Did you ever play dress ups as a kid? How joyous was it to dress up in clothes that weren’t your own? To pretend you were all grown up? Never being worried about how silly you looked or if it was flattering. No fear of being judged… it was all about having fun.
What I still love about getting all dressed up is, the freedom to experiment and tailor your own personal style. You can be rock chic one day and bohemian the next. It’s a fun way to channel your creative side. Everyday I visualise being a blank canvas and I try to paint a different picture.
There was something about denim dungaree dresses I was drawn too. My first initial thought was, “I can’t wear this, what will people think”? Gotta looovvvee insecurities. I quickly kicked this thought to the curb because that’s where it belongs. Logically I know as a personal stylist you can adopt any trend and make it work for you.
It’s easy to shy away from a trend because you either feel like it’s not age appropriate or you don’t have the body to pull it off. Age and body shape isn’t important when you find the right cut, colour and shape for you.
I looked long and hard before I found the dungaree dress for me. Seriously, it took me a long long time. Write a list of what you’re looking for, that’s going to work for your body shape. I’m short so, it couldn’t be too long but I didn’t want it too short. All my big butt friends know we need something fitted otherwise our butt just looks even bigger. For the width of my shoulder, I don’t want straps too narrow. Your list will remind you of what you’re looking for and prevent you from buying impulsively because it’s so easy to.
This River Island denim dungaree dress I’m wearing a size 12. I bought this dress a couple of months ago when it was colder which is why I’m wearing a long sleeve top and stockings. In spring you can style this dress with a t-shirt and sandals.
So readers, do like making trends your own? Do you enjoy dressing up?
Bomber jackets are the hottest thing around right now. It is the must have piece this season. There are so many different versions of the bomber jackets there is sure to be one that fits your personality and style.
I wanted to find out where the bomber jacket originated from. I discovered the bomber jacket, or flight jacket has been around for a very, very long time. The bomber jacket goes all the way back to World War 1. The military pilots needed something warm to wear during flight. They were made out of leather because it was durable to stand the weather conditions.
Over the years the bomber jacket has transformed, it wasn’t till the late 60’s to 80’s the bomber jacket became the fashionable item it is today.
I’ve chosen 5 all $60 and under, in different material and colours. There is a cross between more feminine styles to more military to try and cater to everyone. You can wear it over a t-shirt with jeans and sneakers or with a dress. Have fun, don’t be afraid to style your bomber with what you have in your wardrobe.
Lightweight Zipped Sleeve Pocket in pink – not much detail and more feminine because of it’s blushing colour. Made from polyester and lightweight so you can still wear it as the weather gets warmer.
The Boohoo Clean Cotton Bomber Jacket – This one is made from cotton, another one of my favourite materials. This khaki version is more on the military side which is right on trend. I love the zipper details on the sleeves.
The Sophia Velvet Bomber Jacket – Velvet and embroidery on and the front and back. It’s fairly light weight to wear in spring and less puffy on the arms if you don’t like adding bulk to your shoulders.
Ponte in black– Another less bulky jacket. Cute zippers on the sleeves. At $50 it’s a steal. It would be very easy to style this jacket because it’s so versatile.
Which one would you choose? Are you a proud owner of a bomber jacket?
When I think of winter, the first thing that comes to mind is staying warm and dry under blankets in front of the fire, wearing ugg boots. When I think of summer, I think of going out and making the most of daylight savings. Having to dress up and going out in winter isn’t at all desirable because I know I’m going to sacrifice some warmth and comfort to look good. I have memories of going out at night in the city, in my early twenties wearing nothing but a dress in 10 degree weather. I look back on that now and I don’t know how I did it. I suspect sheer vanity or youth. I might only be 29 now, but ladies, times have changed. I now freeze my butt off when it’s 16 degrees, that’s WITH layers.
Wearing a dress to a party is always my first preference. There’s something about wearing a dress that makes me feel like a lady, sexy yet elegant. Anything that makes you feel those things is a winner in my books.
There’s a lot of tie up dresses, tops and skirts this season and I’m loving it. A tie up dress is really flattering and great for hiding bumps and any unwanted lady lumps. When I saw the Zoe Tie Dress from Lace and Heels Boutique on Instagram – it simply had to be mine.
I’ve worn this dress to a couple of different events, it’s really warm and the perfect dress for winter. The first time I wore it, I was in Melbourne for a stylist night. It wasn’t too cold yet so I got away with wearing just the dress and my leopard points. Leopard and burgundy, what a great colour combination right? The second time I wore it, was for a birthday and it was a lot colder. I paired the dress with my leather jacket, opaque stockings and black boots.
They no longer have this dress in burgundy but they do in black and grey. To purchase, click on either black or grey and I’ll take you straight through to the website. The dress is $69.95. Sizes go up to 12 – I’m wearing the size 12. Option for express shipping is available.
