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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Outfit

P1170702I have another pattern mixing outfit to show you today. There hasn't been much variety in my posts lately but I've been really busy and outfit posts are often the fastest to create. I also love fashion more than makeup and I have a few new outfits to show, so I guess many outfit posts makes sense anyway.  This is my most worn dress at the moment. The bicycle print is really sweet and unique. I love how there is netting underneath which creates a lovely vintage silhouette, but at the same time it's not as excessive as some of my dresses which makes it very wearable for every day. The cut out design is new for me; I often go for other necklines in Kitten D'Amour dresses but I now love this one too. This is an old design from Kitten D'Amour which I purchased from the Kitten D'Amour Buy, Swap and Sell Facebook group. I'm so pleased I joined the group. I can find designs I've never even seen before and which are even more limited that the designs currently sold in the stores. Despite many of the pieces commanding a very high price, this dress was an absolute bargain so I'm very lucky for that. I also found a very reputable seller so I look out for her for sale posts.

As you can see I'm really into pattern mixing at the moment. Unintentionally today's outfit appears to almost be a reverse of the outfit in my last post. Bicycle print and polka dots is probably quite a unique combination! I am also super in love with my glitter flats at the moment. During the course of my ankle injury I valued my pretty collection of flats when I couldn't wear heels. This particular pair are new from one of my recent ASOS orders. They were an absolute bargain; I can't believe some of the reductions available on ASOS in the sales. I'll show you a number of my recent purchases most likely in my next post; can't believe I haven't done a 'New In' post for so long. 

I'm going to try and return to running tomorrow. My doctor has advised that I'm allowed to run again; I'm so scared in case I injure my ankles again but I missed it while I was recovering. I'm going to have to take it extremely slow and not worry about the time/distance (which certainly doesn't come naturally to me) because the pain and inconvenience of my ankle injuries is not something I'll easily forget.

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Kitten D'Amour Bicycle Print Dress
Alannah Hill Cest La Vie Cardigan
Faith  Gypsy Pink Ombre Glitter Flats via ASOS
Victoria's Secret Bag

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Outfit

Hi everyone! As you can see I now own the pretty polka dot dress from my last post. I love it so much and it represents my style completely. I adore the sweetheart neckline, the fit and flare silhouette, the classic colour scheme and the high shine material. It also has a layer of tulle underneath which sets it apart from a number of other dresses. I like how versatile this dress is; the shiny material means it would be perfect with heels for a formal event. I also like the length of this dress with flats and it's great to style it for a more every day look. This is how I wore it to work last week. My bag is also relatively new and it's from Guess; if you haven't noticed by now I have such an obsession with Guess bags. I chose this one because it is a classy timeless piece in comparison with many of my other more fun bags. It was tempting to buy it in pink but I went for red for very much the same reason. The size is very practical and, even though you can't tell too well from the pictures, the embossed design on the front makes it look a little like a high end designer bag. It's crazy how many times I have more my Gloria flats from B.A.I.T Footwear. I also have them in black. For the past couple of months I have been alternating between the two colours most days. I am wearing the black version right now. They are very comfortable and I adore the style; I don't think I have ever had so much wear from a pair of shoes before. When they wear out, which probably won't be too far off, I will just have to buy them again; they are undoubtedly a staple for me now. If B.A.I.T Footwear ever bring them out in any other colours I would have to buy them immediately! 

My Gloria flats have been even more of a benefit lately as I've been unable to wear heels for the past two and a half weeks. I've torn the ligaments in my ankles from running. I'd only been back into running for a few weeks when the injury occurred and I'd been really enjoying going to the gym. I was feeling great to be having a healthier lifestyle and increasing the distances and improving my times made me feel so good. But I definitely over did it. I was running five times a week; in my first week back I ran a 7km and then a 9km in only my third week back. It was too much stress on my ankles and now I am paying the price. It's been very painful and inconvenient; getting to work and dealing wit public transport has been so difficult. I can finally walk properly and at a normal pace again but the swelling I still have really concerns me. I miss my high heels and my running. I am trying to keep positive because I'll be able to get back into it eventually. 
 
