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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Popbasic Paloma Collection















Tee, Infinity Scarf & Clutch, Popbasic Paloma Collection  |  Skirt, Popbasic Sherwood Collection  |  Heels, Zu

I'm going to start by saying I am a big fan of Popbasic. I've loved almost every micro collection so far and love opening a box that I know has quality items. When trawling through my over flowing closet for inspo on styling the Paloma collection, I found myself gravitating towards this beautiful green pleated skirt, also from Popbasic. I promise you that was not deliberate! 

You can never go wrong with basics. And a basic white tee should belong in every girl and guy's wardrobe. This micro collection is so classic it can be worn in hundreds of different ways. Style it with your fav pair of skinnies and you'll look effortlessly chic. 

Love love. Big tick of approval from yours truly.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WISH "Winter in the City" Style Challenge












'Unique' top, WISH  |  Track pants, Romwe  |  Clutch, Seagulls  |  The Solitaire Shoe, Jeffery Campbell

A big thank you to WISH and Honda (@honda_australia) for the opportunity to participate in the 'Winter in the City' style challenge. The shape and cut of this top is feminine, flattering and unique so I wanted to style it with a fairly simplistic outfit to allow the top to be the star of the show. The result is a classic chic look with a bit of a sporty twist. What do you think?


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Closet storage solutions - Room Tour

As requested by some of my lovely viewers, I've finally filmed a room tour! Here's some additional/details tips to my closet storage solutions which you may find useful.

CLOTHES HANGERS
...have changed my life. If your closet space is too small for the amount of clothes you have, you want to invest in some space saving hangers! The below hangers are what I have in my closet and they have helped immensely. You can find all of these from eBay, but here are some links I found:

Top row:
Right - Velvet space saving hangers. You can hook these on each other to save space, and you'll never have anything fall off a hanger ever again! Life changing. I got mine from Lincraft.
Second row:
Left - Tie hanger. Great for hanging your belts that don't have hooks.
Right - 4 tier skirt/pants hanger. I LOVE THIS!!!!!
Bottom row:
Left - Space saving hanger. Have multiple items hanging vertically rather than horizontally in your closet.
Right - Alternative space saving hanger. It's the dodgier version of the one above!






This one deserves a mention on it's own - for all you scarf lovers out there you have to get your hands on the IKEA Komplement scarf hanger! 28 scarves fits on this baby. You're welcome.



SHOES STORAGE
I love this thing to death! The perfect shoe storage solution if you don't have the space but have a lot of shoes. You can fit 14 pairs on one level with this IKEA shoe tree (OMSORG), and if you build this to the top within the frame, you can fit 5 levels = 80 pairs!!!! 


MAKEUP AND BEAUTY STORAGE
If you're like me, then you need to see all your nail polishes in order to actually use them. Find a nail or beauty salon wholesaler in your area because they might sell their items to the general public. This is the one I went to in Melbourne. Otherwise try eBay for something similar. 

Next is my makeup/vanity storage (MALM), which of course is also from IKEA. There's ample space for my makeup and beauty items but I would recommend that you use draw separators, otherwise you end up with a bit of a mess in each drawer! 


JEWELLERY STORAGE
The hubby bought this jewellery cabinet for me because he saw how much I struggled with finding a storage solution for my mountains of jewellery. It's perfect for me because I also needed a full length mirror!



ADDITIONAL CLOSET
I don't think I have a lot of clothes until someone comes over and has a melt down when they see all the clothes I have. Don't all girls have lots of clothes?! In any case, I needed an additional closet because my built-in wardrobe isn't big enough to house all my babies. This frame and drawers is also from IKEA. Search PAX and go nuts building your own closet.


DESK/STUDY AREA 
This IKEA desk (MICKE) was nice and cheap and I liked that it came with a hole to fit your cables through. The long drawer is also the perfect place to store my sunglasses collection (despite only wearing one pair all the time!)




