A Bohemian Smock

I love the bohemian look; it’s relaxed and feminine and goes well with my unruly hair. It was formerly adopted by those who live the unconventional, artistic life who didn’t hold much consideration towards fashion and allowed their free-spiritedness to be articulated through the loose-fitting patterned rags they’d put on their back. How ironic considering it has become a fashion phenomenon that a million girls are attempting to mimic. It has evolved from being regarded as ‘gypsy-like’ to ‘hippie’ and more recently to the 21st century label of ‘boho-chic’.

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Vanessa Hudgens pulls the look off remarkably well as she stands as this era’s ‘Boho Chick’. I don’t know what I think about having flowers crown your head, personally it’s a little too 70’s-esque/flower power for me, however there’s something about the easy simplicity of channeling the bohemian look that makes it appear so pretty and effortless.

Myself included in the million girls wanting to look like V Hudge, I found a summer dress that encapsulates the bohemian flair that I want to achieve. It also intermingles with the appearance of a 60’s smock dress in the way that it just hangs there like a tea-towel, so yes it is very comfortable and light-weight.

*pockets included

Dress – Mika & Gala

Shoes – ?

Sunnies- asos

So cart me off in a wagon and call me a gypsy!

Orange Summer

Yesterday was the fabulous and famous Melbourne Cup day, and it is in fact so fabulous that Victorians get a day off for it. Yay for public holidays! In my true traditional Melbourne Cup style, I attended a BBQ with family and friends and had a joyful day of eating plenty of food and inevitably losing in the sweep not unlike every other year.

This racing carnival, the outfits have been bursting with colour and fascinators have been bigger (and more ridiculous) than ever. Since I didn’t have the chance to attempt an extravagantly colourful races outfit for myself, I incorporated colour into the day’s outfit with my orange 3/4 pants. I feel like a hip 50’s housewife in these pants.

Top- Forever New

Pants- Bardot

Shoes- Sportsgirl

Bag- Zara

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Well, judging by the bright hues of green plastering braches and nature strips, spring is well in force but is taking its time to bring the increasing warmth with it. No matter though, in the rare glimpses of summer I tossed off my jeans and let my legs breathe. Ahhh, the unfamiliar yet refreshing feel of a warm breeze. I’m even sporting florals to express my spring jubilation.

The top is actually a playsuit. My growth spurt has forced me to stop wearing it in its natural form due to the over-exposure of, um, flesh.

Playsuit – Forever New

Skirt – Target

Belt- Cotton On

Shoes – Lipstick

Bag – Vintage

Spring Racing Fever

The highly anticipated spring racing season has arrived and the most important aspect of it (in my opinion, more exciting than the horses) is the dressing up! Whether it be a hat, fascinator or hair accessory paired with a lovely dress or suit with killer heals and a matching bag and accessories, sorting out racewear can be a breeze. There are rules to adhere to when dressing for the races, however the most significant one is to express your individuality whilst remaining sophisticated. A shot of fluro has been a popular trend this year along with other bright colours, and remember that the shoes, head-piece and bag typically should compliment each other. Happy racing!

Derby Day Outfit (Black and White Day)

Dress: Impulse              Hat: ?                 Bag: Olga Berg            Shoes: Innovare

Melbourne Cup (The Big One)

Dress: Bardot          Fascinator: Forever New        Shoes: London Rebel            Bag: Mollini

Plainness and Charm

White is every spring/summer’s colour. It’s light, classy and compliments sun-tanned skin, but not so much sunburn (although there is nothing healthy about a tan, ahem). After examining my wardrobe and attempting to colour-code it, I discovered that a large portion of my summer gear consists of white materials, hence the overflowing pile. I discovered that I am a devoted fan of the colour (or shade, whatever floats your boat) but felt the need to throw something else into the mix. To change it up a little, I did the obvious thing and splashed some colour into the sea of blankness.

It changed me from a plain white table-cloth to a table-cloth with some personality.

White (which is described as “the absence of colour”) pretty much creates happiness with any colour, so go crazy and get colouring.

Dress: Bardot           Shoes: Wittner           Necklace: ?  

And yes, I was still on my holiday in the Gold Coast living it up. Mmm the sun…

Dress: Igedo                 Shoes: Steve Madden           Bag: Forever New       Necklace: ?            Sunglasses: asos

Presenting my younger sister Elise, looking cute in a floral blazer! She’s turning out to be quite a fashionista. I’ll take the credit.

