Thursday, April 30, 2015

Monochrome Basics + High Neck Tops | OOTD

These photos are from a couple of weeks ago (like Ellen's here) when our friend Chin was visiting from Wellington. It features quite a few pieces I wear again and again, but I don't think this topshop top (featured in our Topshop haul video) has been on the blog yet. It is a pretty basic outfit, but I like the little details like the sparkly socks and pop of pink lipstick. The weather is starting to cool down in New Zealand and winter is on its way, so while I'm still enjoying bare leg days like this, I am definitely getting excited to start layering and getting the winter wardrobe out.

top + backpack + sparkly socks - Topshop // skirt - The Warehouse // rings - Pandora, Karen Walker // boots c/o The Warehouse // necklace - Matchbox Studios // nail polish 'White Hot Love' c/o Rimmel // Velour Lips in 'ro-ma' c/o Australis

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Coat slinging & jackets on shoulders - Trend fails

I'd like to think these photos make me look graceful, stylish and all-knowing when it comes to the art of 'coat slinging' and wearing jackets on shoulders. In reality I am not. This trend has always puzzled me, I mean it seems so impractical to not use the sleeves of your coat and have it fall off whenever you attempt to lift your arms. Yet somehow, 'not' wearing your coat has become a big thing in the fashion industry. From fashion bloggers to editors and stylists, coat slinging was a very popular styling choice at fashion week this year. So I decided to give it a go the other week and can report that it's definitely not at easy as it looks. My leather jacket fell off my shoulders about five times and it was terribly inconvenient. I just don't know how they do it. This is one trend that will continue to fascinate me, but I don't quite think I have the grace and skills to master it. 

Top - Amber Whitecliffe // Skirt c/o The Warehouse // Shoes c/o // Jacket - Vintage

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Top 6 BB Creams | Chatty Review

This week we are talking about 6 different BB creams we have tried, and do a chatty review on things like coverage, application and longevity. We are big fans of BB creams and they far outnumber our foundation collection, so we hope you fond our thoughts helpful :)

BB Creams Mentioned// Garnier BB in 'light', SKIN79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm, Estee Lauder Double-Wear All Day Glow BB in 'Intensity 2.0' *, Maybelline BB Cream for oily skin in 'medium', Body Shop Tea Tree BB cream in '01' and '02', Clinique Anti-Blemish BB cream in 'light' * (PR samples marked with *)

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Who made my clothes? #fashrev

Two years ago today, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Today is Fashion Revolution Day and you can show your support by taking a selfie showing the label of your clothing and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #whomademyclothes.

Ethical fashion is something that I have been thinking about more and more over the past year. The other week when Tara and I were browsing in Topshop, we came across a simple black lacy t-shirt that reminded us of our favourite Amber Whitecliffe Maketu Tee. To our surprise, the Topshop top was priced at $120, which is only $5 more than the AW tee. For those of you who are not familiar with Amber, she is an incredible designer who makes all her clothing here in New Zealand. It baffled me that a huge global business who mass-produces products could price their garment the same as a small local NZ made brand. To be honest, this put me right off Topshop and I haven't bought anything from them since.

This past year, i've been researching clothing brands that are fair trade and ethically made. I've slowly began to build a collection of bookmarked websites as well as a word document on my computer linking to articles and reports on ethical fashion. This weeks Viva Magazine is dedicated to ethical style and NZ made clothing. It was in that issue I discovered the Fashion Revolution organisation. The magazine has some INCREDIBLE interviews, so definitely check it out online if you can.

Now, it would be hypocritical for me to say that I am never going to buy something from a chainstore again because lets be honest, I probably will. You will still see me sporting Cotton On, The Warehouse and etcetera on the blog, but I want to start being more careful with what I consume. I am a big fashion lover, but that does not mean I should ignore what is going on in the industry around me.

If this is something you would like to hear more about on the blog, let us know! Tara and I would be excited to share some posts and videos on our process of finding and purchasing quality and ethically made clothing.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OOTD | Black and white and black and white

I feel like my style has progressively become more minimal over the past year or so. When choosing new clothes I've been going for classic cuts in mostly black, white and grey colours. Sure I'm definitely still up for a pop of colour and a bit of pattern, but I've been trying to be more thoughtful about my fashion choices. Instead of an 'I can only think of wearing this with one outfit' item, I've being going for 'this goes with everything in my core wardrobe and more'.

shirt & shoes c/o The Warehouse // pants - glassons // necklace - Matchbox Studios // tote bag - Kikki K // Velour Lips in 'Doo-bai' c/o Australis // rings - Pandora, Karen Walker

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Monday, April 20, 2015

What I Wore - The Sewing Project Edition

Those of you who have been following our blog for a while now remember our sewing video series we did last year. The Sewing Project was all about Tara teaching Ellen to sew while also trying to encourage everyone else out there to try out sewing themselves. We started off at the very beginning finding a pattern and purchasing fabric. Despite our enthusiasm in the beginning, things got busy and before we new it a whole YEAR had passed since we started #TheSewingProject. Although they are not the most popular videos on our channel, we are both really wanting to attempt some more sewing this year so we decided to wrap up this project finally. Better late than never right?

We had planned to make this a 'How to sew a zip' video, but unfortunately things got a bit complicated with this particular pattern and fabric choice. So instead we have transformed this video into an outfit of the day/what i wore video featuring some sewing and badass music.

 - Pattern and Fabric Shopping pt 1 
 - Fabric Cutting and Pinning pt 2
 - How to sew (basic tips and tricks) 

We hope you enjoyed this little video, let us know in the comments if you would like to see more sewing videos. And don't forget if you are on twitter or instagram you can use the hashtag #TheSewingProject to chat with us :D

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pastel Colour : The Effortless Trend

The word 'trend' can be quite heavy and intimating. It implies a the concept of an 'in' and an 'out', and the whole idea of changing your style every four months can make you a little stir-crazy. The pastel colour trend however, is something you can easily adapt to any style.Whether your someone who loves elaborate gowns, or if you're a simple jeans-and-t-shirt kinda girl, it's so easy to inject some pastel colour. 

This is an outfit I have been wearing a lot recently, and although it's simple, I really love it. In my head I have titled it my 'effortless pastel outfit' because to me it combines the best of both worlds; its super comfy and its on trend. It just goes to show, being 'trendy' doesn't mean you have to wear something crazy or change your personal style. 

Top c/o The Warehouse // Shorts - Glasssons // Bag - Vintage // Shoes - Vans

As much as I love dressing up, I love a good trend that lets me keep it casual. What are some of your favourite trends this season? Let me know in the comments below, because it's nice to share all your fashion secrets hehehe!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

How to Style Short Hair | Tara's Everyday Hair Routine

This weeks video is a hair tutorial with the three main ways Tara does her hair. Theres a quick + simple straightish look, a curled look, and pineapple bun hack for short hair. Hope you enjoy the video :) !

(photos from Tara's instagram here)

MENTIONED/USED // straightener - tigi // cinnamon shampoo bar - Lush // Titan 3 curler - NUME // brush - tangle teezer // volumising dry shampoo - Batiste

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Cleo Magazine Model Search - Runway Finale Event

Last week we went along to Cleo Rimmel London Model Search runway finale event. The fashion show featured some amazing pieces from NZ online store Holy Chic, and the girls themselves looked stunning putting on an awesome show. It's become all to common these days to sit front row at a fashion show with your pocker face on, however this crowd had a very cool vibe with lots of hooting and hollering and snapchatting. We suspect there were some very proud family and friends in the crowd, and it made a for a fun event. We managed to get few photos at the event and thought we would share them along with our instagram snaps. 

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