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OOTD - Autumn Florals








Floral dress, Romwe  |  Chunky knit, Sheinside  |  Boots, Wanted Shoes |  Leather bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs  |  Knee-high socks, Topshop

Although we love to whinge when it's that time of the year to bid Summer farewell, those of us who love fashion are secretly excited to be able to finally pull out our chunky knits and winter boots.  That was exactly me last weekend because I got to wear my brand new pair of winter boots that had been sitting in my closet, looking awkwardly shiny. 

My default 'uniform' in Autumn is pairing a particularly girly dress with a chunky knit and boots. It's my go-to when I can't think of anything to wear and I just want to be comfortable. I love that my dresses can be trans-seasonal and versatile. In summer, I'd be wearing this exact dress at a garden wedding, and here we are in Autumn with a completely different look.

That's a style win in my books!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OOTD - The Silk Blouse









Silk blouse, wish bone necklace, & wishbone ring, Popbasic Sunday Collection |  Linen shorts, Forever21  |  Leopard print clutch, Seagulls  |  Skull necklace, MarisaLeeDesigns |  The Solitare Shoe, Jeffrey Campbell


I'm definitely a big fan of investing in staple pieces that will last forever in your wardrobe. Which is why I'm also a big fan of Popbasic. What an awesome idea executed beautifully each month into a timeless collection! This blueberry silk blouse will be my first silk blouse I own in my wardrobe.

I'm in love.

It feels soft, it's a classic piece, it can be styled in so many ways. Now I just need to find a white version and my life (wardrobe) will be complete. That aside, I'm also loving my dainty teeny weeny necklaces and rediscovered the few I have from this amazing Etsy seller (lovechicstyling is an old coupon code that should still work and give you 10% off your order). Happy shopping, girls!


(Disclaimer: no I wasn't paid to write any of these things!)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Healthy eating - Cauliflower rice salad

I never knew I'd ever be using the words "healthy eating". How things change! So as I mentioned in a previous post, I've been making salads to eat at work. I'm a bit of princess and I don't naturally gravitate towards salads...which means I need to put in the effort to make them taste nice! 

Introducing cauliflower rice. 

This stuff is a fantastic healthy way to fill you up. There are two ways that I've made it. The first is to chop it all up in a food processor or blender (proceed with caution if you use a blender - you don't want a juice, you want chopped cauliflower!). Then after that you stop there, or you can pan fry lightly with garlic, salt and pepper. This gives it a beautiful aroma, although once mixed in with the rest of the salad and dressing I personally don't think it's necessary or makes enough of a difference. 

This salad is delicious and filling. And you can prepare all the elements separately at the beginning of the week and just mix them together for each meal. I would say pine nuts are mandatory in making this salad really delicious. It gives it an extra crunch and flavour. Those things are like eating gold though. They're super expensive so I would strongly advise against buying pine nuts at a supermarket. Go to a nut shop and you'll get it cheaper! (I said cheaper, not cheap!)

Pictures first, recipe later.

Light and fluffy cauliflower 'rice'


Chop your coriander and parsley

Mix it up with corn kernels

Add some chopped cherry or roma tomatos

You can stop here and just sprinkle with pine nuts 

Or you can roast some pumpkin which will make it much more filling

Lunch for two! #worklunch #wifeyduties 

On the last day I still had lots of pumpkin left so I left the tomatoes out. 
I like to warm this up slightly first, then add the dressing. Yum!


Recipe:

Ingredients:
  • Cauliflower (one will give you enough for a week for two people)
  • Coriander
  • Parsley
  • Corn kernels
  • Cherry/Roma tomatoes
  • Butternut pumpkin
  • Pine nuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • One lemon 
Method:
  • Wash cauliflower and chop in food processor to desired size. If using a blender, turn it on at a low speed and drop small florets into the blender through the hole in the lid. Using a food processor is easier!
  • Optional: Lightly pan fry your 'rice' with garlic, salt and pepper
  • Chop parsley and coriander
  • Chop cherry/roma tomatoes in half 
  • Drizzle your pumpkin with some olive oil, salt and pepper. I prefer butternut pumpkin.
  • Roast for about 20 mins and turn over half way
  • Combine everything together including the corn kernels and sprinkle pine nuts on top
  • Make the dressing with about 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, juice one small lemon or half of a big lemon, add salt and pepper. This will give you enough for about two large servings.