Things I love Thursday 27/11/2014

This week has been all about slowing things down and taking it easy.  I did a digital detox on the weekend (just wait until you hear about THAT!) and it was quite an eye opener.  I’ve been making an effort to bring more focus to the things that are important to me and jettison some of the habits that aren’t serving me well.

This week I love:

- Getting back into reading.  I love to read, but over the past few months I haven’t been able to concentrate long enough to read more than a few pages at a time.  But this week I’ve been bitten by the reading bug and I’m ripping through the A Dance with Dragons.  It’s epic.

-Finding this cute mug at the op shop. It was just fifty cents and I was drawn to the earthy pottery and the gorgeous flowers. It’s been my go-to mug for my afternoon coffee.

- Buying from small retailers and being rewarded with kind words and grateful smiles.  And awesome purchases.

- My Dad’s laugh.  It’s so booming and joyful, that it makes me just beam every time I hear it.

- New rings.  I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I inherited a few rings from my Great Aunt Anne and I thought that I would show you a couple more.  This one is emerald and it’s so lovely.  There is another ring in the collection that’s identical except with sapphires instead of emeralds.

When I first saw this ring I freaked out a bit because I thought it might have been carved from ivory or bone, but on closer inspection it’s just resin.  My grandmother told me that she and her three sisters each received one of these rings as a gift from their father.  Each one was a different colour.  Grandma thinks she still has hers somewhere, but she’s going to have a hunt for it.  This ring is about seventy years old, and the carving on it is so intricate and beautiful.

- Slippery, silky pajamas.

- Evening walks when the air is just starting to cool off after a hot day.

-Christmas anticipation.

-Taking close-up pictures of Miss Jellylorum.  She’s so pretty.  I just love the markings on her face.

-And then twenty seconds later snapping this picture.  She’s so awkward sometimes!

What do you love this week?

Daily outfit 25/11/2014

Every cosplayer faces the dilemma of what to do with their costume pieces in between conventions.  I know some people who display their costumes like works of art in their homes.  Others have entire wardrobes devoted to storing their cosplay gems (while their day-to-day clothes are relegated to the floor).  I take a different approach, as I like to work my cosplay items in with my regular clothes.

Today I decided to team the tee shirt from my Tank Girl cosplay with a laid-back outfit for a day of shopping and hanging out with my cousins.

I am wearing:

- Tank Girl tee (bought from Target, modified by me)

- Red and black striped skirt (thrifted)

- Red patent leather heels from Giallo

- Silver ear cuff from Sportsgirl

- Swarovski stud earring

- White resin bangle (thrifted)

- Ruby ring (inherited from my Great Aunt Anne)

- London bus bag from Harrods

Lately I’ve found myself really drawn to crop tops.  I’m not used to showing off my midriff, so it’s a bit of a challenge for me.  I prefer to wear my crop-tops with a high-waisted skirt, to show off a sliver of flesh between my navel and my ribcage.

This handbag was a gift from my old next-door-neighbours, and I’ve had it since I was four years old.  I adore it because it’s a little bit different, and big enough to fit all my bits and pieces in.  It’s also waterproof, which came in handy when my little cousin Abbey decided to turn the hose on me while we were filling up her paddling pool!

I also have a beautiful new ring.  This gem came from my Great Aunt Anne, who passed away recently.  She had no children of her own, and all of her things were sent to my grandmother when she passed.  I always have difficulty finding rings to fit me, because my fingers are really fine.  It seems that I inherited my tiny hands from my aunt, because all of Anne’s rings fit me perfectly.  So I took quite a few gorgeous rings home with me.  I feel quite sad that I never got a chance to meet my Great Aunt Anne, because it seems that she and I would have had quite a bit in common. As it is, I will wear her jewels with pride.

Building a work wardrobe

When I began my first full-time job, I faced a fashion dilemma.  This was the first time I’d worked in a place that didn’t have a uniform, and I would be free to choose my own clothes for work every morning.  What joy!

My excitement was quickly dampened when I spent the initial hours of each morning fretting over what to put on my body.  I would stand in front of my open drawers scrutinizing each item and struggling to put together an outfit.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have enough suitable clothes, the problem was that I had TOO MUCH CHOICE.  I was overwhelmed by the options.

I decided that the best way to tackle this would be to create a “work wardrobe”.  I went through my current wardrobe with an eagle eye and pulled a selection of items that were work-appropriate.  I then bought a few basic-but-classic items to mix in with them.  My work wardrobe solved my daily “what to wear” dilemma and left me with enough extra time each morning to have another cup of tea before heading out the door.

If you’re facing a similar sartorial debacle, don’t worry.  Today I’m going to share my tips for putting together a work wardrobe that is practical and stylish.

