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Uniform

Uniform No.2

It’s been a slow transition to any sort of Autumn here in Sydney. The mornings and evenings have a slight chill to them, while the days are still pretty warm, so getting away with bare legs has still been pretty easy. Here are 3 items that have been seeing me through a lot of April and May.

Lace up Top

I’ve been a massive sucker for the lace up trend and have been living in this beautifully soft jersey top in a lovely gray marle. This is going to be a staple in my wardrobe in the upcoming months for sure.

Denim Skirt

This A-line skirt saw me through the whole of summer, it’s just one of those items that goes with anything. I reckon I’m going to get a whole lot of wear out of it during the winter months too, teamed up with some tights and a jumper. It’s just so comfortable and is a great “I don’t have time to think about what I’m wearing” piece.

Platform Brogues (similar here)

I don’t shop at Zara very often (can’t get past their poorly constructed clothes, well in Aus anyway), but when I saw these shoes on sale down from $80 to $25 I just couldn’t resist. Loving the Stella McCartney vibes.

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Noteworthy

Email newsletters actually worth reading

If you’re anything like me, I’m super picky about what enters my email inbox on a regular basis and spamming me with pointless crap will result in a swift kick to the junk mail folder without hesitation. However, I am not opposed to receiving something with a little more substance now and then (i.e. not everyday), something that will teach me something, provide some wisdom, or make my day a little more productive. At the moment there are 4 non-obtrusive newsletters I actually *shock horror* enjoy receiving, so I thought I would go into specifics about why each of them are awesome and genuinely worth subscribing to :) Continue Reading

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Beauty

My MAC Lipstick Collection

I’ve seen a few MAC lipstick collection posts around lately and find them interesting as no two collections are ever the same. I love learning about colours I hadn’t previously thought about trying, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share mine. As you can tell, there’s a theme going on with the colours I go for, favouring brights over nudes – reds, oranges, corals, pinks – the more vibrant, the better. Not that I have anything against nudes, but I have tried so many and cannot for the life of me find one that doesn’t totally wash me out (even cult favourite, Velvet Teddy). So from left to right, here are the 8 colours currently in my collection…

Vegas Volt

This is the newest colour in my collection, a really pretty orange-coral with an Amplified creamy finish (Amplified is my favourite MAC formula). I love this colour because it can be built up from a light to opaque finish, depending on how much you apply. I actually prefer this colour applied with a lighter hand and a little sheerer.

Dozen Carnations

I bought this one recently as well and thought it would be a good option for a day time red as it’s a Cremesheen with a semi-sheer colour pay-off. It’s such a pretty warm toned, pinky-red colour, but I think I’d love it so much more if there was slightly less pearl shimmer to it. That’s not a deal breaker though and I do still wear it a fair bit.

Crosswires

This one is slightly similar to Vegas Volt, but definitely more pink based rather than coral and far less opaque as it’s a Cremesheen. Not too in-your-face bright, it’s a colour I wear to work pretty often.

Russian Red

This is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and it’s one of my holy grail reds (NARS Rita being my #1). It’s a very opaque, Matte blue-toned red and the shade is just so flattering. I combine this with the MAC lipliner, Cherry and they look stunning together. Fun fact – this colour first launched in the 80s and still remains one of their best sellers. Total classic.

Lady Danger

This is hands down the brightest colour I own. It’s a Matte vividly bright, warm toned, almost neon coral-red, but it definitely appears more orange on me than red. I must admit I don’t wear it a ton anymore as I do find it drying (Russian Red is a more creamier matte), but it’s a beautiful colour and a good option for a super bright statement lip.

Rebel

First off, this colour looks nothing like it does in the tube – it’s more of a deeper berry colour than purple, with cool, pink undertones and a soft Satin finish. It’s a nice alternative to a red, but I find myself not using it all that often as it can be painful to apply, any tiny mistakes and you gotta start from scratch #aintgottimeforthat

Korean Candy

This is the second MAC lipstick I ever bought and it really sparked a love for warmer toned orangey shades. It’s a red toned orange with a lipgloss like Sheen Supreme finish. I still love it and the tube is actually nearly finished!

Grande Dame

This is the colour I probably wear the least and also the most neutral colour I have. I picked this up because it’s apparently the colour to use for people who just can’t pull off nudes. I don’t know whether the lack of wear is because of my aversion to nudes or because it’s slightly too rosy pink for my liking. The formula itself is great, being from the Mineralise Rich collection it’s super sheer, lightweight and very moisturising. I should probably give it another chance.

Shades I still want to try: Diva, Mehr and Plumful

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Style

Two AW16 Purchases

Coming into the Autumn season (yay!), the two main wardrobe staples I wanted to invest in above all else was a leather biker jacket and a pair of black ankle boots, both of which I have found and am deliriously happy about…
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Style

The A.P.C. Half Moon Bag

I have been hunting for the perfect crossbody bag for what seems like forever and out of the options on my wishlist, my mind always went back to the the Half Moon bag. I didn’t want to buy it online without seeing it in person first, to hold it and ensure it suited me and that I loved it enough to drop the money on it. Luckily the A.P.C. store in Sydney* had two left in stock for the season, so I went in one Saturday morning to check it out. Needless to say, I fell in love…

I decided to get it in smooth black leather as I felt this would be the most versatile in my wardrobe – it could be used as an everyday bag, but is also sleek enough to be dressed up for night. The bag has gold toned hardware and the interior is lined in cotton canvas with an open slit pocket. It has a minimal gold stamped logo on the front, an adjustable shoulder strap and a zip around closure. It’s probably worth noting that because the leather is smooth, it is prone to scratching, so if that annoys you then maybe this isn’t the bag for you. Personally I like my leather a little more lived in, so this doesn’t bother me much.

All in all, very pleased with this baby and now fully understand why it has the cult following it does!

* It’s also definitely worth mentioning that they offer layby! You pay 30% deposit up front and then 6 weekly repayments after that, which makes the price tag on this a little more bearable.