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 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.