Tuesday, March 20, 2018

How I'm Trying To Become A Less Trashy Person

If you know me outside the internet you know I've got a bit of a favourite topic at the moment and it's zero waste. We're such a wasteful society and the amount of plastic and crap that goes into landfill only to sit there, clogging up our beautiful planet until it breaks down in a few hundred years, is disgusting.

The point of this post isn't to preach at you (although I do strongly suggest you go do your own research into the effect waste is having on this world) or turn my blog into a eco-friendly one, but rather to show that nobody is perfect but you can make small changes that have a big impact. I've started making changes mostly in the bathroom, which you'll see in the list, because I think it's easier to slowly adopt a lifestyle than throw everything out and start again (also that would totally defeat the purpose of zero waste). I still have a LONG way to go but here are some ways I'm becoming a less trashy person...

Shaving With A Safety Razor

A safety razor is a reusable stainless steel handle that uses double edged blades, and it's the best thing I own! Not only are they great for the environment, a total bargain (mine cost me $50 and the blades are 15 cents each!), but it's also the best shave I have ever had. Ever. It's so close and smooth. I get a lot less shaving rash because I'm not using a bacteria filled razor that I need to replace every two shaves. It's a total dream and you can read all about my obsession with it here on my friend Lottie's zero-waste online store and blog Banish (see, I'm not crazy, other people are into saving the planet too).

Saying No To Plastic Bags

This is the most simple thing ever, all you have to do it remember to do it! My New Year resolution was to not get a single plastic bag at the shops for all of 2018. It's March and I've only forgotten once, so I'd say that's pretty good! I just make sure I bring my own reusable bags to do groceries and have a canvas bag when I go shopping. There's a perverse pleasure I get when a shop assistant asks if I'd like a bag and I get to say no.

Using Washable Makeup Remover Pads

I used to use cotton rounds to remove my makeup every night and while I purchased bulk packs of 200, it's still plastic packaging I could avoid. So I did some research and found a lot people in the zero waste community mention round washable pads. Heaps of sellers on Etsy sell them so I bought a bunch and have never looked back. They remove my makeup just the same as disposable ones and I can throw them in the wash at the end of the week and do it all again without contributing to landfill! I even have some I use for removing nail polish and they come out great in the wash too. My only regret is buying white pads, the mascara doesn't quite come out and I think a dark colour would have been better in hindsight. If you can (or have a mum that can) sew you can even make your own with old t-shirts!

Lathering Up With Naked Shower Products

I'm a HUGE Lush fan and they already make great low impact products and recycle every container, but they went next level at the end of last year and started making naked products, which means they don't have a container. We're talking not just shampoo bars, but body wash and moisturiser too! The body wash has the same consistency as the bottled gels and it's in a bottle shape which I just love for the novelty factor. Lush isn't super cheap but they do last a long time, so if you can't be bothered finding recipes to make your own shampoo bars and DIY body washes, this is the place to go.

Being Really Annoying About Straws

If it's my round at the bar, you ain't getting a straw. Not only am I making the call for myself that straws suck (literally and figuratively) but I'm making the same call for you. A lot of bars in Sydney (where I'm from) have taken to banning them from their establishments which is an AMAZING step in the right direction, and for those places that haven't, I just say "no straw" the same as I would for the plastic bag. This does mean no more takeaway juices but the plastic cups are terrible for the environment anyway so it's dine (drink?) in only for me!

Using A Keep Cup

I have a new rule: no keep cup, no coffee. I have an amazing Frank Green cup for weekends or the commute, and then another keep cup at work in case the mood strikes for a coffee. This way I really have no excuse to get a take away cup since there's always one on hand. And if there's not, well tough luck but I either sit in and have the coffee or go without. Tough love may not for everyone but just treat it like the old primary school rule of 'no hat, no play'.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How To Make The Perfect Margarita

There are only a handful of things in this world I truly care about, and margaritas makes the cut. They're fresh, sassy and strong (all qualities I hope I embody also). Margaritas are a very big deal in my friendship group, so much so that my best friend Alex and I actually have an Instagram page dedicated to sampling and reviewing margaritas called muchomargaritas! (You can check it out and give it a follow here if you like). The appreciation for a good marg runs deep.

