Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tara's new haircut: The "lob"

“Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts” 
― Jim Morrison

If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed I got a haircut last Friday. I have had long hair for a very long time and only last year made a drastic (for me) chop to mid-length. Ellen had to deal with my usual process of hating it then coming to love it, but somehow over this time I've become less attached to my hair (it will always grow out) and I was keen to try going even shorter. The other possibility is that seeing so many photos of various celebrities and women rocking the "lob" (long bob) finally helped me find the confidence to give it a go. This haircut and I are still going through an acclimation period, i.e. I don't really know what to do with it yet, but given time I think we can work it out.

shoes - Play Motives
leggings - Glassons
vest c/o Choies
jumper - Country Road
sunglasses - Onceit
watch c/o Born Pretty
lips - Rimmel Kate Moss '107'

Who knew looking for hair related quotes would be so entertaining? When I was looking for one to go with this post I found many I wanted to include that made me laugh. But alas there could only be one and it is possible I only find them funny because while I'm writing this it is late and I've had uni/assignments all day. I guess after a good sleep we shall see how hil-hair-ious they actually were (oh dear better go to bed)

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Adult Tutu

"I am not young, but I feel young"
- Coco Chanel

Back in March, Tara and I attended the 'Boohoo' Autumn/Winte
r preview (check out our post here). It was there that I first laid eyes on this piece of perfection. A pastel blue chiffon knee length skirt. As a child I was very much into my tutu skirts, they were my wardrobe staple. But when it comes to growing up you're not exactly taken seriously if wearing a pink tutu and fairy wings, and I never could find myself a tutu to fulfill my inner 5 year old. This skirt has a subtle nod to the fun and beauty of a classic tutu. The chiffon fabric floats when I walk and the colour is of course stunning. But the sophisticated silhouette, allows me to still look oh-so grown up so I like to call it my grown up tutu. Since the A/W preview when we first met I'd been pining over this beauty. It jumped in and out of my shopping basket and I could never get it out of my head. Finally we were united when the lovely Beat PR gifted it to me. This skirt and I were just meant to be <3 

Skirt + T-shirt c/o
Shoes : Capelli Rossi  

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Zealand Ski Trip Lookbook/Outfits: Shop Style Conquer at Mt Ruapehu

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” 

― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

These holidays we went for a ski trip to our much beloved Mt Ruapehu. Unfortunately (since Ruapehu is predictably unpredictable) there wasn't as much snow as we are normally accustomed to and it was a bit of an 'avoid the rocks' game. So  we took a couple of days off, to avoid the windy/rocky conditions, and ended up going for an impromptu picnic and bush hike (disguised as a bush "walk"). These are some of the outfits we wore on our trip like comfy penny boarding/travelling clothes, to our ski gear. 

We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our holiday :), lets all cross our fingers that this snow keeps coming and there's a good season ahead!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Skirts + Lipstick + Windy Weather = ...

"If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
- John Wooden

Ellen and I found this carousel in Aotea Square and thought  it would be such a fun place for outfit photos. Auckland has had a bout of windy weather recently which has made wearing skirts (see below) quite perilous. This bad planning combined with red lipstick and my hair out made it difficult to keep my outfit under control (probably much to the amusement of the many onlookers). 

roll neck top, coat - made by me
skirt - glassons
belt - portmans
boots, beanie - The warehouse
lips - Rimmel Kate Moss in '111'
watch - May28th

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Perfect Brown Coat

"Fashion is architecture, it is a matter of proportions"
- Coco Chanel 

I always forget how much I love this brown coat. It's so perfectly oversized, in that it has plenty of length and is loose in the sleeves, but it's small shoulders keep it from swallowing you like most jackets of its style. If you have been reading SSC for awhile now, your probably recognise it. I thrifted it a few years ago and it's one of those rare finds that you grow to love even more as time passes. 

Jacket and Bag : Thrifted
Jeans : Esprit
Shirt : Mirrou
Boots : Novo

Although this outfit looks simple enough, it took me a lot of changes that morning to get it right. I like to picture my outfits in my head the day before so I am nice and organised. But of course, outfits created in your head often fail when brought into the real world. Originally I planned to wear my favourite red winter coat and black boots, but when it didn't looks quite right I ended up wearing creating this look instead. Persistence is key when styling. When an outfit is not quite right, keep trying, because eventually you strike gold. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Storage and Organisation Ideas for Makeup Brushes

"The best thing is too look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural"
- Calvin Klien

However useful makeup brushes can be, they sure can get in the way sometimes. We love to experiment with how we store our makeup brushes and in this video we show you a few of our favourite ways. Not only are they super functional and tidy, they also look super cute sitting in your bedroom on display. First off we're showing you a quick DIY magnetic stand. Then you get a quick peek at how we store our other brushes.

