Monday, March 28, 2016

Beauty Haul - YSL, Chi Chi, Maybelline + More

This week we are sharing with you all of our recent beauty purchases. We had a bit of a repurchasing and impulse buying month so thought we would show what we got :)

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

What I Wore - Student Journalist Business Attire

My final year of university has officially begun! As a third year journalism student things are getting a little more serious; meaning I have to make sure I'm dressed the part. Often I'm going out writing stories and interviewing people, so I want to look professional. For our 'bootcamp' week we were asked to wear business attire. As much as a love a good classic suit, I still like to have a bit of fun and add a touch of personal style to my semi-business outfits. 

For this look I stuck to pastel colours with white, and mixed up the textures with this lacey top and neoprene skirt. I also dug out this little vintage jacket from that I thrifted a few years ago and I love how the look came together. 

Jacket - thrifted // Skirt c/o The Warehouse // Top - Ruby // Necklace - Shop Style Conquer Store // Bracelet - The Warehouse

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Autumn Capsule Wardrobe - 9 Fashion Essentials

Today we're sharing our updated capsule wardrobe featuring 9 fashion essentials for autumn from The Warehouse. With just 9 simple pieces you can create a ton of outfit combinations. From a simple khaki sweater and denim skirt to a grey tee and pencil skirt, we've put together a few of our favourite outfits for this video. Let us know in the comments what your autumn fashion essential is! Don't forget to give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and subscribe for more videos.

Garage Rib Knit Dress $29 // Maya Olive Scoop Neck Jumper $25 // Denim Button-up Skirt $29 // Garage Sherpa Vest $49 // Garage Deep V-Neck Tee $12 // Garage Striped Tube Skirt $20 // Running Shoes by Basic Brands $19 // Black Ankle Boots (similar) $49 // Pickaberry Ida Washer Pants $20

If you'd like a chance to win a $100 voucher for The Warehouse check out our giveaway here.

Disclaimer: Thanks to The Warehouse for sponsoring this post.
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Buying Your First Eye Cream - Our Top 4 Picks

Today we've rounded up four of our favourite eye creams and written a little bit about when we like to use them. Eye creams were something we really wanted to get into more this year, but we know it can be tricky picking which one to buy. Hopefully this will help make your choice easier!

1. Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado- Ellen's Choice
This was my first eye cream that I bought earlier this year. I chose this one after hearing a lot of good things about how hydrating it is. One things for sure, it definitely lives up to the hype! My eyes were getting really dry from wearing makeup everyday and this helped a lot. It is probably the thickest of the four eye creams in this post, which is why I think it's my personal favourite. The only downside is that its so thick you have to rub it between your fingers to warm it up before application. It's only a small extra step, but on nights when I just want to jump into bed it feels like a lot of effort.

2. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream* - For the Morning Girl
This eye cream didn't make the best first impression when we used it. Though the formula itself is great, the packaging is a bit of a let down. It has a squeezy tube with a rounded plastic tip, but we found the plastic catches and pulls on your under eye area and doesn't spread the product very well. However, if you apply it with your finger it can become a great option for those wanting a morning eye cream. It has a light gel-like texture that creates a cooling feeling and it actually does make you feel more wake. This is the one Ellen reaches for when she has an early 8am lectures.

3. Manuka Doctor Age-Defying Eye Cream* - Tara's Choice
I'm turning 25 this year and I'm starting to notice some new expression wrinkles starting to crop up. This light weight eye cream is moisturizing with added anti-ageing properties. Since using this eye cream I've noticed it plumping the under-eye area, helping both with dark circles and lines. It has an almost gel-like feel and is nice and soothing on the eyes. Being packaged in a tube also means it is easy to dispense and apply.

4. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream* - For Eye's That Need Some Love
This eye cream is not as thick as the Kiehls one, but is another very rich and hydrating cream.  The pot is very small and deep making it a little more difficult to get the product out packaging can make it a little hard to get out. But in saying that you do get a lot of product in the one jar. Tara reaches for this one before bed, especially when her eyes are quite dry, tired, or in need of some TLC.

Disclaimer: PR samples are marked with a *

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What's In My Bag Video - Small bag Edition

If you missed my last blog post, I bought a new bag! A few weeks ago Ellen shared a video about her new Michael Kors bag, so this week I'm sharing an updated 'What's in My Bag' with my new Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC. Don't forget to give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it!

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC : Review

Ellen found this Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C on the Designer Wardrobe site a little while ago and made the mistake of showing it to me. Seven days later, I was the proud new owner of this black leather + silver hardware beauty. I've been looking for a small cross-body bag for a while now, and I was having a 'treat yo self' moment after handing in my thesis. Ellen shared her Micheal Kors bag find a few weeks ago (xx) which she also picked up of Designer Wardrobe, and was kind enough to let me have this swoop in on this score. 