So readers, do you love wearing dresses to events? Do you like the in trend tie up style?
Gigi is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. In all the years I’ve known her she never ceases to amaze me.
It was our good friend Kate’s birthday the other weekend. If you follow Notsopeachie on Instagram, you would’ve seen the sea wench costume I wore. It was a pirate theme birthday not that I need an excuse to dress as a wench.
I enjoy buying presents for friends but I feel that it gets harder and harder every year. I bought Kate a Pandora charm. Some of you will be thinking, oh that’s nice a Pandora charm. But wait till you read what Gigi got her.
Kate opened Gigi’s present. It’s a picture frame and inside real flowers arranged into a pretty picture. I said “That’s pretty Gigi where did you buy that from? She said “I made it using the flowers from Kate’s wedding bouquet”. My reaction, WHAT THE F***. WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? She had dried the flowers from Kate’s wedding bouquet from a year and a half ago and made a piece of artwork with it.
Rose chose that moment to ask me what I did with my bouquet I got from being Maid of Honour at Rachel’s wedding in January. I answered as quickly as I could “I chucked it out”. I could feel my heart sink I felt SO horrible. I felt like the worst friend ever.
One birthday Gigi made me a binded menu and when I opened it up it had three entrées, mains and desserts with pictures. My present was I got to choose an entrée, main and dessert and a day for her to come over and cook it for me. Another birthday she burnt her finger tips making fortune cookies where she hand picked quotes especially for me.
She made me a shoe box full of them. All my friends buy me wonderful gifts and I’m very lucky to have such thoughtful friends. I think with Gigi she puts in so much time and effort with her gifts it’s very touching.
I think Gigi should start a business selling gift ideas for everyone who struggles to think of what to buy people especially for heart felt gifts.
So readers, do you have a friend who comes up with amazing gifts every time? What do you think about a company that offers gift ideas?
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Autumn. It did take longer than expected but with the temperature dropping and leaves starting to fall off trees I think it’s safe to say Autumn has arrived. I love Autumn, it’s not too cold and it’s not too hot and I get to wear some of my favourite items of clothing this time of year. Jeans, knits, ponchos, tunics just to name a few.
This outfit is simplistic but not dull, comfortable yet stylish. You could wear this outfit to work on casual Friday’s, grocery shopping or catching up with friends. When it gets cold you could wear a trench coat or leather jacket with it. Dress it up with boots or strappy heels, a clutch and statement earrings.
Black jeans is one of the greatest inventions of all time. If you don’t own a pair of black jeans this is why you should run out and buy a pair;
Dirt doesn’t show on them
They go with everything
I bought these Prima Estelle Curve Embracer skinny jeansfrom Jeanswest. I’ve been buying Jeanswest jeans for quite some time now and I love how they cater for the vertically challenged like myself. I would normally have to pay to get my jeans altered but I don’t have to with Jeanswest 7/8 jeans they are the perfect length. There jeans hold there shape and colour wash after wash. I love jeans I wear mine till I literally get holes in them, (my baby thighs rub together). Good quality jeans are essential.
I’m having a love affair with burgundy at the moment. I’m buying so much burgundy I can’t get enough of it. In the past during the cooler months I would normally stick to wearing navy, black and grey. It can pay off to try something new because you might just end up loving it.
This side split roll neck sleeveless knit from Forever New is really affordable and versatile. When it gets colder you can wear it on top a leather jacket, cardigan or parker with a scarf. Black, white, navy, mustard and grey works well with this colour.
Now lets talk shoes. I’m wearing the Tiffy snake skin lace up flats from Target. They are comfy and sexy well I think there sexy for flats. You can’t buy the snakeskin online but you can buy black online.
Is this an outfit you would wear on the weekend? What colours are you loving right now?
You’ve slept through your alarm and you’ve woken up in a panic. You should be leaving your house but you know you’re going to be late. Stress is increasing and you still have no idea what you’re going to wear. We’ve all been there, right? So what do you wear when you don’t know what to wear? Something comfortable yet feminine? Something cool enough to wear in this abnormally warm autumn weather or wearing layers just incase the temperature drops. I’m talking about the shirt dress.
Where have I been? I’ve been missing in action the past few days doing a personal styling course. It was so much fun, I got met a fabulous group of women and learnt a lot too.
Once I completed the course, I was inspired to sort through my own wardrobe. Here are my tips on how you can get the most out of your wardrobe.
You should love everything in your wardrobe. I cleaned out my wardrobe last September so, I didn’t think I owned anything I didn’t already love until I had another look. Take the time to go through your wardrobe and giveaway anything you no longer love. Three years ago, you probably loved that furry sweater but do you still love it now? Have you worn it recently? Does it still fit you? What are the chances of you wearing it in the next six months? If you answer ‘no’ to either of those questions, it’s probably time to part ways. Coming from a self confessed hoarder clothes breakups are hard. When I have no more room in my wardrobe, my only option is to get rid of something else. It’s actually a really good feeling and I never miss what I get rid of.