Work wardrobe

 

First of all, remember that less is more.  You want to create a capsule wardrobe of carefully-chosen pieces.  You want enough to create a full week’s worth of outfits and not much more.  If you add too many items to your working wardrobe, you’ll be overwhelmed by choice.

 

My own working wardrobe contains a skirt, a pair of trousers, two dresses, three blouses and one jumper.  Everything matches everything else, so I can mix-and-match outfits from this selection.

 

To start with, choose simple block colours that team well together.  Look for crisp lines and simple pieces.  If you can’t resist a beautiful print, select a well-made blouse or jumper that can be worn with a plain skirt or trousers.  Dresses are also a great way to experiment with prints, because you don’t have to worry about matching them with anything; they’re an outfit all on their own.

 

Make sure that you select pieces that suit your body and that you feel comfortable in.  You’re going to spend a large portion of your week in these things, so make sure you feel great in them.

 

You don’t have to spend a fortune on your work wardrobe.  Look for items in your existing collection that will work.  I would recommend spending a bit more cash on some nice trousers or a simple skirt and then adding a few trendy blouses for each season.  Your basics will last longer and look more polished if you spring for good-quality versions.

 

Although it might seem boring to wear the same things every week, there’s an awesome way to dress up your work wardrobe.  Accessories will be your saving grace.  Never underestimate the power of an amazing pair of shoes, a gorgeous brooch or a unique scarf.  Use your finishing touches to change the look of your work wardrobe and bring a touch of personality to your outfits.

 

Don’t forget that you can still experiment with your hair and makeup to change your look.  I had loads of fun sporting victory rolls and red lippie with my basic work wear.

 

Resist the urge to add new items to your work wardrobe.  If items become worn-out, then replace them as necessary.  You might also like to add a few seasonal pieces, such as lighter-weight blouses for summer or pretty cardigans in winter.  Be selective about what you add to your work wardrobe, because if you make too many additions you will be swamped with options and you’ll eliminate the purpose of creating a capsule wardrobe.

 

I’ve found that having a work wardrobe made getting ready in the morning so much easier.  It saved loads of time and I knew that each day I walked out the door looking polished and put-together.

 

Do you have a work wardrobe?  What do you like to wear to work?

Things I Love Thursday 20/11/2014

Holy moly!  This week has been crazy busy for me.  I’ve had a weekend visit with one of my college besties and loads of time with my little cousins who are visiting from Perth.  I’ve been feeling the love for sure, and I’ve got a huge list of things I love this Thursday.

This week I love:

- Watching Frozen with my cousins Will and Abbey.  Also the fact that both of my little cousins are into wearing blue toenail polish and blowing bubbles in the backyard.  They are rad kids.

- Blue cheese.  It stinks and I don’t care, because it’s darn tasty.

- Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  My mate Tom bought a copy of this with him when he came to stay with  me last weekend.  I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to see this film.  It’s a total gem.  The story is thought-provoking, the soundtrack is jammin’ and it manages to be hilariously funny and heart-jerkingly poignant all at once.  Here’s the trailer if to convince you further:

 

- Singing loudly to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack.  In particular I love the tracks “Tear me Down”, “Wig in a Box”, “The Origin of Love” and “Angry Inch”.  And I also adore this particular version of “Sugar Daddy”, performed by Neil Patrick Harris.

 

- Breaking out shorts for the first time this year.  The weather is already heating up.

 

- Patting gorgeous Golden Retrievers at the bakery.

 

- Phone calls from friends just to check on me.

 

- Earl Grey tea

 

- Champagne in the afternoon.

 

- Sleeping with the windows open.

 

- Borrowing magazines from the library.  I love magazines but I can’t justify buying several each month.  So now I’ve been getting them from the library for free and it’s awesome.  They have so many titles so I’ve been able to try lots of new magazines that I’d never even heard of before.

 

- Cuddling with Jelly and Ringo each morning before I get out of bed.

 

- Cute boys with dazzling smiles.

 

- Knowing that Christmas is just around the corner.

 

- Spring cleaning my bedroom, washing the walls and turning the mattress.

 

- The smell of jasmine flowers on hot nights.

 

What do you love this week sweet-pea?  Jump in and leave a comment telling me all about the things that bring you joy.

Daily outfit 18/11/2014

I am one lucky little duck.  My parents went on a holiday to Sydney a couple of weeks ago and they brought me back a gorgeous new dress.  Lately, I’ve had quite  few new dresses, but this one was extra-special.  It’s the perfect Summer party dress.  Light and airy, fabric that feels beautiful against the skin and a soft wash of ocean colours.  I’m smitten.

