Prouds Pearls
Equip Pearl Hair Bow

Linking to: Simple Sequins, What I Wore Wednesday, Confident Twosdays, Mix It Today, More Pieces of Me, On The Daily Express, How I Fall Link Up

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Makeup: Velour Lips by Australis

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about my new favourite lip colours from Savvy by DB. Last week I've discovered a range that I love just as much and that is the VelourLips by Australis. I've become much more interested in makeup recently partially because I've started following a few youtubers (that became my main hobby during winter time this year). After many year of only using very few different products, I've broadened my makeup collection. I still don't experiment a lot but these new products of mine make me wonder how I ever survived without them. As a result I'm much better at makeup now and therefore more interested in it. 

Australis is a brand to which I have paid very little attention in the past. However, when I was in Priceline I was drawn to the range ofVelourLips because of the vibrant shades. I often feel so frustrated that lip products come in very limited colour ranges. After researching the product subsequent to buying it, I realised that VelourLips has actually been around for quite a while so I am probably writing this post a year too late. However, I know that a number of these shades are new release so it is  still relevant. In my usual style, I ended up buying six different colours. There was a buy two get one free offer on Australis products in Priceline so that helped. 

These lip creams are a gloss when applied but dry to a matte finish. My preference, when it comes to lip products, is to use matte products but then add a clear lip gloss over the top. I hate using coloured since they are not very pigmented and can end up all over my face. I also hate using just matte products because of the dryness and also the look (I know this isn't the case for everyone but I prefer the look of glossy lips). So in the pictures below I have added clear gloss in each case. The staying  power of this product is amazing; it stays on well all day even after eating and drinking.  They are all well pigmented but I prefer to apply two layers since I like the shades to be extra bright. 

Main Benefits
-affordability ($9.95)
-colour range
-durability

Negatives
-the names seriously annoy me!


Lun Dun 
I usually don't wear lip colours this pale but I was looking for a third shade given the buy two get one free offer. I will probably wear it less often than many of the other shades but I still think it's very pretty. I've been using some vibrant lip eyeshadows recently so this paler lip colour does have its uses.

Mi-a-mee
I haven't worn this shade yet. I tried it out for the first time just now for the purposes of this post. It has a slight orange hue, I was surprised that it's more of a coral than a pink. I'm pleased about this because I've come to like coral more and more in recent times. I think I'll get a lot of use from this colour. 
  
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Red lips is part of my signature look; for the past few years I've had red lips almost every single day. I never try out a new brand without picking up the red too. I definitely love this red product. It's classic and beautiful. It's a very bright red; in contrast to the deeper red which I've been wearing a lot from the Savvy by DB range.

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This is certainly a bold choice and may not be to everyone's liking but I definitely adore it. I read on a website the other day that this wasn't a traditional work wear colour. Well, these rules never apply to me and  did wear this to work the other day. To be fair, it looks less crazy than it appears in this close up photo. I love how unique, bold bright this is; I seriously adore this and I think it's my favourite from the entire collection. 

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I've wanted an orange lip colour for quite awhile now so I thought I'd be brave and try this one. It's actually brighter in person so I feel rather daring.  I'm not used to orange so this will be one of the least wearable shades for me.  If I'd known that the Mi-a-mee shade was slightly orange then I may not have chosen this one. However, I'm up for the challenge of this bright orange.
  
Ma-li-boo
This shade is so bright that it's almost a fluro pink. Again it may not be to everyone's taste but it sure is to mine. I love this so much and it was the colour which initially drew me to this range. It's also the colour I was wearing  in my last outfit post with my pink tartan skirt. This is a really fun and summery shade; you can never have too much pink in your life. 
Has anyone ever tried this product?