Shorts: Alex Hill       Blazer: Bardot Junior     Top: Bardot junior        Shoes: Betts Kids

Under the Aussie Sun

View of Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast AUS

Arriving back to my hotel room to work on my blog after a strenuous day of lounging around the pool and eating gelato is such a tiresome task. Sarcasm aside, dragging myself off the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast and onto my laptop, smacking me immediately back into reality has reminded me of how entirely selfish I’ve been by not blogging about my seriously uneventful but lovely adventures on the coast. Plenty of delicious food has been consumed, numerous sale racks have been emptied and many happy snaps have been taken.

As hinted in the title, I have been basking in the glorious Australian sun (always wearing sunscreen, of course) and managed to tear myself away from my beach towel to capture some scenes.

Bikinis: Heaven Swimwear Sunglasses: ASOS

I saw these bikinis and purchased them 5 minutes later. These 50’s style high-waisted bikinis are incredibly cute and are prone to compliments.

Perfect colour for summer. OPI ‘Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It’.
‘That’s it darling, look into the camera’   A photogenic Rosella I dubbed Larry. Seemed quite content perching there all morning, keeping me company.

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I have well and truly come out of my hibernation of monotonous shades of clothing by welcoming Spring with a splash of colour. This season, not unlike every other Spring/Summer, is the season for bright, happy colours and bejewelled and chunky statement necklaces. A little bit of colour goes a long way, so make it a challenge to incorporate bright colours into your outfit – it also has a surprisingly positive psychological effect, take my word for it. It really is the way to go, especially if you’ve been living in the cold area of the southern hemisphere like me where dark shades have been my greatest companions.

Hot colours for the season include red, orange, fluro yellow, pink and orange, electric blue, lime green and plain white.

Skirt: Taylor               Top: Forever New           Bag: Guess               Shoes: Wittner               Necklace: ?

The Good Old Satchel

I am such a fan of small bags. They’re compact and cute and I own dozens of them. Unfortunately they’re too small, which can be irritating when I can fit no more than my phone, some lip balm and if I’m lucky, a stingy wallet. I embarked on a quest to find a bag which would be able to comfortably fit ALL of the necessities (half of my bedside table) and wouldn’t be too bulky or overwhelming.

I noticed that towards the end of last year in Europe that satchel bags, most notably neon satchel bags, were building up a large following. I’m not a go-getter for neon, but I was impressed with the satchel style. They are practical and look great, and even come in varying sizes and varying colours. How cool is that? Catch is that if you’re wanting the 100% leather bags, they come with a 100% expensive price tag. However, I was determined to get one. The most notable brands which offer them (Cambridge satchel co., Leather satchel co.,) are international, and my favourite website featured both of them. So I waited until ASOS had a sale and leapt at the opportunity.

NOTE: Sales make your purchase instantly better.

Now here I am with my satchel that can fit not only half of my bedside table but maybe even a few of my small bags.

Blazer: ?     Shorts: Lumiere    Shoes: Windsor Smith     Shirt: Sussan    Bag: The Leather Satchel Co.      Necklace: Sportsgirl

In Bloom

The other weekend something magical happened. I wore a skirt minus stockings/tights/long socks. It was such a pretty day that my family and I went to the park for a picnic, and I grabbed the opportunity to soak up in with sun without my usual winter layers which was sooo liberating.

A new addition to my jewelry collection – a beaded babooshka necklace. Unique eh?

Jacket: Forever New   Skirt: River Island     Top: Target    Shoes: Inui    Necklace: A gift

Maxi skirts. Planning to invest in a few of them because they are flattering for any body type and are simple as well as classy.

With the Runways

On Friday night I experienced something considerably significant in any fashion bloggers life – I attended my first fashion runway show. Such a milestone, I know.

This week has been the annual Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and I was lucky enough to witness the talents of brands such as Friend of Mine, From Britten P/L, Leopold, Nobody, Limedrop, Strateas and Carlucci and White Suede.

White Suede
Snapbacks proved to be a necessary accessory as they were featured in a few collections
White Suede
The female models’ hair were two-toned and straight
White Suede

The show was surprisingly short, but I loved every second. The standouts of the evening included the snapbacks, 3/4 leggings under shorts for men, bright colours, denim vests and floral prints. Mesh tops with visible bras were very common, and although they are a stand-out trend for this season, I can’t decide whether they are hot or trashy. Moving closer to trashy. Nonetheless, it was inspiring to see such a diversity of designs in time for Spring and Summer. I don’t think I will adopt snapbacks as an accessory though.

What I wore- Dress: Asos Shoes: Classified Bag: Guess

The dress was actually red, just bad lighting.

My fashionista friend Rhiannon sporting a hot sequin jacket
I was very Inspired

Well that was fun. Can’t wait to do it again!