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Review Lady Bug Spot Dress
Alannah Hill Shower Me in Alannah Cardigan
Guess Korry Classic Tote
B.A.I.T Footwear Gloria Flats in Red
Kitten D'Amour Petite Cream Bow Belt
Valleygirl Earrings

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Current Loves

The release of the new Dolce Vita collection at Kitten D'Amour has been long anticipated. I saw the previews a number of months ago and new it would have some of the most beautiful pieces ever. However, even by those standards, I never expected to love this pretty lace dress quite as much as this. I tried it one a few days ago and it was even better than it appeared in the pictures. The lace is so gorgeous, I love the black detailing and the silhouette is very flattering; I tried a petticoat underneath which added even more impact. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. I'm sure it's worth the price but I have never spent so much on anything before. I do have a couple of more formal events coming up towards the end of the year so that would give me the excuse to spend money; you know what I am like!
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Kitten D'Amour Dolce Vita Dress
I never expected this dress to be one of my favourites when I went to view the new collection. However, I tried it on and it's one of the most beautiful dresses I've ever seen. Wow. The deep red lace contrasting detailing is such a unique and special feature. I also love the bow detailing, the buttons and the silhouette. Again I wish it was less expensive beacause I'd love to somehow add it to my wardrobe. I hardly ever wear black so it takes something extra amazing to make me want to introduce black to my style. The only issue I had when trying on this dress was the length. It's well below the knee and it would be difficult to hem with the quality material and tulle underskirt. I know this style of dress looks good when longer but I'm not as comfortable with that in comparison to above the knee length; it also doesn't give me as many options or dressing it down and wearing flats. However, if money was less of an object, this would be the second Dolce Vita piece I'd buy. I wish the cutout lace feature could be present on more clothes. 
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Lady Bug Spot Dress
There isn't possibly a dress which is more my style than a polka dot dress. It's always at the top of my wishlist no matter how many I have; it's great that different coloured and sized dots are capable of making each piece unique. The black and white is so classic and beautiful. I love the high shine material, sweetheart neckline and tulle underskirt; there are all my favourite features of a dress. 
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Review Bon Voyage Jumper
I've always been a fan of the nautical look so I'm always drawn to pieces of this nature. There's also a dress at Review which is nautical inspired that I love at the moment. The stand out anchor motif is an amazing feature and the red stripes on the sleeves are a lovely touch. It's a little more casual than what I usually wear but I like that, especially since it's winter and there's often nothing better than a cosy jumper. 

Pinup Girl Clothing My Little Pony Tote Bag,Pinup Girl Clothing Tote Bag,Pinup Girl Clothing Tinkerbell Bag
Pinup Girl Clothing always impresses me with the range of unique, fun and adorable bags. I seriously need this My Little Pony Bag in my life- rainbow, MLP and holographic material is just the best combination. I've also loved the range of Disney character totes bags from Pinup Girl Clothing for ages now; I included the Ariel and Belle versions on my wishlist a while ago.  I noticed there are a few new ones out such as Tinkerbell and Snow White. I most definitely need to get one. 



What are your favourites right now?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Outfit

