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Monday, July 21, 2014

Outfit

Hi everyone. Today I wanted to show you my sunflower skirt from my recent Modcloth haul. I’ve done a lot of shopping lately so I’m hoping to put together a post to collectively show you all my new pieces. My spending is a little out of control at the moment because I’ve been feeling sad and bored with life and shopping is the only way I know how to deal with my feelings. I really need to sort out my spending but for now I will just enjoy the clothes. Modcloth has some great sales lately and this skirt was a bargain. I’ve had it for awhile now but I still consider it new since this weekend was my first time wearing it because it needed to be hemmed. Fortunately my mum was generous and kind enough to hem the skirt for me. It was a bigger job than most- the full circle design of this skirt means there was a mass of material! This skirt is actually supposed to be a midi skirt design- in the Modcloth Style Gallery so many people have styled the midi length skirt beautifully. However, that length just does not suit me. It’s too much material and I think it swamps me. So, to make it more consistent with my personal style, I got it hemmed to above the knee. I thought that was a good balance since it’s still long enough to maintain the shape and the pattern. This skirt is just asking to be paired with yellow so the obvious choice was my Alannah Hill cardigan. This has been a good cardigan over the years but I’m sad that it’s started to lose its shape; it’s no longer fitted and I wouldn’t wear it with all the buttons closed because it would look really baggy. While I’d never say Alannah Hill cardigans are ever bad quality, there is certainly a huge variation with the quality. Some are made from gorgeous material that would last pretty much forever and others are fairly average. Unfortunately this one probably won’t last much longer. The weather is extremely cold at the moment, I cannot even deal with it. It was absolutely freezing taking these photos. These are my inside clothes at the moment. If you were to see me at the bus stop in the mornings I’d definitely be sporting a different look- coat, scarf, gloves and even tracksuit pants.
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Hell Bunny Sunflower Sunset Skirt from Modcloth
Alannah Hill Til it Shines Cardigan 
Alannah Hill 'Hold Me Down' Bag
Florsheim Heels

Linking to: More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, How I Summer,

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Makeup Review: Savvy High Shine and Ultra Matte Lipglosses

Hi everyone. Today I have a different style of post which is a makeup review. I don't often post about makeup because 1. I'm not particularly proficient at makeup and 2. I have the same makeup every single day. However I thought it could be interesting to show a different dimension to my blog and also I found an amazing new product which I really wanted to share...that is the Savvy High Shine and Ultra Matte lipglosses. 


I found these at Priceline. I wasn't familiar with the brand but I believe it is an Australian brand. I was impressed by the colour range and the affordability of only $7.99. (I was able to purchase three or four lip glosses for the price I'd normally pay for one). For this product, some of the colours are a high shine version and others are a matte version. I like both so much that I now own four different shades. I often feel extremely frustrated when buying lipglosses and lipcolours. This is mainly because it is so difficult to find products that actually stay on the lips and are intense enough in their shade. I often find colour ranges generic and boring so the variety of Savvy colours immediately stood out.  Both the high shine and matte appear glossy when applied but soon after the matte version loses its wetness and sets. It stays on slightly better than the gloss version and is more smudge proof but both generally perform well in this area. I sometimes add clear gloss over the top of the matte version because I prefer the shiny look.  I like to be brave when it comes to lip colours. I hope I can build up the courage to try the bright orange version. I'm very pleased to discover this product and can't speak highly enough of it. For me, there are no negatives. (I apologise these photos aren't the best- Expect to see more of these lipglosses, incorporated into my outfits, on my blog. 

Main Benefits:
-affordability (only $7.99)
-colour range
-durability


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It may not appear so from the photos but this is definitely the colour which is most out of my comfort zone. It's extremely unique and stands out so much once applied. I look really different in this colour. However I like that and it's the shade which made me go back to Priceline to purchase subsequent colours. It reminds me of Barbie pink. This colour comes in the high gloss version and is perfectly suits my existing girly look.