See our jar tutorial mentioned in video here.

We hope you enjoyed this video, Ellen had lots of fun experimenting with typography for the first time. Don't forget to comment, like and subscribe to our channel. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

What I Wore to a Kitchen Tea

“True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.” 
― Nicole Richie

Before my friend's wedding madness last weekend (bridesmaid dresses, vows, and speeches oh my) I went to the kitchen tea put on by her family. I decided to get out my most floral & ladylike dress for the occasion. It ended up matching the china so it was close to perfect I guess haha. Her Aunties and cousins had made all these cute little sweet treats and pastries which I of course tried all of and ended up eating too much oops. 

We also played a game that was kind of blindfolded "guess the kitchen utensil" which I ended up winning even though I did warn them that working part-time in a kitchen store would give me an unfair advantage!

dress - Valley Girl
boots - Garage (The Warehouse)
sunglasses - molly N
unicorn bag c/o Choies
jacket - Just Jeans

So if you are ever stuck with what to a kitchen tea or any kind of modern day tea party, this is a simple outfit anyone can put together. I added a creme leather jacket and fun unicorn clutch to give the outfit a little more edge, but I love how it turned out and I had such an amazing time!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Our skin story: Tips for fighting acne/blemishes

"I believe that all women are pretty without makeup - and can be pretty powerful with the right makeup." 

- Bobbi Brown 

For those of you who are new followers, this year we've been blogging the process of our new skincare routine. It's been so exciting to work with Clinique these past few months and we decided to put together a sort of 'round-up' of all our skincare videos, as well as our top tips for preventing and helping with- blemishes.  Whether you have blemish-prone skin or just get blemishes sometimes, these are some ideas that might be simple but can make a big difference depending on the reasons behind your skin breaking out.



1. Skincare
Choosing the right skincare products for your skin type is important for maintaining the integrity and quality of your skin. If you have blemish prone skin, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, or a combination you should have products that are appropriate and aren't going to make your skin worse by clogging it up.
If you're not sure what your skin type is, Clinique is a great place to start with a consultation where they will help you find the products that best suit your skin. Plus best of all they have a huge range so you can find exactly what will work.

  2. Other things you put on your skin Moisturiser, makeup, sunblock and other things you put on your face might clog up your skin, especially if its blemish-prone. So choosing appropriate products is important. Try sticking to oil-free gel moisturisers, non-comedogenic products, and even 'medicated' makeup for some extra acne fighting (like ones containing salicylic acid). 

  3. Being careful with active blemishes One thing we learnt last year (the hard way) is that bacteria can live and grow in some makeup products and then transfer back onto your skin and create new blemishes. This is particularly of concern with concealers that come in tubes that you might be tempted to apply directly to a pimple.It is more hygienic to put some concealer to your hand first instead of straight onto the pimple. If it does transfer into the tube you end up with a bacteria infested product that can cause any area you put concealer on to have fresh blemishes pop up. It's not worth the extra time you saved the first time!


 4. Makeup Brushes Like makeup, the brushes you apply it with can get acne-causing bacteria on them which you could then smear all over your face and spread pimples. For that reason (and also because they'll work better) you should clean your makeup brushes regularly. If it's something like a concealer or foundation brush you might want to clean it more often or instead opt for using fingers as these are easier and faster to clean every time they get contaminated.

  5. Taking off your makeup This is something that can be hard to do when you've had a long day. But leaving your makeup on for too long/overnight makes the perfect environment for creating new pimples. Sometimes the usual cleanser and clarifying lotion may get it off. But if you tend to wear quite a bit of makeup or it's not being broken down by your cleanser you might like to try something like Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm before your normal cleansing routine. 

  6. Skin Routine
Along the same vein as taking off your makeup is washing your face twice a day. Having this routine makes sure you are regularly keeping your skin clean and exfoliated to prevent any blockages and pimples forming. You won't see good results if you only 'occasionally' cleanse or 'sometimes' moisturise'. Keeping a constant regular skincare routine is key.

7. If your skin has acne or nothing works
If you do everything and nothing fully eradicates your pimples another option to consider investigating is medications or more clinical level of treatment. You might like to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about some of the options available such as antibiotics, the pill, or more serious medications like isotane. These work in addition to all the things above to help your skin fix itself from the inside and are important to start early if it looks like you are getting bad scarring from chronic blemishes. If you're concerned talk to your doctor to get the right action plan for you. 

Above is our youtube playlist of skincare videos, if you've missed any check it out! We've covered everything you need to know about using the Clinique three step system and more. We hope you enjoyed this post as it was something a little different, let us know in the comments below.

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