image1 (2)Last weekend I helped my sister move into my house as she's staying with us for a few weeks before going overseas. It was a such a major and exhausting task but the one benefit was being able to take pretty pictures by the waterside. I love it when my outfit pictures are in this location; see also here and here. I'm so sad that she no longer lives here as this will be my last set of photos in this location (I told her to stay but she didn't listen). I'm happy with the way these pictures turned out and I especially love how red my hair looks. I can't believe the sunny weather; it's hard to believe it was the middle of winter (but unfortunately not every day is so beautiful at the moment). I've been looking forward to showing you my Emerald Green Dita Cardigan from Wheels and Dollbaby. I cannot believe how highly sought after these cardigans have become and the prices that are commanded by some of the rarer colour. Unfortunately I only discovered Dita Cardigans recently so I missed out on all the past collections over the years. But I was so happy that my new love for Dita Cardigans coincided with the release of the Emerald Green version. The peter pan collar and the velvet detailing is the stand out feature for me (I was so shocked and excited when I received it and found out the buttons and tie at the neck tie are velvet). The box it came in was amazing, so large and decorative that this truly is a luxury cardigan. I was pleased with the emerald shade. I have a number of green pieces and always enjoy wearing the colour. I wish Wheels and Dollbaby would release more colours but unfortunately that's not going to be for awhile. There are an endless number of outfit choices for the Dita Cardigan and I thought my skater skirt from Forever New was a perfect match. It's hard to find skirts this shape and in such structured material so that's what I love about. The skirt is also reversible so I'll have to wear the white version some time. It's part of a matching separates set so I'll also have to show you the top also.

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Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan in Emerald
Victoria's Secret Handbag
Forever New Reversible Skater Skirt
B.A.I.T Footwear Gloria Flats in Black

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Outfit & Life Update

I've planned to write this post for awhile now but I wanted to wait until it was official. It will also provide you with an update on my life and what I've been doing in my absence from blogging. I don't even know where to start but let's just say my life has completely transformed and I'm such a different person now in the best possible way. After almost two years of being a contractor at work I've finally been offered a permanent position as a Contract Specialist. It's been my dream since I started there to be taken on permanently but I never thought it would be in a position such as this. It's a job I never thought I'd ever be able to achieve. The associated benefits literally blow my mind; I never thought I'd be so lucky even when I was much older than in my mid twenties. It's life changing because it feels like I've entered a new world; I can save up to achieve dreams which I never used to think were realistic.

I cannot possibly put into words how much work has already changed my life already in the past two years.  I actually become really emotional thinking about it and piecing together the parts of my journey which led me to where I am today. I am left completely and utterly speechless that something so good could happen to me. A large part of the reason why it's so significant for me is because of this journey. I've hated my life for most of the last ten years (or more) and have been deeply unhappy. I've been at absolute rock bottom and even felt like living itself wasn't even worth it. The years of major anxiety I experienced and the deep feelings of depression consumed my life for as long as I can remember. I think about to two years ago when I literally lied in bed and cried every day for months on end. The feelings of worthlessness, failure and self hatred that defeated me for almost my entire life. I also hated every second of university and was so miserable there; for the first time ever all those years finally feel worth it. I feel like I've been through a lot to get to where I am and that makes my current successes even more of an achievement. 

It's incredible to think about how every single aspect of my life has been changed because of work. I'm so much more positive about everything. I am so grateful for the opportunity I've been provided with and I know every single day how lucky I am. I've been pushed out of my comfort zone in so many respects that I rarely suffer from anxiety these days (two years ago I would have had a panic attack at the mere thought of running meetings, making phone calls or engaging in my current level of social interaction). I can start a conversation with anyone now and I don't think I'm shy anymore. The self worth I've developed is life changing; being told I've done a good job or I'm experienced at a certain task has such a profound impact on me. It's also the first time I've ever felt like I fit in. I feel like a valued member of the team that I'm well liked. These are all such new experiences for me. I've met the most incredible people. There are a few in particular that are responsible for providing me with the opportunity for this job to turn into what it has today and who I admire more than I could explain. I love being around positive and educated people all day who care about self improvement and push me to be better. It shocks me every single day that I fit in in a world like this.

I'm really proud of myself (and I never say that). I've put everything I have into work and made it my whole life. I've never tried so hard at anything before and it's incredible to see the hard work pay off. I had nothing to lose when I started and I knew that it was the way out of everything I hate about my life. It's been the best thing that's ever happened to me and I couldn't be happier. I can't wait until tomorrow as it's the official start date.