Rodeo Drive
This is more of a fluro shade than it appears in this photo and makes such a statement. It;s extremely bright and fun and I rarely see a makeup product in this hue. This is the colour I've been utilising the most lately and is quite possibly my favourite in the range. This colour comes in the matte version.
 

Fame and Glory
As a lover of the classic red lip, I'm very fussy when it comes to finding the right red lipgloss but this one meets my standards. Since it's a safe choice for me and has formed part of my everyday makeup routine for awhile now, it was definitely a must buy. It's a lighter shade of red (I note a deeper shade of red is available in this range and is called "Miss Monroe which I prefer. This colour comes in the high gloss version and is perfectly suits my existing look.  


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This is a purple hue so I wasn't sure of exactly what to expect from the shade. However, I am very impressed and it makes a fun alternate to the generic reds and pinks that we so often see. I am surprised by the wearability of this colour; it comes out much more purple on the swatch but really fits in with the rest of my makeup once applied. It' reminds me of a mulberry pink/purple shade. This colour comes in the matte version.

Savvy High Shine and Ultra Matte lipglosses are available from Priceline here. There are several other shades. The next one I want to try is 'Bright Lights.'

Has anyone tried this product before? 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daisy Print

Just a quick post today to show you a few pieces in one of my current favourite designs, which is daisy print. I know I'm not the only one to love all things daisy; it's a print which has made quite an impact in the blog world. It's also been popular for a little while now but, for me, it's not a passing trend because I think I'll like it forever. It follows on from my recent love of yellow; it's a very fun and happy design. I don't have too many daisy items myself but I would like to collect more. It has inspired me to wear my daisy print dress again which I posted here. I've had it for a couple of years and it's still the best. I also have my daisy embellished flats which I posted here. Of course I have my Marc by Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance and  a daisy collage wouldn't be complete without that. At the top of my daisy wishlist is the beautiful bag in the collage which I also showed you here.

Daisy Print

Friday, July 11, 2014

Outfit

Finally, after a lengthy search, I have found myself a galaxy dress. I’m very late in catching on to the galaxy trend; I have always loved the concept of galaxy but it was a matter of finding the right piece. This dress is from Modcloth and I purchased it in the recent sale along with a few other dresses and skirts which I look forward to showing you. There are many different variations on the galaxy theme but it is the colour mix I like about this particular dress. It’s also very versatile and well suited to my wardrobe. I have lots of pink and in the last year I’ve acquired a number of turquoise and duck egg blue pieces from Alannah Hill. After wearing the dress a couple of times with my pink cardigan I thought it would be fun to pick up the darker background colour and switch to a navy blue cardigan. I liked the way it turned out. My turquoise ‘Hold Me Down’ bag from Alannah Hill was too much of a perfect match not to pair with my galaxy dress. I went for silver heels since metallic/silver reminds me of outer space! Speaking of galaxy print, I ended up purchasing the ‘When the Planets A-Dine’ Plate Set from Modcloth which I posted in my wishlist here. I’m so happy with my galaxy plates and love the way they look in the house. As it says on the box “put a new spin on dinner” and “make every meal out of this world.”

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Modcloth 'Day off the Grid Dress in Galaxy'
Alannah Hill 'My Crushing Crush' Cardigan
Mimco Kiss Heels
Alannah Hill 'Hold Me Down' Bag

Linking to: Elegance and Mommyhood, What I Wore Wednesday, How I SummerMore Pieces of Me, On the Daily ExpressFashion Item Friday