That's why today is basically Christmas for me, it's NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY! Obviously I'll be celebrating with a margarita or three, but if you can't get out on the town and still want to partake in a tipple, here is my perfect, and super easy, margarita recipe...

I've listed Cointreau as my triple sec of choice but you can swap this out for whichever takes your fancy. 

I also haven't listed a tequila as tastes vary a lot here. One friend swears by Don Julio, while another won't hear a bad thing about Patron. Pick your own favourite but if you're not a tequila buff, I'd recommend starting with a gold tequila (the amber coloured ones) as they tend to be tastier and better quality. 

I also don't add any sweetener to my margaritas because I'm sweet enough (yawn at the joke, sorry haha) but if you MUST, use agave syrup. That makes it what's generally known as a Tommy's Margarita. 

Lastly, once you've shaken this all together, don't ruin it with too much ice (3 cubes are enough) or a table salt rim. Use rock salt, it looks and tastes better.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

5 Tips For Autumn Layering

Don't let Summer fool you. Those cool breezes and random rainy days? Autumn is on it's way! I for one am not too sad about it because I'm simply to delicate for Australian Summers, so the inbetweeners, AKA Autumn and Spring, are where it's at. I also find I can get more creative with my style in those months and that's all thanks to layering. Here are five quick tips to nail Autumn layering this year.

1. Pair Opaque Tights With Knit Dresses
A cute knit dress in an A-line shape is perfect for weekends. Add a pair of opaque tights if it's on the cooler side or night time, or even try it on for size with a pair of thigh high boots. 

Knit dress: Pretty Little Thing, Boots: Tony Bianco

2. Go Big With A Fuzzy Cardigan
Loop knit and fur coats have been big for a year or two now, and the reason the lighter throw on cardigan and knitwear varieties stick around is because they really are SO easy to layer. Chuck it on over the top of any outfit for instant chic.

3. Jeans And A Tee Never Disappoints
Much like 'jeans and a nice top' is the go-to for house parties and first dates, 'jeans a tee' is the recipe for Autumn weather in my opinion. Pick a cute pair of jeans, your favourite t-shirt (or jumper if it's cold) and a fun jacket and go.

Jumper: Glassons, Jeans: Pretty Little Thing, Shoes: Next Official, Bag: Vintage Louis Vuitton

4. Go Streamlined With A Silk Duster Coat
The opposite of the fuzzy cardigan, a sleek calf-grazing duster coat or kimono in a satin fabric will give you the appearance of being rugged up without the bulk and heat. Walking around a lot and know you'll work up a sweat? This is the answer.

5. Give A Vibrant Knit Time To Shine
Great for the office or dinner with the girls, a form-fitting midi skirt or sweater in a stretchy knit looks sophisticated but can also be paired with boots, heels, sandals or sneakers depending on the weather. The top half and bottom halves are then super customisable: t-shirts, blouses, jackets or coats all play nicely with the skirt, while fun jeans, A-line skirts and leather all go well with sweaters.

Jumper: Pretty Little Thing, Jeans: Pretty Little Thing, Boots: ASOS, Bag: ASOS, Coffee cup: Local cafe who is amazing and does eco-friendly takeaway cups

BONUS TIP: A big cotton scarf is your best friend in Autumn. Use it wisely and often. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What I Learnt In 2017

Drum roll please... *silently nods to thank you all* Yes, I am back with my annual wrap up/life advice/musings that you should or should not listen to depending on your own experiences and judgement. But I am probably right so take note.
2017 was a pretty solid year for me. I got a kick ass new job, got approved for a loan (so hopefully will buy my first home soon), went to Morocco for the first time and Spain for the third time and re-jigged my love life. Without further blathering, here's everything I learnt in 2017...