Now onto my outfit.  I love this coat from Kitten D'Amour because it's pink and fluffy! I adore the structured design and the longer length (very practical for those early mornings traveling to work). It's so glam, classy and vintage in style. I couldn't put it down when I saw it in the store. I'm so glad I bought it because it's actually a very practical purchase; it's so warm and I get much use from it. This is also my very first pair of Kurt Geiger heels! (I've since bought them in hot pink also). I adore this brand of shoes and am admiring so many pairs at the moment. However, Kurt Geiger is usually out of my price range. But the sales have been pretty amazing lately and I scored these for 65% off the original retail price. Speaking of good discounts, my dress is another amazing sales find. It's been awhile since I acquired a new Review dress and I've missed them (while I've been cheating on Review with Kitten D'Amour). I adore the different colour combinations for this dress; the options are completely endless.

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Kitten D'Amour Bella Senora Coat
Review Como Rose Dress
Victoria's Secret Handbag
Review Cardigan
Kurt Geiger London Anja Heels

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Outfit

Hi everyone! I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted on my blog; three weeks must be the longest break I've ever had. I've been so busy with work as per my last post. I'm planning to make more of an effort to fit blogging into my schedule from now on like I used to. I have a number of ideas for posts including showing you recent purchases and my new favourite makeup product which I recently discovered. My top is one of these recent purchases from the Soho Collection from Kitten D'Amour. I wasn't so sure about this collection when it was released; maybe because it's not as colourful as my other pieces.  I decided to try on this piece regardless and surprisingly fell in love with it. I love the fitted design and the oversized collar is very beautiful. I can't believe I overlooked this top to begin with; now I totally couldn't deal without it in my wardrobe. There have been some pretty amazing sales recently which allowed me to acquire the other elements of my outfit. This is my first ever Victoria's Secret bag and I was lucky enough to get it at 50% off. I love the pink colour scheme, the structured shape and the golden hardware. My shoes were another bargain as they were only $20 from Target. The skirt is from Forever New. I can never have enough skater skirts and they are often difficult to find. I didn't realisev how much of a perfect match the top and skirt were until I tried them on together; now they seem like they could be a matching set. 

I'll make my way through your comments this week, apologies for the delay.  

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Kitten D'Amour Soho Top
Target Heels
Forever New Skirt
Victoria's Secret Pink Bag

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Outfit

Hi all. I've been rather absent in the blog world for the last couple of weeks; it feels like so long since I've spent time replying to comments and posting regularly. I've been so busy with work that I've barely had a spare moment. Fortunately I don't mind working a lot as it provides me with so many benefits and a real sense of achievement; more on that soon. But I definitely need to find the time to talk to all my friends here again soon. 

This pretty lace top is the latest addition to my wardrobe. I never expected to buy this piece when the Bella Senora Collection came out at Kitten D'Amour as I thought there would be too much material at the front for it to suit me. However, I decided to try it on a number of weeks after it came out when it came on sale and I completely changed my mind. I loved it immediately and couldn't possibly leave the store without it. It seems a little different from my other tops and it'll go with pretty much anything. It's also very comfortable and warm. So pleased I now have this top. The skirt appears to be a good match with the white base and the touches of black which tie the two pieces together. I purchased the skirt from Forever 21 awhile ago. I only have a few pieces from Forever 21; there haven't been too many items I've wanted to buy there but the ones I do have I certainly love very much. Now finally onto my shoes as they are my favourites at the moment. They are of course another gem from B.A.I.T Footwear. For the last few weeks I've worn B.A.I.T Footwear almost exclusively, alternating between three pairs. They are so comfortable and such adorably beautiful designs. I love the vintage inspiration and in particular the 40s vibe to this pair. I just found out that these shoes come in a variety of glitter shades including gold, silver, pink and blue! WOW! Blue glitter here I come...

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Kitten D'Amour Bella Senora Ruffle Top in Black and White
Forever 21 Skirt
Guess Delaney Tote Bag in Polka Dot
B.A.I.T Footwear Robbie Heels in Black