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Outfit

Today I have my new dress, which I received courtesy of OASAP, to show you. I also own this dress in purple which I posted here . Often, when I find a piece I love from OASAP, I order it in multiple colours; I can have true confidence in my order. Also I've wanted a white dress for so long. A white dress is so clean, fresh, classy and beautiful. From what I've observed, the little white dress is starting to take on the properties of the little black dress or the little red dress; it's a must have piece. I look forward to spring when I can wear this little white dress in all its glory. Today I had to make it more appropriate for winter. I like the way this combination came together; it's one of the rare occasions where I didn't give it much thought but it seemed to work. I knew I wanted to wear a piece which had been under utilised in recent times; the cardigan (and bag actually) fit that criteria as it's been sitting around in my wardrobe for far too long. I adore heart print and rainbow hearts are even better! The star fish earrings pictured above are from the same OASAP order. They are one of my favourite pairs since they are super adorable and incorporate two of my favourite aspects- rainbow colours and pearls. The same goes for my USA flag print bag. It's so unique and the beaded detailing is really beautiful. I've had this bag since I was about 14 or 15 years old. At that time, and for many years, I was super obsessed with the USA. I loved American accents especially, knew a lot about the country and desperately wanted to visit. So my aunt bought me this bag for Christmas one year. It was really thoughtful and is special to me today since it brings back so many memories. I still haven't been to the USA but I would very much like to (if I can ever get past my fear of plans and my inability to save money). We can also see this bag as a contribution to all the Independence Day inspired looks I have been seeing on blogs lately. I did wear green on St Patrick's Day so that's only fair! On another note, my blog seems to give an unrealistic view of the weather in Sydney. It appears from my pictures that it's pretty warm here.  While it's a warmer winter than usual and we probably don't know the true meaning of the season in Australia, I sure think it's freezing walking to the bus stop at 7.15 in the mornings for work. I'm mostly seen in my pink coat and a scarf these days. even at the office I even had to resort to taking an electric blanket in to work it's so cold; it increases the motivation to go to work a little. 

Thank you so much for your comments on my last post. It was so incredibly lovely and I am very grateful. I didn't expect so many of you to take the time to actually read my whole post and to go to the effort of leave me a reassuring comment and speaking about a topic other than fashion. I expected maybe a few people would do that but definitely not in the quantity I received. Your support doesn't go unnoticed and it helps a little given that I feel so alone most of the time. I hope that one day I can write about how I came through the other side but for now that will have to remain a very distant hope.

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Lush Lace Short Sleeve Chiffon Dress c/o OASAP
Alannah Hill Queen of Hearts Cardigan
Mimco First Kiss Pumps
USA Flag Print Beaded Handbag 
Beaded Star Fish Earrings c/o OASAP 

Linking to:  Share in Style: White, More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Outfit

Firstly I wanted to share my happy and bright outfit with you. In recent times I've come to love yellow despite many years of not wearing it previously. I was really missing out because I absolutely adore yellow and now I'm slowly building up a collection of yellow pieces. I've had this cardigan for awhile and it instantly adds so much to a look. I love the beads, detailing and sequin buttons. Also following on from the yellow theme is this coat I received courtesy of Sheinside. This is a website I've come across recently; they have some lovely pieces and are definitely worth checking out. A yellow coat is an item I've wanted from ages so it was an obvious choice for me. I love the little bow and the collarless design seems very modern. I like the length of it against my floral skirt. This skirt has been one of my favourites for so many years. Not only do I adore the colourful floral design, I think the embroidered detailing is a special feature. It's another treasure which my mother in law bought me back in the days I miss so much. My shoes deserve a mention since they are my latest bargain. Can you believe I purchased these from Kmart for only $15. I love them so much that I'm tempted to buy many pairs and stock them up so I can wear these shoes for ever. I actually like the shoes in Kmart and Target, if you're there at the right time you can undoubtedly find bargains.

