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...


CROCHET

$129.00

CROWN


$91.00

LASER CUT


$129.95

YELLOW

$39.99


SPACE BUNS

$34.99


LEATHER

$34.99


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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8 Actually Useful Things You Can Do On A Long Train Commute

I'm 'lucky' enough to get to travel to work an hour each way every day. In fact, I've caught the train to and from somewhere every day since high school, so I have had the time to truly master the commute. As someone who always has a million little things to be doing, I've figured out how to make the most of your downtime and do useful (and not creepy or disruptive) things with your otherwise boring train time.

1. Learn Something

This is probably my favourite thing to do on the train, but grab a book or download a documentary on a topic you want to know more about and then use the commute to get educated. I LOVE doing online courses on Future Learn too. They've got courses for all sorts of things and the layout is super easy.


2. Write Up A Storm

I realise not everyone is a writer but journaling is really therapeutic and brushing off those writing skills from primary school is pretty fun (I think so anyway). If you're not opposed to extra screen time and bring a laptop on your commute, you can also write blog posts *wink wink*

3. Meditate

This is something I've taken up recently and trust me, it's worth it! Giving back to your brain is extremely important for mental health, and hello, you're sitting there doing nothing anyway! There's plenty of apps for guided meditation if that's your thang, but I just downloaded a 20 minute meditation music track to close my eyes and chill out to.

4. Pelvic Floor Exercises

We've covered off the mind and now for the body! Girls, no one knows you're working on your pelvic floor muscles while you're sitting quietly in your seat and it's fun to do and giggle to yourself about as you squeeze away.

5. Listen To Podcasts

Five words for you: My Dad Wrote A Porno.You will laugh until you cry and probably look like a nutcase but who cares, this is one of the all time best podcasts in my opinion, but if it's not your style (or you're already finished like me) you can find HUNDREDS on Podbay.fm that'll take your fancy and amuse you for an hour.

6. Create Playlists

If you're a music buff you should be able to amuse yourself by going through your phone or Spotify (or iPod if you're old school) and making different playlists for different moods. I have a playlist on Spotify that is entirely dedicated to songs about wolves (I shit you not). Trust me, it's fun.

7. Meal Plan

I'm a fan of being prepared when it comes to food because quite frankly, I cannot be trusted in the heat of the moment. If you're like me, use your commute to figure out some healthy meals you want to try this week and make shopping lists of the ingredients you need to buy.

8. Wish People Happy Birthday On Facebook

Ah the most hollow of all well wishes! If you do feel the pressure to reach out to people on their special day in the bid to make up for the fact that you're too busy to talk to them properly, the train is the place to do it. Makes you look like a good, thoughtful person and all that.


Enjoy your commute! 



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: Do Cheap Fashion Bikinis Live Up To The Hype?

When Summer is on it's way, the hunt for new season bikinis is on. Whether you're after the perfect lace up style or specific high-waisted blue bikini bottoms, you're sure to stumble across sites like Rosegal (similar to Zaful) that offer on trend pieces for less. At less than $25 for a bikini when other brands are asking $200, it's extremely tempting. But is it worth? Well I got my hands on some el cheapo swimwear and here's what I thought...

Here are the two bikinis I chose:

A one-shoulder high waist scallop edge light blue bikini (trying to get every trend in one go clearly!)




And a mustard yellow tied front bikini.



The Sizing

This is the bit that stops most people buying cheap bikinis. Asian sizing is not the same as Western sizing so go into this knowing you'll most likely have to go a size or two up. I'm usually an AU 10 (and a D cup up top) and went for a large in both, knowing they'd run small and wanting to give an accurate review of the sizing in two quite different styles.
The blue bikini was actually on the big side and is quite a generous fit. It doesn't have any hard stitched edges and is pretty damn flattering because of it. It's a very soft style, but perfectly stretchy. If you're looking at getting one, I'd recommend choosing a size a bit closer to your normal one as there is a lot of give.
As for the yellow bikini, I'm VERY glad I got a large. The top half accommodates my assets fine which is a very pleasant surprise and the band isn't too tight. The bottom half though doesn't have as much give as I would have liked, so while it fits, the string sides do dig in a little. If you've got a bit of a muffin top like me, I'd pick a style with wide sides. In saying that though, the cut of it is fab and the I love how the back makes my butt look.

The Quality

The quality was what surprised me the most! It was really good!
These are not see-through bikinis where your bits are going to shine through (lol at the visual though). The blue style is quite thick and I think this is due to it's light colour, so in my opinion that shows they were definitely made with wearability in mind. Everything is lined properly and we all know how important that is in a bikini!
The stitching is all perfect and the clips on the yellow bikini are good quality that don't slip out when wearing.

Would I Buy Again?

I would definitely add more one season wear bikinis to my wardrobe from here. If I loved a style and thought it wasn't going to last until next season (which is super common these days thanks to fast fashion), I'd look at getting a cheap bikini so I didn't feel like I'd wasted money when I didn't want to wear it again next year.


