Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year Lessons

Another year has come and gone and I'm not going to over share but let's just say this year has been a challenge. It got off to a rocky start but since bitches ain't shit I just picked myself up, brushed off the dust and continued in an onwards and upwards fashion. Nonetheless, here are some lessons I have learnt this year:
  • Dry body brushing is the best
  • Do not dry body brush on sunburn; you're gonna have a bad time
  • When in doubt: Travel 
  • Good friends can change your life
  • Wine can be dinner if you have enough of it
  • If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck... it's a duck
  • Buzzfeed cures boredom 
  • Invest in an oil for your skin; Rosehip, Vitamin A... take your pick!
  • Having too many clothes can just be stressful
  • Throwing things out is very cathartic
  • Say yes to new things
  • But saying no is also a good (and necessary) thing
  • Life is too short for shoes that make your feet sore
  • It's OK to sit down in the middle of the road if you want to (metaphorically!) just make sure you get back up again
  • Tailoring your clothes is an easy step into adult-hood and worth it's weight in gold
  • Know when to nurture something (a friendship, an opportunity... a garden!) and when to let it go 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Shirt: MinkPink, Shorts: Atmos&Here via The Iconic (similar here and here), Heels: Windsor Smith

And not a Christmassy thing was in sight! Haha!
These are one of my wardrobe staples that will be the corner stone of my 5 Piece Wardrobe... they go with everything and I could wear them everyday (if I didn't wash them). They're part of a short suit that I bought with a blazer and had tailored to fit the way I wanted. Tailoring is worth it's weight in gold! These Windsor Smith heels are another wardrobe staple; black, chunky AND strappy.
Anyway that's enough of me traipsing around the carpark... Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
Here is a hot tip from my 10 year old self... if you go to sleep in your favourite outfit you will be extremely ready to open presents the next morning. Sadly, this is not a joke and something I actually have done due to being obsessed with my new denim shorts and checked shirt (country bumpkin at heart).
Hope you all have the best Christmas full of love, food and laughter!

Monday, December 22, 2014

5 Piece French Wardrobe: Capsule Wardrobe

My 5 Piece French Wardrobe dream has taken firm roots and while I have the occasional dilemma like: "Um well no I can't wear the same black dress on every date" or "What about a work wardrobe?!" I'm becoming so ruthless with what is allowed the glory of a hanger (haven't really started on the draws yet haha).
In my search for clarity I found this great guide to what you really need. I've also looked at the Basic Wardrobe Shopping List from this article and I'd recommend writing out your own 'must haves' depending on your climate or style. 
What is about an infographic that makes you feel like you can conquer the world in 3 easy steps?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bargain of the Week: Men's Edition

From: ASOS
Why You Need It: Because it is hilarious. And it's Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Things I Love: Hats

Hats aren't for everyone but I adore them anyway no matter the shape or size! (All hats are beautiful hahaha) I think old fashioned styles are beyond chic but I also love rocking a snapback... I'm not fussy! In another life I would've have loved to become a milliner... *daydreaming sigh*
Start familiarising yourself with the different styles below and don't be scared to experiment. If Pharrell can do it, so can you!
You can pick up some budget freindly hats from ASOS, check them out here.
My top pick is Lack of Colour, they do some truly amazing colours in the best basic styles.
My top 3 must haves for any budding hat-re-preneur:
1. Fedora
2. Turban
3. Cloche

Monday, December 15, 2014

4 Steps to Shrinking Pores with Clinique

I wrote a little check list for reducing your pores (or appearance of pores more accurately) some time ago for a website who failed to publish it (shame on them). Waste not, want not! (plus their loss) so I will post it here for you guys!

I struggle with enlarged pores and it has led to more than one meltdown over 'bad' skin. Which is why I’m declaring a new found beauty love: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum.

Like I said, I am a long sufferer of large pores and I have tried many a cream, toner and DIY remedy. I’d resigned myself to the fact that it was just my skin type; until I popped open a bottle of Pore Refining Serum and viola! 2 weeks after starting to use it I could SEE a difference. My pores were tighter, smaller and my skin was smooth and glowing.

At $68 a pop it’s bordering on the payday debate of “shoes or make-up” but remember it’s an investment in your skin. One pump goes far too, and after the 2 week mark I cut it down to half a pump and focused on my problem areas (nose, cheeks)

Without further ado (aka gushing/bragging) here is my fool proof, simple to follow guide to smaller pores:

1. Drinks lots of water! You should anyway but since I committed to drinking 2 litres a day my skin is healthier from the inside out (there’s that glow)

2. Follow your Clinique 3-Step. Even when you’ve had a few wines okay? You need the pores clean (Step 1) and smoothed (Step 2) and moisturised (Step 3) There’s no sense in trying to tighten pores with something in them (ew)

3. Apply Pore Refining Solutions. Morning and night, after your 3 Step cleansing ritual. I was sceptical about putting on top of moisturiser but it is the PERFECT primer for under make-up.