My blog makes me feel like I'm living a lie. The life I present here with the endless supply of clothes, bright colours, pretty pieces, kitty cats and unicorns is so different to how I feel in reality. I am the most depressed, miserable, unhappy and worthless person in the world. I try not to make my blog about that my hopelessness but occasionally I just can't stand being so fake. You are all so nice to me by complimenting my outfits and saying I'm sweet and kind (your friendship has saved me many times) but I doubt you'd like me in real life. I've always found it hard to make friends and initiate conversations but now it's becoming worse. My depression has ruined all my relationships; I'm hard to be around because I'm always sad, I feel like a burden no one understands me and I'm taken my anger out on others more times than I like to remember. I feel alone and unwanted. I feel like a shadow of my former self and powerless to change. I am so horrendously unhappy. It's a struggle to get out of bed on the weekend to take these pictures. In the past I've written about some of my experiences with depression and anxiety; I even mentioned how work gave me a purpose and changed my life immensely. All of that means nothing now and I feel stupid for saying it. My depression returned this year and to an absolutely unprecedented level; the pain and anger I feel towards the world is indescribable. Each day is a struggle and I feel so hopeless. I'd be here forever if I were to explain it all. I've tried so many times to make changes and have a fresh start but it never works. I'm exhausted and don't have the strength. I guarantee that tomorrow I'll feel just the same, eternal suffering, forever in pain. People ask me if I've tried certain things to improve my situation or get help. I assure you I've tried everything imaginable. There's no happy ending for me but when others believe in me more than I do myself, it provides a little hope.  

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Forever New Floral Embroidery Skirt
Forever New 'From Paris with Love Bag'
Alannah Hill Til It Shines Cardigan
Girl Xpress Floral Top
Girl Xpress Flats 
Yellow Bowknot Front H-Line Simple Wool Blend Coat c/o Sheinside

Linking to: What I Wore Wednesday, More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Fashion Item Friday

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Current Loves

Daisy print has become so popular in the blog world in recent times so I know I'm not the only one who loves daisies. I wish I had more daisy print so this would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. Daisies are so adorable, sweet and beautiful; a daisy bag would look so lovely with my printed dresses. For some reason daisy print reminds me of carefree summer days and scenic locations. so it's nice when a piece provides positive connotations. This website has a number of pretty little bags.


I am so in love with these shoes and I've had my eye on them for a number of weeks now. I just wish they'd come on sale. They also come in both teal and black. My first thought when I spotted them was that they would have made the perfect shoes for my wedding. The theme for my wedding was purple and, two years ago, we had such difficulty finding purple shoes for the bridesmaids. In the end I went for black shoes with  diamante heels. Regardless, I still have so many reasons for these shoes in my life. 

I mentioned this dress in my post last week but, since it's my absolute favourite dress in the whole world right now, it definitely deserves to be in another post. This dress is so unique, classy, vintage and beautiful; it's a real treasure. I tried it on in the Kitten D'Amour shop in the city recently and instantly fell in love. I am saving up the money to buy it because it is too special to pass up.

Kitten D'Amour God Save the Kitten Cardigan
Following on from my currently love for Kitten D'Amour, this grape cardigan is right at the top of my choices. I have this cardigan, in a different colour scheme, from many years ago which I posted here. I've had so much use from the versatile classy piece and I know the grape version would be no exception.  The lace, velvet trim and bows are super adorable; the colour is very rich and special.
Nasty Girl Shelling Out Bag 
I adore the holograhic trend and I'm still yet to add any pieces to my collection. This is the perfect accessory; it's such a pretty,sweet and adorable bag. I love the sparkly rainbow elements and the beautiful shell design; it reminds me of a magical mermaid It would look especially perfect with a summer dress. I particularly have a white dress in mind to pair with this little bag.

Air of Adorable Dress
I posted another hot air balloon printed dress from Modcloth in my previous wishlist here so it's definitely one of my favourites right now. I like this particular one even better; the hot air balloons even have faces on them- best idea ever. The print is so adorable, special and incredibly happy; I love all the colours against the dreamy and magical pale blue sky. This is totally my style and would really brighten up the day.


 I don't wear a lot of black but I fell in love with this cardigan the moment I saw it. It also comes in white and a very unique shade of olive green. I love the bow detailing and the sparkly buttons, as is always the case with Alannah Hill cardigans. I especially love this cardigan because it looks so warm and cosy; it's primarily made from angora. It's freezing leaving for work in the morning so that's another reason why this cardigan has so much appeal.

What's on your wishlist right now?