Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I've fallen in love.... with butter LONDON

 Did you know that nail colour was used to signify social order in ancient Egypt, 
with red shades at the top?

I recently discovered the brand that is  Butter London and have been obsessed ever since, 
I am now waiting for a whole lot more to arrive in the post any day now.

It is a young company, 
only being founded in 2005 by British entrepreneur Sasha Muir,
 who saw a gap
 in the marketplace for luxurious yet affordable nail lacquer.

Their products are high quality 
and as an added bonus are formulated 
without the use of the harmful ingredients like 
Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens 
(butter London being the first company in the USA to offer this).

From my experience butter nail polishes go on smoothly, 
dry well 
and aren't anywhere near as prone to chipping
 compared to what i have seen from example Essie and OPI for example.

Today i will give you a peek at Chancer 
- an amazing glitter polish that reminds me of the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz...

This is what butter had to say...

Wear this deep, 
“crushed glitter” red when you are feeling particularly out of his league. 
He doesn’t deserve you anyway."

I really do love this colour,
 and if you are looking to get some new nail polish butter London is definitely the way to go!

I have worn another in the other posts i have done called Thames, 
which reminds me of the ocean.
If you want to see these posts are under the Tara tag.

UPDATE sept 2013: If you'd like to see some newer/better photos of my still favourite Butter nailpolishes click here to see newer posts!

Hope this helps,



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Identical Love...

" I almost resent the whole fashion thing. Good God - never wearing the same thing twice and all those things. It's a pain in the ass" 
- Jennifer Aniston 

 It's my favorite sweeter you will now never forget for its been in my last two posts. Knitted by mother, it has now found a permanent spot in my wardrobe. It's cozy  and brings a somewhat vintage look to my outfits. 

So today i decided to truly embrace the style of the jumper and came up with this look. It was inspired by a little Chanel, a little Mui Mui and a little pretty little liars aria and spencer fashion.

 Whats your favorite sweeter look like? 

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Monday, August 29, 2011

To live in one woolly jumper...

" That lumpy blue sweeter"
-Miranda Priestly (the devil wears prada)

I always read about people who take on a challenge to live off $5.00 a week. They cut down on food, power, everything and anything that costs them money. For a fashionista, food and power aren't the problem. Its clothes.
When i went away to the cold of Taupo i couldn't bring my wardrobe with me. My forever new coat and 21 pairs of jeans stayed in my wardrobe and to me that was as hard as living on $5.00 a week. 

 So when i headed for a week in the cold town of Taupo, over half my suitcase was full of woolly jumpers and jeans. I found out really how hard it is to pack reasonable walking clothes along with clothes that Dont look like they were bought from a shop called "Tourists are Us". 
So i made a plan of action.
I packed 4 basics. A pair of dark wash jeans, a pair of light wash jeans, a red jumper and one other jumper. Both of my jumpers were knitted by my mum to insure i would be nice and toasty and the jeans were two of my fav pairs. Alongside these basics i had other tops and the usual shoes, and i full bag of jewelry. I found it was the best way to change up my outfits. Adding a ring, changing a necklace was how i survived my week in Taupo. The jewelry only took up a tiny space in my suitcase too, bonus!
so i was able to do my touristy things (see the picture of the Huka falls as an example haha) but still have what i think are blog worthy looks.

Heres a little peek!

My hair was another way to change up my look :)

My friend took this photo of me in the playground. You sat in this little egg that was stuck tilted in the ground and you spun around and around. Haha it was so funny.

 This is my other knitted jumper showing off some of the necklaces i brought with me.

Had time for a little fun in the shops of Taupo and bought this little cheap ring. I will give your blog a shout out if you can guess where i got it from!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Got a secret, can you keep it?

 We've all got secrets 
 - Toby Cavanaugh
(Pretty Little Liars)

Ellen has done a post about Pretty Little Liars before, 
and after watching the latest episode i felt inspired to make my own,
concentrating particularly on the style of Spencer Hastings.

Spencers style of dress is rather men's wear inspired
 with practical preppy pieces,
 mostly in beautiful deep shades of navy and reds.

Her slightly minimalistic cuts are offset by mixing textures and simple jewelery
and layering these to create interesting looks.