4. Brag about new, shiny, invisible pore like skin. I personally have started referring to myself as Ms Kerr but you can find your own moniker.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bargain of the Week

What: Moschino Logo Headband
From: Farfetch
Why You Need It: Because it's probably the only thing from Moschino's new Barbie range you can afford! Hahaha also it's beyond cute and I envision using it as the perfect hair out of my face gym helper.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lobster Love with Gorman

Lobsters are one of my favourite animals. Don't ask me why, it's weird, but they amuse me and up until recently I thought they were immortal (I'm going to continue saying they are anyway). As soon as I spotted this dress in Gorman's Summer 2014 collection I lost my mind and vowed to buy all the lobster items! I've reigned it in lest I become the lobster version of a crazy cat lady but I couldn't say no to this dress! It's so easy and breezy and perfect for a hot Australian Summer!
It's unfortunately sold out online but check out some of their stores (Westfield Miranda just opened which is my local stomping ground!) I'm lusting after this one too... but the homewares range is killing me.

Monday, December 8, 2014

5 Piece French Wardrobe: Clear it out!

In preparation for my 5 Piece French Wardrobe, I've had to do a SERIOUS cull. 
I won't lie, there has almost been tears. 
Truthfully though for this to work you need to start from a simple and small base. 
This infographic helped me set a strict criteria for keep or toss (I prefer donate but I'm a woman of the people and don't wear my clothes until they're only suitable for rags) so give it a go and see if it helps you make those tough choices! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bargain of the Week

From: Shopbop
Why You Need It: It feels good to get something expensive on sale. You're not into bargain hunting unless you can appreciate a mark down of this proportion! Also, black and white tees and singlets are the basis of any wardrobe because they are so easy to wear!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How To: Style White Pants

I bought a pair of white pants (these ones to be exact) after looking and pondering for eons, yet I have barely worn them! The summer heat not withstanding I was heart broken that I hadn't already worn them to death. So here is some inspiration for you and me!

1. Breton Stripes and Brogues

White Pants 1

2. Halter Crop and Beige Accessories

White Set 2

3. Soft Blue and Sharp Black

White Set 3

4. More White and Light Grey

White Set 4

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide

Not sure what to get your loved ones this silly season? (Or mum, if you're reading this just pick from the below, ta!) Because I am thoughtful and love Christmas, I've compiled a little list of stocking fillers and one of a kind gifts for any budget!

Belash Handmade Soy Candles
Inspired by regions in Adelaide (where they're made) this one will be perfect with a bottle of wine from McLaren Vale!

We already know I adore personalised goodies and I'm sure your friends and family will too. PLUS free worldwide express shipping!

Relaxation is what the holiday period is all about and the packaging is so cute it'll be a bath product you won't want to hide in the back of the cupboard.

Everything C. Wonder makes is fantastic but these go beyond that because who doesn't LOVE cheese?!

This is one of those handy products all of us think about buying but never do, it'll charge your phone on the go and is sleek and chic! Now let your mother do the hard work of clicking 'add to cart'. 

The gift for the girl who has everything or the traveler. It just screams Blair Waldorf which makes me scream Yes! 

Spend those lazy sunny days designing your own calendar and planning the year ahead. This is one of those gifts that keeps on giving but in a good way.

If you haven't seen the awesome TV show based on this book then stop and read this first! Being part of a series, you can take all the credit when the receiver of your present becomes hooked.

Tonic always chooses the most beautiful prints and owning anything from their range makes you instantly happier. Fact. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Bargain of the Week

What: Brown Suede Tassels Wrapped Pencil Skirt
From: Choies
Why You Need It: It's just so Pocahontas and so fabulous! Pair it with a grey t-shirt and some big gold jewelry and you'll be painting all the colours of the wind (I can't guarantee this)

Monday, November 24, 2014

The 5 Piece French Wardrobe

While innocently trawling on StumbleUpon I found a blog article mentioning the Oh So Chic 5 Piece French Wardrobe. A quick Google and some drooling at various blogger's lists (my favourite from aftrDRK) I found this article on The Urban List that summed everything up nicely for me. This is a discipline, yes, a discipline! And you'll see why...

The older I get the more realistic I have gotten about quality vs quantity. Yes, it's nice to have 40 dresses but odds are you'll only wear 5. So, my goal for 2015 is to stick to these rules and invest in less pieces that are longer lasting. Most women aspire to be as chic as the French and I've become so anti-clutter that it just makes sense!
As you know I've been so very good when it comes to spending lately and I plan to dedicate the rest of 2014 to whittling down my wardrobe to the basics. It's going to be hard, and heart breaking but I really don't have that much space anyway and I truly do wear the same items again and again. Odds are I won't be able to throw everything away so I only own the basics but I can try. And since I'll only be buying 10 items a year (I just got a chill saying that) I'll be down to a capsule wardrobe in no time!
It also helps when you can imagine all the pretty things you will own! Here is my short list of what I plan to buy next year....