I love the RM details on this bag that keep it from being too simple. The clip at the front, the studded strap, the chain with cool triangular claps, the tassels; it's love <3. The fact that the hardware was all silver was the tipping point for me as the combo of silver & black leather is definitely something I feel like is 'my style' (like my choice of Frends headphones). The Mini MAC can be worn cross-body but I do find it sits a little high up on me compared to pictures I'd seen online, possibly because I'm reasonably tall (175cm). The bag is nicely lined and well constructed so I can see myself having this little guy for a long time to come.

bag - Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C // top - Cotton On // pants - Glassons // shoes - Clark's // bracelet - The Warehouse // sunglasses - Molly N // necklace - Shop Style Conquer Store

Check out our youtube channel if you'd like to see what's in my bag and how much it can fit :)

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Must-Have Item You Need This Autumn + GIVEAWAY

If there's one must-have item to update your Autumn wardrobe this year it is the ribbed knit dress. Seen on the likes of Karlie Kloss (here), the Kardashians (here and here), and most recently Gigi Hadid at Paris fashion week (here); this trend has been hitting headlines!

We found this ribbed knit dress at The Warehouse (for only $29!) and we think it's perfect for wearing alone while it's still warm, or layering up as it gets colder. We love it because it can be worn in so many of ways, so it's perfect for the Autumn transitional season.

Stay tuned for our Autumn lookbook to see how we styled this dress (three ways), plus other Autumn trends and outfits ;)

Garage rib knit dress in 'grey marl' $29 c/o The Warehouse // Boots & bag c/o The Warehouse

1. Garage Sherpa Vest ($49) // 2. Debut felt floppy hat ($25) // 3. Garage Denim Overall Dress ($35) // 4. Maya Scoop Neck Cashmerlon Jumper ($25)


We're also giving away a $100 voucher for The Warehouse so one of you guys can go shopping and get some of the awesome new Autumn fashion pieces! Enter below for your chance to win :)

Which Autumn item would you style this dress with? Tell us below!

Disclaimer: Thanks to The Warehouse for sponsoring this post.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

DIY Terrarium Video - Tumblr Plant Decor

This week we have put together a terrarium DIY with some super cute succulents and cacti. We've seen heaps of these on tumblr and thought they were so cool, and it was really easy to make! Don't forget to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to our youtube channel for more. 

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Monday, March 7, 2016

5 Fashion Books You Need to Read

1. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
Anna Wintour once described her as "one of the great unsung heroines of our business". I read this over two years ago and it's still one of my absolute favourite books. From model to creative director of Vogue, Grace's story is a gripping read. I also found the book very intimate, with Grace revealing the details of her car accident, two marriages and of course, working with Anna Wintour.

2. Tales From the Back Row by Amy Odell
Amy Odell's book is a refreshing story from a different perspective. Now the editor of, Odell provides an insight into the realities of fashion industry from an online "blogger" perspective. The book is unfiltered, honest and downright hilarious. It particularly appealed to me because it was written by someone who has spent there career working for online publications and thus offered an alternative perspective. My personal favourite chapter was about a job interview with Anna Wintour, which left me giggling. Odell is a women who has made a career without family connections or a trust fund, which is one of the reasons I found her story particularly interesting.

3. The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand

Unlike most Chanel books you see around the place, The Allure of Chanel tells the memories of Coco Chanel in her own words. Paul Morand was given the opportunity by Coco herself to write her memoirs at the end of WW2, but the notes from the conversations were kept tucked away in a draw until a year after her death. We hear so much about the woman behind the Chanel brand, but this book provides a truly extraordinary insight into her life.

4. The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg
The term 'legend' is tossed around a lot in the fashion industry, but one woman who I believe truly deserves the title is Diane Von Furstenberg. She is most well known for her iconic wrap dress, but in this book Von Furstenberg explains the struggles and journey behind the dress. Again this was an intimate book, beginning with the story of her mother's survival of WW2 in a concentration camp, through to her marriages, children, and business failures. For me the biggest surprise in this book was reading about how many business failures there actually were. Her inspiring story was not all glamour, and this book proves she worked hard to get to where she is today.

5. How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by A. Berest, A. Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and S. Mas
This bold book is written from the perspective of four French women, debunking the myths of the Parisian woman lifestyle. Of the five books listed here, this is probably my least favourite and it is more of a decorative book. Nonetheless if you're Parisian obsessed like me, it is a great quick read.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

February Favourites Video + New Blog Shop Items!

For this weeks video we are rounding up all of our favourite things from the month of February. We're talking beauty, fashion, tv shows and we also included our favourite photo of the month! Don't forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and subscribe for more videos.

We also announce in this video that we have new blog shop items! Check out our range of ear cuffs here (the little man is our personal favourite hehe).

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

How to Wear Your Fandom on Your Sleeve

The world is full of many things to be a fan of, and the great thing about the internet is there's stuff you can buy based on all the things you love. Gone are the days when all of this merch was over the top or poorly designed, now you can find things that are a little subtler in their nod to your chosen fandom. Take my favourite Hogwarts t-shirt for example. At first glance it may look like a simple grey university shirt, but in reality it's me trying to live out the dream of attending Hogwarts (every September passes and still no letter *sigh*). I particularly like that there is just a single colour used in the print; simple is definitely better when looking for pieces befitting everyday wear. Etsy and Society 6 have some great stuff to find and make me want to join the Ravenclaw quidditch team (x) or carry all my belongings in something Star Wars themed (x, x). Perhaps these will need to be the next purchases in a slowly growing collection of fandom fashion.

Hogwarts T-shirt - Mighty Ape // Denim skirt c/o The Warehouse // Shoes - Clark's // Sunglasses - Molly N // Necklace - Asos

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