Taking a little bit of my own advice, my current favourite way to mix up my wardrobe of late has been by introducing a new silhouette; the flared sleeve top. It’s a trend that has been monopolising my Instagram feed, and I’ve been patiently waiting for the weather to cool down, so I could – figuratively speaking – jump on the wagon and put my own spin on it.
I found this cute polka dot mesh number from New Look via ASOS, and I just love the subtlety of the fluted sleeves, offset against a classic leather mini skirt. While I haven’t quite been brave enough to wear it with just a little bralette underneath (I think I might be on the wrong side of 20 for that…), it pairs really well thrown over a bodysuit, while still retaining its edge. It probably goes without saying, but the neutral colour palette still reigns supreme – some habits never die.
I have a sneaking suspicion that these voluminous sleeves are about to become a new addiction, with the recent addition of the ‘lost’ knit from Lonely (I blame their gorgeous store fit out…) to my wardrobe. Now, that wouldn’t be the worst thing… would it?
I’ve been reserving foundations and tinted moisturisers for special occasions, as I’ve found that my skin tone tends to be fairly even for the most part, so instead what I’ll do is warm up the skin a little bit around the frame of my face and on my nose – basically where the sun would typically hit my face. My go-to for this is the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate; it’s a cream product, which I love as I feel like during the cooler months my skin can use all the moisture it can get, plus it blends out really easily and just adds a natural looking bronze to the face. Later in my routine I’ll reach for this again just for the highlighter – this is hands down the best I’ve ever come across – it’s not overly intense and adds such a beautiful glow to the cheekbones.
My eye look practically never changes; it’s almost always a champagne shadow swept across the lid with a darker taupe through the crease. For my eyes, I’ve been reaching for one of two palettes; either the Golden Goddess quad from Charlotte Tilbury – which I love for its rich colours, smoothness and blendability – or the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette, the latter of which I’ve been faithfully using on a regular basis since purchasing it last year. I don’t usually leave the house without my signature cat eye flick, which some days, is admittedly more ‘on point’ than others. While it’s not my favourite eyeliner (this title goes to the Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner), I’ve been using the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen that I got ahead of our wedding most days. This little slice of luxury is an eye-watering $89 (AUD) a pop, and while I still haven’t nailed the fine flick with this particular pen, it does do the trick of staying put all day. For mascara, I recently picked up another tube of the Lash & Line Mascara from ModelCo. I haven’t come across a more effective mascara – yet – but I love how this volumises and extends my lashes, and it’s one of the few mascaras that doesn’t smudge along my brow bone over the course of the day.
Speaking of brows, I’ve added a new product into the fold which I have been absolutely loving; Rimmel’s Brow this Way with Argan Oil. They recently reformulated the product, and it is definitely a step up from the original. I’ve been using this in the shade Dark Brown, which is the perfect colour match for my brows. What I love about this is that it cuts down the time it takes me to fill in my brows by more than half, as the spooly dispenses a really generous amount of product. You do have to be careful not to over-do it (which I didn’t get the memo for, this morning…) but once it’s on, it stays all day and doesn’t smudge or move an inch.
Then finally for lips, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I try to avoid wearing lipsticks daily as my skin is sensitive, but when I’m after a nude I’ll reach for Clinique’s Lip Pop in Beige Pop. The formula is creamy and moisturising, it has great pigmentation, and wears off evenly.
Lastly, while it’s not a huge part of my daily beauty routine, I’ve found myself reaching for the same nail polish shade over and over: Eternal Optimist and Tea & Crumpets from Essie. The brand has become my polish of choice this last year, and their incredible range of creamy pinks have just completely won me over.
Are there any beauty heroes you’ve been reaching for? x
2017 so far, has been the year of the jean for me; a mere three months in and it’s single-handedly become one of those wardrobe staples that I can’t help but get excited about – this coming from the girl who little over six months ago, had just a pair or two to choose from on those cold and lazy winter weekends. As I’ve started to ‘relax’ my wardrobe, I’ve found myself reaching for my (growing) stack of denim for more than just a casual brunch at Bread & Circus; it’s extended to the office for casual Friday’s, and has become my go-to if we’re planning to head out for dinner.
Part of what has really had me gravitating towards denim is just how versatile it is – by just swapping one pair out for another, whether it be a change in the style or the wash of the denim.
For day, I keep things really simple with a cotton tee (I love this Stussy one I recently picked up from Glue Store) and some mid-wash denim with a frayed hem, with minimal make up to match. It’s started to become a real uniform for me, which I’ll pair with some heels if I’m trying to dress up my look a little. This is a look that definitely takes me back to my high school days, and I’ve been loving just how easy it is, especially as we start to shift into autumn.
For night, depending on the season I love to throw on either a pair of white skinny jeans, or a pair in an indigo denim wash with a high rise waist, and pair it with a strappy little cami, like this one from Hansen & Gretel, which I love for the pleating throughout the body, and the tie straps on the shoulder. I’ll amp up my make up game with either a smokey eye, or a bold red lip – my accessory of choice – and a pair of strappy sandals or an embellished court shoe.
It’s not often that I walk into a store and am absolutely floored. But visiting Lonely’s recently opened Wellington boutique during a trip home earlier this month was nothing short of special. From the unassuming shop front – a marbled concrete wall with the words ‘lonely’ inviting you in, to the minimal and industrial interior, complete with plush velvet sofas and curtains which beg you to stay and shop a while, it’s hard not to find yourself browsing the racks a little longer than you’d intended (or in my case – leaving with a shopping bag in hand…).
Designed by Rufus Knight, whose artful eye for detail and quality has captured the essence of ‘Lonely’ in this beautiful fit out, I’d go so far as to say that it makes for a truly intimate shopping experience – and one I didn’t want to leave; let’s just forget for a moment the fact that it was pouring with rain outside. Equally beautiful is Lonely’s Auckland boutique, and with a trip there on the cards for June, it’s pretty safe to say that I know where one of my first stops will be…
Back when I lived in Wellington, every winter was a struggle – I never had anything to wear, and about 90% of my wardrobe was geared towards warmer weather. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve finally nailed down the keys to perfecting my autumn and winter wardrobes, with these three simple steps.
START WITH THE STAPLES
Any good wardrobe is founded on the classics – be it a crisp white shirt, a well fitting blazer, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans. I’ve finally finished rounding out my autumn wardrobe with some lightweight knits (this mock neck sweater from Everlane is my most recent addition), that will be forming the basis of a lot of my outfits, now that the weather has started to cool down.
EMBRACE NEW SILHOUETTES
The last couple seasons have been all about volume; exaggerated bell sleeves and wide leg kick flares quickly come to mind. This season, I’ll be embracing a more simple – but equally new to me – silhouette: the mom jean with a slim fitting tee tucked in, and some pointed toe block heels to make the look a little more polished. I always find shopping for denim to be a serious struggle, but I’ve completely fallen for the farleigh mom jean from ASOS and haven’t looked back since.
INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you like to keep your outfits looking pretty simple like I do, then it can often be the finishing touches that really make or break the overall look. I like to spend a little bit extra on my accessories, whether that’s a lambswool scarf from Acne Studios (for the record mine is three years old and still going strong), a sturdy pair of leather boots, or getting a little luxe with my handbag – it’s those little details which can make a huge difference.