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bargain of the Week

What: Windsor Smith Symbol Mules
From: Windsor Smith Outlet
Why You Need It: Because I only just discovered the amazing outlet off shoot for Windsor Smith! Mules are still in fashion but you don't want to waste your time with some plain ones, get ones with a tassel and make people consider mugging you to get them (something I think whenever I see someone dressed very well)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shoe Review: Windsor Smith Lavanda Sandals

I have been going shoe crazy lately haven't I? In the spirit of honesty, I'll admit these were an impulse purchase while I was away in Adelaide. I'd gone out looking for heels for an event and came home with these instead. The reason is simple, I'd been devastated when I didn't pick up the Windsor Smith Lucee style before they sold out so when I saw the Lavanda (which turns out I prefer) I was not missing out again!
You've heard again and again my rant about treating your feet right, support, blah blah, my mother, foot problems etc. so as soon as I started shopping for a pair of summer sandals my one rule was they had to be stylish AND comfortable. I also happen to have some strange loyalty to Windsor Smith (maybe not so strange when they make such fantastic shoes but you know how it is in today's society).
These sandals feel they way they look, cushioned and curving to your foot, with a non slip bottom, I could run a marathon in them (lol jks I don't run). The leather is supple and so soft and at just under 100 clams, I'd consider that a great buy for such a quality shoe. My only teeny tiny criticism is that the ankle strap could have an extra hole to tighten it. I'll end up doing a hack job myself no doubt #slimanklewoes. Part of me is already wondering if I should buy two pairs or grab another pair in the bone colour... These are going to be worn to death!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bargain of the Week

What: Tepla Cat-Eye Shades
From: Nasty Gal
Why You Need It: Because big bold shades aren't going anywhere! Trust me. And it's not often you find a pair in khaki and they are to die for.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wedding Bells

I recently had the extreme pleasure of not just attending a wedding (everybody loves weddings) but attending the wedding of two of my dear friends who crossed oceans to be together. Cue romantic sigh. But in all honesty, it's inspiring and tear jerking to see a chance meeting on a night out turn into a loving union (and a tad funny because the lily white Scottish boy now lives in North QLD!).
The day was fantastic, the wood fired pizzas changed my life and the location was stunning; and this little bridge was only a fraction of the magical setting!
My dress is from Zimmermann a few seasons ago, I'd fallen in love with the pattern the moment I saw it and hid it away for a special day. You can read all about the shoes here and if you'd like a head chain like this head over to eBay here to get one for the spare change you find under your couch cushions.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Shoe Review: Zalora Gladiator Heels

Let me start by just saying that these shoes are a big YES. So if you can't be bothered reading my tirade, just go buy them now.
So, the Zalora Gladiator Heels with Double Ankle Strap are the comfiest, budget shoe I have EVER owned. Not only is the quality great but the elastic back strap is forgiving on a long night out and the block heel is so supportive. The ankle straps are hook clips not adjustable, however you can move the holes around for a limited adjustment. At first I thought they would fall down but somehow they defy gravity! At $40 they are a true bargain!
Gladiator is a style that never really goes out of fashion and don't be deterred by all the straps, they don't dig in anywhere for me!  Not ready to jump on the grey shoe trend? (Despite my best advice) Lucky for you, they also come in black!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bargain of the Week

What: All For U Bra
From: Free People
Why You Need It: Every girl needs a sweet little bralette in their collection! It comes in a rainbow of colours and is the perfect soft and comfortable get up for those days where you just can't even.

Monday, November 3, 2014

An Insider's Guide to Blogging

Farfetch have done it again with another fantastic info graphic that perfectly captures a blogger's journey. I'm still a novice to blogging so I was so surprised to read it through and realise that I actually do most of the below recommendations! It's also a nice reminder that it's not one size fits all and you can always, always improve; which is a similar sentiment even the best and most well known bloggers acknowledge. Blogging is fluid and it's an expression of yourself so my biggest tip; let it come naturally! 
So if you want to become a beauty, fashion or lifestyle blogger, or you're like me and are looking to grow your audience, print this out and stick it on your desk! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bargain of the Week

What: Zalora Off-The-Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress
From: The Iconic
Why You Need It: Two reason, both of them about myself; One is I had the privilege of listening to the founder of The Iconic, Adam Jacobs, talk about the future of retail recently and it's made me appreciate the range and power behind their sight even more. And the second reason is I've been going to the gym and I have shoulders! Shoulders people!, Real life, muscly, toned shoulders! And I would like to show them off in this dress.