Disclaimery stuff: While Rosegal didn't pay me for this article, they did kindly send me products to review. All opinions are my own of course, because that's how I roll.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017's Biggest Trend Is 100% Going To Be Embroidered Summer Dresses

Old school Russian women were onto something alright. Traditional embroidered outfits are making a BIG comeback this year and it's all going to reach fever pitch this Summer. How do you wear it without getting dolled up in an actual sarafan*? Here are five embroidered summer dresses from Rosegal you need in your wardrobe...

1. Make It Oversized 
Trendsetters know the quickest way to make something look edgy is to add some volume. I'm loving the simple embroidered accents on this dress! It's loose and breezy enough for Summer AND will take you into Winter.




2. Work It
A tailored shirt dress with cute accents (like these birds) is a great way to get the trend into your work wardrobe. Just roll up the sleeves for extra style and if the weather gets too warm.




3. Bohemian Dream
Nothing says Boho like embroidery! Dress up (or down) a navy number with tan accessories and loose curls.



4. Velvet Combo
Perfect for a balmy Summer night out, an embroidered velvet midi dress is super luxe.




5. A Little Bit Of Mesh
Mesh and embroidery go together like lamb and mint. The best way to rock it is a flirty mesh skirt or dress overlay with bright stitching.





You want some new clothes, why not taking a look over here?
Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off!
Time for a new outfit!



*Yeah I Googled what they're called. This is a serious blog people 😉

Sunday, August 6, 2017

42 Hours In Hobart

It's hardly news that I love travelling, so when Jetstar got all cute with their cheap flights around Australia I bit the bullet and booked a solo trip to Hobart. I'd always wanted to go to Tasmania because everyone says it's just like Scotland (it totally is, especially in winter haha) and I miss my old Edinburgh home often. Thanks to only just starting a new job though I couldn't exactly take a week off (plus I've heard you can see the entire island of Tasmania in a week so knew I wouldn't need it) so I ended up being there for exactly 42 hours and decided to make the most of it. So here we go, how to spend a weekend in Hobart and all the things you should see in the charming city!



1:00pm: Arrive (because you booked the cheapest flight possible)
2:00pm: Skip checking in at your hotel and head to the Salamanca Markets because they close in an hour.
2:15pm: Smash a couple oysters that are so fresh and fantastic you want to wear the shells as earrings.
2:30pm: Hop on the Mona Roma ferry to the museum.
3:00pm: Arrive at Mona and dive into the intenseness that is probably one of the best museums in the world. 

5:00pm: Hop on the ferry back and grab a wine from the on board bar because why not.
5:30pm: Finally check in.
6:30pm: Head out to find dinner and a drink.
7:00pm: Despair over lack of comfortable options for solo travellers.
7:15pm: Stumble upon bar of dreams (The Quartermasters Arms) with welcoming and cute bartender who promises you won't feel awkward being alone.
7:30pm: Relax in front of the fire with delicious local beer and eggplant chips (don't knock 'em until you've tried them!)
8:00pm: Consume more beer and consider moving in because this is the best bar you've ever been to.
9:00pm: Decide they probably don't want you to and head home.
9:15pm: Shower and set alarm because you're an adult.
10:00pm: Attempt to sleep through bogan couple fighting.
11:00pm: Finally fall asleep.



6:30am: Wake up and eat squeezey overnight oats that you're ashamed to find delicious because it's like eating baby food.
7:30am: Get picked up by Tours To Go for a day exploring Wine Glass Bay and Freycinet National Park (10/10 recommend these guys! Super chill, a lot of people around my age (no offence to kids but nah) and very knowledgeable... also cheapest hahaha) 
9:30am: Quick stop to play with Paddymelon wallabies which are the cutest things in the world.
11:00am: Dine on local speciality, curry and scallop pie and grab a coffee to go.
12:50pm: Start hiking to Wine Glass Bay and become pleasantly surprised by your fitness levels.
1:30pm: Photo op x 1000



2:00pm: Head to Honeymoon Bay and see seals SO close you could jump in and touch them if it wasn't the middle of winter.
2:30pm: Drive up to Cape Tourville and look at The Nuggets (lol) and more seals. 
3:00pm: Get one cheeky extra stop at Friendly's Beach and be blown away by how white the sand is and how magical Tasmania is.

4:00pm: Very important snack stop.
4:30pm: Start driving back to Hobart.
4:33pm: Fall asleep.
7:00pm: Arrive back in town and decide you can't go one more minute without dumplings.
7:30pm: Convince another girl on your trip this is imperative too and consume mass dumplings together.
8:30pm: Have a red wine at the hotel in front of the fire.
9:00pm: Shower and spot fighting couple. 
9:01pm: Give them side eye.
10:00pm: Bed time to the blissful silence of a couple who have either broken up or realise they're both idiots.