To complete the whole thing she has simple natural looking makeup
 with emphasis on eyelashes and often a slight red to the lips.

I chose to go for the more relaxed hair with natural loose curls,
 rather than the many plaited looks I've seen Spencer wearing but would love to try out.

Here's what I put together, 
with the addition of a textbook to get that studious 
academic look that Spencer seems to exemplify..

bow ring - Gmarket
sparkly ring - Diva
watch - vintage wind-up
dress - Burda pattern
shoes - Country Road
belt - Valley Girl
shirt - Zoe
nail polish - Thames by Butter London

What's your take on Pretty Little Liars fashion?
and which of the girls inspires you?

Till next time,


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The difference between school and life?
In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
- Tom Bodett

Thankfully today was only the academic kind of test,
 but since I had a full day of University (College to some), 
i chose a comfortable outfit for today.

Something to run around in, something to haul books, 
mix chemicals,
 and panic over the days assessments.

boots - Andrea Biani
cardigan - cotton on body (thanks Ellen)
jeans - Gmarket
singlet - Max
ring - lovisa
watch - Lego from asos
necklace - gift so unknown

Are you supposed to be studying now?

Best of luck for your upcoming tests whether they be academic or from life...



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Raid your own closet...

The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress
- Hubert de Givenchy

Just a quick outfit post with one of my favourite dresses for both summer and winter.

It always sits right and accentuates my curves in the right places, 
plus a circle skirt always adds an element of whimsy, making me just want to spin in circles...

dress and jumper - valley girl
scarf - I knitted (comment if you want pattern link)
shoes - number 1 shoes

Maybe it's time you got out that dress that always makes you feel great...

In the mean time keep fulfilling your fashion dreams,



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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inspiration comes from many places, the point is you get to choose where...

A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future
 - Coco Chanel

Today's inspiration stemmed from two places.

First from the visionary that was Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and the brand still continuing to shine. 

The beautiful packaging and ad campaign (with Keira Knightly) of their Coco Mademoiselle Perfume
got me thinking about Gabrielle, 
her menswear-inspired fashion and the effortless style the French seem to possess.

Next I turned to a book I read recently...

Parisian Chic: A style guide by Ines de la Fressange.

A gorgeous and entertaining read full of tips and insight into that covetable Parisian style.

This is a great read if you love Paris 
but cannot possibly imagine how a parisian would think to dress,
Well worth a trip to BookDepository.

Not the stereotypical french look, 
but who said being inspired meant I couldn't make my own arrangements ...

necklace - Diva
shirt - Glassons
belt - Kookai
pants - made by me
shoes - Country Road
ring - from Gmarket (yesterdays also)
watch - Lego from asos

What inspires you?

Till next time


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine
-   Robert C. Gallagher

Change is inevitable but not always permanent, things do return.

Like the fading heat of the sun at the end of summer, we know some things will return again.

Your fashionista Ellen will be returning after an expedition to the snapped cold Taupo.

 But while she is away, me, her older sister Tara 
 (previously mentioned as the owner of some items you have already seen)
 will be around to fill in the void.

You may not enjoy what I have to say, that’s fine,
 come back to see Ellen next week.

Here are a couple of beautiful photos she left to tide you over in the mean time...

Otherwise tune in for my thoughts and clothing ensembles 
created and shaped with the intention of making my day a little brighter.

Today was a day on the more casual side. with a decision to bring out a t-shirt 
(something I have far too many of and rarely wear)
but injected with a touch of glamour.

There’s something special about adding a sparkly necklace and heels to jeans and a t-shirt
 that make it seem far less informal and little more fun. 

Nail polish is another one of my weaknesses.

Butter is an amazing brand I have just recently discovered. 
I have been incredibly impressed by the quality, texture and colours.

The single bottle is quickly blooming into a collection

Jacket – Burda pattern (made by me)
t-shirt – by Chloe Masters for the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery 2009 exhibition
Necklace – Kookai
Nailpolish – Thames by Butter
Watch – Lego black chronograph from asos
Shoes – Theta boot from No. 1 shoes

What do you think?

Any suggestions for the forthcoming days?

For now, signing off…



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