 

I decided to take myself out to dinner to give myself a chance to wear this beautiful floral confection.  I went to Georgina’s, which is a very swanky restaurant in town.  The food was delicious, the service was brilliant and I was content to just chill out in a window seat and watch the world go by.

 

I am wearing:

- Dress By Vanessa Tong for Timeless.

- Pierre Fontaine sandals (thrifted)

- Gold heart ring (gift from my parents)

- Vintage lily brooch.

 

 

I felt so pretty in this dress.  The shape is so classic and the lightweight feel of the fabric was perfect for walking home on a balmy evening.  I felt like Audrey Hepburn, although I doubt Audrey would have stopped at the bottle-o to buy a cheeky bottle of moscato on her way home!

NYX Boudoir Provocateur Mascara review.

I’m extremely picky when it comes to mascara.  My eyes are my favourite facial feature, and I like to highlight them with sweeping lashes.  I’m also quite fickle about whether I want my lashes to look thicker or longer.  My lash desires change depending on my mood.  So how awesome would it be if I could get one mascara that could do both?

Luckily, I found the Provocateur mascara from NYX’s Boudoir collection.  This genius product allows you to choose thicker or longer lashes with the twist of the wrist.

This nifty design has two levels in the lid of the tube.  For thicker, fuller lashes, open the tube at level one. For longer, more defined lashes, open at level two.  The opening at the top of the tube narrows or widens depending on which level you twist, controlling the amount of product that’s deposited on the brush.

Level one leaves the top of the tube quite wide, so a lot of mascara appears on the brush when you take it out of the tube.  I use this level when I want thick, dramatic lashes.

In this photo, I’ve applied one coat of the Provocateur mascara at level 1.  As you can see, my lashes appear very thick, but there are a lot of clumps and the lashes tend to stick together.  However, I found that this setting is great for using before applying false lashes, to make my natural lashes blend into the falsies a bit better.

At level 2, the brush is wiped clean, so there are fewer clumps and globs of product.  This setting is perfect for achieving defined, sweeping lashes.

Look at that length!  I tend to prefer this setting for my day-to-day makeup.  It looks much cleaner and my lashes don’t stick together as much.

In terms of longevity, the NYX Provocateur mascara performs very well.  I apply one or two coats of this in the morning and it lasts all day.  I haven’t noticed any flaking or fading.  I have worn this product a number of times with my contact lenses and it hasn’t caused any irritation of my eyes.  Although it isn’t a waterproof mascara, it seems to hold up on days when I’ve got a touch of hayfever and my eyes are lightly watering.

In addition to the awesome performance of this product, I love the fact that it’s cruelty free.

The best bit about the NYX mascara?   It costs just $6.  Seriously.  I think that makes it the best budget mascara I’ve ever tried.  It is great value for money and out-performs some of the luxury brands I’ve used in the past.

I am totally addicted to this mascara and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Have you tried any of the NYX mascaras?  What did you think?

*This is not a sponsored post.  I purchased this item with my own money and my opinions are unbiased and genuine*

Things I Love Thursday 13/11/2014

Top ‘o the morning to you, gorgeous reader!  I’m am feeling great and ready to get into this week’s edition of Things I Love Thursday.  You too?  Awesome!  Let’s begin.

This week I Love:

- Feeling better in general.  My mood is picking up and I no longer feel like a misery slug.

- Paul Rudd.  I’ve had a crush on this dude for as long as I can remember, and one of my friends sent me this video last week to cheer me up.  And it worked no end.

 

- Wriggling my bare toes in the grass.

 

- Looking forward to a visit from my friend Tom this weekend.  I haven’t seen him in months and it’s going to be great.  We’re going to drink cocktails, watch movies and wear fabulous outfits.

 

- Visiting my grandmother.  We went out for lunch together, looked through old photo albums and then she gave me some stunning vintage jewellery.  She’s been so supportive of me these past few weeks, and I’m so happy when we get to catch up.

 

- Downton Abbey

 

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-Finishing this Lego Block scarf for my etsy store.  I had so much fun making these and  I love the pops of colour.  I am definitely keeping one for myself.

 

- Drinking an iced coffee in the sunshine.

 

- Making time for reading.

 

- Getting through an entire power yoga workout without needing a break.  I was sore afterwards, but it was so worth it.

 

- Embracing floaty fabrics and soft colours for summer.

 

- Having almost all of my Christmas shopping completed.

 

- Puppy licks and kitty cuddles.

 

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And last but certainly not least, I love Miss Jellylorum.  Today is her 7th birthday.  We’ve had so many hugs and lots of treats to celebrate her special day.

 

What do you love this week?