5:30am: Head to the airport.
6:30am: Arrive 90 minutes early for your flight and wonder how on earth that happened.
7:00am: Spot a Swiss guy from your tour yesterday and chat about shared wanderlust over coffee.
8:00am: Fly out of Hobart, promising you'll be back. 


Sunday, April 9, 2017

I Went Vegan For 30 Days And Here's What I Learned

Recently I decided to challenge myself to 30 days of vegan living. I got asked "why" A LOT, and truthfully, it's simply because I was curious! The health benefits are well known and I thought why not give myself a #cleaneating kick and maybe become a bit more woke in the process? Naturally I survived and now I want to share with y'all what I learned from it...

The first week (nay, day) I quickly realised that real key to being vegan is simply being prepared. Finding food in a pinch or on the go that you know contains no animal products is pretty limited and maybe I'm a baby, but it's stressful.

Food prep is seriously worth it's weight in gold and by week 2 I had pans of flavoured nuts roasting, mushrooms and tomatoes sauteed for brekky and a number of different vegan cuisines bookmarked.

The other thing I learned pretty early on is that vegan does not equal healthy. I ate double, sometimes triple, the amount of carbs I normally eat just because they were easy to come by and I knew I wasn't going to mess it all up by having it (which I did on auto-pilot in week 1 by pouring cow's milk onto my cereal).

I am a BIG meat eater, so it surprised me that I didn't really miss it all that much. It was more of a convenience thing to eat a chicken dish I realised. I did miss coffee though! I still had it, but with almond milk and while I'm hardly a big coffee drinker but it just wasn't the same *sad face*.

The biggest downside because of my oh-so-popular lifestyle was eating out. It was ruined. Nowhere caters for vegans and I often got stuck eating fries. I did make a point to go to a dedicated vegan restaurant, the Nourishing Quarter in Sydney, though and try their cuisine and it was delicious! It's just such a shame that many places don't even bother having ONE vegan option. So yeah, dining out left me feeling like I was missing out, but I couldn't deny how flat my stomach was so I persevered!

By week 3 I was cruising and I had SO much energy (plus was looking slim AF). The 30 days were up quicker than I'd thought and I was actually shocked by how simple it was in the end. Is it the lifestyle for me? I don't think so BUT I do plan to follow a vegan diet more often, making my breakfasts and lunches all vegan. They were the simplest meals to swap out for me and while I realise it's not for everyone (heck, I didn't even think it was for me!) I do think it's worth a try.


So what did I eat you ask?

Breakfast was usually peanut butter on toast with bananas or strawberries. If I was after savoury I'd dig into avocado on toast with vegies, but my personal fave quickly became baked beans and avo. HOLY SMOKES IT IS GOOD. I also had some honey free cereal (always read the ingredients well, they're few and far between) and almond milk in reserve in case I was running late.

My personal lunch time favourites were this Moroccan tagine (all those chickpeas are ideal for getting your protein) and this veggie noodle bowl (pretty much everything from Oh She Glows is suitable for vegans or can easily be subbed). I'd just make up big batches and live off it all week. I'm too busy usually to worry about getting bored with lunch.

For dinner I tried to mix it up a bit though. I tried lentil burgers (you can find these in the cold section of most supermarkets or make your own if you prefer), I made up my own recipe for vegan burritos using taco seasoning, but sometimes I'd go for comfort and whip up a batch of roast potatoes, pumpkin and carrot.

I'm a HUGE snacker so having stuff on hand to satisfy every craving was important. I would make up batches of maple roasted nuts every week or these vegan muesli bars for sweet cravings. Savoury munchies were sorted with air popped popcorn, Vegemite on Ryvitas or hummus on crackers (again, check the label, not all hummus' are created equal).

With a bit of planning it's easily doable. Plus you get to eat ALL the acai 👇


There you have it! The story of how one meat-loving lady stepped outside her comfort zone and lived to tell the tale! After reading this would you try vegan?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

3 Ways To Get More Wear Out Of Your Bikini

 

Let's be real: swimwear can be very expensive. It's not like a t-shirt where any old woven cotton will do, swimmers get a battering in the ocean and pool. They have to hold their shape (no one wants to come out of the surf sans pants) and they can't go see-through (better to just lose the top maybe). So you can see why a decent bikini set can eat into your budget.

But what if I told you I'd figured out a few sneaky ways to make it your favourite two-piece go the distance? Using my fave bralette 'kini from Zulu and Zephyr (which has the BEST in built support!) I'll show you 3 styling tricks to get more wear out of your beach attire...


1. As a yoga top





2. Over a t-shirt





3. Under a low-cut dress




If you are in the market for a new set of bathers, and don't want to spend a fortune just to see the pretty design gather sand, head over to Surf Stitch. They are literally ALWAYS on sale and have the best range from the best brands.



Surf Stitch provided me with the bikini pictured in this post but all opinions are my own.