2. There is no wrong way to organise your wardrobe, it’s whatever works for you. My wardrobe is split into two – corporate and weekend clothes. I found arranging my clothes in this order made finding what to wear each morning a lot quicker then when I arranged my wardrobe by colours. This is my preference but may not work for everyone. You might like to arrange your clothes seasonally, by colour, by garment so, you might put all your dresses together, pants etc. You might like to arrange your clothes from casual to dressy. If you don’t have a system in your wardrobe, choose one based on what determines what you wear each day. If you choose by what colour you feel like wearing sort by colour. If your current system isn’t working for you now is a good time to change it.
3. Now that you have gone through your wardrobe and kept what you love, you’re responsible for getting wear out of everything in your wardrobe. I know a few of you will be thinking “but I don’t have anywhere to wear them too?” Make an occasion to wear them. Who owns chinaware that never gets used? Life goes by way too quickly, so celebrate the small things with fine china. Dress up for no other reason than to feel good.
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Last weekend I went to my cousin’s baby’s christening. Below is a picture of the gorgeous little man because I just couldn’t help myself. It was going to be yet another hot weekend in Sydney. No signs of Autumn just yet.
I ran out of time to buy an outfit so I had to dig deep into my wardrobe and find something that was going to be cool enough but also appropriate.
I’m really loving white at the moment it’s so lovely and fresh. When I was a teenager I was led to believe only skinny girls should wear white because it’s not as flattering as black. What I know now is all about the cut and fit of your outfit determines what suits your body. The message of this post is wear white. Personal tip, if you have a habit of dropping food on you like I do, don’t eat while wearing white 🙂
As I’m bigger at the bottom I personally think it’s more flattering to wear a fitted bottom like this tailored skirt. The top I can afford to go a bit looser because I went with a fitted bottom and my curves aren’t hidden. You could wear a fitted top and go with a looser bottom it works both way.
This white skirt I purchased in the January sales. Here is a similar one.
My top is by White Closet and I found a very similar White Closet top here.
I have a confession to make… my body odour doesn’t smell like roses all the time and that’s why choosing a good deodorant is important to me. Nobody wants to smell of body odour and in this warm weather, you need deodorant that is going to protect you all day long. Nobody wants to smell it’s embarrassing. People keep their distance from you and it’s not pleasant for everyone around you. The pharmacist, my friend Heba and I have come together once again to review Mitchum roll on and to see if it delivers.
Our bodies need to sweat to cool down otherwise our internal organs would get cooked inside out. Sweat is odourless, the reason why we smell is when we sweat bacteria that lives on our skin flourish’s in the damp warm folds in our armpits.
Mitchum roll on is anti-perspirant. It works by blocking the pores in the skin for a period of time, so it limits the sweat flow to the skin which helps against excessive sweating and body odour. Mitchum claims to work for up to 48 hours.
Mitchum uses fragrances such as geraniol coumarin, hexyl cinnamal and citronellol to mask unpleasant smells. This deodorant also works as a disinfectant because it has hydrogen peroxide, which kills odour producing bacteria.
You can use this deodorant after you shave as it doesn’t irritate your skin. Ingredients include aloe vera, lauric acid, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol and vitamin E which provides softness to sensitive skin.
I’ve been using this deodorant for at least six months and I love it because after a long hit day in the sun, I’m still protected from body odour. Also if I apply it after I get dressed it doesn’t leave white marks. Be mindful that it does apply on wet. It doesn’t irritate my skin, it’s a winner for me.
I buy my Mitchum roll on from Woolworths.
So readers, have you tried Mitchum roll on? What’s your favourite deodorant?
I was meant to post this my first week back to work but I’ve been missing in action organising my friend’s hen’s celebration which was on the weekend. On a side note, organising an event is stressful right? I’ve been dying to show you this dress for a while now and I hope you love it as much as I do.
I love the brand Atmos&Here. I’m always guaranteed to find something I love by Atmos&Here on The Iconic website… every single time!
I haven’t bought much work attire in a long time so, my outfits for work are looking pretty average. I didn’t want to start work in the New Year wearing something quite ordinary to only end up feeling quite ordinary by the end of my first day back. You want to feel confident at work and when you love what you’re wearing, you feel great and your confidence shines through.
The Collette Jersey Wrap Dress is versatile, you’re not just limited to wearing it to work, it doubles as a weekeend dress. I’m short, curvy and this style of dress compliments my figure. A V neck gives the illusion of a longer neck than what I actually do and it’s also good for the bust area.
I love the monochrome pattern and how comfortable it is especially in the warm weather.
So readers, what do you think of my new dress? Have you bought anything from Atmos&Here before?