  • Cheese gives you weird dreams.
  • The trick to getting shit done is to find a way to make the unbearable more bearable i.e. exercise is more likely to happen for me when there are rewards involved.
  • Don't feel ashamed about trying to get closure, at least you won't wonder anymore.
  • Always have a second Instagram account for maximum lurking.
  • Living with your parents as an adult is a great way to ruin your social life.
  • Don't worry about how others might view you, they're more interested in themselves than what shoes you're wearing.
  • Adding someone you don't know on Facebook is the modern equivalent of getting into a strangers car because they have candy.
  • Instead of straight up asking for people's thoughts on an issue you have, ask yourself "am I okay with being treated like this?". Your inner compass knows best.
  • Being a slow text replier is only acceptable if you've known someone more than 6 months and you know their mum's name. 
  • Don't build your identity around anything that you can lose or have taken away.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Runway Rip Offs: The Fashion Week Items To Buy If You're On A Budget

All the hottest looks for 2018 have well and truly dropped now that the world's Fashion Weeks have wrapped up. Like always, there are some key style takeaways you can start adopting now so you're on the front foot when it comes to fashion, but who has the budget for Dior and Isabel Marant? Not me that's for sure! What I do have the (time) budget for though is hunting down (I lurveeee Lyst for this!) some great dupes of the top runway looks online...

Pastel Velvets

Velvet is here to stay but it's getting a face lift and leaving it's vampy roots behind in favour of light and bright shades of lemon, baby pink, mint and lilac.


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Wild Wild West

Western style is always a favourite and good old fashioned saloon style skirts, cowboy boots and bolo ties are bringing their traditional spin to modern clothing.


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80s Silhouettes

Bigger is better as large shoulders, nipped waists and high cut 'mum' pants make a rocking come back.


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Crystal Clear

Rain bonnets your nan would love, plastic shoes Kimmy K would rock and transparent EVERYTHING is going to be a trend to watch if you trust Chanel (I certainly do!).


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Summery Pyjamas

Dressing down has been big for a while now and we saw pyjama style pop onto the scene a few seasons ago, but what I'm really excited that's been all over the Fashion Week runways is a summery version of the undone trend. Think light cotton fabrics,shorts instead of pants, brighter hues and floral designs. 


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Sweet Grunge

Punk princess meets Tokyo's Harajuku scene. Fishnets pair with bright tutus, My Little Pony shirts sit alongside studs, and the deadliest heels are complimented with a smile.


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All The Purple

Eggplant, lilac, mauve, heliotrope and plum: you name a shade of purple and it was on the runways. Purple is long overdue to have a turn in the spotlight and now is the time to snap up some key pieces!


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Monday, October 2, 2017

2017 Fascinator Styles For Racing Season

Racing season is upon us! And with great races comes great fashion responsibility, and no one wants to be unfashionable on the field. Here are the 2017 fascinator trends I've been spotting this racing season to set you up with some winning (pun intended) inspiration...













Sunday, September 24, 2017

5 In 5: Trendy Pieces That Will Elevate Your Style This Season

We're all always on the look out for the next cool thing (der, that's why you clicked here!), and I don't know how you guys feel but I think 2017 has been SPOT ON fashion wise! I've loved pretty much every trend (except for the tiny sunglasses one) and let's get ready to send it off with a bang! Here are 5 key pieces you can add to your wardrobe for chips thanks to Zaful that'll take your style to the next level!

1. An Off The Shoulder Checked Shirt Dress
Gingham is back in a BIG way. This checked shirt dress is cheerful (red is also big again), versatile and casually undone.

2. Thick Waist Belt
Cinched waists a la the 1920s are all over the runways and street style blogs. Pair the thick belt with voluminous shirts or layers for max. style.

3. Geometric Earrings
Sharp design, sharper fashion slayage. Geometric style earrings are the hottest accessory this season and for good reason, they make every look seem designer!

4. Sports Luxe Sock Boots
The sock boot trend isn't going anywhere, but it has been added to with new sportier looks and fun colours, like this chic burgundy pair.

5. White Denim
It's white hot up in here! Blue denim is taking a back seat to fresh to death white denim this season. Extra points for boxy, oversized or distressed pieces.

Get yourself a new romper this summer!
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